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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Rabbit Owl Depot Adventure!!!

Rabbit Owl Depot Waffle Adventure!

Oh when will my Ice-cream waffle cravings end? Who will know, till then though more ice-cream waffles posts are gonna come about here is one about Rabbit Owl Depot! Now, this is a place I'm surprised I haven't been to, as they have very good and really unique waffle styles! (Stay with me to find out!)

Rabbit Owl Depot or R.O.D for short started as the owners of the cafe called each other ‘Oot-Oot” and ‘Bit-Bit' during courtship as nicknames. What a sweet story to accompany more sweet treats below! The cafe was decorated with tiny rabbits & owls toys and even subtle hint of those animals in the form of tables looking like cargo containers, to seats with long ears.

Their coffee beans are from Columbia & Sumatra but for coffee they were a tad pricey even for a cafe. Instead, my friends and I came for the... you guessed it! Ice-cream waffles! I had the Croffles with a scoop of ice-cream, and if you're wondering what are croffles, they're a combination of croissant & waffles.

Feeling my sweet-tooth needs to be treated, I had my croffles with wildflower honey & I even added an organic honeycomb as an extra topping! I selected Milk Honey as my honey flavour to complement my set! My friends ordered a Croffles set with chocolate sauce & chocolate chips but did not add any ice-cream, and their signature snowflake waffle triplets which consist of 3 types of waffles and they are Original, cookie butter & bamboo charcoal waffles.

(Honey milk ice-cream with organic honeycomb croffle)

(Chocolate chips croffle)

(Waffle triplets)

Personally, I prefer the taste & texture of the normal waffles but the croffles were a unique twist to the traditional waffle, for those who are bored of the average waffle taste & texture, croffles are your best bet to heighten your experience!

Rabbit Owl Depot
Address: 420 North Bridge Road #01-06 Singapore 188727 (Bugis MRT, opp National Library, diagonally opposite Bras Basah Centre)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily
Phone: +65 63364075

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Mukshidonna Adventure!!!

Mukshidonna Adventure!

Let's welcome Mukshidonna to Singapore!!! Mukshidonna originates from Korea and specializes in serving Budae Jjigae (Army Stew) but touted themselves a Tteokbokki Restaurant. They are currently housed in E! Avenue at Downtown East which is beside E! Hub.

Mukshidonna means Eat (Muk), Rest (Shi), Pay (Don), Leave (Na) which translate to “Have your food, pay and leave”. It is also Halal certified so Muslims friends can enjoy some bubbling sweet & spicy Korean stew!

Tteokbokki is a type of cylinder-shaped boiled rice cake, and is a quintessential Korean traditional street food which has a unique chewy squishy texture when chewed!

When you order, tteokbokki and fish cakes will be included but you can choose from a variety of soup bases, types of noodles and a range of savoury toppings for $3 each. So go ahead and customise your pot to your liking! Oh, but wait you cannot dine alone as you need a minimum of 2 to dine, so do bring along a friend or your loved ones.

The basic tteokbokki base is $13.90 per pax and add-on ingredients are priced at $3.00, from Ramyeon, beef bulgogi, mandu (2 pieces), fried squid rings to even scallops (2 each). I highly recommend adding the cheese for $3 as it takes the experience to a whole new level, trust me. As the soup base thickens as it boils, the melty cheese will engulf your noodle making the whole pot into a viscous cheesy melting pot of ingredients! The sweet and mildly spicy broth is really tasty as it has just the right amount of spice to it but it could be a tad sweeter to my liking.

Look at the cheese!!!

The taste of the broth was well complemented by the cheese and the joy of having a warm broth on a cold rainy day was one to remember! The ramyeon was great as it had the right amount of springiness and was not too soggy and the amount of beef bulgogi and sausages were very generous as every mouth of ramyeon I had has its fair amount of meat in it. The ramyeon was so good that one of my friends asked the waiter for the packaging of the noodles.

If you are still hungry, you could even add on fried rice ($5) or cheese fried rice ($7) to your pot to sizzle with your leftover gravy! Highly recommend for tteokbokki or Korean stew lovers but I personally think it is quite costly, but go ahead and be your own verdict!

Mukshidonna Singapore
Address: Market Square @ Downtown East 1 Pasir Ris Close, E!Avenue #02-324 Singapore 519599
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00pm Daily
Phone: +65 63868562

Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Big Cheese Adventure!!!

The Big Cheese Adventure!

CHEESE LOVERS REJOICE!!! Your safe haven has been found and it's right at the heart of our little red dot! Located just outside Bencoolen MRT station at Sunshine plaza, it is a short walk away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT : if you are from the North-East or North-South lines.

