High Tea @ Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge

Celebrated the friend’s really belated birthday having the 8 course weekday afternoon high tea at Ritz. We are all so busy these days, celebrations are getting more and more belated. Love the ambience at the Chihuly Lounge, especially the natural light, high ceiling and spaciousness.

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The course started with a peachy mocktail which was quite refreshing. Accompanied by a bowl of keropok with dried shrimp/scallop XO dip.

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And then we had the steak with truffle mash which was pretty good too.

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What is high tea without the tiered plates of goodies. I felt they could have just given 2 scones instead of 4. I remembered one of Japanese baking instructor I learnt baking from told me that Ritz has one of the best scones. It’s true. The texture was really good. The clotted cream was good too. But we found the bottled jams too sweet, they didn’t have the natural fruity sour sweet flavour.

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We like the salted caramel macarons. They have macarons available for takeaways at the deli if you are looking at bringing some home. The passion fruit tart custard was a little too eggy for me. Rest of the food was pretty alright.

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We opted for the hightea with cocktail. This mojito definitely had a kick.

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The service staff also came by with a trolley of cakes, cookies and chocolates where you can pick any amount you want if you still can stomach them. When we reached that segment, we were like sloths on the chairs in a state of food coma. I felt the variety  and taste of sweets in the trolley wasn’t wow. Overall, the high tea was okay, but I have tasted better ones.

xx dawnut xx

Salt Grill & Sky Bar

As the lift doors opened on the 55th floor of ION Orchard, I was greeted by the friendly staff members of the restaurant. My first time to the restaurant and the hospitality, ambience and fusion menu felt some what familiar. It reminded me of the Bennelong in Sydney. It’s no wonder why I felt the familiarity because I went to read about the restaurant later on and found out it is one of several restaurants under the belt of Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan. And the concept of the restaurant revolves around the modern oz concept which has a fusion touch.

Went for the 3 course set lunch priced at $49 per pax. You can check out the menu here. Would have definitely ordered a cocktail if not for the fact that I had to head back to work after :p

Started crunching off some freshly made sweet potato and potato chips with an Italian dip, complimentary from the Chef.

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So for the entrée I chose the Seared scallop, cauliflower puree, XO sauce, pork crackling , broccolini (I think they replaced with green beans). The two key words that got my taste buds tingling were scallop and pork crackling. I have always enjoyed eating scallops in restaurants because it is really hard not to overcook them at home. Without a doubt, it was cooked to perfection and the green beans give the dish a crunch. I was (greedy) dreaming for a piece of crackling pork topping each of the scallop but it came in sprinkled bits around the dish. Cauliflower puree was smooth and light. I almost forgotten it was cauliflower and thought it was some cream. I always like a touch of Asian in fusion dishes so the XO sauce worked for me. salt2

So in the Kurobuta main I got my crackling pork skin! The grilled pork loin was really tender and that brown garlic sauce below was really fragrant and delicious. It’s the kinda garlic sauce that you typically taste in asian style stir fry vege dishes. salt1

Had the mango sorbet, crumbs and berries for dessert. I love those crumbs. Tasted like a tart crust. Buttery and crunchy. Not sure if there is a way to choose berries, they are mostly sweet or at least not sour!

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Salt Grill & Sky Bar
http://www.saltgrill.com

Restaurant
Lunch: 11.00 – 13:45 (Last Seating)
Dinner: 18:00 – 21:45 (last Seating)

Sky bar
Drink: Daily 11:00 – 23:00 (Last Order)
Food: Sun-Thur 21:45 (Last order) / Fri & Sat 22:15 (Last order)

Afternoon Tea (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday)
14:30 – 16:45 (Last Order)

xx dawnut

Hup Hup Minced Meat Noodle

Recently, with the whole Michelin guide thingy, there has been a whole debate about which hawker stall sells the best bak chor mee. I for one will not travel far nor will I stand in queue for 30-45min for a bowl of noodles. So I am pretty happy with Hup Hup that serves up pretty good noodles and best of all, it is in my hood 🙂

But before you can dig into that yummy bowl of bak chor mee, you first have to get past the legendary grouchy bitch face aunty. No threat to me bcos I have a bitch face too :p A word of advice, be clear with your order or risk getting the tsk and killer stare hur hur.. Been eating this for years and in a rare occurrence some time this year, the aunty actually smiled at me O.O Hallelujah.

There are only two types of noodles available: mee pok and mee kia. Don’t be funny and try to ask for kuay tiao, bee hoon or other types of noodles. This one here is the mee pok (think linguine) and the thinner version is the mee kia (think angel hair pasta). Bowl comes in two sizes: Small ($3.00) or Big ($4.00). You can have the noodles in soup or dry with their concoction of sauces. If you are ordering the noodles dry, you can have them spicy or non-spicy.

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So in summary these are the choices you have to make clear to grouchy aunty.

  1. Mee Pok / Mee Kia
  2. Small / Large
  3. Dry / Soup
  4. If dry, Spicy / Non-spicy
  5. Eating in / Take-away

Speak slowly and clearly.

