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Korean food aficionados rejoice! Sarang, previously known as the heartbeat of Seoul has recently undergone an overhaul and since reopened as a revitalized, much improved upscale and decidedly chic Sarang, Korean Bistro. Modeled after the modern contemporary restaurants in the posh and upmarket district of Gangnam, Sarang is the first to introduce the avant-garde concept of Korean Tapas in our country, which is indeed a fresh and exciting addition to our vibrant local dining scene.
Apart from serving up tapas in their menu, Sarang will also be rolling out Korean cocktail pairings of Soju and Makgeolli, for a whole new dining experience that you will appreciate with Master Chef YY’s customized food creations.
The space along the balcony of the 7th floor, sports all the trappings of a well-tended garden, with planter boxes, lush greenery and largely Mahogany fine-grained furniture all included. And if any of the quirky light bulbs or unique steel framed chairs catch your eye, you probably will not find an identical piece in Singapore as every single item here has been specially imported from Korea, with the sole purpose of maintaining the uniqueness of Sarang.
Sarang means ‘to love’ in native Korean, and this affectionate term is translated in every aspect of this Korean bistro. From the careful conceptualization of the menu, which is an amalgamation of both Korean and Singaporean influences, down to the plating of every dish and even the potted plants that fringe the perimeter of the outdoor terrace, every little detail has been thoughtfully designed and purposefully orchestrated to augment your Sarang experience.
Classic Tapas – Pairings (Soju Bomb and Makgeolli Sprite)
Sarang Japchae $7 [must try!]
This classic Korean dish of sweet potato noodles is one that I always order at Korean eateries and I am most pleased to say that Sarang’s version is by far one of the best I have had. Bouncy, chewy and QQ with a slight sticky texture, these noodles were spot-on and every bite was peppered with a whiff of sesame oil that was most appetizing. Complimented by the crunch of shredded carrots, onions and black fungus, this dish was every bit as colourful in its presentation as it was in flavor.
Spicy Chewy Rice Cake $7
Putting his own unique spin on a popular street snack in Korea, Chef YY’s spicy rice cakes are different from what you may be used to, especially if the instant version of Tukbokk is what you usually have. With a stronger intensity of flavors that interplays and injects excitement to your palate, these cylindrical rice cakes are sure to whet an appetite. But for those who are not too accustomed to spicy foods, you have been warned.
Seafood and buffet lovers will be thrilled to know that they can get the best of both worlds here at Plaza Brasserie, PARKROYAL on Beach Road with their special Best of Asia Seafood Fiesta from the 8th of March- 31st May 2013 with special additions to the buffet line during the Easter season and Mother’s Day where mothers will be pampered with a complimentary glass of cocktail and a return buffet voucher for Father’s Day!
Begin the seafood extravaganza by tucking into the wide variety of hot appetizers such as Tangy Crabmeat Cake with Coriander Leaves, Deep-fried Crab Claws, Gratinated Half-shell Scallops with Fresh Herbs and Baked Whole Salmon. If you prefer to start your feast on a cold note, the Black Mussels, Tiger Prawns, Australian Queen Scallops, Fresh Oysters and Flower Crabs at the Seafood on Ice section are a good way to go.
Several ‘live’ cooking stations are also available along the buffet line such as the Teppanyaki Grill, where Chef cooks a selection of Prawns, Stingray, Sotong and Salmon in front of your very eyes. This is however only available from Fridays- Sundays.
But buffet diners on the weekdays need not fret because weekday specials of Red Garoupa and Sea Bass, cooked in either Hong Kong or Thai style are equally scrumptious. I know I enjoyed my uber fresh Steamed Sea Bass with Nonya Sauce (first picture) very much!
The Laksa Lemak is also another ‘live’ station offered at the Best of Asia Seafood Fiesta where you can get your fix of this spicy coconut-based gravy noodles that is only cooked upon order. The best part about buffets is that you can go back for as many bowls as you want till you are completely satisfied!
Beanstro located at B1 of Takashimaya Shopping Centre, is the second of two outlets in the whole world under The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® brand which prides itself for being a full-fledged table service concept restaurant. The moniker ‘Beanstro’ is an amalgamation of ‘Bean’ (Coffee Bean) and ‘Bistro’, with an American-style menu which boasts of a solid set of offerings ranging from All-Day-Breakfasts, Soups, Salads, Pastas, Sandwiches and Mains to Desserts. Beanstro has also just earned its Halal certification, which means that our Muslim friends can also enjoy a meal here.
