Archive for August, 2010

End of Story

Whoa, I just reached home from a long day at training school and boy, I see that this issue with said blogger seems to be blowing out of proportion. 

Yahoo! Singapore has published a post on it and Straits Times’ Lifestyle is going to run an article on Wednesday. And I heard that his address and contact numbers have been ferreted out by some scarily brilliant people online… Come on, that’s going too far and I think it’s a little too extreme.

As a food blogger, I put in a lot of time and effort in my blog, as a personal memento and a platform to share my passion with whoever is interested. And I know that said blogger put in as much, if not even more, elbow grease than me. While I do stand by what I wrote, it is still a pity to see a blog being suspended over a silly mistake and perhaps, out of misplaced arrogance. Imagine years of effort going down the drain just like that.

I’m not saying that I feel sorry for him; I don’t, cuz he should have thought of the consequences of his own actions in the first place. That said, it’s still a learning point for all of us, food bloggers or otherwise. Let’s always be humble and never ever let “fame” go into our heads.

I really hope that readers don’t discredit the food blogger community now. Just take whatever we write with a pinch of salt. Food is so subjective; what I love may be exactly what you hate. And fellow bloggers, I’ll still be following your blogs religiously so please continue writing!

By the way, some of you may be feeling puzzled about my postscript in the previous post so let me clarify. I was the first to post on this issue yesterday, before HungryEpicurean and Yahoo! Singapore published their articles. At that time, and even now, I have NO intention of mentioning any specific names/blogs cuz I’ve been threatened by Obolo before and I’ve wisely learnt my lesson so that lawsuits don’t come flying my way. My postscript was meant to be a not-too-subtle hint on who he is, but now that his identity has been revealed by Yahoo! Singapore, I guess it’s redundant now, though I’ll just leave it as it is.

Alright, I’m not going to write on this issue anymore. What I want to say has been said. Next post on Paris, stay tuned! =)

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STOP asking for free food!

Dear fellow food bloggers and whoever is reading this,

I’m writing this post with much annoyance.

A little bird told me a very disturbing piece of news today:

A rather “famous” food blogger (X) went to a restaurant with a group of friends for brunch this morning. When the bill came, X asked for a waiver cuz he’s a food blogger. Like, seriously?! In the end, they were given a 50% discount and X had the audacity to tell the chef something along the line of “I always get free food wherever I go“.

Omg, can you believe that???

Hello, wake up. Just because you take photos of food and blog about it doesn’t mean you are entitled to free food. Anyone can be a food blogger these days, all it takes is a camera and a blog. Even my grandma can do that. Does that mean restaurants have to sponsor everyone for their meals?

I do not know X personally, nor do I care to. But I’m taking this personally cuz it’s spoiling the reputation and good name of food bloggers. All the bloggers I know are extremely nice people and I know that they are not as shameless as X.

I’ve no idea how long such tasteless solicitation for FOC meals has been going on behind the scenes. This is actually not the first time I’ve heard of such a thing. I was amused the first time, but I’m certainly not laughing now cuz it’s plain disgusting. I’m fine with restaurants inviting bloggers for tasting events but definitely not the other way round. Integrity is the word, people. If you really truly blog for the passion of food, this issue is a moot point.

I believe that my fellow blogger friends will agree with me that we eat within our means. If you can’t afford restaurants, go to hawker centres. If you can’t afford hawker centres, cook at home and blog about your kitchen escapades. If you can’t afford to do that, DON’T blog and just read others’ reviews. So why go to a restaurant when you have no intention of paying in the first place?

Some of you may be aware that the so-called Annual Bloggers’ Dinner is taking place next week. I’m pretty sure that X will be attending and I’m so glad that I won’t be. To share a table with such a person is bound to give me indigestion. I’m just wondering, is Michaelangelos’ Restaurant going to waive that $50 price tag for you JUST BECAUSE you are a food blogger? Sheesh.

To X: If you happen to read this and decide to take your petty revenge by writing a lousy post slamming that restaurant, I dare you to. Count yourself lucky that the kind chef gives you and your bunch of friends that 50% discount. If I’m the chef, you can wait until the cows come home for that discount.

To restaurants out there: I sincerely apologise on behalf of X and any other food bloggers who have exploited their “status”. Not all of us are such bad eggs. You can give us complimentary items out of goodwill but please do not accede to anyone’s request for a free meal! It’s ridiculous.

