Our last meal in Beijing was 涮肉 (typically mutton shabu shabu), and we wanted to try the 老北京铜锅 which is a traditional bronze hotpot with charcoal inside and a trench of water at the rim for shabu-ing the meat.
We found one near our hotel that looked quite traditional (because it’s housed in an old traditionally-looking building which we later realized was what the name of the restaurant 四牌楼 referred to) and had a few customers and has the words 百年老店 (which meant that it was a time-tested brand and literally around for 100 years), so we figured it should not be too bad.
Of course, there were also many restaurants that claimed to be 百年老店 or 老字号 as we had found out in this trip, haha.
It was a super late brunch (actually, almost lunch time), and this new place Steam Box caught our eye as something that looked rather healthy! They had just opened on 3 May 2016, and apparently dinner reservations were already fully booked.
Since we were rather early for lunch, we were the first customers of the day. The staff took time to explain to us how the entire process work, and how to use the steamer. Firstly we had to choose between the Century Egg and Pork Rib Porridge ($15++) or seafood porridge ($18++) as a base.
Next, we get to pick what we wanted to steam on top of the porridge, so that the juices will drip into the porridge for additional flavours. The big portions of meat are exactly double the size and double the price as the small portions, so the advice was to just try out small portions and add on if you like the items. The items are served on coloured plates, so we knew exactly how long we had to set the timer by checking against the timing list for each colour, and we could just cook the same coloured plate items together. We like this concept 🙂
We were here so many times but they always ran out of mains or waffles!!
So finally, on a fine Saturday morning, we decided to try just one last time before giving up (they can’t possible run out of mains or waffles from the morning right?)…
And this time, we managed to get seats and food 😀
We were glad that we made the effort to come here again (and again, and again…), because the food was so yummy!
In fact, we returned 4 days later for dinner 😛
Categories: Breakfast, Dinner, North
Tags: burger, cafe, chicken, latte, matcha latte, mushroom, pork belly, Thomson V, Upper Thomson, waffle
We were intending to go check out Clinton Street Bakery, but passed by Sunshine Plaza and decided to pop in to see if Victor’s Kitchen was available. Oh well, the queue was very long!
We then recalled seeing a Japanese vegetarian restaurant, that we also wanted to try out. The restaurant was split into 2 sides, and has apparently expanded beyond this, as one of staff guided the customers to somewhere out there to their tables 😮 So popular! We were lucky to secure a table as some customers were leaving. We decided to try some of the ala carte items:
Truffle Mushroom Risotto
Cheddar Cheese Danish Honey Toast
There were so many restaurants and cafe at the new Capitol Piazza and we thought Dazzling Cafe looked quite promising with the huge crowd. We were lucky that there was still a table for 2, and were ushered in, ahead of the larger groups who were still waiting for a table.
It was when we were seated that we realised that everyone seemed to be here for the toast 😛 But, first, a proper dinner for us 🙂
Beautiful latte art
We were in the area again and wondering what’s new for dinner. And as usual, I noticed some gorgeous waffles photos on Instagram, and checked that a new cafe has just opened along Kim Keat Road, near to Balestier-Whampoa area. This is just at the end of the road from Wheeler’s Yard!
Nestled within Hanson Court (a block of revamped studio apartments), Regroup x Scoop Therapy is a duel Cafe & Ice Cream Bar concept, which is also the 3rd branch from the very popular Group Therapy Coffee. The entire cafe is behind a glass wall and the glassed space welcomes much natural sunlight and the whimsical décor within complements the colourfulness of their homemade ice cream. There are a couple of alfresco seats but I seriously doubt anyone would want to sit so near the road.
We decided to stroll around the area for something light, and then we saw the SuagrApp sticker at one of the shops.
Oh yar! We could check out the app to see if there was anything interesting nearby.
And so we used the app and found this place! We tried the tapas – Prawn Alioli with Lemongrass & Coriander ($9.80, but only $1 with the app) and Stir Fried Button Mushroom with White Wine Shallots & Kaffir Leaf ($8.50), and were happy with our food! They were really generous with the fresh prawns and the mushrooms were delicious too!
Stir Fried Button Mushroom
The live band (The Passerby) began their performance slightly before 8pm. We enjoyed ourselves very much with the good food and the great music, loved the ambience!
However, the staff seemed to be in a hurry to chase us away, wanting to clear our plates when we were not done with our food. The minute we finished the pasta, he swopped in to clear the pasta, the sharing plate and all the unused serviettes, so we had to end up requesting for more when we were done with our mushrooms.
Drinks seemed rather expensive here, but there was no service charge or Goods Service Tax.
It was a rather nice place to hang out, would have been better if the service had not been so zealous. Do note that the live music is available only on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Location: 289 Farnborough Road S(509747)
- Website: kakis.sg
- Hrs: 4pm – 12am (Mon, Wed-Sun), 10:30am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
This is one of the newer restaurant along this stretch of eateries, and we had wanted to try out the famed pesto sauce here for a while. Today is the day!
It was completely empty when I arrived around 7.15pm, and was very quickly offered a drink while I waited for hubby to arrive as I enjoyed the warm homely interior of this little restaurant.
This place makes their own pasta sauces, and sell them in little bottles that you can cook at home. They also offer cooking lessons for anyone who is interested in preparing your own pasta.
Reviews on the Net have mentioned that they do slow cooking and everything is prepared from scratch so we were prepared for a wait. But we were early and there was only another table around.. 🙂
We walked past this restaurant the last time but didn’t venture in because although it calls itself a cafe, it’s more like a restaurant.
So tonight when we ran out of ideas for dinner, this restaurant just jumped out of our mind!
The wall posters in this restaurant has, of course, the black sheep theme! There’s even a poster of The Last Supper but all the disciples are black sheep! Haha…
There are not many tables and seats inside, but the ambience is quite relax and with smooth piped-in music, the environment makes for an ideal setting for a quiet meal with love ones.
The alphabet chairs!
We have heard so much about this ‘One Man’ that we must come! This is a specialty coffee concept store that that focuses on the art of the espresso and shares the space with Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar. It brews coffee and all-day breakfast until 5pm and hands the store over to Crust Pizza for them to serve up think-crust pizza. How cool is that?