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SG: Splurge Occasions

SG: Splurge Occasions

Featuring Uni Gallery by OosterBay, POLLEN, Morton's The Steakhouse, National Kitchen by Violet Oon, Wolfgang's Steakhouse, Sushi Mitsuya, Ristorante Takada, Matsuo Sushi Restaurant, Hachi Restaurant, ISHI
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Yet another lovely lunch, this time featuring seasonal giant clam so fresh it was still moving when the chef tapped it! I love that the sushi is served to you piece by piece here, like how it is done in proper sushiyas. You can also see how the fish completely covers the rice, also how a proper nigiri sushi should be done. For an ultra luxe experience, I recommend adding on the wagyu ($68++).
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Ulala sushi course Aug 2019:
*Appetiser : flounder and endamame
*7 pc seasonal Nigiri sushi : 1) Sea bream 2) Yellow jack 3) Akami zuke 4) Giant Clam (Ishigaki Gai) 5) Botan ebi 6) Horse mackeral (aji) 7) Otoro
*ikura mini rice bowl
*Dessert : warabi mochi

Had this the last time too, but who can fault you for wanting to have this twice in a row? You're advised to have the pasta plain first before pouring the squid ink over. If you order the $38++ or $48++ Lunch Set, you have to pay a supplement of $12 for this pasta course.

Finally a photo of my fave cut at my fave steakhouse in natural lighting. Chunky, juicy, fatty, and perfectly done med rare. This is one of the few steakhouses in SG where you don't need to "under order" the doneness for them to get it right. I'm not a big eater (max 150g for me) so this 400-500g steak is more than enough for two pax. I also like the tangy house bbq sauce, cos I'm Asian and I always need condiments, even for steak (yes yes, purists be horrified, whatevs).
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💡 I would advise to skip the sides and appetisers, they are unfortunately all below average, especially the cesar salad which is downright measly. I've tried them all over multiple visits.

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Super affordable sushi lunch sets from $80++ (7pc) given that it's a proper sushiya, where each piece is served individually. It is well worth adding the special sushi bowl for additional $40++ due to the generous serving of fresh creamy uni, ikura, negitoro and shiro ebi (seasonal). If you do not top up you still get an ikura bowl as part of the set.
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Ulala sushi course Apr 2019 : 1) Sea bream 2) flounder 3) akami zuke (seasoned tuna) 4) saba (mackeral) 5) scallop 6) kagoshima kuruma ebi (Japanese tiger shrimp) 7) otoro (tuna belly). Comes with appetiser (bonito), ikura rice bowl, Miso soup and dessert (warabi mochi).
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All Japanese chefs here unlike my previous sushiya of choice, mitsuya, where it is luck of draw and you may get local chef with the totally inept knife skills.

Mini sized uni-ikura rice bowl that comes with the $69++ wagyu lunch set. Uni was fresh and sweet, if anything just a little haphazardly assembled. No complaints for the price tho.

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You get about 150g of wagyu in this lunch set. with salad, miso soup, and a mini uni rice bowl. Beef was perfectly done medium rare as requested, still reddish in the middle. Probably not Japanese Wagyu since the fat was not well spread, but for the price I think it's fair. Located in the basement of a dead shopping mall behind Parkroyal Hotel. Not a romantic restaurant due to the dingy surroundings, but pretty good value with the various promos.
🚗 : multi storey at Pan Pacific serviced suites beside the mall (entrance to carpark is just after hotel entrance)

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What a beautiful mess. The savoury nutty goodness of this unique nonya ingredient, balanced by the sweet smell of toasted coconut. Recommended for all buah keluak lovers. Some people may find this dish a bit jelak due to the coconut but I'd happily finish the whole plate by myself. The rest of the dishes are legit too, and I like that they don't tone down the spice even though there are so many foreigners eating here.
💡Pro tip: Apply for the national gallery card (only $30 for singaporeans) and get a 15% discount.
🚗 : entrance to basement car park is along St Andrews Road (between St Andrews cathedral and national gallery).

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Set lunch is an absolute steal with appetiser, 8pc nigiri, makimono, and dessert. On my recent visit in May they featured firefly squid as one of the courses - so fresh and delicate and tasty. One of the most authentic sushiyas in SG, especially if it's the Japanese chef serving. The local chefs are rather inept at slicing the fish (doesn't detract from the taste but just annoys me).

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Finally another worthy contender for a chunky, fulfilling, quality steak. I especially love how the medium rare is actual med rare (yes even "proper" steakhouses in sg tend to cater to ignorant taste buds). I like fattier cuts so I always go for the ribeye, about 600g including the bone. The sides and appetisers that I have tried over three visits to date (oysters, bacon, crab cake, creamed spinach, creamed corn, German potatoes, sautéed onions) are all unfortunately quite meh, but no matter because the meat is what I'm here for. Service is like how mortons used to be (casual and interested, not stiff and fake). Not a romantic candle lit type of place as it is often bustling with the occasional birthday song being sung by servers. Perfect for the beeves lover in your life though.

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Lunch is a steal since our usual choice of 450g center cut ribeye is one of the options for mains (+$35 supplement, with creamed spinach and mash potatoes, no substitution). Appetisers and sides are all mini sizes (more than sufficient considering it's US portions). There are non beef options too for you weirdos out there who don't eat beef at a steakhouse.

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Kinki fish and some aburi nigiri (toro and salmon belly). Will stick to my usual nigiri matsu at this place.

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Only the appetisers were a standout. I still prefer Hakumai for this price range. Will stick to my usual nigiri matsu at this place.

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