Game for Yatagarasu Yakitori

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Author: Alex Chua

Strong, juicy and meaty, just the thought of having yakitori never fails to bring up the joy in me. And Yatagarasu Yakitori is no exception in conjuring this gastronomic pleasure. If you’ve dined at this quaint-essential Japanese yakitori restaurant before, you would’ve noticed a common principle behind the skewers – the uncomplicated simplicity of ordering and food presentation with no shortage of flavour. As a lover of barbecued Japanese skewers, especially authentic ones with beer, I can’t wait to join in for a culinary adventure.


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The 36-seat restaurant in Circular Road is helmed by Chef Kota Tanabe, who has over 12 years of experience, including working at a Japanese izakaya (gastropub where after-work professionals dine and drink sake) in Singapore. Chef Kota is friendly and knowledgeable, and he enjoys interacting with diners, surprising them with nuggets of information on the ingredients and preparation methods. The interior exudes the Japanese izakaya vibe, with its red paper lanterns inscribed in Japanese letters, wooden furnishing and lacquered bamboo tracing along the ceiling.


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Yatagarasu has one of the widest pork wrap skewers selection in Singapore, with our 15 types of pork belly wraps to choose from, each skewer is unique in presentation and taste. The ‘lollipop’ Shiso Leaf Pork Wrap is among the many skewers I craved in this establishment. The light, mellow flavour of the shiso leaf complements the meaty, juicy wraps, barbequed to a perfect whitish pink with glistening grill marks. Chef Kota lets me try the shiso leaf itself and I am surprised how a bland ingredient commonly found in Japan can elevates the meat taste.


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Next, the Enoki Mushroom Pork Wrap gives a texturized bite to the meat. The barbequing process also helps to enhance the enoki mushroom flavour, balancing the meat profile. This is a good skewer companion for a glass of cold, chilled beer.


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Perhaps the most creative/ experimental pork wrap skwer of all, the Yakisoba Pork Wrap is also the most visually arresting. With the yakisoba sauce pouch placed on top of the meat, you have to slightly squeeze the pouch end to emit sweet delicious straight into the sauce.


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Besides the unique pork belly wraps, Yakitori also doles out an array of barbecued skewers featuring chicken and vegetables. Try the popular chicken wings, soft bone and the fillet skewers ($2.50 each) with the restaurant home-made yakitori sauce to kick the indulgence up a notch.


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For lunch, the restaurant has a special meu featuring Oyako-Don (chicken and egg rice bowl). Both chicken and egg are summered in a flavourful dashi sauce. Only 50 bowls will be served each afternoon and the lunch service starts from 11.30am.

Yatagarasu Yakitori
72 Circular Road
#01-01 Singapore 049426

Relish Continental and Korean Buffet at Sea & Blue

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Author: Alex Chua

Joining the opulent enclave of Marina Bay Sands is Sea & Blue, the brand-new continental and Korean buffet concept. Launched in August 2017, the restaurant boasts one of Singapore’s most well-curated spreads, with well over 100 dishes and several live cooking and carving stations. If you’re an epicurean for quality, premium buffet you would enjoy the restaurant’s extensive selection, featuring the freshest seafood, extensive Korean dishes, succulent roasts and a myriad of Western, Japanese and local fares. In fact, there’s over 10 hot and cold stations at Sea & Blue – Korean, Barbecue, Deep-Fried, Hot Dishes & Noodles, Seafood, Salads + Fruits Pizza & Pasta, Wine & Beer, Beverages and Dessert Bar. Surely a restaurant that conquers the four seas!


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From the inviting entrance to the dining section at the far end, the open concept of Sea & Blue gives a sense of airiness and spaciousness, a pleasant departure from the narrow, crowdy walkway experienced in regular buffet restaurants. This luxury of space gives me a chance to slow down the pace to browse in each section, and to admire the skilled chefs cooking the food. The maritime theme is especially highlighted in the restaurant’s nautical nuances of blue, orange and white, with dingy-inspired booth seats and animals that roamed the oceans decorated the walls. What blows my mind is the seating capacity – an astonishing 350 seating capacity which also consists of several private rooms and a function room complete with AV equipment for corporate or special events.

