Singapore Restaurant Week 2015 At Burlamacco Ristorante

It was once again the Singapore Restaurant Week. I never notice till the alert from a friend who loves it. And she is the one who will always ask me out to try out something on the Restaurant Week. Usually, I would choose a restaurant that I have not been but this round, somehow, Burlamacco Ristorante was not in my recollection and I selected it. Anyway, food was delish, no regret.

Baguette
Baguette

The menu for dinner were 3 choices of appertizers and mains, we choice 2, and 2 choices for desserts, we choice one each. We were served with the Baguette at the start.

Appertizers

The third appertizers for selection was the Pan Seared Foie Gras, and will need to add $12. Our selection for the appertizers were below.

1. Sea Prawn Terrine with Sweet Peas and Truffle

Sea Prawn Terrine with Sweet Peas and Truffle
Sea Prawn Terrine with Sweet Peas and Truffle

The Sea Prawn Terrine was filled with the seafood sweetness and the peas enhanced the sweetness too. But due to the Truffle, my friend may that this dish is very much an acquired taste. But I like it.

2. Oven Baked Buffalo Mozzarella Wrapped with Parma Ham

Oven Baked Buffalo Mozzarella Wrapped with Parma Ham
Oven Baked Buffalo Mozzarella Wrapped with Parma Ham

Mozzarella and Pama Ham will never go wrong. This is my friend’s favourite dish. We enjoyed it.

Mains

The main that we did not choose was Spaghetti pasta served with Pork Leg Ragout Marinated 7 Days in Red Wine. This dish certainly sounded awesome but I didn’t feel like having pasta so I passed it.

1. Roasted Snow Fish with Citrus Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomato

Roasted Snow Fish with Citrus Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomato
Roasted Snow Fish with Citrus Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomato

We prefer the Fish to the Veal. The citrus sauce went very well with the Snow Fish. And most importantly, it wasn’t over-cooked.

2. Braised Veal Shank ‘Ossobuco’ in White Wine and Fresh Gremolata

Braised Veal Shank 'Ossobuco' in White Wine and Fresh Gremolata
Braised Veal Shank ‘Ossobuco’ in White Wine and Fresh Gremolata

Both of us didn’t enjoy this dish as much as the Fish. For me, I never like the taste of Braised Veal or Beef. As for my friend, she was disappointed that the fragrance of the Veal diminished when she started to chew though it bursted in the mouth at the moment it touched the tastebud.

Desserts

There were 2 choices and they were below.

1. Oven Baked Chocolate ‘Crostata’ with Vanilla Ice Cream

Oven Baked Chocolate 'Crostata' with Vanilla Ice Cream
Oven Baked Chocolate ‘Crostata’ with Vanilla Ice Cream

The desserts were delish. The chocolate used was more of the sweet chocolate. Chocolate Tart with Ice Cream are always a safe choice.

2. ‘Pannacotta’ served with mixed berry

'Pannacotta' served with mixed berry
‘Pannacotta’ served with mixed berry

It was slight sweetish which suited my palette. The sourish berries and the sweetish panna cotta was well balanced.

All in all, it was an enjoyable dinner. Good food, awesome company.

 

Burlamacco Ristorante
77 Amoy Street Singapore 069896
Tel: +65 6220 1763

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: Lunch 1130 to 1430, Dinner 1800 to 2230; Saturday: Dinner 1800 to 2230; Sunday: Lunch 1130 to 1430, Dinner 1830 to 2230

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Tanjong Pagar station; Downtown line – Telok Ayer station

By Bus:
– alight at the bus stop opposite GB Building along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 186, 700, 970, 971E (nearest bus stop to Telok Ayer Road)

– alight at the bus stop after Capital Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 97, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e

– alight at the bust stop at UIC Building along Shenton Way – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 97, 97e, 100, 106, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 186, 196, 196e

Rating: 8/10

Koji Sushi Bar 米花 At Far East Square

Koji Sushi Bar (米花 ) is at Far East Square. It is located along the stretch of eateries and restaurants known as Nankin Row.

Menu
Menu

Basically, in Koji, you will find Donburi and Sushi only and an additional Omakase for Dinner which you have to make reservation by 3pm on the same day. You will also find some sides and drinks handwritten on a wall inside the restaurant.

Koji - Bar Counter Seats

There are only Bar seats in the restaurants. It is pretty squeeze when diners start to occupy the row. I think the “Al Fresco” Seats with high tables may be a better option, provided you don’t mind the heat.

There are a total of four Sushi sets for selection and I have Set C. Each set of Sushi comes with either a Salad or a Soup. I chose the Salad. It was a pretty appetizing salad due to the dressing.

Salad
Salad

In Set C, there are 5 pieces of Sushi, each piece of Sushi has an oversize fish with a tiny portion of rice. If you need more rice, you need to inform when ordering.

Instead of dipping the Sushi into the Soy Sauce, you will brush the sauce onto the sashimi instead. This is a good method as you could avoid getting the Soy Sauce onto your rice. But I think people who have allergy to some ingredients such as prawns might want to ask for some Soy Sauce dispense right from the original bottle.

