Wonderful Matsutake Autumn Bento @ Mikuni on 20Sep2015

mikuni autumn matsutake bento

mikuni autumn matsutake bento

mikuni a favourite destination for me.

mikuni’s chirashi don is still the best in singapore for me.

matsutake lunch special bento

matsutake lunch special bento

i wanted to try the autumn matsutake bento set, so today 3 of us came for lunch on 20.9.2015. ^^

it’s F1 race day, so many roads were closed. i googled and saw that bras basah road entrance to raffles city was open & also i could returned by beach road in the direction to middle road which was also opened.

i drove through orchard road with some traffic, but overall it was perfect. & carpark was empty.

matsutake (pine mushrooms) otoshi

matsutake (pine mushrooms) otoshi

it’s a pine mushroom set, so every dish had some matsutake. 🙂

matsutake (pine mushrooms) otoshi

matsutake (pine mushrooms) otoshi

it was ok.

excellent sashimi=chutoro, hotate, kampachi, uni

excellent sashimi=chutoro, hotate, kampachi, uni

sashimi was excellent! chutoro & hotate were fantastic cuts.

excellent sashimi=chutoro, hotate, kampachi, uni

excellent sashimi=chutoro, hotate, kampachi, uni

chutoro really melt in the mouth & hotate had incredible bite. kampachi were very sweet too. wish they gave more uni, haha! 🙂

tempura

tempura

tempura was lovely. chestnut really nice.

tempura

tempura

matsutake has a bit of woody? mushroom flavour. daughter didn’t like it so much.

sea bream teppanyaki & snow crab legs

sea bream teppanyaki & snow crab legs

teppanyaki sea bream seemed to be the dry treated type like many japanese fish including salmon & cod. you get them in japan a lot, in bentos, restaurants, supermarts.

i liked it but not so favourite for wife & daughter.

sea bream teppanyaki & snow crab legs

sea bream teppanyaki & snow crab legs

the snow crab legs were excellent.

kagoshima wagyu

kagoshima wagyu

& the kagoshima wagyu was sublime! ^^

kagoshima wagyu

kagoshima wagyu

there’s some mustard seeds/sauce. i put a bit of wasabi on the beef also. just so wonderful. 🙂

kagoshima wagyu

kagoshima wagyu

it felt like not the very chargrilled preparation. wonder if i can do this. google a bit & see.

ikura kamameshi(釜飯)

ikura kamameshi(釜飯)

i normally don’t particularly fancy kamameshi as i used to think they tasted average until i had very good tasty kamameshi at sun with moon @ wheelock.

ikura kamameshi(釜飯)

ikura kamameshi(釜飯)

this one here though was very average.

panna cotta

panna cotta

panna cotta was very good! great texture & bite.

panna cotta

panna cotta

daughter though was still thinking of the panna cotta at pizzeria balognett at tremezzo lake como, but i think this was very good already. 🙂

with amex FAR (feed at raffles) privileges, the 7-course set was S$60++pax, very good deal i feel!

c.h.e.f andy

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Excellent Modern Vegetarian for 13pax RI G20 Dinner @ Sufood on 30Mar2015

sufood mosiac

sufood mosiac

we had an interesting italian-inspired modern vegetarian dinner for 13pax RI G20 get-together at Sufood on 30.3.2015. a very good choice by the organiser. ^^

founded in 2010, sufood is the first meat-free concept restaurant under WOWPRIME GROUP, the largest F&B operator in taiwan. this raffles city restaurant opened in May2014 is its first in singapore.

one of the friends used the phone apps to make a mosaic food picture (top photo). very nice!

bread with a mustard dip & berries dip

bread with a mustard dip & berries dip

we had the italian bread sticks with mustard & berries dip. both were ok. i liked the mustard better. 🙂

our usual wine supplier brought nice wines

our usual wine supplier brought nice wines

japanese yam with berry sauce, cucumber & cherry tomato plum jelly

japanese yam with berry sauce, cucumber & cherry tomato plum jelly

we kicked off with the chef’s sufood starter – a quite wonderful trio japanese yam with berry sauce, cucumber & cherry tomato plum jelly.

cucumber & cherry tomato plum jelly

cucumber & cherry tomato plum jelly

japanese yam with berry sauce, cucumber

japanese yam with berry sauce, cucumber

a refreshing start.^^

fruit salad

fruit salad

the healthy ones went for the fruit salad.

mushroom salad

mushroom salad

mushroom salad

mushroom salad

a few of us, myself included, took the mushroom salad, a popular dish. it was good. 🙂

summer salad

summer salad

another took the summer salad.

salad

classic garden salad

& the classic garden salad with a choice of sesame sauce or caesar dressing.

pumpkin soup

pumpkin soup

for the soup, cream of pumpkin was a popular choice.

pea soup with mushrooms

pea soup with mushrooms

i had the pea soup with oyster mushroom cubes at the bottom. maybe this was the healthy version so it was not an intense cream of pea soup, texture combination was great, with the crunchy mushrooms. it was the same also with the pumpkin soup, not intense & flavourful.

a friend & i both thought we could do a better tasting soup than these 2. 🙂

soup

cabbage & sweet potato stew

some had the root soup, and the most healthy among us went for the cabbage & sweet potato stew. 🙂

calzone

calzone

the calzone came highly recommended. calzone looked like a huge curry puff. the dough was more akin to pizza dough.

i must say after trying a few, i was in total agreement that calzone was the best dish/main course.

pita pockets

pita pockets

i picked the pita pocket though. many of the main courses came with plastic gloves, if you wanted to share your food.^^

pita pockets

pita pockets

the mock meatballs were pretty ok but it was not as tasty & satisfying as the calzone.

pasta

porcini pasta

don’t really know how the porcini pasta tasted like, but generally the food quality was competent, pretty ok for vegetarian dishes though not spectacular.

squidink pasta

squidink pasta

i would rate the squid ink as the second best after the calzone. the mushrooms were shaped to look like squid rings.

squidink pasta

squidink pasta

but of course we are not really comparing these vegetarian dishes say with the creamy squid ink pasta at valentino or la braceria.

certainly my own squid ink dish is much more intense & flavourful. 🙂

star pizza

star pizza

star pizza

star pizza

i tried the star pizza. didn’t think much of it.

banana cheesecake with yuzu camomile

banana cheesecake with yuzu camomile

did not try the banana cheesecake. guess it should be quite ok.

banana cheesecake with yuzu camomile

banana cheesecake with yuzu camomile

black sesame penna cotta

black sesame penna cotta

i had the black sesame penn a cotta. smooth, quite good.

black sesame penna cotta with drink

black sesame penna cotta with drink

i had the penn a cotta with a healthy ashitaba drink. not sure what to make of it. at least it not bitter like wheatgrass. it wasn’t too sweet so it was ok.

black sesame penna cotta with yuzu camomile

black sesame penna cotta with yuzu camomile

osmanthus jelly with drink

osmanthus jelly with drink

osmanthus jelly with yuzu camomile

osmanthus jelly with yuzu camomile

some friends had osmanthus jelly. didn’t try it but that should be very safe, couldn’t go wrong.^^

the company & dinner were very enjoyable. these gatherings came about quite naturally, a desire to spend time with friends & share views & experiences.^^

& wine was marvellous of course. 🙂

the food was good especially for the new experience, and it was good quality at a good price – 8 “courses” for S$29.80++. 

doesn’t blow me away for sure, but equally it is a place i am happy to come back a few times.^^

c.h.e.f andy

So Very Nice 4pax Family Dinner @ Mikuni on 23Jun2014

oysters - S$28

oysters – S$28

dinners at mikuni are always so very enjoyable. see recent post on a wonderful mikuni dinner on 31.3.2014.

we were there again on 23.6.2014. this time we ordered the chirashi don, oysters & golden prawns, in addition to the usual.

the oysters were good. at 50% discounts, it was S$14 for 3 pieces. the ones we had recently at chikuwatei was better but more ex – 2 large ones for S$22. 🙂

chirashi don - S$90

chirashi don – S$90

chirashi don - S$90

chirashi don – S$90

the chirashi don was so, so very nice. this must the best in singapore or anywhere for S$45++ after 50% feed at raffles (FAR) discounts. 🙂 needless to say, it was far, far better than sun with moon or chikuwatei. not only there was uni, 2 pieces of chu toro, & a huge botan ebi, all the other cuts like salmon, tai, hamachi, hotate were so sweet & fresh & so very many. 🙂

it was kind of a late discovery for us, as we dined quite a bit at mikuni but we tend to take the cooked food rather than sashimi.

botan ebi - S$42 for 3

botan ebi – S$42 for 3

botan ebi - S$42 for 3 pieces

botan ebi – S$42 for 3

we had the usual botan ebi sashimi (S$42 for 3 pieces) & had the head deep-fried.

sous vide octopus tempura - S$30

sous vide octopus tempura – S$30

& we all loved the sous vide tako kari kari age.

cold sake - S$50

cold sake – S$50

the sake was ex… S$50 & only 25% discount.

golden prawns - S$40

golden prawns – S$40

golden prawns - S$40

golden prawns – S$40

& the golden prawns (basically teppanyaki large prawns with lots of mayo) was really good! each of us had about 5 prawns, so there must be 20 pieces. we took very little mayo but this mayo taste was very good. 🙂

lobster uniyaki - S$48

lobster uniyaki – S$48

lobster uniyaki - S$48

lobster uniyaki – S$48

the lobster uniyaki today was below the usual standard. i had always liked the lobster but somehow this time the lobster meat did not have the usual bouncy fresh texture. couldn’t say it was bad but c/w the golden prawns, it was substantially poorer.

kagoshima wagyu konabe - S$48

kagoshima wagyu konabe – S$48

& the kagoshima wagyu konabe was as good as ever.

the bill came to S$239nett for 4pax (c/w S$205 for 4pax at chikuwatei & such huge guff in quality of food). excluding the sake, it would be S$195nett or S$165++ for 4pax, really good deal. 🙂

i think i gonna go back just for the chirashi don. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy