Thursday, November 17, 2011


Sarnies serves the most amazing coffee in singapore, no kidding. It's just good stuff. Owned by a brother and a sister who hail from Sydney, they serve consistently great coffee- I've been there quite a few times and all the time it's good. Their cappuccino (which is what I usually order - no I don't mean the ones with the huge amount of froth but a proper cappuccino) is always very nice - full of "coffee" flavour, if you know what I mean, properly dark, nutty, chocolatey, with a hint of acidity to bring out the flavour. As an espresso, which is the picture you see here, it is nice and bright, with good acidity and a very 'sweet' aftertaste that helps to clean everything up nicely. Excellent coffee, especially in Singapore (8.5/10). In fact, Sarnies, as the name suggests, is great for sandwiches. I have heard great things of the Roast Beef Sandwich and I have to try it soon - haven't had a chance to go there for lunch , yet. It's a pity the place closes at 3pm though -would be nice for dinner!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Baliwag Lechon Manok

I just came from the gym, and I guess I was too hungry to walk to my car [at tanjong pagar], so I decided to pop by Lao Pa Sat for a quick bite - and I stumbled upon a long queue at about 9.30pm at this stall called Baliwag Lechon Manok - So, what the hell, I decided to give it a shot. Roast chicken was just the thing, and from the Phillippines some more. And boy am i glad I decided to try it instead of going for tried and tested ramen or some other place - it was awesomely delicious. Half a roast chicken, some cauliflower, and rice - perfect after-gym food. The roast chicken was just so flavorful in its own juices and the breast meat was deliciously moist and everything - and the skin had the perfect combination of sweet, savoury, and all the malliard reactions giving it a nice charred roast flavour that just made you crave for more. It went down in a jiffy and it didn't need any of the accompanying sauce. The cauliflower was very tasty, and so was the beef sauce slathered on my rice.

Really - now you can get really good food at lao pa sat! (9/10). Moreover, it's pretty value for money: the above set me back only 14 dollars.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Toby's Estate

Ah I am reminded, going through my photos, that I have yet to blog about Toby's estate. Toby's estate was established by Toby smith some time ago in Sydney and has recently made its way here. Located In a sprawling shophouse cum warehouse along Robertson quay, the space shouts Australia. In fact the feel is very much like the auction rooms in north Melbourne; or a tinge of brother baba budan in Melbourne. High ceilings, lots of plants, and industrial walls with modern furniture though still wooden. Interesting.

The head barista is suhaimi who is one of the most well respected baristas in Singapore, formerly from cuppachoice: I've returned a few times already and they have been slowly tweaking their house blend called the rodyk blend- it moved from a very bright blend, to a three bean blend about two weeks ago that was pleasant but maybe lacking in body especially when paired with milk, to today's present four bean blend which was a bit bright at the start of last week but has now mellowed to create a nice base for espresso based drinks.

Toby's is one of my usual spots for a pre-work coffee, and so I've encountered a wide variety of shots and flavours in their coffee ever since they've opened. It can range from an espresso with grape-like acidity, to a toasty nutty shot, to a balanced cup, etc. A good go-to place for coffee, they are usually very consistent in their shots so you can be assured of a good cup everytime you go. I really like the Rodyk blend, one of the best blends in Singapore.

Their breakfast is quite brilliant as well - the full english breakfast consists of scrambled eggs, brioche, bacon, and mushrooms - pretty delicious, especially the brioche. have to go back soon, maybe sometime this week. or you can order just scrambled eggs with brioche which is a good option if you're not too hungry.

Toby's just has a great Australian vibe to it [of course, since it's Australian] - and it is a great place to chill. Too bad it opens only until 6pm though. Reminds me a lot of Auction Rooms in Melbourne, with high ceilings and alot of plants and an industrial vibe about it. Great atmosphere to sit down there and laze away a couple of hours.

Overall Rating: Coffee: 8.5/10
Breakfast food: 7.5/10

Monday, November 7, 2011

Drips bakery cafe

Heard so much about drips that I felt I just had to come here. I'm a sucker for cakes. So off I went before cell group to try some of these delicious tarts.

The ambience wasn't what I was expecting - it was bright and breezy with a lot of whites and modern furniture - I plopped down and ordered some of their tarts along with a coffee .

I had the brandied cherry tart and ther macadamia tart and both were not bad. The brandied cherry tart had a rather sour zing from the brandy and cherries though perhaps the alcoholic taste was a bit strong or else the brandy was of not so premium quality. Either way or was still decent with a flaky shortcrust base which went well with the cherries.

The other one was the macadamia nut tart and this wasnt bad - the nuts were quite delicious and contrasted in texture with the softer shortcrust base.

The coffee was roasted darker than the other places I've been to- you get little acidity and more of the roasty flavors though I felt that not much of the flavor showed through - it became rather dark and murky and a little too over roasted . Not so good IMHO but this could be due to the fact that the beans may not have been that fresh.

Cakes : 8/10
Coffee : 5/10

Yuan wei seafood restaurant

Been looking for this place that sells the giant garoupa and the different parts. The first time i couldn't find it bit after having seen a photo of the entrance I finally spotted it and so off we went.

Heard good things about the fried kway teow from ieat so had to order that - wasn't bad, good wok hei if the dish was a bit bland ie lacking in salt. Good smoky aroma though. 7/10

The beam curd with mushrooms were excellent - a very very good Shang tang being the key. This Shang tang was very fragrant savory and Unami. 8.5/10

Sadly the garoupa meat steamed with garlic was rather hard. Not tenderx I suspect it's because it's a big fish but so totally dashed our expectations. Oh well. 6/10

Maybe you guys cld tell me what to order next time?