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Singapore Eats - Researching Choices

First of all wishing you a good trip to Sgp. Some local feedback on the places you've specifically mentioned:
- Maxwell Centre: Tian Tian is not bad for chicken rice (there may be better but that is a fairly subjective judgment depending on your personal preferences for rice, chicken & condiments) but I suspect all the hype has led to the disappointment for first-timers.

- Tim Ho Wan Singapore: Standard is inconsistent, queues are long (except at non-peak hours like midday on a weekday). I think equally good or better dim sum (incl char siu bo lo bao) can be found at the usual suspects mentioned on this board, which also accept reservations e.g. Canton Paradise / Taste Paradise, Imperial Treasures...

- Restaurant Ember: Yep chef is changing in May.

- Chui Huay Lim Teochew: For the same money & equally comfortable setting, I would pick Imperial Treasures Teochew instead, they are generally more consistent. I find CHL is a bit hit & miss and fish is not always as fresh as it should be.

- Jumbo Seafood or Long Beach Seafood: I think these are good choices for first-time visitors to Sgp who haven't had Singaporean seafood (chili crab, cereal prawns etc) before. Locals would probably go elsewhere (less accessible).

- Hai Di Lao: I personally prefer J-Pot or Imperial Treasures Steamboat but Hai Di Lao is alright. A lot of the patrons are groups of young people so quite a lively atmosphere.

- Teppei @ Orchid Hotel: It's definitely good value for money as far as omakase goes, but it's not refined in the same way that the top omakase in Japan would be, so it depends what you're looking for. Also, they're fully booked till Jul & any cancellations (released via their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teppeirestau...) are snapped up in minutes so if you want to try, join the line for lunch instead. Daily specials are posted on their facebook, the bara-chirashi don is generally popular also.

about 22 hours ago
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Singapore: Solo Sunday dinner in Little India?

Hi Kelly, welcome to Singapore!

Both Banana Leaf Apolo and Madras New Woodlands can take solo diners. Fish-head curry is the main thing at the former (portions are big - you can get other cuts as a solo diner but to my mind not as fresh or good as the fish head), the latter is all vegetarian (thosai and the like) so it really depends on what you feel like having. Location-wise, Banana Leaf Apolo feels that little bit safer to me than Madras New Woodlands, especially for ladies. Singapore also offers a fairly wide variety of Indian food from different regions (Bengal, Kerala / Goa..) that may be worth a try if you can't get any good Indian food at all in Brussels (alas!). Gajalee's at Esplanade is one convenient option.

Other quick answers:
--Chicken rice at Maxwell Food Centre >> Tian Tian still ok. Other recs on this board for Maxwell also still relevant.
--Chili crab at No Signboard in Geylang >> their salted egg yolk crab is better than their chili crab, which is not in my mind a good representative of what chili crab should be. Seafood Paradise or Jumbo would be better, although generally chili crab standard in Sgp is not as good as it used to be.
--Char kuey teow >> Hong Lim hawker centre
--Fish-head curry >> Well you've got Banana Leaf Apolo up there. :) Although since you're at Anson Rd I would definitely recommend Ocean at lunchtime (ask your colleagues as I'm sure they'll know)
--Roti prata >> Anson Rd area is not the best for roti prata, but there are a few places around Telok Ayer St (including Gayatri) that are passable, or Akbar (24H, at 2 Lim Teck Kim Road). Must be freshly made or it won't be that good.

Also near Anson Road, good lunchtime options:
-- Eng Kee at Enggor Street for roast meats (ask for fatty char siew)
-- Amoy Street hawker centre (Hoo Kee dumpling, Piao Ji fish soup)
-- Teppei (get the off-menu chirashi-don)
-- Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh (http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapor...

)

Lines at the first three are usually long so get there before noon if you can. Enjoy!

Nov 29, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore/Hong Kong - Regular visitor looking for something new & different

If you're tired of the 'fashionable' venues and just want good food but don't care about the ambience, there are a few general options:
(1) Venture out to the further-flung suburbs, like Yishun. There are many unsung places that you won't find even in local guides or blogs but the old timers and those living in the neighbourhood will know E.g. there is good prata, wanton mee, 'cai fan' to be found along Yishun Ring Rd near the library, and all for less than $5 too.

