We are almost done with our new nest and we are ready to move in anytime soon! The latest addition to the house is the mattress from Woosa.
This brand is very new to us as we have never heard of it but after reading the reviews online, we have decided to give it a try!
We ordered a King sized mattress and were very surprised to see that it was wrapped into a box. Look at the picture below; it came up by the lift! Not the stairs yo!!
The mattress was vacuumed packed and wrapped up into the box and unboxing this giant mattress was quite fun! We watched it “grow” to its full size within minutes.
The 100% made in Belgium mattress is a 9.5 inch full foam mattress – which was pretty surprising and the first thing that came to our mind was ” Can we can get used to it?” as we were too used to spring mattress. The answer is…. we had such a good sleep!!
Woosa mattress is made from scratch with extremely high quality latex Foam and PU foam and it comes with a 100 night free trial and a 10-year warranty. If you find the mattress unsuitable, they will pick it up and issue a full refund with no questions asked.
Don’t worry because returned mattresses are donated to charitable organization. They will not repack it and sell it again.
Also, 100 night free trial? Seriously? YUP! You can test it for 3 full months! And how many brands actually give you a 10 year warranty? Do you know that your bed will start to wear and tear after 5 years? I would say that the 10-year warranty is a bonus bonus plus point to note!
Woosa also carries pillows. The combination of Woosa Mattress + Woosa Pillows? Heaven!
Both James and I prefer mattress that are medium-firm and Woosa hit that spot. It was neither too soft nor too hard. The high quality latex foam and cushions kind of tweaked itself to meet our overall preferences for the maximum comfort and support. So no matter your sleeping position – side, frontal or back, or even the body shape, the mattress is bound to work for you.
We have already slept on it and I must say that we had such a good sleep and getting this mattress was such a right decision.
There was no pushy salesmen too 😛
Don’t be too shock when I share the price with you guys. The King-sized mattress only cost $1,699! We did a lot of mattress window-shopping and a good King-sized mattress can easily cost us $3,500 and above. If you think King is a little too big for you, you can check out the four different sizes on their website.
If you are keen to give them a try, head over to woosa.sg to find out more.
Author: Alex Chua
Ash & Char is a chic gastrobar located at McCallum Street, just diagonally opposite Amoy Street Food Centre. It is situated in a busy CBD area where the PMEs flocked around in daytime and chill at night. Specializing in Modern Asian cuisine, since its revamp this cosy gastrobar now features an Instagram-worthy interior along with handcrafted cocktails and comforting fusion good food!
Formally a café, Ash & Char transformation adds a breath of fresh air to the premise. With 2 large lightbulbs ‘chandaliers’ mounted on the ceiling as centerpieces, laminating the tuxedo black tables that are matched with sleek black, gold and silver high stools, Ash & Char eases between a cosy venue for lunch during day time and a chill out place as the sun sets. It is so cosy I can literally hop onto one of the high chair with the refreshingly fruity Mixed Berry Bramble and people-watch.
With a name derived from the techniques applied to the cooking (mostly charring and grilling), the owner obviously takes pride on the food and you can expect the food to be good. The Signature Char Siu is one of the many dishes in the menu we’ve sampled and simply love it. The honey and soy glaze is easy on the palate. The meat slices with charred edges are extra delicious and easily melt away in the mouth.
The Creamy Smoked Duck Pasta is pleasing to slurp down. The duck slice is flavorful and got a bite to it, though I would prefer it to be thicker. Just remember to watch your waistline!
One of the mainstays in the menu, the tangy and fiery Tom Yum Seafood Pasta is obviously a popular favorite among the patrons here as it caters to the local preference of spicy and sour taste. The seafood-tom Yum Gong pairing is succulent and authentically Thai, reminding of the time I had a similar bowl in an upscale Bar at Asiatique, Bangkok.
A standard bar dish, the Fish & Chips here are quite different among other establishments is the herbs embedded within the batter that seasons the fish naturally. A lover of this English national pride, I can woof this fried goodies down with a good drink (alcohol preferred) anytime.