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What would an underwater themed restaurant be without dishing out the freshest denizens of the deep? The Japanese foodie in me gravitates towards the fresh Salmon and Tuna Sashimi and Nigiri Sushi. The sushi and sashimi are intentionally-made mini for diners to have the opportunity to try the entire range and still have the room for the rest of the pickings. Of course, there are Cold prawns, Chilled Scallops and Snowcrab legs to feast on.

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Self-professed carnivores would be delighted by the sumptuous collection of roast meat. Dig into generous silvers of Suckling Pig, Roast Duck, Cajun Chicken, Wagyu Ribeye and Shao Rou (crispy pork). Placed on the carving board is a slab of Oven Roasted Ribeye Striploin with generous trimmings such as potato gratin, sweet potato fries, ratatouille and two selection of gravy – mushroom and black pepper. Do remember to ask the chef to roast the striploin to your desired degree of doneness.

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Staying true to its Korean cuisine, the myriad of Korean choices and desserts simply never fails to wow me. From the freshly grilled Pajeon (pancake) to the Guksu (hot noodles) at Sea & Blue, is bound to impress. The popular Bibimbap comes with a delectable combination of your choosing – from the multitude of colourful toppings such as seasoned spinach, beansprouts, julienned carrots, seasoned Korean seaweed and top it off with a tasty but quite hot gojuchang (red chilli pepper) paste. If you’re unsure what to put inside your customised bowl of bibimbap or guksu, the friendly Korean chef who mans this station is ever ready to help!

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Ending the course with something sweet, the dessert bar features a colourful array of Gyeongdan (Korean rice cake) filled with red bean paste and Yakub (Korean glutinous rice balls with honey and dried fruits). Want something refreshing? There’s the D.I..Y Korean Bingsoo (shaved milk ice) and Milk Soft-Serve, customisable to your own preference. Of course, there’s also your usual go-to cakes, tarts, muffins, macarons, petit fours and pastries.

The verdict? Sea & Blue is one of the most extensive premium buffet restaurant you could find in Singapore, with friendly expert chefs, spacious walkways and seating plan for a non-intrusive, interactive dining experience perfect for family with kids.

Sea & Blue
2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
B2-01/01A, Singapore 018972
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SeaNBlueRestaurant
Instagram: @seanbluerestaurant

Step into a World of Flavour at .elia

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There’s nothing in the world that’s one size fits all. But if you’re looking for a restaurant that sells quality sandwiches, handmade pastas and steak while sipping superbly-brewed specialty coffee, then .elia is the right place. Bistro by day, restaurant by night, .elia brings a curated menu where signatures from abroad are delectably assembled with a personal touch. Located at 10 Jiak Chuan Road, this new 30-seater restaurant provides diners a modern twist to traditional fare such as tortellini and wagyu steak. Stripping off the bells and whistle, leaving just the essentials on the plate. Helming the culinary direction is founder-and-chef Clint Seah. His casual yet refined menu logs his travels, inspiration and culinary journey – leading to the birth of .elia. Since opening its door on 3rdAugust, this quant restaurant has received nothing but raving reviews. I can’t wait to join in for a gastronomic experience.


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Exuding a quiet charm, walking into .elia gives me an impression of bare monochromatic translucency – you can see all the way to the kitchen the minute you walk in. On the right side sat a long marble top; the drinks section where you can order their specialty coffee, exotic tea, and alcoholic drinks. The interior speaks chic minimalist with a splash of grey, wooden furnishing and natural light.


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Showcasing the best produce of each season, you can expect non-pretentious, honest freshly-made pasta and sandwiches (yes, even the bread is baked fresh!) just like the décor itself. Each type of bread and pasta is paired to its corresponding ingredients, bringing out the best in every dish.

