Showing posts with label .Station: Sixth Avenue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label .Station: Sixth Avenue. Show all posts

Sunday, March 14, 2021

HotChic2 @ The Grandstand - New Pet and Kid-friendly Cafe Serves Exciting And Creative Fusion Dishes


Previously a hawker store at Bukit Batok known as HotChic, HotChic2 is the founding team's newest venture to offer a more diverse and experimental menu. Located within The Grandstand, the pet and kid-friendly cafe serves innovative fusion dishes inspired by cuisines all over the globe that are pleasing to both the eyes and the palate.

Build-Your-Own-Potion 3.8/5

We had fun exploring their fascinating drinks menu to kickstart the meal, with a customizable DIY-style Build-Your-Own-Potion ($9.50) to create your dream concoctions. I chose the vanilla butterfly pea for the base soda flavour, followed by a side of fruit (preserved oranges) and a mint leaf topping. While we enjoyed the refreshing and tangy soda, the drink's colour changing layers also make for a very instagrammable shot.

Hotchic Ceviche 4.2/5

The Hotchic Ceviche ($12) consists of fresh Norwegian salmon slices dressed in Hotchic secret marination and sambal mayo and comes topped with lychee boba and tobiko. I loved how the sambal mayo gives a subtle kick of spice and flavours to the fresh salmon, while the lychee boba brings a burst of refreshing fruity finish to the dish.

Sake Mussels with Truffles 4/5

The Sake Mussels with Truffles ($14) was also no less impressive with a rich umami-filled broth of "shiok" sake and generous amounts of fresh blue mussels. It is paired with furikake sourdough to mop up the remaining broth. If you're a fan of sake, this is definitely a dish to go for.

Mentaiko with Lime Fries 3.8/5

The Mentaiko with Lime Fries ($12) comes in a giant bowl of fluffy crinkle cut fries, doused in a generous amount of mentaiko sauce.

Oppa Su Dong Po 4.2/5

The Oppa Su Dong Po ($27) is a Chinese-Korean-Japanese fusion main, consisting of slow-braised pork belly accompanied by peach kimchi and a HotChic2 invention, TARO-yaki balls. The best way to enjoy the dish and savour the flavours entirely is to wrap the tender pork belly meat with some peach kimchi and sour plum mayo in a piece of lettuce.

Hot Chic Chicken Roulade 4/5

The Hot Chic Chicken Roulade ($28) features tender chicken thigh pieces stuffed with secret recipe braised rice with yam & mushrooms, Justin's cucumber, and served with foie gras pate with furikake sourdough. The dish also came with a small jar of strawberry grape jam to cut through the meat's richness. The refreshing sweet fruity flavour of the jam helped to cleanse the palate as well.

Prawn & Mushroom Aglio 3.8/5

From the pasta selections, we had the Prawn & Mushroom Aglio ($16). A classic dish done well, the pasta is cooked to a perfect al dente, and the fresh prawns used are also juicy and tender.

Pan Fried Crayfish with Goth Pasta 3.5/5

While we enjoyed the rest of the dishes, the Pan Fried Crayfish with Goth Pasta ($19) fell under expectations, as we felt that the pasta was a tad too dry and lacked the squid ink flavour.

When-Chef-Tries-To-Be-Atas - Starter 3.8/5

We also tried the WHEN-CHEF-TRIES-TO-BE-ATAS set menu ($68), consisting of a starter, main and dessert. We started with a Bacon Foie Gras Pate that comes with macerated cherry tomatoes, crushed nuts and Japanese musk melon to pair with the spiced furikake sourdough.

When-Chef-Tries-To-Be-Atas - Main 4.2/5

This is followed by the main dish of Pan-Roasted Shichimi rubbed Pigeon, with Hazelnut Mash, bacon soil, braised quail eggs, as well as a myriad of vegetables on the side. While the pigeon meat is soft and tender, it has a slightly gamier taste than chicken meat. However, we enjoyed this immensely, as the cherry tomatoes helped to cut away some of the gaminess.

