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This is HungryBytes living in Eunos. I am a Marketer, work in Orchard. I also love Hawker Centre and Desserts and Cakes, Dim Sum, Zi Char.
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Sin Lee Foods first piqued my interest when I found out that its a pet friendly establishment. I'm always looking for places to bring my cat. Their decor got my hipster senses tangling and their signature dish was Fried Chicken Waffles - named The One and Only.. So why not?

Since then, I visited twice already and in my humble opinion, there were more hits than misses and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. On the plus side, the service standards and the food quality is consistently good and the constantly changing, creatively managed menu means there will never be a dull moment. Its adventure on a plate. Bring it on!

(oh, and prices are nett. No GST / Svc charge)

Getting there is a bit tricky because its neatly tucked away at a corner. Its a short walking distance from Tiong Bahru MRT station.
Bukit Ho Swee View Neighborhood

Bukit Ho Swee View Neighborhood

 
Neatly tucked away along Bukit Ho Swee, just up a short flight of stairs, with the black and white striped blinds.
Sin Lee Foods

Sin Lee Foods

 
Hipster styled decor with telling vintage signboard
Magazine Rack

Magazine Rack

 
Hipster Magazine Rack

The staff is very friendly and I find that they are very knowledgeable about their dishes and recommendations. I love the coffee so much so that, I do not have a photograph of it. #truestory. Too impatient to drink it. Both iced latte and the hot version are good. Thumbs up. I can't say the same for so many other places though.

Now on to the food....
Feels better having it seperately

Feels better having it seperately

 
The One and Only - Fried Chicken on Waffles ($22.00)

The One and Only, is touted as their signature dish. Its a daring combination of Fried Chicken and Waffles which attempts at balancing the sweet and the savoury but unfortunately didn't work at all for me. The fried chicken was done perfectly, crispy yet juicy and moist but the waffle base was a let down by being rather flaccid and bland. The sweet caramel sauce didn't help either. The dish comes across as confused and doesn't complement each other. Much better off eaten separately and perhaps without the coleslaw totally.
Addictive

Addictive

 
Aburi Broccoli Salad - $10.00

This dish isn't particularly attractive but I realise that once I start digging into it, I can't stop. I had some problems sharing this dish. Its simply not enough for me. Aburi here refers to the cooking style that is the partial grilling of the broccoli. The salad is tossed with white balsamic vinegar, garnished with smashed papadums, a dash of mayo and orange sugar. Its really very addictive and I can't recommend this enough.
Good! More sauce pls!

Good! More sauce pls!

 
Soft Shell Crab Bun - $17.00

The soft shell crab bun was another sinful favourite. Perfectly battered soft shell crab with the most amazing spicy, tangy sauce, lying seductively on a sinful bed of toasted, buttered buns. Only one request.. can we have much more of that sauce please??
Comfort fusion food

Comfort fusion food

 
Beef & Grains - $23.00

Orzo pasta, served with tender seared beef striplion, topped with a runny egg, pickled ginger slices and generously blanketed with furikake. Its western, japanese and local food rolled into one comforting dish. I was surprised how well the pickled ginger elevated the dish and I usually shun that thing.

 
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Sin Lee Foods // Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164 Singapore 162004

Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues-Sun), Closed Mon except PH

Prices on the menu are nett. (no gst/ svc charge)

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Dishes are nett priced. No GST or service charge
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Aburi Broccoli Salad,cafe latte,softshell crab bun,beef and grains
 
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Nov 30, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $22(Lunch)

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Categories : Café

How would you like your coffee? Espresso, Cold Drip, Aeropress, Pourover or by the Clever Drip?

