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x2dino
This is x2dino living in Bukit Panjang. I am a Executive, work in Toa Payoh. French, Thai are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Café and Seafood, Steaks and Grills, Buffet .
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Unique Korean Cuisine Experience Smile Dec 21, 2014   
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Tucked within the Red Dot Design Museum, this Korean restaurant is a real gem not to be missed. We were not only astonished by their interesting spread of main courses, but also by the sheer quality and variety of their appetisers.

Appetisers (Complementary)
Yes, we all love Korean appetisers (e.g., kimchi, pickles, tofu, fishcake, ikan billis etc). Bukang Tuna serves them all and on top of it, Korean porridge and sashimi salad! I’m particularly impressed with their porridge as it was really smooth and flavourful. One could hardly see any rice grains but yet know this was definitely a comforting bowl of porridge. They were also very generous with their sashimi salad (just look at the amount of salmon sashimi toppings!) that one could easily mistake as a paid dish (we thought it was a wrong delivery and actually told the waitress we did not order any salad).

 

 

 
BBQ Beef Bulgogi Set ($12++)
Their beef bulgogi set was delicious. The beef was well marinated and cooked to perfection, not too salty and brought out the natural sweetness and flavour of the onions and beef.

 
Mul Hoe ($22++)
This was the highlight of today’s order – fresh raw fish over a bed of radish, cucumber, seaweed and ice. A special spicy sauce was poured over the dish and mixed well, somewhat like eating bibimbap. A separate bowl of glass noodles were also served to complement this dish.

Mul Hoe literally means mixture of fish in water. The ice keeps the dish fresh and provides the water (i.e., soup) for this yummy dish. One could eat it plain or as a bowl of cold noodle soup. They both tasted equally good.

 

 
For a different Korean cuisine experience, try out Bukang Tuna! You will be enthralled flower
 
Recommended Dish(es):  BBQ Beef Bulgogi Set,Mul Hoe
 
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Date of Visit: Dec 06, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $20(Lunch)

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Categories : American | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills

Finally visited the open-concept Star Vista on a rainy Sunday noon, probably the only large-scale shopping mall in Singapore where you actually get wet indoors (i.e. don't visit Star Vista on a rainy day especially with roaring winds)!

Nonetheless, we braved the showers and were somehow 'blessed' by them when we chanced upon Morganfield's. Now, the Mister has always enjoyed his meats, proclaiming how he "can't live without them" ala Air Supply style. So imagine his glee when we learnt about Morganfield's signature "Sticky Bones" ribs - Hickory BBQ style! Lucky him. Except on top of that, Morganfield's Steak and Ribs Combo throws in a 150gm piece of sirloin as well. Even luckier him!

Although Malaysian in origin, one cannot help but feel transported into The Wild West upon setting foot in Morganfield's. Wooden beams that adorn the entrance and ceilings, signs that seem to make your Grandma feel young again plastered on walls, and lastly, wooden tables and chairs that complete the picture. Just look at the photo! Doesn't it seem inviting?
The Wild West-like Ambience

The Wild West-like Ambience

 
Service was pretty good, perhaps due to the weather which might have left people snoozing at home (although we could have swore it was 12.30pm). We proceeded with our order: A Steak and Ribs Combo (no prizes for guessing), and a Grilled Ranch Chicken.

The Steak and Ribs Combo (38.90++), according to the Mister, was absolutely fabulous - he spared no effort stripping down the dish to its last morsel, devouring it cannibalistically. The half-slab serving of ribs were really tender (they just come apart with a gentle nudge of the knife!), yet still retaining their succulence - truly deserving of the name, "Sticky Bones" in that the taste sticks in your mind after the meal is long gone - magnifico! I found the Hickory BBQ sauce a tad sweet, but it harmonised well with the meat. The Mister was just devouring like no tomorrow.
The AWESOME Steak and Ribs Combo

The AWESOME Steak and Ribs Combo

 
The "Sticky Bones" Hickory BBQ Ribs

The "Sticky Bones" Hickory BBQ Ribs

 
The combo's other half - a medium-rare sirloin - was more modest in taste, but equally succulent. To let diners enjoy the full natural flavours of the meat, Morganfield's does not provide sauces to go (unless you top up a little more $$ of course) with the steak. Being the meat-lover he is, no sauce is just as good for the Mister - if not better. The sides, too, were something to behold apart from the usual broccoli and fries you get in most Western diners in this country (of course, Morganfield's does fries too albeit with a little paprika twist to them not unlike Botak Jones'). What you'll see in the delectable photo is Minced Pork Chilli (and it's as spicy as it sounds, unlike more Westernised beef chilli) and Red-skin Mashed Potatoes - both of which were delightful complements to the meats in adding dimension to the latters' succulent textures.
The Au Naturale Flame Grilled Medium-Rare Sirloin

The Au Naturale Flame Grilled Medium-Rare Sirloin

 
As for me? A nicely Grilled Ranch Chicken was on the platter (18.90 SGD++). The two chicken breasts were grilled to perfection, retaining their moisture (and juices evidently) but yet imprinted with that sizzling grilled taste. Needless to say, the Mister enjoyed his share of the chick too ;).
Grilled Ranch Chicken

Grilled Ranch Chicken

 
All in all, it was an incredibly sensational meal serendipitously discovered that rainy noon - better if not comparable to Tony Roma's, the Mister exclaimed (and he's been there no less than 10 times, seriously). Capitaland card members will revel even more because of an additional 5 percent discount AND a 5 percent cash rebate (that's 10 percent just for being a card member, woohoo!)! For 57.80 SGD++ (2 pax), the joy of a good meal is never too expensive. In fact, it was rather affordable.

