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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 : Japanese | Hotel | Sushi/Sashimi | Omakase | Fine Dining

See pictures @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/03/sushi-jin.html

Branded as an economical alternative to big sister Aoki, Sushi Jin attempts to corner a upper-mid-tier share of the mass-market, mid-range, Japanese restaurant scene. So even if it's nowhere close to the price points of mass-market notables Sushi Tei or Akashi, Sushi Jin is significantly cheaper than leading Japanese restaurants Hashida or Shinji.
The menu is a lineup not unlike that of Sushi Tei, where modern ingredients spam and pork floss feature in bastardized maki rolls alongside traditional yellowtail or tuna sushi. The difference lies in the fresher ingredients, flown in straight from the Tsujiki Market on a thrice weekly basis, and highly-skilled, properly-trained chefs.
We had:
1) Tai Carpaccio ($32): a pretty kaleidoscope of sea bream garnished with seasoned kelp, black truffle and chives, was a must-try. Aromatic, balanced and delicious.
2) Sake ($16 for 5 pcs) and Kanpachi Sashimi ($26) - salmon and amberjack respectively: fat, swimmingly fresh and sweet.
3) Tai ($12) and Chutoro Sushi ($22) - seabream and bluefin medium fatty tuna: sparkling sweet and scrumptious.
4) Spicy Tuna Maki ($14): a large roll stuffed with julienned cucumbers, nori and minced tuna, and burnished with a robust spiced mayo sauce. Fantastic stuff.
5) Zosui ($6): delicate and comforting Japanese-style porridge with carrots, shitake and egg drop, in dashi stock
 
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Great modern Aussie fare Smile Mar 15, 2016   
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Categories : Australian / New Zealand | Restaurant

See pictures @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/06/osia.html

Osia's modern Australian, seafood-centric menu was excellent. Fresh, clean flavours abound, and cooking styles were deliberately kept delicate. Perhaps it's the lack of a dining crowd during lunchtimes, but Osia's set lunch menu, at only $45 for a 3-course set ($35 for 2-courses), is probably one of the most value-for-money ever. A competitively priced set lunch in order to draw in the customers, I suppose
Service was excellent at Osia. I'd gotten terribly lost in the labryith of a carpark and was an angry mess by the time I arrived at the restaurant, but the waiter was so empathetic, so cheery, downright nice, that it wasn't long before I cooled down. And despite a couple of serious cock-ups (the restaurant's power tripped which caused the credit card facilities to fail, so after 20 minutes of trying to swipe our cards, we were then told that only cash was accepted, and there was this faint stench of the sewage that reeked through the restaurant towards the end of the lunch dining hour), service recovery was fantastic. Apologies were profuse and sincere, and reparation efforts were made to provide us a better dining experience by way of a discounted return visit.
We had:
1) Mixed Flatbread ($11), a chewy confection burnished half with Truffled Kalamata Olives and the other half with Macadamia Pesto.
2) A starting option on the set lunch menu, the Black Angus Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, dusted with dukkah spice and topped with creamy egg mayonnaise: scrumptious.
3) Cardamom Citrus-Cured Yellowtail Amberjack: another starter, crisp and refreshing, complemented by the mild sweetness of fennel and the fruity bite of a thick orange-ginger foam.
4) Pan-Fried Foie Gras (supplement $12): a stellar mainstay in their rotating stable of appetizers. The melty richness of the liver was balanced with a whipped light-as-air banana mash, Jamaican rum and Madagascar vanilla.
5) Onto the mains, the Chicken Leg Confit: set atop a velvety garlic potato mash, slathered in a luscious red wine sauce, and contrasted with the subtle bitterness of charred radicchio.
6) Braised Compressed Oxtail: fork-tender, and laden with ratatouille and blanketed in a caramelized onion puree and robust red wine sauce.
7) For a lighter entree, the flaky Grilled Perch, stewed with boiled potato and fennel in a tomato fish broth, was flavourful and exquisite. This was served in an earthernware and then ladled onto a bowl for consumption.
8) For dessert, there was just the one option of a sublime Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soup with black pepper-spiked vanilla ice-cream and sesame crisp. Great textures and wonderfully balanced
 
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Surprisingly awesome pastas Smile Mar 15, 2016   
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Categories : Italian | Middle Eastern/Mediterranean | European | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Kids-Friendly

Pictures are @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/06/bistecca-tuscan-steakhouse.html

For a steakhouse, the pastas were flawless. You'll be remiss if you didn't try them. That said, the steaks were a must-try, get the bone-in steaks to share if you've got at least 4 persons in your group.
Service was upbeat, attentive and warm. Our water glasses were never left parched, and the wait staff sported wide grins with a twinkle in their eyes.
We had:
1) Coniglio ($25) - tagliatelle tossed in a full-bodied rabbit ragout, mixed mushrooms and pancetta: exquisite. I love bunnies (as you can well tell from my moniker), but wowoweewa, this was truly glorious. It's a little difficult to feel guilty when this was so awesomely good.
2) Risotto al Tartufo ($35) with porcini, parmesan and generously littered with black truffle shavings: intoxicatingly delicious, creamy, and wonderfully comforting.
3) Fiorentina Manzo ($188): a massive 1.1 kg wagyu-holstein T-bone, and incredibly tender and juicy. I loved its full-bodied decadence, and beautiful charring
4) Asparagi ($15): perfectly grilled asparagus sticks imbued with a heady smoky aroma
5) Gnocchi e Funghi ($13): a mushroom medley with chewy potato gnocchi, and tossed with butter and thyme, was unfortunately laced with parsley despite instructions to hold all said herb off. Good thing we had a parsley lover in our midst or we'd have sent it back
 
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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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Best fishball noodles ever Smile Mar 15, 2016   
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Categories : Singaporean | Chinese | Noodles

See pictures @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/06/song-kee-fishball-noodle.html

We had supper at 10 pm on a Tuesday night, which timing was neither here nor there, so we didn't think we'd have to wait very long. Wow were we wrong. Although the coffeeshop was only at a 80% capacity, our noodles still took about 40-excruciating minutes to arrive. They may have been swamped catching the damn fish.
We were prepared to hate this place, being "allergic" to waiting and all, but the Fishball Mee Pok ($3.50) was actually worth the wait. Dotted with deliciously sinful cubes of crunchy lard, and balanced with a shrimp-y chilli, the noodles were excellent. The highlight was the fish dumpling, swaddled in a thin chewy skin and stuffed with a garlicky flavourful mince. I would return just for this alone. The fishballs, was a little heavier than I'd expected, but sufficiently springy and smooth in texture. The fried beancurd, stuffed with fish paste, was also homemade like the rest of the stellar toppings.
Because their fish dumpling (her kiaow) is the absolute best, be sure to order an extra bowlful of soup with these. You get greater margins of return that way.
 
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