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Awesome cafe to visit Smile Aug 02, 2015   
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Categories : American | Café

For more details, please visit http://www.foodesteem.com/2015/08/five-dime.html
I have to admit that the location is not very accessible if you are visiting by train. With two nearest MRT stations stationed in town, Five & Dime can only depend on Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut MRT Stations. Luckily, there is a bus stop directly across the road, which a little more convenience to diners, as well as a carpark just right behind the cafe.
Five & Dime does not have a lot of seats, so reservation is actually recommended, and they only take in reservation on every two hours (e.g. Table reservation at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, etc.).
French Toast ($16.00) with choice of either crispy bacon or chicken sausages and with fruit salad. It really seems to me as a very simple dish, but their French toast is just too fluffy and the syrup with butter makes the toast not too dry yet sweet.
Braised Pork Belly Sandwich ($18.00), with the use of black Berkshire pork in between toasted French white and sweet potato fries at the side. I have no idea how many portions are available, but I'm glad that I am one of those trying out the limited portions!
Pork belly is definitely yummy, dripping with sauce on the "tough-like-rock" French white. Well, the outer is hard, but the bread itself is still quite soft and the dripping sauce is acting like a jam to me.
Golden Custard Lava Cake ($12.00). The only special out of the list of 5. Something like custard bun, but instead a "westernized" version. Love the soft chocolate-ty taste of the cake, mixing the sweet and saltiness together to form a smile on your lips.
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Whisk and Paddle at Punggol Smile Apr 26, 2015   
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Categories : American | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Steaks and Grills

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Opened for a couple of months already, Whisk & Paddle is a cafe that is situated alongside the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk. Instead of the air-conditioned cafe that most would prefer to have, Whisk & Paddle would rather diners to have a taste of their food as well as a sniff of the nature.
Whisk & Paddle's menu is more of an American-style type of food, ranging from brunches to pastas and to pizzas. If you are looking for Nasi Lemak or Economical Bee Hoon, you might want to consider trying the coffee house opposite the LRT track.
Homemade Iced Tea - Passionfruit Lime Lychee ($6.90), and Mango Peach Smoothie ($7.90). If I were to make the choice again between these two, I would choose the former as it is sweeter than the Mango Peach Smoothie. The latter taste quite bland, although the light mango taste managed to linger in my mouth for a few seconds.
Wedges with Cheese Dip ($8.80). Had this ordered to satisfy my craving for thick and creamy cheese. I didn't had any expectations when it came, but "ta-dah~", I happily cleaned up the every wedges available and coated it well with the cheese! Wedges seems to be home-sliced, and every wedges comes full of potato fillings in it. Kids are sure to love this!
Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon ($13.00). Something out of the norm, Whisk & Paddle replaced the usual English Muffins with waffles and it is still as yummy, except that it comes along with the sweet waffle taste. Poached eggs are prepared well, and we are very satisfied with the oozing egg yolk flowing on to the waffles. Eggy-waffles anyone? You also have the option to opt for either honey baked ham or sautéed mushrooms if you want something more than just smoked salmon.
Ham & Pineapple Pizza ($16.80). For the price, the pizza is sliced into 9 unequal pieces, and the entire pizza is probably meant for sharing among 2 pax. IT consists of honey baked ham, bacon, pineapple, bell pepper, sunny side up and bbq sauce. Oh wait... sunny side up on a pizza?
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Yoogane, Korean Cuisine! Smile Dec 21, 2014   
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In order to secure a seat, you will need to ensure all diners are present before being guided to a table. They do have a salad bar which is free-flow, but consisting of only 3 items. For your information, if you are kimchi lover, this salad bar could you be your favorite section of all.
Order will be taken during the queue, and order chit will be given to you for passing to the counter staff prior to seat allocation.
Soft drinks, Mug ($2.90). They also provide a flask of iced water too, if you are wondering.

Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice ($14.90/pax). Crew will start serving you with an enormous pan with the marinated chicken, dokboki and spring onions, as well as the rice and mozzarella cheese on separate plates.
Crew will start frying the marinated chicken, dokboki and spring onions which are already on the pan, before pouring in the rice and seasonings. It's a little spicy, but every spoon of the fried rice fills your mouth with the spicy yet sweet taste.

