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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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Angus House Smile Nov 08, 2017   
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Categories : Japanese | Pasta | Seafood | Steaks and Grills

http://www.umakemehungry.com/2017/11/angus-house.html


I have been walking pass Angus House umpteenth times but never has the chance to step in until just this year. It was a celebration meal for a birthday and finally we had the chance to explore Angus House. Angus House is quite easy to locate as she is on the 4th Level of Takashimaya, next to the Toys / Children Department .

Angus House

Angus House

 
 I quite like this open concept kitchen part of the restaurant whereby we were able to take a click preview of the chef busying in the kitchen.

Kitchen

Kitchen

 
Internally is well lited, under the spacious and romantic lights, environment makes it cozy and relaxing. With attentive servers around, I would say that their service is prompt and smiley.

Interior

Interior

 
 It is perfect place for a first date. Also, it is recommended to make reservation and secure a seat.
On the Table

On the Table

 
We were there for steak but to make it a meal with appetizer, soup, salad, bread and dessert, we topped up $15 each and find it quite worthy.

Bread & Butter

Bread & Butter

 
Appetizer was a big piece of salmon with flaky bread stick and sweet sauce.

Appetizer

Appetizer

 
Reminds of my Mos Burger Style of Salad and immediately I know they are common as its Japanese! Greens was crunchy with cherry tomato, Japanese cucumber, corn kernels, cabbages and dressed with roasted sesame sauce.

Appetizer

Appetizer

 
Salad We had the escargot as our sides. Well baked with herbs and butter, served sizzling hot. I'm not really a fan of these shells but I think the style of preparation were rather fragrant.

Escargot - $18

Escargot - $18

 
You can still hear the sizzling and bubbling effect of butter together with escargot when they serve to the table.

Close up of Escargot

Close up of Escargot

 
Environment was quite cold and just right with a warm bowl of calm chowder.

Calm Chowder

Calm Chowder

 

 


Ingredients in Calm Chowder

Ingredients in Calm Chowder

 
This is not the usual Western Style Steak I had. In case you are not aware, Angus House is mainly serving Japanese Style Beef Steak as well as pasta and the type of serving may not be what you have on mind if you are thinking along Morton's Style.

The 200g Sirloin Steak comes in a sizzling hot plate direct from the kitchen in Medium-Well doneness as requested. A piece of savoury herb butter and slice of lemon was placed on the steak, as the heat rises, the butter melts accordingly. Steak was definitely soft and texture was friendly with the knife.

Sirloin Steak 200g - $60

Sirloin Steak 200g - $60

 
While the man had a bigger portion of 300g Steak from the Rib Eye at Medium doneness. Similarly, the steak was juicy and tender just like I had my Sirloin.

Rib Eye Steak 300g - $78

Rib Eye Steak 300g - $78

 
Desserts have option of Cheese Cake or Tiramisu. Since we are having 2 sets, we opted for both and ended our dinner with sweet endings. Cheese cake came with a very moist biscuit base and was light in taste, not too cloying. I love the Cereal and the dash of raspberry sauce and cream by the side.d
Cheese Cake

Cheese Cake

 
Tiramisu was light and tasty coupled with honey melon, dragonfruit, mint leaf and strawberry. It was real good and in fact I dont mind having another piece if they do offer.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

 
At least I can strike off the To Visit / To Eat from my list after visiting Angus House. The quality of food and service are commendable. I won't hesitate to recommend my friends here if they want to try Japanese Style Beef.
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Do reservation
 
Recommended Dish(es):  steak
 
Date of Visit: Oct 20, 2017 

Celebration:  生日 

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Chiew Kee Noodle House Smile Nov 08, 2017   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Chinese Noodles

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Never notice that there are 2 Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle house along Upper Cross Street until I visited Chiew Kee Noodle House that day. I have always patronized Chew Kee and have never knew Original Chiew Kee Noodle House is just located 100 metres away from each other.

2 similar shops like this in the same row was quite an usual sight and straight away it gave me a thought that there must be some conflicts in the family that lead to this.

