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Barashi-Tei

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (25/9 – 02/10)

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barashi-tei japanese food

Barashi-Tei

Side note, The Mbassadors was at Selegie this afternoon printing new namecards. (We’ll post a picture of it in our socials as soon as they’re printed, fret not) We happened to chance upon this Japanese restaurant after we were done.

We were drawn to it based off their affordable set lunch offerings they had on the menu. Not that we’re cheap but we did fork out a considerable amount of money for the namecards (to be fair).

barashi tei decor

First off, it was lunch time and there was literally no one in the restaurant (always a bad sign if you ask me). Next, the level of English proficiency the waitress possessed mirrored that of a barbarian (she didn’t even understand the word menu) and lastly the food. Let’s just say I usually finish my food unless its relatively bad. Today, I didn’t finish my food so go figure.

They do have a couple of saving graces though. Mainly their affordability and the Spicy Salmon Maki.

Salmon Sashimi & Beef, $10.80

barashi tei salmon sashimi and beef bento

They gave really thick slices of Salmon Sashimi, which is a plus. However, the beef was overcooked and don’t get me started on the rice. (Who ****s up rice?)

If you’re a foodie, this dish was cringe-worthy but if you’re there just to fill your stomach then you’ve come to the right place. I on the other hand, am the latter.

 Chicken Katsu Curry, $8.80

barashi-tei chicken katsu curry

Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet and Curry with Rice

Three elements to the dish; Curry, Chicken Cutlet and the rice. Curry was decent, nothing special to mention here. The Chicken Cutlet was crispy, tender and went well with the curry. Expectations for this dish were high as the waitress placed this huge plate on our table. However, yet again, THE RICE.

Pretty worth it for $8.80 though.

Spicy Salmon Maki, $14.80

barashi-tei spicy salmon maki

Crispy Tempura Prawn, Broiled Salmon with Special Spicy Sauce

It’s unanimous that this was the dish that stole our hearts. You’ve got crowd favorites – Salmon and Tempura Prawn all in one dish for the price of $14.80! Win!

The spicy sauce could have been a tad spicier though. Other than that, I have no complaints.

Okay, dishes aside, I was tempted to write a glowing review but with all the flak food bloggers are getting about giving highly exaggerated reviews because they’re sponsored, I figured “Honesty is the best policy” Over here at The Mbassadors, we honest af.

barashi-tei menu

Barashi-Tei
 Address: 266 Middle Road, Elias Building
Singapore 188991
Tel:  6837 0506
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.00am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-2.00am,
Sun 11.00am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-10.00pm

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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6 Tips for the Next 50 Cents Festival

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Over the weekend, The Mbassadors decided to take a little trip down to the 50Cents Festival over at Chinatown! Being our virgin experience, we weren’t really sure what to expect, other than great food, and even greater crowds.

Despite expecting a crowd, we were still taken aback by the sheer volume of people packed into one tiny street. Seeing as this wasn’t the only thing that took us by surprise, we’ve decided to put together a little list of things that you can do to make your experience a little more comfortable should you choose to go for the festival the next time it comes around. Here’s 6 things you can do:

1. Dress light.

It’s going to be incredibly humid, with hundreds of people packed into one tiny street moving at a snail’s pace, so be sure to dress light! A simple tee shirt and shorts will do the trick.

50Cents Festival - The crowd is insane

50Cents Festival - People everywhere

And ladies, go easy on the make up. You’re going to perspire so much you’ll regret having wasted the effort.

2. Come in a group.

Seating is scarce, so come in numbers and have a game plan! Some of you can look for seating and snag it for you and your friends, while the rest of you can go queue for food and order for your friends who are busy scouring for seats!

3. If you have one of those Mini Fan Thingies, bring one.

We’re really not kidding about the heat, so if you have any of those portable mini usb fans or the ones that connect to your phones, bring them. They’re going to come in handy when you’re queuing up for the food.

4. Bring Tissues, and lots of them.

Eating is going to be a messy affair for sure, so come prepared with lots and lots of packets of tissues so you can dig in and not have to worry about clean up later. Also, maybe a small plastic bag to dump all those used tissues into for easy disposal! Let’s try to leave the tables cleaner than we found them, so everyone can have a pleasant experience next time!

5. Have plenty of 50 Cent Coins ready to go!

Some of the queues can be dreadfully long, especially in the heat, but don’t make that experience worse for yourself by not having your money ready when its your turn to pay! The vendors won’t take too kindly to you holding up their already snaking queues. Most (if not all) of the fare was sold at multiples of 50 cents. A bottle of Coca Cola was $1.50, a bowl of Char Kway Teow was $1, and a skewer of Satay was 50 cents. We would suggest bringing a small pouch full of 50 cent coins, so you’re never holding up the queue doing math in your head!

