Category : New Eats On The Blog

From Taiwan to Singapore, Join the Kazo Kraze

Pei Xia Ang

You’ve probably seen the photos of Kazo’s Taiwanese confectionary on social media. From the colourful cheese tarts to the indulgent kazu kazus, each one looked more inviting than the next. Alright, maybe it is just me who is a glutton.

But I digress. When fans of the Taiwanese Bakery heard that they would be opening their franchise outlet here in Singapore, the news was met with much joy.

At Kazo, no two pastries are the same. They are all painstakingly handmade from the chefs who were trained in Taiwan, and made fresh daily. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg to the Kazo craze. Kazo sells confectionary that are light and fluffy, with luxuriously smooth filling. Here’s our verdict on their snacks.

Crispy Cream Puffs

One of the best sellers, these bite-sized bombshells fill you up with flavour from the first bite. This flaky pastry has a good filling to shell ratio, so you are greeted with a good mix of cream and shell.

If you ask me, this is one of the best confection to go all out on because of their small size. Available in Hokkaido cream, chocolate, matcha, and durain, I would recommend getting all 4 fillings to get the best of all the flavours.

Kazu Kazu

If you thought the name “Kazo” sounded vaguely familiar, it is because they are named after this snack. The kazu kazus here are all different from each other, as the almonds on the outer crust are pressed by hand onto the surface of the kazu kazus.

At the first bite, I was greeted with a very nice, crunchy texture of the outer shell. As for the cream, it was light and fluffy, which made it go very well with the outer shell of the kazu kazu. This made it very enjoyable, as the light cream did not sit too heavy on the stomach, giving me more room for another kazu kazu stick. Or maybe three.

Danish Polo

One of their classics, their Danish Polos carries a unique twist. Aside from the regular Danish skin, these ones here have a “bo luo” skin on the outermost surface. This means that you get to indulge in the crumbly, crispy skin of the bo luo, before getting to the more moist interior of the confectionary. Two thumbs up for the great execution, as I really enjoyed the skin of the bo luo complimenting the “Western” interior of the polo.

In addition, Kazo offers the option for ice cream polos. They are reminiscent of the traditional ice cream sandwiches that the ice cream uncles sell. Two scoops of ice cream sandwiched in a bun. Love ‘em!

Cheese Tarts

The cheese tarts here will appeal to you if you are into something more full-bodied and heavier in flavour. According to Kyenne, the general manager of Kazo, the cheese tarts are made with different kinds of cheese to help balance and leave out the sourness iconic in most cheese tarts.

What I found particularly enjoyable, aside from the rich cheese filling was the tart itself. It was firm, yet soft to the bite. Another plus was that the tarts here are larger than most in the market, so you get more of cheesy goodness with each serving. What’s there not to love?

 

** Each pastry is available in Hokkaido cream, Chocolate, and Matcha flavours unless otherwise stated.

Kazoman Drinks

Apart from pastries, Kazo also sells beverages that are prepared in house daily. I preferred the Kazoman Matcha, as it was light on the palette yet flavourful. On the other hand, the Kazoman Soya Bean isn’t really for me, as I felt that it was not sweet enough. But I suppose this is a good beverage for those who want something to balance out the sweetness of the pastries.

Chinese New Year Promo

Kazo is having a Chinese New Year promotion for Danish polos and kazu kazus. Check out their Facebook for more information! Happy snacking!

Kazo
Chinatown Point, #01-30
133 New Bridge Road, Singapore

 

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Origin Grill & Bar – When In Doubt, Go With The Chef’s Recommendations

James Chan

Origin Grill & Bar

The hardest part of walking into a new restaurant (they’ve been around for a month) is that you don’t have any reviews online to figure out what to order. Which was exactly my dilemma as I skimmed through the fancy menu. So I did what most people would do, order from the Chef’s Recommendation page!

