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This is l3ernarcl living in Hougang/Kovan. I am a Account Manager, work in Orchard. I like to hang out in Bugis, Clarke Quay, Orchard. Italian, Japanese, Chinese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Café and Ice Cream and Gelato, Steaks and Grills, Sushi/Sashimi.
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Spanish Doughnut = Churro Smile May 30, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes

Spanish Doughnut = Churro

Now that's the kind of equation I like and understand. Personally, I had never had a churro until my trip to Australia a couple of years back, and then once more at Grubs at Bishan Park. There hasn't been any looking back since.

After all, who can say no to the delectable fried dough pastry dipped in your choice of chocolate sauces?

Spanish Doughnuts at Orchard Central caters specifically towards that niche craving with a menu featuring all kinds of churros you can think of! 
The Original Churros

The Original Churros

 
Plushy Seats

Plushy Seats

 
The open-concept layout of Spanish Doughnuts is liberating and welcoming. And while there are the standard wooden tables and chairs, plusher sitting is available along the sides of the cafe. First come first serve is law there. I was early lol 

Menu wise, Spanish Doughnut really kicks up the humble churro a notch. You'll have your standard plain churro fried and sprinkled in sugar icing and served with your choice of chocolate dip (White, Milk and Dark Chocolate).
Churro with 3 Chocolate Dips

Churro with 3 Chocolate Dips

 
!Tip: Order the Choco Churritos - it's a great platter to share with bite-sized churros and all 3 chocolate dips available instead of just having to choose one!

 
Other than the standard churro, there are those with flavoured custard fillings, and then you have the Premium Churros, each of which are painstakingly handmade. Besides having chocolate or vanilla custard filling piped into the centre, each premium churro is glazed lavishly in different coatings of flavour and texture.  
3 Flavours: Creme Brulee, Dark Chocolate BonBon, Hazelnut

3 Flavours: Creme Brulee, Dark Chocolate BonBon, Hazelnut

 
Creme Brulee, Dark Chocolate Bonbon and Hazelnut are but 3 of the many premium flavours available. Unlike their "under-dressed" counterparts, some of the premium churros are served chilled to keep the external glazing in place. So the taste is pretty new.

I think Spanish Doughnuts is one of the place to hang out in the revammped area of Somerset, and heck I ca't wait for my next churro outing!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Choco Churritos
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: May 19, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $12

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Categories : Café

There has been any number of cafes sprouting up in all corners of Singapore, but The Cereal Pantry at Telok Blangah seemed to have found a well-loved niche for itself - Cereal!

I love cereal in the mornings. But more often than not, there's not much time to mix up a storm and on the flipside, just that single box of Koko Krunch is dry and doesn't quite make the cut for me.

This is the genius about The Cereal Pantry. With over 20 types of cereals and 21 toppings (5 of them fresh fruit), it is really up to you to let yourself go and let the tastebuds do the picking! To top it off, there's a variety of milk and yoghurt for the finishing touch. 
Chocolatey Cereal Goodness

Chocolatey Cereal Goodness

 
For the chocolatey and adventurous (like me), I'd suggest my own selection which I really liked: 2 cereal types - Koko Krunch and Waffle Crisp -, fresh blueberries, Malteses (chocolate-coated malt balls), lavishly drizzled with chocolate sauce with a side of milk to go with. It was not the conventional cereal breakfast for champions, but I enjoyed it a heck of a lot.

Down to the number crunching:
I had a Double Crunch (adult portion of 2 scoops) - $3, blueberries - $1.20, 2 toppings at $0.95 each and fresh milk, totalling up to $7.60. That's not including the delivery charge of $20 which applies to the overall order making my breakfast a pretty expensive one at nearly $10 a pop.

Great experience, fun and prompt delivery aside, it is really hard to get around the price point. While there are the expect "oohs and ahs" over a delightful cereal breakfast without even having to break a sweat, $10 for a box of cereal mix that didn't quite fill me up is a bit hard to justify.

Maybe I'll just give the cafe at Telok Blangah a whirl?
 
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Delivery charges at $20 is a bit steep if you are not ordering for that many.
 
