Sunday, August 2, 2020

Black Marble by Otto @ Raffles Holland V Mall - Review

We were looking around for new dining places to dine when we chanced upon this classy looking restaurant, Black Marble at level 2 of the Raffles Holland V Mall. 

It was situated right outside the escalator on level 2 so it was easy for any diners to spot.

Black Marble by Otto, is a steak and grill concept helmed by the famous Swiss-born culinary Chef Otto Weibel.

The restaurant has a great ambiance feeling of secluded and fine dining in the area yet they were pretty casual with what the diners were wearing. Our kids were wearing flip-flop sandals while there were other diners who were wearing singlets and shorts when we entered.

We were greeted by an overlooking different cow part of the body, providing us with a quick educational glance before we were ushered to our seats.

Entrance Trademark

Our sofa seats right at the end of the window
We started off with a Black Truffle Emulsion ($15) soup which had a strong overwhelming kick of truffle-infused-mushroom, spices and garlic mixed inside the overlooking thick soup. For truffle and mushroom lovers like us, we were immediately won and drawn over by our first taste of the meal.

A Winning Start.

Black Truffle Emulsion ($15)

Still front on the appetizer, we also ordered Baked Brie Cheese ($16) to get our craving for a full well spread of condiments that comes with the half-loaf of bread. The taste of the pasteurized cheese itself comes with a burning sensation which was elevated with a herbal form of fermented black garlic scattered around the cheese.

Whilst the meal feeds people of all ages, do note that Brie Cheese is generally not suitable for young children consumption as it carries a higher risk of listeria bacteria that might be more susceptible for young children.

Baked Brie Cheese ($16)
The next meal we had on the menu was the 24 Hour Brine Hand-Cut Fries ($8), which was fillings of side green yuzu mayo, grated parmesan cheese and chive to go along with the fries.

24 Hour Brine Hand-Cut Fries ($8)
For our main dishes, we chose the Lobster and Scallop Saffron Risotto ($36) and the MBS4 Australian Wagyu Rump ($33).

The authentic Lobster and Scallop Risotto were cooked slow and immersed with Cream Faiche, along with tender lots of Parmesan Cheese and Smoked Mullerbottarge and Chives served inside. The lobster and scallop were freshly cooked and every bite gives the oomph feeling that comes straight at the mouth from the sea.

The MBS4 Australian Wagyu Rump Steak was roasted and cooked right at the 145°F degree (medium) and then rested for 3 minutes before serving. The meat was tender and juicy and the right warm temperature gave the meat its best couple of first bites on its own. The condiments on the sides include a clove of whole grilled garlic and tomatoes.

For the sauce, there is a wide selection available for diners to choose from which includes Bearnaise sauce, Red Wine Jus, Black Pepper, Mushroom Port Wine Sauce, Fresh Herbs Butter amongst the few.

Lobster and Scallop Saffron Risotto ($36)

MBS4 Australian Wagyu Rump ($33)

Overall, we spent about just over $100 for the dine-in which we thought was somewhat reasonable given the good amount of portion and service that we received.

We didn't manage to try the House Signature T-bone Steak this time round as we came in only a small group of 4 (including 2 young children) but we'll definitely come back next time to try them when we get the craving once again.

Black Marble by Otto
Raffles Holland V 118
Holland Ave #02-01
Singapore 278997

Nearest MRT: Holland Village (CC Line)
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am - 10pm

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Peppa Pig World Indoor Playground - Shanghai

Peppa Pig World Indoor Park was one of our main itinerary for our trip to Shanghai, given that it was opened not long ago after a successful franchise from their UK theme park.

The indoor playground was located at LCM 2389 Zhangyang Road mall, which is a 5 min walk from 北洋泾路 Station at level 3. The mall was surprisingly grand and quite big with plenty of middle end shops and restaurants to dine in, which we essentially spend the entire day in to shop and walk around.

The entry fee was pretty standard and is equivalent to a price we paid for in Singapore. It charges 300 Yuan for 2 adults and a kid with a sock and a toy as a bundle package.

The theme world playground has a complete massive 1100 square feet of Peppa Pig World for children to roam around so you never feels like the place is overly crowded, even as we went during a weekend.

When we entered, we were greeted by the family car which we took a ritual family photo to start the day with.

The kids then ride the bus to school under the supervision of Mdm Gazelle (their teacher). The bus was huge and it can easily fit a few adult human size inside the bus.

The place houses a few toddler playing slides so it catered more to the younger crowd who has toddlers between the age up to 3 years old.

The place also houses the train ride, the supermarket, the post mail as well as Peppa's very own house itself.

By this time, we were actually a bit tired roaming around as we chase after the kid as the compound was big enough to wander from each room to another room.

Last but not less, the mandatory shot with Peppa herself.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Day 8 - Studio City Macau

On day 8 of our trip, we are heading for the much awaited trip to neighbouring Macau, this time via the new route bridge recently completed early last year.

We took the route from Tungchung via bus B6 which took us straight to the bridge.

After about half hour ride, we reached the bridge and proceeded to purchase the bus ticket to Macau, which costs HKD65.

Upon reaching Macau, we took a cab, albeit a bit lost, to our hotel at Studio City.

The hotel blew us when we arrived as we were awed by the presentation and impressiveness of the hotels for its Futuristic theme.

There was Elektron lighting cars at display which we took a couple of shots.

Given off peak season, we were allowed to enter our room at 12 clock much to our delight to put down our things before heading for lunch.

The room was very spacious, and it exhibits nice design simple enough for a great stay during these 2 days.

We went for lunch downstairs thereafter at Joyride, a classic 1950s Hollywood car themes which delight the kids because we were able to fine right inside the car itself!

Surprisingly, the food was such delicious too.

After lunch we decided to just walk inside the hotel premise itself and had a good rest for the day since we were all so exhausted.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Day 7 - Noah's Ark

On day 7, we went to the Noah's Arkm after hearing much rave reviews about them but seemingly not as mainstream popular as the famously known Disneyland.

We went there via Tsing Yi Station as we stayed near the Tung Chung area and boarded bus Number 330 at the exit C of Tsing Yi station.

The bus costs around HKD6 and we stopped at the next stop at Beach Commercial Complex overlooking a very beautiful beach and Lantau bridge island.

As we went on a weekday, the place is very empty but we truly enjoyed the quietness of the park.

Once we entered the park, we were immediately greeted by a huge overlooking Noah Ark's ship with plenty of animals that allow good photo taking opportunity, especially with young children.

The sun was shining right hot so we went immediately to the exhibition to get some much needed air conditioner.

There were some small live animals and also exhibitions regarding children stories where they will explain to you such as the three little pigs.

I like that the place had a lot of interactions that the children can touch see and play so they won't get bored and you can see that there are plenty of different activities lined up for them to do that.

It was noon so we proceeded to the hotel resort nearby the area for lunch overseeing the beautiful Lantau island ocean.

After lunch, we went to the Treasures House which were much bigger than we expected. It was located at another entrance different from the exhibition.

Overall, we really love this place and almost couldn't believe that not more people came to know about this place.

For everyone with kids, this is a much bigger thumbs up than the very famed and touted Disneyland and it costs a lot cheaper too.