Tried And Tasted

Tried And Tasted

Our personal list of food recommendations!
Girl & Boy
Girl & Boy

I got to find out about this hidden gem when their cakes were gifted to me. I fell in love with their Strawberry Yogurt Swiss Roll! Even though I have had various other flavours like Yuzu, Earl Grey, Nutella, Raspberry and Fresh Cream, their Strawberry Yogurt is still my favourite, hands down! The cream is just so fresh and light, and the cake is spongey, offering layers in texture. I often buy the whole cakes for my family!

Their whole cakes also sell out rather early in the day, so be sure to go before 2pm if there are specific flavors you intend on getting. I have walked in at 4pm with the intention of getting cakes before and there was not a single slice left 😅 Something to also note is that the cafe closes quite early at 7pm!

10 years ago my father brought me to this little coffee shop with barely any parking. He sat me down and queued for food, which took much longer than I expected. He then came back with a bowl of fish porridge which surprised me because it was just so clean-tasting. The soup was clear but so delicious, and the fish was so fresh! Even though I didn't know where we were (Kovan) because we lived on the other side of Singapore, I never forgot this coffee shop, and recognised it every time I drove by!

I finally got to eat it again recently on a weekday afternoon. The shop closes early at 3pm and parking is still a nightmare. Queued about 25 minutes for food but the queue only got longer as time passed. Food is still as good as I remembered it to be. Very impressed with their consistent standards! Highly recommend.

Value meal chicken rice that comes with a drink was pretty good. But the star was these cute Dino Nuggets avail as a side at $4.50.

Visited on a weekday late afternoon when the hawker was not crowded, but waited 30 mins for the claypot. It was about $6.50 per pax but very gratifying! Fragrant rice with tender chicken pieces. They gave a pre-booking system if you WhatsApp them but I forgot to get the number, but good to note if you plan on having returning visits.

Love their Barramundi hard tacos. They are like the best thing and my go-to for Mexican fare at the moment.

A little eatery in the corner of Serangoon Gardens that I frequent. They don't accept reservations, so be sure to go early if you want to dine there if you want to avoid queues during peak hours. Service is good and staff are always polite.

Featured above is the Abalone Cheese Beehoon ($14.90) that is on a 1-for-1 promotion till 31 March. They frequently have similar promotions for their Cheese Beehoon menu that is only available for dine-in. The broth of these have a sweet-savory, milky taste and is loaded with a ton of ingredients like prawns, scallops and meatballs.

So far, these are the dishes I have tried and tasted and would recommend:

1.) Tuckshop Rice ($1.90)
A little rice bowl with egg, fried pork bits and some seasoning to wet your appetite.
2.) Yong Tau Fu ($5.90)
The eatery is under the family umbrella of BaiNian group that is famous for YTF. So you know what's up.
3.) Pork Wrap ($9.90)
These are heavily seasoned so be aware that its on the saltier side, but great for sharing. They are very well seasoned though, and I didn't the dish super value for money. It comes with an outstanding Thai chilli too. The 3 pork strips have to be cut yourself so they provide ✂️. I bring my mom who loves Korean BBQ for this often because the Korean eatery a few shops down the road is overpriced af
4.) Beef/ Pork Don ($12.90)
This is a giant tuckshop rice with tender slices of meat generously laden atop pearl rice.
5.) Fruit Tea ($7.90)
This is a beverage recommendation because I feel like it's really worth paying for. Comes in a glass teapot and four teacups, and is refillable for sharing. This tea isn't too sour, and is more like a citrusy fruit drink but with subtle hints of other fruit on your palette.

There are misses in the menu I have had before but overall I think the menu is pretty well-put together and is worth a try!

Update (21/5): Pork Don has been removed from the menu last I visited. Rather sad news for me because I don't consume beef.

I have been here on two occasions and while the place has a brilliant concept, it appeared as if they are growing too popular to keep up with the demand so there is major shortfall in service. Poison Ivy is an eatery housed in a vegetable farm in the Neo Tiew area called Bollywood Veggies. It is alfresco dining with kampong vibes, and I heard that the food used to be better.

For an eatery in a vegetable farm, they have limited vegetarian options, with really only one vegetarian main. The menu consists of mostly Indian and Malay fare, with the most popular dish being the Nasi Lemak for 2 pax—although I haven't got to try that yet. Generically everything Indian in their menu is a pretty solid 7/10 at least, and they serve good curries. This is with exception for their fish curry, which turned out to be a strong contender for the worst fish curry I have had in my life. That stuff tasted like my TCM herbal medicine and both my bf and I gagged on it at first bite.

I was pleasantly surprised by the laksa, which was coconut-heavy in the gravy but still delicious. The serving size is on the smaller side and had more ingredients than there was noodles but other than that I wouldn't complain. Price point here is $12 and up for most elaborate mains, and $8 for curries which can be had with rice or oven baked prata ($1). Laksa was $6.

Families may have a better time here as there is a simple sandpit area beside the eatery, where children can play. It isn't the best play area, but it is something they can be distracted with. If you come early enough, you may also be able to explore the vegetable farm which is open to public for free. It gets way to hot in the afternoon so I would advice visiting the farm first before lunch. The restaurant may be nestled in the suburbs but it gets really crowded, so I would recommend making a reservation in advance (days earlier). Service here is terrible so if they tell you a certain slot is fully booked, or they don't take reservations, be sure to press on. On both occasions I was told they can't take my booking but I was given a slot when I called back/ there were tables reserved for others when I arrived. A lot of the staff are simply too lazy to log or organize the bookings.

When my bf first showed me a photo of his Salmon Don from this little eatery and raved about how could the rice was, I had doubts that it would surpass those of Japanese restaurants (like hello, who serves good dons in plastic bowls that look like they belong in food courts?), and that it was probably just rice mixed with some darn good furikake that can be bought from the supermarket.

Boy was I wrong! This humble little shop really paid attention to their rice, a fragrant truffle mushroom flavor laced with crunchy ebiko. My favorite from this place is still their Salmon Sashimi Don ($10.90, 8 slices), because it brings out the flavor of the rice the most without overwhelming it. Definitely give this eatery a shot!

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