Tsukeru Shabu Shabu Restaurant at Emporium Shokuhin @ Marina Square (Media Tasting)

Emporium Shokuhin, the new 34,000 square feet Japanese food retail and dining experience located at Marina Square is indeed a sight to behold! You can find all things Japanese there, from a beef dry-aging facility to a live seafood market and eight restaurants! It is really convenient to enjoy everything at just one location.

The dry-aging beef facility offers a variety of cuts, dry aged from a minimum of 14 days to as long as 40 days. You may sample some of these cuts at Gyuu+, the yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurant.

There is a whole display just dedicated to live oysters! Here are 10 oyster varietals from France!

The live and chilled seafood market selection is extremely impressive! The emporium boasts 22 specially designed sea water tanks from which customers can browse and select over 20 types of live fish and shellfish from all over the world. A couple of the showstoppers are the Alaskan King Crabs from Norway and kegani (Hokkaido hairy crabs).

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Bali Travelogue 3: Amed and Sunrise at Mount Batur

After checking out of Club Med Bali, we made our way from Nusa Dua, the southern tip of Bali to Amed, a coastal region east of Bali which is a haunt for divers. It was a three-hour drive, where we passed by Candi Dasa, another coastal strip, several villages and many rice terraces. The picture below was adapted from Thinglink.com.

We finally made it to Amed after a butt-numbing ride and stayed at Geria Giri Shanti Bungalows, which was awarded Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 and 2015. The owners, Liselotte and David, also own Adventure Divers Bali, a fully licensed and accredited dive center based at the bungalows. 

The fan-cooled bungalows with attached bathrooms are located in a lush tropical garden with a choice of double or twin beds. Breakfast is included and free Wifi service is available in communal areas. During high season, between 15 June and 30 September, as well as 20 December to 5 January, it costs USD$30 per night. For the rest of the year, it costs only USD$25!

We were offered a welcome drink while friendly Nyoman, a staff at Geria Giri Shanti, introduced Amed to us and recommended several restaurants to us, which we patronised during our stay.

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Bali Travelogue 2: Sun, Sand and Sea at Club Med Bali

After having a happening afternoon at Waterbom, it was all the fun and activities at Club Med Bali for the next three days. Basically, when you stay at any Club Med, you do not have to go out of the resort because the resort is like a self-sustaining village where everything is included in the amount that you have paid (which explains why it is not exactly cheap to stay there). Everything from food to gym classes to facilities, you name it, it is free, even alcoholic drinks!

Below are some of activities offered at Club Med Bali that we partook in. Do note that these were done over the course of three days.

I woke up early in the morning, around 5.30am when it was still dark outside, to catch the sunrise. However, the direction of the beach seems more suitable for sunsets, as I managed to see the sky brightening up but did not manage to catch the sun.

Along the long corridor which runs adjacent to all the blocks, is the golf course. At certain times of the day, there will be groups of people putting on the green. On the opposite side of the corridor, is a pond in front of the blocks, where you can see wildlife like the Great Egret and Water Monitors.

At breakfast, squirrels are more pest than friend. These daring/ annoying little buggers are very active in the morning and will try to scramble onto your table when you are not paying attention to steal your food. Of course, some of the children were fascinated by them and tried to feed them. If you are afraid of squirrels or would rather eat your breakfast in peace, I suggest you choose a table inside.

Tennis was one of the activities that we enjoyed and tried more than once as Charlotte, our instructor who is as fluent in french as she is skillful in tennis, is an awesome instructor. Sis and I are amateurs and she was patient with us and even in a medium-sized group setting, was still able to give us pointers individually.

Archery for beginners is in the morning. We arrived about five minutes early and managed to get a slot. Those who came on the dot or slightly late had to wait for us to be done before they could try their hand at it. I cannot say that I was a fair shot after the session, but it was pretty fun.

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New Outback Steakhouse Outlet at Orchard Gateway

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Prior to this meal, I had only been to Outback Steakhouse once, at the Millenia Walk outlet. It was years ago and I remembered only having steak and sides there. Recently, Outback Steakhouse has opened a new outlet at Orchard Gateway, a new addition to the stretch of malls along Orchard Road. This outlet offers a varied menu, which broadens their repertoire to encompass more than just steaks.

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We started our meal with Typhoon Bloom ($14.90). Hand-cut fresh onion rings, served with the signature Bloom sauce. This is a very yummy appetiser. I could not get enough of this! It is a huge cyclone like structure and the spices in the batter make it so addictive!

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New Menu and Updated Dishes at Joyden Seafood

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I never knew there was a good seafood restaurant just a stone’s throw away from my house! In fact, they have been there for ten years and have recently gone through a rebranding, now known as Joyden Seafood. I would say this is really one of the best-kept secrets located in the west!

Westies/ Westerners will find the structure below familiar. It is the West Coast Recreation Centre, which is located adjacent to the Clementi stadium. Did you know that there is a seafood restaurant within the carpark?

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Not only has the restaurant been spruced up nicely, the menu has also gone through a comprehensive revamp while retaining traditional techniques of preparation by their team of experienced chefs.

The restaurant aims to reach out to more corporate clients and younger well-travelled customers with this change.

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Itacho sushi

Went to town on a weekday night to meet an old friend and his new girlfriend. Both of them had cravings for Asian food so after voting, we decided on Itacho Sushi, a restaurant much raved on food websites and photo sharing sites.

It was my first time there and after seeing all the delicious looking pictures, I had rather high expectations of the place. I’m pleased to say that I was not disappointed!

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Just one negative point, they charge a dollar for water/green tea and another dollar for wet wipes.

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We had a sushi feast, ordering almost everything that looked or sounded good. Some were on promotion, up to 50% off.

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I had a bowl of beef udon to go with the sushi. Sad to say, it wasn’t great, only average.

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Verdict: definitely a place for sushi and nothing else. Be prepared to splurge.