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Awfully Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Awfully Chocolate is a household name when it comes to chocolate cakes. They started out as a hole in the wall shop in Katong Mall, retailing just 3 flavours of chocolate cakes. Sales boomed like mad, probably because the chocolate cakes on offer at Awfully Chocolate were more cake than cream, unlike its counterparts in the market at that time.

Fast forward to today and the Awfully Chocolate Group has expanded into an awfully lot of F&B areas, ranging from small cafes like the one I’m going to review in this post, to full brunch and dinner places like Nine Thirty (previously known as Mooshi Bakes) to even an old-school coffeeshop styled coffee shop called Sinpopo Brand. I really didn’t like Sinpopo Brand when I tried it a couple of months back, but when I walked past Sinpopo yesterday on a Saturday night, it was packed to the gills. I’ve been tracking the growth of Awfully Chocolate over the years because many of their concepts are situated at Joo Chiat and I live near there. It’s no wonder Lynn Lee, the owner of Awfully Chocolate is dubbed the queen of Joo Chiat!

Anyway, I was kindly invited by Awfully Chocolate to try out their new Afternoon Tea set that they had just rolled out. The tasting was to be held at the Awfully Chocolate Greenwich V branch in Seletar. A cross country travel for me to be frank, but I am familiar with Greenwich V Mall after having participated in an amazing race kind of contest there last year. It’s really a quiet and relaxed mall far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially since it’s mostly landed property nearby. My colleague who lives in Sengkang likes to visit Greenwich V every other weekend or so just to chill. I must admit the bus ride to Greenwich V, although tiring, was interesting because it let me experience a part of Singapore that looks a little set back in time.

Awfully Chocolate Cafe at Seletar Greenwich V (2)

Welcome to Greenwich V, a chill out mall in Seletar! Awfully Chocolate is on the upper level of the mall.Awfully Chocolate  Afternoon Tea Set (2)

This is the tea set, which includes a choice of house coffee or artisanal teas, as well as a selection of savoury and sweet bites. Also includes scones pictured below. $20 for 1 pax or $36 for 2 pax. This set shown here is the serving for 2 pax.

Awfully Chocolate  Afternoon Tea Set (4)

The skewer is of frozen lychees and a small square of the famous Awfully Chocolate chocolate truffle. You are supposed to dip it into the cup of chocolate sauce. I didn’t though because it was serious chocolate overload for me by the time I reached the frozen lychee skewer. This set pictured here is the serving for 1 pax.

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Greenwich V

*Media Invite*

If you have been following my blog, by now you should have known about the newest mall in Singapore, the Greenwich V. It is a small little mall, only 2 storeys high, located in the Seletar / Jalan Kayu area. About half of the establishments are eateries while the other half comprises the “daily living” type of stores such as Laundromat, supermarket, video rental and even an English language school. BTW, Greenwich is pronounced as GREN – NICH, same as the Greenwich of Greenwich Mean Time.

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When I first learnt of the existence of Greenwich V, and this was before any official media invite, my immediate reaction was “What a quaint little mall”! I want to get a condo apartment right above Greenwich V!!!! I was so attracted to it that the next day, which was Chinese New Year DAY ONE(!!), I took my parents to Greenwich V for a cup of tea and cakes at Toastbox! I even grabbed a brochure on the condo, but sanity prevailed eventually as Greenwich V is just way too far from my parents place in the Eastern part of Singapore.

Surprise surprise, a few weeks later Greenwich V “came to me” via an OMY blogger’s invite to check out Greenwich V via an Amazing Race style competition. 15 bloggers were selected for the competition, and divided into 3 groups. I was part of the Urban Team, along with bloggers Jesslyn, Grace, Melvin and Hazel, with Janet from OMY to ensure that we did not cheat (as if we would ever…).

The Urban Team! The Urban Team : Grace, Hazel, Jesslyn, Myself and Melvin!

Our task was to guess the answers to 10 questions, which would then lead us to 10 respective Greenwich V outlets. We would then have to complete the challenge by either Eating, Learning or Doing. It really was a great way to learn more about the mall even if we had to rush rush and rush!

These were the outlets we visited:-

1st – Empire State

2nd – Cinta Manis

3rd – Hockhua Tonic

4th – Mai Thai Restaurant

5th – Paradise Inn

6th – Berrylite

7th – VideoEzy

8th – Toastbox

9th – Cedele

10th – Rosabelle Launderette

11th – Phoenix Medical Group

For my reviews on Mai Thai Restaurant, Paradise Inn and ToastBox, click on the respective links. You can also read more about the other outlets, which my team members have written about here. Or you can check out Greenwich V’s Facebook and Website. Check out our crazy Amazing Race day video on Youtube!

