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Covers Raffles City, Marina Square, Suntec City & Millenia Walk

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.

Breaking Bread Cafe

Breaking Bread 
Breaking Bread Cafe
Stewords Riverboat, Top Deck
31 Marina Coastal Drive, Berth 1
Marina South Pier
Singapore 018988
Tel: 6278 5775 (Stewords Riverboat)

I saw a review about this cafe on AsiaOne and what caught my eye is that this cafe is situated on the top deck of a genuine Mississippi Riverboat.  Yup, you read it right. The rest of the review below is extracted from AsiaOne.

One must make a deliberate effort to get there: unlike fashionable cafes and coffee places situated in the heartlands and busy town areas, Breaking Bread cannot rely on a steady flow of patrons from passerbys.

This means is that for the cafe to survive, it must offer something that people would want to drive all the way down to the Pier for, particularly on weekdays.

The menu offerings are wholesome and hearty, suitable for relaxing meals with friends and family. Take the First Fruit Kebab, which is available in either lamb or vegetarian options. I opted for the lamb, which was served with brown sauce and pita bread. The portions are generous, with sizeable chunks of lamb interspersed with onions and bell peppers. There was a very slight gamey odour, which marked it out as lamb, but it was not overwhelming and was actually rather agreeable.

Goliath’s Satay lives up to its name – it is easily the largest, meatiest satay I’ve ever eaten. Served with little round loaves (a nod to the “pebbles” used by David to slay the giant Goliath), the chicken satay was tender to the bite, with a slightly smokey taste. The peanut sauce was decent, though I prefer my satay without it as the flavour is rich enough.

Another dish named after a famous personage is King Solomon’s Stew. This rich chicken stew is packed with lots of tomatoes, dates and blackcurrants. The result: a unique sweet stew which makes excellent, unpretentious comfort food.

If all you want is a light snack to share with a friend, try the Five Loaves and Two Fishes (see picture above). This dish, named after the miracle in which Jesus fed 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two small fishes, is a signature dish of Breaking Bread. The fish in question is pan-fried dory fillet, cut into chunks and served in two fish shaped dishes. The buns are baked together to form one huge loaf – so one has to literally “break bread” in order to eat this. A light, minty youghurt dip accompanies this dish.

The food at Breaking Bread is “fun food” – food that is meant to be shared, to be eaten with one’s hands and fingers, to be enjoyed for how they taste rather than how they look. If you drive, enjoy dining al-fresco, and are looking for hearty, unpretentious food, this is one option to check out.

Note: This review was extracted from AsiaOne.

Le Troquet Cafe Bar

Le Troquet Foie Gras 2 Creme Brulee 2
Le Troquet Cafe Bar
529 Balestier Road #01-01
Tel: 6736 1070
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm; off on Sundays only
Website: http://www.letroquet.dolob.biz/

I was dying for creme brulee and did a search on the internet for it.  The thing is I want to eat it in Singapore! And I want it cheap and good! 😛 Not an easy task but I managed to find one that’s reasonably priced.  No cheap creme brulee…. 😦

One of the main highlights in French cuisine is the pan fried Foie Gras ($18) (see picture above). How skilful a chef is depends on the quality of the Foie Gras he prepares. At Le Troquet, the Foie Gras is wholly marinated with 3 brandied cherries and when consumed together, brings on an all intense flavour, wholesome and gratifying. The Foie Gras had a crispy outer lining while maintaining a warm and soft interior. The main course served was the confit de canard ($25) which was essentially duck confit . It may appear to be more salty to the locals’ taste buds but that was the way the French liked it. Beneath the crispy layer atop were all the hidden fats which literally melted in our mouths. However, the meat was tough and not as tender as it could have been.

Saving the best for the last, we had the home-made Crème Brulee ($6.50) (see picture above) which had a crispy outer transparent layer and a smooth custard-like texture which glided down our throat easily, making it a pleasure to savour.

For S$48 for a set dinner, you get 1 glass of red or white wine selection of the day, 1 starter (pay another S$8 to get the pan fried foie gras as your starter), 1 main course, and choose either the French farm cheese platter OR 1 dessert + coffee/tea.

Check out their sister cafe, Makarios Cafe Bar.

Note: Some of the review was extracted from Street Directory.

Yuki Yaki

Steamboat 2 Steamboat 1  
Yuki Yaki
#03-2110 Marina Square
Tel: 6737 9680
Opening Hours: 12 noon to 9pm daily
#02-11 Orchard Cineleisure
Tel: 6737 9680
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 10.30pm, Sun to Thu; 12 Noon to 2am, Fri, Sat & Public Holidays
Website: http://www.sukigroup.com.sg/yuki-yaki.htm

Yuki Yaki introduces the first Do-It-Yourself steamboat, Teppanyaki & Ice Cream Buffet, bringing you into a era of new age dining.

Each table in Yuki Yaki is equipped with two in-built stoves for steamboat and teppanyaki. Diners can enjoy a wide selection of more than 90 mouth watering food items. Seafood items like half shell scallops, mussels, sea cucumber, salmon, prawns, cuttlefish etc. Meat items like beef, chicken, lamb, pork etc. Yong Tau Foo items and fresh vegetables and many more.

After one enjoys its main course, its’ time for deserts! The Teppanyaki Pan is thoroughly cleansed by the service staff and the thermostat adjusted to a cold temperature, ready for ice cream making. Choose from a generous variety of ice cream flavours and your can start enjoying your ice cream. Truly a revolutionized experience.

It sounds fun but the one thing I don’t like about this restaurant is that they impose on me a time frame.  2.5 hours if I order a buffet with ice cream and 2 hours if it’s without ice cream.

No Signboard Seafood

Chilli Crabs
No Signboard Seafood
414 Geylang Road (off Lorong 24)
Tel: 6842 3415
Opening Hours: 3pm to 2am daily
Website: http://www.nosignboardseafood.com/

Huge crabs arrive smothered by a volcano of orange-coloured gravy. Served with soft white bread, the gravy is spicy, eggy, garlicky and full of crab flavour. It’s unlikely that a drop of it will be left by the time you’re through. Two other pluses: There is valet parking, and the service is efficient and very friendly.

This family-run business started out as a humble hawker stall in Mattar Road close to 30 years ago. The founding hawker was so poor that he couldn’t afford a signboard, which explains the restaurant’s name.

Check their website for more outlets information.

House of Sundanese

House of Sudanese Ikan Gurame Goreng Taupok Goreng Isi
House of Sundanese
55 Boat Quay
Tel: 6534 3775
#B1-063 Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6334 1012
#02-18 Great World City
Tel: 6887 5535
Level 3, Changi Airport Terminal 2
Tel: 6546 4839
Website: http://www.sundanesefood.com/

This has remained one of my most favourite Indonesian restaurant.  When your order has been taken, you will be given a small basket of emping (slightly bitter crackers made from Buah Melinjo) .  Ask for the restaurant’s sambal belacan (a malay style chilli mixed with belacan) and dip the emping into it.  But be careful, their sambal belacan is spicy!

One dish that I must have when I am there is their Ikan Gurame Goreng (literal translation is fish gurame fried). The gurame fried to perfection and is very crispy and tastes superb with the restaurant’s sambal belacan and warm rice.

Another dish that I love is their taupok goreng isi. What this dish is they take the fried taupok (bean curd skin) and stuff them with scallops, prawns and mushrooms and deep fry the taupok.

Ayam Panggang (Grilled Chicken)

Ayam Panggang
Riverside Indonesian BBQ
Kopitiam @ Plaza Singapura
Level 6, Stall 10

From only S$4.30, you can get a grilled chicken drumstick (ayam panggang) OR cuttlefish OR fish. After the marinated chicken leg/cuttlefish/fish are cooked, the grill cook dipped the chicken/cuttlefish/fish into a pot of sweet, black gravy, and plonked it beside the rice (smothered with some coconut curry gravy) AND a slice of plain omelette (as shown in the picture) AND a bowl of plain cabbage soup (I like the plain soup as it is a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the main dish). For another 50 cents, you can add stir-fried cabbage and carrots.

If you’re not keen on chicken or cuttlefish or fish, you can also opt for satay (4 sticks) or fried chicken or curry chicken.

Help yourself to the sambal outside the stall.  I love this sambal because it comes with fried ikan bilis and is not that spicy, a bit sweet though.

I’ve eaten at similar stalls at food courts in Raffles City & Tiong Bahru Plaza.  Not sure if they belong to the same branch as this, but they’re all equally good.

