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Wings! I believe you could fly?? OK Oct 22, 2016   
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Categories : American | Fast Food | Halal | Burgers and Sandwiches

[Wingzone]

Originated from USA, Wingzone was started by 2 men, Matt Friedman and Adam Scott. They came by developing this recipe of buffalo wings in year 1991, all because of Florida university students. At that time, pizza delivery was the only food for students studying late, which gave Matt and Adam an opportunity to provide an alternate choice to these students' boring pizza life. These buffalo wings recipes successfully conquered the hearts of USA and by year 2009, Wingzone went on their way to Global expansion.

 

 
Currently in Singapore, there's two Wingzone outlet. One situated in Bugis Plus shopping mall and the other newly set up store at Buangkok. I chanced upon Bugis outlet while shopping with my friends and we decided to give it a shot.

 
Wingzone menu was quite extensive, from their signature buffalo wings to drumsticks, hand-breaded tenders, burgers, salads, sides and desserts. As for choice of flavours for the meat, there were 15. We chose cool ranch, honey, buffalo bliss, garlic parm and thai chili. We ordered the buffalo wings set meals instead of ala carte, which came with side wedges fries and a drink at $10.95 per set. There's also option to top up additional $0.50 for Wingzone signature dips and dry rubs for the wedges. We added blue cheese dip and blackened voodoo rub. Lastly, cheese lovers like us couldn't leave the counter without ordering mozzarella sticks!

Mains:
[1] Buffalo Wings (ala-carte $7.95)

[a] Cool ranch

 
- Naked wings tossed with spices and herbs. Crispy skin but was a little salty. Most votes went to this flavour.

Honey Q

 
- This flavour brought out a smokey taste unlike what the name describes. It wasn't sweet like honey but more on the bbq side.

[c] Buffalo Bliss

 
- These 3rd flavour we tried was sourish. The tangy aftertaste resembles tabasco. Not a crowd pleaser..

[d] Garlic parm

 
- This flavour ranked my 2nd choice apart from the cool ranch wings. They tasted very garlicky, although slight salty but I still love them!

[e] Thai chili

 
- There wasn't any wow factor for this flavour. Too sweet, simply the common Thai chilli that we could get bottles from supermarts.

Sides:
[2] Wedges Fries

 

 
- We had both the original wedges fries and also the blackened voodoo seasonings. Original ones were still the best! Voodoo tasted weird with spices that my tongue couldn't accept. Hahaha.. I guessed that's the reason behind how it was named!

Not forgetting to mention these wedges fries comes in crinkled shapes. I do agree with my fellow foodies that these shapes did improve the biting texture of fries in our mouth.

[3] Mozzerella Sticks

 
- Anything with cheese usually won't go wrong because we all love cheese! Although Mozzerella sticks were commonly sold in any western F & B but we still love them. Eat them when hot to enjoy the gooey cheese within smile

** Although Wingzone uses fresh chicken wings instead of frozen ones, but I find the size too skinny. I still prefer big fat wings. Taste wise, the 5 flavours that we tried didn't pretty impressed me much. Nevertheless, I might come back for other flavours if I'm in this area. **

📍 Wingzone (Singapore)
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+ Level 4
Singapore 188067
Open daily 11am - 10pm

 
 
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Chillax!! Gastrobar & Food Smile Aug 05, 2016   
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Categories : European | Bars/Lounges

Mr Punch Public house, a gastropub along Seah street, was a relaxing place for friends gathering or after-work chillax.

 
Well known for its violent puppet show, "Punch & Judy" since 16th century, this gastrobar was decorated with great memories of Mr Punch, displaying puppet figurines, statues and vintage posters throughout the space. As the owner loves toys too, the Mint Museum of Toys connecting to Mr Punch Public House showcases 5 levels of his personal toys' collections from all over the world. From vintage to present, I find myself back to childhood! Indeed it's an eye opener for all!!

 

 
Other than toys, Mr Punch introduced new food concept plus drinks menus such as sharing platters and punch jars to increase the awesomeness experiences for all customers.

For a start, we ordered the new appetizers' platter. Mix & Match any 3 items for $35.00* (*premium items incurred additional charges) There's total of 8 items for us to choose from.

