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This is blackswan . I am a Trainer/BloggerI like to hang out in Orchard. French, Japanese, Cantonese/Hong Kong, Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Coffeeshop, Restaurant and Japanese BBQ/Teppanyaki, Seafood, Chinese Soup, Foie Gras.
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Categories : Japanese | Hotel | Ramen | Kids-Friendly

Touted as one of the best Japanese restaurants in S'pore, the Wagyu Beef was however, a disappointment.

A Japanese business friend wanted to try this place as he has heard favourable comments about the eatery. We decided to try their Wagyu Beef set.

 
The premium set came with the usual rice, miso soup & salad.

 
Also included was a Chawanmushi; not the tastiest or smoothest I've taken.

 
I'd my Wagyu Beef medium-well. Being a regular Wagyu Beef eater, I didn't like the colour of the meat. It didn't looked fresh to me. The chunky pieces of beef didn't melt in my mouth as it should have been. Instead, they were tough & difficult to chew.

Both my friend & I were surprised with the outcome. We'll never go back again.

 
The matcha ice-cream & cheesecake weren't fantastic but certainly the best of the lot.

 
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Garibaldi Italian, An Old Gem Smile Mar 22, 2012   
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Categories : Italian | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant

This was my 3rd visit to Garibaldi. I first visited this Italian gem when they opened many years ago & I was impressed. But slowly, I soon forgotten about this eatery as I've been busy trying new restaurants that kept springing up.

This visit was an invited event by P&G & guests were served a three-course lunch menu:

 
Our first course began with the Wagyu Beef ‘Carpaccio’ with Rocket Salad & it was totally out of this world. I love Carpaccio & this was served with generous toppings of Wild Rocket & Shredded Cheese.

The appetizer was paired with Penne cooked with Prawns, Zucchini in Light Tomato Sauce. It was a delightful start.

 
You don't get thick pieces of Pork Tenderloin here. Instead, thin & tender Pork ‘Scaloppini’ was served with Parma Ham, Sage in ‘Marsala’ Wine Sauce. The dish was well-executed & the aroma of Sage enveloped your mouth with every bite.

 
I'm real fussy about Tiramisu & I wasn't fully satisfied with their Signature ‘Garibaldi Tiramisu’. I couldn't taste much of the coffee liqueur & it was a little too mushy for my liking.

Overall, the atmosphere is cozy & fills with rich & warm Italian taste. Food is still good though the dessert was a disappointment.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Wagyu Beef ‘Carpaccio’ with Rocket Salad
 
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Just $34.90 For Nice Lobster Set! Smile Mar 13, 2012   
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Categories : Seafood | Steaks and Grills

Stumbled upon The Ship's Lobster Promotion & we were in for a delightful surprise.
Rich & yummy Crab Bisque

Rich & yummy Crab Bisque

 
Lobster Thermidor with Pork Chop

Lobster Thermidor with Pork Chop

 
Generous serving of Pork Chops; nicely grilled & tender. Cheesy & creamy baked Lobster. Well executed!

 
For the price of $34.90++, there's really nothing to complain. Everything turned out to be better than expected, except for the dessert of the day. It was some kind of mousse. Maybe we were too full, it didn't go well with the main course as the lobster was cheesy. Perhaps they should serve something refreshing instead. Will definitely go back again.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Lobster set
 
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Categories : Italian | Restaurant | Brunch

I was introduced to this Italian joint for lunch. First time there but I was impressed with their food.

 
Bread was served warm with Olive Oil & Black Olive paste.

 
I'd the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio ($25), served with Rocket & shaved Parmesan Cheese for the appetizer.

 
For the main, I opted for the Pasta with Prawns ($30). The minced spicy Pork Sausage added to the pasta, gave it a different twist. It was delicious!

Though prices are on the high side, but food is good smile

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Wagyu Beef Carpaccio,Pasta
 
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Categories : French | Hotel | Fine Dining

This is the price tag for three pax, if you relish dining in a celebrity chef-run restaurant.

 
Gourmands can enjoy the 14-course degustation menu which many famed food critics have described as pure ‘magic’, or make selections from the ala carte menu, & be awed by Robuchon’s famous bread, cheese, dessert, ice-cream & tea trolleys.

Well, my group of three were simply electrified by their Degustation Menu @ S$565 each, glass of Champagne @ S$45/each & 3 bottles of mineral water @ $18, amounting to about S$2,200 incl tax.

 
We were impressed from the start, with their magnificent most talk-about bread trolley. Never have I seen such a huge selection of bread!

 
I picked 3. Ladies will certainly fall in love with their petit bread sizes. It’s great, since I could select more given that they’re small in size.

Service was immaculate. The Maitre d’ asked if we like our bread to be warm before serving. Yum! Even their bread tasted different & they’re sooooooooo good!

What we had:

 
Imperial caviar on a shivering corn velouté
with golden croutons

 
Foie gras & potatoes carpaccio,
topped with shaved winter truffle

 
More delicious bread while waiting...

 
Black truffle in a hot pastry, onions & smoked ham

Be awed by the 14-course dinner & more @ http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/2012/03/s2000-bill-at-joel-robuchon-rws.html!

 
Well, my 3-hour French affair ended with a goodie bag containing a Lemon Cake to take home & share with my family. The dining experience was divine & the gastronomy meal is sure to please any discerning palate, if you have the money to indulge.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $600(Dinner)

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