Dinner @ Butcher Boy

November 26, 2017 in Asian, Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

Was instagram-surfing when I chanced upon Butcher Boys; An Asian-inspired grill and bar. Interested to find out if it would be similar to Burnt Ends, I decided to check it out with my friend. And reservation was made for 2 via Chope. With only 2 seatings, I chose 8.15pm over 6.30pm since it’s impossible to reach at 6.30pm.

(Though it seemed they’ve since removed the 2 seatings from Chope. Instead, reservation before 8.15pm are subjected to a dining period of 1 hour 45 minutes to accommodate the next seating.)

And from the menu, my friend and I ordered:-

1) Crispy fish skin, $6 (above) – Nori salt, sesame tahini.

2) Kanpachi sashimi, $24 (above) – Soy, tokyu turnip.

3) Fried squid, $20 (above) – Curry, burnt onion.


4) Fried chicken bao, $18 (above) – Yuzu kosho, kewpie.

5) Duck banh mi, $18 (above) – Liver pate, sriracha.


6) Butcher boy bacon & cheese burger, $28 (above) – With fries.


7) Peanut butter and berry ice cream sandwich, $10 (above)

Unfortunately, Butcher Boy was nowhere close to Burnt Ends in terms of food. Butcher Boys’ core wasn’t grilled meats (which I arrived at the restaurant hoping so) since they offered buns, etc on their limited menu. Would I recommend Butcher Boys? Hmm… Not really. The place was too noisy for my liking considering that my friend and I met to catch up over food. The space was separated into two where the second (and slightly elevated) half was the bar. And one can also say I was surprised at how the drinking crowd was strong and rowdy on a Tuesday night.

So no, I wouldn’t recommend Butcher Boy. But I reckon it would be a fun place for drinks.

BUTCHER BOY
31 Keong Saik Road, Singapore
6221 6833, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Fri – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (L.O.)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Thur, Sun : 18:00 – 22:30 (L.O.)
Value: 6
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 23:00 (L.O.)
Service: 7

Dinner @ San Laksa Steamboat

November 15, 2017 in Asian, Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

It was one of those nights when my friend and I met up but I had no suggestion as to where to eat. And that’s when my friend suddenly remembered San Laksa Steamboat. Located on the 1st floor of a standalone building which we would always drive past enroute to Vivocity.

Despite arriving at 8pm, we were able to get a table easily without making any reservation. Instead, it was finding parking lot that was the real challenge. One has to pray (real) hard to be the sole lucky diner to park within the building compound. Yes, there’s space for 1 car only. Or pray harder to be able to park in front of the gate of the church that’s just beside. At one’s risk, of course.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), my friend and I ordered:-

  

1) Soup (above) – We went with laksa broth and chicken broth. And for the former, we were also given a small saucer of laksa leaves to put into our broth.

2) Kang kong, $2.80 (above)

3) Mixed mushroom platter, $8 (above)

4) Lettuce, $3.80 (above)

5) Cheese tofu, $4.20 (above, left)

6) Tau pok, $2 (above, right)

7) Luncheon meat, $4.50 (above)

8) Seaweed chicken, $3.50 (above)

9) Sotong balls, $3.50 (above, left)

10) Pork balls, $3 (above, right)

11) Hand made minced meatballs, $6 (above) – And for this, the staff would assist to shape the minced meat into balls.

12) Mixed ball, $6 (above)

13) Prawn, $10 (above)

14) Chicken breast, $6 (above)

15) Pork collar, $6 (above)

16) Fresh toman fillet, $10 (above)

17) Udon noodles, $1 (above)

My friend and I enjoyed the laksa broth. I would definitely recommend the place if one has seriously craving for laksa. However, we were unfortunately seated beside a big group which had a lady laughing in a really high-pitch voice. That was really annoying. The staff were understanding and helped to shift us to another table when we requested so.

SAN LAKSA STEAMBOAT
404 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore
6275 7069, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 16:30 – 23:00
Value: 6
Service: 6

Snacks @ Emperor’s Puff 皇帝饼 (Sydney, Australia)

July 1, 2017 in Asian, Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

My colleague and I were having dinner near Darling Harbour when she mentioned we could get custard cream puff in the area for desserts. And that sounded very good. Thus, we made our way to Emperor’s Puff which was located in Chinatown Sydney.

I wouldn’t say Emperor’s Puff is a shop. Rather, it’s a hole-in-the-wall window-in-the-wall. Ha. Sandwiched between Emperor’s Garden Restaurant and Emperor’s Garden Cakes & Bakery, one could also easily identify the shop by the snaking long queue.

And it’s probably because my colleague and I reached at 8.30pm that there were only 4 groups in front of us. With the queue moving pretty quickly, it was our turn to order in less than 10 minutes.

As per the shop’s name, there’s only 1 item on the menu. Costing only AUD0.35 for 1, my colleague and I decided to order 9 pieces at AUD3 for sharing. Anything less (than 9 pieces) seemed too few while 18 pieces was too many after our heavy dinner. Keke.

Our 9 pieces were packed into a paper bag. And because the pair of customers in front of us ordered 18 pieces, I got to know orders of 18 pieces were packed in boxes.

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Eating these warm balls with piping hot custard cream in the cold nights of May was such a delight. I couldn’t help but start humming. Friends know I tend to bop or hum when I am happy with the food. Haha. And I liked that the custard cream within was not too sweet.

I definitely recommend coming by for these affordable custard cream puff if one is in the area. Though I wouldn’t say these are exceptionally good to make a special trip for.

EMPEROR’S PUFFS 皇帝饼
96-100 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney, Australia
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 21:00
Ambience: NA
Value: 7
Service: 6