P.S. The blogger X is a ‘he’, but his blog sounds like a ‘she’. If that’s not clear enough, I don’t know what is.


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Phew, the weekend is finally here! This blog has been sadly neglected by me for the past week cuz I’ve been so busy. The writing may have stopped but the eating definitely hasn’t! With so many backlogs, it’s hard to pick which restaurant to feature first. After much deliberation, I decided on somewhere I really like: Krish.

Housed in a beautifully restored, two-storey, black-and-white colonial-style bungalow at Rochester Park, Krish’s food revolves around ‘South Asia influenced European cuisine’, or more specifically, Indian-accented modern European food. Exotic, isn’t it?

I’m absolutely taken with the decor at Kirsh.

The interior setting is chic in a homely way, with baroque-style ornaments and quirky touches such as plants in glass jars and antique F&N bottles. For me, the focal point of the restaurant is the 2 gorgeous chandeliers constructed entirely out of old glass bottles. How cool is that!

I usually ask for recommendations when choosing cocktails cuz the list is just too long. The Red Grass ($16++, right)—a mixture of Absolut Raspberry, raspberries, lemongrass and lemon juice—is pleasantly fruity and the alcohol is so subtle that it’s barely there. Another cocktail I tried was Tweeks ($16++): a bubbly glass of Prosecco, strawberries and ginger. Interestingly, the flavour of ginger gets stronger and stronger with each sip.

Instead of the ubiquitous complimentary bread served at other restaurants, Krish offers fried chapati chips instead. Tossed with butter and herbs, these chips are very addictive! I thought it’d be even better if there’s dips to go with the chips so I asked the waiter for some. And out came a small bowl of heavenly truffle dip, yum!

 The hamachi tartare ($24++) was a light and fresh starter. Though the naan was not served warm, I still love the combination of creamy pressed avocado and zesty-sweet ginger vinaigrette with the finely diced, sushi-quality yellowtail.

 What didn’t impress was the tandoor roasted sardine with braised baby fennel and coriander coulis. While it sounds promising on paper, the fish was lacking in flavour and the many tiny bones made eating it difficult.

I always do my homework before patronising a restaurant so that I know what’s good and what not to order. The spiced carrot ravioli ($16++) has been raved by many online so I wanted a taste of it too! 4 stuffed pasta parcels with a scattering of pomegranate seeds in a sinful ginger-brown butter emulsion that’s surprisingly light and sweet. Very lovely indeed! Now, if only there’s more filling in each pasta…

 Instead of risotto, Krish pairs seared U.S. diver scallops ($45++) with truffled lentils and parsley yoghurt. While the scallops were salty and just a tad overcooked, the lentils were wonderful! Soft, almost mushy texture and the flavour of truffles was unmistakably bold. Portion was small enough to be a starter though.

Another pairing I really adore is pan seared salmon with smooth chickpea puree and garlic aioli. Perfectly cooked with glistening white streaks of fat that melt in the mouth, enough said. And give me chickpea puree over boring mashed potato anytime! It’s a pity that this is not on the menu.

Desserts are not as innovative as the starters and mains. While the presentation of the blackcurrant parfait ($14++) reminds me of the version from 2am: dessert bar, Krish’s rendition is accompanied with a scoop of cardamom-coconut ice cream (I could only make out the taste of the latter) and chocolate sable.

The malleable chocolate ganache ($14++) comes with a strong spice port granita, sweet cream foam and chocolate chips. Dark and bittersweet, but somehow it doesn’t taste rich and decadent enough for me.

Out of the tasting sessions I’ve been to so far, I have to say that I like Krish the most to date! True, fusion food is not for everyone, especially when it has a higher probability of ending up as a complicated and overseasoned mess. But Krish’s take on fusion cuisine scores for its creativity and originality.

Special thanks to Xiaomin of Ate Consulting for the kind invitation!


9 Rochester Park
6779 4644

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I’ve been wanting to try out the food at Garibaldi ever since the chef-owner, Roberto Galetti, won the Chef Of The Year award at the World Gourmet Summit this year. Sister of Gunther’s, this Italian restaurant was also named the Restaurant of the Year at WGS last year. Certainly not short of accolades and acclaim!

The 5 course Gourmet Menu ($88++ with coffee/tea included) is a good starting point for those who want to have a taste of what Garibaldi has to offer.

Amuse bouche was a small glass of baked pumpkin puree that’s literally a  cheesy overkill.

