Saturday, 27 September 2014

A Review of Burlamacco Ristorante, Amoy Street - Marred by Inconsistency

As my regular readers know, I maintain a directory of BYO restaurants in Singapore and their corkage policies.  But every once in a while, a friend would ask on a Whatsapp group conversation: "What restaurant can I bring my own wine to on a (insert day) evening?"  My good friend D would inevitably respond "Burlamacco in Amoy Street".  This got me wondering whether D had some financial interest in the restaurant, and I finally had the chance to put it to the test when D hosted our regular monthly wine tasting dinner at, you guessed it, Burlamacco!


Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Review of Jaan's Ultimate Krug Menu - The Triumph of Experience

After my maiden visit to Julien Royer's Jaan early last year, I wrote that while the meal was supremely enjoyable, I had the sense that the young Royer, who had just turned 30 at the time, was still in the process of finding his voice.  But a year is a long time in the life of a chef and a restaurant, and a visit a couple of weeks ago left me with conflicting thoughts: is Royer, with an extra year of maturity and experience under his belt, perhaps the best fine dining chef in Singapore today?


Friday, 5 September 2014

A Review of Shisen Hanten, Singapore - Is this Iron Chef quality?

The Wife and I met up with our favourite Singapore foodie Victoria and her husband M for dinner a couple of weeks ago. The venue: Shisen Hanten, the local branch of the Szechuan restaurant chain founded by Japan's "God of Szechuan Cooking", Chen Kenmin, and now managed by his son Chen Kenichi, the "Szechuan Sage" and "Iron Chef Chinese" in the cult Japanese gastro-sports series "Ryoori no Tetsujin".  Apparently, the Singapore branch is run by Kenichi's son, Chen Kentaro.

Now, the heroic deeds in Greek mythology were performed mostly by the children of the gods, not their grandkids.  I don't know, maybe their divine powers get too diluted after two cross-breedings with mere mortals.  Hell, even the grandchildren of the LORD were relegated to being nameless footnotes in a Dan Brown novel.  I was hoping that Kentaro could avoid the same ignominious fate.

Son of the Szechuan Sage: Chen Kentaro

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A Remarkable Peranakan Lunch with Candlenut's Malcolm Lee and Ascott CEO Lee Chee Koon

I was recently invited to a remarkable lunch hosted by young Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee of Candlenut Restaurant, and Ascott Serviced Apartments' CEO Lee Chee Koon.  The occasion was the launch of a Peranakan cookbook authored by Lee to celebrate Ascott's 30th anniversary, and which will be placed in Ascott properties worldwide.  I saw a delicious irony in Lee being enlisted by Ascott to celebrate such a significant milestone, given Malcolm's heralded Candlenut Restaurant is housed at the rival Dorsett Residences near Outram Park.  But evidently, neither Malcolm nor Ascott (nor Dorsett!) were particularly concerned about this.