All posts filed under: Munch Crunch ‘N’ Dine

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 …

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 …

Food Review: Word. @ Upper Thomson Road

Located behind the upcoming Springleaf MRT station of the Thomson-East Coast Line is a newly opened cafe called Word. It has an industrial, rustic theme going on. Their menu focuses mainly on Asian fusion-ed with western cuisine, and quite punnily-named menu items as well. Cut the Crab (S$15) which is their homemade crab cakes was nicely breaded and pretty salty on its own. The sauce tastes like a combination of a Thousand Island Dressing and a lemon vinaigrette. The pairing went perfectly with each other, toning down the saltiness from the crab cakes. The Vongole Le Cream (S$14) was kind of bland and a tad bit more salt would have been nice. It has quite a large portion, pretty creamy and has a similar taste to a carbonara. However it lacks some sort of meat, so this dish is kinda pricey. We also ordered the chix lollipop (S$14). The chicken was cooked perfectly. The meat comes off the bone nicely and was tender. It is quite an interesting fusion dish, using the Chinese stir-fry black pepper sauce …

Quick Coffee: Habitat Coffee

One of the well known cafes at Upper Thomson Road is Habitat Coffee. It has a very simplistic interior with minimal decor. Habitat coffee has a sizeable menu; consisting of breakfast items, pastas and various sandwiches. They also have a limited choice of cakes and waffles as well. We tried their Tiramisu; it had a very strong alcohol taste, soft and creamy but the coffee sponge was at the bottom. Overall it was quite well balanced. Now moving onto the coffee. We had a cappuccino(Regular – S$4.9, Large – S$5.9), piccolo latte(S$4.2) and a normal latte(Regular – S$4.9, Large – S$5.9) as well. The cappuccino was strong, bitter and smooth. The piccolo gave quite a strong kick and was smooth as well. The latte however tasted kind of tangy, the coffee taste sticks to the tongue and actually tasted stronger than the cappuccino. We really enjoyed Habitat’s coffee a lot and it is a must try! Coffee Rating: 7.5/10 Located at: 223 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574355 For more information visit their website: http://www.habitatcoffee.com.sg/

Quick Coffee: Five By Five

At Upper Thomson Road, lies this cafe hidden behind the main street. Walking in, you can feel a very chill, relaxed atmosphere. The menu has a variety of breakfast/brunch items. If you are looking for an array of desserts, this place is not for you. Now for the main part; the COFFEE. We ordered a latte(S$4.5) and a cappuccino(S$4.5). The latte had a hint of sourness, light and not too milky. The cappuccino was quite bitter, light but rough. For both cups of coffee, the art was the same, just in case you are into that. Not to mention if you like the smell of coffee, the aroma is not really there at all. Overall the coffee is not the best, nor the worst. It seats nicely somewhere in the middle. Coffee Rating: 6/10 Located at: #01-03, Thomson V One, 9 Sin Ming Rd, 575630 For more information check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fivebyfive.sg

Food Review: Nanta BBQ Restaurant

Ambiance: Looking from outside the restaurant, it does not look like much, as it sits at the corner of a row of shop lots. Very modern and simple decorations, nothing over the top, but it makes the whole place look neat. It is quite spacious in between the tables. Food: They have quite a variety of dishes consisting of a more modern take on Korean cuisine. They mostly have barbequed food but they have also some soup dishes, as well as noodles. The Korean side dishes are of course free of charge and refillable as well. Side Dishes They serve quite a nice variety of side dishes, quite a good balance between them. The kimchi dishes were quite spicy and have a nice kick, tastes pretty authentic as well. The other dishes were a little bland but complemented the kimchi dishes very well. Cheese BBQ It came with 8 pieces of ribs and some rice cakes marinated in some bean sauce, with a lot of cheese. The sauce can be either mild, spicy or hot spicy. …

Food Review: Café Etc

Ambience: We stumbled upon this Café located along Thomson Road during lunch time. It had a very rustic look to the place using dark furniture. It had very interesting decoration along the walls. Food: We ordered the set lunch consisting of a soup of the day, a main, a beverage and an optional choice of a desert of the day which we did not go for. Soup The soup of the day was a tomato soup. It tasted very authentic; you could taste the sourness of the tomatoes. It was seasoned nicely and served with a decent portion. Main The two mains we ordered were their beef steak and their chicken steak. The done-ness of the beef steak was medium rare, however I found the steak to be undercooked making the steak overly chewy. It was seasoned nicely and went well with the steak sauce. The fries were crispy and nicely salted. The chicken steak was cooked well but its sauce was overly salty and a rather boring dish. The mash potatoes were also very …