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Food Review: 6-Hours High-Tea @ The Rose Veranda (Shangri-la Hotel Singapore)

Located on the mezzanine level of Shangri-la Hotel is the Downtown Abbey-istic restaurant, The Rose Veranda. Honestly, this place would not have occured to me if Tammy had not suggested it as the location is tucked away from the main shopping district of Orchard Road.  The restaurant is known for their high tea offerings, and has an ambience that is both calming and exclusive. In addition to that, it allows its patrons to dine comfortably for a full 6-hours! I think I reached the peak of my tai-tai (lady of privilege) potential for the rest of the week… The High Tea at The Rose Veranda is somewhat of a wholesome experience. Upon being seated, we were served with the tea menu and warm scones, accompanied by strawberry jam and clotted cream. The restaurant boasts a wide selection of exquisite artisan teas to go along with your dining experience. There’s also the option of tea cocktails or Monogram Tea Layering for an additional $5++ per pot.  You’ll most definitely be spoiled for choice. From cooked food …

Food Review: Ban Heng @ Orchard Central

On the roof of the tallest mall in Singapore lies several restaurants and one of them is Ban Heng. They serve up a Chinese a-la-carte styled buffet dinner with 51 different dishes ranging from their special one serve Chef’s Recommendations to desserts. They have a pretty modern interior with the wood walls and brick stage. However, they still keep the traditional long table cloths and clothed chairs to go with it. Once we were seated, we immediately ordered the seven items on the Chef’s Recommendations since they can be only ordered once. My personal favorite out of the seven items is the Steamed Half Shell Clam (which is actually scallop) with Vermicelli & Garlic. The moment you put the scallop into your mouth, flavours start bursting out – it had the right amount of garlic and saltiness from the sauce. It is such a shame we could not order another plate. For the crab, we decided to go for the cold crab. Essentially, it has been steamed then chilled. It is served cold and I …

Food Review: NorthSea Genuinely Belgium @ Ipoh, Malaysia

Located right across the street from Excelsior hotel is the nautical-themed Belgium restaurant – NorthSea Genuinely Belgium. Originally owned and operated by a Belgian gentleman, it has since been sold to the current owners. With the interior decked out with beer bottles on wooden shelvings, the place had a pretty clean 1800s pirate ship vibe. We started off with their Soup of the Day (RM15.00) which was a Homemade Mushroom Soup with Truffle. The truffle oil that they used was very strong and fragrant and I instantly fell in love with the soup. They also had nicely toasted olive bread that complemented the soup so perfectly. Moving on to starters… We had their Belgian Styled Scallops (RM29.00). The scallops had a nice sear to it, giving it an extra layer of texture. The dish was served with a herb garlic sauce which had a strong intensity that went really well with the scallops. The combination blends really well in your mouth. The Ostend Shrimp Croquettes (RM25.00) had a thin breaded layer which gives it a …

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 – No MSG. Just plenty of old fashioned TLC.

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 …

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 …