Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trending Food in March 2017: New Item and New Restaurants

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As I spoke to you earlier, at the end of every month, there would be a special review to highlight everything new and exciting within 30/31 days period. Ranging from the ultimate curry rice to the sweetest matcha donuts, I bet you just won't missed this incredible food treat for sure. Either you are a sweet person who secures your position in a quest to find the best cake in town or even a savory person who works hand-in-hand with a burger, both of them is all available here.

Applewood Bacon Burger

1. Applewood Bacon Burger: Omakase Burger
For New York style burger with a twist. This rare and premium menu in Omakase Burger has set a new standard for burger lover in terms of flavor and texture. Featuring the hearty combination between firm beef patty with crispy bacon that has been smoked over applewood chips and buttery bun for right composition. It's juicy, smoky, and flavorful. Paired this with Cheese Fries and Iced Coca-Cola for the best experience. How do you think?

Address: 435 Orchard Road #01-02/03/37 to 41
Nearest MRT: Orchard
RSVP: (+65) 67 373 218
Operational Hours: 
10.00am - 10.00pm (Monday - Thursday)
10.00AM - 10.00pm (Friday - Sunday)

Japanese Curry Scallops and Chicken Rice

2. Japanese Curry Scallops and Chicken Rice: Pepper Lunch
Sizzling your way. Recently, most of you asked me the value-for-money food that tastes unbelievably good. Perhaps, this Japanese Curry Scallops and Chicken could be the idea. Comes in piping hot and fresh, that scallops are the real winner here. It's juicy, moist, and bit of chewy. Together with rich curry sauce, sunny side up, and fragrant rice, this menu is packed with calories and just satisfying.

Address: 8 Grange Rd #05-03
Cathay Orchard Cineleisure
Nearest MRT: Somerset
RSVP: (+65) 67 327 235
Operational Hours:
11.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Green Tea Donuts

3. Green Tea Donuts: Krispy Kreme
Sweet nostalgia. There are tons of donuts available in Singapore, but the must-try one is here. With the soft yet light texture of the dough and perfect glazing of matcha powder, the overall flavor is just nice as it looks. The strong kick of matcha powder might be the reason why I love this cake much. However, different outlet got a different standard. In a sense, consistency always is an issue here.

Address: 16 Collyer Quay, #01-11/12
Income at Raffles
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Operational Hours: 
8.00am - 8.00pm (Everyday)

A5 MIzayaki Beef

4. A5 Mizayaki Beef: Takujo at Emporium Shohukin
Japanese fine dining experience. Looking for the most distinction Wagyu Beef in Singapore? Be sure to make your move here. That meat is so tender and when you bite it, it will just dissolve immediately. Also, they served this with three type of ingredients including soy sauce, salt, and fresh cut lemon. Just mixed and match like the way you mean it and enjoy.

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-18 Marina Square
Marina Square
Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
RSVP: (+65) 6224 3433
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Royal Thai Hotpot

5. Royal Thai Hotpot: Soi Thai Soi Nice
Heartwarming food to be shared. Featuring the succulent pieces of prawn, fresh crayfish, moist scallops, egg noodle, and light vegetables; bathed in rich tom yam soup. The main highlight of this dish is just everything. Cannot spot the weaknesses of it since the whole flavor is well balanced (salty, sweet, tangy, and spicy) and the texture remain nice until the last bites of it. Suitable for 4 - 6 person.

Address: 321 Alexandra Rd, #02-01 
Alexandra Central Mall
Nearest MRT: Redhill 
RSVP: (+65) 6250 4863
Operational Hours:
11.30am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Wagyu Beef Burger with Peanut Butter Sauce

6. Wagyu Beef Burger with Peanut Butter Sauce: Portico Host
You might see my previous post about this on Instagram and Snapchat, and yes it becomes the trending topic for a while. It looks incredibly attractive with oozy egg yolk and overloaded peanut butter sauce. However, this dish might become your love or your hate at the same time. Since that peanut butter sauce is overpowering and beat the real taste of that meat. That bun is not bad with buttery and airy texture.

