Archive for December, 2009

Everything With Fries @ Joo Chiat

Posted in # Western, + Joo Chiat, - Fries, - Milkshake, - Salmon, - Sandwich, - Tart on December 25, 2009 by thisisyummy

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Who says you can’t have everything? =P

Located around the corner of Joo Chiat is a gleaming white eatery, with waiters/waitresses delightfully dressed in a pink T shirt and white bottom, it was exuding enthusiasm, hence I had high expectations for the place.
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First up I ordered the signature Nutella Milkshake $3.90
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It was simply excellent, delightful, every single word with a positive connotation, it was all of that, unless you don’t like Nutella in the first place, but then again, who doesn’t? For us at least, it was intravenous endorphins. =) With the texture of the milkshake not being too thick nor watery, and the contents having little bits of Nutella grains within, it was simply a joy to drink this, we were both longing for another glass of it! Highly recommended and this is yummy. One of the best our inexperienced taste buds have been exposed to! Yum.

Second up would be the Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich $8.90
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For light eaters and those who just want a snack to chill over, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches may be the way to go. With a slight tang from the honey mustard added within, and a layer of melted cheese sandwiching the fresh cool ham, it was quite some delight. The lightly toasted bread made it crunchy without it being crispy, nicely done. The baby caesar at the side was fresh and crunchy, good combination with the sandwich. It’s quite healthy as well! However, the fries were so-so, normal and for a place called Everything with Fries, I may have placed uneven expectations on the fries, but it was just alright, like any fries you would get at a hawker centre western food stall. It was too salty as well, making us thirsty, and with the water being slow to arrive, you may want to leave the fries to the last.

Breaded Salmon $13.90
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The breaded crust of the salmon was done to precision. Done excellently over a sauce of butter and lemon juice, it blended well with the taste of the salmon without overpowering it. The salmon was fresh, turgid and done blue rare, nice! With the cooked exterior graduating to yummy flakes, and fading into raw sashimi-like texture. Nice! And at a very reasonable price as well because the serving was rather generous. The coleslaw was good as well with crunchy fresh greens, or in this case, purples! Haha. Once again, the fries were alright, I ordered this curry flavoured, but it tasted more like those with Maggie noodles flavour powder atop it. But I’ve got to say that the fries were crispy, and not too oily either.

Nutella Tart $4.90
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It was marvellous! With nutella sauce drizzling down the seductive edges of the chocolate/nutella fudge pie, it was fantastic, absolutely fabulous. Would have been perfect if I had left some Nutella milkshake over to go with it! However, advised to be taken over as a supper or afternoon tea, for after dinner, this sweet-for-my-sweet-tooth chocolate may be a little too filling! =) Hah, but it was excellent, with the recognisable taste of warm nutella and the fudge of endorphinogenic chocolate, eating it whilst discussing how to enjoy a Christmas weekend, it is gorgeous.

Pear Tart $4.90
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We thought we may as well have something light to go with something as sinful as the Nutella tart before, how about a pear tart? It was not awful, it was not fantastic either. The pear was recognisable within it though, and well done for not making it too sweet nor making the sour taste of fruit awkwardly present within.
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I speculate that the reason why it is called Everything with Fries it’s because of its unique way you can choose your fries to be serve. A choice between bootstrap and through-cut, one being more of the McDonald-ish kind and the other being more of the wedge-y kind. And next, you can even select the way you want you fries to be done, either with curry sauce, or with garlic onion, just to name a few out of the array of choices you have.

Overall, a very nice ambience, situated within the heart of Joo Chiat/Katong (next to Obolo) , it is readily accessible by bus and by driving, with parking spaces a potential problem, but found in comfortable abundance across the road beside Katong Mall. The service was good as well, with the waiters patiently explaining to us the choices and the ingredients, and what he recommends as well. The white interior portrays an energetic atmosphere at the same time with calm, chillax mood to bring friends over. I will definitely recommend this place. =)
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And, from us over here at Thisisyummy, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! May the last week of 2009 be a fruitful one for you and be a sign of many happy returns over the new year! Rejoice in the company of those precious to you, and what better way to do so than over some yummy food?

