Archive for the ‘Don't Mind Going Back’ Category

We’ve been to Jamie’s Italian numerous times but it’s always for dinner; so glad that we finally made it for breakfast! I love how bright the whole restaurant looks in the day, and it suits our happy mood perfectly on a Saturday! Jamie’s has started serving breakfast on the weekends, and I mean breakfast literally – it ends at 11.30am so definitely does not qualify as lazy brunch which begins after noon.


The comprehensive menu is broken down into pan-cooked breakfast (naked chef style!), butties (all served in seeded buns with ketchup), toast/cereal/sweets (think freshly baked breads, granola and american-style berry or bacon and banana pancakes), kids’ breakfast (smaller portions of selected items from the “adult” menu) and beverages from the usual coffee/tea and juices/smoothies to brekkie cocktails! Never too early for a glass (or two) of prosecco, mimosa or bloody mary, aye?

Brilliant Berry Breakfast ($9++)
mixed berry compote, smashed toasted nuts, artisanal yoghurt, honey


I totally dig the creamy artisanal yoghurt topped with tart berry compote and sweet honey (supposed to have nuts too but they were missing hmm), beautiful and my kind of healthy breakfast any day! Speaking of which, I’ve been solely eating fruits for breakfast for the past decade (and counting) so the plate of mango, kiwi, banana and strawberry was another dish right up my alley. Pricey tag aside, I like how the simple fruits were jazzed up with a touch of zesty and crumbly lemon ricotta!

Breakfast Fruit Plate ($15.50++)
freshly cut fruit, lemon ricotta, berries, honey


No doubt, my favourite was one of Jamie’s classics – smashed ripe avocado set on a crisp toasted ciabatta! Too few places in Singapore do smashed avocado right. Jamie’s take is rather special; rich and buttery avocado that’s a little spicy and has the distinct vinegar tang from Worcestershire sauce, lovely!

Smashed Spicy Avocado ($12.50++)
toasted ciabatta, vine-roasted cherry tomatoes, worcestershire sauce


The other classic of scrambled eggs and salmon didn’t fare as well. Eggs were not bad, but the supposedly gently poached salmon was overcooked…

Scrambled Eggs & Salmon ($15.50++)
freedom range eggs, poached Norwegian salmon, toasted ciabatta


Last but not least, breakfast is not breakfast without the big breakfast! I think this is the most value-for-money dish – there’s so much going on in a pan! Almost 10 different components (you get your meat and veggies) and despite the amount of food on our table, K single-handedly polished this off! If that’s not the highest compliment, I don’t know what is.

The Works ($19.50++)
toulouse sausage, pork & honey sausage, outdoor-reared streaky bacon, choice of freedom range egg, vine-roasted cherry tomatoes, homemade baked beans, garlic & thyme oven-roasted portobello mushroom, spinach, toast


Special thanks to Stef for arranging breakfast!

Jamie’s Italian
#01-165/167, VivoCity
1 HarbourFront Walk
6733 5500

Read Full Post »

It’s not an exaggeration when I say Brizo‘s latest promotion ‘Crazier about Crabs‘ is really all about crabs!


K was hoping for some beef/chicken for his meal but (sadly for him, fortunately for me) almost everything is in one crab form or the other. In fact, the spread features 22 types of crab dishes and 26 kinds of seafood – heaven for pescetarians but not so much for K who is not that into crabs oops. Aprons and gloves are thoughtfully provided but using hands is always the best!


Into its second year now (because the first year was a hit!), one of the new unique star dishes is the cooked-to-order ‘Crab in a Pan‘. Each pan contains a whole crab, prawns, clams, black mussels, potatoes, corn and sausages. We had ours cooked in bouillabaisse and it was hearty enough to be a meal on its own!


Even though the variety is so wide, I made sure I tried every single crab! All-time favourites can be found – sweet-piquant chilli crab (a Brizo signature!), salted egg yolk crab (batter too thick, skip), butter crab (sauce too heavy, skip again), black pepper crab (I like this!), “heavenly fragrance” crab, steamed XO crab, Indian spice flower crab masala (the best out of the lot thanks to the aromatic gravy).


There’s also crabmeat kueh pie tee, crabmeat fried rice, soft shell crab and baked crab in shell – all of which I didn’t try since I was saving stomach space for the more important stuff ha. Luckily for K, he found the laksa corner! Seriously, it was apparently so good that he had two servings! We balanced the savoury with sweets from the dessert corner – mini magnum (my first ever, un-un-un-un-unbelievable right) and homemade durian pengat hit all the right spots!


Crazier about Crabs
Ends on 28 June 2015; Buffet dinner only
Wednesday to Thursday: Adult $68++ / Child $34++
Friday to Sunday: Adult $80++ / Child $40++

My thanks to Yan and Licya for arranging dinner!

Brizo Restaurant & Bar
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street
Singapore 237983
6593 8888

Read Full Post »

Named after the address of Mandarin Orchard Hotel – 333 Orchard Road – Triple Three usually offers a spread of Japanese-inspired international buffet but from now till 26 April 2015, it’s game on for The Great Big American Buffet!


At the launch event on 9 April, we were lucky to witness the making of Singapore’s first giant burger! Over 60kg of beef, 100 whole eggs, 15kg of flour and 5kg of onions were used to set a new mark in the Singapore Book of Records for the Largest Hamburger in Singapore. The burger measured 82cm by 40cm and weighed approximately more than 100kg! That’s more than twice my weight omg. It was rather scary and so unreal. But genuine it was as the mammoth burger was later sliced and distributed to all guests at the event after the SBOR certificate was presented to the hotel for the achievement, well done!


As for the restaurant’s Great Big American Buffet which is available only during dinner and Sunday brunch, expect iconic American dishes made from air-flown ingredients from the good ole USA. Nowadays it takes a lot to impress me because I still believe buffets earn their bucks from selling quantity than quality. But K and I were pleasantly surprised – not only was the selection extensive, the standard was pretty darn high for a buffet. We loved that there were several cooking stations where chefs cooked our food a la minute – freshly sliced sashimi, grilled Boston lobsters, New England clam chowder, hand carved oven-roasted US prime beef, fajitas and tacos, mini sliders with Monterey Jack cheese and so much more (you must try the whole roasted halibut – I went back for it thrice)!


Desserts were definitely not an afterthought over here. Classic American sugary treats include New York cheesecake, berry trifle, chocolate fudge, blackforest cake, tri-chocolate cream pie and pecan pie. Then there’s also the liquid chocolate fondue (seems to be a must-have at any self-respecting buffets these days), opera cake, mousse, ice cream and even cute little molten chocolate cakes! There’s nothing quite like an awesome sweet finish yeah (spot the American slang ha).


The Great Big American Buffet
Price: $108++ (adult) / $42++ (child)
Promotion: Citibank card holders are entitled to 50% off for every second diner!

My thanks to Ikram for the kind invitation!

Triple Three
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
333 Orchard Road
6831 6288/6271

Read Full Post »

When I first came across the lunch bowls at May May, my first thought was “Kilo copycat!” oops. You already know I’m obsessed with the donburi bowls from Kilo at Pact so it’s a given that a comparison is inevitable. At May May, the bowls are more Asian-style with beef rendang, braised pork belly and butter poached cod stealing the limelight (also a vegetarian grilled miso aubergine dish which sounds lovely). We tried the latter two and I realized the futility of comparing Kilo’s bowls with these. Each has its pros and cons – I adore Kilo’s accompaniments (best corn kernels, radishes and quinoa everrr) but not so much the salmon which is always overcooked geez; whereas May May’s substantial mains of cod and pork belly are flavourful and have wonderfully soft texture. But the bed of quinoa and veggies on the side are nothing spectacular hmm.


