Dinner @ Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ

July 16, 2012 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

Wanting to stuff grilled pork belly wrapped in lettuce into our mouths, and determined not to head back to the usuals, I did a little search and decided to give Dae Bak a try. Getting here by car can be a little tricky cause the roads are mostly one-way. Thus, if you miss the turn, you will need to make a big circle. So for those who are street idiots like me, it’s recommended to use GPS. =)

I had called an hour earlier to make reservation, but the lady on the other end of the line, in her limited English, told me that reservation at 8.30pm will be unnecessary. Which was a relief on my end too cause I reduced “I will like to make a reservation at 830pm for 2” to “Reservation? 830pm?”, and had to repeat myself at least 4 times before we managed to understand each other.

The restaurant, located at the 1st storey of a shophouse, has a very long and narrow interior. We entered to see a long line of tables stretching to the back. The place was bustling with diners, noticeably (mainly) Koreans.

And from the dinner menu, we ordered:-

1) Pork belly, $18 – As with most Korean restaurants, we had to order a minimum of 2 sets. And for 2 sets, we were served with 4 thick slabs of pork belly.

2) Shellfish soup, $25 – It’s stated in the menu that it’s for 2, so we were not surprised to see a big, shallow pot brought to our table. The soup belongs more to the bland end instead of flavourful (like kimchi soup), and I actually like the soup this way. Generous amount of beansprouts put into the soup too. Nice!

3) Seafood pancake, $18 (above) – The pancake was served bursting with colours because they were very generous with the seafood. And of course, with more ingredients, the dough was a little on the thin side. When we tried to pick up a piece, the pancake will break into a few smaller pieces as though it’s unable to hold the weight of the many seafood. But we are not complaining! =)

An interesting fact is that the cushion of the stool is removable for us to place our belongings inside. I did not know that till I saw some Korean ladies taking their handbags out of the bin-like stools at the end of their dinner. Helps to prevent our precious handbags from smelling after a BBQ dinner! =)

Another interesting thing to note is that they will pour beaten egg around the BBQ grill plate. But don’t disturb the egg till they have fluffed up and is ready to be eaten. I disturbed a little stretch while the egg was still being fried and that particular stretch did not turn out nicely.

All in all, it was a good dinner. Metal bowls are used for everything which gave that authentic feel. One of the staffs forgot our request for more kimchi, but that was not a problem. Generally, the staffs were polite and approachable. Definitely one more place to go to when I am craving for my BBQ pork belly.

WANG DAE BAK KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANT
98 Amoy Street, Singapore
6226 0450, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 10:30 – 22:30
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
* Closed on Sun
Service: 6

Dinner @ Tao’s Restaurant // CLOSED

July 8, 2012 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

As marketed by the team behind Tao’s Restaurant, Tao’s Restaurant stands true to its set menu concept of “One price, One Menu, Many Selections”. Being there for dinner, we had the 7-courses set meal at $31.80 with the seven courses being:-
   1) Starter
   2) Salad
   3) Grilled King Oyster Mushroom & Sorbet (Only available for dinner)
   4) Soups
   5) Main Entrees
   6) Desserts
   7) Beverages

Except for the 1st and 3rd courses, we were given at least four options to choose from for each course.

And from the set menu, we chose:-

1) Starter with options of:-

(A) Bacon & mushroom gratin (above) – “Careful, the metal plate is hot” cautioned my dining partner. And anything with melted cheese is heaven to me. So yes, in a way, bring the heat on (for cheese)! =p Bread was also served together with this. And it’s simply delightful to spread the bacon & mushroom gratin onto my thick slice of bread, which was lightly toasted on one side, before sinking my teeth into it. So yes, it’s kinda redundant to say this (since it’s a compulsory dish) but… A must try!

2) Salad with options of:-

(A) Farm boy splendour (above) – Average. The sauce used to accompany the greens was sour. Not too bad, but a little too strong. I choked when I greedily scooped a little too much of the sauce for my greens. But it’s to note the flavour was fine for him.

(B) Fruit salad (above) – Average

3) Grilled king oyster mushroom & sorbet (above) – I enjoyed this dish. Though I will add in that it is not that difficult to grill a mushroom.

