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Friday, March 29, 2013

Maccha House 抹茶館 @ Orchard Central

After having a great meal at Kuriya Penthouse, we did some window-shopping around the mall before settling down at Maccha House for some desserts.  It had been quite a while that we had not stepped into Orchard Central.  
 My friend Sam, ordered Matcha Ice Cream Anmitsu ($7.90) which was served with azuki, jelly and tangerine.  The set came along with brown tea too.  Sam commented that this was quite nice and fortunately, she didn't really put in all the green tea sweet syrup into her dessert.  It came really useful to me when I had my share of dessert later on.  
 My other friend, Pauline ordered a Mixed Dorayaki ($9.90).  We were all shocked when this was served.  Not only it was huge, it didn't look like the photo of the dorayaki presented in the menu.  There was lots of whipped cream which Pauline didn't like and the whole presentation looked rather messy.
 Pauline also ordered Green Tea Soda ($2.40 for Regular) and she commented it was the most bitter soda she ever had in her life!  Haha....
 I thought of having something simple so I ordered Matcha Soy Milk Pudding ($5.90).  The texture was very firm and not the common bouncy type of pudding.  However, the dessert was also very very bitter!  After I poured the whole  mini-cup of sweet syrup into my pudding, I also took Sam's syrup and poured everthing into it!

Maccha House
#B1-40, Orchard Central,
181 Orchard Road,
Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT),
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kuriya Penthouse @ Orchard Central

A mini gathering with 3 of my friends to try out the Japanese food at Kuriya Penthouse.

  These are the only 2 restaurants on the 12th level, located amid the roof garden.
Entrance to the restaurant
You will be greeted by this huge display of awards that they have at the entrance of the restaurant to assure you of both the food quality and service.
Chef at work.

Neat table setting
The chopsticks that they use are very special, with both sides all pointed.  Out of curiosity, we asked one of the staff why they were designed in this manner.  The staff told us that one side could be used for eating and the other side, supposedly longer and more pointed, could be used for stirring.  They could also be used to pick up wet and dry seaweed.

The staff who was serving our table was attentive.  She opened up a small stool for each of us to put our bag.
I oredered Plum Wine on the Rock.  ($8)
See the huge ball of ice!

 I ordered the Shokado lunch set - "Tsubaki".  ($42)

Starter of the Day
 My bento which consisted:
1)  3 kinds of Appetizer, 
2)  3 types of Sashimi, 
3)  Omelette and Grilled Fish, and 
4)  Prawn and Vegetable Tempura.

 The primary reason why I ordered this set was because I love sushi.  This set comes with assorted sushi!  :)

 Chawanmushi and Miso Soup.
 Dessert of the Day - So pretty!
Hazel ordered the Shokado Bento Set, also $42.

Starter of the Day
2 types of Sashimi
 Her Shokado Bento set consisted of:
1)  Grilled Fish with Appertizer
2)  Tempura
3)  Salad 
4)  Rice
Sam and Pauline ordered the same type of lunch set - Shokado "Kaede"  ($37.80)
Their bento set consisted of:
1)  3 types of Sashimi
2)  Deep-fried Prawns coated with Almonds, Fried Chicken
3)  Omelette and Grilled Fish
4)  Braised Pork Belly
 In addition, they also had claypot rice and pickles which were included in the set.

 By coincidence, we got a Grey and Pink Combination here.
  An enjoyable lunch to kick-start the "holiday"!  We were satisfied with the quality of food served and also pleased with the good service provided by the staff.
Have a Great Week everyone!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bliss House Theme Restaurant @ The Central, Clarke Quay

Bliss House Theme Restaurant is a new restaurant at The Central, Clarke Quay.  I chanced upon Zoe Raymond's blog about this place and thought it was quite an interesting place just like the Fullhouse theme restaurant at Hotel Rendezvous.  My group of gal friends loved the concept of Fullhouse when they were there and thus, I asked them whether they would like to celebrate our March birthday celebration here.  The birthday gal agreed and thus, we proceed with the reservation.  (Actually, no reservation is required.)   

This is the exterior of the restaurant.  It is located next to a nail salon and if you didn't take a closer look, you might thought is part of the salon and not even realize that this is a restaurant.  

This is the narrow entrance to the restaurant.  We were filled with anticipation as we saw this beautiful entrance.
As we walked into the restaurant, we saw this carriage with decorated floral all over.  I believe many couples would love to take a few photo shots in this carriage.
The "Living Room".  Some masquerade masks were provided here and we used them for our photoshoot after our meal.
 A special "bridal room' here.
The dining area was quite nice, with pure white furnishing.  The place looked clean and bright.  Initially, we thought we would have a great time here but......
 First, we were really surprised that their menu looked quite shabby.  They were not even laminated and some were quite torn and with stains.  There was no photo of the food in the menu and the fonts were quite difficult to read.
Secondly, service was unacceptably slow.  Other than our group of 10 adults and a few kids, there were only about 3 other pairs of customers in the whole restaurant.  However, it took them almost 20 minutes just to serve us our ice water!

 My friend who doesn't drink alcohol, requested for her margarita to be served without alcohol.  She took a few sips immediately when her drink was being served to her.  However, after quite a while, the waitress came back with another cup of margarita and told my friend that the one she was having, actually contained alcohol!  
The appetizers and side dishes were served after quite a long wait.
Baked Mushrooms ($10).
 I ordered wild mushroom soup ($8).  The bread was very hard and I had to ask my friend to help me break it into smaller pieces.  
Calamari ($14) which was meant for only 2 persons to share.
 This portobello mushroom cost $16.
Scallop with prawn & caviar ($24).  To be fair, this dish was good, with big fresh prawns placed with the juicy scallops.
After almost 45 minutes, our mains were still not being served yet.  We ordered our food at around 1pm and near 2pm, the kids were very hungry and so were the adults.  When we told the staff to serve the kids their carbonara first, she told us that it might disrupt the flow in the preparation of the dishes and the adults might have to wait even longer for our mains to arrive!!  With so few customers, they already couldn't cope.  I wonder whether they plan for the restaurant to be 100% full?

All of us were starving.  Since we had bought a birthday cake from Swissbake, we decided to sing the birthday song to the 2 birthday gals first so that we could eat the cake first!  :( :( :(

Hazelnut Crunch
Happy Birthday to Cheryl and Theresa!
 Carbonara for the kids to be shared first.
Short Ribs ($34)
Kurobuta Pork ($32)
Red Snapper ($32)
My friend who ordered the dish said it was nice but the portion was quite small and thus, not filling.
 Cheryl and I ordered the Seafood Spaghetti with tomato sauce ($26).
 Seafood Spaghetti with cream sauce ($26).
 Capellini Prawns ($24) 
The meal cost a whooping $628.50, which averaged to $57 per pax!  We all felt that most of the dishes were overpriced and with the slow and inattentive service, this meal definitely not worth this price.  

After dinner......
Happy Kid!
We took a group photo before we left.

The story doesn't end here.  One of our friends, went to Bliss House's facebook page the next day to post some feedback to them and found out that Bliss House is currently having this 1-for-1 Cocktail promotion for Ladies from Friday to Sunday, 12pm - 11pm. (Valid till 31 Mar 13).  However, none of the staff informed us of this promotion and in the end, we got to pay so much for the drinks.  Seriously disappointed.  :(

Blisshouse @ The Central
6 Eu Tong Seng Street
#03-21A The Central
Singapore 059817
Tel: 6225 5532
Mon - Sun: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm