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!
ODP (Open Door Policy) is a bistro concept located on Yong Siak St, hidden in the up-and-coming enclave of Tiong Bahru. The menu is written Tippling Club’s Chef Ryan Clift who has put together a modern bistro fare with a rustic twist.
The Tiong Bahru area used to be…. well for most part of it, still is…. a mature estate. In between old school coffee shops (usually non air-conditioned hawker shops) that sell Teochew porridge and shops that sell daily necessities (i.e. provision shops), it’s amazing to find indie coffee houses and book stores like Forty Hands and Books Actually and Western bistro concepts like this. You could say, this area has somewhat been gentrified in recent months.
To be honest, it’s hard not to see why; it’s minutes away from the nearest Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stop, a 10 minute drive to the main shopping street, Orchard Road and it has this unique old world charm hardly found in other parts of Singapore.
Restaurant Amusé (pronounced with an é) is probably THE restaurant to visit when one is in Perth. Having won over many food critics and bloggers alike, it has been accoladed with many awards including being rated number one in Western Australia in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide three years in the row, 2010, 2011 & 2012 and Awarded Three Hats and rated 17/20 in the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide 2012 (Sidenote: This is one guide that I refer to quite frequently.)
Be forewarned though, that at Amusé, there are no ala-carte options. There is only the ONE degustation menu which changes based on ingredients and seasonality. You are, however, requested to make your allergies and dietary requirements known at point of reservation. (Considering that the restaurant is quite small and tables are quite wide spread, my recommendation to potential visitors is to definitely make a reservation before heading down!)
A random late night supper stop brought us to Ming Yuen Noodles, a nondescript noodle house in Kowloon. Ming Yuen Noodles has quite a few branches in Hong Kong and by most accounts, the reviews of the other outlets seem rather similar – being rather average.
To be honest, we were rather famished by the time the food arrived, but even with that in mind, the meal at Ming Yuen did come across as being rather disappointing.
For those of you who like their rice, in particular ‘hot-potted rice’ dishes, do read a review of another Hong Kong establishment that specializes in it - Four Seasons Pot Rice
Part of the Daniel Boulud empire, Cafe Boulud NYC was one my last minute dining destinations while I was in New York back in December 2010. A last minute choice, yes, but a bad decision, it was not. In fact, this meal was one of the more memorable during my short trip to New York.
Do read my other New York entries: (1) Eleven Madison Park (2) Momofuku Noodle Bar (3) Le Bernardin (4) Michael’s (5) Marea
It is an undeniable fact that I am very, very fond of the dim sum at Tim Ho Wan. Having first blogged about it sometime back in December 2010, I have since revisited Tim Ho Wan two more times; this post documenting the latest visit in January 2012.
Instead of paying a visit to the first branch located in Mong Kong, we decided to drop by their outlet in Sham Shui Po. Benefiting from a significantly larger premise and more service staff, the outlet has reeled in the crowds since it opened. Of course, the Sham Shui Po outlet has its detractors – the main comment that the food served here pales in comparison.