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Categories : Fusion | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills

This is my 3rd visit to Tao's Restaurant. First visited this place 3 years ago in 2008. Recently, we went back to again on a Saturday afternoon. I was quite surprised to find that the layout of the place and even price has not changed. In terms of the menu, some of the items on the menu has changed.

Tao's Restaurant concept is to serve 6-7 course meal at an affordable price.

Lunch, it is 6 course meal at $19.80 ($23.30 nett)
Dinner, it is 7 course set meal at $29.80 ($35.07 nett)

What's the difference between lunch and dinner other than price? Well, for dinner there is an addition dish which is the Grilled King Oyster Mushroom & Sorbet. So far, have not eaten during dinner before so can't comment about this dish.

Now let's start with the lunch - 6 course set meal.

 
Course 1: Starter - Bacon & Mushroom Gratin with soft toasted bread. It was baked in with mushroom, bacon and cheese. Using it as a spread for the bread, the Bacon & Mushroom Gratin was delicious although it was slightly on the salty end. You can ask for more serving of bread, I asked for 1 more to accompany this heavenly starter.

Course 2: Salads - Top Shell Salad with Cold Japanese Noodle. This dish was served cold. The top shell was served with chop chilli, peanuts, Japanese noodles and a dressing that seems similar to Thai dressing. This dish did not suit my taste bud as it was on the sour side.

 
Course 2: Salads - Prawn Roll with Pork Floss. This dish is so much better than the Top Shell Salad. It was light, refreshing and sweet, the taste of this dish complement the ingredients well.

 
Course 3: Soups - Cream of Mushroom. This dish is my favourite1 As mushroom is one of my favourite ingredient, this might be biased! This bowl of soup is 100 % mushroom! So many chunks of mushrooms between each flavour and the whole soup has a strong flavour/essence of mushroom (that I was wondering if my nose will start bleeding from being too heaty =P) Definitely home-made and totally different from the ones outside or the ones you find in cans. The only issue I had was why the bowl was not even half filled!

Course 3: Soups - Cream of Pumpkin. Ordinary, I prefer mushroom soup.

 
Course 4: Main Entrees - Tao's Grilled Chicken Jumbo Leg. Surprisingly, there was a layer of chilli oil and giving it a spicy flavour which did not suit the sauce. Otherwise, the chicken leg was well cooked and well marinated. Moreover, it was very tender.

 
Course 4: Main Entrees - Tao's Oven Roasted Steak. The steak was huge considering that this was our 4th dish. Moreover, it was well marinated and well cooked. It was tender, soft and tasty. I have no idea why the 2 dishes use the same sauce.But the mushroom sauce really spoilt the dish, does not compliment the steak. What about the sides (mashed sweet potato, yam chip and boiled broccoli)It was delicious!

 
Course 5: Desserts - Creme Brule. After my previous 2 visit, I knew that the Creme Brule was a must order. But this time, I was disappointed. There was a very strong eggy flavour which even overwhelmed the flavour of the charred caramelised sugar.

 
Course 5: Main Entrees - Tiramisu. This was good!

The 2 cup size are different!

 
Course 6: Beverages - Lavender Tea. Too strong a flavour. Taste like medicine to me.

Course 6: Beverages - Iced Rose Apple Tea. Inside, there was pieces of apple and also rose bud. This was very refreshing and light. The fork at the side is used for the apples inside. Certainly something to try.

Overall, Tao's restaurant's lunch set is quite value for money. What I look forward to over here is Bacon & Mushroom Gratin, Mushroom Soup, Tiramisu and Iced Rose Apple Tea. If you noticed, the main course was not something I look forward to. As they were average or should I say below average. The service was good and prompt. I will definitely be back for some of the items here during lunch.

Detailed review: http://foodiefc.blogspot.sg/2011/09/taos-restaurant-pomo.html
 
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Excellent Chicken Rice + Cheap!  Smile Jan 28, 2013   
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Categories : Hainanese | Hawker Centre | Chicken Rice

This stall is located at the basement of Golden Mile Food Centre or Beach Road Army Market. It specialises in dishing out Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice to customers. This is a very popular stall and is one of my favourite. There is no queue seen here as customers order, give their table number and sit down to wait for their meals to be delivered. It can be a long wait, so make sure you ask how long is the waiting time before ordering (especially if you are in a rush)

 
I came down to this stall on a weekday for lunch. I ordered 'White' Chicken Rice $3.50 with Organ ($0.50). The waiting time was about 25minutes.

 
The rice was soft, warm and fluffy. Each grain of rice is well 'oil' and has fully absorbed the essence of chicken, garlic and ginger. Not sure if pandan leaves were used. But the rice was fragrant and flavourful. The rice itself is certainty one of the best (chicken rice) I have eaten and can be eaten alone! I like it so much that I ordered a second bowl of rice at $0.30! Normally else where would have charged at least $0.50.

 
Quite a reasonable amount of organs (Gizzard) were given. The steamed chicken was soft, tender and tasty. It was so delicious that I wanted a second serving of it! If not for the waiting time, I am sure I would have ordered a second serving.

 
Accompanied with its chilli and black sauce, it enhances the taste of the whole meal!

 
The soup was a normal chicken rice soup that you can typically get at any stall.

Keep a look out for the lady who is serving, she is always running about carrying plates/trays of chicken to customers! I am sure her stamina will put many of us to shame!

Overall, it was a great meal despite the wait. This is certainty one of the best chicken rice stall in Singapore! Moreover, it is very affordable. Can't wait to eat it again.

