424. Little Pancakes @ Upper Thomson Road

The friend was craving for pancakes so we went to visit Little Pancakes at Upper Thomson. It’s a tiny place that specialises in tiny pancakes. I figure they are probably a hit with kids with cute pancake posters and bright colours.

This phrase is like, so overused. Keep calm and have a cupcake, Keep calm and have a beer, Keep calm and eat pancakes.

Hazelnut Latte

The latte was pretty decent with a strong taste of hazelnut in it

Apple Yakult

The apple yakult, tasted like apply juice + yakult. It was something that you can make yourself at home. I think my latte is more value for money

So they have a list of savoury and sweet pancakes but judging from my experience with savoury pancakes, I decided I shall stick with sweet instead.

Gimme S’more Oreo

There was supposed to be oreo icecream but according to the staffs, their icecream machine was not ready (at 4pm?!) So I had nutella instead

The pancakes were buttery and fluffy. The marshmallows were a little toasted. But the whole combination just seems weird. It felt like taking different toppings and just putting them into a dish. I think perhaps the icecream would have made this a little better.

Big Fan of All Day Breakfast

It was a fairly decent breakfast pancake, that honestly doesn’t seem like it needs much effort to whip up this dish

Even though it is a good novelty idea and the pictures look absolutely presentable, I wouldn’t specially made a trip down for them. But I guess it’s one place to hold kids’ birthday parties or just have a teatime snack if you are in the area. Their pancakes are good but nowhere spectacular.

Little Pancakes

200 Upper Thomson Road

#01-04 Thomson Imperial Court S(574424)

423. Flutes @ National Museum Singapore

Flutes used to be at Fort Canning Park but has since moved to National Museum of Singapore. Even so, the place is still elegant and pretty. We witnessed a wedding ceremony that was happening right outside the restaurant. And since it happened to be on a Sunday, we went for brunch for the friend’s birthday celebration and I managed to sneak in a birthday dessert surprise for her. heh

Brunch came in 3 course set menu with an option to order the bread basket for additional $10

Warm bread with 3 choices of spread: Hummus, Avocado & Walnut Cream Cheese

The walnut cream cheese was really good

Starter: Caesar Salad w Smoked Chicken Breast

A beautiful salad of smoked chicken breast w generous portion of cheese shaving

I have to admit I was semi full after this. lol

Starter: Cream of Mushroom Soup

The friend loved it

Mains: Weekend Cheese Burger

The portion was huge and I was thankful I didn’t choose this. The fries were awesome and the patty was cooked well

Mains: French Toast w Mixed Berries, Maple Syrup & Cinnamon Dust

The french toast were dry and disappointing. I will not recommend

Birthday dessert platter which we chose Meringue Basket & Queen’s Chocolate Perfection Pie

Overall, it’s a beautiful place that serves decent food that comes in generous portion. We went for the free flow white wine which was equally delightful. I think it’s probably one place to consider if you have a special occasion to celebrate.

Flutes Restaurant Bar

The National Museum of Singapore

93 Stamford Road S(178897)

422. Pince and Pints

This place opened with so much hype it probably flooded my instagram even before it officially opened for business. It’s an adaptation of London’s Burgers & Lobsters or so that’s what everybody says. But since I’m not that fortunate to try the one in London, I just have to make do with this Singapore’s version. We reached at 4.50pm and there was already a queue. The restaurant has a no-reservation policy so everyone probably thought the same thing. We missed the first seating, but was lucky enough to get in at 5.45pm

Lobster crate inspired menu

Menu is simple. 3 dishes, all at $48 each

Drinks Menu

People in, out and everywhere else

500 Days of Summer

Honestly, this was a little strange. It was rather bitter in my opinion

Lychee Tea

I thought the drinks were nothing exceptional

Chili Lobster w Mini Mantous

We specially requested for the sauce to be spicier and boy, that turned out to be simply fabulous. The meat was succulent and fresh and the gravy was thick and consistent. We were scooping off the gravy and drinking it like that

Grilled Lobster

The grilled smell was evident. Pairing with the herbed butter sauce is optional. I thought the lobster tastes as good even without it.

Lobster Roll

We were very excited to try their famed lobster roll. And it was really good. The bread was (really) buttered, soft and warm. The portion of the lobster was so generous. It’s a must-order dish

Dinner was fantastic. Service was thoughtful. And V & F were there (for those that were curious). Food comes out at amazingly fast speed, which was good. And the lobster, undeniably fresh. Some may think $48 per dish might be a little expensive, but I thought it was worth it. It’s a place I won’t mind revisiting (if the wait is less than an hour). But I think that might be a little difficult now, I heard waiting time can range to 2 hours. But still for those interested, it’s worth a visit.

Pince and Pints

32-33 Duxton Road S(089497)

421. Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee

And so I finally finally tried Singapore’s Kin Kin.  I was there when the shop just opened for the day and so it was pretty crowded. But by the time we were done with lunch I noticed there wasn’t much people there anymore. Kin Kin, is it just a hype?

A various adaptation of the original pan mee

Famous Dry Chilli. Somehow I felt the one here was a little spicier and I don’t know why the colour of the dry chilli is so red as compared to the KL’s one

The noodles were a little hard and not very q. Other than the ikan billis that was still amazing, the rest of the dishes in the bowl seems to falter in comparison

On a positive note, my egg was runny :)

The beancurd skin was hard, the meatballs were just normal and didn’t have that special ikan billis taste in it but the fishballs were gigantic

Even the free bowl of sweet potato leaves soup didn’t bring back any memories of KL.

The verdict: FAIL

I think famous overseas eatery should just stay, overseas. Like honeymoon desserts from HK, and kin kin from KL. They all do and taste so much better in their originating countries. If not they just bring disappointment to people who want to eat them so much. Read about my review on KL’s kin kin here and you’ll understand how the standard differs so much.

Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee

534 Macpherson Road, S(368220)

420. Arbite @ Serangoon Gardens

Arbite has been around for some time. I remembered the hype when everyone was raving about its sea salt caramel pancakes so I decided to bring my parents there for lunch to try their new menu since they have never been there before. The place is still as crowded and reservation is highly recommended. So what’s gone and new? Honestly, plenty.

Flat White

Coffee was good though the art kinda failed

Truffle Fries

They made this a permanent resident on its menu (lol)

Apple Strudel Pancakes

Where’s my seasalt caramel pancakes?! *inserts horror look* haha anyway, these apple strudel pancakes were not that fantastic. Something was missing, and I just can’t put a finger to it

Tako Risotto

Awesome risotto in squid ink sauce. The octopus was cooked fairly well

Seafood Tagliatelle

Probably one of the best seafood tagliatelle I’ve had. The sauce was so appetising, seafood was fresh and the portion was generous.

Skip desserts cos we were so full. Hopefully I will have the chance to go back and try their other dishes. They have a fairly interesting menu like lobster mac and cheese & beef rendang tagliatelle. And I have to say, I prefer Arbite than its sister branch, A for Arbite. This place, though small, feels more homely and the quality of the food here is more consistent.

Arbite

66 Serangoon Garden Way S(555962)

419. Hai Di Lao @ 313 Somerset

Finally get a chance to try Hai Di Lao hotpot after its 2nd branch opened at 313 Somerset. This place is known for their friendly staff service and extensive queue if you do not make reservations. And while waiting, you get to enjoy manicure services (though I’m not too sure if it’s free). This outlet has an additional playroom for kids and many more tables for waiting customers to sit around. I think I’ll go this outlet anytime since you get to shop around while waiting.

The very tiny playroom

I thought it was a pretty big place with private rooms available

The sauce section

Well, we told them we were celebrating our friend’s birthday but.. totally didn’t expect this lol

And choosing your ala carte menu using ipad

Their famous chicken and ma la soup. I love their ma la soup, it goes so well with the tau pok :D

And some of the dishes I managed to capture while the rest has already gone into the stomach

Managed to snap a decent shot of the hotpot feast cos the food comes as fast as it goes

Thoughtful of the staffs to give us the ladle stand

Watching the chef swing the 刀削面 who makes it a point to swing above our head, and the noodles totally taste like ban mian

Surprise #2

The happy birthday song started playing and the whole restaurant was looking around who’s celebrating their birthday. It turned out the staffs prepared a birthday fruits platter for us + a photo frame present for the birthday boy. #wewereequallyshocked

Probably the extent of their thoughtfulness is enough to warrant another visit. The downside? Their latest reservation stands at 6pm

Hai Di Lao

313 Orchard Road, 313 Somerset

Level 4, S(238895)

418. Jewel Cafe and Bar (Rangoon Road)

Jewel Cafe and Bar is not new. This cafe has probably been around for a year or so but I never found a chance to visit it. And since working near Jewel Coffee at Asia square (that serves fabulous coffee), we always wanted to try this outlet at Rangoon road for its extensive food menu. This place is rather spacious. They have a second floor that looks cozy and good for quiet talks, its first floor for communal sharing and a tiny alfresco.

Flat White

Somehow the coffee here wasn’t as good as the one at Asia Square. Even though the portion is huge but perhaps they only use one kind of coffee beans here so there wasn’t any excitement. The one at Asia Square allows you to choose between 2 different kind of coffee beans and so bringing out the different flavour of each choice made

Praise the Lard w Added Truffle Fries

Bacon Jam, Arugula, American Cheese & Granny Smith Slices

Sounds strange for a burger combination. But the bacon jam was delicious, the patty was together and juicy and the grammy smith slices were crunchy. The bun was toasted and soft and truffle fries were perfect. It was a pretty decent plate of burger

Umami Prawn Capellini

Somehow I always feel that capellini makes you feel full easily. Having bonito flakes on pasta might not be the best combination but the prawns were nicely grilled. The pasta in my opinion wasn’t fantastic but I would love to give other pasta a try

It’s definitely one place I would love to go back. This cafe, like the name, is definitely a jewel that needs to be slowly uncovered and appreciated.

Jewel Cafe & Bar

129 Rangoon Road S(218407)