Dinner @ Guksu Restaurant

April 29, 2017 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

Running out of places to go to for Korean cuisine, I went onto instagram and got to learn about Guksu. I was attracted by pictures of the pork ribs with melted cheese dish. And it was all in the timing because my girlfriends requested to have Korean cuisine for our next meet up. Yeah! So yes, we arrived at Suntec City on a Saturday. Although we reached at a peak timing of 7pm, we were fortunate to be seated immediately. Thank goodness cause we were starving!

And from the dinner menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), we ordered:-

1) Jap chae, $8.90 (above) – Korean glass noodle stir fried with vegetables.

2) Soy drumstick, $11.50 (3 pieces) (above) – Crispy drumstick tossed in Korean soy sauce. – This was so good! Available in 1, 3 and 6 pieces, this is a must order. The skin was the stellar; Thin, crisp with no fats beneath. And we really liked the sauce. It’s somewhat sweet yet savoury. I kept reaching out for more. Keke.


3) Basirak kalguksu, $14.90 (above) – Clam and knife cut noodle, clam soup with vegetables. Having a craving for noodles, I decided to get the kalguksu. However, this failed to satisfy my craving. It wasn’t as hot as I wanted. The soup was lukewarm. And the bowl it was served in was too big. It gave the illusion the portion was small (or maybe it was small), and there was just too much soup. I couldn’t slurp my noodles. Sob.


  

4) Daeji gogi jeongol, $45.90 (above) – Classic Korean stew, sliced pork, Korean sweet soy sauce, glass noodle, vegetables and mushrooms served with 2 bowls of rice. This was tricky to cook. The portion of the grill for the soup was thin and shallow. So it was ironic that our vegetables were served in big pieces. And when the soup boiled, it would spill onto the table. It certainly didn’t help that our canister was low on gas. We raised our hands twice to enquire because we spied other tables’ fires were big. But the staff insisted that was how it’s supposed to be. So with that, our meat stayed uncooked for a good 20 minutes before a (female) staff caught us struggling and came up to help us.

5) Budae jjigae, $39.90 (above) – Korean traditional stew, beef broth, luncheon meat, pork ham, chicken sausage, kimchi, bean curd, Korean chili paste, instant noodle, rice cake, vegetables served with 2 bowls of rice. My girlfriend wanted army stew, so we ordered it from the tablet that’s provided at every table. And we did that without checking the description on the menu properly. So yes, I didn’t realise the broth was beef broth. I don’t consume beef due to religious reason. So… Sob.


6) Cheese kalbi gui platter, $48 (above) – Korean roasted sweet soy flavoured pork ribs, creamy mozzarella cheese, egg, sweet corn, 4 types of rice cakes served in hot plate. The dish which I specifically came for! And it was exciting watching the cheese melt cause I couldn’t wait to tuck in. But a word of advise, the staff would attempt to re-position the ribs onto the melted cheese. Do not let them! I suspect they went round doing that because the marinated pork ribs were cooked ahead of time. So in a bid to warm the ribs, the staff would place the ribs onto the warm cheese. That’s what I think. I am not sure. Personally, I felt the right better way of enjoying this dish was to stretch the gooey cheese and twine it around the rib. And do remember to adjust the fire intensity halfway through the cooking as the cheese that’s in contact with the grill will ‘burn’. And since eating is subjective, my girlfriend preferred her cheese burnt. So she would place the rib onto the melted cheese and allow the cheese to harden around the rib.

If one noticed, I typically explore eateries that are not located in shopping malls. Don’t ask me why. It’s just so. But I was pleasant with our overall dining experience. Except for the canister that was low on gas and caused our dinner to end later than it should.

With so many restaurants that Suntec City has to offer, Guksu is a restaurant that I would recommend if one wishes to eat Korean cuisine. Lunch menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4) is also available where the portion is smaller and suitable for individual consumption.

GUKSU RESTAURANT
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City, #02-385, Singapore
6334 7950, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 6

Dinner @ Mikoto Singapore

April 27, 2017 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

It has been a while since I last met up with my buddy. Also known as my yakitori-buddy on my food blog. Keke. And this time round, we were off to explore a new izakaya instead of yakitori joint.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3), we ordered:-

1) Otoshi, $5 (above) – It’s mentioned on the menu that otoshi (appetiser) was charged to every head. So it’s like a compulsory appetiser. And for this, we were served celery with tuna.


2) Cod roe & cheese, $14 (above) – When this was served, we didn’t have much expectation. But don’t be fooled by its simple presentation. This was absolutely delightful. It’s crazy how the 3 salty ingredients (cod roe, brie cheese and cracker) complemented one another without being too salty. And the cracker, which I suspected is Ritz, was warmed too. Talk about details! A must try.

3) Assorted appetizer (6 kinds), $15 (above)

4) Assorted sashimi (6 kinds), $20 (above) – I was impressed by the quality of the sashimi with the exception of tuna. Its quality was pretty good for an izakaya.

