Good S$32.80 for 2pax Set Lunch @ Dianxiaoer Waterway Point on 12Jun2018


went with HC & his wife, WM & M for 5pax lunch @ dian xiao er waterway point on 12.6.2018. ^^

dianxiaoer @ waterway point

first time i come to waterway point mall. dianxiaoer quite good ambience, apparently quite full during weekends??

S$32.80 lunch set for 2pax

they have a week day set lunch promotion S$32.80 that looked quite good. 🙂

we ordered 2 sets for 5pax, so 6 dishes = 3 dishes per set. you can add a soup of the day for S$4.80, normally like S$6.80. so we ordered 3. then 2 other normal price soup off the menu.

it included also free tea. here the service staff of the restaurant managed badly. 3 friends arrived earlier & asked about the promo lunch set but did not notice the free tea and ordered 3 tea. when we ordered the 2 sets, the waiter said he would cancel the 2 teas since we were entitled to 4 free tea, but his senior, a lady said we already ordered 3 tea so we had to pay for that.

anyhow the restaurant realised it’s not the right thing to do, and when we paid the bills they only charged 1 tea. that is the right service philosopy & service recovery..

braised duck 十全鸭

the sets were pretty ok. quite good food.

all my friends (me included) liked the braised duck 十全鸭.

not xin cuisine standard or silk @ sicc standard but very good nonetheless. very tasty & enjoyable dish.

mushroom brocoli & kailan

also ordered mushrooms with brocoli. it was a good size serving & mushrooms & brocoli all good.

baby kailan

baby kailan also good & done well, slightly sour with lemon juice i think, quite ok.

braised belly pork

for the second set we ordered the braised belly pork. good too. flavourful & quite tender though the lean meat got some tougher parts.

tofu with minced pork

the tofu with minced pork etc a robust dish, like the ordinary zi char..

kailan stems, deepfried shredded kailan & pork floss

the kailan dish unique & quite fine dish, with slice kailan stems, deepfried shredded kailand leaves (slight bitter) balanced by pork floss (sweet). interesting dish, overall quite nice.

chinese chawanmushi

there is also a steamed egg dish for each set. basically like a chawanmushi, and quite good too.

pork rib soup

pork rib lietong quite ok, nothing special for S$4.80 but i guess even at food court that would be the price, so cannot “hiam” (complain)…

winter melon soup

HC & wife ordered a cordycep soup & winter melon soup…

the lunch was pretty good. HC paid for lunch i think around S$100+ for 5pax pretty ok.

don’t mind the set at all. duck was good & the other dishes too. will bring my sis to try this next time.

c.h.e.f andy


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Free Lobster Yeemeen for Each Diner @ Peach Garden Metropolis on 9Jun2018

lobster noodles

went with wife for 2pax dinner at peach garden @ metropolis on 9.6.2018. ^^

free lobster noodles for each diner promo 

peach garden has an ongoing free lobster noodles for each diner promotion. no minimum spend.

char siew & siew yoke 

the menu was kind of limited though, nothing much to order.

char siew & siew yoke 

service staff was good, polite & helpful, advised us to order the char siew & siew yoke.

at S$12 per serving i thought i was on the more expensive side.

but the roast pork was very good, excellent. very crispy skin & no fat at all, all rendered out in the roasting process…very nice if ex at S$12.

char siew also very good, so we were happy with the order.

we wanted to order the saliva chicken, but they didn’t have this evening.

so we ordered a sea perch mustard leaves 梅菜鲈鱼, very small serving for S$18, nice though.

& 2 fried tofu at S$7 each minimum order 2.

lobster noodles

good thing was the lobster was good, very tasty & also a good serving with 3 large pieces (basically 1/2 lobster).

quite a good dinner. they of course charged a lot for other things, like S$1.20pax for water, S$0.80pax for tissue & S$4 for peanuts. so bill still came to S$75nett for 2pax.

anyway we were satisfied with the food.

c.h.e.f adny


Peach Garden @ Metropolis

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Exquisite 8-course Degustation Dinner @ Alma by Juan Amador Goodwood Park on 6Jun2018

4 snacks1 – musk melon

wife bought an exquisite 8-course degustation dinner for our belated anniversary celebrations on 6.6.2018. ^^

since Jaan was removed from amex love dining (Jaan was our favourite both under andre & subsequently julian royers), there were not so many places we go for degustation & omakase.

