Dinner @ OKB // CLOSED

March 9, 2013 in Asian, European by thywhaleliciousfay

I was randomly surfing the net, trying to find out what are the new places to check out when I chanced upon OKB. And the article grabbed my interest with their description of OKB being ‘quality food at affordable prices’. Thus, curious to check OKB out, I suggested it as the venue for my next meet up with my girlfriend. I did put into consideration that their menu is not extensive, thus a good place to check out in pair and not in a big group.

But it was not easy finding the place. I got slightly lost. Though my girlfriend found the place with ease. It really depends on which bus stop you get off from. Along the long stretch of shophouses, they are located directly in front of the traffic light, just round the bend.

We were seated at the first table, in front of the huge cupboard which shelves empty cups and bottles.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Haloumi & tomatoes – golden haloumi, lime leaf marinated tomatoes, $9 with housepour wine pairing, $7 (above) – Haolumi is white cheese from Cyprus, traditionally made with sheep milk. It’s a first for us and my girlfriend totally enjoyed it.

2) Seared scallops – U.S. sea scallops, buak keluak oil, $10 with housepour wine pairing, $8 (above) – We were served two big perfectly cooked scallops which were sweet. But I felt the greens could do with a little more dressing.

3) Chicken – seared breast, laksa leaf beurre blanc, starfruit pickle, $14 with housepour wine pairing, $8 (above) – The chicken breast was surprisingly not dry but very juicy. And it was a very interesting combination of having the chicken with the starfruit pickle, which was surprisingly good together too.

4) Fish – turmeric & fill catfish, Vietnamese pesto, rice vermicelli, $14 (above) – The fish, which was served with a nicely browned exterior, was sweet and juicy. The portion of the rice vermicelli was pretty generous, so much so that the dish could pass off as a fish pasta rather than a fish main.

5) Pork – baby back ribs, mustard sauce, gingered mustard greens, $16 (above) – The pork ribs were slightly charred on the exterior. The gingered mustard greens gave the fork-tender meat a real zing. I attempted having the greens on its own, but I was too adventurous by taking a half-fork worth cause I had to down with lots of water thereafter. Ha.

6) Foccacia, $3 (above) – Oddly, this was served after our mains. It tasted as though the bread was toasted on the same grill after the pork. Thus, I did not particularly enjoy the charred smell on the bread.

7) Chicken liver pate, $4 (above) – We did not start on the chicken liver immediately, and five minutes after it was served, a thick layer of fats had hardened on the surface. The chicken liver pate was not as smooth as how we preferred it to be.

8) Chilli crab rillettes, $5 (above) – This was spicy! But it’s probably because I cant take food that’s too spicy. It’s an interesting flavour, but because it was too spicy for me, I could not taste the chilli crab flavour properly. Though I did see bits of crab meat inside.

9) Sticky date pudding, $7 (above) – They had run out of the desserts on the menu, and thus we went with the special. And this was the highlight for me! I was totally sold. It was so good! My friend, who did not like sticky date pudding, changed her mind after trying this. The pudding was sticky and moist. A must try!

10) Scone, Complimentary (above) – This came as a surprise after we paid the bill and were ready to leave. The scone with cranberry bits was so good! There’re those bad scones which leave an after taste of baking powder in our mouths or those which are dry. But this had none of those.

We had a enjoyable dining experience. The staff always had a smile on their faces and were helpful. The place was packed that night with many big groups. But when one group left, the staff immediately pulled an additional table over cause they knew we ordered a fair bit for our (one) small table. =) So while I will not recommend the wine pairing which was average, I am definitely looking forward to checking them out in the day when their bakery is open.

1 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore
6220 4711, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Fri : 11:30 – 15:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 5
Tues – Fri : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Sat : 12:30 – 15:30 (Lunch)
Service: 6
Sat : 18:30 – 23:30 (Dinner)
* Closed on Sun

Brunch @ The Fabulous Baker Boy

January 23, 2013 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Itching to brunch, my girlfriend suggested The Fabulous Baker Boy. Having not heard about the place and that they only serve brunch on Sundays, I was all game. And just when I was wondering what was located within The Foothills (which is across the street from Liang Court) the previous night, I was surprised at the sheer coincidence to learn that we were to head to The Foothills.

One can easily find The Fabulous Baker Boy, which occupies a unit at the further end, after walking past the NParks offices. And the café is not big. There’s only a small table (for 6) in the café with most of the tables placed outside. And without stating the obvious, we had to wait as we did not make any reservation.

But we well spent the 15 minutes by checking out the pastry corner and studying the menu. Dont forget to check out the fridge as there’re more cakes inside. And talking about the menu, I was surprised when the staff was not joking when he said there’s only one menu. And that one menu is at the cashier. Hmm… I wouldn want to imagine how cramp the café will be when various groups of people crowd around just to steal a glance of the menu.

