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This is rting living in Yishun. I am a StudentI like to hang out in Bugis, Orchard, Yishun. Japanese, Korean, ALL FOOD AND CUISINE! are my favorite cuisines. I also love Bakery, Café, Hawker Centre and Pasta, Sushi/Sashimi, BBQ, ALL FOOD AND CUISINE!.
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Weekend getaway Smile Nov 08, 2010   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes

Recently, I and my cousins went to the fairly well-known "Strictly Pancakes" after hearing many reviews from different people!

Opened daily with ample supply of pancakes for the pancake lovers like us, not only the pancakes are delicious, the atmosphere of the whole environment is so cosy and relaxing for gathering/meet-ups with friends.

Even though the price might be a little too steep for normal pancakes, I think the environment has increase the value fairly too.

We ordered a custom made pancakes with rum & raisin butter and maple syrup (of course) and another plate of Garlic Leeking Mushrooms (thick pancakes that are filled with leeks in it) with garlic butter and maple syrup. And of course, 2 plates of pancakes were not even enough to fill 3 stomachs so we ordered another custom pancakes with bacon & mushrooms.

Oh, did I mention that I extremely love the garlic butter?

As a savory person, I prefer more salty or spicy food rather than sweet. However, I really like the pancakes there with the normal rum & raisin butter and maple syrup too.

I would definitely try out the sweet pancakes in the future when I visit the store again.

Nice and cosy, I like!
Bacon & mushroom (custom)

Bacon & mushroom (custom)

 
Normal (medium) pancakes

Normal (medium) pancakes

 
Garlic Leeking Mushroom (or sth like that)

Garlic Leeking Mushroom (or sth like that)

 
Strictly Pancakes

Strictly Pancakes

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $12(Other)

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ORTU @ Borgata! Smile Oct 14, 2010   
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Categories : Italian | Pasta

Thank you OpenRice for ORTU to Borgata, I enjoyed the meal. lol

For those who do not know, Borgata is a very homely Italian restaurant located at the stretch of Clarke Quay's bars and clubs along River Valley Road. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find this restaurant to be so homely in such rowdy environment. The interior is sweetly decorated and the staff are friendly.

The different pastas and pizzas that were served to us were awesome and I especially love the latter! Psst, I have a fetish on thin-crust pizza so if you like thin-crust too, go try their pizzas!

However, I think the most special thing about this particular restaurant is they take special orders and make an unique pasta/pizza right for you! Ain't it cool? Not many places offer this skill and I really felt very important when I saw the specially made dishes for us OpenRicers.

By the way, I love their desserts: molten chocolate cake and tiramisu. THE TIRAMISU IS ESPECIALLY QUIRKY! It was the most cool tiramisu that I ever tasted, with a tad of orange taste and crunchy nuts that added to the layer of taste. Oh, and look at the molten chocolate! The waiter will just set the fire on it and let it burn. The burnt crust taste especially good with hot chocolate cake. Yum yum! I like! (P/S: I have a thing with desserts. Heehee)

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Categories : Fusion | Bars/Lounges | Seafood | Steaks and Grills | Brunch

5 OpenRicers were invited to 1-Twenty Six, a open-air & romantic restaurant by the beach for this week's ORTU at Playground @ Big Splash along the ever-relaxing East Coast Parkway.

We were first greeted by 7 different cocktails from their bar: "7 Desirable Sins"

Personally, I am not a good drinker nor do I know which alcohol is better and apparently I get really sleepy when I drink, which is a sign of me being drunk. Comments on the drinks? Not much. But I really like the first drink out of the seven that we had and if I am not wrong, it is called "Antoinette's Vanity" under PRIDE/Vodka Cocktails in the menu. This drink has minimal alcoholic bitterness and the fruity taste is also fully maximized. Strong taste, yet subtle. I like!

By the way, there's also this drink called "The Screaming Banshee" (DESPAIR/tequila) that is really unique because of its spiciness! I was so shocked when I first drank it, despite finding it too strong for me, I guess it would be a great choice for adventurous readers to try this unique drink.

Now, here's the exciting part: FOOD!

The Nibble Platter, $32 & Seafood Platter, $85

Even though both platters are delicious, I would prefer the Nibble Platter, especially the Homemade cod brandade with grilled brushetta (the minced fish meat on bread). Deliciously mixed with spices and spread on the bread, the mild taste in my mouth is so refreshing and I love the way this platter open my appetite. As I am more of a "warm food" kind of person, despite loving seafood to max, Nibble Platter is pretty much the kind of appetizer/finger food that I would go for instead.

For seafood lovers, if you would not mind cold dishes, try out their seafood platter too! For a person who does not like sashimi like me to actually like the taste of the raw food in this platter determines how fresh and how good the seafood is. It was really good. Get some of the oyster before anyone snatch it, get a mouthful of the juiciness and freshness.


