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This is wenxi living in Jurong West. I am a Executive, work in Clementi. I like to hang out in Clementi, Jurong West, Boon Lay. Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Hawker Centre and Sushi/Sashimi, Zi Char, Ramen, Fish.
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Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle Smile May 17, 2016   
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Categories : Chinese | Food Court | Chinese Noodles

A recent visit to Boon Lay Village gave me a stunned with the presence of a couple of new stalls around and one of them was this Fried Hokkien Prawn noodle stall. There was already a few similar stalls around and with one reputable stall that I always patronize. Therefore, to whip up a good plate of fried hokkien prawn noodle there is the only thing to keep the business sustainable. With the FBI 好吃情报 indicated on their sign board, I was automatically attracted to buy a plate from there.
Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle Stall

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle Stall

 
Portion comes in $4 / 5 / 6 / 8 and we bought ourselves a $5 plate. From the number of patrons siting on the nearby tables staring at the stall, we knew that we are definitely not the first in the queue. Despite of the queue, our food was served rather quickly.

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle was yummy and was delectable in the mixture of yellow and white noodles with prawns, squid and sweetness from the eggs.
Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle

 
Without any additional condiments, the plate of Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle was already good by itself. Perhaps the taste will be more interesting by adding more chilli and lime myself.

 
Spending per head: Approximately $5(Dinner)

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Cocotte Smile May 15, 2016   
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Categories : French | Middle Eastern/Mediterranean | European | Brunch

Cocotte is a communal restaurant and bar that serves delicious, genuine country cuisine in a hip environment. They are located in Singapore's Little India just inside Wanderlust hotel.
Cocotte

Cocotte

 
Environment was indeed different and unique on its on with industrial like bar counter and some old school items around.
Interior

Interior

 
Old School Barber Chair

Old School Barber Chair

 
As appetizers, 2 types of olives was given, in dark brown and olives color. Taste were not too greasy and was not too bitter either.
Olives

Olives

 
Basket of bread was warm and the butter spread given to us was remarkably delicious. Butter was flavourful and was made in France, pairing along well with the warm bread.
Bread

Bread

 
A special style of serving braised pork trotters in wraps with hazelnuts, thyme, brown butter, capers and sauteed kale. Braised Pork Trotters were deboned and served in shredded form like pull pork and mustard was given to pair along with the dish. Though the dish may be special with nuts and vegetables, i still prefer a stronger taste from braised pork and juicier touch.
Pork Trotters Parcel - $18

Pork Trotters Parcel - $18

 
Pork Trotters Parcel with Mustard

Pork Trotters Parcel with Mustard

 
The whole grilled seabass was something not within my expectation as it was bigger than what I had thought. Meat was fresh and tender, served with vierge and salad of crispy quinoa that literally overwhelmed the entire perimeter of the fish. Capers, mint, radish, shallots, lemon and parsley was part of the mix too.
Whole Grilled Seabass - $48

Whole Grilled Seabass - $48

 
They use grass fed beef which is antibiotic and hormones free from Cape Grim, Australia served with green pepper corns sauce, duck fat fries and salad. Ordering Medium Done-ness from the beef, I find that the beef was actually well cook to our request and I would give a thumb up to this dish. Simply love the pairing of tender beef and sauce even though I'm not much fan of medium done-ness. Fries on the other side maybe on a soft but have unique taste.
Steak Frites 200G Chargrilled Onglet Steak - $36

Steak Frites 200G Chargrilled Onglet Steak - $36

 
Apart from the proteins and carbohydate we had from the main dish, here comes the fibre that save us from the "heavy" meal. Interestingly mixed with different types of vegetables with a touch of vinaigrette, ah, its really something wonderful to have for the meal.
Greens

Greens

 
Dinner was pleasant with a comfortable ambiance. The environment is both suitable for gathering or even couple dating. Recommended.

 
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NOX - Dine in the dark Smile May 15, 2016   
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Categories : European | Restaurant | Fine Dining

Have you all dine in the dark before? We all heard a fair bit about the concept of dining in the total darkness, haven't we? I think NOX need no further introduction.
NOX along beach road

NOX along beach road

 
NOX is located along the shop houses of beach road occupying 2 level of shop space.
NOX - Dine in the dark

NOX - Dine in the dark

 
The service staff welcomed us into the lounge and gave us a drink menu to choose upon. The moment I sat down, the plushy sofa seat reminds me of Gold Class Cinema lounge, quite similar in a sense. Servers explained there is no food menu to choose from, rather there is a secret menu at $88++ per pax that consists of 12 dishes spreaded into 3 courses, appetizers, mains and desserts. Restaurant menu will be change every 6 - 8 weeks and should you have any dietary preference, e.g. vegetarian, please highlight to them.
Lounge Area

Lounge Area

 
Mocktail

A citrus combination of orange with a bittersweet finishing taste from a pomelo. Its more sour than sweet per say with grapefruit, lemon juice, simple syrup and Grenadine that give a tart and sweet flavour to the naturally sour fruit.
Grapefruit Spritz - $14

