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Food, The Paleo Way  OK May 08, 2016   
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Founded in September 2013, Caveman Food is a casual eatery offering dishes based on the Paleo diet / Paleolithic diet. The 1st such concept stall in Singapore, the wholesome dishes at Caveman Food are based on food groups eaten by our hunter-gatherer cavemen ancestors. And because the Paleo diet is said to aid weight loss, and aid the body's natural defences against cardiovascular disease and diabetes, Caveman Food has naturally attracted fitness enthusiasts, doctors and nurses from nearby hospitals, and casual diners who want healthy food.
Caveman Food Facade

Caveman Food Facade

 
Ambience at Caveman Food is simple and casual. Functional, white painted wooden furniture is closely packed within the cramped floor space, and the brightly lit, open air concept lends a rustic feel. The open kitchen with its appetizing display of food draws the eye, as does its large, clear menu outside. However, the place can get warm, as there is no air-conditioning.

Service at Caveman Food is completely self-service, as ordering, payment, and collection of orders is done over the counter. You're also encouraged to clear your own trays and disposable cutlery! However, staff do display good product knowledge, able to describe how dishes are made, and they'll offer you recommendations if asked. Orders are also quickly fulfilled, typically within 10 minutes.

Food at Caveman Food is styled after the Paleo diet, which is a diet based on the type of foods eaten by early humans, such as natural, grass-fed meat, fish, fresh vegetables, fish, and fruit. This means excluding / not eating items such as dairy products, processed foods, fried foods, sugar, gluten, cereal grains, or legumes / soy products. As such, the food here is rather natural and healthy, and only light sauces are used. Portions are sufficient for individuals, though prices are slightly higher than the average food court, budget about SGD $10 per person for a meal here.

The Italian Chicken With Sweet Potato, Apple Salad (SGD $8.90) is delicious! The tender, moist, savoury, fall off the bone chicken meat, is rendered incredibly fragrant from the use of Italian herbs such as rosemary and thyme. The apple salad is fresh, with juicy chunks of sweet apple garnished with raisins, and the skin-on sweet potato is tender and sweet with a nice starchy texture. Excellent! The thin Italian inspired gravy is rather messy and weak though.
Italian Chicken With Sweet Potato, Apple Salad

Italian Chicken With Sweet Potato, Apple Salad

 
The Beef Stew With Green Salad, Pumpkin (SGD $13.90) features chunks of meaty beef, savoury salty in flavour, some with fat, and some lean. I personally prefer the beef chunks with fat, because the texture is moist and tender. Sadly, the lean beef chunks have a semi-firm and dry texture. It's stewed together with tender carrots and sweet caramelised onions. The lovely sweet mashed pumpkin soaks up the delicious beef gravy, and the fresh, crunchy green salad of rocket leaves / arugula, lettuce, and lemon wedge is healthy and satisfiying.
Beef Stew With Green Salad, Pumpkin

Beef Stew With Green Salad, Pumpkin

 
Full Caveman Food review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/05/caveman-food.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: May 05, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $10(Dinner)

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Categories : Fast Food | Halal | Burgers and Sandwiches

Founded in December 2014, BurgerUP is a gourmet burger chain with a fast food concept. Of particular note; BurgerUP is among the 1st in Singapore to offer quality, customisable burgers, where customers choose from a range of fresh ingredients to build their own personalised burger.

The difference between BurgerUP and BurgerUP Classix is the former iss a self-service, fast-food, DIY concept; but the latter is a casual restaurant concept. Ambience at BurgerUP Classix is more comfortable and attractive, with cushioned wooden furniture spaced neatly in the warmly lit, spacious area, decorated by brick wallpaper. Service at BurgerUP Classix is tableside, though the skeleton crew here are quite stretched, the chef actually came out to take my order! Each order here is freshly prepared, which results in a short waiting time. Food at BurgerUP Classix is still focused on gourmet burgers, but while you can't customise / DIY your own burgers, there are more specilised options on the menu, made with premium ingredients not offered in the regular stores.
BurgerUP Classix Facade

