Archive for the ‘Area: Bukit Timah’ Category
Hello chewys! Sorry for the lack of updates! Just got back from our BKK trip and haven’t had time to sit down and blog. So please bear with me while I cheat with yet another pictorial post today ok? :P I will try my very best to churn out a few mini posts on our BKK trip by the end of this month! :) This post is dedicated to my JC girls, The Hooties! Not to be confused with The Hooters please. Anyway, it had been a few months since we last met at Miaoxia’s wedding! We were trying to decide if we should get our partners to join us for dinner so that we could form a boisterous group of 10 but we went against the idea in the end so that we could talk about girly stuff without the guys around! :P Next time la! I’m really glad that all the girls were willing to sacrifice their precious Saturday evening with their partners so that we could meet up for dinner :D
Since MX had church service till evening around Bukit Timah area, I suggested meeting at Osteria L’Operetta along sixth avenue! I think it’s still a relatively new place. Well, at least it was when we visited :P
Dinner at Osteria L’Operetta was not particularly mind blowing but I suppose it was pretty alright on the overall. Anyway, it was the lovely company that mattered! Can’t wait for our big group gathering with the partners at the end of the year! :D
20 Sixth Ave
Tue to Sun
12pm – 3pm (Lunch)
6pm – 11pm (Dinner)
(Closed on Mondays)
This is gonna be my final birthday post for this year, I promise! :P Was supposed to go on an exclusive romantic date with Maureen but she was kind enough to ‘insist’ that misterchewy join us too. She let me choose the location but I really had a long list of to-go places so it was kinda hard to come to a final decision! We agreed on Onion Restaurant and Bar in the end because we passed by it when we went for the ZESRPI kiwifruit dinner earlier on. It’s actually along the same stretch. My cousin, Sharon had recommended this restaurant to me so this was a good opportunity :D
Don’t ask me why the restaurant is called ‘Onion’ when they specialize in tapas, oysters and wine! Does anybody know? Hehe.
Not sure if this is considered another amuse bouche. LOL. This gigantic oyster was served shortly after we whipped out our DSLRs.
I had the honour of polishing off this delicacy because Maureen and misterchewy don’t like the taste of oysters! Hahaha lucky me! :D
Seriously, one is just not enough.
The three of us ordered two soups to share. The Lobster Bisque ($12.80) was thick, creamy and full of that delicious crustacean flavor.
I was quite disappointed with the Clear French Onion Soup ($11.80) though, after reading quite a few reviews that seem to sing praises for it. Felt that something was lacking and it didn’t really pack a punch.
We asked for some recommendations and the waiter suggested that we try the Gambas al Ajillo ($10.80). It was well-flavored with Spanish garlic and I reckon that garlic lovers would truly love this dish.
Another much raved about dish was the Duck Confit on Mushroom Stew ($14.80). The shredded chunks of duck were very tender and were served with stewed oyster mushrooms. The combination was perfect and you should only attempt to eat this with the fluffy pita bread.
Each of us had a main to ourselves. I chose the Spicy Crabmeat Spaghetti with Caviar ($16.80) with sweet and spicy tomato sauce. I don’t usually go for tomato sauce based pastas but this had the right amount of sweetness and the sauce wasn’t too thick. I wish they had given me more crabmeat and caviar though! :P
Maureen wanted to order the same but she went for the Roasted Lamb Rack with Fresh Herbs ($25.80) so that we could try different dishes. I really thought that the lamb rack tasted as good as it looked. It had a slightly smoked gamey flavor which was enough to tantalize the taste buds. A pity that they served only a few miserable slices!
*GASP* Maureen baked me a Frou Frou cake! What a pleasant surprise! It is essentially a cake made using raspberries and dessicated coconut, among other ingredients :) The chef was kind enough to plate it. It was Maureen’s first attempt baking this and it was pure success! This girl is a baking genius!
