Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Mmmmh! Croissants... Viennoiseries... Pain au chocolat...


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Danishes... Tarts... Pastries...


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...and deliciously rustic French breads!

This is Frederic Deshayes, chef-owner at Do.Main Bakery at Tanjong Katong, the man behind these divine little treats in life. He is up at the crack of dawn, baking bread and making pastries and desserts using classical French techniques. Chef uses only wheat flour imported from France, as he believes it is best for French breads.







Frederic trained in Lenotre, has worked with pastry star Christophe Michalak at Plaza Athénée in Paris, and lectured at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. He has been in Singapore nine years now, heading the pastry department at At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, and now calls this island home. He opened Do.Main last Dec to offer the best of a French boulangerie (bakery) and patisserie.

"Do" refers to "dough" and "Main" means "hand" in French. At Do.Main, you can watch the chefs work through a large glass window. I love the immaculately clean and bright kitchen. Wonder if they need an apprentice...



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Anyway, Do.Main has now added home-style savoury French dishes beyond sandwiches and quiches. This is in collaboration with his good friends chefs Christophe Megel (founder of A-munition) and Stephane Istel (chef-owner of Bar-Roque Bar & Grill).

Chef Frederic says, "The culinary world is a relational industry. Chefs are constantly sharing their contacts and expertise in an informal way. With this alliance, I offer my advice on all bakery and patisserie matters for my friends while Stephane and Christophe share with me their expertise. This builds up an exciting ecosystem and makes the businesses stronger."

The result is a menu that pays tribute to the baker's role during olden times in France. It may be hard to imagine but there was an era before stoves were invented. Farmers used to prepare dinner by putting ingredients in a cast iron pot in the morning and drop them off at the bakery on the way to the fields. The baker would pop the pots into his warm oven and the meal would be slow-cooked by the end of the day.

"We are first a boulangerie, and the oven is the heart of Do.Main. So it is apt that all savoury dishes are also cooked in the oven," says Chef Frederic. They have also put thought into pairing different types of bread to enhance the dining experience.

For example, thin slices of toasted cereal bread to go with the tomato soup; you get the essential crunch and complex nutty flavours.


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Tomato Soup with Toasted Bread (S$6.50)
Chef took a cue from his mother-in-law's recipe for this soup. She serves this thickened with bread crumbs. He wasn't a fan of tomato dishes as a child, and this was the dish that made him fall in love with tomatoes again.




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Charcuterie Platter: Duck Pate with Pistachio, Pork Rillette, Kurobuta Ham, Assorted Artisanal Breads ($20)
These are beautifully made by Stephane Istel from Bar-Roque Bar & Grill. Chef Stephane hails from Alsace, France, which is celebrated for its hearty charcuterie. The items change from time to time according to what is seasonal and available.



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Cassoulet of Bourguignon Snails, Tomato Fondue and Toasted Bread (S$16)
Oven-baked escargots with garlic, herbs and tomato confit. I did not try this. I know how escargots can be amazing but it's still an acquired taste for me.



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"Tartiflette" Ratte Potatoes with Reblochon Cheese and Bacon (S$16)
Now this is my kind of dish - richly flavoured and oozing with melted cheese (and I do love Reblochon), with ratte potatoes (which are a little bit nutty) and chunks of bacon. Comfort food.





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"Mac and Cheese" Baked Ravioli with Comte Cheese (S$14)
Another gorgeous baked dish. Mini ravioli set in generous creamy cheese. I bet you can't stop at having just one bite.



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Red Wine Oxtail Stew Pie (S$12)
This is oxtail stewed in red wine sauce, and encased in buttery homemade puff pastry. I rather liked this even though I'm not usually a pastry pie fan. It was homey and comforting. Plus it had generous filling of tender beef.


