451. Slake

It was an impromptu decision to visit Slake, one of the new restaurants that sprung in the East. And cos it is rather inaccessible, it will probably take someone to drive me there in order to visit them again. The S in Slake has a shape of a swan which we guessed they probably modelled it after the address. It is a pretty small establishment but being new doesn’t stop the crowd from coming in. We were lucky enough to get the last table and though we were seated outside, it was a good place to chill

Sweet Potato Fries

The sweet potato fries were good. They were deep fried nicely and the killer sauce goes very well with it

Spicy Wings

The wings were a disappointment. First, they were tiny. Second, they were not spicy. It was not worth it to pay that kind of price for these small portion of wings. I rather have my BBQ chicken wings anytime

Portobello Mushroom Gratin

The portobello mushrooms were pretty normal. It felt like they were missing something

Asian Pesto Noodles

The pesto chicken noodles were one of their signatures, and worthy enough to be their signatures. The sauce was pretty amazing. It had a mixture of thai flavours along with the beautifully balanced herb flavours and the chicken was very tender

Crackly Pork

The crackly pork could have been better. It was not bad, but not tasty enough to leave an impression

Slow Cooked US Angus Beef

The beef was nicely done and marinated. We love the sweet potato mash that came along with it but we regretted ordering the extra portion of foie gras. It was small and not very awesome. I think Saveur might have done a better job with it

A dash of pink

I see this place with potential, if they could have master the taste of their food and improve on the portion. The owners said the small portion is to encourage sharing but the problem is the wait time gets too long. For the Easties or those that happen to be in the East, it’s worth giving a try. For the rest, don’t bother. There are new restaurants popping up every other month

Slake

15 Swan Lake Avenue S(455711)

450. Comnam Broken Rice Bowl

Comnam, the sister restaurant of Nam Nam is a new brand under the Les Amis group of restaurants. It took over the space of Canele at Raffles City shopping centre serving Vietnamese broken rice bowl. Broken rice is something different as it introduces the concept of peasant food since the commoners are too poor to enjoy good quality rice. Somehow I find the deco of Comnam too yellowish and the tables are too cramped within each other.

It’s a pay-at-the-counter kind of service

Hot Lotus Tea, Ice Lotus Tea & Ice Coffee w Condensed Milk

We didn’t like the lotus tea. I think it requires acquired taste to appreciate it. The coffee on the other hand was pretty disappointing. I thought it tasted like kopitiam’s ice kopi

Spicy Tomato Egg Drop, Dill, Crab & Pork

The spicy tomato soup wasn’t very spicy w a very strong tomato taste. I thought the soup was quite normal, it feels like something you can whip up at home

Crispy Squid

Our appetiser came the last, after we finished our main courses. I have a thing with appetiser arriving after main courses. I mean whats the point of ordering appetiser if it cannot come fast enough. I would have ordered desserts then. Maybe cos we were already full by then, the squid was nothing spectacular. It felt like the street food in Vietnam could have done this better

Sliced Patin Fish, Fried Chicken Balls & Beansprouts

I actually thought the bowl looks quite sad. haha

The soup was light and sweet and the chicken balls were pretty good. Though I think the broken rice tastes better in the dry version

Marinated Fried Pork Cutlet w Chicken Ham, Viet Steamed Egg, Pork & Fungus

The pork cutlet was fragrant and tender and the skin was deep fried crisply. I thought it can be better if they remove the bone of the pork. But the star of the dish – the broken rice had a very coarse texture which I didn’t like it. To put it simply, it was nothing special

Prawns, Tomato-Turmeric Sauce, Fish Cake w Viet Steam Egg, Pork, Fungus, Pickles & Crispy Pork Crackling

The tomato sauce was appetising and I like the fish cakes though I wouldn’t say the same about the fungus & pickles

I think we are too privileged to have good quality rice and not able to appreciate peasant’s food. I don’t find the rice here very flavourful and I can’t find the draw about this place. I think it needs to do more for me to go back there again. I rather visit Nam Nam anytime

Comnam Broken Rice Bowl

Raffles City Shopping Centre

252 North Bridge Road B1-46/47 S(179103)

449. Toa Payoh Mellben Seafood

My last dinner on a weekday had us feasting at Mellben Seafood Toa Payoh! I have never tried this outlet before so I anticipate how different it will be. The difference with the Ang Mo Kio one is they accept reservations here so 2 hours queue no more :D  It wasn’t very crowded while we were there mainly cos it was a weekday which was good, since we won’t feel pressurised to leave.

