Monday, November 19, 2007

Writings: Windows

"Close the windows!" the man cried. "Close all windows!" Frustrated, the man knocked on the grilling of the windows.

But alas, his advice is not heeded. For the stained windows are still left open and naught can be done when the water drenched the curtains and watered the objects in the room.

Shaking his head, the man moved further down the walls in his make-shift lift and proceed to sprays the walls and windows free of its dirt.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Food 05: Tonkichi + Ajisen

Tonkichi at Ngee Ann City

Tonkichi is a Japaneses restaurant that specialised in selling katsu (everything that is deepfried). Previously this year I had a really bad experience with katsu at a restaurant in Vivocity so I was actually quite fearful of eating at Tonkichi despite reassures from my friend. Well, I should have known better to judge all for one for the food is good.

I ordered Rosu Katsu (tonkatsu loin) set for $19 with refillable rice and salad. There was no visible oiliness and I loved its crispness. Perhaps the serving was too big. It was just too much and the Katsu got to me a bit. Couldn't finish the huge pile of of cabbage as well (let alone asking for second helping). If you want to try the special sauce available you can either ask for it at $1 each or order the Jumbo Katsu which comes with 3 different sauces.

Another thing to note with Tonkichi was the grinding tool which they gave to us before the meal was served. Apparently you have to grind the sesame seeds which the pork can later be dipped onto. I was more fond of referring it as the entertainment tool that keeps customers from complaining while they wait for the food. =D

Rating: 7/10

Tonkichi is located at 91 Orchard Road, #04-24 Tower A, Ngee Ann City (visit their website for location of other branches)
Tel: 67357522 (cannot reserve on weekends)

Ajisen at Tampines Mall

I have never eaten at Ajisen before. This was my first and(hopefully) last time. My mother once commented that Ajisen ramen is instant noodles packaged nicely. And I agreed. Aijsen has a ramen set which costs $13.80 for one ramen of your choice, a side dish and drink.

The side dish was terrible. The fried tofu was tasteless and the sauce was equally bland. The gyoza was as bad. There was oil oozing out from where the dumpling was placed. It was also slightly burned. Thankfully it has more flavour than the tofu.

The ramen was normal. I ordered miso ramen which was spicy. There was nothing remarkable about it. The green tea appears not to be refillable. Fortunately the drink managed to last for the entire course.

Perhaps the only good thing about Aijsen was that it fills the stomach. But I could have just as easily be full by eating some cheap and tasty hawker food.

Rating: 5/10

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Food 04: Marché

Went to eat at Marché (vivo city branch) last Sunday.

Marché is pretty much a self-service Swiss restaurant with a concept not unlike that of Seoul Garden(which flopped pretty badly in the recent years). Using a card to scan what you ordered, you only pay for the food when you leave the restaurant.

I was expecting the restaurant to be bigger and there was a short queue when I arrived there (around 12.20).

Grilled Chicken Breast

The grilled chicken was smaller than I thought. It was $6++ . If I asked for the whipped potato instead of the baked potato, I would probably be left hungry. The taste was ordinary, nothing fantastic. The existence of the pepper sauce managed to save it but only barely.

Premium Smoked Salmon Rösti

The rösti is actually potato sliced to fine stripes and fried to a lovely brown. When eaten with the sour sauce provided, it tastes wonderful. The dish came with a generous amount of smoked salmon. The salmon was soft and was pretty good even to someone like me who detest salmon. Priced at $13+, I only wished the size was bigger.

Rating: 7/10

Note to self: stop taking photographs with lousy HP camera.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Food 03: Sun with Moon

It's been ages since I last blogged about any restaurant (although I've been to plenty of them). A fresh start requires a good recommend and Sun with Moon is certainly a great restaurant that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. Sun with Moon is a Japanese dining and cafe serving wonderful japanese food.

The beef kamameshi which unfortunately does not look appetizing due to my horrible photography

The kamameshi is one of the restaurant's signature dish. At $14++, it is certainly worth for money. The kamameshi is a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in an iron pot with various kinds of meat, seafood, and vegetables. For the two occasions I was there, I couldn't resist and ordered their beef kamameshi which was extremely tasty. The only grief I had was that I couldn't find the egg that was supposed to be on top of the beef kamameshi - but that may be caused by me mixing the rice a bit too viciously. Their salmon kamameshi was in my opinion not as good but I was biased towards my love for beef.

The Rainbow Roll of avocado and mango maki sushi

I highly recommend the Rainbow Roll sushi which has 3 pieces of mango sushi and avocado sushi of soft shelled crab each. Do eat it with the slices of ginger provided and dip it in the soy sauce.

Asides from the sushi, I have also tried their fried soft shelled crab which unfortunately was not to my liking. While the serving was generous, i just couldn't bring my self to finish it. However it definitely tastes better than Sakae Sushi's variety.

Green Tea Parfait

Recently recommended by Urban for their afternoon tea selection, they have a fine selection of deserts. One of their signature dish, the Tofu Cheesecake was in disappointingly small portion. It was so miserable that I almost wanted to order another dish of it. If you ever visit Sun with Moon, you must try it! Another desert that I liked was the Green Tea Parfait. Topped with a serving of japanese red bean and a dash of whipped cream with the green tea ice cream, it was delicious! The Parfait have several levels with the ice cream at the top, the japanese chestnuts and dumplings somewhere in between and the cornflakes at the bottom. Highly recommended.

The view outside from our tables

My family was lucky to get a place just beside the window but what was amazing was not the view outside but the environment of the restaurant. Each part of the restaurant is decorated differently from the others.

Fearful to not get any seats from the highly crowded restaurant during peak hours, my family called in advance to reserve and I do advise any one who like to eat from seven pm onwards to reserve a place. The restaurant only starts serving at 6.30pm but it is always good practice to go there earlier to secure a place or risk queuing.

Rating: 8/10

Sun with Moon is located at #03-15/16/17 Wheelock Place Tel: 6733-6636

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Missed Resolution: NaNoWriMo

I missed NaNoWriMo this year. That makes it the 4th time I missed it haha. Didn't have an excuse to not do it this year though.

NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month. Writers who joined need to finish writing a novel of 50,000 words from November 1st to November 30th.

I joined in 2005 but didn't managed to meet the deadline. It's pretty tough to write around 2000 words everyday if you're not used to it.

And yes, joining (and finishing) the NaNoWriMo is on my new year resolution for every year since 2002.