Koji Sushi Bar 米花 At Far East Square

Koji Sushi Bar (米花 ) is at Far East Square. It is located along the stretch of eateries and restaurants known as Nankin Row.

Menu
Menu

Basically, in Koji, you will find Donburi and Sushi only and an additional Omakase for Dinner which you have to make reservation by 3pm on the same day. You will also find some sides and drinks handwritten on a wall inside the restaurant.

Koji - Bar Counter Seats

There are only Bar seats in the restaurants. It is pretty squeeze when diners start to occupy the row. I think the “Al Fresco” Seats with high tables may be a better option, provided you don’t mind the heat.

There are a total of four Sushi sets for selection and I have Set C. Each set of Sushi comes with either a Salad or a Soup. I chose the Salad. It was a pretty appetizing salad due to the dressing.

Salad
Salad

In Set C, there are 5 pieces of Sushi, each piece of Sushi has an oversize fish with a tiny portion of rice. If you need more rice, you need to inform when ordering.

Instead of dipping the Sushi into the Soy Sauce, you will brush the sauce onto the sashimi instead. This is a good method as you could avoid getting the Soy Sauce onto your rice. But I think people who have allergy to some ingredients such as prawns might want to ask for some Soy Sauce dispense right from the original bottle.

Brushing Soy Sauce onto the fish
Brushing Soy Sauce onto the fish

Another item on the menu that I tried was the Sashimi Rice Bowl. An optional Uni is available too. And you can choose either White Rice, or Brown Rice for an additional dollar for its Donburi. The Donburi is served with both Salad and Soup

The Sashmi Rice Bowl has quite a heap of Sashimi chucks and interestingly there are some tempura bites providing some crunch. It has a similar taste to the one served at Hana Hana / Teppei. Unfortunately, I find the Sashimi was not well cut, there are some part of the fish that was not chewable at all. And the rice was a little too soft.

Sashimi Rice Bowl
Sashimi Rice Bowl

I saw on the board that there was Onsen Tamago. I like eggs and the Restaruant Manager mentioned it is the soft egg. I couldn’t hide my temptation and I ordered one. In fact, I was a little disappointed with the egg. It tasted like the Soft Boiled Egg served at Kopitiam.

Onsen Tamago
Onsen Tamago

I like the Matcha Latte. You will add the amount of syrup you wanted. It has a good Matcha flavour and a balanced creaminess.

Matcha Latte
Matcha Latte

I saw a drink which I have never tried before, the Calpis Soda and wondered what it was. And it turned out to be a Yoghurt drink. It was certainly refreshing.

Calpis Soda
Calpis Soda

When I return to Koji Sushi Bar, I would order only the Sushi as I like the ratio of fish versus rice. I may try the Donburi again to see if it is only an one-off case for the soft rice. Otherwise, I would avoid totally.

 

Koji Sushi Bar (米花 )
3 Pickering Street, China Square Central #01-42 Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 6225 6125

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 1500; 1700 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line – Telok Ayer station; North-East line – Chinatown station

By Bus:
– alight opp Hong Lim Complex along South Bridge Road – 61, 80, 145, 166, 197

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

– alight at Hong Lim Park along Pickering Street – 186, 970

– alight at Chinatown Point along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 143, 147, 190, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight at People’s Park Centre along Eu Tong Seng Street – 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851

– alight at People’s Park Complex along Eu Tong Seng Street – 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 80, 143, 197, 961, 970

Rating: 6.5/10

 

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Re-Group X Scoop Therapy At Kim Keat Road

Re-Group x Scoop Therapy is by the folks behind Group Therapy. I quite like the food served at Group Therapy so I went down to check on them twice.

The first time, I ordered Shepherd Pie. This is not commonly seen in cafe. This dish is best for cafehoppers who like potato and meat as you get the best of both world. When it was served, I thought it was a pretty small portion but to my surprise, it was very filling due to the potato. This Shepherd Pie has a pretty equal portion of mashed potato and meat. The Mashed Potato has a crisp crust on the outer layer and soft inside. It was quite an awesome dish. The best part was, it came with a side salad of Mesclun Mixed drizzled with Japanses like Sesame salad dressing.

