Monday, 29 April 2013

Boston Seafood Shack: 1 For 1 Fish and Chips

Source: Boston Seafood Shack
Boston Seafood Shack: 1 For 1 Fish and Chips

- Valid from Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm only
- Valid for a limited period

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Alright Cafeteria (Peace Centre)

Alright Cafeteria located at level 3 (top floor) of Peace Centre serves Malay cuisine. There are no signs directing customers to the shop. You will be able to see this eatery in front of you when you take the escalator up to level 3. Most people know of this place through word of mouth (e.g their friends, colleagues).
The eatery offers daily specials during weekdays.
Monday: :Laksa $3.50
Tuesday: Black Pepper Chicken Rice $4.00, Chicken Rice $3.50, Seafood Horfun $4.00
Wednesday: Roti Jala with Curry Chicken $4.00, Prawn Mee $3.50
Thursday: Nasi Briyani (Chicken / Beef) $4.50, Nasi Briyani (Mutton) $5.00
Friday: Ayam Penyet $5.00
Chicken Rice $3.50, Begedil $0.50 
During one of the occasion during my visit, I ordered the Tuesday daily special - Chicken Rice. I also added a Begedil.
Chicken Rice $3.50, Begedil $0.50 
This is the Malay style chicken rice. Unlike our Chinese Hainanese chicke rice, the rice in this case is plain white rice. The chicken is neither steam or roasted. Instead it was fried. The chicken rice was not too bad. I also requested for sambal chilli to be added to go along with the plain steamed rice. 
One another occasion, I ordered Nasi Padang (which is a concept similar to our economic rice stalls). It essentially meant customers choose the items they want.  I chose white plan rice, along with fried egg omelette, tauhu goreng, fried chicken wings and sambal kang kong. It costed $4.80.The food was was quite good. Depending on which aunty you order from, the generousity differs. In this case, my plate was full of ingredients! Almost spilling out =).

ps: If you like Malay food especially Nasi Padang, there is this place called Warong Nasi Pariaman that serves authentic and delicious Nasi Padang. A must try!

Alright Cafeteria (Peace Centre)
Level 3 Peace Centre
1 Sophia Road (Selegie Road)

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 (Raffles City Shopping Centre)

Most of us would have probably eaten at Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 before. But did you know that Din Tai Fung first started out selling only oil?

Din Tai Fung was founded by a man called Bingyi Yang. He opened a shop in Taiwan called Din Tai Fung and sold cooking oil. In the 1980s, when the business went down hill, he and his wife decided to use half of the shop to sell steamed dumplings. Their steamed dumplings were so good that they eventually stopped selling oil and ventured into a full fledge restaurant.

Today, Din Tai Fung is an award winning chain of restaurant with branches in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States and Thailand. In Hong Kong, several of its branches are awarded one Michelin star.

Din Tai Fung was brought into Singapore after Breadtalk Group won the franchise rights. The group also won the franchise rights to operate Din Tai Fung in Thailand. Currently, there are 14 Din Tai Fung branches in Singapore.
I visited the Din Tai Fung branch at Raffles City Shopping Centre (which is just next to City Hall MRT station) on a Saturday evening. As usual, there was a crowd waiting outside the restaurant waiting for their numbers to be called (this is a norm during weekdays too).

