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Perfectly seared Tajima Wagyu, American cheese, cheeseburger sauce - no idea what goes in it was only told that it's "special sauce", but very delectable. Served with kale, corn, pickles, onions, greens, sweet cherry tomatoes and topped with a sunny side up. Mix it all up and you get a very satisfying meal. They did say it was good for 2 to share but I think I could've finished it by myself (portion and tastiness-wise) if not for the fact that we also had to have the Lebanese fried chicken again.
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I love the creativity behind Neh Neh Pop (and the occasional surprises that makes my once-in-awhile sad reminders of Cha Cha Pop a little better). Light, aromatic without an overpowering artificial perfumey taste, the Bandung ice cream was crisply coated with white chocolate, and little bits of lychee (tho I wish it was more prominent!). Prettily finished with dried rose petals 😍😍 #burpple

Very generous with the steak slices which were juicy and had a nice hint of smokiness, topped with sweet caramelised onion, tangy mustard and a bit of heat from the jalapeno, with emmental cheese and mushrooms. Picked sesame so there was a little more crunch to the chewy bagel (which is lovingly handmade). While mostly tender, certain parts of the steak was a little tough for my jaws, but I actually really enjoyed this overall. Small but flavour-packed, super filling and a satisfyingly messy affair.

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This time I came across one at , a small bakery in Old Airport Road Hawker Centre. Comes in original, cheese and kaya.

A little sorry I didn't even try to take a good photo because I didn't expect much. But I should have known with the whiff of eggy goodness from this freshly baked castella cake. So far Original (coming to Westgate!!) is still my favorite, but this was pretty good and we liked it much better than the first one that came to our shores (sorry). Baked on the spot with limited quantities, they were down to their last boxes at 11am in the morning. $5+ if I'm not wrong, and the portion is probably about half of what the rest are selling so it's not considerably cheaper but a friendlier portion. Comfortingly fluffy and moist with hints of savoury cheese (wish there was a little more). Ultimately it's just 鸡蛋糕, but I really like it as breakfast/ snack because it's so light! Will definitely buy again if I happen to be there.
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Theatrics aside (which I like), this is easily one of my favourite desserts here! My partner however, preferred the peach&Cheesecake but it could just be because he's not a fan of banana 🤷🏻‍♀️ Loved this mainly because chocolate banana is my all-time favourite combination that cannot go wrong, and the complementing flavours and textures worked for me. Swipe for the messy goodness 😂

Dark chocolate sphere encasing banana ice cream that thankfully didn't have an artificial flavour to it, with passion fruit coulis for a tinge of sourness and caramel soil for a bit of crumbly sweetness. I loved the thick bittersweet chocolate, and practically cleaned the plate up😌

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Every mouthful had a burst of briny goodness from the tobiko, in addition to the creamy mentaiko. Anything mentaiko is half the battle won for me - and then there's that sweet, sweet scallop, soft in contrast with the popping goodness and a sauce with subtle peppery, smoky flavour. So good I wish I didn't have to share!

Thank you #burpple for the invite and @waacowsg for having us!

Pity that the texture of the ice was quite coarse and both hojicha and ujikintoki (RM19) were too sweet for my liking. Even the additional side pour was on the sweeter side so we skipped that. Espuma was also pretty gao, was actually expecting something lighter.
At first bite the hojicha tasted better with the strong earthy flavour - but the uji turned out to be easier on the palette. Hidden beneath were toppings that you can get more or at RM2 - azuki, dango, etc. Not something I'd be back for but perhaps I'd give their soft serves a chance if I ever find myself in this area again (oolong sounds good!!) #burpple

Super addictive crispy tater tots! Go for the Okonomiyaki ($12) - generously lathered with kewpie mayo, truffle dressing, unagi sauce (more like umami) and furikake. Didn't taste like okonomiyaki but it was definitely delish.

The other option would be the truffle cheese ($11) - I love truffles but felt that it was more jelak probably because of the decadent truffle sauce; than the Okonomiyaki which I couldn't stop popping them into my mouth!!! 🤤

Might sound confusing but as it turns out, the food here is generally good enough for a fun night out in this gorgeous space! Decent variety, there's something for everyone. Go for their chicken wings and tater tots; grain bowls for a balanced diet, and desserts for a sweet ending. I absolutely love their froyo (my favourites were the speculoos and the very fragrant lychee rose - and chocolate so luscious you wouldn't believe it was just froyo!) Thank you @karacafesg for having us and #burpple for extending the invite! 😊

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Side dishes seem to fare better than the main noodle bowls here. The braised spare ribs from Sarawak Kolo Mee, braised pork (from another noodle stall that I can't rmb) curry chicken from Xing Ji Wanton Mee. Had a very interesting curry-cai tau kuey from Song Han Carrot Cake but my favourite find of the day was Rajanari Thosai!
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Most people come here for the signature Ganso Kaisen Hitsumabushi or the gorgeous 5-colours of cholesterol uni bowl. But if you have to order something else, the Kaisen-don (1,580¥) is a safe bet for the freshest taste of the sea. Tuna, white fish, octopus, salmon&roe, herring, crab and shrimp. And the bed of sushi rice was perfect. Even the roe wasn't overly salty so each burst was happiness in my mouth. If I had to pick a favorite, definitely the scallop that was so plump and sweet!!

As part of their 2nd birthday bash, these are going for $7/dish! Loved the Huli Huli Chicken, roasted and tender; and of course their 15h slowcooked beef brisket - very worth it for $7, flavorful with a good bite but not annoyingly tough. Not a lamb-person but this Crispy Salt Cured Lamb rib thankfully, didn't have an overpowering gamey taste, paired well with the yoghurt. Decent but slightly disappointing texture was the coffee, cumin & chilli pork belly. I really liked the marination but a pity that it wasn't crackling enough.
Grabbed a beer and suffice to say, happy lunch happy tummy! They've also just launched 4 new brews (& are offering 20% off for top-ups of their tap-cards for today)! #burpple