 
Our platter choices were:

1a• Chicken Thigh Roulade
1b• Slow-cooked Pork Belly
1c• Custard-battered Squid Rings (+$4*)

- Chef cleverly uses chicken thigh instead of breast to keep the tenderness of meat. Tender chicken with foie gras mousse wrapped in, so sinfully good! Love the creaminess of foie gras lingering on my tongue! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

- Slow-cooked pork belly was so well marinated with their secret sherry sauce, every part of the meat absorbed the flavours. Other than being savory, the layers of fats inbetween the pork belly simply melts in my mouth without much biting needed. So yumz. Pair the meat with the red wine apple chutney to bring the flavour to a whole new level. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

- Custard-battered squid rings was deep fried till crispy and glazed with marmite. Not much of a surprise for this item. 👍🏼

[Bar Bites]

2• Teriyaki Charred Squid $12.00

 
- Char-grilled till perfection, this plate of squid was so good! Cooking timing was perfect, presenting infront of us was a soft tender whole squid that we couldn't resist eating it. Teriyaki sauce beneath added a little sweet plus salty aftertaste to this seafood dish and the flying fish roe scattered on top gave the extra popping crunch. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

3• Potato Chips Chicken $10.00

- Breaded Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Tempura chicken you had heard of, but Potato chips chicken?? You heard it right! Potato chips! Deep fried chicken breast meat with crushed chips coated as batter. Creative but recipe needs improvement. Chicken was bland and dry, thanks to that korean inspired cho jang mayo dip which saved the dish. 👍🏼

[Mains]

4• Herb-crusted Barramundi $29.00

 
- This piece of barramundi fish served to us was meaty, succulent and texture so delicate. Already tasted good on its own with the crusted herbs, chef's homemade beetroot gel and tarragon purée on the side made the whole dish more interesting. Felt myself absorbing lots of antioxidants and vitamins after this, a healthier choice definitely. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

5• Seafood Linguine $32.00

 
- Linguine texture was good, al dente but taste wise, needed more punch. Sauce beneath was indeed sweet since cooked with so much seafood but still lacked that white wine fragrance and aftertaste I was hoping for. 👍🏼👍🏼

6• Bacon-wrapped Venison Loin $45.00

 
- The fragrance from the bacon fats eventually covered the overall taste of the dish. Chewing the dish can only taste pork. Venison loin was also too bloody for my liking. The pairing port jus was sweet and rich, too bad it didn't work well here, but I'm sure it's good with beef or duck dish. Ironically, the potato terrine and stewed mushroom sides were the highlights for us. 👍🏼

[Desserts]

7• Banana Chocolate Cake $14.00

 
- Banana cake was too dense for my liking, wish it was fluffier. The surprise was the "pudding" sitting next to it. Forking through it then we realised there was banana custard hidden in it. Jelly-like texture, with the choco ganache, made us feel like we were eating chocolate flavoured "Tokyo banana" but a yummier version. 👍🏼👍🏼

8• Passionfruit Creme Brulee $14.00

 
- Creme brulee was smooth and creamy like tofu. The passionfruit purée and mango cubes may be very sourish but it helped to cleanse our palate after all the savoury food we had eaten earlier. 👍🏼👍🏼

9• Flaming Tiramisu $16.00

 
- A deconstructed tiramisu I would call this. Homemade Savoiardi (ladyfingers) were stacked on top of fresh cream and chocolate cake pieces. This dessert was heavily loaded with Sambuca so consuming too much made me felt drunk ;) The best way to enjoy this tiramisu was to dunk the fingers into the bowl and scoop up the chocolatey cream within! 👍🏼👍🏼

[To Chill]

10• Punch Jar: The Servant $46.00 p/jar

 
- For drinks sharing, it's most ideal to order a punch jar. There's two punch jars available for ordering; The servant & The skeleton. We chose the first.

The Servant comprises of rum, peach liquer, orange, cranberry, pineapple and lime juice. Tasted very fruity with hints of alcohol, more of a lady's drink than men. Whole jar can share among 4-6pax. 👍🏼👍🏼

** Our overall dining experience at Mr Punch Public House was an enjoyable one. Most of the food were good and ambience was comfortable. Staff were very attentive and courteous too! A great place to chill at after work and on weekends. If you're here, do go take a look at their rooftop bar, it's kinda cool smile Live bands available on every Friday too, featuring local talents.

📍Mr Punch Public House
26 Seah Street
Singapore 188382
Tel: 8339 8966
www.mrpunch.com

Opens daily
Mon- Thurs 3pm to 11.30pm
Fri & Eve of PH 3pm to 2am
Sat 11am to 11.30pm
Sun 11am to 6pm

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👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Yummy
👍🏼👍🏼 Not too bad
👍🏼 Needs improvement
 
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi | Omakase

[Hana Japanese Restaurant]

 
Hana, which means "flower" in Japanese, is a modern Japanese restaurant situated at Forum Shopping Mall, away from the busy streets of orchard. Situated on level 1 and just infront of the lift, it's quite impossible for you to miss this restaurant. The interior of Hana was nicely decorated with koi fishes on the wall, drums of sake around the restaurant and a huge Sakura tree in the center. The whole ambience was romantic for some, cosy for many and somehow makes you feel like you're in Japan.

