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Making your own Umeshu

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Everyone knows that Japan’s famous for their almost perfect fruits – the $20 strawberries you see in Cold Storage, to the $89 melons on display in Meidi-ya – don’t tell me that you haven’t been tempted to get one of them before! And the best place to get these fruits… is in Japan itself!

However, this time round the fruits I carried back weren’t for immediate consumption… but for making Umeshu! Yes, they’re Japanese green plums, available for a short period of time in summer! They ripen so fast that Japanese scramble to make umeshu once purchased, and they’re also sadly, not readily available in Singapore – your best bet would be handcarrying back from Japan, or waiting for Meidi-ya to stock them – they do, but at almost twice the cost of what I paid in Japan, at $13.50+ per 420 grams.

So of course I had to grab 2kg of it back right?!

In the Okinawan supermarket over at Aeon mall, it only cost me 1058yen after tax for a kilogram of green, unripen ume. And with the display they had, it was obvious that the green ume was only for making umeshu, umeboshi, ume syrup… in fact it even comes with instructions!

I grabbed 2 bags and I did not realize that they ripened THIS fast. Basically they were super green on 4th of June, smelt great on the 5th of June and when I got back on 6th of June and took a peek at them, THEY WERE THIS SHADE OF YELLOW which had me clutching my head and going “Nooooooo!”

The very next day, I went out to get the ingredients needed to make my own Umeshu!

Now, the recipes online ALL suggeted making umeshu with shochu – but nobody ever specified which type, and shochu comes in many variations – it could be distilled from rice, barley, potato, buckwheat (these 4 are the common ones), and even shiso!

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However, you can also use – Chinese Rice Wine (白酒), which has higher alcohol content or Vodka. In fact, from what a friend told me (and insisted), they usually use Chinese Rice Wine. I don’t mind trying out all the shochus – which is what I did, my only regret was not getting more ume to try another two alcohol options out! You can choose whichever alcohol concentration you like, but the higher the better, as the rock sugar halves the alcohol content.

Part of the extensive shochu selection at Meidi-ya

Part of the extensive shochu selection at Meidi-ya

The best place to get your shochu would be Meidi-ya Liang Court, which offers an extensive selection of shochu AND provides translated tags so that you know what you’re buying! I love that.

Kurokoji Murasaki Imo Shochu!

Kurokoji Murasaki Imo Shochu!

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Hello Baileys! | Free The Robot @ 118 Telok Ayer

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Hello, this is doge Baileys!

Hello, this is doge Baileys!

I came to be acquainted with the owners of Free The Robot / Bitters & Love recently, and being the superficial person I was, fell in love with the handsome star of Free The Robot… their dog, Baileys! I was so smitten with his cherubic puppy-like face that I had to make a trip down specially for him, never mind the ERP fee and that it’s rather hard to park, haha. (FYI, he only makes an appearance on some Thursdays!)

They're open on Saturdays too!

They’re open on Saturdays too!

The delightful illustrations at Free The Robot were done by a friend of the owners!

The delightful illustrations at Free The Robot were done by a friend of the owners!

{ Free The Robot }

Address: 118 Telok Ayer Singapore
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat, 830am – 430pm
Tel: +65 6438 1836 | Facebook | Instagram

Robots, robots everywhere - near the payment counters, on their cups, and their walls!

Robots, robots everywhere – near the payment counters, on their cups, and their walls!

Free The Robot – cafe by day, turns into bar Bitters & Love by night! It’s actually sectioned out, so the cafe is one half of the restaurant and the bar is the other half. Free The Robot (FTR) seats around 25 – 30pax inside comfortably, and business seemed to be pretty good and brisk during lunch hour. With the boarded up facade (the entrance is really just a small door), this place makes for a good hideout place from the maddening lunch crowd around the area!

The draw of this place isn’t just Bailey’s though – FTR, though small, is actually full of photo opportunities for your Instagram feed or Facebook albums – from the drawings on the boarded front entrance, to the concrete walls inside the cafe, the wooden tables… the only tough thing to do was to find that prized seat in front of your favorite part of the wall mural!

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The menu's rather reasonable, at $5 for a sandwich to $14 for a big breakfast! And where else can you find a wagyu burger for just $12? *licks lips*

The menu’s rather reasonable, at $5 for a sandwich to $14 for a big breakfast! And where else can you find a wagyu burger for just $12? *licks lips*

You order & pay at the counter, then grab a seat with a wooden cup bearing your table tag!

You order & pay at the counter, then grab a seat with a wooden cup bearing your table tag!

Baileys: "Where's my mummy?" Baileys even has an Instagram account of his own, at @whereisbaileys!

Baileys: “Where’s my mummy?”
Baileys even has an Instagram account of his own, at @whereisbaileys!

Cold Pressed Juices! I love ginger almost anything. Apple Ginger was a great wake-up juice! Love that the balance was just right - not too much ginger, but enough to provide a certain kick.

Cold Pressed Juices! I love ginger almost anything. Apple Ginger was a great wake-up juice! Love that the balance was just right – not too much ginger, but enough to provide a certain kick.

Avocado Sandwich!

Avocado Sandwich!

Truffled Fries (sides)

Truffled Fries (sides)

FREE THE ROBOT BURGER - Homemade Beef Burger, with sunny-side egg, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon - all for just $12!

FREE THE ROBOT BURGER – Homemade Beef Burger, with sunny-side egg, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon – all for just $12! I loved this – I don’t usually like tomato, but it complimented the burger so well! And I’LL TAKE ANYTHING THAT COMES WITH AN OOZING EGG YOLK. P.S – You can specify how well you want your burger to be done!

Recommended: Pan-seared Shoulder Beef Tenders Salad with Sous-vide Egg (Additional $3, but YUMS!) and Avocado (another additional $3!)

Recommended: Pan-seared Shoulder Beef Tenders Salad with Sous-vide Egg (Additional $3, but YUMS!) and Avocado (another additional $3!) P.S. If you find the beef too raw for you, you can specify how well done you want it to be too! But this was perfect for me – and I love the raisins!

Dine in, or to-go... your choice!

Dine in, or to-go… your choice!

FTR serves coffee as well!

FTR serves coffee as well!

Baileys stole the hearts of everyone at the cafe! But he's only there on Thursdays mostly. Nawwwww!

Baileys stole the hearts of everyone at the cafe! But he’s only there on Thursdays mostly. Nawwwww!

Thank you Reenie for checking out this place with me! It was a rainy Thursday well spent ; )

Thank you Reenie for checking out this place with me! It was a rainy Thursday well spent ; )

Bitters & Love's entrance is actually at the back alley - and you can identify it with a drawing of Baileys by the entrance!

Bitters & Love’s entrance is actually at the back door of FTR – and you can identify it with a drawing of Baileys by the door!

Thursday afternoon with @reeniepoh & @whereisbaileys at @free.the.robot (which becomes @bittersandlove bar at night)! Beef burger for $12 where to find?!? Wearing the #LoveBonito romper you’ll be seeing me in very often! #lbootd #evonnzootd

A photo posted by Evonne Ng ★ 琳 (@evonnz) on

Amazingly well stocked bar!

Homemade Umeshu on Tap!

Homemade Umeshu on Tap!

I am really curious about how Siam Diu tastes like hahahahaha

I am really curious about how Siam Diu tastes like hahahahaha

Wall art at the entrance of FTR, obviously for a fun photo taking opportunity! That's my Gin Tonic, which was huggeeeeee. Thank you Ernest!

Wall art at the entrance of FTR, obviously for a fun photo taking opportunity! That’s my Gin Tonic, which was huggeeeeee. Thank you Ernest!

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Baileys: “Won’t you pop by soon?” ; D

Photos taken with the Olympus OMD EM-5 MKII + 12-40mm f/2.8 lens.
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My 30th at Curious Palette, Prinsep Street!

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So I turned 30 like many moons ago (to be exact, it was on September 29th) but it wasn’t till 2 weeks later that everyone was free to meet up for brunch (working schedules, overseas, etc etc).

And since we were all super active on Instagram and have to share every little detail of our life on IG (i jest), of course it has to be at a place so insanely photogenic (this one not kidding) where you can not just take good food pictures – but also your OOTDs, and even product shots (hahaha guess who did that?)!

{ Curious Palette }

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Add:
64 Prinsep St, Singapore 188667

Tel: +65 6238 1068
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 9am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 9am – 12mn. Closed on Tuesdays.

(Randomly, and unknowingly, I seem to have hung out at Prinsep most of my life –
from the still-standing Mr Bean cafe during my teens, to Alps in my 20’s, and then this new favorite place. Whoa.)

What you see upon entering Curious Palette. There's no huge signboard outside the entrance, just a small chalkboard sitting atop a chair, with "Curious Palette" scribbled on.

What you see upon entering Curious Palette.
There’s no huge signboard outside the entrance, just a small chalkboard sitting atop a chair, with “Curious Palette” scribbled on – but you won’t miss it for sure!

You might not know, but Curious Palette actually has a 2nd floor, which only opens when the first floor is full ;)

You might not know, but Curious Palette actually has a 2nd floor, which only opens when the first floor is full ;)

Curious Palette’s actually the latest cafe by the brains behind Stranger’s Reunion & Strangers at Work, which means one thing – they serve DAMN GOOD COFFEE.

I don’t need to be a coffee drinker to know that, because besides all the accolades (too many to list, you google better) World Barista Champ Ryan Tan has received, cos I’ve witnessed plenty of nods in approval and quips of “wah this is damn good!” from my friends who practically breathe coffee.

Damn. Good. Coffee.

Nah – Damn. Good. Coffee.

Their chocolate drink's made with tonnes of effort too! Especially the iced one. Even the lactose intolerant me couldn't resist because it comes with a huge scoop of ice cream on top : D

Even their chocolate drink’s made with tonnes of effort!
Especially the iced one. I’m lactose intolerant, but I couldn’t resist because it comes with a huge scoop of ice cream on top : D

Boneless Chicken Wings stuffed with chicken mince, spiced batter and served with homemade Thai Chilli Sauce! One of my must-order dishes here.

Boneless Chicken Wings ($10.90 for 3 pieces) stuffed with chicken mince, spiced batter and served with homemade Thai Chilli Sauce! One of my must-order dishes here. Let’s just say that I don’t usually like chicken wings, but this one I fell in love with.

TRUFFLED FRIES! And that truffled aioli dip *hearts in eyes*

TRUFFLE FRIES ($12.90)! With freshly grated truffle, truffle aioli dip and parmesan cheese. *hearts in eyes*

And not forgetting the sweet potato fries (i prefer this over the truffle fries) which came with the same truffle aioli dip. They do this SO WELL, you cannot miss this!

And not forgetting the truffled sweet potato fries ($12.90) (i prefer this over the truffle fries, i love sweet potato everything) which came with the same aioli dip. They do this SO WELL, you cannot miss this!

Pan-grilled baby squid, with pickled pink ginger

Pan-grilled baby squid, with pickled pink ginger. This is no longer on the menu, as they update their menu pretty often and brings in new stuff depending on the season.

Their hearty mushroom soup's really worth setting aside some stomach space for. I've only heard positive comments about this one!

Their mushroom soup is really worth setting aside some stomach space for! They’ve since updated this – the new East Coast Mushroom Chowder ($11.90) now comes with roasted mushrooms, a truffled poached egg and tofu croutons!

Did I mention that they have spam fries too? And really pretty tables. It's like you walk in, and you take your pick on what mood you'd like today. A lighter shade? Marble? Okay can. Hahaha

Did I mention that they have spam fries ($11.90) too? And really photogenic tables. It’s like you walk in, and you take your pick on what mood you’d like today. A lighter shade? Marble? Okay can. Hahaha

Pan-seared Sous Vide Salmon - with grilled halloumi cheese, bacon scone, poached egg, guacamole, semi-dried tomatoes, arugula & honey mustard dressing!

Pan-seared Sous Vide Salmon ($18.90) – with grilled halloumi cheese, bacon scone, poached egg, guacamole, semi-dried tomatoes, arugula & honey mustard dressing!

Corned beef scotch egg - with deep fried curried cauliflower (yum), guacamole, spicy tomato relish & toast!

Corned beef scotch egg ($17.50) – with petit pois (in the updated version, replaced the cauliflower), guacamole, spicy tomato relish & toast!

48-hour sous vide beef! 200g beef oyster blade, sherry redudction, shimeiji mushrooms, roasted red spanish onions & seasonal vegetables.

48-hour sous vide beef ($28.90, only available during dinner)! 200g beef oyster blade, sherry redudction, shimeiji mushrooms, roasted red spanish onions & seasonal vegetables.

And of course, not forgetting the berry ricotta hotcakes which they're super famous for, and is quite possibly the most photographed item in here!

And of course, not forgetting their Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($14.90) which they’re super famous for! Served with the best vanilla bean ice cream (you can tell because it doesn’t melt quickly), fresh seasonal berries, pumpkin & sunflower seeds – and is quite possibly the most photographed item in here!

It's so pretty that I'm just gonna give you 2 more pictures of it. Pic 1/2, before pouring the maple syrup

It’s so pretty that I’m just gonna give you 2 more pictures of it.
Pic 1/2, before pouring the maple syrup

Pic 2/2, drizzling maple syrup over is a must-do when taking photos, please. Can I call this the money shot? Hahahaha.

