Hinoki Japanese Dining

I like all sorts of food, and I’m willing to try any cuisine as long as it doesn’t have strange or gross ingredients (unusual innards, insects and whatnot). So I’ll admit, exotic Japanese food isn’t something I have found myself venturing to explore very much… it has a reputation for being rather out of this world some times. When I have Japanese cuisine on a normal day, I’ll order my usual: Salmon sashimi, something with mentai / ikura and probably an udon / chawanmushi. The standard stuff you’ll find in a franchise casual restaurant like Sushi Tei.

But one evening, I decided to be spontaneous and live a little – I had my first Omakase concept dining at Hinoki.

Mentally prepared for unusual foods I was, but still I was completely taken by surprise when the individual dishes were placed in front of me, each and every one was unique and something I’ve never had before!

Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you” (from Japanese 任す, entrust).

The expression is used at sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef. It differs from ordering à la carte. The chef will generally present a series of plates, beginning with the lightest fare and proceeding to heaviest, richest dishes.

Customers ordering Omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef.” - wiki 

Hinoki is a casual restaurant serving mid-high range Japanese food conveniently located in the CBD area. You won’t find any pretentious atmosphere or over the top interior decor in this restaurant, just straightforward fresh good food and friendly chefs.

I brought my mum to have dinner because she’s in love with Japanese food. She absolutely adored this place and the whole dining experience!

What we had in our Omakase set:

Aigamo (Smoked Duck Breast) - served with fish sperm and tomato. The tomato imported from Japan was amazing! If you’ve ever had a super sweet and expensive fruit from Japan, you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s NOT like your other normal fruits. And yes, you heard me, the white gunk in the spoon is fish sperm…….. I’m having fish sperm in my first course. Interesting choice for appetizer huh? Can you see where this is going already? LOL.

I gave the fish sperm a try because Omakase is all about trying new things. It tasted like mayo / tofu with a thick and smooth texture. *feels a little less dignified on my blog*

Seiko Kani - a cold crab dish primarily eaten for its roe. I actually did not find this that special, but those who like crab roe would probably enjoy it more.

Kawahagi – A type of dried fish, I believe the chef called it a leather jacket fish. I know, lol at the name. It tasted kinda like dried cuttlefish except less pungent, but equally chewy and nicer tasting! My favorite appetizer thus far.

Speaking of the chef, I totally recommend getting the counter seats when you dine at Hinoki, especially if you get the Omakase set because you get to watch the skillful chefs prepare your food right in front of you! It’s pretty cool watching them sleekly torch the raw fishes to get the top and edges slightly browned, and slicing the fishes ultra thinly.

Here is Chef Lawrence Chia, co-owner of Hinoki proudly presenting us our beautiful sashimi platter that he specially arranged for us! Chef Lawrence has over 20 years of Japanese cuisine experience with a substantial amount of following. He’s also a great guy to talk to while having your meal, his tales of exotic Japanese food / its origins and outgoing character will keep you entertained throughout the meal.

Our beautifullll array of colorful assorted sashimi! Flounder, Yellowtail, Scallop, Toro, Baby Octopus and Angler Fish Liver. The freshest catch of the day, all one on plate. I’ve only ever had one type of sashimi seen here – the tuna. The rest were completely new to me, and I quite enjoyed all of them, especially the thin pieces of Flounder.

Chef Lawrence provided us this truffle oil infused sauce to dip the flounder pieces in. Delicious. ♥ ♥ ♥

To sidetrack a bit – when I first heard anger fish liver was on my plate, I was like WHAAAAT. o___O; It’s the roundish piece of organ behind the wasabi in the pic above.

Do you guys even know what an angler fish is?! If you do, I’m sure you’ll understand why I was so taken aback. If you don’t, please educate yourself by clicking this. Or, think about the creepy prehistoric fish that was in Finding Nemo. It has a dangling bulb in front of its head, is ugly as hell with sharp teeth and a huge jaw, and tried to eat Nemo!!!!! Geddit now?

