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.. With DH. (wrote this post back in Dec, but didn’t post it) He had a couple of business meetings in Singapore the beginning of this week. He drove so I went along. Usually he goes by plane but this time he needed to bring back the wine he shipped back from Napa Valley. He bought 27 bottles from Opus One, the Limited Edition Vertical 2005, 2006 and 2007. We opened one at another restaurant. We let JC, dh’s French buyer, choose a couple of wines at Lawry’s. We all had the restaurant’s famous prime rib. Dh and I shared the 15oz diamond cut because we also shared an order of baby back ribs. We could’ve gone to Morton’s but were just there in Hong Kong. I was longing for some good prime ribs and Lawry’s certainly satisfied that craving.
We also went to Long Beach Seafood at Eastcoast Parkway. This was my first time there. We certainly had the best. The men opened a couple bottles of whisky and lots of  great wine. We had sashimi geoduck and lobster, tiger sea mantis w/golden garlic, Alaskan king crab, renown crispy duck, BBQ fish. We couldn’t finish the food. I would’ve eaten more , but was a little ill. The next day, we had brunch at Marina Bay casino with dh’s bro and family bf departing for home. We had the usual dim sum dishes like siew mei , chee change fun, etc. It was ok. The outstanding dish was the melt in your mouth egg tart, and the salted butter pao. I think we just had too much good food and couldn’t appreciate anymore food.

prime rib

sea mantis

Alaskan king crab

lobster and geoduck sashimi


December 2, 2010 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Brasserie Les Saveurs @the St. Regis Singapore

Brasserie Les Saveurs

Brasserie Les Saveurs

salad-fresh baby greens and grilled prawns w/walnut dressing

salad-fresh baby greens and grilled prawns w/walnut dressing



clam chowder

clam chowder

fresh oysters

fresh oysters





eggs benedict

eggs benedict

eggs and sausages

eggs and sausages

We went to Singapore last wknd.  Both dh and I had to do some banking there.  Plus, dh had 3 nights of SPG redemption left.  Had to use it by the end of the month.  We chose the St Regis again b/c it’s convenient for me to walk from the shopping complexes.  This time we had lunch and brkfst at the hotel-Brasserie Les Saveurs, an intercontinental restaurant with French brasserie favorites.  It was raining and we were hungry after checking in.  Dh checked out the spread and it looked very good.   The restaurant had his fave French oysters from Quiberon Bay.  He had a dozen of those.  Loved them with raspberry vinegar w/onions.  They were $3 a piece.  I never had them and have to admit they’re the best oysters I’ve ever had.  The sashimis were perfectly cut, not cubed, especially the hamachi.  Had a second helping of those.  I loved my baby salad greens with walnut dressing.  Will have to look up a recipe for that dressing.  Grilled prawns were perfect with my salad. The clam chowder was too creamy for me.   My main course was pan-seared Pacific seabass.  Dh had the wagyu beef cheeks. I almost got that too but we were going to Lawry’s for dinner that night.   Dessert was ok.  I had creme brulee, choc mousse, and cheese cake.  Didn’t have any of the yummy pastries.  I had to control myself.   We will try hightea or dinner there next time.

We usually have breakfast at the hotel.  I have my eggs and sausages and dh has to have his eggs benedict.  This time I also had muesli with fresh berries.

September 16, 2009 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Grand Imperial Restaurant

This is our new favorite Chinese restaurant in Bangsar.  Went there for dim sum one Sunday after Dhamma Sunday school.  We got there 1:45pm and the place was so busy.  We had to wait 10min for a table.  The manager came to sit and chat with Dh, so he’s been going there quite often with his friends.  Hmm…this is our only 2nd time as a family.  Oh well, the food is great.We ordered a few favorites like prawn siew mai, prawn dumplings, fish balls, radish cake, yam dumplings cheong fun, kai lan and chicken feet.  The chix feet sounds gross but it;s actually quite tasty.  The one here was a bit too sweet.   The kids didn’t like the pan fired fish cake.  Dh and I had to eat those.  I quite like the sauce that came with it. It’s a lot like the Thai sour sauce for seafood(lime, hot chilli and ginger).  The kids love the friend squid tentacles with mayo sauce.  Dh had to double the order.  The dumplings and chee cheong fun were average.  The radish cake and fried yam dumplings were excellent.  We would have dim sum there again.


May 10, 2009 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Wooden House or House of Wood restaurant…

…not sure of the exact translation from Thai to English.  That was our first stop for lunch after landing in Krabi 3 weeks ago.  Our taxi driver recommended it.  Dh said he probably gets 10% commision for taking patrons there.  We also travelled to Phuket, Chiang Mai and the Mae Hong Son route while in Thailand.  There will be more posts from those areas.  Anyway, the food at this place was quite good.  I was impressed with the layout of the restaurant.  Most of the tables were out in the open among the trees and gardens. There was a little man made brook in the middle with fish.   I was most impressed with the restrooms.  As the name suggests, it’s a restaurant of wood.  The restrooms were bamboo themed with modern standup glass sinks with water coming out of bamboo tubes and fawcets.  That was neat.  Should have taken a picture.  The food was not bad.  We ordered dishes that the kids would also eat. They are not too crazy for spicy foods. First we had roasted escargot(snails) with hot and sour sauce on hte house.   Most places  in Thailand, the restaurants are quite generous with at least one “on the house” starter.   At first the kids were like “eww”, then they tried it and liked it.   We had two common appetisers like fried prawn/pork and fishcake.  Turned out to be the best prawn/pork we ever had.  We also orderd pork salad(lap). We had lots of pork on this trip. It was too salty for my tastes.  The clear shrimp tom yam  and crab curry was pretty good.  The assam prawns tasted the same as the ones in Malaysia.  We tried  something we never had before-young coconut shoots sauteed wiht oyster sauce and garlic.  Surprisely tasty.  p10109501

restaurant entrance



tom yam shrimp, assam prawns, and crab curry,   fishcakes


fried prawns and pork patties                                        pork lap (salad)



roasted escargot

December 4, 2008 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

NATURE’S Vegetarian Restaurant

sweet n sour oyster mushrooms, “fish” w/oyster sauce

fried tofu w/ “crab” meat, young sweet potato greens

sambal eggplant w/prawns, “sotong” with sweet chili sauce

Yam rolls

Today is “Chau Yat”, not sure of the spelling.  That means we go vegetarian for at least one meal to accomodate dh’s mom.  Plus, we like to eat egetarian once in a while.  When there’s a fullmoon or new moon, my mil is a vegetarian for that day.  That came from her belief in Buddhism and Toaism mixed together.  Usually, we go to Nanking Vegetarian Restaurant for lunch when these special days fall on Sat or Sun.  But today we wanted to try Nature’s.  Haven’t been there for awhile.  Nanking’s was getting too salty and everythng tasted too much like soybean, though they do have good dishes.

We went early at noon b/c dh and I didn’t have time for brkfst cause we took the kids to the Brickfields temple earlier.  Thank goodness, we went early cause by 1:30, so many people arrived for lunch.  All the dishes were very good.  The yam roll as appetizer was not a favorite.  I especially liked the spicy sambal eggplant w/” prawns” and the “sotong”(squid) dish.  I love the sweet potato greens stirfired with blackbeans.  I was the only one who ordered  brown rice. I gave dh half of it.  One small rice bowl is not enough for him.   We also had very good soybean milk.

August 31, 2008 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

Essence at Sheraton Imperial,KL

Italian gelato, cheesecake, apple and marshmellow from the choc fountain

My usual fare from buffets-the meats, and antipasti

I never skip the sashimi and fresh oysters,LOL.  First time I ever encountered shark’s fin(genuine) soup at any buffet. WOW!

