Posts Tagged ‘duck’

Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant

Rise Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has been open for a couple of years now. I’m sure most buffet fanatics out there would have tried this buffet by now. I’ve dined at Rise Restaurant on a couple of occasions but they were always ala carte orders. So I decided the time was ripe to take my parents for a nice lunch at Rise Restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the pricing. $49++ for weekend lunch buffet makes Rise Restaurant a very value-for-money buffet, don’t you think? This is especially when you consider the size of the spread.

Even though I look like I’ve been gorging on buffets quite often these past few months, the truth is that I haven’t actually gone for a lunch or dinner buffet in about a year! All the previous buffets you’ve read about on this blog this year were Afternoon Tea buffets, which ahem, is quite different from a lunch/dinner buffet!

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Dessert Station

I’m a sucker for pretty desserts. The dessert display at Rise Restaurant is definitely worthy of being part of an Afternoon Tea buffet. My idea of a good afternoon tea dessert display is that it has to be whimsical and eye-popping.

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Decadent Chocolate Cake (1)

Decadent and regal looking 3 layer chocolate cake

I am not one to eat desserts before mains, but when it comes to posting pictures, who’s to say we can’t post pictures of cakes and sweet treats first?

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Oenotheque by Wine Universe

It so happened that I managed to lay my hands on some vouchers to enjoy a business set lunch for 2 at Oenotheque Wine Universe. I’d heard of Oenotheque before when I was browsing through the Restaurant Week participating restaurants, but I’d never tried it before. I have the feeling that not many people know about Oenotheque Wine Universe, so do drop me a note should you visit Oenotheque after reading my post! I’d love to know that my review came in useful!

Well, as with any other vouchers that I have, it seems like I only remember its existence when it’s a few days to its expiry! I had planned to take my parents with me to enjoy the set lunches. We’d have 2 complimentary and 1 paid one for $44++ (3 course) or $36++ (2 course). Divide the price amongst 3 people and it would be a great meal out at a very low cost Smile.

And so….at the height of the HAZE, on the faithful day that it topped 400 PSI in Singapore, we made our way to Oenotheque. Okay it was about 300 PSI during lunch time to be exact, but I recall us taking deep breaths, hopping out of the car as quickly as possible and dashing into to the restaurant just in front of the Millenia Walk car park. It felt like being part of some apocalypse movie scene! And because the whole restaurant is glass-walled, we felt like we were dining in the depths of an abandoned misty city, with no one else spotted on the roads. God forbid that we should have to endure another period of Haze like we did back in June!

I have to say, the business set lunch was the highlight of that hazy day. Totally don’t regret driving all the way from the office to enjoy it!

Wine Universe Oenotheque - Beef Tartare with potato puree (2)

Beef Tartare with potato puree

I chose the beef tartare as my starter. It was one of the most fantastic beef tartares I have ever eaten! Probably the best one was the time I had it in Luxembourg, but this comes a close second! The sesame oil dressing on the tender diced beef complemented the meat so well! It was just pure enjoyment at it’s best and the even better part was that the portion was very generous too! The potato puree placed atop the beef tartare was equally delectable, helping to enhance the flavours of the beef tartare due to its more subdued flavour.

Wine Universe Oenotheque - Hotaru  with apple and celery iberico ham stock

Hotaru  with apple and celery iberico ham stock

A very interesting broth using a combination of squid and iberico ham, don’t see that often do you? The broth was refreshingly light yet savoury. The squids were unexpectedly a little bland and actually quite nondescript. I love how the wasabi has 3 uses in this dish. First, the bright colour just draws you to the plate, next it is placed in an alternating fashion with the squids, giving the dish a balanced look. And lastly, it is meant as a dip.

Wine Universe Oenotheque - Duck with orange and pea and pumpkin puree

Duck with orange and pea and pumpkin puree

With my expectations set really high thanks to the incredible beef tartare, I was overjoyed to find my duck selection as mains another winner. Really, I think you can almost from the picture how tender the duck was. The rosy hue was still retained on the flesh. The duck was also cut in to numerous slices, which probably helped the meat to soak up more of the sauce. Putting each sliver of the duck into my mouth was sheer pleasure. It didn’t taste heavy or oily either, unlike most restaurants that cook or fry the duck to death! I thought the addition of orange slices and pea and pumpkin puree helped to lighten and brighten the dish even more. This duck is probably the most tender and most delicious duck I have ever eaten in a restaurant!

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Skyve Wine Bistro

Tucked away in the Newton area, just off bustling Orchard Road is Skyve Wine Bistro. It occupies the former Monk’s Hill Secondary School. The place is pretty old school, pun intended. There are lots of plants all around which makes you feel as if you are dining in a park. Skyve has just revamped their menu and we were lucky to have the opportunity to check it out. The area is pretty quiet at night even though it’s Newton.

Featuring an all-day wine and dine concept open for breakfast to after-dinner drinks, the wine bistro offers three different spaces perfect for any occasion. Those inclined towards a quick tipple can opt for the alfresco area, while the indoor area comprise of the main dining hall with mismatched classroom-like chairs and a lounge area with long benches to reflect its “old school” character.

Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar (3)

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Food Republic at 112 Katong – Oodles of noodles

Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle $6.80

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle $6.80 (2)

Thye Hong has a really long history, spanning over 40 years! They still insist on serving their fare on Opeh leaves specially imported from Malaysia and Indonesia. The leaves aren’t just for decoration, they actually infuse a subtle, woody fragrance to the noodles. I was trying to limit my intake of food so that I would have space for all the dishes, but I found myself returning for seconds (and thirds)! The broth was indeed very fragrant and it was a pleasure slurping up the noodles. The prawns were lacklustre as they were kind of soggy and stuck to their shells. Still, the noodles were so nice I didn’t mind ignoring the prawns.

Li Xin Teowchew Fishball Noodle Stall Mee Pok dry $4.50

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Li Xin Teowchew Fishball Noodle Stall Mee Pok dry $4.50

Yet another stall with years of history! Their fishballs are still made from the same recipe used since Li Xin started way back in 1968! The fishballs are made with yellowtail only and kept chilled and not frozen, so as to retain their bounciness. I found the fishballs to have a very strong fish taste, definitely very different from the generic ones you get nowadays. I also liked the mee pok noodles that came in a spicy yet slightly sweet sauce. I found it refreshingly different and I liked the slightly sweet sauce, but a couple of the bloggers found it weird.

Cho Kee Wanton Noodle Stall Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle $7

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Cho Kee Wanton Noodle Stall Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle $7

Cho Kee Noodle started way back in 1965 in Old Airport Road. Now, to cater to the modern tastebud, Cho Kee also offers noodles made of spinach, carrot and seaweed. I found the noodles too spicy for me, but I really liked the QQ texture. This above is a picture of spinach dumplings, but I was unable to taste the flavour of spinach at all. In fact, the colour was also more yellow than green, although you could definitely detect a hint of green. I suppose this is a good thing which probably means they did not use green food colouring to cheat? The soup dumplings were also very tasty. The dumpling skins were velvety soft, and they were filled with meat rather than fat bits.

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Cho Kee Wanton Noodle Stall Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle $7 (2)

For the $7, you also get a plate of crispy wantons. These wantons are the total opposite of the soup wontons in that they are fried to a crisp! They are so super crispy that the wanton that I stuffed in my mouth literally melted away without much effort. These wantons remind me of the wantons from Parkland Wanton Noodles, except these are more crumbly/crispy and the meat more moist.

 Formosa Delights Stall Dao Xiao Mian Beef $6

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Formosa Delights Stall Dao Xiao Mian Beef $6

This is Formosa Delights’ 5th store and they are famous for handmade noodles made daily and cooked upon order. For those of you who are not familiar with Dao Xiao Mian aka Knife Shaved Noodles, the guy will hold up a block of dough and he will slice the noodles one by one. The noodles will fly though the air into the boiling pot! This felt like a healthier bowl of noodles as compared to other soup noodles as lots of vegetables are provided. Also the soup had a slight herbal flavour

Ah Yip Herbal Soup Stall Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodles $13.50

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Ah Yip Herbal Soup Stall Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodles $13.50

Did you know that the founder of Ah Yip herbal soup used to be a physician?  He felt that drinking herbal soups to be an effective and easy way to maintain good health and he wanted to share his knowledge with everyone. Talk about eating what the doctor ordered!  Ah Yip’s Herbal Soups take more than 10 hours to prepare. Despite that, I found this dish to have a very light herbal taste. I could see that a lot of herbs had gone into the dish as I could see them swimming around. I guess this dish would appeal to those who don’t like a strong herbal flavour and yet want to enjoy the goodness of the herbs. The duck meat fell from the bone easily without much pressure, but I found it to be very stringy for a duck drumstick.

 Fu Lin Tofu Yuen 7 pcs set with Noodle $6.80

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Fu Lin Tofu Yuen 7 pcs set with Noodle $6.80

Fu Lin Tofu Yuen serves Hakka Yong Tau Foo and started in 1994 in the East Coast area. The difference between other stalls is that all the yong tau foo will be cooked crispy and served with their special minced chicken mushroom sauce and chilli. I was at first shocked that a healthy dish of yong tau fu has turned into a fried fest, but the surprising thing was that the yong tau foo items didn’t feel oily. They were crispy on the outside yet they retained their firm and juicy interior. Very delicious and indeed the mushroom gravy was so delicious I was busy trying to get extra onto my yong tau foo pieces. It’s no wonder that according to the owner, other players have been trying to mimic the minced chicken mushroom recipe. Well you know where to get the original now.

Bangkok Gem Stall Pad Thai with Prawns $6

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Bangkok Gem Stall Pad Thai with Prawns $6

This Pad Thai looked so appetising but failed to deliver. There was an overwhelming fried kuay teow taste and it was way tooo spicy before we’d even stirred in the chilli. Suffice to say that I think Thai Express’ version of Pad Thai is much better.

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In love with Il Lido – Super Weekend Set Lunch

Il Lido has always been etched in my mind as a really top notch restaurant, not least thanks to my ex-boss, who so favoured dining at Il Lido for business lunches and special occasions, so much so that the staff remember his special requests. In fact, I partook in one of those special occasions, the boss’s birthday(!), and that eventually became my 1st ever food review on 365days2play!  (In case you are wondering, that was way back in 2008, and I subsequently resurrected the blog again in mid 2010.)

Back in those days, Il Lido had these colourful plastic chairs, and my 1st impression upon stepping through the front door was “You must be JOKING. My boss finds this place ATAS?” The food and service quickly changed my mind. I was glad to find that in my recent visit in January 2012 that they’d gotten rid of those unbecoming chairs. They still have those chairs at the al fresco area, which I think is more appropriate given that it is outdoors.

Il Lido Sentosa (3) Looks quite fine, don’t you think?

So in late Jan 2012, thanks to a DBS birthday treat coupon which gave us a 50% discount, we were able to sample the delights at Il Lido again. Actually, it’s not terribly expensive to dine at Il Lido. Mains are about $35 – $60. Appetisers are about $20 and desserts are in excess of $10. Contrary to popular belief, I am not a big eater, so I almost never order an appetiser and dessert all on my own. Set lunches/dinners are different as the restaurants kind of scale down the size of the food anyway. And of course, for buffets, I bring my other stomach, you know the bigger capacity one.

Back in January, they were having this wonderful weekend set lunch menu, which comprised of FIVE appetisers and FIVE mains, FOUR desserts and coffee/tea for $68+++. I mean seriously, is this a good deal or what??? The portions are all smaller than usual, but still, the total amount was sizable. I really love menus like these. I don’t know about you, but I have the perpetual problem of not knowing what to order. Usually it’s because there are so many attractive dishes I want to order, rather than the lack of something interesting.

So….presenting the appetisers! Portions are for 2 pax

Il Lido Sentosa Goose Liver Goose Liver

Il Lido Sentosa - Octopus Terrine Octopus Terrine

Il Lido Sentosa - Parma Ham Parma Ham

Il Lido Sentosa Caprese Caprese

Il Lido Sentosa Calamari Calamari

Phew, 5 appetisers man! All of them were super delicious. My personal favourite was obviously the foie gras. Just can’t go wrong with that. Also loved the texture of the octopus terrine. Don’t believe I’ve ever had an octopus terrine before and I really loved the bouncy feel. The Calamari also had a nice bouncy texture and didn’t taste oily at all. Parma Ham and rock melon was another winning combination. In fact, for a cheese lover like me, the caprese was the least outstanding, which goes to show how good the other appetisers were.

Next up, the Main Courses. Portions are for 2 pax.

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