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

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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

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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: 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: 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/