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Desserts are often the highlight at any bakery-cafe, but I'm always happier with savoury selections. If you have a higher threshold for sugar than I do, you will enjoy these especially at tea time. From left to right:

"Bourdaloue Pear & Almond Tart" (S$5)
This pear tart is the first recipe Chef Frederic learnt at Lenotre when it was still owned by the Lenotre family. The tarts at Do.Main bakery are all French-style.

Paris-Brest (S$5)
Choux pastry cut in half and filled with softly whipped praline cream.

Éclair - salted caramel/chocolate (S$5 each)
The eclairs are done the classic French style. The skin is thin and is completely filled to the brim with filling. Chef Frederic attains that by injecting them into the choux pastry from the sides.

White Coffee Cake (S$8)
This is a special creation here - white coffee mascarpone mousse, 2 layers of coffee sponge sandwiches with white coffee ganache, on a base of sweet dough mixed with gianduja (chocolate mixed with praline paste).





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Chouquettes (S$3 per pack)
These choux pastry balls with sugar nibs are one of the hottest selling items here. I'm told Traditionally they are a favourite snack for children in France. But I'm sure they are a guilty pleasure with adults too!



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Here's Chef Frederic with his friendly team. One of the surprises you will get here is that the chefs will personally serve the dishes to you. "Who else best to explain them to the diners?" says Chef.


DO.MAIN BAKERY
226 Tanjong Katong Road,
Singapore 437015
Tel: 6348 1406

Opening hours:
8am - 9pm (Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday),
8am - 10.30pm (Friday and Saturday),
Closed on Monday


Thanks to FoodCult and Do.Main for the invite to meet with Chefs Frederic and Christophe!




Wednesday, May 20, 2015



I love Margaret Xu's Yellow Earth Roast Chicken. It's simple to do, gives you a great crispy skin and moist, tender meat. So I did a video demo for ToTTtv, based on my post and recipe here:
http://www.camemberu.com/2010/09/margaret-xus-yellow-earth-roast-chicken.html



This is the recipe we used for the studio. You can click the picture to get a larger image.

By the way, we don't do any artificial styling done to the food in this series. The hardworking video crew took the chicken home to eat and gave it a thumbs up! They are awesome! And were probably very hungry!

We did two videos that day; the other one is for Mini Pancakes or Pancake Art:
http://www.camemberu.com/2015/05/im-on-totttv-mini-pancakes-demo-and.html





Last month, I had a lovely afternoon at ToTT filming two recipes. This is the Mini Pancakes or Pancake Art one, based on my recipe here - http://www.camemberu.com/2015/02/happy-valentines-day-fun-pancake-art.html



Here's the recipe; you can click on the picture for a bigger image.

Meanwhile, ToTT is giving away S$40 vouchers on this video! Just answer this simple question: When should you flip the pancakes? To enter the contest, simply watch this video and answer the question by leaving a comment on this video's YouTube page before 31 May 2015!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVEFlCtH3mc

The other video is a recipe for Yellow Earth Roast Chicken:
http://www.camemberu.com/2015/05/im-on-totttv-yellow-earth-roast-chicken.html




Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Young hawkers - we can only salute what they are doing. There are not many youngsters willing to continue our street food heritage, and those who do often cite immense difficulties. Many of them quit. But I was heartened to find two 20-somethings - Joel Chia and Deniece Tan - still going strong at their Truly Curry Rice stall at Telok Blangah Drive with as much passion as you could ever imagine. It's not because the going has been easy, or that they have no other jobs to fall back on. It's not even because it's more lucrative than their former banking careers. Why do they do this?

I did a more indepth feature on them for Yahoo Makanation and Makansutra. You can read more about them there.

https://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/truly-curry-rice-truly-labour-075206508.html

http://www.makansutra.com/stories/3/1408/TrulyCurryRiceTrulyaLabourofLove




Meanwhile, look at the rice so generously drenched with curry. Interestingly, the rice texture is the biggest cooking challenge. Every batch of rice is different, so they have to gauge how much water and cooking time is required to get that perfect fluffy texture and good bite.




