Happy birthday to myself & Happy Independence Day to my beloved country, America! :D
Woke up to a rainy morning feeling all fresh to face the day, year ahead with a older/wiser mindset ! Praise God for the good start since it's been scotching hot recently :)
Had my first round of celebration aka the birthday lunch with my beloved friends. We had my favourite cuisine, Japanese, at a new restaurant- Wa Zen Izakaya! There're finally more quality yet affordable Jap food to satisfy me now, double YAYNESS :D
The few of us early birds were already hungry so we just had a quick order to fill our stomach in a bit before everyone else arrived. It is always an easy peasy job for me to take order whenever at the Jap restaurant because I always opt for those few of my favourite- UNAGI, shiro maguro (white tuna), or any sashimi as well as some nigiri like ika, hotate & uni :)
Furthermore, the menu does have a wide varieties yet not overwhelming. Too much variety may imply that the particular restaurant has no specialty which may be a bad thing! So this was just nice for everyone :) As soon as the food arrived, we don't tuck in immediately..
we carried out the Asian selfie ritual instead -____-
Well i don't usually do this but since I had my camera with me, why not? :p
Sashimi salad. The sashimi was fresh, love especially the salmon & squid. It also came with sesame dressing.
Takoyaki ! It's been so long since i last had it !
The following 3 are my main course
Unagi hotpot ! I LOVE UNAGI with egg but most restaurant would have it as a don (with huge portion of rice under it) and i would usually eat only the topping and leave the rice untouched unless someone wants it. However, WaZen does serve it without rice! How can I ever resist this!
Shiro maguro cappaccio with Yuzu dressing. So refreshing and YUMS!
Uni Gunkan. Kinda disappointed with this as it wasn't very well-prepared, the fishy smell was too strong :/
As most people know I don't take rice (only at very very small portion in special occasion), so yeap!
Ting's Katsu Curry Rice
Shuting's Sashimi Don
The others also ordered Unagi Bento Set and Udon Soup which I'm too lazy to snap them. They were happy with their food, just so you know if those happened to be your fave choice.
We tried eating at a SUPER slow pace before Jazz & Juinyie arrived but Jazz baby was just too slow..by the time she came, our table were already nicely cleaned by the staff. LOL!!
But little did I know..
She was late because she came with surprise!!
Okay I know the cakes position are a bit wrong :p
Jazz baby with her Salmon Don!
Poor thing, she had to eat alone with all of us starring at her. Not really, we were savouring on the cakes as well ! Heheh
Overall, the food & services here was decent :) Would definitely be back!
After lunch, we decided to head over for our second round to have some tea. So we settled at Grazia Cafe :) we frequent this cafe a lot as we all love its ambience, services & of course, their F&B.
Had a pot of buckwheat tea to aid with digestion after the heavy lunch! Smells pretty much like my favourite breakfast- oatmeal. Loving' that mild fragrance :)
We went crazy with pictures-taking I think most people in the cafes are starring at us! Then we actually realised there was a signboard saying, keep your voices low to prevent disturbing others. OOPSIE!
Oh wells, we still had fun! YOLO! :p
It was a fun-filled afternoon with them :) they never fail to cheer me up, as always! It could've been more fun with a few more of them around but anyways, they shall compensate for that! *evil grins*
At night, it was finally the family celebration time and we had it at Gin Gastronomy Italian :) it's just a few door steps away from the Jap restaurant earlier on. We initiated planned to have it at Loong Sing Restaurant (yeah chinese food to incorporate with the others' preference) but thankfully it was full house! :D so we had my fave italian instead ;) God's plan! It's my birthday after all. Amen!
Been wanting to try this out ever since I heard some good reviews from a friend. I'm a sucker for Italianese, unfortunately they don't serve pizza here! :( how can that be missing from an Italian restaurant?
Cheese bread stick served upon arrival (FOC)
The usual focaccia as appetiser (FOC) they've done it well especially with the extra cheese & tomato topping which you won't get it from most restaurant. By far one of the best foccacia I've had besides Giannis :)
Here comes our main entree!
My braised beef cheek with red wine with a side of mashed potato puree with vegetables. THIS WAS DELICIOUS! The beef was nicely soaked up with the red wine sauce, braised to perfection with retained moisture and tenderness. The potato puree was creamy, buttery yet not sickening. Certainly brings the level of this dish!
Dad and his chicken parmigiana.
Mom had squid pasta. The tomato taste is too strong to my liking.
Bro and his spaghetti vongole. The soup/sauce alone was not bad but could've been richer as it's too bland when eaten together with the pasta :/ The amount of clams was generous btw.
Last but not least, it was the cake cutting session! :D
Oh dear, look at how adorable it is! Parents specially custom made it. It's a chocolate cake, layered with chocolate buttercream, covered with chocolate ganache, sprinkled with white and strawberry chocolate shavings and topped with my favourite strawberries and HELLO KITTY! :DDDDD
I LOVE THE WHOLE CONCEPT JUST SO MUCH XOXO