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Osaka Ohsho – The King of Gyoza Arrives at Raffles City

By , January 8, 2013

It’s about time that a shop specialising in gyoza opens in Singapore, since fried dumplings are always playing second fiddle to their ramen counterparts. Osaka Ohsho is said to be “The King of Gyoza in Osaka”, a franchise with more than 300 outlets in in Asia, and has finally arrived to Raffles City.

I was curious at all the Chinese-sounding dishes in this Japanese restaurant – like the Sichuan Mabo Tofu ($7.90), Ban Ban Chicken ($5.90), Hui Guo Ruo ($9.90) and Black Vinegar Fried Chicken ($9.90, $14.90 for set). That is because the gyoza specialist is also known for its Chuka Chinese-inspired dishes, so you can get the best of both worlds.

Like nearby neighbours Nam Nam Noodle Bar and Tiong Bahru Bakery, Osaka Ohsho has a long queue during lunchtime. (And you won’t miss the giant gyoza at the storefront.) Tables are aplenty, so the wait was not too long.

When you look at the prices on the menu, it’s little wonder why the attraction. $3.90 for six 1and $7.80 for twelve gyoza. That’s 65 cents per piece, way more affordable that some ramen shops selling them at least $5-6 for the same number.

I am a fan of different incarnations of dumplings, whether guotie, jiaozi or gyoza. But only when the skin is thin enough.

The verdict? The meat dumplings are delightfully pan-fried – loving its thinly crisp outer layer with skin freshly made daily with Japanese flour. The inner filling with pork and some cabbage and garlic, was slightly moist and could do with more juice. I like the bite-and-spurt like a xiao long bao feeling that it’s lacking. Know what I mean?

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Osaka Ohsho Singapore
#B1-75 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road Singapore 179103 (Raffles City MRT), Tel: +65 6338 5584
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:45pm

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Tiong Bahru Bakery Raffles City – Super Nice or Over Hyped?

By , December 19, 2012

Tiong Bahru Bakery is one of those places where I hear my friends complain about it being “over-rated”, “overpriced”, “hyped up”, “so-so” yet go back time and time again. If this is not the X-factor, I don’t know what is.

Just in case you think this is some old-style historical bakery, this is a relatively new bakery started by the Spa Espirit Group in collaboration with Parisian baker Gontran Cherrier. (Read: 5 Best Places For Cakes At Tiong Bahru)

Spa Espirit Group is also the brand behind Strip, Browhaus, The Tippling Club, Skinny Pizza, O My Dog, 40 Hands, Open Door Policy and Broadcast HQ. From its track record, you know they have a midas touch.

Compared to the more indie café feel at Tiong Bahru, the second branch at Raffles City (which replaced Aerins) seems more up-market, and three-times bigger which can accommodate up to 120.

First things first, the queue system appears kind of dumb (or smart depending how you look at it). Even if you just want to buy a single item, you have to join in the queue line from the breads, sandwiches, cakes, coffee all the way to the cashier. Never a good plan if you are rushing back office.

But psychologically, it works for them. The longer I queued, the more I saw, and the more I wanted to buy. And since I am already spending 5 minutes queuing up, I ended up with more than I originally intended to.

One of their most popular items is the blacked-coloured Squid Ink Sandwich ($8.50) with plenty of rocket leaves, some salmon and little parma ham. This is more novelty than taste to me, nothing remarkable, though very healthy-tasting.

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Tiong Bahru Bakery (Raffles Place)
252 North Bridge Road #B1-11/13 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT), Tel: +65 6333 4160
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm

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Streets Café Restaurant 街头茶餐厅 (Raffles City)

By , July 23, 2008


252 North Bridge Road #B1-44C Raffles City Shopping Centre Tel: 63387445

Within the last few years, there are just too many Hong Kong Cafes sprouting around following the success of a few. While Central, Xin Wang and Tong Shui have gained a following with their distinct look and theme, I am not too sure about Streets Café Restaurant.

With already two other branches at IMM and Bukit Panjang Plaza, I would not have noticed it if it wasn’t beside the prominent Shokudo at Raffles City.

The fact that it is named “Streets Café Restaurant “ sound like an oxymoron, each term having its own unique feature. If an eatery wants to go Street, then think ‘dai pai dong’  大排档 where the selling point of such hawker food is in its fragrant and tastiness of the ‘wok hei’. Such food is strongly flavored due to the smell from frying in a very heated wok.

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Aerin’s (Raffles City)

By , June 20, 2008


252 North Bridge Road #B1-11/12 Raffles City Shopping Centre S(179103) Tel: 63372231

Sex and The City in Raffles City? Well, close. Just imagine 4 women hanging out Aerin’s, gossiping and enjoying the chic bistro dining next to the Raffles City fountain. They would sip their latte, gasp over the delectable European cuisines, and laugh at men in the open-setting.

Well, almost. I didn’t fall into that category. Eat yes, but talk no. But in a very rare occasion where the four ‘reality junkies’ (who my ex colleagues call ourselves) met, we did dine, talked and laugh over ridiculous contestants in American’s Next Top Model.

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