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This is midas400 living in Punggol. I am a engineer, work in Ubi. I like to hang out in Orchard, Serangoon, Tampines. Japanese, Singaporean, Cantonese/Hong Kong are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Café and Roasted Meat, Dim Sum, Seafood.
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Dinner at Gyoza-Ya 餃子屋 Smile Feb 22, 2016   
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Categories : Japanese

Meeting up with a friend who doesn't have a huge appetite, so I picked this Izakaya style Jap eatery as our casual dinner place. This is the 3rd and newest outlet by the Akashi Group. The restaurant was almost empty at 7pm on a weekday.

 

 

 

 
We browsed the online menu on the ordering tablet and picked 4 kinds of their specialty gyoza dishes for sharing, and a couple of sides and carbo dishes to add variety.

To start things off, some refreshing drinks, Kuri Lemonade $4.80++ a nice soda with shredded cucumbers, and Earl Grey Ice Lemon Tea $4.80++ which tasted like regular Ice Tea.

 

 
Food came pretty quickly from the kitchen after order was sent. The gyoza dishes we had were the original Yaki Pork Gyoza $4.80++, Yaki Mentaiko Gyoza $7.80++, Yaki Ebi Tamago Gyoza $6.80++ and Sui Pork Gyoza $4.80++. Each dish has 5pcs gyoza, great for sharing among friends.

 

 

 
The best gyoza dish in my opinion is still the original pan fried pork gyoza. The crispy base was perfectly executed and pork fillings were moist and flavorful...nice! The mentaiko ones were pretty good too coz I'm a fan of anything topped with mentaiko. The boiled pork gyoza and shrimp gyoza were more light in flavors but still quite decent in terms of taste.

 

 

 

 

 
We also tried the popular Jya Jya Men $6.50++, a handmade noodle dish that can be eaten two ways. It was first served dry with minced pork and a special black miso sauce with shredded veggies. We were advised to add some white vinegar and chilli oil and mixed well before consumption.

 

 
The dry version tasted good, noodles were al dente and sauce was delicious. Then we saved a small portion for part 2 (as per instructions). Requested the waiting staffs for an egg and boiling noodle water to make it into a soupy dish.

 

 
The soup version didn't make an impression though, but it was definitely an interesting dish to try.

Our second carbo dish, Ninniku Yaki Meshi (Garlic Fried Rice) $5.80++, unexpectedly blew us away with its fragrant wok hei and good chewy bite. Love this dish!

 
Some sides we had were Aburi Burokkori $4.80++, torched broccoli with interesting crisp and smokey aroma, Morokyu $3.80++ crunchy cucumbers with savory miso paste, and Asari Sakamushi $6.80++ steam fresh clams in sake broth. All were rather decent.

 

 

 
Overall, we really enjoyed our dinner at Gyoza-ya. Food quality was very good and prices are pocket friendly. Service was prompt and friendly. I would gladly return again to try other dishes.

Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2016/02/dinner-at-gyoza-ya-paragon.html
 
Date of Visit: Jan 21, 2016 

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HK Honeymoon Dessert 滿記甜品 Smile Feb 22, 2016   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Chinese Desserts | Desserts and Cakes

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After a satisfying dinner at Gyoza-ya, my friend suggested to have dessert at HK Honeymoon Dessert, a popular chain from HK. The smallish eatery wasn't busy yet at around 8pm on a weekday.

 

 
The dessert selection here was pretty extensive, many of the mango and fruits items are similar to 許留山, it took me quite a while to narrow down what I wanna eat.

 

 

 
I finally picked a chilled dessert, Mango with Black glutinous rice and Vanilla snow ice. It was really good, mango slices were sweet and the sticky rice was chewy and flavorful. Recommended.

My friend had the Signature Mango Sago Pomelo dessert which tasted great as well.

 

 
Sorry, I didn't take note of the prices coz my friend picked up the tab. But majority of the items are priced below $10, so it shouldn't break the bank for most people. If you can't go to HK, it is the best you can get to authentic Cantonese desserts.

 
Date of Visit: Jan 21, 2016 

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Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2016/01/in-love-with-kimbap-from-seoul-roll.html

As the waves of Korean F&B concepts continue hitting our shores, small takeaways shops such as Seoul Roll that specializes solely in Kimbap (seaweed rice rolls) has started appearing at populous shopping malls. I've always liked eating Kimbap and will order some whenever I was at a Korean eatery.

 

 
The shop, located at basement of Raffles City, has 13 varieties of seaweed rice rolls available. The kimbap rolls are freshly wrapped upon customer's order, each costs $4.50 - $5.00. Kimchi and Korean teas are also sold here.

 

 

 
I love eating these so much that I visited it thrice within a month and bought 8 different flavors home to try. All of them were delicious, some I liked more than the others. I've arranged my photos in order of my personal fave.

