Monday, May 29, 2017

[Media Invite] Wan He Lou 萬合樓 @ 65 Maude Road (Jalan Besar)

If you are at Maude Road area during any non-PH weekday lunch time, do pop by Wan He Lou to enjoy their set lunches, reasonably priced at $12.80. Comfortable air-conditioned dining, full service from its friendly staff and for that price, you'll get a main course with a small appetiser, a tall drink and a dessert.


Currently, there are three options to choose from; Black Truffle Pork Chop Rice, Seafood Pasta with Whole Abalone and Langoustine Bee Hoon.

Wan He Lou Set Lunch @$12.80

The Black Truffle Pork Chop rice was my favourite. The meat was well marinated and so tasty. Best eaten with rice. The deep fried spring roll appetiser was good and the accompanying chili sauce drizzled on it was powerful. Too bad we couldn't have more of that powerful spicy sweet chili sauce! The ice-lemon tea was such a tall drink that I doubt anyone would feel thirsty after. The dessert was either guava jelly or passion fruit jelly. The flavour was really intense but it could do with less sweet.

Black Truffle Pork Chop Rice
Langoustine Bee Hoon
Seafood Pasta with Whole Abalone
set lunch dessert - guava/passionfruit jelly

But did you know that Wan He Lou has an award winning Chef who is known for his Lobster Porridge? Chef Lau Siaw Dee's Signature Lobster Porridge had won the top prize at a culinary event which was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now, we get to have a taste of it at Wan He Lou.

Signature Lobster Porridge @$31.90 onwards

The porridge is done in Teochew style, where one could still see the grains. The rice managed to absorb the essence of the broth and such, every spoonful of the porridge was flavourful.

The restaurant also had a crowd's favourite snack, in the form of Crispy Lotus with Salted Egg. This is an appetiser which one could order while waiting for the mains. Lotus root sliced so thinly and coated with the deliciously wicked salted egg yolk. Quite shiok. Just wished that they have a spicy version of this.

Crispy Lotus with Salted Egg @$11.90 (S)/$19.90 (M)
Wan He Lou does its meat dishes pretty well. The Pan Fried Kurobuta Pork was tasty, and the sticky sweet savoury glaze was finger licking good. Goes well with a bowl of white rice.

Pan Fried Kurobuta Pork @$14.90 (S) $24.90 (M) 

You must-must try the Coconut Pudding with Ice Cream. It was so good! Imagine a baby coconut where one digs through a large scoop of coconut ice-cream to find a deliciously soft coconut pudding. And, when you scraped the walls of the coconut, those tender slices of flesh drops onto the pudding for that added coconut flavour. It now has a special spot in my heart (or belly).

Coconut Pudding with Ice Cream @$9.90
coconut pudding

Thank you Vincent and Wan He Lou for the invite and the warm hospitality.

Wan He Lou 萬合樓 

Address: 65 Maude Rd, Singapore 208347
Contact: 6294 8057
Business Hours:
Daily 11am to 230pm, 5pm to 1030pm

Sunday, May 28, 2017

[Media Invite] Monti Festino Sunday Brunch @ 1-Pavilion

It's the weekend and if you are looking to indulge, why not give Monti Festino Sunday Brunch a try? It has a good selection of foods, gorgeous view of the bay and warm service from team Monti. The right recipe for a good time.

Monti Festino Sunday Brunch
every view is good

The brunch at Monti was a relaxed affair. Arrive at the venue, and you'll be immediately greeted and seated by the friendly and efficient team. Browse through the 3-page menu and staff will bring forth the cold seafood platter (fruitti di mare) for starters.

let the feast begin

The Fruitti Di Mare platter consists of chilled Alaskan King crab, cooked tiger prawns, tuna tataki, salmon sashimi slices, Fine de Claire oysters, mussels and clams. Good for two pax. Loved the oysters and tuna tataki!

Fruitti Di Mare

How about some greens to balance out the diet? At Monti, the salad will be prepared at your table-side, ala Italian-style and served fresh.

dressing it up

We could clearly see what goes into that salad. There were Liliput capers, Mediterranean olives,crisp lettuce, onions, shallots, croutons, cherry tomatoes, octopus and lemon dressing. Finished off with lots of care and love for their diners.

The taste of the salad was bright and refreshing. No additional salt added.

Grilled Octopus salad
If you are enjoying the free-flow of alcoholic drinks, then wouldn't the Charcuterie & Cheese Platter comes to mind? Great that Monti has got this covered in their Sunday Brunch menu so just order up! We had salami, San Daniele ham, walnuts, apricot, grapes, pecorini, cheddar and a type of soft cheese.

Charcuterie & Cheese Platter

And, one gets to order one of Monti's signature dish; the Cacio Pepe e Tartufo or also known as truffle risotto. Table-side service, no less.

round and round, into the cheese wheel it goes
black truffle
more please

But what's brunch without eggs benedict? If you must have it, Monti has it! Eggs benedict, eggs florentine, french toast and basically eggs done any way that you prefer.The poached egg was perfectly runny. Just use those crisp toast to mop it all up. So good.

eggs florentine
eggs benedic t

The french toast was light and eggy. Served with honey cinnamon mascarpone, fresh berries and caramelized bananas. Lovely.

french toast
By then, I was ready for the meats. Bring 'em. But first, how about a pan-fried foie gras on toast with balsamic reduction and served with wine jelly. It was love at first bite. Very nice.

foie gras

For meats and seafood, there's seabass with white wine butter sauce, barbeque pork rib, charcoal girlled iberico pork jowl, grilled lamb chop and rib-eye steak.

seabass with white wine butter sauce
pork rib
prawn bowl

My favourite meats were the pork jowl and ribeye steak. First time having pork jowl, and was surprised by the firm yet not tough texture. The edges of the meat had slight char and the added smokiness was rather enticing.

iberico pork jowl

The ribeye was easy to slice and was of medium doneness. Reasonable amount of fats and it was such joy to eat.

ribeye steak with red wine jus

Interestingly, there is a DIY station to concoct your own cocktail, specifically Bloody Mary and Mojito. So anyone (that is of legal drinking age) can try their hands in mixing the drinks. No worries, as the friendly staff will be on-hand to guide. Hehe. Quite fun! For mojito, you'll just need palm sugar, rum, lotsa mint leaves, lemon wedges and ice.

