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400 Gradi Neapolitan Style Pizza

We have been craving for pizza and decided to go out for our date night. I had read about 400 Gradi in CNN Travel. They were featured after they won the Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) in Italy in 2014. The owner and Chef Johnny Di Francesco won the top Margherita title. He beat some of the world best pizza chefs so our expectations were quite high.

400 Gradi by Photosaurus Studio

Photos by Photosaurus Studio

We made our reservation online and the place was packed when we got there at eight o’clock. I loved the modern décor with the polished concrete surfaces. The only problem was the accoustics of the main dining area. The sound bounced around so much that it was noisy compared to the bar area in the adjacent room.

400 Gradi Margherita verace pizza

Margherita Verace Pizza $22

We ordered the Margherita Verace Pizza, Spaghettini al Grancho and Tiramisu to share. The Margherita Verace Pizza was made with Sam Marzano tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella and basil. It was a delicate sauce but it was flavourful and delicious. We both loved how fresh and light this pizza was.

Spaghettini al Granchio $36

Spaghettini al Granchio $36

The Spaghettini al Grancho was made with Spanner crab meat, chilli zuchinni, cherry tomatoes, white wine and lobster bisque. The dish is served with some chilli and parmesan cheese on the side. I wish there were larger chunks of crab meat in this dish. I would recommend adding a little chilli for a little kick and as crazed cheese lovers, we couldn’t help but add a lot of parmesan cheese. We would order this dish again for sure.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu $16

The Tiramisu was made with mascarpone cream, savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and marsala wine. It was a delicious dessert but I would have preferred it if it was served in a different container. It was difficult to get all the layers with one spoonful.

The service was quick even though 400 Gradi was packed and our server was friendly. The food was great and we will definitely come back again.

400 Gradi

  • Website: www.400gradi.com.au
  • Address: 99 Lygon Street, East Brunswick VIC 3057 Australia
  • Telephone: 9380 2320

Two Face Pizza & Taproom

We were at the Tiong Bahru area last week for a project and decided to have dinner at Two Face Pizza and Taproom. This place is a kopitiam(coffee shop) during the day hence the name Two Face, since it transforms into a restaurant at night.

Two Face: Koptiam by day, restaurant at night

We read some mixed reviews about this place but decided to try their food anyway. Since it was convenient, we had dinner there twice. During our visits, we didn’t really experience poor service. I think that the staff were not friendly but also not rude. The service can be described as perfunctory.

We ordered the Pork Belly with Maple Mayo. I didn’t like this dish. I guess I expected the pork belly to come with a twist but it was just fried. Lex liked it though.

Pork Belly with Maple ($8)

The Spicy Buffalo Wings was OK but we wouldn’t order it again. I think the ranch dressing they served it with did not complement the dish.

Spicy Buffalo Wings ($8)

The Bismark pizza was ok but again it is not a memorable dish. I would it eat if it was served but I wouldn’t order it again.

The Carbonara was delicious. I would come back to try the other pasta dishes but I’m a bit put off by the food so far.

Carbonara ($14)

Striking out three out of four dishes seems to be a very poor percentage for a food joint. Maybe we will drop by just to order the Carbonara, to go, when we’re craving for pasta.

Two Face Pizza & Taproom

  • Price Range: 20 / pax
  • Website: www.twoface.sg
  • Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-48, Singapore 160056
  • Telephone: 6536 0024
  • Operating Hours: Tue – Fri: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 5:00 pm- 12:00 am, Sun – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Closed: Mon

Savour 2014

We went to Savour 2014 last Sunday as a treat after a very busy weekend of workshops, meet-ups  and running around the city. It was our first time at Savour and we were very excited to try the wonderful dishes we’ve heard so much about.

Savour 2014 at Marina Bay

The first dish we tried was from Chef Emmanuel Stroobant  of Saint Pierre and Blue Lotus. The lamb dish was tender on the inside while the crunchy Five Spice exterior enhanced the natural flavor of the meat.

Slow Roasted Organic Lamb Short Ribs Crusted with Five Spices

We had to try the pork dish from Chef Kentaro Torii of Forlino next. The suckling pig dish was tender however I was expecting a more savory dish. It was not as flavorful as I expected and the meat looked pale underneath the harsh sunlight.

