Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Canteen @ Shaw Centre

The Canteen located on the first floor of Shaw Centre is a small humble restaurant that serves a mix of Asian and Western food. Price is a bit steep for these common and ordinary food that can be found at every corners of Singapore. Consider the restaurant is located at Orchard, the pricing is understandable. Food was really average. Observing what the patrons ordered, it seems like the Asian cuisine were more popular.

Laksa 3.8/5

Sandwich 3.8/5


The Canteen
Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road
#01-01B
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Changi Village Carrot Cake @ Changi Village Food Centre

Do you like your fried carrot cake white or black? If you like it black cake, you must try out this stall at Changi Village food centre. It is one of my favourite fried black carrot cake stalls.

I have not eaten at Changi Village food centre for a very long time. Back from Ubin cycling trip, the first thing I checked out was whether the carrot cake stall was opened. I was glad it was opened and I ordered a plate from the auntie while the uncle works the wok. The sweetness from the black sauce eaten with the softness of the carrot cake and egg was still very good after all these year.

Black Carrot Cake 4.5/5

To get here,
(a) Alight at Tanah Merah MRT station and take bus no. 2 to Changi Village Bus Terminal, or
(b) Alight at Pasir Ris MRT station, take bus no. 109 along Pasir Ris Drive 1 or bus no. 89 opposite Pasir Ris Town Park.


Changi Village Carrot Cake
Changi Village Food Centre
Blk 2 Changi Village Road
#01-31
Nearest MRT: Tanah Merah (EW Line)



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Korean Cuisine @ Changi Airport Terminal 3

If you like to eat kimchi, you would probably enjoy the kimchi fried rice from this stall at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Kopi Food Court. It is one of the new stalls at the Kopitiam Group owned food court at the basement of Changi Airport Terminal 3. It may look like a dull dish without many ingredients but the fragrant from the fried rice with the kimchi was very flavouring and nice.

Kimchi Fried Rice 4.2/5


Kopi Food Court
Changi Airport Terminal 3
Basement 2
Nearest MRT: Changi Airport, EW Line

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pulau Ubin Trip

At the north eastern side of Singapore, there is a an island called Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin is popular for Chek Jawa, a coral reef 5,000 years ago. It is also an unspoilt island which offers one of the best cycling tracks around the island immerse with the nature beauty.








Many people went to Pulau Ubin for the seafood too. The restaurant serves fresh seafood. Large containers and fish tanks of live stocks can be seen at the restaurant. After a long day of cycling, my friends and I settled at the restaurant for a late lunch. The restaurant was crowded and service was very slow. We waited like 30-45mins for our food. Food was decent but definitely had the home cooked flavour.


Stir Fried Mix Vegetable

Oyster Omelet

Fried Baby Squid

Prawn Roll

Pork Rib

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill @ Serangoon NEX

Hot Tomato has opened another outlet at Nex shopping mall. This is the group's fourth outlet. Currently the Hot Tomato Group offers 3 different dining concepts under its establishment.

Hot Tomato Coffeehouse was established in Jan 2006 at Republic Plaza. Due to its overwhelming success, other outlets are launched, namely Hot Tomato Express, established in June 2007 at Plaza Singapura, and Hot Tomato Café and Grill, in late 2009 at 313 Somerset [source Hot Tomato website]


I ordered the grilled seafood set which came with a soup and drink. The Aglio Olio was pretty good, a nice chewy texture topped with spiciness. For sharing, we have the calamari which was crispy and firm. Overall it was a delightful dining experience.

Tomato Soup 4/5

Calamari 4/5

Mix Seafood Grill with Aglio Olio Spaghetti 4/5


Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill
Serangoon NEX
23 Serangoon Central
#B1-47
Nearesr MRT: Serangoon (NE Line, CC Line)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nando's @ Tanglin Mall

Nando's has opened another outlet at the Tanglin Mall after Bugis Junction. With the ever long queues at the Bugis Junction outlet, it is good to have another outlet to go to whenever I have craving for their peri grilled chicken.

Their Peri Grilled Chicken definitely is one of the best in town. Spicy on the outside and tender inside. Besides the chicken, the sides served at Nando's were nice too. The Potato Lime Leave Skewer and Potato Salad were my favourite.

1/4 Chicken with Potato Lime Leave Skewer and Mediterranean Rice 4.2/5

1/2 Chicken with Peri Chips and Potato Salad 4.2/5


Nando's
Tanglin Mall
162 Tanglin Road
#01-14/15
Nearest MRT

Friday, January 21, 2011

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen @ Novena Square 2

A few years back Popeyes Fried Chicken can only be found at Changi Airport. Now the fried chicken chain has expanded its business and my new outlets have opened in different parts of Singapore. Among the four fried chicken restaurants in Singapore (Popeyes, KFC, Arnold and Texas), Popeyes is my favourite.

