Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

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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!

wild rocket @ mt emily

May 27, 2009

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It has been a while since we last step into a fine dining restaurant. W decided to give me a surprise treat for our 2nd anniversary dinner and it was sweet of him to remember that I have not tried this restaurant despite my brief mention a year back.

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foie gras ngoh hiang . crabmeat linguine with chilli tomato sauce . braised veal cheeks . tiramisu

I love the crabmeat linguine with its intense flavours best. The ngoh hiang is interesting with the flavour of the foie gras coming through as an aftertaste. But personally, I would prefer foie gras on its own. But no complaints. I had guessed as much before ordering. That is what ngoh hiang means isn’t it, a mix of meat and vegetables wrapped in beancurd skin hence the mix of flavours. The dish of braised veal cheeks is good too with the braised meat shredding off easily when poked with a fork.

After dinner, we decided to explore mt emily. Mt emily is pretty interesting with some nice residential developments. Quiet and peaceful and located just a stone throw away from Dhoby Ghaut, it sure looks like a nice area to stay in. After exploring, we walked down the hill to get some comfort food at Rochor Original Beancurd. And how I love the crispy fritters. It just goes so well with the ultra soft and smooth Soya Beancurd and SoyaBean Drink.

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I am craving for the fritters again.