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Balzac Brasserie – CLOSED

Balzac Brasserie is a French restaurant that doesn’t require you to rob a bank before you dine here. Balzac Brasserie is helmed by the award winning Chef Jean-Charles Dubois from Angers in Loire Valley, France. What is served here is rustic style, inspired from his own family recipes and his signature dishes include Lobster Bisque, Wagyu beef cheeks and Rice pudding. The French bistro decor is really nice, and makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a street in Paris. Most of the furnishings here were imported from Paris in fact.

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When it comes to birthday celebrations, one birthday meal is not enough for me! I like to celebrate my birthday over SEVERAL meals, kinda like 12 days of Christmas or 15 days of Chinese New Year you know. The previous post on Au Jardin Restaurant was my birthday meal with just the Partner, on the exact birthday. But prior to that, I already had another birthday meal together with the Partner and my parents, and that was at Balzac Brasserie. I’m kinda on a French restaurant / fine dining streak lately (which means $2.50 mixed rice on week days). I’d been here once before back in 2012, for the launch of a French bubbly, Jaillance, which I subsequently used for my wedding! It’s a wonder I took so long to return!

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Inviting bread basket to start the meal. They had raisin bread and multigrain bread. The breads were quite tasty and we even asked for a refill. They were particularly useful in mopping up the escargot juices as you will soon see.

Balzac Brasserie - Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

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Kooka Cafe

There is a new cafe on the block, this time at Purvis Street! Opened just after Christmas! Chanced upon it when I went to the famous Chin Chin coffeeshop for Hainanese food. It’s right next door to Chin Chin and just 2 doors away from YY Kafeidian, which serves one of the best kopi in Singapore.

Can’t ever resist when I see a new cafe, especially one with a Christmas tree in it (even though it was already more than 12 days past Christmas), so I had a cuppa there and a bite to eat. The place is started by an Australian Lauren Chambers and her Chinese partner. Lauren also has another establishment called Chalk Restaurant at Old School along Mount Sophia.

You won’t miss the dessert showcase when you walk in. A lot of the stuff is very Australian themed, naturally. They have things like Yo-Yos, which is a shortbread cookie with cream cheese filling. I’ve never heard of them and neither has the Partner, who is from NZ. Anyway you all should go check it out, cuz Kooka is having a little promotion right now. You can choose a coffee and a cake for only $7.50. It’s a good deal coz the cakes/desserts cost about $5-6 each on their own already.

Kooka Cafe - Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream $5.90 – I wasn’t that keen on dessert actually because of a heavy lunch at Chin Chin next door, but the Partner wanted something so he chose this. Turned out to be a very good choice. The apple crumble was very tasty. The crumble is made with lots of nuts and isn’t overly sweet or buttery. There are some out there that is mostly pastry and no nuts at all. This was a much healthier version and equally tasty. The vanilla ice cream was creamy and paired very well with the hot apple crumble. Between the 2 of us, we polished off the whole thing.

Kooka Cafe - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte – Forgot the price but I recalled it to be pretty affordable for a town area cafe. Coffee was strong and smooth. No complaints.

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Apple tart, Citrus Cheesecake, Chocolate Apricot Tart, Carrot cake, Chocolate Brownie etc are amongst some of the desserts offered at Kooka Cafe. The cafe also has some hot food, but doesn’t seem to be a lot at this point in time.

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Kooka Cafe

18 Purvis Street, Singapore, Singapore 188597

Tel : 64670288

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