Monday, March 10, 2008

Yangzhou Restaurant

Well well ... what type of cuisine did you think it was? Yes Yangzhou restaurant serves yangzhou food ... this small cafeteria like looking place actually serves decent yummy food, just don't order the hot and sour soup ... it's not nice at all.

Address: 31/33 Smith Street Tel: 6227 1998

The rest of the food was good, especially the Yangzhou fried rice, I'm not kidding.

I had fried dumplings, hot and sour soup, fried rice, smoked cold duck, and some free side dishes of peanuts and pickled vegitables which was actually pretty nice. The smoked cold duck was nice as well, but the dumplings were just as normal as anywhere else.

Chatter Box - Orchard Mandarin

Chatterbox known as Home of the Mandarin Chicken Rice located at the ground floor of the Meritus Mandarin, 333 Orchard Road, 238867.

Out of all honesty, I think the standard keeps on dropping over the years, and it's really nothing to make noise about and to pay $19.00 for chicken rice while you can get it for $3-4 at a hawker centre???? Furthermore, it's not like the service is excellent. I've been there a few times and really, if I'm not entertaining or it's not the middle of the night and I am lazy to think where to eat ... I really wouldn't go back.

Here's what I had with Satellite and Eve the last time we were there! Bak ku teh, nasi goreng, chicken rice and a ceasar salad with chicken rice chicken ... weird combo by the way ...

eM By The River (cafe & bar)

Hmm a nice Sunday breakfast I had at a drinking joint! And yes, I didn't touch a drop of alcohol that morning! Service is great, you get to surf for free ... why not!!!

And if you do drink there, it's worth it to get the mixed drinks that come in the bottle .... awesome!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Cappadocia Café

Cappadocia Café Restaurant is a Mediterranean cum Turkish restaurant situated at Robertson Quay: 11, Unity Street, #01-12, Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995Tel / Fax : 6732 2411

We ordered the Karisik Meze Tabagi, which consisted of Yaprak Sarma, Cacik, Hummus, Sigara Boregi and Bread. Yaprak Sarma is vine leaves stuffed with pilaf rice, pine nuts, currants and caramalized onions drizzled in olive oil. Hummus is mashed chick peas, tahani, olive oil and spices. Cacik is made of diced cucumbers in yogurt with fresh dill, mint and garlic. Sira Boregi is a rolled savoury pastry with feta cheese and spinach stuffing. On top of that for starters we also ordered the Moutabel which is a blend of mashed smoked eggplant with tahini, olive oil and spices.
I enjoyed the sira boregi and of course the hummus and cacik. The Moutabel wasn't anything to rave about.
For our main courses, I opted for Pideler, Turkish Pizza. I ordered the Pastrima Kasarli that is made of sliced roasted lamb, mozerella and egg. I think Jian ordered the Beef Shish Kebab and Sumdumful ordered the Patlican Sis Kofte, which is grilled skewered minced beef and eggplant.

The meal was pretty ok, I felt that the lamb needed more seasoning, but all in all we had a delightful evening.

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Santouka" or "山頭火"-

Santouka is a popular hokaido style ramen shop in Japan which is now located in The Central @ Clarke Quay, #02-76.

The regular ramen - Miso, Shoyu, Shio, Karai Miso are going for about $12++ per bowl, char siew ramen (with same flavours) is about $15++ per bowl.

The prices are ok, but the shop is really small, I think at max you can probably fit about 30 people inside.

I was with some friends so we basically each had one type of ramen! I couldn't really determine what all the hype was about, as I found that it was comparitive to other ramen joints that I have been to. I ordered the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen the house speciality with kara miso. Tokusen Toroniku is roasted cheeks from the pig's head; it is very tender and tasty (this is the only differentiating factor compared to other ramen shops). They only have enough to serve 80 servings of tokusen toroniku each day and when their soup runs out they will close early. The meat is served separate along with the condiments for the ramen.