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Categories : Fusion | Bars/Lounges | Café | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

Burp Kitchen & Bar? That sounds filling already. When I heard that they are located in the East, I was even more excited, because the east side is my 'hood. Less than 5 months old, their bistro is situated at a quiet corner of a bustling area (nearer to Bedok Reservoir), well known to residents around who probably shops at the nearby Sheng Siong supermarket.

 
The host shared that being in a neighbourhood area, they also do not believe in charging for GST and service charge. That's definitely a plus point for me. smile

DETAILS

Area:

Bedok

Country:

Singapore

Price:

$

Good For:

Small Groups / Takeaway / Solo

Accessibility:

Approx. 40 mins by bus from Bedok MRT Station (Best if you drive)

LET'S EAT
Chicken Quesadilla ($9)

 
My first thought - this tastes healthy! I liked this, crispy, and goes well with the slow cooked pulled chicken that's sealed within the tortilla wrap with melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Goes well with the pairing sauce.

Burp Kitchen Wings ($10)

 
Yums. These wings were coated with their homemade special Adobo sauce (literally means sauce twice in Spanish/Tagalog). Well, they sure knew what to put on the table. Who doesn't like wings? If you don't, well actually there's also drumsticks in this dish. This was tasty - and airfried to make it healthier. Thumbs up.

Salted Egg Wings ($14)

 
With the salted egg yolk craze that is hitting the Singaporean food world, it is little wonder this eatery is doing the same. But at least they do it nicely. I liked their salted egg yolk sauce, which carries a hint of spiciness from the chilli padi. As mentioned, all wings here are airfried to make it more healthy for diners. So this is naturally another thumbs up for me.

Salted Egg Tofu Fries ($8)

 
This one also had the same salted egg yolk sauce, but I didn't like this texture of the tofu. It was really just fried tofu sticks, but a healthier twist to fries. I mean, I liked it, but I thought the texture of the tofu could be more chewy, instead of the full hard-on tofu type fries.

Crabby Patty ($18)

 
This was one of my favourite dishes of the night. I was expecting Spongebob to serve up this dish, but I was disappointed in that area. I would also like to remark that the chef looked nothing like spongebob at all. (Lighten up people, you understand jokes, right?) Anyway, the 'crabby patty' was battered soft shell crab, which retained its crispiness through our photo taking. I loved the total combination of the crisp and the juices (which merged nicely with the salted egg yolk sauce omgee!) and the sauce and the squid ink bun. I would order this again.

Burp's Beef ($16)

 
The beef patty was good. Marinated in-house as well. What's interesting about this was that instead of lettuce, they used dou miao, which had a stronger taste, thus giving their burger a unique edge.

 
They tried to balance out the taste with spicy mayo as well, perhaps to lessen the harshness of the strong dou miao and I thought it paired pretty well overall.

Pork Carnitas Tacos ($12)

Tacos, tacos, tacos. This tacos is made to be quite authentic because of their softer taco shell, instead of the hard, crispy ones which I'm used to. While I was thinking, "why go soft?" but my tastebuds convinced me otherwise.

 
The fillings do go better with the authentic styled soft 'shell'. Filled with pulled pork and topped with apple slaw & spicy maco, the combination was flavourful. Comes with a small potato dish, which my friend liked.

Baja Fish ($12)

Pronounced "Ba-ha", this dish has some Spanish roots. Like the Pork Canitas Tacos, they also have the apple slaw and spicy mayo as its topping.

 
We liked the fish as it was so tender while the outer layer was just nice. Most liked this dish, though my preference is still with the Pork Canitas.

Well, one of my favourite points about this place is that they are unpretentious and they try to make it a little more healthy and unique for their diners, which explains why most of their sauces or certain dishes are painstakingly homemade.

Burp also has brunch items from Tuesdays to Sundays, from opening till 4pm. Some of these include the usual egg brunch favourites from pancakes, waffles to burgers, bagels and even breakfast tacos!

Would I return? : Yes. I most probably would.

Burp Kitchen & Bar

Location: #01-3165, 740 Bedok Reservoir Rd, Singapore 470740

Tel: 9711 9030

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burpkitchen/

This tasting was an invited session hosted by Burp Kitchen & Bar, and Openrice Singapore.

 
Date of Visit: Feb 25, 2016 

Dining Offers: 試食活動


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Cato Singapore OK Nov 09, 2015   
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Categories : International | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant

 
Here we are at Cato Singapore, a new bar-cum-restaurant born in September 2015. Keeping to its shophouse, retro pub style on the second floor, that's where we enjoyed the evening with good drinks.

