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Service Your Thing? Have A Steak At The Chop House!

James Chan

The Chop House @ 112 Katong

From the people who brought you Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, The Chop House is a family oriented restaurant that specializes in all things grilled (that ribeye… we’ll get to that in a bit).

chop house interior

The outlet at 112 Katong exudes an air of sophistication with its timbered and woody architecture. The well decked bar is the first thing you encounter upon entry followed by a cabinet of fine wines. Diners also get to have a look at the Chefs in action with pretty much an unobstructed view from the dining area.

One thing I must highlight before I even go on to the food is the service. You’d think that “Since they know you’re writing for them, obviously they will have to give you good service”. But, the level of service I received was not biased. Every single table had the same quality of exceptional customer service. They were extremely attentive to my humble glass of water, every dish warranted a casual “how’s the food?” and genuine smiles were dished out effortlessly and naturally with no airs or pretentiousness. Thumbs up Chop House!

The Food

chop house mussel soup

Creamy new zealand mussels cooked in rock fish stock and cream, served with croutons, sour cream quenelle and chopped chives

Mussel Soup, $8

Me thought the sour cream was a good balance to the seafood sweetness of the mussels. It was honestly all normal to me until I bit into a crouton. Fu-yoh. Did I just taste truffle? Yes I did! Did a quick double check with the waitress and yeap, true enough, they dip their croutons in truffle oil!

chop house USDA Prime Rib Eye Steak

Served with watercress, grilled tomato and a choice of béarnaise, red wine or black peppercorn sauce

USDA Prime Rib Eye, $39

Did you know? There are only three USDA (The United States Department of Agriculture) grades of beef that you can get in this world. Prime, Choice or Select. Prime being the highest grade based on the marbling and age of the beef. For $39, I think it’s great value! You’re receiving a premium piece of meat for a not so premium price!

chop house home made sauces

Accompanying this dish, comes an assortment of in-house made sauces: Sweet Onion, Mustard and Spicy Sambal! I fancy the mustard because it has a sharp bite at the end which I like. Sambal with my steak was weird so you probably might not want to try that.

The meat itself was perfectly cooked (medium), juicy and tender. Ain’t got no beef with this dish. Get it?

chop house gula melaka

Chilled sago pudding with creamy coconut milk and gula melaka ice cream topped with pistachios

Sago Gula Melaka, $7

Gula Melaka ice cream melts into the crevices of the sago pudding and you take a bite. Oh my goodness. That’s all I have to say.

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

It’s a definite yes from me. Food aside, I’m someone who places a ton of value on Service. No I don’t have a superiority complex. If the service is excellent, people leave the establishment with positive energy and it rubs off their reviews of the place (see exhibit A above). You got to experience it once, you’ll be a service junkie after for sure! Also, TRY THAT STEAK!

 

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The Chop House
112 Katong #01-13
112 East Coast Road
Singapore 428820
Tel: (+65) 6376 9262
Opening Hours: 11.30am-11pm daily
https://the-chop-house.com/

 

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Mint 

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‘You have to visit Mint when you go to Jeju!’, my friend told me. I was reluctant to go there at first. It’s not because I didn’t trust my friend’s recommendation but because it was quite far from Jeju City, which I used as a base for exploring Jeju Island for 3 days.

After 2 days of packed sightseeing with a bus tour, I decided that I should slow down the pace to enjoy this laid back island properly. To get to the restaurant, I had to travel to the eastern side of the island. Taking a taxi, although faster, would cost me a bomb. Instead, I used a public bus to travel to this restaurant by myself. First, I took a taxi from the hotel to the inter-city bus terminal to get a bus ticket to the famous Seongsan Ichulbong (aka Sunrise Peak). The bus ride took me about 1.5 hr. After that I hailed a cab from the street and it was a mere 10-min drive to reach Phoenix Resort, where the restaurant is. From the resort lobby, you can either choose to walk to the restaurant (20 min) or just take another short bus ride (5 min, every 20 min) to the restaurant. Because I wanted to walk back after the meal, I opted to take a free shuttle bus instead.

Mint is located on the second floor of the beautiful Glass House. The building was designed by the world-renowned architect ‘Tadao Ando’. On the ground floor of the building, there’s Zippo Museum, which is more like a souvenir shop to me than a proper museum.

I made a reservation by phone one day in advance. I got a table next to the glass window. It has a nice view of the grassy terrain below. I chose a 4-course set lunch (42,000 won) and a glass of red wine.

I also chose all the chef’s recommendation dishes for each course. The first dish was salmon cheese roll. From the photo, you can see that the salmon was not rolled properly. Taste wise, I felt the cheese overpowered the slightly salty salmon, It was indeed not a memorable dish.

The second dish was sweet pumpkin soup. As the name suggests, the soup was a little sweet. It had a homely taste to it and I enjoyed it a lot.

The main course was 150g of premium tenderloin steak. The meat was premium beef from Australia. It was cooked well. The meat was juicy and tender although the size was a bit too small for my liking. Overall, it was a good steak.

The wine serving was generous. However, the waitress didn’t know much about the wine. When I asked her for more details, she could not explain to me what kind of grape or from what country the wine was from. Maybe, her English was just not good enough.

The dessert was a strawberry shortcake. The sponge cake was light and the cream was fresh. However, I’ve had many better shortcakes especially from the Japanese bakeries before. This one was just ok – nothing outstanding.

After the lunch, I had a short walk around the restaurant. The scenery was spectacular. For fans of great architecture, you should also visit Yumin Art Nouveau Gallery, which was just nearby too. The building was also designed by Tadao Ando. The entry ticket came with free audio guide. The art nouveau glass collection inside the museum may not be extensive but the design of the building was truly worth the ticket price.

In summary, a meal at Mint was a unique dining experience. The food quality was good although no dishes were outstanding on their own. Note that it is actually not a fine dining restaurant as it is advertised. The food alone would not be worth traveling so far from Jeju City but the architecture and the scenery make up for it! If you visit Jeju and have a car or stay around the east side of the island, I strongly recommend that you add Mint into your list of must-visit places. Also, make a reservation in advance to ensure that you’ll get a table with great view.

Do let me know if you have any comments or questions below. I hope you have a great week ahead with lots of yummy food.

 

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Tsuta – World’s First Michelin-Starred Japanese Ramen in Singapore

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Tsuta

Opened in 2012 by Chef Yuki Onishi, it was the first ever Japanese ramen shop to attain a Michelin star. It is also listed in Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017. Sounds impressive? That’s what we thought.

Although this Michelin-starred eatery is situated at the entrance of Pacific plaza, it is easy to miss this cozy establishment that only seats 18 people. As soon as you walk in, you can smell the fragrant scent of truffle wafting through the eatery.

Before you are seated, you are required to place your order at the kiosk located at the entrance of the restaurant. This made the process incredibly fuss-free. You would not have to worry about the waiter getting your orders mixed up here.

As for the wait, it has died down from the two hour queue when they first opened their Singapore outlet in 2016. It was only a 20 minutes wait, which was pretty decent considering the fact that we went on Christmas day.

The Food

Ajitama Shoyu Soba

I had the Ajitama Shoyu Soba while my friend decided on the Ajitama Shio Soba. Both dishes came with pork slices, flavoured egg, bamboo shoots, leeks and truffle. The only differences are the green olives pureed in truffle oil in the Ajitama Shio Soba and the soup base. The Shio Soba is made with a chicken-seafood broth, rock salt, red wine and rosemary while Tsuta’s signature Shoyu Soba, is made with dashi brewed from a combination of chicken, clams and three types of soy sauces. One of the three soy sauces is apparently custom-blended by an artisanal soy sauce producer in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture from soya beans that have been aged for two years.

Our Verdict

The egg was done to perfection, soft and smooth with a runny yolk. For me that was the highlight of the meal. The noodles were pretty good too and it was not overcooked or underdone. While most people dislike noodles that are overdone, a pet peeve of mine is noodles that are too al dente.

I have to admit, adding truffle oil to the broth makes the ramen pretty unique. But it fell short of our expectations. Maybe we were too accustomed to rich tonkotsu broth, as pointed out by several reviewers, or maybe we had hyped it up too much in our minds. We both felt that we would enjoy it more if it was a little richer. My friend also mentioned that he did not particularly enjoy the olives in the Shio broth so I definitely recommend trying the Shoyu Soba or Miso Soba instead if you are not very adventurous.

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Prices start from $15 for a bowl of ramen each and considering the fact that 80 percent of the ingredients are imported from Japan, we think that the price is rather decent. You are paying for premium quality ingredients and it is situated in the heart of Orchard afterall.

Would we go back again? Probably not anytime soon. Unless we have a sudden craving for ramen and we are too lazy to trek to another location after a shopping day out in Orchard. But we definitely recommend giving it a try at least once and you can tell all your friends that you have had a michelin-starred meal before!

Where?

Tsuta
Pacific Plaza
9 Scotts Road, #01-01, 228210
Tel: (+65) 6734 4886
Opening Hours: 11am- 9.30pm daily

 

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We tried McDonalds’ Cheesy Loaded Fries For You So You Don’t Need To

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There has been a heck of a buzz surrounding MacDonald’s cheesy loaded fries that was rolled out in stores recently. For today’s article, we tried Macdonalds’ Cheesy Loaded fries for you so you didn’t need to.

Almost every Facebook feed or Instagram story I’ve seen has at least one post dedicated to dissing it. Patrons have claimed that the actual item doesn’t look like how it was advertised. Macdonald’s has since taken to Facebook to speak up on the issue.

For an unknown reason or another, I was always under the impression that it was mayonnaise, cheese and bacon(from the breakfast menu) dumped atop a pack of medium fries. It was only until recently that a friend told me it was sour cream instead and told me it was actually pretty good. That sparked my curiosity and  I decided to go give it a try.

I was still having my doubts about it being all fries and no sauce so I topped up 50 cents for extra sour cream and cheese.

Verdict: 3.5/5

I was pleasantly surprised at how well everything came together. It was a mini party in my mouth- you know, good old MacDonald’s. Every fry was generously drenched in sauce. Definitely worth the extra 50 cents! However too much sauce can be too cloying(je-lat) after a while so be warned.

Somehow I was craving it again the next day so I went back to have the cheesy loaded fries again! I got the normal portion without extra sauce this time round.

Verdict: 3/5

I wish there was a little more sauce to coat each and every fry because 3/4 through the cheesy loaded fries I ran out of sauce.

Below is a comparison of the fries with and without extra sauce(+50 cents) side by side!

We had another colleague Ian try the cheesy loaded fries and here’s what he had to say:

“The warm nacho cheese didn’t overpower the bacon. The bacon was almost like a hint, or an aftertaste. I was lucky to have gotten fries that were still hot and crispy, so I got an addictively savoury, crispy bite every time.”

Have you tried the cheesy loaded fries? Shoot us your thoughts in the comments below!

 

How The Heck Does Eggs ‘n Things Make That Insane Whipped Cream On Them Pancakes?

James Chan

Eggs ‘n Things

Following their recent opening at the new wing of Plaza Singapura, with a name like Eggs ‘n Things, I couldn’t help but feel excited at the prospect of a high protein meal.

Eggs ‘n Things decor

The eatery couldn’t be any prettier with a strong Hawaiian theme evident to anyone who walks by. Instagram feeds are definitely going to explode with their pictures for sure. If you haven’t heard of them, let’s just say they’re really popular in Harujuku, Tokyo Japan.

Eggs ‘n Things Omelette
The Food

All their ingredients arrive fresh from Japan and they make most things in-house. I’m told that Japanese eggs are the best as they are tastier and a whole lot richer compared to our local eggs. You can easily spot a Japanese egg by their orange-hued egg yolk. Slurps.

Eggs ‘n Things Surf and Turf and Eggs

Meats & Eggs – Surf ‘n Turf ‘n Eggs, $27.90

You can choose how you want your eggs done but I went with scrambled. Nothing really stood out for me other than the prawns being a tad saltier than I would like them to be. It’s also the priciest item on the menu (probably because they use organic beef).

Eggs ‘n Things Spinach and Bacon Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedicts – Spinach ‘n Bacon, $19.90

Just like that, a star is born. Everything about this dish is PERFECT. The bagel (made in-house), the pasteurized poached eggs with rich orange colored yolk and the bits of bacon strategically placed in the spinach. Wow. It’s a real eye opener and that’s saying something considering my Chinese heritage (I have small eyes).

Eggs ‘n Things Potato and Bacon Omelette
Omelets – Potato, Bacon ‘n Cheese, $19.90

This pales in comparison to the Spinach ‘n Bacon Eggs Benedict. There’s no going back after you’ve had a taste of heaven. I’m pretty sure this is why this dish didn’t sit very well with my palette. I felt it was a little dry to be honest. For the exact same price, I recommend the Eggs Benedict for sure.

Eggs ‘n Things Strawberry Pancakes
Pancakes – Fresh Strawberry, Whipped Cream and Macadamia Nuts, $19.90

Oh my goodness. Definitely the winner of the day (it was a close fight with Eggs Benedict). What won my heart or stomach rather was surprisingly the Whipped Cream. It was light, refreshing and just highly addictive. The pancakes themselves were fluffy and one of the better pancakes I’ve had in my life. If you want to take a picture of this dish in all its glory, you’d want to do it immediately as soon as it arrives. The tower of whipped cream loses its structural integrity really quickly (it starts collapsing in less than 5 minutes). This is a MUST ORDER.

Pair them pancakes with a series of syrups that they make in-house. Flavours include Guava (unique af), coconut and your standard maple. I personally loved the coconut.

Eggs ‘n Things Sign Board

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Hell yeah. The Eggs Benedict and the Pancakes are more than enough reason for me to revisit Eggs ‘n Things multiple times for sure. Also, based off their success in Japan (people can queue for hours to have a taste), I would say they can expect the same level of success here in Singapore. So check them out before things get too crowded!

Eggs ‘n Things
Plaza Singapura #03-79/83
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238891
www.eggsnthings.com

 

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Pantone 2018: 5 Ultra Violet Desserts You Can Find in Singapore!

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Pantone revealed the colour of the year 2018 some time last week! Ultra Violet is going to be 2018’s official colour.  To commemorate the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018, we present to you 5 Ultra Violet desserts you can find in Singapore!

 

1. This pretty Ultra Violet galaxy cake that is out of this world.

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2. Taro Waffles that are pleasing aesthetically and also tastes great

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3. Acai is a superfood and you know you need that anti-oxidant!

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4. This sweet potato soft serve we can’t get enough of

 

5. Watch this cup of Spiral Galaxy as it spins!

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We love Ultra Violet and we just can’t get enough of it! Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts on these Ultra Violet Desserts that can be found in Singapore? Let us know!

