Letting the Hot Buns out @ Three Buns Quayside

Author: Alex Chua

I love my burgers. Fatty, flame-grilled meat patty enclosed with cheese and veggies, slapped with two toasted buns are my simple go-to indulgences whenever I’m feeling carnivorous. When Potato Head unveils its first stand-alone location for their award-winning burger and cocktail brand Three Buns, I knew I couldn’t, and shouldn’t, miss this burg-bulous event.

Taking its sustainability business seriously, the 80-seat burger bar is retro-fitted with upcycled, eco-friendly interiors and sustainably-made furniture handcrafted by Indonesian artisans. This environmental-friendly endeavour gels well with the Potato Head Family ethos of “Good Times, Do Good”. We know they do good, so now let’s roll on the Good Times!


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Executive Chef Adam Penny, known globally for making iconic burgers from scratch, has curated a new menu with exclusive combinations and popular signatures for us to try. First up is the Red Man Burger (Beef Rendang). Looks like a mouthful, the sous-vide beef cheeks are so tender you can almost use your lips to bite. Fully-infused with a hearty sweet and spicy blend of over 10 spices and ingredients which includes gula melaka, the complex flavours are further accentuated by the coconut mayo and fluffy coconut buns made from coconut oil and coconut milk. Yes, I am going coconuts over this, and it is really sedap!


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Next up is the Da Cheese Master, inspired by the dirty, old-fashioned truck stop burger. Moist, juicy black Angus beef patty wrapped in gooey double cheddar, charred onions, double ketchup and rich white miso paste, the taste is solid, meaty and flavourful. Be sure to have the napkins ready before you bite into this perky delicious.


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Vegetarians, don’t skip this burger joint just because they are selling burgers. The latest meat-free burger on the menu, Truffello patties consist of truffle and Portobello mushrooms. Juicy, whole portobellos has a nice savoury bite-feel, and I have nothing to complain even though I am a devoted carnivore.

Saving the best bun to the last is the Bun DMC. Homemade watermelon rind relish stacked on bawang goreng, onion puree plus 3 islands mayo on pillowy buns oozing with melted cheese. Sinful. Succulent. Bam! No shame to say I can have this anytime of the day.





Besides the burgers, Three Buns also sells delish hotdog buns too. One of their signatures is the Asian-inspired Seng Dog is topped with wasabi mayo, Three Buns relish and bawang goreng, all nestled in freshly toasted matcha bun. The soft/meaty mouthfeels is just pure joy.





As if the above isn’t enough to satisfy your full-to-bursting stomach, the friendly service staff presented the Sticky Icky Wicky. Date pudding steeped in gula melaka, coupled with a melange of toasted coconut butterscotch sauce and a generous scoop of salted vanilla. Tuck into this is bound for a sticky mess, and I almost couldn’t fork it because my dessert resembles the shape of a duck.

Three Buns Quayside
60 Robertson Quay, #01-01, Singapore 238252

An Ode to Surf & Turf Buffet Dinner @ Window On The Park

Author: Alex Chua

Orchard Road is a hotbed of fancy hotel restaurants and cafes with buffet-style offerings, but none comes close to Surf & Turf Buffet Dinner @ Window On The Park in terms of value for money. With its 1-for-1 offer, diners get to choose 1 main dish from the five new Surf & Turf dishes specially curated by Executive Chef Ken Chaw and team. Each main is complemented by the well-executed, free flow appetisers, soups and desserts.


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Comfortable, casual and laid-back, this sprightly restaurant at Holiday Inn is a great place for a after work dinner with colleague or friends, preferably in pairs so as to utilize this great 1-for-1 deal. I adore the simple, homely ambience without too many needless distractions that some of the major hotels embellish themselves with.

For me I choose the Grilled Angus Tenderloin with Peppercorn Sauce and Gochujang Jumbo Prawn. The tenderloin is tender and nicely drizzled with the peppercorn sauce, elevating its savouriness. While the star should be beef, the limelight is somewhat stolen by the jumbo prawn. Crunchy, juicy and reek full of flavour, the bite is pure satisfaction by itself.


