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Paris: Hello (Again), Jacques Genin!

Now that I’ve discovered Jacques Genin, every trip to Paris means at least one afternoon session at his tea salon in Marais~

133 Rue de Turenne, Paris

The made-to-order millefeuille is a MUST!

Vanilla-raspberry flavour this time : )

How about a tarte au citron?

Nice, but the killer version I had from Joel Robuchon in Tokyo is still unbeatable, imo.

Found another new favourite here!

Plain and simple it may be, this is the best chocolate éclair I’ve ever tried so far, with perfect choux pastry enveloping a cloud of light chocolate pastry cream that’s not too sweet~

I can easily eat two at one go, haha.

See you soon, JG!

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Late Plate

Being a brekkie/brunch girl, I wish we have more Wild Honey-ish bistros around. So I was very happy to chance upon Late Plate, one of the latest cafes in Singapore offering all-day breakfast, yay!

The location is not the most accessible as it’s located inside NUS. Boon for you lucky students there, bane for easties like me, boo. But no matter, “have food, will travel”, that’s the spirit of any foodie!

Love the eggs benedict ($18) lots lots! Pretty perfect, imo.

Two poached eggs, garlic rye bread, citron hollandaise on the side as usual, smoked ocean trout.

Nori chicken, scrambled eggs, parmesan chips ($18).

We cleared our plates clean, enough said : )

Late Plate
11 Kent Ridge Drive
#01-03, Shaw Foundation Alumni House
8328 3127

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Wasn’t intending to blog about this but Laurent Bernard Chocolatier does such a mean Mont Blanc ice cream that I just had to post and share the love, haha. That said, his bloody-red refreshing raspberry sorbet still remains my all-time favourite though!

Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
80 Mohamed Sultan Road
6235 9007

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This post is dedicated to all the guys out there with a deep pocket wanting to impress their ladies on Valentine’s Day but have yet to decide on the dinner venue.

How about considering The Halia?

The location is already a winner. Situated within the Ginger Garden at Botanic Gardens, the restaurant is a perfect city getaway and the ambience pretty much screams romantic. Remember to plan for a walk before or after dinner!

On 14th February, Halia will be offering a 4-course Valentine’s set dinner menu. In line with the theme of “Poetic Expressions of Love“, each course is served with a note bearing a love quote from famous poets. Ah, if only guys can think of this themselves!

Another innovative gesture is the complimentary “phone-sitting” service, where you and your lovely partner can leave your phones with the reception so that no one from the “outside world” can disturb your evening, haha.

Ok, let’s talk money. Two options available:

1. $300 nett per couple for a 4-course menu, a single rose and a picture souvenir. If you wish to pair each course with wine, that’s an additional $150 nett per couple, sir.

2. $500 nett per couple for premium garden dining, the 4-course menu, a bouquet of roses, picture souvenir, a bottle of sparkling wine and complimentary Halia tea vouchers. The additional $150 for wine pairing applies here too.

Note that full payment is required for reservations if you are keen to go for the set menu.

Now you see why this post is addressed to those with a fat wallet, aye? Love on such a special day don’t come cheap for some, sadly.

As for the menu, here goes.

Quartet of baked Sydney rock oysters.
With sauteed sweet pepper, smoked bacon, shallot, salmon ikura.
With cucumber linguine, champagne cream, dill.

Tian of vine ripened tomato, pine nut, guacamole, mango salsa, shiso, braised courgette.

Oysters are not my thing so chef prepared this for me. It’s difficult to not enjoy such a colourful dish!

Foie gras presse onion cream, apple silvers in port, balsamic and port reduction, crystallized rose petal.

For the main course, it’s either fish or meat.

Grilled Atlantic mackerel with soy, balsamic glaze, sweet carrot, sauteed potato with garlic, thyme and rosemary.

Rangers Valley wagyu beef cheek, mash potato, sauteed shimeiji mushroom, lemon aioli, tomato confit and edamame bean.

Desserts come with a choice too.

Raspberry mousse, rose marshmallow and vanilla Chantilly mascarpone cream~

A pretty treat for the ladies!

But I like the other option even more.

Star anise chocolate bar, salty caramel ice cream and strawberry meringue!

Petit fours, a lovely end to the meal.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone in advance! Have a good one : )

Many thanks to Karen from FoodNews for inviting and hosting! I’m really honoured to be one of the first few to taste the Valentine’s Day menu~

The Halia
1 Cluny Court, Ginger Garden
Singapore Botanic Gardens
8448 1148

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Introducing Ichibantei, a neat ramen joint at chi-chi Robertson Quay.

Spicy tonkotsu ramen

Once you’ve tried the ramen in Japan, anything else in Singapore will be found wanting. So no comments, haha.

I’m glad that Ichibantei is not solely a ramen place. There’s sushi, udon, salads and other ala carte dishes on the menu too.

Love the red dragon roll lots! Incredible texture with deep fried ebi, slices of raw seabass, and creamy cod roe, mmm~

 Cha soba, always a favourite of mine : )

Ichibantei
The Quayside
60 Robertson Quay
6733 3923

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Impromptu lunch at Wahiro!

I think only set meals are available for lunch. No matter, since they are very affordable and quality is not sacrificed!

Salads and fruits (just watermelon, haha) are served with every set ordered.

Sushi and soba set ($18++)

Unagi and sashimi set ($25++)

Totally enjoyed the thick slices of fresh sashimi and the unagi hotpot with burdock and runny egg! Yums max.

Wahiro
50 East Coast Road
#01-01, Roxy Square Shopping Centre
6342 2252

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Genki Sushi

Genki Sushi is back!

 Not sure whether it’s bigger and better, but it’s definitely much more fun!

Make your selections, add to your cart, and send in the order! All done via the iPad menu found on every table.

And a high tech “bullet train” sends your food straight to the table from the kitchen! Remember to press the button to send the train back after removing the plates.

Felt happy and satisfied with our safe (haha) choices: salmon, shishamo, anago, soft shell crab maki, lobster saladunagi, tuna belly, and tamago : )

Genki Sushi
#03-32 Orchard Central
6238 0900

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