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Le Binchotan : Bincho-tan smoked food, even desserts!

After reading good reviews about Le Binchotan, I was excited to be able to get the opportunity to check out Le Binchotan a couple of weeks back. Le Binchotan is a French-Japanese tapas bar and restaurant, helmed by Chef Atsuhiko Hagiwara from Ginza Tokyo restaurant en.terrible, together with Singapore Head Chef Jeremmy Chiam. At first glance, the dishes appear to be predominantly French/Western, but you soon realise where the Japanese bit is : Japanese ingredients like uni, daikon and miso being infused into the dishes.

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The selling point about Le Binchotan is that their meats and seafood are smoked over bincho-tan (aka white charcoal made from oak). Done well, this imparts to the food a nice smoky flavour, elevating the food to a different dimension. Bincho-tan is the preferred choice of Japanese chefs as the charcoal burns at a lower temperature for a longer period of time compared to ordinary charcoal.  I read that some people find the smoky flavour at Le Binchotan to be on the heavy side, however I on the other hand thought it was hardly noticeable. What impressed me though were the innovative dishes, surprising us with ingredient parings that you don’t normally see together, or presenting the ingredients in a new way.

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Teppei Group opens Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant–Must visit for Unagi lovers!

Teppei Group will be opening a new restaurant on 12 October 2016 called Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant. Yes, that’s the Teppei where you have to make reservations 6 months in advance to eat their Omakase. And no prizes for guessing that the delectable Unagi (aka grilled eel) will be taking centre-stage at this restaurant.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant - Unagi Rice Bowl (3)

Hitsumabushi $26.80

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Outback Steakhouse–New dishes introduced

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Outback Steakhouse has introduced 4 new dishes to their menu so we were there a couple of weeks ago to check it out, with baby in tow. If there’s one good thing about visiting restaurants (as opposed to cafes), it’s that they are usually more spacious and can accommodate a stroller easily.

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Baby is not supposed to eat fries!

I haven’t been to Outback Steakhouse for the longest time. In fact, I believe it could have been a decade ago that I last visited! Time has stood still at this place according to the Partner, as he’s been back on average once a year. Well, I am glad to see that some things haven’t changed, namely the hugely popular Typhoon Bloom onion rings. These are probably one of the most famous onion rings around because of the way they are presented. Crispy batter encasing piping hot and juicy substantial sized onion rings, it was hard to stop and leave space for the mains.

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Bridge Restaurant Bar – Fine dining food in a casual setting

If you’ve eschewed fine dining restaurants for fear of awkwardness and the price tag, there is a new restaurant in town that hopes to serve up fine dining dishes in a casual atmosphere. Bridge Restaurant Bar at Seah Street opposite Raffles Hotel has recently undergone a revamp and is now headed by Head Chef Ace Tan who used to work at Pollen. Their motto is “fine dining without the fuss or pinch”.

And Bridge has achieved that to a certain extent. The restaurant is certainly casual, no starched tablecloths or waiters with neckties. We were even comfortable to bring Baby for dinner! The food served would not seem out of place in a fine dining restaurant, some dishes being served with the “theatrics” that are common in such restaurants. The only thing I’m not so sure about is the pricing. You’re looking at $55 / $85 for a 3 / 5 course dinner respectively. It’s certainly not cheap to dine at Bridge, but I suppose it is cheaper than if you would go to places like Corner House and Les Amis. What is certain though is the food tasted great.

Bridge - Complimentary Bread

Complimentary bread. What’s special is the butter which was made using barley.

Bridge - Buckwheat Mini Pancakes

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Sun with Moon–Special Kyushu menu for a limited time only!

Fans of Sun with Moon restaurant will be glad to know that they will be having a limited time only special menu focussing on signature dishes from the prefectures within Kyushu. Kyushu is known for its hot springs, natural wonders, warm hospitality, and of course, the amazing food I am told. **Discount code at bottom of post!

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I have not been to anywhere in Kyushu myself, but after tasting the delectable fare from Sun with Moon a couple of days back, I am really itching to book a ticket to Japan immediately! The special menu will only be on from 2 September – 31 October 2016, so don’t miss out! Here’s what we tried from the menu starting with my favourites for the evening.

Sun with Moon - Sun Style Goma Salmon

Sun Style Goma Salmon

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