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I’ll be honest: Stellar‘s Sunday Wine Lust brunch is not for everyone.

If you are not into alcohol (who doesn’t????), skip this. With free flow wines and sparkling, it’s not called “wine lust” for nothing. Every week, different wine and wine makers are showcased and guests are invited to sample up to a selection of 12 different wines. Chosen favourites can also be bought at wholesale price tags!

If you prefer a big buffet spread, I think hotel buffets are more suitable and value for money. There’s not even a cold raw seafood section as the focus is on a la minute and live cooking stations. Really depends on what you are looking for: quality or quantity?

If you don’t care much for spectacular views during your dining experience, I suggest you close off this window now. At $110++ per person, brunch is pricey and part of that is the location. 62 levels above ground, fabulous views and ambience (my BFF’s friend received her marriage proposal there!) guaranteed!

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The carefully crafted food menu features a decadent spread with trademark highlights such as Stellar’s signature sushi station (quite a limited selection though), smoked salmon benedict (predictably my favourite!) and fresh truffle pasta (I wish I can steal the whole knob of black truffle from the chef haha). K, this blog’s unofficial meat taster, was in charge of devouring the fragrant claypot chicken rice, bloody wagyu rump and assorted cuts from the meat carvery. Brunch ended nicely with a gorgeous dessert platter (all the sweet little cakes were sooooo good!!) and we left with the conclusion that artisanal cheese is totally wasted on us (we just can’t appreciate them, sorry).

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Claypot Chicken Rice
classic with a twist served at the table

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Stellar Sushi
assorted nigiri and maki rolls

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Eggs Selection
smoked salmon benedict

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Truffle Pasta
creamy carbonara or olive oil aglio alio

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Meat Carvings
spatchcock chicken with peri peri, roasted pork belly with chilli apple sauce, rosemary roast leg of lamb, roast duck

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Slow Roasted Wagyu Rump
red wine or mushroom sauce

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Assorted Artisanal Cheese
served from the trolley

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Desserts
lemon coconut slice, orange carrot cake, chocolate tartlet, hazelnut praline cake, white chocolate raspberry cake, strawberry crumble, anzac cookies

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My thanks to Shasi for the kind invitation!

Stellar at 1-Altitude
#62-01, One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place
6438 0410

Besides Maki San, the green tea soft serve from Tsujiri is also making a regular appearance on my Instagram feed lately. The sudden obsession started a couple of months ago and we’ve been at the 100AM or 313 branch so often that we are well on our way towards a second loyalty rewards card soon… In fact, I think we may be there again today, see ya!

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Tsujiri
#01-14B, 100AM
100 Tras Street
6543 6110

When this post is published, I will be having dinner at Maki San again.

Yes, again.

Followers on my instagram will know that I eat here very frequently. Because I’m still loving the fresh and colourful DIY salad with sesame dressing very much after more than a year! Our standard order usually includes two more DIY brown rice sushi rolls too. Always satisfying.

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Maki San
#B1-17/18, The Cathay
2 Handy Road
6737 8772

Bye, Petite Menu~

5 things I will miss at Petite Menu:

1. Deep fried soft shell crab with the killer salted egg sauce. Every meal here must start with a double portion of this wonderful cholesterol bomb.

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2. Letting Chef Nixon spring a surprise menu on us. Jerusalem artichoke soup with poached egg and addictive fried baby shrimps? Chef knows me too well. Without him, Petite Menu won’t be the same no more.

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3. Super affordable haute cuisine. Tell me, where to find $36++ for a good quality 4 course dinner these days? And by good quality, I mean fresh and perfectly seared scallops, threadfin, cod fish, halibut etc etc.

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4. The pretty and artistic plating… How come chefs can style a dish so effortlessly by randomly sprinkling garnishes here and there but when I try to do the same, all I create is a mess?! #obviouslynochefgeneinme

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5. Of course, my favouritest deconstructed blackforest dessert forever and ever. Chef has passed on the recipe to K so I’m patiently waiting *hint hint* haha.

Petite Menu and Chef Nixon, you will be dearly missed!

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Petite Menu
Level 1, Aqueen Lavender Hotel
139 Lavender Street
6395 7782

Finally got around to blogging about our dating anniversary lunch at Jaan last month (last month! where did time go!) and we can always trust Jaan to deliver. So much so that we have decided to make meals here a quarterly treat to try all the seasonal menus! Dishes featured here are on the winter menu~

AMUSE BOUCHE
black sesame sponge with eel, homemade chestnut hummus, rye crackers

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Lovely parade of amuse bouche as always. Particularly like the sweet chestnut dip (technically it’s not a hummus) and soul soothing mushroom tea!

AMUSE BOUCHE
wild mushroom tea

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K’s take on Jaan is that if you skip the smoked egg here, you haven’t been to Jaan. So true! I was slightly bummed that chef decided to alter the presentation for my vegetarian version though. Definitely prefer the transparent glass bowl with smoking hay underneath. Mental note to self: make specific request for that in Q2.

55’ ROSEMARY SMOKED ORGANIC EGG
ratte potato, chorizo iberico, buckwheat

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Our main of trout (mine with crayfish instead of pork) hovered at the average line. I’m noticing a trend here w.r.t. the mains at Jaan… Seems like the starters and desserts always impress more.

CONFIT RAINBOW TROUT
kagoshima pork, cauliflower, miso caramel

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The Choconuts has been given a new facelift since our last visit and I can only say that I felt really really sad (being melodramatic haha) when my spoon scooped up the last bit of chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, chocolate sponge, chocolate i-don’t-know-what-but-it’s-undeniably-good into my mouth and then it’s all gone, sigh. One more, anytime!

‘CHOCONUTS TART’
tastes & textures

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Cute little desserts-after-desserts that I had to have, even though I was comfortably stuffed.

PETIT FOUR
kiwi berry, coconut marshmallow, rosemary lollipop, chocolate crunch

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Happy 2nd dating anniversary to us, K!

Can we come back soon?

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Jaan
70F, Swissotel The Stamford
6837 3322

While my amateur palate can’t judge whether my meal at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong was worthy of 3 Michelin Stars, I have to say that it was an enjoyable one. They certainly did it right with the bread basket – a generous selection of mini croissant, brioche, baguette etc etc, served warm, baked in-house, and yes I had one whole basket to myself! Perks of dining alone, haha.

Then came a most dismal amuse bouche: some grilled vegetables, lettuce and avocado, big yawn. The default amuse bouche was a much more interesting chestnut soup with bacon and marshmallow pop (I eavesdropped) and it just goes to show how thoughtless the kitchen was in churning out amuse bouche for people with dietary preferences, sheesh. Come on, grilled eggplant and zucchini skewer (which even the culinary inept yours truly can make at home) at a 3 stars restaurant?

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Ignoring that pathetic start, everything went well thereafter. Starter of chilled cauliflower cream was deceptively light, as the incredibly umami lobster jelly gave a solid boost to the whole dish. Very very nice, and this was my favourite out of all!

LE CRABE
spiced alaska king crabmeat, lobster jelly, chilled cauliflower cream

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I thought I’d be wow-ed by roasted halibut since there’s everything I like on one plate: fish, broccoli, squid ink and coconut! But surprisingly, the flavours were rather muted.

LE FLÉTAN
roasted halibut, lemongrass oil, broccoli purée, squid ink farfalle, coconut cappuccino

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The signature hand-whipped mash potato was served with every main and it was so smooth and creamy! As a disclaimer, I don’t like mash potato in general (just useless carb filler imo) but this was too good to ignore. Can’t (and don’t want to) imagine the amount of butter that went in though.

POMMES PURÉE
mash potato

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I picked the safest choice for dessert: something chocolatey which I already knew I’d like haha. And I did! Wiped the whole plate clean, in fact. Tea/coffee and petit four were included and for HK$526 (approximately S$85), the 3 course set lunch (with lots of choices for each course) was excellent value for money! Highly recommended, period.

LE CHOCOLAT
dark chocolate mousse, raisins, salted caramel, rum ice cream

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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Shop 315, 334 & 401 Landmark Atrium
Central, Hong Kong
(852) 2166 9000

Public service announcement: Toby’s Estate is undergoing kitchen renovations for the rest of this month.

Was intending to use my Entertainer app for more 1-for-1 deals with my colleagues but obviously, not gonna happen (yet). Which was why we ended up at Anthesis next door, which didn’t leave me with a good impression last year. This time, while I’m still not totally won over, the cutesy eggs duet I ordered was pretty good! Light enough for lunch that I didn’t have a food coma that afternoon…

Tomato Medley ($9)
mozzarella, pesto

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Eggs Duet ($14)
smoked salmon scrambled eggs, mushroom frittata, avocado (default: chipolata), sauteed mushrooms (default: bacon)

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Anthesis
86 Roberson Quay
6737 9873

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