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When I first came across the lunch bowls at May May, my first thought was “Kilo copycat!” oops. You already know I’m obsessed with the donburi bowls from Kilo at Pact so it’s a given that a comparison is inevitable. At May May, the bowls are more Asian-style with beef rendang, braised pork belly and butter poached cod stealing the limelight (also a vegetarian grilled miso aubergine dish which sounds lovely). We tried the latter two and I realized the futility of comparing Kilo’s bowls with these. Each has its pros and cons – I adore Kilo’s accompaniments (best corn kernels, radishes and quinoa everrr) but not so much the salmon which is always overcooked geez; whereas May May’s substantial mains of cod and pork belly are flavourful and have wonderfully soft texture. But the bed of quinoa and veggies on the side are nothing spectacular hmm.

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Braised Pork Belly ($16++, additional $3++ for salad and coffee)
wasabi sprouts, asian slaw, oven roasted tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, pickled lotus root, soft centred egg

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Butter Poached Cod ($18++)
wakame, oven roasted tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, pickled lotus root, soft centred egg, wasabi sprouts

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May May
65 Tras Street
6221 4698

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K and I each have our own must-orders at Sacha & Sons, a New York delicatessen (opened by the Wild Honey folks) which has become our favourite brunch/lunch/dinner spot in town currently.

I love the thin and crispy latkes, or potato and onion pancakes which are essentially rosti. I’ve had them with silky smoked salmon and briny “ikura” (salmon pearls) numerous times, or on a slow day, with scrambled eggs and sturgeon when the staff kindly allows swapping of toasted bagels for latkes.

K likes them well enough but will never forsake the generously portioned grilled reuben. In fact, he has named the signature pastrami to be one of those dishes that will qualify for “what would your last meal be?” type of questions lol. Cooked for hours and then steamed in-house for the perfect briskets, the tender hand-carved pastrami always leave K raving and satisfied.

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Smoked Salmon Dip ($12++)

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Latkes ($16++)
smoked salmon, applesauce (default: creme fraiche), 10g salmon pearls (additional $5++)

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Scrambled Eggs with Pastrami ($18++)
rye bread (default: bagel)

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Grilled Reuben ($18++, reg 150g)
pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, russian dressing, rye/bagel/brioche, pickles, coleslaw

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Scrambled Eggs with Sturgeon, Smoked Salmon, Caramelized Onions ($18++)
rye bread (default: bagel)

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Sacha & Sons
#03-02 Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
6735 6961

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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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