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Categories : French | Pasta | Chinese Soup | Salads

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Located along Seah Street, this is one brunch spot that that’s absolutely stellar! I recommend going for the set brunch ($35++) which includes a main, dessert and beverage. Do note that a top up of $5 is required for Fully Loaded and Cow’s Nightmare, and $15 for the lobster croissant. There’s no skimping on serving portions for the set brunch, making this an excellent, value for money option.
An insta-worthy dish, The Lobster ($36) impressed both in terms of presentation and flavors. Hubbed between a buttery croissant are generous chucks of succulent lobster, lush scrambled eggs and bacon. Its sidekick, mesclun tossed with truffle honey vinaigrette was superb as well.
Another item that captured our hearts was the 62 °C Egg ($19). Sautéed wild mushroom lie on a bed of velvety truffle mash, and is accompanied with a sensuous sous vide egg gently placed in the centre. In addition, prosciutto and seasonal truffle slices lend punches of contrasting flavours, whilst edible flowers add a dash of attractive colours to the otherwise earthy colour palette.
We wrapped up the meal with French Toasts. I’ve always liked French Toasts. Comfort food! With truffle, even better! Bridge’s Truffle Honey French Toast ($18) charmed with its sweetness balanced with a savory edge. The salted milk ice cream had the uncanning ability to bring out the truffle notes from the truffle honey. This is a unique French toast creation that should not be missed!
We also had Espresso ($4.50) and Matcha Latte ($6.50), which we found too subtle.
Service wise, the staff were friendly, prompt in responding to our requests and refilling our water glasses. Overall, we had a fantastic brunch experience at Bridge and would highly recommend it. Lobster Croissant portions are limited, hence do write a note in the remarks section so that the staff can set one aside for you when booking via HungryGoWhere.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Lobster Croissant,62 Degree Egg with mushrooms and truffle,Truffle French Toast
 
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Date of Visit: Jan 02, 2016 

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Salted Egg Yolk Sauce is da BOMB! Smile Feb 26, 2016   
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Categories : American | Seafood

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Located in the newly opened PasarBella Suntec, Cajun On Wheels, a concept by the Arteastiq Group, offers diners Louisiana-style seafood in a trendy setting. With its bright and cute food truck decor, it’s difficult to walk pass Cajun On Wheels without giving it a second look.
Cajun On Wheels has a variety of seafood buckets in myriad of flavors, to satisfy your hungry tummy and palate. Choose from Cajun Cheese, Cheesy Cream, Salted Egg Yolk and Thai Red Curry.
No need for cutleries here! Seafood buckets are poured over a large plastic sheet for that casual and fun dining experience-yes, with your fingers! We first sampled Flexing Mussels ($18), comprising of mussels (250g), clams (250g), corn, potato and chicken spam stir fried in Cheesy Cream Sauce, which was appetizing and comforting.
Ahhh, the sight of the Reel Crabby Bucket ($108) will surely make your heart pound faster. The bottomless seafood bucket comes with 700g of Scottish Dungeon Crab, 600g of Sri Lanka Crab, sweet corn, potatoes and chicken spam drenched in our choice of sauce-Salted Egg Yolk.
During the first tasting, I personally find that the Salted Egg Yolk sauce too diluted. Since then, Cajun on Wheels have reformulated the sauce and I’m glad to say the new recipe is fantastic-sharp notes of the chilli padi and curry leaves pierces though the thick, creamy sauce to tantalize your taste buds.
For a hearty seafood indulgence with the family, go for the large sharing buckets which can feed 2-3 persons while for couples, the smaller bucket combis will suffice.
Busy executives can get their mid-day seafood fix with Cajun On Wheel’s Ocean Boxes ($8.50-$11.50) with an option of 1 or 2 sides, conveniently available for takeaway. Side selection includes truffle fries, cajun fries, cheese fries, truffle sweet potato fries, chicken spam fries, corn, fire cracker hot squid and cajun rice pilaf.
 
