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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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Halal place for steak and waffles Smile Feb 17, 2014   
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Categories : Steaks and Grills | Halal | Kids-Friendly

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Le Steak by Chef Amri is one of the few halal restaurants that serve up steak. As such, when I heard of it's setting up at Jalan Kayu, it has been on my must-try halal food places. For those who know Chef Amri will know that he is a Celebrity Chef on Suria Channel. Besides being known for his charming persona, Chef Amri is known for his creativity in making healthy yet tasty dishes.

On Fridays, Weekends, eve of PH and PH, Le Steak offers Fresh Shucked Live Oyster for $22 half a dozen. The oysters are really fresh. For the price, we felt that it was quite worth it. For those who have not tried raw oysters, Le Steak is definitely a good place to try some!
Oysters

Oysters

 
We also ordered Onion Rings ($3) which was served with Mustard Sauce and Mayonnaise. The mayonnaise came as a shock for us because it was blue! Look at how striking the blue is. We really have no idea why the mayonnaise was blue. However, the taste of it was of starking difference to the color as it was quite bland. We feel that the price of sides in Le Steak is quite reasonable, priced at $3.
Calamari

Calamari

 
Le Steak offers 3 types of steak- Ribeye, Sirloin and Prime Tenderloin. Tenderloin is the most expensive among the 3, priced at $28.90. We feel that the steak was reasonably priced for the portion that was served. The steak was a little too well done I felt. I ordered medium but, it was more of a medium well done steak. Flavour wise, I would say it is not too bad. I felt that if it were to be served hot, it would have been better.
Steak

Steak

 
My friend ordered Seafood Marinara ($13.90) which she was quite satisfied due to the generous serving of seafood that included mussels, squid and prawns. This dish was served hot which was a great plus point. The tomato base was well-done, not too sour nor sweet. For those looking for a pasta dish, this would be a good dish to order.
Seafood marinara

Seafood marinara

 
Waffle with 2 scoops of Ice Cream ($8.90) is available only on weekends. I would say the waffle was quite well-done, fluffy and fragrant. The maple syrup was not too overwhelming, preserving the flavor of the waffle. I would have appreciated that they have more flavors of icecream or homemade icecream instead of only having chocolate or vanilla.
Waffles and Ice Cream

Waffles and Ice Cream

 
Overall, I feel that Le Steak offers Muslim patrons a different dining experience. We would come back again for affordable priced steak. Their desserts were quite a pleasure too. Hopefully, next time around when we dine in Le Steak, the food will be served hot!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Waffles with Ice cream,Steak,Oysters
 
Spending per head: Approximately $28(Dinner)

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MUST TRY for tiramisu lovers Smile Feb 17, 2014   
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Categories : Italian | Bakery | Desserts and Cakes

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2014/02/latelier-tiramisu-thumbsforfood.html

L'atelier is fuss-free, no-frills and simple. Tiramisu and drinks. That's all. With four flavours of Tiramisu, you will wonder naturally - how long can the cafe last? The Tiramisu has to be of a certain caliber for the cafe to specialize solely in it. The price of a slice of cake is about $6.80.

I chose the Matcha flavored tiramisu as I'm a big fan of green tea. I really liked it a lot. It was not too sweet, the green tea flavor was rich and it was light. My friend on the other hand, did not like the Matcha as much as she felt that the powder was a bit bitter. Personally, this is my favorite!
Matcha Tiramisu

Matcha Tiramisu

 
The classic Tiramisu was really good as well. I feel that the main reason the Tiramisu as L'atelier is so good is because it can grasp the optimal moisture of a perfectly done Tiramisu. It is slightly sweeter than the Green Tea Tiramisu. Overall, the cake was still perfectly balanced. I can easily say L'atelier serves up one of the best Tiramisu in town.

The two other flavors are lychee and dark cherry! I will definitely try them the next time around.
Mocha

Mocha

 
Everyday from 3-5pm, you can enjoy 2 cups of coffee for $7. It is a good deal if you are looking for a place to enjoy a cuppa with some desserts. We tried the Mocha and Flat white. Personally, I feel that the coffee is not strong enough for me. The presentation was a plus point which made the coffee looked appealing.
Classic

Classic

 
Overall, I would recommend L'atelier for Tiramisu lovers. I would definitely be back for more Tiramisu. L'atelier also offers whole cakes that is available for orders. 7" cakes are priced at $48 which I personally feel is reasonable for the quality of the cake.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Matcha Tiramisu,Classic Tiramisu
 
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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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