Friday, August 14, 2015

Restaurant Sela

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*stay tuned for giveaway at the end of the post!

A modern Asian restaurant featuring an exquisite menu that captures the essence of Asian cooking with a European twist on classic favourites. They offer carefully curated range of wines, award-winning Japanese craft beers and premium sakes which set them apart from other restaurants.


I was impressed with its interior design. I think we could all agree on how it fits with the description of being a modern restaurant and at the same time, providing diners with a cozy ambiance. 


I had the opportunity to meet celebrity chef, Chef Benson Tong, and have him explain to me about the interesting dishes he had come up with for the new menu! I was definitely fascinated to hear about the ingredients he chose to use and also the steps taken to make the dishes. It was an eye-opener how well thought out the steps were.

Procuitto Ham & Melon
Details: Wild Rocket, Compressed Rock Melon, Pickled Beetroot, Balsamic Gel

This appetizer has quite the good balance in taste with the rock melon being sweet and the ham being salty. Matching them both together is pleasure for your taste-buds.

I found myself entranced with how good the beetroot on this dish tasted! It tasted like carrot with a hint of sour to it. Addictive stuff.

Pan Seared US Scallop
Details: Forbidden Rice, Red Radish, Yellow Frisee, Salted Egg Cream

You must be wondering what is this forbidden rice. The most interesting part about this dish is how it incorporated black glutinous rice (which is used in the popular Asian dessert, black glutinous rice porridge). And yes, this black glutinous rice is what is referred to in this dish as forbidden rice.

I am a big fan of scallops. Like, who aren't?
I am glad to find that the texture of scallop was cooked perfectly. However, I do think that the salted egg part of the dish made the whole dish a little too salty. I still enjoy this dish though, because the fragrance of the scallop and salted egg is there.


Miso Chilean Seabass
Details: Confit Shimeji, Crispy Leek, Wilted Arugula, Lemon Dashi Broth

Hands down my favourite dish of the night! Huge huge fan of this particular seabass. Couldn't stop eating it. You should've seen me. This dish probably made me look like a glutton. Although the seabass can be a tad bit too salty because of how it is marinated in miso, I am still in love with it because it tasted SO good.

First impression of the seabass was that it tasted like COD FISH. OMG. -inserts heart eyes emoji-


Kakuni Style Pork Cheek
Details: Arugula, Charred Corn Kennel, Braised Leek, Roasted Parsnip, Granny Smith Sauce

To be honest, I was skeptical about this dish when it made its way to the table. Will the pork be too tough?
My taste buds had an easy time proving to me that my skeptical thoughts couldn't be more wrong. The meat was so tender! It reminded me very much of the pork my Mum cooked. Haha

The meat itself and the sauce turned out to be quite salty.
However, it could be a perfect balance if I were to eat it with the potato. (:

Samolina Cake
Details: Passion Fruit Curd, Torched Meringue, Vanilla Ice Cream, Passion Fruit Coulis

If you are worried about the cake being too sweet, fret not. I think the torched meringue and cake are a suitable match.

 Dehydrated Pineapple Pavola
Details: Charred Pineapple, Vanilla Ice Cream, Thyme, Paprika, Salted Caramel

Majority of you would enjoy this dessert because majority of us did! The vanilla ice cream is actually made from vanilla beans instead of vanilla essence.
I really enjoyed the dehydrated pineapples which had an interesting texture and flavour to them.
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*CONTEST GIVEAWAY*
Good news! 
Restaurant Sela is having a contest to give away a private chef experience for you and your plus one! Celebrity Chef Benson Tong would be cooking for you and your partner a full course meal at your own home

TO STAND A CHANCE TO WIN:

1) Take a picture of your experience at Restaurant Sela

2) Post it on your Instagram and include the hashtag #RestaurantSela and tag me in your picture, @crayyzee

3) Get as many likes as you can!

*contest lasts till end of August

GOOD LUCK ;)
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Website:
www.restaurantsela.com.sg

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/selarestaurant

Restaurant Sela is located at:
32 Seah Street
Singapore 188388

Saturday, August 08, 2015

破风 "To The Fore" [GALA PREMIERE]

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I want to start off by saying how much I have missed writing movie reviews! Or just watching movies, maybe.

I had no idea "To The Fore" was going to have people going SO crazy about it that the movie preview had to be separated to a few sessions. Too overwhelming. WHY?

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CHOI SIWON STARRED IN IT

I have to admit I am not a big follower on K-Pop and I went for the movie because I genuinely found the trailer interesting! 
I just happened to experience the rave of the fans going gaga over Choi Siwon. Haha. So I took a few pictures for the fans who didn't get to be there or didn't see his face that clearly that day. YOU'RE WELCOME.




Paparazzi mode: ON
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Ohkay ohkay,, enough screaming and daydreaming, guys...
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BACK TO THE MOVIE!
SYNOPSIS
A sports-romance movie by Dante Lam that focuses on the friendships and love lives of four friends. All four are avid cyclists and they have entered a cycling competition; their toughest yet which will test their friendship.

THOUGHTS...
This movie caught my eye because of how original the concept was. I mean, I have seen movies about car-racing, motorbike and sports like basketball, soccer etc. but I don't think I have seen one about bicycles! I never knew that there were so much thoughts and strategies put into a cycling competition! This movie had me looking at cycling competition in a new light.

"To The Fore" went above and beyond my expectations. It gave me the unexpected. I've came across movies which had predictable storylines/plots which does not make the movie that exciting. However, this one was the total opposite!

I remember how I got so nervous about a scene I HAD MY HAND TO MY MOUTH WHEN I GASPED.
It got me that nervous, people. Seriously.

I want to point out how amazing that I find almost every part of the movie a climax! There was never a dull moment for me. As for the Choi Siwon fans, I bet their climax part was when the bare back of Choi Siwon was shown.
I have said too much...







I highly recommend all of you to take advantage of this JUBILEE WEEKEND to catch this movie! "To The Fore" is already in theatres!!



Thank you for reading!
Cheryl xo