Dinner @ Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup

October 30, 2017 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

One can say my colleagues and I are really into zi char. After trying Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice, Long Ji and Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant, we were off next to Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup which was surprisingly located near our office.

And because it’s so convenient to reach the restaurant due to its close proximity (to our office), my colleagues and I have gone at least twice since. Both as walk-ins. However, it’s parking that posed as the biggest challenge. If one is lucky, one would snag a lot just in front of the restaurant. Else, Ye restaurant recommends parking at the temple located across the street.

To dine at Seng Kee, we were required to place our order at the cashier before the staff brought us to our table in the non air-conditioned space. However, as we arrived at the restaurant after 9pm on both occasions, the dishes with their signature black herbal chicken were all sold out.

Instead, from the menu (pages 1, 2), my colleagues and I ordered:-

1) 银鱼苋菜, $11 (medium) (above)

2) 咸蛋鸡, $13 (small) (above)

3) 排骨王, $12 (small) (above) – Give this a miss.

4) 腐乳炸花肉, $12 (small) (above) – I was impressed with this. Pork was fried to perfection; Crisp on the outside and juicy within. A must try.

5) 豆汁拉拉, $13 (small) (above)

6) 咸鱼炒饭, $6 (above) – This wasn’t on the menu. But 1 of my colleagues must have his fried rice. Thus, this was ordered. And this didn’t disappoint.


7) 腰子面线 (猪肉, 猪肝, 腰子), $5 (above) – Besides being famous for their black herbal chicken, apparently Seng Kee is also more famous for their mee sua. However, one really shouldn’t think about sharing the bowl as the mee sua was strictly one portion. One could easily finish the noodles with a few big slurps. And we really enjoyed the dish. Soup was very flavorful with noodles cooked just right. Not too hard nor too soggy. And it certainly warmed the soul as we ate on a rainy night. Keke.


8) Johor 烤焦米粉, $15 (medium) (above) – Available in 2 sizes ($10 and $15). Almost similar J.B Ah Meng‘s san lao beehoon, but not quite. Seng Kee’s didn’t come in 3 layers? Hmm.. Haha. But I honestly felt Seng Kee’s was pretty good!

Seng Kee is definitely a zi char restaurant worth checking out. Maybe it’s because my colleagues came at non-peak hours (after 9pm) that we didn’t have to wait to be seated. Which was great of course. Keke.

SENG KEE BLACK HERBAL CHICKEN SOUP
467/477 Changi Road, Singapore
6746 4089, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 04:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 6

Dinner @ Ginza Yoshino Sushi

October 26, 2017 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

“Have you heard of this restaurant?” my IGGF (InstaGram GirlFriend) texted. “No. How did you even hear about them?” I replied. I like that we always think of each other first whenever we chanced upon a new Japanese eatery. Keke.

And with that, my IGGF assisted to call the restaurant to make reservation for the immediate Friday evening.

It was a first for us to explore level 6 of Cuppage Plaza. One can say we were filled with curiosity and anticipation. And we entered into a space which was fully taken up by a L-shaped counter.

And through our interaction with chef-owner Tokio Endo, we learnt that he came from a family with at least 100 years of sushi-making. 130 years to be exact. Head chef Endo san decided to move from Japan to Singapore upon his friend’s recommendation.

And from the menu, I ordered:-

1) Chef’s choice course – Star, $260 comprised of:-

(A) Otoshi, Complimentary (above) – Tuna.

(B) Dish #1 (above) – Bonito (katsuo). There were 5 slices.

(C) Dish #2 (above) – Clam (asari) soup.

(D) Dish #3 (above) – Sashimi platter of sea bream with kelp (rausu kombu), abalone and squid. And the kelp was interesting. Each chew on the tough seaweed brought out its savoriness which complimented the sea bream very well. No need to dip the dish with soya sauce. Yum!

(E) Dish #4 (above) – Dried sheets of white bait and sakura shrimp (tatami style), and grilled squid served alongside mayonnaise sauce.

(F) Dish #5 (above) – Medium fatty tuna (chutoro) with grated yam.