Shepherd Pie
Shepherd Pie

And I ordered a Cappuccino. It was pretty decent; medium body and acidity with nutty flavour note.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

The ice cream was too tempting to give it a missed. I spotted an interesting flavour, Maple Bacon. I never like Bacon, so I still don’t fancy this flavour. As for the texture of ice cream, it has a pretty creamy texture and medium sweetness. Beside this interesting flavour, there are some others such as Coconut Mango, Butter Beer and Malted Cornflakes which I am very keen to try.

On my second visit, I tried their Pumpkin Pancake. The Pancake was very soft and melted in the mouth. The Poached Eggs were with runny yolks, that was awesome. While the Hollandaise Sauce was creamy and slight briny, that was nice too. But the Pulled Pork was a little to salty. As the Pulled Pork was with some gravy, and it sat on the half the Pancake, resulted in this half a little soggy. The other half was covered by the salad and the Pancake was fine. As it was Pumpkin Pancake, it was a shame that I could not really taste the pumpkin. It was too subtle. The Pancake does taste extra sweet as I am sure the Pumpkin contributed to the sweetness. The side salad was similar to the one offered with the Shepherd Pie.

Pumpkin Pancake
Pumpkin Pancake

This round, instead of having coffee, I ordered an Iced Matcha Latte. I find the taste a little too dilute. The Matcha flavour was a little weak.

Iced Matcha Latte
Iced Matcha Latte

I like the ambience of the cafe as the few large glass panel allows natural light to penetrate into the cafe creating a bright, warm feel. The theme seems very much like Scandinavia style. All in all, it is very soothing and comforting as a whole.

Interior
Interior

As for the page, two pages. You will find food on the front and beverages and desserts on the back.

Menu
Menu

I find that some of the food served at Re-group was pretty interesting. There are many interesting items on the menu that I wanted to try such as the Mushroom Gnocchi, Crunchy French Toast and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The menu “Wow” me but somehow, the food doesn’t. It is without doubt that it was delish but the Wow factor is somehow missing.

Re-group X Scoop Therapy
12 Kim Keat Road Singapore 328841
Tel: +65 6258 3688

Opening Hours 

Regroup: Tuesday – Friday 1200 to 2030; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 1000 to 2030; Closed on Monday

Scoop Therapy: Tuesday – Friday 1200 to 2200; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 1000 to 2200; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Balestier Point along Balestier Road – 21, 124, 125, 130, 131, 139, 145, 186

– alight after Pegu Road along Balestier Road – 21, 130, 131, 145, 186

Rating: 7/10

Old House At Neil Road, White Lor Noodle & Dinosaur Prawns Noodle

Once a upon a time, there was an Old House and it was at Neil Road. Lol!! This Old House that I am talking about in this post is not found in any fairy tales but it is a Zi Char Restaurant. What is Zi Char? For the benefit of my overseas readers, let me explain what is Zi Char. When it is translated literally, Zi means cook while Char means fried. So to put it simply Zi Char means they offer a wide range of variety of Chinese food coooked in any methods.

The Old House has a long history and it is famous for its Dinosaur Prawn Noodle and White Lor Mee (Mee means noodle). The White Lor Mee is its signature dish. For the menu, you can click here. Since those are the acclaimed dishes, I must give them a try. I went down on separate occasions to try the two noodle dishes

Dinosaur Prawn Noodle
Dinosaur Prawn Noodle

At my first visit, I was too enthralled to try the Dinosaur Prawn Noodle. I don’t usually go for the yellow noodle (shown in the photo) as it has an unpleasant alkaline taste which I dislike. But I have some feedback that it has minimal so decided to give it a try and indeed I could hardly taste the alkaline taste. The Dinosaur Prawn was huge. There are also pork ribs. The meat was tender and melted in the mouth. And the soup was rich in prawn flavours. It was an awesome bowl of noodle for lunch.

Beside the Dinosaur Prawn Noodle, there other various selection for Prawn Noodles. You can go for purely prawn noodles without pork ribs and various sizes of prawns.

White Lor Mee
White Lor Mee

The next I tried was the White Lor Mee. When I see the word Lor Mee, I was doubtful about its taste. As I am not a fan of the Lor Mee that we normally find in the Food Centre. This one was exceptionally tasty. The soup was flavourful and the best part, the noodle isn’t the yellow noodles but kind of look like the handmade type. I am very impressed with this dish.

I have passed by the Old House on several times, and it is only till now that I decided to give it a try. I have a very good impression of Old House based on the 2 dishes I tried. Both are equally good. I am gonna try more of their dishes.

