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

www.careshopdecafe.com

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

www.foudefafa.com

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

www.marche-restaurants.com

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

www.royalplaza.com.sg

gourmet@royalplaza.com.sg

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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Taking care of Partner

18 04 2011

Carrot Cake at Fou de Fafa. I want to share one with Partner when I get back.

SHE TAKES care of me like it’s nobody’s business.

I even told Friendship that I really felt that all the two weeks I was in Singapore, if Partner could only look after me after office hours every single day, she would.  It was in her text messages.  It was in the tone of her voice whenever she called me up.  It was in the way she made me feel.  I couldn’t ask for more.

Today, I opened my e-Mail to great news from her.  I couldn’t spill the beans just yet.  Suffice it to say, we have to meet up soon enough to work on our biggest collaborative effort yet.  I’m so excited.

Partner, I know that nothing can make the sun shine any brighter on you than what you had on your actual birthday.  But please know that, knee-deep and swamped in coffee table book work that I was at the time, I stopped and said a prayer for you.  Because I knew it was your birthday.  I love you deeply and I’m happy that you are finally happy.  You deserve nothing less.  I hope to see you again really soon.

You’ve taken care of so many people all your life – your family, your friends, me.  It’s time you allow this someone to take care of you.  I know he’s up to it.  And, as I have said, you deserve nothing less.

Saturday, the 16th of April, marked Partner’s birthday.  Happy birthday, Partner!  Hugs and kisses!

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Crazy over Fou de Fafa

4 04 2011

eNTeNG at Fou de Fafa (photo by The Boy Wonder)

PARTNER COULDN’T stop raving about this quirky café near her office and had insisted I should visit it before my couple of weeks in Singapore would’ve come to an end.  The place doesn’t serve traditional Singaporean cuisine.  But I guess after ticking off chili crab, fishball noodle soup, oyster omelet, and Hainanese chicken rice on my list, it was time to get crazy over something else.  And Fou de Fafa at #01-05 Capital Tower, 168 Robinson Road, proved to be perfect.

Fou de Fafa's extensive menu. There are sections for "The Sandwiches", "The Hots", "Les Flats", "Feel So Gooders", "Les Salades", and "See Me, See Me Not!"

Partner’s invitation couldn’t have come at a better time.  Most of my earlier plans fell through and Friendship was running late with meetings.  So, I took Partner up on her offer to have dinner together.  Only thing was, I had to go all the way to Tanjong Pagar.  Partner, who together with Friendship, could very well be employed by the Singapore Tourism Board, sent me complete directions thru text.  Obviously, there wasn’t any excuse not to make it to Robinson Road.  Of all three options she presented me with – cab, bus, train – I took the last one.

I would always take photos of myself on board the MRT. Hahaha! This was the one time I got stares while doing so. I realized that I was on a "reserved seat" (for the physically challenged, pregnant, the elderly). I quickly moved to the next space. Good thing the train wasn't even half-full.

 

Yey! I made it to my stop, Tanjong Pagar. Robinson Road is Exit F.

 

I love this quote! "There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy."

 

See, I take photos just about everywhere. Cam whore!!!

 

Tanjong Pagar underpass.. Yeah, I was the only person there at this time.

I must’ve been staring at this building on Robinson Road for a while – all the window lights would change colors (too bad none of it was green) – that I had already missed one text message and one call from Partner before I realized I had to pick up.  A couple of pedestrian crossings and I was at Capital Tower where Partner picked me up.  On the walk back to her office – she still wasn’t done for the day! – she told me that we’d pass by the night’s dinner place.  Before she even managed to raise her hand and point it out, I had spotted it – Fou de Fafa, red hot in lights.  But honestly, noticing the lights was secondary, it was the smell of deliciousness that wafted through the door that got to me first.

That Robinson Road building in blue! I took this snapshot as blue is The Flash's favorite color.

 

I was waiting for the lights to turn green, but they didn't. It was supposed to be for Green Lantern. So I just took a shot of yellow, for myself.

 

Finally, Capital Tower!

 

Fou de Fafa!