Pic 2/2, drizzling maple syrup over is a must-do when taking photos, please. Can I call this the money shot? Hahahaha.

I’ve come across quite a few comments thats been saying that they’ve copied this and that – but actually, although it had originated from Top Paddock from Melbourne, they were the first to serve this in Singapore with blessings from the owner of Top Paddock, who are friends with Curious Palette’s owners.

I’ve tried this during a food tasting session at Stranger’s Reunion last Christmas, and have loved it since! It’s really a must-order whenever you visit – and the price and size have been adjusted as the serving’s pretty huge, even for 2!

Not forgetting their signature waffles, of course. They never disappoint! Banana & berry compote *licks lips*

Not forgetting their signature waffles, of course. They never disappoint! Banana brulee & wild berries compote ($13.50) *licks lips*

And another must-order, for Gula Melaka fans - the Gula Melaka Buttermilk Waffle, with coconut cream, vanilla bean ice cream, red beans & roasted peanuts!

And another must-try for Gula Melaka fans – the Gula Melaka Buttermilk Waffle ($14.50), with coconut cream, vanilla bean ice cream, red beans & roasted peanuts!

The cafes refreshes their menu every few months to keep things fresh, and well, there are some new offerings which I’ve yet to try myself! For example, they’ve added Peach & Raisin Ricotta Hotcake, and Bacon Ricotta Hotcake to their list of sweet things!

And not forgetting the pork loin which Yina loves, Chorizo and Foie Gras Linguini, Prawns & Konbu Spaghetti, Hot & Sour Seafood Spaghetti… Gah I’m hungry just reading off their dinner menu.

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So many photogenic corners, and this was just the upstairs!

So many photogenic corners, and this was just upstairs!

Min the self-timer pro. No one - i swear - no one can tell that she took most of her OOTDs herself, just by using the Olympus phone app.

Min the self-timer pro. No one – i swear – no one can tell that she took most of her OOTDs herself, just by using the Olympus wireless remote function on the mobile app.

It's honestly even prettier downstairs - the cafe's bathed in natural sunlight (i love), and they even have a real coffee plant growing at a corner. And coffee machine porn for the addicts, of course.

It’s honestly even prettier downstairs – the cafe’s bathed in natural sunlight (i love), creating a cozy and inviting environment – the lights, the concrete and wooden touches – everything’s just so well put together!

As we get older, we seem to have more responsibilities to tend to – and that is why I’m really happy that we managed a meet up, and that the girls bothered to surprise me with mochi cakes, presents, candles that sparkle, and even PINK balloons (got me laughing) which are STILL floating and hanging off my closet door handles till today.evonnz-30th-birthday-curious-palette-22

Lao charbor don’t need so many frills, just company of a few good friends. Thank you girls, for taking time off, and making the day a memorable one. I love you all! ;)

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(And of course, to Curious Palette for giving us such a wonderful space and privacy. The 2nd floor’s really good for events!)

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My newfound love… Azmaya at Robertson Quay!

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I’ve discovered that I have a thing for Sukiyaki, but unfortunately the husband doesn’t. So I haven’t been to much Japanese hotpot restaurants…

UNTIL I DISCOVERED THE WONDERFUL AZMAYA.

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Add: 30 Robertson Quay, #01-12/13 Riverside Village, 238251
Tel: +65 6737 6863
Opening hours: Open Daily, Sun – Thur 5pm – 1am, Fri & Sat 5pm – 4am.
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Technically, Jayne (Tham) brought me there for my birthday treat, so she deserves all the credit! What a wonderful place it is – I really feel the need to share this with all of you, because

  1. It’s wonderfully Japanese. The manager, the staff (about 30%), the food and even the customers whom patronize the restaurant, along with their drinking antics (KAMPAI!).
  2. You can split the hotpot. So yes, Sukiyaki and Shabu shabu at the same time? No problem! (There are also dozens of bases to choose from, all you have to do is pay $3 per soup base change)
  3. Reasonably priced – at just $24 SGD for FREE FLOW PORK, and $45 for beef. (NOTE: above are promotional prices – please call them at +65 6737 6863 or refer to their facebook page for pricing that day)

At the moment, there are two promotions you might find useful – make your reservation via the eatigo app for discounts off ala-carte pricing (up to 40% off) for dining at certain timing (off peak of course) and also… there’s FREE FLOW DRINKS (beer, sake, umeshu, wine) for just $35 SGD – drink all you want/can within 2 hours! No doubt this is gonna be super popular amongst the Japanese – I think their livers are made of steel!

