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Posted: September 8, 2009 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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North Border Bar & Grill

North Border Bar & Grill

I was thinking of finding a unique place to celebrate my dear’s birthday. I wanted to find a place that’s away from town; somewhere we can enjoy a quiet romantic dinner. Well, I came across this restaurant’s website and was attracted by its ambience and rustic setting. It seems like an ideal place for a romantic dinner back to nature.

This is a door

This is a door

Situated on Rochester Park, North Border offers a relaxing alfresco dining area, lush with tall trees. It feels as if we’re off in a private garden somewhere… They serve authentic American food, which comes in generous American-sized servings too.

This is an exterior

This is an exterior

Browsing through the numerous items on the menu, we settled for “North Border’s surf & Turf” ($35.90) and “Char Broiled Black Cod Fillet” ($29.90), paired with Cherry Blossom & Sweet bananas smoothies ($7 each). The 1st entrée has a cut of tenderloin steak cooked in creamy wild mushroom sauce and served with three king prawns grilled and battered. The sauces they use really bring out the taste of the steak & prawns, great combi!

This is surf, with some turf.

This is surf, with some turf

The 2nd entrée consists of fresh black cod fillet seasoned in Southwest spices. I highly recommend this as you can really taste the  fresh & sweet flesh, seasoned to perfection. Yummy!

This is the fillet without the cod

This is the fillet without the cod

For dessert, we ordered the Baileys ice cream ($4.50). It is made from Baileys Irish Cream. Special flavour that gives the dinner a sweet ending J

This is the view you get when you exterior + door

This is the view you get when you exterior + door

A short climb up the gentle gradient of Rochester Park promises good food with a laid-back ambience to dine in. In addition, generous portions served prove North Border’s menu to be sufficient in quality as well as quantity. Another good pt about the place is its close proximity to Buona Vista MRT. However, I find the price to be rather expensive, so only visit this place if you’re feeling rich or trying your best to please your special someone!

This is some kind of fountain

This is some kind of fountain

P.S. Found this uniquely designed fountain hidden at a corner

Rating:

North Border Bar & Grill

2 Rochester Park, Tel : 6777 6618

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View from the top…

Posted: January 11, 2009 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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To celebrate my dad’s bday & knowing that my mum likes to have a bird’s eye view of the city, I decided to bring them to the Si Chuan Dou Hua Chinese restaurant on the 60th floor of UOB Plaza =)



The entire restaurant has a very traditional Chinese interior, with overhanging oriental lamps and plush carpeted floors and doorway arches. Here’s where we sat…



Here’s what we ordered:



Dad ordered his favourite Pu Er Cha. Professional tea pourers are a unqiue characteristic of the Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant chain. The novelty is that they use kettles with very long spouts while dishing out hot water straight to our tea cups. *swoosh*



Eight Treasure Seafood Soup – The soup looks weird as it looks greenish. Maybe they added ground spinach to the soup? It tasted exactly like shark’s fin soup (which I love!), a tad starchy with tiny bits and pieces of various kinds of seafood (scallops, fish maw, crabmeat etc). Well, I can’t exactly make out what was within the ingredients… Overall, it’s quite a tasty soup which bears the signature dish tag adequately.



Peking Duck – Yummy! That was my initial reaction after popping a slice of the skin wrapped a crepe into my mouth. The skin wasn’t superbly crispy but it tasted good nonetheless. The meat was tender and juicy =) We had to order a whole duck for the 4 of us coz it’s the only option. Well, we were quite full after finishing about 18 crepes (with either meat or skin wrapped within).



We opted to stir fry the remains of the duck. The stir fried part actually was a good accompaniment to our fried rice (with crabmeat) coz it’s a little salty. Hmm, guess it should go perfectly with porridge …




We also ordered a side dish of stir-fried sea cucumber with fish maw. Surprisingly, the fish maw is the fresh kind, unlike the ones that I usually consume (dried). Hmm, kinda unique…



The perfect ending: Freshly made fine douhua (Beancurd) served with wolfberry syrup or water chestnut. Simple yet delectable.

Dinner was great! Think both of them are quite impressed by the posh restaurant, yet don’t feel too out of the place. I always feel very happy when they enjoy the places that I bring them to =) By the way, in the midst of having our dinner, we were lucky to have the company of fireworks, which was part of the NDP rehearsal not far away. But the view was very limited due to the narrow design of the restaurant’s oriental window. Hmm, shouldn’t they make full use of the superb location and height of the restaurant by having wider glass panels?

