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Singapore - Fabulous Kachchi Biryani and Bengali cuisine at Fakruddin, Desker Road

I'm forever in awe of the depth of knowledge that you have when it comes to food (local or otherwise!)

Oct 27, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Rice...no thank you.

agree with your last paragraph; although I guess with friends, one does get some leeway (since you will know what each person likes / dislikes etc). prob not in front of potential in-laws though. guess it's about the context as well.

Oct 27, 2013
akated in Not About Food

Tonkatsu in Shinjuku

me three for katsukura!

i think tonki is polarising. you either love it or hate it. (i hate it. hehe.)

Oct 21, 2013
akated in Japan

Rice...no thank you.

given that this is a us-centric board, i get that many posters feel it's not a big issue if one person doesn't eat rice, but instead fills up on the mains.

that's fine in the states (and perhaps parts of europe?), but pull this stunt in chinese-speaking parts of the world, and you probably won't get invited to any more dinners. just sayin' (singaporean here).

like many of the posters, i don't eat as much rice as my dining companions. but i make sure i only take my fair share of mains (and not more), even though i'm "not eating rice". to do otherwise would be considered rude. unless of course there's more mains left on the table even after everyone's more or less done with the food.

Oct 21, 2013
akated in Not About Food
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Alternates to Torishiki

toriki is a lot less "saucy'.

i liked toriyoshi (this was 4-5 years ago though). they had the "lantern" when i ate there. if your japanese is up to it, you can try to reserve the item - they might run out of it.

never had the chance to eat at torishiki, so don't know how it compares. although i've found that a lot of times, descriptions like "pales in comparison" are really just hyperbole.

Sep 17, 2013
akated in Japan

Does anyone else consider this rude?

what you've said is exactly what i have read, in an encyclopedia, as a kid: that the "american" way of eating is to cut up all the meat into bite-sized pieces, and then eating them with only a fork; versus the "british" way of eating with a knife and fork at the same time.

quite interesting to see all the (presumably) americans here refuting this (i'm neither american, nor british).

Apr 21, 2013
akated in Not About Food

Please don't comb your hair, apply make-up, blow your nose. or pick your teeth at the table. Especially at a restaurant! Thanks.

i'd be fine with someone picking his/her teeth at a chinese restaurant (discreetly, with one hand covering the act). chinese restaurants routinely provide toothpicks at the table.

i don't think any chinese living in china / (or asia for that matter) will object to the above.

Apr 21, 2013
akated in Not About Food

Sushi Dai?

perhaps it's one of the better places at the market... maybe people just need to brag that they have eaten "fresh" sushi from fish sold that day at the market itself...

i guess many visitors don't realise that good sushi is everywhere in tokyo.

Apr 21, 2013
akated in Japan

Best non-Hawker asian restaurants close to Raffles hotel

seconding thanying (caveat: have not eaten at celadon, so have no idea how thanying compares to it). had a most delicious tom kah gai there two weeks ago. yet con is very famous in singapore, but i have not actually tried it before.

not particularly "singaporean", but the moluccas room at MBS can be considered quite unique (mod-indonesian; can't imagine anything being quite like it in the states). gajalee at its new location at the esplanade serves up excellent indian dishes (they specialise in goan seafood dishes) - the green chili crab is delicious.

for "singaporean food", i guess it's still better to stick to the hawker centres (maxwell is nearest - around a 15-20 min walk from raffles area, and a number of stalls open late if you have any supper cravings). although i must say that i had an excellent mutton murtabak at empire cafe at raffles hotel (although wa-y-y overpriced at 21 dollars - hawker centres typically charge 4-5 dollars for it, but the quality can be middling).

Apr 21, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Lastly!! A compilation of some of Hong Kong's BEST ( and worse? ) Won-Ton Noodles!!

wasn't it not too long ago that some singaporean minister was proudly unveiling a robot that could "fry" char kuay teow?

what we sacrifice in the name of efficiency...

edit: found the link - http://www.spring.gov.sg/NewsEvents/I...

Apr 05, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore Upscale Restaurant Recommendations

hmmm. nothing specific, but i prefer the way julien balances his flavours. admittedly, i haven't been to andre since two years ago, so my views of his current cooking may not be the most up-to-date.

i will admit that i think andre cooked better when he was at jaan. a friend of mine thinks that he's too "pretentious" now; i beg to differ, but i can see how his current cooking (well, his cooking "two years ago") can be interpreted as such.

