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This is nefta living in Bukit Panjang. I am a Student, work in Alexandra. I like to hang out in Orchard. Japanese, Cantonese/Hong Kong, Chinese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hawker Centre, Bakery, Café and Pasta, Zi Char, Desserts and Cakes.
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Spent one Saturday afternoon at d'Good Cafe at Holland V. The coffee was good - the coffee was aromatic and full bodied. I also ordered the Salted Maple Cheesecake and I would say its one of the nicest cheesecakes I've had.

The hand blended tea is great - I had the cranberry black tea blend and it was tasted great. The biggest downside? One cup goes for 6.50 - 8.50. Really expensive. I rather go buy a bag of Lupicia flavoured tea and brew it myself - the same can be said to ANY COFFEE HOUSE with flavoured tea - it is SO DARN EXPENSIVE.

The cheesecake was soft and the salted maple icing, well, tasted like real maple syrup and a hint of salt, except its like an icing. Because cake icing is already so sweet, it was just a flavour of maple and salt, which I really appreciate because I've become so averse to eating icing PLUS sugar.

However this cake is quite filling, I would suggest everyone take their time to savour this pretty piece of cake. The maple is a great touch to the cake, since salted caramel is kinda boring.

I also had their pasta - Chicken Pesto. To be frank, it felt like it came out of a microwave. The pasta was LIMP (hence microwave). The chicken tasted better, but the whole dish was just too salty.

Atmosphere wise, I think this is a great place to hang out, play some board or card games with friends. The attic and outdoor are well decorated, you won't even feel you are in Holland Village. Except Singapore is REALLY hot. The attic is touted as a study area (although the furniture isn't my type) and the first floor has the popular garden swing chairs and cushioned seats.

Service wise, it is self-service at their kitchen which is pretty small and hot (when the crowd comes in). It is a feast for the eyes for coffee lovers because you can see the full glory of coffee machines in this small area - the roaster, coffee presser and other coffee machines you have never seen before.

The staff was friendly, although they are kinda swamped during a Saturday afternoon. Despite that, they kept on a smile which made practically everyone queuing up feel better (it helps, really).

And full stars for cleanliness - theres always a staff on patrol at fixed frequencies to clear the dishes!

You can seriously consider visiting this cafe if you are in the neighbourhood.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Salted Maple Cheesecake,coffee
 
Date of Visit: Mar 01, 2014 

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Average lunch at Spruce Cry Mar 05, 2014   
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Categories : American | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Brunch

Went to Spruce for lunch today and we ordered a Tuna Burger and Tagliatelle (pork bolognese sauce).

The environment was pretty, the al fresco dining is much better than the indoors (maybe it was too chilly inside). The service was prompt and staff were friendly. But thats all it has to it, the food was not so impressive as the decor and staff.

Surprising that we could request for the Tuna Burger (Tuna patty) to be cooked medium, rare or well done! Not sure how this is going to affect the taste a lot, but I guess we can choose how juicy we want it to be!

In the end, the Tuna Burger was so-so and the fries were nicer. But too little fries! Didn't feel that it was worth S$20.

The Tagliatelle failed to impress either. The sauce was too salty (like way too salty, had to drink a few cups of water), although it was a generous serving of minced pork.

The pasta 'noodles' were nicer, but a little too hard. It was not cooked al dente (i.e. QQ texture, springy cooked but still retains some hardness in it - wiki says cooked to the bite).

Not a lot of restaurants serve pasta al dente, so all is forgiven.

Would recommend everyone NOT to get the Tagliatelle because it does not offer much on taste.

I visited Spruce at Tanglin and Bukit Timah, both did not impress me a lot and I do not think I will be visiting Spruce any time soon.
 
Date of Visit: Mar 05, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $26(Lunch)

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Food for Thought, Botanic Gardens Smile Mar 23, 2013   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Burgers and Sandwiches | Kids-Friendly

 

 

 
This place is a must-go if you are looking for reasonably priced food around the Botanic Garden or Tanglin area.

I went 2 occasions, once in the evening and late morning. Both occasions I spent around 20+ dollars.

The decor is very very spacious and I truly enjoyed myself there.

Onto the food reviews:
1. Dinner - Pesto Chicken Linguine
I quite liked the combination of pesto and linguine. However, it was a little salty for my taste!

2. Red Velvet Cake
Its a passable rendition of the cake, however FFT's version was not as moist as I hoped it could be.

3. Brunch - Pancakes served with Gula Melaka
This is perhaps the best I have tasted in FFT. Their pancakes are flat and thin - very unlike the American style pancakes. However, we ordered the chocolate pancake, they served with generous amounts of chocolate chips and sauce. When coupled with the gula melaka syrup, the pancake was heavenly!
Recommended dish!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Pancake with Gula Melaka syrup
 
Date of Visit: Jan 12, 2013 

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Kko Kko Na Ra Smile Mar 23, 2013   
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Categories : Korean | Korean Fried Chicken

I have visited this place 2 times before and I haven't gotten sick of it.

If you are looking for Korean fried chicken, this is a possible place to go (other than Woori Nara). Eating lunch time sets here are much cheaper than dinner sets, for the same amount of chicken.

They have 3 flavors of chicken, but I like the original flavor the best. On top of buying the chicken platter, you can add on rice or rice and soup. This comes with a set of Korean side dishes, which are quite tasty on its own as well.

Each table comes with a free-flow of tissues and a bin to discard bones and tissue paper - very very convenient. The shop also has free flow of water.

My only gripe is that the place is a little dim, but I guess it is supposed to be a lunch-dinner-bar all mashed into one. This restaurant can operate till quite late.

 
 
Date of Visit: Dec 12, 2012 

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Bangkok Jam Cry Mar 23, 2013   
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Categories : Thai | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Kids-Friendly

 
Tried PS Bangkok Jam because everywhere else had long queue. Ordered the Green Curry and Rice set.

It tasted mediocre, despite I had a craving for green curry that day. The serving was extremely small, getting full on 1 dish is impossible here.

One saving grace is that the green curry was concentrated, so its pretty yummy. However, I do not think I will be returning here at all due to the relatively hefty price tag due to the small portions given.

The restaurant was very very squeezy and I was seated right next to the escalator. Not the best decor for me.
 
Date of Visit: Feb 16, 2013 

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