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The Manhattan Pizza Co – Huge XXXL Pizzas Lands In Singapore

By , January 3, 2013

I have never been to Manhattan or the New York to judge their pizzas, but I do know that this Manhattan Pizza Co in Singapore serves HUGE ones. Huge to the extent that the pizza filled the entire square table, huge that each slice is bigger than my hand, huge that 5 of my hungry friends could not finish the whole thing.

20 inches long to be exact.

“Chief” Joey Manoli brought their signature pizza from New York City to Singapore’s Orchard Central. The Napoli style pizza was created by Joey’s ‘Poppi’ (his papa) when their entire uprooted themselves to NYC, and made a good living out of it.

The restaurant is at a difficult-to-find basement location at Orchard Central, already known for its crazy navigation. Fortunately, Manhattan is located right next to Gong Cha which probably brought some customers in.

Initially, I was a little doubting. Red and yellow décor, matched with plastic chairs, and rather loud music screams ‘fast-food restaurant’ – not the kind of place I would enjoy having long chats with good friends over pizza slices and sides.

But, the pizzas are pretty affordable. The classic variety such as Hawaiian and Pepperoni are $38-$39, while the specialty range such as seafood and meat lover are $40-$42. A classic slice with a drink is $5.90.

Joey said that a Singaporean Tan Yi Ling was ‘schmoozing’ over their pizzas at NYC, which motivated him to come over Singapore for a look. (Interesting, I checked HungryGoWhere and there is a Tan Yi Ling giving positive reviews on Manhattan. I wonder if Joey knows.)

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The Manhattan Pizza Company M.P.C. Singapore
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, B1-01 (next to Gong Cha), Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT) Tel: 800 852 3887 (toll-free)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thur), 11 am – 10.30 pm (Fri – Sun)

Other Pizza Entries
Spizza (East Coast)
Peperoni Pizzeria (Zion Road)
Da Paolo Bistrobar (Rochester Park)
Verve Pizzeria (One North)
Singapore Sling Chilli Crab Pizza (Clarke Quay)

Ladurée – Their Macarons Make The World Go Round

By , January 3, 2013

[Tokyo, Japan] The favourite past-time of Japanese ladies seem to be sitting down at a cafe, savouring a pretty tiny piece of cake after a tough day of shopping. One of the cakes places to be caught in is definitely Ladurée in Tokyo, which are available at Ginza Mitsukoshi and Shinjuku Lumine. Having pastries and tea here is ‘tai tai’ life at its best.

Think about it: Luxurious European furniture, macarons of every colours, cakes that are just too pretty to eat, packaging boxes that comes in pink, violet and beidge, with the touch of ribbons and their signature pastel green paper box. This is the place to be seen. And perhaps having silent conversations of handbags and flowers.

Yes. I also felt awkward to be the only guy in the entire store.

For fans in Singapore, if you still have not heard, Ladurée is coming to town. What’s the fuss you may wonder? They ARE the inventor of the double-decker macarons (one ‘O’ please), known to be one of the best macaron makers, and still sell more than 15,000 of them every day.

From Singapore’s hearty love for macarons sold anywhere from Antoinette, Au Chocolat, Obolo, TWG, Canelé, Jean-Philippe Darcis, and Jewels Artisan, you know we have a slight obsession with the dainty brightly coloured sweet things.

The Parisian luxury patisserie chain is reported to be located in town, close to its sister company PAUL Bakery at Orchard. Let me make a guess, Paragon? (Read: PAUL Bakery)

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Ginza Mitsukoshi 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8212, Japan
Tel : +81 (0)3 3563 2120
Shinjuku Lumine 2, 1F, 3-38-2 Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Tel : +81 (0)3 6380 5981

Other Tokyo Entries
Café & Meal Muji (Ginza, Tokyo)
Tsukiji Honten (Shibuya, Japan)
Menya Musashi (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Mutekiya Ramen (Ikebukuro, Tokyo)
Tsukiji Fish Market (Tsukiji, Tokyo)

Au Chocolat – Don’t Miss This Sweet Treats Paradise at MBS

By , January 2, 2013

Au Chocolat is a delightful additional to Marina Bay Sands, with a part-pretty part-whimsical décor, and a huge 4,700 square feet space comprising bistro, confectionary, gelato counter and even a retail segment.

Located above the skating rink at MBS, you may have thought that Au Chocolat (pronounced o ∫okola) with all the chi chi tai tai dining ambience would have been opened by the French. No, it is actually opened by Singaporeans, by the same people who brought us Ku De Ta and Catalunya nevertheless.

There is a childlike charm at Au Chocolat. There is a little girl Danielle (created after the owner’s niece) who is the central character at the retail side, soft toys of two dogs OO and Yu Fa (also inspired by the owners’ pets) and a running train on the ceiling. You almost feel like a child walking into a big candy stall.

The bistro offers a delightful selection of all-day breakfast, salads, pastas, roasted meats, crepes and munchies.

Its Truffles Fries ($15), strips of crispy potatoes drizzled with white truffles oil, seasoned with truffle sea salt, and coming wrapped in a made-believe newspaper, is easily one of the best around. The New Paper’s Wee Teck confirmed this. The fragrance of the truffles is impeccable and you can almost do it without the mayonnaise and BBQ sauce served.

Who can deny that eggs benedict is THE IT brunch dish of the year? Au Chocolat’s version ($18) has its eggs almost perfectly poached, coming with hollandaise sauce infused with red wine and dark chocolate. Surprisingly, the chocolate sauce does not overpower the dish, and adds an interesting twist to the otherwise predictable flavour.

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Au Chocolat MBS
Bay Level L1-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 (Bayfront MRT) Tel: +65 6688 7227
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am Daily

Other MBS Entries
Caffe B (Marina Bay Sands)
The Moluccas Rooms (Marina Bay Sands)

Old Bibik’s Nasi Rendang – Mouthwatering Rendang From Grandma’s Secret Recipe

By , January 1, 2013

Old Bibik is a new stall at Lavender Food Square serving chicken and beef rendang, made from a secret recipe which has been passed down 3 generations.

A serving of this stall’s beef rendang ($5.50) comes with rice, stir fried long beans, a slice of omelette, papadum and tender chunks of mouthwatering rendang drenched in spicy gravy. Order the Chicken & Beef Rendang combo ($6.00) if you can’t decide on which meat to have.

The beef rendang is really quite sedap (Malay for ‘delicious’), and I was hooked to the rempah sauce which is prepared using fresh ingredients every day. Authentic Peranakan is indeed a hard find at the local hawker centres, moreover at such a value-for-money price. Old Bibik would have been proud of her grandson.

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Old Bibik’s Nasi Rendang
380 Jalan Besar, #01-30 Lavender Food Square, Eminent Plaza Singapore 209000, Tel: +65 9797 2842
Opening Hours: 12:00pm–11:00pm (Mon-Thurs), 12:00pm–1:00am (Fri-Sat), 11:00am–11:00pm (Sun)

Other Peranakan Entries
Chinta Manis (MyVillage)
My Peranakan Spice Box (Toa Payoh)
Where To Find Nonya Food

Family Stove + Family Wok – Yong Tau Foo Sold By A Fashionista

By , December 31, 2012

There behind an inconspicuous stall at the food court is this youngish-looking 30-something, who wears a straw hat, tight purple shirt, silver shoes and accessorized with a self-designed pendent.

Never would you ever imagine that a former artistic director and fashion stylist would switch jobs to sell… yong tau foo! And at all places, a food court within Orchard Towers.

Fashionista Cedric Tan has proclaimed that he has “seen it all” (by mid-30s) and wants to challenge himself to try something different. Having been inspired by little eateries in Japan, he wants to start-up an equally unassuming food business in Singapore.

I do know of many ‘fashionable’ friends who toy with the idea of opening a ‘nice little cafe’, but it’s all up there in the mind. Cedric Tan is really that one guy who shows that you should just do what you want at least once in your life. And he has clearly no qualms about the ‘status’ of the food he is selling.

The homemade Yong Tau Foo offerings are quite affordable, with a minimum order of 6 pieces at $3.80, and additional pieces at 60 cents each. A must-try is the curry version which is light, tasting rather similar to lontong gravy.I was initially worried about the calorie content, but drank it clean because it was just too sumptuous.

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Family Stove + Family Wok
1 Claymore Drive, #02-01 Eateries Paradise (above Jasons Supermarket), Orchard Towers, Singapore 229594 (Orchard MRT) Tel:+65 8688 2559
Opening hours: 12:00pm-9:00pm (Mon-Fri)

Other Related Entries
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Claypot Laksa (Alexandra Village)
Ah Guan Mee Pok (Syed Awi)
Beach Road Scissor Cut Curry Rice (Jalan Besar)
Nam Seng Noodles (Far East Square)

Bangkok’s Platinum Fashion Mall – 5 Best Stalls At This Shopping & Food Paradise

By , December 28, 2012

[Bangkok, Thailand] Fellow shopaholics listen up. You cannot go to Bangkok without a visit to The Platinum Fashion Mall, a six-storey fashion, clothes, accessories, bags retail and wholesale mall. Food lovers can also proceed to Level 6 to try its very popular food court where you can try the best of Thai food at a single place, at a very affordable price. Plus it’s air-conditioned.

The Food Centre is located at L6 on its 2nd Mall, and can get very crowded during peak hours. There are 28 stalls, selling cheap Thai food with some selling Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese offerings. While half of the group is probably filled with tourists, the locals (probably staff here) also dine here. Food price is cheap cheap. Compared to its counterpart over at Mahboonkrong MBK, it feels more convenient and cleaner as you make your purchases with a pre-paid card compared to paper coupons. (Read about: MBK Foodcourt)

Stewed Beef with Noodle Claypot (Stall P1)
My favourite stall at the entire foodcourt, the stewed beef combination soup (60 Baht, SGD$2.40, USD$1.95) comes with different ingredients of sliced beef, intestine, tendon and meatballs served in a claypot. The soup, part spicy and part herbal, is extremely flavoursome and goes well with fragrant Thai rice. The beef tendons and intestines are stewed so soft that they almost melt in your mouth.

Fried Oyster Omelette (Stall P11)
The stall called “Shell to Fry, Thai Fried Noodle”, which has the longest queue during lunchtime, sells familiar Thai street fare such as Pad Tahi with Prawn (75 Baht, SGD$3.00 USD$2.45,), Thai Fried Glass Noodle (50 Baht, SGD$2.00, USD$1.60) and Hoy Tod Fried Oyster (75 Baht). The Fried Oyster Omelette is crazy good, very crispy on its edge, fried with fresh oysters, served on top on crunchy beansprouts. Do add some sweet sauce on its side for extra oomph. I did wish it was a tad less oily.

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Platinum Fashion Mall Food Court
6th Floor (at Platinum Mall 2), 222 (Pratunum) Petchaburi Road, Ratchathevee, Bangkok, Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 2121 8000
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm

Other Bangkok Entries
MBK Foodcourt (Bangkok)
Greyhound Café (Bangkok)

Xin Wang Hong Kong Café – Supper Till Wee Hours of 4am

By , December 27, 2012

Suppers are evil. They help you put on those extra pounds, and eye bags when you need that additional sleep. But suppers are also some of the most enjoyable moments of friendships. During our growing up years, I am sure you can remember those class outings where we hang out with our friends till the wee hours of the morning.

Sometimes we just do not know where to go to eat other than the 24 hour fastfood and prata shops. The good news is 13 out of 16 Xin Wang Hong Kong Café are operating till 4am daily, best if you are hungry after a midnight movie or KTV session.

One of the characteristics of Hong Kong café is that they sell almost everything. Well, almost. More than 200 items to be more exact.

What’s your favourite item at Xin Wang?

Some of mine are the rather Singapore style Chicken Cutlet Dry Curry Ramen ($9.50), healthy tasting Pork Chop and Egg Papaya Soup Bee Hoon ($9.50), hearty Pork Chop and Fries ($8.80), and their super crowd pleaser Mango Snow Ice ($6.90). Not forgetting the Ice HK Milk Tea ($3.20) which has always been their signature best-selling drink.

Their HK Steamed Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Bamboo Rice ($7.80) is better than I expected – tasty, moist and fragrant. I love it where there are generous portions of sausage and mushroom, and the rice is suitably warm and well-covered with sauce.

I never once thought of ordering deep fried chicken at a Hong Kong café. If I really needed some, I would have went to the other restaurants starting with K, P or T yah? Their Chicken In A Basket (3 for $8.80) is dry and crisp on its outer layer and surprisingly tender on the inside, with the plus point of not being overly oily. I actually ordered it again!

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Xin Wang Hong Kong Café
No. 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #01-04, Singapore 039594 (City Hall MRT) Tel: +65-6337 5297

Other outlets: Anchorpoint, Cathay Orchard Cineleisure, Changi Airport T3, Heartland Mall, Holland Village, Marina Square, Northpoint, Springvale, Sun Plaza, Tiong Bahru Plaza, West Coast Plaza, White Sands Shopping Mall, Yew Tee Point,
Opening Hours: 11am-4am (Mon-Fri), 10am-4am (Sat-Sun)

Other Hong Kong Cafe Entries
KungFu Paradise (Bugis+)
Causeway Bay Hong Kong Cafe
Imperial Treasures Windows of Hong Kong (TripleOne)
HK Kim Gary Restaurant (Vivocity)
Wong Kok Char Chan Teng (Bugis Junction)

Poulet – New Cranberry Chicken and New Outlet at Great World City

By , December 24, 2012

Poulet, the popular French casual dining restaurant at Bugis Plus, needs little introduction after it debuted with both positive reviews and customer attendance. Just look at the queues at Bugis+! (Read: Poulet at Bugis+)

It is not surprisingly that Poulet’s second branch came fast and furious, at Great World City which has much support from the expatriates and the upper-middle class.

Poulet just launched a new chicken flavour, right in time for the Christmas festive meals though it is likely to be here to stay. Roast chicken with cranberry sauce and double pommery and Dijon mustard, simply called Poulet de Cranberry ($17.80 for half, $30.80 for whole).

The luscious cranberry sauce works pretty well with the fragrantly roasted chicken too, somewhat jam-mish in texture which gives it a sweetish-sour-delightful lift. Can just so feel Christmas coming.

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Great World City, Level 2 #02-K2/K3 (Shuttlebus or bus from Orchard MRT), Tel: +65 6733 495
Bugis+ (Illuma), Level 4 #04-12 (Bugis MRT), Tel: +65 6509 9411
Opening Hours: 11:30am- 10:00pm Daily

Other Chicken Entries
Poulet (Bugis+)
The Rotisserie (China Square Food Centre)
Charly T’s (Nomu Building)
Nandos (Plaza Singapura)
Charly Ts (Katong 112)

Ireland’s Potatoes – Popular Fries Chain from Hong Kong & Taiwan Comes To Bugis+

By , December 21, 2012

Wait a minute! You mean the potatoes sold at Ireland’s Potatoes are not from Ireland?

Before you feel cheated, the shop is so named after it was “inspired” by the “Great Potato” famine in Ireland’s during 1845, which made the Irish treasure potatoes a lot more. Therefore it was Irish’s passionate and appreciative attitude toward the potato which inspired this brand. Not sure why the link? Me neither.

On the shop front, there is a line which promotes Ireland’s proverb of “There are two things in the world that can’t be joked: 1. Marriage 2. Potato.” (Huh?)

Other than that, Ireland’s Potatoes has really nothing do with Ireland, but you need to know that it is from Hong Kong, popular in Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. The shop at Bugis+ (right opposite Poulet) is Ireland’s Potato first outlet in Singapore.

One thing’s for sure – Singaporean’s love fries. Other than the usual fast food chains, Best Fries Forever, Everything With Fries, Sofries, Rock & Ash, What The Fries and PoTeaTo all have their own fries’ fans. Which are you a fan of?

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Ireland’s Potato
201 Victoria Street #04-01 Bugis+ Singapore 188067 (Bugis MRT) Tel: +65 9720 0961
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat)

Other Bugis+ Entries
Poulet (Bugis+)
Kungfu Paradise (Bugis+)
Bonchon Chicken (Bugis+)
Yayoiken (Bugis+)

Da Paolo BistroBar – Beautiful Space, Beautiful Food, Good Looking Chef

By , December 20, 2012

This is not just another Da Paolo. This BistroBar is helmed by Da Paolo Junior, aka Chef Andrea Scarpa, son of Da Paolo Group founder Paolo Scarpa. (So technically he is Scarpa Junior.) This shy 20-something created most of the dishes on its new a la carte menu, with a focus on Italian specialties with a twist.

And shhh…… Da Paolo Junior is quite good looking, giving one more reason other than the desserts for the ladies to drool over. (Read: Interview with his beautiful sister Francesca Scarpa Da Paolo)

The pizzas created by Chef Scarpa are quite light and ‘youngish’, tasting pretty different from any of the traditional pizzas I had. (Read: Da Paolo Ristorante)

Its Sweet Corn and Smoked Duck ($24) has savoury thin slices of smoked duck with sweet corn puree as a base, resulting in a sweet-salty interesting (or peculiar tasting) combination. Duck and corn? You will either like it or hate it. All I can say is it left quite an impression for everyone on the table.

I much preferred the Pear and Parma Ham ($28) where the thin curst wood-fired pizza is topped with parma harma, feta cheese and sweet pear puree base. Absolutely loved it when it was topped with a melted Gorgonzolo cheese, making the original pizza a little richer and creamier. Am sure about the additional calories too, but it’s worth it.

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Da Paolo BistroBar
3 Rochester Park Singapore 139214 (near other restaurants such as B@Rochester, NOSH and Graze), Tel: +65 6773 5537
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm, Bar 5:30pm-11:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm, Bar 2:00pm-11:30pm (Sat-Sun)

Other Italian Restaurant Entries
Caffe B (Marina Bay Sands)
Peperoni Pizzeria (Zion Road)
Limoncello Restaurant (Robertson Quay)
Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar (Orchard Central)
Garibaldi (Purvis Street)

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