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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Dinner at Stuttgart Blackforest S Cafe [Takeout]

9 Bras Basah Road #01-01 Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, Singapore 189559
Tel: 6335 8675
Stuttgart Blackforest S Cafe is my favorite German restaurant, and it's no secret. Over the years, I have visited countless times, enjoying their various cuisine and celebrating special occasions here, bringing friends to try this lovely place. Check out past reviews here on more food items.

Recently, due to the Circuit Breaker (Covid-19), I was only too delighted to order their food for my Mother's Day dinner and for a special friend's Mother's Day dinner, too. Dining in was great, but their food remain good when eaten at home, too.

Their Speciality Sausage (SGD$19.80) - choose from chicken, beef or pork, is served with delicious mashed potato.

I love their Pork Knuckle - comes in whole (SGD$48.00), or single portion (SGD$22.80). Crackling exterior leading the teeth the way into tender flesh; served with sauerkraut and a sauce that tastes like mashed potato gravy.

The Schnitzel (SGD$19.80) - choose from chicken or pork, is a breaded meat dish,  deep-fried till golden brown. Enjoyable to eat, definitely, and is served with mashed potato and salad on the side.

Just last Christmas, I was there for my favorite Maultschen Meat Pocket (a Swabian dumplings dish), Truffle Fries and signature Blackforest Cake over wine, with some girlfriends.

Looking forward to returning to their beautiful settings and dining in, enjoying the good service and palatable fare, soon again.

Dinner and cake at Drips Bakery Cafe @ Tiong Bahru [takeaway]

82 Tiong Poh Road, #01-05, Singapore 160082 
Tel: 6222 0400 / 9766 8188

Drips Bakery Cafe is a cafe located in Tiong Bahru, and caught my attention when I was searching for Blackforest cake delivery during this stay-home Circuit Breaker period.

Placed an order and my 600grams Blackforest Cake (SGD$50.00) was delivered to my doorstep, with 3 days advance order. Delivery was FOC as I managed to hit the minimum SGD$60.00 order.

Layers of chocolate and cream sponge soaked in Cognac, with hidden branded cherries that added the crunchy juiciness, topped by rich layering of cream, more brandied cherries, and chocolate shavings. Definitely decadant and palatable; strong hints of liqueur so they are generous with it.

The Carbonara (SGD$13.80) was a thing of  beauty; linguine pasta bathed in cream sauce, bacon slices, and topped with golden ebiko that added touches of crunch. Pasta was tasty; appreciated that sauce was served on the side.

Finally, the Chicken Stew (SGD$13.80) with rice and vegetables. The dish was very tasty and chunks of chicken were generous as well; carrots were boiled soft and easy to eat too. I just didn't like that there was a lot of chicken skin in the stew; had to discard them piece by piece.

Overall, enjoyed the items at Drips Bakery Cafe alot and look forward to visiting when Circuit Breaker Phase 2 sets in.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Brunch at Brotzeit @ Westgate, Jurong

3 Gateway Drive, #01-04 Westgate, Singapore 608532
Tel: 6465 9874

This must be my 50th time at a Brotzeit outlet, and I am still loving it. Okay, exaggerations aside, I was glad to meet *Gareth for brunch at Brotzeit @ Westgate over the St. Paddy's weekend.

He started with Original Weissbier (SGD$10.00) a while I had the Beer Tasting Paddle (SGD$13.00). The latter came with 4 beer samplers, being Weininger PD 1813 Naturtrub Zwickl, Wieninger Dunkels Lager Naturtrub, Hofbrauhaus Munchen Original Weissbier and Schneider Weisse Tap 7 (Meine Original).

The German Breakfast Platter for 2 (SGD$30.00) comprised an array of cold cut items, thinly-sliced cheese triangles, fruits, gherkins, and assortment of bread rolls, served with a neat mug of scrambled eggs. I must say that I could definitely get used to a Chacuterie-noard style breakfast everyday - tasty and fun to eat.

We also added on a mini Cheese Board (SGD$13.00) aka Kase Platte, made up of fresh juicy grapes, small variety of European Cheese and crackers.

Overall, we enjoyed our food and drinks here very much.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Review on 38 Jervois Condo [fire sale 🔥🔥🔥 limited time only]

38 Jervois Road, Singapore 249078
Tel: 9797 7047 / 9232 9737 / 8366 4069
Email: ellouisa.swift@gmail.com 

38 Jervois is a boutique development of freehold condo units, nestled in Good Class Bungalow (GCB) enclave and embassies' estate, in prestigious District 10.

That's along the embassies and Bishopgate Road, where tranquility, safety and lush greenery are abundance. When I walked around the neighborhood, I was wowed by the sprawling length of the long gates and fences of the massive landed homes here. That was when I knew I was on a land of prestige, promise, and probably very important people.

By foot, it took me between 8 to 12 minutes to reach here from Redhill MRT (depending on my footwear of the day), so yeah, no cars, is fine. Meaning to say that all age groups can also stay here, regardless of whether you don't have permission to drive yet, or are a foreigner who has no desire to buy that overpriced car in Singapore.

The condo development has already obtained TOP, meaning "temporary occupation permit" since 2019, so I was able to view actual units. Which is GREAT, because I don't have to imagine how the layout is like, which apartment faces where, or how beautiful / ugly it may be.

