Showing posts with label Tapas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tapas. Show all posts

Friday, December 8, 2023

Verandah Rooftop Rotisserie @ Momentus Hotel Alexandra - A Spanish-inspired Festive Buffet Dinner


Verandah Rooftop Rotisserie at Momentus Hotel Alexandra celebrates this yuletide season with you with a Spanish-inspired Christmas Feast. Alongside festive favourites with a dinner buffet, this feast occurs every Friday and Saturday, including public holidays from 15 to 31 December 2023.


The highlight for me is definitely the free-flow of Jamon Iberico de Bellota, carved straight off from the ham's leg. Rich and savoury with a luscious mouthfeel, it's perfect with aperitivo of Sangria de Bienvenida that's being offered.

Puntillitas Fritas Baby Squid Fritters with Aioli

Albondigas Spiced Spanish Meatballs

Gambas al Ajillo Garlic Prawns

Pimentos de Padron Fried Green Peppers

Croquetas de Jamon Serrano Spanish Ham

Ala carte free-flowing tapas are served upon order - Albondigas Spiced Spanish Meatballs, Gambas al Ajillo Garlic Prawns, Pimentos de Padron Fried Green Peppers, Puntillitas Fritas Baby Squid Fritters with Aioli and Croquetas de Jamon Serrano Spanish Ham. The moriesh Puntillitas Fritas Baby Squid Fritters is a must-try!

Cochinillo Spanish Roast Suckling Pig

If you drop by on 24 and 31 December 2023, the Live Action Station will also offer a whole Cochinillo Spanish Roast Suckling Pig. Crispy skin with tender meat and the rarity of being offered on a buffet will make your trip here worthwhile.

Crackling Porchetta with Truffle & Herb Stuffing

75°C Slow-roasted Whole Lamb Leg, Australian Wagyu Tomahawk

In addition to the regular roasts, the Live Action Station is packed with even more mouthwatering items - Crackling Porchetta with Truffle & Herb Stuffing, 75°C Slow-roasted Whole Lamb Leg and a classic Grain Mustard & Honey-Glazed Gammon Ham.


Their signature Spit-Roasted Rotisserie Chicken and the Australian Wagyu Tomahawk are still available. From 1 to 31 December 2023, receive a complimentary salad and fruit cake when you order any two festive roasts.

Seafood on Ice

Cured Salmon Terrine

Seafood on Ice is also more beefed up with Boston Lobster, Pacific Oysters, Poached Sea Prawns and Sea Whelk. The cold larder counter includes a specially crafted Cured Salmon Terrine alongside the regular Charcuterie Board and Antipasti.

Hand-stretched Wood-fired Sourdough Pizzas

The Hand-stretched Wood-fired Sourdough Pizzas also have Spanish-inspired flavours, such as Ham & Manchego Cheese and Chorizo Diablo.

Live Bouchot Mussels in White Wine Saffron Sauce

Beer Braised Beef Brisket

Valencian Seafood Paella

The Hot Mains offers comforting and hearty dishes such as Live Bouchot Mussels in White Wine Saffron Sauce and Beer Braised Beef Brisket, which pair well with the Valencian Seafood Paella.

Spanish Crema Catalana


The desserts didn't quite delight as much as the mains, although Spanish specialities are being offered, such as Turron de Jijona and Spanish Crema Catalana, which are very much on the sweeter side. The Churros is the one to go for.

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.

Verandah Rooftop Rotisserie
Momentus Hotel Alexandra
Level 7
323 Alexandra Road
Singapore 159972
Tel: +65 6828 8880
Nearest MRT: Queenstown (EW Line), Redhill (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Breakfast Buffet (Daily): 630am - 1030am
Weekday Semi-buffet Lunch (Monday - Friday): 12 noon - 230pm
A La Carte Lunch and Dinner (Daily): 12 noon - 10pm