When-Chef-Tries-To-Be-Atas - Dessert 4/5

We ended the meal with a Turkish-inspired dessert. It was named "It's a secret" on the menu, as the desserts are meant to be a surprise and changes with the season. Besides the gorgeous presentation, the desserts scored in terms of taste as well - the bitterness of the creamy coffee custard complemented well with the pistachio crumbs and the sweetness of the crushed honeycomb and fruits.

Photos and words 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.

The Grandstand
200 Turf Club Rd
Singapore 287994
Tel: +65 94780347
Nearest MRT: Sixth Avenue (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 10pm
Sat: 930am – 10pm
Sun: 930am – 7pm
(Closed on Tue)

1) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT station. Take Exit A. Use the overhead bridge to exit B. Walk to Turf Club Road. Continue on Turf Club Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT station. Take Exit A. Use the overhead bridge to exit B. Walk down Dunearn Road towards Turf Club Road, to bus stop opposite Sixth Avenue Centre (Stop ID 42019). Wait for The Grandstand Shuttle Bus. 15 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT  station. Take Exit A. Walk down Bukit Timah Road. Walk to bus stop at Sixth Avenue Centre (Stop ID 42011). Wait for The Grandstand Shuttle Bus. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Ampang Kitchen Private Dining - Impresses with Its Peranakan Cuisine Influenced By The Region


The last chapter of our private dining adventure for 2018 ends at The Ampang Kitchen which is run by a father and son team, Uncle Raymond and David. David does the cooking nowadays while Uncle Raymond takes care of the guests at the front of the house, as well as explaining the dishes they have prepared for us.

Satay Bohong 4.8/5

Dinner started with the Satay Bohong.  Each stick consists of 50g of pork belly which is grilled to an aromatic char on top of its tender texture with layers of fats in between. Too bad each guest get only 2 sticks. I wish it can be served straight from the grill so it is hotter, instead of being left to cool down before serving.

Bakwan Kepiting 4.5/5

Bakwan Kepiting is a dish served in all the Perankan private dinings we have attended. The version at The Ampang Kitchen is not authentic type. Uncle Raymond has tweaked it in a good way. The soup came across rich and robust from the long hours of boiling prawn shells, chicken and pork bones to draw the flavours. The meatball is also soft, tender and airy packed with crab meat, prawn and bamboo shoot. If you have a sharp tongue, you will taste fermented beans in it. Uncle William has added them into his soup to elevate the flavour. Other unusual ingredients found in the soup are mushroom and tang oh, which is not usually served in bakwan kepiting.

Kueh Pie Tee 4/5

Although Uncle Raymond does not make his own shell for the Kueh Pie Tee, they are fresh and crispy with no porky smell. These are delightful parcels that whetted the appetite.

Rojak 4.8/5

The Rojak here is served chilled which I find it brilliant, giving it a refreshing touch. The version combines both the local and Penang style, which got the thumb of approval from the dining group. Some even commented that this is the best rojak they have ever eaten.

Chap Chye 4/5

Ampang Kitchen uses 8 different ingredients for its Chap Chye. Unlike the usual Peranakan style, red and white fermented beancurd as well as fermented beans are added which is more of a Cantonese style.

Beef Rendang 4.5/5

Uncle Raymond shared that his Beef Rendang consists of 17 ingredients. Of course I am not able to taste all the individual ingredients. What I tasted is the aromatic rempah that married with the tender beef excellently.

Ayam Buah Keluak 4.2/5

I have tried many versions of Ayam Buah Keluak and this is probably one of the better versions I have eaten. It is more saucy infused with the rich buah keluak flavour. I could not help drenching my steamed rice with the gravy to enjoy it to the last drop.

Assam Fish with Lady's Finger 4.5/5

Another well executed dish which I enjoyed a lot is the Assam Fish with Lady's Finger. The tang from the assam and tomatoes, plus the sweetness from the pineapple is so appetising. It just opens my appetite for more.

Banana Flower Kechai 4.5/5

The one dish that I have been looking forward is the Banana Flower Kechai. It is a dish not commonly served nowadays and it is my first time trying it. I didn't know what to expect. I can taste a lot of different textures and flavours from the prawn, pork, cucumber, mint leaves and banana flower all coming together harmoniously.

Chendol 4.8/5

Wrapping up the dinner we have Chendol for dessert. You can't get anywhere wrong when the chendol are freshly made, with fresh coconut milk and premium gula melaka.

