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Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant OK Oct 21, 2015   
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Categories : Spanish | Bars/Lounges | Paella

[ Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant ]
Serenity was located at Vivocity, serving authentic traditional Spanish food in a spacious cosy unit at #01-98. Sitting quieting next to one of the mall's entrance, i don't see much activities inside for so many times I walked passed.
Visiting the restaurant the first time with a few other foodie friends, immediately I realize why the place was so quiet after looking through the menu. Per pax spending is min. $70. We were the only customers that weekday night.
Started off with appetizers, we ordered:

 
(A) Coles Salteado $18.80
- Sauteed Brussels sprouts with bacon bits. These greeny babes are fresh and really crunchy. The garlic and saltiness from bacon bits goes well the vegetable, making the natural bitterness of sprouts very minimal.

 
(B) Chipirones Fritos $18.80
- Fried calamari served with mayo dip. These deep fried creatures are not oily and great choice as a snack, especially when beer is available on the table.

 
(C) Pulpit A La Gallega $19.80
- Octopus slices drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled paprika powder. Initially before I eat it, I thought the meat will be hard and tough. But to my surprise, they were so tender! Yummy!

 

 
Followed by the mains, we ordered:
(A) Paella Valenciana $53
- Saffron, Chicken, Spanish Chorizo, Tiger prawns, Squid, Mussels and Bomba rice.
(B) Paella Seafood $58
- Saffron, Fish, Tiger prawns, Squid, Mussels and Bomba rice.
For both paella, bomba rice was shimmered till soft. Although so much seafood and meat were cooked together, the saffron infused bomba rice wasn't as tasty nor flavourful which we thought it would be. Only the chorizo gives us the additional flavour. It's kind of disappointing but luckily the seafood portion were generous and fresh. But dear future customers, to avoid the long wait, it's recommended to place order for these paella first as waiting time is at least 30-45mins.

 
The highlight of today's meal is:
(C) Cochinillo Asado $338
- All of us were like "Wah Wah Wah" when this spanish suckling pig was served. Placed on a big wooden tray, this sexy pig was accompanied by roasted potatoes, brown sauce and cinnamon jam. As told by the floor manager, the pig was slow roast for more than 6 hours with many different types of spices, herbs and alcohol.

 
The climax was when the manager uses a ceramic plate to cut the suckling pig into smaller parts. The purpose of using the ceramic plate to cut was to indicate how crispy the crackling skin was. After the cutting ceremony, the ceramic plate was smashed in a wooden box to signifies chasing away the bad luck.
Time to dig in the meat! The skin was so crispy, you can hear the *crack* *crack* *crack* sound when we sink our teeth in it. Flesh was very tender and easily pull off from the bones without needing any strength. So juicy and savoury! Definitely worth the calories!
Come in a group as the whole pig can be shared among 6-8 persons, together with other dishes ordered.

 
Lastly, we had desserts to end the night:
(A) Churros $10
- 6 Golden cinnamon fingers served pippin hot with warm dark chocolate dip. Tastes cakey and nothing to brag about. It's the kind of dessert that you can do without.
Verdict: Overall experience here was pleasant. Staff were really attentive (Probably because we are the only customers) to our needs. Best dish was the suckling pig! But bill wise, the prices was too steep, not suitable for casual dining.
 
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Wee's Family Coffee Shop Smile Oct 20, 2015   
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Categories : Coffeeshop | Zi Char

[ Wee's family coffee shop]

 
This coffeeshop situated at Bedok reservoir road, block 117, is drawing quite a crowd recently. Especially after a group of popular bloggers came for food tasting, food photos went viral on social media platform, their business became very good. If you intend to come on weekends, remember to make reservations first. How did they fare? Let me walk you through with the dishes me and my friends ordered.

 
(1) Sweet Potato Leaves with Sambal $6
- A regular dish that I would order each time I had cze char. Wee's version didn't taste oomph. The sambal chilli used lack the dried shrimps fragrance and it's not spicy too.

 

 
(2) Handmade Prawn Rolls $8
- A delicacy made up of minced pork, prawns, water chestnuts, spring onions, carrots blend together and wrapped in bean curd skin. Well marinated and deep fried to golden brown, Wee's version wasn't oily at all. I love the water chestnuts inside which gave the whole dish the extra crunch.

 

 
(3) Salted Egg Prawn Balls $16
- Are you a salted egg person? I am! I love any dish with salted egg. These prawny babes are de-shelled and fried till crispy. Clothed in golden salted egg jackets, Wee's holds the "dry" version rather than those wet gravy type. Personal preference, the amount of salted egg can be more but this signature dish here at Wee's is definitely good enough to satisfied your salted egg cravings!

