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Categories : Restaurant | Desserts and Cakes | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

Butler’s Steakbar is the newest kid on the block here at Keong Saik, co-sharing the space with The Bao Makers which had recently made their move to Jiak Chuan Road from their former premises at Horne Road at Jalan Besar. Sharing the space with The Bao Makers, The Bao Makers operates in the day, while Butler’s Steakbar takes over its operations at night. The Bao Makers and Butler’s Steakbar takes over the former premises of Phat Cat Laundry at Jiak Chuan Road; a rather spacious unit that had been totally renovated to suit the new tenant. The interior of The Bao Makers/Butler’s Steakbar is clean, minimalistic and chic; generally white with cemented flooring and gold touches for the fixtures.

 


The Butler Steak ($25++) is a Black Angus Flat Iron Steak that is served in limited portions daily. The Black Angus Flat Iron Steak also comes with a side of a salad. We specified for our the Butler Steak to be done medium-rare; it arrived with a pinkish centre. While the beef is relatively tender, there were a few veiny bits that caused the beef to be chewy. It also lacked crustiness on the exterior. We did appreciate the fact that salt was being served on the side to enhance the flavours of the beef.

 


Going for one of the burgers available on the menu, we picked the Roasted Sriracha Pork ($17++); slow-roasted sriracha pork with char-grilled fresh pineapple, bacon, lettuce in between brioche buns. The entire burger comes in a rather generous portion, with thick slabs of pork stuffed in between with a thick slice of pineapple as well. The slow-roasted sriracha pork is not particularly porky with the meat being on the leaner side while coming with a tinge of spiciness that comes rather unexpected for how it creeps up unnoticeable until pretty much halfway with its fiery kick. The bacon strips were also pretty crisp and savoury, while the buns were light and fluffy. We were however not too big a fan of the slice of pineapple that came between the buns; the char-grilled pineapple was juicy, perhaps a little too thick and juicy that it injects too much liquid into the burger if eaten together. The Roasted Sriracha Pork burger also comes with the same salad on the side that came with the Butler Steak as well.

Read the full story about Butler's Steakbar on jiaksimipng here:  https://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/butlers-steak-jiak-chuan-road/
 
Table Wait Time: 25 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $25(Dinner)

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Categories : German | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads

Originating from Germany, HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill had recently opened its first outpost in Singapore along Orchard Road beside the Royal Thai Embassy. HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill is strategically located closer to Tanglin instead of the stretch towards Somerset; perhaps a move to be a little bit away from the crowd and also to target the expats in the area. The menu here seems to cater to everyone; there are several options for vegetarians and vegans, while there is an extensive selection of beef burgers on the menu with a few chicken options as well. For those who are into something lighter, HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill also offers salad options too. They do also have attractive set lunch/dinner deals available; the set lunch comes at a $5++ top up where one is entitled to a side, a selected cold drink and coffee/tea as part of the set with their choice of burger, while the set dinner comes at a $15++ top up where the choice of burger comes with a choice of side and a cocktail.

 

All burgers come with a standard set of toppings such as fresh lettuce, red onions, sun-ripened tomatoes and their signature HANS IM GLÜCK sauce; one can also opt for the burger to come with Sourdough Buns, Wholemeal Buns or Naked (no buns). We were initially spoilt for choice, but ended up with the Alsdann ($17++ ala-carte, $22++ set lunch) in the “Juicy Beef Burgers” section of the menu opting for the Sourdough bun option; our choice of side was the Sweet Potato Fries which came in a pretty generous portion by the side. Being sourdough lovers, we thought that the bun wasn’t quite as sour from the fermentation as we thought it would be, while the bun was also more light and fluffy than the typical sourdough — not that we are complaining however; the sourdough buns here seemingly complimented the fact that it was meant to be a burger bun instead of one that was made for a sandwich. The Alsdann came with other condiments such as Grilled Pear, Mild Blue Cheese Sauce and Walnuts — a combination that seemingly felt unconventional. All the elements worked well though; the nutty crunch acted as a neutral flavour that balances out the sweet and juicy, soft pears and the distinct yet light flavours of the blue cheese, while the red onions add a tinge of numbness to the entire burger along with a mustard-like flavour within the sauce. The beef patty was a little bit on the dry side, though wasn’t particularly gamey, though seemingly still worked very well with all the condiments otherwise. Sweet Potato Fries were crisp with the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes being pretty evident; while good on their own, they were pretty addictive with their Tomato Barbecue sauce that is made available at every table — a must try!

 


We also had a go on their chicken burgers, opting for the Vogelwild ($14++ ala-carte, $19++ set lunch) — grilled chicken breast is used for the burger patties for all their chicken burgers, which makes them a healthier option to go for here. The Vogelwild comes with sour cream chive sauce and fried onions, while we opted for the Sourdough bun and the Krautnolle. Grilled chicken breast is actually pretty well crusted on the outside, though the flesh, admittedly, could have been a little bit moister. That being said, the Vogelwild was a safe option; the sour cream just provided some creaminess and a light tanginess to offset the fried onions within, whilst coming with the same standard condiments such as fresh lettuce, red onions, sun-ripened tomatoes and their signature HANS IM GLÜCK sauce. The Krautnolle is somewhat similar to sauerkraut, considering how the Krautnolle is a traditional German white cabbage salad with potato dressing; not too wet with a very light tangy flavour that helps to refresh the tastebuds in between bites of the burger.

