Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pontian Wanton Mee @ International Plaza

Pontian Wanton Mee is one of those franchises that pop up almost everywhere that I have lost track which is the main flagship. Fact is, whether or not it's in a hawker center or food court or even a standalone, it is usually packed with so many people.

The great thing about dining there is - there are limited options and that saves the time for hemming and hawwing.

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Wanton Mee Soup ($4)

Bland and well, just a soup noodle.

pontian wantan mee 

Wanton Mee ($4)

Ordering this was straight forward, just head to the counter with choice of sauces and it's done! I had it the true blue pontian way with chilli, ketchup and black sauce all at once. It was a tad too saucy and the noodles stuck together for the most part of the meal. 

Pontian Wanton Mee
International Plaza

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pontini @ Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Special thanks to Jennifer and Shawn for the invite!

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Pontini has launched a brand new menu and amongst which is an all new Italian Buffet on Saturdays and Public Holidays.

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The buffet comprises of an antipasti spread, a selection of main course, pastas, pizzas and a delectable dessert spread. Chef Daniele Sarno aims to bring diners on an oral road trip through this buffet with all ingredients airflown from Italy - including water, which is a key ingredient in the pastas and pizzas.

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Buffet starts here.

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Cured Scottish Salmon on a platter looking like art.

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Cheeses galore!

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Homemade bread and the variety of dips.

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Dessert corners always make the heart skip a beat.

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Chocolate cake with macarons, these were so pretty and colourful.

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Chocolate pear tarts!


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Spotted the display of truffles!

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The whiff of black truffle is empowering indeed, so earthy and delicious.

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White truffles anyone?


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Classic Italian wild mushroom creamy soup

My idea of a good wild mushroom soup would be one that is rich with mushrooms, not too earthy but leaves a milky aftertaste. Many a time, most mushroom soups are watered down and 

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Baked butternut squash, crab meat and black truffle tapenade

A personal favourite of the table's worth - the crab meat shavings are divine!

Home-cured Scottish Salmon platter, fennel salad, green apple, accompanied with  condiments

Presented in cubes, these were easy to eat and possibly the sassiest presentation to date, apart from the oh-so-boring laying out flat. Fennel salad and green apples provided much merry making in the mouth.

Marinated and grilled Portobello mushroom with sweet chilli and arugula salad


Another of those understated appetisers that are worth the while.

For a taste of Tuscany, tease your taste buds with Tuscany style marinated octopus, chick peas and green asparagus salad. The octopus was sliced so thin, delightful to eat with the myriad of vegetables.

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The assorted Italian cold cuts served with candied fruit mustard, sweet onion and sour chutney and grain mustard provide a lovely combination of sweet, tangy and savoury flavours while the radicchio, pear, Gorgonzola cheese salad and aged balsamic vinegar is sure to excite the palates of cheese lovers.

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Homemade bread and a spread of butter is guaranteed to set the stage for a tummy rocking meal.

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Piedmont style braised beef brisket, potato fondant in herbs gravy

I found this on the bland side with sinewy beef chunks.

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Chicken thigh 'Diavola', spicy capsicum and tomato sauce with dried oregano

Loved the combination of greens, which uplifted the dish by heaps.

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Oven-baked Norwegian salmon mignon in pistachio crust

Herb crusted fish and I seem to find some form of comfort as much as fish and I are not the best of friends. The pistachio crust was delectable and was able to mask any fishyness that usually plagues most fish types - overall a job well done and I enjoyed it tremendously.

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Also new on the menu that very Saturday was Barramundi, I prefer this fish for his flaky texture, oilyness and how it goes well be most vegetables.

The portions of the mains are actually great for one - just nice in fact.

The pizzas had a tomato and mozzarella cheese base and the ingredients piled on are entirely up to your imagination. I say have your fun in pairing the ingredients - truly, how bad can a freshly baked pizza be in the hands of an Italian chef?

