Buffet, Japanese Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Bugis, Singaporean Food

Rocku Yakiniku

Rocku Yakiniku, 201 Victoria Street, #04-06 Bugis+, Singapore 188067.

I saw the Eatigo’s promotion for the Japanese charcoal grilled buffet with 50% discount for weekday’s lunch. The promotion did not include drink. The promotion ended in 30th June. I found it quite good for my team gathering and suggested it to my boss to bring the team for a quarterly gathering. Unfortunately, the booking through the Eatigo cannot be done because of limited quota allocated per day. Although, we cannot make it for team lunch, my colleague and myself went on our own on one of the weekdays.

Upon arrival, we saw a big crowd of people in the restaurant, we wondered whether they were closed for event or something. I approached the waitress and told her about my booking. We were served shortly after that.

Unlimited meat replenishment, from beef, pork to chicken but need to pay extra for salmon and prawns. I do not recommended to go for salmon as it could be hard to grill on this kind of surface. The salmon might be quite sticky on the surface and it would be wasted. 

Our first round of meat consisted of pork, beef and bacon. We did not order the chicken 🙂 The fire is hot and easy to grill and then, we started to add more meat and placed more orders for meat and mussels. The meat did not really marinated but it is still nice tasted. However, I found the bacon was slightly salty. I think it is common. There are sauces at the bar for us to dip with the meat. Besides that, we grilled some mushrooms and vegetables which we can get them from the bar too. Selection of vegetable is quite limited.

Somehow, after the first round of mussels, the next order for more mussels came late and we got 3 plates in the end. So it became mussels feast for the 2nd last grilling session before we wrapped up our lunch with last round of grilling the beef and pork.

Other sides dishes from the bar which I took was the chawanmushi, fried noodle and edamame.

Overall, it is quite worthy to try for the charcoal grill which limited to 80 minutes per session and I think they do not really check the timing during our visit, but they will ask us to pay the bill before end of the session. Without the promotion, this buffet is quite expensive with limited selection and quite poor services because of big crowd especially when the tour groups are in the restaurant.

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Chinese Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Koon Bak Kut Teh

Address: 119 Lavender Street, Singapore 338731.

It was sunny and hot day to walk out for lunch and it was too boring to eat around our office, so we ended up somewhere nearby, not too far away from our location. It is a franchise Bak Kut Teh’s restaurants, Koon, which can be found in several locations in Singapore. I ordered the Singapore Braised Meat Rice for myself and the rest of them tried the Signature Sesame Oil Chicken.

It came with few pieces of the braised pork belly, braised half boiled egg, some salted vegetable, braised peanuts and half piece of the fried tau pok (beancurd) on top of the white rice in a small porcelain bowl. The well braised pork belly were quite fatty as usual and it melted in my mouth easily. With the braised meat’s sauces, the soft peanuts and the salted vegetable mixed well with the white rice.

It could be one of the good choice of dish if you do not want to eat bak kut teh at this restaurant. Besides, braised half boiled egg, you can change it to salted egg too.

Dinner & Supper, Japanese Food, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Clarke Quay, Singaporean Food

Shabu Shabu at Ramen Champion

Ramen Champion – Shabu shabu promotion, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, 03-89, 059817 Singapore. 

When there is a free lunch, people will definitely make their way to attend the event regardless of where they are and what they are doing. It was a word shared by my friend last time. However, I received a different remark when I organized a farewell gathering.

Some ex-colleague gave me a jealousy remark after she has gotten to know the gathering was held days after her last day of service, as though I was the one who decided the date for the farewell gathering. First of all, it is none of her business because she left the company and the gathering was not planned for her too. It was supposed to be held in late April but it was brought forward and I did not think I need to explain more so I ended the conversation with the ex-colleague immediately after the remark.

Neither I would control people’s jealousy toward us nor how much you want to eat for that night, it was a buffet style shabu shabu in a Japanese ramen shop. If I am not mistaken this restaurant sells quite good ramen too and I ordered a bowl of noodle to try as well during my visit.