Nestled in the middle of busy Chinatown, CBD is Kaldi's Berry - The coffee connoisseurs' ideal hideout.
Kaldi's Berry Storefront

Kaldi's Berry Storefront

 
Approach the nondescript outlet and immediately, my attention is drawn onto this gargantuan brewing apparatus on the right. It's the Korean-imported Cold Drip Maker, Ridge3.2 by Korean Coffee Drip machine makers, Coffeega. The interiors are also tastefully designed with coffee related paraphernalia, including upcycled V60 lampshades.
Cosy ambience

Cosy ambience

 
Ridge3.2: Cold Drip Coffee Maker by Coffeega

Ridge3.2: Cold Drip Coffee Maker by Coffeega

 
To prepare cold drip coffee, the glass dome is filled with ice-cubes and ice water. It takes no less than 8hrs for the bottom flask to be filled with the extracted cold brew. Amazingly, due to the fermentation process during the cold drip extraction, the body of the coffee continues to deepen the longer you let it sit in the fridge. Coffee like fine wine indeed. Kaldi's Berry serves cold drip coffee that's at least 2 days old if supply permits.
Cold Drip Coffee

Cold Drip Coffee

 
My personal favourite is the Ethopian Yirgacheffe (Grade 1) made with the Pour Over method. Kaldi's Berry uses the Kalita Wave Dripper for extraction and the resulting brew is a complex but very smooth cup. However, for the unforgiving tropical weather, I would opt for the smooth cold drip coffee which is perfect for drinking all day long.
Pour Over & Cold Drip Coffee - Sample Size Cups

Pour Over & Cold Drip Coffee - Sample Size Cups

 
For espresso lovers, why not give the Aeropress coffee a shot. (pun not intended)
Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker

Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker

 
This nifty gadget, is supposed to produce a rich flavoured brew with lower acidity and without bitterness. A nugget of interesting fact, this gadget is invented by AEROBIE, the designers of high performance sports toys like the Aerobie flying disc. First taste brings to mind an espresso, but cleaner, smooth, and without the crema. A very good morning coffee option for folks like me, who needs that extra caffeine kick to feel whole and ready to conquer the world.

The beverage's equivalent of the comfort food is perhaps Kaldi's Berry's Cafe Latte, made with the Speciality Houseblend. I really enjoyed this cup of coffee, smooth, comforting and the latte art is an adorable bonus.
Cafe Latte - HouseBlend

Cafe Latte - HouseBlend

 
Kaldi's Berry offers a wide array of pastries for you to pair with your selected brew. However, if you are looking for something more filling, I would recommend - Kaldi's Waffles or the All Day Breakfast.
All Day Breakfast with Bacon, $9.90

All Day Breakfast with Bacon, $9.90

 
Fluffy scrambled eggs served with gently crisped bacon with toast and freshly tossed greens. Portion is huge too so you might want to share, or choose to indulge in entirety yourself!
Kaldi's Waffles with Chocolate Syrup, $6.90

Kaldi's Waffles with Chocolate Syrup, $6.90

 
Kaldi's Berry got the texture of the waffles right. Just the right amount of chewy, though I would personally prefer the outer crust to be a tad crispier. However, the generous scoop of vanilla icecream with fresh fruits tips the scale in its favour. Thumbs up I say.
Affogato

Affogato

 
Those with a sweet tooth might want to round up the meal with an Affogato - A scoop of vanilla ice-cream doused with a shot of espresso.
Overall, Kaldi's Berry impresses with their impeccable knowledge of coffee brewing and the passion for serving the best brew for each individual customer's tastes. I would love to drop by for my caffeine fix or for some of those waffles again.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Cafe Latte,Pour Over & Cold Drip Coffee,Cold Drip Coffee,Kaldi's Waffles,All Day Breakfast
 
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jul 21, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $15(Other)

Dining Offers: 試食活動


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Underwhelmed by the Cakes OK Mar 04, 2014   
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Categories : American | Café | Desserts and Cakes

Been hearing about the much hyped about Mille Crêpes from Lady M and decided to try it for ourselves.
Personally, I am rather underwhelmed by their service and the desserts.

Even though the restaurant was practically empty, with only 3 tables besides us, it took ages for our order of a slice each of the Vanilla Mille Crêpe, Green Tea Mille Crêpe and Gâteau aux Marron to be served.
Lady M cakes - Mille Cr�pes & G�teau aux Marrons

Lady M cakes - Mille Cr�pes & G�teau aux Marrons

 
There's too much cream in the cakes which made the cakes mushy and overall everything was too sweet. Of the three we tried the Green Tea Mille Crêpe was probably the best as the matcha took down the sugary sweetness a notch. Not the best Mille Crêpes I've had definitely. I found the sponge layers in the Gâteau aux Marrons too dry.
Coffee was normal.

