Friday, 16 December 2016

Food Tasting @ The Armoury | Salted Egg Lava

Let's just say this is one of the more enjoyable food tasting sessions that I have tried ;)

Hidden in a quiet spot of Beach Road, The Armoury is a great place to chill and enjoy quality food at affordable prices. I love how the dusty grey brick interior contrasting with a rustic wooden finish gave a very cosy and warm ambience. It is also personally one of my favourite styles. 

From the drinks menu, I noticed three uncommon coffee choices - Hawaiian Latte, Nutella Cafe and Honey Latte. I've decided to give the Hawaiian Latte ($6) a try as it was the first time I came across this flavor. It has a subtle sweetness which was very well balanced with the natural taste of the coffee beans. The Hot Chocolate ($6) that my bf ordered was rich and chocolatey as well. 

Joon introduced us to their Chef's Special and we had the Salted Egg Lava Chicken Burger ($20 nett) and Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Hotdog ($19 nett).

I was a little skeptical about the choices at the beginning as the both of us never really fancied the taste of Salted Egg Yolk. For someone who doesn't have a very pleasant impression of Salted Egg Yolk, I think I'm rather blown away by the flavours, which was not too overwhelming at the same time. Some might prefer the grainy texture of the Salted Egg Yolk sauce, but I opt for a creamier version like this dish.

The chicken was fried to the golden crisp and the combination of the sauce and chicken was indeed well-balanced. It would have been perfectly fine with just the chicken cutlet and fries alone. The toasted burger somehow reminded me of the Macau version of Pork Chop Bun and was a good complement to the chicken.

On the other hand, the Salted Egg Lava Chicken Hotdog fall short in terms of specialty and did not stand out as compared to the Burger. Nevertheless, it is still a good standalone toast for a nice hearty brunch on a Saturday morning. For those who are not a fan of burgers but need a Salted Egg Lava fix, you can still give this a try! The thick toast was still crunchy despite leaving the dish out in the open for a very long time for the sake of photos.

While I am not particularly fascinated, I have nothing to criticize about this dish, it's only a matter of preference. But I would highly recommended the Chicken Burger as it's only $1 more, totally worth every single bit of your money.

Between the potato fries and normal fries, bf and I had differing views. Personally, I prefer the potato fries because of its sweetness. On the other hand, the both of them preferred salty fries. Maybe it's the "Guys Vs. Girls" thing. What do you think?

They also serve other dishes and some of those that caught my eyes are Mentai Ravioli, Watermelon and Pine Nuts Salad, and Unagi Tempura! The names already sound so appetizing and interesting.

Aburi French Toast ($16) consisting of Brioche, Berry Compote, Pomegranate, Beetroot Cream Cheese and Vanilla Ice-cream, is listed as Chef's recommendation. The caramelized sugar had a crispy nice touch on the outside, while the toast was warm and fluffy inside. The tangy flavours from the fresh berries were a great addition to the sweet fragrant toast as well. The presentation was also nicely executed.

On a side note, I kinda like the mouthfeel of eating Pomegranate seeds!

The Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($19) topped with Fresh Strawberries Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Yuzu Gel and Cream cheese was a delectable dessert to end off my delicious meal at The Armoury. This is surely a temptation for any berry lovers out there! The hotcake has an exterior which slightly resembles a pie crust, and the cake itself was very moist and fluffy like the texture of a breakfast muffin.

I personally prefer the Aburi French Toast because of the different layers of mouthfeel, from the crunchiness of the caramelized sugar to the creamy sweet vanilla ice cream and fluffy toast. 

The Armoury also offers a variety of Craft Beers with unique flavours. The ones that we have tried are Maisel Landbier Lager, Fourpure Lager and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA.

I am not really into alcohol, much less beer, and I would not really be able to give an accurate judgment on the taste. Bf said that the best among the 3 was Fourpure Lager and he gladly finished it all himself. While I do not have a liking for beer, I just thought that the flavors are really interesting with all the fanciful names, and is worth a try!

The Armoury
36 Beach Rd, Singapore 189677

Thank you Alex and Joon for the food-tasting invite! :)

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Izy Dining & Bar Food Review

For those who know me well enough, you should know that Japanese cuisine is always at the top of my cravings list. I recently got invited to Izy Dining & Bar, and I brought along my bf to be my tasting partner that day. Izy Dining & Bar is a contemporary style Japanese Izakaya located along Club Street, which offers a modern twist to the traditional dishes. It’s about a 5 minute walk from Telok Ayer MRT station and there is also a huge public outdoor carpark right outside if you are driving. 

 “This bar lives up to its name!”

