Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Five Nines (999.99) @ Cuppage Plaza - It Needs More Polishing To Get Back Its Shine


Five Nines (999.99) which first opened at Keong Saik Road has now been relocated to Cuppage Plaza level 4. In fact, it has done a musical chair with Kyuu, swapping premises. Putting the restaurant's group reason for doing so aside, lets see whether Five Nines is able to maintain its gold standard with a new Chef at helm and new menu.

Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad 3/5

For my visit, I had the 6 course dinner at $49. The first course is Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad with tosazu vinegar and salmon roe. I can't deny the sweetness and freshness of the botan shrimp, as well as the idea of appreciating the different textures of the botan prawn. However the whole execution and presentation did not quite excite me. It felt rather bare, rough and unappealing.

Foie Gras Terrine and Bruschetta 2.8/5


The second appetiser is Foie Gras Terrine and Bruschetta with instant smoked orange jam. I really felt the smoking effect was rather gimmicky and it didn't really complement the dish. Rather I felt it was a bit too thick and unpleasant, distorting the appreciation of the main ingredients.

Lobster Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Sauce 4/5

Garlic Flavoured Squid Ink Tagliolini 3.5/5

For the pasta dish, one has a choice between the Lobster Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Sauce or Garlic Flavoured Squid Ink Tagliolini topped with Snow Crab. I like my pasta to be saucy hence I preferred the lobster spaghetti with creamy tomato sauce. For those that enjoys a firmer bite and less creamy, the squid ink tagliolini will be a good choice.

Steamed Cod Fish Rolled with Parma Ham 3/5

The next dish is Steamed Cod Fish Rolled with Parma Ham with Porcini Cream Sauce. The cod fish was cooked to a nice moist texture which paired excellent with the porcini cream sauce. While it is a nice dish, I am not sure the technique used in cooking the cod fish is the best choice to bring justify to the fish.

Mozzarella and Lamb Tenderloin Fritto 4/5

For those that is afraid of the gamy flavour of lamb, you will not find it in the Mozzarella and Lamb Tenderloin Fritto with celeriac puree, Japanese pepper fond de veau sauce. This is probably the best dish for me among the six-course dinner. The flavourful meat is cooked to tender. The stuffed mozzarella provided the additional boost in flavour to elevate the whole enjoyment.

Creme Brulee 3/5

Lastly, the Creme Brulee wrapped up the six-course dinner. I thought the custard was a little wet but it seems the others in the group did not think so and quite enjoy it. Guess its up to individual's preference.

Overall, I felt that the six-course dinner at $49 is quite value for money. However it terms of the dishes, I felt Five Nines has lost its shine to be the gold standard. It really needs some polishing to get back its shine if it wants to bring back the crowd.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Five Nines (999.99)
Cuppage Plaza
5 Koek Road
Singapore 228796
Tel: +65 67320195
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 6pm - 230am
Sun: 6pm - 11pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk to ground level. Walk to junction of Orchard Road and Koek Road. Cross the road. Walk down Koek Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - Rediscover Christmas In A Tropical Oasis


Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore invites guests to rediscover Christmas in a tropical oasis this festive seasons with a curated selection of festive feasts, handcrafted goodies and exquisite set menu from the various restaurants at the hotel.

Sashimi and Sushi

At Nami, guests can savour the delicate flavours of Japan in an elaborate six-course Surf and Turf or seven-course sushi Omakase dinner on Christmas. Toshikoshi soba or also known as year-crossing noodle, a traditional noodle dish that dates back around 800 years,  will be served on New Years Eve. It symbolises "breaking off from the old year", letting go of the hardships of the year.

Poached Imperial Bird's Nest with Steamed Jade Egg White and Bird's Nest Scallop Dumpling

At Shang Palace, discover the finest in Chinese cuisine in a seven-course menu for Christmas and New Year. Guests can look forward to premium dishes with finest ingredients such as Braised Birds' Nest Broth with Shredded Fish Maw and Alaska Crab meat, Braised Whole Tomato filled with Seasonal Vegetables, Moral Mushroom and Bamboo Fungus in Chicken Thick Broth, Oven-baked Cod Fillet with Glutinous Rice and Preserved Meat, Hokkaido 3.6 Fresh Milk Mochi with Hashima Apple Jelly and more.

Ravioli Burrata with Porcini and White Truffle

Enjoy an enchanting five-course medley of traditional dishes at Waterfall Ristorante Italiano such as Handmade Green Egg Pasta, Signature Roasted Beef Tenderloin, as well as a traditional Italian Christmas dessert. On New Year's Eve, guests can usher in the new year with a six-course menu of premium dishes which includes Tuna Tartare with Ginger Jelly, Aborio Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms and Truffle, and Grilled Rack of Lamb.

Mixed Leaves Crusted Hamadai, Fave Bean Rice and Onion-Raisin Chutney

Indulge in an enhanced festive buffet spread at The Line for December. The restaurant’s 16 theatre kitchens offer highlights such as Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Bone-In Prime Rib, Boston Lobster, Christmas Macaroons Tower, Profiterolles Choux Tower, English Drunken Fruit Cake and Strawberry Croquembouche. Continue the festivities into the New Year with an extravagant Champagne dinner featuring popular favourites like freshly-shucked Oysters, Slow Braised Wagyu Beef Leg, Parsel Seabass with Mixed Seafood and Roast Whole Suckling Pig.

Snow Aged Full Blood Wagyu Beef

Origin Bar and Grill is a new restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, probably the first restaurant in Singapore to offer Snow Aged Full Blood Wagyu Beef from Nigata Japan on its menu.



Set the mood for a sweet Christmas and look forward to a fine selection of gourmet treats and festive takeaways at the hotel lobby. Surprise your loved ones with signature French yule log cakes infused with local flavours such as Pandan, Gula Melaka and Pulut Hitam; and other popular favourites like Gingerbread Chalet, Minced Meat Pie and Christmas Pudding.


For more information of the festive offering, you can check visit Shangri-La Hotel Website or email You can also view the e-brochure.


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