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 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
We had initially wanted to go to 49 Seats (it opened a new branch here in Orchard Central), but the queue was oh-so-long, so we went to Milagro opposite, and what an unexpected find it was!
It’s the Labour Day long weekend, and we are off to explore Dempsey Hill! We started our trip to Dempsey Hill at the Tawandang Microbrewery, with Thai style Petai with Squid ($22++), Thai Char-grilled Pork Collar ($22++), and a bowl of rice ($2++) to share.
Thai Char-grilled Pork Collar
Thai style Petai with Squid
The pork collar was delicious! Firm in texture, the fats to meat proportion was about 1:4. Dipped into the sauce, this was a heavenly combination!
The petai with squid was a disappointment though. Looking nothing like the pictures, we much prefer the local version. The squid was rather chewy and the gravy just didn’t go well with the petai. We would rather spend the $22 on the pork collar anytime.
The rice portion was quite huge, and we didn’t mange to finish it. However, it was too sticky and not fluffy enough.
There is a current promotion of 20% off the chef recommendations mains.
- Location: 26 Dempsey Road #01-01 S(249686)
- Website: www.tawandang.com
- Hrs: 11:30am – 12am (Sun-Thu), 11:30am – 1am (Fri-Sat)
I was in the east for work and we decided to have a local dinner for tonight! It’s National Day after all 🙂 Happy Birthday Singapore!!
It was really crowded on a Saturday evening, and the snake-long queues in front of the more popular stalls were quite daunting. We decided to eat one dish at a time 🙂
It’s our first time to the Singapore Night Festival (SNF)!
The areas were spread between Dhoby Ghaut and Cityhall MRT stations, so we decided to get off at Cityhall MRT and made our way up. We first walked past a street of food stalls, abit like a upmarket pasar malam, where food prices were very upmarket too 😛 Nothing caught our fancy, and it was also quite quiet… so we decided to continue on, hoping for better food options, while quietly keeping a lookout for restaurants along the way… haha!