"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

Japanese

Hoshino Coffee 星乃珈琲店

The new extension of Plaza Singapura was opened a while ago. A colleague recommended me to visit this place for their parfait.

The curry rice contained bits of beef, a sausage and an egg. It was quite yummy but got a little gelah after a while. I would have preferred if the beef bits come in bigger slices. Otherwise I felt I was eating rice with the curry gravy every mouthful of it.

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Curry Rice $15

The iced cafe latte was served in a golden colour thermal cup (meant to keep the coffee remain chilled longer) was fragrant.

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Iced Cafe Latte $7.50

The fruits parfait was refreshing. Within the cold ice-cream, there were crunchy cereals, banana, strawberry, peach and a fragrant piece of sesame biscuit.

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Fruits Parfait $12

They do not have much variety in their menu but there was a long queue when I left the restaurant. The prices are a little steep. Nonetheless, it’s worth a try.

7 Jun 2013

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Updated: 2 Dec 2015

Second visit to Hoshino Coffee is more than two years later! I found the variety of food has increased and taste has become better! My orchestra friends and I met up for lunch at the new Suntec outlet and we ordered their lunch sets that comes with a free drink.

Browse through their menu here.

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Iced Coffee

Look at the cute tiny metal cups that contain milk and syrup. I just can’t resist miniatures!

The wasabi was only put on top of the salmon. I thought it was a wasabi infused cream sauce. No, it wasn’t, sadly. I wished there was more salmon.

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Salmon with Wasabi Cream Sauce Spaghetti (Set) $16

Not cheesy. It was just normal spaghetti with tomato cream sauce.

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Shrimp, Avocado, Mozzarella with Tomato Cream Sauce Spaghetti (Set) $15

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Pescatora with Tomato Cream Sauce Spaghetti (Set) $15

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Hoshino Pot-Baked Curry Rice (Set) $15

Curry was slight sweet and thick. The tonkatsu was nice!

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Tonkatsu Curry Rice (Set) $17

Lobster bisque was not bad though it could contain more seafood flavour.

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Lobster Bisque Soup Spaghetti (Set) $16

The top caramelised layer didn’t have the “cracking” sound. The creme was not bad but it was short of that vanilla kick. The ice cream went well with the creme brulee.

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Creme Brulee with Ice-Cream $9.80

 

This pancake souffle was very soft and I love it! However I would order this for breakfast rather than as a dessert.

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Double Pancake Souffle Style $12

Not bad but it was quite moist inside, wonder if it was caused by the chocolate sauce that we poured over.

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Vanilla Souffle with Chocolate Sauce $10.80

This french toast with maple syrup couldn’t go any wrong. 🙂

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French Toast with Sugar and Cream $9.80

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Hoshino Coffee 星乃珈琲店
Addresses:
68 Orchard Road, #03-84, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-651, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 0800 – 2200; Weekends: 10oo – 2200
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoshinocoffee/


Manzoku Japanese Restaurant

My colleague has been raving to me about this affordable and delicious sashimi rice bowl and brought my friends here for a birthday dinner. It was fully packed and luckily we had made a reservation. The interior was not big and the table to table space was very small. You can hear the next table’s conversation easily.

Food was not bad and grill items were priced cheaper than other Japanese restaurants. As for the sashimi rice bowl (chirashi don), the sashimi were thickly-sliced and was value for money.

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Chawanmushi $5

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Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce $10

I would have preferred the fish skin not to be drizzled with the savoury sauce.

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Salmon Fish Skin

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Grilled Squid with Teriyaki Sauce $15 

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Tendon $14

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Chirashi Don $25

Reservations recommended. Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Restaurant: Manzoku Japanese Restaurant
Address: 18 Purvis St, Singapore 188597
Tel: 6734 4436
Opening Hours:  11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM


Tomo Izakaya

This is undeniably the BEST sashimi bowl rice I have EVER eaten. It is not cheap and I can’t exactly remember how much it cost. I think it was $48? But it was worth every cent of it as every slice of the sashimi was thick and fresh and almost overflowed the bowl.

The waiting time was very very long, about an hour or so, but every anger evaporated when I put the fresh slices into my mouth. Mmmmm!

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Restaurant: Tomo Izakaya
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, #01-09 Esplanade Art Centre, Singapore
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm-2.30pm; Sun-Thu: 5pm-11pm; Fri, Sat: 6pm-1am
Tel: 63330012


Miam Miam

Miam Miam brings the best out of French Artisanal Cuisine & Techniques and traditional Japanese preparation & cooking arts.” ~Miam Miam

Actually, I don’t really know what I’m eating, not totally Italian and nothing Japanese. The seafood tomato cream was a tad too thin, I expected it to be more bisque. The prawns were disappointingly small. Should it had a more generous seafood serving, I would have given it a higher rating.

Seafood Tomato Cream Spaghetti

Seafood Tomato Cream Spaghetti $17.80

Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé

Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé $13.80

The souflle was why I walked into the restaurant. The Valrhona chocolate was rich but could be more. I don’t feel satisfied after eating this.

Iced Cafe Au Lait $6.20

Generally, I think it was tad too expensive. Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Miam Miam
Address: 10 Tampines Central 1 #B1-05 Tampines One Singapore 529536
Opening hours: Weekdays: 11:30 am to 10:00pm. Weekends: 11:30 am to 10:00pm
Website: http://miam.sg/


Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant

My cousin and I saw this promotion and decided to whack this! So we make a reservation and went down on a weekday! And of course, we chose the buffet with the wagyu menu. We are there to whack the wagyu beef! We topped up another $10 for free-flow of drinks and Haagen-Dazs ice-cream! For their full menu click here.

