Lunch @ Ho Rang I

November 18, 2017 in Korean

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 @ Da Luca

August 4, 2016 in Italian

My girlfriend texted me one day to ask if I heard of Da Luca. “No”, I replied. After which, she sent me many pictures of their signature sea urchin-scallop-truffle pasta dish. And I was sold!

Reservation was made for Wednesday because my girlfriend shared Da Luca receive their seafood supply on Wednesdays and Thursdays. And we really wanted to try their cold pasta. Keke.

And on the day of our dinner, my girlfriend and I managed to meet early at 6pm. Which was a very good thing cause our meal lasted for 3 hours. o_O Hahaha. We had a lot of catching up to do. =p

Upon arrival at the restaurant, we were brought to our seats before who-we-think-is-the-wife-to-chef-owner-of-Du-Luca shared with us the specials. And frankly, I think the specials should be made into permanent items on the menu. Cause based on what have been shared on instagram, most of the specials seem to be offered almost every night. Save the staff from repeating paragraphs of introduction. No? =)

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


1) Bread, Complimentary (above) – This was really good. Focaccia with dried cranberries and herb was nicely toasted such that its crust was crisp. All while maintaining a fluffy, stretchy texture within.

2) Cold capellini in truffle emulsion, $85 (above) – With raw Hokkaido scallops and raw Hokkaido sea urchin. The dish which my girlfriend and I specially came for. Do give the restaurant a call to check as this belongs to the specials, and its availability is dependent on their seafood supply. One could also add shaved truffle (minimum 5 grams). We decided not to cause another appetiser of ours had shaved truffle in it. And this was so good! The highlight of our dinner. It’s misleading to say it’s an appetiser though, cause the portion was that of a main. Do note the restaurant would also automatically assist to portion the dish. I requested for them not to for my photo-taking sake. Haha. =p A must order.

3) Pan-seared Spanish octopus, $40 (above) – With squid ink puree and Sicilian tomato confit. Another dish ordered from their specials.

4) Slow-cooked egg with burrata cheese and black truffle, $38 (above) – This was also from their specials! And what’s photographed has been portioned for 2. This came with (pork) salami too. Absolutely tasty!

5) Homemade broad egg pasta with braised duck, $25 (above) – With Italian parsley. This plate of pasta was cooked to perfection; Al dente! I am in love with handmade pasta. I reckon I should try my hand at making pasta soon! My pasta maker is collecting dust. Keke.

6) Warm almond-studded apple tart, $16 (above) – Served with vanilla ice cream. I felt the tart was a little too thin. It could do with more filling of caramelised apple. And yes, they assisted to portion our dessert into 2.


7) Chocolate fondant, $15 (above) – With pistachio lava and hazelnut gelato. My girlfriend and I didn’t like this. The chocolate sponge cake was good on its own, but the green lava tasted weird. Full-sized (soft) nuts were also included in the lava which I didn’t like. I guess I am traditional in the sense I preferred my chocolate lava cake as chocolate sponge cake with melted chocolate within.

Would I recommend Du Luca? Definitely. I can’t believe it took me so long to know of their existence. Apparently they commenced operation way back in October 2010.

But make sure one gets to hear their specials cause the specials were more interesting and tasted great. At least for the ones we ordered! =)

I wanted to try their seafood risotto (another special) but we were too full to stomach anymore. And I’m glad it was Mrs-to-Chef (should have gotten her name) who personally assisted us with our order taking. Cause it was her who advised us against ordering the seafood risotto as she felt it would be too much. And she was absolutely right! Looks like I will be back soon!

And read from their website, chef Luca Puccian worked for 3 years at Gunther’s. Which explained the similarity in some of the dishes. Like the angel hair pasta. But thankfully chef Luca Puccian differentiated his by adding seafood. A good move, I say!

DA LUCA
1 Goldhill Plaza, Goldhill Plaza, #01-19/21, Singapore
6258 4846, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 8

Dinner @ Your Woul Korean

February 9, 2016 in Korean

And my search for Korean restaurants in the North doesn’t stop. Keke. After knowing about Your Woul, I have been back there at least three times now.

I would recommend coming here in a group of at least 3 cause the portion for most dishes are pretty big. Or at least for the dishes which interest me. Haha.

One wouldn’t need to make reservation. My friend and I managed to walk in during all 3 visits for dinner. But that may be cause there’s only 2 of us and we came on weekdays. So it’s easier to allocate us seats.

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

1) Side dishes, Complimentary (above)

2) Janchi guksu, $13.90 (above) – Korean warm noodle soup. Served with egg, kimchi and seaweed, this was surprisingly not too bad. My friend and I liked the noodle. It had that homely feel. So what started off with me only wanting to try one (big) mouthful, soon became half the bowl worth. Haha.


3) Mae-un chicken, $38 (above) – Sweet & spicy chicken. This was so good! Although these were served coated with the sauce, the fried chicken maintained its crispy-ness throughout our hour-long dinner. Meat within was tender and juicy. But my friend and I concluded it was the sauce that was the highlight. I liked that we were also given plastic gloves so that we could eat with our hands without worrying about getting dirty. But of course, the portion was too much for 2. We could only finish two-thirds of it. My brother, who tried the remaining one-third at home the next night, said it was still good and yummy. A must try!

4) Dakgalbi, $39 (2-3 pax) (above) – Spicy stir-fried chicken. Mixed with rice cakes too, this was okie. And if one wants fried rice at additional $6, one would need to leave some sauce for the staff to cook the rice with. However, as I came with a friend, we were too full to try the fried rice. Would have loved to try it though.


5) Gamjatang, $42 (2-3 pax) (above) – Pork bone soup with potatoes. Wanting to try something different, we decided to order this. And this was good. The meat was flavorful and fork-tender!

  

6) BBQ (pork) (minimum order 2 pax) with options of:-

(A) BBQ samgyub sal, $22 (above) – Sliced U.S. prime pork belly.

(B) BBQ mok sal, $26 (above) – Sliced pork collar.

What I don’t like about Your Woul is that they don’t provide complimentary drinks. Most Korean restaurants would offer water or Korean tea. But we had to buy bottled water.

In addition, we were not given much vegetables for our BBQ meat . What’s BBQ if we are not given sufficient lettuce for wraps. We ended up paying $5 for a plate of vegetables. And the irony of it was that the paid plate of vegetables was more than what was initially served. Like much more. Hmm…

But if I am to choose from the limited Korean restaurants in the North, I would go to Your Woul. Although the interior is simple and straight forward, I preferred it’s more authentic feel. And I noticed they are frequently patronized by Koreans too. A testimonial to the food.

YOUR WOUL KOREAN RESTAURANT
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: 6
Service: 7 

UPDATE: Restaurant is now known as Ho Rang I.