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eating well Smile Jan 31, 2013   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Hotel

So this is where my foster uncle always eats at.

He's such a regular, the restaurant managers are glad to see him and the wait staff give him shy smiles of recognition.

Just a few simple dishes. It's been a while since we've sat down for dinner together.

I didnt take shark's fin but it seemed the broth was good.

 
The cod was steamed and drizzled with soy sauce. It was fresh and satisfactorily so.

The lotus root was also crunchy to taste and of course, we ordered those flowy molten salted eggyolk buns just for the heck of it.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  steamed cod
 
Spending per head: Approximately $30(Dinner)

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robert timms Smile Jan 30, 2013   
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Categories : Australian / New Zealand | Restaurant | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Brunch

Coffee break at Robert Timms at Somerset.
I love that it's always quiet here. smile
The barista does awesomely cute coffee art!

 
Uh huh.
It's telepathic.
My lion knows I'm angry about wasting stomach space at lunch.
White chocolate latte.

 
Blur bear that's too cute.
Latte.

 
And those fries.
Oh those thick cut fries with mayo and tomato sauce.
I've totally forgotten about my dismal lunch. smile
 
Recommended Dish(es):  fries,latte
 
Spending per head: Approximately $12(Tea)

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ho sek! Smile Jan 26, 2013   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Restaurant | Dim Sum | Seafood | Zi Char

In the mood for soup.
It's a permanent mood.

 
Sharksfin -Melon- Crabmeat soup.
Visible morsels of crab meat.
Diced vegetables.
And savoury thick soup.
Does wonders for the appetite.

 
Triple mixed meat platter.
The duck was the star*
Crisp skin, ohsodeliciously indulgent layer of fat and tender braised meat.
The char siew (BBQ Pork) was lean but I'd have much preferred more generously charred edges.
The roast pork although lacklustre in color,
more than made up for itself in taste and texture.
Crisp thick layer of skin, lean meat and just that little bit of fat in between.
All gone in a bit! smile

 
Handmade cuttlefish pieces with beancurd skin and assorted mushrooms.
The cuttlefish pieces were bland but the sauce complemented it perfectly.
This was a recommended signature,
but I'd recommend some other beancurd dish though.

 
And these lipsmackingly delish fillets of cod.
So there were three of us.
And no I didn't just stop at one.
Exercising absolute control- I had one and a half.
There. I shared. smile
But of course if I could,
I would have...

Dinner was $142 for three with rice, tea and dessert.
Yes it was pricey but well worth every cent! smile
Ho sek!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  sharksfin melon soup,cod
 
Date of Visit: Jan 21, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $30(Dinner)

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My Little Tapas Bar Smile Mar 01, 2015   
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Categories : Spanish | Bars/Lounges


It was a little intimidating at first.

The usual sight merrymakers gathered in the al fresco dining areas, drink in hand and a delicate tapas in the other.

It looked like a perfect night out with the mates.

Except. I had my mum with me.

But of course, that wasn't an issue at all.

The warm lights within My Little Tapas Bar and the rustic and simplistic interior decor of their indoor dining area was very welcoming. And it was the 5th day of the lunar new year. It felt like I was doing a chinese new year visitation to someone's house.

And you know what? That. Was exactly the kind of experience they wanted to recreate for the diners. 'Mi casa es su casa - my house is also your house', Maria Sevillano says, as she shares about their concept for this homely diner.

And the warm welcome continues with their house sangria.

I've an allergy to alcohol but the royal red brandy with the chopped fruits was intriguing enough for me to take a sip.

Strong. But resplendent with fruity notes.

 
Being the only Spanish restaurant with 5 legs of Jamon on offer, their next sampler plate gave us a taste of two of the five Jamons available.

The darker red Jabugo jamon from the well known 10 Vetas, was a crowd favourite.

It went perfectly well together with a cut of the Manchengo cheese and Jenga style baguette sticks.

Pop an olive in to complete the experience.

And rosemary baked almonds to cleanse your palate before the next round.

 
The Croquetas de Jamon were deep fried morsels of addiction.

