"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Archive for June, 2012

Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant (M Hotel)

I must agree that Groupon always offers good deals and when such deals come, I will grab the opportunity to buy one. Groupon offered a 8-course Premium Kaiseki Meal at Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant for $128 (which was worth $268). The 8-course consisted of:

Wafu Salad (mixed salad with seaweed in vinegar sauce)
Hokkaido Beni Ikura (Hokkaido Red Salmon Roe)
Premium Sashimi: Hokkaido Taraba (King Crab), Hokkaido Uni (Sea urchin), Hokkaido Maguro (tuna), Hokkaido Hotate (scallop), Hokkaido Aka Ebi (shrimp), Salmon Belly, Tai (Red Snapper) with truffle oil
Ginkarei (Grilled Flounder Fish)
Ohmi Wagyu Beef 120g
Garlic Fried Rice
Miso Soup
Homemade Ume Jelly
Free glass of House Pour Red Wine or Juice

Wafu salad was very appetizing with the vinegar sauce. The salmon roe was the sweetest and tastiest that I’ve ever eaten. Every roe is fresh and pops with tasty roe juice when chewed. The sashimi was equally heavenly especially the king crab. The flounder fish was tender and well-grilled unlike that from Sushi Tei. Sushi Tei’s would have burnt fins and skin. The wagyu beef comes with two lovely sauce but I rather eat it without sauce to appreciate its original taste. I ordered it medium rare and the meat melts in the mouth. Then comes the miso soup and garlic fried rice with fragrantly-fried garlic in it. The Ume jelly was the first time I’ve ever tried and the amount of Ume liquor was concentrated. One bite of the jelly and I could feel my face turning warm. The 8-course meal ends with a hot cup of tea. I was very full at the end of the course.

Restaurant: Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant
Address: M Hotel Singapore, Level 9, 81 Anson Road, Singapore 079908
Tel: 6221 3075 / 8458 3322
Fax: 6223 6276
Opening Hours: Open Daily: Lunch: 11.30am to  2.30pm; Dinner:  6.30pm to 11.30pm
Website: http://www.hokkaidosushi.com.sg/Welcome.html


Brussels Sprouts

Daddy and I finally ate here!! Every order of mussels or clams come with  free refills of fries! We ordered three starter sets of mussels as there was a promotion with DBS credit card:

DBS Indulge Exclusive Bundle Mussels Set
• Choice of 1 Clear, 1 Cream and 1 Local Starter size at S$35
• Choice of 1 Clear, 1 Cream and 1 Local Main size at S$70
Valid from 5pm – 7pm, Mon – Thur, till 30 Aug 2012.

For our clear, we had:
VIN BLANC – white wine, butter, celery, onion, parsley

For our cream, we had:
OSTENDAISE – fish stock, lobster bisque, shrimp, mushroom

For our local, we had:
DEVILLED – chili padi, coriander, curry, lime, tomato

To accompany our mussels, we had a Stella and Leffe Brune beer. The mussels were succulent, well-flavoured and the portions were generous even as a starter set! The soups and sauces with the mussels were lovely and fragrant. Definitely coming back for more!!

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Brussels Sprouts
Address: 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12 The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013
Tel: 6887 4344
Email: robertsonquay@brusselssprouts.com.sg
Website: http://brusselssprouts.com.sg/

Fullhouse Cafe

I’ve heard of this so much and finally got a table! I’ve heard two extremes of this place – poor service and food yet some commented good service and good food. Getting a reservation here seems to be a tough thing as the phone was not answered. A good way is to go to their website to make reservations.

The place is well-decorated like a big garden and cute cartoons drawn on the walls. The first level is their bar and the second level is their restaurant.

The prices are reasonable considering that they are located in a city area hotel. The theme cafe serves average-tasting food. I don’t mind paying more if they can improve on their food.

Smooties Fruities Fish $22.90
Pan-seared Dory Fish $16.90
Calamari Ring and Onion Ring $10.90
Iced Jujube Tea $3.90
Jasmine Honey with Aloe Vera $5.90

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Fullhouse Cafe
Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, #02-03, Singapore 189559 (Inside Hotel Rendezvous)
Tel: 6336 6382 (Reservations needed)
Website: http://www.fullhousecafe.com.sg/

Raindrops Cafe

This cafe lies in the corner of SCAPE. It’s interior is simple and cosy. However, it can only house a few tables. Hence, if you are intending to come during peak hours, you may need to make reservations.

