Dinner @ Fi53ftyThree // CLOSED

June 20, 2010 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

Met up with my girlfriend for lunch at FiftyThree. Coincidentally, she had been meaning to check out this restaurant too. So, both of us decided to go for their lunch together. =)

And while we were in the midst of studying the menu, we were served these tapioca (I hope I din hear their introduction wrongly! Hee) crisps perched on a charcoal-looking stand. I dont think it’s real charcoal right? *Shrug* But the crisps were nice. Very crispy. Haha!

Contrary to the raves on HungryGoWhere, I did not find the bread special. Instead, I found the sack impressive. Haha. The sack was made of 2 layers such that in between the layers, there were heated pebbles to keep the bread warm! Wow. So yes… We did not enjoy the bread which was hard on the outside, and spongy in the inside. We prefer our bread fluffy. (^^lll)

Our Dish #1: Scallop and Hairy Bittercress, Chicken “Oysters” and Buckwheat

Our Dish #2: Red Gunard and Hazelnut, Beluga Lentils and Smoked Eel

We tasted no smoked eel at all! This dish was a let down. The fish was not fresh such that its texture was slightly rubbery instead. And it’s definitely not because it was over cooked as there were some raw parts in the middle of my fillet. So yah. Sigh.

Overheard the table next to us, who ordered the same main dish, complaining to the staff about the fish’s freshness. They had their main dishes replaced with something else, but my girlfriend and I decided to just let the issue go rather than feedbacking to the staff. But we are certainly not returning to try their dinner menu.

Her Dish #3: Amedei – Chuao, Banana and Malt

My Dish #3: Apple and Rosemary

The presentation for this dish was interesting. After the staff finished introducing the apple risotto to me, he sprayed some lavender (Again, I hope I din remember wrongly. Haha) scent around me before asking me to enjoy. (^^lll) Haha. And be warned! Ginger was used quite a fair bit for this dish.

We finished our lunch at 2.30pm dinner with these complimentary jelly.

53 Armenian Street, Singapore
(65) 63345535

I was pretty disappointed. Was expecting the dishes to be better. Could be a case where I went with too high expectations.
The lady manager attending to us was professional and very attentive. When the menu came apart, she quickly stepped forward, while our glasses were topped up once our water hit mid-level in the cup. In addition, when we did not finish our fish, she came over and asked if there was something wrong (Which we politely said no rather than mentioning the lack of freshness).
I like the interior design which was simple (So that the food would be the main focus) yet warm. Though I have to admit I was surprised to enter a big space only to see two wooden tables big enough to fit 4 people (Along the lengths) each. At the further end was the kitchen where we could see the chefs at work.

Must Try: -

Dinner @ Akashi

May 21, 2010 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

My friend and I were supposed to have French cuisine, but we ended up at Akashi instead as his meeting ended really late.

We always end up here when we meet much later than our scheduled meeting time. Especially so if we meet for dinner after 9pm as Akashi is the only decent Japanese place we can think of and rely on. Ha.

Besides the few dishes which we must have like the grilled kinki fish and tuna belly sashimi, my friend and I tried new dishes like snail and sotong sashimi. We were told to dip the thinly sliced sotong sashimi into a small bowl of sauce, mixed with sea urchin and (raw) egg yolk, and eat it as how we would eat our cold noodles. Nice!

And as always, we enjoyed our dinner. I always like Akashi for its vibrant environment and the interaction with the chefs when we take counter seats. Although it helps that my friend is a regular too!

1 Tanglin Road, Orchard Parade Hotel, #01-01A, Singapore
(65) 67324438


Must Try: Tuna Belly Sashimi

Dinner @ Rakuichi Japanese

April 3, 2010 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

Headed down to Dempsey cause we wanted Japanese cuisine (Our favourite!) and the only Japanese restaurants which I had researched and saved on my list of places to check out were Rakuichi and Zento. Both located in Dempsey. (^^lll) Haha. Chose Rakuichi over Zento for us cause I read from online forum (Yes! I did my homework well. Hee) that they served really fresh sashimi. And we love our sashimi. =p

Dish #1

Dish #2

Decided to try sea eel cause recently I read an article which shared that one should order Anago (Cooked sea eel), Tamago (Cooked egg. Also known as egg omelette or roasted egg) and Kohada (Raw gizzard shad) to test if that particular Japanese restaurant is up to standard.

And well… I am still pretty new to sea eel. Haha! But I liked how it tasted when I wrapped it with seaweed and some shredded pieces of cucumber.

Dish #3

And yes, we ordered Tamago cause I wanted to put the theory to test. Haha. And I concluded Tamago taste better served warm.

Dish #4

And this was love! We kinda customised it by choosing what we wanted on it. Haha. And there’s my specially requested sea urchin! I’ve no idea why I had a sudden craving for it that night. Not forgetting our favourite tuna belly too! Love! And I’m starting to get hooked onto flounder fish. Sashimi style of course. Hee. Though I got to include that the prawns were served live. The one he had was still moving when he tried to remove the head from the body. (^^lll)

And we were served the whole wasabi root! Now… I had wasabi served fresh (As in non processed), but not this fresh. Haha. I’m impressed!

Dish #5

Dish #6

10 Dempsey Road, #01-22, Singapore
(65) 64742143

Though my tea pot soup (Dish #6) was normal while he found the beef of his beef udon (Not pictured) not up to standard.
Very attentive. Effort was made to check on us, making sure our cups of sake was topped up and cleaning our dishes promptly although we were seated outside.

Must Try: Sashimi