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Room Coffee.Bar

*Friend Invite*

Oh man, this post is so belated, I hope my friend doesn’t kill me! Remember nearly 2 years ago, I posted about this tiny cafe called Room with a View tucked away on the 5th floor of a Carpenter Street building? Well they’ve grown up and they have a full fledged cafe complete with hot food, at the new Alexandra Retail Centre in Pasir Panjang!

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I had the opportunity to try it a couple of months back and I have to say, it’s the perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon tapping away on your laptop and sipping a cuppa. There’s also free WIFI to boot and lots of power point sockets! There are so many office towers around Alexandra Retail Centre aka ARC, such as Mapletree Business City, NOL, PSA , HP etc… If only bosses would allow you to work offsite! If it were me, I think I would be doubly productive in a more conducive environment!

Room.Coffee.Bar - Cafe Latte $5.50 Cafe Latte $5.50

Delicious coffee. Strong and smooth. Packs a punch which is perfect for waking sleepy office workers up. Don’t you just love the cute bright red saucer? It put me in a good mood even before I’d drunk the coffee! And the biscotti that Room makes is very good too.

Room.Coffee.Bar - Rosti with Cheesy Chicken Sausage $10 (2) Rosti with Cheesy Chicken Sausage $10

I had this for my lunch. I was afraid it would turn out to be just any old chicken sausage which I can cook myself, but this sausage was very delicious. It was really juicy, coupled with the cheesy bits oozing out. I liked that it didn’t feel fattening either. Also liked the rosti. The potatoes were cooked just right and retained a nice bite. The colour was a little darker than usual, because the skins of the potatoes were also used.

Room.Coffee.Bar - Rosti with Cheesy Chicken Sausage $10

Is it just me or do you see something funny here…. 🙂

Room.Coffee.Bar - Bacon Avocado and Tomato Panini Sandwich $10 Bacon Avocado and Tomato Panini Sandwich $10

The Partner ordered this and enjoyed his sandwich very much. It was chock full of ingredients that were threatening to spill out. A twist to the usual BLT, the creamy avocados made the sandwich feel more substantial than if it had just been plain old lettuce. If you order the panini sandwich for takeaway, you get a free iced tea!

Room.Coffee.Bar - Bacon Avocado and Tomato Panini Sandwich $10 (2)

Room.Coffee.Bar - Dark Chocolate Brownie $6Dark Chocolate Brownie $6

This brownie would please dark chocolate lovers. As I have a sweet tooth, I thought it wasn’t sweet enough for me.

 

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Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel

*Media Invite*

When you think of hotel restaurants, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French cuisine tends to come to mind. So it was quite refreshing to discover that the newly opened Bay Hotel just opposite Vivocity boasts of an Indonesian restaurant! If you ask me, a tourist searching for local Singaporean food would find more similarity in Indonesian cuisine than say Japanese cuisine, so having an Indonesian restaurant in a hotel sounds like the most logical thing to do.

It was a pretty cosy lunch as there were only 3 other bloggers (Yumyumformytumtum, HoChiak and Oyster Diaries) and Dennis She of Publicist PR Communications who hosted the lunch. OH btw, I discovered after lunch that both Yumyum and Oyster Diaries hail from the same JC as I. Is it a small world or what?!

Anyway, back to the food. Rumah Rasah believes on delivering authentic and ibu-esque flavours. Therefore, short cuts go out the window. The rempah paste is made from scratch. Rempah is the building block of any dish and how good the rempah is will dictate how great the dish is. Also, if you order the belado dishes (belado is a chilli-based sauce), you will notice that the belado is laboriously-prepared using a variety of fresh ingredients like chillies, chilli padi, garlic, red shallots, calamansi and toamtoes.

Rumah Rasa - Soto Ayam Madura (A hearty chicken broth with Shredded Chicken, Bean Sprouts and topped with a Potato Croquette) $8 Soto Ayam Madura (A hearty chicken broth with Shredded Chicken, Bean Sprouts and topped with a Potato Croquette) $8

We started the meal with this Soto Ayam Madura. It’s a thin broth that packs a punch. Kind of reminded me of French onion soup, where one doesn’t find many onions in the soup yet you know it’s distinctly onion soup. I find it to be quite different from those you get at the hawker centres, in that this doesn’t taste oily or fattening. The begedil/potato croquette was very tasty as the potato was super fluffy.

Rumah Rasa - Udang Petai Belado (Prawns Stir-Fried in Chilli gravy with Petai Beans) $18 Udang Petai Belado (Prawns Stir-Fried in Chilli gravy with Petai Beans) $18

Here you can see the Belado, which looks very similar to sambal, yet isn’t quite. The prawns were fresh tasting and succulent. I personally don’t like the Petai Beans aka smelly beans, but I found that the bitter flavours infused into the prawns and complemented the sweet prawns.

Rumah Rasa - Ayam Korma (Chicken simmered in Mild Yellow Curry) $14Ayam Korma (Chicken simmered in Mild Yellow Curry) $14

Believe them when they say it’s mild, cuz the curry really was very mild to the extent that it tasted more like spiced up gravy. I did like the chicken however, which I found to be very tender.

Rumah Rasa - Ayam Panggang Berkakak Jakarta (Grilled Chicken served with Rumah Rasa's Spicy Sauce) $14 Ayam Panggang Berkakak Jakarta (Grilled Chicken served with Rumah Rasa’s Spicy Sauce) $14

Love the grilled chicken! The chicken didn’t even need the spicy sauce on the side as it had been marinated in a sticky sweet sauce itself. Very tasty and tender. Finger licking good, if I may borrow the phrase.

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Sunset at HortPark

After a gruelling Saturday back in the office, I rewarded myself with a dinner at the newly opened Vineyard restaurant that is located within HortPark. I’ve been to HortPark several times in the last few years. It is like a mini botanic gardens. I don’t really know how they make money, and it seems that the plant shop has since closed down. Nevertheless, it’s still a nice place to go to especially in the evenings.

While waiting for our meal to be served, we got to enjoy a wonderful sunset directly from our seats. I can imagine how much more breathtaking it must look if we were up on top of a hill. Isn’t it amazing that the sky can display such colour and vividness in a span of only 5 minutes? You have to get the timing just right, miss the sweet spot and the show’s over.

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Al fresco seating area. Definitely worth sitting outside for. It wasn’t that hot either with the night breeze.

Hosted on the Patio – Revisited

People Montage

Actually, this is not the 2nd time I’ve been to Hosted, but rather at least around 10 times, thanks to the fact that there are very few restaurants around my office area. The last time I posted, it was for a colleague’s farewell party. This time round, it was to celebrate another colleague’s birthday.

We took up an entire row of tables, amounting to about 15 people. I was amazed to find that the entire Hosted was packed to the gills, with another 2 big groups of people also celebrating and event of some sort. I guess when people start asking what’s good to eat around Mapletree Business City, Hosted’s name starts coming into mind, which is good for them as for the last half of a year, the place has never been more than half full.

They used to have a set lunch menu where you could choose a mains from the main menu and add $5 for a soup, dessert and drink. Not anymore. Now, for $20, you get to have a soup, choice of one of 2 mains and a dessert. If you like the main course offered in the set menu, this is definitely better value for money than ordering from the main menu. Since there are only 2 main courses to choose from, it’s a good idea to call in advance to see what they are serving that day.Hosted - Tomato Soup (3) Hosted - Tomato Soup

Soup of the Day – Tomato soup. Initially, it seems the soup is slightly sour. But it actually grows on you such that in the end, I finished the entire bowl of soup. It tastes so healthy too, with detectable bits of pureed tomato.

Hosted - Dory Fish with Mash

Pan-fried dory fish with potato mash and diced veggies – Absolutely loved the fish. Tasty, tender and cooked just right. Every mouthful bursting with flavour. The potato mash was also very delicious, wish there was more of it! The diced tomatoes on the side added a nice zing to the whole dish. If there’s any grouse, it would be that the fish was too oily. After finishing the whole dish, I noticed a pool of oil at the side of my plate!

Hosted - Aglio Olio

Aglio Olio Pasta with chicken – Didn’t try this but heard that it was pretty good but not as good as the fish.

Hosted -Lemon Curd Dessert Crumble

Lemon Curd Dessert Crumble – Interesting dessert. The crumble is nice. Beneath it was the lemon curd. In general I don’t like custardy textures mixing around with hard textures. Ignoring that, I thought the lemon curd taste was pretty good. Well I finished the whole bowl. I’d prefer a chocolate cake any day though.

Hosted - Bacon Sandwich

Ok this was what someone had some months ago. It looks like all bacon but I believe there was some meat hiding somewhere in there…

Hosted - Capellini Vongole

Capellini Vongole $20 – It was just so so. With Vongole, I am always looking forward to a flavourful tasting broth, but this one was pretty bland. This was also taken some months ago and I don’t know if they have since improved their cooking.

Hosted - Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

Hosted - Fries

Yummy Fries that came with the burger! They sure aren’t stingy with the fries. I love fries that look like these. Crispy exterior with a fluffy interior. Never mind if they are not fluffy inside, they must definitely be crispy outside! I just hate soggy fries!

Read about my previous visit to Hosted on the Patio!

Hosted on the Patio

Mon – Thu:     11:30am – 2:30pm  |  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat:         11:30am – 2:30pm  |  5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun:                Closed

Happy Hour:   6:00pm – 8.00pm (Mon – Thu)

991B Alexandra Road #01-10
Singapore 119970

Tel: (+65) 6276 7337
Fax: (+65) 6276 7336

Email: bookings@hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg/menu.html

Hosted on the Patio

There aren’t that many restaurants and chill out places in the Pasir Panjang area so we were all quite happy to chance upon the existence of Hosted on the Patio. It’s so tucked away in a former old school now turned office block (I think) that unless you work there, you would not know it existed!

I’ve been to Hosted on the Patio a number of times for lunch. It’s a pretty cool place. Right at the entrance, there is a little swing to greet you. There are some al fresco seats but obviously sane people will not choose to sit outside in the mid day heat, especially when dressed in office clothes.

I will blog about lunch at Hosted another day. Instead, I shall blog about our drinks and nibbles session last week. Last Wednesday was one of my colleague’s last day at work so she hosted us to drinks at Hosted. Here are some of the pictures of the bittersweet event. Happy for her that she is moving to a better place, but sad that I’m losing a close colleague who has been with the company for 13 years!

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In the evening, it becomes lovely to sit outside. The cube tables can be rearranged into any configuration that you like to suit the size of your group. The staff are really patient and will help you to shift stuff around on request.

Hosted on the Patio -  Rambutan Freeze

Rambutan Freeze $9 – Rambutans blended in with the ice. Good for a hot day but just a tad too sweet for my liking. I don’t really know where the red colour comes from either.

Hosted on the Patio -  Lychee Freeze

Lychee Freeze $9

Hosted on the Patio - Angus Tenderloin

Angus Beef Tenderloin $18

Hosted on the Patio - Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly

Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly $14

Hosted on the Patio -  Garlic Prawns with crusty bread

Garlic Prawns $16

Hosted on the Patio -  Pizza Skins

Pizza Skins $8 – Yes you heard right. Fried pizza base. Quite good actually. Tastes like chips, just more substantial. And they come with side dips which are pretty good too.

Hosted on the Patio - House Chicken Wings

Fried Chicken Wings $12 – Fried with prawn paste. Tastes very good. Of all the appetisers, this is the best in my opinion.

Hosted on the Patio - Hoegaarden

One for One beer from 6 – 8pm!

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Quite cool to have an office above a bar. Anytime you feel stressed can come down for a drink and go back upstairs happy. Better still, invite your boss to join you and you don’t have to go back to work.

Hosted on the Patio

Mon – Thu:     11:30am – 2:30pm  |  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat:         11:30am – 2:30pm  |  5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun:                Closed

Happy Hour:   6:00pm – 8.00pm (Mon – Thu)

991B Alexandra Road #01-10
Singapore 119970

Tel: (+65) 6276 7337
Fax: (+65) 6276 7336

Email: bookings@hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg/menu.html

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