Lunch @ Ho Rang I

November 18, 2017 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

Whenever I have craving for Korean cuisine, I would conveniently head to Your Woul Korean which is located somewhat near to home. And while craving for Korean cuisine recently, I headed back to the restaurant only to realise it’s renamed to Ho Rang I with interior refurnished too.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), my friends and I ordered:-

1) Side dishes, Complimentary (above)

2) Grilled pork belly, $26 (above) – Samkyub sal. With the restaurant’s interior refurnished, they have since removed the table’s in-built grill. And let’s just say I was disappointed to have our pork belly grilled in the kitchen.

3) Half chicken with soy sauce, $30 (above) – This was seriously good. Skin was thin and crisp while meat within was tender and juicy. And there was a slight sweetness to it too. It was also this dish that reminded me that while a restaurant may change its name and interior, it’s (real) identity lies with its food. So yes, chicken was as good as I last had blogged about it.


4) Spicy seafood noodles, $18 (above) – Jjampong.

5) Ginseng chicken stew, $29 (above) – Samgye tang.

6) Signature pork rib stew, $46 (above) – Gamja tang.

7) Korean army stew, $42 (above) – Budaejjige.


8) Bottled makkeoli, $25 (above)

And with my repeated visit to Your Woul Korean Ho Rang I, I still have the same issue with the restaurant where complimentary water or Korean tea was not provided. But that aside, we still enjoyed our dining experience at Ho Rang I. I would still recommend Ho Rang I.

HO RANG I
165 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre, Singapore
6251 0123, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 10:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 17:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 8
Service: 8

Dinner @ San Laksa Steamboat

November 15, 2017 in Asian, Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

It was one of those nights when my friend and I met up but I had no suggestion as to where to eat. And that’s when my friend suddenly remembered San Laksa Steamboat. Located on the 1st floor of a standalone building which we would always drive past enroute to Vivocity.

Despite arriving at 8pm, we were able to get a table easily without making any reservation. Instead, it was finding parking lot that was the real challenge. One has to pray (real) hard to be the sole lucky diner to park within the building compound. Yes, there’s space for 1 car only. Or pray harder to be able to park in front of the gate of the church that’s just beside. At one’s risk, of course.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), my friend and I ordered:-

  

1) Soup (above) – We went with laksa broth and chicken broth. And for the former, we were also given a small saucer of laksa leaves to put into our broth.

2) Kang kong, $2.80 (above)

3) Mixed mushroom platter, $8 (above)

4) Lettuce, $3.80 (above)

5) Cheese tofu, $4.20 (above, left)

6) Tau pok, $2 (above, right)

7) Luncheon meat, $4.50 (above)

8) Seaweed chicken, $3.50 (above)

9) Sotong balls, $3.50 (above, left)

10) Pork balls, $3 (above, right)

11) Hand made minced meatballs, $6 (above) – And for this, the staff would assist to shape the minced meat into balls.

12) Mixed ball, $6 (above)

13) Prawn, $10 (above)

14) Chicken breast, $6 (above)

15) Pork collar, $6 (above)

16) Fresh toman fillet, $10 (above)

17) Udon noodles, $1 (above)

My friend and I enjoyed the laksa broth. I would definitely recommend the place if one has seriously craving for laksa. However, we were unfortunately seated beside a big group which had a lady laughing in a really high-pitch voice. That was really annoying. The staff were understanding and helped to shift us to another table when we requested so.

SAN LAKSA STEAMBOAT
404 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore
6275 7069, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 16:30 – 23:00
Value: 6
Service: 6

Dinner @ Shinji by Kanesaka (Carlton Hotel)

November 5, 2017 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

Craving for good sushi, I decided to join my IGGF (InstaGram GirlFriend) in one of her (super) regular visits to 1 Michelin star Shinji where she gets her dosage of head chef Oshino san’s sushi. And with this visit, it was also my first to dine at Shinji’s new space after their relocation to Carlton Hotel from Raffles Hotel.

