Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sakae Sushi (Northpoint)

Sakae Sushi, this time at Northpoint. Again, I had to queue up, for half an hour. With 32 outlets in Singapore, every outlet seems to have a queue outside during lunch and dinner time. Must be making big bucks!

Ajitsuke Idako $1.99

A must order for her everytime, Ajitsuke Idako which is baby octopus sushi.

Sakae Chawanmushi $1.99

The Sakae Chawanmushi was slight different from the one we ate at Choa Chu Kang Lot1. The Chawanmushi seems to taste slightly harder than normal. Might be because the amount of water to egg ratio is not consistent among the outlets or batches.

Teriyaki Chicken Ramen $10.99

Teriyaki Chicken Ramen, overall it was not bad. the teriyaki chicken was well marinated. It was soft, tender and tasty. The ramen was well cooked, soft and springy. The only thing that was disappointing was the egg, it was slightly overcooked. Looks like quality control is really a problem between different outlets; you get different standards.

Tenno Gozen $18.99

Everything here seems to be priced at $xx.99! The Tenno Gozen consist of Beef Hotplate, Tempura Moriawase, Lobster Salad Tofu, Mini Udon and Sakae Chawanmushi. Quite a lot of food!

Beef

Beef Hotplate

The beef hotplate, wish that the flame beneath can burn longer so that the carrot can be cooked longer and hence softer. Cooking the beef in this hotplate is a good idea after all, I can cook it to the leve I prefer.

Mini Udon

Mini Udon was average, nothing to shout about.

Tempura Moriawase

Tempura Moriawase, hmmm lousy. Thick batter, prawn was not very fresh and the flesh was not firm.

Lobster Salad Tofu

Lobster Salad Tofu, probably one of the best dish in the set. Amazing something that seems so simple such as tofu can taste so great when you know how to pair it up.

Service is quite good, just that there seems to be a long queue everytime. Having to wait for half an hour when there is just 4 couples in front of us. Also, does not make sense that they give us a table that could sit 8people! But overall, food is acceptable not too bad, will be back again.

Sakae Sushi (Northpoint)
930 Yishun Ave 2
#02-58/59/60/61
Tel: 6482 5038
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm daily
Website: http://www.sakaesushi.com.sg/

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The Handburger (Raffles City)

The Handburger. Name in such a way because everything here is made with ‘their hands’ and all natural ingredients. I would love to find out and debate if this is really the case. But well, lets not go into that.

Set Menu

Burger Menu

I order the set, The Handburger Original ($7.80), Onion Rings and Iced Lemon Tea. So the set will cost $7.80 + $4.00 + service charge 10% + GST 7%.

Iced Lemon Tea

Onion Rings

The batter coating the onion rings is quite unique, not something that I have eaten else where. Seems to have been some herbs mixed in it if my taste bud is right. Best to have it when it is just served, when it is warm and crispy.

The Handburger Original

The Handburger Original consist of  beef patty, cheddar cheese, sweet onion jam, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and of course the caramelised onion buns that sandwich these ingredients. Quite like the caramelised onion buns, moreover the buns were soft. Moreover, my beef patty was juicy and tender. So unlike those from fast food chains, where the processed beef patty tends to be dry and hard. But whether The Handburger did their burger from scratch such as mincing the beef, that I do not know.

The Burger Dessert $6.50

The Burger Dessert consist of chocolate patty with macadamia nuts, apple cream cheese, strawberries sandwiched by 2 donut buns.  Kudos for the presentation and creativity. It looks nice, colourful and maybe cute. But well, sadly, it did not suit my taste bud. Quite a weird combination. And the donut bun was too hard. For me, I do not really care about presentation, so long as it taste delicious, relatively healthy and affordable or at least value for money.

Overall, The Handburger concept is very similar to Burger Bench Bar. Where they spot a distinct market gap and is addressing it. So kudos to both entities. Even their prices are quite similar on the high end.

Raffles City Outlet
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-77/78 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: 6334 4577|
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am – 9.30pm

313 Somerset Outlet
313 Orchard Road
#B2-17/18/19 313 @ Somerset
Tel: 6509 621
Opening Hours:Daily 11.30am – 10pm
Website:http://www.thehandburger.com

Northern Thai Restaurant

The name can be misleading. Its not really a restaurant, there is no air con. Instead Northern Thai Restaurant is located in a coffeeshop.

Northern Thai Restaurant is located in this coffee shop.

Not too long a queue. Order your food, get the number and find a seat. Virtually everyone in this coffee shop are patronising the Northern Thai Restaurant. And the coffeeshop around 80% full during lunch time. Quite an achievement as I felt that it was ulu. Not like its 5minutes walk away from the MRT station.

Menu

Rice $0.50, Northern Thai Special Tom Yam Soup $4.50

Northern Thai Special Tom Yam Soup $4.50

This is quite a unique bowl of tom yam soup. It is cloudy and looks orangey. That reminds me, no chili oil was added. Yet, it was still spicy. There were hints  of basil, lemon grass and chili padi. I was researching online and realised it is likely that coconut milk was added.

Omelette $3.00

The Omelette was shiok too. It was fluffy and ingredients were well spread. The only down side was that beneath the omelette is a layer of oil. But well, for good food, its ok to be unhealthy. At least it was worth it.

Northern Thai Restaurant
1 Tyrwhitt Road (Between Kitchener and Tyrwhitt Roads)
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 8.30am – 5pm
(Closed on Sunday & public holidays)