Sunday, March 27, 2011

TODAI International Seafood & Sushi Buffet Restaurant

When I first saw the mouthwatering food photo shots of Todai's offering (the new international seafood restaurant in Marina Bay Sands) from the news paper, I know from that instance that I was more than allured to visit the place. After a few visits from the other restaurants featuring seafood buffet such as Mandarin Oriental's Melt The World Cafe and Ritz Carlton's Green House and still left half-way satisfied, I am definitely on a hunt for something better. Hence, it was really good news when I heard about Todai's opening.

Todai in Singapore is the first franchise established in South East Asia. And it's addition to the Singapore food scene is undoubtedly another luscious gastronomic serving to the already spoiled Singapore diners. This up-scale "all you can eat" seafood and sushi restaurant offers a wide repertoire of scrumptious dishes. From the appetizers to the main course and desserts, the selection is really enormous albeit less if I would compare it to Marina Bay Sands Hotel's - The Rise Restaurant. Quality wise, the appetizer section and the sushi counter are your best bet to try. Some sushis are explosive and robust in taste dimensions. For the cold seafood choices, the snow crab legs and oysters are the stars of the whole feast. In the dessert area, the notable ones are the creme brulee and the free flow korean strawberries. Most of the sweets have mild sweetness level thus, generally enjoyable down to the throat. The fire oven pizzas are also good to munch. What is even more pleasing in this buffet set up is the inclusion of the free drinks. Yes, drinks are likewise included in the buffet. Among the choices are fruit juices, softdrinks, teas and the popular UCC coffee. There are really so much more to talk about on this dining experience but overall, I must agree on what was written on its paper mat, dining at Todai is simply impeccable. The S$58++ price tag for the lunch buffet goes a long way. Incidentally, they also claim a "no MSG" pride as well as Sushi Rice HACCP program and Sushi Holding Time approval from the US. On the whole though, it's still inferior to The Rise Restaurant. The later still tops the list of my best buffets in the island.

These were some of the choices we had....

Appetizers : Caesar Salad, Creamy Broccoli Soup, Greek Salad, Scallops with salsa

Cold Cuts : Roast Beef, Lamb, Green Mussels

Appetizer & Sushi : Smoked Salmon with Arugula, Different varieties of Sushi

International Selection : Scallops with Tofu, Teriyaki Parrot Fish, Sauted Vegetables with Squid, Honey Spare Ribs, Beef Satay, Prawn & Squid Tempura

Cold Seafood : Salmon, Mussels, Shrimps, Oysters, Cuttle Fish

Italian Selection : Prawn Gratin, Scallop Gratin, Fungi Pizza, Cheese Pizza

Noodle : Udon

Dessert : Creme Brulee, Cheesecake, Mango Pudding, Chocolate Mousse, Madeleine, Strawberry, Different variations of Cakes


Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands


Lunch : 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Dinner : 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Friday, March 4, 2011

Grandma's Restaurant - A Taste of Home Cooking

Situated in the busy basement level of Paragon Shopping Centre is a restaurant that has a very interesting name - Grandma's. Looking at the facade and the ambiance of the resto, I already expected for foods that were cooked home-style. True enough, as I perused the menu my eyes feasted on popular local favorites such as nasi lemak, curry, sambal, rendang, kway teow, claypot dishes and a whole lot more. If you gone tired of indulging on local cuisine in a warm and humid open-air dining set-up, then this is a better alternative.

Food wise, it's actually satisfying. Serving size is just enough for whatever it calls for. Price varies depending on the dishes. Some can be regarded reasonable otherwise, overly priced for the quality you're offered. Suffice it to say, making the right choice is key.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

McDonald's Chicken Mc Grill Burger

McDonald's MAKE IT 1 -FOR -1 promo yesterday, definitely created a pandemonium in all of its branches. Long queues were all over. The one day only promo was part of the "Make it Better" advocacy of the popular food chain. Likewise, to coincide with the new campaign, new food items were launched in the store. One of which is the Teppanyaki Chicken McGrill Burger. I was so intrigued with the nice food shot at the menu display that I did not restrain myself from trying it. On its packaging the burger was described as "Whole chicken thigh meat delicately seasoned in teppanyaki marinade, cooked to tender perfection and served with tomato, gourmet lettuce and home-style chargrill sauce between a sourdough bun".
Personally, I find it mildly flavored and is just right. It's not overpowering nor overwhelming for a burger. The sweetness of the marinade is also optimum hence, I don't find it satiating. The freshness of the lettuce and tomatoes is a must though. Overall, this type of burger is acceptable.