We ended dinner with Tiramisu ($13), which is soft, creamy and thankfully not too sweet. The coffee and alcohol content is not too overpowering and I actually enjoyed this more than I expected.

For mains, I had Pasta Vongole e Bottarga ($25), which features al dente linguine infused with the natural sweetness of fresh clams, umami of bottarga (cured fish roe) and aroma of garlic and olive oil. Love how flavourful and delicious this is!

For starters, we had a generous serving of Burrata cheese with Parma ham, rocket salad and tomatoes drizzled in olive oil ($25). The burrata cheese is creamy but light, and it goes very well with the savoury Parma ham and refreshing salad.

Moo Moo Thai Mookata is one of the most value-for-money mookata I have had in recent times! For 4 pax, we ordered:
- Moo Moo Meat Hunter Platter ($38.90)
- Vegetable Platter ($4.90)
- Mushroom Platter ($4.90)
- Thai Royal Pork Chop ($3.30)
- Signature Pig Intestines ($3.30)
- Tiger Prawns ($4.30)
- Squid ($2.40)
- Fishballs with Roe ($2.60)
- Tauki ($1.90)
... which amounts to $16.60 per pax only🤩!

The portion is really generous, especially the meat platter that comes with an assortment of meat (eg. pork belly, basil chicken, black pepper chicken, smoked duck), Thai fishcakes, luncheon meat, meatballs, crab sticks and hotdogs. The Thai Royal Pork Chop is very tender and the slightly sweet glaze goes well with the tangy and fiery chilli sauce. The pig intestines can be a little chewy. The vegetable and mushroom platters complement the meat items, and I like having my mushrooms grilled in the residual fats of the meat:) The soup, which tastes like corn, is sweet and flavourful. There is also complimentary ice cream at the end of the meal!

Overall, the ingredients are fresh, the portion is generous and the taste is on point. In addition, the coffeeshop is just a 5min walk from Paya Lebar MRT (Exit C)👍🏻 What an affordable feast!

This is my first visit to Curious Palette and I’m loving the rustic-industrial vibes of this cafe. But what really won me over is the Prawn Mentaiko Belacan Pasta ($21.90) that comes with 3 charcoal grilled tiger prawns in tamarind glaze, sakura ebi and dollops of mentaiko. The sauce is rich, flavourful and packed with umami, and the al dente pasta soaks up all that goodness effortlessly. Such decadence!

Had my yong tau foo fix at Ling Kee Handmade Yong Tau Foo 玲记手工酿豆腐 in a coffee shop at 63 Kallang Bahru. The ingredients ($3 for 5 ingredients with noodles, $0.50 for additional piece) are fresh and the fried ones are re-fried on the spot. The fried homemade meatball is really good - it is crispy on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside and very fragrant. The fried eggplant and bitter gourd are stuffed with minced meat instead of the usual fish paste, which is delicious. A splash of chilli sauce and this is all it takes to satisfy my YTF craving!

Cicada Signature Hokkien Mee ($16) is packed with wok-hei and a generous serving of succulent prawns, squid and pork belly. The saucy noodles is a tad salty, but a dash of lime juice helps to cut through the strong flavours. The home-made sambal is quite good as well - I’m quite surprised to find a legit plate of Hokkien mee in a cafe like this!

Char-Grilled Pork Belly ($24) is a soft slab of pork belly grilled in a sweet, savoury and tangy sauce. It is not very oily as the fat-meat ratio is quite balanced. The grilled French Hispi cabbage is sweet and crunchy, which helps to keep the greasiness at bay.

Grilled Miso Cod Capellini ($30) comes with a slab of cod that is perfectly seared and drizzled in miso butter sauce. The cod is fresh and it goes well with the al-dente capellini infused with the aroma of garlic and topped with ebiko and shredded kombu.

For starters, we had Cicada Fried Chicken ($12) and each piece of panko-crusted fried chicken is crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside. I like that the crust is thin, the fried chicken is not greasy and the tangy soy sauce keeps it refreshing. I’m not a big fan of fried chicken but this is really good:)

Each Pork Gyoza ($6 for 6) comes with well-seasoned pork filling wrapped in thin dumpling skin that still retains its elasticity. Yummy!

The Red Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen King ($14.90) comes with a creamy pork broth that is rich and flavourful without being overly jelak. The grounded sesame and chilli oil gives the broth a lovely fragrance and a slight spicy edge. The al dente ramen, soft chashu and crunchy black fungus go really well with the soup and this is one comforting bowl of ramen.

Overall, the food is delicious, the portion is generous and the price is reasonable. No regrets queuing for this:)!