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The Hitsuji Club – BBQ lamb lovers rejoice!

The Hitsuji Club - Satisfied customer

I thought I should post a picture of the Partner first. He totally enjoyed the meal at The Hitsuji Club because 2 things : MEAT and BEER. Need I say more?

If you know Japanese, you’ll know that “Hitsuji” means lamb, and that’s exactly what The Hitsuji Club is all about. They specialise in lamb, flown in straight from Hokkaido, and grilled right in front of you. Currently, about 75% of their clientele are Japanese expats, so you kinda know that this is the real deal.

Lamb by the way, is apparently quite healthy when compared to other meats. For example, weight for weight, it has about the same cholesterol as fish! I did not know that! Lamb is also rich in unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamins and minerals. Of course, this all assumes you only eat the lean bits and do not eat the fats. You can read more about the health benefits of lamb here http://www.the-hitsuji-club.com/pdf/lamb-is-healthy.pdf.

The Hitsuji Club - Premium Jingiskan Set $45

Premium Jingiskan Set $45 x 2

Most people will start with the premium Jingiskan and then perhaps top up with lamb chops or other cuts of lamb if they still have space. Pictured above is the amount for 2 pax. Take note that the premium cuts are grain fed lamb from Aussie, with the exception of the premium baby lamb chops, which are grass fed from NZ.

It’s not a bad price too for this amount of food and the service, considering that you’ll have to pay at least $30+ for a lamb meal in most restaurants.

The Hitsuji Club - Lamb Chops (2)

Baby Lamb Chops from NZ

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Absinthe Restaurant Francais weekend lunch

If you know me, you’d know that I love dining at French restaurants. I love the immaculate looking dishes and I love the exemplary service that often comes with dining at such restaurants. Yes, it’s not cheap, but just as you would spend money to entertain yourself at the movies, the same could be said about spending it at a restaurant to get several hours of enjoyment.

One of my favourite French restaurants has got to be Absinthe Restaurant Francais. Tried them once when they were still at Bukit Pasoh, and tried them once more for dinner after they had moved to Boat Quay. Third time lucky, I had the opportunity to partake in lunch this time round.

Absinthe Restaurant Francais - (5)

Absinthe is one of the few restaurants along Boat Quay that is open for lunch on the weekends. There is a special Saturday ala carte menu which is slightly more affordable as compared to the dinner menus. Saturday lunch is a good opportunity to check out Absinthe, especially if you want a more light-hearted atmosphere. Come in the evening and you probably feel like you have to know which fork or knife to use, or feel like you have to keep your voice down. Although after 3 glasses of wine, everyone forgets about that.

Absinthe Restaurant Francais - Finger Food Platter $13

Finger Food Platter $13

I love canapes and so this was a great order for me. Come to think of it, you can’t really get finger food served like this on a menu. You either get these at cocktails (of which is at the whim and fancy of the host of the event), or you are served 1 or 2 items as amuse bouche.

Absinthe Restaurant Francais - Smoked Salmon with sour cream on blini (1)

Closer look of the smoked salmon with sour cream on a blini aka mini pancake. As what my UK Canapés Expert friend would say, it’s hard to go wrong with smoked salmon!

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Absinthe Restaurant Francais at Boat Quay – CLOSED

*Media Invite*

**Absinthe refreshes their menu every 3 months. If you’re ordering the Hamachi, Saint Jacques or Créme Brulée, it will look and taste slightly different from what I had during my visit.

When it comes to fine dining, the French are experts at it. All my favourite fine-dining restaurants are French, from Au Jardin to Absinthe to Brasserie Les Saveurs! And let’s not forget all those French restaurants I dined at during my Honeymoon in France? The experience was sublime!

What I like about dining at a French restaurant is that the entire experience of going to the restaurant isn’t just solely about the meal. Of course, the meal has to be exquisite. But It’s also about the ambience, the service and the conversation. 3 hours of luxuriating, this is not for those like to gobble their food quickly as if someone’s going to take the plate away soon. My only grouse with these romantic restaurants? The dim lighting makes for lousy photos!

Absinthe Restaurant Francais (2)

Our evening at Absinthe Restaurant Francais ticked all the boxes. The ambience was fantastic. Absinthe is located in one of the historic shop houses along Boat Quay. They have done a really good job in making full use and bringing out the character of the shophouse. The dim lighting, the portraits of 1800s women, even the drapes on the windows alluded to a Paris of yesteryear. I had been to Absinthe once several years ago when they were still located at Bukit Pasoh. The boat quay outlet is definitely much more spacious and less noisy.

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