Thanks to Ben’s recommendation from one of his foodblog reads, Dar got to try Munch at the newly built Marina Bay Link Mall. Hidden in one secluded corner, we had to walk all the way to the end. One may have some problems trying to find one’s way there.
Offering the rotisserie and gourmet salad concept, they offer a variety of salads, rotisserie chicken and even rosti and sausages.
Fascinated with their brekkie offerings, Dar decided to choose her scrambled eggs
Mushroom & Cheese Scramble ($6.50)
The scrambled eggs were of the right texture and the cheese was a great complement to the eggs. Ben was so impressed with their mushrooms that he almost wanted another serving!
Rosti with Sausage ($9.00)
Decent. The rosti was slightly oily and wasn’t as crispy. Ben reminisced his previous “rosti” experience at Marché! The sausage was not to his liking either.
Overall a nice concept to introduce the rotisserie culture in Singapore. Some hits and misses, but would definitely come back for the scrambled eggs and mushrooms :)
Marina Bay Link Mall #B2-19
Opening hours : Mon to Fri - 7.00am to 7.00pm
Closed on weekends and PHs
Celebrating our 10th month-sary, Ben decided to bring Dar to have a sumptuous breakfast in the Tanjong Pagar area. We chose this posh-looking bar and restaurant opened at the Clift which surprisingly serves breakfast as early as 7.30am.
As we were not very hungry, we shared a Breakfast Free Style ($9) where we could choose how we wanted our eggs done. Scrambled eggs with ketchup as usual. And Ben was in charge of finishing the sausages.
How can Ben do without his coffee fix? As a regular drinker of coffee, Ben didn’t really like the latte. In fact, he was craving for the “low-class” but gourmet coffee at Amoy Food Centre.
Overall, the scrambled eggs and coffee failed to impress us and thus there is no strong reason for us to go back unless we are in the vicinity.
Moo Bar & Grill
21 McCallum Street
#01-03 to 06 The Clift
Sushi Tei at China Square was crowded as usual, so we chose to go to Kyo-Nichi instead! Dar strongly recommended that place, as she had been there before. The lunch set was reasonably priced at $12.80++ and consisted of a drink, a ramen and an appetizer.
For the appetizers, we decided to order Potato Croquette and Prawn Rolls to share. They were generally quite nice, though a bit oily.
Ben was attracted to the Chicken Karaage which the adjacent table ordered and said that he would definitely order the next time round. As for the drinks, we chose our fave Heaven & Earth Green Tea :)
Look at our yummy ramens! The collagen-laden broth was quite good (especially for our complexion), and most of the ladies around us seemed excited about the broth!
Ben’s choice: Spicy Chicken Ramen
Apparently, this is not spicy enough for Ben. He kept talking about how spicy Beppu’s ramen was.
Dar’s choice: Corn Ramen
Overall, the portions were generous and the set was certainly value-for-money. Although the service staff mostly hailed from China, the service was quite efficient and they were generally quite polite. Certainly worth a try if you’re in the area and if Sushi Tei is too crowded.
Kyo-Nichi Japanese Ramen
China Square Central #01-31/32
Opening hours: 11.00am to 9.30pm
Ichiban Boshi is a Japanese restaurant chain in Singapore with many outlets in Singapore. Given that Dar had not tried Ichiban Boshi before, Ben decided to bring her there for our 10th month-sary dinner :)
Service staff was very polite and attentive. We started off the meal with Ice Green Tea for both to quench our thirst.
The menu at Ichiban Boshi is very comprehensive, making it hard for Dar to decide what she wanted.
Hotplate Assorted Mushrooms
Knowing how much Dar loves mushrooms, Ben ordered this to whet her appetite. She really enjoyed it as she polished every bit of it.
Dory Fish Roll
Ben recommended this - the dory was fried to perfection and provided a crispy texture to the sushi. A fusion between Japanese and western, it’s a must try.
Cheese California Maki
A unique rendition to the usual California Maki, the outer cheese layer was slightly grilled on the side and served with bonito flakes. Nice.
Unagi Egg Sandwich
A must-order dish for Ben everytime he goes to Ichiban. Luckily Dar stopped him, or Ben would have ordered a few plates of this. Die die must try!
