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This is TheArcticStar . I like to hang out in Clarke Quay, Dempsey Rd, Orchard. French, Japanese, I love all cuisine are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hotel, Restaurant, Bars/Lounges and Seafood, Sushi/Sashimi, Dim Sum, Desserts.
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Hotel | Dim Sum | Seafood

The exterior

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Li Bai was a famous Tang Dynasty poet, and this grand Cantonese fine-dining restaurant draws its inspirations from the poet's classical, lyrical poems. Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming creates exquisite, authentic Chinese Cantonese cuisine with skillful strokes. The restaurant is renowed for its impeccable service standards as well.
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The interior

 
The interior is elegant and grand, tastefully decorated in rich tones with the use of jade, silver and bone china. The vibe is sophisticated and intimate; tables are well-spaced in the spacious restaurant and service is quick, efficient and polite.

 
The Scallops Dumplings (SGD$9.60) that were filled with springy scallops in crystal-clear wraps, delicious with a slight hint of spiciness. This was a simple but delicious dish, sweetened by freshness of the scallops.

 
The Scallop Siew Mai (SGD$8.00) was very tantalising - tender minced pork stuffing topped with buoyant scallops on top, adding texture and flavour to the conventional dimsum dish.

 
Finally, desserts of Mango and Pomelo Sago (SGD$7.00). This is one of my all-time favorites - thick, nectarous cold soup sapid of mango's aroma and filled with pomelo bits that exploded deliciously in the mouth, adding a zesty touch to the luscious dessert.
For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/01/lunch-at-li-bai-cantonese-restaurant.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Mango Pomelo Sago,Dimsum,Congee,BBQ Pork Buns,Siew Mai,Scallop Dumplings,Chicken Feet,Pork Ribs,Vermicelli Rolls with BBQ Pork
 
Spending per head: Approximately $30(Lunch)

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Categories : Middle Eastern/Mediterranean | Restaurant | Seafood

Exterior

Exterior

 
Alati Restaurant is a newly-opened Greek restaurant located in the CBD area, amongst a row of shophouses filled with restaurants, cafes and bars. "Alati" means "salt" in ancient Greek, and the restaurant is named so because of the fresh wild-caught seafood from the Aegean waters, bringing the taste of the sea right to your table.
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Interior

 
Ambience here is spatial, classically Greek in the bold tones of blue and white, spacious, chic. One feels exactly like they have stepped through the borders and crossed continents, and have landed at the Cyclades region easily. Comfort and excellent service are other qualiites this restaurant posess.

 
The Dolmadakia (SGD$19.00) - vine leaves wrapped with rice and pine nuts, always one of my favorite dishes on the table. They were steamed till soft, and the leaves lent a subtle fragrance to the rice. The pine nuts added crunch to the simple but delicious dish.

 
The Fyllo-wrapped Feta (SGD$15.00) was exactly that - a thin puff pastry encrusting feta cheese and deep-fried, drizzled with honey and seasme. The ingredients sounded simple, but the combination made for a tasty delight blend of flavours and textures, gentle without overpowering each other. I especially revelled in the touch of honey against the heavier flavour of the feta.

 
The Dips were next - they are traditionally sold in individual flavours and portions, but for tasting purpose we had a platter of different dips. These dips are best served with a slice of their warm, handmade Pita Bread (SGD$4.00). The pita wowed the palate on its own, even before we coated it with dip.
Fava (SGD$13.00) is Santorini's bean puree with onions, tasting like chickpeas, with the same earthly tones and "sandy" coarse texture. Tzatsiki (SGD$15.00) is Greek yogurt, cucumber, dill and garlic - complete with hints of tart and saltiness. Taramosalata (SGD$16.00) aka cod roe cream was my favorite- like the Japanese mentaiko, creamy and sapid with roe's flavour. Melitzanosalata (SGD$16.00) is made of smoked eggplant with walnuts, smooth and thick in texture, with the light sweetness of eggplant.

 
Then Lavraki (SGD$9.80 per 100g) aka Seabass, beautifully grilled and de-boned, served with lots of grilled vegetables. Dips were provided on the side, but the fish on its own was moist and tender; saccharine with freshness. One may choose to add SGD$10.00 to salt-bake the fish.

