If you happen to shop or work at Wisma Atria and planning to have your lunch there, I’m sure you would have bumped into this cosy Japanese restaurant with a local name and even if you are planning to visit this place, you will know there is ALWAYS a long queue during the meal service. Who else doesn't know about Koh Grill & Sushi Bar? And yes if you’ve not been to this place, I’m sure you might have heard much about it.
Like any others, I’m also queuing up and looking forward to try it out. Most likely you might have to share tables with other people and I would strongly suggest to go in a smaller group as in order to get a huge table for that many people, you would have to endure the yummy land wonderful smell and visuals of the food served.
The service might not be top notch mind you as you see the poor staffs walking from table to table, taking orders, serve and not many chances for them to top up your tea while you eagerly wait for your food! I tell myself, it will be worth waiting!
They have a huge selection of food and I do not have any idea what are their famous dishes except this, Shiok Maki, 'Shiok' is commonly used in Malaysia & Singapore and it means a great pleasure of enjoyment and happiness. You can see this dish on every single table and I’m sure you know why! It’s maki wrapped with salmon with a slice of grilled unagi on top of it. Then a generous amount of mayonnaise, torched, and topped with a shower of roe! Pure heaven I would say as it comes with a fireworks of flavours and textures as you engulf the whole piece of maki into your watering mouth.
What would you try when you’re in a Japanese restaurant? Of course their sashimi and their Moriawase is highly recommended too as you will love the thick cut of sashimi and savour sweetness of the fresh fish and shrimp. Their grilled items are fantastic too! If you're a fan of grilled stuffs, you can try out the juicy cuttlefish which has been grilled to a good level of tenderness and a layer of teriyaki sauce to enhance the wonderful aroma of this dish.
We tried some other items like the grilled shiitake mushrooms which is wonderful, the fried salmon skin, not I would recommend as its not crispy at all. you can save some money on that for maybe a plate of seafood fried rice which is gorgeous and if you do have some spare, you can try out the many tempting dishes in the menu.
Do share with me your favourites at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar and let me know if you like it! :)
Located at: Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 238877
Opens Daily: 1130hrs - 2230hrs
I am sure many of you would have heard about the super expensive chicken rice in Singapore which is located at Mandarin Orchard. Chef Steven Low, used to be a chef at the Chatterbox coffeehouse in what was known as the Meritus Mandarin hotel (now Mandarin Orchard) along Orchard Road. Ever since he was retrenched by the hotel he decided to come out and start his own and its Mr Chicken Rice.
You will see his history and story with Chatterbox and some articles of him being retrenched and then starting Mr Chicken Rice. Many blog sites and papers has written about him and mostly a couple of years ago, if not more. Here iEatTravel brings you back here once again to savour this famous dish at a huge fraction of the original costs at the hotel.
The setup of the place is somewhat economic and simple, nothing posh but just simple layout similar to that of many fast-food restaurants. Having said that, the service of Mr Chicken rice is exactly what you will do at any fast-food restaurant. Choose your set meals or ala-carte dishes which is displayed prominently on the menu board and make your order at the cashier. Everything self service and lets skip all these and head on to the food
I have came here quite a number of time and I feel that the consistency of the quality of the chicken served is very good. Of course you might be able to find a few other chicken rice stalls selling tastier chickens, I find this quite tasty as well. Comparing to Chatterbox which uses COBB 500 chickens, which are the most popular broiler chickens in the USA, for the dish. Mr Chicken Rice's chickens are slightly skinnier compared to the former and its not as juicy. The rice itself is fragrant and not very oily (which might not be good for some die hard chicken rice lovers). The best of it all are the sauces. The spicy garlic chilli and the minced ginger kicks up a few notches to the overall experience of the dishes. You have to have these to enhance the tastes to it.
They do have several side dishes to choose from like the popular fried tofu and oyster sauce vegetable. Seems like they might have lose out on the support of local chicken rice lovers that they had even come out with curry fish head? Don’t get me wrong, the food is still very consistent and yummy just that it might not be the best there is in Singapore but its still very worth the price and taste from a former master of Chatterbox Chicken Rice that is the reason why this place is still filling up with many hungry eaters.
