I used to say that I wouldn’t leave home without drawing eyeliners but as I grow up, I find that having nicely shaped brows is more important than having just the eyeliner on the face.
Yes, eyeliner helps to brighten and open up our eyes but imagine yourself with bright eyes and hollow or short brows? Sounds creepy right?
Even before I revealed anything, my followers have been asking me where did I get my brows done and if I have any discount quote. Yes, the answer is, recently, I went to LA VIDA™ for my eyebrow embroidery done and the treatment is called LA VIDA™ Deluxe Creative Brows Embroidery Service. And of course, I do have a discount code to share. Read on to find out more.
LA VIDA™ first opened its doors in 2014 and when I was there, I could see a constant flow of customers. It almost seems like “if you don’t have an appointment, you will probably have to come back again the next day” – that is how popular they are.
This is exactly how I look like without my eyebrows drawn. Sadly, I don’t seem to have much hair on my brows.
The brow specialist recommended me to do their Deluxe Creative Brows. The treatment is one of their highly rated semi-permanent makeup services where micro-blade is used to create small incisions along the brow line to mimic existing eyebrow hairs.
Individual brow strands are created using the sterile micro-blade and the unique strokes of the brow specialist, in accordance to the growth of the eyebrow, giving us a natural three-dimensional tone. As for the colour pigments, they only use industry-leading natural pigments.
Before anything was done to my brows, a layer of numbing cream was applied to my brows for a good 30 minutes.
For people who are generally scared of pain, you can request the brow specialist to leave the numbing cream on for a little longer before getting started. The longer you put, the lesser you feel.
I only had it on for 30 minutes and had little to minimal discomfort throughout. The overall pain score was probably only 1 out of 10 as I could feel nothing most of the time.
30 minutes later, I was asked a few questions on the type of brows that I like. I personally preferred designs that don’t have too much arch so I went for a Korean design. You know how Korean brows look like right? They are mostly straight. Straight brows give off a softer and innocent kind of look in my opinion.
I also specially told the brow specialist that I don’t want to look like La Bi Xiao Xin right after the embroidery because I can’t stand those thick and bushy brows. Thank god, she assured me that my brows would still look natural after that.
The design process took the specialist less than 10 minutes in total. She gave me an eyebrow design that complemented my features and hair color. I think my nose kind of looks shaper after that too. After all, the design brought my brows closer so it gives off an illusion that the nose bridge looks higher.
After I gave the green light on the design, she proceeded to do the embroidery. The embroidery process itself was also pretty quick. I think she took less than 30 minutes. So all in all, I only spent about an hour in the shop. I guess this can be a lunchtime quick fix for those who want on point brows.
I must say that I am VERY VERY happy with the results so much so that I can’t wait to share the discount code with you guys.
I also feel much more confident leaving my house without having too make up on nowadays. Not only that, I get to sleep in later on weekdays too because I spend lesser time on drawing the brows. It can be very frustrating when I don’t get the brows right when I am only half awake in the morning.
I would also strongly recommend the service to people who suffers from thin brows as it can help to create a fuller look.
The embroidery is said to last for at least 18 to 24 months after a single touch up. The touch up should be done 30 days after your initial treatment.
So here comes the discount part……
As part of an on-going effort to bring on point eyebrows to everyone (guys and girls), LA VIDA will be offering their highly raved Deluxe Creative Brows embroidery service at a promotional priced of $398 (U.P$1369.60) plus a complimentary touch up session (worth $388) when you quote “Maybeline398”.
Isn’t this cheap?! It is almost $1,000 off!
For people who want to enjoy this promotion, you can text of call this number (87976271) to make an appointment in advance and use the discount code.
“Maybeline398” is for everyone who are 23 years old and above, available at all of LA VIDA™ 6 outlets.
It doesn’t matter where you leave because they have outlets across the North, South, East & West!
