Five Nines 999.99 Dishes Out European-Japanese Fare

Fives Nines, which is formerly located on Keong Saik Road, reopens its doors at Cuppage Plaza and now serves affordable, European-Japanese fare prepared with seasonal ingredients from Japan. I was quite impressed by the dishes then during my first visit and was very much looking forward to the second tasting. smile

Here we are, trying out their 6-course set dinner at $49++, which has to be pre-reserved as there are limited ingredients from Japan.

We started off the dinner with Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad with Tosazu Vinegar and Salmon Roe. The shrimp was really fresh and nicely marinated with Tosazu Vinegar, a mixture of soy sauce vinegar and bonito flakes to give it that robust flavour.

Foie Gras Terrine and Bruschetta was presented in a dramatic-style where the dish was filled with smoked orange jam. The citrus scent is a mood-booster and helps to whet the appetite as well. The only downside of this dish is probably the portion size, which was barely a mouthful.

Moving on, we had Garlic Flavored Squid Ink Tagliolini Topped With Snow Crab as one of the main dishes. Chunks of snow crab were generously sprinkled on top of the pasta. This was my favorite dish compared to the rest.

Steam Cod Fish Rolled With Parma Ham Porcini Cream Sauce was the second main dish. Again, the portion size was a letdown. The fish was surprisingly soft, which was a pretty uncommon texture for cod fish. If not for the parma ham, it can get a little too bland. Honestly, I had mixed feeling for this dish.

The Mozzarella and Lamb Tender Loin Fritto with Celeriac Puree & Japanese Pepper Fond De Veau Sauce was the final main dish. Presented with its cheese oozing out, I didn’t quite like the meat as the distinctive lamb flavour is too strong.

Creme Brulee With Raspberry Sorbet was the dessert of the day. The creme brulee was nicely charred and paired with a delicious scoop of sweet and sour raspberry sorbet.

Lots of hits and misses for this menu, wish they would bring back the good old stuff.

Five Nines 999.99
5 Koek Road, #04-04, Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Tel: (65) 6732 0195

Taiwan: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林

Lavender Cottage was my favourite sightseeing location which I feel that it deserves a post on its own! smile We didn’t include this in our itinerary but our driver told us that we will regret if we didn’t, so we obliged. bigsmile

Thank god we went! The blooming season is usually from November to April and we were lucky to be able to witness the pretty lavender blooms when we were there. heart

Enjoying our ice cream at the lavender field. heart The lavender ice cream is a must try! Its intense flavour makes the dessert extremely unique, there are bits of jelly (tastes like atap seed) which are really nice to munch on. I need to find a recipe for this! I’ve never tried good lavender ice cream before so this is really a delightful dessert. smile

There are stores to buy souvenirs back home, things like soaps, essential oils, scent bags, cutleries, just to name a few. We only bought a scent bag home as most of the items are too expensive.

We spotted this unique postage service where you could send a postcard home according to the dates that were stated on the mailboxes. We chose 14 Feb 2018 but it came earlier than expected lol! We received it around 3 months after our trip. That spoils the whole surprise. sad

There was also a wishing well to write our wishes and we decided to hang our wishes at the top of the tree and rang the bell after that. Pretty fun and innovative.

Do reserve about 1 hour of your time to explore Lavender Cottage, you will not regret it. smile

Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林薰衣草森林
No.20, Zhongxing Street, Xinshe District, Taichung City 426, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am-6.30pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 9.30am-6.30pm

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:
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heart Taiwan: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
heart Taiwan: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
heart Taiwan: Arriving at Taichung and Visiting Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
heart Taiwan: Miyahara 宮原眼科
heart Taiwan: Sightseeing in Taichung
heart Taiwan: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林