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The Bakery Chef

After cyber-drooling over all the photos on Instagram, we finally made our way to The Bakery Chef last Sunday evening before the attack of Monday Blues! They’ve got caramel apple pancake and waffles but we were gunning for the mudpie (because we haven’t had one for so long)! The glorious slice of cookies and cream ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce may look like a sugar bomb but surprisingly, the level of sweetness didn’t hit the roof! Just nice enough for us to lick off every cookie crumb and morsel off the plate haha. We also tried the chocolate guanaja mousse cake (K thinks fruity cakes are lame so we always get choc desserts) and liked it so much that he promptly ordered the other (what else) chocolatey cake available – praline delight, which we liked even more!

And guess what, Monday Blues were not too bad the next day.

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Praline Delight ($6)

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Chocolate Guanaja ($6)

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Cookies & Cream Mudpie (around $9 I think)

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The Bakery Chef
Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central #01-3711
6273 9211

We’ve been to South Coast twice for dinner so far, purely for practical reasons. The first time was to catch the fireworks during the NDP preview (which turned out to be right smack in front of us!!) and then last Saturday we found ourselves back there again after collecting the mooncakes from SweetSpot (all thanks to the kind folks from MBS!)

Boring as it may be, salmon was my choice of main, especially when nicely seared crispy skin, quinoa and fennel were part of the deal! A complete healthy meal in itself, really. K went for the meaty heavyweights – 250g of ribeye steak (photo on Instagram) and wagyu burger, both proved to be satisfactory if not particularly memorable. So… To sum up what we think of South Coast in one word: decent.

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Pan Seared Salmon Fillet ($26++)
quinoa salad, fennel shavings

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Wagyu Burger ($28++)
smoked cheddar, tomato, onion, lettuce, pickles, beetroot relish, fries

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South Coast MBS
#01-85, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
6688 7600

10 outlets in 2 years, Poulet is clearly a local success story in the F&B industry. Just last Thursday we passed by the outlet at Raffles City Shopping Centre and the queue was too long so we went to Skinny Pizza instead haha. Goes to show that you don’t need a special reason to dine at Poulet – the prices are affordable enough for a casual meal any day of the week. And after sticking with a tried and tested menu for the past couple of years, Poulet is celebrating its 2nd anniversary by (finally) expanding its chicken-centric menu to include new dishes that are also pescetarian-friendly yay!

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A new starter on the menu is the crispy golden brown halibut fillet. Such a shame to deep fry fresh fish! But oh well, at least it didn’t die in vain. I was impressed that the strips of breaded fish were not oily at all.

Halibut Goujonette ($9.90++)
halibut fillet strips, tartar sauce, lemon wedge

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Smoked duck slices for K, veggies for me, that’s how we finished this lovely plate of salad. The dressing was light and not artificially fruity, plus the addition of roasted pine nuts just made the entire salad more elegant. If I can throw some eggs or smoked salmon in, I swear I can eat this for lunch/dinner everyday, no kidding.

Salad De Canard Fume ($12.90++)
chopped garden salad, smoked duck, tomato, roasted pine nuts, orange wedges, raspberry dressing

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Pissaladière is an open faced pastry resembling pizza (but without cheese) and is sometimes known as “French pizza”. I love the earthy mushroom version with onion jam; the tart-like puff pastry crust was so addictive! It’s like eating a flaky mushroom puff~

Mushroom Pissaladière ($11.90++)
oven baked open faced pastry, caramelized onion jam, button mushrooms

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The baked halibut was fresh and clean tasting, hovering on the bland side. Portion was quite small though – suitable if you are on a diet but I was not so luckily our table had many other dishes!

Halibut En Papillote ($17.90++)
halibut fillet baked in parchment paper, garden vegetables, white wine sauce

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Poulét means chicken in French so of course, the highlight has to be the signature Poulet Diane! Beautifully roasted, tender and juicy, I’m glad that K still enjoyed it as much as he did two years ago! Go easy on the brown sauce though; it can be quite salty… Guess that’s why they cleverly serve it on the side in a separate dish!

Poulet Diane ($17.90++ for half; $30.90++ for whole)
poulet roti served in traditional brown sauce, bacon, mushrooms

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I was told that the truffle mashed potato is very popular and after tasting it, I could understand why! The scent of truffle from the warm and creamy mash was alluring and made the boring potatoes so much more attractive. A healthier alternative for a side dish would be the classic ratatouille vegetable stew.

Ratatouille ($5.90++), Truffle Mashed Potato ($5.90++)

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For desserts, I’m not a fan of the clafoutis (too sweet)…

Peach Clafoutis ($7.90++)
rustic french-baked peach dessert, vanilla ice cream

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… but definitely very into Poulet’s tiramisu! The standard didn’t drop at all. Still very moist and the coffee flavour was strong enough to make this my favourite yet again!

