Good eats

26 04 2011

“ONE IS enough.  Two is too much.  Three is a poison that can kill a person.”  That’s one of the rhymes that my mother would tell us whenever we would try to push our luck in getting our ways.

I got reminded of it once more as I recollect my gastronomic adventure in Singapore.  For specific dishes and places, I think I could o.d. before I get satiation.  I could get to “three is a poison…” easy.

Here they are, in no particular order.  (I forgot the details of the hawker center that Partner brought me to, where I had this amazing Fish Head Curry dish!)

CareShop de Café

70 Bendemeer Road, #01-05 Luzerne

Singapore 339940

Tel: +65 6293 9298

Will go back forMushroom Soba with lots of steamed Japanese Rice

Mushroom Soba, CareShop de Café



Culina Bistro

Blk 8 Dempsey Hill,Dempsey Road#01-13

Singapore 249679

Will go back forDe Cecco Penne Crab Meat (with the penne replaced by angel hair) , and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

De Cecco Capellini Crab Meat, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill


Complimentary Bread, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill



TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

B2-89/89A, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Tel:  +65 6535 1837

Fax: +65 6221 1837

Will go back for1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), French Onion Soup, and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


French Onion Soup, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Complimentary Bread, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Fou de FaFa

168 Robinson Road

#01-05 Capital Tower

Singapore 068912

Tel: +65 6327 9418

Will go back forPizza Fou’d Flewed, and that bluish green drink that’s a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint

Pizza Fou'd Flewed, Fou de FaFa


My fave drink, a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint, Fou de FaFa


Jumbo Seafood Gallery

20 Upper Circular Road

#B1-44 to 48 The Riverwalk

Tel:  +65 6534 3435

Fax: +65 6536 3836

Will go back forChilli Crab with lots of Deep-Mini Bun, Cold Fresh Barley Juice

Just the apron!, Jumbo Seafood Gallery


Wee Nam Kee

275 Thomson Road #01-05

Will go back forHainanese Chicken Rice, Cold Fresh Barley Juice (which they always run out of!)

Hainanese Chicken Roasted and Steamed, Wee Nam Kee


Hainanese Chicken Rice, Wee Nam Kee


Cold Fresh Barley Juice, Wee Nam Kee


Tung Lok Seafood OC

#11-05 Orchard Central

181 Orchard Road

Singapore 238896

Will go back forBraised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok

Braised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Tung Lok Seafood


Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok, Tung Lok Seafood


Marché at 313@somerset

313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road

Provisional Unit No. #B1-39-45

Singapore 238895

Will go back forMushroom Soup, Calamari, Calamansi Juice with Sour Plum

Mushroom Soup, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamari, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamansi Sour Plum, Marché at 313@somerset


Food Opera at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 6509 9198

Will go back forOyster Omelet (FattyWeng Fried Oysters, #B4-04M), Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup (Li Xin Fishball Noodle Soup, #B4-04B)

“FattyWeng Fried Oysters” Oyster Omelet, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


"Li Xin" Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, #B4-06A

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 4274779

Will go back forChicken Wings

Crispy Chicken Wings, 4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall


Nando’s @ Tanglin Mall

163 Tanglin Road

#01-14/15 Tanglin Mall

Singapore 247933

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Fax: +65 6235 5581

Will go back forPeri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, Grilled Vegetables

Peri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, and Grilled Vegetables, Nando's @ Tanglin Mall


White Dog Café

No.1 HarbourFront Walk

#02-131/132 Vivo City

Singapore 098585

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Will go back forLobster Pasta

Lobster Pasta, White Dog Café


Shimbashi Soba

290 Orchard Road

#B1-41 The Paragon

Singapore 238859

Tel: +65 6735 9882

Will go back forGoma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba

Goma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba, Shimbashi Soba


Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

25 Scotts Road

Singapore 228220

Tel:  +65 6589 7788 / +65 6589 7819

Will go back forEVERYTHING in their international buffet

Soon Kueh, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Roasted Tomato, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Bowl of Noodles, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Macarons, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


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Marché at 313@somerset

20 03 2011

Mushroom Soup made more decadent by lots of butter and croutons

I FOUND it funny that when my baggage tipped the scale at an excess of 14.5 kilos, it was my own stuff that I was willing to let go of.  I was ready to blindly pull out my stuff, just waiting for the counter person’s brows to relax from furrowing and her eyes to open fully from all the squinting.  And probably something like, “Ok sir, please take some things out.”