  
  
  
  
  
  

(G) Dish #6 (above) – Nigiri sushi assortment comprised of lean tuna (akami), medium fatty tuna (chutoro), sea bream, scallop, gizzard shad (kohada), tiger prawn (kuruma ebi), horse mackerel (aji) with ginger flower and oyster, rolled sushi assortment of mullet roe and gourd, and rolled egg omelette (tamago). Head chef Edo san said his sushi is edomae-styled. So I guess maybe that explained why he brush any soya sauce on the sushi before serving. Instead, we were each given a saucer with soya sauce. Yeah. Do it yourself.

(H) Dish #7 (above) – Clam (hamaguri) soup.

(I) Dish #8 (above) – Yuzu sorbet.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed with my $260 omakase meal. With (more affordable) options of $160 and $210 for the omakase, my IGGF and I couldn’t help but wonder what would be served for those since there was neither premium fatty tuna (otoro) nor sea urchin in the most expensive omakase menu. Like what? Instead, my IGGF and I agreed my IGGF’s sushi combo ($98) which comprised of 9 nigiri sushi and 1 hand roll was a better deal.

That said, head chef Endo san was very friendly. My IGGF was travelling to Japan in 2 weeks from our dinner, and although he couldn’t speak much English, he was giving us many recommendation excitedly. He reminded me very much of The Big Friendly Giant (by Roald Dahl). Don’t ask me why. It’s just so.

If one is in Somerset in the evening, has craving for sushi and prefers somewhere rustic, Ginza Yoshino Sushi is a good place to head to. But stick to their sushi combo sets. Skip the omakase courses.

GINZA YOSHINO SUSHI
5 Koek Road, Cuppage Plaza, #06-03, Singapore
9753 8710, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:00 – 02:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
* Closed on Sun
Service: 6

Dinner @ Royz Et Vous

October 23, 2017 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

It was another after-work dinner with my colleagues. And with my Muslim colleagues’ recommendation, we were off to Royz Et Vous.

Reservation could be made easily on their website. And reservation is a must. The cafe was fully packed when my colleagues and I arrived on a Wednesday evening. And in all honesty, I wasn’t expecting the cafe to be such a hit. Though I soon understood why (it was so popular) after our dinner.

And from the dinner menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Fried mushrooms, $13.90 (above) – Tempura battered wild mushroom served with truffle mayo. This was seriously good! Couldn’t stop reaching out for it.

2) Buffalo wings, $14.90 (above) – Deep fried marinated chicken wings tossed in house made buffalo sauce with a side of sour cream.


3) Wagyu beef burger, $28.90 (above) – 200gm wagyu beef patty cooked to desired doneness with melted cheddar & mozzarella, turkey bacon, coral lettuce, tomatoes, onion pickles, honey mustard sauce on brioche bun accompanied with a side of fries and salad.

4) Herb crusted salmon, $24.90 (above) – Grilled salmon fillet with herb breadcrumbs, fine green beans, roasted vegetables & mango sauce.

5) Fish & chips, $18.90 (above) – Tempura battered New Zealand blue hake & fries served with side salad & tartar sauce.

6) Grilled chicken, $18.90 (above) – Roasted chicken thigh marinated in Asian inspired glaze with beans, roasted potatoes & carrots, turkey bacon cream sauce.

7) Brazen beef, $32.90 (above) – Grilled striploin cooked to desired doneness served with fries, side salad & chilli aioli.

8) Signature prawn & crayfish pasta, $19.90 (above) – Sauteed prawns, crayfish in home-made chilli cream sauce.

9) Mango snowball, $6.90 (above) – Mango sorbet served with berries.

10) Panna cotta, $9.90 (above) – Mango flavoured panna cotta and hazelnut granola.

11) Molten lava cake, $12.90 (above) – Oozy chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream. This was really good. A must order.

12) Mochatto cake, $14.90 (above) – Oozy chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream and a double shot of REV espresso shot.

13) Caffe latte, $5 (above)

Having started to try a few Halal-certified cafes with my colleagues, Royz Et Vous certainly impressed. In fact, I’ll be really honest. It’s actually the first Halal-certified eatery that I would recommend even to non-Muslim for the food. Cosy ambience, delectable food, pretty reasonable prices and friendly staff.

ROYZ ET VOUS
137 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01, Singapore
6293 0270, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Thur : 11:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 6
Fri : 11:00 – 23:00
Value: 6
Sat : 12:00 – 23:00
Service: 7
Sun : 12:00 – 22:00