Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mortons Part VI - A Pictorial



Onion Loaf



Mashed Potatoes



Asparagus



Jumbo Lump Crab Cake



Broiled Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon



Shrimp Alexander



USDA Prime Burger



Grand Marnier Souffle



Morton's Hot Chocolate Cake



Bill


Final Verdict:


Ambience:7/10
Service:8/10
Food:8/10 (The burger wasn't very good this time round, so 6.5/10 for the burger)
Value for money:7/10
Overall:7.5/10

Address: 4th Storey, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Contact: 6339-3740

Opening Hours:

Bar
Monday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday 5pm - 10pm

Dining Room
Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 5pm - 10pm

Website: http://www.mortons.com/singapore/

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Old Hong Kong Taste



The opening of myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens has added a variety of new restaurants to the area, with mostly established brands like Da Paolo, Shin Kushiya and Old Hong Kong vying for pole position in this vibrant dining scene. Enthralled by the prospect of having dim sum in the neighbourhood, we dropped by Old Hong Kong Taste (OHKT for short) - one of the 4 restaurants under the Old Hong Kong Group.





The Place & Menu

OHKT's open kitchen greeted us as we took the escalator up to the 2nd floor of the mall, allowing us a peek at the culinary maestros ( I hope!) who would be whipping up our orders soon.




Tea & Appetiser

There is a variety of tea, ranging from Rose Tea to Longan Tea, all served up in a glass kettle atop a glass stove with a candle to keep the tea warm.
The appetiser was simple yet satisfying. Anchovies dotted the beancurd cubes alongside sweet chopped chilli - would have loved seconds or a bigger serving.




Dim Sum in The Cage

I was intrigued by the name, however gimmicky it may have sounded. This dim sum platter had a combination of various items such as -

Bird Nest Egg Tart - The custard was quivery and not too sweet with strands of birds nest. Couldn't make out any taste or texture from the birds nest so it's really just a gimmick. Crust was a tad too soft for my liking.

Deep Fried Prawn Wanton - A little too oily but prawns were plentiful. Best eaten with the bowl of accompanying soup.

Deep Fried Prawn Roll with Cheese - Lots of prawns but lacking in cheese, which made it rather similar in taste to the prawn wanton. Best eaten with Mayonnaise.

Siew Mai - Full of bite without too much fatty meat. Prawns fresh and crunchy.

Har Gao - The skin was a little too thick for my liking but the generous serving of crunch prawns made up for it.

Steamed Mushroom Wrap - As with the Har Gao, the wrap was a wee bit too thick for comfort but I did appreciate the mushrooms which didn't come across as too overwhelming.



Marinated Duck

A signature dish of OHKT, the duck came across as rather gamy but tender with a bit of roughage for a nice chewing sensation. The accompanying beancurd slices were very smooth and overall, quite a good dish.



Braised Homemade Beancurd with Scallops & Mushrooms

I loved this dish. Not because it's beancurd but because it was very well executed. Topped with generous servings of sliced scallops and mushrooms, the beancurd was silky and had a nice savoury charred taste to it.



Bo Lo Bun with Barbecued Pork

Served up piping hot, the Bo Lo Bun was decent with the BBQ pork pieces soaking in the mildly sweet and viscous gravy. Only gripe? The flour was a tad too thick and dry.




Steamed Egg Yolk Custard Bun

Now this was rather disappointing. Sure, it had molten custard oozing out with a breach in the shell but the custard was a tad overwhelming and I couldn't make out any traces of egg yolk sediment. I've had better.



Bill

Lunch cost the both of us about $83 after taxes which honestly isn't cheap for the amount/type of dishes we ordered and the location. However I must admit that overall, food quality was above average and this meal was worth it (well, except for the Bo Lo buns and the Custard buns). I will definitely be back but this time I'll be more inclined towards ordering from the ala carte menu rather than the dim sum menu.


Final Verdict:
Ambience:7/10
Service:7/10
Food:7/10 (8/10 for the beancurd)
Value for money:6.5/10
Overall:6.875/10

Address: #02-01 myVillage, 1 Maju Ave

Contact: 68343013

Opening Hours: Daily 1030am to 11pm.

Website: http://oldhongkong.com.sg/base.html

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Brasserie Les Saveurs III














Ambience

Framed by soaring windows and opulent Victorian style chandeliers, the dining area exuded indisputable class and finesse. Natural sunlight radiated throughout and filled the place with warmth and cosiness. The 3 man band, which used to be outside the restaurant, has now moved in to take center stage and provide entertainment while you dine.

