Brunch eateries have taken our sunny island by storm in recent years, giving many locals a chance to sleep in during the weekends. So its no wonder when an egg-inspired all-day breakfast restaurant pops up in suburban Holland Village, brunch-lovers start thronging over to satisfy their poached eggs craving.
Philly: I was having a bit of a meat craving that day, so I ditched my usual poached eggs for an omelette filled with strips of steak, peppers and onion. The steak might not have been as juicy or seasoned as I had fantasized, but it was good enough to please my tummy.
Papillote: The name of this dish comes from a French cooking method in which food is put inside a folded parchment paper and baked. Although I’m caught scratching my head wondering, it doesn’t stop me from recalling how the concentrated taste of salty smoked salmon is aptly tamed by the light and creamy flavour of scrambled eggs.
267 Holland Avenue
+65 6463 0012
Opening Hours: 9AM to 11PM (Last Order: 1030PM) (Tue – Sun).
Closed on Mondays
Korean cuisine has gained much popularity over the past half decade ever since the Hallyu Wave hit our local shores. And I’m not talking about Korean BBQ. K-drama has such influence over viewers that they want to eat like their favourite K-stars too. So it’s not a surprise that Korean Restaurants like Manna Story, start popping up in the Orchard area.
Pork Bulgogi: A special dish that allows customers to mix their main meat with extra ingredients such as dukboki, ramen or straw mushrooms. And there you have it, an enormous claypot of delicious and deeply marinated protein and carbohydrates. Do beware that when I say enormous, I meant that the portion is huge enough for two people. For the first time, I found myself diving into the numerous Korean side dishes. Authentic, fresh and tasty, they were great complements to the main dish. A cosy and homely ambience, delicious Korean cuisine, this place is definitely worth a try. If it weren’t for the bustling crowd along the corridors of Plaza Singapura, I would have mistaken myself to be in Korea.
68 Orchard Road
For the past few months, photos of this certain “shiok maki” dish kept appearing on the social media. This Jap food lover has got to investigate this phenomenon. Not only was I surprised to find Koh’s Grill and Sushi Bar at Wisma Atria, but at the top level with Food Republic. And I was greeted by a long snakingqueue along the narrow corridors of the food court. On a Saturday evening at 7pm, you would most probably queue for at most an hour. Yakitori: There is an extensive yakitori grill menu ranging from my favourite shitake mushrooms, golden mushrooms wrapped wih pork belly and bacon wrapped with pork belly. The grill section in Koh’s open kitchen concept is manned by 2 staff, working hard to push orders out. And this does not mean standards are lost. Tender and yet crisp on the outside, they are grilled to perfection and would melt in your mouth. More mushroom please. Tempura Curry Udon: When it comes to Japanese comfort food, this dish comes to my mind. Thick juicy udon noodles served in a hot bowl of creamy and tasty Japanese curry. Koh’s hit the nail for this dish. However, if you have a relatively small appetite, you might want to skip it and focus on the sushi and yakitori menu. Salmon and Scallop Sashimi: My Jap meal would never be complete without these raw babies. I noticed that the sake sashimi here are sliced much thicker than the others I’ve tried. In my opinion, the slices are too thick for my liking. Too much for me to enjoy the sweetness. On the other hand, the scallop was sliced perfectly. Just the right thickness to disintegrate in your mouth within a few bites. Beware though, the scallops are sold 8 bucks each. That is pretty steep. Shiok Maki Generation II: A Singapore-inspired sushi dish. This was the dish that steered Koh to the limelight of the industry. So famous and popular that you cannot say you’ve been to Koh until you have tried any of their Shiok Maki sushi. The second generation consist of tempura wrapped with avocado, seared salmon and drizzled generously with a special sauce composed of mayo and mentai. This maki is very ‘shiok’ indeed. The main chef behind the raw seafood. He was the only one preparing the sashimi and sushi dishes. Hence, the long wait and long queue for every single service. I wondered to myself whether he was the boss and didn’t trust anyone else with the knife-work. It would definitely speed things up in the restaurant. But the rest of his swanky stainless steel kitchen is sprawled out behind him equipped with two groups of team preparing the yakitori dishes and others respectively. Like most people, I believe in queuing for food. Good food to be exact. The queuing might not necessarily mean that Singaporeans are too bored and only follow the crowd. Long queues outside a Singaporean restaurant can only mean 2 things: 1. The food served is delicious and diners keep returning for more. 2. The food is prepared in a less efficient but yet high-quality manner. In other words, the long queue guarantees your palette delectable and scrumptious dishes to taste. Japanese cuisine is about class and standards. And I’m definitely returning for more of those.
Koh Grill and Sushi Bar
Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
435 Orchard Road