Purple Taste Mojito
Don't leave without trying the pasta. Choose your noodles, choice of sauce and ingredients and Chef will fire up a plate just for you. Not to worry as the pasta was done in a manageable portion.

aglio olio

Any room for dessert? You bet! The dessert table was really pretty. The mini bite-sized portions of the cakes and tartlets were really thoughtful as we could try more variety.

torta caprese
amaretti cookies
mango panna cotta

Struffoli with honey and chocolate

Tasted all the above dessert and loved them all. The tiramisu was a favourite and so was the struffoli.

Thank you Elle for the invite and Marina for hosting the brunch. Special thanks to Chef Felix, Martin and team Monti for taking care of us that day.

Buon appetito!

Monti at 1-Pavilion

Location: 82 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Pavilion, 049327 Singapore
Contact: +65 65350724
Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday:
12.00pm to 1.00am
Public Holidays :
6.00pm to 1.00am

Sunday Brunch Price:
$90++ for brunch without drinks
$120++ for brunch with non-alcoholic drinks
$140++ for brunch with free flow of wine
$160++ for brunch with free flow champagne

Saturday, May 20, 2017

[Media Invite] Inaniwa Yosuke 稲庭養助 x J Passport @ Japan Food Town Wisma Atria

Had visited Inaniwa Yosuke prior for drinks and snacks. This time round, had the opportunity to try their Spring Lunch Fair which sees shops in Japan Food Town offering one or two Spring-season dishes at $11.80++. The Japan Food Town Spring Lunch Fair runs till 21st May (Sunday). Inaniwa Yosuke Spring Lunch Fair dishes are Sakura Ebi & Negi Barakakiage and Vegetable Barakakiage Udon (Hot/Cold) at $11.80++ each.


Inaniwa Yosuke has been serving handmade soba with a recipe that has been around since 1665. This labour intensive udon which takes about 4 days and made only in small batches, was only served to the Imperial family. In 1860, Inaniwa udon finally was made available to public.

udon making posters on the wall
Lunch crowd will start coming in at about 1215pm on a weekday. Customers are greeted upon entering and leaving the restaurant. My lunch pick for the day was Sakura Ebi & Negi Barakakiage. Added an order for prawn tempura.

Sakura Ebi & Negi Barakakiage (@$11.80++)
closer view of the udon

Opted for the cold noodles and the udon sauce was served separately. Just pour in the amount desired. Not to worry if you'd like to pour the whole bottle as it was flavoured mildly. The noodles were firm and easy to slurp. The sakura ebi and spring onions fritters were freshly fried upon order. Same as the tempura. The spring onions added a delicate fragrance to the dish. There's a small dish of sliced onions with a dollop of wasabi for that little bit of flavour lifting.

wasabi and onions

prawn tempura (3 pieces @$14++)

The prawn tempura was medium sized, well-fried and its batter remained crisp. However, the prawn was a tad overcooked. It was quite a filling lunch.

Thank you JPassport and Inaniwa Yosuke for the invitation to try the Spring Lunch Fair udon.

Click on this link for more information on Inaniwa Yosuke.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tunglok Teahouse @ Far East Square

I have been to Tunglok Teahouse at Novena before but this was the first time heading towards the outlet at Far East Square. And, it was so hard to find. A tip is to head towards the Evolve gym and head towards the yellow signage of the renovation walls and turn left.

A celebratory dinner occassion with the foodie gang, we chose to have ala-carte dinner buffet Chinese-style. Endless flow of dim sums, cooked food, fried fish and what not. Our table was filled to its edges in no time! Can you imagine that we ordered 38 dishes?! Am amazed.

full house and not all our food had arrived

The food arrives pretty quickly and this outlet seemed to have lesser patrons than it Novena counterpart. We had fish skin, fried prawn rolls, steamed pork ribs, char siew bao, chicken feet, siew mai, carrot cake and fried prawn dumplings for dim sum. All were pretty good. Then, we had two claypot items which were basically vegetables in soup. The one with nam yee soup was rather nice but nothing to shout about.

prawn rolls
carrot cake

The carrot cake flavour was nice but it was a tad too soft though. Some might feel that the radish flavour was not strong enough in Tunglok's version.

deep fried fish

A must order would be the deep fried fish.  Smallish but tasty. On the other hand, the steamed tilapia was too muddy though. It was the least liked item. We also had jelly fish, oats prawns and soya prawns. Decent but can be better. The stir fried french beans was enjoyable.

蒜泥白肉 - garlic pork
cabbage  nam yee claypot
stir fried french beans

The braised pork belly and beef brisket were good too. The portion was pretty generous. The meat was temder but still retained a bite.

braised beef brisket and pork belly
soy sauce prawns

There's a smoke duck with crepe wrap. Something like Peking duck but this one uses the smoked meat instead.

smoked duck pancake

There were also special items where it can only be ordered once. The shark fin soup and the chili crab.

shark fin soup (one time order)
chili crab (one time order)
The only item that we ordered again, was the fried fish skin. Was too full from barely finishing all the food that we ordered.

Thank you Kris, Justin, Ivan, Elle, Jennifer, Hence, Tracy and Tiara for the wonderful company and the dinner treat! Love you guys!

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