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Pet friendly Sun Ray Cafe

If you’re living in the Serangoon area, you may be delighted to know that Sun Ray Cafe there welcomes furry guests. Although I presently do not own a dog or a cat, I can well sympathise with pet owners who find it really difficult to travel around with their pets in Singapore, much less find a place to dine with them. While I was in France last week, I was amazed to know that dogs are pretty much allowed anywhere! In the TGV train ride from Lyon to Paris, a dog was snoozing on the train table diagonally from me! No need to leash your dog or hide it in a doggie carrier! I don’t think we’ll be seeing that fairly soon in Singapore, but at least the pet-cafe scene seems to be hotting up.

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A doggie perusing the daily specials while propping up the owner’s iPad.

Dave Lim (1)

At first glance, Sun Ray Cafe may not look like the typical place to get good 3rd wave coffee. After all, when the place was furnished a few years ago, Sun Ray’s focus was more on food. Now that they’ve gotten the food aspect on cruise control, their next goal is to get the word out that great coffee can be synonymous with Sun Ray Cafe.

In terms of certifications, they have it all as you can see from the picture above. That’s Dave Lim, the owner of Sun Ray Cafe.

Sunray Cafe - Cafe Latte $4

Sunray Cafe - Latte Art (2)

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STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar

STREET 50 - Crabmeat Istimewa (Stir-fried sambal rice with crabmeat, onion and green peas accompanied by satay, chicken wings, achar, prawn crackers and fried egg) $16

If you’re ever lost for what to eat when you’re at VivoCity or HarbourFront, you may just want to consider hopping across the road to the 1 year old Bay Hotel. STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar just opened last month, taking over the premises of the former Indonesian restaurant Rumah Rasa. STREET 50 offers diverse flavours ranging from Italian, French and American to Vietnamese, Indonesian and Singaporean with interesting twists.

Now every restaurant likes to say that they’ve added an interesting twist or a something special to their dish, but a lot of the times, the tastes are still pretty predictable. At STREET 50, I’m quite sure you will be in for a surprise when it comes to some of their signature dishes.

STREET 50 - Caprese (Selection of interspersed vineyard tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella with aged balsamico and fried basil) $12

Caprese (Selection of interspersed vineyard tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella wrapped in parma ham with aged balsamico and fried basil) $12

We started off the meal with a delightful Caprese. I love Caprese and I always want to order it when I’m at an Italian restaurant. However, as you can see it is quite substantial for a starter so I end up always having to give it a miss. It was great to be able to indulge in a bit of Caprese at this tasting. Love the sweet tomatoes wrapped in the salty Parma ham! The buffalo mozzarella was a little tough though.

STREET 50 - Hazelnut Escargot (Slow-baked Burgundy snails stuffed with hazelnut butter and flambed with brandy) $14 (3)

Hazelnut Escargot (Slow-baked Burgundy snails stuffed with hazelnut butter and flambed with brandy) $14

Escargots! Another one of my favourite foods! We were in for a special treat because these Escargots were also flambéed in Brandy. I’ve seen flambé of numerous steaks, and even a flambé Pencai, but never before, flambéed Escargots!

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Dozo

Warning, this is going to be a very long post with lots of pictures of food!

The other day, I met up with a long time friend for my early birthday celebration. I searched high and low for a good restaurant to go to that wouldn’t require us entering the CBD area since it was a weekday. Somehow, I ended up on Dozo’s website even though I’d never heard of it existence before. They have a 7 course dinner set going at $59.00+++ which seemed pretty reasonable considering that there were SEVEN courses. So just like that, I decided upon this place. Turns out, my friend had already dined there at least 3 times but she didn’t mind going again as she’d enjoyed the previous occasions.

Dozo only serves this 7 course set dinner (6 course for lunch). For each course, there are about 5 choices to choose from. There is no ala carte menu available.

Dozo -  Crispy Pasta

Complimentary crispy pasta strands – Quite nice, tastes like potato/corn chips.

Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter (2)

1st Course – Chef Selection Assorted Platter – I absolutely loved the foie gras on bread puff. It was oh-so-melt in the mouth and slid down my throat way toooo quickly. I wish there was more of it instead of that tiny sliver! Foie gras just tastes so good it takes a bad chef to ruin it! The middle morsel was scallop and the last one was smoked salmon. All very tasty and were excellent as a start to the meal.

Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo (2) Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo

2nd Course –  Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayonaise – The Beef Tartare, which is basically raw beef was very nice. It had a very strong flavour to it, although I wouldn’t call it a raw flavour. I didn’t quite like the mayonaise though, it felt more like curry mayo rather than truffle mayo, and there was just too much of it, which I feel kind of cheapens the look of the dish. I still wanted to finish all the beef tartare so for the last few pieces, I scraped off all the mayo.

Dozo Sashimi Appetiser

 

2nd Course – Sashimi – My friend had this. Looking at the huge slices of fresh fish and the huge amaebi, I was a little regretful that I didn’t order this. But then, I had sashimi for lunch that day. The yellow fish in the middle ( i forgot the name) has a very very interesting texture. It’s like biting into a firm raw fish egg sponge. I tried some and it had a tropical flavour for some reason.

Dozo - Gratinated Escargot with Yuzu Butter

3rd Course – Gratinated Escargots with Yuzu Butter – My friend had this and said it was lovely

Dozo -  Foie Gras Chawan Mushi with truffle slice

3rd Course – Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Truffle Slice – I had originally expected a foie gras slice on top of a normal chawanmushi. Instead, what they have done is to puree the foie gras into the chawanmushi. I love chawanmushi on its own, but what I can say is that foie gras mixed into chawanmushi is even better. I definitely could taste the distinct flavours of the foie gras in each scoop of the heavenly chawanmushi. Of course, had the dish come with a slice of foie gras instead, I wouldn’t have been disappointed either.

Dozo - Mushroom Soup with Truffle

4th Course – Mushroom Soup with Truffle – Seems like Dozo really likes using Truffles to enhance their dishes! That little black thing in the spoon is a sliver of truffle.

Dozo - Clam Soup

4th Course – Clam Soup – I had this, which I thought was very ordinary after all the previous dishes. It was clear soup with clam flavour, but no solid pieces of clam in there. It also had a rather strong seafood taste, which some others may not appreciate. Didn’t like it that the sides of the bowl were stained with the soup = failed presentation.

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (2)

5th Course – Kurobota Pork Cheek with Onion Jam – The pork was very tasty and cooked just right such that it was very tender. Really loved the flavour of the meat. Didn’t like the gratin that they piled onto the pork together with the mayonaise underneath the green gratin. Once again, way too much mayonaise to the point that I had to once again scrape off the mayo. I really liked the caramelised onions on the side. If only this was incorporated into the pork, perhaps that would be better?

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (3)

Here’s a close up shot of the wonderful caramelised onion jam

Dozo - Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips

5th Course – Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips – Interesting to note that both the main courses had the same green gratin.

Dozo - Warm Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

6th Course – Warm Chocolate Cake – Cake was average. Definitely not near the best that I’ve eaten.

Cappucino Creme Brulee

6th Course – Expresso Creme Brulee – I loved how this was presented. Was very tasty too, the scoop that I stole from my friend.

Dozo - Iced Fruity Refresher

Dozo - Green Apple Mocktail

7th Course – Iced Fruity Refresher (above) and Green Apple Mocktail – I had the iced fruity refresher, and refresh me it did! I was even provided a fork to spear out the cubes of fruit in the drink. My friend had the Green Apple Mocktail which is her favourite in all the drinks that she’s tried here.

Dozo - Seating Area

Conclusions : At first it seems that $59+++ ($71 nett) is a great price for a 7 course meal, and I did think that the 1st few dishes were wonderful and worth the price. However, the soup was a let down. The main course and dessert while nice, gave me the feeling that I could also get these from any other restaurant or cafe. And the vibe of the place…I get the feeling that the restaurant wants to market itself as a fine dining/atas restaurant. But simple details like the presentation of the soup, scratches on the pillars and a totally atrocious toilet (worse than a Chinese restaurant’s toilet!) lowered my impression. To conclude, $59 is not cheap, you get what you pay for.

 

Dozo – Fine Modern Japanesque

491 River Valley Road

#02-02/03 Valley Point Shopping Centre S248371

Tel: 68386966

Lunch: 11-2.30pm ; Dinner 5.30 –10pm

http://www.dozo.com.sg

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