Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ethan eats steak at Lawry's (Pictorial)

So mummee says, since I am well-behaved, I now get to go out to nice restaurants with mummee and daddeedee. Hmm, i must look as sweet and innocent as possible so i can go out more often!

i love prime rib steak! No rubbishy minced beef for me, only babies eat that. More, daddeedee, more!


No, it's not my birthday but I don't know why the cake is right in front of me. It's daddeedee's birthday! Happy birthday daddeedee!

Details on the food experience at Lawry's here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Medz, Orchard Central

I usually try to give Marche-type restaurants a wide berth (mediocre food, expensive prices, long queues) but Medz, located in the bowels of the dizzingly confusing Orchard Central turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Giving us a positive first impression was the interestingly done-up interior, with lots of turkish lanterns casting warm jewelled tones on the mosaic tiled walls, and a warm and inviting ambience.

With a medley of offerings from the various Mediterranean countries - French, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Spanish, etc, there was no fear that we would not find something to our liking.

Medz_roast chicken

I opted for the truffled chicken (SGD10) from the French stall. This was good - tasty and flavourful and not disguised with lots of sauce, with our only slight quibble being that the breast meat was a trifle dry. You can help yourself to a range of spreads (like herb butter) to go with the chicken too. At this price, a steal.


Our other choice of Adana Kebab (SGD10) - a minced lamb skewer - was also a winner. The aroma and scent of the spices complemented the robustness of the lamb meat beautifully without being too overpowering, and the slightly charred exterior imparted a wonderfully smokey taste to the kebab, while the interior remained juicy.

This is one place I wouldn't mind coming back to in future if my tastebuds are feeling fickle!

181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teo Soon Loong Chan Teochew Seafood Restaurant, Melaka

Ever since Chubby Hubby blogged about his great experience, we've been curious about this Teochew restaurant in Melaka, located in a small street near the touristy Jonker Walk area. From the outside, Teo Soon Loong Chan looks like a rather dingy and nondescript hole-in-the-wall eating place.


The entrance is almost entirely blocked by the outdoor kitchen, leaving only a tiny gap to squeeze through into the eating area.


The inside is tiny too, with space enough for only about 7 or so tables, but clean and welcoming, with cheery red tablecloths. Very Chinese!


We had a Teochew-style steamed pomfret, fried vegetables, fried pork and Teochew yam paste - Or Ni, all for about RM80 (SGD32). The cooking was pretty good, but not really earth shaking, we've had better Teochew food at Chin Lee. Still, this was worth the visit just to watch Ethan wolf down half the pomfret all by himself. That's a lot of fish! I wonder where all that food goes to?


Teo Soon Loong Chan Teochew Seafood Restaurant
57 Lorong Hang Jebat
75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Melaka Feb 2012 (pictorial)

So we decided to risk a couple of sleepless nights and screaming fits (mine!) and take Ethan on another trip to Melaka. The trip turned out unexpectedly well, and most fortunately Ethan even managed to sleep well in the hotel bed. Thank heavens. There was no screaming in the end. Only smiles all around! And lots of nasi lemak and chicken rice wolfed down by our hungry toddler.


strapped safely into my car seat and zooming down the expressway!

our room in Hotel Equatorial!

sliding off the bed is so much more fun than staying still on it for photos!


mummee's all bright-eyed from getting enough sleep. I just want my nasi lemak!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Seb's Bistro, Rochester Park

Sebastian's at Greenwood Park was one of the restaurants that I had wanted to eat at but didn't get the chance to before it closed down a few years ago. So when I heard that Sebastian Reuiller had opened a new place at Rochester Park, I jumped at the chance to check it out.

Located on the premises of the now (alas!) defunct Cassis, but with a distinctly more laid-back and rustic feel, Seb's Bistro offers only out-door dining (bad luck for those hot weather and mozzie haters) and has a children's playground next door. The tables and chairs did look somewhat worn down and worse for wear, whether this was a result of the tropical weather ravages or from abuse by children I was not sure. But in any case, we were there for the food, which did not disappoint.


I can't help but order duck confit whenever I see it on the menu and this was no exception. Seb's Bistro's duck confit with braised red cabbage and apple ($29) was a winner, with crispy skin, just-right level of saltiness, still soft duck meat, and the interestingly tangy cabbage and apple accompaniment.


Even better was the weekend roast. A darn good prime rib roast, pink and delightfully succulent, beefy and savoury. Not one for the faint hearted, prepare to loosen your belts. We ordered the ladies cut (400g, $35) and it was almost too much for us even with Ethan sharing some of the beef.


Merry Kissmas, mummmmee!

Note though, that the full menu options are only available on weekends. On weekdays, the offerings are much reduced, focusing on light eats (sandwiches and such).

Seb's Bistro
7 Rochester Park

Friday, March 9, 2012

db Bistro Moderne, Marina Bay Sands

I had been wanting to visit the celebrity chef restaurants at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) ever since they first opened, but for one reason or other, the visit never materialised until two weeks ago, when i was galvanised into action by the news of Santi's impending closure (more on Santi in a later post).

When you have a toddler in tow, dining out becomes severely curtailed by several considerations - does the restaurant open in time for him to have an early lunch? does it welcome tolerate unpredictable toddler moods and noises? is child-friendly food available? etc etc. It was thus a relief to find out that yes, db Bistro Moderne has high chairs available and opens its doors for an early lunch at 1130am.

An American take on the much loved Parisian bistro, the ambience and atmosphere at db Bistro Moderne was convivial and casual(ish), with all the typical bistro accoutrements and fittings (red velvet and dark wood).


I plumped for the famous original db burger ($38) (sirloin burger with braised short ribs and foie gras). The minced beef patty was beautifully cooked to a medium rosy pink and the middle was stuffed with a generous heap of the braised short ribs and a small lobe of foie gras. Unfortunately I wasn't able to tell how the entire concoction melded together in gastronomic decadence because I was only allowed to eat the beef patty. All the good stuff landed on ...


mummee, stop taking photographs and feed me that yummy stuff quickly!

.... yup, Ethan's plate. He finished it all (and half the bread basket) but only had a taste of the foie gras before deciding he didn't like it. Check out his special fine dining bib!


is what my mangled original db burger looked like, post-Ethan. It tasted pretty ordinary, the beef wasn't all that tasty and I was expecting a lot more at this price point. To be fair, I guess it would have been a lot better with the addition of the short ribs and foie gras (although, how does one manage the logistical feat of eating such a towering burger without deconstructing all its parts?). Servings were huge - we couldn't finish the admittedly very delish and somewhat salty fries, more's the pity. I loved the Piper Heidseick champagne though (thanks UOB) and had two glasses all to myself - was kinda hoping that the champagne fumes would send Ethan into an early nap stupor but no such luck.

db Bistro Moderne
B1-48, Galleria Level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Ethan at Marina Bay Sands (to be continued)'s been almost 4 months since any new postings appeared on this blog! We are all doing very well and very happy, just that I've been extremely busy running after little toddler Ethan. Plus, I sheepishly admit that I went through a phase of watching movies and Chinese drama serials every night, thankfully my latest addiction has recently ended its run on TV so this leaves me with more time to blog.

Here are some quick snapshots of Ethan's latest adventure at Marina Bay Sands be continued with his gastronomic adventures at db bistro moderne!


i must bring a car everywhere i go! must must!


mummmeee, this is so exciting! quick quick hurry hurry!


hmm, this is nice, walking around up high.


mummeee, the tiny cars are more interesting than the bird in the sky! look, mummee, look!