Tiramisu ($7.90++)
mascarpone cheese, sponge fingers soaked in espresso and rum syrup

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Many thanks to Jamie for the kind invitation!

Poulet
Level 2, Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road
6538 3595
(information on the other outlets can be found on the official Poulet website)

If you have been following my Instagram, you’d know that we are crazy about ice cream (15 soft serve plus multiple tubs of Häagen-Dazs green tea ice cream on our last Tokyo trip woooo!) so I’m happy to report that we have found a new favourite place for gelato – Milk and Honey! It’s very near to the famous Bak Chor Mee stall at Bedok 85 and obviously we are not the first to know about M&H because the small shop (more tables outside than inside) was absolutely packed on a Saturday night. A good sign!

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Pretty standard pricing for “artisan” gelato? We thought it was kind of expensive though for the serving size. $10 for a cup of triple scoops (2 “mason” and 1 “queen“); ooh well, the price to pay for weekend indulgence~

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After tasting all the flavours (yes we really tried all!), we chose:

1. White Mac (macadamia –> my favourite! So strong and nutty!)
2. Salty Malty (horlicks + sea salt –> K’s favourite! He likes salty ice cream/gelato/soft serve haha)
3. Mint (tea) Earl (mint + earl grey –> almost like drinking a cup of Earl Grey Tea! The tinge of mint in it was just nice)
4. Shy Green Nut (sicilian pistachio + belgium chocolate bits –> Undecided… I think I’d like this even better if it’s pure pistachio without choc)

Love the smooth texture, intense flavours and strangely enough, I kind of like how fast the gelato melts! Will definitely be back soon to try their quaffles (handmade quarter waffles) and more gelato!

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Milk and Honey Gelato
Block 86, Bedok North Street 4, #01-179
9838 0687

Artistry Cafe

Part art gallery, Artistry‘s cafe grub certainly doesn’t fail in the creativity department. Take the Nasi Lemak Burger for example. Artistry gave the hawker rice dish its own twist by pairing a big slab of deep fried chicken, cheerful sunny side up with flowy yolk, sambal chili sauce, crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts and cucumber with pandan coconut buns. Those buns were so soft and fragrant that I stole them from K haha. And also because the gimmicky squid ink buns used for my Crab Burger were absolutely tasteless. Luckily the crab cake did not disappoint. A tight ball of real crab meat, it was not as crispy as I’d like but still very good! Oh ya, the nasi lemak burger comes with a chendol cocktail. Interesting right? If we come back (I say “if” not “when” since there are just too many other places to try!), I wanna try the Kaya Butter French Toast!

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Nasi Lemak Burger ($25 with rum chendol cocktail; $20 if mocktail)
fried chicken, sunny side up, cucumber, pandan coconut buns

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Crab Burger ($20)
jumbo lump crab cake, squid ink buns, tomato relish, choice of plain, Cajun or truffle fries

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Rum Chendol Cocktail
coconut cream, gula melaka, red beans

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Artistry Cafe
17 Jalan Pinang
6298 2420

Tsujiri = no-fail, always-satisfying green tea soft serve to us. This time we tried to be a little more adventurous by getting the parfait and black tea chocolate cake as well. Mistake, mistake. Matcha roll was so dry, choc cake was very sweet, but luckily the solid soft serve was still as good as ever!

P.S. We are on our second rewards card now yay! Which also means we have spent more than $100 on ice cream, oh man.

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Tsujiri
#01-14B, 100AM
100 Tras Street
6543 6110

Errrrr, My Awesome Cafe is awesome? Really?

Apart from the enthusiastic service and great buzzing ambience, we felt underwhelmed by the F&B offerings. Awesome Hot Choc was kind of diluted and didn’t have much of a kick; My Awesome Sandwich and My Awesome Vegetarian Salad (their words, not mine) were fresh but average at best; and the non-fluffy, non-creamy scrambled eggs were so-so~ Nothing fantastic so I’m now bemused by the hype and raving reviews about this place hmmm…

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Awesome Hot Chocolate ($5+)

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My Awesome Sandwich ($17+)
ham, chicken breast, smoked salmon, duck rillettes

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scrambled eggs + avocado + smoked salmon ($9+)

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My Awesome Vegetarian Salad ($15+) + Smoked Salmon ($3+ I think)
mesclun salad, red peppers, hard boiled egg, avocado, grilled eggplant, brie or goat cheese

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My Awesome Café 真棒堂
202 Telok Ayer
8428 0102

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