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.

To all our fellow foodies and bloggers whom we follow, thank you and may you continue to inspire more people with your fresh ideas and your brilliance in writing; and to those who’ve been following us for a couple of years now, “thank you, thank you for the love.” May Hope, Peace and Prosperity reign upon you and your loved ones in the coming year ahead. Cheers!

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.

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: Aeiou

Aeiou Singapore

It was a fun TuesDate with the witty, funny, multilingual and amazing independent woman, Karen. We sometimes call her, ‘Kareena’ or sometimes just, ‘Krrnn’, without the vowels. It’s been awhile since we last saw each other. She retired from Dragon Boat a few years back and she’s now competing in triathlon races. We used to paddle together, travelled to Bali in Indonesia, Pulau Rawa in Malaysia and Istanbul and Izmir in Turkey, and have remained to be really good friends up to this day.

In fact, it was really good for us to catch up as we had lots and lots of updates about stories and adventures we’ve missed to tell each other and there were occasional sharing of retirement plans, too.

a.e.i.o.u.a.d.a.y.o.

To our circle of friends, Karen is the ‘Siri’ (Apple) or the ‘Iris’ (Intelligent Route Information System) of what to do, how to get to a particular place, and where to eat in Singapore. That evening, I collected her from her office tower and after almost an hour of travel (via Metro and some walk) from her work place to the restaurant which she suggested, we arrived and discovered that they are closed on Tuesdays.

l.o.v.e.s.m.i.l.e.h.u.g.

So ‘Iris’ was automatically activated and then just another 15min walk, we reached at this hip cafe called: aeiou. Suprisingly, it turned out to be just the perfect place for us to eat, drink and enjoy each other’s stories. Photographs we’ve taken will show you the vibrance and character of the establishment. Its name also mirrors the owners’ love and appreciation of the arts, food, crafts, and, quite obviously, letters.

Let’s do this again soon, Karen. We always wish you happiness and joy; and we love you dearly with all the vowels and consonants!

Aeiou Singapore

Yes, as always, we each ordered a different main dish so we could share and we’d be able to try more food on their menu. Good (foodie) friends do that in restaurants; it’s universal. Since Karen had only tried their desserts previously, here’s what the friendly staff recommended to us for dinner:

Mains 1: French Roasted Chicken – Roasted Chicken stuffed with garlic, rosemary & thyme; served with stir fry baby potatoes & sliced carrots + condiments

Mains 2: French Duck Confit – Slow cooked duck confit served with sour red cabbage + gratinated noisette (hazelnut) cauliflower

Drinks: Albens Apple & Mango Cider; Sangria Lolea Clarea No. 2 (White Wine)

Aeiou Singapore

Aeiou Singapore

Aeiou Singapore

Aeiou Singapore

Aeiou Singapore

Aeiou Singapore

Aeiou Singapore

AEIOU
111 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208559
Website: aeiou


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.

Everyone is welcome to send their submissions here.

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 a 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.

Savouring Singapore: Yoshimaru Ramen Bar

Yoshimaru Ramen Singapore

Sesame Seeds in Suribachi

Yoshimaru Ramen Singapore

Yoshimaru Ramen Singapore

Chicken Gyoza Platter

Yoshimaru Ramen Singapore

Yoshimaru Tan Tan Mian

YOSHIMARU RAMEN BAR
31 Lorong Liput, Holland Village, 277742
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun from 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Telephone: +65 64633132
Website: www.yoshimaruramen.com.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. Everyone is welcome to send their submissions here.

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.