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For a full story coverage, please visit:http://www.epinosh.com/table-manners-singapore/Table Manners - abbreviates TM, is one of the interesting bistro in the newly opened – Changi City Point, a mall sits directly opposite the Singapore Expo MRT station which can be conveniently reached. Cafe Fables and Bar Stories, a cafe-cum-furniture store venture out into a full-fledged restaurant; TM to serve a more varied contemporary Western dishes.I almost lost my way in the mall while trying to locate T
Table Manners - abbreviates TM, is one of the interesting bistro in the newly opened – Changi City Point, a mall sits directly opposite the Singapore Expo MRT station which can be conveniently reached. Cafe Fables and Bar Stories, a cafe-cum-furniture store venture out into a full-fledged restaurant; TM to serve a more varied contemporary Western dishes. I almost lost my way in the mall while trying to locate TM. Without any visible signage and especially difficult when the mall has quite a number of small exits around. I don’t seem to be able to spot the restaurant until I reached the open space – a small garden-like area. There, I saw a black outdoor gazebo dining area with an open counter featuring a prominent “pigeon-hole” backdrop. I knew I have found it and walk right up. I was greeted by a zealous wait staff at the door, who explained the ordering instructions patiently and thereafter showed me to the indoor seats. Entering the dining hall, it is the democratic design that I saw. I could imagine how the people behind TM conceptualized the area, decking out in modernistic Scandinavia-inspired furniture characterized by simplicity and practicality. The “piecemeal” communal table stood out from the space, without looking cluttered. The area was highlighted by the wall shelving with potted plants, retail pieces stuffed in each pigeon holes. Fitted mostly in pressed wood, the room was made less formal with a sense of nature integration. The first thing that comes to mind is Ikea, this group of Swedish makes really sensible tools with a small price tag.
If sirloin steaks, Cajun- style marinated chicken thigh, sauteed mussels, and baked salmon are something that you are after; TM is the place. Lunch is served in a mix-and-match manner, where it comes with 4 main categories; “fibers” – Staples & Vegetables, “protein” – Seafood & Meat. You can choose to have the lightest meal with 3 fibers for $9.50 or the hearty combination of 2 fiber and 2 protein for $19.00. of course, if these ain’t going to fill you, get some add-ons and pay additional $3.50 – $7.50. I customized my plate with a mid-sized combo plus 1 add-on & a dessert to end the meal. The lightly salted Truffle fries are so addictive that I can’t stop but emptied the bowl within a short 10 minutes. Each string was deep fried to crisp and I liked the fact that they are cut fatter than any shoe-strings yet sliced slimmer than the regular straight fries. Smell of comfort, less gasoline taste – a great snack packed in umami-rich aromas. Go for potato wedges if truffle fries seem less idolizing. The Chopped Pumpkin Salad came with a decent portion of fresh greens. Never mind if the diced pumpkin looks miserable, a generous toss of that tangy salad dressing add scores to the boring greens. I was looking for a sweet flavour in the pumpkin but the morsels were too tiny to taste. The Cajun seasoning lends a sweet and spicy scent to the sizable chicken thigh. One incision and you witnessed how moist and tender the meat was roasted, with the bursting juices oozing out onto the plate. It was quite close to what I have eaten at Amuse, a delicious piece of bird meat. Other “protein” like beef stroganoff, pork cutlet, pesto fish fillet and burger steak, are available as well. There’s nothing you won’t choose. That additional fiber I had – Spaghetti Pomodoro akin tomato sauce was equally tasty. The pasta had a good boil, yielding a springy bit but it will be perfect if it was cooked Al dente. Every strand was coated in the mildly acidic tomato sauce, fair amount of concentrate yet not overly seasoned. Sometimes when I am really unlucky, I get some bad tasting pasta that either comes with a chunk of soggy noodles or a pool of unpalatable watery sauce. Here, no slipshod piece of work seen. What is a complete meal without a sweet ending? You’ve guess it! A chocolate-caramel war. Undoubtedly, the sweet course didn’t come cheap, ranging from $6.50 – $7.50. But I am willing to foot the price if it tastes divine. I am split between a Strawberry Shortcake and the chocolate tart. In the end, the latter succeeded in talking me over. Fabulous piece of tart. The shortcrust crumbles neatly on my plate each time I forked right through. The highlight was that chilled chocolate fillings – soft and chewy. The cocoa flavour was explosive, so intense. Each mouthful was gooey when the chocolate fused with that sticky caramel substance in the middle. Flavour becomes good when it has a lot of layering and this Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Tart depicts that – speechless. Coffee addict will not leave TM without a good Papa Palheta dose. The potion was rich, aromatic, not acrid – truly a stimulant. Not a fan on coffee? How about a cup of tea from Tea Forte? And if you are in the mood for some cocktails, they have the so-called popular drinks from Bar Stories presented in 5 groupings, that is, sweet, spicy, sour, bitter, and intriguingly to chill you.
Though lesser known by diners, you could pick up anything from this retail-cum-cafe that fits a housewarming gift. Browse the pigeon holes and check with the friendly wait staff if something caught your eyes.