Tamaya Dinning

finally met up with the gang 🙂 thanks to troopie Ali and beaties for organizing.

so decided to go down cuppage for Japanese dinner!
I wanted to bring them to Shinjuku Izakaya, but the place was quite full… so we headed to the terrace and settled for Tamaya dinning

So for appetizers, we had

Otooshi – pickled Tako (octopus)

and so we ordered to share between us

 

3 kinds of Sashimi – Tuna, Salmon and Meikiji(Sword fish)

Niku Jyaga (Beef and Potato Stew)

Buta Salad (Pork Salad)

Mentaiko Pasta

Chawan Mushi

after opening the cap .. close up

Oden

Tsukune Tare ( Minced Chicken patty with quail’s egg)

Tebasake (Grilled Salt Chicken Wings)

 

Verdict: 2.5/4 of us will return.
I think my troopers are not very used to this style of Japanese cooking. Then again, they mentioned they liked the Mentaiko pasta – that it was very buttery and creamy, as well as the niku Jyaga.

But I personally quite like this place …. one of my favourite place for oden, as well as the mentaiko pasta.  🙂

Will definitely return!!

and now.. DESSERT!!! 🙂

Tamaya dining
45 Cuppage Road
Cuppage Terrace

 

 

Kaiho Sushi re-visited

I dragged troopie beaties to Kaiho Sushi to let her try what I was raving about since my last visit there!

So we ordered:

Grape Sangria :/

This came a little different from what I expected .. But ok its not too bad 🙂

So troopie beaties decided to try this since she loves her tempura prawns much:

Ebi( Prawn) Tempura Spicy Aburi Sushi

 

we ordered to share between us:

Baked Scallop Mentai Yaki

comments: I wished this dish was just a little more creamier? It got creamier towards the center and the mushrooms did compliment it quite well to some extent. But I don’t think I will order this again .. Appreciate the effort and time that went into the making of this dish nonetheless.

and of course, what I also came for:

Spicy Salmon Aburi Sushi

and of course, what we came for:

Spicy Soft Shell Crab Aburi Roll

 

Verdict: 2/2 of us are coming back here for a sushi fix!!!! 😀 Super glad she enjoyed this place as much as I do! (I must start a new favourites folder and include this place in!)

Kaiho Sushi
5 Koek Road,
#03-01/02 
Cuppage Plaza, Singapore

Kaiho Sushi

This next awesome sushi deserves a post by itself.

I was introduced to this place by my friends, that were raving about how yummy this particular sushi roll was. I must say, after tasting it, we wolfed down at least 2 rolls each person because it was so splendid and brought so much joy to the mouth. 🙂 It thus became a food type that we would really crave.

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Aburi Spicy Salmon Roll

This is one of the most awesome dish ever 🙂 I have not found another place yet that meets its match . Its a super HIT for me 🙂 Definitely would make the trip back here 🙂

Ratings: 4/4 of us will definitey return to this place

Kaiho Sushi
Address: 5 Keok Road
#03-01/02 Cuppage Plaza, Singapore

Opening Hours
Tue–Sun:
12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
(Closed on Mon)

Viva Mexico

My friends decided we should try a different cuisine from the normal instead of Japanese and Chinese .. So we went ahead with Mexican cuisine as suggested and we were hugely and pleasantly surprised by the taste and cuisine!

Beef Fajitas

wrap

Nachos with Sour Cream and Guacamole

My most favourite dish for the night was the chicken enchiladas with olive rice! This is the first time I am trying this and I must say I am pleasantly surprised 🙂

Chicken Enchiladas

I would totally return here for this! my first close experience with mexican food in Singapore .. Pleasantly surprised 🙂
The margaritas were also great! although one of it was too strong for my friend ..
Viva Mexico
23 Cuppage Road, 
Cuppage Terrace, 
Singapore 

Shinjuku Izakaya

So our second stop ( and last stop for the night) we went across the road, into this Japanese style sliding door restaurant. It turns out to be a Izakaya – again the crowd is all Japanese (not complaining – i mean the best part is that you can just talk about your own circle of things without worrying and seeing a familiar face around) and the old lady that attended to us was very friendly and gave us table right inside. It was those table where you had to take off your shoes and enter! *mini gush Japanese moment!!!*

the whole menu was in Japanese( all the lessons paid off) and their english menu was pretty limited .. but good thing we have Japanese proficient people around, so we managed to get some orders rolling! I must say this place seem very close to Japan in terms of, what they offered on the menu, is really what you can find in Japan!!! and not very common in the Japanese restaurants around Singapore

Mini uni don and miso soup

Close up of the mini uni don

Potato Salad

All we ordered so far .. Spot the Oden? and the other exciting Japanese dish..

