Wednesday, January 20, 2010

MING is a Tour Leader

We're here today at
SAKAE SUSHI (Century Square)

Diners - Veron and myself
Veron is from Vietnam
Today we're gonna eat some Japanese food

Colour Plate
Some kinda Egg + Unagi Maki

Colour Plate
Soft Shell Crab Temaki

Colour Plate
Salmon Nigiri

Colour Plate
Tako Yaki
Probably the worst I've ever eaten in my life
It was small, taste very starchy
Taste of Octopus was minimal

Tori Udon

Niku Udon
Wasn't too bad
Plain simple food
simple stock

Colour Plate
Chuka Hotate

TOTAL DAMAGE: $41.65 for 2 pax

Food Quality: 6.5/10
Food Portion Size: 8/10
Food Presentation: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Return Factor: 4/10
Value for Money: 4/10
Overall: 5/10
Other Comments: Not impressed, not very satisfactory.
Couldn't find a reason to return.

Next up.. Yogurt
FROLICK @ Tampines One

I always like some yogurt
every now and then at Frolick
cos my first Frolick was at Holland V
with my favourite girl

The ambience was cute and vibrant
usually you'll find girls hanging out here
after school in uniform

Hello, dSLRs are not for cam-whoring

Not forgetting the 2 lovely ladies
Cassandra Yeo and Cheryl Goh
(Yes.. Cass from HTM)

Memories faded in time..

Jiajin the Australian called me up
after touching down Singapore
and I brought him to Changi Village

Nasi Lemak
Coconut milk rice with Ikan Billis (anchovies),
Fried egg, Fried Chicken Wing (sometimes Kuning Fish)
and Otah (Spicy Fish Cake)
Delicious sinful food for the fatties

My good man, Jiajin
and his Taiwanese girlfriend Winnie Hong
(James, if you're reading this..
Look like JC right?)
Accompanied by fresh cool sugar cane juice to wash the oils down

Lala (Clams)
Cooked in Chili Crab gravy
Rich in Cholesterol and Sodium

Assorted Satays
We ordered Lamb and Chicken
Barbequed, Skewered and served with
Rice cakes, Cucumbers and Special Peanut Sauce

Durian Chendol
Shaved Ice with Chendol (green jelly),
Red Bean, Atap Seed, Evaporated Milk,
Gula Melaka (Brown Sugar Syrup) and of course
The King of Fruits - DURIAN

Tasty treat for the couple..

Teh Tarik
Rich Milk Tea with condensed milk
Tarik (pulled) to aerate for better taste - Indian Styled

Egg Roti Prata
Indian Muslim styled bread (kinda)
served with curry gravy
Ice Limau
Ice lime tea, likened to Ice Lemon Tea
except calamansi is used
The fun of this beverage is the interactivity
of spitting the calamansi seeds while drinking


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Japanese Dining Sun (Chijmes)

Here we are at
Japanese Dining SUN
30, Victoria Street
#02-01, Chijmes

This restaurant is rather reputable
with award winning and recognised dining experience
We're here to find out..

The ambience of the restaurant is fantastic
Cozy and condusive
There are even compartments where you can
bring you business partners here

Despite having made a reservation
we waited quite long after being brought to our table

The menu was impressive
beautifully taken pictures
good quality paper

Kinda makes you wanna order everything
that has a visual attached to it

Dining with us today are
Jonapong, Edwin Goh, Valerie, James and Adrian

They also have a Sushi Dinner Set

It took them long enough
to decide what they want

Me and Jonapong decides to pose as
food magazine review chicks

Val, "Adrian is so handsome.."
Adrian, "=_=" go away!"

I would eat this.. this.. this.. this.. and this..


Adrian plays with Jonapong's EOS 450d

Maguro Kakuni
The tuna is tough
and it taste like canned 肉丁 ("bah teng")

Salmon Avocado Salad
I quite like this dish
It is refreshing, the greens are fresh
and the seasoning is perfect, with hints of wasabi
Did I mention the salmon is awesome?

Zensai Mori
Other than the salad shrimps,
the rest of the dishes are pretty dull
The bite-size tori kara age taste like
popcorn chicken

Oh yes.. Its quite fun
to eat salad with chopsticks!

Cha Soba
The buckwheat noodles taste a bit over-cooked
However the presentation is fantastic!

Yasai Cheese Gyumaki
These croquette are kinda boring to eat
The stuffings all taste the same
and batter is a bit too thick
I came to realise that the restaurant fails at deep fried food

Niku Udon
Yoshinoya-styled sliced beef were very tasty
Soup was rather bland
Well.. I would say
This is baby food

Hokkaido Miso Ramen
I'm very critical when I come to Japanese cuisine
And when it comes to Ramen
Everything fails if the soup base fails
In this situation, a big failure!
If you are a ramen fan and have tasted Tampopo,
this is a dish to avoid at all cost.
The soup appears to be prepared by a lazy and stingy cook.

Chicken Teriyaki
This is really tasty.
The chicken teriyaki could be the best I've ever tasted.
Cut size was just nice, marination was perfect.
I would say this is a must-try.
Jonapong commented that the cabbage is tasty.

(KM) Unagi
This is a very interactive and fun dish.
It comes with a sand hour glass
and your unagi don rests on a nice wooden platform
5-stars visual pleasure
Val commented that the unagi melts in your mouth.
I beg to differ, I felt it was too soft. Why so?
I feel that a good grilled dish should be more grilled
on one side, so that
1. you know which is the top side
2. there is a grilled texture when you put it in your mouth
If I want to eat something so under-grilled, I would go for braised
However it tasted clean, meaning the prep work was well-done

Macha Ice-cream
The macha ice-cream is fantastic
I would rate it on par with the one at Fuurin
Strong taste of green tea
with a refreshing after taste

Goma Pudding
This dessert looks friggin' ugly
but despite the looks of it
In layman terms, its like eating
豆腐花 + 芝麻糊
(bean curd + sesame paste)

Tofu Cheese Cake
A few of them did not enjoy this dish
but I felt its fantastic!
Its like a cream cheese bean curd
The crust is delicious
and the berry compliments the cake aplenty
It releases a soya bean fragrant inside your mouth
Brilliant! Must-try!

Total Damage: $181.00 for 6 pax

Food Quality: 6/10
Food Portion Size: 9/10
Food Presentation: 10/10
Value for Money: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 11/10
Return Factor: 6/10
Recommended for: Couples, Business Dining
Other Remarks: It is really not expensive for a Japanese dinner that also provides an awesome ambience, however a few dishes were really not up-to-standard. If I were to return, it is only for the desserts. Service wasn't fantastic for a Japanese restaurant also.

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