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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Yappari Steak @ VivoCity - Okinawa Steakhouse Offering Premium Steak Cuts and Interactive Lava Stone Dinig Experience


Renowned for its exceptional quality and extensive presence in Japan, with over 100 outlets, Yappari Steak from Okinawa has made its debut in Singapore. The steakhouse serves premium wet-aged, 150-day grain-fed Black Angus Beef Misuji cuts served on sizzling stone plates sourced directly from Mount Fuji.


Signature Yappari Steak 4.2/5

We tried the Signature Yappari Steak Meal ($23.80), which features a generous 200g portion of wet-aged, 150-day grain-fed Black Angus Beef Misuji cuts. This premium steak is celebrated for its tenderness, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and exquisite taste. Served on a sizzling lava plate, the steak offers an interactive dining experience, allowing diners to cook the meat to their preferred doneness right at the table. The unique presentation and high-quality beef make this dish a standout.

Cabbage with Goma Sauce


The meal includes unlimited servings of Japanese rice, cabbage with goma sauce, and soup. The cabbage, dressed in a rich goma (sesame) sauce, was fresh and flavorful, prompting us to ask for a second helping. The soup was equally enjoyable, offering a comforting and savoury start to the meal. The Japanese rice was fragrant and fluffy, complementing the steak perfectly and adding to the overall satisfaction of the meal.

Japanese Rice

In addition to its exceptional steaks, Yappari Steak offers a diverse menu that caters to various tastes and dietary preferences. From hamburger steak made with 100% beef to beef tendon stew rice, mix cut donburi, Japanese beef tendon stew, and other delectable sides, there is something everyone can enjoy.


Yappari Steak from Okinawa has successfully brought its renowned steakhouse experience to Singapore, offering premium quality beef and an engaging dining experience. The Signature Yappari Steak Meal is a highlight, providing exceptional value and taste. The unlimited sides of Japanese rice, salad, and soup add to the satisfaction, making it a meal to remember. With its diverse menu catering to various preferences, Yappari Steak ensures that every diner can find something to enjoy. For steakF&Blovers and food enthusiasts alike, this new addition to Singapore’s F&B scene is worth a visit.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Yappari Steak Singapore
1 HarbourFront Walk
Singapore 098585
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront (CC, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Harbourfront MRT Station. Take Exit C or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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]

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant @ Carlton Hotel Singapore - Celebrate The Year of The Dragon with an Ensemble of Lavish Experiences


Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant at Carlton Hotel Singapore welcomes the Year of the Dragon with a splendid array of Chinese New Year offerings, featuring six meticulously curated set menus and exquisite takeaway options. The restaurant invites families, friends, and loved ones to partake in the joyous celebration of the Lunar New Year.

"Soon De" Style Yu Sheng

Commencing the festivities is the unique "Soon De" Style Yu Sheng, a refreshing toss of abundance featuring a plethora of shredded greens and thick cuts of sashimi-graded fish. This light and flavoursome Yu Sheng sets the tone for a prosperous year ahead.

Double-boiled Soup with Sea Whelk and Chicken

Next is the Double-boiled Soup with Sea Whelk and Chicken, a heartwarming bowl of goodness infused with the essence drawn from hours of meticulous double-boiling.

Pan-fried Scallops with Golden Sauce

The Pan-fried Scallops, sweet and plump, are paired with broccoli and adorned with a delectable homemade golden sauce, providing a delightful harmony of flavours.

Steamed Soon Hock with Mandarin Orange Skin

Continuing the auspicious tradition of consuming fish during Chinese New Year, Wah Lok presents the Steamed Soon Hock with Mandarin Orange Skin. The perfectly steamed fish receives a tangy lift from the Mandarin Orange Skin, adding an extra layer of flavour.

Roasted Duck

The Roasted Duck takes centre stage, boasting a perfectly crisp exterior and succulent, juicy meat—a delectable tribute to Cantonese culinary excellence.

