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Grand Salads Bistro

*Invited Session*

Just before my Norway trip, I received an invitation to check out Grand Salads Bistro. It’s not often that you find a cafe touting healthy food so I was really excited to know about the existence of this place. Grand Salads Bistro is located in the Buona Vista area. Have you heard of Fusionopolis? Well Grand Salads Bistro is located at the Solaris building, which is an extension of Fusionopolis. It’s near the one-north MRT station.

If you think that Grand Salads Bistro sounds familiar, it’s because of the Grand Salads bars located in Suntec City and AXA Tower, all owned by the petite and soft-spoken Israeli Michelle Kanner. Grand Salads Bistro offers salads and sandwiches on weekdays to the lunch time office crowd. However, on the weekends, which was when we were there, the bistro focuses on brunch/lunch items.

The brunch menu isn’t very extensive but we managed to each find something that we liked. The food is prepared by Michelle herself together with her helpers. The portions aren’t large, big eaters may need to order side dishes to share. You won’t find any deep fried food or oily food here. The dishes don’t make you feel like you’ve sinned. Instead, you get the light hearted feeling that you’ve done something good for your health for once.

Grand Salads Bistro - (3)  .Grand Salads Bistro

I really really really love the decor of Grand Salads Bistro. It looks like some New York styled deli! The place is bright and the high ceiling gives the feeling of great spaciousness. It helps that the bistro overlooks a lot of green shrubs.

Grand Salads Bistro - Cappucino and Latte

One latte and one flat white $4.90 – Nice coffee that came with a biscotti each

Grand Salads Bistro - Anti-Pasties Platter Set B

Bite selection of Mini Sandwiches, Veg & Dip, Quiche and Olives $12.90 – Love the vegetable quiche. We were thinking of whether to order a quiche on its own or via this platter here and quite regretted not getting a bigger quiche even though the accompaniments were tasty. I think most Singaporeans would not be accustomed to eating olives, prunes and chickpea puree aka hummus for breakfast, but it is a refreshing change. I love olives dearly, and I can’t understand why the Partner doesn’t, even though he loves olive oil. But whatever he doesn’t like, is a extra bonus into my mouth. Yes that little bowl there is a bowl of garlic. We polished it off wholesale.

Grand Salads Bistro - Buenos Dias

Buenos Dias (Mexican Breakfast) $12.90 – Traditional Mexican omelette with tomato, mushroom, onion, peppers and cheese, with premium veal sausage. The veal sausage we were told was organic and imported from New Zealand. You can’t find this sausage in Jason’s supermarket! Really tasty, juicy and cooked with just a tinge of char. Grand Salads Bistro should consider having a sausage dish on its own! Omelette was also nice and light tasting with all the diced veggies in it.

Grand Salads Bistro - Homemade Fruit Pickle

Michelle’s really into making her own fruit chutney. I can’t remember what they all are, I think grapefruit was one of them, and of course the garlic in the jar on the right. If you’re nice, she might just give you some to try!

Grand Salads Bistro - Pickled Grapefruit

You either like it or you don’t! I loved it, sour zing and all!

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Harry’s Bar at MapleTree Business City

There isn’t all that much to eat at the MapleTree Business City where my office is located. The opening of the Labrador Park Circle Line Station doesn’t really help because it’s at least a 10 minute walk away and if you include the time taken for the return journey plus the train ride itself, you soon realise why venturing out is not for the faint hearted.

We are all quite looking forward to the opening of the Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) next to the PSA building. At least there will be a few more restaurants to choose from, and McDonalds! But I can tell you, no matter how many restaurants sprout up around this area, it’s never going to be enough, because that’s just how the human mind works. You want to know you have choice, even if you don’t ever exercise the choice.

For now, if we don’t want to leave MBC, we have a grand total of 3 restaurants to choose from: Crystal Jade, Astons Specialities and Harry’s Bar. Other non-food court options would be Cedele, FoodBarn, Starbucks, Subway and Killiney. You could make a lot of money if you opened up an eatery here. You would have a captive audience!

Anyway…

When we feel like we need a bit of cheering up, we head to Harry’s Bar. No we don’t go for the drinks, we go there for lunch. I have to say, the food there is surprisingly good. One doesn’t normally associate a bar with good food, but Harry’s strives to be different. It’s not greasy pub grub you get here, although of course you could if you chose the deep fried items.

Harry's - Daily Breakfast (2)

Harry's - Daily Breakfast

All of us like the Harry’s All Day Breakfast. It costs only $14 and comes with back bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and egg. The food tastes fresh and isn’t too oily. You can choose to have pork sausage or chicken sausage. The crusty bread goes very well with the breakfast.