 

Old House (老屋)
25 Neil Road Singapore 0888166
Tel: +65 6223 1633

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 0400

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Fairfield Methodist Church along Tanjong Pagar Road 80, 145

– alight after Kreta Ayer Road along Neil Road 61, 166, 197

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

Rating: 8.5/10

Cocoa Colony At Shaw Centre, Scotts Road

I took my Mom to Cocoa Colony At Shaw Centre along Scotts Road as she loves Chocolate drink. So I thought this place would be perfect for her. But bear in mind, I have not tried, so she is going to be the guinea pig. Hehe.

I spotted Cocoa Colony when I went to I Want My Noodle but I forgotten about it until a second occassion when I was there with my Dad and aunt to Xi.Yan.

The outlet may look pretty huge as it has a wide breadth but they don’t offer much seats. You will find only 4 seats facing the Claymore Hill and Pacific Plaza, that’s more for people grazing, I suppose.

Ice Cream Flavours Available
Ice Cream Flavours Available

Cocoa Colony offers mainly chocolate stuff. There is a good list of various Chocolate concoction. Fortunate for the non-Cocoa drinkers, you will find the standard tea and coffee too. They offer some ice cream (which I didn’t realize) until the staff asked if I would like to try (I mean to get a scoop). And I saw some cakes too. Both cakes and ice cream, there were limited selection. After looking at the sight of the ice cream, I thought Cocoa Colony Signature would be an interesting flavour. Not knowing what was in it as I did not read the flavour description or enquire about it and neither did they offer me to try before getting a scoop.

Iced Cocoa Shakerato
Iced Cocoa Shakerato

After contemplating for quite a few good minutes, my Mom finally decided to have the Iced Cocoa Shakerato. She loves it. She finds the chocolate taste was strong enough for her. Unfortunately, I tried only after I started my ice cream so I couldn’t really taste it.

Cocoa Colony Signature
Cocoa Colony Signature

Ok, so how was the ice cream? It was certainly creamy, strong in flavour. After the ice cream landed on the tastebud, instantaneously, I could recognize that it was peanut butter. The taste was further enhanced with the nuts. The chocolate bites were added to provide more of a crunch than flavour. We enjoyed the ice cream.

My Mom declared her love for the Cocoa drinks and the ice cream. I am sure she will bug be to go back for more. Lol!! And I am glad she likes it.

 

Cocoa Colony
Shaw Centre #01-06 1 Scotts Road  Singapore 228208
Tel : +65 6235 832

Opening Hours

Daily TBC

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Orchard station

By Bus:
– alight at Royal Plaza On Scotts or at Far East Plaza along Scotts Road 5, 54, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 700, 700A

– alight at Royal Thai Embassy along Orchard Road 7, 26, 77, 105, 106, 111, 123, 132, 174, 502

– alight Tang Plaza along Orchard Road 190, 518

– alight at Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502

– alight opp Orchard Station along Orhard Boulevard 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 174, 174e, 175

Rating: 8/10

Janice Wong Dessert Art Pop-Up Store At The Ion Orchard

Chef Janice Wong who is behind the 2am:Dessert Bar has launched another brand of sweets simply known by her name “Janice Wong”. Currently, there isn’t a permanently outlet, but I understand from the service crew that, that’s in the pipeline. So meanwhile, it is in the form of pop-up. At the moment, the pop-up is held at Ion Orchard, Level 1.

Cakes Display
Cakes Display

The first time when I chanced upon the Pop-up store, I was captivated by the lovely Eclairs.

Eclairs, from left to right: Chocolate Truffle, Tiramisu, Popcorn Chocolate
Eclairs, from left to right: Chocolate Truffle, Tiramisu, Popcorn Chocolate

The awesome service crew did a wonderful job in recommending me a few of the Eclairs and his favourite. He could provide pretty detail descriptions of the flavours, I really appreciate such service. Great Job!!

I got them home to share with my mom. I enjoyed the Eclairs. And my mom falls in love with them. She kept telling me how good they were and how much she enjoyed.

There are some flavours that are very unique, and kind of an acquired taste. An example was the Truffle Chocolate Eclairs which I didn’t like it at the first bites but subsequently, after getting used to the taste, I enjoyed.

Weekly Special Flavour and Mochi
Weekly Special Flavour and Mochi

There are also weekly special flavours. I brought my Mom to the store and she picked one of those. We tried the Mochi as well. All the three flavours; Chocolate Truffle, Matcha and Chestnut. Chestnut was the sweetest of the three flavours. It was so sweet till my Mom kept talking about how ultimate it was.

There are some cakes selections as well. I find the sphere shaped cakes interesting. There are multiple layers within the sphere. We tried the Truffle Dove. Truffle was strong and it lingers in the mouth for quite some time.

Raspberry Matcha Travel Cake
Raspberry Matcha Travel Cake

We also tried the Raspberry Matcha Travel Cake. I am going to try the Chocolate Bon Bon next. There are other products like the Chocolate Paint too.

Bons Bons
Bons Bons

Janice Wong offers a range of desserts with some very sweet ones and some with better balance and some unique flavours to suit all tastebuds. We enjoyed the unique creation and I hope to see a permanent Janice Wong Dessert Bar soon.

Oh ya, the pop-up will be around till 14 February.

Janice Wong
Ion Orchard , 2 Orchard Turn Level #04-12, Singapore 238801

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North South line – Orchard station

By Bus:
– alight at Tang Plaza along Orchard Road – 36, 77, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 190, 518, 700, 700A
– alight at Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502
– alight at Orchard Station along Orchard Turn – 14e, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 190, 700, 700A
– alight opposite Orchard Station along Orchard Boulevard – 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 174, 174e, 175

Rating: 8/10

Family Dinner At Casa Verde @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

We decided to have dinner together on the day of Cookies’ staycation. My sister suggested to have dinner at Casa Verde at the Singapore Botanic Gardens since they allowed pets. Moreover, she has visited a few times previously and find the food to be good. Since Casa Verde is by Les Amis Group, I am confident that the food will not disappoint us, but something else did.

When we arrived at the restaurant at about 6.10pm, we asked for a table for 5 and were told that we need to wait for about 45 minutes as all the tables were reserved. And so we turned around to inform our folks and we spoke in our dialect, Teochew. When the waiter heard that we didn’t speak English, very quickly, without hesitation, in a very arrogant tone, he informed us that the restaurant only serves Italian food and no normal food. These were his exact words. In fact, we were rather offended. But since we have a pet, to change a restaurant it was tough too, so we decided to wait as from our experiences, the restaurant will usually state a longer waiting time. My sister left her mobile number and her name as “Mia” on the waiting list and we hung around the restaurant to wait.

After approximately 5 minutes of wait, the restaurant manager called my sister mobile and we got our seats. We were quite lucky at the start. On hindsight, I think the manager might have thought “Mia” was a foreigner.

Casa Verde has a pretty standard Italian fare so you can find Pizza, Pasta, some meat & seafood, starters, soup and desserts from the menu.

Bread
Bread

A basket of bread was served without refill. We finished them even before the first dish was served. We waited for quite long, I think a good 15 minutes. We were expecting the Antipasti to be served first, since they did not ask how we would like the sequence of the food to be served and so on. Instead, we served the pasta, Aglio Olio E Pepperoncin, as our first dish. It was a garlicky pasta. We enjoy the pasta except for my brother-in-law who finds the garlic over-powdering.

Aglio Olio E Peperoncin
Aglio Olio E Peperoncin

At the second dish, the Antipasti was still not served but the Secondi, Pollo Al Mattan, was served. This is a Char-grilled Baby Spring Chicken served with beans and creamy roasted potato dauphinois. Everyone at the dinner table enjoyed this dish. It was absolutely tasty.

Pollo Al Matton
Pollo Al Matton

By now, we were quite upset about not having the Antipasti, so I asked the waiter to check and serve us the Antipasti Misti. The serving was meant for 2 persons. This was a lovely dish too with nice grilled vegetables and a good mix of cheese and cold cuts.

Antipasti Misti (2 person
Antipasti Misti (2 person)

Lastly, the Pizza Parma Ham e Rocket Salad was served. The entire dish wasn’t as salty as some others. The bread base was thin and cheese was abundant.

Pizza Parma Ham e Rocket Salad
Pizza Parma Ham e Rocket Salad

Most of us felt that we could have more food, so we added a Carbonara. Most of us in the family doesn’t quite like tomato based pasta so a cream based one would suit the palate of the family. The Carbonara was a little more sweetish than briny. It was rich and lots of chopped bacon were added as toppings.

