Posts Tagged ‘food’

old time singapore

July 22, 2009

I was surprised at the ambience in Changi Village. It’s a totally different world here. Un-Singapore-ish and very ‘kampong’. It’s got a relaxing, laid back feel¬† that is real and down to earth. Unlike town centres with huge suburban malls and franchise Kopitiams, Changi Village retained the flavour of old time town centres that I was familiar with. Top it off with nature boardwalks, wildlife, kids and uncles fishing, yachts, ubin seafood restaurant and *surprisingly* fantastic hawker fare at the market to Spanish Tapas Tree along the main road, you’ve got a unique combination unmatched by others in mainland Singapore.

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WILDLIFE!

This is one very SMART monkey I tell you. Believe me when I tell you it was checking out for oncoming cars before crossing the road. The best thing was, it took the ZEBRA CROSSING when it could have just went straight on (see pic)! It must have observed pedestrian and traffic movement before it decided to cross the roads. 

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CHARLIE’S CORNER

This is a really quaint retro place at the corner of the hawker centre with delicious fish and chips and scallop and chips! Nice! Flanked by shady trees, it is a really cool nice place to chill out and chit chat.

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AMAZING HAWKER FARE

I seriously think the food here is better than anywhere else! Beef Noodles (mixed) and Chicken Chop Ipoh Hor Fun. Check this out on ieatishootipost (a fantastic blog for hawker food) I had the mutton briyani and Sri Bastiri Ayam Penyet too (so good!) but forgot my camera! I’ll be going back for my favourite Nasi Lemak store for breakfast soon!

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TAPAS TREE

The Seafood Paella has been adapted to the local’s tastes. Nevertheless its really tasty and I’ll definitely be going back. We also tried the grilled Asparagus wrapped in Jamon (W’s favourite!). Really nice. A meal there comes with Olives FOC. Yum!

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Sangria is 1 for 1 from 5-8pm! We had the traditional red Sangria and white Sangria. I liked the Sangria alot and wanted another but the alcohol was acting up so W had to pull me back. Heh.

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CHANGI VILLAGE BOARDWALK

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VIEW FROM CHANGI VILLAGE HOTEL

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Out of the world isn’t it.

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spruce

July 15, 2009

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L has done it again! She brought me to a lovely restaurant SPRUCE along Tanglin Road 2 days ago. A beautifully furnished restaurant with an alfresco area and tables spaced comfortably apart, it’s just great for long afternoon tea conversations.

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Niche cafes with lots of character, popping up in the most unlikely of places, is becoming a trend. Though not so accessible (unless you take a taxi or a long walk from the bus stop), it’s a refreshing break from franchises that are a common sight in Singapore. It’s exciting and I certainly look forward to more in the near future. Apart from introducing better food options, it shows creativity on how personal interpretation of an old space, when done tastefully, could ‘spruce’ up the area and regain a building’s dignity.

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Each seating area is peppered with textures, little details and colours to differentiate the space. Nice.

The cheese platter is WONDERFUL. I never knew cheese platter tastes so good! Though it’s pricey (S$15), I think it’s worth it. I buy cheese often from Cold Storage and though much cheaper, do not have the depth nor robustness of these cheeses. The Brie sold in the supermarket is mild in flavour. BUT, this Brie is intense. I really love it. I am a convert now but I think I need to find cheaper sources. Heh.

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L liked the brownies whilst I find the scones a tad on the dry side and was slightly disappointed that it came with no clotted cream but despite that, the ambience and reasonable pricing made up for it. L tried their burgers for dinner previously and apparently it’s pretty good. Since it’s wheelchair friendly, I’ll be bringing my great grandmother along to sample their offerings for dinner real soon!