Most Flavourful Restaurants of 2015

From Hawkers Centres to National Galleries to 24-hour food joints, here are the best restaurants we’ve ‘inspected’ this year; and as always, we have ranked them in terms of the food, ambience and the overall experience we have had with some of the very special people in our life.

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Aeiou Collage

Here’s the TOP 10 food establishments which really worked the treat for us this 2015.

1. La Llauradora de Loreto – DENIA, SPAIN (tie)

1. Kakiden – HIROSHIMA, JAPAN (tie)

2. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – ONTARIO, CANADA

3. Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge 夜上海潮洲粥 – BUKIT MERAH, SINGAPORE (tie)

3. Talan Dam Seafood – BANGKOK, THAILAND (tie)

4. Aura – CITY HALL, SINGAPORE

5. GRAND Caffé Concerto – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (tie)

5. Tolido’s Espresso Nook – KAMPONG GLAM, SINGAPORE (tie)

6. La Trastienda Tapas – MADRID, SPAIN

7. Aeiou – JALAN BESAR, SINGAPORE (tie)

7. Day & Night Bistro – TIONG BAHRU, SINGAPORE (tie)

8. Anna & Sons Cuisine – BANGKOK, THAILAND (tie)

8. Shima Uta Raibu (Live) Ryūkyū – OSAKA, JAPAN (tie)

9. Niqqi’s – CLEMENTI, SINGAPORE

10. Kings Diner – BROMLEY, UNITED KINGDOM


Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.
Hippocrates

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Informed Dining: The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

After the championships, we had a big dinner celebration for about sixty or so people at The Keg at St. Catharine’s in Ontario. One of the good things about this establishment is its spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas, where they could easily accommodate big parties such as ours. Their private function rooms on the second level are quite large as well. Perhaps an early reservation must be placed though, as they seem to be almost always fully booked on weekends.

Before the actual dinner had started, and while we were having interesting chats about food, sports, travel, and maybe some segments on the future of Earth and its life force (Were there actual science brainiacs in our table or we were just hammered?); we had cocktails and the Strawberry Daiquiri (not on their menu) at 7.5CAD, was refreshingly delicious. We would have moved on to try their Cranberry Mojito and Pomegranate Royale, both their featured cocktails, but it was already dinner time.

As dinner started, we each had a glass of red or white. At that time, for us having reds, they were serving something local called, Inniskillin, a Cabernet & Merlot from the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario. It costs 7CAD by the glass. The appetising Escargot came next. It was served on a porcelain escargot plate with stuffed mushroom caps with lots of garlic and different herbs for 11CAD. Just the way we like it (the taste, we mean).

Strongly recommended by our waiter, under their menu’s Keg Cuts, was the NEW YORK – a tender New York striploin grilled to perfection and some wanted it medium, some medium well and some liked it hot and well done. They have branded this dish as: “The King of steaks.” King indeed at 41CAD.

The service was very satisfactory and we would highly recommend them because of their ‘informed dining’, which is an added service. This service allows the customers to know the nutritional information of the menu and the staff are very knowledgeable of it. As for any food allergies you may have or sensitivity to any ingredients, just let the staff know about it and they will cater to it. And, yes, they do have gluten-free options, too.

Overall, it was an excellent (free) dinner with a bunch of cool, very diverse crowd; and while we all enjoyed the speeches and the brief film clip, and obviously loved the food and ambience; we will definitely treasure each others’ company and the friendships formed for so long as we live.

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada


THE KEG STEAKHOUSE + BAR
Address: 344 Glendale Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: +1 (905) 680-4585
Website: www.kegsteakhouse.com

Pasándolo Bomba: La Trastienda Tapas

Apart from the magnificent views of the Spanish outskirts that you’ll enjoy, travelling by land from Valencia to Madrid can be fun, enjoyable, and comfortable, too. Thanks to ALSA bus fleet’s modern travel and leisure services. ALSA is a leading Spanish bus operator which caters to the EU states and even to some North African countries.

We booked a SUPRA Class in one of ALSA’s modern buses and the business class-like ride was indeed a superior treat. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’d like to direct your attention to the screen in front of you..” Sadly, there wasn’t any actual or onscreen safety demonstration like in airplanes; yet, we had individual screens for movies-on-the-road and a travel attendant who served snacks and drinks during the trip. ¡Qué disfrutando de la vida!

After a seven-hour journey from Valencia, we headed straight to downtown Madrid to have some refreshments by the Plaza de Chueca. Here are some photos of what we had for just a casual dinner for three at La Trastienda Tapas.

Our friendly local host, Juan Carlos (not the former King of Spain), wanted us to try some local Madrileña specialties and if not for him, we wouldn’t have found this gastronomic gem in the country’s capital. This place is secretly situated at one corner, near the fruits and vegetables market, on the second floor of Mercado de San Antón en la Calle de Augusto Figueroa, Madrid.

Mercado de San Antón

La Trastienda Tapas

La Trastienda Tapas

Tabla de Quesos, de Temporada con sus cositas

Tabla de Quesos, de Temporada con sus cositas

Cesta de pan

Cesta de pan

Degustacion de Croquetas

Degustacion de Croquetas

La Trastienda Tapas

Pan de cristal con tomate

Pan de cristal con tomate

Caña de Lomo Iberico, almendras, pan tomate

Caña de Lomo Iberico, almendras, pan tomate

La Trastienda Tapas


LA TRASTIENDA TAPAS
Augusto Figueroa, 24, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Telephone: +34 913 300 271
Website

Italian in Britain: GRAND Caffé Concerto

Located at Whitehall, one of Central London’s busiest areas, the GRAND Caffé Concerto, offers a wide variety of Italian dishes from antipastis, burgers, salads, and main courses. We only chanced upon this place by accident while we were on our way to Buckingham Palace. Aside from being quite famished at that time, we also remembered their main entrance to look very welcoming so maybe that’s why we went in right away.

And since we started our day quite early in preparation for a day-long city walk, we started it right with an English Breakfast at this luxurious Italian restaurant. No, it wasn’t really that luxurious; perhaps it was just the classy furniture plus the modern design of its interior which made it look like an expensive café.

Quite strangely that we haven’t tried any Italian dish from their menu; but as tourists, we wouldn’t mind missing it as we prefer to eat something that’s a specialty or a delicacy of the country we’re visiting. Coffee-wise, their Americano and Latté were, in fact, quite GRAND.

The Caffé Concerto chain of restaurants have 19 branches all over the City of London; so, whenever you’re in “The Square Mile,” it’s easy to find one nearest you. It is best to visit them for lunch or dinner and the approximate spending would be £25-30 for two persons.

GRAND Caffe Concerto

GRAND Caffe Concerto

GRAND Caffe Concerto

GRAND Caffe Concerto

GRAND Caffe Concerto

GRAND Caffe Concerto

GRAND Caffe Concerto

GRAND Caffe Concerto

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace


GRAND Caffé Concerto – Whitehall
43 Whitehall, London SW1A 2BX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7494 6846
Website

Savouring Singapore: Aura – National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Burrata Cheese Ravioli with Amatriciana

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Pappardelle with Oxtail and Mushrooms

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Trofie with Truffle Pesto and Prawns

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore


AURA
1 St. Andrews Road
National Gallery Singapore
Telephone: +65 6866 1977
Email: book@aura.sg
Website: www.aura.sg


This is part of the blog series called: “Savouring Singapore,” which aims to feature and promote restaurants, bars, hawker centres, mamak stalls, kopitiams and cafes of any kind, in and around the Garden City. Featured images are snapshots of food, drinks, desserts or the physical look of the makan place.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Provide complete name of place. Double confirm spelling can?
2. Identify the name of each particular dish/specialty.
3. Creative shots from camera phone or professional food styling photography also can.
4. Where is it lah? Tell us the address, telephone and website if got.
5. You may opt to say a bit about the place or the food, but photos can already.

Everyone is welcome to send their submissions here.