Friday, July 26, 2013

Dinner at Ah Loy Thai @Tampines Mall

I read many good reviews about this restaurant and that their thai food are pretty authentic. I was at TM around 6.30pm and saw the queue was quite short so I decided to try the food there.

Diners are given an order chit to place order and make payment at the cashier before being ushered to their seats. Look...they have no GST & Service charges :D

I was 4th in the queue, the waiting time was about 10mins to get to the cashier and another 5mins to settle payment and get seated. The restaurant has very simple coffee shop type of setup, no frills and efficient. They have an open concept kitchen located at the middle of the restaurant.

Open concept kitchen 


Dishes serving was very fast here. My drink and dishes came within 15mins time.

Traditional Thai Milk tea (red) with ice $2.20. This was quite nice, smooth and flavorful. It is a tad sweet so it must be consume after stirring it for a while for the ice to melt and dilute it a little bit.

Seafood Tom Yum soup $7.50. The serving was quite huge, enough for two to share. Soup base was not overly spicy but was rather tangy, just nice for me. Some may find it not spicy enough though. Seafood and mushroom was fresh...slurp!

Thai fried kway teow (Phad Thai) $7.00. Serving was quite big too. Rice noodles was quite springy and moist. The sauce was sweet but not spicy enough, need to add chili flakes to spice it up. Only 3pcs of prawns were found in the dish, along with generous serving of micro shrimps (the bits of red color stuff), beancurd cubes, egg and tau geh. Overall, quite delish.

Service here was prompt and efficient, everybody seem to be in a rush. Food standard was rather good and value for money. I will definitely be back again to try other recommended dishes.

Ah Loy Thai 
#B1-K17 Tampines Mall
4 Tampines Central, Singapore 529510
Tel : (65) 9165 1543 / (65) 9329 7599

Opening Hour: Daily - 9am - 8.30pm (last order)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dinner at TCC @MBS

The evil sistas meet again for our endless impromptu dinner at TCC. This was my second visit to the MBS outlet. This outlet has quiet down a lot, it wasn't busy like the previous time I was there and many items on the menu had became unavailable. Is this place on the verge of closing down?

As usual, we ordered some small bites to share. I only took photo of the Spicy Hot Wings $12.80++. These were good, skin was slightly spicy and very crispy. Meat was juicy and tender...nice.

I ordered the Pan-seared Chicken Breast w/ Shogayaki Sauce $22.00++. Chicken breast was well marinated and cooked just right, meat was tender, not tough. The shogayaki sauce was really yummy.

My friend and her hubby had the Crisp club sandwich $16.00++ and Red-hot Chicken Spaghetti $19.00++. The spaghetti tasted alright but not spicy enough. The sandwich was over-toasted...not nice.

My friend's Pan-fried Salmon w/ Citrus White Wine Sauce $24.80++. Salmon was slightly overcooked, sauce was a tad buttery...but overall quite nice.

We ordered some desserts to share...

Pinana Landing $10.00++
The pineapple cake was very dry and tough. The banana slices was sweet though...a failed dish.

Apple-art Parfait $10.50++
This was not too bad, the green apple mousse contains alcohol.

The service here was bad...they were understaffed and I had to top up my own ice water after being ignored for too long. One more restaurant on my BAN list!


Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Ave #B2-120/120A (The Shoppes)

Tel: 6688 7392

Opening Hours:
Sun - Thu & PH: 1000 - 2300
Fri & Sat: 1000 - 0000

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dinner at Chef d' Table again....

We are back at Chef d' Table again for birthday celebration. Several of us dined there 7 months ago and liked the food and service there a lot, one of our July babies was a fan too so it became our venue for July celebration.

This place is located near to the Chijmes church's main entrance. They are one of the official caterer for Chijmes. They recently hosted former President Mr. SR Nathan for lunch here.

The restaurant has a simple, no frills and functional decor. We had the private room located at the back of the restaurant.

