Showing posts with label .Station: Rochor. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Dine At Home During Circuit Breaker - Soi Aroy


One of the better meals I had during the circuit breaker period is Thai food from Soi Aroy. I am glad that even during this pandemic, I am still able to discover new restaurants that I didn't get to visit before the whole world goes into various lock down measures to fight against the pandemic.

Premium Tom Yum Soup with Thai Mama 

In my opinion, the best way to tell whether a restaurant is serving legit Thai food is from their tom yum soup. When I took a sip of the Premium Tom Yum Soup, it blew me away with its depth and bold flavours. You can choose to go along with some rice or add noodles to it. Customers will have a choice of egg noodles, brown rice bee hoon, Thai rice noodle or Thai Mama. I have gone for the Thai Mama as I like my maggie mee. 

Thai Collagen Porridge

Another dish that caught my attention is the Thai Collagen Porridge. The rice and ingredients come packed separately from the 12hr collagen base soup without MSG. It is very hearty and comforting. You can also request additional ingredients such as egg, vegetables, meat patty and more. 

Grilled Pork Cheek

Lemongrass Chicken

For some grilled stuff, they have Grilled Pork Neck and Lemongrass Chicken. The grilled pork has a delightful crunchy bite on top of its smokiness. The lemongrass chicken was tender with refreshing lemongrass aroma.

Thai Fish Cakes

Another popular item on their menu is the Thai Fish Cakes which goes excellently with the Thai sweet spicy sauce. 

Thai Seafood Fried Rice

As I mentioned earlier that I have not visited Soi Aroy at Sim Lim Square so I went online and try to find out more about the restaurant. I realized it is actually quite a small place located on level 2 of the mall. It amazes me that with such a constraint space, the restaurant was able to wok up so many varieties on their menu. Besides the dishes I mentioned earlier, they have many more cooked dishes such as Thai Seafood Fried Rice, Thai Basil Pork, Sambal Kang Kong with Squid and Sambal LaLa.

Thai Basil Pork

Sambal Kang Kong with Squid

Thai Basil Pork and Sambal Kang Kong with Squid is probably two of my most ordered items whether I visited a Thai restaurant. With a plate of fragrant steamed rice, it basically completes a meal. 

Sambal LaLa

Worth mentioning is their Sambal LaLa. Not only was the LaLa fresh and juicy, it like the layer of aroma from the Thai basil which just elevated the whole spicy affair.

Mango Sticky Rice

Not to forget to wrap your meal with some sweetness too. This can also helps to cool the tongue after all the spicy food. Some of the desserts I tried are Mango Sticky RiceTapioca, Red Ruby and Mango Sago.

Tapioca, Red Ruby and Mango Sago

Currently the restaurant is having the following promotion. Free drink for every $15 spent and $5 off for orders above $50. Delivery fees ranged from $5 to $17 depend on the zone. You can refer to their facebook page for the delivery fee charges. To order WhatsApp the restaurant at 9641 8988.

Soi Aroy
Sim Lim Square
1 Rochor Canal Road
Singapore 188504
Tel: +65 96418988
Nearest MRT: Rochor (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am - 8pm
Sun: 11am - 4pm

1) Alight at Rochor MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lowercase Cafe @ LASALLE College of the Arts (McNally Street) – Hidden Gem In An Art School

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A cafe-bar nestled along McNally Street within the LASALLE campus, Lowercase is the perfect chill out, food and study spot for the students with its spacious environment, laid back vibes and of course free all-day wifi, as well as student discount entitlements on top of the already affordably priced dishes. Opened to the public as well, Lowercase's extensive all-day brunch menu is no less impressive despite its unassuming location in an art school.

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Flank Steak 4.2/5

A unique take on the traditional steak dish is the Flank Steak ($19.50). Well marinated, tender and juicy, stuffed full with flavourful chunks of onion, red and yellow bell pepper, it delivers an excellent textural contrast, while further accentuating its taste with the addition of mozzarella cheese and homedmade red wine sauce drizzled on the steak. The elements gel togther just right making it a well-exceuted dish. Furthermore, with a generously portioned steak dish pegged at a pricing below $20, it is definitely a steal.

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Kimchi Chicken Burger 4/5

The Kimchi Chicken Burger ($16.50) comes in a huge chunk of juicy korean style fried chicken, blanketed with a specially curated gochujang sauce, and sandwiched in between leeks and fluffy burger buns. While I would deem the fried chicken delicious on its own, the main highlight would be the richly flavoured gochujang sauce that is savoury and sweet with just a subtle kick of spice that is sufficient to pack a impressionable punch to the tastebuds. It also came with a side of kimchi salad and fried topoki. Although the fried topoki had an addictive chewy texture, it might be a tad bland on its own, and perhaps could be paired with more of the gochujang sauce for a richer flavour.

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Lemony Tuna W/Mixed Herbs 3.8/5

The Lemony Tuna W/Mixed Herbs ($14.50) features a cream base pasta cooked with tuna chunks, and tossed in lemon juice, anchovy bits and capers, before garnishing with chilli flakes, cherry tomatoes and wild rockets. Cooked al-dente, the pasta noodles boost a firmer, drier texture, while the generous addition of tuna chunks embedded within and rediscovered in every bite was a delight to the tastebuds and fared well as a refreshing combination.

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BBQ Smoked Duck Pizza 4/5

Lowercase's rendition of the BBQ Smoked Duck Pizza ($15) made an impression with its crispy thin in-house made crust base, spread with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese atop, and laced with succulent smokey BBQ duck breast meat slices and homemade mandarin orange sauce. While the chopped spring onion and crispy spring roll skin added dimensions to its texture, no doubt the rest of the ingredients are well-executed and complement one another in its taste. Perhaps the main differentiating factor that added to its uniqueness is the touch of mandarin orange slices used that contributed a citrusy flavour to the overall taste of the pizza which just lifted the entire dish with a subtle zesty tanginess that I really enjoyed.

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Atlantic Smoked Salmon Salad 3.8/5

For the health-conscious individuals, the Atlantic Smoked Salmon Salad ($15) is an ideal option. Fresh cured smoked salmon lightly whisked with pea sprout, eggs and red radish in place of the conventional garnish, lends a refreshing taste admist the bed of crispy mesclun greens, while an even coating of the tangy miso dressing in the salad was a nice finishing component that binds the flavours together, constituting a salad dish that fares far better than its usual bland-tasting counterparts.

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Salted Egg Yolk Fries 4.5/5

The Salted Egg Yolk Fries ($11) is one of the best I had. It packs a rich flavour which carries a perfect sweet-saltiness balance, with a light spice from the curry leaves, and a grainy texture in its homemade salted egg yolk sauce that comes with some salted egg crumbs to enhance its flavour. While the fries are pretty ordinary and did not retain its crispness, dip those into the accompanying salted eggyolk sauce, and it provides a satisfying authentic burst of this local favourite's flavour. Rich and addictive, it serves as the perfect snack to munch on.

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Waffle with Gelato 4.2/5

The waffle and gelato I had consists of a waffle and 2 scoops of gelato (cereal milk and pistachio flavours) atop. With a dedicated focus on quality ingredients, their gelato and special waffle batter are made in-house from scratch. The waffles boast a crispy exterior and a slightly starchy interior which is made better with the pairing of the smooth and creamy gelato. The Pistachio flavoured gelato had a rich roasted nutty flavour that screams authenticity, while the cereal milk was a unique option consisting of a milky flavoured ice cream with bits of cereal surprise embedded within. Lowercase does a variety of unique flavours for their gelato, and refreshes their offerings every week to excites tastebuds and keep customers coming back for more.

Words and photos by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting

Lowercase Cafe 
College of the Arts Singapore
1 McNally Street
#01-01 Block D
Singapore 187940
Nearest MRT: Rocher (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 830am - 9pm
Sun: 9am - 3pm
(Closed on PH)

1) Alight at Rocher MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Friday, July 22, 2016

Barashi-Tei @ Middle Road - Homely Japanese Restaurant, Reasonable Priced Food


Barely a few months old, Barashi-Tei at Middle Road is already making friends with their regulars.  Its setup is very simple and homely, similar to those along Mohammad Sultan Road.

 Sashimi Salad 3/5

Avocado Salmon Salad 3.5/5

For starters, we had 2 salads.  Sashimi salad ($13.80) is always a refreshing start but the combination of smoky aburi salmon and buttery avocado of the Avocado Salmon Salad ($13.80) makes the latter more satisfying.

Wasabi Ebi and Kuruma Ebi 3/5

For some small bites, we had Wasabi Ebi ($7.80) which is deep fried and Kuruma Ebi ($7.80) which is pan fried. The Ebi were fresh and bouncy, which were quite tasty even on their own. The dressings were a little too thick and saucy for me. 

Sake Jyu 3/5

Chirashi 3.8/5

We had 2 dons - Salmon and Chirashi ($23.00). The Sake Jyu ($16.80) left me dissatisfied with its thin salmon slices. On the other hand, the Chirashi saved the day with its chunkier sashimi and I enjoyed every bit of the melt-in-your-mouth sensation and buttery texture of the fresh sashimi.

Dragon Maki 3/5

Spicy Salmon Maki 2.8/5

IMG_9061edRice Paper Ebi Maki 2.5/5

We tried 3 of their maki which don't differ much in taste. All 3 of them used fried ebi as the key ingredient and same sauce for dressing. Between Dragon ($8.80) and Spicy Salmon ($12.80), you may just opt for one, depending whether you prefer avocado or salmon. The fried ebi was well done with succulent shrimp centre and paired well with both avocado and aburi salmon. The spicy dressing makes the dishes interesting but can be a little overwhelming when there is too much of it. As for Rice Paper Ebi Maki ($12.80) which is created for customers who are afraid of carbs, didn't work for me at all. The thin rice paper fails to hold the dry ingredients together and one might be better off eating each ingredient separately. 

Sirloin Steak Foie Gras 3.8/5

Their Sirloin Steak Foie Gras ($19.80) is quite notable. I thought the presentation could be improved, as it certainly tastes better than it looks.

Sanma Shioyaki 3.8/5

Ika Teriyaki 3/5

Some dishes great for sharing over beers and sakaes would be Sanma Shioyaki ($6.80) and Ika Teriyaki ($13.80). From my understanding, sanma is one of the most well-known seasonal fish representing autumn in Japanese cuisine. Perhaps it is the novelty of eating it, I enjoyed savouring it bit by bit. The Ika was kind of tough, I was expecting to be softer and chewier.

Gindara Nabe 4/5

I can imagine having their Gindara Nabe ($24.00) on a cold rainy evening. The broth, together with all the wholesome ingredients offer the comfort that I need after a long day. It definitely helps to clear my palate for the dessert.

Strawberry Mousse 2.8/5

We ended the evening with their strawberry mousse.  Not anything fancy but good enough to sweeten my evening.

The quality of Barashi-Tei is really quite impressive and definitely wins those chain Japanese restaurants in malls that charge exorbitant prices for pathetic amounts. What are being offered seem authentic too, which is not a surprise given that the chef was trained under a veteran Japanese chef for 10 years. For a fuss-free dining experience and affordable Japanese cuisine, Barashi-Tei is a good option if you are in the vicinity. 

Written by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.

Elias Building
266 Middle Road
Singapore 188991
Tel: +65 84215228
Nearest MRT: Rochor (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Rochor MRT staton. Take Exit A. Walk down Prinsep Street towards Middle Road. Turn right onto Middle Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]