Pretty & delicious drinks =)

Posted: January 11, 2009 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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Snowy Choco Frappe - Coffee with X'masy feel.... Looks really presentable but its a little too nutty for me...

Look out for the snowflakes that landed on ur frappe

Look out for the snowflakes that landed on ur frappe

Isnt this pretty? Makes me dont have the heart to drink it... And theres really an egg at the bottom!

Egg Nog Desire (liqueur coffee) : Isn't this pretty? Makes me don't have the heart to drink it... And there's really an egg at the bottom!

Spice Chic (in a heart shaped dish) - think it tastes a bit like indian food though, due to the spices on the chicken. The salad sauce tastes weird too...I still prefer my popcorn chicken

Spice Chic (in a heart shaped dish) - think it tastes a bit like indian food though, due to the spices on the chicken. The salad sauce tastes weird too...I still prefer my popcorn chicken

Chic-Mex Pizza - crispy base with strong herbs-flavoured chicken pieces

Chic-Mex Pizza - crispy base with strong herbs-flavoured chicken pieces

Coffee Nut Chix - gigantic and yummy burger

Coffee Nut Chix - gigantic and yummy burger

Lastly, I must really compliment the service at TCC – Suntec City. They are really very polite and courteous and considerate. He even offered to help me pour the chilli sauce just because its a new bottle and I fumbled with it for 2 sec….

Gone Fishing Cafe

Posted: December 3, 2008 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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Coincidentally, I saw a program on TVMobile introducing this cafe. Seems interesting, so i jotted down its name in my HP. Mths later, the name suddenly popped into my head, and we decided to check out the place on a lazy Sunday aftn…

Gone Fishing Café is a small and hidden neighbourhood café tucked away in Hillview area. It’s a quiet and cozy place to hang around in. It offers a great alternative for those who want to relax and chill out in an unhurried manner. The first thing after stepping into the café, we noticed that it’s playing my favourite bossa nova album from Olivia =) Hmm, seems like it is really the place for us…

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As recommended, we tried some of their top favourites:

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Clam Chowder… Unique recipe, very appetizing

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Suzanne’s Roast Chicken… Tender and Juicy chicken thigh, roasted to perfection, served with chicken rice and side salad

Editor’s note: Best Drumstick in the World!


sausage

Gourmet Sausages with rice… Simply delicious


coffee

Almond Coffee… Heavenly Blend between Almond and Coffee


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Almond Blend… A cooling drink for almond lovers


Turns out that all their dishes and drinks are fabulous, we almost wanted to order another plate of roast chicken! Definite must trys are the roast chicken and almond coffee! ^-^

Take some time to appreciate their décor too… I love these =)


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1 of the art pieces on display/sale


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Couch seats at a corner. Note the graffiti on the wall.


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Messy but really interesting


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table

Don’t forget to observe your table , hmm, what a way to use sewing machine


cash

Take note: only cash is accepted


exterior

For alfresco diners.

Address: 15 Chu Lin Rd (Off Jalan Remaja, Along Hillview Ave)

Buses that stop along Hillview Avenue: 173, 176, 177, 963 and 970

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Just something cute that we noticed at the nearby bus stop….smilez

Ah Loy Thai

Posted: December 3, 2008 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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I love the Thai food here; it is delicious and value-for-money.

They have all the common Thai favorites on the menu. The Tom Yam Soup is pretty good, uniquely served in a small claypot. Both the Phat Thai (fried rice noodles) and pineapple rice are delicious too.

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Another of my favourite dish is the Thai Crispy Mango Chicken, which goes for $5.80 => fried chicken cutlets with tangy chilli gravy and yummy mango slices on top. Lastly, don’t forget to order their Thai ice red milk tea~

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You can get a decent and tasty Thai meal for less than $10 per person! That is, if you manage to get a seat early enough to wait for them to cook your food, which is all cooked on the spot so it’s fresh and steaming when it hits your table. During lunch hours, do call in advance to reserve your table, and even order your food if you know the menu.

It’s a definite must try for all Thai food lovers! What’s more, Tom’s Palette is just next door, so you can hop to the next shop to get your home made ice cream after a hearty meal.

