Our local hawker food scene is well known for its diversity and every week without fail, my colleagues and I would make it a point to lunch at popular hawker food stalls just to satisfy our cravings! Yep that’s how much we love our local food. smile
The Hawkerlicious Buffet by Flavours at Zhongshan Park allows us to enjoy local fares at the price of one. Local delights like fried hokkien mee, oyster omelette, cereal prawns, char siew, roasted pork, nonya laksa, prawn noodles are just some of the dishes you will get to enjoy.
Ah Hood Fresh Seafood, available during dinners, is the brainchild of Chef Kristopher Cheng, which allows us to pick our choice of seafood such as clams, tiger prawns, crab, squid and snapper fish to cook it our way with their signature sauces like black pepper, salted egg yolk, assam curry and ginger & onion sauce.
We tried crab with black pepper, squid with salted egg yolk sauce and snapper with assam curry. All turned out really delicious! smile The choices are endless and I love it that we can decide on our preferred ingredients, unlike the usual zi char stall menu which are usually fixed.
I also tried to cook assam laksa at the DIY noodles station, adding lots of ingredients which I love hehe! smile Apart from that, there are DIY stations to grill cuttlefish with kang kong, make gado gado, kueh pie tee, or rojak.
The buffet ups the notch on value with staple stations such as sashimi, sushi, bbq char siew and roasted pork.
Weekdays: $28++ for adults; $14++ for children aged 5-12 years old
Weekends: $45++ for adults; $22.50++ for children aged 5-12 years old
Weekdays: $45++ for adults; $22.50++ for children aged 5-12 years old
Weekends: $49++ for adults; $24.50++ for children aged 5-12 years old
Flavours at Zhongshan Park
16 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329982
Tel: (65) 6808 6888
I had the privilege of revisiting Salt Tapas & Bar on a lovely Saturday morning. smile Read my previous experience here. The current tasting features new seafood dishes which were sourced based on the freshest quality.
Roasted Garlic Flat Bread with Romesco ($6) has an excellent, nicely charred crust, which makes a very nice side dish.
Same ol’ Taco of Tempura Soft Shell Crab, Pineapple Salsa & Wasabi Mayo ($14) but they had changed the Chipotle Mayo to Wasabi Mayo, and I believe tobiko had also been changed to ikura, which I find it too overwhelming. At least for me though, I would still prefer the previous version. Wish they would bring it back! smile
Cigar Omelette with Mushroom Cepe Sauce & Green Onions ($15) tastes as good as it looks, egg and mushrooms never go wrong.
Egg Berentine with Bonito Flakes ($14) has an interesting combi of western and japanese way of cooking. The bonito flakes gives it a deeper and more unique flavour. Completed with a creamy and buttery hollandaise sauce, this unique dish is worth every try.
Grilled Big Head Prawn with Papaya Salad, Fried Peanuts & Tamarind Dressing ($27) is lightly grilled and the prawns still kept their freshness. The side salad also gives the dish a tangy kick. Wish there were more prawns though. wink
I may have found the best french toast ever. Those with a sweet tooth must try out the French Toast with Okinawa Ice Cream, Clotted Cream & Jam ($15), which is da bomb! The house-made brioche is nicely soaked with a special sauce which made it extremely soft and fluffy. Every bite delighted my palate and it was wiped out after a few bites. tongue
The chocolate-fanatic hubby can’t stop raving over the Gooey Chocolate Tart with Mango Sorbet ($14) which has a warm and rich dark chocolate lava oozing out when we break open the tart.
Salt Tapas & Bar’s brunch menu is available on Saturday and Sunday, from 11.30am to 3pm. Definitely worth waking up early for. smile
Salt Tapas & Bar
252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre #01-22A, Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6837 0995
Note: Prices are subjected to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.
Chocolate Origin is my favorite to-go dessert cafe whenever I crave for chocolate stuff, especially their lava cake.
According to Kian Yong, General Manager of Chocolate Origin, the new dark chocolate gelato is inspired behind their chocolate ganache cakes in the form of a gelato for their customers to enjoy especially with the hot weather. They had spent hours in the R&D room perfecting an Italian gelato recipe in order to tweak it to suit Singapore’s palate. Reasonably priced, 1 scoop is at $4.50, 2 scoops at $6.50 and a pint for takeaway is at $12.50.
The texture of the gelato is deliciously smooth, rich and bittersweet, great for my palate.
Their signature warm lava cake is perfectly combined with vanilla ice cream, delighting my palate with every mouthful.
Their other signature item would be the chocolate ganache cake, which has a silky smooth and rich texture.