Kudos, Morganfield's!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Steak and Ribs Combo,Grilled Ranch Chicken
 
Date of Visit: Dec 16, 2012 

Spending per head: Approximately $32(Lunch)

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Best Paella in Town! Smile Nov 30, 2014   
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Categories : European | Paella

Mixed Seafood Paella ($13.50)

One of the yummiest Paellas I’ve eaten in Singapore! The winning formula lies in the rice. Each grain was evenly coated with the seasoning/spices and had a slightly charred flavour. The other ingredients (prawns, mussels and squid) were fresh and juicy. The other must-mention is their homemade chili sauce that embellished the whole dish.

 

 
The price may seem a little steep at first glance, but trust me, it’s all worth it!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Mixed Seafood Paella
 
Takeaway Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Nov 22, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $14(Lunch)

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Categories : American | Steaks and Grills | Kids-Friendly

Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Ice-cream

Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Ice-cream

 
"Like a Boss" Edition Ribeye Steak, Hungry 300gm Cut

"Like a Boss" Edition Ribeye Steak, Hungry 300gm Cut

 
Thanksgiving Turkey Breast

Thanksgiving Turkey Breast

 
We know there's a lot of Botak Jones (BJ) reviews out there, some good, some bad, some ugly (don't cue Clint Eastwood, please). So probably what you'll read will be (same old) x2, maybe not.

Having patronised Botak Jones literally a hundred times, maybe more, we've had more free ribeye steaks (thank you BJ loyalty cards!) than the toes on a cow. So when the friend introduced BJ's American Diner, we knew it was going to be baaad - in a good way of course. Heck, we specially drove all the way down from home in the Northwest just to eat, shoot, and leave for home immediately after.

True to it's namesake and Bernie's (aka the Botak himself) in-your-face American hearty philosophy, the whole setup felt right-at-home - the perfect ambience for some chow-down with the mow-down. Adding to that was the lazy, albeit rainy Sunday afternoon. The timing was not accidental, but deliberately, strategically, masterfully chosen. Why? Complimentary soup, and free flow drinks (either sodas, iced tea, or hot piping tea/coffee) to suit your mains when you order anytime before 4pm (daily except Monday when they're closed)!

We ordered the usual signatures: Cajun Chicken and Ribeye Steak: Hungry 300grams "Like a Boss" Edition. Since the Thanksgiving Meal still applied, we had it as well (the meal comprised generous servings of turkey breast with cranberry sauce + sides, free drinks, a soup, and a pumpkin pie with ice-cream for dessert - yours for the price of $20 nett). What entranced us next would be, besides the rather quick service although it was a pretty sleepy afternoon for the diner as well, the mains laced with incredibly large portions of spicy fries and cheese potatoes (this is where the carbo-phobic faint). As BJ fans would have noticed, the portions of fries at the usual kopitiam joints seem to be shrinking in line with the economic forecasts. Not at this diner, seriously. The ginormous portions of potatoes here brought tears to our eyes, having being reminiscent of BJ back in the good-old-days when you could ask for more fries and therefore, happiness.

Of course, we didn't come to hantam-bolah the fries. The mains were as good as the usual joints (same recipe, duh), just that they seemed more flavourful. For the BJ un-initiated, we were referring to the grilled scent of steak infused with rosemary and peppercorn + rich chewy texture of its doneness (a beautiful medium rare), the thick smokey accents and springy taste of the cajun chicken that would make your throat dry, and juicy tenderness of the turkey breast that shys away its tough, chewy equivalent you'll find in other similar outfits on the island. The pumpkin pie was a novel treat though, having tasted like kueh lapis (Bernie goes Singapura, huh?)

In the end, we literally pigged ourselves out, not being able to finish our cheese potatoes. All of us. To aid with the digestion, we attempted doodling on the blank white sheets of mahjong paper that served as dining mats using crayons found at our table (i.e. bring your kids along for a whale of a time - not yours).

We spent approximately 61 for 3 persons (no GST and service charge, yippee!). But the portions, we reiterate, were more like 6611... burp!!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Cajun Chicken,Steaks - All kinds
 
Date of Visit: Nov 25, 2012 

Spending per head: Approximately $20(Lunch)

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Categories : Japanese | Ramen

Ippudo has always been one of my favourite ramen outlets in Singapore. I especially love their soup base which is exceptionally rich and refined smileShiromaru ($14++)The soup base exudes a hint of buttery fragrance that was really flavourful and delicious. We could also taste the natural sweetness of fish stock which further proofed the quality of ingredients used to brew this heavenly concoction. The noodles were semi-firm and chewy and topped with Char Siu (good balance of both fats and lean meat) which were well braised and literally melted in our mouths.
Shiromaru

Shiromaru

 
Tofu Salad ($8++)A light starter to whet our appetites. The ponzu with sesame dressing was refreshing and appetising. The meat sauce was also a perfect complement to spice up this salad.
Tofu Salad

Tofu Salad

 
Do be prepared to queue up for at least 20-30 mins during the lunch and dinner peak periods. However, the wait is definitely well rewarded.lol
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Tofu Salad,Shiromaru
 
Table Wait Time: 20 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Mar 11, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $18(Dinner)

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