#sushiweek: The Koh Grill and Sushi Bar

The Koh Grill and Sushi Bar is a cozy restaurant tucked away in the corner of Wisma Atria. Complete with the Japanese vibes and the open concept for their kitchen, the restaurant is sure to grab your attention as you walk past. The chefs expertly char the salmon over the open flame, visible to their customers. The restaurant is very well laid out, and gives the appearance of being extremely spacious and comfortable, with its interestingly placed mirrors. Overall, it was a restaurant environment you would not want to leave for a while.

Without much deliberation, we ordered the Shiok!! Maki!, the signature dish we had heard so much about. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. The dish was, while confusing, an extremely pleasant cacophony of flavours. The dish was presented as 8 rolls sitting on the cream sauce, topped with a generous heap of roe. Pickled ginger was placed on the side to accompany it.

Shiok Maki
Shiok Maki

The combination of eel and mayonnaise-like sauce was an absolute delight to our taste buds, although we did think the sauce was a bit too creamy and sour and left a not-so-pleasant aftertaste.  While the roe was able to provide texture to the dish, we did find it a little overwhelming, as there was so much roe and the taste was quite overpowering.

The presentation of the sushi, was, arguably, better than the dish itself. The aesthetics were definitely enough to make your mouth start watering, and we could not wait to dig in.

The sushi costs $16.80, but we felt the portions were not worth the price we paid.

Overall, the sushi itself, besides the sauce and roe, was tantalizing and if you ever want to indulge yourself, this is the place to go!

Rating: 4/5

-Nomsters Cordelia and Amrit

#chocolateweek: Matt’s The Chocolate Shop

The Matt’s The Chocolate Shop out at One Raffles Place occupies a small cozy booth in the basement. The fact that it has virtually no seating space means that patrons usually drop by to get a take out . We were told that their speciality Tiramisu and Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake is popular amongst the office workers working in the nearby central business district and often lives up to their expectations as a chocolate specialist.

Matthew’s love for baking and experimentation with different recipes allowed him to perfect his unique chocolate cake recipe. He often baked chocolate cakes for his colleagues while he was working in the office and the popularity of his chocolate cakes amongst his co-wokers spurred him to pursue his interest in baking. Soon, what started out as a hobby soon became something more and resulted in the birth of Matt’s The Chocolate Shop. Starting in mid-2012, Matt’s chocolate has since expanded from an outlet in Amoy Street to the second which is conveniently located at One Raffles Place. Here’s our take on the food from the somewhat limited menu of The Chocolate Shop.

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One of Matt’s The Chocolate Shop’s speciality is the Double Layer Tiramisu. It consists of ladyfinger biscuits that are heavily soaked with Espresso and Baileys as a base and topped with mascarpone cream that is light and not too overpowering. The cream is good and just about the right sweetness. However, the ladyfinger biscuits were slightly too moist making the Tiramisu too soggy. Overall, the Double Layer Tiramisu is a good treat but is definitely not worth the hefty $10.( In our opinion, anyway)

Rating:3/5

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Another speciality that Matt’s The Chocolate Shop has to offer is the Matt’s Fudge Cake ($4). Matt’s Fudge Cake, a chocolate caked topped with chocolate ganache, did not impress us as much as the Double Layer Tiramisu did. We thought that the cake could have been marginally more moist and ironically, Matt’s Fudge Cake seemed to not have any fudge in it. Overall, we feel that Matt’s Fudge Cake was overrated and, although it is reasonably good-tasting, it is not as impressive as many people before us say it was. With the texture of moist dirt and what appeared to be sticky icing with thick chocolate water, what was claimed to be the best item on the menu was actually the worst.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Finally, the Chocolate Chip cookies($6) was the saving grace of the store. The portion was just enough to fill your appetite for a tasty treat and its bite sized shape makes it easy to chew and eat. The crispy-ness of the cookie is complimented by the slightly salty tinge that elevates the flavour of the cookie and gives it a unique edge. Without being too sweet, the chocolate chip cookies gives you just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.Let the delicious feel of chocolate slowly melting in your mouth allow you to become one with the cookie; pure unadulterated happiness you can hold in your hands.

  Rating: 4/5

On the whole Matt’s Chocolate shop did not really live up to our expectations as a chocolate dish serving specialist. Although, as all the cakes contain half the sugar content of your typical chocolate cake, this could be a longed for alternative for those who are more health conscious. Our verdict? An OK snack to pick up if you’re in the area and craving chocolate, but definitely not something travelling specifically for.

-Nomster Cordelia, Nomster Jayshan, Nomster Lucas, Nomster Markus and Nomster Amrit

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Cause we are Monsters when we Nom

Food is our common ground. A universal experience.

– James Beard

Brought to you by a group of ravenous teens, who lose themselves in the love of food. And in the process of savouring each bite.

We believe that there is something at the very core of our existence, that unifies us as one – humans full of passion, and nothing explains this more than food. Across cultures, cuisines, gender, race and religion, people love food. We have evolved from our cavemen days of merely needing food. We now want, crave, dream and create food. The same way chocolate has developed throughout the centuries, from a bitter cocoa seed grounded into a drink (think coffee) to a silky brown liquid that is moulded into solid gold-like bars, our food ruminations and degustations have unfolded into art.

So we have come to this. And in all youthful appreciation of food, we are not holding back. Join us while we explore the realms of all things edible. The history, artistry and chemistry behind our food.

It is time to unleash the inner beast in you. Join us monsters, as we nom our way through real food.