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    1. Yantra   
       18 Jul 2009 at 12:10 am
    Category: Indian
    So what is nice at Yantra? Absolutely everything. The ambience is dark, but appealing. The food is normal but exquisite. Sounds contradictory? Unless you have dined in Yantra you will not know what I am blabbling forth.

    Food is normal because what you get is chicken, naan and papadum. Almost what you can get at any Indian eatery. But exquisite because I do not know what they did with the chicken! The Chicken Bharta was curry without the overwhelming curry taste but had a tinge of sweetness and spiced up herbal flavour. Together with the garlic naan, which was warm, fluffy and just right garlic taste made it stand out for the evening. Just like eating pita bread with hummus or so it seems.

    There seems to be different kinds of bread that we could eat here, much like the prata place serving up different kinds of prata. So what did we order next? The Rumali Roti if I could remember clearly. It was paper thin and reminded me of unleavened bread... I learned later that Rumali means handkerchief and the name comes from the fact that this roti was rolled up as thin as possible to resemble handkerchief. Just hope the chef does not mistaken it as handkerchief and start to sneeze into it...oops.

    It was a light dinner and did not consider ourselves too hungry to try other things but this was satisfying for the moment. Maybe will try the desserts another time. Nice place, nice food but not too nice price.
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    1. ladyironchef
      ladyironchef said:
      wow fine dining indian cuisine, out of my league. haha whats the damage dude?
      19 Jul 2009 at 12:17 am
    2. genesis
      genesis said:
      Hey LIC, we spent about $109 for 2 pax :)
      20 Jul 2009 at 9:26 am
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    2. Shutters   
       01 Apr 2009 at 12:05 am
       Bread   Soup   Grilled Chicken   Beef Tenderloin   Dessert
    Our experience at Shutter was a pleasant one, with pleasant surprises and with privacy.

    It was a Sunday evening and Shutters was the only restaurant with the ambience we wanted so off we went there having heard of the "unique" open kitchen and the excellent service some others have received. We walked into the restaurant about 4pm...albeit too early for dinner and even though the place was not quite yet ready for dinner, the waitress approached us and handed us the menu explaining to us some of the specialties they have there. We were specifically looking for beef and they had one there on the menu.

    We returned about 8pm that evening and had the luxury of choosing a place to sit. It was a 50-60 pax restaurant but it was empty (except for the 5-6 staffs). Perhaps it was a Sunday and being in Sentosa, that might account for the "lack" of diners. But we were not complaining as we had the whole restaurant and 6 staff all to ourselves....that accounts for the privacy. We could literally hear our cultery and only ours. :)

    We ordered the Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras and the the only Grilled Chicken dish on the menu. The waiter explained that there was a set menu available for the weekend at S$45 . The 2 options available were the Grilled Chicken and the Cod fish. We opted for one set as I really wanted the Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras.

    The set comes with Soup, Mains, Dessert and Tea/Coffee.

    First to be served was an assortment of bread served and tastefully presented. The bread was still warm and crispy and together with the olive butter, was a great start to the meal. Too bad there was only 3 pieces of it. But it was sufficient for starters.

    While we were enjoying the bread, the soup was served. We were surprised when they served us 2 bowls of soup. We mentioned that we only ordered one set, so how comes they were serving us two? The waiter replied that he requested the chef to split the one bowl of soup into 2 bowls for us so that it would be easier for us to share it. How thoughtful of him, knowing that we could not order 2 sets as there was no Beef in the set and we really wanted the beef....! This was the pleasant surprise and set the right tone for the mains to arrive.

    The mushroom soup was just awesome. It was thick, creamy and chunks of mushroom minutely sliced could be seen and tasted without much effort to see if they exist. Really rich in texture, flavour and yet not monotonous.

    The Beef tenderloin with Foie Gras was delectable tender and seasoned proportionately well. Slicing the beef was effortless and savoring the taste of it was priceless. The Foie Gras literally melts in the mouth and was perfectly done.

    Savoring the Grilled Chicken,we could tell that the marinating was not done haphazardly. There was an overall consistency in the taste, flavour and the ozzing out of the juices while cutting the chicken just added to this culinary experience.

    The only setback was that the portion was too small. Wish there was more....but maybe that is asking for too much.

    Next came the dessert, which was a Chempedak Pudding. This was also nicely executed, not too sweet, yet smelling and tasting of fresh chempedak. It was supposed to be a sweet dessert, yet, we never got tired of it.