Thank you misstamchiak for the lovely birthday treat and for baking me the sweetest cake ever! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my primary school bestie Adelene for the present and birthday dinner at Paradise Dynasty as well as my bunch of secondary school buddies for the awesome dinner at Hungry Chimps. You guys rock! :D
Onion Restaurant and Bar
791 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6763 0398
Mon to Thu
5.30 – 10.30pm
5.30 – 11pm
10.30am – 3pm
5.30 – 11pm
10.30am – 3pm
5.30 – 10.30pm
As a newly married young couple, my husband and I are constantly looking out for restaurants that offer romantic atmosphere. Sometimes, especially on special occasions, it’s gonna be more than just cheap and good food. The perfect ambience matters a lot to us and I must say that Marmalade Pantry at the Stables fits the bill. It’s tucked away in the lush greenery of Bukit Timah Saddle Club and you might even catch a glimpse of the horses if you swing by for brunch! As for the food, there were some hits and misses but the overall dining experience was a great one.
We had a few starters for sharing. Just by taking a whiff of the Sweet Red Pepper and Tomato Soup ($10) is enough to whet one’s appetite. I quite liked the strong, tangy flavors.
Mildly salty cheese cubes in this Pan Seared Haloumi ($21) dish went well with the tomato slices. This is not your everyday starter! Highly recommended for cheese lovers.
This doesn’t look like salad, does it? With crispy tortilla and chicken bits drizzled in salsa sauce, I’m sure most of us would love this Mexican Chicken Salad ($22)!
This plate of Crab Caesar ($22) turned out to be my favorite starter of the night! Chunks of crab meat sweetened the deal for this dish.
The Basque Chicken ($30) proved to be well marinated given its tender, juicy texture accompanied by somewhat strong flavours coming through.
I personally found the Pan Roasted Red Snapper ($28) to be mediocre. Something that will fill your stomach but will not leave you impressed.
Same goes for the Fish and Chips. In fact, the breading was a little thick for my liking.
Definitely the star of the night, the Spaghetti Cabonara ($24) was like a godsend just before desserts were served. Coming from a cream-based pasta fan, I might sound biased but I reckon everyone enjoyed this as much as I did! Al dente spaghetti and savoury bacon strips tossed in thick creamy sauce, this is one hell of a dish that everyone must go for.
What I liked most about the Granny Smith and Stem Ginger Pudding ($13) was the salted caramel ice cream!
I didn’t really fancy the Sea Salt Caramel Cheese Cake ($8). Probably would have appreciated it if it was more moist.
I have always had a thing for sticky date pudding! The Sticky Date and Toffee Pudding ($12) gets my vote. It was light, slightly spongy with a chewy kueh-like texture and not exceedingly sweet!
If you don’t already know, Marmalade Pantry’s cupcakes sell like hot (cup)cakes in Singapore!
Psst.. Give the legendary Red Velvet ($4.50) a try, will you? Can’t stomach all that after dinner? You can choose to takeaway these cupcakes! Makes a good breakfast or afternoon snack with tea!
Thank you FoodNews and Marmalade Pantry for the invite.
Pantry at the Stables
55 Fairways Drive
Tel: 6467 7748
10am – 10pm
“It feels so great to have you in my life. Looking forward to spending our lives together, forever! <3″
Hello! It’s been a long time since I have written a post on missuschewy.com. Today, on our 20th monthsary, I have decided to hit the keyboard again for this very special day of the month. Since 26th July 2010, 26 has been a number that is close to my heart and it will always be.
As usual, I went to pick up the missus from work and dinner was amongst our plans. The golden question was unanimously: “where?” I was feeling adventurous and suggested to go to 6th Avenue without even checking what food was available there. Thankfully, HGW is a reliable food-searching network which we could leverage on to find our dinner place. Eventually we settled on Smok’inn Frogz Kitchen.
Initially, we could not find the place until we realised that it is sharing the same address as Bar Bar Black Sheep. There were lots of reviews online, raving about its beef burgers and beer-battered fish and chips. We both knew that we could not leave the place without trying the latter.
Love is self-sacrificing. Because of my religion practice, the wifey was “forced” to give up eating beef and I am really thankful to her. <3
Always the beautiful goddess of my heart! :3
Actually the wifey ordered Root Beer ($2) because she saw the table next to us drinking it. Haha!
And so, our routine ritual before the meal starts before we tuck in: to take photos of our food. We both had the fish and chips as the menu was rather limited after filtering the beef dishes. Btw, all photos in this post were taken using my Canon Digital IXUS.
The Beer Battered Fish N Chips ($13) was served pipping hot with a crispy flour batter. There was no hint of beer taste but it was fragrant and the fish was melt-in-your-mouth. We did not have any complaints with the dish.
The Choco Lava Cake looks very tempting on the menu but our stomach is not big enough to accommodate it so we had to give the dessert a miss.
This is one of our spontaneous dinner dates and I must say we both enjoyed it. Looking forward to more Monthsaries and spending more time lovin you! Happy 20th Monthsary again my dear, and I will always love you and you and youuuuu! <3
Smok’inn Frogz Kitchen
879 Cherry Avenue (off Bukit Timah Road)
Mon to Fri
4pm – 11pm
1pm – 11pm
9am – 11pm
Hohoho! Christmas is coming! Dear friends, do you feel the lovely festive atmosphere around you? Oh, and I hope you are done with your Christmas shopping! What about your plans to celebrate Christmas with your special ones? If you are still cluecless, I urge you to consider The Halia for their Christmas Day Mega-Brunch which is a family affair with an extensive spread of over 40 items on the menu. Please note that it is available only on Christmas day itself. Besides carving stations featuring turkey and lamb classics and “live” stations for pastas and eggs, guests can also tuck into various The Halia creations. Christmas Day Mega-Brunch is priced at $88++ per adult without alcohol, and $108++ per adult with and endless flow of wines and sparkling wines. Children aged 10 years and below will be charged at $38++.
Terms & Conditions
1) Reservations & full payment in advance are required for confirmation of
2) Last Seating is at 2.45 pm.
3) Buffet & wine service starts at 11 am and concludes at 3.30 pm”
Here’s a sneak peek into the Christmas Day Mega-Brunch! Featuring the White Prawn on Butter Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato and Piquant Mayonnaise from the Cold items section, the crunchy prawns were extremely delectable when eaten together with the creamy mayonnaise. There will be at least five more cold selections on Christmas day.
Everyone was raving about the Ocean Trout en Croute with Tarragon Cream Sauce. The pastry crust wrapping the moist and savory ocean trout was crisp and lightly buttered. A slice can be quite filling!
There will be plenty of other food choices such as the live station as well as the pasta station. And of course, the dessert station is the one that is close to my heart. I could not help but pick out a serving of each dessert during the dinner! Dessert lover? Definitely!
The Creme Caramel certainly caught my attention with its beautifully torched golden sheen glistening under the dim light. The good news is that it tastes as good as it looks! Beneath the hard caramelized surface lies a soft and smooth custard that was enticingly bittersweet.
The Pecan Pie was also wonderful in its own way with its chewy texture and crunchy pecan nuts.
If you love your fruits, you will be pleased that these Mixed Berry Tarts are available at the dessert station.
The best thing about having a Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake is that you get to experience sweet, tart and savory flavors all at once. The cheesecake was rich and dense but definitely not too overwhelming.
As the saying goes, do not judge a book by its cover. The Pumpkin Pie may look ordinary without the strips of chocolate and berries, but it was surprisingly aromatic and not too sweet for my tastebuds.
From now till 31st December 2011, diners can indulge in an exclusive signature Christmas a la carte menu comprising six seasonal dishes created by newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Reynaldo Arriola. A 3-course set dinner featuring dishes from the signature Christmas a la carte dinner menu is also available from $118++. For reservations, call (65) 8444 1148.”
Out of the two appetizers that are available in the Signature Christmas Menu, I clearly preferred the Honey Baked Kurobuta Ham, Shaved Fresh Chestnut, Caramelised Fig and White Balsamic Dressing infused with Star Anise ($32). Despite the fact that I was looking forward to a savory appetizer, the sweet honey baked kurobuta ham took my breath away. Somehow, the caramelized fig and white balsamic dressing managed to mask the smell of the pork. On the overall, the tender slices of kurobuta ham were truly a delight.
If you are more a fan of seafood, the Crystal Bay King Prawn Cocktail, Beetroot Mango Salad and Calypso Sauce ($32) is another option for appetizer.
Turkey is naturally low in fat and I can totally understand when the Roast Turkey Supreme, Apricot and Raisin Turkey Roulade, Potato Puree, Buttered Brussel Sprouts ($68) turned out to be a little on the tough and dry side. Ask for more red currant jus and I’m sure that the wait staff would be more than happy to comply with your request.
