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This is wenxi living in Jurong West. I am a Executive, work in Clementi. I like to hang out in Clementi, Jurong West, Boon Lay. Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Hawker Centre and Sushi/Sashimi, Zi Char, Ramen, Fish.
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Coriander Leaf features an exciting Pan-Asian menu and is quite popular among the Clarke Quay district for its well-established fine dining scene. It is one of the popular dining stylish and relaxing bistro that is highly recommended by TripAdvisor as well as my visitor's tourist guidebook. Upon hearing my visitor's request to have a dinner in Coriander Leaf, I immediately took the number from her Guidebook and punched onto my handphone, thus our reservation was made day before.

Strict dinner timing was seen and practiced as their Business Hours starts officially at 6.30pm on the day of visit. We were led into Coriander Leaf at 6.30pm sharp and was greeted by a long flight of stairs with a well crafted wooden coriander leaf on its glass door handle.
Stairways and Facade

Stairways and Facade

 
The ending point of the stairs leads us to their bar. The coriander theme did fit well into the ambiance as the bar counters were even highlighted with coriander leafs patterns. We were then handed over to another friendly staff and he guided the way to our reserved seatings.
Training Area

Training Area

 
The dining room granted a mixture of rich cultures of Greater Asia in a modern settings. The style of having ceiling plastered with assorted red wallpapers in kinds of patterns had boast an elegant interior. Doors and glass frames were well set with walnut color that blends in perfectly to the entire ambiance with its cement screed flooring.
Dining Area

Dining Area

 
Enjoy a picturesque view through the building's glass windows with a perfect skyline where glimpse of sun rays could be seen. How beautiful!
Out of the Windows

Out of the Windows

 
The moments of good feelings were further elaborated with a fresh red rose floating on a glass of water. How romantic!
Decorations - Rose in Glass

Decorations - Rose in Glass

 
Our unique culinary journey was well begin with the Mezze (platter for 2) as the appetizers. The server had did his professional service by introducing each item on the platter and the way of consumption with his broad accent. The way how he presented had stirred up our interests in every aspect of food on that platter.

From the top of the platter in clockwise, Coriander Leaf had presented Harira (a mixture of chickpea & lentil soup), a popular traditional soup originated from Morocco.
Mezze (2 Pax)

Mezze (2 Pax)

 
To its right, the Tabouleh Salad, a traditional Arab Salad that made up of bulgar, tomatoes, parsley, mint and lemon juice. Tomatoes cubes were served chilled and the salad mixture tastes appetizing! Next we have another Middle East bite size Falafel on the platter. In layman terms, it looks like cookies topped off with some cream cheese to be but the fact is that Falafel is actually made up of chickpea and fava bean rissoles. Simply loves it unique taste! Ever wonder what are those 4 different balls on the platter? They are no quail eggs! In fact these are rich cheese balls that comes in Herbs - Za'artar (dried herbs with sesame seeds & others), sumac (some purple spice that add a tangy flavour), fresh mint and fresh coriander. Interesting right?
Top:Tabouleh  Salad, Bottom:Cheeseballs & Falafel

Top:Tabouleh Salad, Bottom:Cheeseballs & Falafel

 
Next we have 2 big bowls of dips, the Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip) &
tahini (yoghurt dip) that goes well with a plate of plain Naan.
Naan for Mezze

Naan for Mezze

 
What an adventuours platter we had! Our dirty plates were cleared up promptly with an exchange of new plates and we were ready for our main dishes.

Oven Baked Coriander-Miso Gratinated Cod was indeed fresh with additional crisp on its skin. Matched with sesame-togarashi onigiri and sugar snap peas lined up nicely on the plate and summed up by line decorations drawn with miso emulsion.
Cost: S$36.00
Cod

Cod

 
During ordering, the professional server had actually checked with us the level of spiciness that we can handle and this dish was specially prepared based on the level. The Frontier Chicken was stirred fried with coriander seeds & minimal amount of chili flakes that sat in well in the middle of the plate in a pool of yoghurt cream topped with mizuna(a kind of japanese mastard). The dish was also accompanied by a plate of crispy plain Naan.
Cost: S$30.00
Frontier Chicken

Frontier Chicken

 
Lamb Kerbab comes with barbecued cubes of lamb with onion relish and fresh herbs accompanied by butter naan. The cubes are fork tender with not much of lamb's smell. One can dipped the button naan or cubes into the special cooling mint sauce.
Cost: S$35.00
Lamb Kebab

Lamb Kebab

 
Although the causal fine dining portions may seems small, it was actually stomach filling and we had no room for any desserts.

