Archive for July, 2011

Marina Bay Promontory and MBS

I really like the new Marina Bay area. After having not worked in Shenton Way for several years, I find the whole place refreshing and revitalizing. There are so many new restaurants and cafes there! I suppose those working in Shenton Way may not feel the same way, with the 5 day work drudgery killing off any feelings of wonder. But for me, this place just exudes an enchantment that still captivates me.

Marina Bay Financial District

Here’s a picture I took of the new Marina Bay Financial District from Kinki’s Rooftop Bar. That’s the StanChart building in the background, or at least that’s what I call it. There’s a cool microbrewery and restaurant called Level33 on the top floor. From Level33, you can get one of the best views of Marina Bay Sands as well as the Suntec area. In my opinion, Level33 is also where you can get the best views of the National Day Parade fireworks, with the Suntec area and the Esplanade as your skyline.

Pity those people who have to be in the office even at 9.30pm at night. In the foreground is The Promontory. It looks like an ordinary piece of flat land from this angle, but trust me, it’s not.

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At night, The Promontory serves as a romantic spot to get up close and personal with your sweetheart. What can be more romantic than having the wonderful MBS as your backdrop and the Marina Bay waters just beyond the fencing? And the most important thing, it’s dark enough such that nobody can see your face while you’re smooching away. See the picture above? It’s dark.

The Promontory

Lot’s of people at Customs House and lovebirds strolling along the Promontory, but yes, you will not be recognised. Kinki’s on the 2nd level and roof of Customs House. On the right of it is Fullerton Bay Hotel, also with its own rooftop restaurant and pool. Definitely great places to watch the NDP fireworks as well.

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And if kissing or ogling at people kissing isn’t quite your thing, you can always take in the wonderful views of Marina Bay Sands.

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They have some sort of a light show going on about 8pm and 10pm I think…

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Marina Bay Sands being attacked!

Marina Bay Sands

and Marina Bay Sands fights back!

How to get to the Marina Bay Area – http://www.marina-bay.sg/map_public_transport.html

For more information on Marina Bay Singapore – http://www.marina-bay.sg

Kinki at Customs House

*Invited Tasting Session*

I was delighted to receive an invitation from FoodNews to come down to view Kinki and have dinner several weeks ago. The Partner was busy so I tried to find a substitute. I had this impression that I would be able to find a keen soul easily. I mean who doesn’t like free food at a great restaurant??? Alas, the 3 people I asked all chickened out and the Partner had no choice but to cancel all appointments to save the day. I wonder if it had anything to do with Kinki’s name. Maybe my friends thought I was asking for something else….

Anyway, located along the Marina Bay Waterfront at Customs House, Kinki Restaurant + Bar conveys a refreshingly urban concept, with its cheeky moniker as one of the many things that sets Kinki apart from conventional Japanese restaurants. Kinki’s decidedly hip-urban décor is designed by Chris Garver of Miami Ink fame, bearing vibrant colours and echoing his signature style of intricate Japanese tattoo designs.

Kinki - Sushi Counter (2)

Kinki has a really long sushi counter. I don’t think I’ve seen that much fish on display before.

Kinki - Yuzu Caipirinha

To start us off, we got some drinks. I ordered the Yuzu Caipirinha $16 because I had a great Yuzu Cooler at Shin Kushiya and I thought I might enjoy something similar. Wasn’t at all the same actually, and in fact, the Yuzu Caipirinha was more of an orange drink.

Kinki - Ume Mojito (2)

The Partner got the Ume Mojito $16.

Kinki - Japanese Pear Martini

Japanese Pear Martini $20 was what Shasha from FoodNews ordered. I bet she knew that I would like it because she kept asking me to try it. In fact, I loved it so much, I took over her drink and left my Yuzu Caipirinha alone! Not only that, I had 2 of these delicious Japanese Pear Martinis. I am surprised myself because I was never a fan of martinis. Definitely a must order!!

Kinki - Tai Carpaccio

Tai Carpaccio $30 - Thinly sliced snapper with shio konbu and Kinki’s truffle dressing. Oh my god, this one was so delicious. If there’s one recommendation I have to make at Kinki, it would be that you simply have to order this, if money is not an issue! The special truffle dressing with an Asian twist complimented the slivers of snapper so well! I am salivating just thinking about this.

Kinki - Assorted Sashimi Platter

I love sashimi! The ones served at Kinki tasted really fresh. Also, the slices of fish were larger than usual, which is great because I hate it when the slice of fish flops limply on my chopsticks. Give me a plate of sashimi, plus some hot steamed rice and wasabi and I’ll be content. My all time favourite has got to be sword fish, that’s the pale one on the right bottom. I can eat loads of it!

Kinki - Assorted Sashimi Platter (4)

Amaebi, also known as sweet prawns are a favourite of mine! I love the sweet taste of the prawn. Don’t you find that there’s something unique about the texture of the prawn, it is ever so slightly mushy. I hear that the crunchy succulent textures of prawns found especially in Chinese restaurants is due to them having been soaked in alkaline water. Wonder if that’s a healthy thing to do?

