Wed, 04/24/2013 - 20:22 — admin
Chef Benny's story of rags, drugs to riches is surely a heartfelt one. Taking in ex-addicts or ex-cons and rehabilitating them where no other employer would already wins him the blue ribbon but his culinary skills are actually pretty good. Also having spent a stint with Jamie Oliver under the same re-hab scheme has given Benny a East meets West flavour.
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 01:12 — admin
When they shut Changi Village Hawker center for renovations we lost our favourite Hokkien Mee stall. It was over a year before they opened the hawker center again. Then we found Changi Village Hokkien Mee had returned to to the newly renovated CV hawker center. There are now a couple of immitators but there is just one original one. Look for it in the middle at 01-53.
Sun, 03/24/2013 - 12:30 — admin
There is another Italian food outlet that you should know about that is located centrally along Orchard Road. It is not a pizzeria that serves spaghetti and pizza but a proper and high end Italian diner. We must admit we were attracted by the juicy Steak Florentina, their signature dish. They do it medium rare and it is done to perfection. Just bring an empty stomach and your credit card as it is a 1-kg T-bone steak which costs $170. But it is excellent and highly recommended.The other recommended dish is the Tajarin pasta, again their signature dish.
Sun, 03/24/2013 - 01:35 — admin
We were wondering why it took so long for Malaysian food to make it across the causeway. However we heard that there is a place at Jurong Point that has just about every M'sian hawker fare there is.
Of course we headed to our favourite, the KL Hokkien mee. Be prepared to queue because they make it in batches of 4-6 plates but the queue is longer than that. However it turns out its worth the wait. Well honestly it is not quite as good as the Ah Hwa Hokkien mee but that is over 300 km away. We had tried the Kong Kee black mee and rated that good enough but not near the best. We'd venture that this offering is a tad better than Kong Kee's mee and it comes in two prices $4.50 and $6.00 and that is great value as there is quite a lot per plate.
Mon, 08/27/2012 - 01:49 — admin
Our favourite Italian Restaurant has moved to their new premises at Turf City from their original place at Jalan Binka. After spending a million and a half on renovations, the new Valentino is bigger and better than before. Having been in operation for a month now, everything has smoothened out. The ambience is like an Italian castle, well inside that is. While the food is as wonderful as ever, the larger premises makes the dining occasion rather more grand.
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 18:58 — admin
Italy truly comes to Singapore. After sussing out numerous restaurants in Italy, it has dawned on us that Valentino's is really and truly an excellent Italian restaurant. Located along Rifle Range Road, away from the hustle and bustle, Valentino's proves that location is not everything. Like many great restaurants in Europe, one has to drive quite a distance out of the way to get to these places after having booked months in advance. And when you get there in the wilderness, it is really packed with patrons from all corners of the world.
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 16:26 — admin
Ristoranti Buca Lapi is one of the better restaurants in Florence. Should you be in Florence a couple of days, this would be a typical Florentine restaurant to go to. Here is the latest update on this restaurant. It is advisable to make prior reservations as they are usually fully booked weeks in advance and for good reason too. The restaurant is located to the east of the main square of Florence. It has no real frontage and is easily missed if one is walking along via Trebbio. Just a door to indiate where it is because it is one level below.
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 23:21 — admin
This famous traditional Italian restaurant in Florence serves one of the very best Florentine steaks ever. The locatiion is within walking distance of the main square and bridge but is not on the usual well trodden path of most tourists. It is so understated that you could just walk past it. Used to be where locals go to but they have been getting more tourists. Just glad they have not dropped their standards.
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 00:58 — admin
Having missed the fried hokkien mee at the Changi Village Hawker Center and not knowing where they have gone, we found (think) they are part of a franchise called Yong Heng which has its main stall at AMK, so we paid them a visit. Yes the title is not about Yong Heng but about the Char Kway Teow just a few stalls down.
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 00:15 — admin
Months of eating mediocre char kway teow leads one to believe that this once great hawker food is facing extinction. The renovation or rebuilding of hawker centers have caused many a good hawker to go "missing" as information of their whereabouts was not always available and because the renovation takes so long it is not possible for these hawkers to take such a long break without a revenue stream.