For the weekday lunch menu (available on Mondays to Thursdays), the Panchetta (image above) is the must try. Cooked in brown butter and egg yolk with Italian bacon, you could feel the rich, exquisite flavour carried into the freshly-made trenette. Choose the lunch set to add hot coffee/ tea for just $1 – absolutely value-for-money.


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Come dinner time, elia morphs into a casual dining concept befitting for a place for a place for a romantic date or just hanging out with friends. Simple and elegant, the un-frivolous naming Octopus features a perfect mix of grilled octopus with sauteed kale, caramelised chili and macadamia nuts.

Surprisingly not chewy, I love the firm, crisp bite of the delicious octopus and the visually appealing composition of this dish.


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As a unyielding carnivore, the Wagyu Beef Shortribs is my personal favourite dish within the menu. Sous-vided and seared to a perfect medium-rare, expect an explosion of flavour with each mouthful.

Overall, this cosy restaurant indeed whipped up some interesting, gourmet food. It is a perfect place to organise for a small private functions too. Fun fact: .elia does not stand for perfect. In fact, the name means far from perfect. It recognises that there is more to life than being perfect, one of which is to remain humble and constantly seek improvement. A good principle for us to seek and remind ourselves to abide to, every day in our lives.

.elia
10 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089264

Colour Latte Art Class by The Coffee Academics Singapore

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Author: Alex Chua

If you want to learn the dark art of crafting a perfect cuppa, The Coffee Academics might just be the right place. The award-winning coffee concept store hailing from Hong Kong, this specialty café sources only the best coffee beans from all over the world. It͛s roasted coffee offerings had been awarded 92 to 94 points by the World Coffee Review, achieving the distinct honour of being ranked highest in Asia and top three in the world. Not only does it serve quality coffee, The Coffee Academics teaches how to make one too. Being the first and only coffee house in Singapore to offer the Colour Your World Latte Art workshop, my friend and I, both impulsive coffee lovers but coffee-making novices, can͛t wait to try our hands on this beautiful craft.


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Teaching this creative workshop is the bubbly Head Barista Vanessa Caceres (centre). Having won the Coffee Champion title at the 2015 All Star Female Barista Latte Art Champion in Bogota, Colombia, Vanessa leads an expert team of baristas in its Signature Coffee Classes. Be sure to sign up early as the coffee classes are kept small and intimate to ensure maximum hands-on learning experience.


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At the beginning of the workshop, Vanessa covers the basics first, including how to brew a cup of expresso and milk frothing. Next, she introduced to us the intricate world of espresso latte art, and subsequently wow us away with a series of beautifully-drawn, colourful latte art designs. With consistent pulls and strokes, the Head Barista brought vibrancy of red, green and blue to the otherwise conventional white and brown. The colours used are naturally-extracted food dyes to prevent the taste from being compromised.


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Besides including colour dynamics to the cup, Vanessa drew intricate 3D art designs like the cute cat above. Her pleasant, affable personality was infectious and we the participants were constantly engaged and intrigued to what designs she would come up next. To ensure the workshop runs smoothly, the cafe uses only professional, state-of-the-art equipment and award-winning beans for the workshops. This class could also serve as great team-building activities or with like-minded friends (up to seven participants) who appreciate good design and coffee.


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͚Hey, let me draw your portrait,͛ she said enthusiastically, and in less than a minute and perhaps a few seconds of touch-ups later my friend͛s face floats on top of the latte. A visceral representation which he appreciates so much that he asked me to take a few pictures of him together with the cup for his Instagram profile pic.

Overall, I enjoyed my evening learning from Vanessa, and hopefully my friend did too. We went home happy of the deliciously brewed latte we sampled and a certificate of participation to boot. Moreover, we went home with a heightened appreciation of the many creative ways a simple cuppa could be crafted.

