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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Maison Ikkoku

Met WeiSheng for brunch... which became lunch at Maison Ikkoku near the Malay Heritage Centre.

I was pretty engrossed in catching up, since we hadn't met in months, so I didn't take that many pictures of this place.

There are actually three floors to this cozy hideaway - cafe, boutique and bar. 



If you order the Gourmet Sandwiches (which we did) after 1130am, you get a complimentary drink, restricted to those $5 and below :) 

It was a great deal, of course, and we succumbed to the temptation.

Norwegian Smoked Salmon and Dill Sour Cream Sandwich - $13.90


.... with a little cup of artisan coffee to go along with it :) 

Bottom: Parisien Tuna sandwich - ~$11

I made a fantastic choice ordering this sandwich - the tuna was fresh, the ciabatta was crispy, and the entire sandwich just tasted so fresh and healthy! 

Wanted to try more, but we were already full... will definitely visit this place again to see and try more :)



Rating: 4/5
We spent $22 (2 persons)


We're at:
Maison Ikkoku
20 Kandahar Street
Singapore 198885
http://www.maison-ikkoku.net/
Nearest MRT: Bugis 






Sunday, October 7, 2012

Flutes at the Fort

Had another NUS High gathering, this time, at Flutes at the Fort! Weekend brunch :)

It was a little difficult to find this place, but it's right next to the Philatelic Museum, right up a stairway.


It's a little hideaway... 


I was a little spoilt and felt very turned off at the sight of the flight of stairs. In the sweltering heat... climb stairs??? Fortunately the flight turned out a lot shorter than expected :)

Service was prompt, and here's a sampling of what we ordered: 

Starter: Sauteed Mushroom Fricassee with Grilled Lamb Sausage and Frisee Salad

Main: Eggs Benedict 

Poached to perfection! 

Main: Beer Battered Seabass with fries, homemade tartare sauce and mesclun salad

Not the best beer-battered seabass I've come across, but not too bad nonetheless. Fries could've been a bit better though, I felt. 


Main: Fried Bull Eye Eggs with pork sausage, bean puree, sauteed spinach, bacon, cherry tomatoes and mixed salad

The orange sauce disturbed me a little bit, but the dish turned out good :)

Main: Open-Faced Steak Sandwich with avocado spread, sundried tomatoes, bearnaise sauce and mixed salad

Didn't try this myself, but it looked incredibly filling! 


Dessert: Creme Brulee with ice cream, strawberries

Delicious, sweet creme brulee, I like! I had the black sesame ice-cream (not the one pictured) which was fantastic! 


Dessert: Lemon Tart with Coffee Ice Cream

I love these juicy-looking fruit tarts. Such a delight. 



Dessert: Belgian Waffle with chantilly cream, strawberries, maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream

Crispy belgian waffles! 


We had a few wines to go along... It was such a wonderful gathering of old friends:


It's always a good time!


Loved this place!

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Rating: 4.5/5
We spent $600 (10 pax)


We're at:
Flutes at the Fort
23B Coleman Street
Singapore 179807

Detailed instructions on how to get there: www.flutes.com.sg


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kith Cafe (Park Mall)

Right before Cherry departed for University, we decided to have brunch together at Kith Cafe at Park Mall.

This place is very easily accessible by Dhoby Ghaut MRT - just cross the road towards Park Mall and there it is.


This place has such a cheerful feel to it :)


You could just sit here and while the entire morning away, sipping coffee while reading newspapers. 

The dude walking there - that waiter was very friendly, with just the right chirpiness for a breakfast place! 

They have a special daily menu written every single day, it seems. 

Tons of drinks to choose from - there are protein shakes! 



Kith Cafe's version of the 'Big Breakfast' - 2 eggs, bacon, smoked bratwurst, sauteed mushrooms, toast. $15.50

This breakfast is really big. The eggs were a little milky, which I love. Thought that the toast could be a bit more toasted, though. Mine didn't turn out too good. 

You can choose the different types of bread (multigrain, sourdough, brioche etc) and the spread as well. 


Not a very good shot. Cherry had the Grilled Ham, Cheese Toast for $8.00


I had a Mango Smoothie ($7.50) to boot :)

A pretty good selection of cakes to choose from :)

Overall, I quite like this place. It has a very quiet atmosphere (on weekday mornings, at least), and the wait staff were excellent. The food is a little pricey, in my honest opinion. 


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Rating: 4/5
We spent $35 (for two persons)


We're at:
Kith Cafe (Park Mall)
9 Penang Road
#01-01E Park Mall
Singapore

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Attraction: Gardens By the Bay

Took a trip to Gardens By the Bay, and here are some shots:

Always very amazed by what Singapore is able to create. 

There is an outdoor area that is free, along with three paid attractions: (1) Flower Dome, (2) Cloud Forest and (3) Skywalk.

The Flower Dome was really nothing very special, I felt, but the Cloud Forest was pretty amazing! 


Doesn't this look so surreal? 

Supertrees!

Our beautiful skyline

Us on the Skywalk

We are a FINE city indeed!  


View from Ku De Ta at MBS.

This is a pretty wonderful attraction (the domes are a great escape from the heat), so everyone should make definitely make a visit here some time :)

I didn't take that many shots, and there's a lot more to see there! 


Attraction: Gardens By the Bay 
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Once Upon a Milkshake

After Once Upon a Rosti, Camille and I headed to the Once Upon a Milkshake at Maxwell Chambers.


Quite a selection of milkshakes.


This is a typical teenager's hangout kind of place. 


Well I didn't even order a milkshake, but I did get:

Root Beer Float (with Lychee Ice Cream) - $4.50

You can choose the flavour, and I definitely should not have chosen Lychee to go with root beer float!  


Camille got the Ice Cream Set - $6.50

Average, at best. 

I think this particular outlet isn't exactly fantastic. The service was terrible. I asked a few questions about the drinks and their combos, and the cashier was replied in an extremely frustrated and impatient tone. While clearing the tables, the staff weren't polite as well.

I didn't try enough to actually give it a rating, but let's just say that with service this bad, I'm definitely not heading back to dine at this outlet, for sure. 


We're at:
Once Upon a Milkshake
32 Maxwell Road
#01-08
Maxwell Chambers
(Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tunglok Signatures

To celebrate Mum's 50th and Dad's 57th Birthday, we headed to Tunglok Signatures for a Dimsum Lunch.

We went to the outlet at Central, Eu Tong Sen Street.


And we ordered a whole host of dimsum to eat, yum! 

Pi2 Dan4 Zhou1.

Egg tarts, custard buns, chee cheong fun.

Siew Mai, Prawn Dumplings, Century Egg Porridge


Somewhat like Peking Duck, where you get to wrap the duck inside this flour wrap. 

Scallop Omelette :)


Durian puffs. FANTASTIC!!! 


Dad's always closing his eyes / looking away.

Anyway, this was a fantastic meal - but I'd still recommend Royal China's dimsum over this.


Rating: 4/5
We spent: $170 for 5 persons.


We're at:
Tunglok Signatures
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
Singapore 059817
Central

Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay