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Service at Room with a View was excellent; we actually reached after its closing hour but the lady boss graciously allowed us to have a quick meal while they cleaned up the small kitchen area. Dinner was a simple smoked salmon grilled panini ($12.50) with melted cheese, obviously made with care so points given for not feeding us a rushed slipshod sandwich. We even had time for cakes and the lemon slice ($4) topped with citrus peel was delightfully light but what I like even more is the signature carrot cake ($5)! So moist with a rustic chunky texture, this may very well surpass Cedele’s as my favourite carrot cake (in Singapore)~

Room with a View 
17 Carpenter St, #05-01
6438 4230

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While The Book Cafe may not be a foodie destination, it’s a great place to nua (a.k.a. laze) the whole afternoon away. No one will chase you away with subtle hints that you are occupying the super comfy couches longer than you should, and there’s lots of magazines and books for company if you are here as a lonely soul. Besides pasta and sandwiches, an all-day breakfast menu is available. My smoked salmon with sunny side up eggs and toast ($14.95+) looked very meh and was indeed nothing fantastic, but I still enjoyed it cuz it’s exactly my kind of brekkie, haha.

The Book Cafe 
Seng Kee Building
20 Martin Road

6887 5430

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Sad to say, I hate this green tea & red bean roll ($7) as much as I love its kaya counterpart from Rich & Good. Scant green tea fragrance, tough azuki beans and the greasy aftertaste reminds me of cheap cream, ick.

That’s it, no more adventurous eating. I shall stick to my boring but oh-so-good kaya roll next time~

Rich & Good Cake Shop 
24 Kandahar Street
6294 3324

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A Curious Teepee

At the risk of sounding like a mountain turtle, I’ve got to tell you that this is my first time to *scape! Being surrounded by too many teenagers at one go sounds too depressing and makes me feel old. Not that I’m old. I’m not. But still.. I miss the good ol’ school days~

Anyway, I went there cuz I was curious about A Curious Teepee.. It’s an all-in-one “lifestyle store, café/ bar and social space”. Talk about being ambitious, huh. For a jack of all trades, the food here is surprisingly good and I even found a new favourite! Read on :)

Coffee beans are from Papa Palheta so there’s no need to worry about getting a crappy cup of caffeine.

While the friend was entertaining me with her funny stories, I was discreetly devouring my vegetable tart ($8.50) at the speed of light. It was food, I was hungry, so it was all good, haha.

Have you ever tried a savoury waffle ($15.80)?

It’s like an interesting open-faced sandwich sans the bread, with toppings of chicken, bacon and cheese. Somewhat an acquired taste since it’s a jumble of textures in the mouth.

I mentioned about my new favourite earlier, didn’t I? Here it is, the flourless orange almond cake ($8.50)!! Super moist and dense texture, and the orangey fragrance makes this a double yum.

Love love l.o.v.e. this. It’s the perfect afternoon tea cake!

Also well-loved by us, the best seller apple drummer ($8.50) has chunks of apples hidden within a warm buttery crust. How cozy. And I’m so happy that the vanilla ice cream sitting on top of the cute drummer (it collapsed soon after the pic, lol) has real vanilla beans in it! That, to me, speaks volume about the quality of the food A Curious Teepee serves. Will be back, yes!

A Curious Teepee
2 Orchard Link
#02-24 *Scape

6820 1680

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I was away from Singapore for the past week so I didn’t even know that Singapore Food Festival has already started! WOLS me, I know, haha.

Anyway, in conjunction with the annual foodie festival, The Line Buffet at Shangri-La Hotel is launching The Spicy Line Up from 15 to 24 July 2011. Using spices as the focus, 9 dishes have been specially created by the chefs for this event. There’s lamb, beef, ribs, chicken, salmon, ox tongue and even a unique five spices cake! Add these to the usual raw seafood, salads, cooked food, sushi and sashimi, desserts etc from the 16 live cooking stations and there’s definitely something for everyone!

That’s the beauty of buffets, ya? :)

Though I didn’t personally try 7 out of those 9 new creations, I brought my trusty makan companion along to the tasting session and according to her, the 4 dishes below stood out from the rest.

Above: Braised chicken thigh with citrus mayonnaise mustard sauce.

Below: Lamb tagine with prunes.

Spare ribs with spices and curry sauce.

 Five spices sponge cake.

This I did try and I love it! So moist and soft, and the combination of hazelnut and star anise works surprisingly well together. Brilliant~ I really hope this stays permanently!

Since I’ve got the recipe (available for all guests at the restaurant), I think I’ll try baking this at home! Anyone wanna be my guinea pig? Lol.

