New halal rooftop lounge at Tanjong Pagar serves really interesting non-alcoholic mocktails with VERY creative presentations -- I saw one that came in 6 test tubes (tb to chem prac days), one with chili padi in it, a few with dry ice smoke streaming at their handles, and this one my friend ordered which requires you to drink out of a bubbling bird's butt ๐Ÿ˜‚

The mocktails aside, I wasn't too impressed by their steak because I asked for medium rare but my friends and I got this well-done and fat-lined disappointment...

The desserts here were really fun to try because of they have never-before-seen flavours. Guess that's where all Godmama's "modernity" went because their savoury dishes don't seem that modern to me. Good effort but my unadventurous tastebuds found the way the flavours blended a bit jarring.

Cempedak Creme Brulee ($10.90) ๐Ÿฎ 4/10
The creme brulee was quite lumpy with the bits of cempedak in it, which was very strong. I didn't enjoy this much because of the overwhelming taste of cempedak and the lacklustre texture.

Gingerflower & Lychee Sorbet ($10.90) ๐Ÿจ 6/10
This sorbet is prepared by Apiary and topped with roasted peanut crumble and lime jelly. The main notes of lychee were light and refreshing but I found the vegetal gingerflower aftertaste quite jarring.

Pulut Hitam Panna Cotta ($8.90) ๐Ÿฎ 5/10
The coconut panna cotta tasted and felt like the green part of peranakan kueh salat. Nothing like regular panna cotta and nowhere as silky or jelly-like. Fun but I wouldn't name it Panna cotta.

Sticky Red Date Pudding ($9.90) ๐ŸŒฐ 8/10
I actually liked this the most because of the dense pudding and the vanilla ice cream!

With that five spice and star anise kick, the soy sauce was wonderful drizzled over the accompanying butterfly pea rice. I just thought the pork belly could be braised a little longer for that melt in your mouth feeling.

Godmama was rated the top best restaurant by chope users in 2019, and they boast an interestingly decorated interior as well as "modern peranakan" fare. In the evenings, I've seen diners sipping craft beers alfresco, amongst some greenery and fairy lights.

I personally came here for lunch and expected to taste some interesting peranakan-fusion picks and expertly cooked traditional dishes. Unfortunately, the only savoury fusion dish was buah keluak pasta. I think most of their dishes' "modernity" lies in their pretty creative desserts, my favourite of which was the sticky red date pudding. ((Coming in part 3!))

Overall, they do the traditional dishes decently well but I didn't find them particularly inspiring. ๐Ÿ˜“

Beef rendang ($14.90) ๐Ÿ„ 6/10
This lunch set comes with chap chye, butterfly pea jasmine rice, and a small amount of achar. The curry was full of flavour but the meat was a quite tough and dry inside, unfortunately!

Emping Keropok ($6.90) ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ 6/10
These crackers were glistening in freshly-fried glory, but didn't have much of their usual bitter taste. The belacan mayo they were served with had a delayed-action spiciness that kicks in after you taste the mayo -- slightly jarring but definitely very unique.

Ngoh hiang ($11.90) ๐Ÿค 7/10
These fresh balls of minced pork and prawns were freshly and well fried. You can't really ever go wrong with ngoh hiang and these were no exception.

Otak ($9.90) ๐Ÿฅ 6/10
I don't think the otak was good because they lacked a grilled wok hey flavour. They were kind of undercooked and mediocre. Maybe it's just personal preference too.

Sayur Lodeh ($12.90) ๐Ÿ› 8/10
Very aromatic and flavourful. I actually enjoyed this the most out of all the dishes because of its great balance between the coconut milk and other spices.

The dulce de leche crepes taste exactly like how they look -- caramelised condensed milk crepes all wrapped up.

The cake wasn't too sweet but was quite flaky. This was actually finishable!

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I wanted to try this because it somehow reminded me of Life of Boris videos. Turned out to be a giant fried dumpling with a bit of mediocre minced pork in it. The outside was crispy, though.

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The dumpling skins here are strangely thick. Some of the insides of the dumplings are full of potato, which is a little tasteless. Get the more flavourful ones like the salmon and cheese if you don't want a mouthful of starchiness.

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I've been here years ago to try their kebabs but it seems like their portion size went down by a lot? This pathetic little dish of soggy lukewarm fries and slivers of dry meat costs $4.50 after burpple beyond but even then it's still far from worth it.

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Pretty good juicy and tender beef strips that provide for a hearty meal! Sorry the picture is unfocused ๏ผ๏ผ

This cookie was crispy yet chewy inside -- everything I thought it would taste like when I first laid eyes on a levain cookie! The marshmallow may look saccharine but there are bits of salt that cut through the sweetness.

This burger was not very special with its small patty. However, it was bursting with flavour from its overflowing rendang sauce and had fries that were nicely thick and crispy.

The menu claimed the shortrib was supposed to be caramelised but I didn't find it caramelised at all! The meat did come off the ribs easily but the meat wasn't very tender either. At least the rice was quite fragrant with its perankan-style flavouring and colouring.

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