The Rotisserie

April 29, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Rotisserie
51 Telok Ayer Street
#01-01 China Square

12 Marina Boulevard
#02-06 Marina Bay Link Mall


http://www.therotisserie.sg/


Great Cafe For Meat-Lovers And Vegetarians!

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $15 per person.


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Even though I don't work anywhere near the Central Business District of Singapore, I've been coming here awhile now, thanks to The Rotisserie.

Located at the corner of China Square in Telok Ayer Street, The Rotisserie is immediately visible due to its location at the street corner and visible signage.

I quite like the ambience at The Rotisserie. With clean lines creating space, a high ceiling, and natural lighting, The Rotisserie gives off a comfortable and relaxing vibe, perfect for unwinding after work.

Service is mostly self-service, where you place your own orders and collect your own food once its ready. The staff are friendly, and will remind you to collect your order.

Now, the food. Portion sizes at The Rotisserie are quite large, typical of Australian serving sizes, and small eaters may need to share.

Anyplace which calls itself "The Rotisserie", has to pride itself on perfectly roasted, tender and juicy chicken. Fortunately, the chicken here is exactly like that. A nicely browned skin covers the tender and still moist chicken meat, which gives off a smoky aroma.

However, I did note that the chicken got noticebly less juicy towards the center, especially around the breast meat.

The Pork Ribs were reminiscent of American-Style BBQ Ribs, with fall-off-the-bone meat and a tangy, flavourful barbeque glaze.

I was quite disappointed with the Pork Knuckle however. While I loved the crispy skin, the Pork Knuckle meat was quite hard and dry. Probably the only dish I didn't enjoy here.

The Fish And Chips were served on a 'newspaper', like the British-Style chippy shops. The fish had a nice crispy batter, while still having a good chunk of moist fillet within. It was also less oily than I expected. Good!

The Rotisserie has a Vegetable Bar, and a Salad Bar. The difference? The Vegetable Bar contains staple side dishes like mashed potato and peas, and is similar day-to-day. The Salad Bar is freshly prepared daily, and the types of salad offered is different each day.

So far I've noted both western-style salads and middle-eastern-style salads. The portion size of the salad, at SGD $7.50 per serving, is relatively large already. I do wish however, that you could mix salads rather than having just 1 type of salad.

The Aussie Breakfast is rather good as well, although on weekdays, it's only served from 7.30am till 10.30am, and the whole day on saturday. Would be better if they extended their breakfast hours though, as most other places serve breakfast till 11am.


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American Hot Dog (Pork) With Hot Chips


Pork Knuckle Display


Pork Knuckle Half With Tomato, Basil And Rocket Salad And Bulgur Salad With Feta, Olives And Pine Nuts


Pork Knuckle Half


Roasted Chicken And Hot Chips Display


Roasted Chicken Quarter With Mashed Potato, Cauliflower And Cheese And Butter Corn


Roasted Chicken Quarter


Salad Bar With Coleslaw And Dijon Vinaigrette Potato Salad


Salad Bar With Tomato, Basil And Rocket Salad And Bulgur Salad With Feta, Olives And Pine Nuts


Vegetable Bar With Cauliflower And Cheese, Mashed Potato, Peas, Butter Corn And Brown Gravy


Aussie Breakfast Set A With Omelette, Sausage, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomato 01


Aussie Breakfast Set A With Omelette, Sausage, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomato 02


Aussie Breakfast Set A With Omelette, Sausage, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomato 03


Pork Ribs Half BBQ With Mashed Potato, Peas And Butter Corn


Pork Ribs Half BBQ


Aussie Breakfast Set B With Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Baked Beans, Hash Brown 01


Aussie Breakfast Set B With Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Baked Beans, Hash Brown 02


Aussie Breakfast Set B With Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Baked Beans, Hash Brown 03


Fish And Chips 01


Fish And Chips 02


Salad Bar With Chicken Caesar Salad And Fruity Rice Salad


Breakfast Rosti With Sausage, Bacon, Fried Egg And Sour Cream 01


Breakfast Rosti With Sausage, Bacon, Fried Egg And Sour Cream 02






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House Of Mini

April 29, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

House Of Mini
1 Pasir Ris Close
Level 1 EHub Downtown East

63 Jurong West Central 3
#03-K2 Jurong Point

10 Tampines Central 1
Tampines One

21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4
Lot 1

21 Choa Chu Kang North 6
#B1-45 Yew Tee Point

112 East Coast Road
I12 Katong


http://houseofmini.com/




Artisanal Cupcakes And Donuts
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 7
Value for Money: 8
Spent about $10 per person.

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My first thought when I passed House Of Mini was: "So Cute!!! I must buy some!!!" 

House Of Mini specialized in artisanal cupcakes, donuts, swiss rolls and cream puffs, in both regular size and miniature size. I like their variety of flavours (over 10 different types for both cupcakes and donuts), and as an added bonus, they even offer a 'create-your-own' cupcake, which is kinda fun!


House Of Mini claims to use less sugar in their treats, although I still found them to be relatively sweet. Still though, it's great as snacks or dessert, and especially as gifts!




House Of Mini Baby Cupcakes 01




House Of Mini Baby Cupcakes 02




Chocoholic




Cookie Monster




H.O.M. Original




Mango Tango




Strawberry Valentine




Monkey Business










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Novus Cafe

April 26, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Novus Cafe
93 Stamford Road


http://www.novus.sg/




Nice Place For Relaxing And Desserts
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 6
Value for Money: 5
Spent about $15 per person.

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Located within the National Museum of Singapore, Novus Cafe is a quiet chill-out spot perfect for relaxing. 


Novus Cafe has an eye-catching display of desserts at the front, which is apt as they have a dessert promotion. SGD $12 gets you 3 different types, while $18 gets you 6 desserts. 


Quality however, is more important than low prices. The Burnt Vanilla Creme Brulee was my favourite, with a nicely caramelized top, and a pudding-like interior. 


I liked the presentation of the Panna Cotta, served in a small glass jar. It looked endearing. The Raspberry syrup gave a nice flavour, but I felt it could have been better with a bit more syrup. 


The Pistachio Meringue at Novus Cafe was a little too sweet for me, and I didn't finish it. 


I just loved the ambience, and it's a great place to just relax after wandering around the National Museum of Singapore. 


Service was acceptable, but not fantastic.


Personally, I wouldn't mind visiting again.




Novus Cafe Interior




Novus Cafe Menu




Burnt Vanilla Creme Brulee




Panna Cotta




Pistachio Meringue




3 Desserts Promotion




Latte










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Zi Char - Mouth Restaurant

April 24, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Zi Char - Mouth Restaurant


22 Cross Street
#01-61 China Square Central

180 Kitchener Road
#04-15 City Square Mall 



http://www.mouth.com.sg/



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My parents have been wanting to eat at Mouth Restaurant for years, but never got the opportunity. So it was just pure serendipity when, on my mom's birthday, we chanced upon Mouth Restaurant in City Square Mall. 


Now, I had never heard of Mouth Restaurant before this, but I'm glad I do now. The food is absolutely fantastic, especially their dim sum. Any 4 dim sum items is SGD $19.80, and is just bursting with flavour. Their Har Gao Shrimp Dumplings is packed full of fresh prawns, and their Steamed Pork Ribs With Pumpkin had a depth of taste from the pumpkin slices it was steamed with. 


Mouth Restaurant had a special dish that weekend, which was Roasted Belly of Pork Special. I understand it's not a regular item on the menu, but my parents just loved it. Crispy skin, and not overly fatty or oily, it was served with a side of mustard. Dipping roast pork belly into mustard might seem weird, as the normal dipping sauce is usually savoury or sweet soy, but the mustard worked quite well. 


We also tried a Mouth Restaurant specialty, the Crispy Yam Ring With Mixed Fruits, which was filled with tropical fruits and a sweet reduced citrus sauce. Quite good, and the yam was densly packed and filling. 


Popular items on the menu do sell out fast on the weekends though.


The service is very efficient here, and they like to clear your plates quickly. 


I like the ambience, and the way they used oriental partitions to seperate out the small restaurant space. Also, note the lights at the front of the restaurant... They're made to look like dim sum steamer baskets!


Will love to visit again.




Crispy Yam Ring With Mixed Fruits




Deep-Fried Shrimp Dumplings




Fried Hong Kong Mee Sua




Har Gao Shrimp Dumplings




Roasted Belly Of Pork Special




Siew Mai Shrimp And Pork Dumplings




Steamed Cod With 3 Toppings




Steamed Pork Ribs With Pumpkin




Chilled Mango Pudding




Chilled Pamelo With Sago




Deep Fried Prawn Spring Roll




Sauteed French Beans In Special Meat Topping




Sauteed Wild Mushrooms With Home Made Bean Curd




Steamed Bean Curd Skin Roll




Steamed Cod With Minced Ginger




Stewed E-Fu Noodles




Sweet Spicy Anchovies And Peanuts










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