I freaking ate the LIVER of that animal. I never ever thought I’d put something like that in my mouth. This will probably be the first and last time I’d eat it. Not because it tastes bad, but because it is not something you’ll see on a dinner menu anywhere. Like, sea urchins…. okay. That sort of level of exotic, I can deal with. But angler fish liver is really something else. It doesn’t taste as rich or distinct as foie gras (these angler fishes were not force fed and fattened up like foie gras ducks are), it was in fact quite mild in taste and texture.

Here’s my boyfriend looking cute and happy with his bento set. He finished work and was nearby, so we got him to join us for dinner! He opted for a bento set instead of Omakase since we were halfway done with ours, and it was value for money!

At $38 you get assorted sashimi, sushi, chawanmushi, tempura, grilled fish, stewed pork belly, among other things. The sushi and sashimi at Hinoki is of consistent impressive high quality, at first I thought only the Omakase would be a cut above the rest being higher priced than the normal menu, but even the bento set was good. :)

The next item to arrive on our table was equally as intriguing as the angler fish liver.

Giant Top Shell (Sazae) - with its insides gutted, meat chopped up and put back into the original shell with mushrooms and a tasty soup broth.. The blue tinge at the bottom of the shell was a slow flame heating the soup up.

“What is this animal?”, I asked Chef Lawrence inquisitively.

“I’ll show you. Let me get a live one.” 

Just like that, he plopped down this strange looking creature onto a chopping board, dug a knife into the shell, twisted it around a few times…. and pulled THIS monstrosity out!!!!! I was so shocked I didn’t know how to react because it all happened so fast right in front of my eyes. Hahaha I remember squealing a lot in part amusement and horror, and even my mother and Sam were very bemused. It looks like a schlong. *coughs*

My mum loved it that she finished up to the very last drop of the soup herself! I had to get Sam to share mine.

Me sipping the soup slowly because it was so hot…. I asked for a spoon to drink the soup with, but Chef Lawrence insisted I pick up the thing with my fingers for the “real experience”. Lol you had to hold it in a specific way in order not to burn yourself. #specialmealindeed

Kama Nitzuke (Cheek of Yellow Tail). This was really well done! The meat was so tender because its cheek meat, when you poked it with a fork it would fall off the bone.

Shio Ayu (Japanese River Trout). This and the cold crab made the least impression on me that night. I know they’re supposed to be delicacies of sorts, but I didn’t find them particularly tasty.

Green Asparagus with Asari (baby clams). Like an asian vongole! I liked the lightness of this dish, the small clams paired with the crunchy texture of the asparagus was a good combination, and it balanced out the meal nicely.

Chef Lawrence saved the best for the last, because the sushi platter was BOMBDIGGITY!!! Every single piece was delightful and mouthwateringly good. So craving for some right now.

I love how generous they are with the ingredients – you can barely see any sushi rice at all after its topped with a big piece of fish. The sushi rice was also not overly sour or sticky or mushy – it was literally perfect.

Even if you’re not quite interested in Omakase dining, definitely give the sashimi and sushi at Hinoki a shot. It’s nothing short of stellar. Sam’s favorite was the foie gras with shrimp combo, and mine was the salmon, uni and unagi! Sorry I couldn’t choose just one :P

It was my first time trying sea urchin and I actually quite like it, aside from the fact it can be slightly overpoweringly rich if you put the whole thing in your mouth at one go.

Our lovely meal ended off with Tuna Consumme, that came in a shot glass. It tasted kind of herbal and earthy to me.

Dessert was kept simple and easy on our already-full stomachs.

Matcha Mousse with Grape Sorbet. I loove the grape sorbet!! I’m a big fan of sorbet in general (it always the perfect dessert for me) and grape isn’t a flavor you’d commonly find outside. It tasted kinda like bubblegum. Chef Lawrence said he specially imported it from Japan and that we won’t be able to find it elsewhere……. *insert sad face here*

If you’re looking to have an elegant Japanese meal but don’t want to go to the usual overdone places or chain restaurants, Hinoki is a great place to switch things up a little. It is also conveniently located in the CBD area, so after work, you city working people can just swing by. The price for Omakase dining will vary, the one I had was $138++ per pax. They can tailor a menu for you according to your budget and preferred tastes!

