Friday, January 02, 2009

My most memorable New Year 2009

I left the previous post saying I would go for bbq@chalet right? yup, I did.

But it turned out kind of bad, yet good. Why do I say so?

My love only worked half day on New Year's eve (NYE), so I went over to his house to wait for him after my previous entry. It was already quite late. So by the time we get to the chalet, it was already 10pm.

As you can guess, the food is out. Some things happened, and we got upset with each other.

But anyway, we went to find food. Because, differences aside, we both so god d@mn hungry. Imagine me having only eaten a packet of chicken rice at 10am, waiting 12 whole hungry hours for a nice meal. End up, no bbq food. **FYI, I love bbq chicken wings, hotdogs, and MaRsHmAlLoWs** How disappointed I was. Plus, I miss Xmas bbq too. So super duper looking forward to this one... But...

ok, nevermind. Because my love was kind enough to cool down quicker than me, and waited for my steam to blow off, I shall not rant so much.

So we walked, and we walked... there was a pond... there were many bicycles who do not give way to pedestrians (though I know it's their right of way on the bicycle path, but, we were only occupying the borders of the path...)... then... there was... LIGHT! Omg, lights. It was so dramatic. Like those story books and manga, where the protagonist saw light at the end of the tunnel. Okay, I know there's no tunnel. But it's the end!

Why? Because there was a long long stretch of seafood restaurants beckoning our oh-so-hungry tummies. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed because I am allergic to seafood. So seafood = no food for me. But my love assured me that they sell other dishes. So we sat down at Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. My love says it's very famous.

**pictures to be posted later.

We ordered Jin Mu Lu - a kind of fish (don't ask me what's the English name, I don't know), Lemon Chicken, Gong Bao deer meat (yes, there is deer meat in SG), Sambal KangKong, mango Pudding, Home-brewed Ice Lemon Tea and 2 bowls of plain rice. - Not sure of the price as my love paid for it.

It was sooooo nice. I can swear, I don't say it's nice because I was hungry. Hmmm, let me describe each dish separately.

I tried the deer meat first, because I have never eaten deer meat before. the dish looks okay, like normal gong bao chicken, with the dark sauce and a lot of cut chili and the cashew nuts on top. Looking for the meat was really like digging for treasure. Is that why it's called Gong Bao??? I don't know, but nevermind. YUMMY. The meat is so soft, defnitely better than chicken. The sauce is nice. Heavenly. 5 stars for this one.

Then my love cut the fish meat for me. WOW, so soft too. Cooked very well. Looks nice too, because is a whole fish caught live and cooked fresh. Enjoymentz right. =) 5 stars too.

Lemon chicken skin tasted slightly strange, like cardboard box... but the lemon sauce is simply fantastic. So thick, so much flavour, so generous. 4.8 stars.

then the home-brewed - very special. Nothing similar to what I have tasted in other restaurants. More to the sour side instead of the traditional sweeter lemon tea served elsewhere. But just nice **I am afraid of sourness, but the drink for nice to me**.

They even served free flow pot of chinese tea, that my love says it's ooloong tea. Really nice too. But it kind of got bitter towards the end, because we left the tea leaves too long in the pot.

then there was the lemon water for washing hands. It's been a decade since I've been to somewhere that serves water for washing hands...

next up, is our dessert. not the traditional kind that you can find in supermarkets. more milky. appearence is 5 stars **because we ordered it when we saw it being served to other customers, you know, the cliche "I'll have what he's having" scenario. This is not my favourite. 3 stars overall.

Service was not so good initially. But after they have taken your order and know of your existence, it's so much better. so 4 stars for service.
Btw, most of the waiters are from China I think. the female ones and older ones are Singaporean.
**nothing against them, just a comment as I have a bad habit of guessing which country the waiter is from. haha. I have met myanmar ones before. =)**

And the wonderful sea view with never-ending horizon is excellant. plus the coolness of the night and flair from ships at the point of 00:00:00 jan 1, 2009. Perfect. So romantic.

okay, now for the summary review:

Name: Long Beach Seafood Restaurant.
Service: 4 stars
Main course: 5 stars
Dessert: 3 stars
Utensils etc: 4 stars
Ambience: 5 stars
Price: 4 stars

Overall, 4.16 stars for a total of 6 categories.
I really want to comment of this... the rating is a bit low because there was a food we ordered, that I didn't like. But my personal impression of Long Beach is really good, 4.8/5 stars, and a definite must go. At least once in your lifetime.

This is really the most unforgettable countdown I have in 21 years of life. We actually finished eating and paying the bill a few minutes before midnight. Then sat there to wait for countdown while enjoying the atmosphere. exactly the kind of feel i would like to have with my love. Love you.



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