I was having high expectations of the Grilled Blue Eye Cod Fish with Miso, Pan Fried Spinach Polenta, White Asparagus and Passionfruit Sauce ($78) but was quite let down by its overly firm texture. Interestingly, the pan fried spinach polenta was served as an alternative to rice. This too, was rather dry.
The Christmas Souffle with White Chocolate, Cinnamon and nutmeg, salted caramel ice cream and red currant compote ($22)is best eaten when it is still warm. While I was unable to detect any hints of white chocolate in the souffle, its smooth creaminess really shines through. It is also safe to say that the salted caramel ice cream fared reasonably well.
I very much preferred the Mille Feuille of Pistachio and Cream, Eggnog Ice Cream and Stewed Cherries ($22). The contrasting textures of flaky puff pastry and creamy pistachio, together with the eggnog ice cream which had that alcholic pizzazz, sent chills down my spine.
Feeling too full to move? Have some Hot Halia Infusion ($10)! This house specialty of sun-dried ginger and wild mountain honey is very warm and soothing and will ease the bloatedness in your tummy!
If you have not made dinner plans for Christmas, I hope this helps! Merry Christmas everyone! :D
Thank you Karen from FoodNews for the invitation and warm hospitality over dinner.
1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden
(enter via Tyersall Avenue from Holland Road)
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tel: 8444 1148
(Reservations not accepted for brunch and tea)
Lunch – Mondays to Fridays, 12 noon to 5pm (set-lunch
only available till 2pm)
Dinner – Daily, 630pm to 11pm (last seating at 10pm)
Brunch – Saturdays, Sundays & PHs, 10am to 4pm
Tea – Saturdays, Sundays and PHs, 3pm to 5pm
From 5pm to 630pm daily, only drinks will be available
We have so many people in The Barang Barang Gang (secondary school friends from Swiss Cottage) and it has expanded from a group size of 8 to 10 right now. Ideally, we should have 16 people if each one of us introduces our partners. Yeah, misterchewy is an official gangsta! Lololol just kidding! We celebrated three September baby boys’ (including misterchewy) and one October baby girl’s birthday recently! After much discussing on Facebook, we decided on dinner at Kim’s Family Restaurant at Lorong Kilat. I used to work in a jamming studio along that street while waiting to be matriculated into NUS. Ahhhh memories..
Waiting for our table to be set up! Loving this black and white chiffon vest courtesy of ByLizzie blogshop! I’m almost always in dresses because I’m lazy about having to mix and match. Well, this is easy. White tube top, black shorts, vest and heels!
And after waiting for what seemed like eternity, we are at Kim’s! Very interesting Korean restaurant because of the graffiti on the walls. Here’s a photo of Hubbie Chewy and me while the rest were busy scanning the menu!
It was jaw dropping when the waiter started laying out the banchan (side dishes) on our tables. Because of our relatively large group size, we had two tables to ourselves. 12 side dishes for each table! How generous is that?! I think other Korean restaurants typically serve up to 6 or 8 sides. However, I heard that Kim’s serve a whole fish as banchan too! We didnt have it that day :( Yup, and the guys had this hungry-cum-worried look on their faces when I promptly flashed my camera. Hence, one photo for 12 banchan. It was quite a spread – kimchi, sausages, potatoes, cucumber etc. And the sides can be replenished! Just ask nicely :)
Stir Fried Rice Cakes ($6)
We had two appetizers to be shared among ourselves. I’m so in love with stir fried rice cakes and I must order these whenever I step into a Korean eatery! Slightly spicy but extremely chewy! I love everything chewy :P
Spring Onion Pancake ($12)
Another must-order dish is the spring onion pancake! This is very delicious and packed with crunchy vegetables. A crowd-pleaser that is easily gone in seconds.
Kimchi Fried Rice ($12)
I reckon that Kimchi fried rice is one of the easiest-to-cook Korean dishes. It probably takes only 15 minutes and requires very basic ingredients: kimchi, steamed rice and egg. Very simple but the outcome is a very flavorful and mouthwatering bowl of kimchi fried rice :)
Cheyuk Toppap ($15)
Two of our friends had the stir fried pork on rice. Looks like it has been strongly flavored with chili!
