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!
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.
It’s deconstructed tiramisu was also worth a try!
Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Address: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #01-07B, Singapore 188584
Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
This korean fried chicken place was opened not long ago replacing the previous Sushi Tei lot at Bedok Point.
We bought the Groupon voucher and had our dinner here last night. The queue was very long but we managed to be there early before the queue started.
The waiting time for the food was surprisingly short. The delicious corn cup ($0.50 per pax) is refillable! The chicken we ordered was awesome! They use fresh chickens!!!! The roasted chicken with rosemary is the best I have ever eaten! The meat is tender and seasoned to perfection. The spicy chicken was brilliant too, meat was juicy and its spicyness was not overpowering. The salad with chicken was made great by its sauce. However the fries were not warm enough when served.
The portions were big and luckily there were five of us to share all these food!
To start eating your chicken, you can use these pair of “tongs” to tear the chicken meat apart without dirtying your hands. So innovative!
My first mac and cheese! It was cheesy and the macaroni was al dente. Lovely!
I will award this spicy chicken a Michelin star!!! The meat is so tender and moist, so well-cooked!!! The spice level really gives punches and kicks!!!
Not the kind of garlic taste that you will expect. It was quite a letdown. I think the chicken was sprinkled with some garlic spicies powder and some seasoned garlic soy sauce sprinked over the top. Wished there was more garlic flavour to this.
Plain water is complimentary.
All in all, we have bought more Groupon vouchers and can’t wait for return visits to try other items on its menu!!!
Ask me which korean fried chicken place is the best? I have tried Nene Chicken, 4 Fingers, Chicken Up and I think every restaurant has its own uniqueness. All are nice!
Drinking water is complimentary! Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Restaurant: Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
Address: Bedok Point, 799 Upper Changi Road, #02-05/06, Singapore 467351
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily
Website: click here
Under the recommendation of my colleagues, I finally visited this restaurant with them one evening. The interior is spacious and furniture is simple. The paintings on the white walls make the whole interior look like an art gallery. Very soothing.
Mad Nest houses three different kitchens serving three different food of nationalities – japanese, indian and western. I was very impressed with all their appetisers and finger food. My favourite are the oiishii maki, tori teriyaki (yes, sound normal? try this and you will know that all other tori teriyaki you have eaten in the past were nonsense), truffle fries, and foie gras. The sake sashimi is thickly-sliced and every bite is filled with happiness. The mains are so-so.
1 for 1 Stella Artois Draught $10
Oishii Maki $16
Sake Sashimi $12
Tori Teriyaki $12
Papadam (Basket) $3
Shochikubai Toukkuri (Flask) $13
Gyu Niku Curry Rice $15
Katsu Curry Udon $12
Tamada Ramen $12
Truffle Fries $13
Fugu Mirin $15
Tandoori Chicken Briyani $10
Naan (Basket) $9
Butter Chicken $13
Una Don $15
Buta Shooga Miso Yaki $12
Foie Gras $20
Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charge.
Restaurant: Mad Nest
Address: 378 East Coast Road Singapore 428985
Tel: 6348 6861
The Coastal Settlement
Visited this lovely place decorated with retro items – old typewriters, phones, bicycles, thermos flask, kettles, hair dryer, rattan chairs, luggage bags, etc. The big restaurant had many customers despite being a weekday night and location being out of the way.
They have big tables and is a very suitable place for gathering of friends.
I ordered the perfect roast chicken that comes with broiled vegetables and truffled fries. If you order soup, it comes served in mess tins or the retro light green metal container. It reminded me of the older days when I was still a little kid eating at my grandma’s house.
The rest of the pictures are what my friends had.
Prices exclude 10% service charges and 7% GST.
Restaurant: The Coastal Settlements
Address: 200 Netheravon Road Singapore 508529
Opening hours: 10.30am till 12 Midnight. Closed on Mondays.
Nolboo Hangari Galbi
One authentic Korean BBQ restaurant you can visit! I love their kimchi stew!
Every customer is served a complimentary pumpkin porridge as an appetizer and a red bean dessert and hot tea at the end. The banchan is complimentary and is very fresh. However the kimchi that they served is not the best I’ve eaten.
Would definitely come back for their BBQ!
