Enjoy a lovely weekend afternoon catching up with my friends on their recent trip and many other stuffs, The Workbench Bistro proves to be a great chill out place if you’re seeking an air-conditioned place or to enjoy the outdoor seating area with a constant breeze from the ceiling fan. You can order any of their coolers to bring down the heat in you or enjoy a nice chilled latte for a great catch up with your friends or family.
Having heard about the new management and a new creative set of menu, we decided to drop by for lunch and try out some of their yummy meals. Located in Ang Mo Kio, Workbench Bistro proves to stand out in this estate with many cafes sprouting throughout. Efforts are put up into the decor of the cafe as well as much improvements in service and creative menu compared to the previous management.
Salted egg wings, who can resist the temptation of salted egg foods?! Generous layer of salted egg yolk stir fried with crispy and juicy chicken mid-wings. The foamy layer on the wings says it all, a good starter and a must have if you need something before your mains. Do eat it while its hot ya.
We order three mains: Crabmeat Linguine, Aglio Olio with Smoked Duck and Pulled Pork Burger. Two of which is Chef’s recommendation. Velvety crab meat generously mixed with tangy tomato sauce in linguine, this is one tasty dish for seafood and crab lovers. You don't get the overwhelming taste of the crabmeat but instead a well harmonised flavour of the sea and tomato.
Tossed in olive oil, fresh garlic slices and chilli, agilo olio lovers can request for more chillies to be added and the peppery smoked duck slices tastes great! The meat's tender and one dish I would put it as a Chef’s recommendation as well!
Pulled Pork Burger, a Workbench all-time favourite, lots of effort put into the cooking process of the meat, many hours of rubbing & marinating, slow roasting and then cooked and simmered in sweet smoky BBQ sauce with a tang in it. This burger packs a punch to all pork lovers and also one of the must try if you’re heading down craving for a burger. Not forgetting the lovely paprika shoe-string fries, a wonderful pair.
Lastly we leave some space for desserts, something which caught our eyes, Chocolate S’Moreffles?! Yes, we’re intrigue by the Smurfilicious name and we decided to give it a try. A mixture of both Red & Blue Velvet Waffle and of course 2 scoops of ice cream! Sweet taste of chocolate drizzled onto the waffles which has melted marshmallow and small bits of berries in it! beware of you’re adding scoops of ice cream to your waffle, do eat it quick before the yummy scoops of ice cream melts in front of your eyes. The mixed berries ice cream is great for ladies who love the sweet taste of anti-oxidants on your palate.
Well, The Workbench Bistro is still improving after taking over a month ago and many new initiatives are coming right up: for example the recent Mother’s Day promotional set meals and the up-coming specials for ALL students in mind FTW! Its a place with good food and at a very reasonable prices.
Whats more? You can always drop by this cafe when you’re free and its definitely a place for all ages. But if you’re someone who is in a rush, I suggest you pop by the coffeeshop and have a plate of Chup Chye Peng (Mixed Vegetable Rice) or try out my recommendation at Kovan Hawker Centre, as the chef at The Workbench Bistro takes pride into every single dish to be served.
Craving for a bottle of craft beers on a hot weekend afternoon or how about a little chill out in the evening after your dinner?
Just today, The Workbench offers a bubbly variety of hand crafted beers and one that I will look forward to on my next visit to the bistro. The promo starts today and please do grab the yummy deal while its still on and thats another reason to stay and enjoy at The Workbench!
Let us know whats your favourite in the menu and the new taste of the craft beers too! Lets enjoy and have a wonderful weekend ahead! Cheers! :)
The Workbench Bistro
Blk 332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
#01-1881 Singapore 560332
MRT: From Ang Mo Kio MRT station, it is just about 3 bus stops away. It will take about 15 minutes walk under the MRT tracks and cross the road when you see Church of Christ the King.
Bus: If you take the bus, the bus numbers are 22, 24, 262, 135. From Bishan Park, just walk across the bridge.
Have you been comparing your childhood fried chicken and the recent trends of western and Korean fried chicken? From those you can get form your neighbourhood kopitiam (traditional coffee shop) to KFC, Texas, Popeyes and of course the Korean favourites which I shall share those in my other blog posts. For me I have been finding the better fried chicken which is not too oily, crispy and tender meat.
Well, started in 2013, Chic-a-boo Fried Chicken is the brainchild of the founder's pursuit of quality Southern fried chicken. Using only fresh chicken, every piece is freshly made and served with wholesome side dishes, soup (well if you order la) and homemade corn muffin. Available in two flavours Savoury Original and Hot & Spicy.
