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Pastilla Café is an unique establishment that served traditional Moroccan cuisine and Mediterranean Cuisine as well. Owned by Chef Said Ibrahimi, a born Moroccan which previous stint includes Pasha at Sultan Hotel, thus there is no one else better to introduce Moroccan cuisine to us than him. As I never had Moroccan dishes before, this is going to be a unique experience.
Part of Dining Area
We started the dinner with Merguez ($9.50). Grilled homemade lamb sausage, which was tender but dense. The lamb sausage seasoning of paprika, cumin and coriander are pretty strong so it cover any gamy flavour from the lamb. Served with flat bread, we roll the flat bread with the sausage making it a sausage roll. The bell pepper sauce for dipping similar to our sambal. The bell pepper had went through the process of grilling, thus it tasted tangy with a smoky flavour but it is not spicy. It suited to my taste.
Merguez - Grilled homemade Lamb Sausage
Chicken Tajine ($14.90) are next. 1/2 small size chicken cooked in tajine with seasonal vegetables, olives and preserved lemons. Tajine is unique Morocco cookware made from clay which allow the dishes to be steam and simmer slowly. Resulting in tender and succulent chicken with unique lemon tangy flavour almost like in Greek cuisine. Served with a loaf of bread that have bigger pores, it become a sponge to absorb the delicious gravy from the dish.
Chicken Tajine - Up Close
From two legged protein, we moved to the four legged lamb. Lamb Mechoul ($16.90). Moroccan style slow roast lamb shank, with lamb gravy. The meat on the lamb shank basically fall of the bone and melts in your mouth. One of the tastiest lamb dish I ever tried. The gravy was robust with a hint of paprika, it goes well with the basmati saffron rice and grilled vegetables. Yum Yum, two thumbs up!!
Moroccan style slow roast lamb shank with Gravy
Eggplant lovers will like this dish. Baked Classic Moussaka ($16.90). Layered eggplant, tomato, onion, potato and lamb topped with bechamel sauce and melted cheese. Both LD and I are not the eggplant people, however we did give this dish a try. Tasted like eggplant lasagna, with a beautiful lamb sauce.
Baked Classic Moussaka
We rounded up our savoury dish with Seafood Paella Rice ($16.90). Baked saffron rice with sliced fish, mussels, prawns chicken and herbs. This is Chef Said version of Paella. Packs of seasoning, heat from dried chilli and pepper with beautiful seafood flavour. The rice is just so tasty, we finished up the whole plate.
Seafood Paella Rice
While we were almost filled to the brim, Chef Said served the desserts. Oum Ali ($6.50), Konafa ($6.50) with Pot of Moroccan Special House Blend Tea ($7.80). According to Chef Said, Oum Ali originated from Egypt, as Moroccan recognised desserts are biscuits to go with the tea. It has a texture of sticky date pudding, when served warm it just creamy and melts with your mouth. The sweetness level was just right for us. Two thumbs up for this dessert!
Konafa (or Kunafa) originated from Turkey. Known as Middle Eastern version of cheese danish. A cheesy pastry with fragrant smell from orange blossom water rose water. It is slightly too sweet and cheesy for our liking. To accompany the desserts was Pot of Moroccan Special House Blend Tea. It was thick, fragrant but as per normal Middle Eastern tea, sugar was added. Maybe I would ask them not to add sugar next time.
Moroccan Special House Blend Tea
For other unique drink, you can try their Homemade Moroccan Lemonade ($4.50). For extra twang of freshness, mint leaf was added.
Homemade Moroccan Lemonade
Pastilla Café has a homely set-up and fully decorated with Moroccan / Middle Eastern style. There is Moroccan music to serenade you while you are having your meal here. Located in 334 Changi Road, it is directly opposite SPC, before Telok Kurau Road. There is no parking outside the shop, however you can park at Lorong Marican, a small road after SPC (Behind Zac Butchery) or the service lane after Telok Kurau road.
