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Zafferano – Amazing Burrata, Amazing Steak

*Media Invite*

I’ve been wanting to visit Zafferano for the longest time since they opened at the top of Ocean Financial Tower. Booked it once for Restaurant Week to go with my BFF, but for some reason we were too busy and couldn’t make it in the end. It’s been on my radar ever since so I was really happy to receive an invitation from Zafferano to try out some dishes on their menu.

02 - Main dining area 1

It was a pity I couldn’t arrive before it got dark, because the place is breath-taking! The night views are still awesome, but I wish I could have a look to see what it looks like during the daytime. Judging from these photos provided by Zafferano, it must have been wonderful.

07 - Wine Room

We had our lovely dinner tasting inside the private Wine Room. As you can see, it is glass walled for the most part, with the wine bottles acting like the decor. Tastefully done I must say. I’m always on the look out for the best private rooms in Restaurants so that I can give my father good suggestions for his next company / client dinner. One thing’s for sure, the room is very well enclosed such that when the doors are shut, you can hardly hear the bustle of the restaurant.

Zafferano - Burrata pomodorini datterini e basilico (Premium burrata with tomatoes and basil $20 (2)

Burrata pomodorini datterini e basilico (v)
Premium burrata with datterini tomatoes and basil $20

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Gastromania Feast @ Far East Square !!!

And what a feast it was! If you think tackling a buffet requires skill, think again! It’s nothing compared to the Gastromania Feast at Far East Square organised by OMY! The makan session lasted FOUR AND A HALF HOURS and saw us chomping through EIGHT restaurants and eateries! I ate enough for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the next day’s breakfast! Seriously, I don’t think I’ll be thinking about food for the next few days….

Far East Square has come a long way. The 61 shophouses that made up most of Far East Square date back 170 years when Telok Ayer Street was a landing site for Chinese immigrants arriving in Singapore by boat. Yes, the river used to come much closer back then. Opened in 1999, it is now a heritage conservation project with a vibrant mix of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, as well as shops, pushcarts and kiosks.

These are the 8 eateries we covered!

  1. Zhou’s Kitchen
  2. SPRING JuChunYuan 聚春园
  3. Garuda Padang Cuisine
  4. Shin Kushiya
  5. Mont Calzone Pizza & Pasta
  6. Mirchi – Taste of India
  7. The Original Hock Lam Street Beef Kway Teow
  8. Oni cupcakes

First Stop : Zhou’s Kitchen

One of Tung Lok’s numerous restaurants, Zhou’s Kitchen is designed to replicate the experience of dining at home. The place feels casual and features all-time Chinese favourites such as Clam Soup with Cabbage, Beancurd with Dried Shrimps and Curry Fish Head.

Zhou's kitchen - Pork shank with mantou (4)

For our Gastromania Feast, we were served 2 humongous platters of pork shank together with piping hot steamed and fried mantous (buns). I can never resist fried mantous and yesterday was no exception! The mantous were pretty good, with a crispy exterior and a fluffy inside.

Zhou's kitchen (2)

Of course, this being a blogger’s meal meant that we all had to have our fill of photo taking first, (almost 5 minutes worth I think!) before the patient waiter could start dividing up the meat for us.

Zhou's kitchen - Pork shank with mantou (3)

Close up shot of the pork shank. I took slices from different parts of the shank. Some bits were really flavourful and tender, almost melting in my mouth. However, other parts were rather tough. It was lucky I took more than one slice because quite a few bloggers had complained about the same thing too.

2nd Stop : SPRING JuChunYuan 聚春园

SPRING JuChunYuan

Next, we hopped across the walkway to SPRING JuChunYuan, which is housed in the building of the former Chui Eng Free School, one of the first chinese free schools in Singapore, established more than 150 years ago. To be frank, I have passed that historic looking building many times over the years, but I hadn’t paid close attention to it so I was quite shocked to find that a restaurant now resides in it!

JuChunYuan itself is brand name with an equally rich heritage, dating back to 1865. Did you know that Fo Tiao Qiang, aka “Buddha Jumps over the Wall” was created at JuChunYuan in Fuzhou China in 1876???? When the restaurant manager told me that, it kind of sent goose pimples down my arm to realise that I was dining at restaurant with such a historic legacy!

SPRING JuChunYuan - Buddha jumps over the wall (2)

This huge tureen of shark’s fin, abalone, scallop, sea cucumber, fish maw and more costs a whopping $1288!!!! The waiter carrying this must be really careful, or else…

SPRING JuChunYuan - Buddha jumps over the wall (6)

And this here costs $128 since this is 1 person’s portion out of a possible 10.

SPRING JuChunYuan - Buddha jumps over the wall

Gotta have a closer shot of the abalone, scallop and sharks fin….

SPRING JuChunYuan - Buddha jumps over the wall (3)

Ok we didn’t get to sample the $128 portion. We did however get to sample some of the renown Buddha Jumps over the wall. There is so much goodness in there that even the blogger sitting next to me who had a sore throat joked that it had been cured. Notice the pretty teapot with the dainty tea cups in the background. I think I drank more than 20 cups of tea in the short span of time because they were oh so dainty!

SPRING JuChunYuan - (3) 

3rd Stop : Garuda Padang Cuisine

Garuda, established in 1976, is supposedly the most successful and one of the largest Padang cuisine restaurants in Indonesia. Together in a partnership with TungLok Group, they have now expanded into Singapore as well.

Garuda Padang Cuisine - Fried chicken with blue ginger floss

We got to sample their signature Fried chicken with blue ginger floss. Each portion usually goes for about $5, but the picture above shows 2 portions. I found the chicken to be average. It was slightly salty, but I suppose if we had tried it with rice, it would be just nice. I liked the blue ginger floss, which had a nice crunchy texture to it and gave the chicken quite a unique flavour.

Garuda Padang Cuisine - Lime Soda

You have to try their lime soda if you go to Garuda. I love the zing that the lime gives to the soda. It was really refreshing!

Garuda Padang Cuisine - Selection of dishes

Many other dishes to choose from…

4th Stop : Shin Kushiya

I am quite well acquainted with Shin Kushiya, having had the opportunity to be invited to the myVillage Shin Kushiya branch some months back. Shin Kushiya is famous for its Kushiyaki. Prior to October 2006 when they first started, there was no other restaurant featuring the Kushiyaki dining concept. Kushiyaki by the way is the Japanese term for “Charcoal-grilled skewers”. Some might ask, what then is Yakitori? Well that refers specifically to charcoal-grilled chicken skewers.

Shin Kushiya

If you visit the Far East Square Shin Kushiya branch, you get to watch the chefs hard at work. Top left photo: Bloggers checking to make sure that their tools of the trade are still working alright…

Shin Kushiya - 4 different types of kushiyaki

Ebi Shiso Maki (Prawns), Buta Bara Yaki Miso (Pork Belly), Black pepper yakitori (chicken), Tomato Maki. The experience this time round was not as fantastic as at myVillage. The yakitori in particular I felt was tough and dry. I still love the tomato maki though. Every mouthful is indeed a burst of sweet flavour and goes so well with the salty bacon wrapped around it. 

Shin Kushiya - Yuzu Cooler

We were served Shin Kushiya’s signature drink, the Yuzu Cooler. It was as good as the previous time and is a definite must order! I just love the citrusy yuzu with the soda water. Makes you feel as if you’re having something healthy…

Shin Kushiya - Kuro Goma Heaven (Black Sesame Ice Cream)

Kuro Goma Heaven Black Sesame Ice Cream – 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. You are supposed to pair the ice cream with the black sesame paste on the side to get a more intense flavour. But I think, green tea ice cream is still my favourite.

5th Stop : Mont Calzone Pizza & Pasta

Are you still with me at this point??? We were all asking ourselves the same question by the time we reached the 5th stop! But plod on we must!!!

Next up was Mont Calzone Pizza & Pasta restaurant. You can enjoy hearty Italian cuisine at reasonable prices in this laid-back pizzeria. Apparently, all pizza selections can be made into calzones. I’ve only ever tried the calzone once in my entire life and that was in the US. A calzone is like a humongous curry puff, with pizza filling instead of curry of course.

Mont Calzone pizza & pasta - Black Truffle pizza (2)

The Black Truffle pizza. As I’ve said time and again, anything that has an egg looking like that will get me weak in the knees. I was quite glad to be sitting closest to this pizza heh heh heh! Unfortunately, this isn’t the best version of black truffle pizza I’ve eaten. The texture of the pizza was pretty hard such that at one point when I was slicing it, the pizza slice nearly flew off my plate! Also, I could hardly detect the truffle flavour.

After the black truffle pizza, I had to rest a while so I didn’t try out the other dishes. They do look good I must say, especially the sambal marinara pasta, which must be quite unique!