4) Soup with options of:-

(A) Cream of mushroom (above) – Nice. Generous amount of minced mushrooms used.

5) Main entree with options of:-

(A) Spicy stingray (above, background) – Nice! The meat was fresh, succulent and firm. The spicy sauce used went well with the stingray.

(B) Slow-cooked pork back ribs (above, foreground) – Normal. Though the meat was tender enough to easily come off when I used my fork

6) Dessert with options of:-

(A) Crème brulee (above, left) – Having tried this dessert at many places, my level of expectations has unconsciously gone up by lots. The sugar layer was a little too thick in the centre, but I was reminded that I should alter my expectation accordingly to the price we are paying. So yes, I say the crème brulee is decent. Not the best I had, but decent.

(B) Tiramisu (above, right) – Again, heeding the advise given earlier, this is decent. The top layer of cheese mixture forms at least two-third of the cup the tiramisu is served in.

For the price we were paying, I say Tao’s Restaurant is value for money. While the food did not wow, the food was decent and did not disappoint. Service was not bad too. Our plates were cleared promptly with the following dishes served fast.

TAO’S RESTAURANT
1 Selegie Road, PoMo, #B1-19, Singapore
6339 8858, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 22:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 7

Lunch @ The Garden

July 6, 2012 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

I was staying at Beaufort Hotel for the weekend, and while flipping through the in-house magazine, I learnt about The Garden. The beautifully taken photographs of the food were calling out to me. Thus, we headed down to The Garden for lunch. =)


And on the first page of the menu, we learnt that The Garden was a healthy restaurant. In the sense where the restaurant allows us (the consumers) to know what we are eating; Which dishes have ingredients that contain high level of antioxidants, Omega-3, etc.

And from the menu, my dining parter and I ordered:-

1) Compressed watermelon, $18 (above) – This was purely ordered because of Beaufort’s in-house magazine. Yes, I am a visual person. And we liked this dish. We were intrigued on how to achieve the ‘compact-ness’ of the compressed watermelon. The sangria granita (ice crystals / flakes) added a nice, different texture to the compressed watermelon.

2) Ocean trout confit, $20 (above) – Ocean trout was fresh, while the chef again played with the different texture of food with the usage of thin-ly toasted rye bread and celery sorbet.

3) Tomato gazpacho, $18 (above) – This was served cold. And we dont remember any indication on the menu that it was going a cold dish. And well, it’s a personal perference that we prefer our soup warm though the taste was nice.


4) Wild mushroom, $18 (above) – This was absolutely yummy! A must try. The dish was served with the waiter pouring the soup into my bowl, in front of me. So in a way, it’s nice to know what I’ll be eating (the different types of mushrooms) before actually starting. Ha. =)

5) Pan seared seabass, $36 (above) – The seabass was fresh, and not overly cooked. The skin was also nicely done, being slightly crispy. However, the fish was served with lots of (cannelloni) beans and a few leaves of lettuce. And he not (being) into beans, we were in a way paying $36 for just the fish. Hmm…

6) Braised baby lamb shank, $42 (above) – Again, this was ordered because of Beaufort’s in-house magazine. Pumpkin was served in paste and grilled cubes, just like how it’s stated in the menu “texture of pumpkin”. The lamb was served bundled, though 1 of the 3 still had a rope holding the meat together. Not too sure it was done on purpose or it was because the chef missed it out. And I could not appreciate the combination of green curry with braised lamb. To me, it was putting a broth / gravy that’s heavy in taste with a meat that’s heavy in taste too.

Being too full, we did not try the desserts.

It was a pleasant lunch experience. The waiter / waitress were polite and attentive. It could also be the location (being in Sentosa) that we had the place to ourselves, except for a peahen which kept walking past (We had a window table). Haha. But to come all the way to Sentosa just for the food? Maybe not. But do try The Garden if you are in Sentosa and want somewhere nice to chill. Afterall, not every restaurant has a tree in the middle! =)

THE GARDEN @ SENTOSA
2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore
6371 1130, Website
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 10:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 8