Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fill-a-Pita, Shenton Way

This was good. I'm going just say it up front that I enjoyed everything we've tried so far here from Fill-a-Pita (#01-02 Shenton House, 3 Shenton Way, tel : +65 9835 1446) on the first visit. From the heavyweight falafel filled pitas, mouth watering spiced fava beans with tahini and the salty halloumi cheese (also in pita). I had actually stumbled upon their existence by chance through Hungry Ang Mo. Total happenstance and long live Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Here's also a thumbs up to the very affable Mark Ruffalo-esque proprietor of the shop.

I'm not so familiar with some of these stuff here, but the falafel tasted more bean-y rather than chick pea-y here. Very delicious and hefty stuff that sticks. And having halloumi cheese my friends, are the closest thing that one can get to eating bacon without actually eating meat. That came with their invigoratingly spicy house made sauce which was right up my alley. It's just too bad for me that I'm almost never near this locale.

And yes, we got a couple of sweet dates for desserts at the end too.

hello, me!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Burger Up, Yishun Golden Village

Burger Up's a rather new shop (51 Yishun Central 1, #01-03 Yishun Ten Complex) that took over the space that Wendy's left behind. That was certainly good riddance. If I had to describe what this current joint was, I guess it'll be local fast food? With an electronic ordering system that allows a modicum of customisation for your meal, print out an order chit for payment and collection and lets you know when your order is ready by flashing the chit number on the display screens around the restaurant. 

Here's their beef patty and rice meal. Mine came with puny coleslaw (with diced canned pineapples) and a hot chocolate (tasted like Swiss Miss). The meat was basically a well done (technically) and un-fancy disc of dry-ish fast food quality ground beef patty that had a nice chew - some gristles. It actually tasted beefy in its un-fancy kind of way. Rice was a ubiquitous butter garlic flavour.

This doesn't pretend to do more beyond a basic grab, eat and go plate of food. And it actually tasted better than Wendy's.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Masa Steak & Hamburg, Robertson Walk

Been wanting to visit Masa (#01-03, Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, tel : +65 68362529) for a long time. The restaurant serves mainly wagyu, so eating here is - generally for people who are willing to shell out big dollars for prized quality meat. Me? I was mainly drawn in because they also do hambaagu, or Japanese hamburg. A noticeably less expensive proposition which was also made with wagyu beef.

We supplemented our 200g hamburgs with their gyutoro don which featured hand chopped beef with an egg yolk over Japanese rice. That was really good by the way. To the meat of the matter (pun intended), the quality of the beef was irrefutable. To be tried to be understood.

The hamburgs were quite good. A shell of nicely brown sear encapsulating a juicy interior. Their meat was packed dense, wasn't crumbly when cut and yet still arrived tender at their medium doneness. The mince was quite fine, somewhat like how Morton's does for their Prime burgers. So don't expect the chew that comes with gristles because they don't do the meat that way here. While it wasn't exactly my preferred composite for the mince, I liked it enough that I wouldn't mine having them again.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

inItaly re-visited

Popped by on a quiet Sunday for lunch at inItaly. Every time I pass by the restaurant, I recall their rose flavoured soufflé. But unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be on the menu anymore.

We started off with their carpaccio which was quite good. Thinly sliced Angus tenderloin flavoured with a light mustard dressing that didn't overwhelm the meat at all; topped with thin shavings of truffled cheese. And all that with sprigs of rocket underneath. If I had to gripe, it would be that I wished there was more of the carpaccio.

Coming as a follow up pleasant surprise, their pan seared foie gras was delicious as well. Again, I'd love for the cut of the liver to be a little bigger. But the sweet and sour pumpkin sauce was a very delicious and creamy foil to the richness of the liver along with the candied fruit. What impressed me was that the pumpkin flavours stood out still. I'd eat this again easily.

Another unexpected mention worthy was their sautéed broccolini. Sautéed with garlic, anchovies and a bit of chilli. Again, the sauce was drool worthy. We had additional bread just to mop up after the crunchy greens. By the way, this came from the il contorno

That's gnocchi with Parmigiano cream and balsamic syrup. It's made in house, tender without too much chew and the sauce was - well, a light and creamy Parmigiano flavouring accented with the reduced vinegar. And then some pepper. 

This was risoni, not rice. We ordered this out of curiosity because the menu said lobster and gold with squid ink. The pasta pretty much provided a smoother finish to each of the grains then regular rice does - all steeped in the squid ink flavour. Lobster was a little dry, but still with the natural sweetness of the meat. If you don't already know by now, gold flakes doesn't have any taste, but it contributed (in cost as well) to the aesthetics.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodle, Serangoon Gardens FC

the fish moar! maw soup

the BCM


I first tried Seng Kee (#4 Serangoon Gardens Food Centre, 49A Serangoon Garden Way) years ago back when they were operating at Changi Road. They don't taste as impressive these days as compared to the first times I had them. Maybe I've realised that I'm not so big on that brown sauce that seems to be their thing with their minced meat noodles. With enough of their sliced chilli, it was still relatively tasty enough to inhale with ease though.

What made queueing at their stall worth the while was actually the superb fish maw soup. Like what I remembered of their soup; dense, cloudy, and flavourful. Laden with minced pork, slice pork, pork liver, fish maw, seaweed and he kiao (fish dumpling). With a generous splash of light soy sauce, it's a tough bowl to beat. I'd queue for that again. But probably not their minced meat noodles.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A chocolate & salami sandwich

This was a sandwich of circumstance if you would because I had these at home and it occurred to me that these two could work. It didn't taste strange, in fact, I kinda liked it. Like that peanut butter and pickle sandwich previously.