Michelin Guide ★: Meta Restaurant, Singapore


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Sean and I had passed by this place while strolling through Keong Saik Road in the daytime. And after scanning their menu, we decided we’d definitely come back for dinner. And right before we did, it’d earned its first Michelin star! What better excuse to give it a go.

Meta, short for “metamorphosis” promises just that. Asian-French cuisine that stays true to French culinary tradition, while showcasing Asian flavours. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but we definitely left feeling both impressed and satisfied.

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Walking through these glass doors, we were shown to one of about 20 counter seats that give you a full view of the workings of the kitchen. The ambience? Simple, yet elegant. We couldn’t wait to eat, and ordered their 5-course Winter Menu ($105++) with a Supplementary Dish.

As you might have guessed by now, the chef, Sun Kim is from South Korea. Many of the dishes had the faintest hint of familiar Korean favourites.

Overall: ★★★★
Price: $$$$

We began with an amuse bouche of Octopus, ikura, pickled rhubarb and nori on a  crispy rice cracker. Colourful, but rather forgettable.

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This next appetiser, however, was something quite special. Here’s the Korean Strawberry Pomegranate Foie Gras Tart.

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Gorgeous flavours, and the citrus tartness of the strawberries really cut the richness of the goose liver so well. Loved this.

And to round off the appetisers, (i can’t believe we haven’t even gotten to the first course yet!) we were served the Prawn Chawanmushi with Oscetria Caviar and Dill Oil.

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Caviar on anything is always a treat. But that dill oil. Wow. It really brought out the sweet flavours of the prawn and helped elevate this dish to something quite memorable. And we were barely even started!

Our dish course of the day was our supplementary dish of of Irish Oyster & Lemon with Gochujang ($10). Look at those amazing colours!

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Travel: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


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There’s nowhere in the world quite like the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. It’s famed for inspiring Darwin’s Theory of Evolution because of its rich biodiversity. Naturalists flock here from all over the world to watch some of the rarest birds on Earth, while divers ply its deep blue depths to swim with endangered sharks, dophins and whales.

We’d taken a short flight from Guayaquil to the archipelago. And to give you an idea of how far the islands spread, it can take up to 3-4 hours to get from one island to another by speedboat.

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But the minute we stepped onto San Cristobal, we came face to face into a colony of sea lions so comfortable in their habitat that they’d nap on brightly-coloured benches, and wait patiently for fish guts at the local wet market. They were absurdly friendly.

The best part of the island has got to be its sheer proximity to wildlife!

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While snorkelling and diving, we could swim up to giant sea turtles, sea lions, sharks and even golden rays!

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We could even spot little penguins everywhere. Whether we were on boats out at sea, by the harbour through crystal clear waters, it was amazing how close we could get to animals we’d normally never find in the tropics except for in zoos.

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Review: Pim Pam by FOC


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I’d had a pretty good experience with food at FOC, and so when Sean suggested going for tapas at their relatively new joint tucked away right beside Orchard Hotel, I was pretty excited. Overall, this is a great pick for a casual dinner and drinks with a group friends. Because when it comes to tapas, more really is more. Haha.

Overall: ★★★★
Price: $$-$$$

Let’s begin with a classic tapas favourite. The Octopus Galician Style.

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If you like your octopus slightly chewy and a little rubbery, this isn’t for you. The ‘Pulpoa la gallega’ was done more tender and soft, with a slight char around the edges. Served on a bed of mashed Potatoes and seasoned with smoked paprika, needless to say, we polished the whole thing off quite quickly.

Next up, the Barramundi San Sebastian-style.

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Travel: Machu Picchu, Peru


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Ah, behold one of the biggest wonders of the world! The mystical Machu Picchu. This was definitely a highlight of our trip to Peru, and something I’ve always wanted to see for myself in person. It most definitely disappoint. And I say this despite having to crawl my way up there with a terrible stomach infection that left me constantly throwing up and with really bad runs. So yes, believe me when i say it was worth it. Haha.

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First of all, there are many ways you can get to Machu Picchu. For those with time on their hands, hiking the Inca trail should get you there in 3-4 days. But it can be daunting for some, especially those with altitude sickness or who are not in the best of health. You can also drive, or as in our case, take the train. You can book tickets easily via PeruRail.

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The train ride itself was a real treat. Just kicking back for an hour or two watching the blue sky, mountain ranges and lush green plains blend into each other like watercolour. As you might notice, the terrain here is more lush, instead of the dry, brownish landscape of the rest of the Sacred Valley.

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Opinions differ on when the best time to take the bus and make the climb up to Machu Picchu. Most prefer pre-dawn when you can catch the sunrise. But we decided to go in the afternoon. And even though it was slightly warmer, there were considerably fewer tourists, and no mist which would have foiled all your photographs.

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Machu Picchu was the royal retreat of the Inca. And it was so well-placed that the Spanish Conquistadores never ever found it! It stayed hidden for many centuries until it was rediscovered in 1911 and declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

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