Dinner @ Long Ji 龙记

September 12, 2017 in Chinese

These days I am pretty much into zi char. And Long Ji really caught my attention with their crab beehoon dish. So with that, reservation was made for 6 people for a weekday dinner. Eating in a big group for zi char is the best cause I can order lots. Keke.

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

1) Kai lan stir fried with garlic, $10 (regular) (above)

2) Green dragon vegetable, $12 (regular) (above)

3) Salted egg pumpkin, $12 (regular) (above)

4) Minced pork omelette, $8 (regular) (above)

5) Fermented pork belly, $15 (regular) (above)

6) Salt & pepper pork rib, $13 (regular) (above)

7) Braised chicken in Taiwan style, $12 (regular) (above)

8) Long ji bee hoon crab, market price (above) – We followed the staff’s recommendation to order our dishes in regular size so that we could order their signature dish in a bigger serving. And for that, the staff mentioned he would get us a ~1.3kg crab. And it was definitely a good idea to get the crab beehoon in a bigger serving for us to have at least 2 bowls’ worth of the flavouful bee hoon. And it was as though the staff heard our thoughts because just when our dish was running low on the broth, he suddenly appeared with a big bowl for us to replenish. Too good. And for this dish, we paid $91.

9) Deep fried ice cream, $3 (per piece) (above) – With 4 flavours of chocolate, yam, strawberry and vanilla, we decided to go with 1 each. Keke.

My colleagues and I were extremely pleased with our dinner at Long Ji. I left the restaurant feeling really happy. There were no misses that night. All dishes that we ordered was a hit. And it was a big bonus that Long Ji’s food was very price-friendly too. We were surprised when our bill for 6 people was in the low $200 even with some orders for beer. And we were also dining in the comfort of air-conditioning.

Highly recommended!

253 Outram Road, Singapore
9790 5682
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 17:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 8
Service: 7

Dinner @ Bakalaki Greek Taverna

July 17, 2017 in Greek

So while Bakalaki Greek Taverna is not halal-certified restaurant, my colleagues and I headed down for dinner as we called and verified the kitchen was halal. Muslim colleagues, you see. =) So yup, the sole reason why the restaurant was not halal-certified was because they sold alcohol.

My colleagues and I arrived at 7.30pm. Thankfully there’s a gantry carpark just beside the building which allowed us to find a parking lot easily.

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

1) Pita bread, $2.90 (above) – Greek style flat bread with sea salt & oregano. And what’s pictured is 2 portions.

2) Patates tiganites, $9.90 (above) – Homemade fried potatoes, topped with graviera cheese.

3) Kalamari tiganito, $22.90 (above) – Crispy fried squid with lemon.

4) Bakaliaro with skordalia, $9.90 (above) – Pan fried cod served with garlic chip.

5) Feta saganaki, $16.90 (above) – Pan fried feta cheese dressed with honey & sesame.

6) Kalamaki merida (chicken), $23.90 (above) – Grilled skewers (2) served with tomato, onion, tzatziki & pita bread.

7) Kalamaki merida (chicken yiro), $23.90 (above) – Grilled skewers (2) served with tomato, onion, tzatziki & pita bread.


8) Tsipoura, $43.90 (above) – 400gram – Grilled sea bream served with lemon sauce & boiled vegetables.

9) Loukoumades, $14.90 (above) – Traditional Greek doughnuts with honey, cinnamon & side chocolate sauce.

10) Yiaourti, $12.90 (above) – Greek yoghurt with honey & walnuts.

11) Rizogalo, $11.90 (above) – Creamy rice pudding with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.

12) Baklava, $14.90 (above) – Filo pastry stuffed with walnuts, cinnamon, cloves & Greek honey syrup. This was sweet. Super sweet. Even though we came in a big group of 7, finishing just 1 piece took us much difficulty.

We liked that the space was big and spacious; Very ideal for big groups. But I didn’t enjoy the food. Most were just passable. Or was it our bad choice in the dishes? Hmm.

Would I recommend Bakalaki Greek Taverna? Probably not. Noting that it’s also coming from a diner (me) who hasn’t travelled to Greece to try the true Greek cuisine. My exposure to Greek cuisine is limited to what I had at other Greek restaurants in Singapore.

3 Seng Poh Road, Singapore
6836 3688, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Fri – Sun : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Thu : 18:00 – 00:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Fri – Sun : 18:00 – 01:00 (Dinner)
Service: 7

Brunch @ Dessert Project

September 3, 2015 in European (cafe)

I have a friend who loves his waffles. And since he was in my (work) area, we decided to meet up for lunch. And thus, we were off to Dessert Project. He was going for the waffle while I was curious to try their shibuya toast. Haha. 2 people going together to the same cafe but for different dishes.

It being a weekday, it was easy for us to find an empty parking lot in front of the cafe, along the road. Be a law-abiding citizen and put parking coupon, kie! =) But to know which unit is the cafe can be tricky. They don’t have a big signboard that shouts ‘Dessert Project’. However, with their black-white concept, they naturally stood out from the other shops. Ha!

Dessert Project isn’t exactly a full-fledged cafe. They are more of an ice cream parlour which does additional desserts like waffle, shibuya toast and lava cake.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Waffle, $5.90 (+ $3.80, single scoop ‘classic’ ice cream) (above) – The waffle was not too bad. Crisp on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. However, my friend and I decided to play it safe by going with vanilla for the flavour of our ice cream.

2) Nutella toast, $14.90 (above) – 3 inch thick toast with a dallop of whipped cream, vanilla bean & ferrero rocher ice cream (handcrafted), chopped nuts, nutella sauce. And since this was my first at trying shibuya toast, I’m not too sure what a good shibuya toast should be like. Cause don’t have others to benchmark against Haha. But I would say this was okie (in terms of taste) although we noted the butter did not reach all cubes of the bread. But if I were to be more strict based on what I have seen of shibuya toast (from other cafes) on instagram, Dessert Project’s was just scoops of ice cream on (top of) toast. Theirs wasn’t very impressive in terms of plating. But we couldn’t deny how good and thick the homemade ice cream was.

3) Reverse affogato, $5.50 (above) – With a scoop of coffee ice cream served in a cup, we were to pour the warm milk into the cup. This was pretty good although it did get to (the trying to be health conscious) me that this was fattening since I was literally drinking melted (coffee) ice cream with milk.

Dessert Project being more of an ice cream parlour is a good addition to the neighbourhood. We saw customers (who were in the area) dropping by specifically for their ice creams. But to travel all the way to Havelock for their ice creams… Well, that I am not too sure. I reckon my friends would scold me if I made them take a 30 minutes bus journey or a $20 taxi ride just for ice creams. Of which, Dessert Project really has a wide range of ice cream flavours from classic ones like ‘vanilla’ and ‘espresso’ to more interesting ones like ‘after eight’ (mint chocolate), ‘Thai earl grey’ and ‘melon & parma ham’.

And probably it’s because we came on a weekday where they were seeing very few customers that service was a little lacking. The staff sat hid at the back of the cafe. There were times when customers came in but there was no staff at the cashier to take order as they did not hear the customers coming in. But on weekends and weekday evenings when the cafe sees a more steady stream of customers, I am positive service would be better than what we experienced on our visit.

22 Havelock Road, #01-673, Singapore
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Tue : 12:00 – 21:30
Ambience: 6
Thur : 12:00 – 21:30
Value: 6
Fri – Sat : 12:00 – 23:00
Service: 6
Sun : 12:00 – 21:30
* Closed on Wed