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NUDE Seafood

CBD folks, I’m envious of you again.

NUDE Seafood is such an ideal lunch spot – great seafood options (perfect for pescetarians!), affordable prices, real food fast, and more importantly, nutritious and delicious! Too bad it’s not in the vicinity of my office, sighhhhh.

Both the grilled miso-coated chilean sea bass and salmon home-smoked over hickory wood chips were excellent with silky-tender-smooth, melt-in-our-mouths texture. I loved the latter slightly more, just because of the delicate and subtle smoky flavour. We also tried the mackerel which ain’t too impressive (overcooked and dry) but the barley risotto saved the day! Some garlicky goodness there.

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Signature Duo ($30)
hickory-smoked salmon, miso-grilled chilean bass, forgotten grains, beetroot pickle

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Spanish Mackerel ($13)
herb grilled, barley risotto, house-made semi dried tomatoes

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NUDE Seafood
#01-02, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
6443 1167

“Cooking With Friends” is back at Osia!

This time, Celebrity Chef Scott Webster has invited Executive Chef Andrew Turner from Hotel Café Royal in London as the guest chef. Together, the dynamic duo has designed a menu consisting of Osia’s signatures and Chef Turner’s specially created dishes for his stint here.

Reinterpreting traditional flavours with a contemporary spin, some of his key dishes are the appetizer of pea and mint veloute and main of black angus beef. The former is paired with comte cheese to create a smooth creamy base for the thyme ravioli while cutting through the brininess of the addictive anchovy flute; whereas the latter is given an Asian twist through the accompanying bok choy and sweet and sour Hong Kong sauce – quoting our waiter: “a Chinese-ish dish done by an English chef”! The dessert of “neaten” mess is his take on the classic English dessert, Eton mess. I thought it was smart to add a scoop of tangy lemon ice cream, otherwise the mixture of strawberries and meringue would be too sweet.

As for Osia’s, I already did a write-up earlier this year and was happy for the chance to refresh my memory of some of the dishes – still loving the freshly baked flat bread and soft-textured shiromiso perch! Not so much the grilled octopus this time as they were too chewy, giving my jaws a good (and unnecessary) workout!

The “Cooking With Friends” menu ends this Saturday, 16 May.

Stone Hearth Flat Bread ($11++)
macadamia pesto, truffled kalamata olive, butter, tomato paste

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Pea and Mint Veloute ($22++)
comte cheese and thyme ravioli, smoked anchovy flute

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Fremantle Octopus ($22++)
char grilled, cucumber apple slaw, green chilli jam

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Hokkaido Scallop and Bryon Bay Pork Belly ($62++)
piccalilli puree

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Foie Gras ($32++)
pan fried, banana textures, madagascar vanilla, jamaican rum

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Perch ($46++)
sesame ratte potato, pea tendril, soy milk curd, shiromiso glaze

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Grainge Black Angus Beef Fillet MS2 ($68++)
oxtail anna potato, bok choy, sweet and sour hong kong sauce

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Before…

Neaten Mess ($18++)
strawberry, thyme

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… After!

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My thanks to Lavinia for hosting dinner!

Osia
Resorts World Festive Walk Crockfords Tower
8 Sentosa Gateway
6577 6560

What used to be Sushi Kuu at Palais Renaissance is now Ginzawa, meaning ‘Silver River’ in Japanese. Price points are friendlier with an extensive menu of traditional Japanese fare elevated with a modern twist, from kaiseki and seasonal omakase to lunch set dons and chirashi.

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Our meal began with a refreshingly light salad of briny-sweet cherry blossom shrimp and slightly pungent mizuna greens. Thereafter came something more interesting – the sake kinuta maki, a pretty and delicately rolled pickled daikon and salmon that brings to mind intricate kaiseki dishes.

Sakura Ebi Mizuna Salad ($22++)

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I seldom eat fried food but when I do, they better deserve my calories! The tempura moriawase is definitely one of those sinful worthy dishes – an assortment of deep-fried sea eel, shrimps, veggies and the most memorable uni tempura because it was my first fried uni! I do think it is a waste to fry fresh seafood but you won’t hear me complaining when those decadent crisp seaweed pillows were filled with lusciously creamy uni~

Deluxe Tempura Moriawase ($35++)
anago ippon age, uni tempura, amaebi hotate kakiage

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The grilled snapper was a revelation. I thought it was gindara – it looked like one and melted perfectly in the mouth like cod does! But nope, chef decided to use snapper instead, brushing it with a layer of caramelised egg yolk sauce and paired with a juicy squid ring stuffed with shishamo roe. Brilliant dish and one I would return for!

