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For a watering hole, The Bank Bar + Bistro serves very decent “pub grub”!

By the way, I didn’t come to this conclusion under the influence of alcohol (I swear the waitress did a double take when we chose to stick with water haha).

We started with a sashimi salad and while the cut can’t be compared to what you’d get at a Japanese restaurant (duh), the wasabi yuzu dressing was so delish that we wiped the plate clean! BFF had the seafood pasta (succulent prawns!) and my pan-seared salmon was made less predictable and boring by the crispy/creamy potato fondant~ I can’t decide whether I like the tiramisu or not; on one hand, it was very light but after a few more bites, I felt quite sure that whipped cream was added into the mascarpone layer hmm #dontbelieveinusingwhippedcreamintiramisu

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Sashimi Salad ($20)
tuna, salmon, ebiko, Japanese cucumber, wakame, mesclun, wasabi yuzu dressing

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Seafood Aglio Olio ($24.50)
prawns, squid, black mussels, garlic, chilli flakes, olive oil, parsley

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Pan-Seared Salmon ($27.50)
potato & mushroom fondant, broccoli, vine tomato, spicy harissa tomato sauce

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Homemade Tiramisu ($14)

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The Bank Bar + Bistro
#01-01, One Shenton
1 Shenton Way
6636 2188

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Here’s one more place to note on your to-go list (yes, I believe everyone should have one!): The Missing Pan (for brunch next weekend)

Prices are on the higher side but why is it still packed all the time? Well, they obviously know what they are doing. Hearty portions, fresh ingredients, and a menu which spans beyond the usual big breakfast and eggs benedict.

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Okie, I take back half my words. They do offer eggs ben but it’s with a special twist! Instead of normal smoked salmon, cubes of 45 degree sous vide salmon are paired with perfectly poached eggs instead. 62 degree eggs, 45 degree salmon, brilliant combination!

62 Degree Eggs Benedict ($22++)
smoked salmon, avocado, seaweed crumbs, sourdough, in-house hollandaise

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For the carnivores (heard good feedback from the dining companions):

Pulled Pork Burger ($19++)
sunny-side, fries

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Beetroot and quinoa are a regular part of my daily diet so it’s great to see something familiar on the menu. Love the interplay of bitter, sweet and nutty flavours, plus the texture of the quinoa was just right (not overcooked and mushy)! Definitely the star dish of the day for me.

Beetroot Quinoa Salad ($12++)
candied beetroot, arugula, herby flatbread strips

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K always say I’m wasting money whenever I order bircher muesli because it’s such a simple thing to make! True true, but whatever, I still like it! Not this though, unfortunately. Way too sweet and watery.

In-House Bircher Muesli ($10++)
yoghurt, muesli, granny smith, puffed brown rice, oats, maple syrup, nuts, cinnamon

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Now, this french toast is really unique with a fabulous aroma and presentation (like the Taiwanese snack 棺材板, i.e. coffin bread). I wish there will be a seafood version soon!

French Toast Salpicon ($19++)
chicken, spinach and mushroom stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup

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Within the french toast:

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Other brunch cafes serve simple sweet treats such as cakes and tarts but plated “deconstructed” ones are quite rare right?

La Passion ($14++)
meringue, passionfruit, fresh fruits

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Both desserts we tried looked very pretty! I prefer the la passion slightly more as it’s refreshing, light and tangy – ideal on a hot summer day!

Mela Con Formaggi ($14++)
granny smith, banana caramel sauce, chocolate soil, citrus mascarpone, parmigiano reggiano chips, homemade honeycomb

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My thanks to Imen for arranging and Ivy for hosting brunch!

