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Hakkasan Hanway Place

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It was our 3rd year anniversary last Wednesday and because it was a working day – we ordered a take away and decided that we would have a proper celebration dinner on Friday.  We absolutely love Hakkasan and this was the 3rd time we would have been here – twice at Hakkasan Hanway Place and once at Mayfair (didn’t like that one too much – ambiance was not to my liking – place was too loud). The restaurant boasts 1 Michelin Star and rightfully so – the food is awesome.

The better half has always been a huge fan of piping hot food – and believe you me, it does not get anymore hotter then here – especially since they use clay-pots to bring some of the dishes out in (and in those clay pots, the food stays hot forever!) Great if you are a slow eater like me 🙂

Here is what we had, and my verdict on them:

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You have got to try this Salt and Pepper Squid. I love how soft the squid is – its so rare that any restaurant can do this – most of the ones we have had were rubbery. These bad boys are gorgeously seasoned with salt and pepper (not too much nor too little) I asked what the secret was to getting the squid so soft and she said to score it before and so – we will try it! I very much doubt we could replicate this – but we will give it a good try! 🙂

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Stir Fry Organic Pork Belly in a Salted Fish sauce – these pork belly dishes seem to follow me where ever I go! Ok Ok, so I always order it – can’t get enough of it! This was beautifully soft and came steaming hot as it came in a claypot. The dish has some heat to it too, which was a lovely addition as it didn’t overpower the dish. If you want a ‘kick’, try munching on one of the chilies (P/S: please have a cup of water handy!) 🙂

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Possibly the best vegetable dish I have ever tried. No one does Gai Lan like the Chinese do and this Gai Lan and Salted Fish stir fry with fresh chili is outstanding. I would recommend this to everyone, please don’t be put off by the salted fish stir fry, I promise it does not overtake the dish at all, this dish is so delicate and GORGEOUS that I ended up eating 90% of it (sorry better half! next time I promise to leave you at least 20%!) 🙂 Did I mention I loved this dish yet?

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This Chili Prawn and Jin Chuan sauce dish was the better half’s favourite. The prawns were HUGE and very soft. The sauce accompaniment was absolutely stunning as well and again, a touch of heat to the dish which was nice.

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Alas, I was not a fan of this Vegetable and preserved Olive Fried Rice – I thought it was bland and a little boring if I’m being honest 🙁 The better half loved it though – and while healthy, it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t taste the olive in the rice enough which was a shame. 🙁

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One of the waitresses recognized us and as we got talking, found out it was our anniversary. She very kindly informed the kitchen and look what they did! I had the Jivara bomb, which was milk chocolate, hazelnut praline (urghh sooo good!), rice krispies (who said those were only for breakfast!!) all over it and a side swipe of popping candy – it was to die for! Not heavy at all.  The better half had Chocolate Marquise, which was dark chocolate, caramelised macadamia and kumquat which he loved. I’ve had it before and found it to be a touch too rich for me as I don’t quite fancy dark chocolate.

All in all – such a fantastic place and one we will definitely be coming back to, totally worth the money for the culinary skills of the chefs that ply their trade there. The waitresses and waiters are all so very friendly and polite and the service is fast! If you go – say hi to Fiona! She is awesome.

Hakkasan Website here if you want to have a gander. 🙂

Have you been to Hakkasan Hanway Place before? What did you think?

KimmyX

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Because I will not be spending money on a new wardrobe (thank you dodgy wardrobe sales people  – read here) I decided that I would spoil the better half at a fancy restaurant to congratulate him on his first contract as a self-employed dude.  Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester holds many dear memories for us – we came here on our first wedding anniversary and had such a great time, so coming back here was definitely something he would appreciate. Continue reading

Cote Brasserie for lunch? Don’t mind if I do!

