Reviews written by ajensen
|Food / Beverage:||4.0|
Great place for desert
Fika is one of those places that you'd recognize almost instantly, with is all white team, and delicate wooden furniture. It is a Swedish themed restaurant, and while the food in itself is pretty good, the star offering, in my opinion, are the deserts.
As proof as how good the deserts are, I don't even have a sweet tooth, nor am I desert person, but I have to date, not been able to turn down an invitation to Fika for its deserts. I highly recommend the cheesecake, because it is absolutely satisfying. Which is good as well, so that you don't find a need to order seconds.
The delicate all white theme and slighly cramped interior makes me feel uncomfortable that I might break something, so I usually sit outside.
|Food / Beverage:||4.0|
Great Chicken Rice
While I'm fully aware that this is a seafood restaurant, I simply cannot get enough of their chicken rice. The rice and chicken are standard, normal and nothing to write home about. The chilli however, the chilli is very spicy and sour and is an absolute joy. If you can't take spicy food however, I wouldn't recommend you get it.
Now on to their seafood offerings, in the number of times I've dined there, the seafood has never been a disappointment. Although if I was truly honest, I'd be hard pressed to distinguish the seafood offerings at Kampong Chai Chee, when compared to other places.
It is Halal though, and since there are not that many Halal seafood restaurants, this automatically places Kampong Chai Chee as one of those places I'd recommend.
For a truly unique hotel experience
Naumi Hotel remains one of my favorite hotels because of it's Boutique concept. Having a small number of rooms allows focus on the quality of customer service. For example, after check in, the receptionist will actually take you upstairs to show you around your room.
There's a good reason for this because Naumi's rooms are quite big, with plenty of features. For one thing, there's a full sized refrigerator, and a microwave. Of note as well, is the Nescafe Coffee machine, so that should be a definite hit with coffee-lovers.
The hotel is located about 10 minutes away from Raffles Place shopping centre/City Hall MRT, making it a relatively central location, which means shopping is a non-issue.
It should be noted that the hotel does demand a premium in terms of price of rooms, but in my opinion, the quality of the rooms, and the service more than justifies this higher price.
Tiny rooms, good location
The Parc Sovereign Hotel clearly relies upon its location to possess any advantage over its other counterparts. Located behind Sim Lim Square/Lasalle and about a 15 minute walk to Bugis Junction, that's about as much positives that I can say about the hotel in itself.
The rooms are small, very very small. For example, if you don't place your luggage properly, you're gonna block your path to the doorway. The room is literally a bed, with a tiny border of space around it. I'd normally be okay with such a lack of space, granted a good location, but the asking price for the Hotel is definitely too much.
Therefore, unless you absolutely need to be within the Sim Lim Square area, avoid this hotel unless you don't mind the lack of space.
Great location, passable hotel
Changi Village Hotel comes equipped with a relatively comfortable room, and basic amenities, although it does feel dated as a hotel. Mostly because they are still using dated CRT televisions as reversed to the newer LCD ones. To be honest, the rooms are great for sleep and rest and not much else.
The thing that sets this hotel apart is its location. Smack in the heart of changi village, the hotel is a short walk away from an abundance of good food, groceries and anything else you might need to ensure a comfortable stay. It's also quite near Changi Beach, an even larger plus point if you're a beach junkie like me.
The price demanded I feel, doesn't justify the quality of the hotel, but keeping in mind the locale, things tend to even out. Recommended for staycations when rooms are on sale.
Modern Design with Quality And Class
The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport truly is the complete opposite of what I'd expect an airport transit hotel to be. I'd expect a transit hotel to be small, cramped, old and clearly overused. What I got however, was the opposite, a new modern hotel, with a luxurious decor and clean rooms.
Integrated into Terminal 3, you're pretty much covered when it comes to food and other ameneties you might require. Even if you suffer from late-night hunger pangs, there's a 24-hour McDonald's and a nearby Cheers to settle those pangs.
Rooms do not come cheap however, but they definitely don't let you down. You get what you pay for.
Great Value for Money, but you must know what you're doing
Sim Lim Square may have garnered a negative reputation for its numerous cases of cheating and inflated prices, but I do believe that it is an unfair generalization. While there are some stores here that are just out to rob you off your money with their inflated prices, there also an equal, if not greater amount of stores with great offers available.
It's not just consumer products that you get at Sim Lim Square, if you're a PC enthusiast, like me, Sim Lim is bar none the best place to get your highly specialized PC hardware. My advice is to stick with the upper floors, 4th floor upwards, as I have often had bad experiences with the shops on the ground floor.
And just to repeat, please know exactly what you want to get, or you might get cheated.
|Food / Beverage:||3.0|
Not really my first choice
As above, I don't really go to Qi Ji unless I am absolutely required to. The main reason being that the food is overpriced and really doesn't taste all that good. It's like they're trying to mass produce hawker fare, and end up with a very bland and predictable set of dishes. That being said however, some of their drinks are particularly good, namely the barley and homemade lemon tea.
But I guess Qi Ji does appeal to some people, since after all, in the times that I have been there, it was almost always full. Which ends up being another one my gripes, that the seating is always cramped and so close to each other, making for a rather unpleasant dining experience.
If you want hawker fare, go to an actual hawker centre and save yourself the trouble.
|Food / Beverage:||4.0|
Decent Nasi Lemak, Decent price
To clarify, this is NOT the Nasi Lemak stall with the ridiculously long queue. But in my eyes, it is still just as good. The rice is not over nor undercooked, and there are plenty of different side dishes to choose from. Lazy to peel your chicken wing? Choose a fish cake, or otah. Most importantly of course, the sambal is done just right, thick,savoury and spicy, with just a hint of sweetness.
I've had the Nasi Lemak from both stalls, the one with the long queue and this one. I honestly can't tell the difference, but I am sure there are people who can swear by the difference. I usually just get the Nasi Lemak from here simply because its faster and more convenient. I'd recommend the less picky of you to do the same as well.
|Food / Beverage:||3.5|
Convenient, Reasonably good and cheap food.
I usually drop by S11 after a study session at the Tampines Regional Library. S11 has all the typical offerings you'd expect for any other air-conditioned food court i.e. Yong Tau Foo, Mixed Rice, Muslim Food although their Rojak is particularly famous. It's the stall at the corner and it's common practice for people there to have a meal while waiting for their Rojak to be prepared.
Service-wise, it is once again, what you'd typically expect, although I have to admit that the S11 I frequent typically has wet floors and leftover food on the table, as well as random food scraps. But it is probably as much the fault of the patrons, as it might be that of the cleaners.