Food Review: Honey Creme

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Taiwan’s famous soft serve ice-cream brand Honey Creme opened its doors to Singaporeans on October 26 at 1pm and it’s not surprising that it attracted long queues.

As expected, I jumped on the bandwagon to see what the hype was all about and was greatly disappointed.

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From the pictures, you can see that it’s very pleasing to both the eyes and stomach. With prices starting from $4.60 for the original flavour, it’s a tad overpriced and I definitely wouldn’t brave the long queues just for this soft-serve.

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They weren’t very generous in their chocolate sauce and I felt that the soft serve itself is too milky and rich for my liking.

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Cotton Candy ($5.90)

The cotton candy was fluffy and the texture of the soft serve was undeniably smooth and creamy. However, I thought that this was a bit tasteless as there was only cotton candy on top and just the original soft serve at the bottom.

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This is probably the best out of the three. The salted caramel popcorn complements the ice cream perfectly. It balances out the sweetness and hides the milky taste of the soft serve. The popcorn was also crunchy and tasted like Garrett Popcorn’s. This flavour was such a delight to eat.

In my honest opinion, Honey Creme is just an expensive McDonald’s vanilla cone. I guess it’s a ‘love it’ or ‘hate it with a burning passion’ and personally, I think it’s just average. I wouldn’t mind getting it if there wasn’t a queue though and it’s worth a try if you want to join in on the craze.

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Rating:
Food
7/10
Aesthetic
8.5/10
Price
6.5/10
Service
8.5/10

HONEY CREME
313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset #01-37, Singapore 238895
(Nearest train station: Somerset)

Opening hours:
Mon – Sun: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/honeycremesg/

Food Review: Gyoza-Ya

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Now this is what I call a true hidden gem. Located at the basement of Robinsons Orchard, Gyoza Ya specialises in gyoza, with most of its (limited) menu consisting of different varieties of gyoza, from pan-fried to boiled, and pork to crab fillings.

It’s cheap too as prices are under $10. However, they are still subject to GST and service charge. Additionally, regarding their service, there was lots of manpower but the wait for our food was excruciatingly long. The worst part is that there were only two other tables occupied and somehow, they still managed to mess up our order.

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Pan-Fried Dumpling with Pork ($4.80)

Nevertheless, what the service lacked, the food made up for it. Each gyoza is made-to-order instead of using frozen ones. Talk about dedication. Without a doubt, these gyozas could possibly be the best in town. They were pan-fried to a light crisp on top. The skin is soft and thin. The pork fillings were juicy as well as flavourful and they were quite generous in the amount of fillings in each gyoza. Additionally, each gyoza is bigger than the gyozas at most Japanese restaurants.

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Ninniku Yaki Meshi (Japanese Garlic Fried Rice) ($5.80)

This fried rice tasted excellent. It wasn’t oily and was very fragrant. The portion could be considered slightly small, but I felt that it was quite alright for me.

Overall, I’d say this place is definitely value-for-money and the food is pretty good. At least now I know where to go to satisfy my gyoza cravings.

Rating:
Food
7.5/10
Aesthetic
8/10
Price
8/10
Service
6/10

GYOZA-YA
260 Orchard Road, B1-02A Robinsons Orchard, Singapore 238855
Tel: 6737 5581

Opening hours:
Mon – Sun: 11.30 am – 10.00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/gyozaya.sg

Food Review: MELT ~ The World Cafe – Mandarin Oriental Hotel

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I wish my stomach was a bottomless pit, especially at buffets.

My parent’s 25th Wedding Anniversary definitely called for a celebration and what better option than to treat ourselves to a feast? In my humble opinion, I feel that Melt – The World Cafe is the best buffet in Singapore, in terms of spread and overall food quality.

Sadly, I didn’t manage to take pictures of everything but I tried my best.

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Cold seafood section consisted of crabs, lobsters, scallops and mussels. They were extremely fresh! However, I was a tad disappointed because I read that were oysters and I didn’t see any.

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Salad section: For the people who want to fool themselves they’re being healthy at a buffet

I walked past this without a second glance.

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Japanese section: Skipped all of these but my brother said the salmon sashimi was very good. I’d say save your stomach space for the other food.

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Anti-pasti

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Bread

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Indian section: My dad liked the naans and curry a lot. I thought it was decent but Carousell wins this one.

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Roasted Chicken

Chinese section: There was roasted chicken. Sometimes there’ll be roasted duck and pork too. They also have noodles of the day, ranging from lor mee to laksa. We got laksa with lobster meat in it and my dad said it wasn’t too bad.

