Archive for December, 2010

Goodbye 2010!!! Happy New Year!!!

I feel as if I haven’t even fully celebrated Christmas yet and already it’s the last day of 2010! I like it to still be December, I don’t want January to come so fast!!! December exudes a holiday feeling, even if you’re still in the office working. January always makes me feel “yeah show’s over, get cracking!”

New Year’s Eve this year is so subdued! Last year, I was drinking champagne and eating canapés on the rooftop of One Fullerton and enjoying a totally unblocked and private view of the fireworks. Then it was on to a 2 night’s stay at the Fullerton. The year before, it wasn’t that posh but at least I was out at East Coast Park with thousands of other Singaporeans, setting off my fire sparklers. This year, I am at home typing this. After last year’s NYE blast at Fullerton, I feel like I shouldn’t bother celebrating if it is going to be a half-baked attempt.

Anyway I shall have a party of sorts in the next few days as I eat my way through all the restaurants I have been eyeing for the longest time.  Brunch, buffets and afternoon tea, here I come! How will you be celebrating the new year? Have you received any wonderful new year cards? What new year parties will you be going for? Have you made any new year resolutions for 2011, and more importantly, how will you keep your new year resolutions?

Here’s to a really smooth and wonderful 2011 ahead of us. May we fulfil all our goals and dreams!

Wild Honey Cafe @ Mandarin Gallery

Wild Honey Brownie

And while we are on the topic of cakes, we had a most delicious piece of brownie the other day at Wild Honey Cafe. Although I said I like the chocolate cake at Shots Cafe very much the last time, this one is EVEN BETTER, because the brownie comes with a little cup of creamy milk.

This is the 1st time that I have ever been served milk to go with the brownie. It’s not cream because it’s not thick enough, yet it’s not plain milk because that would be too thin. Whatever the case, the creamy milk and the brownie was just a match made in heaven. I dunk the ENTIRE jug of milk onto the brownie and shovelled up all the chocolatey goodness. If ever you need some cheering up, this has got to take the cake, pun intended. I liked that the outside of the brownie was a little bit crusty while the inside was still moist and rich.

At $6+, I’m definitely coming back for more brownie. Breakfast wise, I think more value for money options can be found. To be continued….

Wild Honey Cafe

http://www.wildhoney.com.sg

#03-02, Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Road, Singapore

Tel: 6235 3900

Open: 9am – 10.30pm everyday, 8am Saturdays & Sundays

Orange Marmalade and Chocolate Chip Cake

Orange and Chocolate Chip Cake

I made this cake for Christmas Eve dinner. If I may say so, I think this is the prettiest cake I have made to date. My parents and the Partner all said it tasted wonderful. I totally regret not having taken a picture of the entire cake! The cake was pretty easy to make too. I had a few naked oranges with me after using their zest for the earlier orange and almond cake (the farewell cake). This orange marmalade cake uses orange juice instead of zest. The original recipe called for self-raising flour and baking powder, but I used stiff egg whites instead. I love beating egg whites to stiff peaks!

Wonder if anyone wants to buy my orange marmalade and chocolate chip cake for Chinese New Year?

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Thai Thai

It seems that most people who go to Mandarin Gallery in Orchard road mainly do so to dine at  these 3 restaurants: Jones the Grocer, Ippudo Ramen and Wild Honey Cafe. I was there on Monday at 2pm and guess what? There was a 45 minute queue at Wild Honey Cafe and a 20 minute queue at Ippudo Ramen. There was no queue at Jones the Grocer but nearly every table was occupied. Don’t people have to work? Yeah I know it’s December and just after Christmas, but stilll!

We were originally going to go to the Wild Honey Cafe but 45 minutes was too ridiculous so we forced ourselves to join the Ippudo queue. But a few paces down was this atas looking restaurant called Thai Thai. The waitress was standing there calling out to everyone who would walk by. There was a set lunch going on for $18 where you can get an appetiser, noodle mains and a drink. We though hey why not since that’s about the price we were going to spend at Ippudo anyway and of course we didn’t have to queue at all.

We jumped out of the Ippudo queue and entered the serenity that was Thai Thai. Instantly, I felt as if I’d just been plucked out of the noise from the unwashed masses to be planted in a peaceful and pretty palace. Okay maybe palace is an exaggeration but it was just great to be able to plop ourselves onto the seats with cushions all around and attentive waitresses at my service.

