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Astons FTW Smile Mar 07, 2015   
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Categories : Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

We had our family lunch at Astons Resorts World Sentosa, which is located not far from USS. I love how Astons Specialities' restaurants look 'atas', I'm sure first-timers will get surprised that the food comes at such humble prices.

Iced Lemon Tea - $2.30
I had finished 3/4 of this drink even before my meal was served, so I ordered another glass.

Snapple - $3
You should know how it tastes like I guess...

 
Cream of Mushroom - $3.50
Ala carte price is $3.50, but if your order spaghetti, soup of the day is included (on every visit, coincidentally (?) it has always been cream of mushroom). Bf dislikes mushroom, so this cup of soup went to me haha.

 
Salmon Spaghetti - $9.90
It was Dad's order, didn't manage to try. But I managed to capture the pic before he ate it lol.

 
Spicy Chicken Spaghetti - $8.90
Think they should change the name, since it's not spicy at all *confession of a non-spicy food eater*.

 
Chargrill Chicken - $9.90
with mac n cheese & french fries
Introducing my most favorite menu at Astons Specialities! The chicken was grilled to perfection with nice smokey aroma and delicious mushroom sauce. Their mac n cheese is also to die for, having this as side dish has now been a must. The fries, however, was nothing extraordinary.

 
Hickory BBQ Chicken - $9.90
with mac n cheese & french fries
It's almost the same with chargrilled one, but somehow the chicken was drier. Hence the name, in this dish the mushroom sauce is substituted with BBQ sauce which was too tangy in my opinion.

 
Lemon Lime Chicken - $9.90
with mac n cheese & onion rings
Again, the chicken was quite identical to two menus mentioned above, with an addition of zesty lemon lime sauce. Hey, their onion rings was not bad!

 
Crispy Fried Chicken - $9.90
with tasty rice and french fries
Mom is predictable, she picked the safest option haha. The chicken, which was served with mayonnaise, was a little oily, but the size was hugeass (that's why it came with ellips instead of round plate)! I didn't try the rice, but I guessed it would taste like chicken rice.

Overall, we had a nice meal at Astons. Really grateful for the chance to have meal together with my family in Singapore, before they came back to Indonesia and I have to live apart from them just like the usual days.

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Fishy Treats Smile Mar 07, 2015   
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Categories : American | Seafood | Halal | Kids-Friendly

I was kinda craving for fish & chips that, so we chose Manhattan Fish Market for lunch. Moreover, I've never tried their fish & chips before (wanted to compare to Fish & Co also muahaha).

Iced Water - $0.50
It was lemon water, which I'm not a fan of ewhhh...

Gummy Bear - $5.50
It's a drink made of Curacao and tropical fruit mix. I recall it tasted like handsoap and it made me appreciate my lemon water more haha.

 
Creamy Mushroom Penne - $13.95
sauteed fresh button mushrooms coated with creamy sauce and topped with parmesan cheese
Didn't really like this as it was too creamy.

 
Feeesh 'n Cheese - $12.95
hand-battered dory fillets drizzled with garlic herb sauce, complemented with cheesy chips and side salad
Upon the first slice of the fish, I got the first impression that MFM's fish was slightly less oily than Fish & Co. Instead of giving one long fillet of fish, they gave us 2 medium-sized ones, and that made the portion looked bigger than Fish & Co's (I'm not sure either it's a eyetrick or real haha). The meat was soft and well-marinated. The fries was covered abundantly with cheese sauce. Holy molly, look at that fatty cheese sauce! My only gripe was that the garlic sauce on top of the fish more looked like it's spilled rather than poured. They need to be more generous on pouring the garlic sauce coz it's seriously yummy!

 
Grilled Glory Dory (regular) - $12.95
grilled dory fillet with garlic herb rice and veggies
Bf complained that the rice was served cold. It was indeed a bit cold when I tried, but it tasted pretty good with a distinct hint of herb. The fish wasn't so much different from mine, just that it was grilled while mine was deep-fried. I noticed that even regular portion wasn't big enough (definitely not enough for a guy's tummy).

Overall, I was satisfied with the dish and not so much on the drink. Tbh, MFM's fish & chips is more value for money compared to Fish & Co, these two brands are quite identical in taste and quality (I don't get why people say MFM's fish & chips sucks). However, I must say that Fish & Co excels more in variety (they have fish & chips with various flavors from around the world like Singapore, Japan, Italy, etc.), while MFM only has classic fish & chips with choice of original or cheese fries. But after all, it comes to personal preference. Both MFM and Fish & Co have their own loyal customers and promotional strategies to win over public attention.

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Watami 和民 @ Clarke Quay  Smile Mar 07, 2015   
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

We were going around Central, when suddenly we spotted Watami, a restaurant with quite long queue. We assume this restaurant should be good, so we joined the line for our dinner.

