Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
I was lucky enough to get hold of a pair of Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 tickets for the trade preview on Thursday and decided to head over to Marina Bay Cruise Centre to explore. It is basically a festival to showcase Singapore’s speciality coffee, local kopi as well as the cafe lifestyle.
I arrived about 7pm and there wasn’t much crowd since the people attended that day were probably bloggers or from the media. The aroma of coffee filled the air and I was trigger-happy, busy snapping photos, but of course not forgetting to appreciate the booths that were beautifully set up to attract and welcome visitors. Be prepared to get your bags spot checked on both level 1 and level 2 before entering!
Each ticket holder will be entitled to a card with 2 stickers that could be used to redeem 2 cups of sample beverage. I ended up using both stickers on chocolate drinks since I am rather sensitive to caffeine and definitely would not be able to sleep the entire night. I loved the chocolate drink series from Grounded Pleasure so much that I ended up buying a packet of French Mint Drinking Chocolate (S$16.00) that reminded me of Christmas! I also tried the cream muffins (S$3.00 each) from Hattendo and they did not disappoint. The bread-like texture with a caramelised biscuit-like top was filled with lovely cream. Unfortunately only the kaya cream was left since both the chocolate and matcha were sold out. 
With over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry, scheduled activities such as educational talks, workshops as well as music, it would be a great way to spend one’s weekend.

The event is happening from 4 – 6 August 2017. Do check out their webpage here
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Hattendo cream muffins

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Tocha Bistro – Chill and Dine Around Lavender

Tocha Bistro
Residing within the parameters of Boss Hotel, along the Rochor River of Lavender, Tocha Bistro is a fairly new place to chill and dine. Its bar well stocked with a huge selection of alcohol, particularly whiskies due to its owner’s love for it. Crazy Hour is from 5pm to 6pm daily, where beer buckets go as low as S$25++ for half a dozen!
Since cocktails are available, I might as well start off with Sex, I mean the cocktail named Sex On The Beach (S$15.00) which was a fruity subtle-sweet concoction of cranberry juice, orange juice, peach and vodka. My friend’s neon blue Singapore Sling (S$18.00) was rather refreshing and I kind of enjoyed sipping it.
Homemade Mushroom Soup was first served, brimming with chunky bits of diced button mushrooms. Enjoying every mouthful of soup, alternating between the perfectly crisp garlic bread. Both the Baked Scallops (S$8.80) as well as the Smoked Duck Roll (S$6.80) do make excellent accompaniment to alcohol. 

I had the luxury to try a mix platter of Tenderloin Steak, Iberico Pork, Lamb, sausages and marsh potato, with a side of additional 3 sauces for the meats. I am a sucker for beef steaks and the Tenderloin Steak did not disappoint me. It was chilled and airflown from Australia, served rare which was my preferred doneness. Not bloody nor too chewy yet retaining its juices in the slab. I  totally enjoyed the Marsh Potato due to its delicate texture as well as it being drenched by sauce.

Having tried both the Grilled Salmon and Grilled Cod, my friend and I each have our individual preference. Both were comparable, just that I would prefer the oilier flesh of cod as compared to salmon. The skins of both fishes were similarly grilled to crisp and thankfully scaleless.

Probably my personal favourite dish that night that won my tummy over was the fork-tender Braised Lamb Shank (S$16.80) that was slow cooked overnight with herbs and red wine, served on a bed of mashed potatoes and baby carrots. Perhaps I could have slices of bread where I could dip or wipe the entire plate clean from savoury sauce.
(Note that this dish is available in limited quantities daily.)

Do check out their affordable Set Lunches, S$18 at nett prices available the entire week! Each set comes with salad, mushroom soup, fries and a choice of soft drinks.


Address: 500 Jalan Sultan #01-20
               Singapore 199020

Contact: 6291 7118

Tocha Bistro Alcohol
Sex On The Beach (S$15.00) (left) ; Singapore Sling (S$18.00) (right) 

Tocha Bistro Mushroom Soup with Garlic Bread
Mushroom Soup with Garlic Bread

Baked Scallops
Baked Scallops (S$8.80)

Smoked Duck Roll
Smoked Duck Roll (S$6.80)

Tocha Bistro Mixed Platter
Platter of Tenderloin Steak, Iberico Pork, Lamb, sausages and marsh potato drenched with sauce 

Tocha Bistro
Mixture of Grilled Salmon and Grilled Cod with salad and carrots

Tocha Bistro Braised Lamb Shank
Braised Lamb Shank (S$16.80)

Kam’s Roast, Michelin Star Restaurant in Singapore

Kam's Roast Marinated Duck
Marinated Duck (1/2 for S$38 ; Whole for S$65)
Kam’s Roast would be the first Michelin Star restaurant I have patronised and I probably could no longer proclaim myself as a hardcore foodie for a delayed review. I seldom select Chinese food as my option when I dine out as I have the tendency to select other cuisines instead. Kam’s Roast was perhaps a game changer since I actually craved for some of its dishes once every now and then.
My dinner started off with a couple of braised dishes such as the Marinated Chinese
Mushroom ($5.80), Marinated Duck’s Wings ($8.80) and Marinated Tofu ($4.80). I definitely love the marinated tofu so much due to its smooth silken texture.
I tried both the Marinated Duck and Roast Duck which were contrasting in taste and for you to define which you would prefer. My preference was obviously the roasted duck since I prefer roasted food as compare to ‘lor’ (gravy).
My favourite dish was the Toro Char Siew! The meat itself was tender and it probably comprised of more than 50% fats that readily melts in my mouth. Not for the faint hearted.