Kinki - Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi (3)

 Foie Gras and Scallop Sushi $22 – An eye popping $22!! The foie gras was delicious as usual but it being so good, kind of overwhelmed the flavours of the scallop. I seriously don’t think it’s worth the price if you’re just after the foie gras because it was tiny!

Kinki - Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi

Since it was so expensive, I had to take extra photos of it. Love this picture of the foie gras and scallop sushi. Don’t you think it looks so dainty on the pretty plate? Love the design! One thing about Kinki, they sure have a variety of plates and dishes to add colour to the meal.

Kinki - Fatty Blue Fin Tuna with Fried Burdock Sushi

Fatty Blue Fin Tuna with Fried Burdock Sushi $28 – My 1st time eating fatty blue fin tuna I believe. While I couldn’t really detect the difference between this vs the normal tuna, I did like the combination of fried burdock with the tuna.

Kinki - Giant Grilled Sea Prawns (2)

Giant sea prawn grilled with spicy cod roe and Japanese aioli $24 – Very tasty prawns! Love the grilled flavour. Texture of the cod roe was great and I loved the salty flavours. Another must order dish, if you ask me. It gets a bit messy eating this with chopsticks, so do ask for fork and knife, or just dive in with your fingers!

Kinki - Pomegranate Miso Black Cod

Kinki - Pomegranate Miso Black Cod (2)

Pomegranate Miso Black Cod $24 – Loyal followers of my blog will know that cod is one of my most favoured fishes. I was really looking forward to this dish, but it kind fell below my expectations. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad dish. Rather, it had a very weird buttery taste that I wasn’t used to.

Kinki - US Prime Beef Teriyaki (2)

U.S. Prime Beef Teriyaki $24 – Just an average dish. Meat was not very tender. Stick to the seafood dishes, as that’s Kinki’s speciality.

Kinki Montage Rooftop

One should definitely go up to Kinki’s Rooftop bar to have a drink as well as take in the views of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) and Marina Bay Sands. The views from up there are astounding and there’s just nothing blocking your view at all. Of course, night views are the best and it’s more romantic! Oh, Kinki Rooftop bar would definitely be one of the best places to view the NDP 2011 fireworks! Check out my photos of MBS!

Kinki - Seating Area (3) Kinki - Seating Area

We were early so the place was pretty empty.  Love the flower motifs on the walls.

Kinki - Kinki Fish

The Kinki fish. Now you know what the restaurant is named after.

On the whole, Kinki is a great place to take your corporate clients or to celebrate a special occasion. If you’re going on your own, the prices can be a bit steep, especially the sashimi and Kinki’s Customs. Order from the cooked food section and the prices should be more manageable. See Kinki’s menu here. Right now up until National Day, Kinki will also be having a special National Day’s celebration menu. Check it out at their website!

*Many thanks to Kinki and to Shasha from FoodNews for hosting the wonderful dinner.

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
70 Collyer Quay #02-02
Customs House, Singapore 049323
T: +65 6533 3471 | F: +65 6533 3473
enquiry@kinki.com.sg

Operating Hours
Mondays to Fridays
Lunch from 12pm (Last order at 2.30pm)
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Saturdays and Public Holidays
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Sundays Closed

http://www.kinki.com.sg/

South Coast at Marina Bay Sands

I can’t seem to escape from the allure of Marina Bay Sands, so when I heard about the new cafe South Coast that had opened there, I just knew I had to pay them a visit. Also happened to read about these cane toad pies they claim to be serving…

We had a bit of trouble locating South Coast, as you actually have to step out of MBS to find it. Most people choose to sit outside as it is brighter and you get the views of the water, but we wanted to escape the sun and also the construction site smell just outside.. It is air conditioned inside, even though all their doors are open!

SouthCoast Flat White

Flat White $5 - The coffee was pretty good, nice aroma and body. It also came with a biscotti but I forgot to eat it! My father ate his and he said it was wonderful. Damn!

SouthCoast

See, everyone chose to sit outside.

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I like the circular lamp shade thingies on the ceiling! Don’t you think they look quite pretty? Kind of matches the floral dress the lady with the kid was wearing. Some of the lamp shades don’t have light bulbs in them. Guess which.

SouthCoast -Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sour dough

Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sourdough toast $16 – My father ordered this and said that it was fantastic. You can just see the bread sticking out from under the eggs. It has a load of crusty cheese on it which paired very well with the runny eggs and avocados.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast (2)

Barn laid eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, spinach, hash brown, tomato with sour dough toast $21 – Plating doesn’t seem to be the chef’s best skill. Or maybe the plate was too small as my toast kept slipping onto the table. Can’t see the mushrooms in this photo except for the odd one sticking out under the eggs. On the whole, pretty good. The hash brown has got to be the best that I’ve eaten in a while! Eggs are of course something I never tire off. Mushrooms, spinach and bacon were good. The bacon still had texture as it hadn’t been over fried to a crisp. The sausage was rather bland though. I could do without the sausage and have a cheaper meal. Bread also tasted normal, couldn’t tell that it was sourdough.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast

The same breakfast as the picture above, except that the eggs were done over easy instead of sunny side up.