 
Crispy Shrimp $5.00 - Carrot, Lettuce, Cucumber, Eggs, Budok root & Kochujang Aioli

 
Spicy Cuttlefish $4.50 - Lettuce, Cucumber, Carrot, Eggs & Budok root

 
Seoul Roll $5.00 - Carrot, Radish pickle, Budok root, Cucumber, Eggs, Luncheon meat & Kimchi

 
Mackerel $5.00 - Carrot, Radish pickle, Lettuce, Cucumber, Eggs, Budok root, Pickled red onion & Deonjang Aioli

 
Spicy Pork $5.00 - Carrot, Radish pickle, Lettuce, Cucumber, Eggs & Budok root

 
Crab Salad $4.50 - Carrot, Radish pickle, Lettuce, Cucumber, Eggs & Budok root

 
Crispy Pork $5.00 - Carrot, Radish pickle, Lettuce, Cucumber, Budok root, Eggs, Tonkatsu, Red Cabbage & Soy Aioli

 
Chicken Bulgogi $5.00 - Carrot, Radish pickle, Lettuce, Cucumber, Budok root & Eggs

As you can see, they are very generous with the fillings. Each roll can be cut into 5-6pcs. They also take online orders and delivery. Check them out at http://www.seoulroll-sg.com/. I'll be back for more!

 
 
Date of Visit: Dec 24, 2015 

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Categories : European | Bakery | Café | Kids-Friendly

Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2015/12/over-top-milkshakes-at-benjamin-browns.html

Have been wanting to try the pretty looking OTT milkshakes from Benjamin Browns since it's sudden surge in popularity on social media. As we're not prepared to brave the long queues, we waited for the initial hype to fizzle out before making a trip down.

The smallish restaurant is tucked away at a corner of the Forum Shopping mall.

 

 

 

 
It was not very crowded when we arrived at about 7pm, but it did get busy from 7.30pm onwards. Do try to make reservations if you have a big group as there are limited seating available inside.

 
Complimentary ice water was served to every table, check out the tiny red star on the glass. We quickly browse the menu and ordered two of their popular OTT milkshakes to share, and also main courses for each of us.

We thought the shakes would take a while to construct but they came rather fast, even before our appetizer was served. Presenting...Nutella Banana shake and Old School Vanilla shake, $16++ each, standing tall with overflowing amount of assorted confectioneries as toppings.

 

 

 
These photogenic shakes took us quite some time to finally complete photo taking. Fortunately, the toppings stayed put till the very end phew! Both of these OTT milkshakes tasted fine for me, sweet but pleasantly flavorful. I like picking the toppings out to munch on. Great dish for the desserts lovers.

Main courses and appetizer were served while we're busy de-constructing the OTT shakes. We had Pork chops with mash potatoes $25++ and Sizzling beef chunks $25++, and a Truffle fries $15++ for sharing.

 

 

 
My Pork chop was delish, meat was tender and well marinated, the sweet potato mash was sweet and creamy too. The Beef chunks were a hit with my friend who loved her beef to be juicy and slightly undercooked. I didn't touch the Truffle fries as it was covered with shredded parmesan cheese, but my friends thought it was pretty decent.

 
Although the fanciful milkshakes are a little overpriced, Benjamin Browns is actually a good place to enjoy affordable and decent food. We redeemed 1 for 1 vouchers from The Entertainer App for the mains, and paid below $40 per head for a rather satisfying meal.

 
Date of Visit: Oct 27, 2015 

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Categories : Bars/Lounges | Hotel | High Tea

Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.com/2015/12/afternoon-tea-at-axis-bar-lounge.html

We're here upon request from our girlfriend who wanna have afternoon tea for her birthday celebration. After some researching, we settled for the SG50 Afternoon Tea at Axis bar & lounge, Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Located at level 4, overlooking modern SG cityscape, this place is a sanctuary of peace and quiet on a lazy weekday afternoon. Great for lounging and catching up with friends over a cuppa.

 

 

 

 

 

 
TWG Teas

 
Live Music

 
SG Haze

They served a 5 course Afternoon Tea set, $42++, which included two choices of tea or coffee. The menu changes every month, and for SG golden jubilee, they are serving local themed tea sets to celebrate the occasion. We had an 'Indian' theme menu for the month of September.

 

 

 
My Emperor's white garden tea

First course was a tea jelly drink, Masala chai & cinnamon jelly. Yep, the Indian flavor was obvious, the taste was acceptable for me though, albeit a little exotic.

 
Next, we had a variety of small bites served on plates. Majority of these were seasoned with Indian spices. I liked the Spicy prawn and the Chicken tikka stuffed mini pita. The others were rather ordinary.

 

 

 

 

 
The next course was two kinds of flaky puffs, one contained curried Potato filling, and the other had a spiced Fish meat filling. The Potato puff was fine but the Fishy puff was too 'Indian' taste for my liking. I had to drown the overpowering smell in my mouth with lotsa tea!

 

 
After having plenty of savories, the sweets were served. First up, some Cookies & cream scones and Pineapple scones, served with clotted cream, lemon curd and jam. I didn't eat these as they smelled extremely buttery but my girlfriends liked them though.

 

 
Then, more sweets came sitting on a 3-tier tea stand. There were 6 variety of cakes and pastries on the stand. Many of them were overly sweet. The only stand-out was the Raspberry tart, refreshingly sweet and tangy, which we all liked.

 

 

 

 
Lastly, we ordered our second drink to go with the Complimentary birthday cake for our girlfriend. I had Mocha while the rest had ice chocolate drink. The chocolate cake was , again, very sweet...we're getting serious saccharine coma!

 

 
Dining experience at the Axis bar was generally decent. Food was above average, with a little hits and misses here and there. Service and ambiance was great. I would recommend some homework be done to find out the menu for the month before heading down. The Indian theme menu we had was a tad too exotic for us, we couldn't truly appreciate it. Do check for credit cards promo as well.

 
Date of Visit: Sep 09, 2015 

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