Restaurant André is a restaurant where you walk in and want to be surprised.
This marks my second visit to Andre Chiang’s restaurant, which recently won the accolade of being 68th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. My first visit back in 2011 was nothing less than stellar – The review can be found here (Dinner).
I do have to qualify my opinion though – I honestly think that in order to fully experience the André experience, it is imperative that you savour the dinner tasting menu, rather than over lunch.
There are many sushi joints in Singapore, from the places that serve from the conveyer belt (Sakae Sushi and Sushi Tei), to slightly more upmarket chains like Itacho Sushi and upmarket joints like Tatsuya, Ginza Sushi Ichi and Aoki Restaurant. But within that fairly congested list, lies Nogawa. Nogawa is perhaps, my favourite sushi joint, where I tend to see myself returning ever so often. And of course, prices are fairly reasonable with a pure sushi lunch omakase meal (what is shown in this review) for S$60++
During the recent Easter study break, I flew back to Singapore on a red-eye flight and the first meal (after a few hours on my own bed catching up on sleep) that I had, was dinner at JAAN. And let me just say, the view up from the 70th storey of the Equinox Complex does blow you away; Singapore has such a magnificent skyline, I’m confident that you’ll be hard-pressed not to agree with me! Of course, it’s just another reminder of the beautiful country that we live in. To be honest, the view is probably the key selling point of JAAN. The food is good but safe. Perhaps, too safe.
Small bites were served upon being seated. In the photograph above, from front-to-back, you have Sesame crusted potato croquet, Grilled chicken skin, and Smoked eel parfait topped pickled apple gelee.
By the way, JAAN is derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’. I digress.
Now, let’s get down to the details.
I love brunches, period. More so, if they include Eggs Benedicts or have decadent breakfast sets (i.e. sausages, scrambled eggs and bacon). One of the few places that have consistently received rave reviews of their Eggs Benedicts is Choupinette, along Bukit Timah Road.
Much of the reviews are well-deserved, I’d must say. In my case, we ordered the Eggs Royale (S$21++),
“New World Mutton Soup” came highly recommended for having one of the best hawker-style mutton soups in Singapore so a visit was quickly arranged.
To be frank, if you’re a frequent reader of this blog, this post might come as a surprise to you. Well, it surprised even me! But I remember that I would post more of our local hawker cuisine on my blog. So, this post adds on to the ever-growing list: No. 18 Zion Road Char Kway Teow and Covent Garden Kway Chap.
Saveur – That’s a name that I was hearing quite a bit of on the radio waves. (For the record, I stream my Mediacorp radio channels whilst in Perth!)
When I was back in Singapore during Easter, I made sure not to let slip the chance of visiting this casual “French-Singaporean” restaurant that I’ve heard so much of. Among the positives that I’ve heard, the chance of experiencing authentic French food at very reasonable prices was definitely the high up on the list.
How reasonable, you might ask? A reasonable serving of angel hair pasta goes for S$4, duck leg confit for S$9 and desserts that hover around S$7. That’s cheaper than a bowl of Bak Ku Teh at some up-market hawker joints!
A few weeks back, I remember reading somewhere in the newspapers or magazines that “French is the new Italian”. This was in reference to the recent sprouting of French bistros and restaurants in Singapore. Well, fans of Italian cuisine, fret not; there’s a new kid in town – OTTO Locanda.
Some time back in February/March, Chef Michele Pavanello of OTTO Ristorante, told me of his plans to open up a casual, informal Italian trattoria at Maxwell Chambers. Of course, the location at Maxwell Chambers makes perfect sense; OTTO Ristorante is a short walk away being located at the red dot Traffic Building.
So when Chef Michele told me that they were hosting a private dinner for his business associates and regular customers to try the new menu, I was more than delighted to attend.
I was first introduced to Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah a.k.a. the Tau Sar Piah from Balestier when I was just a young boy. My step-grandmother used to buy a box of these savoury goodies for my dad’s birthday, every year without fail. That’s true love, don’t ya’ll agree?
Unlike some of the newer chains that sell Tau Sar Piah, Loong Fatt sticks to the tradition of producing only sweet and salty versions – None of the ‘modern’ Durian or Mango flavours.
Loong Fatt definitely serves up the best Tau Sar Piah that I’ve had – nothing else that I’ve had so far compares. If you’ve tried it before, I’m very certain that you would agree with me. If you haven’t, at just S$0.70 each, what’s stopping you – it’s time to make a trip there tomorrow!
Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah
639 Balestier Road
Note: I read a post on thefoodchapter and thought maybe I should do a short write up too! I like her comment, “Like laksa is to katong, tau sar piah is to Balestier.“
Just hours before our flight back to Singapore, we made a quick stop over at Australian Dairy Company for some steamed egg and iced tea.
The name, Australian Dairy Company, is quite a misnomer by itself, since it isn’t a milk or cheese company. The scrambled eggs at Australian Dairy Company are good, but we were just done with a satisfying meal at Yeung Kee just an hour before and had no space left to stomach more food!
With the influx of Japanese ramen restaurants opening up in Singapore, where does one go to get his ramen fix? One of the places that I visit frequently is none other than Sapporo Miharu Ramen located at Gallery Hotel, off Mohd Sultan Road.
If your next question is, “is the ramen served here authentic”? To be honest, if I were to give you an answer, it would probably be plucking an answer from the clouds. But authenticity aside, it sure was tasty!