Peperoni Pizzeria is one of the three pizzerias owned by the Les Amis Group. They recently opened their 2nd Peperoni branch at Binjai Park Singapore, with a bar that lines the exterior and a much roomier interior compared to the main outlet at Greenwood Avenue. It's my first time here at the Binjai Park outlet, and they are much more accessible for folks commuting by public transport. On the other hand, the main outlet at Greenwood Avenue is less accessible on foot, probably got to walk 10-15 minutes from the nearest bus stop. Both joints are located in the prime district of Singapore (Bukit Timah) and nestled within landed properties.
This is one of the places where you can get good and reasonably priced Italian cuisine. They serve wonderful thin crust pizzas and if you are there for a gathering with family or friends, you can even order their XXL pizza (21 inches). At least it's something different from the usual suspect, Pizza Hut or California Pizza. They do serve decent pasta as well. Over here you get to choose from the list of Aglio Olio, Bolognese, Carbonara, Vongole, etc etc with a choice of your favourite pasta (Angel hair, Fussilli, Fettucini, Linguine, Spaghetti, Penne). I personally love the thick, creamy Carbonara with Fettucini (I do not recommend ordering it, for people who can't take heavy, cheesy stuffs). On my next trip here, I'm going to try their Seafood Risotto :D
JB Foodie is grateful for receiving an invitation from the Management @ Vino Vino & Mr Wisley, to check out their outlet in Taman Molek. For starter, Vino is Italian for wine & boldly underlines the ambition and direction Vino Vino is heading for.
They feature an extensive selections of wine, sake and soju to those who appreciate the finer things in life.
Smokers will be delighted to know Vino Vino have cordoned off an entire level on the second floor, so that one may eat, drink and smoke to their heart's content.
A sanctuary for booze on the upper deck of Vino Vino.
For consumers who are willing to go beyond RM1500, they have private KTV facilities available.
Marble top, bar counter at Vino Vino.
On the flow draft beer, if wine or liquor is not to your liking.
Introducing the multi-award family of Suntory Whisky.
Japanese soju on the racks, distilled from yam.
A carafe dispenser to keep your sake chilled.
Countless racks of wine, limited only by one's preference.
And from all regions across the globe.
Used wine corks
Wine glasses from RIEDEL - The Wine Glass Company. You gotta be a connoisseur to appreciate this.
Bottled H2O from the hills of Tuscany.
Yakitori on the grill, prepared with the finest ingredient and dedication by the kitchen. A splendid example of paying attention to every minute details, even the coal lighting up the grill was specially imported from Japan.
Grilled vegetables on skewer - Eringi (King trumpet mushroom) & Okura (Lady's finger)
Tebasaki (Grilled chicken wings)
Grilled skewers in order from background to foreground.
Eringi, Okura, Aspara Maki, Lamb Chops & Tebasaki
A different angle of the aspara maki (asparagus wrapped with pork).
Introducing a new kid on the block, JB Foodie is lucky to be one of the first few tasters for Vino's soon-to-be-launched set lunch item. Chicken skewers with garlic fried rice.
Estimated price is to be RM15.00.
Close up of the chicken skewers, which were savory and grilled to perfection with the lightly charred bits.
Assorted mix of Tsukune (chicken meat ball).
Tsukune (Chicken meat ball w teriyaki sauce)
Tsukune Mentaiko (Chicken meat ball with fish roe)
Tsukune Mentai Mayo (Chicken meat ball with fish roe and mayo)
My favorite amongst the tsukunes - Tsukune Mentai Mayo, with its savory and rich mentai mayo sauce.
Surume Ika Yaki (Grilled calamari), lightly grilled with pinches of sea salt that accentuates the seafood freshness.
If your stomach has room for more after the yakitori, try out their Caterpillar Roll (Avocado, unagi & cucumber).
Avocado slices atop every inch of the sushi roll.
Close up of the sushi roll contents - cucumber and unagi (eel).
Cosy, classy and well renovated in every corners, nobody can be faulted if they mistook Vino Vino as a setup for fine dining. On the contrary, they are offering authentic Japanese cuisine at a reasonable price.
Vino Vino can additionally double up as a place to chill out with your friends over some fine wine, sake or soju.
For inquiries and reservations, you may get in touch with Vino Vino management team.
Driving around Impian Emas looking for dinner, can sometimes be quite a frustrating experience. As dusk sets in, the choices drop dramatically with only a handful of restaurants to check out. Luckily, there is a new section of shop lots opening for business, which makes the entire area looks so much more livelier.
However, I'm not going to introduce the outlets in the new section, but instead a Thai restaurant situated behind Petronas. It has been in business for a while, and it's about time I check it out. Fanciful restaurant, it is not. It's simplistic interior can be deceiving, and I would not have given it a second look if not for the countless reviews I read online. Orders were quickly taken and coupled with the staff's friendliness, it's definitely a good start.
While we wait for the food to be served, let's have a drink first to quench the thirst.
Thai coconut going RM5.50 each.
Soon, the Thai Pineapple Fried Rice is served. Looks good, taste great. I like it :)
RM7.50 per plate.
The shrimp omelette is a wonder. Thick, fluffy yet crispy on the side. I strongly recommend this, although it's fairly expensive.
Another dish that kept me wanting for more, Chicken Phad Prik. For the spicy lovers, you will not regret having this on your dining table. RM15.90
In the background, I have Kailan with garlic going for RM12.90 a plate.
Conclusion: Prices are on the steeper end, but weighing on its above-average yummy factor...it may well worth the effort to check it out.
15, Jalan Impian Emas 5/1
Taman Impian Emas
Johor Bahru Malaysia
Tel: (+6011) 2833 7041
12PM - 3PM
6PM - 11PM
Kirishima Shuzou is a place I have visited for less than 5 times my entire life, putting it in line with some of the franchised Japanese sushi outlets. Not that it is faring badly in any manner, as a matter of fact it is as good as I would have expected. It's just that well, Kirishima just doesn't come naturally first in my head (or my family's) when we think of Japanese food. Could be due to its slightly pricier menu and the ease of us getting there.
Check out the facade of the eatery within Crystal Crown Hotel.
They have VIP rooms for the special occasion too.
I'm not too sure of the dining crowd on weekends, but I am here for dinner on a weekday and it is a cosy place to be at. Enjoying the peacefulness while munching down my plates of Japanese delicacies is priceless. Service is prompt and every customers get their due attention from the staffs.
Katsu Don (カツ丼), an all time favorite Japanese dish for me covered in a thick layer of egg omelette.What not to like ? None. Price is RM18.00
Ten Don (天丼), an assortment of deep fried prawns and vegetables topped on a bowl of rice. Price is RM21.00.
Hokkaido Nabe. One gets a bountiful pot of seafood such as snow crab legs, salmon, squids and prawns. Price is RM68.00
Conclusion: Food is above average with a slightly pricier menu, but considering the fact it is located within a hotel then it is something that can be overlooked. Sake lovers would love this joint, as they offer a vast variety of Japan imported sake.
Crystal Crown Hotel JB
117, Jalan Tebrau
Johor Bahru Malaysia
Tel: +607-276 2838
Operating hours (daily)
12pm - 230pm
6pm - 1030pm