Part of Dining Area
Overall, we had a memorable dining experience in trying Moroccan cuisine. Not only we discover new flavours, we also discover the uniqueness of Moroccan cuisine. We will definitely return for more in the future. Saha wa'afiab !! Cheers!!
During this Ramadan Period, Pastilla Cafe have Ramadan Special Set Menu for Iftar. Please check their Facebook page for the details. Thank you very much to Chef Said Ibrahimi and Sara for the tasting invitation.
Oum Ali,Seafood Paella Rice,Lamb Mechoul,Chicken Tajine,Merguez - Grilled homemade Lamb Sausage
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Tasconi's Pizza ('Tasconi') is a franchised pizzeria originated from Brunei. Yup, your eyes did not deceived you. BRUNEI!!. This Halal certified pizzeria uses digital ovens imported from Italy, and developed its owned tried and tested recipes since 1994. Understanding the different taste in each countries, Tasconi allowed their franchisee to tweak and introduced additional flavours to suit the locals.
First branch of Tasconi in Singapore has opened in East Village Simpang Bedok. The décor is simple, like any other takeaway pizza outlets with limited seats for dine in.
Take Away Menu - Back
In conjunction with upcoming Ramadhan period, Tasconi's Pizza Singapore is introducing two additional flavours for the festive season. Gourmet Pizza Satay and Gourmet Pizza Rendang. Tasconi served Pan Style Pizza, with crunchy crust, Tasconi recipe tomato base sauce and topped with generous toppings and well covered with the mozzarella.
When you bite into the Satay Pizza, you will first taste the combination of peanut sauce with melted mozzarella. Following that, the tender beef meat with the usual aromatic seasoning for satay such as turmeric, coriander and lemongrass. The ingredients on the pizza are so well spread so you get the meat in each bite.
Tasconi's Gourmet Pizza Satay
The Rendang Pizza has came with colourful red and green capsicum to differentiate the dish. The beef chunks are lean and tender, with strong flavours of spice that surrounds your mouth instant. LD & I find that it can be better if it has a bit of rendang gravy.
Tasconi's Gourmet Pizza Rendang
Meanwhile, we also tried the time tested dishes in Tasconi's such as their Mexican Wings ($7.40 for 4 pcs) and Shepherd's Pie ($7.90). Tasconi uses fresh chicken wings instead of frozen resulting in a tender succulent chicken wings. While the skin of the wings are well seasoned, it does not really absorb into the meat. Maybe the seasoning time can be extended to ensure it absorb well into the meat.
A combination of mash potatoes with cheese are just comfort food to me. Using beef instead of lamb, created the bolognaise sauce feel. The crispy cheese on top was just a bonus. A good alternative dish other than pizza.
Shepherd's Pie - Check out the mash and cheese
If you are dining in Tasconi, don't forget to try their homemade Iced Lemon Blueberry Tea. This refreshing drink are made in house everyday and only available for dine in customers only.
Iced Lemon Blueberry Tea
The pricing for the pizza dishes are $18.80 for Regular (10”), $23.80 for Large (12”) and $28.80 for X-Large (14”).
Take Away Menu - Front
In summary, the entrance of Tasconi's Pizza to Singapore market provide an alternative option compare to the rest of big player in the market. I certainly enjoy the flavours that they introduce for this Ramadhan period and from what I tasted Tasconi has all the ingredients to be successful in Singapore. Cheers!!
Thank you very much to Tasconi's Pizza team for the food tasting invitation.
Shepherd's Pie,Mexican Wings,Pizza
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Bochinche, an Argentinian theme concept deli and restaurant. A collaboration between Spa Esprit Group with Argentinian born Chef Diego Jacquet. It seems that Cynthia Chua and her team are the people with the golden touch when it comes to new F&B concepts in the market.