The first 2 starters were plated together: tuna tartare with orange and grey mullet roe on the right, and pan seared Hokkaido scallop with green asparagus and truffle emulsion on the left.

Both dishes were prepared deftly, though nothing mind-blowing. The finely chopped raw tuna was fresh, the scallop tender with a slight firm bite in the center.

A good Italian restaurant will churn out a great pasta. And Garibaldi’s angel-hair pasta (capellini) with prawns in lobster sauce didn’t disappoint! I know the definition of ‘al dente’ differs for each individual so all I’m gonna say is that this pasta defines ‘al dente’ for me perfectly.

Main is either the roasted Atlantic cod in black olive crust and balsamic reduction or a pan fried lamb tenderloin with caramelised pearl onions. Of course, I went for the former. The oily fish was so tender and the classic combi of cod+olive is always a winning formula! Think Otto and Buko Nero.

Compared to the savoury, the sweets were definitely found to be wanting. The tiramisu had such a thick layer of licorice-scented (yiks!) mascarpone cream with minimal homemade ladyfinger biscuits in between. Better ones elsewhere, certainly. 

The molten lava chocolate cake with hazelnut gelato and raspberry coulis was also humdrum. Nothing exceptional, just average.

For want of a better word, Garibaldi’s cuisine seems to lean towards the safe side of the scale. Cynics may call it boring, I say it’s comforting =)


36 Purvis Street
6837 1468

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Next to Original Sin, LivinGreens is my favourite vegetarian restaurant. I go to the former when there’s extra cash in the wallet, and to the latter when I just want to have a deliciously-healthy (ya, these 2 words are not mutually exclusive, contrary to popular belief) meal without breaking the piggy bank.

I’m already a regular here and I’ll always, always order the LivinGreens lasagna ($8.50), which is wheat-, gluten- and dairy-free. Every slice of the lasagna contains fresh tomatoes, green and red peppers, carrots, mushroom, and every slice is lip smackingly good with a well-balanced flavour and texture. This is the most sinless lasagna ever created!

The LivinGreens burger ($8) also appears on our table frequently. While the patty is tasty packed with lots of veggies, the homemade bun has a “neither here nor there” texture. It’s not soft but neither was it dense. It’s just… Different. Either you like it or you don’t. It’s not exactly my favourite bread around so you know where I stand =)

And as usual, we ordered our must-have desserts: Avocado Pudding ($4) that combines so perfectly with a syrup of gula melaka and molasses and Black Sesame Pudding ($3.50) that’s incredibly fragrant and has such a smooth texture and clean flavour.

There’s daily specials everyday and if I happen to drop by on a Friday, the fabulous pumpkin pie takes precedence over my beloved trusty lasagna!


325 Beach Road
6396 5523

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Paris: The Overrated City

Bidding farewell to London, we boarded the Eurostar to cross the English Channel and exactly 135 min later, we set foot on Parisian soil! 

Paris, here I come!!! 

First stop on my itinerary was Musée du Louvre, though I made a detour to Angelina and La Maison du Chocolat for my daily sugar fix. Originally a royal palace, this is now the largest museum in the world. To see it all in one day is next to impossible, and I wasn’t interested to do so anyway. All I wanted was to gawk at the most famous works which include Winged Victory of Samothrace (top right) and Venus de Milo (bottom left). 

And if anyone tells me that he went to the Louvre without seeing Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, I’ll laugh and think he’s either lying or an idiot. Let me tell you, Miss Lisa is like a celebrity in the Louvre! Cameras were flashing and all the tourists were jostling to get up close and personal to her famous and enigmatic smile. And of course, I had to join in the fun! Though I must say I was highly amused by the mob scene. 

Exiting the Louvre via the controversial glass pyramid entrance, we walked south toward the Seine river and then headed east for a leisurely stroll along the riverbank. Crossing the Pont Neuf, Paris’s oldest standing bridge, brought us to the heart of the city, the Ile de la Cité

Inhabited since the Roman empire, the Ile de la Cité is one of the two natural islands in the Seine within the city (the other being Île Saint-Louis where I had my ice cream marathon on the very last day in Paris). It houses Sainte-Chapelle (beautiful on the inside!) and the towering mass of La Conciergerie, two of the last three Middle-Aged buildings left on the island. 

What about the last? It’s actually the Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of Paris’ most famous tourist attractions. The queue was long but luckily, it moved fast. The interior is not as spectacular as its exterior facade and there was a service going on while we were there. Something interesting to note is the bronze plaque on the ground marked “Point Zero—the center of France and the point from which all distances are measured in the entire country. 

