Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Yamato Izakaya @ Oxley Bizhub - 3-In-1 Dining Concept Under One Roof Featuring Bib Gourmand Awardees Man Man Unagi


For the folks staying in the East, you will be great to know that Yamato Izakaya has opened at Oxley Bizhub. It is a Japanese dining concept housing 3 different brands under one roof. The 3 brands are Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand awardees Man Man Unagi, Ramen Hitoyoshi and Tora-Tora.


If you have been to Man Man Unagi at Keong Saik Road, you will know that there is always a long queue and no reservation is allowed. At Yamato, not only that there are more seating, you can also make reservation.

Hitsumabushi 4.2/5

We tried the Hitsumabushi ($29.50) from Man Man Unagi. I was so delighted to be eating my unagi within 10 minutes. I do not even need to queue. There are 3 ways of enjoying the hitsumabushi. You can have the unagi on its own, eat it together with the condiments and lastly pour some tea into the rice , enjoy it like a bowl of porridge.

Futago Don - Ginger Pork and Prawn Tempura 4.2/5


Besides the unagi, we also tried the Futago Don from Tora Tora. Basically diner can pick 2 dons from a wide array of choices. I decided to go for the Ginger Pork ($7) and Prawn Tempura ($7). The pork marinated in a soy sauce is flavoursome and tender while the crunchy prawn is coated in a delightful crispy batter.


Yamato Izakaya
Oxley Bizhub
65 Ubi Road 1
Singapore 408729
Tel: +65 69352925
Nearest MRT: Tai Seng (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 3pm, 530pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Tai Seng MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to the traffic light junction of Paya Lebar Road, Macpherson Road and Airport Road. Cross the junction and walk to Oxley Bizhub. Walk towards Ubi Road 1 direction. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lucky House Cantonese Private Kitchen (陶然居) @ Upper East Coast Road - A Wonderful 8-Course Private Dining By Self Taught Chef


Together with 10 other foodie friends and after waiting for a good 2 months, we finally get to check out Lucky House Cantonese Private Kitchen (陶然居) at Upper East Coast Road. The venue of the private dining is actually at Chef Sam Wong's home. It opens on weekday and every night he can only accept two table of guests. We paid $80 per pax for a 8-course meal.


There are 2 rooms at Chef Sam Wong's home. We are seated at the bigger room which can sit up to 16 guests. The small room sits around 8-10 pax. Don't worry, it is air-conditioned, so you can dine in comfort.


Chef Wong does welcome his guests to step into his kitchen. This is probably the kitchen where one's grandmother used to cook in. At Lucky House, this is where Chef Wong works his magic.


Charcoal Boiled Pork Shoulder, Arrow Root and Peanut Soup 3.5/5

Our first dish is the Charcoal Boiled Pork Shoulder, Arrow Root and Peanut Soup. This has been slow cooked over charcoal fire for hours. Accordingly to Chef Wong, he used 3 batches of charcoal to cook this pot of soup. No salt is used either. For some, this may taste a little bland but I actually enjoyed the natural flavours extracted from the different ingredients and herbs.

Steamed Wild Caught Red Garoupa 4.2/5

I noticed Chef Wong was frying the shallots before drizzling them over the the Steamed Wild Caught Red Garoupa. It gives the fish a beautiful aroma, complementing the freshness of the wild caught fish.


Concubine Chicken 4.5/5

I not sure why the dish is called Concubine Chicken but the sight of it just makes me want to sink my teeth into them. The flavoursome chicken was tender and juicy. One of my favourite dishes of the night.

Fried Prawn with Rose Liqueur 4/5

The Fried Prawn with Rose Liqueur was plump, huge and crunchy. I find the seasoning a bit heavy for this dish but it goes well with a bowl of plain rice.


Lucky House Roasted Duck 4.5/5

A signature is the Lucky House Roasted Duck. The duck is marinated in fish sauce and soy sauce for 2 days and air dried. It is then charcoal grilled in his hand-built oven. The result is smokiness, crispy skin and tender meat.

Fried Organic Vegetable 4.8/5

Chef Wong doesn't like to use salt and garlic in his cooking. Hence we are surprised how sweet the Fried Organic Vegetable tasted. He shared that he uses fish sauce in placed of salt. On top of that, these vegetables are freshly harvested from a local farm.

Crayfish Omelette 5/5

The dining group's favourite dish has to be the Crayfish Omelette. I think we all have the initial thought that it is just a simple egg omelette dish. Never did we expect that the fluffy egg cooked to golden brown with chunky crayfish meat is such a perfect match. It has brought my love of egg omelette to a whole new level.

Shandong Peanuts and Kidney Beans Soup 4/5

Wrapping up our dining is the Shandong Peanuts and Kidney Beans Soup. Mildly sweetened with the used of rock sugar, I enjoyed the nutty soup which is quite refreshing after all the richness from the previous dishes. It is like have a cup of tea after a great meal.


For those that is hoping to dine at Lucky House Cantonese Private Kitchen, you have to be patient as the reservation is up to a good 2-3 months now. For those driving, parking is very limited. You have to park around Evergeen Gardens private estate. You are also welcome to bring your own wine as there are no corkage here.

Lucky House Cantonese Private Kitchen (陶然居)
267 Upper East Coast Road
Singapore 466413
Tel: +65 98237268
Nearest MRT: Bedok (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 630pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Bedok MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Bus Stop at Bedok MRT station (Stop ID 84039). Take bus number 137. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]


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