Friday, September 22, 2017

All The Myo @ Everton Park, Singapore

Lovely local fusion...

Recent events had me thinking:
I'm really thankful that in my current job, I work in a team of people who are from diverse cultures, but actually get along, AND are further united by our love of food. :)
(So much time, 5 out of 7 days, is spent at work: so this is really such a major contributor to happiness, I think)

One day we ventured out to try All The Myo (by Sebastian Fusion Cuisine), hidden at the base of a HDB block (Everton Park) near the Outram Park/ Chinatown area:

Simple, but comfortable café setting...

Seating is very limited, so we were lucky we got there just before the lunch crowd (wow it got packed really quickly!), but even then, there was some confusion with the servers on what we had ordered. =_='
(Luckily, it didn't take too long to sort out, and we received our food)

That day, we tried one of the signature fusion dishes there: the Bacon Hae Bee Hiam Linguini (S $12). While it was just a tad too oily, I was surprised how much I enjoyed the mix of spicy, salty, umami flavours - never knew bacon would go well with hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp sambal) but I guess, as they say, "bacon makes everything better".

Fusion pasta...

If pasta is not your thing, there is also the Bacon Hae Bee Hiam Fried Rice (S $12).

I'd have to say, out of the 2, if I had to choose, I preferred the fried rice. Unfortunately it was also a bit oily, but I enjoyed that it was spicier, with the same delicious mix of  mix of salty, umami flavours, and came topped with a runny fried egg.

Carbs - my ultimate weakness...

If fusion isn't your thing, then there are classic dishes such as the Bacon carbonara pasta (S $12.50) instead. It didn't knock my socks off, but was enjoyable, with the spaghetti al dente and coated with a generous amount of creamy sauce and bacon.

Carbs + Cream = Indulgence...

The food was really filling so we didn't manage to try any desserts, but looking at other online reviews, I'm looking forward to going back soon to try their Onde Onde Crème Brulee...

Note: All The Myo is located right next to the excellent Nylon Coffee Roasters! So you have the perfect place to pop over to after your meal, for a great coffee.

Nice garden area just outside the restaurant...


So, it's: Good food at affordable prices, (fairly) convenient location BUT service levels can drop at peak hours....


Summary Information:
All The Myo @ Everton Park, Singapore
Website: CLICK HERE

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Friday 12pm-9pm
CLOSED SATURDAY

Phone: +65 8126 0646

Address: 4 Everton Park, #01-42, Block 4, 080004

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Friday, September 01, 2017

Man Man Unagi @ Kheong Saik Road, Singapore

Good food in Singapore = Lining Up...

I've found the unfortunate fact about good food in Singapore is that it's likely there'll be a long line up involved (unless it's also very expensive/ unaffordable).

Many people don't seem to mind though, as evidenced by the long lines,... but me?
I hate lining up. HATE it.
Most of the time, it's not that the food isn't nice. It just ends up not being worth the (for example) 1 hour time spent lining up to get in/ buy it.

Man Man is yet another one of those uber popular places with long lines, but it was a rare occasion where we were out in the Chinatown area early on a weekday... So, we decided to give it a try. No surprise though: It was around 11.15am and there was already a line outside the restaurant (which opens at 11.30am).

Dreaded line up for weekday lunch...

Unfortunately for us, as we missed the "first batch" when they finally opened their doors*, we had to wait outside for a further 25 minutes before we got in.
(* They started letting people in, and by the time they reached about one party before us, the restaurant was full - argh...)

WARNING:
The restaurant is ridiculously strict about seating - they don't take reservations, and they absolutely will not seat you unless you have a full party.
(None of that "Oh my friend is just parking the car and on the way", stuff - they'll just skip you and seat the next party in line while you wait for your friend to arrive)

Interior of Man Man...

The interior of the restaurant is a bit cramped, but still fairly comfortable. Food options are pretty limited though - just their signature unagi (eel) with varying combinations of rice/side dishes, one kind of pork and one kind of beef, and some side dishes like Japanese style egg omelet.

Once we decided what we wanted, we ordered and received our meal really quickly (within 10 minutes of ordering).

I decided to try their signature Hitsumabushi (S $26.80+) as it was my first visit. It comes with their signature Unagi kabayaki, served on top of rice, with soup, Japanese pickles, chopped spring onions, nori (seaweed), fresh wasabi and a teapot of dashi broth.

Bird's eye view of the Hitsumabushi...

While I like unagi, it's often clammy, overly sweet and with a fishy aftertaste... but not at Man Man.
The Unagi there was amazing - tender sweet flesh, not overpowered by the sweet glaze, with a slightly crisp texture on the edges and delicious smokiness from the skillful barbequing.