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My carnivore friend chose the Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek and Baked Alaskan Cod as his main dish. I nipped abit of the medium Wagyu and find the meat so soft you can spoon it. Presentation wise it looks somewhat similar with mine. The other 3 mains are –
• Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Cream and Truffle Scented
• Poached Hainanese Chicken with Infused Fragrant Rice and Braised Baby Abalone
• Herbs Roasted Baby Chicken with Raisin Sauce and Pan Seared Salmon with Blood Orange Sauce


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While waiting for my main course (trust me, it isn’t very long), I browse around the semi-buffet spread and found a big Parmesan wheel. Apparently, this is meant to toss your D.I.Y salad (cherry tomatoes, sliced capsicum, preserved olives and many more) to make a cheesy Caesar’s Salad.


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Speaking of D.I.Y, you can also make your very own rojak. With a rojak section that contains all the necessary condiments and a mixing bowl to work that magic, it is very hard not to have fun preparing your very own version of local grub.


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Of course, the dinner buffet at Window On The Park ultimately caters to an international clientele. So you can expect freshly shucked Canadian oysters, prawns, crab meat, ssushi and other seafood varieties. You can also order the ever-popular Chef’s Singapore Laksa where you have the option of the chefs personally preparing a bowl of local goodness for you or you do it D.I.Y.


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No buffet dinner is complete without sweet notes of desserts. One remarkable find is the Ondeh Ondeh cake. With its thick and fluffy pandan layers, coconut butter cream and generous amounts of Gula Melaka in between, top it with one of the three flavours of ice cream for a complete after dinner indulgence!

New Surf ‘N’ Turf Buffet Dinner
6.30pm to 10pm
Monday to Thursday
S$80++ per person, 1-for-1 pricing

Promotions
Pioneer Generation Cardholders enjoy the surf ‘n’ turf buffet dinner at $35++ per person.

Address:
Window on the Park
Level 2, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
11 Cavenagh Road, Singapore 229616

Chengdu Restaurant Launches Autumn and Winter-themed Dishes

Author: Alex Chua

Can someone say Crabilicious to the above?

The recently opened Chengdu Restaurant is known to be one of the most authentic Sichuan restaurants in town. Helmed by two native Chefs Qin Jun and Jing Xiao with decades of training in Sichuan cuisine, the restaurant serves both hot and cold favourites. For the first time ever, the restaurant launches Autumn-Winter themed dishes that would sure whet your appetite aplenty. No worries if you’re not really a spicy eater, there are a variety of food on its menu which includes non-spicy dishes.





Dinner started with off with Cold Sliced Pig Trotters with Noodles and Spicy Dip. The chef creatively uses pork elbow meat for its high gelatinous content. Steamed and thinly sliced and artfully presented with spirals of noodles and fanned-out cucumber. I love the pastel blue plating, giving the dish an added visual dimension. A light and refreshing appetiser to open up your palate.





Making a grand entrance is the Ice Ball with Whelk with its dramatic presentation. Served chilled in an ice sculpture, this refreshing dish features sliced sea snail fried with fresh green and red chilies. Fragrant with a light hint of spiciness, the whelk, with its texture similar to abalone or razor clams is slightly chewy yet succulent.





Perhaps the most unusual plating I have seen is the Spicy Pork Ribs. Placed on a sliced ‘Molotov’ bottle with its chain as the stand, the ribs are reeked full of umami from the traditional Lao Gan Ma sauce, which lends a spicy and savoury note. Love love love the irrelevance plating.





No visit to a Sichuan restaurant is complete without a mala dish, and Chengdu Restaurant’s Mala Pot pleased many mouths. Comes with fries, prawns, chicken wings, lotus roots and luncheon meat, the spiciness to me is cope-able and the fries just quite addictive.





