aLt. Pizza

Hey guys, so on the day I visited AFA I was lucky to discover this place for lunch. It was so difficult to find and that probably explains all the posters and advertisements about it– because I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. I’m guessing that if you were shopper and you saw the poster, maybe you’d wanna find it but then give up after walking around so much! My friend and I almost gave up ourselves but we found it eventually. aLt. Pizza is right round the left corner of the taxi drop off in front of the mall. 

It was raining cats and dogs that day so I was really glad to find refuge in the restaurant. The interior reminds me of those 1980s diners of some sort. Pretty cool designs and the place had a swanky vibe.  

WE ordered the calamari rings ($10)  for our side and the Truffle Shuffle ($14) pizza for our main. They really make their pizzas fresh in a big oven in the customers’ view. I’d have to say that we didn’t wait long and the staff was really friendly. The calamari was very tender and I enjoyed the chipotle dipping sauce a lot! (Kinda like a mustard sauce plus tartar sauce?)

Truffle pizza. Oh just look at that. The crust is perfect, not too thin not too thick and it is nice and crispy. The cheese and herbs totally complement the mushrooms and fennel sausage. 

I’d say that a must-try for aLt. Pizza, other than their pizza of course, is their Kapati Organic New Zealand Ice Cream, especially the passion fruit & lemon curd flavour. It has a velvety texture and has a fresh tang to it, good for those who’ve had enough of the usual ice cream flavours. 
aLt. Pizza
#01-602 
Suntec City Tower 4
Singapore 038983
altpizza.com.sg
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Cafe Hopping III: D’verygoodgood cafe

Finally final stop of the wonderful day: D’good Cafe!
To be honest I’m really drained so I apologize if this isn’t a very detailed review.
So we got off at Holland Village MRT (Circle line) and walked for a bit from exit B til we reached the place, passing by Hatched– an egg inspired cafe.

Maybe visit it next time?

When you enter there’s a pretty weird smell hahah. Or is it just me?

Psssst, this is my favourite photo.

How it works is that you go to the counter and order your food then find a place to sit among the three levels of the cafe and yeah when it is your turn to collect the disc will vibrate.

We tried the prawn aglio olio and the carbonara. The prawn aglio olio is kinda spicy but a bit too dry 😦 Lots of fresh prawns though so I liked that. The carbonara on the other hand I felt was much nicer as the sauce itself had lots of flavour. More gravy would’ve been good too hahah! but overall a great meal, super filling.

Now on to dessert! For dessert we have maple sea salt cheesecake. With a good balance of sweet maple and well–salty salt, this cheesecake is pretty light and not too thick on the cream cheese. The maple leaf on top is also an edible piece of white chocolate!

D’good Cafe
273 Holland Avenue
#02-01/01 
Singapore 278992
Opening Hours
Sun to Thu: 10am – 10pm
Fri to Sat: 10am – 11pm
6219 9807
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Cafe Hopping III: L’etoile Cafe breakfasttt

Hey everyone and anyone! This is such a late post so I do apologize, but I have been very busy these past few days. Nevertheless, I can finally put this up.
5TH DECEMBER 2014:

Welcome to another day of food with me 😉 This time my food buddy and I headed down to Farrer Park to start off the day. When you go out through exit C you will be welcomed by Mr. Rooster of FOOD STREET! Looks like there are a lot of cafes and restaurants here but that’t not where we were heading.
(So I was kinda stupid and walked to the right thinking that the only crossing was at the end of the street but if you go to your left, the crossing is right there.)

Pretty trees anyways. Photo op~

After the trees (or if you came from the left crossing walk towards your right), you should see Owen Road. Just keeeep walking, and walking and walking– the cafe is unit 160.

If you’re on the right side of the road you should see P. Bistro which is like unit 140+ or 150+, so it’s pretty near.

Finally you should reach, L’etoile Cafe! Our first cafe of the day.

The cafe actually has two floors so we went to check out the upper floor. I have to say that the decor is really cute and I love the rustic feel, it’s super homey. And despite being an open window floor there is AIRCONDITIONING AND FREE WIFI. The cafe is a French inspired Japanese cafe so there’s Japanese books and cute anime characters around.

Love these murals!

Ordered a cappuccino and yeah I was disappointed they didn’t make me a panda ;( but it tasted good haha. Good cup of coffee! ($4.50*)

We came to this cafe not only due to their good reviews but also because we bought something on the Sugar app– Eggs Benedict ($14.90*) just for $8+++ such a great deal. I love that app.

It was a great breakfast because I am super fond of salads (yay) and liked the hollandaise sauce on the eggs. Although the toast was slightly too hard for my liking, difficult to cut through, I still liked the pairing of eggs toast and fresh salad with a good cup of coffee.

