Showing posts with label .Station: Orchard. Show all posts
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Friday, February 16, 2024

Kai Kai Sushi & Grill @ Wisma Atria - Newest Brainchild of Chef Yamashita Teppei Replaces Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, Offering Range of Japanese Fare


Kai Kai Sushi & Grill now sits where Koh Grill & Sushi Bar used to be in Wisma Atria, bringing diners a comprehensive menu of Japanese dishes ranging from classic sashimi and sushi to yakitori and teppan.


The new casual restaurant is helmed by Chef Yamashita Teppei, most known for its various Japanese F&B concepts on our island, such as Teppei Japanese Restaurant and Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant (now known as Unagi Tei). Here at his newest brainchild, Chef hopes to bring affordable yet quality Japanese fare to diners.

We sampled several items, with some in bite-sized portions. The prices listed are for the full portions.

Pitan Tofu 4/5

Pitan Tofu ($5) is always one of my must-orders when it's on the menu. Kai Kai's rendition is decent, with a slightly nutty sesame sauce base and a generous topping of chopped century egg and tobiko. I would have preferred a more robust century egg flavour in its sauce for that extra oomph.

Kai Kai Hanabi Roll 4/5

You will find a selection of different sushi rolls on the menu, one being the Kai Kai Hanabi Roll ($18.80). I found the sauce slightly too sweet, but this one is for fans of salmon as they offer it 2-ways here - raw in the middle and lightly aburi-ed on top.

Negitoro Sushi 3.8/5

The Negitoro Sushi ($6) roll had the classic combination of minced tuna and chopped spring onions in its centre, with crunchy tempura bits for extra texture. The tuna portion could be much better, for a better ratio to the tempura bits.

Nama Kaki 4/5

Next was the Nama Kaki, which had a plump and fresh oyster drizzled with a mildly tangy ponzu vinegar sauce.

3-Kind Sashimi Moriawase 4/5

We got to see Chef Yamashita Teppei do a bluefin tuna block-cutting demonstration, leading to our next dish, the 3-Kind Sashimi Moriawase ($15). We sampled slices of otoro, chutoro and maguro.


While they weren’t the best quality of cuts, they were still thick and fresh.

Buta Enoki Yakitori 3.5/5

The Buta Enoki Yakitori ($4) had enoki mushrooms wrapped with pork belly. While I enjoyed the grill on it, it was tougher and blander than I expected it to be. I prefer a stronger seasoning on this.

Yaki Hotate 4/5

Served in its shell with a wedge of lemon, the Yaki Hotate ($12) carried a nice slight char. The plump scallop remained juicy despite the grill.

Sukiyaki 3.5/5

While the pork slices were tender, we found the rest of the elements in the Sukiyaki ($16.80) more mediocre. The base could be a touch less salty as well.

Kani Toro Donburi 4.2/5

From the selection of mains, I decided on the Kani Toro Donburi ($17). It was clearly created for crab lovers, with crab meat, crab leg and soft shell crab with toppings of ikura and tobiko. The original size and portion will also include an onsen egg! The crab meat used was fresh and sweet.

Kai Kai Castle Bento 3.8/5

The Kai Kai Castle Bento ($18.90) was served in a multi-tiered bento box shaped like a Japanese castle. Each tier featured different items, namely tamago and unagi, assorted sashimi, and a bed of rice with chopped tuna belly, tempura bites, flying fish roe and ikura.


Unfortunately, its taste paled compared to its look, with average cuts on the sashimi. I must say that it's still considerably decent for the variety at this price.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Kai Kai Sushi & Grill
Food Republic Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 10pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 3. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (萬豪軒) @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel - Usher In The Year of the Dragon with A Reunion of Bountiful Blessings


As the Wood Dragon graces us with its presence, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel invites you to embrace the Lunar New Year at the esteemed Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant. Renowned for its culinary finesse, Wan Hao presents specially curated set menus, exquisite a la carte dishes, and a delectable range of takeaway treasures, promising an auspicious start to the Year of the Dragon.


Wan Hao Prosperity Yu Sheng with Bayberry Dressing


The Wan Hao Prosperity Yu Sheng with Bayberry Dressing kicked off the celebration — an opulent rendition featuring rock lobster, scallop, Irish smoked salmon, yellowfin tuna, caviar, and salmon roe. The bayberry dressing, meticulously crafted from the best harvest between March and June, adds a refreshing touch with its sweet and tart notes. Toss to abundance and prosperity with this vibrant and flavourful Yu Sheng.

