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Cake Spade

The famed strawberry tofu cheesecake from Cake Spade was nice and light as an after-dinner dessert, but definitely not something I’d rave about. My favourite is still the ridiculously soft version from Maple & Market!

Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake ($5.90)
digestive biscuit crust, fresh strawberries encased in jelly

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Cake Spade
#01-06, Orchid Hotel
1 Tras Link
6444 3868

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I’m thrilled that Kensai Kitchen has opened ts first overseas outpost at Liang Court, mostly because my office is a short walk away and it means more lunch options for us working folks!

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‘Kensai’ in Japanese is represented by two characters: 健菜, i.e. ‘healthy’ and ‘vegetable’. This is not a misnomer as there is indeed a focus on fresh vegetables in the buffet spread! The number of calories per serving for each dish is also stated clearly, though I could do without knowing haha *guilty of overeating*

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Priced at $19.90++ on weekdays and $24.90++ on weekends, this is one of the most affordable buffets in town! Of course, managing expectations is a must as there are only about 15 dishes available. Don’t expect premium sashimi, sushi and any fancy Japanese dishes because the concept is “serving the closest thing you’ll get to Japanese home cooking outside of a Japanese family home”. Think home-cooked, simple and comforting food such as Nikujaga (beef stew), Chikuzen-ni (one-pot simmered chicken), Renkon Kinpira (braised lotus root), spinach sesame and hijiki seaweed salads~

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Highlight of our meal was definitely the fresh salmon sashimi! We had an overdose, oops.

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Special thanks to Ida for inviting and arranging this tasting!

Kensai Kitchen
#B1-03/04/05 Liang Court
177 River Valley Road
6337 5105

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La Cuisson is a local success story.

First started in a coffee shop as Le Cuisson at Queen Street in 2011 (I was there in 2012!), the humble food stall then progressed to Holland Drive, and finally established itself as a bistro and wine bar. Taking over the space previously occupied by Creperie des Arts (I’m surprised it has closed!), La Cuisson has definitely stood the test of time and finicky palates of Singaporeans.

Serving a range of classic French and modern European cuisine, the menu is predominantly meat-based. I was happy with the crab salad and pan-seared salmon but those were obviously not what you’d come here for! Think pork, beef, lamb and meat meat meat instead. Everyone at the table had their own favourites (K’s was the lamb duo) so it’s best to come with a group of friends to try as many dishes as you can!

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Charcuterie Platter
chorizo, saucisson, selection of homemade terrines

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Blue Swimmer Crab Salad
crab meat, lemongrass, red chilli, shallots cooked in white wine, cherry tomatoes, paprika oil, micro greens

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Pork Pot Au Feu
sous-vide pork shoulder, pork sausage, puy lentils, mixed vegetables in pork jus

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Shoulder Tender (200grams)
200day grain fed australian angus, mashed potatoes, confit shallots, roasted parsnip, garlic

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Pan Seared Salmon
puy lentils, cream sauce

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Lamb Duo
braised lamb shank, pan-seared lamb rump, kipfler potato gratin, garden salad

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Dark Chocolate Ganache
valrhona chocolate, white chocolate sesame crisp, chilli pistachio brittle, pomelo pieces, green tea mousse

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Poached Pear
vanilla ice cream, beetroot puree

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My thanks to Jean and Jenny for inviting and hosting!

La Cuisson
44 Prinsep Street
8332 0302

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No, it’s not a typo. I meant SupperMan, not Superman.

Conceived as an idea when three good friends were having supper together, SupperMan was born in August last year and has since been serving affordable western fusion cuisine to all. Bargain lovers foodies will love the huge portions here, coupled with friendly price tags that will make your wallet happy. What’s more, the quality of food is not compromised! Really respect the owners for bringing “bang for your buck” to a whole new level.

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Such a big slab of red meat for less than $15! It was not a premium cut but K was all praises for the way it was cooked – expertly grilled till tender and juicy!

Ribeye Steak ($14.80)
grilled to medium, green onion puree

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My favourite dish was predictably the pan-fried cod fish! Plus, two good-sized pieces = value for money!

Pan-fried Cod ($21.80)
garlic, preserved radish, soya broth

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If you like spicy food, try the laksa pasta! The aromatic broth was in no way any inferior to the traditional laksa stalls in our hawker centres. K was suitably impressed haha.

Laksa Seafood Linguine ($11.80)
spicy coconut soup, tofu puff, prawns, squid

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Thai-style chilli sauce always remind me of McDonald’s and this was no exception. That said, I enjoyed this a lot! Texture was spot on and I love how silky soft this was. And $8.80 only?! Faint.

