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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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Go for dinner, not lunch Smile May 16, 2016   
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Categories : European

See pics @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/05/portico-prime.html

Portico's dinners fare much better than their set lunches. My second-chance dinner at Portico Prime was outstanding, compared to the so-so lunches at Portico Alexandra. Not a wrong move with every dish. Execution was fantastic, and each plate was a colourful kaleidoscope of textures and flavours.
If I had one gripe, it would be about the indoor premises, which was stifling and humid, despite the tall ceilings, open-concept layout and supposed air-conditioning. Sit outdoors on a cool drizzly day instead.
We had:
1) Seared Hokkaido Scallops ($14): whilst salty on their own, scallops were perfectly countered with the crisp cos lettuce beds of grated pecorino, a lovely runny sous vide 63C egg, dehydrated bacon, and brown anchovy mayo
2) Chilled Truffle-Scented Angel Hair ($14) - with avruga caviar, crunchy kawa ebi shrimp, and dehydrated kombu shio: intensely aromatic, insanely delicious and a must-try.
3) Pan-Seared Pulau Ubin Barramundi ($19): fish was moist and flaky, its skin beautifully crisp. Roasted ratte potatoes were flecked with semi-dried tomatoes, and seasoned with a wonderfully citrusy carrot ginger puree swirled with trout roe beurre blanc. Must-try.
4) Portico's Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek ($21) - simmered in mulled wine for an unctuous fork-tender finish, set on a bed of pommery mustard mash, dotted with sauteed white button mushrooms, and brightened by yuzu compressed nashi pear cubes: it looked a right mess, but wow was this heartily fantastic
 
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One of the very best laksa in SG Smile May 12, 2016   
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Categories : Singaporean | Coffeeshop | Noodles

See pics @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/05/sungei-road-laksa-jalan-besar.html

Sungei Road Laksa may serve up one of the simplest bowls of laksa, without modern adornments like eggs, prawns or otah, but what they lack in frills, they compensate with freshness and quality. The illustrious heritage hawker still uses charcoal to fire up his stove, and if you ever thought it was no biggie to use charcoal fire, Sungei Road Laksa will change your mind; it's immediately evident that the smoky char of the fire imbues each bowl of laksa with an irresistibly heady aroma.
The queues may be legendary but clockwork-efficient production of the noodles ensures the line moves fast. But if you're really averse to waiting in line, the best time to hit up Sungei Road Laksa is after the peak lunch hours on weekdays. There's hardly a queue then.
The standard order Laksa ($3) is loaded with beansprouts, fishcake and cockles. The cockles, though petite, are swimmingly fresh and succulent, and lend a briny accent to the rich and robust gravy. If you can take the heat, ask for extra helpings of the sambal chilli to stir into the gravy, it adds a potent punch and complements the laksa base.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $3(Lunch)

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Best xiao long bao Smile May 10, 2016   
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Categories : Shanghainese | Dim Sum | Noodles

See pics @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/05/jing-hua-xiao-chi-palais-renaissance.html

I daresay Jing Hua is a smite better than DTF. Compared to the ubiquitous Din Tai Fung, Jing Hua's soupy pork dumplings are more delicate, possessing a refinement that's exquisite.
We had:
1) Pork Dumplings ($5.50 for 4 pcs): pork mince was sparkling fresh with nary a whiff of that heavy 'porky' stench, broth was light and clear, dumpling skin was impossibly thin but resilient. An absolute must-try.
2) Black Pepper Steamed Beef Dumplings ($6 for 4 pcs): Order only if you're a fan of coriander leaves, this was unfortunately laced with coriander leaves. Obviously, not my favourite thing.
3) Zha Jiang Noodle ($7.50): rustic and hearty concoction of minced pork bean paste gravy slathered over thick chewy noodles and balanced with oodles of fresh beansprouts, wilted spinach, and julienned cucumbers. Must-try too.
4) Hot & Sour Soup ($4.50): a lot more mellow and muted than I'd expected, but no less delicious.
5) Crispy Red Bean Pancake ($11.80): possibly the best rendition around of this classic Shanghainese dessert. A beautifully crisp golden crust, the dough underneath was a lovely chewy texture, layered with a not-too-sweet red bean paste. Also must-order.
 
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Excellent stuff! Smile May 03, 2016   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Restaurant | Vegetarian | Brunch

See pics @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/04/open-farm-community.html

The fare at Open Farm Community was wholesome, soulful, exquisite, and quite simply, sustainable clean-eating at its most delicious.
Be sure to make reservations: we didn't think reservations were necessary on a Thursday evening, but boy were we wrong; the restaurant was a full-house, so we were "banished" to the counter seats at the bar.
We had:
1) 'Hail Caesar' ($25): a novel deconstruction of the classic green salad, with romaine lettuce cups cradling tender slabs of smoked chicken, layered with 5J jamon, the thickest ever parmesan crackers, slicked with a light horseradish caesar dressing, and finished with soft-boiled egg confit and garlic croutons. This was well-executed, elegant, incredibly balanced, and the best caesar salad I've ever had. A must-try.
2) Sweet Corn & Basil Soup ($19) chunked up with charred baby corn, caramelised onion strips, and mopped up by fluffy hunks of pita bread - velvety smooth and nuanced.
3) Mud Crab Pappardelle ($29): the sweet flecks of shredded crabmeat complemented the mild Thai curry gravy swirled with coconut milk, dotted with yellow squash, and topped with fried Thai basil leaves. Despite the spice, this was very restrained.
4) 48 Hour Barolo Braised Oxtail Strozzapreti ($26): unabashed and bold, the smoky sweet of the wine highlighted by the heft of the meat, and cut through by fresh thyme and parmesan crisps.
5) Coconut Laksa Barramundi ($29): outstanding as well, the skin of the fish seared to a tantalising crackling, yielding luscious moist flesh underneath. This was sided by an otah-potato cake blend, blanched bok choy and garnished with chilli oil beads that looked like ikura
 
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Categories : Café | Churros | Brunch

See pics @ http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2016/05/common-man-coffee-roasters-martin-road.html

Common Man Coffee Roasters ("CMCR") is notoriously crowded, so if possible, avoid the peak brunch/lunch hours, or be prepared to wait in line. Even at 4pm in the afternoon on a weekend, the buzzy cafe was swarming with expats and their SPG-hanger-ons, and teenybopper/YA hipster sorts. Obviously, I didn't like the ambience. The pretentiousness was exacerbated by how intrusively close the tables were to one another. I could hear everything our neighbouring diners were chatting about.
At least the food and service were faultless. The breakfast eggs were innovative, hearty and delicious, while service was spontaneous and upbeat.
We had:
1) Organic Eggs Benedict ($24) layered with luscious braised ox cheeks, a velvety smooth chive hollandaise, toasted sourdough, and contrasted with the peppery kick of arugula leaves
2) Turkish Common Man Breakfast ($25) comprised a duo of phyllo-crusted soft-boiled organic eggs on a hummus bed, flecked with battered feta, olives, arugula, pickled cucumbers and fresh tomato slices, all ready to be mopped up by soft pita bread. I liked the bright and tangy flavours in this one.
3) Sauteed Kale & Egg White Scramble ($19) tossed with snow peas, asparagus, broccoli, sweet potato leaves, seasoned with lemon zest crumbs and showered over with grated parmesan wisps. Light and healthy without compromising on taste
 
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