1) Alight at Queenstown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Queenstown MRT station (Stop ID 11149). Take bus number 195. Alight 2 stops later. Walk towards Ikea, At Ikea, continuing walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Redhill MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Redhill MRT station (Stop ID 10201). Take bus number 33 or 120. Alight 4 stops later. Walk towards Ikea, At Ikea, continuing walk to destination. . Journey time 10 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Salted Plum @ Circular Road (Boat Quay) - Homely Taiwanese Tapas Concept for $5 and $10 Per Dish


I have visited Five Ten when it was a pop-up at South Bridge Road and I was impressed with the Taiwanese tapas concept. I am glad that they have now found a permanent home at Circular Road. The team has also renamed it as The Salted Plum, a fitting name to the new restaurant as it makes reference to a common ingredient used in Taiwanese cuisine.

Taiwanese Sausages Patties 4.2/5

The Salted Plum has continued the concept of offering the dishes at $5 and $10. One of the many dishes we ordered is the Taiwanese Sausages Patties ($10). It has been grilled to a nice smoky charred on the exterior on top of the succulent patty.

Burnt Chilli Chicken 4/5

Another beautifully grilled dish is the Burnt Chilli Chicken ($10). Nicely charred on the exterior, the chicken thigh was tender and juicy. The menu description says it is cooked with loads of chilli but it was not spicy at all. Saying that, the chicken thigh pairs excellent with the accompanying chilli dipping sauce.

Brussels Sprouts with Shiitake Mushroom 3.5/5

The Brussels Sprouts with Shiitake Mushroom ($5) is stir-fried to a delectable crunch. There is also a bit of heat from the chilli padi.

Oyster Steamed Egg 3.5/5

Steamed egg probably is a common dish served on the dining table at home. Over here, it has been given a uplift with the used of dashi to heighten the flavour on top of its smooth texture. You can also find baby oysters in the Oyster Steamed Egg ($10) topped with chopped spring onions.

Grilled Squid 3.8/5

One of the dishes I remembered having at Five Ten is the Grilled Squid ($10). The squid is glazed with housemade five-spice BBQ marination and grilled to a nice tender bite.

Braised Pig Intestines with Fresh Garlic 4/5

If you think that The Salted Plum is only good at grilling, then you are wrong. Their braised items are even better. If you are afraid of having pig intestines, then you should try the Braised Pig Intestines with Fresh Garlic ($10). The large intestines are not gamey and well infused with the braising sauce.

Braised Pork Belly 4.5/5

Not to be missed is the Braised Pork Belly ($10) in special haus saus. The pork belly which has absorbed the flavourful braising sauce, literally melts in the mouth. This goes perfect with a bowl of Shiny Rice ($0.50). The rice here is also extra fragrant as it is drizzled with lard and garlic oil.

Besides the variety of dishes at The Salted Plum, it also offers 7 different type of rice bowls at only $10 for lunch. This caters for the office workers that just want to have a quick lunch.

The Salted Plum
10 Circular Road
Singapore 049366
Tel: +65 62600155
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NE Line), Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

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

1) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit E. Cross the road. Walk to Carpenter Street. Walk to the end of Carpenter Street to South Bridge Road. Cross the Road. Walk to junction of South Bridge Road and Circular Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight At Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk to Circular Road. Walk down Circular Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mo'mor Izakaya Tapas & Grill @ Tanglin Road - Contemporary Izakaya Boasting A Japanese-European Charm


Located at the junction of Tanglin Road and Napier Road is Mo'mor Izakaya Tapas & Grill, a new member in the neighbourhood. The brain child of the concept is non other than industry veteran Chef Martin Woo. The contemporary Izakaya place offers an exquisite gourmet experience which is inspired by Japanese-European charm.

Edamame Beans 3/5

We started our dinner from the Tapas menu with some light snack bite in the Edamame Beans ($6) while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive. The steamed edamame is lightly seasoned with seasalt for the full appreciation of its natural flavour.

Botan Ebi Sashimi 4.5/5

Once the group arrived, we kick started our dinner with the Botan Ebi Sashimi ($28). The fresh and huge prawn eaten raw is extremely sweet on top of its crunchy texture. You can also dip with the shoyu and wasabi for a rounder enjoyment.

