Fart Tartz Now Has An Outlet at Chinatown!

I am so happy that Fart Tartz has expanded and now has an outlet which is more centralised! The cafe’s flagship outlet is at Singapore Expo, which is too far east of Singapore for most of us. Now, people will be delighted to know that we do not have to travel all the way to the end of the East-West Line because there is an outlet at South Bridge Road!

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It was really hot, so we started off with two types of refreshing Icy-Blend in large size. Fresh Watermelon Freeze and Lychee Lemongrass Freeze ($16.90 each). The serving size is good for three to four. I preferred the more conventional watermelon ice blended, but I must admit the lemongrass one was something special. It tasted a bit of lemon and ginger, but with bits of lychee.

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Initially when I saw the words “Bird Nest Bruschetta”, I was thinking along the lines of the Chinese delicacy. However, this appetiser comprises of six crunch yam nests, topped with herbs, tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil and shrimps. Really worth the $9.90!

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Baguette Balls ($9.50). Six miniature baguette balls filled with creamy minced chicken and mushrooms, topped with melted cheese. To be honest, I could not really taste any chicken, it was more like a thickened cream of mushroom soup.

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All Things Black And White at Monochrome Bistro @ South Bridge Road (Media Tasting)

Love black and white colour schemes or wish to have a meal in a black and white restaurant? Then, you should try Monochrome Bistro along South Bridge Road. The bold yet classy decor of the bistro was carefully selected by the owners and you cannot help but be drawn to the exterior as you are walking along the pathway outside.

The Bonding ($16). A basket full of goodness, comprising of three types of wings: Honey Oat, Chilli Crab and Favourite House Wings. Imagine crispy marinated mid-wings coated with honey and oats, or chilli crab sauce or Thai sweet chilli! So delicious! If you love chicken wings, you have to try this!

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Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bistro @ Forum The Shopping Mall

This is going to be a short post! Benjamin Browns as everyone knows is famous for their OTT Shakes, which stands for “Over The Top”. A normal shake is priced around $12, but a OTT one with all the trimmings costs around $16. This is my second visit and I decided to try another flavour of their OTT Shake.

However, what many do not know is that they serve a mean Aglio Olio! The original version comes with seafood ($23), but I asked for bacon instead. I do agree that the pasta is priced on the high side but I loved it! The chef was not afraid to kick it up a notch  with the spiciness. Also, it was full-flavoured with fresh herbs and chopped garlic.

This time around I ordered OTT Cookies & Cream Shake. However, I felt that the milkshake with the trimmings was not as impressive as the Nutella one I had during my first visit. By the way, remember to go after 12pm if you intend to try their OTT Shakes. They are only available after noon.

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery
583 Orchard Road #01-20/21,
Forum The Shopping Mall,
Singapore 238884
Tel: 6887 4117
Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursdays 1000-2100hrs
Friday 1000-2200hrs
Saturday 0900-2200hrs
Sunday 0900-2100hrs

Millenia Walk: Tart Blanc and Marco Marco

I got a good deal when I bought a Groupon voucher for four at Tart Blanc, Millenia Walk. According to some of my friends on Instagram, this place is “underrepresented” on social media. The outlet located next to Starbucks is rather small and we actually missed it once, literally walking past it.

Some of the tarts on display were the same as the ones I had seen on Instagram. I was actually hoping to get the ones created to look like cute animals, but I guess I missed the period. The tarts that we ordered were a combination of what we wanted to try as well as recommendations from the staff.

Blueberry Lavender Chocolate Tart ($7.50). Lavender chocolate ganache, homemade blueberry jam, lavender honey soaked joconde and blueberry mousse.

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[Newly Opened] The Usual Place Cafe @ Jurong East

Good news for Westies! There is a new cafe located at Jurong East Street 31, about 5 to 10 minutes walk Chinese Garden MRT. The Usual Place Cafe serves pretty yummy food at affordable prices. I could not take any pictures of the interior and exterior because it was really crowded and the corridor outside was lined with numerous congratulatory floral arrangement stands on both sides.

The brand of tea that The Usual Place uses is Gryphon! I do like drinking Gryphon teas. We had the Lemon Ginger Mint Tea ($4.50) which is a herbal tea. The pot is small (capacity about two cups) and cute, and you can ask for a refill.

Yuzu Mint Cooler ($4). You may also choose from Green Apple, Strawberry or Passionfruit coolers. As for this, I found that it tasted mainly of yuzu with the mint flavour lacking.

The Usual Wings ($6.50), half a dozen wings served with homemade BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce was not half bad but I ended up dipping most of my wings in ketchup.

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Freshly Made Pasta at Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore @ Bukit Timah Road

Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore first started operation in 1988 as a three-table restaurant and has since build its reputation and number of loyal patrons. The restaurant located at Bukit Timah is famous for its wide selection of freshly made pasta and sauces, using fresh ingredients imported from Italy.

One whole page in the menu is dedicated just to pasta selection, presenting 15 types of freshly made pasta with no preservatives or additives to customise your pasta dish with your preferred pasta choice! From the common spaghetti and linguine to the more unusual tortellini and rigatoni, Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore has pasta of all shapes and sizes.

Alla Pastora ($17.90). Being a big fan of aglio olio, it is no wonder I ordered from their olive oil based pasta selection. This pasta has a shepherd inspired sauce of bacon (and mushrooms but I asked for it to be without), sauteed in olive oil, garlic and chilli. The chilli was indistinguishable and I had to add chilli flakes for taste.

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Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar @ Tanglin Road

This was not my first visit to Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar. I actually like how the place is hidden at the back of Tanglin Post Office and seem to be like a secret cafe (the only incongruency with that idea is the expensive cars parked in front of it). There are a few tables outside if you choose to dine al fresco but I prefer to sit inside in this hot and humid weather.

There are plenty of tables to choose from, both high and low. Also, the floor to ceiling window offers great lighting no matter where you are sitting.

Smoked Salmon Salad ($16). Mixed greens, avocado and eggs, served with a flambeed mirin dressing. If you find the toppings of the salad insufficient, you may choose to add bacon or grilled chicken to any salad for an additional $6. Honestly, the portion was filling and enough for one.

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