Pho street

Of all my pet peeves when it comes to restaurants, is the stubborn refusal to accept credit cards, especially if you are a restaurant that is part of a chain. If I wanted to pay cash, I would go to the neighborhood food center or food court. But if you are a proper restaurant, I expect you to accept credit cards.

That said, that was my only peeve with Pho Street. The food was pretty good and the prices decent. At least I didn’t feel as ripped off as I did with that Thai restaurant in Bedok Mall. The soup was pretty good too. I think So Pho is better but then again  So Pho isn’t located in Bedok Mall, which is a convenient place for me to grab a quick bite.

In case you are wondering, we had two entries and one appetizer for under $20. Not bad I reckon.

So Pho

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As far as I can figure out So Pho has 2 branches in the East. One is located in Tampines Mall and the other is at Parkway Parade. I’ve eaten at both branches and ive been fairly impressed so far. The first time I was there I ordered the wrap your own spring rolls which was quite fun. And their peach  lemonade which was delicious.

On my second visit I ordered the fried spring rolls and a bowl of beef ball pho. The soup was amazing. And so addictive I literally polished it off. I thiught the spring rolls were a little too oily but they were certainly delicious. And price wise it was quite affordable. Definitely a must-return in my book.

 

Talad Thai

I was so excited when i found out a new Thai restaurant that purports to be affordable was going to open in Bedok Mall. Waited weeks before they were supposed to open but the restaurant opening was delayed by a week! Didn’t bode well. But i was optimistic.

Today we finally decided to give it a try. First of all, the price. For something a place that is supposed to be affordable…well $8.90 per entre dish is a bit steep. But then again, its a shopping mall eatery, so that’s doable, i guess. Even though I feel its still a bit on the higher end of things.

I ordered the curry chicken and mom ordered the roasted chicken with hainan rice. The curry was quite fragrant. The roast chicken was ok. But the serving size was quite small for $8.90. I think we had better food at Salathai. Expectations for this “affordable” thai eatery were certainly not met in the ‘affordable’ end of things. In terms of taste, I think only the Hainan rice was good. The curry was too overpowering.

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Disappointment rating: HIGH

 

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Gucci cafe

 

Did you know that these fancy handbag stores like Gucci and Channel all have their own cafes in their flagship stores in Tokyo? Yeah. So it turns out that the cheapest item in a Gucci store is their chocolate.  Which if you buy a box of 4 they will give you a shopping bag that let’s everyone else think you just bought a $4000 purse. I’m keeping that shopping bag in case you are wondering. To be fair the windows had a great view of Gina, the chocolates were delicious and this lunch menu actually looked reasonably priced. We didn’t eat lunch, just had a bit of tea. But we definitely  had a lot of fun walking out with that giant bag and tiny box of chocolates.

So ya know if you are in tokyo, shopping, and need a bit of pick me up. Go ahead. Go to the Channel or Bulgari or Gucci store. They all have cafes. The coffee is as decent as Starbucks, similar pricing but so much more fun.

Ah Bongs Italian

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Akiko came to pay me a visit at work one day and we went out for a quick lunch near the Tiong Bahru area. She suggested that we give Ah Bongs Italian a try. We walked around the block and I was expecting some fancy restaurant but when she finally pointed it out I was surprised to find that it was a little foodstand in a coffee shop! So do not be fooled while you are looking for it!

On a chalkboard by the stand is a list of 4 types of pasta and as each is sold out, they are crossed out from the board! We had arrived rather late and there was only one type available. It was linguine with pepper and broccoli.  And it was only $7!! It was surprisingly good. The sauce wasn’t heavy at all. Very light.  Just the way I like it.

After that we took a short walk to Tiong Bahru Bakery for a bit of dessert and coffee. We tried the coffee eclair and of course the lemon tart. It was a lovely lunch and I was very sorry it had to end.

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That said if you are in the Tiong Bahru area and want some good Italian at an affordable price, give Ah Bongs Italian a try.

Ah Bong’s Italian
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46 Singapore 160056 (15 min from Tiong Bahru MRT)
Tel: +65 96506194
https://www.facebook.com/abitalian
Opening Hours: 10am – 2:30pm