Steam Bamboo Clams w Minced Garlic

I don’t think we wanted to order this but the auntie kept recommending the bamboo clams so in the end we gave it a try. The bamboo clams were quite good – sweet & fresh

Broccoli w Beancurd Skin

We ordered broccoli w beancurd skin but this dish felt more like beancurd skin w broccoli. The amount of beancurd skin they gave was really generous. I like the texture of the beancurd skin and the flavours were just right. I thought the broccoli paled in comparison maybe cos the gravy was all absorbed by the beancurd skin

Guinness Stout Pork Ribs

The pork ribs had a (very) faint taste of guinness stout though the meat was cooked really well. I wished I can taste more of the guinness stout to bring out the contrast of the dish

Claypot Crab Vermicelli Soup

One of their signatures that people come down all the way for. The soup was amazing with the crab essence  and the crabs were fresh and sweet

Creamy Butter Crab

Also another must-order. Dipping the mantou with the sauce was just amazing. The creamy butter crab at Mellben is simply one of the better ones around in Singapore

Salted Egg Yolk Crabs

I remembered I didn’t like the one at Ang Mo Kio but this dish redeemed itself this time round. The salted egg yolk was coated well and evenly such that you can taste the saltiness of the salted egg yolk but also the sweetness of the crabs

Chilli Crabs

I still think chilli crabs here paled as compared to other seafood restaurants. The gravy has a rich tomato flavour which I didn’t really like it though towards the end the spiciness came on. I preferred my chilli crab sauce to be more balanced

Mini Mantou

And what’s crabs without mantous. I think the person who invented mantous to go with crabs is the best invention ever. haha

It was amazing how much we can eat. Though I think the crabs here are generally smaller, but the freshness of the crabs makes up for it. And the best deal of the night? We met Ethan Ruan who was dining at Mellben that night, and he was so good looking. haha #starstruck

Toa Payoh Mellben Seafood

211 Toa Payoh Lorong 8

Singapore 310211

448. Noir Art Specialty Coffee

Noir Art Specialty Coffee, is one of those hole-in-a-wall cafe where the place is so tiny it can only seat a few people. It isn’t air conditioned as well, so imagine the heat you get in Singapore’s sunny weather. I like the furniture and tableware though, somehow the uniqueness gave the cafe its own identity.

The menu is simple and so are the cakes on display so you wouldn’t take long to make your choices.

Our coffee & cakes are served!

Flat White

The coffee was forgettable. Though this place roast their own beans, I couldn’t quite taste the uniqueness they hope to offer. It was just a normal white coffee

Mocha

The mocha had a rich chocolate taste to it so for those for prefer your mocha this way, you might enjoy the brew they have here

Classic Cheesecake

The cheesecake was light. It didn’t really have a strong cheesecake taste so for those who prefer your cheesecake creamy, you might find this a little bland. It’s a case of either you like it or, hate it

Pistachio Cake

The pistachio cake tasted very much like carrot cake. The taste of the pistachio was so faint we had trouble identifying it.

Overall, this place is just disappointing. I think it has lots of improvement to work on and with Whale & Cloud just round the corner, it will just play second fiddle to it. It is a good cafe to pop in just so Whale & Cloud happened to be closed and people are lazy to travel far to cafe hop. But then again with so many new cafes in Little India & Farrer Park, this cafe might just be one of those to be forgotten soon.

Noir Art Specialty Coffee

23 Mackenzie Road S(228680)

447. 8 Stanley Street

I don’t think 8 Stanley Street is very new but the inconspicuous cafe along the stretch of soup stalls just don’t stand out. It is good for customers since we don’t have to fight with the lunch crowd. There are always seats there and it just don’t feel as crowded as compared to restaurants elsewhere. Interior of the place is simple and the barista was from Oriole Cafe & Bar so for those who missed his coffee, you can continue enjoying the coffee here now.