Harry's - Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips $16 – Also one of their signature dishes and I’ve tried it twice already. The fish is usually of a substantial size. It moist, flaky and very fresh tasting. The fries are also pretty good too, the crunchy type that I like.

Harry's - Baked Fish (2)

Harry's - Baked Fish

For a healthier option, you can go for the Atlantic Salmon baked in a packet $16 – Not sure how this tastes but my colleague who tried this had no complaints.

Harry's - Satisfied Customer

A very satisfied customer

I like going to Harry’s at MBC for lunch. Going to Harry’s for dinner however is a totally different thing. It usually means I have to stay back late in the office and that sucks!

Harry’s @ MapleTree Business City

Address:
20 Pasir Panjang Road
#02-14 Mapletree Business City
Singapore 117439
Tel: 6570 5207
Fax: 6659 4511

Operating Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 11:30hrs to 12 midnight
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

http://www.harrys.com.sg/ (you can check out the menu here)

Blackbird Cafe

**Closed for renovations until mid-march 2014

After the slogfest in the office these past few weeks, I promised myself a good brunch to sort of celebrate (the weekend that is, not the end of the project!) as well as relax. A few days ago, I happened to chance upon AiMakan’s Facebook posting about this new cafe called Blackbird Cafe. The fact that this place is owned by a New Zealander got me sitting up. Straight away shot an email to the Partner asking him where our cafe was, as it’s kind of been a dream of mine to have my own cafe one day. Well, one day it will come true.

Anyway, so today with the parents in tow, we made it to Blackbird Cafe for brunch. Brunch is from 10am – 3pm. It was lucky we arrived early around 10.30am. We had our pick of the choicest seats. By 11am, the place was full!

Blackbird Cafe - Menu Board

Check out the full menu on this menu board, but for brunch, only brunch items are served, along with 1 sandwich and 1 mains of the day (which was a burger today). I thought the brunch menu was rather limited. Apart from the photos you see below, they only have buttermilk pancakes, bread basket, Danish basket, 5 cheese omelette and fresh fruit platter.

Blackbird Cafe - Flat White

First up, Flat White to wake me up ($5.50). Coffee was really nice and smooth. Cookie was tasty too.

Blackbird Cafe - Don't want to share my flat white!

This was how nice the Flat White was…… when I wanted a sip.

Blackbird Cafe - Big Brekkie

Big Breakie $18 – Eggs done any way you want plus sausage, bacon, hashcake, tomato, baked beans and sourdough bread. Omelette was nice and fluffy, tasted almost like scrambled eggs that happened to look like an omelette. The hash cake was really good and different from the usual hash browns. It’s compacted minced potato covered in a breadcrumb thingy. Best part was that it wasn’t oily looking or tasting. Sausage was so so, and the bacon was totally over fried, although I suppose some people like it this way.

Blackbird Cafe - Eggs Benny

Eggs Benny $12 – This was what I ordered. I’m afraid I didn’t really enjoy it very much. The eggs were poached in a vinaigrette water so there was an overpowering sour taste. It soaked through into the muffin bread base such that there was no way of escaping it. Quite disappointing actually when I so looked forward to the trip here. I asked the waiter about it and apparently the eggs are not poached in plain water to give a different twist to it. Didn’t work this time round I’m afraid.

Blackbird Cafe - Croque Monsieur (2)

Croque Monsieur $10 – Oven baked brioche with bechamel, ham and cheese plus salad greens. This here is a modified version of the Croque Monsieur as my father doesn’t eat ham. We got the chef to remove the ham and substitute it with eggs instead. My father enjoyed his meal very much but would have liked it to have more cheese. He also loved the bread and said it had a pastry like flavour.

Blackbird Cafe -Ham Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Sandwich of the day, the HCT Sandwich $10 – Honey glazed ham, cheese, tomato with wholegrain mustard on ciabatta – My mother had this and was very pleased with the sandwich too. She loved that the ciabatta tasted fresh and had a sort of crispy texture. It’s light enough too as it isn’t laced with lots of cream. It could have done with a few more slices of cheese, just to give more punch.

Blackbird Cafe - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $5 – As tasty as the Flat White, and 50 cents cheaper if you don’t mind more foam but hey, where is the cookie???

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area (2)

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area

Blackbird Cafe - Sofa Seating

Nice place to chill after a movie at the Cathay?

Blackbird Cafe - Al Fresco Seating Area (2)

Don’t really like those monstrous frog feet high above me.

Handy Road

Enjoy the view of cars going through Handy Road while sipping your flat white.

Blackbird Cafe - Happy Hour and Tea Time Promotions

Blackbird Cafe promotion….mmm I want 1 for 1 wine…..or how about 1 for 1 whine?

