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Real Food Revisited 3

In line with the healthy theme these 2 weeks thanks to Zespri’s Kiwifruit Challenge, I decided to take my parents to the new Real Food outlet that just opened at Killiney Road. The original Real Food cafe is at The Central just above Clarke Quay MRT Station and I’ve been there many times over the last 2 years.

It’s interesting how when you do something unappealing a number of times, it soon becomes more palatable, and may even turn into a habit? After having a Kiwifruit daily, plus the more or less raw dinner at The Living Cafe, my mind is more attuned to the benefits of eating healthily which was why I instantly thought of Real Food for Saturday brunch.

Real Food strives as much as possible to utilise organic ingredients in its food. Also, no meat is used. However, you would be really hard pressed to miss it because all the other flavours in each dish come together so nicely even without the meat! Another reason why I like coming to Real Food is because the prices are very affordable, and comparable to non-organic cafes!

Real Food - Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

For example, this dumpling soup. There is no meat in the dumplings but because it’s bursting with other ingredients, and chestnuts to give it a bite, you don’t miss the meat at all. In fact, my mother asked me if the dumplings contained minced meat as it was so flavourful. The soup itself is also a delight to drink, and has a peppery base that warms you.

I almost always order this dumpling soup, or the dumpling noodles. I believe most customers who patronise Real Food consider the dumplings to be one of their signature dishes.

Real Food - Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

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Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

Experts say that a catchy name for a business is a marketing tool in itself. I’ve no doubt about this piece of advice and I’m sure many an astute businessman have put it to good use. Just think about all the cafes that have opened recently with names that make you do a double take. SPRMKT, Carpenter & Cook, Henry Congressional, Nylon Coffee Roasters and lots more.

But of all these names, none made me jump off my seat in a bid to rush there, than Nassim Hill Bakery. For those of you who aren’t aware, Nassim Hill is one of the most expensive residential areas in Singapore. If you own an apartment there, well you’ve kind of made it in life already haven’t you. So, for a  cafe that chooses to associate itself with such a distinguished address, it surely mustn’t be any ole run of the mill establishment right?

Nassim Hill - Sunny-side up eggs with choice of beerbeiser sausage, center cut bacon or honey baked ham $15 (1)

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is located at the Tanglin Post Office building, which is opposite Tanglin Mall. It’s not visible from the main road. You have to turn into the side road as the main entrance of Nassim Hill Bakery is facing the back! The good news is that if you manage to snag a parking spot in front of the bakery, parking is free. The bad news is that there are very limited slots, say 20? And the lots have to be shared with those visiting the post office too. If you can’t find a spot, you will have to use the paid basement parking.

Prior to visiting, I was told that the chief baker at Nassim Hill is the owner of Freshly Baked along Killiney Road. So it was no surprise that baskets of fine smelling artisanal bread greeted us when we entered the spacious bakery bistro. Even the bread ovens are in full view as their kitchen is somewhat of an open-concept. Speaking of space, there is such a vast amount of it compared to other establishments, that you feel you could do a dance amongst the tables and not be an obstruction.

Nassim Hill - (5)

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Ginza Bairin–Where to find great Tonkatsu!

Living in the East, I was really in two minds as to whether to accept this invitation to try out a new Tonkatsu restaurant at JCube in Jurong. Mention Jurong to us Easties and it’s akin to telling us to travel to Malaysia! Well almost. So I had really high expectations of Ginza Bairin, and to cut the story short, I have to say Ginza Bairin does a mean Tonkatsu!

Ginza Bairin boasts an illustrious 85 year history. Established in 1927 by Nobukatsu Shibuya, Ginza Bairin was the very 1st Tonkatsu restaurant ever launched in Ginza Japan. And get this, it appears Ginza Bairin “invented” the Katsu Sandwich decades ago, when there was a severe shortage of rice after World War II. Today, it is helmed by Masaya Shibuya, the great grandson and 3rd generation owner of Ginza Bairin.

I didn’t know about all this before I tried the dishes and I was thinking to myself, wow this is pretty good. I mean the place looks pretty casual, maybe slightly better than a fast food outlet, yet the food was vastly different!

***Special promotional teaser right at the bottom of this post. Don’t miss it!***

Ginza Bairin’s Special Katsu Don (Pork Katsu) Awarded No. 1 Donburi in Japan - Copy

Special Katsudon (1958/Apr) – $16.50

The Special Katsudon was one of the dishes we tried. You don’t even need to eat it to tell that it is more unique than the usual Katsudon because instead of just pork and omelette, there is a sunny side up waiting for you too! Why I have not come across any other restaurant doing Katsudon this way baffles me because now I think I’m ruined for all Katsudon without sunny side ups!

Needless to say, the additional egg incorporated more flavour to the already flavourful dish. The pork was very tender and juicy, without tasting oily as Katsu don can sometimes be due the batter. The rice was also piping hot and fluffy. Is it any wonder that this dish was awarded the No1 Donburi in Japan?

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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.

SouthCoast (4)

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.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast (2)

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!

SouthCoast (6)

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

Tea Cosy at Plaza Singapore

Interesting that this place still exists still. I’d thought it would be long gone, but Steph from The Girl at the Traffic Light Junction reminded me that Tea Cosy still exists.I find it quite weird and I can’t really put my finger to it. I dined here once, about 5 years ago. Then, the cafe part of Tea Cosy was but a small portion of the entire store. It was as if you had walked into a tiny vintage knickknack and bookstore, and suddenly huddled behind the shelves are people sipping tea!

I guess the vintage knickknack business didn’t go too well for as you can see it’s mostly cafe now, with the retail goods relegated to becoming part of the decor. The menu has expanded too I believe. You can get full meals here, and they do an afternoon tea set too from 2.30pm – 6pm. I almost got the tea set, but I wasn’t sure if there would be enough food to justify $29.95 for 2, based on what was stated on the menu.

Tea Cosy

Tea Cosy - Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate with marshmallow flowers $6.96 + $0.50 for the ice – For those who like rich chocolate drinks, this is really good. It was a bit pricey, but for a huge glass I guess it’s reasonable. Notice the huge layer of dark chocolate at the top? Do not taste it at all costs because that has not been sweetened! If you like your drink even richer, stir that layer in! Never been a fan of marshmallows so I didn’t try the flowers.

Tea Cosy - Root Beer (3)

Rootbeer $4.95

Tea Cosy - So called Club Sandwich

Old Faithful Club Sandwich $10.95 – For the life of me I would not have thought that this would be called a club sandwich, but that’s what it says on the menu. I would say it is a very nice and simple version of a ham, egg and cheese sandwich. I love the texture of the bun. It’s so soft and has an almost melting texture in the mouth. Plus there’s this cheese spread they use which is really tasty.The ham is nothing spectacular, but the entire combination is good. They normally fry their eggs till the yolks are fully cooked, so be sure to ask for them done sunny side up if you want the yolk runny. I had this at 4pm because I was feeling peckish, and still managed a steak dinner at 8pm.

Society Cafe is also on the 5th floor. If you want someplace bright, where you can watch the world go by, go to Society Cafe. If you want an intimate setting, go for Tea Cosy. There were quite a number of young punks there with their girlfriends. (Although if you really wanted to impress your girlfriend, choosing a cafe within a mall isn’t exactly all that impressive, in my opinion)

Tea Cosy

Plaza Singapura

68 Orchard Road #05-10 Singapore 238839

For Reservations, please call: 6341 9318

http://www.teacosy.com.sg

http://www.teacosy.com.sg/Menu_Cover.html

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