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It was such a privilege to meet Chef Cat Cora in person when she was in town to introduce the new seafood dinner set menu at Ocean Restaurant. Fangirl moment aside, I really did enjoy the new menu more than the previous one!

I’ve never cared for oysters so when the 6-course menu ($168++) started with the amuse bouche of fresh oyster, I wasn’t too excited. Luckily the sautéed langoustines which followed was perfect – firm juicy flesh served alongside crustacean cream and baby fennel, delicious! Likewise the torched brown trout which Chef de Cuisine Yew Eng Tong recreated from his win at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or Asian by pairing it with smoked eel and then rounding off with refreshing crunchy cucumber and caviar vinaigrette.

My favourite was hands down the charred corn soup – something different yet comforting. One of the restaurant’s signature ingredients, the blue swimmer crab was made into a crispy fritter and and the thick hearty soup had an alluring smokey flavour. Final main course was a moist slab of sustainable cod fillet from New Zealand – I still remember the layer of brittle scales! For dessert, the rocky grand cru chocolate was a dreamy chocolate creation. The elegantly plated dish had a base of bitter chocolate, passion fruit creme at the side, and various textures of chocolate in sponge and mousse forms, so good!

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Fresh Oyster
passion fruit, watermelon salsa

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Torched Brown Trout “Fabio”
smoked eel, crunchy cucumber, caviar vinaigrette

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Sautéed Langoustine
crustacean cream, baby fennel, leek, soft herb

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Charred Corn Soup
beignet of blue swimmer crab, bacon crumble

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Cod Fish
chorizo, smoke potato

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Rocky Grand Cru
bitter chocolate rock, passion fruit creme, textures of chocolate

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Will never tire of this view!

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Many thanks to Charmaine and Lavinia for hosting dinner!

Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
8 Sentosa Gateway
S.E.A. Aquarium, Level B1M
6577 6688

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El Mero Mero is the type of place I’d have no qualms about recommending to most people, even those who don’t rank Mexican high on their list of preferred cuisine. It’s located in the newly refurbished Chijmes (gorgeous at night!), has a large al fresco bar and seating area, houses an open kitchen which churns out contemporary Mexican dishes oh-so-dangerous to the waistline.

Trust me, it’s definitely more than just burritos and tacos here.

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El Mero Mero’s bar menu offers a wide range of tequilas and mezcals, Mexican beers and cocktails (see my prettily presented Latin Lover!) as well as an extensive wine list featuring fine wines from award-winning Mexican wineries. There’s even a Corona-Rita – yep you guess right – which is a power combo of Corona Beer and traditional frosty Margarita!

Latin Lover ($18++)
white and dark rum, pineapple, coconut, passion fruit, flowers

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The menu is extensive, with many surprises in store such as intriguing savoury smoked corn and mushroom donuts which were so moist (almost like a canele!) and surprisingly not oily at all. They make perfect bar bites! Other worthy appetizers include homemade guacamole and fresh tuna slices on crunchy tortilla – so clean tasting that two pieces were already devoured before my camera made it to the scene!

Donas de Huitlacoche ($9++)
smoked corn mushroom donuts, cotija-chili mayo

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Tostada de Atun ($17++)
tuna, chipotle mayo, pico de gallo, tortilla

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The highlight of dinner (to me) came early. Flvourful tender smokey grilled octopus – until further notice, this is officially my favourite tentacle haha. I told K I’m getting one whole octopus to myself next time and I’m not joking.

Pulpo a las Brasas ($28++)
grilled octopus, corn cream, black garlic, tajin ash

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For mains, there’s a wide range of meat, seafood and classic Mexican dishes such as corn tortillas stuffed with plump prawns complemented with a delicate tomatillo-serrano salsa, cream and cheese. They were something new to me as I’ve never had “wet” enchiladas before. Quite interesting but the cream and cheese made this a heavy dish so best to share! El Mero Mero’s take on the street food fish tacos is more high-end and refined but no less delicious. And you’ve got to give the mole a go – it’s a traditional sauce made with a lot of different ingredients and I caught nuances of spices which I can’t identify. It drove me crazy (in a good way) and my spoon kept finding its way back to the pot of addictive mole.

Enchiladas Verdes ($28++)
corn tortilla filled with praws, tomatillo-serrano salsa, cream, cheese

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Pescado Costero ($39++)
market fish, shishito, onion rings, chipotle mayo, flour tortilla

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Mole Negro ($32++)
free range chicken, oaxaca black mole, dry fruits, white rice

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We picked well for desserts, I say. There was a vibrant selection of flavours and textures from the tangy mojito tart, rich bittersweet mexican chocolate, creamy passion fruit milk, refreshing papaya sorbet served with lime and agave syrup, and I’ve saved the best for the last – pineapples. It looked deceptively simple but each slice of golden fruit was cleverly oven-grilled to draw out the sweetness and bring utmost pleasure to the sweet tooth in you. Bliss~

Sorbetes & Helados ($12++ each)
mexican chocolate, papaya

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Tartaletas de Limon ($15++)
lime mojito tart, blackberry, pecan crumbs

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Chocolate Ahumado ($16++)
mexican chocolate ganache, churros, cinnamon, passion fruit milk

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Pina a la Brasas ($14++)
grilled pineapple, caramelised piloncillo, papantla vanilla ice cream

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Special thanks to Suzy for hosting dinner!

El Mero Mero
30 Victoria Street
#01-20 Chijmes
6337 1377

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