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The Flying Squirrel - Hidden Gem Smile Dec 14, 2014   
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Categories : Japanese | Fusion | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant | Sushi/Sashimi

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We chanced upon an interesting signage pointing towards an alley, which doesn't look at all promising a place for meal. But our doubts were soon hammered back to ourselves. Hidden just in the alley, there is a small, or perhaps squeezy restaurant. It was packed and the aroma of the food upon entering didn't gave us a chance to walk out.
Only able to house handfuls of diners, it would be recommended to make reservations instead, especially when the lunch hour is precious during the weekdays.
Despite the narrow walkway, I love the interior design of the restaurant. The walls and floors have the raw-hardened cement as finishing, without any tiles. One special side of the side is sealed with real bricks, where we believe the wall has been cracked open revealing the foundation bricks within. Very much like an interior industrial style.
The Flying Squirrel's menu is limited by choice of food. They have a variety of alcoholic drinks, which at night turned to be a bar.
It was initially a disappointing experience while placing our order, because both our orders, Chicken Karaage Bento and Tonkatsu Donburi were sold out then. Not having much interest in the sashimi and other bentos, we settled for the Unagi Donburi ($17.00). It consists of braised unagi, poached egg, scallions and green onions served with Japanese rice.
When we were served, the aroma of the Unagi started to tickle our nostril, somewhat telling us to start cracking on the food. The tender unagi and rice which seems to be coated with collagen make the whole dish pleasing to our palates. Portion is sufficient enough for a person, which isn't too little or too much for an average person.
Although the Unagi Donburi is satisfying, I am still craving for their Chicken Karaage Bento, which consists of Japanese curry sauce.
For more details, please visit http://www.foodesteem.com/2014/12/the-flying-squirrel.html

 
 
Date of Visit: Dec 11, 2014 

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Mellben Seafood Smile Dec 07, 2014   
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Categories : Singaporean Chinese | Restaurant | Seafood

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Waiting time can be a little tedious, if you are here after 1800 hours, on a weekend. We reached around 1730 hours, and we have to wait for an hour before we can be assigned to a table. But that's not all. Good thing is, you are able to select your dishes beforehand, and then pass to the usher once you have a table. So, another hour of waiting for the food to be served.
Drinks are ordered separately, so try to attract their attention once you are done with your drinks selection from your table.
Coconut Drink ($6.00). Almost every table has a coconut ordered, and so we followed. Drink is definitely refreshing!
Pork Floss Tofu ($12.00) for a small portion. We ordered this because this is the first time we saw such combination in a seafood restaurant. Thick savory gravy over their homemade tofu and broccoli, topped with pork floss. Tofu is lightly fried on the outer, while inside is firm and mushy, similar to eating beancurd. Thumbs for this dish!
Salted Egg Pork Ribs ($15.00) also comes in Butter and Steamed Pork Ribs in Lotus Leaf. The latter was my initial choice, but it was not available then. Thus, choice between butter and salted egg.
I love their salted egg pork ribs because the meat is easy to bite off and taste of salted egg has jacketed each individual ribs well, and meat is juicy and soft to chew. No more struggles!
Fried Crab Bee Hoon ($55), is sufficient for 2 pax with an add-on serving of bee hoon ($3.00). If you requested for a 2 pax serving, it will costs around $80 for 2 smaller crabs.
It came cooked as black pepper crab and gravy spilled over the bee hoon is just splendid! Love the moist bee hoon and crab that is already cracked before served to table.
It was probably around 2000 hours when we finished our meal, but queue is still pretty long. Based on our total waiting time, the last person in the queue before we left might have to wait till around 2200 hours before able to satisfy the growling tummy!
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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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OZ Speciality Coffee Smile Oct 26, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Ice Cream and Gelato

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This is quite an outdated post, and having said that, OZ Specialty Coffee has shifted and currently operating under Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters.
OZ Specialty Coffee's menu did a full coverage, starting from drinks to desserts. While their food and dessert are limited to finger-counting, their drinks are much thirst for with "stars" to indicate its hot favorites!
However, we have little interests in the drinks and decided to strike on their breakfast platters, which looks so inviting!
Big Breakfast ($14.00), consists of buttered scrambled eggs, perfectly-cooked bacon strips, pork frankfurter sausage, alain millet's strawberry jam with multi-grain toast, tomatoes, as well as mesclun salad mix with home-made honey.
I have to admit OZ Specialty Coffee really serve their scrambled eggs generously, which can be perhaps 2-3 eggs used? The sausage is another one worth commending, due to its juicy and dainty meat. If you are think strawberry jam with toast is too mainstream, then you are wrong. Alain Milliat's strawberry jam is not too sweet, yet still embraces your taste buds with the strong aroma of strawberry.
Salmon Platter ($18.00), consists of buttered scrambled eggs, 4-5 slices of smoked salmon, alain millet's tri-floral honey with multi-grain toast, tomatoes, as well as mesclun salad mix with home-made honey.
Specifically, not much difference from the Big Breakfast, except the replacement of frankfurter sausage and bacon strips for smoked salmon. OZ Specialty Coffee served pieces of salmon rolled up, and stacked neatly beside one and another. Salmons are well-smoked, but being a not-so-appreciative person (for the raw, fishy taste), I feel that this dish could have been undervalued by me. But other than the salmon, the rest of the dish is equally nice as with Big Breakfast! I enjoyed my mesclun salad very much with the honey, still leaving an amount untouched after spilling some on my soft & crispy toasts.
Ordered Belgium Liege Waffles which is limited per day. Salted Caramel & Banana Waffles ($10.90). A pair of puffy waffles with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh banana slices, drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce and toasted almond slices. Waffles are hard, but comes with a little crunchiness. Take it along with the ice cream and banana slice to appreciate the waffle more!
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