Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bake Of Muffins @ Amoy St Food Centre



The original intent was to head to Missy Muffins but alas, was closed! :( What luck. The gf brought me around the corner for Bake Of instead. My first visit to Amoy, yes yes shame on me. The place is crowded and you can't quite walk away without smelling like the food centre.



Fantastic four?



Cheese Muffin

Topped off with shredded cheese, like the cheese buns you'd find at bakeries. This supposedly savoury muffin tasted slightly on the sweet side. The cheese inside the muffin added to the coarse texture of the muffin.




Mrs Smith Muffin

This is the muffin version of an apple crumble, it's got diced spiced apples inside and crumbs baked on top. If only the apples were a tad more generous, but otherwise...not too bad.



Blueberry Muffin

Nested within the fluffy moist muffin is a generous dollop of blueberry jam. The jam kept the muffin more moist than the rest.





Oreo Muffin

Dry and bore no hint of oreo.


I find the muffins at Bake_Of more of cupcake than muffin proper. Drier than the expected moist muffin. They pride themselves in "no butter" policy. Of the four attempted, I like blueberry best.

Other flavours available; double chocolate, carrot chocolate chip, cranberry, prune.
$1/muffin
4 in a box.

Bake Of Muffins
Amoy Street Food Centre
#02-128

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mei Heong Yuen Dessert @ Temple Street



Throngs of people, lunch time, dinner time...nearly all the time. Find a seat, take your order, pay up and wait...if need be, make reminders lest you risk getting your order missed totally.



Mango sago pomelo ($3.50)

A must try from all the foodie accolades plastered on the walls. A generous portion of thick mango juice, sweet mango chunks with sago and pomolo bits all over. Arguably the best I've eaten. The ingredients aren't stinged upon and the portion's much bigger than the regular ones at dessert places..I'd call it the Ben and Jerry's of chinese desserts, at least for the mango sago pomelo. It's always nice to have fruits in chunks because you get to taste the fullness of it. A refreshing chunky dessert on a hot day!

The pal's almond paste was thicker than normal but otherwise bland.

They've got snow ice and savoury snacks as well. Will be back!

Mei Heong Yuen Dessert

65-67 Temple Street

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Oriole Cafe @ Pan Pacific Suites 2



Back at Oriole for seconds..with a bunch of gfs this time. It was surprisingly crowded on a weekend afternoon.



The weekly menu..I did a quick scan, minor changes in the menu.



My order of Lemon Cake ($3.50).



The cake's got a slight crumbly rough texture, together with the buttercream swirl and raspberries..it was a good enough tea item. Not too sweet. Definitely wasn't impressed..the portion was on the small side.



The gf's more substantial Chocolate Fudge ($6.50) that came with ketchup-looking strawberry sauce. The cake's dense and moist. Much better than my lemon cake!

We people watched quite abit, seemingly a hotspot for the regulars from California Fitness a stone's throw away. I've not found their signature dessert yet, their cakes seem just alright. Service is very obliging. A different allure about this place in the afternoon and at night, nonetheless, it's one place worth keeping for the ambience. I've still not gotten enough of their pretty-ful chandeliers!

Oriole Cafe
Pan Pacific Suites

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Colbar @ Wessex



Nostalgia is what Colbar is all about complete with the dowdy outlook...hardly you'd find places that have wooden planks lining the walls, waiters that hardly mutter a word, and food that's old school. Chin Chin's lost that bit of it to refurbishments, Chin Mee Chin and Colbar's the few left that bears remnants of the past. Sigh, if only Red House wasn't demolished, would've been a perfect place to reminisce, would've been as iconic as Hongkong's cha chan tengs!



Tattered and torn menus



Order number!



Coke

Nothing spectacular but I was amused by Ashley Isham's design.

They serve chinese and western, sounds simple? R and I had a hard time deciding what to eat. A simulation of what too many choices of the same thing can do to you,

Pork Cutlet with mushrooms and chips
Pork Cutlet with peas and chips
Pork Cutlet with peas, egg and chips

Read it more than once, you get lost somewhere.



