GRUB

Procrastination has been hitting quite hard on me recently (hence the lack of update even though I promised myself I’ll try my best to blog more frequently). My friends and I had Grub a month ago and here I am finally typing this.

Honestly, I’ve never heard of Grub before my friends suggested to me that we’ll try it out for T’s birthday (Slow. I know). And so when they were all hyped out to try out the food there since it’s so famous, I was just barely excited having to wake up early on a Sunday morning.

To make things worse, we got lost.(Yes, in small tiny Singapore). Apparently we parked at the wrong carpark and we attempted to find our way there by walking but decided to go back to the car and find the place again (which was such a wise decision. Thank God. For it was so far away!) When we’ve finally found the place this time with the aid of Google Maps, the second obstacle arrived which was to find a parking lot. It was really packed even though it was still early in the morning. Hence we decided to split up with two of them stay in the car and wait for a lot while the rest of us get a number and wait for our turn at Grub.

Guess what? The estimated queuing time was 25 minutes since the eatery was really small which I estimate around a 50 seater at most (including both in and outdoors). Since we were there already, we were determined to STAY even though we had to wait under the hot sun. Lucky for us who chose that it was fine to sit either inside or outside, we managed to get our seats before the estimated waiting time. We witnessed another group who chose to sit inside wait longer even though they arrived before us. So, yay for that.

We proceeded to order quickly as we were famished from that long wait.

Root Beer Float
Root Beer Float

My root beer float to quench that thirst but $6 for this? Not very worth it but I’m a big fan of floats so yep, I HAD to order it.

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Cheese Burger

Cheese burger is just… a normal cheese burger. Don’t order this if you are expecting something more than that. I honestly feel that Carl’s Junior has better tasting burgers than this.

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Breakfast Set

 

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Crispy Fish Burger

Not only does it look good on the camera, it tastes good as well. One of their best dishes. Even though I am not a seafood lover, I liked it. There was no fishy stench at all.

Mentaiko Fries
Mentaiko Fries

This is awesome food. The star of the day. The sauce is topped with crispy seaweed. Totally understand why every food review on Grub talks about this.

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Churros

A total waste of money and calories. It tasted more like a bread instead.

Overall verdict? It’s a great place to hang out and chill probably on a weekday if there’s no crowd but I won’t go back again since the food isn’t that splendid except for that Mentaiko Fries and Crispy Fish Burger.

Ps. A great place to take food photos since the lighting was great.

Little Part 1 Cafe

It has been awhile since my brother and I have similar off days so we decided to hop on the bandwagon and explore a new cafe. I have to admit we took 30 minutes to decide the night before on a cafe to try out since there were so many cafes for us to select from. Little Part 1 Cafe was chosen because of our love for German food after having visited Germany ourselves last year and some of the German restaurants in Singapore. Besides that, there were several genuine positive reviews on both HungryGoWhere and Ladyironchef.

We tried to make reservation the next day predicting that it’ll be probably pretty packed for a Friday evening. Reservation was a hassle. We tried calling the outlet but no one picked up. The other method was to send an sms to a specific mobile number as specified on their official website. Finally we got a reply but there was no exact confirmation that we did reserve.

When we reached the place, we were having doubts on our booking and already had plans up our sleeves to either visit Fat Boys or Habitat Coffee nearby if there aren’t any seats available for us. Well, thank goodness the reservation was made successfully!

The cafe was surprisingly small, estimated around 30 pax at most? However it was cozy and it is a great option for small dinner hangouts. Even though it was only 6.20pm when we reached, most of the seats were already occupied or placed with a “reserved” sign. The only empty seats for walk-ins was a middle round table which could probably only fit a group of 4.

Having done my “homework” beforehand, ordering was a breeze. For first-timers, ordering will probably end up as a chore with the faded menu (not sure if it’s actually a design or they couldn’t replace the menus). I had to squint in order to read it properly.

We decided to go ahead with spicy buffalo wings (what they are well-known for as written on their menu) as starters. As I am not a spicy food eater, I was quite worried when the wings came. On first glance, it was pretty unappealing as the skin was scorch black and it came with a dip of what seems like sweet chilli.

However on first bite, it was unexpectedly good. The spiciness of the buffalo wings come around 30 seconds later and it starts to numb your tongue and throat. It was the perfect match with our beers. If we haven’t ordered the other dishes in advance, we would definitely ordered more to satisfy that fried chicken and beer craving (you’ll understand what I mean if you have watched You who came from the stars).

