Showing posts with label Cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cheese. Show all posts

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Jones The Grocer @ Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 - Cheese & Wine Nights with Free-Flow Fine Wines


Jones the Grocer recently opened a new outlet at the refurbished Changi Airport Terminal 2, offering travellers and locals a gourmet dining experience. One of the highlights of this new location is the Cheese & Wine Nights, held every Wednesday and Friday from 6 PM onwards. These evenings are a paradise for cheese lovers and wine enthusiasts, providing a curated selection of artisanal cheeses and a free-flowing variety of fine wines for two hours.

Cheese Platter 4/5

The Cheese Platter ($68, U.P. $88) for the Cheese & Wine Nights comprises a selection of unique cheeses: a robust blue, a rich hard cheese, and a creamy soft cheese. These are complemented with crisp crackers, seasonal fruits, and delightful jams, providing a balanced and indulgent experience.


Charcuterie Board 4/5

To elevate the experience, diners can add a Charcuterie Board for an additional $20. This board pairs beautifully with the cheese and wine, offering an array of cured meats that enhance the whole dining experience.



Cheese Croquettes 4/5

Those who RSVP via Chope with the promo code "JTG88" are in for a treat with a complimentary appetiser: Cheese Croquettes worth $16.90. These delightful bites are stuffed with chorizo, manchego, and mozzarella, encased in a crispy breadcrumb coat. The accompanying macadamia romesco sauce pairs excellently, adding a nutty and slightly tangy note.

Grilled Steak and Chargrilled Artichoke Salad 4/5

Beyond the cheese and wine offerings, Jones the Grocer's menu is diverse and appealing. The Grilled Steak and Chargrilled Artichoke Salad is a hearty option, priced at $25.90. This generous salad includes fresh ingredients like avocado, shallots, radishes, and mixed greens, all topped with a cumin and brown sugar-rubbed flank steak. The chargrilled artichokes add a lovely smoky flavour, making this dish both substantial and satisfying.

Tagliatelle with Braised Short Rib Ragout 4.2/5

The Tagliatelle with Braised Short Rib Ragout ($27.90) is a standout dish for pasta lovers. The tagliatelle is perfectly cooked, and the rich, flavoursome braised short rib ragout is complemented by crispy sage and parmesan. Each bite is a harmonious blend of textures and flavours, creating a delightful mouthful.

Italian Stallion 3.5/5

From their pizza menu, we tried the Italian Stallion ($29.90). This pizza is topped with green peppercorn salami, fior di latte, chilli peperonata, Persian feta, mint, and parsley. The thin, non-doughy crust was perfect for my taste, and the combination of toppings worked beautifully together, offering a spicy, creamy, and refreshing bite all at once.


Jones the Grocer at Changi Airport Terminal 2 has successfully blended gourmet dining with a relaxed, accessible atmosphere. The Cheese & Wine Nights are a particular highlight, offering great value and an enjoyable midweek indulgence. While some dishes shine more than others, the overall experience is satisfying and worth visiting. Whether you're a traveller passing through or a local looking for a new dining spot, Jones the Grocer delivers a delightful and varied menu that caters to a wide range of tastes. Keep an eye out for their menu revamp, promising even more exciting options in the future.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Jones The Grocer
Singapore Changi Airport
Terminal 2 Departure Hall
Singapore 819643
Tel: +65 9297 8851
Nearest MRT: Changi Airport (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 24 hours

1) Alight at Changi Airport MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Terminal 2 departure hall. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Salut Private Dining @ Grange Heights - A New Private Dining Concept By Chef Karl Dobler


Celebrate and entertain your friends and loved ones in this beautiful, intimate space. Welcome to Salut Private Dining, a new dining concept helmed by Karl and Jessica - one with excellent culinary skills, the other with impeccable taste.


