Hua Ting 华厅’s SG50 6-course Lunch on 3Nov2015

vegetarian goose

vegetarian goose

a good younger friend wanted to buy lunch on 3.11.2015.

huating SG50 6-course lunch menu

hua ting SG50 6-course lunch menu

i wanted to try the hua ting 华厅 SG50 6-course lunch (not shy la..haha!) so suggested the place. ^^

i have not been to hua ting maybe >10yrs? not sure.

used to come here when i was having the millenium & copthorne’s ala carte card which gives 50% discounts for 2pax. liked the braised goose especially but that was like for a very short window & never had that since.

so we mostly had braised duck & also the lobster noodles. but like i was telling my friend, lobster noodles now we can have it anywhere, & 2 of the best for me are tunglok signature & xin cuisine. 🙂

we had a vegetarian goose starter.

mushroom fritters & seafood salad

#1 mushroom fritters & seafood salad

first course was the mushroom fritters & seafood salad.

mushroom fritters

#1 mushroom fritters

mushroom fritters were good, crispy batter & tasty mushrooms.

prawns & scallops salad

#1 prawns & scallops salad

prawns & scallops salad was competent.

overall not a particularly fine starter, but i guess a good restaurant standard, competent.

sweet & sour soup 酸辣汤

#2 sweet & sour soup 酸辣汤

second course was sweet & sour soup 酸辣汤.

this soup is not my favourite. still i remembered it was a rather tasty soup here eons ago. well, dishes change & tastebuds change too.

sweet & sour soup 酸辣汤

#2 sweet & sour soup 酸辣汤

i felt it was a bit below par for a hua ting standard restaurant.

c/w what i had at xin cuisine recently, at least that was fragrant, tasty & chokeful of ingredients as well.

even the colour & look were much better. 🙂

sea perch & minced pork tofu

#3 sea perch & minced pork tofu

i always like sea perch. the taste & texture is like cod. this one sat on an emarld tofu with minced pork sauce.

sea perch & minced pork tofu

#3 sea perch & minced pork tofu

photo looks ok, and overall the taste of both the sea perch & the minced pork tofu were good too.

it was a good restaurant standard. we both thought that the combination was not the best matching – a quite robust minced pork tofu competing with a sea perch.

c/w min jiang’s steamed sea perch, simple & dignified, somehow hua ting’s version look a bit like food from past decades.

lamb rack

#4 lamb rack

the lamb rack was ok. meat was tender, sauce was a bit overpowering. there was a bit of gamey taste which the sauce helped mask.

lamb rack

#4 lamb rack

i would say very competent dish. a bit of tacky decorations?

prawn noodles

#5 prawn noodles

prawn noodles? for me that was really quite below par.

prawn noodles

prawn noodles

alan’s S$5 “why eat har” prawn noodles beat this hands down.

prawn noodles

prawn noodles

so would any at tunglok signature & xin cuisine.

even my own big prawn noodles (copy tunglok’s) better than this la….lol,,,^^

mango pudding dessert

#6 mango pudding dessert

dessert was a mango pudding with fruits.

mango pudding dessert

#6 mango pudding dessert

overall, it was a very enjoyable lunch, catching up with my friend about his business & family.

food was pretty good i supposed considering it’s a S$50pax 6-course set with sea perch & lamb, but really far below the expectations i had for a restaurant like hua ting. so either the restaurant standard has fallen far behind or they are not giving representative dishes for the set (which defeats the purpose of having a promo).

c.h.e.f andy

Some Interesting Fares @ io Italian Osteria on 15Apr2015

panini sandwich

panini sandwich – S$9

daughter arranged a 6pax family dinner at io italian osteria at hillv2 on 15.4.2015.^^

she is now our f&b compass, bringing us to different happening dining places & chic cafes.

