OK Dinner @ Brasseries les Saveurs on 4Aug2016

amuse bouche - crabmeat wrap

amuse bouche – crabmeat wrap

went with wife for dinner at brasserie les saveurs at st regis on 4.8.2016. ^^

1st time coming here since amex love dining (palate) now included this restaurant.

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

though it is a brasserie the ambience is quite grand with double volume high ceiling.

a bit like the clifford at fullerton bay w/o the seaview.

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

quite nice la…

brasserie les saveurs connoisseur dinner semi-buffet

brasserie les saveurs connoisseur dinner semi-buffet

we looked at the dinner menu.

there was a connoisseur dinner semi-buffet.

the hors de eouvres buffet items quite limited, not even as good as the below par equinox i recently visited where the spread was like halved.

the main courses though looked better than equinox, and i was eyeing the prime ribs.

the captain advised that the prime rib for the semi-buffet was about 2/3 the serving c/w ala carte (S$76), but if one were taking that then might as well have the semi-buffet (S$73).

i may come back for this, but for this evening, i didn’t want the buffet so we did ala carte.

amuse bouche - crabmeat wrap

amuse bouche – crabmeat wrap

amuse bouche was a crabmeat wrap. ok nothing special but certainly a plus if they offer amuse bouche for regular ala carte orders. 🙂

bread

bread

bread though was poor, as in not bad but not the standard of this outfit.

oysters platter

oysters platter S$32

the oyster platter was good.

oysters platter

oysters platter S$32

nice sweet juicy oysters, and a good price at 50% love dining discount for 2pax.

lobster bisque

lobster bisque

lobster bisque looked good, tasted ok, indeed velvety, quite a bit of crabmeat but not that sweet. actually quite an average dish for me…

pan fried scallops

pan fried scallops S$26

pan fried scallops were dry & below par. felt old, not fresh not gummy texture. i think very poor for a good restaurant standard.

even my own pan-seared hokkaido scallops was better than this!

we were a bit the non complaining type. the scallops were not spoilt or bad. but actually it would be better if i told the restaurant immediately whether they replaced it or not. it’s better to feedback to them.

tajima wagyu skirt steak

tajima wagyu skirt steak S$58

fortunately the skirt steak was very good.

very flavoruful & tender enough, though some parts just slightly tendonous.

the mash, herb butter were good too. 🙂

tajima wagyu skirt steak

tajima wagyu skirt steak S$58

this audtralian wagyu with jap name & a secondary cut so i was wondering how they prepare the steak as it would be tough with connective tissues. the captain couldn’t really explain or he didn’t understand the question, but anyway steak was good which was all that mattered.

dinner was S$161 for 2 after 50% discounts. the glass of wine wife had was expensive. i think S$29 no discounts. at this price even with discounts dinner was ok not great & could get much better value elsewhere.

but i will still come back for the prime ribs, and maybe also the tajima steak & oysters w/o the other items.

c.h.e.f andy

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Just Average Bakuteh @ Ng Ah Sio on 11Jul2015

ng ah sio rangoon road bakuteh dishes

ng ah sio rangoon road bakuteh dishes

a RI friend organised a yoga session at vyasa yoga at civil service club at tessensohn road on 11.7.2015. 10 of us attended. it was a very enjoyable session of cyclic meditation which they branded as smash your stress.^^

after yoga it was closed to 4pm. 4 of us decided to go ng ah sio at rangoon road nearby to have bakuteh. 🙂

S$8.50 prime ribs

S$8.50 prime ribs

i have not come to this ng ah sio for the longest time, maybe 10 years, but i have been to ng ah sio at chui huay lim a few times & my experience there was good.

the prime ribs were expensive, 2 pieces for S$8.50. soup was good, one friend said ng ah sio always too peppery. i thought so too, but found it quite ok this time. but i am more the rib person than soup person.

