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Gareth1304
This is Gareth1304 . French, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean, European are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Fast Food, Café and Steaks and Grills, Buffet , Burgers and Sandwiches.
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Categories : American | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

Roadhouse is a beautiful American diner tucked in a quaint and cosy corner of Dempsey Road. Arriving on a rainy Friday afternoon, we found the restaurant as well as the surrounding areas relatively empty and serene.
The rustic interior of Roadhouse.

The rustic interior of Roadhouse.

 
Stepping into the restaurant, I was struck by the rustic yet elegant interior design. There was extensive use of wood in the beams and furniture, providing a soft and welcoming touch. The interior was airy and well-lit by natural lighting, even though the sky was overcast.
The legendary Roadhouse Wall of Fame.

The legendary Roadhouse Wall of Fame.

 

 
The legendary Roadhouse Wall of Fame was prominently displayed, showing off the proud conquerors of The Terminator Challenge. Polish off a massive burger stuffed with six Wagyu patties, cheese and bacon in 20 minutes and you dine for free!

For the rest of us with more modest appetites, the Liquid Cheeseburger Fondue (SGD 10++) is must-try! This innovative creation is a cheeseburger in liquid form, with generous amounts of minced beef, diced tomatoes and other condiments immersed in thick, rich molten cheddar. A skewer of bread biscuits accompanies this decadent dish.
Rich and creamy!

Rich and creamy!

 
The Mac & Cheese Bolognaise (SGD 20++) was simple combination of two classics, Mac & Cheese and Beef Bolognaise. With the fusion of these two eternal favourites into a single pasta dish, one can truly experience the best of both worlds. 

 
A thick cheese sauce smothers the rich contents within. Beef bolognaise, parmesan and Monterey Jack all slathered with a rich, creamy dressing. How can one resist? 

 
The Simply Brie-vine (SGD 24++) is one simply divine burger. The centrepiece of the burger is a 170g Wagyu patty grilled on Roadhouse's signature Josper grill. The thick patty emitted a wonderfully smoky fragrance and was satisfyingly juicy and flavourful. Slabs of grilled poached pear and brie dovetailed beautifully with the patty. The brie, a truly majestic cheese, was delightfully creamy. The poached pear added a hint of sweetness and tartness to the burger, nicely balancing the richness of the other ingredients. Sundried tomatoes and rocket provided the finishing touches.

 
Fragrant and flavourful Josper-grilled Wagyu patty

Fragrant and flavourful Josper-grilled Wagyu patty

 
The poached pear added a refreshingly sweet and tart dimension to counter the richness of the burger

The poached pear added a refreshingly sweet and tart dimension to counter the richness of the burger

 
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A rustic diner with beautiful furnishings, brightened with much-welcomed natural lighting. Serves up rich, hearty all-American cuisine.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Liquid Cheeseburger Fondue,Mac & Cheese Bolognaise,Simply Brie-vine
 
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Date of Visit: Dec 20, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $30(Lunch)

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Categories : American | Steaks and Grills

Tony Roma's certainly needs no introduction, feted as they are globally for their ribs and steaks. The outlet at Orchard Central indeed appeared befitting of a chain of such stature. The restaurant was decked out majestically in soft lighting, as well as being awash in natural sunlight. The lofty ceiling added to the grand ambience.

 

 
The Onion Loaf (half, SGD 9.90++) did not disappoint, as usual. Thick onion rings, battered and deep fried to golden crispy perfection, provided a sinful yet delightful start to the meal.

 

 
The Original Baby Back Ribs (regular, SGD 33.90++) also lived up to their lofty reputation, being juicy and fork tender. Each bite was indeed heavenly, with smoky and savoury fragrances wafting up the nostrils.

 

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Onion Loaf,The Original Baby Back Ribs
 
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Date of Visit: May 22, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $30(Lunch)

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Categories : Italian | Taiwanese | Vegetarian | Salads/ Acai Bowl | Noodles

 
SUFOOD is a vegetarian dining concept founded in 2010 in Taiwan. The very first Singapore outlet was recently launched, and my curiousity compelled me to pay a visit.
Upon entering the restaurant, it struck me as very modern and brightly lit.

