Showing posts with label Sweet Tooth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweet Tooth. Show all posts

Monday, March 21, 2016

Family Self-Drive Trip to Malacca: Nadeje Mille Crepe and Jonker 88

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It has been a long time since I'm actually home on a Monday, as I'm clearing my brought-forward leave before the end of Q1. It seemed like an extended weekend and best of all, no Monday blues. The downside is that I have to join a conference call at 6.30PM to discuss some important decisions with a client. I guessed I shouldn't grumble since my colleague is getting up at 6.30AM his time to join this call as well. 
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The recent humid temperature in Singapore reminded me greatly of that in Malacca, during our last family trip. After visiting St Paul's Church and A'Famosa Fort, we headed to the nearest mall for the comfort of air-con. We walked around the malls, taking in the sights but there wasn't anything to buy. I realised that it has been a long while since I last shopped at the malls, especially with the convenience of internet shopping.
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While looking for a place to rest our tired legs and grab a quick bite, I figured that we should head to Nadeje - famous for their mille crepe. I have long heard about Nadeje way before Lady M invaded our shores. Surprisingly, I have never gotten to visit this place during my past trips here.
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he Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) issued an advisory on 15 March 2016 stating that the second half of March 2016 is expected to be drier and warmer than that experienced in the first fortnight of the month. During this period, the daily maximum temperatures are expected to range between 33°C and 34°C, and could reach a high of around 36°C on a few days. - See more at: http://www.gov.sg/factually/content/is-it-true-that-singapore-temperature-is-expected-to-soar-to-40-degrees-celsius-in-the-next-few-days#sthash.bUmV2loa.dpuf
Wow, check out the ridiculously long queue for both dine in and take away. The decision was to either join the queue or head somewhere else, but we decided to brave the queue! 
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As the weather was humid, PILs stayed at KFC to enjoy the cool air while the 3 warriors took up the challenge and joined the queue.  
he Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) issued an advisory on 15 March 2016 stating that the second half of March 2016 is expected to be drier and warmer than that experienced in the first fortnight of the month. During this period, the daily maximum temperatures are expected to range between 33°C and 34°C, and could reach a high of around 36°C on a few days. - See more at: http://www.gov.sg/factually/content/is-it-true-that-singapore-temperature-is-expected-to-soar-to-40-degrees-celsius-in-the-next-few-days#sthash.bUmV2loa.dpuf

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 Accompanying the niece as she sat at the bench to rest her tired legs. 
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After an 'eternal' wait, we were ushered into the cafe. This was akin to seeing light at the end of a dark tunnel, lol! We placed our orders and waited eagerly for the cakes to be served. 
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I love being in a cake shop, as the cakes always remind me of special occasions like birthdays and celebrations. I love buying and eating cakes. Now, we'll try to indulge in them occasionally since we are trying to reduce our sugar intake.  
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We ordered 6 crepes to try out. A few that stood out: Malacca, a localised flavour which was inspired and made using Malacca famous Gula Melaka. This was very popular on the table. Nothing can go wrong with the Original, which is the origin of Nadeje Mille Crepe. Homemade custard cream with Tahitian vanilla beans mixed with fresh cream - fingerlicking good! Double chocolate was also one of my favourites, just because it is chocolate! With over 18 choices available, I'm sure there will be one that will suit your tastebuds. 
Nadeje Mille Crepe
G-23B, EG4 and EG5, Ground Floor
Mahkota Parade, 7500, Melaka
Tel: 603 06 2843469
Opening Hours: 11AM till 10PM daily
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Back to Jonker Street for a quick pit-stop before heading back to the hotel. We bought some stuff at San Shu Gong the night before, so we decided to skip this and headed for Jonker 88 Laksa instead. 
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Having been here numerous times, I feel that the standard has dropped. However, business seemed to be better than usual. It used to be easy to get a table, but now it took ages before finding a seat/table.  
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The never-ending-long-queue for asam laksa. 
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We queued for almost 45 min before we could place our orders. Taking selfies to kill time, other than surfing facebook/internet. An unhappy episode happened here, with a no-manners uncle. Uncle, I hope your kids won't grow up to be as ill-manners as you, hmp! Anyway, I have to prepare for the call now - will be back soon (hopefully) with more updates :) 
Jonker 88 ( 大寶小食)
88 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)
75200, Malacca, Malaysia 
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Read our Malacca adventures here:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Birthday Dinner at Morton's Steakhouse

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Leecher got himself lucky since I did not have any birthday celebration for 2 consecutive years. We ended year 2014 with a belated birthday "celebration"/dinner on Boxing Day courtesy of Kaiwei & Yanni. See, even our friends were so sweet to plan a celebration for me while my own hubby just fake ignorance. Haiz, what is the world coming to?#marriedlife
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The guys arrived earlier and ordered one round of drinks before sending this pic over to the chat group. Yanni and I arrived later - thanks for the pickup! - and joined them, while they head for their 3rd round. We had to gently remind the boys - Leecher in particular - to slow down since we still have a bottle of red to finish.
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I have always enjoyed Morton's lychee martini, but I decided to go for Chocolate martini first. Sweet, but the alcohol content still kicks a punch!
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Morton has renovated their place since the last visit (a good 4 years!), from cozy to modern. The restaurant was brightly lit, and even boost a view of the open concept kitchen. We sat at the other end, hence we couldn't catch the chefs in action apart from through the lens. Even though the place has changed, the service remained. Top-notch, if I may add. 
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Leecher eyeing for his dose of red wine, since we'll be having steak.  
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 We started off with a lovely loaf of bread. The crust was crispy, the bread was so delicious - either on its own or paired with butter. It was a torture not to order thirds (we had seconds!) as we need to save stomach space for the main dishes.  
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A bottle of red to go with our mains.
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Steak, my favourite! The meat was tender and juicy, literally melting in your mouth. Omg, I'm feeling so hungry right now.
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Mac and Cheese for sharing, awesome comfort food. This is easily one of my favourites, given that mac & cheese tend to be cloying after a while. One of the best mac & cheese I had was at Overeasy & I found the same love at White Rabbit, since both belonged to the same Lo & Behold Group.
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Jumbo lump crab-cake, still as yummy as ever.   PC269230 copy 
Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me :)  
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Morton also celebrated my birthday with a complimentary chocolate lava cake, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and candle by the side. Leecher blew out the candle on my behalf, for I didn't want to "celebrate" the birthday due to Baby Bro's passing a year ago. Anyway, the cake was delicious, but what stole our hearts away was the New York cheese cake. Once again, Morton doesn't disappoint and I'm looking forward to the next visit! 
Morton's The Steakhouse 
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Fourth Storey, 5 Raffles Avenue
Marina Square, Singapore
Tel: 65 6339 3740

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Skirt, W Hotel

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Happy Jubilee Birthday, Singapore! When 7th Aug was declared as a public holiday, I had a strong urge to jet off to another country since we'll get 4 days off. However, we decided to stay behind and celebrate our homeland's 50th birthday in true blue SG spirit. Since we are celebrating the nation's birthday, I thought it would be nice if I can finish up on Kaiwei's birthday celebration at Skirt, W Hotel as I'm a year too late in documenting this *grins*
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Our dinner venue, Skirt. Located at W hotel, this was one of the best restaurants in Singapore for good quality steaks. I've pledged my loyalty to Morton's, nevertheless I'm always game to try out new steakhouses. Leecher called weeks in advance to secure a table and also to inform them that we will be having a birthday celebration. 
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We were shown to our table at a secluded corner, though on hindsight we should have requested for the booth seats since they looked so comfortable. If you're looking for a long dinner at Skirt, strongly recommended to request for booth seats.
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We ordered a bottle of sparkling water as we pondered over the food choices. Subsequently, they opened another bottle, without checking with us first if we would like another bottle. I certainly don't mind paying for it, but I would appreciate that we were informed beforehand instead of knowing it through the bill. 
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Love the copper pans! If I had a chance to renovate the kitchen again, I'll incorporate this into the design (provided Leecher doesn't kill me first), tsk tsk.  
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Tai tai training part #2 (^^)
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Bread promptly arrived at the table once our orders were placed. Boy, the bread was so tasty that we had to resist ourselves from filling our hungry stomachs with it. Nonetheless, we did requested for 2nd serving halfway through our course.
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Red wine to go with our steaks. 
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The cow symbol embossed on the table mat. 
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Getting engrossed with ceiling decorations that I almost forgot to look through the menu. They kinda reminded me of the kinetic rain sculpture at Changi Airport, except that this stayed fixed instead of moving. 
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I think we had the 4-course meal and some ala carte for sharing. I couldn't find the exact menu online anymore, so this is really based on my memory. We had Asaparagus, Mushroom Textures and Beef Carpaccio with raspberry and confit egg yolk. The starters wowed us over, so it was off to a good start!
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Check out Yanni's very pro DSLR! My Olympus paled in comparison, lol.  
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Next, lobster bisque served with garlic cream and torched petuna ocean trout served with cauliflower and radish. P8066683 
Both Kaiwei and Leecher gave 2 thumbs up for lobster bisque. Initially I thought the garlic cream would be too overwhelming but it was just nice. As for ocean trout, it was just ordinary.
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Before the main dishes are served, you'll be presented with two tiny bottles. The bottle of the left is for the steak (which will be served later) while greenish transparent bottle is a drink that helps to cleanse your palette.
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Bottoms up!
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Black Market Sirloin with braised lentils and celeriac, together with full blood wagyu grain fed, Blackmore MS9+. We had to send Kaiwei's steak back to the kitchen for it wasn't cooked the way it was supposed to be as Kaiwei had asked for medium rare but it came out medium. They changed the plate for us, but it wasn't the type of mistake that you'll expect from a restaurant that specialize in steak.
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Grainy pic taken with iPhone 5S :(
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Lemon Meringue Pie served with tea sorbet and Banouffe Pie with torched banana. 
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Even the waiter had a hard time with my point-and-shot camera.
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 The birthday boy with his cake. While others have complimented greatly on Skirt for their excellent service, I beg to differ. It is no doubt that they provide service, but it was normal at best. When we made the reservation, Leecher had already indicated that it was for a birthday celebration. We reminded them again on the birthday celebration when we arrived at the restaurant (when birthday boy went to park the car). When desserts were served, there was still no sight of the birthday cake. I thought that they might have waited till we finished desserts before they served the cake. After we finished desserts and they cleared our plates, still no sight of the cake. Leecher had to walk away to remind them and you know what, they forgotten about it! Despite 2 checks - once during reservation and another one when we arrived, they forgot about it? This is not acceptable!   
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A parting shot at the carpark of W Hotel with Yanni :) Check out her long legs, lol! I look like a dwarf next to her. Anyway, I doubt I'll return to Skirt anytime soon after this unpleasant episode. There is a reason why I pledge my loyalty to Morton. 
Skirt, W Hotel
Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way
Singapore 098374
Tel: 65 6808 7278    
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