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Categories : Middle Eastern/Mediterranean | Restaurant | Seafood

Named after the Greek word for 'salt', Alati restaurant in 73 Amoy Street is a casual, comfortable place, serving tasty and authentic Greek food. Founded in September 2015, General Manager Mr. Leong Khai Git overseas the front of house, with Head Chef Mr. Sotsous Dimitrios, a native of Athens, in the Attica region of Greece, heading up the kitchen. Alati is known for their fresh fish and seafood, imported thrice weekly from fishermen of the Aegean Sea, and their extensive variety of handpicked Greek wines from vineyards in the Nemea mountains.
Alati Exterior

Alati Exterior

 
Ambience at Alati restaurant is designed to resemble the most iconic region of Greece; the island of Santorini. Think whitewashed walls, curved lines, and a bright, vibrant shade of blue, with nautical themed decor that calls to mind sea and sky, all set within a spacious, open area. Wooden furniture in white and blue, stacked with comfortable cushions and in a variety of shapes and sizes, line the place, cleverly designed to fit nicely.
Alati Interior

Alati Interior

 
Service at Alati restaurant is befitting a fine dining establishment. Staff are friendly and welcoming, providing attentive service which feels personalised, almost as if they were only serving your table. Decent product knowledge, they're able to describe the various Greek dishes, which may be unfamiliar to most Singaporeans. Staff also pour samples of wine for tasting and approval, before serving the whole bottle. They check for feedback on the meal, and ask if they can clear away empty / dirty main plates when diners are finished, along with offering a change of dining plates as well. Very good service! However, waiting time for food is longer than elsewhere, as it's prepared to order, expect a wait of about 10 minutes or so for appetizers and desserts, and 20 minutes or so for a main course.
Triangle Booth Seating

Triangle Booth Seating

 
Food at Alati restaurant is traditional, authentic Greek, with a focus on fresh vegetables, cheese, fish, and seafood. The menu is small, with most dishes likely unfamiliar to the average Singaporean, despite being everyday Greek food. General Manager Mr. Leong Khai Git says that he wishes to introduce Singaporeans to the tastes inherent in Greek culture; an up-hill climb, as Alati is only 1 of 2 Greek restaurants in Singapore. Head Chef Mr. Sotsous Dimitrios brings over 17 years of culinary experience, working with recipes gleaned from his heritage in Athens, in the Attica region of Greece. Generally, I find food here to be fresh and clean tasting, with a focus on 1 or 2 ingredients on the plate, whose tastes shine through. Portions are communal sized, meant for sharing, usually between 2 - 4 people, but they also have individual set meals at lunch. Prices befit a fine dining restaurant, being reasonable for the high quality you receive, budget about SGD $70 per person for a full dinner with drinks, or about SGD $30 per person for a simple meal.
Ekmek Kataifi / Greek Shredded Pastry Pudding

Ekmek Kataifi / Greek Shredded Pastry Pudding

 
The Mastiha Skinos (SGD $10 Shot / $150 Bottle) is a type of Greek digestif liqueur known as Mastiha / Mastika, which is a liqueur seasoned with mastic. Mastic is a resin gathered from the mastic tree, a small evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region, and its name means 'to chew'. It is a sweet and spicy beverage, often served with desserts, or used in the making of desserts. Mastiha / Mastika is usually clear, and tastes like a mix of pine nuts, star anise, liquorice, and honey.
Mastiha Skinos

Mastiha Skinos

 
Loved how fresh and healthy the Horiatiki Salata / Greek Salad (SGD $22) is! Made according to the traditional Greek receipe, which must include only tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green bell peppers (capsicums), whole olives, capers, salt, oregano herbs, and topped with a large block of feta cheese, drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar. The combination of tastes; sweet, sour, salty, sharp, and textures; crunchy, soft, juicy, firm; just excellent! So good I went for 2 helpings. Highly recommended!
Horiatiki Salata / Greek Salad

Horiatiki Salata / Greek Salad

 
The Gambari / Fried Baby Shrimp (SGD $22) are quickly flash fried, resulting in an extremely crisp morsel. The light, golden batter crunches satisfiyingly, and the entire thing can be eaten whole, head and all. You still can taste the freshness in the shrimp! Served with a refreshing basil mayonnaise, which imparts a floral taste to the savoury, salty shirmp. Makes a great appetizer or bar snack!
Gambari / Fried Baby Shrimp

