Tatsuya @ Goodwood Park Hotel

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It is a family tradition to find a restaurant with good reviews, serving the birthday boy/girl’s favourite food and to bring the person there on their birthday. As my parents were in Italy, it was up to me to bring my sis for her birthday meal.

I celebrated my sister’s birthday at Tatsuya at Goodwood Park Hotel, as it serves her cherished chirashi don. What is exceptionally cool about the restaurant is that you get to sit in front of the chefs preparing your food for you!

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Watching chefs at work definitely trumps any other way of passing time while waiting for the food to be served!

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Pind Balluchi (Media Tasting)

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I was so pleased to be invited to a dinner at Pind Balluchi, which is a renowned award-winning restaurant in India with over 20 years of history. Pind Balluchi opened its doors in Clarke Quay in August 2013 and we got to try its recently revamped menu.

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Appetisers

We were amazed by the sheer quality and quantity of appetisers served to us!

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Amritsari Fish. Chickpea-battered fish fillet flavoured with Indian spices and an alluring hint of carom seeds. I could not get enough of this! Two thumbs up!

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Tangri Kebab. Char-grilled chicken drumsticks, sold by the piece, marinated with yoghurt, cream and cheese.

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SET Contemporary Cuisine @ PoMo

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Dining has not been the same for me ever since one of my all- time favourite restaurants, Dozo, closed its doors. Since then, I have not patronised any restaurant with such a concept, which is to pay a certain amount for a fix number of courses with different choices for each course. (Yes, many would recommend The Clan, but I have always felt and still feel that it is a copycat of Dozo.)

So, I was pleased to read that there is a restaurant in town which offers something similar. SET offers cheaper sets compared to Dozo (about $10 lesser), and instead of Japanese fusion, the food here has more of a Chinese twist to it.

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The interior of the restaurant is modern and spacious. It is good for gatherings and even private parties, as it has a few private rooms available. In addition, you will be offered a warm welcome from the moment you step into the restaurant, for me it was a little too enthusiastic.

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Fatty Choo International Steamboat Buffet

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Just a few days ago, my mum noticed that there is a buffet place at West Coast Plaza which is quite affordable, so she brought us down to try it. It costs only $18.80+ for a weekday lunch buffet. What’s more, you can have a choice of up to two soups (yuan yang style where a steamboat is split into two halves). Other than the usual tom yum and chicken soup, they offer Japanese bonito and a more local flavour, bak kut teh.

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On the way there, I did some research. Apparently their BKT soup base did not receive any rave reviews and patrons usually opt for one of the other three soups. Another thing I found out was that Chef Choo was from Straits Cafe @ Rendezvous and was responsible for the yummy nonya laksa, and that I can expect to taste the laksa at the buffet! Continue reading

Joyus Pastries: My Favourite Pineapple Tart

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Joyus Pastries has always been a favourite of mine, ever since my mum introduced it to me years ago. She would come home arms laden with brown bags, loaded with Chinese New Year goodies like almond cookies, prawn rolls and pineapple tarts. My sis would dive for her rolls and me for my tarts. At one single seating, I could finish almost a whole bottle.

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Time and again, I got nagged at by my mum for eating too much and that I should be savouring the tarts because “they do not come cheap”, but once her back was turned, it was back to gobbling them down. Life was always good, until I suffered the effects (a.k.a. sore throat) of too many baked goods the next day. (My old blog post can be found here, where I got the spelling of the name wrong,)

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[Newly Opened] Imakatsu Japanese Restaurant at Star Vista

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I was one of the few lucky people who managed to sample the tasty morsels from this Japanese restaurant before it opens tomorrow! Imakatsu Singapore had a soft opening yesterday and today, for both lunch and dinner, where 50 patrons dined free provided they gave feedback after their meals. It was a great and effective marketing tactic, as news spread through word of mouth and people reached as early as an hour before to grab a space.

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We arrived at 11.40am, 50 minutes before the stipulated time and yet there was already a queue ahead of us. The line extended as time passed and soon, the staff had to turn potential patrons away.

What I like about how they conducted the tasting is that they let people in by batches, so that they could maintain both service standards as well as quality control.

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Ramen Keisuke Tori King: One for Chicken Lovers

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While I love ramen, it is not that easy for me to convince my family to eat ramen. My dad thinks eating ramen is equivalent to eating instant noodles–a waste of money. My sis thinks pigs are cute, so that rules out almost all good ramen places as it is common for the soup base to be pork. However, there is a solution for my sis. There is a good chicken ramen place in town!

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Ramen Keisuke Tori King is founded by Keisuke Takeda, who started his career as a chef with a French restaurant. After 12 years, he moved on to fine-tune his culinary skills in Japanese cuisine, notably on ramen. Soon, his popularity expanded beyond Japan and in 2010 he opened his first overseas outlet–Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo–in Singapore.

You would have probably heard of Tonkotsu King, one of his ramen concept restaurants in Singapore. His innovative ramen creations have made his chain one of the more highly regarded ones in Singapore. His Tonkotsu Ramen Special won the top spot as the Critics’ Choice in Timeout Singapore’s Best Ramen Bowl.

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There was a queue when we got there, but since it was just sis and me, we manage to skip it and got ourselves a seat. If you come in groups of three or four, you might have to wait. By the way, the dining area is pretty tiny, with just a bar top, a huge table in the middle and a couple of tables for four against the wall.

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