Free flow of meats, comprises of chicken, beef and pork of your choices, you can choose your soup base too. My table ordered 6 tray of each meat with other additional seafood ingredients picked from the bar such as clams, crabs and prawns. During my visit, the crabs and prawns are not fresh enough, clams are quite fresh.

Besides meats, they do offer vegetables and various types of mushrooms. They are quite fresh and always replenished by their staff. The drink is not included in the buffet so you have to pay additional cost if you want to get their drink as well. The buffet does not come with desserts means it does not serve ice-cream, something that Sukiya does offer.

Since we are quite large group of people and they have other customers who either went for the shabu shabu or normal meal, sometimes, their services then to be slow and not too attentive to our request for additional meats and noodle, replenish our soup.

Overall, it is worth for the money especially I bought the ticket through fave with discounted price for visit during the weekdays. The wide food varieties and quiet ambiance in the Japanese restaurant make it worth for revisit in the future when they have the same promotion again.

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Hutong Lot 10

Hutong, Lot 10 Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hutong is an high class, air-conditioned and well-maintained food court in the KL city. It is located at the Lot 10 Shopping Center, it is just next to the Iseten Japanese supermarket. It is decorated with old decoration and display items and it is using all the old style’s tables and chairs. They are the famous stalls which you can find it around KL city. well-known eatery. Even I mentioned “high class”, the price of the food here is inexpensive when compared the price with other food court in the city.

My aunt wanted to eat the Penang fried kway teow with egg and the minced meat noodle from the Soong Kee Noodle for lunch, therefore, we went out to the city with the MRT, a little bit adventurous with her on the Saturday’s afternoon.

The stall which sells this Penang delicacy located opposite to the Bak Kut Teh stall. You cannot miss this stall when you are coming down from the side escalator as you can see some delicious pictures of the fried kway teow on the wall. If you wish to try the fried noodle with duck egg, they do offer it with additional cost. The fragrant from the fried noodle and the chili’s spiciness give a good kick. If you do not wish to eat spicy, you can tell them no chili.

Although I am not sure they are originated from which famous stall in Penang city, the cook does a good job. I guess the cook who prepared my plate of fried noodle is not a local, however, he has a good skill and with the fresh ingredients like cockles, middle sized prawns and bean sprout and the “wok hei” (heat from the wok), the fried kway teow still as good as those in Penang.

Next, we tried the minced meat and beef balls noodle from the Soong Kee noodle. You can find the original Soong Kee noodle stall in Petaling Street, the Chinatown in the KL city. I quite like their noodle cooks al-dente and it is not oily after mixed with the minced meat. More importantly, they add vegetable into the bowl of noodle which is rarely found. The taste is well-maintained, not overly done and it is not salty. The beef balls are handmade, springy and firm.

Again, I guess the workers are not local but they are trained and monitored by their local masters who eventually helped out to prepare my bowl of noodle with extra minced meat. My set of noodle comes with a bowl of four beef balls, a plate of vegetable and a cup of hot Chinese tea.

Chinese Food, Dinner & Supper, Fusion Food, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Chuan Chuan Le

Address: 64 Horne Road, Singapore 209072.
It is a fusion Chinese cuisine, specializing in BBQ, according to the website after a Google search. They serve Sze Chuan food too. We were there for dinner on the March 14th, after the weekly run for our upcoming marathon in April.

One of our colleagues suggested to try the food here and we walked down to Horne Road from the office. The restaurant opens until late, 4 am in the morning, however, they begin their business in the evening time. Since, it is a BBQ restaurant, it is reasonable to open at late hours.

Unable to recall the name of the dish. However, the dish is delicious, tasted well, not over-cooked, not too oily and most importantly, it is not too spicy although the dried chilies on the surface seems a lot. The best thing is it is not too oily, where the amount of chili oil controls the taste of the food quite well. It consists of generous amount of chicken meats, vermicelli and bean sprouts.

