Brunch @ Open Door Policy

July 24, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

I really like this place! It could be the wonderful company that I had too which helped to add points to my pleasant dining experience.


I tried calling the day before to make a reservation for a Sunday brunch, but no one was picking up the phone. Thus, my girl friend and I popped by at 2.30pm. And it was a pleasant surprise when we found we were still in time to order items from their lunch menu! (Last order for lunch is 3pm)

The place was packed when we reached, but fortunately there were 2 empty seats at the counter, which I actually preferred cause it allowed us to watch the chefs in action in the kitchen. =)

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

1) Papaduck papadum with crusted duck fillets & mint yoghurt dip, $18 (above) – This was nice; The contrast between the crunchy exterior and the juicy, tasty duck meat. We easily finished off this dish. And in a way, it was interesting cause the chef happened to be bulk preparing this dish of ours in the kitchen!


2) Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toasted ciabatta with spinach and fresh herbs, $19 (above) – The serving was huge. And hidden under the layer of smoked salmon were the scrambled egg and spinach. The toasted ciabatta paled in (size) comparison against the generous serving of scrambled egg, but the ciabatta sure did absorb all the flavour / juice of the ingredients which was piled on top. An interesting combination.

3) ODP pancakes with blackberry and chocolate, $17 (above) – The pancakes were slightly crispy on the outside while soft and fluffy in the inside. And it sticks a little in the mouth when eaten, just like how I like my pancake to be. Ha. =) And it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate.

So yes, I enjoyed my brunch at ODP! And it was a bit on the self-entertaining part where my girl friend and I would create conversations we think the chef would be having behind the glass. Haha. We stayed all the way till 4pm (their closing time), where they would start switching off the lights right at the back. Though it’s also to note that the end of the long interior is empty.

OPEN DOOR POLICY
19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore
6221 9307, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon, Wed – Fri : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon, Wed – Sun : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Sat – Sun : 11:00 – 15:30 (Brunch)
Service: 7
* Closed on Tues
  

Dinner @ Buckaroo BBQ & Grill

July 21, 2012 in American by thywhaleliciousfay

I would not have known of this place had it not been for my friend’s recommendation. Buckaroo is nestled inside the estate of private houses, which to me, is really inconvenient unless one drives.

Buckaroo is easily identifiable along the row of terrace houses as we drove up, with its excessive usage of timber for the exterior and usage of green, red, yellow neon lights.

And from the menu, we ordered :-

1) Ranch style crispy fried chicken wings, $15.80 (half dozen) (above) – Wanting our chicken wings crispy, we chose not to go for the buffalo wings. Not too bad. The wings were crispy (not the thick kind of batter) and juicy. Nice!!!

2) Onion rings, $9.80 (regular) (above) – I admit, I ordered this because it’s somewhat interesting that the onion rings were served stacked up in a long pole. Haha. And nothing beats food which is served hot. Nice.

3) Escargot bourguignonne, $16.80 (half dozen) – I felt this was normal. Nothing special.


4) Clam chowder, $9.80 (above) – A big bread is used to hold the soup. And the best way to eat it is really to scoop out the ‘flesh’ of the bread from within, and consume it with the soup. Yes, please do not neglect the bread. It’s such a pity when I saw others touching the soup, but not the bread. The soup is thick and creamy with lots of ingredients.


5) Fish ‘n’ chips , $19.50 (above) – This is absolutely a must order! Buckaroo sure is very generous with the serving. The one slab (Oh yes, I am using the word ‘slab’ instead of ‘piece’) of dory served is thick, juicy and fresh with the batter being thin and crispy. Definitely one of the better fish & chips I have tried.

The service staff are warm and approachable. Will definitely head back to Buckaroo for their clam chowder and fish ‘n’ chips if I am in the area.

BUCKAROO BBQ & GRILL
12B Andrews Avenue, Singapore
6481 4986, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon, Wed – Sun : 16:00 – 22:30
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
* Closed on Tues
Service: 7

UPDATE: Restaurant has moved to 921 Upper Bukit Timah Road.

Brunch @ Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar

July 18, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Skyve is opened by the same team behind Table 66, and I must admit that even before I tried Skyve, I was a little skeptical of Skyve. There was a time when everyone was raving of how good Table 66 was, but after checking Table 66 out personally, I was greatly disappointed. Thus, I was not expecting much from Skyve.

My girlfriend and I came to Skyve on Labour Day (Tuesday) only to learn their air conditioning system was down. It was really stuffy inside, thus we left to come back on the same weekend because we loved the ambience and were interested to know how the food will fare.

However, although the air conditioning system was up and running that weekend, it was still stuffy inside. And because tiles and glass are used for the interior, together with the low ceiling, noises were bouncing off the walls making the places noisier than it should be. Thus, my girlfriend and I decided to go al fresco.

And from the menu, we ordered :-

1) Skyve sous vide egg benedict, $16 (above) – Be careful, there’s 2 egg benedicts on the menu. We ordered the one under ‘The Loafing Breakfast’ while the other is under ‘The Dilly Dally Appetizers’ at $18. And the egg benedict was disappointing. The whites were not covering / wrapping the yolk, which to me is a fail. The taste was forgettable while my friend felt the hollandaise sauce was a little sour too.

2) Croque madame, $14 (above) – Anything ham and melted cheese is almost dumb proof and hard to go wrong, but boy were we wrong to assume. Skyve failed to toast the bread long enough. Hence, the sliced cheddar cheese failed to be served, melted. I expected better (standard).

Seeing the other patrons ordering the pizza, which was interesting served in rectangular shape and placed on top of aluminium, my girlfriend and I were curious to try, despite the previous misses. However, we were disappointed to be told they have ran out of stock of the pizza slabs, which ranged from $14 to $20.

We tried ordering the 1 litre of ‘Ohh orange’ too which is a combination of orange, green apple, carrot and red apple juices. However, what shocked us was that while we were told it was unavailable, we were allowed to order it by the glass!!!

My conclusion? I certainly won’t be heading back, at all.

SKYVE ELEMENTARY BISTRO & BAR
10 Winstedt Road, Blk E, #01-17, Singapore
6225 6690, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 5
Mon – Thur : 10:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 6
Fri – Sat : 10:00 – 01:00
Value: 6
Sun : 10:00 – 23:00
Service: 6