Archive for the ‘1.3 Casual Restaurants’ Category

Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe

What a mouthful! Chanced upon this restaurant about half a year back and was quite surprised to see a restaurant all decked out in the German/Black Forest theme that I hadn’t heard of prior to seeing it! Finally managed to check it out only yesterday.

I love German food, not just the sausages and the pork knuckles, but also other things like sauerkraut and spätzle. I could eat bowls and bowls of sauerkraut, if only it were more commonly found in Singapore!

Stuttgart Blackforest Cafe (4)

The place is decked out with lots of wood, and they even have a number of evergreen pine trees to make you feel as if you really are in some part of the Black Forest. Actually I think this Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe is more gimmick than good food although I must admit I too was attracted to enter by this interesting looking place.

Granted, the beers are quite reasonably priced, at $15 for half litre, and $18 for 1 litre, but the food menu is painfully limited. If you’ve been to Werner’s Oven in the East or Brotzeit, the menu at Stuttgart is like 1/10th of what would normally be available.

Stuttgart Blackforest Cafe - Single Portion Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut and Potato Salad $18 (1)

Single Portion Pork Knuckle (schweinshaxe) with Sauerkraut and Potato Salad $18

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Unique Mooncakes

This year, I am making it a point to only talk about interesting and unique moon cakes. As you can well imagine, we have so many moon cake brands out there. This used to be the bastion of hotels, but now, everyone, like EVERYONE, including SIA is jumping on the bandwagon.

Well, to each his own, but if you’re looking for something a bit different this year, maybe you can consider these moon cakes.

Häagen-Dazs Ice-cream Mooncakes

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Featuring 4 of Häagen-Dazs’s most favoured flavours – Macadamia Nut, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, and Chocolate, each ice-cream mooncake comes with a unique layer of chocolate printed with designs that represent the blossoms under the full moon, wishing for a blissful and tranquil life. For the “yolk”, a bright amber ball of mango sorbet is nestled within the ice cream centre, symbolising the wholeness of the full moon. To add crunch and texture, a peanut-butter chocolate malt ball base or sweet meal base greets you.

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D’Bell – Stylish Indian restaurant in the CBD

D’Bell, a contemporary Indian-inspired restaurant and bar located in the heart of Singapore’s trendy North Canal Road has opened its doors. Diners can look forward to a chic and modern dining experience of light Indian-influenced offerings and classic cocktails amidst D’Bell’s stylish and luxe interiors.

I must say, my 1st impression of D’Bell was that it struck me more as an upmarket Western restaurant as most Indian restaurants that I am used to are rather traditional looking or casual looking. Prices seem quite reasonable in comparison to the other Indian restaurants.

D'Bell

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Burnt Ends

Once in a while, I come across a gem of a restaurant that is so worthy of being mentioned and shared with the world that I’ve decided to bump it up the queue and write about it asap. Interestingly, if not for my foodie friends who organised this makan session, Burnt Ends would not have featured in my radar so I am really thankful for having made the acquaintance of Burnt Ends!

Burnt Ends is a modern Australian barbeque offering seating at the countertop table looking directly into the open kitchen. The reason why I said Burnt Ends would not have been my first port of call is because comfortable seating is extremely important to me. Food is of course important, but to be able to enjoy it in comfort, without having to fret about a confined space, and being able to face my dining companions, those are important factors for me too. Buttttt, having said that, we enjoyed the food here so much, I’m willing to say that I’ll forgo the comfort again for another chance at that lovely Pulled Pork cheese burger and the lamb!

Burnt Ends (1)

As you can tell from the name, Burnt Ends also specialises in barbequing, smoking, slow roasting and cooking directly on coals. Check out those said coals in the picture above!

Burnt Ends - Smoked Quail Eggs $6

Started off our meal with these Smoked Quail Eggs $6. 1 egg $1, not a bad pricing for a restaurant. You won’t believe these eggs, they look like normal quail eggs, but the minute you bite into them, this wonderful smoky flavour envelopes your tongue, it’s almost as if they’d injected smoky soup into where the yolk would have been!

Burnt Ends - Lamb and Carrot $14

Lamb and Carrot $14

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Seasons Bistro at Triple One Somerset

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Situated at Triple One Somerset, the newly opened Seasons Bistro presents seasonally-changing menus with the Americas as its inspiration for the cuisine. Eating by the season is the keyword here, as the founders believe that seasonal food not only tastes better, it also offers better value for diners.

If you’ve lived in the US for some time, you’ll know that there’s more to America’s cuisine than just pizza and burgers. Seasons Bistro features numerous dishes from seafood specialties of New England, down to Louisiana’s gumbo, to Mexican-spiced dishes of the Southwest, wherever that Executive Chef Benjamin Fong’s travels in America inspire him. Fresh and in-season ingredients, a generous use of citrus and peppers to keep sauces light, as well as interesting twists along the way define the dishes that you will find at Seasons Bistro.

Given the prime location at Orchard Road, it’s wonderful that the prices at Seasons Bistro are so affordable. This is no run of the mill restaurant featuring generic and copy cat dishes. I can really sense the thought and effort that has been put into the menu. Definitely a must try if you’re in the Orchard/Somerset area and looking for affordable food.

Seasons Bistro - Pan Seared Foie Gras ($16  ) -  Pain de mie, chocolate ganache, bacon jam, caramalized bananas and granola crumbs (3)

Pan Seared Foie Gras $16 – Pain de mie, chocolate ganache, bacon jam, caramalized bananas and granola crumbs

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