Tai Moto Yaki ($22++)
grilled snapper with egg yolk sauce

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The kurobuta tsuke soba comprises of succulent kurobuta pork shabu shabu slices and cold soba served with hot dipping sauce perfumed with a dollop of grated citrusy yuzu. Compared to the other dishes, this was average and forgettable though.

Kurobuta Tsuke Soba ($20++)

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During lunch, rice bowls such as bara chirashi, Japanese A5 wagyu don and kurobuta katsu don are available. Not to be missed is the sanshoku takara don! I call it the “three treasures” don – generous servings of sea urchin (K gave me his share of uni, score!), salmon roe and chopped fatty tuna cover a bed of sushi rice.

Sanshoku Takara Don ($65++)
only available in lunch set that comes with miso soup, chanwanmushi and dessert

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To enjoy a variety of premium seafood, the chirashi don is a safe bet. Words are superfluous when all the ingredients are so fresh!

Tokusen Hokkai Chirashi Don ($50++)
only available in lunch set that comes with miso soup, chanwanmushi and dessert

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My thanks to Charmaine for hosting dinner!

Ginzawa Japanese Restaurant
#01-07 Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road
6736 0100

Do.Main Bakery

I’m very cautious when it comes to carbs since they are so dangerous to the waistline ha. But my willpower stood no chance against the lovingly kneaded and baked loaves of breads and pastries from authentic French boulangerie and patisserie Do.Main Bakery!

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Other than offering a range of freshly baked baguettes, chouquettes (grab a packet, these sell out fast!), puff pastries, tarts, danish pastries, choux pastries and entremets, Do.Main Bakery has rolled out a new savoury menu based on home-style classics all done via the oven (yes, no stoves in the kitchen!), jointly created by chef­‐owner Frederic Deshayes and chef-owner of Bar-Roque Grill, Stephane Istel.

Thin Crust Baker’s Pizza ($8-9)
onions, hams, olives or zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms

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So why the focus on oven-baked/cooked dishes? Well, it’s to pay tribute to the baker’s role during the olden times in France. In the era before stoves were invented, farmers used to prepare dinner by putting the ingredients in a cast iron pot in the morning, and drop them off at the bakery on the way to the fields. The baker would pop the pots into his warm oven, and the meal would be slow-cooked by the end of the day. That story sure put things into perspective as I was studying the menu!

Octopus Romesco Salad ($15)
homemade sourdough toast bread

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The platter of artisanal charcuterie comprises of three meaty selections. Chef Stephane, who hails from the Alsace region, an area celebrated for its hearty French-style charcuterie, curates the selection which will chance monthly depending on seasonal ingredients. Freshness is of utmost importance here!

Charcuterie Platter ($20)
duck pistachio pates, pork rillettes, kurobuta ham, assorted artisanal bread

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I expected pizza and lasagne to be on the menu and bingo! The thin crust pizzas made good little appetizers and perfect for sharing while the meatless lasagne was full-bodied with a plethora of fresh veggies, melted cheese and vibrant tomato sauce. For something lighter, the tender octopus romesco salad was expertly prepared with none of that chewiness which I dislike.

Lasagne ($14)
vegetarian

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A heady mix of reblochon cheese, bacon, potato and confit onions, the “Tartiflette” was a pleasant surprise! I thought it’d be a pretty heavy dish but it was so rich and flavourful that I could have finished it all on my own. That’s the ultimate French home comfort food, as is the familiar cassolette of garlicky bourguignon snails.

Cassolette Oven-Baked Escargots ($16); Tartiflette ($16)
oven baked reblochon cheese

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The “Broken Eggs” is baked until half-cooked on a stone bake oven, and then served piping hot with strips of toasted cereal bread for dipping. Watch this video to see how we ate eggs, French style! We almost didn’t order the tomato confit version but I’m awfully glad we did in the end – this was the best savoury dish of the evening imo! You can also choose to have it plain or with cream and bacon.

Ouefs Au Plat ($15)
broken eggs, tomato confit, mouilletes

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No one should leave Do.Main Bakery without trying the gorgeous desserts! Tangy lemon cream tart, salted caramel and chocolate eclairs, decadent royal chocolate cake, praline-filled Paris-Brest – it’s difficult to pick an absolute favourite so I shall not try!

Lemon Cream Tart ($5); Royal Chocolate Cake ($8)

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I also heard good things about the choux cream puffs and macarons but those have to wait till the next visit.

Eclair ($5); Paris-Brest ($5)

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Thank you for hosting us, Jenny!

Do.Main Bakery
226 Tanjong Katong Road
6348 1406

In retrospect, it seems that I’ve been making annual pilgrimages to The Waterfall ever since 2012! This year is more special as The Waterfall is no more – or rather, renamed and rebranded as Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, an Italian restaurant helmed by Chef de Cuisine Marco De Vincentis. Expect authentic and unique Southern Italian cuisine that combines fresh seafood, handmade pastas and heirloom recipes!