Partner flung the door open and approached the store manager to inform her that we were to come back for dinner.  It was a few minutes past 9:00 PM and the place was to close at 10:00 PM.  So we had to make it back before 9:30 PM.  And we did, with The Boy Wonder in tow.  Partner did all the ordering, and soon, one by one, my NFFs (newfound friends, Partner’s officemates) came.

With Partner, making a quick stop to place a (last-minute) reservation.

 

Back at the restaurant, this time, with The Boy Wonder!

Pizza Fou’d Flewed will shatter any conventions you may have about pizzas.  Using a taco shell (I think) baked to a crisp as the crust (the Indian poppadom actually came to mind), the pizza promises a yummy crackling sound however which way you would approach it – with fork and knife, or with bare hands.  Unlike the usual tomato-based sauce and toppings that could wear the pizza crust down, Pizza Fou’d Flewed is topped with an impressive melange of ingredients scrumptious on their own, but surprisingly light and almost salad-like when put together – shredded poached chicken, baby arugula, tomatoes, avocado, and feta cheese, all laced with pesto.  It was an unapologetic, stunning edible work of art.  Tempting, to say the least.  There were six of us at the dinner table that night that I felt shameless finishing three portions of this pizza.  I just couldn’t help it.

Pizza Fou'd Flewed

 

Shredded chicken, crumbled feta cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped avocado, on a bed of loose baby arugula. I'm in love.

 

One of many portions of the Pizza Fou'd Flewed that I served myself!

 

I love love LOVE baby arugula (more popularly known as rocket).  I’ve loved it in salads, mixed with other delicate greens and dressed with a light honey mustard vinaigrette.  I’ve adored it tossed together with marinated fresh tomatoes and freshly shaved parmesan cheese in a bowl of piping hot capellini.  So relishing it in a new incarnation as Pizza Fou’d Flewed was just awesome, yet another welcome addition as to how I could enjoy this favorite green.

As a fitting homage to The Boy Wonder, Partner asked for the Macho Man (Hahaha!), a salad of delicate lettuce greens, tomatoes, cheese, chicken and sausage slices.  To round up the meal, we had the Organic Pancake Lasagna – both the Vegetarian and Chicken variations.  Though I didn’t get to try this last one, Partner didn’t fail in cluing me in on exactly what they were – layers of pancakes instead of pasta sheets, fillings of vegetables or chicken, slathered with chutney.

After the pizza, it was time for the Macho Man!

 

I knew Partner ordered this in honor of her love, The Boy Wonder!

 

Macho Man, this salad, is chockful with chicken and sausage slices tossed with lots of delicate greens, tomatoes, cheese and shards of corn tortilla chips.

 

This salad was sooo good!

 

One of two Organic Pancake Lasagnas that Partner ordered.

 

By way of pasta, I had to ask for the chef’s latest creation, a Tomato Chicken Cheese pasta dish using penne rigate.  And to wash everything down, I snapped up the store manager’s recommendation.  The name of the drink escapes me now.  But I remember it to be the perfect concoction of fesh pineapple, grapes, and mint.  It looked as blue as the spirulina algae drink I had in the States in years past.  But Fou de Fafa’s was oh so refreshingly good.

Tomato Chicken Cheese on penne rigate

 

My potent drink, a recommendation by the store manager. It had pineapple, grapes and mint in it. Yum!

 

I had my eye on this carrot cake the moment I stepped into the door. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask for dessert!

I’ve put Fou de Fafa’s name under the header of “must-go-back-to” places in Singapore.  And I wouldn’t be surprised to still get “surprised” the next time around.  What with the extensive menu, the creative and inventive use of ingredients, the options to go dairy-free or gluten-free, and not to be overlooked – the cozy ambiance.  Perfect for dinner with friends.  Or perphaps, someone you love.

I-S Maganize’s Restaurant Guide 2011 says that “Fou de Fafa” is French for “just to be crazy.”  And I did feel that way – crazy over the food.  And hopefully next time, crazy in love.

Partner's own "Fafa", The Boy Wonder. I used to call him... Harryboy. Hahaha!

 

Two of my best friends, Partner and The Boy Wonder.

 

The Boy Wonder's Pink Lemonade Snapple, Partner's Cranberry Snapple, and eNTeNG

 

My view when I'd get home at night... for two weeks.

 

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