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Haato…a place after my own heart… July 5, 2008

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Have been going to this place for the past one year but didn’t blog abt it (super lazy, i mean BUSY lah!)

It’s super nice place THEN but of late, it has gotten crowded. One of my criteria of a great food place is that it is not too crowded and noisy. Haato is a place where one would expect it to be less crowded due to the location. It is tuck away in the Mt Sinai estate and not many know about this place (as compared to places like Rochester, HV or DEMPSEY!)

Oh, on a sidenote, I lurve places like Little Part One cafe, Tea Party, and Portsdown rd (the latter I suspect will become super crowded soon…SIGH…) Well, used-to-be-nice places like Keppel Marina already getting more and more crowded each weekend. EVEN DEMPSEY used to be nice and QUIETER. The moment I saw valet parking, I told myself “Thatz it, proli wun attempt to come here anymore” What used to take 5 mins to find a parking lot became 3 times the wait to find a decent lot. To think I used to tell frenz that dempsey wld be nice and not too crowded because this place not so accessible (NO MRT nearby, not so near to bus stop, etc) SO WRONG

ANYWAY, back to the main topic of this post. If u looking just to chill, eat some nice ice-cream (I recommend the durian or milk tea), or even play some board games with some frenz, this can be a place for u (also check out tea party or little part one cafe!)

   

 

Ambushed! (a long overdue post…) December 17, 2007

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Thanks to Veron’s recommendation on her blog, I’m beginning to fall in love with this place.

My first visit was on the faithful 7% GST day…first day of the 7% GST…


There are no long queues and the price is reasonable

They make really nice Al dente pastas. Just right!

Recommended: Swedish meatball pasta, Risotto, Slipper Lobster Pasta

 

Eclectic Attic October 11, 2007

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I was meeting Van to watch “The Nanny Diaries” ( ) at PS so I looked for a dinner place while waiting for her. As it was a Friday, I searched for a place that served vegetarian as Van eats only veggies on Fridays.

I noticed this shop selling antique/collectibles/oddities and I remembered reading abt it and its cafe.
This place was supposedly recommended by CNA
Hidden away in the 5th level of PS, it was called Eclectic Attic and the decor was really that. I liked it as it was unique and quiet (then at 6pm). Plus they have vegetarian options!

Sitting with antiques and collectibles, the ambience was interesting, however no photography was allowed 😦

We ordered soup, and two vegetarian pastas.
The pasta was wonderful…cooked al dente and despite my pasta sounding bland, it was bursting with flavours with little help from the olive oil and herbs only.

It was a good experience and service was friendly.

HOWEVER, avoid the cream of mushroom soup…wat we had wasn’t the least bit creamy…it tasted like no-fat milk with specks of mushroom in it. and oh, it looked like cookies and cream in milk. NOT appetising

What I liked: the friendliness of staff, the ambience, the pasta dishes!
What I disliked: though friendly, they lack initiative…they din ask to provide pepper, cheese nor chilli flakes. NO PHOTOGRAPHY. YUCKY TASTING SOUP.

Overall Rating:

Details:
Eclectic Attic
L5 Plaza Singapura

 

Ratatouille September 12, 2007

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ratatouille

[ra-tuh-TOO-ee; ra-tuh-TWEE] A popular dish from the French region of Provence that combines eggplant, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, garlic and herbs-all simmered in olive oil. The vegetables can vary according to the cook. They can be cooked together, or cooked separately and then combined and heated briefly together. Ratatouille can be served hot, cold or at room temperature, either as a side dish or as an appetizer with bread or crackers.

– Food Lover’s Companion

Also known as Pixar’s story abt a rat who loves cooking.
I caught it yesterday ALONE coz most of my frenz I asked watched it already so I decided to catch it before it ends its screening here in Singapore. I have been waiting for this movie for ages. Goodness knows why the the film distributors decided to screen this movie so late in Singapore (US and Australia already ended its run. In July that is.)

However, I was quite disappointed when I caught it. It was nice ya, the animation was great (the water and the buildings looked so real) but to me, it lacked the usual Brad Bird and Pixar magic. Brad Bird did ‘The Iron Giant’ and ‘The Incredibles’.

Pixar had films like Finding Nemo & Monsters Inc. as precedents hence I expected much more from this film.

Obviously, the visuals were fantastic, which Pixar is famous for, but the story lacked the cleverness & humor of previous Pixar movies, and the characters were simply not endearing enough. I was expecting lots of laughs and touching moments but I had little laughs and was not touched. I was actually infuriated with the bumbling useless Linguini. Remy the rat however, did alright.
The voice characterisations were good, there were some good jokes, but they were much too few and far between to keep things afloat.
I found it a little slow, and the plot and characters were rather predictable. It’s chatty at times, and the younger kids in the cinema became restless fairly frequently, especially in the latter half of the movie.