My IGGF always assist with the reservation at Shinji. And what seem to be a first, I was told there’s 2 seatings for head chef Oshino san. Gasp. We were only able to secure the 1st seating at 12pm. Of which, we were required to vacate by 1.20pm for the second seating. So even before our actual lunch date, I had made up my mind to go for their sushi course once knowing that we had less than 1.5 hours. And it’s pretty seldom of me since I normally opt for omakase cause I like to have variety. Ie, not just sushi. Keke.

And at Shinji’s new space, head chef Oshino san now stood separately from the other chefs. Upon arrival, the staff clad in kimono led me down a long passage, walking by what seemed to be the main dining area where most customers were attended by the other chefs, to finally reach a room that’s small but big enough to contain a L-shaped counter for 8 and a table for 4. And yes, it’s in this room that head chef Oshino san stood alone behind the counter.

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

1) Setsugetsuka sushi course set (yuki), $180 comprised of:-

(A) Appetiser (above)

(B) Sushi #1 (above) – Striped jack (shima aji) sushi.

(C) Sushi #2 (above) – Spanish macakarel (sawara) sushi.

(D) Sushi #3 (above) – Medium fatty tuna (chutoro) sushi.

(E) Sushi #4 (above) – Ōtoro 大トロ : Premium fatty tuna (otoro) sushi. Shimofuri cut.

(F) Sushi #5 (above) – Jack mackerel (aji) sushi.

(G) Sushi #6 (above) – Lean tuna (akami) sushi.

(H) Sushi #7 (above) – Sea urchin sushi.

(I) Sushi #8 (above) – Tiger prawn (kuruma-ebi) sushi.

(J) Sushi #9 (above) – Needlefish (sayori) sushi.

(K) Sushi #10 (above) – Bonito (katsuo) sushi.

(L) Sushi #11 (above) – Leather jacket fish (kawahagi) sushi.

(M) Sushi #12 (above) – Mackerel (saba) sushi.

(N) Sushi #13 (above) – Slightly torched Japanese barracuda (kamasu) sushi.

(O) Sushi #14 (above) – Black throat sea perch (nodoguro) sushi.

(P) Sushi #15 (above) – Sea eel (anago) sushi.

(Q) Soup (above) – Clear soup with minced tuna ball.

(R) Rolled sushi (above) – Rolled sushi with filling of minced tuna and spring onion (negitoro), rolled omelette (tamago) and pickled radish.

(S) Dessert (above) – Japanese rice cake (mochi) in yam pudding. It’s almost like the Japanese version of our Chinese dessert yam paste (orh nee/芋泥).


2) Sea urchin rice, $50 (above) – It was of much coincidence that my IGGF’s colleagues were lunching at Shinji too. They were getting the sea urchin rice as an additional a-la carte order and I decided to get 1 for myself too. Keke. And it was so good. I didn’t notice but my IGGF said 2 types of sea urchin was used. And we agreed the portion seemed bigger than usual. It was almost to the brim of the bowl.

Honestly and seriously… Shinji doesn’t disappoint. It’s one of the restaurants that’s consistently good. In my (humblest) opinion, Shinji serves the best nigiri sushi in Singapore. I especially love the sushi rice (shari) which is perfect. One could taste the vinegar yet it’s not too overpowering such that it outshine the sushi topping (neta).

Do I recommend Shinji? Definitely, without a doubt. It’s crazy how price-friendly the menu is at Shinji too. One could opt for $75 sushi course which comprised of 9-pieces nigiri sushi, maki sushi, soup and dessert. I know some non-Michelin starred sushi-ya don’t even offer any set courses cheaper than Shinji’s!

But be very punctual if one is slotted for the first seating. Else, try to make reservation for the second slot. I would reckon one definitely need to go with the second seating as I personally felt that omakase course require at least 1.5 hour for a comfortably paced meal. My IGGF and I could tell head chef Oshino san was rushing towards the second half of our lunch. And because I was also taking a little longer since I had additional order, we offered to shift to the table so that the staff could prepare for the second seating.

SHINJI BY KANESAKA
76 Bras Basah Rd, Carlton Hotel, Lobby Floor, Singapore
6338 6131, Website
Overall: 8.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 9
Mon – Sat : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 8
Mon – Sat : 18:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 9
Service: 8
* Closed on Sun