*Oh but the down side is that there service charge on top of the prices which are inclusive of GST.

L’etoile Cafe
160 Owen Rd
Singapore 218953
Opening hours
Mon to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat to Sun, Public Holiday: 9am – 10pm
62982872
http://letoile.com.sg/

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fArt tArtz Cafe @EXPO

Headed over here for Breakfast before work started at SITEX the other day. I didn’t know the EXPO had a place like this.

When we arrived they were just opening so we had to wait about 15 minutes before the food came.

We ordered the oreo nutella mud tart (usually it’s $5.50 i think but we got it at $2-3 with the sugar app) and the strawberry cream jar thing. ($6.80) I love that both desserts were not too sweet. The nutella was balanced by the cream inside so it was not as sweet. Then the strawberry one was with fresh cream and probably graham crumbs. A simple dessert but very cute presentation!! Even the tray, the utensils and the furniture.

Along with Detox water: Citrus ($3.80) and Fruity ($4.80) flavoured. I’ll tell you now that it’s just water with whatever you see oranges/berries with mint leaves. Nothing much actually. If you want something with a refreshing taste at least, go for the citrus one. The fruity one doesn’t have much taste and the fruits are hard to get out and eat.

Grilled Hot Wings ($8.50) took slightly longer to arrive but it wasn’t too long either. WOOH. These are hot and spicy I mean look at those chili seeds. But they are very very nice! Hahah despite having the numbing feeling of the spice around my mouth, I wanted more. I definitely recommend this.
fArt tArtz Cafe
Singapore Expo (foyer 2)
1 Expo Drive
#02-04 Singapore 486150
Opening hours
Mon to Thu: 8am – 6pm
Fri to Sun: 8am – 8pm
Email: enquiry@farttartz.com
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Cafe Hopping II: Fix Cafe for main

Third stop! Welcome to the Fix Cafe at Toa Payoh.
Not too far from the Toa Payoh swimming complex, this cafe is actually poolside at the Home Team place, after you walk past the Ten Dollar Karaoke. Even though it’s an open cafe, it’s not too hot here so don’t worry too much. The decor is really cool and free flow of water!!!! 

Honestly, I find the food here a tad too expensive. But hey you never know if you don’t try.

 Order up: One 3-Cheese Penne Gratin dine-in and one set of Donuts with Salted Egg Dip to-go! (no pictures of that unfortunately)

 My friend thought that it would be smaller than what we got haha so that’s a good thing. $10 for this is quite worth it though it should probably be $8 instead. It is about 15cm in diameter and we shared it between the two of us. Yes the cheese is very nice and it even has mushrooms and some ham in it. You might need a drink to go with this if not you’ll find it too heaty but otherwise it’s pretty good– though I may not come back for it again. Maybe I’ll try the naanwich? For those who love their cheese, they’ll love this. Seems like a revamped mac & cheese dish.

Fix Cafe
31 Ah Hood Road
#01-06 HomeTeamNS-JOM
6256 1484
Opening hours
9:30am – 10:30pm daily
fix-cafe.com.sg

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Cafe Hopping II: One Man Coffee sells PIZZA

Hello everyone and anyone! Another cafe hopping day with my food buddy so I’m gonna post this the same way I did for the first. 
First stop for the afternoon: One Man Coffee
Another tricky place to find but if you aren’t as unobservant as us I’m sure you will notice the cafe as it has these chairs outside.
Yes, the chairs basically spell it out for you. But of course we walked past it yet again when it was just there………anyways if you are planning to get there look out for the following sign because I think that it is two stores in one.

SO yeah One Man Coffee is together with Crust (which opens 5pm I think). I walked past it thinking it was a different cafe. 

As the name suggests, this cafe is quite well known for their coffee so I just had to get myself a latte ($4.50). Admittedly, it tastes pretty good and it’s at a good temperature to start drinking! Nice start to our hopping.

Gashouse Eggs with Bacon Jam ($10)– sounds weird but it is by far one of my favourite foods ever. If bacon could get any better it’s in this bacon jam. YUMMM. It’s bacon with balsamic vinegar, butter and some secret ingredients. The toast has a poached egg in the middle and it is covered with lots of cheese. OMG. That toast is so buttery and the egg and cheese is awesome together. Egg is nice and runny when you cut up the centre.

Next up is the Brioche French Toast with homemade berry jam, fresh cream and candies walnuts. ($10–They have another brioche french toast with caramalized bananas) All I have to say is Can I have more? The homemade jam is great: not too sweet and not too sour. Tastes like a mix between strawberries and raspberries. Eating the toast together with the cream and jam is perfection. I’d love to eat breakfast and coffee there longer but we had to move on.