Before we move on to the food, I should point out that Origin Grill & Bar has exceptional service. The waiters are attentive, polite and know just the right moment to approach a table to enquire whether the diners like their food. But it doesn’t stop at the waiters, the restaurant manager and the sous chef do that too! It might be a tad disconcerting to some but you can tell they genuinely want you to have a good dining experience at Origin Grill.

origin grill pan seared breaded cod cake

The Food

Pan Seared Breaded Cod Cake, $18

There was little to no seafood aftertaste which speaks volumes of its freshness. The cod meat was tender, soft, fluffy and just pure joy to consume. The element of this dish that just stole my heart (or my stomach rather) was that hollandaise sauce (they make it in house). My only gripe with this magnifishcent creation was that they shouldn’t serve it with the slice of lemon. The hollandaise sauce has lemon in it already so when you squeeze the lemon, it becomes a tad too tangy.

origin grill spaghetti with jumbo crab meat

Spaghetti With Jumbo Crab Meat, $28

Al dente, just the way I like it. Firmness and springiness of the pasta aside, the portion of crab meat that they provide is DA BOMB! Every mouthful of pasta definitely had bits of crab meat in it. Crab meat is chocked full of sweet and tasty goodness so imagine that coating almost every stand of pasta. Heaven!

origin grill John Stone Grass-Fed & Dry-Aged 35 Days Striploin On The Bone 400

John Stone Grass-Fed & Dry-Aged 35 Days Striploin On The Bone 400g, $98

The star of the night. A grass-fed AND dry-aged beef! Lots of expectations were placed on this for sure. See, a grass-fed cow has literally fed on grass its whole life. This results in a meat that does not taste so “beefy”. Then, to add on, this beef has been dry-aged for 35 days. Why does dry-aged beef cost so much and taste so great? The longer the beef is aged, the longer time the natural enzymes in the meat has to break down the muscle tissue of the meat. It brings out the flavor and improves the texture of the meat significantly. Couldn’t resist that bit of trivia.

Striploin comes from an area of the cow where the muscles aren’t usually put to work (like my nonexistent abs). It’s one of the most flavorful and tender cuts. At Origin Grill, the fat of the striploin was rendered perfectly and the taste was exquisite. I ordered medium rare and it was perfectly cooked and tender-to-the-bite. Cooking steak is an art and the culinary team at Origin Grill are the Picassos of the culinary world.

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

If it wasn’t apparent throughout my ENTIRE article, then I’ll just say it’s a huge YES from me. I can tell that every dish has been well thought of in terms of nutritional value and taste, the plating is stellar and the service is excellent. Origin Grill is definitely on its way to becoming an icon in Singapore! Well done Origin Grill!

 origin grill crowd

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Origin Grill & Bar
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Lobby Level, Tower Wing
22 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258340
Tel: 6213 4595

 

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Say Yes To Stretchy Grilled Cheese Toast At Say Chiizu

Pei Xia Ang

Singaporeans are no strangers to snaking queues and long waits. Much like any other new stall that has sprung up selling pop culture food, the line stretching from the storefront of Say Chiizu has been almost as long as their grilled cheese pull. Okay, I exaggerate a little.

However, we were lucky to have been at the 313@Somerset outlet when there was less of a queue, and decided to find out if the juice was really worth the squeeze.

grilled cheese stretchy cheese

The Toast

Before we Gouda to the cheese, let’s talk about the toast. At Say Chiizu, there are 3 flavours  of toast to choose from, namely Original, Chocolate, and Charcoal. We were told that the difference in flavours was only in the toast, and not the cheese. So we went ahead and got ourselves the original and chocolate flavours.

The toast was fluffy and light enough so that it did not overpower the cheese, while the crust was crisp, giving the snack a nice bite. The original Hokkaido milk toast was good, but as for the chocolate, I felt that it should have had a more chocolatey taste.

grilled cheese toast at say chiizu

The Cheese

With every bite you take, the thick, creamy grilled cheese fills you up. Apparently, the cheese is made with specially imported Japanese milk and mixed with other cheeses to create the texture for that cheese pull. I was pretty impressed at how for those grilled cheese stretches go! They reach almost an arm’s length!

grilled cheese extremely sinful cheese at say chiizu

After a bit, we found that the grilled cheese really filled us up. Even though we were sharing it, we felt rather full as we were finishing off last of the first toast.

grilled cheese say chiizu logo

The Verdict

Is it worth it? Many people would say that it is not the smartest thing to be paying for what essentially was homemade grilled cheese sandwich, but I beg to differ.

Although it may seem simple on the outside, the effort that went into making this snack is no mean feat. The premium ingredients used are imported from overseas, and made with their own recipes to ensure the best customer experience.

Furthermore, the cheese really fills you up especially if you have a small appetite, so paying that $3.80 for a toast feels like a light meal. Would I buy it again? Yes, and that cheese pull really adds an element of fun to the munch!

Say Chiizu Outlets: 
  1. Vivo City (#B2-K16)
  2. 313@Somerset (#B3-49)
  3. Whitesands (#01-44)
  4. The Clementi Mall (#04-K4)
  5. Bugis+ (First Say Chiizu Cafe) (#04-01)
  6. Waterway Point (#B1-K1)

 

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Lava Style OMUrice Is Everything You Ever Want @ OMU Singapore

James Chan

OMU Singapore

Following their success in Bangkok, Thailand (with 6 branches spread across the land of smiles), OMU opens its first outlet in Singapore! I say first outlet because I’m pretty sure there will be more to come. With long, snaking queues that stretch all the way to the Esplanade MRT station (on occasion), expansion is but a natural phenomenon.

So what’s got Singaporeans so riled up? It’s just Omurice! Or so I thought when I stepped into OMU Singapore. Then came the Lava Style Omurice. Suddenly, everything became crystal clear.

The Food

AT OMU Singapore, you’re spoilt for choice with numerous omurice offerings in different sauces. There’s Tomato Sauce, Demiglace Sauce, Curry Sauce, Cream Sauce & Japanese Style Sauce to choose from.

The thing I want to touch on most is that Lava Style Omurice. It’s a special way of making omelets where the surface of the egg is cooked but the inside is half cooked, borderline runny, creamy and full of texture. It’s really enjoyable to break the surface of the omelet to allow its beautiful interior to break free of the mold. I’m told that the chefs undergo intensive training in order to master this art.

With that in mind, you’d think that the dishes might be slightly steep on the wallet but the most expensive item on the menu is capped at $14.80 (excludes additional toppings or opting for the lava style omurice). That’s probably another reason why there’s a long queue.

Pork Hamburger Steak Omurice with Demiglace Sauce, $13.80

I obviously opted for the lava style version (trust me when I say it’ll be an additional $2 well spent). Boy oh boy. Best decision EVER! You’ve got a semi runny egg yolk enveloping a bed of tomato fried rice. And then there’s the sauce. That savory demiglace sauce is a sure fire winner. It’s not overly sweet with a hint of sourness and highly addictive. I could drink it like a soup even! Drizzle that over that perfectly cooked hamburger steak (that tastes exactly like the ones I ate when I was in Tokyo) or don’t. It’ll taste great both ways.

Mentaiko Cream Sauce Omurice, $13.80

This comes from the Japanese Styled Sauce Section and I’m told that in Bangkok, this was a promotional menu item which was a huge hit with the locals. Singaporeans tend to order this dish frequently as well. Why? Probably because the mentaiko cream sauce is light and not overtly rich on the palate. I recommend a meat add on if you’re not watching the waistline. It still tastes great without but I need a chewy protein in my meals. I also had this lava style.

Nagoya Style Red Miso Sauce Omurice, $13.80

This was my last dish and I opted for a normal version instead of the lava style to get a more wholesome understanding of omurice. Red miso is known for its not so subtle umami flavors and I think it’s perfect. There are many elements present in this dish (tomato rice, sautéed chicken, mushrooms, the pork cutlet and of course the omelet) and if a milder miso sauce was used, it would probably have been lost somewhere along the line.

Having tried the non-lava style omurice, even though I think it’s good, it would have been EVEN BETTER with the lava style option. What I’m trying to say here is, just pay the additional $2. It’s so worth it. Oh but that pork cutlet was pretty dope with its crispy exterior and super tender-to-the-bite meat!

 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

A hearty and overwhelming definite YES from me. OMU Singapore has managed to capture my stomach in just one visit. I cannot further describe how great the lava style omurice is. You just have to try if for yourself to be a believer. Let the long queues be a testament to my review then. If you don’t want to queue, you might probably want to avoid the peak hours.

OMU Singapore
Suntec City Singapore, West Wing
3 Temasek Boulevard #01-301A/301B
Singapore 038983
Tel: (+65) 9834 0079
Opening Hours: 11am-3pm, 4-10pm daily

 

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3 Reasons Why Sama Curry is Not Your Usual Curry

Pei Xia Ang

To be very honest, both M and I have never had Japanese curry like the ones served at Sama Curry and Cafe, and did not know what to really expect from the meal.

As we were seated down, we noticed one of the stark differences that Sama Curry presented from other curry shops.

1. Customisable

The meals here are mostly customisable, and customers have full control of what they want.

First, choose your preferred type of meat from options like chicken, beef, pork, and seafood. If you are vegetarian, they have a special set catered for you too!

Next comes the most crucial part: the spice level. Sama curries are classified into 3 levels the baby bear, adult bear, and crazy bear levels. Sama allows you to customise it a step further by choosing individual spice levels based on the chosen levels! For instance, baby bear (the least spicy) ranges from spice levels 0 to 5, while adult bear ranges from 6-15, and crazy bear from 16-30.

Once the spice level is chosen, you get to select a soup base, with options from tomato, coconut, shrimp, and Japanese.

Lastly, you can choose to add additional toppings to enhance your Sama experience.

We went with the Pork “Oink Oink” curry at spice level 8, with Japanese soup base and Special Soup Curry Ramen at spice level 18, with Japanese soup base.

2. Fresh Ingredients

As we took our first spoonfuls of our meal, our eyes lit up. It was that kind of feeling that you have when you realise once you go Sama curry, you can never really go back to regular curry. The soup broth was robust in flavour with a kaleidoscope of flavours dancing in your mouth, yet with seemingly no je lat-ness at all.

This full bodied soup was accompanied with soft, tender pieces of char shu with good fat to meat ratio. I really loved the ramen, which had a nice chewy snap to it. The rice that M had was imported from Hokkaido, and was soft and fluffy.

Balancing the taste of the soup was the vegetables, which gave the soup greater depth and complexity in terms of taste.

3. Filling and Wholesome

The generous amount of fresh vegetables thrown in to the soup broth gave the meal and wholesome, healthy feel. The fibre helped to make the meal a filling one, so there is not as much carbohydrates that one needs to consume to feel full. The perfect for weight-watchers! This wholesome meal warmed us right up, and got us feeling full and extremely satisfied.

Conclusion

Needless to say, we really enjoyed our meal at Sama Curry and Cafe, and would definitely be back to try out more of what they have to offer!

 

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Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Need to Be At Picnic

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In light of the recent hipster food court trends that is taking us by the storm, we can’t help but jump on the bandwagon and check out some of the themed food courts that have recently opened.

A few months ago, FOMO opened its door to us for a free media tasting, and you can read all about what we have to say here. This time though, we happened to be in Wisma Atria, and simply could not walk past the alluring interior of Picnic. Down the rabbit hole we go….

1. Ambience

The first thing that strikes most people as they make their entrance to Picnic is the nature-themed layout. This place is every nature-lover’s nirvana. Sink your feet into soft, fake grass as you bask in the lighting designed to soothe your mood.

2. Great for Catching Up

The soothing environment, coupled with the lush spaciousness of the area makes it a great place for one to catch up with friends. Choose from seating areas in the Flower Garden, Picnic Central Garden, and Beer Garden. The tables are designed to accommodate a larger crowd, but more private seating options are available too.

3. Games and Entertainment

Is there anything that the organisers behind Picnic did not think of?! Other than a great sitting plan for large groups, there are even games for friends to play against each other. Loving the foosball table and the old-school arcade machine!

4. International Food Choices

We all have that one friend who just can’t decide what to eat. (Glares pointedly to the left) Not a problem here at Picnic! With over 7 International food stalls, there is something for everyone at the table. Some of these stalls include: Omakase Burger, Le Coq Roti, Rosti Haus, Daebak, Taiwan Treasures, Ezo Hokkaido Eats, and more.

5. Quality Food

I had a burger from Omakase Burger, featuring USDA choice beef, American cheese, topped with fluffy, artisanal buns. I really loved how the beef patty was juicy and flavourful, yet not too overly greasy. This is one happy meal I wanna have every day!

If your #ThatOneAsainFriend can’t go without his noodles (glares pointedly to the left again), then why not give the pork noodles at the Taiwanese Treasures a go! They serve a mean bowl of noodles! The noodles are Taiwan imported, and are silky smooth, while the broth is rich and flavourful.

For dessert, we had the apple pie. These pies are made fresh daily from the owner’s mum who learnt her recipe from the United States. It is no wonder why I can’t pry my hands off these pies! From the first bite, the homely taste of apples seasoned with a pinch of cinnamon hits you. This taste is well-complemented with the warm, buttery crust that falls apart easily.

Conclusion

Not convinced that Picnic is the place to go yet? Make a reservation here and see it for yourself!