Cheers!

458 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6345 5034
Opening hours: Daily, Noon – 10pm (Closed on Mon)
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T.G.I.Friday’s!

Posted in # Western, + Orchard, - Grilled chicken, - Prawns, - Salad on December 22, 2009 by thisisyummy

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I like Friday’s concept of using mock service as part of their training programme and maybe, marketing as well. I’ve never been lucky all my life until my reservation for two at Friday’s was confirmed. Elated, I went with high expectations and excitement.
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Our reservation was the 2nd time slot at 11.15am and as we approached the entrance the friendly staffs greeted us with excellent hospitality, while the others scurry to make preparations for the day. We were given monopoly money for us to  foot the bill to train their crews. “Welcome to Friday’s!” echoed along the way as we were ushered to our table. Even though me and my lunch partner felt at home with the almost perfect service, we gave our first thumbs down for the warm setting of the outdoor seating area. The fan installed on the ceiling never rotates and poor me had to dine in sweats while my lucky food partner was enjoying the fan. Maybe a cooler would be good?

Chocolate Milkshake $6.90

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We were given a few choices from the prepared menu. Friday’s is another place on the list that serves free flow soft drinks ($4.90) and of course, they serve ice water too. We also had the chocolate milkshake, which wasn’t to my liking as it was too milky for me. But, what’s a milkshake without milk! Initially, we ordered the  banana milkshake but it wasn’t available so the crew came to change our order. He had to repeat it twice because he stood on the wrong side of the table! His manager was beside making sure he said the right things politely. We felt quite bad about it.

Sesame Jack Chicken Strips $10.90

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Quite a decent appetizer with huge serving, enough for 4-5 pax to share. The golden brown, chicken strips were drizzled with Jack Daniel’s sauce. One bite into it you could savour the crunchiness of  the Japanese panko breadcrumbs and the toasted sesame seeds. While the Jack Daniel’s sauce didn’t taste a lot like the real Jack Daniel, I loved the bits of soaked onion that gave the extra tang with a tinge of sweetness. The only letdown was that the appetizer was a tad too cold when served.

Cobb Salad with Bleu Cheese $18.90

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This was served together with our main course left us trying to free up space for the table clumsily. We tried the salad last as we didn’t want to have our main course cold. Oh wow, the Cobb Salad was indeed a colourful sight and boy, it was huge! Stacked atop the crisp and fresh lettuce were generous toppings of chilled and diced fire–grilled chicken, crisp bacon, avocado, Cheddar cheese, egg, black olives, tomatoes and bleu cheese on salad greens. Out of 4 choices, we had our salad tossed with Bleu Cheese dressing, as recommended by the crew, served in a separate bowl.

Jack Daniel’s Chicken and Shrimp $36.90

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Once again, Friday’s managed to pair their famous sauce nicely with the juicy fire–grilled chicken breast served with crispy Cajun–spiced fried shrimp and more sauce for dipping. Juicy chicken breast? Not. It takes skill to whip up a good dish of chicken breast. What tasted like a piece of hard and dry white chunk of meat was a big no-no for us. The shrimps were nothing to boast about either. Thankfully, the sides saved the day. We gave thumbs up for the sides as the brocoli was well cooked, neither over nor under cooked that usually leave the vegetable too dry or tough for consumption. The mashed potato was a delight as well, with lingering taste of Cheddar cheese nicely incorporated. While there were hits and misses, we felt the main course wasn’t worth the money given the mediocrity of the food.

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Apart from the warm service extended to us at the mock service, the food wasn’t anything to die for. With good service and the right attitude however, the quality of food could be improved with consistent feedback. Certainly, the management at Friday’s was very open to feedbacks and I’ll definitely return to try their steaks and baby back ribs.

T.G.I.Friday’s
#01-K5, The Heeren
Orchard Road
Singapore 238855

Pictures taken using Canon EOS 500D.