You might have been there, try again not, you can go and try it out yourself to share with me your verdict. Enjoy this lovely dish and jiak bah bah (fill your stomach)~
Do you like spas and massages and of course not forgetting some good food to go with it? Overtime when I had a long week and yearning for a good day’s break This is a good place to go to. Tucked inside an old building along Guillemard road, G.Spa is the place for you to indulge in great food and rejuvenate using their various facilities and services.
Open 24hrs, you will not have to be deprived of a good massage and rest when you dearly needed one and guess what? You’re entitled up to a 24hrs stay in the premises and iEatTravel here will show you what are to great eats to indulge in as well as a little stay here with your other half. G.Spa welcomes both sexes where they are facilities like the Hot & Cold pools, Steam rooms, Saunas and even relaxation lounges where you can catch up with your favourite movies which you have missed it during theatre showings.
If you fancy some services from G.Spa, they have a variety of packages and massage services for everyone. From the usual massages in their massage rooms and they even offer couple rooms for a more intimate and private massage experience, they even have treatment rooms for body scrubs or facial or foot massages. I have not tried any of the packages only the basics massage and I would say it is fairly soothing and relaxing. Go on and look up for a package to your desire and enjoy the many facilities at the spa.
My focus here is of course the food! And food is one of the main reason that brought me here. G.Spa’s all day buffet-style dining experience is unique for spas in Singapore. There is a gourmet selection of local delights to whet any appetite. They also have a daily special where you can actually try out two different kinds of speciality if you’re planning to stay for 24hrs in the spa (which I didn't do that). The dining area is cosy and comfortable where if you're going there with a group, they have seats available to accommodate at least 4 to a table and the environment is relaxed. Magazines, newspapers, televisions are available in this area and if you’re just a mobile gadget addict, there is free wifi for you to surf your social pages and also log on to iEatTravel.com when you’re there. :P
Fish soup with bee hoon is a healthy choice if you’re not looking for something too have before your massage commences. Tasty soup with generous vegetables and yummy fried fish will get you hooked and almost asking for another bowl (but don't forget you might have a massage after this). A huge variety of hot and cold drinks available which you will be spoilt for choice. I don't fancy the some of the juices which tastes artificial to me. How about western food?
Gourmet burger or a club sandwich which will make you drool as you savour each bite of it. I think the key ingredient to these is freshness but I’m quite disappointed with the gourmet burger (which I thought must be something different or I don't know, maybe fancy?). Its like a fish fillet burger where we can get it at some western stalls in the coffeeshops but its tasty though don't get me wrong but the gourmet spoils my image of the burger.
What else do they have and since they offer you a 24hrs stay, this cant be it right? Their specials for the day was Fish and chips, nicely breaded fried fish fillet and potato wedges. I love the crunch on the criss fillet and soft tender flaky fish in it. Their local delights is something which you can look out for. Lontong is okie to order if you’re a fan of it and how about Char Kway Teow (literally "stir-fried ricecake strips”) which I think is a another dish which I don't mind ordering a second time. Just that I wish that they could have use pork lard to fry it and the smell will be gorgeous!
Then comes the heavy duty. If you’ve done your massages and after all the usage of the facilities, you can consider the nasi lemak. A good serving of side to go with the fragrant rice. They have Ikan bilis with peanuts (fried anchovies), an egg, luncheon meat (pan fried spam) and fried chicken wing. Its heavenly (if you’re lucky, the chicken wings are just being fried and its crispy and tender.) and its a must to order when you’re there and of course, please take note of your food intake before your massages or using any facilities and I’m sure the staffs (as well as the patrons) would not want to encounter a Merlion here at G.Spa.
Its only me and myself to try out as many food as possible to share wth you what they can offer. Do go and try out and share with me your experience and also the daily special during your visit! Enjoy and relax ya~~
G.Spa Fitness and Recreation Hub
102 Guillemard Road,
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay
Christmas is round the corner and if you’re travelling to Singapore or you’re staying in Singapore and you do not have any plans in mind over these few weeks especially the weekends, do head over to Gardens By The Bay and have a merry Christmas Wonderland
1. First stop, you can try out the Future Of Us - SG50 finale, located near the entrance of the BayFront Station. The exhibition is an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, care and learn in the future.
