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Colour-food Symphony

29 Apr
Monochrome Nero Spaghetti

Monochrome Nero Spaghetti

Earthy Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil

Earthy Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil

Colour Burst Calamari with Salsa and Greens

Primary Colour Burst Calamari with Salsa and Greens

Bright & Pale Mexican Eggs

Bright & Pale Mexican Eggs

Who knew that we would have a big b(r)unch of colours on our table? And I’m glad it turned out that way that Saturday afternoon at Kith Cafe (Sentosa Cove)! Continue reading

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OMG ODP!

25 Apr

ODP oh ODP oh how I love you so. ODP (Open Door Policy) is a little urbanised/ deconstructed/ grungy looking restaurant by the Spa Esprit Group in hipster central(a.k.a Tiong Bahru) in Singapore – a spin off concept of Tippling Club (at more affordable prices) by the same chef Ryan Clift. They’ve been around for a while (2 years? i think) and it’s our go-to place for date nights whenever we have no idea what new place to try or what we want to eat – ODP is the place because we know we’ll have a good time 🙂 On our latest Date Night No.-Dunno-What (it’s nice that we’ve lost count – either we’ve been on so many or they have been so far apart you lose track haha!) we had from ODP’s latest menu:

Roast Quail with Ginger and Spring Onion

Roast Quail with Ginger and Spring Onion

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7-time Roasted Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen

28 Nov

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Had the opportunity to have a lunch date with R one day and knowing my *obsession* with Ramen he brought me to Nantsuttei at Parco (Millenia Walk). Continue reading

The Kouign Amann of TBB

29 Sep

Don’t look if you cannot control yourself. The Kouign Amann (pronounced: kween amahn) in the picture is indeed as good if not better than it looks.

Flakes of pastry fall to the ground with the first bite, and you won’t care because you’ve got one of the best things on earth in your mouth – with a gentle hint of saltiness, sweetness brought about by its stickiness, culminating in the richness of the surprisingly light yet buttery pastry. You won’t be able to hear your friends sniggering at the bits of pastry around your mouth, cos it wouldn’t matter, you have your Kouign Amann and they don’t. And when you’re through with your 1st Kouign Amann, before you get up to get your 2nd one, you can have the last laugh.
I want to be selfish and not tell you where to get it but I’m sure you’ll have your ways and they are making it easier to get your hands on one of these what with 2 shops now, so I’ll just make it easy for you and tell you:

Tiong Bahru Bakery

There. Knock yourselves out. 🙂

Cheaterbug Eggs Ben

6 Jun

We all love eggs ben don’t we? Show me someone who doesn’t like eggs ben (and I’ll make him like it! hahaha jkidding) but really, I’ve not found someone who doesn’t like it! and a month ago i declared Saturdays as ‘Eggs Ben Saturdays’ 🙂 *cheer* and we made ‘Eggs Ben’ 3 weeks in a row! and the reason why it’s ‘Eggs Ben’ and not Eggs Ben is cos it’s our very own Cheaterbug Eggs Ben – for when you dont know how to poach an egg, have got all the ingredients you want in an Eggs Ben (anything goes) and you have *drumroll* (cos it’s the most important ingredient of all – HOLLANDAISE SAUCE. No sauce no talk. Capisce? 🙂 Continue reading

Akashi

12 Apr

One of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Singapore, it’s been around for many years and still stands the test of time and the introduction of Japanese conveyor belt sushi chains in the 90s  (this I feel really brought Japanese dining to the masses).

The pictures below are from a recent staycation R and I had in February.

Akashi Japanese Restaurant

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Ramen and Praying for Japan

10 Mar

— In light of the devastating situation in Japan, this seems rather frivolous, talking about indulging in food, when many in Japan have none. But this post is a tribute to the people of Japan and a testament to their resilience and dedication to everything that they do including their food. Links on where and how to help are at the end of the post. —

I’ve had a love affair with Ramen when I first heard about it and subsequently tasted my first bowl in Nan-Ten (a Japanese restaurant tucked in the basement of a building in the heart of our Central Business District), which might have been back in 2007. I once thought of doing a ‘Best of the Best’ Tonkotsu Ramen 豚骨ラーメンHaunts in Singapore, and after visiting 11 authentic Ramen places in Singapore  and 2 chains. I definitely have my favourites!

I’m sure everyone has different criteria to what makes the best ramen, it could be the creaminess/ tastiness/ richness of the soup, the springiness or thickness of the noodles, the gelatinous-ness of the egg, the tenderness of the char shu, the variety of condiments or the no. of Japanese patrons in the restaurant. I’m 100% a soup(er) girl, 80% noodles and about 70% egg (it kinda gets me down when I see a FULLY cooked egg in my bowl of ramen).

So let’s see where  Charlotte’s Best Ramen Haunt Hunt has ventured? (listed below in no order of merit) Continue reading

Hachi, Singapore

3 Jan

It was a wonderful way to ring in my birthday with Mom and R at Hachi. Helmed by Chef Kishio Watanabe – a Kyushu native, Hachi has been around since 1999 when it first introduced Omakase お任せDining to Singapore. Omakase お任せ literally means “It’s up to you”, and in participating in this form of dining, you the diner are entrusting the chef with your meal and you never know what each dish is going to be.

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