Blackbird Menu with pricing

Click on the picture above to see Blackbird Cafe’s menu items and pricing. The normal menu looks very interesting and I really want to come back to try out some of the stuff like Wagyu Open Sandwich, Lamb Tagliatelle, Beer Battered Fish and Chips and the very creative New Zhepherd’s pie (they spelled it as Zherperd though…)

Blackbird Cafe

6 Handy Road #01-01 The Luxe Singapore 229234

Telephone: 6337 3448

Email : enquiry@blackbird.com.sg

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday & PH Eve: 11am – 12am

Sunday: 10am – 10pm Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm

www.blackbird.com.sg

Directions to get to Blackbird Cafe

After you turn up Handy Road, the Cathay will be on your left. The Luxe is just after that.

Paulaner Bräuhaus

I am quite lost when it comes to choosing a place to eat when in a shopping centre. I love keeping tabs on the restaurant and cafe scene, and most of the times, all the interesting restaurants that I want to try are located off the beaten track. Another reason why dining in a mall doesn’t catch my fancy is that the queues are horrendous! Come at 7pm on a Friday or a weekend and you’re almost guaranteed a half hour wait, which totally sux when you’re already famished.

Which was why I was rather apprehensive yesterday during a movie outing with several colleagues. We were supposed to watch Horrible Bosses at GV Marina and there was some vague idea of dining at Victoria Peak at the Suntec Convention Centre but no reservation was made. As expected, a last minute suggestion popped up, which was to go to Paulaner Brauhaus. It proved to be a pretty good suggestion because I haven’t been to Paulaners in like 6 years or something. I don’t know if my colleague enjoyed herself though, cuz she maintains a vegetarian diet on the 15th of every month…

Paulaner Brauhaus (2)

It was very crowded on the 1st floor, but almost empty on the 2nd floor (pictured above) which houses the restaurant. It seems hardly anyone knows that there is a restaurant section on the 2nd and 3rd floor! People! Paulaners serves proper meals upstairs, and not just bar food! The bar menu does have some meal sounding things, but go upstairs and you will get the full menu.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Light Lager

It was Sunday and from about 5-8pm they have a 1 for 1 drink. I ordered the 0.3litre light lager $13. With beer, I don’t know enough to describe the intricacies of the taste. I just know that I liked it and i finished about 1 and a half glasses.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Complimentary Bread

Generous amount of warm complimentary bread, with pate and butter. Our main dish arrived soon after so I was forced to discard the bread and attempt to conquer the main dish.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Meatpile

This is what I call the MEAT PILE. Ok they obviously called it a more refined German Platter, but seriously, I think MEAT PILE is a more apt description! When the 2 guys saw the amount of meat on the plate, their eyes glistened and the savage side of them emerged. Throughout the entire meal, they kept gushing about how happy they felt looking and devouring all the meat. And it is seriously a lot of meat. Each pax is charged $29.90 and you need a minimum of 2 pax. The amount here is a 2 pax order, but 2 guys and 1 girl could not finish all of this meat! I suppose if we hadn’t drunk the beer, the 3 of us might just have been able to conquer this.

Check out the knife waving in the background. Someone was going to spear me if I didn’t hurry up with the photo taking!

Meat pile close up

Here’s a close up of the meat pile. I liked the oozy cheese sausage at the bottom of the picture, and definitely the roast pork knuckle. You can choose to have boiled knuckle, but I say go for the roasted one (not that I’ve tried the boiled one but do I really need to advise you on this?). I didn’t like the meatloaf, it felt too smooth and processed, and totally unlike the NZ meatloaf I am familiar with that is chock full of detectable vegetable and meat bits. The sauerkraut was also so so, not pungent enough for me! When ordering this, just throw your diet out the window and just enjoy the crunchy roast pork knuckle fats. Think of it as collagen, good for the skin! Oh, mashed potato was served, but largely ignored for obvious reasons.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Pizza

My other colleague ordered this pizza for $17, the one on the vegetarian diet. But she only managed to finish 3 pieces. Definitely not the authentic Italian pizza that I like. The yellow bits are peaches or apricots, which is an interesting change. I wonder if this is a German version of pizza. Seriously I don’t know how she managed to sit through the entire meal watching us wolf down the meat pile.

Paulaner Brauhaus

All in all, it was a very fun meal. Meat pile coupled with beer tends to lower the inhibitions of others. I might actually order the roast pork knuckle on its own the next time and not have to share all the crispy bits with other crispy bit loving people.

Go on a Sunday evening to get 1 for 1 beers, and bring your Citibank or Amex card for 15% discount on food! And don’t forget to leave your diet at home!