The curry is actually two curries - a robust chicken one, topped with a tangy assam one to whet the appetite. And you have 17 side dishes to choose from. The food tastes like homestyle cooking, nothing too in-your-face, just simple comforting fare. Most dishes are non-greasy, and they use very little MSG.

You have your usual favourites - crispy breaded pork chop, sambal eggplant, chap chye, sambal squid, braised pork belly...


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But the one that had me reaching back for more was the sliced potatoes with pork - extremely savoury and moreish.



They also did a great job with the bittergourd. Now, I am normally not a bittergourd fan (I only like it sliced thinly in soups, or Okinawa champuru style). But this dish with garlic and black beans was so delicious


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They also recently introduced a stewed pork beehoon for just S$1 - insane with the amount of pork and stock infused into the rice noodles. The side dishes to go with this are only S$0.50, so you can get a really hearty breakfast at S$2 or less.




So kudos to Joel (left) and Deniece (right), who are recently joined by Joel's brother Joshua (centre), for their mind-boggling perseverance and hard work waking up at 1am to make sure everyone has a good and affordable breakfast at 6am. They work all through to 5-6pm with washing up the stall. I don't know how they manage to look so fresh. It has to be the magic formula when you're doing what you love.

Come read their stories at the links above. And come try their labour of love.

TRULY CURRY RICE
79 Telok Blangah Drive #01-29
Singapore 100079
Open daily 6am to 3pm




Thursday, May 7, 2015


With Avengers storming the theatres with Age of Ultron, it seems we can't get enough of the Marvel (and indeed DC) superhero realms. If you're a fan and want a bigger infusion in your daily life, you need to check out Hungry Heroes at 33 Tessensohn Road.

"We feed heroes," they say, and what do heroes like to eat? Meat. Lots and lots of meat, apparently. Classic pulled pork, 150-day grass-fed tenderloin, ribeye and lamb rack. Hey, protein for them muscles, and energy for saving the world. I can't argue.



Upon entering the shophouse eatery, you'll be greeted by an entire wall decked out with key superhero action figures from the owners' personal collection.




It's not a large space; it seats only around 50. They opened late last year, and won an ardent following despite the location (near the Civil Service Club, where Lavender Street meets Balestier Road).



On the other side, framed vintage comics and posters abound. There is memorabilia everywhere you look.




I love the Japanese posters...they just seem that more cool and stylish!



Wall sconces never looked this cool!




There's even a display cabinet of gun replicas and weapons; these are even plastered all over the ceiling but painted over to blend in. Next time, I am bringing my ex-Green Beret friend here to get a primer on what's what.



"Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?"

By far the most impressive items here - the lifesize (or larger than life?) figures of Thor, Captain America and Ironman holding court above the bar area (as seen in first photo). It's a pretty good likeness of Chris Hemsworth. I tried to find out where to get these and how much they cost. Well, you'd better be ready to plonk down close to a five-figure sum to order and ship something of this quality.




But onto the food...I'm sure you're hungry.

They have a hot deli counter serving ready-to-eat items, as well as a cold deli showcase of premium meats. Diners are welcome to pick out their preferred cuts and types of meats to be cooked a la minute.

If you're in a group, they have Hungry Heroes Platters in various configurations for sharing.


The Steak-out (S$118, serves 5 to 6)
200gm ribeye, full rack pork ribs, pulled pork, sausage trio, 250gm de-boned chicken leg, beef stew, veal osso bucco, served with choice of roasted potatoes or fries

That's quite a pile to work through, but oh what joy to do so. Love the sausages, ribs and tender pulled pork. Some grilled vegetables, gherkins and sauerkraut helped to balance all that meat. The sauces are all made inhouse, and made for interesting dips.



Nice to Meat You (S$62, serves 3 to 4)
Half rack pork ribs, 200gm sirloin, 250gm de-boned chicken leg, pulled pork, served with choice of roasted potatoes or fries

A more manageable feast for a more cosy group. The twice-cooked pork ribs are probably the highlight. They are braised over low heat before being glazed with house marinades. A final round in the oven seals in the juices.




A la minute grilled meats include Tenderloin (150 day grass fed; S$42 for 300g) - I truly enjoyed the excellent fries, yes, almost more than the steak itself.




Light Bites and Side Dishes include Luncheon Chips (S$6) which are amazingly light and non-greasy (we were all asking "how do they do it!?") and Truffle Mash Potato (S$7) which is beautifully smooth.



Bottled Craft Beers and Ciders
These guys also run a tight craft beer program to go with the menu. The Rogue Mocha Porter (S$13) won the Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships some years back, and goes best with grilled and smoked foods. We tried various items like Jacob's Ladder (S$12) and Albens Fine English Cider (S$13).



Alska Strawberry & Lime Cider (S$15)
This was light and fruity, very pleasant and easy to drink.



Hitachino Espresso Stout (S$15)
Whoa coffee in stout. I'm not a fan of stout, so I can't really judge.







Upstairs at "Art Art & Away", there is more dining space with quirky furniture, paintings and prints, decor lighting and home decor collectibles. Everything you see here is for sale.



They do artisanal framing services for much lower than expected. There are more than 100 types of frames with different styles, designs, colours and sizes. I love the bold statement frames. This one is sitting at home with me.



You have to come see the washroom. Pretty trippy, and even has a polar bear faucet. I won't show you, you have to come see it.




Hungry Heroes and Art, Art & Away combine two concepts in one fun and quirky venue. Besides a hearty dinner, you can shop for novel decorative art and home furnishing products you won't easily find in other retail stores.


HUNGRY HEROES
33 Tessensohn Road
Singapore 217656
Tel: +65 6295-5401 (enquiries only, no reservations)
OPENING HOURS
Mon–Thu: 4pm-11pm
Fri & Eve of PH: 4pm-12am
Sat: 12pm-12am
Sun & PH: 12pm-11pm




Saturday, May 2, 2015

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How are you celebrating Mother's Day? Something cooked with love beats a fancy dinner outside!

Italian organic brand, Alce Nero, and local food company, Ayam Brand has prepared an all-in-one cooking hamper for you to prepare a heart-warming meal.

This is the Alce Nero ‘Buon Appetito’ Hamper (S$180) has the basics (including recipe cards) you need to make Black Eyed Peas Garden Salad, Pesto Penne Pasta, and Cherry Jam Tart:
·         Alce Nero Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 250ml
·         Alce Nero Penne
·         Cherry Jam
·         Alce Nero Acacia Honey
·         Alce Nero Pesto Basil Sauce
·         Alce Nero Balsamic Vinegar

The best part? It comes with a Neoflam Aeni 24cm Casserole dishware, which is a Red Dot Design Award winner. This pot alone is worth about S$130.


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It's a nice hearty pot you can use to make soups, stocks and other dishes too. Works on induction stoves too, I was glad to find out.

The Alce Nero Mother's Day hamper is available exclusively on HealthyGourmet.sg starting May.

There is also a separate one done by Ayam Brand (S$138) which includes a 20cm Neoflam casserole. The items are for making a Nyonya Chicken Curry, Sautéed Shrimps with Baked Beans and aromatic Otak Otak Sardines, plus Ice Jelly with Peach dessert:
·         Ayam Brand Nyonya Curry
·         Ayam Brand Coconut Cream 270ml
·         Sardines in Water 120g
·         Baked Beans 425g
·         Sliced Peach 410g

Happy cooking for Mother's Day!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Mention Palais Renaissance and you'd probably picture "tai-tai central" or a place for the well-heeled. Well, it does have its premium brands and exclusive shops, but what's interesting for me is the revival going on in terms of restaurants there. As I found out, there are lovely lunches which are not only good for your gullet but won't put a dent in your wallet.

We sussed out five eateries, new and old. There are more to come, with the basement becoming the hub for food. A pity Antoinette au Jardin is gone from there, but we have at least three new exciting restaurants near where it used to be.

P. BISTRO

The focus at P.Bistro (photo above) is healthy food with premium ingredients. They started at Owen Road in their own building, where there were no rent concerns, so they could really splurge on quality produce and ingredients like French Castaing ducks and President butter. With that success, they are branching out with the same formula.

They have introduced a Set Lunch for just S$15++ which includes:

* Soup of the Day/Salad
* Pasta of Choice OR Fish & Chips

But take a look at the a la carte menu too; there are highlights that made the bistro popular.



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Thai Beef salad (S$22)

This is such an extremely hearty portion, even I would have trouble finishing it. The beef slices are generously sliced, cooked just right and tender. This huge colourful salad can easily stand as a main, or shared by two persons.



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I was told the ladies prefer the Pomelo Salad (S$10) which is refreshingly tangy and fruity. Cherry tomatoes, chili slices, coriander and shallots plus a tamarind dressing make this incredibly appetising.




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They do have all-day breakfast here, so feel free to come by anytime you have a hankering for breakfast favourites, like this Citrus Salmon Eggs Benedict (S$18). You get home-cured citrus salmon coddled by 62-degree free range eggs topped with Hollandaise and chives, on English muffins.



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Croque Madame (S$11)

Want something fuss-free and filling? An over easy egg on farm toast with sliced honey baked ham and gruyere cheese, plus sauce Mornay will keep you happy til dinner time.




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For a splurge though, their signature P.Bistro Special Duck Leg Stew (S$28) is a warm bowl of comfort. It's a whole French duck leg that is lightly braised and stewed 2-3hrs in a rich stock made from chicken bones and seasonal vegetables. It's almost a fusion soup like a Peranakan duck soup but with French ingredients.

Other notable dishes include their velvety Pumpkin Soup (S$6) made from vege stock with pumpkin purée, and topped with pine nuts; and a Beetroot & Orange Salad (S$12) featuring beets poached sous vide style in orange juice to remove the earthiness

P.BISTRO
B1-06 Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
Tel: +65 6734 9268
Open daily 11am to 10pm


JING HUA XIAO CHI 


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Jing Hua Xiao Chi is the third and more upscale branch of Jing Hua which began under Qun Zhong Eating House. They are renowned for their dumplings. The original no-frills shop at 21 Neil Road was set up by Singaporeans Mr and Mrs Han who are now in their 70s. Yes, a homegrown brand!

I did a Makanation story on them and how they kept to the same small menu for over 25 years.
https://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/jing-hua-dumplings-same-popular-065950275.html

Their son Guo Guang has taken over the reins and looks set to reach out to a younger audience with an outlet at Bugis Village, and now Palais Renaissance.

They've even gone international with three outlets in Japan - Ginza (Tokyo), Tsukuba (Ibaraki prefecture) and Hakuba (Nagano prefecture) - and one in Milan, Italy. Wow, this is no small feat for a local eatery and speaks volumes about their food! 

I'm glad they have kept things fairly affordable, and still focus on doing a small menu well.



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The Chinese Pizza (S$10.80) is the Han family's own creation, a crispy crust stuffed with mixed seafood and pork. I'd go straight for this for a tasty yet filling lunch.



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Their signature items are of course the Shanghai style dumplings. The Steamed Mixed Seafood and Pork Dumplings (S$5 for 4 pieces) are toothsome and moreish. The Pan-fried Dumplings (S$6.50 for 6 pieces) are the crispy-bottomed versions great for those who prefer some crunch and caramelization.

If you like Xiao Long Bao or "Little Juicy Steamed Meat Dumplings" (S$5 for four pieces), they have that here too. I had tried some at Neil Road, they were more than decent.



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They do have noodle dishes, like this Zha Cai Rou Si Noodle (S$8) which are noodles with sliced pork and Sichuan vegetables in a light broth. It makes a nice neutral carb base for the meaty dumplings.




