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Qun Zhong Eating House, Singapore

We have been faithfully returning to Qun Zhong Eating House over the past few years for their most delicious xiao long bao and guo tie (potstickers). While the shop’s frontage is easy to miss, it is certainly hard to overlook the never-ending queues of famished fans (both locals and foreigners) waiting patiently to be seated inside the modest-sized and extremely busy eatery. On the numerous occasions we have come, service has always been rather brusque, especially from a particular ‘front-of-house’ personnel. However, on our recent visit, he appeared to be in the best of moods and was all smiles (especially for the camera!)…we knew it was a sign, we had to post. Continue reading

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Casa Tartufo, Singapore

We were thrilled when we first learned of Casa Tartufo. So recently when a dinner opportunity with a couple of old friends presented itself, that instantly came to mind. Casa Tartufo (Italian for ”House of Truffles”) is a shiny Italian restaurant located in Forum The Shopping Mall, run by a husband-and-wife team. With Casa Tartufo, Alex and Tammy realised their dream of running a restaurant that quote, unquote ‘aims to be the reference for truffles in Southeast Asia, trading the finest ingredients from Italy, France and the rest of the world, in order to give our guests the best products at the best prices all year round’. Nice. Continue reading

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3 号 Crab Delicacy, Singapore

Where do we go to when we are looking for comfort food on the fly? This little beauty along Outram Road near Wangz Hotel. 3 号 Crab Delicacy is famous for (yes you guessed it) their tasty Sri Lankan crabs, prepared in several ways, but our favourite is the laksa version served with a portion of thick vermicelli on the side. Buns are available too if you wish to mop up the lovely gravy. We love that the owners are seafood purveyors themselves (they have a stall in Tekka Market) so you are guaranteed only the freshest seafood at their restaurant.  Continue reading

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Stellar @ 1-Altitude – Restaurant Week, Singapore

 

Restaurant Week is an exciting time for foodies and non-foodies alike. It makes fine dining more accessible to the general public and is a wonderful opportunity for restaurants to showcase their cuisine – brilliant marketing strategy, in our opinion.

This week, numerous established restaurants will serve a special 3-course prix fixe dinner for S$35++ and 3-course lunch for S$25++, with some slapping on an additional surcharge between S$10-S$15. Continue reading

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The Great Burger, Tokyo

(Clockwise from top L to R: Avocado burger, Cafe Hohokam; Burger, Ark Hills Cafe;  Hamburger with sunny side-up, The Great Burger; Avocado and Mozzarella Burger, The Great Burger)

Our concluding post on Tokyo is on a topic very close to our hearts – BURGERS. But what exactly makes a really great burger? After chancing upon a cafe in our Shibuya Cafe Magazine with that exact name, we knew we had to hunt it down immediately. Tucked away in an obscure side-street along Cat Street off Omotesando, The Great Burger is not the easiest cafe to locate, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait (and persevere!). Continue reading

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Foodie Haven: Akasaka, Tokyo

Being a brisk 15 minutes’ walk from my apartment, Akasaka was the natural dining destination for us on many of the frigid days and nights during our recent stay in Tokyo. Not that we were complaining. Akasaka, one of Tokyo’s several central business districts, is lined with hundreds of restaurants concentrated within four blocks bound by Sotobori-dori and Hitotsugi-dori.

While we could only cover a mere fraction of the restaurants in the area, we did find some very very good chow indeed. Here are our top 4 favourites, excluding Aronia De Takazawa which is also located in Akasaka (and our obvious ichiban!). Continue reading

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Shinjuku Tatsukichi, Tokyo

(from L to R, clockwise: Asparagus with black pepper mayo, baby turnip, cook, dipping sauces, prawn, ochazuke, vinegared mekabu seaweed – palate cleanser, cute ornament, quail’s egg, salmon and cheese)

Here’s a neat little place if you love deep-fried food. We don’t particularly, but were highly recommended to try by an esteemed chef and we just couldn’t resist. The best thing about this restaurant, tucked away in the ultra busy and happening Shinjuku district, is that you don’t have to worry about ordering – it just comes, one deep-fried skewer after another, omakase style. As the cook behind the counter lays each freshly fried skewer on your plate, he’ll name it and suggest whether to dip your kushiage in one of the 4 sauces or truffle salt, drizzle lemon, or simply “sono mama” (as it is). Just lightly battered and fried, the kushi’s were very tasty.

Personally though, we prefer oil to be used sparingly on our food. As yummy as they were, we thought it wise to exercise some self-restraint and politely requested to call it a night at 26 sticks between the 2 of us (each at ¥170). Both tables beside us chalked up no less than 30 sticks per head (the record is a whopping 160 sticks by one very greedy man it seems!).

Don’t miss Tatsukichi if you’re looking for an excellent kushiage meal and a very memorable dining experience.

Shinjuku Tatsukichi

4F, 3-34-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku | 03-3341-9322

Open Mon-Fri 5-11pm, Sat 4-11pm, Sun-holidays 4-10:30pm

http://www.shinjuku-tatsukichi.com

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Aronia De Takazawa, Tokyo

We’ve waited a whole year and four months for this moment. Since our life altering dining experience at Aronia de Takazawa in November 2009, we’ve been desperate to return. You never forget your first.

In so many ways, our first meal with Chef Yoshiaki Takazawa was an awakening. Our five, no six senses were pushed beyond their boundaries and any assumptions on how and what food should taste and look were completely erased. It was an experience etched in our memory as the defining moment of coming face to face with a culinary virtuoso.

Last Saturday evening, as we pushed open the steel doors and made our way up the stairs to the dining area, everything felt strangely familiar and comforting. Akiko-san, Chef Takazawa’s wife who runs the front of house operations, greeted us emphatically as we came into view – ‘welcome back’, she gushed. We refrained from throwing our arms around her, short of sobbing how good it felt to be back. But it did feel that good to be back. Continue reading

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Bakuro, Ebisu, Tokyo

Before we begin, let us warn that this post contains some pictures that may be inappropriate for vegetarian readers (you know who you are). We have been anxious to try this unusual and exotic delicacy since hearing about it several years ago and have tried to hunt it down tirelessly on our last few visits to Japan without success. This time however, with much determination and some research, we were able to nail down Bakuro to quell our curiosity – for which we were glad. Continue reading

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Ginza Toriyoshi, Ginza, Tokyo

Just off the main drag in the up-market shopping district of Ginza, Tokyo, is a delightful restaurant that specialises in yakitori and tofu. The best way to get here is to take the Ginza subway line and alight at Ginza station. Take the A3 exit where 5-Chome is and keep walking straight on along Chou Dori until you arrive at the intersection of 7-Chome (if you count intersections from the station exit, it is the third one). You should pass Prada and make a left on 7-Chome. Immediately on your right, you will see Ginza Taburu Pavilion on the corner (NB: building name is not obvious at all!). The restaurant is on the fourth floor.

Its interiors are dark and there is an intimate and very private feel to the space.  You can choose to be seated on the floor on cushions, or at the table, or in little cage-like rooms (reminiscent of human battery cages) which fit four. Cute. Continue reading

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