For those who have never been to Din Tai Fung, here's a tip. There is no need to queue, instead you should approach the counter, inform the service staff how many person you have and get the order form (with the queue number written on it) from the staff. After that you can fill in the form, according to the dishes you would like to order. You should also ask what is the estimated waiting time. If the waiting time is long, you can consider walking around before coming back to check if your queue number has been called.
Although the restaurant had a considerably large sitting capacity, the place was full. We waited half an hour before our queue number was called. Simple, clean yet classy ambience. In addition, I like their open kitchen concept. Its great to see how the chef prepare our food! 
In another corner of the restaurant, the place had a classy oriental feel. 
Its great that they had Chilli, Vinegar, Soya Sauce, pepper and toothpicks on every table. It makes it so convenient for customers and at the same time, free up some bandwidth for the serving staff to concentrate on other things. Win-win situation. Crystal Jade use to provide these at every table too. However during a recent visit to their Plaza Singapura outlet, I noticed that they had removed them.
The ginger slices immersed in vinegar is a must have when ordering their Xiao Long Baos! 
Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing $3.50
The Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing was superb! It is my favourite appetiser at Din Tai Fung! Whenever I patronise Din Tai Fung, I am definitely order this! It's made of seaweed, beansprouts, strips of spicy bean curd and rice vermicelli. The ingredients are then mixed and tossed in their special vinegar dressing. It's very refreshing and addictive as each ingredient gives a different texture and flavour. A must order. 
Steamed Pork Dumplings $6.80 (6 pcs)
The Steam Pork Dumplings aka Xiao Long Baos (XLB) are one of Din Tai Fung's signature dishes. The XLB were filled with pork fillings and rich and tasty juice. Although the skin of the XLB was wafer thin, it was able to hold the juice.  Each piece of XLB is wrapped with a minimum of 18 exquisite folds.  Do handle the XLB with delicate care to avoid breaking the skin. In addition, be caution not to scald your mouth when the hot juice ooze out. The XLB are best eaten with ginger slices and vinegar. 
Fried Rice with Shrimps & Eggs $10.80
Fried Rice with Shrimps & Eggs $10.80
The Fried Rice with Shrimps & Eggs is another of my favourite dish! It was executed perfectly. You would be amazed to find out that the it consisted of just rice fried with shrimps, eggs and spring onions.

The shrimps were fresh with sweet succulent flesh. Each grain of rice was well coated with flavour from the egg, spring onions and shrimps. In addition, they did not stick to one another and was not lumpy. Kudos to the chef for his skills (heat control, timing and frying). 
Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket $11
The partner ordered the Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket. The beef soup was incredibly rich and well flavoured. However, the beef meat was disappointing. Several big chunks of beef meat were given. Although the meat were well flavoured, they were too tough and chewy. To put it simply, it was hard biting through the meat. Moreover, certain pieces had a thick layer of fat on it.

What I thought was amazing was that Din Tai Fung has so many branches in Singapore. Yet, somehow they manage to maintain the consistency of the food across all their branches. No matter which branch you patronise, the food taste the same! Not an easy feat to achieve.  Although the Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket was a let down, the rest of the dishes were perfect! I will certainly be back for more! 

Do note that Din Tai Fung does not accept reservations. Please click here to view the locations of the other 13 Din Tai Fung outlets.

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 (Raffles City Shopping Centre)
252 North Bridge Road 
#B1-08 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103
Tel: 6336 6369
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 11am - 10pm
                         Sat to Sun 10am - 10pm

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Burger King Singapore: Any 2 Burgers (Whopper Jr, BK Bacon +, BK Tendercrisp) For Just $5

Source: Burger King Singapore
Burger King Singapore: Any 2 Burgers (Whopper Jr, BK Bacon +, BK Tendercrisp) For Just $5 

- Valid for a limited time only

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The King Louis Grill & Bar: Buy 2 Main Course Get 1 Free

Source: The King Louis Grill & Bar
The King Louis Grill & Bar: Buy 2 Main Course Get 1 Free

- Valid from Mon to Thurs for a limited period only
- Not valid on eve of PH and PH
- The management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Cocotte at Wanderlust Hotel (Little India)

Cocotte a 2 year old French restaurant located at the lobby of Wanderlust Hotel, is located in between Bugis and Little India MRT stations along 2 Dickson Road. I took about 15 minutes to walk over from Bugis MRT station cutting through Rochor Centre. 
Wanderlust Hotel

