Category Archives: Shenton Way/Raffles Place

Covers Shenton Way, Robinson Road, Amoy Street, Raffles Place, China Square & Far East Square

Mont Calzone

Mont Calzone
38 Pekin Street #01-01
Far East Square
Tel: (65) 6557 2304
Website: http://www.montcalzone.com.sg/
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3.30pm and from 5.30pm to 10.30pm (Mondays to Fridays); 5.30pm to 10.30pm (Saturdays); closed on Sundays
 

Bf discovered this place as we were wandering around Far East Square, wondering what to have for dinner.

What caught his eye was the thin crust pizza that they had on a huge billboard outside the restaurant.  He, being an Italian foodie, wanted to try it.

On our first visit (we’ve been there two other times since), the waiter recommended the parma ham pizza (which has tomato sauce, mozzarella, parma ham topped with rucola salad and shredded parmesan).  I must say that the saltishness of the ham goes excellently well with the rucola salad and the thin crust pizza.  The crust is biscuit like and you can hear the crunch when you bite into the pizza.  Just be sure to catch the chef on a good day – he burnt the crust once.  The pizza is generously topped with the rucola salad.  At the cost of S$14.90 for an 8″ pizza (S$17.90 for 12″), it is suitable for 2 persons with small appetites to share.  Otherwise, just order a whole pizza for yourself.  I must declare that this pizza is the best value-for-money in Singapore.  Surprisingly, this is not a chef-recommended dish.

We also tried the Risotto.  Although the menu says their risotto is prepared with tomato sauce and seafood, we asked the waiter to inform the chef to prepare it with cream sauce and parmesan cheese instead.  But they served us the one with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese instead. :(  Bf says that the tomato sauce is too heavy and masked the taste of the parmesan cheese.

We also tried the Aglio Olio but we had the chef do it in the classic style (i.e. with no shrimps but with dressing of olive oil, garlic and chilli).  I have to give this a thumbs down – the pasta turned out to be too dry and not spicy (even though we asked for spicy).  At S$12.90 a plate, portion is good for 1 person only (with small appetite).

Overall, I give the parma ham pizza 10 thumbs up for value and quality (if the chef didn’t burn my crust) but a so-so rating for the rest of the food.  But bf and I will continue visiting this place (because of the parma ham pizza) and we’ll continue to taste the other food items that they have on the menu.  I have my eye on their tiramisu already – just hope that they don’t disappoint.

Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails Toast
Heads or Tails
01-37 Market Street Car Park
Tel: 6438-6428
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 7.30pm, Mondays to Fridays; 8am to 1pm on Saturdays; closed on Sundays

This master franchise of a chain from Bangkok offers Thai-style kaya, which is slightly different from local versions. The kaya is more watery – like custard – and lighter on the palate.

Opened earlier this year in Tangs’ food hall, it relocated to Market Street Car Park last month. Besides plain kaya, it has kaya flavoured with yam, pandan and vanilla (all at $1.70 per slice).

For those who want something more substantial, it also sells three Thai dishes every day. These include Thai curry, beef ball noodles and Thai mee pok (all at $4 each).

Must-try: Chilli paste with chicken floss (left, $1.70). The paste, the same one that the shop uses to make tomyam soup, gives you a kick like no other floss toast. There is also a hint of hae bee hiam.

Note :

This review was extracted from ST Foodies Club.

Etna Restaurant & Pizzeria

Etna Restaurant & Pizzeria
18 Raffles Quay #01-68/69/70
Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
Tel: (65) 6220 5513
Opening Hours: 10am to 11pm (Monday to Saturday)
Website: http://www.sicilia-mia.com/

Bf and I went for our romantic Valentine’s Day at the most unromantic venue… Lau Pa Sat! The first time when I heard we’re having dinner at Lau Pa Sat on V-day, the first thing that came to my mind was “We’re having satay there?” Hehe… before you really dismiss it off as an unromantic venue or think that we’re eating satay, think again! We had it at a very cosy restaurant called Etna Restaurant & Pizzeria.

This restaurant was recommended to Bf by his colleague (an Italian no less), so I told him that food should be quite good there if his colleague says it’s nice.

They had a set dinner for V-day which we had a look-through before we went to the restaurant. However, after arriving at the restaurant, we were informed that we could also order a-la-carte if we wanted to. Going through the menu and calculating the costs, we decided that we were better off eating a-la-carte since we are both small eaters. What we ordered for sharing was the Salad Rugola (S$18), Tag. Nero Seppia (S$22) (squid-ink pasta), Grigliata Carne (mixed grill) (S$32), 2 glasses of Prosecco (S$18) and 1 San Pellegrino (sparkling mineral water) (S$6). Our total bill came up to S$113 for everything.

We were also served an entree of cured meat, cheese, salami and bread sticks (complimentary). Food came quickly and service was great!

The Salad Rugola (rugola is also known as rocket salad) was served with thin slices of parmesan cheese and a good dash of balsamic dressing. The cheese was not overpowering and the balsamic dressing tasted great on the palate. Overall, a good choice for a starter.

Then we had the Tag. Nero Seppia – better known as squid ink pasta to the uninitiated. If you’re thinking squid ink as yucks, think again! I don’t know what other herbs or spices they added to the pasta and squid ink but it was very flavorful. Within the pasta, you could also find pieces of prawns and squid. Be careful when you have this dish – squid ink does not come off your clothes and if you get it on your skin, it will be there for quite a while.

Then we were served the Grigliata Carne – mixed grill. Since the dish came with a piece of lamb, pork, chicken and beef, we specially asked for no beef and the waitress suggested that we replaced that with another piece of pork or chicken. Good service in the sense that they asked us our preference rather than just simply dumping another piece of meat to replace the beef. So we asked for chicken. Our verdict? The chicken breast was nice – a bit on the dry side though. Pork was overcooked and it was placed under the piece of lamb, so some of the lamb’s juice went into the pork. Overall, not that nice except for the lamb which bf said was excellent. Unfortunately we did not have much space for desserts.

Overall, lovely dinner in a romantic setting (despite it being in Lau Pa Sat). Service is attentive without being intrusive and friendly (they kept pouring us our Pellegrino when the glass is half full). Value is good giving the quality of the food we had. It’s better to stick to the pasta and skip the mixed grill. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the Italian names of the food – they have English description of the food underneath the names. If you are still not sure, you can always consult the friendly waitress/waiter there. And yes, we will definitely be back there again.

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake
Cedele Depot
Website: http://www.cedeledepot.com/home/xmas07.asp

Great news for those who are intolerant to gluten and have to avoid the delicious log cakes every year! Cedele is proud to introduce the limited edition gluten-free Tiramisu Log Cake this year. Savour the smooth gluten free log cake with satiny mascarpone cheese and pistachios. Made with Belgian couverture chocolate and an indulgent thick layer of chocolate truffle in the middle, anyone can enjoy this log cake, including those who are not gluten intolerant. Always thinking for the customers, Cedele makes this cake with no trans fat and only using organic unrefined sugar so it is not so sweet.

This cake costs S$65 for 1.1kg.

The Soup Spoon

Soup Spoon Soup Spoon’s Sandwiches
The Soup Spoon
Website: http://www.thesoupspoon.com/aboutus_where.asp

They have 4 outlets located in Raffles City Shopping Centre, Paragon Shopping Centre, Raffles Xchange & Market Street Carpark.  Different outlets have different opening hours, so check their website for details.

What I love about this place is that they have all sorts of soup! With a name like Soup Spoon, what else do you expect! The soup menu has the regular soups and the weekly soups.  Regular soup costs S$4.90 to S$6.10 and grande soup (large portion) costs S$6.00 to S$7.20.  Price difference is due to the different kind of soups.

You can also opt for the combo set which includes your favourite soup (regular or grande size), choice of either a half of salad or a half of sandwich/wrap AND choice of either a pack of chips or apple OR a glass of ice-lemon tea.

There are also sandwiches and wraps and salads if you are not into soup or you’re just looking for something to fill your stomach on top of your soup dish.  Check the website for menu details.

Post-Makan Note:

I visited their outlet at Raffles City on 4 Nov 2007 and another outlet at Raffles Xchange on 6 Nov 2007.

I tried their tangy tomato soup and Velvety Mushroom Stroganoff.  I find the tomato soup a bit spicy and I was unable to taste the basil in the soup.  The mushroom soup is not that bad, not too creamy, but a little bit peppery.

Each bowl of soup comes with a small bun.  Both times, I tried the Spinach, Avocado & Pint Nut wrapI loved this wrap very much.  If you dine in, they’ll give you 3 tiny bowls of spreads like basil, mint with mayo and 1 other which I’m unable to identify and also 2 small tablespoons of coleslaw.

Overall, it’s really very ordinary soup; nothing out of the ordinary.  But it’s one of those items that it’s great to have when you’re in a hurry (they simply scoop the soup into the bowl when you order) or when the weather is cold.

They also have the soup pre-packed so you can simply heat up the soup whenever you feel like having it.  Costs range from S$6.40 to S$7.10 and can last up to 2 weeks if you keep them in the fridge.

Kyo-Nichi Japanese Ramen

Spicy Chicken Kara-age Ramen
Kyo-Nichi Japanese Ramen
#03-249 Marina Square
Tel: 6337 7017
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 10pm, daily
#01-31 China Square Central, China Court
Tel: 6327 3919
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10pm, Mon to Sat; closed on Sundays

If you’re craving for some delightful Japanese treats, say Konichiwa at Kyo-Nichi. Enjoy a hearty meal at this humble Japanese eatery with its signature delicious ramen cooked in the special collagen soup, which is apparently good for your health.

Here, you would be spoilt for choices because the yummy ramen comes in a myriad of ingredients from char siew to spicy chicken and the soup base is available in either standard, spicy or thick.

And help yourself with the amazing array of side dishes such as shrimp roll and tempura to finish off a wonderful meal. Don’t worry about over-spending here because there are affordable set menus available, complete with ramen, side dish and drink. This is the place for you and your family to truly indulge in a feast.

Ayam Power Cuisine

Ayam Power Cuisine Ayam Penyet Ayam Penyet 2
Ayam Power Cuisine
#02-87 Amoy Food Centre
Tel: +65 91819857

What this stall sells is Ayam Penyet (smashed fried chicken). What made us eat at this stall was the amazing wooden plate that they used to serve the ayam penyet.

We were lucky to get a taste coz we managed to get the last 2 plates! Since it is smashed fried chicken we ordered, I don’t know why my chicken wasn’t smashed.  In the very first place, I wonder why it must be smashed! Either way, the chicken was crispy and tasty.  Maybe I was too hungry! :P Must go for a 2nd round to truly appreciate the taste.

My advice is go early! They usually sell out by 1 or 2pm.

Jerry’s Grill

Deep Fried Mushrooms Escargots Buffalo Wings 
Jerry’s BBQ & Grill
277 Jalan Kayu
Tel: 6484 0151
92 Club Street
Tel: 6323 4550
#01-01 Tanglin Shopping Centre
Tel: 6235 1720
Website: http://www.jerrybbq.com.sg/index.htm

Being an American style eatery the portions are of course huge and will require a good digesting session with their full bar, which serves happy hour Tiger drafts at just 5 bucks and Margarita for $8.95. They also serve beer from Belgium, Germany, the US and England among others, and have a large hand picked wine selection. That said, its the food you are really here for isn’t it.

As an American I am reasonably suspicious of attempts to recreate the authentic food experiences of my country, so my surprise was palpable when the meat on my humongous slab of pork ribs just fell right off the bone as advertised. I thought that was it, I’m in heaven and I really don’t need to go on, but the hits kept coming.

The 22-ingredient authentic barbecue sauce was intriguing, the USDA choice filet mignon was cooked just right and cut like butter, and the various sides dishes were all fresh and filling. From the chunky Mashed potatoes (more gravy please), to the clam chowder served in a hollowed out French bread which you can dunk and devour.The California Health salad was also a delicious treat containing beans, chickpeas, jalapeños, oranges, corn, carrots, cherry tomatoes, peppers, lettuce all in a vinaigrette, healthy indeed. Jerry’s also features a mix and match surf and turf menu starting from $20.95 where you can choose crayfish, salmon, or Jumbo prawns, and match them with either a sirloin steak, t-bone, lamb or the aforementioned baby back ribs. All the main courses give you a crack at their all you can eat salad bar. This sounds like a great place to do a thanksgiving dinner but you should probably reserve it ASAP. Although their barbecue sauce is tangy and delicious they also have some other varieties to burn your face off.

I had no trouble with the intensifier, moderately fiery, but the Chef’s Challenge was just that. It just creeps up until the staff laughs at your watering eyes. In fact the challenge actually exists, and calls for eating 8 of these infernal wings without drinking any water. If you can do it, then the wings are FREE! Although confident I could do it, I didn’t want to try that day. The first 3 went down ok.

If you can still handle anymore nibbling their homemade tiramisu is most excellent, fresh is so much better than those terrible prefabricated tiramisu you find in most restaurants, its more like a cocktail. The Chocolate Fondant was a rich and smooth bit of heaven too. They also sell a variety of pastas and burgers but the ribs are really to die for and shouldn’t be missed.

Prices are reasonable considering the portions and you can eat quite well for under $25, or just come and check out their $13 dollar lunch specials to get your taste buds acclimated.

The latest branch of Jerry’s is located on Tanglin road right off Orchard near the former Manchester United store. There are a lot of steak chains around there so make the effort and try an authentic Steak and barbecue before they put you on the assembly line too!

  • If you pay using your UOB credit card, you get 20% off ala-carte food bill with a minimum spending of S$60.00.
Note:  The food review was taken from Think Magazine. What intrigued me about this place was that it served escargots and tiramisu and yet it is an American food outlet. Hmm… we’ll see. :) By the way, they also do delivery.  Check their website for more information.

Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha

Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha
Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha
No. 7 Keppel Road #01-05/07
PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex
Tel: 6222 9610
Opening Hours: 7am to 3pm, closed on Mondays

The succulent ribs come in a superb garlicky and light peppery soup simmered with pork bones for six hours. Service is extremely good. When a baby sitting at a nearby table soiled her hands, someone instantly came round with a box of tissue paper. The huge coffeeshop is packed during peak hours.

I also like the peanuts here. It is braised till it is soft and sweet but the skin is still intact. Another dish that is quite unique here is the fish soup, which is essentially sliced striped “snake head” fish in bak kut teh soup. Though it is made from the same soup stock, the soup takes on a new character from the taste of the fish. The fish is very fresh (what else can you expect from a Teochew Ah Hia?) and it’s a good alternative if you want to cut down on your cholesterol intake.

Note: This review was extracted from Stomp Foodies Club.

Shin Kushiya

Tofu Cheesecake Nabeyaki Udon Hotate Kariage Don 
Shin Kushiya
#02-120 Vivo City
Tel: 6275 8766
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm, Sun to Thu; 11.30am to 11.30pm, Fri & Sat
#01-031 New Suntec Galleria
Tel: 6337 3988
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Mon to Fri; 11.30am to 11.30pm, Sat & Sun
33-35 Pekin Street (Far East Square)
Tel: 6438 8991
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm, Mon to Fri; 11.30am to 3pm, 6p to 11pm, Sat & Sun
Website: http://www.shinkushiya.com/

I’ve tried eating at this restaurant twice: the first time was for dinner at their Vivo City outlet and the 2nd time for lunch at their Far East Square outlet.

I didn’t enjoy the dinner as I found their kushiyaki (something like yakitori sticks) were too saltish for my taste.  However, the dinner set was worth the price I paid (about S$35 nett if I can remember correctly) as it came with 5 sticks of kushiyaki, garlic rice, fruits, hot green tea, 1 tiny bowl of salad, miso soup, pickles and 1 tofu cheesecake.  Service at the Vivo City outlet was excellent I must say.

The kushiyaki that I ate during lunch was less saltish and more palatable.  Again, I ordered the mixed kushiyaki set.  This time, it came with 4 sticks of kushiyaki (2 mushrooms, pork with a bit of cheese sprinkled on top, pork with asparagus and 1 prawn), 1 tiny bowl of salad, 1 miso soup, pickles, 1 small bowl of potato mashed with carrots and 1 cold glass of green tea.  For these, I paid S$22.95 nett.  Very good value for money.  My colleagues had their Nabeyaki Gindara Udon set (Japanese claypot noodles with prawn tempura, vegetables, egg and choice of chicken or cod fish; gindara is cod fish) and Hotate Kariage Don set (sea scallops and vegetables lightly battered and fried). 

The Nabeyaki Gindara Udon set costs S$27.40 nett including 1 cold glass of green tea and the Hotate Kariage Don set costs S$23.80 nett including 1 hot glass of green tea.  The green tea costs S$1.77 nett and is an optional item.

Service at the Far East Square is not as good as the Vivo City outlet but given that it was a very busy lunch crowd (the whole restaurant was packed), it was understandable.

From 5 November 2007, Shin Kushiya will deliver to offices in the vicinity of their restuarants at Suntec City, Vivo City and Far East Square.  Please click here (Shin Delivery Menu) for terms and conditions of delivery and menu.  Minimum order is S$100.