 
The picture above shows the second floor. The first floor, boasts a more modern black and white theme. (Sorry, didn't manage to get any pictures.)

 
Let it flow.

This is one beer I would highly recommend. Very awesome, even for someone like me, who doesn't take much beer.

 
Modern Times Beer Black House Coffee Stout

Prawn bisque with homemade cod fishball & coriander leaf ($12), listed under the Tapas menu, is flavourful. The bowl looks small because this is a tasting portion. The actual portion is bigger. Anyway, this was pretty comforting and a good starter to whip up your appetite.

 
Some interesting finger food included the Garlic Fries ($8), the Crispy squid in thai style glaze ($12) and Cato Wings in homemade chilli glaze ($15).

 
The squid and the wings are table favourites.

 

 
Chilli lovers, you will find the Chicken Noodle Salad ($16) a delight, Ghost Chilli seasoned noodles paired with Chinese tea smoked chicken and fresh greens. The ghost chilli makes it interestingly spicy.

 
There is also a healthier option available - Acai Cured Salmon ($18). Acai berries were freshly purchased from the Amazon, where Acai sprouts from. The portion was a tad small, we should take cue from the categorisation from the menu. Yes, this is parked under appetisers and probably would make a good one as it is topped with a light and refreshing calamansi creme fraiche.

 
Moving on to the mains, they have interesting ones like Aunty Jasmine's Fish Curry ($25) and the Steam Baked Pork Cheek ($28).

 
They serve the curry separate in a pitcher and will pour it in front of you. The dish is a Asian-Western fusion, combining a homemade family recipe for the indian-style curry and a New Zealand Ling Fish.

 
The pork cheek is tender, sealed in 'Fata' cooking foil and steam-baked in a Port Wine Mustard sauce together with veggies.

 
We also got to try the only 2 desserts served on the menu: Valrhona warm pistachio chocolate cake ($14) and the Papaya Nougat Glace ($14).

The glace is homemade, marrying the nougat and fresh papaya chunks and caramelised almonds. We saw many customers enjoying this dish and is probably one of the more special desserts they have to offer here.

 
The chocolate cake was rich, in fact, a little too rich for my liking. But chocolate lovers, this might just be your thing. This lava cake, however, did not flow well when cut.

 
Overall, Cato would be a place where you would probably want to hang out if you would like to chill over some nice finger foods and taste their awesome alcoholic beverages.

 

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This is an invited media tasting session.

 
Date of Visit: Oct 28, 2015 

Dining Offers: 試食活動


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Categories : Japanese

Just last week, we were invited to enjoy a media preview of Enbu 炎舞, which is one of the 7 restaurants housed under Eat at Seven.

 
Located at Suntec City's new Sky Garden, the 600-seater restaurant, the restaurant is home to 7 Japanese restaurants which has its own following in its homeland, which sees queues spanning hours just to savour its cuisine.

Now, it has come to Singapore!

Eat at Seven is an interesting concept by ANA Trading, Tomo F&B Pte Ltd and Komars Group. ANA, being the top airline in Japan, has managed to inspire seven of the most popular food concepts in Japan to attempt entry into Singapore's vibrant food industry.

 
Being very particular of every detail, they have paid special attention to all areas, even their cutlery used, which are specially made to accompany the dishes served to its patrons.

 
We tried Enbu 炎舞 first, which is the first of the 7 restaurants to be launched. Enbu 炎舞 also literally translates to 'Dance of Flame', which plays true to their specialty of grilling with straws and charcoal grills.

 

 
It is also Singapore's first Warayaki and Charcoal Grill Izakaya.

Accessibility:
Approx. 5 minutes walk from Promenade MRT Station /

8 minutes walk from City Hall MRT Station

Let's Eat!

Deep Fried Tofu with Uni Sauce ($12)

 
This was one of my favourites for the night. The deep fried tofu was lovely, together with Uni sauce, and I really enjoyed the golden crispiness of the outer layer, deep fried to perfection.

Taco Salad ($15)

 
This will be how it'll be served, with the waiter dishing out the ingredients in front of you, topping it up with freshly grated cheese~ yums!

If you want to do it yourself for the fun of it, it's possible too. Just let them know!

 
Finished product:

 
I enjoyed this dish, despite this is more of a western-asian fusion, rather than a Japanese dish. Bolognese lovers, you'll find this suiting for your tastebuds as it's taste is pretty similar, but with an added crunch from the corn bits.

Smoked Salmon with Homemade Cheese Tofu ($12)

 
The cheese tofu was a nice mix to the smoked salmon, but it was pretty standard and no hoo-ha over this for me.

Jya Jya Men ($12)

 
I was actually looking forward to this dish, as I was expecting something similar to either the Korean or Chinese Jjajjangmen. Unfortunately, this reminded me of dry lamian, and it was a tad too salty for my liking.

Chicken Warayaki with Special Spring Onion Sauce ($12) / Katsuo Warayaki ($16)

 

 
A smoky, deepset flavour is apparent as we munch on the juicy Chicken Warayaki and the Katsuo Warayaki, which most were impressed by as well. The Chicken Warayaki also came with a Korean gochujang dip for a mildly sweeter, spicy flavour.

Sashimi Platter ($120)

 
This was definitely the highlight of the night, with 7 types of fresh sashimi being flown in from Japan on the morning of the tasting! Omgee, it's just so fresh and so good. This is a portion for 4 pax, but honestly, I can finish this entire thing by myself. SERIOUSLY.

For your reference of size... Ta-dah!

Huge hor? The freshness is extremely worth its price!

 
Here's the smaller portion (for 2 pax), which costs about half the price of the bigger one. I highly recommend this dish, remember to order this!

 
Homemade Steamed Tofu ($12)

 
I love steamed tofu, especially when the tofu was as smooth and soft as this one. The accompanying Japanese soy sauce however, should be added in with caution, as one can find this too salty for their liking.

Oyster and Spinach Teppanyaki with Uni Sauce ($12)

 
Another dish which I liked, the oysters with uni sauce! The uni sauce gave the oysters a saltier edge, and I liked how the flavours of this dish turned out.

On a side note, local patrons can also choose from various exquisite craft beers, from wheaty beers like the Coedo Craft Beer White (350ml, $15), rich flavoured beers like Coedo Craft beer Ruri (350ml, $15) to the Suntory Kakubin Draft Highball (45ml, $10), a sweet blend of carbonated whisky and soda water, which most alcohol lovers would probably fall in love with.

 
Other upcoming launches at Eat at Seven are three other food specialist concepts: Megumi, NikuNoHi and Nigiro Cafe.

This was an invited media tasting and preview session.
 
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Categories : Thai

Ever sat on a Tuk Tuk (auto-rickshaw) in Thailand? Nope?

 
Well, there's one now in Singapore, at Suntec City. Introducing the new Tuk Tuk Cha, a little cafe that officially opened yesterday, on 4 July. Honestly, they also don't need a signboard, because their cafe is so distinct, what with a huge Tuk Tuk parked right there.

 
When I got there today, queues were already long, just to get a taste of Thailand. They cleverly designed their cafe (with such limited space) with the Tuk Tuk spanning out to be a longer table for those who wants to dine-in.

Accessibility:
Approx. 5 minutes walk from Promenade MRT Station /

8 minutes walk from City Hall MRT Station

Let's Eat!

Thai Iced Milk Tea ($2.80 for the cold version (regular sized))

 
Smooth, but not smooth enough. I asked for less ice and sweetness (by right, this reduction should be well balanced so as not to undermine the flavour) but anyway, they still did give me too much ice and made the tea less sweet. I did like it but felt that maybe the tea could be better in its full on flavour.

Tom Yum Toast with additional Chicken Floss ($2.50)

 
I chose mine with Chicken Floss. Unfortunately, the taste of the chicken floss was buried under the spiciness of the chilli sandwich, which also didn't have any Tom Yum taste. I regretted not ordering the Golden Toast instead. sad

Mango Sticky Rice ($6)

 
I love this. The sticky rice was so good, mushiness was at the right level, together with the right amount of slightly thick, coconut milk given. The mango slices were big too. Would totally come back for this again.

 
Low-Down
The best bit: Mango sticky rice!

The worse bit: Tom Yum Toast, which was more chilli and no tom yam taste at all.
 
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Who's up pho (fuh) some good pho? Smile Oct 24, 2015   
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Categories : Vietnamese

Well, a bunch of us arrived at Pho Street recently to try out their revamped menu. The eatery seems be well contained in a humble space and setting. We also met Chef Hà Vị Cang Kenny, who brings with him more than a decade of experience in Vietnamese cuisine, aiming to whet appetites with the vibrant flavours of authentic Vietnamese dishes. The quiet chef can also speak some Chinese, but he was too shy to do so! So cute! lol.

