Friday, January 23, 2009

Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant

391 Orchard Road
#05-12/13 Ngee Ann City
Tel: 6738-1238

Decided to have a reunion dinner with friends at the Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant. Because of the peak season, we were given 2 options on the time slot, either 7pm or 8.30pm. If we had chosen the 7pm, we had to finish our dinner by 8.30pm! So... we opted for 8.30pm... so that we would not be rushed to finish our dinner.
The food quality is really quite good...and that explains why the restaurant is so packed. Making reservation is a must!
Must try - This spinach tofu dish is so so so good.
The beancurd skin is slightly crispy while the beancurd is very soft and fragrant. The bottom layer is spinach.

Souffle Egg White Ball - If you frequent CJ restaurant enough, you might be surprised to find the same dish at Nan Bei... Frankly, I would not have been able to tell if the souffle balls were from CJ or Imperial Treasure if they were placed side by side. Overall, the souffle balls tasted good.

Definitely an ideal casual dinner place for cantonese cuisine, on not-so-crowded evenings.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Waraku Casual Dining Restaurant [Closed]

Waraku - Heeren Branch
260 Orchard Road
#05-04 The Heeren
Singapore 238855
Tel: 6834-1123
Was quite surprised to find that business at the restaurant level was rather quiet on a weekday night. We were given a choice to choose our seats, despite reservation made...
The cosy restaurant is a suitable place for small gatherings. They also offers a while selection of Japanese food. I ordered the Gindara Kaminabe (Codfish Hotpot), $12.80. There are 3 choice of soup base to choose from (Miso, Wafu and Chige) and I opted for miso soup base.
Besides the codfish, the other main ingredients include mushroom and cabbage.

If you prefer something hot and soupy, hotpots are always a good choice.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Food Republic (Vivocity) - Fried Hokkien Mee

Food Republic
1 HarbourFront Walk,
#03-01 VivoCity
Singapore 098585

I always wonder why there are long queues at the fried hokkien mee stalls, especially those with crews dressing up with straw hats. Can anyone tell me what is the relation between straw hats and fried hokkien mee and... banana leaves? Does banana leaves really enhance the fragrance of the fried noodles?

For $4.50 (not cheap!), the portion was rather huge. However, I must say that I am quite disappointed with the food quality. The "essence from the prawn stock" hasn't been fully absorbed into the noodles...What I could taste was ordinary yellow noodles and thick rice noodles garnished with a couple of big prawns. Even the sambal chilli, which I asked for extra portion, was a let down.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Niqqi's The Cheese Prata Shop

Niqqi's The Cheese Prata Shop
18 Clementi Road (off Kent Ridge Bus Terminal)

Not sure why the sign board isn't lit, but nonetheless the shop is super crowded. Waited for about 15 to 20mins to get seats and had to share the long table with another family of 8!

There don't seem to be a lot of supper places in the west, since I guess many westerners flock to this 24-hour shop if they wanna have supper.

Me ordered ice milo and 2 kosong pratas. They aren't really good choices as the ice milo was rather diluted and it tasted like those dispensed from the instant ice milo vending maching instead of freshly brewed milo.
The prata was so-so as it wasn't crispy and the texture was a little chewy. The good thing about this prata is that, it wasn't oily.
A little regretful that I did not try the cheese prata cos I believe it should be good since it claimed to be a cheese prata shop. Anyway, will check that out IF i ever go there for prata again.
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