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Miam Miam

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Miam Miam, a French-Japanese fine casual café kitchen, is a labour of love by globetrotting friends with a passion for food. Marrying French techniques with Japanese inspired flavours and ideologies, the team at Miam Miam is engineered to deliver a consistently excellent experience. The kitchen at Miam Miam subscribes to the Japanese ideologies of kaizen and kanban in its food and preparation practices. Kaizen refers to the practice of continuous improvement and kanban of a scheduling system that ensures lean and just-in-time production.

Miam Miam - Perfectly engineered

They’re not lying when they tell you that everything is “engineered to perfection”.  For example, each portion of raw pasta measures exactly 110g. The pasta is cooked for exactly 7.5 minutes to achieve the perfect bite, aka pasta that is al dente. And in order to achieve the freshness that they so desire, everything is made to order. So…. be prepared to wait a little longer than what you would be used to for other restaurants!

Miam Miam - Hot Matcha Latte $6 (2)

 Hot Matcha Latte $6

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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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Vineyard @ HortPark – Part 2

As I was saying, my friend and I had a lovely time dining at Vineyard. I called a few days earlier to make reservations and was told that the indoor seating was fully taken! We had to sit at the Patio, but I have no regrets about that since that gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sunset as well as be out in the open. There weren’t any fans or anything, but since it was night, it wasn’t hot at all.

Unfortunately, the dumb thing about sitting outside is that while I got some really good fotos of the sunset, it was pitch dark by the time my mains arrived! Pictures tagged with 365days2play are mine, the rest of the photos are courtesy of Vineyard.

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Make sure you come before it’s dark so that you can walk around for a bit and take photos!

See pictures of sunset at HortPark

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I love these rocking chairs! Different view, different seating! The tables are a little low for the rocking chairs, but that’s the price to pay if you want to sit outside. The kids at the next table sure loved it. Speaking of kids, Vineyard does have a kids play area behind the restaurant.

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Snap snap snap, just can’t resist when you’re in such nice surroundings.

Vineyard @ HortPark - Mushroom Soup

Forest Mushroom Soup $10 – It has a very strong smell, almost pungent even. Luckily taste wise, the soup was pretty good and full of mushroom flavour.

Vineyard @ HortPark - Prawn cakes

Lemongrass Prawncakes with Green Papaya Salad $12 – 4 prawncakes. They looked really delicious when served, and I love the crispy exterior. However, I felt the prawn cakes were kind of lacking in prawn flavour. Felt as if the prawn cakes had more flour filler than prawn.

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The interior of Vineyard, a totally different vibe as compared to sitting out at the Patio

~~ Photos below are from Vineyard ~~

Oven Roasted Game Hen, Roasted Potatos, Rosemary Gravy

Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hen, Roasted Potatoes, Rosemary Gravy $26 – You get 2 pieces of meat (1 thigh and one breast meat). Game hen is obviously tougher than the usual type of chicken, but has more flavour. I am very fussy with chicken and I don’t eat breast meat, so I only enjoyed half the meal. The thigh was delicious and bursting with flavour, wish it wasn’t so small! My friend helped me to polish off the breast meat.

From the picture above, you can see 2 bones sticking out, which is why the staff also mistakenly told me that 2 thighs were served, when in fact it is only 1.

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Wild Picked mushrooms with australian aged brie & Smoked Bacon $20 – We ordered this pizza, believe that’s the one right at the back of the photo. Surprisingly, we loved the pizza! Having tried really good Italian pizzas in Singapore, I’ve come to conclude that one can only get good pizza at a good Italian restaurant. I’m glad to report, Vineyard’s pizza is pretty good too! Loved the floppy and moist texture of the pizza. Loved the toppings and the smoked bacon! Definitely a must order!

Chef's Selection of Cheese Board, Crackers, Balsamic Reduction, Dried Fruits-tile Pizza Group Shot-horz New Zealand Fresh Mussels in Bianco Broth, Basil Coulis-horz Oven Roasted Wild Snapper with Seasonal Vegetables, Lemon Caper Noisette-horz Brunch Shot-tile

Those pancakes look decadent!!

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There’s a little play area for the kids at the back of the restaurant

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Looks posh, but Vineyard doesn’t impose a dress code.

