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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Chir Chir Singapore Opens Fourth Outlet at JEM!

I cannot believe we finally have Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory in the West! Since the Korean fried chicken chain opened its doors in November 2014, it has quickly expanded and become the to-go place for chimaek (chicken and beer). Now, it has added JEM to its list of stores, in addition to the flagship one at 313@Somerset, Bedok Point and Chinatown Point. 

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The outlet at JEM is located on the fourth floor, and it is highly recognisable by its cute signages and signature concrete walls. I love how bright the place is, with floor to ceiling windows, letting in an abundance of natural light. As you would expect, I sat next to the windows.

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To celebrate the opening of their new store, Chir Chir offered 50% off all Fried Chicken dishes at Chir Chir JEM during the opening weekend (22-24 July 2016). It was such a fantastic deal! I had my favourite Honey Butter Chicken for only $14.45, instead of $28.90!

For my previous posts on Chir Chir, click here for my first visit and here for the dishes featured in this post.

Chir Chir Singapore @ JEM
50 Jurong Gateway Road, #04-13/14,
Singapore 608549
Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday 1100-2200hrs
Friday and Saturday 1100-2300hrs
Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East Station (North South Line and East West Line)

Brand New Brunch Menu at The Disgruntled Chef @ Dempsey

It is always a pleasure to dine at The Disgruntled Chef, and this was my first visit to their flagship outlet at Dempsey to try out their new brunch menu. What Founder and Executive Chef Daniel Sia has done was to create a new Cured & Cultured list of eats that pair well with over 20 of their original creation cocktails.

In addition to that, the new brunch menu is available all day, any day of the week! Patrons can choose two or three (Small or Big) plates from the New Brunch Menu for $32++ and $39++ respectively.

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We started our meal with some fresh fruit juice blends: Pear Tree ($10), Bora-Bora ($10) and a carrot juice. I loved the Pear Tree, which comes with pear, lime and mint. It was thirst-quenching and rejuvenating. The Bora Bora is packed with lots of antioxidants and nutritious benefits, as it is made up of pomegranate, pineapple and passionfruit.

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The Truffle Bikini ($10) is the bomb! It might look small and inconspicuous but the moment you pop it into your mouth, you will fall in love with this slice of heaven! A perfect combination of Iberico ham, brie and black truffle. Three is definitely not enough.

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I also enjoyed the BBQ Pork Belly Bao ($10), which comes with house-made kimchi and spicy mayonnaise. The dish is a fusion version of our local kong bak pau. The buns were soft and fluffy, and the fillings were piquant and spicy.

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The Best Brew and Seafood Buffet at Four Points Eatery @ Four Points by Sheraton Singapore

Did you know that the 21-storey Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview has finally reopened after more than 16 months of rebranding and transformation? Other than the new furnishings, the hotel now boasts two new dining concepts!

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The first dining concept is Four Points Eatery.  The restaurant will be launching their new international Seafood Buffet on 1 August 2016 and the buffet will replace its current international buffet. Seafood lovers should keep a lookout because 80% of the dishes found at the buffet will be seafood items!

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Chef Lewis Tay and his team have carefully crafted the buffet spread to include a sashimi counter, cold seafood spread, grilled seafood, ‘live’ herbal prawns, NZ mussels in a pot, etc.

You may opt for two live crabs in one of three ways (black pepper, chilli or salt baked), which will be an additional $22++. Also, every Friday, you can choose to add on a fish head curry in claypot for an additional $18.70++. Continue reading

Paradise Teochew Restaurant Launches Second Outlet at Scotts Square!

There are only a few restaurants in Singapore that specialise in Teochew cuisine, and one of them is Paradise Teochew Restaurant. The restaurant integrates Executive Chef Cheng’s 34 years of culinary experience and traditional cooking techniques with fresh produce to create a menu of exquisite Teochew dishes. This restaurant at Scotts Square is the latest creation of Paradise Group, with its first outlet located at Chinese Swimming Club.

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One of the signature dishes of Paradise Teochew Restaurant is the Chilled Yellow Roe Crab in Teochew Style ($9 per 100g), which is a classic Teochew dish. The crab is steamed, chilled, and served with traditional Teochew condiments of ginger, vinegar, and chilli sauce. The condiments help to bring out the natural sweetness of the crab.

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Another dish to look out for is the Teochew Crabmeat Roll ($22), which is an appetiser exclusive to the outlet at Scotts Square. The beancurd skin is stuffed with handpicked Sri Lankan crab meat, prawn paste, chestnut, ginger and chives, and then steamed and deep fried.

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We had two dim sums: Steamed Custard Bun in Piggy Shape ($5.80 for three pieces) and Steamed Glutinous Rice Roll in Teochew Style ($4.80 for three pieces). The little piggies are simply adorable! The custard is quite subtle, and the filling contains with pine nuts.

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Fart Tartz Now Has An Outlet at Chinatown!

I am so happy that Fart Tartz has expanded and now has an outlet which is more centralised! The cafe’s flagship outlet is at Singapore Expo, which is too far east of Singapore for most of us. Now, people will be delighted to know that we do not have to travel all the way to the end of the East-West Line because there is an outlet at South Bridge Road!

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It was really hot, so we started off with two types of refreshing Icy-Blend in large size. Fresh Watermelon Freeze and Lychee Lemongrass Freeze ($16.90 each). The serving size is good for three to four. I preferred the more conventional watermelon ice blended, but I must admit the lemongrass one was something special. It tasted a bit of lemon and ginger, but with bits of lychee.

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Initially when I saw the words “Bird Nest Bruschetta”, I was thinking along the lines of the Chinese delicacy. However, this appetiser comprises of six crunch yam nests, topped with herbs, tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil and shrimps. Really worth the $9.90!

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Baguette Balls ($9.50). Six miniature baguette balls filled with creamy minced chicken and mushrooms, topped with melted cheese. To be honest, I could not really taste any chicken, it was more like a thickened cream of mushroom soup.

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South Korea Travelogue 8: Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Our last day in Korea was a short one which we spent mainly shopping at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). DDP was built by world famous architect Zaha Hadid and was the most tagged Instagram location in South Korea in 2015.

There are five halls: Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park. It was at the Design Market where all the design shops are that we shopped till we dropped!

But first… breakfast!

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To warm up my tummy, I devoured the box of macarons that my dad surprised me with at Hyundai City Outlet. He knows me and my sweet tooth well!

Then, we headed to a local restaurant near Vons Chicken from the day before.

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Instead of taking the train (two MRT stops), we chose to walk along Cheonggyecheon Stream. It was previously very polluted, so the government cleaned it up and made it into a nature walkway.

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Dad and mum found this wholesale hat store and came out with… interesting hats. Sis was embarrassed to be photographed with them! Haha.

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