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Sundays

My typical Sunday goes like this light breakfast > church service > lunch > a whole family day > dinner... Pretty normal except I have the best family that likes to eat.... A lot so sundays become our good food day and in this space I'd like to share the good stuff we have (':
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Is this the onset of the family’s post COVID dining trail? Dining out on both days of the weekend after 2(?) months (I’ve lost count) of #stayhome shenanigans.

Was overjoyed when I notice Tonito’s set menu refreshed with a different pasta and an addition of soft tacos. As our 6 dishes (5 from the Burpple Set, and 1 ala carte order) were successively served, I am happy to report that the elation was generally sustained.
While we were missing the fully furnished nachos that was from the previous set, the “naked” nachos served as a nice teaser for a delicious wider variety.

I previously wrote that the quinoa salad won me over and it remains just as paradoxically appetising and decadent.
On the mains, the trustworthy soft tacos at Tonito comes with tender chicken cubes - a benchmark for the Latin American staple. As for the crab pasta, a hearty take on tomato pasta - al dente.

To end off an already solid meal, the tart pineapples atop soft coconut cake drenched with (condensed?) milk and cream for dessert left us rolling out the restaurant with filled bellies (figuratively).

The first family dine out experience after months of stay-home dining since COVID hit us was at South Union Park and boy was it great to be out for hearty restaurateur grub.

With burpple 1 for 1 we had 2 portions of the new short rib katsu dish. An excellent decision as the tender “fall off the bone” ribs in a fried breaded crust was almost revolutionary when you contemplate the technical cooking attention that went into ensuring the crust remains crunchy and meat remains tasty yet tender. On a bed of napa cabbage and interestingly dark onion purée, this was a substantial and balanced meal for me.

For a starter I decided on the seafood minestrone because almost every other table had a serving. Be patient to let the fresh out of the oven soup cool after you cut through the flaky puff pastry that felt like the pride of a pastry chef if handmade (context: I have been baking so much as part of my COVID diaries activity and boy are crusts, flaky pastries a true challenge). Yet the captious palate would have preferred other fresh seafood instead of scrawny shrimps and shelled clams.

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The first family dine out experience after months of stay-home dining since COVID hit us was at South Union Park and boy was it great to be out for hearty restaurateur grub.

With burpple 1 for 1 we had 2 portions of the new short rib katsu dish. An excellent decision as the tender “fall off the bone” ribs in a fried breaded crust was almost revolutionary when you contemplate the technical cooking attention that went into ensuring the crust remains crunchy and meat remains tasty yet tender. On a bed of napa cabbage and interestingly dark onion purée, this was a substantial and balanced meal for me.

For a starter I decided on the seafood minestrone because almost every other table had a serving. Be patient to let the fresh out of the oven soup cool after you cut through the flaky puff pastry that felt like the pride of a pastry chef if handmade (context: I have been baking so much as part of my COVID diaries activity and boy are crusts, flaky pastries a true challenge). Yet the captious palate would have preferred fresh seafood instead of scrawny shrimps and shelled clams.

Quickly becoming the family’s reliable choice for affordable, quality sashimi/ Japanese dons.

Having these pristine salmon sashimi slices/ well seasoned,large than usual, chirashi cuts were no less tastier in the black takeaway bowls. So glad I decided to order these for the family on Sunday which saw the 4 of us enjoying our dinner - be it wolfing it down in hunger or taking slow mouthfuls to savour each bite ✨

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My first meal out of my crib was at our trustworthy neighbourhood zi char with friends! What about yours?

Having zi char with friends sure is different from having it with family for me; the former group has piqued my tastebuds to appreciate the golden fried goodies I would not have had with my family.

The butter sotong and salted egg fried chicken have pleasantly tenderised meat cooked in excellent batter and sauce. I couldn’t complain.