I personally like the type of mee pok and mee kia they use. There is another type which is slightly translucent looking and has a more firm and springy texture (think al dante). I like how they cook the noodles such that it doesn’t stick into a lump. You really don’t want sticky noodles bcos the entire bowl of noodles hangs on your chopstick like a ball of yarn when you try to pick them up. There is also enough mix of sauces so it’s tasty and moist. Good that they were not overly generous with the oil.

The chilli is not too spicy and is flavourful. When paired with the right proportion of tomato sauce and vinegar, it’s yummy. If you are the type who eats chilli as a main and noodles as a complement, you may need to ask for a big dollop. But I think that would probably change the flavour as the original concoction proportions are altered.

Accompanying the noodles are braised mushrooms (good flavour), minced meat (not too fatty) and pig liver. To top it off, you get two pieces of deep fried wanton skin for that added crunch!

Brace yourselves, I think this noodle is worth a face to face encounter with a grouch ;p

Hup Hup Minced Meat Noodle (合合香菇肉脞面)
724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6
#01-39 Ang Mo Kio Market & Food Centre

xx dawnut xx

Shop Wonderland @ Haji Lane

[Shop Wonderland has since moved to 134 Telok Ayer Street with a new food menu. Ambience is still great, go visit!]

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Situated at one of my favourite shopping streets Haji Lane is Shop Wonderland. It is a cafe on the first level and shop + workshop space on the second level. The cafe serves a good variety drinks but I am not quite a fan of their coffee as it is a little sourish. They do have some savoury items if you are looking to grab a bite. They also have some yummy cakes from local bakeshops and the selection changes daily. It is a nice place to sit and chill with a good read on a weekday afternoon. Tend to get really crowded on weekends.

On the second level, the shop sells fresh flowers and nice household items. Floral workshops and other craft workshops are conducted at the upper level as well.

Shop Wonderland
37 Haji Ln, L1&2
Singapore 189230
T. +65 6299 5848
Daily, 10am to 8pm

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis or Nicoll Highway

xx dawnut xx

Buta Ramen

Chashu ramen and pork cheek ramen I have tasted many. But pork rib ramen this yummy is a first 🙂 Located at Far East Square, this place is pretty lively during lunch. Can’t miss this cute piggy logo.

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Ordered the Special Boss Ribs Original Ramen which is created by the bosses behind Buta Ramen. Understand from the boss that the ribs are slow cooked for many hours before they are glazed with yakitori sauce and charred. That explains why the meat slides off the bone so easily! Succulent pieces of ribs done to perfection. I love that the ramen broth is light and flavourful. And not overly rich and salty.

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Free flow of sides

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New on the menu: Pork belly bun

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If you are a porky and ramen fan, you have to try Buta Ramen 🙂 Take note that they only open on weekdays yea!

Calories worthy: 4.5/5

Buta Ramen

#01-04 Far East Square

Opens Monday – Friday, 11am to 6pm

Nearest MRT Station: Telok Ayer, Raffles Place & Chinatown

xx dawnut xx

Working Title Cafe

Amongst an array of fabric and textile shop along Arab Street stood the Working Title Cafe. This is one of the many cafes sprouting out in that area. Was shopping in the area on a Friday evening and looking for a place for dinner. The friend and I decided to google and we found this cafe. Surprisingly it wasn’t particularly crowded at dinner time. Ambience is nice for catch up with friends. They have booze too.

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Had the smoked duck burger with fries. It was decent. It would have been better if they had use a better cheese instead of those Kraft singles type of cheese.

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The friend had the rosti with sausage. The rosti was a a little like hash. Tasted alright but was slightly oily.

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Ended off the dinner with a peanut butter chocolate cake. Moist and rich 🙂 They have a selection of desserts which looked rather familiar. Possibly supplied by some local bakers.

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Calories worthy: 3/5

Working Title
48 Arab Street

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis (5-7min walk)

xx dawnut xx

Les Patisseries

Another pick from the from the heartland. Found right in the heart of Toa Payoh Central, Les Patisseries stood amongst many random shops like salons, hardware shops etc that the office bff and I almost missed it. We were there at around 1pm on a Saturday afternoon and there was a good crowd.

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Although cakes and pastries are their speciality, they do have quite a number of savoury items on the menu like eggs benny, pastas and sandwiches. I think they could reduce the items on the menu and focus on doing a few items well. Afterall the cafe is rather small and sweets are their strength.

By default we usually order stuff from the all day breakfast selections. Both are not wow but tasted decent.

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The coffee was good. Had an ice latte to beat the heat.

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The truffle fries could do with more truffle oil.

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Mango mousse cake and hazelnut tart. The tart was to die for!

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 Calories worthy: 4/5 for desserts, 3.5/5 for the rest

Les Patisseries

Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central, #01-428 Singapore 310186

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily

Nearest MRT Station: Toa Payoh (5-10min walk)

xx dawnut xx