Best in the West

Best in the West

Featuring Morganfield's (The Star Vista), Beauty World Food Centre, Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee (Queenstown), Carrara (Bukit Merah), Mia Restaurant, OLLA Specialty Coffee (Sunset Way), Commonwealth Crescent Market & Food Centre, Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (Ghim Moh Market), Wang Dae Bak Grill (Holland Piazza), Kumo Japanese Dining (Alexandra Central)
Hong Keat  Chiang
Hong Keat Chiang

Dropped by the newly-opened Kyuukei Coffee recently. The cosy interior was tastefully furnished and they even have their own line of merchandise.

Both the ๐—™๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ($5.00) and ๐—œ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—•๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ($5.00) were medium-bodied and tasted pretty good. The ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ($4.00) really impressed as its fragrance and crispness complemented the sweet, tangy profile perfectly.

Definitely a spot Iโ€™d return to!

There are quite a few outlets of Alchemist Coffee, but none are like the one housed at The Mill. The building is painted entirely in black and gives off a Gothic feel, looking simultaneously imposing and eerie.

What I like about this outlet of Alchemist is its obscurity and high ceiling with a gorgeous chandelier. There are two blends of coffee beans on offer and I picked Dark Matter.

My ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ was smooth and medium-bodied, giving off hints of hazelnut. The ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป, with a crispy, flaky exterior hiding a fragrant and sweet pistachio and raspberry cream, was outstanding as well.

Awesome place to grab a cuppa. Do yourself a favour and drop by.

The intoxicating aroma of lemongrass and the juicy chicken made the ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น ($12.90) an excellent dish.

All bowls come with cherry tomatoes, edamame and an onsen egg. They were pretty hearty but I felt the pricing was too steep.

The last time I tried Bowl Chap, it was still a stall in a hawker centre. Now an eatery in a commercial building, the dining area is more comfortable and the prices, naturally, are higher.

The ๐—”๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น ($16.90) featured beautifully charred salmon which I loved, but I felt the sambal mayo wasnโ€™t pronounced enough.

If you want to enjoy coffee and toast in an air conditioned environment, itโ€™s usually those same few chains. SuuKee Coffee, which opened a few months ago, presents a very good alternative.

SuuKeeโ€™s toast sets start from $5.60 and come with two soft boiled eggs and a coffee / tea. The ๐—ข๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—บ ($6.80) was a classic breakfast combination that canโ€™t go wrong. The ๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ ($6.00) tasted good too, but I felt there wasnโ€™t enough fillings.

I upgraded the default coffee to a ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ (+ $0.30). I liked that it was smooth and aromatic, though I wished it was stronger. Still, I foresee myself returning for the delicious toasts.

๐’๐ฎ๐ฎ๐Š๐ž๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž
9 Ayer Rajah Avenue
Unit B2-03 one-north MRT Station
Singapore 138647

Totally fell in love with the ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ. Delicious banana slices meticulously arranged on a fluffy waffle showered with biscuit crumbs created a delectable dessert. The scoop of ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ ice-cream also went very well with the waffle. Iโ€™ll be back to try the main courses!

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Despite specialising in soups, it was the ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—ซ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ผ that was our favourite dish. The permutations are limitless as there are over 20 items available to add on. The numbing and mildly spicy sauce coating every component made this an outstanding bowl.

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The ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐˜„ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜€ stood out for the juicy beef balls.

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We also loved the ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ, which featured thick, succulent slices of red grouper in a milky broth that was fabulously flavourful.

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The ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ผ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ป (simmered rice) is not to be missed. Coming with a gratuitous number of prawns, fish slices and clams swimming in an orange-hued broth brimming with crustacean sweetness, this was sublime.

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Hugabo is a chain of kiosks serving comforting soups that are halal certified. Much like BYO salad bowls, you pick your soup, proteins, noodles/rice and toppings to curate your meal. Served conveniently in paper boxes with the ingredients packed separately from the soup, itโ€™s really fuss-free.

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From MasterChef Singapore finalist Aaron Wong, who owns a chain of mee hoon kway stalls, comes his new venture, a wanton mee stall. Despite being tucked in a canteen hidden in an industrial compound, the queue was interminable.

The ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ($5.50) featured springy noodles, three plump wantons, a large stalk of kailan and a few slices of char siew that were beautifully charred and fatty. Everything was on point, though I wished the sauce was more flavourful.

The ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ($5.50) curiously did not have any char siew, though it did have more wantons. Whatโ€™s praiseworthy is that the wantons are filled with meat; no minuscule, thumbnail-sized wantons commonly seen at other stalls here.

The individual components couldnโ€™t be faulted โ€” even the tiny orbs of pork lard were crisp and not overly greasy โ€” and my main gripe was that I still felt hungry after devouring one bowl, but Legend Wanton Mee sneaks into my top 10.

๐‹๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐–๐š๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐Œ๐ž๐ž
3752 Bukit Merah Central
Maddox Canteen Bar
Singapore 159848

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