Aside from the rich cakes and gelato, Chocolate Origin also offers coffe made from the finest Arabica coffee beans from Latin America. The Arabica beans, known for their distinctive aroma and exquisitely smooth texture, form a perfect marriage with Chocolate Origin’s cakes and gelato.
The barista gave us a demo on latte art, which was completed in a matter of seconds. How talented! smile
I had a go at it too and created a Gudetama version. It was not easy trying to draw on the foam. This DIY latte art is not available at the outlets but you may request for it if you wish to hold team building or corporate events.
With my favorite Sims at the event! Look at cute Aidan! bigsmile
Now I know where to go if I have cravings for chocolate gelato. smile
You might be wondering how did Five Nines 999.99 at Keong Saik Road get their name. 999.99 is the finest form of gold and is considered the gold standard. The team at 999.99 holds themselves to this in serving food in its purest and finest form in quality, service and presentation. A pretty interesting philosophy.
We started off the meal with a refreshing plate of Tuna & Peach Salad ($14) before the mains, where both ingredients complement each other very well with savory and sweet tastes. Burrata & Tomato Salad ($14) is topped with pesto dressing and the burrata cheese is creamy, rich and simply divine.
Lobster Gratin ($29) is mixed with a creamy bechamel sauce with a crispy melted cheese topping, thankfully not too cloying.
Beef Tenderloin & Foie Gras ($29) was cooked perfectly tender with medium texture. Sadly, I still can’t appreciate the beauty of foie gras. sad One day, maybe one day.
King Prawn Kadaif Bites ($15) is wrapped with vermicelli and deep fried, paired with a tomato based sauce. The vermicelli retains its crispy texture even when the dish has been left out for quite some time. Truffle Cream Risotto & Foie Gras ($19) is my favorite dish of the day, minus the foie gras. tongue The aromatic blend of truffle and cream is such a great combination that I couldn’t stop savouring it.
I have only tried swordfish sashimi thus far, Grilled Swordfish & Spring Onion ($15) caught me by surprise with its light and tender texture. The scallops from the Scallops & Cauliflower ($22) dish is lightly pan-seared to give it a nice, brown crust, topped with cauliflower puree and lotus chips.
Now onto the desserts! smile Peach Melba ($9) and Lemon Granita & Mango Panna Cotta ($8) are great for people who loves sour and refreshing desserts. Tiramisu ($8) may look simple and unattractive but the indulgently rich Italian dessert is the perfect end to any meal.
Five Nines 999.99
29 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089136
Tel: (65) 6221 7098
If you love Italian cuisine, you will be spoiled for choice at Sopra Cucina & Bar which offers authentic and rustic flavours from the regions of Sardinia, Naples, Sicily, Milan and more. The restaurant’s decor is an ode to the glamorous days of post-war Italy, when Hollywood and the films of Federico Fellini and Sophia Loren first captured the imagination of an enamoured public.
Sopra had unveiled a revamped menu that re-introduced some crowd favourites while showcasing some new additions as well as their highly popular signature dishes.
We started our meal with a hearty and warming Mushroom Soup that’s bursting with earthy flavours. Simple and delicious.
The fresh octopus in Polpo Alla Carlofortina are slow-cooked with celery, olives, pine nuts, basil and house made dressing to produce a tangy and refreshing starter.
Melazane Alla Parmigiana contains baked layered eggplant with fresh tomato sauce. I am pretty fussy when it comes to eggplant dishes and this turned out really good and flavorful. The eggplant was cooked thoroughly but wasn’t too mushy at all.
Carpaccio Di Filetto Di Manzo is made with thin sliced beef tenderloin topped with shaved parmesan and rocket salad. If you love raw food, you will definitely love this!
The deep fried calamari in Calamari Fritti paired really well with aioli which contains garlic, olive oil, egg yolks and lemon juice.
Spaghetti Carbonara is a classic Italian dish with egg, cream, parmesan cheese and pancetta. Usually I would prefer tomato based pasta but this won my heart as it’s not too cloying.
Malloreddus alla Campidanese is a traditional Sardinian semonila pasta with rosemary pork sauce and lightly sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
The pan seared chicken breast in Scallopine Di Pollo Ai Funghi Porcini is accompanied with potato puree and porcini rosemary sauce.
Paired with a delicious mint sauce, the grilled lamb chops in Costolette D’Agnello are firm to the bite but slightly tough.
The Arrabbiata, Pescatora and Salami Pizzas, are mainly topped with various toppings like bacon, mushroom, onion, chilli oil, mixed seafood and salami.
For desserts, we had the western Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting. The texture is extremely moist, full of flavour without being too mushy.
Panna Cotta is served with mixed berry compote, a refreshing choice to end the meal.
We also had Prosecco, a very crispy and inviting sparkling wine with soft citrus flavor.
Great food with company! heart
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