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Thomaschan
This is Thomaschan living in West Coast. I am a StudentI like to hang out in Orchard, Yishun, Clementi. Japanese, Singaporean, Cantonese/Hong Kong are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Café and Dim Sum, Steaks and Grills, Sushi/Sashimi.
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Meh, Marche is still better OK Dec 17, 2013   
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Categories : European | Pasta | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads

Unlike the typical "credit-card system" that most Marches utilise currently, the brand new Movenpick outlet at JEM serves their dishes in a la carte style, bringing about a whole new dining experience. Yet, the ambience and concept was pretty much similar, coupled with rustic furniture, miniature pots of greeneries and soothing light, that resembles the interior of a cosy country-side restaurant. Al fresco dining is also available for diners to enjoy their meals amidst the occasional night breeze.

Their rendition of fried Ravioli was surprisingly good. The exterior was nice and crisp, but unfortunately, filled with barely sufficient fillings. This dish is served with their home-made sauce, which is difficult to distinguish between cheesy and sour creamy, kinda flavour. Makes a good side to go along with their beer.

 
Served with two sides of garlic toast and portobello mushroom (..salad), Spaghetti Carbonara (S$14.90) was far from satisfying. Number one: Pasta wasn't al dente (way off undercooked). Number two: Sauce was clumpy and in a mess. These two which gave me enough reasons to leave almost half of the pasta untouched. Just one more, and I might get a refund.

 
Almost 80% of their patrons ordered their signature thin-crusted pizzas, and I thought, why not order one and share it among us? There are more than 10 choices, ranging from cheese pizzas (feta, margherita, goat cheese, etc.) to more meaty ones, such as roasted chicken, prosciutto and smoked salmon. As democratic as we are, we went ahead with the most voted Smoked Duck Breast Pizza (S$20.50). Boy, it was humongous and tasted as great as it looked. Now, don't worry on how you're going to cut it, the service staff would kindly do you the favour.

 
Recommendations for the pizza(s) is highly recommended, otherwise if you are just going to stick to the mains, head for the other Marche outlets.

..at least they serve rosti there.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Pizzas
 
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Decent, Overpriced Thai Food OK Jun 19, 2013   
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Categories : Thai | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Kids-Friendly

Yet another venture by CreativEATeries, Bangkok Jam serves a wide array of contemporary dishes in a modern bistro-styled restaurant, completed with interesting props, such as wires and cables, road signs scribbled in Thai and even a signal head of a traffic light.

Their dishes are inspired from none other than Thailand (otherwise known as the "city of angels") itself, combining the usage of Thai classic spices and herbs with a Western twist, take for example the unique creation of Prawn Spaghetti with Coconut Base and of course not leaving out Thailand's famous street food, like Deep Fried Spring Rolls and their specialty - Fried Chicken Wing marinated with fish sauce.

Bangkok Jam's signature Beef Noodle Soup (S$13.50), or known as sen lek neua has the right aroma in its thick, flavoured broth, served with beef balls and slices of tender, succulent beef, which proved to be a great hit for beef lovers like myself.

 
Okay, before that we had a plate of Thai Fish Cakes (S$9.50) for appetisers, which the waitress kindly recommended to us. Flavour-wise, it is nice, but nothing much to rave about. The thing is, S$9.50 for five standard fish cakes, which divides to S$2.23 for one piece, including service and GST. Isn't that like a bit.. overpriced?

 
Spaghetti tom kha goong, or Prawns with Spaghetti served with a base sauce made of coconut (S$11.90) is an interesting fusion of Western pasta and Thai ingredients, like cilantro, coconut and lemongrass. The result was soft and light, yet surprisingly pleasing to the palate. Portion-wise, it was a tad disappointing, but I won't blame it much for the price given.

 
In a nutshell, Bangkok Jam serves decent Thai food, nothing extraordinary but surprisingly overpriced. Prior to the visit, I've heard quite a number of negative comments complaining about the poor service and small portions. I begged to differ for the former, service was nothing less than satisfactory, whereas for the latter, it was unfortunately true (notably for curry dishes).