The rate of eating nice meals at home has clearly preceded penning them down- with no valid excuse other than laziness. But for Mother’s Day laziness cannot be an excuse; with Burpplebeyond and the knowledge that this is the sister cafe of South Union Park (SUP)- I decided to order from Eleven Strands.
Via pickup we paid only $66 for 4 mains and 1 dessert #BurpplebeyondWINS. Everything was delicious but particularly good was the well executed squid ink pasta cleverly sautéed with garlic and other condiments, with of course the handmade tagliatelle (+$3), our default pasta choice at SUP.
My picky nature found the pork chop and wagyu patty too lean or even dry but it does not bother me much because they are well handled; also all the supporting sides and sauces will cover any flaw. I mean how can I not love the homemade brioche bun (another of my favourite at SUP again).
For dessert we got the Apple Tart which was actually Feuille de brick (think crepe but with a crisp pastry profile typically from being fried) wrapped with sautéed apples, different currants, croquant, almond flakes; and cold vanilla ice cream. What can go wrong? A paradoxically light yet rich dessert to end off a celebratory meal.

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I was bent on living “austerely” when the stringent circuit breaker measures were announced. A good month of self reflection and awareness of what a “charmed” life we had and may have taken for granted. But a few days into the CB mode and I realise lessons and reflections could still be done without forsaking good meals.
This particular dinner was that example of a good meal - Japanese skewers generously seasoned with salt pepper and sauce typical of Kushiyaki skewers.
I especially liked the well handled chicken heart and gizzard - excellent companion to a chilled glass of beer. But there are other great skewers like the meat balls which has well-meaning bites of ginger and other vegetables, and the other standard meat skewers of lamb chicken and pork.
Note that either Skewer Set A/B comes with a bigger slab of unagi (as pictured), on a bed of Japanese rice which is best eaten with the onsen egg.
All these were part of the special takeaway/ delivery menu during this COVID period. The skewer bar provides free delivery for orders above $40/ $5 delivery with a min order of $30.

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I always marvel when chefs create memorable out of commonplace ingredients. Take egg that is deftly beaten and folded layer by layer for example; that births Japanese Tamago. The version at Ten Sushi pays good tribute to the simple yet painstakingly prepares Japanese dish. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you’d order this dish when you patronise the F&B establishment.

The ambience here is the epitome of minimalism
And I enjoyed my iced white 👍🏻

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When a Japanese restaurant serves unabashedly thick slices of sashimi, you know they are confident about their produce.
That is exactly what you find at Ten Sushi; in addition, mind you that you get 1 for 1 with Burpplebeyond for ala carte, non-assorted sashimi orders.
The salmon, salmon belly and tuna we had, were approved by my sashimi loving family and we have definitely bookmarked Ten Sushi and Marusuya outlets to satiate future Sashimi cravings.

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When a Japanese restaurant serves unabashedly thick slices of sashimi, you know they are confident about their produce. That is exactly what you find at Ten Sushi; in addition, mind you that you get 1 for 1 with Burpplebeyond for ala carte, non-assorted sashimi orders.
The salmon, salmon belly and tuna we had, were approved by my sashimi loving family and we have definitely bookmarked Ten Sushi and Marusuya outlets to satiate future Sashimi cravings.

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A recent lunch I had with a friend who recently subscribed to burpple mentioned that some establishments can be found on eatigo or other food platforms “and you don’t pay for those...” he commented. But I quickly raised that there are those places that you’d hardly get any sorts of discounts at but burpple and South Union Park (SUP) is a prime example.
I’ve been here twice for brunch then dinner and was only very impressed on the first visit; dinner here fell short of expectations with an underwhelming baby back ribs main we had. But with Burpplebeyond I was determined to return and sooner than expected I found myself revelling in what I first fell in love with; SUP’s chicken liver pate. Shortly after everything I’d wished for on plate: poached salmon that had not one trace of what I always feared in slabs of fish, sapless poor textured white meat. The fish sad on a bed of spinach and zucchini swimming in a shallow pool of sorrel cream that I polished off the plate.
Another note: SUP hand makes their pastas which means you definitely should try them because handmade wet pastas are quite recherché at least in my sphere of the SG F&B scene.
Lastly, the fish and chips here employs a barramundi fillet as opposed to common dory/ sea bass fillets; this along side an in house coleslaw with red cabbage, a testimony to SUP’s emphasis on using good quality ingredients, something I look for in every menu earnestly crafted by chefs.

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Eat to live, live to eat. Alternating between the 2 all day err day?

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