Hey guys, coming to you with a food review (lol what’s new right) on a relatively new cafe at the East! This is probably the second time I’ve ever been to the East with friends so it was a really interesting experience trying to navigate my way around. The rest shall be for another time, I digress. The cafe was pretty easy to find with a little help from google maps I could easily make the 8 minute walk from Kembangan MRT row of shop houses nestled between industrial buildings and large properties. FFL had cute decor, like chalk wall art and sofas with fruit pillows (pictured above) along side warm lighting to present a cozy atmosphere. We went on a thursday night so it wasn’t really packed but had a reasonable crowd to earn a profit.
When I sat down (because I was late so jials was alr seated, duh) I finally got to see the measuring cups and flask they use as drinking glasses as well as gave each person a complimentary test tube of fresh juice. We had pineapple and carrot but since we hate pineapple we split the carrot and left the pineapple to rot lol. What I really appreciated about the place was how extensive the menu was. From pastas to burgers and baked rice (seasonal menu), everything was well within a decent price range of 17 -20 dollars. Jials and I shared the Masago Caviar Pasta (My favourite, $20) and the Da Bomb Burger ($19, Jialses favourite). The burger was juicy, not greasy, with all the right elements; classic american cheese, an egg and of course, bacon. It came with a side of fries and fruit salad with was the perfect balance of sweet and savoury. Really your appetiser, meal and dessert rolled into one.
-Pasta appreciation paragraph, bear with me-
The Masago Pasta was a thing of beauty. If jails wasn’t there watching me I would have eaten it all up and said the woman cleared the plate when I wasn’t looking or something. Okay Masago caviar is basically fish roe. Very much like mentaiko pasta but less greasy which I find mentaiko to often be. The pasta was al dente tossed the lovely flavoured oil goodness that somehow had a creamy texture when i ate it. The caviar gave that slight seafood umami flavour that I love so much, like that sweet sweet feeling of eating prawns and sucking on the brain juice but less gross and more appealing to the eyes. I have to warn you that the scallops are spicy which will surprise you as the pasta is not spicy at all. But I tell you, if you take a little of the scallop and a twirl of pasta along with a teeny bit of that quail egg yolk on top, you’ll be gutted you didn’t get to eat it every single day.
-end of pasta appreciation-
All in all FFL is definitely a cafe to look out for. The variety of food available and quality of everything on the menu- forgot to add that our juice was delicious???- is truly what sets this place apart especially when it comes at such an affordable price range. Great for dates and catch ups!! My only criticism would be that the waitress didn’t even ask if I had finished my food and cleared my plate which had a precious scallop still on it?????????? grrr but I guess it was my fault for not touching it for 10 minutes but really you could ask right. Meh whatever. I’m just itching to find a weekend where I can try there brunch menu which is only available weekends 10am-3pm.
Heyo back with another food review of Tanuki Raw where T and I had for our anniversary the other time! Firstly, the food was pretty good. I had the Truffle Yakiniku Don (18) while T had the the Yakitori Don (18). Both had a healthy portion of meat with furikake rice. In my opinion I could do without the furikake rice cause it made the whole meal a little too salty? Though once I literally swallowed the beef the furikake rice proved yummy on its own. The truffle flavor is very subtle and blends well with the taste of egg yolk. The beef was a little chewy ( was expecting melt in your mouth :-() but nonetheless seasoned well! For T, his yakitori was very very yummy with juicy chicken that wasn’t overly saucy which you find in many other teriyaki chicken dishes else where.
Sides: We ordered an order of oysters, salmon sashimi, as well as the caveman roll. Oysters were fresh and the pickled topping was very nice to give a fresh bite to the rich oyster flavor. The caveman roll was my favourite!! It was cuts of raw beef, still red and juicy, with a wasabi mayo that I absolutely loved. The raw beef was so eye opening because I had never had anything so texturely fulfilling???? Also not bloody and no mad cow disease guaranteed!!! The sashimi was super super disappointing in my opinion. It was cut so badly and had the not fresh fishy smell. Very very disappointed compared to the one we had at Standing sushi bar.
Lastly, I wanna address the shitty service there that everyone talks about. Personally, I had very good service. Despite the one of two prompts needed for cups for my water and for the table to be cleaned. All my food came on time with the correct orders given and they were very responsive to me. However I feel so bad for the couple next to us where not only got the wrong order but also waited much longer for their food than we did despite us ordering later. T and I suspect it’s because we ordered 90 dollars worth of food so they had to be nice to us HAHAHA. If you just wanna try the beef bowl go for lunch because it’s cheaper (14.8) and you don’t really wanna pay for shitty service do you? There’s lunch deals from 11:30-3 that you can view here. But if you’re going on a date where your significant other is paying, feel free to go for the dinner and sit by the balcony to enjoy live music along with your booze and raw salmon (all I feel is bliss thinking about this.. time to drag T to bring me again muahahah)
181 Orchard Road #02-03 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
Been waiting for the perfect time to post this review and since the Sun has been merciless these few days I saw it fit to post about this lovely shaved iced dessert known as bingsu from Nunsongyee. Firstly, I have to admit the place was so hard to get to. Even by car my mum and I drove for a good 5 minutes in circles to find it as the compound is hidden between rows of landed property. If you’re walking from Serangoon Gardens or Bartley MRT it should take you a good 15-25 minute walk. However I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
We ordered one cinnamon toast ($8?) and the black sesame bing su ($18.90). The cinnamon toast was very very lack lustre. By the time we got our order the toast was crispy but the kochi was flavourless and cold! The coating of cinnamon sugar wasn’t enough to cover the taste of the bland mochi, would not recommend!!!
