Comnam Broken Rice At Raffles City

Comnam Broken Rice is at Raffles City, serving broken rice bow either dry or with soup. They offer some small plates, soup, desserts and drinks too.

I was meeting a friend at Raffles City and so we decided to give it a try.

Menu
Menu

We thought that Broken Rice were the most inferior type of rice, shouldn’t it be cheap? But the price per bowl is rather steep.

The design of the restaurant was bright and warm due to the bright warm colour tone, especially the yellow colour paint selected. The table has a bulky leg and that was uncomfortable. We couldn’t place our leg probably. It was very uncomfortable while we were having our meal.

For drinks, we tried the Lotus Tea, not sure what exactly it was. But we think the “tea” leaves was the lotus leaves. It smelled strange, like some herbal medication smell. As for the taste, a little similar to tea. At the end, it tasted very bitter.

Our side dish was the Salad of Grilled Chicken, White Cabbage, Fresh Herbs, Roasted Peanuts and Duet of Steamed Shrimp Tapioca Cake & Hue Shrimp Rice Cake. The salad was refreshing. The taste was light. It was lightly soured too. As fresh herbs was added, there was a nice additional fragrance contributed by t he herb. The texture of the two different cake were different; the one with whole shrimp was soft and chewy, taste a little like the soon kueh while the white cake has only a soft texture. Both were rather bland. You need to dip it with the sauce that was by the side.

Spicy Tomato Dill Crane Pork Soup
Spicy Tomato Dill Crane Pork Soup

The Spicy Tomato Dill Soup has a nice herb fragrance, I suppose it was dill. It is lightly spicy as well. There was a nice lightly pork flavour in the soup too.

Four Treasure Rice Bowl
Four Treasure Rice Bowl

Our main, the Four Treasure Rice Bowl. We find the rice bowl extremely ordinary. All the ingredients in the bowl was bland. We were looking for chilli sauce and fish sauce to dip the ingredient.

The final verdict. The food, in particular the main wasn’t impressive, the small plates and soup were decent though. And the seats were very much uncomfortable. We didn’t really enjoy the food mainly due to the seats.

 

Comnam
Raffles City Shopping Centre B1-46/47, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6334 7377

Opening Hours

Daily 0800 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: East West line, North South line – City Hall station; Circle line – Esplanade station

By Bus:
– alight at St Andrew Cathedral along North Bridge Road – 61, 124, 145, 166,  174, 174e
– alight opposite Peninsula Plaza along North Bridge Road – 32, 51, 63, 80, 195, 851, 961
– alight at Capitol Building along Stamford Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 128, 131, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 175, 700, 700A, 857

Rating: 6.5/10

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Brew Bros At Sheung Wan

I was strolling around the area after Barista Jam, and I spotted Brew Bros so made a trip back to the area to have breakfast at Brew Bros.

It has very much an industrial vibes with tiles on the wall of the counter and wood to liven and warm the cafe.

They kept the menu simple with a page on food and the other on drinks.

I regretted ordering the Ham Cheese Bagel as they served with sweet ham. I don’t like sweet ham. The Bagel was good. I like it very much since it was my favourite Sesame Bagel. The side salad was with a great vinaigrette dressing. It was well tossed. And the potato …? It has a nice rosemary fragrance on the roasted baby potato.

Ham Cheese Bagel
Ham Cheese Bagel

I find the coffee too acidity for my liking, though it has a medium body with fruity hint.

My Coffee, Cappuccino
My Coffee, Cappuccino

The service at Brew Bros Coffee was friendly. The food on the whole … is pretty good, except for the sweet ham. I would certainly hope they use better ham or rather ham that are salty and having coffee beans that are less acidity as an alternative.

 

Brew Bros Coffee
Shop F2, LG/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan
上環禧利街33號LG層F2舖
Tel: +852 2572 0238

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/brewbroscoffee

Opening Hours

Daily 0800 to 1800

Getting There

By MTR – Sheung Wan (Exit A2)

Rating: 7/10

Butcher Club At Wan Chai, A Burger Restaurant with Secret Menu

I heard a lot about Butcher Club, a Burger Restaurant in Wan Chai. I have been wanting to try. The first time I popped by in July it was closed as they were out of gas. As a result, anticipation was built. At last, I made it in August.

Shop Front
Shop Front

The restaurant is pretty tiny with not much of seats. Mainly high tables with high chairs. It gets quite squeeze when the restaurant was packed. This is especially true during lunch hours.

Interior
Interior

They have a “normal” menu which is displayed in the restaurant and a “secret” menu. To get hold of the “secret” menu, scan the QR code.

Menu
Menu

I decided to order the Burger that is on the “normal” menu and the Duck Fat Fries.

My Lunch, Burger and Duck Fat Fries
My Lunch, Burger and Duck Fat Fries

The burger has a good thick patty of beef. The beef was well marinated, flavourful patty but I find it a little dry. Especially so on the outer layer of the beef patty. The patty wasn’t “juicy” enough. There were lots of sauces in the burger as well. I like the sauce. For the wedges, a little over fried, it was pretty dry and I tasted a little burnt.

