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Friday, April 12, 2013

Menya Musashi @ The Star Vista

It's ironic, I don't really like to eat noodles made from wheat, but I do like ramen! I prefer to have noodles made from rice flour. Which is why when I order CKT, I only order only Kway Teow and no noodles in it. If the hawker doesn't sell only Kway Teow versions, I walk away.

Back to eating ramen. Why do I like it? I think it's probably the broth made from either pork or chicken. It's the broth and not the ramen that I like, but I eat it because it goes so well together. ;-)

Menya Star Vista

The wife and I met for dinner at Menya Musashi at The Star Vista the  other day. If you always see queues here and wonder if there's ever a time when there's no queue, it's around 6 - 6.30 pm!

I always like my tea cold, and she likes her tea hot!

Menya Star Vista

I have eaten here a few times and we started to notice that there's always specials here. I work near this area and the wife works in town. When I tell her what I ate at Menya in Star Vista, she will says there's no such options at the CityHall branch. Interesting eh?

There was once I had the Curry Ramen and it was something I really liked. This above is another special (it's 2 months ago) that was the White Miso Ramen. (Can't remember the exact dish name as I just discovered I had these photos in my SD card).

I always like miso based stuff and this was satisfying for me. The char siu was also soft and had a nice feeling in your mouth as you bite into it.

Menya Star Vista

The wife had the 'Black' version of 'chicken'.
Women are sometimes fickle minded, some days they like the white, sometimes the red version, sometimes the black.

Menya Star Vista

This version has the pieces of chicken that was good. Yes, I ate one piece of the meat when the wife offered if I wanted a bite.

Menya Star Vista

We were bring a little greedy and wanted to order something else.
So we had the duck cha shu as well. If you like duck and something salty as you have it with your tea, it's a nice little order.

Menya Star Vista

It was a quick date night.

I have been passing Menya at Star Vista quite often,  I should stop and look at their specials now instead of just walking past it because there's always a queue when I pass by. Yearning for some Ramen this weekend!

Menya Musashi @ The Star Vista
1 Vista Green Exchange
#B1-08
Singapore 138617

Tel: +65 6694 2515




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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brunch at Da Paolo BistroBar, Rochester Park

The wife loves weekend brunches. Some weeks we go for brunches together, on other weeks, she meets up with her other friends from secondary school, her Bible Study girls, etc. They leave their husbands and boyfriends at home so that they have their own personal time. Sometimes to compare how *ahem* their partners are, sometimes to complain how horrible they are.

We used to complain that some friends after getting attached totally forget about their old friends. So we still meet up with old friends. Don't you all have friends that don't meet up after being attached?

This was an invited lunch. A lunch where we were left on ourselves to enjoy the brunch, but the tab picked up by the restaurant.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

It was a nice cool Sunday the week we had the brunch. We finished church and off we went to have brunch.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

Chef Andrea Scarpa's Da Paolo BistroBar is now offering Sunday Brunch from 11 AM to 3 PM every Sunday (but of course!).

The wife and I remembered that I nearly choked Chef Andrea with sugar in the Bosch Dream Kitchen Episode 4 that I participated a few months ago. Chef Andrea was not around that Sunday we were there though.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park
(you can click on the photo to view a bigger version of it)

So how does it work? The menu above, pick any options the SIMPLY BREAKFAST or MAINS section and you get to enjoy two hours of free flow champagne (Loius Roederer Premiere Brut Reims) for $70 or prosecco (Tenuta Setten DOC Treviso) for $40 and a complimentary coffee, tea or soft drink.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

This was the Prosecco that we had.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

Oh.. what a coincidence that we met MissTamChiak there with her partner.
We decided to double date and both sat on the same table.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park
Persimmon Salad ($24)

We thought we will share a salad so that we won't be too full to eat our mains.
Quite an interesting mix of greens, blanched baby leeks, manchego cheese, persimmons, pine nuts and San Daniele Parma Ham.

The wife has more ideas for her salads. She will add persimmons to her salads next time.


From the MAINS section, we had:

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park
Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger ($31)

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

It's Wagyu Beef Patty that's being wrapped around by Parma Ham with Porcini Mayo, Caramelised Onions and Brie in a Foccacia Bun. I like!

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

Wagyu would be wasted if you cook it more than this.
Droolsome!

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

These potato wedges were so crispy and addictive.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park
Crab Tagliatelle ($28)

If you like some homemade tagliatelle, this version  is with crab meat and tomato cream sauce with some thyme. The thing about home made pasta is that it absorbs the taste better.

