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I wish there are more bang for the buck set lunches around my workplace but alas, I can only be envious of you CBD folks for the time being. And now I’m also jealous of those working near Vivocity because Jamie’s Italian has introduced a value for money set lunch menu on weekdays from 12-5pm! S$17.90++ for an appetizer and main course; top up $6++ for a TGIF (or mid-week) treat: tiramisu or the epic brownie (these are the two best items for desserts at Jamie’s, tried and tested so trust me)! The menu changes twice-weekly and choices are actually from the ala carte menu (which are obviously more expensive if you choose the same dishes during dinner).

I personally like the starters more than the mains: both the cauliflower fritters and crab/avocado bruschetta are as delicious as what I tried on my previous visit; the spicy chicken wings come in a generous portion (K polished off the whole plate, sauce included); mains of pasta are not particularly impressive (rather plain and boring) though I imagine they are certainly hearty enough to last you through the day. Those on a strict 1 hour lunch break (poor thing you!), fret not. The two-course set lunch is thoughtfully designed to be served within an hour, ideal for a quick and tasty meal before returning to the office!

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Crab & Avocado Bruschetta
sourdough topped with devonshire crab, avocado & yeo valley yoghurt, with apple, chilli, mint & lemon

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Italian Spiced Chicken Wings
free-range wings with smoked spicy tomato sauce

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Cauliflower & Parmesan Fritters
with a fiery arrabbiata dip

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Tagliatelle Bolognese
ragù of beef, pork, herbs, chianti & parmesan with crunchy, herby breadcrumbs

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Turbo Penne Arrabbiata
tomato, garlic & basil sauce with chilli & crunchy breadcrumbs

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Tiramisu
coffee-flavoured trifle with orange mascarpone & chocolate

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Epic Brownie
warm fudgy brownie with amaretto ice cream & caramelised amaretti popcorn

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Special thanks to Stef for arranging dinner!

Jamie’s Italian
#01-165/167, VivoCity
1 HarbourFront Walk
6733 5500

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The Humble Loaf is back!!

Okie, not really because they have morphed into GastroSmiths – a brand new bistro/bakery with an expanded menu. Same same but different!

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We (or at least, I) felt sad when Humble Loaf shut its doors previously as it meant that we lost a favourite brunch spot for simple sandwiches and delish sous vide eggs. So we were really happy that both items were kept on the new menu, albeit “upgraded” ones using better quality ingredients. Everything tasted as good as we remembered!

Not-So-Humble Eggs v2.0 ($9.50++)
63° eggs, jamon serrano, pickled celery, onion puree, toast

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Pricing has increased quite a lot, especially after the evil double ++ oh man. Fret not though, we heard that the prices will be revised further (down, not up please) so I’m staying hopeful~

Sea-ly Eggs ($10.50++)
63° eggs, scottish smoked salmon, marinated nori, chilli oil, toast

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One of the prime reasons why we loved Humble Loaf so much was that the quality and different varieties of breads were fantastic! Think rye walnut, black bamboo charcoal, chia seed multigrain etc. Sadly though, there’s only plain brioche toast available (for now) – not my favourite but I shall wait patiently…

Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($14.50++)
french butter, dijon mustard, scallions

Cappuccino ($4.50++)
Highlander Coffee

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Both the smoked salmon and mushroom eggplant sandwiches were incredibly satisfying! I’ve got no doubt that we will be forever sticking to these two even though there are also chorizo or prawn sandwiches on the menu. No need to be adventurous when we already know what we like haha.

Mushroom Eggplant Sandwich ($12.50++)
truffle vinegar, gruyere, roasted garlic

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Guess what, we went back again last Saturday – exactly a week later!

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We ordered pretty much the same items – our favourite sous vide eggs and smoked salmon sandwich. Noticed that two (instead of one) slices of toasted bread were served this time? Yep, apparently they’ve received feedback that the portion is not substantial enough so more carbs for all of us from now on yay!