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What you must not miss is the Sweet Osmanthus Flower Rice Ball Soup (S$4) which are the smoothest glutinous rice balls you will ever have. They are each differently filled with peanuts, red bean paste, lotus and walnut paste, and black sesame.



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This particular branch of Jing Hua is special because they have more drinks here to complement the "xiao chi" little snacks - from premium Pu'er tea to Chinese Shao Hsing wine, German beers to international whiskies and cognacs. You'll even find soda highballs and sweet potato based shochu. The full length 7m bar with a striking red marble countertop inspired by Mr Han's own traditional Chinese tea table.


JING HUA XIAO CHI
B1-04/05 Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871 
Tel: +65 6733 8231
Open daily 
Lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm
Dinner from 5.30pm to 10.00pm
All day weekends and public holidays


ISHINOMAKI GRILL & SAKE BAR

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This is a great find! An izakaya/robatayaki offering quality food at surprisingly pleasant prices. The decor resembles a cosy fishing boat cabin, with raw wood and metal finishes. As befits the izakaya model, there are plenty of beer, sake and shochu choices to go with dishes.

Ishinomaki is named after a rustic fishing village in the Miyagi prefecture that Mr Chi Pin Han and his wife Janice Chi visited on a mission trip when it was devastated during the tsunami of 2011. Mr Chi is formerly from Keyaki, and has had over 25 years experience preparing Japanese cuisine (especially kaiseki) but he decided to keep prices low when he started his own restaurant.

Set lunches start from S$17 and yakitori items are from S$3, seafood robatayaki from S$15 and the unagi jyu (premium grilled eel) only S$25.


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This is the Tenju Set Lunch (S$17), which is the most affordable one. It's mostly men who make a beeline for this tempura set. Ironically the hottest selling item is their most expensive teishoku set, the Sashimi & Unagi Seiro Ozen (S$32), a favourite with the ladies.



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Speaking of sashimi, this stunning ensemble, the Assorted Sashimi Ishinomaki, is only S$35! This is the the basic set of six or more varieties of fish which may vary depending on what they get.

They take three shipments a week at least from key fishing ports in Japan - Kyushu, Hokkaido and Tsukiji.

A "black box" of mystery ingredients arrives every Tues and Fri, containing the freshest and best catch as picked out by trusted suppliers. So the chefs only get to know what ingredients to work with when they open the box the morning it comes. It takes great skill and knowledge of Japanese cuisine to translate those ingredients into palatable creations.

For customers, this means every visit will never be the same, since the surprise ingredients keep changing.



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Take a look at this Ma Saba Shioyaki set at $25 only!

What's unique is this is fresh Saba from Kyushu, wild caught! Saba is normally frozen and smaller in size. This is a huge mackerel; see how it dwarfs the salad and various bowls. Its flesh somehow seems more tender and sweet than the normal grilled saba.


And from the many ingredients they get, sometimes there are rare surprises. Can you guess what this next fish is?



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Samekarei (pronounced"sah-meh-kah-reh", not "same curry") is a shark sole. This deep-sea sole has a rough and rocky textured skin like shark skin. And because it's a deep-sea fish, it's fatty unlike others in the sole and flounder family. It's from the cold waters off Hokkaido, and very rare to see! Costs a few hundred dollars per fish but you can enjoy 5 pieces for S$25. We were so privileged to try some. It tastes like a rich, buttery fugu.






