22 February 2017


 Who knew that I could find some authentic Thai food tucked away in a coffee shop located at Block 106 Hougang? When I was there, I realized that I would go to the Block 105 Hainanese Food Village for food, but never explored anywhere outside that food Centre. Roy Thai Kitchen is headed by a Thai chef who has more than 10 years experience in Singapore cooking Thai food, and be assured of the quality of food as some ingredients are sourced from Thailand to ensure authenticity of flavors served!
Roy Thai Kitchen, Singapore — Hougang
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Roy Thai Kitchen, Singapore — Hougang

19 February 2017

Ryo Sushi is a few months old Japanese omakase restaurant and strategically located at Orchid Hotel in Tanjong Pagar, alongside with many other Japanese restaurants. Despite the competition, Ryo Sushi has a constant stream of customers that reservations are a must if you don’t want to be turned down at the door.

There are three seatings for dinner — 6pm, 730pm or 9pm with 9 counter seats on the inside and 8 seats outside. For omakase, you do want to be seated on the inside to watch how the chefs prepare those delicate sushi — so reserve your seats beforehand!

Prices at Ryo Sushi are nett and very reasonable. If you are lucky and early enough, you can get the $18 omakase set but only 18 sets are available everyday and they usually run out during lunch service. The other omakase sets are priced at $38, $68 and $98. Find menu here.

We had the $68 omakase set the other night and here are the items that we had:

HIJIKI SEAWEED SALAD

SALTED EDAMAME

TRUFFLED ONSEN EGG

This was spray with truffle oil to ensure that it’s evenly coated on the perfectly shaped onsen egg. A generous amount of ikura is added and it went so well with that creamy and rich egg yolk.

12 PIECES OF ASSORTED SUSHI

Seabream — with shoyu


Shima aji (striped horse mackerel) — with shoyu and yuzu kosho


Kanpachi (amberjack) — with shoyu and lime


Kinmedai (golden eye snapper) — with shoyu


Ika (squid) — with shoyu and sesame seeds


Hotate (scallop) — aburi, with lime and shio kombu (salted seaweed)


Ebi — with shoyu


Maguro (tuna) — with shoyu and yuzu


Chutoro (medium fatty tuna) — with shoyu and cured egg yolk


Salmon Belly — aburi, with shoyu foam


Ikura (fish roes) — with yuzu

Shirako (cod fish sperms) — lightly boiled, with ponzu

Depending on the fish, Chef Roy either seasons them with shoyu, lime and/or yuzu. The fish in the assorted sushi that we had were all very fresh and of good quality. I particularly liked the chutoro and salmon belly — as both melted in my mouth instantly for me to savour the sweetness of the fish. For the seabream and kinmedai, Chef Roy also gave me the belly cut (only 1 per fish, thanks Chef!) which was more oily and hence richer in taste.

SMALL RICE BOWL
assorted marinated chirashi with ikura and ponzu

The rice bowl may be small, but it’s packed with a tonne of ingredients such as ebi, salmon, kinmedai and ikura. It was super satisfying to have so much ingredients over rice, though I found to be a bit slightly salty since there were a lot of ikura too!

HAND ROLL
with crabmeat

SOUP
which I forgot to snap a photo but it was a kombu based clear soup

Omakase usually don’t come that cheap in Singapore and I’m glad that with Ryo Sushi, I can have an omakase meal more frequently due to it’s friendlier price point. Overall, I would definitely recommend Ryo Sushi due to the good quality of seafood used and how value for money it is!


Ryo Sushi is located at:
1 Tras Link #01-06 Orchid Hotel Singapore 078867
Closed on Sundays | 1200 - 1500, 1800 - 2300
Ryo Sushi, Singapore — Tanjong Pagar
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ryo Sushi, Singapore — Tanjong Pagar

18 February 2017

F&B options are aplenty at Esplanade Mall, so you don’t have to worry about your meals while you’re there to catch a performance or admiring Singapore’s beautiful skyline along the Marina Bay waterfront! The area next to Makansutra — the Esplanade Annexe, is a food street with several restaurants lining up along each side to keep you spoilt for choice. I went on a mini food trail to uncover some of the dining options at Esplanade!
Esplanade Annexe, Singapore — Esplanade Mall
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Esplanade Annexe, Singapore — Esplanade Mall

12 February 2017

When I was in Yonsei University a few years back for student exchange, my friends and I used to frequent this toppoki stew shop at Sinchon because it’s affordable and very delicious — extra comforting as the weather turned colder. I chanced upon this Korean brand toppoki stew restaurant that came to Singapore recently and realized it’s the very same restaurant! Needless to say, I had to try it immediately.
Mukshidonna, Singapore — Downtown East
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mukshidonna, Singapore — Downtown East

10 February 2017

With a combination of Jetstar and Tiger Air’s flight tickets amounting to SGD86 for a two-way ticket to Penang, I couldn’t miss out on the great offer! The flight time to Penang is about 1 hour from Singapore before you know it, you’re already about to alight!
Food & Travel Guide to Penang, Malaysia
Friday, February 10, 2017

Food & Travel Guide to Penang, Malaysia

07 February 2017

 Previously helming the kitchen of a nasi lemak stall in Maxwell Food Centre then Wok and Barrel, Chef Shen Tan is here to stay in Revolution Coffee after having previously acted as the consultant behind the menu of this cafe. Focusing the menu on local flavors, the star of the menu is definitely the nasi lemak.
Revolution Coffee, Singapore — One North
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Revolution Coffee, Singapore — One North

I attended the opening of Ola Beach Club last November and I was glad to head back to find out more about the food that they’re serving! Ola is located along Sentosa’s Siloso Beach and serves Hawaiian inspired dishes. Besides the food, water sports enthusiasts can also experience Singapore’s first and only water-propelled Jet Pack and Jetblade. It’s definitely a beach destination for people to bond over food, drinks, sports and music.
Ola Beach Club, Singapore — Sentosa
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Ola Beach Club, Singapore — Sentosa

02 February 2017

 I’m always in need of a good coffee break whenever I’m overseas for a pitstop, for doing last minute research of the city/country, for replenishing my energy to explore the place. Coffee shops are aplenty in a vibrant city like Tokyo. I visited a couple of coffee places when I was in Tokyo and my all-time favorite would definitely be Blue Bottle!
Coffee Breaks, Japan — Tokyo
Thursday, February 02, 2017

Coffee Breaks, Japan — Tokyo

01 February 2017

 Tai Cheong Bakery in Hong Kong which is famous for its egg tarts and bakes have arrived on our sunny island in the form of a pop up in Takashimaya, and soon after expanded to a dining cafe in Holland Village! Identifying the demand for an authentic chan chan teng in Singapore, Tai Cheong has opened a cafe serving classic Hong Kong fare that will bound to transport you to Hong Kong in an instant.


Tai Cheong Bakery, Singapore — Holland Village
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Tai Cheong Bakery, Singapore — Holland Village

27 January 2017

A Cantonese restaurant that sits along the busy stretch of East Coast Road in the Siglap area of Singapore, Lan Ting offers both dimsum and ala-carte dishes to its diners. Helmed by two head chefs one heading dimsum and the other the ala carte dishes, Lan Ting has a very strong team of kitchen crew to deliver high quality food. The chefs were also previously trained in prestigious brand name hotels. Apart from traditional Cantonese cuisine, Lan Ting also strives to introduce a modern twist to their dishes such as wok fried udon in oba leaf, marrying Japanese and Chinese cuisine together.
Lan Ting, Singapore — East Coast
Friday, January 27, 2017

Lan Ting, Singapore — East Coast