Posts Tagged ‘Food: Dessert’
The Kaiseki menu at Nadaman was altered to suit the budgets of most students taking a particular module in my university.
Instead of a maybe 10 course menu, we were offered a Mini Kaiseki ($45) which features 7 courses and this is available only during lunch.
We were served two types of appetizers. The Egg Mousse is actually chawanmushi in disguise. It came in a diced shape and had a very rich flavor.
Upon my first mouthful of the second appetizer, Boiled Spinach and enoki mushroom with sesame sauce, I immediately thought about the peanut gravy used for satay beehoon! That was exactly how the sauce tasted like. The boiled spinach was slightly spicy and both went well together. On top of that, there were bonito flakes which are usually used as a form of natural flavoring for Japanese food.
Next on the list was the Clear soup with seaweed fishcake and vegetables. The soup served at the beginning of the kaiseki is supposed to be quite bland because we will be served another bowl towards the end. I love the seaweed fishcake because it of its texture. It does not taste like the rubbery kind of fishcake that we usually eat.
The raw fish served was the Chef’s selection of Tuna and Yellowtail. There were two pieces of each. Everyone oohed and ahhed as they bit into the succulent slices. I think I’d have liked the raw fish even better if they were slightly more chilled.
The simmered dish consists of Simmered pumpkin, eggplant, yam and green bean with minced chicken meat sauce. Our sensei who was with us at that time told us that all these are autumn foods in Japan. All of us liked the simmered dish a lot. On the overall, it was tastefully simple for our tastebuds.
What’s a Japanese blue fish? We thought to ourselves when we were looking at the menu earlier on. It is actually a type of tuna. We learned that more and more restaurants in Japan are dropping bluefish from their menus as environmentally certified fishing and seafood products become popular in the country.
The Grilled Japanese blue fish with teriyaki sauce has a meaty texture easily mistaken for that of a cod fish’s and it has a smooth buttery flavor. It warranted a thumbs up from everyone.
The Japanese seem to enjoy adding flavor to plain, boring white rice. The Steamed rice mixed with dried shrimp was very fragrant and it was served with pickles and soya bean paste soup.
Dessert at last! Now now, you must be wondering what’s a Red bean, black sugar panna cotta doing in a Japanese restaurant!
Yeah it’s an Italian dessert but nobody really cares when you can have gooey black sugar trickling down your throat! We all wish we could have more!
According to Nadaman, traditional cuisine such as kaiseki is described as ‘the art of transforming the blessings of nature into food’. And boy, we sure are blessed.
The Mini Kaiseki is $45.
Never in my life had I dreamed that one day, someone would actually take me to PS Cafe. Yes! THE PS Cafe. I am kinda like a mountain tortoise, not having heard about PS Cafe only until my uni days (I’m graduating soon!).
And the common words associated with PS Cafe are “atas”, “expensive leh” and “wah.. that place..” All the more I was intrigued and thought that it is indeed a place that only the upper middle class can afford to go to.
So, when a friend offered to take me there for lunch, I readily agreed! I didnt expect PS Cafe to look like this but I kinda liked it because it resembles a greenhouse! :) We were there at 3pm and skimmed through the menu quickly because last orders’ at 4pm.
Portobello mushrooms are one of my favorite types of mushroom and so I settled for the Portobello Stack ($22).
The poached eggs were a good complement for the saltiness of the bacon. Other than the portobello mushroom, I thoroughly enjoyed the creamy smoked cheddar potato gratin which was soft and chewy.
My friend had the PS. Brunch Burger ($29). It certainly is no ordinary burger, judging by the looks of it. My, it sure was huge! Sandwiched between two toasted sesame buns were the homemade grilled wagyu & US chuck patty topped with camambert cheese, wilted spinach, crispy bacon, tomato, caramelized onion, herby mayo & fried egg. The fries that came with the burger were very thick too!
Although my friend couldnt finish his toasted sesame buns, we proceeded with the Double Chocolate Blackout Cake ($14.90). I’m not sure if they were trying to clear stock but the serving was very big. The both of us have a sweet tooth so we dug into the more chocolate-ty part of the cake with glee. Eating the cake together with the vanilla ice cream was sheer heaven. We didnt finish the cake because we felt guilty eating it. Too sinful!
I believe that I will be back to try the other dishes that PS Cafe has to offer. :)
As for my opening statement, it is actually quite affordable and not overly priced.
Total bill (inclusive of drinks) was about $98 after GST.
I readily agreed to my friend’s suggestion of having dinner at Heaven’s Loft since I had not been there before and the name piqued my curiosity.
So up up up we went to Heaven…’s Loft. Yeah it is located on the top most level of Orchard Central. Surprise surprise.
All along I have been eating the usual kind of pasta and spaghetti, so when I saw the words “angel hair” I was naturally curious. Yes I’m a very curious being.
The Seafood Angel Hair ($24.90) was made up of tempura prawns, mussels and scallops in marinara sauce. Normally I’d prefer cream based pasta because I do not really fancy sourish food. But this is good. The consistency of the sauce is just right, not too watery and not too dry. The ingredients are also very fresh. One thing which disappointed me the most was the tempura prawns. They looked like small prawn fritters to me :(
My friend had the Salmon with Sundried Tomato ($23.90). Not sure how it tasted like but it sure looked normal to me. I think it’s a total rip-off for a small piece of salmon.
You cant get away without desserts over here! They have a separate dessert menu and serve a wide range of desserts!
We shared the Pear Temptation ($14.90) which is pear and almond cream wrapped in crispy puff pastry served warm with Ben & Jerry’s strawberry ice cream. Ooh! One bite and we went to heaven!
The puff pastry had a texture which was similar to that of a strudel. It wasnt sweet enough on its own so this is where the ice cream comes in. :)
My next visit to Heaven’s Loft would definitely be to try more of their desserts!
Total bill for 2 was about $80 (inclusive of drinks) after GST.