July 21, 2005

Places We Eat At

OK, inspired by Umami, we’re starting a new thread about places we eat at. It’s a record for ourselves more than anything else, but if anyone gets inspired by our reviews, that’d be great too.

Last week we finally tried out Kaisan at Raffles Hotel (Umami keeps raving about it). Food, service and sake were all wonderful and reasonably priced too. We had the sashimi/tempura set, salmon simmered in noodle soup and the grilled cod. Ordered the maguro with yam too but they were out of yam. Anyone who’s sick of bad service in restaurants should head to Kaisan pronto.

Kaisan - 8/10

Incredibly, we were at Kaisan just a couple of hours after a very late afternoon tea at Royal Copenhagen at Taka. Tea in china that cost hundreds tasted quite nice, but the cakes were disappointing.

Royal Copenhagen - 5/10

On Sunday night we went to Jade to use our NKF $25 voucher. We have such a good impression of Jade ever since our Ninth Vine dinner there 2 years ago but this time round the food was just slightly above average. There was the suckling pig skin with foie gras, toufu soup with seared scallop (this was good), bamboo fungus soup, pepper beef tenderloin, roast chicken with mango, bailing mushroom with kailan and the fried mee sua, which was a waste of time. The char bee hoon in the market tastes better. My dessert was a mango sherbet with aloe vera and black jelly while Karen had the almond cream in coconut shell.

One of those meals where nothing sticks in your head. I much prefer Marriott’s Wan Hao.

Jade - 5.5/10 (pictures soon)

We’ve heard so much about the Aglio Olio at Bathers from YW and J. So we took the short drive there this afternoon for lunch to see what the fuss was all about. Verdict? Way too spicy cos they use chili padi. Waiter should’ve asked whether we wanted it spicy or not when we were ordering.

I had the set lunch which came with a piece of chicken so small it would fit comfortably in a hot dog bun. All in all, no big deal. Maybe next time we’ll ask the chef to tone down the chili.

Bathers - 5/10 (4 for food, 1 extra for being dog-friendly)

Posted by Karen at July 21, 2005 11:04 PM in food & drinks

That was Jimmy who posted using my account (in case you’re wondering why I’m referring to myself in the third person.)

On Friday, I also had a sundae from Swensen’s some Bonanza Split. I went there looking for a firewire cable to transfer data from my dying harddisk.

Times like these, only their sticky sweet ice-cream layered with fudge, butterscotch, and topped with sweetened whipped cream, and a crispy wafer would do.

My dad was a big fan and for a while, I snubbed it in favour of Hagen Daaz’s cleaner flavours and sophistication. But I’m back at Swensen’s now and I’m glad that while they have added to the menu, everything that I loved is still there.

Posted by: Karen at July 26, 2005 10:14 AM

It’s rubbish how haagen dazs has continued raising their prizes with such arrogance. A single scoop is now almost $5! Gelare or Island Creamery is almost half that, and more yummy.

Posted by: jimmy at July 26, 2005 02:46 PM

island creamery is run by my primary-school friend’s dad. haha

Posted by: jbarks at July 27, 2005 09:49 PM

Who is also our friend’s mother’s friend. Really! We must all go and ask for discount card soon, since we “know” them. :-D

Posted by: Karen at July 27, 2005 11:51 PM

you need to try garibaldi’s near liang seah street!

Posted by: tommy at August 7, 2005 08:44 PM

Hey Tommy, your dolls are so damn cool!

Posted by: Karen at August 8, 2005 04:37 PM

You guys should try Corduroy & Finch at Bukit Timah Road! The desserts there are so delicious & beautiful to look at! A really cool place to chill out. Heard they are opening another branch soon.

Posted by: Beverly at August 9, 2005 01:50 PM

C&F have started to annoy some of our frens with the all-too-common “I’m so successful now I dont care if my service sucks” attitude. Slippery slope …

We’ve havent been back to C&F for a long time. Same goes for Epicurious, one of our favourite haunts until they started hiring idiots for service staff.

Posted by: jimmy at August 13, 2005 01:59 AM

We just came back from Hong Kong Cafe after we decided to take a break from all the crazy project submissions and have a nice long dinner. It’s a little cafe along East Caost Road - recommended by our lecturer. It’s abit like the old Central at Holland V; the food choices are almost similar, in fact the menus look vaugely alike. But the good thing about Hong Kong Cafe is it’s got no GST and service charge and I guess it’s more affordable for broke students like us.

I had Pork Baked Rice, which was a tad too sour for my liking. Josh/Jbarks had a really delicious Beef Baked Rice and Ernest had Ham Baked Rice. We did a typical Singaporean thing by tasting each other’s food. Really good stuff I have to say.

But the best bit came during the desert. We had French Toast and I think it filled me up more than the baked rice did. THICK bread with butter and loads of honey to go. We had to sit down for almost an hour for our food to digest before we could walk out of the shop.

Also worth a try is the ‘Si Mud’ Cha. It’s quite like our local ‘teh ping’ or tea with ice, just not as sweet; you can actually taste the tea.