Picnic
#03-15 Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Road, 238877
Tel: (+65) 6734 8352
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm daily

 

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Have An Authentic Taste Of Japan At Uni Gallery

James Chan

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uni gallery restaurant

Uni Gallery @ The Plaza

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you probably wouldn’t argue with me when I say ANYWHERE you dine in Japan will ensure a pleasant and satisfying experience. The service is great, the dishes taste amazing and the amount of meticulous care the Japanese people put into their craft is out of this world. My favorite place for food was none other than the bustling restaurants of Tsukiji Fish Market . After my experience with Uni Gallery earlier last night, it’s safe to say that I don’t have to travel so far for that taste anymore.

uni gallery sake

The Food

Don’t be alarmed when you flip open the menu. The prices are not going to be your usual Cafe & Bistro type of fare. We are dealing with Uni here. They are hard to harvest and each uni yields extremely small portions of the delectable meat. Also, it is highly recommended that to appreciate the full flavor of the uni, it must be eaten within 24 hours of harvest.

Uni Gallery serves non uni related dishes as well but nahhhhh. I went there for the sole purpose of their uni recommendations!

uni gallery shutou

Uni Shutou Original, $32

Using soy sauce to marinate the uni brings out the strong umami flavours and provides a harmonious blend of different tastes. Love the whole make your own uni roll concept!

uni gallery oyster shot

Uni Oyster Shot, $25

If you ask me, this is definitely the winner of the night. When you scoop all the ingredients into your mouth and take a bite, the taste of the sea literally hits you like a wave. The plethora of flavours exploding from the oyster and ikura roe itself targets every inch of your million taste buds. Throw in the sweet and creamy notes of the fresh uni and wow. That’s what a #foodgasm feels like.

uni gallery chirashi don

Uni Chirashi Don, $49

Jason, the owner of Uni Gallery assured me that for the price, I would be getting the best value as they’re very generous with the uni. True to his word, there were numerous streaks of the delectable uni flesh layered on top of fragrant Japanese rice. Could have been a little more generous with the rice though but other than that, no complaints!

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Some would stare aghast at the exorbitant prices. Some would not. Let’s talk about overall value in correlation to price then. You’re receiving premium grade uni and you won’t have to splurge on an air ticket to Japan to do so. What’s more, Uni Gallery is very generous with their portions of uni! I’ll definitely be back for sure!

Uni Gallery
The Plaza
7500A Beach Road  #B1-310
Singapore 199591
Tel: (+65) 9838 8209
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3.00pm l 6.00pm – 10.00pm (Daily)

 

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Cartoon Network Cafe Singapore, is it Worth it?

Pei Xia Ang

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From TV Screens to Plates at Cartoon Network Cafe 

Off the top of my head, the few themed cafes that I can think of include Pokemon cafe, cat cafe, and Gudetama cafe. From the word of mouth, I’ve gathered that themed cafes are more of novelty places. Lets just say customers are given more of a visual experience than a gastronomical experience.

With fingers crossed, I stepped into the Cartoon Network Cafe.

cartoon network exterior

The Decorations

My first impression was that of awe. The place was what my 10 year-old self imagined what wonderland would be like. Hanging from the ceiling were large Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 figures, while Jake and Finn grinned at me from the walls. This is the place where one can literally leave their worries behind and channel their inner child.

cartoon network dining

Oh, and check out the yellow bus from We the Bears! It is actually a reference from one of the episodes in the series, when the bears sold their food from a yellow food truck!

cartoon network powerpuff girls

Going the extra mile to cater to customers, the place provides colouring papers to keep the kids occupied and photography props for all your Instagram needs.

The Food

After quite some deliberation, we finally settled for Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti, and Blossom’s Grilled Chicken Steak for our mains. As for drinks, we got Finn and Jake Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake and Bubble’s Blueberry Soda.

cartoon network blossom's grilled chicken steak

Blossom’s Grilled Chicken Steak

For this dish, I was pretty amused by how Blossom’s ears were replaced by two cherry tomatoes. It was such a creative way to give the dish added texture!

