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Tasty Tastings

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Russell Leong
Russell Leong

@shinminorisg sushi rolls, such as the Temptation Maki (tempura prawn, avocado & cream cheese) and California Maki were passable, but ultimately very forgettable. Shin Minori’s sashimi is definitely much better, thanks to the fabulously fresh fish on offer, so I’d definitely stick with that if forced to choose.

But wait! With #burpplebeyond, you ain’t gotta choose! @burpple Beyond has got 1-for-1 on @shinminorisg lunch & dinner buffets, so you can savagely stuff yourself with superb sushi & sterling sashimi, plus a whole lot of other food options as well!

Thank you for having me @shinminorisg, and thanks @burpple for letting me tag along!

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Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, bacon wrapped shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.

Of course, shrimp is better when wrapped in bacon and charcoal grilled, and even better when enjoyed as part of #burpplebeyond 1-for-1 buffet at @shinminorisg! Thank you for the hospitality Shin Minori, and thanks for the invite Burpple!

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Oddly enough, despite Le Coq being an unabashed & proud purveyor of meaty cocks, the skewer that impressed us the most was their wagyu beef one ($6.80++ a stick).

Despite being seasoned with nothing but sea salt, pepper and basted with butter, these beef sticks were absolutely ambrosial. The meat was fantastically fatty, juicy and tremendously tender. The smokiness from the charcoal was pleasantly perfumed each bite, and scintillatingly savoury. Every single bite was a brilliantly beefy bite, and it’s all over far, far too soon.

I’m, for one, am eternally glad that Le Coq seriously beefed up their menu with these stellar skewers of wagyu beef.

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As everyone knows, Le Coq is a cock specialist, so it wasn’t all that surprising to find out that their off-menu chicken satay was a surefire stunner. Marinated in a truly sapid spice mix before being charcoal grilled to juicy, meaty succulence, it was a downright delicious cock. The smokiness accented the savoury spice mix superbly, and the chicken was quite possibly the P H A T T E S T chicken satay ever.

The peanut sauce on the side is subtly sweet, subtly spicy and satisfyingly salty while being lusciously thick. In other words, it’s perfect as lube for the cock. Shoot, it could easily smack a good few satay hawkers out of business, that’s how good it is.

The surprise were definitely the sweet pork skewers ($2.80++ a pop), which actually managed to outshine the stellar satay. Marinated in Thai spices & honey, these tender, fatty chunks of porcine were positively palate pleasing. A little saltiness, a little stickiness, a little sweetness, a little spice & everything nice, and these porkers went down a treat.

Le Coq aren’t just one dimensional cock purveyors, their porkers are absolute mint too.

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@lecoqsg specialises in meaty cocks, but they’ve got other stuff on their menu that isn’t, well, cock. Their Crispy Pork Knuckle ($35++) is one of those items, and it’s a hefty fist.

Unfortunately, it was kinda underwhelming as the rind wasn’t crispy as advertised (you are #fakenews), but the meat underneath was superbly seasoned and while dry in some spots, was decently moist in most.

The real show stopper, however, was that lil red pot of mashed potatoes. Those spuds were fortified with cheese that made the mash tremendously thick and ridiculously ravishing, and we couldn’t get enough of those pounded spuds.

If you’re tired of cocks, Le Coq’s knuckle might be able to satisfy you. But only if they Make Knuckles Crispy Again.

Big shoutout to @burpple for organising this Eatup, and @lecoqsg for the hospitality!

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Ah shuck, here we go again. Worst place in the world. #monday. But on the bright side, you can correct the shellacking your spirits are taking with some of @lecoqsg fresh oysters, straight outta New Zealand.

Better yet, you don’t have to shell out too much for these plumptious beauties, as a half dozen are going for $16++, and a full dozen will set you back by $30++. Just shuck me up, fam!

This was a hosted Eatup, courtesy of @burpple & the generous folks at @lecoqsg!

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Beach Road Kitchen is doing a collab-bro with the head chef & his team from the Ritz Carlton Bali to run Indonesian Specialties, which will be dominating the bountiful buffet spread from now till 27 July. Monday to Saturday lunch is $60++ per head, while weekday dinner is $80++ and weekend (Friday inclusive) dinners are the dearest of the lot at $90++ per pax.

$90++ is well worth every last cent, believe me. The usual suspects of sumptuous satay are accompanied by more offbeat Indo fare such as piquant pork ribs turmeric curry, an Indonesian style seared tuna appetizer that was absolutely amazing, breathtaking beef rendang that’s real redolent, stellar sup buntut (oxtail soup) and of course, whole grilled pomfret or trout that’s perfect when paired with the astounding array of sambal chilies. Oh, and don’t forget the delicious dadar gulung (pandan crepe rolled up with sweet coconut shavings within), which is made fresh right before your very eyes.

