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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Esora @ Mohamed Sultan Road - Celebration of the Organic Beauty and Purity Found in the Finest Seasonal Produce


Located in the quaint conservation area of Mohamed Sultan Road, Esora, a Michelin-starred restaurant under the guidance of Head Chef Takeshi Araki, this modern Japanese Kappo Restaurant invites diners on a gastronomic journey inspired by kisetsukan – the changing seasons. Esora's cuisine celebrates the organic beauty and purity of the finest seasonal produce, harmoniously marrying traditional Japanese techniques with a modern flair.

Foie Gras Monaka 4.5/5

Embarking on the Winter Dinner Menu ($368++), Esora unfolds a symphony of flavours, capturing the essence of the season. Each dish is meticulously crafted to showcase the beauty of winter's bounty and the artistry of Chef Takeshi Araki.

The dinner commences with the Foie Gras Monaka, a signature creation of Maison Mitteault foie gras takes centre stage, accompanied by the seasonal brightness of kumquat. Layered with black sesame paste, this dish is a dance of sweet and tangy notes adorned with myoga, kinome, and fresh kumquat slices.


Snowcrab 4.2/5

The Snowcrab presents the Matsuba snow crab in all its wintry glory. This seemingly simple cold dish conceals intricate layers of white vinegar pickled red turnip, blanched snow spinach in dashi, and a base of black vinegar jelly. With the addition of kani miso and crab roe, each bite is a celebration of sweetness, expertly balanced.

Fugu 4.8/5

The Fugu, or puffer fish, is a winter delight presented in a deep-fried masterpiece. Marinated with kanzuri, a Niigata fermented chilli paste, and deep-fried, it is served with a squeeze of kabosu, a unique citrus fruit from Oita Prefecture, offering a refreshing twist.

Esora Winter Hassun

The Esora Winter Hassun artfully arranges seasonal delicacies on a 'snow' bed, showcasing Chef Araki's dedication to aesthetic presentation and flavorful cohesion.

Himi Kanburi - Winter Yellowtail Fish 4.5/5

Himi Kanburi, or Winter Yellowtail Fish, takes the spotlight as a seasonal delight. With its heightened fattiness and creamy texture during winter, it is paired with negi shio to enhance its inherent sweetness.

Ankimo - Monkfish Liver 4/5

Ankimo, also known as the foie gras of the sea, graces the menu. Paired with winter Kyoto Kujyo Negi, Akagai (blood clam), Koshin Daikon (watermelon radish), and Nuta, a sweet Japanese mustard, it is a testament to the richness of the ocean.

Ruri'lro Nasu - Blue Eggplant 4.5/5

The Ruri'lro Nasu, a deep-fried blue eggplant, is a sensory experience. Cooked in dashi until tender, it is crowned with lobster butter, sea urchin, and wasabi, creating a flavourful crescendo.


Kasujiru 4.8/5

In homage to winter comfort, Kasujiru, a sake lees soup, graces the table. Somen, dashi-braised awabi, daikon, carrots, and kuro shichimi are immersed in a sea bream stock, white miso, ginger, garlic, and sake lees broth, offering warmth and depth.

Akamutsu - Black Throat Sea Perch 4.2/5

Akamutsu, or Black Throat Sea Perch, showcases Chef Araki's finesse in grilling. Lightly seasoned and grilled over binchotan, it is served with sautéed Chinese dragon chives, presenting a harmonious play of flavours.

Omi Wagyu 4.5/5

The mainstay at Esora, the Omi Wagyu, is recognised as one of Japan's Wagyu masterpieces. Inspired by the joy of eating a sukiyaki in winter, it is paired with a sukiyaki sauce. Chargrilled maitake mushroom, charred pecoros onion, and shungiku accompany this A5 Omi Wagyu, offering a symphony of textures and tastes.

Donabe 4.5/5


The Donabe, evolving with the seasons, features anago (saltwater eel) cooked with eel stock. Topped with Japanese herbs, chargrilled anago, wasabi, seaweed, and dashi sauce, it is a testament to Esora's commitment to seasonal variety. Miso soup is presented alongside the rice.


