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We had our first brunch of the new year (as in 2015, not CNY haha) at Sin Lee Foods, a hipster cafe that’s so inaccessible that it’s not funny. Location aside, I’m game to go back anytime for broccoli! Now, my mom cooks broccoli for dinner at home almost everyday so you’d think the last thing I’ll order when I eat out is said veggie. Well, Sin Lee’s aburi broccoli salad is in a different league – smokey torched florets, acidic white balsamic, crispy papadum and fragrant red sugar. It’s beautiful. Only a real veggie-hater will hate it and he’s obviously missing out. Anyway, the other two items we tried are not very exciting. Sweet potato fries under a blanket of salted duck egg sauce have lost its newness by now (though still delish since I love salted egg anything!) and the smoked salmon hash is… Forgettable.

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Aburi Broccoli Salad ($12++)
torched broccoli florets, white balsamic, papadum, red sugar

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Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries ($12++)
twice fried, house made salted duck egg sauce, curry leaves

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Smoked Salmon Hash ($18++)
pan roasted bacon and potato hash, cold smoked norwegian salmon, soft centred free range hen’s egg, basil dressing, baby spinach, grated parmesan

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Sin Lee Foods
#01-164, 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
+65 6377 3170

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What used to be 1-TwentySix at East Coast Park is now Cotton, named after a real cotton tree planted outside the restaurant. The cuisine is “Asian fusion” and you can find an interestingly bizarre mixture of sushi, sashimi, pasta and grilled mains on the menu.

Honestly, the meal did not started on a good note. A couple of items (sushi rolls!) which caught my interest were sadly unavailable. And while our appetizer of bonsai salad was pretty, the miso dip for the crudites was extremely salted and we sent it back almost untouched. I just checked the menu online and looks like it has been removed from the menu, oh good.

Bad start aside, everything went well thereafter! The assorted sashimi were very fresh (even better than some Japanese restaurants, I bet) and the chef’s knife skill is apparent in how fine the small cuts on the top of the sashimi were. For something more substantial, K highly recommend either the lamb rack or ribeye steak (or get both!). The former had a tender texture with no gamey flavour and the latter was (I quote K) “a good piece of red meat, period” haha. For me, I was mighty pleased with the pan fried cod fish – generous slab, naturally fatty, my favourite! I must also give credit to the chef for pairing the meat/fish with delicious sides such as tempura corn, deep fried spinach and green pea/pumpkin purée. Definitely no boring mash potato!

I wish dinner ended with a bang (read: killer dessert) but alas, we were served a forgettable almond pudding. That said, we’ll be back again for the mains and hopefully by then, the sushi rolls too!

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Bonsai Salad
no longer available

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Assorted Sashimi Platter of 5 ($35++)
ika (squid), mekajiki (swordfish), tai (seabream), hotate (scallop), saké (salmon)

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Amber Jack Carpaccio ($24++)
truffle and ikura

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Lamb Rack ($38++)
green pea purée and tempura corn

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Ribeye Steak ($35++)
asparagus and pumpkin purée

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Cod Fish ($32++)
deep fried spinach and zucchini

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King Prawn Angel Hair Pasta ($24++)
sakura ebi and garlic

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Almond Pudding ($12++)

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My thanks to Brenda for the kind invitation!

Cotton Singapore
#01-26, Big Splash
902 East Coast Parkway
96563126

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Needed an easy dinner one evening so Habitat Coffee was randomly picked as it is located near K’s house.

Probably won’t go back again as neither of us was particularly impressed with our choices – eggs tomato relish was downright forgettable (prefer Pita Pan’s version!) and K’s cheesynara was dry and errrr, not cheesy at all.

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Eggs Tomato Relish
secret tomato recipe served in a hot plate, two runny eggs, baby spinach, country sourdough toast

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Cheesynara
cheese cream pasta, chicken sausage, bacon

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Habitat Coffee
223 Upper Thomson Road
6456 2567

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Suprette is such a gem! A compact restaurant/bar/cafe housed in the heritage Kam Leng Hotel along busy Jalan Besar road, Suprette offers a neat menu of food ranging from salads and sandwiches to pasta and burgers during the day and more substantial main courses for dinner. Breakfast is served till 3.30pm on weekends so mark this down as a brunch place on your to-go list!