Hence, if you want better and more affordable Thai food, head to Siam Express or Thai Express instead. You probably won't be twice as disappointed.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Beef Noodle Soup
 
Spending per head: Approximately $20(Lunch)

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Decent Mediterranean fare OK Jun 13, 2013   
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Categories : Restaurant | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Seafood | Chinese Soup | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads | Roasted Meat | Kids-Friendly

Located at the basement of Orchard Central, Medz is a concept similar to Marche, where diners were given at the entrance - a cash-card which records the food you bought, and at the end, pay for everything together. The difference is probably the food they served, while Marche focuses solely on Swiss affair, Medz serves a variety of Mediterranean fare – such as Spanish, Moroccan, French, Turkish and Greek at distinct booths in the brightly, decorated restaurant.

For both wine and caffeine connoiseur, you will be pleased to see an impressive display of wine collection, as well as a specialised beverage booth where the barristas craft your beverage with meticlous hands and utmost precision.

 
As much as being a true-blue Singaporean, I never like to queue. Hence I am glad that they adopted the "buzzer system" (same as Marche's), where the cashier hands you a circular buzzer disc after you order, and you collect the food when it lights up and vibrates. Lazy me.

Rosti with Salami (S$) did not impressed me as much as Marche's crustier version, on a whole, it was not as savoury as well. The good ol salami slices were good nevertheless.

 
Fish and Mushroom Calzone (S$) was really satisfying with its huge chunks of salmon meat, tomato sauce and thick, melted mozzarella. If you don't know what the hell is a calzone, it is actually a turnover, originated from Italy. Its main ingredients resemble the ones used to make a pizza, hence most people mistook it for a "folded pizza", when in fact, it's not.

The memorable image when you cut into (or tear if you're too excited) the crispy exterior of the calzone and the next thing you know, the irresistible sight of all the ingredients slowly flowing out.. Orgasmic.

 
What's a meal without a happy ending? Happy ending, as in good desserts, not um, you know. At Medz, you can customize your crepe, such as soft or hard crepe, the fillings, the toppings, as well as several add-ons, such as nuts or every kid's favourite rainbow sprinkle. For us, we got the Strawberry Crepe (S$8), not exactly wow-inducing, as the strawberries were a tad sour (Korean's are still the sweetest) and the chocolate sauce was quite thin.

If you want good crepes, I highly recommend Canele's.

 
Well, if you asked me if I prefer Marche to Medz, I wouldn't say no, not that I am implying Marche is better or anything, I just prefer the variety and atmosphere. Nevertheless, Medz is a nice place to dine in if you're looking for decent Mediterranean fare.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $25(Dinner)

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Great Taiwanese Dishes OK Jun 13, 2013   
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Categories : Taiwanese | Chinese | Restaurant | Noodles | Rice

Managed by The Asian Kitchen group, Lu Gang Xiao Zhen offers a great variety of Taiwanese dishes such as their famous Eggy Rice dish, Herbal Guitar Duck and Stir fried Four Seasons Beans with Salt Egg Yolk.

Guitar Duck, otherwise known as roasted duck is one of their specialities. With tender and succulent beneath a thin crisp layer of duck skin, it is no wonder that this is a star dish. The only minus point is probably the excessive oil, other than that - best roasted duck.

 
Starchy rice cake is served on the dinner table, especially on special occasions in Taiwan. It was one of our anniversaries, and we decided to order this. Nothing "wow-inducing", but it's good to try. Other recommended dishes are Glutinous Rice wrapped in Lotus leaf and Pork Belly.

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Roasted Duck
 
Spending per head: Approximately $20

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Decent Seafood Meal OK Jun 13, 2013   
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When you thought of having casual seafood meals, the first few restaurants that came to mind are probably Fish & Co, Manhattan Fish Market and Jack's Place. Little did we know that a place by the name of Hooked! was hiding amidst the transquility of the western Rail Mall.

Months back, a few friends and I took the opportunity to meet up for dinner after a short photoshoot at the dysfunct railway tracks. We had the Pasta al Funghi, which comes in a savoury, creamy sauce and calms . Portion was huge enough for two girls to share, while the pasta itself was not cooked al dente, was a minus point.

 
Similar to Fish & Co's seafood platter, their rendition which was served with garlic prawns, squid rings, mussels along with spiced rice was rather limited. I wouldn't say it's even sharable for a grown man.

 
All in all, Hooked! is worth going for a decent seafood meal if there are promotions going on, and if you're around the vicinity, as it proves to be an unconvenient location.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $20(Dinner)

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