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

1) Apple cider pancakes, $8.50 (above) – This was decent. There was a very strong aroma when the slightly burnt pancakes were served with the syrup already poured. And while we could not detect the cider taste, it was pleasant to find apple pieces in the batter.

2) Towkay ng’s egg benedict, $10.50 (above) – We were presented with two almost identically poached eggs. What set The Fabulous Baker Boy’s egg benedict apart from the rest is that spinach was used. However, the hollandaise sauce was a little sour.

3) Chicken, leek and potato pie ver. 2.0 (above) – The pot pie, which was served piping hot, comprised of really tasty puff pastry crust and thick filling. However, some of the chicken bits were a little dry. But that’s the nature of chicken breast meat.

4) Red velvet cake, $8.50 (above) – The staff recommended this, calling it the ladies’ favourite. And I can totally understand why. The cake was moist, not too sweet and absolutely yummy. A must try! But of course, my eagle-eyed friend noticed that of the four layers, only the middle two were red. Well, I did not mind that as long as the cake is yummy.

5) Lemon vanilla raspberry cake, $8.50 (above) – This was light in terms of flavour as compared to the other two cakes. However, the pastry flakes used were no longer crisp. It’s almost similar to cornflakes which had been exposed to air for too long and lost its crunch. It could be due to the fact that the pasty flakes were left in the fridge longer than it should have.

6) Salted caramel cake, $7.50 (above) – It’s a nice visual to see the caramel sauce oozing out from the layers of cake. However, while the cake is enjoyable as a whole (whole = cake + frosting + caramel sauce), the cake was a little dry on its own.

7) Latte (above) – Decent coffee.

Overall, it’s a nice place to chill out. However, as most of the seats are alfresco, it will also depend on the weather. We were lucky it was drizzling such that the weather was enjoyable for us to be seated outside. They seemed a little short on staff, as we noticed tables were not cleared promptly after leaving customers. But that’s probably why almost everything is self service. There’s a central spot for customers to take iced water and cutlery.

70 River Valley Road, The Foothills, #01-15, Singapore
6694 8336, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Thur : 11:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 5
Fri – Sat : 11:00 – 23:00
Value: 6
Sun : 09:00 – 17:00
Service: 5
* Closed on Mon

Dinner @ Manna Story // CLOSED

January 7, 2013 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

Having a strong craving for Korean cuisine, my colleague and I hoped over to JCube after work.

And we got what I call as the table with the best view. Having dinner while overlooking the ice rink? I felt like I was back in Korea for dinner during winter. It somewhat reminded me of the show ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ too. Keke.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Side dishes, Complimentary (above) – The wide range of side dishes came complimentary (as with any other Korean restaurants) and were free flow too! There’s a top-up corner where anyone can bring their empty bowls to refill the side dishes they wish to have more.

2) Ginseng chicken soup, $16.80 (above) – The chicken which was stuffed with rice, was served the authentic way with noodle and a small (separate) bowl of seasoning salt. This was normal though I felt the rice was not as sticky as it should be.

3) Budae chigae, $25 (above) – Comprised of ham, sausage, kimchi and ramyeon, the portion was meant for two. This was normal and was ordered because we were having a slight craving for processed food (luncheon meat). Haha.

4) BBQ pork, $12.80 (above) – Normal.

5) Cabbage wraps with pork, $15 (above) – I liked this dish. The pork, though looked really fatty, was exactly how it should be. Fat, tender and absolutely yummy. Though the cabbage was a struggle to bite into smaller pieces by mouth. Ladies, you have been warned. Do not even attempt to chew through the cabbage if you’re here on a date.

6) Spring onion pancake, $8.50 (above) – This was a disappointment. The pancake was thin and had little ingredient.

7) Baked kimchi rice with cheese, $8.80 (small) (above) – This was nice. I enjoyed the kimchi rice, though having it with too much cheese was a slight over kill.

8) Rice cake with cheese in spicy sauce, $12 (above) – Nice! The rice cake was chewy while the cheese added a nice touch to the usual spicy rice cake.

9) Kimbab combo – Chicken & anchovy & egg roll, $8.80 (above) – Though the most simple looking dish, I really enjoyed this the most. My chopsticks kept gravitating towards the anchovy rolls.

Generally, I say this place is more of value-for-money. A good place to come to for a quick Korean fix if you are in the area (Jurong East). Service wise, the staff are really polite. I have been here at least five times and have not been disappointed by the staff. Once, there was a female staff who would greet us in Korean with a big smile on her face whenever she served us our dish. In fact, during that dinner, I chewed on something spicy and was sticking out my tongue which she must have caught me doing so because she immediately brought us cups of ice water. It’s these little actions that made the dining experience memorable.

2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube, #04-19, Singapore
6684 2872, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 6