the best for me is hachi – both the omakase lunch & dinner. hachi omakase lunch much greater value at 1/2 the price of dinner.

the other place is cornerhouse, which we go few & far between for occasions like anniversary dinner 1.6.2016.^^ that was one of the best with very good quality of ingredients like lobster & tajiyama wagyu..

last year we had a late valentine dinner at summerhouse on 1.3.2017… chef florian ridder was formerly sous chef here at one-Michelin-starred alma. the S$128 10-course menu was good but not quite in the same league as what we had this evening…

4 snacks2 – potato, salted egg yoke

alma’s dishes were equally fine & more inventive c/w cornerhouse, and every snack & course dishes were delicious, wonderful combination of flavours.

4 snack3 -foie gras toast

4 snack3 -foie gras toast

4 snack3 -foie gras toast

4 snack4 – brie & truffle

we enjoyed all the 4 wonderful snacks…all delicious & a great start to the evening…

alma degustation menu

alma degustation menu

we took the 8-course & wife had the 5 wine pairing. 🙂

alma @ goodwood park

nice setting, they have rooms for bigger groups, most interesting was the whisky cellar room. 🙂

freshly baked bread

freshly baked bread

the bread was very good too. they offered more. we had to keep our stomach for the finer things…. 🙂

#1 very sweet jap tomatoes with umeshu granitas

tomatoes were very sweet!

#1 very sweet jap tomatoes with umeshu granitas

#1 very sweet jap tomatoes with umeshu granitas

the umeshu ice was great too..

#2 chutoro, daikon, kimchi

chutoro very good, very sweet, nicely presented & excellent but i guess no better than a regular sashimi serving.

#3 uni on hamachi

#3 uni on hamachi

#3 uni on hamachi

the uni & hamachi obviously very good, very sweet & perfect texture..

#4 oyster, lobster, caviar chawanmushi

& they had a chawanmushi dish (fusion)..the chopped lobster & oyster & caviar added luxury to the great tasting dish. 🙂

#5 morel & cheese ravioli

morel & cheese ravioli also first class!

#6 yorkshire pork jowl & celeriac tea

#6 yorkshire pork jowl & celeriac tea

the celeriac tea was very good.

#6 yorkshire pork jowl

the yorkshire pork jowl itself seemed ordinary after so many tasty dishes.

#7 miyazaki A5 wagyu

the miyazaki A5 wagyu of course the best! (though hachi omakase lunch serving of 3 better quality ohmi wagyu was unmatchable)

#7 miyazaki A5 wagyu2

#7 miyazaki A5 wagyu

steak was properly charred & nicely medium falourarare, moist & sweet.

#8 rhubarb dessert

the dessert was served with a chocolate drawn anniversary greeting. 🙂

petite four

alas, all good thing comes to an end.

the petite four were very good too!

it was such an exquisite, lovely dinner, every dish a great taste experience.

service was polite, friendly. server were well trained & knowledgeable.

we had a really fun evening. a place we can come back occasionally.

c.h.e.f andy


Alma by Juan Amador

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Wine Dinner (Superb Wine but Poor Steak) at Morton’s The Steakhouse on 2Jun2018

prawn & scallop

wife was invited to a wine dinner @ morton’s the steakhouse on 2JUn2018^^..

i was the spouse invite – gladly la!

wine dinner at morton of chicago 

5 wine pairing 

the wine were the best i had in all the wine dinners i had..5 wines including 1985,1995,2009,2012 etc incredible wines..

prawn & scallop 

food was good for me not fitting wife’s palette

prawn & scallop starter was great. i agree it was not special for this kind of restaurant.

still it was more than competent. both scallops & prawns were fresh & plump & tasty with the bacon wrap..& the salsa was good too. 🙂

smoked bacon 

smoked bacon had wonderful texture & smoked flavours but very salty..

(thinking how i can create this texture of belly pork)

so this was bacon which were sold salted, no doubt the restaurant smoked their own….

it could be a main course served with rice or other carbs in its own rights, then it might be ok…as a second appetizer (kind of large serving) or a primi (first main course) it was too salty taken on its own..

fillet & foie gras

fillet & foie gras 

unfortunately the fillet was well below par. it felt really odd to be saying that of a steak restaurant.

firstly they got the the menu wrong. the menu said ny strip so everyone ordered medium rare ..instead we had fillet (which wife & i & many on the table would have ordered rare)..

steak was well charred but hard on the outside & dry on the inside! there was some sweetness but tenderloin are less flavourful thna marbled meats & need to be tender & moist, so can only say the steak was well below par,…

foie gras was not well seared & camaralised. this a different preparation, texture like steamed, so also not what wife likes.

in that sense the management & service was at fault as if the restaurant had changed from ny strip to fillet, well managed & well trained staff ought to have inform the guests.



dessert was maybe the best even for wife & i who are not dessert persons..

it was much sweeter than what i would usually take, but it was super moist & tasty so the sweetness came with wonderful flavours that i took double than what I usually would.

c.h.e.f andy


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S$29.80 Boston Lobster Early Birthday Dinner for Bro & Sis @ Ah Yat Grandstand on 4Jun2018

3 lobsters in pumpkin style

did an e6pax birthday dinner for brother YS & sister YH at ah yat grandstand on 4.6.2018. ^^

YS & WL are travelling, and wife & i also travelling so we had the birthday dinner earlier. 🙂

ah yat have the S$29.80 boston lobster & 50% off live seafood promotion so it was a good choice.

lala with ginger & scallions 姜葱哈利

lala with ginger & scallions 姜葱哈利

lala was good. very well done, tasty & we all liked the tasty scallions too. 🙂

it was expensive despite the 50% off & cost more than 3 bull frogs, quite ridiculous actually but anyway we wanted a good spread of food, so it was a good choice.

gongbao frog legs 宫保田鸡

the frogs were S$4.50 each. so just S$13.50 for 3 bull frogs.

it was excellent gongbao style. we told them “very little sweet” and it was not sweet. 🙂

gongbao frog legs 宫保田鸡

totally fresh live bullfrogs, tender & bouncy & a great flavour gongbao style with cashew nuts.. 🙂

3 lobsters in pumpkin style

we ordered 3 lobsters, S$29.80 each 500g boston lobsters…

lobster was very good, fresh & tasty. the pumpkin sauce was very good with crab & very nice on its own. but we all felt it was overwhelming the natural flavours of the lobster, and teh superior stock style 上汤焗(which we usually took) was better.

so a bit wasted. will stick to superior stock 上汤焗in future..

hk steamed tiger garoupa

hk steamed tiger garoupa

the hk steamed tiger garoupa was excellent as always…fish was tender, sweet & fresh, full marks for the cooking. 🙂

pepper alaskan crab tanhoon

we ordered the pepper alaskan crab tanhoon S$38.

there were quite many pieces of alskan crab legs, & the tanhoon was very tasty with good “pang” pepper flavour..


we ordered kailan. it was good but expensive.


and a horfun, good also thugh not enough wok hae, but also very ex.


the restaurant gave us complimentary guilinggao, special for my brother YS because he always have big group dining here.

pepper alaskan crab tanhoon

and we also had 10% discounts.

dinner came to S$280 for 6pax, pretty good for the quality of food we had.

because it was YS & YH birthday, they also gave us longevity buns 寿桃

c.h.e.f andy


Ah Yat Seafood @ Grandstand


#03-01/02, The Grandstand, 200Turf Club Road, 287994


+65 6884 6884
+65 68832112

Opening Hours

Daily: 11:30 – 14:30

Daily: 17:30 – 22:30

Early Anniversary Mini Kaiseki Dinner @ Maru 丸 on 31May2018

weekday promos

had early anniversary dinner with wife at maru 丸 at icon village 12 gopeng street on 31.5.2018. ^^

unagi & aburi hotate don lunch

the bar restaurant offers various promotions that look quite interesting…

maru omakase set dinner 1 for 1 at S$78 inc 250ml free sake

excellent food & value.

we took the special 8-course mini kaiseki  1 for 1 S$78 mini kaiseki inc free 250ml sake 👍some more…

250ml free sake

& the sake was good standard. this alone would cost like S$18 easily..

