On The Table @ Pasir Panjang

After so many recommendations by my sis, who loves going to On The Table, I finally made it here. The cafe is located along Pasir Panjang Road and just a stone’s throw away from Pasir Panjang MRT Station.

I liked the decor of the place but found it rather dim for photo-taking even with all the light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. However, the fact that the cafe does not charge GST and service charge kind of makes up for it.

Fries with Truffle Mayo ($8). Fries with truffle infused Parmesan mayo. Initially we read the menu wrongly and thought that it was the usual truffle fries. Imagine our indignation when we could not taste any hint of truffle on the fries.

However, after dipping our fries into the bowl of mayo, we realised that the essence of the appetizer was actually in the small dish!

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[New Item] RamenPlay @ BreadTalk IHQ (Media Tasting)

Did you know that RamenPlay is actually a collaboration between BreadTalk Group Limited and Sanpou Co. Ltd which is founded in 1967 in Kamikido Niigata? Sanpou Co. Limited has decades of experience under its belt and is famous for its quality ramen.

The broth here is prepared daily by Sanpou’s master chefs with top grade quality ingredients and a secret recipe of spices. As for its rice dishes, they are made with premium Niigata Koshihikari rice.

We were here to try RamenPlay’s new Shabu Shabu sets which are priced from $13.90. The sets are currently only available at four of their restaurants: BreadTalk IHQ (from 5pm onwards), Nex, JEM and Velocity @ Novena Square.

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[New Items] Shin-Sapporo Ramen @ Orchard Gateway (Media Tasting)

I am always up for a good bowl of ramen! A combination of two things I really like–noodles and soup. So when I received an invitation to try the new black garlic ramen at Shin-Sapporo Ramen, I did not even hesitate.

Shin-Sapporo promises consistency in the smoothness of broth, texture of noodles and richness in Japanese tradition. The chain has three outlets in Singapore, namely Orchard Gateway, Alexandra Retail Centre and Century Square. We had our dinner at the Orchard Gateway branch which is their newest restaurant (opened in 2014).

While waiting for the rest to arrive, I had the Calpis Jelly ($4.80). The drink is light, milky and tasted kind of similar to Yakult. The little bits of jelly reminded me of agar agar!

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[Newly Opened] Halal Certified FIX Grill @ Balestier

It has been really long since I visited JOM at Balestier and it was a surprise to find out that a popular cafe is located there. FIX, which is famous for its donut with salted egg dip, has recently added a ‘grill’ extension to its cafe. To get to FIX Grill, just walk through the cafe to get the the air-conditioned restaurant at the end.

I love the fixtures at FIX Grill, from the iconic signage to the chairs stamped with ‘FIX’ at the back.

The great thing about dining at FIX Grill is that you get to enjoy both menus of FIX and FIX Grill; the latter being unavailable if you were to dine at FIX.

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[Newly Opened] Tête-à-Tête Cafe @ Biopolis, Buona Vista

So glad that there are more cafes opening in the west and Biopolis seems to be a hub for cafes! Tête-à-Tête Cafe is located at Nucleos, one of buildings in the cluster, just a few feet away from Curbside Cafe & Wine Bar. The cafe is really spacious and offers great photo-taking opportunities with its full-length windows.

As I entered the cafe, my eyes were first drawn to the beautiful display of desserts at the entrance, then to the classy and timeless black and white decor.

The staff was very patient with us and took some time to explain the individual desserts. Honestly, that made it more difficult for us to decide what to order as everything sounded so good.

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Joe & Dough @ Leisure Park Kallang (Media Tasting)

I realise that I have been frequenting Kallang Wave/ Leisure Park quite a bit recently! It does help that Circle Line makes it easier (though not shorter) to get there. I met Lirong and Vivienne for brunch at Joe & Dough at Leisure Park to try out their coffee and sandwiches.

Honestly, I have passed by a few Joe & Dough outlets but have never thought to try it because I am not a very coffee kind of person. Food blogging and Instagramming have actually opened me to more food choices than I would have tried in the past.

Did you know where the term “Joe” for coffee come from?

During the 19th century, Admiral Josephus “Joe” Daniels became Chief of Naval Operations, he outlawed alcohol onboard ships, except for very special occasions. Coffee then became the beverage of choice, hence the term “Cup of Joe.” (Source: http://coffeefaq.com/)

Flat White ($4.90). Joe & Dough grinds their own Arabica beans for each cup. Also, they taste their coffee regularly to ensure that quality is not compromised.

We tried almost all the sandwiches they had that day. The breads at Joe & Dough are all freshly baked with no preservatives. The breads are made in small batches and on demand to ensure freshness and quality control.

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PastAmore Italian Restaurant @ Rochester Mall

My mum found a hidden gem at Rochester Mall! She loves Italian food and her love deepened after her recent trip to Italy. Hence, she was very happy when she came across PastAmore accidentally.

The restaurant is tucked into a corner at the far side of the mall, right beside Starbucks and diagonally from Pies & Coffee. Honestly, I would not have thought that there would be anything there! That would also explain why the restaurant was pretty quiet.

You can choose from both indoor and al fresco seating. It is actually rather romantic to dine outside during the night as the area is quite breezy and cooling. I really enjoyed the ambiance here.

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