Sunday, February 12, 2017

Osia Part II - Our 3rd Visit

No it's not a typo in the header. I was just too lazy busy to do up a post on our second visit so yes, it's our third visit to the one Michelin starred Osia (you can read about our first visit here).

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Stone Hearth Flat Bread

We started off with our favourite garlic butter flat bread but on this occasion, it was a wee bit under-cooked. Still good nonetheless, especially when paired with the mildly zesty tomato basil paste. Definitely worth the $11++ price tag. 

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Foie Gras

Perfectly crisp on the outside but less than quivery on the inside, presumably due to the tiny portion. What I did like about this dish was the pineapple textures served alongside; pineapple jam, mousse, puree providing varying textures and injecting a nice acidity and sweetness to counteract the richness of the foie gras. Can't say this was worth the $12++ top up though.

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Capellini with Mud Crab

A right amount of zest in the tomato base coupled with al dente capellini and reasonably plentiful shreds of mud crab made for a simple yet well done dish. I also liked the copious amounts of pine nuts in the mix, which imbued this dish with a lovely nutty flavour.

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Bill

Lunch (with complimentary tea/coffee) came up to almost $110 for the both of us. For the quality and quantity of food, I'm inclined to say that it's relatively overpriced. Our service staff, Melissa, was great but the manager seemed a little too stiff for my liking. And I hold my previous view that though respectably proficient, Osia unfortunately isn't really worthy of a Michelin star.


Final Verdict:

Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 7/10 (8/10 for the bread)
Value for money: 6/10

Overall: 7/10

Address: Festive Walk, Resorts World Sentosa

Contact: 6577 6560

Opening Hours:

Thurs - Tue
Lunch:
12pm - 2.30pm
(Last order at 2.15pm)

Dinner:
6pm - 10.30pm
(Last order at 10pm)

Closed every Wed, except Public Holidays.

Website: http://www.osiarestaurant.com/home/osia-singapore OR http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Restaurants/CelebrityChefs/Osia

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Imperial Treasure Cantonese Part XI - Another Year, Another Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner

We decided to give Imperial Treasure Cantonese @ Crowne Plaza another shot for our reunion dinner even after a slip in standards during the same occasion last year (even though subsequent post CNY visits turned out fine).

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Fatt Choy Salmon Fish Yu Sheng

Amidst the rise of fancifully premium and aesthetically pleasing versions of yusheng, Imperial Treasure still manages to hold its own with a simple yet delicious rendition. Not cloyingly sweet with a dash of Kaffir leaves for a more balanced flavour; finished with crispy, fresh tasting crackers. Still one of the best yusheng I've had in recent years.

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Double Boiled Superior Shark's Fin with Chicken

Flavourful without coming across as too rich; filmsy strands of gelatin shark's fin coupled with a chunk of chicken meat for texture. Good to the last drop and a great kick off to our meal.

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Sauteed Canadian Empress Clam with Vegetable & XO Sauce

I'm no fan of celery nor Empress clams but this was very palatable, to me at least. Crunchy clam pieces permeated with a savoury, lightly spicy kick.

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Baked Boston Lobster

An addition ($168++) to our CNY set menu, the lobster (1.2kg) was absolutely delish. Huge crunchy pieces of lobster chock full of crustecean sweetness and savouriness from the garlic sauce. Excellent but I'm not quite sure the price was justified.
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Deep Fried Soon Hock Fish with Soya Sauce

Crisp skin belying the fine flesh on the inside; sitting on a bed of soya sauce. Pretty good.

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Fatt Choy Mushroom and Sea Cucumber

Again, I'm no fan of sea cucumber and I actually try to avoid it. Perhaps its psychological. At least there was cabbage and mushroom.

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Diced Pork With Fried Garlic

Pork cubes that looked like beef cubes. Bite sized pieces with an appropriate amount of fat for that sleek texture. Sprinkled with generous slices of crisp, fried garlic chips. Delicious but the old adage holds true; less is more.

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Fried Glutinous Rice with Wax Meat & Sausage

By the time this dish rolled around, we were almost ready to call it quits. But we soldiered on and on hindsight, I'm glad we did. The rice was fragrant, a tad chewy but could do with alot more of my beloved lup cheong.

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Steamed Glutinous Rice Cake

I still prefer the pan fried version but this version was strangely reminiscent of Kuih Kosui (卡穗糕).

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Red Bean Cream with Lotus Seed and Glutinous Rice Dumpling

Azuki bean coupled with lotus seed and glutinous rice dumpling (汤圆) filled with black sesame; a deliciously sweet ending to our meal!

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Bill

And the damage? In excess of one grand ($1155) for the 6 of us. It was a great meal and although Imperial Treasure's CNY menu stays pretty much the same year after year, food quality is largely consistent throughout and that's what matters in my humble opinion.


Ambience: 6.5/10 (didn't manage to get a private room this year)
Service: 7/10
Food: 7.5/10
Value for money: 7/10

Overall: 7/10

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

Contact: 6822 8228

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11.30am to 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm

Saturday
Lunch: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm

Sunday
Lunch: 10.30am to 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm

Website: http://www.imperialtreasure.com/