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Kuro Maguro Japanese Restaurant’s New Seasonal Menu Review – Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Kuro Maguro Japanese Restaurant Review Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Last weekend I was invited to Kuro Maguro Japanese restaurant in Tanjong Pagar courtesy of JPassport to try their new seasonal menu. Hailed as serving up the freshest tuna in town, Kuro Maguro imports all their tuna and seafood directly from Miura Misaki Port in Japan by renowned tuna wholesaler Maguro Donya to bring patrons a variety of tuna dishes as well as other seafood dishes at very affordable prices. The majority of their menu consists of raw fish however those who are not partial to sashimi will be delighted with the new Premium Well Done Set ($19.80++) on their seasonal menu!

Kuro Maguro Japanese Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore March Seasonal Menu

The Premium Well Done Set consists of a bowl of rice seasoned with vinegar topped with deep fried oysters in breadcrumbs, boiled mussel, boiled octopus, grilled eel, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette), boiled prawns, cooked tuna flakes, steamed crab and fried whitebait – so everything is cooked! All the seafood in this rice bowl had been prepared with great care to ensure the freshness and flavour was retained in each bite, I particularly enjoyed the deep fried oysters as they were crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, perfect with the tonkatsu sauce that accompanied them. The set also included a portion of their delicious, crunchy, lightly flour coated karaage (deep fried chicken), silky smooth chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), miso soup and slices of orange. All-in-all a great set for those that would prefer to eat a cooked meal over a raw one.

Kuro Maguro Japanese Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore March Seasonal Menu Well Done Set

Kuro Maguro Japanese Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore New Seasonal Menu Premium Well Done Set

The Kaisen Chirashi Meshi Set ($19.80++) which is also on Kuro Maguro’s current seasonal menu was deliciously fresh and beautifully prepared as before when I previously visited the restaurant and first tried it. It consisted of a bowl of seasoned Japanese rice topped with anago (salt-water eel), slices of raw salmon, maguro (bluefin tuna) and kanpachi as well as negitoro (minced fatty tuna), crabmeat, ikura (salmon eggs), raw prawn, mussel, cucumber and a shiso leaf. This set also came with karaage, chawanmushi, miso soup and slices of orange. It still tops my list of the best Chirashi Don in Singapore.

Kuro Maguro Japanese Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore New Seasonal Menu Kaisen Chirashi Meshi Set.

In light of the current happenings in the world, Kuro Maguro also have these sets available for takeaway if you prefer to eat them in the comfort of your own home. Although dining there is always a pleasure with consistent excellent and polite service, I think I may be picking up some of these sets for takeaway in the near future! They are available at Kuro Maguro’s Tanjong Pagar outlet only, on weekdays from 5.30pm to 10pm and on weekends and public holidays from 5.30pm to 9pm until the 31st May 2020. For more information, check out the JPassport Kuro Maguro page.

Kuro Maguro Japanese Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore Restaurant Interior.

Kuro Maguro
Address: Tanjong Pagar Centre7 Wallich Street, #01-04, Singapore 078884
Tel: 6386 8561
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 9pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Kuro Maguro’s new seasonal menu, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!

Free Admission To Jewel Changi Canopy Park Till End Of March!

Jewel Canopy Park Free Entry

Until the end of March 2020, Jewel is giving free admission to their Canopy Park! A Canopy Park ticket will usually set you back around $5 per person so it’s worth making the trip to catch a glimpse of their cherry blossoms as well as admission to the following attractions:

Topiary Walk – as night falls, come experience art in nature as the garden transforms into an interactive light and sound display.

Discovery Slides – it’s a work of art, it’s a playground, it’s a viewing deck. Discover the different ways you can enjoy this giant 4-in-1 sculptural playscape.

Foggy bowls – let your toddler slip in among puffs of cloud and hide away in gentle bowls of mist.

Petal Garden – enjoy creative displays of seasonal flowers from around the world at this perfect spot to capture fabulous photos as a memento of your day at Jewel.

The Canopy Park is currently open from 10am to 11pm daily. Also you can get 50% off all other attraction tickets in Jewel by showing any receipt from any Jewel outlet! On top of that, if you drive you can get free parking for 3 hours in Jewel’s car park as long as you spend a minimum of $10 in a single, same-day receipt at participating retail and F&B outlets in Changi Airport T1-T4 public areas!

Ginza Anzu Japanese Restaurant Review – Great World City Singapore

Ginza Anzu Japanese Restaurant Great World City Singapore
Ginza Anzu, one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Singapore, is a farm-to-table eatery originally from Kyushu and well known around Japan and Asia for their delicious and authentic tonkatsu. If you’re familiar with Japanese food, you’ll know that tonkatsu is a deep-fried breaded pork cutlet. Ginza Anzu imports most of their ingredients from Kyushu and sources it’s pork from farms in the US and Canada that maintain the highest levels of hygiene to bring you the freshest pork of the highest quality. They then use their very own unique ageing process to create a world-class pork, namely Ginjo Pork. 
Ginza Anzu Japanese Restaurant Great World City Singapore Ginjo Pork Katsu Set.
 