Parmigiana Di Melanzane ($20++)
eggplants, parmigiano, tomatoes

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Let’s talk wine first before food. While the wine collection is extensive, I’d say just go for the smooth and easy-to-drink Nero d’Avola, Waterfall’s house wine made from the most important red wine grape in Sicily and served in a unique cup known as boccalino.

Tagliolini Al Pesto Siciliano ($22++)
homemade pasta, tomato, ricotta cheese, pine nut, basil, roasted almond

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Pair Nero d’Avola with some antipasti such as the popular seafood salad (I found it average though) and parmigiana, an aubergine bake. The latter uses carefully-sourced eggplants layered with generous lashings of tomato sauce and melted parmesan and mozzarella cheese. A must try!

Paccheri All’astice ($32++)
homemade pasta, lobster sauce, tomatoes, brandy, chilli, basil, parsley, evoo

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Pasta dishes feature prominently on the menu, all painstakingly homemade. There’s linguine (with plenty of seafood), tagliolini (amazing nutty pesto!), lasagne (a crispy version, if you can imagine it) and my pick out of the lot – paccheri tossed and evenly coated with a rich lobster sauce.

Stufato Di Pesce ($68++, min 2 pax)
seafood stew, tomatoes, garlic, garden herbs

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Don’t leave without trying the tomato-based signature seafood stew! Sun-ripped tomatoes flavoured with garlic form the base for all the seafood you can think of – from lobsters, prawns and snapper to scallops, mussels and clams! So hearty and satisfying.

Tagliata Di Manzo Rucola E Grana ($38-56++)
premium beef, capsicum, rocket leaves, parmesan cheese

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Fans of beef will not want to miss the grilled beef marinated with extra virgin olive oil and capsicum. Choose either striploin black angus 120 days grain fed, tenderloin hunter valley grain fed or wagyu rib eye 5+. Me, I’ll stick to the pan-fried sole, perfumed with parsley, lemon juice and that all-important ingredient – butter, of course!

Sogliola al Limone ($38++)
sole, butter, asparagus

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I’ve always enjoyed Waterfall’s take on the classic tiramisu and it didn’t disappoint. Another traditional dessert is the torta caprese, a safe but decadent chocolate cake named for and originating from the beautiful island of Capri.

Tiramisu ($15++)
coffee infused sponge, mascarpone cream

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If I can only have one dessert (worst nightmare ever!), it will be the freshly made zabaione – light whipped custard primarily made with egg yolks, sugar, and interestingly spiked with sweet moscato and intense espresso!

Zabaione All’Espresso ($14++)
zabaione, moscato, espresso

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My thanks to Cheryl, Joleena and Josephine for hosting dinner!

Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
Garden Wing, Level One, Shangri-La Hotel
22 Orange Grove Road
6213 4138

So the other day I was having dinner with a group of media acquaintances and the topic of “hey, have you been to anywhere new recently” came up (as it always does). At that time, Adrift by David Myers was (and still is?) creating a buzz in the local foodie scene and I was surprised when someone started condemning this place, even going as far as labeling it “lousy”. On the contrary, I was (and still am) all praises for Adrift! Really enjoyed my meal here, so much so that I can’t wait to explore more of the menu together with K!

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I was already impressed by chef David Myers’ dishes back in September last year during the Epicurean Market held at Marina Bay Sands. His coconut and green papaya shooter was a liquid bomb of flavours and I’m thrilled that it’s now permanently on Adrift’s a la carte menu. Ditto for the addictive caramel popcorn!

Caramel Popcorn ($9++)
togarashi

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The menu at Adrift blends playful snacks with raw items and artisanal toasts with charcoal-grilled treats. Many of the mix-and-match small plates (read: tapas style) are meant for sharing and feature interpretations of chef Myers’ most beloved dishes from his travels throughout Asia.

Rice Cracker ($11++)
green onion salt, yuzu kosho aioli

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These include cheeky nods to American classics such as fried oysters and buckwheat battered chicken with karashi honey mustard sauce. Gosh, those oysters! Despite being deep fried, the oysters remain plump and delightfully fresh tasting! For the record, I don’t even like oysters.

Fried Oysters ($21++)
green garlic, black lime dip

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Buckwheat Fried Chicken ($18++)
honey mustard sauce

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From the “toast” section, the king crab melt with pimento cheese is exactly the kind of worthy carbs we should all aim for in life. Generous fillings of crab meat and gooey cheese are sandwiched between evenly browned warm toasty bread. So good that I had double my share, oops. Beef tartare and ricotta have their fans too but on my next visit, it’s definitely going to be the uni butter (hello, uni butter!) on pumpernickel for me!