The restaurant managed by Head Chef Anthony Yeoh was recently named as one of the top 500 restaurants in the 2013 edition of the Miele Guide.
Cocotte had a unique environment. An assortment of chairs with different colours and rustic timbre tables of brown and white colour. It gave a bight cheerful and country style ambience. 
Pastry Counter
Cocotte has recently opened a Pastry Counter and will be serving Brunch everyday. The Pastry Counter will be opened from Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 3pm. 
Pastry Menu
The Pastry Counter offers a wide variety of choices with its prices displayed clearly next to it.
Our table dining table, I like the brown timbre table. 
Shredded Pork Confit $15
Shredded Pork Confit $15
The Shredded Pork Confit Sandwich - Confited Free Range Australian Pork Shoulder, Wholegrain Mustard Dressing, Fresh Tarragon, Parsley & Cucumber with Toasted Country Baguette. The filling in the sandwich were delicious. However, the downside was that the toasted country baguette was too hard compared to the tender soft fillings. The shredded pork confit deserved a special mentioned. Coming from the pork shoulder, it was tasty, moist and incredibly soft and tender. In addition, the cucumber provided a nice crunch. 
French Onion "Soup" Sandwich $10
French Onion "Soup" Sandwich $10
The French inspired French Onion "Soup" Sandwich blew me away. It consisted of Caramelised Onion Confit, Melted Gruyere Cheese, Thyme Leaves and Toasted Country Baguette. Instead of a soup, you get the dry version which is probably grilled with gruyere cheese on top so that it melts. I believe that gruyere cheese was used not only because it is 'the' cheese which is traditionally used in French Onion Soup but also because of its rich, creamy, slightly smokey and nutty taste. If you are a fan of French Onion Soup, you have got to try this! 
Grilled Boneless Chicken Leg With Fresh Herb & Garlic Butter $12
Grilled Boneless Chicken Leg With Fresh Herb & Garlic Butter $12
The Grilled Boneless Chicken Leg was served with Garlic Roasted Potatoes and French Beans. As the whole the dish was well executed. The boneless chicken leg was grilled perfectly. Crisp cracking chicken skin with juicy tender meat. The partner and I also particularly like the roasted potato. At $12, it is cheaper in price than most of restaurants and I would consider this quite value for money considering the quality! 
Left to right: Chocolate Tart, Pistachio Creme Brulee, Nectarine Tart, Citron Lemon Tart
For desserts, we tried the Chocolate Tart, Pistachio Creme Brulee, Nectarine Tart and Citron Lemon Tart.

The Citron Lemon Tart was their best seller. On the first bite, it had a tangy sour taste that was too strong for my liking. The main reason was because this was made from lemon. However, I started to like it from the second bite downwards  It is a light dessert and is the type that the more you dig into it, the more you will like it. Among the four, this was our favourite. This is best accompanied by a cup of hot tea!

The Chocolate Tart was made of 72% Valrhona - dark chocolate. Chocolate fans will love as it is made of intense thick dark chocolate; not diluted. The bitterness of the chocolate is followed by a slight hint of sweetness. Best to share this!

Overall, I enjoyed the dining ambience at Cocotte. Quiet and cozy, Cocotte is a good place for a chat among friends or for a date. Foodwise, the quality of food was top notch. I am still thinking (craving) of the French Onion "Soup" Sandwich.

Thank you Grace for the invite.

Cocotte at Wanderlust Hotel (Little India)
2 Dickson Road
Singapore 209494
Tel: 6298 1188
Opening Hours: Mon to Thur 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
                         Fri 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 11pm
                         Sat 1130am - 3pm, 630pm - 11pm
                         Sun 1130am - 3pm

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Sharetea Singapore: 1 For 1 Promotion at Woodlands MRT Outlet (till 22 Apr 2013)

Source: Sharetea Singapore
Sharetea Singapore: 1 For 1 Promotion at Woodlands MRT Outlet (till 22 Apr 2013)
outlet is directly opposite Causeway Point McDonald's 