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The Suprette Burger with a beef patty and gruyere cheese is supposedly one of the best in Singapore but I can’t vouch for that. What I can rave about is the Chickpea Burger – omg so so good, definitely one of the best veggie burgers ever (I like Veganburg a lot but Suprette’s burger puts their petite burgers to shame)! I love how thick and chunky the spiced patty was and the grilled sesame buns were soft and lovely. Typing this now makes me crave for it haha.

Chickpea Burger ($17++)
tahini, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, fries

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K gushed about his Chicken Pot Pie as enthusiastically as I dig my burger. Freshly made to order (hence the wait of 20 minutes) and served hot in a pan, this was comfort food at it best! The pastry was beautifully baked to a golden hue and underneath the crispy crust was a pool of creamy gravy with pieces of chicken and root vegetables. K loved it so much that he asked for more gravy but alas was turned down. Note to self: put in a special request when we order next time!

Chicken Pot Pie ($15++)
carrots, peas, potatoes, cream, salad

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Suprette
383 Jalan Besar
Kam Leng Hotel Lobby
6298 8962

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Stirling is the latest restaurant to set up shop along Cheong Chin Nam Road, offering a selection of affordable western dishes in a casual and comfortable setting. When we were there, a “Showcase” music event was going on where they had a live band (great singer!) and more importantly, 10% of the revenue was donated to Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home to support the well-being of elderly folks. I hope it will be a regular event!

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Our first starter turned out to be our favourite! K doesn’t like salads but even he was fighting with me over this haha. The cubes of pan-seared Greek cheese were firm with a crispy coating but still nice and soft inside.

Grilled Halloumi Salad
pan-seared greek cheese, baby spinach, tomato and capsicum salsa

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The pairing of sweet juicy grilled watermelon with the salty parma ham made a good match. Grilling fruits seem like a brilliant idea – the caramelized sugar packed quite a punch!

Grilled Watermelon
fresh watermelon grilled till roast-sweet, parma ham, rocket salad

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Fresh and well marinated chunks of salmon were elegantly presented in a cocktail glass, though I thought it would be even better if the salmon was sliced more thinly.

Salmon Carpaccio
special of the day

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When my main of salmon was served, my mind went “crap, that looked overcooked” but alas, it turned out to be perfect! The meat was still pinkish and moist while the outer layer was crackly. Crispy salmon indeed!

Crispy King Salmon
potato and dill leek sauce

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Charcoal-grilled steaks are the one of the specialties at Stirling so if you love your red meat, get it here! K was happy that his medium rare steak was not overdone, resulting in a pretty pink interior. Very reasonably priced for a big slab too!

Stirling Charcoal-Grilled Steak (Sirloin/ Ribeye)
truffle fries, summer vegetables

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The tiramisu was moist enough though nothing spectacular. Not bad!

Tantalising Tiramisu
classic coffee-flavoured italian dessert

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The owner’s mom is a home baker and she supplies cakes to the restaurant occasionally. I was lucky to try her custard cake – creamy, dense and simply amazing! Is this what magic custard cake taste like?

Custard Cake
dessert of the day

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I’ve been craving for mud pies lately and this one was pretty good! It’s really hard to not like mud pies, unless you have a thing against chocolate, Oreo cookies and ice cream aye?

Muddy Mud Pie
vanilla ice cream, marshmallow, chocolate sauce, oreo cookie

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My thanks to Elwyn for the kind invitation!

Stirling
15 Cheong Chin Nam Road
6469 9096

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BFF and I have an inside joke that The Beast is highly recommended for those who are going through a breakup and just want to eat/drink like there’s no tomorrow. Because not only do they offer comfort soul food, the portions are incredibly hearty and generous too. Plus the bar boasts one of the largest variety bourbons in the country, and has an extensive selection of American craft beers and bourbon+rye specialty cocktails. Jokes aside, I think this place is perfect for any occasion, happy or sad!

