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Gyu Bar, Stevens Road

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Gyu Bar sits within the premises of Novotel and Mecure Hotel along Stevens Road. It can be easy to miss if you’re driving quickly along the main road, so I hope with the picture below you’ll find it easier to locate it.

As the name suggests, Gyu Bar specialises in beef. The main attraction of this place is that it brings in A4 Kumamoto Wagyu from Japan, which they proudly serve during dinner along with a glass of sake. Unfortunately, I visited this place for lunch and it only offers rice bowls during daytime.

Interestingly, the menu has Korean starters, and some of the rice bowls are rather Korean-ish.

Assorted Namuru, $16.

Kimchi, $10.

Signature Beef Salad, $26.

Signature Roast Beef Don, $35.

This bowl lives up to its signature title. Slices of slow roast beef alongside a special gravy by the chef, need I say more? The beef slices had that melt in your mouth texture and the gravy was simply delicious.

Sukiyaki Don Set, $30.

I’ve honestly never eaten sukiyaki in a rice bowl before. The sukiyakis I’ve eaten thus far were all cooked in those shallow sukiyaki pot, a bit like hot pot style. So this was definitely interesting for me.

Yakiniku Chicken Don Set, $24.

This rice bowl came infused with truffle! What a pleasant surprise. The chicken pieces were also juicy and tender, just the way a good yakiniku chicken should be.

Ishiyaki Bibimbap Set, $22.

For the bibimbap, the staff will actually help you to mix the rice and spread it against the hot stone bowl. You are to wait for a couple of minutes for the rice to “chao ta” before digging in. Super fun to watch.

All rice bowl set comes with salad and miso soup. Each bowl also comes with an onsen egg which you have to mix into the rice, making the whole bowl really creamy. Now imagine having that with the slow roast beef slices (Signature Roast Beef Don). Oishii!

That said, Gyu Bar is not a place where you would have lunch at everyday because of the price, and also because the lunch menu is pretty much as above. I would definitely drop by for dinner one day if I feel like indulging though.

30 Stevens Road, #01-08, S(257840)

Closed Mondays.

Tuesdays to Sundays: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

+65 6732 0702

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Rang Mang Shokudo, Wisma Atria

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I’ve always thought that the Japanese eateries on the 4th floor of Wisma Atria were underrated. I suspect they may be hidden gems, so I aim to visit and write about all the eateries there someday. First up, Rang Mang Shokudo, famous for their Japanese fried chicken. It was actually recommended by a friend who swore by the flavour and texture of the fried chicken.

If you’re not in the mood for fried chicken, this is definitely not the place for you. It has only one main dish on the menu, and that is, you guessed it, fried chicken.

Large (20 pieces), $18.50. Comes with 3 sauces of your choice.

Rang Mang Shokudo does have sets which comes with fresh salad, potato salad and rice but after sharing the entire plate above with my friend, I can see why he recommended me to just go for the fried chicken and a bowl of rice.

Because you won’t be able to get enough of the chicken.

Rang Mang Shokudo’s fried chicken is not only juicy and tender, but most importantly the batter is thinly coated, just enough to give that crunch. I loved that it’s bite sized, easy to eat with my hand while sipping my beer with the other.

You get to choose from a wide variety of sauces, but if you’re there for the first time, go for the salted chicken. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s their top flavour for a reason.

Rang Mang Shokudo is one of the most underrated restaurants I’ve tried thus far. Now I’ve got a favourite karaage. You?

435 Orchard Road, #04-54 Wisma Atria, S238877

+65 6262 3504

Weekdays: 1130am to 11pm

Weekends: 11am to 11pm

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Tea Lounge Weekend High Tea, Regent Hotel

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How not to have your hopes up high when you see something like that greeting you as you step into Tea Lounge at Regent Hotel for their weekend high tea?

Fortunately, Tea Lounge lives up to the hype, and is worth every penny.

Tea Lounge’s weekend high tea is buffet style. While this means that you don’t get that atas feeling of being served little bites on a three tier fancy cake stand, but what you get in exchange is a whole selection of exquisite staples and sweets.