S$7 spare ribs

S$7 spare ribs

we ordered 2 bowls prime ribs + 1 bowl spare ribs to share among 4pax.

one friend was especially impressed with the ribs which were fork tender falling off the bones. for me i prefer a firmer texture like i used to enjoy at rong cheng 榕城 in sin min (though i hardly go there now as it is so easy to make my own bakuteh at home).

i guess it is personal preference thingy. 🙂

S$2 pig's skin - lagi good we ordered a second

S$2 pig’s skin – lagi good we ordered a second

everyone loved the pig skin, no fat, all collagen, or so we had ourselves believed.^^

peanuts

peanuts

peanuts etc were usual. i don’t normally take extra dishes when i eat bakuteh since i mostly go for the ribs. 🙂

youtiao - soft

youtiao – soft

you char kueh was soft as i expected. usually “lau hong” pre-cut in a bowl.

nai bai奶白

nai bai奶白

nothing much to say about the veg.

mee sua

mee sua

mee sua ok i guess, can replace rice for less carbs. ^^

overall it was just average for me. for S$8.50, i can do my own bakuteh (using 1/2kg fresh indonesian pork ribs from sheng shiong or 1kg of frozen ribs from chinatown market) at home as it is the easiest thing to make.

there are so many good bakuteh places in singapore. for the more recent ones i been to, i still like rong cheng bakuteh best, & song fa bakuteh & also ng ah sio at chui huay lim. last time i went to lao ah tee bakuteh at boon keng i did not like it so much.

c.h.e.f andy

Marvellous Mother’s Day Lunch @ The Gurnard’s Head on 10May2015

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine

today is mother’s day in singapore,10.5.2015
(it seems that in UK it was 15mar in 2015, must confess i never knew that!). we all sent greeting messages, and my friends were quite active on the group whatsapps. ^^
yesterday morning on our first day arriving in cornwall, we were blessed with glorious sunshine when we visited minack theatre & hiked a bit at porthcurno & porthgwarra, and later from sennen cove to land’s end.
this morning, weather was ok albeit not a bright sunny day, we managed to visit cape cornwall & botallack mines.
the gunnard's head

the gurnard’s head

after botallack, we decided to press on to the gurnard’s head.
my wife had been reading about the restaurant, and it turned out to be such an excellent mother’s day lunch experience.^^
sunday lunch menu

sunday lunch menu

 we had 1 of the best lunches in UK 2-course for £18.50. my wife said she would skip friday’s set lunch at Dinner (Heston Blumenthal’s Pellegrino 50 restaurant) as it is no better than this!
rye bread

rye bread

rye bread

rye bread

we had complimentary rye bread. the butter was very tasty.

for appetisers, wife ordered a chicken ballotine & i ordered a ham hock terrine.

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine was excellent, light & fast with the sauce.^^

ham hock terrine

ham hock terrine

i was thinking ter kar tan (pig trotters jelly)! the ham hock terrine looked more like a luncheon meat or 镇江肴肉

this was quite excellent, very flavourful if robust. i was surprised that wife took a whole piece. & the sauce & sides were superb.

we were sharing the dishes, which was great as we each got to taste & enjoy the dishes w/o getting satiated with 1 portion. we were saying this was like a 4-course degustation lunch!

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

for the mains we ordered the slow braised beef ribs, and the whole megrim sole.

beef was more like a prime rib or beef on a wagon. it was a good prime rib, but not the specialty standard of prime ribs at SCC (singapore cricket club). 🙂

the prime rib itself tasted pretty good. & the red wine sauce & condiments – chinese cabbage, potatoes, turnips & carrots etc were excellent too! i recall form my student days 30+years ago they used to match yorkshire pudding with roast beef, & we used to joke that roast beef was like paper – i.e. tough & tasteless. now with modern cuisine it was not just roast beef but a slow braised beef ribs preparation. 🙂

whole megrin sole

whole megrim sole

whole megrin sole

whole megrim sole

i had the whole megrim sole.

the fish was quite sublime, very tender & tasty!^^

i would say the sole was far better than the prime ribs, and for me much better also when compared with the very good hake & john dory we had last evening at tolacrne inn.