Cote Restaurant

Cote Brasserie

We were promised a lunch by our boss a while back for successfully reaching our targets and today was that day. Yes sir – a trip to the french Cote Brasserie was in order! Just conveniently placed down the road from where our office is, this is not the first time I have been here – the other time being our Christmas lunch (but this was at another location).  I was not as impressed with the Christmas lunch offering, but put it down to peer pressure of cooking for over 40 people who were all hungry,and wanting to go to the after-party (free flow wine at the after party – who could blame us!?!?) Continue reading

Si Chuan Saturday. Bring it on baby!

Sweet and Sour King Prawns (Hong Kong style)

Sweet and Sour King Prawns (Hong Kong style)

The weather was not the best this weekend, and hence, we mainly stayed in both on Saturday (except dinner at the lovely Si Chuan restaurant we went to which is what this article is about) and on Sunday. Suited us really, as the better half is off to Germany later on this week for business and so he has loads read, and me? Well, I’m still organising and getting the website sorted.  I am still learning all about SEO and currently, in the midst of individually writing the codes for each one – fun times indeed. Can’t wait till the site is properly up and all I will have to do is update the daily stuff – I’m tired of doing the old stuff! Continue reading

The Cliff

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We love the cliff – for so many reasons.  When we started dating in 2004, this was one of the first places we went to. Set in Sentosa within the The Sentosa Resort and Spa hotel, this gem is hidden away tucked within a vast amount of greenery and overlooking the South China Sea. Continue reading

Bali Thai

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In a funny turn of events, our neighbour A, which whom we are good friends with, happened to do a stop over in Singapore on his way to dive in Indonesia. He came to our wedding and so knew some of my cousins and we all decided to go out for dinner.  One of my cousins is Muslim and so we went to Bali Thai – a fusion of Balinese-Thai food – halal too!. The restaurant is OK – nothing out of the ordinary – basically nothing that would blow your head off – I did like the starter and the dessert but the Thai Curry was not to my liking, too tame in my opinion. Here are some pictures I took; Continue reading

Din Tai Fung

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The better half had meetings all day an so I thought i would meet him in town for lunch.  We ended up at Din Tai Fung – a specialty chinese restaurant that churns out little parcels of luscious pork dumplings. Here’s what the restaurant says;

Michelin star awarded and ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times, Din Tai Fung has its roots dating back to Taiwan 40 years ago.

With its famous signature xiao long baos (steamed pork dumplings) and heart-warming steamed chicken soup, this authentic Taiwanese restaurant has been making waves with branches throughout the world, including Singapore, Thailand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and USA.

Ive been here before so I knew what to expect – the better half loved it when he tried it, so I was really happy.  Its really cheap for what it is as well – I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone visiting Singapore.  Here’s some of the pictures I took: Continue reading

The Raffles Hotel – Don’t mind if I do!

 

The Raffles Hotel

The Raffles Hotel

The giraffe legged sister recently got herself a lovely job over at the kind people of HP – and to give us a treat, she decided to bring us out to a buffet at the best hotel in Singapore (in my own opinion).  It is where I wanted to get married at – but they didn’t have the ballroom available on that day I wanted.  The gorgeous Raffles Hotel, with its colonial roots and hacienda style layout is a sight to behold – large open spaces and plenty of flowers everywhere.  Its home to 103 rooms – of various sizes. In all its glory of 125 years, it has remained a legend in its own class and I would highly recommend coming here, even if its for a quick Singapore Sling in the Long Bar (where this drink was born) Upon entering, you are welcomed by Sikh doormen who usher guests through an ornate lobby that seems unaltered from the turn of the century – everything here seems old school but new in a strange way. Its like walking through time that’s been polished up a little. No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to The Raffles Hotel. Continue reading

Man Fu Yuan

Man Fu Yuan

Man Fu Yuan

Right – I am back to normal with the timezones.  Thursday was a write off – our sleeping patterns were all over the place, we didn’t know if it was Wednesday or weetabix! But I am back now, and ready to properly start my holiday!

Today we are going to meet up with some friends who used to rent our flat back in London – they have been posted back to Singapore now which is a shame as we got on famously!  We have a reservation for 730pm at the Intercontinental Hotel’s Man Fu Yuan restaurant – Cantonese fine dining.  I was uber excited! Continue reading