List of LA VIDA outlets:
AMK Hub #B1-24, Tel: 6481 5484
Bedok Mall #01-27, Tel: 6384 3218
Grantral Mall @Clementi #01-09/10, Tel: 6774 7372
Compass One #04-23, Tel: 6386 2585
Lot One #02-02, Tel: 6769 3244
Northpoint City #B1-168 Tel: 6873 1168
For those who are keen, my eyebrow embroidery is done by Kris from the Choa Chu Kang, Lot One outlet ☺
LA VIDA also provides other semi-permanent make up services like the eyeliner and lips.
For more information about LA VIDA™, please visit the website at: www.lavida.com.sg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26B Dempsey Road, Singapore (247693)
Tue-Sat: 12-2:30pm, 6-10pm
Sun: 12-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I started off the scalp treatment with a detailed consultation. It involves detailed history taking and really takes into account my dietary habits, sleep pattern and hormonal changes.
After this my hair was analysed under a magnifying glass to check for any obvious thinning of hair. They also used a Tricho-scan camera which magnifies up to 200 times to analyse my scalp. It works as a visual proof of my scalp condition, according to which the treatment can be planned.
Take a look at the 2 pictures at the top.
True enough, my scalp showed redness and signs of inflammation. It is clearly shown and I got a shock when I saw how red the entire scalp was. My consultant told me that it could be due to stress, constant itching, too much sun exposure, too much colouring and hair dye. This can lead to hair loss and it doesn’t help when my hair is already fine to begin with.
I was very happy with the way my consultant explained me about the treatment. She went through every step in detail and customised a treatment Called *Tri-Oxy*.
This Treatment contains naturally derived ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and sodium hyaluronate – these ingredients help in exfoliation, hydration and retention of moisture and nutrients.
They use hyperbaric oxygen device to deliver these ingredients into the deeper layers of my scalp.
I was then brought to the treatment area to get started. The lady who did the treatment for me was very friendly informative as well. A customized premium European herbal scalp masque was administered onto my scalp, which can help to exfoliate the dead layer of the scalp and remove impurities and excess sebum. It is great for deep cleansing and detoxifying my scalp.
*TriOxy* was then performed on my scalp before I wash the hair. It consist of 3 steps – OxyPeel, OxyJet and Oxynutrient.
OxyPeel exfoliates dead skin from clogging pores, OxyJet helps to accelerate scalp’s cell metabolism and improves blood circulation while OxyNutrient provides nutrients and boost hydration to the scalp.
After TriOxy was done, I was brought over to the shampoo area for a revitalizing hair bath which can help my scalp restore its sebum balance, keeping it feel refresh and stress-free. It was a much-needed session as it relaxes my senses throughout. For some reasons, my scalp also feels extra clean after the wash.
After the hair bath, I was brought back to the same room for another round of TriOxy treatment. I really love the TriOxy treatment as it gives off a cooling yet relaxing sensation to my scalp.
I can literally feel the nutrients getting pumped into my scalp and the whole experience is super energizing.
My sensitive scalp can be really dry at times so *Tri-Oxy* can give the scalp the hydration boost that is needed.
The last step of the treatment is the Photodynamic Therapy, which is said to promote hair growth and increase blood circulation as it supports hair regeneration, and helps accelerate healing.
Now compare the before and after photos, which was taken right after the treatment. The redness is totally gone! My scalp also don’t feel as inflamed as before. All I need was a single treatment to calm the irritated scalp down. I believe that if I continue to do it every month, I will be able to see an improvement in the scalp condition and hair growth. I am truly convinced that the treatment works.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Clay beauty products always make my face feels extra clean and to be honest, I don’t use them very frequently because my skin is very dry itself and I don’t want the clay to dehydrate it further. I do love the idea of removing impurities from my skin once a month though.
Recently, I realized that not all clay products are drying because I found one that really works for me – Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment and the Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask.
Out of the many beauty products that I have tried these 2 months, these 2 win hands down!
