Royal Noodle (皇帝面) At Circular Road

Royal Noodle (皇帝面) fit for the king. It is located along Circular Road.

Interior
Interior

Interior is simple with homogeneous tables and chairs under warm lighting.

Order Chit
Order Chit

Menu is simple too with purely noodles and four variations; namely, soup or dry and with spicy or non-spicy.

Everything is self-service from ordering to collection of food. First decide on what you want and whether you want set. Take an order chit which is found on the table.

Set Meal
Set Meal

For the set, beside the noodle, you need to chose a side and a drink. Once you are done, proceed to the order count; order and pay and you get a buzzer. When ready, it will buzz and proceed to the collection counter at the other end to get your food.

Dry Spicy Noodle
Dry Spicy Noodle

I tried both the dry and soup version. The noodle is absolutely delish. I relish in the bowl of simple noodle. It was eggy and flavourful. The soup is rich and tasty too. The rest of the ingredients are really less of an importance. But I still would prefer if there are some greens.

Non-Spicy Soup Noodle
Non-Spicy Soup Noodle

For the side, its a pity that they have mainly fried stuff, only the braised meat is non-fried. It would be awesome if they could offer a vegetable selection in the side.

Sugarcane Prawn
Sugarcane Prawn

The sugarcane prawn was cripsy and filled with prawn sweetness.

Braised Pork
Braised Pork

Braised Pork was pretty well braised, with pretty enough herb and spice, though it could be better.

Braised Egg
Braised Egg

And lastly the Braised egg. My first tried was rather tasteless. On the second occasion, it was so much better. Personally, I still think the braised could be improved.

I am not a noodle fan, but I enjoyed the noodles tremendously. One of the best.

Royal Noodle
27 Circular Road Singapore 049383
Tel: +65 9669 9994

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/royalnoodle/

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 1430, 1830 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT:
– North-South line or East-West line – Raffles Place station
– North East line – Clarke Quay

By Bus:
– alight at Prudential Tower along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 700, 971

– alight opp AIA Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e

– alight at OCBC Centre along Church Street – 186 , 970

– alight at OUE Bayfront along Shenton Way – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 196e, 700, 971E

– alight at Clarke Quay Station along Eu Tong Sen Street 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166, 174, 190, 197, 851, 961

– alight opposite Clarke Quay Station along New Bridge Road 2, 12, 33, 54, 147, 190

– alight at Boat Quay along South Bridge Road 51, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 197, 851, 961

Rating: 8.5/10

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BOCA Portuguese Restaurant At Bukit Pasoh Road

BOCA Singapore is a Portuguese Restaurant located at Bukit Pasoh Road. I hardly am exposed to Portuguese cuisine so I went with a pretty open mind with no expectation.

The first time I have Portuguese food was several years ago when I was in Macau but I could hardly remember what the taste was and worse what I have eaten then.

This Portuguese Restaurant, BOCA, has a very small menu with only about 4 starters, 6 mains and 3 desserts for selection.

We ordered 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts for sharing.

The first starter was Octopus Salad ($24). The octopus was tender with its natural sweetness retained. It is certainly refreshing and appetizing.

Salada de Polvo a Marinheiro (Octopus salad) - Octopus, red onions, capsicum, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar
Salada de Polvo a Marinheiro (Octopus salad) – Octopus, red onions, capsicum, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar

Our second starter was the Flamed Chorizo ($25). You get to admire the flame before enjoying the chorizo. Though it was a little too salty but we enjoyed it. This dish is certainly rich and strong in flavour.

Chourico em chamas (Flamed chorizo) - Chorizo flamed grilled in brandy
Chourico em chamas (Flamed chorizo) – Chorizo flamed grilled in brandy

For our mains, both were served at the same time. First, we tried the Octopus ($38). We kind of regret ordering 2 Octopus dishes as we wasn’t Octopus fan.

Polvo a Lagareiro (Lagareiro" octopus) - Grilled octopus leg, paprika, cherry tomato, spinach, baked potato, extra virgin olive oil
Polvo a Lagareiro (Lagareiro” octopus) – Grilled octopus leg, paprika, cherry tomato, spinach, baked potato, extra virgin olive oil

A must have in Portuguese restaurant is the Bacalhau ($28). There were 2 others Bacalhau for selection. Basically, with different ingredients mixed with the codfish. The portion was a little too much for 2 and it was a pretty rich dish with onions and oil making it a little too heavy for 2. If there is a little green to tone down the taste, maybe it would have been better. Nonetheless, it was certainly delish. We felt that this dish is very much an acquired taste.

