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Shima Restaurant at Goodwood Park

I love going to Goodwood Park Hotel. It exudes a nostalgia of bygone eras and was also one of the hotels I was seriously considering as a venue for my wedding. So it was without hesitation that I accepted the invitation to check out the newly renovated Shima Restaurant. In case this sounds familiar, yes Shima Restaurant has been around since 1980! It is in fact Singapore’s first fine-dining Teppanyaki restaurant.

The restaurant was previously opened by Katsuhiro Watanabe, a former Singapore resident who has since retired and back in Japan. Last year, JR Foods bought over Shima Restaurant, hence the facelift, which now sees Shima Restaurant downsizing from a double storey restaurant to a single storey one. To be frank, I didn’t know about the existence of Shima Restaurant until the invite. Apparently my parents have dined at Shima once more than 10 years ago, and spent a bomb there! Come to think of it, Goodwood Park has TWO Japanese restaurants, the other one being Tatsuya.

Shima Restaurant - 4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriawase $45

4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriawase (Maguro, Tai, Yellowtail and Salmon) $45

We were there to check out the Sukiyaki set, although we did get a chance to sample the sashimi and teppanyaki as well. First up, the sashimi moriawase set, that had all the bloggers oohing and ahhhing at the voluptuous slices of raw fish. You can really taste the freshness in the fish, in addition to the more pronounced and slightly sweeter flavours. Those salmon sashimi slices were hands down, my favourite item of the evening. If only I didn’t have to share this with 2 other bloggers!

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Gaia Ristorante at Goodwood Park Hotel

Today’s Straits Times’ article on Gaia by Wong Ah Yoke has reminded me that I really ought to push out my post as well on this hidden gem!  Gaia Ristorante is located at the illustrious Goodwood Park Hotel, and with a location like that, and an interior decor that spells fine dining, you would not be faulted for thinking that the prices are not wallet friendly. But depending on what you order, you could actually dine at Gaia Ristorante and have a good time without having to wash the dishes later!

If you stick to the pasta main courses, they are mostly in the $20+ range. A black cod dish costs $38, while the pork costs $35. If you go for the more expensive meats like lobster, veal, lamb saddle and pigeon, that’s where the prices start to become steep. Desserts cost about $15, once again, quite comparable to some desserts at brand name cafes these days.

For our media tasting, the Partner and I sampled the degustation menu, which comprises 5 courses at $98++/pax.

Gaia Ristorante Canapes

Assorted rice and potato crackers
Caramelised figs with Oscietra Caviar
Watermelon with black squid in and almonds
Parmesan bisquit with balsamic vinegar and Asian spices

One thing I love about dining at such restaurants is that they always try to surprise you with some small canapes to kickstart the meal. You never know what you will be served but usually the items are pretty good and the chef has the flexibility to be creative with the ingredients he has on hand. My favourite here was the figs with caviar, a sweet and salty combination that I’ve never tried before.

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Variazione cruda di gamberi – Raw red Sicilian prawn: warm ricotta cheese, oregano and Raw blue Caledonian prawn: peach, salt caramel

At Japanese restaurants, I do not flinch when being served Amaebi, aka raw sweet shrimp. And in fact, I am not one to shy away from raw foods, I love raw meats! I’m not exactly sure why I did a double take, save for the fact that the blue Caledonian prawn looked like a raw tiger prawn, and tiger prawns are not commonly served raw. But the fact is that the red Sicilian prawn as equally as raw, and once I saw that fact, there was no stopping me from diving into this dish.

If you have the opportunity, I really would recommend ordering this dish. This is where you can taste fresh prawns at their finest. They were so succulent and sweet that I feel as if I’ll never look at prawns the same way again. This is where you can savour the true texture of prawns that have not been marinaded in alkaline water (like in many chinese restaurants). They are firm but yielding with each bite.