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Grainfed Australian Cereal-crusted Beef

Roasts section: This was sooooo good. It was cooked to perfection. Three words describe this roast: juicy, tender, flavourful.

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BBQ Section: This was my favourite part of the buffet. There was BBQ area outside which served grilled meats like chicken, beef, lamb and also satays. There was also suckling pig and lobster!! The grilled meats were well-seasoned, and had that charred and smoky taste to them.

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From left to right: Tandoori meats, grilled lamb, roast beef, grilled lobster

Unpictured from the buffet are: Live Pasta station, Cheese section, Thai section, Mediterranean section

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Honestly, I’d to love shrink and become small enough to swim in that fountain of chocolate.

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Bread and Butter Pudding was very good. There was a distinct eggy taste which I liked although it was a bit on the sweet side.

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Second best cake from the buffet, the first being “The Melt”, a fudgy chocolate cake which is not picture.

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Pandan Layer Cake(background) was too sweet for my liking and Red Velvet Cake(foreground) was dry and tasteless.

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New York Cheesecake and a chocolate-y cake at the back. I prefer the latter but the former was decent.

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Creme puffs on the left and some type of chocolate on the right. Heard there were supposed to be macarons so I was really upset there weren’t any.

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There was a live waffle station!!

I loved these waffles. Unfortunately, they are inconsistent in their waffles. The first one I ate was crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It also didn’t turn soggy with the ice cream on top. When I went for my second round, the waffles were a bit burnt and turned super soft.

Moreover, the first round of my ice cream was more ice than cream. Despite this, when I came for my second round, the ice cream had become smooth and rich as they had gotten a new batch.

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Additionally, there was a splendid array of fruits at the buffet. From bananas to yellow watermelon, you name it and they probably have it.

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There were also some thai desserts and local kuehs that I didn’t try.

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This buffet definitely made me melt, both literally and metaphorically. It very impressive and is one of the rare buffets that I actually prefer the savoury stuff to the desserts. Nevertheless, everything was delicious. My family came here for dinner and I’d to love to come again to try their brunch buffet or anything really.

Rating:
Food
9/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
7/10
Service
8/10

MELT – THE WORLD CAFE
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Tel: 6885 3500

Opening hours:
Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am
Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Brunch: 12.00pm – 3pm (Sundays)
Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/fine-dining/melt-the-world-cafe/

Food Review: Roadhouse

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Roadhouse is a modern American diner serving hearty American fare like burgers, sandwiches and grills. Their portions are also bigger than a general Singapore restaurant’s, which make up for the expensive price tag to their food. Regarding their interior, the ambiance is lovely and very cozy with its dim lighting. It gives off a casual vibe which makes this Roadhouse an ideal place for dates as well as family gatherings.

Roadhouse is my favourite place to go to satisfy my burger cravings. It’s not outstanding but it’s definitely above average and very good. Additionally, they have pretty good service, although it was quite hard to get the waiter’s attention at times and the wait for our food was a tad long. However, I made a special request for a candle to be lit on our burger as it was my friend’s birthday and they agreed!

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We ordered some appetisers to share before our main course arrived.

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Big Ass Onion Rings ($10)
with honey-mustard mayonnaise

Thick-sliced onion rings deep friend in a light and crispy batter, served with a dollop of honey mustard sauce. My friends thought it went well with the onion rings. On the other hand, I found the sauce to be too tangy for my liking. Personal preference, I guess.

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Mac & Cheese ($5)

When we first saw this, we decided to order it because it was the least expensive item on the menu and also because we love anything that has to do with cheese. We expected a very small portion but we were pleasantly surprised when we were served a reasonable amount. The macaroni was cooked al dente – it was not too soft and not too hard. Furthermore, the cheese sauce was creamy and rich in flavour.

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The Terminator Challenge ($58)
6 wagyu beef patties, 6 slices of cheese, streaky bacon, jalapenos, chillis, homemade sesame buns, coleslaw & fries

Are you game? If you can wolf down this 1kg burger within 20 minutes all by yourself, you get the burger for free and your picture on the Wall of Fame (4 pillars and counting). One guy completed the challenge in slightly more than 6 minutes. What!!?!!?!!

Anyways, the wagyu beef patty was satisfyingly thick and we shared 6 of it among the five of us. We asked for it to be medium-rare and it was perfectly done. On top of that, the patty was exceptionally juicy and jam-packed with flavour. The fries were a bit on the dry side but they were acceptable. This sinfully good burger is definitely worth the calories.