Cod Fish Bibimbab – $19.90
Kimchi Stew – $ 15.90
Beef Bibimbab set $15.90
Half Ginseng Chicken set $15.90
Hangari Beef (BBQ) 360g $35.90
Soy Bean Stew Set $14.90
Korean Beer $6.90
Prices excludes 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Restaurant: Nolboo Hangari Galbi
Address: 112 East Coast Road #03-06 112 Katong Singapore 428802
Tel: 6636 3119
Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant (M Hotel)
I must agree that Groupon always offers good deals and when such deals come, I will grab the opportunity to buy one. Groupon offered a 8-course Premium Kaiseki Meal at Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant for $128 (which was worth $268). The 8-course consisted of:
Wafu Salad (mixed salad with seaweed in vinegar sauce)
Hokkaido Beni Ikura (Hokkaido Red Salmon Roe)
Premium Sashimi: Hokkaido Taraba (King Crab), Hokkaido Uni (Sea urchin), Hokkaido Maguro (tuna), Hokkaido Hotate (scallop), Hokkaido Aka Ebi (shrimp), Salmon Belly, Tai (Red Snapper) with truffle oil
Ginkarei (Grilled Flounder Fish)
Ohmi Wagyu Beef 120g
Garlic Fried Rice
Homemade Ume Jelly
Free glass of House Pour Red Wine or Juice
Wafu salad was very appetizing with the vinegar sauce. The salmon roe was the sweetest and tastiest that I’ve ever eaten. Every roe is fresh and pops with tasty roe juice when chewed. The sashimi was equally heavenly especially the king crab. The flounder fish was tender and well-grilled unlike that from Sushi Tei. Sushi Tei’s would have burnt fins and skin. The wagyu beef comes with two lovely sauce but I rather eat it without sauce to appreciate its original taste. I ordered it medium rare and the meat melts in the mouth. Then comes the miso soup and garlic fried rice with fragrantly-fried garlic in it. The Ume jelly was the first time I’ve ever tried and the amount of Ume liquor was concentrated. One bite of the jelly and I could feel my face turning warm. The 8-course meal ends with a hot cup of tea. I was very full at the end of the course.
Restaurant: Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant
Address: M Hotel Singapore, Level 9, 81 Anson Road, Singapore 079908
Tel: 6221 3075 / 8458 3322
Fax: 6223 6276
Opening Hours: Open Daily: Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm; Dinner: 6.30pm to 11.30pm
Daddy and I finally ate here!! Every order of mussels or clams come with free refills of fries! We ordered three starter sets of mussels as there was a promotion with DBS credit card:
DBS Indulge Exclusive Bundle Mussels Set
• Choice of 1 Clear, 1 Cream and 1 Local Starter size at S$35
• Choice of 1 Clear, 1 Cream and 1 Local Main size at S$70
Valid from 5pm – 7pm, Mon – Thur, till 30 Aug 2012.
For our clear, we had:
VIN BLANC – white wine, butter, celery, onion, parsley
For our cream, we had:
OSTENDAISE – fish stock, lobster bisque, shrimp, mushroom
For our local, we had:
DEVILLED – chili padi, coriander, curry, lime, tomato
To accompany our mussels, we had a Stella and Leffe Brune beer. The mussels were succulent, well-flavoured and the portions were generous even as a starter set! The soups and sauces with the mussels were lovely and fragrant. Definitely coming back for more!!
Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Restaurant: Brussels Sprouts
Address: 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12 The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013
Tel: 6887 4344
This cafe lies in the corner of SCAPE. It’s interior is simple and cosy. However, it can only house a few tables. Hence, if you are intending to come during peak hours, you may need to make reservations.
The tataki tuna was good and the truffled fries are aplenty. However, the classic vongole I’ve ordered was below my standards – the vongole were small and the sauce was nowhere fragrant.
This place is a quiet corner in busy Orchard Road and is a tranquil gathering place with friends.
Baked Portobello Chicken $9
Tataki Tuna $9
Classic Vongole $16
Caesar Salad with Prawns $14
Truffle Shoe Strings Fries $10
Cafe Mocha $6
Prices exclude 10% service charge. There is no GST.
Restaurant: Raindrops Cafe
Address: 2 Orchard Link, SCAPE, #02-38, Singapore 237978
This restaurant is warmly romantic, decorated with traditional Balinese furniture. Service was good and we even got a complimentary seared tuna from the chef!
Food was very good despite the steep prices.
Complimentary Seared Tuna from the chef
Papua Crab Tower 90k
Pan Roasted Kingfish 160k
Indian Ocean Bouillabaisse 190k
Blanc de Mer 190k
Passion Fruit Sorbet 40k
Vanilla Ice Cream 40k
All prices in Rupiah. Prices exclude 8% service charge and 10% tax.
