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The TEPPEI group is no stranger to our Singapore food scene and has made waves for the affordable Omakase sets they offer in their hole-in-the-wall space in Orchid Hotel, which by the way has a three month long waiting list. Apart from that, they are also known for their Chirashi Dons that are brimming with thick slices of fresh raw fish at Hanare, a few doors down.
Fast forward a few years later, Chef Teppei Yamashita will be creating long queues again with his new venture- an Unagi speciality restaurant that will be opening its doors today, 12 Oct 16, along Keong Saik Road, walking distance from the original Teppei Japanese Restaurant in Tanjong Pagar.
The eel served here is imported directly from Japan, from the Mikawa Isshiki region. They are so fresh that they are still swimming in the makeshift tanks at the corner of the restaurant before being slaughtered live in front of diners who choose to sit at the open concept kitchen. Not for the faint-hearted because it gets bloody, real bloody but no worries about any oil or splatter because there is a glass screen between you and the Chefs. However, I would personally not recommend that you sit there unless you really need to catch some live action and watching your dinner prepared in its rawest form.
By the same people behind one of Singapore’s well-loved cafes- Symmetry, comes an interesting concept that is both cheeky and playful. Serving “Naughty Modern Asian Cuisine” which is essentially local tze char done with a modernized twist, Xiao Ya Tou (小丫头), which means “little girl” in Mandarin, is the newest entry to the many eateries along Duxton Hill.
With its row of hanging red Chinese round lanterns framing the entrance, this quirky Asian restaurant and bar stands out from the recent trend of minimalist decor by re-creating the 1960s vibe which is synonymous with being flashy and gaudy. Similarly, XYT is unapologetically garish and showy with their multi-coloured colour theme throughout and neon sign featuring an outline of a risqué “hostess girl”.
We came by for their newly launched Weekend Brunch which was intriguingly one-of-a-kind Asian inspired, featuring dishes such as Chai Tow Kway, Spicy Otak-Otak Aglio Olio and Oyster Congee. Prices ranges from $12-$23 per item.
Our first pick was the Unagi Benedict $23– poached eggs served atop deep fried mantou smothered in Yuzukosho Hollandaise and topped with two fillets of grilled eel. An interesting mish-mash of textures and flavours, the zest and spice from the citrus creamy sauce was also delightfully unexpected. We loved the touch of shredded nori to complete the Japanese feel.
Tucked away in the quiet enclave of Rochester Park and just a level below the upscale Nosh restaurant, is the more casual and cosy version sister cafe- Noshery. Enshrouded with greenery and the ideal escape away from the bustling streets, this place is the answer for cafehoppers looking for a hidden gem that is serene and peaceful. Accompanied by great coffee, good food and the touch of tranquility, it is not hard to be charmed by this neat space.
We dropped by on a Saturday to try their Weekend Brunch menu and was led to the al fresco area as the area downstairs was unfortunately already full. There was nothing much to complain about though because the upper deck had a theme of wood and whites, bathed in natural lighting and almost perfect for taking photographs. With high powered fans covering almost every corner too, sitting outdoors in our heat was pleasantly bearable and enjoyable even.
American Express Card Member Foodies will be psyched to know that they can enjoy special dining privileges when they visit any of the participating restaurants below. From now to 31 December 2016, you can enjoy savings and delectable offers at participating restaurants when you use your American Express Card. In addition, redeem a complimentary item from the restaurants when you:
- Upload a photo of the food you ordered on Instagram
- Hashtag #AmexEats
- Follow that participating restaurant on Instagram
**Do note that these offers are valid only when payment is made by an American Express Card. For more information, visit www.amex.co/eats
Here are 7 participating restaurants that will be offering the special deals for all American Express Card Members:
Last weekend, my best friend and I had the opportunity to check out the Foodie Staycation Package which was recently launched by Regent Singapore. The deal is simple, book a night for $450 but you also get to enjoy $300 worth of dining credits to be used at any of the restaurants in Regent such as Manhattan, Tea Lounge, Dolcetto by Basilico, Basilico and Summer Palace, with the exception of Tenshin and Seoul.
Deciding how to use the $300 wisely was no simple feat because Regent has so many award-winning and quality restaurants! Eventually, we shortlisted a few and made a reservation for the 3pm slot at Tea Lounge for Afternoon Tea. So that was how our foodie staycation began- with a bang and unlimited sweet treats at the Tea Lounge which by the way, despite having two seatings on the weekends, still requires at least a 2 week advance reservation. It was our first time experiencing Tea Lounge and all our expectations were definitely met here, even the savouries deserved a special mention.