Posts Tagged ‘Fish & Chips’

Oriole Cafe & Bar revisited

When it comes to thinking of great places to go for dinner, Orchard Road hardly comes up tops in my mind. Of course there are some good restaurants around this area, (my favourite being Lawrie’s Prime Rib Restaurant) but you have to wade through a sea of generic restaurant chains to get to the gems. I’d rather go to the Club Street area or Robertson Quay for a restaurant with more “character”.

But of course, it’s a totally different story if you’ve just traipsed through the whole of Orchard Road for the last 5 hours. Then the last thing you want is to have to travel somewhere else for dinner! That’s when I go for my fool proof option, Oriole Cafe & Bar. Technically speaking, it’s address is listed as being located at the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, but it is right next to 313 Somerset shopping mall, and more importantly, Oriole Cafe & Bar is located a few paces from the Somerset MRT underpass, which will mean less walking and a quicker rendezvous with the bed who misses you.

For a location such as this, the menu is surprisingly affordable, especially if you were to compare this with places like say P.S Cafe or Wild Honey nearby? This is what we had for dinner a couple of Mondays ago.

Oriole Cafe Bar - Fish and Chips (Battered snapper fillets, hand-cut chips, tartare sauce or malt vinegar) $19 (2)

Fish and Chips (Battered snapper fillets, hand-cut chips, tartare sauce or malt vinegar) $19

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District 10 Bar & Restaurant

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District 10

Do you like going to the Robertson Quay area? Aside from the fact that it is somewhat inaccessible by public transport, I love going to Robertson Quay. It has a different vibe to it, and every trip there always makes me feel as if I could be in another street in some other country. There are many restaurants in Robertson Quay but most of them tend to be on the pricier side. There are of course value for money restaurants if you know where to look and District 10 Bar & Restaurant is one such place. I can imagine that just by looking at the decor, you would would expect this to be one of those pricier restaurants, but the great news is that District 10 is surprisingly affordable!

Parking is a breeze here because there is a humongous car park at UE Square, or if you’re lucky you can also snag a parallel parking slot by the side of the road. We were there on a Saturday at 12 noon, which means that the weekend brunch menu as well as lunch menu are both available. I like it that lunch dishes are also available because there’s really only so many eggs benedict you can eat on a weekend these days now that so many cafes have lined the streets of Singapore.

Pandan-Coconut Pancake with Gula Melaka Syrup  $9   (3)

Pandan-Coconut Pancake with Gula Melaka Syrup  $9

We started off with this pancake dish. I must admit the green colour takes some getting used to, and just based on the name, it feels as if you are eating dessert. But make no mistake, this is a breakfast dish. and a pretty good one I might add. The pancakes are thicker than normal, and doesn’t disintegrate so easily when put in the mouth. I actually like that more than the normal thin pancakes. Must try this if you don’t know what to order!

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Jewel Cafe & Bar

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Any fans of Jewel Cafe along Shenton Way out there? Did you know that Jewel Cafe have opened a second branch in Rangoon Road and now serve full-fledged hot meals? I guess Jewel Cafe will always be known for its coffee, thanks to the brightly lit COFFEE sign that greets anyone who drives along Shenton Way. It’s kind of subliminal messaging, in a not so subliminal way huh. Unfortunately, parking is a PAIN in Shenton Way, so hooray that they now have this new outlet!

Jewel Cafe & Bar - Onion Soup $8

Onion Soup $8

I haven’t really been on the look out for onion soup whenever I eat out because I don’t normally order soups to begin with. However, my mother was feeling a little under the weather so I thought a nice soupy thing might just be up her alley. When the soup arrived, I was instantly reminded of the fantabulous onion soup I had at the famed Angelina in Versailles in France! Similar to Angelina, Jewel Cafe had a luscious layer of mozzarella cheese covering the soup and keeping the heat in. Under the cheesy goodness was another layer of bread pieces, to soak up the onion soup and to act as the carbo. And of course, underneath the bread was the delectable and piping hot onion soup with shreds and shreds of sweet tasting onions.

How I wish I’d ordered one for myself too but I was forced to relegate the onion soup to my mother after 3 mouthfuls. Return, I must, to Jewel Cafe to try the onion soup, and you can bet your top dollar that I ain’t sharing.

