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For a watering hole, The Bank Bar + Bistro serves very decent “pub grub”!

By the way, I didn’t come to this conclusion under the influence of alcohol (I swear the waitress did a double take when we chose to stick with water haha).

We started with a sashimi salad and while the cut can’t be compared to what you’d get at a Japanese restaurant (duh), the wasabi yuzu dressing was so delish that we wiped the plate clean! BFF had the seafood pasta (succulent prawns!) and my pan-seared salmon was made less predictable and boring by the crispy/creamy potato fondant~ I can’t decide whether I like the tiramisu or not; on one hand, it was very light but after a few more bites, I felt quite sure that whipped cream was added into the mascarpone layer hmm #dontbelieveinusingwhippedcreamintiramisu

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Sashimi Salad ($20)
tuna, salmon, ebiko, Japanese cucumber, wakame, mesclun, wasabi yuzu dressing

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Seafood Aglio Olio ($24.50)
prawns, squid, black mussels, garlic, chilli flakes, olive oil, parsley

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Pan-Seared Salmon ($27.50)
potato & mushroom fondant, broccoli, vine tomato, spicy harissa tomato sauce

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Homemade Tiramisu ($14)

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The Bank Bar + Bistro
#01-01, One Shenton
1 Shenton Way
6636 2188

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Here’s one more place to note on your to-go list (yes, I believe everyone should have one!): The Missing Pan (for brunch next weekend)

Prices are on the higher side but why is it still packed all the time? Well, they obviously know what they are doing. Hearty portions, fresh ingredients, and a menu which spans beyond the usual big breakfast and eggs benedict.

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Okie, I take back half my words. They do offer eggs ben but it’s with a special twist! Instead of normal smoked salmon, cubes of 45 degree sous vide salmon are paired with perfectly poached eggs instead. 62 degree eggs, 45 degree salmon, brilliant combination!

62 Degree Eggs Benedict ($22++)
smoked salmon, avocado, seaweed crumbs, sourdough, in-house hollandaise

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For the carnivores (heard good feedback from the dining companions):

Pulled Pork Burger ($19++)
sunny-side, fries

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Beetroot and quinoa are a regular part of my daily diet so it’s great to see something familiar on the menu. Love the interplay of bitter, sweet and nutty flavours, plus the texture of the quinoa was just right (not overcooked and mushy)! Definitely the star dish of the day for me.

Beetroot Quinoa Salad ($12++)
candied beetroot, arugula, herby flatbread strips

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K always say I’m wasting money whenever I order bircher muesli because it’s such a simple thing to make! True true, but whatever, I still like it! Not this though, unfortunately. Way too sweet and watery.

In-House Bircher Muesli ($10++)
yoghurt, muesli, granny smith, puffed brown rice, oats, maple syrup, nuts, cinnamon

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Now, this french toast is really unique with a fabulous aroma and presentation (like the Taiwanese snack 棺材板, i.e. coffin bread). I wish there will be a seafood version soon!

French Toast Salpicon ($19++)
chicken, spinach and mushroom stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup

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Within the french toast:

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Other brunch cafes serve simple sweet treats such as cakes and tarts but plated “deconstructed” ones are quite rare right?

La Passion ($14++)
meringue, passionfruit, fresh fruits

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Both desserts we tried looked very pretty! I prefer the la passion slightly more as it’s refreshing, light and tangy – ideal on a hot summer day!

Mela Con Formaggi ($14++)
granny smith, banana caramel sauce, chocolate soil, citrus mascarpone, parmigiano reggiano chips, homemade honeycomb

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My thanks to Imen for arranging and Ivy for hosting brunch!

The Missing Pan
#01/02-01, 619D Bukit Timah Road
6466 4377

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Lunch 24 hours ago was this wonderful plate of hearty salad from Toby’s Estate. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from a place more known for its coffee than food. So it was a nice surprise that service was on the eager-to-please side and all of our mains turned out so well! Photos of the other dishes on my Instagram :)

Tropic Chook ($21.90)
smoked salmon, mesclun, mango, sunflower seeds, brioche, honey mustard dressing, poached eggs (additional $3)

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Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street
6636 7629

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… I realized that mille crepe cakes are not my kind of dessert (for the record, I don’t like kueh lapis either).

Hei ice cream still rocks anytime!

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Nine Thirty by Awfully Chocolate
131 East Coast Road
6345 2190

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The Entertainer app just gets better and better.

$10 for brunch at Group Therapy Cafe, $9 for lunch at Department of Caffeine, I’ll try to find something for $8 soon haha.

P.S. Key in @myfoodsirens for 20% discount off the app! Discount code expires end April!

Roast Chicken ($18); Poached Salmon ($18); both with large salads

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Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road
6223 3426

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10 bucks per person was what we paid for brunch at the ever popular Group Therapy Cafe!!! All thanks to The Entertainer app, of course!

$10 omg, that’s such a steal, especially when brunch places are so into charging astronomical prices for eggs-anything these days. While I don’t appreciate the fact that they pre-made the sandwiches for the sake of convenience, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back again at least twice this year since there’s two more “1-for-1” vouchers left in my Entertainer app (every merchant has three vouchers, you see)! *cheap thrill*

P.S. Key in @myfoodsirens for 20% discount off the app!

BLT Croissant Plate ($19+); Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($18+)

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Group Therapy Cafe
#02-01, 49 Duxton Hill
6222 2554

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Cake Spade

The famed strawberry tofu cheesecake from Cake Spade was nice and light as an after-dinner dessert, but definitely not something I’d rave about. My favourite is still the ridiculously soft version from Maple & Market!

Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake ($5.90)
digestive biscuit crust, fresh strawberries encased in jelly

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Cake Spade
#01-06, Orchid Hotel
1 Tras Link
6444 3868

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I’m thrilled that Kensai Kitchen has opened ts first overseas outpost at Liang Court, mostly because my office is a short walk away and it means more lunch options for us working folks!

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‘Kensai’ in Japanese is represented by two characters: 健菜, i.e. ‘healthy’ and ‘vegetable’. This is not a misnomer as there is indeed a focus on fresh vegetables in the buffet spread! The number of calories per serving for each dish is also stated clearly, though I could do without knowing haha *guilty of overeating*

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Priced at $19.90++ on weekdays and $24.90++ on weekends, this is one of the most affordable buffets in town! Of course, managing expectations is a must as there are only about 15 dishes available. Don’t expect premium sashimi, sushi and any fancy Japanese dishes because the concept is “serving the closest thing you’ll get to Japanese home cooking outside of a Japanese family home”. Think home-cooked, simple and comforting food such as Nikujaga (beef stew), Chikuzen-ni (one-pot simmered chicken), Renkon Kinpira (braised lotus root), spinach sesame and hijiki seaweed salads~

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Highlight of our meal was definitely the fresh salmon sashimi! We had an overdose, oops.

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Special thanks to Ida for inviting and arranging this tasting!

Kensai Kitchen
#B1-03/04/05 Liang Court
177 River Valley Road
6337 5105

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La Cuisson is a local success story.

First started in a coffee shop as Le Cuisson at Queen Street in 2011 (I was there in 2012!), the humble food stall then progressed to Holland Drive, and finally established itself as a bistro and wine bar. Taking over the space previously occupied by Creperie des Arts (I’m surprised it has closed!), La Cuisson has definitely stood the test of time and finicky palates of Singaporeans.

Serving a range of classic French and modern European cuisine, the menu is predominantly meat-based. I was happy with the crab salad and pan-seared salmon but those were obviously not what you’d come here for! Think pork, beef, lamb and meat meat meat instead. Everyone at the table had their own favourites (K’s was the lamb duo) so it’s best to come with a group of friends to try as many dishes as you can!

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Charcuterie Platter
chorizo, saucisson, selection of homemade terrines

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Blue Swimmer Crab Salad
crab meat, lemongrass, red chilli, shallots cooked in white wine, cherry tomatoes, paprika oil, micro greens

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Pork Pot Au Feu
sous-vide pork shoulder, pork sausage, puy lentils, mixed vegetables in pork jus

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Shoulder Tender (200grams)
200day grain fed australian angus, mashed potatoes, confit shallots, roasted parsnip, garlic

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Pan Seared Salmon
puy lentils, cream sauce

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Lamb Duo
braised lamb shank, pan-seared lamb rump, kipfler potato gratin, garden salad

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Dark Chocolate Ganache
valrhona chocolate, white chocolate sesame crisp, chilli pistachio brittle, pomelo pieces, green tea mousse

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Poached Pear
vanilla ice cream, beetroot puree

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My thanks to Jean and Jenny for inviting and hosting!

La Cuisson
44 Prinsep Street
8332 0302

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No, it’s not a typo. I meant SupperMan, not Superman.

Conceived as an idea when three good friends were having supper together, SupperMan was born in August last year and has since been serving affordable western fusion cuisine to all. Bargain lovers foodies will love the huge portions here, coupled with friendly price tags that will make your wallet happy. What’s more, the quality of food is not compromised! Really respect the owners for bringing “bang for your buck” to a whole new level.

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Such a big slab of red meat for less than $15! It was not a premium cut but K was all praises for the way it was cooked – expertly grilled till tender and juicy!

Ribeye Steak ($14.80)
grilled to medium, green onion puree

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My favourite dish was predictably the pan-fried cod fish! Plus, two good-sized pieces = value for money!

Pan-fried Cod ($21.80)
garlic, preserved radish, soya broth

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If you like spicy food, try the laksa pasta! The aromatic broth was in no way any inferior to the traditional laksa stalls in our hawker centres. K was suitably impressed haha.

Laksa Seafood Linguine ($11.80)
spicy coconut soup, tofu puff, prawns, squid

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Thai-style chilli sauce always remind me of McDonald’s and this was no exception. That said, I enjoyed this a lot! Texture was spot on and I love how silky soft this was. And $8.80 only?! Faint.

Grilled White Fish ($8.80)
tangy chilli sauce, salt and pepper

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By now, are you noticing the repetitive use of alfalfa as garnishes? Won’t fault the lack of creativity, instead I appreciate the effort taken to make each dish presentable and enticing to the eyes! Salmon was slightly overcooked so I actually prefer the white fish over this.

Pan-fried Salmon ($13.80)
lemon butter sauce

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The chocolate mud cake was the only dessert I was interested in but sadly, it was already sold out. That should give you an indication of how busy they were that night!

Coconut Butter Tarts ($4.80)

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Tried both coconut butter tarts and nanaimo bars which were not my type of desserts. The former was too buttery (yes yes, I know that’s why they are called butter tarts lol) and the latter almost rock hard. Oh well, shall be back for the mud cake soon!

Nanaimo Bars ($4.80)

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Thank you, Wendy and the SupperMan team, for the kind hospitality!

SupperMan
#01-06, Maxwell Chambers
32 Maxwell Road
6224 0338

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