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.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/12b/76159940/files/2015/01/img_1900-1.jpg Churros ($9)

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.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/12b/76159940/files/2015/01/img_1901-1.jpg Mentaiko Fries ($9)

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!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/12b/76159940/files/2015/01/img_1899-1.jpg/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/12b/76159940/files/2015/01/img_1896-1.jpg GRUB Cheeseburger ($13)

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: 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: 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