(2) Go to the CBD during lunch hour and see where the lines are very long (compared to the other places, that is, given how crowded it gets around lunch time generally). E.g. the roast pork rice at Philip St, the lemak curry fish head at Ocean Curry opposite Amoy Hawker Centre (itself worth a visit)

That's my antidote to celebrity dining (or those chic places opened by the usual suspects).

Sep 10, 2013
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Singapore - Modern-Nyonya cuisine at Candlenut, Dorsett Residences (Outram Park)

Went about a month ago and had a pretty disappointing experience, so I'm surprised by the many positive comments for Candlenut. We had:
* Sous vide beef rendang - Nice tender texture but the beef appeared to have been cooked separately from the rempah so the meat had no real flavour to it.
* Bakwan kepiting - Bland
* Assam fish curry - Fish wasn't fresh, we skipped eating it entirely. The assam tasted pretty flat too, like it came out of one of the seasoning packets sold at NTUC and was just reheated. The lady who came back to clear the table for dessert noticed that we hadn't eaten any of the fish curry and rather quizzically asked us if we forgot about it, which I thought was a mildly puzzling query.
* Chap chye - First time I've had crunchy cabbage in chap chye. Normally chap chye is stewed but the vegetables didn't absorb any flavour from the seasoning and were unpleasantly crunchy, so I'm not sure how they cooked it.

The steamed banana cake dessert was pretty good though. We actually went expecting decent food (have eaten at Candlenut at its previous location around Duxton when the menu was different, it was ok) so it was quite disappointing that the food was that bad. But now I'm really puzzled why we had such a bad meal when everyone else seems to have had good experiences..

Sep 10, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Best vongole pasta in Tokyo?

Ok got that, will check out Piccolo Grande's details. Which of the three is your personal favourite for pasta?

Btw thanks for responding to a somewhat random-sounding query (relative to the usual posts on the Japan board at any rate).

Sep 10, 2013
RipCurl in Japan

Best vongole pasta in Tokyo?

Am I right in assuming LB = La Brianza & not La Bisboccia? (Ebisu as that's where the latter is located & we can squeeze in tapas w/ less travelling around, not because we have a burning desire to go there otherwise)

ActualIy I was curious about La Brianza principally because (1) their Tabelog entry has a rather nicely taken picture of vongole pasta right up front (2) it was mentioned in a previous post about Japanese Italian restaurants as a place to go. But if it's not as good as the other places (by which you mean the ones that U. Yabai has mentioned, or the ones in your post?) then I might skip that

Sep 10, 2013
RipCurl in Japan

Best vongole pasta in Tokyo?

Ha, good to know, thanks v much! Will check out La Bisboccia (probably not Elio Locanda as no vongole according to their website), and likely also La Brianza (perhaps the trattoria, hope that's as good as their main place).

And since we'll be in Ebisu, maybe we can squeeze in some tapas before / after La Bisboccia...

Sep 09, 2013
RipCurl in Japan

Best vongole pasta in Tokyo?

'Best' is subjective, but would be great to hear which ones you most enjoyed, be it bianco or rosso (but no cream please!)

Searched the board & saw Charlesyu's rec for (chain restaurant?) La Boheme, any particular location?

Sep 06, 2013
RipCurl in Japan

Overwhelmed in Seoul

Since no else has commented, my brief thoughts on the grilled kalbi places you mentioned:
Samwon Garden - Probably the most touristy of the lot.
Byeokje - Actually a chain, standard is decent but probably won't wow you. Prices vary widely depending on which outlet you go, principally due to ambience. If I were to choose one of the Byeokje outlets to go, I'd likely pick one of the Bong Pi Yang ones.
Chamsutgol - Casual, not touristy. Side dishes a bit more interesting than Byeokje.
Mapo Sutbul - There are a lot of similarly named eating places with 'Mapo' in the name, so I'm not 100% sure if we're thinking of the same one, but this is a pork kalbi place. I've never been though, I don't get to Mapo much.

Sad to say I don't have any knock your socks off recommendations for grilled kalbi in Seoul (as yet). To be honest, I've had much more memorable experiences with other Korean foods. And particularly so if compared to the US where it's much easier to find decent grilled kalbi in my opinion than good kalbi jjim as Steve says (I recommended Gangnam Myeon Ok in another thread on this board) or grilled black pork belly (samgyeobsal).

