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This is Alamakgirl living in North. I am a Engineer, work in Buona Vista. I like to hang out in City Hall, Orchard, North. French, Japanese, Peranakan / Nonya are my favorite cuisines. I also love Bakery, Café and Dim Sum, Chinese Soup, Sushi/Sashimi.
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Buffet OK Apr 04, 2018   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Hotel | Pasta | Buffet | Noodles

 

 

Recently visited the restaurant which was currently having 2-for-2 dinner buffet promotion. The restaurant was updating its menu and currently without pork or lard as it would be getting Halal certified soon. This was great as there was limited number of hotel buffet restaurants which were Halal certified in Singapore.

Although it was an international buffet spread, the choices here was slightly limited comparing to the more expensive restaurants with just 2 rows of spread.

 

Everyone's favourite section was the Dessert Station, especially the durian part which consisted of Durian Tart, Durian Crepe, Durian Pengat, Durian Fudge Cake and Durian Puff, but the must have item was the Durian Pengat which was served in shooter style. Rich in fresh which made the other durian desserts pale in comparison.

Pulut Hitam was another dessert which I would recommeded as the version here had dried longan and orange peel in it which gave the sweet soup an unique taste.

For the that day, the Noodle Station offered Penang White Curry Noodle and Ipoh Hor Fun which tasted kind of bland. Kind of sad that the popular Laksa was not available.

 

The Street Delights (Live Station) offered Fried Sambal Seafood which was one could selected seafood and vegetables to be stir fried, as well as, Claypot Curry Fish Cheek. Sambal sotong with onions was a good choice with the spicy seafood pairing with the sweetness from the onion.

 

From the Mains, the Lamb Curry was surprisingly tasty without the usual gamy taste. Most will target for the Chilli Lobster which was the usual Chilli Crab replace with lobster. Don't forget to get some bread to dip the sauce with. By the way the Truffle Butter next to the Bread Basket was umami.

The double boiled soup of the day was Ginseng Chicken Soup was light and flavourful with tender pieces of meat in it.

 

If you preferred something hand on, there would Kueh Pie Tee with its light crispy shells stuffed with braised vegetables, topped with prawns, eggs, and coriander.

 

Not forgetting the Seafood on Ice section which had Tiger Prawn, Clam, Mussel, Flower Crab, Yabbies and Oyster.

Overall there was bits for everyone although the spread looked limited. One was stuffed at the end of the meal. Don't forget to wash down the meal with a cup of Teh Tarik which was milky and not too sweet. Although the tiny table was overcrowded with plates, the staff often came over to clear.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Teh Tarik, Kueh Pie Tee, Durian Pengat, Fried Sambal Seafood
 
Date of Visit: Mar 23, 2018 

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Dinner Smile Mar 28, 2018   
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Categories : Fusion | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Steaks and Grills

 

Had dinner at the bistro with dishes from the new menu which released about a week ago. The bistro was decorated quite uniquely with hand drawn drawings on the blackboard walls. Quite a surprise to find a digital jukebox mounted on the wall, where one could select song to play through mobile application.

If you are looking for a drink after work, check out its Happy Hour promotion which happens from 3pm to 7pm daily
Wine S$8++/ glass
Stella Artois/ Corona S$40++/ bucket of 6 bottles
Asahi S$45++/ bucket of 6 bottles

 

Poke You (S$16++)
Truffle salmon, flavoured mix rice , salad , corn , pineapple , pumpkin seed and ebiko
Topup S$1++ for cherry tomato for additional condiment
(Note : if you LIKE & SHARE its Facebook page, you will get a free condiment)

The dish was of the 2 poke bowls created for office ladies who wish to grab something healthy on the go. It was an crunchy, nutty and juicy combination. If you do not like the 2 poke bowls available, one could also create your own poke bowl.

 

Salmon And Ebiko (S$18++)
The pasta dish smelt great of seaweed when served. Simple looking pasta dish but mixed together it tasted yummy.

 

Corn Fed Chicken (S$17.90++)
Green sauce, spiced poached tomato, salad and chicken jus
The chicken was tender and moist, served on a bed of broccoli purée, with sweet pickled tomato wedges by the side. The tomato wedges were quite a peak me up. For one who did not really eat greens, it was interesting to see broccoli served in puree.

 

Pan Fried Salmon (S$21.90++)
Green sauce, spiced poached tomato, salad, edamame and chicken jus
Served in a similar style as the former dish. Unusual having a salmon dish served with chicken gravy.

