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Different Vietnamese Cuisine! Smile Aug 21, 2014   
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Categories : Vietnamese | Restaurant | Rice

 
Right after killing off the Canele brand in Singapore, Les Amis Group introduces a new dining concept involving Vietnamese cuisine again following the success of Nam Nam Noodle Bar. Comnam is the latest offspring of the Les Amis Group, which ventures into areas untouched by Nam Nam Noodle Bar. Although Comnam and Nam Nam Noodle Bar are both Vietnamese eateries, Comnam focuses on rice bowls and rice soups. Serving a traditional Vietnamese cuisine, Comnam aims to beat the convention where broken rice are being seen as peasant’s food. It is also known that broken rice has a texture similar to couscous, which makes it easier for the rice grains to absorb flavours from other ingredients, thus more flavourful than usual rice.

 
Settling for the rice bowl, I went for the Pork Cutlet rice bowl ($9.90). Rice bowls are customizable with two options; Kimchi Brown Rice or the Vietnamese Broken Rice. Since it was the signature of Comnam, I went with the latter. Sure enough, the rice was lightly flavoured with coconut, which was aromatic. The Pork Cutlet was crispy as well, and the top seemed to be marinated with prawn paste, which gave it another dimension of savouriness apart from the hint of lemongrass it carried. Pickled vegetables were crunchy and refreshing being a mix of sweet and sour, and it even came with an omelette which seems pretty similar to Japanese tamago. This was a steal despite its price considered its portion; too huge for me to finish.

 
Sounding rather delicious on the menu was the Fried Bananas ($5.90). Unlike the usual ones we have featured occasionally, it comes with coconut cream and sesame instead of caramel. The result was amazing; the sweetness of the bananas coming in harmony with neutral flavour of thick coconut cream. A pity the batter seemed a tad thick as it felt a wee bit doughy, but was not really too disturbing anyway.

 
If anything, the Vietnamese Coffee with Milk ($2.60) did not feel a single bit Vietnamese. It did not carry a flowery accent like most of those I had tried, besides it tasted a bit too bitter and burnt at the end. Barely satisfying.

 
For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/comnam-raffles-city/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Fried Bananas,Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl
 
Table Wait Time: 15 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $19(Lunch)

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Caffeine FIX in Balestier! Smile Aug 20, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Halal | Burgers and Sandwiches

 
Operating as a poolside cafe, FIX Cafe is situated right beside the pool within the clubhouse, with a view facing the pool and replaces a Seafood restaurant that used to occupy the same area. As such, the cafe is also open-concept; forget about air-condition here, just fans to keep you cool from the hot weather outside. The signature dishes here are the Naanwiches; a unique fusion concept by putting the Indian Naan toegther with various cuisines, though other mains are also available. There are also a number of sides and desserts such as cake and puffs available, and there are also set meals where you can pair up certain selections of the menu for a discount as well.

 
For our main, we decided to share the Chicken Tikka Naanwich ($10.00). Probably the most authentic Naanwich amongst the menu, the Chicken Tikka was marinated deeply full of flavour, and smothered with more sauce that invoked a mild spiciness that was able to fire up its flavour. Inside the wrap were vegetables such as red and green peppers, as well as cucumbers. The inclusion of the vegetables helped made it feel rather authentic as it replicated the Chicken Tikka skewers which comes with the same vegetables and also induced a refreshing crunch which breaks the spiciness of the Naanwich.

 
There were a wide selection of cakes available; all of which sounded interesting, but we eventually chose the only puff in the display. As interesting as it sounds, the Butterscotch Arabica Choux ($6.00) was a Choux Puff sliced apart, topped with coffee cream in the middle which was made from Arabica coffee beans and the Choux pastry at the bottom stuffed with not only Butterscotch, but also a thick Chocolate Ganache. The crusty Choux pastry went well with the bittersweet flavour of the fillings; all of which invoked their own dimensions of the various flavours they carried. It was one dessert we just could not stop laying our forks on, and we reckoned that this would be one dessert that would definitely go well with coffee for a leisure tea break.

 
We were being told that the coffee here is a “Mocha” blend that is roasted by a local roaster. The Flat White ($4.50) I had felt rather milky, though the sweet chocolatey notes could still be made out; somewhat a waste as it had a pretty interesting flavour profile. An extra shot could be added for those who prefer stronger coffee, though that would come at an additional cost of $1.00.

