Photo credit: Ms I
I was here for our team lunch, and while we had initially thought that this place was just newly opened, it turned out that it has been opened since Lunar New Year!
For some reason, it appeared to be still not-quite opened whenever we walked past. In fact, most of the seats still had their plastic wrapper intact.
We were the only customers there during lunch today, but we all thought that the food was pretty good! However, the portions were quite haphazard; some large portions seemed smaller than small 😛 Prices ranged from $10 to $20+ per item, depending on size.
The mock meats were all handmade, and pretty good, if not a bit spicy. The cereal beancurd was very fragrant. Overall it was an enjoyable and delicious lunch!
- Location: 275 Thomson Road Novena Regency #01-07 S(307645)
- Hrs: 11am – 9:30pm
We had wanted to return to Kyushu Pancake Cafe to try French toast, but alas, it was all sold out 😦 So we went to the next most popular restaurant during this hour, Rochor Thai 🙂
Got ourselves counter seats where we could watch some chef action, but it turned out that all the dishes we ordered were prepared inside the kitchen, haha:
Grilled Squid Pla Meuk Yang
Wok Fried Morning Glory Pak Boong Fai Daeng
Grilled Pork Collar Kor Moo
New kid on the block near the area and we were quite lucky to get seats immediately on a Friday night!
Then we realised that it was already last order 5 minutes after we were seated, haha! Without hesitation, we ordered:
Chilled Bitter Gourd 冰浸玉脆
Beijing Zha Jiang Noodles 北京炸酱拉面
Pan Fried Cabbage Dumpling 香煎白菜鲜肉锅贴
Steamed Chives Dumpling 韭菜鲜肉饺子
Steamed Salted Egg Dumpling 金沙灌汤小笼包
This area has been under renovations for a rather long time, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao 聚豪拉面小笼包 (originally from the already closed Lavendar Food Square and now opened in collaboration with MOF) has finally opened on 31st March!
We walked past this cafe when we were heading our way to a nice Korean restaurant in Goldhill Centre, and took noticed because this used to be a not-nice BKT restaurant (and we were glad it closed). Little did we realized that day was actually the first day it opened this 3rd outlet (the other 2 were in Siglap V and Eastwood)!
So we made a note to come by to try it out. Which we did on a nice Wednesday (maybe it’s Tuesday, but that’s not the point) evening, only to realize its kitchen closes early on weekdays at 8pm.
We finally made it here on Friday before its kitchen closed, but alas, we were still too late because they had ran out of waffles 😦
Ms K had a craving for non-BBQ Korean cuisine, and Your Woul seemed to have pretty good reviews. Judging from the fact that it has been operating for quite a while at this location, we decided to give it a try!
The restaurant was opened by a Korean family and has a typical Korean local atmosphere surrounding it, with Korean aunties shouting in Korean and patrons chatting loudly with occasional drinking glass knocking. What we like most about Korean restaurants is definitely the small plates of appetizers that are served before and during the meal. Some restaurants offer free-flow of appetizers but in Your Woul, it’s just two rounds of 6 different titbits.
We had wanted to go Shin Yeh 欣叶 at Square 2 for some Taiwanese food, but to our surprise, it has become Tunglok Teahouse 同乐小聚!
We are not clueless!
We had thought about coming here for quite a while (it opened in Feb 2015), but somehow, we were always distracted by other food options in the area, and also a bit apprehensive if a cafe who calls itself clueless, has any clue about making good food and drinks? But here we were today!
This is a simple setup much like other cafes, with simple tables and chairs, ordering and payment at the counter, eat and go type of cafe. The interior is brightly lit and roomy enough to not give a ‘pressurizing’ feel. Overall a very homely feel and we enjoyed the ambience very much.
Our first thoughts were that the prices were very reasonable in this location, and there was no GST or service charge. Small wonder that it was fully packed!
Note: Song Yuan BKT has ceased operations at this location.
Thin and few slices
We had a craving for bak kut teh and decided to check out this place… Though the lack of crowd was a bit worrying, haha! There was also no prime ribs soup option… So… We had a few questions marks in our mind :p
We ordered a Pork Ribs Soup ($6), Braised Pig’s Intestines ($6), Bean Curd Skin ($3), Kai Lan ($4) and a bowl of Steamed Rice ($1).
The pork ribs soup looked quite sad with 5 tiny ribs floating inside, but the braised pig’s intestines looked even sadder… Haha… The soup was quite salty, and the meat was quite tough… There were even pieces with more bone than meat. The intestines were not cleaned thoroughly as there was a stinky taste to it, and somehow, the insides of the intestines were gone!! 粉肠，粉肠，没粉怎么叫粉肠? Disappointed!!
The kai lan was a bit better, but there was just too much sauce, so it was quite salty. The best dish was actually the bean curd skin… *faintz* Rice was quite a huge portion, we both could not finish it. While the rice was not overly tough, you might want to add some soup or gravy to soften it a bit…
We are not coming back here again 😦
Expecting my meeting to end late today, we decided to meet at Novena for dinner.
It was almost 8pm when we met and Appare 天晴 looked quite empty. We picked a corner seat initially but there was a nearby table with 3 young kids making lots of noise and the waiter very subtly offered to shift us to somewhere more private… Wow! We didn’t even say a thing and he took the initiative to offer! We liked this place already 🙂