East Asian dining sessions in 1st Quarter 2019.
I’ve been slacking in this sub-category of mine, so here’s a summary post!
The following is a rundown of my visits to four East Asian style restaurants in 1st Quarter 2019. None of these restaurants are exactly “geeky,” ahem, but the food selection and décor at each do provide for an interesting change.
It’s really quite easy nowadays to have a food trip around the East Asian region, without even stepping out of Singapore. There are so many of these great restaurants about.
1. Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, Vivocity Branch
Vivocity #01-52, Tel: (65) 6221 1830
This was a family dinner early in the year. In fact, right after the New Year.
Unlike what the name suggests, this new Crystal Jade Jiang Nan outlet also doesn’t only serve Jiangnan cuisine, there’s a good selection of rich, spicy Szechuan dishes in the menu as well. Western diners and tourists would have fun here sampling different Chinese cooking styles.
I should mention that as fond as my folks are of spicy food, nowadays, we prefer it slightly less mouth-burning. The staff took note of this and served everything perfectly right. They were most attentive and accommodating.
2. Chicken Up, The Centrepoint Branch
The Centrepoint #01-33H, Tel: (65) 6635 2651
(Unfortunately, Chicken Up @ Centrepoint has closed as of August 2019. But they are now at Tanjong Pagar and Buangkok. Click the website link above to find out more)
Another family dinner and this one was a bit of a surprise. Dad suggested checking out Chicken Up and this was unusual because we had not eaten Korean food together for years. Actually, I can’t even remember when we last did, prior to this meal.
As for the meal itself, oh wow, this was good. Korean restaurants are legendary for their fried chicken and what we ordered at Chicken Up certainly didn’t disappoint.
I also discovered a new sin, the Yangpa Bomb. (Yeah, yeah, I’m quite clueless about all things Korean) This wicked, outrageously addictive munchie stole my heart with my very first bite. If only I can bring one into the cinema on my movie nights!
3. Kagurazaka Saryo
Vivocity #01-59, Tel: (65) 6376 9978
Back to VivoCity and this time, it’s an East Asian style solo meal at the new Kagurazaka Saryo.
What attracted me was not so much the colourful desserts but the Cha-Nabe set meals, this being something I had never tried before. (Actually, I don’t remember seeing this in Japan throughout all my trips)
The verdict, it wasn’t what I expected, and I mean that in a pleasant way.
Somehow, I expected the broth to be light as the whole restaurant had a strong healthy living vibe to it. It was not. Neither was the broth too rich or thick too. Everything went down pretty smoothly and deliciously. The matcha latte drink that came with the set also nicely wrapped up the meal.
4. Shinzo Japanese Cuisine
17 Carpenter Street, Tel: (65) 6438 2921
Last but not least, a birthday celebration with ex-classmates at Shinzo Japanese Cuisine! This was a pretty pricey dinner. The intimate setting was also quite the experience; it was really lively, really animated during our visit.
As for the meal itself, one of my friends had the Omakase course while the rest of us shared ala carte dishes. Going by the looks on my friends’ faces, I’d say everyone enjoyed the elegantly prepared dishes as much as I did.
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