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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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Shinji's worthwhile competitor Smile Mar 15, 2016   
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi | Omakase | Fine Dining

See pictures @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/06/hashida-sushi.html

Frequently featured on 'best of' lists, and consistently lauded with culinary awards, Hashida Sushi is known for its decidedly-limited, omakase-only menus that showcase the very best of the season.
Despite the apparent lack of variety, the food here is exceptional, finessed by chefs who are knowledgeable and utterly charming. There are just 3 menus for lunch, the $80 Tsubaki, $120 Ayame and $250 Hiiragi Omakase. The Tsubaki and Ayame menus are nigiri-centric, the Ayame being the premium option with an additional chawanmushi and uni.
Service is typically Japanese - gracious, intuitive and obliging to a fault. Most of all, I love that the staff aren't pushy: the waitress discouraged us from ordering the full omakase, informing that we'd be too stuffed otherwise. And when we were deliberating over the Tsubaki and Ayame (we like chawanmushi, but aren't fans of uni), recommended that we get the $120 Ayame, but swop the uni out for some chopped tuna, because it'd be more expensive to order a chawanmushi on top of the $80 Tsubaki. How's that for service! I'm always impressed when a restaurant shows integrity like that.
Food-wise, everything was exquisite, and gloriously delicious. There are many, including the husband, who say Hashida's a smidge better than Shinji, while others swear by Shinji as the very best. I'm on the fence, I think both are just as good.
 
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Absolutely sublime Smile Mar 15, 2016   
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Categories : Japanese | Hotel | Restaurant | Sushi/Sashimi | Omakase | Fine Dining

See pictures at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/06/shinji-by-kanesaka-raffles-hotel.html

Distinguished as the finest Japanese restaurant in all of Singapore (it is the highest ranked on just about every dining list there is), Shinji is one of those places that is reserved for special occasions, the food here being absolutely sublime, and the bill costing a pretty penny.
At $300 a pop for the cheapest omakase dinner option, Shinji is also renown to be the most expensive Japanese restaurant in Singapore. The multi-course meal is well worth it though, sparkling fresh, immaculately finessed and exquisitely plated.
The restaurant, a pinewood-ed space of tranquility, is split up into several dining rooms, each one kept small so a single chef can helm it, and each room it can be switched up into a private space.
Service was intuitive, attentive, and unobtrusive. The waitresses were stealthy like ninjas, I never really saw them around, but my teacup was always filled to the brim, and barely a second after we whipped out our credit card, they appeared with the bill! We actually looked up to see if there were cameras in the room watching our every move.
Best save this for a special occasion.
 
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Categories : Spanish | Bars/Lounges | Paella

Pictures are at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/08/foc-restaurant-by-nandu-jubany.html

For a new-ish restaurant, FOC is already running like a well-oiled establishment. The staff knew the menu inside-out, so they were able to make spot-on recommendations; the arrival of our courses were timely; and our water glasses were kept topped up with big smiles.
As for the Catalan food at FOC, it was indeed superb - traditional but executed with an effortless flair so while dishes seldom deviate from the classics, flavours are rich, hearty and soulful. It's pricey, but no more expensive than any other Spanish restaurants around
We had:
1) Heuvos Estrellados con Chorizo ($10) - a breakfast hash of fried potatoes, chorizo balls and a just-cracked egg, still sizzling on the hotplate: Smoosh it all together, and you get a glorious mess of runny eggy delight. Our favourite tapas here.
2) Croquetas de Setas con Jamon ($10 for 4): a mixed platter of mushroom croquettes and Spanish ham croquettes, bursting with creamy goodness, and tempered with the contrast of the soft mash and crunchy breadcrumbed coat.
3) Tortilla Abierta con Trufa y Pimientos del Piquillo ($26): an open tortilla with blistered red peppers, truffle strips and aioli was simple but done fantastically. It was just the right balance of rich aioli, aromatic truffle, sweet peppers and eggy pancake.
4) Gambas al Ajillo ($18): a classic of sauteed prawns in white wine and garlic, notable for 2 things: the copious use of really good white wine, which made this the most heady rendition ever - I think I got a little high from this; and incredibly sweet prawns still with shells on, for maximum flavour infusion to the sauce. A tip: get bread to mop all the deliciousness up.
5) Vieiras a la Brasa con Caldo de Bonito y Caviar de Soja ($16): a couple of fat succulent scallops grilled to a beautiful caramelization, and dunked into a delicate bonito stock and topped with soy beads. Great fusion of Asian flavours
6) Costillas de Cerdo a la Brasa con Pure de Calabaza Ahumada ($30): seriously good, premium iberico pork ribs, burnished with rosemary, were grilled to a juicy smoky finish, and sided by a smoked pumpkin puree.
7) Arroz Negro con Mariscos y "All I Oli" ($24): perhaps the best squid ink paella I've ever had. The moreish squid ink was nuanced and countered with the creamy bite of aioli. You can't quite see it, but there was as much rice as there was squid dice, so that's really amazingly generous.
 
