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!
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.
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.
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!
Anyways, definitely a good place to check out if you are in the area and want some good ole western cuisine!
It was my birthday last week and a few colleagues of mine thought a treat would be in order. As it was also French Restaurant week, we thought we should give Lewin Terrace a try. Its a French-Japanese fusion restaurant located near the Registry of Marriages, right behind the Philatelic Museum in Fort Canning. There’s a bit of stair climbing involved but its nestled in such a nice peaceful area, you forget you are right in the middle of downtown Singapore.
So the location was peaceful, and its located in one of those pre-war Black and White houses from our colonial past. Which, by the way, were designed for our stiffling humidity in mind. I was very excited. But when I saw the prices of their not-restaurant week prices online, I nearly fainted because, frankly, I’m not sure I deserve to be that pampered.
But hey! Its French Restaurant week! So we indulged. SportsGal and I both chose the sirlion beef set meal with the wine pairing. Totally worth paying the extra $ for as the wines were delicious. PastryGal had to drive and chose the sushi set. Each part of the meal came out exquisitely plated and it was all so delicious. And the waiters explained each dish patiently. The head waiter (French) was very attentive and sweet. I dearly wanted to flirt with him but alas! Married. But the accent though. *swoon* He was also very obliging and took photos for us. In fact, they even printed out one of the photos as a souvenir for us to keep because it was my birthday! Now, handsome waitstaff aside, I thought the service was impeccable and I actually did something I rarely do in Singapore. I gave a tip! I know! But its one of those places where if you don’t give a tip, you genuinely feel terrible because everyone was so nice to you and it was such a delicious meal.
Anyway, the Lewin Terrace is definitely one of those places worth trying out. But unless if you are one of those people who can afford to rent or own a place in Bukit Timah, place it on your “special occassions” list. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was excellent. Maybe when the husband visits in December, we’ll go there as a special treat!
So the Hello Kitty cafe in changi airport opened a few months ago but the queues outside were so long I refused to go until last weekend. There were only 5 people in line so we took the opportunity to give it a try.
So first impressions. Cute place and decor especially for an eatery in an airport.￼ We were seated at a table with one of those clear glass backings so you can see what’s beneath you and table itself is placed over these rectangular blocks with an enclosed terrariums. Pretty darn cool. Kids were taking photos with with giant Hello Kitty statues and posing. Kinda cute. The food was pretty decent as well.
The not so good parts. So the food is decent but the portions are small but a bit pricy. The service. Well. The waitstaff are friendly but seem quite oblivious to what’s going on around them.I can’t figure out if they are hired to entertain the kids or if they are there to actually you know, take orders and get me my food. They were friendly enough but …
Anyway, as a novelty concept and to being some kids along for a fun meal, it’s quite ok. But I doubt that I’ll be going there on a regular basis. It was fun. But $70 for 2 entres and a dessert with no drinks….not so worth it.
As a treat for mama on an incredibly long day at the doctor’s, I took her to Lady M at Orchard Central for some tea. Having tried the green tea crepes before, I thought we ought to give the chocolate one a try. And we also ordered the coconut as well. And you can’t have tea without, tea. So I ordered a pot of earl grey tea while mom ordered the lemon tea.
As a location, Lady M is located in an absolutely ideal location. Nice beautiful windows overlooking Orchard road. And it occupies two floors with a mezzanine in between the two floors. The decor was very clean and very inviting.
For a dessert shop that originated from New York, we were both very pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t terribly sweet. Desserts from the US tend to be super sweet but this really wasn’t. It was a really rather lovely way to end a stressful day.
I was was invited out to dinner with a colleague who hadn’t choose coupon at Morsels restaurant in Perak street. It’s on a street next to Rocher Mrt B exit and next to a gorgeous green mosque. The servings were all pretty small but we ordered about 6 different plates of food. Even with the $20 off it was about $80 for each of us. It’s not the cheapest meal I’ve had but the food was rather good. Very tastefully served and the waitstaff was extremely attentive. Overall I had fun but this restaurant wil, probably fall under the ‘special occasion’ category.
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.
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.
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.