Nice Dinner @ Shelter in the Woods on 27Sep2015

quiche

quiche

wife, daughter & i went to shelter in the woods, greenwood ave for dinner on 27.9.2015. ^^

shelter in the woods

shelter in the woods

very nice ambience. we also managed to park just behind the restaurant. 🙂

this the favourite haunt of 1 of my friends. some months back he tried to buy me dinner here some time back but the place was fully booked, so he arranged a nice dinner at la braceria instead. 🙂

baguette

baguette

we had some complimentary baguette.

the server we had was polite, but she didn’t know anything we asked about the menu, maybe it’s difficulty with english.

endives salad

endives salad

wife wanted to try a different salad, so we had the endives salad.

endives salad

endives salad

pretty ok with the honey dressing. nothing special i guess.

escargot

escargot

the escargot tasted quite good, but was a bit dry.

escargot

escargot

it was served on a bone marrow, but unlike the lovely delicious wagyu with bone marrow at tess bar, here the bone marrow seems to be just presentation.

beef tartare

beef tartare

i loved the beef tartare, really nice! fresh, sweet small chunks of beef, and excellent with chooped onions, capers etc.

salt & pepper dispensers for beef tartare

salt & pepper dispensers for beef tartare

some quaint bottles to dispense salt & pepper. 🙂

beef tartare

beef tartare

i want to have this again, S$18 for an appertiser portion.

japanese sweet corn soup

japanese sweet corn soup

i ordered the japanese sweet corn soup because it was chef recommendation & also featured by other food writers.

japanese sweet corn soup

japanese sweet corn soup

should not have bothered. looked lovely in photos, but it was the poorest of the dishes. any of my own soup would be better. not that it was bad, but just ordinary, very sweet & basically not the kind of good savoury soup i like. 🙂

quiche

quiche

quiche was good. it’s not the kind of dish i fancy much usually, but this one here i can take again. 🙂

rack of lamb-almost raw

rack of lamb-almost raw

we asked for medium rare for the rack of lamb. it came almost raw. 🙂

rack of lamb-almost raw

rack of lamb-almost raw

i took a piece. my wife & daughter couldn’t, so we asked the restaurant to cook it more. the guy server now said their chef’s recommendation was medium (which was different from what we asked of the earlier lady server who did not seem to communicate well in english).

rack of lamb-almost raw

rack of lamb-almost raw

anyhow we went ahead with medium. it came out medium rare, & it was perfect! 🙂

rack of lamb-almost raw

rack of lamb-almost raw

so once we gotten the medium rare (though they say medium), the lamb was very good actually. & the sauce was very good too, not too “beefy”.

apple tart with ice cream

apple tart with ice cream

crispy apple tart was quite good.

apple tart with ice cream

apple tart with ice cream

cannot quite compare with the da luca version. still it was pretty ok.

the dinner was S$146nett for 3pax. they forgot to charge a glass of wine (S$19++), so we told them to add in the charge.

we enjoyed the dinner, food & ambience. the 2 best dishes for me were the beef tartare & the lamb rack (when done right!). the quiche was worth ordering too. the sweet corn soup can skip. the rest were average.

c.h.e.f andy

9pax Japanese Course Dinner on 28Sep2015

#1 shabu pork on grated radish & japanese cucumber, miso belly pork, & kakuni (japanese braised belly pork)

#1 shabu pork on grated radish & japanese cucumber, miso belly pork, & kakuni (japanese braised belly pork)

trying out japanese dishes like chawanmushi & steak don recently & decided to do a full Japanese course dinner for my good friends, RI friends & spouses, on 28.9.2015.^^

daughter came home & joined dinner so we had 9pax.

it was very fun! haha! 🙂

we had a 6-course menu

#1 i decided on a shabu pork starter after looking at a shabu pork salad recipe on japanesecooking101.

just to be sure, i try out with shabu beef the day before & it was very good!

the grated daikon (radish) was a great idea. below that i had 4 julienned small japanese cucumber. very refreshing.

but the key is the sauce – just 1part sushi vinegar, 1 part mirin, 1 part tsuyu. this like the best sauce ever! haha! ^^

i also had miso belly pork. this done 12hrs in 85degC oven then browned on medium low fire in non-stick pan. very tasty dish.

i also had kakuni (japanese braised belly pork), and a friend brought kimchi. that made up the first dish. 🙂

#2 second dish was a chawanmushi. it was pretty ok but not as good as my first trial of the dish few days day.

quality was inconsistent. i had to steam 2 batches of 4 ramekins for 15mins at each go when friends were here. for one batch my phone timer stopped at 12m20s in between & i lost the timing.