I didn't know this was around until last year and I love it very much! It sort of brings me to the time where our famous KFC chickens are served in plates and this, my friends, its just what reminds me of the nice old environment. There are three outlets (ya I didn’t know that too !) and the one and only which I frequent so many times is at Marina Square. Tucked in one of the corners just opposite local favourite Aston’s.
They have quite a variety of dishes to choose from and the sides are tasty as well. Each order is cooked upon order and the waiting period can be quite long during the peak meal periods, which is actually good as I know that they would not pre-cook it and leave it there like most fast food chains. I do like the original chicken as its really tender and the flavour is wonderful. Comparing it to the spicy one, I don't quite fancy it as I feel the spiciness overtake the actual flavour of the meat, though still tender but it losses the original flavour.
As the brand suggests, its focus on their fresh chicken, they do have options for fish if you’re not into the chicken. But I have to warn you that its really not as good and I would rather you order the yummy sides instead! Why not try out their big chunky burgers (which sadly do not come with a set choice) which has a variety of sauces. I had tried the BBQ one and its really good just that if you’re not a fan of sweet stuffs, this (the BBQ sauce) might be too sweet for your tastebuds. Oh yes the corn muffins is great too, full of textures and sweetness of the corn is a great appetiser for my meal
Well I hope the rest is up to the pictures to show you the variety of mains and sides available at this place and please use whatever you can finish as the sauces are there for you to take. I see people taking way way too much to what they can manage and its wasteful. Try out the there outlets and dishes and share with me what you like best at Chic-A-Boo!
(1) 4 Hillview Rise #02-12
(2) 604 Sembawang Road #01-02
Sembawang Shopping Centre
(3) 6 Raffles Boulevard #03-147/148
Dedicated to serving wholesome Italian fare alongside a hearty American brunch on weekends, Spruce Ristorante at Phoenix Park celebrates fresh ingredients and warm hospitality in a unique heritage spot nestled amongst trees.
Under the direction of Italian Chef Mauro Scotto - former Chef Owner of 1 Michelin-starred Ristorante Rocca Bruna (Rapallo, Italy) - Spruce Ristorante at Phoenix Park is committed to fine flavours executed with easy finesse
Rustic and charming, the heritage Phoenix Park is built with solid timber floorboards and nestled in the quiet and green Tanglin enclave. The indoor dining area seats up to 60 guests while our alfresco area can accommodate up to 70 people. If you’re looking for a corporate luncheon or a weekend lazy brunch or how about an evening dinner here at the Phoenix Park outlet. You can be sure you will have a great meal and let me share with you s few of their brunch dishes.
Their egg set selection is one of the favourite with eggs, sausage, baked bean, baked tomatoes, bacon strips, my favourite mushrooms and focaccia toasts. this is one of my favourite when I’m here for brunch and if they can provide me with some garlic herbs spread for my toasts, that will make me crave for it even more lol. Crispy bacon strips salted slightly to give taste and I love the crisp bite to it.
But if you're a carnivore, you can opt for the chicken steak added in. I don't really like the texture of the meat as its dry though grilled nicely and lack of a good punchy sauce on it, I do prefer the roasted potatoes and sauerkraut . If you’re the opposite version of that, you can go for the garden salad choice. with goat cheese (yummy!), basil, avocado and garden salad.
Do share with me their lunch or dinner selection and let me know what is worth trying!. Oh on a side note, their nachos are prepared upon order and remember to ask for more of the dip!
With over 21 outlets island wide, a place where you can tuck into the signature dish and a whole range of quality menus at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment. At Hans Café you will be spoilt for choice. Start your morning with Hans Set Breakfast, there are All-Day Set Meals and local favourites too like Pasta, Focaccia and Salads.
This is a household name where I’m sure especially for those who have grown up in Singapore, you will know about this old brand. They have popular local favourites as well as simple western meals not forgetting the breakfast sets which only till recently that I had got to know about. So what is your favourite dish when you’re here at Hans? Let me share with you some of my favourites and some of the items that I had tried
Aimed at the busy office workers simple english breakfast for everyone. Eggs are a must in their menu. From scramble to sunny side up and comes with toasts and some even have a sausage or my favourite bacon! But be warned, don't expect flamboyant cooking, if you’re particular on how your eggs has to be cooked, be sure to make known when ordering. We had our breakfast at one of the many outlets situated. The service is not what I would praise about but I’m glad that this outlet offers seniors a job but I think they deserve a better working environment too.
