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Si Chuan Dou Hua 2015

We have our usual favourite spots for dim sum, however we decided to pamper ourselves by splurging a little more by venturing to a more “atas” (literally) spot for dim sum. Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant is at the top of UOB plaza and boasts great views from the main dining area.

What surprised us was their pricing of the menu. It is pretty comparable to the family chain restaurants such as Crystal Jade and Imperial treasure! Food quality was pretty good too.

Sichuan Douhua - Dim sum time! (1)

We were there to try out signature Si Chuan dishes but we got carried away ordering our favourite Hong Kong dim sum dishes. The cartilege soup in the picture is from the Si Chuan Menu.

Sichuan Douhua -  Homemade Fine Bean Curd with Wolfberry $4

Homemade Fine Bean Curd with Wolfberry $4

And I suppose you really cannot leave without trying their signature bean curd which I assure you is one of the softest and most silky smooth traditional bean curd around. In fact, if you’re in the vicinity and feeling a little peckish, you might just want to pop up to a restaurant for this refreshing bowl of bean curd. At $4 it seems a steal.

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Zafferano–An Italian Brunch affair!

One of my favourite restaurants Zafferano has recently come up with their new Italian Saturday set brunch and it is a brunch to behold. You might just have to hold your stomach too as you leave the restaurant because the set brunch is chock a block full of food!

There are a total of 4 courses, but it’s not one dish per course. Being generous as Italians are, they have have numerous mini dishes within each course. You could almost think of this brunch as being a 10 course brunch (more in fact), with a buffet dessert just in case there is a shred of doubt that you’re not next to bursting. And the interesting thing about this “The Italian Table” brunch it’s that it’s not an egg-based brunch. I was wondering when the eggs would feature, but I realise that egg-based brunches are more an Aussie/UK/US thing. The dishes in this brunch are what the Italians would normally have for brunch.