Brushing Soy Sauce onto the fish
Brushing Soy Sauce onto the fish

Another item on the menu that I tried was the Sashimi Rice Bowl. An optional Uni is available too. And you can choose either White Rice, or Brown Rice for an additional dollar for its Donburi. The Donburi is served with both Salad and Soup

The Sashmi Rice Bowl has quite a heap of Sashimi chucks and interestingly there are some tempura bites providing some crunch. It has a similar taste to the one served at Hana Hana / Teppei. Unfortunately, I find the Sashimi was not well cut, there are some part of the fish that was not chewable at all. And the rice was a little too soft.

Sashimi Rice Bowl
Sashimi Rice Bowl

I saw on the board that there was Onsen Tamago. I like eggs and the Restaruant Manager mentioned it is the soft egg. I couldn’t hide my temptation and I ordered one. In fact, I was a little disappointed with the egg. It tasted like the Soft Boiled Egg served at Kopitiam.

Onsen Tamago
Onsen Tamago

I like the Matcha Latte. You will add the amount of syrup you wanted. It has a good Matcha flavour and a balanced creaminess.

Matcha Latte
Matcha Latte

I saw a drink which I have never tried before, the Calpis Soda and wondered what it was. And it turned out to be a Yoghurt drink. It was certainly refreshing.

Calpis Soda
Calpis Soda

When I return to Koji Sushi Bar, I would order only the Sushi as I like the ratio of fish versus rice. I may try the Donburi again to see if it is only an one-off case for the soft rice. Otherwise, I would avoid totally.

 

Koji Sushi Bar (米花 )
3 Pickering Street, China Square Central #01-42 Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 6225 6125

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 1500; 1700 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line – Telok Ayer station; North-East line – Chinatown station

By Bus:
– alight opp Hong Lim Complex along South Bridge Road – 61, 80, 145, 166, 197

– alight opp Hong Lim Complex along Upper Cross Street – 51, 63, 124, 174, 174e, 186, 851, 961, 970

– alight at Hong Lim Park along Pickering Street – 186, 970

– alight at Chinatown Point along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 143, 147, 190, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight at People’s Park Centre along Eu Tong Seng Street – 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851

– alight at People’s Park Complex along Eu Tong Seng Street – 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 80, 143, 197, 961, 970

Rating: 6.5/10

 

Pantler, A Cakes & Pastry Shop, At Telok Ayer

The Pantler is suited in the Telok Ayer conservation area, nestled in one of the lovely preserved shophouses, has a contrast design from its area. It has a contemporary design, simple, sleek and modern-looking.

Pastry Display Counter
Pastry Display Counter

Over here, you won’t find cushy seats nor free WiFi, but you find an array of mouth-watering pastries and cakes.

Cakes Available
Cakes Available

Just minutes after it opened for the day, the counters were already fully filled with its baked goods. The gluttony part of me acted when I see all the lovely food on display.

My Order, Cappuccino, Almond Croissant and Choux Creme
My Order, Cappuccino, Almond Croissant and Choux Creme

I couldn’t restrain my greed and so I ordered two pastries; an Almond Croissant and a Choux Creme. The Almond Croissant has a good almond flavour, slight sweetish and it was very flaky and crispy. Pantler’s croissant was not the very buttery kind, lightly flavoured. The Choux Creme has a crispy choux pastry and it was filled with rich and smooth vanilla custard.

Pantler serves not only the usual pastries such as plain croissant, au pain chocolat and cakes, they have several tarts choices, Pâte de fruits (Fruits Jelly Sweets), roll cakes and macaroons.

On the same day, after work, I went down to take away to share with my mom and bro.

My Takeaway, Apricot Tart & Pantler Cheesecake
My Takeaway, Apricot Tart & Pantler Cheesecake

The tart base was dense and sweetish but I find the apricot a little too sour. The Pantler Cheesecake was excellent. The cheesecake was smooth and rich but not overly rich. They actually missed out my Mango Shortcake, will try that at my next visit.

On the whole, Pantler serves pretty delish pastries.

Pantler 
198 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068637
Tel: +65 6221 6223

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pantlersg/

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 0800 to 2200;

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Tanjong Pagar station; Downtown line – Telok Ayer station

By Bus:
– alight at the bus stop opposite GB Building along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 186, 700, 970, 971E (nearest bus stop to Telok Ayer Road)
– alight at the bus stop after Capital Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 97, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e
– alight at the bust stop at UIC Building along Shenton Way – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 97, 97e, 100, 106, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 186, 196, 196e

Rating: 7.5/10

Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cake Shop Charm

The traditional chinese pastry and cakes are loosing its charm with the Gen Y and also with the Millennium. With this trend going strong, soon all the traditional chinese pastry will eventually extinct. One after another Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes Shop has permanently closes its door.

The Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes when compared to its “peers”, the french and ‘western’ pastry and cakes, is not as attractive. The image of the Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes is boring, no surprises, no change. Most of the Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes are not as colourful. They are mainly brown or yellow, not aesthetic. As for these Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes shops, they are not as cool as the cafe and bakery.

Fortunately, there are still a few of the Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes shop exist in Chinatown. And thanks to Continue reading Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cake Shop Charm

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