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This is roundtumtums living in Hougang/Kovan. I work in Alexandra. I like to hang out in Jalan Besar, Hougang/Kovan, Alexandra. Japanese, Thai, Taiwanese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Café, Food Court, Street Food and Chinese Soup, Sushi/Sashimi, Pasta.
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Categories : Teochew | Coffeeshop | Porridge/Congee

Friday = Party all night!
*Cue Pitbull Music*
If you didnt end up hugging a toilet bowl tonight, and feeling a little peckish, let me introduce this little unpretentious gem, which I discovered last night!
Opened till 5am, dont be surprised to see a queue at night, as this stall has loads of fans for their delicious and extensive range of yummy ingredient. Despite feeling bloated, I couldnt resist the dishes that was placed in front of me!

 
Special mention to the stirfry liver and potato which were so good, my chopsticks was drawn to it like a magnet, continuously picking at it!
The pork liver at Ye Shang Hai is mixed with a savoury thick brown sauce which is perfect to mask the horrible liver smell! For the first time in my life, i saw myself eating more liver than I had ever eaten in my life!! It is that good!
The potatoes are also well cooked to the point where it is soft, but not mushy, the perfect bite. Just mentioning it is making me salivate.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  A spread for 4
 
Table Wait Time: 15 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $4.5(Dinner)

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Muchachos – Burrito Bar Smile Jun 25, 2014   
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Categories : Mexican | Bars/Lounges

If you are looking for something a little different from the typical Asian and Western food which is available, you can pop by Muchachos, a burrito bar which serves up casual simple Mexican wraps which are so big it call fill you up.

 
Once you step into this little cozy hidden gem, you will be greeted by a black white and grey palate of colors and a lovely cable lights which hang from the ceilings.

 
Menu

Menu

 
The menu is simple with different flavored Quesadilla, Burrito and Burrito Bowls. Don’t be surprise that a burrito will cause you at least SGD 12.45, because the portions here are so huge! One burrito was enough for both me and Mr Heng, as we later found out after we ordered.

 
There is just a single counter top within the establish which has various toppings which you can choose to add into your burrito! I had every single item added onto my burrito, and even had a serving of guacamole. What is Mexican food without a bit of Guacamole?

 
You can see from my hands how big the burrito is! I cant even circle it with one hand!

Sorry I had to show you these half eaten pictures but we couldn’t find a knife to properly slice it.

 

 
You can see how much ingredients have been packed into it and served up to us to ensure that no hungry customers walk out. I couldn’t even finish mine and had to pack it home!
Tip to the ladies: Try sharing one with your girlfriends first!
If you are looking for a day to wind down and chill out with your friends, you might want to consider knocking back a bottle of beer with their Wing Wednesday promotion where you can get 50 cents buffalo wings, with a minimum order of 6!
Promotions

Promotions

 
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Well worth a visit for their delicious burrito wraps, I cant think of another place which serve up something similar. Generous portions and a cosy environment located near Outram park MRT station, I cant think of a reason why you shouldn’t be popping over!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Burrito
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15(Lunch)

Dining Offers: Wing Wednesday - 50cents wings


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Recommended with 2 Thumbs Up! Smile Jun 25, 2014   
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Categories : French | Coffeeshop

When I mention about French Dining, the word “Expensive” seems to be the first to pop up in people’s mind. However, I have just recently visited this little gem located in Bukit Merah and I am so excited to share it with you guys!

Chef Immanuel’s French Kitchen is set to become one of the latest casual french dining spots to join the growing number of atas kopitiam stalls that serves restaurant quality standards at affordable prices!
I have visited this place twice in a week and tried quite a significant number of dishes (almost everything) and it is sooo good!

DUCK RILLETTE
Served with Gherkin and Bread

 
SGD 7.90

CHICKEN LIVER PATE WITH PORT WINE
Served with bread

 
SGD 7.50
FROG
Frogs legs sauteed with shallot garlic and parsley

 
SGD 12.60

FOIE GRAS
Pan Fried Foie Gras served with Caramelized Apple, Herb Salad and Orange Gastrique

 
SGD15.40

BURGUNDY ESCARGOT
Baked half a dozen snail with tomato fondue and garlic herbs butter served with bread

 
SGD 11.90

PORK BELLY
Pork Belly Braised in Kakuni Style Served with Duxelle Mushroom, Onsen Egg & Potato Form

 
SGD15.40


SOUS VIDE CHICKEN BREAST
Sous Vide Chicken Breast served with cheese rigatoni pasta Gratin, Mushroom Fricassee and Mustard Sauce

 
SGD12.60

FRENCH DUCK LEG CONFIT
Confit of duck leg from France served with Mash Potatoes, Braised savoy cabbages and Au Jus

 
SGD14.90


STEAK AND FRIES
Steak served with Shallot and garlic confit and french fries

 

 
SGD 18


BEEF BOURGUIGNON
Braised beef in red wine with bacon, mushroom and onion, served with crushed parsley potato

 
SGD 17
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One of my favorite dining dinner. Definitely not what you would expect in a Kopitiam setting. The meat served up to use were all tender juicy soft and the flavors are well balanced without ever reaching out for additional condiments.
I tried picking out a a favourite main, but I am spoiled for choices! However if you are in the mood for something different, the pork belly is one which you definitely have to try out. The spoonful of egg, mushroom, pork belly and potato foam is mind blowing good. Mash potato will never be good enough for me again.
Portions are definitely generous enough for me to be stuffed after the meal, and even if the mains don’t fill me up, anyone of the side dishes or starters will definitely do the deed.
Definite worth the trip up to Bukit Merah!

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  CHICKEN LIVER PATE WITH PORT WINE,DUCK RILLETTE SERVED WITH GHERKIN AND BREAD,BURGUNDY ESCARGOT,BEEF BOURGUIGNON,PORK BELLY,FROG LEGS,STEAK AND FRIES CLOSE UP,STEAK AND FRIES,FRENCH DUCK LEG CONFIT
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $18(Lunch)

Dining Offers: 試食活動


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Categories : Italian | Taiwanese | Vegetarian | Salads | Chinese Noodles

Got an invitation to visit one of the latest restuarant in Raffles City shopping centre called “SUFOOD” which is sounds like “Shu Fu”, the chinese word for Comfortable! Serving up Italian inspired vegetarian food at affordable prices, they offer a 7 course meal at only SGD 25++!

THE SUFOOD APPETIZER
Yummeh

Yummeh

 
Made up of 3 different bites, you would have to start from right to left, with the flavours increasing in intensity. Flavours are uniquely different and I love the Tomato Jelly which tangy sour!
1. Japanese Yuca root which is drizzled with blueberry coulis
2. Oriental white water snowflake greens
3. Savoury Cherry tomato jelly

ROSEMARY BREADSTICKS

 
You can dip your breadsticks with the sweet mustard or blueberry dip. My savoury tastebuds vote for the Mustard sauce, while the blueberry version wasn’t too bad either!

TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD

 
MUSHROOM SALAD

 
Mushrooms together with broccoli and cherry tomatoes are mixed in a vinegar dressing to give you a tangy start to your meal. Definitely my top pick for salads! It is also the only cooked starter in the available selections.

SUMMER SALAD

 
CLASSIC GARDEN SALAD

 
Tried all 4 soups as well, and the Chinese soups definitely overshadowed the western offerings!
Both the “Root Soup” and ”Cabbage & Sweet Potato Stew” got raving reviews from all of us. the Cream of Pumpkin soup as well as Mushroom & Pea Pottage turned out to be slightly watery and bland.

CABBAGE AND SWEET POTATO STEW

 

ROOT SOUP

 

CREAM OF PUMPKIN SOUP + MUSHROOM & PEA POTTAGE

 
The mains were crazy delicious and definitely the best part of the entire dining experience! I can’t decide which is my favourite cause they are all so delicious!

BAKED POTATO AL FUNGHI

 
Steam King Oyster mushrooms which are drizzled with herb vinaigrette turn out so soft and juicy that I could stop myself from having more. After the food tasting, I even got the same mushrooms and pan grill them at home.


STAR PIZZA

 
Another recommended item would be the “Star Pizza” which is pizza shaped into a star shape and filled with generous toppings of oyster mushrooms, cream cheese and mustard sauce! I especially love how they generously topped the entire pizza with salted seaweed that gave it another flavour boost! There was even a guinesss record for the most number of Star pizza made one the first day of its opening!


MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLE SKEWERS

 
If you are going for something a little light and healthy, the Mediterranean skewers are definitely not to be missed. Grilled and braised in homemade italian herb dressing, you can also enjoy the vegetables with a serving of fried rice too! Probably one of the most beautifully presented dish of the night!


WILD MUSHROOM CHARCOAL TAGLIATELLE

 
The Wild Mushroom Charcoal Tagliatelle was recommended for the health benefits which charcoal brings. On its own, it is pretty tasteless, however give the noodles a little twirling to soak up the yummy sauce it is resting on. The King Oyster mushrooms are shaped in sauce a way we kept thinking we were eating squid! I am pretty surprise how much I enjoy dish despite the lack of meat in it!

 

 
There are also baked rice dishes and vegetable pita pockets which are equally yummy as well. They are a tad common in comparison to the other dishes, but definitely worth a try too!

OSMANTHUS FLOWER JELLY

 

SESAME PANNA COTTA

 
I love this dessert for its smooth texture. For those you are afraid of the strong sesame smell, not to worry as the entire dessert is very light in flavour.

VANILLA ICE CREAM WITH HOT CHOCOLATE

 
One thing to note, EAT FAST! If not the chocolate will form a hard chocolate dome over the ice cream. This simple dessert is still lovely to enjoy.

BANANA CHEESECAKE

 
To end of the meal, you get a choice of tea and tropical fruit blends with the desserts. We managed to try other quite a number of items and the one which stood out to me was the Yuzu Chamomile Tea and the Passion Fruit Calamansi Tea. Sour and yet leaving a coying aftertaste after every sip, it has easily to love this 2 drinks after a full meal!
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VERDICT
After tasting so many dishes at this restaurant, I highly recommend this as a stopover for your family dinners or even as a healthier alternative for gatherings with friends! Well thought out dishes which are rich in flavour and uses natural ingredients, it is a good stepping stone for people looking to start on a vegetarian diet. It was the first time I left a food tasting feeling un-sinful about the amount of food which I had consumed.
I definitely did enjoy my experience there and thank you so much to the PR team for having me down to have the first taste of the lovely menu!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Vegetable Pita Pockets,BAKED POTATO AL FUNGHI,WILD MUSHROOM CHARCOAL TAGLIATELLE,SESAME PANNA COTTA,THE SUFOOD APPETIZER,ROSEMARY BREADSTICKS,MUSHROOM SALAD,SUMMER SALAD,CLASSIC GARDEN SALAD,ROOT SOUP,CABBAGE AND SWEET POTATO STEW,STAR PIZZA,Baked Rice,BANANA CHEESECAKE
 
Dining Offers: 試食活動


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Clean
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Dining with Yummy Tonkatsu Smile Jun 06, 2014   
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Categories : Japanese

Saboten might be a familiar name to you if you are a fan of Tonkatsu. Known to been one of the go-to places for their golden brown breaded pork and chicken cutlets, you will have a definitely leave the place with a smile on your face. If you are not a fan of Tonkatsu, you will be please to know that they have recently launched their brand new dining concept in their IMM outlet, which consist of shabu shabu and teppanyaki offerings.

Once seated, we were given a bowl of thinly sliced cabbage with dressing to munch on while waiting for our orders. Super DA BOMB! I love how fresh and crisp the taste is!

 
The chawamushi also one not to be missed out! Soft and melt in your mouth delicious!

 
I managed to try out a couple of sets with my friends and they all turn out pretty delicious, except for pork which had a porky smell which I didn't like. The sets are really generous and you will definitely be stuffed once you have finished everything!

 

 
If you like fish, don’t miss out on the cod fish set! Just one look at the cod fish and you will know why I am salivating all over my keyboard as I finish up this entry.

 

 
Some of the items which I had to highlight where the mentai prawns and scallops which are slurpiliciously good. We even ordered extras to feast on it.

 

 
As always, their Tonkatsu is deliciously heavenly when dipped in the grounded sesame and Tonkatsu sauce mix.

 

 


VERDICT
This place is definitely worth a visit, if you are a seafood and tonkatsu lover! I can't wait to sink my teeth into another piece of yummy Tonkatsu!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Cabbage with dressing,Chawamushi,Hotplate Set,Cod Fish with Mentai,Seafood Mentai Set,Tonkatsu with Sauce,Mentai Prawns,Scallops with Mentai
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately $20(Dinner)

Dining Offers: 試食活動


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