Lunch & Dinner
A huge array of choices for you choose from. they have daily specials, or you can choose from their megaload of dishes which I’m sure that you have a couple of choices that you’ll like to have. The typical western delights, where you can enjoy a steak at a very reasonable price, chicken chops with crispy greens, or fancy a good battered fish & chips? Flaky fish good enough for me and I have to say, the standard of the food varies at different time of the day and at different outlets
The local delicacies which brings most of the diners to this place. Hainanese pork chop (with savoury sweet sour sauce), Redang chicken curry (one of my favourite and its only available to some outlets as their daily specials), Hor fun is another must try with yummy seafood and generous gravy which might flow over sometimes. Or just a simple fried rice with an egg on top? You can add on to a set for most of them. The set comes with a drink, garlic bread and soup of the day. I’m a fan of garlic bread but for Hans, their bread is too hard for me and lack the strong garlic taste to it.
So what if you don't have the appetite for mains? Some of the outlets does offer cakes, salads, or even a curry puff if you’re here for tea.
Drop by one of them and share with me whats your favourite dish at Hans!
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Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, all day dining, The Square Restaurant offers a daily Lunch and Dinner buffet with interactive live cooking stations featuring international and local cuisines. With a fair selection of foods available and the quality of the food presented, there is no wonder why it is packed on a Tuesday afternoon.
Located on the 7th floor, The Square restaurant international buffet includes Singaporean favourite Dishes like Laksa as well as fresh prawns & mussels, roasted meats, homemade Dim Sum, delicious A-la minute Risotto and a wide range of curries with condiments. You can actually choose to have their buffet or A la carte during lunch and dinner.
I came for the buffet and this hip and modern restaurant though small and the variety of food compared to some is pretty little, but the quality and freshness of the food is good. You can interact directly with the chefs and have your desired dish prepared in the open kitchen, as they move through the different stations. Like for example the laksa, mee rebus and even pastas and grilled meat.
They offer a good spread of salad and cold cuts with a fair range of Chinese cooked food like fried noodles, vegetables, a small selection of Japanese sushi and sashimi. Fancy some Indian curry vegetables and rice? Or how about dim sum or satay? I must say out of all, their cakes and dessert selection has the most. From chocolate fondue, to tarts and puddings, they even introduce Asian delights such as the kueh lapis and durian pengat which is super yummy!
For the price, you have a bit of everything and do make a reservation if you’re planning to have your lunch or dinner buffet here as it seems like its full during such hours.
The Square @ Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
177A River Valley Road
Monday - Saturday: 6.30am - 10.30am
Sunday: 7.00am - 11.00am
Lunch - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
The most sort after itinerary when you’re in Hong Kong is going up to this magnificent view of the sparkling skyscrapers of the Hong Kong Island. If you have only one thing that you can do here, Victoria Peak will be your choice. Many tourists would prefer to visit this attraction towards the evening and you can choose to take the Peak Tram up.
You spend hours taking pictures enjoying a little bit of shopping at the Peak Tower at about 396 metres above sea level. There are a wide array of restaurants and shops and entertainments for everyone but I would like to bring you to attention would be the Italian casual dining at Wildfire+.
Dining at the top is a unique experience and I am fortunate to have one of the best views of the Hong Kong skyline while having your dinner. This place packs a punch as its one of the restaurants at Peak Tower with the best view. A comfortable and less restricted atmosphere where you can dine with your friends casually as you enjoy the wonderful variety of Italian food and why not pop a bottle of sparkling wine and enjoy this lovely evening?
Friendly service staffs who recommended us to some of the restaurant’s specialty like the Wildfire Supreme, a masterpiece pizza which comes in the size of 12” or 24” (fit for a King) which consists of ham, pepperoni, sausage, bell pepper, onions, mushrooms (my favourite!), kalamata olive, spread with their unique tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese! Done in the open-flame, the thin crust pizza, tossed freshly upon order and with an Italian flare from the center to the very edge. All of their pizzas are made under blazing fire, adding the unique charred flavour to them and I guarantee you which ever flavour you choose, the crusts don’t fail.
Having a headache about what to have for our appetizers, we ended up getting the best out of the selection. The Wildfire Appetizer Platter gives you a great start to your dining experience with calamari fritti, smoked salmon (this is heavenly), chicken wing marinated with yummilicious house sauce and quesadilla to balance up your taste bud and ready for the pizzas to be served.
Diners in the restaurant got up from their seats once in awhile whipping out their mobile cameras (I did that too!) capturing moments of the wonderful scenery as they dine merrily, chatting with their partners and friends, and embracing such a beautiful evening. Thank you for such a wonderful evening and kudos to the group of chefs and staffs of Wildfire+ @ The Peak for the lovely meal, 唔該!
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THE PEAK TOWER
Tel: +852 2849 5123
Address: Shop 2, Level 1,
The Peak Tower,
128 Peak Road,
Mon - Fri 12nn - 11pm
Sat, Sun & PH - 11am - 11pm
A hotel with an attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau entertains guests' dreams of a Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle. The place for parties and entertainment, and you will feel like you’re living the rock star life at the Hard Rock Hotel. The view from the hotel is mesmerizing and for the room, a rock star treatment with comfort and technology in mind for all guests even before you arrive in Macau. Fabulous services provided from the staffs at the Contact Centre, as they promptly guided me and helped me with my queries and reservations. Thank you for all your time and effort, Ryan, Carry, Ana, Jackie, Justin, Rinfred, Ivy and of course Ysabel whom I first got in contact to! Not forgetting the front desk’s Yvonne, Loka, Cindy and Alex for the checking in and out!
Upon check-in, the posh walkway leads you to your room. The room is welcoming and decorated with style, beautiful artworks, luxurious bathroom amenities and fabulous view of the coati strip and the Venetian Hotel. The bed is very comfortable and I love fluffy pillows and the best of it is that the air-conditioning is perfect and quiet. Huge selection of TV channels from HBO to Hong Kong stations. Who wouldn’t love this pampering service by the staffs of Hard Rock?!
The Hard Rock Café and the Rock Shop is one of the places to go for everyone and a must for those who are staying here. The café is famous for their baby ribs with barbeque sauce. Marinated for more than 12 hours, the succulent meat is sweet to the taste of the BBQ marinates and the hours of cooking it locks in the juice and drenches your mouth with every bite. As compared to the one in Singapore, the meat is not as tender but tasty enough for a good meal. The chicken in the Duo Combo is well roasted but the fries are too salty.
Onion rings lover? You should try ordering it and the other appetizer you should try would be Santa Fe Spring Rolls. It’s similar to our traditional spring roll (po piah) but this version is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, jalapeños and many Mexican flavours.
Served with Hard Rock grilled salsa and dressing. You should try it and I’m sure for Mexican food lovers, this is one good taste! Order yourself some drinks and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Hard Rock Café and in the evenings, they have live performances for the dinners!
Hard Rock Hotel boosts one of the best places for great food. From American to the Chinese and you can even find the popular roasted meat restaurant, 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳 Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose. We ordered a three meat platter with the famous roasted goose meat, steamed chicken and of course, char siew (roasted pork). The healthier version as compare to the ones in Singapore for the char siew but don’t be fooled by the look, it’s really yummy! The chicken tastes just right but slightly oily to my liking and the goose meat is mouthwatering with the tasty tender meat and you will love the tender meat, juices flows out as you bite each time.
They have fried calamari (in strips), the fried dough is mixed and seasoned in their combination of spices which brings out the taste. I love it with the fried bee hoon and fried garlic it’s a beautiful mix of textures and flavours. I suggest you order this as well if you’re here but don’t have it alone, its too much for one to finish. Order a bowl of bee hoon soup to balance out the sumptuous meal and you should be ready for the next one real soon!
What is the next thing that you think off after getting off bed? I’m wanna eat something! Thank god the choices of food are plentiful and I love a hotel which gives me a choice to have my breakfast, buffet style. International breakfast at the R Bar at Hard Rock Hotel is good in quality and you have a variety of choice from the usual cereal bar, cold cuts, to steaming dim sum and egg station.
Wonderful smiles by the staffs as it give you a great start to your day and as you walk around the bar, you will find that the food are artistically presented. The variety of drinks available for a start, the pastries selections will spoil you as you indulged in the fresh bakeries.
The mains and sides are fairly good. from the usual bacon, hash browns, baked beans to the Chinese, fried noodles (and soup ones as well), vegetables, congee and even dim sum.
I'm sure you will have something which you like at the R Bar. Alternatively you can visit the other restaurants at the City of Dreams to satisfy your taste buds.
It’s not all about the food when you stay at The City of Dreams. There is the famous House of Dancing Waters, the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show. So you want to have a sneak preview of what is this all about? Follow me on my next blog.