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Chiak Ambience

Chiak Ambience

A list for those who cares more about the looks than the taste (u know who u are) though not saying that the food isn't always as good as it looks...
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou
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Literally spicing up their quality international buffet spread, JW Marriott’s Beach Road Kitchen is currently running an exciting collaboration with Chef Made Karyasa and his team from Ritz Carlton Bali. The 11-day Indonesian feast, available now till 27 July, features authentic Balinese cuisine. Think an extensive array of sambal chillies like Sambal Matah, Sambal Tomat, Sambal Terasi as well as aromatic Indonesian-style curries with options such as pork turmeric and yellow lamb. The saucy Tum Ayam (Balinese banana leaf-wrapped chicken marinated in lemongrass), flavourful Sup Buntut (oxtail soup) and chunky satay being my favourite items from the Indonesian Specialties line-up. And not forgetting the sweets sections, on display was a sumptuous selection of traditional cakes, and my pick being the Dadar Gulung made fresh and packed with a choice of mango or grated coconut and palm sugar. Cooling down with a bowl of Es Teler (offered on selected days), I really enjoyed the intriguing combination of avocado, coconut, and jackfruit served with drizzles of sweetened condensed milk.

But of course, the highlight for me and actually for most at the table was the grilled meats. Piling on the proteins, the Iberico Pork and Kalbi Ribs were to-die-for especially when you get them right off the grill. Slightly charred on the outside, the meats had a good balance of sweet, savoury and just slightly smoky. There at the live grill station, you can also choose to have fish grilled upon order - pomfret or rainbow trout. So good~ Those who love the bold and full-bodied flavours of Indonesian food should definitely go down to Beach Road Kitchen for this limited time only collaboration!

Many thanks to @JWMarriottSG for feeding as well as hosting us and @Burpple for the invite to this fantastic Eatup! #JWMarriottSG #BeachRoadKitchen #Burpple
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▫️Lunch (Mon-Sat, 12-2.30pm): Adults $60++ / Child $30++
▫️Dinner (Mon-Thu, 6-10pm): $80++ / $40++, (Fri-Sat, 6-10pm): $90++ / $45++
▫️Sunday Brunch (12-3pm): $118++ / $59++

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Perhaps the only kind of bikini I care about, Jam At SIRI HOUSE’s rendition of the classic spanish sandwich was an easy favourite at our table. Finished in mere seconds, the elevated grilled cheese arrived in four delicate triangles, all pipping hot accompanied by a gentle whiff of truffle. At $16, it may be a little hard to swallow but each bite into the stack of cured meats loaded with a delightful trio of gouda, mozzarella and scamorza was simply heavenly. The toasted milk bread also proved to be a satisfying vessel, offering a slight crisp and a buttery note.

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Introducing the popular street culture fare and familiar Taiwanese favourites into their well-established international lineup, The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, welcomes Guest Chef Eddie Liu from Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei. So think authentic Braised Taiwanese Pork with Rice, comforting Braised Beef Noodles, crispy Fried Chicken Cutlet, fancy Steamed Glutinous Rice with Crabs and more; available from 2 to 14 July 2019 during dinner, 6pm to 10pm.

What’s more every guest who dines for dinner during this period gets a chance to win one return premium economy ticket to Taipei on EVA Air and two nights’ stay at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei in a lucky draw! And the prices for the dinner buffet start from $80++ per pax.

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Want to switch up your date night while scoring a good deal? Uncle Kiisu’s 1-for-1 Omakase at $98++/$128++ may be the answer.

Not too fancy but sure to impress your plus one, the 5-course menu would be available till end July and comes with a free drink when you use Burpple Beyond.

The showstopper was the Whole Live Boston Lobster Uni Charcoal Cream Ramen with a hunky slab of Wagyu Ribeye MBS 5/6 - literally “Life's intensity on a plate” with the two hearty proteins. The lobster was pretty succulent and fresh-tasting while the ribeye was medium well with a firm-chewy bite. Meant for sharing, the luxe combination saw plump, briny ikura and bits of Japanese pickles. Leaning towards the sweet, the uni brown butter cream base was a little weak in the distinct uni flavour but wasn’t gelat. The noodles itself were decent too. And if you have $28 to spare, I highly recommend upgrading the Wagyu Ribeye to Kagoshima A4 for it really changed the whole experience. Sprinkled with crispy garlic chips, the premium cut was slightly smokey, fatty and simply melts in the mouth.

Thank you @unclekiisu for having us and Burpple for extending the invite!

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Mother’s day might be over but I believe we are in agreement that there's nothing quite like mom's cooking. Thus from now till Sunday (19 May 2019), savour authentic Southern Italian homestyle favourites prepared by Mrs. Maria Matera Carbotti - "Mamma Ria" - mother of Restaurant Manager Andreano Carbotti at Waterfall Ristorante Italiano.

The special a la carte menu available during lunch and dinner features 3 heart-warming pasta dishes. And my favourite was the Orecchiette pasta with fresh homemade pork sausage, mushroom, broccoli and shredded Parmesan ($35++). Food for the soul, the plate was a simple medley of ingredients that provided a delectable yet clean-tasting punch with loads of textures within. I just loved how the savouriness, earthiness and sweetness of the individual elements came together perfectly.

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Running every weekend from 11am to 4pm, unwind with Urbana’s Chillax Breakfast menu featuring a selection of a la carte brunch classics and some familiar favourites delivered with an Asian twist. But at Novena’s highest rooftop bar, it would be unwise to leave without getting some booze. Served in the form of delectable treats, Sous Chef Chris Lee’s line-up of liquor-laced desserts and pastries are not to be missed.

