Monday, 28 December 2015

Casa Italia ~ Gelato and Coffee ~

Casa Italia has 13 outlets in Singapore-wide, mostly serving gelatos, coffes, and also pizzas. I'm not really a gelato-type of person, but the hot weather is seriously melting me and a cup of ice-cream or such at that time is going to help me a lot!

It was my first time visiting Capitol Piazza, and seriously I didn't of its existence till I got wind of cafes sprouting in it.Casa Italia is one of them. Lacking of tables and chairs if you are looking for one, there is actually a fountain near a spiral staircase. Free seating!


Monday, 21 December 2015

Tanjong Beach Club ~Coastal Cuisine~

Enjoying some good sun-tanning or after a game of beach sports, when your stomach started to growl in hunger...

Tanjong Beach Club is one of the Bistro-cum-Bar situated at the end of Tanjong Beach in Sentosa. A stone throw away from the carpark, Tanjong Beach Club has a setting of a normal restaurant, and also a beach-bar like. What's more, there's also a swimming pool cornered by the bistro and bar. For once, I almost feel like I've just flew out of Singapore.


Monday, 14 December 2015

Wayne's ChillOut ~ Eat.Drink.Chill ~

An alternative to the old-school push cart ice cream block, Wayne's ChillOut is the right shop in The Punggol Settlement for people to have nice and icy dessert after hours of sweating out under the hot sun, or even to complete a meal with dessert.

Vibrant colours walls are signboards that are not just pleasing to the eyes, but also a psychology effect that cool one mentally.


Monday, 7 December 2015

Halia Restaurant @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

Halia has two branches in Singapore, with one in Singapore Botanic Gardens and another one in Raffles Hotel. I have not been to the latter, but location at Singapore Botanic Gardens serve a more close-to-nature ambience, and dining at night makes the experience more relaxed.


Monday, 30 November 2015

Homemade - Indo Mee, Curry Chicken flavour

*Note: This is not an advertorial

I have heard my Indonesian friends raving about the goodness of Indo Mee but never got the chance to get it. My first experience with Indo Mee is when I visited DBS Marina Regatta 2015, and ordered the Indo Mee Special with Chicken. The taste could be splendid to me perhaps due to the sauces, but it has intrigued me try out more of it!

I have thus, enquired with my Indonesian friend, and found that there is a slight difference in taste for those bought in Singapore and Indonesia. So, I troubled him to bring a few back, and one of it was the curry flavour.


Monday, 23 November 2015

Azur (Crabs & Crepes Buffet)

I have visited Azur before, and one of the part I like is their constant change of menu to continue stringing diner's appetite to Azur.

Located in Crowne Plaza, Terminal 3, arriving or departing passengers of Changi Airport can indeed invite themselves to a sumptuous buffet easily.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Just The Place ~ European Bistro ~

The Punggol Settlement has been there for probably a year or so, but this is the first time I actually went there for a meal than just a passer-by.

The first storey houses mostly the seafood restaurants, which I believe I will be visiting them very soon. The second storey consists of mainly cafes and pubs. So here we are, up to the second storey and walked the entire short stretch, finally deciding on Just The Place.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Dragon Bowl (龍碗) Cantonese Restaurant

Aperia Mall was never in my own map of Singapore, till I chanced upon a Chinese restaurant that is situated right here.

I often passed by the area and seeing Tim Ho Wan, a Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant, but neither have pay a visit to this branch nor have I checked out what is the exact location called. In my mind, it's just the dim sum restaurant at Kallang.


Monday, 2 November 2015

Pong - Gelato in a Coconut Husk

Something caught my attention when I was walking up the staircase to the indoors of *Scape. Gelato in a husk?! Well, it could be just a gimmick to attract the attention of people, pretty much like a marketing tactic, but I admit I fell for it! But, I am not ashamed of it!


Monday, 26 October 2015

The Udder Pancake

Udders Ice Cream and The Udder Pancake is just right next to each other, and even inter-connected within the concrete wall of divider. Udders Ice Cream has a total of 5 outlets spread over in Singapore, but The Udder Pancake has only one outlet on its own at Bukit Timah. So don't get yourself caught in a mess for a meal but went to the wrong outlet!


Monday, 19 October 2015

Sin Lee Foods

It was suggested by a friend to give Sin Lee Foods a try on one of our gathering. Given the rave about its chicken waffles, it really makes us wonder what's so special about it.

Housed under a HDB in an old estate, it is not easy to locate. Not till you had the intention to visit Sin Lee Foods, or chanced upon it by accident.


Monday, 12 October 2015

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro

Previously visited Miska Cafe in Quayside Isle for lunch, which ended up in disappointment, both in service and food. But as a saying goes, do not let one bad apple spoils the whole barrel. Went on to try another restaurant, still hoping to enjoy some good food and enjoying the serenity of yachts bobbling up and down by their berth.


Monday, 5 October 2015

Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant

I couldn't remember when was the last time I stopped by Novena MRT, less talking about visiting Square 2. I was a little confused with the conjoining malls of the Velocity, Novena Square and Square 2. Well, at least I think they are linked?

In any case, I was brought to the Novena Square 2 to try out the Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant, and the alluring point is their cartoonised sushi.


Monday, 28 September 2015

Spruce

I haven't been to Spruce before, and I gave my first to the outlet at Phoenix Park after hearing the food at Tanglin fare better than at Upper Bukit Timah.

There's a bus stop within 5-10 minutes walk, but if you are looking to walk from any nearby MRT, you might want to find a companion or plug some music into your ears if you're alone.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Canton Paradise

This was my 2nd trip to 112 Katong, and honestly speaking, I kinda dread coming to Katong area due to its narrow roads and limited street parking lots. Nevertheless, I love it is also a place where people can have tons of choices to munch for a meal. Therefore, also explains the constant traffic jams during the off-office hours.

I have been other outlets managed under Paradise Group, but to Canton Paradise, this was still my first. Canton Paradise focus on the Cantonese popular delights, such as the roast meat and dim sum, as though bringing you to Hong Kong.


Monday, 14 September 2015

The Laneway Market

The Laneway Market is as its name describes. Situated in a laneway just off the busy and narrow road of Tanjong Katong Road, where parking can be a tedious job. If you have been to the east of Singapore, and specifically Tanjong Katong, it is almost like another food haven, where cafes and restaurants sprouts all over and definitely, residents around need not worry about starving.


Monday, 7 September 2015

Boufe Cafe

Boufe, is a cafe which I think is not a very convenient place to head for, as even the nearest MRT station will probably take around 15-20 minutes walk. But despite the inconvenience, the queue to get a table is astonishingly long as the weekend lunch hours creep in.

Boufe has a "my backyard garden" feel, which does make me wish that I lived in a place like this, with a garden to relax while still within my own premises.


Monday, 31 August 2015

Strangers' Reunion

Having opened since 2012, and seeing tons of reviews from foodies-alike, I finally paid Strangers' Reunion a visit.

For a cafe to be well-liked by patrons, I have always believed location has to easily accessible. But from the look of Strangers' Reunion, location is secondary when the moment you walked in and sniffed the aromatic coffees, as well as the pleasing main from the plates.


Monday, 24 August 2015

THREE by Table Concepts (Seiro, Zakka, French Table)

Seletar Mall is conveniently just a few bus stops away from my residence, but sadly, I have only visited it twice.

Seletar Mall is not a huge mall to start with, but it has basically the essential stores, such as pharmacy, eateries, basic apparels shopping, and not to forget mentioning the cinema! It's like finally a cinema around the Sengkang/Punggol area, and this could be the advantage Seletar Mall can get over Compass Point Shopping Centre.

It has quite a number of eateries, but decided to head for THREE by Table Concepts, as it looks pretty promising in serving some decent food and I'm quite interested to know what kind of menu they could serve by combining three different cuisines (Japanese Casual Dining, Modern Thai, French Bistro) into one.


Monday, 17 August 2015

ilLido Italian Dining

ilLido is one of the place you should consider in bringing your loved one for a fabulous meal, be it lunch or dinner. Classy interior and breathtaking sea view for the outdoor seats, it's sure to set a lovely ambiance and feeling relaxed while enjoying the serene environment. Housed beside the Sentosa Golf Club, it's probably just 5-10 minutes' drive from the Sentosa Gateway, considering several speed cameras along the way.


Monday, 10 August 2015

Poison Ivy Bistro ~ Bollywood Veggies

If you are looking for a farm-side eatery and only thought of only going overseas to enjoy such, you might be wrong. Somewhere in the West side of Singapore, somewhere near to the infamous abandoned HDB estate, and again somewhere where it's like a countryside with abundant of greenery and seems lack of modern infrastructure, Poison Ivy Bistro is the place.


Monday, 3 August 2015

Five & Dime

I have to admit that the location is not very accessible if you are visiting by train. With two nearest MRT stations stationed in town, Five & Dime can only depend on Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut MRT Stations. Luckily, there is a bus stop directly across the road, which a little more convenience to diners, as well as a car park just right behind the cafe.


Monday, 27 July 2015

Tong Kee Chicken Rice ~ 東记鸡饭 ~

Tong Kee Chicken Rice has been operating since 1969, previously located in Margaret Drive. For the long history Tong Kee Chicken Rice has come and having passed down in generation, one can imagine the popularity level it has garnered over the years.

It has been a waste that Tong Kee Chicken Rice wasn't heard by my ears till recently, but as a saying goes, it's never too late.

Tong Kee Chicken Rice sells mainly roasted meat like roasted chicken (烧鸡), roasted pork (烧肉), and char siew (叉烧). So if you have a liking for roasted meat, Tong Kee Chicken Rice is not be missed out in your list.

*photos are taken with Sony Xperia Z3


Monday, 20 July 2015

Soi 60 ~ Thai Restaurant + Bar ~

I was recently invited to try out a contemporary Thai restaurant and bar, Soi 60. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from Soi 60, but this invitation has gotten me to change my thinking otherwise.

Located along Robertson Quay, and beside Super Loco, Soi 60 has indoor and outdoor seating. Ample tables and ongoing music, with the typical decorations of a Thai restaurant being scrubbed away in Soi 60, giving a more modern and vibrant ambiance.


Monday, 13 July 2015

Super Loco - Mexican Street Food

Super Loco, is a restaurant cum bar, which focus to serve authentic Mexican food. I myself has not tried Mexican cuisine before, and thus I held a decent amount of excitement on my way there. Walk-able from the nearest MRT station, Clarke Quay, but I would gauge an estimate of 15-20 minutes to reach.


Monday, 6 July 2015

Le Halo

If you have been to Sin Lee Foods, Le Halo is then not at all a problem to locate. Situated just right beside Sin Lee Foods, Le Halo render a more vibrant and cheerful atmosphere with its mixture of colors and small shop space.


Monday, 29 June 2015

Morton's The Steakhouse

Seriously, if not for a bet between my group of friends, it might take me another decade before I knew and enter in Morton's The Steakhouse.

Located at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, the hotel beside Marina Square and opposite The Floating Platform, it can be considered quite accessible and a great hotel to view the beautiful Singapore Skyline at night. With such an amazing view, food contained is definitely more than just average!


Monday, 22 June 2015

Ban Tong Seafood Restaurant

Ban Tong Seafood has once moved out of Clementi, in search of a new location. But somehow, they are back, and I was informed of how good their food was in the past. They are located in a coffeehouse, beside the Clementi Police Divisonal Headquarters. My informant was pretty conservative when I wanted to try out this place, as he is not sure if the standard is still as outstanding as before.

Well, you have to try in order to know right?


Monday, 15 June 2015

Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House (Prawn Mee & Ngoh Hiang)

Beach Road Prawn Mee contrary to popular belief, is not located at Beach Road. Along the stretch of East Coast Road which also has several other eateries waiting for be visited, Beach Road Prawn Mee is further down after Penny University and Madnest.


Friday, 5 June 2015

DBS Marina Regatta 2015

This is my first visit to DBS Marina Regatta, and in year 2015. Although the weather is unbearably hot, the ongoing and intense events, performances and competitions will make you forget the fiery temperature and get you immersed in the fun activities.

It wasn't at all difficult to locate the event area. After exiting the Marina Bay MRT Station, walk towards the direction of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, and further down towards Marina Bay Sands.

Similarly, you may also alight at Bayfront MRT Station, saving yourself from the glaring sun.


(Extracted from Google Map)

Monday, 1 June 2015

Café 2000 - Seafood & Barbecue Buffet

I have no slightest idea the last time I went for a buffet, till recently my company held some lunch appointment and thereby, triggering my craving for buffet.

Wanted to re-visit the buffet place where food is so awesome, but due to a big event, it was totally booked and I had no choice to settle for another.

M Hotel is not unfamiliar with most people, supposedly with people working in the CBD area.


Monday, 25 May 2015

Hooked on Heads

Being surrounded by small eateries and cafes, competition is no less. While we all know that Upper Thomson Road is popular for the youngster's hangout and tons of things to eat that seems to be never-ending, there are actually a couple more restaurants hidden behind the bustling main street.

Hooked on Heads is one of them, and the easiest way to get there from Upper Thomson Road is to enter from Jalan Todak and followed by a U-shaped turn to get to Sin Ming Road.


Monday, 18 May 2015

Peperoni Pizzeria

Was walking around the Suntec City aimlessly for a place to settle for lunch. Although there are tons of restaurants at the basement as well as the newly-renovated upper levels, our tongues can just be very picky.

Feeling for something simple, we settled for the Pizza-focused restaurant, which is just at the area surrounding the Fountain of Wealth. They have 2 seating sections, where one is placed together with the kitchen, and another placed just beside Fountain of Wealth.


Monday, 11 May 2015

Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice

Sembawang is not a place where people will first think of in heading for food or even shopping malls. I used to frequent this huge food court-like area, directly across the road of Sembawang Shopping Centre. It was kind of like my family dining place for dinner when we just want to find somewhere simple and not too far out.

It has been a long time since I last came here with my family, and a lot has changed. Put aside the shopping mall, the food court-like area has been converted into a commercial building, but still surrounded by other eateries. There are some other coffeehouses serving some really tongue-licking food, but the queue is definitely killing the mood. Circling around the building in the middle of the eateries, there it stand Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice. The service and the food presentation look quite promising, thus decided to give it a try, in addition to that close to three-quarter of the tables occupied.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Suki Thai - Steamboat & Thai Cuisine

Was invited to try out Suki Thai, which is a newly-opened restaurant featuring Thai cuisine. Sprouted slightly before Chinese New Year earlier this year, Suki Thai has been constantly improving, such the introduction of Mookata, a popular dining option for local diners.

Smacked right in the place where most people called it Little Thailand, Suki Thai Restaurant absolutely fit to a "T".


Monday, 27 April 2015

Whisk & Paddle

Opened for a couple of months already, Whisk & Paddle is a cafe that is situated alongside the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk. Instead of the air-conditioned cafe that most would prefer to have, Whisk & Paddle would rather diners to have a taste of their food as well as a sniff of the nature.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian, the only outlet based in Singapore, which also has been crazily raved about in the UK.

Had wanted to try their breakfast menu which was launched recently, but the earliest time I could make it was past 2pm. Therefore, we still went ahead with their lunch menu.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Concetto by Saveur

Bringing Italian Cuisine more affordable to the masses has indeed gained Concetto a favorable number of praises, for both its food and price. If you still having the mindset of such western cuisine are more for the "people-of-the-rich", then you would be missing out some good food.

Located visibly when you are down from Plaza Singapura to The Cathay, Concetto is just at the corner of the descending staircase to level 1 of The Cathay.


Monday, 6 April 2015

NOX - Dine in the Dark

NOX - Dine in the Dark is an interesting concept, and by far I believe, is still a unique concept in Singapore. Located in the premises of the popular Haji Lane, and where pub-goers and exotic cuisines are located as well, NOX is just right opposite the PARKROYAL Hotel, further down after FIKA in the direction of the Beach Road Army Market.


Monday, 30 March 2015

The Alley Cafe

The Alley Cafe is located around Outram Park, and walking distance from MRT could be around 10-15 minutes. This is my second visit to The Alley Cafe, as my previous visit was an awesome one, which my friends and I really enjoyed the food and sides a lot.

Shop space pretty much fits the name, from a narrow corridor which depict the "alley" to a little more spacious area for accommodating bigger crowd.


Monday, 23 March 2015

Todai Restaurant, Singapore

If you are a fan of international cuisine, especially in buffet style, I doubt Todai will sound new to you. I have been to Todai before for lunch, and they serve a variety of food, such as Korean, Chinese, Japanese cuisines and such. Most importantly, if you a die-hard fan of seafood, Todai does not fail you either.

This year, Todai is celebrating its 4th year birthday anniversary, and I am glad to be invited for trying out some of the birthday treats gathered from several parts of the globe.


Monday, 16 March 2015

Eat at Taipei

I always feel guilty for not being able to produce nice photos, especially when I had to use my phone camera to substitute.

Was invited for a food tasting during CNY period at "Eat at Taipei". I have went to the branch at Jcube before, and it was shakingly-cold there as it is just right next to the ice rink. But makes it a reasonable excuse to go for a skate after a meal to work out the extra fats consumed earlier on.

Anyway, this time we visited the branch at Chinatown Point, which is just located at the corner, next to the escalator and entrance/exit point of the mall.


Monday, 9 March 2015

The Beast

This is an outdated post which I visited last year slightly before the Halloween.

Coming down from Lavender MRT to Bugis MRT, The Beast is just conveniently located along the main road. Parking can be a challenging one, as it is limited to only street parking and indeed limited slots if you happen to visit at the wrong timing.

The Beast aim to serve classic Southern American cooking, with an extensive selection of craft beers and cocktails. They have indoor and outdoor seating at the ground floor, but it can be pretty squeezy, suitable for drinks and bites. Up to the 2nd storey, The Beast is able to accommodate more diners, but only indoor, and also the place where proper benches and tables are provided for the purpose of mains.


Monday, 2 March 2015

The Coastal Settlement

The Coastal Settlement (TCS) has been around for a long time, yet this was my first time visiting them. Located near the chalets, and opposite the abandoned Old Changi Hospital, The Coastal Settlement set itself in the midst of greenish plantations, more like a garden concept in colonial style.

There are 2 parking lots near The Coastal Settlement, where one is situated right outside the TCS, like a backyard kind, while another is meant more for public carpark.


Monday, 23 February 2015

Handlebar

Another true hidden find in Singapore, located in the most ulu part of Sembawang. Following the road to Sembawang Park, skip the carpark entrance and head straight to the end. You will pass by landed property, a Woody Family Cafe on the right hand side and a mosque on the left hand side before hitting a slightly windy road like you have ventured into a nature reserve or such.

Handlebar is not positioned to be seen from the road, but you will be a road sign to Handlebar, which is just right behind the Water Venture building. There is no designated parking lots, so you may park anywhere as long as road is not disrupted for other drivers.


Monday, 16 February 2015

China, Hunan

Went on a family trip late last year to Hunan, China.

I love going to countries during the winter season, because that seems like the only time where I can escape from the ever-warming weather of Singapore, and even the rainiest period in Singapore couldn't beat the chilly weather of those with 4 seasons.

Basically, we took a direct flight from Singapore to Hunan, took a MRT ride to another station for the high-speed train. It was a tiring but not a gruesome journey though, because the gruesome part was where each of us were shivering non-stop when the sun sets, and we couldn't have a comfortable first proper meal (dinner) at all. Being in the mountains, one shouldn't be too confident about how cold-tolerant you are.

Anyway, I did a short compilation of this trip, mostly on the sightseeing places we have been to. Enjoy!


Monday, 9 February 2015

Fu Lin Men Chinese Restaurant

I was invited for a food tasting hosted by HungryGoWhere. Right inside Jurong Country Club, where I hardly visit.

Fu Lin Men Chinese Restaurant is more of a Chinese version of fine-dining in the vast space of Jurong Country Club, and while some restaurants vie for interesting themes, Fu Lin Men naturally has a picturesque view of the Golf Course! Other than being just a Chinese restaurant, Fu Lin Men is also able to host wedding banquet, with an estimate of 45 tables. One may even host their solemnization on a higher ground, back-facing the golf course which I believe can churn out wonderful backdrop photos with your friends, colleagues and relatives.


Monday, 2 February 2015

Ice Cube Cafe

It was an accident that I chanced upon Ice Cube Cafe after returning from Chomp Chomp. What attracted me was their blue interior lighting that stood out among the shops beside. But being extremely full from dinner, I made it a point to return another day.


Monday, 26 January 2015

Forlino ~ Italian Fine Dining Cuisine

I have always walked along One Fullerton, but never once went more than level where whole row is planted with restaurants.

Forlino is an Italian Fine Dining concept, with the top Japanese Chef, Kentaro Torii, manning the kitchen. Besides, Forlino has won several dining awards, further raising its reputation and confidence to diners on their food quality and customer service.

Upon taking the lift, there will be a short flight of stairs before reaching the reception counter.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Ramen Champion (Shabu Shabu)

Invited again for the food tasting to Ramen Champion, but this time trying out their shabu shabu, exclusively at Great World City! I am a definite lover for ramen, but being to Ramen Champion at other outlets on several occasions, this has kept me anticipated for long!

Shabu Shabu is one of the popular dining method in Japan, but of course also commonly known as "steamboat" in Singapore, which is seen widely during the Chinese reunion dinners. But one do not have to only eat it during special occasions, and Shabu Shabu has been introduced to Ramen Champion to encourage diners for a get-together and mingle around.


Monday, 12 January 2015

Mama Shop

Recent startup of Mama Shop have created quite a stir in Singapore, as known by most teens, it is opened by Singapore's artistes, Felicia Chin and Sora Ma.

Located at the backyard of Chinatown, it wouldn't be an easy walk up either via the steep slope for vehicles or the steep flight of sheltered staircase. Housed in the old Police Force Headquarters, it can be considered a hidden find because from the outside, you wouldn't have known about Mama Shop because there isn't any signs or indicators of cafe/eatery in the building. With the difficult walk from Eu Tong Seng Street, very few would have even been bothered to conquer it.

Right in front of Mama Shop, is an empty space, looking like a badminton court, perhaps for the police not-on-duty back in the past for some play-time. In the night time, I suppose Mama Shop could have use this space for some party time or to accommodate more patrons when the crowd gets too overwhelming.