08072018 / TANUKI RAW, Singapore

I am currently using my new notebook to draft this blog entry. Honestly speaking, I am still not used to the keyboard. It didn’t have a few buttons that I was familiar with my previous HP. But I think I will get used to it in a few days time.

However, I do like the graphic resolution. It made my pictures looking very nice. I used to think that my SONY NEX-3N was only average but now I knew it was actually the graphic resolution of my previous HP. So, I am putting off the idea of getting a new camera for the mean time. LOL!

Anyways, let’s not get sidetracked with what I should be blogging for today. Sister and I went dinner at TANUKI RAW in Orchard this evening. It was my treat for her as an advanced birthday dinner since she might not be coming home on her birthday month. I gave her a budget for birthday dinner and she could choose the venue she wants. She chose TANUKI RAW.

TANUKI RAW is located on the fourth floor of Orchard Central. It is more convenient to take the escalator  outside UNIQLO (I think) which would transport you straight to the third floor from the ground and another round of escalator to the fourth floor.

TANUKI RAW offers lunch promotion at S$10 for Mondays and Tuesday for specific dishes as printed in the banner above.

Without further ado, let me show you what the both of us had for dinner tonight!

Negitoro Herumetto | S$14

spicy fatty tuna, avocado, tomato, onion and lettuce stuffed inside house-made crunchy taco shells made of seaweed, topped with umami cheese and spring onion

To be honest, this was my most anticipated dish of the night. I had even pinpointed to Sister that we should order this particular appetizer as I had read positive reviews of it. However, both Sister and I were disappointed with it.

The seared tuna wasn’t that great and the texture was kind of off in my opinion. Most importantly, it wasn’t spicy at all. Even Sister who couldn’t tolerate spicy food commented that it was non-spicy. I didn’t like the texture of their house-made seaweed taco shells. They were a bit too salty for my liking.

Salmon Kaisen | S$16

a mix of salmon sashimi, aburi salmon belly, cubed spicy salmon, mentaiko seared salmon sashimi and ikura topped over Tanuki Raw’s signature mixed rice

My first choice was Negitoro Don and I was so relieved that I got Salmon Kaisen instead after I took the first bite of the Negitoro Herumetto earlier on. The portion of salmon sashimi was generous in my opinion. The sashimi were fresh and torched pork belly with mentaiko sauce was good!

Foie Gras Scallop & Unagi | S$31.90

pan seared foie gras, fresh scallop and grilled unagi glazed with our house made unagi sauce and shredded tamago served over Tanuki Raw’s signature mixed rice

This was Sister’s choice of dinner. It came with foie gras, scallop and unagi. If you have no idea what a foie gras is, it is duck’s liver. I thought foie gras is more common in French cuisine but TANUKI RAW has it.

The texture of foie gras was extremely smooth as opposed to the regular chicken liver. However, it tasted quite strong like the fatty bits of a roasted duck. Sister was extremely satisfied and pleased with her choice of dinner.

Verdict: We both truly enjoyed the dinner. It would be greater if the Negitoro Herumetto was better. The customer service was awesome and food were served promptly after ordering. The first dish was served less than 10 minutes after placed our order.

181 Orchard Road,
#04-01 Orchard Central,
Tel: +65-66365949


Review: Kobe Sushi, Miri

Mom and I were in Miri for an overnight trip on Tuesday. We came home around 4PM yesterday afternoon. The journey back to Bandar was smooth with minimal traffic on the road. We managed to reach EMPIRE Hotel & Country Club for toilet break two hours after we started our journey from The Red Lantern Bistro.

We set off from home at about 7:15AM on Tuesday morning and only reached Miri town around 10:30AM as there was a short queue at the checkpoint border. I didn’t drove as fast as I did compared to when coming back hence it took a longer time to reach Miri than coming back.

First thing to do when arriving Miri was to collect my herbal supplements from Conforer Global. It was a short one and off I went to my next stop – Labell Beauty for manicure, pedicure and eyebrow trimming. The whole beauty treatment took me about three hours and I was in a rush again for my next hair appointment.

Thankfully, my haircut was a quick one. Mom had a hair wash while I only got a hair cut. Snapped off about three inches of my hair and it now feels a lot lighter. I managed to get my crystal bracelet done at the goldsmith after I got my haircut. To be honest, I had no idea where the goldsmith is located prior to going as I only had a brief idea based on some rough explanation from my colleagues.

