Sunday, December 22, 2013
The newly revamped Suntec City has reopened with quite a few brand new restaurants, and one of them is Le Restaurant which is by the people behind the Paradise Group of restaurants.
At the centre of the restaurant is this light-changing Buddha statue, creating a mystical ambience.
The entrance to the restaurant. I think 90% of people who pass by this entrance would have no idea that this place serves Cantonese food and Dim Sum.
For lunch today, we ordered their S$188 and S$138 set meal, where we can try all the various dishes.
Started off with the Chilled Mexican Abalone with Soy Sesame Dressing. A refreshing appetizer to start off our feast.
Another appetizer was this Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio with Soy Vinaigrette. Scallop was fresh and sweet.
Brewing a pot of special glutinous rice tea
Something for the cold weather - Double boiled Porcini fungus and cordyceps flower soup
Another abalone dish - Pan seared Foie Gras accompanied with braised 6-head abalone
Red Garoupa poached in lobster broth. You can imagine how sweet the soup is.
Pan fried French duck thigh with Thai salad and shallot. Very interesting dish and very flavourful.
Pan seared grade 9 Australian wagyu beef with lemon zest. The beef was juicy.
Stir fried angel hair with lobster. Really enjoyed this dish. If I could, I will order one big plate next time!
Chilled noodles with king crab in Teochew broth. This pales in comparison to the former dish.
A look at the interior seats. Although the décor is dark, but the chairs and tables are rather bright.
For dessert, we had the Crispy custard lava bun with vanilla gelato
Sweet temptation of mango sago, avocado cream, Yakult pudding and fruits
Adjourned to bar area for house cocktail. Double Happiness : Bombay east gin, kaffir lime.
The restaurant wasn't crowded when we were there on a weekend lunch. The food is good, but maybe the décor is confusing for some who thinks this is a western food restaurant.
LE Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar
Suntec City Mall,
3 Temasek Boulevard
at 11:40 AM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Ever since Lawry's moved from Paragon to Mandarin Gallery, we have not been there. The place looks much bigger than previously, and is more spacious.
We were here for brunch on a weekend, and as it was raining there were not much diners here.
For brunch, we ordered the Signature Prime Rib Brunch (S$88) and the Weekend Brunch (S$88)
We were recommended this Sake MIO (S$25 per bottle), which is a kind of sparkling sake. This a very delicious and easy to drink sake. Almost like a soft drink, but with the fragrance and taste of sake. Highly recommended.
The famous original spinning salad, where the server keeps spinning the metal bowl to "spin" out any remaining water from the lettuce.
Pretty good. The lettuce was fresh and crunchy. I enjoyed their salad dressing too.
Also ordered a bottle of Vecchia Storia Moscato (S$95 per bottle) to go with the steak.
Next comes the soup - Cream of Black Truffle Mushroom with Garlic Toast (for Weekend Brunch)
Before we knew, the chef rolled out the special portable carving station where the beef is freshly sliced in front of diners.
Yorkshire Pudding, which is baked in small skillet until puffy and golden brown (for Prime Rib Brunch)
Sides - Idaho Mashed Potatoes, Workshire Pudding and the Lawry's Cut (285g for Prime Rib Brunch). Beef was juicy and we had it medium done. It may not be as good as the popular "Wagyu" grade of beef served elsewhere, but the beef here remained juicy and full of "beefiness".
Grilled Wagyu Quarter Pounder Burger (for Weekend Brunch). We find this so-so only.
Dessert Sampler (for Weekend Brunch) - Strawberry English Trifle, Blueberry Yoghurt & Lychee Sorbet.
This place is great for a lazy brunch or relaxing dinner. Good service and rather okay steaks.
Lawry's The Prime Rib
333A Orchard Road
at 4:44 PM
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Had our first dinner at Taratata Bistrot not too long ago.
This bistriot has opened for quite some time over at the ever changing Keong Saik Road which saw many restaurants come and go over the years.
