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Michelin-starred Chef Roland Durand’s 3-course set menu at Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar (Hotel G Singapore)

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Beautiful evening yesterday with the classic combination of good food, good company and good conversation. So lucky to be able to sample the creations of Michelin-starred Chef Roland Durand from France presented via a 3-course set menu. Chef Durand holds awards including winning the Grand Prix Culinaire Internationale Auguste Escoffier and Meuilleur Ouvrier de France competitions.

Actually this special menu is available only for 3 days between 18-20 June, so you really have to hurry if you want to try this out. The 3-course set menu is priced at S$69++ and you can top up $35 for wine pairings. The pictures below show 6 dishes, ie 2 dishes per course. And yes, I ate it all. Yes I ate two dinners yesterday and practically cleaned my plate(s)….

If you can’t make it, you should still consider visiting Ginett Restaurant at some point in time. Some of their dishes are surprisingly affordable, and wines per glass starting from $6??? That’s quite a steal here in Singapore!

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Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar - Tartare de Crevettes Tigrees et d'avocat

Tartare de Crevettes Tigrees et d’avocat – Raw tiger shrimp and avocado tartare served with coconut milk scented piquant tomato coulis

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NOX Dine in the Dark – A mind-blowing experience

This is probably the only post from me that contains no pictures. Yes, I finally experienced NOX Dine in the Dark, and I have to say this stands out as one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had.

Truth be told, when NOX first opened back in 2013, I had briefly heard about it and thought the concept to be gimmicky. When I was contacted for the media tasting, I was surprised to find that they are still around! But after finding out what the concept is all about, and experiencing NOX first hand, I have to say that the experience was nothing short of amazing. If you are looking out for new experiences, or feel like every restaurant is the same these days, you need to go experience NOX.

So what is NOX – Dine in the Dark anyway? As the name suggests, guests dine in a restaurant that is completely pitch black. You have to use your other senses, such as taste, touch, smell and hearing to experience the food. The idea is that without sight, your other senses are heightened for a more exploratory dining journey. The servers are specially trained blind or visually impaired people. The prix fixe three course menu will be served via 12 tasting dishes, ie 4 dishes per course. If you don’t want “spoilers” you should totally go make a reservation right now (Christmas treat maybe?) and not scroll any further.

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Stateland Cafe

After the awesome visit to My Awesome Cafe for lunch, we looked for a second cafe near the Telok Ayer area to hop to for our cafe hopping session. Unfortunately, because it was already close to 3pm, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. Gaest was open but the pork crackling sandwich we had our eye on was totally sold out. The boss told us that that sandwich is the first to run out everyday. (Hey boss, got so much demand, can increase supply or not!?!). We then entered SPRMKT, but it seemed a tad sterile and unwelcoming so we left. Finally, we spotted the elusive Sarnies after trying to locate it for at least 10 minutes. I don’t know how they name the units over there, but 136 Telok Ayer Street is not located next to 137 Telok Ayer Street! Alas, no more cooked food after 3pm!

So we had to give up on Telok Ayer street. Thanks to the new Downtown Line, we decided to take the MRT to Bugis instead and try our luck at one of the cafes at Bali Lane. Been hearing so much about Stateland Cafe from my blogger and Instagram friends that we just had to check it out. Thank goodness Stateland Cafe was open and serving its signature waffles, or else I would probably have called it a day.

Stateland Cafe - The Classic Waffle with Ice Cream $11.90 (3)

The Classic Waffle with Ice Cream $11.90

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Miam Miam

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Miam Miam, a French-Japanese fine casual café kitchen, is a labour of love by globetrotting friends with a passion for food. Marrying French techniques with Japanese inspired flavours and ideologies, the team at Miam Miam is engineered to deliver a consistently excellent experience. The kitchen at Miam Miam subscribes to the Japanese ideologies of kaizen and kanban in its food and preparation practices. Kaizen refers to the practice of continuous improvement and kanban of a scheduling system that ensures lean and just-in-time production.

Miam Miam - Perfectly engineered

They’re not lying when they tell you that everything is “engineered to perfection”.  For example, each portion of raw pasta measures exactly 110g. The pasta is cooked for exactly 7.5 minutes to achieve the perfect bite, aka pasta that is al dente. And in order to achieve the freshness that they so desire, everything is made to order. So…. be prepared to wait a little longer than what you would be used to for other restaurants!

Miam Miam - Hot Matcha Latte $6 (2)

 Hot Matcha Latte $6

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Itacho Sushi Restaurant

Had a nice lunch at Itacho Sushi Restaurant a few days ago with an ex-colleague. It was only my second visit to Itacho. I know that a number of people swear by Itacho, but my first visit to Itacho roughly a year ago was nothing memorable. Apart from the quality of the food, one of the reasons why people like going to Itacho is because of the seemingly cheaper price. That’s true, some items really are ridiculously cheap. But you couldn’t make a meal out of those items because the restaurant limits you to like 2 pieces per person. So invariably, one has to order some stuff from the main menu eventually, and the prices add up.

Having said that, eating at Itacho isn’t expensive (even if it is not super cheap), they have a huge range of sushi and quite a number of sushi items in the menu aren’t available in other restaurants like Sushi Tei, so it makes for an interesting experience.

Itacho - Smoked Duck Croquette Ball $3.70 U.P $7 (3)

Smoked Duck Croquette Ball, 2 for $3.70 U.P $7

The croquette ball was extremely delicious. It was piping hot when it arrived, and had such a crisp exterior, while delivering a luxuriously creamy filling when bitten into. On hindsight, I don’t think the smoked duck flavour was very strong, which is a little disappointing considering the price and the size.

Itacho - Box made shrimp with fish roe $2.20 U.P $2.50

Box made shrimp with fish roe, 2 for $2.20 U.P $2.50

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