Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It has been ages since I had Japanese buffet. Absence does make the heart fonder, slightly fonder. Made reservations for Irodori, another highly recommended restaurant amongst the peers.
Crowded! Private dining rooms are available but I am not too sure if extra surcharges are included.
Table long enough to accomodate 13.
Brought our own red, surprisingly red wine does go pretty well with sushi!
Simple cutlery for a not so simple meal.
Wasabi so potent.
Lightly flavoured silken tofu peppered with fish roe, yummilicious.
Ebi Mentai Mayo
One order of this allowed, this grilled item was appetite whetting. Great flavour and uber fresh.
Salmon, Tuna, Yellow Tail, Sword Fish, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Snapper
A sashimi platter that would please any raw fish fan. Thick fresh slices of meats beautifully plated - at least for buffet standards!
Salmon sashimi sliced so thick!
Always a crowd pleaser.
Soft grains of rice used, easy to eat despite the larger than usual portions. Ingredients used were fairly appetizing too. Irodori Maki is made of lobster salad and some other tasty bits - rice, always a bane at buffets yet I gladly embrace them at Irodori.
Did not attempt but apparently really good.
Still salmon and loving the additional dash of lemon juice.
Adored the grilled skin and crispy layers, incredibly delish.
Perfect as a snack.
Crispy seaweed meets soft rice and delish stuffings, still embracing their sushi!
Decent egg custard.
One of those rare times that I liked it enough to empty it.
Perfect dinner nibblers.
Agemono (Deep Fried)
This was under their list of recommended eats. Tempura batter was light though the oil taste did get to the later reorders.
A tad dry.
Belittle pumpkin not when desserts are not part of the buffet. This sweet vegetable sliced thinly made a great after dinner snack.
My favourite of the lot - plump mushrooms nary the earthy woody taste that some shun. I forgot how many I popped into my mouth - oiishii.
Chicken skewers or satay as the table called it. Loved the chargrilled fragrance and flavour of this.
Not a fan of this though, the oil taste overshadowed.
This breaded item is irresistibly addictive. Curried mash potato deepfried, would have preferred slightly more body in the mash but this was outstanding.
Pepper in Ginger sauce, a must try! Melt in your mouth beef slices, the greatest pity of this is it arrived way too late to savour and make a reorder.
Beef Enoki Maki
Beef slice wrapped around mushrooms, loved the bite.
Nothing too inspiring.
Curry was watery and lacking in flavour. Udon was overcooked. Possibly the only letdown of the night.
Spread of buffet variety is there at an astounding 108 dishes, try as I may I would have loved to sink my pearlies into all of them. Alot more hits than misses for a buffet in general, so Irodori is definitely worth the while. One main grouse goes to their lack of service or unwillingness to serve, most unfortunately. Not so much a case of orders being forgotten but waitresses take orders with most reluctance.
Lunch and Dinner: $35++
Irodori Japanese Restaurant
River View Hotel, Lvl 3
Monday, January 30, 2012
Royal China always brings a smile everytime a meal is arranged there. Was expecting a CNY Dim Sum lunch over CNY Set Menu though but anyway here's what we had this year!
Mighty love of their robin blue walls and pillars.
Yearly favourite of these sugary treats, personal favourite goes to sugared lotus seeds.
Bountiful Harvest Salmon Yusheng
A must have every single year, none too spectacular. Portions were somehow too much for the table of us.
Braised Shark's Fin with Fresh Crab Meat in "Tan Jia" Broth
With many hotels taking their stand on removing Shark's Fin from the menu, Royal China has continued to serve this delish delicacy. Adored the rich broth, two thumbs up.
Steamed Live "Soon Hock" With Minced Garlic and Diced Chilli
Flesh was too soft and somehow a mismatch with the minced garlic and diced chilli pairing.
Wok-Fried King Prawns in Home-made Western Sauce
Fresh prawn with a delectable sauce.
Chef's Signature Barbecued Crispy Chicken In Sesame Sauce
One letdown of a dish, barely crispy skin with tender chicken. Would have preferred the original crispy skin chicken with seasalt.
Braised Golden Oyster with Sliced Abalone, Black Moss and Garden Green
Great effort was placed into this dish - bean curd jacket stuffed with oyster, mushroom and black moss. Looked like an ingot! Pity the abalone was sliced too thin but otherwise a pretty well executed dish.
Wok-Fried Glutinous Rice with Diced Preserved Meat
Soft chewy grains heavily flavoured with preserved meat, I liked it but response for this was split.
Chilled Fresh Mango Juice with Sago and Pomelo
Thick mango juice with sour mango cubes and sago, a great refreshing dessert. I like how there are two variations of dessert - hot and cold to please the tastebuds!
Pan-fried Royal China Chinese New Year Cake
Still as coconutty as I remember it to be. Tasted quite like nonya kueh here.
After two consecutive years of the same set menu, I came to realize set menus are not a good gauge of Royal China's prowess. They are capable of so much more...ala carte dimsum soon!
$728++ for 10 persons
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Opposite Kembangan station are streets of good food which I have yet to seriously sit down and try them all. Laziness I say when people from near and far patronize it so regularly. Alsalam is an Indian Muslim eatery, with a range of malay and indian dishes.
Plain Naan ($1.40)
Purportedly famous, the naan smelt heavenly. Really chewy without a trace of oil...blimey! I healthier option to prata. This came with fish curry which upped the tantalizing-factor by a couple of notches.
A tad dry and too salty.
Mashed potato was a little too loose, otherwise not too bad.
I thought this was done really well - flavourful with a lot of spice. Generous portion of vegetables and tau kwa.
Chilli was quite well done with the appropriate amount of spice and oomph. Great with rice.
The waiters took the liberty to reheat the food and serve them piping hot. All in $9.90 for a meal that fed three and left us stuffed, surprisingly. Good deal methinks!
457 Changi Road