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This is tofeho living in Yishun. I am a StudentI like to hang out in Orchard, East Coast Park, Yishun. Japanese, Korean, Thai are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Hawker Centre and Pasta, Steaks and Grills, Sushi/Sashimi.
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Best Pistacho Ice Cream in Town Smile Aug 24, 2014   
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Categories : Italian | Ice Cream and Gelato

Armed with our groupon voucher of $5.90 for 2 scoops of Artisan Gelato from Alfero, we trooped down to their spanking new outlet at Orchard Gateway (otherwise known as the mall squeezed between Somerset 313 and Orchard Central. Hidden in the basement, Alfero is tucked amongst the many F&B options in Orchard Gateway and with its chic black interior, could have been easily ignored. 

Unlike most gelato shops that proudly display their goods in as outlandish a manner as possible - really, am I REALLY going to be getting that tub of nutella along with my scoop of nutella gelato -, Alfero has gone down the low-key route, covering their gelato with tin caps, as they claim that it keeps the gelato fresh and safe from air and light pollution. 

As the saying goes, "less is indeed more" and the less gelato on display, the more we hankered after them. Between the both of us, my sister and I probably sampled all of the available flavors - ranging from the usual vanilla/chocolate/strawberry to the exotic hazelnut and pistacho. The ice cream girl was really lovely and incredibly patient with us, the tin caps clanging as she gave us samples from one flavor to the next. In the end, we took her recommendation of the Pistacho (crowd favorite!) and Dark chocolate to heart and ordered a cup of each flavor. 

(The chocolate was quickly appropriated and guzzled down by my sister before I could get a snap of it so you guys will just have to settle for a shot of the pistacho.)

And what a shot indeed (and brownie points if you got the "Godfather" reference on the cup)! 
SO GOOD, EVEN THE GODFATHER LOVES IT!

SO GOOD, EVEN THE GODFATHER LOVES IT!

 
While the dark chocolate flavor was intense and a chocolate lover's delight, the Pistacho was the one I was fighting tooth and nail with my family over. Pure nutty goodness in a pretty packed cup, we definitely savored every rich and creamy spoonful of it - a crowd favorite indeed!

Coupled with excellent service and a narrow yet cosy interior, I'll definitely be heading back here whenever I'm in town for a sugar fix! And if you do try it out, DEFINITELY opt for the Pistacho. 
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Groupon voucher $5.90 for 2 scoops
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Pistacho
 
Date of Visit: Aug 02, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $3(Other)

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Having chanced upon a "$25 for $50" groupon voucher for Outpost Bar and Bistro,we decided to give it a try. Seeing as there was only 1 review for this on Hungrygowhere, and a highly positive review at that, we thought that it was going to be a great meal. Sadly, we were sorely mistaken. 

We ordered a seafood pizza ($22), sizzling chicken wings ($14), fried pork belly ($13) and 2 Burger Trios ($18 each), along with a cocktail each ($18) as they did not serve water (which would have come in handy to wash down the taste of disappointment). The drinks arrived first and despite the relatively high price tag and the fact that Outpost is a bar (supposed to be specializing in alcoholic beverages), tasted more like syrup than anything else.

 
 

 

 

 
Shrugging away our initial disappointment, we had higher hopes for the food - famous last words. 

The food arrived in quick succession, with the chicken wing and pork belly arriving first, followed by the Burger and seafood pizza shortly after. While I appreciate the nearly simultaneously food delivery (which meant that everyone got to dig in at the same time without having to wait politely for someone else's food to arrive while yours is getting cold in front of you), it meant that some of the dishes that were prepared earlier were already lukewarm when they arrived to our table - especially the fried dishes. 

Both the deep fried dishes were lukewarm and not crispy at all. The pork belly tasted like fried strips of flour, and its accompanying mystery sauce equally unimpressive.
Flour strips :(

Flour strips :(

 
Sizzling chicken wings weren't any better, a tad too salty for our liking but paired with a safer non-mystery option - sweet thai chili sauce.

 
The seafood pizza was probably the most disappointing dish - $22 for a thin crust pizza that was not warm at all, tasted like one of the frozen pizzas purchased from NTUC that had a few frozen shrimps and bits of squid (not even the full squid ring but bits and pieces like those left over from making calamari) thrown on top. 

