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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Kamome Bakery Adventure!!!

 Kamome Bakery Adventure!

Located in the central area of our little red dot, this homely little Japanese bakery cum cafe is one of the closest you can get to an authentic Japanese bakery. It is located just a short 4 minutes walk away from Novena MRT station in Goldhill Plaza and this bakery cafe is also nearby other cafes such as Udders, Craftsmen Speciality Coffee & The Clueless-Goat!

I assumed Kamome has garnered quite the following in Singapore's Japanese community as the first thing I noticed is that there were quite a few Japanese customers. The aroma of freshly baked bread was also very pronounced as we entered the cafe; that was not surprising as there were loaves of freshly baked bread around and that only added to the aesthetics of this Japanese bakery cafe.

I went with two of my friends and was worried that there wasn't any space available as the cafe was very packed but we were lucky to get a sofa seat. While walking to our seats, I appreciated the homely aesthetics of this Japanese bakery cafe as there were freshly baked goods lined in the wooden display cases and the few Japanese books around the cafe only adds to the Japanese feels in the cafe. 


The menu offered at Kamome is very limited but I believe that a small menu is always better than an extensive menu as the eatery will have more time and effort catered to each item offered on it. The eight mains displayed on the menu comes with a free hot tea or coffee. A small top-up of $0.50 and you can get hot or iced, latte, cappuccino, or flat white or iced tea. 

We decided to get the Teriyaki Burger ($14.90), Hot Sandwich [Cheese & Ham] ($10.90), and the Clam Chowder ($14.90), with two iced earl grey and one hot Morrocan mint green tea. It is also good to know that there will also be no GST or service charge added to the prices shown on the menu.

The drinks came soon after we ordered and do take note that sugar will not be added in the teas but both sugar sticks and sugar syrup will be provided at the counter. This concept is good as customers will be able to control whatever desired sweetness they want. My friends & I all used one serving of sugar each. The earl grey was light and smooth and was a perfect drink for a hot summer day. The Morrocan mint green tea had a nice subtle hint of mint to it which was not too overpowering.

The ham & cheese sandwich was not bad but it is almost impossible to mess up a ham & cheese sandwich as it is the perfect soul food. Although it is pretty average compared to the rest coming up.

The Clam chowder was really wholesome and the bread served with it was also very well made. The bread was not tough and had a hearty bite to it. The bread & the chunky clam chowder complimented each other and this set feels like it was put together really well!

Last but certainly not least is the Teriyaki burger which we all agreed was the best tasting dish. The burger had soft fluffy buns which were freshly baked in-store and despite having teriyaki sauce, the buns were not soaked. The meat to bun ratio was also on point. The beef patty was soft & easy to chew and was generously slathered with the teriyaki sauce. The burger came with asides of fries accompanied with ketchup. This is a must-try dish at Kamome!

Overall, my experience at Kamome checks out all the boxes for a really pleasant experience. Definitely a great place to have lunch and I might even drop by again just to eat the Teriyaki burger again!

Kamome Bakery
Address: 169 Thomson Road, Singapore 307621
Opening Hours: 8am-5pm daily ( Closed on Wednesday)
Telephone: 8757 8560

Thursday, 4 March 2021

ROAST Adventure!!! (BANGKOK EDITION)

 ROAST Adventure!

This is a post I have delayed for ages, and it is about ROAST from Bangkok, Thailand! I visited Thailand in 2018 and this cafe was recommended by my sister so we visited the outlet at EmQuartier. 

Now a little bit about ROAST from their website, "In 2007, we opened the very first branch of Roast at SeenSpace. This was our first home where we invited the community to come and enjoy good comfort food, delicious drinks, and great conversations with friends and family. Not long after and just in time for the launch of the fourth issue of our menu, we opened the second branch of Roast at EmQuartier and moved our home from SeenSpace to theCOMMONS Thonglor. Keeping ourselves aligned with our ethos, we opened a sister grab-and-go brand, Daily Roast at Bhiraj at EmQuartier to provide busy urbanites with delicious coffee and quality, wholesome bites that are fresh, fast, and always crafted with care." 

A little disclaimer, as it has been quite some time since I'm writing this post, and I am constructing my review based on impressions & memories of my experience that day. Thus, it may not be the most accurate review but I think it's been a while since any of us traveled so I'm just trying to show what Thailand Cafes have to offer!