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iO Italia Osteria l Osteria With A Golden Seal Of Approval

James Chan

iO Italia Osteria

As one of the proud owners of the Ospitalita Italiana Gold Seal Award, (a certification given to recognized Italian restaurants located all over the world by the Italian Government, Italian embassies and Italian Chambers of Commerce) I was pretty stoked to check out the food at Italian Osteria. The Gold Seal guarantees that every customer would get to experience true and high quality authentic Italian food and service.

l osteria shopfront

Step through the entrance and feast your eyes on a wide array of freshly baked goods (breads, biscotti and pizzas, yum!). Dine there or pick up something to go, your choice. There’s something about the atmosphere at iO that’s really inviting and warm so dine there if you have the time to spare.

l osteria bakery

The Food

l osteria mushroom soup with garlic bread

Mushroom Soup with beans, $16
Garlic Bread “Fett Unta”, $6

$16 bucks for a soup? That’s almost the price of a pasta! However, one can get full on just the soup to be honest. Blame the beans. They’re really generous with the beans. Paired with garlic bread that’s been doused in olive oil gives a nice crunch to this extremely hearty dish.

l osteria baked eggplant

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana, $14

Everything about this is gold. The eggplant was soft and tender, with the tomato base infusing itself seamlessly yet delicately into the grains of the flesh. Then we have that cheese that holds everything together. Perfect, just perfect.

l osteria orechiette

Orecchiette, Pork Sausage, Saffron Sauce, $19

Orecchiette is derived from the Italian words “orecchio” (ear) and “etto” (small). It is an ear-shaped pasta that originates from the South of Italy. It may sound small and look small BUT there’s nothing small about this dish in terms of flavor. Be prepared for a huge hit of the musky notes of saffron with your first bite. Expect a really hard hit. The initial few mouthfuls were interesting but it became a little hard to go down towards the end.

l osteria lasagna

Baked Lasagna “Grandma Style”, $18

The name suggests an age old recipe that I just had to try and out of all the dishes, this was my favorite. My only initial worry was that it was going to be too heavy for me to finish as I already had so much to eat prior to this dish arriving on the table. Surprisingly, it was light and not too heavy on the palate. There were generous portions of mince-meat hidden under the numerous folds of lasagna which is definitely something my grandmother would have done for sure.

 

What I really want to try but didn’t have the opportunity (or the stomach rather) to was the pizza. Saw a couple of tables ordering them and boy oh boy, I’m definitely down for that. Till next time iO!

 

iO Italian Osteria
Hillv2
4 Hillview Rise #02-01
Singapore 667979
Tel: (+65) 6710 7150
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm (Daily)

 

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llaollao Says It Has Nothing To Do With Yole Froyo

James Chan

Llaollao Singapore Speaks

Early this morning, llaollao Singapore issued a statement stating that they “have absolutely nothing to do with Yole Frozen Yoghurt”. It was only just but a couple of days ago that Yole took over all 29 llaollao outlets while llaollao quietly and abruptly exited the froyo scene. You can check out the article we wrote about Yole HERE !

In the article, I actually did a comparison between llaollao’s and Yole’s yoghurts and I found Yole’s froyo to be slightly sweeter. There’s a clear definition between their tastes but I’m assuming not everyone got the memo.

llaollao has nothing to do with yole

Drama In The Froyo Arena

To be honest, I smell some corporate drama brewing. To quote llaollao’s statement directly,

“Additionally, we would like to emphasize that we have absolutely nothing to do with Yolé Frozen Yogurt. It is a totally new brand in the frozen yogurt market that does not exist in Europe, even though it has been advertised as such.”

Dang, talk about being savage. But if it’s indeed false advertising, it’s but only fair that our local people be told the truth no?

llaollao froyo

Good News Singapore

Fun fact? In their Facebook post (which can be viewed HERE) llaollao clearly states that they “are far from finished in Singapore” and they will be back with new stores across the country soon, very soon.

They urge fans to stay tuned to their social networks as they will be back “sooner than you can expect”. Here, I’ll save you the trouble and link you to their PAGE HERE.

As of yet (13/12/17, 2pm), Yole Singapore has not issued any rebuttal or response to llaollao’s statement. Does silence mean consent?

llaollao story similar to gong cha

Coincidence or?