Chef Araki introduces Setoka mandarin in a refreshing pre-dessert, a citrus fruit that heralds the transition from winter to spring. Served with white yuzu snow ice cream and sansho pepper, it creates a sweet, zesty experience.

Sweet Potato 4/5

The dessert finale is a homage to winter nights, featuring Sweet Potatoes drizzled with kuro mirin caramel. Layered with vanilla ice cream, diced caramelised sweet potato, red bean paste, sweet potato tuille, and lemon jam, it captures the essence of winter warmth.

Esora, with its Winter Elegance menu, invites discerning diners to partake in a culinary journey that transcends seasons. Chef Takeshi Araki's meticulous approach to presenting the finest seasonal produce in a modern Japanese context transforms dining into a sensory symphony. Each dish, a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, echoes the organic beauty of nature's bounty.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

15 Mohamed Sultan Road
Singapore 238964
Tel: +65 8533 7528
Nearest MRT: Fort Canning (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Wed & Fri: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Thur: 12pm - 3:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Sat & Sun: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
(Closed on Mon & Tue)

1) Alight at Fort Canning MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to traffic junction Clemenceau Ave and River Valley Road. Cross the road. Continue walking down River Valley Road. Turn left onto Mohamed Sultan Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Lobby Lounge @ Conrad Centennial Singapore - The Return of the Strawberry Afternoon Tea Featuring Amaou Strawberries



As January heralds in the peak season of Amaou Strawberries of Fukuoka, Conrad Centennial Singapore's Lobby Lounge has recently relaunched its exclusive Strawberry Afternoon Tea. Also known as the "King of Japanese Strawberries," delight in Amaou's sweetness from now till 31 March 2024. The specially curated menu features fresh Amaou Strawberries sourced from Fukuoka, farmed under stringent guidelines to preserve their exceptional flavour and deep red hue appearance, and includes exquisitely crafted strawberry-centric delights for a complete Amaou experience.


Start your afternoon tea with Air Flown Japanese Strawberry with Valrhona Chocolate Dip while the chocolate is still warm. The classic pairing of chocolate and strawberries will create a perfect prelude to a relaxing afternoon. The Amaou strawberries, given their exceptional flavour, are just as indulgent on their own.

Whipped Brie

Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

The savoury items were delectable, with a well-considered blending of savoury ingredients and the sweet, fruity, fresh profile of strawberries. My favourite items were the Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta and Whipped Brie. The bruschetta was layered with Citrus Cream Cheese, topped with sliced strawberries and seared duck, and sweetened with Cantaloupe Gel. The latter, featuring whipped brie, was topped with Balsamic Strawberry, Fruit Chutney, and Kiwis. The contrasting flavour notes and creamy mouthfeel amped up the lusciousness of the strawberries.

Strawberry, Mango, Scallop Tart

Strawberry, Mango, Scallop Tart was interesting with saltish Pickles and sweet Candied Orange. Again, the juxtaposition of the sweet and savoury notes of the ingredients was delicious, and in addition to that, this dainty pink tart was packed with textural crunch as well. The strawberry tart itself emanated a delightful whiff of strawberry aroma each time I took a bite of the tart.

Salmon Rillettes

Besides strawberries, Salmon Rillettes also highlights the use of Sustainable Caviar - Avruga caviar, distinguished by the Marine Stewardship Council's "Chain of Custody" certification.

Strawberry Meringata

Moving on to the sweets, the Strawberry Meringata was well-received by diners. A balance of creamy, fruity freshness and crunchy elements was put together using decadent double vanilla cream and tangy marinated strawberry spiked with crisped slow-baked Meringue.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake is a classic done right with softy and fluffy sponge cakes layered with Fresh Strawberries and Hokkaido Whipping Cream.

