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Thursday, March 9, 2017

ButterNut

The Stall ButterNut is name after a type of squash that tastes similar to pumpkin with a kind of sweet and nutty taste. ButterNut was recently launched in end of January and located at Taman Jurong Hawker & Food Centre serving Salad, pizza, Western and Fusion Food.

Stall Front
Pizzas

Thin Crust and entirely handmade. I would never have expected such crispy pizza to be found from a Hawker Stall. These pizza are sincerely hand kneaded and freshly prepared, simply worth waiting for! Besides that, there are some pizza that are Vegan friendly, do make a trip down and support the young generation of Hawkers!

A strong wave of Truffle smell hits me as soon I received the plate of pizza. The thin crust pizza's based with Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan Cheese, topped with white button mushroom slices, shimeiji mushrooms and of course drizzled with the aromatic Truffle Oil. This dish is Vegan friendly.

Mushroom Truffle Pizza (Vegan) - $8

Close up on the Mushrooms
Recommended on the menu and selling like pancakes! Base likewise is filled with both Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese, topped with butternut chunks and chicken slices.

ButterNut Chicken Pizza - $7
This is my alternative choice when the Signature's ButterNut Chicken Pizza runs out.

Bratwurst Chicken Pizza - $6
Thin crust pizza topped with beef pepperoni slices, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Beef Pepperoni Pizza - $6
Stall owners have you at hard, fret not for the vegans! In fact this herb pizza is vegans' hot pick. Thin crust pizza topped with oregano, parsley, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan Cheese.

Herbs Pizza (Vegan) - $6
Carving for some juicy pineapples on your pizza? Order their Hawaiian thin crust Pizza with chicken ham slices, chunks of pineapple, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Hawaiian Pizza - $7
Yummy Peking duck sauce over smoked duck slices with mozzarella cheese as base of the thin crust pizza. Simply love the sweet savoury goodness.

Smoked Duck Pizza - $8
 A recent addition to the menu, Chicken with Mushroom pizza! Fragrant and delicious!

Chicken Mushroom Pizza - $8
Salads

Don't leave the place without a plate of healthy salad either! You can choose to customize your own salad with detailed pricing by the side of the menu board or even try out their preset Salad Menu. I believe you will be back for more. For every salad, you are feel to choose your own dressing with Honey Mustard, Wasabi Soy or Balsamic Vinaigrette. ( Tip: It won't go wrong without their Special Blend Honey Mustard Sauce, Yummy!)

Salmon Salad, also known as the Garden's Catch consists of  Salmon Steak, Romaine, Tri-coloured Fusili, ButterNut, mashed Sweet Potato, Sauteed mixed Shrooms, Chia Seeds. Salmon was very well baked with perfect texture and minimum fishy smell.

Salmon Salad - $9

Perfect!
How about some Roaming Chicken Salad to boost your protein? Uniformly cut slices of chicken laid neatly on top of the bed of vegetables like Romaine, ButterNut, mashed Sweet Potato, Sauteed Mixed Shrooms, Chia Seeds.

Chicken Salad - $7

My Choice of Sauce: Balsamic Vinaigrette & Honey Mustard
Always don't feel comfortable eating Smoked Meat but I'm quite surprised with Mandarin Duck Salad.The Smoked duck was not as salty as I would have expected. The default portion comes with romaine, quinoa, ButterNut, Cherry, Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, Roasted Sesame Seeds. However you can also add on some other items like brown rice. Don't worry, you can also Tweak abit on your salad if you prefer to have some items more in quantity.

Duck Salad - $8
Too please with the colors I had on my plate. It really light up my mood! Portion of  Ebi Prawn Salad comes with fried Ebi Prawns, mixed greens, quinoa, ButterNut, Sauteed mixed shrooms, baby carrots, roasted sesame seeds.

Ebi Prawns Salad
My choice of Sauce: Wasabi Soy
Bar Snacks

Comparing to the usual kind of fries, I always prefer Sweet Potato Fries. Sprinkled with Special Seasoning that tasted of Cinnamon powder, that's a fantastic harmony!


Sweet Potato Fries with Special Seasoning - $4
The next bar snacks that worth a try will be their Garlic Oregano Chicken Wings. The overnight marinate had lift its flavors in the chicken wings. Crispy texture with light garlicky taste in the meat, I guess it will be good to pair with some beer.

Garlic Oregano Chicken Wings - $4.50 (3 Pcs)
Coming back to its Business Name, I'm quite impressed by the taste of the food and the name speaks well for itself. Butternut were well prepared, they were not too hard nor mushy and the main ingredient of salads. In conjunction with the healthy living style that most of us are working forward to, the existence of ButterNut had injected a new excitement to what we are expecting from an old school hawker food. I'm looking forward to the upcoming expansion of their menu.

