I heard about this restaurant from a friend. He told me about a Japanese restaurant inside Thomson Plaza that has a good chirashi don with reasonable price, so I went to check it out. They had people lining up around 5.30pm, 15 minutes before they opened. I was not in line because I told them it’s for takeaway. For takeaway, you need to order from counter directly. At first, I wanted to just buy for takeaway but ended up eating there because they have seat for me, although need to share with other people.
The prices look reasonable indeed. I was looking at the menu when one of the staff (or owner.. manager? not sure) approached me and offered me to try their special of the day which has mentaiko and tobiko. Fortunately for him, I’m weak to mentaiko and tobiko! I just can’t ignore them, so I ordered the special menu…
When it came, I actually a bit disappointed because the mentaiko was not as I expected. It was mentaiko mayo 😦 The rice also a bit dry for Japanese rice. Salmon and tobiko was great. I still enjoyed it though, it was still a nice comfort food for me that day. I finished everything! My bowl was shiny at the end ha ha..
Total cost for meal and drink (hot tea) was SGD$22.45. That’s quite expensive. Someone asked me will I go there again in the future, I said I don’t know. Maybe, if I really want to eat Japanese food and lazy to go to another area. Or, maybe I’ll try their chirashi don next time.
Saturday night is the time to have some fun and try out new stuff. My friend found this place, Tono Cevicheria, so we figured just try it out. I knew it won’t be cheap though! But hey, when is the best time to try Peruvian dishes other than now 😉 The place is located in Duo Galleria in Bugis which is a convenient walking distance from Bugis MRT.
I thought I never ate ceviche but I was wrong! When the waiter explained to us about ceviche, I recalled one moment in Saigon when I ate it in a Mexican resto, a shrimp ceviche. Because this was our first visit, we had no idea what to order and how many dishes. According to the waiter, if we want to share the food then we could order 2 ceviches and 1 main dish with rice or grilled menu. They also have special menu for the day for ceviche and main course. After asking questions and discussing, we decided to follow the suggestion by ordering 2 ceviches and 1 rice dish for share.
We saw many different kinds of tiger’s milk in the ceviche menu, so we asked the waiter what is the thing about tiger’s milk, is it the real milk from tiger?! (don’t judge, we are just 2 curious girls who were lazy to google :D). The waiter kindly explained to us that the term tiger’s milk is referring to the ‘sauce’ on ceviche. It contains chili, onion, salt and lime, and Peruvian believes that after eating ceviche with the sauce they would become strong like a tiger.
One of the ceviches that we ordered was the special of the day, Tiradito Verde (S$30). I forgot what fish they used for this dish, but I remember it also has sliced octopus and pan-seared tuna. Ceviche main taste is salty and spicy, but it actually not that spicy, at least still manageable for me (even though I sweat a lot and my lips were a bit numb lol). They also have a milder version of the sauce, so you can just ask the waiter to give a recommendation. It’s good that they gave us slices of bread because it helps to neutralize the strong taste of ceviche. I found this dish was great, but they need to improve on presentation because I think it doesn’t look appetizing on a yellow plate.
The second ceviche that we ordered was Tono (S$28). It is their signature dish. But I actually interested because it has crispy calamari in it (who can resist crispy calamari?!). This one also has a strong taste but less salty than the Tiradito Verde. Between the two ceviches, I prefer this Tono because the calamari gives an extra texture in my mouth. Salty, spicy, fresh fish and extra crunchiness from calamari. Yum! I love this one.
For the rice dish, we picked Arroz Con Pato (S$35) because we have enough fishes from ceviche so we figured we should try the duck leg confit as well. The rice was mixed with coriander and dark beer. It has a similar texture to risotto. I tried the rice itself and it was okay, but when I ate it with the duck it was awesome! The duck was sooo delicious. Crispy outside, but juicy inside. A really nice duck and rice duet!
My tummy and tongue were very happy with the food. I thought I had enough for the night and ready to go, but my friend wanted to see the dessert menu. Uh oh…
People say women have a different room for dessert. I guess that is correct… We ordered the dessert as well! Only one though, for share. We picked Alfajores (S$12), butter cookies with “Dulce De Leche” filling and Mango Mousse, out of the 4 desserts. I loved it. Sweet caramel taste with a buttery cookie that melted in the mouth combined with a refreshing Mango Mousse to balance the sweetness.
Overall it was a great experience for us in a Peruvian restaurant. Great food and dessert as well. When the bill came, we asked them to split it and charged to 2 cards. Easy peasy.
Before I wrote this post, I’ve just realized that lately, I’ve been writing about Korean stuff! I need to write about my trip to Thailand, but it takes so long to gather all the information and photos. So, for now, please enjoy this post 😀
Today I went for lunch at Saigon Center. At first I wanted to eat gyoza but then I remembered there is this Korean restaurant that sells toppoki (Korean rice cake) so I checked it out. Their specialty is toppoki but they also have fondue (fried chicken fondue!! I need to try this next time with someone, the portion looks big), assorted kimbap (rolled rice), soup, hot pot, ramen and some fried dishes. I was interested in kimbap and kimari (deep fried glass noodle roll) so I entered the restaurant.
I took a good table because I can see video clip playing on the wall. Nice to kill time watching Korean singers if you like their music. I ordered kimchi kimbap and kimari with no drink because they gave free water.
The place was quite empty when I came, so I thought I need to write something if their food turned out to be good. I took some photos of the interior just in case. Every table has a stove for the hotpot and toppoki.
My kimchi kimbap came first. Quite huge portion for 80k vnd! I knew immediately that I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but let’s think about that later. Dig in! It was delicious!! I would prefer more kimchi, but I guess no more space judging from how crowded was the fill. The sauce was awesome. It is made from sesame and wasabi! Yes, there is wasabi in there. Okay, the first dish was good so if the other one also good, this place definitely needs to be visited again.
I think I only ate 4 pieces of kimbap and make sure I have enough space for the second dish. Kimari! Deep fried glass noodle-seaweed roll. One portion is 5 pieces, not bad for 60k vnd. It came with soy sauce. This dish was also yummy. The glass noodle inside was so packed. I could only eat 2 pieces of this. Too full after that..
So, this place is great for a visit with friends! Even if you come alone, still worth to visit since you can take away the leftover food if you can’t finish it. I did. Dinner settled!
If you want to try it, they are on the 5th floor in Saigon Center. At the opposite side of Pepper Lunch.
Have you tried it? Tell me what do you think in the comment.
Filipino food is one kind of food that I’ve never tried before. On my last visit to Singapore, my friend invited me to this restaurant in Lucky Plaza Food Court. Since I didn’t know anything about it, I let her ordered for us while I and another friend were sitting on empty seats. It is hard to find a place to sit during peak hour and we were lucky enough to get it close to the food stall.
The stall called Lutong Pinoy. There were many Filipinos around enjoying the food from this stall. That is why I called it Authentic Filipino Food 😀 My friend also knew it from her Filipino friend. After waiting for a short time, she came back with a big bowl of bone soup! We have similar dish in Indonesia, called oxtail soup. This one called Bulalo. It was tasty, especially if you added lime before. But it was a bit beefy for my taste. The strong smell of beef was still there, so if you don’t like the smell better do not order this dish. Although I must say, you should try it at least. The portion was big! It was enough for the 3 of us.
Another dish she ordered was Sisig. It came with a raw egg on top and she had to mix it immediately while the plate still hot. This dish didn’t look interesting at all but the taste was to die for! It was very delicious. I asked my friend what’s in there, and when she mentioned it halfway I asked her to stop. I don’t care what’s in there anymore! It is good and that is the only one you need to know 😀 In case you’re wondering, it’s a part of pork, not beef or chicken.
The total cost for 2 dishes and 3 steamed rice were SGD 26. It was quite cheap for a full happy tummy.
Have you ever found out a bit late that there is a good restaurant near your place? This was just happened to me. I posted on facebook about my experience of eating one of the new ramen in town (Ramen Ryu Shin). Then I got a comment saying about another very good restaurant, which is Tomidaya. I’ve heard about Tomidaya many times and wanted to try it. What I didn’t know was the location! (I could’ve tried google it or something but nope). It is actually very close to Ramen Danbo, which is very close to my apartment.
Their location is not very clear on google map because of the missing road. So I had a bit of detour around the location. They don’t have an English sign board as well! I found them because of the queue in front of the restaurant. I heard one of the description for Tomidaya is “a small ramen place inside the Japanese alley on le thanh ton street, which always have queue in front of it”. It really suits them. I joined the queue as well. There were 4 groups of people in front of me.
The place is really small. It can only accommodate 10 people at most, counter style, not a table. The queue was not too bad though. They took order and prepared the noodle before people went in. So when they have empty spot, people can sit and immediately enjoy the Ramen. I looked at the menu and ordered Ajitama Shoyu Ramen. The girl took my order and just after a short time, she let me in. The ramen came not long after I sat down.
I LOVE IT! Their ramen style is not hakata style, so they don’t have thick soup with the ramen. More like clear soup but very tasty. It is the same style as Ramen Bar Masamune, but for the taste Tomidaya is far better. Me and my husband went to Masamune recently and disappointed with their ramen. I love everything about Tomidaya Ramen. Their marinated egg was so yummy and cooked nicely. And their pork is thinly-sliced and melted inside mouth! I can say that this is the best pork on ramen now.
When I sat there eating my ramen, I noticed many people ordered their Tsukemen. Maybe I will try it next time! Just need to remember that they are closed on Thursday.