Tag Archives: Lunch

MAY MAY @ 65 Tras Street

It is hard not to fall in love with this place once you step through the modest, unassuming white doors of May May restaurant along Tras Street. Beyond that inconspicuous entrance that most would almost simply just walk past, this 40 seater space inside boasts of marbled black and white table tops, wooden accents and a glass roof that allows natural light to flood the place so beautifully. Not forgetting too that floor-to-ceiling vertical garden plot anchored against the wall, making quite a statement by adding some pop of colour and touch of nature to an otherwise sleek and modern interior design.

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Lunch here is all about Asian-inspired rice bowls with varying choices of protein, complimented by an onsen egg, oven roasted tomatoes, amongst other healthy toppings of veggies such as mushrooms and wasabi sprouts. Between the four of us, we had the Red Chilli Chicken $15, Beef Rendang $16, Braised Pork Belly $16, Butter Poached Cod $18 and Cold Somen $15. You can also choose to add $2 for a change of rice to quinoa.

Dinner on the other hand is a whole different menu featuring sharing plates- big and small, like Fried Cauliflower $14, Confit Potatoes $14, Chilean Sea Bass $32 and Lobster Rice Noodles $28.

Tea is from Tea Bone Zen Mind while the coffee beans are from Nylon Coffee Roasters. They actually do do decent latte art here as well. Cocktails and bottled craft beers are also available.

I Want My Noodle @ Shaw Centre

Having been under the weather for the past week, I was having a serious craving for noodles. Random perhaps but I was looking for springy, QQ texture-like eggy noodles with some spicy chilli for a punch. Needless to say that when I saw Nat’s post on I Want My Noodle, I knew that there was no better place to satisfy that craving. Because with a shop name this straightforward, it was obvious what the place had to offer and I was curious to try.

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Located at the newly renovated wing of Shaw Centre, just next to Hainanese-Western restaurant The Ship, this 80-seater space with an outdoor terrace is certainly not small, and may seem quite a gamble for owner Derrick Kuah, for whom I Want My Noodle marks his first foray in the food industry. With an open-concept kitchen, long wooden communal tables and stools to sit on, there is a certain grungy charm to this eatery- an attempt to create that old-school nostalgia to compliment your bowl of craft noodles.

Weekday Dim Sum Buffet @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

Renowned Cantonese restaurant- Hai Tien Lo located at level 3 of Pan Pacific Singapore has recently launched a pretty awesome Weekday Dim Sum Buffet at a very reasonable price of $48++ per pax. Featuring a selection of 35 signature items, including 20 new dim sum creations by Chef Lee Siaw Cheen, this a la carte dim sum lunch buffet, available from Mondays to Fridays, is the reason why 3 hour long lunches are absolutely necessary and legitimate even.

Dim Sum Chef’s Specialty
Deep-fried Yam Paste with Foie-gras, Baked Egg Tart with Swiftlet Nest and White Fungus, Steamed Berkshire Pork Buns, Stir-fried Carrot Cake with Dried Scallops in Chef’s Special Homemade XO Chili Sauce

These 4 items on the menu are the only ones that are limited to one serving per guest. With good reason I guess, because everyone is probably going to just order these signature highlights over and over again once they have had their first bite- which spoils the concept of a buffet when you should be leaving space for variety, instead of focusing on a few items alone. And trust me, many items on the menu are really worth trying.

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My absolute favourite of the 4 was actually the Stir-fried Carrot Cake with Dried Scallops– a surprising choice really if you do know me, as Carrot Cake is not usually one of my quintessentials at Dim Sum. Nonetheless, these ones won me over with its chunky bite, alluring fragrance and appetizing wok-hei. Chef’s homemade XO sauce which it was fried in, certainly complimented it beautifully. I truly yearned for a bigger portion of this.

Another one worth mentioning is the Steamed Berkshire Pork Bun which had an ideal proportion of bao to char siu in every bite. Succulent, juicy and sweet, the stickiness of the meat contrasting with the fluffiness of that bun was just plain delicious. If only I could have one whole basket…

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Deep-fried Dumplings with Shredded Turnip

Try not to get scalded as you bite into these golden flaky pastries because they come served piping hot! Not to be missed though, these dumplings were truly mouth-watering without being too oily and greasy.

Jamie’s Italian Singapore Launches New Menu

Jamie’s Italian presents a fresh seasonal revision to their menu a mere 4 months since their official opening back in July this year. While the crowd favorites have remained, 15 new dishes have been added to the brood to entice and excite diners to return for a visit. Jamie’s Italian is also happy to share that they have since opened up more seats for reservations via their online portal so that customers need not wait in line too long to get a taste of Asia’s first branch.

ANTIPASTI

Crispy Tomato & Mozzarella Arancini $10.90

Golden crisp little balls of breaded breadcrumbs filled with a concoction of rice, mozzarella cheese, eggs and chopped basil sitting on a gravy bed of arrabbiata sauce. The result is a hot popping melting goodness with every bite. Toppings of pickled red chillies and crispy fried garlic slices add a little jazz to the mix as well with a burst of flavor and color.

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Smashed Pea & Broad Bean Bruschetta $12.50

A pyramid of raw sliced yellow courgettes and asparagus, mint tips & pea tendrils stacked delicately atop each other with a grilled garlic- rubbed sourdough at the base, tied harmoniously together with some lemon zest and olive oil. If healthy food had a look, this probably would be it. Refreshing and surprisingly satisfying, we think this will be a favorite with the weight-conscious ladies.

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PASTA

Mortadella & Ricotta Panzerotti $16/$24.50

If you are up for something different than the usual pastas, then this grilled chicken thigh- filled pockets of pastas in half moon shape might be a delightful change for you. While the colors in this one are not exactly vibrant, we assure you that the textures and flavors are far from dull. With up to four types of cheeses used in the pasta and sauce, each mouthful is guaranteed to be a creamy and rich one, but assuredly none too overwhelming. A nice Autumn finish of crinkle cut apple, walnuts, pistachios and crispy Italian sausage sealed the deal for us.

Hong Kong Eats: 22 Ships, Wan Chai

Words and photography by Yasmine Ng

Trendy, casual and hip are words that come to mind when you first step into this tiny hole-in-the-wall Spanish tapas bar which marks Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton’s debut into the Hong Kong dining scene. With limited seats and a no reservation policy, it comes as no surprise that it is almost impossible to dine here especially on weeknights and weekends. But we got lucky one Monday afternoon when we popped by for lunch and got a taste of what this eclectic space had to offer.

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Wagyu beef, egg yolk puree, bread crisps, and grated hazelnut

First dish to emerge on the counter top and I had zero expectations. This could be linked to the fact that we could see the dish being prepared. Fingers poking and prodding raw meat on an exposed metal counter top, which you know will eventually find its way into your mouth and tummy…not so pretty.

However, preparation pictures aside, this can be summed up in one word: faultless. My companion mentioned that there was too much sea salt but I thought it was fine. The salt added more kick to the creaminess of the egg yolk and raw wagyu. Overall, flavourful without being too intense; it was a great dish to start with.  4/5

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Iberico pork and foie gras burger with avocado dip and cucumber pickles

The mini sliders speak for themselves. I wonder why they gave pickled cucumbers; it was not necessary, in my opinion. Avocado was smooth and should be spread generously across the patty because it provides more texture to each bite. Even if you are not a fan of foie gras, I doubt you can say no to this mini wonder once you’ve tasted it. It is just so damn good, you would want a second serving! 4.5/5