The products itself are as pink as how the packaging looks. No wonder they are both named Pink Clay.
Sand & Sky Australia Pink Clay contains a mixture of Australian Bentonite and Kaolin that are extremely good for the skin and you can see the differences in just one use.
I do not visit the facial place very often as I am always struggling with time so I do not have the luxury of spending 2 hours on a facial. Many a times, I wish that there are 48 hours a day.
My face can get a little congested at times from the lack of extraction and that includes having black and white heads. Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment not only helps to exfoliate, it also acts as a treatment mask that helps to absorb oil and minimize pores size. I have enlarged pores on my cheeks and they are surprising visibly smaller after one use.
The treatment feels like a typical scrub except that it is also a treatment product as mentioned above. I use it in my shower, scrub the face in circular motions and leave it on until I am done showering. The skin feels soft and smooth to touch instantly.
After the treatment, I always end it with Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask to further hydrate my skin. The mask comes with a brush which makes the application a lot neater and easier. You can also even out the mask on your face with it.
I have long nails so I do not have to worry about them getting stuck in-between my nails and finger beds.
My first impression was that the mask felt warm upon application. I believe thats how the mask works it magic. It can help to tighten pores, detoxify, and brighten the skin.
I did not leave the mask on for too long as I have dehydrated skin. I washed it off after 5-6 minutes and the mask is surprisingly easy to wash off. You know how some clay mask can get stuck to your skin and you have to keep rinsing them to get them off? Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask doesn’t stick to your skin like them.
It is recommended to use them at least two to three times per week but I think once a week will work for me.
Both Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment and the Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask are suitable for all skin types. Yes, even if you have dry skin. They contain no nasties (no sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrance) and are cruelty-free.
Hop over to www.sandandsky.com to make your purchase if you are keen in them.
The wedding is near and I just half a year ago, I went to bleach my hair twice. I have been going back to the salon for a monthly hair treatment to help tame the frizzy hair but once a month is not enough. Neither do I have the luxury of time to visit the salon once every 2 weeks as much as I want to.
Honestly, I have been trying out a lot of hair products to keep my hair in place. I am also currently using hair oil EVERY single day and I must say that there are pros and cons for using hair oil because things can get really messy and oily. There are also days when I missed my hair oil application in the morning because I was in a rush so I ended up looking like some mad woman walking on the streets.
Recently, I have been introduced to Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque set. The packaging is very tropical and cute. You can even buy it as a gift for your girlfriend.
First thing first, I love the Tangle Tamer! Not just for the pastel pink color but it seems to be able to detangle my hair magically. It is so cute that it is currently sitting on my dressing table right now.
Okay, now time for the real deal – Coco & Eve Coconut and Fig Masque. It is a deep conditioning masque that helps you with your frizzy, messy or stubborn hair – all in less than 10 minutes.
The hair masque contains raw virgin coconuts and fig, which can hydrates the hair. This is especially useful if you are often exposed to dry and humid weather conditions. Coco & Eve is 100% vegan
cruelty free and contains no paragons, sulphates, phthalates or gluten.
What is worst is that my hair can be very bushy and messy. But recently, you can see an improvement in my hair condition on my IG stories and IG photos! Even the people around me are asking what I did to my hair other than my monthly hair treatments at the salon.
P/S: Incase you haven’t noticed, I have been letting my hair down for the last few weeks instead of tying them up in a ponytail, which I usually do.
You can notice the difference right after a single use. The pink tamer brush can also be used right after you apply the masque onto your hair in the shower. It helps to even out to masque on your hair.
Some differences that were observed right after a single use:
After using it for a few weeks, I realized that it can tame split ends as well which is a plus point. It also doesn’t leave the hair with a greasy texture – you know how some hair masque can. The more I use, the more I like it.
Check out my silky hair and happy face below!
I kid you not! My hair is really soft now!
If you are convinced, head over to cocoandeve.com to buy your first bottle!
