Posts tagged: good food

On Waterloo Street…..

By , June 15, 2011 12:01 pm

Waterloo Steet wasn’t this colourful in the past :photo

And I would know because I was in a school(St Anthony’s Convent) opposite that street for ten years. The coffeeshop along Waterloo street would always be our ‘last resort’ when we had CCA breaks (we called it ECA then) because Bugis, Cityhall and Bras Basah always appealed to us more. It might have been a different story if the place looked as hip as it does now – with colourful buildings that makes this street look like one for the arts. =) I mean there is the Stamford Arts Centre, Action THeatre, Dance Ensemble and other artsy buildings on it. This picture isnt quite representative (or the best), but I wanted to show you 51 Waterloo St. The building with the poster of the face on it.

We met a friend at Campus Corner in that building – a sprawling store for camping equipment with friendly owners and this unique piece of furniture :

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This bench is made entirely of recyled cardboard and according to the owner, can seat 18 people when stretched out to its full length. It’s like an accordion! You can wrap it around a pillar and it’ll look like a round bench. You can also put it straight, or curved like in the picture. I’m rather in awe of this bench although talking about it is more fun than buying it – it costs an entire Grand! =p The most used part of the bench is most comfy (where its dented in the shape of a butt), and I suppose coffee spills wouldn’t be the most convenient thing to clean off of it.

But I digress. I wanted to talk about this other restaurant inside beside Campus Corner. It’s called Fine Palate. Their seating area is small in comparison to the huge kitchen, but classy and cosy :

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(Grabbed the above pic off their website)

Then we realised that’s cos they cater. You can tell they mean business when the bread plate is served like this :

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The dip on the side (when I asked) is their unique blend. No explanations or elaborations. It tasted of peppers and some cream. Yummy.

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The simple Tomato Mozarella Pizza (16) was a really good woodfired pizza. Cracker-ish edges with a slighly chewy centre. I really like this. And if a restaurant can do a simple pizza well, their food cannot go too far wrong =)

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The Chicken Quesidillas (8) was lightly crispy on the outside and a little gooey from the melted cheese inside. Quite a lethal combo. Dip that in the salsa sauce and you’ve got a recipe for a really good starter. The bed of lettuce bits added some crunch, colour and lightness to this plate.

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Dan enjoyed their cheeseburger (20) because it was done very medium (ie: too rare for my liking). I liked the steak cut fries with the wasabi mayo dip. Plus the presentation looked pretty darn fine =)

Nice place to try out if you’re in town and want some old school charm – the outdoor seating is in a covered courtyard. Beautiful when the weather isn’t sweltering. But be warned – many restaurants along that stretch will be vying for your attention!

Guess who’s upped their food standard?

By , June 7, 2011 11:11 am

Bakerz Inn that’s who! It’s not to say that they used to serve lousy food, just that their food didn’t really wow me before.

Then yesterday, we headed to myVillage (again!) and decided to go to the only restaurant there we haven’t patronised. I’ve always been a fan of their Linguine Vongole(14.5) and haven’t had it in awhile. So I revisited my old favourite:

IMG_5815 It was as good as I remembered it to be – a rich white wine sauce with chilli padi, some tomatoes (that’s a new ingredient), and plenty of fresh clams. Yumz!

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The Bacon and Ham Penne in a Cream Sauce(10.9 with a soft drink for lunch) really surprised me. I like the taste of this very much and I’m not one for cream sauces because they tend to be too rich for my liking. But this one was lighter than most, flavourful and I loved how the sauce oozed out of the penne when I bit into it.

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This is the Bakerz Inn CheeseBurger(16.9). Cheddar cheese, mushrooms, juicy beef patty, fresh vegetables, and a ranch dressing made this a messy, yummy, indulgent eat that I think we will be going back for very soon.

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This is a Mushroom Truffle Pizza that is topped with an egg cooked sunny side up and fresh arugula leaves. The pizza base was lightly crispy and chewy. I liked that they cut the pizza up into a few irregular shapes before putting on the leaves (it can get so messy) and I Loved dipping the pizza dough into the egg. So good!

I’m not sure if all their outlets are serving up this fabulous standard of food, but you can be sure I’ll be quite happy to head there later soon =)

Going the distance for food

By , May 18, 2011 10:36 am

I think Singaporeans are generally quite ‘well travelled’ when it comes to food. We’ll travel our little island to an unfamiliar part if there is good food!

We went to Punggol Marina Club for a wakeboarding session sometime back and discovered a seafood place called Atlantis. What was in their tanks impressed us :

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Quite tourist worthy right? (say hello to Marcus the tourist on the left!)

We ordered alot of food, so in order of goodness here they are :

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This Butter Sotong(12) is crazy good! It is deep fried in a light batter and has a fragrant buttery taste to it. What was more impressive, was that even though it was deep friend, it was still juicy and you can taste the freshness in every bite. I would go back just for this =)

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Fresh clams(13) with garlic and chilli cooked to perfection, without a single grain of sand! You gotta love that =)

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Crab meat fried rice(15) with chunks of fresh crab meat is obviously going to be good right? It even had that taste of a fired up wok. Yummy. Even better with chilli padi but that’s just me =)

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Champagne and Stout Pork Ribs(15). I couldn’t taste the champagne or the stout, but it was tender and well flavoured (I couldn’t really tell what flavour :P). I liked that it was of the boneless variety and not too fatty =)

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This is one of my favourite dishes when we have Chinese food : Spinach with 3 types of eggs(10) – Century eggs, salted eggs and regular eggs. You’d think it’s hard to go wrong with this dish, but some places have the gravy too watery or salty. This one was just right in texture and taste. *thumbs up*

We also ordered a Tomyam Soup(10) which wasn’t fantastic in taste but had really fresh seafood inside and a Fried Chicken Indonesian Style(12), which really is Fried Chicken on a bed of belachan – only for the true belachan fan (ie: alot of belachan).

In fact, we came back here again with the family and ordered all the same dishes for them to try (that’s why I didn’t bring my cam!!), and we ordered a new dish – ‘Sauna Prawn’. Fresh prawns on top of hot stones, cooked in a wooden bucket. I thought the way they served the dish was quite novel plus you really cannot go wrong with fresh prawns so long as it isn’t overcooked.

You might’ve noticed I almost ODed on the word “Fresh” and that really is the essence of good food. Fresh food, well cooked at reasonable prices – always a winner. We’re planning our next trip ‘out’ soon!!

PS: Great Atlantis Seafood Restaurant is at 600 Ponggol 17th Ave Marina Country Club. Tel : 6386 0600

Ma Maison

By , March 17, 2011 10:02 am

We went to Ma Maison at Bugis last week and I had a fabulous lunch! Been wanting to write about it but what with my weekend trip and a sick baby on hand, didn’t get a chance to til now….

You know which one I’m talking about right? That Japanese restaurant with the French name(Ma Maison is french for “My House”), English cottage deco and Western/Italian cuisine. It sounds a little complicated put that way, but trust me, it works out really well when you’re there. How else do you explain their longstanding presence in Bugis =)

Their signature dishes are actually the hamburger steaks and squid ink pasta (or so I’ve heard) but I didn’t have those that afternoon. You can google “ma maison” and “hamburger steak” for reviews on those 🙂 I’d like to introduce this instead :

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The STEAK DON! I think it’s a seasonal/promotional item on their menu because I’ve not seen it before… I loved the taste of the steak – a little charred (maybe grilled) and cooked to perfection. It sat on a bowl of rice drizzled with a sauce and some shredded cabbage. It’s odd how everything came together nicely for this dish – the Western way of serving steak, but paired with a decidedly Chinese way of serving rice – with ‘gravy’ over. ALmost like 肉飯 (Taiwan’s famous stewed pork and rice).

My only complaint, is that it came in a huge bowl meant for ramen. But I suppose I can survive that again :p This lunch set came with a small salad, dessert and a drink – $15.50.

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This must be instantly recognizable to most : Tonkatsu! This definitely gives Tonkichi/Tampopo (Japanese restaurants known for their tonkatsus) a run for their money. It was a thick yet tender and juicy pork cutlet fried with a light and crispy batter. They had a Japanese sweet sauce as well as fresh ground rock salt on the side with this dish – Ace! I suspect I’ll have to have two main courses for lunch the next time I go to Ma Maison.

Oh and I absolutely adore this shot of Renee taken there, with the nostalgic function on my camera on :

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This really is a timeless place =)

TCC

By , December 15, 2010 11:32 am

Am I the only one or do you sometimes also confuse TCC (The Coffee Connoisseur) with The Coffee Club (TCC)?

I was at Clarke Quay last week and mentally saw TCC but told my friends to meet at Coffee Club. Suffices to say, we were halfway through lunch before thinking to ask why they haven’t arrived yet despite us leaving the studio at the same time :p

Namesake confusion aside, I have to say that TCC surprised me with the quality and presentation of their food. When did the coffee place become a food place? IMG_2084

Seared Tuna Salad – the burst of colours decorating this dish makes it almost an artpiece. It passed the taste test with flying colours (pun not intended) too!

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The Spicy Seafood Aglio Olio was extremely tasty and spicy the way I like it. The spaghetti was cooked al dente (almost like the way the husband makes it at home) and topped with fresh tasting seared prawns and scallops. This got many thumbs up too =D

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Striploin on a Pastry is not its actual name…. or at least I dont remember it to be so. But I do remember it being tender for a striploin and it went well with the pastry. It looks good too, no?

We also ordered the chicken wings which was frankly very lacklustre (so skip that) and coffee (of course). I forgot to get a picture of the coffees my friends ordered – usually the cold variety with a scoop of ice cream. Seeing how I’m still on my no diary diet, it’s unfair to subject me to such temptation or expect me to torture myself getting a good picture of what I cannot have. Everybody enjoyed their coffees with smug smiles.

Good price for good food – that is becoming quite the norm for many of Singapore’s F&B outlets. Competition is tough!

Grandma’s Kitchen (Part 2)

By , November 15, 2010 4:43 pm

I wrote about Grandma’s kitchen sometime back and ended it with a note to try their chendol – Which I did!

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Except for the palm seed (or attap seed as it’s more fondly called) which was quite hard, this is very good Chendol! Thick coconut cream, sweetened red bean, green jelly and shaved ice topped with (as much or as little of) the best gula melaka I have ever had. This treat is an excellent replacement for ice cream (I’m on a no dairy diet) =D 

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This is the Nasi Bukhari(15.8) – you get to taste all the good stuff on a plate. The beef rendang was really good (bigger pic in my prev post), the assam prawn passable, and the deep fried chicken thigh THE absolute best deep fried chicken I’ve had. The skin is fried to a crisp and the tender meat well marinated. I even came back and ordered this a la carte on another occasion.

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Their set lunch is a really good deal : Penang Char Kway Teow + soup of the day + drink + dessert(Chendol!) for 6.90! This is really tasty Char Kway Teow – very flavorful and they used clams(which I eat) instead of cockles(which I don’t).

Couple of things IDan really likes about this place: High quality of food at an affordable price, all day beer promo : $3 for a pint of Tiger and $5 for a pint of Erdinger(?!!), quick and good service.

This is Grandma’s Kitchen at United Square =)

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