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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Lunch at Tim Ho Wan @ Aperia (revisit)

12 Kallang Avenue #01 / 2 / 3 Aperia, Singapore 339511
Tel: 6684 2000

Having been to Tim Ho Wan at Plaza Singapura before (review here), as well as the outlet at Aperia (review here), I decided to do lunch here again, this time with the mom and bro. The queue was long during weekend lunchtime, but was effectively cleared rather quickly. We already knew what we wanted to order anyway.

The Baked Bun with BBQ (SGD$5.00) as well as Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (SGD3.50) were must-haves, and hence I had them here again. The buns were still crispy on the outside and luscious within; the osmanthus cake was still cooling and aromatic with flowery flavors.

We also had the Pork Dumpling with Shrimp (SGD5.50), better known as "Siew Mai" to most people. The pork meat was rather tender, and small meat dumplings were generously filled with shrimps on top and within.

Next, we had the Vermicelli with BBQ Pork (SGD5.00) - the thin vermicelli roll was silky smooth and the BBQ pork was rather tender; it tasted good on the palate.

Following that, we had the Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce (SGD$5.00) - plump and succulent chicken feet and delicious beancurd skin, soaked in the most flavorful gravy resplendent of abalone taste.

We also tried the Congee with Lean Pork (SGD$4.20), porridge cooked to a smooth, watery pulp the way I love it (Cantonese "zok" style). The lean pork was tender, and the congee carried the lovely taste of its ingredients - century egg, pork and egg, very well.

Last but not least, Jade Wanton in Laksa Sauce (SGD$5.00) - bouncy fresh shrimps in wanton, served in a thick and spicy laksa gravy, alongside with some dried beancurd (taupok) pieces that soaked up the tastiness of this entire dish.

Finally, the second dessert which also happened to be a Chinese New Year specials - Lucky Purple Tapioca Ball (SGD$3.80).  The pretty dessert resembled mandarin oranges, or tangerine oranges. Breaking apart the orange mochi skin, one finds thick and sticky purple tapioca paste within, a lovely contrast in colors but beautiful complement in flavors.

We also had a Chinese Tea each (SGD$1.30) to polish off the greasy food we had.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

[Media Invite] Dinner at Lime Restaurant @ Parkroyal Pickering (Revisit)

3 Upper Pickering Street, Level One, Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore 058289
Tel: 6809 8899

I am no stranger to Lime Restaurant at this new, posh hotel right in the heart of the CBD area. But it does not mean that I won't say yes when opportunity arises again for me to dine here once again (and again). Read my previous reviews here and here.

Anyway, the previous two times, I was here for chilling out and brunch, therefore I was thrilled that I was coming back for dinner with Hungrygowhere. Our hosts for the evening were Mr. Lee Kin Seng  and Ms Rebecca Ting, representing the hotel itself.

Their weekday evening dinner buffet costs around SGD$45.00 per pax, International cuisine, and this time round it seems there are more variety. A cool, refreshing glass of Lime Juice (duh, the name!!) was waiting for me when I got to the table - a perfect welcome.

Upon entering the grand foyer, we passed by the Desserts stations - filled with a rather wide variety of cakes, tarts, creme brulee, and fruits.

Then there was the Peranakan section, featuring a variety of traditional Peranakan dishes and desserts (kuehs).

Next up, some Salads and Bread Rolls counter. I heard that the bread weren't fantastic but LIME has one of the best butter amongst the restaurants.

There were also chicken, lamb , pork and beef cooked in various states, as well as a Pasta section. The chef prepares your pasta for you on the spot, how's that? The aroma of chilli (I assume someone wanted an aglio olio) wafted wonderfully to my nostrils as I passed this counter.

And of course, the mandatory Seafood and Japanese food sections that I knew would  be my starting point.

The seafood items were rather fresh and I enjoyed the succulent slices of assorted Sashimi as well.

I also enjoyed the Seafood Pie Tees that were utterly crispy on the exterior and generously filled with shrimps (and scallops?) within.

A glass of my favorite Mojito made the hearty meal even lovelier.

The friendly chef came over with a famous Kuala Lumpur dish aka the specials of the day - Kam Heong Crabs (translates literally from Cantonese to mean "golden fragrance").  It was special because it was prepared with chilli and dried shrimps, and garnished with fresh curry leaves plucked from the rooftop garden of the hotel itself. Hence, the usual sweetness of the crab meat was now donned with the delicious spiciness of curry flavor.

Then I moved on to some fresh greens, chicken cooked in gravy as well as Smoked Duck Breast. The latter was incredibly tasty, with a chewy, bouncy texture that gave way to tenderness once safely in the mouth.

Finally, time for some desserts. The Creme Brulee was quite all right - crisp sugared top with golden-custard underneath. The mini Chocolate Tart was rich in flavor and ganache but my favorite was the Passion Fruit Chocolate Tart, for obvious reasons (simply they were delicious).

A smooth glass of Merlot completed the evening. For the value and variety, I verily believe that it is value for money to dine here. The ambience is splendid, so was the service. Some of us were already making plans to come back soon to try their Brunch Buffet!

This gift (eco-friendly stationery set) was distributed to us at the end of the evening as well, in line with the hotel's "natural" and  "green" concept.