The experience at the Butcher Club was interesting, especially having a “secret” menu, that was kinda fun. The burger could have been perfect if it was more juicy. I think it would be best to go after lunch hours, after 2pm.

 

The Butchers Club
Shop 10, G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai
灣仔蘭杜街2號麗都大廈10號地舖
Tel: +852 2528 2083

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/ButchersClub

Opening Hours

Daily 1200 to 2300

Getting There

By MTR – Wan Chai (Exit B2)

Rating: 7/10

Day 1 In Hong Kong In August 2014, To Stanley Market

Once again, I was in Hong Kong in August. Like the last time, I capitalized on the opportunity by extending my stay for 2 more days. I woke up early for a leisure breakfast at Oolaa Cafe at Soho, Sheung Wan.

Breakfast at Oolaa Cafe
Breakfast at Oolaa Cafe

Right after breakfast, I walked towards the Bus Terminal at Exchange Square to take a bus to Stanley Market. There are Citybus Service 6, 6A, 6X, 66 and 260 from Central with 6X begin the express bus. The bus stand for 6, 6X and 6A is closer to Exchange Square Tower 2. I am not sure about the rest. You got to be careful while looking for the bus stand when at the Bus Terminal, as there isn’t a specific lane or platform for the pedestrians so you walked on the bus lane. For more information about the bus, click here.

I happened to take 6X. The ride was great as it passed by the scenic Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. But the road is very bendy. If you have travel sickness, beware.

Finally I arrived at Stanley, I chose to alight at the Stanley Plaza.

View  from the Top Floor or Stanley Plaza
View from the Top Floor or Stanley Plaza

I roamed around Stanley Plaza for a moment.

Stanley Plaza
Stanley Plaza – Observation Deck

Walked down the escalator towards the ground floor, passed by a supermart and saw a lovely Labrador at the Dog Parking Bay. Stanley is such a dog friendly place.

Labrador at Dog Parking Bay
Labrador at Dog Parking Bay

I saw a few Guinness World Record awarded to Stanley, all relating to doggies. It’s a doggy heaven.

As I walked around, I spotted many doggies in the area.

History of Stanley
History of Stanley

For those interested with the history, you can read the above.

Around the Stanley Plaza, you can easily spot a few places of interest such as the Tin Hau Temple, Tai Wong Temple and the of all famous Murray House.

I strolled along the Stanley Main Street and reached the round-about …

Stanley Round-about
Stanley Round-about

… walked further and I saw a big rock with many people,

View of a big stone at Stanley Bay
View of a big stone at Stanley Bay

… make a left turn into StanleyMarket

… found a shop selling lots of very cute animals stuff toys, not the furry type but make of cloth. It was the rabbit that caught my attention.

I decided to pop by St Anne’s Church.

As I stepped out of St Anne’s Church, I was greeted by Stanley Post Office

Stanley Post Office
Stanley Post Office

When I reached the Stanley Bus Terminal, I saw the Bus Services Information, indicating the various buses to the City.

Bus Services to City from Stanley
Bus Services to City from Stanley

After which, I decided to walk back to Stanley Plaza, passed by the Stanley Cave, took a photo as I like what I saw.

Stanley Cave
Stanley Cave

For I have not explored the area beyond Murray House so I walked towards that direction, saw the Blake Pier

Blake Pier
Blake Pier

… walked a little further, heading the direction of Kum Yam Temple/Pak Tai Temple which is up-hill.

View from the Trail towards Pak Tai Temple
View from the Trail towards Pak Tai Temple

But decided to make a U-turn for whatever reason.

… saw more views of what I like, took more photos behind taking a bus to head back to the city for some shopping trips.

I needed energy for my shopping trips, had late lunch at Butcher Club.

Lunch @ Butchers Club
Lunch @ Butchers Club

After all the shopping, time for dinner. I have my dinner at Joy Hing Roasted Meat.

Dinner @ Joy Hing Roasted Meat
Dinner @ Joy Hing Roasted Meat

Now, it was late and I needed my sleep. Back to hotel. Day 2 to continue … click here.

 

Getting To Stanley

From Central, Exchange Square Bus Terminal – City Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66, 260

From Causeway Bay, Tang Lung Street – Green Mini Bus 40

From Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui East Bus Station (inside Concordia Plaza on Science Museum Road) – 973

 

Link to check out before you go:

Hong Kong Tourism Board – Stanley Market

City Bus Service to Stanley

 

Oolaa Cafe At Soho Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Oolaa Cafe is located at Soho, Shueng Wan, right beside PMQ. For those who know PMQ, this helps. It has a classic, modern design in the cafe. All the chairs are cushy kind. So it is really comfortable sitting there for long, chatting with friends.

Interior
Interior

They serve lots of standard breakfast fare and something different like Bruschetta, Rosti, Burrito and Pizza for breakfast too. The food is at a pricey tag.

Breakfast Menu
Breakfast Menu

I ordered 2 Eggs any style (with white toast). Something really simple as I wanted my banana bread. I asked for sunny side-up. My favourite kind.

The eggs were good as the yolk were still runny. I like it this way best. The bread, nothing noteable. Simple white bread that is soft and fluffy. Butter was served as well. I was hoping for jam as well. I like the green, rockets, that are by the side.

2 Eggs Any Style
2 Eggs Any Style

My favourite Banana Bread. I could only use the word decent to describe its Banana Bread. It could have been better. Somehow the Banana Bread though I tasted and see lots of Banana fibre, somehow it is lacking in some fragrance. I couldn’t identify what it was.

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

The coffee likewise is decent. It has a light body, medium acidity.

My Coffee, Cappuccino
My Coffee, Cappuccino

For the ambience, yes, this is definitely a place to be in. It serves pretty decent food but at a higher price. Oolaa provides free WiFi too. So for a trade off, not a bad choice nevertheless.

 

Oolaa Cafe
G/F, Centre Stage, Bridges Street, Soho, Sheung Wan
上環蘇豪必列者士街聚賢居地下舖
Tel: +852 2803 2083

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Oolaa/278529242296145

Opening Hours

Daily 0730 to 0200

Getting There

By MTR – Sheung Wan

Rating: 7.5/10

Tsui Hang Village Restaurant At Tsim Sha Tsui

Tsui Hang Village Restaurant serves Cantonese food at Tsim Sha Tsui, along Nathan Road, so it is pretty easy to locate it. I read in one of the blog commenting that it serves the best food so I thought I shouldn’t miss it. I went with a friend to try them out so that I could try more dishes.

The ambience of the restauranit is the typical Chinese restaurant. So it can get quite noisy.

Century Eggs
Century Eggs

We have the Century Eggs as the starter. I love Century Egg. This is good though not as great as some that I have previously.

Sweet and sour chicken
Sweet and sour chicken

We like the Sweet and Sour Chicken. It has a subtle sweet and very slight sourish taste and most importantly not salty like most Cantonese Dishes are. It is quite appetising.

Deep Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk
Deep Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk

I always couldn’t resist the Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk. It is one of my favourite dish. It is a pity that the prawn was a little over fried and I suspect that the oil they used was not fresh. There was a unfresh oil taste. I am sure you know what I mean. And it has a taste of over fried as well. Not to the extend that it is burnt though. I was extremely disappointed with this dish.

Greens in superior stock
Greens in superior stock

As always, we needed greens. We ordered the Xiao Tang Vegetable (小唐菜) cooked in superior stock. It was cooked in a great stock, very flavourful; the soup was at the almost near perfect taste though it was a little salty. As I added the soup into my rice so that solved the saltiness issue. As the rice was bland while the soup was a little salty. It balanced out well.

Plate
Plate

I took a picture of the plate as I like the design with the birdies.

We felt that the food could have been better, especially at the price they are charging. We were disappointed with one of the dishes but enjoyed the rest. After all, though food is delicious, it didn’t wow us.

 

Tsui Hang Village 翠亨邨
5/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀彌敦道132號美麗華商場5樓
Tel: +852 2376 2882

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 1500, 1800 to 2330; Sundays & Public Holidays 1030 to 1500, 1800 to 2330

Getting There

By MTR – Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit B)

Rating: 7/10

 

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Laffio Cafe At Beach Road

Laffio (Laugh It Out) Cafe nestled along Beach Road has a hipster vibes. That’s the first feel when we stepped into the cafe.

But soon after, when I settled down and looked around, I feel that I am in little hut which is next to a big tree of a little village.

Laffio has a rather wide range of food. You can find breakfast food, steak, salmon, pasta, salad, snacks.

Since we were there after lunch, so our focus was very much on drinks and desserts. I was rather disappointed with the offering. There is only waffles but waffles. We went ahead to order our coffee and the Buttermilk Waffles with Earl Grey Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Buttermilk Waffle with Earl Grey Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream
Buttermilk Waffle with Earl Grey Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream

What I like about the waffle is the earl grey caramel. It has a very good balance of earl grey and caramel and it wasn’t too sweet. The entire combination of the earl grey caramel blend very well with the vanilla ice cream and paired very well with the waffle. The waffle is more of the soft fluffy kind, not the bread like kind and it doesn’t has a good crispy outer edge. This isn’t a bad thing either. Overall, a pretty delicious waffle. Not the best though.

My Coffee, Cappuccino
My Coffee, Cappuccino

The coffee was good. It has a low acidity, medium body with a unique taste, a little tangy and fruity and some nutty, honey hint.

A nice cafe with decent food and good coffee. It is certainly a good cafe to spend some time either alone or with some friends.

 

Laffio
337 Beach Road Singapore 199565
Tel: +65 6635 6668

FB: https://www.facebook.com/laffio.sg

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1000 to 0000; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line & East West line – Bugis station

By Bus:
– alight at or opposite Plaza Parkroyal along Beach Road – 100, 107, 107M, 961, 980;
– alight before Sultan Mosque along North Bridge Road – 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197;
– alight at bus stop near Bali Lane, along Ophir Road – 48

Rating: 7/10