Hakata Ikkousha Ramen, Chjimes, Singapore

Wanting a taste of Japanese for dinner I saw Hakata Ikkousha Ramen while I was walking through Chjimes early one evening and decided to drop in for a meal.

Ramen is a Japanese noodle tonkotsu (pork bone broth) soup dish served with sliced pork, seaweed, a boiled egg and sliced green onions, and more boiled eggs on the side. The serving is HUGE and I could feel my stomach sloshing around while I was walking back to my hotel. 

My starter was 5 pieces of pan fried gyoza.

A half litre of authentic Kirin beer helped me wash down my meal.

This was probably the best meal I had in Singapore during this trip.

I will definitely be dining here next time I visit.

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La Bergerie, Villard-Reculas, France

It was our last night in the chalet at Villard-Reculas. We’d cleaned out most of the food and wine at the chalet and no-one was in the mood to cook so we’d booked in at La Bergerie, a restaurant on the mountain behind the chalet. It was our chance to unwind with one final meal together before we all went our seperate ways.

La Bergerie has a large outside deck and a smaller inside seating area. The weather was beautiful in July and our table on the deck gave is a great view of the setting sun as it slipped below the French Alps. It did get a little cool once the sun went down.

The menu was French through and through and a number of us opted for Coq au Vin which came out in communal earthenware containers. Also included was a never ending supply of very good potato gratin. And as always the french bread to dunk in the sauce was to die for.

A majority of us opted for home made ice cream for dessert.

The wine list was great and we demolished a number of very good bottles.

It wasn’t cheap but for the quality of the food and wine, and the spectacular views it was worth the price.

If you’re in the area make sure you pop in, even if you don’t eat here.

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Alt. Pizza, Suntec City, Singapore

Another revisit for a restaurant I tried last time I was in Singapore. I had a pizza and a couple of US microbrewery beers at Alt. Pizza back in December.

You can almost get to Alt. Pizza without walking outside (and thus no need to get hot and sweaty) buy taking the underground walkways from the Swissotel Stamford / Raffles City to Suntec and then through Suntec to Tower 4. You probably only have to walk 30 metres or so in the open to get to the restaurant. Fifteen metres from the subway to Suntec Mall, and then probably 15 metres from Tower 4 to the restaurant door.

I walked in around 5:30pm for an early dinner and there weren’t too many people eating on a workday.

There was a beer and pizza special running – a signature pizza and a glass of beer. I ordered “The Hangover” pizza and a glass of Lost Coast Great White beer.

Once I’d finished my first beer I chose a Californian Coronado Brewing Company Orange Avenue which is a wheat beer brewed with honey and spices. A really interesting beer.

As an indulgence I also ordered desert – Nutella Pizza Doughnuts. My mouth is watering just thinking of them. A great taste but you wouldn’t want to eat them everyday.

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O’Conway’s Pub, Gare Lyon Part Dieu, Lyon, France

With the week at the chalet in Villard Reculas over we were all heading in our seperate directions all over Europe. I hitched a ride with the birthday boy and his family to Lyon where I would jump on a TGV to Brussels while they were heading off to Paris.

We got to Gare Lyon Part Dieu early so we wouldn’t have to rush to our trains without having lunch. As we had all our luggage with us we wanted somewhere with some space. As we were walking through the station we say the word PUB and went for it.

The PUB is O’Conway’s and its in the station building. Surprisingly, at lunchtime it wasn’t too busy and easily got a table for 4 with space for our luggage. There’s also an outside area for the smokers.

The menu wasn’t overly inspiring but the burgers sounded OK so we all ordered one. I get the feeling that some of the food is pre-cooked as the burger that I’d ordered (nothing special) they had run out of (it was only 12:30 in the afternoon hmmm), so I had to chose another.

They had a reasonable selection of beers though and we chose 1664.

It was an OK place to pass through and I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back unless I had to because a future train journey took be through Lyon station.

The place could certainly be improved, but given the itinerant cliental, many of which will never return anyway, why would they bother.

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Harry’s, Chjimes, Singapore

Harry’s is a chain of bars in Singapore. One is just across the road from the Swissotel Stamford in Chjimes, and I’ve had a drink or 2 here before.

On a typical Singapore Saturday afternoon liquid replenishment was in order and the Carlsburg beers were on special for $10 a pint rather than the usual $14.50 each.

Feeling peckish, but not hugely hungry, I had a look through the menu and one dish stood out – Curried Mayo Pork Bites. They are bite sized pieces of fried pork covered in a masala spice mix served along with a curried mayonnaise.

Taste was very good and the serving size was a snack for one, definitely not a share dish.

Harry’s is always a good place to relax, have a beer and watch a little sport on TV. And the food is good too!

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