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Yummy Deals at 313@Somerset

*Media Invite*

313 Somerset is having a yummy promotion that you might just want to consider if you plan to shop there this weekend, or if you work in the Orchard area. From now until 31 August 2012, if you purchase the 313 Dining Wallet, you will get $40 worth of dining vouchers for the price of only $19!

313 Dining Wallet

These coupons are colour-coded into different dining options: SNACKS/DESSERTS, DRINKS, LUNCH & DINNER. Each coupon can only be used once. The LUNCH coupon can only be used from 11.30 am – 2.30pm while the DINNER voucher can be used from 6pm until closing time. All other vouchers can be used any time of the day. In addition, there is a $5 Coffee Bean voucher, a $5 Famous voucher and a $10 Flying Bread voucher.

There’s no need to worry about not utilising all the Lunch, Dinner and Snack vouchers cuz if you think about it, the 3 additional vouchers already amount to $20. That means that anything else you eat is FREE! Great huh! Of course, if you want to utilise all the vouchers and you don’t want to have to keep going to 313 Somerset, your best bet would be to utilise them on a weekend. Have a leisurely lunch, shop a little, and then have dinner! Be careful though, the vouchers are not valid for Blue Mountain Cafe and Paradise Inn on Fridays – Sundays.

Here’s the full list of 313 Dining Wallet participating outlets where you can utilise you vouchers.

Reviews of some of the food outlets at 313 Somerset

I had the opportunity to sample some of the delights from the outlets participating in the 313 Dining Wallet promotion. The prices listed are what you would have to pay if you did not have the vouchers.

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Malones _Pizza

Malones Irish Restaurant and Bar – 5 inch Margherita pizza with tomatoes and mozzarella $8.90++

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Chiso Zanmai

*Media Invite*

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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Rose Veranda at Shangri-La (Savouries)

The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La used to be my favourite place for afternoon tea. It was also the 1st place that got me acquainted with the concept of “afternoon tea”. In previous years, the afternoon tea would come with unlimited servings of their one-hundred-and-one different types of teas. It was always a treat to be presented with the maroon-coloured velvety tea menu. I’d mostly go for the safe types like English Breakfast (ha!) but just the idea that one could have a hundred other options brought about visions of opulence.

However, after the renovation, prices have increased slightly, and they NO LONGER offer unlimited servings of the 101 teas!!! What a let down! It’s just a choice of 2 teas per person now, just like any other afternoon tea place that you find nowadays. Shucks. It’s not like I can drink a hundred pots of teas, but the very idea of having so much choice makes me feel differently!

Anyway, the place still looks posh, the food still is good so we still had a pretty good time at the Rose Veranda.

Shangri La Rose Verandah - Seating Area

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High Tea at The Rose Veranda. This is the maroon velvety menu I was talking about

Shangri La Rose Veranda  - Pot of Tea

I like to choose strong teas, with English Breakfast being one of my all time favourites. Yes I’m traditional. Large pots of teas are nice, but the teas tend to grow cold if you can’t drink up fast enough. All the teas served are now from TWG. The Partner was a bit miffed by this because his favourite Orange Pekoe was now no longer available and probably impossible to find in the whole of Singapore.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and leek soup – So very English! It’s interesting how potatoes can be incorporated into a soup but I’ve always loved a potato based soup. So comforting and simple. The leek taste wasn’t very strong, and the soup was smooth enough so that there weren’t any gritty bits of potato stuck in the throat.

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Come to think of it, the afternoon tea buffet at the Rose Veranda has a lot of Asian dishes. No wonder Shangri La Rose Veranda is such a popular choice amongst the Japanese Tai Tais! Never fail to see at least one group of Japanese ladies, if not more, each time that I am there!

You can take as much sushi as you want, but the salmon sashimi is limited to one plate per table. We managed to get away with 2 plates 🙂

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The fried noodles and chicken are okay. Not exactly what I would expect in a posh afternoon tea place.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Finger Nibbles

Variety of finger sandwiches are also rather limited. I guess I was expecting a more “English” type of afternoon tea.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Main Buffet Counter

What they lack in variety for the “English tea items”, they more than made up in variety of dishes in totality.

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Fisherman’s Market Seafood Buffet Restaurant

*Media Invite*

Normally, the only place where you can gorge on unlimited servings of seafood is at hotel buffets. Introducing the new Fisherman’s Market Seafood Buffet Restaurant. Need I describe more what they specialise in? Fisherman’s Market has its origins in Kobe and Yokohama, and this is it’s very 1st restaurant outside of Japan. The seafood buffet spread boasts over 90 dishes made with the freshest seafood flown from South Asia, Australia and around the world. The dishes include freshly made sushi, fresh oysters, sashimi, chilli crabs, bouillabaisse and more. Check out the photos from the wonderful evening my friend and I had.

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The restaurant is huge! This is but 1/4 of the restaurant seating area that you are seeing! As it’s located on the 2nd floor of Central, if you snag a seat by the window, you get to enjoy views of Clarke Quay and the Singapore River. There’s also a part of the restaurant that faces the huge ERP gantry. I don’t think I would want to sit close to that area, but just for laughs you definitely have to take a picture of it.

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The sushi and sashimi counter is definitely my favourite station in the entire restaurant. I have a soft spot for sashimi and sushi so I was quite happy to spend my energies on gorging on these tasty morsels. The fish served really is very fresh tasting and a feast for the eyes.

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There was a whole oyster station complete with chef shucking the oysters right in front of you.

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Can give these 2 items a miss. The soft shell crab was very oily while the hot dog was nothing spectacular. Save your stomach space for the more “expensive” items. I wasn’t expecting much obviously, and I only tried these so that I could comment about them. The good thing though is that they only cook after you’ve selected what you want, hence the little clips on the plate. There’s also beef and pork teppanyaki to choose from but I didn’t as those would have filled me up completely.

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Don’t bother with this cheese fondue. We thought it’d be fun to order one, and it was fun. Taste-wise, to be frank, the cheese mixture didn’t really have a cheese flavour.

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Wide array of raw and cooked food. Check out the escalator in the 4th photo. You have to take the escalator from the ground floor to get to the restaurant on the 2nd floor.

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The crabs were a little too small for my liking. I found it hard to prise the limited bits of flesh out of the shell. The sushi and oysters on the other hand were very good.

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Big succulent prawns for the prawn lover.

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Salmon, one of my favourite fish!

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There’s a lot of cooked seafood to choose from if you’re not into raw seafood. The cooked prawns were really nice, and they’re peeled open so you don’t have to fiddle with the shells. There’s even seafood pasta.

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Oyster chef guarding over the pearls

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Fisherman’s Market has a few selections of wine for those who like to enjoy their food with wine. I happen to be one such person, tee hee hee. And it’s strange that only a few years ago, I didn’t really like to drink at all. How the taste buds change with age. Take note that the wine is at extra charge.

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A surprising find at the restaurant. Soft-serve ice cream!!! I thought nothing of the ice-cream machine at first, until my friend brought back a cup of this creamy goodness. It’s really nice! I may sound deprived but I’ve never had this at 7-11 before, and it doesn’t taste the same as McDonalds. This ice cream here is sweeter and light. Really just the thing I wanted to end off my meal at Fisherman’s Market. I had 3 cups of the soft serve ice cream, can you believe it!

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Free flow of soft drinks and tea/coffee, but not for the wine (obviously!)

Fisherman's Market

Here’s the pricing and full menu of Fisherman’s Market Seafood Buffet Restaurant. If you’re a seafood fan and you want to gorge on a full range of fresh seafood, here’s the place to come to. It’s a casual restaurant so there’s no need to dress up like you have to at the hotel restaurants. The place is quite convenient too, just above the Clarke Quay MRT station. Perfect for chilling out with your favourite pals. Only issue is, I do find the pricing to be a tad expensive, and for $10-$20 more, I would prefer to go to a hotel restaurant on a weekend.

*A big thank you to Ms Amanda Tan of Word of Mouth Communications for the kind invite!

Fisherman’s Market

The Central 6 Eu Tong Sen Street

#01-05 and #02-17, Singapore 059817

Mon – Sun: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Tel: 6221-3177

From 10 September 2011 to 10 October 2011, get 20% discount by going to Fisherman’s Market Facebook, liking them and calling to make a reservation quoting the 20% discount!

Kinki at Customs House

*Invited Tasting Session*

I was delighted to receive an invitation from FoodNews to come down to view Kinki and have dinner several weeks ago. The Partner was busy so I tried to find a substitute. I had this impression that I would be able to find a keen soul easily. I mean who doesn’t like free food at a great restaurant??? Alas, the 3 people I asked all chickened out and the Partner had no choice but to cancel all appointments to save the day. I wonder if it had anything to do with Kinki’s name. Maybe my friends thought I was asking for something else….

Anyway, located along the Marina Bay Waterfront at Customs House, Kinki Restaurant + Bar conveys a refreshingly urban concept, with its cheeky moniker as one of the many things that sets Kinki apart from conventional Japanese restaurants. Kinki’s decidedly hip-urban décor is designed by Chris Garver of Miami Ink fame, bearing vibrant colours and echoing his signature style of intricate Japanese tattoo designs.

Kinki - Sushi Counter (2)

Kinki has a really long sushi counter. I don’t think I’ve seen that much fish on display before.

Kinki - Yuzu Caipirinha

To start us off, we got some drinks. I ordered the Yuzu Caipirinha $16 because I had a great Yuzu Cooler at Shin Kushiya and I thought I might enjoy something similar. Wasn’t at all the same actually, and in fact, the Yuzu Caipirinha was more of an orange drink.

Kinki - Ume Mojito (2)

The Partner got the Ume Mojito $16.

Kinki - Japanese Pear Martini

Japanese Pear Martini $20 was what Shasha from FoodNews ordered. I bet she knew that I would like it because she kept asking me to try it. In fact, I loved it so much, I took over her drink and left my Yuzu Caipirinha alone! Not only that, I had 2 of these delicious Japanese Pear Martinis. I am surprised myself because I was never a fan of martinis. Definitely a must order!!

Kinki - Tai Carpaccio

Tai Carpaccio $30 – Thinly sliced snapper with shio konbu and Kinki’s truffle dressing. Oh my god, this one was so delicious. If there’s one recommendation I have to make at Kinki, it would be that you simply have to order this, if money is not an issue! The special truffle dressing with an Asian twist complimented the slivers of snapper so well! I am salivating just thinking about this.

Kinki - Assorted Sashimi Platter

I love sashimi! The ones served at Kinki tasted really fresh. Also, the slices of fish were larger than usual, which is great because I hate it when the slice of fish flops limply on my chopsticks. Give me a plate of sashimi, plus some hot steamed rice and wasabi and I’ll be content. My all time favourite has got to be sword fish, that’s the pale one on the right bottom. I can eat loads of it!

Kinki - Assorted Sashimi Platter (4)

Amaebi, also known as sweet prawns are a favourite of mine! I love the sweet taste of the prawn. Don’t you find that there’s something unique about the texture of the prawn, it is ever so slightly mushy. I hear that the crunchy succulent textures of prawns found especially in Chinese restaurants is due to them having been soaked in alkaline water. Wonder if that’s a healthy thing to do?

Kinki - Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi (3)

 Foie Gras and Scallop Sushi $22 – An eye popping $22!! The foie gras was delicious as usual but it being so good, kind of overwhelmed the flavours of the scallop. I seriously don’t think it’s worth the price if you’re just after the foie gras because it was tiny!

Kinki - Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi

Since it was so expensive, I had to take extra photos of it. Love this picture of the foie gras and scallop sushi. Don’t you think it looks so dainty on the pretty plate? Love the design! One thing about Kinki, they sure have a variety of plates and dishes to add colour to the meal.

Kinki - Fatty Blue Fin Tuna with Fried Burdock Sushi

Fatty Blue Fin Tuna with Fried Burdock Sushi $28 – My 1st time eating fatty blue fin tuna I believe. While I couldn’t really detect the difference between this vs the normal tuna, I did like the combination of fried burdock with the tuna.

Kinki - Giant Grilled Sea Prawns (2)

Giant sea prawn grilled with spicy cod roe and Japanese aioli $24 – Very tasty prawns! Love the grilled flavour. Texture of the cod roe was great and I loved the salty flavours. Another must order dish, if you ask me. It gets a bit messy eating this with chopsticks, so do ask for fork and knife, or just dive in with your fingers!

Kinki - Pomegranate Miso Black Cod

Kinki - Pomegranate Miso Black Cod (2)

Pomegranate Miso Black Cod $24 – Loyal followers of my blog will know that cod is one of my most favoured fishes. I was really looking forward to this dish, but it kind fell below my expectations. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad dish. Rather, it had a very weird buttery taste that I wasn’t used to.

Kinki - US Prime Beef Teriyaki (2)

U.S. Prime Beef Teriyaki $24 – Just an average dish. Meat was not very tender. Stick to the seafood dishes, as that’s Kinki’s speciality.

Kinki Montage Rooftop

One should definitely go up to Kinki’s Rooftop bar to have a drink as well as take in the views of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) and Marina Bay Sands. The views from up there are astounding and there’s just nothing blocking your view at all. Of course, night views are the best and it’s more romantic! Oh, Kinki Rooftop bar would definitely be one of the best places to view the NDP 2011 fireworks! Check out my photos of MBS!

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We were early so the place was pretty empty.  Love the flower motifs on the walls.

Kinki - Kinki Fish

The Kinki fish. Now you know what the restaurant is named after.

On the whole, Kinki is a great place to take your corporate clients or to celebrate a special occasion. If you’re going on your own, the prices can be a bit steep, especially the sashimi and Kinki’s Customs. Order from the cooked food section and the prices should be more manageable. See Kinki’s menu here. Right now up until National Day, Kinki will also be having a special National Day’s celebration menu. Check it out at their website!

*Many thanks to Kinki and to Shasha from FoodNews for hosting the wonderful dinner.

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
70 Collyer Quay #02-02
Customs House, Singapore 049323
T: +65 6533 3471 | F: +65 6533 3473
enquiry@kinki.com.sg

Operating Hours
Mondays to Fridays
Lunch from 12pm (Last order at 2.30pm)
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Saturdays and Public Holidays
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Sundays Closed

http://www.kinki.com.sg/

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