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Really happy that Onaka (one of my favourite restaurants on i-wanna-eat-clean days) is one of the restaurants covered under The Entertainer app! Because the portions are rather small (to say that I have an extremely hearty appetite is an understatement haha), one main course is definitely not enough to keep me us full. Hence, we had two mains each (we even had room for desserts thereafter, don’t judge!) and the bill worked out to be about $50 after taxes! Brilliant.

By the way, the menu has changed and my favourite pear and salmon dish has been taken off, sad. That said, all our four choices were excellent, particularly the chilli crab pasta. Love the spicy kick!

P.S. Key in @myfoodsirens for 20% discount off the app! Discount code expires end April!

Chilli Crab Capelini Version 2.0 ($24++)
capelini pasta, house-made chilli crab sauce, spanner crab, sous vide egg

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Falafel & Tabouleh ($18++)
spiced chickpea patties, quinoa tabouleh, tahini dressing, mesclun

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Chicken Tikka Masala ($22++)
twice-marinated chicken tikka, kasmiri chilli powder, makhani curry, pink yoghurt, house-made naan

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Pumpkin Sea Bass ($23++)
pumpkin seed crusted, pumpkin mash, haricot vert salad, smoked tomato puree

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Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar
#01-32, Alexandra Retail Centre
460 Alexandra Road
6270 2012

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The Entertainer app just gets better and better.

$10 for brunch at Group Therapy Cafe, $9 for lunch at Department of Caffeine, I’ll try to find something for $8 soon haha.

P.S. Key in @myfoodsirens for 20% discount off the app! Discount code expires end April!

Roast Chicken ($18); Poached Salmon ($18); both with large salads

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Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road
6223 3426

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Hong Kong: Via Tokyo

20 mins queue for a waffle cup of milk, green tea and hojicha soft serve from Via Tokyo… Worth my time?

You betcha.

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Via Tokyo
Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F Leishun Court
106-126 Leighton Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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Hola hola!

Don Quijote had its first Spanish Barbecue Night a few weeks ago and it was an exciting feast with great food and free-flow drinks such as sangria, wines and Taittinger champagne! Granted, the spread was not visually impressive but who cares when there’s quality (think wagyu tomahawk steaks, ‘live’ sea prawns, ‘live’ barramundi etc etc) over quantity.

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The signature Spanish Suckling Pig took 7 (7!!!) years to be perfected and it was apparently worth the wait. Comments I kept hearing include “authentically prepared”, “clean tasting” and “naturally sweet” (which as a pescetarian, I can’t understand haha). It’s currently on special promotion at half ($168) and whole ($268) portions (I heard the promo is gonna end soon since it’s too cheap compared to market price!), and 2 days advanced order is required.

P.S. Next time you come across a suckling pig, go for the ears! It’s an open secret that those crispy bits are the best part!

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Woah, bloody meat… As K said, “the bloodier, the merrier”~

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My favourite was the baked Boston Lobsters topped with cheese! I had to force myself to stop at four. Having these lobsters ‘live’ really made a world of difference… So meaty and unbelievably fresh! In fact, one of the lobsters in the pot was threatening to jump out to play, hence the black cloth as a cover.

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Another dish which K raved about was the Spanish Secreto Iberico Pork. Didn’t look very exciting but the cut was thin and juicy!

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Spanish staples: robust and savoury Fideuá Negra made in fresh squid ink and though the ubiquitous Paella was not captured in the photo below, don’t worry, it was definitely there!

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I have no idea whether the BBQ night will be a permanent monthly event at Don Quijote (this was just a test launch) but I’m crossing my fingers and toes that it will be!

My special thanks to Anil and Ken for the exclusive invitation!

Don Quijote
#01-02, Block 7 Dempsey Road
6476 2811

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Godiva.

Soft serve.

No words needed.

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Godiva Chocolatier
IFC Mall
Shop 1029-30, Level One
1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong
(852)-2805 0518

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I’ll be honest: Stellar‘s Sunday Wine Lust brunch is not for everyone.

If you are not into alcohol (who doesn’t????), skip this. With free flow wines and sparkling, it’s not called “wine lust” for nothing. Every week, different wine and wine makers are showcased and guests are invited to sample up to a selection of 12 different wines. Chosen favourites can also be bought at wholesale price tags!

If you prefer a big buffet spread, I think hotel buffets are more suitable and value for money. There’s not even a cold raw seafood section as the focus is on a la minute and live cooking stations. Really depends on what you are looking for: quality or quantity?

If you don’t care much for spectacular views during your dining experience, I suggest you close off this window now. At $110++ per person, brunch is pricey and part of that is the location. 62 levels above ground, fabulous views and ambience (my BFF’s friend received her marriage proposal there!) guaranteed!

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The carefully crafted food menu features a decadent spread with trademark highlights such as Stellar’s signature sushi station (quite a limited selection though), smoked salmon benedict (predictably my favourite!) and fresh truffle pasta (I wish I can steal the whole knob of black truffle from the chef haha). K, this blog’s unofficial meat taster, was in charge of devouring the fragrant claypot chicken rice, bloody wagyu rump and assorted cuts from the meat carvery. Brunch ended nicely with a gorgeous dessert platter (all the sweet little cakes were sooooo good!!) and we left with the conclusion that artisanal cheese is totally wasted on us (we just can’t appreciate them, sorry).

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Claypot Chicken Rice
classic with a twist served at the table

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Stellar Sushi
assorted nigiri and maki rolls

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Eggs Selection
smoked salmon benedict

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Truffle Pasta
creamy carbonara or olive oil aglio alio

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Meat Carvings
spatchcock chicken with peri peri, roasted pork belly with chilli apple sauce, rosemary roast leg of lamb, roast duck

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Slow Roasted Wagyu Rump
red wine or mushroom sauce

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Assorted Artisanal Cheese
served from the trolley

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Desserts
lemon coconut slice, orange carrot cake, chocolate tartlet, hazelnut praline cake, white chocolate raspberry cake, strawberry crumble, anzac cookies

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My thanks to Shasi for the kind invitation!

Stellar at 1-Altitude
#62-01, One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place
6438 0410

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Besides Maki San, the green tea soft serve from Tsujiri is also making a regular appearance on my Instagram feed lately. The sudden obsession started a couple of months ago and we’ve been at the 100AM or 313 branch so often that we are well on our way towards a second loyalty rewards card soon… In fact, I think we may be there again today, see ya!

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Tsujiri
#01-14B, 100AM
100 Tras Street
6543 6110

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