Friday, July 19, 2013

Address: 252 North Bridge Roadm #B1-74 Raffles City Shopping Center Singapore 179103
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5

I am always a huge buff for Korean food and came to Bibigo at Raffles City Shopping Centre for dinner. Bibigo is a global Korean food chain where friends, families and colleagues can enjoy healthy Korean cuisine that lifts their spirits. The restaurant chain has outlets globally like United States, Japan, China and Indonesia, including Singapore.

Hot Stone Bibimbap is mixed rice with assorted vegetables and a topping of your choice served in a sizzling hot stone bowl. We ordered this set and were surprised that the red spicy sauce was missing. There was a cup of brown sauce and we poured into the bowl. Interestingly, the bibimbap tasted light and delicious. The ingredients were fresh and the rice were chewy too. (Food Rating: 3.5/5)

Spicy Soft Stew (Pork) is served with spicy soft tofu stew with pork  in a sizzling hot stone pot. I liked the hot stew and it tasted best with the pearly white rice. It tasted more like hot pepper stew than kim chi stew. So it was just spicy. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)

Sweet and Spicy Rice Cakes is served with pan-fried  rice cake and yam tossed in sweet and spicy Kohot Sauce. The chewiness of the soft rice cakes just keeps you going. You cannot stop picking more from the plate. However, it was really spicy. The spiciness somehow kept me going. I could not stop eating. (Food Rating: 4/5)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

We are sourcing for a different food place where we can have a family gathering. At some point, we are looking for something else besides Cantonese, Western, Italian, Korean, and etc. We need something different and refreshing until someone suggested Hai Di Lao Hot Pot (海底捞火锅) at Clarke Quay.

Founded in 1994, the company has owned 72 restaurant chains in 15 cities nationwide, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Nanjing and many more. It opened the first overseas chain in Singapore. It serves Sichuan Hotpot with a wide selection of meat, vegetables, and sauces. Whilst waiting for food, you can enjoy the free services such as complimentary drinks, manicure and snacks too.

We decided to go for a food tasting experience at the restaurant. When we arrived at half past three in the afternoon, the restaurant was still crowded with people. The customer turnover was very high. We could see that new customers strolled in every hour. When the elevator door opened to the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by their friendly and cheery staff. Then we were ushered to our table. A service staff was attended to us. As it was our first time, she gave us a quick introduction of the restaurant and how to make orders. What was fun and interesting was that we ordered our food from an iPad. There were a wide selection of food to choose from. We were given an apron and hot wet towel to refresh up. Before we started eating, we were already amazed by their attentive service with little touch points that touched you.  

The high tech way of ordering food.
Though they have a variety of flavoured hot pot, we chose the Sichuan Spicy broth (麻辣). I was prepared to have my lips swollen like two pieces of sausages and tongue numb.
The beautiful ambience and decor.
There were many different kinds of sauces but I took only four kinds. They are Beef Sauce (top), Korean Chilli Sauce (left), Sesame Sauce (right), and Featured Chilli Sauce (bottom). Among the four sauces, I like the featured chilli sauce, korean chilli sauce, sesame sauce and lastly, beef sauce in the order of my liking. The featured chilli sauce had a tint to lemony taste, spicy hot and then a little sweetness. It blended well with most of the dishes we ordered. As for the korean chilli sauce, I prefer to eat it with the beef balls (撒尿牛肉丸). The korean chilli sauce tasted something like the When the food became too spicy, a refreshing dip with sesame sauce was good too.
We ordered a wide range of food:
  • Crispy meat (酥肉)
  • Black Angus Beef (安格斯黑牛肉)
  • HaiDiLao Flavoured Beef (捞派滑牛肉)
  • Mutton Slices (羊肉卷)
  • Black Pork (黑猪肉)
  • Steamed Buns (金银馒头)
  • Beef Balls (撒尿牛肉丸)
  • Tofu Slices (豆腐皮)
  • Sliced bean curd (腐竹)
  • Thin Vermicelli (细粉丝)
  • Sweet Potato Broad Noodles (红薯宽粉)
  • Coriander (香菜)
Sweet Potato (红薯宽粉) was a very interesting broad noodles. It was like a stick when raw. When you cooked it, it became soft and translucent. It was chewy and delicious.
The Sichuan Spicy Broth was spicy and yet, delicious. However, after some time, the rich broth could taste a little overbearing. So, rest your stomach for a while before continuing.
The Crispy meat (酥肉) tasted like chicken cutlet. You must not eat it on its own. It must be cooked in the spicy broth. Coriander (香菜) came like a potted plant. We thought that it was just a few pieces of coriander. It was too much for us.

The Steamed Buns (金银馒头) were delicious when you dipped into the sweetened milk. In the bamboo container, you could see it that there were both steamed and fried buns.
Look at the marbled meat, all the meat were fresh. When cooked, it was tender and juicy.
After your meal, you can freshen up for free. You can ask the service staff for the following:
  • Cologne
  • Hair Brush
  • Toothpaste/ Tooth Brush
  • Denture cleaner
  • Razor Blade, etc.
 How can you beat such 5-star service?!

Address: 3D River Valley Road, #02-04, Clarke Quay
Price: $$
Rating: 3.5/5

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Address: Vivo City, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-175/176/177, Singapore 098585
Price: $
Rating:  3/5

After combing Vivocity for several hours, we decided to try Poulet. Poulet is the first French casual restaurant chain concept in Singapore. This concept aims to introduce a modern French-themed bistro offering affordable French classics to the mass market.

We received a warm welcome by the friendly staff. The nice dining ambience made us feel warm and cosy.

I love the French Onion Soup. The onions were sweet and the broth was aromatic. The caramelized onions were so soft that they disintegrated with every mouthful. The toasted bread cubes (Cheese Croutons) were delightful too. They were a perfect combination. (Food Rating: 3.5/5)

Poulet Rotisserie was also heavenly. Poulet means chicken and Rotisserie refers to a style of roasting where the meat is skewered in the pit. The mean was very tender. You do not need to use a lot of strength to cut the chicken. Minimal force was required to tie the meat apart. However, the white creamy sauce was a little strong. It was not overbearing but strong. (Food Rating: 3.5/5)

Made with beef tails, the Oxtail Stew is braised with red wine, stock, carrot and onions. The ox tail was very tender and soft. I could taste the strong red wine in the rich broth. I just wish there is a few slices of bread to dip with. (Food Rating: 3/5)

Tiramisu was a delightful dessert to end the meal with a sweet note. The tiramisu was topped with a generous layer of cocoa powder. Then as you dug deeper, the mascarpone was rich and therapeutic. Finally when you reached the bottom, you could taste the rich coffee aroma soaked in sponge fingers. Instead of having a tub of ice cream, you rather have this tiramisu to soothe your bad days. (Food Rating: 4/5)

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