My first taste of French cuisine at La Petite Cuisine

La Petit Cuisine is a little French restaurant tucked in the busy stretch of Upper Thomson Road. A friend recommended me this place to me when I said I wanted to try some French cuisine without burning a hole in my pocket.

We ordered two starters with the creamy carrot soup as our safe choice; having soup with a freshly toasted bun is just a great way to wet our appetite. Can’t say the same about the cheese platter with four kinds of French cheese though. I thought it would be fun to try something new because there were two cheese-lovers among us.

(In anti-clockwise, starting from the bottom) The first piece of cheese had a strong flavour but I could still relate to it. The second had strong goat taste which all of us are not a fan of. By the third piece, which tasted like a dead rat, we have concluded that cheese is an acquired taste. The last piece was really salty and we were ready to move on.

The prawn spaghetti was good. Can’t really go wrong with lots of garlic, olive oil and spaghetti. I know spaghetti is meant to be slightly undercooked so that it is a bit tough, but I still prefer it to be softer and more cooked. The best dish was the sausages with salad and french fries! The three types of sausages – pork, beef and lamb – look the same, but they taste so different. It was fun to eat because they have their own unique taste, and I can’t decide which is my favourite.

Our friend had a Creme brûlée which was really small and he said it tasted ok only. I need to try more French cuisine!

La Petite Cuisine
227 Upper Thomson Road
*They have another outlet at Serene Centre 

Food haven at Upper Thomson Road

Upper Thomson Road has been pretty happening these days. Ice cream stalls are popping out like no one’s business much to my delight! Muahaha I am only a few bus stops away from my earl grey ice cream.

Somehow I can’t decide which I like more.. Salted Caramel’s version was mild and thus soothing, while Udders’s was strong like TWG tea. Another winner was Udder’s alcoholic Bailey’s & Bourbon!

Other things I like include The Prata House, Meng Kitchen’s minced meat noodles (a few stalls down) and prawn noodles at Long House. La Petit Cuisine is nice too if you like to have some French food that’s quite affordable.

I have a special liking for Dino Cake House & Cafe too. Maybe it’s the old good times, or the fact that the fried rice ($4.80) still tastes the way it did 10 years ago. It is a simple dish that is made special by its fragrant balacan chilli and thin shreds of cucumber.

It’s always nice to go back to the traditional desserts sometimes. Nothing too fancy or sweet. Just good old dessert. We went to try a few desserts that day and I thought the rum cake roll ($2.50) was pretty unique. It looks like a traditional cake roll with the cream, cake and peanuts, but it has a piece of chocolate in the middle. Wish we could taste more of the rum though!

The bite-sized apple crumbles ($1) were so cute! As tiny as they were, they had plenty of crumbly toppings and chunks of apples inside. They were not too sweet, so I would have definitely taken a few more if I wasn’t stuffed.

  • Salted Caramel – 246F Upper Thomson Road
  • Udders – 246D Upper Thomson Road
  • The Prata House – 246M Upper Thomson Road
  • Meng Kitchen 日夜小厨 – 246B Upper Thomson Road
  • Long House – 183 Upper Thomson Road
  • Dino Cake House & Cafe – 257 Upper Thomson Road

Best steak at a zi char place!

New Ubin Seafood is quite a deceiving name. It isn’t located at Ubin and the seafood wasn’t the highlight of our meal. You can expect the usual zi char dishes but the whole point of finding your way inside Sin Ming Industrial Park is this plate of Certified Chilled U.S Angus Beef Rib-Eye Steak.This plate of broiled steak was unforgettable. Accompanied with caramelised onions and potato wedges, it could have easily passed off as a dish in a fancy restaurant. Even Larry (trust this American to know his beef) gave it the thumbs up. I don’t think you even need to use any of the three sauces – pineapple sauce, mustard and ketchup – that were provided.

Now, the most authentic and incredible part of this plate of steak is that it duplicated the taste of the beef in another plate of beef fried rice. Such a brilliant idea to cook it in the remnants of the beef fats!

We ordered a few more dishes but they were just alright. Not sure about the crabs though! Either way, I would just order the $50 plate of steak that comes with fried rice and share it between 2 or 3! >:)

New Ubin Seafood
Block 27 Sin Ming Road (behind Block 26), #01-174
Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A, Singapore 575680

The quest for the best Irish Stew

Been having random cravings for beef stew ever since I had it at Molly Malone’s Irish Bar about a month back. Both the Irish Stew (left) and Beef & Guinness Pie (right) were great, and I want to try more! I shall not digress..

Molly Malone’s is generous with their ingredients and the stew is packed with flavour without being overly salty or thick. Dipping the toast in the stew and eating it with the soft stewed beef and carrots is just heavenly. The Beef & Guinness Pie is pretty much the same thing except that it comes with a puff pastry. I wish they serve it as a real pie instead!