After ushering us to the table, the waiter will ask a standard question "do you prefer Sparkling or Still water?". PLEASE DON'T answer that question. Ask them instead "do you have ICE WATER?". Ice water is free and refillable here. Still water is a hefty $12 per litre and they will keep refilling till you ask for the bill. Check out their hefty charges for the Imported Still water from our previous visit.

Warm bread was served upon guest arrival with a yummy pesto spread. The bread is free and refillable too. Ask for more if you are hungry between courses.

The bread was very very soft and fluffy with a crispy crust, you'll know right away that they were freshly baked inhouse just before they open for dinner.

Two of my friends ordered a 4 course Chef's menu set $68++, includes an entree, a mini soup, choice of main course and dessert of the day. For myself, I ordered ala carte entree & a main course which was my fave dishes from my previous visit.

My Entree choice, pan seared Foie Gras with lobster omelette served on a bed of sauteed spinach & mushrooms $32++. This one literally melts in my mouth the second it touches my tongue, perfect! The lobster balls were cooked with herb butter, tasted fresh and crunchy...goes well with the creamy foie gras. Thumbs up!

My choice for main course, Chilean Seabass $34++. Needless to say the seabass is again very fresh and prepared with such precision that it is cooked inside out and not overcooked at the sides. It takes some skill to do that with such a thick piece of fish...kudos to the Chef!

My friends' 4 course Chef menu...

First up, Mushroom tofu entree...crispy homemade tofu drizzled with truffle oil and mushroom mirin sauce. Everything was polished off quickly so I reckon it was delish.

Lobster bisque soup in an espresso cup. Again, gone in 60 seconds, well almost!

Main courses, one of my friends had the Chilean Seabass (above) and the other had the Ribeye Angus beef steak. Done medium rare, it was cooked to perfection...soft and tender on the inside and slightly charred and smoky on the outside...truly satisfying.

One of my busy girl friends only had a main course as she need to rush off for 'second round'. She picked the Pink Dory with lemon butter sauce and sweet potato $24++. This one was a crowd pleaser, the fish was fresh and lemon butter was uber creamy.

Last but not least, its desserts time...the presentation was awesome!

Orange Creme Brulee with Valrhona chocolate ganache & Valrhona chocolate fondant (a.k.a. the Lava cake) with vanilla ice cream.

The Creme Brulee was delicious, creamy with a hint of fresh orange aroma, pairs extremely well with the dark valrhona chocolate base.

The 'Lava' cake here was to die for! It has a minimum preparation time of 20mins so that the Chef could make it from scratch. Check out the flowy 'lava'!

The premium dark chocolate was smooth and intense! All of us agreed that this was the best lava cake in town.

The Coconut pudding with sago and melted gula melaka. This dish has a very local taste.

And, presenting last, the complimentary birthday cake nicely decorated with chocolate sauce! It was hazelnut brownie with vanilla ice cream. The brownie was loaded with hazelnut bits but was made a tad hard though.

There you are, this ends the night with a sweet note! The food and service here was extraordinary...we will definitely be back again for more indulgence. One last shot of the restaurant at night before we go..

Chef d'Table
30 Victoria St, #01-29 CHIJMES
Tel: 6338 4898

Mon-Sat: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm
Closed Sunday

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Nana's Green Tea

I was at PS for my monthly facial at FIL. Was feeling hungry after the session so decided to have a Tea break at Nana's Green Tea. The restaurant deploys an open concept contemporary style decor.

This Japanese franchise outlet has a rather similar menu as the Maccha House at Orchard Central, with all kinds of Geen tea flavored beverages & desserts and simple main courses and small bites.


Economical set lunches 

I ordered a Matcha Latte Float $8.50++ and a Yakitori chicken bites $5.80++.

Matcha Latte Float 

Yakitori chicken bites 

The Matcha Latte was rich and creamy and smooth to drink. The green tea ice cream was dense and full of flavor too. The grill chicken bites were not too bad, sweet and juicy. I love the chunky leek slices...goes well with the chicken meat.

Service here was decent. I will come back again to try other dishes.

Nana’s Green Tea
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road #03-80/82
Singapore 238839

Tel: +65 6684 4312

Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm