Category: European

FYR Cycene Ond Drinc

By , April 15, 2015

How do you even pronounce this? Fire it is. Main coures and desserts are whipped up using Josper Charcoal Oven. And lychee wood, which gives the dishes a smoky note. Recommended items from them include Baked Freshly-Shucked Oysters (S$15), Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye 365 Days ($32), as well as Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream (S$10).

FYR Cycene Ond Drinc
19 Boon Tat Street Singapore 069619
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 11pm (Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun)

Read: 10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore March 2015

Waterfall Ristorante Italiano Shangri-La Hotel

By , April 8, 2015

The revamp of Waterfall Ristorante Italiano at Shangri-La Hotel is in line with the appointment of Chef De Cuisine Chef Marco De Vincentis who specialises in Southern Italian cuisine. Of all the dishes presented, the pasta items were also my personal favourite, especially the Tagliolini Al Pesto Siciliano ($22) – long flat ribbon pasta with ricotta cheese, pine nut, basil and roasted almond.

Other than the a la carte menu, Waterfall’s Antipasti Semi-Buffet Lunch features a rotating menu of freshly baked bread, daily fish special, cold cuts, cheeses, salads, fresh seafood, live pasta and meat carving stations, pizza-station and gelato. (Waterfall Ristorante Italiano Shangri-La Hotel)

Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Level One, Garden Wing. 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm Lunch, 6pm – 10:30pm Dinner (Mon-Sun)
Reserve Online Now: http://goo.gl/qTPB4Q

Read: 10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore March 2015

Pete’s Place – Serving Authentic Italian Cuisine For 40 Years

By , April 11, 2013

A fellow food blogger said that F&B in Singapore now is all about concept and marketing, not about taste. My reply was, the test of time will tell if the quality of the food is good.

Pete’s Place at Hyatt Hotel is probably one of the few restaurants that have passed this test, having been around since 1973. That is 40 years!

You may have never discovered its existence even if you been to Hyatt, because it is located on the basement with only a staircase leading to the Italian restaurant. The last time I been to Pete’s Place was 5 years ago, and it remains exactly like how I remembered it to be: trattoria-style décor with red-bricked walls, dark wood furniture, checked table cloth and picture frames with black and white photos. (Read: Pete’s Place review written 5 years ago)

Pete’s Place specialises in authentic Italian cuisine from homemade pastas to wood-fired oven pizzas, just like how it started four decades ago. The salad buffet-stylee bar that features a healthy selection of greens is said to be very popular among the ladies.

The restaurant has a current special of Lombardy cuisine till 12 April, helmed by guest chef Loris Pistillo from Spasso of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. This northern Italian region, which capital is Milan, has a more extravagant style of cuisine which is generally more buttery, creamy and cheesy.

Rice is popular in Lombardy, often found in soups as well as risotti.

It is no coincidence that my personal favourite dish of the lunch was the Pumpkin Risotto, Smoked Duck Ragù and Balsamic Glazed Shallots ($32). This risotto was also named “Best Risotto” at the Eurofood Mediterranean Fair in Bangkok in 2011. It was yellowish creamy – the way I like risotto to be done, yet not overly heavy and rich. Very balanced.

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Pete’s Place
Hyatt Hotel 10-12 Scotts Road Singapore 228211 (Orchard MRT) Tel No: +65 6732 1234
Opening Hours: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Other Italian Restaurant Entries
il Cielo (Hilton Hotel Singapore)
Caffe B (Marina Bay Sands)
Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar (Orchard Central)
Garibaldi (Purvis Street)
Da Paolo Bistrobar (Rochester Park)

The Manhattan Pizza Co – Huge XXXL Pizzas Lands In Singapore

By , January 3, 2013

I have never been to Manhattan or the New York to judge their pizzas, but I do know that this Manhattan Pizza Co in Singapore serves HUGE ones. Huge to the extent that the pizza filled the entire square table, huge that each slice is bigger than my hand, huge that 5 of my hungry friends could not finish the whole thing.

20 inches long to be exact.

“Chief” Joey Manoli brought their signature pizza from New York City to Singapore’s Orchard Central. The Napoli style pizza was created by Joey’s ‘Poppi’ (his papa) when their entire uprooted themselves to NYC, and made a good living out of it.