Grapefruit Spritz - $14

 
The zesty and minty flavours make this quencher such refreshing. Out of 3 drinks tasted, I rate this the best. Ingredients were close to other drinks with passionfruit, simple syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh mint leave and ginger ale.
Virgin Passionfruit Julep - $14

Virgin Passionfruit Julep - $14

 
Being described as not the ordinary strawberry milkshake, it really make me wonder how does it taste like. Drink was milky pink served with little ice cubes and a strawberry. It was more of sweet and less of the sour taste with fresh milk, vanilla syrup, simple syrup, lemon juice and Amaretto Almond Syrup.
Strawberry Shaker - $14

Strawberry Shaker - $14

 
Starters

We were served with the starters with a vegetarian on the left and 2 mini cones on the right for the non vegetarians. The fried vegetarian had a pleasant scent of truffle oil smell and looks good with its creaming sauce at its base.
Starters

Starters

 
Starters for the non vegetarian was miniature. Raw salmon was served in the tip of the ice cream cone biscuit added with caviar. The presentation which depicts some plants on the soil had totally taken me away.

 
Before Proceeding into the darkness

We was told not to bring any of our belongings to the dining area and had them kept in the given lockers, not even our handphones or watches with illumination / glow in the dark function. Instagrammers, sorry! For those who needs to go toilet, its best to have the "passage" clear before entering into the darkness.

Entering the Darkness

We were quite excited while the door to the dining area swung open and we were greeted by the service staff. Have you wonder how to walk up a flight of steep stairs in total darkness? Well, we conquered the first stage by having 1 hand tapping to each other shoulder in a line and walk up the stair and into the dining.

Dining in the darkness

It all started with uneasiness, getting ourselves up at the dining area. When we reached our table, we were led to the back of the chair and have to figure ourselves to take a seat under the clear instructions of course. We were briefed to locate our cutleries (spoon and fork) and the position to place our drinking glass on the table. With every course served, we was told to lean backwards to our chair as these visually impact servers placed the dishes onto our table accurately.

Each course consist of 4 dishes served in a wooden tray and placed in a "t" shape. The rule to dine is to start with the dish nearest to ourselves at the "6" needle base on a analog clock and go clockwise.

It was a challenge as well as fun locating the dish and place our spoon correctly into our mouth without dropping off the food, afterall this was my 1st time ever dining under such environment.

I vividly remembered that our appetizers consist of rocket salad, foie gras, fried calamari, chick peas, lentils etc. While the mains were duck confit, wagyu beef cubes, cod fish. Meat was tender and tasty. Desserts was lava chocolate, popcorn ice cream, lemon sorbet and strudel.

Finishing the meal

We stood up and walk a few meters on the carpeted ground using the same "tapping shoulder method" in a line before heading back to the stairs. Luckily the stairs were dimly lit and we could see and walk down under the shades of light. As we proceed back to the lounge, our eyes were tired and as though we had just woke up.

We were told to fill up a questionaire to recall and guess what we had eaten. After which, the person in charge will come with an ipad, showing the pictures and naming out the 12 dishes we had. We were surprised by our guesses as it really gave our taste buds a good test.

Conclusion

All in all, it was a good 1.5 hours session of experiencing the life of a visually impact human, coping with darkness in their moves. We took our 5 senses daily for granted and being in such environment really gave us a good reminder of how lucky we are to be able to see, hear, touch, taste and feel. Not only that, such dining concept keeps us away from the usual social media / electronics distraction we had during our meals with our friends / partners / families.

The only disadvantage here I could ever think of is perhaps not to bring someone here for a first date where you cannot see each other. Ha!

We spent about $120 including drinks per pax and reservation is recommended.
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Spending per head: Approximately $120(Dinner)

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The Lokal Smile May 15, 2016   
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Categories : International | Café | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads | Brunch

You may be mistaken by the German word "Lokal" thinking that it serves more on German Cuisine but in fact the Lokal is an Australia Style Cafe than offers more than just German flavours. Taking the business name, it kind of already suggest that its more on the Local, more like internationally influenced style. They are located at a corner of the intersection of Bukit Pasoh and Neil Road where you can find Goethe Institue nearby. It's quite easy to get here as they are within minutes walk from Outram MRT Station.
The Lokal

The Lokal

 
It's causal and welcoming atmosphere had kind of remind me of a cafe in Edinburgh Bus Interchange. Interior was rustic with a hipster interior that keep up with the cafe trends in Singapore.
Interior

Interior

 
We requested the coffee based dessert to be served first. This looks really cool with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with shot of espresso.
Affogato - $6.50

Affogato - $6.50

 
While waiting for the food, I had a glass of chai latte. Chai fragrance was average and all was down in my stomach even before the food was served.
Chai - $6.50