We started our meal with the Seafood Velvet $9 from the Soup section. Resembling the creamy texture of a chowder, the soup had a full-bodied seafood flavor, augmented by the gentle peach compote sweetness nuances and complete with whole scallops. Easy on the palate and delightful to the taste buds, this one has two thumbs up from me.
Weight watchers will take to this Tuna Nicoise Salad $19 which is low in fat and extremely high in protein, gratuitous of the yellow-fin tuna loin coated with sesame seeds and hard boiled egg. Cuing on the healthy theme were a handful of fresh cherry tomatoes, few rings of raw onions as well as strings of Haricot Vert tossed in the salad for your daily dose of natural vitamins. Your dietician will certainly approve of the wholesome choice.
Taking over the space of Rumah Rasah- the former Halal Indonesian restaurant at level 1 of Bay Hotel (conveniently located opposite Vivocity), STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar is the new kid in the house hoping to impress with its extensive array of global flavours and culinary influences from countries all around the world.
The kitchen no longer has its halal certification and is now helmed by Chef Ricky whose specialty is in French and Asian cuisine. And while the predominantly wooden brown decor of the restaurant has not changed, the menu itself has undergone a complete makeover. Looking promising and affordable, the five columned menu has a decent variety of appetizers, meats and seafood, Asian selections and Western offerings of pastas and pizzas.
The Caprese $12 makes a visually appealing starter with its selection of interspersed vineyard tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella wrapped in parma ham, finished off with a drizzle of aged balsamico and a couple of fried basil leaves. But while it appeared delightful and appetizing, the elements remained divided and did not quite come together so harmoniously. The portion of parma ham too was dismal while the buffalo mozzarella did not have that semi-soft and creamy consistency it was supposed to. Overall, it was underwhelming and one dimensional.
The Hazelnut Escargot $14 (half dozen), $22 (dozen) sure know how to make an entrance with its burst of flames as the waiter serves it up flambéd with Brandy. These Burgundy snails stuffed with hazelnut butter were first slow-baked, resulting in a firm buttery chewy sweet tasting flesh that was so pleasurable to extract from the shell. Some may however find the liqueur-drenched dish a little too intense and strong for the palate.
MEATS & SEAFOOD
Warm up the belly with this Duck Pot Pie $22 which is one of its kind. While most of us are used to a beef, chicken or even rabbit filling, using a duck is decidedly unique and unusual. I warmed up to that delightfully buttery puff pastry which was a comforting pairing with the rich red wine sauce and duck meat which had been slow braised till tender.
The Paddington House of Pancakes franchise, a specialty pancake full- dining restaurant, has finally reached our shores, after having opened four outlets all over Malaysia since 2004. This pancake house features more than 100 different types of pancakes from more than 10 different countries all around the world. With an all-encompassing menu which include pannekoeks, American stacks, poffertjes, blitzes, blinis, crepes (names of the multiple variations of pancakes you find in America, France, Europe, Britain and even Russia), the world is your oyster here at Paddington House of Pancakes as you travel round the world one pancake at a time.
From savoury to sweet pancakes, the menu is crazy extensive and it is not surprising to find yourself getting giddy with excitement as you flip through those pages with extremely vivid descriptions and mouthwatering pictures. No one will blame you for taking more than half an hour to decide what to order because you will definitely be spoilt for choice.
Pancakes are usually my staple at breakfasts and brunches. Nothing says Good Morning better than a stack of pancakes and drizzle of maple syrup. BUT if sweet stuff arent your thing so early in the morning, the Oslo $18 just might be. An extremely generous serve of smoked salmon fashioned into a flower with green grilled zucchini as the bud, sitting on two spicy mashed potato pancakes and cheesy scrambled eggs at the side. This was absolutely irresistible to both the eyes and taste buds.
Putting a twist on Fish N Chips, the Alaska $15 is a great lunch or dinner option. And despite being a specialty pancake house, it came as a nice surprise that the battered dory fish had a nice crumb and crunch. The fish itself was also moist and fresh, an absolute delight with that squeeze of lemon. The Alaska also comes with spicy mashed potato pancakes and a creamy mushroom sauce with whole mushrooms at the side, making it a nice complete meal.