And we suddenly got trigger happy after seeing the huge-assed slices of toast.


i’ve never seen bread so thick in my life

french toast and ‘si mud’ cha

two extremely full boys with our books of the moment (we’re such geeks)

Posted by: Randy at August 27, 2005 12:47 AM

Did you’all read this? It’s bloody funny.

But damn, HK bread is even thicker than Jap bread.

And how do you like the captcha-ha-ha-ha-ha?

Bye bye spammers!

Posted by: Karen at August 27, 2005 11:09 AM

Only in our country is French Toast a dessert!

Posted by: Jimmy at August 28, 2005 12:10 PM

Heh, we wanted the mango pudding too but we were too stuffed :D

Posted by: Randy at August 28, 2005 04:30 PM

hihi, a… can tell me where’s the location of the hongkong cafe?? u know wat’s the name of the cafe?

hehe… thankx :)

Posted by: Sherah at September 12, 2005 12:08 PM

It’s called HONG KONG CAFE. It’s at 378 East Coast Road.. It’s beside the famous Ba Chor Mee stall.. and it’s a few stalls down from Al Fornos. It opens only at 6pm on Mon - Sat thought.. Full day on Sunday.

Posted by: Randy at September 12, 2005 01:56 PM

My mom just bought back Hagen Daaz’s moon cakes at a ridiculously expensive price of 18bucks each. It doesn’t even taste all that nice. And the packaging sucks.

Posted by: Randy at September 12, 2005 10:07 PM

corduroy & finch? over my dead body

Posted by: eml at September 13, 2005 01:11 AM

Thought u might not reply.. hehe… :) thankx…

hehe.. the food nice?? How much in average..

Hagen Daaz’s ice cream suckz… so exp and so little. the worst part is when i went to the shop and eat, they serve melted icecream :P

Posted by: sherah at September 13, 2005 11:35 PM

If you’re like me, you always get something good when you go. Either way, you can get a dish+drink for under $10. Dessert too if you add a bit more.

Posted by: Jbarks at September 16, 2005 01:40 PM

But if you’re like me. You eat too much on your second visit and puke your guts out that night and feel like crap the next day :D

Posted by: Randy at September 16, 2005 10:20 PM

hey, does anybody know how to get to the hongkong cafe? i can’t find it despite circling east coast road for like forever. please help (: directions by bus or car is fine but bus preferred (:

Posted by: grace at October 11, 2005 05:27 PM

closer to katong… it’s almost diagonally opposite the mobil station; next to the ba chor mee stall and two doors down from the prawn noodles.

Posted by: jbarks at October 12, 2005 12:27 AM

hi guys, happen to check out ur website. Check out pizza walker at wisma level 1. the food is quite good. The pizza Capricciso is a must-try. Plus+ the service that they provide are excellent.

Posted by: Kloveno at October 22, 2005 08:48 AM

Try The Cellar Door on Bukit Timah rd:
i don’t think their menu (downloadable from the website) is up-to-date. But the lamb burger is exquisite. Roast beef sandwich (I think that’s it…) also good.

Posted by: milou at January 4, 2006 10:37 PM

anyone been to Daiso at IMM? The everything for $2 store. we just went yesterday and the place is craaazy!

i think we’re quite suaku cos we didnt know about the place.

Posted by: jimmy at January 10, 2006 12:05 AM

hey, i went there on saturday! what a coincidence. and yes i didn’t know about the place either. they really sell lots of weird japanese items.

Posted by: ernest at January 10, 2006 01:03 AM

We finally made it to PS Cafe last week to soak in all the hype.

The place is stunning, no doubt about that. Not many other reasons to go though.

First, they told us when we showed up without reservations that we needed to book a week in advance. They got us a table though but the funny thing was, an hour into our meal, there were still several empty tables around.

The steak sandwich we ordered was a disaster. The bread tasted like cold cardboard and the steak was tasteless. We also ordered lamb but they served the duck - I was a few mouthfulls into the duck before I realised they had screwed up our order, so we didnt kick up a fuss. Service was almost non-existent. Our water glasses were refilled only once the entire dinner.

Also, we’d never seen so much air kissing going on in one place in Singapore!

Oh yea, they’re also dog-unfriendly, even though there’s a nice outdoor seating area and they’re like in the middle of nowhere.

Verdict? Go to see the place, but dont waste your money on the food.

Posted by: jimmy at February 2, 2006 10:24 PM

Went to PS Cafe for the first time yesterday. I totally agree about the non-existence service. My friend and i went in, they had the ‘Wait to be seated’ sign. But after some wait, no one bother to ask us, so we happen to ask a girl inside the bar area (girl with black glassess), she told us to seat (by the waiting couch) and wait. While we look at those empty tables around, bussed and clean.