Speaking of drinks, Ash & Char has got a new fruity alcoholic drink that would make you instantaneously fall in love like starring into a Birkin – the Santa Cruz de Alpera Blue Frizzante. Mid-night blue in color, this is an easy to drink wine with tropical notes which makes it suitable for an afternoon lazy tipper. Taste somewhat like the dessert wines (think Moscato), the bubbles touch just makes it a refreshing sensation in this sweet wine.
Ash & Char
Address: 21 McCallum Street #01-03/04 Singapore 069047
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 12am | Friday, 11am to 1am | Saturday, 5pm to 1am | Closed on Sundays
Contact Number: +65 8341 1951
We are all very familiar with masking at night. How about masking in the morning?
I was first introduced to masking before I put on my make up by the make up artists who did my make up for me during shoots. They told me that masking right before the make up would help my make up stay longer, and face brighter. But I never knew about the existence of Morning Facial Sheet Mask until I found Saborino.
are all very familiar with masking at night. How about masking in the morning?
I was first curious about the mask because of the vibrant packaging – don’t they look fun? I also came across them during my trip to Japan last year.
My initial thoughts about masking in the morning was “Will I have enough time?” or “Do I have to wake up earlier just to mask?” These concerns were addressed right after I googled more.
Saborino Morning Mask is a 3-in-1 face mask from Japan that cleanse, moisturize and prime in 60 seconds. Yes, you heard me right, it works as a morning cleanser too!
It isn’t too hard to wake up 60 seconds earlier just to get rid of your swollen face/eyes yea? You can even put the mask on while you get ready or concentrate on other tasks.
It is like the breakfast for your skin. It comes in a wet-wipes packaging which makes it very convenient for you to bring around, for your staycations or travel. I love the fact that it comes in a plastic lid design instead of the foil sticky pads design, which doesn’t really stick well after a month.
I have been trying out the morning mask recently and I do notice a small shrinkage in my pore size. Not only that, my make up sits nicely on my face and it stays for the entire day without caking. I guess it keeps my face hydrated too.
Other benefits include the tightening and enhancing the elasticity of the skin but my favourite benefit has got to be the reduction of the puffiness of the eye and face in the morning! My eyes tend to get quite puffy when I don’t have enough sleep so this has been a great help so far.
I also love the cooling sensation and minty grapefruit scent which sets my morning fresh and happy.
The mask is suitable for daily use and a packet contains 32 sheets, which can last you slightly more than a month.
If you are keen to give Saborino Morning Facial Sheet Mask a try, it is available at Guardian, Don Don Donki, Tokyu Hands, Welcia-BHG, Meidi-ya and Sasa for $21.90.
P/S: This is one mask that I will turn to again and again because it makes things very convenient for a lazy person like me!
I have to admit that I do not always have acne but I do get them from time to time. And this time round, I had some growing around my chin area. I have tried different products to help me with the acnes but they always take a few days to totally go away.
Recently, I was introduced to ZNIQUE Acne Serum, the first all-in-one acne serum from Swiss Expertise that is formulated with natural ingredients. You don’t have to wait for a few days to see results as the serum is clinically proven to reduce bacteria growth from as early as 2 hours!
ZNIQUE Acne Serum contains no nasties like Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acids, Sallcylic Acid or Parabens. People with sensitive skin can give this a try!
Their star and patented ingredient is AQPRUFINE which is anti-microbial, protects the skin and has anti-oxidant properties.
Acne products can sometimes be very heavy and I really don’t thank them for that. I prefer my skincare to be as lightweight as possible. Like how it looks (light enough for you to carry around and especially good for travels), the texture of the serum is very light too.
If you want to head out with make up, no worries, the serum still work when you apply it over your make up too.
I always leave the serum to dry before I have my make up on in the morning because I don’t want to layer it over my make up. This works well too because my mild acne issues under the chin lighten within 1 night and disappeared within 2 days!
If you have red or inflamed spots, you can apply a thin layer of acne serum over it too. The serum contains chamomile and lavender extracts which can have calming, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
I am sooooo satisfied with the product! So much so that I will pack it into my travel bag just in case a naughty acne decides to pop up during my holiday.
ZNIQUE Acne Serum can be found on their website https://www.zniquesg.com/products/znique-acne-serum at $26 per tube.
Prevention is always better than cure. This is why I choose to start my anti-aging skincare regime while I’m in my twenties! While other consumers my age are exploring options like fillers and botox injections, I’m constantly on the lookout for skincare products that work just as well in giving me smooth and radiant skin.
As I age, I find my skin getting thirstier despite applying skincare every day and night. I even tried masking frequently to see if it helps with the dehydration and dull complexion. While I do see improvements in my complexion, I have no idea which are the products that actually work well for me.
Recently, I was introduced to Eucerin®’s new product, Hyaluron-Filler Overnight Treatment. This product is a non-invasive overnight treatment that is inspired by well-known dermatological treatments. It helps to fill your wrinkles without injections & give you a radiant look. I have been using it every night ever since I got my hands on them.
Along with the new addition are some products in the same Hyaluron-Filler range, which have already been launched.
Packaging and first impressions
I thought that the packaging for the Overnight Treatment was very interesting, as there are two different emulsions that are packed separately in the bottle itself. I guessed these 2 separate formulas could mean that the product served 2 different functions? I did some quick research on my own, and I was right! The Overnight Treatment is a dual efficacy anti-aging skin care product, gently exfoliating and removing dead skin cells for a radiant look while hydrating and plumping up the skin. The formulas are optimally preserved in different chambers to keep them fresh and effective.
Formulation and Usage
The product contains two ingredients, AHA and Hyaluronic acid, which are popular ingredients inspired by dermatological treatments that are known to be effective for cell renewal and wrinkle filling.
On the left (white): A creamy emulsion of AHA Complex & Saponin that exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates skin cell renewal to bring back your face’s natural radiance.
On the right (silver): A gel serum of Long and Short Chain Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin moisturized and hydrated. I looked it up and the Short Chain Hyaluronic Acid is actually 40x smaller which allows deeper penetration into the skin to plump up the deepest wrinkles.
You can see two different formulas when you pump the product out. I was expecting the texture to be a little on the heavy side since it is an anti-aging product but it was all good. It felt lightweight on the skin, and there was no greasy feel after you apply it onto your face – creating a perfect base to layer on my night moisturisers. For better absorption, I chose to massage it onto my face for at least 30 seconds for better penetration.
What I like most about the Overnight Treatment is that the Hyaluronic Acid in the serum not only moisturizes your skin but it also helps to plump up your deepest wrinkles while you sleep! I am more concerned about my smile lines so I tend to rub a little longer at those areas. Do note that since this product contains AHA ingredients, it should only be used at night to avoid pigmentation issue. In addition to the Overnight Treatment, I’ve also been trying out the other products in the Hyaluron-Filler range.
I have previously finished 6 tubes of Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate and they worked really well for me. The intensive serum not only helps to visibly reduce wrinkles, but also results in my face feeling a lot smoother as well.
What I have recently started on are the Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler Eye Treatment and Day and Night Cream. I wouldn’t say that I have wrinkles around the eye area now but I am applying them with hopes that they don’t appear soon.
The Eye Treatment can be used in the day after your day moisturizer, and it is fortified with SPF15 and UVA protection too.
Having found out that Eucerin is a dermatological brand that has been around in the market for more than 130 years, I’m sure to put my trust in this brand. I have started incorporating several of its products into my night time skincare regime, and after using them over the past few weeks, I can definitely see the results so far.
As mentioned, I’m very concerned about my smile lines but with the daily usage of the Overnight Treatment coupled with the other products in the range, my smile lines were visibly reduced. My foundation does not cake around the line areas and I can laugh to my heart’s content without worrying about the smile lines anymore. It is indeed a non-invasive alternative that can achieve the same results of combatting lines and wrinkles, while keeping my skin radiant and moisturized.
The new Eucerin® Hyaluron-Filler Overnight Treatment is available from November 2018 at selected Guardian, and Watsons stores.
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.
Trichokare is offering a promotion exclusively for my followers. Award Winning Hair & Scalp Treatment @ $40 Nett only! + Free Hair Care Kit + HairGro Serum (U.P.$758)
Visit http://tk-hair.com/maybelinesim/ to sign up now
See you at TK TrichoKare!
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)