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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 : French | Japanese | Fusion

RIZ AU CURRY

RIZ AU CURRY

 
Probably my favourite dish out of the mix, this dish had me going spoonful after spoonful of the savoury curry drenched rice. I like that there is vegetables added into the mix to kind of give me the hope that I am eating a little healthier.

Definitely generous with the addition of ingredient, a robust great tasting dish that I am pretty sure to have loads of adoring fans like myself

SGD 15.50
RIZ NOIR SQUID INK RICE

RIZ NOIR SQUID INK RICE

 
I am never really a fan of squid ink because I always feel that it was more for aesthetic purposes rather than taste. However the Riz Noir squid ink rice came with a distinct flavor, which was probably due to the ika sumi powder which the owners have imported all the way from Hokkaido. It also has a fragrant buttery taste which I love.

A recommended dish!

SGD 16.50
SOUFFLE DE NUAGE

SOUFFLE DE NUAGE

 
The well baked golden brown top promise you a great dish, and it certainly didn’t lie. Break into the puffy foamy souffle and dig into the tomato rice which is deliciously tangy sour. I love how the rice wasn’t all mushy and soft from over-baking, giving the entire dish a great balance in texture.

SGD 15.50
MIAM MIAM SPAGHETTI

MIAM MIAM SPAGHETTI

 
Exactly 110g of spaghetti to be cooked for exactly 7.5 minutes. The Miam Miam spaghetti has a strict set of steps in order to achieve its signature texture. Mixed in with their secret sauce recipe, it was a light tasting dish which I grew to appreciate. It is really good when you break the egg york and mix everything up!

I didn’t particularly like the texture of the spaghetti, finding it a little too hard. But to each of their own, there were others who love it and found it to be just right. Definitely a generous dish, for the ladies, you might have to share!

SGD 15.80
CHOCOLATE MOLLEAUX

CHOCOLATE MOLLEAUX

 
Looking devilishly yummy with the promise of a molten chocolate centre, this dessert disappoint us when the center turn out not so runny after all. A tad on the sweet side, I did prefer a little more bitterness to the chocolate since it is matched with a vanilla soft serve.

SGD 9.80
APPLE AND GRANOLA PANCAKE

APPLE AND GRANOLA PANCAKE

 
The pancake turn out a little harder than I would have like, but perhaps the frantic snapping of food porn have cooled it a little too much. With the yummy cinnamon and granny smith coated toppings, this is a dessert which can fill you up if you aren’t a big fan of mains.

SGD 12.80
VALRHONA CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE

VALRHONA CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE

 
MATCHA SOUFFLE

MATCHA SOUFFLE

 
Both souffles turn out perfect with puffed up tops which will be sure to make you salivate at sight! The flavors were subtle with a pretty distinct eggy flavour, coming across as a light tasting dessert. Definitely a choice which many will enjoy, but you are one who heavy handed when it comes to flavors, you might be slightly disappointed.

SGD 13.80 / SGD 10.80

VERDICT

Definitely a place which I would be back, I am already planning to head there again with my other foodie friends! The mains to me are the star attraction at Miam Miam with their robust flavors and perfect play of textures. Desserts could be a little better, but it is no less enjoyable digging into it.

With such a cosy environment and pocket friendly prices, I am sure you will find yourself a fan of this place like I didsmile
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Recommended Dish(es):  RIZ AU CURRY,RIZ NOIR SQUID INK RICE,MIAM MIAM SPAGHETTI
 
Spending per head: Approximately $25(Dinner)

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 5  |  
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 4

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Categories : Restaurant | Kids-Friendly

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

 
The best selling item in the house, the French Onion Soup is one of the must try items for the night! With savory cheese atop a savory beef broth, I am delighted with the generous amount of caramelized soften onion that melts in your mouth.

Definitely one of the must try soups to go for as it has been quite a while since I had a good bowl of french onion soup! The trick to this dish is the mixture of 2 different cheeses, which I would leave you to guess what it is!

SGD 9
Smoked Duck Salad

Smoked Duck Salad

 
Really nicely done, I enjoy the mix of tangy citrus fruits slices with salad tossed in star anis dressing. The smoked duck was great tasting and I really love the how cheerful the dish looks with the hues of bright colors. Definitely a great starter to order to whet your appetite for the dishes ahead!

SGD 12
HALIBUT EN PAPILLOTTE

HALIBUT EN PAPILLOTTE

 
HALIBUT EN PAPILLOTTE

HALIBUT EN PAPILLOTTE

 
Wrapped up and baked in in white wine sauce, this dish had us slurping up the sauce greedily! The white wine sauce can be a little strong for some, but even my alcohol sensitive tastebuds love it!

