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RIZU– Contemporary new Japanese restaurant opens at Duxton Hill offering Omakase sets worth trying

RIZU is an intimate and contemporary Japanese restaurant that recently opened in the Duxton Hill enclave back in September. The restaurant seats 38 and is well known for its vibrant rolls and sashimi. I’ll be upfront, the prices are not cheap here, but you are offered exemplary service and quality of food that would befit the pricing.

If you are looking for a Japanese restaurant suitable to celebrate a special occasion, RIZU would be a good recommendation. They also have Omakase set menus, which allow you to “leave it to the chef” to curate a meal with the best ingredients of the day. And to really live it up, go for the wine/sake pairing as well. Diners during the month of December will also be able to be gifted a complimentary bottle of Champagne to all groups of four that are partaking in the festive Omakase menu.

Recently, I had the luxury to check out the Omakase set, and I must say almost every single dish was a winner. Each dish had been thoughtfully crafted by Head Chef Noboru Shimohigashi, which is evident in both plating and taste. Chef Nobru has over a decade of experience working in restaurants such as the Michelin-starred Ryuzu in Japan and Beni in Singapore. Scroll down to read my tasting notes for the Omakase set that I tried several weeks ago.

Rizu - Appetiser of Calliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin, Jellyfish

Appetiser of Cauliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin

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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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The Lokal – Aussie Inspired Cafe

The Lokal - (2)

The Lokal is one of those cafes where one look at it and you know it’s just going to stay crowded for many weeks to come. Located in the Duxton area, there are a surprising number of Caucasian types that were at the cafe when we were there. I guess it’s because the chef is from Sydney. Having opened not that long ago, the news does travel fast doesn’t it?

Food is definitely the highlight here, as compared to those cafes where you feel two or three food dishes have been put in the menu just so that they can say that they serve food. In fact, The Lokal can even be thought of more as a casual restaurant serving good coffee, rather than a cafe, as brunch items are definitely not a highlight here.That’s because the chef owner Darren Farr was one of the founding chefs at Tetsuya in Sydney. Yes, the Tetsuya owned by Tetsuya Wakuda who also owns Waku Ghin in Singapore. Read more about Darren Farr here.

When we were there on a Sunday, they had their brunch menu out. But it’s nothing like what the other cafes are dishing out, aka eggs benedict, all day breakfast and the likes. There is not a poached egg dish to be found on the main menu, although you can get it if you customise your own breakfast. This, I highly advise you NOT TO, because eggs are just NOT The Lokal’s speciality.

The Lokal's Brunch Menu

See this menu, it does not have an eggs based dish in the main section, and for good reason. Try the items such as the Toasted banana bread which I heard was fantastic, or the plate of smoked salmon, as it is smoked in house!

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Restaurant Week Singapore 7–14 October 2012

Singapore Restaurant Week will be back from 7 to 14 October 2012 with an extensive list of quality restaurants. Organised by DiningCity.com, this popular week-long gastronomic affair has attracted an impressive list of more than 100 restaurants in Singapore.

During SINGAPORE RESTAURANT WEEK, all participating restaurants will offer exclusive three-course menus for lunch and dinner priced at $25*+++ and $35*+++ respectively. *DiningCity Star-Awarded restaurants charge a supplement of $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner.

I have attended Restaurant Week a number of times. The experience I had earlier this year (Restaurant Week is held in March and October each year) was astounding. Really, my dinner at Brasserie Les Saveurs St Regis Hotel remains one of my most memorable dining experiences this year! I was really looking forward to the start of the booking period when Sixth Sense Communications contacted me to attend a preview of the upcoming Restaurant Week. What can I say, Lucky Me!

We sampled a total of 3 restaurants in the hip Duxton Hill area during the Restaurant Week Media Preview. Appetisers at Praelum Wine Bistro, Mains at La Maison Fatien Singapour and Dessert at Buyan Restaurant. Each course was accompanied by a wine from WineUniverse.

Praelum Wine Bistro

Praelum Wine Bistro (2)

Love the half-caged lights from the ceiling!

Praelum Wine Bistro - Roasted Pork Parcels (2)

First up, Roasted Pork Parcels comprising of sautéed Portobello mushrooms in cream cheese and fresh herbs stuffed into a pork loin parcel and wrapped in bacon slices, pan-seared and then slow roasted. An apple mash spiked with cinnamon was served for a touch of sweetness to the savoury dish.

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Group Therapy Cafe

My colleague’s sister’s cafe located in the new and improved Duxton Hill area. Quite a change from the mostly male managed cafes of the likes of Chef Icon, Papa Palheta, Loysel’s Toy, 40Hands and The Plain. I happened to be in the Tanjong Pagar area and wanted a cuppa. You may already know that a number of new cafes and eateries have set up premises in the Duxton area. I didn’t know which one to go to so I thought I’d just walk along the shophouses and stop at one that looked promising. And hey, whaddya’ know, the first cafe that I saw was Group Therapy Coffee. Well, to be exact, I saw their signboard on the 1st floor, right next to Etna Italian Restaurant. Group Therapy Coffee is located above the Etna restaurant, on the 2nd floor.

As compared to Chef Icon, Papa Palheta and so on, Group Therapy Coffee is very spacious! We were the only customers in the time that we were there, as they’ve only opened a few weeks ago. Group Therapy Coffee serves light bites like panini sandwiches, poached eggs, quiche, salads etc. No heavy cooking here as the ventilation won’t allow for it. As the place is larger than usual, with areas that can be cordoned off, private events can be held here as well.

If you can, get a seat by the window so you can look down into the streets below. The streets are quiet on the weekend but I think it’s a nice feeling to be able to stare out and just dream away.

Group Therapy Coffee - Bar Counter (2)

Group Therapy Coffee - Cafe Latte (2)

Cafe Latte $5 – Pretty good. Quite up there with the big boys. When I think that I don’t mind another cup of coffee, I can say they’ve passed the taste test.

Group Therapy Coffee - Grilled Smoked Ham Panini

Grilled Ham with mushrooms and cheese panini $14 – Quite substantial if you were to order it for lunch. I liked the combination of grilled ham and mushrooms, and there was nice light sweet sauce to go along with it. Also like the healthy cous cous salad provided on the side, to ward off the evils of the potato chips. Bread tasted good too but would have been better if it wasn’t burnt.

Group Therapy Coffee - Vegetable Quiche

Vegetable Quiche $11 – Doesn’t look so nice in the photo, but actually tasted quite good! I loved the crust very much and kept taking more even though I was supposed to be having the panini. The filling was nice, but could do with a bit more egg. $11 is a bit pricey for a quiche though.

Group Therapy Coffee - Vanilla Ice Cream with Fruits

Ice Cream with berries

Address 49 Duxton Road, Singapore, Singapore 089513 · Get Directions

Phone +65.9173.4590

Website http://www.jackisnotdull.com/group-therapy

Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Sun: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

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