Grilled White Fish ($8.80)
tangy chilli sauce, salt and pepper

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By now, are you noticing the repetitive use of alfalfa as garnishes? Won’t fault the lack of creativity, instead I appreciate the effort taken to make each dish presentable and enticing to the eyes! Salmon was slightly overcooked so I actually prefer the white fish over this.

Pan-fried Salmon ($13.80)
lemon butter sauce

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The chocolate mud cake was the only dessert I was interested in but sadly, it was already sold out. That should give you an indication of how busy they were that night!

Coconut Butter Tarts ($4.80)

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Tried both coconut butter tarts and nanaimo bars which were not my type of desserts. The former was too buttery (yes yes, I know that’s why they are called butter tarts lol) and the latter almost rock hard. Oh well, shall be back for the mud cake soon!

Nanaimo Bars ($4.80)

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Thank you, Wendy and the SupperMan team, for the kind hospitality!

SupperMan
#01-06, Maxwell Chambers
32 Maxwell Road
6224 0338

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The lucky me received three gifts from K for V-day (which seemed ages ago):

1. a homecooked meal;
2. a Swarovski crystalline USB pen; and
3. a treat at Sushi Kanazawa where he gamely ate most of the rice for me haha.

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We opted for the omakase sushi buffet ($39++ for lunch on weekends) and the ratio of rice to fish was predictably 10:1 ick. Still, it was fun and we left knowing what sushi we’d order when we next come back – ala carte this time!

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assorted sashimi (one time order)

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chawanmushi

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aburi salmon and ?

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okra and mushrooms

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unagi tamago (repeat x5) and amaebi mentai aburi (repeat x3)

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toro tataki (repeat x2) and ??

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albacore a.k.a. white tuna (repeat x5) and tai

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aburi hotate and toro tataki

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aburi mekajiki  (repeat x3)

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maguro

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negitoro handroll  (repeat x3)

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Sushi Kanazawa
#02-13, International Building
360 Orchard Road
6738 3833

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My mom’s birthday present from me this year was this $98++ specialty yusheng from Si Chuan Dou Hua. Organic greens tossed with prized black truffles, sashimi slices of turbot fish (apparently one of the most valuable flat fish species in the world), crispy salmon fish skin and a special sauce made with a blend of vegetables, osmanthus, sour plum and lime, this was quite satisfying! So much so that the two of us gamely polished it off (don’t say we ladies can’t eat)!

After all that abundance, 2014 has got to be a prosperous year, for sure.

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Si Chuan Dou Hua
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Road
6428 3170

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For a buffet restaurant to survive in Singapore for 14 years (and still going strong, judging by the full house on a Friday night), Café 2000 at M Hotel must be doing something right. Serving a wide array of Asian and Western cuisine, you’d find the usual cold appetisers, hot Chinese dishes, soups, bread and cheese, sushi and sashimi, and even a yong tau foo-a-la-minute section!

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The Seafood and Barbeque Buffet served on Fridays and Saturdays is right up our alley – K satisfied the carnivore in him with generous slices of grilled beef from the sizzling grill while I happily made repeated trips to the seafood section for fresh and plump scallops, tiger prawns, salmon and crab legs! Crayfish was not fresh that evening so that was the only disappointment.

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Sweets corner includes ice cream (love the green tea flavour!), self-assembled cheng tng area, durian pengat (must try for durian lovers!) cakes and pastries. But best dessert of the night wasn’t from the buffet spread but fresh out of the kitchen – an incredibly moist and delicious gluten-free warm almond cake! So good that K declared this to be one of the finest cakes he has ever eaten (I’m harder to please haha)~

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International Buffet Dinner
Sunday to Thursday, 6 – 10.30pm
$50++ Adult; $28++ Child

Seafood and BBQ Buffet Dinner
Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays, 6 – 10.30pm
$62++ Adult; $32++ Child

Thank you, Lindy, for inviting and hosting!

Café 2000 at M Hotel
81 Anson Road
6500 6112

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Hi, happy CNY! I’m back online after so many days of inertia over blogging!

Will take it slow and easy by doing a super short but nevertheless worth-reading post as I’m sharing a good deal from Standing Sushi Bar~

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Do you know that the branch at 8 Queen Street (they’ve got another outlet at Marina Bay) has an awesome promo on weeknights?

