Morsels

I’d heard about Morsels for quite a while but never got down to trying it cause they only open for dinner (6-10pm), and I’m usually busy or at home for dinner. So this year, for my 22nd birthday, I decided that I wanted to have dinner there. Having never visited before and therefore not knowing what their menu was like, I called in advance to make a reservation and also ask the lady boss, Petrina, to suggest a menu for a budget of about $50/pax. This is what we got:

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House Marinated Olives & Brie Balls with a Salsa-like Sauce

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Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche with Tortilla Chips – I really liked this and judging from the comments on their Facebook page about this dish, I think a lot of people concur. It’s a must-order when you visit!

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Egg Jello topped with Boquerones (Anchovies) served with Burnt Miso Vinaigrette & Croutons

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Tomato Tofu Salad

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Grilled Octopus Risotto with Salted Egg Sauce, topped with Tobiko (Roe of Flying Fish) & Wasabi Sprouts

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Steamed Clams in Kimchi Fig Broth with Pickled Wakame

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Pan-seared Snapper in Miso Buttermilk, topped with Ikura (Salmon Roe) & Daikon Sprouts

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Butcher’s Secret: Grilled Bavette served with Confit Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Shishito Peppers, Pickled Grapes, Onion Jam & Chimichuri Sauce

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Panna Cotta with a Red Wine Fruit Compote

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With my grandmama who’s just recovering from a double bypass. Was really glad to have had her at the dinner.

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My dad got me a Margarita Birthday Cake, and this was after I already had about 4 drinks. I guess some things do change when you’re 22.

Not pictured: Chicken Skewers, Pork Skewers and the Firecracker Pork Pasta with Habanero Pesto & Sour Cream

We paid about $880 in total for 12 people, including about 6 alcoholic drinks and one corkage. Sorry don’t have the exact price for each dish cause we ordered it set menu style.

For my birthday every year, we usually go to a chinese restaurant so having it at Morsels this year was a refreshing change, which many of my guests appreciated too. In terms of price, I felt that because we’d ordered so much, and my dad’s office also happens to be in the same building (i.e. they are work neighbours), there were some things they could’ve waved, for example, the $35 corkage, especially since we did also order their alcohol drinks, and also the $3 charge for extra bread, which by the way, came so late that we were already done with the dish we wanted to have the bread with. It’s not really about the extra $38 but the PR – you want your customers to come back and I thought that would’ve been a nice gesture and would’ve “sealed the deal” for me.

Eating here reminded me of all the nice little owners-are-the-chefs restaurants you try overseas. The quality of the food they serve is topnotch and the service was excellent too. Every dish we got was interesting and it felt like an adventure for my guests and I – we were constantly referring back to the menu and trying to find the ingredients in the dish. Honestly, I’ve never experienced this kind of cooking from a local startup, and I think it was encouraging for me to see this couple step out and start something so revolutionarily new, not sure if either of them have a chef background though.

The food is good and I will go back, but do note, it is on the pricey side so maybe save this place for a nice occasion. Once you’re there though, I’m sure you won’t regret the experience and the food. Morsels is definitely a MUST TRY for all Singaporean foodies.

SUPPORT LOCAL! Visit Morsels at:

35 Mayo Street

Tel: 63966302

http://www.facebook.com/morselsinsingapore

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Latteria Mozzarella Bar

It’s Restaurant Week here in Singapore from 18 – 24 March. And if you’ve never heard of it, the catch to Restaurant Week is that restaurants, mostly fine dining and renowned, will come up with set menus for both lunch and dinner for an affordable S$35++ (sometimes more if they have the DiningCity Star).

I’ve never been able to participate because whenever I would find out about it, the better restaurants would already be fully booked, and me being the snob that I am when it comes to food, wouldn’t budge about trying a less known but equally well reviewed restaurant. This year, however, I figured that being snobbish would probably mean not ever getting to participate in Restaurant Week and so I decided that I’d try something and some place new.

Today my family and I landed up at Latteria Mozzarella Bar for lunch; it was given good reviews (8.51/10) even though it hadn’t earned the DiningCity Star. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the servers, two of whom were Italian. We were then presented with the menu:

  1. Appetizer – Pan Seared Buffalo Milk Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham
  2. Main – Smoked Mozzarella Risotto or Lamb Shank with Chickpeas and Red Wine Casserole or Seafood Cacciuco
  3. Dessert – Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Mousse

We then proceeded to ordering our mains, two lamb shanks and two seafood cacciucos. Sadly no one wanted to order the risotto since the appetizer was already mozzarella-heavy. Had they made another kind of risotto, I definitely would’ve ordered it. I think risottos are one of the ways in which you can tell the quality and standard of the Italian chef/restaurant, but don’t take my word for it, it might’ve just been some useless opinion I formed while watching reality cooking shows, specifically when Gordon Ramsay flings lousy risotto into the bin or when Masterchef judges label risotto as the “killer dish”.

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Pan-Seared Buffalo Milk Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham – This was really good! Apparently Latteria is known for its cheese and so, as expected, the mozzarella was smooth and paired really well with the parma ham. The bitterness from the sear coupled with the balsamic reduction and the argula were also spot on. This appetizer left me really impressed.

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Seafood Cacciuco – Came with mussels, clams, squid, prawns and fish. It was cooked really well, the tomato-base broth didn’t taste artificially seasoned with salt and it had a strong seafood essence, telling of the fact that they must’ve spent quite a bit of time preparing and boiling the soup. The other main, the lamb shank (sadly I forgot to take a picture), was huge and also cooked really well. Both my family members who ordered the lamb finished it and were really impressed.

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Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Mousse – The pear was poached really well. It had enough resistance when cut into but it wasn’t too hard to the point that cutting into it meant fearing that it might fly off your plate. The mascarpone was light and just rightly sweetened, in my opinion. It paired really well with the slightly tart pear slices. The chocolate shavings, though initially mistaken as decoration, actually added another dimension to the dessert. I found myself scraping the plate of all the shavings once I was done with the dessert.

I must say that it was a pleasant experience on the whole. The servers were polite and prompt, and the food was authentic and tasty and of decent proportions. I did, however, feel slightly rushed, like I needed to finish my meal by a certain time so they can turn the table over to another customer. Though that’s probably true, I still wished I was given more space to enjoy the food and company instead of having servers move in and out to clear dishes every 20 minutes or so. But I can’t complain, when we paid our bill, we ended up realizing that set lunch was only $25++ per person, what a steal! We all agreed that the meal was well worth our $25, the lamb shank alone probably costs that much on a normal day.

I think Latteria still has some vacancies for Restaurant Week, do give it a try!

40 Duxton Hill

Tel: 68661988

TWG #8

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Seared Salmon with Tea-Infused Rice ($26)

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Coconut Vanilla (Turquoise) and Salted Earl Grey Caramel (Black) ($2 each)

Raiza is one of my favourite online food bloggers – her videos are amazing and her recipes are always interesting and easy to follow. Check her out at Dulce Delight!

Ramen Keisuke Tori King

Ramen Keisuke Tori King is but one of the three ramen stalls opened by 2011 Tokyo Ramen Champion, Keisuke Takada. This shop in particular specializes in chicken based broth. When we arrived the place was pretty empty and so we were served rather promptly.

Some aspects which made this experience difference from eating at other ramen stores was: (1) They give girls pink cups and boys blue cups; (2) Everyone gets an ordering form and are to write their names and orders on them so that when your ramen is served, they can personally hand you your noodles; (3) They have free flow beans sprouts and hardboiled eggs!

I ordered the Black Spicy Ramen with Flavoured Egg ($14.90). The broth wasn’t too bad though I can’t say I prefer it over tonkotsu (pork) broth and as the name suggests, the soup was also very peppery, like enough pepperiness to choke you. I don’t know if that was what I envisioned when I ordered this. The piece of grilled chicken thigh that comes with the ramen is huge and tasty and cooked really well. It also does a lot more for your hunger as compared to two slices of chashu usually served in ramen shops, and so I would say the ramen here was well worth its price.

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100 Tras Street

#03-15 100 AM

Tel: 66046861

Symmetry

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Skinny Latte ($5.80, I think) – Latte was served with a cute little biscuit that was yummy! All lattes should be accompanied by cute homemade biscuit men.

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Big Breakfast ($24) – This was literally a BIG breakfast. It came with everything you’d wanna eat at breakfast – eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, hashbrown, tomato… I thought the most unique part of this dish was the fruit butter. I think it’s a mix of butter and jam/fruit, which is refrigerated and then serve as spread for the toast, trés intelligent!

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Flan ($23) – This was absolutely delicious. The waitress recommended it to me and I did not regret ordering it at all. It’s two huge chunks of pork cheek confit served in a very thin wafer like “tart shell” with sauteed mushrooms, a poached egg and a mixture of onions, cream and pommery mustard. The pork was perfectly cooked and it paired so well with the rest of the components. I don’t usually like mushrooms but this was so good, I ate them all together anyway. I wished they’d call it something else though, “Flan” is too simple and non-explanatory a name for such an amazing dish.

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Espresso Semifreddo (approx. $14) – Semi-frozen milk pudding sitting on puffed rice. This wasn’t too sweet at all and was light enough to end off our meal on a sweet note without leaving us feeling like elephants.

Overall my experience at Symmetry was positive, especially since the food was amazing and the service wasn’t bad. I was blessed to have gotten a table at 12pm on Saturday even though I didn’t make a prior reservation. It did, however, get quite packed so if you’re thinking about visiting Symmetry, it might be a good idea to make a reservation. Also, I would say Symmetry is on  the slightly higher price range.

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