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Uninspiring food, nostalgic vibes Cry Dec 15, 2014   
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Categories : Singaporean | Café

 
With so many new openings in the cafe scenes lately, it is really interesting to see new entrants such as LJJ Cafe stepping into the competition with a old-school concept while trying to serve a hipster crowd. Probably it’s location spurred such a move, since Circuit Road is an aging estate with an elderly population which makes it necessary to attract the crowd. Menu items revolved around old-school favourites; Kaya Toast, Soup Noodles, Mee Siam and even Ice-Cream in Bread are some of the items that would transport one back to the old days. And while cafés serve Flat White and Long Black these days, expect your familiar cup of Kopi O here.

 
One of the more modern items on the breakfast menu would be the Scrambled Eggs set ($4.80 with Kopi/Teh), where there is a choice of either sausages or ham served alongside Butter Toast with scrambled eggs. The scrambled eggs are runny enough, but could do with a bit of seasoning, while the sausages are tender but a wee bit too salty. We appreciated that the bread used for the toast were actual slices of bread, not the biscuit-like ones we usually get from commercial joints now, which is why its still soft and pillowy despite crusted on the surface. A breakfast that could be replicated at home, but it’s pretty comforting somehow.

 
Cream Cake Set ($3.20 with Kopi/Teh) comes with a choice of two cream cakes and a drink; a decent option when it comes to a tea time treat. The Cream Cakes are somewhat small in size; about half of what you usually would get in neighbourhood bakeries. Both flavours suffered the same issues; tasted a tad artificial, usage of fresh cream instead of buttercream hence lacking on nostalgic flavour and felt quite dry especially at the edges.

 
Coffee is acceptable; both the Kopi and Kopi O were thick enough with adequate sweetness.

 
For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/ljj-cafe-%E6%A2%81%E4%BD%B3%E5%90%89-blk-77-circuit-road/

 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $8(Breakfast)

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Big portions, confusing tastes Cry Jul 09, 2014   
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Categories : Pasta

 
Fish Tales takes up a simple shop space as its counter and kitchen, while its seats gets scattered across beside the shopping aisles. Being a fish specialty store, the menu is based on seafood, dividing into Fishhh, Burger, Pasta and sides. For beverages, apart from the usual canned drinks they also serve Italian Sodas, Teas and Coffee.

 
For a side, we went with Calamari ($4.50), which was crispy and well-seasoned though it tasted quite similar to the seasoning used in Calbee Prawn Sticks. There was a choice of dips; Chili, Tartar or Cheese, which we went for the latter. It was rather disappointing though; despite its thickness it was too weak in flavour and did not really had any cheesy factor in it.

 
Since Fish & Chips was the specialty of Fish Tales, I thought it would be good if we went for the Fiery Fish ($9.90). The portion was really generous; a huge slab of fish sitting atop a bed of chips, with the spicy sauce accompanying it by the side. It’s size came quite a bit of an unfortunate thing for us; the fish itself was pretty overcooked as it became rather stiff, and it was marinated in a strange sour sauce which we thought came rather unnecessary as it gave the fish a rather quirky flavour. The spicy sauce was not too spectacular either; it came tasting a wee bit like Chili Beef but seemed a tad weak with a moderate amount of sweetness which seemed pretty odd. Chips were pretty good; crispy skin-on potatoes that were fluffy but came with just a little too much salt. We reckoned that there was so many flavours going in there it became a really confused dish that was mentally draining to have, trying to decipher what was going on in each condiment and was too heavy-tasting that we were having problems just trying to finish it.

 
Glad to say that the Popcorn Fish Pasta ($9.90) was way better; coming with Aglio Olio pasta, the Angel Hair pasta was well tossed in olive oil, capsicums and other herbs and spices that made it simply flavourful and fragrant; though albeit on the greasy side. The Popcorn Fish bites were also fine, though was nothing much to shout about.

 
One of the reasons I wanted to come here so badly was also because of the Instagram photos I had seen about their coffee. Despite being a bistro-style eatery, Fish Tales do serve artisan coffee that comes complete with latte art; a major bonus. Apart from the milkiness however, we could detect a nice chocolate finish to the Latte ($4.50) that we had.

 
For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/fish-tales-scape/

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Latte,Popcorn Fish Pasta
 
Table Wait Time: 20 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $15(Dinner)

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Expensive for its quality Cry May 15, 2014   
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

 

 
Previously known to be serving DIY maki and handrolls, we were taken aback when the current menu only serves bento, maki and other sides. It is also now run by two malay ladies, which seemed like a change of management though its something we were uncertain if it happened.

 
Deciding to try the various categories of the menu, we chose the Smoked Salmon Cheese Maki ($8.00). Terribly let down by its low quality ingredients, it was passable on freshness but lacked the premium feel. It really did not help when the cheese was so heavy tasting it covered off the remaining ingredients, including the smoked salmon. The Wasabi is just as uninspiring; seemingly squeezed out of a tube being slurry and such.