Chiew Kee Noodle House

Chiew Kee Noodle House

 

It seems like Chiew Kee Noodle House is more quiet among the staff while the other shop is more rowdy in the sense that the family members communicate loudly in cantonese across the coffeeshop.


We were their first customer of the day and seats was ample. There were notices that pasted on the wall mentioning that the tables will be shared in the event that there was not enough seating in the coffeeshop.

Interior

Interior

 


Very well seasoned plate of soy sauce chicken whereby meat was juicy and tender. Simply love the perfection of the moist chicken with its thin layer of soy infused chicken skin.

Half Soy Sauce Chicken including drum - $14

Half Soy Sauce Chicken including drum - $14

 


Though the generous savory pool of soy sauce may look abit overpowering here but this soy sauce actually gave a subtle sweetness to the meat. Using a secret blend of herbs, spices with soya sauce achiving such wonderful standard. We order a half chicken to share among 3 of us instead so we can each order individual bowl of plain noodles.

Another view of the half chicken with Wings

Another view of the half chicken with Wings

 


Noodles were light and springy, comes with some leafy greens, soaking up with their light Soy Sauce, flavoring the plain noodles.

Mee Kia - $1

Mee Kia - $1

 


In the same fashion like the Mee Kia, Kway Teow was soaked in the soy sauce too. It is light and flavourful and not clumping up in a mass.

Kway Teow - $1

Kway Teow - $1

 


 Dumplings in clear broth comes in 2 sizes, $3 or $5. We had the latter and shared among ourselves.

Bowl of Dumplings Soup - $5

Bowl of Dumplings Soup - $5

 


Each and every of the dumplings filling were well encased and tightly dressed up in its skin. Let's bite on it and taste the difference.

 

Dumpling Taste was out of the ordinary and on a salty side. However, the dumplings were still rather special as the minced meat were pretty dark in color, most probably coated in dark sauce. Taste was rather distinctive with mushrooms, pepper, sesame oil and black fungus as ingredients.

Figuring out the ingredients of the dumpling

Figuring out the ingredients of the dumpling

 


Even though I have not visited their siblings Noodle House for long time, I find that the food here is more on the saltier side while Chew Kee's is more on a sweeter side. Looks like I have to make a trip down to Chew Kee Noodle House and have a bite again.
 
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Categories : Fusion | Bars/Lounges | Seafood | Sushi/Sashimi

http://www.umakemehungry.com/2017/05/nobiro-japanese-restaurant-sake-bar.html

Up in the quiet residential of Faber Hill, you will get to find a hidden gem Japanese Restaurant humbly located along the shophouses stretch. However if you are familar with Buck Tile St Cafe, they are just side by side and you definitely won't miss it.

Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar

Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar

 

The Izakaya Style Restaurant has an extensive menu serving Japanese dishes, including western dishes, sashimi as well as grill delights and its worth a visit especially you want to have some taste of Japanese Sake away from the crowd. You might be surprised they have as many as 50 types of Sake stored in their chiller. Impressive!

Interior is modernly furnished and there is even a game corner right after the entrance for guests to enjoy it while waiting for their food.

 

We ordered the recommended home made Honey Lemon drink.

Honey Lemon

Honey Lemon

 

Under the Mains in the menu, we found this special combination of Bacon, Prawn and Cabbage Omlette. Though it may be quite an average item for some but credits goes to the smooth runny egg omlette, wrapping up the shredded cabbages underneath. With it marrying the sweet sauce, mayonnaise and bonito flakes, everything was yummy!

Yummilicious

Yummilicious

 
A recommended item on their menu. The texture of Grilled Squid was tender and packed with slight hint of smoky flavour. Squeeze some lemon juices on top on the Squid and dabbed them onto the Mayonnaise and enjoy!

Surume Ika Maruyaki スルメイカ丸焼き - $15

Surume Ika Maruyaki スルメイカ丸焼き - $15

 
With a straight forward setup and presentation, the Hiyashi Soba is quite ordinary.