Psst: If you have finally finished up your masque, you will be able to find an URL at the bottom of the tube, which entitles you to enjoy 25% off your next masque!
Thank you Coco & Eve for sending the masque my hair. I really need to get a second bottle now 😀
I am always doing Dual Yellow Laser with Dr Celine Leong at Astique Clinic, Singapore but this time round, I gave something new a try – Milk Peel. I would call this a “Lunch Time Quick Fix” as the entire process took less than 30 minutes.
Some of you may link Milk Peel & Chemical Peel together but they are not exactly the same. Even though I personally find that chemical peels & milk peels are more or less the same but Milk Peel is a lot more gentle on the skin and it is suitable for all skin type. Chemical peels on the other hand, is pretty selective. Some peels are not suitable for dry skin while some are not suitable for people with acne problems.
If I have to choose one favourite between the two, my choice will be Milk Peel as it has no downtime and my skin doesn’t flak as much. This means that there is almost no downtime and I don’t have to put up with flaky make up for the next 2-3 days.
P/S: My makeup sat nicely on my face for the next 1 week plus too.
Milk Peel is said to help shrink enlarged pores, improve fine lines and wrinkles and even out our skin tone. As I have only done one session so far, all I could see were improved in skin radiance and even skin tone for the next few days. I believe that if I continue to do more sessions, I will be able to see more results.
You can do Milk Peel at Astique Clinic, located at 350 Orchard Road, Shaw House, Singapore 238868.
For more information, please visit http://www.astiqueclinic.com.sg/.
Author: Alex Chua
Say German cuisine and most people immediately think of meaty food like sausages and pork knuckles. Brotzeit’s hopes to change all that. Its recent updated menu encompasses the all-time Brotzeit’s favourites dishes plus a new category Brotzeit FIT, offering well-loved traditional German classics together with refreshingly healthier options. With a total of 24 new delectable dishes, there is surely something for everyone and anyone!
Take the Gegrillter Ziegenkase Salat mit Beeren (Grilled Goat Cheese Salad with Berries), one of the five sensational salad on top of the DIY salad selection in the Brotzeit FIT category. Loaded with anti-oxidant-rich pomegranates and cranberries over a bed of mesclun greens and baby spinach, the salad is further topped with grilled goats cheese, strawberries and pecan nuts for added crunch. The salad is well-balanced in flavour and bite, and the goat cheese gives the salad a smooth, creamy texture over the crunchy greens.
It’s a riot of rainbow delicious for the Violeter Bluemenkohlsalat (Purple Cauliflower Salad). Rich in antioxidants and flavour, the purple cauliflower not only elevates the taste of the salad it is packed with many wonderful nutrients. Inside the plate of delightful hues are cherry tomatoes, capers, marinated olives, fresh basil and parsley, drizzled with a special home-made white balsamic dressing.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a visit without digging into the traditional German food. Pfandl is one that touches my meat-loving fancy. The savoury pan-seared beef, Nurnberger sausages, pork patties, smoked Kassler, roasted pork collar and meat loaf goes well with the delectable mushroom sauce. The fresh sauerkraut and creamy mashed potatoes that come with the dish balance the strong meaty flavour.
Another dish to love is the Klassisch Gekochtes Rindfleisch (Classic Boiled Beef). Deceivingly light in appearance, the Australian grass-fed beef ribs and oyster blade is tender and flavour rich. Served in a succulent piping hot beef broth with seasonal vegetables, it is the absolute comfort food – all in a bowl.
For those who craves for fried chicken and authentic German sausages, the Bayerishches Duo (Bavarian Duo) is the one dish that combines the best of both worlds. The unique combination features fried chicken over a fresh serving of potato salad, together with juicy Weisswurst sausages, served alongside freshly made pretzel and mustard. The best part, however, is the fun part where you got to either test your cutlery skill to peel off the skin or suck the filling out German style.
1 HarbourFront Walk #01-149/151, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
For reservation & enquiry: 6272 8815
Author: Alex Chua
Celebrating its 30th year anniversary, RE&S launches exciting promotions starting with ‘Mentaiko Madness’ at four of its restaurant concepts: Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store, Kabe No Ana, Men-ichi Japanese Ramen and Ichiban Sushi. For those of you who are clueless about mentaiko – it is a mildly spicy version of tarako (salted cod roe), a popular umami-packed ingredient in Japan. Its versatility allows easy pairing with rice or noodles to create appetising snack or meal. For RE&S, the popularity of this crowd-pleasing ingredient inspires new culinary creations, and over 21 dishes from these four restaurants will have mentaiko in it.
Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store
Leading the Mentaiko bonanza charge is Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store, featuring a menu exclusively dedicated to all things mentaiko. From now till September, you can order items include Aburi Mentai Mayo Salmon Don ($14.80), Mentaiko Mazesoba ($12.80/ $13.80 with onsen egg), Mentaiko Mayo Cheese Imo Mochi ($2.30) and a not-to-be missed Mentaiko Ice Cream ($3.90).
Mentaiko Mazesoba is one case in point of how I would prefer my mazesoba to be. The deliciousness comes when you stir and mix the components of the dish before slurping. The al dente noodles is topped with generous hunk of mentaiko, pork chashu and bamboo shoots. Tossing this dish is a fun and aesthetically-pleasing endeavour and, of course, tasted on-point.
If you’re dining with a big group or family, then Ichiban Sushi could be the preferred dining option. Look forward to noteworthy dishes like the Kaisen Mentai Roll ($13.90), Tori Mentai Cream Udon ($12.90) and the unforgettable Ishiyaki Mentai Chazuke Wazen ($21.90). My all-time favourite Mentaiko Ice Cream is also served here =)
The Ishiyaki Mentai Chazuke Wazen (above) comes with flavourful stir-fried pork belly and onion pieces, served over rice in a hot stone bow; with a whole wedge of mentaiko, alongside seaweed-battered dory fish with Japanese tartar sauce, chawanmushi and mentaiko ice cream! Wholesome, complete, value-for-money, definitely suitable to those with big appetite!
Men-ichi Japanese Ramen
Well-known for their collagen rich tonkotsu soup made with the perfect balance of pork and vegetables, Men-ichi Japanese Ramen is one store I patronizes frequently whenever there is a need to satisfy my ramen-slurping indulgences. And Hakata Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen ($14.90) definitely hits the spot when it comes to comfort food. Brewed on high heat for over 10 hours, giving it a rich and milky consistency. Topped with ramen, spicy cod roe, Japanese charsiew, half-boiled egg, this piping hot bowl warms my soul like a welcoming embrace.
Kabe no Ana
Fun fact: did you know that Kabe no Ana is the original mentaiko spaghetti creator in Japan?
This Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant has upped the ante with four new mentaiko creations, including Mochi Mentaiko Pizza ($16.90), Mentaiko Gnocchi Set ($22.90), Mentaiko Maze Spaghetti Set ($21.90) and Mentaiko Cream Sauce Omu Rice Set ($22.90).
I simply find the thin-crust Mochi Mentaiko Pizza irresistible. Replacing the base with mentai mayo instead of tomato sauce and creative toppings such as Japanese mochi, squid, prawns and seaweed, making it a truly unique yet elevated pizza experience!
Saving the dessert to the last, the Mentaiko Ice Cream is rich and creamy with a spicy endnote. Taste like innocent vanilla ice cream yet intriguingly smoother with a satisfying kick in it. For the adventurous dessert-lovers, definitely remember to grab a cup before ending the meal!
Mentaiko Madness at RE&S Promotion Dates
From now till September (Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store)
From now till 4 June (Men-ichi Japanese Ramen and Ichiban Sushi)
From 3 April until 2 July (Kabe no Ana)