This is a recent favourite for us. R likes it so much, he has asked more than once if they have a branch in the East. We decided to head there today to satisfy our craving before a long trip.
There are only 3 choices – original, black spicy and green spicy ramen; plus the special dan dan ramen if they haven’t run out for the day. The base broth is the same – chicken broth, and the ramen comes with a whole chicken thigh! You order using a simple order sheet. You can choose how you like your broth – with less/more oil, light/thick and the firmness of the noodles. You can also opt for special top-ups (seaweed, egg with the melty centre) at additional cost, and also opt out of standard toppers (spring onion, deep fried onion and black fungus).
Whilst waiting for our orders, I helped myself to the complimentary beansprouts and topped it with lots of mayo – the best way to eat it!
R was enjoying the free flow of hard boiled eggs.
We both had the Tori King ramen.
I chose the light broth but it was still thicker than in most places; if you prefer a blander taste, this may not be for you. I really like the noodles here; springy and not too soft. The chicken thigh was tender and the meat simply falls off the bones. Quite a satisfying meal!
Another thing I like at Keisuke Tori King is the green tea cola. I have not come across it anywhere esle. I am not sure how best to describe it except that the taste is similar to the China Apple sparkling drink. I am probably doing a bad job describing it – you just gotta try it!
Be warned though, if you are headed there at mealtimes. Long queues form quickly and they are quite strict about letting you in only when everyone in your dining party has arrived.
Open daily 1130am-10pm
I had an hour in between appointments and hopped into Kiasu Expresso at 100AM.
Their signage is really cute and that was what drew me in!
I only had a flat white so am leaving you with photos of the cafe.
100AM Level 1
Open Mon-Sat 7am-7pm
Social Square, part of the MOF family, has opened in the space previously occupied by Banquet at Parkway Parade.
Their menu is extensive! It has a full Japanese menu, a western menu with all-day breakfast, pizzas, pastas, steaks etc etc and a separate drinks and desserts menu. It took us, 3 ladies, at least 15 minutes to go through the 3 books.
I chose the eggs benedict with ham. Not super; the eggs were small and not runny enough, the hollandaise sauce a bit too sour and overall, too salty.
My SIL had the Essential English Breakfast. She enjoyed it and really liked the sausages.
The drinks were huge! My SIL also had a hot chocolate and it came in what looked like a soup bowl. The spider web was waay cute.
Becos’ I didn’t get to try all that I wanted to, I dragged R there on a separate night. This time round, I picked the bara chirashi don. Not uber fresh but still acceptable.
R had the gindara with japanese rice set. The gindara was not fishy and was lightly flavoured. I also liked the accompanying crisp stir-fried vegetables. The chawanmushi was not silky smooth but still quite flavourful. The set came with complimentary tea or coffee.
Overall, it is a good lunch/dinner spot for those in the neighbourhood. The ambience is relaxed, the variety huge and food quality acceptable for the price range.
Parkway Parade Level 3
Open daily 1130am to 10pm (1030pm on Fri, Sat and eve of Public Hol)
Just before 2013 came to an end, we visited an old favourite for R’s birthday.
We started with the Fine de Claire oysters ($5 each). They were really good! Extremely fresh, succulent and sweet. No fishy odour at all; there was no need to drown them in lemon juice and tobasco as I usually do for less-than-fresh oysters.
We also had the swordfish belly sashimi ($18.95). Also very fresh but I felt somewhat funny having sashimi in a non-Japanese place, but that’s just me.
To add something crunchy to the mix, I ordered the crab cake with wasabi aioli ($13.95). It was crunchy on the outside alright but waaay too mushy inside. It would have been nice to have morsels of crab meat within, for added taste and bite. I would probably skip this next time.
The NZ little neck clams in white wine garlic sauce ($18.95) came next. I think the clams may have been overcooked and they were a tad too tough and chewy. But the freshness made up for it and they were tasty with the clammy wine broth. We also dipped our bread into the broth and it was really yummy!
The star of the meal came last – the Boston lobster! It is Lobster Bash every Monday and the lobsters are at a promotional price of $39.95 each. You can choose the style you want it done; we had it steamed. This is the best lobster I have had! The meat was firm, juicy, succulent and sweet. It was perfectly matched with the accompanying sauce. I forgot to ask what sauce it was but Mr Google suggests that it is brown butter with lemon.
Overall, a very satisfying seafood meal. The next time we visit, we are each having 1 lobster. Can’t wait!
34 Greenwood Avenue
Open daily 12nn-1030pm