Saturday, October 31

I Miss Monster Mash

On some days, I really feel like sinking my teeth into a fat and ultra-filling burger and when this happens, the image of Monster Mash's Veggie Burger immediately flashes into my mind. Unfortunately, Monster Mash has closed down quite a long while ago, hence I can probably never have their super-duper yummy and extremely tummy-filling burgers anymore =(

Monster Mash used to be at Holland Village but it has since closed down. Thankfully, I managed to dine there a few times before it closed down. It was run by English people if I'm not wrong and they were nice and friendly to all their customers!

That's my veggie burger with coleslaw and thick fries at the side! As you can see, the veggie patty was literally overflowing from in between the two pieces of bread buns! The veggie patty is still THE best that I've tasted so far.. but I hope to find some place which sells kick-ass veggie burger soon.

Jeffrey usually orders their sausage on homemade mashed potato. The little white jug at the right hand side of this photo actually contains one of their specially made sauces which you can pour over your sausage and/ or mashed potato. The mashed potato was heavenly and I miss it very much too.

The last thing that I miss about this place is their homemade apple crumble. There were chunks of apple slices in their apple crumble! Vanilla sauce (in a separate little white jug) accompanies this plate of warm and aromatic apple crumble and boy do they go well together!

So instead of having a huge veggie burger to chomp on for lunch today, Jeffrey and I went to our favourite fastfood outlet - Mos Burger - to try their rice burgers for the very first time in our lives (yes I know we're a bit slow but at least we managed to try something new today!). He's the unagi rice burger set while I'd the seafood rice burger set and both were pretty good. I still maintain my opinion that Mos Burger's corn soup is one of the yummiest soups around! I must have it every time I visit Mos Burger! (:

Alright that's all for now. Will do another blog entry really soon about our foodscapade last weekend! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 25

Cafe Iguana

Hello! (:

I'm supposed to be doing work now but I'm suffering from an immense bout of inertia so I've decided to blog about our visit to Cafe Iguana last weekend. Because it was already quite late, I suggested going to Cafe Iguana at Greenwood because it is relatively near our place and that means we don't have to spend too much time travelling to get to our food!

Eager to fill our tummies, we quickly scanned the menu and decided to go for two three-course set lunches! While waiting for our food to arrive, I did the usual snapping of photos of the interior decoration.

A huge green iguana on the wall! It's bigger than the skinny manager.

I felt that the colours in the restaurant were wonderfully mismatched.

In general, the interior decoration of the restaurant created a very Mexican-y feel. They even played songs like La Bamba to immerse set us in the right mood for some good Mexican food!

Tee-shirts (for sale?). The white shirt says "You can't beat a Iguanarita".

Utensils wrapped with thick, red napkins.

A row of chilli/ salsa sauces. We didn't use any of them.

Nacho chips and salsa sauce. I liked the chips because they were crispy and non-oily. The salsa sauce was pretty average in my opinion.

Chicken soup. Since neither of us felt like having the salad, we had a bowl of clear chicken soup with shredded chicken pieces each. I liked the diced vegetable pieces in the soup (:

Jeffrey had the chicken tapas for his main, which he felt was pretty alright. I was quite thankful that he found the food okay because I tend to get a bit worried about him not liking certain 'new' food.

I opted for the grilled vegetables with rice and cheese wrap! It had a fancier name which I can't recall but it doesn't matter. This is my second time eating this dish and I absolutely LOVE it! :) It has such a wholesome and richtaste that you can't help but feel immensely satisfied!

We'd a cup of complimentary tea/ coffee each. I discovered that Jeffrey and I have different preferences for sugar sachets!

Jeffrey's vanilla icecream, which was very milky and yummy.

My avocado icecream, which was creamy and smooth. Cafe Iguana's the only place I know so far that serves avocado icecream and I definitely will go back there just for the avocado icecream because I love avocado!

Okay, guess what's the best part of this meal?

