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: 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.

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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: 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: 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