 
The saving grace was probably the burger trio - three mini burgers with crab, chicken and beef patties served with thick cut fries, but even then, it was good only when compared to the other dishes we ordered. 

 
That said, the service was good (efficient but not friendly - and the bill took quite a while to arrive) and since Outpost is a relatively new establishment (I hope), our poor gastronomical experience could have been due to some teething issues. However, our unanimous decision at the end of the meal was that this would be our first and last time dining at Outpost Bar and Bistro.
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Groupon promotion $25 for $50 worth of food (not inclusive of alcoholic beverages)
 
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Date of Visit: Aug 23, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $30(Dinner)

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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

Kamameshi is Japanese rice flavoured with special ingredients and steamed in an iron pot, providing a steamy pot of aromatic rice for you to enjoy! I decided to try out the house specialty when we were at this restaurant the other day, since the presentation looked really cool! (cheap thrill)

I got the Tori and Unagi Kamemashi ($17.44) which was grilled eel and tender chicken in soya sauce. It arrived in a cute wooden contraption and a mini hourglass set to time for 1 minute. You're supposed to let the rice steam for 1 minute first, so when the hourglass runs out, you'll know when it's time to dig in! After the 1 minute is up, gently mix the ingredients and load 'em onto your plate! Be sure to put the lid back on the pot so that the rice left inside does not dry out and then you're ready to enjoy your meal.

 

 

 

 

 
The rice was filled with lots of eel and chicken pieces, and things like green beans and carrots in the warm and chewy soya rice. While it was delicious, I'm usually not a fan of such rice dishes so I don't think I'll be coming back for more of this. However if steamed rice is right up your alley, head down to Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Café to try it out!
 
Spending per head: Approximately $20

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Beers and burgers Smile Jul 11, 2013   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Bars/Lounges | Live Sports Broadcast

A great place for catching up with friends, the beer market does have a live band, which is one of my favourite things in a place (as long as the band is good obviously!). However, try not to seat near the speakers or else you’ll be yelling in each other’s ears trying to be heard all night!

The Beer Market Burger ($14) had a char-grilled beef patty with BBQ sauce served with thick cut fries and fresh salad. While the burger was delicious thanks to the massive patty and generous lashings of BBQ sauce (one can never go wrong with BBQ sauce!), the fries were a disappointment because they arrived cold and a little soggy. Which is probably the worst state fries can be served in. Nevertheless, the burger and salad made up for it although I feel that if they had perfected the fries, or at least served them while they were hot and fresh, it would have made the dish truly excellent.

 
I also got a lychee beer ($12) because I’m a typical girl who does not like the taste of beer but the sweetness and lychee-flavour helps to get me through a bottle or two. The cool thing about beer market is that the prices of beer follow that of a stock market and change throughout the evening depending on demand and supply. You can view all the beer prices of tv screens scattered around the eatery which is an interesting and unique concept. It does feel sad when you realize you could have paid less for your drink but that’s the stock market for you. I’ll definitely be back with some friends soon!

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  beer market burger,lychee beer
 
Date of Visit: Jul 10, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $30

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Andersen's ice cream  OK Jul 11, 2013   
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Categories : American | Café | Ice Cream and Gelato

 
One of my favourite snacks to eat in Singapore has got to be the sweet and icy ice cream! Perfect for hot sweltering afternoons in June, there’s always time for this lovely snack. I shared a triple scoop with 2 friends for an after lunch snack, and we got mint chocolate chip, strawberry and macadamia nut on a chocolate waffle biscuit ($12~)! I love their waffles because it smells so fragrant and delicious and goes really well with the ice cream! While the quality of the ice cream is nothing to write home about, the macadamia nut flavor was my favourite. That said, there are better ice creams out there so I’m only ambivalent about Andersens. After all, the ice cream scene in Singapore is always changing so quickly with fun and fresh flavors coming out all the time. Andersen’s has got to rethink its brand strategy to be able to keep up with the crowd in the long run.

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  macadamia nut ice cream
 
Date of Visit: Jul 11, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $4

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