Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Saha Indian Restaurant & Bar- Modern Indian food in Duxton - The Entertainer

OK, so last night we went to Saha in Duxton for a tasting. Thanks for the invitation The Entertainer! I think you all know about The Entertainer if you have been reading my blog but here is a link for more info in case you are interested. Basically The Entertainer is an application you purchase with a lot of one for one deals on restaurants, hotels,  spa treatments and so forth. I was very excited to be invited as Saha was on my radar from the moment it opened, you all know how I love Indian food, so Indian food and cocktails was obviously a huge win for me!

Saha is a new Indian restaurant opened by Chef Abhijit Saha from India who also opened successful restaurants in India and chose to set up a modern Indian restaurant here in Singapore where he thought the techniques and flavours would be well received. We had a chat with him and thought he was very nice, even having won a variety of awards!

The idea behind Saha is bringing Modern Indian Cuisine to Singapore, combining regional Indian cuisine and its flavours with international aesthetics and contemporary presentations. We really enjoyed it, it was subtle compared to what we are used to with Indian food, and very pretty to look at.  Like I just said, very subtle, especially on the spice, no chilli in there, but not in a way that it would lack flavour, it had plenty of interesting combinations and made us think on occasion. Saha Indian Restaurant is also one of the deals of the month on The Entertainer with 2 tapas free when you order two. I know I will be there and will probably want to try out one of their tasting menus!! Read on for more info!

A cocktail collage:

A tapas tapestry

Monday, 15 September 2014

The best pizzas in Naples and why we liked them!

OK, as you may have seen over the last few posts, we ate a lot of pizza whilst on honeymoon! And we went to the Mecca of pizza a.k.a. Naples, where pizza is meant to have been created originally. And oh my does Naples know how to make awesome pizza! Pizza pizza pizza everywhere! My idea of heaven even though Naples is maybe not everyone's idea of heaven as it is rather chaotic!

I would call this "The Top 5 pizzas in Naples" but that might be cheating as we only went to 5 pizzerias in Naples, and one of them we went twice. We had a hard time picking an overall winner as they were all good and for different reasons. But we persevered, for our readers, and we succeeded. But I will also highlight what we liked at each pizzeria. Here we go!

Here are G's pizzas
And mine, I have one less as I had the same pizza twice so only pictured it once.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pizzeria di Matteo - Our Favourite Pizza in Naples

OK, now we are there, the pizza place we jointly chose as the top pizza place in Naples (for us). So much so we went back there for our last pizza in Naples! You must be wondering why considering all the awesome pizzas I have posted so far! It was a really hard decision, we loved di Matteo but we also loved Starita and Sorbillo.... But in the end, the toppings won out. Yup, we chose this place because of the quality of the toppings. We weren't swayed by the purist approach of discussing the dough or the tomato sauce, even those are still very important! But the toppings here just stole the show. I am also highly amused by their promotion of Clinton visiting them both on their menu and their site! Based on their site and the walls, they have also won many awards and World Championships. So we aren't alone in our view that this is the best pizza in Naples!

Their menu which proclaims Clinton's visit :)
My usual collage, here the food from our two visits to Pizzeria di Matteo in Naples. 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

L'Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba - Oldest Pizza in the World (well, at least Naples!)

I used my Google and TripAdvisor skills again and came across what is rumoured to be the oldest pizzeria in Naples and therefore the world since pizza was apparently born in Naples. Pizzeria Port'Alba started in 1738 as a street stall and then in 1830 became a sit down meal restaurant.

It is around the corner from our hotel on Piazza Bellini, down an alley way that in the dark seems a bit gloomy and scary but we walked through it during the day and it was perfectly normal and filled with schoolbook shops!

We were cold so we sat inside but would normally probably have chosen to sit out on their terrace the other side of the alley.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Pizzeria da Gino Sobillo - Amazing Neapolitan pizza in Naples

Now here we go for another contender for our top pizza in Naples. Again, not quite the winner but another close one. Top 3 for sure. What we loved here was the dough, and G really loved his margherita pizza. Loved it. And great value for money, this must have been the cheapest pizza we had.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Pizzeria Starita a Materdei - Fancy and Creative Pizza in Naples

We rated this place, we really did. It didn't win overall (I will of course let you know which one did) but it was a really close second. And we basically decided there are different pizza places in Naples for different goals. Pizzeria Starita a Materdei is where you go for creative pizzas, fancy pizzas, random but interesting flavour combinations and of course for dessert. :)

Here is what we had for our lunch! It was amaaaazzzzzing. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The famous Pizza da Michele in Naples (Eat, Pray, Love)

I am sure you have heard of Da Michele. Surely you have if you have ever discussed pizza in Naples. It is probably the most famous of the pizzerias in Naples and since pizza is basically from Naples, then it would be the most famous pizzeria in the world. And it was featured in Eat, Pray, Love as the character played by Julia Roberts eats there! More interesting to me, Heston Blumenthal had a pizza episode on his In Search of Perfection show and he went to Da Michele to check out their legendary pizzas!

When we planned our trip to Naples, we spoke to friends from Naples and other Italian friends and all of them insisted we had to go to Da Michele. So not only did Heston rate it, all our friends did too. So it was really building up in our minds as the ultimate pizza experience.

I researched it, of course I did. And I was surprised to find out that they are actually not traditional as they don't follow the standard for Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) since they use fior di latte mozzarella rather than buffalo mozzarella and they use sunflower oil not extra virgin olive oil. Second surprise was the menu, or pretty much the lack thereof! They only serve two types of pizzas 1) the traditional margherita (or not so traditional as not VPN) which is just mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil 2) the marinara which I assumed would have some kind of fish or seafood on but was happy to find out it doesn't, it is just tomato sauce with garlic and oregano.

You don't make reservations, you head over to the area close to the station, on Via Cesare (I would recommend approaching it from below from the main street, not from the top / the side street we took which was rather freaky! You go in and on the right there is the cashier and you ask for a number and tell him how many people are in your group. You then wait outside on the street until your number is called. It took about 20-30 minutes for our number to be shouted out and in we headed. Don't be surprised that you will end up sharing a table with random strangers, we had another couple next to us on ours.

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