The Marina Bay Link Mall outlet provides a cosy setting, especially after office hours. We’ll definitely be back. Good food that is easy-on-the-wallet.
If you haven’t been to Ichiban Boshi, what are you waiting for?
Marina Bay Link Mall
8A Marina Boulevard
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10.00pm
Ben & Dar discovered this small little cafe hidden in Stanley Street that sells yummilicious bread and pastries. The open concept of the kitchen allows us to catch a glimpse of how the food is prepared.
Having our favourite combination of Egg Mayo bread and Iced Lemon Tea:
Ben was fascinated by the croissants and bought six of them to try and found them very nice especially when its fresh from the oven! The kind service staff allowed us to take away the croissants off the rack even before it was served on the shelves :)
U Bread U Coffee
4 Stanley Street, 068723
Of course we had to have something special for lunch too, so we decided to try out the Hong Kong cafe near Ben’s workplace. Always crowded during lunchtime, we expected the food to be quite nice!
We had our favourite Prawn Dumplings for side dish that were as good as they look:
We ordered a Braised Ee Fu Noodles and Fried Hong Kong Noodles to share:
The dishes were affordable and decent for its price. The only down side would be the huge crowd during lunch hour. The service was slow too but understandable given the lunch crowd. Ben & Dar wouldn’t mind going back during off-peak hours to try out more of their dishes.
Kowloon Hong Kong Cafe
Blk 51 Telok Ayer Street #01-02
China Square Food Centre
Opening hours: Mon.-Fri. 7.00am-10.00pm
Closed on Sundays
Today is Ben’s birthday! On this special day, Dar decides to give Ben a treat in town at CBTL for breakfast.
Chicken Sausages and Scrambled eggs for Ben:
Smoked Salmon Scramble for Dar:
The smoked salmon scramble was too fishy for Dar’s liking :( Dar passed all her smoked salmon to Ben! Took Ben’s scrambled eggs with tomato ketchup instead yumm!
And of course not to forget our usual coffee fix of Iced Vanilla Latte:
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
9 Raffles Place
#01-10 Republic Plaza
Mon - Fri: 7am - 8pm
Eve PH: 7am - 6pm
Sat: 8am - 6pm
Sun & PH: Closed
The all-so-famous stewed soup from The Arcade, especially good for rainy days.
Sometimes, the place is so crowded that we have to “chope” seats using tissue papers or our staff passes.
Look at our sumptuous lunch!
Our favourite is their Peanuts and Lotus Root Soup coupled with their tasty Yam or Pumpkin Rice of the day. Though Ben & Dar both agrees that Ben’s Daddy cooks better soup :P
Since Dar doesn’t eat meat, Ben ordered dishes from the economical rice stall to add on to our lunch menu. So sweet of him (:
11 Collyer Quay , #01-32
Opening Hours: Lunch Hours
On a certain adventurous day, Ben brought Dar to try out Sam Claypot along Robinson Road, where Ben had many lunches with his cousin. Ben forewarned Dar that the claypot smell would stick onto the clothes and hair geez >.<
We ordered their homemade Iced Barley and Iced Lemon Tea
… Steamed Otah which Ben strongly recommended.
… how can we go to Uncle Sam’s Claypot without having the claypot dishes?
The broth, the ingredients, and the noodles. All of Ben’s favourites.
Seafood Claypot Rice
Finally a version that was suitable for Dar. There was the smokey flavour that Dar liked. However, in our opinion it could have been a bit more salty and flavourful.
The service is quite fast considering that we went during the lunch hour and the staff was quick and responsive. It has recently extended its operating hours to cater to the dinner crowd.
And Ben was right about the smell that lingers on your clothes.
Uncle Sam’s Claypot
63 Robinson Road
Afro-asia Bldg, Singapore 068894
Having to wake up early in the morning everyday for work,
workaholics Ben & Dar needed their coffee fix as usual. And how can we say that we have worked in CBD if we haven tried Tully’s!
So Voila! Iced Caramel Macchiato and Green Tea Latte for Ben & Dar!
Being an avid fan for Starbucks’ caramel macchiato, Ben thinks Tully’s is a worthy competitor! On the other hand, Dar felt that the Green Tea Latte was less flavourful than Starbucks’ rendition. Wouldn’t mind going back for a nice cuppa though!
47 Pekin Steet #01-01
Far East Square