Showing posts with label Gelato. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gelato. Show all posts

Friday, February 9, 2024

Masa Saito Innovative @ OUE Downtown Gallery - Experience the UMAMI of Japanese Food Ingredients and Fermented Seasonings


Umami, the elusive, savoury taste our palate seeks, is the focus of the Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center's (JFOODO) latest campaign, 'Unlock UMAMI'.  This gastronomic promotion is taking place in New York, Los Angeles, and Singapore. It began on January 16 and runs until February 29. While fresh Japanese produce and ingredients are fundamental to restaurant menus, the promotion aims to draw attention to the taste of umami, which might not always be visible on our plates. With the tagline 'Unlock UMAMI, Live Deliciously Healthy with Japanese KOJI', the campaign will showcase how umami is derived from Japanese fermented seasonings, and the combinations of Japanese food ingredients and fermented seasonings can be used as key elements to create delicious and healthy foods.


The best way to experience Umami is, of course, through tasting it. In partnership with renowned chefs and restaurants (30 participant restaurants in total expected), special menus are featured, serving various Japanese dishes using Japanese fermented seasonings (including soy sauce, miso, mirin, and rice vinegar) combined with Japanese food ingredients. I was privileged to experience umami at Masa Saito Innovative, located at OUE Downtown Gallery. Helmed by Chef Masanao Saito, he crafts the KOJI SEASONING MENU under the 'Unlock Umami' concept using traditional Japanese seasoning and seasonal ingredients.

Snow Crab Crystal Potato Tarte 4.5/5

Our dinner started with an exquisite Fukui Snow Crab Crystal Potato Tarte, layered delicately with Hokkaido Yumepirika Rice Puree, Rice Puff, White Kombu, Yuzu Zest and finished off with a Yuzu garlic dressing.

Uni Brioche 5/5

2nd course was a luscious Uni brioche featuring Hokkaido Bafun Sea Urchin. Bringing together the various ocean-y ingredients together and binding them with the sweet buttery broiche was a dark Yamani Shoyu.

Charcoal-Grilled Squid 5/5


The third course featured Charcoal-Grilled Squid from Choshi, Chiba. The squid was skillfully grilled over charcoal, achieving a texture that was almost creamy within, yet with a delectable bounce to each bite. Accentuating its subtle flavour and the hint of smokiness from the grill was the use of Yamasa Soy Sauce, enlivened with zesty Ponzu.

Grilled Tilefish 4/5


Up next was Grilled Tilefish in dashi with Asari Clam seasoned with White Soy Sauce. The dashi was a tad salty, but the clams and the greens helped alleviate that. The fish was beautifully done with crispy skin.

Yellowtail in Sake Kasu Beurre Blanc 5/5


My favourite dish of the evening was Yellowtail in Sake Kasu Beurre Blanc. Delicately roasted over the straw fire, the yellowtail was laced with a hint of smokiness, enhancing its natural flavours. The beurre blanc was the highlight. Chef Saito had skilfully incorporated sake kasu into his beurre blanc, a departure from the traditional use of white wine. This byproduct of sake production imparted a different kind of flavour to the beurre blanc. It was delicious with a light consistency, boasting the mouthfeel of the buttery yellowtail.

Iberico Pork Pluma 4.8/5

Akanedashi Miso

This Unlock Umami menu also introduces Akanedashi Miso, which is featured in our Iberico Pork Pluma dish. Generously marbled with fats, Iberico Pork Pluma is prized for its rich flavours and texture, akin to wagyu. Akanedashi Miso, a pretty intense miso with a fiery kick, was an apt choice to complement the rich character of the pork. Sato Imo (Japanese Yum Potatoes) accompanying the pork has a dense and creamy texture, elevating the overall enjoyment of this dish.

Chestnut Gelato with Kintoki Carrot Paste 4/5

Summing up our meal was a velvety Chestnut Gelato, featuring alongside Kintoki Carrot Paste, known for its beautiful red hue and creamy texture.

The dishes are part of the dinner course menu ($250++). This "Unlock Umami Restaurant Campaign" Menu is available during dinner time. For more information on the campaign and participating restaurants

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.

