happy bellies full tummies.

16 May 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s a very quick, somewhat photo heavy rundown of  some of the cafés and restaurants we visited whilst in Singapore:

Ippudo @ Mandarin Gallery

Ippudo’s magic hour has got to be 4pm – you can stroll right in and there’s no need to jostle for elbow space. Lovely!

Shiromaru Chashu, Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth – boiled for hours with pork bones, and served with generous portion of pork belly. The soup is light and slightly creamy, and the ramen noodles were cooked just the way I like it (we requested for ‘medium) – slightly springy with a nice bite to it.

Akamaru Shinaji, the heartier and heavier version which is served with blended miso paste and fragrant black garlic oil (just typing this out makes my tummy growl in hunger!). Despite my preference towards soups that are ‘qīng’ (light), I actually prefer this to the Shiromaru as the miso paste and garlic oil gave it a more unique and robust flavor.

Pork bun (basically pork belly sandwiched in between a steamed bun). Order one per person – you really wouldn’t want to share this!

Wild Honey @ Mandarin Gallery

My staple, must-visit breakfast café whenever I’m in Singapore. I ordered the Belgian breakfast set during our first visit (yes, we went twice!) and it was just as good as I’d remembered – fluffy soft waffles with generous lashings of mascarpone, fresh mango and toasted coconut flakes. I happily scoffed it down before realizing I didn’t take a photo!

Norwegian breakfast set. The boy declared it similar to the European breakfast with exception that it’s wrapped with salmon instead of prosciutto. And there are asparagus. And avocado. Same same but different, eh?

European breakfast set. Sadly, it’s not as tasty as it used to be…perhaps it’s time to try something new the next time we go!

Chatterbox @ Mandarin Orchard

I will never again pay SGD25++ for chicken rice! It. Just. Isn’t. Worth. It. No doubt the serving of chicken breast was generous (but then again, anything less than a C-cup-worth portion of meat would be highway robbery at SGD25++!) and the minced ginger sauce that was served as a side condiment was extremely nice, but paying RM60+ for chicken rice was definitely a moment of madness that shall never ever be repeated.

Most. Expensive. Chicken. Rice. Ever.

Antoinette @ Mandarin Gallery

I have a funny story to share about our visit to Antoinette. We arrived at 9.00pm for some post-dinner dessert, thinking that the cafe would be empty on a Thursday night. Upon our arrival, we were told that the waiting time for a table was 30 minutes. While contemplating if I was desperate enough for dessert to wait, the waiter decided to helpfully tell us that the last order is at 9pm. Gee…helpful info, terrible sequencing. /rolls eyes. A guy waiting outside overheard the conversation and he couldn’t help but to quip to the waiter, “You’re just trying to make life difficult for your customers, aren’t you?”

The Antoinette – a chocolate cake infused with earl grey tea. Wasn’t too impressed with it, in fact I found it a tad bit too sweet, but perhaps that’s just me (I tend to favor slightly bittersweet chocolate). The interesting bit about the cake was the cherry right on top, or what I initially thought was a cherry! It was in fact a round ‘skin’ that had raspberry juice inside which kinda freaked me out – the skin had a rubbery texture that felt and looked like something that would never biodegrade! Needless to say, I left it out of my tummy and in the box.

Note: Some websites have mentioned that the last order at Antoinette’s is actually 9.30pm, not 9pm as I was told by the waiter.

Jones The Grocer @ Dempsey Hill

Sadly, The White Rabbit had already closed when we arrived, so we had to settle for Jones The Grocer instead. And I really mean ‘settle’. The boy ordered the beefburger while I had the club sandwich, and both were extremely mediocre. The sandwich came with a measly piece of chicken and was pretty much dry and tasteless. Service was rather haphazard as well, with our bill and credit card left on the counter for quite a while as we tried to signal a waiter to take it to the register.

The beefburger

Club sandwich

All in all, some hits and misses this time around with old staples proving to be the most reliable in taste!

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