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Western Generally

Just want to "jiak kentang" (combination of "eat" in Hokkien and "potato" in Bahasa Melayu).
Siming T
Siming T

I would have imagined that it was somewhat unfortunate for iSTEAKS Diner to open their new branch at Suntec City Mall just before the circuit breaker period, but I was also feeling quite glad that I visited the restaurant for a dine-in too.

To me, they had taken their steak business quite seriously with the range of steak options available. I ordered their Grain Fed Char-grilled Ribeye (S$25.00) which truly didn’t disappoint, with the slab’s doneness and seasoning right on point. I supposed that it was also the fact that they were so good with what they were doing, that their restaurants were progressively expanding across the island.

The restaurant also offered some interesting-looking desserts, but this yummy dinner would have been best complemented with a glass of house red wine.

The Laksa Mussels (S$20.00) was a plate full of mussels cooked in their take on “Nyonya Laksa”, which turned out to be on the dry side — less gravy but packed with flavour. This was a great dish for sharing, but I would say it was also possible to conquer it alone!

I had a great meal here, partly also because the staff seemed to be quite friendly and attentive despite the crowd during dinner service.

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I wanted to have some chicken but discovered that Poulet also served homemade pot pie, and so I ordered the Chunky Chicken Pot Pie (S$13.90).

Breaking open the puff pastry that covered the bowl, I found some diced chorizo sausage and chicken chunks mixed with cheddar cheese and a layer of creamy mashed potatoes. Although I would really say that the portion was really debatable (talk about French cuisine), the least I derived from this set was a combination of comfort food in one place.

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The Typhoon Bloom (S$15.90) was described as “hand-cut, fresh onion strings” in the menu, but it turned out that I was presented with a mountain of onion rings.

I was okay with the flavours of their special seasoning to the food, but fretted upon the portion of onion rings. Strangely, the portion could be easily conquered by two persons if they came in strings, but just seemed overwhelming when served chunky. Not cool, because I was still confused over my degree of liking (or disliking) towards it.

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The main course of the tasting menu was their AusKobe F1 Wagyu Tri-tip with a marble score of 4~5, served with smooth mashed potatoes (pomme puree in fancy terms), burnt shallots and smoked Eryngii mushrooms by the side.

The beef was done medium-rare, and had salt sprinkled over it. Enjoyed with the sauce which had some notes of berries within, the steak tasted delicious to me, with the right amount of fat inside. I was only short of a glass of red wine to pair with this cut.

On the whole, I would not say that the steak was exceptional. Neither would I want to lie that the serving portion was substantial. However, what I wanted to acknowledge was that this was a tasting menu which allowed diners to try out the cuisine here that mainly comprised beef, and on the whole Fat Belly had done well. Diners ought to try their revamped tasting menu at least once to be convinced.

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Nope, not pork or chicken Char Siew, but flame-grilled beef rib fingers (the meat between the ribs) that were sufficiently charred and sliced before laying them on kale.

Apparently, this was the only returning favourite from the previous tasting menu. I guessed it had something to do with the fact that the dish was well-executed with a smoky finish, so each slice carried a nice proportion of lean meat and fat, so there were many dimensions to this dish. The kale was more than just a decorative touch, as consuming it together with the char siew helped to bring out the complexities of the flavours even more.

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I was quite excited to try out Fat Belly’s newly-revamped seven-course set dinner (S$80.00), after my last visit about a year ago. While most items in the tasting menu were swapped out (including the most impressionable Foie Gras Creme Brûlée), I was really pleased with the first wave of food that was served.

The consommé was clarified beef bone broth with a few drops of the scallion oil. It was clear and light, and most importantly tasted free from other forms of seasoning. I liked the presentation too, with the broth served in a double wall glass cup and accompanied by the two bite-size starters, which seemingly leveled up the sense of elegance to this meal.

The savoury tart was filled with truffle mascarpone and topped with a thin piece of 24-month aged air-dried beef. Despite its thinness, the flavours of the beef was still able to stand out from the dense truffle and creamy mascarpone tastes.

The financier, in my opinion, paled in comparison, as the sweetness of the bake did not exactly go in harmony with the combination of duck fat, foie gras mousse and Fleur de Sel, which carried a slightly more intense punch. However, as a starter dish, it was probably there for an overall balance of taste profiles to start the dinner proper. Did anyone notice that this was actually considered as two separate numbers of the seven actually?

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Steak lovers must never miss this giant slab of grain-fed angus Porterhouse Steak (S$62.00). Imagine a 500g aged beef that was already very intensely flavoured, then grilled and served with just arugula and sea salt. It was almost saying that we should spare all the nonsense and focus on tasting the essence of this cut.

Indeed, I was savouring the natural juices from the beef in every bite. Honestly, 500g would be a tad too much for one to finish, so I would highly recommend this to be shared with a date, and then get a complementing tapas to complete the meal. Oh yes, ask for recommendations for a pairing wine too!

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Using 250g of French bouchot mussels, which would usually promise grit and barnacle-free mussels with full meats and a cleaner flavour, the Market Fresh Mussels (S$26.00) was nicely cooked with white wine, sriracha butter cilantro and garlic to create a richly-nice sauce. Because it was a seasonal dish, I would say that it was something worth ordering if they had the availability.

But unlike our usual mussels that we might come across, this one that was served had smaller shells and therefore, thinner meats. Still, the “shiokness” from this was still comparable, because of its freshness and recipe. If no one was looking, I might just drain off all the sauce from the bowl and slurp it to the last drop. Thankfully, they had baguettes to go with this dish so that I could still enjoy everything in a more glamorous way.

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I must say that when I learnt that the Sticky Date & Toffee Pudding was only S$8.00, I was so thrilled, thinking that I could hardly find a place that could match against this price tag. True enough, the sticky date pudding was mildly flavoured, and the sweetness came largely from the toffee sauce which was also not overwhelmingly sweet.

The pudding also came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which also helped to balance the flavours a little. Well, it might be the most expensive dessert served here, but I would say this was a simple indulgence with an seemingly attractive price tag.

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The appearance of the Cajun Roasted Chicken Leg (S$14.00) might look a little charred here, but I was quite pleased with the crisp of the chicken skin. Upon a closer taste, the chicken leg was adequately marinated, but perhaps because the chicken were frozen beforehand, I thought it might have a juicier texture if fresh chicken leg were used instead.

The main course was also served with a generous portion of fries and a fresh salad tossed in orange citrus vinaigrette. On the whole, this dish did not stand out so much for me, but I would also not resist ordering it again because it was sufficiently filling for me.

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A food festival called “Nom Nom Nom” sprang up at the ground level foyer of Shaw House, to be open to public from 5 July to 14 July 2019. 13 food and beverages kiosks were set up to welcome foodies around the area for some carnival munchies.

Honestly, among all the stalls here, I was most attracted to the Rosti stall which was operated by The 6ixs Rosti. I mean, the smell of fried potatoes was so seductive to me. And if you could pardon the amount of oil to make the surface crispy, the rosti was made to the shape of a gigantic croquette, but with sour cream by the side. With the cheese topping and the chicken Bratwurst, the portion of snack costed S$10.00. And while the seats are pretty limited within the event venue, it would be best to come in groups of no larger than 4 persons, and that would be provided that you wish to grab a seat at their picnic tables.

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