Masa Saito Innovative
OUE Downtown Gallery
6A Shenton Way
Singapore 068815
Tel: +65 9052 8810
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line), Shenton Way (TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 12pm - 330pm, 7pm-11pm

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk to traffic junction of Maxwell Road and Shenton Way. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Shenton Way MRT station. Take Exit 6. Walk to Shenton Way. Cross the road. Turn left and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Tom’s Palette @ Bugis - OG Gelato Cafe with Rotating Selection of 36 Creative Flavours Reopens After Renovation


I have been a longtime fan of Tom's Palette ever since they have been serving their gelato in Shaw Tower, Bugis. Their journey started in 2005, with a heart of serving fresh, quality and unorthodox gelato flavours - I always loved peeking into their kitchen and observing the staff working on their gelato!


After Shaw Tower closed, Tom's Palette shifted a few minutes walk down to their current location on Middle Road for a while before recently embarking on renovations and unveiling this new, vibrant, modern look.


The cafe's philosophy in its offerings has stayed true, with an impressive growing library of over 200 flavours featuring classic and unconventional creations, all made in-house using the finest ingredients.


At any one time, there will be a diverse selection of 36 flavours to choose from. You'll definitely be spoilt for choice, and I'm sure you can find something you like.

Tom’s Palette 4.5/5

Alongside its cosy new space, there are also new items on the menu. The Tom's Palette ($29.80) is excellent for sharing, consisting of six flavours that change daily, depending on the selection available.

Featured here are the Wild Strawberry Balsamic, Tiramisu, Lychee, Pistachio, White Chocolate Nori and my ultimate Tom's Palette favourite of all time - the Parmigiano Reggiano & Crackers. Once in a while, I would purchase it in tubs to enjoy at home!

Belgian Waffles 4/5

The cafe's Belgian Waffles ($7.50) now come with a topping of the day (ours was you tiao) and free-flow gula melaka that is available self-service at the counter. You can also add a small maple syrup pitcher at $1.70. I don't know if they have changed their waffle batter recipe, but it fared better than when I last had it. The inner texture is more cake-like, with a slight crisp outside.

Maple Pecan Gelato 4.2/5

The third and final new addition is the Maple Pecan Gelato ($5.20 for Single Cup/ $6.40 for Cone). It's made with a base of Fior di Latte (milk) gelato and generously studded with crunchy toasted pecans and pound cake soaked in pure maple syrup.

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.

Tom’s Palette
51 Middle Road
Singapore 188959
Tel: +65 6977 9749
Nearest MRT: Bugis (EW, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 10pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C or D. Walk to North Bridge Road. Walk down North Bridge Road towards the traffic junction of Middle Road and North Bridge Road. At the traffic junction, turn left and walk down Middle Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Monday, October 2, 2023

The Social Outcast @ East Coast Road (Joo Chiat) - Omakase Experiential Dining Hidden in a Mexican Grocer


Nestled discreetly behind The Madman & Co, a Mexican grocer, lies The Social Outcast - an intimate omakase haven boasting 12 counter-seats. Offering 5, 7, and 10-course omakase menus for lunch and dinner, this unassuming eatery beckons diners into a world of woodfire, smoke, and charcoal-grilled delights from across the globe.

Lobster Consomme 4.2/5

The 7-course Omakase Experiential Dining ($138++) commenced with Lobster Consomme, featuring a whole lobster meticulously grilled over charcoal. This exquisite crustacean immersed itself in a pool of sweet, revitalizing consomme. The lobster's charred essence gracefully infused the consomme, adding an alluring smoky undertone.

Eggs on Eggs 4.2/5

Our adventure segued into "Eggs on Eggs" - a reinterpretation of Chawanmushi. This velvety delight harmonised four egg varieties: chicken, century, ikura, and urchin. The addition of century egg elevated the flavour and introduced a tantalising textural contrast atop the silky egg custard.

Japanese Wagyu 3.8/5

Japanese Wagyu, a short rib cut featuring a marbling score of 12, followed suit. The pristine cut received a gentle kiss from the fire on one side, seasoned with a delicate touch of pepper. A marinated egg yolk was served alongside, intended to be a luscious steak sauce. Regrettably, the yolk's excessive saltiness somewhat disrupted the delicate equilibrium needed to fully savour this exceptional Wagyu.

Tea Pairing 4/5

Amidst the richness of our preceding courses, a fragrant bowl of tea acted as the perfect intermission, cleansing our palates and preparing us for the delectable courses yet to come.