- Valid from 12pm to 2pm & 6pm to 8pm
- Only valid for the Classic Pearl Milk Tea, Homemade Pudding Milk Tea or Aloha Fruit Tea
- Valid at Sharetea Woodlands MRT outlet
- Limited to one redemption per person only
- Not valid with other promotions or discounts
- While stocks last
- Management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Friday, 19 April 2013

Popeyes Singapore: $3.90 New Daily Deals

Source: Popeyes Singapore
Popeyes Singapore: $3.90 New Daily Deals
Mon - 2pc Chicken & Biscuit 
Tue - Chicken Sandwich 
Wed - 3pc Tenders & Biscuit 
Thur - 2pc Chicken & Biscuit 
Fri - Chicken Sandwich 
Sat - 8pc Nuggets 
Sun- 3pc Tenders & Biscuit 

- Add on a regular side, regular drink or atom ice cream at $1.50
- Limited to 3 add-ons for each meal
- Valid for limited period only

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Two Chefs Eating Place 双厨菜馆 (Sin Ming)

Two Chefs Eating Place is a popular Cze Char stall in the West, in Commonwealth to more specific. Every weekend, Two Chefs Eating Place is bounded to be packed with a long line of customers queuing up. Their signature dish, the Butter Ribs 牛油排骨 has been highly raved about on the internet. 

I have been itching to try Two Chefs Eating Place for more than two years. The travelling journey was the main reason why I had been procrastinating for so long.  

I was thrilled when I got to know that Two Chefs Eating Place had opened a second outlet at Sin Ming (that's near Upper Thompson / Bishan). In fact, it's just located next to Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery which is the largest Mahayana Temple in Singapore. It would be timely to visit and try out their dishes.
Revamped Two Chef's signboard showing their signature dishes. 
I believed that Two Chefs Eating Place either bought over or rented the entire coffee shop. The staff at the drink, roti prata and vegetarian stalls were all wearing Two Chef's uniform. The coffee shop was just half full during lunch time on a weekend. In fact, when we arrived at 1215pm, the place was literally empty except for another group of customers. There were many ceiling and wall fans that helped ventilate the place.
Menu (a)
Menu (b)
Two Chefs Eating Place's menu with over 79 dishes. If you are visiting for the first time, you might want to ask the staff to recommend their signature dishes. We ordered several of their signature items and did not have to wait long before the first dish was served to us.
Drunken Cockles 醉蚶 $6  
The Drunken Cockles  醉蚶 which has garnered lots of rave reviews online was the first dish to be served. The plate of half-shelled cockles was served cold. They were covered with light soya sauce covered with lots of garlic, spring onion and chilli padi. The cockles were fresh with no sand in it and had just a slight raw taste. I thought that this was just an average appetiser. Nothing great to shout about. And of course, your mouth will stink after eating this dish (due to the raw garlic). =P
Vegetable with Egg, Salted Egg and Century Egg 三蛋时菜 $10 
The Vegetable with Egg, Salted Egg and Century Egg 三蛋时菜 was another dish that Netizen raved about. It was another disappointment; badly executed. The spinach which was supposed to be soft, was firm and hard. The gavy which should have been so tasty due to the 3 eggs and spinach was tasteless. The chef failed to extract the flavours of the ingredients into the gravy. I had better ones elsewhere.
Hot Plate Beancurd $10
The Hot Plate Beancurd arrived sizzling hot. Executed slightly different from most other Cze Char stalls, instead of slices of round shaped beancurd, the beancurds (tofu) were long, rectangular in shape and were soft. The gooey brown gravy was tasty with lots of minced meat and egg underneath. The gravy complemented the rice well and was not overly salty. An average dish. 
Honey Fried Chicken $12
The Honey Fried Chicken, a signature dish recommended by the staff was outstanding. It was easily the best dish in this meal. The chicken was well marinated as the inside was tender and flavourful. It was deep fried till the outside was crisp. The deep fried slices of fried garlic added on top further enhanced the taste up a notch or two. 
Butter Ribs 牛油排骨 $16
The Butter Ribs 牛油排骨 is the most popular dish at Two Chefs Eating Place. The Pork Ribs (I doubt that it was ribs, should be pork meat instead) were covered with milk powder and curry leaves. I had high expectations and was expecting to be blown away by this dish. Instead, I was left disappointed yet again. The meat was tough and distinct flavour of the curry leaves was not brought out. To be frank, there was no melt in the mouth sensation. In fact, we had difficulties finishing this dish. A member of our group who had been to Two Chefs Eating Place in Commonwealth and Sin Ming several times mentioned that somehow, their standard was way off their normal taste today. It seemed that its the norm for their standard to vary on different days. Anyway, I certainly did not know how to appreciate this dish and wonder why nearly everyone online had raved about this.

