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chewkhekwoi
This is chewkhekwoi living in Yishun. I am a HR Professional, work in Buona Vista. I like to hang out in Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard, Yishun. Thai, Cantonese/Hong Kong, Taiwanese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hawker Centre, Café and Desserts and Cakes, Dim Sum, Chinese Soup.
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littletinysun
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Working Title's new title OK Jun 28, 2014   
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Categories : Western Variety | Café | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

Working Title has recently reopened following renovation works. See, they are always working to serve you better. In fact, Working Title works hard to make your food look good, taste great. They worked so hard, I had to wait for an hour and a half before my slice of pizza was served. Yep, but they redeemed their souls later by giving me an extra slice to make up for the lengthy wait! The cafe is pretty comfortable and spacious, with a blend of industrial-chic minimalism infused with modern-day technology. There is a hidden backyard that leads to the kitchen with a toilet cubicle.
Soup of the Day - S$7.00
Mushroom soup

Mushroom soup

 
The soup of the day served during my visit was Mushroom Soup. Served with a slice of wholemeal toast, the thick mushroom soup was great-tasting and perfect as a starter. Each spoonful actually made me crave for more.

Ham & Spinach Quiche — S$7.00
Love the crispy crust and the fillings in the centre

Love the crispy crust and the fillings in the centre

 
Best eaten warm, the quiche melts in your mouth and the flavour sinks gently into your tongue, subtly mesmerizing every tastebud. The crispiness of the crust was an amazing foil to the fluffy beaten eggs, and although the spinach was unsightly, it blended in well as an amalgamation of savoury flavours.

Al Fungi — S$4 (slice) | S$16 (whole)
Lots of people love this!

Lots of people love this!

 
This was highly recommended on several food-sharing mobile apps, and I thought it tasted quite good. There was no foul odour from the mushrooms and the dry parsley enhanced the flavours of the pizza. However, I felt that the mozzarella cheese on the crust was too thinly layered. It didn't have the 'OOMPH' factor.

Smoked Salmon - S$6 (slice) | S$20 (whole)
Great fillings but broken crust at the side.

Great fillings but broken crust at the side.

 
I would highly recommend this to my readers. The Smoked Salmon pizza was topped with generous portions of Smoked salmon, onions, mozzarella & edam cheese, along with a dollop of Greek yoghurt. I am regretting not ordering a whole pizza!

very crispy and nice, despite the broken crust.

very crispy and nice, despite the broken crust.

 
Salted Caramel Drizzle Cake — S$7.50
Too creamy for me

Too creamy for me

 
Skip this. While my friends loved it, I couldn't quite figure out what it really tasted like. I felt like I was merely eating whipped cream. Somehow, my tongue wasn't appreciative of this cake!

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate — S$7.00
Don't be deceive by its appearance - it tasted really good.

Don't be deceive by its appearance - it tasted really good.

 
This is a MUST-have! Don't be deceived by the innocent, plain-looking slice. If there are no decorations, it must mean that great flavours are hidden within! Supplied by uglycakeshop (truly ugly isn't it), this cake has the perfect blend of peanut butter and dark chocolate. None of these two flavours overwhelm each other, and that is why it's so great. A new taste is born!

Apple Pie — S$7.00
I'd prefer the chocolate bananarama instead of this.

I'd prefer the chocolate bananarama instead of this.

 
Made from blended apple, banana, muesli, fresh milk, Greek yoghurt and cinnamon, this drink compromised on taste for the sake of nutrition. It didn’t taste awful, but weird.

Hot Chocolate — S$5.50
They did the latte art because I asked them if they could, really touched by their service!

They did the latte art because I asked them if they could, really touched by their service!

 
Working Title doesn't serve decaffeinated coffee, so given the late hour, I had to settle for a Hot Chocolate. Surprisingly, it was really good, and they even made a latte art as requested! Ask for low-fat milk if you want a healthier option.
Self-order at the cashier.

Self-order at the cashier.

 
Working title's banner on the wall.

Working title's banner on the wall.

