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Aurora Salmon from Norway available in Singapore!

Not all salmon tastes the same, that’s what I found out last week after I tasted the Aurora salmon from arctic Norway. So smooth, so flavourful, and so delightful to eat, I have to say that I won’t look at salmon in quite the same way ever again.

What is Aurora Salmon you may ask? Aurora Salmon is meticulously grown in the artic regions of Norway, as compared to Norwegian salmon from waters nearer to the southern parts of Norway. At such high latitudes, this is where the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can be spotted. The fresh cold clear waters within this pristine environment hold temperatures stable at a consistent average of 3 to 4 degrees Celsius in winter and 5 to 10 degrees Celsius in the summer. This, together with the optimal currents and oxygen levels, ensure the slow growth of the Aurora Salmon, resulting in a higher fat content than other farmed salmon which can take a shorter time to be harvested.

In fact, Aurora Salmon is already one of the most sought after brands in Japan, and now, for the 1st time, you will be able to purchase Aurora Salmon exclusively at all Kuriya Fish Market outlets. The fish is air flown fresh into Singapore within 2-3 days of harvesting, so you can be assured of Aurora Salmon’s freshness.

Aurora Salmon Sashimi Slices (1)

I had the privilege to be amongst one of the first few Singaporeans to taste the amazing Aurora Salmon at the launch of the Aurora Salmon at Kuriya. The pricing is the same as if you were to buy the “normal” Norwegian salmon. With salmon being a good source of protein, vitamins D, A and B12, iodine, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, the salmon is really our wish come true for great tasting yet healthy food.

I’m not lying when I say these salmon taste different from what I’m more accustomed to. They really do have a deeper flavour and you can taste the richness and fattiness of the flesh! If only I could have the entire tray!

Aurora Salmon (11)

Watching these chefs slice through the salmon was like watching hot knives slice through cold butter. Blink and you miss it! In a matter of minutes, they had reduced the whole salmon into numerous sashimi slices!

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Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant

Rise Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has been open for a couple of years now. I’m sure most buffet fanatics out there would have tried this buffet by now. I’ve dined at Rise Restaurant on a couple of occasions but they were always ala carte orders. So I decided the time was ripe to take my parents for a nice lunch at Rise Restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the pricing. $49++ for weekend lunch buffet makes Rise Restaurant a very value-for-money buffet, don’t you think? This is especially when you consider the size of the spread.

Even though I look like I’ve been gorging on buffets quite often these past few months, the truth is that I haven’t actually gone for a lunch or dinner buffet in about a year! All the previous buffets you’ve read about on this blog this year were Afternoon Tea buffets, which ahem, is quite different from a lunch/dinner buffet!

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Dessert Station

I’m a sucker for pretty desserts. The dessert display at Rise Restaurant is definitely worthy of being part of an Afternoon Tea buffet. My idea of a good afternoon tea dessert display is that it has to be whimsical and eye-popping.

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Decadent Chocolate Cake (1)

Decadent and regal looking 3 layer chocolate cake

I am not one to eat desserts before mains, but when it comes to posting pictures, who’s to say we can’t post pictures of cakes and sweet treats first?

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Japanese Dining SUN

Japanese Dining SUN has been around since 2005 and it is a place that holds special memories for me because I celebrated my 1st Valentine’s Day there! I was young then and enjoyed the romantic evening very much! Since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for Japanese Dining SUN, also partly helped along by the fact that one of my friends used to be the manager there.

So I was pretty delighted to be invited for a food tasting to try out their new Kyushu Experience promotion. Japanese Dining SUN (Chjimes) & Sun with Moon (Wheelock Place) is working in partnership with the Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry to launch the Kyushu Experience.  The Kyushu Gourmet Experience will introduce not only regional cuisine from the Kyushu prefectures of Miyazaki, Fukuoka, Saga and Oita, but also feature authentic ingredients air-flown in twice weekly especially for this menu, such as Miyazaki Wagyu, Koji Salt, Kyushu Sashimi etc.

