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alkanphel
This is alkanphel living in Clementi. I work in Clementi. I like to hang out in Bugis, Orchard, Clementi. Italian, Japanese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hawker Centre, Café and Sushi/Sashimi.
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Not as good as expected OK Oct 26, 2010   
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Categories : Seafood

Singapura Restaurant is really one of those old school Chinese restaurants which look like it was stuck back in the 90s. The food is also similarly traditional, in fact this was the restaurant that supposedly introduced cold crabs to Singapore! Their clientele is also pretty famous, one can see photos of Fann Wong and Christopher Lee, and even a recent one of SM Goh!

The food here is nothing fantastic actually. But one of their specialties, the prawn roll, was actually pretty awesome stuff. They rolled up a bunch of solid whole prawns in pig caul and then fried it. The result is a crispy and flavourful outer skin encasing the crunchy and juicy prawns inside. Their honey pork ribs are not too bad either but there is a strange taste to it, perhaps some spices they added to it. The meat falls off the bone fairly easily as well.

Overall not really a place that I'd return to, their hype didn't justify the small servings and high prices.
Prawn rolls

Prawn rolls

 
Honey pork ribs

Honey pork ribs

 
 
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Old school Italian food Smile Oct 21, 2010   
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Categories : Italian | Restaurant | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Pizza

Pasta Brava is located along Craig Road, right next to the Pinnacle@Duxton apartments. Once you step inside, you're transported to a old school setting, almost like you're in Italy itself. There is a quaint feeling about it and they even speak in Italian! (well some of them)

The food is excellent also! I had the sautéed portobello mushrooms as an appetizer. They were soft and tender, with a great flavour imparted from the garlic and parsley. For my main, I had the home-made pasta, stracci with scallops and prawns in a saffron cream sauce. This was really great, the pasta was soft and tender, the sauce was creamy and rich, and the seafood was excellently fresh. All this made for one awesome pasta dish!

Definitely loving this place and will come back again soon lol
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Portobello mushrooms

 
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Stracci

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $30

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Good neighborhood food OK Oct 21, 2010   
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Categories : American | Coffeeshop | Steaks and Grills

Botak Jones brings classic American dining to the neighborhoods of Clementi and when I'm always thinking of what to eat and no answer comes to mind, Botak Jones comes up as a good place to go since it's near my home and the food is pretty good too. Not to mention that you don't really have to wait very long.

This time I tried having the jumbo chicken hotdog and the steak. The hotdog was actually quite huge, true to its name. Tastewise, it wasn't really very special, just a normal jumbo chicken hotdog with a slightly spicy hint to it. The steak on the other hand had more flavour, being chargrilled nicely. It wasn't as good as eating steak at a proper steakhouse but at this level it was pretty darn good. Only thing was that the sauce didn't really do anything to enhance the flavour of the steak.
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Wavehouse Dinner OK Oct 21, 2010   
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Categories : American | Bars/Lounges | Pasta

Wave House Sentosa is the fourth and newest installation in an archipelago of Wave Houses where giant artificial waves roll endlessly for aspiring surfers to try their luck. In the midst of all this surfing, Wave House Sentosa also has their own restaurant, bringing new Californian Asian cuisine to surfers taking a break.

The chicken drumlets were fairly decent but nothing to shout about. We also had a prime rack of lamb with vegetable risotto. The lamb was actually quite tasty but there was about bit of toughness here and there. The pan-seared scallops were excellent, seared perfectly on the outside with an exotic taste yet the insides were still tender. Finally the lava chocolate cake oozed out chocolate like a proper lava cake should, and it had an intense flavour to it as well.

However on the overall, it would be a place that I would come to just for dining out, but perhaps if I was surfing the waves at the Wavehouse, I might consider eating at their restaurant.
Drumlets

Drumlets

 
Prime rack of lamb

Prime rack of lamb

 
Pan-seared scallops

Pan-seared scallops

 
Surfer's home made lava chocolate cake

Surfer's home made lava chocolate cake

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $30

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Homely Peranakan food OK Oct 21, 2010   
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Categories : Peranakan / Nonya

Ivins is a classic old-time favourite for Peranakan food and many families have been patronising their humble establishment for a long time, including mine. They’ve had a long time to build up their following and you can see that if you turn up late for dinner. There’ll be a huge throng of hungry people milling around outside, just waiting their turn to get in.

Honey pork – Lean pork strips stir-fried in special honey sauce
This is something I always order when I eat here. Sadly it is never served freshly cooked, so the meat tends to be tough but it still tastes delicious with that sweet caramelised crust.

Bakwan kepeting – Pork and crabmeat meatball with bamboo shoots in a clear soup
Another one of my favourite dishes, I always order 2 bowls of it because I love it so much! The delicious and hearty soup gets its characteristic flavour from the sautéed garlic and bamboo shoots.

Stuffed chilli selar – Crispy deep-fried selar fish stuffed with sambal chilli
This dish is priced according to the market rate everyday so the bigger the fish, the more expensive it gets. My family loves this dish but I don’t eat it so I can’t comment. But hey, the taste of fried fish with sambal chilli inside is easy to imagine.
Honey Pork

Honey Pork

 
Bakwan Kepeting

Bakwan Kepeting

 
Stuffed chilli selar

Stuffed chilli selar

 
 
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