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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

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

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

Saturday, 7 March 2020

The Mad Sailors Adventure!!!

The Mad Sailors Adventures!

Cravings for freshly made British grub while having your shopping spree in Haji lane? Just head down to The Mad Sailor located right along Haji lane! They are part of The Black Hole Group which also owns other cafes like the Working Title Burger Bars and many others, they are all halal certified too! The Mad Sailors features many British classics such as the classic fish & chips, Sheperd's Pie, Bangers & Mash, etc. but also have dishes with a local twist to it to cater to our Singaporean tastebuds.
The small eatery consists of 2 floors, nicely decorated to mimic the British ambiance. Priced reasonably, their menu features a lot of British classics and I'm impressed that it included some items that are rare to find in Singapore such as Poutine fries and butterbeer. The menu also has dishes like Sambal fish & chips, and Laska pesto pasta.
My friends and I ordered 2 servings of Classic Fish & Chips with Cod as our fish of choice, Pesto Cream Fish,  and Chick & Chips. Ordering was easy as it was done on our phones with just a scan of a QR code. However, the food came after some time as I assumed it was freshly prepared to order.
When the food came, I was quite impressed with the presentation as the plating was prepared with effort and care. The food looks freshly made too and my mouth was watering as I was taking all these pictures.
The Fish & Chips were well battered and the tartar on the side complements the taste of cod really well! The hand-cut chips were also really fresh and nicely salted. These fries are my favourite as they still have their skin on! Do you know that the bulk of the nutrients in a potato are mostly found on their skin?
The Chick & Chips were served really generously as the amount of chicken is bounteous. My only downside to the Chick & Chips were that it was a tad on the dryer side but the tomato-based sauce on the side helps with that issue. This is also served with the hand-cut chips.
Lastly is the Pesto Cream Fish. This dish is made of Pan-seared pacific dory on a bed of fluffy mashed potato with a vegetable medley in pesto cream sauce. This is a healthier option on the menu as it beats the calorie counts of the other fried food on the menu such as the dishes listed above.
But let's be real, who could resist the crisp crunchy battered fish pictured below???

The Mad Sailors
Address: 24 Haji Lane, Singapore 189217
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs (12pm-10pm) Fri (12pm-11pm) Sat (10am-11pm) Sun (10am-10pm)
Phone: +65 8768 0465

Saturday, 30 November 2019

The Kettle Gourmet Popcorn

The Kettle Gourmet Popcorn

Forget about the usual boring old sweet or salty tubs of popcorn. Popcorn enthusiasts and/or people who just like finding the unorthodox (me) should try the popcorn made by The Kettle Gourmet! This homegrown start-up began as an accidental kitchen experiment in 2017 but grew to a local popcorn selling powerhouse.
Honestly did not know about them till I chanced upon their booth in this year's Artbox event held at The Grounds @ Kranji. Their booth features a wide variety of flavours they have to offer including their classic salted caramel, cookies & cream and Teh Tarik flavours; they also carry 3 savoury flavours including chicken rice, chilli crab & nasi lemak. After sampling a few flavours, I preferred the savoury flavours as they were slightly more unique and to my surprise, tasted like the actual savoury dish. Thereafter sampling I bought all the savoury flavours as they were selling 3 packs of 30 grams for 10 dollars.
Although sampled most of the flavours, I still could not pick a favourite flavour as all of them tasted really good, especially the savoury flavours. The best part is that they do not taste artificially flavoured like most local food flavoured snacks. The popcorn is also well coated with the flavour and not too overly powered so you won't get that 'jelak' feeling but also not too faint that you just taste the plain old popcorn.
The popcorn featured below is the chicken rice flavoured popcorn! Right after opening the pack, I was well-greeted by whiffs of chicken rice. Comments by my parents were mixed as my mum said that you could guess what flavour was it just by the smell but my dad said he would not know its chicken rice if I had not told him the flavour beforehand. But taste-wise was well received on both ends!

The Kettle Gourmet

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters (AUSTRALIA EDITION)

Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters (AUSTRALIA EDITION)

Now, traveling to Melbourne, Australia. The city is known for its coffee as Melbourne has some of the most accomplished baristas & roasteries Australia has to offer! After some research, I've decided to bring my family to Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters as their reviews are mostly positives and they are located not too far away from where my family is accommodating.
Just north of Queen Victoria Market, Seven Seeds is located in the university district thus being a very popular spot for students to get their caffeine boost. We went there while it was brunch time and although we had to wait a few minutes for our seat, I was quietly observing the industrial-chic decor & other merchandises that they have to offer. After about ten minutes we were escorted to our table & were given the menu. I immediately knew what I wanted to order as it was the first time I saw Ham & Peas on the menu!
We ordered Peas & Ham, Chicken Cubano sandwich, Wagyu beef burger and the Eggs & Waffles Benedict for food and an affogato, a cappuccino and a latte for drinks.

Overall, the food presented was well prepared especially the Peas & Ham and also the Eggs & Waffles Benedict! The peas were well cooked & flavourful while the ham was succulent and not too dry while the eggs on the waffles were perfectly done & oozing out when cut! The Chicken Cubano sandwich was a tad on the dry side and the Wagyu beef burger did not have anything that stood out much but were also of decent quality! Of course, the coffee was great as it is a common expectation to have good coffee in Melbourne.

Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters
Address: 114 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat (7am - 5pm) Sun (8am - 5pm)
Phone: +61 3 9347 8664

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Bun Bo Nam Bo Adventure!!! (VIETNAM EDITION)

Bun Bo Nam Bo Adventure!

I must say I'm not a huge fan of the Vietnamese cuisine as the Vietnamese food in Singapore is either too expensive or it is just not good. That all changed when I started eating the local food in Hanoi, Vietnam. The food here in Hanoi is both affordable & super tasty; everything I ate from the Banh Mi to the chicken skewer was so good that  I must admit that I spent most of my money on the food itself while in Hanoi.
Bun Bo Nam Bo was one of my dinner places that my friends & I went to. This place was recommended by my friend's friends & it had really good reviews so why not we give it a shot.
The name of the shop is very interesting as it is actually describing itself as Bun means noodles. Bo means beef & Nam Bo means from the sphere of the south. Thus Bun Bo Nam Bo is essentially noodles and beef made in a southern Vietnamese style.
The menu has only two main dishes which are beef noodles salad (60k VND or $3.50 SGD) but it is more of a beef noodles soup instead & the stewed sweet herbal chicken soup (60k VND or $3.50 SGD). They have three side dishes which are the sour meatball (6k VND or $0.35 SGD), pork roll (6k VND or $0.35 SGD) & dumpling cake (5k VND or $0.29 SGD). My friends and I all took the beef noodles salad as that is the restaurant's speciality but we also ordered some sour meatballs & pork rolls to try.
When the noodles came, the smell of the broth is so aromatic that you know it's gonna be good. The broth is made of fish sauce, sugar, lemon and chilli and has deliciously light sweet and sour undertones. The sauce is topped with marinated beef, vegetables, noodles and crushed nuts. There were so many levels of flavours & the best thing is that they all complimented each other so well and still manage to make the beef shines through. This is truly one of the best Vietnamese food I've ever had in my entire life.
However, I wasn't that big of a fan when it comes to the side dishes. The sour meatballs were rolled pork laced with vinegar and it honestly tasted like spoilt luncheon meat to me. The fact that I dislike vinegar doesn't help but hey, for $0.35 SGD I would say is worth a try right?

Bún Bò Nam Bộ Bách Phương
Address: 67 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 7.30am to 10.30pm daily