Hiyashi Soba / Udon 冷やしそば / うどん - $10

Hiyashi Soba / Udon 冷やしそば / うどん - $10

 
Texture of noodles is alright, dip these cold soba into the soba sauce.

Soba can be replaced with Udon too

Soba can be replaced with Udon too

 
Serving of Oyako don was done on a porcelain bowl, covered with a big wooden spoon placed by the side. Enjoy the aroma of Oyakodon rushes in as you open the bowl cover.

Serving of Oyakodon

Serving of Oyakodon

 

Light flavours of rice with flavourful egg and yellow onion. What a comfortable homely meal we had in Nobiro. It is a tad too light in flavours as we preferred it to be saltier in taste but no worries in my opinion it is still as good.

Oyakodon 親子丼 - $15

Oyakodon 親子丼 - $15

 

Take a closer look here

Take a closer look here

 

We are very please to have Yakitori fresh from the charcoal grill and ordered Omakase Set B at $30.80 which consist of 10 Sticks of Yakitori base on Nobiro's Selection. However you can also go for their Omakase Set A at $15.80 for 5 sticks of Yakitori.

Servings were split into 3 parts and were served separately too. The first plate consist of Chilli red grilled tomato, leeks and mushrooms. Simply love these freshly prepared grill vegetables especially in its smoky flavours.

Tomato チェリートマト, Leek ねぎ, Shitake Mushrooms しいたけ

Tomato チェリートマト, Leek ねぎ, Shitake Mushrooms しいたけ

 

Covered with a layer of teriyaki sauce, these tender chicken thigh in its smokiness taste is awesome.
Chicken Thigh もも - $3

Chicken Thigh もも - $3

 

Not a fan of chicken liver but I would say this is very well executed with the terkiyaki sauce.

Liver レバー - $2.50

Liver レバー - $2.50

 

The last portion of the Yakitori were served in a plate of 5 with a lemon wedge by the side. For those who don't really like the innards taste, the lemon juice can be of a very good way to reduce it. Let's take a look at the items...

The Meat

The Meat

 

Chicken Wings on a stick?

Chicken Wing 手羽先 - $4

Chicken Wing 手羽先 - $4

 

Loving the bite down the bacon into the juicy enoki mushroom. The smoky flavours were great!

Bacon with Enoki Mushroom エノキベーコン - $3

Bacon with Enoki Mushroom エノキベーコン - $3

 

Chicken Gizzard 砂肝, Chicken Heart はつ , Chicken Tail ぼんじリ

Chicken Gizzard 砂肝, Chicken Heart はつ , Chicken Tail ぼんじリ

 


Nobiro Japanese is worth a visit and if you are nearby in the day, they have affordable lunch bento meals special for you guys.
 
Date of Visit: Apr 28, 2017 

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Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill Smile Apr 06, 2017   
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Categories : Peranakan / Nonya | Café | Desserts and Cakes | BBQ

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Cheers to April as April is always Fabulous with food. I have heard of Violet Oon's Peranakan Food and always wanted to try thus wish was granted. However instead of going to the one located in Bukit Timah, we went to their latest restaurant located in Clarke Quay.
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill

Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill

 
  
Interior Dining

Interior Dining

 
 
I was not surprise of its interior as it was kind of along the line where a Bar's ambiance will be liked. However it still have a good feel of Peranakan Style (old school) amongst those modern furnishing, decking out in dark woods and authentic Peranakan tiles. Overall the place reminds me of their rich culture but with a revamp into today's settings.
Bar Counter

Bar Counter

 
If you are hankering for Violet Oon's Peranankan Cuisine like me, fret not. Even though this is a bar and grill, they do incorporate many popular dishes like Ayam Buah Keluah, Kueh Pie Tee, Ngoh Hiang etc.
Nice Ceiling Fans

Nice Ceiling Fans

 
   
On the left after entering the restaurant

On the left after entering the restaurant

 
 
Suitable for vegetarian, these Fried Bean Curds were served with julienned cucumber and fresh beansprouts. Bean Curds were sliced and topped with very yummy Violet's Signature sweet and tangy peanut sauce. A perfect go to start your meal if you are looking for some appetizers.

