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Mediterranean Food

Mediterranean Food

A rare find that never goes wrong. Subjected to personal taste and preferences though.
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Visited Kafe UTU over the weekend; possibly Singapore’s first Afro-themed specialty coffee cafe that also carries dishes “From Mama Africa” as what the menu suggests.

The Swahili Fish Curry comes with elements such as Red Snapper, Tamarind, Coconut Milk, House Curry Paste, and Habanero, served with coconut rice and salsa on the side. Really liked the thoughtful touch behind the use of red snapper fillet — coming all boneless, it does make the item easy to eat, while doused with a Fish Curry that is unlike the Chinese and Indian variants we are familiar with; instead, it carries strong hints of turmeric and other spices — almost Middle Eastern whilst being thick and rich without being too creamy. The distinct flavour of spices, coupled with the slight sweetness, tanginess and the fiery kick of the habanero does make the curry gravy pack quite the punch in terms of flavour, with the long-grained coconut rice soaking up all that goodness. Pair the salsa up with the curry gravy for another take on the dish; it provides a juicy and zingy note which is pretty refreshing overall. A cafe that distinguishes from the others with its unique vibe and theming — certainly a destination to check out!


From Sideways, a tapas-esque concept by the folks behind The Hangar at Arab Street.

Off the cold section of the menu is the Sourdough and the Smoked Eggplant and Bell Peppers Dip — the sourdough baked in-house with their wood-fired oven; light and fluffy without being particularly dense, whilst carrying a slight hint of sourness from the fermentation process of the dough. Being a perfect accompaniment to the sourdough, the dip carries tangy flavours from the bell peppers with light, earthy notes of eggplant all laced with the aroma of olive oil. A great way to start off the meal before going to the meatier items.


From the set lunch menu which is introduced today. Overall a dish that seemed to be inspired by Mediterranean flavours; the couscous reminded me of olive rice especially with bits of dried fruit within. The chicken was marinated with turmeric for flavour — a wee bit dry but still decent overall. Green Sambal on the side does give the entire dish a little kick in terms of spiciness — of a level slightly above moderate if had in a substantial amount.


Moving out of Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, Mi Casa has found a new home situated just a stone's throw away at Jalan Jurong Kechil serving a wider range of Spanish fare at wallet-friendly prices. The menu here consists of Ciabatta, Salads, Soups/Stews, Seafood, Meat and Pasta/Paella dishes. At $6.50, you get a decently portioned paella. Can't comment on how authentic this was for I rarely have Paella, but you get lightly fragrant rice that absorbed the flavours of the stock it was cooked in while coming with five tender, handmade meatballs covered in tomato-based sauce that gives it a tangy flavour. A salad which is dressed with a zingy dressing comes on the side. Pretty sure there are many more authentic and better executed Spanish fare around, but this does add an interesting option around Upper Bukit Timah that is also pretty affordable as well!

Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar is situated at 102C Jalan Jurong Kechil, Singapore 598602.


A rather decent wrap if not for the slightly washed out flavour caused by mayonnaise and extremely bitter vegetables. The Truffle Fries were crispy and somewhat flavourful; enough to put some cafes to shame.

Tender chicken in a sauce that seemed to contain a middle-eastern taste to it. Buttered Rice was not too strong in taste thus not sickening.

Up, down and everywhere around for food.

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