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Enjoy first-ever 7th Heaven Gyudon, with 7 different cuts of beef in 1 bowl, only with online platform Saucy

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You may be familiar with donburis, aka Japanese rice bowls comprising of meat, vegetables  and sometimes egg simmered together in a savoury sauce, and piled on top of rice before being served. These are available in numerous Japanese restaurants all over Singapore. However, have you heard of a Gyudon (beef bowl) where the beef is served separately? And not only is the beef served separately, there are a total of 7 different cuts of beef?

Renga Ya (5)

The 7th Heaven Gyudon ($35.90) …showcasing:

  1. Gyu Tongue with Demi Glace Sauce & Whipped Cream
  2. Hokkaido Prime Tataki with Ponzu Jelly
  3. Hokkaido Prime Karubi (Chuck Short Ribs) topped with Kizami Wasabi
  4. Hokkaido Nikomi with Ginger Shoyu
  5. Kagoshima Wagyu Rump with Shoyu Base
  6. Kagoshima Wagyu Shabu with Ponzu & Daikon Oroshi
  7. Beef Maitake Consomme

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What to eat at Chijmes!

After our lunch at Chijmes, we decided to take a walk around the grounds. Some renovations are still on-going, mainly at the cathedral area only, so most of the restaurants and cafes have already been open for business for quite some time. Not much has changed, and rightly so because this is a historic building, but yet Chijmes feels refreshingly different from before. There are a number of new restaurants, as well as a number of old ones.

I would say the courtyard areas are more manicured with lush trees and foliage strategically placed such that you feel as if you are taking a walk in a garden. It kinda feels as if you are taking a stroll in some European park! Also, the single file restaurants have had roofs extended over their outdoor dining areas so rain or scorching sun is less of a worry now.

Prive at Chijmes (5)

I love seeing kids run around outdoors (as opposed to in the malls). This is such a pretty picture, and even after a full meal at Lei Garden next door, I wish I had space to enjoy a drink or something at Prive just so as to be able to relax in this greenery. Thumbs up for how Prive has managed to incorporate nature into their design elements, from the green roof, to the creeping plants surrounding the outdoor area. And of course the large shady trees all around add to the atmosphere. Prive seems to have a knack for choosing “picturesque” locations… you will remember they have another outlet at Keppel Island facing the marina.

Prive at Chijmes (3)

The shady trees I was talking about that make you feel as if you are walking in a park.

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Lei Garden Dim Sum

Years back when I was working in the City Hall area, I used to frequent Lei Garden around once a month, and in particular on birthdays or new joiner celebrations. The big boss was from Hong Kong, and he deemed Lei Garden to be the go to place for good dim sum and double-boiled soups. So I’ve always had a rather good impression of Lei Garden, the food, the ambience, service and decor. There used to be a Lei Garden in Orchard too, but that has since closed down several years ago.

I hadn’t planned on having dim sum as one of my birthday meals, but after the exemplary dim sum tasting portion served at Anti:Dote’s afternoon tea, I just had such an intense craving for dim sum that I had to go the very next day. And since it’s a birthday, it couldn’t be just any old dim sum place, it had to be a good one.

Lei Garden Restaurant at Chijmes

Lei Garden is located in Chijmes, and situated near the courtyard area.

Lei Garden Dim Sum (10)

Are you like me? I absolutely have to order Har Gow and Siew mai whenever I go for Dim Sum. Those are the de-facto, and it just doesn’t seem complete without these 2 stalwarts. Good siew mai should not have too much pork and pork fat, and Lei Garden passed the test here.

Lei Garden Dim Sum (6)

Another must order would be the Char Siew Bao. The baos we tried were so good! So fluffy, with the char siew meat moist, tender and enveloped in the deliciously rich sweet char siew sauce. If only the baos were bigger!

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Bobby’s Taproom Grill & Ribs

Jun 2, 2010 @ 23:40

I think I have been binging a lot lately. I keep posting food picture after food picture. I hope people don’t start thinking of me as a glutton, although I suppose I have to be grateful I am able to eat well.

People tend to be creatures of convenience and familiarity, and I am no different. When it comes to choosing where to eat, the Partner and I tend to gravitate towards tried and tested places. It’s really inevitable that this is so. When you are hungry, you are irritable. The last thing you want is to have your meal botched up by an untested restaurant. And even if they cook the meal well, the very fact that it could differ from your usual preferences is enough impetus for one to go back to the same restaurants over and over again.

Now that I have a food blog, I feel the desire to try something new each week. Yet the afore mentioned fears are as strong as ever. Today, I am glad to say that good triumphed over evil. The risks paid off.

We were in the mood for Western food, but we had no idea where to go. Didn’t feel like Coffee Club, didn’t feel Aerins, what else is there in the City Hall area? We felt like steak from Hog’s Breath, but we’ve been there many times already. So finally we decided upon Bobby’s Taproom Grill & ribs at Chijmes. If Bobby’s sounds familiar, it is because it was previously known as Bobby Rubino.

They have a lot of meat dishes on offer such as Tenderloin Beef Steak, South Down Lamb Chops, Lamb Shank Char-Grilled King Prawns. They also have a few pasta and pizza dishes. Even the appetisers sounded very substantial, for example the Quesadillas and the $16.50 Nachos with the works.

Everything sounded so good but we finally decided upon the Signature Baby Back Pork Ribs and Grilled Pork Chop.

Bobby's Signature Baby Back Pork Ribs

Bobby’s signature baby back pork ribs with their signature bbq sauce was so so delicious. The meat was so tender, it flaked right off the bone, exactly how they had described it in the menu. I finished all the ribs on my own even though I am seldom able to do that. I only wish they had more of their special sweet bbq sauce. I would love to have slurped it down on the side! The fries were also exactly how I liked them, stiff and crunchy. The veggies on the side were also very nice. Lightly boiled and still firm, instead of the limp and mangy kind that some restaurants serve. Conclusion: Best ribs I have tasted in a long long while.

Bobby's Grilled Pork ChopThe Partner liked his pork chops too, although they were a tad overdone. The accompanying sauce was wonderfully flavoursome though, not some silly sauce poured out from generic bottles.

We had a good time at Bobby’s today and I think we agree we’d like to return again to try the other dishes as well as some of the desserts.

Bobby’s has TV screens on the sports channels so World Cup fans have yet another place to hang out come World Cup fever!

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