The Coffee Academics Singapore Flagship Store
#02-01/02, 6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square Singapore 228209

FOOD: Delight your taste buds with four locally-inspired dishes at Eighteen Chefs

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Author: Alex Chua

Delight your taste buds with four locally-inspired dishes at Eighteen Chefs Chilli Crayfish Pasta There is nothing more Singaporean than Singapore’s food itself. In celebration of National Day this August, Eighteen Chefs elevates the spirit of multi-cultural diversity to a whole new gastronomical level with the introduction of four delectable, locally-inspired dishes. A household name when it comes to quick, affordable Western cuisine, the halal-certified restaurant is well-known for its customizable cheese baked rice and wide variety of freshly-prepared western fare with a local twist. The juxtaposition of local and western ingredients of these four new dishes is on point, and it should gel with the local’s taste buds as well. The surprises truly satisfy!

The first dish, Chilli Crayfish Pasta ($16.80) is served with a mix of succulent crayfish and pan grilled fish atop a toss of pasta. I love the rich, tangy sauce which mixed perfectly with the pasta and the freshness of crayfish.


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Dry Laksa Pasta

For those who adore Singapore’s standard of spiciness would definitely appreciate the Dry Laksa Pasta ($14.80), as it can be quite hot to the tongue. Accompanied with grilled tiger prawns, juicy prawns and eggs, the pasta is best consumed while its hot to retain the succulent laksa taste!


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Pineapple & Chicken Satay Kebabs with Fried Rice

The dish which I would come back for more is the Pineapple & Chicken Satay Kebabs with Fried Rice($13.80). Almost melt-in-the-mouth, thick tender grilled chicken kebab pineapple skewer is drizzled with peanut satay sauce, paired with fragrant friend rice and toss of side salad, making it the perfect composition for a protein-rich meal. The dish tastes delicious, with the nutty richness balanced by the refreshing flavours of the pineapple and meaty punch from the kebabs. There are no charred edges in the skewer.


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Fluffy Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich

What better way to end the course with every Singaporean childhood dessert? The colourful Fluffy Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich ($1.80) is just like your everyday cheer-me-up ice cream sandwich from your favourite peddler plus more. Uncompromisingly sinful and localized, you can choose between flavours such as sweet corn, raspberry ripple, red bean, choco mint and durian, wrapped in a visually pleasing unicorn-like colored bread.

There’s no reason not to visit Eighteen Chef’s for a quick, affordable yet tasty meal. Ultimately, Eighteen Chef’s is a place that makes you feel good. As does the food.

FOOD: BURG Kitchen Doles Out Juicy Handmade Hamburgs

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Author: Alex Chua

Are you a Japanese style hamburger fan? If yes then you would surely adore BURG Kitchen. The latest addition to top-rate Japanese restaurants Eat At Seven, BURG Kitchen doles out the juiciest hamburg with up to seven choices of sauces that customers can select from. Ranging from demi-glace, teriyaki with mayo and wasabi, to oroshi ponzu and ponzu spicy chilli, these delectable sauces compliments the robust flavour of the well-marinated meat itself. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Kataoka, who uses only quality blend of minced Australian beef and wagyu fats to boost up the texture and flavour.

Besides the hamburgs are other delectable main courses as well. Comfort food lovers, read on to find out more!


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Nestled deep inside Eat At Seven, this Japanese-French fusion-style restaurant is not prominently positioned unlike the usual makan premises. What it lacks in visibility it gains in privacy and cosiness which I personally enjoy. Tucked within the raw slabs of red and white concrete, wooden floorings and below the orange arch arcs are comfortable sofas and cushioned seats –its like a little enclave where you can coast around for a little breather, away from the peering crowds in the bustling mall. The open kitchen concept and long panel window at the entrance exudes a sort of modern and spaciousness without feeling too exposed. It is basically a dining oasis where family and friends can enjoy intimate chat over sumptuous, comforting food.


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The first dish, Penne Meat Sauce Gratin ($14.50++) comes with a single minced beef ball atop melted cheese. The cheese is stringy and not overpowering the tasty meat and tomato sauce penne. The dish is served with a bowl of rice and miso soup, making it a really satisfying meal.


