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I have long been a fan of Antoinette Restaurant, Pâtisserie & Salon de Thé since they opened back in 2011. Founded by the Godfather of desserts- Chef Pang Kok Keong, Antoinette is not only his playground to experiment with a variety of sweet concoctions and creations, but also a full-fledged restaurant that serves timeless French classics. But while I was a frequent patron of their Mandarin Gallery and Palais Renaissance outlets especially for their luscious and creamy scrambled eggs, I never once stepped into their flagship store at Penhas road- not till a few weeks back at least when I made a trip down specially to try their brand new menu of savouries.
No idea what took me this long to visit the Penhas outlet but I am glad I finally did because it was so exquisitely furnished, laced with gold and pastel trimmings, complete with that late-eighteenth century Neo-Classical charm that is so alluring. And yes even though the other 2 restaurants are similarly elegant in aesthetics, dining at the flagship store is an experience in itself.
Onto the food, Antoinette has recently unveiled a brand new classic French menu which features a whole new cast of newcomers but still keeping the familiar favourites around. The all-day expanded menu of savouries and sweets is said to be a tribute to the timeless French dishes that have stood the test of time.
It is hard not to draw comparisons with London’s iconic Burger & Lobster when you are at Pince & Pints. They do after all work under a similar concept- a modest menu of just 3 items and each sold at the same fixed price. Also, since the day it opened last month, Pince & Pints has had the legendary queues which Burger & Lobster is infamous for. As the former only opens at 5pm for dinner, it is quite safe to come down about 1/2 hr before that to queue. Chances are that you will probably get a table when the doors open. Just make sure that everyone in your party has arrived or they will not allow you to be seated.
As mentioned earlier, each of the 3 items on the menu at Pince & Pints is at a fixed price of $48++. The first choice is a Whole Lobster (steamed / grilled), served with a side of fries and salad. For 600g of lobster especially in Singapore, it is honestly a pretty good deal. We picked the grilled option and had a satisfying time peeling off the lobster flesh from the shell. The herbed clarified butter for dipping was a little disappointing though- too watery and not thick enough. But the lobster flesh was sweet enough to eat on its own so nothing much to fret about.
Monday night and the restaurant was buzzing with activity with practically every table occupied. Clearly, Moosehead Kitchen-Bar must be doing something right. While having dinner there, I could not quite pin-point what the attraction to this place was. Be it the thoughtfully curated yet extensive alcoholic beverage list, the edgy hipster murals sprawled on the walls, the rustic feel of the place with its palette of browns, grays and other earthy colours or simply the experimental and quirky nature of Chef Manel as reflected in the Mediterranean cuisine he serves, peppered with South-East Asian flavour. Either way, Moosehead Kitchen-Bar definitely has an X factor.
The menu selection is fairly concise and honestly if you bring a bunch of friends down for a meal, you probably can make your way fairly easily through it all. All portions are a little bigger than the usual tapas size so just like their mantra printed on the menu, it is all about ‘Eat + Drink + Share’ here at Moosehead.
For starters, I strongly and highly recommend their Bacon Wrapped Chargrilled Dates, Roast Garlic Aioli, Pine Nuts $8. Trust me, while the combination does sound a little out-of-the-world, the taste is simply wicked. Imagine the salty notes from the bacon marrying with the sweetness of the caramelized grilled date, covered with creamy garlic aioli and complimented by a crunch of pine nuts. Simply an explosion of flavours and myriad of textures that tease your taste buds and have you wishing you could just take one more piece. Oh so good. Could probably finish a few plates of this easy.
An iconic and historical building in Singapore- Alkaff Mansion has stood the test of time since it was first built back in 1918. Initially owned by a Yemen family of spice traders, Alkaff Mansion played host to many opulent and high society parties back in the day when it was a weekend retreat bungalow spanning an area of 780 square metres. It comes as no surprise that almost a century later, Alkaff Mansion remains a popular choice of location to hold events, weddings and even fashion shows with its exquisite architecture and sprawling grounds that are complimented by a panoramic view of Telok Blangah Hill.
Recently, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante welcomed a new chef- a native from Sardinia, Italy with 20 years of culinary experience to spruce up its menu with hearty Italian fare made from produce imported all the way from Sardinia. Talk about recreating an authentic Italian dining experience without actually having to get on a plane.
From the list of Antipasti’s, we tried two specialties- the Fresh Octopus Carpaccio $24 and Seafood Platter $68. The former which featured lightly steamed silvers of octopus won my vote with its delicate nature and subtle sweetness, brought even more to life with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Conversely, the platter of five different types of seafood- tiger prawns, tuna tartare, sea bass carpaccio, octopus salad and lobster chunks had me quite split in my decision. But either way $68 for such a huge platter of seafood is a pretty sweet deal in itself.
The ground level of Orchid Hotel in Tanjong Pagar is fast transforming into a little enclave of Japanese eateries. From the perpetually crowded hole-in-the-wall Teppei restaurant (which has a 6 month long waiting list) to the well-loved Keisuke Tonkotsu King ramen shop next door and Gyoza King another few doors down, the space is almost like your one-stop shop offering almost all the elements of Japanese cuisine in one building.
And joining the ‘brotherhood’ of Japanese eateries since July last year- also at level 1 of the hotel, is a humble and modest cosy 50-seater Sushi Kou offering Omakase sets ranging from $50-$100, Set Lunches from $16 and an a la carte menu which includes but not limited to sashimi, sushi, tempura, noodle and rice staples.
Run by a Tokyo-native Chef with more than 15 years of culinary experience, Sushi Kou- which also means Happy Sushi, strives to offer quality Japanese cuisine with an affordable price tag.
Slightly more spacious than its neighbours however, seating comes with 2 options- either the intimate booth seats for more huddled get-togethers or counter seats where you can catch some live action as the chefs prepare and plate their dishes upon order. Twice a week, the freshest seasonal produce is flown in from Tokyo, Kyoto and Hokkaido, and the Omakase menus are planned around those ingredients so every Omakase experience here at Sushi Kou is always different.
Complimentary bottles of pickled cucumbers, seaweed and fresh grate-yourself wasabi roots are also available to complete your authentic Japanese dining experience.
We had the $80 Omakase Set Dinner with 7 courses which spanned for 2 hours.
Inari Mayo and Hotate Daikon Nitsuke
Starting us off were two cold appetizers served on a platter- some delightful chopped shellfish with beancurd skin that was creamy with a touch of crunchy, contributed by the pops of tobiko, and sweet flavourful scallops braised with radish.
Otoro, Mutsu, Kurodai, Hirame, Hotate, Hamachi
There is a ‘minimum of 2 to dine’ requirement for the Omakase sets so sashimi is usually served Moriawase style, with the intention of sharing. My dining companions were only too excited to dig into those gloriously thick luxuriant slices of Tuna Belly, Scallops, Flounder and the likes. Judging from their happy contented faces and declarations of ‘I will come back again just for the sashimi‘, it is safe to conclude that the sashimi fulfilled its brief.