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.
What?!! The salted egg war is not over yet! First we have the salted egg seafood craze then comes the croissant and now I found this, the salted egg potato chips for all chips lovers this is one you should give it a try. Its actually not very new and if you’re a hippie for salted egg food, Im sure you might have read or read about this.
Extracted from the website: “The Golden Duck is Singapore's #1 purveyor of premium gourmet salted egg snacks, lovingly hand-crafted using an original Taiwanese-inspired recipe.” One can imagine snacking this on a weekend Netflix marathon but mind you, this small pack of chips hits hard on your wallet and even if you’re keen on getting some and wants it immediately, be prepared to run around sourcing for it.
There are a couple of pop up stores set up but it sells out pretty fast but if you’ve prepared to wait for it, you can actually log on to their website to pre-order and get them to send it to you with delivery charges of course. Alternatively they do have some partners carrying their products (yes you will need to call in to check for the availability first though).
So, I’m sure you are curious about the taste and can’t wait to have a bite on these right? You might imagine crispy thin chips coated with buttery salted egg, well… its actually not as crispy (I’m sure it was crispy before adding the yummlicious salted egg mixture) But one thing for sure is that its actually hand crafted, generous salted egg being mixed in with love. Its the first thing that is gone every single time especially during the Chinese New Year period!
Now type in and search for their website and get ready to enjoy the dangerously sinful but gorgeously yummy chips! Nomnomnom~~~
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!
Once again I’m back to Joo Bar to try out some other eats and their drinks, well actually their draft Makgeolli (a lightly sweet alcoholic beverage native to Korea, made from wheat or rice and has a milky white colour and has about 6-8% alcohol volume).
My friend and I talked about it when I recommend this place to her and she told me that she had been here a couple of times and here I am back here again. Previously I was here for lunch but the evening crowd is much more, even on a weekday evening. Made up of mainly ladies, this is quite a place for small chats and small bites if you and a few friends would like to gather and have some drinks after a busy day at work.
We start off with a Makgeolli sampler set with five tasty flavours: original, yuzu, passionfruit, blood orange and lychee. The ice slush makes it chilling and easy to drink and if you fancy some fruity flavours, this is the one for you! The appetisers (rather pathetic and I didn't remember I had any appetisers the first time I was here for lunch) nothing great but its a good snack while waiting for my friend. Water (iced or warm) are chargeable as well
Baby paper eel is a good start before you have your mains or good as finger food. Slightly salty but it actually kick starts my stomach for my dinner coming up. Add some lime juice to give it a kick in the taste and this is love by many customers here. Next we have Joo Bossam, a small platter of boiled pork belly, in house spicy radish salad and also yucha kimchi. Spicy refreshing and yummy a mixture of textures and taste and great to pair it with Makgeolli.
Seafood pancake, a common dish when you go to any Korean restaurants, but I feel you can give this a miss. Because the pancake itself wasn't done properly as the flour still kind of raw to me. But they are quite generous with the ingredients. you can find mussels, clams, squid, shrimps and vegetables in it. My friends saw what I had posted previously and the grilled squid caught their attention. consists in their grill. Tender and juicy meat which I highly recommends it to you all to order. And lastly, army stew. Typical of Korean cuisine but a good one indeed at Joo Bar. Don't expect it to be a big stew ya (since all their dishes are kind of bite sized and not enough for a man’s stomach lol) small but the soup packs a good flavour. Consists of kimchi, sausage, luncheon meat, baked beans, ham and ramyeon (instant noodle). To end it off before we go, some more draft Makgeolli for a great dinner company!
Grab a few friends and do hang out here at Joo Bar for some drinks and bites. Do share with me if you encounter any more yummy dishes or drinks and I might be going back the 3rd time! :)
Love Korean Pop culture? You must be one of the fans of Korean food as well. From Kimchi to army stew. But have you heard about modern Korean cuisine? Joo Bar is a sleek, casual and inviting venue within a heritage three-storey shophouse in the heart of Singapore near Bugis, offering top notch modern Korean bites and creative drinks in a space that exudes a laid-back vibe with a tasteful dose of edginess
You wouldn't find waitress wearing traditional Korean dress serving you, you will not find traditional Korean food but instead, a creative way to cook, present and some of them, a fusion of western and Korean into them. Even for their drinks, you can expect something fun and tasty on a hot humid afternoon or relaxing after work in the evening.
Truffle fries for a start to start my stomach engine for a great lunch with my friends. The smell from the truffle oil aromatised the whole room as its been served. topped with seaweed flakes and cheese with a yummy kimchi mustard dipping, a good start! The tofu chips with Korean style salsa and warm kimchi with tofu and spam is next. nothing fantastic with the warm kimchi, tofu and spam but the chips with the salsa is worth a try for your appetisers.
The chicken wings, aka Joo wings not bad, nicely fried wings crispy on the outside and I'm sure chicken wing lovers will like it. Grilled squid is nice too. slightly chewy and lightly salted and seasoned squid grilled to perfection for grilled seafood lovers. Next, grilled and roasted Mangalista belly (Hungarian breed of domestic pig).
If you’re the health conscious kind, this will turn you off and for the grilled or roasted meat lovers, this is something which will choke you artilleries by an additional of 20%. Sinful but yet you’ll love the danger of dancing with the devil and I’m sure many of you will find this sinfully satisfying! One of the the best dishes being served.
