Author: Joel

Food Review: Chye Seng Huat Hardware

For the longest time, I’ve heard that Chye Seng Huat Hardware (or CSHH) has pretty good coffee. So I finally made a trip here to check it out! Located in the heritage district of Jalan Besar, CSHH is the flagship store of Papa Palheta, an independent coffee boutique, which boasts a decent sized menu ranging from their breakfast choices to their desserts. CSHH, which means to ‘flourish again’, adopted it’s name from the hardware company of its past and has been refurbished whilst maintaining it’s 80s rustic vibe. We ordered Iberico Pork Rack (S$24.00) which was below my expectations. The pork itself had very little flavour without the sauce and the wine braised red cabbage was a tinge too sweet for my liking. For the price, I expected more but in my books, it did not hit the mark. We also tried their Teriyaki Salmon Donburi (S$19.00). Do not be fooled by the good looks as the salmon lacked flavour as the rice had absorb most of the teriyaki sauce. To me it was nothing fantastic, …

Food Review: Populus Coffee & Food

Populus Coffee and Food Co. is discretely tucked away in a row of heritage shop lots located near Outram Park MRT station. They offer Japanese-inspired food with a tinge of western fare. I really like their rustic-industrial decor, however the lighting was a little bit overkill.       After contemplating on what to order, I decided to go for the ‘Truffle Wagyu Beef’ Donburi (S$21.5). I was really pleased with the dish as the beef was seasoned perfectly and the pickled vegetables and eggs complemented each other very well. We also ordered the Buckwheat Pancakes (S$19.5) which we thought was a little pricey. But when the super thick and full pancake landed on our table, it was worth every cent as it was surprisingly quite filling. It was also quite fragrant and packed with flavour. Unfortunately, we personally did not like the coffee. It had a really strong acidic flavour and I did not enjoy it at all. Location : 146 Neil Road Singapore Opening Hours :  Monday : 09:00 – 19:00 Tuesday : 09:00 – 16:00 …

Food Review: The Peranakan @ Claymore Connect, Singapore

Who would have known that at this more ‘ulu’ part of Orchard road, Claymore Connect (a lesser-known mall) would house an interesting eatery, The Peranakan. The moment we entered the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by a friendly server who showed us to our table. What caught my eyes was the table card displayed on each table clearly stating “No MSG”. You will be fascinated by the different elements of the restaurant, from the lighting to the cutlery to their decorations, as they showcase the rich Peranakan history. We started off with the Tok Panjang set, this has two different sizes named after the two very famous Peranakans; Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Wee Kim Wee. We had the LKY size which included an array of 10 different dishes from their menu. Personally, Nasi Ulam was one of the highlights of the Tok Panjang. We were not only entertained by Executive Sous Chef Shirley Tay, who sang us the Peranakan song that accompanies Nasi Ulam, but the freshness of the finely cut herbs, spices and …

Tech Review: Massdrop X Sennheiser HD 6xx

TLDR (too long didn’t read): Pros: For its price nothing compares to its sound quality Vibrant and exciting sound Comfortable Open-back Cons: Bulky The sound is not the best when using your phone/ipod Open-back (no noise isolation) When Massdrop announced that they were going to do a collaboration with Sennheiser I was extremely excited about it. Not to mention, they’ll be redoing the iconic Sennheiser HD 650s. If you are wondering, “What is the Sennheiser HD 650s?”, it is widely known in the audio community for being the best headphones in town. So when Massdrop announced the ‘drop’ their whole site essentially crashed as so many people wanted to get their hands on this pair of headphones. I was one of the lucky 5000 people who manage to get into the drop. (YAY!!!!) First of all, I would like to start off with the un-boxing experience. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. After opening the box, you will be greeted by this sleek hardcover box. When you open it, you can instantly tell that it was a good …

Food Review: La Ristrettos

This hidden café is located on the 8th floor of Novena Medical Centre. Wait what??? Medical centre?? Yes, you read that right! It was pretty difficult to find but after you’ve found its location, it is pretty easy to get there. It has a nice, cosy and homely feel to the place. Although the place looks small, there are ample seats outside. Having browsed through their menu, which didn’t have too big of a selection, I decided to try the Breakfast Crab Cakes (S$15). The crab cakes itself was nicely seasoned and fried perfectly; a nice crunch on the outside and soft on the inside. They served it with a very rustic mash potato, wild rocket, bacon, a poached egg, and drizzled with it with balsamic vinegar. All the flavours blended well with each other. The only downside was that the poached egg was overcooked. We also ordered the Panni Cotoletta (S$13). The chicken was nicely seasoned and fried and the bread was toasted nicely. It had a good bread to meat ratio so nothing was overpowering …

Tech Review: Brainwavz M5

The Brainwavz M5 retails at US$49.50 (S$65.50) but can be easily found under US$40.00 on Amazon. It comes with a hard-case carrier, several silicon ear-tips and even a pair of foam ear-tips. Honestly at this price range, the accessories that come with it is amazing. The sound drivers are housed in a nice metal and plastic housing. At first I actually felt that they were pretty flimsy but on further inspection it seems like this pair is gonna last pretty long. The wires are round thin cables but so far I have yet to get them tangled when I roll them up. It also has a remote on the wire that I like a lot. The remote is pretty small so it does not add additional weight to one side and only has one button. Now the sound… For me it sounded pretty balance and flat. On very rare occasions the instruments sometimes overpowers the vocals making it very muddy. Noise isolation is not that great either and you are still very much able to …

Food Review: GRUB cafe @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Grub is nicely located in the middle of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. It has a nice brick-wall interior blended with the glass planes. It boasts its responsible ingredients-inspired menus and delicious food. For dinner, they have slightly more items compared to lunch. They mainly serve western food, with a few fusion dishes. Their Chilli Crab Pasta(S$18) had a good balance between the sweet and the spiciness. The linguine absorbed the flavour from the sauce nicely, making it very tasty. The soft shell crab was well seasoned and gave the pasta a bit more texture to it. The GRUB Cheeseburger(S$13) was nicely done. The meat was well seasoned, and flavourful. The proportions were balanced so that none of the ingredients overpowered the other. My only complain is that the bun was too sweet for my taste. The fries on the side was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Lastly we ordered a Truffle Bacon Baked Eggs(S$9). The mushrooms absorbed the truffle and bacon flavour nicely; but still able to taste the mushroom …