In summary, it’s all about good food and good company here at Roadhouse and I don’t mind making a short trip here just for my burger fix. Did I mention Dempsey has free parking? If only I had a car.

Rating:
Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
7/10
Service
7/10

ROADHOUSE
13 Dempsey Road, Singapore 247694
Tel: 6476 2922

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm, 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm

http://www.roadhouse.com.sg/

Food Review: Bodacious

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Bodacious Bar & Bistro is the new kid on the block located in the heart of Biopolis. The place gives off a cool vibe with its dark and retro-chic decor. The food is simple, nothing really impressive but worth a try. They serve all-day breakfast and prices are reasonable, with main courses priced between $15-$20.

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This was an impromptu visit as my batchmates and I were craving for churros. We originally wanted to try Spanish Doughnuts but I was too tired to travel all the way to town, so we settled for Bodacious as we were around the area. Upon entering, we were greeted by the friendly and cheerful staff. Moreover, their service is prompt and excellent. Our food was served quickly too.

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Spanish Fritters ($8.80)
Churros doused with cinnamon & sugar

The churros were alright. They were crispy on the outside but lacked the soft fluffy insides. Instead, the inside was dense and mushy. Unfortunately, they were also not sprinkled with enough cinnamon and sugar. The cinnamon taste was barely there and they were not sweet enough. My friend commented that she preferred Habitat Coffee’s. The chocolate sauce was also neither rich nor thick enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Additionally, they were not generous in their portion of the sauce.

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Farm-Fresh Breakfast Plate ($16.80)
Buttery scramble, grilled tomato, toasted brioche, homemade jam and back bacon and sautéed herb mushroom

Two of my friends shared this and I only tried the scrambled eggs. They were slightly overdone as they didn’t have the right texture. It was spongy and a bit on the dry side, so they were not to my personal liking.

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Mexican Enchiladas Beef ($14.80)
Ground beef wrapped in cheese melted corn tortillas flavoured with spicy tomatoes salsa and enchilada sauce

This was okay. The tortilla was a little soft and it would’ve tasted better if it were toasted. Moreover, weirdly enough, the melted cheese was stuck on the plate. The salsa was tangy and the sauce tasted fine. Kidney beans also accompanied the tortillas and they complemented the dish. Overall, the combination of flavours went well together but it was an average-tasting dish, nothing to shout about.

To sum it all up, the food at Bodacious Bar & Bistro is, I quote, ‘simple and unpretentious’, as stated by the restaurant. This cafe is great hang-out place for those who working in the Biopolis area, especially if you’re up for drinks and decent food. However, I would not go out of my way to come here, considering that I don’t even work yet. Hahaha.

Rating:
Food
6.5/10
Aesthetic
9/10
Price
7/10
Service
8/10

BODACIOUS BAR & BISTRO
70 Biopolis Street, Singapore 138547
(Nearest train station: Buona Vista)
Tel: 6778 9585

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/bodaciousbistro

Food Review: Department of Caffeine

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Hidden in a corner along Duxton Road, finding this cafe was no easy feat, especially with its dull and dark exterior which did not give the impression that it was a café. However, Department of Caffeine (D.O.C) has a clean, cozy atmosphere which is perfect for lazy days when you just want to spend the rest of your day there.

Prior to coming here, my friend had called to make reservations for 1pm. Having lost our way, she called them, saying that we’d be late. The guy on the line was very nice and told us that he’d wait for us. Thumbs up for service!

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The menu is pretty extensive, offering a wide range of food, from the usual breakfast foods to main courses like Roast Chicken and Poached Salmon. Popular items are the D.O.C. Breakfast Platter – which comes served to you on a wooden board – and Buttermilk Waffles with Butter Rum Bananas and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

For the drinks, we shared an Iced Chocolate ($8). There was no ice so I’d say this drink is worth the price because it also came with a scoop of the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and was very rich in chocolate. It was a bit too thick to drink it on its own so we waited for the ice cream to melt for it to mix with the chocolate drink.

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Smoked Salmon Scramble ($15)
Baby spring onion scrambled eggs, dill dressed smoked salmon on brown butter toasted english muffins

The scrambled eggs were cooked just right – creamy and soft. The smoked salmon was a bit on the raw side which I didn’t like, but that’s to my preference. Unfortunately, the toasted english muffin was overdone and it was too crispy. On the other hand, all the ingredients came together in perfect medley and complemented each other very well.