The Cold Dishes

Top left clockwise: Pistachio Crusted Tuna Salad with Avocado Cream, Pork Belly Salad with Anchovy Mayonnaise, Barbecued Duck Salad.

I liked the duck salad of the three. It’s wrapped in a thin slice of cucumber which makes the whole canape very refreshing.

Savory Bites

Top left clockwise: Roasted Wagyu Beef with Truffle Mayonnaise, Smoked Duck Breast and Mango Sandwich, Chanterelle Mushroom and Raclette Cheese Tart, Champagne Poached Tiger Prawn on Squid Ink Toast.

The Chanterelle Mushroom and Raclette Cheese Tart was mind blowing. The unassuming savoury tart was really flavourful and fragrant. On the contrary, the Smoked Duck Breast and Mango Sandwich was a little off. It was wrongly paired, and the components on its own were unflattering as well.

Caviar Station.

Surprise after surprise. Caviar madness! They have a good variety of condiments to go along with the caviar. I had mine with the raspberry dressing. Yums.

Local Delights

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce.

From left: Kueh Pie-Ti, Braised Pork Belly, Fried

Laksa.

Wagyu Beef Rump.

Seafood Congee with Pork Meat Ball.

Surprise surprise. The best local delight was actually the Seafood Congee with Pork Meat Balls. Just look at the colour of the congee. Orange! Imagine the amount of prawns they had to put in to achieve this colour. So simple yet so delicious.

You can forgo the laksa. As tempting as it may look, the laksa wasn’t nice at all. I couldn’t bring myself to eat another spoonful of this.

Bonus dish! Char Siew with Passionfruit Sauce.

Halfway through the buffet the chef came out and started handing this dish out to everyone. The outermost layer was superbly well caramelised, and the fat to lean pork ratio was just nice. The Passionfruit Sauce cuts the oilyness very cleanly, making you crave for piece after piece.

Desserts

Yay, the highlight of any high tea — cakes!

From left clockwise: Poached Pear with Sugar Syrup, Citrus Cheesecake Tart, Caramel Apple Yuzu with Tarte Tatin.

From top left clockwise: Raspberry Lychee Religieuse, Cassis Montblanc, Tahitian Vanilla Caramelised Pecan Eclair.

From top left clockwise: Vanilla Panna Cotta, Passionfruit Vanilla Macaroon, Caramel Chocolate.

Sauces for scones and waffles (not in picture), Croquembouche, assorted macaroons.

Asian desserts and assorted fruits.

Vanilla Gelato, Raspberry Sorbet.

This is where I feel that Regent Tea Lounge’s Weekend High Tea Buffet is worth your every penny. Just the cakes alone is enough to impress. And true to my expectations, the cakes were multilayered, just like those designer cakes you eat outside.

The bill came up to be about $150 for two pax. I know, with this amount you can eat a full fledge dinner buffet at a proper restaurant, but just consider the amount of effort required to make the dishes, and the exquisiteness of it. I don’t think you can get such food creativity in a single place elsewhere in Singapore. At least I can’t.

Tea Lounge, Regent Hotel Lobby

1 Cuscaden Road, 249715

Weekends: 12pm to 230pm, 3pm to 530pm

+65 6725 3246

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Yakinikutei Ao-Chan

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Happen to be in town and craving for better than average yakiniku (grilled meat)? Head to Concorde Hotel where Yakinikutei Ao-Chan is located on the second floor.

The layout is such that it’s rows of cushioned booths, with one row not more than 4-5 booths on one side. There’s a high wall next to each booth so it feels like you’re in your own space because the adjacent table (across the isle) is quite a distance apart.

If there’s only two of you and it’s your first time here I’d suggest getting the Prime Beef Course to share as it has a mini sampler of 3 different beef cuts, ox tripe, ox liver and ox tongue, together with a bowl of plum rice, ox tail soup, and a scoop of ice cream. Do not like tripe and liver? You may exchange it for pork or chicken.

Prime Beef Course, $45.80.

By sharing one meal between two people, you can order other items on the menu or seasonal items such as the A5 Hokkaido Snow Beef.

Toro Karubi, $42.

Oh my oh my. These things melt in your mouth! It’s so sinful cos of the extensive marbling of the beef but so worth every calorie. Apparently this is the Hokkaido Snow Beef where the meat is said to melt in your mouth like snow flakes.

Oh, they offer free flow tea and water (both of which are not on the menu).

Menu below:

I like Yakinikutei Ao-Chan because the their atmosphere is great and the quality of their meats are great. Price wise I think it’s justified, though I’ll only visit this place again if there’s a special occasion.

Concorde Hotel, #02-22/26, 100 Orchard Road, S(238840)

Mondays to Fridays: 12pm to 230pm, 6pm to 11pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 3pm to 1030pm

+65 6735 6457

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8 CNY snacks to usher in the new year, Takashimaya

It’s pretty in pink at Takashimaya this CNY 2018 as local and overseas bakeries bring forth their best cookies to the table. Littlemissramen visited the fair on the first day of the event and here are my top favourites.

1. Yuzu Orange, Divine Cookies

This is my top favourite because after eating all the heavy and dense foodstuff everybody stuffed you with (because CNY), this unassuming, petite biscuit magically breaks the tardiness with it’s refreshing and light texture. You’re good to chiong again, and you’re welcome.

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2. Purple Boo-Berry, The Cookie Museum

Unfortunately the sales girl stopped me before I could get a better picture.

The name doesn’t do justice to what’s inside the cookie. It has purple wheat, purple corn, blueberry, oats and white chocolate. How’s that for a super power healthy cookie? You probably can’t tell there’s so much goodness in one single cookie because of the intense flavour of the blueberry, but I’m not complaining. the taste is excellent. These do not come cheap but they’re definitely worth a try.

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3. Bak Kut Teh Cookies, Old Seng Choong

Having this around will definitely break the silence during awkward CNY gatherings. Kampong Spirit also carries other unique flavours such as cereal prawn, but I felt that the Bak Kut Teh was the most outstanding.

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4. Caramel Oat Cookies, Kele

Yet another healthy cookie on the list this year. Those watching your weight will definitely feel less guilty munching this snack. I do shudder at the thought of an oat cookie, but caramel makes everything taste and sound good for some reason. Side point: Kele’s infographics are way too cute!

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5. Pink Champagne, Christine’s by The Cookie Museum

Okay I’m familiar with champagne in mooncakes but champagne in cookies? Now that’s something new, and definitely a crowd pleaser. Pink Champagne not only has liqueur, but also rose petals, grapefruit and cereal within. While the alcoholic tones weren’t particularly obvious, the grapefruit and rose petals certainly helped to carry the flavour through.

6. Three Layers White Cloudy Cookies, The Bakerhaus

If you’re tired of eating too much of the crumbly cookie texture, then I suppose the Three Layers White Cloudy Cookie would be a nice alternative. In all honesty the name of the cookie sounds a little silly, but trust me, you’ll be wanting your second piece in no time. There’s a crumbly layer yes, but quickly you’ll also feel an airy, sweet meringue layer.

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7. Salted Egg Potato Chips, Aunty Esther

The salted egg hype has been given a new breath of air because of the recent Straits Times article. I would say that their chips are really light yet the salted egg flavour is both creamy and gao.

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8. Lychee Kueh Bangkit, Butter Studio

Kueh Bangkit is one of my childhood favourites and I’m so glad Butter Studio still has the lychee flavoured ones this year. I ate this last year and made a mental note to find them again this year and so I did.

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Bonus: CNY Hampers, Asian Treasures

If you’re feeling generous this year and would like to up your hamper gifting game, do check out Asian Treasures for their CNY hampers. I particularly like this year’s hampers because apart from the usual Chinese delicacies like abalone, Asian Treasures’ hampers have incorporated local bakes like salted egg yolk cookies.

The Takashimaya fair runs from now till 14 Feb 18.

