May 28, 2016

Steam Box 蒸好食创意蒸汽火锅店 @ Serangoon Gardens ~ Hong Kong's Steam Hot Pot Trend Arrives In Singapore!

The constant growing competition amongst the local F&B establishments have brought along a slew of innovative ideas and concepts to whet our appetites. One such concept to currently hit our shores is a twist on the traditional steamboat we are so accustomed to.

Located within Serangoon Gardens is a new establishment called Steam Box which aims to introduce the latest Hong Kong food trend of allowing customers to steam their food themselves. Say hello to a new DIY steam-potting era!

May 26, 2016

Antoinette Fetish Matcha ~ For You Who Like All Things Matcha!

It's the Antoinette Fetish Matcha campaign!

Yes, you've read it right. Antoinette is having a bout of fetish for anything matcha. From 27 May to end-July, the restaurant is presenting its first 'fetish campaign' aimed at delivering full-sensorial, ultimate experience for lovers of matcha.

If you like all things matcha, the 22 creations using high quality green tea powder from Nishio, Japan are for you. Selection includes hot items, cakes, pastry, confectionery and drinks. Wow!

So green! Even the green-eye monsters will be super green with envy!

May 22, 2016

Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar @ Faber Drive, Clementi ~ What A Gem!

The laidback residential estate of Faber Hill within Clementi has a delicious secret, Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar.

Opened in May 2015, the izakaya-style restaurant has been quietly serving up an array of Japanese dishes including sashimi and grill delights, as well as omakase specials to the residents living nearby, steadily building a reputation that deemed it to be worth a visit.

So I ventured into the ulu-ness, and was rewarded with a satisfying meal.

May 20, 2016

Geometry, A Gelato Café At Bukit Merah ~ Pretty Gelato On A Tart!

Back in school, the word 'geometry' is one of the most scariest ever for a mathematics dummy like me. Now, I can't wait to lap it all up! Because 'geometry' has taken on the delicious edible form of gelato! Haha!

Geometry has opened in the heartlands of Bukit Merah, specializing in freshly-made gelato with no artificial preservatives or ingredients, and paired with handcrafted pastries.

Recipes are akin to formulas, combination of ingredients require precision like equations, hence the name of this ice cream parlor. Very cheem profound hor...

When Shuxian, one of the owners, told us that she majored in mathematics, we went, "ahh... no wonder!"

May 18, 2016

Sprout Salad Bar @ Duxton Road, Tanjong Pagar ~ Great Salads, Hipster Vibes But Comparatively Expensive

When in doubt, eat at Sprout? Sounds like a great idea..... because we know for sure that a salad-centric meal at Sprout Salad Bar will be healthier than the typical (but ooh why-so-delicious?) fare at a hawker centre.

But to overcome temptation from the numerous yummy Korean fried chicken shops that dot the vicinity of Duxton and Tanjong Pagar where Sprout is nestled can be quite a challenge haha.

Still, Sprout has charmed its way into this PinkyPiggu's tummy with an array of delicious, winsome salads. Its premises makes a noteworthy mention as well. Bright, spacious, and I especially like the corner where glass ceiling allows in streams of uplifting sunshine.

Certainly a place deserving of frequent visits. If only the salad bowls can be priced a little lower.

May 16, 2016

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Singapore Café Lands At Changi Airport Terminal 3! It Opens 24/7!

Hellooooooo! Hello Kitty Café has arrived in Singapore!

Named Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, the café opened its doors at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Arrival Hall on 12 May 2016. Not only is this Singapore's first themed café starring the iconic character by Sanrio, it is also the world's first Hello Kitty café that opens 24-hours, all days of the week!

We can also take pride that the Singapore's Hello Kitty mascot is the only one in the world with an unique double bow!

Our visit was pretty much a happy one with an array of "Kitty-fied" food that was, thankfully, more palatable than expected. The café setting itself is exceedingly pleasing with a lovely floral fragrance greeting us as we approached the space decked with both everlasting as well as fresh orchids.

May 12, 2016

Ninja Bowl @ Duxton Road, Tanjong Pagar ~ Japanese-inspired Rice Bowls, Hearty, Delicious, Best Eats Under $20!

During our childhood days, my brother and I were fascinated with ninjas. Now many moons later, I'm fascinated with ninja of another kind..... Ninja Bowl!

Taking over the space vacated by Department Of Caffeine (DOC), Ninja Bowl is the newest concept to hit the dining enclave of Duxton Road, serving hearty one-bowl meals and all-day brunch items at an extremely value-for-money-price.

Everything is nett with no service charge. All are under $20!..... and Delicious! YES!

May 10, 2016

Honolulu Café Singapore Opens At Orchard Centrepoint! Those Famed Egg Tarts From Hong Kong Are Here!

Ho-ho-ho! Honolulu Café is here in Singapore!

Yes, it's that famed 'Cha Chaan Teng' 茶餐厅 from Hong Kong. Founded since 1940s, the casual eatery is best-known for its baked goods including egg tarts and pineapple buns, as well as Hong Kong milk tea.

Officially opened today (10 May) at Centrepoint in Orchard Road, this is Honolulu Café's first international outlet. We were told that the Singapore kitchen will be helmed by carefully selected chefs from Hong Kong's Honolulu Café to ensure the taste remains as similar as possible.

May 08, 2016

Melt Café @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel Singapore ~ Still One Of The Best Hotel Buffets In Singapore!

Melt Café has melt our hearts again with its newly refreshed look and tantalizing delights!

The popular all-day dining buffet restaurant at Mandarin Oriental has recently undergone a refurbishment, and is updated with a more contemporary and stylish interior. Expect warm sunlight streaming into the main dining space if you visit during the day, the classy ambience at night is no less lovely too.

Despite the many business luncheons I had at Melt back then, the thought of dining there now still excites me much because its food rarely disappoints. Here's what you can expect at the buffet line-up.

May 06, 2016

Mo'mor Izakaya By W.Martin @ Tanglin Post Office ~ Check Out This Restaurant For Affordable Japanese-European Grub!

There is a better reason to make a trip to Tanglin Post Office these days. Not for running errands of course, but to check out the building's latest tenant, Mo'mor Izakaya!

Rather than being a typical Japanese drinking joint, Mo'mor is more of a contemporary izakaya concept with Japanese-European inspired elements as evidently shown in both its food and premises.

Embrace the inviting alfresco area for under-the-stars dining with much passion, or seek air-conditioned comfort within the modern and minimalist interior. Either way, both sets as a cozy backdrop to enjoy delectable tapas and grills at affordable prices. Set Lunch is at only $15++ or $18++ for 2 or 3-courses!

May 02, 2016

Plane Daze, A Café @ The Nobel Hotel, Jalan Besar ~ Plainly In A Daze

On their facebook page, Plane Daze described itself as, "Café located in a hotel; Comfort food at its best".

Plane Daze wasn't easy to spot in the first place, being nestled within The Nobel Hotel along Jalan Besar without any prominent signage. When it's finally found, imagine my surprise when I was told by the hotel receptionist, "sorry, this café is meant for hotel guests only". Huh?

The initial misunderstanding was quickly cleared after a call was made to clarify that the café is indeed opened to public, but..... were there any other customers who have been turned away this way? Ouch.

April 30, 2016

Kko Kko Nara Opens New Outlet, Kko Kko Chicken Bar @ Kandahar Street ~ Go Go Go For Korean Fried Chicken & Budae Jjigae Goodness!

Kko Kko Nara at Tanjong Pagar just got a new franchise outlet! It's called Kko Kko Chicken Bar!

Recently opened in March at Kandahar Street, the Korean chicken specialty shop seemed oddly out of place in the cultural enclave of Kampong Glam which is known more for local delicacies and Middle-Eastern cuisine, but I guess it offers an alternate choice especially when craving for Korean Fried Chicken strikes.

Pleased to say we were struck with satisfaction by the yummy fried chicken and delicious budae jjigae (army stew) during our visit.

April 28, 2016

Tea Valley @ The Central, Clarke Quay ~ Offering Taiwanese Food At Affordable Prices

Tea Valley
is a simple eatery located at the basement of The Central, Clarke Quay that could be often overlooked by diners due to its small presence amongst the bigger shop fronts. Do not be mislead (like us) by its nondescript appearance as they do serve a rather impressive array of food.

Focusing on Taiwan street snacks as well as hot dishes at affordable prices, diners can satisfy their Taiwanese food craving without breaking the bank. The casual establishment serves a total of 16 mains and 12 snacks paired with a wide range of beverages using high quality Taiwanese tea leaves.

Besides this branch at The Central, there are also other outlets at Chevron House, Downtown East and POMO.

April 26, 2016

[NEW Update] HONEY BUTTER CHIPS! Where To Buy The Popular Snacks In Singapore? Find Out Here!

We cannot get a piece of the swoon-worthy Korean hottie Song Joong-ki (Descendents Of The Sun) except through our smartphone/laptop/TV screen, but here's the consolation….. we can still get a bite of those immensely pleasing Korean HONEY BUTTER CHIPS goodness in Singapore.

Intense in buttery flavor with a distinct note of honey, the formidable pairing of sweet and savory has captured the affections of numerous tastebuds. PinkyPiggu included! Lol!

Though Calbee launched the chips in Japan in 2012, it did not take off in terms of popularity until the collaboration with Haitai saw its debut in Korea 2 years later, creating a honey butter craze that swept across Korea and beyond.

Extremely well-received, it is said that even getting the Haitai-Calbee Honey Butter Chips in Korea itself can be quite a challenge. How do we get a taste of it in Singapore then?

Getting friends traveling to Korea to try their luck in bringing a few packs back? Or paying exhorbitant prices to certain online stores? The best thing would be to direct purchase it off the shelves of course.

Here's sharing where I managed to find Honey Butter Chips in Singapore, both the original version as well as similar products offered by competitor brands. If you know where else to get it too, or know of any other honey butter snacks that's worth try, do please let us know by leaving a comment below :D

April 22, 2016

The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea At Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore

Writing this post on a lovely afternoon, while reminiscing about the lovely Grand Astor Afternoon Tea we had sometime back at Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St, Regis Singapore.

Inspired by Caroline Astor (mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV) who is known for holding dignified afternoon tea gatherings at her house, the scrumptious spread offered at the elegantly-decked brasserie celebrates this cherished ritual with much mouth-watering delights.