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30 Aug 2015

Doi Chaang Coffee - Coffee Addiction

 Perhaps this was the time that I got to love coffee. Yeah, like a break though, suddenly falling in love with the strong bold flavour and the strong bitter aftertaste after a gulp of Doi Channg Signature. I was with a friend at Johor Bahru City Square Mall that day, like many other typical Singaporean taking the advantage of the irresistibly good exchange rate from SGD to RM. The brand name caught my attention, originated from Thailand and was quite popular, to me at least. I should have tried it from the outlets when I was in Bangkok a few months back but I did not manage to spot any. That was it, I had my second round recently at Rochester Mall since my cravings kicked in.
Besides their coffee, I grabbed a slice of their crepe cake as well. It was decent, each layer thicker, but not as soft as Lady M's , which could be due to the serving temperature. Each layer was distinct, beautifully layered and I had finished it up within 2 minutes, without waiting for it to 'defrost' slightly.   
 




27 Aug 2015

Bistro 1855 turned one!

I caught sight of Bistro 1855, this time not losing my way like the first time I did. The entrance was clustered with helium balloons. Gold and silver, floating, bouncing against each other randomly or along with the occasional breeze. After a glance for my name on the guest list and collecting a bottle of Moscato as a door gift, I headed in. A quick surveillance around the slightly dim surroundings, I got myself seated at the extreme corner of the bistro, with the other bloggers.
Bistro 1855, the sister of 1855 The Bottle Shop has turned one this month. An occasion that was meant to be celebrated and I was glad to be part of it. A couple of wines were available, as well as tapas that were served to us. (Eg. Iberico ham & melon, Boston Lobster Roll, Squid Ink Otah ; just to name a few.) Some tapas appeared rather unique and would be a perfect pairing with a glass of alcoholic beverage that could either be ordered from the bar counter or bought from 1855 The Bottle Shop (a wine retail/cellar) within the compound. The wine cellar, an interesting selling point which not many bistros out there do not have. Their impressive collection was so wide that you would definitely find something to your liking after consulting with their sommelier.
That day, a photography booth was even set up for selfie/wefies addicts to capture their celebratory happy moments in 1855 The Bottle Shop. I spotted many people, including myself grabbing different props to pose with. The pictures were even printed out for us. Not to forget they have a talented duo singing and playing some of the hippest songs around. Once again, congrats on turning one and thank you for the invite!

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21 Aug 2015

Curious Palate and Motana Brew Bar

Upon hearing that Curious Palate was one of the newer branch of cafes/bistros hidden around Princep Street, we were curiously drawn in to try its menu. How strange that the entrance doesn't seems like a welcoming one at first. We did not reconsider since we have already targeted this place since that last time we met.
The layout was a little strange, perhaps something new, stretching a long way inwards like a corridor. There were 2 large mirrors with gold frames, an unusual find in a food establishment. I could imagine a lady having some preparation works, touching up and getting ready to pose with her food.
My attempt to keep people curious, actually my mistake of forgetting to record the names of these dishes that my dining buddies and I had consumed.
 
The gold framed mirror and a vase of vibrant flowers proved to be useful as photography props. We immediately took our dishes to placed them from anywhere near that vase, hoping to capture a beautiful shot.
Vet was crazily in love with the Japanese inspired pasta she ordered. The mild saltiness that easily pleases the palate while the taste of konbu was not overly 'fishy'. A perfect balance of east meets west in this dish. 

Honey had this fish dish and before I knew it, she had almost finished half while I just started on mine. The slice was puny, definitely not worth for its price tag. Crisp skin, glistering surface with the flesh being firm but still tender. Was uncertain what the baby carrot and radish were soaked in as they were pretty sour but appetizing. A nice balance with the sweet carrot puree.  

I had the wagyu burger which was the more substantial one since I usually look out for something filling and worthwhile. The thick patty made from minced beef was tender, while the middle portion was slightly medium rare. I have no complains since I loved it that way. The whole portobello was tender, juicy and which I could slice it easily while the pesto on it was quite salty. I was glad that it wasn't ordinary fries that came with the burger! It was sweet potato fries!!! We all enjoyed it since it was sweet, softer than ordinary (potato) fries and felt less sinful too. No time to take nice shots since I was already starving!!   

It would always be good to café hop with other bloggers since they at least have decent photography skills! At least easier to edit... 
 
Omg that load of sweet potato fries! More please!

Slicing small portions out to let my friends try. Standard protocol when café hopping. After our meal, we decided to go to Motana Brew Bar which was located at Pomo for our desserts.

Sad to say the red velvet waffle was quite disappointing for me since it was highly raved by the social media crowd. I felt that it was more like a sculpture for display instead of something to go into my stomach. Being served semi-melted, almost toppling and the waffle tasting so bitter that I thought that I had forgotten to brush my teeth that morning. Haiz, those red bits were cake crumbs for your info.  
 


10 Aug 2015

Lady M - Satisfying my Craves

 It felt really meaningless waiting, waiting for my next phrase of my life to begin. I barely work for 3 years in the food and beverage industry and I could see why other people would not pick this industry in the first place. I had my fair share of complains as well as small achievements that I was satisfied with. The long working hours, the lack of social time as well as being caged in a kitchen (just to list a few reasons) added on to my impending boredom.
I have made my decision to leave a month back. Accepted a job offer and now awaiting to begin in September. No use staying on if the dreaded feeling has been already activated within myself right?

I have been spending quite a bit lately, gouging myself with food like having 2 plates of chicken rice during a meal, or a bowl of rice with a whole spring chicken which left me overly bloated. Not to forgot those desserts and cakes which I have been trying hard to cut down since my income have been stagnant for quite a while. Is it just me or it is just so difficult to make a decision relating to my career goals? I actually realized that some people do jump from industry to industry, which is not what I hope to do. Anyway, enough of ranting and time to show some beautiful pictures of the cakes I had at Lady M at Orchard Central the other day. My second time enjoying such quality cakes from Lady M. Check out my first experience here!
  
How I love the natural lighting, making my pictures so clear! I had the Gateau au Chocolat since I was desperately craving for chocolate that day. It turned out really satisfying, exactly what I wanted, rich, fudgy and slightly bitter. I almost thought the sponge wasn't there which I do not mind at all. The tiny walnut bits was just kind of pathetic, that's all.  

The all time star (to me), the Green Tea Mille Crepes cake! Read between the lines, and in this case the crepes, you get lovely light matcha flavoured cream. I have tried crepe cakes from a couple of other places but Lady M's rendition is still my favourite since no one else could beat its fork tender crepe. 

I quite love this shot. Random yet visually in place? My friend's hand came into the picture suddenly and it just somehow fitted in. Only that the shadow of myself taking the photo was kind of obvious.
Side note: The servers here in Lady M definitely have a good load of exercise, walking up and down the steps since there were 3 levels. Free leg training anyone?? 


5 Aug 2015

Sela Modern European Restaurant - Migme Foodie Mig Up

Modern European Restaurant with an Asian twist.
Located at 32 Seah Street. Conveniently located in between multiple Mrt stations.
A Foodie Mig Up session where I met other bloggers who uses Migme application too!
 
The modern interior of the restaurant, greyish tone, casual yet classy.

Procuitto Ham and Melon 16 - Chef Benson explained to us that the melon slices had undergone compression via vacuum. The resulting melon should appear more intense in colour, softer but as for flavour wise, I couldn't tell if it has intensified. (You just need the before and after, side by side for comparison.) A perfect balance of saltiness and sweetness I would say.   

Pan Seared US Scallops 16 - Perfectly seared scallops had a nice pillowy texture which I love sinking my teeth into. The salted egg cream gave a salty touch, almost fooling my taste buds into thinking that I was eating mushy creamy crab roes. We all got curious when we saw 'forbidden rice' from the menu. The deception of caviar look-a-like was actually pulut hitam, also known as black glutinous rice. (Seen at the base of the dish.)

Miso Chilean Seabass 32 - I prefer having a fish dish that had some bite despite being tender, as compared to those which just melt-down in my mouth. Thankfully seabass does fit the bill since its flesh had a certain firmness as compared to other fishes such as cod! I drank a spoonful of the dashi gravy which was a little salty, perfect if I had a bowl of rice! 

Kakuni Style Pork Cheeks 20 - The 'tanned' looking meat arrive looking much like beef. For a moment I couldn't tell. The pork was done Japanese style and steam baked, resulting in the overall tender consistency. My knife felt like a samurai sword which could slash through in a single slice, without the need of the sawing movements. The mix of vegetable helped to prevent 'over-meatiness' of this dish.    

Semolina Cake 12 - The cake was dense and somehow slightly lumpy. My other blogger friend commented that it was sweet which I did not think so... Maybe I have eaten too much sweet stuff? Couldn't really taste the passion fruit curd tartness since it was just a thin layer or was it covered up by the sweetness of the meringue?

Dehydrated Pineapple Pavlova 10 - I really loved this dessert!! The vanilla ice cream tasted unique and slightly caramelized and I couldn't tell it was vanilla at first. The dehydrated pineapple was not totally dried up to that extend that it became crisp, but remained gummy and slightly charred. The herby taste from the thyme, the spice from the paprika, cute meringue cup, everything just compliment well together!

They also serves an affordable 3 course executive lunch set at $15.90+, from 11.30am to 2.30pm as well as a Singapore style brunch menu on Saturdays only (also from 11.30am to 2.30pm)!

From now till the end of August, when you dine in Restaurant Sela , remember to hashtag restaurantsela as well as me!!!!
The picture with the most likes would have a chance to win a private chef experience (worth $500) by chef Benson Tong in the comfort of your own home!

Restaurant SELA
32 Seah Street Singapore 188388
Phone : (65) 6337 6358
Email : enquiry@restaurantsela.com.sg
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/selarestaurant

Thank you Restaurant Sela and Migme for the invite.