 
Chef promised serving all customers with only the freshest seafood and using top grade ingredients. He said most of the time, they handpicked the freshest seafood themselves from Japan and flown back to Singapore the following day. *Wow* After hearing these words, our saliva already drooling~ Without further hesitation, we started our night with Chef's signature starters.

[1] Truffle Ikura Somen with Chef Special Sauce $15

 
- A chilled appetizer before the mains. Infused with strong truffle taste, the cold noodles tasted so good! Together with the crispy shrimps, crunchy cucumber & salmon roe, it's a starter that you would love at first bite. My most loved food item of the night.

[2] Santen Chirashi Mori with Teapot Soup $28
(Kanpachi Truffle Premium Kaisen Bara & Aburi Salmon Cheese atop Chef's Special Pink Rice)

 
- This set of pretty rice bowls kept us going for more as they were so tasty. Totally no complains for the fresh sashimi but the highlights here were the pink rice underneath. I love the natural sweet aftertaste!! (Hack care about carbo overloading!!) Sip sip the teapot soup after the yummy bowls and its wonderland already! Soup was packed with seafood essence and tasted refreshing too after we added in the lime.

And if you think I stopped eating after the carbo loading?? NOooo.. More food came as we ventured through Hana's *New* Tempura Omakase set meal.

[3] *NEW* Tempura Omakase Set $38.00++ per pax

This set comprises of 7 courses, each served individually on board.

• 1 appetizer
• 1 serving of Assorted Sashimi (3 types)
• 4 Tempura (4 choices but seafood types subject to availability)
• 1 Dessert

We started off this set meal with a salad.

(a) Sakura Ebi Salad with Chef Homemade Sesame dressing (Goma) & roasted cashew nuts

- Maybe you could find salad anywhere, but one with nicely executed goma dressing, it had got to be here at Hana. This specially in-house made sesame dressing was so fragrant, nutty and not overly salty! It indeed brought up so much flavour to the greens.

(b) Fresh Sashimi

- We were served with 3 types of sashimi fish, choices varies everyday, depending on restaurant. Hana was so generous, look at the thick slices!! Fresh too!! Nomnomnom!

(c) Tempura (4 types)
All served with Green tea salt, Paprika salt, Teriyaki mayonnaise and Tentsuyu dipping sauce.

 
(i) Tempura Jumbo Prawn w/ Shiitake Mushroom

 
- Big! Huge! Woww! These were the voices from all of us when these prawns arrived. First time getting such jumbo ones compared to other restaurants. Fresh and succulent prawn in truffle infused batter, so crispy and yum. You heard right! "Truffle batter"!! Only at Hana's!

(ii) Tempura Mekajiki (Swordfish) w/ Sweet Potato Chips

 
- Swordfish meat was so fine and juicy while wrapped in the crispy tempura batter. The saltiness from the seaweed flakes made by Chef made this fish dish so savory, I completed it in quick 2 mouthfuls!! Sweet potato chips did bring up some sweetness in our palate after the savory fish.

(iii) Tempura Scallop Skewers w/ Pumpkin fries

 
- Texture of these tempura scallops were abit tough, needed more time to chew and swallow, probably because the deep frying dried out the moisture. It was a waste though, may be better off eaten raw. Instead, the companion pumpkin fries here became my preferred choice between the two. Love pumpkin's natural sweetness, even more love than sweet potato.

(iv) Tempura Zuwaigani (Snow Crab) w/ Eggplant

 
- I usually had snow crab legs in sushi rice rolls or seafood on ice, first time having it as a tempura item. Crispy exterior and having its seafood sweetness still locked within, it's quite a delicious way to enjoy snow crab too!

Lastly, we rounded up our meal with desserts. Despite we were very full already, we girls still managed to wallop up every bit of the desserts!

(g) Dessert Sherbet *ala-carte @$6.00ea*

Yuzu sherbet

 
- This citrusy dessert was so refreshing. Indeed suitable for clearing our palate after all the fried stuff. I strongly recommend this flavour to go with this tempura omakase set meal.

Kyoho sherbet
- Compared to the Yuzu flavour, this grape-ssi one was sweet, tastes like our childhood bubblegum and a girl's choice definitely!