How clever of them to put the crab shell on top. Looks pretty doesn't it?


From the SIMPLY BREAKFAST section, we had: 

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park
Baked Gorgonzola Eggs ($26)

As they serve you, a small whiff of truffle oil lingers into your nose. For some it's heaven, I know someone who absolutely love truffle oil. Presented like a flower that's blomming, it does look impressive visually.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

Inside the blooming flower made of Ham are organic eggs and gorgonzola cheese above a bed of baby spinach. Topped with black truffle and dash of truffle oil.

Break the poached egg and the orange yolk goes well with the grilled bread.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park
Bistro Breakfast ($32)

For those who loves a hearty breakfast. Everything you wanted in a big breakfast, you have it here. I think they should put a calorie counter on the menu! Most people will ignore and calories and just go ahead and eat it!

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

It consists of mixed mushrooms, crispy potato stuffed with white beans, 2 poached organic eggs, pork sausages, bacon and some greens.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

This was the area we were sitting. Open air area that's shaded. Behind us was lush greens.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

In front of us was the main building that you see in the first photo above.
Love these old black and white houses.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

There's also an area where you can just have drinks and chill during Brunch or on selected weekday evenings. Three new permanent resident DJs, Stephen Day, Aveneesh and Debbie Chia will entertain you.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

A nice place with lots of greens behind!

Da Paolo Bistro Bar @ Rochester Park

The kitchen that all the food was prepared in a next building we could see where we were sitting.

Service was good when we arrive at around noon. As more people started streaming in, it was a tad slower in the kitchen side. It took more than half hour before our mains were served. Service staff was good though. Nowadays with the labour crunch, we got to bear with it. (or just come earlier!)


Da Paolo BistroBar
3 Rochester Park
Singapore 139214

Tel: +65 6774 5537

Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 11.30am – 2.30pm (Lunch), 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Dinner)
Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am to 3pm (Brunch), 5pm – 10pm (Dinner)

Bar Lounge Hours:
Monday to Friday: 5.30pm – 11.30pm
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 2pm – 11.30pm



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Thursday, January 31, 2013

BORNGA, Authentic Korean @ Star Vista

BORNGA probably the biggest chain of Korean BBQ restaurants globally has opened in Singapore. Located at Star Vista, it is joins the 33 outlets in Korea and 12 others in China, US and Indonesia.

BORNGA @ Star Vista

This was an invitation to try out their cuisine and we were hosted by their PR folks and a Korean lady in charge of BORNGA. If you have not heard, they have patented recipes here that has been created by Korean celebrity chef Jong Won Paik.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
What a big long plate of veggies. You think it's a lot? You will finish it with all the delicious meat that you eat here! Read on to see how to wrap the meats and you know these veggies won't be enough!

BORNGA @ Star Vista
One of the interesting banchan that you will try is this 'Water Kimchi'. It's very light kimchi and it's a little cold and quite appetising!

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Both my parents and parents-in-law have been to South Korea and they were always talking about all kinds of kimchi. I can't remember if they told me they have tried this before, but this was my first time having cold kimchi soup. It's usually hot and spicy kimchi soups that I had.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Quite a selection of banchans and these were quite good too!
Some of these goes well with other dishes too. It's always good to have Koreans eating with us to tell us exactly how to eat things. We have a habit of finishing everything up don't we?

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Jap Chae ($23)
For those who have a liking for chewy korean glass noodles, this has been stir fried with beef and vegetables. Nicely flavoured and fragrant. I thought of my cousin who loves korean jap chae!

BORNGA @ Star Vista
It was a lunch for 5 of us that day and this was our tables and mess. The grill that you see in the middle of the table had been designed that uses gas to heat up a layer of stones inside. Interesting eh?

The heated stone radiates an even layer of heat. Wonder is it why the grilled stuff here taste so much better?

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Ggot Sal (prime cut and very tender unmarinated beef, $38)

There are those who likes marinated meats and those that prefer unmarinated ones. Which do you prefer? Dining at another place and was hosted once by Koreans too, it seems that many Koreans prefer unmarinated ones.

BORNGA @ Star Vista

You just need to cook it just nice and not too long. Look at the marbling. It will all melt away when you grill it. All is left will be the tender pieces of beef.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
The meats are unmarinated, so if you prefer, you can dip a little of the 3 types of oils and sauces that you will get depending on your orders. The dark one is the patented signature Woo Samgyup sauce that's imported from Korea to maintain consistency.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Turn it over in a while and it's almost ready!

