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Rabbit Carrot Gun

Yes… the name is weird for a cafe I know, but apparently this is the British version of Scissors Paper Stone. Here’s how it’s played:

Gun wins over Rabbit : Gun shoots Rabbit

Rabbit wins over Carrot : Rabbit eats Carrot

Carrot wins over Gun : Carrot can be stuffed into the Gun

So my question is…why can’t the Carrot win over the Rabbit by stuffing it up the Rabbit’s….

Okay I’ll be good, won’t go down that road… Smile Smile

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Easties rejoice, for we now have another cafe in the Eastern part of Singapore. Rabbit Carrot Gun is along East Coast Road, you know the row of shop houses directly opposite 112 Katong Mall. When I was there a month back, they were still in the midst of renovating the next door unit to turn it into a British Pub. I should return to check it out again.

As for Rabbit Carrot Gun itself, the food is British inspired, because the owner is from the UK. I was there only for brunch on the weekend, so I didn’t get to peruse the main menu, but I think there are a lot of interesting items. The brunch menu is unfortunately, extremely limited. If you’re not the muesli, then there’s basically only the big breakfast or the eggs benedict in several ways. This is what we had.

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My father as usual had the eggs florentine, which is poached eggs served on a bed of spinach served with homemade hollandaise sauce. As he almost always chooses eggs benedict/eggs florentine at all the brunch places we go to, he is the expert when it comes to eggs benedict. The portion at Rabbit Carrot Gun was a little on the small side for the price. Also, the bread base looked rather plain, as compared to the homemade bread types or brioche that you can get elsewhere. The eggs florentine tasted quite okay, not too bad, but certainly not something you would be keen to return in a hurry. I suppose this would be good for people who like their eggs benedict mild, and not covered in a ton of buttery hollandaise sauce.

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Game Keepers Shooting Breakfast – Scrambled or Fried Eggs with Crispy Bacon, Fine English Pork Sausage, Sautéed Mushrooms & Grilled Tomatoes Served with Fresh Toast

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What to eat at Tanjong Katong Road

Being an Eastie, I think the least I could do is to help raise the profile of the eateries, restaurants and cafes in the Eastern part of Singapore. I used to complain that there aren’t many nice cafes in the East, like in places like Holland Village and Tiong Bahru. But I think Tanjong Katong is shaping up to becoming an eating destination too with the slew of cafes, ice cream parlours and Italian restaurants that now reside here. Traffic is quite bad along East Coast Road, and parking may be hard to find especially in the vicinity of 112 Katong. Tanjong Katong Road sure seems more laid back.

Google Maps isn’t very updated, so let me help you decide on where to eat at Tanjong Katong Road. I’ll be posting the pictures going in the direction of Marine Parade, ie from right to left.

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  • Malaysia Local Delights
  • The Ground Cafe & Bar (Review coming up! Used to be occupied by Big Bad Wolf, which has since closed down.)
  • 真粥道Singapore Style Porridge (The one opened by Moses Lim)

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Pies and Coffee

Recently the Partner wanted to have his cake and eat it, so we drove down Tanjong Katong Road to try our luck. There are quite a number of eateries along Tanjong Katong Road, but they’re mostly full-fledged eateries or for some inexplicable reason, ice-cream shops. Now if you’re hankering after ice-cream, you have to come to Tanjong Katong Road because there are at least 3 ice-cream cafes to choose from in that short stretch!

I used to think that the East was lacking in coffee hangout places, but I’m glad to report back that the situation is slowly changing. It’s still not as good as what I would like it to be (think Duxton Hill, Tiong Bahru etc), but the East is slowly heating up! The amazing thing about Tanjong Katong Road is that every time I drive past, I spy yet another new eatery! I’m hoping for the day when Tanjong Katong Road becomes the Holland V or Duxton Hill of the East!

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This time round, I was in luck, cuz I spied TWO new cafes sited near to each other. We checked out Pies and Coffee since the other one seemed to have run out of cakes. If Pies and Coffee sounds familiar, that’s because they have another outlet in Rochester Mall, opened in 2011. I haven’t been to the Rochester Mall outlet, but from the pictures, it seems the Tanjong Katong outlet is much smaller, fitting about 6 tables indoors, and 4 al-fresco.

I have heard that their pies are pretty good. Wouldn’t it be funny if they weren’t? Anyway, we were there for desserts and coffee so this is what we had.

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Chocolate Almond Tart $8.95

Luscious chocolate cake or chocolate almond tart? In the end I went for the Chocolate Almond Tart as I wanted to compare it with my favourite chocolate tart from 40Hands in Tiong Bahru.

