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Eat, Drink and be Merry: Morganfield’s Christmas Menu 2016

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: American, Buona Vista, City Hall, Harbour Front, Morganfield's|Tags: |

I had dined once before at Morganfield’s, and I was a fan after that meal. The restaurant chain’s good music, Southern hospitality, and satisfying portions meant I was instantly a convert. Understandably, I was extremely excited when I was invited to the launch of their Christmas 2016 menu at their Star Vista outlet. Yet, for all it’s worth, I still love Morganfield’s—and I will undoubtedly head back—but its Christmas 2016 menu is a mixed bag. On one hand, this Midwestern restaurant’s famed prime ribs held up to scrutiny, with meat that fell off the bones; on the other, it disappointed with one particularly poorly done dish and some wallet-unfriendly prices (especially if you have a huge appetite)! […]

It’s Christmas time in the city: Robert Timms and TCC log cakes!

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Cakes & Pastries|Tags: , |

It is no secret that I love cakes, so I got lucky earlier this month when TCC and Robert Timms kindly sent me a Christmas log cake each to write about. My verdict: Both joints offer substantial cakes that will easily feed ten to twelve people, and by golly, they both look and taste good. I am happy to unreservedly recommend them. […]

Renga-Ya: The Best of Hokkaido Beef at Chijmes!

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: City Hall, Japanese, Renga-Ya|Tags: , , , |

Three years ago, I made a radical vow to abstain from beef for one year. It was my attempt at a more environmentally conscious diet. My abstinence was broken in three moments of weakness, but in those moments leading up from bovine deprivation, the beef was a joy to the tastebuds. Transcendental experiences from simple pleasures like that, I thought, are not often easily attainable without a period of ascetism beforehand. But that was not until I tried the wagyu beef at Renga-Ya Japanese BBQ and Steak Restaurant. […]

Ninja Cut: A Cut Above the Rest

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Bugis, Fusion, Japanese, Ninja Cut|Tags: , , |

When I first heard the name of the restaurant, I assumed that Ninja Cut was serving traditional Japanese-style torched meats with ramen or don. It turns out that the concept is about something a bit more modern, less traditional, but just as scrumptious. The restaurant’s décor is bright and clean, looking more like a hipster café than a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. And maybe it’s more apropos, since Ninja Cut doesn’t serve the usual Japanese dishes, but spins traditional Japanese ingredients into novel creations with familiar Japanese flavours. There are two main categories of dishes on the menu: the eponymous Ninja Cuts, and the Brunch. The ten eponymous Ninja Cuts essentially consist of a distinctly marinated meat, sides of sautéed vegetables, mushrooms, and topped with an onsen egg, with the option to add quinoa (+$3), rice (+$2), soba (+$2), or garden greens (+$2).  […]

Le Binchotan: French-Japanese tapas @ Amoy Street

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: French, Japanese, Le Binchotan, Raffles Place|Tags: , |

It was not the most auspicious of beginnings. First, I was perplexed when I heard about Le Binchotan. Was this yet another joint adopting a pretentious name that diners would struggle to recall? As it turned out, my bewilderment only reflected my lack of cultural capital—the owners behind this trendy 38-seater restaurant and tapas bar had simply referenced the restaurant’s main cooking style; at Le Binchotan, meats and seafood are smoked over bincho-tan, or white charcoal. Next, it was not easy finding my way there. As seemingly accessible as Le Binchotan is on the map, getting there requires a keen eye, since the joint does not announce its presence very well along a narrow side street. […]

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. […]

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