Finally, the last entry for 2005. I suppose I should analyse the information to make some sense of it. Later, after I am done with all the other stuff.
Mayin: My colleague introduced me to this popular Chinese eatery in Bukit Batok Mall. Bright, modern, laminated wood furniture, efficient service, mid-price range, inoffensive, mid-quality cooking, combining the most workable Taiwanese and Crystal Jade formula to keep the mall crowd happy. I wil be happy never to return honestly, all these shiny new laminated places makes me feel like 1984, and I imagine myself eating pink indistinguishable globules of food matter.
Kuriya (3X): My friend eslim has been saying how much he likes Kuriya at Shaw House for its very fresh products and reasonable prices. He is absolutely right. We went on two occasions and enjoyed pristine sashimi dishes of sayori, aji, houbou and scallops. The sayori season is over, I will miss its sweet, almost crunchy texture and its beautiful silvery appearance. Houbou is another new favourite fish, its flesh a delicate rose pink hinting at its almost fruity sweetness. Also ate at the Great Word City outlet with colleagues, since it was a business meal we ordered the set lunches which were very good value and came with strawberry yoghurt desserts instead of the usual watermelon slices.
Silk Road (1/6): Where I met husband for a lovely lunch on the eve of Christmas eve because I got the half day off. Food and service standards maintained. The dan dan noodles is really da bomb, seriously, it is a fantastic bowl of noodle goodness.
No Signboard, Geylang (1/5): Possibly the only seafood place in Singapore that tolerates dogs. We had to sit at the table farthest from the main crowd, but the staff were very nice to our pooches.
Melben: Mimi & Rufus not welcomed, so we had to tar-pow our butter crabs for Xmas eve dinner.
OSO (2/4): Husband really likes this place. I realised that I've eaten their veal before but it didn't detract me from enjoying it again. Maybe they should update their menu soon. But not take away the chocolate tart.
Garibaldi: Lunch on the New Year's eve's eve. I used to be a big fan of their previous incarnation, Rossi, but stopped going after they had a change of management and moved to their present location. Between this and Oso, we much prefer Oso. For one thing, the sauvignon blanc was served almost warm here, not a very good start. We ordered a la carte, not the sets, but was not particularly thrilled except for a starter of grilled scallops which was pleasantly plump and sweet. Oh and I am sure that the lady sitting next to me was Deanna Yusoff.
Ichiban (1/7): Quick shopping lunch at Great World City. The unagi sushi was so dry the fish had curled away from the rice. It isn't often that they get it wrong, but the manager took my feedback well, so maybe it won't happen again.
Crystal Jade. (1/21): I think I am weaning myself off CJ, only one meal this month, at the CJ Kitchen in GWC.
P.S Cafe, Paragon (1/6). Not the Blood Cafe anymore. Their ham sandwich is huge, I ordered it because I saw that them slicing some ham and the meat looked very appetizing. The earnest wait staff with big eyes told me that they were opening a new outlet at Dempsey Rd and urged me to go, yes, I promised; he needn't have worried, it is now the hottest place in town. I'll wait until the hip people move on to the next happening spot.
Spizza (1/7). Juliana Ginna Zara
Auntie Kim's (3/4): Last meal out 2005. Fifth brother was in town for cousin's pre-wedding party, and he wanted loads of meat for lunch. We had bulgogi, bbq beef and grilled saba, plenty of meat there.
Old Airport Rd: Lor mee, not sure I like this noodle in gloopy sauce, but this bowl has a lot going for it. generous chunks of fried fish, sliced fried pork, cilantro, chewy yellow noodles. Then again, all that gloop....I preferred the one at Sheng Yi Fa Xiao Chi in Clementi; which we settled for because the claypot rice stall happened to be closed on the day of our visit.
At work, there was a staff Xmas lunch at the cafe at Marriot, the selection was quite dull. The annual dinner and dance was held in a function room at the Regent, the buffet variety was limited but well made, and the best thing was that I won a folding bike which is now earmaked for my sister's children.
And as usual, I had a fix of the chicken porridge in Jurong West, which I introduced husband to on Xmas eve afternoon. A little mad to drive from Balestier to Boon Lay on a non-working day, but why not?