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Lunch at Rick Stein’s riverside seafood restaurant in Barnes, London

I went to Rick Stein in Barnes on a bright winter afternoon recently. It is the London outpost of the globally recognised TV celebrity chef from seaside Padstow in Cornwall. Rick is best known for his genuine and authentic love of seafood and global flavours. These values come through clearly in the restaurant. It is classy, neat, clean-cut and charming place. Deliberately kept simple to … Continue reading Lunch at Rick Stein’s riverside seafood restaurant in Barnes, London

Savouring Venetian cicchetti in the heart of London

Having been introduced to the cicchetti in Venice (click here to read about my trip), we went hunting for it back in London on Halloween night. Cicchetti, or Italian or Venetian tapas are delicious small dishes of culinary obession savoured with friends over a glass of wine or spritz. Our craving was satisfyingly met at San Carlo’s Cicchetti on Piccadilly. A simple dish where the … Continue reading Savouring Venetian cicchetti in the heart of London

Legendary Hong Kong – Casual Cantonese in Jurong

Legendary Hong Kong is a simple Hong Kong-styled restaurant or Cha Chan Teng as it is commonly known in Hong Kong. It managed to bring together the best of such a place and executed it brilliantly in Singapore. The food is top notch, the prices are affordable,  the service is efficient and the place is clean. The simple metal framed chairs, tightly arranged tables, mosaic … Continue reading Legendary Hong Kong – Casual Cantonese in Jurong

Kaiho Sushi – Good Japanese with a Mismatched Price

I am finally at Cuppage Plaza to check out some Japanese restaurants. I have heard that there are many hidden gems tucked in this old-school shopping complex. There is nothing much here apart from Japanese restaurants and Japanese KTVs (adult karaoke joints). Kaiho Sushi, on the 3rd floor, wasn’t quite what I expected to find. It looks like your average basic Japanese restaurant with its … Continue reading Kaiho Sushi – Good Japanese with a Mismatched Price

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Keng Eng Kee – Best Salted Egg Yolk Crab Ever

If you are looking for salted egg yolk crab then you should definitely be heading to Keng Eng Kee Seafood (or KEK) in Alexandra Village. The salted egg yolk sauce is divine. It is rich and flavoursome. The balance of richness and fragrance from melted butter, the saltiness from salted egg yolk and the wholesomeness of evaporated milk make this a sauce to die for. Luckily … Continue reading Keng Eng Kee – Best Salted Egg Yolk Crab Ever

Sushi Airways – Japanese Food in a Plane

Sushi Airways is the brain child of ex-Grand Hyatt chef Wong Eng Chun. It is based on the idea of fresh seafood that are air-flown 4 times a week to the little city state of Singapore. Carrying on the theme and for a little bit of fun, the restaurant is modelled as the interior of an old-school, propeller airplane (a 1930s Douglas DC-30 for those … Continue reading Sushi Airways – Japanese Food in a Plane

Kok Sen – Outstanding Food in a Horrible Place

Kok Sen on Keong Siak Road came highly recommended by many. It is such a Zi Char institution (Chinese restaurant) that it will be impossible to get a table without reservation even as early as 6.30pm on the weekend. The food is fantastic and there are many great signature dishes that stands out as Singapore’s best. Having said that, the place is unpleasantly dirty, poorly … Continue reading Kok Sen – Outstanding Food in a Horrible Place

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Char – Char Siew Like No Other

Char caused quite a stir when it first launched on Guillemard Road. It created two opposing clans, one worshipping it for bringing them the best char siew ever, the other want it to be banished because its “char siew” isn’t char siew. Char siew or char siu is Cantonese barbecue pork and it usually has a red shiny glaze finishΒ and rarely comes with any sauce. … Continue reading Char – Char Siew Like No Other

Dutch Colony Coffee Co. – Top Notch Artisanal Coffee House

I was really excited about going to Dutch Colony Coffee Co. on Frankle Avenue this morning. I have read so much about the incredibly wonderful coffee that they represent. The place has an industrial warehouse design style with a touch of modern chic. The ceiling is raw with exposed wiring, the support structure of the center piece wooden table is made out of steel water pipes and … Continue reading Dutch Colony Coffee Co. – Top Notch Artisanal Coffee House

Forture Seafood Steam Boat – A Torture Indeed

Dinner at Forture Seafood Steam Boat restaurant on 27th March 2015 is officially the worst meal I had in quite a long while. The food was bland, overcooked in most instances and service was non-existence. It was like stepping into a taxi after the taxi driver has had many cigarettes in the car with the window closed and having him being rude to you as … Continue reading Forture Seafood Steam Boat – A Torture Indeed