Paulaner Brauhaus

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-01 Millenia Walk
039596 Singapore
+65 6883 2572
+65 6883 0702
Opening Hours
BAR:
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Sun-Thu: 12pm-1am ; Fri-Sat & Eve of P.H.: 12pm-2am
RESTAURANT:
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Dinner (Mon-Sun & P.H.): 6.30pm-10.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2.30pm

http://www.paulaner-brauhaus.com

SALTA Argentine Parrilla + Grocer

Be warned, this post will inundate you with lots of meat photos, so don’t read with a hungry stomach!

After work yesterday, to avoid the noisy F1, we decided to go to the Tanjong Pagar area to see if we could find somewhere interesting to dine. Having previously really enjoyed exploring the nooks and crannies of the Tanjong Pagar area, I had no doubts that we would be able to find some place nice.

Didn’t take long. We veered towards Icon Village and into Salta Argentine Parrilla and Grocer. The restaurant has a contemporary look with understated dark tones, which made it exude a comforting yet upper-end vibe, helped along by the wine glasses on every table. I like dining at nicely decored places. The photos look nicer too.

For some reason (before I saw the name of the restaurant), I had immediately assumed that Salta was Italian. Obviously, it’s not. Salta offers Argentine food, with a huge focus on meats. Apparently, Salta is the only restaurant in Singapore to serve Argentine food. As we had never tried Argentine food before, Brazilian Churrasco I presume being the closest we have tried, we gladly settled for dinner at Salta.

Salta GrillWe took a nice table near the flat screen TV which was perpetually stuck on the same image. Thanks to that image it will now be etched in my brain forever that just like New Zealand, the fertility of the Argentine soil and the temperate climate helps grow lush nutrient rich grass, which allows Argentina to produce some of the best beef in the world. Like New Zealand, the beef used is from free range grass-fed cows. It is more environmentally friendly than grain-fed cows (and tastes better in my opinion). This is as how nature intended it. The Partner will have me add that since we are in Singapore, it is better to choose New Zealand beef as compared to Argentine beef, as the carbon footprint will be smaller. Ok back to the food!

Salta doesn’t have an extensive menu. There are about 10 main courses on offer, mostly meats, with 1 or 2 seafood dishes, and 2 pasta dishes. They have beef skirt, beef rump, sirloin, ribeye and lamb chops etc. We found it hard to decide on which dish to choose so we selected the Parrillada mixed grill for 2 people. All the meats and veges are grilled on a charcoal infused parrila.

Parrillada Mixed GrillThis is the mixed grill for 4 people: – Beef Sirloin, Beef Skirt, Chicken, Kurobuta, Sausage, Sweetbread, Vegetables & Potato

Parrillada Mixed Grill - Meats

This is the size of the mixed grill for 2 people. Same meats, but smaller portion.

 Parrillada Mixed Grill - Vegetables - Copy

This is the grilled veges and potatoes

Most of the meats were quite tasty and juicy. The most outstanding piece of meat to me was the Beef Skirt. Skirt steak is a long, flat cut below the diaphragm of the cow, that is prized for its flavour rather than tenderness. I have to say that without a doubt, this is one of the tastiest, if not the tastiest pieces of beef I have ever eaten. On my next visit, I am definitely going to order the skirt steak as my main dish. I don’t know how Salta did it, but that skirt steak was pretty tender too.

Another highlight was the sweetbread, which is not related to bread at all. It is meat from the neck of the animal. This one was grilled lightly and tasted like extra tender and tasty chicken. I’d thought it was chicken, until the Partner suddenly wondered if sweetbread was brains. It wasn’t brains, which I’d like to try someday. Unfortunately, I think you can’t order sweetbread as a main-course on its own.

The vegetables were pretty ordinary in comparison to the meats. I thought they were a bit too greasy for my liking too.

The Parrillada Mixed Grill costs $70 for 2 people. The portion was just right for the 2 of us, but big eaters may still feel slightly hungry. For such people I would recommend the individual main portions as they range from 200-300gms. Still, the mixed grill is a good choice as it allows you to sample many of the nice meats on offer. The main courses range from about $20 – $35, which I think are very reasonable prices for the quality offered.

Salta does not charge GST or Service charge, so you pay the exact same price you see on the menu. Also, there is an OCBC credit Card promotion going on, which gives a further 20% discount. A really good deal!

We didn’t have time for dessert, maybe next time! Read about my 2nd visit to Salta Parrilla for Christmas Lunch.

Salta - Beef TenderloinSalta - Grilled Pork SausagesSalta - Dulce de Leche - Cream Caramel Salta - “Dulce de Leche” crepe with vanilla ice cream

SALTA Argentine Parrilla + Grocer

< em>Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street #01-56 Singapore 078877 
Phone: 6225 8443
Mon – Thurs: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
http://www.facebook.com/SaltaParrilla

Read about my 2nd visit to Salta Parrilla for Christmas Lunch

See these links for more on what to do in Tanjong Pagar.

Craig’s Place

Pink Dining & Bar

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