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huiyuan89
This is huiyuan89 living in Teck Whye. I am a student, work in Queenstown. I like to hang out in City Hall, Clarke Quay, Orchard. French, Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Bakery, Café, Restaurant and Seafood, Desserts and Cakes, salads.
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The best smoked Salmon Salad Smile Sep 18, 2010   
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Categories : Western Variety | Café | Halal

Along the cultural street/lane of Arab Street and beach road, there is this Swedish cafe that offers fabulous Smoked Salmon Salad. In Swedish cuisine, gravlax ,meatballs, herrings , preserved & cured food are common. During weekends, the cafe is insanely packed/ crowded thus reservations are highly recommended.

Fika- Swedish cafe & bistro offers a range of open-faced sandwiches ( smoked salmon, shrimps, chicken, meatballs..etc ), salads ( signature Smoked salmon salad ) , crepes and desserts ( swedish pancakes ).

Signature Smoked Salmon Salad ($15.90+)
Without hesitation, I had their signature smoked salmon salad . The Salad looks lovely – mixed mesclun salad in the centre and thick & fresh slices of Smoked salmon neatly rolled up & arranged around the corners & served with a lemon wedgeAmong all the Smoked Salmon Salad that I had this year, this is the best ! Unlike some places which simply garnish the salad with some miserable pieces of smoked salmon, Fika was generous with the smoked salmon. The smoked salmon pieces were fresh and thick ( 5 pcs weighing abt 50-60g each ) , it was so delicious when eaten with the dollop of cream served by the side. For those who loved smoked salmon, this salad will definitely satisfy your craving !
P.S Too much Smoked salmon, felt a little jerlat alrdy…
No GST but 10 % svc charge still applies
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Smoked salmon salad

Smoked salmon salad

 

 
 
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galettes OK Sep 16, 2010   
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Categories : French | Café | Vegetarian | Desserts and Cakes | Ice Cream and Gelato | Western Soup

Entre-Nous Creperie is owned by a French couple. The restaurant being cosy, can only accommodate about 10 tables ( few tables available outdoors facing Raffles Hotel)
The Crepes here are made from Buckwheat Flour , which is healthier than the normal white flour/ wheat flour. Buckwheat flour has a slightly nutty texture , a ”sandy” flavour and is brown in colour.

In French , these buckwheat crepes are known as ” Galettes ”
They offer both Sweet and Savoury Galettes . Under the ” les gastronomiques” section, the popular choices are —- ”Stephane’s favourite” and ‘‘Geraldine’s favourite”.
Under the sweet crepes section , the Entre-Nous crepe with *salted butter caramel is highly recommended.
*Homemade

Salad of the day: Cabbage & Avocado Salad
Basically some shredded raw cabbage and chunks of avocado . The shredded cabbage has a nice crunch but personally I do not like avocados ( though it is beneficial for the heart).


Stephane’s Favourite : Chicken, caramelised onions , whole grain mustard dressing ($16.80+)

The advice is to enjoy the galettes which is still warm and crusty ( at the edges). The crepe taste slightly different from the usual crepes made from white flour , it is slightly stronger in flavour but has a nutty flavour. There were slices of chicken in the middle of the crepe (but non at the folded edeges!) but I find the chicken slices a little dry. The caramelised onions and whole grain mustard dressing has a sweet flavour which goes well with the crepe( I wished there were more!)


Sable ($8.10+)
The 3 mini french sables were yummy! It crumbles a little but it goes very well with the home-made sea salt caramel sauce . Eat it together with the scoop of vanilla ice-cream, it was divine!
P.S If you enjoy the sea-salt caramel , you can purchase it at $14 / jar.
Verdict: Though crepes are not meant to be filling, the crepes here are quite special . Worth a try if you would like to have a change of taste , from the normal crepes to buckwheat crepes

 
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Cabbage & avacado salad

Cabbage & avacado salad

 
Stephane's favourite

Stephane's favourite

 
sable

sable

 
 
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Lack of customer service  Sep 12, 2010   
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Categories : Spanish | Italian | High Tea

The location used to be Pasta Cafe & now occupied by a Spanish restaurant (cafe) , Domani. Domani means ” Tomorrow” in Italian but I felt that the restaurant has no ”tomorrow”

I wonder if there was anything wrong with this cafe as business wasn’t that brisk & even though the staffs wasn’t busy, the staff simply ignored the people standing at the door. What kind of service is that?

Soup of the day: Minestrone Soup


Well, no complains as it was decent

Tapas: Spanish omelette
A typical Spanish egg omelette has fried potatoes and onions in it. However this spanish omelette was the ”Chinese’‘ version. It has bits of onions, ham & capsicums but it was too thick and bland. I think I can do a better version than this!