#1 sensai 前菜edamame, tuna, marinated octopus

the appetizer plate included a tuna ceviche, marinated octopus & edamame.

the  tuna was very good…the octopus was tough…edamame the usual…

#2 oyster

not the very large oyster at hachi, but neverthelessthe oyster was very fresh & sweet, not big, quite ok, and came with a tasty tomato sherbet..

#3 5 kinds of sashimi – maguro, salmon, amaebi, tai, hamachi

#3 5 kinds of sashimi – maguro, salmon, amaebi, tai, hamachi

sashimi was nothing special, still quite good standard, fresh & sweet.

there were 5 kinds = sashimi – maguro, salmon, amaebi, tai, hamachi, one piece each for the 2 of us… 🙂

#4 kappa – grilled fish cheeks

#4 kappa – grilled fish cheeks

the shio (salt) grilled kappa (fish cheeks) very good 👍👍

wife found it slightly fishy, so took only 1/2…i took all of it & her 1/2 piece too. lol!

#5 sushi (aburi salmon & anago)+ #6 bara chirashi don

the aburi sushi & barachirashi don were served together.

sushi (aburi salmon & anago)

the aburi sushi were great…salmon was good & of course anago sushi 👍was special. sauce though was a bit sweet.

the bara chirashi don was ok. fish was fresh though odd cuts letfovers like any bara, the sushi rice not that great.

& there was a #7 soup…it was good too, nice tasty clear soup with asari (la la clams)…

#8 yuzu sorbet

yuzu sorbet lagi shiok!…very flavourful & refreshing. great dessert ite….

bara chirashi don

a very enjoyable early anniversary dinner with wife…

this place i will definitely come back again..don’t mind to take this mini kaiseki set again, alaos to try the weekday special & lunch specials..

c.h.e.f andy


Maru Dine & Bar  丸 




Good Bakchormee @ Tai Hong Fishball Bakchormee Clementi 2 on 31May2018


went for my weekly jogging with my RI jogging buddy CH this morning on 31.5.2018. ^^

decided to drop by sheng shiong clementi ave 2 for some grocery on the way back.

tai hong bakchormee

stopped by at tai hong fish ball bakchormee at coffeeshop at blk 352.


i tried this place once i think, & it was not bad…so i decided to have another go.

ordered the fishball bakchormee S$3.50.

it had lots of ingredients – 2 fishball, 2 meatballs, lots of liver & minced pork, & also fish cake, and mushroom sauce..the chilli was pretty good too..& noddles were qq…

so it’s not really tai hwa standard by any stretch…but ok for me..don’t mind it if i am around here…

c.h.e.f andy

Always Good 盐水鸭 Lunch at Benson Duck then 光明山 Pay Respect on 30May2018

4pax 盐水鸭 lunch

went with sis, SL (my brother YS’s old buddy from primary school) & her son LS to have 4pax 盐水鸭 lunch at benson duck this morning on 30May2018. ^^

(SL & her son LS came my place for 4pax dinner recently on 10.3.2018). 🙂

i ordered 1 duck (S$32), tapao 1/2 & served 1/2 for 4pax.

also ordered S$8 fish maw pig innard soup, and they served us a S$5 large plate 金龙菜, a malaysian chives now quite popular that is tender like yellow chives…

great lunch, S$30.50 for 4pax.

after lunch i sent LS to his office at toa payoh lor 1 near bradell mrt, then we went to 光明山 to pay respect as today is my mother’s death anniversary 忌日..

half 盐水鸭

half 盐水鸭

i brought the half 盐水鸭 back for wife. she & son enjoyed it though not as much as i do.

c.h.e.f andy


Benson Salted Duck 盐水鸭

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So So Indian Rojak @ Habibs Rojak Ayer Rajah Food Centre on 27May2018

indian rojak 

my OPS bro WM & wife J messaged to have indian rojak at ayer rajah food centre on 27.5.2018. ^^

they just finished church. they came by to pick me up.

habib’s rojak – ayer rajah FC stall 68 

abdhus salam rojak – ayer rajah FC stall 73 was cosed so we made do with habib’s rojak – ayer rajah FC stall 68 .

i came here 3 times, twice with RI bros & once with WM, and we all concluded stall 73 was better… 🙂

indian rojak

J said the prawn fritters was not good! otherwise quite ok.

so this not the best she had tried & maybe not so meeting expectations.

i did not take rojak, just had my usual kopi c gosong tilok.

c.h.e.f andy


Habib’s Rojak


Ayer Rajah Fooc Centre

503A W Coast Dr, Singapore 121503

Chinatown Braised Duck 牛车水阿婆卤鸭 at Commonwealth Crescent FC on 26May2018

chinatown braised duck

my OPS bro WM dropped by at teban gardens today but i left already.

he went to visit an aunty who had a fall & now warded at st lukes hospital.

after he dropped by my place & we went to commonwealth crescent food centre.

WM ordered his favourite hong kee porridge.

i had my jian kan wanton noodles.

chinatown braised duck

WM was watching the queue, and he went to buy the duck. he said lower quarter S$18, really overly expensive, but it was a huge portion could pass as 1/2 duck.

we had this here on 5.9.2016.

duck was just as good, very tender & tasty, good lor flavours & not salty. a really very good duck, as good as or almost the standard of hup seng braised duck in sin ming. 

c.h.e.f andy


Hong Kee Porridge




31 Commonwealth Crescent S149644, Commonwealth Crescent Market & Food Centre

盐水鸭 Lunch (9pax RI Bros) @ Benson Duck on 23May2018

盐水鸭 whole duck S$32

surprise package today. 9 RI bros turned up for 盐水鸭 at benson duck toa payoh lor 1.

just yesterday i was buying some msw to share after the lunch today & checking on the numbers. it was like 4 or 5.

as it turned out, this one of the highest attendance out our birthday get togethers, which mostly had full attendance, all 14 bros.

benson duck

this my best 盐水鸭 in singapore, not in a restaurant. well the only one i know. lol!

whole duck is S$32. it is tender, sweet, tasty, not salty, quite perfect actually.

we were seated on adjoining tables, seating 4 & 5, so we ordered a portion for each table.

pig innards soup 猪杂汤 S$8

the fish maw pig innard soup was very good, very tasty soup & the liver, pork balls & sliced pork were good too.

braised pork & chicken liver, gizzards S$8

duck liver was ok. the braised belly pork & gizzard not so good.

the 金龙菜 here just S$3. c/w S$15 for the same thing we had few days back at sum kee on 18.5.2018! 

lunch came to S$106 for 9pax about S$12 each…nice lunch. food was wiped clean…

msw durians

after lunch, we went to toa payoh lor 8 & took four seasons chendol.

after that we shared the durians. i bought 2 msw about S$40 expecting 4-5pax lol!

anyway it was enough, no need to eat too much.


i do a good 盐水鸭 myself, but not for a long time, maybe should try it again.

c.h.e.f andy


Benson Salted Duck 盐水鸭

Opening Hours:

2 Crabs for S$30 Promotion (PK Bought 4pax Lunch) on 22May2018

2 x干香 crabs for $30 promotion

my OPS buddy PK bought 4pax lunch today at diamond kitchen on 22.5.2018. ^^

there was a crab promotion 2 crabs for S$30 he ordered the 干香 style. 🙂

fish head curry

there was also another promotion like 4 dishes including fish head curry for S$76.

PK ordered that too.

fish head curry was good, though i thought the one at sum kee we had last friday on 18.5.2018 was better!

breaded chicken

the breaded chicken quite good too. chicken was tender tasty, breadcrumbs good too, not oily & nice sauce…


lala also good…plain but fresh & plump & sweet. 🙂

fried veg

vegetables were ordinary…

2 x干香 crabs for $30 promotion

the best deal had to be the 2 crabs promotion = 2x500g crabs for S$30.

干香 style not very flavourful though & not spicy. PK went back again & had pepper crab…he said that was better.

i think lunch would be like S$125..the crab was good deal…the S$76 set so so i think…maybe order ala carte the fish head curry & some other dishes.

c.h.e.f andy


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Great Laksa, Good Chendol, So So MSW on 20May2018


my OPS bro WT went to sin kian choon & bought 3 msw for me…today cheapest at S$12/kg

I went to meet him at bukit merah view food centre..

we had S$3 laksa & chendol.

bukit merah view fish ball minced meat noodles

the laksa was good, nice lemak savoury gravy, and quite good serving of plump cockles, better than i expected from a fishball noodles stall.

not weiyi laksa, but i didn’t mind it, will do for me la… 🙂


the chendol was pretty good too!

coconut milk was thick, no kidney beans just ordinary red beans & gula melaka not thick enough but otherwise ok.

i took ice kachang here last couple times but this standard of chendol ok for me.

