Archive for November, 2009

Riders Cafe @ Bukit Timah Saddle Club

Posted in # Breakfast, # Western, + Bukit Timah, - Eggs, - Pancake on November 28, 2009 by thisisyummy

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Care for a ride?

The trotting of the horses slowly amplified itself as we neared the saddle club; our minds were constantly revolving around the prospective brunch which we were going to have.. yummy, Rider’s Cafe!

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Egg’s Benedict – $14.00

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Lo and behold. What a sight. If you’re thinking right now if it tastes as good as it looks, you’re wrong. It’s even BETTER! =) The creamy yellow hollandaise sauce was strewn intricately over the ham and slightly toasted English muffin, with the proudly poached egg sandwiched snugly in between. Our lips quivered for it, our taste buds longed for it. Let’s go! As our forks wove swiftly through our brunch, the aroma and fragrance emanated through our noses. Take a whiff. It is that good. There is something about breakfast-brunch which just lightens up our spirits and make us enjoy that serenity in the morning. And the ambience of the place simply enveloped us to just slow down, enjoy the moment, bask in it. The fainty salted ham together with the sweet muffin was accompanied perfectly by the silky yolk of the al-dente poached egg. Very Q! It had a generous serving of breakfast potatoes at the side, which was peppery and gave a refreshing taste with the eggs. The flavours blended together perfectly and our mood lightened. This is yummy. Highly recommended! Best way to begin a lazy saturday morning. Neigh!

Morning Pancakes with Berries Compote – $10.00

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Early in the morning, I wouldn’t be surprised if all we were craving for were some morning pancakes with a divine whiff of yumminess. As our cutlery sunk through oh-so-effortlessly through the fluffy pancakes, have some of the berries compote together with it, mix in some of the home-made whipped cream and syrup and there you have it, cloud nine in your mouth! Delish. Forgive my neologism but with this dish, any adjective with positive connotation may well be an understatement! Haha. An excuse for poor vocabulary I know. Whoa and do not forget to spread the butter too! Have it together with a cool icy cup of mocha and a perfect breakfast is born.

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The atmosphere was homely-it is non-air conditioned with a sunny hue, the surroundings were cosy and the food was excellent. What more can we ask for? However, one look at the address and it is not uncommon to have the question popping into our minds-where is this place? Well it is rather close to the PIE nearby if you are driving but there isn’t any bus that pops by directly. So you may consider cabbing from the bus stop at say, Coronation Plaza down the road? Walking may not be very ideal, especially today, it was drizzling somewhat. I’m not sure about hitch-hiking.

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The surroundings were very scenic, picturesque. Horses roaming around their stables, together with the lush green vegetation; and when I saw the little girl sitting confidently atop the horse together with her family around her, I was so envious! We certainly haven’t rode any horses before, so deprived right? Oops. =)

So all in all, highly recommended! Cheers! =D

Riders Cafe
51 Fairways Drive
Bukit Timah Saddle Club
Tel: 6466 9819

Pictures taken using Canon EOS 500D.

Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie @ Raffles City

Posted in # Dessert, # Western, + Raffles City, - Baked rice, - Ice cream, - Pizza, - Yoghurt on November 26, 2009 by thisisyummy

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Hullo! it’s end of the week! And the start of a long weekend. hope yall have had a fantabulous week!

Well, we’ve initially planned to lay our taste buds to a treat at cedele in raffles city, but rats! Blistering barnacles it’s closed for renovation! They’ve stated that they’ll be closed till mid dec aka christmas. so stay tuned frens! =)

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But we still have a fantastic alternative for you if you’re walking around Raffles City and have hunger growls furrowing your eye brows-and that is Canele. Yes, it’s the dashing place right outside MPH and the ATMs. With a calming ambience beside the water fountain therapeutically relaxing us, we were in for an excellent meal to begin the weekend with a smash! =) With such a long enticing list of goodies, what should we choose? ooo… the luxury of choice!!

Big Breakfast Pizza $13.50

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Whoa. The word sunny-side up shone glaringly, and my eyes lit up with craving and hungrily! I certainly have a soft spot for all things breakfast! If only breakfast sets were available all day! That would be smiley smiley for everybody! Do you just find something simply delightful about breakfast sets? I do! Haha. The pizza is really as good as it looks. And as I was trying to equate the food and the taste with words, there was just something that struck me on my mind, it is simple, simply delicious. There is just something primitively seductive about the egg yolk dribbling down invitingly down the edges of the meticulously prepared pizza. The crispy crust, combined seamlessly with the tomato sauce, mozzarella, and bacon beef pepperoni, the taste mixes excellently in the mouth, and chewing it just gives us a feeling of satisfaction. It just makes it a fabulous plate of food to be shared between two people, and simply catch up over food! Because as much as we love food, the company, the ambience has to be there to complete the taste, the concept of “total bliss”! Heh.