Close up of the charcoal grilled eel...

Another highlight was the fresh wasabi served on the side...
It took a bit of effort to scrape it to an edible state but was totally worth it. The fresh wasabi was  mildly "spicy" and fragrant - not like the processed wasabi which is usually just hella spicy and nothing else.
Fresh wasabi...

Scrape, scrape, scrape...

They recommend that the Hitsumabushi be eaten in stages:
1) First quarter: Just the rice and the unagi,
2) Second quarter: Sprinkle with the unagi with nori and spring onions,
3) Third quarter: Eat the unagi with wasabi, and/or the variety of sweet, normal and spicy sauces, and
4) Lastly: Drown the rice and unagi, with the dashi broth and tadah you have a delicious ochazuke.

... but you just should just eat it however you like lah. :)

Chefs hard at work in the open kitchen...

It was such a good meal! Unfortunately, I'm still highly averse to lines, so I really don't know when I would go back there again. :(

So, it's: Good food, convenient location (near Outram Park MRT), fast service (once you get in the restaurant) BUT inhibitively long lines (up to 2 hours if you're unlucky!)....



Summary Information:
Man Man Unagi @ Kheong Saik Road, Singapore
Website: CLICK HERE

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
PH: 11:30 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
Closed: Sun

Phone: +65 6222 0678

Address: #01-01, 1 Keong Saik Road, 089109 Singapore
Map: CLICK HERE

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yayoi Kusama @ Singapore National Gallery

Time flies!...

OMG It's the last week for the famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama's exhibit at the Singapore National Gallery. :(

I had been there already, when I had family visiting, but meant to go back to enjoy the amazing art again.

Not like I get any commission from the gallery ticket sales, but just putting my 2 cents out there:
- Go see it!:
If you haven't gone already, it's really worth it. There's such an interesting mix of her vivid art on canvases, sculptures, video installations, and really cool interactive light exhibits.
- Go early!:
Seeing the crowds when I was there though, I would recommend going first thing in the morning, and be mentally prepared for more than the usual crowds anyway because of the long weekend.
(Best of luck... and may the odds ever be in your favour)

Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Details (from the website):
Date: Friday, 09 Jun 2017 - Sunday, 03 Sep 2017
Admission prices:
• $15 for Singaporeans/PRs ($10 for concession-holders)
• $25 for Non-Singaporeans ($20 for concession-holders)
• Free for children 6 years and under, local and locally-based students and teachers, persons with disabilities and one caregiver.
Note: On-site tickets must be purchased 1.5 hours before closing time.

Online ticket sales are available from 2 June.
For more information, please visit www.nationalgallery.sg/YAYOI-KUSAMA.

Museum opening hours:
– Sun–Thu, Public Holidays: 10am–7pm
– Fri–Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: 10am–10pm
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.

Walls lined with her earlier black and white art... 

Also a lot of interesting sculptures... 

Vivid infinite lights ...

Awesome room where you feel like you're floating in a universe... for like 20 seconds...

The gallery architecture itself is just beautiful...



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vatos Urban Tacos @ Beach Road, Singapore

Korean + Mexican = Match made in Heaven...

My sister in law and family were visiting Singapore (yay!), and staying in the new J.W. Marriott South Beach (amazing hotel BTW)... so, me and hubby were in the area, looking for some caffeine.

Coffee finally in hand, we were wandering around when we chanced upon Vatos Urban Tacos. It's quite hidden-tucked away in a corner of a beautiful old colonial style building, near the new office block:
Old facade with a renovated interior...

"MISS, NO OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINKS ALLOWED", I was informed...

Once I had negotiated the terms of my entry** with the friendly, but very "by the book" wait staff, we proceeded to examine the menu.
(** I parked my coffee on a stool, and put it in the corner like it had done something bad, and promised I wouldn't drink it while I was on the premises)
(Look, it's not like I like breaking all these rules but we hadn't planned on having a meal - Vatos looked interesting so we just went in to try it)

I love Korean food, and I also love Mexican food.
But Ko-Mex fusion? Well, I've never tried it before and had my doubts on how it would work - both cuisines are spicy, but with distinct flavor profiles.

First up that day, we tried the Honey Tequila Chicken Wings (S$ 19++).

The crispy wings came coated in sweet and spicy honey tequila sauce, served with deep fried jalapeno slices, and blue cheese dipping sauce on the side. With just a few deep fried jalepenos and some optional blue cheese sauce, I didn't find it very different from the usual Korean fried chicken (albeit very well done).
Sticky sweet deliciousness...


For our main, we tried the Korean Po Boy Burrito (S$ 21++).

