April 30, 2015
Truth to be told, In ITALY Bar Ristorante was not my first choice when it came to deciding on a dining place for my friend's birthday dinner. It happened on a Sunday this year, a day when quite a few restaurants that I'm eyeing are closed, including the one which I really really want to bring him to. Well, I shall keep quiet about the identity of that place until his next birthday..... ssssshhh..... :p
In ITALY is not the latest ultra-hip new kid on the block, nor those super-pricey or award-winning fine-dining establishments where you can earn post-meal bragging rights. However, it is not without good reason that it's recommended by my trusted foodie friends.
And the good reason is simply: The food is good.
April 27, 2015
Dazzling Café left us in a daze. I wish I could say it was in a good way, but I couldn't.
Recently-opened in Singapore's newly-renovated Capitol Piazza amid much anticipation, Dazzling is the renowned café chain which originated in Taiwan, with currently 9 local outlets as well as branches in China and Hong Kong. The reason for its popularity is easily fathomable: Aesthetically drool-worthy signature Honey Toast, chic interior settings and well-reputed excellent service.
April 25, 2015
The potato lover in us had we both seeking out Rösti Farm, which specializes in what else but... rosti!
However, it was quite a "merry-go-round" walk within the newly-renovated Capitol Piazza. We passed by the prominent shopfront of Teuscher Chocolate (located beside Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant) 2 or 3 times, before realizing that Rösti Farm is actually sharing premises with the "#1 Best Chocolatier of the World" (as ranked by National Geographic) and Once Upon a Milkshake.
April 22, 2015
KFC!!! Whether it's the endearing finger-licking classic which I've grown up with or the current wave of Korean Fried Chicken, chicken pieces deep-fried to sinful indulgence of crispy goodness reigns as one of the ultimate comfort food of all times, in both real life and reel life.
Don't believe? Well, it did cheer me up this evening, and just watch how Cheon Song-Yi (You Who Came From The Stars 来自星星的你 ) gorges herself with fried chicken and beer whenever she's feeling down (diet? what diet? who cares??? haha!). One of the best places in Singapore to experience this uplifting combination could very well be Chir Chir, the wildly popular fried chicken restaurant with over 100 outlets in South Korea (where it originated), China and Taiwan!
April 20, 2015
We eat too much! But never enough haha! So the group of us (Daniel's Food Diary, Gninethree, Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow and SG Food On Foot) went to check out the fairly new Tang's Steamboat Restaurant sometime back.
Pitching itself as "offering the most authentic Szechuan Steamboat in Singapore with a wide variety of high quality ingredients and specialties", it would not be too far off to say the restaurant promises on high, but fell a tad short on delivery after our visit.
April 15, 2015
The Snack Culture Company @ CT Hub, Kallang ~ Around The World In 9 Small Plates! Amazing Adventure!
A recent visit to The Snack Culture Company revived the faith that food offered by a café can be inspiring, appealing and gratifying too, all at once.
April 10, 2015
Straits Express @ Kallang Wave Mall ~ Peranakan, Penang Street Food & Anglo-Hainanese Cuisine All Under One Roof!
Truth to be told, I was rather skeptical when I learned that Straits Express restaurant serves Peranakan, Penang Street Food and Anglo-Hainanese cuisine all under one roof. Well, more often than not, places that try to offer a multi-cuisine experience ended up executing mediocre "half-here half-there" food which lose in terms of taste, though winning in variety.
But since I've yet to visit the newly-opened Kallang Wave Mall at Singapore Sports Hub (next to mrt station: CC6 Stadium) and need dinner anyway, I thought might as well just go over to take a look and get the tummy filled. Happy to say that some of the dishes at Straits Express turned out to be highly enjoyable! :D
April 07, 2015
Banana Tree!!! Scared? No worries, there's no pontianak lurking anywhere in this newly-opened café along Keong Siak Road, but what you'd find are prettier than pretty Bingsu (Korean ice dessert), and a very gorgeous Singapore-based Korean lady boss.
The only thing that's scary was the patience-testing 90 minutes wait when we visited Banana Tree Singapore during their first week of opening, mostly due to the crowd that was eager to check out one of the latest talk in town, and the time-consuming effort the staff took to meticulously handcraft each dessert a la minute.
April 05, 2015
The meal at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant was one of my more memorable ones recently. Ooh luscious slices of prime Kuroge Wagyu Beef, how would I ever forget you?!
Gyu-Kaku, meaning "horn of the bull" in Japanese, has undoubtedly strike the bull's eyes with their concept of offering good food at reasonable prices with excellent service and atmosphere. Okay, you might say, isn't there a whole load of restaurants holding similar promises yet falls short on delivery? Well, not Gyu-Kaku. Their popularity could be the best attestation to that.
April 02, 2015
Recently I read an online rant about how ulu (remotely located) the Punggol residential area is, boring without much dining options, and the famously yummy Ponggol Nasi Lemak is not even situated in Punggol!? Well, for the last point, it's both right and wrong.
Right, because Ponggol Nasi Lemak's 3 outlets are located at Upper Serangoon Road, Tanjong Katong Road and most recently, Jalan Besar (opposite Hoa Nam Building).
Wrong, because the family-owned business did started out 35 years ago at what was known as "Ponggol" back then, until the area was re-zoned and renamed.