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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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Categories : Japanese | Seafood | Buffet

Full review & more pics - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2015/06/king-crab-buffet-dinner-at-momiji_12.html

Evil sista saw a value-for-money King Crab buffet ad on social media, and initiated an impromptu dinner on a weekday. We picked the City Square Mall outlet as it is conveniently located along the NEL. The Jap Buffet restaurant on the 5th floor was pretty huge, spanning over 3 shop spaces.

 

 
Unlimited supply of King crabs, Snow crabs and also Sapporo beer (till 1930h) at only $39.80++ for weekdays. Full payment must be made at the cashier before entering the restaurant.

 

 

 
The dining area is spacious but table to table spaces is very tight. Buffet spread occupies a third of the restaurant space, consisting of 150 selections of Japanese food, sushi, sashimi, chilled seafood, teppanyaki, shabu shabu, agemono, yakitori etc. etc. And the dessert spread includes Haagen Dazs ice cream, chocolate fondue and waffle making station, on top of the usual cakes, pastries and fruits spread. Check it out here...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The varieties were definitely impressive, but how was the taste? Hmm...I would say go for the chilled seafood, fried foods (agemono), chawanmushi in the steamer, sushi & sashimi, and refrain from touching the cooked food. The cooked food were cold, like they've been sitting under the aircon for over 4hrs at least, tastes awful!

Oh by the way, the DIY waffles and the ice cream were awesome...save space for them!

 

 
Cold and disgusting!

 
Not bad, chicken wings were nice

 
Not bad

 
Seafood quite fresh, avoid the tofu!

 
Not bad

 
Tasteless

 
Not fresh

 

 
Tasteless

 

 
Good!

 
Good!

 
Thumbs up!

Even though the food here is more misses than hits, there are some gems to be found and are rather worthy of the value-for-money price tag. Just come with the right expectations (keep them reasonably low) and whack the King crabs, sashimi, beer and Haagen Dazs ice cream!

Momiji King Crab buffet prices and restaurant info:

 
 
Date of Visit: May 18, 2015 

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Categories : Spanish | Restaurant | Paella | Fine Dining

Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2015/06/sunday-brunch-at-catalunyaits-party-time.html

The 3rd birthday celebration of the month, was a formal celebration with friends who mattered. The birthday girl decides where she desires to dine, and my choice for this year is Catalunya. A Spanish fine dining establishment located at the Fullerton bay waterfront, along the Marina bay area, overlooking the iconic MBS.

 

 

 
We had advanced reservation and was allocated a cozy booth seat. Booth seats are ideal if you don't have to get out very often to go get food, for Sunday brunches it's better to request for regular table seats.

 

 

 
Assorted breads were served at every table, they were good but we refrained from having too much of these so we could fully enjoy the extensive Appetizers spread.

 
Let's take a tour around the impressive Appetizer/Starters station. The stations are divided into several sections, showcasing authentic northeastern Spanish specialties. They are Charcuterie, Cheeses, Salads, Bakery, Stews, Fish & Fresh Juices stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
And that's not all, we got several single portions of eggs and sandwiches served directly to our table. What?!

 
Deconstructed Spanish omelette, onion confit topped w/ layers of egg yolk sabayon & potato foam

 
Scramble egg w/ potato & chorizo

 
Pa amb tomàquet (a.k.a Tomato toast) &
Bikini sandwich w/ Iberian ham, cheese & truffle

The eggs and sandwiches were rather tasty, so were the myriads of appetizers. We deliberately consume only sample-sized portions of everything as we knew there will be a SHOW coming, when the main courses are served (the 2nd part of the brunch experience).

 
The SHOW! began with a loud blast of lively carnival music and servers streaming out of the kitchen with pipping hot dishes on their hands. We were caught by surprise even though we knew it was coming, I wasn't quick enough to capture it on my camera as we're seated very close to the starting point. Anyways, we got to take pics of the two Spanish signature dishes that kicked started the main courses service.

The Seafood Paella, is the most heavenly Spanish rice I've ever eaten, ever! It has a divine smokey aroma, much like our Chinese fried rice wok hei, and was loaded with generous portions of shrimps, clams, squid and pork ribs. No other paella ever comes close after I've eaten this! We gladly accepted a second serving when they asked.

 

 

 
The next dish, Salt Crusted Whole Fish, was served camera worthy with flames burning on the rock salt. However, this dish did not wow us as much as its looks, it tasted kinda bland with just a simple drizzle of olive oil over it.

 

 
Brace yourself as the most important of all Spanish main courses is about to be served. Presented with a bang, of vibrant music and dancing staffs, the roast Suckling Pig 'Segovian' Style (a.k.a Cochinillo Asado).

 

 
The suckling pig was then cut swiftly using a plate, before smashing it onto the floor. Spanish tradition of smashing the plate onto the floor after cutting a suckling pig, is a sign of good service! They even timed the smashing to coincide with the music...cool!

 
As the suckling pig is an expensive dish, we were only served one portion for every 2-3 diners to share. The meat was so soft and tender that it literally dissolved inside our mouth, plus the skin was ultra crispy, thumbs up!

 
The final part (of the 3 parts) of the brunch experience, was the Sweet Ending. This time I managed to capture the crowd carrying the SHOW signs. They've gotten a few kids diners to participate in it.

 

 
The desserts of the day were paraded twice in front of us before being placed at the dessert corner. We helped ourselves to the enticing looking sweet treats.

 

 

 
Despite their looks, these desserts were all overly sweet and cloying for our SG palates. Couldn't help but felt a tinge of disappointment for these lovely looking desserts. We still found a favorite item though, the Lemon Meringue Tart was good, the sourness of the citrus fruit kept the sweetness at bay.

 

 

 

 

 
Sunday Brunch with Passion at Catalunya, has live up to its hype of being the best brunch experience in town! We enjoyed our brunch experience immensely. It gave us not just good food and great service, but also a completely exceptional experience, very unlike the usual fine dining places we've been to! This is definitely worth every penny we paid, and I can foresee that we'll be back again once our pockets are deep enough to finance another visit!

Brunch price - $98++ (include free flow juices)
add $48++ for free flow alcoholic drinks & coffee/tea

 
Date of Visit: Apr 19, 2015 

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Dinner at TCC @Bugis Junction  Smile Jun 11, 2015   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Restaurant

Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2015/06/dinner-at-tcc-bugis-junction.html

Last birthday celebration of the month, we are going to enjoy half price dining at TCC using my member birthday voucher. We decided on the Bugis outlet as my friend wanted to buy stuffs from Pandora.

It has been a while since we last visited this branch, the restaurant had been through a complete face lift!

 

 

 

 
As we were all hungry, we placed orders pretty quickly after reading the menus.

Some drink to quench our thirst while waiting for the food to be served. I had the Lychee & Rock Melon Melody, which was sweet and refreshing. My friends picked the Iced Pinktrus Passion Tea, a blend of grapefruit with passion fruit. We have mixed review over this fruity tea probably due to a slight bitter aftertaste from the grapefruit peels, some like it some don't.

 
Next up were the Soup, Salad and Sides.

Baby Crayfish Salad, fresh greens with chunks of crayfish meat topped with chili mayo dressing and tobiko roe. This was as delish as we remembered it to be.

 
Spicy Hot Wings, these were passable, no wow factor though. Crispy Soft Shell Crab, I liked this dish better cos of the tangy dip which goes really well with the crab.

 

 
My friend's Seafood Escapade soup, no complains from her.

 
My Oven Roasted Spring Chicken, was excellently cooked to perfection, meat was moist, tender and nicely flavored with brown juice. Very good!

 
My friends had pasta, Seafood Aglio Olio which was an all time favorite dish from TCC, and Clack & Clams Crayfish Pasta, lavished with generous amount of baby crayfish and fresh clams. Both were a hit with their diners.

 

 
We were filled to the brim by the time we're done with our main courses. So we decided not to order desserts. Food and service level here had maintained at expected standards. We will be back again!

 
Date of Visit: Apr 29, 2015 

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Categories : American | Restaurant | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2015/06/dinner-at-chop-house-vivocity.html

Second birthday celebration of the month with the hubby. The venue of choice was The Chop House, a spin off from the hugely successful Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, an established HK steakhouse chain. The restaurant was pretty quiet on a Monday evening at 6pm.