Roasted Suckling Pig Loin Porchetta with Sherry Vinegar and Roasted Vegetables

The aged roast beef from Chef Mark Sargeant of Oxwell & Co and Rocksalt really intrigued us. I’ve never tried Yorkshire pudding before and the puffy pastry complemented the 32 day aged Sirloin quite well.

32 Day Aged Roast Sirloin of Angus Beef in a Yorkshire Pudding with Horseradish & Watercress

The homemade honeycomb was crunchy and the fresh cream combined with the dark Valrhona Pudding was surprisingly refreshing on such a hot day.

Valrhona Chocolate Pot, Fresh Cream & Homemade Honeycomb

Since it was so sweltering, we wanted to try another cooling dish and the crab and potato dish from Chef Daniel Chavez from OLA fit the bill. It was refreshing and delicious. Perfect for such a hot day.

Crab and Potato Salad with Spicy Aoli Sauce

We could not pass up the cheese and bread from Chef Christope Paucod of Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais. The fresh cheese with chives, garlic and parsley was a great dip for the fresh baguette.

Cervelle Des Canuts Et Sa Baguette De Campagne

The best dish of the day belongs to Chef Christoper Millar from Stellar@1-ALTITUDE. The short rib was so tender and savory that it blew off all the other dishes we’ve tried.

24 Hour Black Angus Short Rib with Soy Caramel

Some of the other dishes we were eager to try were already sold out by time we got there. We would recommend going to this event on the first day at dinner, if it will still be held at the same spot, so you can enjoy the excellent food in the cool night overlooking the stunning Marina Bay vista.

Lucha Loco

Lucha Loco at Duxton near Neil Road

Lucha Loco is a taqueria which has a lovely garden bar that serves Mexican food. We’ve passed by the restaurant several times whenever we go around the neighborhood and we finally decided to try their food a few weeks ago.

The hostess promptly greeted us at the door and seated us. Seating was limited to two hours as the restaurant was full and we didn’t have any reservations. I didn’t mind having limited seats since we didn’t have reservations, but it seemed like they were limiting all their customer’s stay at the restaurant that night. The service was excellent and our food didn’t take too long to arrive in between dishes.

Tostaditas de Cangrejo (Crab tostaditas with habanero oil, avocado and scallion $16)

The Tostaditas de Cangrejo or crab tostaditas arrived first and although the menu says that it serves four, I think that it only serves 2. There are four pieces but I don’t think that one piece is enough per person. The appetizer was light, refreshing and delicious. I was surprised at how I liked the dish that I was anticipating our other orders.

Taco de Carnitas (Pork belly taco with jicama and cilantro mayo $10)

The Taco de Carnitas or pork belly taco was just as scrumptious. The porky porky goodness went well with the avocado and scallion. The meat was tender and the dish was savory without being too heavy.

Quesadillas de Conchinillo (Pork quesadilla with grilled pineapple, pico de gallo & cotija cheese $18)

The Quesadillas de Conchinillo or pork quesadilla was delicious but it was not really that memorable. I liked how the dish came together but I was not as amazed as I was with the other dishes but I would still order it again.

Lucha Loco has great food, ambiance, and, more importantly, they have great service. Having an early dinner may have been a factor to the quality of their service but we would definitely love to come back at another time with our friends. This restaurant is a must try!

Outdoor seating

Lucha Loco

  • Website: www.luchaloco.com
  • Address: 15 Duxton Hill, Tanjong Pagar
  • Telephone: 6226 3938

Photography Practice: People’s Park Complex

During the long weekend last week, Lex taught me how to use the manual mode on my camera. I have always resisted using this setting since I always thought it is not necessary to master this feature but I did give it a shot and I’m pleased to say that I can see the difference in the quality of my photos.

My favorite Kway Teow at Chinatown

The only editing I did on these shots is cropping and a very light adjustment on brightness. The LCD on the camera was slightly brighter so when I adjusted the shutter and aperture settings, I was off by a tiny bit.

Crispy Roast Pork and Jiucy Char Siew for Lunch

We had lunch at People’s Park Complex and we decided to take photos around the hawker area. I will be posting more photos of our photography session in the upcoming weeks.