Pork Cutlet with Mushrooms and Chips

Three over-browned pieces of pork covered in gravy and served with haphazardly cut mushrooms and homemade thick chips. The pork chops were thin but grazed over with a crunchy batter. I defied the healthy diet laws and gobbled the batter sans the pork. The mushrooms were something new, though we all know it's straight out of a can!



Hamburger Steak with chips, egg and peas

I wasn't expecting minced beef patties but should've guessed from the "Hamburger" description. I liked the minced beef patties though. Peas! A rare sight in dishes these days, I only remember Chin Chin's Pork chops having them.

Somehow, I was belly satisfied although the food wasn't fantabulously good. I figure the lack of ambience in some heavily ulu-ated place upped the whole charming experience. Sounds weird saying this but..when the restaurants all get too similar, arriving at an oldschool fussfree, almost like kopitiam place can be quite a treat.

All in $23. Surely not the cheapest around but I'm already planning seconds. :P

Colbar
Near Temasek Club
9A Whitchurch Road
Wessex Estate

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cafe Swiss @ Swissotel 2



Headed back to Swiss Cafe for a taste of Swiss + Asian. The first attempt was distasteful but the second was enjoyable and more Swiss!

Wiki's here again...

The Swiss cuisine is unique in its many regional influences from its neighbors' cuisine, including Italian, French and German cuisine. However, the Swiss also have their own unique dishes. Switzerland was for a long time a country of farmers, so their specialties involve potatoes and cheese (Rösti, Fondue, and Raclette), and also some more exquisite foods such as chocolate.

With that in mind, I took on an obviously calorie challenging buffet with open arms.



Price list at the door, saves the waiters alot of trouble with the enquiries.

A walk around the buffet tables..



Cheese all mighty..




Asian delights..szechuan chicken..!



Spy the fat scallops?



Fish dumplings for you..



Movenpick! *Scrambles*



The authentic swiss, raclette and fondue!



High ceilings always appeal to me.



The must-do before every meal.



On the plate (L-R): Cha soba, sushi, salads, sashimi, ham, mussel.



Notable mention from the starters: Salmon platter.



Slippery and good.



Watery starter.



Pile on the carbs! It's unforgettable.



In replacement of the oven baked chicken.

Starters

Mushroom Soup

The mushrooms are ground so fine, on the thin side.

Minestrone

Didn't try this.

Selection of bread and cheeses

The bread's so soft and chewy! You can taste the freshness in every bite. I basically sat down, lathered them with butter and smothered it with raclette. My favourite has to be the walnut loaf.

Salad Bar (seasoned prawn, pork sausage salad, penne with sausage, salmon platter, caesar salad)

The salmon platter was majorly outstanding, it's smoked salmon roll with cream cheese. The combination's to-do-for, coupling two of my favourites. Pity they didn't refill it.

Seafood (Mussels, Oysters, Prawns)

The oysters only made their grand appearance way later into the buffet. Whilst waiting for my raclette, they were bringing out the oysters, I must've looked at them so greedily the kind waiter passed me a portion of oysters over the counter.

Mussels were just alright. The prawns were blanched to a delicious red, the meat's crystalised as if it were raw, but tasted delish.

Cha Soba

Passable.

Sushi

Japanese cuisine suicide, the rice was too hard, sushi wasn't rolled properly.

Sashimi

Sinewy pieces of half-past-six sashimi. Not the best of the buffet.



On the plate (L-R); Roast beef, pork braswurst, veal, rosti, cheese fondue, fish dumpling, salmon platter



Roast beef...! The pretty pink hue.



Versus the much toned down ribeye.



On the plate (L-R); salmon, prawn skewer, veggies, ratatouille, szechuan chicken!



On the plate (L-R); I gathered all the cheeses available and stuffed myself silly. Was mindblowingly good.



Raclette! Look at the thick cheese, the gorgeous yellow...death by cheese for any non-cheese lover. My mom nearly retched from the stench.



I had to steal a shot of this, my first cheese fondue and boy, loving it to bits!

Mains

Roast Beef (Tenderloin, Ribeye) with mustard and gravy

Vavavroom, the tenderloin was literally melt-in-your mouth! The ribeye was tougher as expected but the beefy goodness could be tasted. Their mustard's different from off the rack, spicier and packs an oomph.

