XY highly recommended this place and we skipped breakfast to make a special trip here for lunch 🙂
At first, we ended up at the 三井選品 Mitsui Supermarket across the street, but quickly found out that the actual restaurant was opposite 🙂
The restaurant was at 2 locations and the menu is the same, just that the decorations were different. We were led to the second site 上乘三井 a few shops away, as it appears that the first site 三井本館 required reservations.
三井 Mitsui started off as a small eatery 三井小吃店 in 1992, and expanded to seven restaurants with slightly different concepts but each still serving fresh seafood and delightful Japanese cuisine to customers. We also got to know that 上引水產 Addiction Aquatic Development (which we visited in 2013) is also managed under them.
Categories: Lunch, Taiwan, Travel
Tags: beef, cod fish, crab leg, Japanese, lamb, restaurant, sashimi, soup, uni
Since we were seldom in this area, we decided to have our lunch here too… And of the many places that G suggested, we thought that Zaffron Kitchen looked pretty interesting.
We ordered a Zaffron Tandoori Platter ($39.50) and Garlic Naan ($4.50) to share… Wanted to try the Masala Tea, but had no idea how to enter it using the tablet menu… Seemed like it was not available.
It was a rather slow wait of close to 25 minutes for our food to arrive… We were hopeful that the food was worth the wait.
We were not disappointed!
The chicken items were tender and not at all dry. The lamb was just mildly gamey, and the fish was tender. The garlic naan was quite fragrant. We were happy with our lunch 🙂
- Location: 137 East Coast Rd S(428822)
- Website: www.zaffronkitchen.com
- Hrs: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon-Fri), 11:30am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
This is our second visit here, and we were absolutely wow-ed by the food tonight!
We had initially wanted to go to another cafe within the same building, as the food was sold out the last time we went (after 9pm). Little did we know that no food was available at 8pm (despite the menu saying last order at 9pm). So disappointed. Guess we were not fated to go to that cafe.
Which was a good thing today, because we had a really fabulous dinner 🙂
Champion in Braised Pork Belly Rice! Die, die must try!!
Tonight, we decided to check out a smaller night market, 遼寧夜市 Liaoning Night Market. It was only one stop away at 捷運南京復興站 Nanjing Fuxing Station from our hotel.
Upon reaching the station, in our excitement, we exited the nearest gate to find ourselves facing two exits, and nowhere to walk to Exit 2 😮 The station map indicated that it might be a long walk to the other end, so we sought help from the station control. The staff seemed to meet blur tourists like us all the time, and very calmly gave us a laminated card and guided us through the gate and sent us along the direction to the correct exit, located at the green line side. We then passed the card to the staff at the other counter and we were good to go!
Once we were out of Exit 2, we made a right turn to 遼寧街 Liaoning Street, away from the huge pedestrian crossing. We then walked though a somewhat curvy small road to reach 遼寧夜市 Liaoning Night Market. This is a rather local night market and there is no clustering of stalls or closure of roads. We tried out 2 of the more popular stalls.
We remembered the hugeeeee beef ribs that we had at Bardoque some time back, and were keen to try some of the other dishes.
- Blue Oysters ($12.50): There were easily 30 oysters fried in batter… yummilicious! It would be better to share this among a few friends though, as we had difficulty trying to finish so many at one go.
- Lambergini ($28): There were 4 pieces of grilled lamb, so again, it could be a dish for sharing. Hubby enjoyed the lamb very much! As usual, I thought it was quite gamey, and I did not really like the super fatty parts.
While the food prices were definitely reasonable, we discovered that warm water actually cost $2 here 😮 Cold water came in the form of bottled water. The other drinks were comparable to other cafe prices. I guess the food and drinks prices kinda balance out after all.
We were looking for a quick dinner as we had to rush hone, and this place was empty! So in we came and ordered the weekly promotion of medium rare Char-grilled Ribeye (grain fed 100 days) served with Sautéed Mushroom ($23.90++), Braised Lamb Shank (stew) served with Sautéed Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes ($29.90++) and a Flower Pot Milo Tiramisu ($11.90++).
Braised Lamb Shank
Flower Pot Milo Tiramisu
It was a rather long wait for the food, considering that we were the only customers. The ribeye was a bit too rare and too salty for my liking, but hubby enjoyed the lamb shank very much (abit too gamey for me). My favourite was the tiramisu! Not just because it looked so pretty, but also because it came with this layer of “soil” that was actually popping candies that went all fizzy in the mouths! Well, it was very sweet, but interesting.
The wait for the bill also took a while… So visit this place only when you have plenty of time to spare.
- Location: 181 Orchard Rd Orchard Central #B2-11/22 S(238896)
- Website: www.tableatpips.com/
- Hrs: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 10:30pm (Sat-Sun)
Yet another late afternoon meeting in this area, so off to The Lokal we went! Ms J was visiting here on a super regular basis previously, so we figured that the food must be pretty good 🙂
This place is right at the corner of a small side road so its easy to miss. Once inside, the front part of the restaurant is a bar and the rear is the dining section. There is soft lighting and smooth music to accompany the diners to give a very romantic feel to the whole place.
While waiting for hubby to arrive, I had a freshly squeezed yummilicious Pink Grapefruit ($6++)!
It was rather difficult to catch the attention of the staff though, as I was seated in a corner on the sofa and the place was basically empty at 6.15pm.
Cafe Latte, as usual
Wifey was in town for meeting so we decided to look around SGH for dinner!
Met up with her at SGH and walked out towards Neil Road. Whip out my iPhone and Strangers’ Reunion jumped right out of FourSquare. This is a cafe which was opened quite a while ago when the cafe crave started in Singapore. Have seen many pictures, especially of their buttermilk waffles, all over Instagram but have yet to try. Since this was a quiet night, we could find seats and so we decided to have our dinner here!
The deco was quite a simple, industrial look, with exposed pipes and trunking. Quite a number of tables and seats around, and if you are only here for waffles, they have opened another outlet called Waffle Slayer just next door!
Turkish Mixed Tenderloin Kebab
We ended our day by paying a visit to Arab Street, hoping to catch some of the Hari Raya festivities. But alas, we must have came too late, because the street foods were mostly sold out.
Walking along Bussorah Street, most of the restaurants were very crowded, so we decided on Amirah’s Grill when we spotted some empty tables! Also, I recalled having dinner here once with my colleagues and the food was not bad (there were posters of awards hanging on the walls). The deco was very middle-eastern with lots of carpets and leather seats, and with (very) loud music playing in the background.
It was difficult to get the staff’s attention, but once we settled down, food was served rather quickly.
In this area for an evening meeting, and it was a perfect chance for us to go explore Chinatown!
We walked around the Chinatown area and wandered into the newly-renovated Food Street along Smith Street. With the help of FourSquare, we found Yang Gui Fei, a restaurant specializing in lamb dishes from Xi’an. We were initially quite apprehensive when browsing the menu, as most of the items looked spicy! But we were reassured that most were mildly spicy and we could also request for a non-spicy version, so we bravely entered the restaurant!