Orchard / Somerset

Orchard / Somerset

Featuring Kim Dae Mun (Concorde Hotel), Sun with Moon, Salt Grill & Sky Bar, Les Amis, Tatsuya, Aoki, Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant, Real Food (Orchard Central), Gusto by Alfresco Gusto, Imperial Treasure Noodle & Congee House (ION Orchard)
Kenneth Lee
Kenneth Lee

I used to be crazy for Sushiro when they had just opened its doors on our shores. I would dine here once almost every week. They offer really good affordable sushi, even better at Genki. They’ve got plates at $2.80/3.80/4.80 and also a good variety of cooked and side dishes. I’m always going for their fatty tuna!

I had tried it recently again since Phase 2 started and the seafood didn’t seem as fresh. Maybe they were having an off day or weren’t operating optimally due to COVID-19 restrictions or possibly because I dined in two hours before closing time (8pm at Isetan Scotts). I’ll probably try it again soon, just to check.

Not your typical chirashi!

This kaisen unagi & anago chawanmushi was on Kazu Sumiyaki’s weekly special menu so I quickly ordered it in fear that it wouldn’t be available anymore. The rush was definitely rewarding. It had generous smokey and delicious chunks of both freshwater and saltwater eel. On the menu it stated that it comes with assorted seafood, which probably means one might get different seafood on different days. My chirashi included plump scallops and shrimps as well as scoops of umami uni and ikura. Overall, it was a seafood treasure bowl with a sweet and umami explosive overload.

There are two different portions: S$28+ for one and S$60+ for two (pictured). The restaurant only allows takeaways and orders can be made via WhatsApp.

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Do not miss on the cookie and ice cream at Blue Label Pizza & Wine!

My second visit after two weeks and I HAD to try the famous LUKE’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (S$4). It’s warm, it’s chewy and not overly sweet. My favourite kind of cookie.

And of course you gotta add their Blue Label “Hoodsie” Ice Cream Cup (S$7) to go with the cookie. Might I recommend their hazelnut coffee flavour? It’s wonderful.

Disclaimer: this is not its original presentation. Beautiful plating by my friend, Yilin!

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Love the burger but that’s about it.

Five Guys came to town recently and the hype is still going strong.

Had the Cheeseburger and opted for the All The Way combination which is great for indecisive people. The combi comes with mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard. One may have additional toppings for free and they include relish, onions, jalapeño peppers, green peppers, A.1. steak sauce, BBQ sauce and hot sauce.

The burger is great. Juicy patties with a slight char. Ingredients were fresh. The burger is huge especially if you go heavy on the ingredients. However, the rest of the menu items live in its shadow. Also, they’re pretty costly with fries going for $7-11, milkshakes for $10 and refillable fountain sodas for $5. As a party of two, we spent $50 on a meal.

Would recommend a try, but don’t think it’s somewhere you’ll come often.

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Opulent oyster omelette!

Well, it tastes opulent! The oysters were large and most importantly, fresh! The omelette ($10.80 pictured) was fried to perfection, crisp not burnt and fluffy inside though a tad starchy. Pair it with their chilli sauce and you’ve got yourself a great snack.

Also a side note, many customers can be seen waiting around because they’re ordering multiple omelettes to take away! That’s how popular it is.

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It’s hard to get grilled octopus right and @focpimpam achieves that.

One of my favourite tapas at FOC is the Octopus Galician-Style ‘A feira’ (S$28++) which is a popular dish in Spain. The octopus has good bite without being too chewy. The octopus is doused in oil, sprinkled with pimentón and rests atop a fluffy bed of crushed potatoes. It’s too easy to wipe this dish clean.

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I had heard great things about Blue Label and I was not disappointed with my visit!

The ambience was great and is ideal for dates or small groups. The food was spectacular! My favourite pizza of the night was the “Dr. Pepperoni”. It had the perfect ratio of ingredients to crust. Ingredients included a special red sauce, toasty sesame seeds, wonderfully melted mozzarella, savoury capers, singeing chilis with delicious pork and beef pepperoni slices. But what truly gets me was the crust. You gotta try it to believe how good it was.

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Love the texture of these ramen noodles from Ajisai!

One of my favourite food courts in Singapore is Hokkaido Marche at the basement of Orchard Central because it houses everything Japanese. It’s always hard to choose what to eat and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

I was drawn by the sheer vibrancy of these yellow noodles and how customers slurp them up with little resistance. I ordered the Hakodate Chashumen ($15) which comes with more slices of tender chashu. The star however, is still the noodle. Soaked in that tasty clear broth, the QQ noodles really are a treat.

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[ONE WEEK ONLY] An unforgettable dinner only made possible with a sick collaboration between NAMI and Osaka Cocina Nikkei from Peru.

Since my visit to South America, I’ve been wondering when will I ever get to try Nikkei cuisine again. Nikkei is now synonymous with a fusion between Peruvian ingredients and Japanese cuisine. So when I found out that NAMI was having a Nikkei pop-up, I just had to be there.

“The Nikkei Experience” is a 7-course dinner tasting menu going at $188++. The price may seem a bit steep but trust me, it’s worth it. I’ve never had a dinner that was so experiential and so ridiculously good. My favourites included;
▪️the Inka Nigiri Duo, a tuna tataki topped with a unique but absolutely delicious tiger’s milk chili sauce and a soy & pisco braised pork jowl;
▪️tako anticucho, charcoal grilled octopus with Nikkei chimichurri and limo chili pepper;
▪️nitsuke criollo, a 40-hour, 70-degree braised boneless short ribs doused in “lomo saltado” bbq sauce, kabocha yuzukosho and crispy quinoa; and
▪️suspiro Perú, an amazing textured soursop sorbet with a tantalising lemongrass dulce de leche, a wonderful matcha meringue on a bed of Amazonian chocolate crumbs. This dessert is really of the next level!

All in all, I think this is the dinner to beat for the year 2019. But be fast! This pop-up will only available for dinners till 27 January!

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Another burger craving satisfied!

Visited Glasshouse by DHM which is a consortium of restaurants, L’Entrecôte, &MADE, Sabio and Ange Cafe, all housed in one terrace.

The burgers on the Burpple Beyond’s 1-for-1 menu caught my eye and particularly, Blue Moon ($22++) because I loooove blue cheese! The medium rare dry aged patty was tender and juicy while the bacon was crisp yet easy to chew. The golden shoe string fries were a treat to have especially with the restaurant’s gourmet house ketchup. My only gripe with this burger was the lack of French blue cheese as I could barely taste it. Still, it’s really value for money even with or without a 1-for-1 deal!

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One of the best tiramisu I’ve had in Singapore.

The tiramisu ($16++) at the waterfall strikes a balance between classic and modern refinement. The decadent cube of layered Savoiardi ladyfingers, creamy mascarpone and cocoa powder makes for an indulgent dessert without being too rich or overpowering. The dessert pulled out all the stops with the premium coffee ice cream that complemented the tiramisu perfectly, resulting in a dessert that you’ll never forget.

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Delicious soup at a tiny shop.

Wanted something to feed my sick soul today but was surprised at how tasty the fish soup ($4) was at Isle Cafe at Tanglin Shopping Centre.

For $4, it’s value for money as it also includes rice or bee hoon. Granted the fish slices aren’t exactly huge, thick or bountiful but there are also other ingredients such as egg tofu and crab stick!

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I look at the number of posts, then I look at my stomach and I realise my body is a machine.

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