Good eats

26 04 2011

“ONE IS enough.  Two is too much.  Three is a poison that can kill a person.”  That’s one of the rhymes that my mother would tell us whenever we would try to push our luck in getting our ways.

I got reminded of it once more as I recollect my gastronomic adventure in Singapore.  For specific dishes and places, I think I could o.d. before I get satiation.  I could get to “three is a poison…” easy.

Here they are, in no particular order.  (I forgot the details of the hawker center that Partner brought me to, where I had this amazing Fish Head Curry dish!)

CareShop de Café

70 Bendemeer Road, #01-05 Luzerne

Singapore 339940

Tel: +65 6293 9298

Will go back forMushroom Soba with lots of steamed Japanese Rice

Mushroom Soba, CareShop de Café



Culina Bistro

Blk 8 Dempsey Hill,Dempsey Road#01-13

Singapore 249679

Will go back forDe Cecco Penne Crab Meat (with the penne replaced by angel hair) , and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

De Cecco Capellini Crab Meat, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill


Complimentary Bread, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill



TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

B2-89/89A, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Tel:  +65 6535 1837

Fax: +65 6221 1837

Will go back for1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), French Onion Soup, and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


French Onion Soup, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Complimentary Bread, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Fou de FaFa

168 Robinson Road

#01-05 Capital Tower

Singapore 068912

Tel: +65 6327 9418

Will go back forPizza Fou’d Flewed, and that bluish green drink that’s a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint

Pizza Fou'd Flewed, Fou de FaFa


My fave drink, a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint, Fou de FaFa


Jumbo Seafood Gallery

20 Upper Circular Road

#B1-44 to 48 The Riverwalk

Tel:  +65 6534 3435

Fax: +65 6536 3836

Will go back forChilli Crab with lots of Deep-Mini Bun, Cold Fresh Barley Juice

Just the apron!, Jumbo Seafood Gallery


Wee Nam Kee

275 Thomson Road #01-05

Will go back forHainanese Chicken Rice, Cold Fresh Barley Juice (which they always run out of!)

Hainanese Chicken Roasted and Steamed, Wee Nam Kee


Hainanese Chicken Rice, Wee Nam Kee


Cold Fresh Barley Juice, Wee Nam Kee


Tung Lok Seafood OC

#11-05 Orchard Central

181 Orchard Road

Singapore 238896

Will go back forBraised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok

Braised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Tung Lok Seafood


Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok, Tung Lok Seafood


Marché at 313@somerset

313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road

Provisional Unit No. #B1-39-45

Singapore 238895

Will go back forMushroom Soup, Calamari, Calamansi Juice with Sour Plum

Mushroom Soup, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamari, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamansi Sour Plum, Marché at 313@somerset


Food Opera at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 6509 9198

Will go back forOyster Omelet (FattyWeng Fried Oysters, #B4-04M), Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup (Li Xin Fishball Noodle Soup, #B4-04B)

“FattyWeng Fried Oysters” Oyster Omelet, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


"Li Xin" Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, #B4-06A

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 4274779

Will go back forChicken Wings

Crispy Chicken Wings, 4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall


Nando’s @ Tanglin Mall

163 Tanglin Road

#01-14/15 Tanglin Mall

Singapore 247933

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Fax: +65 6235 5581

Will go back forPeri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, Grilled Vegetables

Peri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, and Grilled Vegetables, Nando's @ Tanglin Mall


White Dog Café

No.1 HarbourFront Walk

#02-131/132 Vivo City

Singapore 098585

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Will go back forLobster Pasta

Lobster Pasta, White Dog Café


Shimbashi Soba

290 Orchard Road

#B1-41 The Paragon

Singapore 238859

Tel: +65 6735 9882

Will go back forGoma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba

Goma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba, Shimbashi Soba


Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

25 Scotts Road

Singapore 228220

Tel:  +65 6589 7788 / +65 6589 7819

Will go back forEVERYTHING in their international buffet

Soon Kueh, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Roasted Tomato, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Bowl of Noodles, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Macarons, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


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Dine and care at CareShop de Café

4 04 2011

Brother's Grilled Salmon Steak at CareShop de Café (All three photos on this post are courtesy of Brother's iPhone4! Nice!)

THERE ARE a couple of things we look forward to at dinner – or any meal for that matter – the food and the company.  Exactly two things worth the breathless anticipation when I treated my friends to lunch at CareShop de Café at 70 Bendemeer Road, #01-05 Luzerne, Singapore.

I’ve been in the country for six days and very much in keeping with the belief I espouse and share with new travelers, you will only get to really know people when you spend time with them beyond office hours or share an apartment with them.  You would, because just like what Chandler said in the series finale of “Friends”, and I paraphrase:  “In the city, when you’re single and living alone, your friends are your family.

And Brother, Giant, JohnG, and Green Lantern took care of me like family would.  So it was natural to express my appreciation the best way I know how.  Which means either one of two things – wristwatches or food.

CareShop de Café has the look of a small- to medium-scale family-owned café that could have started off as a purveyor of fresh organic produce and choice meats before opening a dining establishment to best showcase their products.  The moment I was inside, I felt like whoever are behind this cozy establishment are not in it for the money, but are doing so for a greater good.  And reading about their shared values of respecting and protecting the environment and caring for the poor and needy proved my hunch correct.  Though one wall display dedicated to a host of health and beauty supplements afforded me a light chuckle.  But seriously, it all fit into a theme.

To me, at that moment, CareShop de Café meant “munch time with a purpose.”  I couldn’t help to see it that way especially after learning about their involvement with World Vision.  (Friendship could so relate.)

We placed orders at the counter, and this being my treat, not even the sky was the limit.  Hahaha!  I wanted my friends to be able to eat to their hearts’ content.  Brother asked for the Grilled Salmon Steak.  Giant had his appetite whetted by the image of the Soft Shell Crab Bento Set (the special at the time!).  JohnG thought the Spicy Unagi Ramen was special.  And as for Green Lantern, he started with The Caesar (salad) and then had for his main entrée the Beef Bento Set.  To share, I asked for 12 pieces of the BBQ Wings and eight pieces of the Vegetable Spring Rolls.

BBQ Wings

As for me, I was craving for some good soba and lots of rice, both of which I found prominently in the menu’s “Made in Japan” section.  The Mushroom Soba had a generous portion of soba noodles whose generous amount was overshadowed by an even more generous motley crew of the freshest wild mushrooms – shiitake, button, and enoki – doused in natural “umami” goodness with the robust earthiness of a seaweed soyu broth.

My Mushroom Soba! So so sooo good!

One sip and I knew I had to have perfectly cooked, plump grains of Japanese rice to soak up all that wonderful flavor.  Which I didn’t hestitate to ask for.  Thrice.

Usually I would caution myself from eating too much lest I be charged with one of the seven deadly sins.  But when I know I was doing it for a cause bigger than myself, I wouldn’t mind at all.

Now that I’m back home, I think that three or so more months is quite a long wait to go.  I just console myself with the thought that each day that passes is a day closer to a trip back to CareShop de Café.

CareShop de Café business card, together with a few other memorable ones.

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