Rating: 4 / 5

ButterNut
Location: 3 Yung Sheng Road #02-108 Singapore 618499
Operating Hours: Monday & Sunday - Closed
                                Tuesday - Saturday : 11.30 - 14.00
                                                                  18.30 - 21.00
                           

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Buttergrill

Though some said Valentine's Day is quite commercialized, we still manage to grab a place for dinner in Buttergrill along the busy Tanjong Pagar Road. Sinking into the atmosphere, seeing lovely couples in all corners of the restaurant enjoying their dates.

Buttergrill is a 2 storey high place for drinks and dining. They are unique as they have different kinds of home made butter. Even before entering into the restaurant I had absolutely no knowledge of it .

We started ordering beverages while waiting for the busy kitchen to have our dishes whipped up. Berries Power tasted refreshing and topped with Chia Seeds.

Berries Power - $7.50
Healthy Lychee flavour mint drink which was recommended by the server was topped with Chia Seeds too.

Lychee Mint - $7.50
Pu Pu Platter which is best to share among 3-4 pax come with a slab of Angus Sirloin that we requested to cook to Medium Well. It also includes a chicken leg, Norwegian Salmon Fillet and Whole King Prawn. Sides like scoop of mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables drizzeld with vinaigrette were served together.

Pu Pu - $108
With so many home made butters to choose from, we decided on the French Butter as it was best recommended for meat. The servings were already spread with our choice of butter and the spare are given on a saucer.

Pu Pu (Top View)
French Butter
Being a moderate-size eater, we manage this platter quite well and finished them up even though we are just 2 pax, perhaps we did not order any other sides. Love the criss cross grill lines on the salmon fillet, remember to squeeze some lemon juice over it to remove its fishy smell.

Norwegian Salmon Fillet
Chicken thigh on the other hand was rather bland in taste, lacking the punch of marination.  Prawns were fresh and served with caviar.

Whole King Prawn
Food in overall is rather decent, nothing to shout at. Nevertheless, their grill with different homemade butter is still a different style of marketing that will attract curious foodie like us to try it out.

Rating: 3 / 5 

Buttergrill
Location: 114 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088529
Website

Thursday, February 16, 2017

O'bean the Organic Soya Vegetarian Restaurant

Many thanks to the vegetarian pal who brought me here! With a reservation, we need not have to worry about shortage of seats. Having visit couple of Vegetarian Restaurants before, I must say that O'bean has her uniqueness as they incorporate Soya Bean into its organic food. This not only promotes healthy living and they also emphasize that their organic soya milk powder are suitable for people with Gout, Arthritis, Uric Acid & Diabetes.

O'bean

Having Soya as their theme, there are of course lots of Soya Milk in the menu for their beverages. However we thought we might leave the stomach space for food instead as Soya Milk will fill the stomach.

Vit C + Grass Jelly (Cold) - $4.60 / Lime Juice - $4.60
I admit that the first mouthful of it had already blown my mind away. The fragrance braised items was perfectly done without being too salty and was not over powering. Vermicelli was soft and tasty. The hot Claypot was nicely hold in a basket which aids in handling.

 Braised Basil Vermicelli Claypot - $15.80
If you patronizes a vegetarian stall in the Hawker Centres or Coffee Shop, the dish may sound very usual. However, how the set platter stands out from the rest is its their kway is make of Organic Soya Bean served in a bowl of soya. Platter consist of Tau Pok, braised peanuts, preserved veggies, you tiao, beancurd, mock pork belly, braised egg and mock pork intestine.

Teochew Braised Mixed Platter - $7.20 (1 Pax) with Soya Kway Chap - $1.80

Meat Platter
Kway Chap

Their Signature Braised Rice was served in a bowl whereby ingredients was nicely stack up on top of the rice though it was compact, it makes sharing a little bit challenging over here. It comes with a set with a bowl of soup and rice includes ingredients like mock pork belly, preserved vegetables, seaweed, coriander and pickles vegetables with pineapple. It's quite special for me and as a soup lover, the bowl of soup was natural sweetness made up of sweetcorn, carrot, old cucumber, red dates and chinese wolf-berry.

Signature Braised Rice  - $3.30
Signature Braised Rice

Signature Braised Rice
Braised Rice
Served like a plate of 10 inch pizza loaded with coriander as garnishing. Seaweed Century Fried Egg was fluffy and interesting in presentation. Does it look like a pizza to you? There was not very heady smell of the century egg and texture of the egg resembles a good plate of cooked oyster egg.

Seaweed Century Egg Fried Egg - $15.80
Coming to the last item of our order, we had a hot dessert. It was served in an elegant glass, topped with red bean and a little scoop of vanilla ice cream. It really makes the experience of having "Pulut Hitam" unique. The dessert by itself was non-sweetened and tasted bland, however, if you scoop some ice cream and pair it up with the dessert, it goes very well!

Ice Cream Black Glutinous Rice & Red Bean (Hot) - $6.60
One side note, their dish uses a lot of coriander leaves as garnish and totally a perfect choice for someone who likes it. For those who do not like the taste, perhaps it will be better to let the servers know and remove them.

Having said so, being always curious about vegetarian food, they always amazed me with their mock meat dishes and now, together with Organic Soya Milk, the idea of old school kind of vegetarian (Bee Hoon and a selection of preferred vegetables) had been completely removed in my mind. As this promotes healthy lifestyle, it's no wonder that we need a reservation prior to our dining to avoid disappointment!

Rating: 4 / 5

O'bean
Location: 30-32 Tanjong Pagar Road 088453

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tino's Pizza Cafe

Hiding at one unobscured corner of the mall, you will get to find Tino's Pizza at the first level of Tiong Bahru Plaza. Interior of the Cafe is comfortable and you can still feel that its a near shop as everything smells and look new in the eyes.

Tino's Pizza Cafe
From the cafe name we all knew that they are serving pizza Pizza and what's so special about it? They are made base on Italian Feast, hand-tossed and baked.

Wall in the Cafe
Behind the usual dining table in the cafe, you will get to see the modern setup we had nowadays in Tino's Pizza Cafe itself. It gives an modern old school feel here with metal chairs and high dining table.

Interior
Ordering their Set recommended for 2 Pax at $34.90 which consist of 1 Neapolitan Pizza, 1 Spaghettini and 2 soups of the day. There is another set which is cheaper at $29.90 where Spaghettini is replaced by Tapas.

Adding on to the set with drinks at additional cost, do not forget to try out their signature drink. It's quite refreshing with a mixutre of pineapple, lemon and melon tea.

Drinks - Pineapple Lemon Melon Tea ($4.50) & Tino's Iced Fruit Tea ($4.50)
Soup of the day was cream of mushroom drizzled with some fragrant herbs. Pleasant and delighted with the refreshing taste of the sour cream that was poured into the soup. What's more, instead of having some toast for pairing we had pita breads! Cool!

Soup of the Day - Cream of Mushroom
We did not regret ordering this! This hearty Duck Caponata pizza (6 Slices) thin crust were well executed. The unique roast duck recipe coupled with mozzarella, broccoli, capsicums, onions and basil. Color of the pizza is eye catching. Pizza as compared to the usual chains pizza restaurants, Tino's Pizza Crust are more to the chewy texture but that does not mean it is not crispy.

Duck Caponata
Indulge in Tino's smoked chicken pesto recipe with al dente pasta served in hot pan. The handles of the pan was dressed up with silicon to prevent the server from scaling. Be careful not to hurt yourself by touching the steel pan too, its very hot.

Pesto Pollo
Topped your pasta with the bottle of shaved cheese on the table and enjoy this plate of yummy food. Love the riots of texture I had over from the plate of pasta, especially the walnut that change the way of enjoying it with crunchiness.

Close up
Ambiance was not too bad, quiet. Service is also prompt and overall, its a pleasant experience with Tino. Will be back for its pasta!

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Tinos Pizza Cafe
Location: Tiong Bahru Plaza 302 Tiong Bahru Road #01-160 Singapore 168732

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Royal London Duck

Royal London Duck is another venture opened by Fei Siong Group after parterd its way from their debuted London Fat Duck's Singapore outpost at Scotts Square last year. Besides the main one in Mandarin Gallery, they have spreaded their wings into the neighbourhood malls and have more than just 1 restaurant now.

Royal London Duck

Interior and Furnishings

Royal London Duck

Drawer for Utensils

Honey Lemon and Yuan Yang
Excite your taste buds with some pieces of Royal London Duck. The Roasted duck has crispy skin and leans towards more of the thin version without fatty meat. It sits among a pool of the home made duck sauce that tasted quite subtle. And for real, dab the meat on the sweet plum sauce given for some delicious treats!

Royal London Duck (Quarter) - $13
Delicious Duck
This is not your typical Char Siew. Not only was it well caramelized, it was well marinated too. It lends a sweet taste with lean meat and less fat seen. However the bad side was that a small quantity cost a bomb. Perhaps that's the most expensive Char Siew I ever hard.

Signature Honey BBQ Pork - $16.80
Like any Cantonese fare, you can get the typical bowls of Congee from the restaurant. I had the Pig Giblet Congee which consist of liver, intestine, stomach and minced meat balls. Texture of Congee is smooth and generally plain in taste. Add some Soya Sauce to enhance it.

Pig's Giblet Congee - $8.80
There was no option to have a combination of meat platter for us to order and thus we order a plate of Crispy Pork Rice to tried out all their roasted delicacies. Rice was plain and was shock that if you are ordering plain rice separately, it costs $2.50. Crispy Pork was served in big cubes size.

Crispy Pork Rice - $8.80
Crispy Pork Cubes
Overall, not very much of a WOW factor to me on their roasted delights. Perhaps if I were to revisit, I will like to try out their Dim Sum Items.

Rating: 3 / 5

Royal London Duck
Location: 1 Bukit Batok Central Link West Mall #02-04  , Singapore 658713