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Food Attack

Food Attack

Featuring Two Chefs Eating Place (Commonwealth), Fynn's, The Disgruntled Chef (Dempsey), The Usual Place, Ho-Jiak, Kampung Bowl Corner Burger, 4Fingers Crispy Chicken (ION Orchard), Bonheur Patisserie (PasarBella @The Grandstand), Sweet Monster (Plaza Singapura), Mr Fish & Chips at Cafe Wok Inn
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou

Giving the other unagi specialty restaurants a run for their money, Una Una’s Regular Hitsumabushi ($14.80) was pretty darn satisfying especially due to the fact that I didn’t have to compete with a snaking queue. Surprisingly good, the eel did not have any fishy odor and was quite plump. Fairly smoky, the best part of the charcoal-grilled unagi was the soft interior as some tend to dry out while trying to achieve the glisteningly crisp exterior in my opinion - so their rendition had both. As for the array of condiments, namely spring onions, wasabi, nori and dashi; they were pretty standard. Though my main qualms were that the dashi that lacked oomph and the slightly sweeter tare could be made more savoury. Nevertheless, it was a steal for the portion!

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Offered a crash course into the different variant of sea urchins they carry; I was blown away by Uni Gallery’s latest Multiple Foodgasm Kaiseki. Available in 6-course ($118++) and 8-course ($188++), the uni-centric restaurant source their seafood from all over the world. Hence, even with the 6-course menu that I got to try; you are sure to get your money’s worth with the lavish spread.

To start, we had the Le Tetsuya ($38/ ala carte), a martini glass filled with Australian Sea Urchin, topped with exquisite Siberian caviar and at the very bottom a slurpy amaebi dripped in white miso sauce. The uni itself was fairly creamy and paired well with the sweet-salty crushed shrimp. One for the oyster lovers, the Uni Oyster Shot was the real deal. Freshly shucked oyster with briny salmon roe and similarly coupled with short-spine Australian uni.

Next up, to truly sample a taste of the sea, the Seasonal Sashimi presented fatty Otoro, delicate Botan Ebi, fresh Kinmedai, firm Hotate, crunchy Sea Grapes and luscious Japanese Shiro Uni in a lovely platter. All utterly sweet and clean tasting, the ingredients were exceptional. However, what really stole the show was the Tempura Truffle Chawanmushi ($20/ ala carte).

For added indulgence, the Caviar Bone Marrow featured premium Oscietra Caviar on Grilled Bone Marrow sprinkled with beef bits. A textural experience to say the least, it was a tad jelat for me. Lastly the Toro Squid Ink Sushi ($22/ per pc ala carte) was a literal mouthful with the small mound of ikura though the flavours kind of overpowered one another.

Thanks Burpple for the invite and Uni Gallery for the warm hospitality!

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Among all the dishes from Uni Gallery’s latest 6-course Multiple Foodgasm Kaiseki, the Tempura Truffle Chawanmushi ($20/ ala carte) stole the show for me. Seemingly simple on paper, the dish was heavenly and certainly an item I can see myself going back for again and again. Warm, silky yet complex in flavor, you get the lightness of the dashi which sets the base of the steamed egg custard then layer that with the earthy aroma of the shaved winter truffle. And to push it over the top, the crisp tempura had the richness of uni and the grassy note of the shiso leave wrapped within. 

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A good take-away option for breakfast, Egg Stop’s Smoked Chicken ($5.90/ $7.90 set) and Turkey Bacon & Cheese ($5.50/ $7.50 set) was pretty satisfying especially when enjoying it with Burpple Beyond 1-for-1 deal. Toasted lightly, the thick buttery brioche was pleasantly soft. The scrambled eggs too, were fluffy-soft albeit a tad bland on its own. For the Smoked Chicken, there was a gentle hint of smokiness to the shredded meat while the latter was a classic sarnie stuffed with turkey bacon and slices of cheddar cheese. Topped with drizzles of mayonnaise and slathered with their special sauce within, they offered a nice tang and savouriness respectively - tying the flavours together.

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Fully-booked for tonight and tomorrow night, Kabuke’s 2nd year anniversary promotion was such a steal! Serving their Guilty Pleasure Bowl ($88) and Kabuke Pleasure Bowl at 1-for-1, the deal is available for 2 days only. Both featuring luxe ingredients such as uni, foie gras, caviar, and ikura. Opting for the Kabuke Pleasure Bowl ($58), the protein was a hearty Australian Wagyu Striploin. Lightly charred, not overly lean or fatty. The beef was seasoned just right with the garlic chips, umami Truffle Shoyu and runny onsen egg adding a nice oomph as well as seemingly tying the premium elements together. Though, noting that the portion is on the smaller end.

