New Menu at Paddy Hills [South Buona Vista Road]

We were here to try the new ‘Daytime Eats’ selection at Paddy Hills. Here is a disclaimer, the menu at Paddy Hills is different during the day and night, so whatever you see in this post might not be available if you are having dinner.

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From left: Taste Like Purple ($8), Orange Sky ($8) and Bubbly Yuzu ($8). These three quenchers are as pretty as a picture! I did not fancy the Autumn Iced Tea ($8), so it is not pictured here. If you are feeling a bit daring, go for the Beer Slushie ($12)!

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The two sides we had were the Prawn Paste Wings (foreground) and Drunken Pig (background); both cost $15. The wings, which are a zichar staple, were finger licking good. The homemade sambal belachan and calamansi that accompanied the dish helped to intensify the flavours. As for the pork collar dish, it was served with nam jim, which is a Thai dipping sauce, a surprising medley of salty, sweet, spicy and sour.

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The Pink Rigatoni ($25) is one lovely dish. The pasta came with cacio e pepe (which means cheese and pepper), mentaiko, Brazilian sausage and lardo. This may be a trying food item for people with Trypophobia, but this Italian style mac & cheese is worth it!

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Seoul Jjimdak at City Square Mall [Farrer Park]

After having an awesome Jjimdak in Korea, I longed for more of the wholesome dish following my return to Singapore. Seoul Jjimdak, which opened recently at City Square Mall, seemed like an answer to my prayers.

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The Army Stew ($33.90) is good for two or more and it is a classic Korean dish with homemade kimchi, luncheon meat, pork belly strips, assorted vegetables, baked beans and tofu. Should that not be enough, you can choose to top up additional pork belly for $5.90 and ramyeon for $2.90. I found that while the Army Stew had taste, it still needed more kimchi flavour.

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Next, we had the namesake of the restaurant, Seoul Jjimdak ($33.90), which is also good for two or more, and comes in bone and boneless versions. The chicken is tender and braised with potatoes and glass potato noodles. You may also pay for additional ingredients like prawns and mussels ($5.90) and Mozzarella cheese ($2.90), just to name a few.

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So what happens if you are going alone, but would still love to have the Seoul Jjimdak? The braised chicken dish also comes in individual portion size for $12.90. Frankly, the dish did not meet my expectations after trying Andong Zzimdak’s version in Korea. It was not as full-bodied or as satisfying.

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I did not take any pictures of the Kimchi Cheese Fries ($6.90) as it was horrible. The cheese looked plastic and was very off-putting. It was almost inedible, and we had to remove all the cheese to get to the fries at the bottom. Thankfully, the Spicy Cheese Tteokbokki ($11.90) was slightly better. The rice cake was served with spicy sauce, which needed to be spicier, and melted cheese.

Seoul Jjimdak
14 Kitchener Link, #05-04,
Singapore 208539
Tel: 6634 2668
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1130-2200hrs
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park Station (North East Line)

[New Menu!] Stews, Rice Balls And More at Masizzim

I have always enjoyed dining at Masizzim, be it in Singapore or Korea. After Masizzim debuted in Singapore, it has continually drawn crowds because of its substantial and wholesome stews, and fun DIY rice balls. Now, it has expanded its menu to include more dishes, both traditional and modern.

To start off our dinner, we started with two types of drinks: Honey Slush Beer ($15.80) and Grapefruit Yoghurt ($14.80 non-alcoholic; $18.80 with soju). The beer came with a nice swirl of ice-blended beer and drizzle of premium honey. I preferred the second drink which was sweet and tangy.

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Good news to those who love Masizzim’s signature DIY rice balls! They have launched a new rice ball dish called Crab Meat & Roe Rice Ball ($10.80), and now you can have your rice balls with snow crabmeat and ebiko (shrimp roe)!

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[Newly Opened] En Sakaba at JEM

In recent months, JEM has quickly expanded and more and more F&B brands are opening their outlets at the mall. One of which opened next to Marche on the first floor, taking over the space vacated by MADO Cafe. The restaurant, En Sakaba, which is also located next to one of the entrances of the mall, has a combination of indoor and alfresco seating areas.

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Kaisen Salad ($13). An assortment of sashimi on a bed of mixed greens with wasabi vinaigrette. The bowl was pretty small compared to other Japanese restaurants, but there were sufficient amount and a variety of sashimi. I did wish that there were more greens.

