Brunch @ Club Street Social

August 12, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Having learnt that Club Street Social serves breakfast whole day, my girlfriend and I made our way down at 4pm.

It could have been a blessing in disguise that we came at non-peak timing such that we managed to find a parking lot easily. I can imagine it will be a nightmare to find a lot during peak hours.

And from the not-very-extensive menu, my girlfriend and I ordered:-

1) Scrambled eggs, fontina, chives, $12 (+ $4, smokey bacon) (above) – The scrambled eggs which are on the wet side, is nice, though honestly, there’s nothing special to shout about this dish too. But I can imagine the dish to look pretty bare had we not ordered additional bacon.

2) Panini (pan-seared lobster, avocado, yuzu mayo), $28 (above) – We were at a loss when it came to choosing the ‘flavour’ of our sandwich, but we decided to go with the most expensive one (lobster). And interestingly, the 2 groups which came later and sat on our right and left ordered this too. The bread (panini) is toasted such that it’s very crispy. Can be a little messy for dates if you are using your fork and knife to cut the sandwich into smaller pieces. =p And while I cant say the serving of the lobster is generous, but for mouthful where there’s chunks of the fresh and juicy lobster meat, it’s yummy!

3) Nutella bread pudding, ice cream, $12 (above) – This was the highlight of our meal. I absolutely loved this. Instead of the classic vanilla bread pudding, chocolate and nuts are layered into the chocolate bread pudding. The bread pudding was nice, moist and absolutely yummy! A must try.

5 Gemmil Lane, Singapore
6225 5043, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 22:30
Ambience: 7
Sat : 09:00 – 22:30
Value: 6
Sun : 09:00 – 21:00
Service: 5

Dinner @ Le Bistrot du Sommelier

July 30, 2012 in French by thywhaleliciousfay

Sometimes, town is still the best place to meet because it’s central and hence more accessible if you are meeting up with friends who work at opposite corners in Singapore. Ha.

Although we made a reservation, there was no empty table for us at the ground level. We were brought to the 2nd storey (bar) where we decided to order appetizers, and of course a bottle of white wine. =p And it’s surprisingly cosy at the upper level.

And from the menu, my girlfriends and I ordered:-

1) Duck Rillette (above)

2) Ibenico Shoulder (above) – We were curious over the difference between the Ibenico Shoulder and Ibenico Ham, to which the waiter went “The Ibenico Shoulder has more omph”. And so we decided to go with it. Ha.

3) Chicken Liver Pate (above)

The duck rillette, ibenico shoulder and chicken liver pate were served together on a wooden tray, with a basket of bread and a small bowl of pickled cucumbers. And allow me to say, these were SO good. Try eating them alone or spread over the bread. The flavours were so rich, yet unique in taste when compared to one another. But if you really need me to choose, I will say the chicken liver pate and ibenico shoulder are must trys!

We spent almost a good one hour in the bar enjoying our appetizers and chatting away. When the waiter came back to take order for our mains, we decided to have our mains at the ground level.

And from the menu, I ordered:-

1) French duck leg confit (Cassoulet style) - I was being a little adventurous by opting for my duck leg confit to be baked in white beans stew. And frankly, I did not really like it though it’s to note that the duck meat was tender and came off easily from the bone.

If it was not because I had to rush off, I would have definitely stayed on to try their desserts. Not everyone may appreciate dining in a dimly lit place, but I thought the upper storey had a better ambience than the ground level which was brightly lit. Ha. I definitely recommend this place for a good catch up over finger food and wine. Second storey, of course. =)

53 Armenian Street, Singapore
6333 1982, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sat : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
* Closed on Sun
Service: 8

Dim sum @ Crystal Jade Golden Palace

July 28, 2012 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

I’ve been to Crystal Jade Golden Palace for dinner (More than a year back) and recently, for dim sum. Called on a Saturday evening to make reservation for the next day at 12.15pm successfully. And over the tele-conversation, I was told that there’s a 1 hour 15 minutes time limit for each table. Well, I am not too used to having a time curfew, but it sounded fair enough.

It was a pleasant surprise when we were led into one of the rooms, instead of the main dining area, which provided us the privacy and allowed the children to run around. Ha. =) We ordered a fair bit for 7 adults from the menu, with the dishes which left an impression being (Do note that they do not serve buffet, everything is ordered a la carte):-

1) Diced barbecue pork (above) – Comprised of 9 pieces and served with a dish of mustard, the skin was thin and crispy. And together with the thin layers of fat, the meat of the pork belly was tender and juicy. A must try!

2) Steamed char siew (barbecue pork) buns – It’s always a visual treat to peel / spilt the bun into halves to see the red, juicy char siew (pork) that’s within with steam coming out. =p The sweet pork fillings went well with the soft bun. A must try! Eat it while it’s served piping hot too.

3) Liu sha (custard) buns (above) – Frankly, this is my first time trying this dish, and I regretted sharing the orange bun after taking my first bite of it.

4) Sharks fin, scallop dumpling (above) – Pardon me if I got the name of this dish wrong, but this is a gigantic dumpling served in a bowl of soup. And when the thin skin of the dumpling is broken, all the expensive ingredients spill out. I did not really fancy the dumpling skin, cause I prefer to consume the soup with all the sharks fin, etc on its own. Ha.

5) Pan fried rice rolls – This will be like our chee cheong fan, but presented differently. Instead of a mess of cut up rice rolls, we were served with a plate of rice rolls neatly stacked on one another. It was a little spicy for me (I am not spicy trained) though I have to acknowledge that the rice roll was smooth amidst the spiciness. And it was commented by the rest that it had the ‘old school’ taste.

6) Glutinous dumpling with grated nuts & sesame, $1.30 per piece (minimum 4 pieces) (above) – The presentation was nothing to shout about, being 8 nut-covered balls served cramp-ly on a white plate (We went with the dry version). But it was simply delightful to bite into the skin of the glutinous dumpling, which was chewy with the right thickness, and have the sesame burst out. A must try!

I will definitely recommend this place for dim sum. For the price of almost $200 for 7, I would not say it’s expensive, especially with the quality of dim sum served. But come in a group though. What’s dim sum if we are going to order only 2 to 3 dishes? Imagine the price tag if you’re ordering 5 dishes for 2. And even though we were in the room, we were always promptly attended to by the staff.

As for the time curfew? We managed to finish our last dish by 1.25pm, with us settling the bill at 1.30pm. But apparently, I guess the 1 hour 15 minutes includes for the staff to clean up the place and have it ready for the next time slot. Cause when we were leaving our room at 1.30pm, I overheard the staff whispering harshly into her ear piece “They are standing up already. They are standing up already.” Definitely a pat on the back for this staff who managed the situation well and chose not to spoil our dining experience by chasing us out at that very last minute of 1.30pm.

290 Orchard Road, The Paragon, #05-22, Singapore
6734 6866, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 10:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 8

UPDATE 1: Restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star by Michelin Guide Singapore 2016.
UPDATE 2: Restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star by Michelin Guide Singapore 2017.

UPDATE 3: Restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star by Michelin Guide Singapore 2018.