NOTE: This Omakase set was served with rice, onsen tamago and furikake (rice seasonings). Best of all, a bowl of umeboshi (Japanese plum) clear soup to clear off the oiliness after all the deep fried food. Tempura were all freshly fried upon order therefore whole course duration 2 hours, last seating at 8.30pm.

 

 
Available only for Sunday dinner starting from 27th July, fast fingers get this good deal!! For $38.00++ per pax, with food served which worth more than $80.00, you won't wanna miss this place!

📍 Hana Japanese Restaurant
Forum The Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Road
Unit 01-17
Singapore 238884
Tel: 6737 5525

 
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When comes to crabs, Uncle Leong Seafood wasn't any stranger to Singaporeans nor tourists. Being one of the big players in our local cze char market now, Uncle Leong Seafood started off humbly at a coffeeshop in Ang Mo Kio district. Their shimmering crabs won the hearts of many when it was first introduced to the market in Year 2003 and was since one of their signature dish even till today. Although Ang Mo Kio stall was no longer around, but you could still enjoy their delicacies at Jurong East and Toa Payoh branches. Not forgetting the newly opened Uncle Leong Signatures at Punggol district new Waterway Point shopping mall.

 

 
Uncle Leong Signatures, this newly additional arm, was up featuring all Uncle Leong's signature dishes and also new modern fusion creations. Although called "Signatures" but settings were simple and casual.

This night, we tried out many dishes, some were newly introduced to the menu, some dishes were specially featured for this upcoming Father's Day in June. Father's Day menu (FDM) available now till 19 June 2016.

1• Treasure Box Beancurd 宝盒豆腐 $16.90 [New]

 
- Tofu, a common ingredient that we see's everyday, Uncle Leong recreated them into an exquisite dish filled with goodness from the sea. By making an opening in every piece, filled them up with fresh scallops and prawn cubes, they transformed into many treasure boxes filled with "gold"! Although the overall taste of tofu can be rather bland, but the seafood were definitely fresh! Not forgetting the crispy shredded scallops placed on top helped to enhanced the taste too! Rating 3/5

2• Nescafé Pork Ribs 传统咖啡排骨 $16.90 (FDM)

 
- Love the taste of the sweet sauce coated on the ribs which carries hints of bitterness derived from Nescafé coffee infusion. Coffee fragrance was captivating too! Fans of coffee definitely love this dish! As told by the chef, these generous chunky pieces of ribs were individually wrapped in aluminum foil, then marinated for more than 4hours before stew! I couldn't tell you how tender and fragrant was the pork, you gotta try it to experience it yourself! Rating 5/5

3• Twin Taste Kai Lan 双味芥兰 $15.90

 
- Glad to see that Uncle Leong made changes to our usual plain ordinary Kai lan vegetables but there's more room for improvement in this dish. Deep fried kailan leaves were tasteless and the chicken floss accompanying them tasted too ordinary. Maybe using Chinese sausages or bacon bits would worked better than this combi, or at least use crispy floss instead. Lucky the stems wasn't overly blanched, crunchiness still remains. Rating 1/5

4• Crispy Milk Granules Marble Goby 奶沙顺壳 $48.00 (FDM)

 
- This marble goby was deep fried till crispy you could even swallow the bones. The sauce for this goby was pretty impressive too. It tasted like a combi of thai tom yum sauce plus assam and bit of sweet chilli. The tangy sourish aftertaste made the whole dish really appetizing and made me go for more!! Rating 5/5

5• Cereal Chicken 麦片鸡 $16.90 [New]

 
- Chicken pieces deep fried till crispy on the exterior, locking juicy meat on the inside. The zesty lemony sauce drizzled on top did add more flavours to the dish but it tends to turn the chicken soggy after awhile. My most love part towards this dish was the buttery cereals crunchies scattered on top! Rating 3/5

6• XO Sauce Scallops XO酱带子 $19.90 [New]

 
- I'm actually a fan of juicy fat plump scallops but those here were way too tiny. The size was more of like those you accompanied with broccoli rather than a stand alone dish. Texture was good but disappointed I couldn't taste that umami scallop taste! The XO sauce used was the only memorable moment. Rating 2/5

7• Pan-fried Prawns w/ Tomato Soya Sauce 干煎虾䘵 $19.90 [New]

 
- Expected "Wok hei" taste for these pan-fried prawns but was again disappointed. Prawn texture wasn't firm and my piece was a little mushy at head portion, I reckon that prawns wasn't very fresh. Soya sauce base was rather sweet but I like, pretty good to "下饭". Rating 2/5