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Imperial Treasures Nan Bei, Takashimaya

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Imperial Treasures Nan Bei Takashimaya is my favourite place to go when I’m craving for good dim sum. Many would think this place is super atas just by its looks and name, but in reality the prices here are rather justified for the standards and comfort.

Xiao Long Bao, $6.80.

I always lookout for the thickness of the skin, as well as the amount and flavour of the soup. It is rather difficult to make a XLB with a thin skin that remains unbroken when you pick it up with your chopsticks. By the way, you should pick up your XLB by pinching your chopsticks close to the knot. Happy to say that the XLB at Imperial Treasures Nan Bei met my standards.

Siew Mai, $6.20. Har Kau, $6.80.

Typical dishes for a dim sum meal. Again, the skins of the siew mai and har kau were rather thin and easy on the palate. This is unlike some other har kau where the skins are thick and starchy.

Shrimp Cheong Fun, $7.

I loved this dish. The sauce was the right amount of salty, and the cheong fun was light.

You Tiao Cheong Fun, $7.

I hardly see this at dim sum shops, but when I do, it comes already soaked in the sauce, making it soggy. Here, they separate the sauces so you get maximum crispyness. The you tiao itself was super fluffy and not oily at all.

Roasted Pork, $12.

Everyone knows that a good roasted pork depends on the texture of the pork skin, followed by the ratio of fats to lean meat. This dish was well done.

Pork Ribs, $5.30.

Well if there was one dish I would skip, this would be it. Not that it’s horrible, but it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me.

La Mian with Hot and Sour Soup, $12.

I thought this would taste ordinary, but it was surprisingly tasty. The balance of spicyness against the sour tinge was well executed, and the dish is kinda addictive contrary to the jelat impression it gives.

Liu Sha Bao, $5.80.

The Liu Sha Bao here is one of the best Liu Sha Baos in Singapore. There’s more custard than the bun can handle, the texture of the custard is smooth, and the salted egg yolk taste is gao. A must try at Imperial Treasures Nan Bei.

Daily Soup, $28.

The daily soup is good for about 6-8 pax. They will first scoop just the soup for everyone (because afterall, all the essence of the meat and ingredients are in the soup), then lay out the edible ingredients on a plate. I didn’t try the meat, but my guests said it was soft and tender.

Osmanthus Jelly, $4.80.

Great way to end the meal. Look at how gao the Osmanthus jelly is!!! I could finish the whole plate by myself.

Overall, Imperial Treasures Nan Bei is on the pricy side, but you can be assured that the quality of the food and service standards matches your dollar. If you want to celebrate a family member’s birthday but think that zichar is too common and boring, why not consider this place?

Do make your reservations early if you’re planning to dine on weekends as they’re usually quite packed (I made reservations for lunch a day before and couldn’t get a good time. Had to start my “lunch” at 1030am).

391 Orchard Road, #05-12, S(238873)

+65 6738 1238

Mondays to Saturdays: 11am to 10pm

Sundays and PHs: 1030am to 10pm

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Ice Lab, Orchard Shopping Centre

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I’ve eaten a lot of Bingsu before but could never  really tell the difference or justify why it’s so popular, until I tried Ice Lab.
Brought my mom there on a weekday afternoon and it was rather empty except for pockets of students here and there.

So cute right! Artificial snow constantly drifts down on their in-house friendly polar bear. You can choose to sit around the bear while having your Bingsu for that added winter country feel.

After payment at the counter, you’ll be given a buzzer which cues you to collect your Bingsu atop this flight of stairs when it’s ready.

My mango and banana Bingsu! I rarely see bananas being paired with mangoes (should not come as a surprise then, that Ice Lab doesn’t have chocolate banana on their menu) but this combination was not bad at all. 

Upon my first spoon of the Bingsu, I can see why this place is usually packed to the brim at night. The texture of the ice was super soft and smooth! Arguably the best Bingsu I’ve eaten thus far. The mango chunks were sweet and just sufficient to last till the very last bit of ice. Oh, bonus points here as they keep their place very clean and tidy. No sticky tables!

321 Orchard Road #01-01/02 Irchard Shopping Centre, S(238866)

Daily 11am to 11pm

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