Pan Seared seabass with creamed spinach

The seabass has a crispy skin but the fish meat was over-salted. I like the mashed spinach that was smothered on the seabass which has a savoury flavour.

There were many flaws with this Spanish Cafe & now I understand why the biz was poor.

1st : Poor customer service! Ignored customers @ the door.
2nd: I have yet to finish my food & they can’t wait to clear off the plates . Food were served at one go even though I told them to serve the next course after I’m done with the present.
3rd: Staffs were idle and looks blur .
4th: Manager shouting at staff due to staff’s mistake & cause a stir.
I doubt I would be back……..

 
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Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup

 
Spanish omelette

Spanish omelette

 
Pan seared seabass with creamed spinach

Pan seared seabass with creamed spinach

 
 

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Pinchos OK Sep 09, 2010   
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Categories : Singaporean | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Brunch | Kids-Friendly

Having read positive reviews about National Geographic Cafe from HGW, I made a visit to try it out for myself.

National Geographic occupies a large space at L1 of vivocity where it showcases an art exhibition, a cafe and you can get apparels, luggages, footware… anything related to National Geographic can be found here. It is also National Geographic’s first retail store in Asia.

The cafe occupies a small area where you can enjoy Pinchos ( Spanish Tapas) by Chef Miguel Espinosa.

The Pinchos are all small portions thus I ordered a few pinchos to try it. Some of the popular choices are ” Classic spanish tortilla”, ” the Smoked salmon on potato puree” and ” Mini Beef burger with caramelised onions and fries”.

Tuna & Pepper salad ($6)
Canned tuna flakes were used instead of fresh tuna. This is something that anyone can prepare it at home.

Smoked salmon on Potato puree top with pineapple carpaccio ($6)
This is another popular pincho of NG cafe. The thinly sliced smoked salmon were arranged neatly on top of a pineapple carpaccio and laid on potato puree. The potato puree was too salty. The smoked salmon itself goes pretty well with the pineapple carpaccio & I felt the potato puree just spoils the whole dish.

Grilled scallops on shell with baby vegetables ($8.50)
Where are the scallops shell? The scallops were served warm or cool, the temperature control has some problem. The sauce which is served along taste weird too which I can’t make out what it was. The baby vegetables ( carrots and broccoli ) were crunchy but again, neither warm nor cool.

White asparagus from Nirvana with light mayo ($6)
They have the white asparagus even though it is not in season. 3 Asparagus spears were sliced into halved, light blanched and drizzled with light mayo. The white asparagus was very soft and sweet, I do not even need to chew ( just swallow). This is the best pinchos that I had ordered.
Chicken & Veg skewer ($5.50)
The chicken was marinated with some herbs and spices before grilling. I like the strong aroma of the herbs but the pieces of capsicum were burnt!

Verdict: Out of the few pinchos I have tried, my personal favorites are the White asparagus & Grilled chicken & veg, the rest were unmemorable . Recommended place to enjoy pinchos in a cool ambience and the food are served in petite portions. No GST/ SVC charge here, all prices are nett.

 
Tuna & pepper salad

Tuna & pepper salad

 
Smoked salmon on potato puree

Smoked salmon on potato puree

 
Grilled scallops with baby vegetables

Grilled scallops with baby vegetables

 
White asparagus from nirvana with light mayo

White asparagus from nirvana with light mayo

 
Chicken & veg skewer

Chicken & veg skewer

 
 
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The croissants are good! Cry Sep 09, 2010   
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Categories : French | Bakery | Burgers and Sandwiches

The Menu
Skip the main course … order the sandwiches or the croissants ( at least it’s their speciality ) and perhaps the fruit tarts.
I had a roast chicken sandwich with wholemeal bread, top up$ 3.50 for the soup of the day and free flow of coffee.

Soup of the day : Chicken soup
There were chunks of chicken meat and potatoes in the soup. The soup was warm and hearty but perhaps too much MSG?

Wholemeal sandwich with roast chicken and seafood mayo

Being a health conscious person, I only take Wholemeal /Wholegrains bread. The chicken meat is palmed-sized and they didn’t skin off the chicken skins ( where the fats are found). The seafood mayo were from ayam brand .

Creamy Pot Pie ( Chicken)
Choice of Chicken/ Beef
Mum had this creamy pot pie with chunks of chicken meat and potatoes. The flaky crust was huge and ultra flaky! They were very generous with the chicken but again, too much MSG.
Verdict: Too much MSG in the food and the service needs improvement too.

 

 
Creamy pot pie

Creamy pot pie

 
Wholemeal sandwich with roast chicken

Wholemeal sandwich with roast chicken

 
 
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