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I love the presentation and aroma oozing from the Golden Curry with Handmade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs ($15.50++). Aesthetically pleasing with its colour scheme of green, yellow, and red from zucchini, baby corn and red pepper. The curry has a creamy texture, and a runny onsen egg tops it off perfectly. A healthy, nutritious meal without feeling too green (note: bland) to the palette.


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The dish is something that makes me want to come back again with a friend to share. Marinated with pepper, nori and sesame seeds, the Chicken Wings with Spice Blend ($14.50++) gives a uniquely piquant kick and a crisp bite on the well-flavoured meat.


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Saving the best for last, the Cheese Burg ($19.80++) is a 200g patty consists of a blend of quality Australian minced beef with wagyu fats, well-marinated with salt, pepper, miso, sautéed onions, breadcrumbs and milk. Topped with Colby and cheddar cheese torched for a smoky tinge and gooey consistency, giving it a robust, meaty flavour to every bite. If you are a true-blue carnivore, the Original version ($18++) without the cheese topping is gastronomically perfect enough.

Heres 3 words to sum up BURG Kitchen – sumptuous, cosy and value-for-money. Whats more, every main course ordered entitle unlimited servings at the salad and dessert bar! Making this restaurant a steal for the Suntec office dwellers.

Burg Kitchen Address:
Eat at Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-315, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Phone: +65 6266 5338
Opening hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30 – 10pm (daily)

Customise Your Own Bespoke Cocktail at DRINK Cocktail Bar

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Author: Alex Chua

Finding the perfect drinking spot that your friends or colleagues will enjoy is easy, now with the opening of DRINK at the historic site of Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall. DRINK the cocktail bar is the brainchild of FOO’D by David Oldani, the latter of which was conceptualised by Italian celebrity Chef Davide Oldani, Chef-owner of the 1 Michelin-starred D’O in Cornaredo, Italy.

This stylish metropolitan bar is helmed by award-winning mixologist Mike Cheong, who had clinched 8 international and regional awards including Asia’s Grand Champion in the 2015 La Maison Cointreau Cocktail Competition. While you might be intimidated by the ‘bourgeois’ façade and think the drinks would be pricey, the reality is further than the truth – the drinks here are in fact more affordable than you could imagine. And guess what, you could create and name your own bespoke cocktail while enjoying free-flow of complimentary canapes too!


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Height is the first thing that arrests me when I first walk in. It’s high ceilings and Corinthian columns, coupled with the alcohol and wine bottles gloriously arrayed on tall glass shelves exudes the kind of modern sophistication that makes you feel taller and more confident than normal. The orangey orbs hanging above provide sufficient illumination for a private, cosy conversation without being too much of an obstruction. And you are free to move and sit anywhere you fancy– at the counter, sofa, or go alfresco.


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The famed mixologist is known to create exquisite and visually-arresting (note: Instagram-worthy) cocktails. You can savour Mike’s latest exquisite cocktails like Guilty as Charged ($20) which is well balanced with sweetness, acidity and texture, or Court Adjourned! ($18) with its fruity punch and hints of melon and floral notes. Want a taste of Mike’s creativity? Simply spend $100 on alcoholic beverages and he will concoct a complimentary bespoke cocktail named after you!


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Ordering your own bespoke cocktail is simple – just fill up the form with the drink name, favourite spirit(s), preferred flavour(s) and texture(s) and slot it on the bar counter. I called mine ‘Kway Lapis’ and had the spirits section left blank for the creative mixologist to surprise me with the blend. The resulting is solid whisky mixed with hints of pomegranate – hitting the desired sweet and savoury taste.


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Pairing up with the cocktails and wines are the complimentary canapes, available every day from 6pm to 8pm – a time when pals and loved ones unwind over a glass of wine or light cocktail before dinner. The selection of canapes includes Duck Gelatin, Vol Au Vent Taleggio Cheese, Green Pea in Glass, Pea Shoot, Quail Eggs, Totmato with Crabmeat Zucca & Gambretto,, Mini Zuccotto, Assorted Jelly and more.


