Archive for January, 2010

Sage The Restaurant

Posted in # Dessert, # Western, + Mohamed Sultan, - Duck Confit, - Foie Gras, - Pasta, - Salad on January 27, 2010 by thisisyummy

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This place certainly made to the top of my favourite makan list. What a nice back-to-school lunch with the Gourmet Club friends! We made reservations for 10 but it seemed like we booked the entire place aside from one or two couples sweet talking over lunch at another cosy corner of Sage. Service was satisfactory, but the table of good company compensated for the lack of the hospitality. For an upmarket restaurant like Sage, expectations are usually higher. Service-wise, I felt the minimum was done. Food-wise, heavenly!                      

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Executive Set Lunch at Sage is definitely money for value for the good range of items on the menu. For a selection of any 3 courses from 3 different categories, you can have your lunch at 38++.  A 4 course lunch would be $45++.                        

Complimentary Bread                         

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 The complimentary free flow bread was the best I ever had. Served piping hot, the bread was soft and fluffy. A perfect pairing with olive oil and vinegar.                       

Appetizers                        

Caeser Salad $12                           

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I don’t usually skip salad on the menu. It’s a wonderful beginning to complete meal. Sweet and refreshing baby romaine lettuce leaves you reaching back to the salad bowl for more.  Tossed in anchovy dressing with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano, bacon bits and herb croutons. For me, a good salad is pretty simple. The greens have to fresh, cold and juicy. Salad dressing is what makes good salad addictive and the one at Sage passed the test. On top of that, the crispy bacon bits and herb croutons give the salad more kick. Awesome.                         

Asparagus & Egg $12                        

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If you’re a sucker for eggs, you’ll love this. Coated with Parmigiano Reggiano, the egg is deep fried leaving the inside soft and three-quarter cooked. Interesting! This warm appetizer doesn’t come across as refreshing as the usual ones but it’s good enough. Poached green asparagus beneath is cooked just right. Though I don’t really fancy asparagus, I quite like it here. I didn’t manage to try the purple cress and sauce vierge though.                         

 Crab & Tomato $12                      

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I wanted to try something different and add some variety to the table of our usual salads and soups. On first taste, my appetizer tasted queer. Sour, sweet, salty and cooling. I couldn’t really make out what it’s supposed to taste like. After a few mouths, I fell in love with my crab and tomato! At the bottom is the marinated crab claw salad. The crab claw salad was really cold, like how I like salad cold. The green creamy texture of avocado bavarois gave the appetizer a cooling feel. Together with the vine ripe tomato gazpacho and green celery nage, what a perfect combination!                         

 Foie Gras $30 ($15 supplement applies to set menu)                                              

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 Can you imagine this plate of foie gras is so sinful that it contains up to 90% fats, as suggested by a friend. That means that in order to serve such an awesome dish, the chef has to be make sure that the fats don’t melt at the stove, but in your mouth! I regretted not opting for this appetiser, which could easily replace a main course! This is the second time I tried foie gras, and boy, I just know this is the real deal!                    

Minestrone Soup $12             

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This is no ordinary minestrone soup that you have tried at almost every restaurants. Instead of having the popular mushroom cuppuccino that everyone ordered, I decided to go for this. I enjoyed the soup a lot! The generous summer vegetables and smoked bacon blended well in the flavourful chicken broth topped with fresh herbs.      

Mushroom Cuppucino $12        

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 Yes, did I mention the popular Mushroom Cuppucino? Cream of wild mushroom topped with warm milk broth. This is definitely a favourite among us. As someone whose stomach don’t agree with milk, I thought that the soup was rather milky.
 
Mains     

Duck Confit $28 ($8 supplement applies to set menu)           

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This is one long awaited course. I have long read about Sage’s duck confit. Not surprisingly, almost everyone ordered this for the mains. I love the crispy duck skin and the soft and juicy duck leg. The savoy cabbage parcel with a fricassee of field mushrooms and foie gras, Pommery mustard jus, complements the duck confit perfectly.          

 Wild Boar Pasta $20         

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Homemade fettuccini pasta with wild boar slow cooked in red wine and tomato concasse. I had a mouthful of this and wasn’t exactly blown away by it. You can find better pasta elesewhere. 

Prawn and Crab Pasta $20   

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Stop guessing, it’s squid ink, yes, and tossed with pesto emulsion with crab meat and grilled tiger prawns. My friends who ordered this said that it didn’t impress.         

Desserts       

Chocolate Fondant $16 ($5 supplement applies to set menu)        

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Those who tried this commented that Bakerzin’s chocolate lava cake was much better.         

Fruit Soup $12       

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This is the most interesting dessert I’ve ever seen! After a satisfying and full meal, perhaps something light and refreshing would be good to end of the meal. And yes, the fruit soup succeeded. I enjoyed the summer fruits and berries in chilled rock melon soup scented with mint essence. What I liked was that the mint essence flavour was quite mild and was not too overpowering. And, the blood orange sorbet was good too.
  
Chocolate Fantasy $12 
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 The glazed dark chocolate mousse was really smooth that it slid down my throat and melted, savouring the rich dark chocolate. White chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate pearls and nougat chips with verjus sprinkled over the mousse added a twist. I thought the raspberry sorbet went well with the thick and rich chocolate mousse too!

Wow, this is a really long post. I thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Sage though the bill was quite hefty for a poor student like me. Well, for that romantic date or memorable event, I’m sure this is definitely worth the buck. Sage, I’ll be back!     

 

 No. 7 Mohamed Sultan Road
Singapore 238957
Tel: (65) 6333 8726
Fax: (65) 6836 3326
Email:
sage@sagerestaurants.com.sg
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Skinny Pizza

Posted in # Western, + Orchard, - Pizza on January 24, 2010 by thisisyummy

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I have been wanting to try Skinny Pizza as recommended by many of my friends and having seen so many raving reviews about it. As you might have expected, the pizza has got to pack some punch. However, it didn’t turn out as expected.

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Mushroom Soup

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To start, we ordered mushroom soup that was served piping hot with bread. Although the soup came across a tad watery, the fragrant mushroom bits saved the soup. I like my mushroom soup creamy and thick.

Squid Ink Pizza

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The pizza crust was really thin that it cracked and fell into pieces when you hold it. The pizza came with generous toppings of greens, which we conveniently chucked them aside. Argula leaves are not my kind of food. Bitter is the only word I have for it.

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Back to the pizza, I enjoyed the fresh squids that went well with the squid ink thin pizza crust. Having tried squid ink for the second time, I thought my both experiences were vastly different in terms of taste! I can’t pass a verdict to what squid ink tastes like yet. Which is the real stuff?

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Skinny Pizza fared averagely for its pizza and soup. Not as fantastic as I thought or read about. It’s all about novelty I guess. Like the never ending crowd that persistently floods the newly opened malls along Orchard Road, Skinny Pizza’s novelty could be what that attracts the crowd. For a fussy eater like me, I’d prefer my pizza slightly thinner than the usual Pizza Hut crust topped with lots of cheese, definitely not Skinny Pizza which is probably good for snacking the lazy afternoon away.

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501 Orchard Road
#03-04 Wheelock Place
Tel: +65 6235 7823
Daily 10am – 10pm

Once Upon A Milkshake

Posted in # Dessert, + Tanjong Pagar, - Ice cream, - Milkshake on January 18, 2010 by thisisyummy

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Once upon a milkshake, or OUAM for short, featured on the must-try lists after reading so many excellent reviews about it. So we went down to try them out! And met LadyIronChef there as well, was nice to meet him there.
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We decided to play it safe while being adventurous, venturing out with the Grumbling Raisin, essentially rum and raisin ice cream milkshake, and staying safe with the Agent Strawberry, with the cute and pretty interior, it was perfect that it is conveniently located near Tanjong Pagar MRT as well.

Grumbling Raisin – Regular $5.50
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Ever tasted Udder’s Rum and Raisin? This one tasted very similar, albeit with lesser rum, but still with the smooth texture, interestingly refreshing taste, it would be wonderful to chill out with good company whilst sipping a delightful mouth of this drink–I would gladly give away calories to this in exchange for some endorphins.

Agent Strawberry – Regular $5.50
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We thought, what could be so special about Agent Strawberry? It was, the hue of fresh strawberries swirling within, the juice of strawberries was evidently present as well. It was great.
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Just a piece of advice, go with the mini instead at $3+, a small cute cup, you can actually try much more flavours! We should have anyway. Because after these two cups aka mugs, we were so full, but satisfied at that too! Recommended definitely! You’ll not be disappointed if you’re looking for a cup of endorphins! But it may be a bit sweet for some yups.
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32 Maxwell Road
#01-08 Maxwell Chambers
Tel: +65 9823 3779

The Hand Burger @ Raffles City

Posted in # Western, + Raffles City, - Burgers on January 10, 2010 by thisisyummy

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(Picture taken from LifestyleAsia)

“This burger had my hands together, shuffling with anticipation.” Hah.

I’m feeling hungry and would like to sink my teeth into a delicious patty of ground meat sandwiched between two glorious pieces of bread/wheat bun! If you ask me, at the moment, I think The Hand Burger would be a good choice to gun for.

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The ambience inside was interesting, with pull-out crates being the seat and the matching wooden tables, it feels as though it’s really from the kitchen to your table, fresh and presented for your sumptuous meal. Lunchtime on weekdays would have the place crowded with working people in office attire from around the place, with the interesting interior and bustling exterior, let us go in to have a look! =)

Original Promotion Meal $11.80

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Served together with a Poached Tomato, the original hand burger was fabulous. With the fresh beef minced, compressed together into a patty, conformed to one with egg white without being too hard when grilled nor being too fragment-ish to crumble immediately when a fork is pierced therein. Nicely and intricately done. Atop it akin to an icing on a cake would be the sweet onion jam as its condiment and a simple layer of lettuce. Much has to be said about the burger bun being not the ordinary white bread; it was parmesan bread slightly glazed with a small morsel of butter making it flavourful. Put a slice of cheese at room temperature onto a freshly sizzling cooked patty, it melts delightfully for our viewing pleasure, or in our case, eating pleasure! The beef was not too cooked, it still contained its “juice” and chewy-ness. =)

Beer Dory Promotion Meal $12.80

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Being largely a fish lover, I ordered the Beer Dory Promotion. (Fish is rich in Vitamin B12!) They were surely generous with their serving with two thick slices of dory fish nestled on top of a honey wholewheat bun also slightly glazed, with melted cheese. Interestingly, they deep fried thin slices of lotus which had the texture of a thin crust. The sauce condiment was well done, with what tastes to me like honey mustard with butter and a hint of lemon dashed across. With two thick pieces of dory, I sneakily put one aside to eat later, and if only I had ordered their straight-cut fries instead of another poached tomato, I could have had a mini-Fish n Chips meal therein! Heh.

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Their poached tomato was interesting, we were figuring out how their purple cabbage shreds and carrot strips got into the tomato! Hah I made a far-fetched suggestion that it could be genetically modified, lol, if only science was that advanced, but who knows. There was a hole bored into it at the bottom, so there. Hah. The sauce atop it was economically made with the contents of the tomato previously carved out through the hole, and then made into a sauce cleverly to pour on top. I placed one entire half into my mouth and woot, it drained my guilt for eating so much meat previously! Hah, false assurance? But their food is not oily at all, nor was it too salty, perfect for a rewarding lunch!

(Photos taken with Nokia E72)

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The Hand Burger
Raffles City
#B1-77/78
Tel.: 6334 4577
Open Daily from 11:30 am – 10:00 pm.

Apple Guava

Posted in - Fruits on January 6, 2010 by thisisyummy

I love apples, red and juicy ones!  Do you?

& guava ? I’m not a serious fan of guava though.

How about apple guava, also known as Psidium guajava? 

It’s really nice, the guava taste is retained with the sweet outer green coating. Is this apple guava safe for consumption? I googled about it and thought it was just like any other fruits until I came across this blog. Nvm that it was expensive at 3 for $10 at Heartland Mall. What I’m more worried about is the bad effects of the colouring of the sweet green coating. No wonder it tasted like candy, so sweet that I commented it’s artificial.

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All 3 apple guavas are gone and thankfully I’ve decided to blog about it else I wouldn’t find out about the possible bad effects and continued to be exploited by the dishonest fruitseller. Safe for consumption or not, what say you?

The Cathay Restaurant

Posted in # Dinner, + Dhoby Ghaut, - Claypot rice, - Tofu on January 3, 2010 by thisisyummy

This is how I spent the night before New Year’s Eve. It was 9.45pm and we were all hungry and tired, from checking out riverboat at Marina Coastal Drive. Well, the place is awesome and all, but seasickness killed the mood. That aside, we headed to Dhoby Ghaut hoping that Astons was still open. They were, but they said they were closed after ushering the people before us in the queue. What luck!

Luckily, The Cathay was still opened at the last order is at 10pm. They had limited items left on the menu. We had a simple claypot rice and tofu to fill our hungry stomachs. No big affair. Simple food, nothing amazing and certainly not worth the buck.

Tofu
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Simple food, a tad salty for our taste buds.

Claypot Rice
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Fragrant rice with fried yam cubes and sausages, tossed with a lot of oil and black sauce, sprinkled with spring onion. Perfect.

On the whole, the ambience was good. Service was so-so only, I guess it was close to closing time so they were quite tired already. They have a couple set meal promotion at $68++ with 2 movie tickets at The Cathay, sounds like a great marketing strategy for the restaurant.

The Cathay Restaurant
2 Handy Road #02-01
The Cathay
Singapore 229233
tel: 6732 6623
Mon–Sat 11.30am–3pm, 6pm–11pm
Sun 10–3pm, 6pm–11pm