Monday, February 27, 2012

Fung Wong Confectionery (风凰饼家) @ Resorts World Sentosa

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Started as a home-based pastry business more than 100 years ago, Fung Wong Confectionery is today a famous brand name in Kuala Lumpur with rich tradition and homemade recipes behind the freshly baked and great tasting pastries, such as the crispy Char Siew Siew Bao and fragrant egg tarts. (paragraph from rwssentosa)

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Crispy Char Siew Bao 4.5/5

The Baked Char Siew Bao crispy pastry has a tad of sweetness that is very delightful to the palate. Inside the pastry was filling with moist and sweet Char Siew fillings. The balance in texture and flavours while keeping it moist makes the baked pastry very delish.


Fung Wong Confectionery (风凰饼家)
Resorts World Sentosa
Malaysian Food Street (The Bull Ring)
8 Sentosa Gateway

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Harbour Front MRT station. Exit station to Vivocity Shopping Mall. Go to Sentosa Express Station at Level 3 of Vivocity. Take Sentosa Express Train to Waterfront station. Alight at Waterfront station and walk to Level B1 The Forum, Resort World Sentosa. Journey time about 15 mins.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Scoop of Art @ Marine Parade Community Club

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The passion and love for art and gelato has brought together 2 ladies Varsha Mulani and Anisa Tyebally to open Scoop of Art at Marine Parade Community Club back in July 2010. Its philosophy is to create an unique experience that combines Gelato enjoyment with Art appreciation.

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Creative art pieces decorated the cafe giving it a funky and lively interior. Besides food and beverages, the cafe has a wide range of Art activities for everyone. With a free flow of paints and brushes, one can spend the day immersed in a relaxing art jamming such as tiles/canvas painting, t-shirt painting, umbrella painting, paint an animal coin bank or mug and many etc.

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Scoop of Art has also hosted many events ranging from corporate team building to birthday parties and even Gelato workshops.

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Even the famous local artist Wanton Doodle has drawn on the cupboard at Scoop of Art.

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So far Scoop of Art has created over 60 Gelato flavours and everyday 18 different delectable gelato flavours will be available. The flavours are constantly rotated so that every visit comes with a different gelato experience.

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Scoop of Six 4.5/5 

If you are with a group of friends or family, the Scoop of Six ($10.50) will be great for sharing. You can choose any 6 flavours of your choices. The homemade gelato uses the freshest ingredients with no preservatives or food colouring. For my visit, I tired the White Chocolate with Raspberry, Raspberry, Ferraro Nutella, Alfonso Mango, Lemon Meringue Pie and Mars Bar & Sea Salt. I could not decide which is my favourite as I liked all of them. They all come with distinct strong flavours, smooth and creamy.

Their Premium Gelato is priced at $3.80 (small), $4.80 (medium) and $5.80 (large). Regular gelato is priced at $3.20 (small), $4.20 (medium) and $5.20 (large).

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Shepherd's Pie 4.5/5

Scoop of Art is not just a gelato parlour. You can also grab a proper lunch or dinner with mains under $10. Currently the kitchen is run by an ex Botak Jones chef that creates the delicious menu. They also have student meal set that comes with a drink at $5.50 to $.6.50.

The Shepherd's Pie ($4.50) comes with a choice of either chicken or beef fillings. I really love the cheesy version by the cafe. The smooth mash potatoes with the flavourful beef stew was a winner for me. For the size of the shepherd's pie, it is definitely value for money too.

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Garlic Prawn Pasta 4.5/5

The Garlic Prawn Pasta ($8.00) is another winner for me! If you love your food hot and spicy this definitely brings a punch. The strong flavours and fresh crunchy prawns will definitely send your palate dancing.

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Tortilla Melts with Thai Chilli Dip 4.5/5

After trying 2 dishes, I am already won over by the menu. The Torilla Melts with Thai Chilli Dip (R $5.50, L $8) comes with a choice of chicken or beef fillings. The Thai Chilli Dip made by the chef surprisingly was a delightful combination to the already delicious Tortilla Melts. It definitely lifted the dish to a new level.