Additionally, the chicken steak was well-marinated, and paired well with the mushroom sauce by the side.

cartoon network blossom chicken steak

In addition, the fries were just the right level of crispiness, and lightly seasoned with a pinch of salt. Coupled with a salad by the side, this dish is good for those who want to watch their weight. (or are saving room for desserts)

cartoon network ben ten meatball spaghetti

Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti

My favourite part about this dish was the generous serving of meatballs. Each meatball was rich and robust in flavour, and went well with the tangy tomato sauce. A plus point for this dish is the broccoli, which gave it a sense of balance.

cartoon network jake peanut butter and banana milkshake

Finn and Jake Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake

A flavour that piqued my interest, I thought that the peanut butter and banana milkshake was worthy of a try. This was a decision that did not disappoint.

The drink was not as overly sweet as expected of most milkshakes.  This was achieved through the use of the bananas, giving the drink a natural sweetness.

Additionally, the milkshake was also beautifully decorated with a Jake macaroon, marshmallows, a waffle slice, and heaps of peanut chunks atop a layer of whipped cream. They all taste so great paired with the peanut butter and banana drink! Another one for me please!

cartoon network bubble's blueberry soda

Bubble’s Blueberry Soda

As they say sugar, spice, and everything nice, could this be the recipe for this delightful concoction?

It was a rather fun experience to decant blueberry soda into a conical flask of ice and other ingredients. (there was even popcorn??!)

The drink was light, refreshing and great for washing down a heavy meal. But probably not worth the price tag of $10.90 though.

cartoon network adventure time

Conclusion

The food at Cartoon Network Cafe was quirkily designed to accommodate the cartoon characters, but I feel that the quality of the dishes was compromised for its aesthetics. Granted, this is a Cartoon Network themed cafe, but it being a cafe means that its focus should not wholly be on the layout of the food, but also on the quality of the dishes too.

Furthermore, for some dishes like Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti, the only thing that sets it apart from regular meatball spaghetti was a paper cutout of Ben 10 and a slice of cheese with the Ben 10 logo. Does this really justify the hefty price tag? Alas, it’s a “no” from me.

cartoon network adventure time lumpy space princess

According to various sources, this collaboration between The Soup Spoon and Cartoon Network is said to last for a year. There are also plans to change the characters every 3-6 months, so one can expect fresh new characters every now and then. Hopefully, the dishes take on an improved taste so that customers can expect new surprises along the way.

cartoon network we the bears

Cartoon Network Cafe
Waterway Point
83 Punggol Central, B1-12
Singapore 828761
Tel: (+65) 6385 9254
Opening Hours: 10.30am-10 pm (Mon-Thurs), 10.30am-10.30pm (Fri), 10am- 10.30pm (Sat), 10am- 10pm (Sun)

 

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Audace Bar and Restaurant

James Chan

Audace Bar and Restaurant

Audace (pronounced Aw-daz) is a quaint little casual French restaurant in the heart of Little India. The Mbassadors had the privilege of whetting our palates at their restaurant most recently and we have but only good things to say about our experience.

Chef Jeremy Gillon helms the kitchen and he produces gastronomical creations that leaves diners in awe and wonder (us included). In a brief conversation I had with him, he mentioned that he changes the menu every couple of months to keep things fresh for his diners.

As you enter the restaurant from the get-go, you’ll notice an assortment of herbs (with names I literally cannot pronounce) lined up just above the kitchen service counter. Chef Jeremy actually visits France every now and then to forage for his own herbs! There are herbs that are reminiscent of prawn crackers and seaweed, there are some that taste like oats and there was even one that smelt like chamomile!

The Food

La Reine Des Pres

With Celtuce as the main ingredient in this dish, I did not know what to expect. (I’ve never had Celtuce in my life) Texture wise, it resembles that of an extremely tender asparagus and has a mildly sour after taste. I could eat it on its own for days even and not grow sick of it.

However, Chef Jeremy takes it to the next level with pickled onions, salted seaweed, a sweet syrup extracted from one of his herbs and a parsley garnish. This mash up of flavors produces a well-balanced and meticulously thought of dish that raises the expectations for the other dishes that follow after.

La Matricaire

The initial thoughts I had about this dish were with regards to how fresh the Mackerel was. There’s no denying its freshness. Any fresher and you’ll have to catch it yourself.

Then we delve a little deeper and look past the first layer of taste to find the spinach with its creamy notes and semi-mushy texture. The Matricaire oil at the base has a pleasant chamomile scent. Don’t worry about the green color, it’s just the chlorophyll from the spinach. I feel it adds another dimension of creaminess to the dish. Imagine all these flavors augmented by a dash of horseradish to give this dish an added “oomph” or complexity. Brilliant.

