July 30, 2015

Cacio e Pepe @ Chu Lin Road, Bukit Batok ~ Charming Italian Restaurant In The West

The west of Singapore might not be the most exciting zone in terms of culinary offerings, but it does have its hidden gems. Cacio e Pepe is one of them.

Nestled in the quiet residential estate along Chu Lin Road (off Jalan Remaja) in the Bukit Batok area, the small and cosy 50-seater restaurant serves up Italian cuisine in a relaxed dining environment. I can imagine myself turning up in shorts and slippers if I live nearby lol. Their kitchen serves lunch and dinner daily, and the coffee bar is always opened for coffee and deserts.

July 28, 2015

Carne & Caipirinha @ Sunset Way ~ The Only Charcoal-Fired Brazilian Churrascaria In Singapore!

Meat, meat and more meat! I was swarmed by unlimited servings of roasted chicken, beef, lamb, pork and fish during the recent visit to Carne & Caipirinha at Sunset Way. Haha it was such a happy (and belly dangerous) situation to be in!

Said to be the one and only Brazilian Churrascaria in Singapore that uses charcoal fire for roasting quality meats to result in greater flavors, this is one place where carnivores can satiate their primal cravings. The only limitation is the size of our appetite.

Are you tempted much yet?

July 25, 2015

Aoki Japanese Restaurant By Les Amis @ Shaw Centre ~ Impressive Ambience, Food Quality & Service!

Aoki Japanese Restaurant, a joint venture between owner-chef Kunio Aoki and the Les Amis Group, is considered to be one of the finest purveyor of Japanese haute cuisine in Singapore. It has been on my to-go-list for the longest time but what took me so long then?

One, the price point. It's stated on their website that the minimum spending (for food only) is $100++ (Mon-Thu) and $180++ (Fri-Sat) per person. Fortunately, lunch is easier on the wallet with sets starting from $33++. Second, getting a reservation at this exclusive 46-seater restaurant at our preferred day and timing could be difficult as the place is really popular.

But I'm so glad I made it recently for lunch afterall. The visit left me totally impressed with their ambience, food quality and service.

July 22, 2015

Wafuken @ Asia Square ~ Food Kisok That Sells Healthy Japanese Rice Bowls

My tummy was fixed on getting that Instagram-lovely bowl of beef donburi from Wafuken, but Mr Ang made a special mention that the owners are hot. "Hot", according to the recent "Hot Hawkers" feature by Straits Times.

A meal with both good looking food and owners? Why not? Humans are such visual beings. Haha!

Located at Asia Square Tower 2 where the food garden is, Wafuken positions itself as a food kiosk that sells healthy Japanese rice bowls.

July 20, 2015

Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar @ Orchard Central ~ Simple And Affordable Fare

We needed dinner before choir practice (eat full full then have strength to sing haha!), so decided to check out Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar which is located at the basement of Orchard Central. This casual dining establishment is the latest addition to the existing Tonkin outlets at 100AM and Clifford Centre.

Its menu offers Vietnamese favorites which most of us are familiar with, such as Spring Rolls, Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and Pho (rice noodles soup).

July 17, 2015

Two Wings Opens New Branch At Essen @ The Pinnacle, Duxton! Still One Of The Best Chicken Wings In Singapore!

After a disappointing lunch at Wanton, we headed for more food which is "guarantee-chop-stamp" to be good: Chicken Wings at Two Wings!

(Read: Two Wings @ Bukit Merah ~ One Of The BEST Chicken Wings I've Tasted In Singapore)

Not to their Bukit Merah outlet though, Two Wings has now opened a new branch at Essen @ The Pinnacle, Duxton, which is another "ang-moh" style coffeeshop but is much closer to town. Admittedly, I've not been back to Two Wings at Bukit Merah for quite awhile. The long traveling distance and heat of the coffeeshop can be too much to bear at times. Not to mention the notorious attitude of the coffeeshop landlord which diluted the joy of my chicken wing experience more than once.

So you can imagine how happy I am now to be able to enjoy Two Wings in air-conditioned comfort at a more accessible location with no grouchy uncle in sight. Yay!

July 15, 2015

WANTON Seng's Noodle Bar @ Amoy Street ~ Wanton Mee Modernized, But Improvement Is Needed

Wanton Mee, one of our favorite everyday hawker dish, has gone hipster! Say hello to WANTON at Amoy Street, a collaboration between between Seng's Wanton Noodles at Dunman Food Centre, and The Establishment Group, which runs Pluck in Club Street.

The concept sounds appealing enough: Wanton mee modernized and served in a cool, minimalist ramen bar-like environment completed with long counter seats. What comes next? Substance for the business to be sustainable, which I believe to be just as important.

July 12, 2015

Ssiksin Chicken & Snowman Desserts @ NEX ~ Good Korean Fried Chicken & Bingsu. Service Can Be Better.

We joined the queue upon reaching Ssiksin Chicken before realizing after a while that the Korean Fried Chicken joint is actually sharing the same premises as Korean BBQ Daessiksin and Snowman Desserts which are all operating under the MOF group.

So whether it was for fried chicken or barbeque or bingsu, everyone were standing in the same line. We quickly made known our preference to the counter staff and were shown to a table at the designated "fried chicken area" almost immediately.

Moral of the story? Ask and do not assume, because things may not be what it seemed.

July 10, 2015

Aqua S ~ Lovely Blue Sea Salt Soft Serve!

[Sydney, Australia] If there is an award for most dreamy-looking soft serve, please let it go to Aqua S.

Swirls of sea-salted aqua blue creaminess on dark cone surrounded by ethereal fluffy floss and sweet popcorn with sprinkles of colorful popping candy crowned by a grilled marshmallow.

Almost fairy-like. Definitely Instagram-worthy.

July 07, 2015

L32 Kopitiam Handmade Noodles @ Geylang ~ One Of The Best Ban Mian Soup In Singapore!

Back then my friend and I do crazy things which we do not normally do nowadays, such as sweating it out at a corner coffeeshop in Geylang for bowls of Ban Mian by the popular L32 Kopitiam Handmade Noodles. We thought having it at 5pm in the late afternoon would make it a breezier experience, but no. He realized I'm not joking when I said I'm super afraid of the heat and half the time I'm fighting the beads of perspiration that's engulfing me. Very "unglam". Very "cui". Possibly with some BO. But he did not run, so I "passed" him. Haha!

Sorry I digressed! Lol! Anyway that was not my first visit, so I know how perfectly delicious the ban mian is, and how I want to share the goodness of it with him.

July 05, 2015

Shelter In The Woods @ Greenwood Avenue ~ What A Fantastic Gastronomic Adventure!

One need not venture deep into the woods to find Shelter In The Woods, but the restaurant's classical European fare anchored by offerings from the rotisserie proved to be no less an adventure.

A fantastic adventure of the gastronomic kind.

We were stuck for over an hour in heavy traffic along Bukit Timah Road just to get into Greenwood Avenue on a Friday evening, and finding a parking space near this dining gem wasn't exactly easy. But akin to finding a treasure trove upon a tiring feat, it was all worth it.

July 02, 2015

Fat Cow @ Camden Medical Centre ~ Is This The Best Beef Bowl In Singapore?

I love my beef, especially when it's an indulgence of a luxury kind from Fat Cow.

And that is exactly what the word "fat" in Fat Cow stands for, which is also a play on the word "fatt", meaning prosperity in Cantonese.

Be warn of the steep prices though. Premium meat comes with an equally premium price tag, and that's what keeping me from returning to the upscale restaurant since my last dinner visit in 2012. But with the launch of their lunch menu, hey hey, this fat cow is affordable afterall! And we heard many positive reviews of their beef bowl, said to be one of the best in Singapore!