 

Wagyu Striploin (S$24.90++)
Whipped potato, grilled onion and beef jus
The meat was tender and chewy, served with milky and buttery mash.

 

Bacon And Egg (S$9.90++)
All-time favourite with bacon, egg and mozzarella cheese
10" pizza with super thin crispy crust which one could roll the slice up easily to eat. The dish was created with kid diners in mind.

 

Prawn Twister (S$12++)
Marinated prawn wrapped in pastry skin.
The dish was made in house with crunchy prawns in it. It was served with sweet chilli sauce.

 

Triple J (S$12++)
Tender and juicy wings accompanied with made in house blue cheese sauce and vegetable sticks.
The chicken pieces were pretty flavourful on its own.

 

Onion Ring (S$10++)
Served with homemade garlic mayonnaise.
One could seldom find onion rings made in house these days.

 

Basilic Chips (S$10++)
Basil infused potato
Another made in house item. Buttery smooth mash, encased in thin crispy crust. A quite addictive item that one can't stop with just one piece.

 

Washed down the meal with a glass of refreshing Yuzu Mojito (S$10++) or milky Chendol (S$10++).
 
Date of Visit: Mar 26, 2018 

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Burgers and Milkshakes Smile Mar 22, 2018   
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Categories : Fusion | Halal | Kids-Friendly

 

Located just to the entrance of the swimming pool, one was surprised to find a Halal certified restaurant packed with customers on a typical Thursday night. Looking at the menu, one could not help but spotting the localised burgers and over the top milkshakes. Not wonder there was so many families dining in here.

 

Shiok Burger (S$12.90)
Crispy deep fried chicken thigh, sliced tomato, crisp lettuce and sunny side up egg, topped with spicy chilli crab sauce on toasted sesame seed bun. Served with cajun fries.
Although the sauce was not usual spicy, sweet, eggy sauce which usually associated with the chilli crab, but the sauce here held itself with its spicy and eggy taste.

 

Big Boss (S$17.90)
Chef’s specialty burger - tender & juicy beef + mutton patty, accompanied with crispy fried onions, sliced tomato, cucumber, crisp lettuce & purple cabbage slaw, smothered in the all-time favourite satay sauce on toasted charcoal bun. Served with cajun fries.
The patty which was made up of a mixture of minced beef and mutton was surprisingly free of the usual gamey taste that was usually associated with mutton.  

 

The Big Catch (S$12.90)
Buttermilk-battered dory, crispy fried onions, sliced tomato & crisp lettuce, topped with tartare sauce on toasted sesame seed bun. Served with cajun fries.
It looked great with 2 huge pieces of battered fish in it. Best had it as soon as it was served as the cold air con softened the batter easily.

 

Dainty Trio (S$10.90)
Deep fried chicken, accompanied with crispy fried onions, sliced tomato & lettuce on mini toasted sesame bun.
Interesting version of sliders with the battered onions creating the wow.

 

Grilled Free-Range Chicken (S$14.90)
Signature chicken thigh cooked sous-vide to retain its tenderness and flavours, then pan-fried till the skin is crisp on the outside. Served with seasonal vegetables and homemade brown sauce.
One of our favourite dishes of the meal. The meat was tender and went quite well with the sauce which we wiped it clean. Like the range of vegetables that was served with it. There's even purple sweet potato.

 

Berry Magic (S$11.90)
Strawberry ice cream and jam with fresh strawberries , topped with biscuit roll.
It was like an overwhelming dose of strawberry milk.

 

Coco Loco (S$9.90)
Creamy coconut ice cream, nata de coco and matcha cookie crumbles , topped with desiccated coconut and drizzled with gula melaka syrup.
It may not looked much, but it was a party in the mouth with the chewy nata de coco, crunchy  crumbles, and the rich but not too sweet gula melaka.

 

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake (S$10.90)
Served with a scoop of ice cream
The cake was served pipping hot, with the hot molten chocolate flowing out like lava easily when cut opened. It was so yummy that we wiped it clean.

 

Strawberry Gem (S$8.90)
Strawberry ice cream blended with strawberry milk topped with whipped cream, biscuit roll & ais gem biscuits.
Although it was the most colourful of the all 4 milkshakes, this drink was the sweetest among the milkshakes which we tried, giving one a sugar high.

Snickerhead (S$10.90)
Caramel and peanut chocolate bar, blended with chocolate milk & chocolate ice cream.
One would thought that this would be the sweetest among the 4 but it turned not. It was a more like nutty with slightly salty caramel taste.

Cookie Crush (S$9.90)
Cookies 'n' Cream ice cream blended with low-fat milk and Oreo cookies, topped with whipped cream, Oreo cookie and biscuit roll.
Another rich and milky milkshake which was not too sweet.

Caramel Popcorn (S$9.90)
Vanilla ice cream blended with low fat milk & rich caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream, honey popcorn & caramel drizzle.
It looked great with the hill of crunchy pop corn on top. The drink was not sweet while being rich and milky.
 
Date of Visit: Mar 15, 2018 

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Omakase OK Mar 15, 2018   
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Categories : Café | Burgers and Sandwiches

 

The restaurant was closing with its last day of operation on 17 March 2018. Menu was limited to a single page of food and a single page of drinks. But I decided to take my chance and decided on omakase although chef owner was not around. There was no GST but there's 10% service charge in the bill.

omakase (S$50+)
4 course meal

 

1st course : Crab meat burger with blueberry sauce
It looked kind of weird that only half serving of the burger was served. The bun was light and crusty. The crab meat was kind of fishy but the sweet sauce kind of balance it. The dish was served with some greens by the side without any dressing and tasted quite bitter.

 

2nd course : Burnt lobster topped with Mentaiko sauce accompanied with salt egg pasta
Looked great but the lobster meat was tug of war for me to remove from the shell. The pasta was slightly too dry than preferred.  

 

3rd course : Smoked Sakura rib eye with Indonesian sambal accompanied with Filipino style pickles
Kind of unusual way to serve steak with spicy sauce and tangy pickles. Not bad but the spicy sauce was a bit too much for me.

 

Dessert : Ladyfinger with Biscuit ice cream, topped with digestive biscuit, coca powder & rainbow salt
Seem quite dry to have the biscuit served topped with powder. Slightly better when topped with ice cream. Wish that the biscuit was soaked in coffee or some other liquid which would make it smoother down the throat. The ice cream was smooth and not too sweet. Could not figure out the flavour of the ice cream.

 

Served with a glass of white wine.
 
Date of Visit: Mar 14, 2018 

Spending per head: Approximately $55(Dinner)

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Lunch set Smile Mar 09, 2018   
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Categories : Bars/Lounges | Desserts and Cakes

 

The place was within walking distance from the MRT station. Although it was weekday, the place enjoyed a healthy flow of customers. For the 3 of us, we were showed to a table with a sofa and 2 armchairs.

 

After looking through the menu, we decided on the 3 course lunch set(S$48++).

 

Still and sparkling water was chargeable at S$2++ per person.

For the starters :

 
'cavolo monachina' green cabbage, pine nuts, raisin, anchovies (S$20++)
Savoury cabbage which reminded one of chinese style braised vegetable filling for spring roll, with the nuts giving it texture.

 
'frittata di pasta' spaghetti and eggs, broccoli rabe, sausage (S$22++)
It was like a pancake made of spaghetti and eggs, topped with broccoli and slices of sausage. Slightly dry but flavourful.

 
'uova in purgatorio' tomato soup and runny egg yolk... in the shell (S$18++)
The dish was served in egg shells which were held upright by salt, accompanied with buttery soft toast soldiers. Underneath the foam, was the tomato soup, packed with mouthfuls of vegetables, plus the egg yolk right below. It kind of balance the sour taste of the tomato soup.

For mains : 

 
'baccala' salted cod, gaeta olives , capsicum neapolitan style (S$29++)
Light battered fish, which tasted slightly salty but firm and meaty.

 
braised lamb, green peas, zucchini, fresh mint 'alla scapece' (S$30++)
The lamb was quite tender and sliced easily. None of the gamey taste but it was bit too heavily flavoured.

 
maine lobster roll, artisanal brioche bun, marie rose dressing (S$30++)
Topup S$4++ for set
The bun looked kind of hard but it was lightly crispy and buttery. Stuffed with finely chopped pickled vegetables and juicy lobster meat, it was quite appetizing.

Lastly the desserts : 

 
'baba' infused with frangelico liqueur, whipped mascarpone cream (S$14++)
The baba were cute little buns which were soft and moist. Could not get enough of them.

 
fried 'struffoli' dough, honey and cinnamon parfait (S$14++)
Light crispy puffs paired with ice cream.

 
ATLAS signature madeleines, jam and chantilly cream (S$14++)
It looked simple, but I was blown off by the lemony moist texture.
 
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