The exhibition will call on Singaporeans to share their hopes and dreams for themselves, their family and the nation, and to participate in steering the Singapore journey towards the future. It is the capstone event to round up Singapore’s SG50 year of celebrations.
You should be able to spend about 45minutes in the exhibition where there are a couple of segments for you to walk through. A very interesting exhibition where they will showcase an idea of how Singapore will be developed in the next 15 years. I’m actually not very sure whether we will progress and develop that rapidly and that advanced but I’m sure we will get there. :)
2. Besides the exhibition, there is the permanent resident building the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. which they will have different display of flowers from different countries and seasons. and I’m sure its one of the main attractions that you can go to.
What I’m focusing on is the Christmas Wonderland event being held here. Back for its second year, Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay 2015 spans 35,000 square metres, across four main areas: the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures which begin at the Golden Garden and extend throughout the festival site; the Festive Market at the Supertree Grove; the Fairground near The Meadow; and the Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome too!
3. Lending a festive air to the Gardens, the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures, delicately handmade by Italian skilled craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy, will feature an all-new architectural design reminiscent of the medieval period. As many as 56 enchanting sculptures – the tallest towering over 20 metres – will nestle amidst the greenery within the Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Bridge and Flower Dome.
Just when I was about to post this article, I found out that there is another article on this lovely dish being posted. So I thought hmmm, should I post it as well or should I just leave it and wait for awhile. Hell no! I’m not going to wait anymore (actually I had been hesitating to post it for about 5 days) I want to share with you this lovely tea time snack. You find this everywhere when you’re young, at getai (literally song stage) (Simplified Chinese: 歌台), is a usually boisterous live stage performance held during the Ghost Festival and very popular in the 80s
Hougang Muah Chee (Hougang 6 Miles Famous Muah Chee as what many remember them as) is the ONLY one that I would crave for and guess what? They have a stall by themselves selling mainly Muah Chee and some Kuehs. The Muah Chee (a traditional snack made of glutinous rice, usually mixed with crushed peanuts and sugar.) here is very soft and smells heavenly just by itself as the sesame oil in it is fresh.
Making of this snack is not as easy as you think as it requires great skills and experience to achieve such texture and preventing it from hardening. So as I was saying, the typical Muah Chees are mixed with peanuts and sugar. But this, they come with heavenly fragrant black sesame flavour. and if you’re someone like me who can’t decide what to have, the traditional or the creative traditional, you can choose both which I always do lol.
From the pictures, you also can taste the fragrant peanut and black sesame. Trust me you have to come to try it for yourself! There are 3 sizes for you to choose from and I am sure you know which size I go for every single time. Small: $2.50 Medium: $3.50 Large: $5.00
Hop on over to HDB Hub @Toa Payoh (Opening Hours: 1200hrs-2200hrs). B1 Foodcourt and walk all the walk to the end of the foodcourt and you will see them! Try it out and let me know which flavour suits you best! Enjoy the Muah Chees! Oh did I say its self service hor, don't order and walk away ya~ :)
Named after the famous Tang Dynasty Poet, Li Bai is renowned for its Cantonese cuisine served in the tradition of grand Emperors, amidst the restaurant's superb décor and grand table setting of jade, silver and fine bone china. Drawing its inspiration from the poet's classic lyrical poems, Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming whips up exquisite, authentic Chinese cuisine with skilled and deliberate strokes to create a divine gourmet experience for diners.
With a keen emphasis on enhancing the natural flavours and fragrances of every ingredient, the aroma of succulent meats, fresh seafood and crisp vegetables blend perfectly with the artistic touches of paintings and poems to set a unique ambience for a feast fit for the Emperor - yet totally non-intimidating.
Renowned for its exacting service standards, Li Bai Singapore is open for both lunch and dinner. The Dim Sum and Business lunch menus provide tantalising selections of Li Bai's best traditional dishes while the Sunday Yum Cha has become almost a weekly staple for many of its patrons.
I had the opportunity to savour this wonderful and poetic cuisine at Li Bai for dinner. The restaurant give you the royal feel and yes, even for the prices of the dishes too :P You can definitely expect a tip top service by the staffs. From the jade green menu, to the origami napkin, everything displayed on the table is like a romantic poem, the flow of the colours, bringing you, drawing you into the mood for a good feast, a poetic harmony.
