The Easter long weekend is finally here! What have you got planned? This time last year, we were in Taipei with Edwin’s parents, having a blast. This year, I’m just going to immerse myself in a chocolate coma, so don’t mind me. But before I do that, here are more of our dining adventures in Singapore!
The Coastal Settlement
Had dinner here with Zhenbin. Very cozy environment, with a generous dose of hipster-chic as well.
Portobello fries with ever-awesome mayonnaise. A juicy, “meaty” alternative to regular fries. (Don’t worry potato I will always love you.)
Speaking of my love for spuds – tadah! Steak with rosti and broccolini. And roasted garlic! (Because it deserved a sentence of its own.) The steak was oh-so-tender and the rosti was perfectly done. And that roasted garlic!
The pavlova with passionfruit sorbet and mixed berries ended the meal on a sweet (and sour) note. I especially loved the chocolate crumble and the honeycomb bits. At least that’s what I think it is. Oh well, dessert is dessert.
How adorable is this mini stone lion? I should get a pair for myself, but then I wouldn’t be able to get through the door.
The Coastal Settlement
200, Netheravon Road
Tel: (+65) 6475 0200
The creatively named Poulet (chicken in French) has been serving up gorgeous roasted birds for an affordable price since 2012. I’ve dined here at least once every time I go back, and soon it’ll be in my subconscious mind that no visit in Singapore is complete without having poulet in Poulet. (My subconscious mind probably also consists of floating desserts and fried chicken and trippy images like that.)
A-ny-way… I was here with my soulmate Natasha, who unfortunately was under the weather that evening. So it was the healing camomile tea for her, while I went with the usual-but-not-boring iced lemon tea.
Half roast chicken with lemon cream sauce. The sauce was a seasonal special, but hopefully it’ll be included in the permanent menu as it was très délicieux. The usual option is between a mushroom cream sauce or a cranberry sauce with mustard. I’ve tried both, and the cream sauces are much better.
Natasha’s duck and orange salad.
Poulet @ Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
Tel: (+65) 6336 3119
It’s a local sushi chain with less-than-spectacular sashimi, but the cooked dishes are fairly decent. Also, their menu appears to change with alarming frequency. Just don’t take away my favourite items, alright?
From left: kakiage (vegetable tempura), chawanmushi (steamed egg), and salmon skin gunkan sushi. However, these are all just playing for second place because my favourite item is…
THIS. LOOK AT ALL THAT GRILLED MENTAI SITTING ON A SLAB OF SALMON. I JUST WANNA-
Ahem. So now you know.
Even the tea is different. It used to be regular green tea, and now it’s been infused with brown rice. I prefer this one, so that’s okay!
Sakae Sushi @ Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street
Tel: (+65) 63349015
Long-awaited catch-up session with the AQUOS girls!
Complimentary bread with yummy herb butter.
Mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce. Like I said, if it’s crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside… you know the drill.
Onion loaf. Oh, my love of fried food knows no bounds. How I’ve waited to savour this tower of goodness… (Okay I’m getting quite hungry as I’m typing this.)
Potato skins with cheese, bacon, and sour cream? So many delicious things on a plate, so many delicious things in one mouthful… I can’t even.
Priscilla loves potato. Priscilla loves soup. Priscilla loves potato soup.
Baby back ribs and some vegetables to make everything healthier.
We were so busy taking photos of the food that we forgot to have a group picture taken! Next time we should do that before the meal so we won’t forget. Also because when you put me in the same room as food…
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall, Tower 5
Tel: (+65) 6337 9055
According to the website, there used to be a Tony Roma’s restaurant in Hong Kong, but it closed in 2012, and I’m still waiting for it to re-open. (Consoles self with HK-style condensed milk bun.)
Lunch with my best friend Frances at Boston Seafood Shack. Mussels in white wine sauce, served with garlic bread.
Thank you Frances for the awesome ship’s wheel bracelet! Now my collection of nautical accessories is complete! Who am I kidding, my collection is never complete.
Mocha ice-blended at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Can’t have whipped cream and get away with it anymore. Sigh…#gettingold
Another lohei session, this time at my mum’s karaoke event.
With my gorgeous mum!
Soup bun filled with scrumptious crab broth at Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant.
My favourite Pontian fried wanton mee (noodles)!
My favourite Japanese noodles from Takashimaya’s basement! Hahaha everything also “favourite”. The one on the left is with cheese, while the one on the right is wrapped in an omelette. But the cheese one really is my favourite. I must have this every time I go to Orchard. If I have a lunch or dinner appointment at some other restaurant or eatery then I’ll swing by afterwards to tapau (takeaway) the noodles back home for supper or something. Die die must eat!
Finally, salted caramel affogato from tcc. It used to be chocolate affogato, but I guess they needed business from the hipsters. Why must the menus all change every time I go back?
To be honest, it tasted pretty good. Alright hipsters, you win.
Looking back, this food journey was about more than just eating. It was about the people we dined with, the jokes we made while snapping pictures of the food, and more. This city has much more to offer than just good food. The past few weeks showed the strength and unity of the people like never before. It was a sad time, but inspiring, too.
So what is this place? For myself, and for many others, it’s home.
And that’s all it has to be.