The menu is extensive with a robata grill, deep fried items, hot dishes, soups, rice and noodles. Here, clockwise from top left, we have:

  • Hotate ougonyaki - a creamy grilled scallop
  • Sashimi & Unagi Seiro Ozen - the aforementioned bento set. It has Seiro rice, which is Japanese rice steamed with brown sauce. The unagi is also steamed on the rice, and the teriyaki sauce is housemade. 
  • Tsubugai sashimi - live sea whelk
  • Beef teriyaki set
  • Yaki Iberico Pork - grilled pork with homemade spicy Japanese paste. They also have Iberico pork and Mangalicia Pork Belly skewers (mmmh, can you tell I'm coming back?). 
  • Tatami iwashi (dried young sardines) and eihire (sting ray fins)

The founder Mr Chi is truly a humble and friendly gentleman and you'll see him most often here at Ishinomaki, where he enjoys personally serving guests.

ISHINOMAKI GRILL & SAKE
B1-02/02A/03 Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871 
Tel: +65 6737-1065
Open daily 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IshinomakiGrillnSake
Open daily 1:30am to 3:00pm; 6:00pm to 10:00pm



GINZAWA


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Upstairs we have another Japanese restaurant, Ginzawa. This used to be Sushi Kuu, but they rebranded so as not to cause confusion with their Hong Kong branch of the same name. Ginzawa is also a little more contemporary in its decor and food offerings.


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It's a little more high-end, but the lunch set "don" (rice bowl sets) there can be good value for money.



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For example, the Tokusen Bara Chirashi Don (S$38) is a huge bowl of premium sashimi cubes on sushi rice. Well, as you can see, there's WAY more seafood than rice!



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The Kuro Buta Zaku Don (S$35) is delicious slices of braised pork belly on rice. The black pork has been lovingly braised for eight hours!



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For a splurge, the Wagyu Don (S$50) is actually a steal for A5 grade Japanese wagyu grilled with onions and served on rice. It's deliciously topped with pine nuts, garlic chips and chives.



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There are various other lunch set combinations (S$35-50) of tempura, sashimi, wagyu sukiyaki, gindara saikyoyaki, shake bata yaki (pan-fried salmon in butter sauce).

There's also an extensive a la carte menu, and I would love to come back and try more stuff.


GINZAWA
 #01-07 Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
Tel: +65 6736 0100
Open daily 12 pm –3pm; 6pm – 1030pm


P.S. CAFE


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P.S. Cafe is a beloved haunt of many well known personalities and afternoon tea lovers. It's been around since 1999 and needs little introduction.



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They are perhaps most famous for their Truffle Shoestring Fries (S$15) which comes in a mountain! Yes, I once came here just to eat this.



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The Superfood Salad (S$26) is like a dream salad - blueberries, roasted almonds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, baked pumpkin, quinoa, broccoli, baby spinach and crisp romaine lettuce, tossed in an orange and rosemary dressing! It truly is an investment in your body and health. Indulge without guilt!


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They also have soup and sandwich combos. Here's the Ploughman's with Ardenne ham, vintage cheddar, and homemade pickle. You can choose from various homemade breads: crushed wheat & pumpkin seed (above); M's organic ciabatta; organic ash white; organic soy and linseed sourdough.



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The Caesar Salad (S$23) comes with poached egg, crispy smoked bacon, baby cos and baked croutons tossed in chef's dressing with freshly shaved parmesan. Add S$4 for rosemary-dijon chicken or S$6 for grilled prawns. It's seriously hearty.



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P.S. Cafe is noted for their sangrias, and this one tastes light enough for lunch!


P.S. CAFE
#02-09A Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
Tel: +65 9834 8232
Twitter: @PSpalais
Open daily

Brunch                      
Sat, Sun & PH, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm / Last food order 4.00 pm

Lunch            
Mon – Fri, 11.30 am - 4.00 pm / Last food order 4.00 pm

Tea              
Mon – Fri, 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Sat, Sun & PH, 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Dinner          
Mon – Thu & Sun, 6.00 pm - 12.00 am / Last food order 10.30 pm, Last bar order 11.00 pm
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH, 6.00 pm - 1.00 am / Last Food Orders 10.30 pm, last bar order 12.00 am



These are just some of the options available at Palais Renaissance. It's worth making a trip specially for some of these eateries, even if you don't shop at the mall.



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