Wan Hao Bird's Nest Eight Treasure Pot

Diverging from the traditional Pen Cai, Wan Hao presents the Bird's Nest Eight Treasure Pot — a collagen-rich concoction brimming with indulgence. Laden with Bird's Nest, 5-Head Australia Abalone, Fish Maw, African Premium Sea Cucumber, Black Moss Dace Fish Bean Curd Skin Bag, Live Prawn, Pork Tendon, Free-Range Chicken, and Japanese Shiitake Mushroom, this modern interpretation symbolizes harmony and prosperity. A lighter, healthier twist on a Lunar New Year classic. Roast

Duo Style Turbot Fish

Fish, a symbol of abundance, takes centre stage with the Sauteed Turbot Fish Fillet. It is served with fresh lily bulb, pan-fried lotus root stuffed with minced dace fish, and barbeque sauce. The dish captures the essence of prosperity and good fortune. It is a delightful addition to the Lunar New Year set menus.

Braised Lobster with Passion Fruit Custard Sauce

The Braised Lobster with Passion Fruit Custard Sauce is a symphony of sweet and tangy flavours. The succulent lobster, coated in a luscious custard sauce, creates a harmonious balance that delights the palate.

Claypot Rice with Chinese Sausage and Cured Duck in Superior Soya Sauce



The Claypot Rice with Chinese Sausage and Cured Duck in Superior Soya Sauce is a highlight that resonates with simplicity and comfort. The richness of preserved meats infuses the fluffy rice, and a drizzle of superior soya sauce elevates the aroma — a bowl of pure comfort that captures the essence of traditional Lunar New Year feasting.

Osmanthus with Water Chestnut Jelly and Wolfberry, Golden Pandan Nian Gao Tart

Dessert unveils a trio of delights—Osmanthus with Water Chestnut Jelly and Wolfberry, Double-boiled Bird's Nest with Whole Coconut and Rock Sugar, and the star of the show, the Golden Pandan Nian Gao Tart with Gula Melaka & Grated Coconut. Wan Hao's perennial favourite, Nian Gao Tart, takes centre stage this year with a golden pandan twist that garners raving approval. The tart is a delightful creation that deserves applause and, perhaps, a standing ovation.

Double-boiled Bird's Nest with Whole Coconut and Rock Sugar

Available from 4 January to 24 February 2024, toss up good fortune with an exquisite 6 or 8-Course Lunar New Year Chinese Set Menu – prices start from $138.80++ per person. For gourmet takeaway treasures, guests can pre-order online beginning on 26 December 2023 at or visit our Lunar New Year booth at the hotel's forecourt starting 4 January 2024.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (萬豪軒)
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Singapore 238865
Tel: +65 6831 4605
Nearest MRT: Orchard MRT (NE, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11.30am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Min Jiang @ Goodwood Park - A Bountiful Feast to Usher in the Year of the Dragon


In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel beckons guests to a lavish feast celebrating the Year of the Dragon. The team at Goodwood Park Hotel have curated an impressive array of festive takeaways, sumptuous dine-in set menus, and delectable treats to usher in prosperity and good fortune.

Auspicious Abundance 'Lo Hei' - from Min Jiang Dempsey

We commenced with the Auspicious Abundance 'Lo Hei' from Min Jiang Dempsey. Priced at $298 for dine-in and $324.80 for takeaway, this Yu Sheng extravaganza features fresh lobster, salmon sashimi, tobiko, and abalone. Nestled amidst a kaleidoscope of greens, dragon fruit balls, and osmanthus jelly in the shape of ingots, it's a visual spectacle. Drizzled with plum sauce and fruit-based concoctions, it embodies both opulence and flavour.

Double-boiled Chicken Soup


One of the perennial highlights of any Lunar New Year celebration at Min Jiang is the exquisite soup that graces the table. This year, the culinary artisans at Min Jiang Dempsey have outdone themselves with the creation of the Double-boiled Chicken Soup with 6-head Abalones, Dragon Claw Fungus, and Dried Scallops in a Claypot—an elixir that transcends mere sustenance.

Braised Whole Spring Chicken, Whole Dace Fish and Sea Treasures in Pot.