Bochinche is located in the same building as Common Man Coffee Roaster, which is also owned by Spa Esprit Group. Once you entered the second floor, you will be welcomed with huge paper carcases as if you are entering a butcheries. Of course no major scale butchering happen here, instead you will see the range of Argentinian products.
Our brunch stated with Watermelon Salad ($13). Our favourite cheese was on it. Beautiful Mozzarella with extra chilled watermelon cubes are just refreshing. The sliced tomato, micro herbs and toasted seeds provided the contrasting texture and flavours to the dish. Yum Yum, good start.
Chimichurri Burger V2.0 ($29) and Bife Ancho Rib Eye Steak ($55 for 300 gram) are our main meal. Together with Provenzal Chips ($10) on the side and Béarnaise sauce ($5).
Ice Lemon Tea & Sparkling Water
Chimichurri is a common sauce use in Argentina to marinate or to accompany the meat. Made of finely chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano and white vinegar. Normally each family will have their own family recipe for this sauce and each one will tell you that theirs are the best.
Chimichurri Burger V2.0
This sauce paired well with the burger as the acidity and herbs balance the fats in the meat. The patty is tender and juicy. The deep orange colour of the yolk just scream BITE ME!!! However, watch out for the extra pungent provolone cheese which did not bode well with us.
Check out the chimichurri spread on the bun
The beef from the Rib Eye originated grass fed cattle in Buenos Aires, hand selected by Chef Diego. Our first encounter with Argentinian beef was a memorable experience, so we have no doubt this one will be the same. It is nicely charred, cooked to medium rare. It has a nice marbling to it, tender and succulent. I say it is comparable any US or Australian grass fed beef.
Bife Ancho Rib Eye Steak
The provenzal chips was well seasoned and a good pairing for the steak. Crispy on the outside, yet moist inside. It is definitely better than normal fries. It is also good as a beer snack.
Service was friendly, attentive and have a good understanding on the menu.
Bench Seating Chef's Table
The décor of this place is very casual, whimsical using solid wood as the main theme here. Indoor and outdoor seating are available, my suggestion is that watch out for what's written in the back of the seat cover and have a good laugh. For the indoor seating, Bochinche have two long bench seating beside the usual dining tables. On one side you can see the chefs at work, while on the other side, the bartender will provide the entertainment during your dining.
Bench Seatings (Bartender's Table)
Overall, our dining experience in Bochinche was a positive one. The food, service and atmosphere is just dandy. We really look forward to our next visit here and try our their dinner menu. Salud!!! Cheers!!!
Provenzal chips,Bife Ancho Rib Eye Steak,Chimichurri Burger V2.0,Watermelon Salad
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Nanta BBQ is a Korean Restaurant that open its door in Singapore in December 2014. Nanta combines traditional Korean dishes such as its BBQ meat and stew, with modern and fusion Korean cuisine such as incorporating cheese in their dishes. Located in Goldhill Centre, facing the Thomson Road, the Nanta BBQ can be easily recognised by their cool pig mascot.
The décor is minimalist but spacious. Light wooden colour was the main theme and materials used to decorate the place. Each of the table can fit up to 4 person, however it also easy to combine to cater to bigger crowd.
The Dining Area
There were 9 types of banchan (side dishes) served during that day. Ranging from the aged kimchi and fresh kimchi, beans sprout, fish cake, Gyeran Mari (Korean egg rolls) and salads. The kimchis are a hit on our tables, especially with LD and another dining partner.
Side Dishes and BBQ Condiments
For starters, we begin with Cajun Chicken Salad. This is a new dish in Nanta. Combination of boneless fried chicken piece with raw salad, mayonnaise and onion. The chicken was succulent and made a refreshing combination with the salad. It can be better if the chicken is crispier to provide a contrasting texture to the dish.
