December 24th, 2005

leaf116

the good & the bad

of sun with moon cafe @ wheelock place, wednesday night.

caught up with mingster over a much-anticipated sun with moon dinner. it's going to be abit of a mixed review this time, since it fell short of expectations in some aspects.

booked a very, very nice booth in the other corner from where i sat with the KA the first time. excellent interior design indeed! booths are cosy and intimate, and truly indicative of smart space-planning. plus added advantage of allowing convo's to go on without having to raise your voice. great for whispering sweet nothings in the significant other's ear, or carrying out the juiciest gossip in hushed tones!



salmon sashimi went down very well. slices were moderately thick, and served very fresh on a bed of crushed ice. mingster's sirloin cubes were really tender... with a cute little pot of sauce which scores on aesthetics. not quite sure what the sauce was, but it tasted not too bad. two pieces of deep-fried bread were super sinful, and drenched in butter. i helped mingster with one piece since the taste could get a bit cloying. the platter was pretty good on the whole, though portions could be a little bigger.

my order of beef & foie gras rice came as something else by mistake (i think it was chicken-ish). so we had to wait a short while for the correction to be made. when the right pot came, it wasn't as hot as a fresh serving should be. beef and foie gras were still very tender, but seemed to pale a little in comparison to the first time i had it. rice was less flavourful than before, with some parts being a little bland. perhaps the seasonings weren't mixed thoroughly this time.

mingster and i were both still quite dissatisfied and decided to order some more. she went for a salad while i decided to have dessert.



feedback from her on the salad wasn't great (the same fried bread was present in the salad as well). my choice of dessert was the kyoto dumplings (mochi) and yellow bean squares. URGH. it was terrible. the two sticks of mochi, though very pretty, were tasteless (ok, i expected them to be the ones filled with something). red bean paste on the side was yummy (in comparison) and the yellow bean squares were weirdass... they were warm, jello things which tasted mildly of coffee powder. the honey sauce meant for this dish was a strange concoction, which tasted like honey mixed with soy sauce. it was SALTY HONEY, goddammit. URGH and URGH.

we should have gone for that little bird cage dessert that a few tables around us ordered. i think it was cheesecake.

nonetheless, it was still an enjoyable dining experience since i had excellent company and we had a good ketchup sesh. and the lovely atmosphere definitely helped as well. let's see how the next visit turns out.

:)


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specky

kazu sumi-yaki!

friday night dinner with an old friend, val darling!

i've been wanting to eat at kazu for yonks. originally booked for jean's welcome home dinner but the silly lass misremembered her landing time. so a long-overdue ketchup with val was had instead. :)

it's skewer-haven @ kazu!



wow, this place is full of japanese peeps! :)

the first thing that hits the table is a bowl of beautiful cabbage leaves, to be dipped in the most yummilicious bean paste mixed with a dash of lemon. this was unexpectedly excellent. it's so simple, yet so delicious!

the foie gras skewer was fantastic. leave your brains at the door because if you're gonna think about how much of your life you're eating away by slurping up succulent, cholesterol-laden liver dripping with oil, then might as well stay at home and eat a piece of bok choy. this really, really rocked. melts in your mouth, no trace of blood, just the right texture.

i ordered the pork with kimchi thinking that it would come in skewers... but ummm it didn't. :P i guess this would be a great dish to have with rice. pork shreds were tender and very richly flavoured with kimchi pieces. quite a generous serving which i couldn't finish (wanted to better use the gastro-space for skewers!)



lady's fingers wrapped in paper-thin pork was my absolute favourite! grilled just right to retain the juices in the vegetable, with a layer of pork so thin it's almost invisible. this was heavenly!

tried val's favourite, golden mushrooms wrapped in pork. not too bad, but i prefer the lady's fingers. :)

beef with cheese was very soft and juicy. big, fat scallops were savoury, grilled to golden brown perfection on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside! skewers look like small portions, but they really fill you up very well indeed.

green tea ice creams rocked! nothing like the powdery type you get in most places... this was the right combination of creamy and greentea-ish.

throughout the meal, we had been happily washing down the delicious morsels with gulps of choya+soda. deceptively tasty... boy, was it potent. :D at one point i was trying not to fall off the chair.



i was also presented with a belated birthday gift, acquired all the way from korea! :)



with purple, blue and gold all in one beautiful little blessed charm! thanks darling! :D

here's one obligatory orchard road christmas photo:



:)


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japogoth

breakfast @ killiney's!

not quite tiffany's but it felt well and truly good to be out and about early on a saturday! there was something slightly magical about the gentle sunlight warming my skin as i basked in air-conditioned cab-comfort (comfort-cab?) on a pleasant christmas eve morn.

the big cherry on top was that i was on my way to meet my ex-housemate-babe jean who has just arrived back in singapore for a brief visit. :)



we were starving. we were talking non-stop. i forgot to snap the food before we wolfed it all down while we were talking non-stop. satisfaction in all aspects, so to speak. soft-boiled eggs, kaya toast, hot tea, and a soulmate. no better way to have breakfast indeed.

:)


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specky

tagged

by blue_kitten over [here].

**Ground Rules: The first player of this "game" starts with the topic "5 weird habits of yours" and people who get tagged need to write an LJ entry about their 5 quirky habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names.***

weird habits aye? too easy... i guess the hard part is which ones to tell from my buckets of weirdness! :P here goes. :)

1. all feet on bed must be clean.

2. i can eat the same breakfast every single morning for months on end. i don't have to, but i can't eat something for breakfast which i don't feel like. it would effectively ruin my day.

3. when i'm waiting by myself, i fidget helluva lot - i look like a kid with ADD in these instances (i probably am).

4. no noise or movements or pins dropping allowed in the vicinity when i sleep because i wake up at everything.

5. hands must be dried properly after washing. because wet hands pick up more germs and dirt.

can anyone say OCD? :)

tagging:
ickleoriental
unpolished_gem
olimomok
lilsnooze
karrot_22
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