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Postby nakatago » Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:15 pm

JR8 wrote:I wince slightly when I see things like Australian made Cheddar cheese, or Brie, or even Australian 'Swiss Emmental' ! - [shakes head] - it's just not right, and not the same.


Wait till the Chinese try get their own "native" versions of specialty food. They already did it to towns, theme parks, vehicles, clothing, electronics, companies...ad nauseam...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:53 pm

Suntory Scotch, from Japan, rates pretty good as well.

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Postby Primrose Hill » Fri, 22 Aug 2014 9:03 pm

Hubby & I like Ruth Chris. Morton's nothing to shout about. We also quite like Piesentra for Italian and Jiang Ming for Chinese. DB Bistro serves pretty good consistent food. Soufflé pretty good

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 22 Aug 2014 9:21 pm

'Ruth's Chris steakhouse'.... I was never able to get beyond the mind-numbing name.

Then commuting up and down I-78 with the Hannity and Combs morning show doing their perfectly segued spoken ads 'Oh I had a great dinner last night Sean you know <ding>, Hannity: Oh, tell me about it, my great aunt needs a dinner out soon, "oh listeners: >>> 'Ruth's Chris Steaks, the tastiest steaks you will ever have." [repeat every 5 minutes]

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'Ruth's Chris Steak House specialises in broiling the finest custom-aged USDA prime beef in its trademark 982.2°C oven to lock in natural flavour and tenderness.'



You guys have seriously bought into this !!? :o


Tandoori steak, none of this 982.1c malarkey lol!!!?

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Postby nakatago » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 6:55 am

JR8 wrote:'Ruth's Chris steakhouse'.... I was never able to get beyond the mind-numbing name.

Then commuting up and down I-78 with the Hannity and Combs morning show doing their perfectly segued spoken ads 'Oh I had a great dinner last night Sean you know <ding>, Hannity: Oh, tell me about it, my great aunt needs a dinner out soon, "oh listeners: >>> 'Ruth's Chris Steaks, the tastiest steaks you will ever have." [repeat every 5 minutes]

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'Ruth's Chris Steak House specialises in broiling the finest custom-aged USDA prime beef in its trademark 982.2°C oven to lock in natural flavour and tenderness.'



You guys have seriously bought into this !!? :o


Tandoori steak, none of this 982.1c malarkey lol!!!?


When you throw in enough buzzwords, some people accept it as legit. Just watch infomercials.

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Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 9:19 am

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singapore eagle wrote:Oh, and I agree with Brah's comments on the "hipster brunch places" serving western food. They're uniformly terrible.


THIS.


Baker and Cook in Bukit Timah is an exception. It's pricey, but the food is quite good. Otherwise, I agree. I spent a *lot* of time and money trying to find a decent brunch in Singapore and mostly came away disappointed.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:19 am

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singapore eagle wrote:Oh, and I agree with Brah's comments on the "hipster brunch places" serving western food. They're uniformly terrible.


THIS.


Baker and Cook in Bukit Timah is an exception. It's pricey, but the food is quite good. Otherwise, I agree. I spent a *lot* of time and money trying to find a decent brunch in Singapore and mostly came away disappointed.


Baker and Cook are good... they were just a few blocks from my house. Other well recommended places include Choupinette , Bukit Timah at Coronation... great eggs Benedict. Might also try The Canopy in Bishan Park... not five star... but nice ambiance and good service.

Another place worth checking out for brunch is the Riders Lodge at Green Fairways off Eng Neo... reservations are a must for brunch... we enjoyed food and ambiance.

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Postby Brah » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 2:11 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
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singapore eagle wrote:Oh, and I agree with Brah's comments on the "hipster brunch places" serving western food. They're uniformly terrible.


THIS.


Baker and Cook in Bukit Timah is an exception. It's pricey, but the food is quite good. Otherwise, I agree. I spent a *lot* of time and money trying to find a decent brunch in Singapore and mostly came away disappointed.

That place was an absolute zoo when we went - the cement walls amplified the already noisy din, having to share tables with large groups of people with lot of kids, a constant flux of people coming in a out, and again, overpriced like its competitors. A very un-relaxing experience. The one on Martin Road was better but still too costly and iffy service. A few times the 'crispy' bacon arrived half raw.

