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littletinysun
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Categories : Salads

Anyone who have tried toss & turn would say that it provides quality salads. although the portion is uneven at times, the vegetables and food are really fresh.

 
ordered a set meal, and the mushroom soup was really hearty.. loved the crispy bread to dip in as well.

 
highly customizable, you get to choose a wide range of greens, eggs, and protein such as fish or chicken. i chose the salmon and was pretty disappointed that it was only thin slices of salmon.

 
lots of various vegetables are available all-day!

 
on the other hand, they were really generous with their nuts!

 

 
Order from the counter and choose your seat, though its more preferable you takeaway because theres hardly any place to sit at all times.

 
Order from the counter and choose your seat

Order from the counter and choose your seat

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15(Lunch)

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littletinysun
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Categories : Thai | Restaurant

Stepping into ParaThai is akin to walking into a modern art gallery, with pieces ranging from pottery to paintings to photography. This new restaurant concept debuted in early November, and the novelty factor is indeed evident. I was greeted with a resounding "Sawadee ka' (Thai for hello) before being ushered to my seat. A landscape photo of a Thai lady with her hands clasped together in a wai is displayed near the kitchen, and handicraft such as Thai pots are neatly shelved to enhance the Thai dining experience. Read till the end to find out how to receive a $20 dining voucher.

 
Led by Chef Meaw, the team stays true to the rich Thai culinary culture and its ancient flavours. After previous media tastings with Paradise Inn, Paradise Dynasty and Canton Paradise, I was excited to try out Paradise Group Holding's new Thai food concept at One KM mall!

 
Really excited to try out their new Thai concept!

The technology-savvy restaurant has an e-concierge at the entrance, featuring its Facebook page as well as membership enquiries.

 
E-Concierge at ParaThai

The menu consists of a hard-cover purple booklet. I loved how they kept it simple with only one booklet, thus making the ordering process so much easier and smoother.
Para Thai menu

Para Thai menu

 
Appetiser section of the menu

* denotes my recommendations

1. Hor Mok Pla (Thai Style Otak-otak)* — S$10.90
Comes in four cups!

Comes in four cups!

 
Thai Style Otak-otak

The portion is huge enough to share amongst four people. I was there with my family and all of us thoroughly enjoyed this brightly-coloured dish. Each portion was warm, thick and mildly spicy. Furthermore, the mackerel was really fresh and juicy!

2. Tom Yum Goong (Tom Yum soup with Sea Prawns)* — S$7.90
So spicy that the prawn tastes like chilli!

So spicy that the prawn tastes like chilli!

 
Super spicy Tom Yum soup with Sea Prawns

Tucking into this bowl of Tom Yum soup, I felt like a bomb went off in my throat. It was SUPER shiok (Singaporean slang for extremely delicious)! I have never been fond of sour foods, but this was somehow refreshingly tasty. An entire prawn was dunked in the soup (complete with head and shell) and the juices made the soup a wholesomely appetising one.
Spicy!

Spicy!

 
Menacing-looking prawn

Brace yourself for each gulp! I would suggest you take small sips because I ended up coughing when I drank an entire spoonful. If you think you have a high threshold for spiciness, take up this challenge! Let me know if you are able to conquer it!

3. Suer Rong Hai (“Crying Tiger” BBQ Beef Steak served with Homemade Sauce)
Suer Rong Hai (“Crying Tiger” BBQ Beef Steak served with Homemade Sauce)

Suer Rong Hai (“Crying Tiger” BBQ Beef Steak served with Homemade Sauce)

 
BBQ Beef Steak with Homemade Sauce

These thick cuts of beef had a softer texture at both ends, but were harder towards the centre. "Crying tiger" certainly calls for some stretch of the imagination to interpret; its name actually derives from the flame rising as the beef fat drips onto the charcoal (resembling a crying tiger). The meat was juicy and didn't require much sauce to pep it up. I felt the homemade sauce didn't do justice to the cow which sacrificed its life for this dish.

4. Phad Kha Na pla Kham (Stir-Fried Kailan with Salted Fish) — S$10.90
Can't see the fish.

Can't see the fish.

 
Stir-Fried Kailan and the invisible salted fish

Without looking at the name of this dish, I wouldn't have known there was salted fish in it. Although the kailan (Chinese kale) was fresh and tasty, I was sorely disappointed by the extremely tiny pieces of salted fish. Furthermore, the portion was too small for the price.

5. Gai yang Para Thai (ParaThai style Grilled Chicken served with Green Papaya Salad)
5. Gai yang Para Thai (ParaThai style Grilled Chicken served with Green Papaya Salad)

5. Gai yang Para Thai (ParaThai style Grilled Chicken served with Green Papaya Salad)

 
Gai yang Para Thai

This tasted like grilled chicken chop with nasi lemak. My family and I were quite disappointed with this dish as the rice was dry and the chicken was not served hot enough. The green papaya salad was very difficult to chew and a tad too sour.

6. Thai Green Curry Chicken — S$12.90
Thai Green Curry Chicken

Thai Green Curry Chicken

 
The Thai Green Curry Chicken was disappointing in terms of size and flavour. It came in a really small bowl and was only quarter-filled with curry. In fact, it didn't taste like green curry but seemed more like a gravy. The portion of chicken was really small as well, but the thick texture was comforting and satisfying!

7. Steamed Seabass with Lime* — S$29.90
Steamed Seabass with Lime* — S$29.90

Steamed Seabass with Lime* — S$29.90

 
The gorgeous steamed seabass came in a food warmer tray. It was so huge that we attracted stares from other tables. I thought it looked like a submarine! Unfortunately, the fish looked pretty flat and I would prefer that the chefs prop up the head of the fish by placing some ingredients below. The gravy was uniquely Thai, with lots of lime and spices.

 
The fish came with most of the bones removed, and was already cut into several slices for easy distribution. This is my personal favourite!

8. Thai Iced Tea — S$4.20

 
The Thai Iced Tea was pretty sweet. It seems as though a considerable amount of condensed milk (or sugar syrup) was used, while I prefer my tea to be more natural-tasting.

 
Overly sweet Thai Iced Tea

Although I'm extremely sensitive to caffeine, I had no trouble falling asleep after having this at dinnertime. Interestingly, a mysterious brown substance was spotted at the bottom of the glass. It tasted like a chocolate-based syrup or malt-like liquid candy.

9. Thai Chendol* — S$5.80

 
Refreshing Thai Chendol

I have a sweet tooth and thoroughly enjoyed this! It had sufficiently large amounts of red beans and green starched noodles with pandan flavouring. The only drawback is that it was quite difficult to thoroughly mix the shaved ice and coconut milk.

 
Prices are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing GST.

From now till 30 Jan 2015, receive a $20 dining voucher when you dine at ParaThai if you are a ANZ, OCBC or PGR Cardmember.

Supplementary Information:
Terms and conditions:

Valid from Mondays to Fridays, excluding eve of PH and PH.

Valid with a minimum spend of $50 and bill must be paid by ANZ or OCBC debit/credit card.

Limited to one redemption per table per bill.

Original voucher must be presented upon ordering, duplicates are not accepted.

Not valid with other promotions, discounts or e-vouchers.

Amounts stated are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.

The management reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without prior notice.

Para Thai

11 Tanjong Katong Road

#02-23 One KM

Singapore 437157

Tel: 6702 2541
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $27(Dinner)

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littletinysun
381 Review(s)
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Categories : Restaurant | Steaks and Grills

Charly T is a most unique persona ‘as it could have been, should have been, and as such would be’. ‘Charly’ first started as a nickname, which stuck with him for it described him so well.

‘Charly’ in Mandarin, '‘查理’, means to investigate, search,and research – or more simply, the ‘seeker of truth’.

‘Charly’ in the West comes from the base word ‘Charles’, which in German means a free-spirited man.

Free-spirited, curious and adventurous, Charly T enjoys in equal parts food, music and the art of food journeying. Much of this could be seen from the decorations of the restaurant, with a sliding door (as the entrance to the toilet) and photographs on the wall featuring journey and travel.

Kansas City Ribeye Steak - $24.00

 
An overview of the KC Ribeye Steak
I ordered medium, which proved too tough for my razor-sharp teeth. I guess only vampires have strong enough fangs to sink into such tough meat, or perhaps Wolverine from X-men would see fit.

 
Anyway it was quite surprising because the innerparts showed bloody red but the meat was quite tough (yet chewy at the same time), my jaws were really having a great workout.

 
I love the vegetables that came along with it! It was really fresh and juicy, perhaps slightly steamed because it wasn't too raw.

 
The sauce that came along with it was really unique, it probably is the specialty of Kansas City sauces because I've never tasted such sour-sweet bitterness before. I wasn't too used to it though.

 
Lamb Stew - $18.00

 
The lamb stew is pure shiokness (singlish: delicious in the utmost perfection), it was warm and soft and juicy and not too fattening. I could feel my body sinking into the chair as it relaxes itself from such a little piece of heavenly meat. smile tongue

 
The rice that came along with it though, was very fragrant and tasted like Mediterranean cuisine. I would highly recommend the Lamb Stew if you don't want to waste your calories.

Chicken Cordon Bleu - $18.50

 
The chicken cordon Bleu is one of the popular favourites among the locals. It is actually chicken fried in bread crust that has ham and cheese stuffed in it. Total perfection, absolutely delicious!

 
I love the melted cheese and the spices that they used to marinate the chicken. YUM YUM! This is my #1 favourite out of the three dishes ordered.

Receipt

 
The meal was quite costly though, perhaps we were paying for the rental rather than the food. I was blessed to have great customer service waiting on us, she gave me many good advices on what to order and the tea to go along with it as well. You can get free hot water refill for your tea!

Total Cost - $70.05
 
Recommended Dish(es):  chicken cordon bleu
 
Spending per head: Approximately $25(Dinner)

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Categories : American | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills

Chili's first joint opened in Dallas as a burger joint, and have been spicing things up since 1975. Way to go, Chili's!
It's VERY obvious in their decorations that they originated from somewhere along in the United States. Where exactly in the U.S? We didn't know until I research on it and found out that they started in Texas, which probably showed how their table layout (table is made up of tiles instead of the normal wooden table material) got inspired from. chopstick

 

Decorations

I love how detailed they are, even up to their lightings. When we first went in, the waitress didn't allow us to sit anywhere we wanted because of 'reservations', which apparently is another example of restaurant serving invisible guests. I'm getting sick and tired of restaurants who always have their tables RESERVED ONE OR TWO HOURS in advance, when their guests never arrived even after we finished eating. So she placed us right beside the kitchen, which had smells emitting from it and my dining partner (my mother) wasn't too pleased.

 
The open kitchen concept, to me, was a flop because it really made me feel very uncomfortable.

 
I love how they included the plastic bottle Heinz Ketchup rather than the usual glass bottle, which really changed the total feel of Chili's table dining presentation.

 
Menu

 

Salad Menu

Chili's had an extensive menu of items to choose from, including different variations of salad! This made us very pleased because we have a lot of options. They are also very detailed in describing each set of food, and the service crew was very helpful in explaining to us each dish.

 

Big Mouth Bites - $24.00

These four savoury mini fresh beef burgers is made with USDA choice ground steak. It is also topped with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions and Ranch dressing on sesame seed buns. The buns were not as tasty, but the focus is really on the meat! Served with crispy onion strings and jalapeño-ranch dressing, big mouth bites is really delicious and definitely a MUST-TRY!

 
Close-up of the Big Mouth Bite burger
The melted cheese mixing into the bacon, letting each carnivorous mouth be delighted with juicy tingling sensations.

 
Overview (crispy onion strings & jalapeño-ranch dressing)
This is a dish that can be shared by two medium-sized eaters, therefore its' quite worth it! smile

 
Country Fried Chicken - $19.00
This pork-tender battered chicken breast is served with traditional mashed potatoes and black pepper gravy. It is also served with corn on the cob and garlic toast, which I must place emphasis that the CFC is really my favourite. The chicken which was crispy on the outside, juicy and tender in the inside, gives me a verdict that it is the BEST CHICKEN I've ever eaten! The corn was really sweet and not too oily, and the mashed potatoes bathed in gravy sauce was a perfect combination to make me feel more full.

 
They were a little stingy on their black pepper gravy though, because it tasted SOOOOO DELICIOUS, it was peppery and salty, making the chicken moist and a whole lot tastier! lol

 
The potatoes were given in a right portion, sometimes certain restaurants give too much mashed potatoes or too little. Chili's do measure their portion for the asian appetite really well!

 
Topical Sunrise Margarita - $16.00
A tropical sunrise margarita is a beverage best taken in summer (which Singapore has all year round) because it is refreshing and cools you down! While the alcoholic content was quite strong, the sweet sourness of the drink amplifies the flavour of all the dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing drink kindly recommended by the waiter. Oh yes, you can share it with two or three people because the cup was as huge as my face, shocked ha-ha-ha.

If you are looking for a meal budgeted below $50, I'd recommend that you order all three items that I've ordered. I can't ask for more, they are a perfect combination to a happy, blissful evening with the family! As for the service, I'd give it a neutral rating because I was pleased by the waiter who served us but not the waitress who handled us in our seating... really quite arrogant in the way she provides her service to us. sad
 
Recommended Dish(es):  country fried chicken,big mouth bites,topical sunrise margarita
 
Spending per head: Approximately $16(Dinner)

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