Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Singapore: Aura

Tasting Aura's Weekend Lunch Set Menu

1 Saint Andrew's Road, 05-03 and 06-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
+65 6866 1977

On the 5th level of the National Gallery Singapore is a waiter-service restaurant which melds art and cuisine beautifully so that your senses are fully engaged after a meal and a viewing of museum exhibits.

This post shows what is included in the Weekend Lunch Menu. The food volume is for 2.

Note that the menu changes. For the a la carte menu, check their website.

After ordering, the waiter will offer some bread and olive oil with balsamic vinegar. If you easily get full, go easy on the bread. 

Next is something that you did not order but will definitely appreciate, an amuse-bouche will be offered. It's how a chef introduces himself to you so if you liked it, then you will most likely enjoy the rest of the meal. 

amuse-bouche: Tapioca chop with truffle infused mousse. Each guest gets one of this tasty morsel.
I had to close my eyes as I put the entire thing in my mouth and let the truffle taste and smell fill up my palate and nostrils. Is it possible to snack on this???

Glass of red for him and prosecco for her, cost of each is not included in the set menu price.

In the picture above with the wine glasses, are a plate of Salt and Paprika Calamari and in the same plate with the parma ham are a couple of Tuna Tartare and Avocado Crostino. 

The weekend menu had a generous 5 different starters:
(1) Tuna Tartare and Avocado Crostinos
(2) Salt and Paprika Calamari 
(3) Trofie with Crab Busara
(4) Caserecce with pesto and porcini
(5) Parma ham with burrata cheese

Except for the calamari, we were able to finish the rest of the starters. Was not able to ask if we can takeaway the leftover.

Trofie with Crab Busara

Caserecce with Pesto and Porcini

Parma ham with burrata cheese
There were 3 choices for the mains. As there were only 2 of us, we did not eat the 1st option which was grilled snapper with Mediterranean vegetable stew.
For him: Kagoshima beef (medium) with Green asparagus and potato mousseline (need to add 22 SGD for this)
The potato mousseline had truffle bits which is probably one of the reasons why an extra 22 sgd is required for this plate. Beef was cooked a perfect medium.

For her: Smoked Duck Supreme with Celeriac and Lemon Spinach (includes a slab of foie gras)
The foie gras that was included in this plate was a welcome surprise. Yes, this is probably the unhealthiest dish in the menu. Would definitely not take cholesterol level blood test after eating it.

tea for him and coffee for her

Passion fruit and lemon tart with almond crumble and yuzu jelly
He enjoyed the yuzu jelly.

Aura Tiramisu
I normally am not able to finish dessert on my own but this tiramisu was one of the better ones I've had.

This set menu is all yours for 48 sgd ++ per person. I feel the pricing is fair for the quality and amount of food served us. Oh the waiter service is impressive as well.

Best to call ahead to reserve a table.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017



Hungry Juan(a) Anne has developed a taste for tsukemen since first trying it in Tokyo, Japan. What is tsukemen? It literally means "dipping ramen" which is also how to eat it. With chopsticks, pick some of the noodle and dip it in thick broth for flavor. Slurp and repeat.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Singapore: Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle: World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal

335 Smith Street
#02-126 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Singapore 050335

The Michelin Guides are a series of guide books published by French tire manufacturer, Michelin. No idea on how a tire company began rating food establishments but it is what it is now. In 2016, Michelin deemed Singapore as a dining destination and a guide specific to Singapore has been launched. In that inaugural guide, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle was included making it the world's cheapest Michelin-Starred meal. That is if you don't consider the dollar equivalent of the time used to queue for a plate or 2. 

Insane queue at 12 noon
after 2.5 hours, almost there
chef-owner Chan Hon Meng hard at work
 Last I heard he will be selling the business for 2M SGD.

2.50 sgd - soya chicken with noodle

The chicken is so tender and flavorful. Worth queueing for for 3 hours? Not sure but it was mighty tasty.

3.00 sgd pork ribs with rice
I wanted the roast pork but the guy right before me in the queue took all that's left. So I settled for the pork ribs, not too shabby! Maybe one of these days I'll go back and try my luck with the roast pork.

Official sign board

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Yellow Cab Pizza in Singapore

The Yellow Cab Pizza 1st in Singapore
B1-01/02 CityLink Mall
Singapore 039393

8189 7490

The Yellow Cab Pizza Co. Story
Yellow Cab Pizza Co. opened its first branch in Makati Avenue back in April 2001 with a simple mission: to share a slice of New York to the Filipino people.

Yellow Cab serves New York-style pizza with premium ingredients and generous toppings. But wait, what is New York-style pizza anyway? Unlike the pizza you’re used to, New York-style pizza is crisp and slightly charred in the bottom, dense and chewy in the middle, and slightly gooey on top. And that’s just the crust. Top it off with a generous serving of the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, and you get—simply put—great New York-style pizza.

But the New York experience doesn’t just stop with the pizza.

Step into one of Yellow Cab’s 130 branches nationwide and be greeted with an energy and passion that matches one of the world’s favorite cities. With an open kitchen, exposed pipes, grafitti and concrete walls, you get a taste of the lifestyle of a true New Yorker.

Want a bite of New York in your home or office? Yellow Cab delivers the good stuff wherever you are in its iconic yellow Vespa scooters.

With ingredients that fit perfectly together, Yellow Cab Pizza Co. serves products that people from all generations keep coming back to. No matter what the occasion is, pizza, pasta and other stuff will always be a good idea.

Chicken wings tossed with special garlic butter sauce sprinkled with parmesan cheese and dried basil.
Rich and hearty pasta with two giant meatballs - baked and simmered in chunky red wine tomato sauce.
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