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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)

MUSEO – Art, Food & Tea at Quayside Isle

By , April 10, 2013

Dining at MUSEO Quayside Isle is not just about its food, but the entire concept and experience. MUSEO (pronounced ‘moo-zay-o’) means museum in Italian, quite an appropriate name since this is one of the more uncommon places which allow both art-jamming and food.

Yes, it is opened by the same people behind Arteastiq Boutique Tea House at Mandarin Gallery, known for their extensive tea collective and social painting space.

The process of traveling to MUSEO already feels like experiencing a holiday – coming to the picturesque Quayside Isle, watching private yachts parked at Sentosa Cove, and proceeding up to the second storey which feels part-club, part-gallery, part-restaurant. Gorgeous view by the way.

The entire mood can momentarily make you feel extremely rich and luxurious. Or poor. Like who owns all these yachts?

Loved its stylish black modern décor. Get the sofa seats next to the windows if you can. Nothing beats drinking tea and people-watching on a lazy afternoon. (Spotted Zoe Tay, Vivian Lai and Mark Lee.)

The menu is quite extensive, or peculiar, whichever way you see it. There is a range of entrees, sandwiches, desserts and dietary cocktails. The recommended feature is a Mezzanine set, where you can customise by choosing 4 dishes at $39. They make good starters to share amongst a group of friends. (Mezzanine means ‘in the middle’ architecturally).

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MUSEO Quayside Isle
31 Ocean Way #01-22 Singapore 098375 (Harbourfront MRT), Tel: +65 6734 8066
Opening Hours: 2pm-1am (Mon-Thurs), 1:30pm-2am (Fri-Sat), 1:30pm-1am (Sun)

Getting to Quayside Isle
Shuttle Bus: Board the complimentary Sentosa Bus 3 from the Beach Station Bus Interchange and alight at Sentosa Cove Village. Quayside Isle is an approximate 5-minute walk away. Shuttle bus services are available from 8am to 10.30pm at 30-minute intervals.

MRT: Take the North-East Line or Circle Line and alight at the HarbourFront Station. From there, you may either go to the 3rd level of VivoCity shopping mall, transfer onto Sentosa Express or via the Sentosa Boardwalk.

Other Related Entries
Beanstro (Takashimaya)
The Ascot (The Grandstand)
Ocean Restaurant (Resorts World Sentosa)
Gordon Grill
Au Chocolat (Marina Bay Sands)

Tim Ho Wan – Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant’s Dim Sum Is Good, Though Not Spectacular

By , April 9, 2013

[Hong Kong] Tim Ho Wan 添好運 is a Cinderella story, the hole-in-the-wall dim sum restaurant that scored One Michelin Star, thereby earning its reputation as the‘cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world’. Fame found its way. (The other cheap Michelin star restaurant is Ho Hung Kee)

Although there were a few branches, only the outlets at Mongkok and Sham Shui Po gained those hard-earned one stars, where ironically the swankier and classier looking branch at IFC didn’t. We never know how Michelin works. But what I can tell you don’t bother queuing at its original Mongkok branch because it has already closed due to high rent. (WHAT?!)

That leaves me only with Sham Shui Po to go to, also with a 30-odd person queue, occupied with tourists armed with Michelin and travels guides (Most look like Mainlanders and Taiwanese). Get a number from the lady first. (Brush up your Cantonese because she doesn’t shout those numbers in English.) Surprisingly, it took only a 15 minutes wait.

Owner-chef known as Pui-Gor (Chef Mak Kwai Pui) is formerly from 3-star Michelin restaurant Lung King Heen. His signature Baked Bun with Barbecued Pork (HK$16 for 3, SGD$2.55, USD$2.05) is seriously the best I ever eaten.

Very similar to a bolo bao, the sweet pastry covered bun is light and fluffy, with skin so thin, and saucy char siew pork within almost oozing out. Supercrazygood! The portion is small, and feels like you would want to finish all three at one go. My advice: Eat them straight once the pastries are out on your table.