Gambari / Fried Baby Shrimp

 
Wild caught and air-flown directly from the fisheries of the Aegean Sea, the Grilled Lavraki / Grilled Whole Seabass Fish (SGD $9.80 / 100g) easily feeds up to 4 people. With tender, firm, white fish meat that flakes off easily, the seabass fish also has a hint of smoky aroma from the grill, and a savoury, salty, sweet taste. Served with fresh boiled slices of carrots, broccoli, and zucchini, along with lemon wedges, and 2 types of sauce. Frankly, you don't really need the sauces, the fish is lovely enough on its own. Good!
Grilled Lavraki / Grilled Whole Seabass Fish

Grilled Lavraki / Grilled Whole Seabass Fish

 
Full Alati review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/01/alati-tasting-session.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jan 11, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $70(Dinner)

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Categories : Hawker Centre | Seafood

Opened by MediaCorp actress Felicia Chin in May 2015, Wholly Crab is a seafood eatery specialising in American / Louisiana style seafood boil, where a big bucket of steamed seafood is dumped onto a table for sharing. The difference is in their sauces offered, a variety of Singaporean and Asian flavours that sets it apart from other eateries. The pun-ny name Wholly Crab refers to, in the actress's own words, "a whole crab, or wholeness, like full of love, full of everything", although I imagine some other meanings which shouldn't be repeated in polite company.

Ambience at Wholly Crab is laid-back casual. Both outlets are located in a shared hawker space, as such, much of the ambient lighting, decor, atmosphere, and furniture depends on the location you're at. There usually is ample free seating available, which is modern and decently comfortable, and the general atmosphere is usually bustling. Both outlets are brightly lit and clean, with clear menu displays, though they don't display their seafood openly for hygiene reasons. While you could order takeaway, I find it best to actually dine here on the spot, as their food is best consumed freshly cooked.
Truffle Fries

Truffle Fries

 
Service at Wholly Crab is largely self-service, with ordering, payment, and collection of orders done over the counter. Slightly more service is provided at the 1st outlet at Satay By The Bay, as staff will serve orders to your table. Otherwise, the only engagement with staff occurs when placing your order, or if you interact with them at the stall. I find them knowledgable on the menu, able to describe dishes, as well as make recommendations on the various types of sauces available. I do wish however, that they would provide serviettes or disposable gloves, which is essential when using your hands to eat seafood coated in sauce!

Food at Wholly Crab is all about seafood, focusing on shellfish and crustaceans. Presentation is in the classic seafood boil style, a heap of seafood poured onto the table for communal dining. But taste is largely Asian inspired, with a variety of sauces to coat the seafood, very similar to Chinese style Zi Char in taste. I like that the seafood is fresh and clean-tasting, with portion sizes being medium to large for individuals. Prices at Wholly Crab are very affordable, much lower than prices elsewhere, yet the seafood is of good quality! Budget about SGD $20 per person for a meal, which I feel is reasonable and wallet-friendly.
Love Bucket In Chili Kicap Sauce

Love Bucket In Chili Kicap Sauce

 
The Clams In Original Sauce (SGD $18 / 500g) has a generous portion of fresh, savoury sweet, shell-on clams, served along with soft roasted potatoes, caramelised onions, fragrant garlic cloves, and tender corn kernels. The original sauce, A.K.A. au-naturel, while slightly oily at the bottom of the bucket, allows the rustic, natural taste of each ingredient to shine through.
Clams In Original Sauce

Clams In Original Sauce

 
The Mussels In Original Sauce (SGD $18 / 500g) has a generous portion of fresh, savoury sweet, shell-on mussels, medium in size but meaty! Served along with soft roasted potatoes, caramelised onions, fragrant garlic cloves, and tender corn kernels. Again, the original sauce, while slightly oily, allows the rustic, natural taste of each ingredient to shine through.
Mussels In Original Sauce

