We had our super late dinner at 鸭肉扁 Ya Rou Bian, a rather established restaurant commonly featured in guide books. Despite having “duck” as the restaurant name, this place actually specializes in goose meat.
The restaurant underwent a facelift and definitely looked much more modern than when we first tried it in 2009.
The prices also unfortunately went for a lift, with noodles or beehoon going for NT$60 per bowl, NT$300 for a goose leg, and NT$1200~1400 (S$54~63) for half a goose.
The beehoon was the 新竹 style finely thin strands which we like, and the soup was quite flavourful. However, the goose meat was quite tough. Kind of sad that prices went up but standards went down…
- Location: 台北市萬華區中華路一段98之2號, No. 98-2, Section 1, Zhonghua Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Ximen Station 捷運西門站 (Take Exit 6)
- Hrs: 10am – 10pm
After we fed the pelicans and toured the Chocolate Factory on Phillip Island, it’s time to find lunch!
A quick search on Google brought us to The Cape Kitchen and we gotta say, the ocean view from the restaurant was awesome!!
This is also a popular place for weddings and celebrations apparently because it offers breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean and coastline with a menu that is focussed on what is in-season as well as introducing unique Australian flavours.
JY helped to make reservations here, and so the 3 of us were here at Shisen Hanten (who recently won 2-Star Michelin in the 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore) to try some Szechuan food by the Japanese chef Chen Kentaro.
We liked the decorations and the lovely view of the restaurant with the very high ceiling on a very high floor.
Once we were comfortably seated, we were served the menu (with crumbs on them *gasp*). My friend said it was a good sign; for it meant that the restaurant was busy!
We had patronized Ambush many times and today is one of those days when you can’t really decide what to have for dinner. 🙂
But alas, the pork knuckles was out of stock AGAIN! Of the so many times we were here, we had only managed to try it once…
- Mixed Mussels and Clams Pot ($19.50++): The white wine sauce was so tasty and flavourful!
- Confit of Duck ($20.50++) – Duck was a bit tough and not as tender as what we had in other restaurants.
- Risotto with Pancetta and Foie Gras ($21.50++) – Our favourite dish of the night! The risotto was wonderfully done and eaten together with the pancetta bits and cheese was so satisfying!
Mixed Mussels and Clams Pot
Risotto with Pancetta and Foie Gras
Confit of Duck
- Location: 9 Bishan Place Junction 8 Shopping Centre #02-19/20/27 S(579837)
- Website: www.ambush.com.sg
- Hrs: 11am – 10pm
We were back here today, now that Sparks has started serving mains 🙂
We were at Sparks several months back (when we visited Five by Five who is their neighbour) and had their signature sugee cake. We were told then that they were preparing to begin serving mains. Given their standard of sugee cake, we were quite anticipating what they could come up with and they finally started!
So we tried an Oven Baked Duck ($16.90), and Rosemary Chicken ($15.90).
The duck leg was juicy and fragrant, and the homemade cranberry sauce was quite sweet and fruity. The half spring chicken was a bit dry, but the generous amount of rosemary made it quite fragrant too.
Both mains were served with mash potato and salad. The mash potato was deliberately served cold to balance the dish, and we felt that it was delicious with the bacon bits all mixed in to provide the texture and crunch.
There’s no service charge or GST.
- Location: 9 Sin Ming Road Thomson V One #01-04 S(575630)
- Website: www.sparkscafebistro.com
- Hrs: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon), 10am – 10pm (Tue-Sun)
We were all hanging around at the dining area of the minsu and the Taiwanese couple shared that they had a lovely Teppanyaki dinner nearby, which they had made reservations 2 months in advance!
The minsu owner added that this was a very popular place, and that 周董 was known to book the entire place for parties (there’s a photo of him at the restaurant) 😮
Since we were checking out the next day and had no prior plans for lunch, she offered to help us make reservations for lunch.
A quick phone call later, and there were still seats available for the 13:10 and 14:10 timings, and so we picked the earlier slot. Thank you 小蘭!
Our legs were near breaking point by the time we reached IMM Building, so we decided that it was time for an early dinner. This place looked rather lively, so we thought of trying out some of the stuff:
- 龙骨肉骨茶 Loin Ribs Soup ($9.50+ GST): This rib meat is supposed to be superior to the normal pork rib. Somehow, this one had tougher meat than usual. The soup was very very peppery, and did not have much of other flavours.
- 卤鸭 Quarter Braised Duck ($15+): Errr.. We were deciding between the pig’s trotters and braised duck, and decided on the latter, after doing an eyeball survey of what other diners were having. It seemed like no one was having the pig’s trotter. This turned out to be a huge mistake, because the duck meat was so, so dry! We were lucky enough to get the quarter with the drum stick, so that portion was not as dry as the rest of the meat… Sigh.
- 豆干 Beancurd ($2+): This was probably the best item of the meal.
- 卤大肠头 Braised Pig’s Big Intestines ($6+ for small portion): The intestines were cleaned properly, which was good, but they were not flavourful enough.
The gravy used in all the side dishes had a strange 沙茶 taste to it, and we did not really like it.
- Location: 2 Jurong East Street 21 IMM #02-38/38A S(609601)
- Hrs: 10am – 10pm
We had wanted to go Shin Yeh 欣叶 at Square 2 for some Taiwanese food, but to our surprise, it has become Tunglok Teahouse 同乐小聚!
We had originally wanted to visit this place before we got sidetracked and went to C.A.N Cafe instead, so here we are today to try it out!
The decoration was rather rustic with simple chairs and tables (and simple toilet).
The menu was rather strange and n the sense that some teas were listed under “caffeine addicts”, while others were listed under “tea”, so I guess Earl Grey does not contain much caffeine? Anyway, I opted for the Chai Latte ($5) instead of the Thai milk tea ($7) because the former was hot while the latter was cold. Hubby went along with his usual Skinny Latte ($5).
We walked past this restaurant the last time but didn’t venture in because although it calls itself a cafe, it’s more like a restaurant.
So tonight when we ran out of ideas for dinner, this restaurant just jumped out of our mind!
The wall posters in this restaurant has, of course, the black sheep theme! There’s even a poster of The Last Supper but all the disciples are black sheep! Haha…
There are not many tables and seats inside, but the ambience is quite relax and with smooth piped-in music, the environment makes for an ideal setting for a quiet meal with love ones.