 
For a side, the Chicken Yakitori ($5.90) was fine but not outstanding. Chicken was tender and came off the stick cleanly and strongly marinated, but at the same time felt as if it was something that came off a freezer pack and served heated to us as it seemed rather generic at the same time.

 
Most of the bento sets consisted of fried food, including the Curry Chicken Bento ($8.90). We loved how they served both rice and the condiments separately, and the portion was rather generous with the rice carrying a tinge of sweetness. The problem came with the curry sauce which could be slightly thicker, and the carrots could have been cooked longer so as to soften them rather than serve it crunchy.
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $13(Dinner)

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Eccentric service, salty food Cry Feb 10, 2014   
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Categories : Spanish | French | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant

Just nearly a year ago, Saveur opened at Far East Plaza to much hype. When you thought everything stops there, the duo from Saveur brings us Concetto, an Italian dining concept that replaces the former premises of Billy Bombers at The Cathay.

 
Menu is divided into several sections; Earth is the name given for appetisers, land for main courses containing meat such as pork or beef, sea for fish/seafood and light for desserts. Creamy Pork ($9.90+) is part of the "Land" menu, which is your typical cream-based pasta accompanied with a slab of roasted pork by the side. The roasted pork was crispy and tender; easy to pull apart and carried a savoury touch to the pasta. Tagliolini was used as default for the dish and it was cooked al-dente. The cream sauce was thick, but however tipping towards saltiness which made the pasta hard to finish. A sous vide egg is also served for this dish, which is all runny and makes it fun to eat.

 
The same cannot be spoken about the Prawn Aglio ($9.90+). By description, this is supposed to taste similar to the Saveur Pasta served at Saveur, with the exception of the Angel Hair pasta replaced with Tagliolini. The final end product however differed quite a bit as it tasted much like Mee Pok tossed in chili oil with a few prawns served alongside. The prawns somehow also left not much an impression to be remembered.

 
I decided to try the Duck Tortellini ($11.90+). Literally an Italian form of wantons, Tortellini are pastas with ingredients wrapped inside. Minced duck meat was used, and Parmesan reduction tops the Tortellini. The duck was somewhat savoury, but the Parmesan reduction though light made the dish salty overall yet again, which was not really a pleasure to eat. The Sous Vide egg appears again in this dish, which was perfection with the well grilled and spiced potatoes at the side.

 
For dessert, we went for Pistachio Panna Cotta ($6.90+). There was a subtle hint of Pistachio that is hidden in the green-coloured mousse, however the dark crumbs were again way too salty and overwhelmed the flavours of the mousse. While the light coloured crumbs did provided the crunchy texture to provide a contrast, it tasted too bland with no flavour at all.

The service was also a bit problematic, as a wait staff seemed to be more comfortable passing spoons to patrons rather than laying them on the table. We also received the wrong change as well when paying up. Another wait staff also did not ask us if we would like to have the dessert first or later, but ended up having it served before the main course.

Concetto charges 10% Service Charge but no does not charge for 7% GST

For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/concetto-by-saveur-the-cathay/

 
Spending per head: Approximately $15(Dinner)

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Average taste at high prices. Cry Dec 25, 2013   
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Categories : Malaysian | Halal

Joining the likes of Ippudo, Sushi Express, Osaka Osho and many more, Papparich’s latest outlet is situated at Westgate. Papparich serves up Straits-inspired fare, with many items on the menu focusing on cuisines that are close to our hearts such as Kaya Roti, Curry Noodles and Nasi Lemak.

 
The Hainanese Toasted Bread with Butter & Sugar was a thick toast well toasted with a crusty, toasty surface but retaining a fluffy interior. The butter was well spread over the bread and there was a reasonable amount of sugar sprinkled.

 
The Wholemeal Bakar with Margarine and Kaya had a generous spread of kaya and margarine but was a bit inconsistent with few pieces having more kaya and vice versa. The Bakar itself was toasted but still fluffy. While the dish was quite faultless, it just lacked a wow-factor.

 
Presented in a steamer, the Steamed Otak-Otak was easily one of the best looking dishes of the day. The fish was bouncy and provided a nice chew. The marination seemed significantly light but was still rather tasty. The fish paste could be more consistent in texture though; there was a huge chunk of fish in the Otak-Otak that ruined the texture of it.

 
The Char Kway Teow seemed rather promising on first look, but seemed rather usual in its taste. Adding on to the disappointment was the texture; the Kway Teow were all sticky and clumped up together in a lump, and the prawns felt pretty overcooked as well.

 
A rather wholesome dish, the Curry Laksa Noodles came with condiments such as Chicken and Fish Cake. It was rather balanced in flavour without being too spicy nor too coconuty, giving an old-school taste for the dish. The chicken were also rather tender and came off from the bone easily. It would have been better if the Curry Laksa gravy was more flavourful as it might come off as slightly bland for people who enjoy heavy-tasting food.

While the meal at Papparich felt generally average with several misses, one of its main drawbacks would be the pricing. Many of the items felt rather overpriced for its quality and portions, which might discourage patrons to return for a meal in the future.

For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/papparich-westgate/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Curry Laksa Noodles
 
Spending per head: Approximately $12(Tea)

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