Category: Clarke Quay / Chinatown

Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Cafe – Cake in a Cage

By Daniel, August 25, 2008


#01-170/71/72, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central Singapore 059817

It’s amusing to see many ladies after their fill of main courses, still having much room for sweet treats. “There is another stomach for desserts. It’s a separate space.” exclaimed a female colleague. I believe.
 
Yes, not when your supposedly sinful treat arrives in a little bird cage, ready to escape right into the gastronomical pleasure of the owner.

Contemporary Japanese dining takes place at Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Café. ‘Sun’ represents the main dishes, while ‘Moon’ appeals to the other and softer side – The desserts.

The Food

The delightful Tofu Cheese Cake ($5.50) is a must-order for many ladies. The homemade cheesecake with a crunchy biscuit bottom already scores in presentation ,as it comes cooped in a mini-cage with a paper crane within. If you don’t favour the cheesier American version, this light and petite one may just soften in your taste buds, sending the beancurd essence all around.

Here are my Top 3 favourites:

1. Matcha Tiramisu ($6.00)
Tiramisu means ‘pick me up’in Italian. I swear this piece right in front of me says the same. “Pick me up! Pick me Up!” If you have tried making a Tiramisu your own (like I did), you would have realized it’s extremely challenging to have up fixed. While the Matcha Tiramisu stands firmly up, the soft and delightful cream crumbles right in your mouth.

2. Goma Pudding ($5.50)
It could be my penchant for anything black sesame, but the Goma Pudding does achieve the taste to the right combination. Sprinkled with white sesame seeds on top, the black sesame is neither too sweet or bitter.

3. Matcha Ice Cream ($3.50)
Soft and milk green tea ice cream with azuki red bean paste on the side… Life’s pleasures can be a simple thing.

The Japanese desserts are not only delicious, but pieces of art. Imagine sharing with your loved one a stick of mochi, looking at the bumboats at Clarke Quay and listening to the waves of the Singapore River. Life is Good.

The Verdict
Desserts make the world go round. 4.0*
 

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Whatever Cafe (Chinatown)

By Daniel, July 3, 2008


20, 29A & 31 Keong Saik Road Chinatown S(089138) Tel: 62210300

Vegetarians can rejoice at Whatever Café (not to be mistaken for that ‘Whatever/Anything’ canned drink), a diner fronted by the “mystical” Whatever Yoga/Bookstore/Healing Space along the very hip Keong Saik Street.

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Tom Ton (Black Pig)

By Daniel, May 31, 2008


6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-88/89 The Central @ Clarke Quay S(059817) Tel: 63277887

While many of us are familiar with ‘normal pigs’, I was really very curious about the “black pig” at this Japanese restaurant and wondered what’s all the fuss about.

The Berkshire black pig (Kuro Buta) is actually a rare breed of pig originating from Windsor Britain, but reared in America by the Japanese for their ‘exceptional flavour’. The meat is said to be the perfect combination of juiciness, flavour and tenderness. (The famous Napoleon in George Orwell’s Animal Farm is actually a Kuro Buta!)

The Ambience
Walking into this branch at Central, I felt that I was transported right into Tokyo once again. The décor was in an old timber Japanese home style, along with a sashimi counter with Japanese sprouting chefs. I chose the very comfortable booth seat, but you might prefer one with a Singapore River view.

The Food
This branch’s specialty is in their Shabu Shabu and Tonkatsu, though common complaints from customers are that they don’t serve enough noodle dishes.

 

Rarity comes with a price. The Top Grade Black Pig Curry Rice comes with a steep cost of $25.60. But my friend literally stopped for seconds and felt like he went to heaven after eating the pork culet. Although it sounded very wrong, he remarked that the pork tasted as succulent and tender as chicken. Sure enough, the luscious meat within the special bread crumbs, dipped in mild spicy curry was simply oishii.


 
The Black Pig Sukiyayi ($18.90) came surprisingly in a little gas cooker, not the typical lighted ones which would flame out in minutes. True enough, the pork tasted like beef! Along with sweet tasty soup, firm udon noodles, the extremely thin pork slices trickles down your throat. There also isn’t the typical pork taste you often get in other dishes.

The Price
The signature Tom Ton Special A Course Set for 2 Pax at $160 would give you an indication that this is not your everyday Japanese food.

The Verdict
This pricey black pig is simply oishii! 3.75*

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