BurgerUP Classix Facade

 
The Grilled Salmon Burger (SGD $12.50) is served with a choice of shoestring fries or coleslaw, and features a medium-sized, tender, moist, fresh salmon fish fillet / steak. Grilled till a nice light pink colour, with a savoury smoky flavour, the salmon fish fillet / steak is sandwiched between fluffy sesame seed burger buns, with fresh crunchy rocket leaves / arugula, juicy tomato, and a sweet tangy honey mustard sauce. Light and rather healthy, I loved each bite of this!
Grilled Salmon Burger

Grilled Salmon Burger

 
Grilled Salmon Burger

Grilled Salmon Burger

 
Full BurgerUP Classix review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/04/burgerup-burgerup-classix.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Apr 29, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $16(Dinner)

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Categories : Fast Food | Halal | Burgers and Sandwiches

Founded in December 2014, BurgerUP is a gourmet burger chain with a fast food concept. Of particular note; BurgerUP is among the 1st in Singapore to offer quality, customisable burgers, where customers choose from a range of fresh ingredients to build their own personalised burger.
Combo Meal

Combo Meal

 
Ambience at BurgerUP is similar to most other fast-food restaurants. Think brightly lit interiors, with modern, functional, but ultimately dull furniture, which is about average for comfort, but super easy to clean. There isn't much actual decor to speak of, though the open concept allows for people watching. Still, as with most other fast food places, the place can get dirty or messy during peak periods, with uncleared trays of trash on the tables.

Service at BurgerUP is completely self-service. They leverage technology for orders, enabling diners to choose what they like at a kiosk. Collect the printed reciept, and make payment over the counter, which is the only interaction you get with staff. At least staff are helpful, and will guide you in using the kiosk if you're unsure, particularly helpful for those unfamiliar with the kiosk technology. However, staff could be more efficient in clearing away empty / dirty tables.

Food at BurgerUP is natually, about burgers. Customise and personalise your burger to your liking, choosing from over 20 ingredients and condiments. Generally, I find taste to be decent. What stands out though, is their large portions, at student-friendly prices, they're mostly cheaper than McDonald's! Definitely good value for money, if you're not too picky about the average taste.

Customised a DIY Chicken Burger (SGD $7.30), with a thick, juicy, savoury mined chicken patty, which is the best-tasting, most flavourful meat patty available on the menu! Sandwiched between fluffy sesame seed burger buns, with crunchy lettuce, sharp onions, juicy tomato, mayonnaise, and cheese, which are the complete set of ingredients in a Classic Chicken Burger. Then for more power, I added tangy barbecue sauce, a slice of savoury turkey ham, and a sunny side up egg! Loved every single bite of this!
DIY Chicken Burger

DIY Chicken Burger

 
DIY Chicken Burger

DIY Chicken Burger

 
Full BurgerUP review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/04/burgerup-burgerup-classix.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Apr 27, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $8(Dinner)

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Categories : Italian | Pasta

Founded in May 2015 by CEO and celebrated baker Mr. Dean Brettschneider, the same genius behind homegrown artisanal bakery chain Baker & Cook, is their spin-off restaurant, Plank Sourdough Pizza. As its name suggests, Plank Sourdough Pizza specialises in pizza, made using that same signature hand-crafted dough that is used for Baker & Cook sourdough bread.

Ambience at Plank Sourdough Pizza is rustic and casual, with exposed designer lightbulbs handing freely from the ceiling, casting bright warm light over the mismatched, multi-coloured wooden furniture and walls. Small touches of quirky decor complete the homely, comfortable feel within the small seating area. On cooler days, choose to sit outdoors, viewing the quiet, tranquil neighbourhood with its own unique charm.
Pizza Dough Description

Pizza Dough Description

 
Service at Plank Sourdough Pizza is average at best. Staff are friendly and polite, but gosh it's difficult to attract their attention. At least requests are quickly carried out and fulfilled, though it's a lot faster to self-service at times, such as getting cutlery or refilling complimentary water. I note that staff are rather knowledgable on the menu and dishes, able to provide basic descriptions, although the menu descriptions are quite clear in this regard too.

Food at Plank Sourdough Pizza is all about artisanal pizza, made using their signature sourdough pizza base. Head Chef Mr. Melvin Tan heads up the kitchen team here, hand making the pizzas, pressing out the dough in the traditional Italian method (without using rolling pins), and using freshly souced, quality ingredients. The result is a pizza crust that is tasty and flavourful, with a crisp, fragrant exterior, and a soft, fluffy interior. Portions are large, best shared with at least 3 people or more. Prices are slightly higher than elsewhere, budget about SGD $27 per person for a meal here.

