Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

If I were to revisit and recapture again, I would say I will do a reblog for Tomo Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant located in the Singapore’s Esplanade. Back in 2012 during my visit to Tomo Izakaya (click here for my post), it was a fantastic and memorable dining experience, and my wife and myself really enjoyed the Japanese cuisine prepared by this restaurant.

Alfresco dining area, layout of the restaurant and the same signboard, nothing much has changed since my last visit. Now, I headed back to Tomo Izakaya Japanese restaurant to check out if this restaurant still remains that good quality taste of Japanese cuisine that I used to enjoy two years ago.

 

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

 

I always love to start off my meals with some fresh salad to get my appetite warmed up. Back then, I have ordered the Ton-Syabu, which is a Japanese salad with thin slices of boiled pork, small tomatoes, some onions and sesame sauce. During this visit, I have ordered the Tomo Cesar Salad ($9.00), which is a bowl of fresh greens with slices of seasoned mushrooms and onsen egg. Stirring this bowl of salad and taking my first taste “warms” me up because of the hint of wasabi added into the salad dressing. The ingredients were fresh and I really enjoyed those crispy greens.

 

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

 

Following up were my orders of the Tomo Izayaka’s Ebi Ten Maki ($12.50) and California Maki ($10). They were both beautifully rolled sushi with great flavor and chewy mouthfeel. The Ebi Ten Maki is rolled up with tempura prawns and cucumber.

 

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

 

Despite with the simple ingredients of crab sticks, chucks of avocado and slices of cucumbers, the California Maki was refreshingly delicious.

 

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

 

Served really hot and tasted average was the Kimchi Fried Rice. This bowl of fried does not taste spicy and tangy, just a hint of Kimchi flavor when enjoying it.

 

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

 

No desserts, but my final bite was the Shitake Mentai Cheese ($7.00), which is actually Shitake mushrooms wrapped with pork belly and followed by grilling them with cheese and spicy cod roe. Drizzle some lemon juice onto the skewers makes it a tasty Kushiyaki dish.

 

Revisit Dining Experience In Tomo Izakaya

 

Back and now, the quality of taste and freshness in Tomo Izayaka at the Esplanade never seems to disappoint me. I loved their Japanese cuisine but I do feel that the price tags are a little steep. The overall ambience in this restaurant was relaxed and it is a good place to laugh your hearts out with your friends.

 

Address of my review:
Tomo Izakaya
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-09 Esplanade Mall Singapore
Phone: (65) 6333 0012

Opening Hours :
Lunch : 12:00pm to 2.30pm
For Dinner :
Sunday to Thurday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm (last order at 10pm)
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 6:00pm to 1:00am (last order at 12am)

Website: http://www.tomoizakaya.com

 

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Maki-San At The Cathay

Maki-San At The Cathay

Most sushi rolls in Japanese restaurants are pretty much the same, but in Maki-San, you can design the type of sushi to suit your tastebuds and moods with the ingredients you truly love. Located near to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and right at the basement of The Cathay, Maki-San is a small dining fast food restaurant with colourful walls and wacky cartoon posters that will brighten up everyone’s day. With a slogan of “Take out what you don’t like!“, this phase says it all for a design your own sushi restaurant.

Maki-San at The Cathay serves two sizes of sushi meals for their customers, namely the Little San ($7.90) and Mega San ($9.90). Ordering your customise sushi rolls at the counter is really simple. With a piece of sushi form and a pen, you can choose to have Japanese white rice or brown rice and roll them up with either traditional Nori (seaweed) or healthy soy (extra $1.00). With up to 27 essentials ingredients, 11 specials, 12 sprinkles and 17 sauces to choose from, you will definitely be spoilt on “what to stuff” your DIY sushi rolls with. For the crispy food lovers, you can even have your sushi fried with an additional top up of $1.50.

 

Maki-San At The Cathay

Maki-San At The Cathay

 

Salads are also available in three sizes, Little San ($7.90), Big San ($9.90) and Mega San ($11.90). I created my own pasta salad with ingredients such as Jalapeños, broccoli and boiled eggs. It was wonderful to choose what I really like.

 

Maki-San At The Cathay

 

During my self-collection of my food orders, it was a pleasant surprise to see my sushi rolls served in colourful patterned boxes.

 

Maki-San At The Cathay

Maki-San At The Cathay

Maki-San At The Cathay

 

If you are craving for some healthy quick bites in Dhoby Ghaut area, Maki-San at The Cathay is a good fast food restaurant to satisfy your stomach at a reasonable price tag. This is a great food idea for picky foodie’s and health conscience people. Even though the sushi taste is not of top notch quality, the taste is decent enough to make you go back to Maki-San and create your own sushi rolls again.

 

Address of my visit
Maki-San
2 Handy Road, #B1-17/18
Singapore 229233

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 11:30am to 9:30pm
Friday to Saturday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am to 9:30pm

Telephone: (65) 6737 8772
Website: https://www.facebook.com/rollwithmakisan

 

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Chin Mee Chin Coffee And Cake Shop

Chin Mee Chin Coffee And Cake Shop

Life should be as simple as enjoying a breakfast toast and coffee in Chin Mee Chin coffee and cake shop. This place located along East Coast Road is an old-fashioned confectionary house without any artificially created ambience of the oldies. No iPad ordering system, visually beautiful food menu and air-con, just ceiling fans circulating the warm air, table sharing with other diners and energetic old folks with pencil and papers taking orders.

Opened at 8:00am, this coffee house was full house by the morning working crowd, where they would grab a cup of hot coffee and toast before heading to office.

 

Chin Mee Chin Coffee And Cake Shop

 

Auntie serves my wonderful morning breakfast altogether: kopi, two half-boiled eggs and kaya butter bun toast. The kaya spread was sweet and rich in pandan flavor. The bun was really soft and not dry, which I really love it.

 

Chin Mee Chin Coffee And Cake Shop

 

The half-boiled eggs were done exactly the way I love it. While the egg white was runny, the thin outer layer of the egg yolks were almost cooked and the inner yolks are viscous, not runny. Sprinkle some pepper and dipping drops of black sauce onto my eggs is the way I like it. My cup of coffee was a classic! My whole breakfast package in Chin Mee Chin Coffee and Cake Shop cost $3.70.

 

Chin Mee Chin Coffee And Cake Shop

 

Chin Mee Chin is a good place to enjoy the taste of tradition. Getting a seat in Chin Mee Chin is not easy due to it’s limited seating capacity, but it is worth the wait for good food.

 

Address of my visit
Chin Mee Chin Coffee And Cake Shop
204 East Coast Road
Singapore 428903

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Monday: Closed

Telephone: (65) 6345 0419
Website: http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/chin_mee_chin_confectionery/

 

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CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans At Changi Village

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans At Changi Village

Every cafe that I have been to with my family have their own unique characteristics that attracts their usual customers such as aromatic cup of coffee, fantastic ambience to relax away or even friendly staffs that pay great attention to their customers. Not prominently seen, there is this little cafe located at Changi Village which I have visited recently called Chock Full Of Beans, or CFOB in short. This cafe is near to the bus terminal and sure has it’s own unique food style.

Inside this cafe, the seating available was limited, but alfresco dining was largely available as there is the flexibility to open up more tables and chairs to cater for more customers. In the weekend brunch menu, CFOB serves up to fourteen choices of mains such as Eggs Benedict ($12), Ultimate Swiss Rosti ($18) and Buttermilk Waffles ($9), salads, soup of the day ($7), sandwiches and wraps. Besides the usual coffee menu, CFOB serves some unique beverages such as Rose Latte ($5.90), Macadamia Brulee ($6.50), Iced Chocolate with Wild Berry ($7) and Honey Matcha ($7). Beer and cider are available in this cafe too.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

Serving my beverages on the table were my specially requested Matcha Latte ($5.50) and Flat White ($4.50). With the beautiful and colourful cartoon art on the milky foam, I find them rather amusing. Despite my beverages took a while longer to be served, it does made me happy seeing lovely latte art.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

On my side of the table was the Portobello Benedict ($13), which comes with poached eggs topped onto portobello mushrooms and toasted homemade toast.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

The Chock Full Of Scramble ($11) comes with a flavorful bowl of homemade baked beans, scrambled eggs and homemade toast.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

The Portobello Benedict and Chock Full Of Scramble were both simple mains which tasted average, but what makes these both mains even better was the thick slices of homemade toasts. The addition of sesame seeds on the toasts makes them simply delicious. I can just have them plain. The homemade toasts are available for side order with butter and jam at a price of $4.

 

Address of my visit
Chock Full Of Beans
Blk 4 Changi village road #01-2090
Singapore 500004

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am to 10:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6214 8839
Website: https://www.facebook.com/cfob.changi

 

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Pasir Ris Park And Changi Broadwalk

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Broadwalk

Looking for a fun-filled and sweaty adventure for a family outing? Together with my family, we headed down to the Pasir Ris Park and Changi Coastal Walk during the weekends and it was really fun for our little boy. Both parks are located at the eastern side of Singapore with nice sea view. Simply love it!

Taking bus number 403 from Pasir Ris interchange, we landed onto a venue of colourful outdoor playgrounds where many children get to play and hang out together. With those swings for children and wobbly bridge to build their confidence, Kayden loved steering the “shakable” red Fire Engine, but his personal favorite was the galactic Space Ship. It was full of laughters for my wife and myself that Kayden was getting so imaginative on flying a spaceship and he even taught another toddler the controls on the panels.

“Space ship. Beep, Beep, Beep. Vvvoooooooo!”

 

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Coastal Walk

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Coastal Walk

 

Located near to the Changi Ferry Terminal and Changi Food Market, the Changi Broadwalk is an amazing place. This park is also known as the Changi Point Coastal. We got to see many passing by fastcraft, stationary boats, aeroplanes flying up in the skies and a get close to nature experience.

Kayden stretches out his arms and shouted, “Wah! Aeroplane! Woooo!” He hugged the lamp post when I tried to snap a photograph of his sweaty face.

 

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Coastal Walk

 

For a list of parks and gardens in Singapore, click here.

 

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Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

Little did I know that in the heart of Orchard Road, there is a Japanese restaurant known as The Sushi Bar located in Far East Plaza. With long waiting queues and reservations that require to be requested one week in advance, there must be a damn good reason on what makes this Japanese restaurant to be so successful in captivating the tastebuds and hearts of their customers.

During my lunch visit to The Sushi Bar, this decent sized restaurant, which probably could accommodate up to 60 people, is almost full house. From my impression, The Sushi Bar is a casual dining restaurant which serves a great varieties of Japanese food in their menu. From freshly handmade sushi to grilled meat selections to Donburis, definitely their customers will be spoilt for choices.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Now, let’s talk about the food I have ordered. First up was the Chawanmushi ($2.90), which is a small bowl of steamed egg custard topped with salmon roe. Delicate is my best word to describe the overall texture of this appetizer as a scoop of it literally melted away in my mouth.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

I loved those thick slices of salmon sashimi ($4.90) served on my plate as they look beautiful. The taste of every slice was fresh and tender. A little bit of wasabi coated on each slice was perfect.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Fine and delicate noodles, this is a plate of Wafu Spaghetti ($10.90). The pasta sauce is creamy and most likely to be prepared with the Mentaiko to give that pinkish colour. This is a Chef Recommendation noodle main in The Sushi Bar’s food menu and it is worth to be a recommended dish.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Talking about The Sushi Bar, I have tried out their sushi rolls to check if this restaurant lives up to it’s name. Out of thirteen sushi rolls, I have put my chopsticks and mouth to the test on the California Maki ($8.90) and Ebi Fry Salmon Aburi ($16.90).

Putting each California Maki roll into my mouth, each slice of the sushi was flavorful and I truly enjoyed that chewy mouthfeel of it.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

I am going to give two thumbs up for The Sushi Bar’s Ebi Fry Salmon Aburi! Each slice of salmon on top of each sushi was slightly charred, giving that unique grilled flavor while maintaining the taste and texture of fresh raw salmon. With the fried shrimp wrapped inside, it gives that additional crispy mouthfeel. This sushi roll is all about fresh seafood goodness.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

There are only two desserts available for selection in their food menu, the Taiyaki ice cream ($4.90) and Tofu Cheesecake ($5.50). Therefore, I have decided to order both of them to give it a try.

The Sushi Bar really nailed it with their Taiyaki ice cream, which is a “fish shaped” Japanese toasted waffle stuffed with vanilla ice cream, azuki beans and chocolate shavings. This sweet delight is definitely a must try after food dessert.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

To all cheese crazy lovers, this is The Sushi Bar’s Tofu Cheesecake. From the looks of it, this pastry really looked like a cube of tofu and the texture of it is soft. The crust at the bottom is thick and taste like digestive biscuits. Beside the taste of creamy cheese, there is also a hint of yoghurt that gives that tangy taste.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Despite the average dining ambience, my lunch experience in The Sushi Bar was wonderful because the food was very delicious and reasonably tagged. This is a type of restaurant where you can eat, chat and laugh with your friends with your hearts out. So, is The Sushi Bar worth the queue? Personally, my answer is a yes.

 

Address of my visit
The Sushi Bar
14 Scotts Road ,Far East Plaza #04-28
Singapore

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 12:30pm to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 12:30pm to 9:00pm

Telephone: (65) 9653 6464
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thesushibar.sg

 

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