The restaurant was neat and tidy but they need to install more fume hoods perhaps. We were all smelling of smoke and I took two days to wash the smell away.

Wagyu Beef Ox Tongue

Wagyu Beef Ox Tongue

The ox tongue was crunchy but the thought that it was from the tongue kind of puts me off.

Sashimi - White tuna, salmon, sea bream , shime saba, tuna

Sashimi – White tuna, salmon, sea bream , shime saba, tuna, octopus

Sashimi was really fresh and it was my first time tasting the white tuna. From Wikipedia, I learnt that white tuna is not tuna, but butterfish or snake mackeral. The shime saba was very sweet, totally out of my expectations. I once ate saba sashimi at sushi restaurants but never liked them because they were too fishy.

Wagyu Beef Sashimi

Marinated Wagyu Beef Sashimi with egg yolk

Sorry, I have read so many people go woooos and wows about this marinated beef sashimi but raw beef? No thanks. I took at bite but didn’t swallow it. The rest of it went to the BBQ stove and we fried them.

Wagyu Beef Sashimi and Lightly Grilled Sashimi

Wagyu Beef Sashimi and Lightly Grilled Sashimi

Similarly, raw beef is not for me.

Giant Scallops

Giant Scallops

The scallops were so good I wished I could eat more of them but we were so full from the plates of wagyu beef. It was pretty fun bbq-ing them as I tried to sear them according to what I learnt from MasterChef.

Pork Cheek Fillet

Pork Cheek Fillet

Giant scallops (again) and prawns (really huge)

Giant scallops (again) and prawns (really huge)

Prawns were huge. As a result, bbq-ing them is usually overcooking them due to their size. But nonetheless, they were succulent and sweet. Next up is the show of the BBQ! Look at that marbling! It just takes less than 15 seconds to cook each slice. As you place them onto the hot stove, it sizzles in its own fat and when you put them into your mouth, they just melt. So tender… We had three plates of these.

Wagyu Beef Short Rib and Wagyu Beef Rib Eye Cap

Wagyu Beef Short Rib and Wagyu Beef Rib Eye Cap

Sizzling

Sizzling

Besides the BBQ section, they have a variety of cooked food such as garlic fried rice, chawanmushi, soba, shisamo, salad, etc. The service was pretty good. One waitress said we have to quickly bbq out beef because it was changing colour. The beef was actually freshly cut upon order. And indeed, after leaving it for a while, it oxidised and turn into a darker red colour.

Don’t forget to leave some space for Haagen Dazs ice-cream! There were vanilla, chocolate, yuzu and macha flavours.

My cousin and I unanimously agreed that one visit is sufficient. The good memories can remain in photos and videos format.

Restaurant: Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Shopping Mall, #03-129, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Weekdays: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm. Weekends: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Website: http://tenkaichi.com.sg/
Phone: +65 – 6250 8918
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/TenkaichiRestaurant/
Reservation: Via website


Little Hiro

This Hawaiian-Japanese restaurant is really a budget place for some comfort food! Food quality is well-above the value of the price that you are paying for and it is definitely worth a visit! Their calamari, chicken wings and onion rings were already sold out when we were there at 8pm. This place closes early so you can’t really sit and chill with your friends till late.

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Spam Fries

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Hawaiian Grilled Chicken with sauteed mushrooms

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Ramen burger (Waikiki Deluxe)

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Mushroom Suisse burger

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Nacho Chips Supreme

Menu (taken from their website):

Standing+Menu

One thing to point out is the indoor seats smell of food fumes and you may not be comfortable walking out feeling and smelling like oil.

Cafe: Little Hiro
Address:  #01-01, King’s Arcade, 559 Bukit Timah Road, 269695
Tel: +65 64663477
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:30 – 21:30; Fri – Sat: 11:30 – 22:00; Sun: 11:30 – 21:30
Website: http://www.hirobbq.com/#about-1


Bari Uma Ramen

My friend is going overseas for work (indefinitely) and he suggested we eat here together for his farewell. He said he will miss this ramen when he goes over to Philippines.

The sliding door is typical of a Japanese ramen shop. Once you stepped in, you are quickly filled with the fumes of the food. I really don’t like the smell of fumes. On the other hand, the food was superbly good. Skeptical of eating ramen in Singapore, this shop really changed my impression of ramen. Reasonably priced, the tonkatsu broth was surprising rich and flavourful without being too oily. I don’t usually eat the fats of char siew but my friend was so envious that my char siew was more fatty than his. So I took a bite of the fats and oh my, I can’t believe what I just ate. The fats melted in my mouth and was so so so delicious!!! I even commented that I will order a plate of tonkatsu serving the next time I come.

menu

menu

nori uma ramen

nori uma ramen

ajitama ramen

ajitama ramen

The ramen was of the correct texture and temperature. I once read about the steps of cooking good ramen and its temperature which is not an easy skill.

gyoza

gyoza

The gyoza was piping hot when served. The filling tasted perfect with the correct amount of chives not overpowering the whole gyoza’s taste. The vinegar matched them perfectly.

Gyoza  $6.50
Ajitama $15
Noriuma + egg $15.50
Green tea $1.50

Will be back for the tonkatsu! Till then, all the best my friend. It’s not goodbye. 🙂 (Quoted from Laura Pausini – It’s Not Goodbye)

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Bari Uma Ramen
Address: 19 Tanglin Road, #B1-01/02, Tanglin Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909 (Enter from where the taxi stand is. Below Kenko.)
Tel: 6887 4484
Opening hours: 1130 am – 10 pm