Doria Bolognaise and Poached Egg With Parmesan Cheese – $16.00

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There we go again. We’re tempted by the eggs! It just looks too perfect to be eaten, do you ever get that feeling of just perserving the beauty of an un-pricked yolk? But hey, let us enjoy the sight of the food and savour the tastes of it! Let the taste buds enjoy as much as the visual components for the eyes! I have certainly not eaten baked rice which has tasted like this before. The parmesan cheese definitely enriched the flavour of the rice and certainly complemented it well, and there is just something about the deliberately but intricately charred exterior. Whilst the taste of burnt food was hinted somewhat, but it somehow did not spoil the taste at all, instead, it gave a homely feeling to the dish; after all, home-cooked food definitely can taste much more soulful and enriching than the most expensive foie gras for example. However, the bolognaise was a tad too salty. We might be biased with our proclaimed love for eggs, but the poached egg definitely saved the dish, again going well with the parmesan cheese and I am sure we all love egg with rice don’t we? =) This dish in my humble opinion is good to try, generally. But the pizza previously was definitely a more refined tasty dish for the hungry. =)

Nougatine – $13.50

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Oh my goodness. This one certainly gave us plenty to rave about! We certainly loved this powerful flavour packed crepe! When the dish arrived, we just let out a little hush of awe. It was so carefully arranged, and it looks oh-so-inviting. My hand holding the fork was thinking which way to go! Well, how about the heavy whipped cream? A little fraction of cream propped atop the tip of the fork and when it enters the mouth, it was rich, fantastic, yet somehow light and pleasant! Wow. The crepe was enveloping its illustrious ingredient, Nutella! Nutella was perfect for the crepe as it is not too chocolatey yet it provides the rush of endorphins and the uncontrollable smile of glee, and that was how we felt as well with the Nougatine ice cream! With little walnuts mixed within to provide something crispy to chew on, it freshly combined with the caramel and Nougatine ice cream, when we ate it, the rush entered the bloodstream and lo and behold, a feeling of simple satisfaction and contentment, just makes us feel like relaxing back on the chair and just simply savour it all up! And you know how caramel can sometimes overkill with sweetness? This one was just sensational, teaming up with the other ingredients and not domineering over anyone. And as we playfully cracked the crisp apart by hitting it with our butter knife, it was really… perfect. You should really try it, good to share amongst 2-3 people because it is really value for money, in terms of both quality (definitely) as well as quantity! =) You’ll enjoy it hopefully as much as we did!

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all in all, Canele is terrific place to go to with friends to chill-out, your girlfriend to simply enjoy some yummy goodies, or even a first date beside the splendid fountain next to it. Good food, good company, cheers everybody.

Canele
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-81/82 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Operating Hours:
Daily: 10am – 10pm

Yoguru – Yogurt with peach top up – $5.00

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Oops, we’re not that greedy! Just some healthy yogurt that’s all. How insatiable. Haha. Yea walking pass Yoguru, with the colourful pretty array of fruits available to top up and sprinkle over the yogurt, we just spent $5.00 more, and it was really worth it. In my humble person opinion, it was more in quantity in regular than its medium counterpart at Yami, and it tasted to much fluffier and the peachy tang in it just made us yearn for even more! The peach top ups were not too sweet, it was definitely nice to feast our eyes on the Christmas lightings near Raffles City as we enjoyed Yoguru’s yoghurt. Yummy.

252 North Bridge Road
#B1-55 Raffles City Shopping Centre

Have a good long weekend everybody! Have some laughs, and hopefully some fantastic food! =) Cheers.

Pictures taken using Canon EOS 500D.

Next up…

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2009 by thisisyummy

The following one will be a review on desserts, sweet oh so sweet desserts. Don’t you love that Friday night dessert? To melt away the blues of the week. If Thomas Edison required 10,000 attempts to invent the light bulb, there must have been a similar number of attempts to make that perfect Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Shortcake, that Panna Cotta.

one in mind would be Cedele to be reviewed, the much critically acclaimed and almost unanimously favourably received by floggers. let’s go! Watch this space ladies and gentlemen.

Orchard Central: Food Central

Posted in # Dessert, # Japanese, # Seafood, + Orchard, - Coffee, - Ramen, - Tart on November 21, 2009 by thisisyummy

first post!

orchard central is a charming shopping centre with a particular concentration of cafeterias and restaurants strewn all over, what a makan-potential!!

so what have we here, hmm.. and while most flogs will present to ya one restaurant at a time with one genre, we’re a little greedy oops, so here’s a ‘set’ which we consumed voraciously.

first up, we start the afternoon with a chill-pill in Spinelli:

Caramel Latte $5.80

frothing cup of caramel latte, certainly a delight to have in the rainy weather of this season. a pleasure to the senses. however, somebody tells me that starbucks has much yummier caramel frappucino and latte. which i somehow find it difficult to disagree with because the cup of latte was somehow forgettable. but still something aromatic to slurp down the throat to calm the senses in the rainy weather.

next was a short trip to Ootoya on the top floor of orchard central! serving japanese cuisine, many flogs have recommended it and the queues trailing far and winding. so we went down!
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Service was alright, with the waiters polite but one however was in a queer mood, let’s just put it that way. bah, let’s go on to food oh glorious food!

