26 April 2017

 LOCATION

Finding an accommodation in Jeju can be a headache for a start as you have to choose which area you would like to stay in commonly Jeju City, Seogwipo or Seongsan area. Most people would stay in the former two as Jeju City is near to the airport and Seogwipo is near to a number of attractions such as Cheongjiyeon Waterfalls, Jeongbang Waterfalls and Jusangjeollidae. No matter where you stay, expect to take long drives to certain tourist attractions due to the relatively large landscape of Jeju island. Eventually, we decided on Jeju Vistacay Worldcup Hotel in Seogwipo as the room is relatively spacious and it comes equipped with a decent toilet (we noticed that many Korean airbnbs and hotels have a very cramp washroom!). We booked 3 nights in the Deluxe Double Room (Random mountain or Ocean view) for S$202 via Expedia.
Vistacay Hotel Worldcup, South Korea — Jeju
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vistacay Hotel Worldcup, South Korea — Jeju

 Maple Tree House is a very popular Korean BBQ restaurant with several outlets located conveniently across Seoul in areas such as Myeongdong, Samcheongdong and Insadong. The menu includes a number of beef and pork options and also higher grade meat for those looking to have a fancier meal.
Maple Tree House, South Korea — Seoul
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Maple Tree House, South Korea — Seoul

24 April 2017

Carvery, a buffet style restaurant within Park Hotel Alexandra serves excellent prime roasted meat, a wide array of sides to compliment the meat and of course desserts for your sweet tooth too. Every now and then, Carvery will introduce a different theme to its standard buffet line and we as customers get to enjoy it! This time round, Carvery brings us the Hearth & Heat weekend grill that will take place on every Fri, Sat & Sun from now till 30 June 2017. Expect to find the Argentinian Ribeye, Honey Lemon Chicken and Hickory Pulled Pork with Fried Bun.
The Carvery, Singapore — Park Hotel Alexandra
Monday, April 24, 2017

The Carvery, Singapore — Park Hotel Alexandra

23 April 2017

 I came across Saemaeul Sikdang, a Korean barbecue restaurant which specializes in their Yeoltang Pork - thinly sliced marinated pork. The restaurant is also under one of South Korea’s renowned celebrity chef and restaurateur, Chef Baek Jong-won, who has numerous restaurants with different concepts across Korea. There are several Saemaeul Sikdang in Seoul and I visited the one in Myeongdong since I stayed in that area!
Saemaeul Sikdang, South Korea — Seoul
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saemaeul Sikdang, South Korea — Seoul

 I am a fan of furballs and knew that I had to drop by this dog cafe in Seoul that is located just a stone throw’s away from Hapjeong (next to Hongdae) station! We met with a rainy day in Seoul and it was just the perfect plan to laze our afternoon away. Right from the cafe’s door step, you would be greeted enthusiastically by a poodle upon arrival!
Bau House Dog Cafe, South Korea — Seoul
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bau House Dog Cafe, South Korea — Seoul

 It was a series of events that led us to discover this restaurant but we were definitely very fortunate to have ate here that we came back for a second time before our flight back home! Baetgodong specializes in octopus and squid dishes that uses only the freshest catch. We had the live octopus bulgogi (spicy marinated octopus) and the octopus was still struggling to crawl out of the pan right in front of us!
Baetgodong, South Korea — Seoul
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Baetgodong, South Korea — Seoul

21 April 2017

TocToc is an up and rising restaurant in Seoul that had won the Miele One to Watch award that is under Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017. Chef Kim Dae Chun doesn’t restrict himself and curates his ingredients from all over the world to create that beautiful plate in front of diners. We had the Tocnomy which is a 9 course menu priced at KRW110,000.




Tocnomy Menu


FRIES



The first dish is named fries but it isn’t the common fried potatoes that we are familiar with. Instead, it’s made of a small boneless fried fish fillet that is delicately fried to a golden brown with a mayonnaise based sauce and sprinkled with some paprika.

RAW FISH



The raw fish for the day was slices of stripe trevally fish drizzled with a seaweed sauce. The light sauce and fresh slices of sashimi worked hand in hand to deliver a nice starter.

BOWL



Our next dish was a seaweed tofu with kelp consomme. The savoury warm soup wasn’t too salty and was comforting to sip on after the previous cold dish. The tofu had a nice smooth texture which reminded me of Japanese agedashi tofu with a layer of fried corn stach on the outer layer.

SALAD



The salad bowl came with 26 different kinds of vegetables from local farms and the vibrant colours of the vegetables is a testament of its freshness. Even without any sauce, the vegetables were beaming with its natural sweetness. I love that cherry tomato the best — it’s juicy, sweet and burst right in my mouth!

RAVIOLI



The ravioli is stuffed with a paste made from flatfish, scallops and shrimp and topped with a saffron sauce. I liked how the sauce is whisked till airy and the creamy sauce wasn’t heavy on the tastebuds. While the ravioli was nice tasting, there was nothing to shout about.

COD



TocToc’s cod doesn’t taste as oily or buttery like other cods, but it has a very smooth texture that melts in our mouths. An onion consomme is poured over the fish and the clear broth was clean tasting with the fragrance from the onion.

BEEF



As I do not take lamb, TocToc has very kindly allowed me to swop it with the beef instead (to be applied to both of us).The charcoal-grilled hanu strip loin steak was very fatty and tender to bite. There was a nice char on the skin to give the slight smoky flavors but the cut was too fatty for my personal liking.

SECRET DISH



A mystery dish is part of the Tocnomy, which I guess may change from time to time based on availability of ingredients and the Chef’s ideas which gives an element of surprise. Our secret dish is a fried chicken leg with sweet radish sauce. The skin was crispy yet not oily, and the me at well marinated and tender. Koreans enjoy eating their fried chicken with pickled radish and TocToc translates this into a sauce for us to dip the chicken in.

WINTER MOUNTAIN


The last course of our meal is a dessert made of a fromage blanc wrapped by a thin blanket of rice cake and topped with kumquat. The fresh cheese was creamy and light and tasted very refreshing overall with those citrusy notes from the kumquat.

I thought the Tocnomy was very well put together by Chef Kim Dae Chun, allowing the original ingredients to shine while incorporating his techniques to lift the flavors. A minor qualm about the food was that it does not have an unforgettable/outstanding dish that wow-ed us. However, we really appreciated the waitress who attended to us as she was very patient in describing the dishes to us in English!

TocToc is located at:
33 Dosan-daero 51-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Lunch | 1200 - 1500 Dinner | 1730 - 2200
Last order (A la carte) 2100 (Signature course) 2030 (Tocnomy course) 2000

Date of visit: April 2017
TocToc, South Korea — Seoul
Friday, April 21, 2017

TocToc, South Korea — Seoul

20 April 2017

When the Michelin Guide for Korea was released, only 2 restaurants were awarded with the highly coveted 3 stars and one of them is La Yeon. Serving tradition Korean royal food, expect to find refined food in the heart of The Shilla’s Hotel gorgeous space overlooking Namsan Tower. For lunch service, 2 set menu are available — we had the Ye priced at KRW98,000 with the beef add-on at an additional KRW45,000.

La Yeon, South Korea — Seoul
Thursday, April 20, 2017

La Yeon, South Korea — Seoul

18 April 2017

 Serving inventive Korean cuisine, Jungsik aims to use familiar Korean ingredients to create modern Korean dishes. The restaurant is neat, clean with ample natural light falling into its space when we were there for lunch. If you are in a party of 2, you can ask for the table by the window which was lovely!
Jungsik, South Korea — Seoul
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jungsik, South Korea — Seoul

15 April 2017

 Citrus Bistro comes after their first outlet at Woodlands, Citrus by the Pool. Located within Sengkang Swimming Complex, it allows families to grab their meals here after swimming. Even if you’re not there to swim, just give the bistro a ring and they’ll be happy to bring you in from the gantry! Both cafes have some menu items in common but there are 2 dishes that are exclusive to Citrus Bistro at Sengkang.
Citrus Bistro, Singapore — Sengkang
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Citrus Bistro, Singapore — Sengkang