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

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Food Review: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters

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Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is probably one of the most hipster cafes in town due to its minimalist theme. The inside of the cafe is very modern, with white walls and white lights and smells strongly of good coffee. It has an extensive food and drinks menu but prices are on the steep side. Brunch items go for $16-$20 and drinks from $4.50 onwards.

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Truffle Benedict ($18)
Brioche, Smoked Ham, Wilted Spinach & Free-Range Poached Eggs served with Truffle Hollandaise Sauce

Our smoked ham was replaced with bacon, because apparently, they’ve run out of smoked ham even though it was only morning. Additionally, the toasted brioche was too crispy for my liking. Of the two poached eggs, one was horribly overcooked and almost became a hard-boiled egg. The truffle taste was barely discernible as well. I was disappointed by this dish as the description looked rather promising.

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American Breakfast ($20)
Multigrain Toast, Roasted Tomatoes, Mushroom, Hash, Bacon, Sausage & Choice of Eggs – Scrambled

Being the most expensive item on the brunch menu, I expected way more. The dish came with a single, sad piece of hard toast and a soggy-looking tomato. The hash and mushroom were your average store-bought items. The scrambled eggs were done quite poorly. They were bland and overcooked. The cafe ran out of sausage, too, so that was replaced by smoked salmon which was pretty good and not too salty. The dish came with a mini jar of blackcurrant jam that tasted way too sweet.

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Penne Carbonara ($16)
Classic Italian Carbonara with Bacon, Baby Asparagus, Onion & Cream Sauce

This was not bad, I felt that the cream sauce wasn’t too thick and just right.

With such a relatively high price tag on its food, I honestly expected more from this cafe. The decor was so promising, but I was let down by the quality of the food here. Hopefully their coffee is much better. But I know I won’t be back to try it anytime soon.

Rating:
Food

6/10
Aesthetic
8.5/10
Price
5/10
Service
8/10

PACAMARA BOUTIQUE COFFEE ROASTERS
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333

Opening hours:
Tue – Sun: 9.00 am – 11.00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/pacamarasg

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: 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/

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: 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