I have to say, the 40Hands chocolate tart still is the best chocolate tart I have ever tasted. It’s way smaller, only about the size of your palm. but the chocolate is much thicker and firmer, resulting in a much richer taste and texture in the mouth. The tart case enveloping the chocolate is also more buttery. So even though it’s small and costs $9, it’s worth every penny.

The Chocolate Almond Tart from Pies and Coffee is very good too. In terms of texture, the chocolate is slightly softer but the added almonds makes up for it. Have you tried the Chocolate Mendiant from Tiong Bahru Bakery? The texture is similar, but the Mendiant is slightly richer and sweeter. In terms of size, this tart wins hands down as 3 people were able to share it without quarrelling. In totality, because the Chocolate Almond Tart is bigger, you still feel like you’ve had a rich and sinful treat.

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Smiths Fish and Chips

When we first saw Smiths Authentic British Fish and Chips moving into Tanjong Katong, we were quite excited. I know there are loads of places that serve fish and chips, but here was a shop, a standalone fish and chip shop mind you, that was proclaiming its authenticity, obviously we were excited about it. Having been to the World Famous Fish and Chip shop in New Zealand, I had high expectations for Smiths’ Fish and Chips. Did you know that fish and chips are the most popular form of fast food in New Zealand, more popular than McDonalds, KFC etc?

After Smiths opened, I chanced upon a couple of reviews that weren’t very positive. Add the fact that the cheapest fish and chips at Smiths will set you back by at least ten dollars, the need to visit Smiths became less compelling. Alas, find ourselves at Smiths we did 2 weeks ago, when the cafe next door which we wanted to go to was full. Smiths was packed, so we had our hopes up.

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It was quite interesting to find that they have scampi and chip butty, which are things that are probably quite foreign to most Singaporeans. For the record, I love scampi. Scampi looks and tastes like prawns, but when I was in the UK, every single wait staff I asked said it was a fish. Wikipedia says it is a type of lobster. As for chip butty, that is a chip sandwich, ie chips in between slices of bread……..best not to know that these exist.

I ordered the Cod & Chips $17 while the Partner ordered the Dory & Chips $10. The Cod fish was quite terrible. It was tough, dry and totally lacking in flavour. Cod is one of my favourite fish (I am very fussy with fish) but if I hadn’t personally ordered the cod myself, I would not have known that the piece of fish I was eating was cod, the most expensive item on the menu!!! I wonder if the cod had been sitting in the warmer for a long time until it had become dry, if most people order the cheaper options…

On the contrary, the Dory fish tasted much better. It was juicy and flavourful and I wish I’d ordered that instead and saved 7 bucks, and so did the Partner because he had to relinquish half his lunch to me.

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I have to say, these fish and chips are darn oily. They don’t come with the mushy peas either, you have to pay $2 to get some. You have to pay $2 to get some gravy too. The batter is pretty thick, so if you’re on a diet, this is really not the place for you. But, if you’re not on a diet, the batter is quite tasty. In fact, you can pay $2 to get more “batter scratchings”…

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HP sauce or vinegar to go with your fish? It’s common to have fish and chips with vinegar in the UK and in NZ. Smiths also provides tomato sauce. You won’t find chilli sauce here. I tried.

Smiths Fish and Chips - Soggy Fries

I would possibly give the fish another chance. But Smith’s chips were probably the soggiest chips I have ever eaten. If only I could order the Dory fish on its own without the side of chips.

Smiths Fish and Chips

On the whole, I think the prices are too high for a non-restaurant setting, for the quality of food served and for the portion size.

***Photos all taken using the iPhone 4***

Smiths – Authentic British Fish and Chips

230 Tanjong Katong Road,
Singapore 437018
ECP – Exit 11

Directions to Smiths Fish and Chips

Tel :9639 8348

http://www.smithsfishandchips.com

frenchie@smithsfishandchips.com

ICC Cricket World Cup Finals

After our cuppa along Tanjong Katong Road, we took a short stroll and chanced upon a huge group of people crowded outside a restaurant. I had an inkling what it might be and I was right. These people were standing outside Tadka Indian Kitchen, and there was a flatscreen TV showing the Cricket World Cup Finals in there.

My father just couldn’t resist it and had to take a photo. The cricket fans were all game for a photo too and some of them even waved and clapped for the photo! I just love it the way sports fans are willing to rough it out just to catch their favourite game on TV. It’s definitely much more atmospheric watching sports in a group. Some might say that standing out here is more fun than watching it cooped up at home alone!

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There’s kind of like a rich poor divide going on here. Those who can afford it sit inside the air-conditioned restaurant, while those who can’t, buy a beer from the 7-11 next door. Actually, I think nobody was drinking beer at all. Unlike the rowdy scenes along One Fullerton, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay for the Football World Cup, everyone here really was pretty orderly!

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