Hinoki Japanese Dining
22 Cross Street #01-50 China Square Central
Tel: 65367746
Food quality: 4.5/5 

Service / Ambience: 4/5 (Chef Lawrence made our great meal even better!)
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Most suitable for: Adventurous foodies, true Japanese cuisine lovers who can pay the price for a good plate of sashimi, Omakase concept dining.

Looking for another place to satisfy your munchies? Check out other restaurant reviews I’ve done on various cuisines you’ll find across Singapore here.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Moonstone – Yakitori • Sake • Bar

“I wish someone had taken me on a dinner date here.” 

…Those were the first words that popped into my head when I stepped into this restaurant. If you’re looking for a romantic hide out away from the hustle & bustle but don’t wanna travel too far away from the city, Moonstone is the hidden gem you’ve been looking for.

I mean… just look at it.

Ambience is so important when you’re trying to impress the other party. This certainly impressed me. I fell in love with the open view of Sentosa from the top of Mount Faber!

Lounge sofas facing out into the openness where you can sit around and just chat the night away, beers in hand… a soft breeze in your face, watching cable cars float by. Tell me who wouldn’t love having dinner here!!! Now seriously, why didn’t any guy bring me on a date to a place like this?

…Oh, that’s right. Because I date strange boys I meet from internet games, who happen to live in other countries so that makes this plan kinda difficult.

So anyway. 

Moonstone is a quaint little restaurant/bar perched on top of Mount Faber, serving up Japanese cuisine (mainly yakitori) also offering an extensive selection of sake, beers and whiskeys.

The most unique thing it boasts, of course, is this view you won’t get anywhere else. It made me happy just sitting there basking in all its prettiness, but when the food came I was all the more pleased.

Warning: Do not proceed if you’re vulnerable to sudden hunger pangs, like I am.. For a galore of yummy food photos is INCOMING! I had a truly massive feast here. I know Japanese cuisine is kryptonite to a lot of people so try not to lick your computer screens, its not very good oral hygiene.

Moonstone, let’s see what ya got!

This place has a crazy selection of sake & other alcohol, and I was recommended start off my meal with a “floral beer”Ginga Kogen Beer, $12.

I’d never heard of this beer before and was kinda skeptical about it having a “floral” taste but I was pleasantly surprised by how it does have a distinct floral aroma when you take your first sip! It’s not like tea. Tea tastes like leaves. This actually tastes like a fleeting moment of spring, almost. Girls will definitely enjoy this because of its lighter taste. I don’t mind normal beers like Hoegarden / Heineken / Carlsberg / Corona but when there’s a fruit beer, I’d get it to switch things up a bit. I wish they sold this beer in supermarkets!! It’d be a staple in my fridge!

The first appetizer that arrived on the table was Hiyayakko, $4 - Cold tofu with onions and bonito in ginger sauce

I really liked this! I’m not sure if its because if I was starving or what (indeed I was) but this tofu dish was refreshing, light, and made me even hungrier than before. Which is exactly what appetizers are supposed to do, I guess. The tofu itself is rather pain (duh its tofu) but paired with the sauce and flakes on top, it tasted like agedashi tofu but served cold and more elegant without the sticky chewy skin! Practically zero calories, too.

Aigamo tataki, $12.8 - Smoked duck in sweet sauce and bean sprouts

I was like, “excuse me, where are my bean sprouts?!” and they informed me that they had ran out of bean sprouts. Hmmm. I feel like they should have noted this to me when I was ordering and not after it came, but because I am reviewing this restaurant by invitation from a friend, I didn’t want to fuss over the minor details. Do make it a point to ask them about it if you order this, just in case. I liked the well-paired combination of the mildly sweet sauce and salty smoked duck. I don’t fancy duck in general, but smoked duck is an exception. Would’ve been nice with some crunchy bean sprouts but it tasted good without still, and I’d order this again.