Mussels In Original Sauce

 
The Crabs In Kung Pao Sauce (SGD $28 / 500g) has a good portion of crab, mostly the legs and pincers, and the crab meat is fresh, sweet, and tasty. The kung pao sauce is outstanding, savoury, tangy, and sweet, with a slightly spicy heat. Pairs really well with the crab, making it so yummy! Wallet-friendly for the quality too! However, I wish they provided shell cracking utensils, as it's very messy to constantly bite through the crab shell to crack it.
Crabs In Kung Pao Sauce

Crabs In Kung Pao Sauce

 
Full Wholly Crab review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/01/wholly-crab.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jan 14, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $20(Dinner)

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Categories : American | Bars/Lounges

Founded in November 2014 and operated under the umbrella of The Connoisseur Concerto (TCC) group, Kuvo Singapore is a multi-concept restaurant and bar located on the 2nd floor of Orchard Shopping Centre, which is directly beside 313@Somerset mall. Offering 4 different dining concepts in a 9,500 sq ft place, Kuvo Singapore, whose name is derived from the French word 'cuvee', which means 'to blend', serves a variety of modern fusion dishes in a plush yet casual setting.
Elixir Bar

Elixir Bar

 
Ambience at Kuvo Singapore differs depending on which of the 4 concepts you're at. The Kuvo Singapore Gift Shop primarily caters for takeaway, but also doubles as a patisserie and dessert counter, with its brightly lit, attractive glass display case, and shelves of the sweet stuff. The Ambrosia I and II is a brightly lit, casual, 88-seat, all-day dining restaurant, with modern cushioned wooden furniture and plush couches, a comfortable, modern setting. The Elixir Bar is a bespoke cocktail and tapas area, with high bar tables and stools, set in a dark ambient atmosphere, with a live band on weekends. The Vine Lounge is a 32-seat wine lounge with rows upon rows of bottles, over 140 wine labels, and a wine dispenser! Overall, very good ambience no matter which of the 4 dining concepts you choose!
Ambrosia

Ambrosia

 
Service at Kuvo Singapore is professional, efficient, and courteous. Befitting of bistro quality sevice, the staff speak quietly, and carry out requests quickly. They're rather knowledgable on the menu, able to make astute recommendations, and can even inform you about off-menu selections, of which Kuvo Singapore has a few! I also like that they offer to change plates between courses, something usually done only at fine dining restaurants. However, I do feel there isn't much memorable engagement from the junior staff, the level of service provided is good, but not outstanding. The more senior staff however, are very engaging, seemingly enthusiastic about their work, and can even describe the various dining concepts and history of the place!
Vine Lounge

Vine Lounge

 
Food at Kuvo Singapore is modern fusion, a combination of Western presentation and ingredients with Asian flavours. The kitchen produces dishes of generally average quality in taste, though some are above average. Rather decent, consistent execution, which is good. The sharing portions are nicely sized for sharing between 2 - 4 people, though it's possible for an individual to finish it all by themselves. Menu options at Kuvo Singapore are extensive, and prices are pegged to bistro standards; higher than a cafe but lower than a restaurant. Budget about SGD $14 - $22 per tapas dish, and SGD $21 per cocktail. Generally, a small meal with 2 drinks here will set you back about SGD $80 per person, I personally feel it's rather expensive.

Head Bartender of Kuvo Singapore, Mr. Yutaka Nakashima, has over 16 years of experience in mixology, with several international accolades under his belt. On top of this, he's also a licensed chef in Japan! His bespoke cocktails suit the theme of modern fusion at Kuvo Singapore, intriguing and unique beverages that blend East and West, teasing and exciting the palate with each sip!
Head Bartender Mr. Yutaka Nakashima

Head Bartender Mr. Yutaka Nakashima

 
Among the best dishes we had here, the Brandy Flambéed Beef Cube (SGD $22) features tender, savoury chunks of beef, flash seared and flambéed with brandy, glazed with an earthy red wine sauce, and served with sauteed, smoky garlic cloves and chili. Love how the little bit of heat tickles the palate, and each beef cube has a meaty, satisfiying chew. Excellent!
Brandy Flambéed Beef Cube

