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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 =)

Villa Di Parma

By , October 22, 2010 5:49 pm

In a corner of Serangoon Gardens (opposite Chomp Chomp food centre), we found a little Italian restaurant. It may have been the hot weather outside, or the fact that there were only 2 other tables occupied at lunchtime… but  it felt more like siesta hour rather than lunch hour.

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I ordered a pretend red wine to accompany my lunch (which I finished before lunch arrived).

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Dan ordered a pretend salad to eat his favourite foi gras (and the 2 slices of foi gras disappeared before the greens)

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The baked mussels topped with cheese was pretty good.

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As was the beef (according to Dan)

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We ordered two pastas – the above is the beef tagliatalle.

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And this second pasta is a penne with ham. I have this to say about their pastas – al dente, generous with the meats and very tasty!

I was quite surprised because my expectations of the food lowered with every passing minute we waited. (Although seriously, how is that relevant?) I first wondered how long more the wait would be if the restaurant was at full capacity. Then I wondered if the waiting time was the reason why few come here for lunch.

Anyway, I was glad that the pasta was most worth the wait =) 

PS: We were told their patrons especially enjoy the desserts. You might wanna give it a try if you go!

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