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Featuring One Man Coffee (Upper Thomson), Strangers' Reunion, The Coffee Academics (Scotts Square), Fuel Plus+, Porta, Pasta e Formaggio (Marina Square), The Assembly Ground, The Marmalade Pantry (Novena), Rookery (Capital Tower), Ice Edge Cafe
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Wasn’t expecting too much when we ordered the tiger prawn aglio oglio ($13.90), but holy smokes this dish really impressed us!! The scent of garlic was evident the moment the plate was placed on the table. The pasta had a firm bite and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t excessively oily, given the strong flavours! If I was being picky I’d say that the prawns could have been firmer, but there were 5 huuuge pieces wow the meat was sweet and it was seared perfectly 🌟🌟🌟

The truffle carbonara ($23+) steals the show - the truffle is so aromatic, and the cream sauce is not too heavy! Liked that it was accompanied by a runny egg and some shaved truffle.

The chilli crab pasta ($23+) was a crowd favourite :-) the crab meat was firm and sweet, and the spaghetti coated with a spicy & tangy tomato cream sauce. Portion leans towards the small side and was hardly filling!

The bacon carbonara ($15) was extremely rich, with a dense cream sauce further topped with shaved parmesan. The bacon and mushrooms helped to break up the heaviness a little! This was very indulgent - best shared, and before it gets cold.

Porta ranks amongst my favourite restaurants - it serves up delicious food of superb quality and with interesting twists. Was very happy to snag a $15 Chope deal for a 3-course meal! It comprises an appetiser (soup of the day or capresse salad), a main (seafood pasta or confit chicken leg), dessert (carrot cake) and a soft drink. The linguine was coated with a rich tomato sauce and served with a variety of seafood - found the mussels a little chewy and fishy, but the prawns and squid were succulent and sweet.

The truffle tagliatelle ($17.90++) was easily our favourite dish. The thick pasta was cooked al dente with a great bite. Most interesting is the sauce, which comprises mushroom fricassee thickened with heavy cream! It felt like a really gao mushroom soup with quality ingredients. Loved the truffle aroma and parmesan shavings.

The spicy crab meat pasta ($24++) is exactly what it claims to be - chunks of sautéed crab meat are tossed in a sweet & spicy sauce and topped with pine nuts. It came with gluten-free casarecce, a twisted pasta that added dimension with its quirky shape and texture! The sauce leans towards the sweet side but the chopped chilli padi sure kicks the heat up a notch. Weekends tend to be rather busy, but the food (and coffee!) is definitely worth a visit.

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This is my third time back to Fuel Plus and they never fail to deliver. Tried the Chick a Pasta ($15) this time! The fettuccine was al dente with a nice bite, while the tomato sauce was a tangy burst of flavour with an acidity that cut through the otherwise heavy dish. And wow, the fried chicken cutlet was divine!! The meat was cut thick and succulent, with a crisp and light breaded exterior that gives a satisfying crunch. The cafe does get rather packed at meal times, so best to reserve a table in advance! The Scandinavian interior and aromatic coffee may draw a crowd, but the food’s a clear winner.


The crab meat pasta ($24++) is a close contender for being my favourite at rookery! The tomato cream base holds the components well without being too overwhelming, and has just a hint of spiciness that adds to the dish. Really love the generous use of garlic too! The blue swimmer crab meat is soft and retains its flavour perfectly. Found the tagliatelle a little soft, but the herbed breadcrumbs added a crunch that made up for it. Definitely one of the best crab meat pastas out there!

The pork cheek pasta ($23++) is hands down my favourite dish at Rookery - the pappardelle gives a good bite with its thickness, and the use of red wine in the tomato sauce gives it a delicious acidity that cuts through the starchy pasta. The pork is also incredibly well done! The bite sized pieces are tender and fall apart easily. The herbed breadcrumbs, parmesan and parsley sprinkled on top add a little dimension to the texture. A definite must-try!! 👍🏼🌟

Tried the crab meat pasta ($26+) under burpple beyond’s 1 for 1! The linguine was also served with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, shallots and garlic. Since most crab meat pastas have tomato- based sauces, the use of chardonnay was interesting! A very generous portion of crab, albeit a bit flaky.

Pasta seafood ($19+) is a chef-recommended item! Served in a rich tomato sauce with a hint of spiciness, the spaghetti was al dente. Seafood was not the freshest but the portion was generous with a mix of prawns, mussels and clams. Definite value for money with the burpple beyond 1 for 1, and it was a good pick me up on a dreary work day!