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This is y_lyn living in Pasir Ris. I am a :), work in Pasir Ris. I like to hang out in Bugis, Orchard, Tampines. Japanese, Cantonese/Hong Kong, Chinese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Hawker Centre and Sushi/Sashimi, Dim Sum, Ramen.
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Categories : Fusion | Bars/Lounges | Café | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch


Burp Kitchen & Bar is a neighbourhood cafe situated just next to the Bedok reservoir. It is housed under the void deck, at a very secluded area, definitely great for a night chill out with friends.

 

 
Salted Egg Tofu Fries ($8)

 
I am a great fan of tofu and I actually had quite high expectation for this dish. It seems like an innovative dish that we had not tried before. However, to my disappointment, I couldn't really taste the tofu as the fries were overwhelmed with the very salty salted egg sauce and the skin was rather dry and tough. Another option is that you can request for wasabi mayo sauce to go with the fries instead. However, I do wonder whether tofu nuggets will make a better dish?

Next we were served "Duo of Wings" (Burp Kitchen Wings - $10 and Salted Egg Wings - $14)

Burp Kitchen Wings, their house wings, were marinated with special adobo sauce, probably inspired by the Philippines cooking style and air-fry. The sauce was flavoursome and I kind of like it. It was tangy and sweet, a bit salty and also tasted a bit garlicky. According to the female boss, Sarah, the sauce was made of apple cider, vinegar, soya sauce and garlic. The chicken wings were tender. However, the marinade did not go beyond the skin and the meat was bland. If not, the wings would taste even better! I overheard the gentleman sitting next to me, advising Sarah to try poking the wings with fork so that the meat can absorb the marinade.

 
The sauce was the same salted egg sauce used in the tofu fries. Same issue as the above, the meat was bland. In fact, I would much prefer the burp kitchen wings marinated with adobo sauce than salted egg sauce. If I am not wrong, the salted egg wings cost $4 more.

 
"Duo of Burgers" (Crabby Patty - $18 & Burp's Beef - $16)

Crabby Patty - Battered softshell crab, lettuce, salted egg sauce (again!), curry leaves and chilli padi sandwiched between the squid ink buns. Indeed, it is a very instagramable dish. Probably we had too much of salted egg sauce that night. As such, I still prefer having the crispy battered softshell crab on its own without the sauce. It was also served with potato salad.

 
Burp's Beef - At one glance, it looks like an ordinary burger but it tasted good. This was one of my favourite dishes for the night. The burger was made of brioche buns with beef patty, american cheese, caramelized onions, pea sprouts (aka "dou miao") and spicy mayo sauce. The idea of using pea sprouts in burgers is uncommon but it definitely gave you the impression that you are having a healthier burger.

 
I guess for every good dish, there is always room for improvements. I found that the minced beef patty didn't really hold well. As I cut through the burger, the patty sort of fell apart.

 
Chicken Quesadilla ($9)

 
Being a cheese lover, this tortilla wrap with slow-cooked shredded chicken and cheddar/ mozzarella cheese worked well for me. Dip it with the homemade salsa sauce for a more refreshing taste.

Duo of Tacos (Pork Carnitas - S12 & Baja Fish - $12)

Pork Carnitas - Slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw and salsa fresco. According to Sarah, the pork was slow-cooked for 8 hours! Overall, the taste was sweet.

 
Baja Fish - Battered Fish, Coleslaw, Salsa Fresco and Spicy Mayo. This is probably the most value-for-money dish. Big chunk of battered fish meat wrapped in soft taco skin. I like this dish as well but was too full to savour it all. =)

 
Thank you very much for to OpenRice Singapore and Burp Kitchen & Bar team for the food tasting invitation. I will probably be back this Saturday with a few of my friends after the "Carnival Run" at Bedok reservoir =)

Burp Kitchen & Bar
740 Bedok Reservoir Road
#01-3165
S470740

 
Date of Visit: Feb 25, 2016 

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Ricciotti 10th Anniversary Party  Smile Nov 28, 2014   
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Categories : Italian | European | Café | Pasta | Burgers and Sandwiches

I was invited to Ricciotti Riverside for their 10th Anniversary Media Party on 16 October 2014. Ricciotti was formerly known as Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill. In conjunction with its tenth anniversary, it officially underwent significant changes to provide its customers with a new dining experience. It also combines all things Italia, combining food with the Arts, Music and Culture.

 
The tasting menu looked really impressive and I was looking forward to the party!

 
Contemporary design of the restaurant, with many of the items imported from Italy.

