After our sumptuous brunch, we went to stroll off the calories and eventually ended up at Tiramisu Hero. It looked like it was going to rain soon, so that was the perfect excuse for us to enter the cafe 😛
This was a cosy little cafe with cutesy decorations, and Sir Antonio, the cafe’s mascot, was really cute too 🙂
Once we were comfortably seated, we got ourselves Belgian Waffles ($7), and the original MommaHero ($7.50) tiramisu.
It was really pleasant that they took note of our special request to put the honey by the side and to skip the icing. We loved the waffles that was crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside!
In fact, we preferred the waffles to the tiramisu, as the ladyfingers were a bit dry, and the overall taste was a tad too sweet for our liking. Hubby also had a Caffe Latte ($5.50), which he thought was pretty alright.
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 looking for coffee after dinner, and had read about this place, but unfortunately the coffee machine was already shut down by the time we reached, around 20 minutes before closing. Hubby had to settle for tea, which turned out to be a rather excellent choice 🙂
- Classico ($7.20 nett): The classic tiramisu was a very well-balanced light treat, with non of the flavours being overpowering. It was so good, we devoured it within minutes!
- Cranberry Sunrise ($5): Surprisingly, this was not as sour as we expected; in fact, it was very refreshing and we loved it!
- Matcha Latte ($5.50): The latte art was so pretty! The drink itself was abit off though; somehow the water and matcha flavour were kinda distinct…
- Location: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Clarke Quay Central #B1-09 S(059817)
- Website: latelier-tiramisu.com
- Hrs: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Thu), 12pm – 10pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 7pm (Sun)
I wanted to try out this cafe as there was this supposedly very yummy blueberry tart (limited to 6 per day).
When we arrived here after lunch, the tart was sold out already. 😦
Nonetheless, the cafe indicated that their cakes were all handmade, so we got ourselves a slice of 提拉米蘇 Tiramisu (NT90) to share.
It was light and not overly intense, and we rather enjoyed it with our 拿鐵 Latte (NT110) and 唐寧伯爵鮮奶茶 Earl Grey Milk Tea (NT110, additional NT10 for hot version).
The food and drinks presentation were really pretty! Coffee was pretty good (hubby said all the coffee he has tried during this trip were similarly good), but I thought that the tea was a bit too mild.
We loved the ambience here, and were most impressed that it was a single staff who was managing the entire place. Next time, I will call in advance to reserve the blueberry tart!
- Location: 台北市中山區南京東路1段13巷7弄6號, No. 6, Alley 7, Lane 13, Section 1, Nanjing East Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
- Nearest MRT: Zhongshang Station 捷運中山站 (Take Exit 2 and walk 8mins, its between Okura Prestige Hotel and Regent Hotel )
- Website: www.facebook.com/Hoto-Cafe-874776065900123
- Hrs: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat)
We were looking for a place to rest, and Ms V read about this cafe with excellent, fluffy waffles that tasted like “It was like biting into a crispy cloud“, so that was where we went!
There were 2 branches of NOA CAFE with another one in Harajuku, and apparently this is a popular joint for breakfast among Japanese, and for coffee/dessert break after shopping along the Ginza strip. There are quite a lot to offer on the menu, from waffles to sandwiches, to desserts and mains for breakfast/lunch and coffee/tea/soft drinks/alcohol, and the dining areas are thoughtfully separated into smoking and non-smoking areas.
We had a set of seasonal キャラメルエスプレッソと自家製ティラミスのワッフル Caramel Espresso and Homemade Tiramisu Waffle (¥1100+8% tax with coffee or tea) and a set of キャラメルバナナワッフル Caramel Banana Waffle (¥1000+ with coffee or tea).
The waffles were crispy enough and the tiramisu soft and moist with enough rum. We enjoyed our little escape from the cold as we used the free wifi to plan for our dinner!! 🙂
- Location: 5-8-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan 〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座5-8-5-B1
- Nearest Station: Subway Ginza Station 地下鉄銀座駅
- Direction: Take Exit A5 from station and walk 10secs
- Website: www.noacafe.jp/ginza
- Hrs: 8am – 11:30pm
This is our second visit here, and we were absolutely wow-ed by the food tonight!
