Food Review: Peperoni Pizzeria

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I like big things. I certainly like big pizzas. In this case, bigger is definitely better. Peperoni is best known for their XXL family sized pizzas which are simply 21-inch pizzas that can feed a group of 5 comfortably.

We ordered half Frutti di Mare (prawns, clams, scallops, squid rings, fish & garlic) and half Hawaiana (pineapple, pork ham & bell peppers). They were very generous with the toppings you can see from the picture – heaps of ham and lots of seafood. My personal favourite is the seafood pizza because it’s bursting with flavour because of the garlic and I love how the squid is perfectly cooked. Next, the bell peppers also went really well with the Hawaiian pizza and the pineapples gave it a tangy sweetness. The crust was soft in the inner part and crispy in its outer rim, just the way an Italian pizza should be.

The best thing about Peperoni is that all prices are nett. No GST or service charge! Additionally, their service is excellent and the staff were all very friendly.

At Peperoni, all we knead is love. And pizza – definitely pizza. I’d say that Peperoni Pizzeria is the place to go for a pizza party.

Rating:
Food

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

PEPERONI PIZZERIA @ SUNTEC CITY
3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-130
Tel: 6884 7737 (Peperoni Suntec does not accept reservations)

Opening hours:
Mondays to Saturdays: 11.00am – 9.30pm
Sundays: 11.00am – 9.30pm
Closed from 3.00pm – 5.00pm on Mon to Fri

http://peperoni.com.sg/

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Food Review: Kith Café, Park Mall

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Headed down to Kith for a catch-up session with my best friend – we arrived at around 10.30am on a Friday and it wasn’t crowded at all. Kith Cafe has a really nice ambiance and it’s the perfect place to just chill because it’s really peaceful and quiet.

We decided to dine in the al-fresco area and it was a windy day so it was actually quite cool and comfortable to sit outside.

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Latte ($4)

The latte is quite small and my friend said that it wasn’t very good. Moreover, given the price, I wouldn’t recommend getting it.

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Strawberry Smoothie ($8.50)
Fresh fruit, Vanilla Yoghurt, Milk, Ice, Honey

This was delicious and refreshing. It was thick and creamy as well.

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2pc Toast ($5) + Smoked Bratwurst ($3.50) + Scrambled Eggs ($4) + Smoked Salmon ($4.50)

There’s a few choices for what kind of bread you’d like for the toast and I chose Multigrain. The bread was fluffy and really plain without any spread haha. I really loved the smoked bratwurst. The scrambled eggs were a bit milky but smooth and creamy. They were good! The smoked salmon was not bad too.

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Gorgonzola ($18)
Penne, Gorgonzola, Cream, Baby Spinach, Parmesan Cheese

The penne was cooked to al dente. The sauce was very thick and on the cheesy side but it was nice for the first ten minutes I guess. If you’re a pasta and cheese lover, you can order this.

In short, Kith Cafe is a great cafe to hang out although it’s a bit pricy. I’d say it serves hearty, comforting foods and for the price, their portions are worth it. This is a cafe I wouldn’t mind visiting again. I heard their pizzas are good too!

Rating:
Food
8.5/10
Aesthetic
8/10
Price
7/10
Service
8/10

KITH CAFE
9 Penang Road #01-01E, Park Mall, Singapore 238459
(Nearest train station: Dhoby Ghaut)
Tel: 6338 8611

Opening hours:
Tues – Sun: 8.00am – 10.00pm

http://kith.com.sg/branches/park-mall/

Food Review: Feedlot Steakhouse Bar & Grill

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If you visit Tanglin Mall often, you can’t miss the huge Feedlot Steakhouse Bar & Grill signboard just opposite the road at Tanglin Post Office. My mum has always wanted to try this place, and thanks to an offer on Chope, we finally have a reason to eat here!

Feedlot Steakhouse has created an exclusive Lobster Mac & Cheese special for only $12++ when you make a reservation via the SoShiok website or the Chope app. Promotion ends this Saturday so quickly make your reservations here.

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Lobster Mac & Cheese ($12)
Elbow pasta in rich, creamy lobster bisque & chunks of lobster meat, topped with cheese & lightly torched

If it smells nice, it’s bound to be good. The lobster bisque had a rich aroma and it definitely didn’t disappoint – it was very flavourful. However, there was only a layer of cheese on top so I would have liked it to be more cheesy but the dish was not bad overall. You get what you pay for, I guess.

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Swiss Portobello Burger ($28)
Angus beef, bacon, emmenthal, portobello

I forgot to take an individual picture of my brother’s burger but the beef patty was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and it was so juicy. This was also the first time I liked eating tomatoes and all the flavours went well together. The oatmeal buns were soft and fluffy too. I dare say it’s the best burger I’ve tried so far!

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Tenderloin Linguini ($25)
Char-grilled beef, roasted garlic, olive oil, chillies

The pasta was fragrant and cooked to al dente. Moreover, the beef was, again, perfectly done. The waiter said it was very spicy so you could ask for it to be less spicy if you can’t handle the heat – that’s what my dad did.

In summary, the lobster mac & cheese is nothing to shout about but I’d give it a try since it’s only $12 and come on, it’s lobster. Anyway, the best thing about this restaurant is their beef and I’d come back just for that.

Rating:
Food
7.5/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
6.5/10
Service
6.5/10

FEEDLOT STEAKHOUSE BAR & GRILL
56 Tanglin Road #B1-01, Singapore 247964
Tel: +65 6463 8080

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 11.30 am – 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Sat – Sun: 11.30 am – 10.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/FeedlotSG/

http://www.feedlot.com.sg/

Food Review: Assembly Coffee

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Assembly Coffee is sandwiched between Mr Prata and The Wine Company at Evans Lodge. Its premises are very small but attracts large crowds. There are few items on the food menu and its list of drinks seems to be more lengthy than the food menu.

I came here on a Saturday morning and I’m pretty sure there can’t be a worse time to visit a cafe. The tables were very close together so everyone was kind of squeezed. The cafe was also full of chatter and it just didn’t give off a cosy and chill vibe.

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Iced Chocolate ($6)

To kick-start a series of letdowns, we were served a way-below average drink. We saw how they made this drink – they put a scoop of vanilla ice cream, filled half the cup with Meiji Milk, poured some chocolate sauce and lastly, sprinkled some chocolate powder on top. It was pretty pathetic, to say the least. I’d hate to give bad reviews but really, there’s no nicer way to put it and I feel that everyone should know about it. It’s also very overpriced and my friend commented that the ice cream tasted like the ones from the supermarket.

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This was so-so. It was one of the better dishes that we had ordered. The crossiant was decent and there was nothing special to it, although some people have raved about it.

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B.E.T Sandwich ($13.50)
Streaky bacon, sunny-side egg, malted mature cheddar sandwich topped with argula

This was a delicious and heartwarming sandwich. However, on the downside, there was a lot of cheese and it got a bit jelat (singlish for when you have too much of something and get sick of it) at the end.

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Salmon and Eggs ($15)
Atlantic smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, homemade cream cheese greek yoghurt served on toast

Hopefully they were just having a bad day, because this dish wasn’t that great either. The scrambled eggs were creamy and fluffy but tasteless. The rocket leaves provided the extra kick that the dish needed. On the other hand, the smoked salmon came in large, thick slices and was not overly seasoned.

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Chocolate & Strawberries Waffle ($11.50)
Homemade chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries, topped with vanilla ice cream

This was the saving dish of the day. The waffles are a must-try at Assembly Coffee and I really recommend them as well. The waffles are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. They didn’t become soft or soggy despite the ice cream placed on top. This is truly waffle heaven.

Overall, Assembly Coffee has a few hits and misses. Their staff are friendly and waffles to-die-for, but the rest of the food is average and their interior is way too small.

Will I return again? Not really, no. I think that it’s overpriced and it’s relatively inaccessible. Unless I’m nearby and I have a strong desire for waffles, I’d skip this cafe.

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Rating:
Food
7/10
Aesthetic
6.5/10
Price
6/10
Service
8/10

ASSEMBLY COFFEE
26 Evans Lodge, Singapore 259367
(Nearest train station: Botanic Gardens)
Tel: 6735 5647

Opening hours:
Tue – Sun: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

http://assembly.sg/

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