Saturday, September 24

Bread Street Kitchen

Hello (:

The marking season has begun so please pardon me if I don't update as often as before! Although we're super busy with prepping students for year-end assessments as well as marking their practices and actual test scripts, we decided to put aside time a few days ago to visit Bread Street Kitchen to celebrate the bubs' birthday!

Because I don't watch any of Gordon Ramsay's food shows, I didn't have any expectations but I trusted that the food would be average/ above average, and it proved to be so. We loved all the dishes that we ordered because the pasta was well cooked and the mushroom sauce was surprisingly earthy but in a good way, his lamb shank was tender and well-cooked, and the dessert platter was satisfying! (We made the wrong choice to select 3 heavy desserts, so after a while it got a little too much for us so we'll make a note to choose 1-2 light desserts in future if we were to have the dessert platter again!)





While the food was good and the ambience pleasant, we were not impressed with the service. To be fair to the team at BSK, the service throughout the night was pretty standard but it wasn't great, and it kept at that standard till a waiter accidentally knocked the bubs' half-drunk cocktail over and the drink spilled on his shirt. The waiter said sorry once and then quickly proceeded to pass him 1 extra napkin to wipe up, then he walked away. Shortly after, the manager of the restaurant came by to apologise again and we said it's okay, so she left us as well. We weren't expecting them to apologise profusely but the truth is that their singular 'sorry's didn't sound sincere nor did they appear apologetic at all. I think it also says a lot when the diner at the next table offered his napkin to bubs to continue cleaning his shirt when he saw that all 3 napkins (bubs', the extra and mine) had been used.

At that point, I think we both felt a little disappointed with the service but because we're not the kind who will kick up a big fuss, we decided to get the bill so that we could leave. We noticed that they had not waived the charge for the cocktail which the waiter had spilled but paid for the entire meal anyway cos we didn't want to make a scene.

After we stood up to leave, the waiter came back with a new cocktail, supposedly to replace the one that was spilled. But we were already intending to leave, so we declined to have the replacement drink.

The entire episode kinda ruined the otherwise fine dining experience at Bread Street Kitchen, because we felt that communication could definitely have been improved. Either the waiter/ the manager could have just said that they'll waive the charge or get us a new drink or tell us how they would make up for knocking over their customers' drink. The last thing we would have expected is for them to apologise once and then left us there to do our own cleaning up.

We completely understand that such accidents happen, and we are not angry at the waiter for accidentally spilling the drink on us. But what we are not happy about is how the staff mishandled the situation after the drink had been spilled.

Oh well, it's alright (: There'll be many more good dining adventures to look forward to so we shan't harp too much on this one!

Happy weekend! (:

Saturday, September 17

Chong Qing Grilled Fish

Hello (:

The first week of school went by quite quickly mainly because there was a lot to do and I'm just thankful that the weekend is here so that I can catch up on some rest (:

I think the mantra for this term will be Dory's famous mantra: just keep swimming. I have no doubt that marking season will be demanding as usual and there will be lots of other things to deal with but I am pretty sure that we'll pull through just fine!

A few good friends and I have already decided that we'll celebrate end of marking season at Chong Qing Grilled Fish, where they'll indulge in the crazily spicy mala fish while I stay with safer options like the one below!



I like that the grilled fish served at Chong Qing Grilled Fish is fresh and it doesn't at all have any fishy smell. The 'soup base'/ 'gravy' is also pretty rich tasting and complements the fish well.

Can't wait to see this place again cos it means that marking season is over! Haha

Alright have a good weekend everyone! (:

Tuesday, September 6

Kith Cafe at Millenia Walk

Hello (:

We've been ridiculously busy the past two days in a different kind of way but all's good (: We went to Kith before running our errands and we're so pleased that their menu has expanded! It was nice sampling their non-brunchy dishes for once and we are game to return to try more if we are around that area (:


Hopefully we'll be super productive these few days so that we will have some time next weekend to do other things! (: Have a good week ahead! (:

Saturday, September 3

Neighbourhood Treats

Oops!

I just realised I haven't blogged in about a month! =| The truth is most of my foodie posts go on instagram these days so I don't really feel the need to log my food journey here these days but I guess I'll try because this space allows me to type a lot more and the content is more neatly categorised so I can find things more easily (:

Apart from school work, we also are busy juggling personal commitments cos we shifting to a new neigbhourhood at the end of the year! (: So what this means is that we usually end up just buying dinner home from the usual places (we usually go to the tze char place at 6th ave, Casuarina at 6th ave, Da Paolo at Cluny etc.) and eating nearby!

So here's a short post of the yummy desserts that we've had over the past few weeks! Desserts are a necessity in my life and I notice that I always end up eating a huge waffle (or something equivalent) after a long and hard day in school Heh I think I need to exercise some self-restraint! Anyhow, here goes:


 Common Man Coffee Roasters 
(new outlet at Cheong Chin Nam area)




Alright the Sept hols are upon us so we shall make use of the time to catch up on work and to spend time with our loved ones! (:

Have a good weekend! (:

Monday, August 8

Open Farm Community

Hello (:

Today feels like a Friday cos we're gonna be treated to two days of 'break' starting tomorrow, which is great cos we'll have more time to catch up on things that we have/ want to do! (:

Over the weekend, a few of us went to Open Farm Community to celebrate a good friend's belated birthday and I think the food's pretty good! The flavours tend to be rich and strong and they seem to go pretty well together. I like that the ingredients taste fresh so there's no fishiness at all! =P

My friends and I also took a short walk in the open area outside and we are pretty impressed with the open spaces available for diners to play and/or chill out. It's quite a happy place! On the whole, we would definitely return to try more of their dishes and to visit their store which was closed by the time we left the restaurant!







Alright that's all for now! Happy holiday everyone! (: Enjoy National Day! (:

Saturday, August 6

Sunday Folks

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We're SO ready for National Day break! We hope that it'll give us sufficient time to clear outstanding work as well as catch up on rest! (:

A few of us went to Sunday Folks yesterday for some dessert after dinner and the waffles were better than I remembered them to be!



Had a great time catching up with the girls and talking about things serious and trivial. Thanks girls for the waffles treat and I hope that all of you will have a fulfilling rest-of-the-year! (:

Happy weekend! Whoohoo!

Wednesday, July 27

Casuarina Curry at 6th Avenue

Hello (:

Pardon the lack of updates recently! July's always a crazy month but this particular July was even busier cos we'd many activities such as my sister's wedding and a funfair in school! (:

During super busy times like these, I'm thankful that we've good and affordable food nearby so we can just pop by to grab a bite or dapao food home. This month alone, we've been to Casuarina thrice (!!) and we kinda like it (: I guess Indian food will always have a special place in our hearts cos when we were younger, my parents used to buy Karu's for us and we absolutely loved it!

We didn't take a photo of the briyani which we packed home on our second visit, so these two photos will have to do:




Have a good rest of the week! (: