Treasures of Tanjong Pagar

Treasures of Tanjong Pagar

Featuring Keong Saik Bakery (Luzerne Building), Baristart Coffee (Tanjong Pagar), Alice Boulangerie (Icon Village), Mitsu Sushi Bar, LAD & DAD, YAYOI (100AM), The Tipsy Tavern, Acoustics Coffee Bar, Equate Coffee (Tanjong Pagar Plaza), Beng Who Cooks
Hong Keat  Chiang
Hong Keat Chiang

Even the beverages at Alice were exceptional. The robust ๐—”๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ, fragrantly nutty ๐—•๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ and the rich, earthy ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ all used chantilly cream. This made them very smooth and easy to drink. Like my friend said, they are worth getting insomnia for (because we drank them at night).

I was completely blown away by every single item served at Alice. I couldnโ€™t even nitpick if I wanted to. Flawlessly executed and immaculately plated, they were all phenomenal.

The ๐—ฆ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น, which consisted of a chocolate flourless cake with layers upon layers of irresistible chocolate (eg salted caramel creameux, dark chocolate crunch, orange milk chocolate creameux, amongst others), was deliriously decadent.

Both the desserts were meticulously-crafted and itโ€™s hard to pick a favourite. The ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ was a rose lychee mousse cake with a champagne jelly and red velvet sponge which tasted refreshing. The crunchy cocoa crumble base also provided excellent textural contrast.

The supremely succulent cod and crispy potato strings offered excellent textural contrast, while the delicious dashi leek cream elegantly elevated the flavours of the ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฑ.

With tender chunks of beef that literally melted in my mouth and a tasty butternut squash, the ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜†๐˜‚ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜๐˜๐—ผ was exceptional.

The huge, crunchy prawns in the ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ were augmented by fragrant prawn oil and a flavourful prawn broth.

Jet black tentacles sitting atop a bright orange butternut squash and garnished with cherry tomatoes and flower petals, the ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜€ looked gorgeous. The tender octopus, seasoned with curry powder to give it an aromatic, spicy profile, was unrivalled.

In contrast, the ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ผ was a rich explosion of flavours with its combination of yuzu mayo and bonito flakes.

I knew Alice Boulangerie offers excellent pastries, but I was also mesmerised by its exquisite appetisers, mains and desserts.

The brilliant appetisers paved the way for a superlative dinner. The ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐—–๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ, featuring Hokkaido scallop sashimi in a zesty yuzu gel and ponzu sauce, was very refreshing.

The ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ ($26), stuffed with generous portions of soft shell crab and crispy crab stick, was excellent as well.

The ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜†๐˜‚ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜ ($38) was sublime as well. Amazingly tender and juicy, pairing it with the crunchy fried garlic was the epitome of enjoyment.

Both sets came with sashimi, salad and Chawanmushi. I was highly impressed with the sweet and briny clam miso soup, which same with the sushi set.

Sushi lovers, check out Mitsu Sushi Bar. The stunningly scrumptious lunch and dinner sets are an absolute steal!

The ๐—”๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜ ($38) is a must order. The seven pieces of torched sushi were mind-blowingly magnificent:

๐ŸฃTuna w spicy sauce
๐ŸฃFlounder w simei sauce (sweet sour)
๐ŸฃSalmon w wasabi
๐ŸฃAmberjack w salted egg
๐ŸฃSaba w black pepper
๐ŸฃScallop w truffle sauce
๐ŸฃTamago

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