 
(4) Mushrooms w/ bean curd $12
- Soft and silky piece of bean curd accompanied by chinese mushrooms, bunapi shimeiji and deep fried enoki. This dish didn't cause any wow factor in me but it's a decent choice to order as most of you know that consuming mushrooms can improve our body immune systems and soy is an excellent choice of protein.

 

 
(5) Prawn Paste Chicken Wings $8
- Among all the dishes we ordered, I like this prawn paste chicken wings the most. Being another highlight here, the taste of prawn paste was really strong and prominent. The skin so flavorful, crispy and meat very juicy! If we wasn't visiting so many places that day, I think I could easily conquer at least 3-4 pieces!
Verdict: A great cze char place for good food with family and friends. Prices are reasonable and food portions are good. Easy accessible and there's also ample parking within this HDB premises. I will definitely revisit to try out other dishes.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $12

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G House OK Oct 18, 2015   
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Categories : Spanish | English | Italian | Thai | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

[ G House ]
The previous time I visited 10 Dempsey Hill, it was a different restaurant but now G House took over this unit. No changes was made, still the same black and white themed cushion chairs with marble table top.
Vongole Linguine $19.90
-Pasta was al dente and amount of clams given were generous. Broth was sweet, although covered by lotsa garlic and still bears some hints of wine in it.
Grilled Cajun Chicken $18.90
- Meat was grilled to perfection, keeping the tenderness of the flesh & juices still locked in. Marinated with various spices and probably herbs like thyme, as there's a lemon aftertaste. Radicchio-slaw wasn't my thing but I sup all the crispy potato wedges.
Asian Slow-cooked Pork Belly $26.90
- Had high expectations on this dish but was surprised when the meat was quite tough despite the "slow-cook". Pork belly was lightly marinated, flavour not strong but the Asian spice sauce drizzled on top was good. I still prefer those crackling skin ones.
Big Breakfast Platter $23.90
- A hearty plate of breakfast full of ingredients. Brioche toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, candied back bacon, hashbrown, sauteed mushrooms & stir fried spinach. Love how the ingredients were lightly buttered and not oily. Decent and satisfying.
Iced Peach Tea $7
- Just iced tea with peach slices in it. Nothing to brag about.

Flatwhite Coffee $6
- Normal machine made coffee.
Verdict: Overall food experience was good. Prices here are on the high side therefore I won't be coming too often. Service is bad and staff here ignore you even though they see you waving vigorously at them. They simply looked at each other waiting to see who wants to entertain the customers and just take their own sweet time to walk to you. Both visits of mine experienced the same treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Categories : Italian | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant | Pasta | Burgers and Sandwiches

