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Featuring Lady M (Marina Square), VXX Cooperative, Table Manners (Changi City Point), The Wicked Garlic (Clifford Centre), Grin Affair (Everton Park), Oven & Fried Chicken (Telok Ayer), KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar, Makansutra Gluttons Bay, Kyū Coffee Bar, Guenpin Fugu & Snow Crab Japanese Restaurant
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By the same people behind Tempura Kohaku just next door, and similarly offers only one option of non-spicy/ spicy bowl, and is pretty affordable at $13.50++ for this very filling katsudon.

Crisp batter that thankfully wasn't greasy, encasing the relatively thin slices of tender, juicy pork/ chicken. Tbh I can't really tell the difference. The bowl was interestingly topped with egg on the fluffy rice (get to choose between Nanatsuboshi Hokkaido rice or multigrain!). For the non-spicy bowl, the sauce was light and pretty tasty but we liked the spicy version better (slightly too spicy for me tho). Prefer Kohaku for variety, but if the queue is too long, this is a pretty good alternative to get fried food cravings satisfied.

Personally also enjoyed the sweet tonjiro soup ($1.50) which was satisfying - with loads of cabbage, carrot in it! #burpple

Okonomiyaki Tater Tots ($12)

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!!! 🤤

Inspired by the owner's LA experiences, the menu is interesting with a little Japanese/ Korean/ Thai influences to your usual cafe fare.

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! 😊

The hunt for good food in Tampines brought us to the round market, and safe to say this place does pork pretty well, all that we had were tender and flavourful!

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!

Kaisen-don (1,580¥)

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!!

Happened to see this on @littleislandbrewingco's fb so we came down to chill.

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

<Tokyo Western>

Pretty good western food here!

Got the mixed grill of chicken chop + pork chop which set us back by $8.50. Having had too many dry, tough pork chops, the one here was pretty well executed and took me by surprise - tender and juicy. So was the chicken! Both were well-seasoned without any excessive saltiness, a problem I have with many western food from kopitiams🤷🏻‍♀️, and nicely grilled. Served with toast, fries and baked beans guaranteed to fill you up.


<日日昇麻辣香锅 Ri Ri Sheng Mala Pot> Here's one perfect for the rainy weather.

Not one to go for mala and subject myself to the numbing spiciness, but this is one that I probably wouldn't mind coming back to. The numbing creeps up slowly, and so does the heat (got the medium spiciness) which was surprisingly acceptable; so it might not be enough for people who love spicy food. Left it all to our mala queen @cweizhi who picked the ingredients well too! I loved the freshness of ingredients here with the crunchy lotus roots, tender pork slices, and how it wasn't overly salty.
#burpple #burpplebestoftampines

Mango Ice Kachang

The perpetual queue may be daunting but worth it.

Not only is it affordable with most desserts going for $2, they're tasty, pretty generous with the ingredients and simply heaven-sent with the sweltering weather - thank goodness for this dessert shop during our journey to the west yesterday!

If you like to rainbow-anything, get their mango/ durian ice kachang. At least it's guaranteed to satisfy. I usually shy away from this and go for chendol instead, but surprisingly I preferred the ice kachang here. Every part was generously covered with the fruity mango/ durian (didnt taste too artificial to me!) and syrup without that cloying sweetness, and I loved digging for all the ingredients within the heap of ice.


Japan's largest fugu chain restaurant, Guenpin Fugu specialising in snow crab and the delicacy of Torafugu, (Tiger Pufferfish, the finest and most poisonous) has opened its first outlet overseas right here.

Fret not as it is helmed by Chef Tomita has over 30 years of experience, and the torafugu used goes through careful preparation and stringent checks.
Set meals offered here starts from 5 to 9-courses at $88 / $100 / $138 / $168, which allows one to try the torafugu and snow crab in different ways - sashimi, grilled, deep-fried, boiled; or you can just go for the ala-carte menu just to get started.

I enjoyed every dish here - especially the snowcrab sashimi and very comforting hotpot with porridge. Nothing too complex, using minimal seasoning or only simple dips so you still get to taste the natural sweetness and freshness that shines through.
Thank you @cweizhi for extending the invite!😊

Foret Noire ($9.80)

Always on the lookout for blackforest cakes and I'm glad that the Foret Noire ($9.80) didn't disappoint.

The cakes here seem to be a pretty safe bet and one of the better ones I've had around recently, haven't had anything that I didn't like yet. And everything is pretty here - look at that sheen!
Base of chocolate marquise sponge that was light and moist with decadent, rich chocolate mousse; beautifully layered with sweet-tangy morello cherry compote, kirsch namelaka, manjari 64% supreme, and most importantly the griottines (could really taste the liqueur!). Crunchy chocolatey balls lining it that we didn't really fancy cos' it tastes like milk chocolate but I do appreciate the variation in textures.

Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of ramen in this wet weather!

For someone who doesn't like greens, I really surprised myself by picking the Garden Veggie Ramen ($15), part of their new Singapore-exclusive menu, as my favourite out of the 3 ramens we got to try. The sweet broth, made from 7 different types of vegetables and fried garlic was clear and light but flavourful. Served with only vegetables and ajitama that was nicely seasoned and perfectly molten. Could be because we left the bowl for awhile, noodles were not as springy as I remembered but still a comforting bowl for the health-conscious! #burpple