Flat White & Latte

The coffee was smooth and light and had a natural balance

They have lunch sets or you can choose to go ala carte. So we took one lunch set and had an additional order. The lunch set consists of a starter and a main that goes for $14.80 and you can add on a coffee to complete your meal

Smoked Duck Salad (Part of set)

Duck Breast, Romaine Lettuce & Raspberry Vinaigrette

It was very sour, and just strange

Pan Seared Sea Bass (Part of set)

The fish was a little overcooked and the sauce tasted like pasta sauce which we thought it didn’t go very well.

BBQ Pulled Pork w Apple Slaw, Ciabatta Bread & Fries

I topped up $1 for truffle fries, and.. I think we should just stick to normal fries next time. This pulled pork sandwich is one of the better pulled pork I ever had. The pork was very tender and flavourful and I like how it paired with the apple slaw to give different textures

Stanley’s Classic

Espresso Infused Waffle w Walnut Crumble & Vanilla Bean Icecream

They don’t serve waffles during lunch cos the waiting time is too long, but they make an exception for us (HEHE). If you eat the waffles on its own, it is a little dry but when you paired it with the icecream, it is amazing. The waffle had a faint taste of the espresso which was good since too much will be overwhelming. Adding the walnut crumble was smart and I like how the vanilla bean icecream had a very strong vanilla taste

Overall, I think the food here is generally well received and the service was good. I will definitely come back here for the pulled pork sandwich and waffles again

8 Stanley Street, S(082001)

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Snaps! Memories from my trusty iphone

Sakae Don from Sakae Sushi

Since I was on a mission to try all the chirashi in Singapore, here’s one from Sakae Sushi. I’m not too sure if it’s cos I always had an expectation that Sakae serves sub standard food, in the end I’m always pleasantly surprised by how delicious their food is at times. This Sakae don had a combination of salmon, spicy salmon and salmon roe. It was not bad at all. You’ll be surprised it is actually better than some of the famous sushi chain restaurants

Chirashi from The Sushi Bar

The Sushi Bar is no stranger to the chirashi scene, often spotting a line out of the restaurants. I must say this place serves one of the better chirashi in town, for the price and quality you get no doubt. It is so fresh, and so generous with their portion though the thickness of the sashimi can be a little scary at times

Just cos we were craving for ramen one day, we headed to Ramen Bar Suzuki located at Telok Ayer. I had the Pure White Tonkotsu ramen w light broth and added toppings. I must say their light is really really light. I like the texture of the char siu here, pretty tender and comes in generous portion though their egg didn’t really make the mark

One of the many times where we had a feast at Paradise Pavilion

Trio of platter (top): Scallop, Prawn in wasabi mayo w watermelon, Foie Gras

Trio of platter (bottom): Scallop on baked pie, Siew Mai, Vegetable Dumpling

(Clockwise) Seafood w fish maw soup, Deep Fried Prawn, Lamp Chop

Tofu w Scallops and Spinach

And not forgetting their famous Peking Duck

The place is probably known for their duck and also quality of food, which makes it a popular choice to have client lunches. But I think their mains here are generally better as compared to their dim sums

 Lunch at Mandarin Oriental

Mushroom salad (The mushrooms are all hidden)

Pan Seared Sea Bass w Asparagus

Chocolate Cake

A 3 course set lunch which kept me full and sinful. One of the better lunches around, the chocolate cake was to die for #theonlyperkofmyjob

Happy Hour at The Secret Mermaid. One of the many hidden bars located in the CBD area

Napoleon Dynamites

Pulled Pork Roll

It’s a very tiny place with limited seats. The bar bites are good, but I wouldn’t say so for their drinks

Very happy when I got my batman. The DC comics ezlink card are super adorable :)

#justgirlsandmirrors

Went for a friend’s hens night party so we were just entertaining ourselves

ootd: Top from ASOS <3

The Entourage, where we stopped in front of Suntec City and the whole world stared at us (with cameras armed and everything) #imnotdoingthisnexttime

ootd: Crochet maxi dress from River Island

Went to watch Cavalia. It was spectacular. The horses were beautiful and simply adorable