Brandy Flambéed Beef Cube

 
The Kuvo Coffee Hot Wings (SGD $14) with baby carrot crudites and blue cheese dip was pretty good! The chicken wings have moist, tender meat which comes off easily, and the thick sauce glaze is savoury, with hints of roast
coffee, and a good kick of spicy heat! Cool off with the Cocktail Brewski Yen (SGD $21) pairing, or the tender baby carrots and blue cheese dip, which is surprisingly mellow and pleasant, lacking the characteristic sharp pungent taste of typical blue cheese.
Kuvo Coffee Hot Wings

Kuvo Coffee Hot Wings

 
The Cocktail P & L (SGD $21), named for the corporate business financial term of 'profit and loss', is made with Bankes London dry gin, house made apple and cinnamon syrup, peanut butter, coconut cream, and laksa leaves. Unique and creative, this rich, creamy beverage is earthy, sweet, and nutty, with hints of spice notes. Highly recommended!
Cocktail P & L

Cocktail P & L

 

Full Kuvo Singapore review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/01/kuvo-singapore-tasting-session.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jan 07, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $80(Dinner)

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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

When I first visited Sun With Moon Japanese Dining & Cafe in May 2008, I remember being wowed by the tasty, authentic Japanese food, though the price for me was considered expensive at the time. Now, 8 years on, Sun With Moon is still going strong, drawing in folks with its consistently high quality food, while still maintaining its standards of Japanese savoir faire.
Sun With Moon Exterior

Sun With Moon Exterior

 
Ambience at Sun With Moon is modern minimalist zen, well suited to a refined yet casual dining experience, living up to its name of combining 2 disparate elements. The large, spacious interior with clean lines benefits from its window side location of Wheelock Place mall, offering a view of the busy street below, along with natural lighting in the day. Contrast of light and shadows, created by bright, well placed spotlights, create an elegant setting over the dark wooden furniture and booths, while thoughtfully carved out spaces allow guests to pick from large communal group dining, to small intimate alcove dining. They even offer a large selection of magazines for browsing!
Sun With Moon Interior

Sun With Moon Interior

 
Service at Sun With Moon is near fine dining status. The sharply dressed staff move and speak with a quiet, professional air, working quickly and efficiently, be it clearing tables, taking orders, or presenting the bill. There is the customary Japanese courtesy and hospitality, I notice staff bow slightly when speaking with guests, and exude a sense of personalised attention. However, I note that not all staff have the same level of product knowledge, especially if questioned about the rather extensive menu. Still, the level of service provided here exceeds that of many other restaurants.

Food at Sun With Moon is all about authentic, traditional Japanese dishes, with several modern Japanese items. The extensive menu even has items which you won't be able to get in other Japanese restaurants in Singapore! Executive Chef Mr. Toshio Sawai heads up the kitchen, bringing to the table over 30 years of experience in Japanese culinary arts, offering dishes that are of high quality, and presented beautifully. Generally, I find each dish to be tasty, with an emphasis on flavour and freshness. Portion sizes are designed for individuals, though set meals are the norm here, and are incredibly filling! Prices are similar to other restaurants, budget about SGD $55 per person for a full meal here.

Loved the zesty, sour sweet Yuzu Umeshu (SGD $9)! A blend of plum sake, with juice from yuzu fruit harvested in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, this light, chilled beverage is refreshing and thirst quenching. Good!
Yuzu Umeshu

Yuzu Umeshu

 
The Kamameshi Unagi & Yakiniku (SGD $31.80 Set Meal) here consists of an individual pot, where Japanese white rice is steamed together with a light katsuobushi (bonito fish flakes) and dashi (seaweed stock), along with aromatics such as straw mushrooms, carrots, lotus roots, chestnuts, konjac (elephant yam), and shredded egg. The rice absorbs all the flavour, making it incredibly fragrant and delicious! Mix it with the toppings of sweet unagi (grilled freshwater eel in teriyaki sauce), savoury thin strips of yakiniku (sauteed beef and onions), crunchy edamame, earthy seaweed strips, and a yummy soft boiled egg! Highly recommended!
Kamameshi Unagi & Yakiniku

