Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Resorts World Genting - New Attractions, New Mall, New Eateries

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Resorts World Genting is constantly bringing new attractions and new dining options to visitors and guests. Although it's probably most known for First World Hotel and Genting Casino, the property is way more than just that. Home to 7 different hotels that cater to every budget, and group sizes, Resorts World Genting has made its mission to be one of the hottest one-stop travel destinations in Asia. Apart from a lxurious stay, guests can look forward to spanking new attractions, go on a shopping spree, and stuff themselves silly at internationally acclaimed restaurants. Here's a 3D2N itinerary for those looking for a short getaway from Singapore.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Pan Pacific Singapore - Possibly the Best Weekend High Tea Buffet

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The Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet at Pan Pacific Singapore will spoil you silly with its wide array of Peranakan signatures and incredible English delights. Look forward to Nyonya Chicken Curry with French Baguette, Otah Quiche, Pacific Lobster Laksa, DIY Kueh Pie Tee, and fresh popiah wrapped on the spot at the Peranakan section, and have your fill of mini Wagyu Sliders, Mud Crab Sandwiches, scones, tarts, and indulgent cakes from the English tea corner. The moment you look at the entire set-up, you'll instantly know that you're in for a real treat. There's just too many options, so be sure to come hungry!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Unkai Terrace - Get Above a Beautiful Sea of Clouds in Hokkaido

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The Unkai Terrace in Hokkaido promises a mind-blowing and breathtaking sight. Go on a gondola ride up the mountain, be prepared to arrive above a sea of moving clouds, and be treated to one of the most beautiful sights. The journey here is definitely not an easy one, but good things are worth working for, right? The terrace is only open from mid May to mid October, and I'll recommend that you go in August or September for the best possible view. The type of unkai that you'll see depends on a variety of factors such as humidity and temperature.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Morton's Steakhouse Singapore - An All New Sunday Lunch Menu

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My favourite steakhouse has spiced up their Sunday Lunch Menu with tantalising new additions that will charm your socks off. Apart from the droolworthy selection of Morton's specialties and prime steaks, Morton's has kept their value-for-money three-course lunch set which goes for $98++.

Exciting new dishes include Short Rib Tacos and Beef Tenderloin Sandwiches. Morton's also pays homage to the all-time favourite BLT, with their rendition of Crab Cake BLT. Morton's might be known for their steak, but they are quite the master when it comes to seafood too. I tried their Honey-Balsamic Glazed Salmon Fillet before, and was utterly mesmerized.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - Amazing Snow Wall in Japan

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The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which is accessible from different prefectures, is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The entire route is 90km long, and it's not open throughout the year. There are many beautiful and breathtaking sights along the way. You can even stay at one of the hotels, if you're interested. In April, the roads up Mount Tateyama(which experiences some of the heaviest snowfalls in the world) are cleared and a snow canyon is, hence, formed. The majestic snow wall, which draws thousands of visitors who are willing to brave the long journey, is only open from mid April to mid June. Our journey from Takayama to the snow canyon took about 5 hours, and involved train rides, cable car rides and bus rides. The route closes pretty early so be sure to get here as early as possible so that you can spend ample time here.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Best 2-Day Itinerary that You'll Need for Ibaraki(Japan)

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Ibaraki might just be the most underrated prefecture in Japan. It's pretty near Tokyo (about 2 hours away) and it's easy to get here. You can choose to take a train or bus to Ibaraki. Most people visit Ibaraki for two reasons — Kairakuen (especially during plum season) and the Hitachi Seaside Park. However, there's a dog amusement park, castle ruins, Tsukuba Space Centre, Fukuroda waterfall, museums, shrines, Mount Tsukuba, and many more attractions. Ibaraki's close proximity to Tokyo allows it to be the destination of a quick day trip from Tokyo. However, if you have time, we will recommend that you spend at least 2 fulls days here. We were in Ibaraki for 2 days, and we used Mito, the capital city, as a base to explore.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tsukuba Wan Wan Land(Ibaraki) - Hidden Doggy Heaven in Japan

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Ibaraki, which is considerably near Tokyo, is known to be the home of many educational institutions, especially colleges. While you're walking along the streets in the capital city, Mito, you'll see tons of school kids dressed in smart uniforms. Mito is a good base for you to explore some parts of the prefecture. A key attraction will be the Hitachi Seaside Park which is blanketed in different flowers throughout the year.

Tsukuba Wan Wan Land, a literal doggy wonderland, is hardly visited by foreign tourists, but is very popular with the Japanese. It might be a little difficult to get here, but I promise you that it will be worth the time and effort. Where else can you play with and spend quality time with so many dogs?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hitachi Seaside Park - The Most Beautiful Park in Japan

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Tucked away in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, is the famous and iconic Hitachi Seaside Park that draws thousands of tourists and locals throughout the year. The park is located on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast and occupies a total area of 350 hectares. Japan experiences four seasons a year, and the Hitachi Seaside Park reflects the transition and change of season through the blooms that span the vast land. The blue flowers that you see here are called Nemophila. They appear in April and stay for about a month. The park is blanketed in a variety of colours(depending on which flower is in bloom at that moment) as the seasons come and go. If you're wondering what other flowers you can spot here, Hitachi Seaside park sees the full glory of roses, tulips, kochia, poppies, sunflowers, and more! So, you gotta be sure which flowers you wanna catch before you plan your trip!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hai Tien Lo - Luxurious Weekday Dimsum Lunch Buffet

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It's no secret that I love Pan Pacific Singapore. From Edge, which I believe has the best buffet spread in Singapore, to Pacific Marketplace, which has some of the most refined and unique entremets, to Atrium, where diners can dive into a beautiful selection of high tea delights, to the highly acclaimed Hai Tien Lo which consistently delivers delicious Cantonese fare with a modern twist, Pan Pacific is truly a food haven. Recently, Hai Tien Lo refreshed their dim sum buffet and there's so much to look forward to — a hot soup, unlimited servings of dim sum, 3 choices of Hai Tien Lo specialty dishes, 2 choices of dessert and a bowl of Chilled Homemade Bean Curd with Bird's Nest.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NAMI (Shangri-La) - Sushi Making Class on the Last Saturday of the Month

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NAMI has been making waves ever since its opening. Perched on the 24th level of the Tower Wing of Shangri-La Hotel, the fine-dining restaurant boasts panoramic views of the city, and delightful traditional dishes crafted with the freshest and finest seasonal produce. If you're seeking authentic and delicious Japanese food, NAMI is definitely where you should be headed. NAMI is also holding sushi making classes, for sushi fanatics who will love to roll out some gorgeous hand rolls for an upcoming party, or just be equipped with the basic skills of making sushi.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

15 Things to Do in Rome - Beautiful Attractions You Can't Miss

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We spent 4.5 days in Rome and accomplished a great deal! 4.5 days is definitely on the longer side but we were able to explore Rome at a more relaxed pace. Here's a list of the things that we did, or places that we visited, in Rome and we've included 10 survival tips at the end of the post. Hope you'll find this post helpful!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pierre Hermé vs Ladurée - Who's the Best?

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X and I stayed right next to Luxembourg station when we were in Paris and it was walking distance from the fifth and sixth arrondissement! The location is fantastic and the apartment is awesome too! Not to mention Ladurée and Pierre Hermé could be reached on foot!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Trattoria Da Garibardi - Best Fiorentina Steak in Florence

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X found this place in Florence for dinner and I must say that it was a terrific find! This was easily the best meal that we had in Italy!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Amari Johor Bahru - Best 5-Star Hotel in JB

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Amari Hotel is the latest 5-star property to pop up in Johor Bahru. Located near the popular Wong Ah Fook stretch, Amari Hotel is within walking distance of the CIQ, City Square, and Komtar JBCC. It is also connected to Zenith Mall which has restaurants, entertainment venues, and convenience stores on offer. Its wonderful location makes it the perfect place to explore the city. We paid about $80SGD for a Friday night stay.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Bar at Morton's - Best Happy Hour Deal in Singapore! Free Steak Sandwiches!

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Morton's is a renowned steakhouse that does an incredibly mean steak. The portions are huge, the food is delicious, prices are reasonable, the ambience is lovely, and the service is impeccable — what's not to love? While their centre-cut ribeye and centre-cut filet mignon are the undeniable stars, their mortinis are equally outstanding. Morton's is more than generous with the amount of gin or vodka that they pour into your mortini glass. 3 ounces, nothing less, is a promise that they've upheld for ages, and the very reason why people keep coming back for them.

MORtini night, which runs daily, is undeniably a huge hit. It is essentially the bar's happy hour. The bar is always packed from 5pm-7pm every evening, and if you haven't been, you really should! Grab a signature mortini (Cosmopolitan, Appletini, Chocolate Mortini, Lycheetini) at just $15.95, and enjoy complimentary steak sandwiches! The Singapore outlet is the only outlet in the whole world that still sends out free steak sandwiches! If this is not the hottest, and the best happy hour deal in Singapore, I don't know what is. $15.95 for a REAL cocktail served in a legit martini glass, with 3 ounces of gin/vodka is a steal enough. But Morton's still wants to spoil you with filet mignon sandwiches. Oh my, how do I stop loving you, Morton's?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Regent Tea Lounge - An Indulgent Weekday Afternoon Tea

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Having tea on a weekday afternoon is not something that we can do very often. Hence, when we get the chance to kick back and enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea session, we have to make sure that we choose wisely, don't we? The weekday three-tier afternoon tea at Regent Singapore, which is affordably priced at $45/pax, promises to please your palate and fill you to the brim. The tea starts at 12pm, and runs all the way to 5pm. While I didn't spend the full 5 hours here, those who plan to have a long catch-up session with their beloved girl pals will definitely enjoy their time in the revamped colonial garden setting. While the typical afternoon tea sets offer just the stated set, and drinks, Regent has made it their top priority to ensure that guests are very well taken care of with the inclusion of a mini buffet that features mini pastries, salads, sandwiches, Italian cheeses and other small bites.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Summerhouse - The Ultimate Garden Paradise Offers New Experiences

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The Summerhouse has just turned one, and the past year has been a glorious one indeed. Stepping into its second year, The Summerhouse has introduced attractive transformations, and is offering more enchanting experiences. The Summerhouse Garden Domes, which are dressed in Bohemian, Scandinavian, or Lounge themes, have been really popular since their launch. Numerous marriage proposals have been held in them, and you can imagine how in demand the domes were when Valentine's Day came around. The edible garden has also blossomed spectacularly, and has been an essential source of ingredients for the culinary team which has just refreshed their menu.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hotel Fort Canning - Lovely Boutique Hotel Near Plaza Singapura

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Hotel Fort Canning's location is truly unique. The stunning conservation hotel is really near Orchard Road, but it is also tucked away from all the hustle and bustle, amidst lush greenery, at the same time. Guests can access Fort Canning Park anytime they wish, or walk to the nearest shopping mall for some retail therapy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hashida Sushi Singapore - An Unforgettable Omakase Experience

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My omakase experiences have gotten, progressively, more expensive. While I was deliberating on where I should bring my best friend for a celebratory omakase meal, I consulted Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow on his thoughts on the biggest names in the Japanese cuisine scene in Singapore. Here were my options : Shinji, Shoukouwa, Hashida, Tatsuya, Jiro. Nat very patiently went through every option with me, and it was a no-brainer. Hashida, it was. I made a reservation online for lunch on a weekday and made my way to Mandarin Gallery with a racing heart.

Hashida Sushi was first opened in Tokyo, in 1966, by Master Sushi Chef Tokio Hashida. His son, Kenjiro Hashida, is at the helm of Hashida Sushi Singapore.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Au Petit Salut Celebrated Her Last Valentine's Day

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Au Petit Salut has been on my to-go list for the longest time. I'm glad to have dined there this valentine's day because it was actually their very last valentine's day. The restaurant was running its last service the next day, 15th February. I didn't know that they were closing but I caught wind of it when this couple, whom I assume were regulars, spoke to a staff about the closing. Well, thank goodness I had a chance to dine here before the restaurant was gone for good!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Le Binchotan - Amazing Japanese-French Creations with a Rich Smokiness

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Le Binchotan has been around for awhile now, but the new chef-owner, Jeremmy, who have had stints at Iggy's and Sola, has refreshed things, injected more goodness into the food, and is bringing even more to the table. The name Le Binchotan is a combination of a French word, and a Japanese word, and this captures the essence of the restaurant perfectly. The restaurant specialises in Japanese-French flavours that are elevated with a trademark smokiness that can only be achieved with the use of binchotan, a rare and expensive charcoal.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - Is This Famous Restaurant Worth a Visit?

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I made a reservation at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal quite sometime before my trip to Melbourne. I was super stoked for my dinner here. The kind folks at Dinner saved me a table by the window, even though it was just me. I was quite touched as I thought that they would give such lovely seats to couples or families, instead of a lone diner, especially when the restaurant was full.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Beauty in the Pot - Newest and Biggest Outlet at OneKM Mall

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Beauty in the Pot is possibly Singapore's favourite hotpot place. I've eaten here countless of times, and I remain addicted to their Signature Beauty Collagen Soup, and Fried Beancurd Skin. There were times that I travelled all the way from my home in the west to Centrepoint in the wee hours of the morning just because I had to satiate those intense cravings. Many would compare Beauty in the Pot to Hai Di Lao, which isn't unusual. I am a huge fan of Hai Di Lao too, having first tried it back in 2013. I love their tomato soup, and their fish slices, and I've dined there numerous times too. However, in all honesty, ever since I've tried BITP, I have only been to HDL once, because I was already at Clarke Quay. Are you a huge fan of BITP too? If so, you'll be pleased to know that they have opened their largest outlet, yet, at OneKM mall, just a level above their very first outlet in Singapore.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Don Play Play - Best Japanese Food Delivery in Singapore

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Started by three friends who each has a background in the F&B industry, Don Play Play is set to be the next big delivery player in town. A cheeky play on the famous phrase “don’t play play”, Don Play Play is quintessentially “Singlish”, and Singaporean. The team hopes that the catchy name, which was thought up by Miss Tam Chiak, Singapore's favourite food blogger, will capture the attention of the masses, and also reflect that Don Play Play is a proud homegrown brand. As the name suggests, Don Play Play focuses on whipping up the yummiest dons or rice bowls. They have rolled out four tantalizing flavours to dazzle the tastebuds of the lucky students and residents of the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, and six creations for the working professionals in the CBD.

Friday, March 2, 2018

17 Must Eats in Taipei - The Best Food You Can't Miss!

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Two weeks in Taipei saw me put on a few pounds but its true that you just can't stop eating because everything looks and tastes so good! So here's a short guide to the must eats in Taipei!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The St. Regis Singapore - Is a Luxurious 5-Star Staycation Here Worth $700?

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St Regis is all about the finer things in life. The brand is synonymous with 5-star luxury, exquisite dining experiences, and world class hospitality. A stay here is definitely a dream come true. If you've always been thinking about pampering yourself, and your loved ones, with a staycation at St Regis, but are not sure if you should splurge on a stay here, this post is for you.

Is this the best 5-star hotel in Singapore for a luxurious staycation?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Farm Cafe (Collingwood Childrens' Farm) - One of Melbourne's Best Cafes

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The Farm Cafe is not the most accessible cafe, especially if you aren't driving. However, I promise you that this cafe will be worth the trip! You can easily spend hours here. Start by having a lovely brunch at the cafe, before taking a walk around the farm, and get ready for guinea pig cuddles and cow milking sessions!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Goodwood Park Hotel - Staycation in a Beautiful Heritage Hotel

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Goodwood Park Hotel is a familiar name to both locals and travellers. The famous 5-star hotel, which was built in the 1900s is one of the oldest hotels in Singapore. Her colonial beauty has been preserved and protected, and the heritage hotel welcomes throngs of visitors throughout the year. I've always thought that staying here would burn a huge hole in my pocket, considering how exclusive it seems, and its proximity to Orchard Road. Surprisingly, a night stay in one of their deluxe rooms on level one, next to the pool, wasn't as pricey as I had imagined.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sushi Jin - One of the Best Omakase Dinners in Singapore

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I'm not an expert when it comes to omakase dinners, especially when I haven't dined at the big names. Shinji, Hashida, Sushi Jiro, and Shoukouwa are on my list but till my bank account is fuller, I won't be able to indulge in a dinner at any of these establishments. I have, however, been on the lookout for awesome omakase dinners that come with a more pocket-friendly price tag. In recent times, I've dined at Ryo Sushi twice, and Hakumai. And now, Sushi Jin by the Les Amis Group.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Li Bai - Ring in Chinese New Year With a Wonderful Cantonese Reunion Feast

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Li Bai at Sheraton Towers is a household name. The Cantonese restaurant has withstood the test of time, and remains one of Singapore's best restaurants. The winner of multiple prestigious accolades, Li Bai continues to blow diners away with a plethora of beautifully-executed Cantonese dishes. Because Li Bai is often fully booked for the whole of Chinese New Year, some families and companies have chosen to celebrate the Lunar New Year way before it even starts, just to dine at their favourite Cantonese restaurant. Have a look at some of their CNY 2018 highlights.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Cassia - Welcome the Year of the Earth Dog with Joyous Reunions at Capella

