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Live Seafood Market @ Emporium Shokuhin

~Invited Session~


Emporium Shokuhin welcomes the 10th restaurant - Live Seafood Market Dining, where diners can have their seafood fresh from the tanks and enjoyed zichar style without the heat and chaos of an eating house. What's more? Prices are kept the same for seafood in the same tank and you get to pick exactly which fish or crab suits your meal better.


The range comprises not just of seafood but also vegetables and also caviar, parma ham and cured meats. A bar is also available for those seeking a happy hour drink and some tapas.



Spied a crab trying to make an escape!


Simple instructions how to order your meal at this pseudo zichar place.


Beers on the tap for happy hour always seem to go very well with zichar.


Crispy Cereal Egg Floss Calamari ($15) was an addictive snack with enough crispy cereal, chilli padi and floss to coat the battered calamari generously.


Purple Sweet Potatoes that made the pre-dinner snacking healthier than intended.


Sri Lankan Crab ($59/pc, approx. 700-800g)
Homemade Mantou ($5, 6 pcs)

Our national pride and always best eaten with fried mantous,

These homemade mantous are different from the usual mantous, flatter in shape actually! But who's complaining when these go great with chilli crab sauce.


Stingray in Onion Sambal Sauce ($18/pc, approx. 300-350g)

Their meaty stingrays comes with a housemade sambal sauce and sambal belachan. 


Live Mussels in Assam Sauce ($14, 500g)

Mussels are also another weakness and I love them either steamed in white wine or with assam.



Live Scottish Oysters ($34.90 per half dozen, $59.90 per dozen)


Live Soon Hock in Sweet and Sour Sauce ($39/fish, approx. 500-600g)

I would usually have this steamed but with sweet and sour sauce is another way to consume this fresh fish.


USDA Ribeye ($9.20/100g)
Red wine demi glaze or black pepper brown sauce

I thought this was really value for money, given the price point too. Between the red wine demi glaze and black pepper, I felt the latter went better with the steak. 


Dragon Vegetables in Garlic Oyster Sauce ($8)


Sambal Kang Kang ($8)

No zichar meal is complete without sambal kangkong! 

The concept has been well received since its launch and even during the tasting, the whole area was filled. I guess zichar without the chaos is still an attractive idea for diners.

Live Seafood Market
Emporium Shokuhin
Marina Square

Fat Belly @ Holland V

~Media Invite~


Hidden within Sugarhaus, the bar counter comes alive after 6pm with the kitchen serving up charcoal grilled steaks mainly. Prices mentioned come with a side and dessert.





USDA 150day Grain Fed Angus Flat Iron Steak ($35)



USDA Grain Fed Angus Short Rib Steak ($38)

Wagyu Marble Score 4-5 Onglet Steak ($50)

While there is none of the fatty and marbled steaks that a higher price point would get, these are rich on flavor and chewy. Of course my best bet was on the wagyu onglet steak which was the most tender of all 3. That said, the rest were still great value with great searing and a beautiful char.

Creamed Kale trumps creamed spinach for the new favourite side dish. Kale somehow has more bite and stiffer than spinach.

Sautéed Thyme Mushrooms and steak somehow is the best combination. The earthiness of the mushrooms and juicy steak with a swig of wine. Ultimate shiokness.



Sticky date pudding surprisingly was light, not so sweet and really addictive. I thought the era of sticky date puddings are over until this.

Fat Belly
10 Jalan Serene #01-04 Serene Centre

The Market Grill Revisited @ Amoy Street

~Invited Session~


With a new Chef onboard and a brunch menu added, The Market Grill looks set for a revamp. Saturday mornings are particularly lazy and they hope to attract more families and I am already tempted!




Salmon Benedict ($18)


Hash ($24)
Sweet potato, potato, farmers sausage, caramelized onion, beans, poached egg

Also on the brunch menu is lobster benedict, French toast and chicken and waffles. There is something for everyone! The brunch items served were decent staples though I may return for the lobster benedict since they do lobsters really well. The rest are by the way dishes.


Medley of Wagyu Steak Tartare, Pan Seared Scallops, Crispy Pig Ears


Tasting portions of a number of their appetisers were presented and crispy pig ears though lacking in seasoning are still my favourite. Crunchy, addictive and still one of my favourites from their menu.


Onion Matchsticks ($8) has been given a new lease of life with a spicy aftertaste, this rivals crispy pig ears!