It was a relief that I managed to get more than half of my errands done on the first day and off we went to check in at Pullman Miri Waterfront. I received an SMS from the hotel that my room key cards are ready for my arrival at 12:30PM. However, I was being told that the room which I pre-booked online had been booked out during check-in. So, they upgraded me and I waited for about 10 minutes before the check-in procedure was completed. Mom and I rested a bit in the room and showered. We headed out shortly after we showered for early dinner.

Instead of driving out, I booked Grab to bring us to Kobe Sushi as I was feeling tired from all the driving. I was glad that I decided on using Grab on that evening or else I would have been worried sick about my car for the entire evening. My driver seat window fell down and got stuck in between. It didn’t break if that’s what you were wondering. It happened the next morning when we were on our way out for breakfast. We managed to get a temporary fixture as the spare part which was broken wasn’t available in Miri.

Without further ado, let me show you what Mom and I had at Kobe Sushi!

Tamago Maki | RM4.50 & Takwan Maki | RM4.50

I needed some grains in my daily dietary intake so I ordered a portion each of Tamago Maki and Takwan Maki to share. We ended up not able to finish the whole thing and packed the leftovers. The Maki(s) were decent enough in my opinion. Price line, it was a lot cheaper than what we were paying here in Brunei.

Sake Avocado Sarada | RM13.50

I was craving for Sashimi so this was the closest one that I got as Mom wasn’t as keen as I was. She later mentioned that I shouldn’t have ordered this since I had been experiencing UTI pain for the past two days. The dish made up of cubed salmon and cubed avocado, tossed in mayonnaise dressing. The cubed salmon were fresh enough in my opinion but the avocado has yet completely ripen.

Miso Ramen | RM15.50

We ordered a bowl of Miso Ramen to share as Mom loves Japanese Ramen especially the ones cooked with pork bones. As Kobe Sushi is a Halal Japanese restaurant, you wouldn’t be getting any of those. Their Miso Ramen was pretty heavy in my opinion. The broth was overly salty in our opinions. The ramen was cooked alright and there was a piece of deep fried tofu in the broth as well.

Gyoza | RM11.00

Gyoza is my to-order food in a Japanese restaurant. Honestly speaking, there wasn’t much to wow about their Gyoza. Mom didn’t like the taste of the Gyoza fillings. The Gyoza were served with black vinegar as dipping sauce which to me was a first. Most of the Japanese restaurants which I had been to serves regular light soy sauce as dipping sauce for Gyoza.

Verdict: The customer service at Kobe Sushi was decent in my opinion. The staffs were polite and courteous. Food were served promptly, about 5 to 10 minutes after we had placed our orders.

However, I do find the restaurant to be lacking in ventilation system. The place felt warm the moment I stepped into the restaurant. Mom who hates cold found the temperature just nice. I contemplated whether to ask the staff to turn on an extra air-con. Even the toilet bowl in the washroom felt like those Japanese heated toilet bowl except that it was a normal one.

Kobe Sushi
Lot 2515,
First Floor, Block 5,
MCLD, Boulevard Commercial Centre,
98000, Miri,
Tel: +6-085 322099

26122017 / Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

Mom, Sister and I ate out last Tuesday evening as Sister interpreted my Whatsapp message wrongly. I texted her asking if she wanted to go out after dinner at home. She then replied me saying that we will go out for dinner and asked me to choose a location. She said that Mom wanted to eat sushi with cucumbers. LOL!

My first choice for Japanese cuisine is always Kaizen Sushi Waterfront. I called to reserve a table as Kaizen Sushi Waterfront can be quite crowded during bonus payday. Kaizen Sushi Waterfront was surprisingly not crowded given that most of the local population had just received their bonus pay. Perhaps majority had crossed border or went on vacation.

Sashimi (Sake & Maguro) | B$14.40

We requested for half portion of Salmon Sashimi and another half portion of Maguro Sashimi. It was more expensive as compared to Sake Sashimi alone. I remembered a portion of Sake Sashimi was B$12.60. The Maguro Sashimi weren’t defrosted enough as we could still taste the icy bits. However, the Sake Sashimi were well defrosted with melt-in-the-mouth kind of texture.

Yaki Soba | B$7.20

I find what we ordered were too little for the three of us to share. So, I ordered Yaki Soba since Mom loves noodles more than rice. The noodles were cooked with vegetables and chicken, topped with bonito flakes.

Salmon Skin with Japanese Cucumbers | B$3.60

Sister ordered this as she told me that she had similar ones in Singapore and they were good. Unfortunately, the salmon skin were over fried in our opinions. They were crunchy but hard. The deep fried salmon skin were topped with salad dressing and fish roe. Sister commented that the dressing was a little bit too much.

Tamago Maki | B$1.80 / Sake Maki | B$2.70 / Kyuri Maki | B$1.80

Despite these were probably the easiest to prepare as compared to the other dishes that we ordered, these came last. We even joked that perhaps they ran out of cucumbers. LOL! These only came when we were done eating the above three dishes.

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront
Block G, First Floor,
Yayasan Complex,
Jalan McArthur,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2226336

03122017 / Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

We are already on the last month of the year. 2017 seems to pass by rather quickly. Anyways, I will be going Miri for an overnight trip next weekend as Andrea is back for holiday until Chinese New Year. We made plans to meet up and have dinner with Alan and his wife Emie in the evening. I’ll also take the opportunity to dress shopping for Jennifer’s wedding next month.

I woke up early this morning due to stomach upset and decided to just stay awake until it’s time for breakfast and head out for the day. I had the day planned out for manicure, pedicure, eyebrow threading, lunch and coffee break. LOL! Headed out from home at 9:15AM but accidentally took the wrong exit at the roundabout and I ended up having to make a detour as there was road block in the morning due to Bandarku Ceria.

It took me almost an hour to reach my intended destination. The manicurist at Mook & Jasmine so happened to be on her half day off today and only available after lunch. So, I decided to drive into Gadong for some Gong Cha as my period cramp was giving me discomfort. I felt a lot better after downing a cup of hot Ginger Milk Tea.

Ginger Milk Tea | B$3

This is my go-to comfort drink when I’m having period cramp (provided I have access to it). If not, a cup of steaming hot water will do. I personally find the ginger syrup wasn’t strong enough for my liking. It managed to soothe my period cramp for a while before the discomfort starts coming back again.

There wasn’t much to do or see in Gadong so I left for Bandar so that I can get my manicure, pedicure and eyebrow threading done. Most of the roads are opened after 10:30AM but it subjects to where you are coming from. After getting the above-mentioned done, I headed for lunch at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront as I am craving for a steaming hot Japanese Curry Rice.

Tori Katsu Curry Rice | B$9

Finally had my Tori Katsu Curry Rice for lunch today. I had Agedori Spicy Don the other day despite craving for Japanese Curry Rice. LOL! The curry broth is watery and paired so well with the short grain rice. The curry broth came with pieces of big onion and some sliced carrots. Chicken cutlets were juicy and crunchy from the breadcrumb batter. The Tori Katsu Curry Rice was good but I think I had better.

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront
Block G, First Floor,
Yayasan Complex,
Jalan McArthur,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2226336

28112017 / Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

It was a long day at work yesterday. I spent the day waiting for results and missed a meal. I had a bit of Chipotle Chicken Sandwich and Hot Double Chocolate from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It was my first time trying out the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich from CBTL and it was seriously good. The sandwich was spread with a layer of Sweet Basil paste.

I wanted to stock up on Elizabeth Arden from Hua Ho, Yayasan. So, off I went for dinner at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront. As it is still payday period, Kaizen Sushi Waterfront is crowded. All tables are pre-booked and the available spots are the ones at the sushi bar. The downside of dining alone is that you might be assigned to the sushi bar if the place is crowded. However, the advantage of sitting by the sushi bar is that you can see your sushi prepared in live action. LOL!

Spicy Maguro Temaki | B$3.60

I’m craving for both Temaki and something spicy. You can choose between salmon or tuna for the filling and I would always go for the latter. Some would prefer the former as the meat has a smoother texture. Aside from having this in the form of Temaki, you can go for their Spicy Chirashi Don which is equivalently good but served in a rice bowl.

Agedori Spicy Don | B$8.10

Like I mentioned earlier on, I was craving for something spicy. Agedori Spicy Don is served with miso soup and some pickled gherkins. The chicken cutlets were deep fried coated with little bit of their spicy sauce.

Honestly speaking, I think it would be better if they added more spicy sauce as only a small portion of the chicken cutlets was coated with the spicy sauce. The spiciness level was average in my opinion. I personally find Spicy Maguro Temaki spicier than their Agedori Spicy Don. I think their Tori Kimcheedon would have fared better in terms of spiciness.

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront
Block G, First Floor,
Yayasan Complex,
Jalan McArthur,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2226336