Let's visit Coriander's Toilet! The toilet was shared by both genders and as we swing opened the door, we were greeted by two brightly lited fish tanks by the side of the washing basins.
Fish Tank In Toilet

Fish Tank In Toilet

 
In conclusion, this will be one of the perfect choices with excellent service if you want to enjoy a unique mixtures of Cuisine with good scenery. Total worth what we are paying for! I bet that the entire experience will be many gastronomic thumbs up.
Total Cost: S$157.72
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Mezze,Cod Fish,Lamb Kerbab,Frontier Chicken
 
Date of Visit: Sep 07, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $52(Dinner)

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Vegetarian Paradiso! Smile Sep 04, 2013   
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Categories : Fusion | Café

Another new found in the west for Vegetarian food. Cafe De Paradiso serves a good variety of fusion food, Oriental and Western. Not only that with the availability of Cakes, Coffee (Expresso) & Tea, this make the word "cafe" more sound like it! With an interesting chinese name, "伯乐聚", it simply refer to a place where someone who have the ability to discover talent/skilled get together.

Environment was different. Considering that this cafe was actually located in the industrial premises, Ceilings are higher and entire place was furnished with good paint in green and white followed by flowery wallpapers on the wall where the humongous menu was displayed. Customers can enjoy ordering food through the handbook menu or the wall.
Interior

Interior

 
We were served by a thin guy who has some tattoo over his hand. His outlook had portrayed a fiery impression to us initially but the service we received was given a twist. We were not very familar with vegetarian food and he came over to our table a few rounds to check if we were ready to take order. Good suggestions were given and jokes were cracked making us chuckled as we replied in agreement to his suggestions.

Ice Blended-Orange Sunset & Iced English Rose Tea
Beverages were served shortly after order was taken. Orange sunset was special to us, it was a mixture of orange juice with vanilla ice cream blended together topped with a small sum of orange pulps.
Our Drinks

Our Drinks

 
My first impression of Iced English Rose Tea was overly sweet but after some stirring with Dried Rose buds and tea, the honey was well dissolved and everything seems good.
Cost: S$5.50 & S$3.00
Iced English Rose Tea - S$3.00

Iced English Rose Tea - S$3.00

 
Claypot Noodle is a simple dish with noodle in claypot filled with assorted kind of vegetables and fungi. Soup base was sweet but did not have such intensive MSG taste as other vegetarian stalls I had before.
Cost: S$5.00
Claypot Noodles

Claypot Noodles

 
Out of the 2 mains, I will prefer the Hong Kong Style Clay pot rice. It had raised my attention with its mocked salted fish as well as its sausage. They tasted like the legitimate that I can hardly tell the difference. A handful of fried shredded ginger was added to in the clay pot enhancing the dish's fragrance. Rice was well cooked, not grainy. Do be careful not to get scalded by the claypot while dining.
Cost: S$6.00
Hong Kong Style Claypot Rice

Hong Kong Style Claypot Rice

 
From a non-vegetarian point of view, the plate of Homemade Vegetarian Satay is really an art. The outlook and appearance of it resembles the legitimate one entirely. However once you get a touch of it, you get to know the difference. Sticks of meat were served with a bowl of satay peanut sauce accompanied by chunks of cooling cucumbers. The softness of the meat had given the ideal "satay" away, it was too soft that the some of the meat dropped off while dipping them into the sauce and the taste I would say was close to the original's but one is still able to tell the difference.
Cost: S$6.00
Satay with Sauce

Satay with Sauce

 
Close up of Satay

Close up of Satay

 
Overall, I find that such dining environment serves a good gathering location for groups especially those who are vegetarians and don't mind having meatless meal as the place have catered big tables and space is spacious, even the toilet. tongue
One can even enjoy its Cafe serving of good blended coffee and cakes over chats.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Satay,Hong Kong Style Claypot rice
 
Date of Visit: Aug 23, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $13(Dinner)

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 4  |  
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My Treat to Mum Smile Sep 01, 2013   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Dim Sum | Roasted Meat

Just on a Sunday morning when most of us is still lazing at home under the comfortable shelter, we were already walking ups and downs in Ion Orchard before 11am, waiting for Taste Paradise business to be in operation. As usual, crowds were seen roaming about the main entrance even though dining is mainly due for reservations only. I walked up to the counter and indicated my presence with the ladies waiting my name to be called as I had made my reservations earlier on.

