Monday, May 20, 2019

MEMO @ Studio M Hotel Singapore - A Cozy Cafe Tucked Away From The Hippy Robertson Quay

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Cafes within hotel premises have always sat with well me - the quiet ambience, decent food and excellent service. Not referring to those at the lobby that offers high-end afternoon tea, but a much less conspicuous setup such as the Tuxedo Cafes located within the Carlton Hotels, which remain one of my favourites. And I think I have found another one! MEMO at Studio M Hotel Singapore, which has recently revamped from a self-service deli to a full-service all-day dining cafe to includes your all-time favourite brunch items, pasta and mains, alongside sandwiches and salads.

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Lemongrass & Turmeric Wings 3.5/5

Apt for any occasion is this what I would describe as a refined Ayam Goreng style Lemongrass & Turmeric Wings ($8). Thin crust and crispy skin, if you are here for their beers instead or coffee, then go for it.

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Chum Chum 2.8/5

I tried one of their brunch items Chum Chum ($18), which to me seems like a dish created more for a hangover cure. Imagine you have streaky bacon on top of beef rendang, plus fried egg and chicken flavoured rice. For regular days, this is a tad too greasy for my liking.

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Prawn Penne 3.8/5

Pasta renditions of our local prawn mee aplenty but I reckon MEMO's Prawn Penne ($18) is definitely one of the more memorable ones. The prawn bisque that lays the foundation of the dish is superb. Chockful of flavours, yet its consistency was unexpectedly light, flavouring the pasta without weighing them down. And the prawns, each individual slice was firm and succulent.

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Seafood Casserole 3.8/5

The crustacean flavours are even more intense in Seafood Casserole ($22), centring a beautiful slice of barramundi, accompanied by prawns and potatoes. The nicely toasted sourdough is there for you to sop up the delectable saffron tomato sauce. It was a pity that the potatoes, carrots and celery were not being cooked down in the same sauce, which would have otherwise rendered much of its flavours into them.

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Hern & Lemon Baby Chicken 3/5

While the Grilled Herb & Lemon Baby Chicken ($18) was pleasingly tender and well marinated with aromatics and spices, the smoky chipotle sauce didn't seem to gel well with the meat. I think even without any sauce, the baby chicken stands out on its own.

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What's cute is that you could even choose a limited time only Star War print on your latte! A range of other beverages is available as well, such as Better Latte Than Never, which is flavoured ice lattes with interesting options such as gingerbread and chocolate cookie, as well as wines and beers.

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In the heart of Robertson Quay, I love how MEMO is being tucked away from all the hippy spots, and it is just me, my companion and my food.

Words and photos by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.


MEMO 
Studio M Hotel Singapore
No.3 Nanson Road
Singapore 238910
Tel: +65 68088908
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Nearest MRT: Chinatown (DT Line, NE Line), Fort Canning (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 7am - 11pm
Fri-Sat: 7am - 12midnight

Direction:
1) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to the bus stop along Upper Cross Road, Opposite Subordinate Court (Stop ID 06171). Take bus number 51 or 186. Alight 2 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to Saiboo Street. Cross the river and walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Fort Canning MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to junction of River Valley Road and Clemenceau Avenue. Cross the road. Turn left and walk to the river. At the river, turn right and walk down the river. Walk to The Quayside and turn to Nanson Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ho Fook Hei @ Great World City - Casual Dining Concept With Signature Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken

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The folk behind the Joyden concepts group has opened a new casual dining restaurant at Great World City called Ho Fook Hei. The restaurant's name pronounced in Cantonese means prosperity and good fortune. Ho Fook Hei serves a medley of home-style Cantonese dishes and a unique rendition of soy sauce chicken.

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Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken 4/5

The specialty here is their Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken ($19 Half / $35 Whole). The soy chicken comes with a distinct floral fragrance, and the meat is exceptionally tender with a beautiful caramel coat on the skin. This is all from the result of brining the chicken overnight and poaching it in a braising liquid concocted with home-aged soy sauce and a proprietary blend of Chinese herbs and spices. Top quality rose wine from Hong Kong is added to give it a beautiful floral scent. I really enjoyed the texture of the soy sauce chicken. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of rose wine. I am more than happy to order to just have it without the rose wine.

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Honey-Glazed Black Barbeque Pork Belly 4.2/5

The fatty cut and the glossy dark coat of the Honey-Glazed Black Barbeque Pork Belly ($13) resembles the crystal char siew with its translucent meat. It is well executed with the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

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Egg Noodles 3.8/5

I would recommend ordering a plate of the Hong Kong Style Egg Noodles ($3.80) to go with the rose wine soy sauce chicken and honey glazed barbeque pork belly. It is springy and comes with blanched greens. I find that it still has a hint of alkaline taste. I would suggest adding the homemade crunchy chilli sauce for a little more heat and crunch, as well as masking the alkaline taste if you don't like it.

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Shrimp Dumpling Soup 4.2/5

Not to be missed is the Shrimp Dumpling Soup ($8.80) that is plump and packed with juicy minced pork, prawns, chives and crunchy black fungus.

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Pork and Prawn Rolls 'Hae Zor' 4/5

The Pork and Prawn Rolls 'Hae Zor' ($7.80) is fried to golden brown and stuffed with delicious pork and prawn filling. The size is exactly quite huge than the norm, giving customers value for money.

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Seabass Fillet Steamed with Signature Nonya Assam Sauce 4/5

If you like your steamed fish, the restaurant offers a selection of seabass, threadfin and cod on the menu with a choice of the housemade sauces (nonya assam sauce, old ginger sauce, teochew style and superior soy sauce).

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Cod Fillet Steamed with Old Ginger Sauce 4/5

We have the Seabass Fillet Steamed with Signature Nonya Assam Sauce ($14.80) and Cod Fillet Steamed with Old Ginger Sauce ($24.80). The seabass with the nonya assam sauce comes with a sweet, spicy and tangy note which goes well with a plate of rice. As for the cod, the older ginger sauce gives it a familiar homely and comforting flavour with mild heat from the finely grated blend of ginger.

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Red Grouper Fish Fillet Congee 3.5/5

For something light and comforting, there is the Red Grouper Fish Fillet Congee ($9.80). The congee is smooth and silky with thick slices of fresh red grouper, garnished with ginger, spring onions and coriander. If you have a heavy palate, you may find the congee a bit bland for your liking.

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Warm Red Bean Soup with Aged Mandarin Peel and Lotus Seed 4.2/5

I would suggest wrapping up the dinner with a bowl of Warm Red Bean Soup with Aged Mandarin Peel and Lotus Seed ($4.50). The addition of the aged mandarin peel elevated the traditional dessert.

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The new casual dining concept is perfect for a quick bite, as well as a family meal with a selection of noodle, congee, rice and a la carte dishes.

Note: This is an invited tasting.


Ho Fook Hei
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
#01-141
Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 62192262
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Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line), Outram (EW Line, NE Line), Tiong Bahru (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 330pm, 5pm - 930pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop opposite Orchard MRT station (Stop ID B09022). Take bus number 16 or 175. Alight 4 bus stops later. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Outram Park MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Outram MRT station. (Stop ID B06011). Take bus number 75 or 970. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to Great World City. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to the bus stop at Tiong Bahru MRT station (Stop ID 10169). Take bus number 5, 16 or 195. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

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