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Restaurant week disappointment  Cry Apr 17, 2013   
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For full review and photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/03/chef-d-table-chijmes-thumbsforfood.html

Chef D' Table is located in Chijmes. Chef D' Table offers modern European cuisine with Asian flavors infused in them. Having heard much positive reviews of the place, we were excited to try it out.

Dinner at Chef D'table was $35++ for restaurant week. You can upgrade your appetizer to Lobster Bisque at additional cost of $6++ as well as your main course for Angus beef rib-eye at additional $12++.

We ordered a Wasabi and soy marinated salmon. The salmon was marinated as we could taste the soy-sauce-like touch to the salmon. It was really nothing special. The whole dish lacked uniqueness and I was just quite disappointed.

For main courses, first up - the beef loin fillet. It was served with mash potato, topped with some crispy sweet potato slices and some asparagus. The sauce is thyme-scented red wine sauce. My friend like the beef as it was cooked quite well and not too tough. The red wine sauce went well with it. It's just that like any French food, the portion is small. I think this is probably the best main course amongst the 3 we tried.

The chocolate trio mousse cake has three layers of which the first is dark chocolate, then milk chocolate and finally white chocolate. Taste wise, nothing special about the cake. Being a dessert lover, I guess I was expecting more surprises and uniqueness. Sadly, it just wasn't there yet for me.

Overall, the food was mediocre. I guess I was expecting much more since there were many positive reviews online as well. Guess I would not be returning to Chef D' Table anytime soon.
Salmon appetizer

Salmon appetizer

 
Best of the 3 main courses tried

Best of the 3 main courses tried

 
Chocolate trio mousse cake

Chocolate trio mousse cake

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Beef loin fillet in red wine sauce
 
Spending per head: Approximately $42(Dinner)

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Categories : Fusion | Café

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2014/04/my-awesome-cafe-thumbsforfood.html 

 
The location is quite convenient; just a 5 minutes stroll from Telok Ayer station and Tanjong Pagar station. There are actually quite a few restaurants that are worth trying around the area as well! When we reached at around 1 plus on a Sunday afternoon, there was a short queue (around 5 tables) so be prepared to wait a little while if you are planning on checking out the cafe anytime soon!

 
I must admit that I was attracted by the cool vibe that the cafe gave off! I am sure you can see from the pictures above. Even though the name of the cafe doesn't sound like it, it is really quite a nice place to hang out with friends or family on a weekend morning/afternoon.
Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon $6.50. To be honest, we were quite surprised when this was served to us. The portion was really small but come to think of it, the price is quite a good reflection of the portion. You definitely will not be full from eating this but well, a smaller portion of this means more variety of other items right? [:

 
I love the texture of the scrambled eggs! But, the taste of it was quite normal. Maybe you can add a croissant or something else to go along with this? They have several other scrambled eggs selections (avocado, parma ham, ham & cheese).
Pineapple upside down (something along this line) $5. For me, this was the better dessert. I am not a fan of pineapple but somehow this managed to make me continue eating it after the first mouth. Definitely worth my calories!

 
Overall, I would say I was not impressed by the food and drinks that I tried. But to be fair, they have many other selections that I have not had the chance to try yet. I heard that they serve up good salads so if you are on a salad (healthy) diet, you can have a try and share with us about your experience!

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Upside Down Pineapple Cake
 
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Room for improvement OK Apr 02, 2014   
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Categories : European | Restaurant | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

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&Made is a restaurant co-created by 3-star Michelin Chef, Bruno Menard and Deliciae Hospitality Management. It aims to reinvent informal food such as burgers and salads and bring diners a higher quality experience.
&Made also collaborates with L'Entrecote to serve up their steak in the restaurant. Havingheard positive reviews of Steak Frites at L'Entrecote, we decided to give this place a try.

As &Made highly recommends The "B" Burger ($19), my friend ordered that. It was their most popular burger that promises a juicy patty on the menu. The burger is served alongside with fries. We were disappointed that the fries were served cold. The burger was alright but not fantastic. The portion was on the small side relative to the price of the dish. We felt that for the price, it was not very worth it.

 
The steak came nicely sliced in pieces. We found that the order was more cooked than we had ordered it. The medium rare was more like a medium well and the medium well was done cooked. We found the meat not as tender as we had hoped for it to be.

 
Overall, we thought that there were room for improvements that could be made to the overall menu.
 
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Personalize your burger! OK Mar 30, 2014   
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Categories : American | Coffeeshop | Burgers and Sandwiches | Kids-Friendly

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Deburg Signature Burger $18.50. We decided to try their signature burger as it has everything from the beef patty to the portobello mushroom to the crispy bacon. For me, I feel that the determining factor of a tasty burger is the beef patty. The Deburg signature uses a 200g Australian grass-fed striploin patty which was quite juicy!

 
With that said, I would probably return back to Deburg to give their other burgers a try. Deburg burger also serve as a good alternative to the other choices in the coffee shop. And you can also add the toppings according to your own preference! I love to make my own style of burger which is like a stacking high burger with lots of different toppings in between!
 
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Simple Ikea-like cafe OK Feb 26, 2014   
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For full review, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/12/next-door-deli-pine-gardens-cake.html

Next Door Deli is unpretentious in it's decorations and furniture. It preserves some of the old school neighbourhood elements, yet infuse some of new age concept.

As you walk into the cafe and find yourself a table, you will realise that there is a laminated sheet placed on the table that gives you an introduction to how to order food and drinks. The whole cafe is self serve from its drinks to desserts to main courses. That is the order you proceed through the cafe. We immediately thought of Ikea, like how you move through the different stations to get your food.

Wok Fried Laksa ($6) was a recommendation by one of the patrons in the cafe. She told us that she would come to the cafe for this dish and Wok-fried Mee Siam, which alternates with Laksa every week. As such, I decided to give it a try! Laksa comes with a chicken wing as well. The laksa taste was fragrant and the food was comforting. It's worth a try for those who are seeking an alternative to the Western-style brunch.

Crispy-grilled Chicken Steak ($7.80) was another popular dish of Next Door Deli. We felt that the chicken was quite well-cooked, juicy and tender. However, we felt that the dish could do with more oomph to make it stand out from other Western food places.

Overall, we felt that the food at Next Door Deli is priced at an affordable price. They offer discounts for students and teachers on weekdays as well. We reckon that it will be a popular hangout for students studying in nearby institutions. We feel that Next Door Deli has the potential to grow into something bigger if it adds more oomph and uniqueness to its menu. One good way would be offering self-made coffee to increase its attractiveness.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  wok-fried laksa
 
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