Making Dumplings

Red Bowls

Handmade Noodles

Chickens in a row

Coffee and a Chat

Lex will be doing a basic photography workshop in November so stay tuned for details. What do you think of my shots? I’d love to hear your feedback.

World Street Food Congress

The World Street Food Congress was held in the F1 Pit last May 31- June 9. We went on June 1 which was a Saturday and we were excited to sample different street food from all over the world. Our overseas guests were the ones who asked us to bring them there.

We were surprised that the wasn’t a huge crowd at the F1 pit.

The first dish we tried was from The People’s Pig is by Chef Cliff Allen from Portland Oregon. The Porchetta is an Italian pulled pork meat which was moist and well seasoned. The arugula with lemon cut the fatty flavor of the pork and fresh ciabatta rolls completed the sandwich. This was our favorite among all the dishes we tried that we had it one more time before we left the venue.

Our favorite Porchetta Sandwich ($9)

The fish tacos from Tacombi by Chef Aaron Sanchez from New York was another favorite. The fish was moist and the breading was crisp.

Perfect Fish Tacos from Tacombi ($10)

The soft shell crab burger by EuroTrash Food Cart from Portland, Oregon was surprisingly good. I was hesitant to try it since I couldn’t image a soft shell crab burger but the spicy mayo yogurt sauce elevated the burger. This dish makes me want to go to Portland to try all the awesome food carts there.

Soft Shell Crab Burger with Zesty Mayo Yogurt Sauce ($12)

The seafood tostada from La Guerrerense by Dona Sabina Bandera Gonzalez from Mexico was nice and refreshing. They brought some ingredients from Mexico and you could choose how spicy you wanted the tostada. Lex was raving about how fresh and delicious the ceviche was. I’m not a fan of ceviche but I appreciated the dish.

Seafood Tostada ($10)

I couldn’t imagine why there wasn’t a huge crowd at the venue since the dishes we tried were amazing. The only drawback from our point of view is that the serving size is too small for the price that they charge. We do hope that there is another World Street Food Congress next year since we’ve become huge fans.

What to Eat at Chinatown: Chinatown Complex Smith Street Food Centre

If there is one thing I tell our guests when they come to Singapore is that they must try the food at the hawker centers. You can find cheap and delicious local food at these food courts and most of the time the quality of the dishes in hawker centers even surpass those in restaurants. Just look for the hawker stall with a long line and most likely this place sells the best food in the area.

We’ve moved to Chinatown and I must say that I love it here. Everything we need is only a few blocks away. The best thing about moving to a developed estate is having tons of food options. We decided to create a series of posts about what to eat when you’re in this area. We’re foodies but our palates are not as sophisticated as compared to Singaporeans in judging local cuisine. These are just the dishes we prefer over those we’ve tried. Take our advice with a grain of salt.

Note: We will updating this post whenever we find other dishes we like at the Smith Street Hawker Centre

Where: Chinatown Food Centre ( Block 355 Smith Street )

There is a huge hawker centre right beside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple at Sago Lane. The Chinatown Complex Smith Street Food Centre has over 100 hawker stalls.

Entry 2:  May 6

Terry Katong Laksa (Stall #02-004 )

Is this the best laksa in Singapore?

This place is supposed to sell the best laksa in Singapore since they use coconut milk and not evaporated milk. There is even an article on display comparing their laksa and those sold by other famous laksa places and theirs is hailed as the best.

Laksa with Coconut Milk ($3)

Well we’d hate to disagree but we don’t think so. Their laksa is great but not the best. The broth is favourful but it is too thin for our liking. We were talking about the laksa during our entire meal and we’ve compared it with those we’ve had in the Katong area and we still think that the Famous 49 Katong Laksa is the best because the broth was so creamy and the flavourful was very roboust.

Hong Kong Mongkok Tim Sum (Stall #02-135 )

Take a queue number and wait for it to be called so they will get your order

So I guess it is pretty obvious that we are dim sum fans. Since we were craving dimsum and our favorite xiao long bao place was closed we decided to try this stall.

