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Categories : Western Variety | Hotel | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Fine Dining

Finally had a chance to visit the widely mentioned JAAN restaurant, which is located on level 70 of the Swissotel Singapore.

The restaurant is really small, and it looks like they can only hold 40 or maybe slightly more customers. Hence, it is always recommended you make a reservation before your visit.

We ordered the $68 3 course lunch menu, which was specially crafted by JAAN’s Chef de Cuisine Julien Royer, as part of the artisanal menu in year 2015.

First up, little snacks were served.

Wooden blocks held the delicate cereal tuiles, which apparently come from France and are custom made specially for JAAN. I loved its combination with Chef Julien's rendition of Hummus, which proved to be a lovely spread for the thin, crisp wafers.

 

 
After the little warm-up starter snacks, we were served with the Amuse-bouche. Another lovely platter served on a black rock display plate, as pre-meal little bites to warm up the palate.

 

 
One of my favourite snacks is Chef Julian's version of our local Kueh Pie Tee, filled with Kurobuta pork remoulade and grain mustard. Gone in a mouthful, but super yummy!

 
We were then made to choose our freshly baked bread, which was nicely served with a little pretty pyramid of hand churned Jean-yves bordier butter and some loose salt on the side.

 
For the appetiser, I had the Marbré of Foie Gras & Bresse Chicken (additional $10).

 
It was also served with a lovely black truffle brioche~

 
My friend had the beetroot collection - burrata 'artigiana', honeycomb and horseradish. A really lovely combination, you'll find yourself wanting a second helping!

 
For the main course, she had the Confit Rainbow Trout, which looks exactly like Salmon. But the dish was still a smooth eat, no doubt.

 
...while I had the Roasted Venison Saddle (additional $15). The meat was tender, with no blood leaking out while I eat.

 
‘Mulled-wine’ pear, celeriac, sauce ‘poivrade’.

 
Finally, on to desserts!

I had the Chestnut 'Delice', a combination of speculoos (a type of shortbread), eglantine and tahiti vanilla.

 
My friend had the Pear Gourmandise - served with nougatine, shards of gingerbread, tonka bean ice cream and caramel! Cold and delicious.

 

 
For the petit fours, we wrapped it up with caneles bordelais, coconut marshmellows, mushroom macarons, and toffee & rosemary smoked lollipops!

 
Can I just say that I love the lollipops? It was very very well done.

 
It was my first time eating mushroom macarons (what? mushroom?! Yes, mushroom). It wasn't overbearing and it was a lovely light hint of mushroom peeking out, and the flavours went well.

 
If you need visual feasting for your soul and a lovely experience overall, I recommend you to visit JAAN one day, it's best for special occasions and for days you want to pamper yourself, to eat and to be treated as royalty. There's just so many complex flavours in the set and it is a complete palate pleaser. smile

 
 
Date of Visit: Jan 30, 2015 

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Categories : Thai | Coffeeshop | Steamboat/Hot Pot

Here I am today at Aljunied, to taste Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe's dishes! Located in the neighbourhood, it is easy to spot them from a distance away with their signboard so huge.

 
Some surroundings:

 

 

 
Organic Wheatgrass Drink ($3.50)

 
We were first served with the wheatgrass drink, which I totally did not regret having. Some wheatgrass drinks are very heavy in the plant taste, but not this one. It retains a good balance of wheatgrass and is not overwhelming. Lovely!

Dill Pattie (Cha Om) Omelette ($8)

 
Who doesn't love egg? My first Dill pattie omelette, the Dill plant gives the omelette a special flavour that I really enjoyed. It was light, but not overbearing on the senses. The plant, dill, is sometimes used as a herb in Asia. The owner had it imported from Thailand, so this is a must-try!

 
BBQ Pork Neck ($10)

 
Grilled using real charcoal, the flavour of the BBQ pork neck has been further enhanced, making it a joy to chew on.

 
Coupled with thai-styled sauce dip, the marriage emits the flavour of bliss and tenderness of a lovely relationship that will keep you wanting more.

Sleeping Fish Set ($15)

 
Such a cute name for a heavy combination of vegetables and tender, fresh fish. The fish is known as the Pla Tu fish in Thailand, and it's actually a short-bodied mackerel. The fish is fried to perfection, and the fish meat is tender and delectable.

 
The dish is enjoyed here with raw vegetables, just mix all ingredients in the set, wrap it up in a huge cabbage piece and it's ready to be enjoyed!