Strawberry Mint

Strawberry Mint was gorgeous in a bright red hue - this strawberry treat was filled with Fresh Strawberry Mint Compote encased within a layer of Vanilla Whip.

Tahitian Vanilla Whip

Tahitian Vanilla Whip, Strawberry Compôte is pretty with Strawberry Marmalade, Vanilla Ganache. Its sweetness was a bit too much for me.


Homemade Strawberry Scone and Raisin Scone didn't disappoint. It wasn't too buttery, with just a hint of sweetness. Hence, the accompanying clotted cream and Homemade Wild Strawberry Jam were the ideal spread for them.


The Strawberry Afternoon Tea is served at Lobby Lounge daily from 8 January 2024 to 31 March 2024 in two seating: from 1 pm to 3 pm and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, priced at $50++ per person on weekdays and $52++ per person on weekends, inclusive of a two-hour free flow of tea and coffee, with an option to include 2 hours of unlimited Prosecco at $28++. For more information or to make reservations at Lobby Lounge, please visit the website or call +65 6432 7483 / 7357.

Photos and words 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.

Lobby Lounge
Conrad Centennial Singapore
2 Temasek Blvd
Singapore 038982
Tel: +65 6432 7483 / 7357
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
First seating: 1pm to 3pm
Second seating: 3:30pm to 5:30pm

1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit B. Continue walking along Temasek Avenue to destination Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Friday, February 23, 2024

Wildfire Burgers @ Robertson Walk - Gourmet Burgers at Affordable Prices


Wildfire Burgers, located in the heart of Robertson Walk, has emerged from a revamp with a brand new menu that not only elevates the dining experience but also reinforces its status as a go-to destination for gourmet burgers, succulent steaks, enticing sides, and a diverse drinks menu. With the closure of its other outlets, the Robertson Walk flagship stands as a beacon for those seeking a delicious yet affordable gourmet burger.

Wedge Salad 3.5/5

Kicking off our dinner, we delved into the Wedge Salad ($13), a refreshing ensemble of iceberg lettuce dressed in creamy parmesan sauce. Topped with crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes, Spanish onions, crumbled blue cheese, walnuts, and crushed Kampot peppercorn, it's a firework of flavours that complement the crunch of the iceberg lettuce. The marriage of textures and tastes offers a delightful start to the meal.

Salt & Vinegar Fried Onion Rings 3/5

The Salt & Vinegar Fried Onion Rings ($8) aimed to reinvent the classic, infusing extra saltiness and tanginess. While the intention was commendable, it fell slightly short of expectations. Thicker onion rings might enhance the sweetness of the onion, aligning better with taste preferences.

Golden Chicken Nuggets 4.2/5

The Golden Chicken Nuggets ($8 for 6pc/ $10 for 9pc) emerged as a clear favourite. A classic elevated to gourmet heights, these nuggets, made with 100% chicken, were served with a delightful array of sauces: Japanese Curry Mayo, Nacho Cheese, or Chipotle Mayo. The pairing with Japanese Curry Mayo is particularly recommended, surpassing expectations and outshining similar offerings from an 'M' brand restaurant.

Truffled Mushroom 4.8/5

The Truffled Mushroom ($18 Single/ $22 Double) stood out among the eight gourmet burgers. Nestled between butter-toasted brioche buns, the stone axe wagyu patties delivered a burst of flavour. Truffled mayonnaise, sautéed mushrooms, Monterey Jack cheese, beer-pickled onions, and master sauce formed a symphony of taste. The judicious preparation of the wagyu patty, allowing for a chunky bite, added to the allure.

Hot Honey Butter Chicken 4/5

For those eschewing beef, alternative options like Ottoman Lamb, Black Halibut, and Hot Honey Butter Chicken burgers await. The Hot Honey Butter Chicken ($18 Single) presents a generously sized, hot and spicy fried chicken thigh adorned with whipped Sriracha honey butter and crispy bacon. Sandwiched between butter-toasted brioche buns and drizzled with master sauce, it provides a spicy symphony for the taste buds, delivering crunch and flavour in every bite.