Now for the grand finale is a big pot of savoury seafood delicious. Featuring an insane amount of red dried chillis, the broth is cooked with cauliflower, potato and cucumber. It is quite shiok especially when eaten with fried mantou buns or rice. The sweet flesh from the red fiery Spicy Crab is not overpowered by the spicy broth.





Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the Beggar Potato is coated with a secret recipe mix of 20 spices before they are deep fried. Chili powder and cumin powder are sprinkled atop for a fiery and earthy punch. While it might be plain jane from the look and first bite, it will start to grow on you after you popped a few. Simply an addictive and sinful dish.

This is one of my few favourite restaurants I’ve visited thus far. The taste notes are on point and aesthetically plated. And I just cannot emphasis enough my adoration of how each dish is presented with a surprise.

Chengdu Restaurant
Address: 74 Amoy Street, Singapore 069893
Seating Capacity: 120 pax, 2 private rooms
Operating Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.00am-3.00pm, 5.00-10:30pm. Closed on Sunday

Serenade in Oktoberfest Feast & Fun at Brotzeit

Author: Alex Chua

Ahh Oktoberfest, the festivity of beer toasting, eating sausages and merrymaking knows no boundaries. Everyone’s favourite German festival is back with a bang at Brotzeit. Bringing authentic German experiences to Singapore from 13 September to 23 October, this occasion promises to be a gastronomic feast for the senses. It warms the tummy too.





Nothing evokes the communal Gemütlich experience better than Brotzeit’s Sharing Platter – the massive Oktoberfestplatte (S$138). Featuring oven-roasted pork knuckle, juicy beer-infused Bavarian honey ribs, whole roasted chicken & a flavourful one metre long Meter Wurst, or smoked pork sausage. Served with golden-brown wedges and tangy sauerkraut on the side, this boatload of succulent platter is good for a troupe of 6. Be prepared to get a little messy but that’s okay.


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Don’t pass up the ultimate Oktoberfest experience with the exclusive Gefüllter Schweinebauch mit SoBe (Stuffed Pork Belly – S$69). Available only from 1 – 23 October, this pork belly is oven-roasted with a crisp crackling skin filled with a deliciously moist bread stuffing packed full of flavour.





For someone who wants a bite while soaking up the cheery atmosphere, you can grab the Leberkäse-brotchen (Traditional meatloaf in Kaiser roll – $15). Simple meatloaf sandwich which comes with potato salad for an added starchy goodness. A good pick-me-up dish that would surely amp up your spirit.





The jolliness of Oktoberfest and its beer will leave you a little peckish. Take the Schweinsbraten (Roasted Pork in dark beer sauce – $28). A must try for all pork lovers, the tender pork collar is slow roasted in dark beer sauce to perfection, served with sides of soft potato dumplings and sauerkraut.

Of course, it is not Oktoberfest without a little fun and games! There will be traditional Oktoberfest games to win exclusive merchandise and diners who come in Dirndl and Lederhosen will receive a complimentary beer on Brotzeit. There are also family-friendly activities such as Face-Painting and a Gingerbread Décor Station.

Signature Party Days at VivoCity – Season Finale
18 – 19 October: 6pm – 10pm
20 – 21 October: 1pm – 3pm/ 6pm – 10pm

Undoubtedly the World’s 1st Egg Prata with Fish Curry Potato Chips

Author: Alex Chua

Here’s a new snack to munch on for your late night movies or exam cramping.

F.EAST (Flavours of the East) has recently launched the world’s first Egg Prata with Fish Curry potato Chips. Yes, the classic all-day comfort food has now been reimagined as crinkle-cut potato chips! I tried it myself and it’s quite addictive, especially with the spicy fish curry kicks at the end.

Retailing at S$3 per pack, the Egg Prata with Fish Curry potato chips will be available from 10-21 Sep at B1, Raffles Xchange where F.EAST will be running a ‘4 for S$10’ launch promotion in the first week until Sep 2018.

