Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Shabu Sai @ Orchard Central

Shabu Sai is a Japanese Hot Pot restaurant that serves Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki at affordable prices! 

With just $16.99+ for lunch, I get to enjoy a variety of pork, beef, chicken, vegetables, and other Japanese food such as Sushi! I really enjoy duo pots for steamboat, and at Shabu Sai, you get to enjoy 2 kinds of soup base at the same time! This gives me a chance to try more flavours. And if you and your friends have entirely different likings, you don't have to fight over a pot of soup, just order what you like for yourself! 

I went there with Serene last week!



Do note that there is a time limit for dining at their restaurant. And to our horror, the time limit for lunch is only 70 minutes!!! I think we would barely be half full if we just eat for 70 minutes! Serene and I almost wanted to leave and choose another place for lunch but we decided to give it a try and ask the staff. 

Turns out that they will only ask you to leave after the time limit when the restaurant is full.

Being buffet kiasus, we reached the place at 11:30am and there were hardly anyone in the restaurant! (It was a weekday) So we got to sit there and enjoy our food for at least a few hours! 


There is a range of 7 soup bases at Shabu Sai - Seaweed soup, Sukiyaki soup, Spicy soup, Curry Dashi soup, Tomato soup and Tonkotsu Shoyu Soup. Plus the seasonal soup base which changes after some time. 

You can top up $1.99+ for free flow drinks and soft serve ice-cream (This is a must-order for me whenever I go for hotpots!) Other alcoholic beverages top up are shown in the photo below.


For our soup base, we had Tonkotsu Shoyu (left) and Spicy soup (right). 

I don't really favour this type of spicy clear soup as I prefer the kimchi base or slightly more milky base. The Tonkotsu Shoyu was really average but acceptable to me. 


At the buffet counter, you can create your own condiments with their wide array of sauces and paste. But for me, I love to dip my beef into some raw egg sauce. If you haven't try it yet, you should! 


Unless you are not very particular about the quality and taste of Sushi, I recommend that you save your stomach for the meat instead. The sushi isn't really up to my standard so after taking 1-2 pieces, I decided to go straight for my hotpot dishes. 





I think the BEST thing about Shabu Sai is their BEEF! Super fat and juicy (You can even tell from the photo - those white areas are the fats). The quality of the beef is really better than many other affordable hotpot restaurants. Every bite is so tender and soft, and taste especially delicious after dipping into my raw egg sauce! The egg sauce actually adds fragrance to the beef and gives it a smooth texture. The white parts are my favourite because it actually makes the beef a lot more chewy and juicy. 

For me, the most important aspect of a hotpot restaurant is the beef and the soup base. To win my heart, the restaurant has got to serve delicious soup (preferably the spicy type like kimchi) and decent quality of beef! 


The pork was average and we didn't want to try the chicken. I never liked chicken during hotpot. 


Some other vegetables and food. Another favourite food for hotpot has got to be crabsticks! I can never get sick of them! I also like the Enoki mushroom too. 





The soft-served ice cream was not bad to me. Serene kept saying how delicious it was and it tasted so milky hahaha. She even had 2 bowls of it. I prefer my ice-cream to be more plain so here's mine! 


While Serene's ice-cream looked much more colourful than mine. 


Compared to another Hotpot Restaurant that I went to - MOF Danro @ Nex (http://mons-diary.blogspot.sg/2013/06/steamboat-with-family-danro-mof.html), the variety of the food served at Shabu Sai is considered a lot less. In terms of the meat, I would say that Shabu Sai serves better quality beef and in fact, at Danro, I seem to prefer eating fish and other food (I still like the beef though). Sadly, the soup base at Shabu Sai didn't win my heart as it did not taste delicious to me. If I am really craving for affordable and nice beef, I wouldn't mind coming back here again! After all, the prices are really reasonable for a buffet. But if you're a big eater, I would suggest that you come on a weekday to avoid the time limit. 

Personally, I don't like to go to buffets with a time limit. I love to take my time to indulge and enjoy my food!


Prices:
Weekday Lunch: Adult $16.99
Weekend Lunch: Adult $19.99
Weekday Dinner: Adult $24.99
Weekend Dinner: Adult $29.99
Child: $9.99++

Address:
• Causeway Point #05-14/15
(does not accept reservations)
Tel: 6462-1557

• Orchard Central #08-09/10/11 
(limited slots for reservations per day)
Tel: 6884-6760

• Changi City Point #B1-28/29
(does not accept reservations)
Tel: 6444-9569


Saturday, 24 May 2014

My Princess Pink Room after Renovation

My house is finally fully furnished and renovated! And I'm really excited to do a room tour blog post today! Anyway, my room used to be in pink and white theme too, and I was struggling between two colours during the renovation planning - Mint green and pink.  I ended up with the final decision of pink as it is my all-time favourite colour and it seems to suit me best! I guess I'd rather stick with a safer colour than regret my choice in the future.

For this renovation, my parents chose Unimax for the interior design of the house.

Unimax Creative
288 Balestier Road #02-02, Singapore 329731 

I think I am really excited because my room feels so princess-like and sweet with all the pastel pink tones. Every corner of my room is either in pink or white and I am absolutely in love with it!

1. Wardrobe 

My wardrobe used to be in default brown wood and we requested to redo the entire one into a white wardrobe. The gaps are intentionally made to prevent my bags from peeling off as there is more air ventilation. The pink strip is added to enhance the wardrobe so that it would not look as plain. 




2. Pink Ceiling Fan

Thanks to my awesome mum who searched through so many places to find this pink fan for me! I really didn't want a plain white fan as it was too common. This was perfect! 


3. Study Table

My study area did not have major changes except for a small change in colours and extra cabinets are added at the bottom. They will be adding a tempered glass in white on the wall when it's fully done. I can then stick post-it notes or photos onto the glass! 

All our brown doors are painted with many layers of white to suit the whole house design. 


4. White Roller Chair

I am very particular such that I wouldn't want to accept any other chair colours except white. This is a perfect match to my study desk! I'm just a little worried that it will get dirty easily. 


5. Bed

Even my bed is not spared of the white and pink theme! My bedsheet is white, my pillows and blanket are pink, and the bed cover is white too! And it has a fluffy-like texture that is so soft and pretty. 


With all my favourite plushies on the sofa couch! 

For the curtains, they are from http://www.artliving.com.sg/

I wish to share this because I'm really impressed with their service! In particular, they are really patient. Even though I have requested to follow the curtain design similar to our temporary house (where we stayed in during the renovation) and asked her that it is perfectly fine not to show me the sample since I thought it was pretty inconvenient, she still insisted in showing me a few more designs and even gave me suggestions! 

I'm really loving the curtain I have in my room currently. And btw, the curtains looked quite translucent because I did not opt for "black-out". 



As you can tell, I'm a very lazy person. That's why I need double switch for bedroom lights so that I don't have to leave the bed to switch the lights on/off. SUPER CONVENIENT!


6. Display Cabinet


I got this set of Sylvanian Families when I was younger but couldn't bear to throw it away! I love all the exquisite details of the house. There's even a tiny toothbrush, and even pipes inside the cabinet of the basin!! So detailed and cute! I don't mind getting more if there's space in my display cabinet hehe.



And of course not forgetting my Precious Moments figurines! 


7. Dressing Table

Even though the mirrors in my room seems a little excessive and redundant, I love mirrors (Omg I'm really vain). But it actually has a brightening effect on the room as well! It makes the room looks bigger than it is.

And behind this huge mirror is actually a hidden cabinet for me to place all my facial and make up products. 


8. Dressing Table Stool

This is one of my favourite item in my room! In fact, I was really glad because I had difficulty finding the perfect stool for my dressing area. I wanted something white, simple and not expensive. So glad that my mum spotted this stool that resembles diamond.

Since it's transparent and not white, it looks more unique and will stand out from the rest of the white furniture. I think that the only problem is creaking noise when you sit on it. Very noisy!




Anyway, I guess that's all for my room! 

And our designer Eva Foo, was really patient with my parents' requests and we were impressed at how passionate she was at her job. Even though there were some changes here and there, she followed up really well and is definitely a responsible individual! 

I'm really really really satisfied with the results and I also want to thank my parents for spending a bomb on the renovation just to make us stay comfortably and happily in the house ☺

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Marché Restaurant - 313@Somerset

I haven't been doing food reviews for quite awhile, so here you go! 

Marché Restaurant - 313@Somerset

Having heard of many friends raving about this, I am tempted to give it a try too! 
Marché Restaurant is a original Swiss restaurant that has a countryside feel with the wood decor. On level 1, you are only able to see a bread counter, but to your right, there is actually a stairway down to the restaurant. 




I really love the decor of this restaurant. Away from the urban and modern feel, the place resembles a countryside marketplace with fresh and delicious food. 





When you enter the restaurant, the staff will pass each of you a Marché guest card to order your food. (Do not lose the card or else there will be a penalty charge!)

Instead of paying cash at every single counter, you can just pass them your guest card to swipe. It's so convenient! At the end of your meal, you just have to return the card to the cashier and make your payment according to the value charged in this card. 

And there is free seating, just don't sit at the "reserved" ones! 





For a meat lover like me, I don't usually go for vegetables. But they look so fresh that I would really love to try it someday. 


The drinks are already prepared and categorized on these barrels. So just grab & go! (But pay first!) 
The drinks are a little pricey in my opinion. About $4.90 for an ice lemonade and about $8 for fresh juices. And the lemonade is just average in my opinion, nothing fancy about it. 

Rosti with Chicken Cheese Sausage 
S$14.90


It's tough to resist the smell coming from the Rosti counter. Even though I had no idea what it was, the smell was too addictive. And to our pleasant surprise, it's basically a shredded potato pancake that is fried till crispy and had the taste of Hashbrown. Even without any toppings or sauce, the Rosti was good to go! After searching online, I then realized that Rosti is a Swiss dish that is originally a common breakfast eaten by farmers, and now a common dish all over Switzerland. 

Highly recommended for potato lovers. Awesome!

The only thing that I regret is to order Chicken Cheese Sausage, because that one sausage cost an extra $7++ (Not worth it at all), while a plain Rosti would only cost $6+ which is almost half the price of what I ordered. I would probably order this as an appetizer to share and then order my main dish else where! 

Pork Knuckles (Halfed)
S$23.90



I don't like pork knuckles (Too oily for my liking), so it's hard to give a fair review on this dish. But boyf thinks it's not bad! Judge for yourself (:

I wouldn't mind going back to Marché Restaurant again to try the desserts, especially the crepe! Although the prices may be a little more expensive than some other places, it is still considered under the affordable range as the standard was decent for the stuff that we have ordered. Besides, Swiss food is not common at other restaurants. Given the ambience, price and food wise, this restaurant is definitely worth a try! 




Marché 313 @ Somerset
Level 1, Discovery Walk, 313 Orchard Road
Singapore 238895

Phone: +65 6834 4041
Fax: +65 6509 6104

Business hours
Monday to Thursday: Restaurant 11:00 – 23:00 / Bakery 07:30 – 23:00
Friday: Restaurant 11:00 – 24:00 / Bakery 07:30 – 24:00
Saturday: Restaurant 10:00 – 24:00 / Bakery 07:30 – 24:00
Sunday: Restaurant 10:00 – 23:00 / Bakery 07:30 – 23:00