I was willing to let go of my own stuff because I’m all for “serbisyong totoo saan mang panig ng mundopara sa mga bagong bayani (truth in service anywhere in the world… for overseas Filipino workers (OFW)).  Like a “carinderiang bukas sa lahat ng gustong kumain (hawker food stall open to all the tired, the hungry, the famished), I welcomed all the stuff loved ones from home wanted sent over to their OFW family members – my dear friends – here.  But as you may well know from a previous post, the counter person let the excess pass.  I couldn’t help but smile at the thought of achieving my goal of “para na ring sila ang nag-abot sa kanilang mga kamay (as if it was them who handed the goods personally to their loved ones).  I’m cringing at the onslaught of clichés.

After taking care of the first order of business (distributing the goods to those who showed up at the airport), I had to go grab a quick bite – actually, a late lunch, to be exact.

My dear friends initiated me to the world of Singapore, which means, a lot of walking and a train ride that could even mean just one stop.  Which was exactly all the travel time that we needed to make it to Marché.

One look at the guest card they handed me explained to me the concept of Marché.  It’s “the original Swiss market restaurant.”  It’s a concept not alien to me.  But here, we didn’t really have to do any “marketing,” as in purchasing fresh produce and dictating how we’d want them prepared.  Unless Marché means that with the guest card, we can actually do the rounds of the different stations and shop for the food we do love.  I guess that’s it.

I know my friends meant well in pointing to me their own all-time favorites and what “Singapore is famous for,” but I wanted my initiation to be nice and slow and at my own pace.  It was one of those “be gentle with me it is my first time” moments.  So I passed up on the rosti and went straight to the familiar.  (Though The Boy Wonder did order one which he generously shared.)

I had the large Vegetable Pasta with Tomato Sauce, the Calamari, and a large bowl of the Mushroom Soup.

The foundation of the Vegetable Pasta with Tomato Sauce is the pasta itself, which I surmised to be made fresh in the premises – cooked and served to order.  Served in a deep pristine white bowl that looked like a Mexican sombrero upside down, it was chockful with the freshest chunks of vegetables like asparagus, butternut squash, zucchini, and fresh shiitake mushrooms.

Vegetable Pasta with Tomato Sauce


Marché uses the best china in presenting their edible creations!


Where had all the pasta gone?! Oh right, my tummy!

The Calamari was pretty straightforward – just the freshest slices of squid dipped in batter then deep-fried.  Cruncy and tasty on their own, their deliciousness is perked up by a squeeze of a lemon wedge and a smothering of tartar sauce.



Crisp. Golden. Perfect.

The Mushroom Soup was something else.  It was flavorful, with a pronounced earthiness that could come only from fresh wild mushrooms.  But I just had to kick the decadence up a notch – much thanks to Partner – with the addition of dollops of fresh butter that melted quietly on the surface of the hot soup, and the generous layer of golden croutons that ended up forming a crust on top.  I washed everything down with the one thing that was the closest attempt to being adventurous – a tall glass of freshly made “Calamansi Juice with Sour Plum.”  As the sour plums at the bottom of the glass continued to steep, the drink became cloudy.  And undeniably all the more delicious.

It was an initiation that was Nice.  Slow.  Comforting.  Luscious.  I can’t wait to go back.

Fresh Calamansi Juice with Sour Plum


The Boy Wonder's Rosti with Smoked Salmon, a Sunny Side Up, and Sour Cream


Marché at 313@somerset guest card


Waiting for the pedestrian traffic light to turn green. It is a "walking city" if ever there is one!


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