Obolo @ Joo Chiat

Posted in # Dessert, + Joo Chiat, - Cake, - Macaron on December 20, 2009 by thisisyummy

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Oh obolo!

Obolo Degustation Set $13.90

First up all the way from Obolo Joo Chiat… Buche Cristal!
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The cake was a sight to behold, so beautiful and cheerful! It would be so wasteful to spoil the beauty with our ruthless forks, oh wells, but let’s take the beauty into our taste buds. More under the class of spongecake/swiss-rolls than cake proper, the texture was so fluffy and by the time we reached the Ivoire mousse raspberry lychee gelee, it was such a refreshing experience with the sour tang of the raspberries taking over the taste of the Vanilla bean infused sponge cake base. And it was a welcome mix with the strawberry creme to complete it. By the time we were delighted by the cake, it was time for more with the Macarons perched on it! Almond and Ivoire flavoured. Yummy. The praline feuilletine base together with the gelee, Noel’s Christmas Collection @ Obolo is certainly not to be missed this season!

Macarons – Salty Caramel and Chocolate Hazelnut
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Whoa! A hearty collection of Macarons were there for our picking! We went with Janice’s (the friendly staff there) recommendations of Salty Caramel and Chocolate Hazelnut! It was one of the best Macarons we’ve ever eaten in our limited experience. Yummy. As the fork pried in, a therapeutic crunch was emanated into the air. Fresh. Taking out a piece of the meringue shell together with the ganache in between, Salty Caramel was the star of the day, being one of the “Chef’s” recommendations. The caramel taste was un-gelat and so authentic, what’s there not to like is a cliched expression most applicable here.

And.. lastly all the way from Switzerland to the heartlandish Katong, Movenpick ice-cream.
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Yum, of course it’s not a product of the cafe, but the combination of Movenpick Creme Brulee ice-cream with the macarons and cake from Noel’s collections, it was a powerful combination to take our breaths away. I would say Movenpick has the best Ice-cream out there hands down, with the Creme Brulee being so authentic and flavourful, first-class.
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Just sit back, chill out with friends, take a magazine from the stands there. And complete it with a walk down Joo Chiat, memory lane.

We’ll definitely be back there for their specialty cheese cakes! Cheers. =)

452 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6348 9791
Opening hours:
Tue–Sat: 11am – 8pm
Sun 11am – 6pm (Closed on Mon & PH)

Pictures taken using Canon EOS 500D.

Homemade Pancakes

Posted in # Breakfast, - Pancake, thisisyummy's bakes on December 14, 2009 by thisisyummy

After our trip to Rider’s Cafe, I wanted so much to go back there, sink my teeth into the fluffy texture of the pancake. As I was contemplating my return visit to Rider’s, I thought “why not make my own pancakes!” So that was it. I bought all the necessary ingredients, I cheated by buying Aunt Jemma’s premix pancakes. All I had to do was to mix butter milk and egg yolk, then combine with the dry mix and fold in the well beaten egg white. I read about this method on Evan’s blog as I certainly won’t want a flat pancake.

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Far from a decent pancake! Well, it did turn out edible, but you wouldn’t want to try it. It tasted somewhat like fried bread with egg, charred on the surface. Dad even thought it was roti prata!

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Then Evan actually told me that I used the wrong temperature, so silly of me! I tried again using at medium heat and allowed the pancake to cook slowly, I mean really slow as I took 5 minutes for each side of the pancake. The results were much better, but taste not quite there yet. At least it looks more like a pancake now. Was it the premix or something else that I can’t get the McDonald’s hotcakes taste-alike?

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Making homemade pancakes was a new experience, very different from all the baking I did for my Home Economics in Secondary School and leisure, nor was it like whipping up a meal at home. A lot of time and patience and maybe, hunger tolerance cos by the time the pancakes was ready, it was close to lunch time! The next time I’m craving for pancakes again, I’ll go back to Rider’s Cafe, or other places which we’ve yet to try yet!

Pictures taken using Canon EOS 500D.

Etna – Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

Posted in # Dessert, # Western, + East Coast, - Pasta, - Tiramisu on December 11, 2009 by thisisyummy

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Italia!

