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Places That Left A Lasting Impression

Places That Left A Lasting Impression

Curating a list of special places that not only left a lasting impression but definitely worth returning again. Not limited to just my favourite hawkers, but also cafes and restaurants in Singapore and around the world! List was started on 15 August 2018 and all photos are added thereafter.
Julius Lim
Julius Lim

The differing textures and flavours is such a joy to savour at the end of a meal where you get the slight bitterness from the ice cream, sweetness from the bananas and finally a savouriness from the salted caramel. It’s almost like a celebration in your mouth when you combine all of the components together.
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✨ Esquina
📍 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
🛵 https://eats.oddle.me/menus/esquina-at-home
🍴 [Not sponsored]

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If there is one iconic dish that defines Spanish food, besides the paella, it has to be their octopus dishes and here at Esquina, they execute it excellently. The slices of grilled octopus sit on top of a chorizo broth which you pair it with a serving of smoked potato. The addition of the smoked potato gives it that touch of creaminess and the smokiness of it complements well with the aroma from the grilled octopus, providing a multitude layer of flavours in your mouth.

If there are words to explain my dining experience in Esquina, they are bold and hearty flavours, excellent execution with the charred grill bits and overall, an excellent meal.
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✨ Esquina
📍 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
🛵 https://eats.oddle.me/menus/esquina-at-home
🍴 [Not sponsored]

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IThat got me thinking whether Spanish food really lacks exposure or the flavours just doesn’t resonate to the mass. Because of the right timing, I managed to get a reservation at Esquina, a restaurant that has been on my wishlist for the longest time, for a weekend lunch sitting during Restaurant Week. The ala carte menu at Esquina is very focused on a few food items and categorized into snacks, soil, sea, land and desserts, which is easy for new diners to decide what to order and for regulars to try out different food items with each visit. After the meal, Spanish food took a whole new meaning for me and it got me wanting more, and dare I say, one of my best meals for this year.

For starters, we were presented with four plates starting with the thyme and onion bread that’s served with an onion & paprika butter (pictured). The bread was almost croissant-like, with a crispy layer on the outside and a chewy texture inside, paired with a butter spread that complements it so well. Next, we were served with one of Esquina’s signatures, the chorizo iberico croqueta, a snack made with mashed potatoes that’s filled with a cheese and chorizo iberico mixture, breaded and then deep fried. It was truly divine from this one-biter. Rounding off the snacks is the iberico pork jowl served with pickled pear and a “soil” dish of slow baked sweet potato. A recommended dish from some of my friends that falls under the soil category of the ala carte menu is the Cauliflower which I’m glad that we ordered it to share as the grilled cauliflower forms the base with cauliflower couscous and topped with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese is so comforting and rich in flavours that you will keep going back for more.

Stay tuned for the next posts for my review on the best dish that I have had from Esquina and a dessert that totally wowed.
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✨ Esquina
📍 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
🛵 https://eats.oddle.me/menus/esquina-at-home
🍴 [Not sponsored]

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The 5-course Epicurean Menu is priced at $158++ per pax while the 7-course Gourmand Menu stands at $208++. The one dish that left a lasting impression has got to be their Tagliolini that’s coated in a sea urchin sauce, comes with strips of Alaskan king crab and topped with a scoop of delightful ikura. Every mouthful is a burst of seafood umami-ness with several layers of flavours; from the creaminess of the uni to the freshness of the crab and brininess of the popping roes. This totally stole the show for me and how I wish I have a bigger serving of this.
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📍Braci
52 Boat Quay, Unit 05-01/06-01, Singapore 049841

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Till today, I have not been able to find a biryani (not to be mistaken with nasi briyani), that can match the aroma and flavour as this. After talking to the staff, I came to know that it actually takes a minimum of 3 hours to prepare this biryani. The entire preparation process is laborious and time consuming as the fresh chicken needs to be marinated with ginger garlic, a secret spice blend and mint to achieve the maximum flavour. Basmati rice is then cooked together with the marinated chicken, with the addition of coriander, fried onion and yogurt. The entire space perfumed instantly when the wait staff removes the lid from the bowl, and from the very first bite of the fluffy rice, it will send you to biryani heaven.
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Mr. Biryani
Address: 32, Norris Road, Singapore 208274
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New on the menu and to take a dig at the Golden Arches, this version of Homemade Hashbrown ($14) is made from peeled Russet potatoes that have been steamed, grated and seasoned with corn flour and salt before getting a tan in the oven for an hour. If you thought that’s the end, it’s certainly not as the potato is then fried and topped with sour cream and fresh za’atar. This might seem like any other hashbrowns that you can get elsewhere but #nothingistooimproper when it comes to Artichoke. The crispy outer shell is just the first layer of amazingness before you reach deeper in to get the warm and starchy potato. The sour cream gives it an uplifting zing that awakens your palate while the spices accentuate the flavour and aroma.
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Artichoke Singapore
Address: 161, Middle Road, Singapore 188978
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After nine years (and still going damn strong), the #bestshitresturant in town is #stillnotdead. Yes, you heard me right, the least authentic Middle Eastern restaurant, Artichoke, led by the creative genius Chef Bjorn Shen, is still constantly revolutionizing the food and beverage scene based on strong beliefs and faith, without caring less of the norm.

