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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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One of the better kway chap Smile Mar 14, 2016   
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Categories : Singaporean | Coffeeshop | Noodles

See pictures at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/03/lao-san-kway-chap.html

Lao San Kway Chap is one of the better ones I've tried, rustic but balanced, and not too heavy on the herbal elements ($14).
We had the beancurd puff (tau pok), firm beancurd (tau kwa), soy egg, and pork belly, all braised to perfection, and the latter was, in particular, meltingly tender. Yes, you can actually enjoy this local peasant food, without liking innards...just pick everything else! We really liked the chilli sauce, the piquancy of which was a wonderful contrast to the dark soy braise of the proteins. The kway teow wasn't the most refined, but it was smooth and slippery, a textural slamdunk.
 
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Underrated gem Smile Mar 14, 2016   
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Categories : French | Restaurant

Pictures are at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/07/nicolas-le-restaurant.html

The restaurant is swanky but homey and inviting, just like its elegant but unpretentious fare. You get the frills; white tablecloths, beautiful china, suited-up wait staff and valet service, sans the stuffy stodginess typical of a French restaurant like this.
Chef Nicolas runs a skeleton crew in the kitchen, (which may explain the spotty spacing between the courses) but he occasionally hops out to join the service crew, which I find to be a really personal touch. Sketchy lapses aside, I liked the service, which was warm and intimate.
We had the 6-Course Tasting Menu ($98):
1) Terrine of Duck, Pistachio & Foie Gras: smooth as silk and spruced up with a dusting of paprika, drizzle of olive oil, and thin bread crisp.
2) Hokkaido Scallop: seared to a gorgeously caramelized golden, and dunked with a chorizo sliver in a sweet asari clam bouillon infused with Iranian saffron, and a crunchy feuille de brick strip.
3) New Zealand Langoustine: fat and juicy, slathered with a piquant vine tomato cream, and topped with a jamon slice and cheesy fromage frais biscuit.
4) Traditional Provencal Ravioli: stuffed with a velvety foie gras, swimming in an earthy mushroom bouillon, and paired with a meaty grilled iberico pluma pork.
5) Tasmanian Pasture Rack of Lamb: flavoured with a punchy ras el hanout spice, and sided by a chunkily textured lamb sausage.
6) Iberico Presa Pig: sumptuous and blanketed in a rose wine sauce and luxed up with a rich beurre blanc
7) Aged Angus Beef Tenderloin ($12 supplement): full-bodied and contrasted with a sweetly tart balsamic reduction, and robust jus
 
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Underwhelming OK Mar 11, 2016   
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Categories : European | Hotel | Fine Dining

Pictures are at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/07/iggys.html

Despite being renowned and celebrated internationally, I found Iggy's underwhelming. The ambience was stuffy and prissy, much like dining with the Queen. That was far from enjoyable. To compound its stodgy, chi-chi vibe, the food was inventive but contrived, delicious but soulless.
We had the extravagant but substantive $275 11-course dinner:
1) Stone and Pate - comprised a couple of baby potatoes, skins-on and charred into a stone-like appearance, sided by a truffle mayonnaise dip. Served amongst a bunch of actual smoothened stones, it's quite the inspired plating.
2) Octopus Carpaccio showered with edible flowers and snow: delicate and evoked memories of a crisp winter's morning, just after the first snowfall.
3) Mushroom Consomme dotted with shimeiji caps, and floating above a smooth egg custard: comforting and lovely
4) Burnt Scallop -encrusted in an inky casing, revealed a plump succulent scallop: well-balanced against a curried tomato sauce.
5) Toro Sashimi, with beetroot, arugula, baby carrot, mascarpone powder: a wonderful medley of the sweet, peppery, creamy and bitter.
6) Anago with green pea, fava bean, and urui: uneven, the nutty undertones of the greens did little to compensate for the overwhelmingly fishy eel.
7) Spaghetti, with shirako, kujo-neghi, sansho, and yuzu: the fish overwhelmed its delicate counterparts, and copious lashings of yuzu zest and fresh leek failed to save the day.
8) Wagyu: absolutely sublime, complemented by a capered jus laced with alba black truffles. This was accompanied by grilled fat stalks of white asparagus, new potatoes and shitake.
9) Kurobuta Pork: glorious as well, with nary a whiff of that "porky smell", lush and fork-tender.
 
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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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Great oysters, excellent squid OK Mar 11, 2016   
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Categories : Singaporean Western | Restaurant | Pasta | Seafood | Burgers and Sandwiches

Pictures r at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/03/greenwood-fish-market.html

The food was a hit-and-miss: oysters are a must-try, fish catches cooked in the style of grilling or pan-searing are a fail-safe, pastas are a hard pass, and squid, done any way, is a cannot miss.
1) For oysters, Canadian Golden Mantle ($4) are best for people who love big bold flavours; whereas the Canadian Mary Point ($4) is for people with a sweet tooth, the Irish one ($4) will be preferred by people who like things delicate (this was my favourite), and the French Gillardeau ($8) is for people who think only good thigns come in big packages, which probably explains its double pricetag.
2) Hot Seafood Platter ($99): a massive medley of half a Boston lobster, grilled prawns, fish skewers, NZ mussels with garlic, littleneck clams in white wine, char-grilled Mediterranean squid, oysters mornay with caramelised onions, grilled octopus in spicy vinaigrette mesclun, and fries. It looked a rustic mess, but was deliciously value-for-money. Standouts include the squid and octopus, both were executed flawlessly.
3) Squid Ink Linguine ($21.95) - slicked with the moreish essence of squid ink: I liked that it was generously dotted with perfectly cooked calamari.
4) Scallop Cioppino ($23.95): an unusual but wonderful combination of spinach pesto-ed spaghetti and spicy arrabiatta, but let down by overcooked rubbery scallops.
5) White Truffle Linguine ($23.95) - white truffle tapenade swirled into parmesan cream, and flecked with shitake aplenty: waaaay too rich, this got cloying about halfway through.
6) Char-Grilled Atlantic Halibut ($32.95): delicate and beautifully burnished, drizzled with a velvety herbed butter, and sided by grilled asparagus, broccoli and marinated cherry tomatoes. Fantastic stuff, even if I found a number of bones embedded within.
7) Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod ($29.95): perfectly flaky and luscious, and served with grilled zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, herbed cherry tomatoes, atop a bed of fluffy mash
 
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