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myVillage evening visit

Made my 2nd visit to myVillage on Saturday. I was hoping to catch the sunset before having dinner at Shin Kushiya. We made it just in the nick of time. The traffic towards Serangoon Garden was quite horrendous. It was the inch and jerk type, I was almost quite sure the sun would have set by the time we got there.

Check out the photos I took here!

I didn’t know if we could actually catch the sunset on the roof of the myVillage mall, but apparently you can. The minute you get out of the escalator and onto the roof, the last of the sun’s rays hit you. Alas, it was pretty cloudy so I couldn’t get good pictures.

As I previously mentioned, being able to have rooftop access is pretty cool. Yeah it’s not the roof level of Marina Bay Sands, but the 3rd floor roof top of myVillage has its own charms. For one, you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the roads below. You still get to overlook most of the buildings in the vicinity, as they’re even shorter! You can get a really good view of the sky and the stars at night, cloud cover pending.

There’s also another cool spot which I bet hardly anyone knows about. It’s so secluded yet cool and romantic I wonder if I should share this secret with anyone. Right next to Shin Kushiya is an automatic door. Step through it and you’re on a ledge right outside the mall. The ledge is very narrow and long. I suppose it’s a smoker’s stop of sorts but no smokers were there. The night lighting made it quite interesting. I would post a picture of it but once again, my camera failed on me. Remember to let your camera assimilate to the humid temperature first before taking off the lens cap after coming from an air-conditioned place!!!

Not all the shops were open when I was there on Saturday. Apparently myVillage will be having its official opening ceremony this Sunday 20th February 2011. Check out the details at http://myvillage.sg/. Also check out my post on my 1st visit to myVillage as well as the blogger’s invite to myVillage and Shin Kushiya.

Shin Kushiya @ My Village Mall

*Bloggers Invite*

As part of the tour of the newly opened myVillage at Serangoon, we were invited to sample a variety of dishes at several eateries. 1st stop, Shin Kushiya. Shin Kushiya specialises in Kushiyaki, which refers to the Japanese cuisine of grilling meats and vegetables on bamboo skewers. Shin Kushiya uses Bincho charcoal from Japan. Apparently this special charcoal can reach over 1000 degrees celcius, which is key to providing a crisp delicious smoky flavour to the food while still being able to seal in the natural flavours and juices. This cooking method is supposedly a very healthy way of cooking because no additional oil or flavour enhancers are used.

I have to admit, I’m not very schooled in Kushiyaki cuisine, the only other time I had that was at JooJoo’s at Joo Chiat. My knowledge of Japanese food is pretty much limited to what I eat at Sushi Tei and Sakae Sushi, albeit on a very regular basis. What I can say is the freshness of the ingredients used in the Kushiyaki really comes through. There is no heavy sauce to cover up any imperfections. The food is light but the flavours are natural.

Shin Kushiya Tomatoes wrapped in Bacon

Tomato Maki (Cherry tomatoes wrapped with thinly sliced pork $2.80 – This is really a classic combination. The sweet sourness of the tomatoes really paired well with the salty sliced pork. The tomatoes were so juicy, the flavours were just waiting to burst out as I enjoyed each little tomato. If you don’t order anything else, you definitely have to order this.

Shin Kushiya Kushiyaki (2)

Ebi Shiso Maki (Whole sea prawn wrapped with thinly-sliced pork and shiso leaf) – $3.60 Very tasty and succulent. The sliced pork felt a little fattening when combined with the prawn.

Shin Kushiya Kushiyaki

Buta Bara Yaki Miso Ginger  (Three-layer pork belly with miso-ginger marinade) $2.80 – That’s the one right at the bottom of the picture. Once again, damn good. Everyone at the table finished theirs in like 10 seconds.

Black Pepper Yakitori (Black pepper soy-glazed chicken) $2.20 – I loved the black pepper glaze! Just in case you were wondering, Yakitori refers to Kushiyaki using chicken as the ingredient.

Powder Dip

Black Sesame Ice Cream (2)

Kuro Goma Heaven (Black sesame ice cream with homemade black sesame cream) $7.80 – I am not that big a fan of black sesame fillings when it comes to chinese desserts. Surprisingly, I loved the flavour of this ice cream. It’s like eating green tea ice cream, you either love it or hate it. The taste of the sesame is not ovewhelming, but enough that you definitely know you’re eating black sesame ice cream! Believe this is not the full size of the ice cream if not $7.80 would be really pricey.

Black Sesame Ice Cream

This black sesame cream thing had quite a dense and somewhat ‘bouncy’ texture. Tastes good, but I don’t mind trading in this for a bigger scoop of the ice cream.

Tofu Cheese Cake

The Partner, being the type of person that needs gargantuan effort to like our local/asian desserts, didn’t really fancy the black sesame ice cream. So Shin Kushiya offered him a tofu cheesecake. It was the 1st time he had ever tried such a thing, and I’m glad to report he loved it very much.

