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Salt Grill & Sky Bar

After the wonderful pictures that my friend took at the last Restaurant Week back in March at Salt Grill, I’ve been keeping a mental note about this place. I really love the look of the place, so much that earlier this year, I seriously considered holding my wedding here. The views are fantastic, if you are lucky enough to come on a blue sky day.

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Anyway, finally got the opportunity to dine at Salt Grill & Sky Bar during the October 2012 Restaurant Week season. We got a seat next to the window, and the 2 chairs were already placed in such a way that we were facing the views. I guess that’s definitely a huge reason why people pay top dollar to come to Salt Grill & Sky Bar huh.

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The restaurant was having a promotion so we got ourselves 2 glasses of wine to accompany the meal.

Salt Grill & Sky Bar - Salmon Gravlax, Crispy Capers, Radish, Fennel, Orange, Onion Rings, Lemon Olive Oil (1)

Salmon Gravlax, Crispy Capers, Radish, Fennel, Orange, Onion Rings, Lemon Olive Oil

This salmon gravlax was the perfect starter. There’s just something about fresh and bright colours that whets the appetite. Salmon Gravlax is a Nordic dish comprising of raw salmon cured in salt, sugar and dill. The texture is very similar to smoked salmon, but in this case, the textures were jazzed up from just plain and slippery to having a bit more bite from the crispy slivers of onion rings. I don’t think I’ve ever had salmon together with orange but it all went very well together!

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Real Food Revisited 3

In line with the healthy theme these 2 weeks thanks to Zespri’s Kiwifruit Challenge, I decided to take my parents to the new Real Food outlet that just opened at Killiney Road. The original Real Food cafe is at The Central just above Clarke Quay MRT Station and I’ve been there many times over the last 2 years.

It’s interesting how when you do something unappealing a number of times, it soon becomes more palatable, and may even turn into a habit? After having a Kiwifruit daily, plus the more or less raw dinner at The Living Cafe, my mind is more attuned to the benefits of eating healthily which was why I instantly thought of Real Food for Saturday brunch.

Real Food strives as much as possible to utilise organic ingredients in its food. Also, no meat is used. However, you would be really hard pressed to miss it because all the other flavours in each dish come together so nicely even without the meat! Another reason why I like coming to Real Food is because the prices are very affordable, and comparable to non-organic cafes!

Real Food - Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

For example, this dumpling soup. There is no meat in the dumplings but because it’s bursting with other ingredients, and chestnuts to give it a bite, you don’t miss the meat at all. In fact, my mother asked me if the dumplings contained minced meat as it was so flavourful. The soup itself is also a delight to drink, and has a peppery base that warms you.

I almost always order this dumpling soup, or the dumpling noodles. I believe most customers who patronise Real Food consider the dumplings to be one of their signature dishes.

Real Food - Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

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Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

Experts say that a catchy name for a business is a marketing tool in itself. I’ve no doubt about this piece of advice and I’m sure many an astute businessman have put it to good use. Just think about all the cafes that have opened recently with names that make you do a double take. SPRMKT, Carpenter & Cook, Henry Congressional, Nylon Coffee Roasters and lots more.

But of all these names, none made me jump off my seat in a bid to rush there, than Nassim Hill Bakery. For those of you who aren’t aware, Nassim Hill is one of the most expensive residential areas in Singapore. If you own an apartment there, well you’ve kind of made it in life already haven’t you. So, for a  cafe that chooses to associate itself with such a distinguished address, it surely mustn’t be any ole run of the mill establishment right?

Nassim Hill - Sunny-side up eggs with choice of beerbeiser sausage, center cut bacon or honey baked ham $15 (1)

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is located at the Tanglin Post Office building, which is opposite Tanglin Mall. It’s not visible from the main road. You have to turn into the side road as the main entrance of Nassim Hill Bakery is facing the back! The good news is that if you manage to snag a parking spot in front of the bakery, parking is free. The bad news is that there are very limited slots, say 20? And the lots have to be shared with those visiting the post office too. If you can’t find a spot, you will have to use the paid basement parking.

Prior to visiting, I was told that the chief baker at Nassim Hill is the owner of Freshly Baked along Killiney Road. So it was no surprise that baskets of fine smelling artisanal bread greeted us when we entered the spacious bakery bistro. Even the bread ovens are in full view as their kitchen is somewhat of an open-concept. Speaking of space, there is such a vast amount of it compared to other establishments, that you feel you could do a dance amongst the tables and not be an obstruction.

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Mooshi Bakes Brasserie

If you were wondering what happened to Joo Joo, the Kushiyaki outlet opened by the people from Awfully Chocolate, well that no longer exists. In its place now stands a brunch type place called Mooshi Bakes. Actually Mooshi Bakes existed long ago beside Joo Joo, and was bakery arm of the business. This new brunch cafe just shares the same name.

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I’m quite glad that Joo Joo is gone because back then I thought the place was over priced for a casual non air-conditioned eatery. I’m quite glad that Mooshi Bakes has since realised the benefits of keeping their customers cool as well as keeping the noise from the roads out. Joo Chiat Road is literally 2 steps away from the front door! Other than the air-conditioning, the place looks pretty much the same. They’ve kept the same chairs and the black chalk board, more apt for a brunch place than a Japanese Kushiyaki place.

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At first glance, the menu looks pretty enticing. They have the usual Big Breakfast, which they’ve named The Really Big Breakfast. That goes for $22 and is I believe the most expensive dish on the menu. The rest are not far though, with most going for about $16 – $18. I was torn between wanting to order the Really Big Breakfast and trying something more exotic like the Souffle Omelette. I’m greedy lah, I like the big breakfast because it comes with everything!

Mooshi Bakes - Souffle Omelette $18 (3) Soufflé Omelette with red cheddar and parmesan cheese sprinklings $18

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Salt Grill and Sky Bar– Restaurant Week March 2012

Here’s some pictures my friend took at Salt Grill today for lunch with his wife. I’ve never been to Salt Grill before but prior to this, I’d always wanted to dine here one day cuz the place looks so bright and cheery. He did mention that he was craving for more food even after this 3 course meal.

What a pity. Restaurant Week’s a time for restaurants to wow their 1st time customers so that they will then come back to dine at full prices. In my opinion, Restaurant Week’s really not the time to be stingy with your customers! It’s only 1 week and it’s the time to pump up the marketing! The set menu has only 2 or 3 choices per course, and if the diners and their dining companions are eating the same thing and voicing the same complains, the restaurant is done for.

Salt Grill - Bread Basket Bread Basket

Salt Grill - Crab omelette  Crab Omelette

Salt Grill - Sashimi


Salt Grill - Barramundi Fillet  Barramundi Fillet

Salt Grill - Slow Cooked Pork Slow Cooked Pork

Salt Grill - Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

Salt Grill - (7) End of the meal…

Read more about Restaurant Week here.

Salt Grill and Sky Bar

2 Orchard Turn, Level 55 & 56 238801 Singapore

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