Carbonara
Carbonara

After all our Mains were completed, we were expecting the service crew to come up to us to ask if we wanted our dessert but this didn’t happen. We chatted for about 10 minutes and were getting inpatient so we tried to get hold of a crew but was in vain. They seems to be only interested to serve the foreigners but to the local they ignored. Only after numerous attempts, a service crew stopped by and we got our Tiramisu finally. It was pretty awesome.

Tiramisu
Tiramisu

As we made the payment and I started standing up to take my leave. My action was spotted by the restaurant manager and immediately she shouted loudly to her staff to ask if we paid. And this action really offended us. We expected that you check with the staff discretely and not in such a rude manner.

Our dinner ended at about 8.30pm, during our time there for about 2 hours, we observed how the crew treated the patrons and our observation results were consistent among the family members. They treated the foreigners well. They are the one who got the seats first even when they came later, while the local has to wait. We also notice that there were lots of empty seats in the indoor seats but they still make the local without pets waited for seats. It was rather sad and uncalled for.

According to my sister, their service was better previously when it was some other manager helming the restaurant. With a change, the service level declined.

In a nutshell, food was awesome but service sucks. Delish food and acceptable service level should come hand in hand. Either element missing will spoil the entire dinning experience, which in this case, it was the service that does so.

 

Casa Verde
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Singapore 259569
Tel: +65 6467 7326

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Casa-Verde/227061742207

Opening Hours

Daily 0730 to 2300

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line – Botanic Gardens

By Bus:
– alight at Botanic Gardens station along Bukit Timah Road – 48, 66, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 171, 186

– alight opp Botanic Gardens station along Dunearn Road – 48, 66, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 171, 186

– alight at or opp Gleneagles Hospital along Napier Road 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123, 174, 174e

Rating: 5/10


 

Pet Staycation with Cookies At The Regent Singapore

Cookies has her first staycation with The Regent Singapore last Saturday. My sister and her hubby arranged one for her. We (humans) were more excited to find out the experience than the dog. Lol!!

Cookies At The Regent
Cookies At The Regent

The check-in at The Regent is 3pm. The first thing we did when we arrived at the hotel was to get Cookies to pose for photos.

 

Checking In with Cookies
Checking In with Cookies

And we proceeded to the check-in reception. The process was fast and staff was warm and friendly. And most importantly, they were friendly towards the dog too.

On the Way to the Lift Room
On the Way to the Lift Room

We were eager to check out the room and very swiftly we walked to the lift lobby.

To be Hang at the Door
To be Hang at the Door

With pets, you will need to hang the “Pet In The Room” Sign outside the room.

At the door step of the room
At the door step of the room

They were given a room near to the corner, Room 747. And before entering the room, they did not forget to get a photo in front of their room.

Package for the Pet
Package for the Pet

Upon entering, the first thing we notice was the pet bed with some goodies for the pet. Cookies can’t wait to sniff out her goodies. She was attracted to the beef loaf in there. Unfortunately, she can’t have it as she is allergy to beef (and also chicken). Sorry Cookies!

The room was spacious and I always love the toiletries from the Four Seasons Hotel group as they offer L’occitane.

At The Singapore Botanic Garden
At The Singapore Botanic Garden

The same evening as part of our plan, we took a walk at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and have our dinner at Casa Verde. Very soon, the night ends. And we parted way, Cookies, my sister and her hubby went back to continue with their stay.

As Four Seasons didn’t allow pets to dine at any of their F&B outlets so as part of the package, they were given a $80 F&B voucher for room service. It was fully utilised with a good breakfast spread.

Room Service Breakfast Spread
Room Service Breakfast Spread

My sister prefer to having the Breakfast buffet instead.

They enjoyed themselves despite it was only for a night. But would certainly hope in the near future, The Regent Singapore would make arrangement for owners to dine together with their pets at one of the F&B outlet.

Some of you may also wonder are there any more hotels that offer staycation. The answer is yes but limited. There are 4 other hotels but there are limitation to the size of the pets. The only other hotel that allow big dogs (up to 30 kg) is Conrad. You are allowed to bring along 2 big size dogs but they are requesting for a non-refundable deposit.

The rest allow small dogs of about 7 kg and they are Four Seasons Hotel, The Hilton and Capella Hotel

 

The Regent Singapore
1 Cuscaden Road Singapore 249715
Tel: +65 6733 8888

Rating: 8/10