Thank you Lime Restaurant for the invite, and it was a great pleasure have the representatives of the hotel enjoying this sumptuous meal with us, helping us understand the dishes and concept better. Thank you Hungrygowhere for the invite as well.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Dinner at Sacha & Sons Delicatessen @ Mandarin Gallery

333 Orchard Road, #03-02 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Tel: 6735 6961

When I started seeing many of my friends posting about Sacha & Sons on social media platforms, I knew I had to visit this place soon.

Sister company of Wild Honey (reviews here and here), this New York Delicatessen sits at the very unit of where Wild Honey's flagship store in Singapore was located in Mandarin Gallery. Now they are side by side.

Sacha & Sons brings to Singapore its authentic recipes, tastes and textures, so eat your hearts out! They are well known for their corned beef, roast beef, smoked pastrami, soups, salads etc, and these items more or less fill up the rather limited menu.

The restaurant's contemporary settings give the place an intimate, cosy feel, with a subtle touch of sophistication to it.  *Karen and I snagged a table, and then headed to the counter to place our orders.

She started with a Caramel Latte (SGD$7.00), and says it was a rather good cup of caffeine boost but could have been a lot less sweet.

I went with the Hot Chocolate (SGD$7.00) with was served in a rather elaborate manner. While the chocolate flavor was distinctive, I was a little disappointed that the beverage was too milky; in fact the taste of the milk somewhat obliterated the chocolatey flavor and it was akin to drinking chocolate milk.

*Katherine had the Half and Half (SGD$16.00) for her dinner. It meant half-portioned soup OR salad  with half-portioned sandwich, which was a good arrangement for people who would love to try more stuff. She chose the Roast Potato and Capers salad as well as the Pastrami Sandwich. The verdict on the roast potatoes was that they were delicious and well-flavored. The pastrami was succulent and riveting in the flavorful herbs and spices it was infused with.

I tried the Latkes (SGD$16.00) with smoked salmon and creme fraiche. Latkes are actually potato and onion pancakes, and I was curious since I don't remember trying a savoury pancake before.  It tasted like rosti with smoked salmon actually, all crispy and tasteful.  I was rather pleased with my choice.

There was also a side order of Chopped Liver (SGD$10.00) to satiate my curiosity as well. To my surprise it came with a slice of hard-boiled egg and caramelized onions as well. The chopped liver was tasted like pate, except it was not as fine in texture. The strong characteristic flavor of liver (a little bloody tasting?) was very pleasing to the tongue at first, but got a little heavy halfway through the meal.

A glass of Red Wine (SGD$12.00) each to cleanse the palate, and for our chillout to continue, since it was Friday evening. Overall, it was a rather delightful experience, coming to Sacha & Sons.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Review of Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation

I have never tried Guerlain products before I attended the Guerlain event at Tangs Orchard, Singapore. Read about the event here. After watching the demonstration, getting acquainted with Jose Luis Yuve and trying on a few products, I purchased the Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation as well as the Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer (read review here).

The compact itself looks classy - in a dark glossy case with the gold Guerlain logo printed proudly at the front. This product combines the powdery melt-away feel of foundation along with the satin creaminess of a concealer, supposed to give a great finish. This compact comes with 10g / 35 ounce of powder foundation, and cost SGD$98.00. I got mine is shade 01, Pale Beige.

Its secret hyaluronic acid encapsulated into the Bio-Fusion micro-mesh,  continuously captures and retains water on the skin surface, thus retaining moisture to give face a comfortable feel as well as matte, plump, flawless finish the entire day. The compact comes with a soft sponge and very fine, smooth powder that goes onto the face like silk.

It does even out the complexion, feel comfortable on the skin without feeling choked or too heavy, provides medium-to-high coverage, as well as retain moisture for continual smoothness.  It looks natural enough, and provides a light SPF 20 coverage from the sun's rays.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Afternoon Tea at KKI Sweets @ SOTA

1 Zubir Said Drive, #02-01, School of the Arts SOTA, Singapore 227268
Tel: 6225 6650

After much anticipation, I finally got to try KKI  - it used to be at Tanjong Pagar area but had closed briefly, and I didn't get to try it at all.  This quaint, neat, pretty cafe has relocated, and I managed to hunt it down, bringing my colleague in tow.

KKI Sweets is the cafe arm of KKI Home, retailing household products and tableware. This cafe serves Japanese-inspired French desserts.

We were pretty excited at the array of pretty cakes, so each of us picked one to share and try.

*Z had her Mocha, and commented that it was not bad.

I had a Ume Green Tea, which tasted like normal Japanese Green Tea and had zero hint of ume (Japanese plum) at all.

For the desserts, *Z, being an avid coffee lover, chose the Tiramisu (SGD$8.80) - mascarpone cheese mousse cake with Kahlua centre. The cake was very fine in texture, and soft; the flavor was creamy and sweet; the liqueur centre penetrated the cake well enough to give it a wicked boost, but not overpowering.

I chose the Fromage Melon (SGD$8.80) - cheese mousse cake with rock melon centre. The texture was fluffy light, melting lusciously in the mouth in a light cream flavor. The rock melon centre added a refreshing touch but did not affect the gentle taste of the cheesecake as a whole.

Overall, the cakes were pretty good but nothing that would wow us enough to come back soon - ok, *Z said she would, for the quiet, lovely ambience. Service was rather good anyway.