Friday, December 23, 2011

Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine V - A Pictorial














For my other writeups on Imperial Treasure Cantonese, please refer here, here, here and here.

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

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cova Pasticceria




Popped by Cova Pasticceria for dinner one evening since we were in the vicinity and everywhere else was packed. Started in 1819 in Milan and originally patronised by the crème de la crème of society, Cova has expanded to a few countries in Asia to cater to those who seek "the high life" (albeit if only temporary).
And the decor is telling. Dark wood coupled with European style overhanging lamps that throw off warm light and well designed cornices greet you as you step into the cozy space that Cova occupies. Simple yet elegant.



Complimentary Bread



Mushroom Risotto

For $30++, I had expected something more substantial than a miserly thin layer of risotto which I finished in 2 mouthfuls. And to compound matters, the risotto was a little overcooked for my liking.



Seafood Spaghetti

The seafood spaghetti fared a little better though I did think that the spaghetti wasn't al dente. I liked the light tomato based sauce and the fresh seafood but as with the risotto, portions were pathetic.



Lamb Rack

I didn't get to try this but from observation, portions were still small.



Peanut Feuilletine

And for dessert, a tiny piece of peanut feuilletine about a third the size of a regular slice of cake you would get at the likes of Starbucks, Coffeebean etc. To give it credit, the feuillentine was nicely thin and crisp while the chopped peanuts provided a nice crunch to the whole dessert. There wasn't much to go around though.


Bill

A miserable meal for 3 cost to the tune of $130, which is ridiculously expensive in my humble opinion. Portions were pathetic and two people with average appetites would have been able to polish off all the dishes with ease (we resorted to MacDonalds after the meal). Food quality hovered around average to slightly above average but the prices (and portion size) definitely do not warrant a revisit. Also, service lacked warmth and I didn't feel invited at times. Maybe we are just the wrong target audience.


Ambience:7.5/10
Service:7/10
Food:6/10
Value for money:3.5/10

Overall:6/10

Address: #01-20A Paragon Shopping Centre

Contact: 6733 0777

Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 10pm

Website: http://www.pasticceriacova.it/

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mong Hing Teochew Restaurant II

Another long overdue post. Caught up with a couple of friends over dinner at Mong Hing, a Teochew restaurant at Keypoint and where I once had a pretty good dinner before.



Prawn Rolls

The heh zhor was decent - Lean meat with pockets of fats and bits of prawn. Crisp but not too oily. Good for many bites, especially with the sweet plum sauce.



Homemade Beancurd

This certainly didn't look like beancurd, not with the circular shaped, golden brown exterior. And honestly it didn't quite taste like tofu. The texture was more like Thai prawn cakes, just a lot less dense and "fluffier" so to speak. Definitely not smooth and silky, the way I like it. The only giveaway was the taste, which had a distinctive beancurd taste. Although I like tofu, this is something I will definitely not order again.



Prawns with Deep Fried Pumpkin

At $24++ for 6 prawns and 6 pieces of pumpkin coated with flour and deep fried, this was a joke. The prawns were drenched in sweet and sour sauce, which masked the natural flavour of the prawns. Total waste of prawns. The pumpkin however, were sweet and not too bad as a filler.



Stir Fried HK Kailan

Decent with a tinge of wok hei but lacking in dried sole fish. Wouldn't hurt to give a little more, would it?



Braised Goose

The goose was good - not too dry and well braised with the sauce not coming across as too salty.



Bill

We ended the meal with yam paste (orh nee) but I failed to get a shot of it. It was good but could have done with a little more fragrance. The infrequent bits of unevenness made for a nice smooth, yet inconsistent texture.

The 5 of us chalked up a bill of about $133. Not too expensive but quality of food seems to have dropped since my last visit. Maybe I should just stick to the likes of Huat Kee or Liang Kee or maybe I should give Mong Hing another chance.



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

Overall:6.5/10

Address: #01-18/19 Key Point, 371 Beach Road

Contact: 6223 4588 / 6538 2282

Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6 – 11pm

Website: http://www.monghing.com.sg/

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Lee Kui (Ah Hoi) Restaurant



Lee Kui has been around for a long time and to date is still a popular dining destination for families seeking out Teochew food.




The Place & Menu

The interior is nothing to hark about, coming across as simple with fold-able steel frame chairs that hark back to the 70s and 80s. Reservations are necessary unless you want to show up really early at maybe 530pm?



Stir Fried Kailan with Deep Fried Sole Fish

We started off with this simple but delicious dish. The vegetables had a nice tinge of wok hei without being overcooked while the sole fish were crisp and came in rather big pieces. Nice!



Braised Duck

The braised duck was served in large slices which I personally liked but it did come across as a tad too dry and lacking in fragrance. Kudos to the addition of braised peanuts though, which I thought was nicely tender and well simmered.



Prawn Balls

The heh zhors were decent - lean meat with prawns that wasn't excessively oily. Good for many bites! However I wouldn't rate it fantastic as I've had much better ones.



Yam Paste

One of the hallmarks of Teochew cuisine, the yam paste or orh nee, was smooth but inconsistencies could be made out in the texture, which probably meant it was hand made and not machine produced. Fragrant, topped with a huge chunk of pumpkin and didn't come across as overly sweet. Nice!



Bill

Dinner for the 3 of us including 3 coconut drinks cost almost $81, which is on the high side if you ask me. Food quality is above average but at this price point, I can easily have more portions of equally good food, if not better food, at other Teochew restaurants. And do note that this place is cash only. I probably won't be back, not when there are better and cheaper Teochew restaurants around.


Ambience:6/10
Service:6.5/10
Food:6.5/10 (7.5/10 for the orh nee)
Value for money:6/10

Overall:6.25/10

Address: 8/9/10 Mosque Street

Contact: 6222 3654

Opening Hours: Daily: 11am–2.30pm, 5pm–10pm