Address: #01-10, 991B Alexandra Rd
Nearest MRT: Labrador Park
RSVP: (+65) 6276 7337
Operational Hours:
11.30am - 3.00pm (Brunch)
5.30pm - 11.30pm (Dinner)

Shoyu Soba

7. Shoyu Soba: Tsuta
The first Michelin-starred ramen in the world. I am quite skeptical with this since the overall review is good. In fact, it tastes really nice and light. The noodle is perfectly springy and that soup is so tasty with strong truffle aroma. I cannot believe that juicy slabs of meat have redefined my charsiew standard since it made fresh upon order and meatier than ever. The other best thing here is the service. When I stepped inside the venue, all the chef and local waiter greet me with a smile and explains to me how to enjoy this dish properly. Such a pleasant dining experience.

Address: 9 Scotts Road, #01-01
Pacific Plaza, 228210
Nearest MRT: Orchard
RSVP: (+65) 67 344 886
Operational Hours: 
11.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Prawn Omelette

8. Prawn Omelette: Nakhon Kitchen
The secret menu that you never-ever find on their menu! I am part of their loyal customer since last year and last week the waiter ask me to try the Prawn Omelette which is not even available on the menu. After I try it, fortunately, it tastes beyond what I expected before. The omelet is perfectly cooked and airy with fresh pieces of prawn at the center. Served with house made Thai chili sauce on the side, this menu is perfect to be paired with hot steam rice. Still planning my next visit for this.

Address: 27A Lorong Liput Holland Village
Singapore, 277738
Nearest MRT: Holland Village
RSVP: (+65) 64 696 862
Operational Hours:
12.00pm - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Sweet and Sour Chicken

9. Sweet and Sour Chicken: Kowloon Bay Cafe
Gem inside Hillion Mall, a newly opened shopping center in West side of Singapore. The main reason why I recommend you to try this is because that juicy chicken cube has successfully delivered a strong wok aroma and crispy skin like no other. The sauce itself is quite tasty and not overpowering that chicken. Apart from what it taste and what it looks, the price seems to be affordable as well.

Address: #01-07 Hillion Mall
17 Petir Rd
Nearest MRT: Bukit Panjang
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Tom Yam Seafood Ramen

10. Tom Yam Seafood Ramen: Ohsho Ramen
Value-for-money ramen in Orchard. Decked in Kopitiam area with no aircon and WiFi, Ohsho Ramen set a completely traditional way of ramen dining. Owned by the local chef, each menu is delivered in strong and comforting taste. That juicy pieces of prawn are what I love the most while the best part of this menu located on that soup. It's salty, spicy, and tangy. Wouldn't expect much more than that.

Address: 5 Koek Road #01-10 Cuppage Plaza
Nearest MRT: Somerset
RSVP: (+65) 6735 7068
Operational Hours:
11.45am - 2.30am (Monday - Saturday)
12.00pm - 12.00am (Sunday & PH)

Jajangmyeon

11. Jajangmyeon: O.BBa Jjang
Might be the most authentic Jajangmyeon in Singapore. Featuring the ultra-smooth noodle, bathed in tasty black bean sauce and minced pork meat. Perhaps, the main highlight of this menu is located on its texture and flavor, not the presentation.

Address: 77 Tg Pagar Rd
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
RSVP: (+65) 6221 8254
Operational Hours: 
11.30am - 3.00am (Everyday)

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining: The Finest Dim Sum in Jakarta

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining

Taken its inspiration from Hongkong fancy delicacies, Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining is a newest F&B venture in town that recently introduced by Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta. Back then, this venue was known as Shang Palace and on August 2016 they started the renovation process which takes approximately 6 months period to become like this.

In order to delight the diners, Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining serves a line-up of the delectable dim sum, scrumptious duck meat, and authentic char siew. There are around 40 menus available here that comes at different prices. Even there is an option for sharing size which means a large portion that fit 6 - 8 people at the same time.

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining

Nestled in Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta exactly at level 1, this prestigious brand has owned a huge dining area. The contemporary Chinese-inspired interior is very stylish and sleek. There is a subtle transcend light surrounded by wooden furniture. The sparkling chandelier on every side of the dining area creates a very warm and comfort feeling. Nevertheless, Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining adds an old-school grilling counter for classic yet traditional touches.

Dim Sum

The ultimate signature dishes for dim sum include Abalone Siew Mai (IDR 298K), Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling (IDR 32K), Beancurd Rolls in Oyster Sauce (IDR 28K). We will highlight one by one.

Abalone Siew Mai

Abalone Siew Mai

Abalone Siew Mai (IDR 298K) is a premium dim sum menu that only available right here in Jakarta. Using the fresh pieces of abalone, each bite would result in meatier and slightly chewy texture of dumpling. Apart from what it taste, the looks are just sensational. According to what elder said, abalone would bring a long lasting life. In this case, it would deliver a lasting dining memories.

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling (IDR 32K) as known as Xiao Long Bao is seriously delicious. Featuring the freshly made Chinese dumpling with meaty filling and juicy broth. Just have it while it warm for the best experience.

Steamed Custard Buns with Salted Egg Yolk

Steamed Custard Buns with Salted Egg Yolk (IDR 32K) is one of the best-selling items here. Even though it is cute, the taste might speak quite different and more straightforward. The bun is a soft and fluffy complement that rich buttery salted egg yolk filling. However, that sauce is quite sweet for my liking.

Dim Sum

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings topped with Bird's Nest and Tobiko

Another top-notch menu is Steamed Shrimp Dumplings topped with Bird's Nest and Tobiko (IDR 98K). I miss the softness of that dumpling skin with succulent pieces of prawn. However, that bird's nest is quite dry. I do expect for the better texture of it. But, overall, the taste is still on-point.

Barbecued Pork with Honey

Barbecued Pork with Honey

Moving on to the entrée, Barbecued Pork wth Honey (IDR 78K) is must order. That juicy slabs of char siew have been marinated nicely and cooked to the perfection. It does not melt in my mouth, but it tastes incredibly moist and meaty. The juiciness remains there but not as strong as I expected. Winning part of this menu is that glistening skin and more sauce.

Baked Scallops stuffed with Shrimp Paste & Home Made Bean Curd in Barbecue Sauce

Baked Scallops stuffed with Shrimp Paste & Home Made Bean Curd in Barbecue Sauce (IDR 168K) is to-die-for. Seriously, this menu is my no.1 recommendation for each of you since it tastes so good. That beancurd is pillowy and fluffy while that baked scallops on top absolutely creamy and succulent. I can feel all different element works really well in my mouth and deliver a great and satisfying flavor. Just paired this with a bowl of steam rice for the best experience.

Steamed Fried Rice with Prawn

Neu Rou Mian

Lan Zhou La Mian Noodle Soup with Beef Shank

Next is noodle/rice category. At this stage, there are only two things that you need to order. First, is Lan Zhou La Mian Noodle Soup with Beef Shank (IDR 68K) and the other one is Steamed Fried Rice with Prawn wrapped in Lotus Leaf (IDR 68K). That noodle is quite silly and light in flavor while that meat is the real winner with ultra-tender texture all the time. Meanwhile, for the fried rice the strong wok aroma is there. Definitely fragrant.

Chilled Durian Pancakes

End up your meal with Chilled Durian Pancakes (IDR 45K). A nicely wrapped durian flesh in thin pastry skin. When you bite it, the strong durian aroma will just explode in your mouth together with the stickiness of that skin texture. Quite good actually.

Deep Fried Swan with Almond Sauce

Deep Fried Swan with Almond Sauce (IDR 32K). It does look pretty but the taste is good as well. That skin on the outside is just crispy while the dense fillings at the core remain sweet. Instagenic and well presented.

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining is one of my place-to-go for Chinese food in Jakarta. The overall cuisines are taste good and well presented. Also, the whole ambiance is just warm and comforting. Such a good place for small family gathering. Definitely nice.