The definite and right way of a proper dining experience at Artichoke is to start off with a bag of Turkish bread and a spread of mezzes. Mezzes are essentially a collection of small plates of food served as sharing appetizers to whet your appetite for the mains. What we have on the table are some of the mezzes that are new on the menu such as the Turkish Eggplant ($12), Sea Asparagus ($12) and Crab Toast ($16) while the Hummus with Iraqi Spiced Mushrooms ($14) is an improved version of the previous. The newly band of brothers are perfect to go alongside the Turkish bread, especially the hummus which is creamy, rich and just pure decadent; when paired with the abalone mushrooms that has been seasoned in Baharat, a thyme spice mixed of 7 spices, sautéed with olive oil and garlic. The more interesting dish is the Crab Toast whereby instead of a usual one-biter food, this is Artichoke’s version of a two-biter open-faced “sandwich”, made with blue swimmer crab that’s mixed with Greek yogurt and other ingredients before topped on housebaked brioche. The finishing touches of adding deep-fried chicken skin and ikura creates the differing texture and flavour.
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Artichoke Singapore
Address: 161, Middle Road, Singapore 188978
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We started off with a Grissini ($12) that’s slated generously with taramasalata, a Greek meze before sharing the Leek with Hazelnut and Hot Roasted Quail ($24). The heavy sitters started serving thereafter such as the iconic Burnt Ends’ Sanger ($20) and the piece de résistance, the King Crab served with Garlic Brown Butter ($95). During my past visits, I usually opt for the grilled meats but this time round, the king crustacean took centre stage and the squeeze of lemon gives it a zing and breathes life into the entire dish. To ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly and diners do not have a hard time getting the meat out from the shell, the crab claws have been cut up into pieces, which also allow the flavours to seep into it. Additionally, my recommendation is to order some bread to mop up all of the garlic brown butter sauce and capers for the ultimate pleasure.
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Burnt Ends
Address: 20, Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
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It’s even better when it involves lots of curry, braised sauce and sambal. Famed for their namesake, they will literally use a pair of scissors to cut whatever ingredients you choose from the window of food. The rice is then drenched with three kinds of gravy; two types of thick viscous curry and a braised gravy. My usual picks that I get to go with my rice include the chicken cutlet, braised cabbage and ngor hiang which is a pork filling with water chestnuts that’s rolled into a beancurd skin and deep fried.
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Scissors Cut Curry Rice
Address: 229, Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905
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It is a marriage of two existing dishes coming as one, and the pièce de résistance is definitely that irresistible portion of suckling pig. With an out-of-this-world skin crackling and the most delightful meat to fats ratio, paired with the crab briyani, it brings this rice dish to a whole new level. You have to order this new dish when you are here.

Other new dishes on the menu include the soft shell crab bisque, roasted eggplant & coconut momay, smoked & aged duck that’s prepared three ways and rounding off with a sweet treat, the burnt coconut & jackfruit pudding.
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Meat Smith Little India
Address: 21, Campbell Lane, Singapore 209894
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I was literally wowed when we were presented with the Smoked Cauliflower with Tomato Relish ($18) as what came was an entire floret of cauliflower that has been grilled with Indian spices and served with the most delightful tomato relish. The charred ends create a slight bitterness flavour and aroma, complemented by the spices while the crunchy texture will keep you going back for me. Within minutes, the entire plate was wiped clean. Another main that is in the current menu is the Beef Kebab ($28) which has chunks of meat and fats, served with a refreshing slaw.

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Meat Smith Little India
Address: 21, Campbell Lane, Singapore 209894
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Meat Smith Little India is slightly different from the other outlet over at Telok Ayer as the food here has a huge influence of Indian flavours due to the eclectic mix of Indian spices, rubs and sauces that are used to pay homage to its location. From its current menu, there is the appetizer of Ikura Papadum ($14), Tandoori Chicken Wings ($10) and Madras Pork Cheeks ($7) that you can order to share if you are there dining with a group. Each bite of that crispy papadum is complemented with bursting pops from the ikura and creaminess from the yogurt while the deboned chicken wings are moderately spiced with a kick. The latter are skewers of pork cheeks that have been fried and served with a Madras curry dip.

One of my favourite dishes of the night has got to be the Kathis Naan which you can get it with fish, beef or chicken. Very similar to the Mexican tacos but instead of a tortilla, a naan is used as a vessel to hold, in this case, the Madras spiced sea bass ($16) that is accompanied with a dollop of yogurt, Madras curry, cilantro and onions. Squeeze some lime onto the fish, wrap it up, put it in your mouth, take a bite and it slides down the throat wonderfully. Even though there are several ingredients coming together, it creates an explosion of flavours that is well-balanced and palatable.

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Meat Smith Little India
Address: 21, Campbell Lane, Singapore 209894
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