We were here for some Japanese-European fusion food because of the Chope offer!
Though there was a larger outdoor seating area, we opted for indoors, thinking that it would be less hot and more quiet. Erm, it was quite quiet when the blender was not in use 😛
It was ladies’ night today, so ladies get a free drink and 3 oysters at promotional prices. The staff said it is men’s night everyday; the men foot the bill everyday. Hahahaha!
To start, we got a Lychee Sake Cocktail and 3 Fresh Oysters to share. We also had a Raw & Cured Platter ($36++), Hamachi Collar ($21.90++), Charcoal Griled Saikyo Miso Ginger Spring Chicken ($24++), Jumbo Crab Meat Linguine ($29, free with Chope offer).
JY helped to make reservations here, and so the 3 of us were here at Shisen Hanten (who recently won 2-Star Michelin in the 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore) to try some Szechuan food by the Japanese chef Chen Kentaro.
We liked the decorations and the lovely view of the restaurant with the very high ceiling on a very high floor.
Once we were comfortably seated, we were served the menu (with crumbs on them *gasp*). My friend said it was a good sign; for it meant that the restaurant was busy!
Our brunch part 2, we had chanced upon this cafe, and food models of pancakes were calling out to us!
A few touches on the iPad, and we got ourselves a Caesar Bacon Pancake set, with a pot of Sangria Tea (set cost $16.80++, with additional $1++ for premium tea selection).
The Sangria tea was a fruity blend and really whet our appetites! It was also fun to play with the Gravitea pot, as the tea would flow out after we align the tea pot on top of the cup. Though the tea was non-refillable, the pot was sufficient for more than 2 cups of tea.
Made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk on hot cast iron pans straight from the oven, the Dutch Baby pancakes actually originated from Germany. The sweet pancakes and salty bacon balanced each other out, and the texture of the pancake reminded us of egg omelette with crispy edges. It was quite delicious! The generous amount of vegetables was quite refreshing.
Note that Fruit Paradise is the sister brand, so you can also order their fruit tarts here 🙂
We were looking for a quiet Sunday brunch place, and Laurent’s Cafe seemed to be a good option 🙂
This is a casual dining cafe opened by French artisan chocolatier Laurent Bernard among his other dessert cafes and serves hearty French food, as well as his well-liked chocolate desserts and cakes.
A relatively new kid on the block, we decided to satisfy our dim sum cravings here!
Our first impressions was that this was a kids-friendly restaurant, as there were corner bumpers at all tables. The other 2 groups of customers all had kids in tow. Food started arriving within 10 minutes upon ordering.
Today we took a short walk from Ang Mo Kio MRT Station to this neighbourhood restaurant for some very affordable Italian food 🙂
- French Quail with Egg Tortino ($15 nett): One of the today’s special for appetiser, this was very delightful! The quail was de-boned, making it real easy for us to eat. Pan-fried skin was crispy, and the meat was tender. The egg tortino was soft and abit like custard, and hubby likened it to a hard version of chawanmushi. Hahahaha, it was quite delicious and had a lovely truffle aroma to it. Pity that they forgot to remove the top layer of paper, which they were really shocked when we discovered it; we were too, for they had drizzled balsamic vinegar on it! Other than this little blip, this dish was good.
- Capesante ($12): This was one of the 3 chef’s recommendations for appetiser. The 2 baked scallops were fresh, but perhaps their thunder were stolen by the capsicum puree with flavoured butter and cheese in this dish.
- Pan Fried Pork Milanese ($22): Today’s special, and our favourite. This breaded pork fillet had a good balance of meat and fats. Very succulent and addictive. Perfect for sharing! The potatoes by the side were delicious too.
- Nero ($12): We are unable to resist ordering squid ink pasta 😛 It was actually a pretty good plate of pasta, with the spaghetti done just right, but the rest of the food we tried were just better. Is it normal that we always inevitably ended up fighting with the membrane of the squid whenever we order this dish? Made it a bit tough to eat. We missed the squid from yesterday… Haha 😛
- Tiramisu ($6): We almost did not order it, but the pictures look oh-so-good, and we were glad that we tried it! The generous amount of mascarpone cream made it look like melted ice cream, and we liked the overall texture and the balanced taste of this lightly-sweetened dessert.
Service in general was pleasant and friendly.
Note: They do not serve water, so it was $2 Dasani distilled water by the bottle. Considering that prices were nett, and the food portions were actually pretty decent, plus the food was good mostly delicious, we do consider this a value-for-money dinner, and a gem in this neighbourhood. 🙂
- Location: 408 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-779 S(560408)
- Website: pocoloco.com.sg
- Hrs: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
We were here for some supper, but unfortunately, the kitchen has closed, by the time we reached after 9pm. Nevermind, the drinks and cakes were still available 🙂
- White Cold Drip ($7 nett): Pretty standard drink.
- Iced Blueberry Mint Tea ($7): This was refreshing, and enjoyed the sweet and sour combination.
- Carrot Cake ($8.90): We found this to be quite sweet, but they were very generous with the walnuts!
Cold water was freely available at the counter near the restroom. There were also some magazines available for browsing. It was quite a nice place to chill out, but a pity that we did not manage to try out the food.
We felt like we stepped back in time upon entering this place 😮
Very nostalgic decorations, oldies playing, plus the dim yellow lighting, time seemed to have come to a standstill at this founded in 1981 cafe. Service charge and GST did not exist here too! Oh, and only cash accepted, just like the good old days.
We had to order and pay first, before picking any bar counter seat of our fancy. Things were done nice and slow, and our items came one by one, with the staff just passing the item over the counter to us when ready, with a smile. We could also watch them prepare our food and drinks since it was really an open concept; there are no glass windows separating the customers and the stove. One could also browse the available magazines while having a drink. Here were what we tried:
As part of our redeem-voucher-coz-Starhub-points-expiring exercise, we had a 1-for-1 $60++ 6-course Omakase deal at Ishinomaki Grill and Sake. It was a fairly popular place for Saturday lunch, and there were at least 2 other couples enjoying the same deal, all seated at the same corner of the restaurant.
We finally got a chance to try BAKE Cheese Tarts, thanks to hubby who queued 30 minutes to buy them!
At room temperature, our first bite had a rather fluffy cream cheese feel to it. We thought it was rather like cheese tofu, haha! The pastry was soft. Overall, it was kinda addictive without being overly sweet or salty. We liked it and it’s hubby’s favourite.
Our second tart was heated up for 5 minutes in the toaster oven, and the cream cheese became creamy smooth and flowy. You will definitely like it if you enjoy liu sha bao. The pastry became more crispy. It was just nice for 2 of us to share one, otherwise it might have been too gelat.
We will try the other 2 ways of eating (chilled and frozen) and update here!