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For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2012/10/jamaica-blue-cafe-star-vista.html

Having passed by The Star @ Buona Vista many times, we decided to visit the mall to hunt for new food places.

We came across Jamaica Blue Cafe and was attracted by the warm ambience in the cafe. As you can see below, the cafe is rather small and cosy with warm lights and murals that make you feel like you're off for a getaway. It has an outdoor area where you can enjoy the cool night breeze.
Cozy and warm ambience

Cozy and warm ambience

 
As the name suggests, it is a coffee chain that prides itself for serving fine and high quality coffee to its patrons. Jamaica Blue originated from Austrailia and has since made its ways to many other countries. I will talk about the type of coffee it serves in greater details below.
Variety of food

Variety of food

 
As we were rather full from dinner, we decided to try the Scones ($5.9). It comes in a pair and served with butter and jam. I feel that the texture of the scones is good. My friend liked it as well. However, it wasn't something out of the ordinary and we felt that for the portion, the price we paid was rather high.
Scones

Scones

 
Food variety wise, they do serve main courses as well ranging from $11 to $17 such as salad, pasta and feta fritters. They also serve handcrafted sandwiches and a variety of salads (about $12-$16). Besides that, for people who are fanatics of all day breakfast, they serve eggs cooked in whichever ways you like, either poached, scrambled or sunny side-up.

The highlight of the cafe would be its coffee where you can choose the Signature Blend or Blue Mountain Coffee made in different styles (Latte, Flat White, Espresso, e.t.c). Price ranges from $4 to $6 for Signature Blend and $8-$10 for Blue Mountain Coffee. Like us, you might be wondering what's the difference? Basically Signature Blend comes from 5 different areas and each coffee type has their own distinct characteristic while Blue Mountain Coffee comes from only 1 place. For more info, you can visit their website.

We tried their Signature blend White Vienna ($6.1). You can choose the regular or large cup with a difference of $0.60. We took the large cup. The coffee is aromatic and quite strong. I felt that somehow it tasted a little diluted. They recommend on the website that it is best served as an Espresso or Flat White. Maybe you could try that style instead.
White Vienna

White Vienna

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Coffee
 
Spending per head: Approximately $8(Tea)

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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

Rakuichi is situated in Far East Shopping Centre, which is just a stone's throw from Ion Orchard. The building is quite old and worn and the escalators were not working when we were there. Nevertheless, we managed to locate Rakuichi on the 3rd floor.

Even though it was a Friday night, we were quite surprised that the place was not crowded. In fact, we were one of the three tables there were occupied that night. We ordered the dinner set which came with Tempura, Teapot Soup, Assorted Sashimi of the day, Yakitori Sticks and some Shishamo and Edamame. We thought that the portion was on the small side considering the cost of the meal.

The bowl of assorted Sashimi that came caught us aback! It was presented in a large bowl of ice and out salmon and yellowtail fish sashimi was placed neatly on top. Presentation and effort is worth 10 points! Sadly, they did not have my favorite swordfish sashimi that I was craving for. All of us felt that the temperature of the sashimi could be cooler. It was strange because with the amount of ice, we thought that the sashimi would be much cooler. I could never have enough of Salmon Sahimi!
Assorted Sashimi

Assorted Sashimi

 
Aburi Sushi! Yes, everyone loves Aburi sushi, which is sushi that is torched lightly. It was our top dish of the day as well. The burst of flavor when you put a piece in your mouth is really too much to describe.
Bento Set

Bento Set

 
We had some Assorted Sushi set as well which came with Teapot Soup, Tempura and Shishamo. Well, I am not a fan of Shishamo actually. The idea of eating a pregnant fish is just too overwhelming. The assorted sushi were alright. Similar to the Sashimi, we would prefer the temperature of the slices to be cooler. The tempura was fried to perfection but, we were a little disappointed that it was not served hot.
Aburi Sushi!

Aburi Sushi!

 
I guess many patrons of Rakuichi are more familiar to the branches at Oasia Hotel and Dempsey. Of course, if you compare the sets to high end Japanese restaurants Tastsuya, the price that they offer is quite reasonable for sets ranging from $40-80. Well, I would recommend you visiting Rakuichi for lunch as I feel that their lunch sets are quite similar to dinner and more value-for-money.