First up, cold dish: slice roasted duck meat with marinated jellyfish and cut fruits. Fresh mango and strawberries accompanying the roast duck is a gorgeous rhyme and not forgetting the crunchy jellyfish adds on a layer of texture. Doubled boiled chicken soup is a must too in this Cantonese restaurant. The clear soup tells the story of a light but flavourful admixture where hints of each ingredient plays a part in creating such wonderful dish. Yes the next one reminds me of my trip to Hong Kong where I had similar roasted pork at Lei Garden 利苑酒家. Crisp skin, layer by layer, each layer defines perfectly the fat and lean meat you can try it with the mustard dip. Heavenly!
I can't stop saying its one of my favourites. And the next dish is also my fav! Salted egg prawn with fried green. For people who hates to de-shell the prawns, this is it, very fresh prawns coated with a good measured layer of salted egg yolk and smooth butter. Claypot mixed vegetables with sea cucumber is quite ordinary to my taste. Nothing special about this dish though so I think you can give this a miss but if you like a clear light flavour, this can help to balance your taste palate.
We had fried rice as well and I would say this dish is cooked with lots of love. The 锅气 - which literally means the smell of the wok (usually cooked with strong fire and quick stir frying while cooking, typical Chinese style) The slightly charred smell from the heat gives a subtle relation between the fried rice and the chef’s wok. A good proportion of rice with yet again, fresh ingredients.
Dessert, deep fried red bean paste pancake and black sesame filling muah chee (glutinous Rice Balls). Having the savoury and ending with the sweet, a smooth progression with all the elements to end a ballad poem. The red bean paste is made from scratch and the filling is generous. On the other hand, a perfect duet with the fried crispy pancake skin. I would suggest you to order this if you have 4pax or more (as its a tad too much for 2 or maybe 3.) The muah chee is good as I love black sesame and if you like it too, this is also one to order.
There are so many more dishes and I've only got so much cash (including credit) to spare for this evening. Haha do share with me what other dishes are worth ordering and also I am sure the Dim Sum is a hit too! Jio me for yum cha sometime ya~
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Yum Cha: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
With over 21 outlets island wide, a place where you can tuck into the signature dish and a whole range of quality menus at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment. At Hans Café you will be spoilt for choice. Start your morning with Hans Set Breakfast, there are All-Day Set Meals and local favourites too like Pasta, Focaccia and Salads.
This is a household name where I’m sure especially for those who have grown up in Singapore, you will know about this old brand. They have popular local favourites as well as simple western meals not forgetting the breakfast sets which only till recently that I had got to know about. So what is your favourite dish when you’re here at Hans? Let me share with you some of my favourites and some of the items that I had tried
Aimed at the busy office workers simple english breakfast for everyone. Eggs are a must in their menu. From scramble to sunny side up and comes with toasts and some even have a sausage or my favourite bacon! But be warned, don't expect flamboyant cooking, if you’re particular on how your eggs has to be cooked, be sure to make known when ordering. We had our breakfast at one of the many outlets situated. The service is not what I would praise about but I’m glad that this outlet offers seniors a job but I think they deserve a better working environment too.
Lunch & Dinner
A huge array of choices for you choose from. they have daily specials, or you can choose from their megaload of dishes which I’m sure that you have a couple of choices that you’ll like to have. The typical western delights, where you can enjoy a steak at a very reasonable price, chicken chops with crispy greens, or fancy a good battered fish & chips? Flaky fish good enough for me and I have to say, the standard of the food varies at different time of the day and at different outlets
The local delicacies which brings most of the diners to this place. Hainanese pork chop (with savoury sweet sour sauce), Redang chicken curry (one of my favourite and its only available to some outlets as their daily specials), Hor fun is another must try with yummy seafood and generous gravy which might flow over sometimes. Or just a simple fried rice with an egg on top? You can add on to a set for most of them. The set comes with a drink, garlic bread and soup of the day. I’m a fan of garlic bread but for Hans, their bread is too hard for me and lack the strong garlic taste to it.
So what if you don't have the appetite for mains? Some of the outlets does offer cakes, salads, or even a curry puff if you’re here for tea.
Drop by one of them and share with me whats your favourite dish at Hans!
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