Spelling a good time, the Kirsch Cherry Brownie ($7++), rum-infused Choc Fudge ($8++) and Black Forest Cake ($8++) were decadent chocolatey heaven. Never too early to start your day with a light buzz, the Bailey Tiramisu ($8++) was the most potent among the array. And for my personal pick, Urbana Cognac Cheese Tart ($7++) is the way to go. If you are looking for something creamy and light, the cheese tart had a custard-like quality which went superbly with the sweet-tangy berries. The base itself was also really good - all buttery, crispy and slightly crumbly.

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Oh crab, so good! Bursting of crustacean sweetness, Shang Palace’s 炸酿鲜蟹盖 Deep-fried Stuffed Crab Meat in Shell ($28/per person) was the real deal. Featuring a combination of cheese and onion shreds as fillers, the main element was of course the sweet crab meat, and the dish had lots of it. A bit of an east-meets-west, it sat somewhere between a crab croquette and crab cake in my opinion. The crunchy yet thin exterior was coated with crispy golden breadcrumbs while the interior was cheesy, savoury and moist. Served in a crab shell, this dish does however get a little jelat and heavy towards the end so best enjoyed while hot with a friend.

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Ending the year with a #throwback to one of my favourite lunch venue of 2018-The Naked Finn.

Despite the somewhat steep price tag, the food was more than enjoyable with a group of very friendly and attentive staff. Having the Hae mee tng ($25), the signature stock was full of prawny shiokness and just the thing if you are in the mood for atas prawn mee. Made by first frying a variety of prawns in grapeseed oil, then blended and slowly simmered with the pork stock for hours; what is left is of course a rich concentrated broth. No added sugar or MSG, the flavours were also deep in the natural sweetness of crustacean. Though to provide the soup with an extra boost, each bowl was presented with prawn oil, lard and chilli as condiments.

Therefore, an umami hit, save this bowl all for yourself as you dig into the 3 large pieces of salt-grilled tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) and slice of Salmon Creek Farms Natural Pork Belly Roll with your choice of noodles (Japanese somen or vermicelli, or a mix of both).

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If you haven’t already heard or experience the multi-sensory one-stop shop for yourself, habitat by honestbee is all about eating fresh. And a perfect example is having their Tiger Beer-Battered Fish & Chips (as you would see ordered by most tables)!

A classic British staple done right, their fish and chips come with a choice of 5 types of flaky freshness: Barramundi, Dory, Haddock, Pollock and Snapper. Each served in a sizable box, the large boneless fillet is cushioned with a bed of medium cut shoestring fries and presented alongside were malt vinegar, a lemon wedge, as well as home made tartar sauce.

Firm, moist, and tender on the inside, the slab of Dory ($13.50) was not only delicious but also pretty massive. Unlike the dory fish and chips you get outside, I can certainly vouch for its freshness and filling up close to a third of the box, it was ideal for sharing. What’s more, another selling point was of course, the beer batter. Coated and deep-fried to just the right crisp with a batter made with our local Tiger Beer, the exterior was light, fragrant and not too thick - even the batter crumbs was wiped clean.

Thank you @habitat_sg for feeding us and @Burpple for the eatup invite!

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Be it a business lunch or just casual mid-day meal, recharge your afternoon with Restaurant Ibid’s enticing lunch menu. Available only from Wednesdays to Fridays, the items come in a choice of a set or a la carte. Hence, having the 3-course option ($25) the other time, my main was the sizable Shaobing Burger.

Served with a heap of addictive Spiced Sweet Potato Crisps, the burger ($14/ a la carte) was hearty and surprisingly comforting. Made in-house, the thin potato slices were truly sublime - really crispy, seasoned perfectly, and not at all greasy. The thick slab of medium-rare beef patty sandwiched with melted mozzarella, charred onions and pickles, was also well-seasoned and juicy. But like a more flavourful english muffin, the Shaobing Burger ‘bun’, offered a denser, firmer texture that could be possibly be a hit or a miss.

An Asian twist on an American staple, the baked Chinese flatbread was the heaviness element in the dish, in my opinion. Perhaps it will do better to share the burger with a lunch buddy; as it can get jelat really quick but the combination was really enjoyable and well put-together.

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Possibly the beginning of my love affair with burrata cheese, Publico Ristorante’s made-to-order Burrata Pizza ($25) was simple yet stellar. A straightforward mix of ingredients, it combines classic homemade tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, burrata and Italian basil. Oozy, gooey, and creamy, the generous blobs of soft cheese were really light on the tongue while the piquant sun-dried tomatoes provided some tartness. The fresh tomatoes too, supplied bright colours and burst of sweetness to the wood-fired pizza. Of course, best eaten while its hot, don’t forget the exquisite vessel. Their crisp crust was well-executed - savoury, sufficiently thin, slightly charred edges, with pleasant hints of smokiness.

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Rounding off dinner with their highly recommended dessert, Yàn's Chilled Mango Cream topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Oats ($15) was indeed a lovely ending to the already satisfying meal. Served in a coconut, the treat was not too sweet and a great palate-cleanser. Crowned with mango purÊe and a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, the icy base was made up of cool coconut water shavings, layered with chunks of fresh mangoes and crunchy oats in between. The husk was also walled with smooth coconut flesh, giving the refreshingly icy dessert a really nice texture and adding to it the unadulterated sweetness of the fruit.

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