Of course, Beach Road Kitchen still has most of their usual buffet lineup on offer. Fresh seafood, fabulous Fine de Claire oysters shucked right in front of you, thick slices of sashimi, charcuterie, piquant prime rib roast, insanely indulgent iberico pork grilled over charcoal and beautiful beef galbi shortribs are all right there, waiting oh so invitingly for you to ravage them.

But hurry it up, because Beach Road Kitchen’s Indonesian Specialities will only be around till the 27 of July!

Many thanks to @jwmarriottsg and @burpple for the invite to this extremely exciting Eatup!

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Before the Eatup at DePizza, I did a little reconnaissance round the internet and was delighted to find that DePizza has their full food menu up on their well curated website. As a result, I was tempted to try certain pizzas more than others. I had my eye on squarely on Mary Had A Little Lamb, but it was an unfortunate disappointment.

The little bits of Guinness marinated lamb was sufficiently savory, but it was hideously hard and stringy instead of being juicy & tender. The only real redeeming quality of it is the competently crafted thin crust, which stayed remarkably un-soggy no matter how long we took to devour the pizza.

On the bright side, DePizza is doing a special 1-for-1 pizza AND drink deal to celebrate their first anniversary which lasts till the end of this month. The drinks encompass a glass of their house pour wine, so this month of July is a real good month to get your pizza & wine on at DePizza.

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I’ve always thought of Food Republic as having average, overpriced food, but with their new, revamped flagship outlet at Wisma Atria boasting absolute gems like the Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Ah Er Soup, it’s time for a reassessment of that thinking.

This bowl of Buddha Jumps Over The Wall was ONLY NINE bucks! The soup is rich, flavorful, delightfully herbal and utterly potent. Better yet, there were so many ingredients swimming around in there too. A whole tender chicken thigh, fish maw, abalone-you get the point. Hell, this fat man would jump over a wall for this bowl of beauty.

Also, someone was definitely moaning and screaming “Ah Er” repeatedly later that night. I ain’t gonna name names, but she knows who she is.

Thanks for hosting us @foodrepublicsg and Lena, and thanks for inviting me along @burpple!

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No, I’m not referring to a lone woman in a room full of men, but I’m talking about The Hideout’s Sausage Sampler ($28++). Now, it sounds deceptively simple, but if you don’t get it, you’re really missing out.

The majority of restaurants that serve sausages but don’t make their own will order sausages from either Huber’s Butchery, or Swiss Butchery, and I have a pretty good suspicion of which one it comes from. Either way, the chicken mushroom sausages, veal bratwursts, pork chorizo and and mini pork sausages are some stellar sausages. Each sausage has that patented, satisfying snap of a natural sausage casing, and savory, delicious sausage meat.

The Sausage Sampler goes best with beer, of course. Need I say more?

Thanks for hosting us @thehideout.sg and thanks for the invite @burpple!

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At last year’s Eatup (okay fine, it was last month, sue me) at The Hideout at District 20, we got to sample their extensive menu, which encompasses both Japanese and western cuisines. It’s also a beer bar with more than 50 different bottled beers to choose from, and 3 on tap.

Unfortunately, they don’t serve wine or hard liquor due to some dumb government regulation about their location and zoning, but at least they’ve got more than enough beer to keep you covered.

The star dish of the night is most definitely the foie gras ($18++). It was a touch overcooked, but it was still buttery and melt in your mouth with a beautifully seared crust. The tart mango salsa which was jazzed up by the addition of raspberry vinaigrette was the perfect foil to the rich liver, and the mushroom ragout added a savory and earthy quality to the richness of the foie gras.

Thanks for hosting us @thehideout.sg and thanks for the invite @burpple!

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If you’re looking for a cheeky night out, then look no further than Peperoni’s stellar Secreto Pork Jowl ($16++).

Some unfortunate pig from Iberia got his/her cheek lopped off to be grilled on Peperoni’s grill. Said Iberico pork jowl is simply seasoned with a dash of salt and pepper before its grilled to tender, melt in your mouth porcine perfection.

It’s a bit oily due to the high fat content of the swine, but the zesty and slightly sour apple romaine lettuce restrains it from getting overbearingly rich and cloying. It’s simple but surprisingly superb, just like Italian cuisine should be.

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Alcohol may not be good for my body, but my body is good for alcohol.

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