Friday, November 9, 2007

Aston's specialties

I can still savour the flavour of that beef; you know, the satisfaction of having nice juicy beef is really quite unparalled; it really gives you that 'oomph' and that richness and that savoury quality that you just can't resist; and you don't want to dilute that flavour with anything else (aka you don't want to eat anything else...) you just want to let the flavour remain in your system as long as possible.

We went to Aston's Specialties opposite katong mall and there was already a long queue- the food must be good right? no kidding. and the prices were damn reasonable, like 12 bucks for a ribeye or 15 for the bigger portion. including side dishes. the soup was like 2.50. so what's there not to like?

we sat down, ordered; the mushroom soup arrived. it wasn't that bad, didn't seem like it was out from a can; it had nice little mushroomy slices and onion slices in a cream soup. okay. not too bad.

then the steak came. i ordered the 'extra large portion' ribeye, prime ribeye, medium rare; ...wait, let's taste the sides; the fries were albeit cold but really nice and savoury from al the paprika they put in (and the msg); the baked potato was nothing much to shout about but it was really fresh, could taste the potato taste; but the beef, OOOH, was really carnivore's heaven; carnivore's bliss; it was grilled to a perfection with all the criss cross lines, and the insides a lovely reddish pink; each bite was slightly charred on the outside for that grilled flavour, while succulent, juicy, tender, and with that beefy flavour..... ooh that beefy flavour is really out of this world.....really good beef....every morsel contained so much beefy flavour and beefy juice that was just oozing out of my mouth...yumm yum....

and the best part of the steak was the parts where the fat had combined with the charred outside to form a lovely contrast; the silky smooth richness of fat and the grilled flavour of the beef was a wonderfrul combination that can't be beaten, especially for that price! sublime fat.....ooh.....the doctor calls...but yeah, it was great man....yummy yum yum.

aston's specialtes; everyone has blogged about it before, but it is really a place worth of its accolades, a place selling great steak at a great price.

now for that foie gras....

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Haven't updated in years. okay. months.

Been to many wonderful food places over the previous months. What particular comes to mind is this wonderful place called Ricoletti that a few friends and I hopped down to a particular weekday. Ricoletti, and its sister counterpart, Menotti, have this wonderful offer where you are allowed to purchase desserts after 10pm for half-price, presumably because they want to clear their stock. But it was wonderful. We had this chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream called the soffiato, the rich chocolate outer layer splits open revealing dark decadant chocolate oozing from within. There was the lemoncino; brilliantly tart lemon. tiramisu and panna cotta were alright. the creme brulee was another thing to behold; lovely burnt crust.

i had the crabmeat linguine with tomato cream as well; it was wonderful; it had the scent of crab in a nice yellowy slightly tangy and so-creamy bisque, possibly flavoured in the way bisques are flavoured; only gripe is that there could have been more crab. oh well. the one i had long ago at pasta fresca (yes don't look at me, it is pasta fresca) was amazing.

that was a nice touch. the other highlight was when i had a really nice bak chor mee again at taihwa on friday, but i guess you all are already sick of taihwa reviews.

I went to Amici the other day with my dad for a nice lunch; they have this set lunch which was pretty affordable. i just had appetizers and the main course, nothing else. the rack of lamb for the main was excellent; flavourful, but well, nothing really out of the ordinary.

And, i just realised what the gripe is about founders bak kut teh. because it is really something worth queing up (yes the queue is rather long, but well...) for. firstly, we ordered spare ribs. the ribs were not particularly tender, but nice and chewy (the way i like it), and it is really easy to eat, as in, it peels from the ribs very nicely. and the you tiao were really fresh and crisp as well; the broth wasn't too peppery in order to mask the taste of pork; but it contained enough of that pork essence that comes from boiling the soup long enough in pork bones to satisfy me, the broth being the teochew type and not the peppery type.

and around the place you see pictures of fiona xie, felicia chin, and goodness knows how many other actors. and it's wonderful that it opens until 2am. yay. another supper place with quality food for my mahjong after-night-snacks.


and yesterday i just ate at marmalade pantry at holland vilage. many people, including "the travelling hungryboy" and "only slightly pretentious food" (these are food blogs btw the latter being run by my friend colin) have raved about the wonderful 'ultimate beef burger'--i just had to check it out for myself.

and it was was really lovely. the bun was nicely salted, and contained a succulently juicy and beefy patty, so juicy that the juices were beginnign to run out of the burger itself. the buns had nice sliced picked cucumber, and there were little cherry tomatoes that had been grilled with herbs to provide a slightly tart contrast to the meat--but the meat was a winner; it was beefy with a nice springy texture, with the juices of the beef keeping it moist and a pleasure to eat with every bite.

a must-go; especially if you're at holland village.