Jia Contemporary Chinese Dining
Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta Level. 1
Kota BNI
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1
Nearest area: Sudirman, Thamrin
RSVP: (+6221) 2922 9999
Dresscode: Smart, Casual, and Formal




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Monday, March 27, 2017

Takujo: Emporium Shokuhin Signature Card Dishes

Takujo

Japanese food is tons in Singapore. In case you are looking for the finest one, Takujo tends to be the answer. Established years ago, Takujo has successfully redefined the quality of fresh ingredients and elevate it to the new heights. Headed by one of the best chefs in Singapore, all meal here is all looks amazing. Nevertheless, it still comes at reasonable prices.

Takujo

Takujo

Takujo

Nestled inside Emporium Shokuhin exactly at the front row of this Japanese food court, Takujo own a very spacious dining are. Stepped inside the venue, guest can see the wine chiller including 800 bottles of sake to red wine. In addition to that, the whole ambiance has been dominated by fancy table settings with purple touch and crystals. During my tasting, the staff is all well organized and ready to taking your order rapidly. From the service perspective, they got my B+ mark.

Chirashi Don

Chirashi Don

Start with the visually appealing menu called Chirashi Don (S$ 19.00). Featuring the great combination of succulent tuna, fresh salmon, fluffy tamago, and fresh cucumber for the remarkable light taste. Whenever you dig in, you can feel the stickiness of that rice together with firm texture of that meat. No additional sauce needed since it already tasty. If you love raw food, especially salmon, this menu is dedicated to you.

A5 Mizayaki Wagyu Beef

A5 Miyazaki Misuji

So far, I have consumed tons of wagyu beef in my life. But, this A5 Miyazaki Misuji (S$ 32.00) has created a new record for firmest meat in Singapore. That layer of meat is nicely executed and fresh, then grilled over hot char for stunning aroma. They served this with soy sauce, salt, and lemon on the side. Just try it one-by-one, so you have a different spectrum of flavor. Imagine having this with a bowl of steam rice and it might be perfect.

Special Ultimate Blend Ramen

Special Ultimate Blend Ramen

Special Ultimate Blend Ramen

Personally, Special Ultimate Blend Ramen (S$ 18.80) quite impresses me with the richness of that seafood-pork broth. That noodle, basically, has soaked up the richness of that soup and become a little bit soggy and smooth. That slabs of charsiu are set to elevate the overall quality of this dish since it tastes so juicy and tender. Just have it while it warm for the best experience.

Lobster Scallops Burger

Lobster Scallops Burger

Lobster Scallops Burger (S$ 28.00) is quite good. Both proteins are nicely executed with a little bit of smokiness and firmness while that bun surprisingly buttery and sweeter than what I expected to be savory. Paired with a bunch of thick-cut fries, this menu is totally heavy and packed with calories.

Chef's Sashimi Fuji Platter

Back to the raw food menu, this Chef’s Sashimi Fuji Platter for 2 (S$ 88.00) is what people's love. With sleek plating, thin cut of sashimi, and multiple varieties of sauce, guest can mix and match whatever they like. Cannot briefly explain more than that since my palate does not belong to this.

Varlhona Chocolate Cake

End up your night with the sweetest Valrhona Chocolate Cake (S$ 7.20) that absolutely rich and moist. The intense dark chocolate flavor with buttery crumble at the bottom is what impress me a lot. However, it taste too sweet for my liking. 

Apple Juice

For the beverage, they served tons of beer, wine, and juice. Right here, I show you the Apple Juice (S$ 5.90). From what I taste, it can be understood that use green apple to create this beverage and it tastes not sweet enough. However, it still refreshing, though.

Takujo

These are the ala-carte prices for the individual Signature Card dishes but those who purchase the Signature Card can enjoy all the dishes at only $99. Enjoying a total 56% of savings!

Takujo
6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-18 Marina Square
Marina Square
Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
RSVP: (+65) 6224 3433
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)
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