Archive for April, 2011

Din Tai Fung Mother’s Day promotion

Promotion: P.S Mummy I Love You

In the week of Mother’s Day, indulge your mum with delectable tastes of Din Tai Fung dishes as the family spend some quality time together. End off the satisfying meal with a mango mousse cake as a sweet treat. The little gestures we make can make a big difference to reward our mums.

 

Duration: 1st – 8th May 2011

·         Citibank Card Members:

Enjoy a complimentary mango mousse cake (worth $14.80) with a minimum spend of $70.

·         All customers:

Enjoy a complimentary mango mousse cake (worth $14.80) with a minimum spend of $80.

Or purchase it at $8.50 with a minimum spend of $50.

·         On 8th May: all dine-in mothers will receive an exclusive complimentary mini bouquet (while stocks last).

 

 

Mother’s Day Culinary Workshop

Treat your mum to an afternoon of fun culinary workshop and scrumptious high-tea at Din Tai Fung! Watch the master chefs in action as they perform the art of making La Mian and Xiao Long Bao. The fun part is, participants will have the chance to get their hands on making Xiao Long Baos! After all the hard work, sit back and enjoy the high-tea prepared for you. On top of that, all participants get to receive a goodie bag worth $50. Seats are filling up as registration is limited to first 40 participants.

Date: 6th May 2011

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Venue: Din Tai Fung, Paragon

Registration Fee: $35 nett per pax OR $60 for 2 pax (inclusive of high-tea and goodie bag worth $50)

Call-to-action: Call 64357351 to register or for more information

Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful mothers out there! 

 

 

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Taratata Bistrot

 

A  new French bistrot – Taratata Bistrot joined the French bistro scene in Singapore. The bistrot was rather new ,2 weeks old, I guess. I wonder why new restaurants are opening up around that vicinity ( Bukit Pasoh Road , Telok Ayer Street, Keong Saik Road…etc ). Apart from competition, I guessed the vicinity had its charm to be able to attract foodies all over Singapore.

Usually when people hear French cuisine, they would associate with Fine dining. However, this is usually not the case in France .According to the restaurant manager Beatrice ( whom was a French), explained to me the culture in France which is bistrot style and the French seldom dine at Fine dining restaurants. You can see bistrot along every street and road and the French loves the country style food!

Beatrice hopes to introduce the food culture of France – Bistrot, country-styled food and affordable pricing to Singapore  .

 

 

Bistot Style

 

Set lunch menu

 

 

Currently, they are only offering the 3 course set lunch during lunch hours. The 3 course set lunch is priced at $32++ and the ala-carte menu is available for dinner. I took a quick glance at the ala-carte menu and realised the dishes are more or less similar to the set lunch menu.

 

 

Prawn and Avocado salad with Cocktail sauce

 

 

Generally speaking, the presentation was lovely. The prawns were fresh but slightly a little tough and dry . I enjoyed the slices of avocado and the cocktail sauce though.

 

 

 

Seared fresh tuna with black peppercorns and marinated tomatoes

 

 

I hope the tuna was not imported from Japan ( cross fingers XxxxxX)!

 

The slices of tuna were thick and I can literally taste the freshness of tuna. The tomatoes seemed to be marinated in either plum vinegar or some type of alcohol. It was slightly tangy, sweet yet a little salty but it goes well with the tuna fish.

 

 

 

Sauteed cod fillet with spinach and roasted potatoes

 

 

I had the sauteed cod for mains and it was lovely.

The cod was slightly crispy on the outside and the inner was moist and flaky. The roasted potatoes were delicious too . A creamy lemon butter sauce added a final touch to the oily fish.

 

 

Verdict: Perhaps it was a Monday afternoon, the bistrot was quiet, human traffic was low ( even ember was not full). Personally, I enjoyed all the 3 dishes. The chef paid attention to little details , presentation was lovely and the flavours of the food was not too strong or heavy. I would definitely drop by again if I were to travel to Chinatown.

 

 

 

Taratata Bistrot

35 A Keong Saik Road

(beside Pasta inc)

Website: www. taratata.sg

 

 

 

 

Chef d ‘Table

Chef D’ Table is the brainchild of Chef Jason Lee, Executive Chef of Seven on Club ( closed) . I made a reservation during one of the day during the Restaurant Week but due to the change of my class time-table, I couldn’t make it.

I really regretted it!!! *( procrastinate)*

I promised myself that I would make a visit soooon if I had an opportunity & finally……, my wish came true! =0)

 


Chef D’ Table

 

 

Chef D’ Table is located at Chijmes ( previously occupied by Capella Italian Restaurant) and in comparison to the previous location @ Club Street, I felt that the new location was a little ‘‘ secluded” in the case that majority of the people would  have lunch @ Raffles City and probably would not walk across to Chijmes to have lunch.

Whereas in the case of Seven on Club, majority of the diners are from the vicinity of the CBD area and hence lunch is often crowded.

Nevertheless, the new location was convenient ( to me) and for those who missed Chef Jason’s Modern French Cuisine, drop by Chef D’ Table @ Chijmes.

 

 

 

Menu

 

 

The menu and even most of the dishes are similar to Seven on Club.

3 course set lunch menu priced at $28++ , with choice of a range of appetizers, mains and desserts.

* Crispy home-made tofu & Capellini prawn pasta are must-trys! *

 

 

 

Healthy mixed salad

 

 

A toss of healthy mixed salad leaves with slices of green apples, prunes, walnuts tossed in a lemon vincotto dressing.

 

 

Black olive pesto

 

 

Not too sure why this was served together with the salad. Perhaps it’s a dip for bread ?

 

 

 

Crispy tofu with mushroom mirin sauce

 

 

The star of the show

The highly recommended crispy tofu with mushroom mirin sauce indeed delicious. I finally understood why the tofu was claimed to be one of the chef’s signature dish.

The tofu was deep-fried till crispy with strips of mushrooms on the exterior . It was not greasy , the soft and curd-like tofu was pipping hot and be careful not to burn your tongue!

The mushroom mirin sauce was alluring and I can’t get enough of it!

I would return again to try this dish  =)

 

 

 

Grilled Dory fillet with beurre blanc

 

 

 

The dory fillet were on the salty side ( perhaps I am sensitive to sodium) and generally the reparation was elegant and the fish was fresh .

 

 

Verdict: A return is a must! I would return sooooon (if i had time) to try the crispy tofu again! Service was prompt, friendly and efficient!

 

 

 

Chef D’ Table

#01-39 Chijmes