3 msw $54

sin kian choon msw $12 per kg

durian was S$12, so the $54 would be like 3.5kg.

i brought to my brother’s home next day but actually it was not that great. still nice msw flavours, not near the best, and large seeds also not so many pieces for 3 durians c/w with the 2 durians we shared for 4pax last friday.

c.h.e.f andy

8pax Family Mother’s Day Dinner @ Silk SICC on 19May2018

crispy eel

had a 3rd mother’s day 8pax family dinner @ silk sicc island on 19.5.2018. ^^

i did a first on 12.5.2018, just a simple home hotpot dinner for 3pax inc SL.

then SL bought 5pax tapas dinner at sabio on 13.5.2018.

SM & JH were not available both times so we had again this evening 8pax mother’s day dinner. 🙂

deepfried eggplant

i ordered the crispy eel (S$8) & deepfried eggplants with pork floss (S$6).everyone like the appetisers, more the eggplants as the eel was slightly sweet. for me both were ok, good. 🙂

tea infused roast duck S$52

the tea infused roast duck was excellent. so flavourful & tasty. the best dish this evening & a dish wife & i like a lot here. 🙂

crispy perch in thai sauce

crispy perch in thai sauce 4x$13.90

crispy perch in thai sauce another lovely dish everyone enjoyed.

i ordered 4 portions to share among 8 & the restaurant cut for us before deepfrying with batter so effectively we had 8 pieces, perfect!

a really lovely dish – great batter, a good tasty perch, and a bit tangy thai sauce.

braised belly pork 3x$6

also ordered the braised belly pork. ordered 3 pieces for 8pax, and quite enough.

this a really nice dish – excellent pork, great veg & sauce & buns as well. 🙂

truffle minced pork tofu S$16

i ordered the truffle minced pork tofu, another wonderful dish with very nice deepfried tofu & truffle minced pork sauce.

in fact all the dishes here, except the dessert which was pedestrian, were really great..

claypot frog legs S$24

i ordered a medium claypot frog leg, very good too.

claypot frog legs

tender, delicious & great scallion, ginger sauce.

spinach in 3 eggs

and a spinach in 3 eggs…SL love it, me too, but not particularly wife’s favourite.

braised prawn meepok S$27

braised prawn meepok

i ordered a medium prawn meepok. we usually take beehoon but decided to try meepok as that was the original menu dish

the braise was very tasty as usual. meepok was done well, al dente ie qq & not mushy. still beehoon infused/absorbed the braise far better so beehoon still the better dish.

guilinggao 龟苓膏

i ordered 6 dessert, a guilinggao 龟苓膏 & 5 bowls of mango sago…very average dessert.

dinner for 8pax was about S$290, quite ok & very good food that all enjoyed.

c.h.e.f andy


Silk Restaurant
Singapore Island Country Club, 180 Island Club Road, 578774, (Thomson)

Operating Hours:

Weekdays (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily

Restaurant is closed on Mondays except on the eves of public holidays and public holidays.

Dress Code (Lunch): Casual – Round-neck shirt and bermudas allowed (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)
Dress Code (Dinner): Smart Casual – Collared T-shirt/shirt with long trousers and covered shoes (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)

Great Fish Head Curry (WT Bought 3pax OPS Bros Lunch) @ Sum Kee on 18May2018

curry fish head S$26 

WT bought nice 3pax lunch today at sum kee, telok blangah street 31 on 18.5.2018. ^^

sum kee 

the place quite filled up at lunch time. parking is free.

curry fish head S$26 

fish head curry was good, both lemak & savoury.

i like the fish head curry here…drank up most of the curry…not the best i had but it would do…

S$26 not cheap, also not ex..S$25 the going rate most zi char places though one can certainly find cheaper ones & promotion prices etc…

spanish ribs S$28

the spanish ribs was to me quite ex for zi char place, but then these days many zi char more ex than restaurants, so just need to look out for deals…

this a half rack maybe 6 ribs, and more ex than tony romas (just checked $26.90 for babyback 1/2 rack and S$24.90 for st louis 1/2 rack).

spanish ribs S$28 

ribs were well done fork tender. no better than tony romas or anybeach cafe or roasters i guess.

bbq ribs are not particularly my favourite though i don’t ind also. spanish ribs in fact a bit chinese style with sticky too much honey kind of sauce. i prefer the st louis kind more savoury meaty sauce & bbq flavours…my friends loved it though.

金龙菜 S$15

金龙菜 was good but a bit ridiculously price at S$15 for small. most other veg on the menu are S$8 or S$10 for small. and as i remembered & had it shortly the week after, the one sold at benson duck was just S$3.

S$78 for 3pax

S$78 for 3pax for 3 dishes & drinks, a bit high side for me for the place & food.

the place was crowded at lunch time, so most people i guess finds it ok.

msw $12 per kg at sin kian choon

msw $12 per kg at sin kian choon

msw $12 per kg at sin kian choon

we decided to go sin kian choon in one after lunch & bought msw at S$12/kg.

then we stopped over at telok blangah & another OPS buddy PK joined us for durians.

after that we returned to our parked cars at sum kee.

a wonderful lunch & durians afterwards.

c.h.e.f andy



S$13.80 3-course Lunch Always Good @ Toptable on 17May2018

mushroom cannelloni

LK bought 5pax lunch @ toptable on 17.5.2018. ^^

we came here many times liao…always good standard here.

S$13.80 3-course menu

the chief waiter (these are all hospitality diploma students) was really good, very knowledgeable & could answer all the questions.

he was able to explain almost all menu items. i think he only got one question wrong. iasked if the barramundi was pangrilled, then crusted & baked, he said it was pangrilled, then crusted. 🙂

we all ordered the mushroom cannelloni. it was good! a nice pasta with good mushroom flavours & pasta texture & nice taste of pineapples.

gremolatta crusted barramundi

the crusted barramundi was clearly baked.

this also the first time i think a dish here is below par. the fish was overcooked & powdery, not firm…

seabass do tend to have powdery texture, so pangrilled & baking would have helped to make it firmer if it was not overcooked.

earl grey & lychee mousse cake

the earl grey & lychee mousse cake, so no surprises there!

overall a good value 3-course lunch for S$13.80, and good standard too.

c.h.e.f andy


Top Table @ Temasek Polytechnic


Opening Hours (for a short period where the program is putting out actual lunches by students):

Fatty Laksa Passable @ Holland Village Hawker Centre on 16May2018

fatty hollandv $3.50 laksa

running some errands at hollandv.

saw the laksa stall & decided to try.

fatty hollandv laksa 

the guys was on his phone & preparing my laksa at the same time.

i said thick beehoon mee 2 times but he was oblivious.

fatty hollandv $3.50 laksa

i ended up with just thick beehoon, anyway didn’t want to bother also & not that i mind just thick beehoon…and didn’t think much of what i would be getting alos.

as it turned out, it was better than my low expectations.

no weiyi laksa for sure,

but cockles were good & plump and good serving. gravy was lemak & savoury, quite edible afterall. not a stall i would go to have laksa but otherwise passable.

c.h.e.f andy

S$98 Best Value 4pax Lunch Set @ Kai Gardens on 16May2018

2 starters – fish skin & cloud fungus

our OPS carpe diem (seize the day) yolo (you only live once) gang arranged to have 4pax lunch at kai gardens on 16.5.2018. ^^

(blogging about carper diem yolo made me think we should do something more in this group than just dining…)

another bro not available so we visited him after lunch. 🙂

kai garden S$98 peking duck set lunch menu for pax

this a top value set 6-course including peking duck at $98++ for 4pax..

the peking duck 五彩缤纷鸭 alone ala carte cost S$88, and the second eat would cost another S$18.

the 2 appetisers were very good standard = deepfried fish skin & a vinegared cloud fungus.

deepfried spring rolls

dimusm 潮州粉果

dimusm 潮州粉果

the 2 dimsum we had today = spring rolls & 潮州粉果. very good standard i would say. the simple spring rolls were crispy outside, not oily, & tasty inside. 潮州粉果 was good!

i would prefer the xiaolongbao 小笼包which they served ladt time though…

peking duck 五彩缤纷鸭

peking duck 五彩缤纷鸭 is their signature dish here.

