Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Restaurant: Follia Italian Restaurant

Incidentally found this new Italian restaurant while browsing through some websites, and decided to give it a try 'cos its menu looked quite interesting! This restaurant took over Rubato's space at Clover Way. I've never been to Rubato so I cannot compare the food standards!

When we reached, we told the staff that we were dining in the restaurant and they promptly freed up a parking lot for us to park in front of the restaurant. Inside, it was relatively quiet when we reached with 2 other tables only and the restaurant's music was barely audible. However more people came after awhile so the silence wasn't that bad. Also, my partner and I just talked as per normal so the silence was okay for us.

We took our time deciding what to order in the rather vast menu and finally settled on the stuff shown below!

Pane Pizza all'Aglio
Fresh hand-streched pizza bread spread with garlic, mixed herbs, olive oil and sea salt & baked to perfection. Served with cherry tomatoes

This pizza bread was AMAZINGLY crispy. But it still retained a tad bit of chewiness and so the texture was a win in my books. Also led me to say "hmm I don't mind coming back here for pizzas" the garlic was fragrant and so were the herbs. Felt like garlic bread haha. This serving was far too much for 2 people and after awhile, the bread got cold, and got a bit boring. So I'd recommend this for 4 people instead! 3.2/5

Bisque di Aragosta
A rich & flavourful soup cooked with assorted crustacean stock, dressed with clams, mussels & fresh river shrimps

Soup: it was so SO rich omg! If this is really purely made with seafood then zomg how much seafood must they have used! It was really super rich! Bordering on too sweet haha.

The seafood: mmm overall freshness was okayish. Some mussels were a bit stinky. That pincer like leg's "thorns" were a bit too sharp for us. Also we had 1 prawn and then 1 flower crab! 3.2/5

Risotto Frutti di Mare e Zucca
Little neck clams, mussels, river shrimp, flower crab, squid & prawns, all sautéed together with garlic & onions, & cooked in white wine tomato sauce dressed on a bed of pumpkin risotto

Actually what attracted us to order this dish was the new pairing of seafood with pumpkin risotto! Okay so firstly the risotto: honestly its too wet. Felt like we were eating porridge! But it was flavourful and yummy. A drier version would've been much nicer though!

Seafood: once again it was okayish. All the seafood esp the flower crab + idk if it was a yabby/crayfish/lobster or what, anyway these 2 items turned v mushy. 3.4/5

Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia
Fresh homemade squid ink pasta, tossed with assorted seafood in a squid ink sauce dressed with char-grilled squid

I've been hunting high and low ever since my previous fav squid ink pasta dishes dropped tremendously in standards. So I was hoping very much that this would be THE one after so long. When the dish arrived, it looked super promising. Dark, murky, thick, fragrant sauce. I had great hopes :)

Next the pasta was made very thin, but flat, and the sauce coated the pasta wonderfully, I got yummy mouthfuls of the sauce each time I had the pasta and it was very easy to twirl it with my fork. I loved the pasta! The texture and the doneness was purrrrfect. However main gripe, TOO SALTY! But after awhile your taste buds just kinda adjust. But again, if it was less salty, this would've been purrrrrfecto! I loved the char-grilled squid and not just normal boiled ones. Adds smokiness to the dish and a bit of crispy with the crunch of the grill. The rest of the seafood was okay. 3.7/5

Orange & White Chocolate Fondant
Freshly baked-to-order & made with fresh orange, & served with vanilla ice cream & strawberry 

Honestly when this first came I was like whutttt such a small size?? It is quite pathetic in terms of size vs price. Also it was a tad overcooked and the "lava" took awhile to flow. There were real wedges of orange inside which is a new thing I suppose. Also the flavour is also a new one! Kudos to creativity :) Did it work? I felt that the taste was okay a little bordering on cough syrup-ish but still okay! 3.1/5

 Dark Chocolate Tart

I'm sorry I don't know how much this costs because it was a special item (i.e. not on the menu) and I threw away the receipt + I didn't look at it so I dont know the price! They have a lemon tart on the menu for $7.90 so am assuming it should be around the same price? Haha. 

The tart: the chocolate was wonderfully dark which I loved. The crust was v thin but wasn't soggy which I initially thought it would be! It held up the thick chocolate ganache well and was still crispy! 
The ice cream: vanilla flavoured but barely any vanilla taste. Instead there was this artificial taste so I barely touched the ice cream and let the boy finish it for me. 
Overall: 3.5/5

Service was good, fast, polite. A couple that sat down before us were told of the daily specials from the menu, a family that sat down after us were also told the same thing. However we weren't told such a thing. Also, when the staff asked if we wanted to have desserts, we said yes and he brought over the menu but didn't tell us the dessert special. It was only after awhile did a lady come up to us and tell us about the chocolate tart. And boy was I glad she did :) 

Ambience: just a very basic simple set up of dark tables + chairs and then a bar at the corner that's about it. Decor wise plain + simple. 

Food wise: Average Italian food! But creative menu that doesn't follow the norm which I admire! There are some more dishes that I would want to try and if I want to go for italian somewhere near and don't mind some okayish food then I would come back again to try the other items and hopefully it'll be better than what I've already tried!

Follia Italian Restaurant
Mon, Wed-Fri, Sunday: 11.45am-3pm, 6-11pm
Saturday: 3-11pm
Closed tuesday
You can book via as well

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Art of Sundays Brunch at Intercontinental Singapore

Hello everyone! 

Yes another buffet post :) With their revamped Sunday Brunch which looked promising, plus a $100 discount, I dragged the boy down for Sunday Brunch!

We were seated diagonally across the live singer who's voice was quite good I must say!

Now on to the spread! Sorry some photos are damn ugly haha

Cold seafood

Oysters! A few kinds 

More cold seafood!

Appetiser section

DIY salads

Japanese Appetisers

Japanese section - sushi

Soba x udon





Desserts part 2

Just some close ups of the desserts:

Complimentary Malay/Indonesian appetisers to start!

There's otak, some beef rendang, some fish curry and I can't remember what the rest were but they were all pretty good


Theirs was quite good, the lobsters are quite fresh and oysters were okay too.

Live station - eggs ben x poached egg w caviar

Live station - pasta cooking

Soft poached egg w caviar

Well barely able to taste the caviar. Nicely poached egg though haha

Roast Beef

I think this was chicken? Not sure sorry!

Pan seared foie gras x onion compote x crisp bread x balsamic

This was a really good rendition!! Fatty foie balanced by sweetness of onion + sweet/sour tinge of balsamic. The bread was really really crispy! Had many servings of this!

This live station can be found near the roast beef section. You just tell the chef how many you like then you can go back to your seat to wait for it/stand around/take other stuff while waiting for your plate of decadence :)

Took pieces of their cod fish, but it was a tad overcooked for me!

The boy had their ravioli with cheese which he said was not bad

Eggs Benedict

The chef put a bit too much hollandaise he felt and didn't really drain the vinegar water (used to poach the egg) away properly so it was a bit wet. 

Roasted pork

He said it wasn't too fatty but not that crispy either!


Don't really see this at buffets! This was a good rendition

Stewed clams

Very sweet broth, clams cooked just nice

Kueh Lapis
Chocolate Royale Hazelnut Crunch
Red velvet
Salted caramel tart
Chocolate pave

The 2 chocolate items in this photo are very similar in terms of taste + texture + components! Both with a mousse and crispy crunchy bottom layer. One was darker chocolate than the other I think it was the smaller one but I'm not sure! It was good though. Didn't try the rest on this plate because I don't like those items! The boy said the salted caramel tart was q good though

Floating Island on Sarawak Pineapple and Ginger Coulis

Fruits x macarons x cheese

They have quite a wide selection of fruits and from what I've chosen their standards are okay! The macarons are very mini (look at it compared to the grapes) so its not substantial enough for me! One mouthful and its gone haha. Was chewy though the shell, which is the kind I like

Generally I would say the variety is okay, a little bit lacking in the mains department. But otherwise the variety is not bad. Quality wise slightly above average.  We didn't really try everything at the buffet! There was also a crepe suzette trolley (but somehow, they never asked us) and a trolley making Irish coffee for you on the spot (quite nice to look at!). The spread is pretty much what I've pictured except for the mains department that had about 10 different mains. Half Western half chinese I would say.