It's completely FREE! (: (: (:

Their electronic ordering system was down during the time we were there hence our orders were not relayed to the kitchen. This resulted in a 35-45 minute waiting time! Somehow, the staff didn't notice this till a substantial period of time has passed. As compensation, the manager decided to waive the ENTIRE bill for all affected customers! =) I was overjoyed! Unorthodox but nevertheless great customer service! (:

Saturday, October 17

Coffee Lounge @Goodwood Park Hotel

Hello everyone (:

First and foremost, happy deepavali! (: I'm sure everyone's feeling more cheerful this weekend because of the festive celebrations! I happened to go by Little India yesterday and it was nicely done up! Oh, the Istana was opened today as well but we decided to give it a miss since we went there not too long ago. I love festivals and celebrations because everything seems cheerier somehow (:

Yesterday, I met my very helpful friend, Paul, in the morning because he was supposed to teach me how to edit a video! =) In return for his kind favour, I treated him to high tea at Coffee Lounge! Initially, I wanted to go to L'espresso because I enjoyed my previous visit there but Jeffrey (the blur pok) didn't realise that there were two restaurants (Coffee Lounge & L'espresso) serving high tea so he made a reservation for Coffee Lounge instead. I was pretty upset when I realised that he made the wrong reservation because my siblings told me that the food at Coffee Lounge was "okay only" but since L'espresso was fully booked that afternoon, we'd no choice but to go to Coffee Lounge. Thankfully, Coffee Lounge didn't turn out to be a disappointment! (: I was pretty happy with their relatively small spread of Asian/ local dishes and I really love the homely and laidback ambience of that place.
I thought the ceiling looked rather nice (: The restaurant's two predominant colours are brown and beige and they help to create the inviting, homely atmosphere that I was talking about.

The table setting is neat and presentable (: I liked that the table size was just nice.

Cutlery on a black table mat. I wasn't sure how clean this mat was so I didn't rest my utensils on the mat.
Salt & pepper shakers and glasses of iced water. Because Paul is an avid tea drinker, he used quite a few packets of sugar! I was pretty amazed at his ability to take in so many cups of tea!

Fruit salad with some kind of rojaky sweet sauce and cheechongfun with sweet sauce. The cheechongfun was fantastic (:

Fried chicken wings, cheechongfun & gluttinous rice. The gluttinous rice wasn't as fragrant as I hoped it to be but it was still pretty okay.

Crab and prawn dumplings, kueh pie tee and chwee kueh. I liked the kueh pie tee filling, probably because it was made entirely of vegetables (carrots and raddish if I'm not wrong?).

I like making kueh pie tees (though I know that I'm not really good at it because I don't know which toppings to put) so I made an entire plate for us to share.

I scooped a whole bowl of cheechongfun for myself! =) I think my long hiatus from cheechongfun caused my sudden and intense attraction to it.

A plateful of goodness: cheechongfun, fried spring rolls, chicken & prawn dumplings and crabmeat & prawn dumplings.

Fried chicken wings/ drumlets, fried spring rolls and cheechongfun.

Laksa! (: It was so good that I'd two bowls of it! Yumyum.

Roti prata with curry and chicken prawn dumplings. There was curry chicken but no one was really in the mood for spicy stuff so we gave it a miss.

Gluttinous rice, prawn & chicken dumpling, vegetable salad and banana paste! The banana paste is actually a dessert dish but I took a small helping to try the taste. If you're a yam paste lover, you'll most likely like this dish! (:

Folded roti prata, more dimsums and a fried chicken wing.

As you can see, the items (cheechongfun, fried spring rolls, dimsum, gluttinous rice) are always being repeated so you know that there isn't much variety. Thankfully, the quality made up for the lack of variety so we're good (:

We decided to get a cup of coffee after a while. Coffee and tea are included in the high tea buffet so you can have free flow of coffee and/ or tea!

Bread & butter pudding. It was pretty average on the whole. I think the ultra thick vanilla sauce helped to mask the relatively unimpressive bread & butterpudding.
If there's one thing I didn't really like about this high tea buffet, it's the range of desserts available. They didn't even look appetizing! =S

Thankfully, they'd alternative desserts such as mango pomelo! =) It was refreshing and nice. It could've been a bit colder though.

Chocolate ice-cream with chocolate flakes. This was probably the best chocolate icecream that I've tasted in a buffet setting. The texture of the icecream was pretty consistent and it had a very rich, non-airy taste. The chocolate flakes reminded me of Movenpick's chocolate icecream =) I really like it!

Alright that's all for now (: Hope that everyone will enjoy the long weekend! =)

Wednesday, October 14

The Square @Novotel Clarke Quay

Hello (:

Life's getting a lot busier and there's quite a bit of adjustment to get used to so I may not have the time and energy to update this space though I would love to do so. Anyway, I'm thankful that Monday & Tuesday have gone by because they were ultra tiring days =( Now that I've a bit of free time on my hands, I shall blog about our Singaporean buffet lunch at The Square!

