Joo Bar @ Tan Quee Lan Street (Media Tasting)

After seeing yummy photos of Joo Bar on Instagram, I was pretty excited to try the food out for myself and see if they were truly as Instagram-worthy and as delicious as what the other foodies had said

The restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from Bugis MRT Station Exit D. Having the Downtown Line extension has made finding this street so much easier. In fact, you can spot their classy and mysterious black glass facade as you step out of the exit.

The restaurant is located within a three-storey shophouse and each floor is as sleek and inviting as the next! ‘Joo’ means alcohol in Korean. Other than their creative drink menu, they also serve modern Korean bites.

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The Kurobuta at Chabuton 313@Somerset (Media Tasting)

Believe it or not, but even after all that hype about Chabuton, this is my first visit there. I was glad to be able to finally try the famous ramen by the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen Chef Yasuji Morizumi.

The highlight of our visit was The Kurobuta ($18.90), which is available for a limited time only, from now till 31 March 2015.

While waiting for our ramen to be served, we tried the Hitokuchi Gyoza (8 pieces for $5) and Ika Karaage ($5). Both appetisers were rather oily. Mum, who was my plus one for the evening, preferred the fried squid at Sushi Tei.

And now for the main reason for our visit to Chabuton… The Kurobuta!

The ramen comes with two layers of soup. Their signature tonkotsu soup at the bottom and chicken collagen soup on the top. It is recommended not to stir the soup and drink the chicken collagen soup first. Besides, there is no need for stirring because as you eat your noodles, the soup will be mixed gradually.

The ramen is also served with a slice of Kurobuta pork, which is beautifully marbled and very tender. The noodles were too much for us, but we made sure we finished the soup!

Chabuton 313@Somerset
313 Orchard Road, #B2-01
Singapore 238895
Tel: 6636 8335
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1130-2200hrs.

MEDZS’ New Breakfast Menu @ Clifford Centre (Media Tasting)

MEDZS has recently introduced a new breakfast menu at their Clifford Centre outlet, which is just 100 steps away from Raffles Place MRT Station Exit A.

The new menu consists of usual breakfast favourites like scrambled eggs with sausage to easy-to-grab sandwiches for those on the go. It is catered especially to the working crowd in the area and is available from 8-11am, from Monday to Friday.

The outlet has indoor seating as well as a semi-alfresco dining area; the latter was what we opted for because it had the best natural lighting and it was a good place to people watch.

While waiting for the rest to arrive, we enjoyed the morning breeze along with our English Breakfast Tea and Peppermint Tea ($4.90 each).

First to arrive on our table were the artisan sandwiches & baguette. We had the Olives Ciabatta with Prosciutto & Veal Paprika Lyoner Ham ($12.90), Laugen Brotchen with Pork Bierschinken & Red Cheddar Cheese ($11.90), Beef Pastrami with Rustic Baguette ($12.90) and Italian Panini Bread with Tomato Capresse & Buffalo Mozzarella ($12.90).

Out of the four sandwiches, I found the olive ciabatta the most interesting. The distinctive sweet, sour and pungent flavour of the olives enhances the soft sponginess of the bread.

This Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Sausage, Mushroom and Bacon came at an UNBELIEVABLE price of $5.90! While the eggs were slightly salty, it was very delicious and unanimously everyone’s favourite dish at the tasting.

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Mirchi @ Esplanade (Media Tasting)

Did you know that ‘Mirchi’ means chilli? That I did not know until my friend enlightened me when I told her I was coming here for a meal. With such a name, I expected the meal to be hell on my tongue and tummy. However, I was met with a pleasing variety of vibrant flavours.

The restaurant is painted in shades of gold and red. Together with dark tones of the furniture, it exudes a warm and welcoming ambience. This is a great place, be it if you are here with friends and family or for a business dinner. Everything, even the yoghurt, is made in-house.

Mango Lassi. This is such a typical girl’s drink! All of us went¬†for the sweet ones. The men, on the other hand, tried the salty ones.

Chicken Dhaniya Soup ($7). A clear soup of chicken strips cooked with coriander, green chilli and whole spices. This is a home-cooked dish and since most Northern Indian restaurants in Singapore are rather up market, they do not serve it. I love the hint of spice from the green chilli!

Tandoori Aloo ($14). Hollowed potatoes stuffed with cottage cheese, herbs and cashew nuts. Although the potatoes look unassuming, the spiciness packs a punch!

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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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