Austrian Chef Karl Dobler's culinary repertoire spans from Michelin-starred restaurants to luxury hotels across Europe and Australia. You might also remember him from Flutes Restaurant or then Restaurant Salut Private Dining in Dempsey. With great respect for classic flavours and culinary techniques, Chef Karl personally sources fresh seasonal ingredients and carefully prepares them. While contemporary European cuisine is his speciality, he is adept at Asian and Peranakan cooking and whips up a very popular Prawn Noodles. Meanwhile, Jessica works her magic to create the perfect ambience for your dinner event and can set the table for personalised themes. Tonight, we're enjoying a romantic candlelit table set with white roses and artfully strewn crystals.


As guests stream in, smartly dressed wait staff warmly welcome them with flutes of champagne and canapés of the most luxurious degree - smoked salmon with cream cheese & caviar, beef cheeks mini puffs and burrata & tomato mini toasts. Feel free to bring your own wines and spirits. There is no corkage charge. A generous policy!


A dish of Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio appears in front of us. It's delicately sliced and draped like a flower, drizzled with truffle soy dressing and some olive pearls.


As White Asparagus is in season, the Chef prepares it as a warm appetiser served with a soft hen egg, truffle hollandaise and bellota ham, which is the finest grade of Jamón ibérico with a smooth texture and a rich, savoury taste.


Next comes a pan-seared NZ Bass Grouper prepared with artichoke mash, edamame, and scampi glaze. The fish's flesh is firm, white, and flaky. Delicious!


We got to try the Chef's signature Crispy Roasted Suckling Pig, which had a crackling skin. It is served with smoked pancetta cabbage, rosemary potatoes, and star anise jus.


The dessert was well-timed. We caught an aromatic whiff of the soufflés baking as we were about to finish our main course. Out from the kitchen came those piping hot ramekins of Passionfruit Soufflé, baked with real fruit bits. It was delightfully melty and absolutely enjoyable.


We thought dinner had come to an end but were presented with Hand-rolled Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles. As a chocolate lover, I can only say that I wished I had the whole tray to myself.


Afterwards, a fine selection of Cheese, Dried Fruits, and Crackers accompanied the post-dinner wine and conversation.


Although newly opened, Salut Private Dining has already received strong interest from regulars, who invite Chef Karl to their homes for private catering. A minimum party of 6 persons is required, and the dining room can accommodate up to 20. Typically, a 5-course menu starts from $198 per pax, with no service charge or GST. If interested, do reserve at least 2 weeks to 1 month in advance.

Photographed and penned by Shermine. Through her pictures and stories, she shares her journey of savouring new flavors and experiences. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Salut Private Dining
Grange Heights
15 Saint Thomas Walk
Singapore 238145
Tel: +65 9831 3067
Nearest MRT: Great World (TE Line)

1) Alight at Great World MRT station. Take Exit 5. Walk to bus stop at Riva Lodge (Stop ID 13071). Take bus number 32, 54, 139 or 195. Alight 1 stop later. Walk to Saint Thomas Walk street. Turn right onto Saint Thomas Walk street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Great World MRT station. Take Exit 5. Walk down River Valley Road towards Saint Thomas Walk. Turn left onto Saint Thomas Walk. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Abura Kappo by Hashida @ Amoy Street - A Restaurant Within the Restaurant Concept


Abura Kappo, nestled within Hashida Singapore, unveils a new and more casual dining experience with its restaurant-in-restaurant concept, centred around the essence of oil. The term "Abura," translating to oil, aptly captures the spirit of this casual and playful menu housed within Hashida. Our journey through Abura Kappo's Vol. 1 menu, priced at $200++ per diner, unfolded as a revelation of 13 bites, each a masterpiece of textures and flavours.

Monaka 4.5/5

Commencing the evening is the Monaka, where crisp wafers cradle a luxurious blend of creamy egg custard, a duet of blue cheese and comte cheese, mushroom sauce, and pearls of roasted beetroot and Japanese radish steeped in kombucha. This dish is a delightful symphony of textures and flavours.

Carpaccio 4.2/5

The Carpaccio course follows, featuring slices of raw Japanese buri (yellowtail) and raw Japanese squid accompanied by green apples and pickled red onions in a zesty pickled dashi sauce. The dish culminates with a touch of gin salt for a refreshing palate experience.