We had initially wanted to go to another cafe within the same building, as the food was sold out the last time we went (after 9pm). Little did we know that no food was available at 8pm (despite the menu saying last order at 9pm). So disappointed. Guess we were not fated to go to that cafe.
Which was a good thing today, because we had a really fabulous dinner 🙂
We popped over to Just Want Coffee for coffee, as we had read good reviews online 🙂
Hubby tried Ethopia ($7 nett), which had a soft citrus acidity, sweet Jasmine body, with aromatic mango tea finish (according to the menu), and I decided on a Tiramisu ($7).
The coffee indeed had lovely citrus notes to it, and it was very aromatic! The aftertaste swirled inside our mouths, and it was absolutely delightful!
The Tiramisu had a “high rum content” warning in the menu, and it truly lived up to its warning. Served freezing cold, it was yummylicious!! Super high!!!
There was free WiFi available, and an air purifier right by the entrance, so we hid here away as the PSI index continued to climb… There was also a collection of books here, and I read the very funny The Three Little Pigs Lah (favourite Singlish tales) peppered with Singlish all over!
Note: Only cash payment are accepted here at both places. You can help yourselves to the jugs of water at the station next to cashier counter.
- Location: 1 Everton Park #01-27 S(081001)
- Website: justwant.com.sg
- Hrs: 8.30am – 6.30pm (Mon-Thu), 9am – 8.30pm (Fri-Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun)
After our not-too-satisfying dim sum dinner, we decided to go look for some coffee… As we walked past many, many Korean restaurants, we suddenly spotted a cafe! There were still a couple of tables available, so we quickly went in.
We shared a Tiramisu in a Jar ($9.80 nett) and an Iced Latte ($6.40). The Tiramisu was definitely alcoholic 😛 Full of flavours and not overly sweet, we were happy with our dessert! The iced latte was a strong with a hint of acidity, not bad at all 🙂
With free WiFi and a rather relaxed atmosphere, this was a rather lovely place to chill out for a couple of hours 🙂
- Location: 88 Tanjong Pagar Road S(088509)
- Website: www.quartertothree.com.sg
- Hrs: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun)
We were looking for a quick dinner as we had to rush hone, and this place was empty! So in we came and ordered the weekly promotion of medium rare Char-grilled Ribeye (grain fed 100 days) served with Sautéed Mushroom ($23.90++), Braised Lamb Shank (stew) served with Sautéed Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes ($29.90++) and a Flower Pot Milo Tiramisu ($11.90++).
Braised Lamb Shank
Flower Pot Milo Tiramisu
It was a rather long wait for the food, considering that we were the only customers. The ribeye was a bit too rare and too salty for my liking, but hubby enjoyed the lamb shank very much (abit too gamey for me). My favourite was the tiramisu! Not just because it looked so pretty, but also because it came with this layer of “soil” that was actually popping candies that went all fizzy in the mouths! Well, it was very sweet, but interesting.
The wait for the bill also took a while… So visit this place only when you have plenty of time to spare.
- Location: 181 Orchard Rd Orchard Central #B2-11/22 S(238896)
- Website: www.tableatpips.com/
- Hrs: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 10:30pm (Sat-Sun)
White Ginger Lily Tea
It was a brunch meet up with my girlfriends, while hubby went for his latte fix elsewhere. It was my second time here!
Today, we shared an Arbite Breakfast ($17) and Apple Strudel Pancakes ($14), and I decided on a White Ginger Lily Tea ($6). For desserts, it was Gula Meleka Tiramisu ($8) and My Wife’s Chocolate Cake ($8).
The little one had some strawberry pancakes and milkshake, but she was really more engrossed with the bottles of lego pieces available in the cafe 😀
Woo, the scrambled eggs and spicy sausage of the breakfast set really stood out! The pancakes were also fluffy and delicious, and we were 3 happy women. We could not quite taste the gula meleka in the tiramisu, but I preferred the light and fluffy tiramisu to the very chocolatey cake.