Marinated Chicken Stew ($16.90). This is almost the same as Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice, except that this came with noodles and stew, and a sweeter version. An alternative for those who prefer more of soup base.
Egg Roll with cheese ($11.90). Decorated with tomato sauce, we opt for the cheese version, whereas non-cheese version costs $9.90 only. Egg roll is cooked perfectly, giving it a moist and bouncy texture, with cheese to add on to the rather bland eggy taste.

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fArt tArtz Cafe Smile Dec 01, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes

Singapore Expo was never a place I will hang out at on days when the halls are empty. But with the appearance of fArt tArtz Cafe, it kind of changes what I thought of Expo. It has a theme of a garden, with decorations of flowers and mini grass patches. During the broad daylight, it does make the cafe lively and vibrant!

Passion Fruit Soda ($4.50). There are places where such drink is too sweet, more like drinking syrup, but fArt tArtz's version is just nice. Refreshing sweet drink for a hot and humid weather in Singapore.

Minty Fruity ($4.80). More of like a healthier drink for the health-conscious ones. Under the menu section of "Infused/Detox H2O", it tastes more like mineral water, with a little sweetness coming from the fruits submerged in the mug.

Grilled Hot Wings ($8.50). Six pieces of yummy-licious wings, spread with my guess of chili oil. It's damn yummy for the tender and nicely grilled wings, and a tad of spiciness from the skin!

Pepper Chix Linguine ($10.90). My first-of-a-kind to have pasta served in a jar, eating directly from it, and a bunch of seasonal veggies at the side. Love their neither spongy nor stiff pasta, which is cooked just nice for chewing, and tender chicken chunks cooked with black pepper.

Chunky Chicken Grilled Sandwiches ($7.90). Simple sandwich with ample amount of chicken meat with mayonnaise. Deem satisfactory for breakfast!
Highlight of fArt tArtz Cafe is their dessert as mentioned earlier. So dessert is definitely a must-try if you are in Expo!

Strawberry Short Tart ($6.80). Definitely not one-of-a-kind to have dessert in jar, but still ordered it. Thinking why had I not try the exotic flavors such as lychee-misu and so on... Anyway, their strawberry short tart is not bad, but the best is coming up next!
Orange Choco Mud Tart ($5.50). The mud tarts are definitely the major highlight of fArt tArtz Cafe. Unique presentation of dessert in a miniature flower pot, with perhaps choco powder at the brim to represent soil! For people who doesn't knew, might really mistake it as edible soil?

In any case, any little surprise in the tart itself, where you can pop into some orange pulps! Managed to sense a few while enjoying every spoon I took, and next I was enjoying even more popping the pulps in my mouth instead~ For your information, the flower is made of plastic, and other than the pot, the flower is inedible as well.. "Regret-ness"!

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Dedicated cafe for cyclists-alike Smile Nov 09, 2014   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Café | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

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Wheeler's Yard's menu may not have an extensive food items, but each of them does seem interesting enough to land you in an indecisive mode! Menu board is available near the indoor entrance, and you are welcome to grab one and head back to your table for "discussion".
Ham & Cheese Panini ($16.90) with garden salad and fries. If you are a person who does not prefer cheesy food, Ham & Cheese Panini should not be an option then. But for those cheesy peeps like me, I am loving it! I also love their fries, because it is not the skinny ones!
Otah Burger ($16.90). Wheeler's yard uses mackerel fish patty with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato, stacked in between brioche buns and a side portion of fries. Brioche bun is about an adult palm size, which is bigger than usual burgers. Strong fish-flavored otah taste that I can't stop for another bite.
If the usual cafe drinks are too mainstream for you, they do have a bar-like counter at the entrance of the outdoor seating. If you are dropping here at night, you might be able to catch a different side of Wheeler's Yard, where drinkers and cyclists-alike gather for a chat.
Seems like a place ideal for pro-cyclists to drop-in for some filling food and purchasing add-on for their bicycles before heading back to track. I love how spacious it looks, and the planning put into the decoration.
I have definitely heard of how bad their food taste and serving time is pretty ridiculous. Perhaps efficiency and improvements have been injected into the cafe, my waiting time was less than 15 minutes on a crowded weekend morning where I queued for an estimated of 5-10 minutes to have my food ordered, but food is definitely a thumbs!
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