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Western-style Cafes

Western-style Cafes

Big fat ol' steaks and weekend brunches galore
Chew Sher Mein
Chew Sher Mein

One of the best things to eat after a workout. This lovely platter ($20.80) came with eggs (normally scrambled but I requested poached), sourdough, cherry tomatoes, a sausage, mushrooms and roasted potatoes.

The poached egg didn't have that flowy lava explosion unfortunately. But usually these eggs are a hit or miss. Still, letting the yolk soak into the sourdough made the exchange from scrambled to poached worth it.

The tomatoes were plump and juicy with well-cooked, tender mushrooms. The sausage was so juicy it dripped juices as I cut into it. And the roast potatoes were so crispy without being oily.

I loved the decor and ambience of this cafe, with windows letting natural sunlight stream in, real plants hanging everywhere and very vintagey decorations. The restaurant was quiet and peaceful, and my dining partner and I had such a cosy, intimate brunch. :)

Look at the size of those two pork sausages. So perfectly browned and crisp. And they were super juicy and meaty too. <3

One thing I like about this sort of breakfast platter is that usually the components can be adjusted to your preference. I prefer poached eggs to scrambled and I don't like bacon, so had it replaced with extra mushroom (+$1)

This delicious hearty brunch ($18) came with a salad, slice of sourdough, two sausages, eggs and sauteed cajun mushrooms. Again, all about well-executed individual elements coming together. The poached eggs were perfectly runny and just delightful with the toasted sourdough. Mushrooms were tender and not overly seasoned. And the lightly dressed salad provided a refreshing touch.

Aaaah...makes me feel so basic, but I really do love a good brunch.

Walked past this place so many times and finally got to try their food. Went for the 180g sirloin with some juicy grilled prawns ($16.90) and the sides were the hot steamed veggie and baked potato (no butter, cause health).

Wow their steak is super bomb; it was so perfectly cooked. I had it medium and it was delightfully tender with a lovely pink center despite it being a rather small piece of meat. And so juicy too; juices were flowing out when I cut into it. So satisfying to take a huge bite and feel the juices spurt onto my tongue. The veggies were delicious and garlicky. :) I almost wish I ordered double sides of the veggies because they were so good.

The prawns were pretty meh. Well grilled but slightly overcooked and a bit small. And only two prawns. But I guess thats normal for such a place.

Still, that steak is so good that its more than enough to cover up for all the other flaws. And the service was excellent, with the friendly manager taking and serving our orders really efficiently.

7.5/10

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I'm not sure what I was thinking when I chose to order this vegetarian wrap ($18) rather than a more 'typical' main. But this was a quesadilla-esque wrap filled with zucchini, eggplant, mushroom and tomato with cheddar cheese. It was served with an artistic swipe of tomato sauce for that extra zing and a mesclun side salad with fruit. I couldn't help but think of Starbucks' egg white wrap as I was eating it haha. It was really good though, very flavorful with the saltiness and savoriness of the cheese melding well with the tanginess of the ratatoutille-inspired filling. The wrap was just nicely crisped and toasted, not too thick or doughy. Portion sizing was perfect.

Its quite funny because the dish was served on a big metal disc. Interesting presentation. Also they serve a complimentary shot of fruit juice in test tubes and my iced Long Black ($6) is in a beaker. Most unique presentation accompanied by the whimsical, pastel colors of the cafe. I really enjoyed my dining experience here.

8/10

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You can choose 2 types of chicken from the menu and I selected the crispy chicken and fiery chicken with garden vegetables as my sides. ($14.90) (tip: the garden veggies come with an oily dressing that I will always eliminate. The plain steamed vegetables are always the best counterpart to the flavorful meats)

The crispy chicken from Astons is one of my favorite fried chickens of all time. It has this delicious batter thats always fried to a perfect golden crispy crunch. (move over, KFC!) It seeme like this time the batter was a little too thick and floury though, hmm. And they use the chicken thigh which is always so tender and delicious.

The grilled fiery chicken is perfect dipped in ketchup. I love how it is so juicy, with the juices literally dripping from the meat as I cut into it. It is straight-up spicy, the kind of spicy that doesn't have much flavor to it and hence allowing the meaty flavors to shine through.

All in all, Astons isn't always 100% consistent and yes there is a perpetually long queue at this outlet, but dangggg they provide comfort food at such an affordable price :)

8.5/10

Linguine pasta was coated generously with a cream sauce infused with a slight hint of saltiness from miso (my dining partner could identify the miso flavor, but I couldn't). Tossed in the sauce were also onions and generous chunks of salmon. Its garnished with a dash of spring onion, furikake and a scoop of bright orange ikura.

The sauce impressed me because it was deceptively light and didn't coat my tongue in a film of oil and cream. The pasta was a perfect al dente and I really liked the mouthfeel between the crunchy onion and the juicy pops of ikura. The salmon was perfectly cooked, fork tender and the natural sweetness of the salmon and saltiness of the miso was a perfect marriage of flavors and seasonings.

