Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

Miam Miam

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Miam Miam, a French-Japanese fine casual café kitchen, is a labour of love by globetrotting friends with a passion for food. Marrying French techniques with Japanese inspired flavours and ideologies, the team at Miam Miam is engineered to deliver a consistently excellent experience. The kitchen at Miam Miam subscribes to the Japanese ideologies of kaizen and kanban in its food and preparation practices. Kaizen refers to the practice of continuous improvement and kanban of a scheduling system that ensures lean and just-in-time production.

Miam Miam - Perfectly engineered

They’re not lying when they tell you that everything is “engineered to perfection”.  For example, each portion of raw pasta measures exactly 110g. The pasta is cooked for exactly 7.5 minutes to achieve the perfect bite, aka pasta that is al dente. And in order to achieve the freshness that they so desire, everything is made to order. So…. be prepared to wait a little longer than what you would be used to for other restaurants!

Miam Miam - Hot Matcha Latte $6 (2)

 Hot Matcha Latte $6

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Oriole Cafe & Bar revisited

When it comes to thinking of great places to go for dinner, Orchard Road hardly comes up tops in my mind. Of course there are some good restaurants around this area, (my favourite being Lawrie’s Prime Rib Restaurant) but you have to wade through a sea of generic restaurant chains to get to the gems. I’d rather go to the Club Street area or Robertson Quay for a restaurant with more “character”.

But of course, it’s a totally different story if you’ve just traipsed through the whole of Orchard Road for the last 5 hours. Then the last thing you want is to have to travel somewhere else for dinner! That’s when I go for my fool proof option, Oriole Cafe & Bar. Technically speaking, it’s address is listed as being located at the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, but it is right next to 313 Somerset shopping mall, and more importantly, Oriole Cafe & Bar is located a few paces from the Somerset MRT underpass, which will mean less walking and a quicker rendezvous with the bed who misses you.

For a location such as this, the menu is surprisingly affordable, especially if you were to compare this with places like say P.S Cafe or Wild Honey nearby? This is what we had for dinner a couple of Mondays ago.

Oriole Cafe Bar - Fish and Chips (Battered snapper fillets, hand-cut chips, tartare sauce or malt vinegar) $19 (2)

Fish and Chips (Battered snapper fillets, hand-cut chips, tartare sauce or malt vinegar) $19

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Oso Ristorante

Having had a most sumptuous albeit sad lunch to bid my boss adieu 2 years ago at Oso Ristorante, I’ve always had a mind to return. Oso Ristorante is a cozy yet fine dining sort of restaurant housed on the 2nd storey of a row of shophouses along Bukit Pasoh. It has a woody theme, with windows to let in the light. The seating is not as cramped as 2 years ago.

The chance to dine here again presented itself when I snagged a table during Restaurant Week last month. Actually, I wanted to try more restaurants but I had to settle for only 2, given that Restaurant Week is but one week long! You can read about all my Restaurant Week feastings here.

Oso Ristorante was very generous for Restaurant Week. Most restaurants provide just 3 course meal, but Oso Ristorante up the ante with not only a starter, but a soup! That’s why, for Restaurant Week, it’s best you check out the menu to see if it’s to your liking, although some restaurants make the choice of keeping it secret and surprising you only on the day itself. Very tough for fussy eaters, but good if it means that the restaurant can select the freshest produce of the day to serve to customers.

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See, don’t you think it looks nice?

Oso Ristorante - 70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

Decided to talk about the dessert first for a change. The white cubes were the panna cotta, delivered in a cube form as compared to the usual shot glass form or unmoulded onto a plate. It had an even creaminess, and actually not extremely creamy despite the double cream. The chocolate cubes had a half brownie half gelatine texture. True to the description, it was very chocolaty and had a slightly crisp top. Wish it were a little more sweet as it was meant to be a dessert.

Oso Ristorante - Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

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Marmalade Pantry at the Stables Revisited

After the wonderful Valentine’s Day Dinner at Marmalade Pantry at the Stables in Bukit Timah, I was privileged to be invited again to sample Marmalade Pantry’s more popular dishes, as well as the dishes that are only available at this outlet and not at Orchard ION.

If you have the time, do visit Pantry at the Stables during the day as you would be able to better appreciate its unique dining location surrounded lush greenery which surrounds the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Night time is also good if you are looking for a romantic evening. I will warn you in advance that it is really pitch dark beyond the restaurant area, so it is not possible to walk out unless you feel extremely brave. Hmm, the lack of light might actually make this a good place to catch some of Singapore’s night sky.

It was a nice quiet evening for me, Wilson of http://Gurkhason.wordpress.com and Melissa of http://Melicacy.com. We got to sample a great many dishes and it was a wonder how we even managed to stumble out the restaurant.

I always end up posting desserts last if I’m doing the post in chronological order, but I think I’ll give the desserts some airtime today because the cupcakes are just so pretty!

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Pretty Cupcakes! (2)

Don’t you think the cupcakes look so luscious??? My favourite has always been the Hazelnut chocolate cupcake, which is the one on the top right. If you’re a fan of Nutella you would love it! The nice thing about Marmalade Pantry’s cupcakes are that the frosting is pretty thick and flat, which makes for easy eating. I don’t really fancy those with sky-high frosting as it just seems a little hard to eat and most times you try to lick the cream off first anyway to avoid having any land on your nose.

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A creamy one which I didn’t try, but it does look so pretty though!

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Pretty Cupcakes!

This is the Elvis Cupcake, which is banana cake with a peanut butter frosting.

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Red Velvet Cupcake ($4.50)

A favourite for many ladies, the Red Velvet cupcake. The redness comes from beetroot juice that is used. Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - (2)

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Molly Roffey’s Irish Pub

Hands up how many of you out there think of Pubs as a place to merely have a drink? Did you know that they can be good places to get good meal too? I recently checked out Molly Roffey, an Irish Pub chain with 3 pubs. The one I visited was in Bras Basah while the other 2 are in Market Street and another upcoming location. This wasn’t the 1st time I’d been to Molly Roffey. In fact, I’d been once before roughly one year ago, for dinner. Never got round to blogging about it so I’m quite happy for a second opportunity!

Even though I’ve been to several Irish Pubs in Singapore over the years, I still found it quite amazing to be served proper restaurant food with nice cutlery. The dishes served didn’t look like what you would expect of “Pub Grub”. And best of all, the prices are really reasonable!

Molly Roffey - Chicken Caesar Salad- $9.80

Chicken Caesar Salad- $9.80

Tasty. Lettuce was very crisp and the salad had just enough dressing not to be an over kill.

Molly Roffey -Irish Salad with Packham Pear- $11.80

Irish Salad with Packham Pear- $11.80

This was a very interesting salad. You have to try the blue cheese on top of the sweet pear!

Molly Roffey -  Mushroom Medley Pizza- $13.80

 Mushroom Medley Pizza- $13.80

This was very very very very delicious! I really wasn’t expecting to find such a delicious tasting pizza here because I normally only like pizzas from authentic Italian restaurants! This pizza had a rather crispy base, but not as crispy as that of Skinny Pizza. The toppings were the highlight. I don’t know what went into the mushroom medley, but it tasted so fragrant and heavenly. I will definitely order this when I’m back at Molly Roffey again! This is a MUST ORDER guys!

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