Wildfire Burgers at Robertson Walk has not just reopened; it has rekindled a flame, offering a gourmet burger experience at affordable pricing that tantalizes the senses and sets the stage for a delightful dining experience.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Wildfire Burgers
Robertson Walk
11 Unity Street
Singapore 237995
Tel: +65 8139 5952
Nearest MRT: Fort Canning (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 4pm - 11pm

1) Alight at Fort Canning MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to traffic junction Clemenceau Ave and River Valley Road. Cross the road. Turn left onto Clemenceau Ave. Walk towards Unity Street. Turn right onto Unity Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Bochinche @ Club Street - Indulge In Wet-aged Argentine Steaks and In-house Dry-aged Grain-fed Cuts.


Bochinche, located on Club Street, has always been known for its fine curation of different types of meats and cuts from Argentina, Australia, USA, and Europe. Its wet-aged Argentine steaks and in-house dry-aged Grain Fed cuts grilled using Asado techniques over the Jarrah wood-fired griller are particularly noteworthy. The Argentinian starters and sides here are exceptional as well. For a quick lunch experience, its Lunch Menu offers its signature wet-aged steaks with a choice of add-on sides or desserts at an affordable price.

Classic Provoleta 4/5

Canasta De Pan 4.5/5

Classic Provoleta ($24) is a traditional Argentinian melted provolone cheese, served hot from the BBQ or oven, with a variety of toppings. We had a bubbling hot provolone cheese in cast iron, served with fermented Medley Tomato and a drizzle of honey. To get the full experience of this dish, eat it hot with Canasta De Pan ($12), a board of housemade Rosemary Focaccia, and "Pan De Queso", a South American cheese roll. Both breads were delightful and airy, complementing the rich melted cheese.

Tropical “Leche De Tigre” Ceviche 5/5

Next, we had Tropical "Leche De Tigre" Ceviche ($24) featuring red snapper, dragon fruit, mango, papaya and pineapple tossed in for a refreshing fruity zest and zing. There were kaffir lime leaves mixed in as well, adding a layer of citrusy and earthy undertone.

Argentina Empanadas Hand Cut Beef and Grilled Organic Corn (2pc) 3.5/5

'Black Label' Ribeye 5/5

I tried the 250g 'Black Label' Ribeye ($35) for mains, featuring a grass-fed Buenos Aires steak, 28 Days Wet-Aged. Its great taste didn't just lie with its origin and the fact that it had been wet-aged for 28 days, but also with the skilful grilling on the wood fire to achieve that desired doneness. For an additional $10, you can either add on Hand-cut Beef and Grilled Organic Corn Argentina Empanadas (2pc) or Dessert. I had the Empanadas. The Grilled Organic Corn Empanadas was mouthwatering with aromatic creamy corn filling, contrasted with a flaky empanadas pastry.

Argentinian Doughnut 4.8/5

For desserts, Argentinian Doughnut ($19) was a joy. It is light, airy and delicious with butteriness and an eggy flavour. They were served warm with contrasting velvety vanilla ice cream and Dulce De Leche. The sprinkle of toasted hazelnut added a good nutty flavour and a textural crunch to complete the dish.

Photos and words 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.

27 Club Street
Singapore 069413
Tel: +65 6235 4990
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Maxwell (TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Sat: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk down Cross Street. Turn left onto Club Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Maxwell MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk down South Bridge Road towards Ann Siang Road. Turn right onto Ann Siang Road. Walk down Ann Siang Road. Turn left onto Club Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Chef Chan's Private Dine @ Scotts Road - Preserving Legacy, Crafting Excellence


Nestled within the premises of Indocafe along Scotts Road is Chef Chan Private Dine, spearheaded by Chef Wong Hong Loong, the skilled disciple of the renowned Chef Chan Chen Hei. While it might initially seem perplexing to name a restaurant after a chef not leading the kitchen, Chef Chan Chen Hei's prestigious legacy in the Chinese culinary realm justifies this choice. The restaurant promises a repertoire of Chef Chan's classic dishes, complemented by contemporary twists under the meticulous guidance of Chef Wong Hong Loong.