Kamameshi Unagi & Yakiniku

 
Served in Sun With Moon from 01 - 03 January 2016 as part of their New Year celebrations, the Ozoni / Zoni (SGD $12) here closely resembles the style in Tokyo, Kanto region. It features a soup made with dashi (seaweed stock), with a signature square mochi rice cake that has been lightly grilled. Other ingredients add depth of flavour and body to this soup, including chicken chunks, straw mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, spinach, kamaboko (fish cake), taro root, burdock root, and parsley. This light, savoury sweet soup is a great appetizer.
Ozoni

Ozoni

 
Full Sun With Moon review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/01/sun-with-moon.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jan 08, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $55(Dinner)

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Categories : Japanese | BBQ

A passion for Japanese cuisine and quality grilled meat led Chef Jeremy Han to open The Burning Oak in March 2015, as part of the revamped Simpang Bedok Market Place. Specialising in premium Japanese style kushiyaki (known to some as yakitori), or grilled skewers, The Burning Oak uses Binchotan / Japanese charcoal to grill all their skewers. This use of this high quality charcoal made from Japanese oak wood, results in skewers with an even caramelized browning on the outside, while the inside remains moist and succulent.
The Burning Oak Facade

The Burning Oak Facade

 
Ambience at The Burning Oak is similar to the rest of the stalls here, on account of the shared casual seating, and clean, bright atmosphere. The stall itself is decked in an understated black, with clean, straight lines. The open kitchen allows one to watch Chef Jeremy Han working the sous vide machine, or grilling skewers over the charcoal grill while flames leap from time to time. You can also sit at the high bar stools which are available in front of the stall.

Service at The Burning Oak is completely self-service, with ordering, payment, and collection of orders done over the counter. A buzzer is provided to alert you when your order is ready. Waiting time for order fulfillment is pretty short, about 10 minutes or so, considering that everything is grilled to order!

Food at The Burning Oak is Japanese style grilled items, mostly meat (chicken, beef, pork), along with several vegetables items. I find quality and taste of items to generally be excellent, each individual skewer is grilled to order, and contains good flavour on its own. You can taste the smoky flavour imparted by the flames, yet without any burnt parts! Portions are sized for individuals, and prices are affordable, budget about SGD $10 per person for a meal here.
Skewers - Cherry Tomato, Quail Eggs, Chicken Meatball, Chicken Thigh, Pork Shoulder, Beef Short Rib

Skewers - Cherry Tomato, Quail Eggs, Chicken Meatball, Chicken Thigh, Pork Shoulder, Beef Short Rib

 
Beginning today (5th January 2016), Chef Jeremy Han is expanding his menu! Over the next few weeks, he'll be introducing new items into his menu, gradually changing The Burning Oak from a pure kushiyaki stall, to a sharing platter concept stall. He's still retaining all the items on his old menu though, which is good news!

Of the vegetable items, the Cherry Tomato Skewer features juicy cherry tomatoes, which burst with sweet, fruity flavour in the mouth. It has a hint of smoky aroma, and pairs well with the savoury meat items. The Quail Eggs Skewer is decent, with a slight sweetness from the teriyaki sauce glaze, and a eggy, earthy taste, but is ultimately the most unremarkable skewer offered here.

Of the meat items, the Chicken Thigh (Negima) Skewer features savoury, tender, moist chunks of chicken thigh, alongside crunchy leeks. The Pork Shoulder Skewer has a thick yet moist cut of pork shoulder, savoury and sweet, with a good amount of fat, and a beautiful smoky caramelisation. With the Beef Short Rib Skewer, you get a thick yet tender and moist beef short rib, marinated / sous vide for 72 hours along with red wine, until the meat tastes sweet, savoury, and earthy, with a slight hint of tannin!

The Chicken Meatball (Tsukune) Skewer has tightly packed, chicken meatballs that are juicy within, with an intense savoury salty flavour that is rather pleasing. Overall, the skewers were all well executed, incredibly tasty, and very satisfiying. Total price for all these skewers is SGD $15.20. Highly recommended!
Skewers - Cherry Tomato, Quail Eggs, Chicken Meatball, Chicken Thigh, Pork Shoulder, Beef Short Rib

Skewers - Cherry Tomato, Quail Eggs, Chicken Meatball, Chicken Thigh, Pork Shoulder, Beef Short Rib

 
Full The Burning Oak review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/01/the-burning-oak.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jan 05, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $15(Dinner)

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