This was my second visit but this time round with a purpose - to treat mum for her upcoming birthday. Interior was set to oriental chic design with an impressive feel of ancient elegance as we strolled into the restaurant guided by the well dressed ladies in grand Chinese suits. It had given us additional majestic feel with the greetings of the staff as we approached the dining area. Set in the opulence orange lightings trails with the domino placement of vertical wooden boards on its ceilings had illustrated a swishing tail of a dragon body.
The Light Trails

The Light Trails

 
We were directed to a corner of the restaurant and have a bird-eye view of the place. Entire dining ambiance was made magnificence with its dragon's utensils, table cloths and menu covered by golden fabric.
Utensils

Utensils

 
Pickled vegetables (appetizers) were served with our beverages (Glutinous Rice Tea) and were promptly refilled by the waitresses. It tastes more towards "Tie Guan Yin" to me.
Cost: S$8.40

Xiao Long Bao with the proverbial flavorful soup that shoot and flows out of the delicate Bao skin. Though thin, it was moist and good enough to contain the soup as we picked it up by the tip (where you can find the thickest portion portion of skin throughout) noting the weight of the big chunk of minced meat within.
Cost: S$4.80 for 4
Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao

 
Chee Cheong Fun with Scallop. Savour the smooth, fine and thin rice roll with shredded chewy scallops wrapped within. Delicately made with fillings well contained without even breaking through the layers. Added with the light soy sauce and some hints of fragrance from the sesame oil, this version of steamed "intestine-liked" rice rolls are simply worth the taste buds.
Cost: S$6.20
Chee Cheong Fun with Scallop

Chee Cheong Fun with Scallop

 
BBQ Pork Pastries were simply heavenly. As the waitress doles out these freshly baked pastries in a plate of 3, these glossy looking golden pillows were seen flaky and delicate. As we bite, the red juicy BBQ pork fillings was packed to the fullest that every mouthful does have them within the pastries.
Cost: S$4.80 for 3
BBQ Pork Pastry

BBQ Pork Pastry

 
The perfect marriage of deep fried prawn and mango in a roll just never fail to disappoint. Mum had made the right choice!
Cost: S$5.60 for 3
Prawn and Mango Roll

Prawn and Mango Roll

 
It's half time and I'm almost full. 2 Packets of Steam Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaves, the classic "Lor Mai Kai" but with the "parcel" opening feel as we flipped up the lotus leaves, with the wonderful scent rushes into our senses. Tell me, it's just hard to stop at this!
Cost: S$4.60 for 2
Steamed Glutinous Rice

Steamed Glutinous Rice

 
Siew Mai was rather normal and did not have the "Wao" factor like the rest of the dim sum. I would prefer the meat to have a stronger meat taste as the roes added was a little salty for me.
Cost: S$5.80 for 4
Siew Mai

Siew Mai

 
Har Gao, another common item that one will not miss when having dim sum. Up to the mark but not to die for.
Cost: S$5.80 for 4
Har Gao

Har Gao

 
Steamed Custard Buns is another noteworthy item that one cannot leave the restaurant without trying. Do not judge the overall just by its plain and ordinary white exterior, its seriously addictive especially when you hit the first bite - just like that molten lava, the golden custard flows out continuously.
Cost: S$8.40 for 3
Steamed Custard Bun

Steamed Custard Bun

 
Whet your appetitie for more to come! XO Carrot Cake lends a nice soft texture within the crunchy sprouts and spring onions.
Cost: S$7.80
XO  Carrot Cake

XO Carrot Cake

 
BBQ Combi with suckling Pig that strikes just the right punch of crunchy and juicy! It was irrestistible especially when the combi were barbaqued with a exceptional crisp. I just cant stop at one serving!
Cost: S$28.00
BBQ Combi with Suckling Pig

BBQ Combi with Suckling Pig

 
While almost every dishes was remarkable, even for its desserts, we couldn't take our eyes off them. 3 of our desserts were exaggerating ! Check out in the video!