I know that there may be fans of Two Chefs Eating Place who may be reading this. But still I have got to say this; I left the place feeling extremely disappointed. I did not fancy any of the dishes I tried except for the Honey Fried Chicken. I do not understand the hype and thought that I had better Cze Char dishes else where. Overall, I was not satisfied with this lunch and found myself craving for more/better food (I was not the only one in the group who had this feeling)

Two Chefs Eating Place 双厨菜馆 (Sin Ming)
Blk 409 Sin Ming Ave
#02-01, Singapore 570409
Tel: 6451 3812 / 9435 4197
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 1030pm

Two Chefs Eating Place 双厨菜馆 (Main Branch)
Blk 116 Commonwealth Crescent
#01-129, Singapore 140116
Tel: 6472 5361 / 9437 9712
Opening Hours: Mon 5pm to 1130pm
                          Tue to Sun 1130am to 230pm, 5pm to 1130pm
                          Closed on every last Mon of the month

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Café Mosaic at Carlton Hotel: 1 For 1 International Dinner Buffet (till 31 May 2013)

Source: Café Mosaic at Carlton Hotel
Café Mosaic at Carlton Hotel: 1 For 1 International Dinner Buffet (till 31 May 2013)
Sundays to Thursdays$68 per adult, $34 per child
Fridays & Saturdays$88 per adult, $44 per child

- Valid till 31 May 2013
- Valid daily from 630pm to 1030pm

Monday, 15 April 2013

Peach Garden: 1 For 1 Weekday Lunch & Dinner Set Meals @ White Sands

 Peach Garden
Peach Garden: 1 For 1 Weekday Lunch & Dinner Set Meals @ White Sands
$25 Nett for 2 persons

- Valid on weekdays at White Sands from 11am to 10pm
- Limited period only

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Middle Road Pork Ribs Prawn Mee (Queen Street) Revisit

This is my second visit to Middle Road Pork Ribs Prawn Mee. Middle Road Pork Ribs Prawn Mee is located in a coffee shop behind Bugis+. It is located at then second coffee shop, the middle one among the row of three coffee shops.  

There was a short queue at the stall. Luckily, we did not have to wait too long before it was our turn to order.
Prawn Pork Rib Noodles $4.00
Prawn Pork Rib Noodles $4.00
I ordered the Prawn Pork Rib Noodles which cost $4. The Prawn Pork Rib Noodles consisted of noodles, pork ribs, prawns (de-shelled), bean sprouts and pork lard. The prawns this time tasted different. They were hard and salty. The pork ribs on the other hand were tender.

The light brown soup / broth was robust, flavourful and tasty. However, this time I felt thirsty after drinking the soup.

Standard seems to have dropped.

Middle Road Pork Ribs Prawn Mee (Queen Street)
Blk 269B Queen Street
#01-236 Hong Joo Food Centre
Tel: 9737 3520
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 8am - 2pm
                         Closed on Mon

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Gayatri Restaurant at Orchid Country Club: Fish Head Curry at $15 Nett (till 30 Apr 2013)

Source: Gayatri Restaurant at Orchid Country Club
Gayatri Restaurant at Orchid Country Club: Fish Head Curry at $15 Nett (till 30 Apr 2013)

For enquiries, please contact Gayatri Restaurant at 6481 1112
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