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Wedding Lunch at Min Jiang @ one-North

I partook in my cousin’s wedding over the weekend at Min Jiang Restaurant. It was a lovely wedding. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food was very good. Most importantly, my cousin was a smiling bride all the way without a hint of stress etched on her forehead. The bride and groom stayed in the restaurant the whole time. Not only did they have time to mingle with the guests, they had time to eat too! In my opinion, this is how weddings should be like. For my own wedding, I intend to have time to savour all the food (that I painstakingly chose) and mingle with all the guests!

Scroll down to see photos of the sumptuous banquet we were served at Min Jiang.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Solemnization Ceremony Solemnization Ceremony

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Tea Drinking Ceremony

Tea Drinking Ceremony – These were done on the 1st floor, with the banquet being held on the 2nd floor.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Lovely rose table decorations

Floral table decorations. Love the red rose petals.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Combination of Lobster Salad with Duo Flavors (2)

Combination of Lobster Salad with Duo Flavors

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Double Boiled Superior Shark's Fin in Supreme Chicken Consomme

Double Boiled Superior Shark’s Fin in Supreme Chicken Consomme

One of the best Shark’s Fin soup I have eaten in a long time! It shouldn’t even be called a consomme because it was thick with collagen. The amount of shark’s fin served in the soup was extremely generous. Here you see me scooping 1 portion of fin out. There were several more portions in the soup. The Partner as usual abstained.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Min Jiang Legendary Wood Fired Beijing Duck served with Homemade Crepes

Min Jiang Legendary Wood Fired Beijing Duck served with Homemade Crepes

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Stir fried prawns & scallops in XO Chilli Sauce

Stir fried prawns & scallops in XO Chilli Sauce

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Steamed Red Garoupa with Golden Mushrooms and Black Fungus

Steamed Red Garoupa with Golden Mushrooms and Black Fungus

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Braised 8 Head Abalone with Sea Cucumber and Seasonal Vegetables

Braised 8 Head Abalone with Sea Cucumber and Seasonal Vegetables

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Braised 'Mee Pok' Noodles with Shredded Duck in XO Chilli Sauce

Braised ‘Mee Pok’ Noodles with Shredded Duck

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Chilled Cream of Fresh Mango and Sago Pomelo with Ice-cream

Chilled Cream of Fresh Mango and Sago Pomelo with Ice-cream

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Second Floor Second Floor

Min Jiang at One-North

No. 5 Rochester Park, Singapore 139216

http://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/dining-en.html

Goodwood Park – L’Espresso

Me and my afternoon tea. Nothing puts me in a better mood than the idea of having some English afternoon tea. If I had my way, I would have it every day 🙂

I think the Goodwood Park serves one of the best value for money English Afternoon tea buffet in Singapore. It costs about $38 if I don’t remember wrongly, and they have it every single day of the week! There are very few places in Singapore that serves English Afternoon tea buffet on weekdays. Off the cuff, the only other one I can think of is Rose Verandah at Shangri-La. Fullerton Hotel has a refillable tiered set, and that’s pretty good as well.

There are many places that charge over $30 for a 3 tiered tea service, but it is not refillable. Unless you just want to munch a little or share 1 set between 2 people, don’t you think it’s much better to pay a few dollars more to get so much more?

Anyway, I shall leave you to enjoy these pictures i took at L’Espresso during my week long birthday celebration. The food is really as good as it looks 🙂 ! Oh and one reason why you really should try out L’Espresso is that they have free flow of Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream! How cool is that???? And I can load it with as much almond flakes as I want. Vanilla ice cream and almond flakes are a match made in heaven, trust me on that.

L'Espresso - Blueberry Layer Cake L'Espresso - Canapes L'Espresso - Canapes (2)  L'Espresso - Canapes (3) L'Espresso (7) L'Espresso (13)

L'Espresso Canapes and Finger Sandwiches

L'Espresso - Creme Brulee (2)

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L'Espresso - Strawberry Shortcake

L'Espresso - Fruit Tarts

L'Espresso - Scones

L'Espresso - Half eaten quail egg

L'Espresso - Iced Chocolate

Goodwood Park Hotel Lobby L'Espresso Seating AreaL'Espresso - Goodwood Park swimming pool

  The pool looks very inviting I must say.