Location:

#01-39 Shaw Leisure Gallery

P.S. Café

Posted: June 2, 2008 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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3rd yr anniversary J Must find a really nice place to celebrate…Heard that there’s a great collection of restaurants in Dempsey, so we decide to pop down to this secluded restaurant in the Dempsey road area & see what the hype was about.

After some research, I realize that P.S. Café was started by the same group pf people behind the Project Shop clothing line (that’s what “PS” stands for). The restaurant looks very unique as it is housed in a standalone colonial bungalow with one side completely made up of full-length glass windows! (which he likes ;))

Just like what’s described by other patrons, the whole place looks very lovely and homely, with all the cosy seats, dim lighting and wooden flooring… It is perhaps the glass façade and high ceiling that adds a touch of grandeur to the already nice ambience you get whilst sitting inside the restaurant. Too bad it can be kinda noisy inside

Here’s what we had:

I really liked my main course, the chicken fillings with the crispy pastry = yummy! Loved the mashed potato too 😉

Although the food may be a tad pricey, but it’s still a good price to pay for a cosy meal with a great ambience.

Note: There are 2 slots that u can make reservations for: 6.30pm or 8.30pm. I don’t advise the 6.30pm slot coz u will have to vacant ur seats by 8.30pm.

Editor’s note: they will NOT entertain NON-dinner reservations.

Peaberry & Pretzel

Posted: June 2, 2008 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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Happened to come across a review of this cafe on a magazine. What attracted me was its unique name & decor. Since its located close to my place at Sunset Way, Clementi area, me & dear decided to give this little cafe a visit. Nestled within the serenity of the HDB heartland, the location is charming in a uniquely Singaporean way.

After some research, I realise that Peaberries – coffee beans that grow alone in a single cherry – were once considered a defect, a deformed bean. Now, these small round beans are highly prized, and are sometimes even called the “caviar” of coffee. Well, we did ordered a simple Mocha, but it came with a splendid presentation.

Although the interior is notably small, the liberal use of mirrors provides the illusion of space. I love the brown & pink setting, with the tasteful use of floral motifs on the window & lamps. What I also like about it was the glass dessert cabinet and the open kitchen concept where you can view the chef preparing dessert.

The menu has a distinct German influence, as they serve pork knuckles & sausages. We ordered Grilled Sausages with saurkraut & Mushroom Pasta. The first dish offered 4 different type of sausages to try with saurkraut, basically sour vegetables. Well, I would only say that the main courses are pretty decent on the whole, but definitely better with the desserts…

Make sure you leave some space for desserts or you are bound to regret it. Sculpted like dainty pieces of art, the selection of desserts is not limited to the menu but includes distinctive creations displayed in their specially designed cooler. We love the Soufflé! It was spongy and frothy, emphasizing heavily on the egg taste with bits of caramel wedged in between. Nice and sweet and a perfect end to a rather heavy meal.

Although their main course is a little pricey, their desserts and coffee are truly worth the trip. Think I must pop by another time to try it tiramisu!

Peaberry & Pretzel
Address: Blk 106 Clementi St 12, #01-52
Contact: 67773477
Opening Hours: Sun – Sat: 12noon to 10pm. Closed on Mondays.


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If u need a good blend of laughter + romance, u must definitely catch “What Happens in Vegas“! Well, besides the dashing Ashton Kutcher, I also love Cameron Diaz’s evening gown look, she’s dazzling


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Particularly, I remembered this quote from the movie ‘I rather dun do anything than doing something that i dun like doing’ Hmm… and yes, there are countless hilarious scenes, even during the court scene ;p


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Ate dinner ard 9pm at Sakae Teppanyaki @ Cineleisure. Set against the backdrop of contemporary elegance, this is the place to be for teppanyaki lovers who want to indulge in a premium range of dishes at value-for money prices.


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All the dishes are delicious & the Chef’s skill is great!


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Super satisfying… We ordered the seafood set & beef set (approx $45 in total), which includes chewy cuttlefish, prawns, bamboo clams, melt-in-the-mouth foie gras, beef cubes, teriyaki chicken, fresh mushrooms and vegetables.


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Something to mention is their unique Seafood Chawanmushi which uses an onion as a bowl…

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Heard that the 9km trail that spans across Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, & Kent Ridge Park had been officially opened last wkend, so we’ve decided to do a little exploring today… The whole trail starts with the Marang Trail – leading to Mount Faber Park (including Faber walk & hilltop walk), passing through Henderson Waves Bridge to the forest walk, reaching Alexandra Arch, then to floral walk @ Hortpark and finally links to Kent Ridge Park via the canopy walk.

Feeling adventurous, we just head toward Harbourfront MRT station where the start of the trail is. Without a proper map on hand, we decide to follow the signboards tat others claim are easily locatable. For the benefit of those that will be heading there in the future, the entrance to the Marang Trail is through exit D. It’s a 15min walk of steps and shaded footpaths covering an elevation = 24 storey to the Jewel Box & Mt Faber.

True as it as, signboards like this can be located at almost all strategic locations. Once u reach Jewel box, just continue to walk straight & follow the main rd down…The view is quite gd, can see all the way to Raffles area & PSA shipyard.


Henderson Waves – Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge (the following photo):

The bridge has a unique wave form made up of 7 undulating curved steel “ribs” that alternately rise over & under its deck. The curved “ribs” form alcoves that function as shelters with seats within. Personally, I like the slats of balau wood used in the decking.

Rmb to look out for the height markings at various pts on the bridge.

Next, we continued to the Terrace Garden.

I’m sure most of u will recall scenes from many local dramas that taken from here.

Forest walk – elevated walkway through the forest

This part is my favourite portion of the whole trail coz it resembles the tree-top walks in Australia! Feels great to be strolling among the canopy of trees and offers all a bird’s eye view of the forest. Although the whole walkway can be steps-free, U can also take shortcuts via steps down to the next walkway.

The whole walkway is quite long, some of u may want to try jogging there, think it’ll feel great with the fresh air…

Editor’s note: I noticed even with the moderate no. of runners present on that day, the metal path produces little resonance, but the narrow girth may cause tension between leisure strollers and frequent runners.


Eventually u will reach the Alexandra Arch, which resembles an open leaf. Located at the base of Alexandra Arch is the Floral Walk which offers a delightful stroll along a path lined with pretty flowers like these:

Next, u will reach HortPark – the gardening hub

The lobby has a very relaxed feel & overlooks the whole garden.


Btw, wireless@SG is available here…for net addicts. It’s a very nice place for strolling as u can slowly appreciate various attractive themed gardens as well as outdoor display plots showcasing ideas for home gardening.

Here’s what we like:

By the time we finished strolling HortPark, its already close to 7pm, so we decide to give Kent Ridge Park a miss & head home. While walking back, we managed to catch the Alexandra Arch dazzling with colour changing LED lights.

North Border Bar & Grill

Posted: April 5, 2008 by SnOwAnGeL in Tummilicious
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I was thinking of finding a unique place to celebrate my dear’s birthday. I wanted to find a place that’s away from town; somewhere we can enjoy a quiet romantic dinner. Well, I came across this restaurant’s website and was attracted by its ambience and rustic setting. It seems like an ideal place for a romantic dinner back to nature.

Situated on Rochester Park, North Border offers a relaxing alfresco dining area, lush with tall trees. It feels as if we’re off in a private garden somewhere… They serve authentic American food, which comes in generous American-sized servings too.

Browsing through the numerous items on the menu, we settled for “North Border’s surf & Turf” ($35.90) and “Char Broiled Black Cod Fillet” ($29.90), paired with Cherry Blossom & Sweet bananas smoothies ($7 each). The 1st entrée has a cut of tenderloin steak cooked in creamy wild mushroom sauce and served with three king prawns grilled and battered. The sauces they use really bring out the taste of the steak & prawns, great combi!

The 2nd entrée consists of fresh black cod fillet seasoned in Southwest spices. I highly recommend this as you can really taste the fresh & sweet flesh, seasoned to perfection. Yummy!

For dessert, we ordered the Baileys ice cream ($4.50). It is made from Baileys Irish Cream. Special flavor that gives the dinner a sweet ending J

A short climb up the gentle gradient of Rochester Park promises good food with a laidback ambience to dine in. In addition, generous portions served prove North Border’s menu to be sufficient in quality as well as quantity. Another good pt about the place is its close proximity to Buona Vista MRT. However, I find the price to be rather expensive, so only visit this place if you’re feeling rich or trying your best to please your special someone!

P.S. Found this uniquely designed fountain hidden at a corner

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North Border Bar & Grill

2 Rochester Park, Tel : 6777 6618