Monday, September 26, 2011

De Burger

On one fine Saturday, it was the case of one burger to rule them all. Camemberu, Keropokman, Aromacookery and special guest from KL, Life for Beginners, were lured to DB Bistro Moderne by the much hyped about DB Burger...and of course catching up especially with Aromacookery and baby Matilda! Such a lovely baby. So happy for them! :)

Then two complimentary appetisers were served to the table. Reminded me a little of German pizzas. Crisp base with a mushroom topping (foreground) and bacon (background).

Here's the bread that was served and later topped up. Always comforting and great to ease hunger. Nomnomnom. The butter was solid....literally very solid. LOL.

On to starters. Anticipating a heavy burger, we opted to share two starters.

The Chop-Chop Salad with Shrimp ($21) had vegetables all..well...chopped chopped. Moohehe. Rather interesting dressing that brought to mind sesame oil and ginger. Some at the table say chicken rice!

Our second starter was the Lobster Salad ($36) with a creamy pesto sauce. Specially loved the crisp endives and lobster chunks.

After all that grass salad, it was about time for...

Eh not yet. Suddenly moo-re starters appeared moo-gically. LOL.

The Charcuterie Platter ($26) had yummy cured meats and terrine. The sides of whole grain mustard, pickles and fresh figs helped cut the richness and salt. In particular, I really enjoyed the fried cutlet of what seemed like a tuna bergedil! ;)

Unfortunately oysters ($4/piece) are not really my kind of thing....even these ones. But it did really taste of the sea. I guess I haven't learnt to appreciate them and don't enjoy tasting the sea that much. Moohaha.

Lastly, we had the Tarte Fine Provencale ($20)- a vegetarian option featuring tomatoes, eggplants and mozzarella cheese. I found these a little underwhelming in flavour. Or maybe my taste buds were primed for the main event...

*Cues dramatic music*

The Original db Burger ($38).

Let's take a step closer to view this. The patty was made from sirloin and filled with braised short ribs and foie gras! Woah. It was so meaty and savoury that I craved for pasta there and then. This patty was one that made me forget the bun, cheese (was there cheese?) and tomato salsa altogether. If not for civility, I would have ripped the patty into chunks and tossed them into a big, big bowl of pasta.

Oh and I should mention that the fries were goood! Good untill I ended up munching on Life For Beginner's fries. I is jialat lah. Moohehe.

By this time we were all too full for desserts. BUT the Warm Madeleines ($8) were awesome! Their warmth and perky citrus fragrance were so soothing.

I risk sounding like a TV Media advert from the 90s... Hey but wait there's more!

The Grapefruit Givre or frozen grapefruit was uniquely unique. It had a sesame halva crust that covered a grapefruit sorbet with Turkish delight. Slightly sweet, perfumed and bitter. I very much enjoyed the slight icy bitterness which proved refreshing after a heavy lunch.

Oh man. I felt really happy and sleepy! :p

See MBS' website here for some handy info.

DB Bistro Moderne
B1-48 Galleria Level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: 6688 8525

Chew On This:
Behind the slightly translucent screen is the actual kitchen. Look hard enough and you might just discover Daniel Boulud cooking!

Monday, September 19, 2011

French Fare la Kopitiam

One of my favourite episodes of The Noose is the one featuring taxi drivers learning French to better communicate the many French-inspired condominium names around Singapore.

La Chateau Quay became Lah Chaitao Kway! LOL.

But mixing French with local culture is no more a joke. One of the bastions of local culture- the ubiquitous kopitiam, can now boast a French stall! Alongside stalls selling kopi, char kway teow and taukwa pau, Savuer serves up duck confit, chicken roulade and wait for this...

Foie Gras (60g- $14)! Yes, that beloved goose liver dish usually found in posh restaurants and bistros is now at a kopitiam. From my visit, it wasn't the best foie gras I've had. But at this price, it was a very good deal. Nice, buttery rich flavours with just a slight crisp on the surface. The bed of lentils were much simple and rustic and delicious.

For starters, try the Duck Rillette ($4). Three very well-buttered slices of French loaf came with a duck rillette that was salted and not too gamey.

With the Angel Hair Pasta with Konbu ($4) staring at me from the menu, I knew I was going to have to order it. This turned out not too bad with a clean, slightly sea-savoury taste but would have been better chilled down a little more. The tiny prawns gave light punctuations of crustacean flavour.

Their Duck Leg Confit ($8.90) has been raved about in The Business Times. I thought it was ok on the whole but the skin lacked crispness. But the mashed potato was absolutely yummy with a buttery lure.

I had wanted to order the Salmon Confit (which, btw is cooked a la sous vide in a kopitiam mind you) but it was sold out! That dish looked really good and judging by the number of people who were tucking into it, it seemed popular.

But it still ended well as the Pan-Fried Cod Fish ($12.90) was rockingly good. Very impressed with its crispy salted crust and moist interior. It lay over a mound of couscous and was accompanied by sliced celery. Unfortuntely, this cow cannot tahan celery so I didn't enjoy that veggie side and the bit of celery-tasting foam.

In a nutshell, the food here at this months old stall isn't refined French fare and sure, there's space for fine-tuning and ironing out kinks but I like that it is the dream of two young chefs.... and that valued-for-money foie gras can now be a lunch option alonside local fare in a kopitiam.