The tataki tuna was good and the truffled fries are aplenty. However, the classic vongole I’ve ordered was below my standards – the vongole were small and the sauce was nowhere fragrant.

This place is a quiet corner in busy Orchard Road and is a tranquil gathering place with friends.

Baked Portobello Chicken $9
Tataki Tuna $9
Classic Vongole $16
Caesar Salad with Prawns $14
Truffle Shoe Strings Fries $10
Cafe Mocha $6

Prices exclude 10% service charge. There is no GST.

Restaurant: Raindrops Cafe
Address: 2 Orchard Link, SCAPE, #02-38, Singapore 237978
Tel: 68344977
Website: http://raindrops.sg/

Ayam Tulang Lunak Malioboro

On our last night in Bali, our driver took us to try their local specialty – soft bone chicken!

The chicken was cooked in their special manner such that the bone is soft and melts upon chewing and that the spring chicken can be eaten without any leftovers. The meat was chewy, crispy and fragrant. I prefer the telur asin (salted egg yolk) flavour. It was really a memorable eating experience.

1/2 Ayam Goreng Crispy 50k
1/2 Ayam Telur Asin 66k
Gurami Goreng Terbang 64k
Nasi Putih 8k
Juice Semangka 25k
Juice Sirsak 28k
Juice Terong Belanda 28k

Prices in Rupiah. Prices exclude 10% tax and 5% service charge.

Restaurant: Ayam Tulang Lunak Malioboro
Address: Jalan Kediri No. 501-J, Kuta, Bali
Tel: 361-759192

Other locations:
1) Jalan Kartini No. 47, Surabaya. Tel: 31-5687164/31-5687165
2) Jalan Manyar Kertoarjo No. 75, Surabaya. Tel: 31-5947677/31-5940084
3) Jalan Mayam Wuruk No. 88, Denpasar. Tel: 361-245230

Iiga Warung

This is Babi Bakar (BBQ Pork Ribs) that is popular in Bali. Our driver took us here on the second day and we finally tried this. As much as I do not like pork, I have to try this popular local dish. I must say I enjoyed this quite much.

We waited for almost half an hour for the ribs to get BBQ-ed. Throughout the grilling, we could smell the aroma of the ribs. The meat was tender and well-marinated. Neither was the pork as fatty as that in Singapore. The mie goreng was well fried and it wasn’t that oily. The strawberry milkshake was a cooling drink in the hot weather.

The shop front is clean and the staff is friendly.

Babi Bakar (Pork Ribs ~300g) 105k
Mie Goreng 65k
Strawberry Milkshake 30k

Prices in Rupiah and does not include 10% service charge.

Restaurant: Iiga Warung
Address: Jalan Uluwata II, Jimbaran, Bali
Tel: 81-338- 262009 / 81-239-78359
Email: iigawarung@yahoo.com


This restaurant is warmly romantic, decorated with traditional Balinese furniture. Service was good and we even got a complimentary seared tuna from the chef!

Food was very good despite the steep prices.



Interior 3

Interior 3

Interior 2

Interior 2

Interior 1

Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna

Papua Crab Tower

Papua Crab Tower

Pan Roasted Kingfish

Pan Roasted Kingfish

Indian Ocean Bouillabaisse

Indian Ocean Bouillabaisse

Passion Fruit Sorbet

Passion Fruit Sorbet

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Complimentary Seared Tuna from the chef
Papua Crab Tower 90k
Pan Roasted Kingfish 160k
Indian Ocean Bouillabaisse 190k
Blanc de Mer 190k
Passion Fruit Sorbet 40k
Vanilla Ice Cream 40k

All prices in Rupiah. Prices exclude 8% service charge and 10% tax.

Restaurant: Sardine
Address; 21 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Bali
Tel: 62-361-8436111 / 62-361-8436333 (Reservations recommended)
Email: sardine@sardinebali.com
Website: http://www.sardinebali.com/