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Jeslyn Tee's Reviews

       10 Jun 2015 at 11:26 am
    Category: Bars and Pubs, Western
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    Popped by Molly Malone's Irish Pub last weekday evening for a short drink. I must say the happy hour is a pretty good deal coupled by a good live band that played that funky music all evening i was there.

    We itch for some savoury food while having some fresh kilkenny from the tap as such we ordered some fried wings which arrived in about 20 mins.

    The fried chicken wings were delicious. Smoking hot crispy crust with a juicy inside and was so aromatic even the band was tempted to have a bite. The place is pretty old school, decorated with many ancient items thats speaks sixties Singapore / British...

    Crowd was pretty disseminated with some sitting outside the bar, some in another room and more on the higher level. Love the peek a boo feel of the place that created much privacy for many. For me... I love to hang at the bar...

    Great place to chill after work with friends or alone with fresh beer and yummy chicken wings.

    Location: 3.5/5, Service: 3.5/5, Music: 3.5/5, Price: 3/5, Food: 3/5

    Will I return: Yes

    Will I bring friends: Yes

    Rating given:Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

       09 Jun 2015 at 2:36 pm
    Category: Deli and Cafe, Western
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    If you are looking for a place to splurge the afternoon than PS Cafe at Ann Siang Hill is the perfect place for that romantic meal be it brunch, dinner or supper.

    Built atop the scenic Ann Siang Hill, in a heritage shop house with all 3 levels made to look stylishly old British. Seasoned leather couches, wooden staircases and intricate details that reminded many of our short stint with the British before independence made the whole place strangely nostalgia even though I was not born during that time.

    The location was not easy to spot as the entrance is somehow perched on top of a landing on the small hill and while we entered the level 1 bar (which is like a snipplet of 'WESTERN BAR', if you could recall the game), long wooden bar with a handsome looking bar tender, wooden framed windows and wooden bar stools...

    Shortly shown to our seats and carefully reminded that every patron had to order at least one dessert, we prodded up the wooden stair case up to a cool level 2 drawing room. Well, I'm impressed by the number of aircon fan units i see, almost above every table theres one and the menu was pretty concise however housed the most interesting concoction of desserts i've ever seen.

    I ordered a calming tea that arrived in a pot, hoping to calm myself from all the rush on a weekday afternoon and also ordered one of my favourite dessert, the date cake that was warm, moist and date sweet that arrived with a large serving of premium vanilla ice cream.

    My friends ordered cappuccino which is pretty standard coffee with a creamy tiramisu served in a bowl infused with the goodness of flavoured syrup. While another ordered a banana cheese cake which was a little too cheesy for me.

    While we envied our neighbour's truffle fries, we ended up ordering a basket for ourselves. I must say... they were really generous with the delicious truffle oil and the fries was crispy and yummy. Though many couldn't finish their servings, our table did... Thanks to Miss truffle fries LOVER....

    A tea time chit-chat session at this pretty joint cost us $99 for 3 drinks, 3 desserts and one truffle fries. Extravagant but worth every cent. Love the ambience, love the yummy desserts, love our neighbours which BTW... are a few handsome magazine cut-outs....

    Rating given:Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

       08 Jun 2015 at 10:51 am
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    The famous fresh creamed pastries have arrived in Singapore. I was utterly amazed by the beautiful selection i see in the showcase fridge and found the pricing to be affordable, as such i went on a cake spree.

    They have a good selection of various classic and new creations for their legendary fresh cream cakes and they even do sell half cakes, meaning you can buy a full cake of 2 delicious flavors, half of this and half of that. Matter of fact I spotted a guy in front of me choosing 6 slices to complete one cake.

    Prices were about $5 - $8 per slice of cake and the cross section looked packed with yumminess and of a decent portion. While you may not be a cake fan... you must try the cream mochi ($2.1) which is a floury soft chewy mochi with soft fresh cream and a dolop of chocolate, red bean, match or strawberry (4 flavors to choose).

    There is so much more to try, I've yet to collect them all...
    Superb quality, nice packaging and fantastic taste.

    Rating given:Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

    4. Hush Teabar   
       28 May 2015 at 3:17 pm
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    Hush TeaBar, a global movement, the first of its kind to promote tea appreciation in silence amidst the busy and rushed environment of modern cities such as a typical work place in Singapore. Not only does it aim to inculcate regular mindfulness of self-reflection, it also brings one on a journey to explore the creativity and strength we possess when we stop blotting ourselves out with noise and negative blabbers.

    I am glad to be able to experience a typical hush tea bar experience and with the help of the lovingly trained, hearing impaired TeaRistas, I have been able to fully understood the power of silence and with it, the calming and strangely motivating effect.

    The entire experience started off with me rushing to the venue and when i stepped into the Hush Tea Bar space, i was immediately greeted by friendly staff and their wave of calmness. Anthea, the founder of Hush Tea Bar gave an introduction on the different zones we were about to experience and we are off to our silent treatment.

    The first zone is a time of appreciating the various tea moods (in which there are 12) and choosing the one you would like to experience. We were then made to silent our mobiles and hand them over to one of the TeaRistas who carefully store them away. (Yes... Tech Savvy generations would rather lose a hand before they surrender their mobiles), so there's a visible struggle there..... and then while we sat down with uneasiness without our handy gadgets (Should have brought that spare phone... grrrr......) we were led through a journey by the TeaRistas or how we were to enjoy the tea, what should we do and the various instructions in absolute silence except for facial and body expressions, hand signs and word cards which seemed to speak louder to me then when somebody is physically speaking with their vocal cords.

    So while we pick our seats at the Tea appreciation zone, I carefully read the instructions placed on a beautifully moulded raw clay plate. While I closed my eyes, listening to the ringing of my ear drums, i could smell the various tea moods being served and the one i had 'Freshly Tranquil', smelt heavenly. I enjoyed my tea, taking my time to smell the leaves, feel the texture of the cup, sip, enjoyed the after taste and the serenity that felt interestingly comfortable.

    While I felt able to move to the next episode, I quietly left the table and joined a few others in a time of tea art. Using the tea ink available, I expressed my feelings in various forms of lines and curves drawn using my finger and wrote some words of encouragement for the next participant, in return for the card i received earlier which says... i quote "Being Uncool is the coolest you can be!"

    The entire session ended with a time of quiet sharing on the entire experience and completion of a survey form. Well, I felt more tranquil then I was before yet more clear-headed then while i multi-tasked. I enjoyed the feeling to the extent that I felt reluctant taking back my noisy gong (the mobile phone).

    It was a fruitful experience for me and I enjoyed it tremendously. Will look forward to attend the session again and its a good movement which i encourage companies to consider having a hush corner in every office. It sure perked me up and made me clearer of my goals, my hopes and the important things in life.

    At least for now... when i get home from all the RUSH... I would certainly make myself a cup of my favourite tea moods and get into the HUSH... The phone calls and outstanding work can definitely wait...

    Rating given:Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

       27 May 2015 at 11:27 am
    Category: Fast Food
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    Conveniently located right next to the Paya Lebar MRT Station is this spanking new MOS BURGER residing outside the Paya Lebar Mall.

    I would have gone to the grand looking outdoor alfresco dining except for the blaring sun hanging high in noon, though the fan and gazebo kinda cooled it off a bit , yet i was not willing to risk the clothes on my back with patches of perspiration.

    Ordering is quick and theres also quite a few seats with air-conditioning and I managed to find one nicely hidden at the side. Place is not roomy yet well organised and noise control was not good as it tends to get noisy with the chatting.

    I ordered my favourite Mos Cheese burger which was well made and arrived promptly together with my favourite crunchy croquette which is a mashed potato with mixed veg deep fried breaded fritter.

    And for a change instead of the always yummy ice peach tea. i tried their hot chocolate which was surprising good. Chocolate was creamy, not milky and smooth... I was amazed at the quality of their hot chocolate and will be sure to order this again....

    Rating given:Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

       22 May 2015 at 5:24 pm
    Category: Deli and Cafe
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    It was a pretty good experience dining at Robert Timms, not to mention the efficient staff and the nice ambiance. Adore the alfresco dining area that faces the quieter side of orchard road.

    The selection on the menu was pretty lacking, with only a few choice of Mains and Sides, however we were pleasantly surprised by what we saw... Braised Kangeroo stew and Kangeroo steak as one of the mains. We took quite alot of courage to try the stew which was presented in dark reddish cubes coupled by some sweet chunks of carrots, zuchinni and onions. The kangeroo meat tasted like a mix of beef and mutton. The texture was good and juicy with a slight muttony after taste. We were quite pleased to be able to boast of our courage to try exotic meat (thats if you consider that exotic.... i know the auzzies are laughing at me the Swar Ku 'mountain tortoise')

    We also had the roasted chicken which was pretty well executed with breast meat not too tough and skin well marinated with plentiful herbs served with criss-cut fries which by the way was super yummy.

    It was great to meet the buy 2 get 1 free promo as such our free main course was a mushroom and bacon fettuccine. Who can resist these broad chewy noodles in cream sauce.. yes we couldn't and slurped up every bit of it....

    The selection of desserts were interesting and there were cakes as well but yet again we couldn't stop ourselves from cafe hopping as such... We would be sure to return to try out the dessert the next round.

    Rating given:Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

       18 May 2015 at 10:24 am
    Category: Asian
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    Quite an interesting concept of a claypot steamboat with a thick gravy like soup that is well spiced and full of flavor.

    We stumbled upon this restaurant while exploring the higher levels of this brand new shopping mall and well the aroma of braised claypot chicken lured us in. The restaurant is of a good size and seating aplenty however the staffs were pretty adamant about not allowing you to occupy a larger seat and we kinda ended up with a tight dining table with butter finger me almost topple my drink and dropping stuffs on the floor.

    We ordered a Chicken Hotpot which arrived in a claypot, smaller then what we expected but smelt amazingly yummy. When asked for spiciness, we opted for the minimal which is pretty acceptable to us. We suspected they added MALA (Chinese numbing chilli) to the soup and turned our taste-buds on.

    There were plenty of chicken pieces in the claypot coupled with some veg and as we removed the chicken to avoid cooking it, the staff offered to top up with some soup and they did... We were then asked to pick some veg and other steamboat ingredients from the fridge nearby which we did and to be dunk into the now clearer soup to cook.

    The meal was satisfying, while the chicken hotpot plus later steamboat was pretty fun and a fresh experience for us, however our clothes do stank a little as we exited.

    The medium sized claypot chicken cost us $21.80, while the white plates we took from the fridge $2:80 and black plates $3:80. And there was this snack that was given to us when we first got settled in, which we didn't order and didn't eat that cost us $2:00...

    Don't enjoy the snack and the idea behind it.. I mean if you wanna give it without consent, then give it for free... Why Charge somebody for something they didn't ask for... Next time i'm gonna make a big deal out of this *pissed*

    Rating given:Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

       14 May 2015 at 5:07 pm
    Category: Asian
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    Mooks, our late night mookata (thai BBQ/Steamboat) hangout. Yes, they are open till 3am on most nights especially weekends and eves of public holidays and well be sure to call to reserve seats before heading down as this cosy joint which is one of the uncommonly few air-conditioned mookata restaurants in Singapore keeps your food sizzling hot and you as cool as a basking polar bear.

    Love the location as parking is just at your doorstep, especially when the night gets younger, the parking gets more convenient and well, taxis are easy to catch and public transport is just 5 mins walk away.

    I enjoyed the simple no frills setting, no fancy corridor blockers, just simple, spacious and clean designs with spacy sitting and real fresh ingredients for the BBQ. We were quickly seated by the friendly staff and served a menu while she took orders for our drinks. The menu was simple, you could order ala cart or a set which comprises of seafood, poultry, noodles, eggs and many more item which 2 ladies are unable to complete. Yes we ordered the set and additional beef to go with.

    We took fancy of the dome shaped mookata cooking equipment and loved it more when we were told to fry our own pork fats to oil the plate. It was fun and quite a new experience for both of us. Once an innovative invention of survivors in the jungle, turning soldier helmets into cooking utensils for fresh BBQ with well flavoured soup to finish the meal created today's hip combination of BBQ & Steamboat.

    The ingredients were fresh and included fish, prawns and squid for seafood. I felt less guilty when i realised all ingredients were non seasoned and we were supposed to dunk them into a special bowl of dipping sauce. Well the dipping sauce was out of this world. I adored the burst of sweet, savoury and slightly spicy taste with hints of lingering fragrance of sesame from the special sauce.

    We managed to cook some Tung Fen (Rice Vermicelli) and veg in the soup which tasted savoury with all the goodness of the grilled ingredients and we also managed to poach some eggs in the oh so rich soup.

    Though we completed the meal smelling like BBQ ourselves, it was an extremely fun experience and is a very good bonding activity for friends. It was exciting to experiment different cooking styles together while chit-chatting and updating each other about our everyday mundane lives. Another great thing is that i didn't get any hot oil splattered on me like when i'm BBQing elsewhere.

    Was a really fun experience with yummy food and the special concocted dipping sauce is just AWESOME... Love the late night dining concept especially friendly to night owls like me... Nice place to hang out and will invite more friends to visit it again... #SleeplessNightsInSG

    Rating given:Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

       04 May 2015 at 11:36 am
    Category: International
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    My extravagantly pleasing Dinner at the Oscar's authentic home cooked Italian buffet by Executive Chef Michele Mingozzi was an extensive spread of delectable seafood and freshly flown poultry, carefully prepared and immeasurably enjoyed.

    I was surprised by the considerable size of the buffet spread, which kinda made me feel terribly skinny in my overgrown body and yet i still didn't manage to try every dish in the spread. When I finally crawled to the Beautiful finishing point, bountifully filled with colourful sweets, the infamous EAT ALL YOU WANT dessert spread, I could only weakly manage to grab a few ganaches squares and the highly adored tiramisu, vowing to return for this food galore with a spare tank in my belly.

    1) Great choices of home-made breads
    I have always loved warm bread with balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil however the bakery section consist of many other lovely bakes like olive infused focaccia, bread sticks, Sesame Crisp and plenty of other herb infused choices which delighted me visually and satiated my hunger for carbs.

    I spied a bowl of fried olives next to the breads and fell in love with the juicy and savoury taste of these breaded fruits bursting in my mouth.

    2) Love the cheese spread
    A good choice of various exotic cheeses available from the easy to eat Taleggio to the strong Gorgonzola, however the lime light is on the wooden bucket full of mozzarella littered with olives, tomato and loaded with a good choice of sauces to drizzle on. Apparently the lack of taste of this fantastically textured Mozzarellas are great taste enhancers of their partners... It liberates the taste of their partner and compliments with great texture thus making it great to pair with exotic tasting sauces and fruits.

    I simple love the variety of sauces, dried fruits, nuts and biscuits that were carefully placed with each cheese platter and I appreciated the recommendations as sometimes we ain't so sure what is supposed to go with what.

    3) Caesar Salad in a cheese bowl
    Yes the salad here is mixed in a huge cut-out chunk of cheese bowl which is beyond coolness...

    The spread of seafood was beyond my imagination.
    First there were cooked and concocted seafood salad (eg. prawns in chilli oil) served in shots or scotch glasses and then there was the sashimi counter that served freshly sliced raw fish and sushi (the salmon belly sushi had its belly melting in my mouth), and then there were buckets full of COLD SEAFOOD of many kinds (Spider Crab, Sri Lankan Crab, Mussels, Scallops, Prawns, crayfish), Cooked chilled and ready to eat. The crab was sweet, mussels fresh and scallops chunky and juicy, what more could you ask for seriously....

    BUCKETS AND BUCKETS full of fresh OYSTERS from 5 different locations, each bearing a different distinctive taste of the sea they live in. Extremely fresh, nicely cleaned and I kinda felt like tearing up while I indulge in them. Yes, it was sweet and tasted like the sea and I felt honoured getting to eat them here without having to visit the USA or Canada or Ireland or France.

    5) More than 30 Varieties of Pasta and Cooked food
    Space utilization is at its all time high here with every available space on the buffet table filled in with a dish. Yes... applaud the efficiency of the one organizing the display of the buffet spread...

    Pork Porchetta - Was not an easy dish to make especially with a a huge limb yet it was executed with such skill and expertise; skin was crispy and thin and lightly separated from the tender and well flavoured flesh. The meat lightly coated with some fats melted in my mouth was puuur-fect...

    Another traditional home cooked Italian dish that was unique was the gnocchi (potato balls) in a creme sauce that was chewy and reminded me of small tang yuan however in a savoury creme sauce.

    You have to also try the braised Veal Tongue in a brown sauce which I took quite some boldness to try and it tasted just like extremely tender veal. Was quite pleasant actually.

    6) Don't forget the noodle bar at the outdoor dining area

    Loved the idea of an outdoor lounge area and what more, 2 friendly noodle sifu cooking up yummy Laksa, wanton noodles and TomYum seafood soup to warm the belly. Lots of ingredients like succulent juicy prawns and mushrooms with some kick in that tomyum soup...

    7) The Never-Ending Dessert Spread
    Was indeed the largest dessert spread i've ever seen, beautifully decorated and made me hungry for sweets just thinking about it.

    You might want to start with some fruits, marshmallows and pretty little things to soak up the elegant chocolate fountain and then order a waffle from the dessert chef that could be paired with (5 unique flavoured) balls of home made ice-creams. Topped with hundred and one toppings of all kinds... (never seen so many different toppings in my life).

    You could also end up with some banana froyo drizzled with a huge selection of flavoured syrups otherwise some dried fruits... (i'm only halfway down the dessert aisle). Otherwise ask for some ice-cream in a cup and i personally find 'Balsamic Ice Cream a tad sour which is quite pleasing and 'Stracciatelia'- uniquely sweet with bits of something that was lovely.

    And then you have arrived to the cake, tarts, tiramisu, meringue cookie, chocolate square area, in which I just didn't know where to start...

    The Tiramisu is an absolute winner, served in a beautiful martini glass, the creme was smooth and cake well liquored which made everything wonderful.

    I'm astonished with the Earl Grey Ganache firstly because I've never been to a dinner buffet with so many flavours for chocolate squares to choose from and the taste of the ganache was exquisite. Fit for the Earl himself, the Earl Grey was aromatic with bits of tea immersed by quality smooth bitter chocolate carefully concocted to melt in my mouth , leaving an aromatic fragrant after-taste.

    The spread was extremely worth its price of (S$69 / weekday dinner) as the ingredients were fresh and spread well executed. Sitting areas were spacious, chic, comfortable and service is friendly and prompt. We relish even the lovely decorations on the buffet spread as we were in awe that a buffet spread could be so stylishly decorated. What impressed me had to be the variety of this decadent spread and the effort in sourcing these fresh and sometimes hard to obtain ingredients. The passionate chefs that made these delectable traditional dishes gave me a good glimpse of the traditional Italian culture and is somewhat memorable.

    Rating given:Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

       28 Apr 2015 at 10:34 am
    Category: Food Courts
    Leenie Pigs Leenie Pigs says:

    The Kitchen is one of my favourite food court as I love the large spacious sitting and huge glass panels that allowed me to gaze out at the greenery outside.

    Mala Xiang Guo was one of the later added stalls right opposite the Yong Tau Foo stall and well I was attracted by the large variety of options available, half spurred by curiousity.

    So i picked up a metal bowl and started to pick the ingredients which comprises of vegetables, root vegetables, meat, some fishball/meat ball kinda processed seafood and bean curd skins in which some varieties are not commonly seen in Singapore's wet market. After picking i passed the entire metal bowl to the lady and she measured each categories of ingredients separately while using a calculator to add on the cost. The meat is most expensive i suppose and told me a lump sum of about $15 for a bowl of ingredients... She asked how spicy i wanted and of course i asked for the lowest of the lowest. I paid and as I looked at the bill i realised that there is a POT BASE charge of $2.50 on top of the open price ingredients that i picked.

    After about 5 mins i picked up my bowl of delight, nicely cooked ingredients cut to a good mouthful size mixed up in a bowl of spicy, sneezy mala base with a good dose of peanuts. The mala was spicy and numbing yet savoury and good to go with a bowl of plain rice.

    Love the taste of the mala and it made me sweat and leak from the nose. Well I must not say its pricey yet its worth every cent... All the ingredients tasted yummy and well the experience is something I will return for more...

    Rating given:Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

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