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This is Bern living in Central. I like to hang out in City Hall, Raffles Place, Orchard. Italian, Japanese, Thai, Singaporean, Cantonese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café, Hawker Centre, Restaurant and Chinese Soup, Porridge/Congee.
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Categories : Shanghainese | Restaurant | Dim Sum | Noodles

Read the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2012/04/paradise-dynasty-ion-orchard.html

We've always wondered what the fuss was with the signature multi-coloured "xiao long bao" dumplings. Granted, it's kitschy and a novelty alright, but having recently tried it, I really didn't think the dumplings were worth that long a queue.

1) Signature Dynasty Dumplings ($13.80 for 8 pcs): pretty alright, with thin but hardy skin, with a little chewiness in the texture, and piping hot clear broth. Only 2 stood out, the pink szechuan flavour coz it was tongue-numbingly spicy, and the black truffle one for its aromatic tones. The rest didn't quite stand out because the "extra special additions" were very understated. Overall a novelty item but not something I'd end up craving for

2) Double-Boiled Chicken Soup ($8.80): delicate but had depth of flavour, but unfortunately with MSG overtones. That said, the chicken was fork-tender was substantial
 
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Standard dropped Cry Jul 10, 2012   
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

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I've long regarded Ichiban Boshi to be one of the better mass-market conveyor belt-style Japanese restaurant chains around, like Sushi Tei. However, with the closure of its Esplanade branch, which arguably was one of its better outlets, I've discovered that the quality of its food has definitely dropped a few notches.

I was at the Novena Square branch for a light bite, and it was quite the lackluster meal, with the sushi not being very fresh and the dishes tasting like they came out of a novice chef's kitchen. I couldn't understand how the restaurant was still bustling with business. Maybe the chefs were having an off day, or maybe their best chefs aren't posted to this outlet. In any case, the meal was utterly unsatisfactory.

In my view, Ichiban Boshi has relegated to becoming Sakae Sushi's competitor, which mostly caters to the not-very-fussy-about-food types, as opposed to Sushi Tei's more value-for-money quality Japanese fare. This is highly irregular, because Ichiban Boshi is associated with its pricier sister Kuriya, which serves really awesome Japanese cuisine.

We had:

1) Chuka Lidako Sushi ($2.10): seasoned mini octopus was rubbery and required a good amount of chewing to get through. This tasted a little stale as well.

2) Egg Mayo Inari ($3.90) wasn't half bad in comparison to the octopus sushi, the sushi rice was soft and sweet, the egg mayo was fresh, not too cloying and complemented the sweet beancurd skin wrapping

3) Crispy Spicy Tuna Mayo Maki ($2.10) : usually one of Ichiban Boshi's unique signatures, but today's version was disappointing, with the rice bed tasting like it was re-fried in tempura batter and texture being too mushy. We just scraped off the layer of tuna to eat

4) Chicken Katsu Toji ($10.90) - chicken cutlet with scrambled egg on a griddle plate: wasn't too bad, even if the chicken was a bit dry and tough. The eggs were still soft and fluffy and the light soy and onions sauce lent just the right amount of flavour

5) Dobinmushi ($7.90) - teapot soup made up of shrimp, chicken and vegetables in dashi stock: awful. The clear soup was way too saturated with the overpowering sweetness of prawns and to top it off, the prawn base didn't even taste fresh. I practically squeezed out the lime wedge and dunked the entire thing into the pot but its acidity still couldn't save the soup. I couldn't finish this
 
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Nothing close to the Novena one Cry Jul 10, 2012   
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The main problem I had was that the dim sum were just so very lackluster, and generally ho-hum. I'd expected more, as I'd really good meals at their CBD and Sichuan branches.They were below par with the stuff served at the mass marketed Crystal Jade Kitchen branches, which have lower price points than Peach Garden. I just felt that you just don't get your money's worth here.

We had:

1) Siew Mai Steamed Pork Dumpling ($4.20): very strong "porky" smell and taste, which meant the pork wasn't sparkling fresh.

2) Steamed Scallop and Prawn Dumpling ($4.20): this fared better in comparison (which isn't saying much). The dumpling skin was thin and chewy, and seafood was reasonably fresh but admittedly not particularly sweet.We had to dip this in a bit of soy because it was lacking in flavour

3) Steamed Radish and Mushroom Rice Roll ($3.90): probably the best dish, which isn't saying much either, but this is the one dish that actually stood out. The chives-laced rice roll skin was thin and chewy, and stuffed generously with sweet and crunchy radish strips and juicy mushrooms. A most pleasant vegetarian rice roll

4) Rice Roll with BBQ Pork ($4.30) - quite commendable. Translucent and thin chewy skin, plentiful sweetly charred diced char siew and delicate soy made for a well done dish

5) Pan-fried Carrot Cake ($3.60): also lackluster. This was served tepid so it just tasted like cold mush, which was most unfortunate. It would have been passable if it was freshly fried, or reheated
 
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A decent semi-buffet OK May 06, 2016   
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See pics @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/04/one-ninety-four-seasons-hotel.html

One-Ninety is the long-timer in-house continental restaurant of the Four Seasons in Singapore. It may be a trite dining concept, but it's an old-reliable that can be counted on for a simple, low-fuss meal amidst elegant digs.
The Mezze Dinner Buffet ($64+ per pax) is a semi-buffet spread of curated appetizers and desserts, and supplemented with an ala carte main course. It's not the most extensive or outstanding of buffets, but where the selection is kept purposefully small, the quality is maintained pretty highly.
Our ala carte mains were:
1) Pan-fried Mediterranean Seabass: cooked beautifully, and simply adorned by a broccolini caponata, lemon, ketchup, and a lemon cream sauce.
2) Black Angus Prime Tenderloin ($32 supplement): juicy, imbued with a wonderful char, and served with a red wine jus and blistered baby peppers.
 
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Cheap and good but not the best  OK May 06, 2016   
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See pics @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/05/thai-tantric-orchard-towers.html

Amongst diners of the ilk scattered along the dingy halls of Orchard Towers, Thai Tantric seems the most popular. There's usually a queue for tables, and the wait for food takes inordinately long as well. I'm not entirely convinced that the long waiting times are justified by the standard of the Thai cuisine served at Thai Tantric; Sapunsa is of equal standing and Jane Thai Food isn't too shabby either.
We had:
1) Moo Tod Kra Theam ($10): liked the garlic and pepper seasoning, not so much the deep fried pork; it was dried out, stringy and tough to chew.
2) Paad Kra Pow Moo ($10) - stir-fried minced pork with basil and chilli: passed muster, luscious and punchy.
3) Gang Khiao Waan Gai ($10) - green curry chicken: sumptuous, fiery and elevated by the succulent chicken morsels.
4) Tom Yum Goong ($10) - Thai spicy and sour soup with prawns: blazingly spicy, but let down by prawns that were alkali-ed to death.
5) Khao Pad Tom Yum ($6) - tom yum flavoured fried rice with chicken: must try; It was robust, flavourful, and bright with the liberal use of kaffir lime leaves
 
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