Jewel Cafe & Bar - Eggs Royale $14 (2)

Eggs Royale $14

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Au Chocolat Bistro

As promised, here is part 2 of the Au Chocolat write-up. I visited Au Chocolat a total of THREE times in the span of 1 week, BEAT THAT!!!

The first time I was there, I was there with my BFF2012 to recce if Au Chocolat would be a nice location for my pre-wedding shoot. It was a pretty easy and unanimous decision that the whimsical and quaint look of Au Chocolat would be just perfect for chocolate loving me. A food blogger having her pre-wedding photos taken in a restaurant, not a bad idea right? We were there at 4pm to recce the place, and after perusing the menu, I was so famished that I ordered dinner! Ok fine, I had a very light lunch, and I had a Spa session which would end only after 8, so it was a good time for dinner.

The 2nd time I was at Au Chocolat was with The Partner and a whole contingent of photographers and makeup artist! The staff at Au Chocolat were so sweet (a pun?) they just made our day by being so helpful throughout our shoot. I’m glad I didn’t scare off any customers. They looked more amused and curious than annoyed. And in fact, the number of passers-by that did a double take, some even retreating their steps to get a better look at us, it made me feel like a model, aww!! It must be the wedding dresses I wore, plus the entourage!

The 3rd time at Au Chocolat was with The Partner again, after a quick visit to the Harry Potter Exhibition. This time I got to eat a proper dinner, although I had to rush off for the F1 after that. While eating, lo and behold, another friend walked into the restaurant! The same friend who I mentioned Au Chocolat to, and couldn’t wait to come and try it out too!

Au Chocolat is definitely a must visit when you are at Marina Bay Sands. Even if you don’t dine there, it’s worth taking a look. The sweet shop is enough to make you wanna open up your purse or wallet. Hey, that’s what happened to my make-up artist, who ended up buying some cute sweets for her son!

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Au chocolat - Croque Monsieur $16 - Sliced ham & aged gruyere cheese between 2 slices of crusty bread, coated with creamy bechamel grilled (2)

Croque Monsieur $16 – Sliced ham & aged gruyere cheese between 2 slices of crusty bread, coated with creamy bechamel grilled

Before I begin on sandwich, I have to tell you that Au Chocolat’s fries are fantastic! Really crispy on the outside, and having fluffy insides. It was a pleasure to eat every single one of them. And they arrived piping hot and crisp on all the occasions that I ordered them.

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Molly Roffey’s Irish Pub

Hands up how many of you out there think of Pubs as a place to merely have a drink? Did you know that they can be good places to get good meal too? I recently checked out Molly Roffey, an Irish Pub chain with 3 pubs. The one I visited was in Bras Basah while the other 2 are in Market Street and another upcoming location. This wasn’t the 1st time I’d been to Molly Roffey. In fact, I’d been once before roughly one year ago, for dinner. Never got round to blogging about it so I’m quite happy for a second opportunity!

Even though I’ve been to several Irish Pubs in Singapore over the years, I still found it quite amazing to be served proper restaurant food with nice cutlery. The dishes served didn’t look like what you would expect of “Pub Grub”. And best of all, the prices are really reasonable!

Molly Roffey - Chicken Caesar Salad- $9.80

Chicken Caesar Salad- $9.80

Tasty. Lettuce was very crisp and the salad had just enough dressing not to be an over kill.

Molly Roffey -Irish Salad with Packham Pear- $11.80

Irish Salad with Packham Pear- $11.80

This was a very interesting salad. You have to try the blue cheese on top of the sweet pear!

Molly Roffey -  Mushroom Medley Pizza- $13.80

 Mushroom Medley Pizza- $13.80

This was very very very very delicious! I really wasn’t expecting to find such a delicious tasting pizza here because I normally only like pizzas from authentic Italian restaurants! This pizza had a rather crispy base, but not as crispy as that of Skinny Pizza. The toppings were the highlight. I don’t know what went into the mushroom medley, but it tasted so fragrant and heavenly. I will definitely order this when I’m back at Molly Roffey again! This is a MUST ORDER guys!

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