The chunks of halibut is a little dry in texture which I felt did take some points off this otherwise extremely tasty dish. However I do understand that the Halibut which is low in fat content, isn’t a common fish in Singapore. Therefore they have to be freezed up and flown into Singapore, resulting in the dry texture.

Served with rosemary potatos and vegetables, this is a dish I would still order again when I am at Parsley and Thyme. This is coming from someone who doesn’t often take fish!

SGD 24
BEEF TENDERLOIN

BEEF TENDERLOIN

 
BEEF TENDERLOIN

BEEF TENDERLOIN

 
The whole time we were at the restaurant, we saw several tables ordering the same dish and it is definitely no surprise! With tender soft pink meat (medium rare is love!), meat lovers will definitely go gaga over this!

A dab of blue cheese on top might come across as pungent to some. I for one, didn’t like that it overwhelms the beef which already taste so good on its own. It is was a well done dish, but I would request to lay off the blue cheese next time.

SGD 30
CARAMEL PANNA COTTA

CARAMEL PANNA COTTA

 
The addition of cinnamon crumble in the dessert was probably the deciding factor for the both of us. The crumbles add on a crunchy texture to the otherwise soft dessert.
Overall, it wasn’t too bad though we found the panna cotta to be a little too watery. We later found out it is a chef preference though.

SGD 9
CARAMEL PANNA COTTA

CARAMEL PANNA COTTA

 
Crushed hazelnut praline and roasted hazelnuts sit atop a the chocolate mousse, how can we not order this?

I am personally a fan of dark chocolate, so the overall dish turn out a little too sweet for me. If you have a preference for sweet chocolate,then this would be the dessert for you.

SGD 9
 
Recommended Dish(es):  HALIBUT EN PAPILLOTTE,BEEF TENDERLOIN,French Onion Soup
 
Spending per head: Approximately $50(Dinner)

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Categories : French | Japanese | Fusion | Restaurant | Kids-Friendly

 
Lp+ Tetsu is a French and Japanese smart dining restaurant which is helmed by Michelin starred chef Laurent Peugeout. Designed to have a semi open kitchen, diners can pop by to see the chefs preparing dishes after dishes of delightful offerings.
This time I was given the opportunity to try out their lunch set menu!

 
Soft buttery bread with an accompanying light tasting konbu + olive oil mixture which will fill you up if you are sucker for pastries like me.

STARTER OPTION 1 – SUSHI SANMA
STARTER OPTION 1 – SUSHI SANMA

STARTER OPTION 1 – SUSHI SANMA

 
I really enjoyed this dish despite having sanma fish for the first time. There isnt a strong fishy undertone and the yuzu miso adds on a slight tartness to the entire dish.

STARTER OPTION 2 – SALMON IN TARTARE
STARTER OPTION 2 – SALMON IN TARTARE

STARTER OPTION 2 – SALMON IN TARTARE

 
The wrap was packed full with salmon sashimi. I appreciate the addition of passion-fruit dressing which enhances the dish by giving it refreshing fruity kick. I would have like the avocado to be added into the wrap rather than being placed on the outside. Half the time it fell off the wrap while I am biting into it though.

MAIN DISH 1 – MAGRET DE CANARD
MAIN DISH 1 – MAGRET DE CANARD

MAIN DISH 1 – MAGRET DE CANARD

 
Flavorsome with a distinct smoked flavor, the addition of fruits added a hint of tangy sweetness into the dish to complement its savory nature. I was please to note that there was no distinctive duck smell which would hint at the freshness of the meat. Definitely a choice selection for the main dish!

MAIN DISH 2 – SAINT PIERRE
MAIN DISH 2 – SAINT PIERRE

MAIN DISH 2 – SAINT PIERRE

 
The other main dish which was offered up consist of a Tempura and Dashi comsomme. A Japanese touch in this otherwise French menu, it boost a refreshing light option to the meal. We found the tempura lightly batter and fried till the meat is tender soft. Dashi consomme came with different variety of vegetables to give it a healthy touch, but it ended up a little saltier than what I would have like.

DESSERT OPTION 1 – KATSU POULIGNY SAINT PIERRE
DESSERT OPTION 1 – KATSU POULIGNY SAINT PIERRE

DESSERT OPTION 1 – KATSU POULIGNY SAINT PIERRE

 
Long story short, this is baked cheese dessert which I never regretted ordering! Lightly battered on the outside, the inside was filled with gooey sharp cheesy interior. I would say that you have to be fan of cheese to enjoy this dish, if not, you might find the cheese a little too overwhelming.

DESSERT OPTION 2 – FIG LAVENDER
DESSERT OPTION 2 – FIG LAVENDER

DESSERT OPTION 2 – FIG LAVENDER

 
Probably one of the best dessert for the night, I didn’t like it initially but it slowly grew on me with its chewy texture and light lavender scent. Served with a scoop of gelato, the dessert has a sticky nature which causes it to stick your teeth with every bite. That was the part which I didn’t like about this dish.

