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Categories : Korean | Restaurant | Korean BBQ

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2014/01/superstar-k-tanjong-pagar-thumbsforfood.html

One of the best must-haves for good barbeque meat is non other than the fire! Meat barbecued with Charcoal fire definitely makes the meat more fragrant! Superstar K also has a smoke vent directly under every barbecue pit to ensure that the place does not get overly smoky.

Patrons would have to crowd around a stove and dine. I really quite like the vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant as it resonates the ones in Korea. A tip for ladies or anyone who has bags, you can lift up the seat of the stool to reveal a compartment for you to stow your bags away to refrain them for having the barbecue smell.

Every patron will be served with their own tray of sauces and condiments. I like this concept as it is cleaner and more convenient. For those who are wondering what the onion sauce is for, you can actually dip marinated meat in it for it to enhance its flavor.

 
We tried their Beef as it was recommended by the staff there. We saw many tables eating their beef as well. Look at how beautifully marbled the beef is below! The good thing is also that the staff will help you cook the meat so you can happily enjoy chatting with friends whilst waiting for the meat to be done. We found the beef really quite good and juicy!
Beef ribs

Beef ribs

 
Yes, Superstar K also serves up steamed egg (for free with order of BBQ meat) ! You can ask for one refill for this as well! It is soooo good! The egg is really fluffy and delicious. Goes really well with rice!
Steamed Egg

Steamed Egg

 
In the middle of the picture below, that is one of the must-try in out opinion. The curded beancurd soup! It is spicy, appetising and the beancurd is really smooth! Totally appetising and delicious.
Bean curd soup

Bean curd soup

 
Overall, we had a great experience at Superstar K! We would recommend Superstar K for small group of 3-4 friends which we feel is most comfortable to seat around the table. I personally feel that Superstar K is quite underrated as it does serve up relatively good meat. Korean food lovers, do give this place a try! (There's another branch opened at Telok Ayer as well)
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Beef ribs,bean curd soup
 
Spending per head: Approximately $30(Dinner)

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Healthy, tasty bibimbap! Smile Feb 18, 2014   
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Categories : Korean

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2014/02/paiks-bibimbap-bedok-mall-thumbsforfood.html

Being a Korean food lover, I was quite excited when Paik's Bibimbap opened in Bedok Mall. It's signature is non other than it's fusion-style bibimbap.

Paik's is located at the side of Bedok Mall. As renovation works are still ongoing, it might be a little bit harder to spot Paik's. It is right next to Mr. Bean. I have visited the eatery twice - once during lunch and once on a weekend early dinner slot. It was quite empty both times. Paik's is a simple bistro that boosts a small seating capacity with quite a simple menu.

 
We tried the signature Terriyaki Chicken Bibimbap ($8.90) which was chicken stir-fried with soy sauce and a dash of Tenkatsu (rice crispy) and vegetable with special mayonnaise sauce. I added the hot pepper sauce in as well. Really, the dish is not photogenic at all. Like many of you reading this, I thought to myself "What a plain dish!" when I saw it. However, I was so surprised at how naturally flavorful it was after I mixed everything up. The various textures from the rice, tenkatsu, cabbage, vegetables made the dish alive.
Terriyaki Chicken Bibimbap

Terriyaki Chicken Bibimbap

 
Warm Noodles with Soy Sauce was another choice. The first time when I was there, the warm noodles were al dente. The soy sauce was so fragrant that it made the dish really appetising. However, I was a little disappointed on my second visit as the noodles were slightly soggy. Nevertheless, the Soy Sauce made up a little for it. Hope to see the noodles improve the next time around!
Warm noodles with Soya Sauce

Warm noodles with Soya Sauce

 
Overall, Paik's Bibimbap boosts a simple, fuss-free, self-service concept. I liked that the bibimbap tasted naturally flavored. It made me feel that my meal was wholesome with a balance of both proteins and vegetables. I would think that I will return here again for some simple yet healthy meal! And of course, I would love to try their steamed egg and Anchovy Noodles next time!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Bibimbap
 
Spending per head: Approximately $9(Dinner)

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Living up to it's name Smile Oct 23, 2013   
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Categories : American | Café | Desserts and Cakes

For more photos and full review, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/10/lady-m-thumbsforfood.html

Once you enter Marina Square on the 2nd floor, you will see Lady M on the left of the entrance. Donned in white, Lady M presents a chic minimalist theme which puts the focus on its cakes that are of different colors. I really like the simplicity of the setting, with occasional flowers and plant on the table. Waiters and waitresses are also dressed in Black to contrast with the white setting.

