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SIN - DPS: Singapore Airlines

First holiday for the year and we had our bags packed for sunny Bali! Our options were clearly limited with a baby in tow and I thank god for family helping out on board. At least, I had some time to eat and even snap decent pictures of what we ate.

Singapore Airlines was our first choice given how their amenities are on point for infant travel not to mention the automatic seat arrangement with a bassinet, I was already happy prior to boarding.

The kind crew onboard SQ942 were very thoughtful, giving us a survival kit of baby food jars, teethers and also a puppet to keep him entertained and also offered either of us a meal first so the other could take care of baby.



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The western option was bad, for a lack of a better word. Rubbery scrambled eggs and a single pathetic chicken sausage.

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Seafood noodles which was really mee siam goreng, essentially. I liked the spiciness and wished for more but this was suffice for a start to our trip. The prawns too albeit had a soggy batter were delicious.

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So good, I polished it clean.

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I love how the noodles were still al dente and none of the soggy nonsense that is expected when food is kept warm for long.

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Magnum for dessert, yay!

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I shan't complain that dessert was served at the same time as the meal proper since dessert at any time of the day works for me.



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Noob me was intrigued by this whole milk satchet, since when does milk not get served in those mini peelable cups?

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The best part of the meal? Silver cutlery. Somehow dining with proper cutlery changes the experience and hooray to these silver ware.

Best of Basilico @ Basilco, Regent Hotel

~Invited Session~

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Basilico embarked on the Best of Basilico, a year long gourment adventure through Italy and this year's focus is on dishes with influence from the four seasons. Diners can expect an appetizer and dessert buffet as well as a main course selection.

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The stunning centerpiece that greets every diner upon entering. 

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I just had to do a repost of these wine infused cheeses.

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Speaking of cheese, the varieties never fail to impress me even when I have eaten them so many times over.

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Cold cuts and smoked meats galore.

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Not only is their appetizers such beautiful masterpieces, so is their dessert corner.

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Starting June 20 to September 25, we explore Spring flavours and sometime in September to January, we herald Autumn. One main feature of this Spring's menu is their 'sharing platters for two' which is great for communal dining. 

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Summer is the warmest time of the year and brings about plenty of sunshine. The dishes presented were hearty creations. 

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Every meal begins with the all too familiar stuffed tomato buns.  

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Padano cheese with truffle honey and truffle shavings, sucha truffle overload but just so so so so so good!

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Rocket salad with cheese shavings. I usually get my cheese fixes fulfilled for the week everytime I am at Basilico. 

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Green Peas and Marjoram Risotto with Cured Cod Fish Cream and Taggiasche Olive Powder


A word of advice, please mix them all up like you would for cereal to enjoy this best. Cured Cod Fish Cream when eaten neat is a sharp contrast in terms of flavour profile to the more subdued green pea and marjoram risotto. I thought this rendition of risotto was spot on with slightly chewy and starchy grains, and I foresee myself heading straight for this the next time I see it on the menu.

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Octopus, Prawns, Salmon and Clams cooked over Legume Ragout


With a pizza dough rolled over, unearthing these pots were like uncovering treasure. This was seafood bouillabaisse upsized with enough sea treasures to replace Poon Choy for Chinese New Year. I love how  hearty the stew is and how fresh the seafood is. Legumes gave this the much needed protein booster as well - beans always make stews more delicious. 

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Chestnut Gnocchi sauteed in Butter and Sage, served with Pumpkin Veloute and Shredded Duck Leg

I liked the chestnut gnocchi, pumpkin veloute and shredded duck leg separately more than together. Somehow like the clash of the titans, the veloute was too sweet for the savoury crispy shredded duck and floury nutty gnocchis.  

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Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Brisket in Barolo Wine served with Soft Polenta and Caramelised Poached Pear

While beef tends to be a popular choice, I thought the brisket reminded me of rendang with the heaviness and richness of ingredients. 

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Chef comes by with a special treat, an Italian tradition it seems. 


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Some whisking is done. 


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And there, champagne with strawberry sorbet, served!

I've really never had a bad meal at Basilico, tasting or not and I would definitely be back in a heartbeat for more of those cheeses, truffle honey and to die for dessert buffet. 

Basilico
Regent Hotel

Saigon Boy Express @ Icon Village

Within CBD, there are probably as many pho shops as there are salad shops. I'm not sure what correlation there is but I am not complaining. Saigon Boy promises Australian Vietnamese food from the heart, so those seeking the authentic Vietnamese experience will be shown the pho but that said, I already liked the forthrightness of this new kid on the block.

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Barely a month old and it is packed during lunch hours, I look forward to more meals.

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Lemongrass Pork and Prawn Rice Paper Rolls ($5)

Rice vermicelli cleverly draped over prawns and lemongrass pork and secured with nori,



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Spicy Pulled Pork Burrito with Sriracha and Sour Cream ($5)


The same spicy pulled pork as featured in the bahn mi, turns out the burrito was a better fit with it.  





Fried Spring Rolls ($5)

Bamboo Chicken Spring Rolls with Plum and Mint Dipper

The dough was a tad too thick and minced chicken almost lost in the dough but the  plum and mint was a refreshing surprise at the bottom of the jar.