Saint-Sulpice is the second largest church in Paris after Notre-Dame and it has a very impressive pipe organ (bottom right) which is one of the finest and largest in the world. Thanks to Dan Brown’s novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’, it only became more popular with tourists than usual cuz it’s one of the crucial settings in the book.  

There are many chic boutiques surrounding the church and more importantly, Pierre Hermé and Sadaharu Aoki are nearby!!! 

One of Paris’s most recognizable landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe is the world’s largest triumphal arch. Nearby is the Champs-Elysées and we wandered down the famous avenue to Tuileries Garden. Along the way, we popped into Ladurée (#75) and by the end of the walk, I was the proud owner of two gorgeous bags (Louis Vuitton at #101 and Chanel at #42 Avenue Montaigne), yay!  

For more serious retail therapy, we spent almost the entire day at Galeries Lafayette (amazing glass dome!) and it wasn’t enough! Please please please remember to do your tax refund earlier cuz the queue gets insanely long near closing time (I speak from personal experience). Down the street is the Opéra Garnier, the hiding place of the ‘Phantom of the Opera‘ in Paul Leroux’s famous play. 

To the north of Paris is the charming neighbourhood district of Montmartre. It was a long and steep climb (I lost count of the number of steps) to “the top of Paris” where Sacré-Coeur is located. Surrounding the church is the extremely touristy square, place du Tertre, where painters abound to draw your portraits. Lots of tourists sit on the steps leading to the basilica and just hang out to enjoy the grand view. 

At the foot of the butte Montmartre (the hill on which Sacre Coeur stands) is Paris’s red light district and a photograph of the distinctive Moulin Rouge (“The Red Windmill”) is a must! Haha, I still remember watching that movie (starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman) in 2001 when I was just in sec 1! 

Many guidebooks tell me to get out of Paris by or before 8am and that’s what I did. But still, there was already a crowd at Chateau de Versailles, one of the largest and most opulent castles in the world. The Hall of Mirrors (top left) is truly a stunning masterpiece and while the sprawling immaculate gardens are lovely, it’s a chore to walk from one end to the other cuz it’s so huge. 

No trip to Paris is complete without going to the Eiffel Tower! Otherwise, it’d be like coming to Singapore without seeing the Merlion, right? The panoramic view was worth 10mins of battling the cold strong wind and slight drizzle. Can you spot the Arc de Triomphe (bottom left)? At the top of the hour, there’s a lighting display, best viewed from the ground on the long grassy field, Parc du Champ de Mars (top right).  

Frankly speaking, I’m glad that I’m not going to be a cliché and declare “I LOVE PARIS~”. It’s indeed overrated. The sights are kind of underwhelming in reality and somehow, they look so much more magnificant on paper. Too much photoshop by guidebooks/magazines, hmm? 

My sis went “Waaa, why does the metro station look so bright??” when I showed her the photo below. Truth is, Paris’s metro stations are dark and gloomy, and most of the Parisians I saw on the trains looked tired and weary all the time. It’s like a grey, grey world in Paris -_- 

That said, I still adore the food (yes, ESPECIALLY the food!) and shopping in Paris! Keep a lookout for the next post where I’ll share what yummy eats I had there =)

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When the words “A Pictorial” appears in my post’s title, it usually means that I’m too lazy to type a full post and the food is generally good enough for no nitpicking. If you are hankering for Italian cuisine that satisfies, why not give Otto Ristorante a try? It’s always a safe bet for me!

Amuse bouche #1: Lightly marinated bite-sized baked salmon in a tangy tomato dressing.

Amuse bouche #2: Sautéed mushrooms on crisp toast, smothered topped with thick cheese.

Starter #1: Fresh blue swimmer crab meat, creamy avocado and sweet vine tomato timbale with yoghurt dressing ($22++).

Starter #2: Squid ink tagliolini with langoustine and own reduction ($32++).

Main #1: Monkfish “ossobuco” with two leek consistency ($38++). Definitely still loving the cod “tagliata” from the previous visit!

Main #2: A very generous serving of spaghetti with sea urchin and grey mullet bottarga ($30++).

Dessert: Otto’s Giamaica coffee tiramisu ($14++).

Another lovely meal at Otto =)


Otto Ristorante
28 Maxwell Road
#01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building
6227 6819

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