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Friday, March 10, 2023

Au Balcon @ The Summerhouse - Parktake In Comforting, Classic French Fare With The Reinvented Au Balcon


Formerly known as the French Dining Room at The Summerhouse, Au Balcon, located on the second floor of the historical building, refreshed its menu to focus on classic French flavours with a twist.

Octopus & Prawn Nicoise Salad 3,5/5

We kickstarted our dinner with several entrees, starting with the Octopus & Prawn Nicoise Salad ($28). It is an elevated take on the salad featuring a smoky, tender grilled octopus leg on a bed of fresh butterhead lettuce, sweet cherry tomatoes, haricot verts, olives, fingerling potatoes and local Kelong-farmed prawns. I am not a salad person, but the accompanying ingredients liven the enjoyment of the boring greens.

Florentine 65℃ Organic Egg 3.5/5

Next is the Florentine 65℃ Organic Egg ($18). A farm egg sits on a bed of garlic-sauteed spinach, cauliflower puree and is finished with a flourish of fresh truffle shavings, pecorino and truffle vinaigrette. It may look simple but do not be deceived by it. It is packed with lovely flavours.

Seared Atlantic Scallop 3.8/5

Seared to perfect golden brown is the plump and sweet Atlantic Scallop ($24), paired deliciously on a swath of smooth, vibrant romesco sauce, topped with sweet caper raisins and coriander cres from The Summerhouse's edible garden.

Pluma Iberico 4/5

Moving to the mains, we had the Pluma Iberico ($48) beautifully seared and paired with a sweet-sour apple celeriac puree and moreish garlic brussels sprouts. It is sprinkled with toasted almonds for a layered bite and a nutty finish.

Kuhlbarra Barramundi 4/5

The Kuhlbarra Baramundi ($36) is sustainably sourced, paired with creamy polenta and roasted heirloom carrots. A rich, savoury crustacean reduction beautifully ties the dish together, binding every component together in harmony.

Wagyu Striploin 4.2/5

Another delicious protein is the richly marbled Wagyu Striploin ($98), charcoal grilled to perfection. The melt-in-the-mouth beef is served with a buttery, smoked potato puree and crispy broccolini.

Citrus Creme Brulee 3.5/5

Wrapping our meal is the Citrus Creme Brulee ($16). The smooth and creamy vanilla custard is given a citrus lift with the addition of orange zest. However, I preferred the other dessert. The Paris Brest ($16) fares much better with airy choux pastry rings piped with a rich, nutty praline diploma and finished with a light dusting of icing sugar.

Paris Brest 4/5

Having dined at The Summerhouse previously, the new menu fell below my expectation. It is good, but the dishes felt safe without many surprises or its own character. They are classic French fare, which can be found in any French restaurant.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

The Summerhouse Dining Room
Seletar Airport
3 Park Lane
Singapore 798387
Tel: +65 88095840
Nearest MRT: Punggol (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sun, Eve of PH & PH: 6pm - 10pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 1130am - 3pm

1) Alight at Punggol MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to Punggol Bus Interchange (Stop ID 65009). Take bus number 117. Alight 6 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 30 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, June 23, 2022

L'Angelus @ Club Street - Elevates The French Dining Experience With A New Menu


Known for its top quality authentic French cuisine, L'Angelus at Club Street launched a delicious line-up of new dishes to their grand menu. Though the restaurant has been around since 1998, this is my first time visiting it. I am so looking forward to my dinner after hearing so many good reviews of their food.

Ventrèche en Tartare 4.2/5

Starting our meal is the Ventreche en Tartare ($34++), giving the classic tartare a Japanese take in the use of Japanese blue fin tuna belly, decadently combined with nori, homemade seaweed mayo and shallots, paired with crispy bread chips over-baked with extra virgin olive oil.

Oeufs Meurettes 4.2/5

The Oeufs Meurettes ($24++) is a hearty and comforting dish, comprising of 2 poached eggs, wild mushrooms, pancetta, red wine reduction and croutons. It remembers me of our local soft boiled eggs breakfast. I am craving for some bread to soak up that delicious sauce. It is also available as a option on the Three-Course All-Day Set Menu ($72) but it only comes with one poached egg.

Carpaccio de Saint Jacques 4.2/5

Another beautiful entree choice on the Three-Course All-Day Set Menu ($72) is the Carpaccio de Saint Jacques comprising thinly sliced Hokkaido scallop,topinambour purée, black truffle vinaigrette and pickled radish. I enjoyed the refreshing touch from the pickled radish that freshen the palate with each mouth bite.

Calamars Farcis 4.8/5

One of my favourite dish for the night is the Calamars Farcis ($42). The wild-caught squid is stuffed with couscous infused with preserved lemon, rosette and zucchini. It is then pan-roasted with butter for that extra lift in flavour, further topped with a vibrant Italian-style Romesco sauce and premium ikura.

La Légine 4.2/5

Another beautiful dish on the menu is the La Legine ($52) glazed with miso and sake-mirin reduction. The gorgeous Patagonian toothfish is paired in a sweet bafun uni butter sauce, complete with French beetroot and crispy wheat pastry.

Yugo Wagyu MS7 4.2/5

Moving from the sea to the land, we have the priced Yugo Wagyu MS7 ($92, 200g), an award-winning Australian full-blood ribeye boasting a marbling score of 6-7. The impressive cut is tender and juicy, paired with seasonal vegetable and pomme puree.

Crepe Suzette 3.5/5

The dessert that makes every heads in the dining hall turn is the Crepe Suzette ($26++). The dessert is prepared tableside, cooked i homemade orange syrup and flambeed with the classic Grand Marnier. A scoop of vanilla ice cream completes the treat.

Lavender Crème Brûlée 4/5

Last but not least, we ended out meal with the Lavender Creme Brulee ($16). The cream brulee is fragranted with lavender buds, complemented by the sourish rhubarb puree for a balanced and enjoyable finish, accompanied by a piece of homemade sable Breton (shortbread).


Note: This is an invited tasting.

85 Club Street
Singapore 069453
Tel: +65 62256897
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Chinatown (DT Line, NE Line), Maxwell (TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
Sat: 6pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk down Cross Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Continue to the end of Amoy Street. Climb the stairs beside Siang Cho Keong Temple, up Ann Siang Hill. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Maxwell MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk down South Bridge Road towards Ann Siang Road. Turn right onto Ann Siang Road. Walk down Ann Siang Road. Turn left onto Club Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 4 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Pagoda Street to South Bridge Road. Cross the road and turn right. Walk down South Bridge Road. Turn left onto Ann Siang Hill and then left onto Club Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Armoury Craft Beer & Steak @ South Beach Quarter - Craft Beer Bar That Offers Spanish Tapas and Wagyu Steaks


Armoury at South Beach Quarter started in 2016 as a craft beer speciality bistro. Collaborating with local and international breweries, it introduces a wide range of craft beers, including its very own Armoury Lager and Armoury IPA. The food menu was basic back then, but it has now evolved to include Spanish-style offerings such as tapas, paella and even wagyu ribeye for the gourmands.


Its Armoury IPA is suitable for an easy start, as well as the Watermelon Martini.

Madrid Broken Egg 4/5

Our evening started strong with very enjoyable dishes from the Tapas menu. Madrid Broken Egg ($16) is a dish that will cure your hangover and set you up for more alcohol! I love the broken pieces of gooey egg yolks tossed alongside roasted potato chunks and chorizo sausages. It is on the saltier side but deeply satisfying nonetheless.

Spicy Mussel Bowl 4.5/5

The Spicy Mussel Bowl ($20) will whet your appetite with its garlic white wine broth. Aromatic with a depth of flavour lent from the white wine, it comes with a fiery kick but is gentle on the taste buds.

Gambas al Ajillo 4.5/5

Gambas al Ajillo ($20) was simple, with all three ingredients done well - prawns, olive oil and garlic. The perfectly browned chopped garlic was indeed the flavour bomb, which explained the side toasts to mop up the garlic-infused olive oil.

Mediterranean Seafood Paella 4/5

Mediterranean Seafood Paella ($39) is wholesome for mains with prawns, squids and scallops. The rice had a delicious bite, and the various seafood added to that enjoyable texture.

Armoury Wagyu + Pork Ribs Set 4/5

When you have a curation of craft beers to choose from, perhaps one way to amp up the experience is to have something luscious and sinfully indulgent. Other than its Spanish-style tapas and mains, what's worth highlighting is its wagyu steaks which are not so commonly available in such places. We had the Wagyu Ribeye and Pork Ribs Set ($95) served with Mentaiko Fries.

Molten Lava Cake 4/5

If you do need a dessert, the Molten Lava Cake($14) is good for sharing.

Photos and words 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. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Armoury Craft Beer & Steak
South Beach Quarter
36 Beach Road
Singapore 189766
Nearest MRT: Esplanade (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 1130am - 1030pm
Sun: 1130am - 10pm

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

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Carrotsticks & Cravings @ Stanley Street - Aussie-Inspired Cafe's Third Outlet With Coastal-Inspired Interiors


Carrotsticks & Cravings, an Aussie-inspired cafe, unveils a new outlet in the heart of CBD along Stanley street. The third and latest outlet boasts a gorgeous coastal-inspired interior, offering freshest quality and wholesome dishes. The food menu comes in four categories - Morning Specials, Bowls, Open Herb Sourdough and Sandwiches.

Stanley Breakfast For 2 4.2/5


In celebration of its latest outlet's opening, it has launched the exclusive outlet only Stanley Breakfast For 2 ($46), a vibrant representation of the brand's founder and owner's Australian and Israeli roots. The platter comprises a generous serving of Israeli salad, two freshly-baked puff pastries filled with cream cheese, oven-roasted eggplant, homemade hummus, falafel patties, avocado, smoked salmon or chicken ham. There is more! A Sourdough breadbasket, choice of two eggs (poached, scrambled, sunny-side up or omelette) and two coffees complete the breakfast feast.

Signature Smashed Avo 4.2/5

A hearty breakfast on the menu is the Signature Smashed Avo ($18). Avocado and a poached egg rest on top of the toasted sourdough. It is further crowned with feta, dukkah and dressed with herb oil. Finally, zest up the flavour with a squeeze of the lemon.

Dukkah Salmon 4.2/5

Cooked to a beautiful pink is the Dukkah Salmon ($28) accompanied by brown rice, roasted pumpkin, asparagus, pomegranate and rocket leaves.

Red Shakshouka 4.5/5

For something comfortable, I will recommend the Red Shakshouka ($18). The spicy Mediterranean red sauce of tomatoes with poached eggs and goat cheese is best with the accompanying sourdough.

Peanut Butter Slice 4/5 and Keto Bomb 4/5

Peanut lovers will enjoy both the Peanut Butter Slice and Keto Bomb desserts.

Overall, I have enjoyed the brunch experience at Carrotstick & Cravings. I will recommend going for the Signature Smashed Avo and Red Shakshouka.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Carrotsticks & Cravings
5 Stanley Street
Singapore 068724
Tel: +65 8028 6651
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line), Telok Ayer (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am - 6pm

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk along the covered walkway until the junction of Mccallum Street and Telok Ayer Street. Turn right onto Mccallum Street and then left onto Stanley Street. Journey time is about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to junction of Telok Ayer Street and Upper Cross Street. Turn left onto Telok Ayer Street. Turn left again onto Boon Tat Street and make a right onto Stanley Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre @ Chijmes - Contemporary Woodfire Gastronomy And The Warmth Of Home


Another new kid on the block has opened at Chijmes, replacing the now-defunct El Mero Mero. The new restaurant, Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre, offers contemporary woodfire gastronomy. Customers can look forward to dishes focusing on seafood and vegetables. You can also find aged fish and dry-aged beef on the menu for its intensified and improved texture.


There are 3 set courses on the menu, 4- Course Discovery Menu ($118++ per pax), 6-Course Experience Menu ($198++ per pax) and 8-Course Carte Blanche ($258++ per pax). We had some snacks before starting on the menu. We had the Bacon Tart and Eggplant Puree. I like the burst of flavours from bacon tart filled with pumpkin miso and topped with thinly sliced lardo bacon. It is a combination that I wasn't expecting but works beautifully.

Gambas 4.2/5

We started with the Gambas, a smoked Mediterranean prawn dish with Japanese influence. You can taste familiar Japanese flavours such as yuzu and wasabi, transporting the Gambero Rosso red prawns from the Mediterranean coast to the coast of Japan.

Palermo Pepper 4/5

Like Chef Remy, I'm not too fond of raw peppers. But, just like how he got converted after trying the Palermo Pepper back in Beirut, Lebanon, he has managed to convert me too. The organic sweet pepper from Sicily is charcoal grilled to bring out the sweetness of the organic sweet pepper with a coat of smokiness. It is paired with Muhamara, a classic Armenian condiment based on roasted pepper and walnut.

Blue Mussels 4.8/5

We are all familiar with Japan's chawanmushi dish, and Chef Remy elevates it in his Blue Mussels dish. He has transformed the chawanmushi into an international dish melding the seafood and seasonal peaches from France, smoked eel from Spanish and Madras curry from India. The combination is complex but harmoniously balanced, bringing a global of flavours together.

Perfect Egg 4.5/5

Chef Remy rendition of his version of Perfect Egg is inspired by the pepper crab he had in Penang, Malaysia. He recreates the pepper sauce using wild pepper from Madagascar. You can also find razor clams, sweet corn stew and salsa verde in the dish. Mixing everything in the plate together, its sweetness and peppery kick remind me of my local half-boiled egg breakfast.

Wagyu Dry-aged 4.2/5

The 40 days Wagyu Dry-aged is grilled on an open fire and finished in the charcoal oven. Seasoned with salt and pepper, the Wagyu Dry-aged is fork-tender and intensely flavoured. Carrot and Cafe de Paris (a plethora of herbs mixed together with the excess beef fat from the dry-aged wagyu) make up the sides.