Check out the pictures below and read about my favourite dishes from the Zafferano brunch.

~~~ Starters ~~~

Zafferano Brunch - Live seasonal oysters (2)

Live seasonal oysters – Self explanatory

Zafferano Brunch - Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

While I am not a fan of fish, I do love sashimi, smoked or marinated cuts. Trout was finely sliced and had a delicate flavour. Disappeared in a jiffy.

Zafferano Brunch - Italy burrata

Freshly imported Italian burrata and tomatoes

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ME@OUE SG50 Menu

The Marina Bay area is blessed with many great restaurants with spectacular views and Me@OUE is definitely among the top, literally speaking. I’ve seen the bay from many different angles and thought I had seen everything. But the view from Me@OUE’s rooftop lounge and restaurant is great because it is at a comfortable height (not too high) which makes you feel like you are in the thick of the fireworks.

Marina Bay National Day Fireworks

To celebrate Singapore’s Jubilee Anniversary on August 9th Me@OUE invites diners to tuck into dishes influenced by local favourites with the restaurant’s distinct twist. The menu highlights Celebrity Chef Chen Kentaro’s vast expertise of fusing Japanese, French and Chinese cuisine with a local flair. For $245++ per person, you can tuck into the National Day Menu comprising the following items :

  • Caviar
  • Superior Seafood Soup in Young Coconut
  • Uni Chawanmushi
  • Chilli Lobster
  • Chicken-Rice with Foie Gras & Black truffle
  • Mangosteen Vanilla Sorbet

If you don’t wish to go for the full on 6 course National Day Menu on 9th August Sunday, you can also sample 3 SG50 special main courses on 8th August Saturday :

  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Chilli Lobster
  • Sri Lankan King Crab

The normal menu is available along side the SG50 special main courses. We were lucky to be able to sample this SG50 special dishes as well as a few other signature dishes from ME@OUE! Read on for more details. 

ME@OUE - Tomato Ice Cream, Rigatoni Mascarpone Pepper, Pesto $22

Roma Tomato Salad, with Tomato Ice Cream, Rigatoni Mascarpone Pepper, Pesto $22

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Catalunya Weekend Brunch with Passion – 5 reasons why you need to check it out!

Catalunya’s Weekend Brunch Buffet is like no other that I’ve ever experience! It’s rowdy, it’s fun, it’s sensational, it’s fantastic! If you think you’ve seen one buffet and you’ve seen them all, Catalunya’s Weekend Brunch Buffet will change your mind!

Let me tell you five facts about Catalunya’s Weekend Brunch Buffet that sets it apart from the others, culminating in the show stopper….

Catalunya Weekend Brunch with Passion (1)

1. It’s a Spanish inspired buffet

Are there any other Spanish buffets out there? There certainly are a number of Italian ones, as well as International ones, but none that are Spanish focussed.

2. Appetisers Galore

The array of appetisers is mind boggling. The Chacuterie section comprises numerous types of smoked meats such as the much sought after Iberico hams. There is even a whole bowl of steak tartare, which is one of my favourite things. The fish section comprises things like smoked salmon, hamachi with ponzu sauce, sardines and even anchovies. Yes I did say this is a Spanish buffet. And at last count, I saw 7 different types of salads.

I for one normally spend the bulk of my time at the appetiser section when I go for buffets as I love all the raw or smoked meats. They’re not things you can get easily when you dine ala-carte, at least not in this variety. So this buffet is really heaven sent!

3. Buffet line has no mains???

After you have surveyed the buffet line, you will find there are no mains laid out! That’s because the mains will be served to each table around 1.30 pm. What a fantastic idea to do away with the perennial problem of how to make the mains still taste moist, tender and fresh when it’s been sitting under the warmer forever.

Catalunya - Suckling Pig Segovian Style (1)

The suckling pig is surely the highlight of the mains, and really the best that I’ve ever eaten. So tender you don’t even need a knife, and the crackling, oh my, wafer thin and glistening with oil!

4. Fabulous Views

At Fullerton Pavilion, it’s as if you’re dining on water. And you get to enjoy the views of the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Need I say more?

5. It’s a rowdy and passionate affair

For this, no amount of words can do justice. You have to watch the video near the end of this article to see for yourselves!

Scroll down to check out the photos!

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IKYU Niigata Food and Sake pairing menu

At first glance, 4 year old IKYU might strike you as a modern Japanese bar, thanks to its heavy use of metallic furnishings, and even heavier metal chairs. However, the traditional basics of serving quality fresh food exquisitely plated still runs supreme here. IKYU is helmed by the affable Executive Chef Takuma Seki or Seki-San, who at age 41, has had more than 20 years of culinary experience, most recently being Chef de Cuisine of Hide Yamamoto at Marina Bay Sands.

I was glad to be invited to partake in their $98 per pax 5 course Niigata Food and Sake Pairing menu that will be available until 14 June 2015. The menu pays homage to various techniques that have originated from the Niigata Prefecture, such as the use of Wappa-meshi, Hegi Soba and the Le Lectier pear of Niigata. Interesting to note that Niigata boasts 96 sake breweries, as compared to say 30 plus in Kyoto. I am told it is due to the water.

I have been to a number of wine pairing dinners, but never before a sake one, hence I had to bring my alcohol(ic) expert along.

IKYU - Chef Takuma Seki (2)

Seki-San was born in Niigata, hence the lovingly curated menu. Here, Chef Seki is preparing our first course for the day, the sashimi in 3 forms. If you can, grab the seats by the sushi counter. Chef Seki is a hilarious guy and very approachable!

IKYU - Nihonkai sansyu sashimi (1)

Nihonkai sansyu sashimi aka 3 types of Sashimi

We started off with the octopus sucker on the right, which is possibly my 1st time eating octopus sucker of this size. You would think that it would be of a slimy and somewhat soft texture as most small octopuses tend to be, but this was actually bouncy, bordering on crunchy. A very interesting texture that I may not have yet encountered. Above it is the ice plant, which also has a very firm texture. Think black fungus but maybe firmer.

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