"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

Western Food

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

 


Curious Palette

This was birthday dinner for Von and CP. I made a reservation and was pleased with the clean and white furnishings. I was given a sofa seat on the second level and it was a real comfortable setting.

Soon the place became packed and I was glad I made a booking. However, it took more than an hour for our food to be served. The servers were apologetic and I must commend them for their patient service to the many hungry diners there.

The huge bowl of truffled sweet potato ($12.90) was something special on the menu. The sweet potato tasted very well but the truffle oil was too insignificant. The mayonnaise had split as shown in the picture.

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Next up is the stuffed boneless wings ($10.90).  Not too oily but could be better seasoned. The dip added much more flavour to the wings.

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The magic mushrooms ($14.90) were gigantic. However it was deep-fried and became too gelah after two pieces.

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Seafood Spaghetti $19.50

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Konbu Spaghetti $18.90

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As for me, I ordered this wagyu burger ($22.50). By the time it arrived on the table, I was already full from the starters. So I only ate the beef patty but still did not manage to finish it. It was quite fatty and under-seasoned.

We were so full, we did not order their beautiful waffles.

In a nutshell, the servings were all huge but food was disappointing.

All prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST. However, due to the slow service today, they gave us a 10% discount.

Restaurant: Curious Palette
Address: 64 Prinsep Street Singapore 188667
Tel: 6238 1068
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curiouspalette
Opening Hours:

Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Monday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

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):

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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


Tash Tish Tosh

The bomb or more specifically buffalo wings, lack that certain punch in its flavour. It is more sweet than spicy.

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It’s mushroom soup with garlic bread (4.90) had a nice flavour but was overly salty. I had to ask for hot water to dilute the soup. I told the Encik about it and he said he would check the soup out.

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I didn’t expect the crispy chicken to be just wings again. I expected a quarter of a chicken or a spring chicken to be served. It had a nice crisp but the meat was tasteless.

There is no service charge or GST.

Cafe: Tash Tish Tosh
Address: 314 Bedok Road at Simpang Bedok, Singapore 469478
Tel: +65 87148677
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tashtishtoshpizza


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/


PS Cafe

After an event photo shoot today, we went down to Paragon for late brunch. It was a shop selling bags and half the shop was this cafe. PS stands for Project Shop. I always enjoy Paragon because the crowd there is relatively smaller compared to the other parts of Orchard Road.

We got our table quite quickly although there were eight of us. Here’s what we had:

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truffle fries

truffle fries

Chicken Tau Kwa

Chicken Tau Kwa

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Laksa Pesto

Laksa Pesto

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Eggs Benedict $20
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich $23
Laksa Pesto $20
Chicken Tau Kwa $20
Truffle Shoestring Fries $15
Fresh Soursop $10.50
Ice Latte $6.50
Honey Lemon $7.50
Long Black $6
Ice Lemon Grass Tea $7
Root Beer Float $7.50

The truffle fries came in a generous portion just nice for us to share. I had the laksa pesto which was very fragrant. But after a few mouthfuls, I felt the noodles getting jelak and dry.

I like the cafe, a suitable place for small gathering with friends.

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: PS Cafe
Address: Paragon Shopping Centre #03-41/42, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Tel: 6735 6765
Website: http://www.pscafe.com/paragonmenu/


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: