Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A New Brunch Place

It was Saturday lunch for me, and brekkie for some others at Gourmet Plus at Frankel Ave. The brekkie type dishes were priced around the mid-range while the main courses were on the high end.

I ordered the chicken sandwich with mushroom and basil pesto, it was quite tasty and I enjoyed the greens that came with. The chips were a surprise, but it bulked up the meal for the bigger eater.

Mum had the lobster bisque and the scrambled eggs with salmon. She felt that the eggs were too creamy for her but the others liked it. I am no scrambled eggs lover and gave it a miss.

J's croque monsieur looked and tasted pretty good according to her. No chips with it but she had some rocket in her greens. I wish mine had rocket.

We all shared a chocolate fondant for dessert, it was nice but could be warmer. The coffee was again abysmal as with 99.9% of coffee in Singapore.

With a return voucher for the next visit, we just might trek down for another weekend brunch to try out the other items on the menu.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mum's Yummy Konnyaku

Mum made her very popular Japanese jellies. They were a big hit with the kids, and the adults. The lovely colours, shapes and fruit all add to their appeal.

The other thing I like about this picture is the little dish is dad's. It is so old it qualifies as an antique now. I love it and how it reminds me of my father.

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Everyone Loves Fries

Due to the strange inability to move photos that are taken by my phone and uploaded through Bluetooth to my laptop, dessert comes first today.

We finally went to "Everything With Fries", an outlet opened by the same people who own "Awfully Chocolate". The same minimalist-style decor was a big hit with us. We like the blackboard menu and the buzz of pink-shirted young people waiting tables.

This warm and gooey Nutella tart ended our very satisfactory dinner although we had some observations about the inefficient flow of the wait staff doing their thing. Waiters walking pass empty-handed, not refilling cups or handing out menus. Or coming to the table with a refilled cup and then not removing empty dishes. Lots of busy staff bustling by, but not very efficient work being carried out. That's one of our pet subjects whenever we eat out, dissecting the operational process flow and opining how things can be done better. Plus talking about the food and ambience of course and in those areas, this place ticks all the boxes.

I had the pork chop with sour cream and herb shoe-string fries. Yum. G had the breaded salmon with original straight-cut fries. The only problem was "original" means with paprika and not like how normal people think "original" means ie. salt.

We had a chat with Lyn, the owner of the joint after dinner. She was very friendly, very receptive. I think this place will be even more successful after she fixes those issues. We look forward to coming back to try more dishes including the Mille crepe which was sold out that night.

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Thunder Tea Rice

This is simple Hakka fare, a bowl of brown rice with a generous helping of basil, mint and other chopped up veggies, a handful of crushed peanuts scattered over the top. You ladle a neon green "tea" over it, the tea having some other ingredients in it and not being actually just tea. I love the fragrance of the basil and mint, workers sit at the table, plucking the leaves diligently as we eat in the little shop.

Sometimes, the simple things in life are the best.