L'Espresso - Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream with almond flakes

Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream. As much as you want! Can you beat that???

Read about my reviews on other excellent Afternoon Tea places in Singapore

Capella Hotel Sentosa, The Knolls

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 1 (Sweet)

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 2 (Savoury)

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard

L’Espresso at The Goodwood Park Hotel (Previous visits)

Check out 365days2play’s review on where to find the Best Scones in Singapore

Goodwood Park Hotel, L’Espresso
22, Scotts Road, Singapore 228221.
Tel: +65 6737 7411
Fax: +65 6732 8558

http://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com

Salta Parrilla Christmas Lunch

After having gone to Goodwood Park for Christmas Lunch 2 years in a row, we decided to try something else for a change. I had a really good time at Salta Parrilla the 1st time I went there and I had been finding another opportunity to revisit again. So I was glad to know that they would be open for Christmas, offering up a very good Christmas semi-buffet lunch at only $39.90! Btw they are having the same thing again for New Year’s Day so don’t miss out. This is one of the best places to have good meat.

Salta Parrilla

Discovered that they’ve added wooden panes to give more privacy to the diners. I quite liked being able to look in and out actually. We were the 1st to arrive so we got a really nice seat by the corner opposite the TV.

Salta Slow Cooked Lamb (2)Salta Slow Cooked Lamb

Slow cooked lamb ordered by my mother and the Partner. Juicy, tender and flavourful. The chefs manning the grill/parrilla must be really talented!

Salta Slow Cooked Beef

Slow cooked veal. Was a little tougher than I’d expected. Had to get the Partner to carve it up for me cuz my hands got shaky after a while. I think I’m used to different cuts too, this particular cut didn’t look too appetising either.

Salta Cod Fish (2)Salta Cod Fish

Fish was not supposed to be on the Christmas lunch menu, but we had requested a special order in advance since my father doesn’t eat 2 or 4 legged land dwelling animals. It’s funny to say this, but you know what, I thought the cod fish was the best dish. Yes it was way too oily, but the flavours was intense, and it was so flaky and smooth! Every sliver literally melted in my mouth.

Salta Cheese Board

Cheese platter

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Sides of vegetables. As previously mentioned in my 1st visit, the vegetables are nothing spectacular, since their speciality is in meat. The potatoes were very good though. Just a few sprigs of rosemary and garlic transformed the potatoes into wonderful balls of flavour.

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Empanada – Similar to our curry puffs except this one contained roquefort cheese. We were kinda expecting some kind of meat filling, so that was a little disappointing. Didn’t need more cheese after the huge selection at the cheese station. The empanada was pretty bland too, the skin was nothing like our crispy or flaky curry puffs. This one was pretty tough.

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Brownies with chocolate truffle cream

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Salta Fruit Salad

Fruit salad – pretty tasty and served in a nice glass

Salta Coffee

Complementary coffee – Damn strong. Something like 3 shots of expresso in 1 cup! After putting in nearly 2 packets of sugar and lots of milk, it became quite nice and we finished it up.

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Icon Village (2)Icon Village

Icon Village all decked out for Christmas. I like the look of this little alley way with the reddish brick theme. I believe there is a gourmet olive oil and honey shop here, in addition to some Japanese restaurants, pubs, nail spa and Salta.

Conclusion: Salta’s speciality is in its grilled meats. The appetisers and desserts were just pretty okay. Since the meat dishes on the ala carte menu already costs about $30, we were okay to fork out another $10 to enjoy the semi-buffet. I’m definitely going to come back again to try out that skirt steak and sweetbreads that I’ve been thinking about for the last 2 months!

SALTA Argentine Parrilla + Grocer

Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street #01-56 Singapore 078877
Phone: 6225 8443
Mon – Thurs: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
http://www.facebook.com/SaltaParrilla

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