Date of Visit: Apr 04, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $10(Breakfast)

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Categories : Chinese | Porridge/Congee

Porridge Paradise is one of the newest offerings at Bugis, along Tan Quee Lan street. At the time of my visit, the restaurant is barely 2 weeks old. And to debunk any preconceptions derived from the moniker, Porridge Paradise is so very much more than just porridge.
Star of the menu would definitely have to be the original healthy porridge creations by the chef/owner. Using only all natural and fresh ingredients, there are 3 very unique flavours to choose from:
1. Pandan and Basil (Green) with pork
2. Pumpkin (Yellow) with prawn
3. Red Yeast Rice and Ginger (Red) with chicken

Each of the key ingredients were carefully handpicked for their health properties, strengthening our body's immunity system, lowering cholesterol levels and increasing antioxidant levels in our bodies. The restaurant's signature 3C Porridge offers an opportunity to test all 3 flavours at a go, reap all 3 health benefits, at a ridiculously low price of $6.90.
This HAS to be what I call value-for-money.

I'm not really a porridge person myself, preferring to stick with the staple of Century Egg and Minced Pork Porridge usually. But the presentation and smells really won me over. I am stuck choosing between the Pumpkin and the Red Yeast Rice & Ginger for a favourite - the former for the sweet taste of the pumpkin in the broth and the inherent sweetness of the shrimp; the latter for that combination that plays out so well in the mouth, and I love how the juiciness of the shredded chicken shines through in the aftertaste.

 
(From left to right) Pandan & Basil, Pumpkin, Red Yeast Rice & Ginger

(From left to right) Pandan & Basil, Pumpkin, Red Yeast Rice & Ginger

 
And as I was saying, it's not just porridge. Porridge Paradise offers a menu of local delights as well. Assam Fish, Curry Chicken and Prawn Paste Chicken seem to be crowd favourites, with the Curry Chicken selling out by mid-day. I was lucky enough to get the last bowl

 
Assam Fish (small): $10
I liked the crispiness of the fried fish, but i felt the assam could have been better to complement the dish further.

 

Curry Chicken: $7
A tad pricey at $7, the curry chicken is still pretty awesome taste wise. I liked the viscosity of the curry, not to watery, and the spiciness as the curry goes down the chute gives quite the kick.

 
Prawn Paste Chicken: $8
Fried Chicken in delectable prawn paste batter. 'Nuff said.
Lunch for our group of 3 only worked out to be $10 each for such a spread. I'd say Porridge Paradise would be worth a visit for a potential lunch option for those working around Bugis.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  3C Porridge,Prawn Paste Chicken,Curry Chicken
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Mar 18, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately $10(Lunch)

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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Seafood

To commemorate 30 years of serving lavish seafood spreads, the Seafood International Market & Restaurant has launched a mainly seafood buffet of epic proportions in conjunction with its $2.5 million facelift.

The dishes are varied and a challenge to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Sep 11, 2013 

Dining Offers: 試食活動


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Exotic Chinese - Soup of Turtle Smile Dec 31, 2013   
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The older Chinese have long been lauded for their voracious appetites, eating foods that would leave any uninitiated gawking. Of all the weird and bizarre, turtle soup seems by far the most prosaic, and I personally endorse it for flavour and as a Chinese delicacy.
Restaurant Interior

Restaurant Interior

 

There aren't that many restaurants left in Singapore selling this particular dish - Ser Seng along Macpherson Rd is one of the last of its kind and has been operating at its current premises for nearly 3 decades! The set-up is simple, no more posh than what you'd expect from a run-of-the-mill shophouse: aluminum tables, plastic chairs and the orange utensils complete the coffee shop feel.

Turtle soup doesn't come cheap. Just a small bowl like what I had set me back a hefty $15, plus $0.70 for the rice.
Turtle Soup

Turtle Soup

 
The soup is tasty, with strong notes of herbs throughout every slurp. It is in fact the core flavour of the soup. The turtle meat, with the exception of the collagen like skin, tastes very much like stringy chicken.
Turtle Meat

Turtle Meat

 
There are supposedly much medicinal benefits to be reaped from the painstakingly concocted soup. And I could just believe that with all the tonic vibes I'm getting from just a small bowl.
Ser Seng Turtle Soup

Ser Seng Turtle Soup

 
Definitely worth a re-visit - and given that the restaurant has done well to expand to twice it's original size in the past decade, I'm not alone in thinking so!
 
Spending per head: Approximately $16(Lunch)

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