5 colored wraps for peking duck

served with 5 wraps (beetroot, spinach, pumpkin, charcoal & normal) and 5 sauces (seafood, pepper, wasabi, sweet sauce & normal).

peking duck

duck was sliced very well & there were like 20pieces or more enuf for each person takng each of the 5 wraps.

peking duck

another unique ingredient not seen in other peking duck dishes is the crispy item. it added a special texture & mild sweetness to the dish. a very important ingredient.

stir-fried garoupa

the stir-fried fillet was ok i guess, if pedestrian for this standard of restaurant.

shredded duck braised beehoon

the shredded braised beehoon was very tasty.

it was no more tastier though than say silk restaurant @ sicc.

osmanthus jelly

osmanthus jelly was good (M liked it). quite a simple low value dessert though to make up the set.

after lunch, we went to visit our buddy HC, and had a cuppa at starbucks.

c.h.e.f andy


Silk Restaurant
Singapore Island Country Club, 180 Island Club Road, 578774, (Thomson)

Operating Hours:

Weekdays (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily


S$118 Suckling Pig for Aunty Bes Early Birthday Dinner (6pax Family) on 15May2018

half suckling pig S$118

daughter organised a 6pax family early birthday dinner for my helper aunty Bes on 15.5.2018. ^^


she & wife chose rubato at greenwood. i have not try this place before. 🙂




quite a large seating restaurant, with alfresco dining as well. nice ambience.

half suckling pig S$118

we were attracted by the 1/2 suckling pig, an excellent dish for A$118. ^^

half suckling pig S$118

must say this the two best non-chinese suckling pig i had.

the other one that was really good, equally good i had was at one ninety resutaurant at four seasons hotel 5yrs ago on 30.5.2013.

i don’t see that any more.



burrata was quite excellent, among the best!

light & flavourful, the proscuitto was very good too.

as good as valentino, the restaurant we want avoid..

seafood linguine in a bag

wife read that seafood in a bag was good, and it was too.

to the extent that a baked pasta can be, this would really be the best, very tasty, aldente, just like any normal good pasta dish.

squidink pasta

squidink was very good too, think flavourful squidink. oved it!

pizza marinara

parma ham pizza

the 2 pizzas – seafood & parma ham were competent, like any other pizza, nothing great but ok…

bill S$422 for 6pax inc wine

 bill for 6pax inc wine was S$422, less wine would be S$322 for 6pax. not too bad considering 1/2 suckling pig & S$48 burrata.

half suckling pig S$118


Mother’s Day 5pax Tapas Dinner @ Sabio at Duxtion on 13May2018

mother’s day card

youngest daughter bought mother’s day 5pax family dinner this evening on 13.5.2018. ^^

we don’t go to places that charged double the price, are overcrowded & giving bad service on such occasions, so daughter made sure sabio served the usual menu.

mother’s day card

the children bought the flowers & made the cards too.

sabio @ duxton

daughter picked sabio @ duxton.

we had a great family dinner here once before 6 months ago on 5.11.2017. 🙂

sabio @ duxton

nice place, good food but not much business.

chorizo ham croquette & tortilla

we ordered their 8 tapas for S$88 deal.

chorizo ham croquette was good but we agreed those at foc were better.

tortilla aka spanish omelette

tortilla aka spanish omelette was ok, better than mine, but this evening a bit dry..

squid ala plancha

squid ala plancha was good, tasty gravy…

mussels in white wine sauce

mussels in white wine sauce less good, nothing special & broth not that tasty…


the octopus & sauce were good.


came with the potatoes.

ceviche gambas with tacos chip

ceviche gambas with tacos chip was excellent!

ceviche gambas with tacos chip

we wanted at first to order a second tiem & increase to 12 tapas for S$128 but we were too full already..

pan fry prawns

the panfried prawns was another excellent dish.

this was what inspired me to fashion my own chorizo prawn dish.


churros was also one of our fabourites here. not too sweet, very crispy & flavourful!

mixed spanish fried rice

mixta spanish fried rice

the server said they don’t serve pasta & paella any more.

it has to do with not having the oven for paella, so they called it a spanish fried rice. rice was overcooked & not aldente. overall flavours were pretty good.

all in all a very enjoyable evening by the effort of daughter SL.

c.h.e.f andy