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Also available are the sharing platters good for 2 to 4 persons. For the self-professed carnivores, The Meat Platter ($48) is the ideal choice. Featuring mini sliders, chicken wings, lamb chops, pork sausages and fries. The Seafood Platter ($68) features a delightful spread of oysters, grilled squid, tiger prawns, battered halibut and fries. If you want you can add a whole lobster ($28) to the platter – fresh, fleshy with meat and de-shelled.
Currently, DRINK is offering Happy Hour from 4pm to 8pm (1-for-1 selected cocktails, wines, spirits and beer) and Complimentary Chef-curated canapes from 6pm to 8pm. No more excuse not to give this new establishment a try!

DRINK Cocktail Bar
Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
#01-01. 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179558
Operating Hours:
Mon – Sat: 4pm – 12am
Happy Hour: 4pm – 8pm
Closed on Sundays
Tel: 63853424

IMPACT Mints First Ever Media Event in Asia

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Look at this basket of mints! I literally grew up with IMPACT Mints (Peach Flavour) because I started eating them since young! I remember how I would save up for it because it was a little pricey when I was still a student back then. Haha. It was also quite cool to have a little tin of mint in our pockets back then.

I am also quite sure that you guys are no stranger to IMPACT Mints too! Tell me they made an impact during your schooling days too!

Just last month, I had the opportunity to attend their FIRST EVER MEDIA PARTY in asia and from there, I learn more about the mints! I never never never knew that they had it in Mango flavor too!

Other than learning about the brand, we also had dinner and some hands-on activities like making our own parfait! Lucky for James because he had 2 shares. He ate one on the spot and I gave him mine for his breakfast.


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Make a guess, which were the two earliest flavors? The mints were only available in Japan before it came over to South East Asia. And IMPACT peach mints were produced with special Japanese peaches! With that, I had always thought that the mints came from Japan! To IMPACT, the taste and quality meant the world to them.


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Do not belittle these little tins. They may contain tiny mints, but each mint can refresh your breath instantly. They will also burst into their respective flavors when you place them into your mouth.

What was interesting that day was also the fact that they included the mints into their ice blended drinks – bringing the drinks to another whole new level of minty freshness!

I also love the entire set up of the event. All the decorations and dessert table were SO cute. It felt like a fun gathering for a tea party after a long week of work.

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Even though I looked really tired, James and I really enjoyed the event thoroughly. Thank you for the gather, brand introduction, dinner and of course, the mints!!


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IMPACT Mints can be found at NTUC FairPrice, Cold Storage, Giant, Sheng Siong, SPC, Caltex 7-Eleven & Cheers Outlets.

Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/impactmintsg/) for more updates!

FOOD: Bowled Over By Kogane Yama Customisable Tendon Bowl

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Author: Alex Chua

The owners who introduced Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory and Masizzim to Singapore have started a chic Japanese restaurant, whose name means ‘Golden Mountain’ in Japanese. Kogane Yama is K Food Holdings’ first original dining concept housed at the hip enclave of Bugis Junction. Launched on 4 June 2017, the 44-seater pays homage to the humble yet satisfying tendon bowl. With each serving features a lavish heap of perfectly fried, golden-brown pieces of tempura atop a mound of sweet Japanese rice. I am definitely bowled over by these crisp, battered tempura bowls. For days that call for a plate of fried food, the tempura here unquestionably delivers.





Walking into the interior you would be immediately transported to traditional Japanese eatery, with light wood tables and concrete walls, accented by hints of royal blue mountain-print noren (Japanese curtains) hanging along the walls and from the ceiling. The minimalistic feel gives a touch of modern sophistication with the addition of Japanese-Scandinavian black leather cushioned chairs and banquet seats.





