First Culinary Restaurant (第一食为鲜) At ITE College Central Ang Mo Kio

On the 8th day of the Lunar Year of the Goat, my ex-colleague organised a Lo Hei gathering at the First Culinary Restaurant. It’s an annual affair with this group of ex-colleague.

Within ITE Ang Mo Kio
Within ITE Ang Mo Kio

The First Culinary Restaurant is located within the ground of ITE Ang Mo Kio. The setting is of the typical Cantonese Restaurant design.

As we have a total of 13 diners (initially was 15), we requested for a big table to seat all of us. Due to the big group, beside getting a Set for 10, we added a few more Ala Carte Dishes.

In the set, there were a total of 7 dishes. I only took a glance of the menu, so can’t really remember which were the dishes included in the set. The first will definitely be the Lo Hei since it was Chinese New Year.

Yu Sheng
Yu Sheng

First Culinary Restaurant is one of the rare restaurant these days that serves Shark’s Fin Soup. The pieces were relatively huge but unfortunately there was a slight fishy-like taste.

Shark's Fin Soup
Shark’s Fin Soup

Next the Deep Fried Fish with special sauce (I suppose the fish was Garoupa.) We love the sourish flavoured sauce. It was appetizing.

Deep Fried Fish with Special Sauce
Deep Fried Fish with Special Sauce

It was followed by the Wasabi Prawns. The sauce was creamy with slight wasabi flavour. It was a littler too light for me but I think this is great for the general diners.

Wasabi Prawns
Wasabi Prawns

Then the ten-head abalone with Mushrooms with Lettuce.

Abalone and Mushroom
Abalone and Mushroom

As it was only good for ten, we added three more Ala Carte. It came with Dried Oysters and Broccoli instead of Mushrooms and Lettuce.

Abalone and Dried Oyster
Abalone and Dried Oyster

There was Ee Fu Noodles as the second last dish. This is one of the very tasty Ee Fu Noodle served. It was delish.

Ee Fu Noodle
Ee Fu Noodle

Finally, the Chilled Mango Sago. It was full of Mango goodness and they added some strawberry into it for the nice reddish colour.

Chilled Mango Sago
Chilled Mango Sago

The Ala Carte dishes that we have (I think these are Ala Carte) were, the Roast Suckling Pig, Roast Duck and Scallop and Prawns with Tofu.

Roast Suckling Pig
Roast Suckling Pig

The Suckling Pig skin was very crispy as it should be. It was very well roasted. And there was thin layer of fat underneath the skin. But I didn’t like the fat.

Roast Duck
Roast Duck

The Roast Duck was a huge portion. We didn’t finish it so my ex-Manager took the remaining home to enjoy with her family as none wanted. Don’t think we didn’t finish because it wasn’t delish. That was incorrect! This is one of the more flavourful Roast Duck. I am not a duck fan, but found this to be good. Everyone at the table sang praises of it.

Scallop and Prawns with Tofu
Scallop and Prawns with Tofu

The last Ala Carte was the Scallop and Prawns with Tofu. The Tofu was hidden under the Scallop and Prawns. I found the scallop a little fishy. The remaining was fine. Not an excellent dish but was decent.

A great place for gathering especially if you have about 10 – 15 people and wanted to be seated at a table, instead of two. Food was delish with good service staff. And the bonus, free parking at the ITE carpark. And you could drop by NTUC, a few door away, to pick up your groceries too. Lol!!

I enjoyed the food and most importantly the great company.

 

First Culinary Restaurant (第一食为鲜)
ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Block A, #01-09, Singapore 567720
Tel: +65 6481 5500

Opening Hours

Daily 1030 to 1500, 1730 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Ang Mo Kio station (either walk or take bus 159 from Jubilee along Ang Mo Kio Ave 8)

By Bus:
– alight at or opp ITE Ang Mo Kio along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 – 72, 88, 159

Rating: 7/10

Milkcow Soft Serve At Cathay Cineplex

After Honey Creme created a splash, Milkcow has followed closely and arrived at Singapore, occupying a shop at the ground floor of Cathay Cineplex, Dhoby Ghaut.

Interior
Interior

The interior is mainly white.

Menu
Menu

Milkcow offers quite a selection of flavours for the soft serve. There are some very interesting flavours such as Red Ginseng, Giandula Syrup and Pistachio Syrup. Of course, you will find some similarity to Honey Creme too, such as the with honey, honeycomb and Cotton Candy.

Milky Honey
Milky Honey

I wanted the Milky Cube but placed the wrong order and ended with Milky Honey. The Softserve is smooth and silky and flavourful, but I find it a little too sweet.

Samsam
Samsam

I tried an interesting flavour the Samsam. The Red Ginseng Syrup with Almond Flakes paired well. Some may describe the taste as weird. For me, I think it is an acquired taste.

Macaroons
Macarons

Like Honey Creme, Milkcow has macarons as adds on too. Milkcow has a few others such as the Oreo, M&M, Kit Kat, Sweet Dream, Cocoball, Almond Flakes, Honey Cube and Caramel Popcorn. A total of 9 add-on are available.

Which do you prefer? The Honey Creme or Milkcow? I prefer Honey Creme, for the reason, it is less sweet.

 

Milkcow Singapore
2 Handy Road, Cathay Cineplex #01-

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/MilkCow.Sg

Opening Hours

Daily 1130 to 2130

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast, Circle or North South line – Dhoby Ghaut station; Circle line – Bras Basah

By Bus:
– alight at Dhoby Ghaut station along Orchard Road – 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 502, 700, 700A

– alight at MacDonald House along Orchard Road – 64, 65, 139

– alight at Dhoby Ghaut station along Penang Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 139, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 502, 700, 700A

Rating: 7/10

Violet Herbs At Tras Street Tanjong Pagar

When I got the news of Violet Herbs Modern European Restaurant was opened by the former Ember Restaurant Chef, it got me excited as we always enjoyed the food served from the Ember Restaurant’s kitchen. Without verifying the news, I informed my cousin immediately and instantly (almost), in his Whatapps message, he replied “It wasn’t by the Sebastian something”. I was some what disappointed. And he continued, “It’s still worth trying”. I have the same sentiment. I went ahead for lunch without him first. I couldn’t wait.

Interior
Interior

Violet Herbs Modern European Restaurant, with a contemporary setting, occupied a two-level shop house along Tras Street, Tanjong Pagar area, whereby lots of awesome restaurants gathered. It has lots of violet furniture which attributed some funky factor in the design. That’s very much how I feel.

The one thing that I really love about Violet Herb is the affordable weekday set (lunch and dinner). The 3-course weekday set lunch is priced at $29.50+++ per person while the 4-course weekday set dinner is also at an attractive price of $42+++ per person. I don’t usually state the price but it is such a good deal and I must highlight. If you prefer, you can go for its 6- or 8- course degustation set. For the menu, click here.

Herb Bread with Butter
Herb Bread with Butter

After I placed my order, I was served with a warm bun-like looking bread with a side butter. It has a relatively strong herb smell which I enjoyed and without doubt, it was soft and fluffy.

Oyster with Vinegar
Oyster with Vinegar

It was followed by the Oyster with Vinegar, fresh and tasty and no fishy-like taste. Probably it was well masked by the vinegar.

Lunch Set, Appetizer: Pan Seared Foie Gras (Orange Segments, Chilli Candies, Dehydrated Orange, Orange Reduction)
Lunch Set, Appetizer: Pan Seared Foie Gras (Orange Segments, Chilli Candies, Dehydrated Orange, Orange Reduction)

For the Appetizer, you have the option of the Foie Gras (with an additional charge of $5) or the remaining choices. I went for Pan Seared Foie Gras with Orange Segments, Chilli Candies, Dehydrated Orange and Orange Reduction). The Foie Gras simply melted in the mouth.

Lunch Set, Main: Chicken Roulade & Lobster Mousse(with Semi Dried Tomato On Vine, Sauteed Haricot Vert, Poached Potatoes, Jus Gras
Lunch Set, Main: Chicken Roulade & Lobster Mousse(with Semi Dried Tomato On Vine, Sauteed Haricot Vert, Poached Potatoes, Jus Gras

Next, my mains. I opted for the Chicken Roulade & Lobster Mousse (with Semi Dried Tomato On Vine, Sauteed Haricot Vert, Poached Potatoes and Jus Gras). This is a lighter dish, good for diners with lighter palate. Personally, I prefer stronger flavoured dish. Nevertheless, this is still a delish dish.

Lunch Set, Dessert: Apple Strudel
Lunch Set, Dessert: Apple Strudel

Lastly, the dessert. I have the Apple Strudel in Filo Pastry with Thyme Ice Cream, Cherry and Toffee Sauce. This was my favourite part of the meal, as always. The pastry was so crispy and the apple was still very crunchy and the entire dish was only slight sweetish though Toffee sauce was used. And it paired perfectly with the lightly thyme flavoured ice cream. I could accept the ice cream even if it is slightly stronger in Thyme aroma.

My conclusion is, Violet Herbs is a restaurant worthy of visit. Luckily, I came and try that was what I thought to myself after the lunch. And I can’t wait to have dinner there soon!

 

Violet Herbs Modern European Restaurant
81 Tras Street Singapore 079020
Tel: +65 6221 3988

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/violetherbs

Opening Hours

Daily 1130 to 1500, 1800 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North-South Line -Tanjong Pagar station

By Bus: alight at the bus stop either before Wallich Road or after Craig Road – 80, 145

Rating: 8.5/10

Monochrome Fusion Bistro At South Bridge Road Chinatown

Chinatown has always been dominated by Chinese food. Now, it welcome Monochrome Fusion Bistro to its vicinity. It is occupying a space along South Bridge Road.

Another view
Another view

Monochrome Fusion Bistro has a black and white colour theme as the name suggested. This theme is very well executed to every aspects. Even their uniform and a few dishes.

Starters and Sides Menu
Starters and Sides Menu

Look, and the menu gets the Monochrome theme as well. The selection in the menu was pretty extensive. On it, I could find many dishes that aroused my interest.

Mains and Desserts Menu
Mains and Desserts Menu

On my first visit, during their soft launch, I tried one of which the Monochrome themed dish, the Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto. I never quite like Squid Ink Risotto as most has a modest amount of a fishy taste, which I find it unpleasant. The service crew was in awe with this dish and highly recommended this to me and assured that it didn’t contain that kind of taste so I braced myself up and gave it a try. Luckily, that fishy taste that I dislike was bare minimum. I find it very much acceptable. There are lots of mushroom in it and the pan seared quinoa provided the crisp and is a great add. This certainly differentiated their risotto apart from others.

Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto
Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto

Another highly recommended dish, a dessert, the Sticky Date Pudding was excellent as well. Though it was pretty sweet. But what really disappointed me was Monochrome served me a scoop of melting ice cream.

Sticky Date Pudding
Sticky Date Pudding

I would not go for its Coffee on my next visit. It was below par. It has a low acidity and full body with a slight bitter after taste.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

I visited Monochrome again, after they ended their soft launch. I tried the Snapper Loins Cha Soba. Basically, the soba was on a shallow soup of miso, topped with a snapper loin and sprinkled with bonito and seaweed flakes. Personally, I find this dish a little bland for my liking.

Snapper Loins Cha Soba
Snapper Loins Cha Soba

It was the dessert that I really enjoyed. I wanted the Molten Chocolate cake but it wasn’t available. Instead the service crew was quick to recommend me the Mint Chocolate Lime Cake. I never thought Lime and Mint could pair so well. It ended up as a minty, sourish, chocolaty cake. You could taste each individual flavour without any being overshadowed. I tend to savour the refreshing mint first and ended with the lime sourish taste and throughout both the mint and lime blended with the chocolate cake. Degusting it with the ice cream, gave a different perspective to the dish which I enjoyed more. And I noted that this round the ice cream wasn’t melted when served.

Monochrome Fusion Bistro -

Service at the Monochrome Fusion Bistro was friendly and warm, and they actively sought customer feedback and I am certain, I will return.

 

Monochrome Fusion Bistro
291 South Bridge Road Singapore
Tel: +65 6221 1798

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 1100 to 2200; Friday, Sunday 1100 to 0000; Closed on Monday and Saturday

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line – Telok Ayer station or Northeast line – Chinatown station

By Bus:
– alight opposite PWC Building along Cross Street – 186, 970

– alight opposite Sri Mariamman Temple South Bridge Road – 61, 166, 197

– alight opposite Hong Lim Complex along Upper Cross Street – 51, 63, 80, 124, 174, 174e, 186, 851, 961, 970

Rating: 7.5/10

Selfish Gene Patisserie At Craig Road Tanjong Pagar

Selfish Gene Patisserie is a brand created by folks of Selfish Gene Cafe and it is perched above Selfish Gene Cafe. The stairs leading to the Patisserie can be found on the right of the cafe.

With the word “Patisserie”, I thought they were offering cakes, I didn’t expect that they were serving plated desserts. Some have termed it as deconstructed dessert, but I still prefer the former name.

Menu
Menu

The cafe has a little Zen ambience, rather comforting and peaceful.

A total of 7 plated desserts were found on Selfish Gene Patisserie’s Menu. I was informed by the service crew that the lightest in taste was on top and it progresses to the strongest in flavour at the bottom. But I would prefer to describe it as the sourish are on top while the sweetest at the top. Beside the plated dessert, of course beverages are on the menu with tea, coffee and a few crafted beer as the highlight. The service crew has advised me that the desserts goes better with tea than coffee. So I heeded the advice on my first visit when I ordered the “Ginger”.

Ginger
Ginger

The “Ginger” consisted of a ginger cake, soft and moist with a subtle ginger fragrance. On the top was a well of toffee sauce and by the side was a scoop of homemade Caramel Ice Cream that paired nicely with the cake and were not overwhelming. The crumbles provided a crunchy texture to the dish. If you prefer more ginger flavour, munch the Ginger Soft Candy either together with the cake and ice cream or at the end (which was what I did). I am not a ginger fan but I find this dessert more than acceptable. But I believe, some may find this a little too sweet.

Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea

I paired the Ginger with a Oolong Tea. The Oolong Tea has a subtle sweetness that goes well with the dessert.

Soya
Soya

On my second visit, I was recommended the Soya as the service crew said that this is something unique. I was curious to find out what was the selling point.

In this creation, there were a Matcha Ice Cream, a Tofu Cheesecake with a dashes of Red Miso together with Red Beans, Mochi and Crumbles scattered around the cake and ice cream. The uniqueness is the briny Red Miso on the Cheesecake which is akin to Salted Gula Melaka or you may prefer Salted Caramel. You need to spread it across so that the Red Miso won’t dominate the taste. The red bean was only sweetish and with the crumbles and mochi, it went really well for the dessert. It would have been perfect if the Tofu Cheesecake is smoother and the Matcha Ice Cream has a stronger Green Tea flavour.

Lemon
Lemon

And on my third visit, I tried the Lemon. I was worried that it might be too sourish but it turned out perfect for me. The lemon curd went well with the cake and crumble. It resembled a Lemon Cake. The Toasted Marshmallow by the side provided some sweetness and different texture to the dish.

I am eager to try out all the remaining four desserts. I will update the post when I do.

Selfish Gene Patisserie
40 Craig Road Level 2 Singapore 089678
Tel: +65

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/selfishgenepatisserie

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Thursday 1800 to 2200; Friday – Saturday 1200 to 1700, 1800 to 2200; Sunday 1200 to 1700; Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Getting There

By MRT: North East line or East-West line – Outram Park station; East-West line – Tanjong Pagar

By Bus:

– alight after Craig Road or before Wallich Road along Tanjong Pagar Road 80, 145

– alight before Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road 61, 166, 197

Rating: 8/10

Wilder Cafe At North Bridge Road, Kampong Glam

Wilder Cafe has taken over the space of De’Pop Culture Cafe and transformed into a cool, hipster look. From a colourful theme to an industrial theme. The two looks are a far cry.

A view
A view

You will see cemented wall with some plastering looks on it and chairs with metallic frame. As lots of wood material were used, it resulted in a softened industrial theme.

And now, it is a Halal Cafe, good news for all Muslim Cafe Hoppers. One additional choice added to the scene.

Menu
Menu

When I was at Wilder, it was in its soft launch and was serving only its Brunch dishes. When I saw this uninteresting Brunch Menu of 4 items, and some desserts and beverages, I wanted to turn my back and walk away. But I thought I should give it a chance.

Prawn and Corn Fritter, avocado, homemade tomato salsa topped with egg
Prawn and Corn Fritter, avocado, homemade tomato salsa topped with egg

I settled for Prawn and Corn Fritter, Avocado, Homemade Tomato Salsa Topped With Egg. Something which I don’t usually go for as I don’t really enjoy fritter because fritter consists of mainly starch. After my first mouth, I was astonished by this dish. The fritter was filled with sweetness from the corn and chopped onions. It was moist and soft with a crispy outer even though it was seated on a bed of Tomato Salsa. The salsa and avocado gave a refreshing feel to the dish.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

The coffee served at Wilder is of medium acidity, medium body with a fruity flavour note. I don’t usually prefer the more acidity coffee but I could accept this as the fruity hint was pretty toned down. I believed they were using a blend with maybe some dark roast beans in it.

I am keen to try more of their food. I will return when they are fully launched.