Ika, $10 - Squid with sweet sauce

Even the yummy sweet sauce which many yakitori dishes come drenched in couldn’t save this dish from the overcooked texture of the squid. I don’t mind squid as long as its tender & tasty enough, unfortunately this did not tickle my taste buds at all, and falls into my category of “rubbery squid”.

A couple of yakitori sticks arrived next, and I took the liberty of categorizing them into what I thought were hits, and misses.

The hits in my book!:

From top to bottom:

1) Hotate, $8. Well basically, they are scallops.. I love scallops and have nothing to complain about these, they were okay sized and weren’t overcooked, however I do think the price is kinda out there for 2 pieces of scallops.

2) Bacon roll, $4 - Pork with asparagus. Essentially a fail proof combination. Everybody loves bacon and although I’m not a big asparagus lover, it adds a nice crunch!

3) Butabara, $4 - Pork belly. Salty, savory, slightly tender and juicy… yes please. So simple & good.

The ones that fell kinda short to me:

1) Ebi, $5 - Grilled prawn. It does have a nice charcoal flavor, but the prawn meat itself wasn’t fresh or  robust enough for my liking.

2) Kinoko shake, $4 - Salmon and mushroom topped with cheese. Wayyy too salty because of the smoked salmon and cheese combination, and I generally like salty food!
3) Shake asparagus, $4 - Smoked salmon with asparagus. I still liked the pork version of this better. Grilled smoked salmon doesn’t cut it for me, the texture just becomes all dry and charred instead of the moist and soft texture smoked salmon is known for.

4) Nasu, $3 – Baby egg plant. I couldn’t even finish a whole mouthful of this… it was extremely bland, dry and just meh. I try to be as civil as I can when reviewing food but I honestly thought this shouldn’t even be on the menu, it insults the rest of the decent to great dishes!!!

Shake, $15Salmon with sweet sauce
Gindara, $18 - Cod fish with salt

I wish they were a little more creative with the menu names or descriptions since I’m copying them off directly from their online menu ahah.

I’m quite biased when it comes to salmon because it’s one of my favorite foods. :P I basically worship this king of all fishes. But I have to say.. the skin was a little too burnt and at $15 with the size of its portion, it is not something I’d recommend ordering. Same sentiments with the cod. A good piece of fish, is a good piece of fish. It’s pretty hard to butcher the taste, but at the same time it is also difficult to set yours apart from the others.

Zaru soba, $8 - Cold noodles

I’m no soba connoisseur, I don’t eat it often enough to have much to say about it but this yummier than most other sobas I’ve tried and refreshing in the same way the cold tofu was. I found the process of dipping the noodles into a small bowl of sauce needlessly tedious, but also kinda fun… I’m twisted like that. Lol. Soba fans should order this!

Chasu udon, $9 - Pork belly soup noodles

OKAYYYY this is my favorite item on their menu!!! ♥ I love udon for its chewy texture and this was just perfect al dente slurpy goodness. I’ve never seen chasu udon served outside before, since chasu is usually found in ramen and not udon… this combination is to die for! Why don’t more places have it? The pork belly chunks literally melt in your mouth in a puddle of salty & sweet goodness. Kind of like the ones at Ippudo, but even softer and slightly different.

The thick udon noodles are almost addictive to eat. The soup was perfect to me – not too heavy or light, just perfect. Can I have a bowl of this now pleasseee? If I wasn’t so stuffed from all the yakitory & other food prior to this bowl of noodles I would have finished the whole thing!

Garlic fried rice, $5

Definitely one of the more fragrant bowls of garlic fried rice I’ve had. Each spoonful is light and fluffy with lots of garlic & egg! The portion is also perfect to go with yakitori – neither too big nor small.

Tempura moriawase, $12.80 - Assorted prawn & vegetable tempura

I didn’t attack this dish upon first sight because most tempura dishes fail to impress me. I didn’t even intend on taking a picture of the tempura or reviewing it, at all. Let’s just say I think all fried food is just fried food. Boring, and normally a waste of calories. But after Nicholas insisted 3 times that I should give this a go, this…. this was something else!!!

The batter was super light & crispy, not too oily, and the ingredients underneath that lovely coat of batter were equally awesome. They even had broccoli tempura which was, surprisingly enough, nice. The shitake (mushroom) tempura kinda melted in my mouth the same way the chasu in the udon did!!!

 Love it! :)

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I think by now it is pretty obvious that I like Moonstone’s normal cooked food items a significant bit more than their yakitori menu. I’m really not that big on yakitori in the first place. So if you are, please judge for yourself.

I do wish they served other normal Japanese food such as sashimi and sushi, that would make this a perfect dining destination!! So you know, some stuff I’d totally order again at Moonstone on a whim would be the floral beer, smoked duck, assorted tempura, garlic fried rice, and udon. Ohh the udon! Lucky you guys can’t see me salivating. And can I just say at $9 for a generous bowl of udon.. the pricing is at a steal. I know some items I’ve featured from the menu have been anything but “cheap”, but I reckon you can get real value for money here if you know what to order.

Plus anyway….. at the end of the day, this view and the smile on her/his face when they see it will make your trip up to Mount Faber and the prices completely worth it. :)

Moonstone – Yakitori • Sake • Bar
109 Mount Faber Road, Level 2, The Jewel Box, Singapore 099196
Tel: 62760609

Food quality: 3.5/5 (hits & misses)
Service / Ambience: 4.5/5 (the view! waiters were also efficient & friendly)
Value for Money: 3.5/5 (again it varies, so refer to my review)
Most suitable for: Couple dates. Your girl would love it here.. and it’s really not that expensive. If she’s the weight or diet conscious sort, she can go for the low carb yakitori options! Makes for good dainty meals. Also great for late night hang outs with the buddies & boozeee! This place opens late, with plenty of alcohol options and snacks to choose from. Not exactly a family venue, kids not allowed after a certain timing. It gets crowded during weekends and peak periods so call to enquire or reserve first.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

2fifteen kitchen

When my friend Nich first told me about 2fifteen kitchen, I was skeptical (as I always am about new restaurants, sorry an inbuilt reflex these days!) but excited to try it out at the same time. He said a new establishment had recently opened in the West side of Singapore that seemed to offer exquisite French-inspired food, so off we went as soon as we had free time one afternoon!

Tucked away at a corner of the newly opened Rochester Mall is where you’ll find 2fifteen kitchen. It’s called 2fifteen kitchen because their unit number is literally #02-15. LOL I was hoping for a more exciting story like how two chefs are fifteen years old started this restaurant together or something crazy like that… but I guess that really wouldn’t make any sense so a perfectly logical explanation for the name will do.

Upon entering 2fifteen kitchen I noted that their decor while minimalist and simple, was cozy and quite elegant. They also had a fair bit of lunch groups consisting mainly of office people who work nearby.

Alfresco seating was available! I’m an air-con freak and I always insist on indoor seating in Singapore, but it was actually a rather pleasant day to sit out since the area is sheltered from the sun.

N and I happily seated at our table waiting hungrily for our food!!!!

For drinks, I ordered orange juice. N actually laughed at me and called me auntie for taking a picture of my orange juice. What??? Good orange juice is hard to find ok!!! This was very nice indeed. Perfect sourness / sweetness combination, some pulp and good consistency. OJ is probably my favorite drink in the world so this was a big deal to me. I don’t really take any alcohol or wine (except for the occasional beer) so OJ is my poison.

Him being sweet & hardworking by writing comments on the dishes and recording their names + prices for me because I have a bad memory and was lazy to do it myself. Aww.

Instead of choosing individual dishes that day, I told the kitchen to have their chef bring his most recommended dishes to our table…. and this was the gastronomical adventure we went on at 2fifteen kitchen!!!

Frematle octopus leg with citrus oil, ripen tomato and pearl mango, $22

I really wasn’t expecting this to be the first dish to be served. To be really honest I am not a fan of squid at all because I think it tastes like rubber. Also the suction pads freak me out…. The kitchen did ask me if I didn’t eat anything in particular so they wouldn’t serve those dishes but I thought I should be more open minded today and took a bite of the octopus leg.

I was blown away. The texture of this octopus leg was incredible!!! So soft it caught me off guard (you can tell by how squishy and delicate it looks in the pic, here it doesn’t sport the stiff rubbery look it normally has) but it has a slight chewiness to it. It was lightly coated in citrus oil which went well together with the BBQed smokey flavor. Ohhh and the tomatoes + little mango pieces really brought the whole dish together. I would never ever order squid in a restaurant, but I would TOTALLY order this again.

Plus I like how I can’t see any obvious signs of tentacles (haha). It doesn’t look or taste like a squid to me. It’s better than what I’m used to. Great start to the meal! I wonder if their octopus legs are really from Fremantle in Perth? I forgot to ask the chef this. I also never really saw octopus legs being served like this in Freo, so… where did this name come from?

Quick seared foie gras on caramelized watermelon and green apple balsamic syup, $28

Foie gras is the epitome of sinful good food. ♥ (yes I know how cruel it is but what can I do I’m a pig) I don’t eat it often, but when I do, its always a big treat. The foie gras here is among the best I’ve had, and I’ve had some in pretty expensive places which don’t even come close. Crisp exterior, smooth custard-like interior (the chef says its like tao huey! lol) and of course it has to be accompanied by some sort of fruit to balance the heaviness of the liver. I’ve had foie gras with mostly salads, bread, pears, apples and oranges… but never watermelon AND feta cheese together with it.

You’d think goat’s cheese + watermelon = gross, but it’s actually a pretty win combination. The sweetness and juice from the watermelon tones down the salty strong flavor of the feta. What I really like about 2fifteen kitchen’s food is the amount of thought that has gone into bringing out the best unique flavors in each dish with carefully planned ingredients!!! For those of you who have never tried foie gras, this will be a good introduction to the wonderful world of fatty duck livers.

Pan seared Hokkaido sea scallop, braised cannellini bean with lobster bisque foam, $28

Happiness is seeing two big FAT succulent scallops sitting in front of you, waiting to be devoured. These scallops were honestly humongous!!!!! I think easily the biggest I’ve ever eaten. Scallops shrink some 20% after cooking so I can’t really imagine how big they were BEFORE cooking. Most scallops fit whole into my mouth but this one I actually had to cut into two because it was that big lol. Should have put my finger next to it so you could roughly judge the size!

Perfect scallops should never be cooked all the way through and these were amazing in every way possible. I didn’t care much for the beans that came with it, however. But I do appreciate the thoughtful presentation on every plate.

Lobster bisque with crab meat and pistacho, $16

I heart me a good warm bowl of bisque. A good bisque should have a rather distinct bitter flavor, because it comes from the boiled & grounded up shells of the lobster / crustacean. This was soup for the soul and the bits of crab meat swimming in the soup with the crunchy pistachios added much needed texture and bite to the bisque. The foam on top lightens the thick flavor of the soup nicely!

Prawn capellini in aromatic oil, $26

SO. MUCH. LOVE. for this pasta dish. If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would probably be pasta because it comes in so many different forms and variations. The best word to describe this would be “addictive”! The first bite I took - “Ok. Not bad. Like aglio olio, but different.”

Then “Mmm ok actually this is better than not bad…. This is actually really good.” and by my third mouthful… “OMG I LOVE this thing. Give me more.”

The portion is halved in this picture so you actually get 4 prawns and double the amount of pasta normally, I believe. We bugged the chef to let up his secret ingredient in this dish and we found out that the “aromatic oil” was actually lobster oil!!!! No wonder it is so yummeh! Little dried seaweed and garlic bits everywhere… satisfaction in every bite. It is a really simple taste but it keeps you wanting more. According to the chef, some people order two plates of this at one go!

