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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Many thanks to the pals who managed to line up in advance to get the first few seats in Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant. Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant has been a talk of the town in the previous months and even till now, there are still die hard fans who don't mind queueing up for their delicious Unagi. To your information these queue can be more than 2 hours long.

The Queue Outside Man Man Unagi Restaurant
The queuing process is systematic, at least you wont see guys stomping into the restaurant once the door is opened. Service staff were well trained and will allocate your seats appropriately base on the number of pax.

For Catching the Eel
Near the doorway, you get to see large tanks with bubbles surfacing and pipes. Taking a quick look, I realize that these tanks are actually holding fresh eels that were imported from Mikawa Isshiki region, known for supplying the best freshwater eel in Japan.

Big Tanks
Not for the faint hearted but the prime seats are located at the counter, overlooking the kitchen through a clear glass panel, watching the process where fresh eels were prepared from scratch. It involves dissecting and barbecuing.

Cutting the Eels
Its quite a bloody affair and if you are not comfortable, its best not to have these exclusive seats.

Preparing the eels
The restaurant if quite well ventilated and you won't really smell like a waiting BBQ if you are dining in the restaurant. However, strong wave of smell do exist during queuing.

Barbecuing The Eels
Kudos to the staff at work as I felt that it will be very warm in there wearing black and standing in front of the hot BBQ pit.

Drinks will be served from the counter right at the back of the restaurant.

Drinks Counter

The Umaki was faint yellow in color unlike those we normally have, they were brighter yellow in color. The taste may not be as strong as the usual ones we had however, the piece of unagi that was being sandwiched in the Umaki had complimented the taste.

Umaki - $12.80
Have you wonder where does the Eel's bones gone to? Not to worry, it will not be wasted as they are also for sale as part of the sides. These bone crackers were crispy fried and crunchy to bite on. However one thing that I dont really enjoy is the used of the oil as it has a strong smell in it.

Unagi Bone Crackers - $6
Here comes what we were all waiting for, the Unagi bowl, Hitsumabushi. It contains Unagi Don with spices and dashi. The set looks very complete to freshly BBQ Unagi, soup, pickles, broth ans spices.

Hitsumabushi - $26.80
Indeed, its all worth waiting for. Man Man Unagi is best advocated for its deliciously prepared Unangi. The set can be eaten in 3 different ways, you can emjoy the unagi with seasonings, wasabi, nori seaweed, spring onions or pouring dashi (soup) from the little jug into the bowl and add some rice in it.

Delicious Unagi
Have you ever wonder where does your wasabi paste come from? To answer your question, let's have a hands on session on grating the plant on your own. They have provide a small grater and let you have a wonderful hands on experience obtaining your own.

Wasabi Plant
The difference in the usual size and the Large Hitsumabushi is mainly the portion of the rice and Unagi.

Large Hitsumabushi - $35.80
This large bowl is rather satisfying for someone who had been waiting in the queue.

So what's the conclusion of Michelin 2017 restaurant? Some was rather disappointed by over rated Michelin restaurants elsewhere but I personally think the Unagi is seriously worth trying. Totally worth the calories and I won't mind coming back again.

Rating: 4 / 5

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
Location: 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-01, Singapore 089109
Tel: +65 6222 0678
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm Last order 2:30pm,
                            Dinner 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat, PH), Closed Sun

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Loving Hut

It was another Weekend and one of my family members suggested that we should be in Joo Chiat for vegetarian. We were there at dinner timing and the place was already full house and we had to wait awhile for seats to be available.

Loving Hut
Interior was cosy and simple, just like entering into a trendy modern place.

Be Vegan Make Peace
Dining Area
By taking steps nearer to the cashier counter, they do also have vegetarian beverages available for your selection.

There is a good varieties of food available and an extensive selection of beverages for diners. Be surprised by the number of dishes from a vegetarian stall as you flip through the pages of the menu.

Loving Hut Food Menu
I was rather surprised by the way the utensils was given in a small pouch with serviette.

