November 15th, 2015 No Comments »
I might really have found the best char siew in Singapore. It is a bit of a bold statement but just look at the picture above.
My favorite char view rice used to be at a coffee shop at Enggor Street. I am not sure if it still exists, but I do remember that it used to sell out by 1pm daily. The char siew was the kind that was charred nicely and came accompanied with thick black sauce.
I’ve been seeing the Mitzo char siew photographed on Instagram regularly. So when I met Z for dinner and she asked me to pick a place, I suggested this. It felt strange that the restaurant was pretty empty – perhaps it’s more popular for brunch. Having said that, no complains really.
I can’t recall what else we ordered but they were all pretty good. The definite top two favorites which I’ll return any day for are the char siew and truffle duck. The char siew is so crazy good, I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s charred to perfection and the edges are caramelized such that it tastes a tad sweet. The pork is marbled with just enough of fats to make it tender and juicy and it literally melts in your mouth. I could seriously just have that serving on my own with rice. As for the truffle duck, while it sounds strange, it worked well. Slightly on the salty side, it definitely needs some rice to go with but nonetheless juicy pieces of meat.
Seriously need to return for the char siew soon..
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard
270 Orchard Road Singapore 238857
+(65) 6603 8855
Opens: Mon-Thurs, 12-230pm, 630-midnight, Fri-Sun, Public Holidays and Eve of PH, 12-230pm, 630pm-1am
October 10th, 2015 No Comments »
The picture doesn’t quite do justice to how good the food at Pok Pok is, it’s Thai food so legit (my Thai colleague absolutely loves this place) that we had to return the Papaya salad because it was way too hot for any of our Asian taste buds! And my group included a Korean, Filipino and a Singaporean who eats super spicy Indian food. It was that spicy.
The best way to visit? Is to go with a lot of patience – expect at least a 45 minutes wait. No reservations are allowed. But it’s all worth it. We ordered the Papaya pork pork (returned it and they kindly substituted with kang kong stir fry which was great too), Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (MUST ORDER! I want to cook this!!!!), some insanely good sweet pork belly and fried fish. You know when they say that it’s silly to fly a thousand miles to eat Asian food, I had say it’s not. Produce is a lot fresher and better and as most are opened by Asian immigrants, you can expect to enjoy authentic Asian cuisine. After all, there’s only so much western food that one can have.. even for me.
3226 SE Division Street
+(1) 503 232 1387
Opens daily: 1130am-10pm
October 8th, 2015 No Comments »
I never thought that I will be writing about a prata place.. because.. I’m typically not a prata fan. I know, it’s weird. But I think, I might have just found it. So I don’t like prata because it is soft and I can’t take the curry. Somehow, the boys that were back visiting from Shanghai managed to persuade me to go with them. And with that, I got introduced to Springleaf Prata.
The egg prata is to die for. It is so crispy! I think I like it because it doesn’t taste like a prata 😛 The kosong prata is supposedly crispier. Next, maggi goreng. Best that I’ve had so far. If you still have stomach to eat more, the eggs benny is pretty good with a legit hollandaise. I would say they are pretty ingenious. Substituting the muffin with prata and also, they have a murtabak burger which the boys said was good too.
57B Jalan Tua Kong
+(65) 8693 5393
Opens daily: 7am-midnight
October 6th, 2015 No Comments »
Thanks to my burger loving colleagues, we can always count on having a good burger in Portland. I keep hearing about Paymaster’s burger – best burger ever. To be honest, for me, a good burger is a good burger. I can’t decide on ‘a best’. This one really did blow my mind for the simplicity of it.
Order the double patty. Which I didn’t of course and ordered the single. Still, it was great. Apparently, the double is even better. What is good about it? The homemade bun – ordered from a tiny unassuming bakery, it is so soft, so good. Next, the patty. Superbly juicy but not oily. Most good burgers here tend to be too greasy. If it isn’t greasy, it is dry. This one was perfect. And then it was just simple. Nothing fancy, just good old lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese. Good old American cheese. A classic burger at it’s best. I’m tellin’ ya. Portland is the place to go for good food.