Breaded pork loin simmered with egg, $16
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What a delight. the delicious sight of the half-cooked eggs drizzling tantalisingly around the sharp unyielding edges of the pork. the teeth sinking into the fibers of the loin separates out a chunk of happiness to ease any cravings for katsu. the rice which came with it was also authentic japanese rice which is rare in singapore at a medium end japanese restaurant. the sauce was also a perfect combination with the rice, making it irresistable to reach out for another bowl of rice, which leads me to declare-ootoya has free refillable rice! and with the rice so good, it’s hard to see why it’s value for money to order the set instead of ala carte per se.

next was the atka mackerel, $17
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it was a wonderful feast not just for the mouth but also for the eyes to see the fish lie oh so seductively open, but the eater had to spend quite a hassle to remove the entire anatomical range of bones in the aquatic creature. but it brought the taste of the sea, literally, with it being a tad too salty? just my humble opinion once again. but the fish was so tender, with the flesh graduating into flakes of tasty grilled mackerel. rather an intriguing taste. and of course, it went well with the rice as well.

and so we the full bulls went in search of even more japanese food! ikatakimaz!! forgive my erroneous spelling of japanese words. i try.

we went to ajiman ramen who was really very cordial in their welcome customers, and at thisisyummy, we take into important account the holistic treating of customers, not just the food, but the service as well, what do you think readers? is food perhaps the sole importance? there is no right or wrong. oops i have derailed from my train of food.. i mean … train.. of thought.

Ajiman Ramen Combi, $19.80


this combination really just brings out what makes this restaurant so special. the broth is unlike those restaurants who-are-not-to-be-named who use packeted/formula broths to serve, but instead they have boiled their broth for 8 hours straight, bringing out the flavour of ginger and spices from within. at the same time the soup presents such a light flavour which is tasty at the same time. the noodles were silky and smooth, slurping it was a true pleasure.

it gave a welcome adventure and freshness in eating ramen from the usual ramen franchise chain which we eat in shopping malls. this dish was basically a degustation of the various kinds of ramen in here. the crab was fresh and teasingly fun to eat, however it can be quite a hassle to do so, you must really love the taste of crabs, but the taste of these ones were certainly worth the labour. the char shu deserves a special mention. the sweetness and tenderness of the pork makes us puzzled as to whether it was the thigh of the chicken. it was that tender, yes. it sank into the taste buds of the tongue and released a rush of pleasure. the just-right fat on top of it is equivalent to the icing on the cake. and the char shu in comparison to other places, is thick and juicy and not merely the paper-thin kind, it is very substantial. the prawn was fresh and fragrant and the ramen egg is very authentic, with the curded egg yolk slipping out invitingly for us to reach out and savour it, the authentic ramen egg is ‘marinated’ in herbs and sauce for an entire night! i would definitely recommend this dish.

Hotate Bacon @ Ajiman, $5.80
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the hotate bacon was another dish which lit up the eyes. the first thought that came to my mind.. am i eating bacon? it was so tender and juicy and it was encapsulating its good friend, the grilled scallop, covered with a blanket of mayonnaise to complete the masterpiece. the scallop keeps all its flavour within and if you ever wondered how seafood and bacon can mix, this is it!

what better way to end it then a hearty dessert? let’s break the banks for this-Fruit Paradise. here, they serve gourmet pies and well let’s just put it this way, people may actually cringe at the price tag placed in front of its glamorous pies. let’s just give it a try! the ambience was fantastic, good for first dates to bring to the seats next to the glowing lights. because our greedy bellies were bursting at the seams, we decided to just have one, just that one more please! =) we got the banana caramel slice. and oh, it was marvellous.

Banana Caramel, $7.80++
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satisfying. the crust, the custard, the banana slices, the caramel, the heavy whipped cream, how could it mix so seamlessly!!

it was worth the money, definitely thumbs up! as the fork sinks patiently through the cool thickness of the pie, the mouth opens in anticipation to receive its honoured guest, and oh it was that kind of experience which makes you think of it all evening, and we’ll definitely go back for more!! when we’ve saved enough again of course. =X but order the curry rice and enjoy $2 shaved off this perfect dessert. yes, if you were ever thinking, is there that perfect dessert? this one comes within a whisker from it, definitely on this visit.

phew. we are so full. and nothing beats enjoying a fantastic evening of food with a fantastic evening of christmas decoration envying. and friday being friday, let’s dream about it whilst we sleep into a productive and enjoyable weekend. cheers everybody.

Pictures taken using Nokia N72