Bacalhau a Braz ("Braz" codfish) - Bacalao, onions, egg, parsley, potato chips, green olives
Bacalhau a Braz (“Braz” codfish) – Bacalao, onions, egg, parsley, potato chips, green olives

Last part of our meal was the desserts. First, the Vanilla Custard ($15) was creamy and smooth. With the Passionfruit, an extra sourish was added to balance the sweet custard.

Leite creme com farofias flutantes em nuvem de caremelo (Vanilla custard, egg white "clouds" in caramel)
Leite creme com farofias flutantes em nuvem de caremelo (Vanilla custard, egg white “clouds” in caramel)

Next on the list, which is also the last, is a must try; the Portuguese Egg Tart ($4.50 each). The tart was flaky and buttery while the egg custard was rich, smooth, creamy and flavourful. I was comtemplating to have a second tart.

Pasteis de nata (Authentic Portugese Egg Tart)
Pasteis de nata (Authentic Portugese Egg Tart)

We enjoyed the delish food served at BOCA Singapore. The service was warm and friendly. I like especially the turquoise blue wall with porcelain swallows. Food served was swift too though it was fully booked that night, and it was a weekday when we dined at the restaurant. I would highly urge you to make a reservation before going down, or else you might be disappointed.

BOCA Singapore
6 Bukit Pasoh Rd Singapore 089820
Tel: +65 6221 0132

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Boca-Singapore/424998484314105?fref=ts

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1200 to 1400, 1800 to 0000; Saturday 1800 to 0000; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station

By Bus:

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

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 8/10

Goodwood Park Durian Fiesta 2015

I am always excited about the Goodwood Park Durian Fiesta and love especially their Durian Combo that they introduce at the start of the promotion. This year is no exception that I got myself  these amazing cakes and pastries and not forgetting to share it with family and friends this delight.

New Items

This year, Goodwood Park introduces two new items

Durian Carrot Walnut Cake

Durian Carrot Walnut
Durian Carrot Walnut

Spongy Soft Carrot walnut cake layer paired with creamy Durian Mousse.

Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Roll

Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Roll
Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Roll

Dark Chocolate Wafer rolled with the famous Durian Mousse.

Back By Popular Demand

Durian Cappuccino Cake

Durian Cappuccino Cake
Durian Cappuccino Cake

The Durian and Coffe, nice combination. I could taste the distinct Durian and Coffee and yet it blended well.

Ever Popular 

Durian Mousse Cake

Durian Mousse Cake
Durian Mousse Cake

How could this ever be missing from the Combo? It is one of my evergreen favourite.

Durian Puff

Durian Puff
Durian Puff

And the Durian Puff too. Never a let down.

The combo is available till 30 April 2015. For the full list of items, click here.

And now, I begin to wonder, what about Salted Caramel and Durian.

 

Goodwood Park Durian Fiesta
22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 6737 7411

Other Location

Compass Point
Located on Level 1, in front of DMK
23 – 29 March 2015, 10am – 9pm

Lot One
Located on Level 1 Event Atrium
27 April – 3 May 2015, 10am – 9pm

Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare At Tras Street, Tanjong Pagar

We were supposed to dine at Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare during the Singapore Restaurant Week 2015 but 2 out of 3 couldn’t make it so ended by a week late.

Gattopardo Ristorante helmed by Chef Lino Sauro offers Contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. For the menu, click here.

Appertizer

Crispy Pasta with Mayonnaise Sauce and Cherry Tomato

Crispy Pasta with Mayonnaise Sauce and Cherry Tomato
Crispy Pasta with Mayonnaise Sauce and Cherry Tomato

We were served the crispy pasta as the starter. After deep frying, the pasta was a little chewy instead of crispy; I wasn’t impressed with the starter. The sauce was a little too simple, pure Mayonnaise Sauce. I was expecting some more sophisticated. Nonetheless, I wasn’t disappointed about what was next to come.

Starter

Burrata e 5J Jabugo

Burrata e 5J Jabugo (Fresh Burrata Cheese, Bruschetta and Jabugo)
Burrata e 5J Jabugo (Fresh Burrata Cheese, Bruschetta and Jabugo)

We ordered two starters for sharing. First, the Fresh Burrata Cheese, Bruschetta and Jabugo. We love this starter. Burrata Cheese was fresh and together with the Bruschetta was pretty refreshing.

Polipo

Polipo (Charred Octopus, Sicilian Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Celery Root)
Polipo (Charred Octopus, Sicilian Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Celery Root)

Next, was the Charred Octopus, Sicilian Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Celery Root. These were tender Octopus that was sweetish and flavourful. The flavour was infused well onto the surface of Octopus. Amazing!

Mains

A total of three Mains were ordered for sharing, likewise.

