November 8 Coffee & Company

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetHaving read about this cafe on the list of food places to try on Thomson road, my friend and I decided to visit for a weekday dinner.

The cafe was pretty hard to find (okay, maybe it’s just me). The building, Thomson V two was very prominent but the interior of the building was confusing especially if you’ve entered from the other entrance like me. The cafe is only accessible from the other entrance.

Even though it was a weekday evening, the cafe was mostly filled when we entered. As it is a pretty small cafe, service was good as the staff attends to you almost immediately.

Apparently they have changed their menu and I was kind of disappointed as I was unable to try their sweet potato fries.

Potato Rosti

Sorry but I can’t really remember the exact names of what we’ve ordered (this post is pretty backdated, around 2 to 3 weeks ago). I love my order which was the potato rosti. The greens were yummy and even though the sausage and bacon was a little salty, it paired well with the rosti and scrambled eggs.

The reason why we ordered a waffle wasn’t because the serving was too small but more of our sweet tooth. You know how a meal feels incomplete without a dessert. It was good, but definitely not the best I’ve had (till now, Wimbly lu’s waffles are still top on my waffle chart).

Overall it’s a great place to chill especially after work. The cafe was fairly quiet the entire period we were there which makes it an excellent place to unwind.

The Assembly Ground

Cafe interior
Cafe interior

Situated at the Cathay level 1, the cafe emits a cozy ambience with low lying dim lights, comfy chairs and vintage decor. It was around half filled when we stepped in even though it was a Saturday lunch hour.

As the lights were really dim, I have to admit I had trouble reading through the offerings they had. Furthermore the tiny words fared poorly against the faded brown background.

Menu

The price range was acceptable since it was situated in town and a main was around $14 to $20. Similarly to the other cafes, most of the offerings had either poached or egg benedict. I decided to go ahead with the rosti as I was quite sick of having too much fries the past few days (The sandwich comes with salad and fries). And of course, I ordered a root beer float 🙂

Root beer float
Root beer float
Rosti omelette

And the verdict? The root beer float was good (Like duh? How can it go wrong) and yep, that’s all. The rosti was really bad in my opinion. It currently ranks as the worst rosti I have ever eaten. At first glance, it looks like stir-fried vermicelli and it definitely tastes like one as it had a rubbery texture and was really dry. My friends who saw my order couldn’t tell it was rosti at all. The salad too was dry and the sausages were too salty. I really regretted ordering this.

However not all were unpleasant.

Mushroom sandwich
Mushroom cheese sandwich
Assembly brunch
Eggs zoey

The sandwich was the best out of all. The portion was pretty huge and the filling was generous with mushroom.

Well, I’ll probably come back again if I’m in the area and this time round I’m definitely going straight for the sandwiches.

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.

Thoughts about a full-time work life

Six months, that’s how long I would have had worked for after next week passes. It feels like it has only been yesterday when I’ve just started my first real full-time job after leaving my previous “career” – studying. Having been in school for a whole 20 years of my life, it was tough trying to adapt to the change in life. Starting to realize that there would be little to almost no free time to myself anymore because there is no more school holidays was I have to admit, a little scary in my opinion. Now my free time is confined to the number of annual leave given and the off days which I have. Suddenly it dawned on me about what my parents used to say, “Schooling period is the best time of your life. Wait till when you start working!”. Of course at that time, I had no inkling about what they mean for there’s always never ending assignments to complete and exams to conquer. Life is so repetitive and tiring.

However now that I’ve started working, I think I comprehend the real meaning behind “repetitive”. Of course, the job which I’ve taken on is far from the definition of that but in the regards of working time, it definitely fits well. A 9 to 6 job where I go to work and go home the same way every single day, waking up and sleeping at almost the same time everyday, dining at the same old eateries everyday .. Oh well. Life is a little boring. But personally, I feel that it is the perception that depicts whether our lives are really monotonous or not.

For example, you could make a little change sometimes and take a different route home. At work, you can try to adjust the way you view some tasks and it’ll be a whole new concept to you. Life can be interesting depending on how you take on the task. More importantly, for me I guess I’m really lucky since my office is near upper Thomson Road. I have a wide variety of food choices to choose from. There’s a reason for the flood of food photos on my Instagram! Tongue Out

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And sometimes it’s actually quite refreshing to step into a cafe/restaurant and trying out their food without knowing that they are actually quite a famous cafe (I’ll talk about that in the next post)! The only reason for eating there? Because it’s near my workplace. I guess that’s a good thing too since I’ll get to explore new food  places without being bias since I have no prior opinions about the food I’m going to try.

In addition to the awesome food options I have on my hand, I have great colleagues. I think whether you’re happy at work or not highly depends on the environment of the company and the colleagues you mingle with on a daily basis. If your work environment is stressful or negative, it’ll be hard to work there for a long term basis. On the other hand, if it’s a positive working environment where everyone is on good terms with each other, you would really not mind going to work or even look forward to going to work Sealed

Sometimes I really cannot fathom why would my friends choose jobs which they already know beforehand that there’s parts about it which they dislike (not counting those where they really have no choice) for example the job scope, the location, the work environment, etc. I think choosing a job is important, especially when it’s a full-time job. It’s very much different from the temporary jobs which you take on during school holidays/ term breaks just for the experience or supplementary income which you’ll gain from. It’s going to be a job you’ll be sticking on for quite a long time, at least a year or more so there’s no point accepting one which you know you’ll dislike!

One lesson which I’ve really learnt? Be wise when making choices, especially when it’s your career.