Saturday, 28 June 2014

Ristorante Da Valentino

We initially wanted to go Dozo for our 4 year "together" anniversary dinner (need to state "together" because we got many anniversaries to celebrate, got "together" anniversary, proposal anniversary, ROM anniversary and wedding anniversary. We got so many celebrations in a year hor!! Hahaha) Anyway, Dozo was closed for renovation until Sept. So hubby found another restaurant to go. It's Ristorante Da Valentino at Turf City.

It was already fully booked inside the restaurant so we had an alfresco dinner. The restaurant really gave us the Italian feel when we were there. Even the doors and the windows resemble Ristorante Da Enzo, a restaurant which we frequent when we were in Italy.

The food. Oh my god!!! It's so so yummy!! Ever since we're back in Singapore, we've not had such nice Italian food!! We missed these tastes so so much!

Even the bread was awesome! It smells so nice! It's served warm and it's crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We were given a small bowl of pesto sauce to dip the bread. We finished the bread even before our appetizer came. Haha.

We ordered the buffalo mozzarella cheese with cherry tomatoes and rucola (rucola is rocket in Italian) as appetizer. This dish was super yummy!!! The cherry tomatoes were so sweet and juicy! I loved to eat rucola when I was in Italy but the rucola that I've tried in Singapore so far tasted bitter. But the rucola in this dish is so fresh and tasted exactly like what I had in Italy! The buffalo mozzarella cheese was delicious too! We were so satisfied with our appetizers and were so looking forward to the main courses.

We ordered squid ink pasta with chunks of crab meat in creamy tomato sauce and beef steak as main courses. The taste of the creamy tomato sauce again resemble what we had in Italy! We were super happy lah! And the chunks of crab meat were so fresh, sweet and juicy!! We were licking the sauce on the plate lor! That's how nice it was.

The beef steak was heavenly too!! When the waiter was holding our beef steak on the hot plate and walking towards us, we could already smell the fragrant of the beef steak. When we eat it, the meat was so tender and juicy. Nom nom nom.

The food was so nice that we would still eat it if there's one more piece of steak or one more plate of pasta, even thought we were already very full hahaha. We totally heck calories for that dinner.

Tiramisu was our dessert for the day. We missed the taste of tiramisu we had in Italy. Since the appetizer and main courses lived up to our expectations, we were looking forward to a yummy dessert too. But the tiramisu was quite a disappointment. It's very expensive, but it didn't taste as good as the ones we had in Italy. Although it's still nicer as compared to the tiramisu in other cafes in Singapore.

Verdict: 8.5/10. Would have given it a 9.5 if it's not so expensive. This meal cost us about $200. But we'll definitely return la. We miss the food!!

Oh, forgot to mention, the toilets have nice decor too! Very European style. Okie, that's all for this post.


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Cafes I Tried in Singapore

Wimbly Lu

Add: 15-2 Jalan Riang Singapore 358987

Hubby suddenly said wanted to bring me to a nice place. This place is really quite inaccessible without a car, and that's why I would call it a hidden gem. If you ask me to go there again alone, I definitely can't find the way lol. It's situated in the middle of some terrace houses at Serangoon area.

When we reached there at around 4pm in the afternoon, it's full and we have to wait for a while to go in. It was a cosy little cafe and the decor was quite special with the glass ceiling. You can raise your head and look directly at the sky! Love the feel.

We tried Waffle with Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream and Molten Lava Cake.

Oh my god! Both are heavenly!! The waffle was one of the best I have ever eaten! It smells so nice and it's crispy to bite on the outside and soft inside. Melted chocolate oozed from the molten chocolate cake! I'm now drooling thinking of how delicious these 2 desserts were. You really have to try them to know what I meant. No wonder Wimbly Lu has long queues at 4pm in the afternoon! It's really a hidden gem.

Verdict: 9 / 10 for the ambience, the waffles and the molten chocolate cake!


Rokeby is located along the same stretch of shophouses as Wimbly Lu.

I love Foie Gras and I had to try the Foie Gras eggs benedict! It's so special to eat Foie Gras with eggs benedict. The foie gras was quite big piece! I was shocked! I thought it will be just some mash foie gras in the eggs benedict since it only cost $21.90!!

Their pumpkin risotto was yummy too! It was full of fragrance cheese taste and the sweetness of pumpkin.

The best thing? They do not charge additional service charge and GST on top of the price listed in the menu! We love eating places without ++!!

Verdict: 9/10


Address: 66A Serangoon Garden Way Singapore 555962 (level 2)

We decided to find a cafe for a nice brunch today. We drove to Serangoon Gardens and saw Arbite. We ordered the Arbite breakfast and the smoked salmon Florentine. The Arbite breakfast is a normal American breakfast and tasted ok. It's just ok because it's not exceptionally tasty but it's not too bad either.

Both the food and ambience didn't leave a very deep impression on us.

Verdict: 6.5/10

Whisk & Paddle

Address: 10 Tebing Lane Singapore 828836

We went on a friday night. It's located in Punggol near the Punggol waterway. The cafe is in an alfresco setting.

We saw some interesting items in the menu and ordered this duck and lychee pizza which has smoked duck breast, lychee and mango salsa. It tasted quite special, in a pleasant way. Salty coupled with a tinge of mango and lychee sweetness. The crust of the pizza was good!

Duck and lychee thin crust pizza
Another thing we ordered is something which we dunno how to pronounce. Pulled Pork Quesadillas. It was tasty and the fries were good!

Verdict: 8 / 10 as the price was reasonable and the food was quite special.

Roadhouse @ Dempsey

Address: 13 Dempsey Road Singapore 249674

Had lunch with my cousin and her boyfriend at Roadhouse @ Dempsey.

We ordered the Signature Breakfast and "High on Shrooms" burger. 

The wagyu beef patty of the "High on Shrooms" burger was one of the best patty we ever had. The burger was really quite delicious. But the price is really quite steep. At $26 for the burger with fries and coleslaw. The Signature Breakfast was quite nice too. The sausage tasted great!

Our dessert was Sticky Date Pudding for that day.

I think Roadhouse Sticky Date Pudding was nicer than Prive at Keppel Bay. It's less sweet. The sticky date pudding was served warm, and with the cold ice cream beside it, I love the contrast!

Verdict: 7.5 / 10 because of the steep price.

Oh, one point to mention. Roadhouse have a "Terminator Challenge"! It's a burger with 6 pieces of patty, 6 slices of cheese, streaky bacon, Jalapenos, chillis, home-made sesame buns, coleslaw and fries. If you are able to finish this within 20 minutes. It's free for you and you will be able to make it to Roadhouse's Wall of Fame! GO TRY IT OUT IF YOU CAN DO IT!

Lola's Cafe

Address: 5 Simon Road, 545893

It was conveniently located just next to Kovan MRT station. It was full house when we were there for Saturday brunch. We waited for 20 mins before we got a table. There was nothing special or worth mentioning with regards to the ambience and surrounding.

We ordered the Honey Paprika Crispy Wings, Avocado Eggs Benedict and Mushroom and Cheese Sandwich.

The Honey Paprika Crispy Wings is a must try! The wings did leave a deep impression for us. Definitely coming back for more. As for the avocado eggs benedict and mushroom and cheese sandwich, they were tasty as well but not fantastic and nothing too special.

The good thing about Lola's Cafe is that the price listed on the menu is nett price. No GST and service charge! But one thing to note is that they do not accept credit cards, payment only by NETS or cash.

Verdict: 8/10