Monday and Thursday - $3++ salmon sashimi, $2++ sake, $5++ beer, wine, hot sake, and umeshu
Tuesday – 50% off nigiri sushi, sashimi, and alcohol (housepour glass)
Wednesday – 50% off rolls, handrolls, and alcohol (housepour glass)

Negitoro ($17.90++)
minced tuna belly, spring onion

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We faced a dilemma: Tuesday and Wednesday?? Both nigiri sushi and rolls deals sound so tempting argh!

All Salmon All The Time ($16++)
raw salmon, cucumber, avocado, seared salmon, tobiko

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Decided on Wednesday night in the end because maki rolls always have a special place in my heart <3

Crabby Chicken ($17.90++)
soft-shell crab, avocado, chicken floss, drizzled mayo (which we did without)

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The specialty rolls are priced on the higher side (not value-for-money on deal-less nights as the portions don’t justify the price) but with the 50% off, it’s quite a steal! And all the rolls we picked were good enough that we want to go back despite the cheesy names haha.

Puff the Magic Dragon ($18.90++)
prawn tempura, cucumber, grilled eel, tobiko

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Standing Sushi Bar
#01-03, Singapore Art Museum
8 Queen Street
6333 1335

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The price is right at Pita & Olives, a lonely Middle Eastern eatery on Level 3 of 100AM mall. Very affordable for the quality, especially the wonderful small plates of hummus, falafels and labane (ohhh, especially the labane)! Give it a try before it’s gone as I’m concerned about its going concern since 100AM is too quiet…

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Clockwise, from top left:

Labane ($3.90) – yogurt cheese, olive oil & zatar; Hummus ($3.90) – blend of chickpeas with tahini & herbs, topped with olive oil and paprika; Sabich ($12.50) – grilled eggplant, hummus, boiled egg, tahini, mediterranean salad, pita bread; Shakshuka ($11.50) – mixture of tomatoes & vegetables topped with eggs, served with pita bread; Grilled Beef Patty in half pita ($6.50); Falafels ($3.90) – patties of chickpeas, parsley, coriander and spices.

Pita & Olives
#03-10 100AM, Beside Amara hotel
​100 Tras Street
9011 2312

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If you’ve ever blogged on Jamie’s Italian in Singapore, chances are I’d have read it. You see, before heading there for dinner, I did my homework and basically went through the first 20 Google pages for “jamie oliver singapore”, just to know what’s good and which dishes to avoid no matter what. Happy to report that my research paid off! I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here, even though there are apparently quite a few disses in the food-blogosphere~

Anyway, naysayers or not, standouts imo include the baked mushrooms which all self-respecting fungi fans will love (this was so good that I was reluctant to share haha), the light and healthy baked halibut which is new on the menu (yes, barely four months after opening its doors, the menu has already been updated with seasonal revisions and more than 15 new dishes!), the epic brownie (with a name like that, you can expect to be blown away by the warm, fudgy, oh-so-decadent brownie slathered in hot chocolate sauce and crowned with amaretto ice cream and caramel popcorn wooooooo) and predictably, my favourite dependable tiramisu!

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Sweet Mini Chilli Peppers ($12.50++)
red chillies stuffed with tuna, capers, herb cress & anchovies

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Baked Mushrooms ($12.50++)
swiss browns with crispy “music bread” & smoked buffalo mozzarella

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Honeycomb Cannelloni Three-Ways ($19.50++)
aubergine & sun-dried tomato, pumpkin, ricotta & spinach

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Baked Sustainable Halibut ($29.90++)
farm-raised delicate white fish from Norway, spring vegetable stew with broad beans, celery, peas, asparagus, pancetta and baby onions cooked down with white wine, roman fried artichokes, crostini & lemony yoghurt dressing

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30-Day Matured Prime Rib ($59.50++)
350g angus breed bone-in strip loin served with wild mushrooms & peppery endives, summer truffle butter & shaved tuscan black truffles (additional $5++)

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Epic Brownie ($11.50++)
warm fudgy brownie with amaretto ice cream & caramelised amaretti popcorn

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Raspberry Frangipane ($9.50++)
fresh raspberries & almond filling with crème fraîche ice cream & berry drizzle

P.S. the dim lighting gave such a strange hue to the raspberries *cringe*

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Tiramisu ($11.50++)
coffee-flavoured trifle with orange mascarpone & chocolate

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My thanks to Stefanie for inviting and hosting dinner!

Jamie’s Italian
#01-165/166/167, Vivocity
1 Harbourfront Walk
6733 5500

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