 
Supplementary Information:
NO GST and Service charge
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Hot Chocolate — S$5.50,Ham & Spinach Quiche — S$7.00,Al Fungi — S$4 (slice) | S$16 (whole),Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate — S$7.00,Smoked Salmon - S$6 (slice) | S$20 (whole)
 
Spending per head: Approximately $18(Dinner)

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littletinysun
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Categories : Japanese | Ramen

The only Tonkatsu specialty chained restaurant in Singapore, Tonkichi bills itself as a cosy restaurant in reminiscent of the causal eateries in Japan. With the soft yellow lighting, the restaurant is a stark contrast from the nearby brightly-lit Japanese department store, Isetan.
Long queues are common in Tonkichi restaurants.

Long queues are common in Tonkichi restaurants.

 
From the positive raving reviews about their Original Tonkatsu, I was skeptical about the quality and authentic of their Japanese food. I decided to try for myself to see if it is really one of the best Tonkatsu restaurant in Singapore.
Dashi Maki Tamago - SGD8.00
Japanese Omelette

Japanese Omelette

 
Delving my chopsticks into Tonkichi's Dashi Maki Tamago reveals a wonderfully savoury taste. It was piqued with a hint of sweetness, and the eggs were so fluffy that it felt like chewing on cotton candy. It was strange how the chef could make the egg thick yet soft at the same time.

 
All Original Tonkatsu Sets are served with Japanese rice and miso soup. They can be called Original because it is truly the most authentic Tonkatsu I have ever eaten.

Kuro Buta Rosu Katsu Set - SGD32.00

Deep fried black pork shoulder loin
Deep fried black pork shoulder loin

Deep fried black pork shoulder loin

 
Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, the Kuro Buta (Black pork) was not oily and extremely moist. The shoulder loin was evenly tender, and it could easily go without any sauce or garnishing. Eating it on its own is definitely flavoursome enough.

 
Other items and prices in the Original Tonkatsu set include:
Hire Katsu Set (3 pcs — SGD21.00; 4 pcs — SGD25.00)
Deep fried pork fillet
Mentaiko Kasane Katsu Set (SGD28.00)
Deep fried layered sliced pork loin sandwiched with mentaiko (spicy silver cod roe)
Cheese Kasane Katsu Set (SGD28.00)
Deep fried layered sliced pork loin sandwiched with cheese
Deep fried pork loin simmered with egg and special soya sauce served in hot plate

Deep fried pork loin simmered with egg and special soya sauce served in hot plate

 
Rosu Katsu Toji Set - SGD23.00
Deep fried pork loin simmered with egg and special soya sauce served in hot plate
Deep fried pork loin simmered with egg and special soya sauce served in hot plate

Deep fried pork loin simmered with egg and special soya sauce served in hot plate

 
You can find the Rosu Katsu Toji set in typical food courts, but the freshness and tenderness of the meat can never beat Tonkichi's. Served with free flow of Japanese radish, the amalgamation of the eggs and deep fried pork loin provides deeply savoury flavours and melts in your mouth.
Deep fried pork loin simmered with egg and special soya sauce served in hot plate

Deep fried pork loin simmered with egg and special soya sauce served in hot plate

 
The added garnishing of seaweed also gave natural saltiness to the dish, with a hint of underwater aroma

The service was really slow, but I guess they can't handle the large number of customers. We also had to sit on a table with strangers, so it was kind of unpleasant as there was no privacy. Other than that, the food is really great and it's worth visiting!
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Recommended Dish(es):  Dashi Maki Tamago - SGD8.00,Sesame seeds provided,Kuro Buta Rosu Katsu Set - SGD32.00,Rosu Katsu Toji Set - SGD23.00
 
Table Wait Time: 50 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $26(Dinner)

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littletinysun
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Categories : Italian | Bars/Lounges | Pasta | Steaks and Grills

Hunting for authentic Italian fare in Singapore is definitely no mean feat. Most Italians do know their food well, just think Joe Bastianich and Luca Manfé (Winner of Masterchef Season 4). Knowing &SONS Bacaro offers one of my favourite cuisines in small, bite-sized portions, I definitely had to pay them a visit.

 
As true-blue Italians do not separate alcohol from their meals. &SONS Bacaro conveniently takes on the facade of both bar and bistro. The fancy candlestick-mounted lights set against plain dark furniture seem to create the mood for some serious business talk.
The logo of &Sons

The logo of &Sons

 
The Europeans serving us had thick accents, and the bar was abuzz with lively music and chatter on a weeknight. 
Menu on a standee

Menu on a standee

 
This definitely makes a great hangout for PMETs, or in fact any large group gathering. If you can't decide what to select from the menu, here are 3 Must-try Italian dishes at &SONS Bacaro.
Tagliatelle, Truffle Pesto - S$12.00
Delicious tagliatelle swirls in truffle oil

Delicious tagliatelle swirls in truffle oil

 
It came as a surprise that the tagliatelle was so moist. I recall attempting to cook my very own tagliatelle but it was either overcooked, turning soggy, or undercooked and remained tough to chew. 
Savoury delight that is the perfect meal for all occassions

Savoury delight that is the perfect meal for all occassions

 
The temperature of the dish was just right, and the plating was fantastic. The hint of truffles wasn't very strong though.
Cheese & Potato Ravioli, Balsamic Vinegar - S$9.00
Love the chewy chunkiness

Love the chewy chunkiness

 
These small pasta envelopes are definitely one of the more difficult dishes to cook, and &SONS Bacaro nailed it! Each ravioli had a consistent filling, and the chewiness and texture of the pasta was top-notch. The exterior may appear oily, but it is in fact the balsamic vinegar adding a fragrant touch to the savoury dish.


Mushrooms, Gorgonzola & Polenta - S$8.00
Topped with cheesy cream sauce

Topped with cheesy cream sauce

 
This is my personal favourite and I would highly recommend that you start with this. It's one of the more satisfying vegetarian dishes at the heart of Italian cuisine.
A close-up view of the polenta

A close-up view of the polenta

 
The Gorgonzola gave off a strong cheesy smell (which I loved), and having the mushrooms and polenta soaked in it was downright good. It was rich, creamy and flavourful— and when down to the last spoonful, the only thing I could think of was "I can't believe it's over!" I'll definitely order this again on my next visit.
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No GST & Service Charge
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Tagliatelle Truffle Pesto - S$12.00,Cheese & Potato Ravioli Balsamic Vinegar - S$9.00,Mushrooms Gorgonzola & Polenta - S$8.00
 
Spending per head: Approximately $14(Supper)

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 4  |  
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 4

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littletinysun
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Categories : Australian / New Zealand | Bars/Lounges | Seafood

If you ever watch the movie Safe Haven and love the set-up of a seaside restaurant, Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is definitely a better place for the unfolding of a love story. The waterfront breeze makes it cooling to have an alfresco dining, and there is a choice to sit indoors if you prefer brighter lighting. Sitting outdoors, of course, would grant you a magnificent view of the sunset over the yatches. From time to time, you'll see owners walking their dogs under the stars of the moonlit night.
Quayside storefront in the evening

Quayside storefront in the evening

 
The store is so spacious, that dancing around tables would be easy. It feels totally different from the hustle and bustle of the stressful Singapore— truly a place where conversations are light-hearted and you can take things slow and easy.
Bar counter

Bar counter

 
Unlike most sleezy bars, the bar in Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is brightly litted. Surprisingly, it does not destroy the mood of having a good time.

BOCKTAIL PAIRING
Rekorderlig Cider - S$12.90 (per bottle), S$10.90 (hh)
A choice of Strawberry & Lime OR Wildberries
A concoction of Strawberry and Lime with fresh fruits

A concoction of Strawberry and Lime with fresh fruits

 
We were introduced to one of the most refreshing drink ever. It was filled with delicious fresh antioxidant fruits such as strawberries and blueberries, topped with a refreshing drink of the Rekorderlig cider. It was a great opening to the evening ahead.