Mont Calzone pizza & pasta - Smoked salmon pizza

Smoked Salmon Pizza

Mont Calzone pizza & pasta -Sambal marinara pasta

Sambal Marinara Pasta

Mont Calzone pizza & pasta - Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

6th Stop : Mirchi – Taste of India

With renewed vigour, we moved on to Mirchi – Taste of India. Mirchi is owned by the Harry’s Group, and specialises in authentic Northern Indian cuisine, both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian.

Mirchi - Tandoori platter (2)

We got to sample the Tandoori Non-Vegetarian Kebab Platter which comprises of an assortment of fish tikka, chicken tikka, lamb kebab and prawns spiced with tandoori masala. Of the 4 meat items, I am surprised to say that I actually liked the fish tikka the most! As you know I am so fussy with fish, but this fish here was tender to the bite and tasty! I would have gobbled it all up if I hadn’t had to save space for the other items. The prawns were quite good too. I liked the succulent texture and the spices. The chicken was so so. The lamb was not so good. It tasted dry and lacked flavour. I tried to enhance it by adding some mint sauce to it, but the improvement was only marginal.

Mirchi - Lassitude (Lassi with attitude on the left)

Not a fan of lassi so I shan’t comment further. We were offered some seed looking things that had a minty flavour. Apparently you eat this to cleanse your palate.

7th Stop : The Original Hock Lam Street Beef Kway Teow

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Hock Lam street used to be where Funan Centre is now. Can you see the red fire station right in the middle of the picture? That fire station still stands along Hill street to this day, but sadly, Hock Lam street exists no more. In fact, before the Original Hock Lam Street stall was located in Hock Lam Street, 98 years ago it Tina Tan’s great granddad used to sell his delicious noodles on foot around Chinatown, carrying the heavy pots of soup on his back!

Hock Lam Beef - Tina Tan showing us how to prepare the noodles (3)

Think most people know of this famous Beef Kuay Teow place, especially if you’ve worked in the Shenton Way area. Did you know that it is now being run by the 4th generation? That’s Tina Tan, the 4th generation carrying on her family business. Several years ago, Tina Tan quit her $10k/month job just so that she could continue running the family business. That’s testament to how much love she has for the business, which must have been a huge part of her growing up years as well.

Hock Lam Beef - Original mixed beef kway teow with soup

We got to sample a smaller version of the Mixed Beef Kuay Teow with soup. I have to agree, the soup is damn flavourful! The soup is boiled for 24 hours, and the beef is hand sliced and not machine cut so that the fats are all adequately removed! The soup is therefore flavoured from the meats and not from the fats. Everything is done by them with the exception of the Kuay Teow, which is bought from a special supplier. I just love it when food is cooked the old fashioned way and with love. I don’t mind having to pay more if I know I’m getting quality and not something that is machine made and mass produced.

Hock Lam Beef - Mr Tan

Mr Anthony Tan, Tina’s father explaining the intricacies of his business.

8th Stop : Oni cupcakes

And finally, the last stop!!!

Oni cupcakes was set up in 2008 and offers cupcakes specially designed by in house bakers.

Oni cupcakes (3)

The pretty cupcakes elicited excited squeals from many of the bloggers. Don’t you agree they just look so cute?? I couldn’t decide which flavour to choose so eventually I took the chocolate one with the pink frosting. Unfortunately, I thought the cup cake was pretty average, bordering on dry to be frank. After that, I didn’t want to try anymore.

Oni cupcakes

I can’t get over the fact that they look so darn cute! Whoever Daniel and Jaslyn are, congratulations on your wedding! Maybe I should come back again for a second try.

The End!!!

AND AT LAST, we ended our culinary feast at Far East Square. Special thanks to the OMY team for putting this all together. I had a lot of fun sampling all the food and making friends with the other bloggers. It was definitely a well spent Saturday afternoon. Thanks OMY!

Now excuse me while I recuperate from a bulging tummy and from writing this long post!

Oh Please remember to vote for me at http://contest.omy.sg/let-the-feast-begin-gastromania/. I’m picture number 5, aka 365days2play! You stand a chance to win $50 and you will help me to win $500!!!

Ristorante Pietra Santa

2 weeks ago, we gathered at this wonderful Italian restaurant to bid fond farewell and to celebrate the freedom of 3 of our colleagues. Pietra Santa is a particular favourite of one of the 3 who is leaving. After finally getting the opportunity to dine here, it’s not hard to understand why. It’s located in the really laid back area of Portsdown Road (just opposite Colbar). The al fresco area where we sat faced lush greenery, if you try to ignore the rows of cars parked just outside. It’s as close to “countryside” dining as you can get in Singapore. We arrived in the evening when the sun was setting and I definitely want to come back again in the morning to enjoy my meal amidst the chirping of the morning birds.

The Tuscan-styled Pietra Santa looks like the type of restaurant where the budget conscious may think thrice about dining here. Actually, the prices are pretty affordable. The pastas go from $18 – $25 while the pizzas are only $17 – $23. It only starts to get pricey if you order the appetisers (above $10) and the desserts (starting from $6.90), but even then, it’s not too bad.

Pietra Santa - Seating Area (3)

I love this pretty alfresco seating area. It sure would be nice to have a meal here over a lazy weekend.

Pietra Santa - Bread

Some bread, which doesn’t seem to be featured on the menu on their website. You take a slice and dip it either in olive oil or the tomato concoction provided in the shot glasses. It also goes very well with the cold cut meats if you’re ordering that. It’s very firm so those without teeth should not eat this. 🙂

Pietra Santa - Buffala Mozzarella

This, in my opinion, is just DIVINE. This is buffalo mozzarella at it’s best. This is the BEST buffalo mozzarella I have EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE. I haven’t been to Italy so I would say this is the best bufala mozzarella in the whole of Singapore. It was so creamy and had such a rich intense flavour. The outside was a little firm, but like a half boiled egg, the inside was softer and it made me feel as if I was eating milky clouds. SO GOOOOOOD!!!! Even the non cheese lovers at our table had to stamp their approval. Again, this doesn’t seem to be in the main menu. Costs $40. I hear you can buy the mozzarella at Paragon MarketPlace for about $20. This weekend, I’m heading there and don’t you buy the last one.

Pietra Santa - Grilled Fresh Squid

Insalata di Calamari alla Griglia $16.90 – Grilled squid. Had a springy bite to it and tasted very fresh. Delicious. This is from the appetiser section, but it can even act as a main course as there’s 2 rolls of the squid.

Pietra Santa - Mixed Platter of Traditional Italian Cold Cuts

Piatto di Salumi $23.90 – Mixed platter of traditional Italian cold cuts, It all tastes very delicious. For me, I personally find that eating this with the bread shown above is much better than eating these slices on their own.

Pietra Santa - Beef Tenderloin, Rocket Salad, Parmesan Cheese

Carpaccio di Manzo con Rucola e Parmigiano $16.90 – These are kind of like the thinnest slices of raw beef tenderloin I’ve come across. They almost melt in your mouth and disappear way too quickly.. Very delicious.

Pietra Santa - Tuscan Spaghetti with Sausage and Truffle

Tagliatelle con Salsiccia e Tartufo $24.90 – Home-made Tuscan Spaghetti with Sausage and Truffle. I love the rich meat sauce. It’s creamy yet not overly so. It goes so well with the pasta. I had to share this dish with a few other people, but I think I’ll order this again when I visit Pietra Santa again.

Pietra Santa - Italian Mozzarella and Spicy Salami in Tomato Sauce Pizza

Diavola $18.90 –  Italian Mozzarella and Spicy Salami in Tomato Sauce. Can give this a miss. Pizza is dry, hard and salty.

Pietra Santa - Melting Chocolate Cake (2)

Pietra Santa - Melting Chocolate Cake

Cuore Morbido al Cioccolato $7.90 – Melting Chocolate Cake. Tastes good, but no where near the best that I’ve had in Singapore, which is a bit of a disappointment considering that this is an Italian restaurant and considering that the earlier dishes were so good.

Pietra Santa - Seating Area (4) Pietra Santa

There is air-conditioned seating inside too if you can’t take the heat. At night you can hardly feel the heat as the fans are also on.

Pietra Santa - Seating Area (2)

Lastly, one tip when taking pictures outdoors. Don’t use your camera immediately after getting out of the air-conditioned car!

In conclusion, definitely have to bring the Partner here to enjoy the food as well as the surroundings. Service was also prompt and friendly. Only issue is, you need a car to get here, but I’m sure it’s well worth the effort!

RISTORANTE PIETRASANTA PTE LTD
Address:

5B Portsdown Road
#01-03 Singapore 139311
Tel: +65 6479 9521
Email:
pietrasanta@singnet.com.sg
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday
(Closed on Tuesday)

11:45 am – 2:30 pm
6:00 pm – 10:30pm
Sunday
11:45 am – 10:30 pm

http://www.ristorante-pietrasanta.com

http://www.ristorante-pietrasanta.com/Contact.html (see here for map)

http://www.ristorante-pietrasanta.com/MenuEvents.html (see here for menu)

Spizza Club Street

Belated birthday treat from one of my good friends. At his request, mainly because he had a 1 for 1 voucher from one of the banks, we went to Spizza. It seems that the diners next to us also had a 1 for 1 voucher issued by another bank. I’ve always liked pizzas from Spizza. Their pizzas are the thin and floppy type (“wood-fired thin crusted Napoli pizzas”), oozing with delicious goodness from the toppings. None of the crispy pizza base types for me thank you. It’s so dumb that the Spizza outlet at HarbourFront closed and Pizza Hut took over instead. Can you believe the irony? Anyway Spizza is still available at Club Street, Bukit Timah and Jalan Kayu. I like the Club Street branch since it’s been there the longest, it was the 1st outlet, and it’s located near the Ann Siang Hill/Club Street area which is very nice for a stroll after dinner.  Did you know that Spizza has an island-wide delivery? I just discovered that fact like 5 seconds ago. Might call for some when I’m feeling the craving!

All the pizzas cost $17 for medium size and $21 for large. For ladies, a medium would be more than enough. Between the 2 of us, we ordered 2 medium pizzas plus a calamari.

Spizza - Fried Calamari and Onions

Crispy Calamari with Pizzaiola Sauce $11 – This was pretty good. They came out hot, which is a must, and the batter was crispy and fresh. There were also bits of crispy onions as well, which lent extra sweetness to the calamari. Delicious!

Spizza - Pizza with runny egg and truffles

Quinta: Tomato, Mozzarella, Egg, Black Truffle Sauce $17This was so so so so SO delicious. If you are lost as to which pizza to choose, I would highly recommend the Quinta. The black truffle sauce really adds an unmistakable dimension to pizza. I’ve never seen so much truffle before too. And the egg. Ohhh…dip each pizza slice into the runny egg yolk. It is heavenly beyond compare!!!

My friend had never tried truffle before, at least not consciously. He was immediately hooked on this, despite the initial pungent smell.

Spizza - Buffalo Mozzerella and Basil

Margherita: Tomato, Buffalo Milk Mozzarella, Fresh Basil $17 – After the explosion of flavours from the 1st pizza, this one kind of brought us back down to earth. I am a huge fan of buffalo milk mozzarella. I love caprese, so I wanted to see if pizza with mozzarella slices would be nice too. I was kind of imagining that the cheese would still be thick chunks laid out on the pizza, but it was baked as well. So this pizza felt pretty plain, no thanks to us having eaten Quinta first. It’s not a bad pizza, but if you want more ingredients, or you want the taste of the buffalo milk mozzarella to be stronger, don’t order this pizza.

Standard Chartered is also offering 15% discount for card holders, 20% if you have the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Dining Privilege. Students also get 15% discount! And if you dine at Spizza often, you can get their loyalty card too.

Spizza Club Street
29 Club Street
Tel: 6224 2525
Open Daily
12 pm to 2.30 pm
6 pm to 10.30 pm

Other Spizza Locations and directions/map

http://www.spizza.sg/

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Dozo

Warning, this is going to be a very long post with lots of pictures of food!

The other day, I met up with a long time friend for my early birthday celebration. I searched high and low for a good restaurant to go to that wouldn’t require us entering the CBD area since it was a weekday. Somehow, I ended up on Dozo’s website even though I’d never heard of it existence before. They have a 7 course dinner set going at $59.00+++ which seemed pretty reasonable considering that there were SEVEN courses. So just like that, I decided upon this place. Turns out, my friend had already dined there at least 3 times but she didn’t mind going again as she’d enjoyed the previous occasions.

Dozo only serves this 7 course set dinner (6 course for lunch). For each course, there are about 5 choices to choose from. There is no ala carte menu available.

Dozo -  Crispy Pasta

Complimentary crispy pasta strands – Quite nice, tastes like potato/corn chips.

Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter (2)

1st Course – Chef Selection Assorted Platter – I absolutely loved the foie gras on bread puff. It was oh-so-melt in the mouth and slid down my throat way toooo quickly. I wish there was more of it instead of that tiny sliver! Foie gras just tastes so good it takes a bad chef to ruin it! The middle morsel was scallop and the last one was smoked salmon. All very tasty and were excellent as a start to the meal.

Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo (2) Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo

2nd Course –  Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayonaise – The Beef Tartare, which is basically raw beef was very nice. It had a very strong flavour to it, although I wouldn’t call it a raw flavour. I didn’t quite like the mayonaise though, it felt more like curry mayo rather than truffle mayo, and there was just too much of it, which I feel kind of cheapens the look of the dish. I still wanted to finish all the beef tartare so for the last few pieces, I scraped off all the mayo.

Dozo Sashimi Appetiser

 

2nd Course – Sashimi – My friend had this. Looking at the huge slices of fresh fish and the huge amaebi, I was a little regretful that I didn’t order this. But then, I had sashimi for lunch that day. The yellow fish in the middle ( i forgot the name) has a very very interesting texture. It’s like biting into a firm raw fish egg sponge. I tried some and it had a tropical flavour for some reason.

Dozo - Gratinated Escargot with Yuzu Butter

3rd Course – Gratinated Escargots with Yuzu Butter – My friend had this and said it was lovely

Dozo -  Foie Gras Chawan Mushi with truffle slice

3rd Course – Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Truffle Slice – I had originally expected a foie gras slice on top of a normal chawanmushi. Instead, what they have done is to puree the foie gras into the chawanmushi. I love chawanmushi on its own, but what I can say is that foie gras mixed into chawanmushi is even better. I definitely could taste the distinct flavours of the foie gras in each scoop of the heavenly chawanmushi. Of course, had the dish come with a slice of foie gras instead, I wouldn’t have been disappointed either.

Dozo - Mushroom Soup with Truffle

4th Course – Mushroom Soup with Truffle – Seems like Dozo really likes using Truffles to enhance their dishes! That little black thing in the spoon is a sliver of truffle.

Dozo - Clam Soup

4th Course – Clam Soup – I had this, which I thought was very ordinary after all the previous dishes. It was clear soup with clam flavour, but no solid pieces of clam in there. It also had a rather strong seafood taste, which some others may not appreciate. Didn’t like it that the sides of the bowl were stained with the soup = failed presentation.

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (2)

5th Course – Kurobota Pork Cheek with Onion Jam – The pork was very tasty and cooked just right such that it was very tender. Really loved the flavour of the meat. Didn’t like the gratin that they piled onto the pork together with the mayonaise underneath the green gratin. Once again, way too much mayonaise to the point that I had to once again scrape off the mayo. I really liked the caramelised onions on the side. If only this was incorporated into the pork, perhaps that would be better?

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (3)

Here’s a close up shot of the wonderful caramelised onion jam

Dozo - Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips

5th Course – Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips – Interesting to note that both the main courses had the same green gratin.

Dozo - Warm Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

6th Course – Warm Chocolate Cake – Cake was average. Definitely not near the best that I’ve eaten.

Cappucino Creme Brulee

6th Course – Expresso Creme Brulee – I loved how this was presented. Was very tasty too, the scoop that I stole from my friend.

Dozo - Iced Fruity Refresher

Dozo - Green Apple Mocktail

7th Course – Iced Fruity Refresher (above) and Green Apple Mocktail – I had the iced fruity refresher, and refresh me it did! I was even provided a fork to spear out the cubes of fruit in the drink. My friend had the Green Apple Mocktail which is her favourite in all the drinks that she’s tried here.

Dozo - Seating Area

Conclusions : At first it seems that $59+++ ($71 nett) is a great price for a 7 course meal, and I did think that the 1st few dishes were wonderful and worth the price. However, the soup was a let down. The main course and dessert while nice, gave me the feeling that I could also get these from any other restaurant or cafe. And the vibe of the place…I get the feeling that the restaurant wants to market itself as a fine dining/atas restaurant. But simple details like the presentation of the soup, scratches on the pillars and a totally atrocious toilet (worse than a Chinese restaurant’s toilet!) lowered my impression. To conclude, $59 is not cheap, you get what you pay for.

 

Dozo – Fine Modern Japanesque

491 River Valley Road

#02-02/03 Valley Point Shopping Centre S248371

Tel: 68386966

Lunch: 11-2.30pm ; Dinner 5.30 –10pm

http://www.dozo.com.sg

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