Cajun Chicken Salad
For the grill meat, we have Wagyu Short Ribs ($35 for 200 gram), Aged Black Pork / Kurobuta Pork Belly ($29 for 200 gram) and Kurobuta Pork Collar ($29 for 200 gram). The wagyu short ribs was grill using cast iron pan in front of us. It has a nice marbling and grilled to about medium. To accentuate the flavour, I dipped it in the mixture of salt and sesame oil. While it was tender and juicy, it is missing the melts in your mouth feeling or what I called the beefgasm.
Wagyu Short Ribs
The porky went through two steps of cooking. First, it was grilled over high quality charcoal in the kitchen up to 80% cooked and finished at the table so it create thick smoke like a normal BBQ restaurant. While it is good to consider not smoking the customers, it causes the pork to contract during the changes in cooking temperature (hot – cold – hot) therefore the meat become slightly chewy. We suggest to just cook it 100% in one location, the kitchen or in front of the customers. We guarantee that it will produce a more succulent and tender kurobuta pork.
Kurobuta Pork Belly, Kurobuta Pork Collar, 80% cooked Pork Collar & Pork Belly; Final Touch
Ready to Eat: Pork Collar & Pork Belly
Moving to the Fusion dishes, we sample their Cheese Deng-galbi (Cheese Pork Spare Ribs). It comes in two different set. The set A ($55) is just a spicy pork spare ribs, tok-bokki with melted cheese. While Set B ($58), you have additional cheese egg, cheese corn, potato and spaghetti carbonara. The pork ribs are quite spicy, however roll with the cheese, it subdue the spiciness level will providing a creamy chewy texture to it. You must try the tok-bokki / rice cake as well, as it absorbs the sauce that the ribs was cooked it.
Cheese Deng-galbi (Cheese Pork Spare Ribs) Set A
For set B, the spaghetti was al-dente and creamy, while the corn cheese is sweet and creamy. LD like the egg as it was slowly cooked and moist. I also tried the unique combination of boiled potatoes with melted cheese. The set B is actually something you can order when you bring your kids or any non-spicy eater. It has enough variety that suited for everyone’s taste buds. In case the set is not tummy satisfying, you can add another $12 for Spam mixed rice to go with your Set A or Set B.
Cheese Deng-galbi (Cheese Pork Spare Ribs) Set B
If spare ribs are not your thing, you can try the cheese Tok-bokki ($18). The spicy version of the red pepper rice cake, topped with mozzarella cheese and torched until the cheese melted. Not only it has a plus point for WOW factor, it also provide a unique charred flavour on the cheese. LD says its good, the rice cake absorbs gravy well and those who like the chewy rice cake, will enjoy this dish.
Cheese Rice Cake
Of course a Korean dinner won't be complete without their stew dishes. We sample three of their dishes: Seafood Budae Jjigae (Traditional army stew using beef broth with Seafood); the inspired healthy version, tomato Budae Jjigae ($42 - using chicken broth and milk); and Bullak-jeongol ($45 – Beef Bulgogi and Octopus).
Bullak-jeongol (Beef Bulgogi and Octopus)
These stews are just mammoth in size, which can easily satisfy 4 to 6 person. Each of the ingredients are neatly arrange in the pot before the broth were added. The beef bulgogi and octopus have a robust and sweet texture to the broth. The beef are tender and flavourful while the octopus was a tad more springy compare to what I prefer, especially near the end of the tentacles.
tomato Budae Jjigae (using chicken broth and milk)
Surprisingly, the healthy version of army stew is something that I might incline to order in the future. It has a mild level of spiciness, while the sourness will stimulate your palate. The ingredients such as fish cake, tofu and spam are closely similar to the original army stew, however I feel it was missing the instant noodle in it. Meanwhile LD enjoys the Seafood Budae Jjigae, especially the freshness of the crab and cuttlefish. Not so much of the big headed bean sprout though.
Seafood Budae Jjigae
Overall, the food served by Nanta is very interesting. We really enjoy their cheese influenced fusion dishes as well as their stews. If we order the bbq next time around, we will just ask them to do the cooking at the back all in one shot. There are some little things that can be improve, other than that it is a good place for some Fusion Korean BBQ and stew. Cheers!!