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Date of Visit: Jan 28, 2016 

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Categories : Italian | Hotel | Steaks and Grills | Brunch

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Mandarin Oriental’s Dolce Vita unveils a new dining concept, Chef’s Table, where guests have the opportunity to sit right at the cold kitchen counter, to watch acclaimed Italian Chef, Omar Bernardi showcase his magic.
Every Friday, for only 6 guests, Chef Omar presents an exclusive 6-course dinner in an “Omakase” fashion. The menu will be updated every month to ensure that diners are served the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning Sommelier, Inthran Ramasamy takes the intimate dining experience up a notch by expertly pairing each course with exquisite wines. If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, enticing mocktails will be concocted in replacement of the wines.
We nibbled on the complimentary bakes, accompanied with Basil Cream, Tomato cream and Tomato Pesto, while Chef Omar prepared the Amuse Bouche.
Beetroot and Goat Cheese Composition. Three variants of beetroot balance out the strong notes of the ricotta and goat cheese mousse, whilst crunchy quinoa adds a resounding crackle in every mouthful. Garnished with sorrel and cress for the perfect finish.
Chef Omar takes a modern approach to a typical Venetian dish, Sweet and Sour Sardine ( Sarde in Saor). In the past, fishermen used to prepare this dish with vinegar, onion and flour in order to preserve the fish. In this appetizer, sardines from the Mediterranean Sea are fried, and served with pine nuts and raisins for a touch of sweetness.
Once again, Chef Omar takes an up-market approach to another traditional Venetian favorite-Prawns and Polenta. Accompanying the succulent seared prawns, is a cylindrical-shaped polenta with a crisps exterior and comfortingly soft interior. Made complete with garlic chips for that irresistible aroma and crunch. Simple, yet insanely delicious!
The Green Pea Risotto and Smoked Eel is something exotic and unusual. This is my first encounter such a unique dish and was pleasantly surprised that the combination came off really well. Green peas are pureed then mixed into the risotto to achieve a lush hue. Take a little bit of everything into the mouth for optimum enjoyment-the duo is enhanced with bursts of flavor from the salmon roe and butter sauce.
Seafood lovers will adore the Mullet and Langoustine. On this plate, the delicate flesh of Red Mullet from the Mediterranean Sea is paired with langoustine confit. The latter, prepared in a bath of clarified butter, herbs and garlic, then topped with foamed bisque made from its shell, was absolutely stellar. The delectable langoustine melted in the mouth like a dream!
Sweet departure arrived in the form of Milk Jam Dessert. The tongue is enthralled in symphony of milk and sugar reduction, homemade apricot sorbet, hazelnut crunch, apricot coulis and a pinch of sea salt. An elegant dessert worth pining for!

There’s no better way to wind down after a hectic work week than with Chef Omar’s “OMAR-kase” dinner at Dolce Vita. The charming chef’s approach to food is passionate and professional, staying true to his Italian roots while adding a few modern touches. In addition to the gastronomic adventure, I find it fascinating to observe execution, and enlightened when Chef Omar explains the intricacies of each dish.

 
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Date of Visit: Jan 22, 2016 

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The Waffle Specialist Smile Jan 17, 2016   
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Categories : Fusion | Café

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Montana Singapore, previously branded as Montana Brew Bar, has moved from the first level of PoMo to larger outfit on the level two. Montana also revamped their menu, adding new items but at the same time, retaining classic favorites, to cater to longstanding diners.

Montana is widely recognized for their extensive savory and sweet waffle offerings, and diners can opt for fluffy or crispy texture (for selected items). The former’s waffle base, inspired by soufflé, has a soft and fluffy interior with a thin crispy crust, whilst the latter is crisps and light throughout.
All the dishes we sampled during the tasting were lovely, and there are a number items that promise to leave a deep impression.
Assam Crab Waffle ($18) is an innovative dish inspired by Kedah Laksa. These waffles are made with a blend of 8 spices, adorned with succulent crab meat and pineapple cucumber salsa, and paired with assam gula melaka mayo. Take a bit of everything and let it mingle in your mouth. Superb!

Fans of Korean cuisine will adore the Bulgogi Beef Waffle ($16). This newbie on the menu had a couple of teething issues initially, mainly being too soggy due to its moist toppings. Montana has tweaked the proportion of cornflour in the Gochujang rice waffle, baked it for a longer time, then fried it, before adding well-marinated sous vide Bulgogi beef and kimchi coldslaw. A single poached egg completes this dish.

Dont be fooled by the humble presentation of the Japaleno Mac and Cheese Waffle($12.50). This a combination I’ve never tried before, but fell in love with upon the first bite. Embedded between the beautifully browned waffles, is a gooey centre of mac and cheese. Truffle oil lends a haunting aroma, while tomato relish dip adds a tangy note.

The Southern Fried Chicken Waffle ($14) is essentially a slab of tasty fried chicken tucked between crisps waffles. The slight greasiness is nullified with the tangy coleslaw, while the corn salsa side provides further refreshment for the palate. This is the ultimate comfort food that can lift even the lowest moods!