Read the full post about HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill on jiaksimipng here: https://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/hans-im-gluck-german-burgergrill-orchard-road/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Alsdann
 
Table Wait Time: 20 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $25(Lunch)

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Eggs, Pancakes and more! OK Jan 03, 2018   
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Categories : American | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Brunch

Eggs ‘n Things is just one of the many new F&B tenants which had recently found their home at Plaza Singapura, such as Typhoon Cafe, SAMA Curry & Cafe and Sen Sushi/Burosu Honten.  Hailing from Hawaii, the Plaza Singapura branch is the first store under the brand that had opened outside of Japan and Hawaii; the store at Plaza Singapura takes over the space that was formerly taken up by now-defunct Skinny Salad/Pizza at Level 3 of the new wing. The space had seen quite a revamp, with bright interiors with green and yellow accents as well as wood furnishings that looks warm and welcoming. As what most would have expected from the name, Eggs ‘n Things is known for their egg dishes which includes a variety of Eggs Benedicts, Omelets and a section on the menu named “Meats & Eggs”, though the all-day dining menu also includes other items such as Pancakes and Waffles.

 


Listed on both the all-day dining menu as well as the Hawaiian Loco Foods dinner menu is the Ahi Poke Bowl ($16.90++); essentially a tuna poke bowl that comes with diced onions and cucumbers served atop rice with a raw egg yolk that sits on the top. One of the healthier options on the menu, the diced raw tuna is being marinated in soy sauce for a hint of savoury flavour; the marination does not completely overwhelm the natural flavours of the fish, while the diced cucumbers do help to add a crunch to the entire dish to provide a textural contrast. The egg yolk does help to make the entire mix of ingredients a little silkier when broken and mixed into the entire bowl, though we were not quite a fan of how the rice was served warm; the temperature of the rice caused the diced cubes of raw fish to be slightly warmed up after a while which was rather odd to us somehow.

 


We figured out that we could not leave Eggs ‘n Things without trying their signature pancakes that most have been raving about of the late, so we decided to go for the Fresh Strawberry, Whipped Cream and Macadamia Nuts ($19.90++). Each portion comes with five pancakes that are sized slightly smaller than the usual; the portion works great for sharing considering the size. We did enjoy the buttermilk pancakes; light and fluffy, they were a delight to have on their own without feeling particularly heavy; three types of syrups (i.e. Grava, Coconut or Maple) are provided at each table for patrons to enjoy with the waffles and pancakes. Of all the three syrups, our favourite was the coconut which came slightly sweet though with a hint of the coconut aroma at the end similar to desiccated coconut; the Grava felt a tad sour for our tastebuds in comparison. The accompanying chunks of strawberry gave a tart contrast to the sweet syrup when eaten together with the pancake, while the whipped cream was amazingly light and smooth with just a light hint of sweetness. That being said, we felt the serving of whipped cream was unnecessary huge for we had difficulty wiping out the portion of whipped cream on our plate; we also noticed diners from other tables scraping off a substantial portion of the whipped cream to set aside on the sharing plate on the side as well.

 


Read the full story about Eggs 'n Things on jiaksimipng: https://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/eggs-n-things-plaza-singapura/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream and Macadamia Nuts Pancakes
 
Table Wait Time: 20 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $34(Breakfast)

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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta

There are quite a number of eateries situated in the East, especially near the Kembangan area where Changi Road runs. South Union Park, however, is hidden at the opposite end of where the known eateries of Kembangan are found within the private housing estate. Decked out with white walls and wood furniture; some with black leather upholstery, South Union Park gives off a rather relaxed vibe that seemed to be a little Scandinavian-inspired with an open kitchen concept tucked at the right side of the bistro. The interior fittings are minimalistic with a good amount of natural lighting shining in, but not seemingly cliche compared to one of a hipster cafe; instead, feeling modern, chic and homely at the same time. Serving up mainly western fare, South Union Park serves a couple of pasta dishes and two mains for those who are looking for something more substantial, while there is also an extensive dessert menu for the sweet-tooth. On the drinks menu, they do serve coffee, tea, sodas and a small selection of alcohol, which makes for a good pairing with their menu of sides and snacks.

