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This is Bern living in Central. I like to hang out in City Hall, Raffles Place, Orchard. Italian, Japanese, Thai, Singaporean, Cantonese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café, Hawker Centre, Restaurant and Chinese Soup, Porridge/Congee.
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Categories : Korean | Café | Desserts and Cakes

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A caveat to my lackluster visit to O'Ma Spoon is that I've no basis for comparison. Perhaps O'Ma Spoon isn't the best purveyor of bingsu, or perhaps my personal preferences lean towards the local shaved ice desserts like ice-kachang, but I'm not a fan. I just don't geddit.
We had:
1) Green Tea Bingsu ($13.90): a towering Japanese matcha-inspired concoction of red beans, green tea powder, green tea ice-cream, and shaved almonds blanketing fluffy milk flakes. This wasn't too bad, but I didn't quite like the milky flakes. That got cloying quickly.
2) Injeolmi Bingsu ($12.90): a dusty medley of rice-cakes, soy bean powder, almond flakes, and milk snow. This was like eating sawdust, dry and insipid, and I really really didn't like it. That said, my friend loved it. Different strokes, I suppose
 
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Worthwhile Msian Fare OK Mar 14, 2016   
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Categories : Malaysian | Halal | Noodles

See pictures at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/06/papparich-plaza-singapura.html

Serving greasy Malaysian street food at hearty portions and reasonable prices, it's little wonder the chain restaurant is frequently packed.
Unsurprisingly, service was awful; we never got served any water, getting a server's attention was an impossible task, and just about every wait staff sported a glum grimace. I'd asked to hold off the parsley/spring onions/coriander, and they took off ALL of the vegetables...my noodles missed their beansprouts and kangkong.
Notwithstanding the woefully lackadaisical service, the Malaysian fare at PappaRich was pretty commendable. We'd been craving the Hokkien mee back in Penang, and PappaRich's rendition did well in scratching that itch.
We had:
1) Chicken Satay (8.90 for 6): so succulent and flavourful, it rendered the accompanying peanut sauce redundant.
2) Pappa Prawn Mee ($9.90): a lovely blend of rich shrimp stock and chilli spice, generously studded with fresh prawns and poached chicken slices. The robust broth was wonderfully comforting on a cool rainy night.
3) Pappa Fried Mee ($8.90): imbued with the smoky accent of the wok, was equal parts sweet and spicy and savoury. It wasn't the most outstanding, but it passed muster.
4) Pappa Chicken Chop with Curry Sauce ($12.90): beautifully crisp skin. I liked the creamy curry gravy, but thought the fried rice rather pedestrian and fried egg slightly overcooked
 
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Categories : Australian / New Zealand | Restaurant | Seafood | Steaks and Grills

See pictures at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/07/outback-steakhouse-orchard-gateway.html

We'd initially thought of Outback as an Aussie barbie version of Pasta Mania, so it was quite a big surprise that the food here was decent, almost commendable. This isn't Wooloomooloo, but at these price points, it'sthe cheaper, better Morganfield's.
We had:
1) Baby Back Ribs & Alice Springs Chicken Combo ($34.90): half a rack of juicy, fork-tender ribs burnished with a tangy bbq sauce that was finger-licking good, and petite chicken breast layered with sauteed mushrooms, crisped bacon and smothered in melted monterey jack and cheddar was flame-grilled to a moist perfection. This was sided by hearty handmashed potatoes, skins and all.
2) Seafood Mix Grill ($29.90): a massive platter of smoky grilled mahi fillet (watch out for bones), seared shrimp and scallops, set atop a piquant mango salsa, and paired with buttered steamed vegetables, and a somewhat middling corn on the cob. Of note was the fat succulent scallops, which were done perfectly
 
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Underwhelming OK Mar 11, 2016   
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Categories : European | Hotel | Fine Dining

Pictures are at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2015/07/iggys.html

Despite being renowned and celebrated internationally, I found Iggy's underwhelming. The ambience was stuffy and prissy, much like dining with the Queen. That was far from enjoyable. To compound its stodgy, chi-chi vibe, the food was inventive but contrived, delicious but soulless.
We had the extravagant but substantive $275 11-course dinner:
1) Stone and Pate - comprised a couple of baby potatoes, skins-on and charred into a stone-like appearance, sided by a truffle mayonnaise dip. Served amongst a bunch of actual smoothened stones, it's quite the inspired plating.
2) Octopus Carpaccio showered with edible flowers and snow: delicate and evoked memories of a crisp winter's morning, just after the first snowfall.
3) Mushroom Consomme dotted with shimeiji caps, and floating above a smooth egg custard: comforting and lovely
4) Burnt Scallop -encrusted in an inky casing, revealed a plump succulent scallop: well-balanced against a curried tomato sauce.
5) Toro Sashimi, with beetroot, arugula, baby carrot, mascarpone powder: a wonderful medley of the sweet, peppery, creamy and bitter.
6) Anago with green pea, fava bean, and urui: uneven, the nutty undertones of the greens did little to compensate for the overwhelmingly fishy eel.
7) Spaghetti, with shirako, kujo-neghi, sansho, and yuzu: the fish overwhelmed its delicate counterparts, and copious lashings of yuzu zest and fresh leek failed to save the day.
8) Wagyu: absolutely sublime, complemented by a capered jus laced with alba black truffles. This was accompanied by grilled fat stalks of white asparagus, new potatoes and shitake.
9) Kurobuta Pork: glorious as well, with nary a whiff of that "porky smell", lush and fork-tender.
 
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Great oysters, excellent squid OK Mar 11, 2016   
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Categories : Singaporean Western | Restaurant | Pasta | Seafood | Burgers and Sandwiches

Pictures r at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/03/greenwood-fish-market.html

The food was a hit-and-miss: oysters are a must-try, fish catches cooked in the style of grilling or pan-searing are a fail-safe, pastas are a hard pass, and squid, done any way, is a cannot miss.
1) For oysters, Canadian Golden Mantle ($4) are best for people who love big bold flavours; whereas the Canadian Mary Point ($4) is for people with a sweet tooth, the Irish one ($4) will be preferred by people who like things delicate (this was my favourite), and the French Gillardeau ($8) is for people who think only good thigns come in big packages, which probably explains its double pricetag.
2) Hot Seafood Platter ($99): a massive medley of half a Boston lobster, grilled prawns, fish skewers, NZ mussels with garlic, littleneck clams in white wine, char-grilled Mediterranean squid, oysters mornay with caramelised onions, grilled octopus in spicy vinaigrette mesclun, and fries. It looked a rustic mess, but was deliciously value-for-money. Standouts include the squid and octopus, both were executed flawlessly.
3) Squid Ink Linguine ($21.95) - slicked with the moreish essence of squid ink: I liked that it was generously dotted with perfectly cooked calamari.
4) Scallop Cioppino ($23.95): an unusual but wonderful combination of spinach pesto-ed spaghetti and spicy arrabiatta, but let down by overcooked rubbery scallops.
5) White Truffle Linguine ($23.95) - white truffle tapenade swirled into parmesan cream, and flecked with shitake aplenty: waaaay too rich, this got cloying about halfway through.
6) Char-Grilled Atlantic Halibut ($32.95): delicate and beautifully burnished, drizzled with a velvety herbed butter, and sided by grilled asparagus, broccoli and marinated cherry tomatoes. Fantastic stuff, even if I found a number of bones embedded within.
7) Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod ($29.95): perfectly flaky and luscious, and served with grilled zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, herbed cherry tomatoes, atop a bed of fluffy mash
 
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