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Located in the magnificent Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, Cassia is an immensely popular dining destination for both Singaporeans and tourists. The elegant Chinese restaurant is tastefully decorated, and exudes a fine charm that makes diners feel like royalty while dining here. There's just something about Cassia that's exceptionally alluring. This Lunar New Year, celebrate the start of the most anticipated Spring Festival with Cassia's curated reunion sets that comprises highlights such as Braised Bird’s Nest with Caviar in Superior Brown Sauce, Braised 3 Heads Australian Abalone with Sea Cucumber, Flower Mushroom and Seasonal Greens, and Steamed Lobster with Black Garlic in Light Soya Sauce.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wan Hao - Best Restaurant for Reunion Dinner this Chinese New Year

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Wan Hao, the resident Chinese restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is one of the top Chinese restaurants on our little red dot, and also one of Singaporeans' absolute favourite. Every year, Wan Hao is completely booked throughout all 15 days of the Lunar New Year. It shouldn't come as a surprise, though, because the famous restaurant is amazing at what they do — every dish is thought through carefully, prepared with love, and meticulously assembled.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Yàn - Toss to Greater Heights with Their 'Shun De Style' Yu Sheng!

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The Year of the Dog is fast approaching and if you're looking for a beautiful restaurant to have a reunion feast with your family and friends, you definitely have to look at the 7 specially curated menus that Yàn has come up with. The menus(from $118++ to $268++ per pax), which have been tailored to cater to all sizes, comprises timeless Cantonese classics and new creations.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hakumai - Inexpensive Sushi Omakase in Tanjong Pagar

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Omakase in Singapore definitely doesn't come cheap. We are talking about the ones which have perfected the sushi rice, the ones that use premium and fresh ingredients, and the ones who know how best to highlight the pristine flavours of each type of fish. Sushi omakase has long been stereotyped as a meal that will burn a deep hole in your pocket. Shinji, Hashida, and Tatsuya are some of the big names that most frequently pop into our minds when the word 'omakase' is mentioned. Dinner at any of these dining establishments will set you back at least $300 - $500. Hence, people always think that a good omakase meal is out of their reach, and budget. However, that is certainly not the case.

Hakumai offers both omakase and kaiseki. There are two types of omakase available — sushi omakase($68.80), and omakase course(market price)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Moosehead - Extraordinary Mediterranean Cuisine in the CBD

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Telok Ayer Street is home to many restaurants but none stands out quite the way Moosehead does. A champion of Mediterranean cuisine, Moosehead continuously sends out hearty and delicious small plates which are built by Chef Seumas, who helms the kitchen. Chef's Seumas' creative mind and refined palate enables him to bring together different elements like they are all pieces that belong to the same jigsaw puzzle. Every dish is a beautiful ensemble of lovely flavours and a showcase of fine produce.

The Octopus($30) sees sliced tentacles of New Zealand octopus cooked sous-vide style and grilled on binchotan until the outer edges are crispy-crunchy. Crispy fried potato, red pepper puree, paprika, extra virgin olive oil and chives are part of the cast. The colourful dish is not just a sight to behold, but it will definitely please your palate too. I've had numerous grilled octopus dishes before, but they are often too charred for my liking. This was perfect, and quite possibly my favourite octopus dish to date.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WAKANUI Grill Dining Singapore - Delicious Ocean Beef and Spring Lamb!

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WAKANUI is a big name in Tokyo, and should be no stranger to all who have been to Tokyo and were in search of a great steakhouse. I chanced upon WAKANUI when I was in Tokyo, but unfortunately did not get a chance to dine there, so imagine my joy when I realised that the very WAKANUI at Marina One (the only overseas franchise) is almost an exact replica of the one in Tokyo. WAKANUI is situated on the fourth level of the West Tower of Marina One — in a glass capsule — and is designed by the same architect who designed the Tokyo restaurant. Japanese influences can be observed throughout the restaurant and muted earthy hues have been brought together brilliantly to create a beautiful restaurant that exudes a captivating calmness and serenity. The interior of the restaurant might be largely Japanese, but the menu is all about the freshest and the best from New Zealand.