The sister (in law) is back for a month from the States before her next big move — PhD for the next 5 years! (-_-”)

I was joking with Darcy that we probably should send boy1 over to her since she’s gonna be studying, so at the same time, she can also encourage the boy to push himself to work harder and think out of the box. To be honest, the education system here doesn’t sit very well with me. I think the boys are not benefiting from it. They are .. well, a little different and i do hope they can pursue their passion and have an angel to guide them at the same time.

Darcy and i did talk about it for once and he was so so against the idea, like seriously. This time round, he didn’t oppose the idea as much as when i first planted the thought into him.  Now, the rest is up to the boys. If they are really keen about it and able to show us that they are dead serious, we will definitely give it a thought on another level. The idea is not impossible and i will probably be the first person to support it, with a heavy heart of course.

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Anyway, the sister is back and as usual, i was asked to pick a venue for lunch. After sifting through tons of recommendations, i settled on Hide Yamamoto. The food was decent and everyone was pretty pleased with my choice. The much raved about Ramen hit all the right spots but of course, if you were to ask me, “Will i pay $28 for it?” My answer is hell, no! :P

 

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#ootd

I love dressing up when i’m in the mood. I even like snapping pictures of it, for memories’ sake. It’s a pity that the camera doesn’t adore me as much as i adore it.. so most of the time, i’m behind the camera. Anyway, i’m more comfortable that way too. :)

I bought this cheerful dress a couple of years ago but i’ve only worn it once. Lol! I know right.. but at least, i’ve not forgotten about it. It’s just that i have no suitable events/lunches to wear it to…

While some friends and family find the dress cute, the sister thought i looked pregnant in it. Her first reaction was, “Why are you wearing pregnant dress?!?” but but.. i really like it. I’ve this odd penchant for baby dolls and flare dresses. So yeah, her comment doesn’t bother me at all. I’m still gonna wear it again and again and again.. Muaaahahahaha! :P

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Hide Yamamoto -Marina Bay Sands
8 Bayfront Avenue #02-05

Call Us: +65 6688 7098

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If you know me well, i’m usually too busy to even blog my stuff, let alone, a review for a restaurant in a foreign country?!?

But yes, that’s exactly what i’m doing right now, a review for Maha Bar and Grill, on my own free will. (This is not a media invite)

WHY? You may ask.

Well, *shrugs*.. because the food is really good and it’s worth blogging about it even with no-standard(iPhone)-photos. :P

The gf and i wanted Vue De Monde initially, but alas.. reservation at VDM advance is needed, like a good couple of months, especially if you’re looking at dining on Friday or Saturday night. After combing through a short list of other restaurant reviews and menus, we decided on Maha, because it sounded pretty awesome for the price that we’d be paying. Uh huh, pretty affordable for a 9-10 course meal.

First up – drinks!

Gf’s : Turkish Delight
Mine : Pomegranate something something with Egg White. *giggles* Yeah, i forgot! It has been a few months already! But damn, this drink was gooood. It was so delicious, so so delicious that i almost ordered another, and another and another if not for my tight budget! If you do go, PLEASE, PLEASE, order this lip-smacking-good-drink please. If you don’t like it, come claim from Mama (read : me). I’ll reimburse you!

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So.

WHY THE HELL DOES THE COMPLIMENTARY BREAD DESERVE A SPACE IN THE WRITE UP TOO?

Because they were also SO DAMN GOOD that’s why.

We totally committed the very same boo-boo like (almost) all diners did (occasionally) which is, stuffing ourselves silly with complimentary bread. BUT. We’d very good reason. These breads were simply irresistible — i want their recipes!! You can’t stop at one each. In fact, i think we had 3 refills, with some gorgeously whipped butter no less! o.O

If you go, don’t say i didn’t warn you. Try sticking to 1 each okaaayyy? Oh alright, 2. 2 each and that’s that. Trust me and you won’t regret it, unless you can eat really a lot, like that guy in Man VS Food.

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Smoked Pork Hock Broth, Quail Eggs, Beans, Silverbeet : the broth was a tad salty otherwise, very flavourful! I finished every single drop and morsels.

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Corn fed chicken tagine, broken egg, corn bread, saffron, Iranian figs, sucuk oil : Again, impressive. Very well put together. Everything marries well with one another. If not for the limited stomach space, i would have loved to wipe clean the gravy with the corn bread. Yummeehh!

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John Dory fillet, raw greens, preserved lemons, mushroom cream, almond mayo : Fish was well executed. Juicy and all, but with the limited stomach space (yeah, the breads’ fault!), i could only ate 3 bites. Almond mayo didn’t leave much impression though.

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My customized swordfish course because erm, i refused to eat rabbit (just a personal preference though i’m no longer a pescetarian).

Verdict : not outstanding. I rather swordfish sashimi anytime.

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Gf’s rabbit loin, morels, angel hair, braised legs, peas, foie gras foam, hazelnut coco nibs bastilla, in case you wanna know how the rabbit dish looks like. :P

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Our table was all filled up, with the sides, the mains, the drinks, the breads, whoaa, so much food… At this point of time, we just stared at the table and sighed. How to go on? We both agreed that we were too greedy, way too greedy, to order the Sultans Menu instead of the Soufras but we soldiered on. Deep breaths in.. and we were ready again!

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Next up : 12 hour roasted mt leura lamb shoulder, pistachio and green olive tabouleh – to be honest, i’ve got zero impression on this one. All i know is that it wasn’t stinky, it wasn’t dry and we barely touched it. Too full!

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David Blackmore rib eye cap marble score 9+, honey, coriander seed, roast garlic parfait, shaved roots : Woohooooo, finally, the course that we’d been waiting for! David Blackmore’s rib eye!! Dear DB’s fans, don’t kill me please but i think it might be overrated? Slapping the steak with honey didn’t work for me. As for the steak, to quote my mother, Nothing special leh!

Sumac, tomato, cucumber, mint, leaves, roast garlic : complimentary salad but, mmmmmmMMmm.. it was good. After ingesting that much of meat, we welcomed this with open arms. If i remember correctly, i think we finished this. Teeheeeheeee!

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Peanut butter parfait, baklava crumb, salted caramel, chocolate sorbet, orange blossom foam : Let’s just put it this way, i whacked everything and wanted another.

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SO friggin’ good! Not exactly pleasing to the eyes, but trust me, detailed thoughts were put in into making this dessert. From the way the peanuts were stuck around the glass, all the way to the positioning of the foam, sorbet.. surprises abound at every turn as you hold the glass, eat, turn, eat, turn, repeat. So good.

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White chocolate and honey soufflè : i had many many bad relationships with soufflè, but gawddd, this one here, the very plain, boring looking one here, yup that’s right, this one, completely changed my mind about soufflè. I’m now a convert and i cannot wait to make my own soon. Needless to say, i too, finished this course. Dearest friends would know that no matter how stuffed i am, i’ll always have an extra stomach for desserts, just for desserts and nothing else. *wink*

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Thankfully it wasn’t that chilly that night like other nights where i’d shiver non-stop because all i had on was a LBD, stockings and a jacket — what’s with women and vanity right, sigh :P I know, can’t quite tell what i wore but oh well, i was merely showing off my new 4″ nude color heels, scored during one of the crazy sales i walked past when i was there. :D

Need i say some more?

Go to Maha and dine already!

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Maha Bar & Grill

21 Bond Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
Australia
t +61 3 9629 5900
f +61 3 9629 5911

http://www.mahabg.com.au/

It was that time of the year again.

The sister, mother and i would make a few trips to restaurants for lunch without fail in the month of May. I love it. It’s probably the only time i get to sit down with the 2 of them and have decent conversation! :)

This year, i picked Absinthe.

(past 2 years — just to name a few– : Nicholas, FiftyThree, Jaan Par Andre)

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Did i tell you that i quite like dressing up? *grin* But not too often though.. Once a week is great! It kinda lift the spirit up and boost one self’s confidence a tiny bit — i’m mostly in comfy shorts and comfy old tees, probably that explains why eh?  :P

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Fr left, clockwise : Foie Gras Poêlé
(Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Warm Blinis and Morello Cherries), Duck Breast, Ravioles de Royan (Royan Cheese Ravioli, Pesto and Citrus in Light Broth), Seared Tuna with Salad.

What can i say? Almost all four of these dishes were great!

But if i must pick one to be one of my least favourite, it gotta be the ravioli. Rather mediocre if you ask me. I’d probably leave this out if i were to go again. According to my dining companions, the Foie Gras and Duck Breast were rather exceptional. If i’m not wrong, the duck breast’s sauce was yuzu?

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Fr left, clockwise : King Prawns, Steaks & desserts

Sorry for the very brief dishes’ names. It has been sometime and i can’t find it on the menu online. Yikes!

Anyway, the prawns were good! If u see this on the menu, ORDER it! We were torn between the prawns and something else. In the end, i turned to one of the fabulous, friendly staff for recommendation and he said, ‘The prawns”, and gave me that wink. Heh! But yeah, seriously, it was good. I wish i didn’t have to share them. HAhaaaa!

Desserts, hmmm… no comments. HAHAA! Well, if you must know, it was not bad but it wasn’t fabulous either. :P

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BUT!

The Fromage Français Affinés (French Farmed French Cheese Trolley) –> TOTALLY go for it! *wink*

Will i come back here for meals? Hell yes!

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Absinthe Restaurant Francais

48 Bukit Pasoh Rd
Singapore

Tel : 6222 9068

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