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Old-school themed cafe Smile Apr 23, 2014   
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Categories : American | Café | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads

The first thing that will catch your eye when you approach The Provision Shop is the row of small colourful chairs lined at the corridor. As you enter the place, you will see these colours on the wall; be it on paintings, on their furniture or their tableware. They give the place a vintage modern chic feel in contrast with the white and black-tiled walls.

I like how all the slightest details in the cafe are consistent with the theme of restaurant. We ordered a Long Black ($4) and Flat White ($5). The coffee was served in old school cups. We found the coffee quite aromatic. The coffee price is quite reasonable I would say. For non-coffee lovers, The Provision Shop also serve up alcoholic beverages such as beer and cider as well as non-alcoholic floats and teas.
Belinda Perogis ($6) was chosen because it looked interesting from the menu. It is actually Polish dumplings filled with mashed potato and cheese. Something like a gnocchi or a tortellini. It is topped with sour cream, bacon and onions. If you would like extra toppings, you can add $1. This dish was served hot. Personally, I adore anything with cheese and thus, I quite like this dish.
The Provision Shop also offers other hot food such as sandwiches, pastas and more. I think there is probably something for everyone.
Overall, I would say The Provision Shop scores in its ambience as well as it's consistency in theme. I guess service is something that can be brushed up on as a warm and welcoming service adds another pull factor to the cafe.

For full reviews and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2014/04/the-provision-shop-thumbsforfood.html

 

 

 

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Belinda Perogis
 
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Categories : Bars/Lounges | Restaurant | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Seafood | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads | Brunch | Pets Friendly

For full review and photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/05/coastes-sentosa-thumbsforfood.html

Coastes is located along Siloso Beach. It is not difficult to spot the blue and white themed seaside bar and restaurant amidst the other beach bars and restaurants.

We arrived there in the early evening for a meal and so there wasn't many patrons around. The majority seating area is opening air with rustic-feel benches and tables. I like the ambience which is pretty relaxing with the sea a stone's throw away. There are also several trees around that provide a tinge of greenery.

 
The concept of Coastes is that you will order your food at the counter yourself. The kitchen can be seen through a glass pane. I like the sight of cooks in the kitchen preparing the food as t makes me feel assured that the food is prepared and served fresh. It's really a kind of assurance.

They serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages which I feel are average-priced. The Sol costs about $11 while mojito costs about $12. What can be more enjoyable than a cup of cool beer and iced mojito to have in a hand while you enjoy the food and breeze?
Drinks

Drinks

 
We ordered a few dishes to share. The seafood platter (about $39) was one of our choices. As many familiar readers of our blog would know, I'm a seafood lover, thus, anything that's seafood would naturally attract me! The seafood platter consists of 6 different kinds of seafood cooked in various ways.

As you can see below, They have grilled prawns, deep fried calamari and oysters, stewed mussels, cooked crayfish and sauce, cooked clams and the one in the middle which is covered by a lid is a tomato-based seafood stew. The seafood stew is for the dipping of the garlic bread on the far left. I would say the best out of all is the seafood stew in the middle. It goes really well with bread. The least favorite would be the clams that had an over-fishy stench, that indicated that they were either not washed thoroughly or not fresh.

Well, I would say for two people, this seafood platter is a good choice if you're looking for finger food that has no frills. Easy to eat and has variety. I would definitely appreciate if the seafood is fresher and more succulent.
Seafood Platter

Seafood Platter

 
The other dish is the seafood linguine in white wine sauce (about $20+). I think the standard of the pasta is pretty mediocre. The white wine sauce wasn't very fragrant so it wasn't appetising enough. If cooked well, the white wine sauce should be able to enhance the seafood taste. I appreciated the generous servings of clams in it. Surprisingly, the clams in the pasta did not have a stench like the one in the seafood platter.
Seafood Linguine in white wine sauce

Seafood Linguine in white wine sauce

 
All in all, I would say that Coastes has a nice ambience by the beach of Siloso. A great place to get a drink, lie on a sunbed and chill with a couple of friends. But, for the food solely, I don't think it's worth it to come all the way into Sentosa. The thing that was irritating were the flies around towards the end of the meal. Other than that, if you're in the area no harm trying out the food!

