Dinner @ Nanbantei

January 16, 2010 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

Was to bring my friend for dinner but I din have time to do much research. So we ended up wasting quite a bit of time trying to find the suitable place. Especially so cause I wasn going to settle for any restaurant. (^^lll) And just when we were giving up and about to settle for one of those restaurants which we have tried before, I suddenly remembered reading about a Japanese restaurant tucked in Far East Plaza. Haha. I guess meeting me for dinner could be quite a pain since my policy is to always try new places to eat at. =p

We had to wait for almost an hour before hungry us could go in and order our food because the place was packed. But it was worth the wait! =p We ordered lots, just like how I liked it to be. Haha! We ordered the A-course (12 yakitori sticks and rice, miso soup, pickles and dessert), B-Course (Assorted sashimi, 8 yakitori sticks, rice, miso soup, pickles and dessert), foie gras, hotate fry (fried scallops), wakame kyuri su (vinegared seaweed and cucumber) their seasonal special magaro chin, matcha ice cream and sake!!! It was as though I was using the excuse “It’s my friend’s birthday meal” to go crazy ordering. Hee.

And dinner was simply enjoyable. The whole experience of us taking the counter seats, watching the chef who were grilling the sticks right front of us, sipping our sake, eating our food and laughing over stuff which I can no longer remember.

NANBANTEI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, #05-132, Singapore
(65) 67335666

Food:
The scallop inside the thin bread crumb was huge! I was pleasantly surprised! But the foie gras was a let down.
Service:
Ambience:
Take the counter seats for a more authentic experience!

Must Try: The Yakitori Sticks, Wakame Kyuri Su, Matcha Ice Cream, Sake

Dinner @ BLU

December 25, 2009 in European, French by thywhaleliciousfay

My friend and I met up for dinner on a Monday evening at Shangri-La Hotel for the ‘Experience’ menu. Been reading good raves about the food, so I had to try it for myself. =p However, I guessed I had my hopes pinned too high cause some of the dishes fell short of my expectations. Though I had to give it to the chef for his creativity. Most of the dishes were pleasant, except for the Lamb Kebab which tasted normal.


Dish #1: BBQ Chic Puff

An interesting dish! The puff, which melts in the mouth, tasted like chicken! I mean… How could an air-light-puff taste like a solid-matter-chicken? (^^lll) We were also told to eat the puff in one mouthful and to drink the liquid thereafter.


Dish #2: Lobster Thermadore

I liked this. The lobster pieces were big and fresh.


Dish #3: Foiegras@fruits.com


Dish #4: The Egg Came First

We din really know how to eat this. My friend basically poked at it, broke the yolk which was inside the ball and consumed the dish in smaller pieces. While I, on the other hand, divided the ball into two pieces in the ratio of 1:2 because I wanted to stuff the bigger piece and allow what’s left of the yolk to burst in my mouth. And I must have looked pretty unglam cause my friend was amused at the sight. (^^lll) Haha.


Dish #5: Lamb Kebab


Dish #6: Breakfast

Another interesting dish. The ‘yolk’ was actually mango while the ‘egg white’ was coconut. Pretty cool, I say!


Surprise dish which wasn that surprising

And this was one of the dishes I came for. And yes, I long heard about it from other forums. =p Basically, when we went for the ‘Experience’ menu, the staff would start off by asking us if we have any allergies. After which, they would come round later to share what the chef would be preparing. It’s something like we let the chef decide our courses. Thus, when the staff told us of what the chef had in mind for us, the edible tree was not part of it. So when I saw the trees being served at other tables, I made my friend enquire about it (Cause I had to have it as part of our dinner), only to learn that it’s a complimentary surprise dish from the chef.

I probably went with very high expectations after reading good reviews from forums. But overall, it was a nice experience. Something different. We were given the personal space as how we liked it. We were only interrupted when they introduced the dishes that were served, topping up of our glasses and clearing our plates. Great ambience with nice view.

BLU
22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Level 24, Tower Wing, Singapore
(65) 62134598

Food:
I probably went with very high expectations after reading good reviews from forums. But overall, it was a nice experience. Something different.
Service:
We were given the personal space as how we liked it. We were only interrupted when they introduced the dishes that were served, topping up of our glasses and clearing our plates.
Ambience:
Nice view.

Must Try: Lobster Thermadore, Breakfast

Dinner @ Au Jardin // CLOSED

January 22, 2009 in French by thywhaleliciousfay

Normally, if I dont update my list of ‘Where next to try out’, my friend and I would spend at least 15 minutes trying to think of a place to have our dinner while driving aimlessly (Though my friend always drives in the direction of town. Haha). But this time round, he was quick in thinking of heading back to Botanic Gardens to try the other restaurant there! And so we went to Au Jardin. =)

And from the menu, we ordered:-


Complimentary Starter


His Hors D’oeuvre: Alaskan King Crab (A la plancha with pickled radish, avocado mousse)


My Hors D’oeuvre: Duck Liver (Pan seared, mission figs, vanilla & palm sugar)


Our Entree: Hokkaido Scallops (Free range egg cooked at 62′ C, truffle cream)


His Viande: Blackmore Wagyu Brisket (Braised, truffled onions)


My Viande: Pigeon (Smoked, seared foie gras, black turnip cream)


His Dessert: Chocolate Mousse (Citrus fruits)


My Dessert: Pear (Carpaccio, pear sorbet)


Complimentary Dessert

And this time, I remembered to bring my camera. Yeah! Haha. And I like the place alot! A colonial house tucked behind greenery on a small hill. They even provide those golf taxi to fetch/bring you from/to the main gate, but we chose to walk. =)

AU JARDIN
1 Cluny Road, EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens Vistors Centre, Singapore
(65) 64668812

Food:
Everything was pleasantly nice except for my pigeon. I opted for medium well, but it came too raw. I guess pigeons are better taken well done
Service:
First class. One of the best standards that I’ve received!
Ambience:

Must Try: Hokkaido Scallops