Thanks to the checkered floors, the entire restaurant has a "Parisian" feel to it.
Started off our dinner with the Crab salad with mayonnaise and pomelo. Quite refreshing because of the pomelo. They were rather generous with the crab meat too.
French onion soup - Not too salty, and it was pipping hot. Really hot.
Pan seared foie gras with caramelized pear - No visit to any French restaurant would be complete without having some foie gras.
Ordered a glass of red wine, but find the wine only so-so
Duck confit - The skin is not very crispy, but the duck meat was juicy and flavourful.
Kurobuta pork tenderloin -The pork was a little bit dry, but still acceptable.
Apple pie - We didn't like this dessert. The "crust" was too dry and too much.
35A Keong Saik Road
at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Been a long time since we had lunch at Summer Pavilion over at Ritz Carlton. Summer Pavilion has always been one of the Chinese restaurant with excellent service.
These big windows reminded me of the TIE Fighters.
Summer Pavilion has a very homely feeling to it. The restaurant isn't too big, and the service is great.
Chinese Tea and crackers (S$5 per person)
Braised Beef Brisket with Turnip (S$8 per portion) - Was yearning for a bowl of white rice to go with the gravy
Double Boiled Soup of the day (S$16 per person) - Something to warm the tummy
Steamed rice skin rolls with shredded pork, mushroom and sze chuan vegetables (S$6 for 3 pieces) - Something different from the normal chee cheong fun. A healthier version. Taste wise, I prefer the unhealthy ones. Hehe
Poached live sea whelk (S$S$25 per 100g - S$125 for 500g) - Everyone was looking at our table when it was served. I guess not many people will order seafood for lunch. Really glad to have ordered this, as the meat was sweet and tender.
Steamed pork and prawn dumplings with mushrooms (S$5.20 for 4 pieces)
Deep-fried crab meat puff with bacon, golden mushrooms and onion (S$S$2.50 per piece) - Something we won't order the next time. A bit too dry and underwhelm.
Mango Sago (S$10) and Almond Tea (S$10)
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore,
7 Raffles Avenue
at 6:30 PM
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Everyone who like eating beef knows that Japanese grade beef are the world's best. And that is why a Japanese restaurant serving steaks and hamburgs would usually not go wrong.
Heard many good reviews about the juicy hamburgs served here in Masa, so we made our way down here on a Sunday early evening. Most of the diners here are Japanese, but the service staffs are locals. One unique characteristic here is that you keep hearing the "slapping" sound from the kitchen, and apparently that is the sound made when the chef is trying to "slap" the beef hamburg into shape.
Nama Yasai (S$12) - Stick Vegetables with Soy Bean Paste Dip Sauce. Since we are having lot's of meat later, it will be appropriate to have some veges as starters.
Shrimp Ajillo (S$12) - Sautéed Shrimp in Olive Oil with Garlic and Red Chilli. We were scared off by the oil. Too much olive oil here.
Baked Onion Soup (S$14). It was very hearty. I think they did a wonderful version of the onion soup.
Original Sauce - the sauce had a tangy kick to it.
Masa Combo (S$58) - Hamburg Steak and Bite-Sized cube cut steak. This is the smaller 200g hamburg steak with steak cube. The steak was pretty tender, but the hamburg stole the show.
MASA Hamburg (S$38 for 300g) - Here is another order of the 300g hamburg. As you can see, the outer layer of the hamburg is slightly crisp and cooked, while the middle is really juicy and pink. This got to be best hamburg we had ever. It was so juicy and flavourful. Highly recommended to all who love Japanese beef hamburg. This would really put all hamburger restaurants to shame.
Wasanbon Panna Cotta (S$8) - We were too full, but insisted on ordering dessert. And we didn't regret. This was creamy and had a nice caramel syrup.
MASA Steak and Hamburg
11 Unity Street
at 1:38 PM