 
First, we had a sharing plate of a few types of appetizers. Carpaccio Di Polpo (Sliced Octopus, Lemon, Fennel) which was refreshing and made a good appetizer before we had the mains. I liked their Asparagi Alla Griglia, which is grilled asparagus and parma ham. We also snacked on the Polenta Herb Fries, which was served with truffle mushroom sauce dip. It was quite an unique combination. Another refreshing dish on the plate was Nizzarda Salad that was a blend of mesclun, fresh tuna loin, quail eggs, green beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, anchovies topped with sherry dressing. Lastly, we also had Panzerotti, pizza doughs (shaped like our curry puffs) that were stuffed with chef's creation.

 

 

 
Opening speech from the management.

“A fresh take on the gastronomic experience is what people should expect from Ricciotti. Coming together over food, art and music, what’s not to enjoy?” said Managing Director, Ottavio Gori.

 

 
DC Mulay, founder of Crozzborderz, sharing about "Food for Good".
http://www.crozzborderz.com/ricciotti

 
Luca Ciarla played his violin with deep emotions, marrying his music with art installations projected on the screen.

 
Kezia Terracciano, a world-renowned artist born in Italy, performed live at the party while we were enjoying the great food.

 
Back to the food. For Pasta selection, we had Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola (Spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese), Linguine Al Granchio (Crab Meat, Chilli, Tomato Cream) and Risotto Al Frutti Di Mare (Arborio Rice with Seafood).

 
For the main courses, we felt that the Cod Fillet was a clear winner. It was fresh and tender, served with sundried tomatoes and sauteed spinach. The Chicken Skewer was presented on chickpea dip. The chicken meat, which was marinated with herbs, had a nice flavour.

 

 
We had a Porcini E Scamorza Pizza. Toppings included Porcini mushrooms and cow's milk cheese. This pizza was not too heavy on the stomach but I do wish there were more mushrooms on it.

 
Finale for the tasting session! The Dessert Platter! Soffiatto (Dark Chocolate molten cake with Stracciatella gelato), Canella Sweet Pizza, Tiramisu and Carrot Cake.

 

 

 

 
 
Date of Visit: Oct 16, 2014 

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Categories : Café | Burgers and Sandwiches

I have not really visited many cafes in Singapore as many of them are located quite far from where I am staying and are not very accessible. I am glad that recently, there are a few cafes making their way into the heartland of Singapore and being an Easterner, I will like to explore some of the cafes in Bedok and Changi area first. As it was the start of the holiday for me yesterday ie no need to report to work, I decided to make a trip to Bedok Reservoir on my own to have my brunch at Refuel Cafe.

 
Refuel Cafe is located at this block.

 
Located below the void deck.

 

 

 
The cafe was not really very big and the seats were almost all filled up by lunch-time. I saw a few parents bringing their children who were dressed in school uniform (probably they just took their PSLE results) to have their meal here.

 

 

 
All prices shown on the menu are the Nett prices. The cafe doesn't charge GST and Service Charge.

 
I ordered a small cup of Latte ($4.50).

 
Interesting design of the magazine rack.

 
As the cafe has the theme of petrol station, you can find "props" like the barrels below, signages related to petrol kiosks here.

 
The cafe served All-Day breakfast and I ordered their recommended "Full Tank" aka "Big Breakfast" which had bratwurst, bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, toast, tomatoes, potatoes & salad all served on one plate. ($13.90) Of course, I loved the mushrooms best and followed by the lightly toasted bread which was soft. The scrambled eggs was too creamy for my like as I prefer it to have a bit more texture.

 

 
After my meal, I spent some time walking around the neighbourhood. Near to the cafe, there is this birds shop that caught my eyes. Do check it out if you are around the area.
 
Date of Visit: Nov 21, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $20

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I had a gathering with my secondary school buddies last Sunday. Due to our hectic schedule, we only got together to meet up twice this year, excluding our secondary school 20th year mass reunion. We could only lament that time really flies, another year had passed by so fast. As all of us stay in the East, with 3 of them staying in Bedok, we decided to meet up at To-gather Cafe, which is strategically located at Bedok heartland.

 

 
I called in to make reservation for 5 of us as I had seen queues outside the cafe on two occasions when I was around the area with my hubby.

 
You could request for post-it from them to do some doodle or write some motivational quotes and stick them to a designated part of the wall.

 
One of my friends decided to bring her two kids along and fortuately, there was a small play corner (just behind our table) for them while the five of us had our food and conversations over the small cozy table at one end of the cafe.

 

 

 

 
Like many other cafes, we had to go over to the counter to order and pay for our food first. No service charge and GST here.

 

 
My friends ordered a plate of Mexican Quesadilla ($6.50) to share - Tortilla with grilled chicken slices, sautee mixed bell peppers, mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato salsa.

 
Roasted Hazelnut Latte ($4.40)

 
I was the only one ordering a main as the rest of them had lunch already. I ordered Grilled Pandan Chicken Chop, served with light coconut sauce, pineapple salsa, fries and salad. ($8.90) The chicken chop was tender and for this price tag, I got nothing to complain.

 
I had been warned by my cousin and friends that their Matcha Lava Cake was very sweet. However, I wanted to try for myself as I thought this was one of their signatures, after looking at so many of their matcha lava cakes on instagram. True enough, the matcha was really far too sweet. My friend and I couldn't finish it off! sad

 

 
Overall, I find the cafe a nice cozy place to chill with friends. We spent two and a half hours at the cafe catching up and spending quality time with one another. Looking forward to our next meet-up. Another cafe? Probably.
 
Date of Visit: Nov 23, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $12

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I attended my first OpenRice Food Tasting session at Brewbaker's Kitchen & Bar (managed by JP Pepperdine), together with my friend, Sam. Brewbaker's Kitchen & Bar had just revamped their whole menu, incorporating both Western and Japanese dishes. Residents nearby can now get to enjoy Japanese cuisine at this location, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

How to get here by public transport? Recommended Route:
- From Sengkang MRT Station, transfer to Sengkang LRT Line.
- Board the Sengkang West Loop LRT and alight at Farmway Station.
- Take a 5 minutes’ walk over to Anchorvale Community Club

We walked down a flight of steep staircase to the basement, nearer to the sports complex side, and saw the restaurant at the end corner.

Sashimi Caesar Salad
($12.80)
Tossed assorted lettuce with caesar dressing, topped with garlic-herb croutons and raw fish. Wasabi sauce was served in a small dipping bowl and you pour the amount of sauce according to your liking. This was quite a refreshing appetizer with all the crunchy lettuce, blended with the raw fish cubes and wasabi sauce.

 
Carbonara Udon
($12.60)
The chef explained to us that this was a fusion dish. The home-made udon was also very different from the thick ones that we normally have. Their vesion of udon was long and much thinner, but still maintained the springy texture. Served in a rich creamy sauce with crispy ham bits and an onsen egg, this was really "oishii"!

 
Kinoko Pizza
Japanese Styled Mushroom Pizza
($12.60)
The pizza texture was like that of soft bread. Eating this pizza, was like eating a piece of bread topped with mushroom, mayo and fish flakes. Would give this a miss the next time.

Unagi Roll
(3 pieces for $12.80)
My friend, Sam requested for unagi roll as during the tasting session, there were a number of beef dishes she couldn't take. I didn't try this but Sam said it was very good. Could tell from the presentation, it looked quite tasty with thick slice of unagi wrapped over avocado/ crabstick and omelette sushi.

 
N.Z Beef Rib
($21.00)
I think this dish should be meant for those with huge appetite. The beef rib was huge and I took a small slice, it was quite tender but the taste was a bit overwhelmed by the sweet BBQ sauce.

 
Beef Shabu Shabu (2 paxs)
($28.60)
This was one of my favourite dishes for the night. I love to swish the meat back and forth in the boiling broth. Do not throw the meat inside the soup for too long otherwise it would become tough and spoil the taste. I took 2 pieces of the sliced beef and cooked them just right, very juicy!

 
Matsu Sushi Moriawase
6 types of sushi ($31)
I tried a salmon roe sushi and a sweet shrimp sushi. The sushi were fresh.

 
After we were done with the above main courses, we proceeded to the outdoor seating for Yakiniku! Why outdoor? The main reason was to prevent the restaurant interior from having the smokey smell and also, to enjoy better ambience doing our grilling outside. We all had fun "BBQ"ing alfesco in the cooling weather.
Pork Belly Yakiniku - Pork belly on Charcoal grill
($12.80 for 1 pax)
Our table got a plate of sliced pork belly. They were thinly sliced and would get overcooked quite easily. I took a few slices of the pork belly and they were rather tough. We were worried that the pork slices were not cooked totally and grilled them for too long and sometimes, we were busy taking photos and forgot to flip them over.

 
Ribeye Yakiniku (BBQ) ($32.80)
The other table had a plate of beef slices and I took one cooked slice from them to try. It was quite a thick slice but the meat was tender and juicy. I would recommend this!

Marble Cheesecake in a chocolate cup - Served with mixed fresh fruits and chocolate sauce
($6.50)
The cheesecake was uniquely presented inside a chocolate cup and it was wiped off by the four of us very fast. The texture of the cheesecake was soft and not too dense. I tried to break the chocolate cup with my fork and spoon but failed. It was very hard and thus, we didn't eat the chocolate cup. I suppose it was meant to just hold the cheesecake inside nicely.

Thank you OpenRice for the invitation and looking forward to more food tasting sessions with them in future!

For more photos and detailed review, pls visit: http://www.ylyn-journal.blogspot.sg/2013/11/openrice-food-tasting-brewbakers.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Beef Shabu Shabu
 
Date of Visit: Nov 05, 2013 

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