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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 : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

The Exterior

The Exterior

 
Located in the new wing of Plaza Singapura, Dhoby Ghaut, is Kai Sushi & Robatayaki, a simple but quality Japanese restaurant with friendly, efficient staff and an extensive menu offering sushi, sashimi rice, noodles, and yakitori items. The price range was reasonable as well, a don set could start from SGD$15.00 onwards.
The interior

The interior

 
There isn't much information available right now because the website is not up. The only information I could garner is that they "serve a sheer variety of delectable delights, including classics such as Nigiri sushi, Chirashi and Robatayaki. My friend *J recommended it for our gathering with *L, and we were here for lunch.

 
For mains, *J had the Green Tea Noodles that came in a huge bowl of ice, authentically Japanese style. There were also seaweed on the side, as well as an array of homemade sauces to go along. Noodles were springy and redolent of green tea aroma in every bite; *J told us that she would order this every time she visited.

 
I had the Salmon Sashimi Don (raw salmon slices in rice bowl) that came as a set as well. It was a pleasant surprise as we were not expecting it. The set comprised a piping bowl of hot Miso Soup as well as Chawanmushi - the latter was satin smooth and contained refreshing hints of citrus. The salmon sashimi slices were thick and generous in portion - each piece was tender, fresh and springy in texture. The rice was well-cooked and soft; making it really enjoyable to polish off the whole bowl of delicacy.

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/02/lunch-at-kai-sushi-robatayaki.html

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Salmon Sashimi Don,Gyu Don,Cold Green Tea Noodles,Agadeshi Tofu,Chawanmushi,Shitake Mushroom,Quail Eggs
 
Spending per head: Approximately $40(Lunch)

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Categories : Fusion | Café

The interior

The interior

 
Situated along a row of shophouses at Hoe Chiang Road, Tanjong Pagar (diagonally across from 100AM Mall) is First 25 Cafe, opened by two young founders at age 25. Despite their young age, they have travelled extensively around the world during Christmases and have tasted the cooking of their couch-surfing hosts.  As such, they decided to bring back the rustic taste of local flavours to Singapore, into a cafe of their own - serving primarily Italian fare in cosy, beautiful settings. When we first entered the quaint little cafe, we were awestruck by the pretty whiteness and decor consisting of floral touches around

 
We started with a Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce (SGD$11.90), complete with an onsen egg and bacon. The gnocchi were small, soft and doughy potato balls - gentle texture and really fun to chew on. Pesto sauce added flavour to the pasta, as did the egg mixed into the dish.

 
Then, we had an off-the-menu delicacy that we enjoyed tremendously - Truffle Curly Fries. This was a combination of heaven and all things good - substantial dose of truffle aroma curled into strands of crispy fries. It was an addictive side dish, and we felt like we could not get enough.

 
For drinks, I had an Iced Strawberry Coffee, which was .... interesting but not memorable. There was not much strawberry flavour detected amongst the ice coffee's sweetness.

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http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/02/lunch-at-first-25-cafe-tanjong-pagar.html

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Iced Strawberry Coffee,Mocha,Gnocchi with pesto sauce,Striploin Steak,Truffle Curly Fries
 
Spending per head: Approximately $25(Lunch)

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Tasty Asian-styled salads Smile Feb 10, 2016   
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Categories : Salads

Exterior

Exterior

 
Under the Spa Esprit Group and right besides its sister restaurant, Skinny Pizza, Skinny Salads specialises in fresh, creative salads with ingredients from different parts of the globe. One could choose from salad bowls or wraps here at the counter, or order one of the readily-created salads. Service was little to boost of, but then they don't impose service charges here, so there.

 
I ordered the drinks because they sounded interesting, and fresh, so when the cashier gestured for me to take one of the bottles from the iced shelf myself, I was a little surprised. *Katherine had a Watermelon Rush(SGD$5.00) and I had a Minty Watermelon (SGD$5.00). I rather enjoyed my drink because there was a slight kick to my usual sweet melon juice.

