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)

Baked goods @ Crusty Oven

December 8, 2014 in American

My girlfriend was asking me for recommendation for pies, so I did a quick research on Google and came upon Crusty Oven. And it was read from their website that they pride themselves for baking their pastries with only natural and the finest ingredients. Having planned nothing for the weekend, I headed off to Bishan to get some pies and tarts to try.

And from the display shelf, I ordered:-

1) Pies (above) with options of:-

(A) Baked pecan nut tart, $5.30 (above)

(B) Baked macadamia tart, $5.30 (above)

(C) Baked strawberry tart, $4.60 (above)

(D) Baked cherry brandy tart, $5.20 (above) – Cherries from France.

(E) Baked banana tart, $4.20 (above)

(F) Cinnamon baby pear baked tart, $4.90 (above)

2) Petite tarts (82mm) with options of:-

(A) Fresh fruits with vanilla pod custard, $3.20 (above)

(B) Dark chocolate strawberry, $2.50 (above) – Bittersweet dark chocolate crowned by a juicy strawberry.

(C) Blueberry cheese, $1.60 (above) – Real blueberries and rich cream cheese set in a tart shell.

And the pies were good. Shared the slices with family and (family) friends, and they were impressed. Especially with the crust which were made of homemade low fat almond paste. The only gripe I had was that the pies could do with less glazing. Taste aside, it was a pity the presentation did not impress (as much) in terms of colours. It would be lovely if the tarts carried more vibrant colours, like the baked banana tart having the colour of yellow instead of brown.

The tarts fared well too. In fact, I would reckon the petite tarts fared better than the pies. I enjoyed the fresh fruits tart. Frankly, I am not one who will order such, but I was attracted by the vibrant yellow of the mango. Ha. The bed of vanilla custard which the fruits were on was light and fresh. Very nice.

So yes, if one is in Bishan, do drop by for some take-away pies and tarts. Prices were reasonable and the shop was just a 5 to 8 minutes walk from Bishan MRT station. Blk 505A is just behind the Bishan Public Library.

Blk 505A Bishan Street 11, #01- 442, Singapore
8511 1005, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 09:30 – 21:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
Service: 6