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Featuring Portico Host (Alexandra), Summer Pavilion (The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore), East Manhattan (Lorong Kilat), Muthu's Curry (Race Course Road), BurgerUp (Waterway Point), Punggol Pasar Malam, Al Hamra Lebanese & Middle Eastern Cuisine, Woorinara II Korean Restaurant (West Coast), Wah Kung Fu 蛙功夫, Lotus Thai Restaurant (Jalan Besar)
Ivan Teh
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Easily the best salad on the menu here.
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This features tender roasted butternut pumpkin chunks, crisp fresh kale leaves, crunchy caramelised white onion rings, firm spiced pumpkin seeds, and soft marinated goat cheese.
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You get layered smoky vegetal earthy sweet savoury flavours here. Would order again.
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Kafe Utu
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A bright, vibrant, healthy salad bowl.
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It contains a pretty plated mix of quinoa, orange zest pickled carrot strips, apple cider pickled red cabbage strips, fresh kale leaves, roasted pumpkin chunks, marinated goat cheese, a sous-vide egg, fresh avocado chunks, spiced pumpkin seeds, and a lemon wedge.
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Mix it all together before enjoying. You'll get a complex layering of textures, crunchy juicy crispy tender soft; along with a vibrant burst of vegetal earthy sweet sour zesty fruity eggy flavours. Rather appetizing, and also good for sharing.
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Kafe Utu
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The whole grilled padron peppers have a crunchy moist texture, and a delicate smoky vegetal sweet spice flavour.
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Their peculiarity lies in the fact that, while their taste is usually mild, a minority (~25%) are particularly spicy hot. There is no way of determining whether a given padron pepper will be hot or mild, short of actually eating it.
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Delicious bar snack (and bar challenge too), I could finish this on my own!.
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Kafe Utu
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Part 2 of the review is now online!.
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A typical American breakfast / brunch dish, with a fluffy soft pancake (made with eggs, vanilla bean extract, Japanese Hokkaido milk, all-purpose flour, caster sugar, and unsalted butter) infused with ricotta cheese.
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The pancake is served with fresh juicy mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries), icing sugar, house infused cardamom maple syrup, crisp ricotta cheese wafers, edible flowers, and a creamy smooth vanilla bean ice cream.
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Notes of floral earthy sweet sour cheesy flavours, very nice. Their house made ice cream tends to melt pretty fast though. Looks so pretty, and is so delicious.
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Invited tasting courtesy of @kafeutu and @msginginly.
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Kafe Utu
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Among the better versions I've had.
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A warm, soft, moist carrot cake, studded with crunchy walnuts and shreds of carrot.
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Topped with a rich, luscious, creamy smooth spread of cream cheese frosting infused with orange, decorated with crushed peanuts, a blackberry, a raspberry, pickled carrots, and edible flowers.
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This dessert cake has a lovely fruity sweet spice cheesy flavour. Beautiful. Wanted more.
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Invited tasting.
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Kafe Utu
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More like an appetizer than a light bite.
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Fresh roma tomatoes are mashed and served as a chilled soup / broth, dressed with micro greens and extra virgin olive oil.
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Style is similar to a gazpacho, with a thin grainy texture and bold vegetal sweet flavour.
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Served with crisp slices of toasted foccacia bread, which have a delicate grainy bready sweet flavour.
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Invited tasting.
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Kafe Utu
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This features fresh chunks of tender bouncy chicken thigh, coated in a buttermilk spice batter. The result is a crunchy bite, with a bold salty savoury flavour.
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But the star is the trio of home made sauces.
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The mango chili marmalade (made with fresh mango, black pepper, red onions, and habanero chili) which has a sharp tangy fruity sweet spicy flavour.
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The congo bongo (made with grilled bell peppers / capsicum, grilled white onions, a house spice blend, natural peanut butter, and habanero chili) which has a vegetal earthy sweet spice nutty flavour
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The house chili (made with garlic, bird's eye chili, lemon juice, butter, and habanero chili) which has a sharp spicy zesty tangy flavour with a lingering burn.
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Kafe Utu
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A pretty, ladylike tipple.
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The slender stem is filled with a blend of gin and East Imperial tonic water, decorated with strawberries, blueberries, rosemary, and edible flowers.
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Has delicate fruity sweet floral boozy notes. Among the best looking cocktails here.
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Kafe Utu
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This sounds strong and stiff, with 4 shots of Ristretto espresso extracted over chilled Japanese Hokkaido milk.
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But on the palate, it feels like a double shot, lacking the pronounced bitterness and acidity of arabica coffee beans, instead having a mild sweetness.
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It's an Arabic word translated to mean 'worship' or 'obedience with submission to God'.
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Kafe Utu
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This pretty-looking cocktail features a blend of fresh watermelon juice, fresh lemon juice, soda water, and vodka, decorated with a salt rim, a bird's eye chili, a watermelon sphere, and edible flowers.
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Has a refreshing fruity sweet spicy flavour. Very enticing yet thirst-quenching, with a sharp fiery bite that fades quickly.
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Kafe Utu
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They serve aromatic brews made with fresh Hokkaido milk and Coffee Beans Ubuntu; the latter a blend of 3 coffee beans sourced from Uganda, Brazil, and Mexico.
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The result is a signature blend, less acidic than elsewhere, with deeper nutty chocolatey roasted flavours - hints of cashew nuts and brown sugar, subtle notes of red wine, caramelized apricot acidity, with an intense dark chocolate finish.
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Pictured is a Swahili style mocha, a unique blend of Ubuntu coffee beans espresso, Japanese Hokkaido milk, and Mörk Chocolate Original powder, with a rim of natural peanut butter, pink peppercorns, and toasted almonds.
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This has a rich, thick texture, with a slight grainy chew. Has a bold earthy nutty chocolatey sweet spice flavour, rather deep. Novel and unique taste.
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Invited tasting courtesy of @kafeutu and @msginginly.
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Kafe Utu
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This cocktail features a blend of calamansi juice, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, and white rum, decorated with pomegranate seeds and orange zest.
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Has a fruity sweet sour zesty tangy flavour, with undercurrents of boozy strong liqueur. Fairly jarring contrast.
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Served with a hand-carved wooden stirrer of Kenyan design, in glass mugs hand-blown by Kenyan artisans.
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Invited tasting.
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Kafe Utu
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Ivan Teh RunningMan Corporate Adult Educator. Blogger (Lifestyle, Food, Travel, Ed). L&D Futurist.

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