Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beauty in a pot

Despite some unpleasant incidents previously, Beauty In A Pot remains to be my favorite hot pot. I guess I really like their soup base (both collagen and mala) - yes, mala, I typically won't even order mala. Aside from the soup base will be their meat! The beef and the pork are both good! And we already know which type of beef / pork we like! 

So when I first heard they had an outlet at Centerpoint, I was happy on different counts. Firstly, one km one won't be as crowded. It's almost impossible to do a walk in to the one km outlet at regularly dinner hours. The earliest table is like 9pm or 10pm. 

Secondly, the Centrepoint outlet opens till 6am (yay! Supper for after mahjong!) 


Despite all the hype, we managed to get reservations at 11pm. Despite the reservations, still need to be patient to wait for awhile. But it's a manageable wait. 

And of coz, had to try the new soup base that they have here that one km doesn't. Interestingly they allow up to 4 soup bases! Yay yay yay!


There was herbal chicken, tomato, coconut and vegetarian. We went for the usual plus herbal and tomato.

The tomato soup turned out to be really good! I know many people like HDL's but I haven't really tried that. This one tastes a little like minestrone! Haha


It was a very satisfying round of supper!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


The time of the year where birthday celebrations start again! First one usually begins with dar dar / little bee's birthday coz they are Jan babies!

Had wanted to bring dar over to the Pelician but they don't seem to have scampis anymore.

Wooloomooloo has recently been added to the amex palate dining list, decided to give it a try! 

Sadly, the first news we got when we tried to order was that the discount does not apply to the ala carte menu. The terms were different from most of the other restaurants i.e. Order 2 mains and get 50% off for two diners. The 50% off applies to their set menu which ranges from $168, $178 to $198. We went for the $178 and $198 one and topped up with 2 sides.

Request to change one of the crab cake starter to the jumbo prawn was accepted with no charge.

Request to change one of the desserts came with a $10 top up. 

Overall, service was generally good I guess? But food was served super slow. We started dinner around 7 but only managed to finish by 9.40 pm even though halfway through we were so bored that we asked them to just go ahead and serve whatever they can.

Which reminds me, maybe this is why I have qualms about saying service was good good. 

For starters, when I called to book, even thou I specified the amex dining benefits, they did not inform me that it was only applicable to a set menu.

Secondly, I highlighted that it was for a birthday celebration and asked if they could do anything special, they informed me they can only write happy birthday on the dessert. I can't help but compare to lawrys or mortons where a complimentary dessert is offered. But I guess since the dessert came with the set meal, it's already in the course anyway. 

Thirdly, when we requested for the rest of the items to just be served, the server asked us "oh, u guys are hungry huh? Of coz, hungry people go to restaurants " I don't really know what to make of this statement. But our food still took some time to arrive.

And while waiting for the mains, we decided we waited too long and were too full already and asked to cancel one of the additional sides we earlier ordered with one server. The other server (the one who said hungry people go to restaurants) came back and seemed to try to say it's already being prepared or something but he will check on it. And after waiting some more, he still came back with the two additional sides. When we asked (considering we did wait further) " oh I thought we cancelled it " and he replied " nvm abt it, I will buy u, don't worry abt it " 

Somehow that didn't come off as a genuine don't worry abt it, it came off as don't be cheapo I can waive off the item. 

Which while we are here for the 50% off, we were honestly really quite full by then. Even as we mentioned we were quite full already, he continued to ask us " oh how full are you? " which we answered very full. 

In any case, I wouldn't say that guy was terribly rude but somehow we just felt a stab of sacarism which we were not intending to let it affect our night of good catch up. 

The other servers were really polite, helpful and welcoming so I guess overall service was good. 

Food wise was decent, some hits and some misses. 

The complimentary bread loaf....


Oysters that came from one of the set meal...


The oysters were fresh and yummy.

Tuna with scallop...


This was really good! Reminded me a bit of the twg lobster salad because of its outlook. Tastes really good! 

Truffle beef salad...


This was yummy too! A good portion of warm tender beef with truffle, very good!

Smoked salmon with mini triangle toast...


Like any other smoked salmon.

Crab cake!


Which was pretty good! A little small but pretty good! 

Jumbo cocktail prawns...


I really really wanted to order this because the last time we had these at Mortons, it was so damn good! The ones at mortons left a very long lasting impression! This one here today is a big but the texture is not so good. Felt like there was some skin still stuck to the prawns and wasn't succulent. In Chinese (Hokkein) we call it cha cha.

It was at this point we felt that the food was taking too long to be served and requested for the items to be served faster. We get it that maybe for fine dining people may generally want to slowly enjoy it but I guess it's just not for us. 

Next up in the set menu is the fish...



One was salmon and another I can't recall what it was. The fish was ok.

Then came the sides that we ordered .. truffle mac and cheese...


This one can fight bedrock's mac and cheese! I used to say bed rock's one is the best, this one can fight! Bed rock one is drier while this one is wetter. Both good in different ways!

The other side we wanted to cancel because we were too full was the creamed spinach which I didn't take a picture of. 

Our steak came awhile later....

The fillet mignon 


The Australian wagyu...


Both were decent but didn't have a punch. The wagyu was better than the fillet mignon. 

If I come back I probably will want to try the prime rib instead. So amex please go talk to wooloo to get the 50% on their ala carte menu instead! 

And finally for dessert!


The manager above in the pic gave really good service. He is one of the reasons why i will swing towards saying they gave good service. He took notice that I like my drinks with a lot of ice and he kept replenishing it for me, very attentive!



The dessert we changed was the apple crumble which was decent.

The warm chocolate cake was decent too. 

Monday, January 09, 2017


It was an impromptu lunch and Kerry suggested truffle ramen after I introduced it to her previously!

After 2 failed attempts to order the char Siew fried rice from the ion branch, we decided to head back to the 313 branch instead!

It's finally avail!


Somehow this time round wasn't as fragrant as the other time when Jourdan ordered it. Still good but didn't have that punch. 

The dry truffle ramen is still as fabulous as always!


Missing it even as I'm typing! 

Sunday, January 08, 2017


It was an impromptu lunch with purple triggered by my missing of the twg grand wedding tea and their cod fish! 

We arranged to head to the one at MBS. My grand wedding tea!


For me, it's usually a drag to head out on sundays where I usually want to have a well rested day before the long week. But being out in such an environment just feels so good! Great tea, nice quiet ambience! What a Sunday! 

Another really good dish is the lobster salad!


Chunks of lobsters above avocado! Love it!

And of course, the very light and delightful cod fish...




It's really good. The cod fish is lightly crisp on the outside and goes very well with the jus. The mushrooms are lightly fried, crispy and are amazing too!

Another mains we had was the squid ink tiger prawns...


Much more flavourful in terms of taste, also really good!

It's a good afternoon!

Saturday, January 07, 2017


The Picnic is located at a corner of wisma and has really beautiful decor like a garden. Sorry forgot the pics as we were too engaged catching up! 

Went for the plain rosti which was really good!


Also had a pork with rice and a foie gras with beef rice. This is the park with rice...


Which was ok.

This is the foie gras beef with rice....


Which looks erm........

Are u thinking what I'm thinking? Hahahahaha

But it's actually pretty good! The foie gras is all mashed up into a mashy sauce like texture.

I probably will order it again if I'm back.