Wilder
749 North Bridge Road #01-01 Singapore 198717
Tel: +65 9632 5962

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/wilder.sg

Opening Hours

TBC

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Lavender station

By Bus:
– alight at bus stop at or opposite Stamford Primary School – 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 80, 130, 133, 145, 175, 197
– alight at Hotel Sultan or at Textile Centre – 107, 107M
– alight before Sultan Mosque along North Bridge Road – 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197

Rating: 7.5/10

Chicken Legend (传奇叶子鸡) At Upper East Coast Road

When I saw the name “Chicken Legend” from the email invite sent by the owner Jasper, a young entrepreneur, I thought it was a Fast Food Restaurant specialises in Fried or Grilled Chicken meal. But it turned out to be offering a new concept of Steamed Boat, Coconut Water Steamboat. This is a first in Singapore. I was elated with this idea as I always like trying new things. And so I accepted the invitation and went down for the degustation with a friend.

Chicken Legend offers various steamboat set which is good for two. There are Chicken, Seafood and Meat Set catering to different preferences. You might also notice a Small Set in the menu, this is suitable for the small appetites, especially when the meal is shared by 2 ladies.

Set Menu
Set Menu

If you like more ingredients in your steamboat, you could always add on individual ingredients or go for the combo as an alternative.

Menu (Combo and Add-on)
Menu (Combo and Add-on)

At Chicken Legend, they uses Kampong Chicken and Shabu Shabu Meat. The specialty in Chicken Legend is Kampong Chicken with 100% Coconut Water Broth so I would strongly recommend that you should get a Chicken or Small Set for a start with 100% Coconut Water as broth.

Coconut Water
Coconut Water

When I saw the broth, so light, to the extend of colourless. The look is as good as tap water, I was rather skeptical about how good it will turn out. It turned out to be amazing, with just simply coconut water and a pinch of salt, no additional sugar or MSG. Wow!! Looks can be deceiving at many times.

Small Set
Small Set

Since I went with a girlfriend, we have the Small Set, there were Kampong Chicken, Prawns, Golden Mushroom, Mushroom Balls, Corn and some Chinese Cabbages. As we were so hungry, we have an additional add-on of the Meat Combo. In it, there were Beef and Pork Shabu Shabu Meat and Luncheon Meat and Hotdog.

Meat Combo
Meat Combo

In case you have a stronger palate and would love some dips for the meat, Chicken Legend also offers some Homemade Soy Sauce dip with lime and garlic and chilli padi for the spice lover. We were advise to squeeze in one lime to the soy sauce and add the preferred amount of chilli padi and chopped garlic into it. I like the dip, it was so refreshing and most importantly appetising.

Condiments and Homemade Soy Sauce
Condiments and Homemade Soy Sauce

We added all the ingredients into the Coconut Water broth and was advised to leave the prawns aside first. The result of the Steamboat was a sweet sweet Vegetable Chicken Soup. I was taken aback by the outcome.

Towards the end of our meal, when the prawns were added, the soup was transformed into another awesome flavour. You need to try it. And to complete the meal, we have some Glass Noodles (Dong Fen). The other options available are Rice and Mee Hoon. My friend and I enjoyed the meal and it was certainly filling.

Coconut Water Steamed Boat with Cooked Food
Coconut Water Steamed Boat with Cooked Food

Chicken Legend have options of different percentage of Coconut juice for the broth too, in case you prefer a stronger Chicken Soup Base.

Soup Broth Option
Soup Broth Option

In a nutshell, though I am not a Steamboat fan, I enjoyed the food. And without doubt, my friend did as well. We will certainly return to savour Chicken Legend’s Coconut Steamboat again.

Promotion for NAHMJ's Readers
Promotion for NAHMJ’s Readers

Chicken Legend has also kindly offered a promotion for NAHMJ’s reader with a complimentary plate of Beef when you dine with them. Either quote “NAHMJ” or show the above image “Promotion for NAHMJ’s Readers” when you order.

Last but not least, I would like to express my thanks to Chicken Legend for hosting us. “Thank you!”

Chicken Legend (传奇叶子鸡)
15 Upper East Coast Road Singapore 455207
Tel: +65 8551 8851 / 9295 0650

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/ChickenLegendSG

Opening Hours

Daily 1730 to 1100 (Last order 2230)

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at Crescendo Building or Opp Goodwill Centre 10, 10e, 12, 13, 14, 14e, 16

Rating: 8/10

*This is a food tasting invite.