Lolla

Upon walking into Lolla, what struck me first was the bar seating, I hear they’ve a communal table too but it wasn’t opened when I went. The other thing that was interesting was that I got to see the chefs prepare my food (and they got to see me eat my food). Overall it was a good experience, though it was slightly pricey, especially since the portions are small. It’s probably best to go for drinks and snacks, and not when you’re extremely hungry or have friends who are big eaters.

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Gem Salad with Anchovies and Garlic ($14) – There wasn’t anything bad about this salad but it wasn’t anything fantastic either. For its price, I wish they’d given a bigger serving or a salad with more substantial components, I mean I probably could’ve bought ten times the amount of anchovies, greens and garlic at the supermart for $14.

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Sea Urchin on Squid Ink Pudding ($19) – THIS WAS AMAZING. A sure must try! I don’t know what words to use to describe it cause I don’t think my words can do it justice. It’s a really small portion but you won’t regret it. It’ll be your best $19 spent!

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Sweet Clams with Fig and Kimchi Broth (approx. $20) – Clams were well cooked and there weren’t any empty shells (i.e. you get your money’s worth), and the broth was yummy. My only question was: why separate the clams and the broth? Cause I ended up eating them together anyway.

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Duck Fat Potatoes ($13) – I ordered these because I missed the duck fat fries I ate in Berkeley. However, these were a far cry from the delicious truffle-like tasting fries I had in Berkeley and so I was quite disappointed. But I must say the potatoes were well cooked, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, a pleasurable texture to eat.

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Doughnuts with Lemon Curd ($12) – I think the curd was the winner component in this dessert. The doughnuts were nice and fluffy but the curd was what really made the dish. In fact, my dad and I slurpped up all remaining lemon curd after we’d finished all the doughnuts. It was that good. It feels like the dish should’ve been called “Lemon Curd with Doughnuts”, instead of vice versa.

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Steamed Dark Chocolate Pudding ($15) – It was served hot and molten and struck a nice balance between cake and pudding. Accompanied by vanilla bean ice cream from Creamier, it’s the perfect end to a meal at Lolla. In fact, I would actually go back just for this. 

As you can already tell, Lolla is quite pricey, especially relative to it’s small serving portion. It was a good meal experience, made special by the sea urchin pudding and the steamy dark chocolate pudding. I don’t know if I will go back again, maybe if I were around the area and wanted to have something light.

 

22 Ann Siang Road

Tel: 64231228

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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.

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35 Mayo Street

Tel: 63966302

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