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Avenue Joffre at Sentosa (Restaurant)

If you’re looking for a restaurant to try out good and authentic Shanghainese/Sze Chuan/ Cantonese food, you might just want to check out Avenue Joffre at Sentosa this month. Avenue Joffre will be hosting legendary Culinary Master Chef Zhou Yuan-Chang where he will present his award-winning signature dishes for a limited time only until 31 May 2016!

Chef Zhou is regarded as one of the most famous chefs in China. He has won awards including the China Golden Chef award, and the “Middle Age Cooking Elite” award of the first “Champion Cup” in Shanghai. His dishes have been praised by movers and shakers such as China National People’s Congress Wu Bang Guo and former USA Vice-President Walter Mondale. Chef Zhou deploys authentic but rarely practiced Shanghainese cooking methods to create natural flavours and textures in the dishes that he serves. Just in case you find the name “Avenue Joffre” familiar, this is the former name of Huai Hai Road in Shanghai during the 1930s.

We had the pleasure of sampling a number of Chef Zhou’s dishes. While the dishes may look like what you would find in many Chinese restaurants, we soon found out that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Here are the dishes I enjoyed the most.

Avenue Joffre - Deep-fried chicken wing stuffed with birds' nest $15

Deep-fried chicken wing stuffed with birds’ nest $15

This might just be my first time eating stuffed chicken wing, much less one stuffed with birds’ nest, although apparently this is a classic Cantonese dish. Love how the crispy skin complements the delicate bird’s nest stuffing!

Avenue Joffre - Simmered Mud Crab with Asparagus Lettuce in clay pot

Simmered Mud Crab with Asparagus Lettuce in clay pot (market price)

Absolutely loved the taste of this soup that I had at least 3 servings. Those green strands are not noodles but asparagus lettuce shredded into thin strands to act as noodles. A lot of knife skills going on here. They were the perfect vehicle to soak up the aromatic mud crab broth. A must order!

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Dallas Restaurant & Bar– Affordable Atas dining!

Frequent visitors to Suntec City over the last decade or so would probably have remembered its rooftop garden, good for taking a respite after hours of toting heavy shopping bags, and a vantage point for viewing the Fountain of Wealth, but nothing more. Well the rooftop garden has undergone a massive makeover to become the Suntec City Sky Garden, boasting numerous spacious new restaurants featuring roof to floor glass walls. It feels as if you’re dining al-fresco, but in the comfort of air-conditioning.

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I had the opportunity to dine at Dallas Restaurant & Bar a couple of weeks back. The restaurant is housed in an exquisite glass house-style design and is next to an eye-catching shimmering pool feature. An impressive island bar takes centre stage with its gleaming black marble top, ceiling to floor bottle display and slick leather high-chairs.

With a name like Dallas Restaurant, and having already perused the menu prior to arriving, I was expecting a casual, laid-back restaurant and as a result, I walked right past the restaurant! It is the sort of decor you would expect of a restaurant where you would not be ashamed to wine and dine your business clients. Or to have a romantic and quiet time with your other half.

Dallas Restaurant & Bar

And the best part is, the prices are that of a casual restaurant! Burgers and sandwiches cost about $25 while main courses such as the Roasted Crispy Chicken cost $26 and BBQ barramundi cost $30. Guys, if you’re looking for a posh looking but affordable place to impress your girl, Dallas Restaurant & Bar would be a good choice, just don’t show her the menu prices!

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Pepenero – Great Italian food in the CBD

I love it when I am able to find restaurants helmed by passionate chefs and Italian restaurant Pepenero was one such gem I discovered. Born in Rome, Chef Daniel Singleton serves up classic Italian dishes with Roman flavours (as opposed to say Tuscan or Neapolitan). As I have never been to Italy, my unrefined palate isn’t able to detect the nuances of Tuscan vs Roman, but for those of you who have the skill or yearn for traditional Roman Italian dishes in Singapore, Pepenero is the place to go. Be sure to tell the wait staff up front that you want the full unadulterated version!

I’ll start off by blogging about the desserts because the desserts served at Pepereno are just so pretty and delicious!

Pepenero - Traditional pannacotta with mix berry $12 (2)

Traditional pannacotta with mix berry $12

It was a choice between the molten chocolate lava cake or the Pannacotta and in the end I ordered the Pannacotta because I wanted something creamy tasting. Pepenero’s version is pretty mild, I wouldn’t mind something sweeter and creamier tasting, but I loved the softness and wobble as the spoon sliced through the dessert.

Pepenero - Semifreddo (Forzen zabaglione souffle served with amaretto sauce) $14 (2)

 Semifreddo (Frozen zabaglione souffle served with amaretto sauce) $14

The Partner had the Semifreddo, which is kind of like an ice cream cake. This ice cream cake packed a punch thanks to the generous dose of alcohol in the amaretto sauce.

Pepenero - Vanilla ice cream

We both loved this homemade vanilla ice cream. We hadn’t ordered this originally, but the chef told us that we simply had to try it, and he was right. One of the creamiest, most vanilla tasting vanilla ice creams I have eaten! He should make tons of this and sell it by the box!

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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.

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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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