Don't bother with half pieces.

It really was just for the camera effect.

I took a full one for myself after. smile

These croquettes are made the traditional Spanish way, with no potatoes.

No potatoes you say?

Yes, that's what they said.

Bechamel and Jamon stuffings, encrusted in a delicate shell.

On a bed of garlic aioli.

Once you pop, you can't stop!

 
The next dish was a yet another Spanish tradition- the flatbread.

With the most amazing colors and flavours on every single piece.

I feared a strong fishy taste associated with the anchovies but the sweet peppers, slightly bitter taste of the rocket and the sweet sour reduction of balsamic vinegar drizzled atop put my fears to rest, and sent my tastebuds into overdrive.

 
We were also treated to their lamb rack.

Yet another fear of its gamey taste that I cannot stomach.

But Chef Director Edward Esmero gives his word that the gamey smell would be non-existent.

And one would be hard pressed to doubt a man who speaks with great passion about his food and his kitchen.

 
And indeed,

the tender racks of lamb had just a tinge of that gamey smell and the juices of the meat created an explosion of sense in the mouth. The proportions of fat made it all the more tender and still retaining a certain bite.

And while the potato chunks at the side looked like an overload on the calorie counter, these were amazingly worth the tipping of the scales.

A crisp exterior with a moist fluffy interior.

Do not put me on a no-carb diet.

Move over truffle fries.

I'd like a whole bucket of these.

The chickpeas were also a nice complement this main course.

And what's a dinner without dessert?

 
Tarteleta de Chocolate.

Chef Edward's entry for an International Culinary Competition while he was still an amateur in his home country of the Phillipines.

With this dessert, he beat his better known competitors from hotels and culinary schools.

Simply made.

It was a dish close to his heart, and made with the purest form of sincerity and passion.

 
This was a buttery tart, slightly bitter from the cocoa powder with a truffle chocolate interior which was described as chocolate ice cream but I'd think it'd be closer to a thick mousse made with 68% chocolate, topped with salted caramel almond bits.

The scoop of strawberry ice cream was made with the Magimix, using milk and egg with fresh strawberries. Forget your creamy strawberry ice creams, this was a much less creamy ice cream with an icy texture that bore truth to its rudimentary homemade processes. This was a tasting portion and the most perfect way to end the night. The regular sized portions I'd expect to be entirely indulgent and better shared due to its richness.

So while I haven't yet been to Spain, this cosy experience has already created a wanderlust in me to explore the traditions and soak in their hospitable culture.

But of course, till then, when the craving hits for some authentic Spanish fare, I know where to be at! smile

Thanks to Reka and Opensnap for this tasting invite jointly organised by Charles from FoodCult and also to the gracious hosts, Maria and Edward of The Little Tapas Bar.

All opinions are of the author's own.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  jamon,croquetas de jamon,gambas picante,Coca de Cebolla con Pimientos,Chuletillas de Cordero,Tarteleta de chocolate
 
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Date of Visit: Feb 23, 2015 

Celebration:  生日 

Spending per head: Approximately $60(Dinner)

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for a very happy birthday indeed! Smile Oct 03, 2013   
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Categories : European | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant

And we purposely made a dessert stop here for the birthday girl.

On request and they will gladly oblige, with a candle and birthday greetings for you.

 

 
The Callebaut Warm Chocolate Molten Cake with maple walnut gelato. $14.

The thin candle was placed at the side of the plate so it didn't protrude and drip wax onto the warm chocolate fondant. The outward layer was slightly crisp on the edges and when cut open, revealed a lovely viscous molten chocolate interior. The maple walnut gelato had lovely bits of walnut and had an overwhelmingly pungent smell and taste of maple syrup. I'd rather a simple french vanilla but the birthday girl seemed to like this very much!

Thumbs up for their impressive service (Czar enquired which one of us the birthday girl was and when the dessert was ready, she took care to stay out of sight and lit the candle quietly for that brilliant surprise!) and for making the birthday celebration that bit more special! smile
 
Spending per head: Approximately $17(Other)

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