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by Bobby

While I do enjoy kimchi once in a while, I had never been a fan of Korean food. Having tried Jang Shou this extremely expensive and hugely disappointing Korean barbecue restaurant in the Esplanade, you can understand why I was very reluctant to try Ju Shin Jung. Ju Shin Jung is located at East Coast Parkway and it belongs to this chain of asian restaurants which include Long Beach and Waraku that has its own car park so parking was not any trouble at all.

Like Jang Shou, the menu consisted of 2 parts: a selection of barbecue meat and the side dishes that included items such as the usual ginseng chicken soup and kimchi. Beware as the prices stated for the barbecue meat selection is that for one person and at $35, it is pretty expensive. So if you do the math, you’d realise that it is much more worth it to go in a group of 5 rather than as couples or worse, alone.

Kim Chi

While similar to Jang Shou in many ways, the food here is delicious and the spread of the side dishes that came with the meat was much bigger than what I remembered having at Jang Shou. We ordered the Wagyu beef, Ginseng Marinated Pork and Chicken, Kimchi Casserole and a Ginseng Chicken soup. The barbecue meat was good, though I can’t really imagine how wrong barbecue meat can go. However the meat, especially the marbled wagyu, was dripping with oil and I did feel a little disgusted after a few pieces.

Wagyu Beef

The Kimchi casserole was good, appetizingly sour and not overwhelmingly spicy, The ginseng chicken soup was quite an interesting dish as the chicken was stuffed with glutinous rice that gave the soup a distinctive taste while possible to taste hints of ginseng. The food is rather salty and the flavorful meal was wrapped up with a bowl of refreshing sweet ginger tea. To enjoy ginger tea, you probably need an acquired taste for it and as expected not everyone at the table found it palatable.

Ginger Tea

While the food was good, I found the portions small and at that price (around $45 per person), I doubt I would ever return to the restaurant any time soon. But this is definitely a good place to try good Korean barbecue.
Ju Shin Jung 1018 East Coast Parkway #02-01Telephone: 6447-9279

by Bobby

The best thing about Orchard Road is that it is spotted with numerous cafes and restaurants. I was with a friend, exhausted from shopping when we popped into the basement of Paragon, and found ourselves in a pâtisserie, Canelé. Stylishly decorated, the dimly litted cafe draws its inspiration from Pierre Herme’s cafe in Paris and its jewel-box concept display of its delicate dessert.

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While I found it hard to resist the temptation to order the macaroons (having tried them twice before), we ordered the Tarte Tartin ($12++) with flambé caramelized apple with toffee, crème chantilly and caramelized filo pastry. I love the caramelized filo pastry that gave every mouthful of the dessert a crunchy texture. The overall sweetness of the dessert is not at all sickening and is sure to delight. While service leaves much to be desired (actually its horrendous ), I’m sure i will return again, if only for those delicious macaroons.

Also try the : Sea Salt and Caramel Macaroon and Strawberry Shortcake

Canelé 1-25 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road

by Bobby

Deeply seated within the residential area in Greenwood Avenue, Pepperoni is part of a chain of restaurants in this quiet and comfortable neighbourhood. It may be inconvenient for customers without cars as they may find themselves walking for 10mins from the main road, people who drive may find it slightly frustrating to come in for lunch due to the location of schools such as National Junior College and Raffles Girls Primary which leaves the area swarming with cars during lunch time when the students are dismissed from schools.

Located right next to Sebastian’s, one can immediately see the distinct difference in decor when you enter the restaurant. Pepperoni has a more laid back feel to it and the walls are covered with amateur crayon drawings. The tables are laid with drawing paper and crayons are left at the side of the table for customers to doodle on.

Pepperoni Pizza

The 4 of us ordered the grilled portobello mushroom as an appetiser and for entrees, we had the 30inch pizza with smoked salmon and parma ham toppings, a squid ink sauce linguine and an Aglio Olio spaghetti for the friend who doesn’t take seafood.The grilled portobello was okay and not exactly memorable so I shall skip the details of it. The Aglio Olio was a definite disappointment. The pasta was not cooked properly and in fact, it tasted a little uncooked to me.

What really surprised us was the squid ink sauce linguine. The phrase al dente would have been appropriate in describing it. The linguine freshly cooked was warm, firm and not hard. The squid ink sauce was thick and smooth and it was definitely not sickeningly rich like the cream in some Carbonaras that leave u feeling disgustingly full after a few mouthfuls. At $20, the portions did seem slightly stingy and we agreed in unison that we could have more of the linguine but it was onto the 30inch pizza.

Pepperoni Pizza

The 30 inch pizza was rather reminiscent of Modestos at Orchard Parade Hotel which also serves huge pizzas baked in authentic coal ovens. The crust was thin and the tomato was not overwhelming. The thinly sliced parma ham gave the pizza the adequate amount of saltiness to excite the palate and the generous heap of rocket was fun to chew on. I found the smoked salmon a tad too salty for my liking and after a while, it was quite apparent which topping was more popular among the 4 of us. At $44, this 2 topping pizza is quite a steal.

The waitress overheard me talking abt lemon sorbet (which i had at Venezia in Guthrie House earlier that day) and kindly informed us that they served it too, but we politely declined. The bill worked out to roughly $20 dollars per person. While the Aglio Olio was a big disappointment, the other dishes made up for it as did the cheery smiles and excellent service provided by the waitresses.

by Bobby 

I am a huge fan of japanese food and nothing gets me going better than really fresh sashimi. Other than the distinct awful fishy smell that unfresh raw fish has, the non-biteable texture of the fish sets it apart from really fresh sashimi. In my opinion, good sashimi shd be served cold (of course!), almost tasteless in the mouth, and really easy to bite through. Once you start chewing on it, it should have an almost melt-in-the-mouth texture.

Anyway Matsuo Sushi, located off novena square, is a nice little japanese restaurant that has an authentic japanese decor to it. The restaurant sits about 30 people, 10 at the counter and 20 at the tables arranged with in the rather small but cosy interior.

Matsuo Sushi

I tried the sashimi set which cost $20 (works out to be around $24 after GST and service charges) at the recommendation of a friend who has been there before. And yes i wasn’t disappointed. The servings appeared small at first but i found out later that it was just enough to make me almost full, or rather nicely full.

The set consisted of an appetizer (potato salad with an interesting topping which i cant decide what it was. i shall go with mashed chestnuts), miso soup (in which were tofu dices, rather large yam bits that were deliciously half-mushy and a prawn head) and the sashimi dish which included thick slices of fresh salmon that was delightfully marbled, tuna, octopus and swordfish. mostly the usual deal u get at any other japanese restaurant. special note should be given to the fresh scallop that was included. It was sweet and succulent, and it left me wanting more of it.

Sashimi

Overall the restaurant gets a 3.5 out of 5 stars on my scale. The servings could have been more generous even though i was nicely satisfied after lunch and the service could have been better. I had to ask them twice to refill my tea. but in all, the food was definitely delicious.

Matsuo Sushi#01-07 1 Goldhill PlazaTel: 63562603