"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

Bread/Sandwiches

Home-cooked Basil Pesto Sauce

During one orchestra rehearsal, a chorister made pesto sauce and spread it over cream crackers as a break-snack. It was so good I couldn’t forget the taste and had an urge to make it! I went to ask her about the making process and googled and youtubed.

So I went to buy the ingredients one day after work. Boy, basil leaves are expensive! It cost about $3.50 for just 30g! Pine nuts were expensive too!!! That packet cost me $11.50! Other ingredients include garlic, olive oil and cheese.

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I washed the basil leaves, strained them and throw them into the blender together with the rest of the ingredients. Add in some pepper and salt.

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Here’s my pesto sauce – less than 100g of basil leaves makes just a little sauce.

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This is the pesto sauce spreaded on cream crackers by the chorister.

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Though I had good reviews from my relatives, I am not satisfied with it. It didn’t taste the same as what I ate! I posted on FaceBook and many friends gave me comments on what I could improve on. I will make some adjustments and test it out again soon.

Comments:
– roast the pine nuts… more garlic….more basil
– use Parmesan cheese
– Use Parmesan, and roast the pine nuts in a pan first until a bit golden brown or when you see the oil or smell it. Add some salt and pepper to taste

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Bistro 1855

I was loitering around Suntec City one evening and had to decide on a dinner place before my next appointment. I was craving for some meat and I walked into this nice restaurant.

This Australian beef patty topped with onion jam and guacamole was really tender, juicy and utmost delicious. The guacamole was a little bland compared to the onion jam. The fries were crunchy and yet not oily. The patty was really so good I could devour another one any moment!

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1855 Burger $22

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Bistro 1855
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City, Tower 4 #01-643, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Sat-Tue: 11am to 11pm; Wed-Fri: 11am to 12am
Tel: 6836 5994
Website: http://onionrestaurant.sg/bistro1855.html

 


PODI

Met up with my orchestra good friend for afternoon tea but the menu and food looked really appetising that we ended up having dinner there.

This place serves all-day brunch. The food we ordered was quite a big portion and we will be back for more!

 

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Eggs Benny $20

 

 

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Basil Pesto Chicken Burger $16

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Mushroom (add-on) $3

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Bratwurst (add-on) $3

Earl Grey Tea (Pot) $6
Lemon Verbena Tea (Pot) $6.50

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: PODI
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-45, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: 63365648
Website: http://www.podifood.com


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/


The Marmalade Pantry

A sweet cafe located in the quiet side of ION Orchard, this place serves a quiet get-together with your close buddies. I like the cafe’s decorations and it’s open concept. If you’re looking for a place to rest your feet while shopping in Orchard or want to get out of the bustling crowd, this is a really good choice.

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Drinks

Seared Scallop Linguini

Seared Scallop Linguini

Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

Seasalt Caramel Cheese Cake

Seasalt Caramel Cheese Cake

Seared Scallop Linguini $24
Steak Sandwich $24
Seasalt Caramel Cheese Cake $8
Berries Smoothies $9
Flat White Coffee $6.50
Peony Jade White Tea $7

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
DBS credit card gets 10% off.

Restaurant: The Marmalade Pantry
Address: ION Orchard, #03-22/28, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tel: 67342700
Website: http://www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg/


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.

The rest of the pictures are what my friends had.

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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


Freshness Burger

Following the burger craze, my colleague and I went to try this out. The classic cheese burger was not bad at all. However it was a little small in size and expensive. Probably due to the fresh ingredients they used. The cup of lemon cranberry was small. The only good thing about the burger chain is their choices of sauces – mustard, chilli, ketchup, Tabasco green pepper sauce and some other sauces which appear alien to me. The onion rings tasted nothing near to onions.

Served in small portions, we had:

Fish Burger – $3.50
Classic Cheese Burger – $6.90
Lemon Cranberry – $2.80
Onion Rings – $3.20
Chicken Nuggets – $3.50

How about going to BK or MOS burger?

Prices inclusive of 7% GST.

Stall: Freshness Burger
Outlet: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-37, Century Square, Singapore 529509
Tel: 6785 3436
Website: http://www.freshnessburger.com.sg/

The Century Square outlet has closed down in June.