Thursday, December 13, 2018

Le Shrimp Ramen @ Paragon - Japanese-inspired Chinese Shrimp La Mian Concept


New at Paragon is Le Shrimp Ramen by Paradise Group. The new concept is inspired from the group's CEO visit to Japan, whereby he chanced upon a shrimp-based broth ramen stall. After month's of R&D, the new concept is born, marrying both Chinese and Japanese culinary influences which is a first in Singapore.


The highlight shrimp broth is made using fresh big prawns, baking them and then grinded to a fine texture. This is then simmered with premium conpoy for more than 8 hours, to develop the depth and umami note. A blend of spices such as star anise, cinnamon, clove and white peppercone are added for the extra robustness.

Le Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen 4.2/5

The 3-in-1 bowl will be the Le Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen ($19.90). The luscious bowl of La Mian comes with fresh prawns, handmade ebiko prawn paste and prawn dumplings. Noteworthy is the bouncy prawn paste that is shaped out of 100% prawn meat with the ebiko topping lending a crunchy touch. The prawn dumpling is always plump with fresh crunchy prawn. The highlight definitely is the shrimp-based broth. It is not your typical prawn mee broth. It is more refined in taste with a hint of smokiness.

Twister Prawn Rolls 4/5

Complete your meal with a number of appetisers and side dishes such as the Twister Prawn Rolls ($5.90) and Long Jing Tea Lava Egg ($1.90 per egg). The crispy texture of the prawn roll is very delightful. I would recommend the lave egg with the La Mian, this makes it a complete ramen experience.

Long Jing Tea Lava Egg 4.5/5

For diners that are allergy to shell fish, need not worry as there are other noodle selection such as the Red Garoupa with Pickled Cabbage Tonkotsu Ramen ($18.90). The bowl of noodles in tonkotsu ramen comes with chunky slices of red garoupa and pickled cabbage. What perks me up is the mala shiokness, which is not overpowering but lends a subtle spiciness to the whole enjoyment.

Red Garoupa with Pickled Cabbage Tonkotsu Ramen 4.2/5

Other selection on the menu includes Big Prawns and Braised Pork Rib Shrimp Ramen, Ebiko Prawn Paste Shrimp Ramen, Prawn Dumpling with Chilli Vinaigrette Ramen and more.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Le Shrimp Ramen
290 Orchard Road
Singapore 238859
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1030am - 10pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to ground level. Turn left onto Orchard Road. Walk to junction of Orchard Road, Orchard Link and Bideford Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Salt Grill & Sky Bar @ Ion Orchard - Introduces Exclusive 5-course Christmas Dinner Menu


Perched on top of ION Orchard 55th level, Salt Grill & Sky Bar provides a classy, upscale rooftop dining experience with exquisite modern Australian cuisine, replete with a swanky bar on the mezzanine floor and a stunning 360 view of the city skyline from the highest point on Orchard Road. Following the exit of Chef Mentor Luke Mangan, Executive Chef Jake Kowalewski takes over the reins with the launch of a new menu infused with Asian inspirations, showcasing his unique take on modern Australian cuisine.

Exclusively available for the coming festive season only on 24 and 25 December, the 5-course Christmas Dinner Menu is priced at $148++ per pax.

Hokkaido Scallop 4.2/5

First up on the appetiser menu, we had the Hokkaido Scallop which comes dressed in nam jin, crustacean oil and puffed rice. While the unique sweet-sour combination is a pleasure to the tastebuds, the addition of crunchy puffed rice provides another textural dimension to the dishful of plump succulence.

Stracciatella 4/5

Next, we had the Stracciatella cheese which comes paired with peach, pickled beetroot slices, drizzled in olive and smoked olive oil. The sweetness from the peach, sourness from the pickled beetrrot and subtle saltiness from the cheese forms a fascinating combination of flavours which left a light, refreshing after-taste in anticipation of the richer mains that come after.

Bangalow Pork 4/5

The Banglow Pork is served with apple & ginger puree, fermented cabbage and verjuice glaze. Sourced from from Bangalow, Australia, the pork is hormone and antibiotic free, boasting tender succulent meat with the curated puree to enhance its flavours.

Whiskey-glazed Wagyu Short Rib 4.5/5

The highlight of the menu is the Whiskey-glazed Wagyu Short Rib served with a side of smoked potato, broad beans and pickled cherry. Dig into the soft luscious meat which falls apart with every forkful and paired excellently with the mashed potato leaving a smoky after-taste. The extremely tender texture and intense flavours of the meat are a result of the 48 hours-cooking process. The addition of pickled cherries contribute a sourish berry surprise to the savoury dish.

Textures of Chocolate 4/5

Lastly, end the meal on a sweet note with the Textures of Chocolate which comes with salted coffee and mascarphone. Delve in the rich bittersweet flavours from the coffee and chocolate, accompanied by a slight hint of saltiness and sweet burst of flavours from the popping candies. Complete the dining experience with their Lanson Brut Black Label Champagne ($88++ per bottle). Original price outside of festive season at $128++.

Details of Christmas Menus
Date: 24 December (Dinner only) & 25 December (Lunch & Dinner)
Time: 1130am to 2pm (Lunch) / 6pm to 945pm (Dinner)
Price: $88++ per person (Three-course Lunch) / $148++ per person (Five-course Dinner)

Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Salt Grill and Sky Bar
ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 65925118
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 11pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]


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