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Olive Tree Restaurant

By , June 24, 2011 10:03 am

I’ll admit this meal I had was quite a while back. Dan and I were at Bugis and decided to eat here because it was quieter in comparison to the rest of Bugis – have you been there on a weekend?? Anyhow, I prepared the pictures for uploading and then…. had other stuff to eat that were better so those got to cut the blog queue. It’s been a few days of eating at the same restaurants I’ve blogged about before(creature of habit I am) and of packed dinners (economical rice rocks) so I was wondering what eats to share. Then I saw these pictures and my mouth could almost taste the food – must be good to have remained so fresh in my mind, so here’s sharing :

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When I saw this picture, I was reminded about how we were trying not to finish the buns before our food arrived. Warm and toasty buns with nice dips are so hard to resist, especially when you’re hungry and your main course takes some time to arrive. Maybe mediterranean restaurants have to stay true to their theme of being relaxed and unhurried – even for drinks and (baby)cutlery =p It could also be that sitting at a table with a screaming fussy child makes you hope that your food arrives quickly so you can eat and disappear.

Then the appetizer arrived – Dan ordered a chicken tikka :

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Doesn’t look like much right? But every piece of chicken was well marinated and tasted tender, juicy and flavorful! The pita bread on the side was warm, fluffy and chewy. We weren’t so antsy once this dish came. Not sure if it’s cos it was so good, or cos we were hungry. Or cos our helper brought our screaming baby for a walk outside so we could chill and eat.

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Then my main course arrived and all was forgiven. This is one REALLY good Barramundi. It’s a generous portion of tender, salted just right and pan fried just right barrumundi, on a bed of soft mashed and crunchy greens.

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Dan was all silent when he ate his lamb(sorry, Dan told me it’s not lamb!) pork chop with mint sauce, sauteed asparagus and poached pear/peach (sorry – I can’t remember as well what I didn’t eat and I’m not so good at identifying cooked fruit. )… Suffices to say he really enjoyed it because I could see that he was savouring every bite.

We also ordered a pizza but that doesn’t warrant photo space because it tasted a little like frozen pizza but better. ie: not woodfired pizza which is the only type I really like =p If I don’t remember wrongly, main courses are about 28++ – the regular hotel restaurant type price….

It was a really nice evening after that – baby came back happy(cos she got to go ‘walk walk’), and parents satisfied with dinner. It’s all about finding something for everybody, right? =)

I hear this place is good for buffets and desserts as well. Let me know if you try it!

Ma Maison

By , March 17, 2011 10:02 am

We went to Ma Maison at Bugis last week and I had a fabulous lunch! Been wanting to write about it but what with my weekend trip and a sick baby on hand, didn’t get a chance to til now….

You know which one I’m talking about right? That Japanese restaurant with the French name(Ma Maison is french for “My House”), English cottage deco and Western/Italian cuisine. It sounds a little complicated put that way, but trust me, it works out really well when you’re there. How else do you explain their longstanding presence in Bugis =)

Their signature dishes are actually the hamburger steaks and squid ink pasta (or so I’ve heard) but I didn’t have those that afternoon. You can google “ma maison” and “hamburger steak” for reviews on those 🙂 I’d like to introduce this instead :

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The STEAK DON! I think it’s a seasonal/promotional item on their menu because I’ve not seen it before… I loved the taste of the steak – a little charred (maybe grilled) and cooked to perfection. It sat on a bowl of rice drizzled with a sauce and some shredded cabbage. It’s odd how everything came together nicely for this dish – the Western way of serving steak, but paired with a decidedly Chinese way of serving rice – with ‘gravy’ over. ALmost like 肉飯 (Taiwan’s famous stewed pork and rice).

My only complaint, is that it came in a huge bowl meant for ramen. But I suppose I can survive that again :p This lunch set came with a small salad, dessert and a drink – $15.50.

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This must be instantly recognizable to most : Tonkatsu! This definitely gives Tonkichi/Tampopo (Japanese restaurants known for their tonkatsus) a run for their money. It was a thick yet tender and juicy pork cutlet fried with a light and crispy batter. They had a Japanese sweet sauce as well as fresh ground rock salt on the side with this dish – Ace! I suspect I’ll have to have two main courses for lunch the next time I go to Ma Maison.

Oh and I absolutely adore this shot of Renee taken there, with the nostalgic function on my camera on :

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This really is a timeless place =)

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