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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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Savory ones @ Carpenter & Cook Smile Feb 16, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Brunch

 
Been to Carpenter's and Cook several times and it is always for the sweet treats which are decadently displayed on their front counters. I was feeling particularly peckish on one of my afternoon trips down and I decided to try out their quiche which was on display.
Quiche

Quiche

 
To be honest it wasn't the best quiche that I have tasted. This is on par with Delifrance standard and so it didnt leave me impressed. It did came with a side salad, but for $7, I would have placed the money purchasing another of the amazing tart which Carpenter & Cook serves

 
I tried out the banoffee flavour and as always, their tarts always leave me a happy person.

Verdict? Go for the sweets at Carpenter's and Cook. That is what they are best at.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Tarts
 
Spending per head: Approximately $10(Tea)

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Quiet and cozy Smile Feb 14, 2014   
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Categories : Café

 
The cafe is divided into several sections, each with a different look and feel. There are different knick knacks where the cafe still displays the various old school vintage decorations. Super pretty and a photo-worthy placesmile
OX TAIL STEW

OX TAIL STEW

 
Rich flavorsome broth, the Ox tail soup is quite a delight to tuck into. You can choose between white rice or baguette to go with the stew, but i personally prefer soaking up the yummy broth with the baguette. I thought the dish was a little small, but boy was I wrong! Both my guy friend and I were totally stuffed at the end of the meal!
Cappuccino

Cappuccino

 
We ordered a couple of rich aromatic cappuccinos after finding out that they specialize in coffee as well. Definitely a good choice that we made smile
Rich flavorsome broth, the Ox tail soup is quite a delight to tuck into. You can choose between white rice or baguette to go with the stew, but i personally prefer soaking up the yummy broth with the baguette. I thought the dish was a little small, but boy was I wrong! Both my guy friend and I were totally stuffed at the end of the meal!
Overview

Overview

 
Verdict
Definitely a lovely place which I would visit again soon to try out more of their mains!

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Recommended Dish(es):  Ox Tail Stew,Cappucino
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15(Dinner)

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Fullouse Signature might sound familiar to you as they used to have one of their theme restaurant branches in Hotel Rendezvous. Back then it was already are popular spot for couples to have their photoshoots done in the beautifully designed restaurant.

They have now since re-open as Fullhouse Signature Restaurant in Clarke Quay with a even bigger place and elaborate setup for to woo customers back into their cafe.

I managed to try out a few dishes there and i have quite a few recommended items!
FRENCH ONION SOUP

FRENCH ONION SOUP

 
A tad on the salty side, I still find myself slurping up this soup which comes with chunks of soft boiled onions! Definitely taste better when you soak the garlic bread into the soup, which is how traditionally house the french onion soup is presented.
SGD 9
CRUNCHY CHEESE STICKS

CRUNCHY CHEESE STICKS

 
Fried till golden brown, with cheesy strands oozing from it, this is a starter which will definitely catch your eye as you glance through the menu. Do eat this as soon as you can before it turns soggy!
SGD 11
GOLDEN CRABMEAT BALL

GOLDEN CRABMEAT BALL

 
Dabbed in mayonnaise, it is definitely a joy to bite into the crunch golden balls which are packed with crab meat fillings! If you are a seafood love, then I would recommend this dish to you!
ITALIAN MEATBALL

ITALIAN MEATBALL

 
This is such a meatly man dish! As I am not really a fan of meatballs, I didnt fancy it much. However I can totally imagine Chris Hemsworth biting into this and throwing the plate on the floor roaring “MORE” in true Thor fashion.