With high chair seating in front of the counter, you can have an experience of watching the chefs prepare your dishes right in front of your eyes. However, this would not really cater to large groups, it probably suits smaller group gatherings who just want to chill at a Japanese Izakaya Bar. 

The mayo sauce really complemented the juicy chicken karaage. 

However, I personally feel that this dish is more suitable for sharing as the flavors were a little overwhelming for my taste buds as I prefer something milder. But then again, this depends on your preference! 

Being a Sashimi lover, I was most attracted by this dish piled with loads of Sashimi including my favourite Sea Urchin. One bite and I knew that this was premium fresh quality standard. And I was glad that I had the whole plate to myself because my bf doesn't take raw food ;) No one will fight with me for this plate of Sashimi! The tuna also had a "minced" texture making it more tender and it had a different mouth feel from the usual Maguro. 

This was an interesting twist to the usual Kani Fumi, topped with fresh thin shreds of fresh crab meat. Personally I prefer to munch on a whole piece of crab meat, but I wouldn't mind having this once in awhile too!

The Wagyu Truffle Don ($38) was the bomb! Don't be fooled by its simplicity and its less exciting exterior because this dish is packed with strong flavours. The Wagyu Beef on its own already won my heart as it was so tender and juicy, the truffle really enhances the overall taste to another level. And I could also taste the Truffles on every single bite! The only downside is that they could have worked on the presentation of the dish, other than that it's more than fantastic. 

The Izy Roll ($16) is a combination of tempura shrimp, tempura

For those who do not prefer to have drinks at the bar counter, there is a "secret entrance" to their CACHE BAR at the back of their restaurant with more comfortable seating. We were both caught by surprise when we were led into this little secret venue, where you can enjoy the best of their signature drinks while chilling with your friends. 

I was also searching high and low for the washroom but it turns out that there is also another secret door to it.. 

This really WOW-ed the both of us when we saw the beautiful rose in Ice form. I think most girls will definitely love this. Concocted with three kinds of flower liquer - Elderflower liquer, Violet Liquer and Dandelion Bitter, The Flower Blue Moon is so fragrant, especially if you love the floral sweet taste. For people who are not used to drinking strongly flavored alcoholic drinks, this would be a good choice. According to my bf, he said that this was one of the better cocktails he has tasted before.

Izy Dining & Bar
27 Club St, Singapore 06941
(Closed on Sundays and Saturday Afternoons)

Contact: +65 9678 0027

Note: This is an invited food-tasting session and all opinions in this post are personal

Monday, 5 December 2016

A Visit to Avengers Station Exhibition @ Singapore Science Centre

I haven't been to Science Centre for the longest time. And this time I'm finally back again! Not for the geeky Science exhibitions but for Avengers Superheroes!!! When I saw Science Centre promoting their exhibition online, my bf and I were like.

"OH YES, we cannot miss this!"

Jurong is really far at the other end of Singapore but it was worth it since the exhibition is only temporarily held from 29 October 2016 to 5 March 2017.

What made the exhibition more interesting was that the stations are interactive. To enjoy a better experience, download their Avengers Station App which allows you to become an agent, undergo quiz challenges and unlock new characters as you proceed to the next stations. If you do not own a smartphone, you can always rent a smart device at the counter before heading in.

At the start, we have to go through a briefing session in the room. I like how they make it sound like a real mission.

They have huge boards with information and history about each respective character. I was more interested in the statues and figurines though. And I definitely enjoy the mini games even though some were really simple. Time to be competitive hahhaa.

This is the blur me trying to figure out how to play this machine. I am supposed to compete against one of the Avenger's speed. Yeah, we cannot beat the superheroes hahaha.

We both like Loki hahaha. And my most memorable scene of Loki is the part where Thor and Loki kept arguing when Thor helped Loki escaped the prison. His sarcastic humour was really entertaining. 

No one can lift Thor's hammer hahaha. 

Can we bring you home? :P

The Ironman exhibit was the best out of all stations because of the grand Ironman suits displayed. Not 1, not 2 but the entire set of suits! The Hulkbuster and other characters were also life-sized and really huge. I had a great time taking photos there!

Overall it was an interesting experience, but according to my bf, it wasn't as good as he has expected. I feel that it's worth a visit if you're interested in superhero characters or Avengers itself. I mean, it's kinda mundane to go on movie dates every weekend right? Dating at an Avenger's exhibition can be really fun too! ;)

The entire exhibition took us about 1.5 hours. It might take a little longer if you wish to spend more time reading up all the info. We paid $22.5 each as there was promotion if you pay with NETS, otherwise it's $25/pax for Singaporeans.

Thanks for reading! :)