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Grains & Hops – National Day Menu Available Till End August, Look Out For The Super Creative Prawn Noodle Croquette

James Chan

Grains & Hops

Located on the 10th floor of the luxury airline travel themed YOTEL Singapore, Grains & Hops has released their National Day menu and I think they pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one.

grains & hops brew

The Food

Available till 31st August 2018, Singaporeans will have a pretty long window to try some of these amazing local inspired dishes. Pair them dishes with Grains & Hops’ very own brew of craft beer – with its light fruity notes and slightly bitter aftertaste, knocking back a couple of pints will definitely be a pleasant experience.

grains & hops chilli crab

Chilli Crab Rillette, $16

Chilli Crab is definitely a no brainer when it comes to local Singaporean cuisine. They are extremely generous with the fresh and tender crab meat and I must say that they’ve got the sweet and rich Chilli Ccrab flavors down to a T. The rice cracker gives this dish a nice crispy textured bite and definitely something new to me. I’m more of a mantou (Chinese steam buns) kind of guy when it comes to Chilli Crab.

grains & hops oyster omeletteOyster Omelette Cracker, $13

The element in this dish that brings everything together is that sweet and sour chilli sauce. It tones down the strong seafood essence that comes along with oysters (especially when they’re fried). The tapioca crackers were light, crispy and extremely satisfying. This makes for a good accompaniment all types of alcohol. No I’m not an alcoholic.

grains & hops prawn noodle croquettePrawn Noodle Soup Croquette, $14

This is definitely my all-time favorite for their National Day Menu. It’s a croquette but the magic is WHAT’S IN THE CROQUETTE. You’ll find a tantalizing broth of pork bones and prawn stock just waiting to attack your taste buds as your teeth breaks into the crispy exterior of the croquette. It’s GENIUS! But do let it cool for a couple of minutes upon serving. Like a xiao long bao, it can burn you if you’re too impatient. I recommend asking your friends to test the waters first (that’s what I did). Oh and to top it all off (quite literally) there’s a pretty big and fresh prawn for each ball!

grains & hops kaya mochiKaya Cream Mochi, $12

I thought this was going to be super sweet but nope, it actually sat pretty well with my not-so-sweet palate. That chewy mochi textures go extremely well with that light kaya cream. Who would have thought?

 

Grains & Hops
YOTEL Singapore
366 Orchard Road, Level 10, Singapore 238904
Tel : 6866 8067

 

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The Wine Buffet At Winederlust Is Something You Have To Try

James Chan

Winederlust

Winederlust is a new wine bistro located at Wanderlust, a beautiful boutique hotel along Dickson Road. Housing over 300 different brands of wine from all over the world, the inner alcoholic in you will be spoilt for choice.

With respect to pricing, I had assurance during my brief tour of the place that their bottles are well below normal retail selling price. What’s more, if you decide that you want to da pao (takeaway) wines instead of drinking at Winederlust, you pay $10 less.

winederlust wine buffet

The Wine Buffet

The crux of the matter that I would like to highlight would be their wine buffet. Available every Saturday and Sunday, you pay $48++ for 2 hours free flow of up to 3 different wines. If you don’t have a clue as to what to choose, feel free to ask any of the knowledgeable staff for assistance.

To top it all off, what seals the deal for me would be the food. For an additional $10, you can enjoy and pair selected Chef’s Creations with your wines. JUST $10 for the normal portion!

winederlust tuna

Tuna Tataki Chimichanga, $14 a la carte or $10 with wine buffet

Corn Tostadas, Onion Avocado Sesame Tabbouleh

Seafood and white wine is a no brainer. Senior sommelier, Amir Solay suggested pairing this dish with a Pagos (a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc) and who am I to question a man with over 20 years of experience?

The tuna (sourced from the shores of Japan) was beautifully seared on the outside and extremely fresh. The pairing of the light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc was perfect for this appetizer.

 winederlust cheese salad

Caprese Mozzarella Salad, $12 a la carte or $10 with wine buffet

Buffalo Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomato, Smoke Fermented Beans

This dish was paired with Pagos, the same Sauvignon Blanc I had with the Tuna. The fermented beans (tempeh) and the mozzarella is a little fatty and leans more on the rich spectrum. The Pagos is perfect to wash away said fattiness and gelat-ness with its light acidity.

On that note, I’ve never had such a tasty and tender tempeh before! I’m used to the hard nonsense I get at Ayam Penyet stores. So you can imagine how surprised I was after my first bite.

winederlust sous vide pork belly

Sous Vide 12 Hours Pork Belly, $20 a la carte or $10 with wine buffet

Braised Lima Beans, Grated Daikon, Pork Jus

Moving on to their mains, this dish was paired with a French Cabernet Sauvignon, a much heavier red wine. The Sous Vide Pork Belly is a heavy dish so pairing it with a heavier, full bodied wine provides the palate with a sense of equilibrium.

Wow. The pork belly was superb! Loved how the fats melted in my mouth and how tender the meat was. The element that I absolutely went crazy over was the pork crackling. It was crispy but not over the top kind of crispy (like Chicharrón in the Philippines). I only wished there was more of that on this dish.

winederlust is it worth it

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Head on down during the weekend and get that wine buffet. Let’s take one of their main dishes, the pork for example. It costs $20 a la carte but with the wine buffet, it’s only $10!!! SICK! What’s more, you get to pair all the good food with great wines!

 

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Winederlust
Wanderlust Hotel
2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494
Tel: 6298 1188

 

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BPC Cafe – Home Cooked Meals Passed Down From Generation to Generation

James Chan

BPC Cafe

Run by two brothers with a strong passion for cooking, BPC Cafe recently opened for business earlier in 2018. They’re located at Burlington Square, where the competition for the office crowd and students from Laselle and SOTA is extremely strong.

BPC Cafe Storefront

So how have they survived thus far? The answer lies in their competitive pricing and of course their delicious rice bowls.

The Food

In a short interview with one of the brothers, Mr Vincent, I found out that BPC stands for Beef, Pork and Chicken. Which are the ingredients you’ll find in any of their dishes.

Similar to a Japanese fast food brand that specializes in rice bowls (not mentioning names here) BUT the difference here is, BPC Cafe’s bowls actually taste good! BPC’s rice bows allow one to reminisce about the joys of good old home cooking. Also, the recipes for these bowls are interestingly passed down from their mother and from watching her cook when they were younger. Trust me, when someone says that, expectations will be raised (like mine were).

BPC Cafe Black Pepper Beef Bowl

Black Pepper Beef Rice Bowl, $8.90

The beef was extremely tender and well marinated with slight sweet and spicy notes pleasantly enveloping your palate. Everything in the bowl has been well thought of. Personally, for me, I felt the portion was a little small though. But I’m a savage. This was definitely my personal favorite!

BPC Cafe Bulgogi Spicy Chicken

Bulgogi Spicy Chicken Rice Bowl, $7.90

The chicken wasn’t spicy! But they gave a generous amount of chicken though! It was tender, flavorful and I love how each individual ingredient works well together to create a wholesome and appealing dish. Oh and did you know that they make the kimchi in house?

BPC Cafe Crispy Pork Chop Nppdle

Crispy Pork Chop Noodle, $6.50

One of their new introductions to their existing menu. Looked a little plain to be honest but that pork chop, my goodness. For that price, it’s so much value! You get a crispy crust with tender meat and you’ll definitely feel full for sure. Even if you don’t, just order another one lah!

 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

For the price and the quality of food you get, I would give it a solid YES from me. Everything I ordered was delicious! Remember how at the start of this article I said my expectations were raised because Mr Vincent told me all his dishes were from recipes passed on to him from his mother? Let’s just say my expectations were well met.

 

BPC Cafe
Burlington Square #01-57
175 Bencoolen Street
Singapore 0189649
Tel: 6732 1473
https://www.facebook.com/bpcsingapore/

 

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Depizza Recreates The Pizza Dining Experience Through It’s Unique Local Flavors

James Chan

Depizza

From a couple of fellows who have mad love for local Singaporean cuisine and an equal love for pizza comes their brain child, Depizza. Open for business at Boat Quay since mid-February, Depizza specializes in fusing both their loves together (in an extremely DE-licious manner mind you).

For you OG purists, fret not, Depizza also offers all time classics like Pepperoni, Hawaiian, 4 cheeses and their all-time crowd favorite – The 4 Hit Combo.

Depizza interior

The Food

I was unfortunate to have gone for the tasting by myself so there was a limit to the amount of pizzas I could try. I opted for their famous Chilli Crab Pizza and a side of Fat Die Fries. Even then, I wasn’t able to finish everything. It’s that filling. I’ll have to try the Nasi Lemak Pizza ($24) and the Gu Lou Yok Pizza ($22) the next time though!

Chilli Crab Pizza. $26

The first thing that hits you is the familiar Chilli Crab fragrance. Just from the smell alone, one can tell that this dish is the real deal. I was particularly impressed with the generous amounts of real crab meat I could see scattered all over the pizza.

I’m told that lots of Research and Development went into creating this pizza. Well, to me, all that definitely paid off. The taste is definitely legit. Although, it is slightly spicier than most Chilli Crabs I’ve eaten in Singapore (which is a good thing). The icing on the cake? Their MANTOU CRUST! A crispy exterior with a soft and fluffy dough filling!

depizza fat die fries

Fat Die Fries, $14

This is essentially Poutine, a Canadian classic (having a Canadian chef has its perks). French fries, cheese and an extremely sinful beef demiglace sauce. When I asked what went into the demiglace sauce, they told me it was a secret. Okay, no complaints there for this plate of sin. Just take my money.

depizza assorted sauces

Extra Spicy Sauce

To complement your pizzas, there are various condiments at your disposal. You have your standard cheese and chilli flakes AND you have their in-house made sauces – garlic, green chilli pesto and red chili (this is like your chicken rice chilli but on steroids).

If that isn’t good enough for you and you would like something spicy, request for the EXTRA SPICY SAUCE. It’s only meant for people who can “tahan” spice though because that sauce is made from a Carolina Reaper (one of the world’s hottest peppers). Got me perspiring from my first bite.

 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

When I eat out, it’s all about the price to satisfaction to how full I am ratio. Depizza checks all the criteria I have and I find myself wanting to visit again and again to try different flavors! So it’s a definite yes from me!

 

Make a reservation via CHOPE here!

 

Depizza
35A Boat Quay
Singapore 049824
Tel: 6588 1359

https://www.depizza.sg/

 

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