The Coriander Cafe (Thomson Plaza)

My parents recommended this Zi Char place to me, praising its the “home cooked” style of cooking.

I was surprised to find that it’s located in a shopping mall (and not at the typical shop houses in the heartlands). This is one of the reasons why I had to try this place.

The plus point of this place is that you can request the chef to whip up a dish that is not on the menu.

We ordered Kailan Beef ($12), Hot Plate Tofu ($10), Sambal Eggplant with Dried Shrimp ($10) and Pork Ribs ($12).

20160612_181058Although the beef was not very fresh, I like the Cantonese style kailan gravy very much.

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The tofu dish was not bad. The egg and tofu was doused with the hor fun gravy. Just look at the steam! So delish!
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Although the eggplant dish was not on the menu, the chef offered to whip it up for us. I felt that this dish was a tad too pricey for the portion.
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The pork ribs were really lean. They tasted almost like chicken cutlets. I, however, could not taste the “sweet and sour” element in the meat and sauce.

Plain rice cost $0.50 per plate.

I will recommend this place over the Kopitiam food court at level 1 . It cost around $11 per person here (and also depending on what dishes you order).

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Table Manners (Changi City Point)

We wanted to get supper and we ended up at CCP. We walked one round at level 1 (it was 9.25pm on Sunday) and Table Manners caught our attention. It has a peaceful ambience with quirky furniture and “The Only Exception by Paramore playing in the background.

The kitchen closes at 9.30pm so we hurriedly picked our food. We wanted Mocha but they said that they are not serving coffee anymore. So, we went with a pot of Earl Grey Tea ($6). You can ask for reflll of hot water. We also had the Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Tart ($7.50) and Rum Infused Crème Brûlée ($6.50).

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The Earl Grey Tea’s tea/oil blend has a therapeutic effect on me. I would recommend this drink to go with desserts or alone to relieve stress.

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The Sea Salt Choate Caramel Tart was not impressive. It has elements of sour from the berries, sweet from the milk chocolate and salty from the salted caramel below the chocolate filling fusing to produce a taste similar to black forest. The tart’s pastry is a too hard and brittle.

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Their Crème Brûlée is unique. There’s a layer of rum infused glucose biscuit on top of the custard. The custard confused my taste buds.

I like chewing the mint leaf garnishes as it was refreshing.

I would not come back here for their desserts but I would love to try their main courses and coffee which is their niche.

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Orh Nee at Expo Food Fair (27 to 31 May 2016)

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20160528_114934This is one of the best I have ever had.

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The Orh Nee was scooped into smalls with an ice cream scoop.The yam paste was smooth, creamy and thick. I know they probably used lard to make the paste as I could taste that “pang” flavour from every spoon I had.

The corn bits in the creamy gravy was juicy and crunchy. The sweet gravy has a similar texture to the Bo Bo Cha Cha’s coconut milk dessert soup. It complements the paste very well.

Trust me, two scoops were more than enough to satisfy your belly.

What’s more, it cost only 2 bucks per bowl!

I still remember the Orh Nee I had a Teochew Restaurant in Chiang Mai Thailand in 2011. I thought it was the best Orh Nee but now this one has overthrown the Chiang Mai one.

I don’t remember the name of this Orh Nee store which is quite sad, but I am sure they will be at the next Expo Food Fair. My fingers are crossed.

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PS: If any of you know the name of this Orh Nee store, please comment below. Thanks!

Refuel Cafe #2 (Bedok)

Today, we went to Bedok Reservoir for a walk and it started to drizzle.  It was cold and raining non-stop, so we decided that Refuel was a perfect place to for us to stay dry and enjoy some warm delicious food.

We order Seafood Marinara ($13.90), Meaty Mac & Cheese ($13.50), Soup  W Toast ($5.50), Dark Chocolate Pistachio ($7.90) and Mocha Latte ($5.50).

20160604_133058The Seafood Marinara was interesting. It has the taste of the sea with a sour blend from the marinara soup. This dish includes prawns and mussels. Very flavourful but the portion is quite small.

20160604_133842The Meaty Mac & Cheese was a bit overwhelming. Too much cheese for me. It was quite disappointing to find that “meaty” element in the dish is the beef flavoured sauce.

20160604_132649Soup W Toast was delicious. I enjoyed the soup the most. It was similar to the one I had at Fuel Plus (same owner). I like the creamy consistency and the crunchy texture of the soup.

20160604_135420Dark Chocolate Pistachio was awesome. I love the fresh cake aroma of vanilla and nuts wafting from the butter cake. The dark chocolate icing added sweetness hard and brittle cake. (I know what you are thinking. The cake came with a “hole”. This was the second time. We asked for another cake as the previous one also had a “hole”. Somehow, the kitchen crew do not know how to properly cut/ serve a slice of cake.)

20160604_135546Mocha Latte was heavenly. It was creamy and fragrant. You have to try it for yourself. I am not a caffeine person but I have fallen in love with this coffee drink.

I stay quite far from Bedok but I would totally travel the distance to get quality food. I will definitely be back to try the other goodies on their menu!

 

 

Jack’s Place (Jurong Safra)

As Safra Members and also in the area, we decide to grab dinner at the Jurong Safra (10% off total bill). We are not fans or buffet and the Japanese food didn’t appeal to us, so we chose Jack’s Place.

We ordered My New England’s Fish & Chips ($14.50), Grilled Chicken Steak ($15.80), Honey Flower with Mango Pearl ($4.20) and Mushroom Soup ($5) and Salted Egg Molten Lava Cake ($8.90).

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The Fish and Chips’s fish was crispy like Appalam. Its  flesh was soft and juicy. The  fries were thick and salty.

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The chicken chop will grilled to flavour and I really like the baked potato. The waiter came to our table with an array of sauces and condiments on a tray for us to choose from to go with the baked potato.

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The mushroom soup was Campbell’s soup with two slices of garlic buttered bread.

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The honey drink was the stereotypical honey water. I, however, was impressed with the mango pearls (at the bottom of the drink, very translucent). They popped like fish eggs in my mouth. It was definitely an unfamiliar sensation.

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The salted egg lava cake was quite disappointing. I expected more of a thick salted egg powdery texture but got a sweet syrupy filling instead. To add, the filling was contaminated with chocolate lava which overwhelmed the already bland salted egg sauce.

The total bill came to slightly under 50 bucks(after 10% off) for two person which I felt was not very reasonable for the quality you get.

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Refuel (Bedok)

I took bus 66 from Bedok Interchange to get to Refuel. This place is pretty inaccessible for people who do not live in the east. Still, it was worth the journey.

After eating at Fuel Plus last week, I talked to the owner and found out that he has another cafe called Refuel in Bedok. I was stoked and had to come and try the food here!

I arrived on a Friday evening and the place was relatively quiet. People started to arrive after 7pm. The cafe has a cozy ambience but the seats and tables are a bit squeezy.

I ordered Extra Tank ($16) on their menu and a Passionfruit V Power Soda ($5.90). (Their dishes’ names are based on a fuel/petrol theme. They have Full Tank, Fuel Me Up, Refuel Pancake etc. on their menu.)

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Extra Tank’s portion is very big and trust me, you won’t be able to finish it. I really like the scramble eggs and the sauteed mushrooms (same as the one at Fuel Plus). The scrambled eggs were really creamy. The bacon was fried to crispness. The salad (same as Fuel Plus) was doused in some type of vinegar sauce and was great with the smoked salmon. Jam and butter is given to apply on the toasted bread. The bake beans was obviously canned and I did not touch it. (I only eat bake beans when really “bo bian”/no choice.)

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The Passionfruit V Power Soda was a tad too gassy for me. I was burping throughout my meal. The herbs in the drink were like “for show” as I did not taste the herbs at all. I really like the lemon zest and  the rinds added texture to the drink. I, however, could taste that they used passionfruit syrup for this drink. I would not order their soda range again but I recommend their Ice Chocolate ($5.90) which my friend had and was amazing.

I envision myself coming back soon to try out their BBQ Ribs ($14.90).

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The Workbench Bistro (beside Catholic Church of Christ the King)

I stay in the area but have never step my foot into this cafe as I am always skeptical about heartland cafes. It was a hot and  lazy Saturday morning and I decided to grab brunch there.

The cafe is dimly lit and has a cozy ambience. I, however, felt that their air conditioner is too strong. I was literally freezing.

We ordered carbonara, mushroom pasta (vegan), latte and waffle ice cream.

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The carbona was not cheesy enough. The sauce was too diluted. The bacon was not fully cooked and had the pork odour. 20160521_121016
The mushroom pasta was a tad too salty. The linguine was doused with oil with slices of chili and mushrooms in between the pasta. This pasta is vegan.

Both pasta dishes were substandard.

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The latte was dry (too little liquid milk) and sugarless.

20160521_120322Now, the highlight of the meal and what The Workbench Bistro is famous for. Waffles. It was seriously amazing. We had the original waffle with Bailey Irish Cream and Strawberry ice cream.  The waffles were aromatic, definitely better than Cold Pantry. The waffle texture was moist inside and crisp on the outside. The strawberry ice cream was acidic and refreshing and compliments the more creamy and thick Bailey Irish Cream ice cream. The chocolate sauce drizzled on top added a sweet edge to the waffle.

The total bill came to slightly under 40 bucks.

I recommend this place if you are looking for a cozy place to get quality ice cream waffles in the heartland. To add, there’s free wifi! Since it’s located near Bishan Park, you can go for a walk after eating to burn the calories!

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