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


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

Hippopotamus – not a place for tiny stomachs

We came by Hippopotamus because we were driving round the area and didn’t want to queue for Imperial Treasure at Marina Square. Faced by our lack of options and a sudden appetite for meat, we decided to check this place out.

At first Hippopotamus seemed like a family restaurant, especially so because we were there on a Sunday, but it’s not unbearable like Swensons so that’s all right. We ordered quickly because they had a large selection of steaks and we were hungry, but note that there aren’t any pastas or exciting salads on their menu. This place is not for people with tiny stomachs.

Don't compare it with the french, this warm bread when buttered is very decent

Hippopotamus beef capaccio

Hippopotamus Chicken Skewers

We ordered a few of their starters but not many because the mains each came with three accompanying sides and that was going to be filling enough. The chicken skewers were quite appetizing but they tasted suspiciously like something that came out of an instant ready-to-eat packet. The beef capaccio received mix reviews around the table – personally I found it bland but Eileen thought it had just enough taste.

Hippopotamus chicken salad

This place is not for light-eaters or for those who are regimental with their diets. Do not order a salad. Order a steak instead.

We ordered steak burgers, the hanger steak and rib eyes. The burger and rib eyes were juicy and awesome for the prices but the hanger steak was passable. I think the hanger was the only one that came from a ‘set meal’. What I love about Hippo is also their generous servings of sides. They offer french beans, basmati rice, fries, mash, ratatouille and gratin. Try their ratatouille and potato gratin. Unless you have a habit of eating steak with rice, which I doubt, I suggest you skip that.

Hippopotamus creme brulee

Hippopotamus lava cake

They weren’t bad but we hardly touched the desserts. They weren’t worth the tummy stretch. The acid test of a good dessert for me usually is one that will compel me to push the boundaries (literally) of my stomach even after an especially filling meal. We barely dug three spoonfuls into ours.

I heard Hippo’s a great place for their lunch sets where you can get pretty respectable steaks for about twenty a person. Not a place that I’ll get hot and excited about, but not a place I’d say no to going back either.

Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill
6 Raffles Boulevard #01-204/205 Marina Square
6338 5352

Brussels Sprouts

Brussells Sprouts Special Mussels, Brussels Sprouts Platter and Belgian Wings

Beer, Braised Lamb Shank with Gibelotte Sauce, Caramelised Shallots, Mushrooms and Smoked Bacon, and Steak Frites with Salad: Classic Sirloin with Fries, Side Salad and Caramelised Shallots with Garlic Butter sauce

When attempting to make up our minds on what’d we be having for dinner, I waved for a waiter and pointed at the menu, confused by the multitude of mussel & clam serving varieties. “I’m lost. Can you help me?”

“Well, let me see. You are at Brussels Sprouts, East Coast Park Playground, Block F, Unit Zero One Twenty Seven.”

…and that was where we spent a lovely Sunday evening. Having been to Brussels Sprouts at Robertson Quay, I like their new outlet so much more. Being away from the city, this relaxed environment, with high wooden beams and the beach in close vicinity is perfect for chilling out with friends over mussels, free flow fries and booze.

The service staffs at Brussels’ Sprouts are stars. They are easygoing, attentive and reactive. Every time I checked on an order, or asked for another bucket of fries, I’d be confident of getting a response within a minute.

Larry, coming from Oklahoma, had little experience with mussel and clam types’ seafood and was naturally cautious (as everyone would be when conquering new shells). When we ordered the Brussels Sprouts Special, a broth made from celery, parsley and heaps of pepper, he loved it. Looks like their signature mussels don’t come with a reputation for nothing.

Only thing I wouldn’t order again would be the Platter. It wasn’t as satisfying to the palate as the Wings, Lamb Shank, Steak or fries were. Sounds like I already know what I’m ordering next time when I return, and return I would.
902 East Coast Parkway, Block F Unit #01-27, Playground @ Big Splash
Tel: +65 6346 4344