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FFL Fresh Fruits Lab Review

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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.

Fresh Fruits Lab

351 Changi Road

419818

Menu

Hope you’ve been having a great week and I’m currently brain storming on more interesting things to do for this blog hehe. stay tuned hopefully things come into fruition ^o^

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Nunsongyee 눈송이 Food Review

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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.

xx

Toby’s Estate [3/5]

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Hohoho coming to you with a food review as my first post to ring in the new year, cause why not yeah? Ever since I started working at Strangers’ my mother has been very excited that she can finally bring me along to all her hipster coffee joints cause I can finally appreciate it rather than giving the usual sour face in the past. First up was Toby’s Estate. It’s not really a new place and if you’ve been to Australia you may have visited it’s branch there. It’s sort of the in between Starbucks and Nylon. I could possibly call is pseudo-hipster? Anywho, I was more excited for the FOOD cause I am fat that way hurhur.

I decided to try something other than the traditional eggs ben with ham/smoked salmon and had it “Brooklyn Style” with stewed beef. At first glance the portion seemed rather small. And at $19++ it really didn’t seem worth it. But as I dug into the perfectly poached eggs, I knew it was going to be worth every penny (that I did not spend ha ha ha thanks mum). The stewed beef was perfectly tender and surprisingly sweet. Each bite of beef atop of lightly toasted brioche bread and smothered with runny eggs sent my tastebuds into savoury brunch heaven. A definite must try in my book!!!

Brother had the Tobias Burger which was very simple and classic. The patty was juicy while the raw mushroom and pickled beetroot gave the burger a rather interesting kick. If you’re not a fan of raw veggies or odd things like beetroot I don’t think it’s worth your money cause essentially it’s $25 for a burger where you’re gonna take things out and it’ll be the same burger as you’ll get for $9.50 at Ollie Café.

Lastly, Mother had the Tropical Chicken Salad. It’s essentially very very well grilled chicken, leaves and fruit. Though it was filling and I must say, very tasty, considering I’m not the type that enjoys fruit in my savoury items, I highly do not recommend eating a salad if you’re café hopping or something. If you’re like some tai tai and is at clarke quay waiting for your other tai tai friends to come before y’all go for hot pilates or tropical yoga or whatever nonsense y’all are into then by all means it really is a great salad. For everyone else… yeah no.

Coffee was very nice I must say, enjoyed the blend though I can’t say much cause I am not expert in this area HAHA. Oh oh the iced chai was really nice too then again all chai’s that I think are nice just taste like the remnants of milk you get from eating a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast.

TL;DR: Pretty chill place. Good place to study/ do work since there is free wifi. Food is a little pricey so you may wanna give it a miss if you’re cafe hopping on a tight budget. Try savoury breakfast items cause the sweet ones like french toast is not worth it. But for meetings with friends and you have the money to spend then go ahead.

Toby’s Estate

8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04, 238216

I’ve got many more adventures to post so stay tuned for more food porn~

xx

PS: Lol this is in no way discriminatory towards tai tai’s I am just here sitting at my computer writing BS half the time that sounds funny to me. So please don’t take much offence. Everything else besides the tai tai thing is highly serious okay food is very serious!!! I don’t know what I am saying anymore it is 2am help me.