However the bing su was another story! I’ve personally never tried bing su before, at least I don’t think it existed when I when to korea 12 years ago, but this was really something. The soft powdery snow ice was super yummy with the condensed milk sauce. Black sesame powder gave it an extra kick of texture while the red beans were perfectly balanced to an already sweet dish. My only complaint would be that I wish there was more milk!! Got to the end and we were eating dry bites of snow and black sesame powder (yuck). This is a good place for friends to come and unwind on a hot hot day to chill. The atmosphere is also really cozy and has a typical Korean Cafe vibe. I’d advice for 3 people to share one bing su because 18.90 is not cheap at all??? It’ll be so worth it especially after pigging out at chomp chomp and taking that long walk there to relax.
I’m starting to run out of wordpress memory to store my photos so I’m probably going to expand or move this space somewhere else. blegh.
Needed to kill time the other day with Rachel before T ended work and Kit had some dance thng so we decided to walk along the entire of orchard road only to realise we’ve probably seen it all. Whilst walking past mandarin gallery we chanced upon 2 women carrying canvas carriers and Rachel was telling me about some social painting concept at Mandarin Gallery and in the spur of the moment we signed up.
You get a 50 x 50 cm canvas, a pack of brushes and unlimited amount of paint and you can literally go wild and do whatever you want. If you’re running short on inspiration there are many reference books for you to browse and when you find something you like they can photo copy it for you to keep at your easel. Had a lot of fun pretending we were tai tais waiting for our husbands to end work (okay maybe that was just me) and painting with a friend is very relaxing, you literally sit there and chill and talk for 3 hours while blowing off steam by attacking the canvas.
It’s rather affordable too in my opinion. For students (only weekdays) it’s $28, and if you’re going with your boyfriend or husband on monday’s it’s $48 for two of you guys and you get free drinks. There are lots of other promotions that you can check out on their website. I highly recommend this not only for the whole social aspect but you get a certain sense of achievement trudging your hugeass canvas home on the MRT and placing it nicely on your walls to serve as a reminder of a great day.
Hey hey quick post for today!!! It’s finally and off day and I’m meeting Rachel and Matthew later for lots of food and fun stuff which makes me very happy.
After ramen the other day (post here), we went to Department of Caffeine for dessert! It was initially our first choice for lunch but we realised it wouldn’t be very filling and there wasn’t much savoury options anyway. We had two waffles! The Buttermilk Waffle with Butter Rum Bananas as well as the “special” Varlhona Chocolate Waffle. Honestly speaking there wasn’t anything really special about the waffles. They were made very well though and I really enjoyed the texture of the waffle with a crispy exterior and soft interior! The chocolate waffle had a very rich hot chocolate taste to it but I don’t think it was a good flavour in general just because everything about the waffle seemed a bit disorganised? It’s very simple and didn’t really feel like much thought was put into the creation of that flavour. Really nothing special to rave about… meh.
The overall ambience of the place was great though. It’s rather cosy and dark so it’ll be good for intimate gatherings with a small group of friends (their largest table fits about only 7 people?). I’ll probably go back another time for their savoury waffle and pulled pork burger which I heard was good!
Overall 3.5/5 from me!
I’ve a lot more to post but very little time 😦 Soon soon…
ps: thanks everyone who’s ordered cookies!!! I’ll be having a busy busy time making all your orders but rest assured they’ll be delivered on time and I’ll smell like butter once this all blows over. On a side note, I’m really super thankful for tangs for advertising and collating orders for me ❤
Hey hey gonna share about my favourite ramen place in SG today!!! Can’t really take credit for finding the place cause it was really papa Lim who introduced it to us. Papa is a taxi driver so he often finds himself in various parts of Singapore he wouldn’t regularly visit and he is never one to turn down something new. He first brought us there almost 2 years ago and it’s been a go to place for my family and I to get our ramen fix.
They have many many outlets but my favourite is definitely the Tanjong Pagar outlet! Really just because it’s so small and it makes you feel like you are in Japan during the Summer haha. The ramen is rather special as each bowl is customisable where you can choose how thick and oily you want your broth, doneness of your noodle and what toppings you like. I typically put no oil and have my noodles really al dente cause I like it chewyyyy. The place is rather ‘no frills’, they literally only sell 3 types of ramen and nothing else (besides drinks, of course). Each table also comes accompanied with a mountain of unlimited hardboiled eggs that you can crack and dip in mayo/sesame/bonito as well as cooked bean sprouts which I love to pile into my ramen bowl. For big eaters you can add a portion of noodles for an addition $2! But my favourite favourite thing about their ramen would have to be the onset eggs!!!!! Every single time I go, each egg is perfectly cooked with perfectly soyed whites and oozy, creamy yolks that will keep you coming back for more.
If the limited choices are slightly underwhelming, Keisuke has a chain of other restaurants that serve the same quality ramen in many more varieties! They even have a shop dedicated to just Gyoza’s called Gyoza King. If you’ve ever been to japan you may find business men eating just gyozas as a side dish with rice and Gyoza King gives you that experience so it’s definitely worth a try! Rice is also unlimited there so the inner jew can be unleashed HAHA. Go go go, you won’t regret it!!!