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SG: Nosh for CBD office rats

SG: Nosh for CBD office rats

lunch is the highlight of a CBD tunnel rat. how sad we are. [note : if you are NOT a corporate slave pls AVOID weekdays 1200-1330h ]
Smitten Angel
Smitten Angel

I don't normally go for pork belly (I like fats in my meat to be more evenly spread out), but this is an interesting take on it, with mee siam in the middle and mee siam gravy. Pork was fork tender and skin was perfect and crackling. You can easily scrape off the layer of fat if it gets too jelak. The accompanying kimchi was quite tasteless tho, would have preferred something more tangy, perhaps achar or pickles. You get 1-for-1 on this with #burpplebeyond, and you can even top up $3 for a drink and a small side.
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💡 : babasan has taken over the old boat q Fu Lin YTF location

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Ordered the wagyu Ribeye medium rare but it arrived medium-well as pictured. As with all steakhouses in Singapore they just can't get it right so I would recommend ordering rare if you want medium rare. At these prices I prefer Stirling Steak (in the East where I live), but since Bizen is near my office, I still visit for a fuss free steak. I am not convinced that it is really is wagyu but I think it's fair to say that it's some sort of Japanese beef, as the meat is fairly tender and umami compared to the usual hard and dry astons steak.
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💡 : Be prepared for the typical Aston set up with the annoying and inefficient bottleneck at the entrance (order and pay first before getting seated) since NO ONE can decide on their order. This is one of those chains that would really benefit from a tablet order system so that indecisive customers can waste on their own time and not others.

Yea this rice bowl is as tiny as it looks! Wagyu was quite umami but the cut was very veiny (I couldn't chew to the end and had to spit out a little of every piece). Also no truffle smell or taste. This rice bowl is one for one with #burpplebeyond but I didn't feel full at all, had to split a sandwich with my friend at a nearby cafe after! Second time here but still not really loving it (had the dinner omakase the first time), and I only gave it a second chance because i love the food at Boruto where the chef used to work. Very puzzling... Recommend to skip.

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The carrot cake here is steamed, giving it a different texture from the typical pan fried style, but still tasty due to the savoury cured meat and natural sweetness of the radish. The carrot cake is accompanied by a light soy sauce as well as xo sauce for dipping, but tastes good plain as well. I also like the 红油抄手 here, although it's also a healthier version with mostly vinegar and garlic instead of chilli oil.

Unlike the more commonly found Tsukemen where noodles are dipped into a hot, rich, pork based gravy, Afuri's tsukemen is accompanied by a kind of soy based, clear dipping sauce that is room temperature. So those who prefer their food piping hot should take note to avoid the dry version! I do like my food cold or at room temp, but I found the dipping sauce rather salty, with no taste of spice or yuzu. I much preferred the spicy yuzu soup ramen that I had last week with its thinner noodles and clear but tasty broth.
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💡: you MUST like the tangy citrus taste of yuzu to appreciate their signature soup base. It's not the typical tonkotsu ramen shop you find in SG offering pork based soup with rich mouthfeel.
💡💡: chilli lovers should avoid this place. They do not have any chilli condiments (no oil, pepper or cut chilli) and the spicy versions of their ramen (both dry and soup) are not spicy at all.

This is a relatively new item on their menu. I ordered level 3 which is the max spiciness. It is legit spicy but similar to most mala in Singapore, lacks the authentic numbing pepper taste. This is despite the dramatic visual of all the peppers sprinkled on top, I can only say that they are either not the right kind or have lost their taste in storage/transit. I would recommend sticking to their normal spicy Mazesoba if you like spicy food (covered in my previous review), as it has a more balanced savoury/spicy taste. Noodles here are thick and have a chewy bite to them, and the chopped garlic gives the dressing a nice kick.

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I have been coming here regularly for their original (truffle) mazesoba ($13.90++) but decided to try something new yesterday... I love mentaiko anything but this was wayyyy too jelak with the creamy mayo and gooey egg. This is my preferred restaurant for mazesoba as the noodle that they use is thinner than other mazesoba shops (I generally like thinner noodles though). I also love the fatty sio bak that accompanies their original and mentaiko mazesoba, but it may be too fatty for boring health conscious people.
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💡: They do offer various rice bowls and soup ramen for people who dont like dry noodles.

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This pub serves typical coffeeshop western fare such as chicken chop and breaded fish (as pictured) during lunch. You get a choice of two sides (eg. Potato salad, coleslaw, mac cheese, aglio olio pasta, etc). Just across from Hong Lim Park (same row as Punch cafe) so it's a great option if you're in the CBD and craving some comfort food in an air conditioned setting. Massive portions too! I couldn't finish my fish!
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💡 : high bar stools only
💡💡 : The kitchen seems inexperienced at handling high volume. Expect a long wait (30min) if there are more than four tables.

I can never resist truffle oil anything (yes, yes I know it's not real truffle and just chemicals, but whatever). The truffle smell is not strong in this dish but it does complement the luscious mouthfeel of this dry noodle dish. I love that the pork is fatty (basically sio bak) but it may be too fatty for healthy people. The noodle is quite thick, chewy and "q". The dressing is very tasty and despite being a chilli lover I didn't even feel the need to add chilli oil - almost shocking ! If mazesoba is not your thing, they also serve soup ramen and various rice dishes. Free hard boiled eggs is an additional bonus for egg lovers.
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Located at Chinatown point mall Basement 1 (under the escalator).
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🚇 : Chinatown MRT

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Probably the best of #burpplebeyond flash deals - works out to be sgd58.50/pax after service and tax. Valid on weekdays only until 31 May. Come grab it if you're a fan of white asparagus , burratina, sea urchin, perfectly seasoned tender lamb. All my favorite things in one menu- almost like it was curated specially for me! Okay except the dessert, because white chocolate is just not my thing. The killer view of Marina Bay doesn't hurt either.
💡: budget at least 1.5h for this lunch, service was quite slow even though they were only 1/4 full

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Most of the lunch options here cost less than $10 which is unheard of at raffles place restaurants, so it's well worth exploring this outermost edge of the CBD to get your Japanese fix when the boss is away. The Kaisendon is the most expensive lunch option but exceedingly good value, and served with a side salad and soup.
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Teetotalers will be glad to know that lunchtimes are exempt from the strict drinking rules that apply at nobu-ya, although I still feel a pavlovian need to gulp down sakes whenever the owner has his steely gaze on me.
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🚗 : fortune ctr has multi storey parking but you will need to go quite a few levels up to find availability on weekdays.

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So much tastier than Kajiken! Noodles are thicker and chewier too. I'd almost written off mazesoba until I tried menya kokoro. The spicy version is legit (although more peppery than chilli sort of spicy) but they have original non spicy ($10.80++) as well as other flavours. Add the vinegar to provide some lift to this rather heavy dish.
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🚗 : Park at lobby H (true fitness) and take the lift to level 3.

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