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With two conveyor belts, one personalized at the top with every order you make on the iPad and the standard belt at the bottom; each plate are priced at $2.20 for red, $3.20 for gold and $4.80 for black. And for me some of the highlights at Sushiro included their Fatty Tuna sushi, Scallop sushi, Fried Shrimp Avocado Roll, the Triple Salmon plate with Broiled Salmon Belly, Salmon Belly and Salmon - all fresh tasting and essentially infallible. Or step out of the norm and have a go at their melty Broiled Salmon Basil Cheese, Roasted Pork Belly topped with lots of spring onions and the unique Mapo Eggplant. Besides sushi, there's also side dishes such as Ramen and Chawanmushi with Scallop.

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Exclusive to their outlet at SCAPE, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is one of the newer Burpple Beyond Merchants! With 1-for-1 deals on regular sized beverages as well as on mains, you can have your pick from their pretty extensive drinks menu and their All-day Dining menu. From pastas to sandwiches, or simple salads; all worked as something a bit more substantial to accompany your favourite concoction.

Having their recommended Caesar Salad ($9.90), the classic rendition was foolproof and the portion was hearty. The vegetables tasted fresh and crisp, pairing well with the light dressing and crunchy croutons. But if you have a few dollars to spare, do yourself a favour and pimp your salad with Smoked Salmon ($3.60). The sliced salmon offering a good punch of savouriness and added texture.

A big thank you to @coffeebeansg for hosting us and @burpple for the invite!

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Settling for an odd pairing as they were out of Chrysanthemum Pearls by the late evening; thus my first cup from Playmade was their Chrysanthemum Milk Tea with Black Sesame Pearls. On the sweeter end with a strong floral aroma, the tea at 50% sugar level was smooth and not too milky. The black bobas were chewy and quite distinct in flavour. Love the subtle nuttiness and earthy notes. Hence, while they didn’t necessarily match, the individual elements were pretty good.

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Scoring a smoking-hot deal with Fat Belly’s refreshed 7-course Tasting Menu, the exclusive Alternative Steak Experience, is currently at $80/pax but with #burpplebeyond the price is set for 2.

Hence, a perfect end to the string of appetisers, The Bikini and Beef Char Siew were simply crowd-pleasers. Think homemade Wagyu Bak Kwa sandwiched between lightly toasted bread and warm gooey Emmental cheese. It does resemble our favourite CNY treat but was also a finer variation in my opinion as the meat was wondrous soft and packed a more robust punch. While the latter offered extra bite, and is prepared with strips of beef found between the ribs. Flame-grilled to give it that charred caramelised crust, the meat was first marinated in asian spices which seems to impart a slight sweetness. Carried in a bed of crisp kale, the char siew had a pleasant smoky quality and was not cloying at all.

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Though there was a slight protest from my expanding waistband around the half way mark of the exclusive tasting menu ($80/pax), the arrival of the AusKobe F1 Wagyu Tri-tip with a marble score of 4-5 was still very much welcomed. A competent main done to a lovely medium-rare, the interior of the slices was pretty in pink and tender to the touch. Not too fatty or lean. Well-complemented by smooth pomme purée, burnt shallots, smoked Eryngii mushroom, the pool of deep-flavoured sauce added a depth as well with a light tang alike red wine reduction. Overall, the portion size being just right for me, where I could get a taste of the decadence yet not feel overly surfeited.

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Fat Belly’s refreshed 7-course Tasting Menu ($80/pax) started pretty strong!

Presented with a lip-smacking consommé made with clarified beef bone broth with a few drops of aromatic scallion oil; a decadent financier with duck fat, foie gras mousse and Fleur de Sel as well as a delectable one-bite savoury tart filled with luscious truffle mascarpone studded with a thin yet flavourful piece of 24-month aged air-dried beef.

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As Tom’s Palette marks their 14th and final anniversary at its original location before the redevelopment of Shaw Tower in mid-2020. They are currently 3 weeks into their month-long celebration and is offering Tie Guan Yin with Coffee Popcorn ice cream from today till tomorrow! This collaboration flavour with local Nano Coffee Roastery, Parchmen & Co hits all the right spots for me. Churned with more than 1 kg of tea leaves originating from Anxi, Fujian China, the tailored ice cream custard is first infused with the Tie Guan Yin for an hour to bring out its fruity and Orchid notes so expect pretty robust flavours. Using a medium roast, it also tasted warm and certainly less flowery in essence. Then adding a wonderful textural experience, we got popcorn coated with white chocolate and hand ground coffee beans in the mix. Having a nutty undertone, the Catimor Coffee Beans was of a fruity varietal from Pu’er in Yunnan and coupled well with the sweetness of the popcorn as well as chocolate. Just perfect for both tea and coffee drinkers in my opinion; the combination was very well-balanced!

Thank you Toms Palette for having us and burpple for the invite!

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