A new addition to the festive lineup is the Braised Whole Spring Chicken, Whole Dace Fish stuffed with Liver Sausage & Black Moss, and Sea Treasures in Pot ($422.90). This dish features the distinct flavour of dace fish, celebrated in Cantonese cuisine. A rich sauce infused with aromatics complements whole abalone, dried oysters, shiitake mushrooms, fried fish maw, bean gluten, and 'Tientsin' cabbage.

Fortune Koi Fish 'Nian Gao' filled with Black Glutinous Rice

Adding a touch of sweetness to the celebrations is the Fortune Koi Fish 'Nian Gao' filled with Black Glutinous Rice ($52.80 for 8pc, Takeaway). Crafted in the shape of a Koi fish, symbolising good fortune, it presents a delightful twist with a filling of black glutinous rice.

Pandan Pineapple 'Huat' Tart

Inspired by timeless pineapple tarts, the Pandan Pineapple 'Huat' Tart is a delightful fusion of homemade pineapple chutney and pandan-flavoured almond cream encased in a crumbly tart crust. Topped with a lattice design and an auspicious white chocolate wealth pot or 發 (fa) topper, it's a treat for both the eyes and the palate.

Lucky Fortune Bamboo (Orange Pound Cake)

A centrepiece of every Lunar New Year gathering, the Lucky Fortune Bamboo ($148) pound cake steals the spotlight. Intricately crafted to emulate the lucky bamboo plant, this orange-infused pound cake, layered with orange zest and buttercream, is adorned with white chocolate bamboo stalks and ingots.

Dragon Boat of Bountiful Blessings (Marble Pound Cake)

The Dragon Boat of Bountiful Blessings (Marble Pound Cake) is a visual masterpiece. A decadent and moist butter cake, complemented by chocolate swirls, is encased within an artfully sculpted white chocolate 'dragon boat.' Adorned with dark chocolate ingots and gilded coins, it's a sight to behold and savour.

Auspicious Firecracker 'Mao Shan Wang' Durian Roll Cake

Lovers of durian are in for a treat with the Auspicious Firecracker 'Mao Shan Wang' Durian Roll Cake ($138). Luscious 'Mao Shan Wang' puree enveloped within a vibrant vermillion chiffon cake, adorned with chocolate pieces shaped as auspicious symbols, makes for a decadent and visually stunning dessert.


Card Privileges for Lunar New Year Takeaways. 20% off selected festive takeaways from 18 January to 4 February 2024, and 15% off selected festive takeaways from 5 to 24 February 2024 for Citi, DBS/POSB, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC and UOB Credit/Debit Cardmembers.

Guests may place their online orders at for delivery or self-collection. Alternatively, guests may contact Min Jiang岷江at (65) 6730 1704 / email:, Min Jiang at Dempsey 岷江在登布西山at (65) 6774 0122 / email:, and The Deli at (65) 6730 1786 / email: to place their takeaway orders for self-collection only. Availability for all Lunar New Year specials is from 18 January to 24 February 2024. Advance order of five days is required for takeaways and the last pre-order date is on 19 February 2024.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Shangri-La Singapore - Spring into a Soaring Lunar New Year


Embark on a bountiful Lunar New Year celebration at Shangri-La Singapore as we usher in the auspicious Year of the Dragon. Revel in the opulence of our reunion feasts and indulge in exquisite festive treats. For those preferring celebrations at home, our sumptuous gourmet takeaways promise an equally lavish experience in the comfort of your own abode.

Auspicious Dragon Yu Sheng

A true spectacle, the limited-edition Auspicious Dragon Yu Sheng is poised to leave an impression. Priced at $238++ for six and eight persons, this masterpiece, resembling a dragon, features julienne vegetables, smoked salmon, and jellyfish. A two-day advance order is required for this showstopper.

Pen Cai

The much-anticipated Pen Cai takes centre stage with the Abundance Pen Cai ($518.80 nett) for 8 persons. Overflowing with over 18 luxurious ingredients, including Abalone, Fish Maw, Whole Dace Fish, and more, it's a symbol of prosperity and abundance.

Trehalose, Peach Gum, Rose, and Coconut Milk Nian Gao

Introducing a delectable creation for the Lunar New Year festivities: the Trehalose, Peach Gum, Rose, and Coconut Milk Nian Gao ($72.80 nett, 900g). This special concoction redefines tradition by replacing conventional white or cane sugar with trehalose, presenting a healthier alternative for indulgence. Adorned with delicate rose petals on its surface, this unique Nian Gao elevates texture and symbolises reunion's joyous spirit. Immerse yourself in a fusion of health-conscious sweetness and the essence of celebratory togetherness.

