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nefta
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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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 | Restaurant | 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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Plain Vanilla Bakery Smile Mar 23, 2013   
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Categories : Bakery | Desserts and Cakes

 
This bakery has been underappreciated - the cupcakes are done to perfection! I love their Red Velvet cupcake as the cupcake is moist and soft, cream cheese frosting is not too sweet or sour-ish. They have other general cataloge flavours, such as chocolate, hazelnut and coffee. On different occasions, the bakery cooks up limited edition flavours, which makes the shop much more interesting than selling the same usual flavours (i.e. Twelve Cupcakes).

They sell cupcakes in sets of 2, 4 or 6. Personally, I think each cupcake is pricey. But if it is for the occasional pampering, I think this is quite worth it.

The entrance to shop is VERY small, but when you enter the shop (its just a shop front with no seating available), you can smell the fresh baking goodness right at the doorstep. The decor is very old-school as well!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Red Velvet
 
Date of Visit: Jan 09, 2013 

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Categories : European | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

 

 
Tried their B's burger - beef was very soft and juicy, but overall it tasted average! It was quite surprising. However the real difference was their Truffle Oil Fries, which I felt was much better.

Their dessert "Berry" was extremely delicious, it is made of layers of vanilla ice cream and berries (strawberries mainly) and cornflakes. The end product was very addictive and full of flavour and texture.

Would recommend all to try their dessert "Berry" at least once.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  "Berry"
 
Date of Visit: Jan 26, 2013 

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