 
Definitely a flavorsome dish which is served with 4 big fat juicy well seasoned scallops! If you are scratching your head over which pasta to order, this is definitely one of the recommended ones.
GRILLED CHICKEN CHOP W RAISIN BLACK PEPPER SAUCE

GRILLED CHICKEN CHOP W RAISIN BLACK PEPPER SAUCE

 
One of my favorite dishes in Fullhouse, the chicken was grilled till tender and the additional of raisins with the dish was a nice touch to the black pepper sauce. Definitely a generous dish, all of us were exclaiming about the portion size!
SGD 25
HAM AMATRICIANA

HAM AMATRICIANA

 
Definitely a spicy dish, but some of my friend found this too spicy to bear. I personally found it ok, but don’t be surprise if your nose runs a little ;)
SGD 20
PIRI PIRI CHICKEN

PIRI PIRI CHICKEN

 
With sweet and spicy sauce coated all across the chicken, it was such a flavorsome dish which all my friends were happily stealing a bite from! The meat was soft and tender, unlike other places where I am subjected to eating dry overdone chicken.
SGD 25

VERDICT


Fullhouse signature is definitely a place to head if you looking to wow your friends with the beautifully design interiors. It would be great for special occasions like birthdays, proposals or any form of celebratory events. The staff there are passionate about their work and would definitely offer a helping hand if required.

I personally feel that the food prices are reasonable given relaxing ambiance of this dining establishment, and how they try to make it a very interactive place for friends to enjoy their meal. There are definitely some hits and misses with the food, but one thing I cant deny is that they are definitely generous with their portions.

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Recommended Dish(es):  SCALLOP AGLIO SPAGHETTI,HAM AMATRICIANA,GRILLED CHICKEN CHOP WITH RAISIN BLACK PEPPER SAUCE,PIRI PIRI CHICKEN
 
Spending per head: Approximately $40

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Jalan Besar's Pig Organ Soup Smile Feb 14, 2014   
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Categories : Teochew | Coffeeshop | Chinese Soup

 
A lazy Sunday afternoon prompted us to explore somewhere new and we decided to head over to Jalan Bedar for lunch before doing a little cafe hopping. Initial plan was Lavender food court, but seeing there was no crowd at the popular Cheng Mun Chee Kee, we decided to pop over there instead!
PIG ORGAN SOUP

PIG ORGAN SOUP

 
PIG ORGAN SOUP

PIG ORGAN SOUP

 
Packed with all sorts of innards, lean meat, meatballs, tofu and salted vegetables, this is the signature dish of the shop! It is a good bowl of soup without the porky taste and smell, guaranteeing it of freshness.

The only thing I would pick at is that it is lacking in the sour factor so I was a little bit disappointed. When pair with the vinegar pork trotters, the taste also appears to be muted.

SGD 5.50
VINEGAR PORK TROTTERS

VINEGAR PORK TROTTERS

 
We decided to order this after a steaming hot bowl passed us and the strong fragrance had our eyes and nose trailing after it! If you love your vinegar to be super sour, then this will be for you!

I am not a fan for ginger smell and I am glad that the scent of ginger was delicate and subtle rather than intrusive. The portions as you can see are generously packed full of soft meat plus a whole egg!
SGD 5.50

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Recommended Dish(es):  VINEGAR PORK TROTTERS,PIG ORGAN SOUP
 
Spending per head: Approximately $5(Lunch)

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Categories : Bakery | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Brunch

DRIPS SPECIALTY COLD DRIP COFFEE

DRIPS SPECIALTY COLD DRIP COFFEE

 
GREEN TEA LATTE

GREEN TEA LATTE

 
Green foamy rice matcha latte. I enjoyed this little cuppa goodness as i chatted about the day's activities with my friends.
BLACKBERRY ALMOND TART

BLACKBERRY ALMOND TART

 
Looking for something fruity? Theblackberry almond tart caught our eye and it wasn't too bad. I wish it was served hot though. Somehow the lukewarm temperature made it a little less appealing.
BROWNIE & ICE CREAM

BROWNIE & ICE CREAM

 
Initially I didn’t pay attention to the brownies which were placed in the counter, but they turn out so good! What I thought would be a dry cardboard like brownie turn out to have a beautiful crust encompassing the chewy fudge interior. This is a definite recommendation.

If you are looking for something savory, you can also opt for the pastries and quiches which are available there smile
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Brownie and icecream
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15(Supper)

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