Archive for August, 2011

British Indian @ 1 Shenton Way

**British Indian has changed its name to Anglo Indian**

It’s no secret that I love exploring the sights and sounds of Shenton Way. Working here may be dreary, but visiting Shenton Way as a tourist sure is fun. I highly recommend taking a stroll along this part of Singapore, if you don’t already work here. Even if you do, come here during off peak hours and you might spy a side of Shenton Way you never knew existed.

Since it was my day off yesterday, I took the opportunity to pose as a tourist. It sure helps to wear casual clothes and tot a fat ass camera amongst the suit and tie types. The One Shenton Way Building has a number of new eateries to offer. Yup, that’s the gold coloured building which can be seen from the ECP. To think that just a few years ago, this place was so run down you wouldn’t think twice about going there. I should know, I used to work opposite One Shenton Way!

British Indian - Seating Area

We walked past The Bank (yes it is a restaurant), past Sumo Salad, past Jewel Coffee and finally stopped at this most charming restaurant called British Indian Cafe & Bar. Even though I’d originally set out to find a nice sandwich place, British Indian really caught my eye. Prices looked pretty affordable so we sat down for lunch.

British Indian - Chicken, Mutton, Daal and Fish Curry

They offer set lunches Monday to Friday from about 11 – 2.30pm. For $12, you can get choose a meat or vegetarian curry of the day plus daal, salad, naan and rice. For $15, you can choose 2 curries (no daal) plus salad, naan, rice and also a dessert. It was 2.35pm but the staff gladly obliged to extend the set lunch offer to us.

Turns out that there were only 3 curries of the day so it was a great idea to get 1 $12 set lunch and 1 $15 set lunch. That way, we got to sample all 3 curries in addition to the daal, without having to repeat any dish.

Picture above shows Chicken curry, Mutton Curry, Daal and Fish Curry from left to right.

British Indian - Two Meat curry set lunch

The highlight of the entire meal has got to be the fish curry. The curry was so tasty! It was light, with a tomato based flavour and was of just the right spiciness for me. The fish slices were so tender and I wished there was more of it! Between the 2 of us, we mopped up the entire dish and I very nearly wanted to lick the bowl clean as well.

British Indian - Two Meat curry set lunch (2)

The mutton curry was also very tasty, and heavier than the fish curry. There were huge bits of mutton in the dish, more than the fish slices I feel. Curry went really well with the rice as well as the naan. Only grouse was that the mutton curry was a bit too spicy for me or I would also have finished the entire bowl.

The daal and the chicken curry were unfortunately just average when compared with the fish and mutton curry. Didn’t really like the buttery chicken curry.

British Indian - The Salad

This was the salad that came with the set. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen macaroni served in an Indian meal before. I’d much rather they provide a cucumber raita, I love those!

Is it just me or do you find that a macaroni salad seems oddly western for an Indian restaurant. Then again, they do call themselves British Indian. In fact, the next time I’m here, I’m going to order the British Connection (aka fish and chips). Comes with madras curry sauce. Fish and Chips with curry sauce will be a first for me in Singapore and I’m actually really looking forward to having that.

British Indian - Naan

Four slices of naan were served along with the meal, in addition to the steamed rice. I love it that I don’t have to choose between rice or naan because the fact is that I love both! The naan and the rice served here were fragrant and tasty. No complaints at all.

British Indian - Gulub Jamun (2)

And last but not least, the Gulab Jamun dessert. Gulab Jamun is a dough made of milk solids and flour, deep fried and dunked in a rose and spice flavoured syrup. I think a lot of people may find this dessert too sweet, but I think it’s absolutely delicious! I can’t say that I’ve eaten many versions of Gulab Jamun so I can’t tell if this is the best or near the best, but whatever the case, I thoroughly enjoyed the dessert. To the extent that I really wanted to order some more! Delicious, mmmmm!!!

British Indian - Gulub Jamun

Why is it so tiny?!?!

British Indian - Seating Area (3)-horz

Love the big open space dining concept. You can also sit in the air-conditioned restaurant, but no one did so for obvious reasons. Love it that it was a cloudy and drizzly day yesterday, it just made me feel like I wasn’t even in Singapore! British Indian is right opposite the Singapore Stock Exchange. Can you see the reflection of One Shenton on the facade of SGX?

Jewel coffee (2)

And after your curry, you can hop on to Jewel Coffee for the mandatory afternoon cuppa. Coffees aren’t cheap in Shenton Way! A flat white will set you back $5.50! I’d forgotten how expensive things are in the central business district!

The Bank (2)

You could rob The Bank, but alas, it isn’t open yet.

Seriously, how cute is that??? I wonder if the owners were former bankers.

For a full list of restaurant and cafe reviews, click here.

