There are so many food options at Shaw Centre new wing!
Decisions, decisions, and finally we decided that I Want My Noodle sounded 霸气 enough to get our first vote. We decided to share My Noodle with Double Roast ($12.50 nett), add Pebbles Dessert for $2.50 (usual price $3.90), and Fried Wings ($7.90).
The noodles was quite delicious! Reminded us of the curly type of instant noodles, but a thicker version. Both the char siew and sio bah were very flavourful, and we loved the well proportioned meat and fats; not too much fats, but enough for flavours. It would be perfect if the meats could be just a little bit more tender.
The flourless fried wings were already well-marinated, without needing the additional sambal chilli. The meat was tender and juicy!
I was a bit apprehensive to try the dessert, as it looked like it was made from mochi. Well, there was a little bit of the mochi element in it, but the flavours were oh-so-good and fragrant! We had to dust off the icing from the pebbles though, as the artificial sweetness was overpowering the natural sweetness of the sweet potato and purple potato balls.
Note: only cash or NETS payment is accepted here.
With PSI climbing to hazardous levels, we opted to stay within the hotel. After hanging out at the club lounge, we went to Level 1 to check out the izakaya.
We had heard lots of good things about London Fat Duck and met up with Ms J to go check it out! It was about 35 minutes wait after we submitted our order chit on a weekday evening, and we were eating by 7.15pm!
Wagyu Beef Burger
Hubby redeemed a 1-for-1 voucher, so we came here for dinner! It was quite funny that when hubby called up to make reservations, they didn’t even ask for the name or contact details… Which seemed to suggest that there was not going to be a crowd.
Indeed, there was only another 2 customers when we arrived around 7pm. Very quickly, hubby ordered a Wagyu Beef Burger ($23++), while I could not resist ordering the Seafood Aglio Olio ($23++).
Seafood Aglio Olio
Got to say that the seafood was very fresh, and the linguine was cooked quite al-dente. However, this must be the most oily version of aglio olio that I have ever tried… There was a huge puddle of oil left after I had tossed and finished the pasta 😮
Hubby was very happy with his medium rare beef burger! The beef patty was thick and juicy, and the egg yolk was runny and yummy.
For the price, we thought that the portions were quite small, but since we had a 1-for-1, it was still quite worth it 🙂
- Location: 583 Orchard Road Forum The Shopping Mall #01-20/21 S(238884)
- Website: benjaminbrowns.com
- Hrs: 10am – 9pm (Mon-Thu), 10am – 10pm (Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun)
After a satisfying dinner, it was time for drinks! We decided to try out this small little cafe at Orchard Gateway. We were promptly seated and served with iced water, good service for a change!
Not a real carrot but a real cake
I had the Chocolate Chip Chai ($6.80), while hubby had the Carrot Cake with Flat White set ($9.90, carrot cake/cheesecake/flourless chocolate cake with choice of coffee, 3pm to 9pm).
The tea smelt chocolatey but definitely tasted like a light Chai tea, haha! Hubby was quite satisfied with his flat white, despite the lack of beautiful latte art, as it was quite aromatic, smooth with a slight nutty taste. The cake was cute with a icing carrot right at the top, but the taste was so-so, we much preferred the drinks 🙂
The iced water was topped up regularly by the staff, which we really appreciated! This is a nice corner stop for tired shoppers to take a break and watch other busy shoppers busy by!
My brother strongly recommended this stall to us, so here we were, our very first time eating at the food court of 313 Somerset!
Chicken Katsu Curry with Pork Katsu side
I decided to try my brother’s favourite, Mushroom & Bacon Miso Cream with Onsen Egg Topping Pasta ($6.80) (actually he told me to add an extra onsen egg for $1 for extra kick, but I was worried about being disappointed with the egg), while hubby decided to try the Chicken Katsu Curry ($9.80) with a side of Pork Katsu ($3), after realising that he probably couldn’t finish the Monster Combo Curry ($21) when he saw it at someone else’s table, haha!
Hubby placed the order at the counter and returned with a round buzzer. Since this stall had quite a lot of patrons in this relatively empty food court, we had high hopes! 😀 We waited less than 10 minutes for the food to be ready 🙂
The pasta was really quite good for this price! Creamy but not overly heavy, the Onsen egg blended perfectly with the sauce, though perhaps it would be better with an extra egg. The pasta itself was quite firm and springy… I polished off the pasta real quickly :p
The default curry was level 1 hot, and it was of the right degree of heat for hubby, i.e. not very hot :p We preferred the pork to chicken Katsu, as the chicken version was very flat with a too high ratio of batter to meat. But we still enjoyed our meal very much 🙂
Ms J promised to take us to this secret tea place for a 3-course tea sampling course ($45 nett per pax) and we had been so looking forward to it! We were surprised to be able to find such a peaceful sanctuary right smack in the middle of town 🙂
It was a 5 to 10 minute walk from Somerset MRT, and luckily, J had sent us a picture of the door without signage so that we knew exactly where to look for!
After pressing the bell (actually, we should have pressed the button of the intercom instead), we were welcomed to the lovely tea place!
It was huge with 3 floors and mezzanine floors, with private rooms and common rooms. After removing our shoes, we walked in and were greeted huge goldfishes swimming in the indoor pond!
There was a new kid on the block and we decided that the other Japanese restaurant, Fukuyichi, was probably not going to close down anytime soon, since it had been around for quite some time already… So it was Kaiware for us!
Hubby loitered around this area while waiting for me to knock off, and chanced upon this cafe! So he found a quiet little corner and spent almost 2 hours here, enjoying his cup of Earl Grey ($4.50), while people-watching… Nice place to chill! The seats are quite spread out so there is plenty of privacy for conversations 🙂
Since he already had such a comfortable lounging chair, we decided to stay here for dinner as well.
We decided to pop by The Cathay to have some coffee after dinner. Hubby was keen to try out The Assembly Ground but there weren’t any seats available, so we left our contacts on the waiting list and went to explore the mall, as we were told that it would be a 45-minute wait.
Through this little exploration, we found this mall to be rather “healthy”… Vending machines for cups of fruits or freshly squeezed orange juice, anyone? It’s really fresh, because we got to see the unpeeled oranges make their move after someone fed the machine some notes! Wow!
There was no call from The Assembly Ground after we were done exploring the entire mall, so we decided to return back to check the queue. To our shock, we saw the staff welcoming people inside with obviously no reservations whatsoever! So I quickly enquired about the waiting list, and she took out a list where only less than half the names were crossed out. She explained in a rather apologetic manner that the kitchen was already closed and there were only drinks and cakes available. That was fine with us since we only wanted drinks, but I was rather displeased because whoever the staff in charge of the waiting list could have called up to inform about the available seats and whether we would still want to go over when the kitchen has closed, or at the point of us leaving our contacts, could have told us that the kitchen would be closing shortly and if we still want to be on the waiting list? That would have been sufficient information for us to decide if we wanted to hang around, or look for something else. Bad first impressions for us! 😦