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Eil^^
This is Eil^^ living in Choa Chu Kang. I work in Orchard. I like to hang out in City Hall, Little India Tekka Serangoon Road, Holland. Japanese, Indian, Singaporean are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café, Hawker Centre, Restaurant and Juices.
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I went during the restaurant week to Ochre Italian situated at Orchard Central. It was my first time there still. Located at the high floor next to the garden roof top in Orchard Central, this place seems like it is good for a romantic meal owning to the ambience. It will definitely be more romantic at night. It wasn’t very crowded during lunch when I went and in fact there were only us and another table but it was pretty nice and quiet to enjoy the meal with not many people around. The restaurant’s ambience is pretty classic contemporary yet stylish at the same time.

 

 

 
The restaurant menu had two mains selections of either Boneless chicken thigh or Sea bass fillet for in for the restaurant week. Other than that, soup and dessert were standard.

The first dish was the Zuppa, the oven-roasted tomato soup with herb oil. The soup was smooth and very tomato based. It has a rich tomato flavour and tasted really zesty. I enjoyed the soup and the herb oil sprinkled together with the cream added on top of it makes it even more flavoursome. It was served with warm bread which was made fresh and very delicious. I enjoyed it over the vinaigrette and olive oil.

 
- Warm Bread

 
- Tomato soup with herb oil

The next dish was the main, the secondi which I have picked the Sea bass fillet for my main. The Sea bass was fresh and it came with braised mushroom together with leek and saffron scented and seafood stock. Anyway fresh fish tells it all, cannot go wrong with it. The sauce was mouth-watering with a sweet leek taste. It has a strong smell of saffron and if you know saffron, it is a fragrant flower use in most cooking.

 
- Sea Bass Fillet

Finally, the Dolci and the dessert was a Lemon cheesecake with chocolate crumble. This dish came in an interesting dessert art which makes the cheesecake looks like it is one of the planets in space with the berries surrounding it. The lemon cheesecake was heavy with a taste of zest and the crumble was coarse which goes well with the cake. The desert was totally delightful. Best of all, we could end off by selecting a cup of coffee or tea that came with the set which really just complemented the cake.

 
- Lemon cheesecake with chocolate crumble

The set for restaurant week lunch at Ochre Italian only cost about $26 with everything inclusive. It was a total deal. And anyway this gives us an opportunity to just try out the food there and will definitely return to try out their other items in the menu there. As for service, the waitress was quite attentive and courteous to us and in addition the ambience also gave them a plus. Needless to say, my friends also cannot stop complementing the place and the food. We totally enjoyed it.
 
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A taste of Korean BBQ at Kkongdon Smile Oct 17, 2013   
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Categories : Korean | Restaurant | Korean BBQ


It my very first time trying out Kkongdon Barbeque and I was elated at the opportunity due to a company dinner. I was aware of Kkongdon Barbeque when I passed by Marina Square MRT linkway quite a number of times and have wanted to try out but never really got the chance. I did a search on Kkongdon to find out what it actually means, turn out the translation literally mean “best value for money” cause of its many varieties and Korean barbeque choices to choose from at a reasonable price. The restaurant’s décor is very simple modern hip Korean-ish. There is also a K-pop MTV video playing at the TV adjacent at the back which was pretty cool for K-pop lovers. Every table has a barbeque suction to minimize the barbeque smell from the barbeque. The barbeque plate was also very well thought of, it was titled so that it will drain the oil that came out from barbequing which was pretty smart.

 

 
Since it is for dinner, I actually went for the dinner set ($20.80++) which comprises of both lamb and pork belly. They have other sets to choose from as well. The pork belly was well marinated and tasted rich and flavourful. I could have more of this. It actually went well with the sesame sauce and spicy red pepper sauce that is meant for the barbeque items. The Lamb was also good too, although it was marinated with a lot of pepper which was overpowering initially. The waiter actually helped to bring it back to wash it to reduce the spiciness. After which I enjoyed the lamb very much. It was actually quality meat, fresh and tasted delicious. You definitely can tell the difference.

 
- Meat set (Lamb & Pork Belly)

 

 
When you dine there you are also entitled to the Salad vegetable bar which comprises of many authentic Korean vegetables which is very good in complementing the barbeque. There is quite a decent selection to choose from ranging from Kimchi, Cabbage, Kelp, Lotus roots, Lettuce, Bean sprouts and Radish etc. All these were free flow!

 
- Salad Bar

 
- Korean Vegetables

 
The set actually came with a small plate of Korean Rice Cake and a Chicken Bean paste stew soup (Miso Soup). The Korean Rice Cake was good but I thought the sauce of it was pretty diluted. It would have been perfect if it was less watery. As for the Bean paste stew soup, it came bubbling hot and had many ingredients such as tofu, chicken bites, golden mushroom and some vegetables. There was a tinge of spiciness but it was tasty and warmth with every slurp.

 
- Chicken Bean paste stew soup

 
- Korean Rice Cake

I really enjoyed my time there perhaps because I went with a group. This place is definitely great for group gathering and hangout. Would definitely go back and recommend this place if you are craving for authentic Korean barbeque at affordable price.
 
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Alluring Truffle Lunch Smile Oct 10, 2013   
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Categories : Italian | European | Restaurant | Chinese Soup

Casa Tarfuto actually means House of truffles in Italian as the dishes there are cooked with truffles. Being a Truffle lover myself, I was all excited when the day arrived to dine there during the restaurant week. Upon arriving, the owner actually stood outside to greet us and when entering the restaurant you will feel that the restaurant’s setting and ambience is very elegant, classic Italian, homely with a warmth feel. Near the kitchen was decorated with many wine bottles like a typical Italian restaurant and there were some shelves with books placed on top of it that makes it feel like a little home.

