Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saveur - Affordable French cusine

After seeing so many pictures of the nicely rolled pasta sprinkled with fried ebi on IG, I've always wanted to give this place a try and it's so awesome that they opened an outlet at Far East Plaza because the place was not packed to the brim and it's so much more accessible.

First up, starters!

Foie Gras in Creamy Lentils - $7.90 

I tried foie gras once before and it was pretty unforgettable, so I ordered it for bf to try and his reaction was "Melt-in-your-mouth good! Why no intro before??" Heh. The foie gras was good, not exceptionally WOW but it was good. Although I think the apple sauce may have been better because the creamy lentils didn't leave a lasting impression.

Saveur's Pasta - $4.90

Duck Confit - $10.90

The pasta was cooked al dente and flavourful with the olive oil, garlic and some herbs. The crunchy ebi was like a bonus to the whole dish and it definitely whet our appetite for our main dish- Duck Leg Confit!

I liked that the duck skin was crisp and the duck was grilled just right so that the duck was still tender yet flavourful. Mashed potatoes was creamy and smooth and not too salty to go well with the slightly salty duck meat. 

The cosy and classy ambience of the small French eatery made dining very comfortable, and not harmful to our pockets at all. 

14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza
#01-07B (beside Punggol Nasi Lemak)
Singapore 228213
Tel: 6333 3121

5 Purvis Street, Talib Court
Singapore 188584
Tel: 6736 1121

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Recent baked goods.

Ever since I discovered the recipe of buttermilk biscuits and tried to bake using the Philips airfryer, I've been trying to bake other recipes using airfryer as well. So these are what I've baked so far!

1. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside Buttermilk Biscuits

2. Berry berry muffins. Actually I tried to act cute, it's supposed to be 'very berry muffins'. I adapted from this recipe by adding cranberries and decorated with a strawberry on top.

 3. Red Velvet Cupcakes! Chanced upon this recipe while I was surfing around food blogs the other day and it looked simple enough so I gave it a try. Super stoked that it turned out quite dense and moist! I need to work on the piping of the frosting though cos it turned out quite watery and the frosting doesnt stand on its own.

4. Ang mo Carrot Cake - I adapted the recipe by not adding the pineapples. If you decided to add the pineapples to see how it taste like, do let me know how it added to the flavour of the cake!

At this point in time, I hope you are starting to be quite impressed with the Airfryer cos I certainly am!

5. Banana Buttermilk pancakes with strawberry jam - Buttermilk makes all baked goods so much tastier! This time I used salted butter and I like the slightly salty buttery flavour that went really well with the bananas and strawberry jam!! Perfect weekend brunch.

Can't wait to try baking chocolate muffins, salted caramel cupcakes and maybe even rainbow ones just for fun! I'll be back with more recipes to share with you foodies. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Canopy Garden Dining & Bar

Dining here at Canopy Garden is a refreshing change from the usual restaurants because we were surrounded by lush greenery and the food is really tasty and light! Had wanted to try the brunch items initially but turned out we were 2 hours late cos brunch ends at 5pm on weekends. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the 2 pastas tried here at Canopy thoroughly!

Lobster pomodoro - $19.00++

I liked the basil tomato pasta sauce very much! It was flavorful tho not overpowering and it was so delicious, I licked the whole bowl clean. It was thatttt good. The serving of lobster meat was generous and the pasta was cooked al dente with just the right consistency. I highly recommend this dish to foodies who wanna head to Canopy for meals.

 Crabmeat Aglio Olio - $19.00++ 

I concluded with my partner that it's not easy to master aglio olio because you don't want to infuse the pasta with too much garlic but yet it cannot be too little to risk the dish being too bland. The crabmeat was quite generous as you get to eat it with each spoonful of pasta and the herbs were not too strong to spoil the taste of the fresh seafood.

Homemade Onion Rings - $4.00++

I haven't tried homemade onion rings before actually, so was pretty stoked that the sweetness and crunchiness (teeny weeny bit) of the onions were not lost in the frying. 

The prices are pretty reasonable, in my opinion, for the quality of food and the ambience in the restaurant. I will be back to try the desserts next time!

Canopy Garden Dining & Bar
1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Bishan Park II
(Next to Asmara spa) 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Plain Vanilla Bakery - Staircase to cupcake heaven

This is my second time visiting Plain Vanilla because the first time I climbed the flight of staircase up to the bakery at 6+pm, every single cupcake was sold out! This made me even more determined to try the cupcakes and here I am on a scorching Saturday afternoon, taking the same flight again and crossed my fingers that I was not too late...

Was grinning from ear to ear when I see not one or two but many many cupcakes displayed nicely at the counter! Woots. So worth the climb!

Happiness comes in a box with 2 round and moist cupcakes to make the heat more bearable!

What I like about the red velvet cupcake is that the cake is moist and dense, yet not to the extent which you want to stop after a few bites. But I find the topping too sweet! Although I have a sweet tooth but this was wayyy too sweet for my liking.

As for the other cupcake, I like the subtle white chocolate taste in the vanilla-based cake, and there's fresh strawberry fruits inside the cupcake to add a burst of freshness to the cupcake.

For $3.50 a piece, I would definitely not mind coming back for more for the portion and the moist cupcakes. Can't wait to visit their Yong Siak branch though and hopefully there's tables and chairs to chill the afternoon away.

Since I'm sucha fan of cupcakes, I'm thinking of rounding up all the indie cupcake shops in SG into 1 post! Let me know if you are a fan too and which are some of the places you have tried and are good too! :)

Plain Vanilla Bakery
34A Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
(above El Patio Mexican restaurant)
Singapore 277691

1D Yong Siak Street,
Singapore 168641

Plain Vanilla Website
Plain Vanilla FB Page

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Standing Sushi Bar II

Finally tried other kinds of food at Standing Sushi Bar besides the $3 salmon sashimi! I think the standard of the food has improved quite a bit though I still find their ala carte items slightly expensive. But definitely worth queuing up for dinner. Shall not bore you with words and let the pictures do the talking!

Not sure if you noticed the difference, but the salmon are bigger and thicker than the last time we went there!

I can't wait til the next time I have my fill of salmon sashimi and salmon maki and unagi again. Oh and maybe the sukiyaki too. Remember to make reservation early to avoid the queuing!

And awesome food should be enjoyed with awesome company. ;)

Standing Sushi Bar
8 Queen Street
(Just besides Food for Thought)
Tel: 6333 1335

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

French bakery & patisserie @ Tiong Bahru Bakery

Pardon my ignorance, but I thought that Tiong Bahru Bakery (TBB) was an old-school bakery like our friendly neighbourhood bakery Swee Heng when I first heard of TBB. Soft and buttery buns' aroma floated to my nostrils and the images of old-school sugary doughnuts immediately appeared in my mind when I picture the 'old school' name with bakery. Boy, was I wrong or was I wrong man?!?! Well, after some good reviews from die-hard fans of TBB, it was quite a coincidence that we chanced upon the bakery when we were walking around Raffles City Shopping Centre one Saturday afternoon.

Although I'm pretty sure all the bread and pastries are awesome in TBB, but curiosity got the better of me when I saw the black bun sitting among his pretty friends and despite my partner's raised eyebrow and a doubtful 'Really?', I went ahead and ordered the sandwich, together with a mini croissant and a huge strawberry croissant. Not forgetting our much-needed coffee.

Squid Ink Sandwich ($8.50)

In all honesty, there wasn't much of the squid ink taste in the buns. However, I do like the slightly chewy texture of the buns and it went very well together with the salty smoked salmon and ham and the fresh burst of wild rocket taste when you take a generous bite.

Lemon Curd tart ($6.00 ish)

The sweet and zesty custard really hit the spot... for a few seconds and then the sweetness just lingered and refused to go away! I would have preferred the curd to be less sweet a teeny bit and less of the tart. I was recommended to try Lemon Curd tart at this other cafe and I shall check it out soon.

TBB is definitely a place to be and be seen. Noticed a lot of hipsters hang out at the cafe, taking pictures (to instagram) and also a lot of families having brunch with their little kids, who by the way, are real lucky to have fond memories of TBB as the placed they grow up with. The prices are not exactly cheap, but reasonable for the quality and location they are in.

This place is so not old school and yet so hip with quality bakery and pastries. It's definitely a place I want to go back to and try all the pastries.

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier
56 Eng Hoon St, #01-70

252 North Bridge Road, #B1-11/12
Raffles City
S 179103

Tiong Bahru Bakery Website
Tiong Bahru Bakery FB Page