Chai - $6.50

 
Starters was good with 3 ways Cauliflower served on a traditional Chinese metal plate. Cauliflower comes in 3 different forms and beautifully presented. With puree as its base, stacked by leafy greens and cabbages with tumeric infused cauliflowers, fried cauliflowers, as well as Ricotta & almond makes it special. Recommended.
Cauliflower 3 ways - $13

Cauliflower 3 ways - $13

 
Another starter we had was great and perhaps suitable for those who want a lighter meal instead. Roasted beet roots was juicy and mix with quinoa, green beans, blue cheese & honey walnuts. I'm not really a fan of blue cheese, fortunately, the taste of the blue cheese was not that strong as I would have thought.
Roasted Beetroot Salad - $13

Roasted Beetroot Salad - $13

 
Torn between the Braised beef cheek and Cape Grim Sirloin Tagliata, I end up with the latter as per recommended by the server for its popularity. Served on a wooden board with scrumptious beef cubes cover by watercress with Asiago cheese and cheery tomatoes pairing.
Cape Grim Sirloin Tagliata - $28

Cape Grim Sirloin Tagliata - $28

 
The beef were cut into cubes form cooked to the default perfection by the cafe. Simply love its charred exterior and the juicy tender mild bloody meat.
Beef Cubes, WoW!

Beef Cubes, WoW!

 
Ending the session of the night with sticky date pudding as dessert on a good note. The warm pudding was velvety coupled with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and yummy caramel sauce. The best part of the dessert was that with the sticky date and sauce, the entire dessert was not too cloying and one won't feel the excess richness and sweetness in them.
Sticky Date Pudding - $10

Sticky Date Pudding - $10

 
As a whole, service was friendly with a good atmosphere around. Even though they have limited items on the menu, fred not as they have daily specials, so do check out what's on their black board.

 
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Categories : Japanese | Vegetarian

Japanese Dining but in Vegetarian Style? Does it ring the bell? Teng Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining gives us a different take on Japanese food in a healthier way serving quality and refreshing food.
Environment

Environment

 
If you look around, Teng Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining occupies more than 1 unit space. Besides the main dining area, just look opposite of the unit and you will get to see a classy upscale dining area which is the overflow room of Teng's.
Overflow rooms

Overflow rooms

 
Kai Lan was blanched, cut and served in a stack. They were drench with roasted sesame sauce with a handful of sesame on its top to elevate the plain healthy vegetables. Simply love its crunchy and succulency in this starter!
Roasted Sesame Sauce, Yummy!

Roasted Sesame Sauce, Yummy!

 
Teriyaki Chicken on stick looked appetizing indeed served with english parsley and pinkish ginger strips. If you asked me about its taste, well, it takes abit to be greasy and glossy to convince me.
Teriyaki Chicken - $7

Teriyaki Chicken - $7

 
The Unagi Maki was something I had never expected and right at that moment, I had issues convincing myself I'm actually having vegetarian dishes. Mock Unagi tasted as though they were the actual with sweet black sauce lying on top of the little rice rice with cucumbers and avocados.
Unagi Maki - $15

Unagi Maki - $15

 
Even at a closer look, they look as good as those in the real Japanese Restaurant.
Unagi at a closer look

Unagi at a closer look

 
Dishes were getting more interesting in this case with 3 kinds of Sashimi, mock tuna, salmon and sword fish. The presentation and food art was stunning, how did they make the "veins" on the fish look so real? Arrangement of food with wasabi on the bed of ice made no different as what we have someone where!
Three Kind Sashimi - $19

Three Kind Sashimi - $19

 
Texture was smooth and these mocked sashimi did give fellow vegetarians a very good indication of how actual sashimi taste like, lessing the natural "fishy" taste.
Another Side

Another Side

 
The crispy and uniform cuts of the piece of deep fried meat looks none other than a slab of delicious Pork Tonkatsu pairing up with garden salad and its dressing. The texture and bite may resemble an actual pork fillet but the taste still could not hide the fact that its a piece of vegetarian product with hints of mushrooms and yam.
Pork Fillet - $11

Pork Fillet - $11

 
Buckwheat Noodle with toufu skin and mushroom broth is delighting. Beside the smooth buckwheat noodle, fried tempura bits had given the dishes another level of texture in the dish.
Buckwheat Noodle

Buckwheat Noodle

 
Last but not least, the grains! Fried Rice was unexpectedly scrumptious and every mouth came with a whiff of wok fire taste! Incredible! Grains were topped with brown sea vegetables (hijiki) and these vegetables are part of Japanese diet for centuries as they are rich in dietary fibre and minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium. Who says only red meats give iron?
Hjiki Fried Rice - $9

Hjiki Fried Rice - $9

 
Special thanks to my pal who insisted that I should give Teng Bespoke a try and it gave me another view point of having Japanese dining in a vegetarian way. One of the servers did mentioned that they have more than 1 overflow room and in fact Teng Bespoke is also serving Thai Vegetarian Food and perhaps this is why we see Lemon Grass Drink available in its menu.
Ice Lemon Grass Tea - $4

Ice Lemon Grass Tea - $4

 
 
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