Variety

Tapas sized dishes used to be "hawked" from table to table and the practice continues but now you have a menu detailing what's on offer, pretty much taking out the guesswork and anticipation of what's coming next. The resident stations include a dessert table, an appetiser table and one whipping up your choice of eggs. Variety on the dessert table seems to have decreased a little though. Last but not least, the main course menu doesn't look like it has changed much ever since my last visit. You get only one serving so choose wisely.

Quality

For the most part, food quality remained consistently good and the use of superior ingredients was evident. However, nothing in the appetisers and mains actually went beyond good except for the seared scallops, which I had multiple servings of. Dessert standards were still up to the mark though, both in terms of aesthetics and taste.

Service

Generally attentive and professional but there was one wait staff who seemed to display sporadic mood swings. Other than that, everything was great. Our drinks came promptly and plates were cleared regularly.



Value for money

With rising inflation, prices for the non alcoholic brunch have gone up to an eye popping $138++/pax, which in my humble opinion, is very much on the high side even though the food is of a certain standard. However if you have the time (we sat there for a solid 3 hrs) and money to spare/burn, you might just be interested.

Final Verdict:
Ambience:8/10
Service:7/10
Food:7/10
Value for money:6/10
Overall:7/10

Address: Lobby Level, St Regis Singapore

Contact: 6506 6866

Opening Hours: Daily 6:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Website: http://www.stregissingapore.com/bls

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Li Bai II



Another year has passed and yet another Mother's day celebration. And sticking to the tradition of Chinese restaurants, we settled on Li Bai, the flagship Chinese restaurant of Sheraton Towers Hotel and where I once had a pleasant dining experience at.




Menu & Yam Slices

I loved the yam slices to bits. Crackling crispy and light on the palate but watch out as the chewed up pulp has a tendency to stick to your teeth. Great way to start off the meal though.



Shark Bone Soup

A specialty of Li Bai, the shark bone soup was very light and tasty without the usual nausea inducing factor. The bamboo pith in the soup had a nice crunch to it whilst the fish maw's fishiness was minimal with a mild chewy texture. Sweetness of the soup was enhanced through the use of wolfberries.



Asparagus with Coral Clam and Scallops

Well stir fried, the asparagus retained its crunchiness but the scallops, though big, weren't really firm. I'm not exactly a big fan of coral clams but these were chewy and flavourful from the XO sauce. Definitely a great dish to go with steamed rice.



Homemade Spinach Beancurd

Another signature dish of Li Bai and rightfully so. Silkily smooth and savoury, topped with plentiful mushrooms and dried scallops shreds for that extra taste and texture. Great!



BBQ Pork Combination

We opted for the combination of suckling pig and soya sauce chicken. The chicken had me craving for more with its firm yet tender meat but I couldn't say the same for the pig, which had crackling crisp skin but less than adequate salt level. But maybe I am just used to a heavier salt intake.



Tea Smoked Duck

Fragrant, tender and succulent meat coupled with a tinge of smokiness from the tea, what's not to like? Throw in the crackling skin and a dip of sweet sauce to round up an excellent dish.



Cod Fish

A most interesting dish with the firm cod both sweet and sour from the lemon juice and brushed honey. I personally liked the taste but thought it was a pity that the natural sweetness and richness of the cod was masked over. Topped with pine nuts and chipped ginseng from the extra health boost.



Jellyfish with Topshell

Not my cup of tea so I shall reserve my comments on this save for the fact that the jellyfish was springy and the topshell, chewy.



Fish Paste Noodles with Prawns

I absolutely love fish paste noodles and not many places in Singapore sell it so it's quite a bonus for me if a restaurant happens to have it on the menu. The noodles here were first stir fried, as evident by the little burnt marks on them, then simmered in broth. Deliciously full of bite. However the only gripe I had was that the accompanying prawns didn't have their intestines cleaned out, which really isn't something I would expect from a reputable restaurant like Li Bai.



Mango Sago

Nothing too fancy, coming across more like your average bowl of mango sago with sourish mangoes.



Red Bean Paste Pancake

I was utterly disappointed in the red bean pasta pancake, which sported many layers of flour, excessive oil and a darker than acceptable surface colour from over deep frying. On the upside, at least it was very crisp and not overly sweet, but never again.



Bill

An above average dinner for the 5 of us amounted to $419, which wasn't expensive but not exactly cheap either. Quality of food was definitely above average ( save for the desserts) and service was good with our tea constantly refilled and the wait staff ever eager to accede to our every request. I wouldn't say that this ranks amongst the top few Chinese restaurants in Singapore but I would be more than happy to return for its consistency of food.



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

Overall:7.5/10

Address: B1 Sheraton Towers Hotel

Contact: 6839 5623

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday: Lunch, 11.30am to 2.30pm

Monday to Sunday: Dinner, 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Sunday: Yum Cha, 10.30am to 2.30pm

Website: http://www.sheratonsingapore.com/libai.html