If you recall, Gong Cha had a similar story. We’re ecstatic that they’re back, don’t get me wrong, we even wrote about their return in glee (Check out that article HERE) but then doubt clouds my mind as I wonder whether this is a new marketing gimmick or trend that we’re going to be seeing often here in Singapore. I for one, am not for it. They can’t play with our hearts like that. It’s just cruel.

 

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Does Yole Taste the Same as llaollao?

James Chan

Sayonara llaollao!

Froyo dessert giants, llaollao, ceased all operations this morning and made way for another European froyo brand called Yole (It’s pronounced yo-lay).

My heart can’t take this stress. First it was Gong Cha, now llaollao. It seems like just yesterday when I was walking past a llaollao outlet at Plaza Singapura and resisted the urge to get myself a small cup of goodness (wait, it really was just yesterday!). Alas, I won’t be able to have a mental battle with their brand anymore.

The question that begs to be answered is this: “Can Yole live up to the tremendous pressure and expectations?” We had to check them out to be sure.

llaollao and yole similarities

Tubs

Prices range from $4.90 (for a small cup of froyo with one topping) to $6.90 (for a large cup with three toppings). Sounds vaguely familiar no? Oh, and that blue spoon is very reminiscent of its predecessor even if I do say so myself. They ran out of the original flavored froyo so I was left with the Strawberry froyo.

Tasting Notes

For a small cup, you get to choose one topping and I opted for pumpkin seeds to give the froyo a little added texture. I must say the Straberry Froyo is a little on the sweeter spectrum but nevertheless I felt the seeds gave it a well-needed bitterness. I can’t imagine pairing it with even sweeter toppings…. which brings us to the next thing I ordered.

llaollao yole ibiza

IBIZA

I have the feeling it’s called Ibiza to link their parfaits to paradise. You have two options to choose from. A mini, $5.50 or a large, $6.95. I ordered the large.

Tasting Notes

The toppings I chose were Kiwi, Strawberry (I have no idea why i chose strawberry for a strawberry froyo), granola chips and an extremely generous amount of mango sauce. There’s one word that could truthfully describe how it tasted, diabetic. It was so sweet. OMG! I couldn’t even finish it and maybe my hands were really warm or something but within less than 7 minutes, the froyo lost all its structural integrity to become this (refer to image below)

llaollao yole melts fast

To be fair, I have yet to try their Original Froyo and I’m not one who possesses a sweet tooth. If you are, Yole is the place for you my friend. I recommend starting with the Tubs and progress to the Ibiza when you’ve leveled up.

If you want to beat the queue, try going during office hours. It’s a whole lot faster!

 

Gong Cha Coming Back to Singapore

Pei Xia Ang

We have waited for such OOLONG time, and now Gong Cha is finally back! Here’s what to expect of this TEAriffic news!

1. Why Now?

Early this year, due to “franchise issues”, all Gong Cha outlets were converted to LiHo. But after receiving over a hundred applications for the master franchise to return to the market, Royal Tea Taiwan appointed a new master franchisee, Gong Cha (Singapore).

Gong Cha Singapore will be under the leadership of Mr Kang Puay Seng, the co-founder and former managing director of Mr Bean food and beverage chain.

2. What Drinks?

We are as yet unable to confirm if most of our favourite drinks will be on the menu, but you’ll definitely see popular ones like Alisan Milk Foam Tea and Earl Grey Milk Tea on the menu.

Fingers crossed, I’m hoping that their Apple Black Tea will be back. I have been trying to look for a drink as fruity and as refreshing at other bubble tea outlets, but have been unsuccessful so far.

On top of the regular crowd favourites, Gong Cha is bringing in drinks like Sweet Potato Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Fresh Milk Oolong, and Matcha with Red Bean.

3.Where?

Gong Cha will be opening their flagship store on 1st December at 12pm. For the time being, their only outlet is located at SingPost Centre. Fans can expect more outlets in the following months.

Gong Cha
SingPost Centre #01-141A/B
10 Eunos Road
Singapore 408600

 

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