Slow seared pork belly with savoy cabbage, $30

This dish probably made the least impression on me that afternoon. Not that it wasn’t nice, it was nice, but after having so many different impressive items at 2fifteen kitchen my expectations bar had been raised so high, I expected everything to be much more than just “nice”. The skin of the pork belly was extremely crispy while the meat was tender, however perhaps it wasn’t salted or seasoned enough for my liking because I prefer stronger flavors. The pork belly was rather mild, as was the cabbage, and I found the whole dish to be rather underwhelming.

Nevertheless I’m sure this will be popular with people who like to order “safe” items on the menu and for older customers. I was told this is actually their 2nd most popular dish, I wouldn’t have guessed so at all, so obviously everyone has different preferences!

Grilled angus flank steak, garlic potatoes, shallot confit in red wine sauce, $32

My preferred cut of beef is the tenderloin… mmm filet mignon. Chewy steaks aren’t my favorite, and flank is a rather chewy cut, kinda similar to hanger steaks, but a steak is a steak at the end of the day and I will never say no to decent slab of medium rare beef. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavors of this dish – the peppered charred top of the steak, melt in your mouth potatoes & red wine sauce soaked shallots but the whole time I spent eating this beef I was just sitting there wishing it was a different cut of meat instead, lol. A real #firstworldproblem. If you prefer a steak with more bite than this will be for you.

We ended the meal on a sweet note – I had the kitchen prepare a special surprise for N’s birthday which is coming up, but unfortunately I’ll be on an overseas trip and can’t spend it with him so…..

Happy 20th Birthday in advance!!!!!! xx

Thank you for being my pillar of support when the rest of the world turns their back on me. Other people don’t understand our friendship, but it’s okay, I / we don’t need their approval. We know we got a good thing right here and that’s all that matters.

Just so we’re clear… I instructed the kitchen to write that message, not him, lol. Thought it would be funny and he got so embarrassed by it!!!

Here’s my dessert platter filled with all sorts of delicious sweet treats! Mango mousse with caramelized rice krispies base, chocolate hazelnut praline, a mini slice of apple pie pastry, vanilla bean ice cream and rock melon pudding with passionfruit. Isn’t it beaaauuuutiful?!?

You can’t order this exact item on the menu as the chef specially put together this platter for us that day, but there are regular desserts like Panna Cotta available for ordering on the menu, and their desserts of the day often alternate when they change their weekly menu for set lunches…. so you can check out what desserts they offer that day when you head down! Their kitchen is pretty flexible with menu items and will entertain special requests not normally found on the menu as long as you call and ask in advance.

It was an honor meeting Chef Kenny Yeo and chatting with him about his accomplished work as a chef and also discussing the delectable food he’s created. As y’all know I love to cook and I love to eat, so this was a mind boggling experience for me to sit down with a chef and talk about food.. Hearing first hand about how he once had to work 20 hour shifts in hotels as a chef to get to where he is today. So much hard work. And you all still ask me to open a restaurant?! LOL. 20 hours I will die ah!!! Let me just do the eating part, thanks!

Chef Kenny is a humble and approachable guy who insisted on bringing every dish to our table, and was very receptive towards our comments even if some of them weren’t 100% compliments! It’s a pity the restaurant is so far from my place, if not I’d visit more often… but for good food, I WILL be back some day, and I can’t wait till the next time. Thank you 2fifteen kitchen for hosting such a fabulous lunch, I had a wonderful afternoon and my stomach couldn’t be more pleased!!!

2fifteen kitchen

35 Rochester Drive, #02-15, Rochester Mall, Singapore 138639
Tel: 66598215

Food quality: 4.5/5
Service / Ambience: 3.5/5 (the waiters were quick to change our cutlery and refill drinks)
Value for Money: 4/5 (fine dining food, at a less steep pricing and more casual environent, not as pretentious)
Most suitable for: Dinner dates for couples, office lunches (they have set menus)… and just indulging in good food + spending quality time with your family and friends, if they’re into this sorta food! A good way to idle away your afternoon, not too busy during lunch time as its a new restaurant. 

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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