The Cooling Effect when we received our desserts

 


Just like enjoying a cup of avocado drink, Taste Paradise's Avocado With Walnut Ice Cream was rich and creamy.
Cost: S$6.80

Likewise, Mango with Coconut Ice Cream standard were not that bad afterall.
Cost: S$6.80

Lime with lemongrass was saltish yet refreshing. Quite refreshing to cleanse the palate after some major savoriness.
Cost: S$6.80

We were requested to do a survey on mini ipad to note that down.
With 10% of service charge and 7% of GST, it sums up to $127.12 for 3 pax.

Note:
(1) Appetizers cost are inclusive with the tea, therefore even if one omit the dishes, amount still remains the same.
(2) Reservations must be made in advance to avoid disappointments.
(3) Even Reservations were made, customers was given a fixed duration for each table.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  XO Carrot Cake,Steamed Custard Bun,BBQ Pork Pastry,BBQ Combi with Suckling Pig
 
Date of Visit: Aug 25, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $43(Breakfast)

Other Ratings:
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 4  |  
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My First Spanish Bar & Restaurant Smile Sep 01, 2013   
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Categories : Spanish | Bars/Lounges | Paella

Serenity is strongly advocate for its yummylicious Suckling Pig through words of mouth and its attractive looking posters and advertisements pasted on the big pillars in vivocity. Due to its popularity, we had make efforts to go earlier for dinner, avoiding the peak period. As we approached the entrance, we were greeted in Spanish with "Hola" and was advised to wait to be seated. Within seconds of waiting, we were served by a lady.
Please Wait to Be Seated

Please Wait to Be Seated

 
Each of us was given a menu with a dancing lady on its cover indicating "dance to the delightful flavours of spain". I would say this is probably Serenity's Business tagline. Wine pages told up almost half the menu leaving the rest with delicious Spanish food well illustrated within.
Food Menu

Food Menu

 
Chosen to dine in the peaceful and quiet indoors rather than the outdoors. Seating were comfy, given that the chair I'm sitting on is of fabric with springy cushioning. Just in front of where I'm sitting, there is such a big rack of wine holders and we get to see a wide variety of wines available.
Wine Display

Wine Display

 
Fork, knife and spoon were already placed on its serviettes with a side dish on every seat.
Utensils

Utensils

 
Salteado de Coles de Bruselas con Jamon Serrano (Sauteed Brussels sprout with serrano ham), it is not very common that we can find Brussels Sprouts and that's the reason for my order. Love the natural cute miniature cabbages, stirred fried with bacon, it sums up a simple yet fulfilling dish to me. Not too salty. Likes!
Cost: S$18.80
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

 
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

 
The Suckling Pig dish(Cochinillo Asado) by itself costs a bomb and we had to skipped it. Luckily we were introduced to the promotion platter and can shared among 3-4 pax. Platter consist of 2 30cm long sausages and 1/4 of Signature's Roasted Suckling Pig with a small portion of potato among the greens. This platter was accompanied by 3 sauces. Upon having this served, the waitress had actually introduce the items and the usuage for the sauces. Well Done!
Potato

Potato

 
The quarter of suckling pig was "cracklingly" good, especially its glorious crackling skin. Roasted to al dente perfection with succulent fleash, douse a bit of them into the flavorful sauces and enjoy. As we flipped the quarter up, what lies beneath is a bed of moist sauerkraut (sour cabbage), so simply European!
Cost: S$138
1/4 Platter

1/4 Platter

 
Arroz Negro (Black squid ink paella) is also another must tries. Squid ink, mussels, squid, tiger prawns, capsicum, rice were a simply a great combination. Seafood was fresh, especially prawns and the entire dish was adorn with green little peas.
Squid Ink Paella

Squid Ink Paella

 
It was rather an expensive meal as it sums up to S$251.64 for 4 of us. I feel that price is steep, perhaps Spanish cuisine is quite niche and not that available in Singapore. Having said this, I will still patronize Serenity given if I'm there for a special purpose!
Receipt

Receipt

 
Note:
(1) Plain water, cold or warm are chargable at S$1.
(2) Reservations might be needed.
(3) No outside food/drinks are allowed (I bought a bottle of juice while walking around Vivo City and since we are going for dinner, I brought that in. I was warned on that.)
 
