Dinner at La Vache!

The steak, the whole steak, and nothin’ but the steak.

There are days when you want options, and there are days when you just want a really good steak, y’know? At La Vache! (which literally translates to “The Cow!”), you get just that.

First things first, everyone gets a simple green salad with walnuts, so you’ll feel really virtuous before all that meat, fries, and dessert descends unto the table (and into your belly).

This plate of steak and fries may appear unassuming, but I can assure you that it’s one of the best I’ve had. And don’t worry, this wasn’t all of it. Our steaks were served on large metal platters (which you’ll see in the final photo) with tealights underneath to keep the food warm. I ordered my steak medium-rare, and I wish I’d taken a close-up of it. Oh well, just imagine a super juicy steak. Mm… Writing this is making me crave steak-frites right now!

Also, the fries were all-you-can-eat! They’re apparently fried in beef fat, and were pretty flavourful.

If you love meat and have a sweet tooth, they’ve also got an impressive array of desserts to choose from. I believe this was the Napoleon? (Also, this was Elon’s birthday dinner, hence the celebratory message.)

Caramelised apple tart.

Gateau au chocolat.

A massive macaron with blackberries.

Paris-Brest (a ring of choux pastry with hazelnut cream).

A little souvenir.

Satisfied diners. Can’t wait to come back again!

La Vache!
48 Peel Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2880 0248

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Butterfly Afternoon Tea at Urban Park

Hello! Yet again, it’s been some time since I was last here. By now, just about all my blog posts can be classified as “long overdue”, but I’m going to try and catch up anyway!

Back in July, Sonia and I had a lovely girls’ day out at Urban Park, where we had their signature Butterfly Afternoon Tea. Doesn’t everything just look too pretty to eat?

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s the dry ice effect too!

Putting the “Butterfly” in “Butterfly Afternoon Tea”.

The savoury bits: Scottish smoked salmon brioche, Tuscan salami brioche, parma ham and cheddar pancake rolls (wrapped in paper), and prawn cocktail tomato salsa shooters.

The sweet stuff: chocolate eclairs, fresh fruit tartlets, green tea and mango macarons, chocolate tartlets…

…and the cutest little “plant” cupcake!

Of course, it wouldn’t be an afternoon tea without the actual tea. Here we’ve got “Des Vancances”, which is a blend of green and black tea with bergamot, sunflower petals, and fruit.

Cheers!

How’s everyone? As always, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to come on again soon. We don’t have anything major planned for September, but I’d love to be able to squeeze in another visit to Disneyland, especially once the Halloween decorations are up! Anyone else excited about Halloween? Let me know what your plans are!

Food, Friends, Family

A collection of miscellaneous pictures featuring – what else? – food, friends, and family.

Mother’s Day lunch at Paradise Dynasty, Changi Airport Terminal 3.

Bak Kut Teh. Chef Martin Yan said that soup is the ultimate comfort food, and it’s true.

More soup, this time of the wild mushroom variety, along with tea at TCC.

Dinner with Natasha at Sakae Sushi. The menu’s been changed for the nth time, and many of my favourites are no longer available. This could possibly be my last visit.

After dinner, we had churros for dessert, and talked till the shop closed. The staff had changed out of their uniforms and started not-so-subtly sweeping the area around us.

My favourite Pontian wonton mee.

All desserts taste better when shared with the ones you love.

On afternoons when we didn’t have anything planned (which was rare), we had lunch at the Kopitiam near Edwin’s parents’ home, where we were staying.

Catching up with Frances, who was extremely pleased to find out she wasn’t the only one who carried a fan in her bag. In Hong Kong, it’s not uncommon to see people on the street using folding fans or those USB-charged spinning fans. Apparently in Singapore, aunties are the only people who carry fans, while the rest would rather melt in the heat than look “unglam”. Well, it may not look cool,  but I’d prefer to actually be cool, how ’bout that?

Tiramisu and coffee (hot cocoa in my case) at Da Paolo Gastronomia.

Penang-style char kway teow at Gurney Drive. Of course it just isn’t the same, but I’ll take what I can get.

Ice-cream with Zhenli at Gelare, after our dinner at Fish & Co.

Finally, nasi lemak at the airport before our flight back to Hong Kong!

It should go without saying that I miss everyone (and the food) badly, and I hope to see you all again soon! XOXO, Michelle

Black Nut – Fusion Food and Cocktails

As you may have guessed, I had quite the week in Singapore, meeting up with friends from various circles. On Saturday evening, I had dinner and drinks with my dear friend Zhenbin at Black Nut on Emerald Hill.

Crispy chicken crackling in a ginger flower marinade. Loved that little slaw on top – a little freshness to cut through all that deep-fried goodness!

Har cheong kai, or shrimp paste chicken. One can never have enough fried chicken.

Thin-crust pizza with prosciutto, pineapple, and rocket.

We ordered drinks too, but I forgot to take pictures of them. In any case, you can see that the place was incredibly dim, and taking pictures was a nightmare. Lack of lighting aside, we enjoyed the food very much, and I wouldn’t mind going back to try more of their fusion dishes.

