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Hairy Crab season at Li Bai

After having been to so many restaurants in the last few years, I thought I’ve seen it all. Foie gras, Wagyu beef, caviar, sea urchin aka uni, been there done that. But last week’s meal at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant simply blew my mind away.

I’m talking about the steamed hairy crabs I had at Li Bai. Believe it or not, it was actually my first time sampling this delicious delicacy. I’ve had crabs numerous times in my lifetime, so it didn’t occur to me to need to seek out these hairy crabs, which I had assumed all along were just merely crabs with a slightly different flavour.

Li Bai Sheraton - Traditionally Steamed Hairy Crab (2)

Traditionally Steamed Hairy Crab $60 per piece

The flesh of the hairy crab is not that different from the usual crabs we get in Singapore, albeit sweeter in taste. But the piece de la resistance, the crème de la crème if you will (pun intended), is the hairy crab roe. Alas, I do not have a picture of the glistening golden roe, because for once I was too busy savouring its sublimely rich taste to remember to capture a picture of it.

This hairy crab roe is unlike any other crab roe I have ever tasted. It tasted saltier than usual, almost like a salted egg yolk. But unlike the one dimensional salted egg yolk which is mainly just salty, the hairy crab roe brought about a savouriness that made it taste 100 times more magical than a salted egg yolk, or other crab roes for that matter.

I wanted to utter something to my neighbouring diner, but I’d noticed that the private room we were in was enveloped in a hushed silence the minute the crabs were served, with only the clicking of spoons to crab being heard. Forget about etiquette, it was every man and his crab for himself.

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Shima Restaurant at Goodwood Park

I love going to Goodwood Park Hotel. It exudes a nostalgia of bygone eras and was also one of the hotels I was seriously considering as a venue for my wedding. So it was without hesitation that I accepted the invitation to check out the newly renovated Shima Restaurant. In case this sounds familiar, yes Shima Restaurant has been around since 1980! It is in fact Singapore’s first fine-dining Teppanyaki restaurant.

The restaurant was previously opened by Katsuhiro Watanabe, a former Singapore resident who has since retired and back in Japan. Last year, JR Foods bought over Shima Restaurant, hence the facelift, which now sees Shima Restaurant downsizing from a double storey restaurant to a single storey one. To be frank, I didn’t know about the existence of Shima Restaurant until the invite. Apparently my parents have dined at Shima once more than 10 years ago, and spent a bomb there! Come to think of it, Goodwood Park has TWO Japanese restaurants, the other one being Tatsuya.

Shima Restaurant - 4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriawase $45

4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriawase (Maguro, Tai, Yellowtail and Salmon) $45

We were there to check out the Sukiyaki set, although we did get a chance to sample the sashimi and teppanyaki as well. First up, the sashimi moriawase set, that had all the bloggers oohing and ahhhing at the voluptuous slices of raw fish. You can really taste the freshness in the fish, in addition to the more pronounced and slightly sweeter flavours. Those salmon sashimi slices were hands down, my favourite item of the evening. If only I didn’t have to share this with 2 other bloggers!

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Burlamacco Ristorante

2 year old Burlamacco is one of those restaurants where I would genuinely love to return again to sample more of what the restaurant has to offer. I was glad to have the opportunity to dine there on a Sunday afternoon. Not many people think of going to the CBD area on a weekend, let alone a Sunday. Those who work in the CBD would probably abhor the thought, but you will be rewarded for coming to this part of town as you will be able to enjoy a laid-back, slow-paced and more personal atmosphere which you simply wouldn’t get on a bustling weekday. Oh and did I mention that there are no ERP charges on Sunday and parking is a breeze?

Burlamacco Ristorante

The Partner and I were the 1st to arrive for lunch at the restaurant, so we had the luxury of picking the best seats in the house. I like the cheery decor of Burlamacco, as well as the pictures of clowns decorating the restaurant. This restaurant in a conservation shop house row boasts a skylight, which allows natural light to permeate the restaurant. Just in case you were wondering, Burlamacco refers to the clown-like figure which presides over the carnival in the Tuscan town of Viareggio, and is the town’s mascot.

Burlamacco - Crostata - Chocoalte Tart Eruption with Vanilla Ice Cream $16 (1)

As always, before I delve right into the what we sampled at Burlamacco, let me first tempt you with a picture of the decadent molten chocolate tart we tried. Yes, you heard me right, MOLTEN chocolate tart, a first for me and for many people I’m sure. Click Read More to find out more!

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D’Bell – Stylish Indian restaurant in the CBD

D’Bell, a contemporary Indian-inspired restaurant and bar located in the heart of Singapore’s trendy North Canal Road has opened its doors. Diners can look forward to a chic and modern dining experience of light Indian-influenced offerings and classic cocktails amidst D’Bell’s stylish and luxe interiors.

I must say, my 1st impression of D’Bell was that it struck me more as an upmarket Western restaurant as most Indian restaurants that I am used to are rather traditional looking or casual looking. Prices seem quite reasonable in comparison to the other Indian restaurants.

D'Bell

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JAAN Restaurant at 50% discount!

It’s no secret that I love dining at fine-dining restaurants, I love the effort the chef displays in every dish that is presented, I love the attentive service and ambience, I love how the 3 hour meal feels like a long luxurious session perfect for catching up with the Partner. I what I do hate though, is the bill after the meal! Sometimes it’s expensive enough to shock you into indigestion straight away!

But now, with the Amex Platinum Card, you can enjoy up to 50% discount when you dine at many of Singapore’s illustrious restaurants. Take for example our visit to JAAN at Swissotel, the bill was a whopping $400+, but with the Amex Platinum Card, we only paid half the price. Smile

Jaan - 55' Rosemary smoked organic egg with ratte potato, chorizo iberico, buckwheat (2)



Here’s what the American Express Platinum Card offers you
  • A complimentary Palate membership* worth S$457.96 (incl. GST)
    • Get up to 50% savings on food orders* at some of the best restaurants in Singapore
    • Enjoy 15% savings on drinks* at some of the island’s trendiest bars.
  • A complimentary The Far Card Classic Membership worth S$425 (incl. GST)
    • Enjoy year-round savings of up to 50% on dining for unlimited visits at your choice of 11 restaurants at Fairmont Singapore, Swissôtel the Stamford Singapore, Equinox Complex and Swissôtel Merchant Court.
    • Revel in the accommodation benefits by free room upgrades and special room rates
    • Enjoy 15% off a la carte bookings of spa treatments from Mondays to Fridays at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore and Spa & Sport at Swissôtel Merchant Court
  • American Express Selects® – Enjoy up to 50% savings* with American Express Selects at a wide selection of restaurants in Singapore and around the world.

And that’s just the dining privileges! There are also movie discounts, spa discounts, golfing and shopping privileges!

Lucky Draw Promotion (exclusively for Platinum Card Members): From now till 9 Nov 2014, you can also be one of the 5 lucky winners every day to win S$100 worth of dining vouchers (TungLok dining vouchers for Monday to Saturday draws and Fairmont dining vouchers for Sunday draws). Every receipt above S$50 earns you one chance to win.  Enjoy double the chances when you spend S$50 or more in a single receipt at any The Far Card or Palate establishment.


Anyway, the proof is in the eating so let’s get down to the experience we had at JAAN. JAAN is a lovely restaurant helmed by Chef Julien Royer. Being on the top floor of the Swissotel, it’s a really nice place to have a romantic dinner or an important birthday celebration. Derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’, JAAN is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in Artisanal French cuisine in Singapore.

Jaan - Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

The Amuse bouche, or several of them to be exact, to kick start the meal. Absolutely loved those cheese crackers and mini macarons.

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