Alas, we didn’t manage to win the Amazing Bloggers Race competition. I thought the photos we submitted were of top quality (click on Urban Team!). Oh well, next time then. To my fellow Urban team members, we did our best and we have no regrets!!!

* Thanks Far East Organization / Greenwich V and OMY for the wonderful afternoon and great hospitality!

ToastBox at Greenwich V

ToastBox was another outlet us bloggers visited as part of the Greenwich V / OMY.SG Amazing Blogger Race competition. It’s no secret that I like patronising ToastBox. I’ve blogged about ToastBox on three separate occasions, read it here, here and here. I really like the Victorian, old school decor. The teh is pretty good and the tea cakes are so cute and affordable!

ToastBox at Greenwich V flanks the main entrance. You won’t miss it at all when walking or driving in. For our Bloggers Amazing Race challenge, we got to sample the Peanut Thick Toast as well as Chicken and Potato curry.

ToastBox at Greenwich V (2)

ToastBox serves hot meals so it’s not just a place for a snack, it’s also an option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ToastBox at Greenwich V (3)

They are pretty generous with the Peanut butter.

Butter Sugar Thick Toast at ToastBox

But this is my ultimate favourite at ToastBox. The Butter Sugar Thick Toast. Generous amounts of butter slathered onto hot fluffy toast, with sprinklings of sugar. It is SO GOOD. Trust me, not many places spread the butter so evenly for you. This is the best place to have butter sugar toast.

ToastBox at Greenwich V

Hazel of Ai Makan having a good time preparing our meal.

Read more of my reviews of Greenwich V outlets here. Or read what other bloggers have to say about Greenwich V.

Mai Thai Restaurant at Greenwich V

Another lovely restaurant we visited during our Amazing Blogger Race through Greenwich V was the Mai Thai Restaurant. Unlike Paradise Inn which I have been before and familiar with, this was the 1st time that I had heard of Mai Thai Restaurant.

It was soothing to enter the bright and cheery restaurant, and greeted with customary Thai hospitality. Apparently, the restaurant’s motto is “Prioritizing Service over Food”. Sounds odd at first, but it goes to show the amount of confidence they have in the quality of their food that they wish to also highlight service as a priority.

Similar to Paradise Inn, Mai Thai at Greenwich V also boasts floor to ceiling glass walls, or should I call it windows, which lets in sunlight, allowing the food to appear even more attractive and palatable under the natural lighting.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Decorative Piece

Check out this huge decorative piece or what you may call it. Stunningly pretty to look at, photo doesn’t do justice.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Prawn Cake (2)

Prawn Cake / Tod Mun Goong (5 pieces for $12) – Deep fried prawn patty with plum sauce. Enjoyed the prawn cake very much. It was piping hot and crisp on the outside. There was a lot of prawn in the prawn cake, which is good cuz some places like to fool you by giving more fillers instead. The sweet sour plum sauce was a great accompaniment to the prawn cake and on the whole, whetted my appetite even though I’d already eaten a lot at the previous restaurant!

Mai Thai Restaurant - Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yam Soup/ Tom Yam Goong $16.50 – Classic Thai spicy & sour soup with prawns and mushrooms. I can’t take overly spicy food and this spicy Tom Yam soup literally changed my definition of how spicy a soup can be! Beware, don’t take large gulps at one go no matter how appetising it may look! After using the Thai Iced Tea to cool down my tongue, I managed to cut through the spiciness and appreciated the freshness of the ingredients. The soup is very clean tasting and the ingredients such as prawns and mushrooms still retain a good bite. Also loved the tomatoes which added a nice tangy zing to the soup.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Basil Chicken (2)

Basil Chicken / Ka Pao Gai $15.50 – Stir-Fried minced chicken with Thai chili paste, basil leaves & onions. Another spicy dish so beware. The chicken was fragrant and tender. A good dish to order with rice.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Beef Panaeng (3)

Mai Thai Beef Panaeng / Panaeng Nuea $18 – Beef shin in rich red “Panaeng” curry of coconut milk and enhanced with herbs. I was surprised by how tender the beef was. I ate one whole piece by myself even though I was practically bursting. The curry was rich and flavourful. Interestingly, this curry dish wasn’t as spicy as the Tom Yam Soup or the Basil Chicken.