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Just the perfect doneness. It's still a little pink inside. Taste it and you will grow to love Korean food even more.  Don't over cook it or you will regret.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Woo Samgyup (thinly sliced beef with BORNGA's special sauce; $22) 

Their signature dish, with their patented recipe! Everyone that goes to BORNGA around the world will order this. Prepared from nicely marbled beef 'short plate' that has been very thinly sliced, it's only seasoned slightly with BORNGA's secret marinade and ready for us to cook. You don't get dark bulgogi meats, but natural colours of the meat.

The Korean lady showed us how she cooks it. Everyone does it differently, but her family does it this way. Put the nicely stacked meats as you see above. Just let it cook for a while, when it gets a bit cooked, it's really easy to take them apart.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Since it's now easy to take them apart, just move it to the sides and grill it till is sizzles. What a brilliant idea. No need to struggle at the beginning. Just a simpler way of cooking!

BORNGA @ Star Vista
How do you eat it? Remember the banchans that has leeks? Roll some leaks in between the sliced beef and dip it in the Woo Samgyup sauce. I tell you, it's so delicious! Does that tempt you?

BORNGA @ Star Vista
I love the taste of leeks so this was my kind of food. I know some of you hate it, so just skip it!
Just remember to save some of this from your banchans and eat it with your meats.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Another way to make it taste better and healthier is to grab some lettuce and the other darker leave that I forgot what it was (think it was baby bock choy),  some leeks, some radish kimchi and the warm grilled meat.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
To eat it, grab it into a 'ball' and then stuff it in your mouth! Our petite korean lady could actually put it into her mouth! Wow! She said please no photo of her stuffing it in. LOL

It's a wonderful way of having the meats. The veggies were so fresh and crunchy. It really makes you eat your veggies! There's no hard and fast rules, just eat it the way you like it and add your banchans in.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
BORNGA Naeng Myun (buckwheat noodles with cold broth, $15)

If you like cold noodles,  try the ones here. The cold broth had slurpee like texture. It's so cold, it's so so refreshing.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Moving the top away to let you see the cold buckwheat noodles.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Served with cold refreshing ingredients, if you are those who enjoy cold noodles, you will like it. I can't imagine my mum liking this though. She's the hot food kind of people.

I like it. I love Cold Vietnamese Noodles, Cold Japanese Noodles, so I have found another new love. Cold Korean Noodles! This is different from my usual Vietnamese and Japanese version. This has ice in it!

BORNGA @ Star Vista

Something similar to the previous cold noodles, this is the Bibim Naeng Myun (buckwheat noodles in a spicy chilli sauce, $15)

This version is less wet and has very very spicy chilli sauce. Prepare to cry! It's spicy and delicious. Something about cold and spicy noodles just makes you want to try more of it. This is very subjective. Some of you might just not like it. 


BORNGA @ Star Vista
Chadol Duenjang Jjigae (a traditional Korean soybean paste stew with beef, $16)

Another of their signature dishes, this is the Chadol Duenjang Jjigae. When you order this, they will cook it at a stove beside your table. It takes time to cook it. A pot with very watery soybean paste mixture and ingredients will be brought to you. It will be boiled until it becomes around half the liquid is left. A stew that's cooked in front of you.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
The stew is then poured over a big bowl of rice. Yes the picture above is quite a big bowl!Another use of the banchans, the kimchi radish strips added into it makes it taste better.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
The finger at the side will let you gauge how big the bowl is. ;-)
Give it a super good mix, just like how they do it in Korean dramas!

Can you already imagine the taste as you look at the photo above?
Carbo lovers will love it.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
Tteokgalbi (ground rib meat patties mixed with a soy sauce seasoning and then grilled, $20)

Meat eaters, this might be something you might want to order!
I was told this is just ground beef with seasoning. No other fillers.

BORNGA @ Star Vista
This thin layer of beef is so tasty! I can easily finish the whole lot!
It's soft and yet firm and have a little crisp layer because of the cooking style.

BORNGA @ Star Vista  

At the end of your meal, this unique tasting drink will be served. Complimentary, this is Omija. It's a 5 flavoured tea, so some might not like it at all. It's combination of taste. I thought it was weird on the first mouth, but I boldly took the 2nd and it became better. I did drink a few more mouths but did not finish it.  ;-)

Note: Like all Korean BBQ places, expect to smell (good) with all the food being grilled. So do not plan to have meetings after this meal. 


BORNGA
1 Vista Exchange Green
#02-24, The Star Vista
Singapore 138617

Tel: 6694 4696
Hours: 11:30am to 10pm daily



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