You can also find this new flavor on its Redmart Store: https://redmart.com/product/feast-egg-prata-with-fish-curry-potato-chips-253468

Subsequently, this new potato chips will be made available island-wide at the following retailers:
– 7-Eleven from 22 Sep onwards
– Giant from 22 Sep onwards
– NTUC Fairprice from 4 – 10 Oct 2018





I’ve passed around the bag among my colleagues during lunchtime.

And here are some of their verdicts:
‘It’s a very clever idea, tastes just like roti prata and curry mixed together’
‘Quite spicy, got the fiery aftertaste but still shiok’
‘Very ingenious combo, strange yet still can tastes both prata and fish curry quite distinctively’
‘The packaging is just so cute!’





This Egg Prata with Fish Curry will join hands with the Hainanese Chicken Rice and Singapore Laksa in F.EAST’s unique line-up of potato chips in local favorite flavors. Made with high quality potatoes, the potato chips by F.EAST are produced in a factory that has received Halal, Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point and Food Safety System 22000 certifications.

Seafood Bonanza with Sky22 @ Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena

Author: Alex Chua


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Surf & Turf = seafood and red meat matchmake in heaven.


Seafood lovers are in for a mouth-watering treat this September. Sky22 in Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena has recently launched the September Seafood Bonanza – a seafood themed buffet available every Friday to Sunday from 1 to 30 September. At a ridiculously affordable price from $48++ per adult (lunch) to $56++ per adult (dinner), you can sample a medley of your favorite fresh and cooked seafood without bursting your budget.

Located on the 22nd floor of the famed hotel, Sky22 gives quite a nice view of its surrounding precinct. Best to make reservations prior to coming here as the seats (100 guests’ seats in the restaurant, 12 guests in the private dining room) can be filled up quite quickly.


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The buffet spread features appetizers such as Poached Salmon with Fennel and Zucchini, smoked tuna, smoked marlin, salads and assorted sushi. There is also a seafood-on-ice counter with fresh prawns, mussels and scallops. I know, there are some who would prefer cooked seafood. You can sip into piping hot bowls of Clam Chowder or Seafood Chowder. I tried the Seafood Chowder, it was just exquisitely delicious, savory enough to open your palate for the main feast.


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One key highlight of the seafood buffet spread is the cook-to-order a la carte buffet spread with over 17 all-you-can-eat main courses and side fares. With favorites like Green Lip Mussels Pomodoro and Crab Quiche, the list is quite extensive so we’ve selected a few dishes to sample (even though the gluttony me wanted to had it all!). We got ourselves the Surf & Turf, which is my personal favorite. Each mouthful of the braised short ribs was rewarded with a quintessential doneness and flavor. The lobster meat was fresh and divine.


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I had a fair share of the Oyster platter, which comprises of three different preparations (Rokefeller, Kilpatrick & Mornay). Of all I love the Mornay for its natural oyster sweetness and mellow topping.


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Besides the Western seafood delights, other noteworthy local seafood dishes like the Singapore Chili Crab with Mantou Bun, Black Pepper Prawns, Nyonya Grilled Seabass and the picture above, the LaLa (White Clams) Bee Hoon. The aroma of this dish was strong and alluring, with an umami broth that I can’t help but keep sipping on it. What about the bee hoon? Simply awesomely slurp-able.


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If you are looking for a place for a romantic date or to hangout with your friends, Sky22 is definitely your choice. For me, I would bring a friend or two to enjoy the good affordable seafood with a view that more than pays the price.

Sky22 September Seafood Bonanza
Date: 1 – 30 Sep 2018
Time:
Lunch – 12 noon to 2.30pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Dinner – 6pm to 10pm (Friday & Saturday)
Price:
Lunch: $48++ per adult/ $24++ per child (age 6 to 12 years old)
Dinner: $56++ per adult/ $28++ per child (age 6 to 12 years old)
Add $28++ for free-flow of house pour red & white wines, prosecco, soft drinks

Sky 22 @ Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
Location: 99 Irrawaddy Road, Level 22 of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
Operating hours: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm/ Dinner 6pm – 10pm

CP New Chicken Products Go Skinless and Healthier

Author: Alex Chua

If you’re throwing a last-minute dinner party or preparing a family meal to impress your fussy mother-in-law, CP Food is here to help. The Asia’s leading food brand new healthy skinless chicken products are perfect for those looking to eat well with a quick, fuss-free meal – all under 10 minutes! The new healthy range includes the two delectable items: Pepper Kicks and Glazed Teriyaki Chicken.


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Boasting an authentic Japanese taste, the products are made with only chicken leg meat. Packed in a boil bag, both can be cooked by immersing the bag for just 5 -7 minutes, sous-vide style.

To showcase the many possible usages of the new products, CP Food has invited us for a food tasting at Sens Sushi & Grill.

Made with CP Glazed Teriyaki Chicken, the Japanese Eggplant with Teriyaki Chicken is one dish that would be good to eat with a bowl of rice. The piquant teriyaki sauce sits well with the mildly sweet eggplant, giving a good overall balance in taste. Not forget to mention that Glazed Teriyaki Chicken contains 35% less fat than the original version so this soul-food is good for your waist too.


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Singaporeans love a good jolt of spiciness on their palate, and the Japanese Fried Rice with Pepper Kicks delivers just that. The spiciness from the black pepper is still within the acceptable range for me. Coupled with the well-done egg fried rice, the savoury taste is quite irresistible.


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Besides the new products, we’ve also tried creations from existing CP Food products range as well. Some remarkable ones we fancy like the Cheesy Gyoza, made from CP Chicken Gyoza; and Grilled Gyoza with Bonito Flakes, which is made from CP Pork and Chicken Gyoza with Chive. I can have these for supper anytime.


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It’s not a party without popping some Chicken popcorn. CP Chicken Pop with Honey Lemon Sauce is a must-have especially for those with kids to please. Crunchy, meaty and jam-packed umami, they are delightful to bite and not too sinful at all (I hope).

All in all, I am quite impressed with the wide range of dishes we can create through CP Food. As the prices of outside food getting higher, we should consider going back to the kitchen to cook up some delicious meals, and to reunite the simple joy of eating with family.

Pepper Kicks and Glazed Teriaki Chicken retails at $5.90 per pack, and are available at NTUC FairPrice, Sheng Siong, Cold Storage, Giant, Prime, Meidi-Ya and Ang Mo supermarkets.

Tapas 26 Serves Eclectic Spanish Fare in Dempsey Hill

Author: Alex Chua

Tapas 26 is an upscale Spanish restaurant and bar situated at 26B Dempsey Road, one of Singapore’s top lifestyle and dining destination. Rebranded from its previous name La Ventana which first began its operation in 2015, this quaint little restaurant housed within a beautiful colonial building continues to serve an eclectic mix of all-time favourite tapas and cuisine from Spanish. Amidst the lush green surroundings, the interiors are contemporary and cosy, and the service is impeccable as ever. The premise is more relaxing than fancy. I waited for about an hour for my friend to arrive and I’ve made no complain as the servers were friendly and the seats and the ambience oh-so-comfortable and peaceful.


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What about the food? We have the 7-course dinner selected by the Chef. First up is the Hokkaido Scallop for appetizer. Light on the ingredients – salmon roe, sprinkled with frisee salad and a dash of sherry vinegrette, it is refreshing, light, taste rich of ocean possibly elevated by the vinegrette, and the presentation reminiscent of a white stone slab. Definitely whets my appetite for the next dish.


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The second dish, Salmon Tartare, is just as wonderful. Prior to serving, sea ‘ajoblanco’, or Spanish chilled summer soup, is poured onto the island of salmon roe, tomato guacamole and salmon tartare. The visual aesthetic is simply meditative. Taste wise the dish strikes the balanced tone of perfect harmony. The innate saltiness of the salmon has been smoothened out by the creaminess of guacamole and ajo blanco, giving it a certain complexity of taste quite surprising for a small bowl.


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Now perhaps the main highlight of the course – Crispy Poached Egg with Foie Gras. The experience of cutting into the crispy chanterelle to the poached egg, and letting the yolk oozes down the foie gras to the cepes cream is pure hedonistic. The taste itself is like fireworks in the mouth – silken smooth, delicate, creamy and wonderfully savoury. A sinful indulgence treats to give warmth to your heart.


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Yet another visual delight, the Scallop wrap with Panceta Iberica. A single slice of pork wraps around the scallop has a lovely layering of fat and meat, lightly seared to yield a slight crunch on the outside and firm tender scallop on the inside. The consistent pattern of strong, rich flavours starts to emerge throughout the course.


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For the sharing portion, the server placed on our table a pan of Iberico Pork Jowl with Mushroom Paella. Again, the succulent pork has a nice crunch and the 50/50 fat/ meat proportion sets the tone of this dish. The mushroom paella has a more refined flavour, thanks to the earthy mushroom. The aroma is simply quite irresistible.


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By the sixth dish, our stomach is quite full already, but we still manage to clean off the Spring Chicken Pulada. The tender meat is infused with a rich melange of contrasting sweet of prunes and savoury flavours.


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For dessert we had the Crema Catalana with Caramel Ice Cream. The server kindly informed us how it should be eaten – by first vertically poking into the caramelised top and down straight to the ice cream. The creamy ice cream compliments the crispy crema catalana like a warm embrace, a delightful ending for the gastronomic night.

Overall, I would rate Tapas 26 quite highly on my list of go-to restaurants due to its playful, visually-arresting presentation, great food and perfect ambience to chill and relax from the daily hustle and bustle. You can opt to dine al fresco also. What’s also interesting is that the menu will change every quarter, and special dishes will be added weekly according to the fresh products found on the market.

Tapas 26
26B Dempsey Road, Singapore (247693)


Operating Hours
Tue-Sat: 12-2:30pm, 6-10pm
Sun: 12-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm
Closed Monday

Rowing over to Casual Japanese Gastrobar Plum & Toro

Author: Alex Chua

Robertson Quay never fails to fascinates the foodies and folks who wants to chillax. Housed on the second level of the InterContinental Singapore, the casual Japanese Gastrobar Plum & Toro serves mod Jap cuisines with an impressive collection of wines and creative cocktails. The sleek and casual ambience with its lip-smacking, Instagram-worthy teppan and chargrilled dishes should be a huge draw for working professionals or couples who want some intimate conversations.

Starting off with something luxurious, we had the Fresh Oyster ($8). Huge hygo oyster with a spoonful of dashi jelly and golden tobki. All eyes were on to the oyster and the slurp was invigorating – subtle, citrusy, bursting of ocean freshness. Understand that oyster taste will be stronger when cooked but nothing beats the pureness of a freshly shucked oyster.


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It was a feast to the eyes when we took our glance onto the Sakura Ebi Somen ($20). The stir-fried cherry blossom shrimp adds vibrancy and depth in flavour to the otherwise simple plate of noodles. Tossed with thin noodles and scampi oil, the noodles by itself was quite delicious. This dish was surprising light, flavourful with a slight crunch from the shrimp.


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Now for the ultimate, premium indulgent, we had the Wagyu Truffle Don ($40). Wagyu beef kiriotoshi, served with onsen egg on pearly white Japanese rice, was meaty yet delicate, and flavourful. Topped with generous slices of fresh truffle, elevating the umami of this dish. The whole space had the pleasant truffle smell when we tucked in to it. High recommend for those who wants to impress their other half with something decadent.


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Reminding my fond memories of my last trip to Osaka, where I had a warm Japanese sweet potato on hand in a cold November winter. The Satsuma Imo ($15) just topped the normal Japanese staple a notch with an ultra-smooth vanilla ice cream topped with sprinkle of snow salt to open up your palate. Who knows sweet potato and ice cream makes a pretty awesome pairing.