Aug 06, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul: Cake/Macaroons/Chocolate for Birthday

Hi vkod3,
The Lotte Hotel website says that Hans Delica does deliveries within Seoul (order 3 days in advance) with a 20,000 won (+10% tax) charge, but as to whether they will accept orders over phone / email, you should probably check directly with the hotel. Contact here: http://www.lottehotelseoul.com/kr/event/view.asp?var_Page=1&num=2447&var_Keyfield=&var_Keyword=&var_Branch=01&fnum=11
And menu here: http://www.lottehotelseoul.com/files/...

Laduree doesn't deliver, as far as I can tell neither do the rest. Your other options are Gmarket (but the quality of the cakes etc are in all likelihood not what you're looking for), finding an online merchant that ships internationally (there are many just a google away, including Amedei) or sending something from the US. Personally I would opt for the latter, if you can buy it directly yourself and ship over to her since you have more control over the timing. Most online stores in Korea do not accept non-Korea credit cards. Good luck and happy birthday to your friend.

Jul 26, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Overwhelmed in Seoul

Hm, offhand I can't think of any simple English phrase that would be reliably understood. Maybe when they turn you down after finding out you're eating solo, you can show them a simple sentence like this:

고기 2 인분 주문하면 괜찮습니까?
(go-gi ee-in-bun ju-moon ha myeon gwen-chan-sum-ni-kka?)

Literally, "if I order two servings of meat, would it be okay?"

Jul 22, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Overwhelmed in Seoul

Besides the social aspect, I'd like to suggest a practical reason why most grill places don't serve solo diners - considering the hassle / cost for them to clean the grill, do the set up & provide the usual (large!) spread of banchan (side dishes) that go along with your meat order, it may not seem worth their while if you're only ordering a one-person serving. I've seen solo diners at kalbi and samgyeopsal places before, but they usually order a decent amount, so I don't think the social aspect is necessarily always the primary factor for the restaurant owners. If you're still keen on trying some grilled meats & have the appetite to eat more than one serving, you could tell the restaurant when you enter that although you're by yourself you'll order enough for 2 people or more. Do you speak Korean? If not, you could have it written down in Korean to show the restaurant when you enter. Another strategy is to go at lunchtime when the grill places usually offer a different lunch menu that caters more to the solo diner (e.g. kalbi-tang, like at Budnamujib, or bibimbab which comes with the house grilled meat, like at Chamsutgol).

Jokbal (pig's feet) is definitely for groups! Things that would be easily served in single portions are noodle dishes like cold noodles (naengmyeon), guksu (soup noodles), bibimbab (mixed rice), jjigae (stews), juk (porridge). Korean food has a wide variety of soups, stews, and noodles so it isn't as restrictive as that might initially sound. Do you need specific recommendations, or are you looking more for general ideas on what type of places are friendly to solo diners?

Besides the above general suggestions, a few places near Hyehwa / 대학로 that would probably serve solo diners:
The Bab (더밥) - http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=ben1224&logNo=120148208368

Sollamugil Doenjang yesul (솔나무길 된장예술) - http://www.foodncafe.com/blog/?mb_id=...

Jul 21, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul food tour + INC airport question

Hi Sasicka, if you would like a specialized food tour perhaps this might suit you?
http://www.ongofood.com/taste-tour/food-tours-in-seoul/

The main man (Daniel Gray) running the tours also blogs on Seoul food at http://www.seouleats.com so you can check it out to see if the type of places are what you're looking for. Disclaimer, I haven't taken any of his tours but have checked out his blog for ideas.

The City of Seoul actually offers free guided walking tours as well, but these aren't food-oriented: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_4_14.jsp

Lastly, if you feel up to a bit of planning, the Seoul Tourism website also provides a wealth of info here: http://www.visitseoul.net/en/article/...
The food they feature tends to be more down-home & rustic, and some of the locations require a bit of navigation. With two young children it might be more challenging to manage but just putting out that option for you to look at anyway.

Just a thought, if you have two nights, do you really want to stay at Hyatt Regency Incheon? The food options at the airport are pretty average (I think the best option may be Bon Pi Yang, the casual offshoot of Byeokje Galbi, which is near the AREX - airport train - station) and it only takes between 45 - 55 min train ride to get from the airport to Seoul Station. You could alternatively explore Incheon city, but if you think you might not visit Korea again any time soon, then I think it's worth visiting Seoul.