Sate Lilit 4/5

Sate Lilit Bali was our subsequent encounter, featuring minced meat skewered on fragrant lemongrass sticks and expertly grilled. This cooking technique imparted a tantalising lemongrass aroma. Served alongside were freshly cut green and red chillies, bathed in fragrant coconut oil, adding an extra layer of aroma and flavour.

Oyster 4/5

I indulged in Oyster paired with ikura and shark cartilage for the seafood offering. A novel combination, the shark cartilage introduced a delightful textural dimension akin to soft bones, perfectly complementing the tender oysters.

Congee 4/5

Inspired by Northern Thai cuisine, the Congee arrived infused with the spicy and tangy essence of tom yum, customisable to preferred spice levels. Jamaican Jerk chicken accompanied this congee and was a complete, soul-warming meal. A drizzle of lobster oil added a robust flourish to this comforting dish.

Gelato 4/5

Our culinary journey culminated in Gelato, featuring vanilla ice cream drizzled with olive oil and adorned with lumpfish caviar. This dessert skillfully harmonised sweet and savoury elements, providing a delightful conclusion to our epicurean exploration.

Additionally, The Social Outcast offers a tantalizing Wagyu Experiential Dining experience on weekends. This indulgent affair comprises 9 exquisite cuts of Wagyu, paired with a playful DIY Sando experience.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

The Social Outcast
89 East Coast Road
Singapore 428790
Tel: +65 8923 8924
Nearest MRT: Dakota (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Wed-Fri: 12pm, 130pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm, 130pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
(Closed on Mon & Tue)

1) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at block 99 (Stop ID 81181). Take bus number 10 or 32. Alight 6 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

JIDAI Restaurant @ Circular Road - Enjoy An Affordable 8 Course French Japanese Omakase

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Located along Circular Road, the new 30-seater Izakaya restaurant JIDAI Restaurant specialises in Japanese-French Fusion dishes. Helmed by Chef Darwin Wong, JIDAI has recently launched an 8-Course Omakase dining experience at $88/pax.

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Chile Uni 3.5/5

We began the omakase with a starter of Chile Uni with caviar and deep sea crab miso wrapped with crunchy green onions. However, we felt there was too much caviar on the uni, and together with the green onions, the uni taste was barely detectable in the wrap.

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Botan Ebi and Sea Bream 4/5

Next, we had the fresh sashimi with Botan Ebi and Sea Bream.

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Ponzu Sea Whelk 3.5/5

The Ponzu Sea Whelk, serrved on a bed of sea whelk shells, has a nice chewy texture. Best paired with the fermented mushroom sauce provided.

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Engawa 3.8/5

The next poached dish is Engawa, with a thick cauliflower puree and red lumpfish caviar. We enjoyed the tender Engawa slice, though we felt that the cauliflower puree could be more flavourful.

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Soup 3.8/5

A flavourful onion beef dashi is poured over the A5 Wagyu slices and mushrooms. We enjoyed the richness of the dashi used, though it was a tad salty for our liking.

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Miso Atlantic Cod 4.2/5

As for the mains, you can take your pick of Miso Atlantic Cod or Lobster Charzuke at a supplement of $18. We had the former, which features Miso Atlantic Cod grilled and doused with an umami caviar creme, topped with ikura and paired with perfectly charred broccolini.

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Mini Cones Chous Chous 4/5

For desserts, we had the Mini Cones Chous Chous. It is filled with crunchy chocolate ganache and was small enough to be eaten in a bite. It is a simple sweet treat towards the end of the meal.

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Champagne Gelato 4/5

We ended the omakase on a sweet note with the Champagne Gelato, which comes with sake jello and crisps. It was sweet with a nice champagne flavour, a refreshing course after all the heavy-tasting dishes.

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Diners can also elevate their dining experience with an alcohol pairing of Junmai Daiginjo at ($88/bottle). You can go even fancier with the 10-course omakase ($108++), but for something more affordable, they also serve ala carte dishes and set lunch menu.

Words and photos by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

JIDAI Restaurant
9 Circular Rd
Singapore 049365
Tel: +65 81891849
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon: 5pm - 1030pm
Tue-Sat: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit E. Cross the road. Walk to Upper Circular Road. Walk down the road to North Bridge Road. Cross the road and walk to Circular Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Monte Risaia @ Duxton - A Contemporary Italian-Japanese Omakase Experience


Monte Risaia is a contemporary Italian-Japanese Omakase restaurant located on Duxton Road, helmed by Chef Taizo Yamada, whose forte lies in Japanese-inspired Italian cuisine prepared using premium and seasonal ingredients from Japan. We had a $98 Omakase Course consisting of 2 antipasti, 1 pasta, 1 meat and a dessert.

