Quiet Dinner at The Public Izakaya by Hachi (大衆酒場)

outdoor sitting at the public izakaya
Outdoor seating at The Public Izakaya.

My friend whom has been assigned (or volunteered) to work in Europe is back this weekend and she thought it will be good to have a dinner together before she fly off to Australia for her friend’s wedding. We agreed to meet at Tanjong Pagar, but did not fixed a place for our dinner. While we strolled along Tras Street and saw this Japanese restaurant right opposite of the
Imperial Apple Spa, we settled down for our dinner.

Wooden tables and chairs outside of The Public IzakayaStretch of wooden tables and chairs.

Maybe we was early for dinner, about 7.30pm when we arrived. As the time gets late, the seats are being filled up rapidly, mostly by Japanese customers. In principle, if a Japanese restaurant in foreign land could attract that much of Japanese’s liking, it has to be of certain standard. Japanese cabbage with special miso sauce at The Public IzakayaJapanese Cabbage with special miso sauce for appetiser.

Before the start of our main course, I have order a Japanese cabbage with special miso sauce to munch away while waiting for other dishes to be served. I liked the crunch on the veggies, especially when dipped in their special miso sauce that is full of flavour. While I remembered during my time in Osaka, the cabbage has always been a starting appetiser before meals but just that we dipped into special soy sauce instead of miso sauce.


Tuna Onigiri. Wrapped with seaweed and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Onigiri is an traditional Japanese food and till today it is still a popular in Japan with 24/7 convenience stores selling it as lunches for Japanese females whom does not like to have an heavy meals. Unlike having a bowl of steaming hot rice, Onigiri tasted good even when it is cold. This is no exception. Nicely seasoned rice with tuna. Classic Japanese’s Onigiri.


Mapo Doufu. Cooked with spicy chilli seasoning and marinated mince meat.

Don’t ask me why I ordered a Chinese dish at a Japanese’s restaurant. I think it is a good way to understand Japanese’s perspective of Chinese food history and present it to their respective fellows. It is in fact well-known that Japanese could not really managed spicy food but they have cooked it with certain level of heat which me myself tasted spiciness in the dish. Not so oily compared to conventional Sichuan-style Mapo Doufu. In fact, this dish goes quite well with my Onigiri.


Buckwheat Noodle Soup. With a lot of spring onions.

Simple dish. Good for those that are looking for a light flavour and spring onions lovers.


Grilled Mackerel. With slice of lemon and radish with soy sauce.

This is a common dish in most of the Japanese restaurant and I think most of them have perfect their skills in handling the fish. Tasted good but slightly overcooked.

Kushikatsu (Skewered and grilled food). From left, grilled seasoned meat ball, grilled mushroom, grilled tsukune (chicken bone) and grilled chicken.

These dished was ordered initially to complement the rice and noodles, while because it was served later, we are actually quite full to stuff these into our bloated stomach. The kushikatsu are simple and close to Japanese’s traditional style.

Conclusion

The Public Izakaya is a good place to chill out with friends and have some small finger foods. The price that we paid is approximately $30 per pax (without alcohol) which was considered reasonable. However, if you are looking for Japanese fusion restaurants, this might not be your liking.

The Public Izakaya by Hachi
#01-09 100am shopping mall
100 Tras Street
Singapore 079027
Tel: +65 6604 9622

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: Lunch – 11.30am to 3.00pm, Dinner – 5.00pm to 1.00am
Saturday: 5.00pm to 1.00am
Sunday: 5.00pm to 10.00pm

Relaxed Brunch at Fusionpolis Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar

Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar is tucked away in a corner at One North Residences shops.

I was having a job nearby and my girl friend suggested to have our lunch at a nearby cafe, Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar. The cafe was opened by an Australian, Michael Ryan, has been staying in Singapore for the past 10 years. While he craved for the real coffee and cafe experience back home, he decided to open Jimmy Monkey to bring the ultimate experience in Singapore.

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People spending their own sweet time chatting away while the kitchen works with speed to deliver the food.

Although the size of cafe is not huge, it is completed with a bar and lounge that could easily house 25-30 guests at one time. Perhaps it was a Sunday afternoon, the cafe was busy and almost every other seats are being taken up.

Smoked Salmon Spaghetti Aglio Olio. Topped with rocket leaves.

The dish looks simple and dedicated. At times, simplicity works for better than complexity. Most of the food are only cooked when order, so short waiting time is rewarded with a plate of hot spaghetti and excellent taste. The portion is adequate and leaves your stomach some room for dessert.

Ristretto. With a slice of biscuit.

Jimmy Monkey’s coffee is specially brewed using Singapore’s very first Slayer Espresso machine. The Ristretto was bold and aromatic with a very smooth tasting. Meanwhile, the coffee’s bitterness wakens and unblock my brain which lack of caffeine “power”. You may like to add some sugar if you find the taste too strong for you or maybe just goes with their desserts or premium ice cream will be a good choice as well.

Conclusion

Jimmy Monkey cafe is definitely a great place to spend some time chatting away with friends or your loved one on a great weekend. Price are slightly steep but justifiable on the quality and service.

Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar
9 One-North Gateway
#01-51 One-North Residences
Singapore 138643
Tel: +65 6777 8470
www.jimmymonkey.com

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 8.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am to 6.00pm

Late Dinner at “Saturday” on a Monday Night


Located in the corner of a row of shophouses along Upper Paya Lebar Road. 

I was meeting near my house bus stop while a glance and we notice the brightly lit signboard that wrote “Saturday”. In fact, two weeks ago we came by which they were still under preparation.

Mushroom Soup with Garlic Bread.

The soup tasted well but it was served warm rather than hot. Perhaps they could improved on that. They have applied garlic spread over the bread before toasting it. Loved it.

Seafood Arrabbiata. Cooked with some shrimps, clams, squid and mussels in tomato sauce.

On the first mouth of the dish, it reminds us of a similar taste which we had eaten before in the past. There was one period of time in the past that MacDonald served spaghetti on their menu and this arrabbiata has almost resemblance taste. There was some heat in the dish and seafood are fresh as well.

Aglio Olio. With red and green capsicum and sautéed mushrooms.

My sister and her boyfriend joined us for the dinner and ordered a Aglio Olio. The fragrance smell lingers in the air but there wasn’t any room left in my stomach after I finished my Seafood Arrabiata. Plating is nice though. Will try out during my next visit.

Overall, the food is really good and slightly cheaper compared to Ice Edge Cafe.

Saturday Cafe
339A Upper Paya Lebar Road
Tel:+65 6280 0338 (Reservation)
Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 11.30am – 11.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.30am – 12.00am
Sunday: 11.00am – 11.00pm

Another Working Sunday at Fusionpolis with Star War’s Yoda


The giant tree stood in between the open space at One North Residences.

It was raining heavily the previous night and I was quite worried about my job at Fusionpolis. Indeed, calls poured in the following day late morning and we have some issues that requires me to go down to take a look. While I had to stay on to supervise my job, my girlfriend and I decided to grab some food at a nearby cafe, Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar.

A link bridge between the two blocks of condomium.

So far as I know, One North Residences is currently the only residential development in Fusionpolis and housed a lot of foreign talent. Entire place was surrounded by green and atmosphere was serene in a Sunday afternoon.

Inner of the Sandcrawler building from the enclosed garden.

While I was walking back to my site location, I was curious about this odd-shaped building and decided to cut through into the middle of it. What I found was a greenery sight enclosed by a sleek building design. I did some research and this is the Sandcrawler building by film making giant, Lucasfilm.

 Sandcrawler building was officially opened by Mr. Lee Hsien Loong on 16th Jan 2014.

Taken directly under the sandcrawler building.

Stony Yoda guarding the garden new Sandcrawler’s garden ? 

Before I end my “journey” in sandcrawler, there stood the famous Star Wars character, Yoda, solitary on a stone surrounded by water. Interesting. If you does not have much activities to do on a Sunday afternoon, I will suggest walking through these new buildings in Fusionpolis. Enjoy the quietness and unique architectural designs of the buildings.

What A Raining Day !

Driving in the MCE tunnel.
Driving in the MCE tunnel. 

Has been raining the entire day and night. Traveling along the MCE and on my way to pick up my girl friend at MBFC before going for our dinner and dessert at Ice Edge Cafe.


Enjoy a Japanese’s Spa moment at Ikeda Spa Prestige

Enjoy a therapeutic soak in the Japanese-style wooden tub, covered with roses petals. Photo by City Nomads.


Ikeda Spa Prestige was launched in 2013 after the successful Ikeda Spa. The new Japanese-themed spa is a spa trek to intimate Japanese ryokans (traditional inns that originated in Edo period) – teleporting you to the quiet sanctuaries of Kyoto, away from the bustling city.

The new spa offers 3,000 square feet of Japanese culture and tradition for the guests, with three treatment rooms and two VIP suites named and inspired by the seasons and decorated with a kakejiku (Japanese scroll painting) of stark beauty. Donned in traditional yukatas and step into the warm tatami rooms or enjoy your private Hinoki Bath while overviewing of Singapore river.

Engaged yourself in their new Zen Music Therapy which composes wellness music instantly in tune with the therapist’s movements and lunar cycle. One of the spa’s signature is also the Organic Geisha Facial that uses Japanese nightingale droppings as a key brightening balm.

Ikeda Prestige Spa also brings in Singapore’s first Hinokinuro Sento, an onsen-style public bathhouse. the bath gets its name from the use of hinoki, Japanese’s most prized cypress wood once preserved strictly only for royalty and building of palaces, templates and shrines. The precious wood releases mineral oils with soothing scents and anti-bacterial properties to calm and uplift oneself.

Also was their Nuka Hot Compress treatment involves of rice bran wrapped in a herbal compress and heated before applied to tensed muscles. This not only helps to exfoliator, but also revs up cellular rejuvenation and soothes pain. When applied accurately to meridian points, the heat also aid in increasing energy flow, relaxes muscles and treats chronic aches.

Awards

  • Day Spa of the Year 2014 by Asiaspa
  • Best Luxury Day Spa 2014 by World Luxury Hotel Awards
Berishiok have not reviewed the spa yet, you might want to check out My Fat Pocket’s review.


Spa Information

Ikeda Spa Prestige
The Central #05-22
6 Eu Tong Seng Street
Singapore 059817 Tel: +65 6222 8080
www.ikedaspa.com
Operating Hours: Mon to Sun – 1.30pm to 10.30pm

Damai Spa at Grand Hyatt Singapore

Damai Spa’s Couple Room by Grand Hyatt.

The word Damai is translated from the Malay and Indonesian language which means peace. While Singapore is a multi-national nation, they have bring together the cultural healing philosophies, techniques and traditions of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European to create a unique spa experience in Singapore style.

Damai spa featured 11 treatment rooms and products from the June Jacobs Spa Collection. Each treatment rooms has its own unique water feature in a nature-inspired setting. The couple’s room features an indoor stone tub overlooking a private outdoor water terrace with open skylight. In addition, a wet treatment sanctuary comprises a specially designed Chinese aji stone bed and healing areas based on water therapies.

The spa treatments are based on four cultural healing philosophies:

  • Balancing – Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Healing – Malay Jamu Philosophy
  • Purifying – Indian Ayurveda
  • Renewing – European Spa Therapy

They provides wide range of spa treatments who ranges from 2.5 hours to 4 hours and 3-4 treatments as a package. Their signature treatments oil essence extracted from Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim which is used on their damai orchid massage, damai orchid facial, or damai harmony (Swedish based massage)

    Awards

    • 2013 Best Luxury Resort Spa (Singapore) by World Luxury Spa Awards


    Spa Information

    Damai Spa
    Grand Hyatt Singapore
    10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
    Tel: 6416 7156
    Opening Hours: Mon to Fri – 5am to 11pm, Sat & Sun – 6am to 10pm (Spa is opening from 10am to 10pm daily)

    Ayuthaya The Royal Thai Spa

    One of Ayuthaya’s Treatment Room. 

    Ayuthaya Promotion

    Enjoy one of the following service for free when purchase Royal Thai / Oil Massage (60 mins) at S$ 148:

    • Anti Stress Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage (30 mins)
    • Thai Herbal Body Polish (30 mins)
    • Thai Heat Compress (30 mins)
    Terms & Conditions applies.


    Spa Information

    Ayuthaya Spa by the Quay
    Gallery Hotel #02-11 (1 Floor below fitness centre. Easy access via glass lift at annex building)
    1 Nanson Road
    Singapore 238909
    Tel: +65 6736 0998
    Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay MRT(NE5)

    Ayuthaya at Rendezvous

    Rendezvous Hotel $03-03
    Bras Basah Road
    Singapore
    Tel: +65 6223 9180
    Nearest MRT Station: Orchard MRT(NS22)
    www.ayuthayaspa.com/

    My Cozy Room Boutique Spa at Cairnhill Road

    My Cozy Room is nested just a stone throw away from the heart of Orchard Road along Carinhill Road, in a nicely decorated conservation shophouse. Be pampered at this one-stop spa haven bringing beauty and wellness to your face, body and nails.

    Awards

    • 2014 Best Luxury Boutique Spa (Finalist) by World Luxury Spa Awards


    Spa Information

    My Cozy Room Boutique Spa
    56A Cairnhill Road
    Singapore 229667 Tel: +65 6732 0030
    Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 11am to 9pm, Sat & Sun: 10am to 8pm www.mycozyroom.com.sg