Posts Tagged ‘lamb chops’

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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Balzac Brasserie – CLOSED

Balzac Brasserie is a French restaurant that doesn’t require you to rob a bank before you dine here. Balzac Brasserie is helmed by the award winning Chef Jean-Charles Dubois from Angers in Loire Valley, France. What is served here is rustic style, inspired from his own family recipes and his signature dishes include Lobster Bisque, Wagyu beef cheeks and Rice pudding. The French bistro decor is really nice, and makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a street in Paris. Most of the furnishings here were imported from Paris in fact.

Balzac Brasserie (9)

When it comes to birthday celebrations, one birthday meal is not enough for me! I like to celebrate my birthday over SEVERAL meals, kinda like 12 days of Christmas or 15 days of Chinese New Year you know. The previous post on Au Jardin Restaurant was my birthday meal with just the Partner, on the exact birthday. But prior to that, I already had another birthday meal together with the Partner and my parents, and that was at Balzac Brasserie. I’m kinda on a French restaurant / fine dining streak lately (which means $2.50 mixed rice on week days). I’d been here once before back in 2012, for the launch of a French bubbly, Jaillance, which I subsequently used for my wedding! It’s a wonder I took so long to return!

Balzac Brasserie - Complimentary Bread Basket (2)

Inviting bread basket to start the meal. They had raisin bread and multigrain bread. The breads were quite tasty and we even asked for a refill. They were particularly useful in mopping up the escargot juices as you will soon see.

Balzac Brasserie - Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

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Fern and Kiwi

I’m always on the look out for New Zealand things in Singapore since the Partner is from New Zealand. I’d heard about the opening of the  Fern and Kiwi restaurant in Clarke Quay some months back but I just didn’t have the opportunity to go there. It used to be relatively easy for me to get to Clarke Quay, but these days, Clarke Quay is so far out of the way that it’s hardly on my radar when it comes to weekday dinner venues.

So I was delighted when the Amazing Zespri dinner was to be held at the Fern & Kiwi. The meal was very kiwifruit inspired so you won’t actually get to order these dishes below. However I would not hesitate to return to Fern and Kiwi again because those dishes we tried that night were great!  In particular, I really liked the chargrilled lamb that was done just right. The kiwi relish that came along with it was superb and I just mopped it all up.

Amazing Zespri Kiwifruit Dinner at Fern & Kiwi

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit (1)

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish (2)

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish

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Il Lido Sentosa

Il Lido Sentosa - Prime Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Truffles Sauce (2)

 Prime Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Truffles Sauce

Il Lido’s been having this great promotional deal with DBS where you get 50% discount off your bill if you spend above $200 before tax. DBS sends you the voucher on your birthday month, and I believe only if they deem you to be one of their exclusive customers. How we ever got onto that list of exclusive customers, I have no idea but I’m not complaining.

Since it is such a great deal, I decided to dine at Il Lido again for my birthday for the 2nd year running. I took the weekend set meal for $58.

Il Lido Sentosa - Complimentary Bread

 Complimentary Bread

Good bread is hard to find and for restaurants that manage to bake a good crusty loaf, I often find it hard to resist tearing the bread apart and slathering butter that is almost as big as the bread pieces. The baguette’s a personal favourite of mine and if you haven’t tried baguettes fresh out of the oven, you’re missing one of life’s simple wonders.

Il Lido Sentosa - Cantaloupe Soup

Cantaloupe Soup

Cold and refreshing. Might do well as a dessert too as it is slightly sweet.

Il Lido Sentosa - Amuse Bouche Risotto Balls (1)

Amuse Bouche Risotto Balls

4 little balls of breaded balls filled with hot piping cheesy risotto. The crusty exterior was nice, but I was hoping for more than just rice and cheese encased within.

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One-Ninety

Will be getting married at 4 Seasons Hotel. On the day that we signed the contract, we were treated to a lovely meal at One-Ninety Restaurant. We were too busy discussing the contract details hence I didn’t even realise that I hadn’t noted down the menu prices. Heck, I’ve also forgotten exactly what we ate, given that this all happened more than half a year ago. Still, I don’t want to waste the nice pictures I’ve taken so this shall be a pictorial review!

OneNinety - Chocolate Cake

4 Seasons Signature chocolate cake! Costs about $10 and is decadent like hell! A normal human would not be able to finish this piece so it’s best to share. Love the intense and heavy chocolate fudge on top, with a thick and crispy granola base. I don’t even think there’s any sponge cake in this chocolate on a plate!

OneNinety - Chocolate Gelato

This chocolate ice cream $15 is another good choice to order if you’re hankering after something chocolaty and sweet. The ice cream is deeply chocolaty, aided by generous amounts of chocolate fudge and crispy cocopop bits. You know what, for my wedding day, AFTER the wedding, I’m going to order myself this chocolate ice cream and just relaxxxxx after the excitement of the day.

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