Lobster Roll ($52)
500g lobster, herbed pommery mayo, toasted brioche roll, salad, fries

Chef basically retained their best seller, unfortunately for me, I have eaten them since their heydays and now. It is a classic yet missing that delight I once had, it could have been the measly portions, I can hold two roll halves with one palm. If anything, focus on the juicy mayo slathered lobster meat. One can only wish the supply of lobster meat is never ending.


Black Angus Short Rib ($78)
650g, medium

Grilled steak is their forte and this is a must try, tender, juicy and perfected with a decadent potato mash.

I used to steal away for lobster roll lunches and with the new Chef on board, maybe it is time to check out his specialties instead.

The Market Grill
Amoy Street

Roo's Gastrobar @ Frankel Avenue


Roo's Gastrobar at Frankel is another place to consider during this World Cup season, they open till midnight and dish up both small bites and drinks! I can imagine this space coming alive once the matches start.


Heaps of seating spaces and a reasonably big screen.


Tandoori Chicken Pizza ($20)


Cheesy and topped with a toothsome tandoori sauce. The tandoori chicken slices could be more generous but I am definitely not complaining when cheese is life for me.


American Style Pork Ribs ($22)

These were recommended and I like the consistency of these sticky ribs, the too soft and tender till they fall off the bone type does not appeal. This had more bite but the fries were too salty.


Butter Chicken Curry Fiesta ($22)
Briyani , Naan, Poppadom, Onion relish, Dhal makni

I was drawn to this curry fiesta and truly this is for the fickle and hungry. You get a bit of everything! The butter chicken was creamy and tangy, dhal they claim is the best around and I have to concur on good not quite the best. Briyani was a clever inclusion just incase the naans did not fill one's appetite.

Overall a really hearty course.

I would recommend their indian dishes over the western, otherwise I am bookmarking this place for a return!

Roo's Gastrobar
87 Frankel Avenue

Dragon Boat Festival 2018: Golden Peony @ Conrad Centennial Singapore

~Media Dropoff~


I can always trust the hotels to wow on presentation and Golden Peony's rice dumplings came in a luxurious carrier which I already had plans for its use.


Vegetarian Multigrain Rice Dumpling with ‘Monkey-Head’ Mushroom ($16.80)
 Monkey Head Mushroom, Chinese Mushroom, Chestnut, Lotus seed, Anise Seed and Bamboo Pith


I hardly go for vegetarian dumplings and this is a first. The truffle fragrance was such a pleasant whiff and with the multigrains, this was a lot tastier than it sounds on description and the mushrooms definitely had a part to play in this.


‘Gou Bu Li’ Rice Dumpling with Iberico Pork Collar ($22.80)
Iberico Pork Collar, Chinese Mushroom, Salted Egg Yolk, Lotus Seed, Minced Ginger and Spring Onion


'Gou Bu Li' translates to food dogs would ignore, literally and I wonder why dogs would even ignore tender pork collar! This is a creative play on the otherwise classic Chinese stuffed bun dish, it boasts of a host of delicious ingredients. Ginger is well hidden amidst everything else and this was hands down the tastiest dumpling dogs would ignore.


Other variations include Traditional Hong Kong Style Rice Dumpling, X.O. Sauce London Duck Rice Dumpling and Green Tea Lotus Paste Rice Dumpling. Book online at or purchase directly from Golden Peony.

Erwin's Gastrobar @ Marina Bay Link Mall


One would have thought that Marina Bay Link Mall over a weekend would be a dead town, and it turned out otherwise with a full restaurant and just 2 wait staff to handle. Service was naturally laggy and not the best of experiences with the restaurant.


Raw ($10)
Grilled Chicken (+$5)
Rocket, shaved beets, carrot, broccoli, fine beans and almond flakes

The kitchen probably forgot about the dressing when it was first served. Raw like the name suggests but nothing a dash of balsamic cannot redeem.


Aglio E Olio ($14)
Homemade linguine pasta, chilli flakes, garlic, parsley, olive oil

These noodles had a certain density to it and I am definitely not complaining since this trumps pasta from packets but it lacked seasoning once again. We added our own dashes of balsamic, pepper and salt and it was pretty good.


Beef Burger ($18)
Chargrilled Black Angus beef, tomato, coleslaw, lettuce, onion relish and honey mustard on wholewheat flaxseed bun

Sold on their handmade onion rings with real onions inside, you have no idea how the junk food onion rings annoy yet tempt me at the same time. Juicy patty and charred buns made this a decent choice but the onion rings are most definitely a must!

A hit and miss affair at Erwin's - go only if you can deal with the lack of service and self seasoning for certain dishes.

Erwin's Gastrobar
Marina Bay Link Mall, #01-01