Dinner @ Seiwaa Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Restaurant

August 6, 2017 in Japanese

Wanting my colleagues to enjoy a different dining experience, I suggested Seiwaa; I thought it would be fun to have some do-it-yourselves moments since I had a good time with my family at similar okonomiyaki restaurant. Thus, reservation was made for 8 people on Seiwaa’s website. And because our group was bigger than 4 people, we were allocated to level 2 where tables were longer with a bigger teppanyaki plate.

However, although the table was supposedly longer, it was (still) a little cramped for us. Especially when we got the middle of the 3 tables which were positioned in a line. I would say the restaurant works better for groups no bigger than 6. Knowing that my colleagues don’t eat much, we decided not to go with the buffet menu (pages 1, 2).

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3), my colleagues and I ordered:-

1) Aburi mentai scallops, $20 (above) – This was ordered because it looked enticing from the pictures hung on the wall. Unfortunately, the dish of scallops was fully prepared in the kitchen. We thought the scallops would be torched in front of us. And these were so-so since I’m not exactly a fan of mentai (pollock roe mixed in mayonnaise).

2) Gyoza, $5 (above) – Pan fried dumpling.

3) Karaage chicken (6 pcs), $6 (above) – I enjoyed this! Loved how the meat was tender and juicy within.

4) Nagoya chicken wings, $10 (above)

5) Tempura mori, $15 (above) – 3 pieces prawn and 5 pieces vegetables.

6) Whole squid, $18 (above) – If one must really know, we went for second because it went very well with our beer. And it was made more enjoyable because it was deliciously grilled by the staff. My colleagues and I came to realise it’s a hassle to grill our own food on top of drinking. Yes. When I am with my colleagues, I have to turn on my ‘alcoholic’ mode. Keke.

7) Lamb, $12 (above) – Unfortunately, this was to be grilled by ourselves. I think we weren’t too bad although our teppanyaki plate looked pretty pathetic with just 8 pieces of lamb. Keke.

8) Ocean seafood grill set (for 2 persons), $48 (above) – Salmon, squid, prawns, oyster, scallops and vegetables.

9) Buta don, $10 (above) – Grilled pork rice bowl. Give this a miss.


10) Seafood okonomiyaki, $14 (above) – Squid, shrimp. And for the okonomiyaki-s, printout with direction was provided to guide diners in making their own okonomiyaki. However it’s not as easy as it seemed. The very basic would be to mix everything properly to ensure the batter coat the ingredients. If one isn’t confident of flipping it (since the portion was pretty big), one could make 2 okonomiyaki-s instead of 1 from the bowl of mixture. And one shouldn’t attempt in making it too flat.


11) Pork okonomiyaki, $10 (above) – Thankfully, the staff was not busy with the other tables and assisted us with our pork okonomiyaki. The difference is pretty evident from the photographs, eh?

12) Chicken monjayaki, $10 (above) – We added toppings of cheese ($3) and crispy noodles ($2) as recommended by the staff. Again, we were thankful the staff assisted us for this too.


13) Tonpeiyaki, $12 (above) – And this was a dish on the menu that’s cooked by the staff. Wouldn’t dare imagine if we had to pull this off on our own. Haha. And I really liked this. Because it could only feed 4 (since it’s cut into 4 pieces), we order 2 of these. To which my colleagues jokingly exclaimed “Cabbage again!?!” Haha.

14) Yaki udan, $12 (above)

15) Yaki soba, $12 (above)

Despite stumbling our way through having to cook most some of the dishes, my colleagues and I had a good time at Seiwaa. I personally preferred ordering from the a-la carte menu as it allowed us to try more variety. However, the con about the place was the difficulty in finding a parking lot since 1 of my colleagues drove.

72 Dunlop Street, Singapore
6291 6084, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 11:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 6
* Closed on Sun

Dim sum @ Si Chuan Dou Hua (Kitchener Road)

October 3, 2016 in Chinese

I was arranging a catch up with my exex-colleagues (Haha. Yes, I am going into such details. Exex. =p) and I felt dim sum was more appropriate for us as compared to brunch at cafe. I was right cause my exex-colleagues unanimously went with dim sum when I gave them the options. Keke.

With that, we decided on Si Chuan Dou Hua. I’ve always wanted to go for their nostalgic dim sum (since 2 years back), and it was pure coincidence that my exex-colleagues and I were meeting up when Si Chuan Dou Hua was having their nostalgic dim sum. Such luck. =)

And when I called to make reservation, the staff surprised us with the good news of an ongoing promotion; We would only need to pay $25 instead of $38 per person! That said, Si Chuan Dou Hua needs at least 4 people for their dim sum buffet.

With 2 seatings for the buffet, we went with 11.30am to 1pm over 1.30pm to 3pm.

Si Chuan Dou Hua is located within PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road which was a 10 to 12 minutes walk from Farrer Park MRT station. And I have to admit I wasn’t expecting the hotel to be so dated. Especially when I compared it to PARKROYAL on Pickering which I was at just a few months ago.

And from the ‘nostalgic dim sum buffet feast’ menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), we ordered:-

1) Marinated cucumber with dried chilli (above) – Don’t belittle the dried chilli. This was really spicy!

2) “Siaw mai” with diced abalone (above)

3) Prawn dumpling with coriander (above)

4) Steamed vegetable dumpling with black truffle (above) – This was pretty good! We went for seconds even though we had many more on the menu which we didn’t get to try.

5) “Hakka” dumpling with turnip (above) – This was pretty interesting. I liked the skin which was chewy and stretchy like our Japanese rice cake (mochi).

6) Crispy sesame glutinous rice ball (above)

7) Crispy glutinous minced meat with shrimp dimpling (above) – I liked this!

8) Deep-fried peanut cake in “teochew” style (above) – A must order. And yes, one can (perhaps) see the trend that I like chewy ‘skin’. Keke.

9) Baked egg tart (above)

10) Pan-fried wild mushroom dumpling (above) – This was worth ordering too.

11) Pan-fried duck meat bun with goose liver sauce (above) – A must order. This was really good.


12) Signature pork belly roll with yam (above) – These were mini in size, so my exec-colleagues and I went for seconds cause it was too small to satisfy us properly. Keke. A must try.

13) “Char siew” bun with preserved vegetable (above)

14) Steamed beancurd skin roll topped with minced fish (above)

15) Steamed spare rib with diced pumpkin and yam (above)

16) Minced meat dumpling with sour and spicy stock (above)

17) Stir-fried sliced fish with celeery in si chuan spicy sauce (above)

18) Fragrant yam cake with waxed meat (above)

19) Crispy roasted pork (above)

20) Teow chew stewed duck (above)

21) Soya chicken (above) – This was disappointing.

22) Stir-fried carrot cake (above) – A must order. I liked that the carrot cake was also served in big chunks.

23) Braised pig shank and quail egg in vinegar and ginger (above)

24) Poached seasonal vegetable with dried scallop (above)

25) Double-boiled cartilage soup (above)

26) Minced meat porridge with cuttlefish (above)

27) Chilled almond jelly with red bean, chilled osmanthus jelly with honey, yam pudding (above)

28) Glutinous rice cake, baked honey comb cake (above)

29) Cream of fresh mango with pomelo (above)

30) Double-boiled pear and white fungus with osmanthus (above)

31) Homemade bean curd with wolfberry (above) – Of all the items offered for the desserts, this was my favourite!

Will I recommend Si Chuan Dou Hua for their nostalgic dim sum buffet? A definite yes. It was very value for money, with so many dishes offered. But make sure one should be punctual. Rather… I should better say, “just start without the latecomers.” For real.

I was late. I only managed to reach at 11.50am. My bad. And my exex-colleagues chose to wait for me. But with the last order (for earlier seating) at 12.30pm, the 40 minutes was not enough for us to attempt trying everything on the menu. In fact, we didn’t even have enough time to finish our food when we crazily placed our 3 rounds of orders between 12.20pm to 12.45pm.

Yes! Special mention to the manager who was taking care of our table. At 12.20pm, she noticed we had only ordered 1 round. The other tables were already at their fourth round. She came up to us and asked for our additional orders. She even extended our last order from 12.30pm to 12.45pm. If it wasn’t for her, my exex-colleagues and I probably wouldn’t have noticed how time was passing us by so quickly as we were too engrossed in our catch up and missed out on so much Si Chuan Dou Hua had to offer for their dim sum buffet.

And yes, we got to sit till 1.30pm (the latest time possible) before having to give up our table for the next seating.

181 Kitchener Road, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Level 2, Singapore
6428 3170, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 14:30 – 18:00 (Hi tea)
Value: 8
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Service: 8

Dinner @ Wan He Lou

October 26, 2014 in Chinese

Continuing on with my hairy crab adventure, my friend and I were off to Wan He Lou. Actually, my friend just wanted Chinese cuisine. And the only few Chinese restaurants that I can remember offhand are those which I’ve shortlisted to try their hairy crab. Haha. =p

And with that, we arrived on a Tuesday evening to a packed restaurant. We noticed most were dining in big groups. And we were lucky to be seated promptly as there happened to be an empty table meant for pairs.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Green dragon vegetable with dried shrimps, $9.90 (small) (above) – With 7 options to choose our vegetables to be done, we went with ‘sambal belacan’. Other ways include ‘sauteed with chopped garlic’, ‘anchovies’, ‘oyster sauce’, ‘preserved beancurd’, ‘spicy bean paste’ and ‘black bean’. This was not too bad. Vegetable was crunchy and refreshing, although it was a little spicy for me. I really can’t take spicy food.

2) Signature chicken, $11.90 (small) (above) – This was not bad. The meat was scarped such that it’s a ball at the end which made eating very satisfying. Imagine being able to take one big mouthful of meat easily. And this actually reminded me of coffee pork ribs. The chicken drumlets were fried such that its exterior was crispy before coating them with the sauce. Very nice.

3) Half shell scallop in garlic sauce, $16 (4 pieces) (above)

4) Hairy crab, $26.90 (above) – There’s a promotion of ‘buy 3 get 1 free’, but we decided to share 1 instead. When we were placing our order, we were given an option of male or female, which we went for the former. And upon served, the staff asked if we needed help which we said yes. And with that, the staff dissected the crab very skillfully for us. Amount of roe was not too bad for its price tag. However, the staff forget to give us our cup of ginger tea till we reminded them.

5) Signature lobster porridge, $39.90 (above) – Lobster porridge being their signature dish, we just had to order this. It’s stated on the menu that this costs from $29.90. And upon placing our order, the staff updated us that it would cost us $39.90 for a portion that’s good for 2. And this certainly did not disappoint. Staff assisted to remove the lobster from the bowl before we helped ourselves to the porridge. And the soup was so good. Rich and flavourful.

I certainly recommend Wan He Lou. With their dishes being very affordable, Wan He Lou makes an ideal venue for big group outings. Service was okie although we had a little difficulty initially in trying to get their attention to place our orders. Parking was not an issue aswe parked at Jalan Besar Plaza, with its car park entrance being just opposite Wan He Lou too. Very convenient with affordable parking charge too. We paid only $1.50 for parking (It’s per entry for Monday to Saturday, after 6pm).

And for those interested in their hairy crabs, Wan He Lou is offering them till end of November 14.

65 Maude Road, Singapore
6294 8057, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 17:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 7