By chance, we got sittings at a big dining table in front of the cashier and interestingly the stools were craved with meaningful and inspirational quotes.

Eco Friendly
Besides the available bottle of beverages at the counter, you can choose to have smoothie, flower tea and even some other refreshing drinks.

Choco Avocado Smoothie - $8.50, Rose Lemon Juice - $5.30, Aloe Lemon - $4.90

Local Delights

Great presentation from the local delights of these Teochew Hand Made roll in 5 spices. Fragrantly prepared with sweet savoury dipping sauce and pairing with pickles aka "achar".

5-Spice Roll (Teochew Ngoh Hiang) - $9.90
6 Sticks of Satay were deliciously paired with a bowl of fragrant peanut sauce, ketupat, cucumber and pineapple cubes. It was real satisfying with the chewy texture of these Royal Satay.

Royal Satay - $12.90
Unbelievable appearance as one would have thought it was real meat instead. Aromatic dish sprinkled with roasted sesame that boast the "roasted" fragrance from the dish. Feel the crispy texture and enjoy a plate of homemade Vegan Char Siew like this.

Homemade Vegan Char Siew - $8

Asian Fusion Noodles

Looks like this dish is quite popular and luckily we had the final last bowl from the shop. It was really a big portion and if you are sharing other dishes, it is best to share this bowl of Laksa Lemak too. The white bee hoon is hidden in the spicy broth garnished with vegetables.

Nyonya Laksa Lemak - $9.90

These deep fried tofu  were generally drizzled with tangy and spicy chilli sauce .

Tofu Tod - $6.90

A stomach filling set meal with a bowl of healthy grains and mushroom were are well marinated in black pepper sauce in combination of brocoli, bell peppers, carrot and cauliflower, all served in sizzling hot plate.

Black Pepper Mushroom Hotpot Set - $12.90
The entire set looked rather grand as they were served in a wooden board with little popiah as side.

Yummy greens
An interesting find to know of such popular vegetarian place and also my first time ever caught in a queue for this cuisine. With healthy living on the rise, we can see more and more of vegetarian eateries coming up and this is definitely worth a travel from the West!

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Loving Hut
Location: 229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01 Singapore 427489

Operating Times:
MON-FRI 11:30am-3pm & 6pm-9:30pm (Last Order 9:00pm)
SAT/SUN 11:30am-9:30pm (Last Order 9:00pm)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Tiramisu Hero

A few years ago when I was nearby for dinner, I have passed by The Tiramisu Cafe and had always wanted to go there but have forgotten all about it until recently when I was back nearby for dinner.

The Tiramisu Hero
The Tiramisu Hero is known for their wide varieties of Tiramisu kept in jar form from Kaya to Baileys favour. Besides getting these jar directly from the store, you can order online via their website.

With a whimsical interior, the place was cozy and fun. It gave an entire different dining environment. It looks as if the ladders are against gravity as they were seen hanging from the ceiling with small like light bulbs coiled around it.

The Tiramisu Hero
The drawings on the wall of Tiramisu Hero only comes in Black and white color. Even the menu is also painted on the wall.

On the Ceiling
Nearer to the entrance, enjoy a range of display that are up for sale. Grab items like maps, shirts, cups from the merchandise corners.

Merchandise Corner
Magnets, Tote Bags and plush toys are also available.

Stuck Shop
Come! Head over to the counter and have a photo with the Tiramisu Hero.

The Tiramisu Hero
Interior was simple with grey cement screed walls, however, made more funkier with Sir Antonio presence.
The Tiramisu Hero's Head (Side View)
The Tiramisu Hero let gave us the feeling of coziness and unpretentious environment.

The Tiramisu Hero's Head (Front View)

Interesting Coffee Machine
Their Signature Tiramisu is served in Jar, sealed at the opening to prevent moisture. The layered of lady's fingers was well soaked with cappuccino flavours and softened to the correct sponge cake liked texture, welled play with adequate amount of Mascarpone Cheese drizzled with semi sweet choco powder.

