I huff and I puff and I…. continue eating.

Yes yes, I know I’m supposed to be dieting… but what is a Singaporean girl supposed to do when she has foodie friends and many food festivals at her feet? Right… continue munching on!

Mr Goh and I met up with B & K at Wild Honey (Scotts Square) last weekend as part of their noms weekend. It’s something I always do before I head to a makan place – I would browse through their menu and online reviews endlessly and decide what I want to eat before I’m there. So B and I were making ourselves super hungry on a Thursday morning by browsing through Wild Honey food porn and having only biscuits and stuff to fill us up. But good in a way coz we were super determined to eat what we’ve “pre-ordered” and promptly decided that we want this, this and that. Despite having a reservation (note, only the Scotts Square branch accept reservations. If you go to Mandarin Gallery, you’ll have to wait in line), we still had to wait about 15 minutes for our table. The hostess allowed us to order before we got our table, so the food was served almost immediately upon seating. Yay, coz we were famished at 1.15pm!

Mr Goh (not wanting to eat too much) and I shared a Boulevard St Michel and a Banoffee Brulee (spot the pro photog behind!) and a basket of Brazilian cheese bites.

The Boulevard St Michel (S$22) was described as “savory French toast with double baked cheese and spinach souffle, parmesan crumbed poached egg, slow roasted tomatoes, grilled back bacon and spicy tomato chutney”. Everything was fab except that the tomatoes were not grilled at all. They were still good though, fresh and sweet, just not according to description. I loved the chutney with the savory toast. Very yums.

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The Banoffee Brulée is made with fresh bananas, caramel, honey and then topped with a flamed meringue (I think this was S$9). The flamed meringue gave the drink an overall coffee taste due to the caramelization of the sugars, but yet the drink wasn’t sweet. It was very light and unsatisfying to me.

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The dining partners had

  • an Aussie S$28 (120g steak with fried egg, pepper and onion confit, breakfast potatoes, baked beans with ham, sauteed mushroom, tomato chutney and toasted brioche),
  • a Portobello Road S$22 (poached eggs with wilted spinach, portobello mushrooms, onions & peppers, homemade Hollandaise sauce on brioche), and
  • a Brittany S$20 (panettone French toast stack with baby bananas, salted caramel mascarpone, toffeed hazelnuts and extra salted caramel sauce)

We ended brunch (or rather lunch, since we started eating at 1+pm) and then split ways coz K & B had to head west before heading back to KL, and Mr Goh and I had plans to go Savour. Thanks to B & K (they went to Savour the day before we did, and so had some recommendations – “basically, go try all the cheeks. They are all good”). Lucky thing Mr Goh’s Stanchart card arrived in time as well, so we managed to keep our spending to a low (we had $80 credit in the credit card, so we only spent $20 but got $110 Savour dollars to spend).

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First thing we tried was the free sausages at Jasons Experience Corner. Took a quick browse through the entire Jasons area (resisted the truffle fries here) before heading inwards to the main draw! The first things we tried upon receiving our Savour $ were the cod fish ($16) and linguine with crab ($10) from &Sons. The cod was Mr Goh’s favourite dish for the night. Moist, juicy and crispy. The linguine was chockful of fresh crab meat. Absolutely worth the carbs.

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We also caught part of a demostration by Chef Ryan of The Tippling Club who demonstrated a lot of molecular techniques and fancy cooking apparatus.

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We tried the Braised beef cheek, potato and horseradish potato puree, shallots confit, roasted shallot and red wine sauce ($16) from Gidleigh Park, UK. OMG, this was my fave dish. But oddly it wasn’t so much the beef cheek that caught my attention. It was the roasted shallot. Very sweet and soft. 

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Braised beef cheek, potato and horseradish potato puree, shallots confit, roasted shallot and red wine sauce ($16) from Gidleigh Park, UK

 

We also tried the Mikuni 72hr Miso braised short rib, koto onion and fresh wasabi ($10 for the portion you see here). Oh, the taste explosion in your mouth. Portion was small, but just nice since there were so many other food to try!

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72hr Miso braised short rib, koto onion and fresh wasabi, $10, Mikuni

 

Upon recommendation, we also tried the mini meat platter from 1-Altitude ($24, for Stanchart card holders). I didn’t think much of this. The roast beef looked super raw to me and I didn’t dare try it. I was also feeling quite full by now, so I only had a piece of the roast pork. “Meh” was my reaction to it. I think even Mayim could do a better job.

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I also met up with my secondary school friends and had a great time with them and their +1’s. Time flies! I’ve known these peeps almost 15 years ago and though we haven’t met since graduating, there was no awkwardness when we met up at a friend’s wedding a week ago. CW had a lot of Savour $ left, and so passed us some to use. GREAT FRIEND! LOL… Anyhoo, this post is all about food and let’s focus here.

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Braised pork cheeks, miso daikon & mousseline potatoes ($18) from The Disgruntled Chef

2014-03-09 19.26.16Mr Goh had a bottomless pit stomach, and so he went off to buy more food after I was too full to move. He came back with this Braised pork cheeks, miso daikon & mousseline potatoes ($18) from The Disgruntled Chef. I only managed a couple of bites of the daikon (too much meat for me already).

Since we had 8 of us in total, we managed to try a few more other dishes & also had food envy, thanks to the many bottomless pit stomachs in the group. The kanpachi truffle soya was very good. I was thinking about it even through the night.

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Kanpachi Truffle Soya, $16, from Mikuni

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Snails eclair style, with tomato, persil & garlic, $16, from Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais Japan

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Whipped fresh cheese with chives, garlic and parsley, $8, from Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais Japan

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House made blood pork sausage with apples, $12, from Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais Japan

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5 cheese tortellini with saffron cream sauce, slow roasted kurobuta pork cheek, beetroot puree & autumn truffle, $14, Forlino

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Hokkaido botan ebi, tenshin sauce and caviar, $18, Mikuni

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Spanish octopus with peas, tomatoes and black olives, $14, OLA

I’m unable to identify the following 2 dishes though… too much food, cannot process fast enough. 😛

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