Archive for December, 2010

Arbite

Finally made a trip down to Arbite after knowing about its existence for several months. It’s located at Serangoon Gardens. I can’t quite grasp Serangoon Gardens. It seems to want to be hip and young, which is why it has these cafes that appeal to the young. Yet dotted all over the place are old school coffee shops and shops you know have been operating there since forever. Well the new mall called My Village that is slated to open in Jan 2011 will surely take it up the modern ladder another rung.

Anyway, back to Arbite, it’s a small little cafe. If you click on the picture below, you will be able see the menu selections.

Arbite Menu

We were there just for drinks so we didn’t order anything else. The place is nice and cosy. You can choose from sofa seating, table seats and even high seats near the window. Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed with the drinks.

Arbite Latte

We ordered a flat white. Having been used to the quality of coffee from the likes of 40 Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain and Chef Icon Nature Bakery, this was a big disappointment. It was so bitter, no amount of sugar could save it. I can’t say what caused it to be bad, I just know if I taste coffee like this, I won’t ever come back a second time because I know I can get something I like elsewhere.

Arbite Iced Chocolate

Arbite Iced Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The iced chocolate I ordered was not that good either. At first, when it arrived, it looked thick and chocolatey. And with such a huge glass, I thought I was in for a good time. Unfortunately, once again it was a disappointment. I chugged in the entire jug of sugar syrup and still, it would not taste better.

Arbite Sofa Seats

Stairway to Arbite

Conclusion: Definitely won’t return for the drinks again. The people having lunch there seem to be enjoying their lunch so perhaps Arbite’s strengths are in their cooked food.

Arbite

66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962.

Tel: 62870430
Tue – Fri, 1130 am – 10.30 pm, Sat – Sun 1100 am – 10.30 pm.

http://arbite.com.sg

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you’re having a great one feasting with family and friends. Remember, there are 12 days of Christmas, so eat lots and party lots!!!1

Lava East Restaurant, Bar & Gallery

If you live in the Marine Parade area, there aren’t all that many eateries to choose from unless you are in the vicinity of Parkway Parade shopping mall. So sometimes, walking over to East Coast Park to have lunch or dinner becomes a necessity. There are some cheap eats there such as McDonalds and the C Nai Hong Kong Cafe, otherwise, be prepared to spend well over $10 for a meal.

A few months ago, this restaurant called Lava East opened. It has a nice decor, with lots of woody carvings at the entrance. (Later I found out that Lava East owns a wooden furniture business). The decor made me feel like the prices wouldn’t be cheap, but luckily they were okay, between $10 – $20. We had dinner there but it seems most people there at 9pm were there to drink.

The menu is not extensive. There are a few Asian dishes and Western dishes. We ordered the fried rice and the Beef Kuay Teow. The fried rice was pretty nice. As you can see it was chock full of ingredients such as prawns, char siew and egg. The beef kuay teow was also very nice, the beef slices were tender and tasty. But I thought the kuay teow was a bit too soggy, and the sauce not of the type I am used to.

The conclusion is that for asian dishes, we would rather go to the Hong Kong Cafe a few steps away. Cheaper and tastes more local. We’d only come here if we want a quiet evening, drinks and good service.

Lava East - Fried Rice (2) Lava East - Fried Rice

Lava East - Beef Kuay Teow Lava East - Drink

Where: Lava East is at East Coast Park, near the McDonalds, next door to the 7-11 and Coffee Bean. Lava East also owns a furniture business in Defu Lane!

Directions: 1000 East Coast Park 

http://lavaeast.com/

Lava East Facebook

Parting is such sorrowful sorrow

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Tomorrow we bid farewell to what has been our second home for the last few years. I baked a cake to commemorate the day. Sniff.

Mr Teh Tarik

 

Mr Teh Tarik Pretty Shop CounterMr Teh Tarik Plain Prata (2)Mr Teh Tarik Plain PrataMr Teh Tarik is now open at Big Splash East Coast Park next to Old Town Cafe! Previously, I was lamenting the fact that there were so few affordable places to have a cuppa late into the night in the East Coast/Katong/Joo Chiat area. Old Town is an option, but I don’t really like the coffee there. Once again, my wish has come true, you will now be seeing me more often at Big Splash! It has quite a huge seating area, both indoors and outdoors, and it’s perfect for large groups. Last Saturday, the outdoor seating area was almost 100% occupied. Thanks to the really lovely cool night air, nobody sat inside. As for Old Town, business looks like it has dropped by at least a quarter.

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