 
Don't forget the chilli, which enhances the overall flavour of the raw vegetables!

Lala (Clams) Bee Hoon ($18)

 
If I have to use one word to wrap up this dish, I would use the word 'generous'. Indeed, they are very generous with their clams (lala). The clams are all well-cooked, you'd see the shells open nicely and the lightly gravied bee hoon will scream delicious in your mind once tasted. I'm not kidding. This is one of the best Lala bee hoon I've ever eaten as the portion is huge and evenly cooked, it is one true tasty dish you must not leave this restaurant without trying.

Basil Mussels ($15)

 
The mussels are cooked and served in a lovely orange shade with subtle hints of the basil leaf.

 
The light tasting mussels are tender and doesn't have a fishy taste. Instead, you'll taste a lovely side of the ocean in this!

Hommok (Thai Style Otak) ($16)

 
One of my favourite dishes here, the Hommok a.k.a Thai Styled-Otak, will leave you wanting more. I don't know what is it about this restaurant that they are generous with all their servings. But it is good for us consumers. (haha!)

 
This dish looks and tastes so good that I can't help but take more photos of it. Vibrant delicacy!

 
YUMMY! I will definitely come back for this.

 
The mashed otak is mixed in a special way with huge slices of coconut flesh, giving out hints of savoury goodness.

Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera Cubes & Calamansi ($2.50)

 
Refreshing's the word. The fragrant, yet light and sour hints from the lime make it a very nice dessert to have after a heavy meal.

Tapioca in Coconut Milk ($3.50)

 
Served in warm Coconut milk, this lovely, filling dish will keep you wanting more of it though you might be full from the rest of the dishes.

 
The tapioca, as you might already know, is a low calorie but filling starch. Hence, you might wish you order this when you're in a group or just come here and have this at your whim and fancy whenever you have a craving for this dish. Definitely one of my must-try desserts here.

Looking for great Thai food with a twist and reasonable prices? Spicy Thai-Thai cafe should be in that list as it will be worth every dollar.

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe
Location: Block 115 Aljunied Ave 2 Singapore 380115

Tel: +65 6747 8558

This is an invited media tasting session.
 
Date of Visit: Jan 17, 2015 

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Categories : Korean | Fast Food | Halal | Korean Fried Chicken

With the opening of the new Eastpoint Mall just besides Simei MRT, I'm glad to see an influx of Korean food shops opening there as well! One of them was NENE Chicken (네네치킨, 싱가폴)!

 
Yes, I'm here at one of Korea's favourite chicken store!

What is NENE Chicken about?

Ne Ne means “yes yes” in Korean, and that seemed to be the perfect name for Hyun’s new venture. Ne Ne also refers to the Asian philosophy of Flow, the principle that presides over consciousness, happiness, enjoyment of life and other positive aspects of being.

Featuring fresh chicken and a happy, positive lifestyle, Ne Ne Chicken instantly became one of the favorite chicken brands in Korea. “All natural ingredients with no artificial flavor, and fresh, wholesome tasting chicken,” that’s what Ne Ne delivers to customers.
The Eastpoint Mall branch didn't hold too many seats, but I was able to find a seat anyways because I went there about tea time tongue

Okay, let's order! Go Go GO!

 
I already had NENE Chicken in Korea, and I felt I had to try it in Singapore too, to be fair. I'm glad I did!

 
We ordered the Crispy Classic ($22.90) to share, there were 3 of us but it was just nice for us! There were about 9 pieces of chicken and the set came with 2 honey mustard sauce, 1 coleslaw, 1 pickled radish.

We ordered 2 large cokes ($3.30 for 1 large coke) to go with the set as well. I like how the packaging also extended to the cokes!

 
I love how plastic handgloves are provided for customers' convenience, so they don't make a mess of themselves eating the chicken. It is a little extravagant to Earth's resources though!

Can I just say that the fried chicken doesn't taste like it was fried from frozen chicken? FRESH! And the marinate was good, so the skin was really tasty. Thing about fried chicken is that, the best part is the chicken skin! So please, poor you if you're removing it. sad WASTED!

Best thing is that it doesn't have so many fats on it, 90% and above are all succulent chicken meat! Love it.

Please also remember to eat with the mustard sauce dip, it is fantastic!

On top of that, we also ordered the buffalo sticks ($2.90, large).

 
I love the buffalo sticks! They weren't fat like buffaloes lah, but they were stick thin, crispy and really easy to eat! Very addictive, just couldn't stop munching on them.

