Oct 25 2015

Singapore Restaurant Week: Salt Tapas & Bar

Singapore Restaurant Week is back again  (23 Oct to 1st Nov 2015) and this is my 2nd time trying!! For those who are unaware, Restaurant week is when you can get 3 course lunch (25++) or dinner ($35++) at top restaurants that are participating! (Do note that there are extra charges for restaurants with the dining star award!)

Reservations were filling up fast and I decided to book a dinner for 2 at Salt Tapas & Bar since we’ve not tried it yet!

Nice ambiance and there were alot of people chilling on a Saturday evening when we were there.

For $35++, here’s what we got:

Assorted bread basket

For the Tapas there was a choice of Bone marrow with shitake duxelle, holland potato.

Or Foie gras mousse with truffle dressing. Which we ordered both to try.

For mains, it comes in a sharing platter and we chose: BBQ pork ribs, that comes with mash potato and pickle + Sirloin with assorted vegs

The ribs was really tender and easy to eat and the sirloin was cooked to perfection like how we wanted it to be! Yummy!

Lastly, there was Chocolate ganche, marshmallow and rhubarb rose tart for desserts.

I’ve a sweet tooth so I really enjoyed the desserts!!

The staffs were really nice and service was good even though the restaurant was reasonable packed! Thanks for making our evening a memorable one. :)

Salt Tapas & Bar by Luke Mangan
252 North Bridge Road,
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre


Since we were in the area, we went over to the Singapore River Festival to take a look!

The light show was so pretty!

Ending off the post with my outfit of the day!! Very casual outfit and the weather’s seriously too hot these few days! Loving my top from TVD which I stashed it away in the cupboard for a long time! Why didn’t I wear this sooner!!

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Oct 9 2015

Review: Wasabi Tei!

My brother introduced us to Wasabi Tei at Far East Plaza recently and raved highly about it so we decided to go down one day to try!!

The shop was situated at a really quiet corner and we got lost trying to find it at first. There are 2 Wasabi Tei shops a few stalls away from each other. Both completely different menus: One sells more sashimi, the other sells grilled stuff + makis. The one we went to (with this blue thing) sells the grilled stuff + makis. There’s also some sashmis on the menu too for those who are looking for sashimis.

Interior of the shop reminded me of a typical authentic Japanese stall I saw back in Tokyo. There’s only limited seats (about 15?) and it’s counter-styled. We reached around 6.30pm on a Friday so we could get a seat for 4. But quickly the crowd came in and there were a few queuing outside already.

The price on the menu is already the nett price (no service charge & GST), but there’s also an additional charge of $2 per seat which includes drinks as well.

Place was pretty cramp and all the food came really fast and because there’s so limited seats and because it’s over the counter style of seating, this is not a good place to chill and spend long hours chatting with friends.

Before the main dish was served, we were served this seaweed + meat thing as appetizer I think. Very unique tasting dish and my brother loves this.

My dad’s Sashimi bento (can’t remember the exact name) which comes in assorted Sashimis for only $28.

Meat was really thick and fresh. My brother said it was comparable to those we had in Japan!

My Teriyaki Beef set ($18). Thin slices of perfectly cooked beef and the portion was really generous that I actually finished the rice before the beef! But I woudn’t recommend this dish because this reminded me of the $4 beef bowl I had back in Japan. I mean, the $4 beef bowl was really yummy but I wouldn’t want to pay 5 times the price here to eat something ‘normal’ back in Japan. There are alot of other things on the menu worth trying in my opinion.

Both Mel and my brother order this Unagi set ($20). Didn’t try this but both of them said it was good so I guess it’s really good haha.

Food is of good standard but I wouldn’t recommend this place if you’re coming in big groups because of the size. So if you’re in a rush and looking for quality food, this is the place to go!

Wasabi Tei
Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213

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Sep 27 2015

Shang Pin Hot Pot (尚品火锅)

Tried Shang Pin Hot Pot (尚品火锅) for dinner yesterday with the usual gang! Qin read reviews online and read that it’s similar to Hai Di Lao but cheaper. So we went to try try.

Located conveniently at just a 5mins walk from Douby Ghaut MRT. We made reservations for the 8pm slot. Had to wait abit to get in. No free manicures la hahah.

Super alot of sauces. Sauces were at $3++ per person. Free flow drinks at $2++.

We got the 3 soup base style (Tomato, chicken and Ma La in the centre). This combination cost $16.

Fried fish skin ($6).

Chicken + Mushroom Meatballs.

Veg platter ($12 I think).

Premium beef slices (I think it was about $12-14?).

Kungfu Noodle ($3). The taste was so good!! But erm, if you’re sharing it among 6pax, be prepared to just eat a like 2 strands each lolol.

We ordered a mountain load of stuff (more not shown here) machiam like it’s free lol. Price was around $4-$16 and serving was reasonably big. Meat quality was good and I love the tomato soup base!! And the chicken meat, beef and black pork slices were so good too! Service was really good too. The staffs were prompt and attentive and full of smiles even though it was already late at night already!

I haven’t eaten at Hai Di Lao before but my friends who tried it before said that the price here is cheaper + taste is comparable. Also heard that Shang Pin Hot Pot is managed by ex-Hai Di Lao members that’s why the concept is so similar, not sure how true that is!

Feeling hungry looking at all the food now.

Total bill came up to $38 per person (6pax) after including all the misc items. Was pretty okay considering we ordered SO MUCH items!

We ate all the way till 10pm and we were the last customer already (on a Saturday night). I’m not sure what time they’re closed but my friend mentioned 12am? Saw another website that said 3am.. Better to call and ask!

Shang Pin Hot Pot address:
9 Bras Basah Road
#02-02 Rendezvous Gallery
Singapore 189559
Tel: +65 6238 7666

Before that, we went to the new Temasek Club @ Rifle Range Road for free bowling woohoo! (No more liao, today was the last day)

The road in was sooo ulu.

Mel: Wa this place nice leh. Can come another day to walk.
Me: Huh but we’re already walking.

Me to Mel: EH let’s do the hold hand shot.

Didn’t get to perfect the shot cos halfway when we were walking, this car pulled over, doors opened and whisked us in. Hahaha turned out that Roy Qin and Janice were in the Grabcar.

Played so many rounds until I’m sian of bowling.

Explore the compounds! Was so new that there was nothing there. Please don’t visit till their official opening!!

Looks like a nice place for kids to play.

The long winding route out…

Eventful Saturday!! We’re so used to meeting every week that after not meeting for 2 weeks it felt that we haven’t met for super long lolol.

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Sep 14 2015

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery

Have been trying to visit new places to eat nowadays and Benjamin Browns has always been in my list because the location is good, and the prices are really reasonable!

I really like this kind of lights! Can I have these in my future home??

My 300g Sizzling Beef Chunks ($25++) on a hot plate with potatoes and ratatouille.

When this came out, it was REALLY sizzling! Be really careful as the area around the dish will be covered with oil splatters. Pepper taste was a little too strong but overall, portion was really good for the price! I recommend sharing this with a friend because halfway through it it felt kind of heaty.

Wanted to take a photo with my food but the smoke just kept coming I had to fan it away. But halfway I just gave up!

Mel’s Ocean Plate ($26++) consisting of Pan seared Salmon with saffron rice and seafood thermidor. According to Mel, this was just okay.. But I think you can never go wrong with Salmon!!

There were some good looking cakes too which we’ll go back to try another day!

Oh btw, we visited the place on a Friday night around 7.45pm but there was a queue and we only managed to get a seat at around 8.30pm. Not sure if this is a common sight but do go early if you’re planning to visit the place!

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery
Forum The Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884

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