So that’s it for this post, and I hope that my desperate attempts to clear the backlog were at least mildly entertaining. As usual, I’ve got loads more coming up, featuring more food, beauty, and Disney, so stay tuned!

Black Nut
2 Emerald Hill, Singapore
Tel: +65 6738 8818

Fresh Fruits Lab

Dined at yet another pretty place while in Singapore, but this was definitely more casual and laid back compared to Picnic and d’Good Cafe.

Yes, that is a stethoscope on the table.

Drinking cold-pressed juices from test tubes and water from beakers, as one does, naturally.

I suppose if you’re going for a theme, might as well go all out, right?

Brunch.

Alright, this marks the end of an exceptionally lazy post. I was watching “The Five-Year Engagement” on TV, and now I wish I were somewhere with snow. I’d do some fantasy holiday planning, but it’s really late right now, and I’ve got an early day tomorrow. Goodnight!

d’Good Cafe @Takashimaya, Singapore

Another short and sweet post today, as I gradually work my way through the photos from my Singapore trip back in May. As it had been ages since I was last in town, I tried my best to meet up with as many friends as possible. Priscilla was free in the afternoon, so we met up for coffee before later meeting the rest of the group for dinner (that’ll probably be another post).

Pris and I were walking around Takashimaya after she had to “rescue” me from the labyrinth that was Orchard and its countless underground paths. We spotted d’Good Cafe and decided to spend the next few hours there.

Like Picnic, this place is also calling out for Instagram, with its swings, flowers, and outdoorsy feel.

Ah… “al fresco” dining, but with air-conditioning. Isn’t that the best of both worlds?

Fries with mayonnaise and some kind of truffle sauce. Golden and crispy, they didn’t disappoint.

Rose and lychee cake. Usually it’s all about the chocolate for me, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Light and fluffy, and not too sweet!

A cup of mocha, with what is now the usual coffee art. I’m not quite sure what it’s supposed to be. It looks like something alright, but I’m not going to spell it out.

I heard that the branch in Holland Village is a lot prettier, but unfortunately it’s also out of the way for me. Still, if I do get the chance, I’d love to check it out.

d’Good Cafe
391 Orchard Road #B1-56
Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1411

Picnic Singapore

So as mentioned in the last post, we’re in the second half of 2017. Where has the year gone? I’d been wanting to do more on the blog, but now I feel like there’s a case of writer’s block. Yes, it’s just a blog, but it’s my outlet. Honestly, I shouldn’t feel too worried about it and just create whatever makes me happy, and the “flow” should naturally work its way back in, right? After all, the best way to improve at something is practice, practice, practice.

So with that in mind, I’m going to tackle the post that’s been sitting in “Drafts” for some weeks now. While in Singapore, Edwin and I had a double date with my old friend Ruihong and his girlfriend Pamela. As we’d been out of town for a while, I asked Ruihong to pick the place and he sent me a link about this place called Picnic.

Picnic is an indoor food court that is slightly more high-end than most. While the decor is lush, I wouldn’t exactly call it “bringing the outdoors in” – more hipster chic than actual urban jungle, if you will.

The food choices on offer are a good mix of international cuisines, from Japanese to Italian, with some fusion thrown in.

Edwin and I arrived super early, so we had time to snap a few photos.

First impressions: this place is begging to be Instagram-ed. If I were based in Singapore, I might routinely round up my girlfriends to have monthly gatherings at the prettiest eateries, and this would probably be fairly high on the list.

For anyone who’s ever dined at Marche, this would feel rather familiar. You order either directly from a stall or from a touchscreen next to it, and collect your food from a pick up counter when it’s ready. Payment is made at the end of your meal at the exit (where the girl in the red top is standing).

I’d been craving a root beer float for the longest time. Quite excited about A&W coming back to Singapore, but I’m guessing there’ll be insane lines for the first few months. It might be easier to go to Malaysia instead!

Rosti with the usual toppings you might find on a baked potato – sour cream, chives, and bacon bits. Not quite the gloriously crispy rosti I was hoping for, but it was decent.

Beef rice bowl with foie gras, truffle, and onsen egg. This would be rather indulgent on its own, but paired with everything else on the table, it ended up being quite “heavy”.

Burger, onion rings, truffle fries… Pork rice bowl?

My bacon cheeseburger, and garlic fries that left me feeling quite cheated. As you can see, someone literally threw a few cloves of garlic on top of regular fries and called it a day. While most of the truffle fries tasted like truffle, the “garlic fries” had none of the garlic taste, save for maybe the six fries on top that were in direct contact with the cloves.

Well, at least the burger was pretty good.

Salted caramel ice-cream, because no meal is complete without dessert.

And… that’s all, folks! I’m hoping that the next few months will be relatively uneventful so that I’ll have the time to slowly catch up on the backlog. In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me. See you soon!

Picnic Singapore
Wisma Atria, #03-15
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 6734 8352