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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Lunch at Elemen (元素) Restaurant @ Millenia Walk

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-75 / 76 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: 6238 0511

Elemen Vegetarian Restaurant introduces creative and elegant meat-less cuisine and currently has 4 outlets - Millenia Walk, Great World City, Harbourfront Centre and Paya Lebar Quarter.

The outlet at Millenia Walk has a lovely, elegant and clean design, earthly tones of green and beige, that make one very comfortable.

Their set menus are very wallet friendly, for instance, 5-course set lunch for SGD$26.80, and 8-course set lunch for SGD$32.80.

The Elemen Appetiser (SGD$4.80 if ordered as a la carte item) - a trio of salty, sweet and sour dishes. Diners should begin from the right to the left as they are meant to sample the three different flavours that varies from light to heavy that are meant to effectively whet one’s appetite for the other courses to come.

The salad of choice for me was the Grilled Holloumi Tomato with Watermelon Salad (SGD$5.80 if ordered as à la carte), utterly refreshing and simple, despite its deceptively simple ingredients.

The Mushroom Risotto with Black Truffles (SGD$16.80, if ordered on à la carte basis) exuded an earthly aroma, and looked pleasing to the eyes. However, contact with the mouth was disappointing - bland flavours despite its smell, and the rice grains were coarse and undercooked.

The Tempura Tofu with Avocado Roll (SGD$15.80) was more palatable, with crispy golden-fried cubes of beancurd and tasty rice rolls topped with creamy avocado.

For dessert,  I had Chocolate Mousse Cake, which was tasty and enjoyable, a sweet finish to a wholesome meal.

Friday, 26 February 2021

Lunch at Dian Xiao Er Restaurant @ Bedok Mall

311 New Upper Changi Road, #01-73/74, Bedok Mall, Singapore 467360
Tel: 6844 9266

Dian Xiao Er is a Chinese restaurant chain in Singapore with 13 outlets spanning Singapore,  from East to West. It has been my favorite Chinese restaurant for a long time because of its aromatic and palatable Herbal Roast Duck.

"Xiao Er" was the traditional way of addressing a waiter in olden Chinese food inn, a place for long-distanced travellers to get some rest and a good meal before continuing on their journeys. I love how their restaurants are designed to look like those rustic, ancient Chinese food inn - complete with stone brick walls and wooden chairs, etc.

We went to the outlet at Bedok Mall for lunch, birthday treat courtesy of my dearie, thank you!

They had the Set Lunch which was very attractive - SGD$32.80, for a Meat dish, a Vegetable dish, starters of Deep Fried Fish Skin, rice and tea.

One could choose between white rice or brown rice at no extra charges.

For meat dish, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out we'd choose the Signature Herbal Roasted Duck- crispy skin, tender flesh with fragrance of herbs. One could choose from two types of herbs - Angelica (dang gui), or Ten Wonders (shi quan). We chose the former.

For vege, we had Homemade Wheatgrass Tofu with Vegetables,  which was tasty and nutritious definitely.

Enjoyed my lunch here very much, and hope to enjoy their food more often. Service was friendly and warm as well, thank you Dian Xiao Er for upholding years of excellency.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Dinner at Wine Mansion @ Keong Saik Road

26 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089133
Tel: 6225 4468

Another one of our Wine Friday evenings - sipping wine and gorging on good food, sharing laughters over various topics in life.

Wine Mansion was picked for its wide selection of wine, cozy rustic ambience and eclectic mix of cuisine featuring Eastern, European and Western dishes. Prices of food and wine are reasonable as well, making for an enjoyable hangout venue.

Started with Fresh Oysters (SGD$24.00 for a dozen); tasty, briny and juicy, good sized oysters paired with lemon wedges. Very addictive, and we were tempted to order more.

Then we had the Spam Fries (SGD$8.00) -thick cut luncheon meat deep-fried so they were crispy on the inside; meaty within - very enjoyable, especially paired with honey mustard dip.

