Prego

Having heard all the rave reviews about Prego, I made a date with the girls to go there for dinner on the last day of Jan. Sort of a mini-celebration for having survived the first month of 2017. Unexpectedly, I made an earlier reservation as a last chance to see TheCube and his wife before babyboyCube arrives.

Our first visit, in my opinion, was a bit of a disappointment. I had ordered the squid pasta and it arrived rather dry-ish and wasn’t very good. TheCube had ordered the carbonera which appeared to taste much better. The only saving grace of the evening was the desserts.

On my second visit with the girls however, it was a much better improvement. I’m not sure if it was due to the bottle of wine we ordered. But the food tasted much better this time round.

After ordering, water duly arrived, along with the bread, in a cute little breadbox. I liked the neat compact presentation of the bread even though there clearly wasn’t enough bread for 6 hungry girls.

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Good thing we ordered plenty of appetizers. First up was the insulata di cypress ($24) which I had learnt how to put together in my Italian cooking glass in Bologna. The cheese was marvellous and the tomatoes were sweet. Then we had thyme infused scallops ($28) which we had ordered because it sounded so fancy. And we also ordered some calamari as the ‘safe’ dish because you really can’t go wrong with calamari..($26).

Next up were the mains. The first was the spaghetti pescado range. The sauce wasn’t too heavy this time. ($36)20170131_183844-01And the next was the agnolotti di vitello all suggest d’ arresto. I was surprised I liked it since I’m usually not a ravioli fan. ($36).

20170131_183846-01The capelli  aragaosta known at the table as the angel hair pasta was a fan favorite. ($38)

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20170131_183859-01The strozzapreti or braised oxtail ragu was a tad heavy but still wildly delicious ($34). And then we had pizzas. I mean, can you honestly go Italian without some pizza?
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20170131_185711-01This was my favorite and i think it’s the funghi misting ($34).

After that, dessert time!

I didn’t really think that the chocolate tart was very good (even after having tried it twice on two different occasions). The tiramisu was very good, as was the caramelised peach dessert. Overall, the pizza and pastas were quite good. The setting and service was only average. In my opinion, the hype is over-rated though.

Here are the details:

Located in: Raffles City
Address: 2 Stamford Rd, Raffles City, Singapore 178882
Hours:

Monday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Tuesday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Wednesday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Thursday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Friday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Saturday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Sunday 6–11AM, 12–3PM, 5–10:30PM

 

1 week

Well, the good news is I’ve been averaging about 10K steps a day. The bad news? I went to Hanoi (thoughts on that sometime this weekend…I think), pigged out and now the scale is sitting prettily at 68.8Kg.

But this week, no food trips planned. I’m still aiming to hit 10K steps a day. I don’t need to lose much. Just 0.2kg for a bit of encouragement, please?

*fingers crossed*

Atlashouse

I’ve transferred to a different clinic but I still miss my nurses from my old clinic. We thought a Sat after work would be a good time for a meet-up. Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year was looming and everyone was busy with spring cleaning. Luckily, DrGoodEats and one of the nurses was still able to make it. And since DrGoodEats always knows where the best places to eat, we relied on her to do her research and pick a place.

She picked Atlashouse. Which is located on Duke’s Road in Bukit Merah. When I first got there (after trekking all the way from Bedok), there was a long line outside the door and my heart temporarily sank. I mean, this is a brunch cafe. And it was already 1.30pm. What in blazes are Singaporeans doing brunch at 1.30pm? Its already lunch! After a quick phone call, it was quickly established that DrGoodEats had the hindsight to make reservations. Phew.

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Obviously, coffee was ordered first. I had a latte. Not too bad. Just the correct amount of milk. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot for the classic flower design.

And then we ordered some truffle fries as an appetizer followed by a mushroom toast with scrambled eggs which I thought was delicious. We also ordered the mushroom pasta. I thought the pasta was a little too heavy but the other two ladies really enjoyed it.

This was followed rather quickly by dessert. The chocolate tart is my favorite (better than the one at Prego). And the waffle ice cream was really good. I can’t remember what sort of cream puff or doughnut we ordered, but I do remember it was very generously dusted with sugar.

Overall, not a bad place to go hangout. But its terribly crowded and I felt a little rushed. Yes, I know. Its a weekend. Bound to be rushed no matter what. But given the distance, I’m quite certain that I would have been able to find something just as nice in the East. That said, the company was good and we were very well fed in the end. Total bill was $104. So a little pricey, but really, quite standard for a hipster joint.

Details:

Address: 6 Duke’s Rd, Singapore 268886
Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 8AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–7PM
Thursday 8AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–7PM
Saturday 8AM–7PM
Sunday 8AM–7PM

Holiday weight gain

Argh. I feel terrible. I finally took the plunge and weighed myself today. 68kg. Basically the 8kg I lost in the last 4 years, I’ve gained back in less than 6 months. This sucks. I know I told myself that I was not going to diet anymore because the yo-yoing is depressing and I’m just going to try my best to be healthy. But if I’m honest with myself, I just haven’t been treating myself or my body well at all. Before I switched clinics, I was managing an average of 12,000 steps a day, and having a healthy lunch at least 5 out of 7 days. These days, I’m only averaging about 6,000 steps and snacking. Like a lot. This has got to stop or I’m going to end up being so big I’ll need to occupy 2 seats on the bus. Its bad enough that people are giving up their seats to me on the MRT thinking I’m pregnant. I need to start being healthy.

The only problem is I’m not very motivated.

So how?

Small steps.

Ok. So the goal now is to achieve at least 10,000 steps a day. By hook or by crook. Meaning if by the time I reach home and I haven’t had 10,000 steps, off the couch I go even though Super Girl is on. 10,000 steps. The plan is to evaluate in 2 weeks. So that’s it Internet. I’ve set myself a challenge. 10,000 steps. Every day. 2 weeks.

 

Kopi Tiam @ Swissotel Stanford

In a span of a week, I had dinner at the Swissotel Stanford’s Kopi Team 3 times! The main reason was because the FAR card was expiring and I was trying to use up the  vouchers. In general the Kopi team can be described as a very expensive local coffeeshop. They have all the local food served in a hotel restaurant. I didn’t have high hopes for the food but our first visit was such a nice surprise I went back a second time after getting quite tipsy at a happy hour event. The third time was with my parents and it was on the 3rd day of the Chinese New YEAR holiday.

In general the food is rather good.  In fact probably better than the food at the Tang’s Island Cafe. My main quibble was the price. Obviously eating there isn’t cheap. Not by local standards anyway. But when you are paying that much you expect better service. The waiters were often distracted. I suspect they were short staffed or something.

I really liked their hor fun.  The smell was amazing and you know there was sufficient ‘wok hei’.

We also tried the assam fish and mixed it up a bit with some oyster omelette.

And because it is #cny2017 we ordered the herbal shrimp for some giggles.

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And a yam ring for a sweet year.

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And for dessert bo bo char cha was ordered because you really can’t claim to offer local delights if you can’t make good bo bo char char.

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The goreng pisang was ordered because the pisang literally melts in your mouth.

 

Well if you are in town and looking for a nice place to sit and rest your legs….this might be a good place to try!

 

Saturday 6–11AM
12–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Sunday 6–11AM
12–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Monday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Tuesday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Wednesday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Thursday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Friday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM

 

 

 

 

A hipster cafe in the heartlands

A couple of weeks ago, mom and I were undecided on what or where to eat. We just knew that I wanted to eat something but what? We went all the way to the airport, thinking maybe we might have some Thai food but somehow after we got there, it didn’t seem so appealing anymore. Then mom had the bright idea of going back to Bedok North Ave 4 and trying out one of the fancy hipster cafes that she had heard so much about. It was only 5pm so we figured it won’t be hard to get a table (and thankfully we were right!)

Together Cafe, I gather, has been around for a bit. It has all the features a hipster cafe should have including raw-ish looking walls, exposed piping, cutesy inspirational messages on the walls. The staff were all extremely young, probably all students. They don’t accept credit cards, only cash or nets. But how is the food?

According to the World Wide Web, their forte is the molten cake with ice cream. We made the mistake of ordering it without ice cream. The cake was pass-able but I can’t see anything to shout about. The steak was quite tender and the chicken chop was good. But again, nothing to rave about. Their peach ice lemon tea was quite good though. Between the two of us, the bill came up to be about $35. So not super pricey. But not super cheap either. I still can’t believe that my old ‘hood has gentrified so much that a place like that exists. But there you have it. Times change and I just have to accept it.

 

ADDRESS

 84 Bedok North Street 4 #01-25/27

Singapore 460084

Tel: 6445-1011

OPENING HOURS

Monday – Sunday  11:00AM – 10:00PM

Last order at 09:15PM

 

Burning Oaks for some atas meat

So when someone says let’s go to bedok simpang for dinner! What goes through your mind? Zhi char? Satay? And if it’s in a Saturday night and you are same like me you would probably say no! Because that place is insanely crowded on a weekend night. All the different eateries around the place are fully occupied in spite of the lack of air conditioning for most of the restaurants.

Hence when some colleagues suggested a meet up there I wasn’t particularly keen. But the meetup was on a Tuesday night and I haven’t been to the second floor of the Bedok simpang food market. But as all of our pockets are quite light after the recent spate of expensive buto delicious outings recently, a less expensive choice seemed a more practical idea.

Mind you in spite of the renovations to give it a hipster/vintage/nostalgic vibe bedok simpang food center is essentially a hawker center dressed up. The surrounding neighberhood is middle class with landed property so even though it’s hawker-ish it’s not super cheap. When I walked up to the second floor where Burning Oaks is located, the place was surprisingly bright and quite clean. Because the store won’t open till 6pm we ordered a clam bucket from Wholly crabs and some sweet potato fries. It was good enough that I think I might retuend to try their entres at some point. The drinks store had happy hour all day so we ended up with 2 Heineken for $5 each.

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For entres we ordered a foie gras wagyu and another one with iberico. We basically asked the chef which were the most popular dishes and went with it.

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The wagyu foie gras was interesting. I’m not a foie gras type of person but I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. The wagyu was cooked rather well with a touch of smokiness to it.

The iberico pork was quite fatty. Delicious. But it had a lot of fat. My health conscious friend left bits of it uneaten.  I wolfed mine down. It was tender and soft and sweet.

Overall we all had a good time and we were well fed at the end of it all. We all felt it was value for money. Its not exactly hawker prices but it’s not restaurant prices either. And it’s a nice place to relax and chill.

Open today
Thursday 12–1:30PM
6–9:30PM
Friday 12–1:30PM
6–10PM
Saturday 12–1:30PM
6–10PM
Sunday 12–1:30PM
6–10PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12–1:30PM
6–9:30PM
Wednesday 12–1:30PM
6–9:30PM