Reviews written by Jodee
I went to saybons at plaza sing on a weekday night. It was a nice place to chill, the interior of place was brightly lighted and it felt like i was in a fast food joint, albeit much quieter. At saybons, you have to order and pay at the counter before the meal and then wait for your food. kind of like at soup spoon.
the food took about 15minutes to come. We ordered escargots to share. We ordered the platter (where there were 6 different flavors. i only remember a few, blue cheese, tomato and garlic. The escargots were quite terrible. I could not tell which flavor was which and most of the flavors tasted bad. The sauce seemed rather thin and did not complement the escargots. only one or two flavors tasted alright, one of which was a cheesy flavor (But i couldn't pinpoint what it was). However, the platter was quite cheap (less than 10dollars). one thing is for sure, the escargots platter looked NOTHING like the picture on signboard outside the store.
Although i didn't enjoy the escargots, i did enjoy my crepe. I ordered a mushroom and cheese crepe and the portion was bigger than i expected. It was also very tasty, with melted cheese oozing out of my crepe with every bite.
What i did like about saybons is how fuss free it is. My crepe came in a paper box kind of thing, so i could have even finished it up on-the-go.
|Food / Beverage:||4.5|
green tea lovers haven
I would probably be quite biased towards ochacha as I am huge green tea fan and by default, a huge ochacha fan since it's first outlet opened at raffles city. When it first opened, I remember dropping by frequently just to order by weekly fix of ochaha rocks (green tea latte with milk, shaken with ice).
I've had the green tea lattes at teadot and at starbucks, but none of it comes anything close to ochacha rocks. I hate it when i can see undissolved matcha powder in my green tea drinks or when the drinks have a bitter aftertaste because of the matcha powder, or when there's matcha overkill. Ochacha rocks definitely doesn't fall foul of any of the above, and it fact, it's so good, that i never did try any of the other drinks when i go to ochacha. If my memory serves me right, the drinks range from about 5-7 dollars.
The outlet at raffles city has since closed but there's an outlet at paragon basement, which i visit less often. The food is just as good and the ambience is not too bad either. the decor is simple and calming, with mostly a white and green color theme. A great place for a relaxing tea.
Ochacha has all sorts of green tea drinks and also green tea desserts. for savory food, they have sandwiches and the last time i went, i recall seeing soba on the menu. They usually have lunchtime promos that are value for money (expect to spend less than 10bucks for a set), and once when i went, their drinks were going one-for-one (but that was quite some time ago).
I have never tried the savory items on the menu but the green tea pana cotta and green tea azuki cake are both really delicious and affordable too (less than 5 dollars).
one of the best bubble teas in town
Sharetea is my favorite bubble tea store, over GongCha or Koi. I always go to the outlet at wisma to get share tea. The queues have been getting longer, the wait time would be about 10 to 15minutes on a weekend afternoon.
Sharetea claims to be no.1 i Taipei and I totally believe it. I love the classic pearl milk tea. It's milky and smooth. The tea isn't too overpowering or too thin like the version at GongCha. The pearls are very chewy and i the pudding from share tea is also very delicious. super smooth and it goes great with the milk tea!
Sharetea has a few interesting flavors. they have ice cream floats, yakult mixed drinks and also drinks with salty cream. I haven't had the chance to try their more exotic flavors, but what i have tried so far has not disappointed me at all.
Their fresh milk green tea is impeccable and the mango fruit tea is super fragrant and a refreshing drink to have on a sunny afternoon. The staff are friendly and efficient and the prices are pretty much the same as that of the other bubble tea outlets in Singapore.
professional with good service
I went to REDs at Taka to trim my hair. just a simple no frills haircut with a bit of layering. I went there on a friend's recommendation, but i can't quite recall the hairdresser's name. You would have to make an appointment before you go to guarantee a spot and especially if you are looking for a certain hairdresser.
My hairdresser was a nice lady who repeatedly asked me what kind of hairstyle i want and if the length was alright. She didn't rush through the haircut and seemed very professional. REDs also provides some biscuits and beverages for you during your haircut.
I was quite pleased with my haircut, it was nice and neat, nothing fantastic but i would go back again just for the consistency and knowing that my haircut would not go terribly wrong.
The place is a little pricey though, i paid about 40 dollars for just a haircut. If i remember correctly, pricing differs based on the length of hair. And pricing is different for males and females.
|Food / Beverage:||3.5|
pricey with terrible service, but good desserts
I went to Marmalade pantry at ION with a couple of girl friends for tea. We did not book in advance but when we went (about 4plus or 5pm), the place was completely empty save for about one or two tables occupied. But when we reached, we were told that they do not have space for us. We were quite miffed because it seemed like they had lots of vacancies.
They then told us that they have a place for us but we would have to finish by 6. We were unhappy but since we were already there, we figured we would just take up their offer. The service was really a turn off though. The wait staff were also not particularly friendly, but by then we didn't expect much of their service anyway.
each of us ordered a main and i must say, the mains aren't too shabby. I had a scrambled eggs with sausages. The portions were generous and the scrambled eggs were good. However, it came with mushrooms that were burnt. I tried my friend's scallop/prawn linguini and i thought it was really delicious.
The group of us shared two desserts. Sea salt caramel cheesecake and i the sticky date pudding. Both desserts were rich and delicious and the portions were quite huge.
That said, the food here is quite pricey. we spent about 30 bucks each.
|Food / Beverage:||2.0|
too pricey and too sweet
I went to the holland V outlet, and to start with the good comments first, i loved the ambience at cold rock. The place was bright and welcoming, modern and spacey. Nice place to just chill with your friends.