It was my first time hearing about Lean Pork Sausages as I usually ate the commonly known Pork Sausages with bits of fats. I could easily differentiate between them based on their texture and mouth feel and I was totally engrossed with the lean ones.

Last but not least, I ended off my meal with a hearty bowl of Red Bean Soup with Aged Orange Peel ($5.80) for dessert that night. The dessert wasn’t too sweet, contained loads of easily mashed red beans with a hint of orange peel. The orange peel did enhanced the soup making it less ‘ni’. 
Having Chinese food in a restaurant, especially a Michelin star-ed one could be an option for me in future.  

Kam's Roast Toro Char Siew
Toro Char Siew
Kam's Roast Lean Pork Sausages and Pork Sausages
Lean Pork Sausages and Pork Sausages
Kam's Roast Marinated Tofu
Marinated Tofu ($4.80) 

Kam's Roast Roast Duck
Roast Duck (S$11.80 for Portion ; S$48.00 for Whole)

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 Chef’s Special Appetiser (S$19)
Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 is a hole in the wall restaurant along Duxton Road that carries a range of A4 Wagyu Beef. They recently launched one of the best value-for-money A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38) that comprises of 5 dishes.
The meal started off with 2 slices of Japanese Pork Prosciutto, followed by Homemade Kimchi and Marinated Sprouts. Chinese Cabbage Salad Topped with Umami Seaweed might looked rather mundane but it was rather refreshing and the Umami Seaweed proved itself worthy with its dry-plum-like texture and savoury notes.
A platter of 5 different parts of Premium A4 Wagyu Beef was served next, each individually barbecued over the smoke-less crystal glass by the chef himself. Thighs were my top pick since they literally melted in my mouth without much chewing effort. Do seek advice on which cut would taste their best in either their homemade ponzu sauce or salt!
Last but not least from the set would be the A4 Beef Curry that contained minced beef. It was definitely highly addictive despite its appearance. How could curry look appealing in the first place?
Besides the A4 Wagyu Beef Set, I got to try 2 other dishes as well. The Chef’s Special Appetiser (S$19) consisting of 3 spoonful of foodgasms. My favourite was the Uni (sea urchin) wrapped with A4 wagyu beef sashimi, gently brushed with shoyu. It was a total meltdown as I felt that both premium components fused easily together. The other two were Foie Gras & Caviar drizzled with truffle oil and marinated ikura.
The other dish was Tataki Wagyu (S$20) which was equally instagrammable since slices of medium rare looking wagyu were neatly piled against the rice in a circular fashion. Simply top up S$5 to enjoy premium ingredients such as uni, foie gras, ikura or caviar. (Basically all 4 ingredients for S$20 or you could even select 2 portions of eg. uni for S$10!)
Address: 47 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089511
Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 11pm
Contact: 91627502
Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38)

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38)

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38)

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 Tataki Wagyu (S$20)
Tataki Wagyu (S$20)

Machida Shoten, the Number 1 Lekei Ramen Resturant in Japan

Machida Shoten Lekei Ramen
I got excited upon hearing that Machida Shoten already has 43 outlets all over Japan after it was founded in Jan 2008 and Singapore’s outlet being the first that was out of Japan! 
A series of new dishes was unveiled, made only exclusive to Singapore’s outlet. I wasn’t surprised when I found that some of these dishes had Chinese influences, probably to adapt to the local palette.

The Burdock Tempura (S$7.80) came about as a perfect snack for itchy-mouths while waiting for mains to arrive. Thinly sliced, perfectly crispy yet not excessively oily.

Cha-Shu Croquette (S$6.00) was one of the dishes that has Chinese influence. In fact it was seasoned meatballs that was tender and moist, deep fried till a brown crust was formed. Popping these Croquettes into my mouth would be an easy task, but not stopping at 1.

Garden Salad (S$9.00) would be a perfect option for health enthusiasts since the vegetables hardly undergone much heat, remaining kind of raw. Drenched it with the homemade curry dressing as well as the non-oily oba leaf vinegar for a flavourful finish! Loving the sliced deep fried lotus root as well!

The Seasoned Iberico Spareribs (S$14.00) that was boiled till easily fall-of-the-bone, seasoned with Machida Shoten’s original sweet soy sauce reminded me of another Chinese zi char dish. The light sweetness yet not overpowering the meat was unbelievably tasty.

Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice (S$10.00) would be an option for rice lovers if they prefer rice over ramen. Close resemblence to sambal fried rice, probably also due to it reddish hues, it was prepared with about 12 different ingredients. Try their Homemade Shrimp Gyoza (S$9.80 / 5 pcs) if you would want more seafood intake.

Machida Shoten has a reputation for its ‘iekei’ ramen, meaning ‘home’ in Japanese. It evokes a sense of warmth and homliness from its offerings. The highlights for that day would probably be either one of the 3 bowls of ramen since my table of foodies have distributed views.

The chef’s recommendation mentioned was Shoyu Tonkotsu (S$14). It was a combination of soya sauce and pork bone broth. Miso Tonkotsu Ramen (S$14) was actually my personal favourite as the broth was tonkotsu based with a blend of red and white miso. I loved the crunch from all those corns as well as a piece of butter that added kick to the already thick and robust broth. The Garden Veggie Ramen (S$15) had a close resemblance to the Garden Salad. Its broth was the lightest among the 3 since it was made with from just vegetables.

I also bet the ladies would find the chef an eye-candy!
Thank you Brandcellar for the invite.

Japan Food Town
435 Orchard Road
#04-40 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
Singapore 238877

Burdock Tempura (S$7.80)

Cha-Shu Croquette (S$6.00)

Garden Salad (S$9.00)

Seasoned Iberico Spareribs (S$14.00)

Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice (S$10.00)