The restaurant is at a difficult-to-find basement location at Orchard Central, already known for its crazy navigation. Fortunately, Manhattan is located right next to Gong Cha which probably brought some customers in.

Initially, I was a little doubting. Red and yellow décor, matched with plastic chairs, and rather loud music screams ‘fast-food restaurant’ – not the kind of place I would enjoy having long chats with good friends over pizza slices and sides.

But, the pizzas are pretty affordable. The classic variety such as Hawaiian and Pepperoni are $38-$39, while the specialty range such as seafood and meat lover are $40-$42. A classic slice with a drink is $5.90.

Joey said that a Singaporean Tan Yi Ling was ‘schmoozing’ over their pizzas at NYC, which motivated him to come over Singapore for a look. (Interesting, I checked HungryGoWhere and there is a Tan Yi Ling giving positive reviews on Manhattan. I wonder if Joey knows.)

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The Manhattan Pizza Company M.P.C. Singapore
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, B1-01 (next to Gong Cha), Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT) Tel: 800 852 3887 (toll-free)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thur), 11 am – 10.30 pm (Fri – Sun)

Other Pizza Entries
Spizza (East Coast)
Peperoni Pizzeria (Zion Road)
Da Paolo Bistrobar (Rochester Park)
Verve Pizzeria (One North)
Singapore Sling Chilli Crab Pizza (Clarke Quay)

Da Paolo BistroBar – Beautiful Space, Beautiful Food, Good Looking Chef

By , December 20, 2012

This is not just another Da Paolo. This BistroBar is helmed by Da Paolo Junior, aka Chef Andrea Scarpa, son of Da Paolo Group founder Paolo Scarpa. (So technically he is Scarpa Junior.) This shy 20-something created most of the dishes on its new a la carte menu, with a focus on Italian specialties with a twist.

And shhh…… Da Paolo Junior is quite good looking, giving one more reason other than the desserts for the ladies to drool over. (Read: Interview with his beautiful sister Francesca Scarpa Da Paolo)

The pizzas created by Chef Scarpa are quite light and ‘youngish’, tasting pretty different from any of the traditional pizzas I had. (Read: Da Paolo Ristorante)

Its Sweet Corn and Smoked Duck ($24) has savoury thin slices of smoked duck with sweet corn puree as a base, resulting in a sweet-salty interesting (or peculiar tasting) combination. Duck and corn? You will either like it or hate it. All I can say is it left quite an impression for everyone on the table.

I much preferred the Pear and Parma Ham ($28) where the thin curst wood-fired pizza is topped with parma harma, feta cheese and sweet pear puree base. Absolutely loved it when it was topped with a melted Gorgonzolo cheese, making the original pizza a little richer and creamier. Am sure about the additional calories too, but it’s worth it.

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Da Paolo BistroBar
3 Rochester Park Singapore 139214 (near other restaurants such as B@Rochester, NOSH and Graze), Tel: +65 6773 5537
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm, Bar 5:30pm-11:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm, Bar 2:00pm-11:30pm (Sat-Sun)

Other Italian Restaurant Entries
Caffe B (Marina Bay Sands)
Peperoni Pizzeria (Zion Road)
Limoncello Restaurant (Robertson Quay)
Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar (Orchard Central)
Garibaldi (Purvis Street)

The Manhattan Pizza Co – Huge XXXL Pizzas Lands In Singapore + Pizza Giveaways!

By , October 25, 2012

I have never been to Manhattan or the New York to judge their pizzas, but I do know that this Manhattan Pizza Co in Singapore serves HUGE ones. Huge to the extent that the pizza filled the entire square table, huge that each slice is bigger than my hand, huge that 5 of my hungry friends could not finish the whole thing.

20 inches long to be exact.

“Chief” Joey Manoli brought their signature pizza from New York City to Singapore’s Orchard Central. The Napoli style pizza was created by Joey’s ‘Poppi’ (his papa) when their entire uprooted themselves to NYC, and made a good living out of it.

The restaurant is at a difficult-to-find basement location at Orchard Central, already known for its crazy navigation. Fortunately, Manhattan is located right next to Gong Cha which probably brought some customers in.