Abalone with Caviar / Maitake Mushroom "Kung Fu" Soup 4.2/5

We had the Dinner Set Menu by Loong Shi Fu, priced at $188+ per person, and the evening commenced with an amuse-bouche featuring Abalone with Caviar and a Maitake Mushroom "Kung Fu" Soup. The prized abalone, sweetened with caviar and immersed in the earthy essence of maitake mushroom, offered a tantalising prelude to the gastronomic feast.

Golden Morsels - Foie Gras with Shrimp Paste 3.8/5

Golden Morsels - Iberico Pork with Chive Dumpling 4/5

Golden Morsels - Marinated Quail Leg with Five Spices 4.2/5

The Golden Morsels trio followed, presenting a symphony of flavours. The Foie Gras with Shrimp Paste, boasting a crispy exterior, danced on the palate with a delightful medley of textures. Iberico Pork with Chive Dumplings showcased juicy dumplings infused with the essence of chives, while the Marinated Quail Leg with Five Spices provided a herbal and tender interlude.

Wellness Chicken Soup 5/5


The Wellness Chicken Soup emerged as a highlight, a potently brewed elixir resulting from a 12-hour simmer of whole chicken with ginseng. Served in a teapot and poured theatrically into individual bowls, the rich and flavoursome soup hinted at the essence of pure chicken essence.

Steamed Spotted Grouper with Homemade Tofu and Egg White 4/5

The Steamed Spotted Grouper, harmoniously paired with Homemade Tofu and Egg White, showcased the delicate flesh of the grouper enrobed in silky steamed egg white—an ode to the chef's artistry.

Poached Australian Cabbage with Double Boiled Chicken Broth 4.8/5

The Poached Australian Cabbage, immersed in Double-Boiled Chicken Broth, symbolising abundance and fortune, unfolded as a visual delight. The cabbage, served blooming at the table, captured the essence of softness and sweetness.

"Loong Shi Fu" Signature Crispy Sakura Chicken 5/5

An iconic Chef Chan's dish is the "Loong Shi Fu" Signature Crispy Sakura Chicken, which features paper-crisp skin, revealing tender and moist meat beneath. The impressive texture and flavour profile invoked the essence of a perfectly executed dish.

Wok-Fried Kway Teow with Seasonal Fresh Crab Gravy 4.2/5

The Wok-Fried Kway Teow with Seasonal Fresh Crab Gravy emerged as a stellar dish — a fusion of silky flat rice noodles infused with "Wok Hei" and adorned with a rich crab roe gravy, complemented by crispy noodle bits for an added crunch.

Chilled Supreme Bird's Nest with Rock Sugar 3.5/5

Rounding off the feast, the Chilled Supreme Bird's Nest with Rock Sugar provided a light and nourishing dessert. Additionally, Little Sweets comprising Mochi coated in peanut and Nian Gao with a thin crisp batter served as delightful petits fours.

Little Sweets 4/5


In conclusion, Chef Chan Private Dine masterfully preserves the legacy of Chef Chan Chen Hei, weaving traditional excellence with contemporary flair through Chef Wong Hong Loong's skilled hands. Each dish served unfolds as a symphony of flavours, a testament to the richness of Chinese gastronomy. The restaurant is not merely a dining establishment; it is a celebration of heritage, a gastronomic journey that intertwines the past and present in every exquisite bite. Chef Chan Private Dine undoubtedly holds a distinguished place in Singapore's vibrant F&B landscape.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Chef Chan's Private Dine
(within INDOCFE - Peranakan Dining)
35 Scotts Road
Singapore 228227
Tel: +65 6737 0895
Nearest MRT: Newton (DT, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 930pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Newton MRT station. Take Exit A. On Scotts Road, turn right and walk down Scotts Road towards Orchard Road direction. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]