Oyster 4.2/5

Minimum order of 3 pieces, the Oyster ($5.50/pc) is served with a citrus jelly which is an interesting substitution of the usual lemon. The creaminess of the oyster and the zest from the citrus jelly worked harmoniously for a well balanced goodness.

Soft Shell Crab 4.2/5

The crispiness of the Soft Shell Crab ($12) with its natural sweetness, may looked simple but works wonderful on the palate with a dash of the lemon and a dip of the tempura sauce.

Sword Fish Belly 4/5

The other raw item we tried on the tapas menu is the Sword Fish Belly ($15). The clean taste of the sword fish is further elevated by the accompanying ponzu sauce, grape fruit and garlic chips.

Hokkaido Scallop 3/5

The plump charcoal grilled Hokaido Scallop ($24) is topped with ikura for a contrasting saltiness to balance the sweetness of the scallop. Unfortunately the scallop did not have that grilled aroma or sweetness, hence the ikura sort of throw the balance off.

Unagi Japanese Eel 4.2/5

I marination sauce for the Unagi ($22) is usually on the sweet side but the execution here is nicely balanced with the used of sesame seed and sansho pepper.

Saikyo Miso Chicken 3/5

Moving on from the tapas to the mains, we tried the Saikyo Miso Chicken ($22) with natural jus and pumpkin puree. I don't like the texture of the chicken, it was kind of mushy. The flavour was also a bit one dimensional. It felt that something is missing in the dish, probably needed more of the pumpkin puree or sauce to complete the whole dish.

Cod Fish 3/5

Cod Fish ($34) is usually known for its fatty and buttery sweet flavour but then the char grilled cod fish tasted bland. In fact, there was even a hint of burnt taste to it. I am not sure whether it is due to the fact that the kitchen sliced up the fillet, not allowing it to lock the essence within the fillet.

Black Angus Ribeye 3/5

The Black Angus Ribeye ($38) is dressed in a natural jus and paired with onion confit. The beef itself was cooked to beautiful pink sealing the lovely flavour in it. Unfortunately the beef itself was a bit tough to chew which actually was a bit puzzling to me.

Hasselback Potato and Shredded cabbage 4/5

I thought the sides we ordered, the Hasselback Potato ($9) and Shredded Cabbage ($6) fares much better than the steak. The hasselback potato is paired with sour cream and topped with chives. The refreshng shredded cabbge is dressed in a goma sauce for a delectable touch.

Melon Gazpacho

Wrapping up the dinner at Mo'mor Izakaya is the Melon Gazpacho ($12). Served in a bottle, the melon gazpacho is poured onto the plate to be enjoyed together with the raspberry sorbet and berries salsa.

Overall, Mo'mor does not feel like a Izakaya place at all. Many of the dishes are very Japanese inspired but served in tapas style. During my visit, our group finds that the tapas menu fares better than the mains. It is quite telling that the mains which needed more cooking is missing the refinement to complete a good dish. The kitchen needs to buck up or it may start losing its customers.

Mo'mor Izakaya Tapas & Grill
56 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247964
Tel: +65 64638080
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 11am - 11pm
Thu-Sat: 11am - 1am
Sun: 11am - 11pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheelock Place via ION. Exit Wheelock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Continue onwards to Forum Shopping Mall. Walk further down to Orchard Parade Hotel. Turn left onto Tanglin Road. Continue walking down Tanglin Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 18 minutes. [Map]

Monday, April 18, 2016

CATO @ South Bridge Road - Modern Asian Cuisine with a Holistic Range of Craft Beers and Spirits


CATO is the newest restaurant and bar that has recently become the new resident of the historical building where the first OCBC Bank was located. CATO offers modern Asian cuisine, with a holistic range of over 60 small batched craft beers and spirits from around the world.

Crispy Squid 4/5

Our dinner at Cato started with some small plates. We started with the popular Crispy Squid ($12) which comes in a sweet and salty Thai style glaze. The delectable nip is very addictive, goes well with the beers and spirits.