The rest of The Spicy Line Up: (clockwise from centre) bhattida chop; charred beef with spiced salt; braised ox tongue; Asian style cured salmon gravlax; and braised beef cheek with five spices.

From the normal buffet selections, I absolutely adore the crabmeat with avocado and mango salad. Wonderfully creamy and fresh, I thought that’s a very classy thing to serve at a buffet! And I made two rounds for the sushi and sashimi section, which has my all-time favourite unagi sushi~

Desserts-wise, the quality is quite good! There’s mango pudding, chocolate fondue, ice cream, an interesting apple wasabi cheesecake, carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, and for this month’s special, indulge in a nutty slice of piemont that’s very ferrero rocher-like, haha.

The Spicy Line Up is coming to an end this coming Sunday so if you are feeling in the mood for buffets, give The Line a go! :)

Special thanks to Grace, Communications Manager of Shangri La Hotel, for the invitation and hosting us for lunch~

Lunch:
Mon – Fri : Adult $47 / Child $24
Sat : Adult $50 / Child $25
Sun : Adult $78 (free flow selected cocktails & juices) / Child $42

Dinner:
Fri – Mon : Adult $68 / Child $34
Crabby Tuesdays : Adult $68 ($88, free flow red and white wine) / Child $34
Get Grilled Wednesdays :  $78 (free flow red & white wine, draft beer, soft drinks & juices) / Child $34
Marine Harvest Thursdays : Adult $88 (free flow red & white wine, draft beer, soft drinks & juices) / Child $44

The Line 
Shangri-La Hotel
22 Orange Grove Road

6213 4275

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Antoinette

Me: I wanna go Antoinette! Looks pretty~~

Ms Hang: Okie. Where is this ANT place? Sounds like very sweet.

Me: HAHAHA!!!

And that’s how we ended up at “this ANT place” for late lunch cum high tea. It’s a lovely place to be, an imitation of Parisian salons (think small-scale Ladurée) with vintage furniture and decor. Service is good, food is decent (the friends compared their pancakes and pasta with McDonald’s and PastaMania respectively, ouch!) and the cakes are nice but nothing exceptional. Still, I’d be back for that pseudo little slice of Paris in Singapore ;)

Brioche, kugelhopf (so missing the one from Ladurée!), pain au chocolat, almond croissants… Pastries heaven!

Salade Antoinette ($14.50++): Crab meat, boiled egg, yuzu dressing, tomato, pine nuts, toasted brioche and mixed greens.

Club Antoinette ($18++): Pain de Mie toast, crab mimosa, mustard, omelette, tomato, lettuce, and petit salad with house dressing.

Savoury French pancakes with grilled sausage, French butter, grilled tomato and salad ($13++).

Marinara ($24++): Spaghetti sauteed with mussels, scallops, squids and prawns in a white wine tomato sauce with chilli.

Le Royale ($8++): Dark chocolate mousse 64%, almond meringue, hazelnut almond feullitine, chocolate genoise, dark rum. Canele’s classic given a new look.

Tahiti ($15++): Sweet crepes with strawberry compote, strawberry coulis, vanilla ice cream, vanilla tuile and vanilla crème Chantilly.

Antoinette ($9++): Milk chocolate mousse infused with earl grey tea, chocolate biscuit, raspberry coulis, dark chocolate earl grey tea cremeux, earl grey tea crumble.

Pierce the sphere and out flows the raspberry coulis.

Multi-layered Antoinette.

I like.

Antoinette 
30 Penhas Road
6293 3121 

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In anticipation of my trip to Barcelona in Sep, I’ve been in a tapas mood lately so dinner with the friends-of-10-years-and-counting was at Sabio, the latest tapas bar in Singapore. Sabio is the type of place you either love or hate. It’s cramped (a long bar counter and 3 small communal sharing tables), noisy (think atmospheric), crowded (popular drinking hole for expats) and stifling (warm night, that’s why); I can tell that the friends hate it, I’m neutral about it since I’ve been to much smaller and rowdier makan joints in Europe.

Tapas-wise, only the eggplant caviar on roasted garlic toast ($11++) left a deep impression. It’s cold, flavourful, and made a wonderful spread on the crispy toast. Fried potatoes with garlic mayo ($8++) are essentially overpriced potato wedges (zzz), not the cubed form which I prefer. I love salt cod after having it almost everyday while in Venice and Verona, but the bacalao with red capsicum ($18++) here ain’t nice. Too tough and chewy. Tortilla espanola a.k.a. traditional potato and onion omelette ($10++) was so-so, better ones can be found at (imo) My Little Spanish Place and Don Quijote. Chicken and seafood paella ($22++) was a real disappointment.. So wet and soggy, me no like.

Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant 
5 Duxton Hill
6223 4645

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