Ananas was on a list of must try restaurants in the SMH. Walking in, it was visually striking with its Parisian & 1920s decor, complimented by the dim, romantic (pinapple) lights. A perfect place for a date.
Unfortunately on this occasion it wasn’t a romantic date for me, but anyways….
The overall consensus was the food was just ok, but the desserts was spectacular! There were 7 of us sharing about 6 dishes, two of which (being the salad and oysters) were tiny), so we were all left unsatiated. I myself could have done with another main all to myself. To make up for the lack of food food, we each had a dessert to ourselves, and everyone was very happy with that distribution.
My mother and I first came to this restaurant early in the year (with my first Entertainment Book). We were impressed with this place – particularly so that we got a complimentary dessert from the owner/head chef when we were totally indecisive as to which dessert to order - so we brought my dad here for Father’s Day last week. Except the Father’s Day event was rather impromptu, so we couldn’t get a table upstairs in the ‘restaurant’, but we were still lucky enough to share a table with another mother-son pair downstairs in the meze area. The food was similar and still nice.
Last night we had:
The first time we ate here, we ate upstairs at the ‘restaurant’, we had some starters (which weren’t that great) and had the following dishes, all of which were delicious and left us wanting more.
My cousin and her other half took me out for brunch! Originally we were going to find our luck at Crows Nest, but my cousin mentioned she wanted to go to Grounds of Alexandria, and was worried about the distance and the queue we would face. On the way there we even hoped the queue wouldn’t be more than for half an hour.
By the time we got there, we were faced with a massive crowd and were advised of a one and a half hour wait. One and a half hours! So much for half an hour…
Luckily we were able to buy take away and eat outside in the garden under the glorious sun.
What a way to spend a beautiful spring day!
The setting reminds me of one of those clubs in LA where people party by the pool. Maybe this restaurant is trying to emulate that type of atmosphere.
The food here was pricey, but then given the size of each main, well worth the money. Although I feel like the person at the helm of the oven that day was not too experienced, because both dishes were underdone, and had to be sent back to the kitchen to finish cooking. Good thing was that they gave us complementary salad and wedges.
Despite the semi-cooked food, it still tasted super awesome, and worthy of accolades.
When you attend a wedding reception at Quay Restaurant, it’s hard to decide what is the bigger attraction – the bride and groom or the world class food. I admit, rather abashedly, I was more excited about finally tasting Peter Gilmore’s culinary creations than witnessing my friends finally tying the knot. How terrible of me! *hit hand*
Although the food was the best I have had at a wedding. I thought I was going to be blown out of the world, and to be honest, I was not. It was just good food, not out of this world food. Maybe because it was a wedding and it’s a bit of a mass catering that it’s not possible to get their normal food out all at the same time.
Still, I’d like to end with a line from Uncle Max in The Sound of Music – “I like rich people. I like how rich people live.”
This is a cute little bakery near my work. I’ve been here a number of times, and despite the rave reviews they generally get, I find their goods are a bit of a hit and miss. For example, I thought their raspberry and white choc brownie was the best brownie I’ve ever had, yet their beef pie was full of fatty meat.
The below breakfast is recommended.
Pork floss in a dessert? Congee milk tea? Salt, milk and green tea in a sentence, let alone in one drink?
Don’t write it off and tell me it won’t be nice before you’ve tried it!
Pork floss in a creamy cake seems to break all the rules of common sense and culinary decency. But surprisingly, it works so well! This was a cafe in a exclusive mall that specialised in the napoleon (whether pork floss flavoured or not). I remember you could see into their display kitchen through a glass next to the counter, and on the day I went, they were making napoleons. The cafe also serves high tea to a limited number of customers per day, but I knew the moment I saw pork floss napoleons in their display cabinet that that was the cake for me.
When I announced my order, my cousin said to me almost derisively, “That won’t be good”. Oh he could not have been more wrong. He bought the original napoleon, and I swear, once he tried mine he wanted it. Too late now, Mister!
Pivotal to this cake was the fact that all the flavours were very mellow and mild so that each different element could shine through without forging a battle on your taste buds. In that way, it’s a real Asian dessert.
Pork floss napoleon is available at: 壹品饼家（新天地店）
卢湾区 马当路 245 号新天地时尚B1楼(近复兴中路)
I will risk melamine and industrial plasticiser poisoning drinking pearl milk tea once each time I return to China. When I searched up milk tea on a review website, this 阿姨奶茶专卖 (Aunty’s Milk Tea Specialists) came up on top. Their best seller is this tempting combination of two favourites: purple glutinous rice and red bean congee and milk tea – like a fusion of Chinese and Western breakfasts!
I feel so lucky to be able to try this drink because the only two shops are so far far from where I live. However I inadvertently stumbled upon it whilst wandering in a major shopping district. Low and behold whilst some shops had still not reconvened business following the CNY break, this almost hawker-like tiny shop front already boasted a massive queue.
With my fresh breakfast in one warmly toasting my hands, I excitedly took my first gulp. The reviews had been so promising, but all I could think of was it could be so much better with a spoonful of sugar. How ironic that as I was queuing I contemplated requesting half sugar? To be fair, many reviewers like the fact its not sweet, so I don’t think there is anything wrong with the drink itself, it’s me and how my tastes have become more Westernised in favouring a sweeter palate.
Join the queue 阿姨奶茶专卖