Oh, and that bowl of Char Kway Teow? Keep reading for a look at the food! 😉

6. Get reserved seating!

50Cents Festival - reserved seating by Chope

This year, Chope set up a designated seating area that people could reserve tables in through their app.

Now, on to the food!

There was definitely plenty of variety, and the smells were incredible. Here’s some of the dishes we tried!

Steamed Peanuts:

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Mini Wa Ko Kueh:

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Chicken Rice:

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Ma La Baby Lobster:

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Red Glutinous Wine Chicken:

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This was really good! The chicken was very tender and flavourful.

Laksa:

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The Laksa had potential to be better with more chili and if it was served a little warmer.

Cereal Prawns:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otah:

 

 

 

 

Satay:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The satay was actually very well done, being very juicy and tender without too many burnt bits despite being cooked over an open flame.

Char Kway Teow:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was excellent.

Hokkien Mee:

 

 

 

 

 

 

We sadly didn’t get to try this, the queue was way too long!

Steamed Dumplings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

If these GIFs have you watering at the mouth, then be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of the 50Cents Festival!

We’ll be sure to let you know, as soon as we do!

The Weekly Glutton (12/6-18/6)

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton features dining delights that have impressed us one way or another and are places we highly recommend you patronize.

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Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting

steam potting exterior layout

steam potting, a new trend

HONG KONG’S POPULAR FOOD TREND is slowly creeping its way onto Singaporean shores and we LOVE IT!!!!

Steam Potting ensures you keep your carbohydrate intake to a bare minimum as they serve you your staples (porridge) at the end of the meal. By then, you’re honestly too full to eat anymore and end up requesting for takeaway.

steam potting with vegetables

steam potting, keeping your carbohydrate intake to the minimum

Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting is a new joint in Serangoon Gardens that’s pretty obscure. It’s tucked in a corner along the Pow Sing Chicken Rice stretch of shop houses and can easily be missed if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

I took mom for a dinner date and boy was she happy with the food.

 

The Food

Save yourself the trouble and order the set. In terms of value, the sets are so worth it as opposed to ordering ala carte. Set B gets you A WHOLE LOBSTER, CRABS, LIVE PRAWNS, ABALONE, basically heaps of premium ingredients for a reasonable price of $90 per pax.

steam potting seafood

value for money premium seafood

You could opt for Set A as well, it’s considerably cheaper but you miss out on the LOBSTER. Your choice.

How it works, the extremely attentive and friendly staff will bring out your ingredients and you don’t even have to lift a finger to cook, they do everything for you. Sit back, relax, snap #foodporn pictures and eat with not a care in the world

 

Set B Breakdown

It’s a pretty long list of food items but let’s talk about the ones that made this set a super valued one.

steam potting seafood menu b

menu for set b

Live Tiger Prawns

They scoop up a bunch of these crustaceans from a tank and skewer them so they don’t curl up when cooked.

steam potting fresh prawns

“please don’t eat us!!”

Note that there’s not one bit of seasoning but them prawns are naturally sweet and extremely fresh. What’s more, for just 2 people, they gave us a substantial amount of prawns!

steam potting lobsters

huge lobster that we enjoyed

Live Lobster

The LOBSTER they gave us WAS HUGE! Can you believe this was mom’s first lobster experience? She thoroughly enjoyed herself with this one.

steam potting lobster that was sweet and tender

lobster was fragrant, sweet, and tender

Similar to the prawns, the flesh came off easily with the lightest of pulls and was fragrant, sweet and tender. I think I might get Hepatitis B soon.

steam potting fresh seafood

seabass that stole the limelight of the meal

Live Seabass

This was the winner of the night (yes, it beats the lobster). They pre-slice the fish so that the meat cooks evenly and in a quicker time but WOW! I’ve had many a seabass at wedding dinners, this one right here, steals the cake.

steam potting fresh food

everything you look for in a fish dish, you’ll find here.

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The Porridge

Mom and I had to get this packed in take-away boxes as we were just too full for a bowl. In the spirit of research, I did take two scoops just for a taste.

Throughout the course of the meal, the porridge is being cooked along with your other dishes in a bottom compartment. So all the seafood-y goodness that condenses from your ingredients trickles down to the porridge. Imagine that.

It’s a shame that by the time you reach the porridge, you’re too stuffed. It’s really one hell of a porridge.

steam potting vegetables

good and fresh ingredients

I’m glad I chanced upon Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting. Their food is undeniably good and the fact that most, if not all of their ingredients are live, means you get the freshest experience.

Since they’re new, there weren’t many customers but I foresee it gaining popularity over time. The price might be a little steep but believe me, it’s so worth it.