Spicy Buffalo Wings

While trying to finish our appetizer, the other main dishes came quickly, one after another until our table was totally full. I guess this is a usual trend of German restaurants having to serve all the food together which is very much similar to Chinese restaurants.

We tried the ribs first for it was one of the most voted “must try out dish”. It was exactly as what the review I’ve read written. The meat was so tender that it literally fell off the bone. I find it a hassle to scrape meat off bones when eating ribs. This was perfect to me. However to my brother, he was disappointed. He liked it the other way. Oh well, too bad for him and great for me! The meat was succulent and the sauce was finely made. It can get quite addictive as you eat on. My brother in the end agreed that it was good and remarked that a full slab would have been a better option compared to the half which we’ve ordered.

Half Slab Ribs

Next, we tried out the beef quesadillas. This is in my opinion, the best dish for the entire night. The combination of the tomatoes, beef, mushroom and cheese was in such perfect harmony that all of us nodded in unison with our mouths full. The crispy outer layer complimented the juicy beef within.

Beef Quesadillas

I would have to say I was disappointed with the Chicken Schnitzel or probably because we tasted this last out of all the dishes hence it wasn’t as tasty as it would have been if we tried it upon served. Even though it was crispy when we ate it, I think we were too biased towards the beef quesadilla to make a fair judgement.

Chicken Schnitzel

Lastly, Bratwurst Brat. It was good but after awhile, I got sick of the taste. However, my brother really liked this main. In addition, to our surprise the mash potato was really good. It literally melted in our mouths. Kudos to them for putting so much effort into a side dish!

Bratwurst Brat

Overall, I think it’s a great place to visit especially after work. It was cozy and I love how the place was decorated with all the mini portraits of customers.

More pictures of the place and the food (not forgetting our selfies :p)

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Ps. For people who like to take food photos, it’s quite difficult to take nice pictures because of the warm lighting if you’re eating in the evening.

Hey, I (unofficially) graduated

Disclaimer: Do not read this post in the middle of the night, especially if you are trying to keep yourself from eating supper (:

This is really a backdated post. Haven’t had time to blog because I was busy celebrating my “unofficial’ graduation.

Q: Why the “unofficial”?

A: Because exams just ended on 11th May 2013, Saturday and results aren’t out yet so if I (touch wood) unfortunately didn’t make it for any of my modules, I will not be graduating.

Well, at least I’m hoping that all will be well since I seriously hate the thought of extending this last semester of mine with just one module for the whole six months. Sounds like a total waste of time. But anyways, since it’s the end of my school life, we had to celebrate right? 😀

Episode 1: Brunch

For every celebration, we cannot forget desserts! Whether it is cake, ice cream or whatsoever, sweets are critical! Hoped over to Department of Caffeine at Duxton Road to have a short brunch. When we stepped into the cafe, the first impression I had was “wow, it’s quite squeezy”. In other words, it was filled with people and luckily we had a reservation or we would have to join the queue for seats. Even though the place is quite small, the owner managed to maximize the space they had by furnishing it with rows of tables and chairs a little too close for comfort. However, we weren’t complaining because the  next moment, we were overwhelmed with the aroma of sweets.

My habit immediately kicked in and I started to scan through everyone’s orders, trying to locate the most popular dish out of what they have in the menu. I had to say the most ordered dish was the thick fluffy waffles topped with an ice cream. Next was what I realised as “French Toast” since it is presented in a way that is different from usual (you’ll know what I mean later when I’ll upload some photos for illustration). And so, my tummy started growling for having used so much brain juice during exam in the morning.

Once we got settled, the waitress passed us the menu which didn’t have much choices (to my surprise) but my friends and I still had a hard time deciding on what we wanted to order. After much contemplation, we agreed to order a different dish each so that we can have a taste on the variety of food they had. Below are photos of what we ordered.

Photo credits to: Geraldine

I ordered the French Toast which was served with maple syrup, bananas, blueberries and yoghurt. I have never tasted this combination before so I expected much from it. On first taste, it gave a really great impression because the sweetness of the maple syrup coupled with the sourness of the blueberries and yoghurt was perfect. Not forgetting to mention that it was the first time I ate french toast that was presented in such a way. Usually french toast would be served as a whole and really crispy on the outside. This was a little soaked and soggy (not that I hated it) with maple syrup sandwiched with bite sized bananas. However after awhile, the strong taste starts to get on the wrong side of my taste buds and I found difficulty trying to finish the entire order. My verdict? Definitely recommended for people with a sweet tooth and those who wants to try something novel.