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Foie Gras Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don ($22). What a mouthful! Premium beef tataki and foie gras with onsen egg on rice. While the serving might seem little, it was quite filling. The meat was cooked perfectly, and the egg had a runny yolk. Also, the portion of foie gras appeared to justify the price of the dish. Not the best steak don I have had, but it was not too bad.

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En Kaisen Chirashi Don ($28). En Sakaba’s pink sushi rice with 15 kinds of chef’s selection sashimi: zuwai kani (crab), uni (sea urchin), caviar, negitoro (tuna roll), ikura (salmon roe), aka ebi (shrimp), hotate (scallop), unagi (freshwater eel), anago (saltwater eel), hamachi (yellowtail), maguro (tuna), aburi salmon, salmon, tobiko (shrimp roe) and tamago yaki (Japanese omelette). It is no wonder why this took quite some time to serve and you do get your money’s worth.

Overall, some tweaking is still needed. However, if you can, try their lunch sets available from 12 to 3pm daily. For $15, you get a rice bowl, salad, Japanese appetiser and a miso soup!

En Sakaba
50 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-04,
Singapore 608549
Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East Station (North South Line and East West Line)

National Day Parade 2016 Highlights

The last time I watched the National Day Parade (NDP) live was aeons ago. It was when I was in Primary 5, and as a cohort, we had to attend the NDP full dress rehearsal. Now, after many failed attempts at balloting for tickets, I finally got to experience it in person again!

2016 marks the first year after Singapore’s golden jubilee and the first NDP in Singapore’s new National Stadium. The theme for this year’s NDP is “Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow.”

Parade And Ceremony

Different contingents marched in unison and Singapore’s national flags are displayed with pride.

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The Return of Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court

Swissotel Merchant Court is a landmark located along the Singapore River, and its flagship buffet restaurant Ellenborough Market Cafe is famous for its Peranakan cuisine. The restaurant is now back after a hiatus to showcase its selection of Straits Chinese cuisine and international buffet spread, such as a Lamian station, roast beef, cincalok egg and signature durian pengat.

The man behind this medley of cuisines is none other than the newly appointed Executive Chef Louis Tay. Chef Tay has over 33 years of experience and was the former Executive Chef of The Tanglin Club Singapore.

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The costs of the buffet are as follows:

  • Monday to Sunday lunch: $52
  • Monday to Thursday dinner: $62
  • Friday to Sunday, eve and day of PH: $68
  • Saturday, Sunday & PH high tea: $42

Ellenborough Market Café
20 Merchant Road,
Singapore 178882
Tel: 6239 1848
Opening Hours:
Breakfast 0630-1030hrs daily
Lunch 1200-1430hrs daily
Dinner 1830-2200hrs daily
High Tea 1530-1730hrs (Saturday, Sunday & PH)
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay Station (Northeast Line)

Spanish Tapas and Parrilla at UNA @ One Rochester

Hidden in lush foliage at One Rochester is a beautiful Spanish restaurant called UNA. The restaurant opened its doors in April 2014 and is famous for its Spanish cuisine and aesthetically pleasant al fresco dining area. Executive Chef Antonio Oviedo, who has worked under two Three Michelin-starred chefs, uses only fresh, seasonal ingredients to showcase the best flavours of Spain.

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Tapas and Parrilla

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We tried a variety of the Spanish appetisers and grilled meats. The first two being Croquetas De Jamon Iberico ($14 for four pieces), which translates to creamy Iberico ham croquettes, and Encurtidos ($10). The latter consists of Gordal and Cornicabra olives with Piparra peppers. I enjoyed the classic combination of bechamel sauce with ham, which is then rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. It went well with the peppers, which added a bit of spice to the creaminess.

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Fideua De Calamares ($20). The fideua is seafood dish originally from the coasts of Valencia, which is similar to paella, but it uses vermicelli-like noodles as an alternative to rice. So here we have a pan of squid ink Spanish noodles paella, which is topped with crispy calamari. The noodles is a great substitute for rice as a staple food.

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Next, we had something healthier, which is Ensalada De Verano ($24). The heirloom cherry tomatoes salad is served with charred cucumbers and fresh Burrata cheese. Initially, we had no idea what the smokey and scorched bits were until we read the menu. It is a refreshing topping to the salad! The Burrata was fresh cheese at its best!

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