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The Gourmet Bakery Cafe

Today, I finally did something I hadn’t done in 4 months. I dragged myself to the gym. Technically speaking, I’ve set foot into Fitness First a number of times in those 4 months, but it was always to use the pool. Today was a momentous occasion, I finally hit the machines. To proof how rusty I was, I clean forgot to take my mp3 player with me, and I forgot to get the free workout clothes and had to turn back for them.

A colleague once sent me an article which I found to be very useful. You can read the full article here. To cut the gist, the article says that you shouldn’t set goals. You should set systems instead. Have a system in place that will eventually help you reach your goals.

Today, I brought my gym gear out. However, after the heavy media tasting at Bay Hotel and a looming headache, I was just about ready to hop into a taxi so as to reach my bed earlier. But thanks to what I learnt in the article, I told myself that I have to at least make it to the cafe next to the gym. After I’ve had my coffee at the cafe, if I still don’t feel up to it, I can allow myself to go home. Turns out that once I’d completed the half hour journey to the cafe, it was easy peasy to just pop into the gym after the coffee. So I think I know what I’m going to do from now on. I’m going to trick myself into going to the gym by going to the cafe! How having those milky coffees is going to help me lose weight is another story, but one step at a time folks!

So I guess what’s left of this post is to post about the cafe itself right?

The Gourmet Bakery Cafe (2)

This is the Gourmet Bakery Cafe, tucked in a very secluded corner of Millenia Walk. It’s actually next to the Promenade MRT entrance, but few people use that station during off-peak hours, so the traffic flow isn’t that great. Fitness First is just 1 escalator up. Interestingly, Fitness First has its own little drink area with magazines too. While it’s nice to have it, I’ve always wondered about the purpose of providing sprite and coke there. Kind of defeats the purpose of going to the gym right?

The Gourmet Bakery Cafe (3)

I only had a Cafe Mocha $5.50. It was pretty okay. Coffee was rather substantial so I didn’t manage to finish it. I enjoyed the peaceful half hour I had there. They have a few magazines for you to while away the time if necessary, but no girly magazines as you can see from the picture above.

The Gourmet Bakery Cafe (5)

Other than drinks, they do mainly sandwiches, wraps and salads.

The Gourmet Bakery Cafe The Gourmet Bakery Cafe (4)

That’s all folks! Shall blog more about The Gourmet Bakery Cafe if I make it to the gym again! OMG I just realised they have a 10% discount for Fitness First members if you order food! Hahaha luckily I only ordered coffee or I would have missed out on the discount!

 

The Gourmet Bakery . Cafe

9 Raffles Boulevard
Parco Stall P1-11/12, Millenia Walk
Singapore 039596
Tel: 6338 8952, Fax: 6338 8582

The Gourmet Bakery

9 Raffles Place
#B1-05, Republic Plaza
Singapore 048619
Tel: 6534 5037

https://www.facebook.com/thegourmetbakerycafe

http://www.thegourmetgp.com

Paulaner Bräuhaus

I am quite lost when it comes to choosing a place to eat when in a shopping centre. I love keeping tabs on the restaurant and cafe scene, and most of the times, all the interesting restaurants that I want to try are located off the beaten track. Another reason why dining in a mall doesn’t catch my fancy is that the queues are horrendous! Come at 7pm on a Friday or a weekend and you’re almost guaranteed a half hour wait, which totally sux when you’re already famished.

Which was why I was rather apprehensive yesterday during a movie outing with several colleagues. We were supposed to watch Horrible Bosses at GV Marina and there was some vague idea of dining at Victoria Peak at the Suntec Convention Centre but no reservation was made. As expected, a last minute suggestion popped up, which was to go to Paulaner Brauhaus. It proved to be a pretty good suggestion because I haven’t been to Paulaners in like 6 years or something. I don’t know if my colleague enjoyed herself though, cuz she maintains a vegetarian diet on the 15th of every month…

Paulaner Brauhaus (2)

It was very crowded on the 1st floor, but almost empty on the 2nd floor (pictured above) which houses the restaurant. It seems hardly anyone knows that there is a restaurant section on the 2nd and 3rd floor! People! Paulaners serves proper meals upstairs, and not just bar food! The bar menu does have some meal sounding things, but go upstairs and you will get the full menu.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Light Lager

