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Bras Basah / Bugis

Bras Basah / Bugis

Featuring Artistry, Symmetry, Curious Palette, Artichoke, Joo Bar, GastroSmiths, Twenty Grammes (Bugis), BRIDGE, Standing Sushi Bar (Odeon Towers), Merely Ice Cream (Sunshine Plaza)
Kenneth Lee
Kenneth Lee

Not your typical brunch food but I’m all for it!

Heard good things about SLATE so I went to give it a go. I ultimately picked the sideways omelette, which was one of the most expensive items but its menu description sounded so good.

When I took a bite of the omelette, I experienced a firm but fluffy exterior. As I worked towards the centre, it’s a tad gooey and runny, which is how I love my breakfast omelettes! With the filling, the omelette is packed with handpicked lump blue swimmer crab meat and smoked crab fat. It definitely tasted luxurious and furthermore it was sizeable so the price tag seemed worth it! The omelette is topped with tobiko and served with a side of snow pea shoots and carrot salad to break the egg-iness if needed.

Will definitely be back to try more dishes!

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A must-order appetiser

Cicheti’s burratina is an explosion of flavours that definitely whets any appetite. The burratina tastes fresh and it goes well with the sweet and savoury mix of pesto and onion marmalade.

I didn’t know this appetiser came with bread so don’t make the mistake I made which was to order more bread initially! Hahaha.


Fried rice royalty

Been seeing this place all over social media for a while now so I made a trip to Golden Mile Tower to see what the hype was about.

I headed down on a Friday evening and luckily I managed to order before a large number of people swarmed the tiny premises. This place is POPULAR. Luckily they have more seating available in the atrium.

They offer a variety of mouthwatering flavours for fried rice: egg, X.O., mala and tom yum. I was so torn on what to order but I went with X.O. which was the most “premium” going at $7.80. I was torn further as they also offer two different proteins, pork cutlet and shrimp. Pork cutlet for me please.

The closest comparison would be Din Tai Fung’s pork fried rice but definitely a more wallet-friendly version. The fried rice was fragrant, the pork was nicely charred and uniformly cooked. I added tobiko for $1 that I mixed in my rice for a wonderful crunch. Adding their homemade chili oil is also a must.

Overall, it was really shiok. I wish I had ordered more when I had the chance. However, I can’t imagine waiting for half an hour for a table or food which most folks did that evening. Check out this place during off peak hours if you can. And also try the mala flavour. It’s even better!

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A pasta to remember

Though it’s already been a few days, my mind keeps gravitating to this pasta I had at Cicheti. The tonnarelli nero is an addictive dish that would leave you wanting more.

The pasta was served with a pair of tongs and as one mixes the al dente pasta, delectable spicy crumbs and the lumps of crabmeat together, the fragrant aroma just makes him or her salivate instantly.

As much as I wanna return and try other dishes, I have a feeling I might just stick with this favourite of mine.


Beautiful fluffy eggs!

Don’t you get irrational cravings for omurice? I do and so I braved the queue at Omurice Keisuke at Bugis+.

Keisuke’s concepts pride themselves for being known as value-for-money without compromising the quality of food. It is evident here in this recently opened establishment.

I had the omurice combo (S$12.90++) which comes with tomato rice wrapped with a blanket of fluffy egg, a Neapolitan or mentaiko spaghetti, a sauce of your choice (demi glace for me), and a salad/miso soup. Value! I can guarantee that you’d not just be satisfied but full as well after finishing this meal.

A little warning though, the establishment is tiny! Probably fewer than 20 persons at a time so prepare to queue for 30 mins during peak hours.


Finally got to try Scaled and I’m impressed.

Tried a couple of dishes at Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong and all of them were hits in my book. This pan seared sea bass was beautifully cooked with a crisp skin and while the flesh is delicate. It comes with a side of pickled mussels that I consider adventurous but has a great payoff in terms of flavour and texture. Mix it all with the roasted pepper purée and you’ll be left with an empty plate licked clean.

Also, Burpple Beyond is available here, offering 1-for-1 for their pastas and big plates. Amazing value considering it’s all quality seafood!


Good and halal-certified burgers!

I was browsing Golden Mile Food Centre and I noticed the long queue snaking from Burgs, a Muslim-owned stall selling burgers. The kiasuness in me told me to join the queue not knowing what I was getting into.

I had ordered the double version Burgs’ bacon & cheese burger. I was set back by 30 minutes from the queueing and waiting for collection. My friends had all finished their respective meals by the time I got my food. So was it worth the wait?

Now both the beef patties were perfect and extremely juicy. Almost impossible not to make a mess. The large strips of beef bacon were a blessing atop the melted American cheese and BBQ sauce. It was a really beautiful burger. But was it worth 30 minutes? Not really. You’re better off trying many other great options around the food centre but I must say that Burgs is still a must-try.

Taking okonomiyaki to the next level.

Sumo Bar Happy lobster okonomiyaki is what dreams are made of. Oozing out of those thick chunks of Boston lobster tail with every bite is the koji butter which brings out a delicate sweetness of the crustacean.

The cabbage and pickled onion pancake is also very much of the star of the dish as the texture remains even with all that okonomiyaki and butter sauce drizzled on it.


A super sick combo uni and negitoro!

A good friend recommended me this place for the uni bowls so obviously I had to try it. I decided to have have a full portion of uni and half a portion of negitoro is S$45.80++ while a regular bowl of uni is S$37.80++ so yeah! Worth it!

The sweetness of the uni matches the light savouriness of the tuna and it’s perfect when the marinated egg is well mixed in. The uni isn’t top grade as you would expect from high-tier omakase restaurants but this would definitely settle any cravings.

If you wanna have the uni bowls, it’s highly important to reserve a table AND the uni as well to avoid disappointment.

Another favourite of mine, a signature from Artistry, is its Chilli Crab Burger (S$25++).

This crabby patty is solid in the metaphorical sense. Though it's wonderfully fried, one can still taste the freshness of the handpicked blue swimmer crabmeat.

The chilli crab sauce has been tweaked from the previous menu - less spicier to accommodate for more persons to enjoy. However, it's still addictive. I wiped the bowl of sauce clean with anything I could find: the crab cake, the toasted sundried tomato bread buns and the crispy shoestring fries. Love, love, love!

This was a hosted meal by Artistry! Thank you Artistry for the hospitality and Burpple for the invite! 🙌🏻


The Artistry Cafe has introduced a new menu today and it's great.

It still serves fantastic brunch dishes that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Take this modern approach to a classic "Steak & Eggs" (S$28++). It's a 300g of sliced 150-days grain fed pure Angus beef striploin that comes in the default medium doneness that's just full of flavour from the herbs and seasoning. It come with two 62 deg onsen eggs and my favourite element on the plate, the smashed Japanese pumpkin. They should really make this a side dish!

This was a hosted meal by Artistry! Thank you Artistry for the hospitality and Burpple for the invite! 🙌🏻


Be still my heart.

The Artichoke Fried Chicken is some pretty darn good fried chicken. The sweet honey-lemon glazed chicken skin is mighty crispy yet the meat remains incredibly juicy. It's accompanied by a few sides of tahini (toasted ground hulled sesame seeds) coleslaw, Lebanese pickles, paprika fries. There's also a toum garlic dip that goes with everything. Just make sure to bring mints along!


I look at the number of posts, then I look at my stomach and I realise my body is a machine.

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