#3 prawn bisque - not so great today

#3 prawn bisque – not so great today

#3 my third dish was a prawn bisque. while it is european & not a japanese dish, i had been to a few restaurants in kyoto & also osaka where they served western starter & soup as part of a japanese course meal.

prawn bisque was below my usual standards.

#3 prawn bisque - vegetabkes base

#3 prawn bisque – vegetabkes base

the method was ok. i had enough good mix of vegetable base to balance the prawn shells & heads stock.

#3 prawn bisque - not so great today

#3 prawn bisque – not so great today

i think i should have reduced the liquids further to get a more intense bisque.

#4 wafu (和风) pasta, wafu (和风) braised eggplant & teriyaki cod

#4 wafu (和风) pasta, wafu (和风) braised eggplant & teriyaki cod

#4 the wafu (和风) pasta, wafu (和风) braised eggplant & teriyaki cod was an excellent dish though. ^^

#4.1 wafu (和风) pasta with streaky bacon, shimeji mushrooms & yellow onions - pasta was really good!

#4.1 wafu (和风) pasta with streaky bacon, shimeji mushrooms & yellow onions – pasta was really good!

#4.1 this the first time i did a kind of “wafu (和风) pasta” other than mentaiko pasta. & the taste was wonderful!

i followed the recipe on japanesecooking101 here.

#4.1 wafu (和风) pasta with streaky bacon, shimeji mushrooms & yellow onions - pasta was really good!

#4.1 wafu (和风) pasta with streaky bacon, shimeji mushrooms & yellow onions – pasta was really good!

simple ingredients – just streaky bacon, shimeji mushrooms & yellow onions. & the sauce again is the key – dashi (i used chicken/vegetable stock), mirin, tsuyu & a little sugar& reduced.

taste was just exquisite. it’s not better than most of my pastas which are also very good, but it’s good! 🙂

#4.2 teriyaki cod is one dish i cooked a number of times & always, invariably good.

this time i reduced the sugar & also a little less salty.

#5 wafu 和风 (japanese braised) eggplants - this dish was simply excellent!

#4.1 wafu 和风 (japanese braised) eggplants - this dish was simply excellent!

#4.1 the wafu 和风 (japanese braised) eggplants was simply excellent! this the first time i do a japanese braised eggplant. it’s so easy & the taste was just fantatsic!

again i got my recipe from japanesecooking101 here.

i still want to do the chinese version though (i like the ye shanghai one very much). don’t think much difference, probably just use oysters sauce instead.

#7 kakuni (japanese braised belly pork) don with miso salmon belly

#5 kakuni (japanese braised belly pork) don with miso salmon belly

#5 for the gohan course, i had a don.

the friend who brought kimchi doesn’t take beef, so i prepared kakuni, a japanese braised belly pork.

this time though i used a different braising method, a 6hr gentle slow braise in a crockpot from cold to 85degC (using meat thermometer). ^^

#5 wagyu ribeye & black angus ribeye steak don with miso salmon belly

#5 wagyu ribeye & black angus ribeye steak don with miso salmon belly

#5 for the other diners, i had a 400D grain-fed wagyu ribeye & a 150D grain-fed black angus ribeye. both were excellent!

and the japanese rice was perfect! so very tasty, one friend went to add rice & just ate the rice plain.

#5.1 miso salmon belly

#5.1 miso salmon belly

#5.1 the miso salmon belly was very good too.

#5.1 miso salmon belly

#5.1 miso salmon belly

very tasty, just like eating in restuarants in japan.

i also had tamago. the shape & folding was a disaster & one could not even make out the lines, but taste was pretty ok & quite a good addition to the meaty don dish! 🙂

#6 i not very sure how i lost it. haha! 🙂

lava cake was the very first dessert i made, not sure where has all the lava gone.

anyway seems that everyone like the taste though….wait till they have my really lava ones..haha!

like this one! looking back at the records, it was during a dinner on 28.1.2013! 🙂

“shanghai” moon cake

a friend brought “shanghai” moon cake, one lotus paste, the other red beans.

“shanghai” moon cake

so pretty, and very good moon cake too, mainly because the lotus paste was not so sweet like most moon cakes are, and the pastry, with some addition of nuts, was excellent! 🙂

ondeh ondeh - everyone loved it!

ondeh ondeh – everyone loved it!

amelyn brought ondeh ondeh - everyone loved it!3 amelyn brought ondeh ondeh - everyone loved it!2

one friend brought ondeh ondeh. everuone loved it!

chong lee brought rose champagne chong loong brought white wine leck san brought choya umeshu

some friends brought rose sparkling wine & white wine too.

lisa's whiskies lisa's whiskies2 lisa's whiskies3

& wife offered up her whisky collection. 🙂

very fun enjoyable evening with friends.

c.h.e.f andy