Michelin Guide ★: Braci, Singapore


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Tucked away on the top floor of a re-furbished shophouse along the bustling Boat Quay area is another Beppe de Vito baby – contemporary Italian restaurant, Braci.

We were curious to see what the brains behind Il Lido, Aura and Osteria Art had in store  for us with this intimate 20-seater. Refreshingly, the kitchen area was completely open, giving all guests a full view of all the excitement behind-the-scenes. And look at the stunning view of the Singapore River right outside our window!

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We both weren’t too hungry and decided to go for the 4-course Surprise Menu at just ($100++) each, but ended up ordering an extra course anyway. 

Overall: ★★★1/2

Price: $$$-$$$$

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And so we began with an amuse bouche trio of the freshest produce from South to North Italy.

And then this piping hot, freshly-baked bread with some delicious olive oil.

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And then it was on to our very unique first course – Romanesco with aerated Burrata  and Hazelnut Pesto.

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Who would’ve thought a broccoli would go so well with creamy burrata? Also, that gorgeous hazelnut flavour brought out all the nutty flavours of the vegetable. What a creative take on a simple vegetable dish! I’ve developed a great appreciation for chefs who can make vegetables taste amazing. It’s always easy to make fresh seafood, or a great cut of beef taste good. But for a veggie dish to wow, takes real talent.

Our second course was a Red Prawn Tagliolini.

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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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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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Review: Atlas Coffeehouse, Bukit Timah


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I’ve heard stellar recommendations for Atlas Coffeehouse from various friends and colleagues over the past few months. Apparently the coffee is excellent and the food pretty decent. And because we were craving some hearty brunch fare just a few weeks ago, decided to see what all the fuss was about.

Overall: ★★★1/2

Price: $$ – $$$

The cafe is notorious for long queues on weekends, but we got super lucky, because there were only two of us, we were ushered in within 2 minutes of arrival at around 1230pm! No complaints there. We went with empty stomachs and decided to share 3 mains and coffee. For a start, here’s the The Atlas Super-bowl ($17).

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This was delicious crispy salted kale, miso eggplant, butter corn, rosemary chicken chunks and sauteed tomatoes and mushroom atop a warm bed of quinoa. Very tasty, and felt pretty damn healthy as well.

We also ordered the Low & Slow Pulled Pork ($20).

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This was a totally decadent treat. 18-hour slow-braised pulled pork, scrambled eggs, streaky bacon and arugula served on sourdough. The pork was amazingly tender and flavourful, and everything came together and melted into a gorgeous mess in the mouth. Mm..

The coffee I must say was pretty decent too. Not a big fan of slow drip coffee, but their lattes were good. Still a Common Man girl, but this wasn’t half bad.

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We also couldn’t resist some Shoe String Truffle Fries ($8) topped with a mountain of fluffy grated parmesan. It came piping hot and golden brown, topped with a generous heap of parmesan that melted beautifully on the bed of warm potato. This is every carb lover’s dream.

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And of course, we saved the best for last. An amazing dessert of Candied Bacon Waffles ($14.50). 

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