Seared King scallops with smoked sea urchin risotto, $18 / $28
Scallops are my all-time favorite, other than that... I guess this dish tastes a little bit more "normal", more of like wet and sticky rice (or porridge) with some meat and garnishes on it.


Grilled King prawns, $24/$32
TIGER PRAWNS plus goat cheese at the bottom! Awesome grilled taste of the prawns with addition of the "bun" with goat cheese filling inside, this is one of my favorite dish that night.


Classic fish pie, $35
I kind of find this fish pie taste more of like... thick clam soup? It has quite a strong taste of cream and seafood, not a bad choice for creamy food lovers though. Remember to eat it hot before the crust lose its crispiness!


Roast Baby Chicken, $38
OMG! THIS ROAST BABY CHICKEN* IS TOTALLY WORTH TO MAD LOVE AND SPAZZ OVER! (*Though the name of the dish is kinda "cruel" to me - like they roast "babies" of chickens. =x) There could not be a more tender chicken texture than this dish! The marinated roast chicken's tenderness and its deliciously marinated sauce, with fries & apple sauce ... You do not even want to socialize with anyone at your table while eating this, well... that's for me. Haha.

Valrhona dark and white chocolate fondant, $14
MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE DESSERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing beats a superb dessert after meal, no matter how full you are, you were.


Chocolate Fondant, names in various terms; taste and texture differs everywhere, still tastes as awesome at 1-Twenty Six. The warm chocolate sauce in the warm chocolate cake, one mouthful of the cake and one mouthful of the chilling ice-cream. Life is as good as this.


Frozen 'desconstructed' strawberry shortcake, $14
Strawberry Shortcake, another classic favorites of all time, taste a little different here. This dish has many different layered textures, it is full of surprise!


Grande Assiette, $28
Ahhhh... this Grande Assiette ($28), a selection of 5 petits sized desserts, is another good choice for dessert lovers but do not like it over-sweet. I find the Lemons and Limes ($14) quite refreshing, despite being sour (guys, please do not try this if you can't handle sourness) in the awesome way.

So satisfied with the food and especially the dessert and I really like the ambience in the restaurant too. Service is brilliant (the waiters that were serving us were so nice! *thumbs up*) and I bet it would be the best place for dating and maybe anniversary dinner? No need to risk to ruin your night with bad service, plus with plenty of good food to choose over and of course, the romantic atmosphere.


For full review: http://lovelivfe.com/2010/09/11/ortu-1-twenty-six-1rochestergroup/
7 Desirable Sins

7 Desirable Sins

 
Nibble Platter

Nibble Platter

 
Seafood Platter

Seafood Platter

 
Roast baby Chicken

Roast baby Chicken

 
Grilled King Prawns

Grilled King Prawns

 
Chocolate Fondant

Chocolate Fondant

 
Grande Assiette

Grande Assiette

 
Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Roast baby chicken, chocolate fondant, french fries
 
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Goodness of ramen Smile Sep 01, 2010   
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Categories : Noodles

Every Sunday, I have to attend lessons at Prime Centre from 10am to 5pm and one of the things that I look forward to is LUNCH TIME! lol

Most of the time, I will patronize this store called Hong Hu Express for their absolutely delicious ramen. From what I understand, this store is operated by a few Chinese ladies and they are the best ramen cooks other than Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Ban Mian (Noodles) stall.

I love their Minced Meat Noodles and maybe the spare ribs noodles. Tom yam noodles is also a great try. The noodles are so nice that I don't even remember to take the pictures of the food before I finished them. tongue

Last but not least, please don't be scared of the oil on the plate. Try out their gyoza! Gosh, ain't it delicious?

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  minced meat noodles, gyoza
 
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Happy Lemon Smile Sep 01, 2010   
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Categories : Taiwanese | Stall / Kiosk | Juices

Read a review on OpenRice about Happy Lemon and I decided to try it when I go to town and I am glad that I did try! It was better than KOI.

When I first saw the menu, I was shocked with so many weird names and combinations. I ordered the unique Rock Salt + Cheese combo with Chocolate and to my surprise, it actually taste nice. But maybe it is because I have ordered the more "common" drink of their, I can't taste the uniqueness of Happy Lemon and my drink taste more like Chocolate Milk (because the rock salt taste didn't jump out and the milky texture is quite strong).

I will definitely try out the other drinks if I happened to pass by the store, even though the price range (around $2 to $3.50? for each cup) is a bit steep for students like me.

Overall, it is a nice experience! Look forward to queues outside Happy Lemon branches in the future, it is like the next KOI craze.

 
Chocolate Rock Salt & Cheese

Chocolate Rock Salt & Cheese

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  drink, chocolate, happy lemon
 
Spending per head: Approximately $3(Other)

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