 
I am usually one who rarely orders Pasta, and especially more for the case for Agnolotti for they are usually very filling for me. Their Butternut Agnolotti ($17) was, however, a delight to have, so much so that I completely enjoyed the dish and found no difficulty at all to finish the entire plate clean. According to what I was told, the Agnolotti here is made in-house. The chef here roasts the Butternut Squash before mashing it into a puree and stuff them into the pasta sheets. The result is an Agnolotti which came in the right thickness; not too thin that it breaks easily, but also not too thick to the extent that it feels too doughy. A single bite, and you would find the Butternut Squash puree eagerly bursting out of the Agnolotti, revealing a roasty sweetness that was pretty intriguing. The Agnolotti went well with the bouncy mushrooms which gave the pasta an earthy flavour to balance things out and the savoury flavours of cheese and garlicky herb crumbs sprinkled over the top. Towards the bottom, the dish felt a little bit on the oily side, but given how awesome it tasted, I would say that this is just a small issue that is not really much of a problem anyway.

 
Towards the end of the meal, I was presented with the Apple Crumble ($10) with compliments from the chef. This is one of the desserts available on their Plated Desserts section of the menu. Unlike other Apple Crumbles out there, this variant is unique for how they have decided to not serve the Apple Crumble as a pie, but more in the form that is closer to a plated dessert. Coming with Vanilla Ice-Cream drizzled with Salted Caramel sauce, Crumbles, Greek Yogurt and an entire stewed apple, this was surprisingly not overwhelmingly sweet for the stewed apple was not cooked in caramel, thus tasting of its own natural sweetness and carried a rather soft texture similar to a poached pear. Greek Yogurt is rarely found in an Apple Crumble, but in this variant it seemed to have worked and integrated well with the entire dish, especially when combined with the crumbles for it seemed to replicate the textures and flavours of Muesli subtly. Vanilla Ice-Cream was speckled with vanilla beans all over and was incredibly aromatic and creamy. Combine all the ingredients into one spoonful, and it does replicate the flavours of a classic Apple Crumble Pie without that unnecessary sugar rush for how balanced it felt.

 
Throughout these couple of months, I have visited quite a number of newly-opened places but there is not quite one that left me such a deep impression in the bistro scene as much as South Union Park does. During the course of the entire meal, I was pretty impressed with how every single dish came; not only they were a hit, but they just had that flavour and quality that strikes on your taste buds and gives that gleam in your eyes, and sure I did leave the place a happy man with a really satiated stomach. Service was more than decent, with attentive staff who seemed to be quite automatic in giving recommendations once you have seated and promptly coming over to check if everything is alright and clearing plates when you are done (though there were just two tables occupied at the time I have visited, you could feel the sincerity behind). Definitely did not regret my decision on heading straight over after school from the west side of the island to the east when I spotted them over on Instagram; this is one place I would do another revisit soon for I am pretty sure that I would develop cravings for their food, and also to try out the other items on the menu such as the Souffle as well!

For more photos and the full review, head to jiaksimipng by clicking on the link below:
https://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/south-union-park-jalan-kembangan/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Butternut Agnolotti
 
Table Wait Time: 20 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $27(Lunch)

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Choux-lovers, fall in! Smile Jun 13, 2016   
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Opened in a quiet corner within the myriad of small roads in Jalan Besar is a hole-in-the-wall cafe named Ollella. Given the small size of the unit, the cafe features a single communal table and two counter seats facing the window. Ollella is a collaboration by Choquette and The Pourover Bar, the former offering a range of Choux puffs while the latter offers a wide range of handbrewed filter coffee from various origins as well as tea to compliment the Choux puffs.

 
While there was a Mini Choux Puff tasting platter ($21) that you can try all seven Choux puffs, I was alone and decided to go for the individual and larger Choux Puffs instead. Both the Apple Cinnamon and Lemon Meringue ($4) were done well; the Choux pastry was of the right moistness, not being too wet nor too dry. Lemon Meringue was a filled Choux puff with lemon curd filling and topped with Italian meringue. The Choux puff was well filled, and a single bite into the puff is all it needs for the lemon curd to eagerly burst out of the puff which reveals a pleasantly tart flavour. Italian meringue gives it a subtly sweet touch, adequately balancing out the entire flavour of the puff.

 
Apple Cinnamon Choux ($4) puff somehow surprisingly reminded me of an Apple Crumble Pie. Coming with caramalised apples slices with a light hint of cinnamon, the sugary bits and crunchy nuts helped to provide a texture similar to crumble, while the Vanilla Streusel replicated the flavours of Vanilla ice-cream well. A pretty thoughtful creation indeed.

 
Being a fan of Matcha, the Matcha Azuki Choux puff ($4.50) was one that I found hard to resist ordering. This certainly would hit matcha fans well with the subtly aromatic cream and loads of Azuki red beans hiding within the crusty Choux puff.

 
To compliment the Choux puffs, I had also ordered an Ethopia Tchembe N2 Mixed Heirloom handbrewed filter coffee ($8), which was medium-bodied with chocolatey flavour and light notes of fruit. Each cup of coffee comes with a mini Chouqette, which is pretty identic to the one from the Apple Cinnamon.

For more photos and the full review, head to jiaksimipng in the link below:
https://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/ollella-residencessomme/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Lemon Meringue CHoux,Matcha Azuki Choux
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $20(Tea)

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