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

What’s your favourite food establishment or food trend of 2015? Share them with us here: Email: eugephemisms [@] gmail [.] com


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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

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.

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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.

Savouring Singapore: Gurkha Palace

Gurkha Palace

Mixed Veg-Pakoras

Mixed Veg-Pakoras

Chicken Tikkas

Chicken Tikkas

Gurkha Palace

Mutton Pepper Fry

Mutton Pepper Fry

Kukhura Makkhani (Butter Chicken)

Kukhura Makkhani (Butter Chicken)

Himalayan Tea Pot

Himalayan Tea Pot

GURKHA PALACE
Cuisine: Nepalese/North Indian
51 Chander Road
Singapore 219548
Telephone: +65 6292 4316
www.gurkha-palace.com


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.

Savouring Singapore: The Tea Party

The Tea Party

The Tea Party

Simple Salad

Simple Salad

Pork Burger with Yum Yum Sauce

Pork Burger with Yum Yum Sauce

TTP Calamari

TTP Calamari

Chorizo Hash

Chorizo Hash

THE TEA PARTY
1 Biopolis Drive
Singapore
Telephone: +65 6334 3289
Operating hours: Mondays to Thursdays 8am-8pm; Fridays 8am-930pm; Saturdays 1030am-1030am
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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.