One crucial thing that I need to highlight is the amount of time Steam Potting consumes. Our dinner lasted us a little over 2 hours. So eat there if you have a family gathering, you’ll have lots of time to bond.

Book your reservations with them now!

Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting
Give them a call at: +65 6282 3996
Address: 87 Serangoon Garden Way Singapore 555983
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 00:00 MN Daily

http://www.legardenseafood.com/

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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New Eats on the Block

Pei Xia Ang

As May draws to a close, we take a look at some of the new eats that have just launched and have impressed us.

1. Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones (SPRS)

new eats steam room with the pillar and stones

An artistic concept nestled in Orchard Central, SPRS fuses art, fine dining, and retail into a relaxed setting.

At The Pillar, taste an elegant twist to the classic Peruvian dish. The Japanese Hamachi Ceviche is made up of Japanese yellowtail cured with citrus juices served with puffed tapioca, pea shoots, and picked radish. Lightly drizzled with parsley oil, this appetiser is light on the flavour, leaving you wanting more.

new eats steam room with the pillar and stones soap

In the Steamroom, sip brews at their optimum taste. Also, not forgetting the Stones, where you can appreciate artworks by aspiring artists.

2. LUKA

new eats LUKA

Headed by Chef Takashi, this is one of the few places in Singapore that you can get Italian pizza made in authentic pizza ovens.

new eats LUKA pizza

If you have never been much of a fan of pizza, yet curious to taste authentic pizza in Singapore, opt for the Margherita woodfire pizza.

This no-fills pizza is made up of mainly dough, tomato paste, basil, and cheese. As it is served, notice the blisters on the crust— a tell-tale sign that the pizza was made in a pizza oven. Additionally, as you sink your teeth into a slice, note the smoky aroma that is not present in pizzas made in regular ovens.

3. Audace

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Audace, short for “audacity”, is an invitation to explore tastes and discover flavors that push boundaries. Helmed by Michelin star-awarded chef Jeremy Gillon, this bar/restaurant aims to serve sensational French bistro fare with a modern twist.

If you ask me, a dish that best represents this place is the cucumber ice cream basil. Served with Brittany sable, strawberry fruit bell pepper, and passion jus, this dessert is a mix of flavors that is unique and refreshing.

From experience, I found out that the best way to enjoy this dessert? Have a little bit of everything with the ice cream!

4. Summerlong

new eats summerlong

Located along Robertson Quay, this haunt is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. Bask in the casual Mediterranean beach-vibe environment, as the staff serve dishes with fresh ingredients and new flavours.

Enhance your beach experience with their selection of seafood. Their oysters are a favourite, and they are going for $6 a piece, no minimum order required.

5. Nesuto

new eats nesuto

Meaning “nest” in Japanese, this themed patisserie café revolves around the concept of nests and the use of eggs. Offering Japanese- French inspired creations, the desserts are light in texture and are not too heavy on the stomach.

For you first visit, I recommend trying their Yuzu Raspberry Cake. With a pillowy and fluffy texture, this Japanese sponge cake combines the sweetness of fresh raspberry slices with yuzu to form the perfect afternoon treat.

These are the places that we have discovered this month. If we have missed anything out, do let us know in the comments below!

The Weekly Glutton (22/5 – 28/5)

James Chan

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Rabbit Carrot Gun 

Singapore brunch rabbit carrot gun

Rabbit Carrot Gun no exception to brunch options in Singapore

The Singapore brunch scene is literally exploding with a wide array of options to dine at. Rabbit Carrot Gun, is no exception to this.

I’ve eaten at enough Brunch places to conclude that brunch is a meal that lacks originality. Simply put, what you’ll find on the menu of Brunch place A is never going to differ too far from Brunch place B.

At the end of the day, how you judge the worth of your time and visit will come down to the nitty gritties – Service, Ambience and of course the taste of the food.

The Food

Singapore brunch rabbit carrot gun menu

standard brunch fare at Rabbit Carrot Gun

Rabbit Carrot Gun serves standard Singapore brunch fare in a picturesque cafe (unfortunately they were packed and I had to sit outside in the sweltering heat). Expect to spend an average of $25 a person.

Gamekeeper’s Shooting Breakfast, $22

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sausage, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomato, 2 eggs of your choice, toast or fried bread

See how in the description the “Sausage” is singular? BECAUSE IT IS! You only get 1 Sausage so ration it well! They’re super generous with the Bacon though.

For my eggs, I went with Poached and they felt just a tad over but forgivable. Nothing really stood out here.

Koo Koo Ka Choo, $19

Sinagpore brunch koo koo ka choo for mushroom lovers

mushroom fricassee, potato hash, poached eggs, shaved gruyere, truffle vinagrette

If you like mushrooms, this will be your pick, think no further. Indulge yourself in the strong earthy flavors of mushrooms ever so slightly masked by a veil of rich egg yolk. The potato hash does the job of soaking any residue juices so you’ll have an extremely clean and empty plate at the end of the meal.

My only gripe, if you need more balance in this dish, the Gruyere and Vinagrette were not so obvious in this dance of flavors.

Sunday Roast, $16/$26

Singapore brunch sunday roast

tender and tasty beef for Sunday roast

This week’s Sunday Roast was Roast Beef. I ordered the kid’s portion ($16) just for sampling purposes. BEST IDEA EVER!!!!!!! It’s not even on the menu by the way.

The beef was tender and tasty, the carrots were pleasantly sweet, served with this croissant-ish pastry which was really fluffy and great with the beef.

Just to emphasize on the roast and all its goodness, the table next to mine (obviously regulars) ordered 2 whole adult sized portions of the roast. They didn’t bother even looking at the menu.

There were so many people in Rabbit Carrot Gun that it wasn’t even funny especially with the sweltering heat. Inversely, that also means that they’re doing something right. (Psst: It’s the Roast!)

Singapore brunch at rabbit carrot gun

a photo-worthy place to dine at

It’s also an extremely Instagrammable Singapore brunch location!

I would suggest making a reservation prior to your arrival

Make a reservation today!

Rabbit Carrot Gun
Address: 49 East Coast Road
Singapore 428768
Tel: 6348 8568
Opening Hours: 8.30am-10.30pm Tues-Sun, 11am- 10.30pm Mon

 

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The Weekly Glutton (8/5-14/5)

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Yayoi

I often go to Orchard Road to shop, eat, watch a movie or meet with friends over a cup of coffee. And if you love Japanese food like me, you will know that there are a plethora of good Japanese restaurants around Orchard Road to choose from. Today, I’m going to talk about one Japanese restaurant which is quite affordable and serves good quality Japanese food – Yayoi.

Yayoi serves teishoku or set meals with prices ranging from $10 to $20++. Yayoi has 5 branches in Singapore but the branch I am going to recommend today is at the one at Somerset 313. You can find the restaurant located just side-by-side with MK Suki, a popular Thai hot pot restaurant on B3.

Another unique point of Yayoi is that you place an order through an iPad, which is mounted at each table. After ordering, you can monitor the status of your dish whether it is being prepared or has been served. This reduces the number of staff in the restaurant to just a few waiters and cashiers.

I have eaten at Yayoi several times. The food has been consistently good and the price is not high like most good Japanese restaurants in Singapore. I personally like the mix teishoku (fried pork cutlet and breaded prawn with egg) and the pork hamburg set.

Shouga Nabe

Yesterday I ordered a special nabe set – Shouga Nabe (pork ginger hot pot served with fried white fish and rice). The soup was flavorful but not too salty. Succulent sliced pork and moist pork balls came along with the soup. A generous portion of fried white fish accompanied the set. Overall, I think it is a good deal for $18.9++.

In case you are around Orchard Road and are in the mood for Japanese food which does not break your bank, do give Yayoi a try.

Yayoi
313 Orchard Road
#B3-33/34
Singapore 238895
Tel: (+65) 6884 7550
Opening Hours: Sun to Thurs from 11am -9.30pm  (Last Order 9.30pm)
Seating Capacity : 80

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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The Weekly Glutton (20/3 – 26/3)

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton features dining delights that have impressed us one way or another (or not) and are places we highly recommend you patronize.

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Meet

Chicken may be the cheapest and most common meat dish available here in Singapore and it’s due to its common-ness / commonality that most chicken dishes here are sub-standard.

“God, that chicken was dry”

“It was overcooked”

“The chicken was too tough”

Vaguely familiar? Let’s not get me started. I’ve even ate a chicken at… (can’t mention names) and it literally felt like powder in my mouth.

Things are a little different at Meet though.

The first time I went there, I avoided the Chicken like a plague due to bad experiences with other establishments but my buddy let me in on a bite and WOW! I’ve since went back twice and ordered the chicken both times.

Pop by over the weekday during lunch, you can get a Roast Chicken Lunch Special for $9.80 (before tax) and it’s accompanied by a pretty darn fluffy mashed potato. Not going during lunch time? Don’t worry! I think the $18 price tag for the meal is pretty worth it too.

weekly glutton mashed potatoes

I can’t speak for the other dishes though as I haven’t had the chance to try them (I even forgot what I ate the first time, I think it was the Pulled Beef Bourguignon). Meet’s supposed to be a Japanese/French fusion restaurant but honestly, I don’t see or feel it. The chicken serves as a pretty good distraction if anything.

weekly glutton chicken

Meet
180 Kitchener Road
#02-37/38 City Square Mall
Singapore 208539
Check out their website here !!!!

 

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