Dinner @ Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant 万隆华和海鲜菜馆

July 29, 2017 in Chinese

What was supposed to be a farewell dinner for my colleague has since become a team dinner because my colleague decided to stay on. Which is good of course!

I was sharing my bad experience at a tze char place when my colleague highly recommended Ban Leong. And thus, we were off to Ban Leong for dinner. But working in Paya Lebar, we had to drive to Thomson area. And driving to Ban Leong is least recommended because it’s not easy finding a parking lot.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), we ordered:-

1) 苏东仔 (above) – Baby squid. This is a new dish compared to my usual dishes that I order for tze char. And it’s honestly pretty good! Akin to eating chips cause it’s so crispy. Keke.

2) 麦菜 (above) – Mai cai.

3) 铁板鹿肉 (above) – Hot plate venison.

4) 虾酱鸡 (above) – Prawn paste chicken.

5) 醉虾 (above) – Drunken prawns.

6) 啦啦 (above) – Clams. This was okie. Nothing exceptional.


7) 辣椒螃蟹 (above) – Chili crab. This was the bomb! When we were re-confirming our order, the waitress said we have placed order for one 1.3kg crab ($60 per kg). One crab? Unaware that 1.3kg was really big, I nearly asked to increase to three crabs. Thanks goodness I didn’t cause the pincers were bigger than my fist! And it was so good.

8) 馒头 (above) – Fried bun. Beautifully fried bun to eat with the chili crab gravy!

9) 干炒寿面 (above) – Birthday noodle. And it was upon the staff’s recommendation that we ordered the noodle. And we enjoyed it. You know how some dishes just warm the soul? This dish did exactly that for me; Good old comfort food.

My team left Ban Leong feeling full and satisfied. Would I recommend them? A big yes from me for the food. But that’s also provided if one don’t mind the lack of air-conditioning and difficulty in parking.

I am unable to provide the price of the dishes because it was a treat from my supposedly leaving colleague. But I managed to get wind from the staff that dinner was an estimated $280 which included the 7 of us getting a drink (non-alcoholic) each.

122/124 Casuarina Road, Singapore
6452 2824, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Thur : 17:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Fri – Sun : 17:00 – 00:00 (Dinner)
Service: 7

Brunch @ GRUB

February 26, 2016 in European (cafe)

It’s funny how Grub is a mere 10 to 15-minutes walk from home, yet I haven’t checked them out all this while. Oops.

So when my girlfriends wanted to meet, we decided to drop by for brunch since all of us happened to be staying in the North. We value convenience cause we are a big group with children. My girlfriends who have since become Moms prefer not to travel far, you see. o_O

We called to make reservation for Saturday, but were told that they don’t take reservation on weekends.

As such, we arrived at 11.30am in hope that we will beat the crowd. But the café was already packed! And I noticed Grub was patronised by big groups. Ie, families. Not too surprising since families would head over for brunch due to the convenience as Grub is nestled within a park and located in a heartland area.

With that, we waited for almost 30 minutes for a table that’s big enough for us. Which wasn’t too ideal when the weather was hot and we had 3 kids. But it was nice that the staff allowed the little ones to wait inside the air-conditioned café when a table for 2 became available halfway through our long wait.

And from the brunch menu, we ordered:-

1) Fried chicken wings, $9 (above) – With salted egg yolk sauce, curry leaves. This was pretty interesting and good. I was licking the sauce off my fingers. Keke.

2) Mentaiko fries, $9 (above) – Mentaiko aioli, nori seaweed.

3) Mushroom and cheese quesadilla, $8 (above) – Cheddar, mozzarella, mushroom, jalapeno sauce. I seriously loved this! The mushroom within was sautéed nicely, and the whole combination of melted cheeses, mushroom and tortilla was wonderful. A must try.

4) Smoked salmon salad, $8 (above) – Smoked salmon, mandarin orange, spicy yuzu dressing. I was disappointed with this. Ever since I started preparing my own salads (to bring to work), I expect better from cafes. And this was something which I could easily pull off at home. Grub should at least improve on the plating. No? Though I have to say they were pretty generous with the serving of smoked salmon.

5) French toast, $12 (above) – Garlic thyme pork sausage, strawberries, sour cream, mape syrup. I am still not a fan of mixing my sweet with savoury. But this was ordered because we came in a big group, and the great thing about coming in big group is that one get to try almost everything on the menu. Haha. The French toast wasn’t that bad, but I would have preferred it without the sausage and sour cream, and with more fresh strawberries.

6) Grilled chicken burger, $12 (above) – Teriyaki glazed chicken thigh, enoki fritter, mayo.

7) Grub cheeseburger, $12 (above) – 100% freshly minced beef patty, monterey jack cheese.

8) Crispy fish burger, $14 (above) – Crumbed fish fillet, remoulade.

9) Grub breakfast set, $15 (above) – Grilled focaccia, scrambled eggs, mushroom, side salad. With a coffee/tea/homemade or canned drink. There are 2 flavours to choose from for the sausage, and my friend went with chicken cheese instead of garlic thyme pork.

10) Churros, $9 (above) – Dark chocolate, tangy creme anglaise. This was pretty good. Fried to perfection such that churro was crunchy on the outside, yet moist and light on the inside. It was a little over-coated with sugar, but that’s fine cause one can just ‘tap’ the sugar off. Haha. And the dipping sauces were good. A must try.

11) Lemon meringue tart, $5.50 (above)

12) Latte, $4.50 (above)

Will I recommend Grub? Well… Yes. Cause one, Grub is one of the few cafes that offers a nice view with it overlooking the pond. Two, it’s centrally located in Ang Mo Kio. You know… Not tucked in the furthest corner of Singapore.

But cause they are always packed (Oh yes, I noticed the café is even bustling with people in the evening when I go for my jogs at Bishan Park on weekends), do expect staff to be slightly overwhelmed. Getting their attention can be a little tricky. Unless one doesn’t mind heading down on weekday. Which I managed to, once. My friend had their crab pasta from their lunch menu.

To get to Grub, one would need to take the bus or drive. Unless one doesn’t mind a long walk; A 20 to 25 minutes walk from Ang Mo Kio MRT station. But of course, taking the taxi is another option!

510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 1, Singapore
6459 5743, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Fri : 11:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Fri : 17:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Sat – Sun : 09:00 – 16:00 (Brunch)
Service: 6
Sat – Sun : 17:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)

Brunch @ Burpz Cafe // CLOSED

August 9, 2014 in European (cafe)

Burpz Cafe is definitely a welcomed addition to Ang Mo Kio. Since it meant I may no longer need to take a 15 minutes bus ride to Thomson when I am in need for coffee. Oh yes, I am a AMK-ian, if there’s such a word. Haha.

I have been to Burpz Cafe twice. Once on a weekend afternoon (4pm) with a group of friends and a second time on a weekday evening (530pm) with my ex-colleague. However, my experience on my second trip was not too pleasant.

On both visits, the cafe was pretty packed although the cafe is not located within walking distance from the nearest MRT station. As I was sitting alfresco on my second visit, I was able to witness people arriving, only to leave as there were no empty tables. Yes, the cafe is this busy. The menu has also changed for August 14.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Luncheon meat fries, $6 (above) – This is a new addition to the menu. With 2 choices for dip, we chose honey mustard over dijon mustard. This was pretty normal. Thankfully, not salty. However, my ex-colleague could not help but comment that it’s pretty expensive since we know the cost price of canned luncheon meat.

2) Egg benedict with proscuitto ham, $14 (above) – This was ordered on my first visit. On the newly revised menu, one can choose their egg benedict to be served with prosciutto ham, smoked salmon or bacon, with either hollandaise sauce or avacado hollandaise sauce at a revised price of $15. The egg benedict was okie, although I felt the sauce was lacking. The presentation was a little messy too, since they piled the vegetables on top of the egg benedict instead of placing it at the side.

3) Seafood pasta, $14 (above) – With choice of tomato, cream, aglio olio or rose sauce and either spaghetti or penne pasta, I went with tomato sauce and spaghetti. Mussels, prawns and squid were used. We thought it was a little too salty.

4) Burpz’s fish & chips, $13.90 (above) – This is unfortunately not available in their revised menu, which is a pity cause this was impressive. The size was huge. Almost every table were ordering this dish too.

5) Rainie heart, $7 (above) – Strawberry cake with slices of fresh, cold strawberries between the layers of sponge. I liked the cream, although the texture of the sponge cake was a little coarse.

6) Cafe Latte, $4 (above)

As mentioned earlier, my experience on my second trip was not too pleasant. We waited for an hour before our main (seafood pasta) was served. The food took longer than normal as the stove was down. However, we were not informed about the delay till 50 minutes into our wait. Burpz Cafe should definitely improve on their management of customer’s expectations / damage control. Of course, it did not help that we came when the sky was bright but our food was served after it got dark.

Other than that, Burpz Cafe is definitely a welcomed addition to Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood. They are probably targeting residents and students from neighbouring schools as they revamp their menu regularly for increased variety.

Blk 603, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, #01-2661, Singapore
6456 3376, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Tues – Wed : 15:00 – 19:30
Ambience: 6
Thur – Fri : 11:30 – 21:30
Value: 6
Sat – Sun : 10:30 – 21:30
Service: 5
* Closed on Mon