io italian osteria

io italian osteria

io italian osteria

io italian osteria

nice place too.^^

panini sandwich

panini sandwich – S$9

we had a bruschetta, like a panini sandwich with ham & tomatoes. it was good!^^

seafood bouillabaisse with toast

seafood bouillabaisse with toast – S$14

seafood bouillabaisse with toast

seafood bouillabaisse with toast – S$14

seafood bouillabaisse with toast

seafood bouillabaisse with toast – S$14

the italian version of seafood bouillabaisse was very good standard – flavourful soup, good ingredients for S$14.

beef carpaccio

beef carpaccio – S$16

beef carpaccio was ok. beef was sweet, good cheese & rockets. i guess a boring dish. 🙂

calamari

calamari – S$14

calamari

calamari – S$14

calamari (our “sotong”) was not so good, squid was a bit tough. nothing like the calamari fritto i had recently at la braceria, but that cost a ridiculous 2.5x price!

meat sauce cheese

rice suppli stuffed mozzarella cheese – S$9

meat sauce cheese

rice suppli stuffed mozzarella cheese – S$9

the crispy rice stuffed with mozzarella was quite ok too…errr…like lots of carbs..

cheese ravioli

cheese ravioli

ravioli was good standard but expensive. i think it was like S$28.

porchetta

porchetta with fennel – S$9

porchetta with fennel was great dish for S$9.

porchetta

porchetta with fennel – S$9

too big for 1 pax, just nice to share among 3 or 4pax. we had 6pax.

lamb rack

lamb rack

lamb rack

lamb rack

lamb rack

lamb rack

lamb rack

lamb rack

lamb rack was to me below par, and expensive. not that it was expensive here, but these things are expensive in restaurants. 3 large pieces, but really i do a much better lamb!

keylime cake

keylime cake

keylime cake

keylime cake

keylime cake

keylime cake

youngest daughter wanted to have key lime pie, it was not too bad but not my kind of dessert.

i will certainly come back for the seafood bouillabaisse, bruschetta, porchetta, and don’t mind the crispy rice too.^^

c.h.e.f andy

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IO Osteria

Address:

4 Hillview Rise, #02-01, Hillv2 Singapore 667979

Contact:

67107150

Opening Hours:

Monday to Sunday 10am – 10pm daily

Great Ala Carte Dinner @ Tunglok Signature at Orchard Parade on 29Nov2013

fried mixed vegetables

fried mixed vegetables

went back to tunglok signature @ orchard parade on 29.11.2013. was raining so wanted car park with shelter & did not want to go far. 🙂

amex palate privileges 50% for 2pax only for ala carte on weekdays so we explored the menu.

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lamb rack S$10

lamb rack S$10

lobster noodles S$25

lobster noodles S$25

雪中情怀mango pomelo dessert with 2 scoops ice cream S$8

雪中情怀mango pomelo dessert with 2 scoops ice cream S$8

we decided to try the specials – a fish soup S$38. the soup was excellent! very smooth, sweet, tasty. 🙂 it was expensive though. the portion was similar to a 1/2 pot of lie tong (例汤) which cost S$14 – served 1.5 to 2 bowls each for 2pax. probably better off with the lie tong.

the lamb rack came with onion ring & tomato. it was very good too. lamb was very tender w/o strong taste, equal to the best among good western restaurants. the mildly sweet sauce was a nice change from the usual mint sauce too. 🙂

the mixed vegetable (top photo) was an excellent vegetarian dish. on this night it was a bit oily, but otherwise very good.

& the lobster ramen in superior sauce was heavenly. i had lobster noodles often at hua ting some years back when i had the alacarte card as it was very good. but this was even better! ramen was very nice too, especially the texture/bite. 🙂

& we rounded up with the really enjoyable  雪中情怀mango pomelo dessert with 2 scoops of ice cream. we asked to change the usual vanilla to coconut ice cream – very nice indeed! 🙂

the dinner was S$172 before discount. i wouldn’t do this at such prices. with 50% palate discount it was S$86 & a very good price for such fine dinner. the weekend lobster 6-course set though was even better as it included the 2 best dishes – lobster ramen & 雪中情怀 – plus other great dishes!

c.h.e.f andy