Kogane Yama puts a creative spin on the traditional tendon bowl selection. First, choose the type of tempura you’d like, from signature items such as the Chicken Bowl ($13.80+), a bowl boasting tender Chicken fillets and select vegetable tempura; Prawn Bowl ($13.80+), featuring juicy prawn tempura with select vegetable tempura; Vegetable Bowl ($13.80+), a bowl loaded with an assortment of perfectly battered veggies such as long beans, carrot, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, sweet potato, green bell pepper and more; as well as the highly recommended Mixed Bowl ($15.80, above+), a mixed of EVERYTHING from the above.





Next, pick your base. You can choose to have the classic Japanese short-grain rice or top up a dollar to enjoy it with either Soba or thin Udon – both steeped in a clear and fragrant dashi broth. I personally adore the Udon here which is thinner and flatter.
Finally, choose the level of spiciness for the tentsuyu sauce – from non-spicy to level one to three. When I tried the level 3 I find it is still palatable, although I knew I could take the heat. You could also top up $2 to make a set, which comes with a bowl of chawanmushi and either miso soup or green tea.





Having a couple of refreshers definitely helped to soothe through the large meal. I have a hard time deciding which one is my preferred drink, either the Calpis Soda ($5.50+) or layered Azuki Matcha Latte ($6.80+), as I adore the taste of both drinks. The Calpis soda is a concoction of fizzy soda and vanilla-flavoured yogurt. The Azuki Matcha is sweet and creamy, and its great as a dessert itself.
Overall, this tempura specialty restaurant is a great, convenient premise for casual, value-for-money dining. What makes Kogane Yama different from other tendon restaurants is the many options available to customise your tempura set without overwhelming us with numerous selections.

Kogane Yama
Address: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, #02-50, Singapore 188021
Operating Hours:
Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm (last orders at 9.30pm)
Fri and Sat: 11am – 11pm (last orders at 10.30pm)

Delve into a world of luxury at GODIVA Chocolatier Café

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Author: Alex Chua

The ever-graceful Sheila Sim, the GODIVA ambassador, at the ribbon cutting ceremony

As a GODIVA fan, I look forward to the opening of its café similar to the ones in Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. And on 29 June, 2017 is the day when the 140 square-meter lifestyle concept dessert cafe debuts at ION Orchard, marking the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia. Now not only there’s a new hangout spot to chill with friends, I got to enjoy luxurious dessert at the same time.





That said, sitting down to some posh nosh chocolates on this special occasion is a real treat. How wonderful if everyday life is like this Dark Chocolate soft serve – smooth, creamy and sweet?





The elegant yet unpretentious café is a conducive place for intimate, friendly conversations; a good go-to dessert place with friends or date. Encompassing design elements inspired by GODIVA’s signature gold, white and dark chocolates. The interior of the 40-seater café is reflected to ooze rich sophistication, yet not aloof to the point of being intimidating. It is a casual setting with friendly staffers and I simply adores its soft plush velvety red seats.





At the entrance of the café, the new lifestyle-oriented concept features a huge glass display filled with a wide variety of decadent pralines and another display with an array of curated gifting options from Chocolate Carre Collection to Chocolate Gold Collection to G by GODIVA Collection, to extra special seasonal gift items. If you don’t really know what to give to your loved ones, chocolates are the ideal gift and the GODIVA label spells out its special meaning to the receiver.





Paying homage to its 90-year rich brand heritage, GODIVA Chocolatier takes care and pride in using only the finest ingredients. This café will also offer Singapore-exclusive sweet delights like the well-loved Belgium Waffles and to-die-for Chocolate Fondant with Soft Serve. For me I love Chocolate Fondue where I can choose the items – fruits, macarons, marshmallows – to dip into piping hot chocolate melted from GODIVA Carre Chocolates.





Other special items you can look forward to when you visit this lifestyle café would be their exclusive Chocolate Cakes made from quality GODIVA chocolate. Not only are these cakes aesthetically appealing, they are sinfully deluxe with its well-balanced sweetness and intricate layers.





GODIVA Chocolatier Cafe
ION Orchard, #B1-05
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Tel: 6509 8924
Facebook: @Godiva.Asia
Instagram: @godivaasia
Website: www.godiva.com.sg