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Postby uscate » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 7:55 pm

Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse on Mohamed Sultan Road (right next door to Robertson Walk) is very good. It became my sig other's restaurant of choice for business entertaining (and we went there a lot with friends too)! In addition to great steaks and a very good wine selection, they also have great pasta and fish options. Nicer vibe than Morton's and the food is better.

As far as Cut goes, we went and were underwhelmed. It was noisy, not much atmosphere, and frankly, if I'm going to shell out good money for something to eat, I'd rather not be in a mall….even if it is MBS….

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 8:31 pm

uscate wrote:Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse on Mohamed Sultan Road (right next door to Robertson Walk) is very good. It became my sig other's restaurant of choice for business entertaining (and we went there a lot with friends too)! In addition to great steaks and a very good wine selection, they also have great pasta and fish options. Nicer vibe than Morton's and the food is better.


Thanks, one for me to note. It's ratings seem pretty decent too...

'Braised monkfish, artichoke, cherry tomato, capers and fresh clams' [Main course] $35.

I like the flavour/texture/visual combinations suggested there. It's the kind of light, tasty, and healthy dish that I miss here. If it's half as good as it could be I'd love to give it a try. And the price, I doubt you'd get it for that in Europe (where the main ingredient/monkfish is from!)

Going to FWD the tip to my wife, thx!

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Postby uscate » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 8:56 pm

JR8 - yes, I've had the monkfish….very good! The prices are (for Singapore) quite reasonable, and the food is very fresh. Oh, and the desserts are excellent, along with a complimentary limoncello….what's not to like??

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Postby zzm9980 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 1:00 am

Brah wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:
nakatago wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:Oh, and I agree with Brah's comments on the "hipster brunch places" serving western food. They're uniformly terrible.


THIS.


Baker and Cook in Bukit Timah is an exception. It's pricey, but the food is quite good. Otherwise, I agree. I spent a *lot* of time and money trying to find a decent brunch in Singapore and mostly came away disappointed.

That place was an absolute zoo when we went - the cement walls amplified the already noisy din, having to share tables with large groups of people with lot of kids, a constant flux of people coming in a out, and again, overpriced like its competitors. A very un-relaxing experience. The one on Martin Road was better but still too costly and iffy service. A few times the 'crispy' bacon arrived half raw.


I always went for early (~11:15-11:30am) lunches on weekdays. Having a car and office 'up north' made this feasible. My food was always good, but I was never in the zoo atmosphere you described. I imagine any place trying to serve more people than its kitchen allows in X time period will have similar problems though.

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Postby zzm9980 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 1:02 am

Wow, I've never seen a Monkfish before. Now that I've googled it, not sure I could eat one...

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Postby uscate » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 2:06 am

zzm - monkfish look much prettier all chopped up and filleted….I promise….they're very mild flavored, the taste is not at all like the look…. :)

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 24 Aug 2014 1:45 pm

zzm9980 wrote:Wow, I've never seen a Monkfish before. Now that I've googled it, not sure I could eat one...


Hehehe ... they don't get served up whole, you'd need a big plate for that. The only time I've seem them that way has been on a fish-mongers ice slab, where I think they're intended to scare children or something :)

They are sold just as a skinned tail-fillet, that is quite often cut into medallions for preparation or serving. See examples here.... http://www.stockfood.com/search#!monkfish [*]

Wonderful fish. It's rather like... erm ... a cross between lobster and scallops...

I think I'd forgive yummy steak yielding cattle having ugly mouths if they'd simply evolved them to better eat grass with.

There's a thought how about a side-meme re: 'ugly food'? I.e. if you saw it in real life ('in the flesh' as such... ha!) you likely wouldn't eat it. I nominate sea cucumber and geoduck. Oh, and just about any chickens unlucky enough to end up in a fast-food/budget food outlet.

* This link seems broken.
Go to http://www.stockfood.com
In the search-box at the top/left search on 'monkfish'... bingo, 100s of images


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