Previously located in Wisma Atria but since the end of last year has relocated to it’s new home in Great World, I was invited courtesy of JPassport to try their signature menu which consists of their Ginjo Pork Katsu Set and their Hot Pot Loin Katsu Set, both of which apparently now use improved recipes. For the Ginjo Pork Katsu Set we were able to choose between two different cuts of Ginjo pork for our tonkatsu – either a lean pork fillet or a fatty pork loin. The set comes with refillable Japanese rice (either white or purple rice) and salad, pickles and miso soup (either miso soup with wakame seaweed or miso soup with pork and vegetables). The set is priced at $38 for the fatty pork loin and $32 for the pork fillet. We chose to try the fatty pork loin tonkatsu and it did not disappoint! With it’s perfectly light and super crunchy breaded exterior, the succulent Ginjo fatty pork practically melts in your mouth as you bite into it. Normal tonkatsu sauce as well as a slightly sweeter version is available on the table to pour over the tonkatsu. This together with roasted sesame seeds which come in a small pestle and mortar so that you can grind them to release the flavour, made one hell of a tasty tonkatsu!
Ginza Anzu Japanese Restaurant Great World City Singapore Tonkatsu Sauces and Salad Dressings.jpg
There was also a choice of two salad dressings, either a yuzu dressing or a shiso salad cream. Both were great, had a light flavour and complemented the simple green salad of lettuce, cabbage and peppers well. Pickled daikon and preserved Japanese cucumber and daikon were also served with the meal.
Ginza Anzu Japanese Restaurant Great World City Singapore Freeflow Salad and Pickled Radish
The Japanese rice that comes with the set is made in a traditional Japanese rice cooking pot called an okama which gave perfectly cooked, soft and fluffy rice.
Ginza Anzu Japanese Restaurant Great World City Singapore Hot Pot Loin Katsu Set

The Hot Pot Loin Katsu Set ($28) also comes with refillable Japanese rice and salad, pickles and miso soup. If you’ve ever had a dish called Katsudon, the Hot Pot Loin Katsu is basically the same except the tonkatsu in the broth comes separate from the rice instead of on top of it. The tonkatsu was made using pork loin and it came in a slightly sweet dashi broth together with onions and beaten egg. Served piping hot and bubbling in the stone bowl, the tonkatsu was still wonderfully crisp as well as juicy, having soaked up some of the delicious broth.

Service at Ginza Anzu was fantastic, the servers were friendly, informative and attentive, never letting our cup of green tea go empty. The restaurant has a casual, laid-back atmosphere with an open kitchen and a huge communal table in the centre as well as tables to accommodate couples and large groups.

Ginza Anzu Japanese Restaurant Great World City Singapore Interior

Beside their signature menu items, Ginza Anzu have a huge new menu consisting of a range of other sets with deep fried breaded chicken, seafood and of course pork as well as curry, side dishes, kid’s meals and desserts. They also have a $15 set lunch limited to 20 sets per day and if you don’t have time to stop for a meal you can take away a box of tonkatsu sandwiches or deep fried breaded chopped prawn sandwiches.

For more information about Ginza Anzu and their latest promotions, check out the JPassport Ginza Anzu page.

Ginza Anzu
Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-174-175 Great World City, Singapore 237994
Tel: 6262 3408
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Ginza Anzu, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

Covid19: Four Free Face Masks For Every Household In Singapore

Wuhan Virus Four Free Face Masks For Every Household In Singapore

Announced today by the Singapore Government, each household in Singapore will be entitled to get four free face masks for those in your household to use if showing any flu-like symptoms. Only those who are unwell should be using them since there is no community spread of the virus here, so there isn’t a need for people who are well to wear masks. It is advised that masks should be replaced when they get moist and can only be worn for a maximum of eight hours as it is best to change them regularly so that they can remain effective.

Masks can be collected by bringing your identity card to any of the 89 community centres and 654 residents’ committee centres in Singapore starting from 2pm until 10pm on Saturday 1st February and from 10am to 9pm on any day from 2nd February until the 9th February 2020. They can only be collected once for each household. Masks will be delivered to those who are vulnerable and are not able to collect them themselves. For more information on when and where to collect your masks, see here.

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Review – Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Review Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Hailed as serving up the freshest tuna in town, Japanese restaurant Kuro Maguro in Tanjong Pagar is well worth paying a visit. All their tuna and seafood is imported directly from Miura Misaki Port in Japan by renowned tuna wholesaler Maguro Donya to bring patrons a variety of tuna dishes as well as other seafood dishes at very affordable prices.

I was invited there today courtesy of JPassport to try some dishes on their current Festive Seasonal Menu which included O-toro Yu Sheng and Kaisen Chirashi Meshi. For those who don’t know, Yu Sheng is a dish that is eaten in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries during Chinese New Year to bring good luck, health, prosperity and abundance. It is usually eaten as an appetiser and consists of strips of raw fish (usually salmon) that is mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments. Diners are expected to toss the ingredients high into the air with chopsticks whilst saying auspicious wishes to bring good fortune. Since Kuro Maguro specialises in tuna dishes, their Yu Sheng of course had tuna in it, specifically delicious, oh-so-good, melt-in-the mouth raw slices of extra fatty toro (tuna belly) hence the name O-toro Yu Sheng. This together with shredded carrots, radish, two types of crackers, peanuts as well as slices of akami maguro (lean tuna), kanpachi (yellowtail) and salmon with a sakura sour plum sauce poured on top made for one hell of a delicious Yu Sheng!

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore O-Toro Yu Sheng

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore O-Toro Yu Sheng Toss

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore O-Toro Yu Sheng Portion

The Kaisen Chirashi Meshi was basically a huge bowl of rice seasoned with vinegar and topped with anago (salt-water eel), slices of raw salmon, maguro (bluefin tuna) and kanpachi as well as negitoro (minced fatty tuna), crabmeat, ikura (salmon eggs), raw prawn, mussel, cucumber and a shiso leaf. The seafood was all extremely fresh as expected and beautifully displayed in the bowl.

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore Kaisen Chirashi Meshi Set

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore Kaisen Chirashi Meshi

The Kaisen Chirashi Meshi came as a set with some hot, crispy, lightly flour coated karaage (deep fried chicken), silky smooth chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), miso soup and slices of orange to finish off the meal. All-in-all a very gratifying meal that was more than enough for one person and probably one of the best Chirashi Don and Yu Sheng that I’ve ever had.

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Tanjong Pagar Singapore Chawanmushi and Tori Karaage

Service at the restaurant is extremely polite and attentive and although small, the restaurant has enough space to accommodate small groups or it’s good for family meals, catchups with friends and has counter seats too for couples and solo diners.

Kuro Maguro Restaurant Interior Tanjong Pagar Singapore

The O-toro Yu Sheng is available for dine-in and takeaway until the 31st January 2020 at $59.80++, good for 4-6 people and the Kaisen Chirashi Meshi is only $19.80++ (usual price $29.80++) until the 29th February 2020 during dinner time.

For more information, check out the JPassport Kuro Maguro page.

Kuro Maguro
Address: Tanjong Pagar Centre7 Wallich Street, #01-04, Singapore 078884
Tel: 6386 8561
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 9pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Kuro Maguro, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

La Scala Ristorante Review – The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

La Scala Ristorante Review The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Described as an escape to Italy, La Scala Ristorante is a seemingly upmarket yet affordable Italian eatery in the heart of the city located in The Capitol Kempinski Hotel’s Arcade in upscale Capitol Piazza shopping centre. Casual yet stylishly decorated, the restaurant is great for business lunches or gatherings with family and friends and on weekdays their set lunch menu is a must-try.

La Scala Ristorante Interior The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

They have options for two and three course set lunches as well as an a-la-carte menu with a good offering of starters, soups, pastas, pizzas and desserts if you prefer a wider selection. The set lunch is well worth going for though as it’s priced at a very modest $17++ for two courses and $22++ for three. The two course set lunch allows you to choose either a starter and main or a main and dessert but for just over $5 more you might as well indulge in one of their desserts. The appetiser selection currently on offer includes soup, salads and grilled aubergine which is what I decided to go for. The dish, namely Parmigiana Di Melanzane, is a delicious pan-fried aubergine marinated in tomato sauce, basil and parmesan cheese. The melt-in-the-mouth aubergine was beautifully seasoned and the tomato sauce had a rich depth of flavour. A great start to the meal and actually pretty filling for a starter.

La Scala Ristorante The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Parmigiana Di Melanzane

For the main course, you can choose between a lasagna, pan-fried seabass, pasta with smoked salmon in a vodka, cream and tomato sauce or braised lamb shank with mashed potato. I had my heart set on the lamb but unfortunately that day they had no lamb available and would instead substitute the lamb with sausage so I decided to go for the Branzino Mediteranneo which is the pan-fried seabass with garlic, tomato and basil. The seabass was a decent sized portion which was cooked nicely with crispy skin. Together with some arborio rice and vegetables, it was a good dish however the tomato sauce lacked the depth of flavour that would have elevated this dish to a higher level. It was however a pleasant enough dish.