 
I had the Kale and Quinoa Salad (SGD$11.50) with lots of grains, corn and crunchy kale. With the dressing, this salad was very flavourful, and well-portioned so it was filling. The ingredients were fresh as well, making for a healthy and enjoyable meal overall.
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http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/02/lunch-at-skinny-salads-100am.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Minty Watermelon Juice,Kale & Quinoa Salad,Roast Chicken & Spinach Salad
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15(Lunch)

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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Hotel | Buffet

Exterior

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Having visited The Square @ Novotel Clarke Quay for Christmas Dinner and Indonesian Food Festival, I was psyched to be back for Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner.  The restaurant was decorated in a festive mode for the upcoming Chinese New Year, with plum blossom flowers, red banners etc, and this jolted my festive mood even as I stepped in. Needless to mention, the buffet dinner for this period would also consist of traditional Chinese New Year dishes, which shall be introduced shortly.

 
A walk around the restaurant would unravel the various delectable international cuisines being served up on hot trays or pots. The Chilli Crab needs no introduction.- robust flavour tinged with spiciness and powdery, tender flesh.

 
Now the Stars of the Night - traditional Chinese New Year dishes such as the Mushroom with Sea Cucumber, braised to a lovely tenderness and redolent of the shitake mushroom's strong earthly aroma.

 
The Yusheng (raw fish with tossed vegetables) was displayed at a counter of its own, looking prim but pretty for the taking. It would be an interesting way of eating Yusheng, buffet style. The Sashimi Fish used was a "distant-cousin of the Tilapia", freshly-prepared and also the sashimi of the night under the seafood section. The vegetables and dressing were extremely sweet and fresh, making for a tantalising plate of Yusheng.

 
Or how about the Cooked Salad / Asian Salad section? There were interesting fusion dishes such as Asian Angel Hair Pasta Salad - springy (QQ) pasta that was very delicious; I had second helpings of this.

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/02/media-invite-cny-buffet-dinner-at.html

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Yusheng,Chilli Crab,Braised Mushroom with Sea Cucumber,Mini Egg Tarts,Pineapple Tarts,Seafood,Sashimi,Durian Pengat,Longan Beancurd
 
Spending per head: Approximately $70(Dinner)

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CNY Lunch Buffet at Plate Smile Feb 03, 2016   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Hotel | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Buffet | Noodles

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Exterior

 
Having been to Plate @ Carlton City Hotel when it first opened, I was pleased to be heading back, this time for their buffet lunch for Chinese New Year. The usual buffet lunch for weekday is SGD$38.00++ but I believe the CNY menu now costs more. Service was rather professional and polite; they were also very efficient at clearing used plates.
Interior

Interior

 
Ambience was as I remembered it - dimly-lit to create atmosphere, dark earthly hues to lend a sophisticated air, and well-spaced. Pool view was abundant on the front, and a beautiful alfresco terrace sits at the back. They serve International buffet for their lunch and dinner, but there's also an ala carte menu available if you would prefer not to have buffet.

 
I started with some Seafood - mussels, scallops, prawns etc. The seafood was saccharine with sweetness, and flesh was springy.

 
Sashimi and Sushi were next to the seafood section, and I enjoyed the items in this section as well - these were the 2 stations I refilled my plates with.

 
The festive / Chinese New Year section comprised of Yam Ring stuffed with lots of other ingredients, fish, tofu, Sea Cucumber dishes, bak kwa dishes etc. There were also fragrant (lotus leaf?) Glutinuous Rice.

 
Finally, desserts. I loved this section because there were lots of variety - from cakes and kuehs to Chinese dessert soup to Ice Kacang and ice-cream. The array of colorful sweet foods tantalised us even as we just looked at them; some of them were too sweet, but I liked the cakes.

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/02/cny-buffet-lunch-at-plate-carlton-city.html

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Seafood,Sashimi,Sushi,Soup,Desserts
 
Spending per head: Approximately $50(Lunch)

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