Cos I wasn’t able to take one with the real deal, here’s the soft toy version :D

Went to the Singapore Teochew Festival. It was insanely crowded. I think the whole Teochew community must be there

My first ever run, which was really not a run. Overcoming 12 obstacles in the Wet n Wild Run at Sentosa was just simply tiring

Thai Milk Tea from Nam’s. It’s probably one of the closest Thai Milk Tea you can get in Singapore. The tea was so flavourful and fragrant

Shibuya Toast from Nam’s as well. So sinful, so sweet & so delicious #yumyum

Espresso Infused Waffle w Vanila Bean Icecream from 8 Stanley Street. Not your usual waffle on the list

Stay close for the review!

446. Ujong @ Raffles Hotel

Ujong @ Raffles Hotel was helmed by Chef Shen Tan, who made a name for her famous nasi lemak back at Wok & Barrels. Though by the time you read this, she had already left Ujong (boohoo). The resturant now is being overseen by Chef Mark Richards, who is the Group Executive Chef for Caerus Holding. Anyways we held a birthday dinner there where we had some seemingly normal but delicious modern local cuisine. The place was quiet on a weekday night with probably 2 or 3 tables filling the room so we had the attention of the servers in a pretty big place

Set like a kopitiam kind of style to suit the theme for the food being served. Very apt indeed

We went for the Kampung Feast @ $149 cos we thought it will probably be more worthwhile which includes the following:

1) 1 Meat Curry Dish

2) 1 Vegetable Dish

3) 2 Pasta Dish

4) 2 Nasi Lemak Dish

5) 2 Desserts

and a top up of $48 for a bottle of Prosecco (it really felt like a feast haha)

Prawn Crackers (Complimentary)

Honestly, it’s just prawn crackers but I don’t know if they were so delicious or we were too hungry, the crackers were gone in minutes

Meat Curry: Beef Rendang

We went for the signature beef rendang and it was delicious. The beef was very tender and the rendang just hit all the right spot

Vegetable Dish: Sayur Lodeh

Best Sayur Lodeh ever. Even though it’s just curry vegetables to put it plainly, you can taste the fragrance and the smoothness of the coconut. The friends enjoyed it so much there was not a single drop of sauce left

Bak Chor Mee Pasta

I’m abit shocked that our bak chor mee pasta turned out different from the pictures. Isn’t it supposed to be five spiced pork (in bigger chunks)? Anyway I didn’t really enjoy the pasta cos I thought the fusion did not go very well

Prawn Flavoured Noodles tossed with Kicap Manis, Onion & Garlic w Crispy Chicken

We were not very impressed with the presentation. It felt like a ball of noodles being chucked on the plate and dumped with onions and garlic. I can’t taste the kicap manis and the crispy chicken wasn’t impressive (at all)

Nasi Lemak w Crispy Pork

The Nasi Lemak was a show stopper. The rice was perfect from the hours of steaming and the ikan billis was amazing. The acar really got our appetite and the sambal was geared more towards the sweet side. Seasoning on the crispy pork was different with a little sweet & sour combination

Nasi Lemak w Otah

Nasi Lemak never tasted this delicious. And we love the otah, which I think could be spicier

Shendol Delights

Coconut Panna Cotta served with Red Bean Icecream & Gula Melaka Syrup

Puloh Hitam Stick Pudding served with Gula Melaka Butterscotch and Coconut Icecream

Both desserts were just as amazing as they blow our minds away. It was a very traditional dessert that we always have, being elevated to restaurant quality dishes. We were very impressed though presentation on the pulom hitam can be a little better

The staff surprised the birthday girl with a complimentary cake which was just cream and oreo

I enjoy what Ujong offers, though one may argue such plain old local food you can get them anywhere cheaper. But I thought it’s worth trying for the quality they serve. It takes on a modern twist of what we are familiar with and presents dishes in a different light though after this meal you probably had to spend hours at the gym. You can’t find a healthy dish in here as they all are high in coconut and sugar content so just eat and be happy :)

Ujong @ Raffles Hotel

1 Beach Road S(189673)