Welcome Drink

Welcome drink. Made with some Japanese fruit and has a really strong citrusy flavour which I think is a really suitable drink to perk anyone up. Strangely reminds me of Kickapoo, only better.

 

PROMOTIONS!

(A) Grand Opening Lunch Set Promotion!

Order any lunch set below and get 50% off for your 2nd lunch set

Chicken Teriyaki Set

Salmon Teriyaki Set

Bara Chirashi Set

Salmon Ikura Don Set

Tori Nanban Udon Set

Ebi Tamago Don Set

Unadon Set

Promotion Period:

7 February to 30 April 2011

Terms & Conditions:

· 2nd lunch set must be of a lower or equivalent value as the 1st order

· Valid from Monday-Friday, LUNCH dine-in only, excluding public holidays

· Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers or discounts

Dinner Promotion

(B) Grand Opening Dinner Promotion!

50% off 2nd Ala Carte Sashimi!*

* except Toro, Uni and Sashimi Moriawases

Promotion Period:

7 February to 30 April 2011

Terms & Conditions

· 2nd plate of Sashimi must be of lower or equivalent value as the 1st order and applies to all ala carte Sashimi except Toro, Uni and Sashimi Moriawases

· Valid from Monday-Friday, DINNER dine-in only, excluding public holidays

· Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers or discounts

Shin Kushiya

myVillage at Serangoon Garden

1 Maju Avenue #02-03/06

Reservations: 6634 2816

Mondays to Sundays: Lunch 11.30am – 3pm     Dinner 6pm – 9.30m

Other Branches: Suntec City, Vivo City, Far East Square and Kiraku

http://www.shinkushiya.com/

myVillage Mall at Serangoon Gardens

myVillage

Finally had a chance to visit the myVillage mall at Serangoon Gardens yesterday, even though I have known of its existence 2 months back, and in fact, walked past it once. Was invited down by the mall management for a special blogger’s “get to know myVillage” session. The evening was amazing. myVillage really is a charming little mall with personality. The mall even has 2 mascots called Marley and Jules, inspired by the 2 adjoining roads Maju Avenue and Farleigh Road. I mean where else in Singapore can you find such a cute and interesting concept?

The owners of the mall wanted myVillage to blend in with the Serangoon Garden’s laid back vibe, and have people living near there feel as if this is an extension of their backyard. In this aspect, I think myVillage has done a wonderful job. Just look at the signage itself, can you see the words in there? These are handwritten “my”s by over a hundred people living or working in the area.

The roof top is lovely as well. At this point, it’s just wooden flooring and some plants but I think the management plan to install a seating area. From the roof, you can look out over the roofs of the houses nearby. The area is so peaceful, I wish I could have stayed up there longer, just to stare into the sky and imagine away.

I feel quite jealous of the people living near Serangoon Gardens! I want Bedok Point to be like this too! Where’s my property agent….

myVillage

1 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556679

http://www.myvillage.com.sg

Arbite

Finally made a trip down to Arbite after knowing about its existence for several months. It’s located at Serangoon Gardens. I can’t quite grasp Serangoon Gardens. It seems to want to be hip and young, which is why it has these cafes that appeal to the young. Yet dotted all over the place are old school coffee shops and shops you know have been operating there since forever. Well the new mall called My Village that is slated to open in Jan 2011 will surely take it up the modern ladder another rung.

Anyway, back to Arbite, it’s a small little cafe. If you click on the picture below, you will be able see the menu selections.

Arbite Menu

We were there just for drinks so we didn’t order anything else. The place is nice and cosy. You can choose from sofa seating, table seats and even high seats near the window. Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed with the drinks.

Arbite Latte

We ordered a flat white. Having been used to the quality of coffee from the likes of 40 Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain and Chef Icon Nature Bakery, this was a big disappointment. It was so bitter, no amount of sugar could save it. I can’t say what caused it to be bad, I just know if I taste coffee like this, I won’t ever come back a second time because I know I can get something I like elsewhere.

Arbite Iced Chocolate

Arbite Iced Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The iced chocolate I ordered was not that good either. At first, when it arrived, it looked thick and chocolatey. And with such a huge glass, I thought I was in for a good time. Unfortunately, once again it was a disappointment. I chugged in the entire jug of sugar syrup and still, it would not taste better.

Arbite Sofa Seats

Stairway to Arbite

Conclusion: Definitely won’t return for the drinks again. The people having lunch there seem to be enjoying their lunch so perhaps Arbite’s strengths are in their cooked food.

Arbite

66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962.

Tel: 62870430
Tue – Fri, 1130 am – 10.30 pm, Sat – Sun 1100 am – 10.30 pm.

http://arbite.com.sg

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