Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No Menu Bar

A happy discovery after NDP at the promenade.. Everywhere was crazy packed including lau pa sat so we made our way down and intended to check out dinner at Sarnies ( which was closed on a Saturday night ) and we were drawn to this place which looked like a corner coffee shop- we only realised it was the No Menu Bar - ironically, after we checked out the menu. It was a good mix of hot and cold tapas ( all priced at $14), pastas, cheese and pastas


On the house 


The bruschetta is the best we've had. Ever ! The sweetest tomatoes which they brought in from Sicilly. Smoked octopus at the corner left - awesome with a tiny wee bit of salad. Squid ink pasta's definitely got an intrinsic umami taste to it. Fried potatoes were kinda a waste of my carbs :p


Smoked mozzarella cheese which was breaded and fried and in the sweetest tomato purée. I think we certainly appreciate the importance of the  quality of tomatoes after this dinner


Petit fours on the house - apple cake and meringue 

Lovely hosts for the evening and home made food is indeed a great combination for a Saturday supper :)


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Osteria Mozza

Post ndp preview made our way to Osteria Mozza (marina bay sands) and was lucky enough to snag a table !

Mini ricotta that's on the house 

Upsized that's on the parents

Grilled octopus perfect with the salad 
Smoked ocean trout in a spicy salad 
Lamb ragu
Linguine with clams that's spicy
Duck confit most amazing with the sweet corn and jam. Highly recommended !
Simple doughnuts with sorbet 

A trick to get a cozy corner here is to ask for the room with a surround wine cellar ;) 
Enjoyed these Italian dishes American sized served with a twist!

Friday, July 11, 2014

&sons


Vascular weekx1 mid week break at &sons( China Square). Too many eateries here ! The platypus lobster place looks awesome. &sons is surprisingly not too crowded ( a manageable work crowd) with a mix of bar seats and table seats. Of cos we were atop the bar seats.


Awesome smoked cheese and truffle pasta. The smoked cheese was grilled further and tasted like a sausage.


Beef is so so ( lukewarm ) but cod is lovely in a salsa sauce. Flakes off in a instant. 


Mushrooms - uber cheesy and creamy. Chunks of cornmeal inside this dish. 


Panna cotta flambeed. Base tasted like a light cheese ( when in fact it's panna cotta), another later of cream and the whole dessert torched and topped up with strawberries. Very interesting.

Would be back to try their array of cheeses.

Friday, June 27, 2014

63 Celcius

Finally got to meet chongs - original destination was the neighbor of 63 Celcius but I'm glad we settled for 63 Celcius in the end (Asia Square). My second visit here - missed the black rice here ( not launched yet ) during my first visit. Now I got to try the black rice - sans the uni !


I would so come back for this. Charred and smokey, with bits of squid. Tomato foam atop.


Their signature squid ink croquettes. Breaded mush of ink.


Truffled burrata burger- can't discern much of the truffle.

Magnum pop up !

Edible garden.. Bits of sour berries and edible flower


Fans of the origins health food's apple rings would love this tart with the magnum. Lots of sautéed apple bits too.

Can't wait for tomorrowland ;)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dinner at Kith, Quayside isle

Awesome incidental catchup with J and ian at vivocity before a round of dip and fries at TBC before the storm and rain hit us at dinner at Kith, Quayside Isle. Had poached salmon which was lovely with hollandaise. Just missing my bread and eggs :p and the other J to finish up the tomatoes.
Drinks at Woo bar after. Plans for French open screenings up ( and over :p)

Friday, May 30, 2014

The missing pan

Finay got to try The Missing Pan ( Bukit timah Road) one PH after getting scared off the queue once. Parked at J's old place before walking along the canel to the cafe.

Ang Moh quacker oats. Still prefer the museli at gaest.

Green eggs royale ( from the avocado spread). Oh the poached salmon was melt in your mouth. 
Confused French toast.. Slice the thick toast open and you find chicken cooked Chinese style. Smoked maple by the sides.

Tiny little shophouse along the same row as Choupinette, opened by the folks behind upper crust. Recommended by J's colleague - quite a queue, you can only use chope ! On weekdays and weekend evenings and not on Sundays.

Bought some Rosti at the deli whilst waitig for j. Can't wait to try it out!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gaest

A long queue at the missing pan led us to this gem on May Day recommended by a colleague( with much thanks !), Gaest ( McCallum Street). It's a smallish Nordic deli, right at the end of Telok Ayer Street. We passed by my awesome cafe which is also on my to try list;)
Perched on the high stools facing the road. Awesome people watching..
One of the best muesli I had.. Super value for money at 7 bucks, a huge ass portion !
Danish omelette from the full breakfast- it's like a tortilla ( Spanish omelette) layered with potatoes. I must say the Nordics are fans of potatoes. 
Even the sandwich had potatoes.. This is a flavorful yet light vegetarian sandwich with a hazelnut spread. Interesting find. 

The bread is home made every morning and has this chewy, cake like texture. The set came with caramel and Brie cheese and we made a new discovery - bread tasted awesome with both dips( together!) 

Would be nice if I worked at the CBD and had a chance to try their sandwiches. These were from their brunch menu which is only available on the weekends ( which has more egg dishes) 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ronin

Met the chongs at Ronin ( Hong Kong street ) a beautifully done up coffee- bar where the lights are warm, place is done up with plenty of wood and there are no menus. Cash only, by the way.

The wicked is their signature drink, a lovely minty mocha. Worth coming back for 


Mushrooms and cheese. Love the crusty bread lots.
The creamiest scrambled eggs I've had in awhile. You can choose to add the option of avocado or portabello etc.
French toast ( brioche) with caramelised apples. Nice if you like soggy bread - I prefer my crisp.

Strolled to shop at granny's day out and Payless shoe source that was in the vicinity.. Can't wait for Ibiza and tmrland:)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dibs


Easter Saturday post rounds/brunch at hoopla/queensway and intended run at sentosa, met n at Dibs, Duxton hill for dinner. Innovative and daring, the food here is worth coming back for ( for the oxtail and the cerviche which I should bring J to )

Marrow butter- this was all cream and fat and was fantastic on toast. With bonito flakes for an extra oomph. 

Crab cakes in a bisque- we mopped up the bisque with the bread, 'nuff said ! 
Lamb short ribs - charred the way I liked it.
Deconstructed strawberry shortcake- n's favorite part was the toasted marshmallow. Bits and pieces all over the plate for us to mix and match. 

This place spins awesome music by the way. House tracks remixed, top that up with shochus ( we tried the strawberry milk, ginger, yuzu and plum ) we were two happy troopers;)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoopla

I'm back at media circle !


Back to try Hoopla (21 Media circle)'s eggs- I had the baked eggs and P had the eggs Benedict. Mine were doused in a steaming rich tomato stew, and it was great dipping the chicken poppers (our side dish) in. Lovely quotes and flowers line the tables and random vintage accessories galore all over this homely place. It's awesome to spend a quiet afternoon here with great company especially during this long Easter weekend!

Gonna pick up my new gold ray bans ! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Revolution coffee



Post mbbs short cases P picked me to head over to Revolution coffee ( Media circle) for a drink and pick me up. I had a soy latte and we each had our usual yoghurt and granola and shared a banana bread. Love the space and the chic spartan decor. The parking right outside is a little dangerous- gotta watch out for the mata ! Will be back for the baked eggs- or perhaps check out hoopla next door ;)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Petit menu

Had a late lunch with mom at greenwood to satisfy her fish and chips craving before meeting my student and then J, for our dinner date night. Discovered a really lovely place called Petit Menu (Aqueen hotel, Lavender Street- beware there are two Aqueen hotels in the same area !) with pocket friendly prices and innovative dishes presented quite stunningly. Definitely worth the trouble of the travel and the horrific parking!

Lavender scented pumpkin soup- the lavender really added a new dimension to the pumpkin soup. Again comparing with the base line of J's home cooked soup, this is really of a different standard. The lavender balances out the pumpkin. With Wakame seaweed, puffed up pumpkin seeds and Granny Smith apple balls by the side.
Sea bass with ratoutoille and quinoa.. We liked the sides more than the main:p the crisp fish skin was probably what I enjoyed the most.

Salted egg soft shell crab fettuccine- this was quite mind blowing ! This ang moh mee pok is really the best noodle to soak up the salted egg yolk, firm and coated in its entirety. With sweet tomatoes and curry leaves to top it all. Ingenious !

If you have a posb or DBS card you get a complimentary dessert with every 2 mains- so we ended up ordering two desserts. The first was this deconstructed Black Forest. The cute plant pot contained a hazelnut crumble with a tiny leaf ( this chef really likes this tiny leaf which seems to star in many dishes). Our tiny wee at home has found a new friend and potentially a new home :p and even the sturdy bowl (which the waitress said it's so heavy she can pound sambal in :p)


Kaya toast deconstructed as a Mille feuille, with kaya cream, kopi tiam toast and atap chee purée, blueberries, warm kopi c sauce and mint espuma (which they poured out from a pot). Kaya toast usually marks the end of J's call so it's his happy food, but the eggs are usually in the bowl and the coffee in a cup:p

Really lovely place which obviously takes pride in the food and it's presentation we will want to check out the blow torched steak and chicken confit sometime :)



Friday, March 7, 2014

Sarnie's

Full weekend round plus an AST tutorial meant breakkie with miss pek post tutorial :) finally went to try Sarnie's (Telok Ayer Street) - australian slang for sandwiches. They have a weekend menu of eggs and such, none of those regular sandwiches on weekends. And I heard evening nights they offer specials... It's a must to come back !


Granola to share as usual, and it's home made and swimming in honey and berries:)

Omelette with cheese onions and mushrooms. Well done and not too oily , on a piece of rye bread.
Pek had beans on toast, with a fried egg.
Amazing coffee too, with a buzz similar to those cafés in Australia. Shopped a bit and got tempted by those python shoes down the street..
Can't wait for the next date here !

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bam! Tapas and Sake bar

Our weekly mid week date night has resumed after the anniversary! I have hit a rut until I read about Bam! (38 Tras Street) lovely bar with an open kitchen concept but too bad we didn't manage to snag any and we got a cosy corner instead:p lots of channel 8 stars sighted ( c song, pll) must have been a company dinner.
Smoked octopus - very meaty and charred so much so that it tastes like a sausage! 

Scallop rice with cheese and mushrooms that was highly recommended by WaY. Deep flavour that's uncontaminated by truffle, we figure the rice must have been cooked in an awesome stock. Slippery and smooth mushrooms, something we hope to achieve in our home cooking.
Wagyu beef onglet... This is super awesome.. Smokey and tender. On par with our favorite Burnt ends. We figure the onglet has an optimal meat to fat ratio and would be best grilled/smoked. Oh man we need a grill at home!
Baileys sponge with mousse and dark chocolate. Airy mousse that was torched this was awesome with the super soaked sponge.
Lemon zest icecream with tamago sake. Interesting combination with the sprinkled almonds.

More date nights to come !!