After dinner that day, I craved for a glass of wine. to check if they allow BYO.

Chef-owners Dylan and Joshua are both Shatec-trained and have worked their way in French restaurants here before striking it out on their own. A big applause to their guts for entering the competitive and tough F&B scene, and for bringing French food to a kopitiam. :)

Foodstall No 3
Ali Baba Eating House
125 East Coast Road (junction with Joo Chiat Road)
Tel: 9125 0124

Chew On This: Foie Gras starting from $7.50 (30g)! Enough said.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Doing Thai (Again) at Orchard Towers

Food of course! ;)

I remembered it was a hell of a week but I'm thankful for ending it with foodie friends and good food. Yay! The last visit to Jane Thai was a year ago.

Here's what we recently nom-ed down.

Som Tam ($6) aka Papaya Salad was fresh, spicy, tangy and will awake the palate.

Yum Woon Sen ($10) aka Seafood Vermicelli Salad was so spicy it had us all seeking comfort in lots of ice cream later. Moohahaha.

The rest of what we had were a little more gentle on the tongue.

Moo Yang ($10) aka BBQ Pork was a tad dry on this visit but otherwise nicely done with the flavours of grilled pork heightened by the chilli dip.

Thod Mun Kung ($10) aka Deep Fried Prawn Cakes were as always, awesome! Juicy prawn feeling and filling with a lightly-crumbed crust.

Another fried food that's really good- Peek Gai Thod ($5 for 3 pieces) aka Fried Chicken Wings. I'm not sure what marinate they used but it was savoury (fermented beans? garlic? fish sauce?). No matter cos I'm loving it!

Phad Thai ($5) aka Fried Thai Flat Rice Noodles. You can choose from Beef/Pork/Chicken/Seafood. We picked seafood. The noodles had a nice wok hei but I found the flavours quite mild. Maybe moo taste buds were affect by the innocent-looking Seafood Vermicelli Salad. LOL.

Phad Pak Bung ($6) aka Kang Kong was stir fried with bean paste.

Tom Yum ($10) aka Spicy Sour Red Soup came with a choice of Seafood/Prawns/Chicken. We opted for seafood again. Hehe. I pretty much enjoyed the soup with its sourish notes with a spicy finish.

And of course, some carbs to go with all the yummy food. This was the Khao Nam Liap ($10) aka Olive Minced Pork Fried Rice. Nothing too intense. A pleasant nuttiness.

Ka Pao Moo ($10) aka Stir Fried Pork with Basil. This and rice? Match made in heaven!

Speaking of rice....

The Khao Plao ($1) aka Steamed Rice is shaped like a heart! lomantic.

People come to Orchard Towers looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe they should try Jane Thai instead! Love you long long. Moohahaha.

Jane Thai
Orchard Towers
Opens: Monday-Saturday- 6pm-5am
Sunday- 6pm-3am

Chew On This: In another Eastie pride moment, Jane Thai has opened a new branch at 314 Bedok Road (Simpang Bedok) which opens 10am-10pm! Woot!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Coffeeshop Italiano

I was at SPH for a photoshoot. No not me, it was my chef. Moohehe. Anyway, I was talking to another chef who told me of his plans to open a Japanese sushi stall in the heartlands that served quality sushi and sashimi at wallet-friendly prices. His aim? To bring good Japanese food to the heartlands and allow more people to experience them.

Thanks to entrepreneurial chefs like him, we get to choose from more than the usual bak chor mee, economical rice, roti prata and chicken rice. Over at one canteen near by SPH, there's Il Piccolo- a stall selling pastas and pizzas.

While I usually order their Four Cheese Pizza (a little blue cheese for that beautiful stinky allure), I also like their..

Gnocchi di Patate ($7). Essentially a potato dumpling, these gnocchi are first boiled them further cooked with a creamy sauce that had a cheesy flavour balanced out with tart tomato sauce. Nice! With mushrooms and asparagus, I think this is one vegetarian option that most would eat happily and forget there's no meat...until they see the roast meat stall just next door. LOL.

A printed poster promoting their Peri-Peri Chicken Spaghetti ($7.50) caught my attention and so I ordered it too. The power of marketing. Moohaha. Anyway, the pasta was a tad too soft for my liking but I did enjoy the spicy punch from sliced chili padi in the tomato and onion sauce. The whole chicken leg was fried and unfortunately a little dry. A freshly and properly fried chicken leg with the spicy tomato sauce would have been perfect!

In this month, with any order of a pasta or pizza, opt to get a dessert (Tiramissu, Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse) at just $1.50 (U.P. $3)!

I did and went for the Chocolate Mousse. This was surprisingly very, very good! Even at the usual ala carte price of $3, I reckon it's worth it. Smooth, just nicely sweetened and with a lovely slightly bitter chocolate flavour, the Chocolate Mousse rocked.

Cheers to entrepreneurs and chefs who bring more variety and cafe-standard food at coffeeshop prices to the heartlands.

Il Piccolo
970A Toa Payoh North
Tel: 6259 8897

Chew On This: Want to have your own pizza party? Call them and arrange for a pizza chef to come down to your location with his dough and ingredients!