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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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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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VERDICT
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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Clean
 5  |  
Price
 5

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Categories : Italian | Taiwanese | Vegetarian | Salads | 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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 5  |  
Environment
 5  |  
Service
 5  |  
Clean
 5  |  
Price
 5

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Handcrafted Desserts Smile Feb 26, 2014   
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Categories : French | Bakery

 
It seems like more and more cafes are choosing to set up below void decks to avoid the high cost of rental in premium districts.

 
Ciel Patisserie is a small little cafe that is located at Lorong Ah Soo. A first of its kind in the area, the store is located in between provisions store and a clinic, place which most doesn't even consider ideal for a cafe. Yet it a still sees a steady stream of customer in the area and one visit to the cafe I could see why.

With a limited amount of cakes made per day, you would definitely need to book ya cakes if you would like to make a evening trip as they are usually sold out by 5pm.
Counter Offerings

Counter Offerings

 
The cakes here are definitely beautifully crafted and I was so tempted to order every single one of them cause they just look so good! Too bad there was only 2 of us and limited stomach space.
Dome

Dome

 
Interior

Interior

 
A round shape dessert, it isn't particularly beautiful to photograph but the taste is exquisite. If you are one that go for heavy flavors, this will be the ideal choice for you. The velvety thick chocolate mousse together with the crunchy praline base complement each other perfectly well.
SGD 5.50
Apple & Cinnamon Tart

Apple & Cinnamon Tart

 
Well baked and not overly sweet, this tart is a refreshing alternative to the DOME. The size is a little small for the price, with a shallow base. But for the taste I am willing to shelve out the moolah.
SGD 4.80
Cappucino

Cappucino

 
Instant coffee from illy, it wasn't too bad a coffee to enjoy.

Service is generally good except for a grumpy staff (who was a little unfriendly) told me that if I was to see the entire selection, then I should be here early in the morning when they open. A sarcastic reply to what I deem as a innocent question of "Do you replenish your cakes when they run out? Cause i would like to check out the entire selection?"

VERDICT
Seating area is a bit limited in this area, so big groups of more than 6 might find it hard to get settings. Otherwise, this cafe is a pretty good place to chill out with friends over chatter and cakes.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  DOME
 
Spending per head: Approximately $7(Tea)

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Environment
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Service
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Clean
 5  |  
Price
 4

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A trip down to punggol OK Feb 25, 2014   
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Categories : Bars/Lounges | Pets Friendly

 

 

 
Popped over at Bacon & Booze on a Saturday afternoon after finding them on the Entertainer App. Armed With a coupon for a 1 for 1 Main, we decided to grab the Crispy Fish Burger and the Chicken Cutlet.
Cappucino

Cappucino

 
While waiting, we nursed a cup of cappucino which didnt turn out too bad despite its simple appearance.
A quick glance around the place and we saw that it is very simply furnished with a loads of handmade decorations hung up the wall.
Handcraft Decos

Handcraft Decos

 
Cripsy Fish Burger

Cripsy Fish Burger

 
Chunky Battered Fish

Chunky Battered Fish

 
Burger Combo: Battered fish topped with nacho cheese & bacon bits, stacked up on a healthy salad. Served with fries.

Definitely a well battered fish which was fried till golden brown and served hot and cripsy when we bite into it. The salad gave the savoury dish a slight sweetness, giving it a balance of sweet and salty.
Despite having bacon in their stall name, I certainly wasnt expecting the dried hard and overfried chewy bacon that was served with the dish. Fries were also pale yellow instead of golden brown, which a couple of minutes in the deep fryer could have solved.
SGD 15
Chicken Cutlet

Chicken Cutlet

 
Fried to perfection, chicken thigh in lovely golden brown breadcrumbs. Choice of teriyaki sauce or sambal chilli. Served with fries & side salad.
A great dish, the chicken culet was served up as promised. The teriyaki sauce that came with the dish was pretty good as well. The only gripe was that is was a little too oily, and the matt plate which the dish was served on didnt do the appearance any favours.
SGD 15


VERDICT
Given the location, Bacon and Booze will probably be a spot which I would head to when I am looking for a place hangout with friends over beer, or if I am looking for a western food option at Pungol end. The food isnt mind blowing good for me to want to head down again, though the beer list does look promising for beer lovers.
Definitely worth a try, but dont expect too much from this place smile
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Crispy Fish Burger
 
Spending per head: Approximately $18(Lunch)

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Clean
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Price
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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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Price
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