So anyway one fine day I decided to drag my friends from a very aptly named chat group down – it’s called “Hungry people” hahahaha.

Your favorite blogger Yina Goh & Yong Zhuan

Your favorite blogger Yina Goh & Yong Zhuan

Trisha & Casey

Trisha & Casey

My favorite photographer Ron hahahaha

My favorite photographer Ron hahahaha

Bae & I!

Bae & I!

I forgot to mention, but you can mix up your own dipping sauce (just like HDL and other chinese hotpots) and also, the free flow set includes rice and curry (which was so good that Yong Zhuan finished two bowls of)!

You’ll have to pay for the raw egg to go with your sukiyaki meats (aiyah just $0.50 SGD), and should you not order any appetizer, it should set you back approximately $40 SGD per person on the final bill, with a drink.

Ika!

Appetizer – Ika! Just nicely done (not too chewy or uncooked).

Tamago! There's a mentaiko version which was really nice too (had it with Jayne previously)

Tamago! There’s a mentaiko version which was really nice too (had it with Jayne previously)

Appetizer - Momotaro!

Appetizer – Momotaro! I’m amazed by how perfect they look.

Yummm, free flow pork!

Yummm, free flow pork!

DASSAI 50, a premium dai-ginjo sake! 50 refers to the polishing ratio - it means that it's been polished till 50% of the rice is left, resulting in a smoother brew. And you know whatttt, I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE! Casey actually changed the chosen sake to this instead and I'm glad he did because it was so smooth and nice! I heard that there's DASSAI 39 and 23. Imma go hunt for that!

DASSAI 50, a premium dai-ginjo sake!
50 refers to the polishing ratio – it means that it’s been polished till 50% of the rice is left, resulting in a cleaner and lighter taste – best served cold! And you know whatttt, I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE! Azmaya has a rather wide selection of sake, and Casey who’s practically half-Japanese advised us to get this instead – and I’m glad he did, because it was so smooth and easy to drink! I heard that there’s DASSAI 39 and 23. Imma go hunt for that!

Pouring sake for others is a common custom in Japan. And after many rounds of dining in Teppei and with Japanese folks, it's always polite to offer a cup to the host!

Pouring sake for others is a common custom in Japan. And after many rounds of dining in Teppei and with Japanese folks, it’s always polite to offer a cup to the host!

And that would be Azmaya's manager, Ryota-san, whom I had the pleasure of meeting through Ryan. I'm always happy when I meet Japanese folks! Speaking of which, I think I need to go brush up my Japanese.

And that would be Azmaya’s manager, Ryota-san, whom I had the pleasure of meeting through Ryan. I’m always happy when I meet Japanese folks! Speaking of which, I think I need to go brush up my Japanese. The only word I kept using throughout the night was probably “KAMPAIIIIII”!

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What a great night it was!

Hungry people turned happy and practically bursting at the seams. Whee! So yes, go! Visit Azmaya!

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Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza

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“Supply + Demand = EQUILIBRIUM!”

That was the answer offered to me by Jacelyn, when I asked about how they came up with the name of the restaurant. And if the first part of the equation sounds familiar, it’s because Equilibrium, a new restaurant in Capitol Piazza, belongs to the Cre8group, which also owns Supply & Demand (Orchard Gateway/Esplanade), and another upcoming joint, The East Bureau (opening in September, at Marina Square)!

I’d like to think that it was fate that led me to have met the acquaintance of Jacelyn. I lost my engagement ring at Supply & Demand without knowing, and the honest people there actually kept it for me. I was forever grateful since! Of course there was a mutual friend who brought us to Supply & Demand in the first place lah, but you know, I paid for my food all the times I’ve been at Supply & Demand, so you know for sure that it’s nothing to do with sponsorship or anything. She didn’t even know that I blog till recently!

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Equilibrium, Capitol Piazza Singapore #01-86

Equilibrium is located at Capitol Piazza’s Galleria Wing at #01-86 (Capitol Piazza has 2 wings) where plenty of restaurants/cafes are located (Dazzling, Angelina, 1933, Zakku) – if you feel lost, click here to access Capitol Piazza’s directory online.

I can’t put a finger to the furnishing style, but it’s somewhat similar to how Supply & Demand feels – warm and cozy, like home away from home, with loads of dark wood furnishing and plenty of green accents for this one. Plenty of cushions, too! (Which I heard they had to cut down on because space hahaha)

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Right next to the entrance, there’s a drinking bar with a great variety of liquor for your bespoke cocktails if you wish, handcrafted by their passionate bar team! Bet this will keep you happy if you’re just looking to get imbibed – I reckon this will be an extremely hot tippling spot once the 6 star hotel right next to it opens!

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There’s a second level to this place, as you would have noticed – stairs only access for now, but it’s really brightly lit (awesome for food photography and if you want to see your date’s face clearly) and spacious enough to hold around 16 pax comfortably!

I reckoned that since it’s a relatively new and uncrowded spot, it’ll be perfect for girly gatherings and arranged for some of my favorite girls to gather for Jayne’s belated birthday celebration!

Equilibrum's menu is encased in a wooden box of sorts - really heavy, but what a refreshing idea!

Equilibrum’s menu is encased in a wooden box of sorts – really heavy, but what a refreshing idea!

I was running a bit late due to a prolonged hair appointment, and when I arrived this was already on the table. I took a swig thinking it was tea, and realized it has vodka in it! The Sencha Apple, $17 is a "delightful conconction of sencha infused vodka, honey, apple sour liquer, fresh mint leaves and dehydrated apple slice". Had I not driven, I would probably finish this off! It tasted so yummy!

I was running a bit late due to a prolonged hair appointment, and when I arrived this was already on the table. I took a swig thinking it was tea, and realized it has vodka in it!
The Sencha Apple, $17 SGD is a “delightful conconction of sencha infused vodka, honey, apple sour liquer, fresh mint leaves and dehydrated apple slice”. Had I not driven, I would probably finish this off! It tasted so yummy!

But since I drove, I had to settle for The Earl ($8) instead. A generous glass of iced Earl Grey Tea, mixed with a hint of rosemary, yuzu and syrup. I asked for it without syrup cos I like my tea that way, and it still tasted really nice! I think I love anything earl grey and yuzu basically XD

But since I drove, I had to settle for The Earl ($8 SGD) instead. A generous glass of iced Earl Grey Tea, mixed with a hint of rosemary, yuzu and syrup. I asked for it without syrup cos I like my tea that way, and it still tasted really nice! I think I love anything earl grey and yuzu basically XD

The girls were waiting for me to begin and I felt so bad holding them up! We quickly began with the starters… (man, wooden table + wooden tableware + canvas / rope. I’m sold on this place)

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The Caesar with Salmon ($15) - classic caesar salad with sliced smoked salmon, crunchy romaine lettuce, garlic crostini, crispy bacon bits (!!!), shaved grana padano cheese with sous vide egg and homemade dressing on the side! I don't eat much salads so this really is the first time i've seen a salad served with dressing on the side, and with a sous vide egg yet! This one was so yummy, I could probably wipe the entire serving off myself!

The Caesar with Salmon ($15 SGD) – classic caesar salad with sliced smoked salmon, crunchy romaine lettuce, garlic crostini, crispy bacon bits (!!!), shaved grana padano cheese with sous vide egg and homemade dressing on the side!
I don’t eat much salads so this really is the first time i’ve seen a salad served with dressing on the side, and with a sous vide egg yet! This one was so yummy, I could probably wipe the entire serving off myself!

"Pugliese grilled skewers of pork belly hand wrapped around a sinful mixture grated parmesan, oregano and chilli flakes, served with spicy garlic lemon dip." That's La Bombette - at $9.50 SGD per skewer and with a min of 2 per order, this costs as much as a main dish - and you know what? It was SO fantastic that I would gladly have had it as my main course!

“Pugliese grilled skewers of pork belly hand wrapped around a sinful mixture grated parmesan, oregano and chilli flakes, served with spicy garlic lemon dip.”
That’s La Bombette – at $9.50 SGD per skewer and with a min of 2 per order, this costs as much as a main dish – and you know what? It was SO fantastic that I would gladly have had it as my main course!

Grilled Squid with Citrus Air, $15 SGD had us all wondering what exactly citrus air is. It came served to us as a plate squid done really well (it wasn't overcooked to the point of being too chewy nor was it undercooked slimy) frothing at the top hahaha. Served with Fennel Chilli & Mint butter, this one's a favorite of mine too - I really love my seafood!

Grilled Squid with Citrus Air, $15 SGD had us all wondering what exactly citrus air is. It came served to us as a plate squid done really well (it wasn’t overcooked to the point of being too chewy nor was it undercooked slimy) frothing at the top hahaha. Served with Fennel Chilli & Mint butter, this one’s a favorite of mine too – I really love my seafood!

It's a little filling, but the Panelle, $12 is an interesting dish - "Sicilian inspired crunchy fried fritters made frrom Gram Flour, paired with a vibrant cucumber salad and duo of sauces (mango chutney and spicy garlic aioli)! Gram flour is also known as chickpea flour, is widely used in south east asian cooking. My first experience with it... you'll fill up quickly if you eat too much of this, so make sure you have many friends to share it with!

It’s a little filling, but the Panelle, $12 is an interesting dish – “Sicilian inspired crunchy fried fritters made frrom Gram Flour, paired with a vibrant cucumber salad and duo of sauces (mango chutney and spicy garlic aioli)!
Gram flour is also known as chickpea flour, is widely used in south east asian cooking. My first experience with it… you’ll fill up quickly if you eat too much of this, so make sure you have many friends to share it with!

We were practically stuffed at this point by the food that seemed to keep on coming – but the mains looked so good that we actually finished everything off (even though we had initially wanted to tapao some back for our other halves hahaha)

Oooooh this roasted chicken leg ($24 SGD). It's what a dream chicken meal is made of! I have no idea how they manage to roast it, but I know that the herb infused chicken leg is in actual fact, cooked a la sous vide (controlled temp cooking for a long period of time) and that's why it's so tender, juicy and also a little pink (it's not undercooked, just tends to be this way cos it's cooked sous vide). Also did I mention how much I loved the accompanying sauce , potatoes and sauteed vegetables? YUM!

Oooooh this roasted chicken leg ($24 SGD). It’s what a dream chicken meal is made of!
I have no idea how they manage to roast it, but I know that the herb infused chicken leg is in actual fact, cooked a la sous vide (controlled temp cooking for a long period of time) and that’s why it’s so tender, juicy and also a little pink (it’s not undercooked, just tends to be this way cos it’s cooked sous vide). Also did I mention how much I loved the accompanying sauce , potatoes and sauteed vegetables? YUM!

My first taste of the Pork & Mushroom Aglio Olio ($19) was that it reminded me of... Ba Chor Mee. And as it turns out, that really was what inspired this dish! /shock Yes, they even use white wine vinegar to complete your western BCM experience. What a lovely dish - though I wished that they used a different kind of pasta instead of Ribbon Pasta so that it would taste less flour-y. Angel hair, perhaps? Nonetheless, we polished off this plate really quickly!

My first taste of the Pork & Mushroom Aglio Olio ($19) was that it reminded me of… Ba Chor Mee. And as it turns out, that really was what inspired this dish! /shock
Yes, they even use white wine vinegar to complete your western BCM experience. What a lovely dish – though I wished that they used a different kind of pasta instead of Ribbon Pasta so that it would taste less flour-y. Angel hair, perhaps? Nonetheless, we polished off this plate really quickly!

Whoa the runny egg in this one! Reminiscent of the fabulous pizzas served over at Supply & Demand, we all initially thought that you know, we wouldn't be able to finish the At Dusk Pizza ($27) because it's really quite huge - but as it turns out, it was so thin, and everything was so well balanced (how can you resist that runny egg yolk?) that we were only left with 3 slices at the end of the day. Tricia couldn't stop praising the pizza and reaching out for seconds!

Whoa the runny egg in this one! Reminiscent of the fabulous pizzas served over at Supply & Demand, we all initially thought that you know, we wouldn’t be able to finish the At Dusk Pizza ($27) because it’s really quite huge – but as it turns out, it was so thin, and everything was so well balanced (how can you resist that runny egg yolk?) that we were only left with 3 slices at the end of the day. Tricia couldn’t stop praising the pizza and reaching out for seconds!

I don't know what overcame us, but we ended up ordering hot tea to try to digest all the food we ate - I think we can blame it on the very inviting menu and EXTENSIVE selection of teas available! Chocolate mint?!

I don’t know what overcame us, but we ended up ordering hot tea to try to digest all the food we ate – I think we can blame it on the very inviting menu and EXTENSIVE selection of teas available! Chocolate mint?!

Oh boy, stuffed to the max! And the night only got more interesting as we were introduced to their very own pastry chef, Belinda, whose dedication to her craft and quirky ideas made me feel like she’s gonna be the next Janice Wong.

Meet Belinda, who just popped up with a birthday surprise for Jayne!

Meet Belinda, who popped up with a birthday surprise for Jayne!

We were expecting typical desserts really, but instead dessert time turned into a bit of a pastry lesson for us as we tried to understand Belinda’s creations on this wooden platter.