This petite eatery occupying a small corner of Sunshine plaza is barely noticable because of its tiny size. Seating is very very limited as there is just about 6 seats or so in the eatery itself so having it to-go is common here. First impression when you enter is the smell, the intense aroma of cheese just overwhelms you. Beware to those who hates the smell of cheese - I warned ya!

The Menu here is pretty Simple but wide at the same time as they technically only have one main item on it, can you guess what it is? That's right the good old mac & cheese! For only $5.90 you get to customise your very own mac & cheese! From pasta choices, to type of cheese and an array of toppings to pick from! You can be your own chef and go crazy with your mac!

Other than the customizable mac & cheese, they also have cheesy side dishes to go with and I tried the Cheesy potato skins as everyone knows cheese and potatoes are a match made in heaven. They are a little pricey as compared to their main dish counterpart but it's hard to say no to cheese and potatoes. Priced at $4.90 for 3 cheesy potato skins I would say it isn't worth the price as for a dollar more you can get the mac & cheese but the taste itself is tasty as stringy melty cheese and bacon bits all over the oven baked potato skins : who would not like it?!

Cheesy Potato Skins ($4.90) 

Next up is the main attraction! Mac and cheese! I built mine with penne, chicken sausage, sunny side up egg with mozzarella and parmesan cheese! They are packed in these cute american-chinese takeout boxes and man they are packed to the brim. These cute little boxes are packed full of cheesy goodness, some say a little too much but hey better value for money ya?

Take a look at the amount of cheese on a single penne! Yummy stringy cheese stretching from the box itself!!! The penne with the cheese is really filling so those with small appetites, sharing is recommended but if your hungry I recommend trying the sides with your mac!

The pasta was well cooked as even though it was soaked in the melty cheese, it was still Al dente and springy. The amount of cheese was also very generous as each and every piece of my pasta was covered in it! However the amount of meat given could be improved as there was very little meat found in my box. But for $5.90, I would say it is worth a try if your looking for a affordable meal if your near the area!

The Big Cheese
Address: 91 Bencoolen Street #01-59, Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun, 3pm – 10pm on Fri), Closed on Mon

Phone: +65 8147 0485

Thus Coffee Adventure!!!

Thus Coffee Adventure!

New Cafes are popping up all over Singapore and thus -Thus Coffee was born at upper thomson residing near Sembawang Food Centre. (Bad pun intended)

Immediately the charm of this quiet but lively neighborhood entranced me, filled with people of all ages; kids playing at the playground and elderlies drinking their kopi (black coffee) at the food centre gives a very happy vibe to me.

Thus Coffee has a calming aura surrounding it, perfect for having a morning brunch or afternoon tea with your loved ones. It is also a great place to have a nice warm cup of coffee on a cold rainy day as their coffee is brewed with a special blend of Guatemala and Blue Java coffee beans.

Went there for an afternoon brunch with Jermay and the weather was so hot I had a change of plan and not have a hot drink like i planned to. The atmosphere of the cafe was cheerful and christmas-sy as there were subtle christmas decor all around the spacious cafe.

After discussing about what is good in the menu and our appetite, we decided to order a Prawn Aglio Olio and a classic truffle fries as a side. As the weather is warm, we decided to buy a iced chocolate and a white coffee mocha to go with! 

Food Menu

Drinks Menu

The food arrived in a short period of time even though the cafe was quite filled and I was pleasantly surprised by the mirage of colours on my plate of linguine. It had a variety of colours and was well dressed with olive oil and freshly cracked black peppercorns. For  $17 you'll get a filling plate of pasta with a generous amount of tiger prawns and mushrooms!

 Look at the prawns and mushrooms all around the pasta!

The truffle fries were priced at $10, an average price for a cafe truffle fries as they usually set your wallet back around $8-$14. Again, a generous portion more than enough for two people but they taste like your average truffle fries, nothing bad if you love the usual truffle fries. The drink are great as the iced chocolate has the right amount of sweetness to it and the coffee was well roasted which made it smooth and earthy, it was also not too bitter or acidic, Kudos to the barista!

Grapefruit Oasis (Homemade grapefruit juice with zesty soda)

Overall, a humble and lovely cafe in a tranquil area of central Singapore! Wholesome, hearty food served in this robust, down-to-earth cafe with friendly staff and excellent customer service! Would love to try their hot drinks next time when the weather is right!

Thus Coffee
Address: 4 Jalan Kuras Singapore 577723
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Tues – Sun). Closed Mon
Phone: +65 8411 7565

Sunday, 3 December 2017

CoffeeSmith Adventure!!!