Braised Pork Belly ($16++, additional $3++ for salad and coffee)
wasabi sprouts, asian slaw, oven roasted tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, pickled lotus root, soft centred egg


Butter Poached Cod ($18++)
wakame, oven roasted tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, pickled lotus root, soft centred egg, wasabi sprouts


May May
65 Tras Street
6221 4698

Read Full Post »

Pete’s Place may well be the oldest Italian restaurant in Singapore but the stalwart is certainly not resting on his laurels. With Chef Andrea Bontempi helming the kitchen, the a la carte menu has recently been revamped yay.

Newly introduced under the antipasti section is a classic salad dish featuring a pocket of fresh burrata cheese set on top of an eggplant caponata and lightly drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. I also tried the appetising “panzanella di granchio” – a refreshing mixture of blue swimmer crabmeat, celery, crostini, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, onion, fennel and yoghurt sauce. Both appetizers were light and clean-tasting, and I was all ready for the heavier mains to come!

Burrata e Caponata ($22++)


The variety of freshly made pasta dishes on the new menu offers choices ranging from squid ink linguine with seared sustainable prawns and calamari to mushroom crepes with parmesan and pumpkin sauce. However, I’ll always be a stuffed-pasta-type-of-girl so naturally, the lobster ravioli caught my attention. Filled with meaty lobster and burrata cheese, the large “dumplings” were flavorful (thanks to the saffron zucchini sauce) but a tad too salty.

Ravioli Astice ($36++)


Pete’s Place’s philosophy is to provide tasty and hearty Italian cuisine. Nothing proves that more than the “cacciucco alla livornese”, a seafood stew popular with Italian fishermen and originating from Livorno, Tuscany. Initially, I thought the portion was rather small for a main course but oh boy, the bowl of tomato-based stew seemed magically bottomless – squid, baby octopus, scallop, prawns, barramundi, cod, white bait, mussels and clams kept surfacing! Very fresh seafood and the side of homemade bruschetta made a wonderful sponge for the delectable broth.

Cacciucco alla Livornese ($34++)


Traditional desserts have also been given a refreshing twist with creations such as the “Bonnet Astigiana”, a rich dark Amaretti chocolate pudding with unique pairing of orange blossom and basil cress which I single-handedly finished (because I’m not a fan of panna cotta)! Tiramisu was ordinary – Chef promised a better one on my next visit as this was not made using his recipe. Shall look forward to tiramisu v1.2 then!

Tiramisu ($12++); Bonnet Astigiana ($10++); Vanilla Panna Cotta ($10++)


My thanks to Sandee for arranging dinner!

Pete’s Place
Grand Hyatt Singapore Hotel
10 Scotts Road
6738 1234

Read Full Post »

Dinner at NOX has got to be the most interesting dining experience for us ever.

Singapore’s only ‘Dine in the Dark’ restaurant, NOX is exactly that – we ate in darkness throughout the 3-course meal ($88++)!

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were ushered into the stylish (and lit) lounge area where signature cocktails (I love the flaming ‘Ignite My Passion’ – tangy and refreshing blend of passion fruit, spices and mint) and amuse bouche were served. Then, we had to keep our belongings in the lockers (no phones allowed!) before being guided into the main dining room by visually-impaired staff who have been specially trained. The staff were really professional and friendly – kudos to them for making us feel completely at ease.


5 mins after being seated, I closed my eyes since there was no point in opening them anyway as it was pitch-black once we entered the dining room. The staff gave very clear instructions – “fork and spoon on your right”, “water bottle and glass are here; feel and pour”, “hands off the table now, course #1 is served, eat in clockwise direction from the top”, “call my name if you need help” etc. – and we survived the meal without any mishap (or spillage yay)!

Temporarily robbed of the sense of sight, we had to rely entirely on our senses of taste and smell to identify the dishes. K and I had fun trying to guess what we were eating; without phones and other distractions, we could really concentrate on tasting the food and I was pleased that we were 90% correct (the complete menu will be revealed after the meal with images and descriptions)! Food aside, NOX let me appreciate the gift of sight and I’m thankful for that.


