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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

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If you think the craze about tendon or flying udon were the recent big players in the Japanese food scene in Singapore, this post is meant for you. Read on. 
Located in the hearts of Chinatown makes Man Man Unagi Restaurant an easy reach for the working crowd. I have heard rumours that lunch time queue can be as long as an hour's wait. So either you reach at 11am before it opens or you will need to have an extended lunch to get your hands on these charcoal-grilled freshwater eels. 
I arrived at 9.30pm and the restaurant was about 75% full, still a sizeable crowd considering it was just Monday! 

Take a look at Mr Rudolph spreading those charcoals to make sure it's got the best heat to cook those skewered Unagi. Honestly, I pity him for having to wear them throughout the day and standing by the charcoal pit. Yet he looked so calm in it as if he's been doing it for years! Applause to Teppei Yamashita's success in creating the X'mas mood. 


Those Unagi being barbecued looks…

Tendon Kohaku's 2nd outlet!

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Ever since I chanced upon Tendon Hokaku (even though I've read so much about it before that plus all the instagram spams on my wall) at its 1st outlet at Suntec, been missing it. Just that the queue can be quite a pain especially during the peak hours. So there's also peak periods for dining nowadays! 
It's opening at Circular Road last week has caused such a hype especially amongst the working crowd in the area. CBD IS HAPPENING TOO! 


Quickly, the queue has formed with longer queue times as the days go by. I went on a Wednesday at 1pm and the waiting time was 15 mins, better than I expected. Then on Thursday, it became 40 mins. I'm not sure how long it'll be in the days to come. But if you all agree with me, the perpetual queue is a good sign too! 


The cosy outlet has about 6-7 tables and some counter seats so I reckon it can hold up to 20 pax at each time. Menu is a standard 4 types: Seafood, chicken and mixed vegetables tendon (spicy or non-spicy) at $15 while the …

The Usual Place

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Neighbourhood cafes sprawling all over Singapore are giving people a hard time deciding where to even start. For me, i am contented that i can take a 5-10 mins stroll down the streets of Jurong East Street 31 to get to nearest cafe - The Usual Place

This cafe stands out from the crowd in the midst of the wet market, coffee shops and supermarkets. I have to say, it can be easily missed given its humble-looking exterior, if not for my Google Maps leading me there.
The food, in the likes of the prices, are really delicious. We had four dishes accompanied with their lemon ginger mint tea and coffee..
1. Salted Egg Prawn Pasta (SGD 12.90)


It was not a difficult decision o make. I knew i wanted to have it the moment i see it on the menu, hence it was the first confirmed order. To my delight, it turns out to be a wise choice. The fat prawns are succulent and crunchy, drowned in the creamy salted egg sauce.
2. 1/2 Usual Wings
The fried wings caught me off guard as it was very well- executed w…

Cake Spade Has Moved!

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I've been a fan of Cake Spade's desserts for the longest time. It's my promise to visit the shop whenever I'm at Tanjong Pagar except on Sundays when it's closed. 
It used to be located at Orchid Hotel beside Two Blur Boys (burger joint) and where several ramen bars reside. That used-to-be spot was tiny and could only accommodate two couples outside the shop. But the variety of desserts on the menu greatly exceeds what you see from the outside. The shelf displays their famous cakes, brownies and cupcakes but what's going on inside the kitchen is something you have to dine in to find out.
My dream finally came true because it's decided to move into a bigger unit not too far away from the old unit. Just walk past the boutiques of wedding gowns and you will be on your way to any girl's dream dessert shop. 
I found myself having to wait for a table despite them having expanded almost five times! But I was happy to wait :) 
After getting a table, it's time t…

House Dempsey

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I never liked to eat at Dempsey if neither my friends nor I intends to drive there. But I guess Dempsey House's reviews made me changed my mind. 
Nearest train station would be Orchard Road and you will need to take a bus for sure. Assuming you made it there without much of a problem, there's a long walk uphill to where Dempsey House is located. Yes, one of the furthest eatery here in the heart of Dempsey.
They have a couple of menus to look at so do pick your dishes wisely. I was staring at the House Hi-Tea which is only available from 3-5.30pm on Thurs and Fri (I KNOW RIGHT!! How can they do that to me! Sobs) At just $30++/pax where you can savour on curry leave brownie! How awesome is that! Definitely going for that the next time I happen to be on leave on a weekday. 

Not withstanding that, we had the most creative fries ever. But that is coz there is no other place with Pumpkin Fries with Hazelnut, Paprika and Chilli Powder. My expectations was higher than that for this was h…

SPRMKT

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Cafes are a plenty along Telok Ayer but SPRMKT is some place not to be missed. It's clean-looking interior makes one feel welcoming and yearning to linger longer in this cafe after your meal. 
I was at SPRMKT to celebrate my first year of pole-ing with my first pole friend S. We have so much in common it is quite unbelievable, just that she eats lesser than me and is more hardworking than me when it comes to pole. I'm proud of her achievements ๐Ÿ˜Š
My order of the weekend brunch item - Salmon and Eggs ($16) was not fantastic but neither was it bad. I would have expected more given that the cafe has been one of the longer lasting ones around. Generally, they are short lived. The salmon seems as if it was defrosted frozen salmon. Not much effort there. Whilst the eggs could be more runny. Oh and that's crumpets on the side. Have not actually tried one before. Now I know, it's just muffin's cousin.

Second stomach called for dessert so I had to indulge in one. Plus, the sel…

Boruto Singapore

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I've heard and read so much about Boruto that I know I will regret if I don't try it. Hustled in the midst of CBD, one could still miss the place if you do not open your eyes wide enough. 
The humbled exterior exudes a cool, mysterious looking diner but once you enter, the warm and dimly lit interior will make one feel comfortable to sit there sipping ice water through the night (exactly what I did). Vaults of rare whiskies n sake lined the walls, be careful not to touch them as one can set you back as much as $3.7k. 
We sat upstairs where there are about 5 bar top tables and a groovy ambience. The night was young so we decided to start off with food. Certain selections from their menu cost $10 every Saturday. We were really lucky! Their food are served tapas style and artistically displayed. It was a difficult choice to make. But we managed to shortlist 5 dishes (aside from desserts) to start off. 
Potato Mentai Cheese ($9.80) which was essentially potato cut into spheres and fi…

Where Is My Icecream??

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I wondered how I wondered why the coconut ice cream outlet is called WIMI. Just what does that stands for? Is it the bosses' names? 
I managed to get a chance to have a chat with the boss' sister on the name and it is just smart! W is Where I is Is M is My and I is Icecream. A cute and catchy name for the chain. 
Opening for the second outlet for relatives and friends is this weekend at their pre-opening launch and I went cocoNUTS. The first outlet was at clementi which I have yet to try and I know I have to give it a shot since it must have done well at its flagship outlet.
First, choose your ice cream. They have coconut, coconut (strong), and milk tea. I've always loved my coconut in my desserts so I wanted to go for strong but was suggested to try both which I did. 

Toppings are as follows:  

You can choose up to three toppings for to go into your ice cream. I love the fact that they've all the toppings one can possibly think of so you will never have a problem if you do…

Hakata Ikkousha Ramen

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The best is yet to be.. There are so many ramen places opening up each month and one gets better than the other. It is hard to catch up with this craze man. 
And so I decided to start with the household brands first. These restaurateurs have been around for the longest time. 
Here's a shot for two. Pretty good deal right? There's spicy one which is the renowned GodFire and the other is the Tonkotsu Black which is flavoured with plenty of garlic. For the sides that comes with the set, we had a gyoza and karaage for sharing. 
The rich soup stock together with the springy and chewy noodles were to die for. We decided to choose the normal soup flavour and noodle texture so that we get to try the origanality of the ramen before we decide to go light or heavier the next time round. We added extra toppings for the Tonkotsu Black which came with three huge slices of pork and and an ajitama egg which came was not runny enough. The spring onions topping the soup gave it some healthy boost.…

Experiment at The Lab

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Finding something healthy yet tasty isn't quite an easy task. But since I had a special request from a friend, I decided to be a little adventurous and explored the streets of Haji Lane for one place which qualifies this. 
The Lab SG is open by a humbled Muslim family and situated in Jalan Pisang. Right in the midst of many reputable cafes like Artistry and Symmetry, you might easily give this gem a miss. 
The name of the cafe speaks for itself. Expect what you would see in a laboratory- cylinders and jars. But of course, these containers are filled with food and not chemicals. 
Pressed fruit juices are one of the specialties at The Lab. At 5 bucks, you can choose three different ingredients to go into your mixed juice. I got the ginger, carrot and beetroot which turned out refreshing and slightly spicy and sweet at the same time. 
As for the food, be prepared to spoil yourself with the array of selections, from burgers to pastas to interesting starters, 

We only took one photo since t…

Tuan Yuan - The New Bak Kut Teh In The House

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Welcoming the new player in the bak kut teh heat is ๅ›ข็ผ˜ or Tuan Yuan. 
Located right in the midst of the peaceful yet centralized neighbourhood in Tiong Bahru, Tuan Yuan caters to both the residents as well as the adventurous foodies. So how did the name ๅ›ข็ผ˜ came about? We hear from the boss of the restaurant that it actually has several meanings behind it. One of which would be that he wish to bring families together to enjoy a sumptuous meal, whereas the other is because its current location is where the family used to stay many years back. This brings back fond memories of my childhood as well, since I grew up in Kim Tian Road. 
I can sense your eagerness to read on hence, enough of the history and let's get down to the main reason why you're reading this. The Food Critic! 
The parents of the boss is actually the founders of Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha at PSA Tanjong Pagar (7 Keppel Road). Remember those times where I'd just have to walk across my office for some hot peppe…

Chir Chir Outlets

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Chir Chir (otherwise known as Chi-ru Chi-ru) is presently located in three places evenly spread across the tiny island of Singapore: Bedok Point, 313@Somerset and finally Chinatown Point
If you are a fan of the Korean fried chicken craze, then surely you would not want to give this a miss! One unique thing about Chir Chir is their utensils. I forgot to take a picture of them because I was too busy chatting with colleagues and did not think of blogging about it but this is so good I need to share with everybody!! They have special 'kiap kiap' so that you will not dirty your hands even though you're eating the greasy fried chicken. However, I still personally prefer putting my fingers in action. Food somehow tastes better... 
Tuck your face into the signature Nest Snow and you will be so glad you came upon this dish. Placed beautifully on a bed of creamy sauce and served on a hot plate, the tower of sizable chicken tenders are one of the best you can ever find (at least here i…

Feast away in Johor Bahru - Special Ed for KSL City

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Spending the new year in JB is my first time. I was looking forward to a time of feasting and resting. Having been overseas (well further than just across the causeway) for the past 6-7 years, this is surely a downgrade for us.  
Taking the KTM train from woodlands checkpoint was a different experience from the usual causeway link buses or cars which often gets into our nerves when stuck in the jams. There are 7 trips in a day and cost 5SGD to get from SG to JB sentral. Return trip costs only 5RM! It is no surprise that the trip there is filled with Singaporeans on new year eve. I was lucky my aunt booked in advance since the train was filled and my friend told me it was fully booked everyday till 3 Jan. The ride was about 5 minutes but the greater thing is that you do not have to queue at the crowded customs because they have special customs in air con walkways for train passengers.
Surely a selfie is a must on the virgin ride! 
We took S1 from the bus stop at City square to KSL city di…