Our friend offered to drive us somewhere ulu for dinner, and we figured that the Handlebar was definitely located at an ulu enough place, and almost inaccessible at night without a ride. We did walk to this place during broad daylight before, back when Bottle Tree Village was still around, and it was a fair bit of walk! So much easier with a car 😀
We were seated by one of the benches, and it was fortunate that we had called in advance to make reservations, for it was full house tonight!
- Blossom Onions ($12++): Crispy and sweet, this was an very enjoyable starter for sharing.
- Cocaine Wings ($14++): We opted for 3 mild and 3 medium heat levels. Depending on your taste buds, mild was too hot for hubby, medium was very acceptable to our friend, and I thought that medium heat had a lingering spicy aftertaste that lasted quite a while.
- Righteous Ribs ($28++): The meat was tender, and potatoes were very nice! The side salad was a welcome green for our overly carnivorous meal.
- Slap Yo Momma Pork Chop ($26++): We opted for a mix of both fried and grilled bone-in pork loin. The fried version was really good, but inside the crispy surface lay a very thick and juicy pork loin. The grilled version was a tad too dry, except for the fatty parts.
We liked the environment, and it was very relaxing to chill here. Water was available freely.
- Location: 57 Jalam Mempurong S(759057)
- Website: www.facebook.com/HandlebarSG
- Hrs: 5pm – 1am (Tue-Thu), 5pm – 2am (Fri), 3pm – 2am (Sat), 3pm – 1am (Sun)
After an early morning movie date on Mars, we popped by THREE for lunch!
With Thai, French and Japanese options available, we were really quite spoilt for choice! Our decisions led us to…
- Thai Garlic Pork ($9.80++): Served with the refreshing Thai mango salad, the pork was slightly dry but it was quite flavourful and the taste kinda grew on to us as we kept chewing.
- Penne & Roasted Chicken ($16.80++): The half chicken was really quite huge, and very juicy. The penne was not bad, but it got a little gelat when it cooled off.
- Signature Duck Leg & Linguine ($23.80++): This was supposed to be the signature, but unfortunately, it was slightly disappointing. The duck confit was quite dry and became really greasy after some time. The Aglio Olio linguine was more spicy than usual, but we liked the texture.
- Thai Chendol ($6.80++): A rather sweet dessert served with red ruby and jackfruit strips, gula melaka and coconut milk, I really enjoyed the different layers of intense and aromatic flavours. My favourite item of the meal 🙂
Thai Garlic Pork
Penne & Roasted Chicken
Signature Duck Leg & Linguine
Water was self service, and we were seated just next to it, so it was really convenient! There were a few orange slices within the water container, giving the water a slightly refreshing taste.
Overall, some hits and misses, and certainly something different from the usual chain restaurants found in shopping malls.
- Location: 33 Sengkang West Avenue Seletar Mall #03-37, #03-K1,K2,K3 S(797653)
- Website: www.facebook.com/ThreeSG
- Hrs: 11am – 10pm
I was attending a conference in Grand Corpthorne Waterfront Hotel and so we ended up in Great World City for dinner!
We were just walking around and sighted Pepper Steakhouse which looked promising (plus there is a One-For-One starters promotion… 🙂 hehe).
I wanted to order a lamb dish but they ran out of lamb. So we ordered:
- Crispy Blue Swimmer Crab Cake ($12) – The crab cake was done perfectly with the outer crush crispy and the patty juicy.
- Australian Grass-Fed Beef Carpaccio ($10) – The beef slices were so thinly cut and marinated with vinegar and olive oil to give a delectable crunch when you bite it in with the cheese flakes and arugula. Very nice indeed!
- Australian Grass-Fed Angus Tenderloin ($36) – The beef was prepared medium-rared but you don’t get the blood oozing all out. Paired with the mushroom sauce and we got a satisfying piece of meat. The steak-cut fries were free-flowed but we could hardly finish the first helping. 🙂
- Caramelized Kurobuta Pork Chop ($28) – The pork chop was just normal.
- Location: 1 Kim Seng Promenade Great World City #01-66/67 S(237994)
- Website: peppersteak.com.sg
- Hrs: 10am – 10:30pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 10:30pm (Sat-Sun)
Fish & Bird Platter
A rather popular eatery located on the top floor of AMKHub, the queue was usually pretty long!
Probably because of the reasonable pricing with only GST and no additional service charge (plus student discounts), and relatively good food, thus making this place a popular choice for students! This place is also halal-certified 🙂
It’s a rather fuss-free casual place. Basically, you fill up the order chit based on whatever you fancy from the menu, go queue to order and pay up, go get cutlery and free warm or cold water while waiting for the food to be served!
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We had walked past The Cajun Kings during our previous trip to Wimbly Lu, and thought that we should check it out 🙂 It was full house during the weekday evening when we visited around 7pm. We did not really feel like eating the combos, so these were what we had:
- Deviled Crab Cakes ($18++): Easily our favourite of the evening 🙂 Made with claw meat, grated egg, jalapena, and deep fried, the crab cakes were juicy and the crab meat tasted fresh.
Very pinkish… no?
Lobster Roll ($34++): Supposed to be made from Maine lobster and served with brioche, we still think that Burger & Lobster was way better, and even the one at Market Grill was better. Well, we preferred this than the one we had at Pince & Pints. We did not really like the brioche here.
- Southern Fried Chicken ($12++): The chicken appeared to be abit under-cooked, and the meat near the bones was very pinkish.The waitress assured us that they were definitely cooked though.
Water is free here, and we also appreciated the long stretch of basin to wash our hands before and after the meal 🙂
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)
Wagyu Beef Burger
Hubby redeemed a 1-for-1 voucher, so we came here for dinner! It was quite funny that when hubby called up to make reservations, they didn’t even ask for the name or contact details… Which seemed to suggest that there was not going to be a crowd.
Indeed, there was only another 2 customers when we arrived around 7pm. Very quickly, hubby ordered a Wagyu Beef Burger ($23++), while I could not resist ordering the Seafood Aglio Olio ($23++).
Seafood Aglio Olio
Got to say that the seafood was very fresh, and the linguine was cooked quite al-dente. However, this must be the most oily version of aglio olio that I have ever tried… There was a huge puddle of oil left after I had tossed and finished the pasta 😮
Hubby was very happy with his medium rare beef burger! The beef patty was thick and juicy, and the egg yolk was runny and yummy.
For the price, we thought that the portions were quite small, but since we had a 1-for-1, it was still quite worth it 🙂
- Location: 583 Orchard Road Forum The Shopping Mall #01-20/21 S(238884)
- Website: benjaminbrowns.com
- Hrs: 10am – 9pm (Mon-Thu), 10am – 10pm (Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun)
Yet another late afternoon meeting in this area, so off to The Lokal we went! Ms J was visiting here on a super regular basis previously, so we figured that the food must be pretty good 🙂
This place is right at the corner of a small side road so its easy to miss. Once inside, the front part of the restaurant is a bar and the rear is the dining section. There is soft lighting and smooth music to accompany the diners to give a very romantic feel to the whole place.
While waiting for hubby to arrive, I had a freshly squeezed yummilicious Pink Grapefruit ($6++)!
It was rather difficult to catch the attention of the staff though, as I was seated in a corner on the sofa and the place was basically empty at 6.15pm.
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Les Bouchons front
Hubby had a craving for steak and he had been reading rave reviews on Les Bouchons, so off we went to Ann Siang Road (of course we had to make reservations first because apparently this is a very popular place)!
Les Bouchons was actually opposite Lolla (which we went with G and friend the last time), and reviews were full of praise on the steak-frites (steak and fries). This chain of French restaurants started in 1998 and there are now 5 of them along Club Street, each serving a slightly different clientele with their different offerings, and some more in Robertson Quay.
The place is quite small, with only 6 tables or so inside and a couple more alfresco tables. Interior deco has an European-like with heavy chairs, wooden tables and oil paintings. Lighting was not excessively bright but rather soothing and comfy to make dining a cozy affair.
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Simple Fish & Chips
Micky’s Fish Bar was a short 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, and was a no-frills place that Michelin-star chef Heston Blumenthal (he’s one of the celebrity chefs in MasterChef Australia) frequented during his childhood. Simple menu, simple food.
Hubby enjoyed his Cod & Chips, while I preferred the Haddock & Chips. The fish fillets were big in portion, fresh and the batter was excellent! The over-generous chips were thick and yummy. However, hubby preferred the mushy peas at The Tiles.
This is where Prince George of Cambridge emerged on July 22, 2013!
It was a lovely catchup with M and her hubby, and we thoroughly enjoyed the chit-chat session under the friendly atmosphere. We also exchanged (our little) tips on London sight-seeing!
After dinner, we had a bit of recreational activity, where hubby and I posed at the same spot outside St Mary’s Hospital, where Prince William and Kate Middleton emerged from, with their newborn baby, haha!
- Location: 29 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QH, United Kingdom
- Hrs: 11am – 11pm
- Nearest Tube: London Paddington