Monday, April 16, 2012

Saturday Date Nights with the Hubby

I love Saturday date nights with the hubby!

Kh would usually pick me up from work. Thereafter, we would have a meal together and update each other about the week (because you see even though we see each other at night, I would be on my side of the table engrossed in all my laptop stuff or marking worksheets and he would be on his side of the table engrossed in his WoW or Dota). Sometimes we would shop around in town or catch the latest movie like any typical date nights.

While arranging and editing the photos in my folder, I realised that for two whole month of Saturdays, we practically had international dinner.


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Japanese

We had Japanese food at Ootoya Japanese Restaurant 大戶屋 (Suntec).

I'm in love with Japanese Tofu salad coz it's healthy and delicious.

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Our mains

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It was his first time dining at Ootoya. My past two visits were with my gal friends at the Orchard Central branch and everyone loves the food there. Hence, I often raved about the food to him. Unfortunately, the branch at Suntec did not have as many items on the menu as the Orchard Central one but fortunately kh isn't the fussy sort.


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Indian

We had a friend from America dropping by for a visit and so together with another friend, the four of us headed to Samy's Curry at Dempsey Road for some Indian cuisine.


It was our first time there and we almost did not know how to proceed with the ordering of food.

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We ate and perspired profusely since the place wasn't air-conditioned and the food was really spicy. I hope our American friend stomached the food well.

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Korean

A mouth-watering herbal soup smell would never fail to emanate from this eatery and linger around the vicinity whenever we walked past it in Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

There would always be a long queue during dinner time and since kh and I are forever hungry, we do not really like queuing outside an eatery if we aren't sure if the food is good.

That night, there wasn't any queue since it was already a quarter past nine when we strolled past it. We took this golden opportunity to try out the Korean food at Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken BBQ.

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While composing this post, I googled this place and realised that it is ranked quite highly on hungrygowhere.com for having pretty good Korean food at decent prices.


As usual, kh never ever learns his lesson and often points at his whim to whatever he feels like eating on the menu. Hence, we ended up having a 4-seater table full of food and the usual stares from people sitting around us. We finished almost everything except for a whole fish which we asked to take home and some chicken meat shreds from the soup.

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Perspective shots:
kh took the pictures below on purpose to try to deceive everyone that I single-handedly wiped up all the food on the table.

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Super huge Ginseng-- the only tell-tale sign of the origin of the eatery's name perhaps?

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Japanese

We had late night dinner or supper rather, at Shokudo Japanese Coffee House (Cathay Cineleisure) before our midnight movie.

Since it is a coffee house, the food is more of those Japanese-Italian fusion kind of pastas and pizzas which I do not quite fancy. It is decent enough though and I would give it brownie points for having macha on their menu. I would never fail to order my macha drink at any place which serves it.

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English

I have rather fond childhood memories at Jack's Place as it was the place my parents usually brought us for celebrations some 20 over years ago.

As the years passed, more branches sprang up all across the country and soon one could find Jack's Place at upscale shopping malls. We dined at the Marina Square branch that night.

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Some fireworks display preview from Marina Bay Floating Platform in preparation for National Day then. You do know that this is another backdate entry right?

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Italian

Saizeriya (サイゼリヤ) is a Japanese chain of Italian family-style restaurants.

Kh's Japanese buddy introduced him to this eatery at Liang Court and kh had always wanted to take me there.

"The place is damn cheap for Italian food and you being such a pig, can eat all you want without burning a hole in my pocket."

Thank you hubby. -_-|||

As you can see, the place boast a no-frills decor. Taking orders is advanced though with computerised system.

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I was taken aback by the prices on the menu. Almost everything was less than $10. Main dishes like pastas and pizzas cost about $6.

Our starters consisted of smoked salmon and cheese-baked scallops. We had wanted the oven baked escargots which were out of stock. It is no wonder why for the dish costs only $5+. I heard that everyone goes there for the affordable escargots.

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The soups needed more improvement though I'm not really complaining. If I remember correctly, they cost $2++.

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Kh ordered the best seller (“Ren Qi” No.1) doria with meat sauce-- a creamy white baked rice topped with a special recipe of meat sauce. It isn't exactly fantastic but for the price of $4--5, I would say it wasn't too bad at all.

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I felt like having medium rare ribeye steak after seeing that it cost a mere $12! The steak arrived almost medium instead of medium rare. I can't expect the best from that price and hence I devoured my steak like a glutton.

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Lastly for desserts, kh ordered tiramisu and I had truffle ice cream which I found extremely delectable.

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We would definitely be back here again for affordable Italian cuisine.


