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Hokkaido Harvests at Mandarin Orchard’s Triple Three (19th – 30th Oct 16)

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Buffet, Japanese, Somerset, Triple Three|Tags: , , , |

When I learnt that I wouldn’t be able to join my family on their Hokkaido vacation later this year, I was a little despondent. After all, I had grown up watching Japanese infotainment programs that featured Hokkaido’s food, culture, and sights, and it would have been a treat to finally visit Japan’s northernmost province. Yet life has a funny way of working out—this week, I savoured an array of Hokkaido dishes at Triple Three’s annual Hokkaido Harvests buffet (19th – 30th October 2016). While I was unable to make a like-for-like comparison with the food one would get in Hokkaido, Triple Three presented a compelling case for Japanese food lovers to try its buffet. […]

Wine and Dine off the Beaten Track: Burp Kitchen and Bar

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Bedok, Burp Kitchen & Bar, Fusion|Tags: , , |

The thought of having food and drinks off the beaten track can be an alluring one. With lush greenery and a tranquil environment brought about by the Bedok Reservoir, the setting does seem like a perfect location to wind down the day. However, this also means that commuting via public transport to the location is not necessarily straightforward. And despite the selection of unique food and drink, one wonders if the trip is worth it? Is Burp Kitchen and Bar’s location at Bedok Reservoir then a boon or bane? While it is at least 20 minutes by bus from the nearest MRT stations of Bedok, Eunos, MacPherson, and Tampines, Burp’s patrons are promised a scenic view of Bedok Reservoir on a wooden pontoon bridge just outside the joint. Couple that with a selection of comfort food that is both reasonably priced and tasty, could this be the perfect spot to wine and dine off the beaten track? […]

Sumptuous Hokkaido Harvests Buffet Returns to Triple Three, Mandarin Orchard!

By | October 16th, 2016|Categories: Japanese, Somerset|Tags: , , |

Triple Three at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore is set to bring back, for a limited time only, its gastronomically amazing Hokkaido Harvest buffet! From 19 to 30 October 2016, be enthralled with some of the freshest sushi and sashimi specially flown in from Hokkaido. Look out for favourites such as the scallop and hamachi, and of course indulge in portions of King Crab (Taraba-gani) and Snow Crab (Zuwai Gani). New on the menu this year are mouthwatering items such as the luscious Onsen Tamago with Uni (Soft Boiled Egg with Sea Urchin) and the Kani Miso Gratin. And this is not forgetting robtayaki dishes from the Wagyu, Hokkaido Beef Curry, to the Madara Agedashi Shirako.  […]

En Sakaba – Casual Japanese Restaurant with Unique Tapas and Sake!

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: En Sakaba, Japanese, Jurong, Somerset|Tags: , |

Before my recent flight abroad, my friends and I were looking around for a dinner place to get-together and enjoy a few drinks or two. One of the main considerations for me was that it had to be something that I could not immediately get while in the UK. While there was the option of good ol’ hawker fare (something that I am now starting to miss), we quickly decided on visiting En Sakaba at JEM – mainly for its then opening promotion of 30% off all regular-priced sake bottles. En Sakaba is not your traditional Japanese Izakaya, though it does establish itself as a hybrid with a casual bistro bar setting. The extensive selection of sake, alongside a smattering of beers, cocktails and wines, will please any table looking for a drink; and the food is at best discerned as Japanese influenced tapas. Signatures which are highly worth the recommendation are items such as the Grilled Hotate on half-shell, which can come topped with options such as Uni sauce, Foie Gras, Zuwai Kani Miso or Mentaiko Cheese. Other delights such as the Kurobuta Niku No Hoho Yaki and the Zuwai Kani Miso Kourayaki were also favourites around the table. But if something more filling is needed, a must order is the Foie Gras Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don. For its price, good use of Japanese rice, decent-enough portion and use of gorgeously cooked beef, I do think it is a winner to go alongside a pint of ice-cold beer. And the best part, it was amazing to see how reasonably priced most of the tapas items were. […]

Indulge in the Cheese Wheel at District 10 Bar & Restaurant!

By | October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Clarke Quay, District 10|Tags: , , , |

I’ve been on a binge of Chef’s Table, a Netflix documentary featuring the best chefs in the world. Episode one featured Massimo Bottura, chef of a three-star Michelin restaurant in Modena, Italy, fawning over high-quality aged cheese wheels. He later used one of them in his restaurant as a platform for stirring pasta, which is known as dalla forma. The dish on the screen already tantalised me, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that I would be able to try cheese wheel pasta right here in Singapore, at District 10! District 10 Bar & Restaurant’s cheese wheels come straight from Italy for use in their pastas for the month of October. Eating good pasta is one thing, but dalla forma – or pasta that was finished in a cheese wheel – is another experience altogether. […]

Shukuu Izakaya – The Japanese Local Bar Restaurant Re-Imagined!

By | October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Japanese, Raffles Place, Shukuu Izakaya|Tags: , |

I love a good izakaya. There is first something about its ambience, which promises a mix of liveliness and warmth, that eases one into comfortably into the setting. Once settled in, a round of drinks, or two, would quickly add to the mood. The food is then a good accompaniment as the evening goes on. Friends are a must. It is, after all, a place of escape and solace for the regular Japanese salaryman.  […]