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Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists 添好運
9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po 深水埗福榮街9-11號地下 (10 min walk from Sham Shui Po MTR) Tel:+852 2788 1226
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:30pm (Daily)

Other branches: Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central, Tel: +852 2332 3078,
Shop B, C, & D, G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point, Tel: +852 2979 5608

Other Hong Kong Entries
Ho Hung Kee (Hong Kong)
Tsim Chai Kee (Hong Kong)
Amber (Hong Kong)
Mak’s Noodles (Hong Kong)
5 Restaurants at HarbourCity for Doreamon (Hong Kong)

Kitakata Rahmen Yamakichi – Authentic Kitakata-Style Ramen Shop Opens At Orchard

By , March 22, 2013

Ramen alert again! Another ramen shop has opened at Orchard Road, and you probably have not heard of it yet. The new Kitakata Rahmen Yamakichi has found a spot at Orchard Plaza, replacing Noodle House Ken at a more dodgy part of Orchard where there are quite a few authentic Japanese food places.

Kitakata ramen? Eaten before or not? (Read Ramen Keisuke Tori King which opened on the same day.)

Singaporeans are definitely fans of tonkotsu ramen styles, but kitakata style noodles remains very unexplored. Kitakata is a city located in Fukushima, in northern Honshū Japan and also mean ‘northern place’.

The city Kitakata is known for its distinctive style of ramen, said to have the highest per-capita number of ramen establishments in Japan. Word has it that ‘soba’ also refers to ramen here because it is just so prominent here. If you want to order soba there, call it ‘nihon soba’ instead.

Kitakata Rahmen Yamakichi already looks promising: A hole in the wall, small-cramped place, evenly packed on a weekday night, Japanese sprouting customers, and with two Japanese chefs (Chef Kita and Chef Hiro) behind the counter. This is as authentic as it can get.

But I did not know what to order.

The majority of the ramen are Shio-based, which has a pale and clear broth made with plenty of salt and vegetable. I don’t know about you, but shio ramen is the last thing I would order compared to the other varieties of shoyu, miso or tonkotsu. And the other is ‘Jito’, which simply means ‘local’. AND, there is NO tamago. Huh, no eggs?

I had the basic Rahmen ($12.00) which arrived with a clear stock with light yellow, slightly thick and curly noodles (which may remind you of instant noodles). Tonkotsu fans who are used to thick, salty and creamy soup bases may get turned off by this version, which is exactly the opposite – thin, simple and plain.

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Kitakata Rahmen Yamakichi
150 Orchard Road #01-18 Orchard Plaza, Singapore 238841

Other Ramen Entries
Ramen Keisuke Tori King (Amara Hotel)
Menya Musashi Kodou
Uma Uma Ramen (Forum Galleria)
Marukin Ramen (Scotts Square)
Sapporo Ramen Miharu (Gallery Hotel)

Bomba Paella Bar – Delicioso Spanish Favourites at Martin Road

By , March 20, 2013

Hola! The Singapore food culture is definitely getting very Spanish of late, with many sexy Spanish tapas bar sprouting up and it is all fashionable to have your chorizo with Sangria. I relate Spanish food to a beauty like Penelope Cruz – colourful, hot and passionate.

But, but, but… I never really found good Spanish paella here, with my most exceptional one tried in MoVida Melbourne. So I had to make my way to 38 Martin Road to try Bomba Paella Bar (which replaced Graze, with Baker & Cook
as its neighbour). Since the restaurant is named ‘Bomba’, its paella has to be good. (Read: Review of Baker & Cook)

Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, its like how Singaporeans would view their chicken rice. And they use the Bomba rice, considered the highest quality of all Spanish rice varieties. I hear that Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno achieves paella greatness with golden caramelized crust forming at the bottom layer of the rice.

The Arroz Negro ($40 for small serving that serves two), a wet paella of squid ink, squid, dry sherry and black mushrooms cooked with fish stock is already impressive. The paella was really fragrant, with its smell arriving at our noses while the pan was still 3 metres away.

This is when I really took note of eating every bit of rice, each enveloped with a strong and dense flavours, with an intense flavour that would likely leave you feeling satisfied. The portion’s generous too. While the serving is meant for two, my take is four light eaters can easily share this.

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BOMBA Paella Bar
Martin No. 38, 38 Martin Road, Singapore 239059 (near Robertson Quay). Tel: +65 6509 1680
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 12:00am Mon-Sat (Closed Sun)

Other Related Entries
Salt Tapas & Bar (Raffles City)
Amuse (Orchard Hotel)
Lucky 13 (TripleOne Somerset)
Singapore Sling Boutique (Clarke Quay)
OverTime (Dempsey)

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