"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

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Saveur

So much hooha about this budget fine dining fusion French restaurant! Finally got a chance to try out at the Far East Plaza branch. Not a big fan of French food but some of the food did leave an impression.

The foie gras with lentils was so good that we did not hesitate to order a second one. It was firm on the outside but soft inside and the taste was not too “liver-y”. The truffle mash was good too but I thought the one I had at Poulet was better. The tenderloin was seasoned very well and cooked to how I liked it. Yummy!

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Mushroom Soup $4.90

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Pasta (main size) $7.90

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Foie gras with lentils $7.90

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Duck confit $13.90

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Seabass $15.90

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Beef Bourguignon $17.90

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Tenderloin $24.90

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Gratin $3

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Mushroom ragout $5

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Truffle mash $4

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Salmon $19.90

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Pork belly

Pierre Jean Merlot Bottle $35

I had another occasion to dine at Concetto (also by Saveur) at The Cathay (2 Handy Road) and ordered the pan-seared wagyu shoulder tender served with roasted portobello mushroom, foie gras and beef jus. I must say the taste still lingers in my mouth.

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It’s deconstructed tiramisu was also worth a try!

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Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Saveur
Address: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #01-07B, Singapore 188584
Tel: 67361121
Website: http://www.saveur.sg/

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Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory

This korean fried chicken place was opened not long ago replacing the previous Sushi Tei lot at Bedok Point.

We bought the Groupon voucher and had our dinner here last night. The queue was very long but we managed to be there early before the queue started.

The waiting time for the food was surprisingly short. The delicious corn cup ($0.50 per pax) is refillable! The chicken we ordered was awesome! They use fresh chickens!!!! The roasted chicken with rosemary is the best I have ever eaten! The meat is tender and seasoned to perfection. The spicy chicken was brilliant too, meat was juicy and its spicyness was not overpowering. The salad with chicken was made great by its sauce. However the fries were not warm enough when served.

The portions were big and luckily there were five of us to share all these food!

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Cheese French Fries $9.90

To start eating your chicken, you can use these pair of “tongs” to tear the chicken meat apart without dirtying your hands. So innovative!

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Cajun Chicken Salad $13.90

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Rosemary Chicken $29.90

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Spicy Chicken $28.90

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Mac and cheese $9.90

My first mac and cheese! It was cheesy and the macaroni was al dente. Lovely!

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Garlicky chicken $28.90

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Spicy BBQ Roast Chicken $32.90

I will award this spicy chicken a Michelin star!!! The meat is so tender and moist, so well-cooked!!!  The spice level really gives punches and kicks!!!

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Crispy Fried Chicken $32.90

Not the kind of garlic taste that you will expect. It was quite a letdown. I think the chicken was sprinkled with some garlic spicies powder and some seasoned garlic soy sauce sprinked over the top. Wished there was more garlic flavour to this.

Plain water is complimentary.

All in all, we have bought more Groupon vouchers and can’t wait for return visits to try other items on its menu!!!

Ask me which korean fried chicken place is the best? I have tried Nene Chicken, 4 Fingers, Chicken Up and I think every restaurant has its own uniqueness. All are nice!

Drinking water is complimentary! Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
Address: Bedok Point, 799 Upper Changi Road, #02-05/06, Singapore 467351
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily
Website: click here


Mad Nest

Under the recommendation of my colleagues, I finally visited this restaurant with them one evening. The interior is spacious and furniture is simple. The paintings on the white walls make the whole interior look like an art gallery. Very soothing.

Mad Nest houses three different kitchens serving three different food of nationalities – japanese, indian and western. I was very impressed with all their appetisers and finger food. My favourite are the oiishii maki, tori teriyaki (yes, sound normal? try this and you will know that all other tori teriyaki you have eaten in the past were nonsense), truffle fries, and foie gras. The sake sashimi is thickly-sliced and every bite is filled with happiness. The mains are so-so.


1 for 1 Stella Artois Draught $10
Oishii Maki $16
Sake Sashimi $12
Tori Teriyaki $12
Chawanmushi $4
Papadam (Basket) $3
Shochikubai Toukkuri (Flask) $13
Gyu Niku Curry Rice $15
Katsu Curry Udon $12
Tamada Ramen $12
Truffle Fries $13
Fugu Mirin $15
Tandoori Chicken Briyani $10
Naan (Basket) $9
Butter Chicken $13
Tonkatsu $12
Una Don $15
Buta Shooga Miso Yaki $12
Foie Gras $20

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Restaurant: Mad Nest
Address: 378 East Coast Road Singapore 428985
Tel: 6348 6861
Opening Hours:


The Coastal Settlement

Visited this lovely place decorated with retro items – old typewriters, phones, bicycles, thermos flask, kettles, hair dryer, rattan chairs, luggage bags, etc. The big restaurant had many customers despite being a weekday night and location being out of the way.

They have big tables and is a very suitable place for gathering of friends.

I ordered the perfect roast chicken that comes with broiled vegetables and truffled fries. If you order soup, it comes served in mess tins or the retro light green metal container. It reminded me of the older days when I was still a little kid eating at my grandma’s house.

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Truffled fries – $15

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Mushroom Soup – $14

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Fish and Chips – $26

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Ribeye Rosti – $32

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Tuna Tortilla – $17

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Prices exclude 10% service charges and 7% GST.

Restaurant: The Coastal Settlements
Address: 200 Netheravon Road Singapore 508529
Tel: 64750200
Fax: 64720200
Opening hours: 10.30am till 12 Midnight. Closed on Mondays.
Website: http://www.thecoastalsettlement.com


Nolboo Hangari Galbi

One authentic Korean BBQ restaurant you can visit! I love their kimchi stew!

Every customer is served a complimentary pumpkin porridge as an appetizer and a red bean dessert and hot tea at the end. The banchan is complimentary and is very fresh. However the kimchi that they served is not the best I’ve eaten.

Would definitely come back for their BBQ!

Cod Fish Bibimbab – $19.90
Kimchi Stew – $ 15.90
Beef Bibimbab set $15.90
Half Ginseng Chicken set $15.90
Hangari Beef (BBQ) 360g $35.90
Soy Bean Stew Set $14.90
Korean Beer $6.90
Coke $4.90
Prices excludes 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Nolboo Hangari Galbi
Address: 112 East Coast Road #03-06 112 Katong Singapore 428802
Tel: 6636 3119


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:

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
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/