British Indian Cafe & Bar

1 Shenton Way, #01-08, Singapore 068803

Tel/Fax : +65 6636-9410

Email: BIcafebar@hotmail.com

Gong Cha at Marina Bay Sands

I have to admit, I have never been a fan of Gong Cha and I just don’t understand why there would be long queues for this bubble tea drink. I just don’t get the funny creamy thing at the top of the drink. Not only does it look icky, it tastes icky too. I once asked the staff what the white thing was, and was admonished with a “CREAM LOR!” plus an “are you an imbecile” look.

I much rather go for Koi. It tastes more natural. Anyway the guys in my office go gaga over Gong Cha, so this post is dedicated to them. (And I thought only girls went gaga over bubble tea…)

Gong Cha at Marina Bay Sands

During my staycation at Marina Bay Sands over the weekend, I discovered to my surprise that there is a Gong Cha there! When I say that I’m surprised, it’s because MBS is littered with high end boutiques. And here comes a Gong Cha, where you need only part with a few bucks to make a purchase!

Gong Cha at Marina Bay Sands (2)

I don’t think people know that Gong Cha has opened at Marina Bay Sands. It’s located at the less populated wing and quite near the end too. See, there are no signature queues here.

7-Eleven at Marina Bay Sands

In fact, it was pretty funny to see a 7-Eleven next to Gong Cha as well. It seems to reinforce the idea that this is the “not so high-end” side of MBS, although this 7-Eleven does look more high end by 7-Eleven standards. I’m waiting for a McDonalds or KFC to open at MBS, do you think that would happen?

I would love for Marina Bay Sands to have a proper supermarket. There is a Cold Storage Speciality near the Rasapura Food court, but it does not sell meat and vegetables. There is definitely a huge need for that, because after having blown a few thousands on the new bag or at the tables, you might just find yourself not being able to afford room service!

Joe & Dough

Every time I walk pass a sandwich store or a cafe in town, I am reminded of the severely limited options available to me and my colleagues since moving to the new MapleTree Business City. Visitors to our office gush at how wonderful the place looks and how lucky we must be to have such a great view of the sea. But seriously, they are just suffering from “tourist blindness”. As you can well imagine, being a tourist in a foreign country is vastly different from actually staying put for the long term.

Joe & Dough

The other day, I happened to be in the Suntec Area and I chanced upon this sandwich place called Joe & Dough, which is right next to Carrefour. I have no idea if this place serves nice sandwiches or not, but I have a soft spot for catchy names and nice looking cafes so I’m quite keen to try this place out. Anyone know if this place is good? I checked out Joe & Dough’s menu and it seems pretty okay. Well, nowadays, anything is better than Cedele!

Not that there’s anything bad about Cedele, but I now associate Cedele with not so nice memories! Even though I used to like Cedele a lot, I am so sick of the place considering that I have been eating there several times a week! Not to mention that that’s the thing I usually have when I have to WORK LATE! This all being thanks to the location of my office.

I’m going to be on leave on Monday so I’m going to go into Shenton Way and check out the new cafes and sandwich bars there. Quite a number of cool looking ones have popped up in recent months and I really wanna see if they are any good.

Another question since we’re on the topic. What do you refer to our CBD area as? I call it Shenton Way, but obviously that’s just one of the roads there. Do you refer to the CBD area as Raffles Place?

Most unique cafes in Singapore

Here’s a list of what I think are the best cafes in Singapore to visit in terms of uniqueness. Enjoy!

1. Casa Verde at the Botanic Gardens

Visitors Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Road Singapore 259569

A cafe nestled amongst the greenery of the Botanic Gardens, you can watch people walking their dogs and little kids playing by the plant fountains. A very relaxing place to be in, if you can get a seat!

2. Privé at Keppel Island

No.2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay Singapore 098382

The cafe overlooks the Marina. While you may not own a yacht (yet), it’s never any harm to lust after someone else’s! Romantic and peaceful at night.

3. Epicurious at Robertson Quay

#01-02 The Quayside, Robertson Quay Tel: 6734-7720

Epicurious is touted to have the best breakfast in Singapore. It’s situated along the picturesque Robertson Quay area. After a hearty meal, you can take a stroll along the Singapore River and watch the boats go by.

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4. Sunset Bay Garden Beach Bar at East Coast Park

1300 East Coast Park, Bougainvillea Garden (Carpark F2) Singapore 468964
Tel: 6448 9060

You definitely need a car to get here. Snag a seat facing the beach and you will be able to watch people flying kits as well as the numerous cyclists whizzing by.

5. Riders Cafe at Bukit Timah Saddle Club

51 Fairway Drive Singapore 286965

Rider’s cafe, who would have known you can dine amongst horses in Singapore???