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17 comments:

  1. oh my gosh! im jealous! look at all those yummy yummy food!!! O___O i can't decide which ones look the yummiest!

    and thanks for the comment and following me. i hope you're not having problems with your bloglist anymore!

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  2. eating dinners with your hubby will always be fun.it's a good way to keep that love burning!=)

    i wanna try that Tofu salad,i dunno know which resto serve that here.and tiramisu is one of my faves!

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  3. YOU ATE SNAILS?! i've never tried that before! haha. how does it taste like?! my favorite food on here is the BIBIMBOP! gimme sommmme! haha.

    food posts make me drool!

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  4. Looks like a fun time!! It's good to spend time with your husband :) xx

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  5. delicious!! ;)

    http://alovelystyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  6. oh my goood! im so jalous on your food adventures. Everything looks soooo goood <3

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  7. I am totally jealous and in love with your international cuisine date nights at the same time Jo. First thing first, i could somewhat remember vividly that our last date night dinner was 2 months ago or longer. Secondly i love everything you guys had eith my favorite being Korean food. My goodness i couldnt believe you ate all that..;)

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  8. ok maybe i shouldnt be looking at your blog when im starving, korean food is one of my favorite and im drooling right now!!!!! yum yum!! wish we have more choices on restaurant where im at :(

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  9. I didn't know that they had Saizeriya at Liang Court. I use to eat that when I was in Shanghai cause it was one of the few places that opened really late.

    Btw, I nominated you for versatile blogger award on my blog :)

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  10. It seems you and your hubby have excellent taste buds! Hehe. All of these meals sound wonderful!

    I think it's really sweet you two set aside a date night every week. I think that is incredibly important for a relationship. :)

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  11. I thought I commented yesterday??? I remember seeing the long, thin fish under the Korean section and wondering what they were. I hope one of these nice meals was recent, so you had a nice time before getting sick. :(

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  12. Gahhh Jolene whyyyy whyyyy are you doing this to me? I'm so hungry now. I like that that Indian place uses banana leaves to serve. I always feel those seem more authentic.
    The escargots at Jack's Place looks pretty good. I've only eaten escargots like twice in my live, but both times I had thoroughly enjoyed it

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  13. Robots in Trouble,
    I can't decide too coz they're all too different to compare.

    And yes, no longer having problem. I'm not sure what happened last time.

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    MACY,
    I agree to all these little meals together.

    I assume that tofu salad is a Japanese invention as I only see tofu salad at Japanese restaurants though not all Jap restaurants would have that on their menu. We got lucky!

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    Missa,
    Yup, we ate snails. I'm fine with them but my hubby love them, especially those with garlic butter or lightly salted.

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    TDDH,
    Yes, I totally agree!

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    Rakel,
    Thank you.

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    Maria May,
    Haha... oops... Sorry to make your jealous. ;P

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    Nelah,
    I know how difficult it is for you to have meals out with your hubby. I think I read a post about it before. Do treasure every private little moments together with him.

    lol... we really did surprise many with the dishes on the table.

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    simplyvonne,
    I understand how much Asian food is missed over in the west. I could actually miss Asian food even on short holidays so I can't really imagine relocating.

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    Renzze,
    I didn't know Saizeriya is actually a Japanese chain till I was doing this post.

    Ah, thanx dear. I've yet to check it out. Will do so soon!

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    Jennifer Fabulous,
    Yup, I agree.

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    Rick,
    I think this happens to me too. I would think that I've already commented when I actually haven't. I attribute it to the fact that sometimes I would browse through my favourite blogs for updates but do not have the time to comment. And then I forget to get back to the blog till the next post comes along. Do you think it's the same for you?

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    Joey,
    Haha... I know! I always happento stumble onto food posts when I'm hungry in the middle of the night.

    That Indian Place is really authentic. After we placed our orders, we were told to sit down. The placed sheets of banana leaves in front of us on the table directly and scooped the rice and other food straight onto the leaves.

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  14. I think you're right. I probably got interrupted.

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  15. YUMMMM omgosh i'm literally drooling over your date night foodie pics!!! i love japanese fusion italian pasta it's usually so creamy and delicious but for some reason doesn't have the heaviness usually associated with italian pasta so delicious!!! i LOVEE japanese tofu salad too YUMS!

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  16. Lisa,
    I can't really take the richness of creamy Italian pasta yet find the Japanese version too bland. Ah, I'm difficult to please. And high 5 on loving Japanese tofu salad!

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  17. Oh my goodness, it's pure torture seeing these photos. I've missed Asian food so much since I've moved to the UK.

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