Initially, I was a little doubting. Red and yellow décor, matched with plastic chairs, and rather loud music screams ‘fast-food restaurant’ – not the kind of place I would enjoy having long chats with good friends over pizza slices and sides.

But, the pizzas are pretty affordable. The classic variety such as Hawaiian and Pepperoni are $38-$39, while the specialty range such as seafood and meat lover are $40-$42. A classic slice with a drink is $5.90.

Joey said that a Singaporean Tan Yi Ling was ‘schmoozing’ over their pizzas at NYC, which motivated him to come over Singapore for a look. (Interesting, I checked HungryGoWhere and there is a Tan Yi Ling giving positive reviews on Manhattan. I wonder if Joey knows.)

My gym-going friends and I shared a Meat Lover / Roast Duck half and half combination ($42), with an OMG moment when the pizza first landed on our table. Proven right that size does matter.

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The Manhattan Pizza Company M.P.C. Singapore
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, B1-01 (next to Gong Cha), Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT) Tel: 800 852 3887 (toll-free)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thur), 11 am – 10.30 pm (Fri – Sun)

Other Pizza Entries
Spizza (East Coast)
Peperoni Pizzeria (Zion Road)
Da Paolo Bistrobar (Rochester Park)
Verve Pizzeria (One North)
Singapore Sling Chilli Crab Pizza (Clarke Quay)

Asia’s Top 20 – Which Singapore Restaurants Made The Cut?

By , November 5, 2008

The Miele Guide was created to better recognise and celebrate Asia’s best chefs and restaurants. This annual publication evaluates restaurants across the region, publishing an annual ranking of Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants, as well as profile the other best restaurants in across the region.

The best restaurants are determined by the region’s top restaurant critics, a jury of food professionals and known foodies, an in-house team, and most importantly the public. Here are the restaurants in Singapore who made in to Asia’s Top 20.  

I have only tried 1 out of the top 20. How many have you tried before? Did you feel they were deserving?  

Iggy’s
Named after the founder Ignatius Chan, Iggy started as a small intimate restaurant to serve exceptional food with the best seasonal ingredients. It was acknowledged by Restaurant magazine in 2007 as the best restaurant in Singapore and the world’s 60th best. You can find them at The Regent Singapore.

Their char-grilled Australian Blackmore Wagyu is said as not to be missed. The flavours of the menu reflect the owner’s extensive travels and experiences, with ideas incorporated from Europe, Asia and Australia. Table d’Hote and lunch tasting menus are available from $55, with the dinner seasonal tasting menu priced at $195.  Reservations at Iggy’s are highly essential.

Les Amis
Les Amis, meaning “the friends” in French, was set up with the objective of establishing a top-notch French Restaurant that offered the ultimate gastronomic experience. The food is described as “modern French, influenced by the availability of the ingredients”.

Café Les Amis which is located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, serves local and continental fare in a friendly and casual environment. The Group has established other familiar names like Au Jardin, Aoki Restaurant, La Strada, The Canteen and popular patisserie-chocolaterie retail Canele.

Gunther’s
Since it opened in August 2007 at Purvis Street, Gunther’s has steadily made a name for itself with its small but impactful menu and its focus on serving only the freshest ingredients. The food at Gunther’s reflects chef Hubrechsen’s (who used to be from Les Amis)  stark and serious attitude towards his craft.

The food is said to be always clean and refined, with little embellishment but plenty of flavour. One of the famous dish is cold angel hair pasta with konbu and truffle jus, topped with a gleaming onyx sprinkling of Ossetra caviar. Be prepared to pay a hefty price tag (set menus are $128++), but patrons are seldom disappointed.

Garibaldi
Garibaldi is definitely one of Singapore’s most respected Italian restaurant. Located also at Purvis Street, Garibaldi is modern, elegant and stylish. Set lunches are relatively more affordable at $38.

Like a typical Italian menu, Garibaldi’s is broken up into several sections which include antipasti, soups, pastas, risottos, main courses, cheeses and desserts. What sets it apart is the fact that almost everything is imported or made fresh on the premises. From the warm and tender focaccia infused with sundried tomatoes, rosemary and Parmesan cheese, to the selection of fragrant handmade pastas—each must pass muster under the watchful eye of executive chef Galetti before it is served.

