Monday, February 18, 2019

Gyoza-Ya @ Plaza Singapura - Exclusive Set Meals With Free Flow Of Japanese Salad


Known for their affordable gyozas, Gyoza-Ya has recently launched a new set menu which is exclusive to both Plaza Singapura and Northpoint outlets only. From $14.80 onwards, there are 23 variations of the set meal to choose from, alongside with free flow of Japanaese salad.

Saba Tonkatsu Donburi 3/5

For Donburi Set Meals, each donburi comes with 2 types of meat, a radish stew, 3 original gyozas, a soup and a free flow Japanese salad which is shredded cabbage with plum sauce. Crunchy and refreshing with acidity from the plum sauce, the salad went really well with my Saba Tonkatsu Donburi which is quite a classic pairing to begin with. However, my tonkatsu was tad too dry. The fattier saba fish fared better and the radish stew was surprisingly a highlight of the rice bowl.

Gyu Kakuni Donburi 4/5

Compared to the above, you will probably get a lot more bang on your bucks and satisfaction with this Gyu Kakuni Donburi ($20.80). Both the gyu and kakuni were very well braised, hence they were tender and packed with umami. The gyu was in large slices with a balanced portion of fats and the pork belly were juicy without any porky taste. A scoop of tempura bits was served for some extra crunch.

Tendon Set 3.5/5

The Tendon Set ($18.80) may not be the most affordable one but the 3 juicy prawn tempuras make up for it. Other than the prawns, I also like the use of Shimeji mushroom tempura instead of the commonly used Enoki mushroom. Its texture is meatier and when fried, in this case it seemed even juicier against the crisp batter.

Mentaiko Gyoza

If that 3 original gyozas within the set doesn't fill you up, feel free to order other variations from the menu, such as the crowd pleasing Mentaiko Gyoza ($9.80) or the outlet exclusive Takoyaki Gyoza ($9.80).

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.

Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Rd
Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 62668311
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut (CC Line, NE Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 1130am - 10pm

1) Alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Take Exit D or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Coffee Lounge @ Goodwood Park Hotel - Commemorates Singapore's Bicentennial With Local Hawker Fare Of Yesteryear


To commemorates Singapore's bicentennial, the Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel pays tribute to the city's rich multi-ethnic food culture, with a curated menu of nostalgic local delights from the early days. The 5-Course Singapore Commemoration Local Degustation Menu costs $40++ per person is available from 29 January to 30 April 2019.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce 4.2/5

The 5-Course Singapore Commemoration Local Degustation Menu starts with the Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce served with onions, cucumbers and ketupat. The satay is grilled to a beautiful char on top of its tender meat. My only disappointment is it left out the pineapple sauce in the peanut sauce dip, which they used to serve for the local degustation menu.

Freshly Tossed Singapore Rojak 3.5/5

A dish that beat represent our rich multi-ethnic food culture is the Freshly Tossed Singapore Rojak. Tossed in a tangy and piquant prawn paste, the tropical fruit and vegetable salad is influencd by the Malays, Chinese and Indonesians.

Hainanese Chicken Rice 4.2/5

An iconic Singapore dish is the Hainanese Chicken Rice that is created by the Chinese settlers from Hainan. To my surprise, the Hainanese Chicken Rice here is very well executed. The poached chicken is really tender with fragrant rice, accompanied by an addictive homemade garlic chilli sauce. My slight disappointment is the lack of texture from the short grain rice.

Laksa Singapura 3.8/5

A favourite local dish of mine is the Laksa. The version at the Coffee Lounge is more creamy and coconuty. It also comes brimming with rice noodles, prawns, bean sprouts, tau pok, fish cakes, shredded chicken and egg. I would prefer it to be more spicy though.

Bubur Pulut Hitam 3.5/5

For dessert, I was served the Bubur Pulut Hitam. It is a black glutinous rice porridge enriched with coconut milk.

Besides the 5-Course Singapore Commemoration Local Degustation Menu, Goodwood Park Hotel will launch the D24 Singapore Commemoration Cake ($88 nett) on 15 March 2019 in conjunction with the Hotel’s annual Durian Fiesta, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British in Singapore. Featuring four flavours – gula melaka, coffee, pandan and durian mousse, the 1-kilogram cake is adorned with a mosaic of white chocolate squares imprinted with eight historical scenes of Singapore and Goodwood Park Hotel’s illustrious past. Limited to only 200 cakes, an advance order of five days is required, subject to availability.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Coffee Lounge
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 67301746
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Scotts Road to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]


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