What I didn't like at all was the ice cream. I loved the idea of being able to choose whatever mix-ins i want. And mind you, there is a huge variety of mix-ins. I had toffee and cookie dough on a vanilla base. I was really excited when i saw my ice cream being tossed around and mixed, expecting it to taste like Ben n Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough except with toffee instead.
however, i was very disappointed. I'm a huge vanilla fan and the vanilla ice cream wasn't good. I couldn't taste the vanilla, and it tasted more like sweet cream. The ice cream was also not rich enough, a far cry from the hagen-daz outlet nearby at holland v. The mix-ins didn't go well with the ice cream. My ice cream didn't have any taste of toffee or cookie dough. it might as well just have been toppings instead of mix-ins.
Also, i remember paying at least 7 dollars for what i bought. I didn't even finish my ice cream. It was cloyingly sweet and i figured i might as well not waste my calories on it. perhaps i just chose the wrong things to order, but i probably wouldn't go back again anyway.
|Food / Beverage:||1.0|
lousy mains but good ambience
I've been to the mad jack outlet at bukit Timah more than once and also the one at Pomo. The first time I went and had a baked rice, i didn't find it very tasty but i attributed it to a bad choice of food. So the next time i went, I had the fish and chips and it was rather bland.
I ended up eating at Mad Jack's for a third time since there isn't much to eat along that stretch of Bukit Timah road. this time I ordered their "recommended" burger (can't remember the name), but it was pretty mediocre.
To give an idea of the standard of food at Mad Jack's, its comparable to what you would expect at a neighborhood coffeeshop western food store or worse. Their dishes are quite bland and lack flavor. Their desserts look good, but frankly i always lose my appetite before i can get to desserts.
however, mad jack's prices would be slightly cheaper than what you would expect in swensens. i never spent more than 15 dollars. The outlet a bukit timah is always quite empty when i go, but the POMO outlet was packed at dinner time.
for both outlets, service was quite slow. i waited at least half an hour for my food to come.
I would definitely not go back again if i can help it.
|Food / Beverage:||4.0|
yummy and affordable
Jai Thai boasts of being the most value for money thai restaurant. While it is definitely affordable (about $10 per pax), it is hardly the cheapest thai food you can find in Singapore.
I tried both the outlets near marymount and the one at purvis street. I went to the outlet in Marymount more than a year ago but if my memory serves me right, the prices were cheaper then. or perhaps the prices differ based on location. I remember spending only about $7 for a set meal, whereas at purvis street the same meal (including GST and service charge) came out to about 10 bucks.
That said, the food is quite delicious. The pineapple rice set is a must try. pineapple rice comes with a platter of green curry (very yummy green curry that i love because the coconut isn't too overpowering), pandan chicken (must try), spring rolls and fish. It also comes with a drink and a dessert (small portions and varies daily). The pad thai is also one of the best that i've had. One of my favorite thai dishes would be the basil chicken with rice. The basil chicken and rice ($5 without egg) here is quite special. There's a strong taste of tea leaves - it tastes better than it sounds. the tom yum soup here is average, but the prawn cakes are really good.
The portions could afford to be slightly larger but that said, they definitely don't scrimp on the ingredients.
service is good at the purvis street outlet but the marymount one can get quite busy at mealtimes and service is slow and rushed. The restaurant also gets very noisy, doesn't make for good ambience.
best chicken rice ever!
I am a huge fan of Boon Tong Kee and with good reason too.
first, i will start with the food. The chicken rice is very fragrant and tasty. Just the right about of saltiness and oil. Not too oily but definitely not dry either. I've been to the boon tong kee outlet opposite beauty world at bukit timah and also the restaurant outlet near to boon keng mrt station. Both outlets are consistently good.
the chicken is succulent and juicy. They also don't' scrimp on their portions so you can expect enough to go around. the chicken comes with a light sauce that's delicious and not too overpowering. Another thing i love about boon tong kee is the chilli. The chilli paste is not too watery and has good flavor. It's also spicy enough for a chilli lover like me. they also provide ginger sauce and black sauce. I have no complains about the chili but some comments from others would be that it's a tad too salty.
I also love the side dishes that they serve at boon tong kee. a dish that i order every single time would be the crispy skin bean curd that comes with mayonnaise. It's golden brown and crispy on the outside but silky smooth on the inside. very delicious! I also recall having very delicious cereal prawns the last time i went to the restaurant outlet near boon keng mrt.
the service is fast for an outlet that's always so crowded and the price is very reasonable. For the outlet opposite beauty world, i think i paid only $4 or $4.50 for a plate of chicken rice.
delicious and inexpensive cakes
I've only been to the outlet at square 2 and i loved the cakes the first time i tried it. I was there on a recommendation by a friend. I heard that the dark chocolate truffle cake was really good and indeed it was! i can't remember the exact price but a small slice cost me only slightly more than a dollar.
I also tried the chocolate mint cake. The taste of mint was a little overpowering but otherwise the cake was like the chocolate truffle cake, rich, dense and deliciously chocolatey. it also cost only slight above a dollar. the cakes here are very affordable and they also look quite yummy, I regret not buying more varieties to try.
the royals reminds me more of a neighborhood bakery than an atas bakery. So at first i was a little skeptical of the quality of their cakes. but it turned out very yummy. especially their dark chocolate truffle cake. they also have savory food such as pies but i didn't give it a try.
The royals is also certified halal and if i remember correctly, they also do deliveries. I love how the cakes are a notch above those that you can get at neighborhood bakeries but yet the pricing is just as cheap. I would definitely go back to the royals again.