8• Chilli Crabs 辣椒螃蟹 and Butter Cheesy Crab 牛油芝士螃蟹 $70.00 each crab

 
- Crabs were priced at $70.00 each, applied to any style of cooking. This plate of Chilli crab we had, the gravy was thick and packed w/ lotsa eggs! Taste was quite good, I definitely had better ones elsewhere, but I love the spicy kick it gave me smile I had my deep fried "man tou" soaked in the gravy before I ate it, so shiok!! Crab meat was firm and sweet too, I just wished that the crab they used was bigger in size. Rating 4/5

 
- Butter Cheesy crab, the appearance of it already puzzled us. What were the loads of brown bits scattered everywhere? After we tasted it, we were quite turned off. Those brown bits were deep fried garlic. So much, so charred, we only tasted "chao tah" bitterness and 0% cheesy butter taste. The garlic totally spoilt the sweetness of seafood. I guess this dish needed quite abit of fine tuning. Rating 1/5

** There's hits and misses in every dish we had, but well, it was still an enjoyable night with fellow friends here at Uncle Leong Signatures. This new concept here was definitely more comfortable than the rest branches as its was in a shopping mall. If I were to come back for more, ambience was definitely the first factor that crossed my mind, food came second. **
 
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Festive Lunch at Portico Prime Smile Feb 26, 2016   
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[Portico Prime]

 

 
Portico Prime, sister arm of Portico, took over the space at Dempsey hill which used to be The Prime Society, serving modern european cuisines.
My man and I had their 3-course Festive set lunch priced at $48++ per pax and we enjoyed it.
Starters:
(1) Bread and butter

 
- The highlight here was the seaweed butter. Consume together with the sundried tomato bread, it's was yum! A great start to my festive lunch. Rating 4/5.
(2) Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

 
- Parmesan and sesame tuile; crispy, savoury with fragrance from the roasted sesame. Blue swimmer crab croquette was packed with firm crabmeat, deep fried till crispy. Seafood freshness was clearly presently in every bite into the crabmeat. My only complain? Too small piece! A bite of croquette with a mouthful of artichoke soup, it was so rich, sinful and delicious. Rating 4/5.
(3) Smoked Salmon Mousseline

 
- The most pretty dish of all courses. Salmon mousse was creamy and texture real smooth. Served chilled and it's like eating salmon gelato. Before I forked it, I was quite worried that there might be overwhelming "fishy" taste which I'm afraid of but the pickled radish and shallots helped in reducing it. The crispy pumpernickel crumbs and salmon roe also helps in bringing up some crunchiness and lesser the mushy. The most love part were the thin salmon skin crisps! Rating 3.5/5.
Mains:
(4) Roasted Pork Belly with Crackling

 

 
- Meat was marinated till flavourful, taste of chinese spices was pretty strong but was slight salty for me, still it was delicious. Pork was paired with sherry pork sauce, with hints of sweetness and light alcohol aftertaste. Unfortunately the pork belly skin wasn't crackling otherwise it would have scored higher with my tastebuds. Pumpkin purée that was supposed to carry ginger scent wasn't distinctive at all. Rating 4/5.
(5) Roulade of Turkey with wild mushrooms

 
- This turkey dish surprised me with wild mushroom hidden inside the meat roulade. Mushroom taste was rather strong, It actually helped to reduce the overpowering thyme marinates found on the meat. Together with the poultry jus and brandy cranberries, the overall taste was more well-balanced. Roasted seasoned potatoes with herbs tasted great too and I don't mind having them alone as a starter or snack. Rating 3/5.
Desserts:
(6) Max Felchlin 64% Chocolate and hazelnut mousse

 
- Dessert!!! A girl's best friend smile Marron ice cream was bery sweet with strong nutty aftertaste. What won me over was the homemade prune and armagnac jam, it worked so well with the chocolate hazelnut mousse! Weird marriage but tasted good! Rating 4/5.

*** A classy restaurant with nice ambience and attentive servers. No complains at all for their good service. Food and plating were definitely of high standards. When you're there, you might want to take their alfresco seatings overseeing Portico's own herbs garden, very relaxing and great if drinking a glass or two. Suitable for dating, friends gathering or after-work get together ***

Portico Prime
10 Dempsey Road #01-20
Singapore 247700
Tel: 64747427
www.portico.sg
Tuesday to Sunday
Lunch 11.30am to 3pm.
Dinner 6pm to 10.30pm Weekdays & till 11.30pm on Weekends.
(Closed on Monday)
 
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