Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

If you’re looking for a brunch spot in town (and by town I mean Orchard) that isn’t too crowded, you’ve got to try Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro. It is approximately a ten minute stroll from Orchard station, perfect for working up an appetite or walking off your brunch.

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Located in the building (which also houses Tanglin post office) opposite Tanglin Mall, its entrance is not visible from the main road, and neither is there any signage or whatsoever. You’ve got to navigate your way up the stairs and pass the butchery to get to it. Alternatively, you can enter from Nassim Road, where the main entrance is.

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The first thing which struck me about this bakery/bistro was how bright and spacious it was. The food menu was comprehensive with a pretty good selection of egg dishes on the menu, but drinks are limited. I opted for my usual Eggs Benedict since nothing spells breakfast more than eggs.

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Eggs Benedict ($20): The Eggs Benedict came with a bread basket with three different warm and crusty toast. I’m not big on bread but I have to say the cranberry walnut was amazing. I loved it so much I bought a loaf back. The eggs were perfectly poached and lathered with creamy hollandaise sauce which had the right amount of acidity. The ciabiatta was soft and fluffy but personally I prefer the usual muffin which can soak up the sauce and flowy yolk without being too mushy.

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Hot Reuben ($18): Corned beef sandwich with melted emmental, saurkraut, onions and Russian dressing on the bakery’s signature Grimbergen Ambrée beer bread. Anything with melted cheese is a winner and this is no exception. The corned beef wasn’t too salty and the bread had a nice, rich taste of beer, finished with a kick from the saurkraut.

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Coffee ($5): The coffee however, was disappointing. Not only did the coffee taste watered down, my latte came with foam which had already collapsed into the coffee.

Overall, this place is recommended for brunch. Service was prompt and the prices are nett. Read: No service charge! Will definitely be back for the other egg dishes.

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is located at 56 Tanglin Road #01-03 Tanglin Post Office and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 08:00 to 00:00.

Not too sure about parking availability at the building though. Might be easier to park across the road at Tanglin Mall and walking over.

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Fat Cow

Located in Camden Medical Centre, this Japanese steakhouse is every beef eater’s paradise. Wagyu takes main stage here but other non-beef options are available as well if your dining partner doesn’t take beef. Upon entering the zen looking restaurant, we were swiftly ushered to the U-shaped counter seats which had a good view of the chefs working their magic.

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We came for the wagyu donburi and that was what we ordered as well, despite suggestions from the waiter to try the sashimi. It is a meat atelier after all. Every set lunch starts with a salad, miso soup and chawanmushi, and ice cream to round up the meal.

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Fat Cow Donburi ($38): Charcoal grilled wagyu beef with onsen egg and shiro negi. Medium rare wagyu beef with a lovely char-grilled taste painstakingly grilled to perfection, paired with a soft runny yolk set on a bed of rice and finished with a touch of truffle oil. Perfection in a bowl. While it is extremely tempting to break the runny yolk and mix everything together, do yourself a favour and savour a piece of that meaty goodness on its own.

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Fat Foa-Gura Don ($42): Glazed foie gras and grilled wagyu beef over rice. Cubes of grilled beef and buttery foie gras covered in a sweet and savoury sauce on rice. The sauce isn’t sickly sweet but unfortunately, it overpowered the taste of the grilled wagyu. That said, it was still a decadent donburi, just not my preferred one.

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Overall, this place is recommended for beef lovers and service is attentive as well. While the pricing of the lunch menu is significantly cheaper than its ala carte menu, I won’t go as far as to say that it is cheap. That said, it is definitely worth a visit to try the food at the restaurant. I know for sure that I will be back to try the wagyu steaks.

Fat Cow is located at Camden Medical Centre #01-01 and is open for lunch from 1200 to 1500

Ample parking space is available at the medical centre itself.

The Tiramisu Hero

As a person insatiable hunger for desserts, I am constantly on the prowl for the best dessert in town. One of the desserts on my radar at the moment is none other than tiramisu, and I attribute this keen interest to my recent trip to Italy. So when I heard about The Tiramisu Hero, I knew I had to check it out. Well, if the name of the restaurant suggests that tiramisu is their signature product, it has to be good right?

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Located in hip cafe enclave – Jalan Besar and helmed by blogger Peggy and friend, the cafe has a young and trendy vibe. Quirky decor, mostly of their mascot – Sir Antonio greets you as you step into the bright and spacious cafe.

