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For the complexity of flavors, it’s surprisingly not too heavy which only means that you can pile on more sides from the menu.

Tip: If the noodles start to dry out, just add a splash of soup and all will be fine in the world again

Will I return: Again and again

Spiked with a sharp pecorino, this was one of my favorite pasta choices at Prego. I love when chefs use the most appropriate pasta for the sauce instead of the standard spaghetti and this was no different. Looking like mini sausage buns, the cavatelli was cooked to a perfect al-dente, and its hollow ridge caught most of the delicious sauce.

Protip: This is priced at a hefty $34 but if you have the AMEX platinum card or FAR card, you get a cool 50% off your bill when dining with one other person.

Will I return: Yes but only with the appropriate card!

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While my favorite is their Udon with Cod Roe and onsen egg (ask for it cold!), a close second is the Clam Udon with Bonito Broth ($11.90). The udon was still very chewy which was a huge plus and the seafood was piled on generously. While delicious and insanely comforting during the rainy weather, I still find myself being drawn to the Cod Roe Udon. Perhaps it’s the lack of complexities in the former or maybe it’s the richness of the latter which I love but ultimately one that I would pick time and time again

Protip: I love their chicken karaage and ebi tempura as sides but don’t get too crazy as the price adds up quickly

Will I return: Yessss

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Spicy enough to whet the appetite without searing ones face off, the myraid of herbs and spices and the intensity of flavor make it a meal to remember. The Japanese rice that comes with it also serves to bring the ntire dish to another level.

Protip: Come for dinner, when the crowd is signficantly smaller
Will I return: YES

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Expertly cooked chunks of Australian Ribeye gets flash fried in a screaming hot wok before being lathered in a delicious pool of Sarawakian Black Pepper sauce. Messy but intricately and accurately prepared, the end result is an intensely piquant masterpiece that almost dares you to stop at one.

In three words: so meltingly tender
Would i go again: yes, on a special occasion
Protip: its unbelievably rich so make sure you get it with rice

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Glazed with pommery mustard and nicely nestled in a bed of mashed potatoes, the pork secreto ($26) is one of my favorite dishes at Porta. Beautifully charred and tasting gloriously of itself, it's super fatty and rich but the tartness of the accompanying mash balanced the flavors wonderfully.

In three words: Indulgent, crisp, heavy

Will I eat it again: yes

Protip: definitely consider sharing this if you have other items you want to try.

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The ingredients are simple enough, ribbons of vegetables served alongside a block of fried tofu and egg before being lathered in a sweet spicy kecap manis sauce. Perfect with rice or even on its own, its a perfect example of how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts where each combined to a delicious messy ambrosial delight.

In three words: Homely, authentic, delicious

Will I eat there again: YES

Protip: go slightly earlier for lunch and you get to take your time to pick your dishes and also avoid the maddening crowd.

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Take a tried and tested product like burgers,and unabashedly make it better. A quick glance at the menu shows that they’ve done their research. In this age of Instagram 🙋 and health conscious diners, it’s no surprise to see that their interior and the naked bunless burgers are featured prominently on social media.

However this post features none of the above. The Kase and Speck ($16) features a deliciously juicy, perfectly cooked beef patty topped with aged Cheddar Cheese and salty smoked bacon. A classic combination, its nestled comfortably in a multi grain bun (it was excellent btw, the other option is a sourdough or naked), my only complaint was directed at myself for not ordering a double patty. •
In three words: Beautiful space, delicous
Will I return: Yes! 
Pro Tip: Their set lunch comes with a side and a choice of drink for a $5 supplement to the burger.

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My eyes zeroed in on the pastas and while the award-winning Prawn & Spicy Chorizo Pasta at Porta is the popular choice for its spicy and intense flavour, the Wild mushroom pasta ($22) is certainly no slouch.

Super earthy and finished with a slug of cream, the sautéed mushrooms were comforting and way delicious. Beautifully al-dente, the accompanying orecchiette holds plenty of sauce in its shell and is truly the perfect pasta partner.

Thank you @blessincasia and @portasg for the invitation and hospitality.

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I love how ice cream can be the vehicle for exploring the vividness of flavour and Spago does a simple trio of sorbets ($24) so well. Plated beautifully are even-sized quenelles of Raspberry, Mango and Coconut ice cream each being little riots of color and zingy flavour. The yuzu tuille adds a crunch and an extra embellishment of luxe. Pricey Yes, Worth it? Immensely.

In three words: Elegant, seasonal flavors
Will I return?: Yes, on special occasions.
Pro-tip: Come for lunch, they have a competitive priced set lunch at $45 for 3 courses.

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With a regular cup of two flavors costing $8.90, its definitely not the cheapest but the difference and quality is apparent. Great for takeaways, the cool crisp vibrancy of the raspberry contrasted brilliantly with the dense richness of the dark chocolate leading to a very very indulgent end to a wonderful weekend.

In three words: Pricey, Intense, worth-it😬
Will I eat there again: YES

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Costing a pretty penny ($10) a pop, these are intricately prepared and are super satisfying from first to last bite.

If you can luxuriate yourself in their seasonal tarts, pick the mango, its ranks way up there. You get plentiful slices of Alphonso mango with a black sticky rice cream filling. Kinda reminiscent of pulut hitam x mango sticky rice, this is one of those things where you’d whip out your phone and rave to your friends about.

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