Camembert 4/5

The Camembert, a piece of deep-fried cheese, takes centre stage. Camembert cheese is encased in a kinome leaf, coated in batter, and deep-fried to perfection, revealing a crispy exterior and a molten interior.

Tuna Consomme 4/5

What initially appears as wine turns out to be Tuna Consommé, a delectable broth crafted from Japanese bluefin tuna simmered for four hours with a mirepoix of carrots, onions, celery, leek, and mushrooms. Served cold, the consommé, enriched with drops of spring onion oil, provides a refreshing interlude.

Managatsuo 4.2/5

The Managatsuo, a Japanese silver pomfret, is delicately coated in a thin tempura batter and deep-fried to a light and crispy texture. Served with tempura sauce and housemade onion sauce, it's a delightful seafood indulgence.

Ebi Toast 4.2/5

Ebi Toast's interpretation of the Hong Kong prawn toast consists of angel shrimp paste topped with a spongy and intensely savoury housemade tamagoyaki. A topping of panko gives it an extra crispy bite.

Tebagyoza 4.2/5

Tebagyoza takes a twist with a crisp, deboned chicken wing generously stuffed with glutinous rice and egg, echoing the parent-child combination found in oyakodon. Paired with oyako sauce, it offers an elevated and flavorful finish.

Wagyu Beef Tempura 4.2/5

Wagyu Beef Tempura, adorned with a drizzle of tart balsamic and pomegranate sauce, features Hokkaido Tokachi Wagyu wrapped in green shiso leaf, coated in batter, and deep-fried. Sprinkled with sakura salt and red shiso salt, it's a sensory delight.

Duck Salad 4/5

Duck Salad provides a refreshing interlude with tender duck breast paired with pickled turnip and persimmon vibrancy.

Soft Soba Taco 4.5/5

Soft Soba Taco introduces a housemade soft buckwheat tortilla, mirroring Japanese soba noodles. It's filled with a play on Japanese sukiyaki ingredients — beef, tofu, shungiku, and raw egg yolk — and is a creative twist on a familiar concept.

Oden Tempura - Radish 4.5/5

Oden Tempura - Tomato 4.2/5

Oden undergoes a unique transformation as it is served in tempura form. Sweet Radish and Tomato, stewed in dashi, are deep-fried to golden perfection, offering an intriguing take on enjoying oden.

Donabe - Spicy Tuna, Prawn Tempura, Kimbap


The Donabe is a lavish affair accompanied by an array of toppings. The Donabe Rice takes centre stage, featuring grilled seasonal fish, including seabream and golden eye snapper, harmoniously paired with Nanatsuboshi rice. Cooked with dashi, Hokkaido scallops, and butter shoyu, the rice is a symphony of flavours. A selection of sides awaits to complement the Donabe Rice: a medley of pickles, a savoury soup, zesty spicy tuna, crispy prawn tempura, and flavorful kimbap. The ingenious touch lies in the interactive element: diners can partake in a do-it-yourself maki adventure, crafting their own delectable rolls using seasoned Korean seaweed. This engaging addition adds a playful twist to the dining experience.

Dessert 4.2/5

Dessert unfolds as a two-part curiosity: shavings of shiitake mushroom-infused chocolate paired with housemade vanilla ice cream and a slice of dried persimmon alongside rich, earthy, housemade matcha ice cream.

Abura Kappo offers a casual dining experience that transcends the ordinary, presenting an array of inventive dishes that captivate the senses.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Abura Kappo
77 Amoy Street
Singapore 069896
Tel: +65 8129 5336
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue: 12pm - 3pm
Wed-Sun: 7pm -1030pm
(Closed on Mon)

Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Turn left and walk down Telok Ayer Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk down Cross Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Friday, January 19, 2024

Dew by Whitegrass @ Chijmes - A Rendezvous of Delightful Flavours and Social Enchantment


In the heart of Chijmes, Dew by Whitegrass emerges as a vibrant nexus where gastronomy meets social engagement. This casual offshoot, nestled in the heritage wing, presents an enticing amalgamation of curated small plates adorned with an Asian touch. It beckons as a dynamic hub for casual rendezvous, after-work libations, and late-night gatherings, fusing a convivial atmosphere with a tapestry of delectable cuisine.

Molten Cheese 3.5/5

We started with the Molten Cheese ($28), a platter showcasing molten brie, grapefruit jam, chimichurri sauce, and crispy crostini. It is an ideal prelude, setting the stage for the dinner that follows.

Hokkaido Pearls 3.8/5

Next on our culinary sojourn were the Hokkaido Pearls ($26) - scallops cloaked in a light batter, deep-fried to a golden crisp. Paired with pickled tartar and dipped in lemon garlic soy sauce, they delivered a delightful symphony of textures and flavours.

Potato Bombs 3/5

A delightful interlude arrived in the form of Potato Bombs ($10) - bite-sized potato fritters in three flavours: original, anchovy, and curry. The anchovy variant, with its savoury notes, proved particularly addictive.

Prosciutto On Brioche 4.2/5

A morsel of joy awaited us with the Prosciutto On Brioche ($15). Savoury prosciutto atop stracciatella cheese, nestled on Whitegrass's famed house-baked black sesame brioche - a harmonious blend of flavours.

Cheese Choux Puff 4/5

Indulge in the airy decadence of the Cheese Choux Puff ($10). These fluffy delights, adorned with shredded Parmigiano and a sprinkle of black pepper, present a perfect harmony of rich cheese flavour and a peppery kick. Each bite offers a delightful contrast of textures and a burst of savoury goodness.

Unagi Meet Tamago 4/5

In a surprising fusion of flavours, the Unagi Meet Tamago ($18) unveils an unexpected yet harmonious combination of sweet unagi and creamy tamago, bound together with the luscious touch of house-made mayonnaise. This dish's interplay of textures and tastes creates a delightful and memorable culinary experience.

Pink Ocean 4.2/5

The Pink Ocean ($22), a dual platter featuring chef-smoked salmon and hamachi, unfolded as a maritime masterpiece on the palate. The smoked salmon, adorned with sweet and sour pickled purple onions and a dash of aiyori sauce, presented a dance of flavours. On the other hand, the hamachi, dehydrated overnight and embellished with soy sauce, anchovies, and black olives, showcased a sophisticated blend paired with ohba and daikon. The creation embodied a light and clean oceanic experience that tantalized the taste buds with its nuanced symphony of tastes.

Yuzu Kosho Seaweed Pasta 4/5

The Yuzu Kosho Seaweed Pasta ($20) stood out as a testament to innovative culinary prowess. The al dente tagliatelle, entwined with seaweed and yuzu pepper, delivered a harmonious blend of textures. Crowned with ikura and a choice of salmon or prosciutto, this dish was an unexpected yet delightful marriage of Japanese and Mediterranean influences. The zesty yuzu pepper played a captivating role, infusing each bite with a burst of citrusy freshness, transforming a familiar pasta dish into a symphony of unique and pleasing notes.

'R' IGA Ribeye $58

Resting gracefully on a bed of sautéed spinach, the 'R' IGA Wagyu A4 ribeye showcased the pinnacle of Mie Prefecture's renowned wagyu. Delicately seared for the perfect charred exterior and marbled tenderness within, this prized cut of IGA wagyu ribeye unfolded an indulgent appreciation. Enjoy it in three distinctive ways: in its unadulterated glory, with a special house-made sauce marrying red wine jus and Japanese soy sauce, or paired with the fresh kick of wasabi. Each presentation offered a unique perspective on the exquisite flavour profile of this premium wagyu cut.

DEW Set Lunch - Shiok! Oji Chick Don 4/5



An irresistible proposition, the Dew Set Lunch presented the Shiok! Oji Chick Don ($28) features shio koji-marinated chicken with jalapeno atop Japanese Koshihikari rice. It is a gem, accompanied by otoshi and a salad of the day, offering exceptional value for money.

Immerse yourself in the culinary charisma of Dew by Whitegrass - a rendezvous of delightful flavours and social enchantment.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Dew by Whitegrass
30 Victoria Street
Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9067 3891
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun and Mon)

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross the road to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk southwards towards Victoria Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Road, cross the junction to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]