Their Pizza Number 2 (SGD $23) features the signature sourdough pizza crust topped with tomato paste, mozzarella cheese, grilled eggplant / aubergine, kalamata olives, pork chorizo sausage, and chili. Delicious, you get the floral sweetness of the tomato paste, the smoky savoury flavour of the grilled eggplant / aubergine, the earthy meaty olives, and the savoury spicy sausage. Good!
Pizza Number 2

Pizza Number 2

 
The Pizza Number 4 (SGD $23) features the signature sourdough pizza crust topped with tomato paste, camembert cheese, fresh rocket leaves / arugula, cranberry compote, pulled chicken, and extra virgin olive oil. Super tasty, you get the floral sweetness of the tomato paste, the grassy flavour of the rocket leaves / arugula, the earthy milky taste of the cheese, the sour sweet tartness of the cranberry compote, and the tender, moist, savoury strips of shredded chicken meat. Great!
Pizza Number 4

Pizza Number 4

 
Full Plank Sourdough Pizza review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/04/plank-sourdough-pizza.html

 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Apr 24, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $27(Dinner)

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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong

Founded in 2005, Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe is possibly the most successful brand of Hong Kong style 'cha chaan teng' / tea-house in Singapore. Known for opening till the wee hours of the morning in popular youth hangouts and nightspots, Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe is also popular for their snow ice desserts, thick toasts, and simple stir-fried noodles or rice dishes.

Ambience at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe is clean, modern, and functional, but with little decor. Plush cushioned booths and simple wooden furniture line the spot-lit dining area, alternating shadows and light playing across the coloured walls. Tables are closely packed, which means the place is noisy and buzzing most of the time. The biggest draw for them is their longer than usual opening hours, suitable for late suppers or early breakfasts.

Service at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe is mostly decent, with staff being polite, and quick to attend to diners. As expected, the more senior staff tend to demonstrate better service levels, showing guests more attention. Requests are quickly fulfilled, as are orders, so expect short waiting times of within 5 - 10 minutes, even during peak periods. I also note that staff quickly clear empty / dirty tables, but in their haste, they only do a quick wipe of the tables, rather than a proper cleaning.

Food at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe is focused on mostly Hong Kong cuisine, Chinese Cantonese cuisine, and snacks. Dishes are mostly simple and quick to prepare, but this also means not as good value for money compared to other restaurants. Fortunately, portions are large, and prices are still wallet-friendly, good enough for everyday casual dining. Most dishes are tasty to a passable standard, you just have to know what to order here!

Loved the comforting Wanton Dumplings Soup (SGD $5.90), with its light, delicate soup / broth that has a slight sweetness. The large, meaty wanton dumplings are tightly packed in a medium-thick skin, with a generous amount of fresh prawns / shrimp, and minced pork, having a good savoury sweet flavour. Excellent!
Wanton Dumplings Soup

Wanton Dumplings Soup

 
The Peanut Butter N Condensed Milk Thick Toast (SGD $4.90) was excellent! The thick toast has a crisp exterior which crunches softly, while the interior remains soft and fluffy! A generous spread of sticky sweet nutty peanut butter, and a dressing of sweet condensed milk, make this breakfast / snack incredibly addictive! I feel like a little kid getting a treat with this, due in part to the peanut butter which sticks like, everywhere. Highly recommended!
Peanut Butter N Condensed Milk Thick Toast

Peanut Butter N Condensed Milk Thick Toast

 
The best thing about the Fermented Pork Chop Dry Curry Ramen (SGD $10.90) is their crisp, savoury salty pork chop. Big on flavour, the pork chop has a soft crunch when bit, followed by the smooth, tender meat with a thin silver of fat. The thin egg noodles tossed in a thick, savoury spicy curry gravy (that has no fiery heat), and the crunchy stalk of fresh bok choy / Chinese cabbage complete the plate. Good!
Fermented Pork Chop Dry Curry Ramen

Fermented Pork Chop Dry Curry Ramen

 
Full Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2016/04/xin-wang-hong-kong-cafe.html

 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Apr 22, 2016 

Spending per head: Approximately $24(Dinner)

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