Mar 06, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Best modern dim sum in HK - better than Singapore?

Thanks! Lung King Heen looks like a good choice then. Fu Sing hairy crab roe XLB looks interesting but we might skip that as it's not hairy crab season. Is there anything you *wouldn't* recommend at Lung King Heen?

PhilD, yep as klyeoh suggests, the pricing in Crystal Jade's luxury restaurants here in Sgp are in the same range as what we paid at Man Wah. How about if you were to benchmark against Man Wah, are there any other places that you rate higher than MW?

I find the Michelin rating really hit and miss, on our last trip we also tried 2* Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz Carlton but it was eminently forgettable (except for the price tag). Hotel is nice though.

Mar 02, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Best modern dim sum in HK - better than Singapore?

Seeking the help of the HK food experts - will be heading down to HK some time next month & hoping to find 'blow-your-socks-off' dim sum that's better than anything we can find in Singapore (where we stay). So far, our experiences with dim sum in HK have been mixed, and overall it seems pricier than Sgp for similar quality?

I read the last thread on 'best dim sum in HK' (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/318331) but am hoping specifically to find (1) modern dim sum that is unique to HK or (2) available in Sgp but much better in HK. I'm sure it's out there, we just haven't been able to find it yet!

Just to make things even more challenging ;) we don't eat shrimp or lobster (which eliminates one whole section of the dim sum menu!).

Specific dim sum that we like include
- abalone yam puff at Man Wah
- char siu pao at Cherry Garden (sg
)- lau sar pao at Taste Paradise (sg) & East Ocean (sg)
- mango chicken pie at Hua Ting (sg)
- abalone chicke pie at Wah Lok (sg)
- char siu sou at Imperial Treasures (sg)
- xiao long bao at Crystal Jade (sg)
- XO carrot cake at Taste Paradise (sg)
- egg tarts at Crystal Jade Palace

Looking at openrice, Above & Beyond, Lung King Heen & Yan Toh Heen seem interesting but reviews are mixed. Are these good choices?

Feb 28, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore suggestions near Bras Basah

debbieann - In the Imperial Treasures family, Imperial Treasures Teochew at Ngee Ann City might also be interesting to you perhaps. It has Teochew specialities that are somewhat different than the Cantonese places, but just as good (steamed pomfret / ma yau fish, braised duck with tau kwa etc). It also does some of the signature Imperial Treasures dishes like the scallops & egg white with truffle oil, I find it a convenient stop for both Cantonese and Teochew.

Feb 28, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore suggestions near Bras Basah

Just a note - Rendezvous Hock Lock Kee is no longer at Hotel Rendezvous. It's moved a while back to Central (at Clarke Quay MRT station), 2nd floor. That's still fairly near Bras Basah but not quite walking distance, more like a 5 minute cab ride. Same staff / stuff as before but I think the coconut milk in the desserts might be the powdered / instant type now.

Oh also to add a few more suggestions for Bras Basah:
Alex's for char siew (ask for half fatty half lean) http://www.soshiok.com/critic/article...
Oversea Restaurant at Shaw Towers opposite Alex's also does a good char siew (they come from KL) but pricier and they like to hard sell the expensive menu items.

Chinese desserts ('tong shui') stalls along Liang Seah Street: Ah Chew's, Ji De Chi & Dessert First for mango pomelo sago, ginger milk pudding, water chestnut egg sweet soup etc.

Feb 28, 2013
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore: Nicolas Le Restaurant

Happy eating! :)

Sep 23, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul 2012 report - quick snippets

Gaewhaok was about W100,000 (USD90) for 1 order of bulgogi + chadolbaegi. To put the prices into perspective, it's not expensive compared to eating out for 2 elsewhere in the world, but in Seoul I think it's pretty easy to find better taste for lesser cost.

Look forward to reading your report :)

Sep 23, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore: Nicolas Le Restaurant

Aha! A timely piece of news for those who haven't seen it :)
http://www.soshiok.com/critic/article...

Sep 20, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul 2012 report - quick snippets

Oh, is that the one opposite Galleria? I should try that branch next time. Noticed a tautology in my post btw since Yeongyang already means nutrition :)

Looking forward to more posts on Korea from other recent visitors (e.g. Asomaniac?) and residents (e.g. Tomeats)!

Sep 20, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul 2012 report - quick snippets

A number of food places have changed (closed down or moved to a different address) since our last visit some months ago - notably Bong San Jib's location near COEX is now a few streets further away (call for directions / new address).

Would revisit:
* Gangnam Myun Oak (Sinsa-dong, Gangnam) - This is one of two well-known places in Seoul for kalbijjim (braised beef ribs on the bone). Even the smallest kalbijjim is a huge serving. We also got steamed mandu, naengmyeon (we over-ordered for 2 people). The sauce (seems like a kochujang based sauce but with kanjang, spring onions & some other stuff) is very more-ish with the mandu & the ribs. They serve beef soup instead of tea, very comforting on the tummy.

* Jung Sik Dang (Sinsa-dong, Gangnam) - CH'er Tomeats had good things to say abt this place, finally got round to trying it. Well-executed fusion food e.g. jalapeno (or actually probably they were korean green peppers) bread, clam sujebi, sea urchin bibimbab, interesting 'molecular' presentation of the seasonal patbingsu (lit. red bean ice). They also have a location in NYC, the menu looks pretty much the same but twice the price(!).

* Yeongyang Nutrition Centre (Myeongdong) - roasted tongdak (spring chicken), very crisp skin, not oily at all. Flesh a bit dryer (probably necessary side-effect to get the skin that crisp). Also has samgyetang. The gamjatang (pork & potato stew) place just round the corner looked good too but we were in the mood for something non-spicy.

* Sanbong hwaro gui (Rodeo Drive, Gangnam) - Marinated thin-sliced fatty beef (yangnyeom samgyeop) for grilling, nice flavor & meat quality. But mysteriously they had pre-set the none-too-clean table with some limp looking sanchae (veg that accompanies the barbecued meats). By the time we sat down they had pretty much wilted away in the heat.

* Porridge place whose name I've forgotten temporarily (Myeongdong) - Pleasant abalone porridge, very more-ish (raw) squid pickle. Could probably have eaten two bowls of porridge each with that pickle.

* O'sulloc (Insadong) - Manufacturer / retailer of tea, they specialize in green tea & have their own plantation on Jeju Island. The 3-storey location in Insadong is their tea boutique where on the first floor you can sample / buy their pre-packaged teas (average quality but nice packaging, very good as gifts for casual tea drinkers), on the second floor is their cafe with delicious tea-flavored desserts (my vote for the roll cake with fresh cream) & the third floor is their 'boutique' where they conduct special tea tastings of the premium teas. A convenient stopover on the way to Ssamziegil (just opposite) too.

Wouldn't revisit:
* Hadongkwan (Daechi-dong, Gangnam) - Nice kkakdugi (radish pickles) but the soup itself was a bit gamey.
* Kim Buk Sun Keun Nabi Jib (Garosugil, Gangnam) - Lots of Japanese tourists & plenty of celebs come here apparently (signed lids on the walls & Japanese articles posted on the door). They specialize in stews. The kimchi jjigae (stew) was better than the soondubu jjigae but both pretty forgettable.
* Shigol Bossam (Sadang) - Bossam is their speciality and the spread looked quite appealing... until we spotted the large fly bathing in the kimchi dish. The taste of their food wasn't good enough to overcome our sudden loss of appetite.
* Pro Soy Crab (location near COEX, Gangnam) - The crab they used for their soy-sauce marinated raw crab (kanjang gyejang) & crab stew was less than fresh (fishy odor / taste when raw & flesh sticks to the shell when cooked, poor texture & lacking in sweetness). A surprise as they're recommended in all the guidebooks for their crab. In retrospect perhaps they're over-touristed (?) & we should have tried the other popular soy crab place up in Sincheon instead.
* Gaehwaok (Apgujeong) - This was a recommendation from the hotel for bulgogi. In future we probably shouldn't take recommendations from the hotel as our experiences suggest they tend to recommend expensive place with good atmosphere but not very good food.

Wishlist for next trip - a good (haemul) soondubu jjigae place, jokbal at one of the top 3 places in Seoul

Sep 17, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore: Nicolas Le Restaurant

Anyone know what's happened to chef Nicolas? Last I heard he was planning to re-open in July or August but haven't any news of a re-opening yet.