Prawn and Spinach Wanton 3/5

The Prawn and Spinach Wanton ($10) looks like blooming flower on the plate. The golden baked wanton parcels are stuffed with prawns, spinach and mushrooms. While the crackling wanton skin is outstanding, the stuffing did not manage to excite my taste buds. In addition, the wanton parcel is quite hard to handle and eat.

KFC Korean Fried Chicken 4/5

With the number of Korean restaurants opening around Singapore selling the popular fried chicken, the rendition of the KFC Korean Fried Chicken ($16) at Cato is as good or even better than a few places. It also comes with a sweet and mildly spicy gochujang dipping.

Mentaiko Mac & Cheese 3.5/5

My high expectation of the Mentaiko Mac & Cheese ($15) turned disappointment as I could not traced any mentaiko in the multi layers of flavours. Saying so the Southern comfort is quite enjoyable with the creamy cheese, aburi salmon cubes and tteok (korean rice cake).

Mini Braised Beef Sandwiches 3/5

The flavoursome beef is braised in black bean sauce and served in between bread. The Mini Braised Beef Sandwiches ($16) will comfort the hungry stomach, for a substantial bite.

Sizzling Hotplate Octopus 4.2/5

One of my favourite small plates is the Sizzling Hotplate Octopus ($18). The flavour is straight forward and robust amid the sun dried tomatoes and roasted new potatoes. The grilled octopus was also cooked to a nice tender texture.

Twice Cooked Iberico Pork Cheek 4/5

Moving on the big plates, the Twice Cooked Iberico Pork Cheek ($30) surprised me with the tender pork cheek slices which have been grilled and steamed, this is hold together by the rice wine mustard sauce.

Bangkok Lobster Risotto 4/5

The Bangkok Lobster Risotto ($32) comes with sous vide lobster, tom yum flavoured risotto, seasoned vegetables and lobster butter. It is a very beautiful dish with rich robust and cheesy flavour. The risotto was also cooked al dente with an enjoyable bite to it. However I probably got myself lost in Bangkok as I was not able to taste any tom yum.

Tea Smoked Chicken with Spicy Japanese Noodles 3.8/5

The Tea Smoked Chicken with Spicy Japanese Noodles ($20) comes with Chinese tea smoked chicken, soba, ghost chilli dressing, pearl tomatoes, garden greens and sweet potato chips. The tender chicken was the highlight, well infused with the tea fragrant. However the soba was kind of bland and all I can taste is the spiciness from the ghost chilli dressing.

Pineapple Pork Curry with Baked Rice 4/5

The Pineapple Pork Curry with Baked Rice ($26) is from the recipe book of Grandma Maureen. The traditional Eurasian pineapple curry comes with slow cooked pork belly and baked rice, served in a pineapple and topped with a melted cheese. The curry was some what new and unique to my taste buds. Initially I thought I tasted salted fish or anchovy in the curry gravy but it is actually belacan after checking with the kitchen.

Seared Barramundi Fillet with Homemade Curry 4.5/5

What blow the house down has to be the Seared Barramundi Fillet with Homemade Curry ($28). The pan seared barramundi is served in a traditional Indian fish curry, grilled okra and eggplants. It even comes with sliced bread to soak up the delicious Indian fish curry. This is like a deconstructed modernise fish head curry. A must try!

Valrhona Chocolate and Pistachio Cake 3/5

There is only one dessert item on the menu and that is the Valrhona Chocolate and Pistachio Cake ($12). The decadent chocolate fondant cake served with a scoop of ice cream and fresh pomegranate. A decent chocolate cake with moist interior but the missing pistachio puzzled me. It also need to consider changing their ice cream supplier.


For one month period, 18 April 2016 to 18 May 2016. When you walk in to CATO, let the person at the entrance know and quote "CATO Online" to receive a complimentary Tapas of the Day. The promotion is brought to you by the kind folks at CATO.

237 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058786
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (DT Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 5pm - 12midnight
Sat: 6pm - 1am
(Closed on Sun and Mon)

1) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk straight down Pagoda Street to South Bridge Road. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]