Service was average-splotchy. We told the people who seated us that we weren't taking the champagne option, then another person came to ask us, later on we were poured champagne by another person. Sigh. Then when we presented our discount coupon, different people looked at it to see what it was and whether it was legit. Plates sometimes weren't cleared on time, had to be called over. Water as well. Sometimes hard to get their attention. The place wasn't even full. Chef at the eggs/pasta counter seemed a bit inexperienced/not confident. Wouldn't go back because don't think the spread/quality justifies the price!

Ambience: very nice place to laze the afternoon away with good music and a pretty colonial surrounding!

Art of Sunday Brunch
Lobby Lounge Intercontinental Singapore Level 1
$158++ unlimited champagne, cocktails, selected house wines, soft drinks, irish coffee
$128++ unlimited soft drinks + juices
$58++ per child 3-12years old

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet: Jiang Nan Chun

Had a leisurely and yummy sunday brunch of dim sum with my mummy a few months ago :)

We were seated in front of the trees outside and this made for a really relaxing meal!

I love the buffet because you can choose how many of each piece (i.e. serving size) you want which makes it good when only one/a few want(s) to have it!

Our view

The setup! Love the chairs!

Double-boiled Morel Mushrooms with Chinese Cabbage and Black Chicken Soup

Very flavourful! 

Braised Bird’s Nest with Egg White in Rich Broth

A little bit of bird's nest haha. Cant really taste the egg white. The broth was very thick but super flavourful!

Chilled Sesame Roll

Strong sesame taste!! (Y)

Behind: Steamed Green Beans and Shrimp Dumpling with Parsley

Front: Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Tianjin Cabbage
Cant taste the cabbage so don't worry if you don't like veggie.

Steamed Pao with Custard Paste

Could've been saltier the paste! But was q good

Braised Sea Cucumber in Casserole

Could've had a bit more flavour but was good

Steamed Pork Dumpling with Shrimp and Mushrooms

Stir-fried Phoenix Clam with Asparagus in X.O. Chilli Sauce

Clams weren't very nice, too chewy

Stir-fried Scallops with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

More spicy than sweet the sauce.

Baked Flaky Pastry with Barbecued Chicken Coated with Sesame Seeds

Mom said this was okay, but she's still more used to charsiew being a filling for dim sum! They didn't have char siew sou and this was the closet alternative we could find!

Baked Sea Perch with Sautéed Egg White

Teriyaki glazed. A little dry

Steamed Cod Fillet with Sweet Preserved Vegetables

Loved this so much!!! The cod was just nicely cooked and very fresh! Had many servings of this!

Oven-baked Mini Egg Tart
Crust was a bit too thick.

Pan-fried Pork Belly with Savoury Sauce and Crispy Rice

Mom said the pork was too hard and that the flavours didn't go well together.

Marinated Mini Octopus with Bonito Flakes  

Very refreshing and good as appetiser!!

Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling with Mushrooms, Black Fungus, Celery and Bamboo Shoots
Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling with Assorted Mushrooms, Green Beans, Asparagus and Bean Sprouts

Both were average and I'm not sure which is which taste wise + in the photo

Deep-fried Dumpling with Foie Gras, Chicken and Shiitake Mushrooms

Mom said this was quite good

Steamed Lotus Paste Tart

This was what the menu said but didn't expect it to be a pau! Basically very soft fluffy pau with a layer of lotus paste below! Like that its not too sweet :)

Chilled Cream of Mango and Sago with Pomelo

As it should be!

Glutinous Rice Dumpling filled with Black Sesame Paste

Fragrant + yummy filling! Ratio is quite good

Chilled Aloe Vera with Lemongrass Jelly

A bit sweet for me

Puff Pastry with Cod and Onion in Miso Sauce

Mom said its a bit weird to have cod in the pastry cos it doesn't go well together

Overall dishes are quite good quality, variety is quite big actually! It was only Mom and I so couldn't really order a lot! Ambience v good. Service is okay, acceptable. Would go back again for the price and the food!

Jiang Nan Chun
Four Seasons Hotel Level 2
Weekend Brunch timings
Sat 1130am-230pm
Sun first seating: 11-1pm
Sun 2nd seating: 130-3pm
$68++ per person with free flow tea/juices
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