Sundays

Sundays

My typical Sunday goes like this light breakfast > church service > lunch > a whole family day > dinner... Pretty normal except I have the best family that likes to eat.... A lot so sundays become our good food day and in this space I'd like to share the good stuff we have (':
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Thought I could make a safe bet with this place since mum and I visited the Beach Road branch twice; but I forgot that this w was a few years ago (way before COVID). Sadly the yakitoris were less impressive as we’ve remembered it to be and my fresh water baby crab snack had shockingly shrunk in portion for the same price. Is this an exemplification of inflation?

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My year 2021 ended with several fun filled dinner with drinks, one I particularly enjoyed happened at this semi-causal Japanese joint. The food was straight forward along with this crowd pleasing sake I picked. I also learnt about SMV and rice polishing ratio courtesy of Google as I chose this bottle.
We had a bottle of sake and a drink each, with about 3 rounds of side food and some rice- that worked out to be $60+/pax. I reckon I would be paying more else where for a similar dining experience.

On the first day of the new year we had lunch at Rempapa. I was determined after walking pass the establishment en route the office alternate days, for I spied celebrity chef Damian mending to operational details almost daily, “thats hands on” I thought.
The service here is great, and the staff are well versed with the menu. If you question why you should pay $17 for nasi lemak, think again because the ingredients used are higher quality and the rice tasted quite novel with a nice refreshing hint of ginger while being “lemak” enough.

Of course my favourite thing out of everything we had was the assorted kueh platter. We had 2 each of the permanent 6 kuehs on the menu and I was delighted to find 3 off the menu kuehs specials with alluring Bandung rose, and yam colors. Trust me you do not want to leave rempapa without trying these precious delightful pieces of sweet Asian delicacies, I can attest to having one of the finest kueh kosui I can remember. Also the Ang Ku kueh here is interestingly pan fried reminding me of Nian Gao.

I cannot wait to revisit for dinner, maybe on Tuesdays where corkage fee is waived.

On the first day of the new year we had lunch at Rempapa. I was determined after walking pass the establishment en route the office alternate days, for I spied celebrity chef Damian mending to operational details almost daily, “thats hands on” I thought.
The service here is great, and the staff are well versed with the menu. If you question why you should pay $17 for nasi lemak, think again because the ingredients used are higher quality and the rice tasted quite novel with a nice refreshing hint of ginger while being “lemak” enough.

Of course my favourite thing out of everything we had was the assorted kueh platter. We had 2 each of the permanent 6 kuehs on the menu and I was delighted to find 3 off the menu kuehs specials with alluring Bandung rose, and yam colors. Trust me you do not want to leave rempapa without trying these precious delightful pieces of sweet Asian delicacies, I can attest to having one of the finest kueh kosui I can remember. Also the Ang Ku kueh here is interestingly pan fried reminding me of Nian Gao.

I cannot wait to revisit for dinner, maybe on Tuesdays where corkage fee is waived.

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The all day breakfast here is nothing fancy and not “one of the best” but it’s reliable and especially affordable with Burpplebeyond. Our brunch items with each a drink worked out to be $24 per pax including GST and service charge which is a good reason to revisit when food is not the priority that day but you need an option in the heart of our city.

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My dad’s favourite ramen joint in Singapore does great sides to pair with Japanese booze; the gyozas’ here have consistently thin dumpling skin and tender minced meat that could only be achieved through a machine’s precision I thought. I also tried the takoyaki for the first time and liked the tasty grilled batter a lot.

“Oh I’ve not had brunch with friends in awhile” I thought as I made myself comfortable while waiting for my dining companions. It was great to be able to be there, with the easing of COVID restrictions.

Soon we ordered our mains and chatted away happily while sipping on the acclaimed coffee here that doesn’t disappoint. While the coffee came swiftly it took a good 45 mins for our food to arrive, we were warned of the longer waiting time with all tables full on a Sunday.
My French toast was a nice mixture of crunch and citrusy fruits; while there was nothing outstanding about the toast itself it made a good brunch item for my sweet tooth.

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My family & I are creatures of habit when the default answer to “where do you want to go for dinner?” on weekends is: Bedok marketplace.

I mean I can never get enough of Mr Kneady’s sourdough pizzas and as of late the kickass Tom yum soup concoction, with chilli padi - you have been warned, was something I craved and dreamt about. I am serious you’ve got to try it to believe it. My family with more asian palates would have their asian noodles and dumpling soup fixed here. This is clearly our favourite place in the east for a fuss free, causal dinner.

Was really heartened when a close friend of mine said that she had H&C’s French toast and immediately thought of me- I can see why when bread is my middle name and I usually finish up the cream when we share desserts. The brioche egged toast here is coated with cornflakes to give it an ingenious crunch. Indeed I’d agree with my friend that this was one of the best French toast in Singapore.
If you are not a fan of cream like me, you can easily pair the good on its own toast with the premium butter and maple syrup on the side.
This time I came for tea but would love to come back for more French toast and their interesting fusion all day breakfast and mains menu ✨

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Made a few wrong choices in terms of dinner places to celebrate an occasion this year but I’m happy this wasn’t one of them and we chose Tess on a Friday night.

Besides being known for their cocktails I have to credit the chefs and kitchen team for dishing out on-par food items. Out of all our orders the pan roasted cauliflower was a star. The miso cheese sauce worked wonders on a large head of the carb-veg; and to add some crunch there are chunks of cashew nut, a full experience on the palate.

My friend loves the calamari & zucchini here that had a crispy flour batter, yummy yum yum. She requested 2 portions which I could completely understand why, 1 would be simply insufficient to go around our table of 4.

For the mains you can trust the chefs to deliver tender and flavourful meat cuts as evident in our Angus Beef Tagliatelle, Grilled Lamb Short Ribs.

Tess is now on my radar next time when I need good dinner and drinks.

As much as I’m going to sound like an entitled being, it’s slightly devastating to visit a place on ur wish list after some planning only to find the food to much dismay. I wanted to visit Dal-In when I learnt that they served korean Jokbal (very few korean restaurants in SG actually do). Sadly on this first visit the item was not on the menu and we settled for regular korean BBQ and other meat items instead.

Our $69 beef meat set was mediocre and we joked that mum’s meat cuts with our own grill at home would have been a better option. An appalling dish was the fried chicken chunks in oriental “hot & spicy pepper sauce” essentially Chinese dried chilli, other condiments and awkward bokchoy. It is hard to get fried dishes wrong but here one emerges. Then the soybean paste stew with a thin consistency had very little ingredients to warrant its $16 price tag.

The side dishes were the only good things we’ve had, which tells a sad story of our dining experience here.

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Getting used to this cycle of treat yourself takeouts on PH/ the weekends with the nation’s back and forth drift into and out of Phase 2 Heightened Alert.

Choosing to be grateful for excellent bakeries like Bakery Brera that churn amazing bakes 6 days a week to feed souls like mine; and they do good in the process too (check out ST article: Help pours in for siblings with rare disorder (11 Jul 21).

While I savoured the layers the variety of croissants and cruffins; forked into the decadent scone and basque cheesecake (with a hint of alcohol) - they definitely felt like pleasures of life.

Eat to live, live to eat. Alternating between the 2 all day err day?

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