Beef Tartare Toast ($26++)
sesame, egg yolk, chili

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King Crab Toast ($35++)
pimento grilled cheese

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Ricotta Toast ($24++)
preserved lemon, okinawan black sugar

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The “nomadic” (i.e. seafood) selection may be limited to just six items but what I tried, I liked! Especially the cured hamachi with ginger flower – simple and elegant – and the salmon-ish arctic char curry which has enough kick from the spices.

Cured Hamachi ($27++)
ginger flower, creme fraiche

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Arctic Char ($28++)
spiced tomatoes, curry

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Even the sides are admirable – crispy baby potatoes lightly sprinkled with parmesan and aromatic grilled corn are dangerously moreish little bites! But there’s something in the braised morning glory which didn’t agree with my palate so I pretty much ignored it.

Sides ($9-14++)
baby potatoes, seaweed, parmesan;
braised morning glory, lime pickle;
grilled corn, dashi butter, furikake

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Desserts are 2/3 lovely. The small chocolate pot looks unassuming but it’s so dark and rich! Raspberry parfait is quite a beauty too – I love the contrasting textures from the creamy ice cream, chewy mochi and crunchy nuts. The only sweet that didn’t had me swooning was the caramel french toast – soaked and soft in the middle but lacking crisp and the scoop of coconut sorbet was way too small.

Caramel French Toast
coconut sorbet, kopi syrup

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Chocolate Pot De Creme
guanaja chocolate, burnt marshmallows
Raspberry Parfait
rose, cocoa mochi

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My thanks to Philicia for hosting dinner!

Adrift by David Myers
Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2
6688 5657

The Catch Seafood Restaurant puts the foodie mantra “have food will travel” to a good test. It’s seriously the most remote, distant, far–flung (and whatever synonyms of ulu you can think of) restaurant we’ve ever been to in Singapore! With the aid of GPS and my bff Google map, we finally navigated to Johore Battery. Yes, the Singapore historical site because that’s where The Catch is located!

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Other than being a restaurant, The Catch also brings in live seafood from overseas (ask for a tour around the outdoor giant tanks!) and supplies them to hotels/restaurants. That’s why the food here is so affordable without much markup. The menu offers a vast variety of seafood delicacies (deep sea Alaskan king crabs and lobsters!) and classic local favourites – I counted more than 127 items!

Chef Marinated Cold Japanese Cucumber ($5++)
冰镇黄瓜

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Since there’s only K to divide and conquer with me, I was very careful when “curating” our dinner menu, making sure that I picked dishes which I know we will like as long as they are properly executed by the chef. From the appetizer section, we had a refreshing cold dish of marinated crunchy Japanese cucumber and then ditched the healthy plan for tender deep fried cuttlefish lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Both whetted my appetite for more!

Deep Fried Cuttlefish with Pepper & Salt ($8++)
椒盐鲜鱿须

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And “more” came in the form of these delicious golden discs of eggplant coated with salted egg yolk! Soft and creamy on the inside, crispy and thin batter on the outside, they were amazing – strong and rich in flavour but not overwhelmingly so!

Crispy Brinjal with Salted Egg Yolk ($6++)
黄金茄子

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K loves his soups, regardless of how crazy hot the weather is nowadays. The double-boiled peppery fish soup with bunashimeji mushroom and bamboo pith ($28++) was the highlight for him (and even for me, a non-soup fan!) — pure cuddly comfort liquid food in a bowl! Sorry I don’t have a good pic of it but just imagine how warm and soothing it is to the soul, ahhhhh~

Red Flower Crab Steamed with Egg White & Chinese Wine (seasonal price)
鸡油花雕蒸

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We ordered a couple of crabs prepared in extremely different styles. Steamed red flower crab may not as meaty as its counterparts but it was so naturally sweet and juicy! And if you are a carb junkie, that silky smooth egg white and decadent crab roe will suffice as toppings for multiple servings of plain rice! Then of course we had to try The Catch’s take on the famous chilli crab. Won’t say it’s the best in Singapore but it was fresh, big and super satisfying. Especially the thick fragrant gravy which my spoon kept going back for!

Chilli Crab served with Dough Fritter or Bun (seasonal price)
辣椒炒(油条或馒头)

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Unless you are the type with a personal vendetta against artificial truffle oil, I’d strongly recommend the sauteed lobster meat with truffle oil on egg white (do you see the theme here — seafood, egg, seafood, and more egg)! Simple yet elegant. Dinner went very well but ended on a weak note — desserts. The double boiled hashima with lotus seeds was tooth-achingly sweet and we left them untouched. Lesson learnt: stick to the savouries! Now I have about 101 dishes left to tackle!

Braised Noodle with Seafood in XO Sauce ($14++)
虾米酱茄子焖面

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Special thanks to Danny for hosting dinner!

The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar
27 Cosford Road
6546 2155

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