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Tiramisu ($7.50): The array of flavours were pretty impressive, but we went with the staff’s recommendation of Horlicks, Ovaltine and Milo (only one shown here since they looked the same) flavours in the end. All three were of mommahero size since all other sizes were unavailable that evening.

The tiramisu came in a cute jar which was rather interesting, but unfortunately, it didn’t live up to its looks. All three were lacking in the taste department; the Ovaltine flavour was almost non-existent and there was only a slight hint of Milo. What was supposed to be mascarpone cream didn’t taste luscious and smooth as it should be as well. I was prepared to close both eyes one eye had they nailed the texture right, but it was less than ideal. The sponge cake was so soggy that it wass mushy and unappetising. On the whole, it felt like the tiramisu had been made and left in the jar for quite sometime.

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Patsy Mojito Tea ($7.50): Mint tea with lime. Reminiscent of the cocktail, this refreshingly drink is perfect cooler on a warm day or a pick-me-up. This was the star of the night.

Honey milk ($6): No honey detected.  This plain glass of milk got us wondering if the staff got us what was supposed to be Sir Antonio’s milk instead. (Not shown here)

Overall, I do not recommend this place for its tiramisu. Maybe I went on a bad day, or maybe it just doesn’t make the cut. Sorry to say, but friendly service alone isn’t enough for for my friends and I to return for a second visit. Let me know what you think!

The Tiramisu Hero is on 121 Tyrwhitt Road and is open every Thursday to Tuesday from 1100 to 2200.

Parking spaces by the road is limited. A better option would be to park at the multi-storey carpark at the Jalan Besar stadium

Lime House

Where do you bring a Singaporean who is back home for a 3 weeks break, but isn’t craving for local food yet? One of the hottest restaurants in town of course.

A relatively new addition to the Keong Saik area, Lime House is also the first and only (so far) restaurant serving Caribbean food in Singapore. Interestingly, the name of the restaurant is not named after the fruit ‘lime’, but because ‘liming’ is a Trini term for ‘hanging out’. Led by the natives from Trinidad and Tobago, the setting of the restaurant is rustic, and soft reggae tracks playing in the background completes its laid back island vibe. Now, close your eyes for a moment and imagine you’re being transported to the Caribbean while your food is being prepared.

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The three page food menu may not seem extensive at first glance, but when everything seems just as tempting, you know it’s not going to be easy deciding which to order. After much deliberation, we decided to kick start dinner with two popular starters and a salad, followed by two mains and a side serve of vegetable (not shown here).

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Doubles ($8): Curried chickpeas served on fried flat bread and topped with tamarind sauce, hot sauce and mango chutney. A hot favourite that night, this is one appetiser you do not want to miss. To eat it the way the Trini locals do, leave your utensils aside, tear up the bread, pinch some chickpeas (don’t forget the sauce!) and let the party in your mouth begin. Expect an explosion of flavours and a punch from the background heat which will leave you craving for more. We ordered a second serve because it was just too addictive. At $8 per serve, this is definitely well worth the money. MUST ORDER.

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Crab & Callaloo  ($15): Crabmeat stuffed boiled dumplings in callaloo. Shortly after we placed our order, we were informed that the kitchen did not have a full serve of this dish and hence, this dish will be on the house. Score! The dumplings were generously filled with crabmeat and the dumpling skin was just right (not too thick). This may not be the best description of callaloo, but I guess you can think of it as spinach. It would probably be a good idea to eat this before the Doubles since this is comparatively milder in taste, and to say that it is bland would not do this dish justice.

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Lime House “Paradise” Salad ($12 + $3 for chicken): Mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, mango, roasted coconut an rum orange dressing and topped with jerk chicken. I am usually not a salad person at dinners, so I wasn’t particularly excited when my dinner partners ordered this. That said, I have to admit that all it took was one bite for me to eat my words (and salad). The Jerk (essentially a hot spice mix) chicken was tender and well marinated, and fresh greens tossed with just the right amount of dressing to coat it. The refreshingly light and citrus-y dressing was a good starter to tantalise any taste buds and increase appetite in preparation of for the main course. Now, if only this dressing is available for sale!

