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Relish and Relish

By , April 25, 2011 11:02 am

For the uninitiated (like myself), first there was Wild Rocket, then Wild Oats, then Burger Bench & Bar, then Relish and now Relish 2. It is obvious from their expansion that the food must be in demand because I trust that Singaporeans are very discerning foodies =)

My first visit to Relish @ Cluny Court was only earlier this month (I know – so late on this wagon!) where I had their classic burger :

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It lived up to its hype – Lightly toasted sesame bun with a juicy beef patty cooked a just right medium. And you know you’re having a gourmet burger when rocket leaves replace the regular lettuce. The thick cut fries on the side were also really good (fried foods are NOT created equal).

Dan had the braised beef :

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He declared it the BEST braised beef he’s had in terms of flavour and texture.

 My mom had the tofu burger with portobello mushrooms :

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She loved the presentation of the dish but said she could have so many more portobellos and tofus for $20 (it was 17++ i think). I can almost hear my grandmother saying the same thing =) Our family was raised on being thrifty and that has kept me grounded more than anything else. Try it if you don’t believe me :p

I loved the ambience of the restaurant – classy but casual, a combo not many places can pull off. But I didn’t think that Dan and I would frequent Cluny Court because it’s just not our area…. THEN we discovered that a new Relish has opened up at where else but MyVillage! 

What greeted us was an eye catching cosy corner with a vintage set of furniture. Very inviting and we were to later find out that they are all for sale too. 

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Their set lunch looked particularly appetising to two starving people. It included a soup :

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This mushroom soup is not the usual creamy and thick sort that I rave about, but it was delightfully flavorful because of the truffle oil and diced mushroom bits.   

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A crabmeat pasta cooked al dente with bits of crab meat, garlic and chilli. Everything about this was just right. The portion, the flavors and the ‘doneness’.  

The set lunch also included a cuppa tea/coffee and was very attractively priced at 11.90++!

In addition, we also had the onion rings with curry mayonnaise :

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Although I’m not a fan of onion rings, I liked this one with the amazing curry mayo. It’s hard to describe how this unlikely couple makes such a good pair. In fact, I could have eaten fried flour with it and found it yummy :p

Dan also ordered this chocolate cointreau shake :

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And the Cointreau wasn’t just for taste – I took a yummy sip and felt the buzz but that doesn’t count for much cos I’m a terrible drinker…. What does count is that Dan felt the buzz too and he can drink. I can only imagine how much Cointreau went in there.

In short, I relished Relish totally (so cheesy right? That line was in my head from the beginning of this post haha)

You might wanna try it too=)

Shin Kushiya

By , February 11, 2011 11:55 am

I was so stoked last year about NEX mall opening – a big mall 5mins away is something to be happy about, yes? But then my happiness was short lived because when it actually opened, the parking situation wasn’t (and still isn’t) very attractive so I’ve only been there a grand total of ONCE. 

 Then a smaller mall opened nearby – MyVillage at Chomp Chomp. You can tell immediately that though small, this mall is classier and has a nice vibe about it. The official opening is in Feb, but we’ve been there many times already to do our grocery shopping cos there is actually parking at the underground carpark. I know. Shocking.

There are a coupla restaurants there and we picked the restaurant with the nicest pictures outside – Shin Kushiya. The executive head chef came out and welcomed us after we ordered(yes, he did that with every other patron too – wasn’t just us!). I tell you, the Japanese ace at manners – he emanated warmth and sincerity, and we felt almost honoured to be there, like we were dining at his home.

But enough talk, here’s the food : IMG_4060

The Onsen Tamago was served chilled and as you can see, very beautifully cooked. The pickled condiment on top went very well with the chicken broth that the egg was in. *thumbs up

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The Flamed Salmon Salad is a picture perfect salad, with every item fresh and seemingly handpicked to be presented in this plate of art. The sauce on the side, was a more lemony tasting sauce than the usual wafu sauce. Very refreshing =D

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This is the Hamachi Carpaccio. Well sliced sashimi makes fresh fish taste every better. The presentation doesn’t hurt either =)

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Shin Kushiya is known for their skewers –  Kushiyaki. We ordered two plates of an assortment of these. I like the chicken meatballs and meat wrapped asparagus. Dan loved the oysters. The Karubi beef didn’t fare as well – too chewy.

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This was Dan’s main course – Truffle Oil Infused Pasta, with Sea Urchin and Caviar. All the atas high end ingredients =p The sea urchin was very creamy and fresh, and the aftertaste of the pasta made this very unique.

My main course was the seafood curry – I was (unfairly) craving a japanese curry taste from a restaurant called Curry Favor and so this didn’t match up.

The food amounted to 130+, and with taxes and gst, our grand total was 170+. Other than the food, the service and ambience was really good too – nice place to pamper ourselves =D

You can find out more information about Shin Kushiya here =)

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