More information on Vineyard

Vineyard is inspired and has been designed around the location and aims to suit many different customer groups, catering to parkgoers, execs and the more typical diners via a varied menu of Thai, Italian and French specialties.

As a wine bar, Vineyard carries about 100 labels of wine that are priced very affordably (ranging from $40-99) To encourage wine drinking at our venue, especially along the beautiful al fresco patio, they have comfortable low chairs and rocking chairs for lounging and also bar snacks menu for lighter bites.

The restaurant also caters to families and children by demarcating a Children’s Play Corner during the day with Mini Archery, Drawing and Mini Bowling.

On going promotions :-

1) Set Lunch @ $22++

    Valid on Weekdays (Mon – Fri excl. Eve of PH & PH)

2) Family Set Meals @ $40++

    Choice of a 3 course set meal from a special menu

3) One child per paying adult dines free when ordering from the Kid’s Menu

See pictures of sunset at HortPark

Vineyard at HortPark

ADDRESS : 33 Hyderabad Road HortPark Singapore (119578)
TEL : + 65 6479 7977

South Coast at Marina Bay Sands

I can’t seem to escape from the allure of Marina Bay Sands, so when I heard about the new cafe South Coast that had opened there, I just knew I had to pay them a visit. Also happened to read about these cane toad pies they claim to be serving…

We had a bit of trouble locating South Coast, as you actually have to step out of MBS to find it. Most people choose to sit outside as it is brighter and you get the views of the water, but we wanted to escape the sun and also the construction site smell just outside.. It is air conditioned inside, even though all their doors are open!

SouthCoast Flat White

Flat White $5 – The coffee was pretty good, nice aroma and body. It also came with a biscotti but I forgot to eat it! My father ate his and he said it was wonderful. Damn!

SouthCoast

See, everyone chose to sit outside.

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I like the circular lamp shade thingies on the ceiling! Don’t you think they look quite pretty? Kind of matches the floral dress the lady with the kid was wearing. Some of the lamp shades don’t have light bulbs in them. Guess which.

SouthCoast -Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sour dough

Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sourdough toast $16 – My father ordered this and said that it was fantastic. You can just see the bread sticking out from under the eggs. It has a load of crusty cheese on it which paired very well with the runny eggs and avocados.

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Barn laid eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, spinach, hash brown, tomato with sour dough toast $21 – Plating doesn’t seem to be the chef’s best skill. Or maybe the plate was too small as my toast kept slipping onto the table. Can’t see the mushrooms in this photo except for the odd one sticking out under the eggs. On the whole, pretty good. The hash brown has got to be the best that I’ve eaten in a while! Eggs are of course something I never tire off. Mushrooms, spinach and bacon were good. The bacon still had texture as it hadn’t been over fried to a crisp. The sausage was rather bland though. I could do without the sausage and have a cheaper meal. Bread also tasted normal, couldn’t tell that it was sourdough.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast

The same breakfast as the picture above, except that the eggs were done over easy instead of sunny side up.

SouthCoast - Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas

Ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas $14 – In my opinion, the STAR of the entire meal at South Coast. These pancakes were SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. So so good. I am planning a return visit just to have these pancakes again! I didn’t eat the bananas but I mopped up the caramel with the pancakes. The flavour was awesome and the texture of the pancakes was light and fluffy without being flat! I’ve been wanting to replicate pancakes like these and never been successful! It’s a pity they don’t serve this at night. It would be great on the dessert menu!

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We got the waitress to turn down the fans as they were blasting at our food. View from the inside is pretty good too.

SouthCoast - Chairs

Cute little chairs. They have chairs with backs as well but that’s only available outside.

SouthCoast Breakfast Menu

South Coast Breakfast Menu

On the whole, I thought the food was good but a little pricey. $16 for cheese and eggs on toast plus half an avocado, that’s steep to me. As I’ve mentioned time and again, I make my comparison with Epicurious at Robertson Quay. Of course, the prices are steeper here due to the location, and also, you don’t have to wait too long for the food, which is very important. Don’t bother asking for variations in your meal though. The chef at South Coast doesn’t entertain that.

South Coast (Australian Bar & Bistro)

L1-85 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore City, Singapore 018972

Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8am – midnight Mon – Thurs
8am – midnight Fri – Sun

Email enquiries@southcoast.com.sg

Phone +65 6688 7600

http://www.southcoast.com.sg

http://www.facebook.com/SouthCoastSG

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