Maybe it’s just me: 2 hours of even the best-quality animation gets old after a while.

I understand Pixar wants to distance themselves from the competition, and they do. But 111 minutes is pretty long for what basically is an extended cartoon for kids. They could have edited down and made a tighter, more enjoyable movie. This movie was nowhere near the genius of Nemo and Monsters.

What I did like most besides the animation was the mantra in the movie – “Anyone can cook”. Food, glorious food. I love food; cooking, eating. The movie did inspire me to experiment more with cooking and get back to cooking. I have not cooked much since I came back from Australia and after this movie, I am motivated to get back to cooking!

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So watch out friends! Dun say I din warn u… Prepare your antacids and charcoal pills coz Eu-Jzin is back in the kitchen!

 

Makan Review – Satsuma shochu March 15, 2007

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Satsuma shochu dining bar @The Gallery Hotel
Great ambience, sit by the bar, traditional jap, or table and chair – u choose
Satsuma is the ancient name of the current Kagoshima prefecture in Japan. It’s the place that produces the best imo (sweet potato) shochu, a popular drink in Japan. Shochu is a popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Japan that is typically fermented from sweet potatoes, barley or rice.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Satsuma when you first step into it. Satsuma is not your traditional Japanese izakaya (casual Japanese pub). The wood-themed furniture with painted sakura motifs on wall brings you into a modern day Japanese pub setting, a pretty, rustic, nihon-styled fairytale setting, and lotsa yummy food!!
Dishing out a contemporary twist of Japanese cuisine, expect to find not only traditional Japanese food but also fusion dishes. This is also the only Japanese bar in Singapore that is dedicated to shochu (as of 2007).
Shochu is nice! LOTS of different ones…there are more than 50 types served here – consumed in a variety of ways, from neat or on the rocks to having it mixed in a cocktail, my dinner companion was amused before being a bit annoyed that I could not decide wat to haf!
When one comes to an izakaya, the highlight is always the sumiyaki(charcoal-grill). The grilled options are great! At Satsuma, the grill does not disappoint.
The pork with leek, chicken balls were good, softshell crab was ok. Mackeral is somewhat yucky
Sashimi was thick and yumm!

Overall, I’ll give it a B, the plus was taken away by the cost, even for a Jap meal, i think it’s ex. abt $40 per person! Erm…thanks for the treat Shuhuai!
Cuisine: Modern Japanese Cuisine wif Shochu specialty
Ambience: A
Service: B
Food: A
Price: C
Overall: B

 

Makan Review – Satsuma shochu March 14, 2007

Filed under: makan review,Satsuma shochu — eujzin @ 5:28 pm

Satsuma shochu dining bar @The Gallery Hotel
Great ambience, sit by the bar, traditional jap, or table and chair – u choose
Satsuma is the ancient name of the current Kagoshima prefecture in Japan. It’s the place that produces the best imo (sweet potato) shochu, a popular drink in Japan. Shochu is a popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Japan that is typically fermented from sweet potatoes, barley or rice.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Satsuma when you first step into it. Satsuma is not your traditional Japanese izakaya (casual Japanese pub). The wood-themed furniture with painted sakura motifs on wall brings you into a modern day Japanese pub setting, a pretty, rustic, nihon-styled fairytale setting, and lotsa yummy food!!
Dishing out a contemporary twist of Japanese cuisine, expect to find not only traditional Japanese food but also fusion dishes. This is also the only Japanese bar in Singapore that is dedicated to shochu (as of 2007).
Shochu is nice! LOTS of different ones…there are more than 50 types served here – consumed in a variety of ways, from neat or on the rocks to having it mixed in a cocktail, my dinner companion was amused before being a bit annoyed that I could not decide wat to haf!
When one comes to an izakaya, the highlight is always the sumiyaki(charcoal-grill). The grilled options are great! At Satsuma, the grill does not disappoint.
The pork with leek, chicken balls were good, softshell crab was ok. Mackeral is somewhat yucky
Sashimi was thick and yumm!

Overall, I’ll give it a B, the plus was taken away by the cost, even for a Jap meal, i think it’s ex. abt $40 per person! Erm…thanks for the treat Shuhuai!
Cuisine: Modern Japanese Cuisine wif Shochu specialty
Ambience: A
Service: B
Food: A
Price: C
Overall: B