I’ve always maintained that American chinese food is a cuisine of its own category in the same way that straits Chinese cuisine us not china chinese cuisine. Food, by its very nature, has to adapt to its environment. COoks have to find substitutes and adapt to the tastebuds of their clientele or their restaurants will not survive.
While growing up, I’ve come to accept that American chinese food is normally known to be cheap and satisfying but oily and not very good most of the time. i was extremely surprised to find out that the Tung Lok group of restaurants decided to open Lokkee, an american chinese food concept. that’s really taking chinese fine dinning to a different level. up or down, i think depends on who is eating it.
First of all its not cheap. for just the two of us the bill was $120. But to be fair we ordered quite a bit of food.
And a flaming pineapple was involved. With real flames.
The food wasn’t bad. It was definitely American Chinese cuisine. Especially the fried rice. The pineapple pork was pretty good, flames and all. Left a bit of a tangy aftertaste. The pork buns were delicious. The bread wasn’t too thick, and was just sweet enough.
We made the reservations through the Chope app and it was pretty easy. Its located in Plaza Singapura (the old wing). Its between a Thai restaurant and Swensens, on the 2nd floor, near the front of the building. Not that hard to find once you know what you are looking for.
There have been a few changes in my workplace recently and it seemed like a dinner outing was needed for us to catch up with everyone. I found a Groupon for 4 and made a reservation through Facebook. Simple, right? After we got there, we realised there was another branch in Orchard Central. Frantic calls were made to make sure that everyone was going to arrive at the same place! The one that we ended up going to was the one at Capitol.
Between the truffle risottos, mentaiko pastas, honey toasts, iced tea, 7 mains and 4 desserts were shared between all 7 of us. The waiter was so impressed that he even commented on it when I went to pay the bill. I told him that we East-siders are very good eaters.
A few weeks ago, a friend from College, who is also a travel blogger (Instagram: travelsavvygal), stopped by Singapore as part of her round the world trip. Thankfully, she is also a rather adventurous eater. The only problem is that it is close to impossible to eat all that Singapore has to offer. So naturally, you have to be picky. And you also have to consider compromises in your food trail adventures. So naturally, I had to take her to a buffet. I was worried that she would think that I was trying to be cheap and introduce her to terrible food since buffets in North America do not exactly have the best reputation. Thankfully the Straits Kitchen is located at the Hyatt (so 1 point to me) and the food there was amazing! Phew!
The Straits Kitchen is halal certified (the other famous one in Singapore is Carnival at the Holiday Inn on Scotts). And since my friend does not eat pork, it was perfect. They have a wide array of food ranging from Peranakan cuisine (and dessert) to Indian food and chinese food. So, in short. Singapore cuisine. All in one place. Seriously, for the range of food we had that night, we would have had to order many dishes had we gone some place else, and watch a lot of food go wasted because we would never have been able to finish eating them! But in a buffet, there is no fear of that at all! we just eat what we want and however much we want.
So the dimsum scene in Singapore is really heating up. There’s the Paradise group, Din Tai Fung, Tim Ho Wan and Imperial Treasure groups. I’m sure there are many others. When Canton Paradise made its debut at Bedok Mall, I was really excited because I was hoping to find an alternative to Tim Ho Wan, which to be honest, isn’t really that good, except for maybe the branch in Plaza Singapura. But the food selection at Canton Paradise was quite lacklustre and their polo bao wasn’t very good. Recently, they seem to have undergone a revamp of sorts and there is now a 50% off dim sum items during teatime on the weekdays. On one of my days off, Mom and I went for their dimsum. I must say, I was quite impressed. Larger selection of items. Cleaner looking menu. The pictures look a lot better too. So easier to pick the stuff we want to try! haha. Definitely worth the visit!
Akiko is off to London soon for another work trip answer since we haven’t had a chance to hang out since our trip to Siem Reap, I really wanted to meet her for dinner. She suggested a restaurant called Wanton on Amoy Street.
However I was late because of a work meeting that ran super late. So she started without me.
Her drink was actually quite tasty. The food wasn’t bad either. The way it works is that each person orders a bowl of noodles. And then you order the ala carte items that can be shared. We basically ordered all the stuff with flags next to it as those were the recommended stuff. I don’t really eat vegetables but the kailan looked pretty good. I had the pork knuckles. The scotch eggs were a nice touch.
Normally a bowl of wanton noodles will probably cost about $3.50 each but bearing in mind that this is a bar in the business district and we did order 3 different dishes, the final tally of $65 including one alcoholic drink really isn’t terrible. Plus the noodles were nice and springy. Which is a definite plus.
So La Madre y yo have been spending a lot of time at the Little Cuz place because his exams are COMING. One day, on the way to the Lavender MRT, we saw this place that sells western food and there were a lot of people there. Hence, we thought we ought to give it a try. Turns out Collin’s is a chain, island wide, and sells affordable yummy western food!
I ordered a chicken chop with spaghetti ($10.50) while mom ordered the fish with calamari ($14.50, I think!). The decor of the place was very simple, almost like a school canteen, but it was definitely clean. Not much atmosphere. But then again, I’m there for good cheap food, not the decor! And the pasta was so good I dare say it actually rivals that of other more established fine dinning options!
Anyways, definitely a good place to check out if you are in the area and want some good ole western cuisine!
It was my birthday last week and a few colleagues of mine thought a treat would be in order. As it was also French Restaurant week, we thought we should give Lewin Terrace a try. Its a French-Japanese fusion restaurant located near the Registry of Marriages, right behind the Philatelic Museum in Fort Canning. There’s a bit of stair climbing involved but its nestled in such a nice peaceful area, you forget you are right in the middle of downtown Singapore.
So the location was peaceful, and its located in one of those pre-war Black and White houses from our colonial past. Which, by the way, were designed for our stiffling humidity in mind. I was very excited. But when I saw the prices of their not-restaurant week prices online, I nearly fainted because, frankly, I’m not sure I deserve to be that pampered.
But hey! Its French Restaurant week! So we indulged. SportsGal and I both chose the sirlion beef set meal with the wine pairing. Totally worth paying the extra $ for as the wines were delicious. PastryGal had to drive and chose the sushi set. Each part of the meal came out exquisitely plated and it was all so delicious. And the waiters explained each dish patiently. The head waiter (French) was very attentive and sweet. I dearly wanted to flirt with him but alas! Married. But the accent though. *swoon* He was also very obliging and took photos for us. In fact, they even printed out one of the photos as a souvenir for us to keep because it was my birthday! Now, handsome waitstaff aside, I thought the service was impeccable and I actually did something I rarely do in Singapore. I gave a tip! I know! But its one of those places where if you don’t give a tip, you genuinely feel terrible because everyone was so nice to you and it was such a delicious meal.
Anyway, the Lewin Terrace is definitely one of those places worth trying out. But unless if you are one of those people who can afford to rent or own a place in Bukit Timah, place it on your “special occassions” list. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was excellent. Maybe when the husband visits in December, we’ll go there as a special treat!