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lia27's Reviews

       10 May 2009 at 1:08 am
    Category: Japanese
    1 of my friends fished this restaurant from an advertisement so a grp of 4 of us went to have a look on a saturday night.

    We arrived around 730pm & there was a short queue forming up, we asked for an inside table as the weather was hot, unfortuantely it was packed & we left our number for them to call once there's an available table. They called after 45mins or so.

    We enjoyed the cool aircon & looked at the menu.... There was about 10 main dishes of ramen only..... The rest were side dishes & 3 types of desserts & sake/drinks..... What a sparse menu..... 1st I've ever encountered. I figure perhaps they're new....

    We ordered the Tonkatsu ramen, Seafood ramen & pork shabu shabu ramen. Each bowl costs around $12-$15 which i think is affordable. The portion was average.

    Deco was simple, neat & they had 2 tv set playing ASKA concert which is a jap band, personally i think its a little outdated compared to the music japanese musicians are dishing out now.

    The food arrived within 10-15mins. The color & smell was there, presentation was pretty as expected from jap restaurants.

    The tonkatsu was served in chashu shaped meat pieces which was acceptable by me, the soup base was heavy on the sesame & peanut-like taste but still not bad, the noodles didnt really have much texture, they were quite bland.

    The seafood soup base tasted much lighter & has the taste of vege & seafood, i only saw the prawns in my friend's bowl, didnt manage to see other ingredients.

    The pork shabu shabu soup base has a light pork taste so its quite acceptable, so you wont have to worry about a strong pork smell either.

    They had burgers as a side dish, we didnt order that & no one in the restaurant seems to be ordering that but it sounds interesting, if any yebber tries the burger, pls comment on how it tastes.

    Overall, quite an affordable restaurant which has acceptable ramen & good news is they close at 11ppm on weekdays & at 1am on weekends. great place for suppers or late dinners without emptying your wallet provided you dont touch the sake.
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         18 Apr 2009 at 12:04 pm
      Category: Chinese (New)
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      Zhou's kitchen Gourmet Buffet

      Nothing fascinating despite the famous name behind this restaurant chain.

      Went there for company dinner, it was priced at $29.90 for dinner on a weekday.

      They had the usual & simple dishes like fried rice, fried kway teow, fried fish slices/chicken. I was surprised they served Peking duck in the traditional way with the crepe thingy. The pieces that I took, however, had alot fat, in fact some were just fats, hardly any meat so i was like WTH....

      Occasionally they had some gong sounds to indicate replenish of dishes or new dishes coming up. My colleague lined up for the chilli crab & the fried buns to dip in the sauce. It was not spectacular at all, what a disappointment.

      For dessert, we had fruits, ice cream, some mousse & cakes which tasted very cheap.

      Overall, I wont recommend this to anyone as the price doesnt justify the quality of the food.
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           18 Apr 2009 at 9:53 am
        Category: Desserts
        I havent tried the waffles but my very 1st visit to Gelare was at this outlet with another friend.

        We ordered the chicken chop & sausage pesto for main course & banana split for dessert.

        My pesto came 1st, 1st look, it was mold green which shocked me as I expected the pesto to come as a dip & not all over the spaghetti, would anyone eat a plate of pesto?

        Anyway, the pesto was average with only a few chunks of sausage that tasted like it can be bought from NTUC.

        My friend's chicken chop looks promising but the taste proved otherwise. It was tough to chew & wasnt succulent & I dun remember any sauce to go with it.... It was a disaster...

        We quickly gobbled the food , not wanting to saviour it & awaited our dessert. Fortunately, the banana split was the main reason we went to Gelare.

        Dessert arrived & it looks nice with the usual toppings & all. We took a mouthful of the ice cream, it was not bad. It has a smooth feel & the flavour was rich enough for me BUT it melts faster than i expected.

        Thus I'd only recommend ice cream at Gelare, their main courses are out of the qestion. I'll try out their waffles next round after settling my main dinner elsewhere....
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             13 Jan 2009 at 12:44 pm
          Category: Fusion
          I would recommend the Bugis outlet as compared to The Central outlet.

          Bugis outlet has more jap staff (More interesting to observe) & they're more sensitive to service as compared to the Central outlet.

          I went with my grp of frens. We tried the omu rice, the hamburger steak, salmon, etc. dessert: pudding, chocolate cake/brownie with ice-cream.

          I didnt find their hamburger steak fascinating though. The omu rice with beef was more tasteful. The pudding ,however, is sweet & worth the $3.90 or $4.90 price tag. The brownie was so-so.

          Overall, its just a new concept of food infusion thats all.
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