And you know how just having normal sized fast-food fries can fill you up very very quickly, this one doesn't and still satisfies your fries cravings!

 
By the way, please remember to clear your own trays if you dine in. In Korea, it is a well-known fact to clear your own trays after dining in. Hope more people will adopt this habit!

 
Happy time with Cin from With Kids We Go!

 
Yepp, she does look super happy with her chicken and plastic gloves.

Overall, I loved the meal for being crispy and reminding me of my lovely time in Korea. Best still, fried chicken that doesn't taste super oily and fattening? Count me in please!

Try it for yourself today! smile

 
 
Date of Visit: Jan 03, 2015 

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Categories : Sichuan | Hotel | Vegetarian | Dim Sum | Seafood

To celebrate one of my bestie's birthday, I brought her to a fancy Szechuan restaurant sitting 35 levels above ground at Mandarin Orchard Hotel. I took the lift from the Orchard Wing through the Mandarin Gallery to level 35.

 
I was greeted with a warm decor and posh surroundings.

 

 

 

 

 

 
I exceptionally loved the restaurant for the high ceilings and pretty lights. High ceilings added a taste of grandness to the place and I found myself getting comfortable quickly.

 
An introduction of the restaurant:

Akasaka Szechwan Restaurant, or Shisen Hanten as it is popularly known in Japan, was started in 1958 by the late Chen Kenmin who is regarded as Japan’s “Father of Szechwan Cuisine.”Born in the Szechwan province of China, Chen Kenmin perfected his craft in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China before settling in Yokohama, Japan. Capitalising on his expertise in Szechwan cuisine, he established Shisen Hanten with the vision of “making customers truly appreciate Szechwan food through all the five senses.” He passed down his legacy to his eldest son, Chen Kenichi, who himself earned wide acclaim as one of Japan’s most celebrated iron chefs.

Chen Kenichi then passed down his love for the Szechuan cuisine to his son, Chen Kentaro. Shisen Hanten at Mandarin Orchard Hotel Singapore is the chain's debut outside of Japan.
Osmanthus pipa duck 琵琶鸭 (Half, $34)

 
To have this dish, pre-ordering at least a day before your visit is required as they need time to prepare the duck. My friend was allergic to nuts and seafood, so she couldn't take the sauce as it contained traces of peanut powder in it.

Even without dipping the duck in the sauce, the duck was good enough to eat on its own. It had a special flavour through marination and was roasted to perfection. Even better, it was 98% boneless, so there's no need to worry about spitting out bones.

 
Those who can eat the sauce should totally have it together with the duck. It was a wonderful combination when dipped into the sauce and gave it an overall deliciously unique flavour. This dish is highly recomended!

Hot & Sour Soup 酸辣湯 (Small, $10)

 
The Hot & Sour soup is also different from the original Szechuan type Hot & Sour soup as the spiciness and sourness was well balanced but not overpowering, unlike the original version of the dish. The soup was well done, with simple ingredients (mushrooms, meat, finely sliced beancurd) infused perfectly into the gooey broth.

 
Stewed fish fillet in super-hot Szechwan pepper sauce 水煮魚 (Small, $26)

 
If you've seen the original version of this Szechuan dish, you would probably be worried to order this dish. Would it be dripping with chilli oil? Spicy to no end?

Thank God, no.

I also asked them to not have it too spicy, and while retaining the flavour of the dish, they have managed to do this dish well without veering off the taste of the dish totally. I was bracing myself for an upset tummy after this (cos of the sheer spiciness of the original dish that I tried before), but fortunately, it wasn't that spicy and the peppery broth was still a pleasure to slurp. I was quite shocked that the dish came with all the red chilli peppers on top, but thank goodness it turned out quite fine.

 
The fish was nicely done and it was really tender and smooth.

 
Sautéed chilli pepper and chicken 辣子雞 (Small, $22)

 
This chilli pepper chicken is one of their most recommended dishes - at least by their wait staff. They weren't wrong. The dish was really nice and a surprising amount of crisp has made the texture of this dish very interesting!

 
Trio of egg poached with seasonal vegetable 金銀蛋滚时蔬 (Small, $20)

 
One of my favourite Chinese dishes. While it is nothing to rave about here, but I do like the broth of this dish and the vegetables were lovely too!

 
Chen’s original spicy soup noodle 担担麺 (Small, $12)

 
I have nothing to say about this dish other than to stick up both my thumbs. The texture of the noodles were really well done and bouncy.

