Archive for June, 2011

Oriole Cafe & Bar

Calling out to all scone lovers out there, I’ve found another good place to have scones! And this time it doesn’t involve having to step into a posh hotel nor spend a fortune on it. In fact, these scones can be found right smack in the heart of Orchard Road. There’s no better reason to stop for a cuppa and some scones than a hard day’s worth of shopping, right???

Oriole Cafe - Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream

I present to you, Oriole Cafe’s scones! 3 raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream and raspberry grappa jam for only $6.50, which means just over $2 per scone! This IS undoubtedly the cheapest scone deal I have come across! And for goodness sakes, you get clotted cream with it! It’s not the best clotted cream (it feels lighter than usual) but it’s clotted cream nonetheless! The scones are real tasty too. They’re light and airy and fresh. Paired with that cream and jam, and washed down with some good coffee, it’ll put a zing in your step so that you have enough energy for round 2 of shopping!

I hear Oriole Cafe makes a good cuppa but I have yet to try. In fact, the menu looks pretty interesting too. Too bad I was only there for a quick meeting with someone. Thanks Chek for introducing me to this place! Definitely going come back again soon to sample more of their dishes.

Oriole Cafe - Iced Lemon Tea

$5.50 Iced Lemon Tea – Not sweet enough. Hah, that’s usually the case when it is not pre-sweetened. I can never bring myself to pour in the entire contents of the sugar syrup pot…

Click here to see the best places in Singapore to get scones!

Oriole Coffee

96 Somerset Road #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Map 

(It’s just opposite Brotzeit when you come out of the Somerset MRT station)

Phone: 6238 8348

Operating hours:

Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm ; Fri & Sat  11:00 am – 12:00 am ; Sun 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

9 Raffles Place #01-23/23A Republic Plaza I Map

Phone: 6438 3843

Operating hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

http://www.oriole.com.sg

Group Therapy Coffee – Revisited!

I can’t believe I visited the same cafe twice, in the span of 2 weeks! Well it was lucky I did or I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to sample one of the best waffles I have eaten in a very long time! The waffle is pretty simple, with a sprinkling of icing sugar, a splob of butter, 4 slices of strawberry and maple syrup on the side. There’s no ice cream or whipped cream to distract you from what is indeed the highlight of the dish, the waffle itself. On the outside, the waffle is slightly crusty, yet on the inside it is light and fluffy. It’s so good, I didn’t even need the butter or maple syrup. Regretfully, I only managed to eat 2 squares of the waffle, before surrendering the rest of it to my colleague, who was the one who actually ordered it.

At $8.50, I think it’s a good price, and if nothing else, you should definitely order this when you are at Group Therapy Coffee!

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Belgian Style Waffle with Maple Syrup & Butter $8.50

Read about my 1st visit to Group Therapy Coffee

Group Therapy Coffee

Address 49 Duxton Road, Singapore, Singapore 089513 · Get Directions

Phone +65.9173.4590

Website http://www.jackisnotdull.com/group-therapy

Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Sun: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

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Level33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre

Everyone’s been raving about Marina Bay Sands and the views from there. Ok I was one of them too and took numerous photos of both Shenton Way as well as the MBS buildings. But did you know, that one really great vantage point to enjoy the splendour of the Marina Bay Sands towers as well as the Singapore city skyline is actually at the new Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC)?

I was there with 3 other of my colleagues just the day before at Level33 restaurant and the views were breath-taking! And if was not enough, we got a real treat when fireworks started erupting in the night sky, thanks to the National Day Parade rehearsals! Great stuff for my colleague as it was her birthday.

 

Marina Bay Sands Night Time view from Level33

I really do think that Singapore looks so mesmerising at night. I think it would be so romantic to sit in the al-fresco area, gazing into your partner’s eyes while having this as a backdrop…

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Lucky us got to watch the fireworks from a vantage point!

Level33 touts itself as the World’s Highest Urban Craft-brewery. There are several huge as copper brew house kettles positioned right at the front of the restaurant, so that you know for sure that they mean business. I tried the 33.1 Blond Lager, and it was quite good! Food-wise, I thought it was overpriced but I guess it’s inevitable to have to pay a premium if you want the views. To fully enjoy the views, you must sit outside as the indoor area’s views are blocked by numerous pillars. Another way to enjoy the views without breaking the bank is to just have a drink there instead of having a full scale dinner.

Level33 - 33.1 Blond Lager

33.1 Blond Lager $9.33… Someone’s eyeing MY beer.

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The orangy spice thing is curry salt! Be sure you don’t take a whole heap of it!

Level33 - Prawn Bisque  with Soba

(Gambas) Prawn bisque with soba noodles $39 – 2 really humongous and succulent prawns. Tasted very good and I liked the rich gravy. The amount of soba is enough to make you wonder if it is there as a garnish. If you are a big eater, you may need to order some side dishes as well.

Level33 - Striploin

(Sizzler Beef) Striploin on sizzling hot plate $16 – This was pretty good, but not spectacular

Level33 - Meatballs

Meatballs $9 – First time I’m seeing “dry” meatballs. They were so so.

Level33 - Gnocchi

Gnocchi $26 – An acquired taste for my colleagues I think, but I personally like gnocchi normally. This one was a tad oily.

Level33 - Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast $29 – I don’t know what’s with chicken breast in Singapore. They are so tough! I would never order chicken breast out of my own accord, but since we were sharing all the dishes, I didn’t object. This dish here didn’t change my mind but my colleagues thought it was fine. I did like the ravioli at the bottom though, as well as the asparagus.

Level33 - Molten Chocolate Cake

(Cacao Fondant) Molten Chocolate Cake $16 – Tasted very nice, especially with 4 people sharing this tiny piece of cake. A lot of molten chocolate lava oozed out as we sliced the cake, which is exactly how I like it. The non sweet tooth amongst us liked it although I definitely wouldn’t complain if it were just a little bit sweeter. The white piece of thing at the bottom right was a piece of frozen marscapone, which I felt tasted disgusting in this state and form.

Level33 - Date Pudding

Sticky Date pudding $14 – Also very nice, and not overly sweet either. I’m usually quite fearful of ordering date puddings or sticky toffee puddings because I feel they are just way too heavy and sweet, but this one was just right, and for some reason, had a hint of banana as well.

 

*Click here for more pictures and reviews of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore City Skyline

 

LeVeL33

8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 • Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 • Singapore 018981

12pm – 12am Daily • 12pm – 2am on Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday

Tel: +65 6834 3133 • Fax: +65 6834 3073

 

http://www.level33.com.sg/

Steamed bread place

This is one of several places where you might find me before I go to work each day. Not that I really need the coffee to wake me up. But it’s nice to be able to sit down for a while and relax, get my thoughts straightened before stepping into the office. If it’s a mad rush from the time you jump out of bed until you reach the office, that just sounds very sad.

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When I was younger, I abhorred coffee shops like these because they tended to be wet and dirty. Now, I find them exuding an irresistible air of nostalgia. It’s like taking a step back in time. I love finding gems like these.

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Kopi here is quite good.

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Steamed bread with kaya and peanut butter spread

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Quite a number of people come here just for this steamed bread. The bread is fluffy and soft. The peanut butter isn’t the thick kind though, it’s been kind of diluted by the kaya. I’m sure some people like it, but I think I have to ask for pure peanut butter the next time as I’m not really that big a fan of watery kaya. Another good place to have steamed bread would be at Tong Ah in Chinatown.

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I don’t know about you, but I just love the idea of dining under the trees. Feels so old school! Did I mention that one used to be able to dine out in the open under the trees behind the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station?

Spruce – Restaurant, Bar, Bakery

I have known about this place for the longest time and on several occasions, almost made it here. One huge stumbling block is the location, Spruce is pretty off the beaten track, and unless you know of its existence, you are almost unlikely to chance upon it. It seems though that lots of people know of Spruce, and think of it as the place to see and be seen.

Well so a few weeks ago, after making sure I’d checked Google Maps in advance, we made our way there. The place looks really cosy. I love cafes and restaurants nestled amongst greenery. Allows me to escape the concrete jungle and forget that I am in Singapore. Unfortunately, while the place looked inviting, it was so noisy! It must be due to the structure of the place, noise seems to bounce around even though the cafe isn’t even full. It’s worse if you sit in the air-conditioned room, then you get the cooking smells as well. I kind of developed a headache over the course of my brunch, and as a result, had to cancel plans for the afternoon.

Prices are not cheap here, be warned.

Spruce Spruce - British Brekkie

Spruce British Brekkie $18 – Came with 2 eggs, Cumberland sausage, mushrooms, bacon, tomato and a dish of watery baked beans. Also provided were 2 huge slices of bread, not shown in the picture. While the food tasted quite alright, I liked the Cumberland sausage in particular, I did think the breakfast to be quite over priced. For $12, I could have gotten about the same at Epicurious at Robertson Quay, and I’m sure there are many other places that charge less for this amount of food.

Spruce - Cajun Prawn Eggs Benedict

Cajun Prawns Eggs Benedict $25 – If it looks small, let me assure you that it is.

Spruce Signature Burger

Spruce Signature Burger $17 – Potatoes seen in the background were nice. They were fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside, and they were nicely spiced too. On the contrary, the patty in the burger tasted like plain minced meat with no hint of spice or herbs to enhance its flavour. The burger I had at SoHo7 near City Hall was so much better and half the price!

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Spruce - Entrance

Was pretty crowded when we got there around 2pm on a Saturday. I wonder if the place is overhyped, because all 4 of us thought that once is more than enough. It’s sad because the place has such potential. I hope they get a better chef and relook their menu prices as well.

Do note that on weekends, they serve brunch until 2.30pm. After that, they serve high tea starting only at 3pm, so if you want a cooked meal, be sure to come earlier.

Spruce – Restaurant, Bar, Bakery

320 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247980

PH: 6836 5528

http://www.spruce.com.sg

Directions – http://www.spruce.com.sg/location.html

http://www.spruce.com.sg/images/pdf/menus_brunch.pdf

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