Mung Bean and Dhal Nian Gao

Experience a burst of vibrant hues with the Mung Bean and Dhal Nian Gao ($37.80 nett). This delightful creation showcases a harmonious blend of yellow and green tones. Crafted with precision, a meticulous combination of glutinous rice flour and wheat flour is added to the mixture, ensuring the desired consistency and texture. The result is a visually appealing treat that promises a unique taste adventure. As the final touch, this colourful Nian Gao undergoes a meticulous steaming process, delivering a delectable fusion of tradition and innovation.

Shangri-La Yuzu Pineapple Tarts

Experience a modern twist with the Shangri-La Yuzu Pineapple Tarts ($64.80 nett, 16pc). These tarts bring a sweet and zesty finish, transforming the traditional into a contemporary delight.


We were graciously hosted at Shangri-La Singapore for an enchanting Lunar New Year dinner. The evening unfolded as a showcase of sumptuous delights, offering a glimpse into the gourmet extravaganza crafted for this Lunar New Year. Each dish, a testament to culinary artistry, promised an unforgettable journey of flavours and textures befitting the grandeur of the occasion.

Trio Appetiser Platter

We commenced with a Trio Appetiser Platter, a tantalising showcase of meticulously crafted dim sum. Among the treasures were Steamed Diced Scallop Dumplings adorned with glistening Salmon Roe, offering a burst of oceanic richness. Following suit, the Steamed Cod Fish Dumplings promised a harmonious blend of textures and flavours. As a crowning jewel, the Deep-fried Shrimp with Cheese encased in a crisp Filo Pastry revealed a delightful interplay of the crunchy exterior and succulent, cheesy interior. Each morsel was a visual feast and a symphony of delectable sensations that set the tone for the dinner ahead.

Double-boiled Chicken Broth with Fish Maw, Ginseng and Honey Locust

In the symphony of flavours, a bowl of Double-boiled Chicken Broth with Fish Maw, Ginseng, and Honey Locust emerges as a comforting elixir. The essence of Chicken intertwines with the delicate richness of Fish Maw, the earthy notes of Ginseng, and the subtle sweetness of Honey Locust. The slow double-boiling process ensures that every sip encapsulates the wholesome goodness of the ingredients, creating a nourishing and soul-soothing experience. Each spoonful is a testament to the chef's mastery in extracting the essence of nature's bounty.

Abundance Pen Cai

Served before us is a miniature of the Abundance Pen Cai. A treasure trove of sea and land, the pot overflows with opulence - 8-head Abalone, Whole Dace Fish, Fried Fish Maw, Pork Knuckle, Sweet and Sour Pan-fried Prawn, Dried Scallop, Sea Cucumber, Goose Web, Roasted Pork, Soya Sauce Chicken, Dried Oyster, Fragrant Mushroom, Radish, Taro, Chinese Cabbage, Fried Bean Curd Stick, Chestnut, and Black Moss. Each ingredient, meticulously curated and arranged, symbolises prosperity and good fortune. The rich flavours of the sea meld with the earthiness of the land, creating a harmonious symphony in this culinary orchestra. The Abundance Pen Cai is not merely a dish but a celebration of life's bountiful offerings, a feast for the senses.

Steamed Atlantic Cod Fish Fillet

The Steamed Atlantic Cod Fish Fillet, moist and buttery, melted with every bite. The appetising sour notes from the preserved vegetables brought a refreshing twist to the dish, a perfect prelude to the sweet and fragrant finish brought by the infusion of tangerine peel. This subtle yet pronounced element added a layer of sophistication, elevating the entire experience. The crystal noodle with black bean sauce complemented this seafood opus, a harmonious duet that enhanced the overall symphony. The marriage of textures and the play of sweet, sour, and umami made this dish not just a meal but a culinary performance to remember.

Fried Glutinous Rice

In a spectacular finale, our dining journey at Shangri-La Singapore reached its zenith with the Fried Glutinous Rice, which encapsulated the essence of richness and depth. The glutinous rice, layered with preserved meat, dried shrimp, conpoy, and scallops, was crowned with the luxury jewel—black caviar. Each glutinous rice grain bore the fragrant signature of preserved meat, creating a melody of flavours resonating through every bite. It left an indelible impression—a harmonious blend of flavours that provided a delicious and hearty conclusion to our Lunar New Year feast at Shangri-La Singapore.

Lunar New Year goodies are available for purchase online from 20 December 2023 to 24 February 2024. 20% Early Bird Discount is applicable for selected items and valid till 7 January 2024, and 15% discount valid till 21 January 2024. To order online, please visit, call +65 6213 4511 or email

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Shangri-La Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258350
Tel: +65 67373644
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Friday, January 5, 2024

The Chairman’s Lounge @ Pan Pacific Orchard - An Exclusive Private Dining Space Headed by Veteran Chef Leung Wing Cheung


The Chairman's Lounge is Pan Pacific Orchard's new private dining space, an exclusive enclave accommodating up to 16 guests. With full-length glass panels offering a view of the serene Forest Terrace, this venue provides a unique dining experience. Headed by veteran Chef Leung Wing Cheung, formerly the Executive Chef of Si Chuan Dou Hua, The Chairman's Lounge presents a series of festive menus to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, available from 22 January to 24 February 2024.

Prosperity Exotic Garden Yusheng 5/5

The Prosperity Reunion Set Menu commences with the signature Prosperity Exotic Garden Yusheng featuring lobster and a wholesome medley of 20 fresh vegetables and fruits, including green and red lettuce, beetroot, turnip, soybean sprouts, cucumber, carrot, mango, and more. The toppings encompass whisky-infused sea cucumber, pistachio, dried pineapple, dried strawberry, and crispy brown rice for added texture and flavour. These elements are harmonized with a chef-made osmanthus sauce and layered with a unique black truffle sauce enriched with Japanese matsutake mushrooms.

Cantonese Double-Boiled Supreme Soup 4/5

Next, we had an equally nourishing Cantonese Double-Boiled Supreme Soup, slow-cooked with ingredients such as fish maw, sea cucumber and fresh crab claw.

Pan-Seared Dried Oyster With Duet Of Traditional Crispy Chicken 4/5

An interesting creation is this Pan-Seared Dried Oyster With Duet Of Traditional Crispy Chicken, chef's rendition of the Lor Mai Gai. Enveloping the glutinous rice with a rich foie gras centre is a layer of crisped chicken skin. I appreciate the subtle use of a small piece of foie gras to impart its richness to the dish. The dish is finished with a plump, pan-seared dried oyster to enhance the flavour.

Giant Soon Hock 5/5

Giant Soon Hock, prepared in two ways, was a joy to savour upon given the varied flavours and plump texture of the fish - steamed fish head & belly with tofu and preserved vegetables and "Shun De" style deep-fried fish tail in superior light soya sauce and scallions. I appreciate how the piquant preserved vegetable broth complemented the more gelatinous part of the fish and that the fishtail was fried to perfection, keeping the flesh moist and tender on the inside.

Braised 2-Head Whole Abalone 4/5

Another premium ingredient featured in the menu is Braised 2-Head Whole Abalone in golden superior stock with snow pea shoot. The sweetness of the stock and the snow pea shoot complemented the tender abalone.

Crispy Noodles with Australian Lobster Meat 3/5

The noodle dish for this menu is Crispy Noodles with Australian Lobster Meat, served with a silky egg gravy infused with lobster broth. A smaller portion of the noodles would have brought a better balance to this dish.

Double-Boiled Bird’s Nest 4.5/5

We indulged in a Double-Boiled Bird's Nest With Rock Sugar Served In Mini Pumpkin for dessert. The pumpkin added texture and sweetness to the dish and was delightfully soft, providing a joyous savouring element.


3 set menus are available - Delightful Set Menu, Prosperity Reunion Set Menu and Eternity Reunion Set Menu are priced at $2,688++, $2,988++ and $3,288++ per table of 10 persons, respectively. Vegetarian Set Menu is available as well.

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.

The Chairman’s Lounge
Pan Pacific Orchard
10 Claymore Road
Singapore 229540
Tel: +65 6991 6888
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS, TE Line)

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 4. Walk towards Wheellock Place via ION. Exit Wheellock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Cross the road at the traffic light junction and turn left towards Royal Thai Embassy. Walk to Palais Renaissance which is right after Royal Thai Embassy. Cut through Palais Renaissance to the other side of the building. Pan Pacific Orchard is opposite the building. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk towards Shaw House via underpass. At the road level, walk along Orchard Road towards Royal Thai Embassy direction. Walk to Palais Renaissance which is right after Royal Thai Embassy. Cut through Palais Renaissance to the other side of the building. Pan Pacific Orchard is right opposite the building. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]