"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Western Food

Bistro 1855

I was loitering around Suntec City one evening and had to decide on a dinner place before my next appointment. I was craving for some meat and I walked into this nice restaurant.

This Australian beef patty topped with onion jam and guacamole was really tender, juicy and utmost delicious. The guacamole was a little bland compared to the onion jam. The fries were crunchy and yet not oily. The patty was really so good I could devour another one any moment!


1855 Burger $22

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Bistro 1855
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City, Tower 4 #01-643, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Sat-Tue: 11am to 11pm; Wed-Fri: 11am to 12am
Tel: 6836 5994
Website: http://onionrestaurant.sg/bistro1855.html



Curious Palette

This was birthday dinner for Von and CP. I made a reservation and was pleased with the clean and white furnishings. I was given a sofa seat on the second level and it was a real comfortable setting.

Soon the place became packed and I was glad I made a booking. However, it took more than an hour for our food to be served. The servers were apologetic and I must commend them for their patient service to the many hungry diners there.

The huge bowl of truffled sweet potato ($12.90) was something special on the menu. The sweet potato tasted very well but the truffle oil was too insignificant. The mayonnaise had split as shown in the picture.


Next up is the stuffed boneless wings ($10.90).  Not too oily but could be better seasoned. The dip added much more flavour to the wings.


The magic mushrooms ($14.90) were gigantic. However it was deep-fried and became too gelah after two pieces.



Seafood Spaghetti $19.50


Konbu Spaghetti $18.90


As for me, I ordered this wagyu burger ($22.50). By the time it arrived on the table, I was already full from the starters. So I only ate the beef patty but still did not manage to finish it. It was quite fatty and under-seasoned.

We were so full, we did not order their beautiful waffles.

In a nutshell, the servings were all huge but food was disappointing.

All prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST. However, due to the slow service today, they gave us a 10% discount.

Restaurant: Curious Palette
Address: 64 Prinsep Street Singapore 188667
Tel: 6238 1068
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curiouspalette
Opening Hours:

Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Monday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

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.


Spam Fries


Hawaiian Grilled Chicken with sauteed mushrooms


Ramen burger (Waikiki Deluxe)



Mushroom Suisse burger



Nacho Chips Supreme

Menu (taken from their website):


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.



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.


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


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!

Mushroom Soup $4.90

Pasta (main size) $7.90

Foie gras with lentils $7.90

Duck confit $13.90

Seabass $15.90

Beef Bourguignon $17.90

Tenderloin $24.90

Gratin $3

Mushroom ragout $5

Truffle mash $4

Salmon $19.90


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.


It’s deconstructed tiramisu was also worth a try!





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/

PS Cafe

After an event photo shoot today, we went down to Paragon for late brunch. It was a shop selling bags and half the shop was this cafe. PS stands for Project Shop. I always enjoy Paragon because the crowd there is relatively smaller compared to the other parts of Orchard Road.

We got our table quite quickly although there were eight of us. Here’s what we had:



truffle fries

truffle fries

Chicken Tau Kwa

Chicken Tau Kwa

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Laksa Pesto

Laksa Pesto

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Eggs Benedict $20
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich $23
Laksa Pesto $20
Chicken Tau Kwa $20
Truffle Shoestring Fries $15
Fresh Soursop $10.50
Ice Latte $6.50
Honey Lemon $7.50
Long Black $6
Ice Lemon Grass Tea $7
Root Beer Float $7.50

The truffle fries came in a generous portion just nice for us to share. I had the laksa pesto which was very fragrant. But after a few mouthfuls, I felt the noodles getting jelak and dry.

I like the cafe, a suitable place for small gathering with friends.

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: PS Cafe
Address: Paragon Shopping Centre #03-41/42, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Tel: 6735 6765
Website: http://www.pscafe.com/paragonmenu/

Mad Nest

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
Chawanmushi $4
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
Tonkatsu $12
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
Opening Hours:

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.

Truffled fries – $15

Mushroom Soup – $14

Fish and Chips – $26

Ribeye Rosti – $32

Tuna Tortilla – $17

20120809-131106.jpg Perfect Roast Chicken – $25

Prices exclude 10% service charges and 7% GST.

Restaurant: The Coastal Settlements
Address: 200 Netheravon Road Singapore 508529
Tel: 64750200
Fax: 64720200
Opening hours: 10.30am till 12 Midnight. Closed on Mondays.
Website: http://www.thecoastalsettlement.com

Brussels Sprouts

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
Email: robertsonquay@brusselssprouts.com.sg
Website: http://brusselssprouts.com.sg/

Fullhouse Cafe

I’ve heard of this so much and finally got a table! I’ve heard two extremes of this place – poor service and food yet some commented good service and good food. Getting a reservation here seems to be a tough thing as the phone was not answered. A good way is to go to their website to make reservations.

The place is well-decorated like a big garden and cute cartoons drawn on the walls. The first level is their bar and the second level is their restaurant.

The prices are reasonable considering that they are located in a city area hotel. The theme cafe serves average-tasting food. I don’t mind paying more if they can improve on their food.

Smooties Fruities Fish $22.90
Pan-seared Dory Fish $16.90
Calamari Ring and Onion Ring $10.90
Iced Jujube Tea $3.90
Jasmine Honey with Aloe Vera $5.90

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Fullhouse Cafe
Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, #02-03, Singapore 189559 (Inside Hotel Rendezvous)
Tel: 6336 6382 (Reservations needed)
Website: http://www.fullhousecafe.com.sg/

Raindrops Cafe

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
Tel: 68344977
Website: http://raindrops.sg/


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.



Interior 3

Interior 3

Interior 2

Interior 2

Interior 1

Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna

Papua Crab Tower

Papua Crab Tower

Pan Roasted Kingfish

Pan Roasted Kingfish

Indian Ocean Bouillabaisse

Indian Ocean Bouillabaisse

Passion Fruit Sorbet

Passion Fruit Sorbet

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

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.

Restaurant: Sardine
Address; 21 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Bali
Tel: 62-361-8436111 / 62-361-8436333 (Reservations recommended)
Email: sardine@sardinebali.com
Website: http://www.sardinebali.com/

Figos Grail

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).

A well-thought designed counter and all interior decorations gave a cosy feel.

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.

set lunch menu

Soup of The Day - Pumpkin Soup

The Pumpkin soup tasted healthy and it was smooth. The portion was just nice before the main course.

chicken chop

aglio olio with prawns

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.

cream puffs

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
Website: http://www.figosgrail.com

Limoncello Pizza & Grill

CP and Von treated us to this restaurant for their birthday celebration. We walked all the way from Clarke Quay to Robertson Quay. It was such a long walk! Luckily the weather was cooling and it was lovely to walk along Clarke Quay in the evening. We walked till almost the end of Robertso Quay and finally reached the restaurant. There was an al fresco dining area. We were lucky to get a table inside as I was sweating from all the walking.

The interior was cosy and we were served iced water promptly. There was free bread but it was hard and tasteless. I thought the olive oil and balsamic vinegar could add some taste but it was equally tasteless. We ordered and our food came quickly. The wood oven baked thin crust pizza were one of the first dishes to be served.

These were what we ordered:

Fillet Barramundi $28
Pineapple Pizza $24.50
Wurstel Gorgonzola $25
Polanta $24
Scialatielli Amalfi $21.50
Chardonnay Chile $48

The pineapple pizza had thin slices of ham spreaded on top of the thin crust pizza. They were juicy and not too dry. The Wurstel Gorgonzola was too normal. Besides the well-made crust, the tomato paste spread and the sausages tasted too average. The fillet barramundi was seasoned with pepper lightly and baked. It was a good choice if you’re going healthy. The Polanta which was supposed to be corn cake was disappointing as it wasn’t of much corn taste. It was a really small piece and it was nothing special. The Scialatielli Amalfi was probably the best dish. The mussels were fresh and the seafood tomato pasta were delicious. Our white wine went well with everything.

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Limoncello Pizza & Grill
Address: 95 Robertson Quay, Rivergate, #10-19/20, Singapore 238256
Tel: 6634 5117 (Reservations advised)
Fax: 6782 8885
Opening Hours: Mon: 6-10:30pm
Tue-Thu: 12-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm
Fri-Sat: 12-2:30pm, 6-11pm
Sun: 12-3pm, 5:30-10:30pm
Website: http://chope.com.sg/restaurant/limoncello/

Wild Honey

Wild Honey serves all-day breakfast originating from many different countries such as Yemen, Japanese, Mediterranean and Tunisia – exotic and rare choices. The interior is very cosy. Definitely a place to imagine yourself having breakfast at some exotic country. However, not for me. (Read on… to know why)

It was a day off-in-lieu for CP, JH and I (for the GE). So we decided to go early in the morning for brunch and catch a movie later. I have heard from my colleagues that the place is usually crowded and have to wait for hours to get in. So we went there at about 10 am (recommend you to go at 8 am on weekends). The restaurant was already full but we were lucky in a way that we were first in the queue.

We didn’t have to wait really long to get in. Lucky us. We put down our bags and went over to the counter to place our orders. They have iPads for you to browse through their menu! Then you order and pay at the counter first before going back to your seats. I would have preferred if someone could come over and take our orders having to pay 10% for service charges.

I had a cup of cuppuccino ($6) and a Stephanie’s steak sandwich ($24)- 120g grass fed Australian ribeye, shaved onion, beetroot, parmesan cheese, grain mustard and fresh horseradish on toasted ciabatta. It was served on a small chopping board which I had to cut REALLy carefully with a blunt knife so that my food does not drop onto the table. Can’t they serve it on a bigger board or a plate? And since I was having steak sandwich, shouldn’t I be given a proper knife? The steak was so-so, not too much beef taste and the ciabatta was hard and dry.

CP had cinnamon lemon tea and the Canadian set – A stack of classic pancakes served with wild berry and hibiscus compote, Canadian maple syrup and bacon.

JH had mocha cafe latte and the European set – Wild Honey’s version of Eggs Benedict. Two perfectly poached eggs, sauteed mushrooms and prosciutto on toasted homemade brioche and hollandaise sauce.

There was a long queue outside by the time we finished and a waitress came over to hint us to leave so that a family could have our big table. I thought that was inappropriate since we were also customers. It should be a place for customers to relax and unwind.

My friends and I decided that we will not go back again given the poor service and expensive (yet normal) food.

Scandinavian Set – $24. Not bad at all. The salmon was well-cooked and the rostti was very fragrant. Love the big cherry tomato!

Lovely cup of Cappucino

raspberry juice

English breakfast - very big portion!!

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Wild Honey
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #03-02, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867
Tel: 6235 3900 (No reservations)
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9 am to 1030 pm, Weekends 8 am to 1030 pm
Website: http://www.wildhoney.com.sg/10/index.htm#b


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.

Cafe: Aerin’s
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-11/12, Singapore 179103
Tel: 63372231
Fax: 63377620
Email: reservation@aerins.com.sg
Online menu: http://www.aerins.com.sg/Aerinsmenu.pdf
Website: http://www.aerins.com.sg/

Werner’s Oven

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:

clam chowder

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!

beef goulash

My colleague had this beef goulash.

keep it simple - sausage

keep it simple - ham

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.

grill it up

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 - ham

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
Email: admin@wernersoven.com.sg
Website: http://www.wernersoven.com.sg
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.

White Jones Sea Salt Flakes and Pinkish Murray River Salt Flakes

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
Tel: 64761512
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm daily
Email: mandaringallery@jonesthegrocer.com
Website: http://www.jonesthegrocer.com/

Note: Another outlet at Dempsey Road
Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill
Singapore, 247697
Tel:   +65 6476 1512
Fax: +65 6476 1518
e-mail: dempseyhill@jonesthegrocer.com

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
Tel: 64497717
Fax: 67371854
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 3pm-12am; Thu 3pm-1am; Fri 2pm-2am; Sat 9am-2am; Sun 9am-12am
Website: http://www.scruffymurphys.com.sg/

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!

oysters on rock

The Morton’s salad was light and the blue cheese and anchovies added some saltiness and gave it a really great combination.

half the portion of caesar salad

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!!!!

fillet mignon

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.

giant asparagus

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!!

sauteed mushrooms

I didn’t fancy the huge onion rings. I thought they were tasteless.

giant onion rings

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.

Morton's Sundae

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.


Morton’s Bar:

Appletini and chocolate martini

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
Tel: 65-6339-3740
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm
Sunday 5pm – 10pm

Dining Room
Monday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday 5pm – 10pm

Website: http://www.mortons.com/

Reservations required.

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




Hatched is the place for EGG lovers! They have eggs baked, boiled, fried, poached and scrambled! This is the place where no matter what time you wake up, eggs and toast are always available!

The ambience is good for gathering with friends. I love Sir Benedict and Oozy Baked Egg very much. The mashed potato that comes with Sir Benedict and Go Fish were good. The mushroom gravy that comes with it enhanced its flavour.

I would have preferred if the staff could refill our iced water more readily.

Make sure to make your reservations as the cafe is a little small.

Restaurant: Hatched
Address: 26 Evans Road #01-06 Evans Lodge Singapore 259367
Tel: 6735 0012/6735 0013
Opening Hours:
Tues – Thurs: 8 am to 10 pm
Fri – Sat: 8 am to 11 pm
Sun: 8 am – 10 pm
Email: info@hatched.sg
Website: http://www.hatched.sg/contact.html

Uncle Prawn Restaurant

Located in this newly opened mall, Sunway Giza, Uncle Prawn Restaurant is well-furnished and decorated.

The frog meat was tender and succulent. Similarly to the pork ribs – tender. The talapia fish was cut too thinly. Hence I felt like I was eating really crispy fish crackers. I would have liked it to be cut more thickly so that I could taste some fish. The hor fun was quite well-cooked with a good wok-hei taste. However the beef appeared tougher than expected. The fried rice with a good wok-hei taste too could be more money-worthy with an addition of some big prawns to cater to its restaurant name. I like the crispy egg noodle. However not so for the big prawns. They tasted kind of weird to me. Probably cos’ I’ve never eaten a freshwater river blue-claw prawn. I would have preferred the traditional grey or tiger prawns.

The food was generally on the salty side that caused me to bite onto my fresh ulcers while eating and gulped down a few cups of chinese tea.

Our total bill was RM$357.90. I feel that the food here is over-priced. Any dai chao place would cost only half of this.

Prices exclude 10% service charge. No GST. Reservations is advised.

Restaurant: Uncle Prawn Restaurant 大头虾渔港
Address: Unit A-15, Sunway Giza, Jalan PJU 5/14, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 03 6148 1998
Fax: 03 6148 2998
Website: http://www.uncleprawn.com

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
Opening Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Website: http://www.madforgarlic.com.sg/