Later a few more groups came in, still with no one coming to serve us. I then caught hold of a waiter leaving the entrance, I asked him for table for 2. He then went in and came back telling us that the same lady in the bar will serve us, we then approach the same ‘Bar girl’, she then said in an agitated manner “Please seat!.” I then tried to explain that “Your staff asked us to approach you for tables” and she again replied “Yah! take a seat, we’ll let you know when there is table!”. We turned around and now there are a few more empty tables added to the earlier list.

Finally, a guy brought us to a table (one which witness my ordeal with the ‘Bar’ girl, he left the menu on table and left. My friend then ordered a ‘crispy crisp’ - starter and we ordered 2 drinks. The drinks came and after 15 mins later, a staff came and told us that the kitchen is close. I then asked why is it that the waiter taking the order did not tell us and no one went around to inform of the last oder, he then push for us to order the dessert, we decline. We never saw them coming to our table again. Most were giving more attention to the expats, as most ordered wines, so I guess they look more ‘expensive’ and therefore more tips….it’s everywhere!

When billing, I notice that the amount was a little high for 2 drinks, lo and behold, they charge us of the ‘crispy crisp’ stuff. We then, told one staff about it (again a guy with black glassess), what with all the black glassess staff? anyway, he took the bill away and came back by laterally throwing it on the table and swosh away. I wasn’t appalled. Ordered, no stock, no apology, charge mistakenly and now, throwing it at our face???? and lastly I have to pay them for SERVICE!

ADVISE: If you want to go there, just have a drink, soak in the nice ambience and never go back there, unless you have a bunch of ‘bitchy’ people to tackle all the issues.

Have fun getting agitated!!!

Posted by: Malcolm at May 6, 2006 03:32 PM

Youch! Sounds like you got it much worse than us!

Posted by: Karen at May 7, 2006 10:23 PM

Have you been to The Naked Fish Shoppe at the Grassroots Club in Yio Chu Kang? DON’T!! Nothing there is accpetable, be it the service or the food.

Posted by: pissa at May 9, 2006 06:16 PM

their name’s not acceptable either :)

We have started boycotting places that dont serve water. Actually I was perfectly prepared to pay for water until that article in ST came out and the Bakerzinn guy said that they dont serve water because it adds 20% to their cost and their rental in Orchard Road is very expensive. Boo hoo hoo. Isnt that why you sell a piece of cake for $6?

Worst excuse I ever heard. Say it like it is - it’s much more profitable to sell water for $1 then give it away for free.

Since they’re now saving 20% by not serving water, they shouldnt be charging service right?

Posted by: jimmy at May 9, 2006 11:02 PM

If my eyes didnt play any tricks on me, i’d say i just saw Hong Kong cafe open it’s newest shop just right opposite Novena Church.
ooh. :)

Posted by: dawn at May 18, 2006 10:47 PM


I am living aboard now, but I miss the dessert from Singapore

Does anyone remember the recipe for Tuu Tuu, you find these food in a stall in a Pasa Balam Market, usually served in 3 pieces for $1.50. It is white colour with orange coconut inside. I forgot what kind of Flour they use. Can anyone tell me the recipe for this dessert? Thanks all.

Posted by: Teng at May 28, 2006 05:49 AM

ooh. i love that!
Especially the one with coconut filling.

Posted by: dawn at May 28, 2006 07:58 PM

Ha! What a crazy question!
I actually like the putu piring more. That’s the Malay version of the Chinese tutu. Instead of shredded coconut, it has gula melaka, my all time favourite ingredient.

I can’t imagine how you would go about making these without the steamer contraption and the moulds. It’s gonna take a lot of imagination.

But I found the recipe here! Post your results if you do get round to making it.

Posted by: Karen at May 28, 2006 10:34 PM

wah, i really miss that. used to have it at the old ikea a very long time ago.

Posted by: Ernest at May 28, 2006 11:07 PM

You now, I never knew you had this F&B thread. Wonderful!

Karen, just read your review of Bathers..kinda disappointed that it only managed a pass..5 out of 10?? Surely they deserve more for their highly yummy garlic bread, and their Aglio Olio, bastardised style - it is precisely the chilli padi which gives it the local ummph!

We went to Island Creamery last nite for ice cream supper..people were spilling out of the place, and cash register was ringing! Definitely brought life to an otherwise ghost town.

Interestingly, we saw a new frenchie eatery at the corner which used to be occupied by Island before they expanded. It was nine and not a single customer..might have been the late hour, but anyhow, in our usual spirit of supporting new start-ups, the husband and I decided to try it the next time we eat out - want to join us, K/J?

Posted by: jo at May 30, 2006 04:58 PM

I think this thread was started by Jimmy, using my account. Can’t remember why.

Sure, we’ll join you when you next go there. It’s so near to us.

Too bad last night we were wandering aimlessly at the bus depot hoping to catch the bus being “painted”. But it was painted in the afternoon and was on the road already!

Posted by: Karen at May 30, 2006 05:23 PM

Loser!!! And you missed ice-cream supper for a never-to-have-happened bus painting ceremony at 10pm at some obscure bus depot? Haha!!!

Posted by: jo at May 31, 2006 11:28 PM
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