Food Review: The Daily Roundup

The Daily Roundup serves a tightly curated list of classic French savoury galettes and sweet crepes, made with the freshest ingredients sourced globally, including our 100% organic buckwheat flour from Brittany, the birthplace of crepes in France.

The Berries ($16) consisted of a selection of seasonal berries, crème Chantilly, caramelised almonds, red fruit coulis topped with vanilla bean ice cream. The crepe was soft, delicate and chewy. The sourness of the berries balanced the sweetness of the ice cream and cream with the almonds adding a delightful crunch. One of the best dessert crepes I’ve ever had and I highly recommend it.

The Complète ($12) had artisan ham, French Comté cheese and a sunny side up. This savoury crepe was lightly charred, but the egg was not as runny as I’d have liked it to be. This failed to impress compared to the sweet crepe. It was also a tad too salty for my liking.

The Hot Chocolate ($6) was a thick, velvety and aromatic brew. This hearty cup was rich in chocolate and had the right amount of sugar. The Flat White ($5) at The Daily Roundup is smooth and silky but the coffee is not as strong as usual as the acidity is toned down.

Price wise, I thought it to be affordable. Plus, the gorgeous interior space coupled with sweet and savoury crepes definitely left an impression. I would come back to satisfy my crepe cravings.

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

The Daily Roundup

1 Keong Saik Road
#01-02 The Working Capitol
Singapore 089109

Food Review: Gaest

Inspired by the modern Nordic cuisine, Gaest is a small cafe that serves hearty sandwiches on freshly baked homemade bread, vibrant salads, and freshly ground coffee. Their lunch menu is simple – sandwiches and drinks. Service is extremely warm and friendly too.


Pulled Pork Sandwich ($14)

A popular dish here is the Pulled Pork Sandwich. An absolutely satisfying and generous combination of succulent and juicy roasted pork with crispy, crackling skin, refreshing slices of green apple, orange marinated red cabbage and mustard mayo. The sandwich bursts with a cacophony of flavours – sweet, sour and savoury. It was incredible although the toasted sourdough bread crust was a bit hard to cut through.

We also ordered the Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($15). There were thick slices of luscious smoked salmon with plenty of rocket leaves, beetroot slices and topped off with horseradish cream. Odd combination but it went well together. I also loved their concept of open sandwiches that were beautifully presented.

I enjoyed this meal very much and would definitely be back again.

Rating:
Food
9.5/10
Aesthetic 8/10
Price 8/10
Service 10/10

Gaest
21 McCallum Street Singapore 069047

http://gaest.com.sg

Food Review: Nakhon Kitchen

Thai cuisine is known for being exquisite, with its subtle mix of underlying flavours together with the stronger salty, hot, sour or sweet taste. Nakhon Kitchen doesn’t disappoint, serving up authentic Thai dishes at affordable prices.


Pandan Chicken ($6)

The pandan chicken here is highly recommended and I could see this dish on almost every table. The chicken was highly aromatic and very fragrant as it was seasoned with spices. It was very palatable and tasted even better when dipped into the sweet and spicy sauce.


Yellow Curry Chicken ($8)

Thai curry comes in green, red and yellow. Yellow curry is sweet and has milder flavours compared to the red and green curry. It was hot and had a myriad of flavours – the best one I’ve tried so far.

After that burst of exotic taste, the Thai Iced Tea ($3) was the perfect drink to balance out the heat and spiciness of the dishes we’ve had. Nakhon Kitchen’s version had a stronger and more distinct tea taste. It was also not too sweet.

Overall, Nakhon Kitchen serves satisfying, authentic and fiery Thai food with a juxtaposition of flavours at wallet-friendly prices. Service is fast as well. I can see myself coming back here soon.

Rating:
Food 8.5/10
Aesthetic 7/10
Price 9.5/10
Service 8/10

Nakhon Kitchen
27A Lorong Liput Holland Village
Singapore 277738

Food Review: Culina Bistro

Culina Bistro is gourmet boutique and a restaurant, supplying many of the steak restaurants in Singapore so freshness is guaranteed here. Prices are reasonable and service is efficient. IMG_3012 After ordering, we were served a complimentary bread basket. The bread rolls came warm and toasted and fluffy inside. My mum loved them. They were to be dipped olive oil with sharp balsamic or simply spread with butter. IMG_3013 The highlight of the meal was the beef. We picked a 1.2kg 1824 Premium Beef OP Ribs from Queensland ($72.70) with a preparation fee of $25. OP Ribs are also known as bone-in ribeye steak or côte de bœuf. The beauty of this cut is that it is juicy, flavourful and has great marbling. We ordered it medium-rare with black pepper and red wine sauce. The beef was grilled extremely well with a charred crust and juicy interior. We also ordered Potato Purée ($8) and it was creamy, smooth and buttery. All in all, Culina Bistro serves up hearty dishes at affordable prices. I would definitely come back again. Rating: Food 8.5/10 Aesthetic 8.5/10 Price 8.5/10 Service 8/10 Culina Bistro Blk 8, Dempsey Road #01-13 Dempsey Hill Singapore 247696 Opening hours: Daily 11:00am to 10.30pm (Last order 9.30pm) http://www.culina.com.sg/

Food Review: GRUB

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/12b/76159940/files/2015/01/img_1884-1.jpg Grub is located right smack in the middle of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Despite its out-of-the-way location, it can gather a legion of burger-loving fans, even on weekdays. So we spent about half an hour searching for Grub in Bishan Park, walking around aimlessly, looking for a white building in the midst of all the lush greenery. In the end, we found out we were 2.3km away from our destination. After walking another kilometer, we were tired and starving so we took the bus to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, where we found out both parks were separated by a road. Grub is a warm and cosy cafe that greets you, plenty of dark wood with red brick walls. The ambience is great and the staff are very friendly as well. The crowd is mostly young adults, families and a couple of office people. Burgers make up most of the cafe’s menu, no doubt marking its specialty here. An added bonus is that everything is reasonably priced. The waiting time for the food is quite short too.