 
The waiter politely ushered us to a sit and passed us the menu. We were also told that we can walk to the displays to look at the cakes and desserts offered before deciding what we would like to try. Apart from Mille Creps, they offer other selections such as cheesecakes, eclairs and tarts. We note that the prices range from $5.50 to $10 for the eclairs and tarts.

Vanilla Mille Crepe ($7.50 a slice) is a definite must-order, especially for first-time patrons. After tasting it, I would say that it doesn't disappoint! This signature cake has 20 layers of crepe infused with cream in between the layers. I like how thin the layers are and how the crepe and cream complement perfectly with each other. The cake is fragrant without being too sweet. I think I can easily down 2 cakes without feeling sick of it!
Vanilla Mille Crepe

Vanilla Mille Crepe

 
I was really hoping to try the Green Tea Mille Crepe as well but sadly, it had a seasonal cake sticker over it on the menu. The waiter told us that it is not always available.

Hence, we decided to try the Banana Mille Feuille ($8 a slice). Mille Feuille is usually made up of three layers of puff pastry and two layers of crème pâtissière. The one here has vanilla sponge cake and bananas in it. What I really like about the Mille Feuille is that although the cream makes up a large portion of the cake, the cream has a tinge of banana flavor, making it very fragrant.
Banana Mille Feuille

Banana Mille Feuille

 
Checker ($8) is a visually pleasing cake. A simple choclolate and vanilla sponge cake topped with chocolate ganache, Checker is different from your usual chocolate and vanilla cake as it isn't as sweet. The sponge layers are also fluffy and tasty, I especially like the Ganache layer which gives the cake a delectable touch.
Checker

Checker

 
Gateau Nuage ($7.50) looks like an ordinary cheesecake but, it is actually more than that. Atop the nicely whipped cheesecake base and Graham crackers crust is a thin layer of sour cream. Gatrau Nuage actually means "cloud cake". The melt-in-your-mouth cheese makes you feel that you tastebuds have accelerated up into the air.
Gatea

Gatea

 
I would love to try their other cakes such as theGateau Aux Marrons ($7.50), which reminds me of a mont blanc. It is actually an almond flour cake with whipped cream and chestnut cream. I will definitely be back to try their other cakes!

Lady M also serves coffee and tea for customers who want a drink to pair with the sweets. The coffee and tea are priced below $10 and are quite friendly to the pocket.

Overall, I would recommend Mille Crepe Cake lovers to try out Lady M's signature Mille Crepe! If you want to avoid the taxes, you can takeaway too. For those who have tried the other flavors, do let us know what is your favorite flavor by commenting on our post! smile
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Vanilla Mille Crepe,Gateau Nuage
 
Spending per head: Approximately $10(Tea)

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Decent food with great ambience! Smile Oct 23, 2013   
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Categories : Australian / New Zealand | French | Fusion | Bars/Lounges | Brunch

For more photos and full review, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/10/symmetry-thumbsforfood.html

I have been wanting to visit Symmetry for a while as I have heard positive reviews about their brunch. Well, I didn't get to try their breakfast menu though as I headed down on a Friday afternoon and all they had was their Lunch menu. There was a wide selection of food though, and some choices of breakfast food for people craving for some comfort breakfast food.

I really like the decorations in the shop and it made me feel like I was transported back to a cafe in Melbourne. I love the cafe culture in Melbourne and in New Zealand!

