Tsuta Singapore: Would you enjoy world’s first and only Michelin-starred ramen eatery?

Japanese one Michelin-starred ramen eatery Tsuta will be throwing its doors open to welcome diners in Singapore come November 6. The brainwave of owner Yuki Onishi, Tsuta opened in Jan 2012 in Sugamo,Tokyo. Within a short span of 3 years, it was conferred a one-star Michelin award in 2015, and currently remains the world’s only Michelin starred ramen eatery. Interestingly, it’s called Japanese “Soba” Noodles in Japan, rather than “ramen” because of the higher quality of noodles. 

Tsuta Singapore Char Siu Ajitama Shoyu Soba $22.80  (2)

The outlet in Tokyo is a 9-seater establishment. Apparently, hundreds of hopeful diners in Japan begin queuing at 6 am for a ticket to dine at the restaurant even though the restaurant only opens at 11am, and only serves a maximum of 150 bowls of noodles daily. We are slightly luckier in Singapore because Tsuta Singapore at Pacific Plaza seats 18, and is open from 11am to 10pm.

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[Margaret River] Lamont’s Restaurant – Amazing Pavlova that people travel here just for

When you’re in Margaret River and you are near Smiths Beach Resort, you just might want to pop by to check out Lamont’s Restaurant, where you can get this amazing Pavlova. It is so amazing and delicious that I hear that people actually travel specifically to Lamont’s just for the Pavlova!

Lamont's - Pavlova, poached berries, double cream, anglaise $16 (1)

Unfortunately, this picture doesn’t quite do the pavlova justice, but I assure you that till date, this is still one of the best pavlovas I have eaten in my life! It’s a no holds barred Pavlova, hitting you with tartness and sweetness and creaminess all at the same time. Crisp meringue on the outside, and dollops of double cream, cream anglaise, and poached berries, it’s so addictive it’s hard to stop at just a few mouthfuls. For those on a diet, I say chuck that diet out for a day because this is so worth the calories and the $16.50 that it costs. Plus it’s just calcium and fruit right? Smile

Lamont's - Buttermilk Pancakes with Mascarpone and berries $18.50  (1)

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[Margaret River] Smiths Beach Resort – Humongous apartments next to the beach!

Margaret River Gourmet Escape will be happening on 18 – 20 November 2016 and I have been inundated with gorgeous pictures of the beautiful places in Margaret River, reminding me that I ought to share with the world pictures of my holiday in Margaret River instead of leaving them to fallow in the confines of my computer. It’s no secret that I love Margaret River, having been there twice. I spent 2 days in Margaret River during my 1st trip and 5 days during my 2nd trip, and even then it wasn’t enough!

Smiths Beach Resort (4)

Look at the clear blue sky and sea! It was fantastic to have the sea breeze blowing in our faces.

Smiths Beach Resort was one of the accommodations I stayed at when I was in Margaret River. If you’re looking for accommodations in Margaret River, especially one that is right smack next to the beach, Smiths Beach Resort would be one of my recommendations. The apartments are humongous, and if there are more people staying, two apartments can be combined into a villa of sorts. It’s also part of the Small Luxury Hotels chain, so you are assured of quality. I’ve stayed at a number of SLH hotels and I’ve loved each and every one of them.

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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.

Le Binchotan (2)

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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Grand Copthorne Afternoon Tea–Most value for money afternoon tea!

Let’s face it, having afternoon tea in Singapore in a nice comfortable setting such as a hotel doesn’t come cheap. A few dainty morsels perched on a three-tier tray plus a few cups of tea would normally set you back by about $30 – $40 per pax. So I was quite shocked to discover that Grand Copthorne’s afternoon tea costs only $38++ in total for TWO pax, with free flow coffee/tea!

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Afternoon Tea (4)

Look at this afternoon tea set, comprising fried chicken wings, dumplings, tuna croissants, salmon sandwiches, chicken pies, cakes, macarons, éclairs and nyonya kueh, it’s quite substantial for afternoon tea right??? I did a quick poll of some of my friends and they guessed that this would cost $40 per pax! Granted the nibbles may not be the most expensive of items (ie not foie gras etc), but still, I really do think this is a good deal.

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