La Scala Ristorante The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Branzino Mediteranneo pan-fried seabass with garlic, tomato and basil

I ended the meal with a Tiramisu, you could either choose that or a panna cotta with fresh berries. Although the panna cotta sounded tempting, my coffee addiction kicked in and I succumbed to the Tiramisu. It was definitely a wise choice. Presented in a glass coffee cup, it was generously infused with espresso and liquor that made for a decadent and very moreish dessert. It was incredibly light so it didn’t leave me completely stuffed at the end of the meal. A perfect ending to a fantastic lunch!

La Scala Ristorante The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Tiramisu

Just a word of advice, don’t bother filling yourself up with the complimentary bread at your table as it’s really hard and not very nice.

La Scala Ristorante The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Bread With Olive Oil

Service at the restaurant was polite although a little slow at the start when they were just opening however they acknowledged this and were apologetic. All-in-all definitely a place I would return to, to try out more of their dishes!

La Scala Ristorante
Address: Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Tel: 6715 6877
Opening Hours: Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of La Scala Ristorante, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

Get 50% Of Tiger Sugar Brown Sugar Boba Milk!

Free Tiger Sugar Brown Sugar Boba Milk

Get 50% off either Tiger Sugar’s Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse, Brown Sugar Boba with Pearls with Cream Mousse or Brown Sugar Pearl Milk with Cream Mousse when you pay using Singtel Dash! This offer is valid at all Tiger Sugar outlets in Singapore until the 31st December 2019. If you don’t already have the Singtel Dash app then you can get up to $5 completely FREE when you make your first Dash transaction! So that’s basically a free drink from Tiger Sugar! To take advantage of this exclusive offer follow the steps below!

  1. Download the Singtel Dash app here.
  2. Register your details using the invite code DASH-1TOH5
  3. Make your first transaction within 30 days of signing up.
  4. Up to $5 cashback will be credited back to your account i.e if you spend $5 on your first transaction, you will get $5 cashback!

It’s as simple as that!

For more information about Singtel Dash, visit the Dash website.

Lola’s Cafe Review – Kovan Singapore

Lolas Cafe Review Kovan Singapore

Lola’s Cafe in Kovan is a gem of a find not far from Kovan mrt. They serve delectable brunches and fine dining worthy dinners at very affordable prices as well as having a good selection of great tasting coffees, teas, craft beers and soft drinks. Reservations are recommended as queues can stretch down the block although they do have space to fit around fifty people.

Lolas Cafe Interior Kovan Singapore

On a recent visit for dinner, I had their Beef Cheeks with Truffle Mash ($18+) and a half pint of Rye & Pint’s Sunday’s Brew Pilsner ($9+) which they have on tap there. The Beef Cheeks with Truffle Mash was unbelievably good (that explains the long queues), it came with an extremely generous portion of slow-cooked and very tender beef cheeks on top of creamy truffle flavoured mashed potato together with fried garlic kale, cherry tomatoes and grated parmesan and tied together with a delicious, flavourful beef gravy. My mouth is watering at the thought of it!

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Beef Cheeks With Truffle Mash

The beer which is from one of Singapore’s craft beer breweries Rye & Pint, was ice cold, very refreshing and had a light taste with citrus and floral notes.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Rye and Pint Sundays Brew Pilsner Half Pint

Now how amazing does that Duck Leg Confit with Truffle Mash look! For only $18+ you get a beautifully confited duck leg with crispy skin where the meat practically falls off the bone. This paired with truffle mash, arugula, cherry tomatoes, caramelised onion sauce and balsamic glaze gives you a perfectly balanced dish that you would expect to find at a high-end restaurant.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Duck Leg Confit With Truffle Mash

The Smoked Pulled Pork Carbonara ($17+), although strictly not really a carbonara, was tasty with 6 hours smoked barbecued pulled pork and what tasted like more of a tomato based sauce rather than a creamy carbonara sauce. It was topped with cherry tomatoes, a sous vide egg, grated parmesan and generously seasoned with black pepper. Although the dish was pretty good, the linguine was a little bit overcooked.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Smoked Pulled Pork Carbonara

Anyway all-in-all the food was amazing and topped my expectations by far. Service was efficient and polite, my only criticism is that the food didn’t come out at the same time, however this unfortunately does seem to be quite the norm for places in Singapore. I will definitely be back very soon for that beef or duck as well as to try some of their very tempting looking cakes in their display!

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Cake Display.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Wall Slogan.

Lola’s Cafe
Address: 5 Simon Rd, Singapore 545893
Tel: 6284 0349
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 10am – 11.30pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 12am, Monday: Closed

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Lola’s Cafe, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!