Brunch @ Kyushu Pancake Singapore

August 15, 2018 in European (cafe)

These days, I only head to cafes when I am craving for pancakes and am too lazy to make them. And because I’ve a recipe which makes pretty smashing-good ones, I am (thus) pickier with the cafes I go for my pancakes. And one cafe which makes me happy is Kyushu Pancake Singapore. Keke.

It’s their use of wholegrain flour mix that first drew me to Kyushu Pancake. And it was a bonus that their flour mix is also free of emulsifier, artificial fragrant and additives or processed starch. Good, healthy… And safe. Keke.

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

1) Croque madame pancake, $19 (above) – Pancakes served with honey baked ham, sauteed onions, baked potatoes, sunny side up, bechamel sauce, mustard and garden greens.

2) American big breakfast, $22 (above) – Pancakes served with grilled tomato, sunny side up, sausage, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, hash brown & garden greens.

3) Berry-licious pancake, $16.90 (above) – Pancakes served with strawberries, blueberries & raspberries, topped with vanilla icecream.

4) Matcha montblanc, $18 (above) – Pancakes with matcha montblanc sauce, matcha mousse, fresh cream and topped with vanilla ice cream.

5) Classic french toast, $10.90 (above) – French toast served with white wine honey, fresh cream & vanilla ice cream.

6) Banana chocolate waffle, $16.50 (above) – Waffle served with caramelised banana, fresh cream, vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

7) Dora yaki smoothie, $8 (above)

If one likes the batter to be on the sticky side, then Kyushu Pancake would be one’s answer to healthy and tasty pancakes and waffles. I definitely recommend Kyushu Pancake Singapore. I have already checked out the cafe on a numerous occasions although I try not to visit the same restaurant too often over a short span of time.

275 Thomson Road, Novena Regency, #01-08, Singapore
6352 6265, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Tue – Sun : 11:00 – 21:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
Service: 6
* Closed on Mon

Lunch @ Ho Rang I // CLOSED

November 18, 2017 in Korean

Whenever I have craving for Korean cuisine, I would conveniently head to Your Woul Korean which is located somewhat near to home. And while craving for Korean cuisine recently, I headed back to the restaurant only to realise it’s renamed to Ho Rang I with interior refurnished too.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), my friends and I ordered:-

1) Side dishes, Complimentary (above)

2) Grilled pork belly, $26 (above) – Samkyub sal. With the restaurant’s interior refurnished, they have since removed the table’s in-built grill. And let’s just say I was disappointed to have our pork belly grilled in the kitchen.

3) Half chicken with soy sauce, $30 (above) – This was seriously good. Skin was thin and crisp while meat within was tender and juicy. And there was a slight sweetness to it too. It was also this dish that reminded me that while a restaurant may change its name and interior, it’s (real) identity lies with its food. So yes, chicken was as good as I last had blogged about it.

4) Spicy seafood noodles, $18 (above) – Jjampong. I realised the noodle plays a very crucial role in determining whether the dish is good or bad. And this made the mark! Definitely recommend it. Now… Can someone help me ask what brand of noodles they use? Keke.

5) Ginseng chicken stew, $29 (above) – Samgye tang.

6) Signature pork rib stew, $46 (above) – Gamja tang.

7) Korean army stew, $42 (above) – Budaejjige.

8) Bottled makkeoli, $25 (above)

And with my repeated visit to Your Woul Korean Ho Rang I, I still have the same issue with the restaurant where complimentary water or Korean tea was not provided. But that aside, we still enjoyed our dining experience at Ho Rang I. I would still recommend Ho Rang I.

165 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre, Singapore
6251 0123, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 10:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 17:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 8
Service: 8

Dinner @ Da Luca

August 4, 2016 in Italian

My girlfriend texted me one day to ask if I heard of Da Luca. “No”, I replied. After which, she sent me many pictures of their signature sea urchin-scallop-truffle pasta dish. And I was sold!

Reservation was made for Wednesday because my girlfriend shared Da Luca receive their seafood supply on Wednesdays and Thursdays. And we really wanted to try their cold pasta. Keke.

And on the day of our dinner, my girlfriend and I managed to meet early at 6pm. Which was a very good thing cause our meal lasted for 3 hours. o_O Hahaha. We had a lot of catching up to do. =p

Upon arrival at the restaurant, we were brought to our seats before who-we-think-is-the-wife-to-chef-owner-of-Du-Luca shared with us the specials. And frankly, I think the specials should be made into permanent items on the menu. Cause based on what have been shared on instagram, most of the specials seem to be offered almost every night. Save the staff from repeating paragraphs of introduction. No? =)

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and specials, my girlfriend and I ordered:-

1) Bread, Complimentary (above) – This was really good. Focaccia with dried cranberries and herb was nicely toasted such that its crust was crisp. All while maintaining a fluffy, stretchy texture within.

2) Cold capellini in truffle emulsion, $85 (above) – With raw Hokkaido scallops and raw Hokkaido sea urchin. The dish which my girlfriend and I specially came for. Do give the restaurant a call to check as this belongs to the specials, and its availability is dependent on their seafood supply. One could also add shaved truffle (minimum 5 grams). We decided not to cause another appetiser of ours had shaved truffle in it. And this was so good! The highlight of our dinner. It’s misleading to say it’s an appetiser though, cause the portion was that of a main. Do note the restaurant would also automatically assist to portion the dish. I requested for them not to for my photo-taking sake. Haha. =p A must order.

3) Pan-seared Spanish octopus, $40 (above) – With squid ink puree and Sicilian tomato confit. Another dish ordered from their specials.

4) Slow-cooked egg with burrata cheese and black truffle, $38 (above) – This was also from their specials! And what’s photographed has been portioned for 2. This came with (pork) salami too. Absolutely tasty!

5) Homemade broad egg pasta with braised duck, $25 (above) – With Italian parsley. This plate of pasta was cooked to perfection; Al dente! I am in love with handmade pasta. I reckon I should try my hand at making pasta soon! My pasta maker is collecting dust. Keke.

6) Warm almond-studded apple tart, $16 (above) – Served with vanilla ice cream. I felt the tart was a little too thin. It could do with more filling of caramelised apple. And yes, they assisted to portion our dessert into 2.

7) Chocolate fondant, $15 (above) – With pistachio lava and hazelnut gelato. My girlfriend and I didn’t like this. The chocolate sponge cake was good on its own, but the green lava tasted weird. Full-sized (soft) nuts were also included in the lava which I didn’t like. I guess I am traditional in the sense I preferred my chocolate lava cake as chocolate sponge cake with melted chocolate within.

Would I recommend Du Luca? Definitely. I can’t believe it took me so long to know of their existence. Apparently they commenced operation way back in October 2010.

But make sure one gets to hear their specials cause the specials were more interesting and tasted great. At least for the ones we ordered! =)

I wanted to try their seafood risotto (another special) but we were too full to stomach anymore. And I’m glad it was Mrs-to-Chef (should have gotten her name) who personally assisted us with our order taking. Cause it was her who advised us against ordering the seafood risotto as she felt it would be too much. And she was absolutely right! Looks like I will be back soon!

And read from their website, chef Luca Puccian worked for 3 years at Gunther’s. Which explained the similarity in some of the dishes. Like the angel hair pasta. But thankfully chef Luca Puccian differentiated his by adding seafood. A good move, I say!

1 Goldhill Plaza, Goldhill Plaza, #01-19/21, Singapore
6258 4846, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 8