6. Jams Cafe at Prologue Bookshop in Ion Mall

2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801

Ok Jam’s cafe is the most accesible out of the entire list. It’s located at Ion Mall so you can just drop off at the Orchard MRT. Since it’s located in a bookshop, with glass windows for you to watch Orchard Road go by, your best bet is to buy a book and grab a seat here.

Blackbird Cafe

**Closed for renovations until mid-march 2014

After the slogfest in the office these past few weeks, I promised myself a good brunch to sort of celebrate (the weekend that is, not the end of the project!) as well as relax. A few days ago, I happened to chance upon AiMakan’s Facebook posting about this new cafe called Blackbird Cafe. The fact that this place is owned by a New Zealander got me sitting up. Straight away shot an email to the Partner asking him where our cafe was, as it’s kind of been a dream of mine to have my own cafe one day. Well, one day it will come true.

Anyway, so today with the parents in tow, we made it to Blackbird Cafe for brunch. Brunch is from 10am – 3pm. It was lucky we arrived early around 10.30am. We had our pick of the choicest seats. By 11am, the place was full!

Blackbird Cafe - Menu Board

Check out the full menu on this menu board, but for brunch, only brunch items are served, along with 1 sandwich and 1 mains of the day (which was a burger today). I thought the brunch menu was rather limited. Apart from the photos you see below, they only have buttermilk pancakes, bread basket, Danish basket, 5 cheese omelette and fresh fruit platter.

Blackbird Cafe - Flat White

First up, Flat White to wake me up ($5.50). Coffee was really nice and smooth. Cookie was tasty too.

Blackbird Cafe - Don't want to share my flat white!

This was how nice the Flat White was…… when I wanted a sip.

Blackbird Cafe - Big Brekkie

Big Breakie $18 – Eggs done any way you want plus sausage, bacon, hashcake, tomato, baked beans and sourdough bread. Omelette was nice and fluffy, tasted almost like scrambled eggs that happened to look like an omelette. The hash cake was really good and different from the usual hash browns. It’s compacted minced potato covered in a breadcrumb thingy. Best part was that it wasn’t oily looking or tasting. Sausage was so so, and the bacon was totally over fried, although I suppose some people like it this way.

Blackbird Cafe - Eggs Benny

Eggs Benny $12 – This was what I ordered. I’m afraid I didn’t really enjoy it very much. The eggs were poached in a vinaigrette water so there was an overpowering sour taste. It soaked through into the muffin bread base such that there was no way of escaping it. Quite disappointing actually when I so looked forward to the trip here. I asked the waiter about it and apparently the eggs are not poached in plain water to give a different twist to it. Didn’t work this time round I’m afraid.

Blackbird Cafe - Croque Monsieur (2)

Croque Monsieur $10 – Oven baked brioche with bechamel, ham and cheese plus salad greens. This here is a modified version of the Croque Monsieur as my father doesn’t eat ham. We got the chef to remove the ham and substitute it with eggs instead. My father enjoyed his meal very much but would have liked it to have more cheese. He also loved the bread and said it had a pastry like flavour.

Blackbird Cafe -Ham Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Sandwich of the day, the HCT Sandwich $10 – Honey glazed ham, cheese, tomato with wholegrain mustard on ciabatta – My mother had this and was very pleased with the sandwich too. She loved that the ciabatta tasted fresh and had a sort of crispy texture. It’s light enough too as it isn’t laced with lots of cream. It could have done with a few more slices of cheese, just to give more punch.

Blackbird Cafe - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $5 – As tasty as the Flat White, and 50 cents cheaper if you don’t mind more foam but hey, where is the cookie???

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area (2)

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area

Blackbird Cafe - Sofa Seating

Nice place to chill after a movie at the Cathay?

Blackbird Cafe - Al Fresco Seating Area (2)

Don’t really like those monstrous frog feet high above me.

Handy Road

Enjoy the view of cars going through Handy Road while sipping your flat white.

Blackbird Cafe - Happy Hour and Tea Time Promotions

Blackbird Cafe promotion….mmm I want 1 for 1 wine…..or how about 1 for 1 whine?

Blackbird Menu with pricing

Click on the picture above to see Blackbird Cafe’s menu items and pricing. The normal menu looks very interesting and I really want to come back to try out some of the stuff like Wagyu Open Sandwich, Lamb Tagliatelle, Beer Battered Fish and Chips and the very creative New Zhepherd’s pie (they spelled it as Zherperd though…)

Blackbird Cafe

6 Handy Road #01-01 The Luxe Singapore 229234

Telephone: 6337 3448

Email : enquiry@blackbird.com.sg

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday & PH Eve: 11am – 12am

Sunday: 10am – 10pm Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm

www.blackbird.com.sg

Directions to get to Blackbird Cafe

After you turn up Handy Road, the Cathay will be on your left. The Luxe is just after that.

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