Rock Bass 4/5

Kampot Rice 4/5

From the land, we moved to the sea. Shio Koji is brushed onto the Rock Bass fish's skin before being grilled, served with lemon puree, sauce verge and sauteed Kampot Rice with sofrito. The dry ageing process probably gives the sweet rock bass a firmer texture. The kampot rice reminds me of our local claypot rice with burnt bits.

Apricot 4.2/5

Wrapping up our dinner, we have the Apricot and Raspberry for dessert. The organic French Apricots are seasoned with olive oil and sugar and barbecued in a charcoal oven. The roasted apricot is paired with almond sorbet, miso frangipane and tarragon oil. The hot and cold combination and how the miso frangipane lends a touch of saltiness work for me.

Raspberry 4.2/5

As for the Raspberry, its Chef's reminiscent of a frozen strawberry cheesecake. The burrata sorbet is served with organic freeze-dried raspberries, raspberry puree, along with a gluten-free and dairy-free crumble breton. It is light and refreshing.


I tried Chef Remy's cooking when he was at Butcher's Block. Compared to his new home at Casa Restaurant, it seems he has more freedom to express his culinary journey over the years. As a result, the flavours are more exciting and vibrant, with a complex expression of global flavours.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre
30 Victoria Street
Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 97228171
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sat: 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross the road to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk southwards towards Victoria Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Road, cross the junction to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Coffee Lounge @ Goodwood Park Hotel - Refreshed Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet


Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel has recently refreshed its signature Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet by introducing a new tiered offering – Value and Deluxe with two different pricings, as well as additions to the menu.


With the Value Tier (priced at $33++ per adult, $19.80++ per child), tuck into 26 comforting dishes with all-time favourites like Fried Omelette with ‘Chye Poh’ 菜脯煎蛋, Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Egg Yolk 咸蛋蒸肉饼, and Stir-fried Eggplant with Sliced Pork in Chilli Bean Paste 酱爆茄子.



Also, new to the line-up is French Beans with Sakura Ebi 樱花虾四季豆, Three Cup Chicken 三杯鸡, Pan-fried Minced Pork with Salted Fish 咸鱼煎肉饼, Stir-fried Pumpkin with Eggs and Garlic 金瓜丝炒蒜蓉鸡蛋, and more.


Indulge in greater variety with the Deluxe Tier (priced at $48++ per adult and $28.80++ per child). Relish 36 highlights including dishes that are exclusive to this tier, like perennial must-haves such as the crispy Baby Squids in Sweet Oyster Sauce 蚝汁乌贼仔.


Look forward to delectable new dishes such as Deep-fried Beancurd with Minced Pork 肉酱炸豆腐, Stir-fried Lettuce with Fermented Bean Paste 腐乳西生菜 and Crispy Chicken with Sweet Plum Sauce 酥炸鸡西施汁.


Limited to one selection and serving per table is the Chef’s Special, and specially created for the refreshed menu are Wok-fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk 咸蛋虾球 and Deep-fried Black Pomfret with Sambal and Chinchalok Dip 参巴黑鲳鱼.


We particularly enjoyed the Salted Egg Chicken 咸蛋鸡, which is extremely juicy and tender, coated with a dry sweet-savoury salted egg sauce. It is so good that it will have you going for seconds. The Crispy Chicken with Sweet Plum Sauce 酥炸鸡西施汁 has nice crispy skin and juicy meat. We felt that the addition of sweet plum sauce complements the savoury chicken pieces very well.


Both tiers also offer an array of casserole dishes from the buffet station. Slow-braised to develop deep flavours or stir-fried with robust and savoury sauces, the dishes are well enjoyed with the unlimited servings of steaming rice porridge with sweet potato.



Some of our favourites include the new Braised Duck Leg with Chinese Spice, Egg and ‘Tau Pok’ in Dark Soya Sauce 卤水鸭腿 and the signature Braised Pork Belly in Dark Soya Sauce 京酱扣肉. Round up the meal with desserts of the day, a delightful Western and Asian assortment that varies daily.


Guests may call (65) 6730 1746 or email to make a reservation at Coffee Lounge. Alternatively, online reservations can be placed at


Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet
Dine-in only at Coffee Lounge
Available daily for lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm & dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm

Value Tier: $33++ per adult, $19.80++ per child
Deluxe Tier: $48++ per adult, $28.80++ per child
Local Beverages: A top-up of $15++ per jug

A minimum of two persons is required for the buffet.
Orders for all diners at the same table have to be of the same a la carte buffet tier.
Pricing includes unlimited servings of porridge and desserts of the day.
Child pricing applies for children aged 6 to 11 years.


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.

Coffee Lounge
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 67301746
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk down Scotts Road to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]