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BEST Happy Hour Malbecs ever Smile Feb 25, 2016   
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Categories : Latin American/South American | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills

Pictures are at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/09/bochinche.html

We really really really like boCHINche. The food is hearty; atmosphere is buzzy; service is warm - overall, a winning formula for the full-house most nights.
Reservations at boCHINche are advised, especially if dining in groups of more than 2 persons. If possible, try to hit up the restaurant before 7.30pm on weekdays, the wines are $10 a pop till then - an excellent (and extremely affordable) way to unwind after a hard day's work.
We love:
1) Caramelized Pork Belly & Grilled Prawns ($18) with sweet potato puree, pork crackling, and chorizo: must-try appetizer
2) Ojo de Bife Ribeye ($55): cooked a perfectly pink medium, and so sumptuous it rendered the mustard-tinged peppercorn sauce redundant.
3) Malbec Braised Ox Cheeks ($23) paired with a velvety truffle mash, succulent house-made chorizo, and a luxurious malbec sauce: totally melt-in-your-mouth
4) Iberico Pork Chops ($42) glazed with mustard and honey and drizzled with a caramelized apple chutney; gloriously luscious
5) For a meat-oriented restaurant, their grilled market fish is awesome. The fish everyday is different, and according to market price (the chef will apprise you of the price beforehand). Their treatment of fish is to season it with rosemary, sea salt and blistered lemon, and grilling it.So simple, and so good.
 
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Categories : Spanish | European | Restaurant | Paella

See pictures at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/07/la-taperia.html

The atmosphere at La Taperia is lively and convivial; fantastic for winding down after a long week at work. The menu is conservatively traditional, but extensive in variety, and absolutely scrumptious. Be sure to make reservations though, the restaurant is always a buzzy full-house whenever I pop by for dinner.
We had:
1) Champinones con Jamon al Ajillo ($16): white button mushrooms sauteed in extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with garlic slivers, speckled with jamon serrano, was topped off by an organic egg confit. Absolutely must-try.
2) Huevos Estrellados con Patatas Paja, Chorizo, Pimiento del Piquillo y Champinones ($18): a hodgepodge of eggs fried with iberico chorizo, piquillo red pepper, mushrooms, and straw potatoes - sublime.
3) Salteado di Champinones ($8): mushrooms sauteed with extra virgin olive oil - earthy wholesome goodness.
4) Gambas al Ajillo ($18): fat juicy prawns swimming in olive oil, crispy garlic and chilli flakes. Simplicity at its finest. Get bread to mop up the awesome olive oil.
5) Pulpo a la Gallega ($22): excellent Galician-style octopus, and cooked to perfection, soft with a hint of bite.
6) Croquetas de Jamon ($15): potato cutlets stuffed with suckling pig, bechamel and jamon iberico - creamy and balanced.
7) Presa Iberica a la Parrilla ($24): charcoal-grilled iberian pork marinated in paprika and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil - luscious and meltingly tender, a must-try as well
8) Chistorrado de Pollo Paella ($30): a sizzling griddle of rice dotted with sauteed chicken breast chunks, chistorra sausage, piquillo pepper and melty cheese - flavoursome and torched with just the perfect amount of smoky char
 
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