Then, we ordered two other dishes. The hot plate tofu, which I hardly do it myself at home and a plate of vegetable. The hot plate tofu serves with the Chinese sausage, not the dried Chinese sausage, just to be clear. It is quite unique in a way. Other ingredients are quite normal which are small sized prawns, vegetables and sliced mushroom. Overall, it is well tasted, just a little a bit oily.

Lastly, we added on the grilled enoki mushroom with chilies and garlic. A simple dish with minimal ingredients and yet, it is tasted good too. I can try to make this at home one day.

Chinese Food, Dinner & Supper, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Ming Chung Restaurant

Address:  67 Maude Road, Singapore 208348.

Since I began my half marathon’s practice with three other guys in my company, I was able to enjoy some good food for dinner at different locations, after the run. As the practice usually took place in the evening for an hour, by the time we started our dinner, it was usually around 10pm. The locations of our dinner were usually just nearby our office.

For this time, we went to a Heng Hua cuisine. If you are wondering what is Heng Hua. According to Google search, it tells me they are minority dialect from Putian, Fujian province in China. 

One of its signature dishes, the fried mee sua. It was well cooked and well tasted,  topped with peanuts and seaweed. They gave generous amount of ingredients, with some prawns, sliced meat, and green vegetable. For this cuisine, ingredients such as seaweed, clams, or other seafood are its main ingredients. 

Since seafood is their main ingredients, I am pretty sure, they know how to cook good dishes with seafood. We ordered the Fried Clams to share among us. Although the clams are small in size, they are fresh and well tasted. It is a good choice, delicious and worth to try.

Cafe, Dinner & Supper, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food, Western Food

Seven & Ate

Address: 78 Horne Rd, Singapore 209078.

Seven & Ate is a new cafe which replaced the Bao Makers, which is located near by the Lavender MRT station. Along this road, there are several cafes to hop if you around there for the whole day.

I visited the cafe along with three other colleagues on the Friday’s evening after work. It was the Chinese Valentine’s Day which is also known as Chap Goh Mei in Cantonese. On this eventful day, normally the Chinese single ladies will head to the river with the mandarin oranges to throw them into the river. It is said the right man who pick up the mandarin orange will find the lady and their relationship will blossom.

Unfortunately, in Singapore, I think if we were to throw the mandarin oranges into the Singapore River, the next thing we would get was a summon from the police officers, not a Mr. Right.

The waitress told us this was their new menu and plenty of the food from the menu are sold out. I was wondering how nice was it until some of them sold out. One of the food on the menu which remained same was the Pork and Oyster Burger.

I googled for this burger reviews as I tried it with having done my research. They say the burger comes with Honey Mustard Pork Patties, Fried Oysters, Onion Sour Cream and BBQ Sauce in between two buns. Well, the pork patties were really juicy and the fried oysters were crispy and fresh. The burger bun was soft but crispy from the outside. It came with the nacho chips served on the side.

Next, my colleague ordered the Spiced Blackened Chicken. It was nicely presented with garlic and sliced orange. Perhaps, it called blackened chicken, the chicken meat was grilled slightly darker but it was not too dry.

Next, I tried a small bite of the Duck Confit served with red wine sauce and red wine poached pear. It was soft and delicious, just that it looked quite small portion.

Lastly, it was the Hot Wings. I has about six wings with the chili paste spreaded across the wings. I did not try them, however, my colleagues said it was spicy.

Overall, the food is quite nice presentation, plenty of rooms for improvement if they want to change their menu again next time. The ambiance of the cafe is a little a bit noisy since it is a drinking place too. It is not spacious, probably cannot hold a big group of people. The cafe is decorated with old musical pictures and several instruments, so I am hoping to see a live band in the future with small groups of people enjoying the night.