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I wanted to try the original seafood medley on the lunch menu but bummer, they were out of cod fish. So the chefs whipped up a delicious “version 2” using scallops and prawns. I love it! To think they were so worried that it won’t be to my liking – it’s genuine customer service like this that makes us want to go back all the time!

Basque Seafood Medley v2 ($18++)
scallops, prawns, squid tentacles, pickled cucumbers, sun-dried tomatoes, chilli oil

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See those deep fried squid tentacles? As addictive as those from Old Chang Kee!

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GastroSmiths
103 Beach Road (Tan Quee Lan Street)
6336 3680

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From today till 8 September 2014, The Fullerton Hotel’s signature Jade Restaurant (玉楼) is offering a specially crafted 6-course Mid-Autumn Reunion Dinner Feast (中秋之夜宴) at $88++ per person. Each item on the menu has a meaning, e.g. the trio of starters features 嫦娥奔月 (the legend of Chang Er flying to the moon) which honestly requires a healthy dash of imagination haha. Still, I must applaud Master Chef Leong for his creativity and effort in creating such a thoughtful menu. Of all the dishes, I love the nourishing boiled sea grouper soup most! I remember that I was also very taken with the fish maw soup on my previous visit to Jade; it’s definitely not a coincidence and I’m convinced that Jade serves excellent soups! Since it’s the Mid-Autumn Festival, it’s not surprisingly that dinner ends with a pair of petit mooncakes, plus superb shaved almond ice (almost like almond jelly ice cream!) and the cutest mini white rabbit meringue coated with coconut flakes! I had a good laugh while beheading it oops.

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Clockwise from top left:

团圆汤黄酒海斑
Boiled Sea Grouper Soup with Black Fungus and Chinese Wine served with Steamed Quail Egg

嫦娥奔月三品味
灯笼彩椒凤尾虾, 麻香蜜餞手撕鸡, 茶薰斎鹅
Trio of Mid-Autumn Combination
Steamed Sea Prawn Roll with Capsicum and Mushroom, Shredded Chicken with Preserved Fruit in Honey Mustard Dressing, Tea-smoked Bean Curd Carrot Roll

甜蜜赏月乐
桂花冻杏仁雪,玉兔软糕,金冰两月饼
Classic Trio Desserts
Shaved Almond Ice with Osmanthus Jelly, Chilled Rabbit Shaped Egg White Cake, Petit Traditional Oven Baked and Snow Skin Mooncakes

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麒麟塘藕芋泥鸭
Fragrant Crispy Duck Stuffed with Yam Paste

平安鲍贝毛豆豆付
Stewed Whole Abalone with Dried Scallop and Homemade Edamame Bean Curd

鮮蟹肉五穀炒飯
Fragrant Wok-fried Five Grain Rice with Crab Meat

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MID-AUTUMN TREASURES & DIVINE CREATIONS

A time for joyous reunions, celebrate this Mid-Autumn Festival with The Fullerton Hotel’s collection of mooncakes in traditional and delectable local flavours made with a touch of finesse. A contemporary assortment of the classic, The Fullerton Snow Skin Treasures includes White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk and Pandan Gula Melaka Snow Skin Mooncakes using premium palm sugar for a comforting taste of home with a dose of indulgence.

Returning this year is the popular The Fullerton Golden Custard Mini Mooncake, a divine blend of salted egg yolk and custard encased in a light butter pastry that melts in the mouth. Emanating sophistication and style is The Fullerton 15 Treasures Premium Gift Set featuring a large baked mooncake filled with eight egg yolks filled with velvety white lotus seed paste and 14 miniature baked mooncakes symbolising vivacity, prosperity and bliss.

Available from 25 July to 8 September. Click here for the order form and more information.

Special thanks to Joyce for the kind invitation!

Jade Restaurant
Ground Floor, Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
6877 8188

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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