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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White Dog Café

20 04 2011

Green Lanterns Lobster Pasta. Photo taken with his Canon IXUS 220 HS.

“WESTERN CUISINE.”  That was all Green Lantern said when I asked where he’d want to get dinner.  Dinner that was on me.  And when you treat a friend to a meal, the principles of customer fulfillment dictate that it’s best to allow them to pick the place too.

I imagined that having covered as much real estate as we could on what seemed to be our walking saga of Sentosa, it would just be a matter of time before my superhero friend or I would immediately succumb to the gnawing pangs of hunger and pull the next available stool at a sushi bar or a dimsum place in Vivo City.  But quite obviously, being the driven person that he is, Green Lantern wouldn’t hear any of it, except if it was Western style cuisine.

“Yes, Sir, we serve Western cuisine,” the seating hostess-cum-server said in between bursts of smiles interspersed with chuckles.  “Give us a try, Sir.”

I glanced back at Green Lantern who still at the time had his stare fixed on the menu board on display.  All I needed was for him to nod and we were on our way to a comfortable seating at a corner with a view.  This was the first surprise to hit me about White Dog Café, I mean, besides the fact that I kept wondering what a restaurant so quirkily named could offer.

The menu was pretty, and pretty extensive too.  Green Lantern asked for the Lobster Pasta and the dessert drink called Mangolicious.  I, who at the time thought that the pasta I had at Culina at Dempsey Hill days before was so good it could only be lobster, settled for the Seafood Medley Pasta and Iced Lemon Tea.  We both started with a generous portion each of the Mushroom Soup.

I give White Dog Café mad props for the presentation of their Lobster Pasta. Each dish is guaranteed the meat from one live lobster.


My Seafood Medley Pasta


Look at that fat mussel!


Both pastas used the same marinara sauce as the base.  It was, to the superhero’s delight, not spicy at all.  We actually scrambled after our very friendly server to send word to the kitchen to ensure that not a single fleck – not a hint – of crushed red pepper flakes should make it to the lobster dish.  Fortunately, the recipe was free from such.  The sauce was tangy, almost with a hint of sweetness to it.  Which I thought, came from the fresh seafood thrown in the mix – fat mussels and tender squid rings in mine, and lobster and squid rings in Green Lantern’s.

I think the only slight disappointment I sensed at dinner was with the Mangolicious.  I’m guessing the mangoes paled in comparison to the ones we have back at home in the Philippines.  Though the superhero, ever the gracious one, didn’t say a word about it.  I’m no superhero but sometimes, I guess, I could just read minds.

Good thing that where we were seated afforded Green Lantern, himself a photography enthusiast, a nice panoramic view of the strait between mainlandSingapore and Sentosa.  When his eyes would squint from the sourness of the mangoes he could just lift his head up and check the view.

Green Lantern attacks!

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