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Must Winebar Bistro, Highgate (Perth)

MUST Winebar is a name that constantly pops up in peoples’ conversations whenever one asks for recommendations for a good restaurant in Perth. After this meal, I can definitely see the reasons behind it. Yes, service can be patchy at times but the food more than makes up for it. By the way, MUST is not a new entrant to the culinary scene in Perth – this is their 10th year in business.

There are two Must Winebars in Western Australia, the other being located down South in the Margaret River vicinity. So with a 83% approval rating based on 800 votes on Urbanspoon, read on to find out how our meal went…

Restaurant Daniel, New York

So, I was looking at my drafts and found this from way back in December 2010. This meal was rather memorable for me because it was my only 3-Michelin starred dinner during my time in the Big Apple. Being the 3-Michelin starred establishment, the service at Chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant, Restaurant Daniel, was no less than spectacular and the quality of the produce nothing short of excellence.

While I thought that there were some hits and misses throughout the meal and while I have taken down some of my comments into my trusty iPhone, I’ll let the photos do the talking on their own. By the way, reservations are a definitely must. Daniel has 3 different sessions for dinner and our table was only available at 9.30pm.

Dinner was Six Course Tasting Menu which went for US$185/-. The optional wine pairing went for an additional US$105.

Pollen @ Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

29th June 2012 not only marked the opening day for Pollen at Gardens by the Bay, but my birthday too! Before I start the review proper, I just wanted to say that it was great to have lunch together with you.

The word of the wise has always been to never try a restaurant on opening night (or day in this case), but I thought… why not give it a go anyway? And of course, hotelier and partner, Loh Lik Peng and his wife sat at a table in the corner quietly observing their latest venture.

To be entirely honest, I like Pollen – it’s bright and cheery (for lunch anyway), in the midst of so much greenery and the food served doesn’t over-promise but doesn’t under-deliver either. The strong air-conditioning within the Flower Dome and the restaurant is a huge respite from the blistering heat outside.

Pollen has to be one of the most blogged about restaurants in Singapore since its opening, a quick search on Google turned up more entries than I had expected. That… or there has been a surge in the number of bloggers covering food.

Restaurant Week is returning to Singapore in October 2012!

Heads up people, Restaurant Week Singapore will be back from 7th to 14th October 2012!

Bookings at www.restaurantweek.sg will open to the public on 12 September 2012, so do head on over then to secure coveted tables at some of our nation’s top eateries.

New participating establishments include

  • Forest at Resorts World Sentosa,
  • Roadhouse,
  • SQUE Rotisserie &Alehouse,
  • Pepenero,
  • La Maison Fatien,
  • Shiraz,
  • Praelum,
  • Wan Hao, Marriott Café,
  • Pool Grill,
  • Oenotheque,
  • 211 Roof Terrace Café,
  • Forbidden City,
  • InItaly on Craig Road, and
  • Tamarind Hill at Labrador Park.

Returning establishments include

  • Au Jardin,
  • Bistro Du Vin, (see review here)
  • Absinthe, (see review here – they have since moved)
  • Buyan Russian Haute Cuisine & Caviar Bar,
  • Garibaldi, (see review here)
  • Gattopardo,
  • KU DÉ TA,
  • OSO,
  • Salt Grill & Sky Bar,
  • The Moluccas Room,
  • Novus,
  • Jade,
  • Keystone,
  • The Line,
  • Tanjong Beach Club and (see review here)
  • The Song of India.
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