Dinner @ Swensens, Parkway Parade
We ordered 2 main courses to share and a dessert!
First was “American Cheeseburger”. Don’t be fooled by the name. It’s a pizza with… well… cheeseburger toppings. The beef patty is “deconstructed” as ground beef sprinkled over a tomato mustard base topped with strips of tomato, onions and gherkins.
I had to go down to Samsung Service Centre (SSC) down at Plaza Singapura to have my new phone looked at. Just started using it for a day and suddenly I wasn’t able to access the mobile data plan 😦
Was told that my phone needs an upgrade of the firmware and would take 2 hours. So I left my phone at the SSC while I walked around. It was crowded for an early weekday evening. Probably cos xmas is around the corner and everyone’s busy doing their xmas shopping. After walking around Carrefour and Daiso, and doing a bit of magazine browsing at Times, I started feeling hungry and deliberated over a place to eat. Foodcourt was packed and I wasn’t in the mood to join the crowd.
Japan Foods Pte Ltd (JFPL), the company behind Aijisen Ramen has opened a”Japanese Food shotengai” similar to Manpuku in this shopping mall. “Tokyo Walker” as it is called, the place comprises of 4-5 delis under the JFPL umbrella. I chose the most no-frills one of them all, Kura Ramen, which turns out to be a spin-off from Ajisen’s. Even the crockery used are the same!
my order of Char Siu Shoyu Ramen. The broth is a simple soya sauce base. Other ramen options had red or white miso paste base, all reasonably simple, without needing extensively long periods of preparation, e.g. tonkotsu broth.
We’d read about this place from several newspaper and website reviews. While looking for a new place to eat at Orchard, we thought, why not give Ippudo a try. It took a while for us to find the restaurant but thankfully, there wasn’t a queue. Guess the dinner crowd hasn’t hit yet. 🙂
Ippudo is one of the several ramen joints that had landed in Singapore over the last year or so. With its roots from Hakata Fukuoka, the ramen dishes served were concocted by its founder Kawahara-san, more popularly known as the “Ramen King”. Now that’s a big hat to wear.
After dinner at Macau Macao, we felt throughly dissatisfied decided to walk over to Liang Seah Street to see if there’s anything to sooth that sweet tooth of ours. And Ah Chew Desserts seems to just the perfect candidate for the task!
Ah Chew Desserts, 阿秋甜品 is name known to many and is kinda synonymous to Liang Seah Street. It’s not the only dessert shop in the vinicity but many swear this to be the best. We’d passed by this place many times but the shop is always packed with sweet-tooth dessert goers. This was a weekday afternoon and we thought, why not? 🙂
It was a hot day and something cooling is much needed.
My order of 蛋花马蹄露 water-chestnut and egg, very refreshing indeed!
Dinner @ Macau Macao, a newly opened restaurant along North Bridge Road facing Bugis Junction. We were very early for dinner yes, but there was hardly any crowd in the restaurant, considering how bustling the human traffic is around this area. Apart from us, only another table was occupied.
We ordered Macau Pork Chop Burger 澳门猪扒包 on the menu which came with potato wedges and chips.
Lunch @ Swensens, Bugis Junction
We watched the latest Harry Potter on its Premier day. An afternoon matinee which is supposed to make the cinema less packed. Before that we had the one-for-one lunch treats promotion at Swensens
The mall was rather packed over the Hari Raya Haji public holiday. Some of the food joints had long queues and we settled for NYDC which requires much less waiting. And what’s best was we got a table by the veranda overlooking the shopping aisle below 🙂
A new addition to the menu, “The prawn who got creamed” , a spaghetti fish with mushrooms, capsicum, shrimp all sauteed to a nice firmness with basil and alfredo sauce. It aint bad at all . But I personally preferred the Al pesto penne with shrimp we had at California Pizza Kitchen.. 🙂
Dinner @ Imperial Treasure Windows of Hong Kong, Triple One Somerset
After lunch, we wandered from Bugis to Orchard and eventually landing up at the newly refurbished Triple One Somerset, which used to be the head office for Singapore Power.
An interesting eating place, Imperial Treasure Windows of Hong Kong opened there that is reminiscent of Cafe de Coral 大家樂 in Hong Kong. And of course we had to try how good it was.
Dinner @ Watami, Japanese family restaurant located at the newly refurbished annexe located at B1 of Raffles City Shopping Centre.
We had a dinner set for 2 for SGD49++ which includes a good selection of dishes of varied nature and cooking styles. Comes also with two drinks. I had Yuzu soda while J had iced lemon tea.
Bab Noodle is a nice little (well, not that little actually) family restaurant tugged amongst the row of restaurants at the open air parking space just opposite Conrad Hotel. It’s basically an Asian-themed place, selling a mish-mesh everything with Japanese, Korean, Thai and even Vietnamese influcence.
We ordered 2 dinner sets and 2 ala carte side dishes, since there was a 1-for-1 ala carte menu promotion going on. This is the Tori Katsu set.
Ajisen Ramen at Parkway is a ramen joint which we have been dining at for at least a good 5 years now. It’s one of the first few Japanese restaurants we’d eaten at. So eating here brings back some of the initial memories we’d shared 🙂
Our visit this time brings back some of the regular dishes we used to order whenever we come here.
Awfully Chocolate (AC) is like an open secret amongst chocolate lovers. Originally at Katong Mall, the small and minimalistically furbished shop attracts cocoa fanatics from all over the island to
pig try out their irresistibly yummilicious chocolate cakes and ice-cream.
Since the mall was pulled down, AC relocated just diagonally across the road and became neighours with Obolo, Ashtons and one of my all-time favorites, Puteri Mas Durian Puffs! Since then, a frantic franchising movement seems to be going on with outlets springing up all over the island (well, almost all over :p).
Being curious us, we would naturally join a queue when we see one. So that was what we did at the new AC joint along East Coast Road.
White Chocolate cupcake. The creamy icing topping is whipped up on the spot with a handsome stand mixer behind the counter. We watched them prepare this, liberally downing copious amounts of sugar! The taste is merely sweet without much depth and reminds of the melamine-containing White Rabbit Creamy Candy, 大白兔奶糖. Not a very pleasant memory.
Dinner @ Nantsuttei Ramen, located at “Itadakimasu”, a whole floor in Parco Marina Bay at Millenia Walk dedicated to Japanese themed restaurants.This place drew a huge crowd on the weekend we visited Keisuke Tokyo Ramen. So we decided to visit this joint on another weekend, and here we are!
Dinner @ Keisuke Tokyo Ramen, Parco Millenia, the newly refurbished annex adjacent to Millienia walk where Promenade MRT is located. Located on the top floor, it joins an array of 5-6 new “Wafu” themed restaurants in a shotengai concept, aptly named “Itadakimasu”. The shopping mall looks quiet on a weekend evening but there was already a queue in front of the restaurant when we reached.
Tunch @ Waraku, Central Clarke Quay.
Yaikisoba, aka stir-fried noodles. Looks are deceiving as this seemingly drab looking dish is actually quite delicious. 🙂
We are very much “easties”, often wondering around the Katong- Siglap stretch looking for places to eat and try out new stuff. We are not very big chicken rice people but since we kinda ran out of dining ideas, we thought why not? 🙂
The Katong stretch of eateries is home to several chicken rice joints. There used to be a rather low profile shop that sells fairly decent chicken rice just under the overhead bridge that co-joins the infamous but now dyfunct “red-house” confectionery and Roxy Square. When we visited the place over the weekend, we’d discovered to our horror that it has “succumbed” to the cruelty of fate, with half the shop becoming an internet cafe. Human traffic was zilch and the “chefs” sitted lazily by the counter looked fairly jaded. I guess the word “sian” basically sums it all up. We quickly avoided the place and walked further up the stretch. Five Stars or Boon Tong Kee we deliberated. Being creatures of comfort, the air-conditioned Boon Tong Kee seemed like a wiser choice. Quality of food seemed somewhat secondary now.
Perhaps still recovering from the shock from the first chicken rice joint we went to, we ordered roasted chicken instead of their famous 白斩鸡 pak cham gai (white poached chicken) at Boon Tong Kee. Half a small chicken for 6 bucks. It was quite ordinary with nothing much to rave about. The meat was quite tender but nothing impressive. The skin was over-seasoned I thought, overwhelming with pepper and five-spice powder with every palate attempt. The pickled vegetables (giam chai) was quite refreshing though.
We visited the Butterfly Garden located within Terminal 3 Transit Area and had lunch at Hard Rock Cafe at Terminal 3 before boarding our 4.5 h flight on Jetstar to Taipei!
Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe located within the Transit Area of Changi Airport Terminal 3.
Massive Christmas Deco at T3 Changi Airport. Its a ball-shaped dome which opens up like an umbrella periodically and plays music.
Another deco for xmas in the transit area. Lotsa tourists stop by on the way to their boarding gates for some quick shots.
Stewardess serving refreshments on SQ638 to Narita. Its a overnight flight. So no dinner served as it was 2345h when we boarded. Our first A380 experience! Chose a seat which doesn’t have a seat in front of it in exchange for more legroom turned out to be a mistake. With no foot rest extension from the seat in front (cos there isn’t a seat in front!), I kept slipping downwards while sleeping. And the meal table is wobbly. The screen is stowed away on the left of the seat. But I could do with the extra legroom. Oh well… you win some, you lose some.