After browsing through the menu with my family, we decided to order the pulled pork burger with fries, roast duck, roasted potatoes & bacon with poached eggs, and bacon & cheese pasta. For the drinks, we had an iced lychee tea, watermelon & mint smoothie, and an iced latte. The first thing they served was complimentary bread with butter which was a nice touch to have while waiting for our main courses to arrive.

The food was slightly more affordable than what cafes in Singapore have to offer, and the quality of the ingredients used was also very good. That's all I can remember as I made the mistake of not taking picture of the menu then.

We got served the drinks first and they are pictured below; the iced lychee tea followed by the watermelon &  mint smoothie then the iced latte. I loved that the iced latte is made from espresso cubes as this prevents the latte from getting diluted. The iced latte also came with milk & sugar syrup to mix and match your coffee preference.


The iced lychee tea & watermelon mint smoothie was also a great choice as they were both super refreshing and the use of fruits used was a smart choice in contrast to Thailand's tropical heat. 


All I had remember of the food was that it was very well presented and taste-wise was also very well done. All I can say is that you have to try it for yourselves when covid-19 dies down. But meanwhile, you can savour the food through the pictures I took below.





ROAST
Address: 693 1 Helix Building A 695 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am-9pm daily
Telephone: +66 94 176 3870

Friday, 1 January 2021

Decker Barbeque Adventure!!!

 Decker Barbeque Adventure!

All the raves about Korean & Japanese barbeques nowadays but what about the good old American style barbeques? We talking about beef briskets, pork ribs, pulled pork instead of the usual pork belly & pork collar; cornbread & mash instead of kimchi & chawanmushi.

Decker is one of the few authentic American style barbeques in Singapore that uses only wood to smoke their cuts. As stated on their website "We proudly own the only A.N. Bewley smoker in Asia, and cook just like pitmasters do in Texas. We cook using wood only: no gas, no electric, no cheating." This really entices me as I love the natural smokiness that the wood gives the meat!

Decker is also located near the Singapore river in the lush & relaxing Robertson quay area. Around it are other fancy restaurants, chill bars, and even my go-to coffee spot- Common Man Coffee Roasters.

A short walk along the riverside from Fort Canning MRT, I waited to be seated but the restaurant was fully booked initially but somehow the kind waitress manages to have my friends and me seated much to my delight as I almost gave up hope on feasting on some American bbq. As there were three of us, we decided to go for the "Decker feast for three" as it really seems worth the price. It was $90 for 4 choices of meat and 4 sides. After pondering which meats and sides to go for, we decided to get the Wagyu Beef Brisket (+$4), Pulled pork, Spare Ribs & Chopped Beef for the meats and Cornbread, Potato Salad, Mac & Cheese and fries. 


Shortly after, the food came on a platter with all our food on it; meat & sides inclusive. What I was most excited about was actually the cornbread as I really love cornbread since I first tried it at Kenny Rodgers. 

Thus, that was my first bite of the entire platter, and I've got to say it didn't disappoint me at all. It was perhaps even better than what Kenny Rodgers has. It even got me tempted to buy it as a take-away.

Next up, I proceeded to dig into the meats, the pulled pork & Chopped beef is well sauced up & super tender! The pork ribs are also perfectly cooked & the meat just practically falls off the bone (a sign of a well-cooked rib) & the Beef brisket which I thought would be a bit tough was also super tender and easy to chew! The sides were all also pretty good as there was nothing bad to say about them.

The bottom line is this a really good American bbq place as they take their food really seriously and that they do not take any shortcuts in them. You could come here for a good barbeque lunch then head over to Common Man for a good cup of coffee to wash it all down, cuz that is exactly what I did after I had Deckers!


Decker Barbeque
Address: 60 Robertson quay The Quayside #01-17 Singapore 238252
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri: 5.30 - 10pm Sat, Sun, PH: 12 - 4pm, 5 -10pm
Telephone: 6635 8565

Monday, 12 October 2020

Lucid Adventure!!!

Lucid Adventure!

If I would ever open a cafe of my own, visually this cafe would come very close to what I had in mind. It has a minimalistic greyscale aesthetics to it and this is what made me wanna visit this cafe in the first place! I first came across this cafe from my friend's Instagram account when I can't help but admire the clean minimalist decor of the cafe.
It was located in a popular cafe hotspot, Jalan Besar; with the likes of The Refinery & Two Bakers nearby. A short walk from Bendemeer MRT, my friend and I chanced upon another cafe called Apartment Coffee who's decor reminds me of % Arabica. Apartment Coffee also looks really good but it was really crowded so that's an adventure for another time! 

When we reached Lucid, I was relieved that the wait wasn't that long but as soon as my friend and I queued, more people started arriving, and soon there was a snaking queue. After scanning our safe entry and using hand sanitizers (as it was still covid period) we entered and started pondering what to order.
We decided to get two coffees and a raspberry cake ($5) to go along with. My friend got a Strong White ($5) while I settle for a more subtle choice of Milky White ($5). Both are coffee served with milk & a layer of foam but I'm guessing the difference is the ratio of espresso & milk.
Our items came rather quickly, or maybe I was just too busy appreciating the peace & calm this minimalistic, grey-scale cafe was oozing. My friend and I notice that a small family with a child didn't have enough space with their table by the window, so we traded our seats with them as we had an extra chair with our table (and that social distancing measures were in place means we could not move the chairs) Glad that we could help that small family and I also manage to get a few pictures of our coffee & food with the grey wall as the background & I got a nice picture of my bucket hat I got by the window too!

LUCID
Address: 38 Hamilton Rd, Singapore 209208
Opening Hours: 11am- 7.30pm (Weekdays) 10am- 7.30pm (Weekends)

Monday, 10 August 2020

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari Adventure!!!

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari Adventure!

If you would go google "best croissant in Singapore", Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari would always appear as they are well-known for making one of the best croissants in Singapore. Tiong Bahru Bakery has multiple outlets spanning all across our little red dot and the one I visited is the Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari outlet, as you can tell from its name, it's their safari-themed cafe.
They are also staying true to their theme and it features mainly an outdoor nature-themed dining ambiance. It might be quite warm but fret not, the seating area is very well ventilated and even though the weather that day was super hot, the ventilation there made it feel alright as there were multiple fans and mini air conditioners.

The Cafe interior was nicely decorated to match the outside seatings with wooden decors & it had a cozy vibe.
While pondering on what should our brunch be, my friend and I were spoilt for choice as there was a wide range of pastries on display ranging from sweet to savory items.
Ultimately, I decided to try the Croque Monsieur while my friend had the Brie & Mushrooms Croissant. We each had a latte to go with our food and even while waiting for our food, I was still admiring the decor as it was really "safari-themed". This was what made this place stood out from the other outlets and I truly appreciated that.
The Croque Monsieur was pretty good as it was packed with ham and cheese. It would have been better if it was served warmer. Even though it was just a sandwich, I got pretty full from it as it was filled with cheese.
My friend had the Brie & Mushroom Croissant and overall it was good but it had the same problem, she felt that it wasn't warm enough to her liking. Her review was that the Brie and the mushrooms complemented each other really well and that the croissant was nice & flaky.
The Ice Cuppacino we had was aromatic & smooth and it was really refreshing in this warm afternoon heat. Highly recommend their coffee here!
Overall, love the vibes and ambiance this place gives off! Food-wise was great too with the exception of the temperature of the food in our opinion. Would I come here again? The answer is yes I would! It's a great place to chill after shopping at Dover Street Market nearby!

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Address: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Opening Hours: 8am-6pm Daily
Phone: 6877 4876
Website: https://www.tiongbahrubakery.com/

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Lola's Cafe Adventure!!!

Lola's Cafe Adventure!

Now that it's finally phase 2 of Singapore's circuit breaker, everything is pretty much back to normal except for the fact that everyone is still wearing a mask. The main difference for me is getting back the luxury of dining out! Having the joy of saying "having here please" is something that we all took for granted before the circuit breaker started a few months back. After many weeks of cooking at home and ordering Grab food, I could use some good food and even better company (of not more than 5). I decided to meet up with 4 of my other friends and catch up at one of my favorite cafes- Lola's Cafe.
We had booked a table at 12.30pm which is the perfect brunch time for me as I'm not a morning person at all. What I love about Lola's is that their menu is well-crafted and that they serve classics such as the traditional Beef burgers and Croissants but also more uncommon items like Miso Salmon and Crab Cakes. My friends and I ordered two Crab Cake Benedicts ($18 each), two Angus Beef Burgers ($18 each), and a Lola's Breakfast ($18). 




















Just as I expected the food came looking wholesome and picture-perfect, but the real verdict is the taste. As my friends seldom have cafe food, I'm sure they have pretty high expectations of the food here. But I didn't have to worry as I know that Lola's always has great food as I had their food before plus they are always packed and is a very popular cafe.

I myself had the Crab cake benedict while my friends had the other dishes. As I had Crab cakes from other cafes before, I had pretty high expectations for this and they certainly do not disappoint me! Although the miso hollandaise sauce complemented the crab cake really well, I personally found that the crab taste was too strong and it would be quite "jelak" (sick of eating). Maybe a wedge of lemon would help cut the crabby taste and provide the dish with a more balance/refined taste.
The Angus beef burger was really good as the beef was well-seasoned and overall the burger was well put together. The caramelized onions were a good touch though it wouldn't hurt if it could stand out a little more. The buns were also well toasted and were a good combination of crunchy and fluffy.
The Lola's Breakfast was also very good and it was a well-balanced meal consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, sauteed mushrooms, and a slice of sourdough. The scrambled eggs had cheese on it and what is not to love about eggs & cheese. There's nothing to hate about bacon and the pork sausages were very meaty and juicy too.
Overall, the food had mostly positive comments from my friends and one of them said that he could eat another burger just because it was so good. Now moving on to the drinks, we had an Iced Strawberry Mint Green Tea ($5.70) and an Iced Passionfruit Mango Green Tea ($5.70).

I honestly thought about getting a nice coffee but I love iced fruit teas and as soon as I saw strawberry in the name, I'm set on getting it. I personally found the drinks to be the perfect companion for Singapore's hot weather as they are cold and refreshing. They are not too sweet and not too diluted, although I would prefer a stronger more prominent strawberry taste in the strawberry mint green tea.

All in all, Lola's still stands as one of the best cafes in the North-east area and is always worth a visit if you are in the area. A must-try here is the truffle fries as They have one of the best truffle fries in my opinion. Happy dining out everyone!

Lola's Cafe
Address: 5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893
Opening Hours: 10am- 10.30pm daily 
Phone: 6284 0349
Website: https://www.lolascafe.com.sg/

Saturday, 11 April 2020

% Arabica Adventure!!!

% Arabica Adventure!

There are countless places in Singapore that serve coffees, ranging from cafes to Starbucks to even your neighborhood coffeeshops. However, if people are willing to queue for more than 10-15 mins just for a cup of joe, you ought to be sure that it won't be your regular cuppa.
But that won't come as a surprise for the world-renowned Kyoto cafe- % Arabica! Some history on them, they are founded in 2012 but only opened their flagship store in Kyoto in 2014. Their founder Kenneth Shoji even invested in a coffee farm in Hawaii which supplies its stores but it also sources coffee beans from around the world.
The cafe is equipped with a roastery that roasts the coffee beans in-house to ensure every cup is freshly roasted! However, the cafe located in Arab street has very limited seatings and it is always packed to the brim.
The prices of the coffee served are slightly above average ($7-$9) as compared to the average cafe's coffee ($4-$6) but the quality is certainly ensured. Their cafe serves mainly espresso-based drinks like Caffe Latte, Americano & Spanish Latte. But they also serve other drinks like Lemonade & water. I ordered a Single-origin Iced Cafe Latte ($9) & an Iced Spanish Latte ($9).
I waited for about 13 minutes before receiving my drinks but I spent my time admiring the minimalistic decor and browsing their merchandise. Their merchandise is pricey but does look really aesthetic so I would say get them if you have extra cash to spare! (Merch menu below)
Now moving on to the main attraction of the show- the coffee. The Caffe Latte is made out of aromatic coffee & full-bodied milk- the result? A well robust cup of silky smooth coffee. The Spanish Latte is something that I have never tried before as it pairs its signature coffee with the sweet touch of condensed milk. So if you have a sweet tooth like me, the latter would be a match for you!


% Arabica Singapore Arab Street
Address: 56 Arab Street, Singapore 199753
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm daily
Phone: 6291 3887
Website: https://arabica.coffee/en/