CoffeeSmith Waffle Adventure!

This korean coffee chain finally has an outlet in Singapore! Situated on the ground floor of Orchard Gateway, This cafe has a chill and friendly vibe to it, the stone wall and wooden décor compliments it even more! The scent of freshly roasted coffee while being seated in this cozy 40 seater cafe is absolutely heavenly especially after a long day of shopping in orchard.

After a long and hectic day at school and hours of walking around orchard, my friend Brandon and I settled down at CoffeeSmith to rest our tired legs and to get a quick bite. After a quick scan of the menu, price-wise it was slightly more expensive as compared to Starbucks but hey you gotta treat yourself once in a while.

Since we were feeling slightly more hungry than thirsty, i got the Smith Waffles ($10.90) and my friend got the Cuppacino waffles ($14.90). Till now I have yet to satisfy my Waffle cravings!

The Smith Waffles were CoffeeSmith's basic go-to waffle. They were the typical average waffle served with whipped cream & syrup but the Smith Waffles were far above average. The waffles were denser than the average waffle but it was still super fluffy which was contradicting but I like it that way! The waffle also had a nice shell to it for that small crunch factor every waffle should have! The whipped cream was made in house as it was milkier and creamier than the store bought kinds. The fruit syrup is also yummy and compliments the waffle well. Pictures of the Smith Waffle below!

Smith Waffles ($10.90)
Served with fresh whipped cream and fruit syrup

Next up was the slightly more pricey cuppacino waffles! They were served at a premium of $4 as compared to the Smith Waffles but for that price you get a coffee infused waffle batter and an extra two scoops of ice-cream which i would say is worth the upgrade! They did not specify the ice-cream flavour but I guessed it was milk flavour as it had a nice milky taste that was neutral enough to compliment the waffle and let the waffle take the spotlight! The waffle was unique as they impart the coffee flavour in the waffle by adding freshly brewed coffee in the waffle batter, this adds another depth of character in the waffle providing an edge over ordinary waffles served in cafes! However an area to improve on was that the taste of the strawberry syrup was slightly overpowering the waffle and could be put in a seperate bowl instead of on the base of the serving plate. Pictures of the Cuppacino waffle below!

Cuppacino Waffles ($14.90)

Served with two scoops of Ice-cream, fresh whipped cream, chocolate sauce and strawberry syrup

Overall I would recommend this cafe and to try their cuppacino waffle! Great for shopaholics who needs a coffee break!

CoffeeSmith Singapore
Address: 277, Orchard Road #01-09A, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Phone: +65 8399 7900
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 3:00am (Sun – Thurs), 24 hours (Fri – Sat)

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Oblong Adventure!!!

Oblong Adventure!

Nestled in the quiant and quiet neighbourhood of Serangoon Gardens, Oblong serves mainly Ice-cream, waffles, pastries and coffee.

The slow-paced lifestyle of the neighbourhood and the minimalistic interior of the café gives a very chill and laidback vibe. This plus a good cup of cappuccino ; What could be better?

After makan-ing at Chomp Chomp, I figured what better way to end the day with some ice-cream waffle as my ice-cream waffle cravings hasn't gone down!

Oblong serves an array of ice-cream flavours including some that are unique to Singapore like Bandung! I've been trying to find Bandung flavoured ice-cream for so long but to no avail till now but sadly the bandung flavoured ice-cream wasn't on par with my expectations. But fret not, the variety of ice-cream here is so wide you'll be spoilt for choices!

I got the "My Fluffy Waffle" Set which consist of a marshmallow sandwiched waffle and a drink (I got a latte) costing $12.90. I got the Brownie vanilla ice-cream and caramel syrup to go with the waffle. I also got another set but without the drink costing $10.90, I got the cookie-dough ice-cream and condensed milk syrup with it!

(Brownie Vanilla ice-cream waffle set with latte)

(latte pictured above)

(Cookie-dough ice-cream waffle)

The waffle had the right amount of crisp and fluffiness and it compliments the ice-cream well! The extra syrup and marshmallow would be a treat for those with a sweet tooth (like me) but some may find it a tad to sweet got their liking. Good thing the waffle balances out the sweetness from the ice-cream and marshmallows!

(Close-up shot of Cookie-dough ice-cream)

So for anyone craving desert in Serangoon gardens, you know where to get awesome waffle ice-cream!

Address: 10 Maju Ave, Singapore 556688
Operating hours: Sun to Thu: 12.00 pm – 12.00 am Fri & Sat: 12.00 pm- 2.00 am
Phone: +65 68582320