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Zaffron Kitchen – A Hip Indian Restaurant In The East

By Daniel, June 11, 2012

Many have a certain image of Indian restaurants in Singapore – family style, a little backward, selling mainly prata, briyani and curries. Thus, Zaffron Kitchen (not to be confused with Zaffron at Maxwell Chambers) is a refreshing change from the usual, which my friend calls “Fish & Co Western décor, selling Indian food”.

The colours scheme of orange and grey is bold. There is a designated children’s play corner, and waiters are wearing cleverly crafted aprons that say “Be Naan the Wiser” and “The Devil Eats Prata”. I have to admit that Indian food is not exactly my thing, but I immediately liked this restaurant with a young and colourful vibe.

The trendy style restaurant features a good mix of North, South and local Indian favourites, with goodies such as Chicken Tikka, Naan bread, Tandoor Gobi, Butter Chicken and Tandoori Mixed Grill. Are you salivating yet?

The Dum Chicken Briyani ($11) changed my entire perspective of this dish. Coming looking like cheese-baked rice, the dish is sealed with a thin crisp layer of dough, with a well spiced tender chicken thigh and hard-boiled egg within.

A clever way I must say. The flavours of the spices are locked in, with the rice staying moist and warm. Probably the best local briyani I ever had.

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Zaffron Kitchen
135/137 East Coast Road, Singapore 341137 (diagonally opp Katong 112), Tel: +65 6440 6786
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11.30am – 10.30pm (Fri – Sun)

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Spizza – Offering A Female Boat-Shaped Pizza

By Daniel, March 6, 2012


Spizza’s Pizza is named after women (no kidding), so there is not the usual Hawaiian and Supreme, but Isabella, Rebecca, Ursula, Yolanda and Zara.

Of all the single ladies, I like Isabella ($19 for M, $23 for L) most who is really shapely. Don’t get me wrong. She is actually a pizza in a Venice-inspired Gondola boat shape filled with parma ham and rucola salad. The Head Chef said this boat shape is not only unique, it boasts a fluffier curst which also keeps the filling juicy within.

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Spizza (East Coast)
217 East Coast Road, #01-01 Tides (Opp Church of the Holy Family), Singapore, Tel: +65 6440 8300
Opening Hours: Mon–Fri: 12pm–2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm, Sat–Sun: 12pm–10.30pm

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Feast@East Buffet Restaurant – Celebrate Deepavali with a Heritage Feast

By Daniel, October 20, 2011


During this week leading up to the festival, Feast@East Buffet Restaurant has lined up a feast of Indian favourites of 40 types of curries, cold dishes and desserts to spice up your senses.

For this special promotion, they brought in Indian celebrity Chef Bhairav Singh Rajput who meticulously put together 3 different types of menu. I hear that Chef Bhairav made his rounds around Little India prior to the launch to understand the Singapore taste buds a lot better.

The essence of India’s cuisine is in its curry, and curry lovers will enjoy the variety such as Malbari fish curry, mutton pepper fried curry and butter chicken. Talking about curry, a rather simple yet special dish to try is Pav Bhaji. There is a chef at the live cooking station who will pan-fry soft buns with butter. Imagine dipping these hot piping fragrant buns into a delish mash of potato curry – Perfect indulgence!

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Feast@East Buffet Restaurant
50 East Coast Road, 3F Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel, Tel: +65 6340 5665
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 12pm–2.30pm, 6.30pm–9.30pm; Sun: 11am–3pm, 6.30pm–9.30pm

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C Nai Hong Kong Cafe Xpress 师奶茶餐厅 (East Coast Parkway)

By Daniel, August 5, 2008


1000 East Coast Park Marine Cove S(449876) Tel: 64440123

“The one at East Coast. Daniel, you must go and TRY!”

When Melissa saw that I was writing on a whole series on Hong Kong cafes, she very excitedly told me to venture to the Far East. “The fried squid’s very good.  Number  430. So is the chicken in hot plate. That’s 403. Don’t get confused. Braised E-Fu Noodles too! 101.”

She’s that good that she remembers the number. I don’t know how she does that especially when the items on the menu are jumbled.

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The Cheesecake Cafe – A Slice of Heaven

By Daniel, June 4, 2008


685 East Coast Road S(459054 ) Tel: 64487725

With a tagline such as “A Slice of Heaven”, and rave recommendations from many, a trip down to this little cafe at Siglap is necessary for cheesecake lovers.

The Ambience
The Cheesecake Café has scored immediately in its unique take on interior décor, embracing a cherubic character different from other cafes. The Victorian theme was rather prominent, featuring replicates from the Italian Renaissance such as the Mona Lisa, angelic clay sculptures, lighted candles, and a little fountain amongst the yellow painted walls.

The Food
The selections include the specialty Peach Jelly Cheesecake, Rum and Raisins Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Cheesecake and American Cheesecake, each costing about $6.90. If cheesecakes are not your cup of tea, you have a choice of Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Banana and Tiramisu.

Friends have generally given varying positive comments, ranging from “to die for”, “unbelievable” to “a spiritual experience”. That could be a little exaggerating, but I thought that the cakes’ texture had a balance between heavy and light, and wasn’t overly diabetic.

In a recent visit, I tried the Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake which added a light gentle sweetness to an already familiar taste. The Chocolate Banana though, was slightly ‘jelat’ (rich) to my liking but would appeal to chocolate lovers.  Although it is probably mass-produced, you get the impression that each slice served to you was prepared lovingly just for you. (I did send a mail to ask about their cakes but didn’t get a reply. :( )

The Service
The vibrant, attentive and youthful staff makes this place a great hang-out. One even kneed down to serve me a slice! Iced water is constantly re-filled with genuine smiles.

The Verdict
This slice of heaven comes with a price.  3.75*

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Old Hong Kong Tea House – Good only when you need a late night supper

By Daniel, May 30, 2008


86 East Coast Road #01-09/10 Katong Village S(428788) Tel: 63451932

I first came into contact with this Hong Kong café at Marina Square Food Loft, serving superb Hong Kong milk tea but sad looking trolley noodles. Opened by Victoria Lee, a Honger Konger who moved to Singapore, she brought in a team of Hong Kong chefs to ensure authenticity.

The truth is I did hesitate a little before traveling all the way to Katong, due to the bad experience at Marina. (Though the strange thing is I order the milk tea there regularly without fail.) It’s hard not to miss Old Hong Kong Tea House as it is located within the preserved Katong Village with white walls and striking maroon signboards.

The Ambience
Upon entering the ‘cha chan teng’, you feel like you traveled back in time framed pictures of Hong Kong celebrities from the 70s and 80s, such as Danny Chan, Leslie Cheung and Jacky Cheung. It is interesting yet ‘cheap’ because the décor designs are obviously torn from old magazines and records. This is what I call ‘fei wu li yong’ (recycling).

The Food
Customers patronizing such Hong Kong cafes often get spoilt for choice, as this particular one offers more 500 dishes! Old Hong Kong’s specialties include Trolley Noodle, Bamboo Basket Baked Rice, La Mian (hand-pulled noodles) and their drinks.

Trolley Noodles is one of the more prominent street hawker fare. You can choose a base noodles ($2.20) with additional ingredients costing between $1.00 to $2.00. Unfortunately, it is no where close to the piping slurping noodles you will have in the streets of Kowloon.

This café obviously does not care about the art of food presentation. The Braised Ee-Fu Noodle with Brown Sauce ($8.80) was sickly looking in its flaxen yellow, with curry sauces spilled at the side. The brown sauce was also obviously M.I.A. A through disappointment.

The dim sum was actually quite tasty, but unfortunately losing out in its appearance with undrained oil on the plate.

The signature is the Hong Kong Milk Tea, apparently made from 5 different tea leaves, filtered water and imported evaporated milk. The blend was perfect along with a smooth texture, ending off with a slight bitter tea aftertaste. So good that I ordered another round.

The Good To Know
If you crave for after midnight supper, rest assured this café is open 24/7 for the entire year. With no service charge included, prices are still rather affordable.

The Verdict
Good only when you need a late night supper. 2.5*

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Wan Chai Hong Kong Tea Room
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