Dazzling cafe dazzles

There have been a few changes in my workplace recently and it seemed like a dinner outing was needed for us to catch up with everyone.  I found a Groupon for 4 and made a reservation through Facebook. Simple, right? After we got there, we realised there was another branch in Orchard Central. Frantic calls were made to make sure that everyone was going to arrive at the same place! The one that we ended up going to was the one at Capitol.

Between the truffle risottos, mentaiko pastas, honey toasts, iced tea, 7 mains and 4 desserts were shared between all 7 of us. The waiter was so impressed that he even commented on it when I went to pay the bill. I told him that we East-siders are very good eaters.

Anyway, here are the deeds:

Located in: Capitol Piazza
Address: 15 Stamford Rd, 01-85 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906
Hours:

Thursday 12–9:30PM
Friday 12–10PM
Saturday 12–10PM
Sunday 12–9:30PM
Monday 12–9:30PM
Tuesday 12–9:30PM
Wednesday 12–9:30PM

Straits Kitchen at the Hyatt

A few weeks ago, a friend from College, who is also a travel blogger (Instagram: travelsavvygal), stopped by Singapore as part of her round the world trip. Thankfully, she is also a rather adventurous eater. The only problem is that it is close to impossible to eat all that Singapore has to offer. So naturally, you have to be picky. And you also have to consider compromises in your food trail adventures. So naturally, I had to take her to a buffet. I was worried that she would think that I was trying to be cheap and introduce her to terrible food since buffets in North America do not exactly have the best reputation. Thankfully the Straits Kitchen is located at the Hyatt (so 1 point to me) and the food there was amazing! Phew!

The Straits Kitchen is halal certified (the other famous one in Singapore is Carnival at the Holiday Inn on Scotts). And since my friend does not eat pork, it was perfect. They have a wide array of food ranging from Peranakan cuisine (and dessert) to Indian food and chinese food. So, in short. Singapore cuisine. All in one place. Seriously, for the range of food we had that night, we would have had to order many dishes had we gone some place else, and watch a lot of food go wasted because we would never have been able to finish eating them! But in a buffet, there is no fear of that at all! we just eat what we want and however much we want.

Here are the deeds:

Address: 10 Scotts Road, Lobby Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 228211
Hours:

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

 

Gilmore Girls

 

Am i the only one who is nervous about this revival? What if it doesn’t meet my expectations? Someone described the show as comfort food. The problem os that i know ALL about comfort food and how much it bites when you try it again  after a long time away and it just doesnt taste the same. Take Sex and the City. Loved the tv show. The movies? Left a bad taste. As excited as I am about Nov 25, I’m also super nervous.

What about you? How do you feel about it?

Canton Paradise Review

So the dimsum scene in Singapore is really heating up. There’s the Paradise group, Din Tai Fung, Tim Ho Wan and Imperial Treasure groups. I’m sure there are many others. When Canton Paradise made its debut at Bedok Mall, I was really excited because I was hoping to find an alternative to Tim Ho Wan, which to be honest, isn’t really that good, except for maybe the branch in Plaza Singapura. But the food selection at Canton Paradise was quite lacklustre and their polo bao wasn’t very good. Recently, they seem to have undergone a revamp of sorts and there is now a 50% off dim sum items during teatime on the weekdays. On one of my days off, Mom and I went for their dimsum. I must say, I was quite impressed. Larger selection of items. Cleaner looking menu. The pictures look a lot better too. So easier to pick the stuff we want to try! haha. Definitely worth the visit!

Located in: Bedok Mall
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Rd, B2-10 Bedok Mall, Singapore 467360
Hours:

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

 

Trolls Review

I took my nephew AND my 1.5yo neice to watch the Trolls over the weekend. And I must say, I enjoyed the movie a bit more than expected. Given that the cast includes Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick AND James Cordan (a multi-talented genius), you KNOW that the music has to be good. But it was so good that my nephew was literally dancing in the aisles.

The story is actually pretty simple. A bunch of trolls get kidnapped. The Princess goes to rescue them with the help of the village grump (named Branch, who isn’t brightly colored by the rest because he’s well, a grump…we find out about the reason later) and a lot of singing. Its very similar to Shrek, except Shrek involved a human Princess who is cursed and her hero is a green monster and then they both change along the journey. But you know what? This is a kids movie. They are all the same. And that’s ok! Because its fun. And you can bet I’ll be getting the soundtrack for Christmas. Just sayin’

Enjoy the trailer because I totally broke the rules and kept the trailers going for the two munchkins during dinner. It was that much fun.

Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar

Akiko is off to London soon for another work trip answer since we haven’t had a chance to hang out since our trip to Siem Reap, I really wanted to meet her for dinner. She suggested a restaurant called Wanton on Amoy Street.

However I was late because of a work meeting that ran super late. So she started without me.

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Her drink was actually quite tasty. The food wasn’t bad either.  The way it works is that each person orders a bowl of noodles. And then you order the ala carte items that can be shared.  We basically ordered all the stuff with flags next to it as those were the recommended stuff.  I don’t really eat vegetables but the kailan looked pretty good. I had the pork knuckles. The scotch eggs were a nice touch.

Normally a bowl of wanton noodles will probably cost about $3.50 each but bearing in mind that this is a bar in the business district and we did order 3 different dishes, the final tally of $65 including one alcoholic drink really isn’t terrible. Plus the noodles were nice and springy. Which is a definite plus.

Details:

Open today

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

Collin’s Grille & Bento

So La Madre y yo have been spending a lot of time at the Little Cuz place because his exams are COMING. One day, on the way to the Lavender MRT, we saw this place that sells western food and there were a lot of people there. Hence, we thought we ought to give it a try. Turns out Collin’s is a chain, island wide, and sells affordable yummy western food!

I ordered a chicken chop with spaghetti ($10.50) while mom ordered the fish with calamari ($14.50, I think!). The decor of the place was very simple, almost like a school canteen, but it was definitely clean. Not much atmosphere. But then again, I’m there for good cheap food, not the decor! And the pasta was so good I dare say it actually rivals that of other more established fine dinning options!

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Anyways, definitely a good place to check out if you are in the area and want some good ole western cuisine!

 

Address: 803 King George’s Ave, 200803
Hours:

Saturday 11AM–10PM
Sunday 11AM–10PM
Monday 11AM–10PM
Tuesday 11AM–10PM
Wednesday 11AM–10PM
Thursday 11AM–10PM
Friday 11AM–10PM