 
Potato Fries (With Truffle Oil) $15. Well, I would say this can match up to the truffle fries at P.S cafe in terms of the portion. Really huge but we still managed to finish it. Deep deep love for anything & everything that has truffle in it [: The truffle taste sort of died out towards the end though but it was good enough for us!
Fried with Truffle Oil

Fried with Truffle Oil

 
Truffle Eggs & Mushroom. We came with our heart and mind prepared for some hearty brunch so we decided to order a classic breakfast meal! The portion was good & I loved the mushrooms so much. There's a mixture of different mushrooms but my favourite got to be the oysters mushroom. Really tasty! The scrambled eggs was pretty normal though. Oh yes, the berries flavoured butter is something that I have not tried before and it went so well with the bread. If only I could have more of that for my bread!
Truffle Eggs and Mushrioom

Truffle Eggs and Mushrioom

 
They have free wifi as well so I managed to get some work done there! Love cafes that have free wifi!

Flat White. The coffee is definitely up to the standards. Do you know that they brew their coffee with a $30,000 American Slayer Espresso Machine?
Flat white

Flat white

 
Overall, I would say that Symmetry serves quite decent food. The price may not be the most affordable though! I would definitely head down to try the Brunch Menu next time round. Really wanted to try some of their items on the menu!
 
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A new favorite place for steak!  Smile Oct 23, 2013   
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Categories : American | Restaurant | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/09/the-chop-house-vivo-city-thumbsforfood.html

The Chop House is presented from the Wooloomooloo Group that are the brains behind the famed Wooloomooloo Steakhouse. The Chop House offers a casual dining concept that can be seen from it's full ceiling to floor windows and outdoor semi-waterfront dining area.

You will be greeted with the wooden entrance and the signage of The Chop House. We were there on a Sunday night and we had thought that we could immediately be seated as there was no queue at the entrance. It was only when we were told by the waitress at the door that we had to wait for 20 minutes that we found out that they had a waiting list. Bent on eating some steak that night, we decided to wait. However, we were only seated about 40 minutes later as the waitress explained that they were facing service staff shortage as they were newly opened.

 
The Chop House pride themselves for their burgers. We were recommended by the waitress to try the Patty Melt. We were not for burgers that night, thus, we gave it a miss. We would however, come back to try their burgers soon! They offer seafood grill, sausages and a range of steak and sides. We felt that the prices of food offered were quite reasonable, consistent with their goal of presenting a casual dining experience.
USDA Prime Rib Eye

USDA Prime Rib Eye

 
The USDA Prime Rib Eye ($36) caught the eyes of Z. It was served with fried onion streaks, salad and some gravy to go with the steak. The steak was really delicious and done very well. The meat was juicy, flavorful and tender. When placed into the mouth, the meat was full-flavored and coats the palate perfectly. You don't have to dip the meat into the gravy as it has great flavor on its own.
Austrailian Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin

Austrailian Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin

 
Australian Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin ($27) was tasty as well. The meat was moist, juicy with a slight chewy texture. We also liked the baked potato that complemented the steak was soft with buttery notes. The rocket salad provided a balance to the whole dish.
Berkshire Pork Chop

Berkshire Pork Chop

 
I chose the Berkshire Pork Chop ($32). It is difficult to find juicy and succulent pork chop cuts as they tend to be dry and hard. The pork chop in The Chop House was juicy but, the texture was still on the hard side. I would love it to be less tough. I like how the pork was marinated as it did not overpower the pork's own flavor. Like the steak, it came with streaks of fried onion, some salad and baked potato. I enjoyed the pork chop with the streaks of fried onion as I felt that it brought out a sweet flavor when eaten together.

Drinks wise, The Chop House offers a variety of beers such as Mata from New Zealand, Mac’s Great White Cloudy Wheat Beer, Pure Blonde Premium Lager, and Schneider Wiesse Tap 7. They have a self-serve beer tap where patrons can buy a stored value card and purchase fresh tap beers with it. Beers at happy hour range from $12.

Overall, we felt that the steak did not disappoint and we felt that the prices of the food were reasonable. The ambience of The Chop House was great for drinks with friends over some sides and meat. One thing we felt that has room for improvement was their service. The service was slow and the waiting staff were not meticulous enough. Having said that, we would definitely return to try their burgers!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  USDA Prime Rib Eye,Berkshire Pork Chop
 
Spending per head: Approximately $35(Dinner)

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