Friday, December 25, 2009

BBQ in Nhatrang, Vietnam

Breakfast at Nhatrang Yasaka ends at 9am every morning. That means a mad dash out of bed just to eat every morning! Happy to catch a bowl of Beef Pho [rice noodle with beef and soup] and settle in the cool garden surrounded by bonsai horticulture of all kinds. 

By the third morning, I was awake enough to discover my new favourite [below]  - somewhat like cheong fun with beef. [Don't know what it's called cos I was too busy chatting with the servers about their holidays and forgot to ask!] The rice skin is extremely tender and delicate. Dipped in a sweet and spicy sauce ... [pause to breath]... it's takes my breath away! It's a dish that encapsulates the character of the Vietnamese spirit - gentle in substance, genteel in presentation, gratifying in its simplicity, and eaten with a generous dose of fresh herbs that include mint leaves [mint leaves are served with almost all dishes], it's a recipe for gastronomic revival in the morning!

A very attractive and petite Vietnamese 'chef' also makes a mighty ham omelette that has the longest queue each morning. One of my daughters said very frankly, "Not the kind you can make, mummy." Yep, I'm not in the running for any kind of omelettes. We didn't see the pretty chef on our fifth morning and I actually felt her absence! Glad she came in with a big smile and the garden buffet was happy again.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Jurong Hilltop Restaurant

When you see the viewing tower, the first instinct is to ascend it when in fact the restaurant is located at the basement of the tower. Nevertheless, it offers dining with unobstructed wide angle view of the Jurong indistrial area. There's something about being above it all that takes you away from the ordinariness of life and gives some respite from the buzz of work. [No pictures taken of the view though.]

 Thumbs up for the salmon.

Everyone is given a bright orange apron to don.

This place has not changed since I last visited about 2 decades back which explains the lack of good kitchen ventilation or whatever you call it. Expect to smell of teppanyaki when you step out and into your car. However, for us, the fragrance of our courtship days brought meaning to the family at this visit.

Monday, May 4, 2009

PS Cafe @ Dempsey

Reservation: Best done beforehand for weekends. Waiting could be long otherwise.
Experience: For outdoor feel with indoor airconditioned comfort in a conservatory-like dining room. The fragrance of fresh flowers fill the air from two over-the-top-sized vases sitting on a counter near the entrance.
Parking: About 5 lots across a wooden walkway from the restaurant; alternatively, ample open-air lots 5 mins away.
Tel: 9070-8782
Menus avail @

This place is all about ambience, being outdoors with the indoor comfort of airconditioning, gazing on luxurious green foliage and fresh flowers. The setting in nature makes it a good venue from morning to night! I've been here in the morning, afternoon and night and the place changes its character with the natural hues of the day.

Love the huge floor-standing mirror nested at one end of the table.
Floor-standing menu board against Krystle who's 1.6m
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The girls enjoying the nature outside after the meal.