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The Beef Eater ($9)
Beef Balls, Shin, Tenderloin

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Robust broth with thick slices of tenderloin and shin with al dente rice noodles. This has definitely been tweaked to suit the local palette and would rival the who's-who in the beef noodle business.

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Extra beef, just because it's sucha delicious bowl of pho.


The Flying Pig ($9)
Spicy Pulled Pork

I expected a spicy explosion of flavours with this spicy pulled pork but this ended up a tad too sweet and a hearty pulled pork stuffing. I'm afraid I didn't go flying with the hogs on this one, tasty within the first few bites but the sweetness got the better of me.




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The Fat Pork Rolls ($9)
BBQ Lemongrass Pork Strips

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Fat pork rolls were legit with the jellied rolls of fat between meaty bites. The pickles definitely made this shine and is without a doubt, my favourite flavour on the Bahn Mi menu.

The bahn mis come with  Pate, Pickled Vegetables, Onions, Mayo, Spring Onions and Coriander in a lower arm's length of baguette stuffed and wrapped. Portions are definitely heartier than the usual Vietnamese offerings which I have to thank the Australians for.

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A side of salad ($2). 

Welcome Saigon Boy to CBD, I am loving this new addition and lunch times just got happier.

Saigon Boy Express
Icon Village

Afterglow @ Keong Siak




Vegan food and I are...frienemies. I've had a number of delicious vegan meals and pretty bad ones too. Afterglow stands out for offering such healthy eats along a stretch that indulges in vices, literally. Previously a red light district turned enclave for bars and now a melting pot of the past and present all in a single street. The older folk and Michelin Star gazers would take more comfort in the likes of Kok Sen and Foong Kee, the hipsters would perhaps find love at Don Ho and Muchachos and then comes Afterglow going completely clean.

Granted vegan food is real food, it's just not having any form of animal products in their dishes and like vegetarian food, it can be restrictive for the hardcore carnivores.




Zucchini Linguine with Walnut 'Meat'-Balls ($20)
Spiralized Zucchini, Dehydrated Cherry Tomato Sauce, Almond Crumble "Cheese", Walnut, Shitake and Dates "Meatballs"

I love my pastas with a vengeance and Italy remains my favourite city for food so this can go two ways - either convert me to a vegan fan or shoo me back into the arms of the real stuff.

Served chilled, the outlook already surprised me. Refreshing like yusheng except this was alot more wholesome with plenty of ingredients that were supposed to resemble the real deal. I actually fell for the almond crumble "cheese" thinking that it was grated parmesan.

The meatballs nearly fooled me too with their uncanny semblance and taste to the real meat balls, I'd say these come close to lentil meatballs. 



Quinoa and Spinach 'Hash Brown' Burger ($20)
Romaine Lettuce as bun, Quinoa, Spinach, Goat Cheese, Rolled Oats, Cashew Cheese Sauce, Bell Pepper Sweet Sauce, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges, Coleslaw

Ladies portion for a burger, and a skinnier version of MOS' vegetable burgers. Literally sandwiched between two lettuce leaves is a equally skinny spinach and goat cheese patty. I'm sold on baked sweet potato fries and pickled coleslaw but the burger missed out on the heartyness of one.



The great thing about Afterglow is the food is almost guiltlless, none of the cloying distaste that I experienced before. Infact, the only downside to eating so clean was, I ended up satisfied but not full. Tea break happened a tad earlier.

Afterglow
24 Keong Saik Rd

Red Eye Smokehouse @ Cavan Road

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Cavan Road is my new found favourite hang out with the discovery of three eating and takeaway places and all within walking distance from each other. Red Eye Smokehouse like its name suggests is a BBQ place made for carnivores.


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The chalk board doubles up as a menu and makes it easier to order over the counter as well.

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I love how they allocate a corner for all these condiments.

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Bucket sizes for their starters!

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More condiments to go with the meats.

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Macho Nachos ($10)
Fresh Salsa, Guacamole, Cheddar, Ranch, Chipotle Aioli, Beans

Is it just me or nachos are to tempting to ignore when they are on the menu? These off the pack nachos were delicious on their own and the plethora of toppings made them more soggy than delicious. This was on the sweet side than savoury with some heat as expected.

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Our sharing platter for two. Meats are sold by weight and start from 100 grams.

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U.S. Brandt Beef Brisket ($15)
Angus Beef 365 Day Grain Fed, Hormone Free and Antibiotic Free

These highly recommended beef brisket were blackened and absolutely smokey. The thin layer of fat made gave this my desired meat fat ratio and this was just so tasty! On hindsight I should have just gone for 400 grams of delicious slabs.



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Best eaten with a generous sprinkling of crushed black pepper.

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Smoked Lamb Chops ($9)

Lamb chops on the other hand were boney and missing out on some mint sauce for oomph. I liked the gameyness so no complaints on that.

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Broccoli Salad ($8, Full Portion)

The sides are sold at either half or full portions at $5 and $8 respectively. It reminded me of an asian slaw with thai chilli dressing.

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Buns and pickles are available upon request at no charge.

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I made a beef brisket bun with a dash of chipotle mayo! Om nom.

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And more, two buns it was before I called it a day. Belly up satisfying.

I am dying for a return for the beef brisket and pork ribs that were sold out, and buffalo wings. This smokehouse is definitely on my radar for awesome smoked meats.

Red Eye Smokehouse
1 Cavan Road