Guess what these are? The bunch of grapes and promegrande seeds you see were the only normal item on the wooden plate, made to look more like a meat platter than a dessert dish. Deli Dolce, $21 SGD. Next to it - Chocolate Salami, on the bottom left - Raspberry & Green Apple Prosciutto which felt like pulled jelly taffy, Whisky Caramel Jelly & Bacon Jam which was really heavy tasting, and the spam lookalike Milk Chocolate & Caramelized Onion Pate. As it turns out, Belinda is a pastry chef who... prefers savoury stuff. And hence the very interesting dessert dish! I'll still prefer sweet stuff anytime, but It's really fun to explore each and every bit with your girlfriends and watch their expression as they try it. XD

Guess what these are?
The bunch of grapes and promegrande seeds you see were the only normal item on the wooden plate, made to look more like a meat platter than a dessert dish.
Deli Dolce, $21 SGD.
Next to it – Chocolate Salami, on the bottom left – Raspberry & Green Apple Prosciutto which felt like pulled jelly taffy, Whisky Caramel Jelly & Bacon Jam which was really heavy tasting, and the spam lookalike Milk Chocolate & Caramelized Onion Pate.
As it turns out, Belinda is a pastry chef who… prefers savoury stuff. And hence the very interesting dessert dish! I’ll still prefer sweet stuff anytime, but It’s really fun to explore each and every bit with your girlfriends and watch their expression as they try it. XD

Watermelon Carpaccio, $14 SGD. Everything on this plate are made of watermelons, in interesting ways! What you see in focus here - Homemade watermelon sorbet sitting atop homemade brown butter dust! Delicious and refreshing after all the savoury dishes, haha.

Watermelon Carpaccio, $14 SGD.
Everything on this plate are made of watermelons, in interesting ways!
What you see in focus here – Homemade watermelon sorbet sitting atop homemade brown butter dust! Delicious and refreshing after all the savoury dishes, haha.

And these mounds you see, are actually compressed watermelon - served with milk cheese foam, and mint basil gel. Possibly the part that raised most eyebrows - just how did Belinda manage to get watermelon to look LIKE THAT and taste THAT GOOD? It didn't lose its flavor at all!

And these mounds you see, are actually compressed watermelon – served with milk cheese foam, and mint basil gel. Possibly the part that raised most eyebrows – just how did Belinda manage to get watermelon to look LIKE THAT and taste THAT GOOD? It didn’t lose its flavor at all!

And we come to everyone’s favorite – Jayne’s birthday surprise!

As it turns out, if you celebrate a birthday there, Belinda would surprise you with a birthday creation – that would be either the mini baked alaska cake, or…

Hello, Panna Cotta Nascosto ($14 SGD). I savoured this without asking what it was and it was DELIGHTFUL! What you get is blood orange crushed ice sitting atop a bed of almond milk panna cotta, with cocoa water jelly seperating the two. It tasted nothing like the chinese almond jelly (you know, the ones at buffets...) you would have thought of - instead, every bite was delightful due to the different textures and taste layers. We gobbled this up in no time!

Hello, Panna Cotta Nascosto ($14 SGD). I savoured this without asking what it was and it was DELIGHTFUL!
What you get is blood orange crushed ice sitting atop a bed of almond milk panna cotta, with cocoa water jelly seperating the two. It tasted nothing like the chinese almond jelly (you know, the ones at buffets…) you would have thought of – instead, every bite was delightful due to the different textures and taste layers. We gobbled this up in no time!

Jayne & I

Jayne & I

Yina & Tricia. Eh you all hor, face shape damn sharp. /jelly hahaha

Yina & Tricia. Eh you all hor, face shape damn sharp. /jelly hahaha

Happy birthday, Jayne!!! May all your wishes come true and everything go smoothy for you~

Happy birthday, Jayne!!! May all your wishes come true and everything go smoothy for you~

The beautiful Capitol Theatre at night. In the day, I love how it's structured to let natural sun light shine in and bathe the mall in it. This might just be my new favorite makan hang out place!

The beautiful Capitol Theatre at night. In the day, I love how it’s structured to let natural sun light shine in and bathe the mall in it. This might just be my new favorite makan hang out place!

{ Equilibrium Modern Italian Bacaro & Ristorante }

Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road #01-86 Galleria Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 63844069 | Website: www.equilibrium.sg
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 12am daily (will be extended to 3am once hotel opens)

The nearest mrt is Cityhall, and they serve brunch on weekends from 11.45am – 3.30pm!

For more updates on promotions and opening hours, do follow them on facebook / instagram @equilibrium.sg!

(Images shot with the Olympus OMD EM-5 MkII)

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