Next, Pork Belly (SGD$8.00) - roasted with crackling skin and tender flesh, served with mustard dip and picked vegetables; flavours burst when paired together. Interesting and appetite-whetting.

Following that, Seared Scallops (SGD$19.00) that were bouncing with freshness, and bathed in a delicious creamy herbal sauce. Loved the crunchy asparagus served with them, lending their pure sweet flavour.

We had the Crispy White Bait (SGD$9.00) that were fried to a beautiful golden brown. They crackled on the exterior but melted like dreams inside; were very addictive on their own even if we did not dive into the aioli lemon dip that was served with them.

Final tapas for sharing was the Beef Poutine (SGD$10.00); a little disappointing because the fries were limp and beef bits or fried egg atop failed to value add in terms of taste or texture.

Moving on to mains, the Spicy Mala Lamb Linguine (SGD$18.00 was a refreshing, tangy delight for spicy lovers like me. Every bite was packed with peppercorn punch,  flavoursome,  and a dish I would order again if I come back.

Finally, Carbonara Linguine with Ikura (SGD$18.00) that was egg-based and creamy; the explosive umami flavour of ikura (salmon roe) added an interesting tinge to the creaminess; palatable.

The night also seen us polishing off 2 bottles of wine over our meal. Overall, we enjoyed dining at The Wine Mansion very much,  and hope to be back again soon.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Afternoon Tea at Artisanal Boulangerie Co. Cafe

312 Balestier Road, #01-01, Singapore 329743
Tel: 6250 5047

Recently, I find myself visiting more Artisanal Boulangerie Co. Cafes (ABC), from Balestier to Katong 112. I love their beverages and pastries, and the quiet ambiance with which work can be effectively done. Read previous reviews here.

Unfortunately the Katong 112 outlet is not available right now because the mall is undergoing a major revamp.

The Pistachio Yogurt Tart has a healthy sounding name that was immensely appealing. The nutty ring crowning the sourish yogurt flavour made for a lovely combination that was unstoppable from the first bite onwards.

Their Lemon Tart is also a personal favorite; that crunchy buttery tart walls welling a smooth, zesty curd that was cool to my lips.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Afternoon Tea at Maison Kayser Cafe @ Scotts Square

6 Scotts  Road, #B1-25, Scotts Square, Singapore 228209
Tel: 6636 3672

By the renowned Eric Kayser, Maison Kayser is a renowned French artisan bakery in Singapore, currently they have 6 outlets in Singapore - China Square, Raffles Place (OCBC Center), Scotts Square, Serangoon MyVillage, Suntec City and TripleOne Somerset.

I patronised the Raffles Place outlet before, but frequent the Scotts Square one. Love their pastries and quiet ambience where I could also get some work done over afternoon tea.

"Traditional and creative breads, flaky croissants, delicious pastries, savoury sandwichs, and every biscuits and brioches in between" is their recommendation for their baked goods; I have friends who simply love their croissants.

I love their Pistachio Apricot Tart, a beautiful creation of juicy sweetness with nutty notes, wafting down creamy custard fillings that line the walls of buttery, crunchy crust.

The Chocolate Eclair has a nice chewy texture topped with rich and creamy chocolate, and is filled with cold chocolate mousse within. Every bite oozed the latter, sweetening the tongue with chocolatey cream dream.

I know I will be back again and again, as long as you are around. Love the good selection of artisanal desserts and quality that Maison Kayser is all about, over the years.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Lunch at Sufood Vegetarian Restaurant @ City Hall

252 North Bridge Road, #02-19, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: 6333 5338

Lunch with another client, this time a vegetarian, who strongly recommended Sufood Restaurant to me.

The restaurant is nestled in a corner of Raffles City Shopping Centre, near the escalators and spa services. Simple in design, with friendly service crew, they specialise in curated vegetarian dining with an emphasis on wholesome food.

They have various 4-course set meals (SGD$25.80), 6-course set meals (SGD$31.80) and 8-course set meals ($36.80).

We started with the Wholesome Trio (SGD$4.90, if ordered as an a la carte item).
Pleasing to the eyes and utterly palatable, this trio consists of Cherry Tomato Jelly, White Water Snowflake with Red. Pepper, Japanese Yuca Root with Blueberry Sauce.

Then we had Energized Salad with Avocado and Macadamia, a simple but tasty salad of fresh ingredients and crunch.

We also enjoyed a nutritious Miso-Kombu Soup with Shimeiji Mushrooms and Lotus Seed, and Sufood's signature Rosemary Breadsticks.

The chosen mains was Chickpea Rice Burger with Sweet Potato Fries (SGD$13.80 if ordered as a la carte).

Finally, dessert of Earl Grey Ice-cream Cookie Sandwich, which was creamy and decadent, the perfect ending to our meal.

Happy to have discovered this lovely place with healthy, tasty meatless meals, I will definitely come back to Sufood again.

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Afternoon Tea at That CD Shop Cafe @ Vivocity

1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-43, Vivo City, Singapore 098585
Tel: 6259 3280

That CD Shop houses a good assortment of records, audiophiles , and music from jazz to classical to rock and pop, etc. With it, attaches a classy restaurant cafe with elegant Parisian vibes, complete with monochrome tiled floors and stunning chandelier lamps. It is also no surprise that it is tied to the High Society Cafes that I adored (review here).

Currently they have 2 outlets - Vivo City and Wisma Atria.

I love their cafes because of the glamorous vibes and best of all, classy music drifting to my ears from the players. One is prepared to feel as though they are lost in another world, or at least another continent, when they take a seat upon one of these cushy armchairs.

In line with the beautiful settings would be beautiful pastries that look almost too good to be devoured.  I was torn between that shell-like pastry with the blueberries, slices of cakes, or Houjicha Cake; I succumbed to the latter.

Aromatic tea hints in a mochi-like pastry, perfect for an afternoon tea. None of those toothache-inducing sweetness or "trendy" flavours; this one touched on quality and lingering notes that satisfies the palate and makes one feel good eating it.

I want to make this place my favorite hangout,  truly.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Dinner at Georges at the Cove @ Pasir Ris Park

133 Pasir Ris Road, Pasir Ris Park, Singapore 519149

Tel: 6585 0535

We were searching for seaside dining, and a simple meal near our place of residence. Used to visit 5 Drunken Rabbits, but it has been closed.

Came across Georges at the Cove, and have  been back another couple of times since then. Lovely Balinese beach bar concept with good ambience right by the seaside, where breezes kissed our cheeks, and we watched sunsets over the horizon.

Georges have quite a few outlets in Singapore- such as Pasir Ris, Punggol (by the bay), East Coast Park, Seletar, Changi Airport, Siglap and Nanyang Crescent. Like the proper beach bar that it was, good music was blasting in the background for us to Bob our heads to.

We were there for a simple dinner starting with Luncheon Chips (SGD$10.90), served with BBQ sauce and a refreshing pairing of raw fresh onions.

Also had a glass of Red Wine and mains of Spanish Pork Chop (SGD$18.90) - 200grams of tender grilled pork fillet served with mashed potato.

On an earlier occasion, we came here for a casual Valentine's dinner, where they had a special set menu. It comprised of a Vegetable Soup with crispy slices of Garlic Bread.

For mains, he chose the tender Chicken Leg with Parmesan cheese and fresh vegetables.

I had the Grilled Salmon with pesto sauce and potato salad. Tasty!

Finally, Strawberry Fondant Cake with vanilla ice-cream and fresh strawberries for dessert.

Overall, happy dining experience here- happy crowd, tasty food and good music. Service could be more consistent though - when I visited in February 2019, service was efficient, excellent and friendly. In December the same year, staff were curt, cool and standing around instead of dining over to check on patrons.