I seldom drink beer so I can’t comment much on that. However, I would recommend the sinful Crispy Fried Pork with sea salt & mustard ($13) as a bar food. The rest of the mains were pretty decent too. Molly’s Fish & Chips was made from fresh Haddock that’s lightly battered; it was definitely one of the better fish & chips I have tried in Singapore. The Honey Glazed Baby Pork Ribs and Bangers & Mash were alright. It was a pity that the meat from the pork ribs did not fall off the bone easily, and we felt that there was something missing from the mash potato for the Bangers & Mash.

Molly Malone’s Irish Bar
56 Circular Road Singapore 049411

For Chicken lovers

At Nando’s, it is all about chicken and their Peri-Peri sauce. Choose what you want to eat with the chicken and decide how spicy you want the chicken to be. It is something like buffalo wings, but portuguese style!

Peri-Peri, the Swahili name for Bird’s Eye chili, comes in four flavours: extra hot, hot, medium and garlic. More tangy than spicy, chilli-padi-friendly folks should have no problem with the extra hot Peri-Peri sauce from Johannesburg.

The flame-grilled quarter chicken (S$14.90) was mainly breast meat but it was tender and moist. I always have a difficult time choosing my sides because I like the grilled vegetables and colesaw which are definitely healthier than the yummy Peri Chips that are like the super crispy version of Botak Jone’s slightly spicy fries. And then there’s also the carb-heavy spice rice that goes well with the chicken too.

If you really like their Peri-Peri Chili Sauces like one of our colleagues who requested for 3 bottles of it for Secret Santa last year, you can purchase them at the Nando’s outlet. Their Peri-Peri sauces are 100% Natural, Kosher, Parev, Halal, contain no MSG, GMO, Artifical Colors or Flavor.

Nando’s
200 Victoria Street, #01-85 Bugis Junction, Singapore

An authentic all-day breakfast place

All-day breakfast places are such a hype these days that the hipster in me refused to patronise them for the past few months. I am happy with my local hawker food and teh ci peng siew dai (milk tea) that don’t cost an arm and a leg. The mood to try somewhere new finally hit me on Saturday and it was a toss between Maison Kayser and Wild Honey. We eventually chose Wild Honey because we felt that we would probably order quite a bit to fill ourselves up if we ate at Maison Kayser.

Caffeine was our top priority! Muahaha. The ice vanilla latte was great but the roasted almond latte was puuurfect. The thick layer of foam came with a smiley face and the nutty aroma would send you to caffeine heaven in a sip.The Aussie was probably the most humongous dish in the menu. 240 gram of steak came with fried potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms and a big piece of charred toast. Mushrooms are a must for us, and those tomatoes were the overpriced ones that I have been eying at the grocery store for a while! Every part of the dish was well thought off and executed although we felt the steak was slightly blend.‘I Love New York’ truly deserves its name. I have been craving for a bagel for the longest time ever since I was back from US three years ago, and I can finally say with a huge grin that I have tasted a kick-ass bagel in Singapore.

To give you an idea how difficult it is to find a decent bagel, I have actually tried all the bagels I have seen – Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Pullman Bakery, NYC Bagel from the supermarket and even tried it in the New York cafe at Tokyo Disney Sea.

$24 is not what I would expect to pay for a bagel, but this is different. They made their own cream cheese and there was smoked sturgeon and caramelised onions in their fluffy scrambled eggs. It would have definitely been a fishy disaster if it wasn’t cooked well.

The deco of the place was cute, and we were very well attended by the staff which doesn’t happen as often as I would like in Singapore. Certainly spurred the holiday mood in me and that’s money well spent. 🙂

Wild Honey
6 Scotts Road, #03-01 Scotts Square, Singapore

A bit of everything

International buffets are usually a hit-or-miss for me because different cuisines don’t really go well with each other. Thus I didn’t have high expectations when we went to Todai in late November. The place was packed when we arrived, and we were really lucky to be offered a private room for the five of us.

My first instinct was to go for the rows of sushi that caught my eye when we were walking in. The california rolls and sashimi were great! I could just fill up on them and be happy without venturing into the other sections.

But I headed over to the roast counter after my first plate. Everyone was raving about the roast beef and I had to try it. I paired the roast beef with some cold cut meat and broccoli before grabbing an oyster to try too. Then came more roast beef and potato gratin that will remind you why you can’t live without carbs.Everything was well replenished all the time except for the chilli crabs where there was always a queue. I was in my lil happy bubble eating a year’s worth of cheesy prawns and scallops that I didn’t even consider about the crabs which were limited to 2 pieces per pax.It is a pity that the dessert section was very forgettable, or I wouldn’t mind going back again in a few month’s time.

Todai
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #b2-01, Singapore 018972
Lunch buffets start from $42++ & dinner buffets start from $54++

PS: Todai was in the news recently because of a food poisoning incident. I think it’s probably a one off-thing as we had a lot of raw food that day and we were fine.