The Kyushu Experience will be available from 16th November 2012 to 8th January 2013,

Sun Dining - Sun Goma Salmon (Sliced salmon sashimi served with special soya sauce dip and soft-boiled egg) (2)

Sun Goma Salmon (Sliced salmon sashimi served with special soya sauce dip and soft-boiled egg) $15.80

Oh, another favourite for me, salmon sashimi with soft-boiled egg! The salmon sashimi was fresh tasting, and for $15.80, quite a generous amount of sashimi was provided. To perk up the dish, we were treated to a soft-boiled egg floating in special soya sauce that was on the sweet side. I have to apologise to my fellow diners because I must have grabbed more than 1/2 the egg. You know how I love eggs in most forms (except hard-boiled). Definitely a must order if you’re going to try out the Kyushu Experience!

Sun Dining - Kyushu Sashimi Smoked Moriawase (Smoked sashimi platter of salmon, yellowtail and mackerel dressed in mustard and peppercorn) (2)

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Miyako Japanese Restaurant Bintan

I recently went on a quick trip to Bintan Lagoon Resorts. It was so quick, I left on a Friday afternoon and returned back to Singapore on a Saturday evening! I don’t think anyone missed me, but I sure accomplished a lot while I was there. I will write more about it in the next post, complete with pictures. I took over 300 photos so be prepared for a deluge of pictures. While I sort the rest of the photos out, let me first stuff you with pictures of my lovely lunch at Miyako Japanese Restaurant in Bintan Lagoon Resorts.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - (1)

Miyako Japanese Restaurant is next to the main hall, just on the left of Kopi-O Restaurant which is where most people will have their buffet breakfast. It’s a bright and cheery place as it’s nearly all glass walls. There’s a huge Teppanyaki station in the middle of the whole restaurant, with tables lined all around it.

I’ll be upfront with you. The food here isn’t cheap, but it is really very fresh tasting and of good quality. Well food in Bintan Lagoon Resort is a little pricey, it’s a holiday resort after all, but I think the Japanese restaurant takes the cake. Therefore, if you’re in for a good pampering, Miyako’s the place you want to go or take your business clients.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - Ikura Sushi also known as Salmon Roe Sushi $15 (2)

Ikura Sushi also known as Salmon Roe Sushi $15

Eating this was fantastic as the delightful slightly salty liquid from the little voluptuous balls of salmon roe burst in my mouth.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - Gindara (Cod) in Teriyaki Sauce $25 (1)

 Gindara (Cod) in Teriyaki Sauce $25

One of the best Gindara I have ever tasted. You can see from the picture that the cod was extremely flaky and practically slid down my throat without much effort. The flesh was moist and creamy flavoured. I could have just eaten this cod whole, together with a bowl of steaming rice! That would really make me a very happy person.

Miyako Japanese Restaurant - Wagyu Beef 200gm Teppanyaki $135

Wagyu Beef 200gm Teppanyaki $135

This was the killer dish, in terms of pricing. What you see here is half a portion because my mother took the other half. You have to order the whole 200gms though, but I wouldn’t advise it if you are dining alone. The meat is rather rich, although not extremely so. I believe it’s just a medium level Wagyu beef, forgot to ask the grading. Taste wise, I would actually prefer wagyu beef with more marbling. But if I didn’t know it was Wagyu beef, I would say that it was good beef teppanyaki.

I do think that this is one dish I wouldn’t recommend ordering. It tastes nice, but $135, it just seems a little too much, especially when you consider places like Morton’s charge only $100 for a slab of beef, albeit not Wagyu grade.

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Chiso Zanmai

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Another restaurant bites the dust. Remember Fisherman’s Market Seafood Buffet Restaurant? That no longer exists, but the good thing is, another restaurant that is EVEN BETTER, has taken its place. Actually Chiso Zanmai is owned by the same people. Guess they must have realised that the prices that Fisherman’s Market charged made it really uncompetitive. Chiso Zanmai doesn’t look any different from Fisherman’s Market. The decor is the same, and even the layout of the various food sections. However, the food is modelled after its Osaka counterparts.

The key point to note is that Chiso Zanmai is nearly HALF THE PRICE of the old restaurant. At SGD$24.90++ per adult for a Japanese Buffet, is that a steal or what? And let’s be frank here. A lot of people like to attack the sashimi counter when gorging at hotel buffets, as everyone knows that sashimi is expensive. Now here’s a buffet where you can do away with the other frills (ie the food items that people hardly touch but hotels find it necessary to include in their buffets in order to impress you with variety), and pay less!

Chiso Zanmai Menu

Chiso Zanmai’s Menu. Click on it for a larger version

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