Our dinner at The Ampang Kitchen is $120 per pax. We really enjoyed the food and was well fed. A lot of time and preparation is put into serving the delicious food to our table. I could not say The Ampang Kitchen serves authentic Perankan food because some of the recipes have been influenced by the region, Straits Cuisine maybe a more appropriate to label the cuisine served at The Ampang Kitchen. Besides private dining, it also caters for takeaways. Hence don't be despair if you can't get a booking, you can also order takeaway.

The Ampang Kitchen
39 Jalan Ampang
Singapore 268625
Tel: +65 96187107
Nearest MRT: Sixth Avenue (DT Line)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Master Tang Wanton Mee @ Sixth Avenue - The Return Of The Old Master


I finally dragged my feet and made my way down to Sixth Avenue to check out Master Tang Wanton Mee after all the media hype of his re-opening in Bukit Timah. Master Tang is already in his 80s. Accordingly to online sources, Mr Tang used to be the head chef of crystal jade kitchens and was the brainchild behind their signature wanton mee.

Wanton Noodles 3/5

Since so much is said about the Wanton Noodles ($3.50), I have to order a plate to try myself. This is the Hong Kong style wanton noodles, so do not expect any char siew. It only comes with 4 small size wantons and a few leaves of chye sim. The noodles are thin and springy with a good bite to it. Unfortunately I do not like the alkaline taste on the noodles. Saying that I thought the sauce complemented the noodle excellently.

Beef Brisket Noodles 3.5/5

Since we have already made the trip down to the stall, we also ordered a plate of the Beef Brisket Noodles ($6) to try. I preferred this over the wanton noodles partly due to the fact that the rich and savoury braising sauce helps to mask the alkaline taste of the noodles. Not getting the star on the plate is the beef brisket and tendon that have been stewed until tender soft.


I have not tried Master Tang's previous cooking, so my judgement is purely on my visit. The noodles I had did not quite justify the media attention that has been given to him. I was left puzzled on the hype. Maybe age has caught up with him. Not to forget he is already in his 80s.

Master Tang Wanton Mee
Kopitown Coffeeshop
10E Sixth Avenue
Singapore 276474
Nearest MRT: Sixth Avenue (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Fri-Wed: 8am - 4pm
(Closed on Thur)

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar @ The Grandstand (Turf City) - Modern NoodleSmall Plates Bar with 18 Asian and Western Noodle Dishes


Another new restaurant and concept has recently opened at The Grandstand which is just diagonally opposite Omakase Burger. Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar is a modern noodle small plates bar that offers over 18 Asian and Western inspired noodle small plates, moreish snacks and all day happy hour. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of noodles on the menu, it is like a mini Noodle Olympic where noodle dishes inspired from various countries and cuisines are gathered together.

Fish Roe Fishball 3/5

We started our dinner at Chow Fun with some snacks. The Fish Roe Fishball ($6.90) comes with a fish roes and mayo stuffing in it. Do be careful while having it as the mixture may oozed out. I won't really call it a fishball as the flour ratio is way more than the fish meat. Nevertheless, many will enjoy the popping surprises of the fish roes in it.

Mom's White Radish Cake 3/5

The Mom's White Radish Cake ($5.90) did not taste as good as it looks. The pan fried radish cake was rather light on the palate. It lacked the depth and fragrant from the Chinese sausages, dried shrimp and shallots. Even the dried shrimp sambal was rather mild, lacking the knockout punch.

Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Skin 3.5/5

It was rather interesting to find the Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Skin on the menu. Love the salted egg yolk sauce. If the chicken skin could be crispier than that will be perfect.

Potato, Bonito and Cheese Pancake 4/5

The Potato, Bonito and Cheese Pancake ($5.90) is a rather interesting dish which resembles a cross between a Swiss rosti and Japanese Okonomiyaki. A layer of thinly sliced potato rest beneath the pile of melted cheeses (Mozzarela, mature Cheddar and Granna Padano), topped with bonito flakes and spring onions. This is addictive combination that will be enjoyed by both young and old.

Ginger and Scallion Noodle 3.8/5

The noodle small plates concept is sort of like Thai boat noodles but at Chow Fun you get to have a choice between hot and chilled noodles dishes with a gamut of different types of noodles and cooking styles. We started with the Ginger and Scallion Noodle ($2.90) which is served chilled. The cold noodles are tossed in a mixture of spring onions, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil and mirin. A very refreshing and healthy dish.

Kung Fu Dashi Broth Noodle 4.2/5 and Tom Yum Cream Noodle 3/5

One of my favourite noodle dishes is the Kung Fu Dashi Broth Noodle ($2.90) which reminds me of a tasty bowl of home cooked fried vermicelli. It may looked simple but the fried vermicelli cloaked in a savoury dashi broth is packed full of flavours.

The Tom Yum Cream Udon ($2.90) is cooked in a spicy tom yum paste with sauteed mushrooms, tart cherry tomatoes, prawns and topped with crispy chicken skin. A modern fusion of Thai flavour and Japanese noodle. The spicy and sour combination on top of the chewy bite of the udon would be well received if not for the fact that the kitchen is a bit heavy on the salt.

Wagyu Bolognese Pasta 3.5/5 and Pork Belly Bibim Guksu 4.5/5

Another homely and comforting noodle dish on the menu is the Wagyu Bolognese Pasta ($2.90). The ground wagyu beef is slowed cooked for 12 hours together in a hearty tomato sauce that complement the perfectly cooked spaghetti.

The traditional Korean bibim guksu is a cold noodle dish but Chow Fun's piquant rendition of Pork Belly Bibum Guksu ($2.90) is served warm with gochujang stirred into the rice noodles with house made pickled radish with coriander seeds, and crowned with unctuous silvers of sateed soy ginger glazed pork belly. This is the other favourite of mine.

Pineapple Fried Noodle 2.8/5

Bak Kut Teh Noodle 3/5

The Pineapple Noodle ($2.90) is akin to the Malaysian Hokkien Mee. While the dark sweet sauce and mirin is quite delectable, the texture of the noodle was kind of rubbery which I did not enjoy.

The only soup dish we tried is the Bak Kut Teh Noodle ($2.90). Flavourful broth but once again on the salty side.

Pink Shrimp Pasta 4.5/5 and Wild Mushroom & Truffle Pasta 4.2/5

If you have limited stomach space to try all the 18 Asian and Western inspired noodle dishes, then I would recommend spending your dollar on the Pink Shrimp Pasta ($2.90) and Wild Mushroom & Truffle Pasta ($2.90). The sauce of the pink shrimp pasta stood out for me. It is prepared by cooking shrimp in white wine and tomato and then blended with cream, resulting in a robust and briny seafood flavour that goes very well with the penne pasta.

Lychee Granita and Crystal Jelly 3/5

Besides the snacks and noodles, Chow Fun also offers a decent mix of Asian and Western desserts on the menu. The Lychee Granita And Crystal Jelly ($4.90) is a light and refreshing dessert to wrap up the meal. I thought the granita was a rather bland, it needed a bit more zest to it.

Deep Fried Caramelized Banana Fritter 4/5

I am surprised to find Goreng Pisang at Chow Fun. Oh! I meant Deep Fried Caramelized Banana Fritter ($6.90). Crispy batter coupled with the sweet banana, this is just too addictive to stop at one.

Red Bean, Peanut and Sesame Homemade Tang Yuan 4.2/5

Homemade Tang Yuan ($6.90) in ginger soup is another tradition dessert in the menu. It comes with a trio of Tang Yuan with red bean, peanut and sesame filling. I was actually taken aback that the sesame tang yuan is actually salted. It did bring a little different twist and surprise to the table.

Salted Egg and Chocolate Lava Cake 4/5

How to resist the lava flowing Salted Egg and Chocolate Lava Cake ($8.90). It is a combination that satisfied by internal craving. The cake was rich and moist. Unfortunately I could not really taste the salted egg. This is my second time to come across this combination and in both occasions the chocolate is too overpowering for the presence of the salted egg.

While the concept is try the different Asian and Western noodle dishes, for those that prefer to have a bigger bowl, they are also available in upsized portions from $15.90. However I would encourage you to be adventurous and order a few noodle dishes to try. I would recommend having the Ginger and Scallion Noodle, Kung Fu Dashi Broth Noodle, Pork Belly Bibum Guksu,  Pink Shrimp Pasta and Wild Mushroom & Truffle Pasta

Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar
The Grandstand
200 Turf Club Road
Singapore 287994
Tel: +65 64646900
Nearest MRT: Sixth Avenue (DT Line)

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am - 12midnight

1) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT station. Take Exit A. Use the overhead bridge to exit B. Walk to Turf Club Road. Continue on Turf Club Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT station. Take Exit A. Use the overhead bridge to exit B. Walk down Dunearn Road towards Turf Club Road, to bus stop opposite Sixth Avenue Centre (Stop ID 42019). Wait for The Grandstand Shuttle Bus. 15 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT  station. Take Exit A. Walk down Bukit Timah Road. Walk to bus stop at Sixth Avenue Centre (Stop ID 42011). Wait for The Grandstand Shuttle Bus. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Meat n’ Chill @ Sixth Avenue Centre - A Place to Eat, Chat and Bond


Sixth Avenue has always been a less vocal part of our island, and perhaps that's what made the establishments here seem more intriguing, at least to me. Sleepy looking, one might easily give the 6th Avenue Centre a miss when scouting for food around this area, but do look out for this young set up Meat n’ Chill.


3 buddies set this up together, fired by their love for American food, for its generous servings and casual vibe. They want a space that allows bonding, without too much fuss. Fall-off-the-bones pork ribs is the signature here, which customers have been coming back for the past one year since they started.

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Majestic Meat Platter 4.2/5

To celebrate their first anniversary, they have come out with a special Majestic Meat Platter which consists of pork ribs, salmon, steak, and chicken, all for just $100. The meat platter is designed to feed 4-6pax and it also comes with free flow of sides and drinks.

Signature Pork Ribs 4/5

For Signature Pork Ribs ($19 ala carte), you get to choose 2 sauces out of Original/ Cajun/ Hickory/ Spicy/ Bourbon/ Honey Mustard. We had Bourbon and Honey Mustard. The slabs of ribs were huge, almost tiling the serving board. As promised, the tender meat fell off the ribs with a gentle tug. The sauces were quite balanced in flavour, though I wish the latter could be more mustardy instead of sweet. I could still taste the smoky flavour that seems inherent in the meat but is actually a result from smoking over a composition of hickory and mesquite wood chips for several hours. There is no porky taste at all! Thanks to Chef Bruce, who takes the extra effort to remove the membranes off the ribs which causes those unpleasant chewy texture that you might have experienced elsewhere before.

250g Rib Eye Steak 3.8/5

We had their 250g Rib Eye Steak ($27 ala carte) with red wine sauce. Despite us having it medium well, it was still quite tantalizing.

Cajun Fried Chicken 3.8/5

What surprised me was their Cajun Fried Chicken ($17 ala carte). Using boneless thigh meat, the crispy batter seems to have sealed all the juice in, keeping the meat tender and juicy. The rich and flavourful gravy succeeded in stopping us from reaching out to your usual ketchup or chilli sauce.

Crispy Skin Grilled Salmon 3.5/5

Crowned with Tobiko, the Crispy Skin Grilled Salmon ($19 ala carte) is like a princess amidst all the chunks of meat. First grilled to obtain the crispy skin, then baked to seal in the juice and fats, the savoury tobiko and a squeeze of lemon were all I needed to enjoy this dainty.


Given that the sides and ice tea are free flow, this majestic meat platter is quite a good deal. Overall, this place has fulfilled its mission in allowing friends and families to gather and bond over good food, casually and comfortably. I could simply just chew off the meat straight from holding the ribs, without forks and knifes. 2-storey high, if you need a space for events or huge gatherings, this could be just one of the options to go for.

Photograph and 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.

Meat n’ Chill
805 Bukit Timah Road
6th Avenue Centre
Singapore 279883
Tel: +65 62197460
Nearest MRT: Sixth Avenue (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu: 11am - 1030pm
Fri-Sat: 11am - 11pm
Sun: 11am - 1030pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk straight to traffic light junction. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]