Tau Hu Goreng - $9

Tau Hu Goreng - $9

 
 One of the best Ngoh Hiang i ever had for it was not oily and these Ngoh Hiang tastes refreshing with the crispy deep fried bean curd skin cradling ingredients like prawn, crab and minced chicken with water chestnut seasoning as well as five spice powder. Dipped this fried Ngoh Hiang into the given sweet sauce or Sambal Belachan. It also goes well with the seasoned sides - Achar.

Ngoh Hiang - $15

Ngoh Hiang - $15

 
   
On the Serving Board

On the Serving Board

 
 
When it comes to Nonya Food, this is the classic. Spicy and tangy chicken stew with a few Buah Keluak nuts infused with fresh root spices of Lengkuas and Tumeric. I like that the Chicken meat was tender with generous serving of Buah Keluak however it still lacked the good taste that i find on the meat. Could it be the strong tumeric soury taste had overtaken the authentic taste?

Buah Keluak Ayam - $23

Buah Keluak Ayam - $23

 
 
 With a variety of Satay to choose from, each type of meat comes in a plate of 3. We had the large chicken chunks marinated in spices, grilled and served with thick flavour pack spicy peanut toasted sauce topped with freshly grated pineapple, steam rice cake, cucumber and red onion. Recommended!
Chicken Satay - $14

Chicken Satay - $14

 
 
Marinated Chicken Satay

Marinated Chicken Satay

 
 You cant miss out this classic dish from the menu! I would say the all time favourite to order. This festive dish of braised mixed vegetables and bean curd skin in a rich prawn bisque is really awesome, love the part where the mushrooms were so juicy and plump. It may seems a bit oily but best of all its not cloying at all.

Chap Chye - $15

Chap Chye - $15

 
 Choose between Nasi Lemak Rice and Jasmine Rice. The Nasi Lemak Rice is served elegantly in a small little white pot, packed with alluring fragrance of the coconut milk.

Nasi Lemak Rice - $2

Nasi Lemak Rice - $2

 
 Loving the sweet ending to our meal with a scoop of Gula Melaka and coconut ice cream drenched with Gula Melaka syrup. What makes the good experience will be the toasted cashew nuts toppings.

VO's Ice Cream with Cashew Crunch - $10

VO's Ice Cream with Cashew Crunch - $10

 
 
 Overall, I find that it is a good place for gathering as well as chill out. The ambiance makes alot of difference and you will never feel as if like you are visiting the usual traditional Peranakan Place.
 
Date of Visit: Apr 02, 2017 

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Kway chap Smile Aug 23, 2016   
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Heading to Zion Riverside Food Centre, we decided to give the usual Char Kway Teow Stall a miss and go for something different. Reading the Signboard twice to confirm what I had misread during my first glimpse as I had associated the name with Boon Tiong Kee, the famous chicken rice restaurant. There is a few Kway Chap stall but being the typical Singaporean, we joined the stall with the queue as compare to the other which had none.

A good wait for about 20 minutes in the queue before we got our set of Kway Chap for 2 pax at $10. Portion of the set looks appetizing with big bowls of Kway in brown soup and ingredients being stacked up nicely with 2 kinds of chilli provided. Portion was worth $10 indeed.

Kway Chap Set for 2 - $10

No pork belly and no skin in the platter and in fact the interesting find in the platter was pork trotter meat which was so tender and served in smashed form among the savoury sweet braised sauce. Braised eggs, tender duck meat, intestines and Tau Gua was provided. I would say that I'm rather impress by the stack of food which was neatly placed in a sequence besides having a well prepared portion of innards without leaving any trace of smell.

I love the Kway for its soup has a slight taste of the herbs and not salty. Portion is definitely not for baby's stomach smile.
It will be good to drop by again and have a taste of its competing stall right on the left side.

 

 

 

 
 
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