It's been a while we have Holicks and kind of lost touch to its taste, thus we ordered the Ice Blended Holicks. Drink was rather diluted and nothing in special.

Ice Blended Ho! Ho! Holicks - $8.90
As we were only here after dinner, we decided to have some desserts and tested out their waffles. Waffles were not too bad, served in four quarters sprinkled with icing powder and coated with maple syrup. Vanilla soft serve was quite disappointing as it has traces of not 100% well formed thus its get melted quickly and texture was not as smooth as the usual soft serve.

Belgian Waffles with Vanilla Soft Serve $7 + $4
I find this place quite Instagram-worthy and the environment really amused me. Comparing food wise and ambiance, I will prefer the latter as food was quite standard besides their specialties of Tiramisu in Glass Jars. Perhaps having not tried the meals courses here, it will give be a good reason to be back here again!

Rating: 3 / 5

The Tiramisu Cafe
Location: 121 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207548

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tian Tian Porridge

Located at the same stretch with Ma Li Ya Virgin Chicken, you get to see Tian Tian Noodle House and Tian Tian Porridge at the other end of the row. We was looking for some breakfast idea and decided to try out their porridge.

Tian Tian Porridge & Tian Tian Noodle House
I haven't been really eating porridge like this lately and with egg added, it gave a true taste of home. It's quite rare we still can find such quality and old school taste of porridge around nowadays. Porridge was stomach comforting with pork and intestine. Food was prepared well without any gamey smell or bitter taste from the innards.

Pork Porridge
For a morning and decent breakfast, Tian Tian porridge can be a good choice even though there are alot of breakfast options in Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre.

Rating: 3 / 5

Tian Tian Porridge
Location: 335 Smith Street #02-185 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Singapore 050335

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ah Hua Kelong

We went all the way here to Pasarbella to fix my friend's craving of seafood when she saw some advertisement of fresh seafood that comes from the Kelong. Entering from the East entrance (from the carpark), these floor stickers lead diners to the stall. This indeed help us alot to reach Ah Hua Kelong.

Follow the guide on the floor
There are some big tanks by the side of the stall and you can see the chef using nets to catch those fresh seafood out of the tank in preparation for the food.

Signboard on seaffod
Once ordered, payment has to be made immediately and condiments can be self help from the counter itself.

Ah Hua Kelong
With an open concept kitchen, you get to hear the "clanging" noises from the kitchen and also a sudden heap of fragrance from the food for every dish cook.

Open Kitchen 
Just right beside the payment counter, there is one newpaper article mentioning their success stories of converting Kelong into online business.

On Newspaper article
Amazingly, Kai Lan was tasty and crunchy. Fried onions topped the vegetables with gravy being sweet and inviting. If you don't mind, add them to your rice and elevate the taste of the plain white rice.

Kai Lan - $8
Dining in pax of 5, we decided to go for the steamed seafood box that consist of Seabass, Lala, cockles, mussels and flower crabs. Adding on to the box with another 1 Kg of steamed prawns that cost us additional $45.

It was served in a big cupboard and wrapped in plastic bag which reminds me of "crab in the bag". Freshness of the seafood is never a question here and we enjoyed every bit of it with bowls of plain white rice.

Steamed Seafood Box 3-4 Pax - $80
I'm not very much into flower crabs but freshness of seafood was good, from the way where you see the chef caught these crabs up from the fish tank and served in front of us.

Flower Crab
Steamed Seabass can be served in Thai or Cantonese style in your preferred choice. Steamed to perfection with coriander and fried onions to elevate its taste, the natural sweetness blends in well with the use of soya soy.

Steamed Seabass
Overall, I am rather satisfied with the meal and had enjoyed such a feast with my group of friends. It was really wonderful gathering over tasty and yummy food like this! For those who enjoys the freshness of seafood with good service, you should be here for the price is nett and quality of food. This is a good time where you don't need to travel in boat for kelong seafood! It could save you lots of time too.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Ah Hua Kelong 
Location: 200 turf club road #02-k2, PasarBella, Singapore 287994