Sunday, 20 May 2018

Pince & Pints

Was planning a birthday dinner at Pince & Pints only to realise that the place is closed on Sundays, so I thought of trying it another year. After my plans were thwarted by last-minute changes for the umpteenth times, I decided not to wait for a celebratory occasion. We shall just have dinner at the lobster bar on a weekend. Finally visited the branch at Duxton (it can also be found at Katong) recently, and ordered The Truffle Roll and Live Whole Lobster. Both were served with salad and French fries, the latter with herb butter sauce. The former had truffle shavings and truffle caviar on top of the usual  The Lobster Roll, and truffle butter sauce instead of garlic aioli on the side. Loved the sweet and succulent crustacean stuffed into fluffy-soft bread with a lovely aroma of butter that did not overwhelm, and toasted 'til it is crispy on the outside. Chose grilled over steamed for a char-grilled taste of the fresh, juicy and tender lobster that did not disappoint.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Journey to a Delicious Cup

Read that Common Man Coffee Roasters hope to host a cupping session on the first Friday of every month (instead of every Wednesday) starting from March this year. As the complimentary sessions are held in the mid-afternoon, coffee enthusiasts who do not mind paying may attend other sessions by Papa Palheta located within Chye Seng Huat Hardware or The Coffee Academics. Recently learnt the fundamentals of brewing a great cup of Starbucks Coffee at its Bean to Brew coffee seminar, held at Fullerton Waterboat House  includes storing beans or grinds for freshness, grinding beans according to brewing method, optimum amount of grind and temperature of water to brew a cup as well as how food pairing can accentuate the taste of a brew. Other seminars include An Introduction to Coffee, An Invitation to a Sensory Experience and Brewing the Perfect Cup.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Lovely Cafés in Asia-Pacific

The café culture is here to stay, both in Singapore and overseas. It matters not whether you are a coffee and/or tea drinker (or neither) but that we slow down our pace and take time to catch up with our thoughts, family and friends. We may plan to visit a café, a particular one even, or just need a place to rest our tired feet. Sometimes, we chance upon a lovely café with a decent menu at a reasonable price. What better way then, than to sip a cuppa and watch the world go by while nibbling on small and not-so-small bites?

Perth, Australia
It was a planned trip to Padbury's Café Restaurant for breakfast. I loved its interior and exterior  one of the oldest surviving commercial and residential buildings in Guildford, built in 1869. All the dishes we ordered were beautifully plated and deliciously fresh, from the sweet to the savoury such as Big Paddy's, Magic Mushroom and Padbury's Benedict. Of course, we had to order Our Famous Meringue Munro Pancakes. No complaints about the drinks and pretty latte art too.

Seoul, South Korea
As my travel companions and I did not manage to visit Garosu-gil during our first trip to Seoul, we decided to do so during the second time. Chanced upon SkinFood Café located above its concept store and settled on the quiet space with cheerful yellow accents against wooden furniture, white bricked walls and tiles. Did not expect much of its food and drinks since this is a cosmetic and skincare brand but they tasted surprisingly decent, and were also Instagram-worthy.

Taipei, Taiwan
My travel companions and I penned down in our itinerary that we would café-hop at Yongkang Street, just like we did in Garosu-gil. We were still full from lunch at Kao Chi when we walked past Smoothie House and gave it a miss. Continued walking down the street, saw 8% Ice Bistro and chose this as the sky was threatening to rain. Lovely place to chillax with good gelato and dessert, and enjoy coffee as-is, iced or in powder form  pour from shot glass onto lemon slice and have them together.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

FOO’D by Davide Oldani

It was on a weekday when we had lunch at Italian fine-dining restaurant FOO'D by Davide Oldani, located in Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall. Davide Oldani is a celebrity chef with a one-Michelin-starred restaurant  D'O in Cornaredo, just outside Milan. Started with one of his specialty, caramelised onions with 20 months aged Grana Padano served hot and cold. Our table enjoyed how the sweet and soft onions were balanced by the savoury and creamy Grana Padano, though the standout was the flaky and crispy puff pastry. Could neither rave about nor fault my choice of main course, chicken roulade with truffle sauce. There were mixed reviews for the dessert of lemon curd with meringue, lettuce sorbet and cocoa crumble. I found the lettuce ice-cream bitter with a raw vegetable taste, and gave it a miss. In contrast, the tart lemon curd went well with the sweet meringue and cocoa crumble. Was not impressed with the meal and left the place hungry.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Coriander Leaf

There were noticeably fewer participating restaurants in Singapore Restaurant Week from 24 to 31 Mar. Decided on Coriander Leaf, a Pan-Asian restaurant on the 2nd floor of Chijmes. Could neither rave about its first course of pomelo and green mango in chilli-lime dressing topped with coriander leaf, nor fault the dessert of Alphonso mango sorbet with fresh fruit salsa and meringue. Thai mango salad was followed by second course of tiger prawn tempura, and sweet potato noodles with honsimeji mushrooms and edamame. Do not expect the tempura to be thin and crispy like how it was done in a good Japanese restaurant, or the sweet potato noodles to be springy and chewy like how the Koreans do it. But the sweet prawn and flavourful japchae made up for what this dish lacked, and I liked both the mushroom and edamame. Main course of tender Tandoori chicken, served with cucumber relish and mint chutney, was well-marinated and went well with the butter naan.