Dinner @ Royz Et Vous

October 23, 2017 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

It was another after-work dinner with my colleagues. And with my Muslim colleagues’ recommendation, we were off to Royz Et Vous.

Reservation could be made easily on their website. And reservation is a must. The cafe was fully packed when my colleagues and I arrived on a Wednesday evening. And in all honesty, I wasn’t expecting the cafe to be such a hit. Though I soon understood why (it was so popular) after our dinner.

And from the dinner menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Fried mushrooms, $13.90 (above) – Tempura battered wild mushroom served with truffle mayo. This was seriously good! Couldn’t stop reaching out for it.

2) Buffalo wings, $14.90 (above) – Deep fried marinated chicken wings tossed in house made buffalo sauce with a side of sour cream.


3) Wagyu beef burger, $28.90 (above) – 200gm wagyu beef patty cooked to desired doneness with melted cheddar & mozzarella, turkey bacon, coral lettuce, tomatoes, onion pickles, honey mustard sauce on brioche bun accompanied with a side of fries and salad.

4) Herb crusted salmon, $24.90 (above) – Grilled salmon fillet with herb breadcrumbs, fine green beans, roasted vegetables & mango sauce.

5) Fish & chips, $18.90 (above) – Tempura battered New Zealand blue hake & fries served with side salad & tartar sauce.

6) Grilled chicken, $18.90 (above) – Roasted chicken thigh marinated in Asian inspired glaze with beans, roasted potatoes & carrots, turkey bacon cream sauce.

7) Brazen beef, $32.90 (above) – Grilled striploin cooked to desired doneness served with fries, side salad & chilli aioli.

8) Signature prawn & crayfish pasta, $19.90 (above) – Sauteed prawns, crayfish in home-made chilli cream sauce.

9) Mango snowball, $6.90 (above) – Mango sorbet served with berries.

10) Panna cotta, $9.90 (above) – Mango flavoured panna cotta and hazelnut granola.

11) Molten lava cake, $12.90 (above) – Oozy chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream. This was really good. A must order.

12) Mochatto cake, $14.90 (above) – Oozy chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream and a double shot of REV espresso shot.

13) Caffe latte, $5 (above)

Having started to try a few Halal-certified cafes with my colleagues, Royz Et Vous certainly impressed. In fact, I’ll be really honest. It’s actually the first Halal-certified eatery that I would recommend even to non-Muslim for the food. Cosy ambience, delectable food, pretty reasonable prices and friendly staff.

ROYZ ET VOUS
137 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01, Singapore
6293 0270, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Thur : 11:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 6
Fri : 11:00 – 23:00
Value: 6
Sat : 12:00 – 23:00
Service: 7
Sun : 12:00 – 22:00

Dinner @ House of AnLi Bistro

August 21, 2017 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

It has been a while since I last met up with my girlfriends from college. And with their preference to meet in town, I suggested House of AnLi in Tanglin Mall. And from their Facebook page, it’s learnt that the person behind House of AnLi is Belgian designer Anne-Jean Liétaer. The bistro was set up as an extension to the store, and has a Belgian-inspired menu that’s based on Anne-Jean’s family recipes.

As per our 5pm reservation time, we arrived punctually at the bistro. Reservation is definitely required for big groups, and for groups which require high chair for children; The restaurant only had 3 high chairs, and the bistro was popular wth families.

As we weren’t too hungry, we satisfied ourselves with drinks and waited till 6pm where a different menu was offered for dinner. And from the dinner menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Panfried octopus, $22 (above) – With herbs & paprika, garbanzo & tomato salsa.

2) Carbonnade stew, $28 (above) – Beef cheek cooked in chimay trappiste beer, baby carrots, fondant potato, unsweetened apple mousse.

3) Moussaka, $28 (above) – Layered eggplant, fondant potato, minced beef.

4) Mushroom & truffle risotto, $32 (above) – Mixed wild mushrooms, shaved black truffles.

5) Pasta of the day, $28 (above) – And we added salmon at $8 to our noodles.

6) Cheese tart, $14 (above) – Fromage blanc on speculoos base.

7) Apple tart with cinnamon & whipped cream, $14 (above) – Give this a miss.

8) Chocolate tart & whipped cream, $12 (above) – Tasted similar to a flourless chocolate cake, this was pretty good. It was a hot favourite among the children.

9) Tea, $8 (1 pot) (above)

10) Latte, $6 (above)

11) Flat white, $6 (above)

We loved the space of House of AnLi. It was cosy and beautiful. I loved how natural light entered through the ceiling-to-floor Windows and brightened up the place. Though I wouldn’t say there’s much view since the bistro was only located on level 2.

The bistro was not too packed despite it being a Saturday evening. I guess not many would walk 15 to 18 minutes (like me) from Orchard MRT station. But we were also glad not many would take that long walk because my girlfriends and I agreed the space was best enjoyed when it’s not too busy.

Would I recommend House of AnLi Bistro? Definitely. But having seen the brunch menu, I would say the dinner menu looked better in terms of food offering. So probably head down in the late afternoon for a cup of coffee before enjoying mains from the dinner menu.

HOUSE OF ANLI BISTRO
163 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Mall, #03-17, Singapore
6235 3851, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 09:00 – 21:00
Ambience: 8
Value: 7
Service: 6

High tea @ Axis Bar and Lounge

August 16, 2017 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

It has been a while since I had high tea. So when my girlfriend suggested catching up over high tea, I thought it was a good idea. However, as one would know, high tea usually starts at mid-afternoon. But I was glad Axis Bar offered theirs from 12.30pm cause my girlfriend and I had commitments in late afternoon. Keke. And with that, reservation was made via Chope.

With only 1 menu offered that’s rotates every month, we started our afternoon tea ($42 for 1, $40 each for 2) with:-


1) Dish #1 (above) – Pandan ice jelly with coconut emulsion.

2) Dish #2 (above) – From right to left, we were served i) nasi lemak cornet, anchovies and sambal jam, ii) Singapore chilli crab and mantou bits, and iii) ayam satay with peanut gravy. We didn’t like the chilli crab dish. Because the mantou bits were like crouton instead (really small pieces too), we felt like we were a big shot of spicy chilli crab gravy. .

3) Dish #3 (above) – From right to left, we had i) baker’s red beans pita bao, ii) tomato, sardine and lettuce wrap, iii) mini sub with spicy chicken floss, and iv) pandan kaya and butter toast.


4) Dish #4 (above) – Because I don’t take beef, my kampong style beef rendang pie was replaced with a second piece of nonya potato curry puff. So yes, I had 2 nonya potato curry puff, 1 tahitian vanilla scone and 1 banana scone. Didn’t enjoy the puff as the filling was pretty salty.

5) Dish #5 (above) comprised of:-

(A) 1st tier (above) – Purple yam chiffon cream chantilly (left) and palm sugar masala layer cake (right).


  

(B) 2nd tier (above) – Bandung rosella bavarious (left) and lychee strawberry choux puff (right). I really liked the bandung dessert. It was light on the palate, and not too sweet.


  

(C) 3rd tier (above) – Pineapple coconut sable (left) and chocolate almond kueh pai tee (right).

6) Tea (above) – TWG tea company’s tea was included in menu, and I went with ‘eternal summer’.

What I really like about Axis Bar & Lounge is the space and ambience. It offers a sweeping views over Marina Bay. But what I really liked was that they did not cram the space with many furniture. Oh wait. Axis is a lounge, and not a restaurant. Haha. And mothers would be delighted to know the place is family friendly. The place is equipped with high chairs and children’s plastic plate-ware. Most importantly, because the space was big and spacious, kids could have a ball of time roaming around freely. Just like my girlfriend’s 15-months child!

Would I recommend Axis Bar & Lounge for high tea? Definitely. Afternoon tea is available from 3pm to 5pm on weekdays, and 12.30 to 2.30pm (first seating) and 3pm to 5pm (second seating) on weekends. But do read up their menu before coming. I didn’t really like the August 2017′s menu.

And if one plan to drive and park at The Mandarin Oriental, do note that they do not offer complimentary parking coupon. But because we enquired with the manager who happened to be the one passing us our bill, he gave us a $18 discount instead. Nice. Keke.

AXIS BAR & LOUNGE
5 Raffles Avenue, The Mandarin Oriental, Level 4, Singapore
6885 3500, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Thur, Sun : 11:00 – 00:00
Ambience: 8
Fri – Sat : 11:00 – 01:00
Value: 7
Service: 7