Mai Thai Restaurant - Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea $3.50 – And a very refreshing large glass of Thai Iced Tea to wash down all the spiciness. They also have a Thai Iced Coffee, which I’d originally wanted to order to give me extra energy, but it was sold out.

All too soon, we had to bid adieu to Mai Thai (yes we spent a grand total of 20 minutes there!) in our quest to finish the Greenwich V Amazing Blogger’s Race. Hope to be able to visit Mai Thai again soon. Easties and Westies can rejoice for Mai Thai is also located at Telok Kurau as well as Chip Bee Gardens.

Mai Thai Restaurant - The Urban Group YEAH!

Read about my visit to Paradise Inn at Greenwich V, as part of the Amazing Bloggers Race.

Mai Thai Restaurant

#02-03 Greenwich V

1, Seletar Road Singapore 807011

Tel: 6752 3688 / 6752 4688

Website http://www.maithai.com.sg/       Email: info@maithai.com.sg

Lunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Other Outlets

Holland V Branch
Blk 44 Jalan Merah Saga

#01-58 Chip Bee Gardens Singapore 278116

Phone: +65 6474-3108    Fax: +65 6474-3100

Telok Kurau Branch

402 East Coast Road

Singapore 428997

Phone: +65 6344-0118    Fax: +65 6346-0616

Paradise Inn at Greenwich V

*Media Invite*

I had the most amazing time at the newly opened Greenwich Village in the Seletar area last Saturday. Remember that I mentioned being attracted to the quiet yet relaxing looking Greenwich V during the Chinese New Year period? As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to visit Greenwich Village again as part of a Bloggers event organised by OMY.

Us bloggers were divided into 3 teams and tasked to visit TEN eateries/shops in the span of 2.5 hrs. It was an “Amazing Race” Blogger style! Paradise Inn was one of the pit stops, and I was glad to be able to glide into the sereneness of Paradise Inn to escape the excitement going on outside. We only tried out several signature dishes as we had other places to visit. It was a pity we only had 20 minutes to wolf down the food because I sure would have loved to spend more time here!

Paradise Inn (3)

                           Love the decor at Pardise Inn, especially the lamp shades!

Paradise Inn - Fried rice with prawns and roe (2)

Fried rice with diced prawns and fish roe. The fried rice was palatable and didn’t taste oily at all. The striking orangey red eggs dotted all over the rice made the dish look so appetising. The prawns were pretty succulent. Wish there were more egg though (the chicken ones).

Paradise Inn - Salted Egg yolk Prawns

One of my favourite Chinese restaurant dishes of all time, Prawns covered with Salted Egg Yolk! So sinful but OH SO GOOD. When the salty goodness of the salted egg lands on your tongue, time is suspended and you feel a sudden rush of high as the egg and prawn suddenly melts in your mouth and disappears way too quickly down your throat.

Paradise Inn - Fried rice with prawns and a piece of salted egg yolk prawn

I had time to try the Salted Egg Prawns with the Fried Rice and it was a good combination!

Paradise Inn - sweet and sour chicken

Can’t remember the name of this dish but I recall someone mentioning that this was an interesting take on the sweet and sour pork but using chicken instead, specifically chicken wings. The sweet caramelised flavour was tasty and the addition of the curry leaves was a nice touch. I did find the dish to be too oily but those who love chicken wings would appreciate this dish more.

Paradise Inn - veggies

Stir fried veggies with lots of garlic. After the more hearty dishes, I was glad to be able to down a few greens. The vegetables were deliciously flavourful and had a firm bite. Another good dish to order to go with the fried rice.

Paradise Inn (2) Paradise Inn 

…… And that’s all folks! Yes gobbled these all up within 20 minutes in order to get to the next shop on time! You can read all about our Greenwich V Amazing Bloggers Race at http://blog.omy.sg/greenwich-v/our-greenwich-v-experience/

 

Paradise Inn Greenwiwch V

#02-05/06

Tel : 64811513

http://www.paradisegroup.com.sg

Paradise Group Facebook

Other Paradise Inn Outlets: –
Paradise Inn at Funan DigitaLife Mall
Paradise Inn at West Coast Plaza
Paradise Inn at City Square Mall
Paradise Inn at 313@somerset
Paradise Inn at East Point Mall
Paradise Inn at Thomson Plaza
Paradise Inn at Changi Airport T1
Paradise Inn at nex @ Serangoon Central
Paradise Inn at Marina Bay Link Mall
Paradise Inn at Bedok Point

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