Located snugly in the row of shops in Siglap, Etna is a fabulous sanctuary to be in with great ambience, warmly sincere service, and of course, excellent Italian food!

The owner himself was very warm and cordial, welcoming us and explaining to us patiently each and every specialty which he recommends to perk up and please our taste buds! He really knows his dishes well, and we felt really welcomed, he put on his reading glasses and gave us his little insight on what to begin a Friday evening.

Garlic bread together with Ricotta cheese and pickle

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The thin crunchiness of the bread was the starter, with the cheese blending in oh-so-well, with the olive oil injected right deep into the bread for us to taste the essence of a basic dish. But I am not a pickle person sorry!

Linguine Al Granchio Crema Di Aragosta $22

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It looked delicious and it tasted fantastic, all we can ask for in this authentic Italian dish. There is just something so intrinsically tasty in the sauce of the linguine, with the al dente strands of pasta so Q to bite into and the pink lobster sauce was simply delightful. Everything about this dish was right, the balance between creaminess and taste, with taste predominantly enveloping each strand which was boiled to perfection, the flat pasta was simply sensational. It was served in generous proportions, but the pink lobster cream sauce was so sweet yet with hues of lobster taste woven in, and as each mouth of pasta was accompanied with fresh pieces of lobster, what’s there not to like? This is yummy.

Penne Alla Polpa Di Granchio $18.50

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This was another household Italian dish with a surprise, it tasted as if it was fusion food! The endorphin-producing effect of Singapore’s signature chilli crab adapted into an Italian pasta sauce, and coating each short tube pasta with it blending with traditional tomato sauce which preserved the taste of pure tomatoes-this makes it so un-gelat as well, making each mouth a refreshing experience. With cute cherry tomatoes inside and basil, eating this was a simply a fabulous way to sit around good company, eating a meal which was intricately titrated with flavours yet satisfying a simple, primal craving for good food, allowing us to just enjoy a simple evening.

Silician Wine – White Tasca Di Almerita Regaleali $12

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The house pour from Etna, the owner lets out a little trivia about it, Silicia is a place in Italy where the fearful mafias came from! But this one is anything but fearful, in fact, the house pour went extremely well with the seafood pastas which we have ordered. A fruity tang to the backdrop of the wine, with a little oakiness to complete the taste. Goes well with the seafood.

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They have a great selection of other authentic Italian wines as well, but of course, if your wallet is thick enough that day! =P

Tiramisu $8

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An Italian dessert which is a result of plenty of hard work and precision. With the lady fingers soaking in the Kahlua and black coffee, the layers of mascarpone cheese and the egg white was a delight to eat. The chocolate powder on top was done nicely, ever had those experiences of “breathing” in the powder, inducing a violent cough? This one did not, layered neatly on top of the dessert of grandeur. It was done well, with nothing wrong about it, but it was just normal still. Would have preferred something more flavourful about it, with perhaps more Kahlua and black coffee to soak up the lady fingers? Just a suggestion. But we somehow like it that way.

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In summary, Etna is a fantastic place to chill out, melting away blues, as well as celebrating goodies of the week. With a great ambience, and the Italian atmosphere with nice evening music, soulful and pleasing. Of course, Etna boasts about its traditional pizza oven which they specially shipped in from its European homeland. Other specialties would include the Scallop pasta in pink lobster sauce, its pizzas and the Pistachio tiramisu, but we were so full and satisfied after all those dishes, we will definitely be back to try more of their yummy dishes! The owner, the service, the ambience, the food, it was just a fantabulous experience there. Highly recommended, do check it out! =) Just to point out, they even have a delivery service with all the dishes on the menu available, making it a great place to consider as well to order-in for parties, gatherings, chill-out sessions.

Cheers, have a great weekend!

Etna
119 Upper East Coast Road
Tel: 6444 9530
Opens daily: Lunch 11am – 3pm. Dinner 6.30pm – 11pm (largely indoor with al fresco sitting as well)

Pictures taken using Canon EOS 500D.