Seafood Soup with Noodle ($12)
As usual, I prefer noodles over rice. There were simply too many types of noodle dishes to choose from! Kinda pressurizing because everyone was done with their orders and the waiter was peering down on me :S Not only is Kim’s generous with their side dishes, my bowl of seafood noodle came with soup filled to the brim. The soup was a mix of sour and spicy, very addictive. The chock-full of seafood was too much for me to handle on my own!
Black Bean Paste Noodle ($12)
Looks like another fuss-free dish! Thick wheat-flour noodles with black bean paste! It’s actually the equivalent of the chinese zha jiang mian. This is something that I would try next time I visit Kim’s!
Spicy Cold Noodle ($12)
One of the guys ate the spicy cold noodle and had difficulty finishing it. It looks really really spicy, doesn’t it?! Anybody game to try this? :P
Most of the mains are priced at about $12 to $15 which I would consider very affordable. Plus, there’s only 10% service charge! Cheap, cheap, cheap! And the 12 side dishes! Oh, I’m going back soon!
Kim’s Family Restaurant
17 Lorong Kilat
#01-06 Kilat Court
S (598 139)
Tel: 6465 0535
Mon to Sat
11.30am – 2.30pm
5.30pm – 9.30pm
5.30pm – 9.30pm
On the day of our 10th monthsary. the boyfriend picked me up from my work place and made me guess where we were going. I only knew that we were heading to an Italian restaurant at Bukit Timah and didn’t bother to entertain him futher. Haha he was obviously having a good time teasing me on the way there. I was pleasantly surprised when we stepped into Restorante Da Valentino for its interior was very pretty and the place had a homely feel :) Anyway, I’m now experimenting with a new theme layout so the photos are larger than usual!
As usual, we would pick a pasta and a pizza, but never a main course. Sometimes, I really think we are creatures of habit. Haha not that I’m complaining of course. Whenever we spot squid ink pasta on the menu, we would smile at each other cheekily :P It’s ok to expose your black lips to your partner but not to the other diners. I think it’s just embarrassing! Hahaha. Yeah and thus we had the Fettuccine al Granchio ($25.90). Instead of squid ink sauce, it was squid ink fettuccine tossed with crab meat in creamy tomato sauce for us! It is almost always linguine for me. Fettuccine is pretty interesting too because it reminds me of ban mian (handmade noodles) except that the one we had at Valentino’s was thinner and had a firmer, chewier bite. The crab meat was unbelievably moist and smooth! As for the sauce, you have the best of both worlds if you want something in between :)
I really love this shot taken by the waiter as soon as our pizza was served. We look very normal right? Actually we couldn’t wait to nom our pizza! :P
What can I say? Our Frutti di Mare ($21.80) smelled really mouth watering (we kinda noticed that when we were posing for the above photo)! Plus, the prawns were just so huge! Didn’t think much of the clams but we loved the scallops as well. Scallops were juicy and slimey (in a good and not gross way mind you). On a sad note, I felt that the pizza was a little wettish and the base was too soft. I prefer the pizza at Al Forno’s!
As the restaurant was about to be closed for the next sitting, we went over to Perla’s Pastry Boutique which is situated just next door. Apart from its own shop, the pastries are also available at Valentino’s. The little shop sells colorful candies and some of the restaurant’s memorabilia, on top of desserts and cakes.
All the cakes, tarts and other sweet treats looked so pretty, we had such a tough time deciding! Yeah and then I saw the Hazelnut Panna Cotta ($8)! There was a pistachio one but we wanted to be safe :P The lovely dessert was taken out of its cup and served to us on a plate, sprinkled with nuts. As we pulled the plate closer to us, the panna cotta wobbled in the most enticing way and we caught a whiff of the fragrant hazelnut. Panna cotta was melt-in-the-mouth silky smooth and the hazelnut was of the right sweetness. Very nice! I would want to try the pistachio one and also the cakes and tarts next time! :)
As we were not entitled to a 5% discount for dining in, the waiter (Hussain, who was also of our age) looked apologetic and was kind enough to let us sample these mini cream puffs :)
The shop was really small and there were no other patrons who dined in. Hussain was more than happy and really enthusiastic in helping us take photos with our dslr and polaroid. He played a part in making our 10th monthsary celebration so memorable and we are really thankful for that :)
Ristorante da Valentino, Perla’s Pastry Boutique and Valentino Private Dining will be closed from now to 23rd June 2011.