5) Buta tama, $10 (above) – Stir-fried pork and egg omelette on a bed of shredded cabbage, drizzled with lots of too much mayonnaise.

6) Chicken nannban, $6 (above) – Fried chicken with tartar sauce. We were shocked at its visual. Pink tartar sauce? What. We figured the colour was from the pickled pink radish used in the tartar sauce. And I didn’t like the batter. The colour was non-appetising. I was expecting it to be fried to a shade of golden brown. But beneath the thick batter was tender and juicy meat. I enjoyed the fried chicken better without the batter.


  

7) Champon, $18 (above) – Nagasaki ramen. We agreed it wasn’t the typical ramen because of the noodle. And my yakitori-buddy said this was the perfect dish for hangover. Ha. Now, that wouldn’t be surprising since we were dining at an izakaya after all.

8) Suntory premium molt’s, $32 (jug) (above) – We decided to get a jug instead of going by the glass because it was more economical that way. I texted my yakitori-buddy before dinner that I needed a drink cause of work stress, and he took my words very literally. Ha.

If one asks me for recommendation, Mikoto is not an eatery that’s on the top of my list since I know of other restaurants in Robertson Quay where I had more memorable dining experiences. But I won’t discourage one to dine at Mikoto since my yakitori-buddy and I enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.

In fact, for diners who want to drink more than eat, Mikoto has a pretty good deal. On the menu, 2-hours and 3-hours free flow drink are offered. Price for 2 hours ranging from $55 to $58 and 3 hours’ ranging from $65 to $68. And for both packages, diners would also be served 6 dishes to go with the drinks.

MIKOTO SINGAPORE
60 Robertson Quay, The Quayside, #01-12, Singapore
6235 5277, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Thu : 17:30 – 23:00
Ambience: 6
Fri – Sun : 17:00 – 04:00
Value: 7
Service: 7

Dinner @ 999.99 Five Nines

April 24, 2017 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

“Can we go to 999.99?”, my IGGF (InstaGram GirlFriend) suggested when we were arranging our next meet up. And 999.99 actually rang a bell. I think I saw others posting it on their instagram feeds, but it didn’t interest me then because of the restaurant’s name. I mean… 999.99?

“They said the Japanese chef is handsome,” she continued. Hahahaha.
Having an eye-candy chef is always a bonus. And with that, I proceeded to make reservation for us.

However, the time slots available for the Friday we wanted on Chope were 6.30pm and 7.45pm. Since 6.30pm was too rushed for me, we went with 7.45pm.

Taken from their website, the restaurant’s name was derived from the purity of gold. They strive to ensure every diner’s experience meet the gold standard of quality and service.

My IGGF and I met at the restaurant at 7.30pm, and were assigned counter seats. And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Chef’s “omakase” sampler course, $99 comprised of:-

(A) Organic farm egg with sherry cream (above) – With caviar, sea urchin, lemon juice, chive, shio konbu, edible flowers.

(B) Yellowtail sashimi & karasumi (above) – With white soy sauce dressing, julianne black daikon, shiso sprouts, chive, kizami nori, wakame salt.

(C) Black cod meuniere (above) – With brussels sprout, dill powder.

(D) Roasted lamb loin with sauce navarin (above) – With eggplant caviar, dried eggplant chip, mix herbs, trumpet tapenade, juniper berry caramel.

(E) Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream (above) – Cacao nib, mix nuts praline, milk meringue, coffee jelly, cream dulce de leche.

2) Shabu-shabu of snow crab & ikura, $22 (above)


3) Lobster gratin, $32 (above) – This was a very cheesy dish. But what really surprised me was the amount of lobster meat. It was very generous. I actually reckoned we were served more than 1 lobster’s worth.


4) Truffle cream risotto with foie gras, $22 (above) – The foie gras was too small. Too small.

5) Cold cappellini with sea urchin & ikura, $32 (above) – The waiting staff were busy when our dish was ready to be served. In fact, it took them so long that head chef Takashi Ohkawa personally served us our dish instead. Close up of eye candy! Unfortunately, because the dish took longer than it should to reach us, it had turned warm. There were even drops of condensation on the plate. We would have enjoyed the cold pasta better if it was colder.

6) Ruby grapefruits panna cotta & mango sorbet, $10 (above)


7) Green tea tiramisu with caramel popcorn, $10 (above) – It was a weird combination. The popcorn was no longer crunchy, and the popcorn certainly didn’t complement the tiramisu. I enjoyed the tiramisu better on its own. Although I wouldn’t really call it a tiramisu because of the lack of ladyfingers.

Did I nearly miss out on a good restaurant because of my bias-ness against the restaurant’s name? Yes! My bad. Am so glad my IGGF suggested checking out 999.99. But I say go easy on their desserts. Of the 3, we enjoyed our omakase course’s dessert the best. Instead, go for the savoury dishes which impressed us much.

999.99 FIVE NINES
29 Keong Saik Road, Singapore
6221 7098, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 12:00 – 17:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Thur, Sun : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 00:00 (Dinner)
Service: 7