Kids wanted to go for a buffet. They like having varieties of food to choose from.  If we eat at home, they have to eat what I cook.  I don’t give them options.  They love going around taking what they like from buffets.   My dh actually dislikes buffets, but we went to one anyway since the kids were requesting it.  I suggested the one at Sheraton Imperial.  I haven’t been there for ages.  Dh and I tried the Italian restaurant-Villa Danielli ages ago.  It was alright.  There are better Italian restaurants in town.  It’s one of the luxury hotels in town and they should have a very good buffet.  The price was not bad-above RM80++ for adults and kids are half priced.  We arrived earlier than our reservation(7:30pm), but there was hardly anyone inside.  There were maybe 3-4 tables.  The host was quite kind and said he would only charge us for one kid.  The restaurant has a  very bright(not gaudy) and eclectic ambience.  It has maybe 6 or 7 stations.  But I wasn’t disappointed, the food was very good.  For me, a good buffet depends on how well the meats are cooked and how fresh the seafood is.  The desserts have to stand out.  When I go to hotel buffets, I rarely eat the local food.  Best local food are eaten outside(hawker or street food).  The grilled beef was great, so was the roasted lamb, though I don’t like my lamb too rare.  The usual antipasto was excellent.  The cheese and bread were a little limited.  Dh and I had our fill of fresh oysters and sashimi(sliced upon request).  The desserts had the usual mousses and cakes.  I was disappointed with the chocolate fountain.  There were not many choices.  I only saw biscuits, marshmellows and pineapples-no strawberries.  The plain cheesecake was prob one of the best I’ve had in KL.  Dh and I loved the gelato flown in from Italy.  Dh wanted to buy some and bring it home to eat.  I choose the cheesy fig and mango w/passion fruit.  That was the highlight of the meal.  This buffet came with only house wines and coffee.

July 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Yum, love Thai food II








Dh’s very good friend, Prayuth, took us out for a late supper in China town one of the nights we were in BGK last month.  Wow, this part of BGK is packed with people shopping and eating street food.  We settled into a seafood place and ordered some  prawns roasted over an open grill.  This came with a sour sauce that is out of this world.  I tried to make it at home and it’s not the same.  Prayuth also ordered some scallops and dh’s fave curry crab dish.  We had kang kong(water spinach Thai style(just garlic, fish sauce and chile padi,not belacan).  It was mostly the 2 of us eating and P having a few bites.  

While dh had his meetings, Prayuth took me out for lunch and to do some shopping in China town.  For lunch, he took me to a place called Rosabieng.  It serves Thai food.  The restaurant is quite neat.  It looks like a big bungalow with dining inside the big house and on the grounds.  The garden and what used to be the quest house  were also made into another dining room and al fresco dinning.  Quite charming.  The food was very authentic Thai.

Som tom usually comes with a side of cabbages, stringbeans and baby Thai kang kong.

stewed pork with black mushrooms-yes, like the Chinese version

tom yam soup with jumbo prawns

fresh veggies with sour sauce wiht pieces of crabmeat

 Rosabieng Restaurant

The day before we left, Prayuth came early to take us out to a floating market 1 hour from BGK.  We sampled some Thai street food.  I love the pork sausage.  It is made with rice , garlic and salt and left to ferment, then grilled.  I just love it.  It comes with some pieces of stringbeans, cabbages, chili and young ginger that you can eat with the sausage.  We also had some fishcakes.  There were lots of yummy looking desserts, but we didn’t want to spoil our lunch.  For lunch, P took out to the middle of no where in Ayutthaya and went for a seafood restaurant on the river famous for their gigantic prawns.  We arrived kinda late past 2pm and there were still people eating.  We were even serenaded with singers.LOL  That night, we had dinner with P, his wife and daughter at a fusion Thai restaurant called The Secret.  It was interesting and still very tasty. 

Isaan grilled sausages

fermented fish cakes, grilled jumbo prawns

grill prawns with chile sour sauce, fusion Thai veggie soup with shrimp

chicken curry with roti,  meatball laps(ground beef salad)

  young coconut shoots as som tam.

July 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

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