Posts Tagged ‘Bukit Timah’

FiSK Seafoodbar & Market–The place to get your fill of Norwegian seafood

Was recently invited to attend a Norwegian seafood dinner organised by the Norwegian Seafood Council, held at the newly opened FiSK Seafoodbar & Market. I’ve always had an extra keen interest on things related to Norway simply because years ago, I used to work for a shipping company with strong Norwegian links. And I’ve also been to Norway, most expensive trip of my life so far, even though air tickets were only $400 on Qatar Airways. Yes.

When the Norwegian Seafood Council invites you to a seafood dinner, you’d be an idiot to say no. Because you know that the seafood that they are going to serve is going to be one of the best and freshest you can possibly get in Singapore. I mean or else why host a dinner right? But not just that, if the venue is at the restaurant whose owner, Frank Næsheim, is also in the business of importing Norwegian seafood into Singapore (Snorre Food), you make sure to cancel all other appointments on that day specially to attend this dinner. No-brainer right?

Fisk Seafoodbar & Market

Apparently Norway is a very good place for seafood to grow. Because of the ice-cold and crystal clear waters, all Norwegian seafood grows slowly and develops a taste and texture that is sought after by chefs and connoisseurs. The story does make sense, because why do people live in such harshly cold conditions, if not for the fact that they can obtain a good product from the land, or sea in this case?

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Kara Cafe and Dessert Bar – Sogurt has grown into a full-fledged cafe!

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Foodies will be familiar with the popular yoghurt brand Sogurt, one of the first few players in the froyo market. After 7 years in the market, Sogurt has decided to rebrand its very first store in Bukit Timah from just a Froyo shop into a full-fledged cafe serving hot food and healthy eats. Owner Lee Li Ping recognises that the F&B scene changes rapidly, and that “it’s important to keep up with the latest trends or be left behind”. Tell me about it, even the social media scene has changed as compared to the days when I first started blogging. Time really waits for no man.

The new menu does indeed comprise of a substantial number of healthy dishes such as hearty soups, grain bowls and salads. But there are also comfort food dishes and sweet treats, because let’s be frank, what’s the point of eating out if you can’t indulge just a little bit? The signature self-served froyo bar is still available, for loyal fans who might miss it if it were gone. It now includes soft ice-cream flavours as well.

Scroll down to see some of the dishes from the newly revamped menu.

Toasties and Snacks

Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar - Classic Grilled Cheese $10 (2)

Classic Grilled Cheese $10 – Cheese lovers will love this sourdough sandwich which is literally oozing with cheese. Good idea to include the sweet pickle relish, to help taper down the cheesiness.

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Assembly Coffee 2016–Closed

It’s been 2 years since Assembly Coffee opened at Evans Road. How time flies! I remember I was so happy to have a 3rd wave cafe opening near my work place, and since then, Singapore has been inundated, with cafes galore. What a difference 2 years makes.

Despite my love for coffee, I’m not one of those who needs a fix every day. I don’t get a buzz from drinking coffee, and I can have it even at night. It’s more of the idea of relaxing over a cup of beverage that perks me up, so I’ve only visited Assembly Coffee once in a while, when my colleagues have time during lunch to sit down for a cuppa, which is not all that often. I actually dislike doing takeaways as it just defeats the purpose for me.

Anyway, last weekend I was back in the office to do some clearing up and decided to indulge a bit by getting their waffles. Assembly Coffee is not just known for its coffee, they do a mean waffle too. There are currently 5 waffle options on the menu and the 3 of us decided to share the mixed berry compote with vanilla ice cream one.

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles (1)

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles $12.50

I must say the 3 of us unanimously agreed that the waffle was fantastic. The waffle was crispy on the outside, but still fluffy on the inside. We don’t really like waffles that are just crispy throughout, then it feels like we’re just eating crust or something. The generous dollop of vanilla ice cream and mixed berries went really well with the waffle, softening the crispy exterior. Being the sweet toothed me, I wouldn’t mind if it were just a little bit sweeter though. Even the taste of the waffle itself was slightly different from the more one dimensional versions that you get from average cafes. I guess it’s the buttermilk at work.

