Wednesday 27 August 2014

Pizzeria Mozza Singapore review: Decent Pizza

Located in Marina Bay Sands, Pizzeria Mozza is a very popular restaurant and even on a weekday night you can expect a little wait (though no need to reserve). Me and Louise are disappointed by pretty much every food spot in MBS and almost everyone charges a premium, presumably to cover the rent. The benefit of this is that if you are a tourist you may as well eat at one of the actual restaurants rather than the hawker centre next to ice rink as the food you get there is literally daylight robbery, I repeat, do not bother eating there.

Opened as a two part restaurant, one casual pizzeria and one fine dining osteria, Mozza offers food in the mid to high end price range. The pizzeria supposedly offers one of the better pizza in Singapore so we felt we may as well try ourselves.

Monday 25 August 2014

51 Mingfa wanton egg noodles Kovan SG review: Good broth

Wanton mee is one of the most popular hawker foods in Singapore and can be found at every food centre. 

A Cantonese dish based upon thin egg noodles, small dumplings, leafy vegetables and a hot broth with the addition of char siu pork in Singapore.

The aim is to get al dente noodles with a nice broth that isn’t too strong to overpower the other flavors.
One of the popular hawkers of this dish is 51 Mingfa at Kovan food centre. We arrived at 1pm on a Sunday and there was a queue of about 10 people and by 1.30pm the stall had already closed suggesting its popularity.
We ordered both the dry and the soup version, with the dry version having a bowl of broth and dumplings separately. Despite ordering the spicy version I think the auntie thought the white guy could not handle it hot, despite that we enjoyed the food.

Sunday 24 August 2014

The Winteringham Fields UK review: A michelin worthy menu

The Winteringham Fields is a 3 AA rosette restaurant on the banks of the river Humber. Previously the restaurant was one of the best in England, holding two Michelin stars, however the previous chef sold the restaurant and as things stand some have considered it a fall from grace. However things have been looking up as new owner and head chef Colin McGurran became a well known face on the Great British Menu (a competition between the top regional chefs of Britain) and twice has had his dishes on the final menu beating top competition. 

Despite no Michelin star the kitchen clearly has ambition and talent with Colin at the pass and modern techniques are handled very well, not too obtrusive, actually adding to a dish.

We visited last year and looking back the tasting menu showed real skill and precision and is definitely somewhere I am keen to visit again to see how things are and should be progressing.

The menu we chose was the 9 course “surprise” menu at £79. With only a tidbit of information given for each course the menu should show the chefs vision for the restaurant whilst also perhaps exploring new flavor profiles for the diner. 

Thursday 21 August 2014

Hatter Street cafe Singapore review: Lacking a touch of magic.

Despite desserts on the menu at Nakhon, we decided to try the acclaimed Hatter Street café just a few doors down. Decorated with whimsical artworks, objects and quotes, the café is every teenage girl’s fantasy café style that has taken the island by storm and just like Nakhon, can generate a long queue. 

Opened by Yvette who was trained at 3 Michelin star Bo Innovation, the website says the desserts push the boundaries of the “norm”, yet it also says the “Hatter Street’s culinary movement will be characterized by comfort food influenced by Asia culinary traditions versus the implementation of avant-garde techniques.

A little bit contradictory, so which is it?

Nakhon thai restaurant Singapore review: Thai classics served whilst being screamed at.

Anybody that has been to Thailand, or loves the cuisine, knows the food they serve is often some of the most interesting in the world, with its expert balance of sweet, salty, spicy, sour and bitter the key to a good dish. When I was in Thailand I did a cooking class in Chiang Mai that opened my eyes to the depth of flavour you can create with their ingredients and the David Thompson of Nahm green curry I made was fantastic even without some of the more local ingredients.

My green Thai curry

We have a particular favourite in Singapore on Orchard Road (which we will review later) but on this occasion, with one of our friends leaving the country, she wanted us to try Nakhon, about 5 minutes walk away from Kovan MRT.

Sunday 17 August 2014

Artichoke Singapore review: A taste of the Middle East

Decent Middle Eastern food is actually quite difficult to find in Singapore as in general it is mostly SE Asian or Western. Recommended to us by one of Louise’s friends, we have already eaten at Artichoke once before but both times have been similarly good.

The restaurant is relatively out of the way, likely not on the tourist path, however if you do fancy something acceptably priced but more importantly with good ambience and service this restaurant is a great place to come.

Saturday 16 August 2014

The Star Inn Harome UK review: Modern Yorkshire food

Hey folks!

Despite the close proximity of the Pipe and Glass, another great restaurant in Yorkshire is the Star Inn Harome. Indeed James Mackenzie, head chef of the Pipe and Glass, was once head chef at the Star, however despite the shared philosophy of local ingrediants the style of cooking is very different. Both James and owner/head chef at the Star, Andrew Pern, have done a great deal for Yorkshire food and it seems the two remain close friends judging by their own “two chefs ale” used to make a tasty bread at both restaurants.

Monday 11 August 2014

Ippudo Ramen Singapore review

Hey folks!

After living in Singapore for over a year you soon come to realize it is not that easy to get a decent meal at a good price unless you really look hard. Food is at a premium away from the hawker centers but sometimes it can be worth the hunt.

Ippudo is a Japanese ramen joint that has number of outlets on the island however Mandarin Gallery is where we chose this time. We ate on a Saturday night and were seated immediately by the friendly staff however other reviews seem to suggest it can get very busy and indeed the staff did seem used to a faster pace.

The Pipe & Glass Inn UK review

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To start the blog I thought I would take a look back at one of my favorite restaurants. The Pipe and Glass Inn is a 1 Michelin star set in the pretty village of South Dalton and is one of the few top restaurants in East Yorkshire and even named pub of the year by the Michelin guide. The building dates back to the 15th century and is a very comfortable setting for great food or simply a pint at the bar. Fortunately, the restaurant is just 30 minutes drive away and so we have been a number of times over the last year or so. 

Looking back at what I ate the first time we went shows one of the greatest assets the restaurant holds, consistency. Over the blog posts hopefully you will see a range of its options and why I love going there.