Detailed review: http://foodiefc.blogspot.sg/2011/10/hainanese-boneless-chicken-rice-golden.html
 
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Categories : Bakery

Vanilla Pastry and Bakery is a shop selling Muffins, Cup Cakes, Swiss Roll, Choux Pastry and Cakes & Mini French Pastry. It is located in the newly opened Alexandra Retail Centre (shopping mall) which is just next PSA Building, NOL Building and Mapletree Business City, a 5 minutes walk away from Labrador Park MRT Station. With the sheltered walkway, it was a breeze walking over from the MRT station as there was no need to worry about rain, sun or even cars.

 
Back to the food. Vanilla Pastry and Bakery is simple; no-frills and unpretentious compared to the other shops next to it.

 
The many different types of muffins, cakes and pastries displayed. The muffins start from just $1 and the most expensive muffin cost just $1.20.

 
Double Chocolate Muffin and Banana Walnut Muffin are their top 2 bestsellers!

More variety of muffins.

I bought a box of muffins back home. Five muffins for just $5.60. That's very value for money considering that I am buying this from a shopping mall.

 
Double Chocolate Muffin $1.20

 
Banana Walnut Muffin $1.20

 
Oreo Muffin $1.00

 
Orange Chocolate Chip Muffin $1.00

 
I quite like Vanilla Pastry and Bakery's muffins. They balanced the texture and density of the cake pretty well. Moist and not dry. In addition, not too fluffy and not too dense, not too heavy. In terms of flavour, it was not overly sweet. Overall, the muffins may be mind blowing, but they were decent. For this price, you are unlikely to find such delectable muffins in any other shopping malls.

Detailed review: http://foodiefc.blogspot.sg/2013/01/vanilla-pastry-and-bakery-alexandra.html
 
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Laksa with a view!  Smile Jan 09, 2013   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Bars/Lounges

Raffles Marina Bistro is located in Raffles Marina Country Club in Tuas, near to the Tuas Checkpoint (2nd link). It serves a variety of food; Indian, Western, Local and dessert cuisine. Raffles Marina Bistro is not only well known for its food but also the view it offers. You can dine and enjoy the sea view, sunset and sea breeze.

I was told that they are well known for their Satay, Beef Hor Fan and Laksa. Was brought to this place by chance. It is not very accessible unless you have a car (after all it is a prestige country club, people who comes in mostly drive or take a cab).

 

 
I ordered the Laksa which consist of thick bee hoon, prawns, fish cakes, bean sprouts and quail egg. The laksa gravy was fragrant and there were lots of bits of dried shrimp in it. In terms of spiciness it was just right for me. It was delicious and I drank quite a significant portion of the gravy. Another highlight would be the prawns which were extremely fresh though small in size. It was a very delicious bowl of laksa. But I still prefer 928 Yishun Laksa. Reasons being, the portions given are more, the gravy is more fragrant and it is more value for money!

I did try the Satay too. However, did not manage to take any photos. The Satay were delish! Tender and juicy!

The downside of Raffles Marina Bistro is that it is really inaccessible unless you drive. In addition, I live in the North part of Singapore. It is very unlikely I will be back here any time soon unless I come by Tuas again. It's a pity as the view is awesome; a great place to just chill out and relax.

Detailed review: http://foodiefc.blogspot.sg/2012/03/raffles-marina-bistro-raffles-marina.html
 
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Beancurd Tarts !! Smile Jan 08, 2013   
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Categories : Bakery | Desserts and Cakes

LE Cafe Confectionery & Pastry has a long history and is possibly one of Singapore's oldest cake and pastry shop. They have over 50 years of history with a reputation for their quality product. The cakes and pastries are crafted by hand and contain no lard or pork. Today, LE Cafe Confectionery & Pastry has 3 branches in Singapore (For its locations please refer to the end of the post)

 

 

 

 
LE Cafe Confectionery & Pastry has received many recognition from food shows, newspapers, magazines and celebrities. The whole shop is full of articles and photos endorsing their quality products

 
LE Cafe Confectionery & Pastry is known for their 'golf ball' pineapple tarts, bean curd tarts, cakes and wedding cakes. Look at the above picture! What a beautiful customised wedding cake!

Some of the items and their prices that are being sold in LE Cafe Confectionery & Pastry. I went to LE Cafe Confectionery & Pastry on a weekday afternoon at around 130pm. I wanted to buy the Beancurd Tart. However, it was already sold out when I got there. What is amazing is that the Beancurd Tarts are only available daily after 1230pm yet it got sold so quickly. I was told I can call in to reserve the next time.

I decided to purchase the Mixed Beancurd Tarts instead for $9.00.

 
The Mixed Beancurd Tarts consist of 7 different kinds of Beancurd Tarts.

 
Clockwise from Top Left (above picture): Longan in Beancurd, The Original, The Original, Peanuts in Beancurd.

 
Clockwise from Top Left (above picture): Grass Jelly in Beancurd, Gingko Nut & White Fungus in Beancurd, Egg White in Beancurd, Red Beans in Beancurd.

Most of us would have tried Portuguese Egg Tart before. Beancurd Tart will be something new to most of us. The beancurd tarts will need to be kept in the fridge and are best served chilled. It has to be consumed within 2-3 days.

The crust of the beancurd tart is hard yet crispy, crunchy and sweet! The beancurd filling is soft, silky and with melt in your mouth sensation. Moreover, the beancurd taste is not overwhelming. Among the beancurd tarts, the Original Beancurd was the best! A nice change from Portuguese Egg tarts.

Oh yes, to further reinforce that this shop has a long history, my parents told me that their wedding cake (30 years ago) came from this shop! This is a interesting shop. The only downside is that it is not located near the MRT station. Anyone tried their wedding cakes before?

ps: best to call and reserve the Original Beancurd Tart

Detailed review: http://foodiefc.blogspot.sg/2012/03/le-cafe-confectionery-pastry-middle.html
 
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