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/08/rakuichi-japanese-restaurant-far-east.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Aburi Sushi
 
Spending per head: Approximately $35(Dinner)

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Great place for desserts! OK Jun 24, 2013   
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Categories : French | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Kids-Friendly

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/06/cafe-rogue-thumbsforfood.html

Cafe Rogue is one of the few cafes that sprouted in Haji Lane recently. Having heard about the yummy dessert they serve, we decided to give it a try.

Cafe Rogue is not difficult to spot. It is situated below Sushi Airways. Boosting an alfresco concept, it does not have a large seating capacity. It's a more informal and casual setting where one can chill with friends while immersing in the rich culture of Haji Lane/Arab Street.

Chocolate Pear Helene ($6.50) was our choice as it was a recommendation on the menu. It is basically a layer of pear paired with dark chocolate cream. I got to say this is really delicious! I can definitely finish this cake all by myself. The bitterness of the dark chocolate complements very well with the sweetness of the pear. And what I really like is the texture of the cake that is fluffy and it really melts in the mouth! Would definitely come back for this. I would really love a bigger slice though!
Pear Helene

Pear Helene

 
We tried the Apple Cinnamon and Raisin Crepe ($6.50). It looks really appetising and pleasing to the eyes, right? What I like about the crepe is the texture of it. I would hope that it would be served hot. The cream on top was disappointing as it was like instant whipped cream. We felt replacing it with some icecream would perhaps be better. Would say that there's room for improvements for their crepes!
Crepe

Crepe

 
Overall, I am excited to try out their other cakes! Ambience wise, it's more casual and exudes an ambience with as a dessert place more than a place for main courses.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Chocolate Pear Helene
 
Spending per head: Approximately $8(Tea)

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Halal high tea with variety! Smile May 14, 2013   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Hotel | Seafood | Halal | Buffet | Kids-Friendly

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Carousel is a popular Halal buffet in Singapore. It is one of the few Halal buffets in Singapore. Moreover, it is also widely raved about for its variety and quality. As such, I was excited to try it out. I had the High Tea Buffet at $33++ on a weekday.

The Seafood Selection consists of prawns, mussels and some scallops. Being a Seafood Lover, I was pleased. Even though it was High Tea, they do offer some seafood. The prawns were succulent and yummy! I had almost 5-8 of them. The mussels are really fresh too. Mussels and prawns are a must have!
Seafood selection

Seafood selection

 
They have an Indian Station where you can make your own wraps. What caught my eye was the kebab roasting. The heat is a bit too overwhelming though. Makes it hard to stay there for long to make my wrap. But really, you must try making your own wrap. Take a slice of wrap, put some orange sauce, add chicken and whatever ingredients you want and pop it in your mouth. Really good!
Indian kebab station

Indian kebab station

 
And yes, they have fondue! Not one, but 2! They even have a strawberry fondue which is not very common. And look, they have a wide range of dips and fruits that can go with it. The strawberry fondue is not too bad, taste like the pocky strawberry. Goes well with biscuits. I prefer chocolate with marshmallows and fruits.
Fondue!

Fondue!

 
I missed a photo of the Warm chocolate cake and Bread pudding section. But well, these 2 are a must try! I have a photo of my own chocolate cake though! It looks really good right? Best eaten when just after they refill the tray, when the chocolate is sill molten and flowy. Not too sweet and totally awesome! You can add two scoops of vanilla ice-cream. Yes, they have ice-cream counter too!
Warm chocolate cake with vanilla icecream

Warm chocolate cake with vanilla icecream

 
Overall, I feel that it's a really good Halal high tea buffet with wide variety of choices. For $33++, it's quite reasonable. Though I would think that their main courses and cooked food could have more surprises and better taste.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Seafood,desserts,warm chocolate cake,kebab
 
Spending per head: Approximately $36(Tea)

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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

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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!
Mixed sashimi platter

Mixed sashimi platter

 
Spicy spider maki

Spicy spider maki

 
Nasu miso

Nasu miso

 
Tempura

Tempura

 
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++.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Nasu miso
 
Spending per head: Approximately $35(Dinner)

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