Monday, February 28, 2011

Peperoni Pizzeria II

Dropped by Peperoni Pizzeria's newest outlet at Binjai Park for lunch one scorching Saturday afternoon. Very much like the original outlet at Greenwood Avenue, parking is a perennial problem with limited lots, tons of cars and no valet parking.




Interior

I like the retro themed interior, which is a throwback to the western diners of the 60's and 70's when science fiction and UFOs were all the rage. There is an open pizza counter where you can look (if you actually bother) at the pizza guys doing up your order.





XXL Pizza ($50)

We had an XXL pizza (21 inch and good for 3 at least) done in 2 flavours - Pancetta & Salmon, which on hindsight, probably wasn't the best combination. The crust was Italian style thin but did seem a little flimsy at times. It was also alarmingly charred in certain areas. Taste wise, the caramelised onions were a nice touch to counter the fishiness of the salmon chunks but it still got a little overwhelming after a while. The pancetta (pork belly that has been salt cured, spiced and dried for a few months) tasted like tender bacon, which was well and good except that there was no other flavour. It was just salty, unless of course you consider the random egg yolk oozing out in certain areas of the pizza, which by the way, was the highlight of my afternoon.



Tiramisu ($11)

The tiramisu came served in a cup and I actually mistook it for coffee with whipped cream, much to the mild amusement of my dining companion. Initial embarrassments aside, I was actually not too impressed with Peperoni's take on this classic Italian dessert. Aside from being a teetotaler version (which I personally don't prefer), the mascarpone was overly thick, which threatened to overwhelm the puny layer of sponge. Well at least the sponge carried a pleasant coffee taste. Overall, averagely decent.

All in all, the 2 of us spent $71.80 on an extremely filling but rather unsatisfying meal. To be honest, the pizza standards have slipped since my last visit and with it, the value proposition. Oh and yes, service needs serious reworking. Being aloof (I'm being kind here) certainly isn't going to bring in or retain any customers.



Final Verdict:

Ambience:7/10
Service:5/10
Food:6.5/10
Value for money:6.5/10

Overall:6.25/10

Address: 7 Binjai Park

Contact: 64637800

Opening Hours:

12pm - 12am (Last seating at 1030pm) daily.

830am - 11am (Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays only)

Closed on certain holidays. Call to enquire.

Website: http://www.lesamis.com.sg/index1.html

Sunday, February 13, 2011

CNY Dinner - A Pictorial

Just some pictures of my dinner on the first day of CNY.



Peng Cai from Man Fu Yuan



Yu Sheng from Man Fu Yuan (left) & Imperial Treasure Cantonese (right)



Chicken Stuffed with Rice from Man Fu Yuan



Roast Goose from Imperial Treasure Cantonese



Happy New Year!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine IV - A Chinese New Year Eve Dinner

Summer Pavilion was full so we decided to stick to the tried and tested Imperial Treasure for our reunion dinner (seems like we are making a trend out of it with dinners at Imperial Treasure in 2008, 2010 and this year!) A second seating at 815pm ensured that we could enjoy our dinner at a leisurely pace in the comforts of a private room.



Walnuts

We've always been a fan of how Imperial Treasure's walnuts and to show our support, we had an additional 2 tubs to go. I don't know if they are priced any differently during the normal period but it's $28/tub (probably 500g or less) during CNY.




Salmon Yu Sheng

I've never quite understood or taken to the tradition of tossing yu sheng during CNY but well its good fun to be able to mess up the tables once in a while and not feel guilty about it. This yu sheng came across as delicate in the sense that everything was finely chopped and sliced, with a nice addition of lime leaves for an added fragrance.



Stir Fried Special Shark's Fin with Fresh Crab Meat

This was not your conventional shark's fin dish. It came in 2 parts - a bowl of chicken and mushroom (very strong woody smell) soup and a plate of stir fried shark's fin with plump pieces of crab meat. A joy to eat, when consumed individually or paired together. A subtly savoury taste comes forth with every mouthful of the fins and crab and the ever so light chicken broth comes across as savoury and uplifting. And when paired together, the flavours complement each other to a T. I am definitely going to be ordering this again if I ever see it on the menu.



Pan Fried Baby Lobster with Superior Soya Sauce

Now this was one huge baby lobster (but the amount of meat was still less than generous!). Succulent and savoury without being overcooked, it was however, a little heavy on the salt content.



Steamed Soon Hock Fish with Minced Garlic

If you love garlic, you will definitely love this dish! The garlic taste was rather strong (through the addition of both fried and raw garlic) which at times did threaten to overwhelm the natural sweetness of the fish. The firmness of the flesh was done just right though and overall I liked this dish quite a fair bit.



Roasted Crispy Goose

Ever a personal perennial favourite, the roast goose lived up to expectations. Succulent meat coupled with a layer of crisp skin. Excellent!



Braised Australian Sliced Abalone with Black Moss and Vegetable

Although I'm not quite a fan of starchy vegetables dishes like this, I must say that it tasted quite good. The abalone was soft while the gravy had a nice savouriness and didn't come across as too starchy. Throw in some crunchy vegetables and fa cai and you have a wonderful dish to go with your bowl of steamed rice.



Fried Glutinous Rice with Wax Meat & Sausage

The glutinous rice was fragrant and not too heavy on the palate. Dried shrimps and waxed meats were plentiful, which made for a good eat.



Chilled Cream of Sago with Mango & Pomelo Topped with Ice Cream

I was expecting the cream of sago to be sweet but by golly, it was cringingly sour. Thank god for the scoop of ice cream which balanced things out with its sweetness. Nice contrast if I may say.



Bill

The 5 of us had a set meal for 6 and still wolved everything down (save for parts of the glutinous rice which we had to doggy bag). The damage? A cool $1,065, inclusive of tea and the 2 small tubs of walnuts we ordered. Quality of food was evident and it served to reinforce our belief in Imperial Treasure's food consistency.

Happy year of the rabbit!



Final Verdict:
Ambience:7.5/10
Service:7.5/10
Food:8/10
Value for money:7/10

Overall:7.5/10

Address: #01-02 Crowne Plaza Hotel, 75 Airport Boulevard

Contact: 6822 8228

Opening Hours:

Mon–Fri
11.30am–3pm, 6pm–11pm

Sat–Sun & PH
10.30am–3pm, 6pm–11pm