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       06 Nov 2016 at 7:07 pm
    Category: Deli and Cafe
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    Was here to celebrate my 6th Anniversary with my missus to an afternoon of indulgence. We made a reservation online and advised that it was our anniversary.

    Honestly, i did not expect anything special from indicating our anniversary but was greeted by a nice table mat, free sparkling wine and chocolates on top of a 20% discount off the bill. The discount is due to booking online, not the anniversary.

    Into the review proper, i have to say the service we experienced was very good. Unobtrusive staff and very friendly people made the meal an enjoyable one.

    The food is a mixed bag. The quality is definitely there and we enjoyed the cold cuts and seafood which were sadly not being refilled fast enough, stuff like the alaskan crab legs, lobsters and oysters specifically are being wiped out real quick as usual. The sashimi corner lacked the usual chawan mushi (steamed eggs) usually found in the corner and the fish, though fresh, was somehow less sweet.

    What we did enjoy was the lobster bisque, the indian food location which was great but could have been better with butter chicken addition and the desserts. The meats section is pretty good as well with an entire wagyu leg on display which is simply huge!

    We also enjoyed the clean environments and comfortable atmosphere where we stayed all the way till closing of lunch at 3pm.

    In the end, an enjoyable buffet lunch which is good value for big eaters.
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         06 Nov 2016 at 6:53 pm
      Category: Hawker Centres
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      Hidden in the corner of Berseh food centre is this rather obscure and seemingly quiet little store.

      The owners are silently slogging away at all the preparations, blending, cutting, frying and repeat since the morning they start till closing time.

      Do not let the quiet facade trick you, there's always a queue regardless of the time. The only truth is how long you'll need to wait since everything is prepared fresh and on the spot. My first visit here, i had to wait around 45 minutes to 1 hour for my order of the 2 oysters cakes in this post.

      This is an acquired taste which may or may not be for everyone. The batter is paper thin and filled with yummy ingredients from minced pork, oysters, prawns, peanuts, parsley and silver fish then fried in oil. What you get is a really unique tasting fuzhou snack thats just bursting with flavor.

      It basically tastes like a salty prawn/oyster combination biscuit when you have it freshly friend. Take away is fine but the best taste is had dining on the spot with their chili sauce.

      Give it a chance and see if its your kind of snack. Chances are, you'll enjoy it.
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           06 Nov 2016 at 6:47 pm
        Category: Coffee Shops
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        Chanced upon this place on Saturday morning from a namecard my father picked up.

        It was quite a surprise when i arrived at 930am to a long queue.

        Price of food is quite reasonable and portion size is pretty big. The shop itself has a nice hong kong vibe to it and is airy and comfortable.

        The signature porridge is an old style porridge, which means its boiled so long its watery, with a variety of ingredients. Meat balls, cuttle fish, sliced ginger and fish are hidden in the porridge while the top is adorned with fried pig intestines. All the ingredients tasted great but do remember to stir the porridge to give it a good mix as the soy sauce or mixture of fish and soy sauce is found near the bottom.

        Never one to eat pig intestines, i tried 2 pieces and found it very fragrant with the special taste only pig intestines will have. Its an acquired taste but one that is fast disappearing in Singapore. From the long queue however, you can tell that many people still remember and love this kind of cuisine. A few patrons asked specifically for just the fried intestines and porridge only. So my guess is that its a love it or hate it thing.

        The beehoon is pretty tasty with the chili sauce but i found it a tad expensive. Eating it together with the porridge might yield a different feeling and at $1.20 for just the bee hoon, its a pretty good deal. The fried chicken wing has a mild har cheong (prawn paste) like taste which is quite pleasing.

        Overall, pretty decent breakfast i would say. If you're in the area, try it if you like this style of food.
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             06 Nov 2016 at 6:35 pm
          Category: Hawker Centres
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          Having queued for 2 hours previously at the woodlands outlet, it was with much trepidation that i went to the old airport outlet to give it a second try. I was there early on a Friday evening and there was a queue, though not as long a queue as the Woodlands outlet.

          The best part is how the soup tastes completely different from the previous visit. Our last visit, which was almost the same time, had the soup already mostly sold out and ended with a 2 hour wait and no meat and no prawns.

          The soup during that visit was still thick but more salty and had a char (smokey) taste. This time, there was no such issue and we had the full experience. The soup was slightly different between the crayfish version and the normal version.

          The crayfish version was much sweeter and stronger in taste and i loved it. The meat, which is all made in house, was generous in portion and all the seafood present was fresh. My wife felt that the meat was not as good as they blended in the cartilage and soft bones of the pork. Still, we both loved the soup and this is going to be many repeat visits in the making. The fact that its closer to our house now is a big bonus.

          If you've not tried this yet, stop reading and go eat it now. Its worth the price, time and all the hype there was behind it.
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               06 Nov 2016 at 6:03 pm
            Category: Deli and Cafe
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            Cupcakes have always been a mystery to me.

            Its mysterious that something so simple can be so tempting, beautiful and tasty. Its mysterious that it can have so many different iterations and still continue to mesmerize people from far and wide.

            Plain vanilla is one of those cupcake places that i just keep returning to. I love almost all their cupcakes with a particular liking for their mainstays and daily specials as well. With holloween around the corner, i'm sure the talented chefs already have something up their sleeve.

            Cupcakes here go at around $4 a pop depending on the ingredients used and you can definitely taste what you're paying for. Having said that, i shared the above with a few friends and their acceptance of the various flavors varied from love to cringe because one of them hates sugar. The overall consensus for that tasting was that the flavors were strong.

            So give it a try if you're in the vicinity and judge for yourself if its your kind of cupcake. It certainly is my kind of cupcake and i'll be back for more.
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              Lucardia said:
              Supposed to be 4 stars
              06 Nov 2016 at 6:05 pm
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