the food was excellent & wife was in very good spirits!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Nice Bakuteh @ Rong Cheng 榕城 Sin Min Road on 20Jan2015

rong cheng bakuteh

rong cheng bakuteh

sent my car to amazing glaze at sin min autocare for some treatment this morning on 20.1.2015.

decided to walk over to rong cheng 榕城 bakuteh at sin min road. i have not here here for many years liao. had been a regular previously. ^^

rong cheng bakuteh

rong cheng bakuteh

rong cheng bakuteh

rong cheng bakuteh

rong cheng bakuteh

rong cheng bakuteh

the ribs are a bit softer as it was past 2pm. but i still liked it. ^^

for me, this is very much a personal taste & preference. many people prefer very soft ribs, the meat falling off the bone. so they may find rong cheng ribs a bit tough. for me, i prefer a texture where the meat is tender but there is bite & bounce, and for me i always find that the meat is sweeter when it is not soft & overcooked.

it is though very easy to do bakuteh at home, and i can get the fatter & more tasty indonesian prime ribs from sheng shiong. the result is almost as good, so i don’t really go much for the increasingly expensive bakuteh the last few years (I used to do a few times a week!).^^

c.h.e.f andy

Very Average Bakuteh @ Lau Ah Tee (老阿弟) Whampoa on 3Apr2014

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went to boon keng/whompoa area to get something.

so dropped by to have bakuteh @ lau ah tee (老阿弟). this used to be my 2nd favourite after rong chen at sin min. but last time i went rong chen, somehow the taste had changed? or my taste changed?

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anyway they ran out of prime ribs (排骨) so only have pork ribs (肉骨). sorry to say this was not even as good as the bakuteh i do at home.  the ribs i bought from sheng shiong were much better, more tender, sweeter & tastier, though i think their soup still better than my packet ones.

so far, ng ah sio bakuteh @ chui huay lim & song fa @ new bridge road are still the better ones i had recently. i will probably have to try the prime rib here at lau ah tee & also at rong chen again to decide.

c.h.e.f andy

Great Ribs & Pig Trotters @ Song Fa Bakuteh on 5Sep2013

prime ribs - S$8.50

prime ribs – S$8.50

went for early lunch with son & his friend at song fa at new bridge road on 5.9.2013. first time there though heard about & saw the place when dining at jumbo riverwalk & la chasseur. 🙂

song fa @ 17 new bridge road

song fa @ 17 new bridge road

we went at 11am on a thursday & roadside parking was a breeze. there were 2 outlets closeby each other – no. 11 north bridge road which was a coffeshop & no. 17 north bridge road. we chose the latter which was aircon though it was not switched on. we left before 12pm & the crowd were only starting to arrive.

ter kar (braised pork trotters) - S$6

ter kar (braised pork trotters) – S$6

you tiao - S$2

you tiao – S$2

S$48 for 3pax

S$48 for 3pax

soup was good. the prime ribs were very sweet & tasty. texture was good too, falling off the bones & yet not overcooked. my favourite until recently was rong cheng at sin min road. lately had couple times good baukteh at ng ah sio @ chui huay lim. i thought song fa was better, and price-wise we had 3 long prime ribs for S$8.50+GST vs 2 for S$9.80++ at ng ah sio & S$7 for 1 long rib plus 2 odd bits at rong cheng. the braised trotters were good too & we ordered a second S$6 serving. the fatty collagen bits were just right & even the lean parts were tasty & not sinewy. still i thought it was as good or better at ng ah sio & i had better serving portion for S$8++ shared by 2.

we had 3 prime ribs, 2 braised trotters, 1 youtiao & 1 kailan (medium S$5.50). total price came to S$48, couldn’t say it was expensive but not cheap either. i often buy 1kg pork rib at chinatown for S$7.50 & make very nice bakuteh myself very easily – not quite comparable of course but good enough for my fix. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy