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Monday, 27 August 2018

Chunky Lobster Adventures!!!

Chunky Lobster Adventures!

Ahhhh lobster rolls, the American dish which is said to have its roots from New England is one of my most sought-after foods but the only down-side is the price. Most lobster rolls in Singapore often cost $30 to $40 a pop but at Chunky Lobster, they only cost $16 nett! This is by far the most affordable lobster roll that can be found in Singapore, and I mean real lobster, not "slipper lobster" AKA crayfish. I personally prefer the taste of lobster as compared to crayfish as I think lobster has a slightly sweeter taste.
Chunky Lobsters was founded by Leonard and Chris who was inspired by Luke's Lobster which serves quality and affordable lobster rolls in New York. Similarly to Luke's, they use about 90 grams of lobster flesh in each lobster roll served.
The menu features 3 mains. Chunky's Original, Chunky's Connecticut & Chunky's Cheesy. They are all priced at $16 and could be completed as a set. Set A which adds an ice lemon tea for $0.90 & Set B which adds a lobster bisque and an ice lemon tea for $3.90. The lobsters Chunky lobsters used are from Canada as suppose to Maine as Chunky lobster believes that the colder water from Canada helps to preserve the firmness & sweetness in the lobsters.
My friend and I had a Chunky's Cheesy & a Chunky's Connecticut as we were feeling a little adventurous and opt to pass the Chunky's Original. We skipped on the lobster bisque too which I regretted later on. From what I can say, $16 for the lobster rolls are really worth the money as the lobster meat found on the rolls are generous & they certainly do not skimp on them!
Chunky's Connecticut
Chunky's Cheesy
Comparing to my friend's Chunky's Cheesy, my Chunky's Connecticut looks puny in size but for $16 I really cannot criticize it much. My lobster roll was coated with a layer of butter sauce and although the sauce was a tad on the dry side, there was still a hint of fragrance which compliments the lobster flesh. More serving of the butter sauce would be much appreciated in the future.
The Chunky's Cheesy was of bigger proportion as compared to the Chunky's Connecticut (maybe it's because of the cheese? who knows?) but I feel that the cheese kinda overshadows the lobster flesh which beats the main purpose of the lobster roll but if you are a cheese lover, then I think the Chunky's Cheesy would suit you, just look at the gooey cheese oozing out!
Overall, the lobster meat served was generous & most importantly fresh tasting, the roll the lobster was served on was nice & fluffy and the lobster rolls were served with a side of tapioca chips too. The only downside to Chunky's lobster is that they did not have much seating space so be prepared to have your lobster rolls to-go. I rated them on google maps & they replied that they have another outlet at the Cathay #01-01 so do visit them!!!

CHUNKY LOBSTERS
Address: 138 Robinson Road #02-03 Oxley Tower Singapore 068906
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays (11am to 7.30pm) Closed on Saturdays & Sundays for Oxley Tower
Website: (New website coming soon!)
Email Address: chunkylobsters@gmail.com
Facebook: https: //www.facebook.com/pg/chunkylobsters/photos/?ref=page_internal

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

牛一嘴 Núodle Adventures!!!

牛一嘴 Núodle Adventures!

Yup, you read that correctly it's Nuodles, not Noodles! This beef noodle originates from Lanzhou, the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China. As Lanzhou is home to one of China’s significant populations of Hui Muslims, this beef noodle is of Chinese-Muslim style of beef noodles with clear soup and hand-pulled la mian. As it is an immensely popular dish in China, when 牛一嘴 Núodle has brought the Lanzhou speciality to Singapore, there was a small hype surrounding it.

牛一嘴 Núodle is located on the first floor of the SingPost Centre at Paya Lebar MRT. The decor of the restaurant gives off a traditional Chinese style vibe, inviting and warm. A quaint narrow little dining area lined with tables & chair which leads to the counter & the kitchen at the end. You can see the hand-pulled noodles being made in store by the noodle chefs in the kitchen.
As 牛一嘴 Núodle specializes in la mian, the main dish on the menu is none other than la mian. The signature beef la mian to be specific! The other la mian choices are "Cool mixed beef la mian", "Seafood la mian", "Sauerkraut la mian" & the "Thick soup beef la mian". You also get to pick the type of noodles you like.

They also sell the beef slices ala carte & have an array of side dishes to go with the la mian. They also sell traditional savoury pancakes too! A regular bowl of the beef la mian is $8.80. You can top up $3.50 to make it a set meal where you get to choose a side dish and a drink.

I ordered a Beef la mian set consisting of braised eggs & ice lemon tea. I also had a beef pancake to go with. When it came, I was greeted by the very traditional looking wooden tray with my bowl of noodles!
The noodles were nice & springy with a very clean neutral taste which complements the soup well, letting it have the limelight. The bowl of noodles was colourful due to the scallions, radishes, chilli oil and other ingredients in the bowl adding depths of flavours and textures to it. The thin slices of beef were well cooked and tender, melting like butter in your mouth. The broth was simple but had multiple depths of flavours.
The beef pancake was fairly average in my personal opinion but it was crisp and had all the qualities of a good pastry.
All in all, if you like freshly made noodles, tender beef slices and a great place to unwind with your friends then 牛一嘴 Núodle is a perfect place for you!

牛一嘴 Núodle
Address: #01-136 SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road 8, Singapore 408600
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11 am – 10 pm, Sat – Sun: 11am – 10 pm
Tel: +65 6747 1588
Website: https://www.nuodle.asia/

Saturday, 4 August 2018

The HashTag Cafe Adventure!!!

The HashTag Cafe Adventure!

Here's to another Halal blog post! This time around let's dive into the Cafe paradise of Bugis! Now, we all know Bugis is littered with cafes but not many of them are Muslim-owned and/or halal certified so this is great news for all my Muslims readers! They are one of the newest cafe around as they just opened their doors on 27th July 2018!
Getting there from Bugis MRT was not a problem as we all have access to Google maps and spotting this pretty little gem was not a problem because of the clean looking entrance. Really subtly eye-catching!
Upon entering, we were warmly greeted and were guided to our table as we had made a reservation (reservation not compulsory). The staffs were really helpful throughout and cared for our comfort in their lovely cafe. For example, we were asked if the aircon temperature was optimum as it was quite a warm evening. More about the staff services below.
The menu was wide enough to cover an array of palates and small enough to know that they painstakingly hand-crafted each and every dish. The price, however, was a tad on the high side compared to the average price of cafe foods in Singapore. The difference is the quality of ingredients used as their menu features premium items such as Wagyu Beef, Norwegian Salmon, Fern-fed Ribeye steak, premium Striploin beef & even Lobster! What's more is that there is no GST & service charge so the price you see is the price you pay. The menu can be found below, click to enlarge.



My friends and I decided to share the Has#tag I & YOU Platter before ordering our mains. The price point of $21.90 shared among 4 people is worth it as we get tempura fish, freshly made onion rings, tempura prawns & breaded scallops, all of which is accompanied with a home-made tartar dip. Highly recommended to get your tummy craving for the mains!
We got 3 mains and I am surprised to say the best of the three was the one I least expected! The 3 mains we ordered was the Has#tag Burgs ($38.90), the Szechuan NZ Ribeye ($36.90) & the Boston Lobster($44.90)! We also got a Wafflicious ($14.90) as what is a post without waffles? Before we get on to the mains, let's talk about the waffle. I was not expecting much from the waffle as I had some pretty good waffles and the bar was set quite high but to my amazement, the Waffleicious got my seal of approval as the waffle batter was subtly sweet & fragrant due to a hint of pandan I suppose. The waffle was of a beautiful golden & the texture was also just right as it was crisp on the outside & soft in the middle (qualities of a great waffle). This was seriously worth the try if you are here! #Worth
Now for the mains, the Has#tag burgs remind me of the Krabby Patty from SpongeBob as it is almost an exact visual representation of it. The fresh crisp vegetables with the stringy melty cheese atop the Wagyu patty is a delight to have as the patty is cooked to a nice medium rare. The buns are solid and hold its integrity without being stale and no flaws can be found with its sidewinder fries. In short, the Has#tag Burg is a nice burger with actual Wagyu beef in it but at that price point, I believe better burgers could be found.
The Szechuan NZ ribeye was the dish that surprised me the most as not only the meat was cooked perfectly rare as requested but that the ribeye was tender and juicy. The Szechuan sauce was to die for as it was well balanced and had just the right amount of spice. This delightful sauce with the tender steak only can mean one thing; this is a great steak dish. The accompanying sweet potato fries were also great and this only adds up to this dish! Highly recommend!
The Boston Lobster was the one I got as it is rare to encounter lobster in a cafe menu! The lobster was halved and coated with cheese & served with butter brioche and sweet potato fries. The brioche was fragrant and buttery while the sweet potato fries were the best thing on that plate and that is not a good sign as I found that the lobster was very dry & was not up to par with my expectations. The lobster meat was not sweet & in my personal opinion was overcooked. I gave them my feedback for them to take into consideration & improve the lobster. They took my feedback very seriously and I hope that an improvement was to be made to the lobster as I would not order it again if the standard of the lobster is still the same.
All in all, the food was very pleasing except the lobster but I strongly believe that they are putting in the effort to improve it. My best takeaway from the cafe was the attitude and the effort the staffs put for their customer's comfort & convenience as they were always ready to attend to the customers & are willing to go the extra mile for them. So Kudos to the service at the HashTag Cafe!!! Would like to re-visit the cafe in the future as they have all the traits & potential to be one of the best cafes in the area.

The HashTag Cafe
Address: 743 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198711
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday (11am to 10pm), Friday (3pm to 11pm), (11am to 11pm) 
Mobile: 9722 4628
Website: http://hashtagcafe.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehashtagcafesg/
Email: hashtagcafesg@gmail.com

Saturday, 19 May 2018

WildSeed Adventure!!!

 WildSeed Adventure!

Imagine this, good food with a calm, alluring atmosphere with your family? What better way to chill on a nice relaxing Sunday morning? So don't just laze your precious Sunday morning away & come to the dynamic duo of The Summerhouse & The WildSeed Cafe now! Opens at 10am in the morning, you could have a nice filling brunch in the morning then come back in the evening for a drink at the bar located in the same vicinity!

Located in the Seletar aerospace region, this gem tucked away hidden in a secluded part of Singapore serves up a variety of great brunch options as well as delightful pastries and desserts. The scenery around the Cafe itself is so already so beautiful and calm that I might as well convert this food blog post into an area dedication post! (which I will do below!) Now back to the Cafe, it is beautifully decorated with a Nature theme that suits well with the environment that the cafe is located in.


Just take a look at the miny florist located directly in the cafe itself which sells a variety of bouquets that could be handy if you ever plan a date here!



The Cafe also sells a wide range of items ranging from Candles to body scrubs to dry shampoo and even books that are wrapped up so it will be a mystery if you want to buy a book! I personally love these kinds of books that are wrapped up so every purchase you make will be a surprise! Before this, I thought this kind of ideas could be only found in hipster bookshops but I guess I am wrong! The range of beauty products that they sell are hand-made and cannot be bought in major departmental stores, so if you visit this place, you might want to take a look here!





Now for the food, We bought 4 mains, 4 drinks and a dessert set to go with. Ordered a Wagyu Beef & pork Ragout Linguine, a Pulled Pork Burger, a Grilled Chicken Thigh and an Easter Special which is a Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich! The 4 drinks were Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Shake with whipped cream, a Latte & and a Macchiato. The dessert set includes Brownies, Caramel Walnut cakes, Madeleines and an array of assorted sandwiches.

Hot Chocolate ($6.50)

Cafe Latte ($6.50)

The drinks we ordered (from left, clockwise)
- Hot Chocolate ($6.50)
-Chocolate Shake ($7.50)
-Cafe Latte ($6.50)
-Macchiato ($4.50)

Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich ($15)

Pulled Pork Burger ($20)

 Wagyu Beef & Pork Ragout Linguine ($19)

 Grilled Chicken Thigh ($20)

 The Dessert Set ($40 including two drinks)

Overall the food was pretty average considering the price point so there are certainly areas to improve on but the good news is none of the food is below expectation and you can tell that love and effort is put into each and every dish served! The drinks are all on the richer side of things and none of them is watered-down! 

More Pictures of the food, cafe and the areas found below! Really enjoyed my day here at this beautiful pristine area of Singapore! Such a joy to spend my weekend here!






WILDSEED CAFE AND BAR
Address: 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Opening Hours: Wildseed Cafe 10am to 7pm. Wild seed Bar 4pm to 10pm. Both are closed on Mondays
Mobile: 6262 1063
Website: http://www.thesummerhouse.sg
Email Address: reservation@thesummerhouse.sg