Posts Tagged ‘Places to eat in the East’

Colonial Club–A new place to have kaya bread and kopi at Changi Airport + favourite dishes from yesteryear

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For Singaporeans who love visiting Changi Airport for food, or tourists to Singapore looking for a quick and relatively affordable local meal in a restaurant setting, do check out the recently opened Colonial Club. As the name suggests, this restaurant boasts dishes from Singapore, Penang and Malacca (Hainanese-style western delights, Nyonya dishes and other local favourites) that were once popular during the colonial era, but with a modern dash of chef’s creativity.

I certainly hadn’t heard of Roti Ayam nor Kapitan Chicken Curry nor Inche Cabin Chicken, but you don’t really need to have heard of them to enjoy the dishes at Colonial Club. Most of the dishes are, give and take a little, quite similar to what we already have in Singapore. In fact, if you’re a purist, you may not actually enjoy the dishes here. For example, yellow noodles are used in the Nyonya Laksa, and it also comes with a soft shell crab. These are items not usually associated with laksa. It would be best to come here with an open mind, or imagine the dishes to have different names (instead of associating them with what you are familiar with), for a more enjoyable time.

Scroll down for pictures of what I tried during the media tasting.

Colonial Club - Signature Colonial Club Nasi Lemak $15.90  (1)

 Signature Colonial Club Nasi Lemak $15.90

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Pince & Pints opens in the East–The lobsters are really fantastic

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Lobsters have never been cheap in Singapore as it’s a product that has to be obtained from overseas. But when you can get lobster rolls that range from $22 all the way to $68, how do you decide which lobster roll is the best or which lobster roll is worth the money?

Pince & Pints - The Truffle Roll $68 (1)

The Truffle Roll $68

Recently, Pince & Pints, the lobster restaurant that sells lobster rolls for $58 (or $68 if it’s a truffle lobster roll) invited me for a tasting, and if you were me, you’d surely go right?! Let me state upfront that I haven’t tried all that many lobster rolls to be able to tell you the best, but after trying Pince & Pints’ version of the lobster roll, as well as their other lobster dishes, I have to say that they tasted absolutely fantastic. Maybe it’s the freshness and sweetness of the lobster, or the cooking method, or just the ingredient combination, but they sure have their recipe done right. Even the fluffy and buttery bun tasted so good.

Frederick Yap, owner of Pince & Pints shared that they are one of the rare few restaurants that use live (not frozen) lobsters. Wild caught lobsters are air-flown direct weekly from the Atlantic Coast and stored in Pince & Pint’s very own deep sea tanks. Apparently they also supply these live lobsters to some big name restaurants in Singapore. Well, hence the high price.

Pince & Pints - Lobster Mac & Cheese $29

If you’re an average eater, this Mac & Cheese is actually substantial enough to be a meal on its own.

Check out the photos below of all the dishes we had. Be it in lobster roll form, or grilled lobster or lobster in curry, they were all very enjoyable. But here’s a tip if you really want to try Pince & Pints’ lobsters but don’t to pay $58. Try their Lobster Mac & Cheese because it costs only $29. It’s not a whole lobster, but it’s no less enjoyable if you ask me. It’s probably one of the best Mac & Cheese dishes I have tried. Utterly gooey and creamy, with chunks of lobster meat interspersed, it really was memorable.

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Knots Cafe and Living–An Instagrammer’s delight

Recently, we chanced upon a very pretty cafe in the Paya Lebar area. This spacious outlet is actually a 3-in-1 business retailing furniture, plants and operating a cafe. Everything is for sale at Knots, from the potted plants to the furniture! You can tell instantly that this is an Instagrammer’s haven, with all the pretty plants and furniture serving as backdrops to the cups of coffee and cakes.

Knots Cafe and Living (5)

The food and drinks are of average quality here, although this could be because we checked this place out just 1 month after its opening. We ordered a waffle, chocolate cake, cafe latte and hot chocolate. Sad to say, the chocolate cake was a little on the dry side, and I think it is quite evident if you look at the pictures too. I had suspected it might be on the dry side and was hoping to be wrong, but there were no other cakes that caught my fancy in the chiller cabinet.

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South Union Park (Cafe)

Hundreds of cafes have opened in Singapore in the last 2 to 3 years, however not that many actually have opened in the East. And by that I mean East of the East, ie Eunos towards Airport area. So I was really glad to find out about South Union Park, which opened several weeks ago in the residential area of Kembangan. It took over the spot of French casual restaurant Vis-a-Vis which closed in January 2016 after 24 years in business.

I’m quite familiar with the Kembangan area as I live in the East also and I have several friends living in the Kembangan area. But strangely, I’ve never known of this cluster of shops. This area is about 10 minutes walk from the MRT station, and the walk is largely unsheltered unfortunately, or you could take the bus as the bus stop is just outside. Fortunately, if you make the trek in, you would be rewarded with good fare.

South Union Park - Short Rib Ragu Pasta $22 (2)

South Union Park is helmed by chefs who have had fine dining backgrounds. I was speaking to chef Terrence, who worked at Jaan amongst other fine-dining restaurants, and has more than 10 years experience as a chef despite his young looks. He shared that they wanted to be able to showcase food using fine-dining techniques but at affordable prices. So for much of the menu, you will find that the ingredients used have been lovingly prepared onsite. For example, all the pasta is made in-house. The fish is lightly cured in house as well. The short rib used in the short rib pasta is slow-cooked for more than 10 hours. With prices of the mains ranging from $17 – $22 (no gst, no service charge!), I’m already thinking of making a second trip back there. (It also makes you wonder how on earth some other cafes have the cheek to charge this amount while serving nondescript dishes)

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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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