 

 

 
Sleek and modern interiors with touches of rustic wooden accents at one side, and a more edgy and vibrant colored settings on the other side. Full length glass windows provides an unobstructed view of the harbor-front and promenade.

 

 

 
The bar area and tables with inbuilt beer taps.

 

 

 

 

 
After exploring the menus, we each ordered a drink and a main course, and two sides for sharing.

 

 
Aussie Punch $8++, soda mixed with passion fruit and mango puree, and Cool Mint $8++, soda with lychee juice and ginger ale. Both drinks were fruity and refreshing.

 
Tater Tots $7++ and Sweet Potato Fries $7++, served piping hot with crisp exteriors and soft mushy centers, very delish. Great choices to go with beers.

 
My Berkshire Pork Chop $33++, coated with Mongolian glaze consisting of Hoisin sauce and black bean chili sauce, served on a bed of sautéed red cabbage. The pork chop was well cooked, meat was tender and easy to cut. However, the thick dark sauce was extremely salty.

Feedback was given to the staffs on the saltiness, they offered to cook another one but I rejected as my stomach could not accommodate another slab of pork chop.

 
Hubby's NZ Grass Fed Sirloin 200g $28++, served with Chips, baked Mushrooms & Tomato and béarnaise sauce. The beef doneness and taste was not too bad.

 
We weren't planning to order desserts but the restaurant staffs offered to serve them on the house, due to the earlier unsatisfactory pork chop dish. So we each picked a scoop of ice cream from the menu.

Dark Chocolate $9++ and Peach Sorbet $9++, both were surprisingly good with dense flavors and smooth texture.

 
Dining experience here was generally enjoyable. The restaurant has got nice ambiance and friendly service staffs, but the food here was lacking the wow factor. I personally prefer the Jamie's just a few steps away from this place. They produce more impressive pork chops at similar price tags, which I feel is worthy of repeated visits.

 
Date of Visit: Apr 13, 2015 

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Dolce Tokyo @313 Somerset  OK Jun 05, 2015   
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Categories : Italian | Japanese | Fusion | Restaurant | Desserts and Cakes

Full review - http://midas400.blogspot.sg/2015/06/dolce-tokyo-313-somerset.html

First birthday gathering on my birthday month! I chose this place for two reasons, one is I haven't try this restaurant before, the other is that we, MOF Citizens, get to enjoy free birthday dessert during our birthday month.

We arrived early, the restaurant was practically empty before 7pm, on a weekday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
After checking out the menu, we realized that this place is more a coffee and dessert eatery instead of a dinner venue. Main courses selection is rather limited. We ordered one mains and one dessert each and an appetizers platter for sharing.

 

 
Mixed Crostini $18++, consists of 6 toasted bread with tomato concasse and 6 types of toppings (mushroom, unagi, tamagoyaki, shrimp, kani mayo & smoked salmon). This platter turns out to be the best dish of the day. The combination of the crispy toast, diced tomato and the variety of toppings were nicely done and really tasty.

 

 

 

 
My Unagi Bento $19++, was pretty good albeit simple looking. The grilled eel was soft and flavorful, the tamagoyaki and pickled seaweed was palatable too.

 
My friend's orders, Unagi Omu Curry Rice $18++ and Mushroom Egg Ben $15++. Both dishes were well received in terms of taste, however my friend complained that her unagi portion was too little for her liking.

 

 
The desserts were perhaps the most disappointing items we had to pay for this meal. Despite having an extensive selection, we somehow managed to picked out 3 that were all not nice! We should have gone somewhere else for dessert, sigh.

 

 

 

 
Please don't be fooled by their appearances, these desserts were either overly sweet, or hard and chewy, or not very fresh. Plus they are pricey too. And, my member birthday dessert cannot be redeemed here, felt cheated sad

Well, that sums up our dining experience at Dolce Tokyo. I have mixed feelings with this place and properly wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is looking for good food.

 
Date of Visit: Apr 07, 2015 

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