(then again, i was bowled over more by lunch at a gastropub in SF than dinner at the french laundry three weeks ago. heh.)

Mar 07, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - Just Published

i don't think anyone here likes them too! lol!

welcome to the asia boards!

Mar 07, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - Just Published

"putting off"

Mar 04, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - Just Published

and i'm not against your point of view, which i agree with.

but i fail to see how your previous response is valid in response to my comment. any cuisine will most likely be best represented in its own country. but i wasn't really arguing about that.

Mar 04, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - Just Published

read carefully what I wrote. I certainly wasn't "comparing one cuisine to another".

Mar 04, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore Upscale Restaurant Recommendations

I would rate Jaan (under Julien Royer) over the current Andre.

Mar 04, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore Upscale Restaurant Recommendations

thanks M_Gomez for the info on 53!

Mar 04, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - Just Published

although i must admit that i think one would be hard-pressed to name an asian city that can match the quality of food offered in tokyo.

Mar 04, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - Just Published

my exact sentiments. unfortunately i think they have done such a good job of branding that people don't see it for what it is - overpriced, good-but-not-stunning food that has no place in even a top-10 sgp restaurant list.

narisawa at top spot is interesting to me. i've been putting visiting it due to the somewhat polarizing reviews i've seen. i've had three friends visiting it last year and who were seriously underwhelmed by the food.

Mar 04, 2013
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Why don't (upscale) restaurants in the U.S. advertise?

i think they do advertise. but instead of the restaurants taking ads in media (print or otherwise), they "advertise" by granting interviews of the chefs, publishing cookbooks bearing the restaurants' names, etc.

Jan 15, 2013
akated in Not About Food

Tokyo - Dec 28 - Jan 3

will do! =)

Dec 13, 2012
akated in Japan

New Year's Eve Dinner Suggestions - Tokyo

Dec 13, 2012
akated in Japan

Tokyo - Dec 28 - Jan 3

Re: Tempura Shimizu

It's open at least until 31st December as I have a reservation for lunch on that day =)

Here's hoping the concierge doesn't call me up to cancel my reservation :P

Bill: since the market will be closed from 30th onwards, you might want to plan any sushi meals on the 29th. I believe restaurants in major shopping centres should remain open.

Dec 11, 2012
akated in Japan

Rude or Polite: Another Thanksgiving Family Debate.

hmmm... i think it depends on the tone in which the family members made that statement.

i inferred from the thread that the tone would likely have been a snide/sarcastic one in line with passive-aggressive behaviour; rather than a neutral/informative one. The OP mentioned that she has told her family of her preference for them not to say anything when such a situation arises, and the latter tone wouldn't have made sense, unless everyone in the family were really forgetful.

Nov 27, 2012
akated in Vegetarian & Vegan

Rude or Polite: Another Thanksgiving Family Debate.

"So, if a vegan doesn't tell people, or people are not made aware of their unique dietary lifestyle, how is the world supposed to accommodate their desires?"

but why would the hairdresser need to know that the OP doesn't eat turkey? unless a turkey was used/killed in the course of the OP getting her hair cut?

Nov 27, 2012
akated in Vegetarian & Vegan

Singapore - A Lunch at Le Saint Julien

completely anecdotal, but two of my friends had to endure rather chilly service there many years ago.

have never eaten at saint pierre before, due to similar concerns. heh.

Nov 27, 2012
akated in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore - A Lunch at Le Saint Julien

more than the middling reviews of its food, ms lai has been the main reason why i have not even considered dining there. hopefully a more deserving restaurant will take over its wonderful location.

Nov 26, 2012
akated in China & Southeast Asia

New Year's Eve in Tokyo; suggestion for restaurants that open during NYE.

i have a dinner reservation at daisan harumi for the 29th of dec, and lunch reservations for tofuya ukai shiba on the 30th / tempura shimizu on the 31st.

i guess you can check out these restaurants and see if you're interested in them.

(also: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/877732)

Nov 25, 2012
akated in Japan

Ultimate foodie trip TOKYO DEC 2012!!

It's a restaurant database / ranking site for Japan. But in Japanese only. You're spelling it wrongly btw, that's probably why you can't find it on google.

Oct 18, 2012
akated in Japan

Overwhelmed by Tokyo choices -- could use some help!

thanks for the info! would have wished to been able to try out both, but alas, there are only so many meals that i can have in tokyo =(

Oct 17, 2012
akated in Japan