Posts Tagged ‘East Coast Road’

Strong Flour–Super delicious hand-made fresh pasta that gave me sleepless nights

It’s relatively easy to get good pasta these days. Just walk into an authentic Italian restaurant, and you’re quite likely to be able to get a good meal there for a reasonable price of about 20 dollars or so per pasta dish.

So when I tell you that I recently found an amazing restaurant serving great pasta, it means that this place really stands out from the crowd! It’s this place called Strong Flour, which opened in March 2017. It’s a small little cafe/restaurant at Katong V Mall, opened by the same people that run Group Therapy Cafe and Scoop Therapy, also located in the same mall.

Strong Flour - Making Pasta by Hand

So what’s so mind-blowing about the pasta? First up, they make all their pasta by hand. You can actually see them churning out the pasta using a hand-cranked pasta machine at the open kitchen next to the entrance. So not only is fresh pasta made by hand, it’s made just a short while prior to cooking. If you’ve only ever eaten dried pasta all your life, you need to try fresh pasta. The bite, and the flavour is just sensational. It’s why the Italians just need a few simple ingredients to adorn the pasta, because seriously with fresh pasta, you could almost eat it on its own.

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The Chop House (I12 Katong)

Finally blogging about the last tasting session that I went for prior to popping! I’d been to the 1st Chop House at Vivocity and I was looking forward to the same meat fest at the new Katong outlet to load up on my iron levels. The Chop House is renown for its generous meat dishes, which is not surprising since it is owned by the same people who own Wooloomooloo at Raffles City.

However the restaurant was keen to showcase its new or lesser known dishes, which turned out to be a good thing because they have some gems that are really worth highlighting to you guys out there. With a name like The Chop House, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that they specialise in meats, which they do, but they also have numerous “cafe” dishes as well.

The Chop House - Churros $6

For one, if you’ve been trying to find the best churros in Singapore, you might just want to pop by The Chop House. At $6 for 6 pieces of crispy on the outside and slightly under-baked on the inside to give a somewhat creamy texture, this must surely be one of the most value-for-money churros around. Also comes with a generous portion of chocolate or creme anglaise sauce.

The Chop House - Aussie Burger $24

This beautiful well done Aussie Burger $26++ would also be a recommendation of mine. Any burger with a sunny side up is a winner in my opinion! Plus the sweet onion jam and beet root added extra moisture and sweetness to the burger which I liked very much. Just don’t order it well done like I did, which I had to since I was pregnant. Medium-well should suffice for burgers.

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Oh Deli (Cafe) at East Coast Road

Oh Deli is one of those places I simply have to recommend as it seems to be off the radar of most cafe hoppers, even though the food served is really value for money. The reason it is off the radar is because Oh Deli has been around for years. It’s not one of those new cafes that have popped up in recent times that people keep instagramming about. In fact, the 1st and foremost business, as the name suggests, is the deli business.

As the story goes, a bunch of sisters, having lived in Australia for a number of years, found good meats to be lacking in Singapore, and hence started this business. It was probably in recent times (more than a year back), that Oh Deli ventured into the cafe business. And because they have the adjoining meat business, the cafe boasts a really value for money menu. You will find that the sandwiches and brunch items are very generously laden with ingredients, and reasonably priced, if not cheaper than usual. In fact, I almost hope that this remains a secret, because as it is, they have already increased their pricing slightly this year as compared to last, although the pricing still remains very attractive.

Oh Deli - Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7 (1)

 Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7

Check out this power packed chicken sandwich filled with chicken slices, avocadoes, bacon slices and lettuce on a multi grain bread. Only $7. Where can you beat that? We almost fell off our chairs when this mountainous pile arrived!

Oh Deli - Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

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Lower East Side Taqueria

Lower East Side Taqueria (4)

Who you looking at?

It has been a while since we last visited the Katong area so we decided to walk around to find somewhere interesting to dine for lunch. Quite a number of interesting eateries have sprouted up in the Katong area, so if you’re game for something new, you can just walk along East Coast Road and pick something you like. Many of the new restaurants have funky decor or funky names like Rabbit Carrot Gun!

Lower East Side Taqueria (3)

When we went past Lower East Side Taqueria, we just could not resist dining here. Lower East Side is opened by the same people from Spathe. If you recall, this place used to be occupied by the restaurant Kashmir. Love the bright bold colours which instantly makes you feel happy. And there’s definitely no lack of chairs I can tell, they can just pluck some from the ceiling if they’re running low. It’s a non-air-conditioned restaurant btw.

Lower East Side Taqueria - Elote aka Grilled Sweet Corn, Paprika, Garlic Butter $6 (6)

Elote – Grilled Sweet Corn, Paprika, Garlic Butter $6

Lower East Side Taqueria specialises in Mexican cuisine, so you can find Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas here. I really couldn’t resist ordering this corn on the cob. I always prefer to order corn nibblets so that I can shovel the good stuff into my mouth without having to slowly nibble my way through. But still, the taste was worth the effort because the corn had this amazing buttery and grilled flavour it was just mouth watering!

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Penny University Revisited

Penny University

I hardly visit cafes at night, mainly because not that many are open till late at night. Penny University was one such exception during the long Hari Raya National Day 4 day weekend, which was great. This picture, obviously taken on another occasion, is how Penny University looks like from across the road.

Penny University (4)

Unlike the 1st visit to Penny University during the day, this time round, all the cakes available were on display. I can’t imagine why anyone would not want to show off their luscious cakes, and wait for people to ask if there’s more. What I can say is, with the visual appeal, half the battle is won! It is extremely hard to walk past any cake display cabinet, without seriously considering ordering something! Especially if the cakes and goodies have interesting names, such as Millionaire’s shortbread!

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