Wagyu Ham with Burrata Cheese 5/5

The first appetiser was Wagyu Ham with Burrata Cheese, whose rich mouthfeel and luscious texture bowled me over. The fats of the wagyu ham bind the ham and the cheese together as it melts away, with shredded parmesan cheese lending some sharp saltiness to the dish. I'm genuinely surprised by how well these ingredients harmonise with one another.

Lobster Bisque Cartoccio Style 4.8/5

The 2nd appetiser did not disappoint as well. The Lobster Bisque Cartoccio Style was rich and intensely flavoured, but it wasn't overly creamy or buttery.

Japanese Chiayu Confit 3/5

The 3rd appetiser is a seasonal dish - Japanese Chiayu Confit. I didn't quite know how to approach this dish as there wasn't any side dish I could use with the flavoured oil. The Chiayu had a hint of bitterness, but it wasn't unpleasant. Interestingly, that bitter nuance brought out the sweetness of the corn and tomatoes.

Signature Triple Dashi with Shiso Leaves Pasta 4/5

Chef Taizo's pasta left an impression when I had it a couple of years back. I love the addition of shiso leaves that permeates the pasta with this distinctive herbaceous scent and the intensity of the tomato pasta sauce. The Signature Triple Dashi with Shiso Leaves Pasta (hamaguri dashi, Kani dashi, konbu dashi) was just as delicious this time round.

Roasted Beef Tenderloin 4/5

For main, we had Roasted Beef Tenderloin. The meat was simply prepared, but Chef Taizo layered it with small touches of ingredients such as horseradish, parmesan cheese, balsamic and tomato sauce, seasoning the meat with tiny bursts of acidity, sweetness and some sharp saltiness. Even bits of chicken soft bones were added to give it a textural crunch.

Genmaicha Gelato 4/5

Dessert was a refreshing Genmaicha Gelato, which I thought was a deviation from the usual Matcha ice cream. There were even bits of roasted brown rice that had become chewy in its current form, giving an additional texture to the ice cream.

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.

Monte Risaia
59 Duxton Road
Singapore 089523
Tel: +65 69700067
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line), Maxwell (TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12pm – 230pm, 5pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk towards Orchid Hotel. Walk to Tanjong Pagar Road, cross the road. Walk to Craig Road. Turn left onto Craig Road. Walk down Craig Road. Turn right onto Duxton Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Maxwell MRT station. Take Exit 3. Turn left and walk to Neil Road. Cross the road. Walk to Duxton Road. Walk down Duxton Road. WAlk to destinaton. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Monday, February 21, 2022

GelatiAmo @ Connexis Tower, Fusionpolis - Authentic Italian Gelato By Chef Loris Massimini Of Ristorante Pietrasanta


GelatiAmo is a new gelato cafe brought to you by Chef Loris of Ristorante Pietrasanta. Each day, the gelato is churned in a special combi gelato machine from Italy. GelatiAmo's gelato is made without any shortcuts that compromise its integrity, using time-honed techniques and quality ingredients to produce the ideal gelato texture.


Instead of trendy flavours, GelatiAmo focuses on timeless, classic flavours done right. On top of that, it will also introduce store speciality that can't find elsewhere in Singapore. Each scoop is priced at $4.20, while double scoop at $7.80 with an extra $0.80 charge per scoop for premium flavours. An additional $1 for the cone instead of the cup.


Classic flavours include Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Chocolate (made with 76% cacao), Earl Grey, Coconut with Choco Chip, Yogurt Strawberry, Ferrero Rocher, Pistachio and Melted Butter Coffee.


The store speciality comprises the Burrata Balsamico, inspired by the popular cheesecake at Ristorante Pietrasanta. It uses the same 12 Year Old Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar for the gelato flavour. In addition, customers can look forward to seasonal rotation such as Champagne Grapefruit, Almond and Turmeric, and Grapefruit sorbet.



Besides having the gelato on its own, customers can choose to serve in Brioche, Square Cinnamon-coated Doughnuts and Waffle.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

1 Fusionopolis Way
Singapore 138632
Nearest MRT: One-North (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am - 830pm
Sun: 2pm - 830pm

1) Alight at One North MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 2 minutes. [Map]