 

 
Furthermore, it felt squeaky clean, even somewhat sterile and hospital-like. Perhaps this may be attributed to the fact that it is barely a month old.

Apart from an inital blip when we were presented with menus printed in Mandarin, service standards were excellent throughout. After replacing our menus with the English version and guiding us through it, we did not hesitate to order the Italian-inspired set menu (SGD 25++). This set consists of a six-course meal, complete with a beverage and dessert. All items are also available a-la-carte.

 
Despite being the first course, the SUFOOD Appetizer left one of the stronger impressions. The poached Japanese yuca root was crunchy, mildly sweet and refreshing, as was the cherry tomato jelly. Although the stack of oriental white water snowflake greens provided a strange and unfamiliar mouthfeel, being slightly slimy, there can be no complaints about the taste. 

 
Rosemary breadsticks: simple, rustic, yet delicious. The breadsticks were fragrant and flavourful, especially when dipped in the accompanying mustard. These would be even more stellar if they were slightly softer.  

 
The Tropical Fruit Salad was pretty uninspiring, consisting of chopped fruits with an accompaniment of stawberry yogurt. Nevertheless, it was a juicy and refreshing course.  

 
Perhaps the Cream of Pumpkin Soup was the most disappointing course for me. Although the soup was rich and thick enough, the taste left much to be desired, being strangely bitter. The cube of pumpkin was appreciated though.

 
I was definitely pleased with the Homemade Vegetable Calzone. The huge calzone came stuffed with loads of broccoli, artichokes and a variety of mushrooms. These were generous slathered in a rich creamy pesto sauce and parmesan cheese. Great success!
Stuffed with rich, creamy vegetables

Stuffed with rich, creamy vegetables

 

 
Not that successful for me, however, was the Vegetable Pita Pockets. In this dish, mushrooms, peppers and broccoli are baked in Arrabbiata sauce and served alongside toasted pita pockets. Nothing about this dish stood out for me, although nothing was particularly bad either. Furthermore, I found it a little too piquant. 

 
The Osmanthus Flower Jelly was a simple maple syrup jelly infused with Osmanthus flowers. This was mildy sweet and refreshing, and rounded off the rich and heavy calzone well.

 
The traditional panna cotta is given a twist, served with a puree of black sesame and topped with walnuts. It was not too cloyingly sweet, and had a surprisingly light and fluffy texture. 

Each item of the set menu may be had a-la-carte. However, if you have sufficient room for the full set menu, it is certainly recommended as it offers a wide and interesting array of Italian-inspired vegetarian cuisine. Try it to sample this wholesome and niche cuisine at an unbeatable price!
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Wholesome food, excellent service.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  The SUFOOD Appetizer,Rosemary Breadsticks,Tropical Fruit Salad,Cream of Pumpkin Soup,Homemade Vegetable Calzone,Vegetable Pita Pockets,Osmanthus Flower Jelly,Sesame Panna Cotta
 
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Date of Visit: Jun 01, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $30(Lunch)

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Rich and tasty pies Smile Dec 31, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Chinese Soup | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads/ Acai Bowl

Pies & Coffee has a few outlets scattered around Singapore, but I never ventured to give them a try - until recently. Indeed, good things are worth the wait.

The Steak and Nacho Cheese Pie I ordered was absolutely delectable. The chunks of tender beef blended perfectly with the accompanying carrots, mushrooms and onions to form a hearty stew. The pie pastry was impossibly flaky and buttery, making every bite a heavenly experience. To top it all off, literally, the cheese topping was so beautifully smooth, rich and chewy, it was really buttery, cheesy heaven to the max.

A shoutout also goes out to the accompanying mashed potatoes, which were light and fluffy, yet rich and buttery. The gravy was thick and delicious, yet not overly salty. One of the best mashed potatoes I've ever had.