It’s interesting to see that 2 of the 4 are from Purvis Street, which is already populated with famous eateries from Hainanese, Shanghainese, Thai to Japanese. It may as well be called Singapore’s gourmet street. Time to make a trip there again!

The Ah Sao Pizza

By , October 17, 2008

Ah Sao Pizza? I was pretty intrigued how the term ‘Auntie’ and an Italian food would go together. It’s like ordering an ‘Ah Chek Fettuccine’ or ‘Ah Soh Lasagna”.

And  I ordered it without the faintest idea of what was in store for me.

One word: HOT! Infused with lemongrass, spices and chilies, the Rendang Chicken was a little fiery to eat on its own, but with thin pizza dough, the combination was creatively balanced.

With chunky chicken pieces covered with cheese yet ingested with local flavours, you first wonder if this is just one of those ‘spicy’ gimmicks often seen in fast food chains.

The pizza was actually inspired by Mdm Lee Kim Wah’s (aka Ah Sao) kitchen recipes, who was once cheated of all her life savings. The story of hard-earned money switched with a plastic bag of apples is heard by many. Ah Sao saved and scrimped her whole life as a nanny. But all of that was cheated by crooks who told her she was jinxed, and had all her money replaced after a bogus medium rite. She was completely devastated then. 

Eating this pizza brings along thoughts of how we should be strong to carry on with life like Ah Sao even though we may be beaten.

Her other recipes were also compiled into a book ‘Happy Now’ by a group of volunteers, and all proceeds would go to Ah Sao. It was heartening to know that there were people around that would lend a helping hand, even though the other party can be a complete stranger. With the money, Ah Sao can find new found confidence and hope in life. I bought a copy myself, and happily hear there are only 200 copies left. (More information at http://www.shelfordpress.com/)

Every food we eat may have its own story and lesson learnt. And from this pizza, while materials wealth can be stolen from us, there are other important things in life that can always keep us loved, hopeful and strong.

Ah Sao Pizza can be found at The Verve.

Fre(n)sh – Bon Appétit!

By , October 15, 2008


#01-163 Vivocity 1 Harbourfront Walk S(098585 ) Tel: 63768005

Authentic French cuisine, anyone? And you don’t even need to fly to Paris.

That one thing I remembered most fondly about Fre(n)sh is not the food, ambience or the price, but THE waitress. As she went around serving customers, one hand holding quiches and the other with glasses of water, I immediately thought about Penelope Cruz in movie Volver. Ooo….

Ah….You know the free spirited European woman who knows what she wants, and gets what she wants? No, I didn’t get her name. I was shy, too shy. She could be the co-owner (or girlfriend of the owner), spoke reasonably good English, and served the whole café with earnestness.

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Can You Name The Pastas?

By , October 10, 2008

Ever been to a Pasta place and not sure of the difference between a Fettucine, Linguine or Spaghettini?

If you are confused about your pastas, just remember there are a few basic types which are the Spaghetti (noodle-like thin cylinders), Macaroni (hollow cylinders), Fusilli (swirls) and Lasagna (sheets).

Though it is commonly thought that Marco Polo brought pasta from China, some study show that it was originally introduced by the Arabs! During Marco Polo’s time, pasta products were already made. Hmm…

Here are some of the commonly seen pasta types in Singapore:
Agnolotti – Semi-circular and stuffed
Conchiglie – Sea shell shaped
Farfalle – Bow tie or butterfly shaped
Fettuccine – Thick and flat, literally means ‘little ribbons’ in Italian (some friends call it mee pok!)
Fusilli – Two or three-edged spiral, usually in mixed colours with green and orange
Lasagne – Wide sheet noodles with fluted edges
Linguine – Flattened spaghetti
Orecchiette – Bowl or ear shaped pasta
Penne – Medium length tubes with ridges, remember they are shaped like pens!
Pipe – Larger versions of macaroni
Ravioli – Usually stuffed with cheese or other stuffings
Rotelle – Wagon wheel shaped (I love it dry fried)
Spaghetti – Round-rod pasta
Spaghettini – A thinner form of Spaghetti

Guess the Pasta Quiz – What are the following types of pasta?

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b)

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d)

e)

Make your Guesses here. Answers will be revealed… next week! Hahaha.

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