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Such a beauty. Salmon & cream cheese never disappoints. Love this combi with the red onions instead. It’s mildly sharp (if you geddit, you geddit) and cuts thru the fattiness between the smoked salmon and cheese cheese.
The newly revamped place is much spacious with more seats. Definitely took the pressure off me to wolf down my bagel.

Price is definitely on the steep side. But this oat milk latte brings me back to the coffee I had in HK (which were amazing!!!)

I believe Arabica used dark roasted beans as I could not taste any acidity from the coffee. The richness and body was not muted by the oat milk, it in fact helped bring out the nutty chocolatey notes. The thicker consistency from the oat milk also created a creamy texture, making it very smooth to drink. It ends off subtly sweet.

Good to try Arabica at least once. But if you’re serious about your coffee, you probably already brew your own. 😉

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Perfection. The dimensions of flavours in this one blew my mind. The cream cheese evened out the salty smoked salmon, and the pickled beets and capers added zing. There was also a light touch of dill. The tomato slice helped refresh my palate before I took on another bite. And another and another...

I exaggerated a little but the experience was definitely this enjoyable. Haha.

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The TMBH at Novena is more specialised in their smoked affair. Customised my bagel this time. I had the smoked brisket and sunny side nestled between 2 toasty sesame bagel halves. Texture was great. But brisket was on the bland side. I should have thrown in some cheddar or bacon to bring out more flavours. Get their house recipe bagels instead of customising (if you’re as bad as me haha). They add in sauces for those and it will make all the difference. Amazing chill vibes with the alfresco dining style tho.

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Underwhelming drink. The fresh milk overpowered the oolong tea fragrance. While queuing, I got to try a sample of their bubble milk tea, which was really good. Go for it if you just like regular milk tea. But if you’re a tea connoisseur craving for some good brewed tea, I would highly recommend having it without milk.

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Lightly flavoured strawberry milk foam over refreshing iced black tea - literal as it is. Good balance of both flavours. Pretty gourmet tasting to be honest. ☝🏻Tip: Opt for 0% sugar, it brings contrast to the lightly sweetened strawberry cold foam.

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The highlight was the chicken thigh and curried cauliflower. Tender, flavourful, well charred and seasoned.
I would eat this over and over. Really quaint place to have a meal. Was pleasantly surprised by the generous portion of quinoa as most places do not serve up a decent amount.
Fairly priced.

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While aesthetically pleasing, the flavour pales in comparison with its intense colours. The texture is smooth and creamy but melted way too quickly to be enjoyed thoroughly. Try it for the experience and that’s about it. They change up their flavours every 1st and 16th of the month. Do check out their IG for flavour updates before heading there.

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An unassuming place that sells prawn noodles with a light yet flavourful broth. Nothing too “jerlat”. They have both soup and dry options, as well as 3 levels of 大虾,thus the name of this place. Perfect for a relaxed dinner without a queue and the heat.

Their lattes are made with their in-house cashew MYLK. The creamy texture and light taste of earl grey complimented each other. Those who like their teas strong might find this a tad too light for their palette.

Being lactose intolerant myself, latte choices are very limiting. Adding on the fact that consuming too much soy milk can cause hormonal imbalances, I’d rather not. This cafe came as a form of life saver. Love the chill vibes this place brings too.

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One of the latest dessert creations at Old Hen Kitchen — featuring elements such as Koicha, Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream and Speculoos Crumb, the Koicha (which itself is a thick matcha) is served on the side to be poured in before eating.

As Koicha is also known as thick tea, the matcha flavours are likely to appeal to those who love matcha at its purest — it's bitter aroma shines through here, occasionally turning a little bit umami with a hint of lingering saltiness around. The vanilla ice-cream carries the neutral flavours and a creaminess to help counter against the Koicha, with the speculoos cookie crumbs adding a sweet crunch to the dessert. Thought the dessert was a little off balance, being slightly heavy on the Koicha — probably could be better with a slightly larger scoop of ice-cream and more speculoos cookie crumbles provided.

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I liked the pumpkin and spinach filling, though I wish they stuffed more. There were also a few ravioli stuck to each other, but it was still an enjoyable dish.

If you prefer something heartier, go for the super meaty beef ragu fettuccine instead. I would have preferred a dash or two more of salt to fully bring out the savoury flavours, but the pasta was well made and overall, this was a comforting plate.

Hard to go wrong with salami pizza – their freshly rolled and baked crust (not too thin) topped with tomato sauce, spicy salami and mozzarella. Some found this a little too salty, but I thought it was just nice.

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