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On top of the restaurant seats, Plum & Toro also has a 10-seater cocktail bar with liquor and sakes imported from Japan. For something original and fruity, order their signature cocktail P&T ($22). Using Umeshu and Shiso liquor which delivers a polished taste yet sleeky at the same time.
Overall, the food here are visually pleasant and well-balanced in flavour, modern yet has the hint of Japan. You can expect me to drop here anytime for a drink or some teppan.


Plum & Toro
The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
1 Nanson Road, #02-07, Singapore 238909

SUN with MOON Unveils its latest 2018 Grand Menu

Author: Alex Chua

SUN with MOON Japanese Dining & Café has recently unveiled its latest 2018 grand menu. Situated in Wheelock Place, the new menu is specially curated by Executive Chef Mr Toshio Sawai, who had an illustrious culinary career beginning all the way back in Kitcho, one of the most luxurious and reputable Japanese restaurants in Japan, in 1983. The latest menu features a repertoire of brand-new creations, together with new spins on all-time favourites. Don’t expect only the traditional Japanese food; there are some innovations which to me are quite interesting.

The Chef’s tenacity to break off from the traditional can be felt with the Zensai Mori Appetiser ($16.80). Showcasing an indulgent platter of 7 chef-curated appetizers which includes light dishes such as mini prawn sushi, crabmeat and asparagus with mentai sauce, pickled radish with yuzu and herring roe, as well as savoury ones like grilled unagi with cream cheese, seared mini tuna steak with black pepper, grilled pork belly or grilled chicken thigh. This dish is meant to whet your appetite and transition you to subsequent dishes.


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What comes next after a refreshing, quasi-Japanese appetizer is the Niku Atsu Hotate & Unagi Kamameshi ($26.80). More of an authentic Japanese dish you might expect in an izakaya, the steamy iron pot is topped with luscious grilled unagi, thick-cut flamed-seared scallops with fragrant Japanese rice. The accompanying soup broth and kamameshi ingredients are all meticulously prepared for a satisfying Japanese traditional dish. Being a seafood lover, I find the unagi and scallops irresistible and rich in umami goodness.


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Can you spell LOVE? The Beef Miso Dare Sukiyaki ($25.80) is definitely the highlight and makes my day. The piping hot stew is made with Executive Chef Sawai’s original miso dare blend with hatcho (soybean) miso from Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture. I loved the cleverness of using diced US Ribeye beef cubes instead of the standard sliced beef in order for the meat to retain its rich meaty flavour longer. It’s my sure favourite and I would definitely order this if I am back for good.


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The Steak Moriawase ($45.80) do brings out the insatiable carnivore in me. Featuring a succulent grilled steak combo of Japanese Wagyu, US Tenderloin and pork steak (300g), diners can pick 4 sauces, of which 3 are the restaurant’s original sauce blends – black pepper, red wine and goma mustard sauce. Both the Wagyu and Tenderloin tastes succulent with a satisfying firm texture, while the pork is slightly dry. Nevertheless, this dish is quite unusual in a Japan restaurant setting in terms of its meat selection and visual presentation.


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Let’s call it a playful seafood indulgence; the Temari Sushi ($23.80) are bite-sized mini sushi balls which kids would surely take them to be yummy pokeballs up for grabs. The molded balls of Japanese sushi rice are topped with fresh tuna, salmon, scallop, grilled eel, yellowtail, mackerel, swordfish, cuttlefish, salmon belly and boiled prawn.


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All nice things end with sweetness in the mouth. The perfect ending goes to the Dessert Trio ($9.80), consisting of a cool ensemble of Goma Pudding, SUN’s Tofu Cheesecake and Matcha Ice Cream. Light, delicate and smooth, the sweetness explosion (especially the Tofu Cheesecake!) floats me right up into the ether.
Overall, SUN with MOON Japanese Dining and Café presents a contemporary cuisine that moves beyond traditions. While the flow of food served feels like a 6-course dinner in a fine-dining setup, they are sold ala carte and good for 4 pax.

SUN with Moon Japanese Dining and Café
501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Operating hours: 12pm to 10pm (Sun to Thurs & PH)
12pm to 10.30pm (Fri, Sat and Eve of PH)