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We ate and ate and ate, I cannot find a favouritest one of all.

Pastas were mostly made in house and diners can choose from tagliolini, tagliatelle or penne.

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Fresh tomato fondue with basil and Tagliolini

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"Roman" style carbonara Tagliatelle

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Wild mushrooms, pancetta, pine nuts and parmesan cheese and Tagliolini


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"Genovese" style basil peso sauce and Tagliolini

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I loved how their pastas are handmade in house and the density of the noodles were light. Flavours are certainly tweaked for the local palette - roman carbonara for one had cream added for a richer taste and mushroom bacon pasta reminded me of an upscale version of bak chor mee.

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The range of desserts include a table of treats and a live station that changes every week! I was told the week before they had cannolis and this week we had crepes.

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Chef at work!

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Freshly made on the spot.

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Decorated and presented.

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Do save space for their other desserts which would please any sweet toothed diner!

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Do not forget to give their mocktails a try, Vanilla Lemonade was worth two glasses full of zestyness and gave the usual lemonade a softer and mellow end.

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Are you able to guess what went into this mocktail? Cucumber and raspberry!

I find this a great option to kickstart the weekend, infact, this is one of the few Italian Lunches available in town.The Italian buffet lasts from 12-3pm and is priced at $48++ for adult, $24++ for child. Mark your calendars today before the word gets out!

Pontini
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sichuan Douhua Nostalgic Feast Revisited @ Park Royal Kitchener Road

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I like a good buffet, so much so, I like it even more when a revisit is made and the quality is still as good. Here's one for recommendation - the Nostalgic Feast of Sichuan Douhua at Park Royal at Kitchener Road.

I made sure I had repeats of the previous favourites and ate my fill of it, much to the amusement of my fellow foodies. While I will not bore you with the doldrums of a revisit - same food, same good. I shall highlight a few of the rave worthy ones! Otherwise, just enjoy the pictorial that will hopefully leave you licking the screen.


beef

Marinated Chicken Feet with Preserved Chilli



sour soup

Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup

pigs trotters

Vinegared Pork Trotters 

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Sichuan Pork

appetizer

Blanched Vegetables

sichuan beancurd

Ma Po Tofu

chicken bites

Diced Chicken

baby kailan

pork belly

Sliced Pork in Garlic Sauce

stir fried beans

chye poh egg

beef brisket

pork

Soya Chicken, Teo Chew Stewed Duck, BBQ Pork Rib

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We were just limited to a portion each of these roast meats, mediocre fare methinks.

duck

lotus leaf

Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage, Taro and Salted Egg

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These could double up as rice dumplings, me like!

yums

Pork Belly Roll with Taro and Chinese Mushroom

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Pork Belly Roll with Taro is to die for, 3 steamers worth and I finally called it a day. The way taro and pork belly meld together so beautifully, it still remains a mystery.


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Prawn Dumpling with Coriander

char siew bao

"Char Siew" Bun with Preserved Vegetable

carrot cake

Pan Fried Carrot Cake

yam croquette

 buns

Steamed Yam Paste Bun with Salted Egg Yolk

yam salted egg

beancurd skin

Pan-fried Bean Curd Skin Roll

red bean balls

Crispy Sesame Glutinous Rice Roll

osmanthus jelly

Chilled Osmanthus Cake with Honey

desserts

Almond Cake with mango Sauce

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Homemade Bean Curd with Wolfberry

Their famous beancurd is a definite must order - exactly what made this famous in the first place and it is a cross between the silken Lao Ban pudding and the soyabean curd I have known all my life.

Portions of the dishes are on the large side and unless you inform ahead of time, you would end up with portions matching the number of diners. Once again, very value for money ala carte buffet with enough options to send everyone into a food coma.

I would still love to be back for more of these yummies! First Visit may be a fluke but a second definitely tells the truth.

Sichuan Douhua
Park Royal Kitchener Road