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This is biba8169 . I like to hang out in City Hall, Tanglin, Orchard. French, Italian, Japanese, American are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Bakery, Café, cakes, muffins, strawberries, coffee.
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Categories : Bars/Lounges | Hotel

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The night was made more memorable by a groovy and forceful pipe that filled the air with beautiful tunes. Gillian Margot, the most prominent Toronto-based Jazz vocalist best known for her exquisite deep vocal, has been making her live debut at the hotel for the past 6 months. Her warm charming voice soothes any tiring day and inhibits symptoms like any Amitriptyline did. Catching her performance at the lobby court is quite an unforgettable experience.

The crowd starts to swell by nine while I arrived early that evening. I filled my stomach with a limited range of mains, not complaining since people don't normally eat their dinner at such places. Out of the 7 choices, I picked the first on the list - Penne Artichoke, a vegetarian pasta dish. If you prefer a hearty meal, try either the Club Sandwich or Steak Burger. Alternative, choose Lasagne or some leafy salads available.

Astonishing a good Italian basic. I have eaten quite a fair bit of pasta dishes at The Line but none of them impressed me. Though I figure it came from the same buffet kitchen at the basement, it was cooked perfect this time round. The Penne was boiled al dente, retaining its full prime character - springy. I gave a quick toss to coat each pasta with the rich and tangy tomato sauce. The rest of the staple ingredients includes briny Gaeta black olives, sweet baby onions but the bright spot lies in the artichoke! Plentiful of marinated artichoke hearts are found swirling the parsley filled tomato sauce, very vinegary and more flavourful than any of its companion found in the plate - so blissful.

To honour my greed, I had a plateful of golden browned potato wedges. I tempered them with some sweet onion dip which fair better than the sour cream accompanied. Additionally, I poked them into mini jar of Australian imported ketchup for a more down-to-earth flavour.

By this time, I am half way with the cuban highball. Packed in fresh mint and lime wedges, the rum is more potent than the one I had at Salt tapas & bar. The latter was slightly virgin in nature, almost zeroizing its alcohol content. Lobby Court's punch was a lot more impactful. The Long Island iced tea was still too complex to win me over.

Strangely, I enjoyed the Indo nibbles that night. Most of the time, I am into nuts and peas but here, they served savory peanut crackers - rempeyek, Muruku and chilli tapioca chips. A mixture of something not quite commonly seen in bars.

 

 

 
 
Date of Visit: Oct 02, 2012 

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Categories : French | European | Hotel | Restaurant

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I enter the restaurant with the eye-catchy signage above me - the thought of a handwriting font against a grey background, printed on a "sponge art board" looks very cool. I am attracted by the clever combination of colour scheme that dressed this 3-weeks old.

The pessimistic grey blends well with the optimistic red, the combo radiates a cool and warmth persona. This led me to a more closed up examination as I stepped into the main dining hall. Keeping its sexy hue, the red now married a darker pigmentation - Black.

Truly, the red reminds me of the triband of the Austria flag and the 2 bull paintings on the wall are most impressive. I can't help but wonder if the Austrians behind the Esmirada Group are fans of the FC Red Bull Salzburg, can my guess be any close? The sturdy caesar-stone bar counter joined the alley of the opened-kitchen where the chef could bewitched his diners with his kitchen weapons.

With a nice view of the passerby strolling down the street of Orchard, Katharina unveiled the Restuarant Week menu gracefully. The menu came with a surprise that the 3 small plates will be featuring dishes that includes fish, sausages and poultry. Like many others, 3-courses during the Restaurant Week would mean a starter; commonly a soup/vegetarian salad, a main meat course and a dessert. For a lunch menu like this, a $25++ is a steal at Amuse.

Today, I am greeted by a spectrum of light and hearty small plates. I enjoyed tapas fare a great deal these days, especially when I get to savour fine ingredients. By virtue of fine, I am saying it has to be fresh produces which needn't whipped up by Michelin-starred chef but one who needs uphold his/her ethicalness in the profession. All that glitters is not gold, likewise, not all prized-delicacy like caviar pleases every palate. Fresh produces are key to a successful dish than one tries hard to appeal diners with culinary physics.

Fish and Chips? What's comes to mind? Of course, the popular English dish that serves up crisp battered fish fillets with golden chunky fries. But not Amuse. The ingredients are named but not using the same preparation method you once know. The Norwegian salmon was sweet and oceanic on its own, but flavoured your taste buds a mile further with a touch of black pepper and herbs. The painstakingly sliced (the machine did the handwork but I thought they do feel the chore as well) potato replaces the usual straight-cut fries. These crisp paper-thin potato chips are fried till deep brown but without that annoying burnt or bitter after-taste. My palate is then cleansed with a mouthful of mixed French mesclum greens tossed in light vinaigrette.

Next came the most memorable Austrian home-cooked dish. Any Austrian will know the recipe to this humble "left-over" dish just as the Chinese will do the same on Day 2 of Chinese New Year. The pan-fried Charlotte potatoes were small but all very buttery. They help averaging out the robust and flavourful chorizo sausages with a tinge of sweetness from the aromatic leaves - Marjoram. Groest'l which is synonymous with Roast, is a nice dish that lingers with happiness especially when one forked the runny egg yolk - a gooey mixture.

The final dish was more criminal! It was a dish that soothes my entire soul within a quick 15 seconds. The most mesmerising moment blazes, the minute I bite into this youthful French bird. I hardly come by such a tender substance, I tasted freshness in the meat. This baby chicken was well-roasted, the yellowish hue on the skin says it all - corn-fed. I don't usually gnaw at bird skin, but its crispness accelerated my intense desire for more calories-laden layers if given in excess. So isn't it criminal?

Go wild by the range of global tastes and be sure to pick a few Austria-influenced humble but tasty dishes that are mostly affordable. With more than 300 types of Austrian wines available, you will be spoilt for choice. Even if eating and drinking form part of one's objective here, I believed you will equally get charmed by the luxurious Gaggenau showroom in Amuse kitchen - a collection of both quality & beauty that helps perfecting the menu to create a greater bonding opportunity with all diners - the philosophy of Chef CK, Lee. I hold the same belief on what a meal means to me - a plate of fresh elements with a great host is all I needed. Thanks to the team and CK.
Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

 

 
Baby Chicken

Baby Chicken

 

 
 
Date of Visit: Oct 07, 2012 

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Fabulous fluffy breads Smile Aug 01, 2012   
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I love these Hong Kong style bread; most were unpretentious with a taste very close to what the Cantonese in Hong Kong are capable to offer. For more valid reasons, their ingredients are fresh and they are very reasonably priced.

The highly sought after bread in the store; Hong Kong style BBQ Pork (or char siew) Polo Bun (more commonly known as Pineapple Bun), is to die-for. Something you definitely wouldn't want to miss out every time. The crumbly sugary top - always so divine. Every crumble bits resemble a jewel that you would carefully gather all of them to reload into your mouth, savoring them preciously. The bun, filled with caramelized barbecued bite-sized pork; was soft in texture and very buttery. The meat was tender, moisturized with thick tantalizing barbecue sauce - a taste totally undebatable. As little as S$1.50 each, this polo bun is hard to pass up.
Sweet potato bun

Sweet potato bun

 
Another all-time favorite of mine - Sweet Potato Bun. I admit being a sucker for root vegetables of any kind, as long as it is in its original taste without artificially being modified. The bakery bakes very hearty version, was generous in their sweet potato mash filling. I have tried the same from other bakeries, they were either rolled up with half of what My Bread offers (sometimes the filling was hardly noticeable) or the mash was too cloying. None were tasty to mark any impression until this Chinese bakery came into picture and I am sold. I am stuck to theirs, since. The bun was thinly dust in cinnamon powder, not over powering (I am disgusted by some baker who cosmetically coated their bun with thick cinnamon). The mash was not fibrous but very smooth and naturally sweet - hitting the right spot consistently.
 
Date of Visit: Jun 17, 2012 

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Sweet buttery scone! Smile Aug 01, 2012   
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Categories : Japanese | Bakery | High Tea

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Sun Moulin - a Japanese bakery, is familiar to many. Unlike Malaysia with 3 outlets (they have a small cafe space), Singapore has only one which is housed at the basement of Isetan Scotts.

Cheddar Scone - I'd love the light cheesy flavor, not overwhelming that will weigh you down. The taste has been mild, not overly salty nor sourish (from the fermented cheese). The color is alluring, light yellowish hue; brightens up any one's afternoon. Like many Japanese bread, it has a soft texture that is slightly crusty at the top. It is unusual, not able to equate with the English scones but still, it makes a good day's snack for only S$1.40.

There are plenty in the offerings at the bakery but as I have been a regular since many years ago, my list of favorites could possibly drown you. Hence, to refrain myself from that, I urged you to drop by to try them out yourself. The mini Belgian waffles have always been my all-time-love, flavors like chocolate and green tea, had never let me down. Do not pass up on the bagels, I often go for plain ones for a nice doughy chew. Alternatively, pick up cream buns from the shelve; the cream was very velvety with the right amount of sweetness (unsure if the cream bun works? Go for a half-half variation; the same bun but it comes with half a side chocolate cream and another half with cream). The country bowl (large/small size) is another hot favorite. Occasionally, the bakery makes special buns with seasonal produce from Japan; parallel to the gourmet fair at supermarket next to it.
cheddar scone

cheddar scone

 
 
Date of Visit: Jun 26, 2012 

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Enjoyable afternoon tea Smile May 30, 2012   
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Here, the afternoon tea is served daily, except on Sunday when they offer a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Like most tea rooms in Britain, the tea session starts from 3-5pm. At Brasserie Les Saveurs, you may opt for a normal high tea costing $56++ or a high tea that comes with a glass of Champagne at $66++.

By standard, you will be served a 3-tier afternoon tea which comprises of 2 scones (middle-tier): Plain & Cranberry topped with chopped pistachio while an assortment of savory finger sandwiches appeared on the last tier. The clotted creme and homemade strawberry conserves are served alongside on the top tier. If you dislike strawberries for any reason, you may request for other commercial fruit jams which I felt are not worth the substitution.

The scones were by far most well-deserving. The size was smaller than usual but a comparable thickness. It was very rich and buttery. Sturdy-looking yet crumbly and moist that melts in your mouth. It taste more delightful as you dabbed the fragments with clotted creme. The creme was very refreshing & not heavy. I most liked the homemade strawberry conserve and adamantly vouch for its freshness and the right amount of sweetness.

The pretty-looking strawberry puff named "Shael", was the winner among the 4. It has a spongy puff and the strawberry cream oozes out as you cut open. The cream was light and refreshing. It has a strong strawberry flavour and was sweet. The pastry looked so girly with that macron tiara!

The blueberry tea cake was second best. The highlight of the dessert was the rose-infused custard creme, ..............
Strawberry "Shael"

Strawberry "Shael"

 
Blueberry tea cake with rose-infused custard

Blueberry tea cake with rose-infused custard

 
 
Date of Visit: May 01, 2012 

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