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Main & Regular Salad ($15)
Roast Chicken with lemon, sumac, za’atar + Chargrilled Broccoli with chilli, garlic, lemon

I didn’t try the salad so I can’t comment on it but the chargrilled broccoli was good. I love love broccoli and they were generous in their portions. The roast chicken had crispy skin and the meat was very tender. It was so succulent, juicy and all the other adjectives you can think of to describe the best roast chicken. This dish is also bursting with flavour and I totally recommend getting this because it is also a cheaper yet satisfying item.

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Buttermilk Waffles ($15)
with New Zealand Natural premium vanilla ice cream & butter rum bananas

You can’t imagine how long we took to take pictures of this. Surprisingly, the ice cream didn’t melt very fast. Additionally, the waffles were done just the way I like them – crunchy and the inside light as air. Despite that, they didn’t stay crispy for long and became soft quickly after we began eating them. I think the batter also had a strong cinnamon taste which I quite liked and thought it went well with the butter rum bananas. The bananas were smothered in an irresistible butter rum sauce, were firm and not too mushy. This is dish would be great for those with a sweet tooth and is the perfect way to end off the meal.

Overall, this cafe is ideal for a good hearty brunch with good company! In my honest opinion, I would totally revisit this cafe to try their poached salmon and churros. Better yet, it has no GST and service charge.

Rating:
Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8/10
Service
9/10

DEPARTMENT OF CAFFEINE (D.O.C.)
15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
(Nearest train station: Outram Park, Tanjong Pagar)
Tel: 6223 3426

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 09:30 am – 7:30 pm

http://www.deptofcaffeine.com/

https://www.facebook.com/deptofcaffeine

Food Review: Creamier

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Creamier is no longer a stranger name to those on social media like Instagram. Tucked away in a corner of the oldest neighbourhood in Singapore, Toa Payoh, is a particular ice-cream parlour serving scoops of home-made (handcrafted) ice cream to its residents and beyond, Creamier Ice Cream and Coffee. It is relatively inaccessible but this does not stop ice-cream fans from all over the country who flock to the cafe for a taste of the much-raved about waffles and ice cream. Popular options are Roasted Pistachio and Sea Salt Gula Melaka. They also have unique flavours like Thai Milk Tea and Black Sesame.

We (a group of three) visited Creamier on a Wednesday afternoon at around 3pm during the June holidays. Although it was a weekday, I did not expect the café to be full house, especially at such an awkward timing. We waited around for about 15 minutes before finally getting a table. The shop space is quite cramped and small, so I would definitely not like to be here on a weekend.

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Waffles with Earl Grey Lavender + Thai Milk Tea ($11.80)

The waffles came in a stack of two and the smell of the batter was very fragrant. The edges of the waffles were gold and crisp. Its insides were airy and fluffy. Moreover, the waffles were accompanied by a generous serving of beautifully decorated maple syrup and chocolate sauce. They also remained firm below the two scoops of dense ice cream. The Earl Grey and Thai Milk Tea flavours were distinct and you could taste it in every mouthful. The ice creams were creamy and rich. The coolness of the ice cream and the heat from the waffle complemented each other perfectly. The entire dish was aesthetically pleasing too.

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Waffles with Plain Ole Chocolate + Cookies & Cream ($11.80)

I love how the waffles are paired with the ice cream. Again, they came warm and crispy beneath the two scoops of ice cream. The chocolate ice cream was done especially well. Chocolate is the one of the most common ice cream flavours in the world, and if an ice cream parlour is able to execute it well, I’d expect the other flavours to be spectacular. The chocolate ice cream was rich and decadent while the cookies & cream ice cream was light and had a stronger vanilla taste. It was also not too sweet.

To conclude, as many have said, Creamier sells one of the best waffles in town and its huge crowds are a testament to its popularity. This sinful treat is ideal, especially on hot days – or any day for that matter. I would definitely come again to try their other flavours and to satisfy my waffle cravings. It’s a yes from me!

Rating:
Food
9/10
Aesthetic
8.5/10
Price
7.5/10
Service
8/10

CREAMIER Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee
Blk 128, Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-835, Singapore 310128
(Nearest train station: Braddell, Toa Payoh, Marymount)
Tel: 6250 1476

Opening Hours:
Tue – Thu: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Food Review: Churrosity

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A churro is a often referred to as a Spanish doughnut and after trying them in Sydney, finding good churros in Singapore is almost impossible. I guess you could say curiosity led me to Churrosity. Ha-ha.

Churrosity is a churros kiosk located in Holland Village. They make a shorter version of the normal churros and also offer bite-sized churros which come with one free topping, chocolate, honey, strawberry or dulce de leche (slow-heated, sweetened milk).

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Mini Churros – Large ($4.90) with separate chocolate topping (+$0.20)

Unfortunately, some food look better than they taste. The churro was not what I expected it to be at all. They were too thick and tasted more like a doughnut. Additionally, the churros had a chewy texture and more on the denser side. However, their chocolate sauce was decent and made a good dipping sauce.

To sum it up, Churrosity is not worth your curiosity. Pun intended.

Rating:
Food

4/10
Aesthetic
8.5/10
Price
8/10
Service
7/10

CHURROSITY
(Churros & Frappes)

241 Holland Avenue, #01-02 (Next to Crystal Jade), Singapore 278976
(Nearest train station: Holland Village)

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 2.00pm – 11.00pm
Sunday: Closed

http://www.churrosity.com/

https://twitter.com/churrositysg

Food Review: Habitat Coffee

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Habitat Coffee is in a parade of shops along the stretch of hipster cafés in the Upper Thomson neighbourhood. The menu offers a wider range of food compared to other cafés, such as truffle fries, eggs benedict, pasta and sandwiches. It is also reasonably-priced.

I came here for brunch during the December school holidays with my teammates after training at MacRitchie Reservoir. Habitat Coffee has a self-service system so you have to make your orders and payment at the counter but they’ll serve the food to you. However, during my visit, the café was not full but the food took very long to arrive.

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House-Made Churros ($9)
Crispy soft fried dough fritters coated with cinnamon sugar and served with Chef’s warm chocolate ganache

These churros had a bite to them and they were chewy too – just the way a churro should be! All the churros were evenly coated with cinnamon sugar and of the right thickness.

We also ordered Hello Truffle ($8), home seasoned truffle fries dressed with fine grated parmesan. As you can see in the header picture, the parmesan was barely visible. The fries were decent but nothing to shout about.

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Eggs Benedict ($12) with Bacon (Add-On $2)
Poached eggs & honey baked ham on sundried tomato bread topped with homemade hollandaise sauce

I found this to be an average-tasting dish. Moreover, the eggs were inconsistent with one of the eggs being runny, and the other overcooked. The taste of the sundried tomato in the bread was not distinct and it did not complement the ham and eggs. The hollandaise sauce was creamy and not too tangy. The bacon was also cooked perfectly – but then again, it’s quite hard to mess up when frying bacon.

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The Big Ben ($14)
Scrambled eggs & honey baked ham on english fluff, 100gm chicken cheese sausage, grilled tomato and mini potato pancakes

When you’re at a loss for what to eat, you go for the big breakfast! This was a huge portion and very worth the price. The mini potato pancakes, a fancy term for hashbrowns, were fried perfectly. I did not try anything else but my friend commented that it was good.

All in all, Habitat Coffee has a cosy ambience but its premises are small so it is best to go at off-peak hours for the best experience. Although the food here is not anything spectacular, I can see myself coming back for its hearty comfort food if I am in the area.

Rating:
Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8/10
Service
7/10

HABITAT COFFEE
223 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355
(Nearest train station: Marymount)
Tel: 6456 2567

Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

http://www.habitatcoffee.com.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/habitatcoffee

Not another food blog

I decided to make a food blog three months ago. Here we are now. The idea of making a food blog came to me while I was strongly criticising a dish from a café my friends and I were eating at. One of my friends, who was either very annoyed or fascinated by the amount of words I had to say to a plate of food, suggested I should blog about it. Then I thought to myself, “Why not?”

Unfortunately, like most people, I am an inveterate procrastinator. I have put off making this blog post for a while now because I simply couldn’t think of how to kickstart my food blog. Should I post about the last meal I made? Or maybe review the nice Thai restaurant I went to this weekend? Finally, I settled on giving this new blog a proper introduction before I start on anything and I will try not to repeat anything from my About page.

So how did I come up with this name ‘yinom’? I’d like to think that I’m very creative and imaginative as I simply switched the letters in my name. It is a play on words and ‘mon’ became ‘nom’! Nom is very popularly used in the phrase ‘nom nom nom’, a sound that people make when they’re enjoying their food – do people actually make that sound? Anyways I’m very proud of this blog title as it not only represents me, but also represents my love for food.

Although I will eat almost anything edible that’s on my plate, I have a relish for sushi, chocolate and bread. So expect more posts to be related to these three things. Despite my blog being predominantly food themed, there may or may not be occasional posts where I blog about happenings in my life, such as the recent race I’ve competed in or travel logs.

I promise my next post will be more food related so for now,  welcome to blog and I hope you enjoy reading it!