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Xing Wei Chua
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From Munch Saladsmith at PoMo, which had since added pasta and Rosti to their menu. The Rosti is overall pretty decent; reasonably crisp on the exterior with a bit of char; the Rosti could have done with a bit more seasoning but guess it’s left as-is considering how it’s supposed to be a healthy meal (especially since they serve up salads). The Salmon was prepared in advanced, served out of the display counter — a little firm though still respectably flaky; felt that it lacked moisture for how it was sitting in the display for a while. Overall, a decent Rosti at a good portion; for those looking for a slightly less pricey option, opt for the Bratwurst variant which is also the cheapest out of the lot.

While not being as aesthetically exciting as the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, the Chicken Stroganoff is still out to impress; grilled chicken served with toast, caramelised onions and mushrooms, this item is yet another simple and delightful dish off Prodigal Cafe’s menu. It’s hard to find grilled chicken chops achieving that consistency of tender flesh yet crisp and flavourful skin, yet Prodigal Cafe’s Chicken Stroganoff seems to be the answer to that — something that got me hooked before reaching that pool of creamy mix of earthy mushrooms and subtly sweet caramelised onions beneath the chicken. As though already knowing how tempting it is for one to mop-up that wonderful sauce beneath, the thoughtful addition of toast spread with garlic helps to do just that, allowing one to finish all that by drenching the mushrooms and caramelised onions all over the crisp toast. Yet another dish I would not mind going for again at Prodigal Cafe.

These morsels of chicken need no introduction; essentially being just bite-sized chicken that tastes very reminiscent of popcorn chicken from a popular fast-food chain, these were simply delightful considering how they are my guilty pleasure — morsels of chicken that is crisp and comes with a bite whilst carrying a slight hint of spiciness. Coming with Spicy Sriracha Mayo dip on the side, we didn’t mind how the mayo helps to add a creamy texture to the chicken, though it was certainly lacking in spiciness from the Sriracha.

From the newly-revamped menu at The Masses. Went for medium-rare for the doneness and the steak is really on point; juicy, tender with a bit of chew, it comes with a sprinkling of salt and pepper and isn’t particularly gamey. Really liked how the other celeriac components aren’t exactly heavy tasting here — the celeriac remoulade being almost akin to a refreshing coleslaw, while the roasted celeriac gave a refreshing, light-tasting crunch; somewhat replacing the usual starchy components (e.g. baby potatoes) usually found in entrees like these. The celeriac purée works like a refreshing mousse on the side; pretty light and cleanses the palate in between morsels of the beef. Pretty well-executed, and showcases the different forms of celeriac in a single dish without stealing the limelight of the steak.

Thought the Breaded Eggplants reminded me of a similar offering at Carl’s Junior that my friends and I often shared and used to love. The crispness of the breaded batter and the soft insides of the eggplant was a good contrast; that coupled with the light hint of savoury cheese over the top; it was already good on its own without the bright and tangy salsa dip on the side.

From 私房菜 by MJS Food Culture; a newly-opened concept at Upper Weld Road that is a stone's throw away from Jalan Besar MRT Station — the concept features both Chinese (mainly local tzechar offerings) and Western dishes under one roof; the interior featuring and eclectic mix of styles that doesn't sit very comfortably with me but still pretty plush overall.

Didn't really expect much from here but the Fish & Chips were definitely above average and came pretty presentable even. The fries here are more in the thick, soft and fluffy side rather than the crisp, criss-cut ones that I would prefer; that being said, the fries are well-seasoned with salt nonetheless. The fried fish were actually pretty decent; though the batter was slightly thicker, it was crisp with the Fish being flaky and smooth — pretty fresh I would say. What was the most intriguing would have been the salad dressing; it features a slight sweet yet tart flavour reminiscent to mango — quite refreshing overall.

Opted for this and it's certainly satisfying; the Pork collar being immensely tender yet without a porky stench — the Mustard & Sage sauce providing an additional tang to cut through the meatiness overall. While there wasn't an option to choose the two sides (the sides aren't stated on the menu as well), the baby potatoes came spot on just like how I will do them at home; a little sprinkle of salt and a bit of rosemary for some flavour — slightly roasty with a crisp skin while with a soft interior. I am not one who likes peas, but I could get past a few spoonfuls of peas here — it's actually pretty well-executed, considering how it did not actually taste half as "green" as what had expected them to be.

From SAGE Restaurant & Bar at Parc Sovereign Albert which replaces the now-defunct Parc Cafe & Restaurant — this new restaurant is seemingly more like a gastro-bar concept which serves bar grub as well as contemporary French cuisine on their menu.

Served with elements such as Lemon Sabayon, Asparagus, Smoked Bacon and Parmesan and Spices Fume, this dish is being served with a dramatic entry where the fumes would escape the jar once the lid is open the provide a smoky aesthetic typical of similar dishes at fine dining joints. That being said, the dish felt like it lacked integration; a good concept but somehow the ingredients were each playing their own tune — the lack of a runny egg yolk despite the egg being sous-vide also seemed to be a little disappointing; you know, the little heartbreak one has when they like that egg yolk and it just doesn't flow. That being said, probably an item that would do well if they could refine their execution a little.

Hadn't dropped by M Seven Cafe in a while; pretty surprised how the Rosti actually left a more lasting impression than their Pasta. Crisp Rosti that's all crusty without being too greasy, while the sour cream helps to cut through the grease and savoury flavours pretty nicely. Sunny side-up was satisfyingly flowy, while the salmon was pretty decent — pan-fried with a considerably crisp skin and flaky flesh that carried the natural flavours of the fish well. While costing $12.90 ala-carte, this item is a steal for the set lunch promo here at $11.90; comes complete with a drink of your choice (which I went for a Flat White). Works great for the occasional treat for office workers and students alike in the area.

Yishun was a town that Woodlanders rarely make their way down to, but the recent opening of the various stores at the South Wing is probably going to draw the crowds back here. Amongst the list of F&B concepts opening here are Gyoza-Ya, Kanshoku Ramen Bar (opening soon) and Big Fish Small Fish; just a selection of my favourite eateries around.

Glad to report that Big Fish Small Fish's new outlet is a hit; not only are they able to keep to their previous standards set at the Punggol Container Bistro branch, they also had introduced a number of new dishes that makes their menu look more extensive than before (think fried fish with rice and fish sandwiches). Fish was flaky as always, with the moisture of the flesh still retained within while the batter was crisp without trapping too much oil within — pretty good on its own. The potato crisps were also crispy without being soggy; not particularly greasy as well — one can help themselves to the free-flow sauce bar which feature quite a number of sauces to go along with the crisps, but my favourite has to be the curry mayo that carries a good hint of the flavours of the spices whilst being creamy; also fits those who have a low tolerance for spiciness considering how it's not exactly spicy at all. A place that I would really look forward to revisit soon, especially given how it's not too far away from me now that they had opened at Northpoint City!

From The Great Mischief at The Great Madras at Madras Street, a new Spanish Tapas concept that is run by The Black Hole Group which operates other F&B concepts such as Santap, Working Title, Afterwit and The Mad Sailors which are popular with the Muslim community here.

The Bikini Party is essentially their variant of the Bikini Sandwich — Black Truffle Paste, Cheese and Turkey Ham between toast. Quite decent for something that could hardly go wrong; crisp toast with melted cheese with ham and a hint of truffle aroma in between. Quite something within what was expected and presented on the table.

The portion size seemed pretty generous here — the thick-cut fries were crisp on the exterior, whilst being soft and fluffy within. Makes for a good snack while waiting for the other items to arrive on the table.

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