All in all, a classic, well-executed carbonara dish. ($19)

8/10

This behemoth sandwich ($15) was composed of two thick sourdough slices lightly smeared with yogurt mayo sandwiching a HUGE portion of marinated chicken as well as cucumber and tomato slices. It came with a hefty side of greens as well.

The sourdough was really good. The generous slices were grilled to a crispy, toasty perfection which could stand up to the mayo and wet vegetables without turning soggy. The chicken was spiced with Middle Eastern flavors, kind of tasting like a more atas version of kebab chicken. The yogurt mayo was light and tangy without being overpowering. And the greens balanced out the meal with their refreshing lightness and just the slightest hint of dressing.

These simple elements came together to form a simple but well-executed, flavorful, filling sandwich. (yes, sandwiches don't have to be boring or overly complex :D) Pair it with one of Kith's excellent coffees like the Iced Coffee ($5.50) made with their signature blend of beans for a complete, satisfying meal.

8.5/10

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This was $12 but while the portion was still huge, this felt less worth it than the truffle fries. The hot, crispy chicken pieces came resting on a bed of greens drizzled generously with mayo, cheese sauce and sweet chili sauce.

I felt that the chicken pieces could be larger? Better batter to chicken ratio. They tasted like they had come out from a packet and just refried. Also there didn't seem to be any distinctive 'cajun' flavoring to them aside from a slight spiciness in the seasoning.

Still a delicious, fun sharing plate. Just that I expected more for the price.

6.5/10

This golden pile of truffle-scented deep-fried potatoes cost $12 and was an absolutely gigantic portion (the plate was huge). It was garnished with a sprinkle of parsley and parmesan cheese.

I love my fries thick-cut over shoestring, so this was right up my alley. They were served piping hot and crispy with a side of mayonnaise, although I definitely prefer my fries with ketchup. I like my truffle fries not too overpoweringly seasoned with truffle, so Kith Cafe's version was just nice for me with its subtle, mild truffle aftertaste. However, die-hard fans of truffle might not find the amount of truffle sufficient.

My favorite dish at this particular trip to Kith cafe :)

9/10

This tasting flight comes with a set of 3 mini savory souffles. From bottom to top, these are the Truffled Mushroom, Roquefort and Laksa Souffles. These cost $32 but I used the 1 for 1 Burpple Beyons deal to get 2 mains for the price of 1.

My personal favorite (and also the favorite of my dining partner) was the Truffled Mushroom. The souffle itself was lightly flavored with chunks of mushroom. There is nothing subtle about the truffle taste though (the truffle was in the sauce) and it hit my palate like a baseball bat. There's something so delicious about the airy souffle with the creamy sauce, and the mild mushroom with the almost-overpowering truffle.

The Roquefort had complex cheesy notes to it. It was a perfect balance between the lightness of the souffle and the savory saltiness of the cheese. It was a nice palate cleanser between bites of the other two much richer souffles.

My dining partner was impressed by the Laksa souffle sauce. The souffle itself didn't have much taste, so the spicy, coconutty flavors of the laksa sauce could shine through. I felt it was too viscous and thick to be 'classic' laksa, but still a daring twist of one of Singapore's best-loved local dishes.

Altogether, my dining partner and I enjoyed this short flight through this world of modern French fusion cuisine.

7.5/10

This is the first proper souffle I've ever eaten and I must say I wasn't disappointed. These were light, jiggly and airy, kinda like eating clouds. I really like their texture and subtle, mellow eggy flavor.

I couldn't quite identify the lobster in the souffle itself though, and while there was a huge lobster claw on top of the souffle it wasn't really that fresh as it was kind of chewy. The seafood in the bouillabaisse fared a lot better. The prawns had a bouncy, 'QQ' texture and peeled effortlessly from the shell. The mussels and clams were sweet. My personal favorite was the generous chunks of tender, flavorful fish. The stew itself had a strong shellfish flavor with a slight hint of tomato, if you love shellfish you'd definitely love this stew.

While this cost $32, the Burpple 1 for 1 made it a lot more affordable to try this infamously difficult to execute dish. While I don't know if I would be back, I had a very pleasant, peaceful dining experience with my dining partner and we had a lot of fun sampling all the different souffles.

7.5/10

This was really expensive ($22.50) for such a tiny plate. And sorry to say it did not meet expectations for the price tag.

The bacon was a tad too dry and the serving consisted of 3 measly, oily medallions. The sausage is really small, like a bit longer than my finger (and I have small hands), although it tasted quite nice and flavorful it lacked that juicy crunch because of its size.The sauteed mushrooms were kinda watery and oily, which resulted in such a strangely discomforting mouthfeel. The most disappointing were the scrambled eggs, which were so bland I had to ask for salt and pepper (such a travesty in my opinion). Perhaps opting for the fried or poached option might have been better.

The tomato and grilled sourdough were the best parts of a disappointingly mediocre dish. Their sourdough is really quite good; soft, chewy and tearable with that familiar tangy, yeasty aftertaste.

A breakfast plate should be a combination of simple but well-executed elements, but unfortunately this one did not quite succeed.

4.5/10

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