Siew Mai (3 pcs for $2.30) and Prawn Har Gao (3 pcs for $2.30)

The siew mai was ok. It tastes slightly better than most siew mais sold in Singapore. We loved the prawn har gao since it was cooked well, tasted fresh and the prawn was succulent.

Prawn Chee Cheong Fun ($2.30)

I’ve always loved Chee Cheong Fun and Lex doesn’t really like them which is odd since he’s not a picky eater like I am. The prawn were cooked well and the black sauce was delicious. This shop really knows how to cook prawn. He did love the this version of the dish and even mentioned he would love to have it again.

Char Siew Buns (3 pcs for $2.30)

We’ve tried so many char siew buns and most are disappointing since they look good but taste so bland. We were so glad that we tried their char siew buns. The filling was dark and savoury while the dough was fluffy. This now our go to char siew buns place.


Entry 1:  April 16

Zhong Guo La Mian Steamed Mini-Buns (Stall #02-135 ) – closed on Mondays

Made fresh daily

We were so happy to find that my favorite Xiao Long Bao or Steamed Mini-Buns stall at Alexandra Food Centre had a branch here. We actually go to Alexandra Food Centre from Ang Mo Kio just to get our dumpling fix every month or so. Honestly I prefer their soupy dumplings over those at Din Tai Fung.

Soupy Dumplings with Chinese Black Vinegar (10 pcs for $5)

The broth of the dumplings and the filling is tasty and the skin is not too thick. Most xiao long bao in hawker centers are pretty bland but this one hits the spot. The price is another plus. You get 10 dumplings for $5. Be careful when biting into the dumpling as the soup has the tendency to drip or squirt out of the dumpling. This is served with black vinegar and shredded ginger which compliments this dish well.  We also recommend their Pan Fried Dumpling and the Szechuan Spicy Wonton.

Shi Xiang Satay (Stall #02-079) – closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays

Our favorite pork satay stall

This Chinese Satay stall comes highly recommended by Makansutra. This stall is try to find since it is located in a secluded area in the hawker center. Just look for the sign that says “More Stalls”. The lady who sells the satay didn’t speak English and a customer was kind enough to translate my order. She only sells one pressed rice cake every $5 order and she usually runs out of rice at around 7 pm.

10 pieces of Pork Satay for $5

The stall sold pork and chicken satay but we only ordered pork. The satay itself is very flavourful and the accompanying peanut sauce is tasty but I must say that I had better sauce elsewhere. That said, the satay is still a must try because of how well seasoned and marinated the satay is.

The Market Grill

We met up with our friends at The Market Grill months ago but I thought I would still post this review even though it’s so late. Joyce from Chic Noir recommended this place since she knows the chef and it was close to the Red Dot Museum where we were headed after dinner.

The place is cosy and the lighting is romantic but the place is also small. The counter and kitchen occupied more than half of the restaurant. A party of six would have a hard time getting a table just like what happened to us. Our party was split into two. If you’re on a date this place would be ideal on a weekday.

Wagyu Salad with Balsamic Shallot Dressing $19

We had the Wagyu Salad to start. It was ok but I expected it to be more savoury since there was Wagyu meat.

CW Cod Burger $26

My first choice was the blue cheese burger but it was unavailable that night which turned out to be a good thing. I’m very picky when it comes to fish and I rarely eat it but it is so weird that I like fish burgers. The CW Cod Burger is my all time favorite fish burger in Singapore. The fish was cooked well, parmesan bun was almost like brioche and the herb lemon mayo brought it all together. I would highly recommend the cod burger.

CW Burger Breakfast $22

Lex had the Burger Breakfast which was suprisingly delicious. I’m not used to having sunny side ups in burger burger hence the surprise. The beef patty was well seasoned and grilled perfectly and the aged chedar and bacon made this burger extra sinful. You should get this burger if you’re looking for a heavy meal.

Rum Banana Pockets $15

For dessert, we had the Rum Banana Pockets. The dark rum was infused into the pastry and caramelized bananas. It was delicious and I’m a big fan of desserts with rum but I didn’t like the brand of rum they used. A sweeter type of rum would have made this dish better.

The Market Grill

  • Does not take reservations
  • Address: 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642
  • Contact #: +65 6221 3323
  • Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 am – 2:15 pm and Dinner 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Closed on Sundays)