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Baby Back Ribs ($28): Not the most photogenic dish, but who cares when you have fall-off-the-bone meaty goodness? Not to mention the BBQ sauce that was (thankfully) not sickly sweet. The lightly seasoned grilled vegetables had a nice char-grilled taste and the buttery potato chump (essentially mashed potato) was a delight.

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Curry Goat ($28): Curry goat served with rice and peas and plantain batons. Spicy and slightly smokey, the curry was pretty different from the local ones we are used to. The cubes of goat were surprisingly tender, and best enjoyed with a spoonful of rice. The plantain batons – which are similar to banana crisps, but less sweet – added a a nice crunch to this dish. Wished they gave more though.

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Deconstructed Pina Colada ($12): Coconut custard with pineapple compote and lime sherbet. This edible mocktail is a perfect end to a meal of big flavours. To enjoy it at its best, make sure you get a bit of everything in each spoonful. The creamy custard went well with the tart compote, and the very zesty (perhaps to some, too sour) lime sherbet finishes each mouthful as a palate cleanser. MUST ORDER.

Overall: This place is highly recommended for its food (they are the one and only anyway) and given how reasonably priced the food menu is, coupled with the warm hospitality and attentive service, there’s no reason why this isn’t on your ‘to try’ list.

Lime House is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am. Set menus are available during lunchtime.

It’s pretty hard to find a parking space along Keong Saik road in the evening. You’re better off parking at one of the buildings along Craig Road and walking over.

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Now that I can catch my breath, it’s time to revive this blog again! 

Upcoming posts include new food haunts (of course), the wedding and an Italian travelogue.

Check back in a few days’ time. 

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR GUYS!!

 

On hiatus

Hi all!

Apologies for the lack of updates. I’m taking a break till 10 November 2013 to prepare for my wedding! This blog will be up and running again in 2 weeks time. 

In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Instagram at ‘eschee’ for snippets of the wedding and upcoming food posts! 

Thank you for your patience and support!

Love,
E

The Cajun Kings

I am a huge fan of seafood and I honestly cannot imagine not having seafood in my diet. My love for seafood ranks restaurants which serve good seafood dishes above all others (a little biased I know) and The Cajun Kings is one of them. I have returned a couple of times since my first visit last year, but each time I get so carried away with the food that I forget to take photos. This is the only exception.

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Located at Jalan Riang – a private estate in Serangoon, this is definitely not the most accessible of places. The Cajun Kings specializes in Cajun seafood boil and Creole cuisine, and is the first of its kind in Singapore. Its casual and relaxed ambience is a plus point for me because I can turn up in my comfy t-shirt and shorts getup without getting judgemental looks. Over at The Cajun Kings, dining etiquette is redefined as well. Expect nothing more than sheets of waxed paper laid out on big tables, plastic bibs and mallet (for your shellfish). Yes, everyone gets down and dirty here. Eat with your hands because no cutlery will be provided. Food always tastes better like this anyway.

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Buttermilk frog legs: Deep fried frog legs. Fried to perfection, the crispy frog legs were surprisingly tender and succulent. It was a pretty good dish no doubt, but this could be easily substituted with chicken wings. Also, fans of frog legs who are used to eating them cooked in tastier oriental styles may not find themselves blown away by this dish.

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Garlic fries: Shoestring fries topped (albeit sparingly) with crushed garlic and spicy mayo dip on the side. Unless you get the fries with the garlic, they are just ordinary fries. Personally, I like the cajun fries better (not reviewed in this post).

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Dungeness crab (approx. $80 each): The huge crab comes in big clear plastic bag (no plates) and it is covered with a generous amount of The King’s mix. The crab was fresh (my partner who is allergic to shellfish that are not fresh can attest to this) and the meat was nothing short of being sweet and chunky. The mix was flavoursome and the heat from the level 2 spice was just right for me. This photo does no justice to it at all, you have got to try it for yourself.

Overall, this place is recommended for its unique seafood boil experience (especially the fresh dungeness crab in The King’s mix). It may be on the pricey side, but it is definitely worth a try. Service staff are friendly and helpful as well. Reservations are highly recommended because the restaurant always seem to be packed.

The Cajun Kings is located 15-1 Jalan Riang and it is open Tues – Sun 1500 to 2230.

Parking spaces in front of the restaurant are very limited but valet parking service is available. Alternatively, you can park along the roadside.