From today till April 9, NOX invites you to take a walk on the wild side with its limited edition dinner menu created especially by Head Chef Desmond Lee, celebrating the distinctive flavours and textures of the very best exotic ingredients from across the world. Expect to have your palates intrigued and delighted with 12 distinctive and unique dishes rarely found on the Singapore fine dining scene, including sous vide crocodile tail with mushroom in a yellow wine bouillon, foie gras and wild boar stuffed cabbage with seasonal vegetables and truffle jus, and pan-roasted kangaroo loin with braised swiss chard, poached wine-pear, chocolate and spice sauce.

Restricted to 20 covers per night, the special menu will cost $118++ per person, or $158++ with wine pairing. Everyone at the same table must order the same menu and food allergies/dietary restrictions can’t be accommodated for this menu. Which is why I tried the regular Modern European dinner menu instead – it will still be available at NOX during this promotional period!


Our thanks to Suzy for arranging dinner!

NOX – Dine in the Dark
269 Beach Road
6298 0708

Read Full Post »

I heard that UNA at One Rochester is already almost fully booked for Restaurant Week starting this weekend (try weekdays if you want to get a table!) so for those of you lucky enough to snag seats for dinner, here’s a preview of the menu ($55++) which you will be having!


Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno – the man behind the menu – really knows how to feed diners well. For Restaurant Week, expect 11 different tapas and grills across three different platters which will have a selection of his signature dishes. I appreciate that he chose to incorporate the existing UNA menu into Restaurant Week, instead of coming up with fancy new dishes. This means that I can always head back for the incredibly moreish grilled octopus served on a bed of ratte potatoes with paprika! I still can’t decide whether I prefer this or El Mero Mero’s more because both are so delicious! Other starters include creamy béchamel croquettes with ibérico ham, marinated olives, and grilled veggies with smoked quail eggs on paper-thin bread.

Tapas Platter
jamon ibérico croquetta
octopus galician
coca, escalivada & smoked quail eggs
marinated olives


Mains are meaty. Very meaty. There are an assortment of grilled pluma ibérico pork with a smoky sweet marinade, hefty lamb chops with a dry rub, tasty juicy grilled prawns, and for something healthier – greens for the meal: crunchy baby gem lettuces with thin slices of pancetta and topped with blood-red pomegranate seeds.

Main Course Platter
pluma ibérica
lamb chop with horseradish aioli
grilled prawns
baby gem, pancetta & pomegranate


It was a pleasant surprise that desserts were as good as the savoury (usually it’s a case of either or, with one being a weaker link)! I love the dark chocolate sauce which came as a dip for the freshly fried churros, so much so that I had to stop myself from drinking it literally! How gross, I know haha. Even better was the salted aerated cubes of chocolate – bitter, smooth and melt in the mouth!

Dessert Plate
crema catalana
churros chocolata
salted aerated chocolat


I cannot imagine not being full after all that food but if you are, some of the a la carte choices are worth considering too!

Bonuelos De Cacalao ($20++)
salted cod fritters in bitter orange sauce


Despite being deep-fried, the salted cod fritters were non-oily and had a crisp thin batter encasing a mishmash of cod and potato within. Lovely! Then there’s the famous seafood and chicken paella – it’s amazing how the grains of rice were so wet but not soggy (it’s a very very fine line!) and portions of seafood, chorizo and chicken were generous. Oh guess what, here’s a great deal: on every Wednesday nights, there’s free flow of paella and sangria for just $65++!

Seafood & Chicken Paella ($82++ for 4-6 pax)
chef’s signature paella with fresh prawns, octopus, chicken & other seasonal seafood


I was really glad that we ordered the dover sole too. Simply seared on both sides to retain the moisture, the lightly seasoned fish was soft and flaky.

Dover Sole ($50++)
plancha-seared whole dover sole with garlic & fresh samphire shoots


My thanks to Carolyn and Nabeel for hosting dinner!

UNA at One Rochester
1 Rochester Park
6773 0070 / 6773 0060

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,034 other followers