We ordered FISH SPERMs!!! yes! this is very unique to Japanese dinning! I tried it on my Japan trip and I mistook it as tofu before the Japanese traders told me it was actually fish sperm! it the one right at the top right corner, looks like toufu brain .. but it tastes heavenly! something different.. its very soft and goes well with the sauce!

Spot the Ika butter? andd!! the most authentic Japanese dish - Fish sperm

the ika butter was a disappointment to me .. the squid was tough .. I think the better Ika butter would be the one at Nijimaru instead.. but other than that, the other food made up for it

Blueberry flavoured and Mango Flavoured alcohol

this to round off the whole experience!
Would definitely come back when I feel like having a bit of a “i want to experience Japan moment”

Ratings: 5/5 of us will return to this quaint little joint

Shinjuku Japanese Restaurant
22 Cavenagh Road,
GF Hotel Grand Central,
Singapore

Food trail

We all decided we will unwind a little and embarked on a ‘food trail’ at Cuppage – its like Singapore’s mini Japan heaven ..  So i met one of them first .. while waiting for the rest to arrive, we walked around and found this small corner yakitori shop that only seemed to have Japanese patrons. So we entered (all the Japanese classes paid off) they had menus in English as well .. So while waiting for the rest to come from work, we ordered

Fried Pigeon eggs

Yummers! this was good! not too over fried and oily!  ..  My friends that came later ordered this and loved it as well 🙂

Chicken and Leek, Gyu (Beef) Tan (Tongue)

I thought the gyu tan was quite interestingly cut .. I was used to it being in cube or in a thicker cut .. but this place sliced it which is pretty smart and good. Usually the gyu tan if eaten in cubes, always have that tendency to be over hard and over cooked, this sliced up version was executed and I thought was well thought of.

Our friends arrived! so the party started. ..

Pork Belly with leek

This was also nice.. the fat and meat ratio balanced out well .. especially nicer when dipped in mustard they provided! 🙂

Tako yakitori

I ordered this and this didn’t really turn out to my expectations .. It was a little tough to bite and abit over burnt – like I felt i was eating rubber .. good try but I don’t think I will order my takos in this style of cooking again

Chicken Jagaimo

This was a chicken stew (usually its beef) so i thought give it a shot. Came out not too bad! not too saltish as well

Zou sui

My friend felt like eating porridge. It was rare because the more she ate, the hungrier she got.. so we encouraged her nonetheless! ahhaha .. and it all got polished off eventually (not by her though :/) so it was pretty good .. a little blend  but not bad ..

assortments of yakitori: special pork, chicken and leek, asparagus

We continued ordering more yakitori! and it all was good! I would return for the special pork, pigeon eggs, chicken and leek .
I think they were pretty short handed, as there was only 1 girl to attend to the whole shop, while the chefs were behind bbq-ing the sticks. It felt as if I was back in Japan and entering into the yakitori bar with all the smoke and OLs, salarymen chillaxing over a beer and enjoying their yakitoris.

This place has a limited sitting.. and most of the seats are around the bbq counter .. so be prepared to come out smelling like a yakitori stick yourself!

but.. we didn’t stop there and hopped on to another joint .. 🙂

Uma
150 Orchard Road
#01-26
Orchard Plaza
Singapore 


Easter Holidays #4

So my feast continues on 🙂 [ I know I sound so piggish .. but i mean come on! In Hong Kong theres barely any big groups of people that I can go out and meals with – that in ordering more food in varieties to try, and of course my great companies .. I super miss them and love them bits]

So its family time. 🙂

My brother has been very crazy over trying to find the best yakitori – he has his moments .. so hahah he managed to find the nicest ( and quite steep) yakitori place around that according to his standards are super good.  (of course, being one of the fussiest eater in the family)

I super loved the white asparagus, I finally understand why the French can base an entire course just on White asparagus .. Its so sweet and juicy on its own .. and of course such delights when cooked simply is just so wonderful on its own 🙂

The Sea bream – was also a seasonal special. The most costly fish but I must say the skill involved in baking it to such perfection – totally not easy job. My family members are very particular about the way their fish is done. This totally passed their standards 🙂

I cant say theres a least favourite dish ( except the prawns only because I hate prawns so I stay away from them) but this place is always so fully packed! only 2 seatings (6pm or 8pm) and you need to make reservations at least a few days before to get a place.

The dessert is so pretty and special .. and not only does it look good, it tastes so memorably spectacular 🙂

This is a definite Hit for me 🙂 Always I trust my brother’s fussy tongue 100%. 🙂  But of course,  for such quality, be prepared for your wallets to bleed some love.

Kazu
5 Koek Road,
#04-05 
Cuppage Plaza, 
Singapore