Recommended Dish(es):  1/4 Platter
 
Date of Visit: Aug 31, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $63(Dinner)

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French, Saveur Smile Sep 01, 2013   
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Categories : French | Restaurant | Seafood | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

Saveur when translated from french means flavour and was known among my cohort of pals for its wallet friendly pricing french cuisine. The interior of Saveur was modern, with black and woody colors as its theme adorn with orange chandeliers hanging on the ceilings as well as the downlights. These lighting had been well reflected by the mirrors on the walls enhancing its ambience thus making the entire restaurant brighter.
Interior

Interior

 
Due to its overwhelming responses, Saveur practises strict dining policy and did not accept any reservations. For group dinings (even for just 2 of us), the server will ensure that all members of the group have arrived before issuing them a seat. In order not disappoint customers, they can leave their contact numbers and name down so that servers can follow up with them once queues are cleared. Whilst queuing, each of us is given a menu to read through.
Menu

Menu

 
We was directed to a table next to the big chiller that stores juices and wines where lights from the chiller had brightened up our dining place. smile
Refridgator

Refridgator

 
Being a french cuisine, it was known for its petite serving with sophistication - Food is elegant and with strong emphasis on its presentation. And our expectations had been bench-marked.

Our palates were tantalized by Saveur's Signature Pasta which was tossed in chilli oil, served with finely chopped Japanese konbu (seaweed) and Sakura Ebi (prawn/shrimp) with minced pork sauce. Presentation was impressive with its pasta rolled up and served on a dish like a cocoon. If you asked me about the taste, in layman terms, I would say it tasted close to "indomee" (brand of instant noodle) if you have tried before. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this starter!
Cost: S$6.90
Starters - Saveur's Pasta

Starters - Saveur's Pasta

 
Soup of the Day was Cream of cauliflower. Served on a big plate with the center portion filled with approximately 10 spoonful of soup garnished with herbs and bacon.
Cost: S$5.90
Starters - Soup of the Day

Starters - Soup of the Day

 
How can one miss out the part and parcels of a french dish, the Foie Gras? The bite size pan-seared duck liver was served with lentils & pickled pearl onion. Although it might look abit unappetizing but it was real good enough for its flavours were all well burst within my mouth.
Cost: S$7.90
Side - Foie Gras

Side - Foie Gras

 
The menu offers 2 types of Foie Gras as its starter, the other comes with apple-infused port wine and vanilla beans and costs slightly expensive.
Side - Foie Gras (Close Up)

Side - Foie Gras (Close Up)

 
Succulent duck leg confit with its crispy skin perched on Savuer's homemade mashed potato accompanied by chopped sauteed shitake mushroom and orange segments. Duck was tendered and portion was good enough for me.
Cost: S$10.90
Main - Duck

Main - Duck

 
I was rather astonished to realize that this was the main course as the size of the plate was ideally my side dish. tongue Chicken Roulade was impressive though,with thigh stuffed with foie gras-infused chicken farce, creamy basmati rice & parmesan sauce. The latter had packed the dish with additional cheesy fragrance.
Cost: S$9.90
Main - Chicken

Main - Chicken

 
The dessert, Pistachio Panna Cotta , gave a riots of texture. Just before we enjoy the wobbly, creamy and smooth panna cotta, we will have to first enjoy the nutty crunchy bites of pistachio. It was not too sweet and most importantly not cloying at all!
Cost: S$6.90
Desserts - Pistachio Panna Cotta (Top View)

Desserts - Pistachio Panna Cotta (Top View)

 
Desserts - Pistachio Panna Cotta (Side View)

Desserts - Pistachio Panna Cotta (Side View)

 
Service was better than average. Given a few staff (excluding the chefs) to run the show in a full house during rush hours was seen more than efficient. Glasses of drinks were topped up from time to time with our tables dishes cleared and food were all served one after another on time in such sequence, Starters, Main then Desserts.

Total inclusive of GST and Service charge is $55.75. There were many players in the market for french cuisine and thus far, I find that Saveur has offered the most value for money meal. If you want to enjoy French Cuisine at a budget, she could just fit the bill.
Bill

Bill

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Foie Gras,Pistachio Panna Cotta,Saveur's Pasta,Duck Leg Confit
 
Date of Visit: Aug 20, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $27(Dinner)

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