1020 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
+(1) 503 943 2780
Opens: daily, 2pm-230am
September 11th, 2015 No Comments »
If you are a foodie/food appreciator or whatever you prefer to call yourself, the name Heston Blumenthal or Fat Duck shouldn’t be foreign to you. While it is terribly difficult to secure a reservation at Fat Duck, Dinner by Heston is a worthy alternative.
Helmed by Ashley Palmer-Watts who is the Executive Head Chef of the Fat Duck Group, the menu created by him and Heston is unique and inspiring. I went with very high expectations of this two Michelin star restaurant and didn’t leave disappointed. In fact, it is a place that I would love to pay a visit to each time I am in London. So the day that I went with I, I was at the worst point of my flu. I was blowing into a tissue literally every 5 minutes, I sounded hoarse and till the extent that one of the staff noticed and kindly offered a hot cup of water with honey and lemon while I waited for I who was running 45 minutes late. To side track a little, the service was so warm, by that particular staff and I wished I had gotten his name, I felt better than I really was. So thank you to whoever it was..
The food is good. But I would say, the starters are better so the next visit, I might actually just order all starters. The meat fruit is an absolutely must order – a mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread. I think we had the Salmagundi or chicken oysters with a marrow bone and that was spectacular as well. The mains were good, don’t get me wrong, but I felt that the starters were more unique and portrayed more of Heston’s personality. And then there is dessert. Dessert is always a benchmark for me to determine if a place is really good and it truly lived up. The tipsy cake is another must-order. That whole simple yet heavenly combination of a soft brioche like bun cake was simply indescribable. I also hear that the brown bread ice cream and I think almost most are recommended.
Please let me be back soon!
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
66 Knightsbridge, London
SW1X LA, UK
+(44) 20 7235 2000
Opens: Mon-Sun, 12-230pm, 630-1030pm
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September 3rd, 2015 No Comments »
It’s been a month and I’m still dreaming of these eclairs. My friend said they’ve recently been featured and the popularity of it has increased. I think the eclair trend is catching on, whether it is in London or Singapore.. mark my words. Nonetheless, these pretty eclairs are baked fresh daily and are delightfully light, soft and crisp. The entire result is very delicate. Almost like a visual piece of art, it isn’t just pretty to look at but wonderful to savor. The owner is Joakim Prat who was previously the head pastry chef for Joel Robuchon in the UK so there you go! A michelin star eclair.
If you were to visit and I would advise that you do especially if you fancy your desserts like I do.. it is better to go early rather than later during the day. I went an hour just before closing and quite a few flavors were sold out. Service is polite and that’s about all that you get. Also, do note that eating in means you will be charged more and if I recall correctly, a take-away eclair averages 5 pounds. It’s worth it.
15 Harrington Road
London SW7 3ES, UK
+(44) 20 3583 4561
Opens: Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm, Sat, Sun, 10am-7pm
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September 1st, 2015 No Comments »
I was never a fan of eclairs and I think it was because the ones that I’ve been exposed to are just filled with cream or chocolate custard. I’ve never been a huge fan of fresh cream and the choux pastries that I’ve had weren’t spectacular. Though, the ones from Chin Min Chee if I recalled had an old school nostalgia to it. Sadaharu Aoki and Maitre Choux have permanently changed my mind about eclairs and now, I’m on the lookout for good French eclairs.
This newly opened eclair shop by these two young girls Sarah and Michelle is worth a visit and worth splurging on. Averaging SGD$8.50 per piece, it’s not the cheapest but the explosion of flavors make up for the cost. I had the passionfruit mango, salty caramel and hazelnut praline and I can’t decide on a favorite. One tastes like nutella, the other is tangy and refreshing and the salty caramel is heaven in a choux. Best eaten fresh, these little beauties are also Instagram pretty which is no wonder, they have been showing up quite a fair bit over IG.
L’eclair by Sarah Michelle
190 Clemenceau Avenue
+(65) 9101 1971
Opens: Tues-Fri, 11am-8pm, Sat, 11am-9pm, Sun, 11am-6pm