Popeyes has opened another new outlet at Novena Square 2 mall. I have the 2 pieces chicken meal which came with a biscuit, a side, a drink and 2 pieces of chicken. Enjoyed the taste and crispness of the chicken skin as well as the tender chicken meat which was not too oily. Popeyes fried chicken still retains its pole position in my fried chicken list.

Fried Chick 4.2/5


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Novena Square 2
10 Sinaran Drive
 #01-04/05
Nearest MRT: Novena (NS Line)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dessert Story @ Serangoon NEX

There are more and more dessert chains in Singapore. One of them is Dessert Story. Their dessert story dated back to 2006 from a humble stall in Hougang. They have expanded and went into franchise business with chains opening up at different corners of Singapore.

The original stores were known as “Anytime Food ” and the very first store was birthed on August 2006 at Hougang. It serves great tasting Traditional Chinese Dessert (or “Tong Shui” as it is known in Cantonese) and has built up a large base of loyal customers.(source from Dessert Story website)

I have yet to try their cold dessert but for the hot dessert they were quite good. I tried both the Yam Paste and Tang Yuan dessert. For the Yam Paste, it came with gingko nuts and pumpkin which balanced the sweetness.

Yam Paste with Gingko Nut and Pumpkin 4/5

For the Tang Yuan, I ordered both the sesame and peanut tang yuan with peanut soup. It was a triple enjoyment tasting all the 3 different flavours. I like the concept of using peanut soup with the tang yuan instead of just eating them plainly.

Sesame and Peanut Tang Yuan in Peanut Soup 4/5


Dessert Story
Serangoon NEX
23 Serangoon Central
#03-17
Nearesr MRT: Serangoon (NE Line, CC Line)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Azmi Restaurant @ Serangoon Road

I was asking my Pakistan colleague of any nice Indian restaurants at Little India the other day and the following day he brought me to this little old 80's coffeeshop in Little India at the junction of Serangoon Road and Norris Road. I suspect this place should be quite well known when I saw a Caucasian family eating at the coffeeshop. I googled and indeed this place was featured in some of the popular food blogs and travel sites.

I left the ordering to my colleague and I was in for another surprise. I have my first tried on sheep brain! It tasted like a plate of scrambled egg cooked in a lot of Indian spices. The shop's speciality Chapatis were freshly made and  very good eaten with the lamb keema, potatoes and cauliflower, sheep brain and lamb curry.

Chapatis 4.2/5

Potato and Cauliflower 4/5

Lamb Keema 4.2/5

Sheep Brain 4/5

Lamb Curry 4.2/5


Azmi Restaurant
Junction of Serangoon Road and Norris Road
168 Serangoon Road
(170 Norris Road)
Nearest MRT: Little India, Farrer Park (NE Line)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

HappyVeg @ Serangoon NEX

The kiosk located on the 3rd floor of Nex outside NTUC. It sells deep fried fritters that comes in a few varieties such as salmon, prawn, chives and etc. I did not find a lot of vegetables with the fritters although it is named HappyVeg. It is quite oily too. A unhealthy snack but tasty pretty good.


Happy Veg Deep Fried Fritters 4/5


HappyVeg
Serangoon NEX
23 Serangoon Central
#03-K13
Nearest MRT: Serangoon (NE Line, CC Line)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nanbantei Yakitori Japanese Restaurant @ Far East Plaza

Located on the 5th floor of Far East Plaza is a small Japanese restaurant that serves one of the best Yakitori. I was introduced to the restaurant by a friend a few years back. I usually order one of the bento set that came with 5 different types of Yakitori. Even the rice were served with 3 different toppings (seaweed, mushroom and pork floss). The bento set is really value for money and nice.

This place is usually packed so do make reservation if you have a big group. I usually walk in and sat at the bar counter. I enjoyed sitting at the bar counter as I can see the chefs preparing and grilling the food.

Bento Set 4.5/5


Nanbantei Yakitori Japanese Restaurant
Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road
#05-132
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fa Ji Minced Meat Fishball Noodle @ Kovan Hougang Market & Food Centre

Kovan Hougang Market and Food Centre  was under renovation and it is opened in Nov 2010. Most of the old stalls are back and one of them is Fa Ji Minced Meat Fishball Noodle. Although there are quite a few noodle stalls at the food centre, a long queue can always be seen at the stall.


A bowl of minced meat fishball noodle will cost $3 or $3.50 that came with a generous servicing of fishballs, meatball, slices of fish cakes, liver, mushroom and minced meat. Usually Bak Chor Mee does not come with fishballs and fish cakes but you have it all here. The fishballs and fish cakes were fresh and tasty too.

Minced Meat Fishball Noodle 4/5


Fa Ji Minced Meat Fishball Noodle
Kovan Hougang Market & Food Centre
Blk 209 Hougang Street 21
#01-05
Nearest MRT: Kovan (NE Line)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year Gathering

It was a Christmas cum New Year gathering at my friend's place at One Amber. We ordered our food from Eatz Catering this year. It has quite a selection of menu and we went for the Italian Set. Besides the ham which was bought elsewhere, everyone was quite satisfied with the food quality and standard from Eatz Catering. My favourite was the mussels. They were fresh and big topped with cheesy sauce.

Breaded Fish 4/5

Buttered Honey Mid Wings 4.2/5

NZ Mussels with Cheese Sauce 4.5/5

Grilled Cheese Chicken Sausage 4.2/5

Spaghetti Napolitana 4/5

Ham 4/5

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Coffee Club @ Tiong Bahru Plaza

I was at Tiong Bahru Plaza and walked into a half filled restaurant during lunch time. It always puzzled me whenever I stepped into Coffee Club to see empty tables during lunch or dinner time. The food dished out at Coffee Club are of good quality and standard. The price is also comparable to other restaurants. Could it be the restaurant name that gives the misconception? Anyway... at least I need not queue whenever I visited Coffee Club.

I browsed through the menu and realized they have introduced a few new dishes since my last visit. I settled for the Herb Crumbed fish fillet with Hollandaise and Mexican Quessadilla with Bolognaise. The herb crust over the fish fillet was crispy, giving it a herbal fragrant.

Herb Crumbed fish fillet with Hollandaise 4/5

The tortillas with its melted mozzarella cheese was a light and enjoyable meal served with chunky tomato salsa on the side and garnish of mesclun salad tossed in coffee vinaigrette.

Mexican Quessadilla with Bolognaise 4/5


Coffee Club
Tiong Bahru Plaza
302 Tiong Bahru Road
#01-54
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Xing Seafood Steamboat @ Alexandra Village Food Centre

There are many popular stalls at Alexandra Village Food Centre. My favourite is the steamboat stall at the corner of the food centre near the car park. Besides steamboat, the stall also serves some cooked dishes. Most of the time I will order the promfret fish steamboat. I always prefer promfret to snapper for fish steamboat. The soup was tasty and came with yam, tomato, cabbage and tofu.


Promfret Steamboat 4.2/5


To get here, from Queenstown MRT station take bus 195 and alight 3 stops later. Alternative, from Redhill MRT station take bus 33 and alight 5 stops later.


Xing Seafood Steamboat
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Blk 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Nearest MRT: Queenstown, Redhill (EW Line)


Monday, January 3, 2011

Shun Li Fried Oyster @ Alexandra Village Food Centre

The other stall that I patron regularly at Alexandra Village Food Centre is the fried oyster stall run by an old couple. Usually the uncle will take the order and the auntie will do the cooking sitting on a tall stool. I enjoy the fried oyster from this stall as it came with a bit more eggs and not too wet.

Fried Oyster 4/5

To get here, from Queenstown MRT station take bus 195 and alight 3 stops later. Alternative, from Redhill MRT station take bus 33 and alight 5 stops later.


Shun Li Fried Oyster
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Blk 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Nearest MRT: Queenstown, Redhill (EW Line)


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Old Punggol Satay @ Alexandra Village Food Centre

Alexandra Village Food Centre is finally opened after renovation on 01 December 2010. It is good to see some of the old stalls are back dishing out delicious local food. One of my favourite stalls at Alexandra Village Food Centre is Old Punggol Satay. The stall is owned by Chinese so pork is available here. The stall is quite popular so do expect a long wait.

The other important highlight of the stall is the satay sauce. Unlike others, the stall added pineapple in its satay sauce which was very good and nice.

Satay 4.2/5

Satay Sauce with Pineapple 4.5/5

To get here, from Queenstown MRT station take bus 195 and alight 3 stops later. Alternative, from Redhill MRT station take bus 33 and alight 5 stops later.


Old Punggol Satay
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Blk 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Nearest MRT: Queenstown, Redhill (EW Line)


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