It was Sunday and from about 5-8pm they have a 1 for 1 drink. I ordered the 0.3litre light lager $13. With beer, I don’t know enough to describe the intricacies of the taste. I just know that I liked it and i finished about 1 and a half glasses.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Complimentary Bread

Generous amount of warm complimentary bread, with pate and butter. Our main dish arrived soon after so I was forced to discard the bread and attempt to conquer the main dish.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Meatpile

This is what I call the MEAT PILE. Ok they obviously called it a more refined German Platter, but seriously, I think MEAT PILE is a more apt description! When the 2 guys saw the amount of meat on the plate, their eyes glistened and the savage side of them emerged. Throughout the entire meal, they kept gushing about how happy they felt looking and devouring all the meat. And it is seriously a lot of meat. Each pax is charged $29.90 and you need a minimum of 2 pax. The amount here is a 2 pax order, but 2 guys and 1 girl could not finish all of this meat! I suppose if we hadn’t drunk the beer, the 3 of us might just have been able to conquer this.

Check out the knife waving in the background. Someone was going to spear me if I didn’t hurry up with the photo taking!

Meat pile close up

Here’s a close up of the meat pile. I liked the oozy cheese sausage at the bottom of the picture, and definitely the roast pork knuckle. You can choose to have boiled knuckle, but I say go for the roasted one (not that I’ve tried the boiled one but do I really need to advise you on this?). I didn’t like the meatloaf, it felt too smooth and processed, and totally unlike the NZ meatloaf I am familiar with that is chock full of detectable vegetable and meat bits. The sauerkraut was also so so, not pungent enough for me! When ordering this, just throw your diet out the window and just enjoy the crunchy roast pork knuckle fats. Think of it as collagen, good for the skin! Oh, mashed potato was served, but largely ignored for obvious reasons.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Pizza

My other colleague ordered this pizza for $17, the one on the vegetarian diet. But she only managed to finish 3 pieces. Definitely not the authentic Italian pizza that I like. The yellow bits are peaches or apricots, which is an interesting change. I wonder if this is a German version of pizza. Seriously I don’t know how she managed to sit through the entire meal watching us wolf down the meat pile.

Paulaner Brauhaus

All in all, it was a very fun meal. Meat pile coupled with beer tends to lower the inhibitions of others. I might actually order the roast pork knuckle on its own the next time and not have to share all the crispy bits with other crispy bit loving people.

Go on a Sunday evening to get 1 for 1 beers, and bring your Citibank or Amex card for 15% discount on food! And don’t forget to leave your diet at home!

Paulaner Brauhaus

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-01 Millenia Walk
039596 Singapore
+65 6883 2572
+65 6883 0702
Opening Hours
BAR:
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Sun-Thu: 12pm-1am ; Fri-Sat & Eve of P.H.: 12pm-2am
RESTAURANT:
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Dinner (Mon-Sun & P.H.): 6.30pm-10.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2.30pm

http://www.paulaner-brauhaus.com

Coffee Club Millenia Walk

May 22, 2010 @ 23:43

If I may say so, I don’t think there are enough cafes in Singapore. I don’t mind the chain cafes, except for Starbucks, but there are also so few chains to choose from.  Here are some pictures taken last week at Coffee Club Millenia Walk.

Tall Latte, milk at the bottom and coffee on top

My favourite drink at Coffee Club is the Ice Mocha Vanilla but I had a latte instead.

Checkered cookie to accompany the latte

The good thing about ordering coffees from Coffee Club and TCC is that they give you a tiny cookie for your efforts. Last Saturday’s cookie was not so tiny, and for once, really tasty! Checkered cookies must be hard to make too because of the layering involved. I hope this is not a one off cookie but something that I will be able to get the next time I go to Coffee Club.

Smoked salmon on caesar salad

Had this Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad for lunch. It was surprisingly very filling. The basket is totally edible since its made of hardened cheese. Very tasty

Coffee Club Sandwich with alfalfa sprouts

The Partner had a more substantial meal of Club Sandwich. It had a kind of Middle Eastern flavour which is a refreshing change. As you can see from the picture, the sandwich was chock full of alfalfa sprouts, which are very good for the body. I don’t normally order this sandwich for myself since its so humongous and hard to eat without smearing your face.

Coffee Club Sandwich with alfalfa sprouts

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