 
Finally, Galaktoboureko (SGD$14.00) - lemon and cinnamon flavoured custard in phyllo pastry. This was beautifully decent- not too sweet despite its appearance. The dessert itself was satin smooth, a light hint of savoury broken through by zesty pierce of lemon. Some may not like it at first bite, because of the exotic taste; but the flavour grows on you, and it becomes addictive after that. I would choose to have this again when I return to the restaurant for my meals.
For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/01/media-invite-dinner-at-alati-divine.html
 
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Interior

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Greek Salad,Vine Leaves Stuffed with Rice and Pine Nuts,Grilled Chicken,Mousaka,Fyllo-wrapped Feta,Fried Baby Shrimps,Pita with Dips,Salt-baked Fish,Greek Wines,Greek Donuts,Lemon & Cinnamon Custard in Phyllo
 
Spending per head: Approximately $60(Dinner)

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Categories : American | Latin American/South American | Restaurant | Seafood

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The Interior

 
The Boiler is up by Malcolm Hong, ex-banker turned restauranteur, this South American-inspired Cajun-styled seafood restaurant is concealed in Tai Seng's industrial area, near where cafes are constantly popping up nearby. The decor is rustic and minimalistic, with signal lights and simple furniture making up the interior; service is a little slow, especially during busy periods. And you would be surprised to learn that this restaurant is packed even on weekday evenings!

 
I started with a Lychee Beerjito (SGD$10.90), an interesting concoction that uses beer in lieu of rum for this fruit-infused cocktail. I liked the refreshing flavour, as well as the luscious flavour of lychee amongst the minty taste.

 
Fish & Chips (SGD$12.90); it was named under the "Starters" section but the portion was huge enough to be the mains itself. The battered fish fillets were crispy and the flesh was snowy and flakey. Taste was good enough without dipping of tartar sauce served on the side.

 
Next, Prawns (SGD$16.25 for 200g) in Pepper Butter sauce. Prawns were fresh with firm, springy flesh and sweet in their natural taste, enhanced dramatically with the spicy pepper butter sauce. The sauce was so good, we drank it like broth .

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/01/dinner-at-boiler-louisiana-seafood-beer.html

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Prawns,Mussels,Clams,FIsh & Chips,Spam Fries,Lychee Beer-jito
 
Spending per head: Approximately $35(Dinner)

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Good coffee in cosy settings Smile Jan 14, 2016   
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Categories : French | Café | Desserts and Cakes

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Exterior

 
Nestled along the row of shophouses at Keong Saik Road is The Daily Roundup, a cosy cafe / crêperie serving heavy brunches, aromatic coffee as well as delicious desserts. For their crêpes, they even collaborated with one of Singapore's most prestigious French chefs to come up with distinctly light yet immensely satisfying crêpes for dessert lovers.

 
The Daily Roundup is also founded by the owner of The Working Capitol, which explains why it sits in TWC's foyer. Just for your information, TWC is a shared co-working and event space, constantly filled with networking attendees as well as entrepreneur types. Sidney had the usual Skim Latte (SGD$5.00), which he said was very good.

 
I chose the Cappuccino (SGD$5.00), reveling in the aromatic flavour of the foamy coffee, a medium-bodied coffee beverage topped with pretty latte art.

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/01/afternoon-tea-at-daily-roundup-cafe.html


 
Recommended Dish(es):  Cappuccino,Skim Latte
 
Spending per head: Approximately $10(Tea)

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Tasty bagels in Tanjong Pagar Smile Jan 13, 2016   
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Categories : Bakery | Café | Burgers and Sandwiches

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Two Men Bagels House was started by two blokes, Jerome and Jereborne Lim in 2014, through their fascination and love for bagels, and to bring the goodness of bagels with fresh ingredients to Singaporeans. This simple, casual cafe is located in a small corner in Icon Village, Tanjong Pagar, catering to the needs of the CBD crowd and residents nearby. As the name goes, Two Men Bagels House only serves bagels, but there's quite a few types of varieties of ingredients.

 
*Jalpeth chose the one with the Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream Cheese. He enjoyed the delicious concoction and succulence of the salmon.

 
I chose the Salted Beef Brisket - doughy chewiness of the bagels, flanking flavourful gherkins and the juiciest and tender beef brisket slices. The combination of taste and texture was brilliant, and even me as a carbo-avoider finished my lovely bagels - every bite of this bagel-wich!

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/01/lunch-at-two-men-bagel-house-tanjong.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream Bagel,Salted Beef Brisket Bagel
 
Spending per head: Approximately $10(Lunch)

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