Oh have I forgotten about this?! This is one more great dish at Joo Bar, LA style Black Angus Kalbi. wonderfully grilled and the dark pinkish meat, juicy and flavourful. I almost forget about this must have! We had the Korean minced rib steak too as well. but i would wish that I had come in the form of a burger as it feels like its missing something… The seafood Gochujang risotto and pasta is something you might wanna have if you’re not into the meaty stuffs. Fresh seafood and big prawns, creative sauce for both these two dishes is worth trying
Overall, if you fancy something different and yet feeling the Korean in you, do try them out. Come and enjoy your lunch or dinner here but do not come in very hungry. You might be fuming mad with their pace of serving your food.
:) 즐기다 Jeulgida!
5 Tan Quee Lan Street, S(188094)
Opens from: 1730hrs-0000hrs
I am sure you all are familiar with this popular fast soup chain in Singapore and what is your favourite dish? Boston Clam Chowder or Tokyo Chicken Stew for those who are conscious with their calories intake.
Do you know that they are consistently having a few variety of dishes for you to try for a limited period of time? And I am here to introduce you 3 new soups and inspired by travelling, Souper chef, Anna, comes out with her version of this popular soups from Australia.
The B.F.F Stew, can't get over the wonderful vegetable, beetroot, Anna decided to whip up this soup. Roasted beetroot with red apples and fresh herbs. Paired with fennel and feta cheese, lentils, celeriac and button mushrooms. The intense colour brings out the full flavour of the ingredients and beetroot lovers, go for it!
Home Style Cock-a-Doodle, I hesitated to order this dish at the counter. Have your tried Tokyo chicken stew? This version is similar except that the ingredients in this soup is different. Both are the healthier choice and Cock-a-Doodle consist of chicken thigh, flat noodles, potatoes, carrots, celery, thyme, sage, parsley, garlic and onions. Top with basil pesto and it's good to go!
My favourite amongst the three and I am a big fan of fish! Aussie barramundi chowder with dill. Yummy goodness and rich flavours of the barramundi paired with sweet potato, corn, spinach, quinoa and dill. And spice it up with home made dukkah for a distinct taste.
There you have it, wonderful creation and you should try them out, add in a meal with drinks and sides! Do share with me your experience with these soups and any other recommendations! :)
Nothing changes from 2 years ago but one thing had changed for sure is the crowd that comes in now has increased. And if you are looking for some authentic Nonya Cuisine, you can come to this place for an enjoyable meal! On did I say that they are Halal certified too for all Muslim friends who wanna try out Nonya delicacies?!
Just a street besides Jonker Street, on can easily come over for their meal halfway through their shopping. A small place which was nicely decorated at the entrance and you can see all the dishes that they offer are and here, I shall share with you what I had for my lunch at Kocik. Something simple, not much of a food presentation but the taste is traditional (ya lacking the pork and lard) and some fond memories of home cooked feel to it.
Chap chye, mixed vegetable stew. Containing 5-6 vegetarian cooking ingredients typically consist of glass noodles, bean curd sticks, black fungus ear, black mushrooms and carrots. Simmered in the stew for several hours and served hot. The vegetable typically melts in your mouth and really brings me back to my childhood days.
Ayam Pongteh (Nyonya Chicken and Potato Stew) which has a slightly different taste to the Singaporean dish and is something you should try to give you a homey feel. Made with chicken, potato and flavoured with taucheo (fermented soy bean sauce) and Gula Melaka (palm sugar).
Nonya-styled Ngoh Hiang (spiced meat rolls) usually contains minced fish, prawns, diced spring onions, water-chestnuts, carrots, onions, seasoned with sugar, light soya sauce, salt, pepper and Chinese five-spice powder and wrapped with a transparent dried soya bean skin. A flavourful item to try out and you should also try the mini Nonya otah (spicy fish custard wrapped with banana leaves). Give it a try!
Cinchalok (fermented small shrimps or krills) omelette unique taste of fresh cinchalok fried with 2-3 eggs, spring onions, sliced onions and chilli. More shiok if you eat it with sambal belacan (shrimp chilli paste)
Walking along Jonker Street under the hot scorching sun, you need something to cool you down and their home made grass jelly drink prepared daily is the way to go and not forgetting Gula Melaka Cendol. Ice shavings with red beans, Pandan flavoured wormlike jelly, atap seed and drizzle with lots of Gula Melaka and coconut milk. Savour the rich creamy milk, sweetness of the syrup and hint of pandan taste. Blissful I would say and there you go! A simple but yet wonderful nonya cuisine experience in Melacca and a must try when you’re there!
Address: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-377 4732
Hours: 0900hrs - 1800hrs
Everyone would never forget this special taste of Assam laksa. The sour fish based soup stock simmering for hours to bring in the distinctive taste and smell of the dish.
Chef Danny Tan creates his version of assam laksa and bring in the touch of Singaporean taste without losing the kick of traditional assam, I would say his version of #foodporn, uniquely Chef Danny's Assam Laksa.
Yes the guests had rounds of it like a mini buffet and everyone had their fill. Even guests from Penang, Malaysia gives this dish a big thumbs up! Even me myself can't stop savoring the flavorful soup! We look forward to more of your creations Danny and thank you for hosting such a great feast!