Posts Tagged ‘Sushi’

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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Itacho Sushi Restaurant

Had a nice lunch at Itacho Sushi Restaurant a few days ago with an ex-colleague. It was only my second visit to Itacho. I know that a number of people swear by Itacho, but my first visit to Itacho roughly a year ago was nothing memorable. Apart from the quality of the food, one of the reasons why people like going to Itacho is because of the seemingly cheaper price. That’s true, some items really are ridiculously cheap. But you couldn’t make a meal out of those items because the restaurant limits you to like 2 pieces per person. So invariably, one has to order some stuff from the main menu eventually, and the prices add up.

Having said that, eating at Itacho isn’t expensive (even if it is not super cheap), they have a huge range of sushi and quite a number of sushi items in the menu aren’t available in other restaurants like Sushi Tei, so it makes for an interesting experience.

Itacho - Smoked Duck Croquette Ball $3.70 U.P $7 (3)

Smoked Duck Croquette Ball, 2 for $3.70 U.P $7

The croquette ball was extremely delicious. It was piping hot when it arrived, and had such a crisp exterior, while delivering a luxuriously creamy filling when bitten into. On hindsight, I don’t think the smoked duck flavour was very strong, which is a little disappointing considering the price and the size.

Itacho - Box made shrimp with fish roe $2.20 U.P $2.50

Box made shrimp with fish roe, 2 for $2.20 U.P $2.50

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Yummy Deals at 313@Somerset

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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

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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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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

Shangri La Rose Verandah (12)

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.

Shangri La Rose Veranda (5)

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 🙂

Shangri La Rose Veranda (11)

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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