Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Ubin Seafood @ Hillview Avenue, Singapore

A short review on some absolutely Moo-velous food in a casual zhi char setting...

I had heard of New Ubin, but it was one of those "famous" restaurants that I was so sure would be overpriced and underwhelming.... and boy, was I wrong.

Note: They have just moved from the Sin Ming area to a bigger location on Hillview Avenue, which is still casual, but a little hard to find (it's basically a refurbished food court on the 6th floor of a commercial building, hidden in the car park area).

One of their signature dishes is the US Black Angus Ribeye Steak (S$ 14/100gms, minimum order 500g), served with Fried Rice, Potato Wedges, and Caramelised Onions.

It's everything you could want in a steak: Tender, juicy, bursting with beef-y flavour, and wonderfully seared, with a lovely smoky fragrance. The addition of the fried rice, potato wedges, caramelized onions, sea salt and mustard on the side give you a variety of ways to "mix up" the flavors, but the steak is just wonderful on it's own.
Fantastic steak

If you feel like something Asian instead, the Curry Fish Head (S$26) is a must try - Fresh fish, cooked perfectly, swimming in a thick, fragrant curry filled with other goodies such as succulent eggplant strips, ladies fingers and taufupok (tofu puff). This dish always causes us to "accidentally" overeat rice.
(I could eat bowl after bowl of plain rice doused with this curry sauce and be perfectly happy, to be honest)
Claypot of fishy happiness

Do remember to leave some space for dessert. My favourite (so far) is the Banana caramelised with Gula Melaka (S$5/ serving), and Coconut sorbet (S$2/ scoop). It's sweet without being overwhelming, beautifully caramelized, and goes so well with smooth and fragrant coconut sorbet.
(It's one of those "so simple, yet so good" kind of desserts)
Beautiful bananas

I can see why New Ubin earned it's place on the Michelin Singapore Bib Gourmand list (of which the main downside is that it is just impossible to go there without a reservation now), and I'm definitely looking forward to going back and trying more dishes in future.

So, it's: Good food (surprisingly, not overrated) in a casual setting, great mix of Asian and Western dishes BUT quite hard to find location, sometimes slow service (although friendly) and so packed (do not even attempt to go without a reservation)....

Summary Information:
New Ubin Seafood @ Hillview Avenue, Singapore

Opening Hours:
Lunch: Tue to Sun, 12.00pm – 3.00pm (closed Monday Lunch)
Dinner: Daily 6.00pm – 11.00pm

Phone: +65 6466 9558 / 9740 6870

Address: 63 Hillview Avenue, Level 6 (Canteen), 669569


- Seth Lui
- Daniel Food Diary

Friday, December 30, 2016

Uno, Dos, Tres

Time flies...

Has it really been 3 years since my last update? Wow. Time passes too quickly.

So much has happened since then:
(This list is not exhaustive, and is in no particular order):
  • I'm still living in Singapore (much to my surprise),
  • Adopted an adorable kitten who suddenly got FIP and passed away (RIP Yoda, we will miss you forever),
  • Adopted a cat named Ricki who is loud and greedy, but very patient and loves head scratches (Despite the heartache we went through with the sudden passing of Yoda, I still firmly believe that there are too many kitties (and doggies) in shelters who deserve loving forever homes, so please: Adopt, don't shop!),
  • I watched Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (it's an awesome movie, awesomely terrible, that is),
  • I've popped out a baby (again, to my surprise - never thought this would happen),
  • Oh and I found someone who wanted to marry me, and coincidentally I wanted to marry him too,
  • My favourite aunt passed away (I miss her so much),
  • I survived a company restructure (Well, hopefully! I still haven't heard the final answer on this yet, so please wish me luck!),
  • Started going to the gym again several times (Yay),
  • Fell off the gym wagon several times (Oops),
  • Cut out 3 friends from my life (It was painful, never had to before, but decided life is too short for drama and toxicity),
  • Learned how to survive on average 4 hours of sleep (I blame the baby),
  • Went back to New York (which is now 100% my favourite city to visit on earth),
  • Laugh, cried, and ate.
  • Oh and of course, 1MDB, Brexit, and Trump (Enough said).

Ricki says, "MEW"

I do miss blogging.

It was a very dear part of my life - it gave me the chance to meet so many wonderful people, and it gave me the excuse to steal food off my friends' plates.

The past 3 years has been sometimes bitter and sometimes sweet, but I am very thankful for all the blessings I have received. Hope that you all have had days and years filled with blessings too.

J the Chocoholic