Address; 21 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Bali
Tel: 62-361-8436111 / 62-361-8436333 (Reservations recommended)
After our full day out for water sports, massage and visiting the paddy fields, temples and beach, our last stop is this dinner place in Kuta. This whole stretch of shops is built on the beach and the al fresco dining is on the beach facing the sea. Beware of sand flies! Every restaurant here serves the same food and I guess they depend on the local tour guides to bring in business.
We reached just in time when the sun was setting and the view was pretty. My friend took a few shots of the sunset and the glistening sea waters.
Frankly, food here was expensive and to make matter worse, though they look more than presentable, they are not that delicious. Two of us couldn’t finish the food as there was a minimum weight of the seafood that we need to order. Besides the live band that moves around to spice up the beach atmosphere. Nothing worth coming back here again.
1kg Fried Jumbo Prawn 335k
1kg Red Snapper 155k
1 set Chicken Satay 85k
Comes with complimentary peanuts and sambal kangkong.
Prices in Rupiah. Prices exclude 15% service charge.
Restaurant: Ganesha Cafe
Address: Kedonganan Beach, Kuta, Bali
A very nice ambience to bring your close ones here for dinner. It has a field in the restaurant and I guess it would look nice in the day for photo-taking. It was full house as we did not make reservations. We were seated near the bar so our tables were all coffee tables and we had to bend down while eating. There were many Westerners there dining and drinking.
The food came in large servings. They were delicious especially the soufflé!!! What interests me is their foie gras menu!! Someone please try and leave your comments here!
Seafood Platter 745k
Pista Chocolate Souffle 72k
Raspberry Souffle 72k
Apero White Wine 50k
Prices in Rupiah. Prices exclude 8% service charge and 10% tax.
Restaurant: PT Metis Anugrah Dewata
Address: Jalan Petitenget No. 6, Kerobokan Kaja, Kuta, Bali
It was pure coincidence that my boss and I were here today for our work review session that I found out that my friend’s friend opened this restaurant with Mediacorp celebrity, Zhou Chong Qing (周崇庆, or otherwise more well-known for his Aunty Lucy “so embarrassing” character).
The interior is very cosy and clean. They are just newly opened for 4 months, so please do bear with them for any glitches. They are probably under-staff and hence we waited for quite long for our orders.
The Pumpkin soup tasted healthy and it was smooth. The portion was just nice before the main course.
I had the aglio olio and I quite like it! The pasta was al dente and the prawns were succulent. Have I mentioned before that the quality of a western food restaurant is to try how tasty their aglio olio is? I love it! It could have been better if they serve chilli flakes or Tabasco.
The cream puffs were a surprise as he brought out and place them on our table. They were bite size topped with a piece of fresh blueberry. The cream inside was chilled and it wasn’t too sweet! It was very very good!
Set lunch – $15.90+
The cream puffs were complimentary by my friend’s friend.
Full menu: http://www.figosgrail.com/menu/food/
I’ll definitely be going back to taste more of their food!
Restaurant: Figos Grail
Address: 308 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437091
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm; 6pm – 11pm
Tel/Fax: 6344 4807
It’s the school holidays and my cousins brought along their kids to Singapore for holiday! This day, my cousin met up with her friend and we all joined in. We wanted to go Settlers Cafe at SMU campus initally, but due to the heavy rain, we were not able to walk over and decided on this place in Raffles City Shopping Centre.
Aerin’s offers modern classical European cuisine. There were 11 of us and the cafe wasn’t crowded on a Sunday afternoon. The seats were comfy and it was a quiet place to chat by the fountain. Here’s what we had:
Truthfully, the food wasn’t that great. I was only impressed with their Baked Apple Rhubarb Pie. It comes with a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream on top of a layer of puff crust, covering a pot of piping hot baked apples, rhubarb and raisins. Hot and cold, sweet and sour, soft and crunchy, flaky and solid. It was a combination of textures and tastes that made me want to have more. It was indeed a special apple pie I’ve ever eaten. Will surely go back for their apple pie and drinks.
Cajun Chicken $18
Angus Striplion $33
Snapper Fillet $21
Fish and Chips $17
Aerins Tagliatelle $17
Strawberry Froth $6.50
Ice Lemon Tea $3.80
Icy Green $6.50
Baked Apple Rhubarb Pie $12
Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges. 10% discounts with DBS credit cards.
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-11/12, Singapore 179103
Online menu: http://www.aerins.com.sg/Aerinsmenu.pdf
Werner’s Oven is Singapore’s first German bakery and confectionery. It is also a German restaurant that serves delicious breakfast!