 
Iced Milk Tea - $2.30
I know it sounds peculiar for ordering milk tea in a Japanese restaurant. Indeed, my milk tea wasn't very satisfying, it was a bit diluted.

 
Ishiyaki Beef Pepper Rice - $9.80
This dish is similar to Pepper Lunch's Beef Pepper Rice. It seemed like they put more beef slices as compared to Pepper Rice (hence the higher price). The stone pot was super hot that it caused the rice to be charred easily when I stopped stirring.

 
Watami Tonkotsu Ramen - $14.80
ramen in special pork bone soup with pork slices
The pork bone soup was so delicate. The onsen tamago still had a bit of runny texture, I prefer this version to Ajisen Ramen's solid one. The chashu could have been bigger though hehe.

 
Salmon & Avocado Roll Sushi - $13.80
I never am a fan of raw salmon. This was my friend's order. I only tried one piece and didn't want anymore. Raw salmon is just bleurgh... For me it tastes like papaya in a much worse way.

 
Maccha Ice Cream - $3.60
Not really a fan of Watami's maccha ice cream coz it had a rather icy texture (not soft).

Overall, it was a good dinner. Service was quite slow and it's hard to grab the staffs' attention. Oh ya, it has a wonderful night view facing the river, if you're lucky enough to get a seat next to the glass window.

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November 8 Coffee & Company Smile Mar 07, 2015   
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Categories : American | Café | Desserts and Cakes

Woohoo, exam weeks have ended! To entertain myself after struggling with 4 business-related subjects (what a great excuse!), I went for a Wednesday brunch. Chose November 8 since it's located quite close to campus, within a short bus ride away.

November 8 is hidden inside Thomson V Two building. There's no visible entrance from outside, the entrance can be located from L1 arcade. I noticed recently they has changed their off-day from Wednesdays to Tuesdays (lucky me, I've never browsed about their operation hours before). The atmosphere was laid-back, to my surprise the space was quite ample, compared to usual cafes that are crampy. I like the decor, it looks artsy with rattan rocking horse, colorful fixie bike, a guitar hanging on a shelf, and coffee bean sacks.

Cranberry Juice - $4
It's just Snapple poured in a glass, note it down! I guess you can't expect freshly squeezed juice for such price, is it? Bf ordered 2 glasses coz he had finished the first one even before the food came.

 
Cappuccino - $4.50
They use Dutch Colony coffee beans for their coffee. My cappuccino came with a decent latte art. A bit too acidic for me, it became more robust as it got colder.

 
Waffle Breakfast - $15.50
signature waffles with gourmet pork sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs, served with maple syrup
A lot reviews say that waffle is November 8's strength, but somehow I couldn't prove it. The waffle was tough, hard to cut, served cold and lacked of fragrant scent. Nevertheless, I love their scrambled eggs, the texture was creamy and a bit runny, but it would be better if it's not that bland. The crispy bacon was another plus point. The pork sausage was big-sized and flavorful, except that it's a tad too dense for my liking.

 
Potato Rosti - $16.50
pan-seared freshly shredded potato, served with scrambled eggs, gourmet pork sausage and bacon
Bf said the rosti tasted rather weird, but for me nothing wrong with it, Slightly oily but it had a nice texture and seasoning.

 
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Overall, our brunch was quite enjoyable, but unfortunately I had to left 2 pieces of my waffle unfinished, since I was too full and the waffle wasn't really toothsome. If it was, I probably would fight to finish it no matter how full I was! Another rant, we had to wait so long for our food! I reckon it's above 25 minutes. Even though breakfast menus usually have a lot of elements, I still don't think they will require that long to serve. Is this cafe worth another visit? Yea, probably.

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Yumyum Smile Mar 07, 2015   
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Categories : Indonesian | Chinese Noodles

I first came across this Indonesian noodle place when I was still staying in Novena, and I grew loving it! The place isn't spacious, but they serve great food at a reasonable nett price! The cashier auntie (whom my friend said was a Medanese) was friendly as well. As there's no service charge here, you need to collect your order once it's ready (your receipt number will be displayed on an electronic display panel).

Teh Botol Sosro
sosro bottled tea
It's served in a glass instead haha. Quite costly here, but enough to cure my craving for teh botol.

 
Mee Ayam - $5.50
chicken noodle
There's not just chicken inside, but also mushrooms. The noodle was springy, but I think the portion wasn't really filling.

 
Mee Bakso - $5.50
beef meatball noodle soup
Super love their beef meatballs! It's juicy, meaty (not floury) and had a nice seasoning. The soup was also warming and savory.

 
My favorite Kecap Bango (soy sauce) <3

On every table, there are some varieties of condiments varying from soy sauce, nutty chili, green chili, to vinegar. They provide some suggestion of condiment concoctions that suit a particular type of noodle, but feel free to create your own!

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