 

 
The restaurant has imported its truffles from Toscana, Marche and Umbria, all of which were freshly flown from Italy. I tapped on the restaurant week to visit there and the set lunch menu actually comprises of Tartufuta (Porcini Mushroom Soup), Manzo (Char-grilled Striploin that came with Truffle butter & Fries or Fettuccine with truffle cream) and lastly the Gelato (Truffle Ice Cream) for desserts. Since, I went with two other friends; I had the opportunity to share the dessert of the day. The 3-course truffle lunch set cost about $47 during the restaurant week.

So what’s my verdict for the dishes that I have tried?

 
Tartufuta (Porcini Mushroom Soup)
I could taste the strong taste of the Porcini mushroom, the soup was rich, smooth, and velvety with strong fragrance of truffle from the truffle oil sprinkled over the soup. There are also bits of black truffle shavings in the mushroom soup itself that makes it so alluring. I couldn’t have enough of the Tartufuta.

 

 
Manzo (Char-grilled Striploin that came with Truffle butter & Fries)
The Manzo came in medium rare. It was tender but a tad bit burnt at on the sides and it came with truffle butter at the top which gave it a buttery flavour. It came with fresh green salad by the side and truffle fries which I thought was only average. I did enjoy the beef but thought it can be better if it was not burnt. The truffle fries was not the best that I had. I thought it was a little bit overcooked otherwise it will be perfect.

 
Gelato - Truffle Ice Cream

 
Tiramisu

 
Pistachio dessert

It was my first time trying Truffle Gelato. I don’t recall it selling in anywhere else that I have know off. The truffle taste was strong and the gelato tasted salty with right amount of creaminess. This was a really nice dessert to end the meal with.
The pistachio dessert was topped with bits of pistachio nuts; it seems to me as a gelato ice cream cake. The taste was so heavenly. The nuts just went well with the ice cream cake which wasn't overpowering. This is a recommended dessert.
I thought the Tiramisu was alright, it wasn’t too sweet and the texture was light and powdery with the coffee powder sprinkled over it. I had a wonderful dessert there all in all. Actually, I love the desserts there.

Music played at the background were Italian songs and you will feel you have been transported to some Italian home for a nice meal. Service was not too bad, waiters were very attentive and they topped up the ice water quite quickly even before we ran out of it.

This place is definitely worth a try, great and good for long conversations, especially dates ;) and one can sit and casually chat over a truffle meal, especially if you are a fan of truffle.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $47(Lunch)

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Dinner at The Rotisserie Smile Sep 29, 2013   
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Categories : Burgers and Sandwiches

I have known The Rostisserie for its reasonable and deliciously priced roast chicken as well as the pork knucke. I ordered the quarter chicken ($11.90) this time around and you actually get to choose three sides to go along with it. They are a few choices and I picked the baked cauliflower, mash potato and corn. I love the tenderness of the chicken and how the sauce goes with it. Side were made delicious and made fresh as well. In additional, I even ordered a chicken salad to go along with it. With all the sides that goes with it, I was really full to the brim. It will be perfect if the chicken was served hot. Apart from this I took the alfresco seat cause it was quite packed indoors. I thought it will be quite warm with the Singapore weather but to my surprise, it was actually pretty windy. Enjoyed my dinner throughly and I would definitely want to try their breakfast one day as well.
Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

 
Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

 
 
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Be captivated by The Black Swan Smile Sep 17, 2013   
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Categories : European | Bars/Lounges

My friend actually introduced me The Black Swan after she went there and bunch of us went there to chill out on a Saturday night. To get there, if you are taking the MRT, you just have to exit via the path to Lao Pa Sat and that gets you to Cecil Street. The restaurant is located on the left and entrance is pretty iconic enough that you will hardly miss it. Although Cecil Street is quiet on a Saturday night as it is a central business district but once you step into the restaurant, you will feel that you have step into life into the Great Gatsby vibe.

 

 

 

 
The counter staff at the entrance will warmly welcome you and usher you to your seats. The Black Swan is grandly embellished with a classic touch of the Jazz age. The bar is elegantly decorated with many different kind of liquors and bartender are busy preparing drinks for the patrons. The restaurant is also decorated with many interesting round balls looking chandeliers which was pretty dim but fits the mood perfectly.

I was there for drinks and light bites so a group of us only ordered Truffle Cut Fries ($9) and Wild Mushroom, Homemade Bacon Jam Mozzarella Crostini ($9) for sharing. I was really disappointed that the Baked Bone Marrow with Chili & Kombu was not available for that night and I would love to try that though but this gave me another chance to go back there again.

 
Truffle Cut Fries ($9) – The fries had a strong truffle aroma, it was crispy and tasted well even with the mayonnaise and tomato sauce that came with it.

 
Wild Mushroom, Homemade Bacon Jam Mozzarella Crostini ($9) – The ingredients actually blended well, the mushroom was fresh and the Mozzarella cheese was chewy. Do eat this while it is still warm once it is served.

 
As for drinks I ordered the Silver Lining Cocktail ($19) which according to the waitress was one of the sweeter cocktails in the menu. It comprises of a velvety mixture of Amaretto (an alcoholic base made of almonds) together with peaches and egg white and was prettified by a twig of rosemary.

The service of this restaurant was perfect. The waiters and waitresses were very warm and attentive, constantly checking and looking if the tables needed anything. So far, this is one restaurant that I can attest to providing such observant service. They were also constantly topping up water which was a plus.

The restaurant indeed has its own charm and character that which is distinctive to other places. I really recommend this place to go so check it out for yourself and let this place wow you. Although the price may be more on the upscale end but I can assure you it is really worth a visit if you want to try out something different.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $40(Other)

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