These were what we had for our breakfast:
The clam chowder was smooth and clams were sweet and tasty. I love the bun that comes with it! The crust was crispy and the inside was soft and a little moist. Perfect!
My colleague had this beef goulash.
Keeping it Simple wasn’t really simple after all. It was very filling. The ham was made by the restaurant and I’ve never eaten ham that looked like this. I was expecting the round or square piece of ham we usually buy at supermarkets. But this was thick and juicy and flavourful! Very very yummy! Love the bun so much that I stuffed it into my stomach even when I was feeling really full.
My colleague was saying that this pancake was very very fluffy and thick. It went well with the butter and maple syrup. Definitely better than McDees.
Pile Them Up is a sandwich with the similar home-made ham piled with tomatoes and egg. The pickles are separately placed on the plate.
Keeping it Simple $7.80
Pile Them Up $6.80
Grill It up $7.50
Clam Chowder $6.80
Beef Goulash $6.80
Lime Soda $4.50
Pineapple Juice $3.50
Their breakfast menu:
Set Lunch – $22.50
Prices exclusive of 7% GST. No service charges.
Breakfast is served from 830 am to 1130 am, Tuesdays to Sundays.
Restaurant: Werner’s Oven
Address: 6 Upper East Coast Road #01-01/02/03 Singapore 455200
Tel: 6442 3897
Opening Hours: 830 am to 10 pm (Closed on Mondays)
Jones The Grocer
Jones the Grocer is Australian gourmet food. With it’s first branch at Dempsey Hill, it’s now located more central – at Mandarin Gallery. The ambience is nice, suitable for coffee talk or to read a lovely book.
Brunch from 10 am to 5 pm and dinner starts at 6pm. Hence we ordered a “3 to Share” as our starter to wait for 6pm.
For our “3 to Share”, we chose serrano ham from Spain, Perl Las blue cheese and mascarpone stuffed pepperdews. It comes with crusty bread (with balsamic vinegar and olive oil), fig and walnut slices, rosemary jam, crackers.
The cheese was creamy, buttery and salty. It went very well with the bland yet fragrant crackers which we believed was hand-made by Jones the Grocer. The mascarpone stuffed pepperdews were a mix of tastes – sour and a little spicy. They were appetising. The ham was nicely cured but after the second piece, the “pig” smell haunted me again. The jam was very nice.
To many diners who claimed that the Jones wagyu beef burger is a must try on foursquare, I feel that it was only a so-so. Despite being tender (I ordered it at medium rare), this wagyu beef does not have that fragrant “beef” taste. I also didn’t expect it to be a minced into a patty. I would have preferred it steak-style. The sides come with a large slice of roasted tomato and an abundance of rocket salad. The “burger” was only a piece of toast underneath the patty and caramelised onions. The potato wedges were really good with spices and salt! They were hard outside and fluffy inside. Ok, maybe a little bias here for a wedges lover.
JH’s smoked salmon roesti looked more of an appetizer than a main course. MH’s duck pasta was a huge serving but tasted so-so even though the waitress said it was a popular dish. The duck confit pasta from Delicious at 1-Utama tasted so much better.
Overall, the “3 to Share” was a good experience. Will want to try their breakfast menu next time round!
Any 3 to Share – $29
Cheese Accompaniment – $4.50
Pasta with braised duck – $28
Jones Wagyu Beef Burger – $26.50
Salmon Roesti – $16.50
Prices inclusive of service charge and GST.
Restaurant: Jones The Grocer
Address: 21-23 Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238837
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm daily
Note: Another outlet at Dempsey Road
Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill
Tel: +65 6476 1512
Fax: +65 6476 1518
Scruffy Murphy’s Cafe-Pub
We initially wanted to go over Cafe Cabana but it was drizzling. Hence, we had to change to somewhere with shelter. So we came over to Scruffy’s. It had a good ambience and the al fresco place faces the sea. At night, the sea breeze blows gently and everything feels romantic.
It was having St. Patricks promotion and oysters were on the menu. The oysters were disappointingly SMALL. The food standard were lower than average. The only good one were the spicy drumlets. The chilli crab dip for wedges didn’t even have that famous Singaporean chilli crab taste. My salmon fillet did no justice to the sacrificed poor salmon.
Hoegarden Bucket (of 5) – $40
Oysters (1 dozen) – $48
Mushroom soup – $8
Spicy Drumlet – $12
Chilli Crab Dip Wedges – $12.50
Crispy Salmon Fillet – $18
Fish n Chips – $16
Beef Burger – $15
St Clair SB White Wine (Bottle) – $45
St Clair SB White Wine (Glass) – $11
Prices exclude 7% GST. No service charges.
Pay using Citibank Credit Card from Mon to Thur to get 15% on food items.
Restaurant: Scruffy Murphy’s Cafe-Pub
Address: B7 Marine Cove, 1000 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449876
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 3pm-12am; Thu 3pm-1am; Fri 2pm-2am; Sat 9am-2am; Sun 9am-12am
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Morton’s is having a special deal now at $95 for a 3-course meal!
Get yours here: http://www.mortons.com/steak/menu.php?id=MSG
This deal is valid till 31st March 2011.
We actually went for this on 31st January 2011!! The ambience was great, the service was good and food was superb! We had a private function room to ourselves. It was one of my friends birthday and they sprinkled some confetti on the table and had her name printed on the menu! She got a complimentary hot chocolate lava cake!
The seven of us had a stunning bill of nearly $1100! Excluding a whole baked Maine 3-pounds (approx. 1.36 kg. $50 per pound.) lobster, rib-eye steak ($95) and HUGE onion rings, our bill came up to $749.75.
Pellegrino (500ml) – $9
61712 Caliterra – $110
Half dozen of Pacific oysters – $36
Sauteed Mushrooms – $19
Grilled/Steamed asparagus – $25
Legendary Sundae – $33
Double Filet Mignon – $95
We ordered three sets of the promotional Steak and Seafood set at $95. I had mine shared with a friend.
Firstly, we had this huge complimentary onion loaf – crispy outside and warm and fluffy inside, with butter. It was really really nice. We couldn’t finish the two placed in front of us.
Next, I had one oyster. It was the largest oyster I’ve eaten and it was so fresh and succulent!!! Heavenly! I felt I had just picked the oyster from the seabed, opened it and ate it!
The Morton’s salad was light and the blue cheese and anchovies added some saltiness and gave it a really great combination.
My single cut filet mignon was executed perfectly to a medium rare. I shared half of this with my friend. There wasn’t any “bloody scenes” on my plate when I cut it considering it was about 1 and 1/4 inches thick. It was really nice and I felt the texture of the meat similar to tuna’s. It simply melted in my mouth after chewing. I would have preferred it to contain more “beef” taste. Nonetheless, this is best steak!!!!
The sides – broiled sea scallops came in threes and were individually wrapped with a piece of bacon. They were nearly 2 cm in diameter. I love scallops! Their scallops had this slight grilled smoke taste that I simply couldn’t resist.
The other side – giant grilled asparagus were the largest I’ve ever seen. They were almost 1 cm in diameter and more than 10 cm long. It doesn’t taste like the usual asparagus we get at usual western meals.
The sauteed mushrooms cannot be missed!!! Fresh and without the “woody” taste, the mushrooms were sauteed to perfection. I can’t stop popping them into my mouth!!
I didn’t fancy the huge onion rings. I thought they were tasteless.
I saw the largest lobster and my friend said it was already the smallest that they have! They have large claws and Morton’s provided a bib for their customers eating this. It must have been heavenly as well and I wish I can eat it one day.
Finally, the legendary Morton’s sundae!!! It isn’t your normal Swenson’s ice-cream – with two scoops, fudge, biscuit and cherries. This is as legendary as it sounds – a chocolate cake lies beneath three scoops of vanilla ice cream, hot caramel and freshly made whipped cream. It came with all whipped cream on the top and we couldn’t see what was beneath.
So my male friend went, “What is this?” and dug his spoon into the huge glass cup. He then exclaimed, “OMG, IT’S SO NICE!!” This sundae was so deliciously sinful and large enough for the whole table to share. The chocolate cake was very rich. Coated with ice-cream and caramel, they are a huge gift sent from heaven for ladies who are endorphins-deficient. This legendary sundae really completed our meal.
All the servings were huge (American servings) and I really wondered how one can finish if there wasn’t more people to share with!!!
The pictures do not really do justice to the fantastic food. Go Morton’s and experience this fine dining!
Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST. Left with a huge burnt pocket, but totally worth the damage.
My friends and I like the bar because for a glass of martini, we get a free flow of beef filet mignon sandwiches. The choice of martinis include: Classic Martini, Appletini, Lychee Martini, Chocolate Martini and Cosmopolitan. I like Appletini and Chocolate Martini. Appletini is very refreshing and the cinnamon on the rim of the glass is sweet. So when you drink, there is a fusion of sweet, sour and a little of bitterness. Shiok! As for the chocolate martini, a layer of dark rich chocolate lies on the bottom of the glass. It gets interesting when you scrap it off with the straw. The martini becomes creamy. Yummy!! Each martini cost $12.
The polite waitress will come serving with a tray of the beef sandwiches. You may take one first in the first round, otherwise there won’t be enough for the rest of the customers. The sandwiches are served once every 15-20 minutes. It is bite-size so it is easily consumed. One bite of it and you would want more. AWESOMENESS!!
During the F1 season in Sept this year, many roads around the hotel were blocked off and we went on a weekday. There was an unusual scene of a few customers and there was an oversupply of beef sandwiches that day. We lost count of how many we ate and the waitress was pleading us to take more, more and more! Look at how tender the meat is!! Beneath it is a thin layer of their special mayo. Everything goes well with the soft bread!! Definitely a place to unwind and get to eat some affordable Morton’s legendary beef (on a budget month)!
Restaurant: Morton’s The Steakhouse
Address: Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Fourth Storey, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm
Sunday 5pm – 10pm
Monday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday 5pm – 10pm
Borshch Steakhouse 勃资西餐
This is a really old school restaurant in Serangoon Gardens that serves Russian food. Its interior is decorated with fairy lights, curtains, flower patterned plastic table mats, old newspaper cuttings and a funny smell. It made me felt that I’ve travelled back into time to a 1980s restaurant. It even has a 10-cent coin orange telephone that used to be present at every neighourhood coffee shop.
Even though the set meals were reasonably cheap, the quality was a little too low for a restaurant’s standards. The cavier on the egg was less than a pinch full and the mushroom soup was bland. The soft drink in the meal was an unusual small glass. However the promfet was a rare find to be treated as a set meal but only tasted ok. We ordered a dozen of their herbal and garlic escargots. They were nice!! None of us ordered their Borshch soup which was known to be their best menu item.
Prices exclude 10% service charge. No GST.
Restaurant: Borshch Steakhouse 勃资西餐
Address: 58 Serangoon Gardens Way Singapore 555954
Tel: +65 6280 4351
Opening Hours: 11am–3pm, 6pm–10pm
Mad for Garlic
I know my cousin’s gonna scream when she sees this post! Her love for garlic will set her screaming “OH MY GOD!!!” now!
Fear not for non-garlic lovers. There are dishes which are suitable and don’t really have too much garlic taste. They are just prepared with more garlic which are not-so-finely-chopped.
The garlic snowing pizza was fantastic – topped with crispy garlic flakes and shredded thin cheese. The crust was thin and crispy. The pineapple bits ensure that there is some sweetness in your mouth amidst the slightly bitter garlic. Small shrimps add on to the biting texture.
I had the Red Devil, which was supposedly rated a 3-chillies hotness. The waiter even asked if the 3-chillies rating was all right for me when I ordered. With much anticipation of a certain level of spiciness, the spaghetti came out to be nothing near to hot. Nothing much spectacular about this pasta. My friends also said the same about their pastas.
The garlic butter shrimps were small which was more appropriate to be placed at the “Starters” category instead of at the “Beef & Special”. The butter taste was faint, and the garlic fragrance wasn’t much enough.
A pity I don’t really fancy garlic, otherwise the Garlic Steak would be most interesting to devour on.
Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST. The garlic snowing pizza was free because we paid using OCBC credit card.
Restaurant: Mad for Garlic
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-039, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Tel: (65) 6333 1507
Fax: (65) 6333 0507
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Foo House Gastrobar
Near my work place sits a cosy gastrobar which serves a decent hearty meal. My dad and I came here once before and the first impression I had was “Chinese food”, “grilled duck” ??!?! How weird is that? Under strong recommendation from Daddy, I visited this place. And I must say that the food does not match its name totally. It isn’t Chinese at all. And its grilled duck was surprisingly tasty good. How often do you get duck in a western meal?
On another day, a few colleagues and I came over for lunch. A pity I had a late and full breakfast which left me no choice but to choose a salad. Here’s what we had:
I’m sure the ambience at night would be much better with a few friends and alcohol.
Do visit this place to get a surprise on your palates.
Prices exclude 10% services charges. No GST.
Restaurant: Foo House Gastrobar
Address: 6 Jalan Pari Burong, Picardy Gardens, Singapore 488672
Tel: 64453110 (Call to check if they are open for the day)
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm daily
What is Goulash?
Goulash (plural: goulashes) is primarily a soup, also existing as stew, usually made of beef, onions, vegetables, spices and ground paprika powder. It originates from Hungary.
Oriole Cafe & Bar
“Diners can also expect a quality and concise selection of global favourites on the food menu. Try the Chicken tikka – chicken cubes marinated in aromatic spices and served with cucumber-mint raita, or the Garlic prawn bruschetta. Other comforting bistro-style choices include the range of gourmet sandwiches and hearty salads like the Portobello mushroom, parmesan, rocket, pinenut and the latest addition of potted Black Pepper Crab.
For main courses, must-tries are Oriole’s signature battered Fish & Chips, Oriole Burger, Bangers & mash with caramelised onions, and the fork-tender Beef cheek tagliatelle pasta. There are also delicious desserts like Eton mess featuring meringue with fresh cream, berries and almond flakes, and Bread & butter pudding with warm vanilla sauce to go with the great coffee.
Don’t miss the new Grilled lemon cake topped with mascarpone cheese and vanilla poached apricot – great with a cuppa of tea or coffee!
Don’t miss the happy hour offer of $6.50++ for house pours, draft beers and wines from 5pm to 8pm from Sunday to Thursday. There are also many unique cocktails including the ultimate Oriole Submarine featuring a shot of espresso in a pint of draft beer, and Ristretto Martini laced with double ristretto coffee, vodka,butterscotch schnapps & tia maria!”
— Quoted from Oriole’s website.
The ambience was great! Once you stepped in, you can smell the strong aroma of coffee beans. I was glad that I had made a reservation as the tables had a “RESERVED” sign on them. It was dimly-lit, and the air-conditioned was not too cold. The seats were comfortable and the interior designs made you feel cosy.
We ordered beer and wine ($6.50++) as it was still Happy Hour, and our food – those recommended by their website.
Our food came a little slower than expected. However the portions were quite substantial.
Appetizers first! Spicy Calamari. It had a refreshing and spicy flavour that I’ve never tasted before. The calamari rings were not too chewy, and you could quite easily bite them into half. The spiciness of the calamari rings “opened” up your stomach for your main course later. An appetizer indeed.
I had Oriole Burger with Pierre Jean Colombard Chardonnay (white wine) which really went well together. The wine was smooth. The 100% angus beef patty was chosen to be well-done, and it came out quite nice. Not dry at all. They could have grilled it to give it more “smoky” or the “chao-da” taste. The cheese melted on top of the patty went well with the crispy burger. Instead of french fries, the side dish was wedges – my favourite!
The fish and chips came in a basket, which my friends mistaken them for a basket of wedges. My friend let me try a little of his fish, and I must say that the snapper was quite flavourful! The batter was well deep-fried and not too thick.
The Chix Casserole was chicken meat in smoked paprika and grilled baguette. It tasted like it was a fusion of chinese flavours cooked westernly. The gravy was good.
Our desserts: Chocolate fudge cake – a small brownie coated with a thick layer of smooth dark chocolate and honeyed almonds on the top. Yummy.
Spicy Calamari – $13
Fish & Chips – $17
Oriole Burger – $24
Chix Casserole – $20
Chocolate Fudge Cake – $6
Fresh Bake Warm Brownie – $5.50
All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government GST.
Our total bill came up to $174.20.
Many thanks to my friend, Mic, for his treat for his promotion. ^^
Definitely a good place for food and to chill and wind-down with your friends.
Updated 23rd June 2010:
On another occasion, I visited this cafe with a friend. We had the Garlic Prawn Bruschetta ($10), Beef Cheek Tagliatelle ($16) and Tagliatelle Salmon Escalope ($19). My friend finished the beef cheek tagliatelle, and I supposed it was good. Should have tried a little of that when he offered. Haha. The salmon I had was good, but the tagliatelle I had was a little too creamy and it got quite “gelat” after a while.
Cafe: Oriole Cafe & Bar
Address: 96 Somerset Road, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Singapore 238163
Tel: 6238 8348
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 am to 11 pm; Sun – 1030 am to 11 pm
Do You Know?
Are long, thin, flat strips of PASTA about 1/4 inch wide. “Tagliatelle” is the name used in northern Italy for FETTUCCINE.
Bruschetta [broo-SKEH-tah, broo-SHEH-tah]
From the Italian bruscare meaning “to roast over coals,” this traditional garlic bread is made by rubbing slices of toasted bread with garlic cloves, then drizzling the bread with extra-virgin olive oil. The bread is salted and peppered, then heated and served warm.
Barracks Cafe @ Dempsey Hill
Have been wanting to go to this place for very very long!! And finally got the chance to go today! It will be my first time up onto Dempsey Hill!
Online recommendations were to try out their skinny pizza – thinnovation of the crackiest kind, corn and crab soup, American Sliders, squid ink Paella and House Proud Bay Prawn Capellini. Their online menu: http://www.dempseyhouse.com/pdfs/Barracks/Menu/Barracks%20Main.pdf already made me drool. The prices are also affordable considering that this cafe is located at Dempsey Hill.
Their desserts menu: http://www.dempseyhouse.com/pdfs/Barracks/Menu/Dessert&Drinks%20Menu.pdf. Me will try their Mango Marshmellow Melt – mini Mango Pavlova. ^^
CP picked us from Buona Vista MRT. We reached the place at around 7:15pm and the place was still quite empty. There was already a hen party going on. We sat down and ordered the recommendations I read online.
A very rich and thick soup. Not very corn-y. Pepper is freshly-grounded by the waiter. See that little bit of crab meat? Generally, the corn soup lacked the “seafood” taste. It was really filling after finishing the soup.
The texture of the capellini was quite good. Luckily it wasn’t too dry. The prawns were fresh and succulent.
Fish and Chips! This, I must say, was the best out of what we ordered. The Fish and Chips were cod fish, which made them good. It wasn’t dry and their batter was thin and crispy. Their salty fries had a funny taste to it. Upon reading the menu, I realised the fries were truffled. No wonder. And see the two dips? The red one is malt vinegar, which tasted something like satay sauce to us, and the white one is their homemade tartar sauce. I really like this dish.
This roasted mushrooms were way too salty. It was a generous serving of mushrooms topped on REALLY thin and crispy pizza crust. It’s like eating biscuits! The crust was really delicious.
What amazed us was also the 1-metre long sausage under the Appetizers menu. We didn’t order that, as it was suggested to be shared amongst 4 people. We saw the groups around us ordering. It came in an aluminium tray just the size for the 1-metre long sausage. It seemed pretty fun to be cutting the sausage and eating it along the length of the dining tables.
When we were finished with the mains, we asked for the desserts menu. It was not the same as what I read online. There wasn’t the Mango Marshmellow Melt. They had a variety of cakes from bitter chocolate to coconut pudding cake. However, none of them interests us. We called for the bill and left the place for Island Creamery at Serene Centre for ice-cream.
We decided that we won’t re-visit this place. The salty food just didn’t suit our palates.
Reservations are recommended. It was full house!
Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST. UOB credit card holders will get a 10% return visit voucher for a minimum of $50 spent. (fully redeemed)
Our total bill of 3 came up to $115.35.
Restaurant: Barracks Cafe
Address: 8D Dempsey Road #01-01 to 06 Tanglin Village (Dempsey Road) Singapore 249672
Tel: 6475 7787
Opening Hours: Lunch (Mon–Fri) – 12pm – 3pm; Dinner (Mon–Sun) – 6pm – 10.30pm; Tea (Mon–Fri) – 3pm – 6pm; Tea (Sat–Sun) – 4pm – 6pm; Brunch (Sat–Sun) – 11am – 4pm
Al Dente Trattoria
The Al Dente Trattoria is an Italian restaurant featuring Italian pastas and pizzas. The food is not considered pricey considering its location. They had good customer service and the place is quiet and clean. The waiter kept promoting to us their aragosta risotto – slipper lobster & confit tomato where they are having their promotion at $58, serving enough for the two of us.
The restaurant is available for private dinners and events with a capacity of 40 pax and 100 pax for the 1st and 2nd level respectively.
A pity that my friend wasn’t that hungry, so we only ordered one fired-wood pizza (12″) – crispy pizza with foccacia with melted mozzarella, ricotta, parma ham, spring onion and drizzled with truffle oil. Otherwise we would have ordered the lobster risotto too.
Fired Wood Pizza $18
Our dessert to finish the meal: torta di cioccolato – bitter chocolate torte with fresh berries and vanilla gelato
Bitter Chocolate $14
A pity that their food is only so-so. The Makansutra Gluttons Bay (local foodfare) beside it have much more appealing powers for its food.
Address: Blk 8, #01-13, No 8, Raffles Avenue, Colour on the Bay, Singapore 039802
Catering line: 64114999
Mon-Sun: 11.30am to 3pm
Fri, Sat, and public holidays: 6pm-11.30pm