We ordered:
Vanilla Mille Crêpe - $8 per slice
Green Tea Mille Crêpe - $ 8.50 per slice
Gâteau aux Marrons - $7.50 per slice
Cafe Mocha - $5.00 per cup
Lady M Ice Cafe - $5.50

Prices subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
 
Date of Visit: Mar 03, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $17(Tea)

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After much convincing, I agreed to give PapaRich @ OneKM a try and lets just put it out there that it would probably be the last time I step into another restaurant by that name.
Sad food makes one sad. The interior of the restaurant is lavish but does nothing to elevate the food.
Super Rich Combo

Super Rich Combo

 
As advertised, The Super Rich Combo includes aromatic nasi rich, served with fried chicken drumstick, aromatic braised beef, sweet & spicy squid, potato, hard boiled egg, lady finger, papadum and sambal. With all the haphazard mishmash of ingredients, the dish just doesn’t add up. The nasi is flat and dry, the braised beef is fibrous and tough, egg (as you can see with the grey ring) is over cooked, sambal is spicy and not aromatic at all… Granted, having tried really good nasi in a foodcourt at half this price didn’t help either. Lets just skip this altogether.
Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken

Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken

 
On a slightly better note is the Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken. The soup base is average and abit on the sweet side. The first few mouthfuls were enjoyable but it went straight downhill the more you eat. I’m guessing there’s too much msg in it but I could be wrong.

 
The saving grace of the mains we ordered is the Steamed Chicken that is has a silky and tender texture. However, the sauce again is over cloyingly sweet. Its more like a sugar gravy instead of one that includes soy sauce.
Chendol

Chendol

 
The chendol is so ordinary, I have problems describing it.
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Dec 29, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $16(Dinner)

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Style over substance Cry Jul 28, 2014   
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Categories : European | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Seafood | Salads

Decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner and decided to try Table Manners.
Table Manners Storefront

Table Manners Storefront

 
The restaurant is a chic design and makes one feels like you're dining in a place that's a cross between a designer furniture store, a library and a cafe. We were seated in the corner of the place beside the bookshelf that was frightfully filled with huge cobwebs (which also explains the lack of a photo here). Nevertheless, we decided to plough on.

We ordered two mains: King's Burger and Mary's Lamb.
Mary's Little Lamb, $24.00

Mary's Little Lamb, $24.00

 
Mary's Lamb, as its name says, is braised lamb shank with mash potatoes. The dish itself is average and does not impress. The lamb itself is easily removed from the bone but texture is oddly bouncy and does not have much taste save for the gravy it came with. The mash potato fared better than the lamb, unfortunately. My guess is that the dish could do with a longer braising time and more gravy.
King's Burger, $20.00

King's Burger, $20.00

 
The saving grace of the dinner is probably its King's Burger. We requested for medium doneness for the patty but it came out well done instead. The sunny side up was gorgeous, running over the burger when cut. I can't find fault with this main, save for the cold fries it came with.
Lemon & Lime Tart with Strawberries, $6.50

Lemon & Lime Tart with Strawberries, $6.50

 
For dessert, we decided to share a Lemon & Lime Tart with Strawberry. The dessert is average though, with a dull crust and creamy filling that lacks that delectable tanginess associated with good lemon tarts. Edible though not entirely enjoyable.
Brothers Toffee Apple Cider, $14.00

Brothers Toffee Apple Cider, $14.00

 
For drinks, we order a Chamomile Citron Tea and Brothers Toffee Apple Cider. You can probably never go wrong with Brothers Cider but I cannot understand why the tea is served with warm water instead of boiling water. Needless to say, the tea wasn't really well received.

The restaurant was not crowded for a Saturday at 8pm but the waiter and waitresses seemed more interested to huddle in the corner talking amongst themselves then to serve, than collect my bill.

Overall, I think the place scores for its gorgeous deco (minus the dust and cobwebs) but doesn't impress me with its food offerings and service quality.

 
Table Wait Time: 2 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jul 19, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $45(Dinner)

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