    Over the course of the 1.5 hours we spent in the restaurant, we had the luxury of 6 staffs serving us...taking about privacy and exclusiveness. The mood was right, the food was excellent and the service impeccable...what more could we ask for...a free meal? haha. No this meal set us back by $96 for 2 persons. Reasonable by any standards and recommended for any who appreciates a quiet and reflective dinner with all the above.
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      3. Yummy Green   
         31 Mar 2009 at 10:25 pm
      Category: Japanese, Vegetarian
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      Yummy Green is a new outfit in Downtown East that dishes out your familiar Japanese set meals - vegetarian style. So do not expect to find any meat in the Katsu-don, tempura or the chicken katsu.

      We ordered the Veggie Tempura Udon ($6.80) and the Veggie Chicken Curry Katsu Set ($8.80) which comes with a bowl of Miso Soup. Perhaps we were too accustomed to the Miso Soup at other Japanese restaurants. This Miso soup lacks the "kick". Perhaps it is a healthier version, taking into consideration that healthy food is not the same as tasty food.

      The tempura was all pure vegetable, with broccoli, sweet potato, ladies finger, other assortment of vegetables and what looked like a huge "prawn". The soup was not too salty, but seemed abit bland or maybe its just me not used to healthy food.

      The chicken curry gravy tasted similar to what we were accustomed to and we were quite happy with that. The only problem was that the pieces of "chicken" was way too few. Considering that the dish costs $8.80, we thought a few more pieces of chicken would have made it more complete.

      Ambience wise was basically average, perhaps a place for a quick eat and go kind of setting. Could do with a different choice of music as it totally did not seem to be appropriate for the kinda food being served. Made us feel like we were in an amusement park. :)

      Overall a place to consider as they have quite a large variety of menu choices (sometimes you can make a wrong menu item choice just like how some make a wrong song choice) and especially if we have friends who are pure vegetarians and who would like to try something different.

      They have a 10% discount promotion till end April 2009.
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        4. Katong Delights   
           03 Sep 2008 at 9:15 pm
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        Katong Delights is a small eatery along Figaro Street within Opera Estate. It has a no-frills ambience that is both homely and inviting. It serves quite many mouth watering Peranakan and Indonesian dishes that really can work out your pallet and appetite.

        One of the more famous dishes is the Kong Bak Pau (Braised Pork Belly) for "fat" lovers. A single serving comes with about 4 slices and it is touted to be a "melt in your mouth" experience. Another best seller is the Foochow Red Wine Chicken Rice that goes for $5.00 per plate.

        The moment we stepped into the restaurant, we knew that this would not be the last time we would patronise the place. We could "feel" that the food would be good and that this would be the first of many times we would come back to try the other dishes. We were right!

        We ordered the Ayam Bakar Rice (Indonesian Grilled Chicken) $5.00 at the recommendation of the person taking our order. It turned out to be good and yummy delicious. The chicken was served hot, juicy and crispy. The gravy that came along with it was not too sweet. It was served with acar (pickles) and sambal chilli.

        We also tried the Rendang Beef Rice $5.00 . It is not too spicy and the beef was tender and juicy at most. Although there were some parts of the beef that seemed abit fatty, the rest of the portion was truly enjoyable to eat. Together with the thick gravy and the acar, it was a good complement.

        A decent meal cost us a total of $10.00, no service charge and GST. Really wanted to try the Hainanese Pork Chop Rice $5.00 but they had none left. Next time must go earlier. They open from 12 noon to 9pm from Mon to Sat. On Sundays they only do catering so the outlet is not opened.

        Perhaps next time also can try the Assam Pork Rib Rice, Nonya Laksa, Thai Mee Siam, Beef Curry Rice....
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        1. Bobo
          Bobo said:
          Wah video... cool! looks yummy
          03 Sep 2008 at 10:42 pm
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        5. IL Piccolo (Bedok)   
           10 Aug 2008 at 4:48 pm
        Category: Coffee Shops, Italian
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        Affordable Italian Cuisine

        Located at a coffee shop on Block 412 Bedok North is this small Italian eatery called Il Picolo. After the emergence of Astons, Botak J and the likes, there seem to be an influx of such "restaurant" like feel to coffee shops in the heartlands. It seems that the trend is taking off. We now have steaks, burgers and italian food. Guess what is next?

        Prices for mains range from between $5 to $15 for 12" size pizzas. Since it was lunch time, I just had the Beef Lasagna ($6) while the other half decided to go with Botak J. which was in the same coffee shop.

        It was a decent portion and sizable enough to have a satisfying lunch. The layers of pasta were not too thick and the chunks of beef were well balanced. It was served piping hot and unlike some other lasagnas this one does not have the burnt out taste. It also helped that there was a generous amount of melted cheese which served as a great dip for the fries that came with the dish ordered from Botak J. :)
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