Oven baked chicken

It was all distributed before you can say "Cafe Swiss", they compensated with a plate of sashimi though.

Raclette (Baby Potatoes, pickled onions)
Traditional Raclette is a semi-firm, salted cheese made from cows Hot cheese dribbled over potatoes, served with small gherkins, pickled onions etc.

I had the baby potatoes separately, lightly salted. The preparation of the raclette's an interesting sight, the cook melts the round of cheese under a griller until it bubbles and the cheesy fragrance wafts up, he takes a knife to swipe off the melted cheese into your plate. Ahh, so swift! I adored this most! It's death by cheese literally. The stinkiest of the lot, the cheesiest and it's molten...the ultimate for any cheese lover. If it weren't a buffet I'd have managed seconds or thirds of this! I only regret not having this on the naked walnut loaf!

Cheese Fondue

This is a much lighter version of raclette, I dipped the chewy bread into the pot of swirling melted cheese. Yummy.

Dry Ratatouille or Green Yellow Herb Zucchini

Didn't find it anything out of the ordinary. Mostly peppers.

Stir fried Vegetables with Fish Fillets

Uniquely chinese, the fish was fresh!

Stir fried Broccoli with Gingko nuts and Scallops

Gingko nuts and scallops...I liked this somehow!

Steamed Salmon River Trout on Herb White Wine Sauce

Thick salmon filets in a creamy sauce, wasn't too bad.

Pan seared Veal Mignon with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

The meat was tough, tougher as compared to the droolicious roast beef or fish filets. Just okay.

Grilled Prawn Skewer

Fresh prawns that weren't overly crunchy.

Fried Szechuan Kampung Chicken with Dried Chilli

Yummy dish, the chicken was well marinated.

Baked Rosti with Mushroom

Couldn't find the mushroom in the rosti but this was well executed. Tasty.

Lamb Stew Benichon Style

Another toughie.

Fish Dumpling in Lobster Bisque

Looked like tofu slices, tasted like the teochew fishcakes.

Pork Bratswurst

Decent though not bursting with flavours.



On the plate (L-R); Tart, profiterole, semolina pudding, strawberry mousse.



Upclose of the scrumpteous profiterole.



Walnute carrot, agar and watermelon.



Three scoops of heaven, stacciatello, passionfruit and mango, raspberry.



Remember how this looks like, avoid it like plague.

Desserts

Fruit Platter (Watermelon, Pineapple, Papaya)

I like how fruits can always end a meal so brilliantly.

Chocolate Fondue

Marshmellows and juicy strawberries were up for dipping.

Tart

A dense tart that wasn't supremely enjoyable.

Movenpick Ice-cream Selection (Raspberry Sorbet, Passionfruit and Mango Sorbet, Espresso Croquant, Stracciatella)

The best ice-cream you can ever get at any buffet. Creamy and milky stracciatella was, packed with dark chocolate chips. The sorbets were amazing too, especially passionfruit with mango bits.

Walnut carrot cake

It's a light one, with chopped pistachios. Delicious! There was chocolate cream and banana on top too.

Strawberry Mousse

Too much mousse. All things pink in fact, strawberries, strawberry meringue sticks..strawberry macarons (too powdery).

Profiteroles

Cream puffs plumped with chocolate cream, covered in chocolate sauce and seasonal fruits. Triple Yums for this.

Donut

The last minute addition tasted quite bad. Think of a fried donut soaked in sugar.

Agar agar with seasonal fruits

Not too bad!

Semolina Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce

Tasted quite like bread and butter pudding with orange slices and canned peaches. The black specks in the sauce caused a flutter in the stomach!

Opera/Tiramisu

Didn't try but the chocolate lover claims I didn't miss out.

Ok, by now you'd know I'm nothing but praise for Cafe Swiss. Death by cheese, if one major selling point of this buffet. The widest range of cheese available for every cheese lover. The selection of food is awesome, mostly hits. It's one buffet that wows not on quantity but quality. I can find something good from the starters, mains and dessert at least!

Over and over again, I'm sold. Service is way better this time round despite the bulgeoning crowds. Thumbs up to Swissotel!

$50++ for dinner, Thursday -Saturday only
From 630pm

Cafe Swiss
Swissotel