I understand that by now,  there are only 16 precious units left here.

At the ground floor, the turqoise pool looks inviting, and one could use the gym equipment right next to it. Totally perfect for nature lovers who hate exercising indoors and are unable to feel that they have "sweated it out", or the energy of great outdoors. If I stayed here, I might ask to put a yoga mat so I can do outdoors yoga here too.

Up the apartments we go.

I enter, feeling the cool marbled floors, and stamp my feet to test its solidness. The nice squarish layout of the living area and bedrooms would make decorating the place an easy affair.

I stand at the kitchen admiring the De Dietrich appliances, tempted to test it out, but then I am drawn to the unblocked views of the balcony that faces me, where breezes kiss and greet me.

There are 3 unit types here for sale currently:

  • 2 + 1 type at 818 sqft 
  • 3 bedroom at 915 sqft
  • 3 bedroom penthouse at 1098 sqft

Okay, I can imagine owners or tenants being thrilled to move into here - immediately, because the house feels so inviting.

Nearby would be Great World City, Valley Point, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Tiong Bahru Market, Redhill MRT, Redhill food centres, and my favorite shopping belt, Orchard Road! That's all super convenient, and don't forget to add atas international schools into the list.

Low density, noiseless neighbours, low quantum pricing for this area and quality. Best of all, there's a fire 🔥🔥🔥 sale going on in June 2020 that cuts off $400,000 (no, I didn't get my zeroes wrong!) from the listed price. What a bargain!

If you are looking for own stay, the above merits would make this almost a dream home. If you are looking for investment, tenability and rental yield here are great, too.

38 Jervois is developed by Prominent Land, an experienced developer of beautiful landed homes. Because this is their first foray into condominium development, they have put in a lot to ensure quality, beauty and comfort in this project.

How should you proceed?

Contact developer's sales team at 9797 7047 / 9232 9737 / 8366 4069 now.

You may also get ready a cheque for 5% option fee, an In-Principle Approval (IPA) done if you are taking a mortgage loan.

All the best for your home hunt here!

Dinner at Two Bakers Cafe @ Serangoon

9 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545720
Tel: 6241 6393

When Two Bakers Cafe started in Horne Road (Lavender), I visited twice and enjoyed their food and desserts very much. Review can be found here.

We visited the outlet at Serangoon this time round, longish layout and filled with hearty diners.

Drinks were served first,  interesting thirst quenchers such as Sour Plum Smoothie (SGD$9.00) and Iced Lavender Peach (SGD$9.00)

Mon Beau started with a delicious Ribeye Steak Don. Generous serving of marinated rib-eye steak, fresh cucumber slices, daikon radish, and a 62-degree celsius sous vide egg.

I had the Fish Tacos - fried fish with salsa flanked by crispy hard shell tacos.

Moving on to desserts, we had the Yuzu Lemon Tart (SGD$8.50) - yuzu lemon curd, sable tart shell, candied orange peel, dehydrated lemon and chantilly cream. A refreshing zesty dessert.

The "Min Jiang Kueh" Crepe Cake (SGD$8.50) was an interesting creation, turning a hawker pastry into an "atas" version composed of crepe layers, salted caramel chantilly cream, peanut butter and topped with ground roast peanuts.

Next, another rendition of a traditional Peranakan delight transformed into modernity - Ondeh Ondeh (SGD$8.50). This lovely sphere of pandan sponge was filled with gula melaka jelly and covered with dessicated coconut.

Finally, Chocolate Rice Cake (SGD$8.50). The exterior was coated with chocolate rice and appeared deceptively simple, but the interior was packed with goodness - 64% Valhorna chocolate mousse, white chocolate cremeux, cacao nibs and chocolate sponge cake. Rich and fulfilling.

Overall, happy to be back here at Two Bakers Cafe again, albeit a different outlet. Good service, nice ambience and awesome food still prevailed.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Lunch at Redpan Restaurant @ Marina Square

6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-03 / 04 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6255 5850

Met a client turned friend for lunch, and she recommended the beautiful Redpan Restaurant. It was not easy to find though the customer service counter is just in front, nut I was glad when I found it, delighting in its elegant red-black settings.

Red is for Singapore and passion, and Pan is an essential culinary item.

Designed by DP Architects, an established homegrown architecture firm with five decades of international design experience, redpan conveys a sense of chic with custom-made wooden curves and design accents like the custom-designed hanging glass feature comprising 2,000 glass pieces.

They focus on modern Singaporean fusion dishes, serving quality food at reasonable prices. Drinks are served here as well. Service was quite pleasant.

I had the flavourful Seared Salmon Edamame Salad (SGD$19.00). Seared Norwegian Salmon, salad greens, edamame, orange slices, corn and miso sesame dressing. Healthy and delicious, perfect for lunch or a starter before the mains.

The Spinach and Cheese Qaesadillas (SGD$9.00) comes with side salad - a simple combination of grilled tortillas, baby spinach and feta cheese. Yummy and light,  another perfect choice lunch or as an appetizer.

Many interesting items on the menu, such as "Char Siew" Nachos,  "Bak Chor" Foie Gras Mee, Prawn and "Hae Bi Hiam" Pasta, etc, all created with local favorite ingredients. I will definitely be back to try more.