Aug 31, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore: Nicolas Le Restaurant

caveat - Wok & Barrel is not upscale, quite the opposite in fact.

May 02, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Trying to find a certain candy available in Taiwan in the late 1980s!!

Your description reminded me of plum-flavored tablet candy (google pikin plum tablet for pictures) although the shape doesn't match.

Apr 22, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Where to go in Singapore at 2am

Hmm, many of the hawker centres (& pretty much all restaurants) are closed by that time (up till midnight is still ok but 2am is probably a bit late for most - I should mention that some stalls in Terminal 3 of the airport are open at that time... food standard is a bit iffy though). Options besides Geylang are:
- Gluttons Bay next to the Esplanade, less than 10 mins from Four Seasons
- Chatterbox @ Mandarin Hotel (Orchard Rd, just a couple minutes from Four Seasons) is open till 2am and serves a range of hawker favourites. Some people like their chicken rice (I personally find it overpriced and the service indifferent).
- Balestier (a bit further from Four Seasons, about 15 min cab ride?) has decent late night fare
- Ya Hua bak kut teh (two outlets, one at Keppel & the other at Havelock, if you go to the Havelock location there's also Teochew porridge not too far away) open till 3am I believe

Mar 31, 2012
RipCurl in China & Southeast Asia

Good value in Tokyo (sub-top or lunch deals)

Perhaps Kira @ Ginza for teppanyaki? http://jasaga.or.jp/kira/ginza/menu.html

A vote for Florilege (Aoyama / Gaienmae) or Le Jeu de l'assiette (Ebisu) for good value lunch. Re info on food & prices, you can check r.tabelog.com/tokyo

Have a good trip!

Mar 24, 2012
RipCurl in Japan

Where in Seoul for HIGH END for anything help !

Thanks klyeoh! I go to Hyang To Gol for the meats once in a while but so far haven't hit on a good stew or soup there. Also can't seem to find a good soondubu place anywhere in town. This also brings to mind - I don't know if you've noticed this too, but it seems like Korean restaurants when they first start out in Sg offer pretty decent banchan (in terms of variety and quantity)... and then you go back again a year later and everything's been economized. I noticed this happening with a number of places over time. It's still better than in London where I think you have to pay for & order your banchan separately but I wonder why this deterioration happens. Are Singaporeans free-loading too much(!)?

Mar 14, 2012
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Florilege in Aoyama

akated: The location on google maps I think shows you the general area where it's located (4-9-9 Minami-Aoyama seems to cover quite a number of buildings!) & then we sort of wandered around for a while to stumble upon it. In fact, even now I have absolutely no recollection where it actually is, except for a vague idea that the building is up a flight of stairs near a small (clothing?) shop. I think...

Mar 14, 2012
RipCurl in Japan

Florilege in Aoyama

FourSeasons: Unfortunately I haven't been able to eat at Quintessence so I can't really compare the two. But I'll add some detail on Florilege so that you can get a better feel - I may have the order (& no. of courses!) somewhat mixed up but if I recall correctly, what 2 of us had included:
- green olive amuse bouche (a little cube of what tasted like olive oil flavored brioche)
- foie gras with hazelnut meringue and raisin walnut bread (a signature item)
- ezo venison with red pepper sauce
- wagyu marrow flan (marrow with wagyu tartare) / cepe croquette
- tochiotome strawberry with petit nuage milk ice cream / chocolate omelette

There wasn't a particularly pronounced Japanese influence to the food, except perhaps in the lighter touch. You don't feel heavy even after eating quite a fair bit of foie, marrow and red meat.

I'd say it's also not the kind of meal where you expect to discover a startling new flavor combination, pushing the boundaries. It's more the kind of meal where you leave feeling warm and happy with the world because everything was just well done (at a reasonable price too), the quality of the produce is good, & everyone in front of house is so nice. Plus the chef has his small whimsical moments with the square olive and the 'burnt' omelette that made us smile. :) I think the term "bonne petite table" is a very good description of Florilege.

Hopefully this is more informative - I would also add that this is our impression from lunch but dinner might of course be different.

Mar 14, 2012
RipCurl in Japan