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Recommended Dish(es):  Sanma Sushi,KATSU POULIGNY SAINT PIERRE. SALMON IN TARTARE
 
Spending per head: Approximately $45(Lunch)

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 5  |  
Environment
 5  |  
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 5  |  
Clean
 5  |  
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 3

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Pollen - A Decadent Lunch Affair Smile Feb 13, 2014   
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Categories : Middle Eastern/Mediterranean | European | Pasta | Seafood | Fine Dining

Table setting

Table setting

 
Starters

Starters

 
STARTERS: BALLOTINE OF SMOKED HAM HOCK
STARTERS: BALLOTINE OF SMOKED HAM HOCK

STARTERS: BALLOTINE OF SMOKED HAM HOCK

 
It looks as good as it taste! Light in flavours. Definitely get you excited for the 2nd course!

POACHED COD FILLET
POACHED COD FILLET

POACHED COD FILLET

 
(Pasnip cream, savoy cabbage, light curry sabayon)
Probably the best cod fish I have ever taste. Tender soft with a light curry flavored sauce that doesn’t threaten to overwhelm its the cod.

DESSERT: CHESTNUT
DESSERT: CHESTNUT

DESSERT: CHESTNUT

 
(Cranberry, cherry, Pollen 46% chocolate, hazelnut, creme fraiche)
The white shavings you see there is ice cream which is made to look like snow! Melt in your month goodness!

Petit Fours
Petit Fours

Petit Fours

 
Small bites for you to end off the meal, the cookies were lovely!

VERDICT

A decadent lunch affair marked a great year for my work team. We had the new year meal which was pricier than usual their usual offering, you can check back on their website to see what are their offerings.

The food was perfect. It was the kind of meal which blows you away with flavours that you wouldn’t be able to get from anywhere else; as each beautiful plated dish was probably a work of art for the chefs as they beautifully balance the flavors.

Definitely a place I would recommend for those who are in the mood to indulge, anniversary dinners, birthday celebrations or even a company lunch. It is probably a little out of the way, but there is a buggy to pick you up at the taxi stand to get to the restaurant directly.
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Recommended Dish(es):  POACHED COD FILLET
 
Spending per head: Approximately $65(Lunch)

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 5  |  
Price
 5

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Categories : American | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Brunch

If you forgot to book a restaurant for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, you can check out Eggs & Berries, a cafe restaurant which is also offering a Valentine’s day menu!

 
Initially I wasnt expecting much from this little pop color theme cafe restaurant, but I started getting excited when I caught a a glimpse of what other people were eating, cause it looks so good!


BUTTERNUT CAPPUCCINO

 
Served up in a glass cup, the creamy butternut soup topped with a little milk froth was a mix of sweet and savory. It’s texture is somewhat similar to pumpkin soup, but with a lighter taste. Hardly surprising given that it does bear some resemblance to the pumpkin ( Link)



SOUS VIDE MARINATED DUCK BREAST

 
I had pretty high hopes for this dish after tasting the butternut soup but it turned out disappointing. The duck had a weird liver aftertaste, leaving the 4 of us at the table wondering if it was under cooked or that it just wasn’t fresh enough. Everything else on the plate was good, except the duck. Quite a pity.


SOUS VIDE SALMON FILLET

 
This was a great dish. Well cooked salmon with yummy sauce to boot, this is the dish of my choice for the Valentine’s Day menu. Before I forget, the eggs bendict that you see on our plates were gloriously good, it is the signature food item at Eggs & Berries!


CHOCOLATE LAVA AND BOSTON CREAM PIE

 
The chocolate lava cake had a molten center, but the chocolate wasn’t flowing freely when we cut into it. Such a pity cause it taste really good! If you aren’t picky about it, it is still a darn good dessert to end the meal with.

The boston cream pie came with a small little syringe stuck into it. It contains peach liqueur, which you can have fun injecting it into the cake. Overall the taste was light and refreshing, a good contrast to the lava cake which is heavier in flavor.

SGD 68++ per couple
(Add on SGD11++ for 2 selected couple smoothies)

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VERDICT

I found the entire meal to be satisfying and considering what Eggs & Berries are offering for their Valentine’s Day menu, it is still pretty affordable compared to other restaurants which are pumping their prices sky-high.

This set lunch will be offered from the 13th – 16th February 2014, so there is no rush for you to have it on the actual valentine’s day itself. I hope you would enjoy this as much as I did.

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Recommended Dish(es):  Butternut Cappucino
 
Date of Visit: Feb 06, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $40(Other)

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Price
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