Tue to Sun
12pm – 2.30pm
6pm – 10.30pm
Pearla’s Pastry Boutique
7 Jalan Bingka, Mayfair Park
Tel: 6462 2760
Tue to Sun
12pm – 3pm
6pm – 10.30pm
Has anybody heard of The Old Brown Shoe? A very good friend of mine, Nicolez, was raving about the fish & chips served at this small and cosy British pub located along Bukit Timah Road. Even though she did not go into the specifics, she managed to convince me and the rest, as they say, is history :P
Look! Fish & Chips ($12.50) wrapped in newspapers! By wrapping it in greaseproof paper, followed by a layer of newspaper, this seemed to be the traditional way of serving fish & chips. It is also a good and clever way to keep your food hot! :) In colder countries, it helps to keep one warm I guess? Imagine ordering fish & chips as takeaway, you can conveniently carry it under your jacket to keep your body warm on your way back home or to the office!
Now let’s take a peek inside! Oops I had the fish cut up into two. Anyway it was a pretty huge piece of fish served with thick cut fries. It certainly does not look like much.. But I only managed to finish about two thirds of the fish. Hehe maybe I drank too much beer :P
I really like how the fish was done. I must say that the slab of dory fish was wonderfully coated with batter that was thin, light and crispy on the outside. I’m not a fan of hard crackling crumbs and amazingly, there were none. And underneath that thin crisp batter, was an extra moist and juicy layer, with a bit of that oiliness from the fish itself. Worthy of mention is how buttery the fish tasted! I guess it must have something special in the recipe that made me satiated so quickly. You really ought to try this out for yourself! :)
Even though there was a wide range of pub grubs available on the menu, all eight of us had fish & chips. The Old Brown Shoe is a nice place to chill out with friends over a couple of drinks. You can also watch live rugby, F1 and other sports on their big screen. The waiter was very friendly and made us feel at home. I love this place already! :)
Mon, Tue & Thu
4pm – 12am
Wed & Fri
4pm – 1am
12pm – 12am
12pm – 11pm
After our dinner at La Petite Cuisine, we hopped over for ice cream next door. Island Creamery is Singapore’s first ice cream parlor that produces freshly made premium and ice cream that features local flavors like Teh Tarik and Pulut Hitam. Hmm.. But we didn’t have any of those :P
This is the Nutty Buddy ($5.20) mud pie and we were totally nuts about it! :D Cookies and cream ice cream drizzled with a generous amount of chocolate fudge and butterscotch syrup and loads of nuts. The base of the mud pie was gooey and chewy. Every mouthful of the Nutty Buddy was sheer delight!
Mon to Sun
11am – 10pm
No experience whatsoever with French cuisine, we decided to go to somewhere that isn’t too intimidating. Got to know about La Petite Cuisine since I used to pass by Serene Centre quite often. A small and modest French restaurant that places its tables at unbelievably awkward corners, I suppose some people would close an eye because there’s no GST and service charge here :P
Looking through the menu, Escargots on Croissant ($13) seemed like a good choice for our starter. It might sound a little gross but the snails did taste a little raw even though it was marinated with herbs and garlic. Kinda felt as though we were eating snails straight out of their shells. Loved the croissant idea though!
We are not sure how French this is but the Dory with Rice ($12) was quite decent. The fish was pan-fried till its crisp at the sides. Butter rice was very fragrant.
Since it was my first time eating a Confit de Canard ($16.50), I honestly don’t know what to expect. Haha. Ok anyway I found the skin of the duck confit slightly crisp on the outside and it was remarkably tender on the inside. As for the duck meat, some parts were a little too dry. Apart from that, it was fine.
Definitely not an intimidating experience for us. La Petite Cuisine is the place to go to for reasonably priced French cuisine!
La Petite Cuisine
10 Jalan Serene
#01-05 Serene Centre
Tel: 6314 3173
Tue to Sun
11.30am – 2.30pm (Lunch)
5.30pm – 9.30pm (Dinner)
(Closed on Mon)