 
The soup was not very spicy, just mildly, and it went very well together with the noodles. I recommend this dish to anyone who visits this restaurant.

 
Mango Pudding 芒果布丁 ($8)

 
I do not usually order Mango puddings in Chinese restaurants. But I'm glad I did, at this one. The pudding was really creamy and fresh. It was also worth it as you will find huge slices of mango in it. Topped with a little whipped cream and a wolfberry, it was a lovely and light dessert to end the meal with.

 
Hokkaido Green Tea Ice Cream 绿茶味北海道雪糕 ($8)

 
There are 3 flavours in total for this dessert, but I went with the Green Tea one. 2 others include Sea salt and Vanilla, but I didn't order that as the wait staff had recommended the green tea one. It was a good recommendation because the ice-cream was really creamy and tasty. It also came with some dried fruits, like raisins.

 
Overall, the meal was really good and satisfying. I would say that it was really worth the spend and here, I wish highlight the wait staffs' service, which really created a wonderful dining experience for us. Thanks to Doris, Danny and Yu Ting who had helped make the entire dining experience perfect.

When I just casually mentioned that it was my friend's birthday, they surprised us with a complimentary slice of chocolate birthday cake during dessert time as well! My friend was really happy and we enjoyed our time here!

 

 

 
Menus can be viewed on their website and fans can follow them on their facebook for latest updates of their new creations.

Average spending per pax: $70 - $90

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro 四川饭店

Location: Orchard Wing Level 35, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

Ratings: 8 / 10
 
Date of Visit: Dec 26, 2014 

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Ronin Cafe Singapore Smile Dec 31, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Burgers and Sandwiches


For a lazy Saturday morning, I visited Ronin Cafe with my friend at Hongkong Street in Clarke Quay. Ronin Cafe is a hipster indie cafe with simple but warm and comfortable style.

 
Surroundings:

This is the tinted doorway to fantastic drinks! I almost missed it as there wasn't any signboard.

 
Their logo hangs inconspicuously.

 

 
Cafe's lightings are dark and comfortable, with yellow lights shining on wooden tables. One gripe is that they do have uncomfortable chairs which make you feel like you're sinking down into the seat. But I got used to it pretty quickly.

 

 

 
Nice stool seats for 2-3 people lining the corner of the cafe. These seats are more comfortable than those at the proper tables.

 

 
Warning: It gets really crowded from 11.15am onwards. When I got there, the wait staff shared that the cafe was only open from 10.30am.

 
The wait staff shared that their signature food items included the Brioche French Toast, Scrambled Eggs on Toast, 'Big in Japan' Curry Rice and Dirty Ronin Sandwich. All are substantial servings. Unfortunately, we weren't able to try the Curry Rice as it was not available at that time.

Instead, we went with the Brioche French Toast ($14.50) and Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($9). (I LOVE breakfast. smile )

 
For my scrambled eggs on toast, I added the portobello mushroom (add $3.50) and the Pork sausage (add $4.50). It was a very satisfying breakfast. But the bread was somewhat not toasted well enough.

My friend went with the Brioche French Toast which contained braised apple, bacon, hazelnut butter and syrup. Does it sound very sweet?

 
It is. My friend said it was too sweet, but the salty bacon made it better as it balanced the sweetness better. But overall, the toast was nice and fluffy. This dish is very good for those with a sweet tooth, but I do have to warn that this dish is really sinful!

For the drinks, we took their signature Matcha-Tone (Green Tea latte, $5.50 - image below) and Wicked (Minted Mocha, $5.50).

 
I had my Wicked to-go. Although I'm a green tea latte lover, but to be frank, I did prefer their Wicked over their Matcha-Tone! While the Matcha-Tone was not too sweet (which was just great for me), the mint infused mocha (image below) had been so refreshing and delicious that I might have just branded it as one of my favourite drinks!

 
The drinks were smooth and I did enjoy it very much. This was the point-scorer for me in this cafe. I highly recommend the drink, it was really wicked!

(Haha, geddit? Geddit? Wicked is wicked!... ok, sorry.) tongue

Ronin Cafe Singapore

Location: 17 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059660

 
Directions: Take the train to Clarke Quay MRT Station, Exit E. Cross the overhead bridge and head towards the direction of Hong Lim Park. Look out for Hongkong Street Signage and turn left. Walk straight down. You will see Fragrance Hotel and City Backpackers Inn. The cafe is right beside City Backpackers Inn.

Ratings: 7.8 / 10

 
Date of Visit: Dec 27, 2014 

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