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Never Coming Back Horrible don - quantity + quality of sashimi was bad and they covered the rice with diced up crab meat to try and mask how little sashimi they were giving! Waited approx 30 mins for the don although we were the first ones in the restaurant during lunch. Ordered the signature maki roll and it was the smallest, plainest maki I have ever seen and cost $22! Really overpriced and can’t see the quality at all. Salad bar was pathetic with 5-6 choices of mundane choices. After Maru’s menu changes, their prices went up, quality and quantity went down and that’s the reason for their downfall. Will never visit again.
Yisle
13w
Lousy Unagi Don One of the worst experiences ever. I’d been previously a few times and the food was good. But now that they’ve renovated and changed management, it’s pretty terrible. Ordered the pork with fried rice don. When it came, it was just plain rice. Staff then told me that they’ve changed the menu but didn’t update me that the rice was no longer fried rice. Also ordered the Unagi bowl and the unagi was dry and rubbery. Worse than what you can get at a hawker center. Don’t go here ever. Food is also expensive as all the dons are 20+ and portions are tiny.
A
14w
delightful experience (-: the garlic rice was super amazing!!!!! and the cheese on the salmon was so shiok 💯💯💯 highly recommend the pork bowl (~$20) as well, very tasty and juicy 😆 if you like beef, the truffle beef bowl (~$22) is worth a try too, extremely tender and delicious (‘:
Jess
29w
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Sunday cafe-hop. Taro Latte with cotton candy, Flat White, and lots of cute little touches 💕 Lovely space but the vibes were a little too cold and indifferent, wouldn't hurt for the service staff to be just a tad bit more upbeat and welcoming 😛 (Formerly Banana Tree, now rebranded as V Cafe on Keong Siak).
Celest
3y
Black Sesame $14.50 Under a new management, the original Banana Tree Cafe has now become V Cafe. However, the interior, location and the menu is pretty much the same. This is honestly one of the best Bingsu I've ever eaten in Singapore. The shavings were smooth, fine and slightly milky and I loved how they layered the shavings and powder such that they wouldn't run out even after reaching the bottom of the pan. The ice cream and the red beans paired well with the dish as well. Not a big fan of black sesame, but I'm definitely a fan of this dessert 😋
Elyn
3y
[$14.50] Black Sesame Although banana tree cafe is now under new management (now called V cafe), everything's pretty much the same. Saddened that their flower pot pudding is off the menu though! Anyway, this was amazing!!! The black bean soy milk shavings were really fine and had a milder sweetness as compared to other bingsus i've had. The black sesame ice cream was so rich in flavour and the red beans were a nice compliment :) Appreciated that they made an effort to layer the milk shavings and black sesame powder as i always had a bit of both in every mouthful. Almond flakes also adds a different texture to it too! P.S. they say it's also a healthier option so i guess now i can binge on this without guilt 🙆🏻
Jacelyn
3y
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My Fav Pastry From Keong Saik Bakery! He may not be the most handsome, but he’s a damn solid guy. Uh- I mean, pastry. Rightfully their signature pastry, the 𝙎𝙤𝙧 𝙃𝙚𝙞 (~$4.50) is everything you ever wanted. Or at least, everything I ever wanted. 🤪 - Flaky and crispy exterior paved the way for a soft and light fluffy interior. Packed with sweet chocolate chips that sweetened the bitter burnt base of the pastry, the juxtaposition of texture and taste deserves a whole damn post to it. DAMN GOOD. Srsly. Ig @goodfomood
nic
3d
Can’t Expect Much From A $4.50 Toast I mean, you can’t really screw up 𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢 & 𝙊𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙏𝙤𝙖𝙨𝙩 (~$4.50), right? To be honest, there was nothing particularly wow about this. The toast was crispy and thicc, but definitely too carb-y since the ingredients were inadequate. 🤷🏻‍♀️ - Caramelised onions were extremely muted taste wise especially under all that melted cheese, and I had to separate the ingredients to taste each one. 😩 - Sure, they aren’t charging $10 for this, (literally every bakery I’m looking at you) but they have better items, skip this. Ig @goodfomood
nic
1w
Sor Hei ($4). If you have been to Keong Saik Bakery, there’s no way you would miss their signature black and white Danish pastry, also known as Sor Hei. There’s an interesting story behind this creation, that serves as a tribute towards the Cantonese history of Keong Saik Road and one of the past owners at their current location. Sor Hei means "combing up" in Cantonese, representing Majies swearing-in ceremony where they combed up their hair and took a vow of celibacy. So does this now resemble a hair bun to you? Well, the thing about pastries here are always filled with a fragrant buttery aroma. I like how they intertwine the black and the brown parts, with a pillowy texture that’s easy to unroll. What’s more, there’s lots of chocolate chips hidden within, very much to a chocolate chip lover’s liking! I had this delivered during the circuit breaker period, so can you! #savefnbsg #loveyourlocalsg
Miss Ha
4w
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For a Michelin-starred Experience Treat your tastebuds to a trip around the world when you come for Chef Ivan Brehm's "crossroads cuisine" cooking. The Chef's Tasting menu ($180, add $120 for wine pairing and $125 for sake pairing) is a 10 Course gastronomical journey that will take you from Hokkaido scallop tartare with toasted coconut and caviar, to poached Alaskan king crab in a black pepper and Tahitian vanilla sauce, to a bright and bold Saffron Fish. You'll end the meal on a sweet note with a unique Chinese liquorice and violet flower parfait. Photo by Burppler Victoria Hii
Burpple
25w
5 Course Lunch ($108++) It's been a while since I've really fallen in love with any restaurant but I think Nouri comes close. I first enjoyed Chef Ivan Brehm's cooking at Bacchanalia, but now without having to be restricted to a fixed genre he creates magic with his "crossroads cuisine". Expect big bold flavours, balanced by skilful use of herbs and acid. For my 5 course tasting menu (lunch), the first 3 courses were seafood based (hirame ceviche, carabinero prawn, acaraje fritter on crabmeat) , and the main was a meat (wagyu beef). I actually enjoyed the seafood more but that's personal preference. If you found odette rather meh like I did, come here instead. . Service is relaxed and friendly (vs. stuffy and formal) the way I like it, but not as professional as other starred restaurants, Eg. sommelier didn't come over to discuss wine choice despite our server asking him to, very slow to top up wine, bill somewhat rudely presented before we asked for it. . 💡i chose the $108 menu as the main for that day was wagyu beef rather than normal tenderloin in the $88 menu. Just ask your server for the difference (menu varies seasonally).
Smitten
1y
Liquorice and Violet Available on the 7 course chef tasting menu. Ended the meal on a sweet note with this violet flower parfait spiked with Chinese liqourice sandwiched between two circular love letters combined with pickled lemon, then rolled in Anise powder. Really enjoyed the flavor profile from this delicate yet complex dessert!
Victoria
1y
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