 

Cote De Veall

I think a moment of silence is necessary for the calf that contributed to this AMAZING main course.

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Okay, moment’s over.

You can tell that Chef Jeremy places a lot of emphasis on respecting the dish and its ingredients. The meat was tender and cooked to perfection with each bite just bursting with flavor. Whilst I would once again say I could enjoy the veal just cooked as is, Chef Jeremy utilizes all his experience and expertise to provide a deeper and more meaningful way to appreciate the veal.

This dish is all about texture. There’s the Rutabaga which gives this dish an added crunch due to its raddish-like nature. Then there’s the caperberries that are strategically thrown in so that you get an occasional seedy and fruity bite.

You can be sure that you won’t leave Audace feeling like the portions were lacking because this main course is HUGE! For the price you’re paying, it’s just so much value!

James Highly Recommends Audace Bar and Restaurant

Yeap, you heard it right, I don’t often say this but this is a must-try. If you’re reading this, you’ve come so far, all you need to do is make a reservation and you won’t be let down! Bring a date, bring your parents, plan a proposal there or even throw a birthday party there. You’re in for a treat.

Make a reservation HERE

 

Audace Bar and Restaurant
2 Dickson Rd
Singapore 209494
Tel: +65 6298 1188
Opening Hours:
Daily Breakfast: 7.30am – 10.00am, Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.00pm
Afternoon Tea: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 12.00 midnight (last order 10.00pm)
Sunday Brunch: 11.30pm – 4.00pm

 

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aROMA Gelato, aDORATION for Gelato

Pei Xia Ang

To be very honest, I have never gotten what the deal was with ice creams and gelatos. I mean, they are both frozen desserts, right?

WRONG!

I had the pleasure of meeting with Elysia, who was in charge of business development,  who took the time to explain to me their differences. She shares that ice creams are generally stored at -18ºC, while gelatos are stored at -10ºC. This means no more toothaches, and less brainfreeze!

She also explains the belief that the Italians hold dear: the best gelatos are the ones that allow the consumer to immediately identify the flavour even whilst tasting it blindfolded.

In this case, I wasn’t blindfolded but the flavours at aROMA gelato sure gave me a burst of flavour unlike any that I have experienced.

Strawberry and Mint 

Adapted from ol’ fashioned peppermint and chocolate, this flavour is a unique take on the classic favourite. The initial burst of strawberry flavour is well complemented with minty undertones.

Matcha 

I have had my fair share of matcha to tell the good from the less pleasant tasting ones, and the ones here did not disappoint.

Similar to a cup of traditional Japanese green tea, the matcha gelato is not entirely sweet. In fact, it even carries a slight bitterness from the matcha powder, letting you taste the authenticity of the matcha in the flavour.

Mango Alphonso

Without being told what flavour it was, I took a scoop of bright yellow gelato from the cup.

Immediately, I tasted the unmistakeable burst of mango flavour. Imported from India and handmade in Singapore, aROMA manages to capture the blissful sweetness of the fruit, yet not making it too overwhelmingly saccharine after one too many spoonfuls. That’s one gelato I want to binge on!

Lemon and Basil

“This flavour may prove to be too much for some to handle,” Elysia confides as I took  a scoop.

Regardless, I went ahead.

Like all the other flavours at aROMA, this one packed a punch. The citrusy taste of lemons surprised my tastebuds, but the basil helped complement the taste well. Thus, after a few more scoops, I got used to the taste, and really enjoyed the refreshing zest.

Not just Quantity but also Quality

Currently, at aROMA they have over 20 flavours of ice creams to choose from, leaving one spoilt for choice. Don’t be fooled though.  the variety in the number of flavours does not mean that the quality of the gelatos is compromised. They are all additive-free, preservative-free, and made with natural ingredients. Additionally, to ensure quality, aROMA brings in a new batch of gelato each week.

Promotion

Furthermore, to commemorate  the opening of their second outlet, aROMA is having a buy 2 get 1 free promotion for coffees and gelatos.

In addition, from the 20th to 22nd of October from 3-5pm, they are selling each cup of gelato for only A DOLLAR! Buuuut, this only applies to the first hundred customers for the day, so bring your friends, and hurry down for a gelato treat!

aROMA Gelato
Address: Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839
#B1-32
Address: 29 Arab Street
Singapore 199728
Tel: 8522 1673

 

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