Braised Pork Belly with Abalones and Potatoes


A newcomer to the menu is the Prosperity Pot, a lavish dish featuring slow-cooked pork belly, meticulously prepared abalones, and an array of symbolic ingredients such as potatoes, fat choy, and lotus roots, symbolizing abundance and good fortune.

Braised Ee Fu Noodles, shredded dried scallop, golden mushroom

As is customary in Chinese dinners, the meal concludes with a choice between rice and noodles. The classic Braised Ee Fu Noodles, adorned with shredded dried scallops and golden mushrooms, provide a comforting end to the savoury courses..

Chilled Peach Gum, Red Dates, Lotus Seeds, Gingko Nuts

Wrapping up the feast is the Chilled Peach Gum, a traditional Chinese sweet soup featuring red dates, lotus seeds, and gingko nuts—a sweet note to conclude the Lunar New Year celebration.

For reservations, contact Wah Lok at +65 6311 8188 or email For orders and delivery, reach out to the festive desk at +65 6349 1292, email, or visit

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 6311 8188
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1130am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
Sun: 11am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut through Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. Walk to traffic junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Bras Basah road. Turn left and walk down Bras Basah Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Sum's Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat (香港深記飯店) @ Sembawang Road - A Well Kept Food Haven in the North


Venturing into the northern part of Singapore is a rare occurrence for me, typically reserved for exceptional food finds. This time, accompanied by my fellow food enthusiasts, we made our way to Sembawang to explore the wonders of Cantonese cuisine - Sum's Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat (香港深記飯店). A gem hidden from the limelight, my friend, a regular patron, half-jokingly urged us to keep this place a secret to preserve its charm.

Soup of the Day

Commencing our meal with the Soup of the Day ($8/$12/$16), a robust concoction featuring duck, lotus root, corn, and carrots. Its warmth and heartiness set a comforting tone for lunch.

Roasted Duck $54 Whole Duck

The pièce de résistance, Sum's Kitchen's Hong Kong Style Roasted Duck ($54 Whole Duck), demands a pre-order at least a day in advance, a testament to its popularity. The duck, masterfully roasted, boasted a delightful crispness on the skin, revealing succulent meat within.

Sweet and Sour Pork 

The Sweet and Sour Pork ($12/$18/$24) showcased a harmonious balance of sweetness, the meat skillfully coated in a light, flavourful batter. The dish refrained from an excess of flour, ensuring each bite was a perfect blend of textures.

Deep Fried Squid with Salt & Pepper $14/$21/$28

Next up, the Deep Fried Squid with Salt & Pepper ($14/$21/$28). Expertly cooked to a satisfying bounce, the plump squid was encased in a thin, crispy batter. The sprinkling of salt and pepper added an addictive quality to this dish.

Fried Kailan with Mei Cai $10/$15/$20

An intriguing surprise was the Fried Kailan with Mei Cai ($10/$15/$20), a unique combination that elevated the crunchy greens, introducing an extra layer of texture and flavour to the dish.

Black Bean Paste with Bittergourd

Another revelation was the Black Bean Paste with Bittergourd ($10/$15/$20). This unexpected pairing worked wonders, infusing the dish with an additional depth of flavour.

Steamed Minced Meat with Salted Fish 3.8/5

Concluding our feast was the Steamed Minced Meat with Salted Fish ($12/$18/$24), a savory dish paired well with a bowl of rice. While the meat was moist, I found it slightly fatty for my taste, desiring a meatier texture.


Sum's Kitchen proved to be a haven of Cantonese delights, with each dish showcasing the chef's expertise and penchant for inventive combinations. No wonder the locals wish to keep this food haven under wraps.

