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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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Hanare

Hanare, Teppei’s sister restaurant, has opened!

No queue spotted… Yet?

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There are only two items on the “menu”: bara set ($17.60 with miso soup and four kinds of sides) or the buffet ($19.90 with daily special and 20 dishes). Pay on arrival, cash only. We took a walk around the buffet area and the spread was not impressive. Fried stuff, curry, salads, fruits, that’s basically it. Strange that there’s even mapo tofu available, lol.

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So I highly recommend going for the chirashi instead~ Although the seasoning was a tad too heavy, I really like this! A colourful bowl of vinegared sushi rice topped generously with raw seafood such as salmon, tuna, scallop and swordfish (there’s also akagai but we requested for nothing chewy), this was so satisfying that I’m already pestering K to bring me back again!

Bara Chirashi ($17.60)

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Hanare
99B Tanjong Pagar Road
6222 1976

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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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Savour 2014

Oops, two weeks late, I must be the slowest blogger to write about Savour 2014 😡

Savour 2013 was my first and particularly memorable because K and I bagged home $1,000 cash and a year’s supply of Fiji water! This year, I could only attend on the very last day and the line-up of chefs was not very impressive as most of the international chefs I wanted to catch have packed up their knives and left. That said, I still had a lot of fun because honestly, this is the best food festival in Singapore!

We topped up $60 in addition to the $30 Savour dollars (not enough!) which came with my media pass and here’s my verdict:

Best dishes: crispy barramundi roll from I’Osteria via Solata; chao ta (burnt) cod from &Sons; truffle kanpachi (always a Savour favourite!) and braised short ribs from Mikuni.

Worst dish: pan fried mullet from Gidleigh Park (boring and so forgettable that I’m sure K’s reaction on reading this will be “did we even eat this??”)

Everything else falls into the “average/decent/hmm-not-bad” category.

Biggest regret: mao tai dessert from Bo Innovation was sold out fast (and I was early!), sigh.

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Nespresso has just launched their Spring limited edition Grands Crus – the Colombian Terroirs. The Colombian Terroirs is made up of green coffee sought from the regions of Cauca and Santander in Colombia, which results in different aromas and taste profiles in each Grand Cru. Both Colombian Terroirs Limited Edition Grand Crus are priced at $11.50 per sleeve of 10 capsules and are available for Nespresso Club Members only. Check out the online store for more information!

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BRUNO MENARD: La Cantine, Singapore
Trio of Tartare with vintage original Sturia Caviar
marinated veal in tuna sauce; norwegian salmon with lime sauce; garden vegetables with hot & cold smoked sturgeon

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KENTARO TORII: Forlino, Singapore
Combo Platter
5 cheese tortellini with saffron cream sauce; slow braised kurobuta pork cheek, beetroot puree, winter truffle; roasted suckling pig loin ‘porchetta’, sherry vinegar sauce, roasted vegetables; valrhona dulce chocolate cream with passionfruit coulis & soft chocolate macaroon

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RICCARDO CATARSI: &Sons, Singapore
Roasted Cod Salsa Rubra

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RICCARDO CATARSI: &Sons, Singapore
Linguine, Crab & Nduja

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MOON KYUNG-SOO: Mikuni, Singapore
72hr Miso Braised Short Rib
kyoto onion, fresh wasabi

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MOON KYUNG-SOO: Mikuni, Singapore
Kanpachi Truffle Soya
free sake!

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DANIEL CHAVEZ: Ola Cocina Del Mar, Singapore
Tomato Gazpacho
scallop tartar, raspberry vinegar

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EZIO GRITTI: I’Osteria via Solata, Italy (1 Michelin Star)
Crispy Roll of Barramundi with Fresh Exotic Fruit

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MICHAEL CAINES: Gidleigh Park, UK (2 Michelin Stars)
Pan Fried Red Mullet
thai puree, fennel, dill and lime salad tomato fondue

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My thanks to CROWD for the media pass!

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“Good thing it’s off the menu, otherwise I may park myself here every weekend!” –> I wrote this in my first post on The Humble Loaf and a-ha, guess what?! The good people from THL are really featuring “it” permanently on the menu!

“it” refers to the Smoked Salmon Egg Bowl, which was the CNY special, except that it has a cutesy new name now: the Sea-ly Eggs ($7.50). This and the Not-so-humble Eggs ($6) and the Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($9) are our regular orders during our weekly visit (yes, we dutifully show up every Saturday). Breads-wise, I love the dark rye walnut most, followed by the black bamboo charcoal. Always freshly baked and so wholesome.

Last Saturday was their 1st anniversary and to join in the celebration (i.e. an excuse to eat even more than usual), we tried the Romesco Bowl ($9.50) too. Nutty red pepper based sauce with roasted asparagus and 7 mins eggs –> simply delish~ The chefs even threw in a free dessert for all customers, how sweet of them! We had the raspberry bar, proudly proclaimed to be “naturally sweetened”, and it was deliciously moist ❤

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The Humble Loaf
#B1-92, Katong Shopping Centre
865 Mountbatten Road

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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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Gæst

I felt kind of bummed that we did not enjoy Nordic deli Gæst as much as I imagined we would. In fact, K has already written off this place completely (his recent infatuation with The Humble Loaf is not helping) while I’m still hopeful of a repeat visit someday, maybe…

To be fair though, I think he chose the wrong dish (which was my doing since I had read raving reviews about the to-die-for pork sandwich). Unhealthy crispy roasted pork which screamed fat!! with a capital F was totally unsuitable for a relatively clean eater (the chicken breast option sounds more like him). Plus the mustard mayo made the sourdough soggy – his ultimate sandwich nightmare since it reminds him of *ahem* sanitary pads (his words, not mine), oops.

I had the poached eggs off the weekend brunch menu and while it was certainly photogenic, we returned it to the kitchen as one of the eggs was overcooked, a no-no for me. Second attempt was all good and I love the rye bread so very much~ Perfect mopping-up-the-yolk material. Consistent with my dining experiences in Scandinavia, we find that the food tends to be on the salty side so the post-meal sodium rush was not too pleasant hmm.

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Pork Sandwich ($13)
roasted pork with crackling, orange marinated red cabbage with parsley, red apple, mustard mayonnaise, homemade sourdough bread

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Poached Eggs with Eggplant & Goat Cheese ($15)
rye bread, salad, smoked salmon (additional $4)

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Gæst
#01-01, The Clift
21 McCallum Street
6634 0922

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