 
Anyway, getting back to business... who is up pho (fuh) some good pho? lol.

Pho Street is a quick service restaurant which serves authentic Vietnamese street food to people from all walks of life as represented by the street. Knowing that there is a lack of good authentic Vietnamese food in Singapore, Pho Street aims to reignite the Vietnamese food culture in Singapore with an emphasis on the vibrancy of Vietnamese cuisine.

Details

Area:

Bedok (Bedok Mall) / Jurong (WestGate)

Country:

Singapore

Price:

$

Good For:

Small Groups / Friends / Solo / Family

Accessibility:

Approx. 2 minutes walk from both Bedok and Jurong East MRT Station (for either branches)

Let's Eat!

Both Bedok and Westgate outlets has launched a brand new revamped menu since 2 June 2015, which I will be touching on here.

Lemon Cooler with Peppermint & Basil, Passionfruit & Basil Mojito ($3.50 each)

 
These thirst quenching, refreshing drinks had set the tone right for our tasting session.

Cheers! Was glad to have met a few foodies, who have become friends along the way. We enjoy food, we talk about food, we blog about food. That's why food becomes such a passion for us, an enjoyment, rather than just sustenance. We need to feed our souls too, alright? smile

So cheers to friendship, and continue to join us on this journey!

 
Pho Beef Combination ($9.90)

 
Not being a very pho person, I honestly enjoyed this dish. Its broth is light and flavourful, and contains beef slices, beef balls, shank, tendon and tripe. The ingredients were well cooked as well, and absorbed the lovely flavour of the broth. Remember to squeeze some lime into it for an added zing.

 
Dry Rice Vermicelli with Roasted Pork Chop & Spring Roll ($8.90)

 
Another signature noodle dish from Vietnam not often found in Singapore is the Dry Rice Vermicelli. This noodle is served with a crunchy mix of vegetables, pickled carrots and radish as well as an appetising sweet sour sauce. Another dish I enjoyed too, my little gripe is of the slightly harder-to-chew-on pork chop.

Roasted Pork Chop with Fragrant Rice ($7.90)

 
This wasn't one of my favourites here as the pork chop tasted the same as the one in the dry vermicelli. The sauce cooked with the pork chop was good though, and I ate it with rice, and that's how I pretty much enjoyed it. What to do, I'm such a sucker for rice!

Banh Mi Combination ($6.90)

 
Enjoy not 1, not 2, but 3 types of meats in this Banh Mi Combination, which is a sandwich stuffed with Pork Belly, Grilled Beef and Chicken Ham. Yes, you can also have either of the meats in a whole sandwich, but why not all three! It is also stuffed with pickled carrot & radish, cucumber, chilli and fresh cilantro,

My favourite was the pork belly one. Oh so sinful, but oh so nice. smile

No time to sit down and eat? Takeaway! Easy for those who are constantly on-the-go.

Vietnamese Snack Platter ($8.90)

 
This comes with 2 crispy fried pork rolls, roasted chicken skewers and 2 crabcakes. A great starter to your meal! Remember to dip in the sweet chilli sauce provided.

Fresh Summer Rolls with Prawn, Pork Belly, Fresh Herbs ($4.90)

 
This is an interesting mix - prawn and sliced pork belly! Did I hear a resounding yes? With the prawn and pork belly peeking out at you from the delicate, almost transparent rice paper, we almost could not wait to get started on this. The rice paper (the skin) was directly imported from Vietnam, so here's another cheers to authentic taste! Remember to eat with the sauce that comes with it too!

Crispy Fried Chicken Mid-wings ($4.90)

 
So crispy and juicy. Who can hate on chicken wings? Seriously. Dip it into its winning caramelised sweet dip and you're ready to fly from all its goodness!

Sesame Rice Crackers with Fragrant Minced Meat and Spices Dip ($6.90)

 
This is another ingredient which is imported from Vietnam. Sesame rice crackers! This is pretty unique to Pho Street as you'd hardly find another Vietnamese restaurant with this type of cracker. Remember, eat together with the minced meat. The meat is so fragrant and addictive, we almost asked for seconds! You'll not regret it if you order this.

Cream of Mung Bean with Coconut Sauce and Crushed Peanuts ($3.50)

This was a great finale to the entire tasting session. The drink had a lovely sweetness to it, due to the mung bean mixed with coconut. The salty peanuts on top also created a awesome texture to this dessert.

 
Go on, sip it all in.

 


This was an invited media tasting session.

 
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