Johor Kaki was invited for a food trail of 4 (of many) food outlets at Orchard Central in Singapore.
We visited Tonkin Vietnamese Noodle Bar (unit #B1-02), Milagro Spanish Restaurant (unit #08-06/07), 49 Seats (unit #08-08), and Nunsarum (#05-51/52) for Korean style desserts.
Orchard Central is extremely accessible as it is located right at the heart of Orchard Road and is linked to Somerset MRT station by underpass. Orchard Central has many trendy new and established shops including the F & B outlets we visited today.
Let's start with Milagro Spanish Restaurant and 49 Seats which are located directly opposite each other on the same floor (#08).
Milagro is a simply laid out, cosy restaurant with bright window views on one side.
The decor is quite sparse except for these beautiful lamp shades hanging from the ceiling.
We started with Cold Soup Chupitos (SGD8.00), a cooling Spanish classic for scorching Mediterranean summers.
It's a trio of Andalusian gazpacho, ajo blanco and melon gazpacho served in shooter glasses and eaten with fresh house made bread.
Prawns al Ajillo made with good sized, shelled fresh tiger prawns sizzled in olive oil and garlic (SGD16.00).
Paella Valenciana (SGD47). A classic Valencian rice dish with chunks of juicy chicken.
Arroz Negre (squid ink rice with squid) normally shared between 4 persons (SGD59). A signature staple from the Valencian and Catalan regions of Spain.
Chicken Harissa is one of the good value set lunches available at Milagro at SGD12.90.
Fried Cauliflowers (SGD4.00).
Milagro brings Spanish cuisine to Singapore with sincerity and without frills at affordable prices. This is a restaurant which I would like to come back to and slowly savour the food for a detailed blog post.
(Note: We can use the Entertainer App for buy-1-get-1-free main course deals at Milagro. If you haven't got the Entertainer App 2015, get it here << click.)
Hopping across the narrow walkway, we are at 49 Seats. Like Milagro, the decor at 49 Seats is also basic and practical, yet comfortable.
Cheese Fries (SGD7.90).
Old Fashioned Fish and Chip with tom yum (SGD16.90).
Tom Yum Seafood is one of the hot favourites at 49 Seats (SGD14.90).
Smoked Duck Aglio Olio (SGD14.90).
I like aglio olio, I like smoked duck and I like more than some spicy hot in my food. So, this dish hits all right spots for me ;-p
I stepped in 49 Seats thinking that the food might not be appealing to my old fashioned palate. But, I surprised myself that I quickly grew to like many of the dishes here. I think 49 Seats is successful because it hits the right notes for many, in terms of flavours and price point.
I would like to revisit 49 Seats and get to appreciate the food and restaurant better for a detailed blog post.
Tonkin Vietnamese Noodle Bar (unit #B1-02).
Drip ice coffee (milk cold) SGD3.90.
Come to a Vietnamese restaurant must of course start with a Vietnamese coffee ;-D
Fresh Spring Rolls SGD6.90.
Green mango salad with shrimps SGD7.90.
Pho Nam Dinh or beef combination noodle soup Nam Dinh style SGD9.90.
Banh Mi with grilled chicken SGD6.90.
Our last stop was appropriately at Nunsarum for trendy Korean style desserts.
I must confess that this was my first taste of bingsu which had been the hot raging Korean dessert fab for a couple of years now in Singapore ;-p
Bingsu 빙수 is made of fine ice shavings splashed with fruit syrups and topped with cut fruits such as strawberries, mangoes, kiwi fruit, papaya and bananas. Some versions are topped with small pieces of tteokbokki (rice cake), crunchy nuts, chewy jelly cubes and bits, and crispy cereal flakes. Ice cream or frozen yogurt toppings are also common. Bingsu is not so different from Malaysia/ Singapore ice kacang or ABC (Air Batu Campur).
Bingsu is drizzled with a small cup of condensed milk before we dig in with our spoons.
Strawberry Bingsu SGD15.90.
Oreo Bingsu SGD12.90.
Injeolmi Bingsu one of Nunsarum's top selling signatures SGD12.90.
Mango Bingsu is Nunsarum's number one selling bingsu SGD15.90. It's my favourite too ;-D
Garlic Cheese Bread is one of Nunsarum's savoury best sellers (SGD7.90).
With so many interesting options, Orchard Central is a good food stop during a day or night out in Orchard Road.
Disclosure: As this is a media invite, the food is not reviewed.
Date visited: 24 May 2015.
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