Slices of Galbi short rib, and Korean pork belly, wrapped up with Mexican Rice, black beans, cheese, sautéed kimchi, cilantro lime crema, ssamjang aioli, Asian slaw, cilantro, onion, pico de gallo, and Sriracha mayo... it was a nice mix of tender meat and punchy kimchi flavor - would definitely order again. :D
(I recommend sharing this though, as the serving is quite big)
A log/burrito...


The dish that really stood out to me though (still craving now) was the Kimchi Carnitas Fries (S$ 19++).

Seasoned fries, topped with braised pork carnitas, sautéed Kimchi, melted cheese, topped with sour cream, hot sauce, cilantro, and onion was an amazing mix of crunchy carbs, tender meat and sour spicy kimchi. So, SO, SO delicious.
I Love You, Deep Fried Carbs...


The inside of Vatos is just like any hipster resto-bar - comfortable and dimly lit, with a mix of industrial fixtures and exposed brick walls. It wasn't very busy as we were there at an odd hour on a weekday:
Interior of Vatos...


Overall, we both really enjoyed our meal there, and looking to returning soon to try more dishes, as well as the beer-itas. Next time, I'll remember to go without a rule breaking coffee in hand. :)

So, it's: Good selection of delicious fusion Mexican-Korean food, very conveniently located (near Esplanade MRT) BUT a bit expensive, friendly but sometimes blur service....


Summary Information:
Vatos Urban Tacos @ Beach Road, Singapore
Website: CLICK HERE

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thurs 12pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat; 12pm – 12midnight

Phone: +65 6385 6010

Address: 36 Beach Road Singapore 189677
Map: CLICK HERE

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Horizon Bistronomy @ NOL Building, Singapore

Fusion is not always a bad word...

It's pretty rare that I get to go out for lunch, as work is generally quite busy.

Lunch for me is usually a quick run to the nearby food court for takeaway, then back to office to enjoy my meal in the comforts of my office's pantry area with my colleagues. So, what a treat it was for me and my team-mates to go out for lunch at a nearby restaurant.

It turns out that Horizon Bistronomy has been opened for quite a while now, but I never noticed it before as it is located on the ground floor of the NOL building, which I don't pass by much. They serve fusion food (Asian/French/Italian) which is kinda passé, so I had my reservations.

Outside Horizon...

While there were interesting items on the a la carte menu, we focused on the Lunch set options:
- the Pasta/Risotto lunch set ($16.90++), which comes with a drink and choice of one starter and a pasta/ risotto for your main, OR
- the Main lunch set ($24.90++), which comes with a drink and a premium starter (eg. angel hair pasta with crab meat, tobiko and truffle oil) and heavier options for your main (eg. Duck Confit).

For my starter, I choose the Caprese salad - it was beautifully arranged and tasted refreshing, with the slightly sweet tomatoes pairing well with the mild pieces of mozzarella.
Cheese, Tomato, Basil deliciousness...

For my main, I chose the cauliflower risotto with Kakuni pork (Japanese style braised pork). The risotto was so delicious! - al dente grains of short grain rice, cooked to creamy perfection.

As for the pork, it was also absolutely delicious - tender texture, with a nice mix of savoury and sweet, pairing perfectly with the risotto.
(I was in a food coma after that, but it was totally worth it)
 
 Cauliflower risotto with Kakuni Pork...
 

I enjoyed the food there so much that I returned soon after.
During my second visit, I chose the Value Lunch instead - a small but very well priced selection of pastas.

That day, I chose the Laksa Pasta ($ 7.90++). It usually comes served with Mussels, as I understand, but that day they (ran out? and) served it with Soft shell crab instead (which I certainly don't mind). While it was just a tad too oily, but overall it was very enjoyable - fragrant, lightly spicy laksa sauce and al dente pasta. The crispy little morsels of tofu puffs added a nice texture too. The serving was pretty generous and I (again) fell into a (happy) food coma after.

Note: For the value lunch, you only get a main (no starters or drinks), but considering the serving size and ingredients, I think it was super worth it)
 
The Laksa Pasta...
 
As for the décor was nice but not too formal, and the service was always friendly - great place for a work lunch or a casual dinner date.
(Better to sit inside though I think, while it can get a bit noisy when it's full, the outdoor seating can get a bit warm)


So, it's: Really delicious fusion food, reasonable pricing, friendly service BUT nothing much bad to say :) I just wish it was opened on weekends!....

Summary Information:
Horizon Bistronomy @ NOL Building, Singapore
Website: CLICK HERE

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 11am-11pm
(Closed Sat and Sun)

Phone: +65 6884 6884

Address: NOL Building, 456 Alexandra Road, 119962
Map: CLICK HERE

NOT HALAL



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