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黒豚居酒屋 辰己亭 Tatsumitei @Kagoshima, Japan

IMG_3887.jpgIt seemed rather difficult to find a breakfast place near our hotel in 天文館 Tenmonkan area early in the morning, so we just randomly went into a place that was opened.

This Izakaya was either just opened, or had yet to close 😛 because the chefs looked “just-woken-up”.

We were the only customers, and opted to seat at the counter area to share a 黒豚キムチチーズ お好み焼き Kurobuta Kimchi Cheese Okonomiyaki (¥1200), which turned out to be really literal when the description mentioned “black (pork)”.

As the “chef” was rather busy with other stuff as well, (and at one point, we were wondering if she had indeed forgotten that there was “a piece of thing” on the frying pan) we ended up with a rather black okonomiyaki…

This was the worst meal in our entire 2 weeks in Japan… And we only blogged about it so that readers would not make the same mistake as us…

Contact:

  • Location: 〒892-0843 鹿児島県 鹿児島市 千日町 9-12, 9-12 Sennichicho Kagoshima-shi Kagoshima-ken, Japan (Google Maps)
  • Directions: 3 min walk from 市電天文館駅 Tenmonkandori City Tram Station
  • Hrs: 24 hours
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Restoran Daun Pisang Sri Ananda Bahwan @Penang Street, Penang

2016-04-17 22.03.44We enjoyed the Indian food at Little India in George Town back in 2011, where we tried vegetarian food at Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant (loved the Palak Paneer so much that we started ordering this dish whenever we go to Indian restaurants) and delicious tandoori chicken and naan at Restoran Kapitan.

This time, we thought that we should try a different restaurant, and ended up at the Restoran Daun Pisang Sri Ananda Bahwan, as it was the most crowded. There were a good mix of Caucasians, Indians and Chinese patrons, so we thought the food should be pretty decent. In all, we tried:

  • Tandoori Chicken (RM6.50 +6% GST): This was not bad, and the meat was quite tender.
  • Hariyali Kebab (RM7+): The meat was more tough, but still not too bad.
  • Palak Paneer (RM12+ for medium): There was some confusion when the “palak paneer” arrived looking bright orange, when it was supposed to be cottage cheese cubes cooked in a smooth spinach curry. We kept reiterating what we ordered before they returned with the dish that really did not appear very green to us. It was the saltiest version that we have ever eaten 😦
  • Garlic Naan (RM3+): We thought that it was abit undercooked, and the garlic flavours did not come out fully.
  • Masala Tea (RM1.80+): I’m not sure what was the difference between Masala Tea and Masala Milk, for this drink was milky too. It was extremely sweet 😮

It was a rather disappointing meal for us 😦

Contact:

  • Location: 53&55 Penang Street, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
  • Websitesrianandabahwan.com.my
  • Contact: +60 04-264 4204
  • Hrs: 7am – 12am
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Shabuya @Vivocity

2015-10-14 19.13.03We were in need of some hot and comforting food, and shabu shabu sounded like a great idea. We walked into Shabuya and had the buffet ($45.90++ per adult), but on hindsight, we should have probably gone for the set meal instead.

For the buffet, we had our own individual pots, and unfortunately, the induction cooker that I had only 2 options – off, or high heat. Sheesh!

Service appeared to be much faster for customers who ordered the sets, and while the hotpot ingredients were certainly very fresh, there was just this “short-of-something” feel to it. The lamb was good, and not too gamey. Unfortunately, the chicken was sliced far too thin, while the beef were sliced too thick, and it was difficult to chew through the fats. The sashimi was too frozen, and not sliced properly; some of the pieces were stuck together. The tiger prawns were fresh and sweet, and the rest of the seafood items were quite ok. We also tried the sotong balls and cheese balls, and we preferred what we buy from NTUC.

We were seated near the entrance, and it was a little annoying that we had lots of difficulty trying to the the attention of the staff to order food, while the staff manning the entrance (the restaurant next door appears to be by the same owner / group) were having lots of fun playfully hitting each other and giggling uncontrollably.

We do not think that we will be returning anytime soon.

Contact:

  • Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk Vivocity #01-102/103 S(098585)
  • Websitewww.shabuya.com.sg
  • Hrs: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 11:30am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
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Liang Peng Bak Kut Teh 亮憑肉骨茶 @IMM

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.

Contact:

  • Location: 2 Jurong East Street 21 IMM #02-38/38A S(609601)
  • Hrs: 10am – 10pm
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何洪記 Ho Hung Kee @Hysan Place, Hong Kong

Wanton Mee and Dumpling Soup

Wanton Mee and Dumpling Soup

This one Michelin Star wanton restaurant 雲吞麺 has been on our list for a while, but we never quite made it here during our last couple of trips. This time, we made it here for dinner!

At 6pm on a Saturday evening, it was quite crowded but still had some empty seats, and we were seated immediately 🙂

The environment was rather posh, and so the prices were rather upscale as well, with some abalone porridge going for HKD 300+! The dim sum prices were not too cheap either. Hence, we decided to stick to the basics and ordered a large Wanton Soup with Noodles (HKD 56+) and Shrimp Dumpling Soup (HKD 58+). Tea was HKD 3+ per person, with additional 10% service charge imposed.

Our food came quickly, and we were a bit surprised at the size of the bowl… Rather tiny? Gotta say that the wantons were quite flavourful and delicious, but the shrimp dumplings were quite bland, despite all the extra ingredients 😦 The soup was not bad, just a tad too pepperish. The noodles were very disappointing, as it was not at all springy, and it fact, quite tough to bite. The only redeeming point was that the thin noodles did not grow fat after soaking in the soup for a long time.

We could not believe that this was so-called Michelin Star standard!

Anyway, posh did not mean good service as well. The girls at the table next to us found worm when they were close to finishing their plate of vegetables, and when they complained to a waitress, she was like.. “So? Change another plate for you?” We also overheard the manager saying that since they almost finished the food, they had to pay for it. But the girls also did not appear to be those that would pay without a fight, and they were saying that no way they would pay for it! Not too sure who won the battle in the end, but we didn’t hear any quarrels from the payment counter. This was also not a place to linger, for our bowls were cleared very quickly after we were done, giving us a very clear and not-so-subtle hint to leave this place.

For this price, we are definitely not coming back again!

Contact:

  • Location: 香港島銅鑼灣軒尼詩道500號希慎廣場12樓1204-1205號舖, Shop 1204-1205, 12/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Websitewww.tasty.com.hk/shop_hohungkee.html
  • Hrs: 11:30am – 11pm
  • Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣
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[closed] Song Yuan Bak Kut Teh 松远 @Goldhill Shopping Centre

Note: Song Yuan BKT has ceased operations at this location.

Thin and few slices

Thin and few slices

粉肠,粉肠,没粉怎么叫粉肠?

粉肠,粉肠,没粉怎么叫粉肠?

We had a craving for bak kut teh and decided to check out this place… Though the lack of crowd was a bit worrying, haha! There was also no prime ribs soup option… So… We had a few questions marks in our mind :p

We ordered a Pork Ribs Soup ($6), Braised Pig’s Intestines ($6), Bean Curd Skin ($3), Kai Lan ($4) and a bowl of Steamed Rice ($1).

The pork ribs soup looked quite sad with 5 tiny ribs floating inside, but the braised pig’s intestines looked even sadder… Haha… The soup was quite salty, and the meat was quite tough… There were even pieces with more bone than meat. The intestines were not cleaned thoroughly as there was a stinky taste to it, and somehow, the insides of the intestines were gone!! 粉肠,粉肠,没粉怎么叫粉肠? Disappointed!!

The kai lan was a bit better, but there was just too much sauce, so it was quite salty. The best dish was actually the bean curd skin… *faintz* Rice was quite a huge portion, we both could not finish it. While the rice was not overly tough, you might want to add some soup or gravy to soften it a bit…

We are not coming back here again 😦

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Jamie’s Italian @Vivocity

Jamie's first (and maybe last) restaurant in Singapore

Jamie’s first (and maybe last) restaurant in Singapore

Hubby had been wanting to try out this place for a while, so since we were kinda nearby, and we managed to make a booking just a couple of hours before, we decided to give this place a chance… Despite the terrible reviews online. Probably a mistake… Haha!

We arrived much earlier than our reserved timing, but the staff was happy to sit us, as the place was mostly empty at 6+ on this weekday. We were a little surprised, as we had previously read that the restaurant was booked ahead for weeks during its first few months of operations… In my mind I was wondering if the reviews were so bad that people stopped coming, or if it was simply too early?

Our server for the day was probably a new hire, for he was so nervous when reciting the specials for the day and kept referring to his notes.

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