SouthCoast - Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas

Ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas $14 – In my opinion, the STAR of the entire meal at South Coast. These pancakes were SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. So so good. I am planning a return visit just to have these pancakes again! I didn’t eat the bananas but I mopped up the caramel with the pancakes. The flavour was awesome and the texture of the pancakes was light and fluffy without being flat! I’ve been wanting to replicate pancakes like these and never been successful! It’s a pity they don’t serve this at night. It would be great on the dessert menu!

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We got the waitress to turn down the fans as they were blasting at our food. View from the inside is pretty good too.

SouthCoast - Chairs

Cute little chairs. They have chairs with backs as well but that’s only available outside.

SouthCoast Breakfast Menu

South Coast Breakfast Menu

On the whole, I thought the food was good but a little pricey. $16 for cheese and eggs on toast plus half an avocado, that’s steep to me. As I’ve mentioned time and again, I make my comparison with Epicurious at Robertson Quay. Of course, the prices are steeper here due to the location, and also, you don’t have to wait too long for the food, which is very important. Don’t bother asking for variations in your meal though. The chef at South Coast doesn’t entertain that.

South Coast (Australian Bar & Bistro)

L1-85 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore City, Singapore 018972

Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8am – midnight Mon – Thurs
8am – midnight Fri – Sun

Email enquiries@southcoast.com.sg

Phone +65 6688 7600

http://www.southcoast.com.sg

http://www.facebook.com/SouthCoastSG

Singapore Blog Awards 2011

Yesterday I attended the Singapore Blog Awards 2011 held at Shanghai Dolly at Clarke Quay. I hadn’t expected the place to be so packed, but packed it sure was. I was just glad to be able to snag one of the last few bar seats available. Quite a number of enthusiastic bloggers also dressed up as historical characters in line with the theme of the event.

365days2play at Singapore Blog Awards 2011

Here’s me dressed up as…ummm… myself.

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See, packed! There was tons of food provided, like Domino’s pizza and other light bites. Also free flow of soft drinks and Tiger Beer Crystal. I’ve never been to Shanghai Dolly at night before. Wonder what that’s like.

Singapore Blog Awards 2011 (4)

Shimona Kee entertaining us with songs before the event started. Click here for Shimona’s website or find her on twitter @simplyshimona.

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A skit being performed to tell us the meaning behind “History gets Social”…

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Major-General (NS) Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and also the youngest member of the Cabinet at only 42 was the guest of honour for the day. Not too sure what other events he gets invited to, but the Singapore Blog Awards must surely be one of the most unique ones he has attended! I hope he maintains his interest in reading all our blogs well beyond this event!

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Here’s a closer look at the Singapore Blog Award 2011 winners. For the complete list of winners, do go to the Singapore Blog Awards website.

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Thanks once again to Omy for the invite!

Shanghai Dolly

Clark Quay – The Foundry

3B River Valley Road #01-01

Singapore 179021

Didn’t realise that Shanghai Dolly also has a Chinese restaurant. You can check out the Dolly Restaurant menu here.

KPO – Killiney Post Office cafe bar

I don’t know who came up with the name KPO, but that person sure is a smart fella. KPO, if you don’t already know, is a cafe and bar situated at the Killiney Post Office building (yes the post office is still operational!). KPO = Killiney Post Office, what’s so smart about that you say. Well, how’s this? KPO is also happens to be situated on the corner of Killiney Road, Penang Road and Orchard Road. Now is that cool or what??? Word plays turn me on….ahem…moving along…

After my huge 8 eatery Gastromania Feast at Far East Square, I still managed to wobble to Orchard Road to meet up with my JC mates. Not only did I continue to have a drink at Oriole Cafe, I managed to down some Vietnamese beef pho at Killiney Road, and still have space for a peach Bellini at KPO. Nearly 10 hours of feasting…phew!

KPO Peach Bellini

Here’s the peach bellini I had for $22. Didn’t taste of peach at all. A little disappointing actually.

KPO unidentified drink

Here’s what one of my friends had. Didn’t manage to take down the name.

Exterior seating area

KPO looks cool huh, especially at night. Took this picture off http://www.imaginings.com.sg/, which owns KPO as well as Balaclava and Wala Wala. Taken from this angle, I can’t even recognise this as a place in Singapore!

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There is indoor seating as well as outdoor. This was taken from the 2nd floor outdoor seating area.

KPO

See the Singapore Post sign?

KPO Cooked Food Combo

It seems that they serve cooked meals as well. Didn’t get to try any out for obvious reasons. Maybe next time.

KPO Cafe Bar

Killiney Road Post Office

1 Killiney Road Singapore 239518

Tel: 6733 3648

http://www.imaginings.com.sg/

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