Cheese Soonsal Chicken With Additional Kimchi Fried Rice and Fish Roe which we did not manage to try
Thank you very much Nanta BBQ and H3(Cube) for the tasting invitation.
Cheese Rice Cake,Bullak-jeongol,tomato Budae Jjigae,Seafood Budae Jjigae,Cheese Deng-galbi (Cheese Pork Spare Ribs)
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Kuvo a lifestyle concept by The Connoisseur Concerto ('tcc') group. Tucked in the second floor or Orchard Shopping Centre, this previously unheard of establishment has been gaining positive reviews recently. It is so mysterious, you will hardly notice its existence unless someone told you about it. Which was the case for Little Devil and I.
Ambrosia II (Part of dining area)
Kuvo are separated into different sections. Ambrosia I & II are the main dining area. While Vine Lounge and Elixir Bar is the place for high tea and chill out, where you can check out what's happening down in Orchard Road. Kuvo cater for lunch, high tea, dinner, lounge and bar.
We went there for Afternoon Tea Buffet ($35++) It is a combination of English High Tea together with local flavours as well. From the buffet line, there are savoury pastries and spreads, Parma ham, cheese, local favourites such as beef rendang, ayam buah keluak, beef stew, daily soup and sweet pastries and shots. On top of the buffet line, they will also served you three tier of assorted “nibbles”.
Assorted Savory Pastries, Nibbles, Spreads, Parma Ham and Cheese
While the ladies focus on the catching up and chatting, I proceed to dissect what are on offer here. Started with the soup of the day, Mushroom Soup. It was creamy, think and robust. There are some bits of blended mushrooms in it, so very acceptable.
Soup of the day - Mushroom soup
Next was of course the Parma Ham. One of our favourite item. Thinly shaved and goes well with everything and anything. The best part for LD, there was some gherkin and pickles for her enjoyment. Excellent.
Parma Ham, Gherkin, Pickles and Cheese
We then dig into the three tier high tea tapas / sandwich combination. Each of the items are in bite size, tasty and flavourful. The cherry mozzarella and smoked salmon canapés are delightful. The beet root rice paper roll has the raw earthy taste which not many people will like. While the prawns salad and fried wanton are fresh and crispy. Mini burger and mini ciabatta were delicious and the de-constructed otah in a jar gave it an Asian spicy lemak flavour.
Three tier high tea tapas, Deconstructed Otah, Fried Wanton & Parma Ham Canapes
As there is a little bit of tummy space left, I decided to try their cooked food. Beef rendang, ayam buah keluak and beef stew. The meat of ayam buah keluak is a little harder compare to what I like. However the two beef dishes are just awesome and melts in your mouth.
Beef Rendang, Ayam Buah Keluak & Beef Strew
For the finale, I went for their mini tarts, crème burlee and tiramisu. The mini tarts are thin and crumbly. My favourite is the chocolate mini tarts as the fillings are light, creamy but not too sweet. The crème burlee is good, but it can be better if the caramel thicker. The modern version of tiramisu are not to my liking.
Raspberry Panna Cotta, Creme Burlee Chocolate and Mixed Berries mini tarts
If you like what you eat, you can do some shopping from the mini gift shop on the way out. They also have selection of cakes in a whole or slices to take away. The service here is excellent and very professional. They are well dressed almost to the extend of fine dining service staff.
Shopping / Gift Area
Cakes (Whole and Slices), Assorted Artisan Chocolates & Chocolate Bar
Overall, we really enjoy the Afternoon High Tea buffet here. We feels that during the high tea, their savoury dishes are better compare to their sweet dishes. The parma ham, beef dishes and three tier high tea small bites are the highlight of the meal. Definitely a place to go in Orchard Road. Cheers!!
Parma Ham,Deconstructed Otah,Beef Rendang,Beef Stew,High Tea Other Ratings: