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

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

 

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe

Nice artwork on the one page menu.

My birthday was this past week and since Fri was Polling Day (SPOILERS: PAP won by a landslide), I decided I simply had to go check out the DC Comics Superheros cafe at Marina Bay Sands.

Now, given that this is a gimmick, and located, at of all places, Marina Bay Sands, I really wasn’t expecting the food to be ohhh-la-la good. I figured that as long as the food was edible, I would be quite satisfied. I mean, no one goes to Disneyland for the food, you know what I mean?

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When we first arrived, we saw that there was a super long line at the restaurant part so we thought we would give the cafe part a try. After queueing up for a super long time, they told us that the “food” part of the cafe was all sold out.  I guess they are expecting their patrons to be superheros who can tell when they don’t have food ? The pastries looked pretty, but I was hungry, and wanted real food. So I dragged my mother to the actual restaurant part and waited in line.

We got a seat after a 20 min wait and the prices were, not surprisingly, higher than the cafe prices. I mean, a can of root beer was listed for $4.90. Seriously? Superhero drinks also come with superhero wallets. I ordered the chicken burger (I think they named it the superman sandwich). I was about to order the Batman burger but the one that appeared on a neighboring table didn’t look very good so I passed. Mom ordered chicken with fries. The food was, well, decent. Overpriced. But decent. Its nothing to shout about. They definitely won’t make chef of the year. In fact, mom thinks they probably ordered the food frozen from the supermarket and then heated it in the microwave. I kind of have to agree. This is like dorm food. In a restaurant.

What was disappointing, however, was that I had nothing to play with. Al the super hero figurines were displayed on a counter far far away but I didn’t get to play with any of them. I’m not really sure what the point of the superheros concept is. For one thing, no one was dressed in a superheros costume (fair enough since some of those costumes are either never going to be flattering or anyone or too heavy to be useful on a day to day basis…but at least wear a cape people), and there was nothing else on the tables to suggest why I have to pay through the nose to eat here. Sure, the walls are nice, and you have cool stuff in a display cabinet. But … $25 for a burger really should have resulted in something … more.

I think management might need to sit down and think over the concept again.


Manners maketh man

Over the CNY holidays, I treated myself and my mother (it is the new year after all…so if you can’t treat yourself then, when can you treat yourself?) to an afternoon at the movies.

She had mentioned that she wanted to watch Kingsman. She had seen the trailer a few months back and thought that it would be a fun movie. She’s a big fan of the old James Bond movies. You know the ones I’m talking about: Sean Connery looking suave, Timothy Dalton who always looked so amused about the whole shebang. Those movies were fun, all to be taken with a grain of salt, a wink and a smile, ya know? Those gadgets that Q dreamt up were cute toys and I’m sure that if they could have figured out how to franchise and sell them, they would have!

But the Bourne movies happened and spy movies suddenly became serious and action packed and very bloody with high body counts.  Enter Daniel Craig, the Tortured Bond. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy his Bond movies. But they are vastly different from that of the old days. I think Pierce Brosnan was the last of the fun Bond movies.

Well, never mind. Now we have the Kingsman. Bloody with high body counts. But fun. There are nods to the old spy movies. They try to make it a bit more modern, of course. But you know the Brits: they rather enjoy poking fun at everything and everyone. I’m quite surprised we haven’t heard the Swedish protesting the movie yet. But maybe the Swedes have a better sense of humour than I thought. After all, that Ikea advert satirising the old Apple ads were quite clever.

The movie is very sleek. The product placements (I notice them all the time now) are subtle so it doesn’t subtract my enjoyment of the movie too much. The action is very John Woo in nature. And the plot does have little twists and turns in there that I did not quite expect. D had said it would be too much like Men in Black. And I’m glad I didn’t listen to him. And I’m glad I went in with an open mind because it really isn’t at all like Men in Black.

Also, I can’t remember if Samuel Jackson has always spoken with a lisp or if he was just hamming it up for the movie. And those blades! I can’t help but wonder if they were placed on Sofia Boutella as a not so subtle nod to the Bladerunner saga. I’ll also admit that I’ve been partial to Colin Firth since Pride and Prejudice. And I do think that he has been aging very beautifully. The scene outside e church was quite devastating and the carnage that occurred before it was gorgeously choreographed. The soundtrack is freak and the popping heads were absolutely hilarious. A friend of mine describes it as a funny version of Kill Bill.

I’m not a movie critic. But I will say this: it was a fun movie and I’m glad I went to watch it in the movie theatres. Sometimes, we all need something fun and frivolous in our lives. Call it a #firstworldproblem.

If I was one of those who can afford to go to the movies all the time, I would probably watch it again. But I’m not of the leisurely class.  And so, I will have to simply wait for it to come out on video before I will get the opportunity to enjoy it once again.

a review?

One of the PIs in my lab asked if I would like to review a paper with her today. Naturally I said yes.  I mean, its something new. I’ve never done it before. Actually, I’ve never written a paper before (and now I’m writing one) and I figured it was a good idea to learn how to review papers too, if only just so I know what people do when they are reading my paper. But its kinda scary though. I mean, a group wants their results published.  They worked hard get to the writing stage and now whether or not it gets published is boiling down to someone like me reviewing it.  I”m actually kinda scared.