Awaken the taste buds with Spicy Bacon Pasta ($14), packed with a fiery punch enough to satisfy most spice lovers.

Desserts is something that should not be missed at Montana! Black waffles are intriguing and seductive, but they’re not something new in Singapore’s cafe scene. I’m sure most people would mistaken these for charcoal waffles, but surprise surprise, this is made with black sesame. The fragrant Black Velvet Waffle ($14) is further enhanced with black miso caramel and a scoop of intense green tea ice cream ( the other option is black sesame ice cream).

The black velvet waffle was good, but overshadowed by the exquisite Red Velvet Waffle ($14.50). An instagrammable darling, the crimson waffle is accentuated with strawberry cheesecake ice cream (which replaces the older vanilla bean version) and drizzled with white chocolate rose sauce. Love how all the elements elevate each other, as well as how the rose flavour adds a unique taste to the overall taste profile. Amazing dessert! Ingenuity at its best!

Montana is proud to be in only café in Singapore to offer coconut cold brew coffee. Costa Rica beans are brewed for 12-15 hours in coconut water, which results in a sweet, smooth and soft finish. We tried the Regular ($6.50) served with coconut ice sphere, as well as the Gula Melaka($6.80) and Yuzu ($7.80) rendition. We voted, in order of preference, the Regular, followed by the Yuzu and finally, Gula Melaka, which most of us didn’t have a thing for, due to its bitterness and acidity. If you like you coffee strong, go for the Gula Melaka.

Sincerity is the bonus ingredient added in food served at Montana, which is increasingly getting rare these days. Another commendable point is that the team is receptive to feedback and make improvements swiftly. Working or studying close to PoMo? Do take advantage of their value for money set lunches are available on weekdays from 12 noon to 2pm-only $11.90 for a pasta and a soft drink or iced lemon tea.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Red Velvet Waffles,Assam Crab Waffles,Spicy Bacon Aglio Olio,Black Velvet Waffles
 
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Date of Visit: Jan 12, 2016 

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Fifth Outlet in Plaza Singapura Smile Dec 14, 2015   
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CoCoICHIBANYA has certainly gone from strength to strength in Singapore- the largest curry restaurant chain in the world has recently opened their 5th outlet on our sunny island at Plaza Singapura. To date, the chain has a whopping 1,400 outlets worldwide!
Located on level 3 in Plaza Singapura’s new wing and offering a view of Orchard Road (perfect for people watching), the restaurant has a modern bistro concept with private booth seats and plenty of natural light streaming through the windows.
Currently, CoCoICHIBANYA is the only curry house in Singapore boasting such an extensive menu. With countless of curry rice and omelette rice options to choose from, diners are truly spoilt for choice. What’s more, CocoICHIBANYA offers the flexibility to customize your meal-diners can specify the portion of rice, curry spice levels as well as toppings.
To whet our appetites, the tasting started with Tofu and Fried Fish Salad ($7), which comes with either Goma (sesame) dressing or Japanese Soy Sauce (Shoyu) dressing. We also sank our teeth into delicious Deep fried Chicken Gyozas ($4.20), which had the perfect ratio of crisps golden wrap and juicy chicken filling

CoCoICHIBANYA offers curry with spice levels ranging from level 1 to 5. In addition, they also cater to children and vegetarians with mild and vegetarian stock curries.

Pair the versatile curries with popular crowd-favorites such as Thinly Sliced Boiled Beef ($4), Deep Fried Pork Cutlet ($4) or tender Black Pepper Grilled Chicken ($4).

If you prefer something uncommon, there’s piquant Grilled Pork and Kimchi ($4) and Grilled Squid which emanates a smoky char.

My top pick is the Grilled Spinach, Bacon and Corn– a tango of robust savory and sweet bursts of flavors.

Desserts were nothing to shout about, but did a satisfactory job rounding up a spice laden meal as they were served either chilled or frozen. Green tea lovers can relish in the Matcha Cheese Cake ($4.80) or Single Scoop Matcha Ice Cream with Azuki beans ($3.80). My personal favorite was the Chocolate Crepe Cake ($5.50), prepared with fresh Hokkaido Milk. The premium milk makes another appearance in the Cream Puff ($5.50)- a dessert sure to be a hit with kids.

Diners can count on CoCoICHIBANYA for appealing and comforting meals in a modern setting which does not hurt the wallet.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Grilled Spinach,Bacon and Corn–
 
Date of Visit: Oct 28, 2015 

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