Do not hesitate like I did. Go grab a pie, any pie, from Pies & Coffee now!

 
 
Date of Visit: Dec 14, 2014 

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Categories : French | Middle Eastern/Mediterranean | European | Café | Brunch

Since its relocation to this quaint little mall off Upper Thomson Road, Black Sheep Cafe has had problems drawing new walk-in customers, possibly due in part to the somewhat concealed location off the main road. It is, however, able to leverage on its proximity to the rows of food establishments lining Upper Thomson Road, among which are foodie favourites such as Udders and The Roti Prata House.

Arriving early on a Wednesday evening, I found Black Sheep Cafe, as well as the rest of the mall, practically deserted. Despite contributing to a peaceful and relaxing ambience not commonly encountered in densely-populated Singapore, the perennial lack of human traffic at the mall must certainly present a headache for the smattering of tenants, Black Sheep included.

Fortunately for Black Sheep, it is able to bank on its delightfully hearty and comforting French fare to draw loyal customers with whom the chef, over the years, has established unwavering rapport. Central to its culinary success is its trademark and flagship Duck Confit on Apple Roesti with Mango Relish (SGD 26.50). Black Sheep's rendition of this French staple consists of a duck leg served on a bed of roesti, accompanied by apple slices, a mesclun salad mix and a serving of spiced mango relish sitting prettily in a tablespoon.

The duck skin was commendably done, offering a substantial crunch to the bite. Yet, the flesh within retained a fair quantity of moisture and tenderness, providing a welcome contrast to the crispiness of the skin. The flesh fell delightfully off the bone with some gentle prodding, making it a breeze to savour its tenderness. While flavourful, the duck was a little too salty for my liking, but not excessively so. In fact, the saltiness was partially offset by the soft and fluffy roesti, which, being relatively muted in flavour, provided a perfect foil to the intensity of the duck.

The accompanying salad provided the customary greens, and did little to enhance the dish's memorability. Worth mentioning, however, were the slices of apple which added a touch of tartness and sweetness to the dish.

While not to my liking, the spoonful of mango relish succeeded in spicing up the dish, both gustatorily as well as visually. Apart from providing a kick to the palate, the spiced mango bits also added a dash of colour, instantly doing wonders for the visual attractiveness of the dish. The mango relish also offered the dish an indisputable talking point, and by giving this French classic a refreshing twist, it instantly set it apart from the plethora of other establishments offering duck confit.

 
Crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside duck confit. The accompanying mango relish is a visual treat.

Upon the chef's recommendation, we also ordered the Baked Brie with Pistachio Crust and Citrus Fruit Salsa (SGD 16.00). Being an ardent cheese maniac, I was certainly keen on sampling one of my favourite cheeses.

 
Luscious baked brie with accompaniments of mesclun and citrus salsa

It did not disappoint. The brie came ensconced beneath a firm yet yielding crust which was studded with pistachios. The chopped nuts added much flavour and crunch, and contrasted beautifully with the silken brie beneath it. The accompanying fruit salsa was barely a salsa of any sort, but seemed more of a typical fruit salad to me. I identified some orange and grapefruit slices, and these added a touch of sweetness and tartness to the dish. Overall, it was indeed a magnificent cheese dish.

Indeed, Black Sheep Cafe is where one can savour some ingeniously-crafted French-based cuisine. Considering that they do not charge for service or GST, the prices are comparable to similar niche establishments. Check out the lunch/dinner menu.

 
Lunch/dinner menu at Black Sheep Cafe.

Despite the lack of an explicit service charge, service there was polite and meticulous, with all the staff readily sporting smiles and paying close attention to details such as the placement of cutlery and crockery. Furthermore, the tranquil setting of the sleepy mall enhances the snug and cosy atmosphere. Do drop by Black Sheep Cafe for a homey-feeling gastronomic treat!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Baked Brie with Pistachio Crust and Citrus Fruit Salsa,The Duck Confit on Apple Roesti and Mango Relish
 
Date of Visit: Aug 07, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $40(Dinner)

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