Jeffrey and I went to The Square to try their Singaporean buffet last Saturday and it was pretty good! I suspect that my buffet experience there was much better than expected because there weren't many meat dishes and so I'd a wider variety of food items to choose from. Jeffrey thought that the buffet was "okay" so I guess it isn't fantastic but it's above average in terms of quality, service and price.

The restaurant wasn't crowded when we arrived so we could take our time to walk around and choose our dishes. However, the food area was invaded by many hungry post-wedding/ post-engagement celebrators about fifteen minutes after we arrived! Thankfully, their occupation at the food area was temporary and other patrons like us could continue having our rounds of food without squeezing with them.

One interesting thing about their table setting is that they provide metal chopsticks! How korean.

One of the few buffets with free flow of fruit punch (left), homemade ice lemon tea (right) and tea/ coffee from the machine (not pictured).

Their broccoli soup was WONDERFUL. In my opinion, it is probably the best thing to have at The Square. I liked it so much that I drank two full bowls of broccoli soup! Yumyum.

Sushi Platter. Although the sushi range was relatively wide, the quality wasn't up to standard and hence we didn't eat as many sushis as we would like.

Croissant with sausage, mayo & alphapha! One thing I liked about this buffet is that they've a sandwich corner! (: I love sandwiches and I couldn't help but try most of the appetizers/ canapes/ sandwiches on display.

The wonderful assortment of canapes/ appetizers that I tried (there were more!) (from left): Sweet potato salad, prawn & egg on some kind of toast, smoked salmon & olives on spoon & greek salad.
Jeffrey wasn't too impressed with the sandwich/ appetizer bar so he went for crab claws, satay and fried dumplings instead! He said that the crab claws were nice =) They remind me of those that can be found at Old Chang Kee.

Codfish Chawanmushi, Mushroom & Ham Pizza & Soon Kueh. The soonkueh was a disappointment but the other two were not bad.

Some lettuce, sushi and fried rice. We thought that the fried rice tasted a bit too dry but there were lots of condiments so I guess that kind of made up a little for the dryness.

More fried rice, sushi, chicken, satay and pizza. Jeffrey said that the chicken satay was quite good! He didn't try mutton satay because he doesn't like them.

Laksa! =) What's a Singaporean/ Asian buffet without laksa? The laksa gravy was actually pretty good. I was expecting it to be watery and bland but it surpassed my expectations.

Chicken rice! (: I can't believe that Jeffrey didn't see the chicken rice on display! haha He said it tasted "okay only".

Cream-based pasta with mushrooms. As you can probably tell from the photo, this bowl of pasta didn't taste good at all =( We could hardly taste the cream sauce and there was neither fragrance nor taste.
Bread & butter pudding. The vanilla sauce was a massive failure because it was way too runny! The bread & butter pudding was below average as well because the bread was a tad too soggy and it didn't carry the usual bread & butter pudding aroma =S

Thankfully, the durian pengyet was pretty good! I'd two bowls of it! =) As usual, Jeffrey avoided this.

A plateful of desserts. We only picked the more 'exotic' looking ones because we decided to give the usual desserts a miss. The white ball on the top left hand corner of the plate had some kind of gummy as its core; it tasted really weird and we didn't like it. The three types of cake: carrot, tiramisu and white-cum-milk-chocolate were good. The same cannot be said for the overly hard chocolate block (at the top of the photo) because we'd such a hard time trying to eat that dry and hard piece of dessert.

Finally, I couldn't resist ordering a waffle from the waffle counter! You'll get a plain waffle and you can add whatever toppings you wanted! =) Amazing. Initially, I wanted to have a scoop of icecream with the waffle but the choices of icecream didn't look too good so in the end, I added maple syrup and chocolate sauce (the latter was way too runny) instead. The waffle was a tad too hard but other than that, it was okay (:

All in all, the buffet was pretty alright. There were obvious misses such as the bread & butter pudding but I liked the fact that there were other kinds of food (i.e. sandwich/ appetizer bar). The buffet costs $30+/person but you can get certain discounts if you pay using certain credit cards.

Alright that's all for now! (: Will blog again soon. Have a great week ahead!