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Little Hiro

This Hawaiian-Japanese restaurant is really a budget place for some comfort food! Food quality is well-above the value of the price that you are paying for and it is definitely worth a visit! Their calamari, chicken wings and onion rings were already sold out when we were there at 8pm. This place closes early so you can’t really sit and chill with your friends till late.

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Spam Fries

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Hawaiian Grilled Chicken with sauteed mushrooms

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Ramen burger (Waikiki Deluxe)

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Mushroom Suisse burger

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Nacho Chips Supreme

Menu (taken from their website):

Standing+Menu

One thing to point out is the indoor seats smell of food fumes and you may not be comfortable walking out feeling and smelling like oil.

Cafe: Little Hiro
Address:  #01-01, King’s Arcade, 559 Bukit Timah Road, 269695
Tel: +65 64663477
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:30 – 21:30; Fri – Sat: 11:30 – 22:00; Sun: 11:30 – 21:30
Website: http://www.hirobbq.com/#about-1

Tash Tish Tosh

The bomb or more specifically buffalo wings, lack that certain punch in its flavour. It is more sweet than spicy.

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It’s mushroom soup with garlic bread (4.90) had a nice flavour but was overly salty. I had to ask for hot water to dilute the soup. I told the Encik about it and he said he would check the soup out.

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I didn’t expect the crispy chicken to be just wings again. I expected a quarter of a chicken or a spring chicken to be served. It had a nice crisp but the meat was tasteless.

There is no service charge or GST.

Cafe: Tash Tish Tosh
Address: 314 Bedok Road at Simpang Bedok, Singapore 469478
Tel: +65 87148677
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tashtishtoshpizza

Home-cooked Steamed Rice Wine Chicken

Marinate chicken meat with little bit of salt, light soy sauce, corn flour, rice wine, sesame oil, some honey and dang gui (chinese angelica root). Leave to marinate for 20 minutes.

Place some sliced mushrooms, red dates, gouqizi (chinese wolfberry) and ginger and steam together with the marinated chicken meat for 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve hot!

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Nene Chicken Singapore

We ordered the Freaking Hot chicken and it was really spicy! If you can’t take spicy food, you should not order this at all.

They provided plastic gloves so you can eat your chicken without dirtying your hands. It is also a good thing because the spicy chicken is coated with a thick spicy sauce and it can be quite messy if you are not paying special attention.

The chicken is moist and slightly soggy due to the sauce coated on it. Its original flavoured chicken wasn’t the most crispy if I were to compare it to Chicken Up or Chir Chir. The portion was also slightly smaller, so NeNe chicken is suitable if you are eating alone. I also felt the chickens they used were slightly smaller in size. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the fragrant Freaking Hot sauce that was numbing to the tongue yet shiok at the same time.

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Restaurant: NeNe Chicken
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Mall, #02-02, Singapore 467360
Website: http://english.nenechicken.com

PODI

Met up with my orchestra good friend for afternoon tea but the menu and food looked really appetising that we ended up having dinner there.

This place serves all-day brunch. The food we ordered was quite a big portion and we will be back for more!

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Eggs Benny $20

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House Beef Burger $17

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Truffle fries $4

Earl Grey Tea (Pot) $6
Lemon Verbena Tea (Pot) $6.50

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: PODI
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-45, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: 63365648
Website: http://www.podifood.com

Chicken Up

Riding the wave with Korean fried chicken craze!!!!

I was impressed with its fried chicken that is so crispy, so juicy and full of flavour! It adapts the Korean methods of removing the fat from the skin and double-frying. This is the reason why its chicken is tender and succulent!

The japchae we had was good. The glass noodles were cooked al dente and flavour and seasoning was just the right amount.

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Japchae $12

I must comment on this onion bomb that we had. It had the most awesome onion taste, and was not too greasy. I particular like the mustard sauce that comes with it. It has a nice spicy flavour that complemented the onion bomb.

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Yangpa (onion) bomb $12

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Original crispy up $18

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Makgeolli $25

Truffle fries $8

Service was good and they have a good system of order and payment. Its visible kitchen looks clean and feels pretty well-organised. Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Chicken Up
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-44 to 47, Singapore 529509 (in between Tampines Mall and Century Square)
Tel: 65880308
Website: http://www.chicken-up.com

Saveur

So much hooha about this budget fine dining fusion French restaurant! Finally got a chance to try out at the Far East Plaza branch. Not a big fan of French food but some of the food did leave an impression.

The foie gras with lentils was so good that we did not hesitate to order a second one. It was firm on the outside but soft inside and the taste was not too “liver-y”. The truffle mash was good too but I thought the one I had at Poulet was better. The tenderloin was seasoned very well and cooked to how I liked it. Yummy!

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Mushroom Soup $4.90

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Pasta (main size) $7.90

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Foie gras with lentils $7.90

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Duck confit $13.90

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Seabass $15.90

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Beef Bourguignon $17.90

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Tenderloin $24.90

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Gratin $3

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Mushroom ragout $5

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Truffle mash $4

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Salmon $19.90

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Pork belly

Pierre Jean Merlot Bottle $35

I had another occasion to dine at Concetto (also by Saveur) at The Cathay (2 Handy Road) and ordered the pan-seared wagyu shoulder tender served with roasted portobello mushroom, foie gras and beef jus. I must say the taste still lingers in my mouth.

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It’s deconstructed tiramisu was also worth a try!

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Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Saveur
Address: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #01-07B, Singapore 188584
Tel: 67361121
Website: http://www.saveur.sg/

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