SO yum yum yum all the way. Please do yourself a favour and check this place out.
One Man Coffee
215R Upper Thomson Rd, 574349
Operating hours
9am – 5pm daily
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20 November: Curry from CoCo

Level B3 of Somerset 313 actually has some pretty good food. Other than Pie Face which I regretfully did not get to eat enough to blog about, I stumbled upon this place: CoCo Ichibanya. It is a Japanese curry house apparently reputed to be the number 1 Japanese curry house in the world with over 30 years of experience in the field of Japanese food.
Table for two. Ordered the gyoza curry rice for me and the salmon curry rice for my friend. What I found interesting about the menu was that other than the wide range to choose from you can actually cutomize the level of spicyness of the curry and also the amount of rice on your plate! If you’re wondering, we chose the level 1 (normal) spicyness. It did not take long before we got our food which is great since we were both really starving. The curry was sooo good. I hate diluted tasing curry but this was thick and rich with flavour. But just a precaution to those who cant really handle spice, I recommend you opt for level 0 because my friend found level 0 a tad too spicy. For me it was hot but that’s what made it good. It was hot enough but not too hot to numb your tongue. I liked the gyoza better than the salmon because I do love my gyozas, however the salmon was also a delight as it was bigger than I had expected. 

Gyoza Curry Rice

Salmon Curry Rice

A great deal for your money i believe we only spent about $28-$30 total when it came to the bill (inclusive of service charge and GST). If you’re a fan of curry rice like I am you really have to try this out!

CoCo Ichibanya
313 Orchard Road

#B3-25/27 313 SomersetSomerset, Orchard
Operating hours
Mon – Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat – Sun & PH: 10am – 11pm

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Cafe Hopping I: Santouka Ramen for lunch

Hey there, so on to lunch:

We headed over to Clarke Quay after the interview by MRT which didn’t really take very long. It’s not too far from Farrer Park. Located on the second floor of the Blue area, it is pretty easy to get lost and not be able to find. But after a series of circles and incessant map reading together with the help of some of the shop owners, we managed to get there. Easiest way to find it is to get to the Blue area and cross to the other building, and it’s in the corner after a Malay padang restaurant, Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee.

This is what you would see when you reach there.

We arrived around 12-1pm and didn’t have to wait long to be seated. If you intend to visit Santouka, come a little earlier maybe 11am-12pm in order to avoid waiting in line for a bowl of ramen. Trust me though, it’s worth the wait if you do get stuck in line.

I was quite surprised when we went in because the place was much smaller than expected. Explains the long queue because the service was pretty fast and there were waiters ready to take our orders.

I apologize to the great waiter we had for he patiently waited for us fickle-minded teens to order. In the end we settled with a small sized bowl of Shoyu (soy sauce) ramen and Chicken ramen. Shoyu ramen is one of their more popular flavours and they only serve 15 bowls of chicken ramen each day so I HAD TO try it. (Since I’m not really a beef person anyways– almost every other bowl comes with their signature Toroniku Cha-shu which is simmered pork cheek meat.)

Shoyu Ramen: pork broth mixed with soy sauce, this flavour is not very salty. And I’ve had my share of super salty ramen. Urghk. The Cha-shu is also simmered in soy sauce to bring out more flavour. Once you bite into the meat you can taste that the meat is so full of flavour and very tender not fatty. It comes together with pickled plums, their signature topping which is slightly sour but crunchy, bamboo shoots and Kikurage (jelly ears). Size-wise, the small bowl we ordered is probably enough for those who aren’t really heavy eaters because just one bowl of this is sure to fill you up. But do note that the increase in the size of the bowl only increases the amount of soup and noodles inside the bowl– not the meat.

Chicken Ramen: This dish taste totally different from the Shoyu one. I think it’s a bit saltier but also more wholesome. Truth be told they both have such unique tastes. Both are great to try. So here was where the problem stemmed: the chicken ramen only has one size which is equivalent to a medium bowl. BUT I am not a heavy eater so I was afraid of not being able to finish it. I’m glad I did try it though. It comes with a mollet egg (an egg which is more cooked than a soft boiled egg) bamboo shoots and spring onion garnishing. Although one of my pieces of chicken was pretty tough to bite into, the rest were tender and once you bite in you can taste the juice infused into the chicken. The taste was something like a teriyaki-ish taste but a wee bit saltier.

Surprisingly we managed to finish the two bowls and one more mollet egg. (it is nice so buy it if it’s not already in your soup for just another dollar)

We shared both bowls of noodles to get a taste of the two and yes I liked my chicken one more!!

I was realllly full afterwards. And it was so worth the money. The total bill was about $31+? with the GST and all. Not too bad for what you get. I’ve been to places charging you $16-$19 a bowl for some salty yuck asdfghjk.

So yeah head on down for you bowl of ramen today or if you’re in the Clarke Quay/Chinatown area, this is a place you ought to visit.

Santouka Ramen
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-76 The Central, Singapore 059817
6224 0668
Daily 11am-10pm (kitchen closes at 9:45pm)
http://santouka.co.jp/en/index.html


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Cafe Hopping I: Breakfast at Sarnies’

The day started off with breakfast before a job interview at City Square Mall for the SITEX 2014 and yeah I got the job. (But when we got there, surprise surprise– apparently more people knew about it too hahah. Oh well I’m just into the job experience yeh.

Look at the friendly staff (and carrot dude)
So Sarnies is a little cafe which my bro had recommended to me. A few must-indulge foods/drinks would be their f*cking good brownie ($5) and their coffee. 

Cool table number concept
Firstly I tried the brownie and wow is it ahmayzang. It is so moist and crisp on the outside. Base isnt hard or burnt like some brownie places. It is so moist it melts like a chocolate bar in your mouth. You might be thinking: but $5 for a brownie??!?@?# Stop thinking about it and go try it if you have that $5. Skip that starbucks frap just once.
Secondly, we ordered the ham and cheese crossant.  ($7.50) I have to say, their crossant pastry had a unique taste, it was buttery and there was a hit of cheese (?i think) in it that made it really yummy even just from eating the little crips that brpke off from trying to cut it. The ham was thinky sliced and paired with fresh parmasean cheese (from the taste of it). It took me a while to put my finger on what cheese was inside. Yum yum yum!!! I kept wanting more. 

Other thing one can try is their wraps as well. I heard it’s pretty good. Their cafe has a rustic feel like all the wooden furniture inside and even using poker cards as table numbers. The guy cooking was wearing a carrot hat. What could be more mesmerizing than that, right?

Sarnies’ is pretty easy to find once you get out of Telok Ayer (Blue line) MRT station. It takes less than five minutes to walk to though their cafe name isn’t too obviously plastered on the glass so I guess you might miss it if you’re not paying attention. Despite it being 9:30am when we got there, there were a lot pf people at the cosy cafe. It is packed pretty much the whole day according to my bro so it’s definitely worth checking out. Oh and all prices stated are inclusive of GST.
Sarnies’ cafe
136 Telok Ayer St. , 068601
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-10pm (kitchen closes 9:30pm)
Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm
Breakfast until 11am
6224 6091

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ONE DAY TO GO= NEW BLOG, NO STUDY

Hokkien Mee @ Cuppage Fried Kuay Teow Hokkien Mee

I DID STUDY. Yesterday. But today I had to wake up at 6++ to get myself all the way to Chinatown (Hong Lim Complex) for the Basic Food Hygiene Course at XpRience. The training was really BASIC. Though I fell asleep at one point, I was throughly entertained by our trainer.

Anyways onto lunch. You see this up here? It’s supposed to be a mouth-watering photo of my lunch. Sadly I devoured it before I realized I wanted to post about it. Looks aside, this was some pretty good Hokkien Mee. It had just enough gravy and the right amount of sweetness from the chilli. Not too oily either in my opinion. I always say that a good plate of Hokkien Mee is not complete without well cooked prawns and squid. This had both. Well cooked prawns slide effortlessly off their shells while squid is nice and tender and not really chewy (overcooked alert!)

After lunch was the assessment and I passed. (yay!)

Cookies for Sid @ Citylink

So on the way back, (after walking pretty far looking for Raffles Place HAHA) I went to City Hall’s Citylink and window shopped my life away.

Introducing Cookies for Sid!

Wooh first time buying from here

 I bought 12 for $16 (cuz like if you’re gonna sin, why not sin hard?) Pretty okay price to pay per cookie. Now on to the taste:

Twelve (-1) cookies of goodness

I think I tried all of their everyday flavours (except ginger chewu and brown sugar) just not the green tea one and some other flavour next to it. Overall what I liked most about the cookies was that they were not very sweet. (Sorry Subway, I love my double choc there but your cookies are so sweet and in consistent that it’s hard to want to eat more.) For all the cookies I tried they all had a good balance of flavours and texture. My persobal favourites would be their mocha expresso and nutella ones! Mocha expresso, as you would expect, has the subtle but enjoyable taste of mocha in it such that it is not too bitter or too sweet that it is in recognizable as mocha-flavoured. Nutella on the other hand was not as sweet as the Triple Choc but at has a more homey and wholesome taste! Great buy 🙂

Da truth. (Love their packaging!)

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