Me being biased with chocolate made it hard for me to give up the ice chocolate on the menu. The ice chocolate was good in the sense that it was very chocolaty (or in other words, chocolate “gao”) and to my surprise, chocolate ice cream was also served which wasn’t written on the menu (or I kinda missed it somehow). I feel that this is a must try for all chocolate lovers except that the portion might be a little too small to satisfy us and our craving! :p

The most recommended dish to order would definitely be waffles (or what they call it brown butter pancakes as stated on the menu).  The waffles were thick and fluffy. Super, super AWESOME. It’s really crispy on the side too. I prefer the blueberries one in comparison to the bananas because I was a little sick of bananas after trying to finish my order. Even though the ice cream (which we think is homemade) isn’t very tasty, the waffle itself already covered its flaws (I’m not exaggerating.  The waffles are really good). If I were given a choice to go back again, I would definitely do for the waffles.

The pulled pork burger and roasted chicken was average in our opinion. A little salty in my perception for the pulled pork burger but I didn’t eat it with the bread so my judgement might be a little inaccurate. The roasted chicken was just so so. It tasted like a roasted chicken, nothing more.

And so, that marks the end of the first episode of my celebration! In conclusion, this is a really great place to hang out for it is quite new and the menu keeps changing now and then so I guess I’ll definitely go back again to try new dishes (:

Episode 2: Anti-oxidant centre

We came across this (or should I say my friend) place through another blog, the luckiest chick. There’s an offer of $10 for the first visit so we thought that we should reward ourselves after studying so hard for three years in university. Apparently, they claim that there are several health benefits for this treatment and they are stated on their official website. To say the truth, I just wanted to experience something new so I didn’t really pay attention to what the staff said when she was explaining the health benefits of the treatment to us. I only remembered the magical sentence “It helps with weight loss”. HAHAHA Okay, not very significant benefit out of all that’s available but that impacted me the most.

The staff was really patient and helpful. There wasn’t any double standard service even though we were students. Normally when they see that we write “student” under the occupation field, they wouldn’t really treat us seriously but this was different. So, thumbs up for that. Before we went in, we had to change into yukatas (japanese pajamas). We weren’t allowed to wear anything except for the yukatas so I felt a little weird (not that I should after the experience of being totally naked in Korea’s onsen). After changing, we were given our personal tumbler to ensure that we are hydrated during the whole course of the treatment. We were requested to drink half of the bottle before entering the treatment rooms.

Since there was only three of us, we had to share a room with another customer. We were told that the temperature of the air in the room is 30 plus degrees and the stone beds were 40 plus. Upon hearing that, I was already starting to feel a little regretful since I really don’t do well with heat. So when the room door was opened, true to what she said, I could feel the 30 plus degrees. Felt like a really warm day in Singapore and kinda sucks since like I said, I prefer an air-conditioned room anytime to a warm one.

Oh, forgetting to mention, the staff also courteously informed us of the four positions we should do when we are on the stone beds (which we faithfully did during the treatment). The entire treatment lasted for 45 minutes (but I felt that it was longer, seriously). We perspired like crazy. Our yukatas were totally soaked. The first five minutes felt like hours to me. I tried to not fidget and breathe slowly to get use to the heat from the air and the stones.

After awhile, we got used to it. It really wasn’t THAT bad. But I’ll have to confess that when we were able to leave the room, I was quite thankful. The cold air that enveloped us once we opened the door was so welcoming. I felt really drained and the 2 small cups of cold enzyme drinks which were served to us felt like drinking from an oasis in a desert. We chatted for awhile about our experience and then went to shower. Before that, we being girls took some photos! (Remind me again why we didn’t take them before because we looked so haggard after all the perspiration).

Before we left, we retrieved our belongings from the lockers we were assigned to. There wasn’t any hard selling and that’s another thumbs up. Even though we didn’t sign up because we couldn’t tolerate the heat, we were convinced that it must provide some health benefits since the number of customers they have are quite a figure. Furthermore, there were also Japanese customers.

That’s the end of my (first) celebration post. More to come up soon ~ (: Till then!