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Food loses to ambiance OK Jan 11, 2015   
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Categories : Singaporean | Fusion | Desserts and Cakes | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

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Located at the backyard of Chinatown, it wouldn't be an easy walk up either via the steep slope for vehicles or the steep flight of sheltered staircase. Housed in the old Police Force Headquarters, it can be considered a hidden find because from the outside, you wouldn't have known about Mama Shop because there isn't any signs or indicators of cafe/eatery in the building. With the difficult walk from Eu Tong Seng Street, very few would have even been bothered to conquer it.
Mama Shop sounds exactly like how most of us would have called the mini-marts, usually at the HDB void decks. Small shop space, selling lots of old school toys and snacks, they also serve food and drinks for those who managed to take out some time for an "exercise". Time for a celebration, maybe?
Their cashier is situated inside the kitchen, which is just right behind the only entrance of the small shop space. On the outside, laid are the old school stuffs, such as the comics, tidbits, toys, etc. Definitely a place for people of the 80's to reminisce their childhood of the past.
Peanut Prince ($4.50 for regular size) tasted like milk with peanuts being crushed and blended together. It was a refreshing drink, and might hit off with kids pretty well. Sparkling Limau ($3.50) has a strong sour plum taste, perfect for a hot weather and wetting the throat with icy cold sour drink.
Okaasan Waffle ($4.90) consists of 2 pieces of waffles sandwiching seaweed chicken and takoyaki sauce with bonito flakes, cut into half. Waffle with peanut or blueberry jam is the norm to me, but this is indeed unique. Waffle is crispy and neatly cooked till golden. If you love takoyaki and waffle, this will be another thing worth coming for.
Happy Peppy Seafood Burger ($14.90) consists of crabmeat, lobster chunks with citrus mayo and truffle fries. First taste came to me as too fishy, which I stopped after my first bite. Bread and truffle fries are ok, but main point of the burger has completely covered everything else.
Messy Messy Nice Nice Mama Burger ($10.90) consists of beef patty topped with melted Gouda cheese and caramelized onion mushrooms. I looked forward to the beef burger, but again another disappointment. Beef patty is overcooked, rather than juicy and succulent as described in their featured menu board.
Old school ambiance makes it a perfect place to chill, especially on a less hot and humid weather, and a great place to hang around with friends while sipping on drinks and biting on snacks.
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Categories : Italian | Middle Eastern/Mediterranean

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Along Upper Bukit Timah Road, right opposite the Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, is a row of shophouses, selling food and aim to make every diner leave with a happy belly.
Outdoor area is to accommodate the pub-goers for a drink and chat, while interior is more suitable for a cozy meal, as well as a romantic dinner with your partner.
Not an alcoholic drinker, we had the mocktails, Shirley Temple ($5.00) and Fruit Punch ($5.00). Both are thirst-quenching drinks and sweetness is being balanced out for a soothing drink among the meals.
Grilled Watermelon ($12.00). Recommended appetizer which uses fresh watermelon and roasted till sweet, with topped with parma ham and based with rocket salad. The striking combination of fruit and ham does give me a sense of doubt for the taste it might produce, but I took back my thought. Juicy and sweet watermelon, topped with parma ham that comes a little on the salty side goes perfectly fine!
One of Stirling's signatures, Crispy King Salmon ($23.00) topped up fork crushed potato, creamy dill and leek sauce. Crispy salmon skin is the highlight of the dish, which we don't usually get it in other places, and salmon is cooked to perfect, not making the salmon too dry up for enjoyment.
Another signature of Stirling, Gentleman's Cut ($38.00 for 300g). Between the choice of sirloin or ribeye, steak comes with avocado butter and in-house seasoning. For a balanced meal, it also comes with a portion of sauteed mix vegetable and truffle fries is not to be left out for a complete meal. I requested for a rare-done which I enjoyed it! 75% redness through the centre, the meat is soft and juicy. If you are steak-eater, and similarly like your steak to be rare done, Stirling should be in your list.
Truffle Fries ($7.00). Truffle Fries is a common item in most cafes, but what makes Stirling's version striking is that each fries are equally tossed with truffle oil, salt and pepper, thus every inch of the fries gets "tagged" with truffle taste.
Cheesy Risotto Balls ($5.00). As the name describe, the bite into the ball will release the cheese into your mouth. Not the flowing cheese like custard bun, but Stirling is pretty generous with the cheese, and the crispy outer add on to the overall experience.
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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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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.
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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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