Posts Tagged ‘celebrations’

My Top 3 Restaurant Suggestions for Valentine’s Day in Singapore.

February 12, 2008

I hope this is not too late, for those of you who plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in just two days. Perhaps this might be a good last minute suggestion for frantic love birds out there, searching for a place to dine with that someone special.

These are top 3 on my list not only because of its amazing food and service, but also because of the memories that I’ve forged there on previous occasions. The 3 top restaurant suggestions for Valentine’s Day would be Harry’s @ Holland Village, Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant and Corduroy & Finch.

1. Harry’s @ Holland Village
27 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: 6467 4222

I first went to Harry’s @ Holland Village only because of my friend Derrick, who performs live every Thursday or Friday nights, 9:30pm at Harry’s. It’s a great place to be if both you and your partner love music coupled with an energetic crowd (of mostly expatriates). I tried their Fish and Chips, it was excellent. I never fail to have fun whenever I go to Harry’s @ Holland Village. I rate them an overall 4 over 5 Stars.

2. Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant
5 Koek Road
#04-05 Cuppage Plaza
Tel: 6734 2492

Unfortunately, I could not find any photos of this place and I didn’t take many photos when I was there. My boyfriend brought me here for my birthday last year. He told the chef to surprise me with a “birthday day ice cream creation”. The service here is top notch. It was a perfect evening filled with smiles and great food. The foie gras, BBQ beef and garlic rice were superb. Even the BBQ corn was out of this world. Most importantly, it is a really intimate place and it has a very authentic and romantic aura to it. I rate them an overall 5 over 5 Stars.

3. Corduroy & Finch
779 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6762 0131

The food is great and they serve desserts like “Handsome Strawberries” – which are actually strawberries dipped in chocolate that look like tuxedos. Most important of all, my boyfriend and I will be celebrating our Valentine’s Day at Corduroy & Finch. I am really looking forward to that. For now, I rate them an overall 4.5 over 5 Stars. Let’s see if their ratings improve after the 14th of February.

😀

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My first Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

February 5, 2008

During the Chinese New Year eve (or days leading up to the eve), family members get together for a reunion dinner celebration. This reunion dinner was a treat from my boyfriend’s family. The eight-course dinner was enjoyed at:

King Crab & Seafood 
Block 204, Serangoon Central
#01-104

This “coffee-shop” style eatery is well known for its crab beehoon. Here’s a photo example of the dish, unfortunately not from King Crab & Seafood. Our dinner set did not include this dish but I remember it as being really delicious.


(Image taken from Eat Like Us food blog)

The first dish, as per tradition, was Yu Sheng (鱼生). Family members would use their chopsticks to mix this raw fish salad while reciting wishes for the new year. To ensure that we are “blessed every year” ( Nian Nian You Yu 年年有魚, literally meaning there is fish or leftover every year), some of the fish salad would be left on the plate unfinished. This dish was yummy.

Here’s the second to fifth dish (clockwise).
Sharksfin soup, Fried bean-curd skin with ginkgo nuts and vegetables, Deep fried prawns & a Spicy Thai Seafood Salad.

The sixth to eighth dish include Fried Chicken with Lemon Sauce, Orh-Ni (a warm yam dessert) & Mandarin Oranges. There’s also a photo of some lanterns sighted along the way back home.


If anyone knows the significance of these dishes do share them with me, I’m curious to know. Tomorrow’s another reunion dinner session, on the actual eve of Chinese New Year. Updates on that soon.
Here’s wishing all my fellow Chinese friends a happy and prosperous New Year! 🙂