[ 1 Tyrwhitt Bistro . Bar . Cafe ]
A partnership of 04 started this food venture along Jalan besar area around 3 months ago. Comprises of a married couple, Paul & Karen, whom specializes in providing domestic help/ maid services for the past 12 years and their 2 other friends.
The whole unit was big and spacious. Area was divided into 02 sections, bar counter with tall tables and chairs occupies half the unit and dining takes up the other half. Bosses may want to create a cosy feel for all patrons by using yellow bulbs throughout the whole bistro, but resulted in causing the whole place to be quite dim at night.
(A) Crispy mid wings $10
Snacks before the dinner starts. These wings are so crispy smacking good even after more than 10mins of photography. Great choice to go with beer.
(B) Black truffle egg pizza $23.80
The appearance of this pizza already wins my heart when landed on the table, so pretty! Very instagrammable too. Taste? Very truffle. No need much description as truffle covers any taste. If you're a truffle person, loves truffle on any of your dishes, then this is your jackpot.
(C) Aglio e olio pasta $16.80
A common pasta dish found at most Italian restaurants but chefs at 1 Tyrwhitt bistro did a great job in their own version. Toss the al dente spaghetti with the broth, garlic and wild mushrooms all together, take a big mouthful of it and it's fireworks! Prawns are fresh and crunchy too.
(D) Meat lovers pizza $19.80
To all non-beef takers out there, a piece of good news. This meat lovers pizza consist of 0% beef whereas those sold elsewhere usually consist of beef pepperoni. Ingredients used here are American pork pepperoni, ham, chicken, pork sausages and topped with mozzarella cheese. A very hearty piece of hand crafted pizza filled with generous meat portions & oozing cheese. Great choice for meat lovers indeed!
(E) Seafood Marinara pasta $17.80
A bowl filled with generous servings of seafood such as squids, mussels, prawns, scallops and fish. Base was homemade tomato sauce but the overwhelming sourness of the sauce eventually covers all the natural sweetness of the seafood. What a pity. Linguine texture was soft too.
(F) Grilled salmon $20.80
I'm not a fan of cooked salmon but this dish tastes decent to me. The lemon butter sauce highlighted the smell and taste of this grilled salmon with a little zest.
(G) Chicken chop $16.80
Accompanied by sauteed mushrooms, whipped potato and savoury brown sauce that has hints of ginger. Meat was well marinated and tender. No wow factor but a decent choice for dinner.
(H) Pork chop $16.80
Meat portion served was very thick and it was slightly undercooked in the center. Slow cooked with herbs and drizzled over with brown sauce. I only wish the meat could be least tough and done well.
(I) Cheese Lover Pizza $19.80
A tasty hand tossed pizza . This Pizza consist of 05 types of cheese: Feta, Gorgonzola Blue Cheese, Scarmoza, Mozerrella & Taleggio. Pizza crust was so thin and blue cheese taste was very prominent. It's either you love it or hate it and I choose to LOVE IT.
(J) Carbonara Bacon Pasta $16.80
This is my first time trying out carbonara with egg already blended in the sauce rather than exposing on top, didn't work out for me. The dish was too heavily creamed, I can only swallow half mouthful of it. As for the Bacon slices, they should have been done more crispy to enhance the flavour.
(K) Tiramisu $8.80
Heavenly match of Espresso & rum. Heavily soaked in coffee ladyfingers were so soft and moist, presenting us the "melts in the mouth" texture. The baker who made this dessert sure is generous in the alcohol content, it nearly got me drunk.
(L) Panna Cotta $8.80
Panna cotta was really jelly and smooth. Mixed Berries & rasberries coulis pairs well with the silky pudding, leaving the fruity aftertaste lingering in my mouth.
Verdict: Staff are very polite and attentive. Prices here are reasonable too. Strengths are in their pizzas. I will come back again to try out other pizza choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Tiann's Bakery (甜) Smile Oct 14, 2015   
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Categories : Fusion | Bakery | Café

[Tiann's Bakery 甜]
A 2 weeks old "take-away" bakery along Seng Poh road. The lady boss, Tse Tiann, her concept for this bakery is healthy. Food products are all gluten free. Cakes are free from refine sugar and savoury waffles infused with chia seeds in their batter mix. Some might find their items over-priced but think of those organic, no msg nor chemical ingredients Tiann's using, it's totally worth. Suitable for people controlling their diets or with certain food allergies. Menu are yet to be fixed but will be up soonest once the gourmet head chef from London is in.
What I tried:
(1) Roasted Squash Feta Savoury Waffle $9.60 (Half)- Texture was Soft, fluffy and best of all, it's Gluten-free! Packed with Protein, definitely a Healthier choice for us! The pumpkin brings out the sweetness of the overall dish, the chia seeds & pine nuts gave it the extra crunch. Rocket amount was good, Feta cheese was too little which I wished there were more. I'm in love with this but If you love heavy stuff, then this is not for you.
(2) Mango Maple Cake $8.80- Freshly made in-house everyday. Its gluten free & refine sugar free too. This fresh cream cake tastes light, fluffy and not overly sweet. Pastry chef is also generous in the amount of fresh mango cubes added in it. If you are a Japanese pastries person, this bakery suits you.
(3) White Coffee 5oz $5- The blend is smooth, chocolatey nutty and not acidic. Tiann's bakery are using beans from The Nylon and another supplier (which I forgotten the name.. Oops). My coffee is from the latter though and I love the blend smile The barista, Fahmi, was really friendly too. He was working with Yahava previously.
Verdict: Overall experience was really good. The place was big & cosy. It was a waste though because Tiann's only do take-aways. Tse Tiann & her parents were really friendly & polite to all their customers. You'll get that "feel like home" feelings. I will come back to try other savoury waffle choices and cakes. Good news that they're also selling their homemade gelato soon! Hooray!

 

 

 

 

 
Gluten free, A very healthy choice

Gluten free, A very healthy choice

 

 
Light & not sweet (refine sugar-free)

Light & not sweet (refine sugar-free)

 
 
Date of Visit: Oct 13, 2015 

Spending per head: Approximately $14

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