The Missing Pan
#01/02-01, 619D Bukit Timah Road
6466 4377

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Third time’s still a charm at The Waterfall, though I have to admit I don’t come here as often as I’d like! The healthy, yet creative philosophy of the restaurant has always won my vote of approval, especially when there are so many seafood and veggie dishes a pescetarian can choose from! Plus, with new chef de cuisine Giuliano Berta helming the kitchen, a diverse menu of both classic and innovation Mediterranean cuisine focusing on sustainable dining has been introduced so there has never been a better time to visit The Waterfall!

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Bubbly and wine to kick start the weekend!

Ca’ del Bosco Brut Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige, Ca’ del Bosco Curtefranca Bianco 2011

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Only two soups on the menu – hot (warm corn velouté) or cold (chilled romaine lettuce & avocado soup, with poached egg!) – and both were very good, thick and unlike those watery versions which I hate.

Warm Corn Velouté ($14++)
black trumpet mushroom, red onion fricassée

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For my next meal at The Waterfall, I’m going to have the delicious curry spiced Alaskan king crab salad ($24++) again! My favourite starter that night, it had pineapple and crunchy summer vegetables thrown in as well. For a safer option, the seared scallops definitely fit the bill. Fresh, but not terribly exciting.

Seared Scallop ($27++)
jerusalem artichoke purée, chorizo crumble

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The hummus wasn’t what I expected. This was kind of milky (though no milk was used, strange!) and after tasting it, my first thought was “traditional hummus FTW!!” haha.

Sesame Scented Hummus ($22++)
roasted capsicum, red onion, crispy pita

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Hey, Poiland bread! I was thrilled that K could try this famous sourdough without buying an air ticket to Paris but he was more interested in the iberico ham though and his reaction to the bread was just “not bad, so what’s the hype about”, sheesh. Okie, to each his own.

Organic Iberico Ham ($30++)
toasted poilane bread, tomato spread

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The “main” section of the menu was very comprehensive – and by “comprehensive”, I meant that there’s vegetarian, fish, chicken, beef, pork and lamb – i.e. something for everyone!

Honey Mustard Glazed Tuna ($45++)
caponatina & fennel salad on pistachio sauce

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Seared tuna and cod fish were beautiful – in terms of presentation and taste-wise. Order these, period.

Salted Cod Fish ($27++)
stuffed spanish pepper with creamy crushed potato & herbs, sherry vinegar, tomato coulis

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Desserts time yay! I’m a HUGE tiramisu fan (in fact, I declare it to be my all-time favourite cake) and this one hit the T-spot. Moist, good proportions of sponge to cream, heady coffee flavour, nice!

Tiramisu ($15++)
layered coffee infused sponge, mascarpone cream, chocolate jelly sauce

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I was told the dark chocolate was not a lava cake but when I dug in, the molten core was a lovely surprise! Under-baked or not, it was an endorphins-generating piece of cake, superb with the burnt caramelly butterscotch ice cream!

Warm Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Cake ($15++)
butterscotch ice cream

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My thanks to Josephine for being such a wonderful dining companion!

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

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Pistachio and raspberry croissant on the menu, who wouldn’t want to try that?!

I did, and paid with wasted calories, sigh. Tough and chewy, heating it up did help slightly but barely. I figured any egg tarts off the streets in Hong Kong will have a flakier crust than this one did.

For the record, my favouritest croissant is Pierre Hermé’s ispahan croissant! Nothing else comes close still.

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LE SALON DE THÉ de Joël Robuchon
Shop 2045A, Podium Level 2
ifc mall, Hong Kong
(852) 2234 7422

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Simply Eden, simply underwhelming.

Their website says it’s all “about creativity and inspiration” but sadly, I found none of that in my 6 Colours Rainbow and his Grilled Chicken Sandwich.

Too simple, so boring.

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Simply Eden
164 East Coast Road
6345 6411

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Lunch 24 hours ago was this wonderful plate of hearty salad from Toby’s Estate. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from a place more known for its coffee than food. So it was a nice surprise that service was on the eager-to-please side and all of our mains turned out so well! Photos of the other dishes on my Instagram 🙂

Tropic Chook ($21.90)
smoked salmon, mesclun, mango, sunflower seeds, brioche, honey mustard dressing, poached eggs (additional $3)

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Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street
6636 7629

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Housed along the same dining stretch as Saint Pierre and Kith Cafe (i.e. fab views overlooking the marina are a given), fusion restaurant Oyster Bar & Grill Wharf is the latest addition to Quayside Isle. The menu features a mixture of Japanese and Western dishes, grills, tapas and seafood, accompanied with signature fresh oysters handpicked from all around the world. A lot of stuff going on? Yes, in a good way!

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The beverage menu is… Wow. Imagine having to pick just one drink out of 100 different types of mojitos and an international collection of 100 varieties of wine (not to mention mocktails, beers, juices etc)! Cliche as it may sound, there really is something for everyone here.

Singapore Sling Mojito ($18.80++)
bacardi white rum, peach liqueur, lemon, mint

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We also tried the yamayuzu sake ($68++), a fragrant and refreshing aperitif. All sake drinkers get their own special sake glasses, which are so pretty that I wish I can bring them home!

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Of course, oysters are a must at an oyster bar. Fresh and succulent, no further description needed.

Raw Oyster Platter ($36++ for 6; $69++ for a dozen)
truffle oil, ponzu sauce

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While purists go for the fresh oysters, I will make a beeline for the grilled ones anytime! Two thumbs up for the garlic butter topping~

Grilled Oyster Platter ($28++ for 4)
garlic butter, lemon, egg miso, ponzu

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Like the oysters, the sashimi was very fresh too. My only grouse is that they were not served chilled. Or maybe it’s my own fault for taking too many photographs (juggling both camera and phone made me very busy haha)?

Assorted Sashimi ($28.80++)
hotate, salmon, ikura, tuna, ebi, mackeral

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By default, diners are served oshi sushi, a type of boxed sushi that originated from Osaka. I’ve tried the authentic ones from Japan before and didn’t like the skewed rice to fish ratio so I’d gladly stick to the common nigiri sushi.

Assorted Sushi ($26.80++)
unagi, salmon, ikura, mackeral, tuna

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K and I are not fans of fried food (we are quite the health fanatics on days when we don’t pig out) but surprisingly, the tempura won us over! Batter was light and it was not oily at all.

Assorted Tempura ($19.80++)
prawn, mushroom, eggplant, pumpkin, sweet potato

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Cod. One of my all-time favourite fish. Texture was faultless, and so soft that chewing was unnecessary!

Gindara Teriyaki ($28++)
cod fish

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I think ajillo means fried or sauteed with garlic? Anyway, I love the garlic bits on the scallops and mushrooms to bits! K (the bread snob) single-handedly wiped out the homemade focaccia bread – a testament to how good it was.

Scallop and Mushroom Ajillo ($12.50++)
garlic olive oil

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On the salty side, the chawanmushi was not particularly memorable. Skip.

Seafood Chawanmushi ($8.50++); Oyster Chawanmushi ($9.50++)
steamed egg custard pudding

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This, my friends, was the highlight of my meal at Oyster Bar. Big generous slabs of perfectly grilled unagi paired with a moreish pumpkin salad… I already told K we will come back for this *hint hint*

Unagi Kabayaki ($18++)
grilled eel

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Though the ice cream is not homemade (I always ask and check for this), our petite scoops of matcha and goma were more than satisfactory! Imported from Japan, I was told.

Ice Cream ($5++ per scoop)
green tea, black sesame

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P.S. Simply like Oyster Bar & Grill Wharf’s Facebook page and mention this blog post or me (myfoodsirens!) to be entitled to 1 complimentary mojito drink per pax per dine-in session! Very good deal!

My special thanks to Stella and the team for being such gracious hosts!

Oyster Bar & Grill Wharf
#01-12 The Quayside Isle
31 Oceanway
6235 2466

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