This is my go to mala noodle stall even though I live quite far away. They do small medium and large portions of noodle and the small is sufficient for small eaters or children. It's not the most authentic Chong Qing taste as the spice level has been dumbed down ALOT to suit wimpy Singaporeans, so you must request for 加麻加辣 to get the correct experience (it took me a few tries to realise this).

πŸš™ : open air ERP + multi storey

Shrinkflation has definitely happened over the years- I've been eating here since they first opened in cbd (at the old raffles exchange location).

The foie gras is half the size that it used to be and the beef slices are so thin (almost like yoshinoya thinness!!) but the TASTE is still great compared to other beef bowl offerings. Idk what's in their marinade /dressing but it's always amazingly tasty.
πŸ’‘: Add foie gras for $6++

Squid ink fried rice here is always tasty, and looks pretty too! The lunch set is a steal at 18++ for two courses, compared to evening a la carte prices.
πŸš™ : unsheltered parking at springvale (parallel parking skills required), alternatively there is reverse parking at the block next door (where kfc is)

Never gonna be a Ronin sandwich (the god of sandwiches) but this will do when I'm too lazy to head out from the East. Generous with the cheese and the bread is crusty. Add pastrami for $3.

Every fnb outlet needs a star dish and to me this is definitely what I keep coming back for. The butter sauce is very rich but the acidity from the lemon keeps it from being too jelak (cloying). Quite a sizeable portion of pasta, and generous with the crabmeat too. They've recently opened an annex so it's not as difficult to get a table now, but I still find the main building more charming.
πŸš™: Plentiful but expensive gantry parking available in the school compound (unsheltered)

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I like the variety of seafood options here as well as the chef's work with fermentation. It just adds an extra layer of subtlety and sophistication to every dish. The venue is so so cosy, in a little renovated "barn" looking cottage. Certain items change by season but the octopus risotto (pictured) is one of the staple mains. The tasting menus are reasonably priced with a wide range of options for each course.
πŸš™ : free parking anywhere at dempsey, there are a few lots just behind long house which are closest to the restaurant.
πŸ’‘: everyone at the table needs to have the same courses. For best results, take the time to choose each course, instead of having the omakase (kitchen decides) . I find that with the omakase I always end up with the items that I wouldn't have chosen, but maybe that's just me.

担担青 in pasta form. With kale. #mindblown #shuttupandtakemymoney #malamadness
I'm a huge fan of fusion pastas so it's no surprise that i loved this. I really liked the doneness of the spaghetti too - super al dente. The dressing is a little numbing but not spicy, just a bit peppery. The half boiled egg really brings it all together and the kale soaks up the sauce while still maintaining that fresh crisp texture. What a winner.
The menu has mosly regular brunch /cafe food items but I took a chance with this unusual option. Would totally come back for it even though I despise being in orchard. Their $12++ ice cube concept drinks are also really luxe and pretty (yes overpriced but you gotta live a little).
πŸš™ : note $2 lunchtime parking surcharge at paragon carpark (i.e. On top of the already killer parking fees)

This version of fish and chips is perfect for me as I prefer my fish breaded rather than battered, and shoestring fries rather than thick cut fries. The fish is very chunky yet tender. Most of the dishes here are pretty good actually- comfort food (Western) at reasonable prices.
πŸ’‘ : Fairly quiet during lunchtime and on weekday nights, but be sure to reserve for weekends.
πŸš™ : free curbside parking (parallel parking skills required).

For those that like their soon kueh skin super thin, give this place a try! I prefer the bamboo shoot version ($2.50) as it has lots of hay bee (dried shrimp) and a more intense taste, but if you prefer less hay bee then go for the turnip version ($1.50). Each box comes with sufficient condiments (chilli and black sauce) - which is my main grouse with the other more purist soon kueh shop that is also trending on social media now.
BTW I'm very spoilt when it comes to soon kueh cos I'm used to eating the ones that my dad brings home from Jakarta when he travels there for work. I find the soon kueh shops in sg all have such THICK and awful skin. Amazing that this noodle-converted-to-kueh shop can outdo all the traditional kueh shops (in my view anyway).
πŸ“ : Link to order form on their Instagram account.
πŸ’‘ : $7 flat fee islandwide delivery or self collect from Jurong.

A luxe appetiser from a home kitchen setup. Looks exactly like the photos, unlike some ig-trending sea urchin bowls. Most importantly the sea urchin is fresh and sweet. They also sell sea urchin trays for $168.
Island wide delivery available (free with $90 spend). WhatsApp +65 8893 0902 and paynow to order.
πŸ’‘ : they also have warabi mochi ($10) but I didn't quite like the texture (too hard).

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