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Cheese Croque Sandwich 4/5

For a hearty meal and if you are a cheese lover, you can try the Cheese Croque Sandwich ($8) that has ham, chicken pieces and mango. I like how the chef uses simple ingredients and combined them for a delectable dish.


Scoop of Art
Marine Parade Community Club
278 Marine Parade Road
#01-03
Singapore 449282
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scoop-Of-Art/118906488145266
Website: http://www.scoop-of-art.com
Nearest MRT: Eunos (EW Line), Paya Lebar (EW Line, CC Line), Dakota (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1030am - 10pm
Fri: 1030am - 11pm
Sat: 930am - 11pm
Sun: 930am - 10pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Eunos MRT station. Walk to bus stop at Sims Avenue (Stop ID 82061). Take Bus 13. Alight 5 stops later at CHIJ Katong Convent Primary. Walk to Marine Parade Community Club. Journey time about 12 minutes.

2) Alight at Paya Lebar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Paya Lebar Road (Stop ID 81111). Take Bus 43, 76 or 135. Alight 9 stops later at CHIJ Katong Convent Primary. Walk to Marine Parade Community Club. Journey time about 17 minutes.

3) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Blk 99 Old Airport Road (Stop ID 81181). Take Bus 16 or 31. Alight 7 stops later at CHIJ Katong Convent Primary. Walk to Marine Parade Community Club. Journey time about 15 minutes.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Spice Sutra Restaurant & Cafe @ Upper Thomson Road

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I still remember my first encounter with Spice Sutra a few years back. After reading good reviews about the restaurant on Hungrygowhere.com, my partner and I decide to check out the place. However we made a last minute U-turn at the restaurant's doorstep as there were hardly any customers. Thanks to Charlene from www.missuschewy.com asking me along for a food tasting session at Spice Sutra, I am able to judge for myself whether the reviews are truth.

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Spice Sutra serves Northern Indian cuisine and it has an extensive menu of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian starters and mains. In addition, you can also have Naan & Roti, Rice & Briyani, Kebab Roll, Soup and Dessert on their menu.

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Mix Grill Hotplate 4/5

The Mix Grill Hotplate ($31.90) came with an assortment of the chef's selection of meats marinated with oriental spices and grilled. A good starter where you get to try bits of everything that the restaurant offers.

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Samosa Chaat 4.5/5

The Samosa Chaat ($5.90) is a best try. This is like an open faced version of the Samosa we usually have. It has chick peas, boiled potatoes, yogurt, ketchup, chopped onions, lime squeeze and spicy garnish. Don't be deceived by the greenish sauce, that is the highlight of this dish.

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Butter Naan and Garlic Naan 4.2/5

Spice Sutra offers 6 types of Naan on their menu. We had the Butter Naan ($3.50) and Garlic Naan ($3.90) served in a nice basket and sliced into smaller pieces. The Naans were fluffy and not oily.

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Butter Chicken 4/5

To go with the Naan, we went for the Butter Chicken ($15.90) so that we can dip it into the gravy and scoop the tender boneless tandoori chicken.

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Mutton Masala 4.5/5

We also ordered the Mutton Masala ($15.90) which was very good. The mutton cubes cooked in spicy gravy was very soft and tender.

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Prawn Biryani 4.5/5

The Prawn Biryani ($15.90) was the surprise for the night. The Basmati rice absorbed the aromatic flavours from the spices and retained the moisture making the rice very fragrant. Spice Sutra definitely is a place where spices and taste matters most.


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Gajjar Haluwa 4/5

After all the savoury food, we decided to try the carrot dessert on the menu. It is a warm dessert with sweeten carrot strips. The taste and texture was rather unique to me, kind of like eating fruit cake.


Spice Sutra Restaurant & Cafe
Thomson Imperial Court
200 Upper Thomson Road
#01-03
Singapore 574424
Website: http://spicesutra.com/ss/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiceSutra
Nearest MRT: Marymount (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11am - 230pm (Wed-Sun)
Dinner: 6pm - 1030pm (Daily)
Closed on Mon & Tue for Lunch

Direction:
1) Alight at Marymount MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut through Shunfu estate and walk towards Thomson Community Club. Thomson Imperial Court building is just beside Thomson Community Club along Upper Thomson Road. Journey time about 10 minutes.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Obolo (Architects of Bliss) @ 112 Katong

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I was down at 112 Katong last weekend to check out the new shopping mall in the east. Located at the basement of the mall is Obolo which means "the cake" in Portuguese. Obolo is behind the inspiring story of 2  architecture graduates Mac Woo & June Lee baking from homes to forming an online patisserie specializing in gourmet cheesecakes and chocolate cakes.

As the flagship patisserie cafe under Obolo’s repertoire of F&B lifestyle concepts, Obolo features a 44-seater open-concept cafe space and an impressive 8-feet showcase housing the best cakes and pastries that Obolo offers.

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Sakura Flower Tea 4/5

Obolo serves an array of gourmet fine tea from Gryphon Tea Company which are a good complement to their lovely dessert. I had the Sakura Flower Tea which is a green tea that is light and refreshing with a little bitter after taste.

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Dessert Platter 4.5/5

If you can't decide what to order from the myriad of mouth watering fine cakes, pastries and desserts that fills up the entire showcase, the All Day Dessert Platter comes with the choice of 1 slice of cake/tart, 2 macarons and 1 scoop of ice cream at $14.90++.

For their widely acclaimed french styled macarons, I had the Salted Caramel Chocolate and Fraise macarons. The macarons were well executed with a good balance of sweetness and the shells were moist.

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Dessert Platter 4.5/5

The waitress recommends us to their signature mousse cake, Noisette. The waitress told us that it was voted as top 50 cakes by Strait Times and Top 10 chocolate cakes by OMY.com. A good recommendation by the waitress. It is beautifully executed, moist with a good balance of sweetness too.


Obolo
112 Katong
112 East Coast Road
#B1-11/29
Singapore 428802
Website: http://www.abolo.com.sg
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aboloinc
Nearest MRT: Dakota (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 10pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Take exit A. Walk to bus stop at Blk 99 Old Airport Road (Stop ID 81181). Take Bus 16. Alight 5 stops later. Cross the road and walk to 112 Katong. Journey time about 10 minutes.

2) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Take exit A. Walk to bus stop at Blk 99 Old Airport Road (Stop ID 81181). Take Bus 10 or 32. Alight 6 stops later. Walk to 112 Katong. Journey time about 15 minutes.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

12-inch Pizzas & Records @ V Hotel

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Timbre Group has a new pizzeria featuring Timbre's widest range of oven baked 12-inch pizzas, complemented by eclectic interiors with the feel and groove of classic 12-inch records at Level 4 of V Hotel.

A wide range of savoury and sweet (dessert) thin crust pizzas, fresh salads, hearty main courses, pastas and appetizers are available on their menu which comes in a 12-inch record.

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12-inch Pizzas has both an indoor and alfresco dining area. I prefer the outdoor area with it spacious sitting and view.

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Cheese Fries 4/5

I like the firm and slightly crispy deep fried straight cut fries topped with melted orange cheddar cheese. I felt that the melted cheese was a bit light. I prefer it to be more cheesy.

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Buffalo Wings 4.2/5

I thought Buffalo Wings supposed to be hot and spicy but the mid joint wings were  on the sweet side, deep fried and glazed with BBQ sauce. The buffalo wings came with celery and blue cheese dressing just like how it was traditionally served.

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Black Pepper Crab 4/5

When I ordered the Black Pepper Crab Pizza, I thought it will come out something on the black colored side but I was wrong as you can see from the photo. The pizza has crab claw meats, shredded crab sticks, sliced onions in black pepper sauce and mozzarella cheese spread on a thin crust. It was topped with diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro. Interesting concept but it lacks the distinct flavour of the black pepper.

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Roasted Duck with Hoisin sauce 4/5

Another interesting pizza we had was the Roasted Duck with Hoisin sauce. The pizza has sliced roasted duck, hoisin sauce, shiitake mushroom and mozzarella cheese on a thin crust. It was topped with crispy popiah skin and drizzles of hoisin sauce. I would say it is kind of an acquired taste if you prefer the traditional  pizza. The crispy popiah skin and hoisin sauce were the highlight of the pizza. I would appreciate if there were more duck meats though.


12-inch Pizzas & Records
V Hotel Level 4
70 Jellicoe Road
Website: http://www.timbregroup.asia/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/12inchPizzas
Nearest MRT: Lavender (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 12pm - 1030pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Lavender MRT station. Take exit B. Walk to V Hotel. Take lift to level 4. Journey time about 3 minutes.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Prata Planet @ Clementi Ave 4

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Is there good prata at the West? Next time if you are at Clementi, you probably would like to check out Prata Planet across the street at Clementi Central. Prata Planet is an Indian cafe located at the void deck of block 320 at Clementi Ave 4.

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Cheese and Mushroom Prata 4.2/5

Prata Planet offers a huge varieties of Prata. Actually it is not something new or unique. Many prata places are offering them to give a modern twist to the traditional prata to satisty the palate of the new generation. Anyway, I tried the Cheese and Mushroom Prata. The Prata was fluffy and not oily. It was filled with melting cheese and button mushrooms.

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Chicken Biryani 4/5

Beside Prata, the restaurant also sells Mutton Soup, Thosai and Biryani. I also tried the Chicken Biryani which I thought was pretty decent. Long thin grain rice was used for the Biryani rice. The curry was not too spicy and the chicken was very tender.


Prata Planet
Blk 320 Clementi Ave 4
#01-37
Nearest MRT: Clementi (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 630am - 11pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Clementi MRT station. Take exit B. Head Northwest on Commonwealth Ave West towards Clementi Ave 4.  Cross at traffic junction. Walk to block 320. Journey time about 3 minutes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cafe Mosaic @ Carlton Hotel

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My family went to Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel to celebrate my dad's birthday. Usually we celebrate his birthday at some Chinese restaurants but I suggest a change since my parent has never gone for International Buffet.

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Coincidentally, it was the seventh day of the Lunar New Year which means Renri (人日). Accordingly to Chinese customs, it was the day human beings were created. Celebrating the day vary from place to place. In Singapore, we will have Yusheng (鱼生) or Prosperity Toss also known as Lo Hei (捞起) in Cantonese. Yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor as it sounds like (余升) meaning an increase in abundance.

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The comtemporary version of the Yusheng (鱼生) is said to be created and popularised in Singapore. It usually consists of strips of raw fish, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments.

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Cafe Mosaic exudes a sense of warmth and comfort. The contemporary cafe brought together Asian and Western culinary favourites, giving one a taste of what the best of Singapore has to offer. Be spoilt with a kaleidoscope of culinary choices in their buffet spread.

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The cold section did not have a lot of varieties but they were very fresh and promptly replenished.

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There was also a salad section with a good selection of variety. My favourite was the jellyfish and cold tofu.

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International Buffet nowaday comes with a selection of sushi. I usually skip the sushi because it can be very filling with all the rice.

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I also tried some of the cooked food section. I had the Scallop, Asparagus with XO sauce and Braised Pig Trotters. They were pretty good and worth trying.

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I could not resist trying the beautiful slab of Roast Pork calling out for me on the bench.

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Not many buffet serves this dish. The Slice Fish Noodle Soup in a way helps to clear all the oiliness.
The soup was a bit peppery but I do not mind. I enjoy the peppery kick from the soup.

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Cafe Mosaic has quite a comprehensive selection of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Asian favourites were also available such as Ice Kachang, Red Ruby and Pulut Hitam.

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Ice cream to wrap up the wonderful buffet feast.

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Lastly, the birthday cake to celebrate my dad's birthday.


Cafe Mosaic
Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Level 1
Website: http://www.carlton.com.sg/cafemosaic.html
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah (CC Line), City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 24hr

Direction:
1) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take exit to Queen Street. Head Southeast on Bras Basah Road towards Carlton Hotel. Journey time about 5 minutes.

2) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre towards Bras Basah Road. Head Northwest on Bras Basah Road towards Carlton Hotel. Journey time about 5 minutes.

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