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Dark chocolate, tangy creme anglaise

One of the main attractions here is the churros. The churros are crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle and crusted with a decent layer of cinnamon sugar. They were definitely better than average and not dense like some of the ones I’ve tried. In my opinion, Habitat Coffee’s rendition is still the best. On the down side, the sauces were watery and not thick at all. It might be due to the fact that the cafe was closing in about an hour. I’ll give it another try next time.

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Mentaiko aioli, nori seaweed

Another favourite here is the mentaiko fries. It’s a mountain of perfectly golden crisp fries drizzled with creamy, flavourful mentaiko sauce and a generous sprinkle of nori seaweed. They even give you more mentaiko sauce on the side – not that we’re complaining!

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100% freshly minced beef patty, Monterey Jack cheese

A classic combo made up of beef, lettuce, tomato and cheese. The patty is made up of grass-fed beef which was juicy and tender. The cheese is melted and the buns are soft and have a bit of sweetness that brings the dish together.

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Crumbled fish fillet, remoulade

I love how the fish is bigger than the buns. The fish was crunchy outside and the fish was flaky and well-cooked inside. It was on the dry side but the tartar sauce made up for it. You can even dip the burger into the mentaiko sauce for best results.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/12b/76159940/files/2015/01/img_1897-1.jpg Pork Steak Burger ($13)

Sous vide glazed pork, grilled pineapple

The pork was a bit hard and tough for my liking. Perhaps it had been sitting out for too long before we took a bite. It’s not too bad; the sauce was refreshing. However, Grub is still a good place to satisfying your burger cravings without burning a hole in your wallet. Also, who needs truffle fries when you can have mentaiko fries? I’m definitely coming back.

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

GRUB
510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 (Bishan Park 1), Singapore 569983

Opening hours:
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

http://grub.com.sg

Food Review: Lola’s Cafe

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Lola’s Cafe is a self-proclaimed backyard cafe that takes pride in serving unpretentious and heartwarming comfort fare in a playful and casual environment. Best known for its brunches, Lola’s is yet another cafe that has a huge following and is able to draw a crowd at any time of the day – especially during lunch hour.

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Truffle Fries ($12)
Fries, Truffle Oil, Grated Parmesan

Delicious shoe-string fries generously seasoned and drizzled with truffle oil. The truffle taste was strong so there was a lot of flavour in the fries.

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Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($10)
Wings, Honey, Spices

A must-try at Lola’s is the chicken wings. I could see this dish on almost every table and I could understand why. They were pretty amazing. The crispy chicken wings were fried to perfection without being too oily. The meat was tender and juicy as well as addictive. The honey drizzled on top and the paprika seasoning complemented the chicken very well. However, I feel that I can remake this at home.

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Farmer’s Bratwurst Roll ($8)
Pork Sausage, Sweet Bun, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Potato Fries

This was so-so. The best thing about this dish was the sauce and its price.

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Mushroom Melt ($11)
Brioche Bread, Swiss White Mushroom, Mozzarella Cheese, Cream, Garden Salad, Balsamic Dressing

The mushrooms were nice and there was a generous amount of cheese on well-toasted bread. Although it looks small in portion, my friend who ate it said it was very filling.

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Breakfast Butter Croissant ($13)
Butter Croissant, Scrambled Egg, Honey Bacon, Pork Ham, Cheddar Cheese, Cajun Mayo, Garden Salad, Balsamic Dressing

The scrambled eggs were fluffy and great. The croissant was flaky and crispy yet soft on the inside. Instead of being salty, the bacon was sweet because of the honey which was a nice change. My friends also loved the balsamic vinegar dressing on the salad.

All in all, Lola’s Cafe is a lovely little cafe that is rather small but cosy and serves up heartwarming food. I don’t think I’ll be there again so soon but it definitely lives up to its reputation and is worthy of a try if you haven’t already been there.

Rating:
Food

8/10
Aesthetic
9/10
Price
7.5/10
Service
8/10

LOLA’S CAFE
5 Simon Rd, Singapore 545893
(Nearest train station: Kovan)
Tel: 6284 0349

Opening hours:
Tues – Wed, Sunday: 10.00 am – 11.30 pm
Friday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 12.00 am
Closed on Mondays

http://lolascafe.com.sg

Food Review: Hifumi Japanese Restaurant

What makes Hifumi so special is that you get access to an all-you-can-eat appetizer bar with any main course ordered. Currently, they’re having a weekday lunch promotion of a main course inclusive of the free flow appetizers with prices from only $9.99 to $11.99.

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The things worth mentioning are chawanmushi, which was smooth and silky, tofu donuts and cha soba. The sweet potato fries are not bad too. The broccoli and corn was undercooked.

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Omelette Curry ($9.99 – Promotion Price U.P. $12.99)

This was a really delectable and comforting dish. The curry was thick and rich. The bits of cheese could be mixed in and it complemented the curry rice. The omelette was cooked to perfection – the texture very fluffy and light.

We were the first customers here at the Marina Square branch so the service was pretty great. We stayed until around lunch hour when the crowd started coming in and it was total chaos. People had to queue for the appetizers spread. Honestly, I would only come again during the non-peak hours.

Rating:
Food

7.5/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8.5/10
Service
9/10

HIFUMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-106A/106B
Tel: 63374721

Opening hours:
Mon – Sun: 11.30am – 3.00pm / 5.00pm – 10.30pm

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

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