Sum's Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat
3 Jalan Legundi
Singapore 759266
Tel: +65 6757 2118
Nearest MRT: Sembawang (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun: 12pm - 230pm, 5pm - 930pm
(Closed on Wed)

1) Alight at Sembawang MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Sembawang MRT station (Stop ID 58009). Take bus 167. Alight 4 stops later. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Sembawang MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Sembawang MRT station (Stop ID58211). Take bus number 859. Alight 3 stops later. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Monday, November 20, 2023

Happiness Kitchen Private Dining (幸福廚房), Mother & Son Duo Serving Comforting Taiwanese Cuisine


Gathering with the foodie gang, we explored Happiness Kitchen, a relatively new home private dining that unveils the rich tapestry of Taiwanese cuisine.

Pickled Tomatoes 4.2/5

Our meal commenced with the Pickled Tomatoes, a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors that sparked our appetites. Its refreshing taste acted as intermittent palate cleanses, making it a constant companion throughout the dinner.
Bamboo Shoot 4.8/5

An unexpected gem was the Bamboo Shoot with Goma Sauce, crowned with sakura ebi. The goma sauce complemented the chunky and sweet bamboo shoot, while the sakura ebi added a contrasting texture and fragrance.

Moonlight Prawn Cake 4.5/5

The Moonlight Prawn Cake, shaped like a full moon, showcased a prawn stuffing encased in a light and crispy wrap. Its unique texture made it a standout on the table.

Braised Beef Shank 4/5

Surprising us in both flavour and portion, the Braised Beef Shank, though labelled an appetiser, was generously sized. The lean cut, adorned with connective tissue, boasted tenderness and rich flavour, a testament to skilled braising.

Spring Onion Chicken 4/5

Defying appetiser norms, the Spring Onion Chicken graced our table as a whole chicken. The tender meat, complemented by ginger and scallions, showcased an unexpected gelatin layer beneath the skin.

Handmade Peanut Tofu 3.8/5

The Handmade Peanut Tofu, akin to a creamy pudding, featured a unique texture. Paired with bonito flakes and a garlic-infused sweet peanut sauce, it presented a distinct flavour profile, though the garlic notes were a tad overpowering.

30 Yr Old Chay Po Chicken Soup 4.8/5

A highlight was the 30-year-old Chay Po Chicken Soup, a comforting elixir that was light, clean, and sweet. Its flavours were so captivating that seconds were inevitable.

Perilla Plum Pork Ribs 4.8/5

Introducing a brilliant fusion, the Perilla Plum Pork Ribs, adorned with sesames, showcased the innovative use of perilla plum sauce. The fall-off-the-bone ribs immersed in this delectable sauce proved to be a winning combination.

Seasonal Greens 4/5

In a nod to freshness, Seasonal Greens made a simple yet satisfying appearance. Stir-fried to retain crunch and sweetness, it served as a wholesome accompaniment to the meaty offerings.

3 Cups Squid 4.2/5

The 3 Cup Squid was a delightful twist, a departure from the more common 3 Cup Chicken. The springy squid, bathed in rice wine, sesame oil, and soy sauce, was elevated by the aromatic basil leaf, adding a distinctive charm.

Dry Braised Prawns 4.8/5

Seafood stole the spotlight with Dry Braised Prawns, featuring impeccably fresh prawns immersed in a delectable sauce. So enticing was the sauce that not a drop went to waste.

Handmade Hakka Abacus Seeds

A surprise find on the menu was the Handmade Hakka Abacus Seeds, showcasing the versatility of Taiwanese cuisine. Soft and delightfully chewy, these seeds were wok-fried with an ensemble of flavours for a robust finish.

Roe Crab Glutinous Rice $160

Our dining experience took an indulgent turn with the addition of Roe Crab Glutinous Rice. A dish usually reserved for grand occasions, this Taiwanese delicacy promised a symphony of flavours.

Yam Sago

Concluding our feast was the sweet note of Yam Sago, bringing a delectable end to our private dining expedition at Happiness Kitchen.

Happiness Kitchen Private Dining