Coca Steamboat

Coca Steamboat
#04-22 Ngee Ann City, Tel: 6734-7887
#02-05 International Building, Tel: 6738-2588
#02-28/30 The Concourse, Tel: 6295-3611

All outlets open between 11am and 11pm daily Price $16 – $18 per person for buffet lunch; $26 – $30 for buffet dinner, depending on which outlet.

First set up in 1987 in Chinatown, this franchise chain from a Thai restaurant group is most famous for its chilli sauce. It is made from a highly guarded secret recipe from Bangkok, which includes sesame seeds, coriander and a little soya sauce. This chain is also famous for being the first here to introduce “fish glue” – fish paste that turns delightfully chewy when cooked. Its meatballs, made from fish, prawn, beef and chicken, are also hand-made every morning at the outlets to ensure freshness. It offers two types of soup: chicken stock and tom yam.

  • If you pay using American Express credit card, you get 15% discount on total food bill. Offer is valid from 1 January to 30 June 2008.  Not valid on eve of Public Holidays, Public Holidays and special occasions (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day).

Note: This review was taken from ST Foodies Club.

Durian Puffs @ Puteri Mas

Puteri Mas Puteri Mas Box Puteri Mas Durian Puffs
Puteri Mas Pte Ltd
475 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6344 8629
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 6.30pm, Tuesdays to Fridays; 10.30am to 5pm, Sat & Sun; closed on Mondays
#01-187B Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6235 8768
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm

Durian lovers unite! And go try these D24 durian puffs (20 pcs for S$10!). The pastry is pretty tasteless but the durian puree is pure gold.

The durian puff is rather tiny (slightly bigger than the Singapore’s 50 cents coin). 

Secret Recipe – CheeseCakes

Chocolate Mud Cake Blueberry Cheesecake Oreo Cheese Cake Chocolate Banana Cheescake 
Secret Recipe
Website: http://www.secretrecipe.com.sg/Default.asp

Secret Recipe has cheesecake, cheesecake and more cheesecakes.  They have outlets at Holland Grove Road, Plaza Singapura, East Coast, Suntec City, Vivo City, etc. (check their website for more details).

I like their cheesecake for not having that heavy cheese taste (unlike some places which I shall not name). It’s light and yet cheesy enough so that I can take 2 slices at any one time.  A slice of cheesecake will cost you around S$5 per slice and a whole cake goes for S$45.

Personally, I only ate once at a Secret Recipe at Marina Square here.  I always get my fix in the City Square (City Square, MB-02, Level B1, JB City Square, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, tel: 07-2248110, Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily) coz it’ll cost me RM5.50 per slice there. Instant 50% discount. 😛

Oh, did I mention that you must try their chicken cornish (RM6.80) too? The spicy one tastes a bit like our curry puff but with more chicken bits. To fill yourself up, you can have a chicken cornish and a slice of cheesecake for a grand price of RM12.30 (excluding taxes and service charges)!

Secret Recipe is well known for their cheesecake and cakes, which means you should never try their main courses, e.g. western food or something. I did try once and well, I’ll stick to their cheesecake. 

Their cake order policy and practices are as follows:

  1. Orders can be made through phone-in, walk-in and self-collect.

  2. They deliver cake orders worth $200 and above, and there is a delivery charge of $20.

  3. You may choose to order On-Line through our website. Please visit
    www.secretrecipe.com.sg for further information on their products and assistance from their Outlet-In-Charge.

  4. All advance order lead time is 4 days (normal)  and 5 days (online) inclusive of weekends and public holidays.

  5. Delivery of cakes shall be confined to main-island Singapore only.

  6. Mode of payment: By Cash, Nets, Credit Cards, and On-Line (E-Nets).

  7. SR shall deliver cake orders as in whole and uncut cake only.

  8. For cake sizes 1.5 Recipe (3 – 4 kg) or $75 and above, the outlet manager may require some amount of deposit whereas through On-Line Order (OLorders) payment shall be made in full by credit cards through the ENETS system. However, you need to log into the registration field.

  9. Cake writings, candles and its decoration is F.O.C!

  10. For icing picture cakes, please email your photo to this emails:
    OLorders@secretrecipe.com.sg or jeffwang@secretrecipe.com.sg and they will then forward the details to their factory.