I would love to visit this place to have a tan on the sunbeds of Coastes with a beer in hand.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Seafood Platter
 
Spending per head: Approximately $30(Dinner)

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Not as much variety as expected OK Apr 17, 2013   
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Categories : Japanese | Hotel | Buffet

For more photos and review, please view http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/03/ikoi-japanese-restaurant-thumbsforfood.html

Ikoi has been around for very long. Just the mention of the name and I'm sure Japanese Buffet lovers will know where is it.

Having heard so much about its big name, I was thrilled to be able to finally try it out. The ala-carte buffet goes at $35++. So, I got to say it was really quite disappointing. You can check out our reviews on Irodori and Senki. I would still recommend Irodori over Ikoi.

Here are some of the dishes we ordered...
Sashimi

Sashimi

 
Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

 
Agedashi

Agedashi

 
Teapot soup

Teapot soup

 
The thing that is a must order is the mixed Sashimi Platter. Having heard that the sashimi is one of the freshest, I was disappointed. The meat of the fish was rather dry and was pretty rough in texture. The best thing would probably be the swordfish sashimi. But really, even the Salmon Sashimi did not taste fresh enough to make me crave for another plate. The tuna was really bad, it was quite fishy and tough.

Ikoi really lack variety. It's hard to pick which is my favorite dish from all the ones we tried. (Yes, we even ordered cherry tomatoes.) It's hard to pick because the food really tasted mediocre. If given a choice, I would choose Irodori anytime.

Overall, I really think it's not worth the money to dine there. Really can't figure out how Ikoi gained its popularity because the standard now really isn't impressive.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Swordfish Sashimi
 
Spending per head: Approximately $42(Dinner)

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Alright jap buffet OK Apr 29, 2013   
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

For more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2012/12/senki-japanese-restaurant.html

After trying so many different Japanese buffets, I would say that all of them have pretty much the same variety. What will then make the difference between one that I will return to and one that I will not return to? Of course, it is the quality of the food! Senki has over 100 different kinds of variety for its buffet. Good spread. However, I felt that the sashimi was not really fresh except the swordfish sashimi (I ate a lot of that). Towards the later part of the night, the salmon sashimi was really bad. One additional point to note is that Green Tea is not included in the buffet which was a great disappointment.

The Nasu-miso was pretty good though. The plus point to Senki is that they have many nice cooked dishes. The Ebi Tempura is also up to the standards!

Overall, I think that Senki serves an average fare of Japanese food. They also have an Ala-carte menu if you are not a buffet fanatic! For the same price range, I would prefer Irodori to this definitely.

The buffet is at $30++ for lunch and $33++ for dinner. On eve of public holidays and public holidays, the buffet is at $39++.
Mixed sashimi

Mixed sashimi

 
Nasu miso

Nasu miso

 
Tempura

Tempura

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Nash miso,sashimi
 
Spending per head: Approximately $37(Dinner)

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Mexican in fast food style!  OK Apr 25, 2013   
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For full review and photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2012/12/baja-fresh-mexican-grill.html

I love the depth of flavours in this cuisine and the fresh seafood blended in with all the spices. But, it is kind of sad because in Singapore, Mexican food is not exactly affordable. For a review on Mexican food, please visit our post on Viva Mexico! But before you head over to read, continue on our review on Baja Fresh!

Steak Fajitas $14.95. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed that it came in a plate. I was kind of expecting the hot sizzling Fajitas that give off the alluring smoke of fragrance from afar. Well, and then I came back to reality that I am in a fastfood Mexican chain and not some restaurant.

The steak was tasteless and there was nothing amazing about the rice. Even for this price, I wouldn't want to have this again.
Steak fajitas

Steak fajitas

 
Chicken, Shrimp, Steak Fajitas $14.95. Well, it was pretty much the same as the steak fajitas, just that this had more variety in it.

In case you were wondering, they offer 2 choices of tortillas: corn and the flour tortillas. The corn tortilla is just the soft version of the nachos. Personally, I prefer the flour tortilla.
Chicken, shrimp and steak fajitas

Chicken, shrimp and steak fajitas

 
Counter to order food

Counter to order food

 
All in all, I feel that this was really not worth going to based on the mere two dishes that I tried. But, please drop down to have a try if you are around that vicinity and craving for some savoury Mexican food. You can try the other dishes like the Burritos and share with us your views on them!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Fajitas
 
Spending per head: Approximately $13(Lunch)

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