Travel: Mutekiya Ramen 無敵家 in Tokyo

When my colleague first told (read incessantly nagged at) me to visit this ramen shop, I was doubtful. However, a trip to this small, narrow 20-seater ramen shop proved worthwhile.

The original Mutekiya Ramen Nikutama soup base was a 5/5 and easily surpassed my expectations. It was even better than my favourite ramen shops (Santouka, Keisuke, and Ippudo)! I also ordered the Umakara-men and it was surprisingly spicier than the ones I usually have in Singapore. I wonder if waiting in queue in the chilly night weather for 45 minutes did something to my taste buds…

The noodles were 4/5 for me; cooked perfectly al-dente but probably not suitable for those preferring a softer diet (i.e. my dinner companions).

The chargrilled roast pork was the highlight of the ramen bowl; the thick slices of well-seasoned meat had almost 50/50 lean-to-fat ratio so even when thoroughly cooked, the pork was still so tender and flavourful. It would be wise to order a second serving.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar @ Marina Bay Sands

Another franchise has opened in Singapore and this time, it is one that is synonymous with fried chicken and waffles in the United States. The Bird Southern Table & Bar or more commonly known as Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in U.S. is all about soul food, big flavours, hearty portions and the Southern hospitality. Its flagship did originate in Miami after all and the opening of this Singapore outlet marks the brand’s first foray into the Southeast Asian market.

Located at South Promenade of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, this restaurant can seat up to 190 pax and has two levels stretching across B1 and L1 although we highly recommend taking the bar seats on the ground floor which overlooks the waterfront promenade.

The main star of this place is none other than the Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles $45. This platter boasts of 1/2 a fried chicken, cheddar waffles and chilled watermelon cubes. The meat itself was tender, juicy and moist. Finger licking goodness in every bite for the drumstick and wing portions while the breast meat was understandably a tad drier and needed an extra douse of honey hot sauce. Waffles were more of the savory kind with the addition of cheddar and were best enjoyed with a good serving of bourbon maple syrup. Good for two to share and more than enough for someone with a huge appetite to finish.

Cocktails are another specialty at The Bird where quality handcrafted creations are made. We tried the Southern Peach $24 and Watermelon Sling $24, and were pleasantly surprised at the sharp kick of alcohol in each drink despite its cheery summer appearance. The former featured Wild Turkey 81 mixed with white peach puree & sweet tea while the latter was a refreshing blend of Death’s Door white whiskey and fresh pressed watermelon juice. The Bird also carries one of the most extensive and rare collections of Bourbons in Asia and around the world so this might just be the next watering hole for after work drinks!

Weekend Brunch @ DON HO – Social Kitchen & Bar

DON HO- Social Kitchen & Bar opened earlier this year as the newest kid on the block along Keong Saik road. Sassy and stylish with just a little bit of funk, this tropical-themed restaurant served up Australian-fusion food with a touch of Middle-east in the evenings paired with vibrant eclectic cocktails.

Not too long ago however, DON HO also rolled out their Brunch menu which is now available only on weekends. Decidedly modest, the menu features ten dishes which are sufficient for a complete weekend brunch experience, island-style.

We started with two smoothies, the Flamingo Paradise $12 for me and Winter is Coming $12 for him (he is an avid Game of Thrones fan you see). The pink one which was mine could not be faulted for it was creamy, sweet and refreshing. Made up of strawberry, mango, banana and coconut milk, you probably can understand why I enjoyed it so much. His on the other hand, was the green one- made up of all things good and detoxifying. Kale, cinnamon, ginger, apricot and almond. Quite peculiar tasting at first but you get used it after a while. Well, he did finish the whole glass, right to the last drop.

For the food, we ordered the Slow Cooked Eggs $18 that is sure to win the hearts of vegetarians. Eggs, wild mushrooms atop toasted brioche and a sprinkle of Arugula, what’s not to love? The mushrooms were hearty and perfectly sautéed while the brioche was nicely buttered. This was dressed with red wine sauce for added decadence.

MAGNUM Opens 1st Magnum Pleasure Store in Singapore @ ION Orchard

If you are one of those who would eagerly anticipate whenever Magnum launched its fancy pop-up stores during the festive season then you would psyched to know that this premium ice-cream brand has finally opened its very first permanent store in Singapore at B2 of ION Orchard!

The showstopper of the store is their main counter which has 18 different toppings on display for your D.I.Y. Magnum. Keep things classy with choices such as sea salt, pistachio, cocoa nibs, pretzels or be a little adventurous with rose petals, chili flakes, goji berries or even gold nuggets! The world is really your oyster here so get creative and go crazy!

Sunday Brunch @ Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Occupying the iconic colonial house in Singapore Botanic Gardens that formerly housed Au Jardin by the Les Amis Group, Corner House has been earning both accolades and Michelin Stars since its debut in 2014. Helmed by Chef Jason Tan who was previously from Sky on 57 at Marina Bay Sands, the food at Corner House is all about “gastro-botanic” cuisine – sustainable produce and seasonal ingredients.

Having tried making a reservation at this 60-seat restaurant before, I knew just how difficult it was to get one. So my boyfriend definitely scored some brownie points when he told me that we were going to Corner House for Sunday Brunch on my birthday.

Corner House serves a 4 course Sunday Brunch for $88++ per person and as you probably have guessed it, this brunch is only available on Sundays.