Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lan Ting Cuisine and Wine - An Exquisite Dim Sum Restaurant in the East

Cantonese dim sum eateries are pretty common these days, but to get quality renditions of dim sum dishes is much harder than you think.

Between the coffeshop variants like Swee Choon and the restaurant settings of Crystal Jade, you are not likely to find anything else in between.

Monday, August 29, 2016

OCF Singapore - Refined Modern French Cuisine

Elegant and refined cooking is almost a rarity these days. Too much emphasis on gimmicky fusion food has taken the focus away on what's most important in the culinary scene.

And that's sublime cooking skill and fresh ingredients. Both of these critical factors are happily in full evidence at OCF Singapore at the Arts House.

Maguro Blue Fin Tuna Nirvana at Hokkaido Sushi

Revisiting Hokkaido Sushi at M Hotel recently has elicited a new gastronomically delightful experience. The discovery of their maguro blue fin tuna addition.

For most, eating fatty otoro is not only a luxury that will nibble incessantly at your wallet, it is also hard to come by really fresh and good quality tuna.

Osteria Mozza - Classic Italian Fare

Osteria Mozza presents classic Italian fare executed with tried and tasted flavours that will not infringe on nonsensical combinations, and for that, I applaud it heartily.

And hearty food is also the order of the day as there is simply too much fusion play in less established cafes and joints these days.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Epicurean Market 2016 at Marina Bay Sands - A Culinary Extravaganza

Epicurean Market is back again! For the fourth year running, this culinary extravaganza held annually at Marina Bay Sands promises to not just provide attendees with a bevy of gastronomic riches, but also to usher in a number of celebrity chefs.

If anything, the 2016 edition is promising to be the biggest, the grandest and most exciting yet.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Moosehead Kitchen Bar - Genius Reigns Supreme

Moosehead Kitchen Bar has a new head chef, Seumas Smith for 2016 but the standards are still as high as it ever has been. Owner and chief mad scientist genius, Glen Ballis is still the brains behind the place.

Some of their favourites are still here, though upgraded with better flavours and creativity. In fact, the place has been somewhat spruced up too.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Full of Luck Club - Full of Yummy Plates

Chinese eateries are not having the best of times.
Beyond the established top fine dining ones, most Chinese restaurants tend to regurgitate the same myriad of tried and tested dishes.

Outside of Mitzo, which tries to be more hipster and actually manages to connect, the only other Chinese establishment that inhibits the same rarified air is Full of Luck Club.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Open Farm Community - Improving on Greatness

Improving on greatness sounds almost impossible in today's culinary landscape, when most establishments are struggling just to maintain any form of consistency.

My first visit to Open Farm Community had already been a revelatory one. Chef Daniele insists on making all his pastas fresh, as well as his sauces and even staples like cous cous.