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I unabashedly professed my love for the freshly-baked cornbread on Instagram yesterday – “This is the best one I’ve ever tried! So soft yet dense, like a castella cake! Of cuz, I can easily count the number of times I had cornbread in my life using one hand so I’m not the best judge. Can only say I REALLY LIKE THIS” – and yes, I’m still standing by my words!

Cornbread ($6++)
maple syrup, butter

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We were really pleased with the crab cakes – 0% fillers, 100% crab meat! Well seasoned and deliciously paired with the refreshing sweet corn salsa on the side.

Maryland Crab Cake ($16++)
sweet corn salsa, honey mustard

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The tomato soup was packed with intense flavour, a result of roasting the tomatoes I suppose. Anyway, K was totally blown away by the simple and unassuming grilled cheese sandwich! Lightly browned bread, gooey melty cheese, this is the amazing grilled cheese sandwich in the movie Chef!

Roasted Tomato Soup ($10++)
grilled pimento cheese made in-house

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Fries are great pub grub but that’s too boring. Why not deep fried some green beans for a crunchy (and healthy?) snack? Very addictive and the seasoning reminded us of sweet potato fries!

Jack & the Beast Stalk ($12++)
deep fried green beans, secret seasoning

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Okie, enough raving for now. Both soft shell crab and pulled pork sliders were admittedly average and rather forgettable to us.

Soft Shell Crab Sliders ($16++)
lemon, honey mustard, dill mayo, mixed salad, toasted buns

Pulled Pork Sliders ($16++)
slaw, bbq sauce, toasted buns

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Most value for money dish for the night had to be the DIY catfish tacos! On the wooden platter was a heaping amount of fried catfish with hard corn taco shells and various condiments. An icon of Southern cooking, the white fish had a firm and moist texture. I’m definitely ordering this again!

Catfish Tacos ($24++)
cabbage, sweet corn salsa, cajun remoulade, sour cream, lime wedges

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The gravy was too heavy and creamy, otherwise this was a competent dish (I think K wished that it was a full-sized portion of the grilled cheese sandwich instead haha).

Char-grilled Rib-eye Steak ($36++)
8oz rib-eye, bourbon mushroom gravy, fries

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Grits are small coarse broken grains of corn and commonly eaten in Southern United States. Cooked grits are sort of like polenta – creamy, smooth and lacks crunch. It did get pretty monotonous after awhile, especially after all the shrimps were gone.

Shrimp & Grits ($24++)
garlicky shrimp sauce

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Two of my food blogger friends told me that the mudpie here is not good but I beg to differ actually! True, it was unbreakable as a rock initially when served but after letting it thaw (while we attacked the other dessert haha), we polished off the whole solid block of ice cream! Love the combination of crumbly cookie crust layered with rich chocolatey ice cream~

Mississippi Mudpie ($14++)
oreo crust, vanilla bean & triple chocolate ice cream, chocolate fudge

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My favourite pecan pie is from PS Cafe but the homemade version here is not bad too! Huge slice with lots of sweet crunchy pecans and topped with a lovely scoop of fig ice cream – the perfect finishing touch!

Bourbon Pecan Pie ($12++)
fig & honey ice cream

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Special thanks to Jamie, see you again soon!

The Beast
17 Jalan Klapa
6295 0017

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Serving Italian styled western cuisine, Sapori D Italia (previously known as Vintage Chef) stuck out like a sore thumb in the Bishan neighbourhood coffee shop. Go ahead and give it a try though! Price tags are affordable for the quality and quantity, plus plating and presentation are not overlooked.

Mushroom soup was blah (read: diluted and watery), salad greens had unsightly holes (obviously not the freshest) but we were suitably impressed with the mains. My double slabs of grilled seabass were as crispy as K’s battered pork loins were tender. We like!

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Mushroom Soup ($3.90)
blended sauteed mushrooms, butter, vegetable stock

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Pork Piccata ($7.90)
pork loin battered with parmesan and egg, black pepper sauce

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Grilled Wild Seabass ($8.90/1 piece or $12.90/2 pieces)
diced sauteed potatoes, balsamic reduction, grapefruit, mixed salad

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Sapori D Italia
Blk 112 Bishan Street 12
8101 3134

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