We both ordered the $18 noodle set. I took the Phad Thai while the Partner opted for the Laksa with green curry. There were also other choices such as beef kuay teow etc.

Thai Thai Prawn WontonsAppetisers of prawn fritters with sweet chilli sauce – The fritters were crispy and tasty, however the chilli sauce seemed diluted and was more sweet than spicy.

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Laksa with Green Curry – As you can see, the presentation was quite unique. The partner said the dish was very tasty. The chicken was tender while the curry was fragrant and had just the right amount of spice. The laksa noodles were springy and paired very well with the curry. Only grouse is that while there were lots of ingredients in the curry, it would have been nice if there had been just a little more curry to slurp at the end.

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Phad Thai – If I may say so I think Thai Express’ Phad Thai is better! The noodles seems a tad too soggy, there was not enough egg and whatever egg there was was clumped on the left side of the noodles. The peanuts that came in a tiny glass container looked like there was some peanut rationing going on. It didn’t taste bad, it just didn’t taste good.

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Nice seating area makes us want to return again to give Thai Thai another chance. Ordering via the Ala Carte menu isn’t cheap though. Be prepared to pay about $15 or more per dish ordered.

Thai Thai

Daily noon-10pm

#04-08 Mandarin Gallery 333 Orchard Road

Tel: 6737 9107

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Salta Parrilla Christmas Lunch

After having gone to Goodwood Park for Christmas Lunch 2 years in a row, we decided to try something else for a change. I had a really good time at Salta Parrilla the 1st time I went there and I had been finding another opportunity to revisit again. So I was glad to know that they would be open for Christmas, offering up a very good Christmas semi-buffet lunch at only $39.90! Btw they are having the same thing again for New Year’s Day so don’t miss out. This is one of the best places to have good meat.

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Discovered that they’ve added wooden panes to give more privacy to the diners. I quite liked being able to look in and out actually. We were the 1st to arrive so we got a really nice seat by the corner opposite the TV.

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Slow cooked lamb ordered by my mother and the Partner. Juicy, tender and flavourful. The chefs manning the grill/parrilla must be really talented!

Salta Slow Cooked Beef

Slow cooked veal. Was a little tougher than I’d expected. Had to get the Partner to carve it up for me cuz my hands got shaky after a while. I think I’m used to different cuts too, this particular cut didn’t look too appetising either.

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Fish was not supposed to be on the Christmas lunch menu, but we had requested a special order in advance since my father doesn’t eat 2 or 4 legged land dwelling animals. It’s funny to say this, but you know what, I thought the cod fish was the best dish. Yes it was way too oily, but the flavours was intense, and it was so flaky and smooth! Every sliver literally melted in my mouth.

Salta Cheese Board

Cheese platter

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Sides of vegetables. As previously mentioned in my 1st visit, the vegetables are nothing spectacular, since their speciality is in meat. The potatoes were very good though. Just a few sprigs of rosemary and garlic transformed the potatoes into wonderful balls of flavour.

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Empanada – Similar to our curry puffs except this one contained roquefort cheese. We were kinda expecting some kind of meat filling, so that was a little disappointing. Didn’t need more cheese after the huge selection at the cheese station. The empanada was pretty bland too, the skin was nothing like our crispy or flaky curry puffs. This one was pretty tough.

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Brownies with chocolate truffle cream

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Salta Fruit Salad

Fruit salad – pretty tasty and served in a nice glass

Salta Coffee

Complementary coffee – Damn strong. Something like 3 shots of expresso in 1 cup! After putting in nearly 2 packets of sugar and lots of milk, it became quite nice and we finished it up.

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Icon Village all decked out for Christmas. I like the look of this little alley way with the reddish brick theme. I believe there is a gourmet olive oil and honey shop here, in addition to some Japanese restaurants, pubs, nail spa and Salta.

Conclusion: Salta’s speciality is in its grilled meats. The appetisers and desserts were just pretty okay. Since the meat dishes on the ala carte menu already costs about $30, we were okay to fork out another $10 to enjoy the semi-buffet. I’m definitely going to come back again to try out that skirt steak and sweetbreads that I’ve been thinking about for the last 2 months!

SALTA Argentine Parrilla + Grocer

Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street #01-56 Singapore 078877
Phone: 6225 8443
Mon – Thurs: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
http://www.facebook.com/SaltaParrilla

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