 
For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/fix-hometeamns-jom-clubhouse/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Butterscotch Arabica Choux,Chicken Tikka Naanwich
 
Table Wait Time: 20 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $14(Lunch)

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Unique Cold Brews! Smile Aug 12, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Burgers and Sandwiches

 
Guess the vicinity around Jalan Besar is starting to get infected with the many cafes opening in that area, even Farrer Park is not spared. Pek Kio had seen openings such as aBite and P. Bistro, and Rangoon had Woodshed. Now its Old Hen Coffee Bar.

 
Ordered their Buttermilk Waffles ($9.00). It originally comes with Blueberry Compote but they were out of that so they replaced it with poached apples for mine. Buttermilk fragrance was evident, while the waffle itself was toasted just nice to be crisp yet soft, but retaining a cooked through texture as it was more bread-like inside. The overall result was brilliant; the sweetness from the soft poached apples matched well with the strawberries and the slight tartness of honey-infused yoghurt, and the chocolate sauce drizzled was yet another dimension of sweetness added.

 
Cold Brews are also undeniably one of their specialties. On the day of my visit, only the White ones were available. Undeniably creamy, the White Cold Brews ($6.50) were really satisfying in hot weather. Their take involved a tinge of sweetness, creating a very malt-like sweetness at the end of each sip. 

 
For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/old-hen-coffee-bar-rangoon-road/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Buttermilk Waffles,White Cold Brew
 
Table Wait Time: 15 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $16(Breakfast)

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Average waffles & ice-cream OK Aug 12, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes

 
This new outlet at Toa Payoh serves as an extension of the current outlet that is located at Somme Road. It is high time they did so, especially when the Somme Road outlet is an extremely small shop that was not meant for a F&B establishment (no cooking is allowed, apparently) and the new Toa Payoh outlet would offer familiar bakes from the Somme Road outlet as well as mains and proper cooked food. For now though, they would be serving waffles and a limited selection of ice-cream.

 
Since the Classic Waffles and the ice-cream were the only new items available here, I ordered the Classic Waffles with Earl Grey Latte ice-cream ($6.50) to try. Classic Waffles it was, as the batter was the eggy and buttery type as opposed to the popular Buttermilk these days. The waffle was soft, fluffy and moist. While the aroma of Earl Grey was evident in the Earl Grey Latte ice-cream, it was a tad milky with more spoonfuls of it. I would advise against the Maple Syrup option, which costs $0.50 more but really does not give much an impact to the waffle with or without.

 
For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/the-little-prince-creamery-blk-47-toa-payoh-lorong-6/
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $7(Tea)

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Adventurous fusion flavours OK Aug 12, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Ice Cream and Gelato

 
Everton Park had seen its fair share of cafe invasions ever since the first one opened its doors; now it is also home to newly-opened ice-cream parlour, Seriously Ice Cream, which was recently featured in various channels such as 8 Days Eat app and recently got filmed for their ice-cream making process in Channel NewsAsia according to their Facebook Page. Being an ice-cream parlour, it serves ice-cream in cups or with waffles. Apart from ice-cream, there is also a savoury waffle on the menu, as well as coffee and a couple of bakes such as brownies and apple crumble.

 
Malibu Pineapple ($4.30) was probably one of the more decent flavours that I have tried from the display freezer. The alcoholic-infusion made this flavour felt rather dreamy, and that the pineapple was able to induce a sweet-sour zest into the ice-cream. We were not really sure if it was made to be this way, but the ice-cream here seemed to be of a ice slush consistency that may not appeal to some.

 
Honey Rosemary ($3.50) is one of those flavours that they serve that seemed a bit unconventional. Rosemary is often seen as a spice that is used in marination of meat to enhance the meat’s flavour. Its incorporation into an ice-cream flavour tricks the tastebuds, as it is a taste profile that is rarely detected in cold desserts. The honey used seemed pretty natural as it came without tasting too artificial, nor was there any cloying sweetness. Due to the fact that the ice-cream here had a ice slush consistency and that this flavour takes two unconventional ingredients that is often not associated together, it seems more of an acquired taste that not all would be able to appreciate.

 
For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/seriously-ice-cream-blk-4-everton-park/
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $5(Tea)

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