STARTER
Tuna Tataki - S$19.00
Delicious fresh starter

Delicious fresh starter

 
One of the more interesting palates was the Tuna tataki, which consisted of Pear crumble, wakame seaweed, avruga caviar, edible flower. Do not fear that it looks slightly raw, because it has been briefly seared over a hot flame without destroying the taste. Only the best can taste great in its original form (with little heating). The bits and pieces from the pear crumble was an ingenious idea, a perfect combination to the avruga caviar and wakame seaweed. 

Salad of The Day
Chef’s Selection of Salad — (Price: Refer to blackboard menu as it changes daily)
Changes daily to ensure maximum freshness!

Changes daily to ensure maximum freshness!

 
This dish is changed daily depending on what comes in fresh on that day. While I think that QSFB could improve on their plating skills for this dish, every bit about the salad was fresh and juicy. The tiger prawns were served with yellow frisy and scallops, making every bite succulent and juicy. The sauces used were really balanced, with none overpowering it each other.

MAIN COURSE
QSFB’s signature chilli crab linguine - S$28.00

A house specialty pasta
Crispy chilli crab with sweet spicy tomato sauce

Crispy chilli crab with sweet spicy tomato sauce

 
This is probably the star of the entire meal. The soft-shell chilli crab rests upon a bed of linguine, innocently waiting for its food-tasting verdict. There is nothing overly pretentious about the dish, except for flakes of mixed herbs strewn across the plate. It was indeed a great pairing with the linguine as the smooth pasta went really well with the crispy protein.

Baked Barramundi - S$29.00
Pumpkin puree, red wine poached pear, lobster butter sauce, fried chorizo
Lovely seared and really fresh

Lovely seared and really fresh

 
My favourite among the plate was the lobster butter sauce — you must pair it with the Baked Barramundi to make it taste great. The consistency of the pumpkin puree was not as smooth, as I could still taste the bits and pieces of the pumpkin. The red wine poached pear don't really look as good, but it is actually a marriage of unique flavours.

COCKTAIL PAIRING
Sex at Quayside - S$16.00 (gls), S$14.00 (hh)
prosecco, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, orange juice
Was a refreshing start initially but gradually tasted stronger at the bottom of the drink

Was a refreshing start initially but gradually tasted stronger at the bottom of the drink

 
While most of my diners love this drink, my youth must have made me think that it was too strong for me. STRANGELY, I keep wanting to slurp for more (until I ended up finishing the drink). On a random note, the tall glass made me felt like I was in Hawaii.

DESSERT
Homemade Tiramisu - S$14.00
The best in Sentosa, some say Singapore
Love the layering and the cake was really light

Love the layering and the cake was really light

 
One of the most difficult part of a full-meal is the dessert. Most chefs cannot make great dessert, but the chefs behind Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro managed to ace my expectations on their Tiramisu. The Tiramisu is really well-balanced, light and fairy on the inside, with a slight sweet-bitter touch accompanied by the coffee and liquor. 
COCKTAIL PAIRING 
Chocolate Dreams - S$18.00 (gls), S$16.00 (hh)
vodka, kahlua, cacao brown, baileys, milk and chocolate rim
One of the best alcoholic drink I ever drank!

One of the best alcoholic drink I ever drank!

 
My first impression of this drink was that it LOOKED quite diluted, but my oh my, it tasted great that I wanted so much more! Gulping down the cocktail was a great signal to my tastebuds that my meal has officially ended, though I knew somewhere in me craved for more. 
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro at night

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro at night

 
By the time I exited the restaurant, about 2.5-3 hours have passed. It was a great ending to the night, and I'll definitely make it a point to visit the restaurant someday. Don't fret if it seems out of the way — it is well worth it!

Diligent service crew

Diligent service crew

 
Supplementary Information:
10% service charge and government taxes apply.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Rekorderlig Cider,Tuna Tataki,QSFB's signature chilli crab linguine,Baked Barramundi,Homemade Tiramisu,Chocolate Dreams,Salad of the Day
 
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jun 25, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $39(Dinner)

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Price
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