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles (2)

Another waffle picture just for the fun of it. Scroll down if you want to see Assembly Coffee’s 2016 menu.

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WildFire Kitchen + Bar

Visited Wildfire Kitchen + Bar back in February when they first opened (and again yesterday). Although it is a skip and a hop away from my office, my colleagues had till then not been too keen to check it out because firstly, not everyone likes burgers, and secondly, spending twenty bucks on lunch is not everyone’s cup of tea either.

But, it was my birthday so everyone gamely trooped there to check it out. Although there are quite a number of staff milling around, WildFire is a self-service restaurant, meaning, you have to place and collect your orders at the counter. Don’t be shy to plonk your butt down at the nearest available table, seating is self-service too.

WildFire Kitchen and Bar

Burgers are Wildfire’s speciality. There are a total of 12 burgers to choose from, in addition to 2 hot dog types, as well as fish and chips, and hanger steak. When they first opened in February, there were 7 types of steaks to choose from, but I guess they were removed from the menu because most people know Wildfire as a gourmet burger outlet. It’s not hard to see why, as the beef patties used are 100% beef patties, as opposed to having cheap fillers in them.

Wildfire Kitchen   Bar Chili Con Carne $19 and Umami $17

Chili Con Carne $19 and Umami $17

All burgers are cooked to chef’s recommended doneness, unless otherwise requested. This usually means a doneness of medium rare. However, during my first visit, most of my colleagues complained that the patties were overdone and too dry. The running joke for that day was that the burgers were done very well… However, yesterday, when I was there with the Partner, who is very experienced in burger eating for obvious reasons, his lamb burger was quite rare. We had to have it exchanged and the 2nd one came back perfect. My classic 001 was medium rare to rare, so it was okay for me.

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Blu Kouzina–Greek food in Singapore

There are a precious few Greek restaurants in Singapore. The last I counted, there were only TWO. One is Blu Kouzina, of which is the focus of this article, the other being Myconos on the Bay at Quayside Isle, Sentosa.

I’ve always wondered why is it that we have such a proliferation of Italian restaurants in Singapore, and French restaurants as well, but not Greek? Can there be that many Italians in Singapore or is it a simple case of pizza and pastas being easily received by the general public, largely helped along by American TV programmes? The thing with Greek food is that it is probably very palatable to the Asian palate, as Greek food emphasises fresh ingredients cooked in a simple and light way. Because Greek food is not often smothered in thick sauces, freshness of ingredients is key.  Perhaps that’s the reason why so few Greek restaurants have managed to stay afloat in a country that has precious few farms providing fresh produce that is demanded of Greek cooking.

Anyway, it was my father’s big birthday, and I had spent the entire week thinking of somewhere unique enough to hold a birthday celebration for a person who does not eat meat! I went through a gazillion fine dining restaurants, but because menu choices are limited at such places, and I couldn’t run the risk of not having fish and prawn dishes for my father to choose from, it was decided that Blu Kouzina would be the birthday venue. It’s quite certain that none of us had tried Greek cuisine in Singapore before.

Blu Kouzina (4)

Menu is not cheap though. Appetisers are mostly above $15, meats are $20 and above and seafood $30 and above, in general. But the food here is REALLY GOOD.

Blu Kouzina - Spanakopita - Phylo pastry filled with spinach, feta cheese and herbs - $14 (3)

Spanakopita cut in halves

Spanakopita – Phylo pastry filled with spinach, feta cheese and herbs – $14

For some reason, I just knew I would love this dish when I saw it on the menu. Piping hot filo pastry filled with slightly creamy spinach. The filo was as crisp as can be and the buttery taste went really well with the fillings. SO GOOOOOD. If it wasn’t so expensive, we would really have liked to have a second serving of this.

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