Zuppa di Pesce “Gattopardo”

Zuppa di Pesce "Gattopardo" (Signature Gattopardo Seafood Stew in a Terracotta Pot)
Zuppa di Pesce “Gattopardo” (Signature Gattopardo Seafood Stew in a Terracotta Pot)

First, the Signature Gattopardo Seafood Stew was served. As we requested for sharing, they have kindly served us in three individual portions. The soup was simply amazing. The tangy tomato was refreshing but wasn’t the main featured taste, instead each mouthful was filled with a strong fish flavour. It was simply Awesome. I highly recommend this dish to all.

Tagliatelle con Aragosta

Tagliatelle con Aragosta (Tagliatelle with Spicy 'Live' Maine Lobster and Coriander)
Tagliatelle con Aragosta (Tagliatelle with Spicy ‘Live’ Maine Lobster and Coriander)

It was followed closely by our 2 pasta dishes. From the look, we felt it looked so much like Mee Pok. This was relatively light in flavour as compared to the 2 other Mains, the Stew and the Lasagna, which is next.

Lasagna Aperta con Wagyu e Finferli

Lasagna Aperta con Wagyu e Finferli (Homemade 'Open' Lasagna with Wagyu Beef Ragu and Chanterelle Mushroom)
Lasagna Aperta con Wagyu e Finferli (Homemade ‘Open’ Lasagna with Wagyu Beef Ragu and Chanterelle Mushroom)

Don’t be fooled by its simplistic look. It was outstanding. Usually for Lasagna, you will taste the strong tomato sauce but this you will get the strong flavour of beef instead. But I believe some may find this too meaty. Nevertheless, we enjoyed this to the max. This is another must try dish that I will recommend.

Dessert

Lastly, it was dessert time. We ordered 2 for sharing.

Tiramisu non Classico

Tiramisu non Classico (Soft Deconstructed Tiramisu)
Tiramisu non Classico (Soft Deconstructed Tiramisu)

The Tiramisu was indeed deconstructed, each component of the Tiramisu was separate independently. I still prefer the ‘Constructed’ Tiramisu instead with Coffee and alcohol soaked sponge together with the Mascarpone Cheese

Semifreddo di Lino 

Semifreddo di Lino (Chef Lino's Signature Almond Parfait with Toasted 'Noto' Almond Sauce)
Semifreddo di Lino (Chef Lino’s Signature Almond Parfait with Toasted ‘Noto’ Almond Sauce)

We find the Almond Parfait a little too sweet and I couldn’t taste much of the Almond flavour in the sauce.

In general, we didn’t enjoy the dessert as much as the Starters and the Mains. I might forgo the dessert when I dine at Gattopardo the next round. Maybe I will not but try something else. Lol!

Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare
34/36 Tras Street Singapore 079026
Tel: +65 6338 5498 / 9325 8843

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/gattopardosingapore

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday ~ Lunch 1200 to 1430, Dinner 1830 to 2230; Saturday – Sunday ~ Closed for Lunch, Dinner 1830 to 2230

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

The Clueless Goat At Thomson Road

When I first heard of The Clueless Goat At Thomson Road, I didn’t quite like the name. “Clueless” sounded not too nice. Apart from the name, the cafe is pretty awesome in all aspects, from the interior design to the food to the service.

Menu
Menu

The menu isn’t the most tempting or most interesting. They serve only simple Brunches and Sandwiches items with Salad, sides and Waffles and of course coffee and tea and some other drinks too. Even though, that’s the case, all the items I tried so far were pretty outstanding.

Avocado BLT
Avocado BLT

The Avocado BLT was on a Sour Dough, but I never like Sour Dough so I requested for a change to Multi-grain Toast. The ingredient were simple but it was this simplicity that attracted me. It was certainly delish.

Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict

For the Eggs Benedict, the hollandaise sauce was awesome too, creamy and not the over sourish kind. The only complaint I have is the yolk was a little too cooked, not runny.

Lemon Meringue Tart
Lemon Meringue Tart

I tried one of the dessert too, the Lemon Meringue Tart. I like the tart base though the portion of Tart versus Lemon Curd versus Meringue could be altered to get a more zing flavour.

5 oz White
5 oz White

Finally the coffee, it was awesome. The way I like it. It was medium to full body, low acidity with a strong nutty and chocolaty flavour note.

I like everything about The Clueless Goat though the dessert could be improved. I was at the cafe three times before I came up with this post and each time when I was at the cafe, the service was certainly friendly, warm and prompt. This is so even on occasion where the cafe was extremely busy. Well Done The Clueless Goat!

 

The Clueless Goat
189 Thomson Road Singapore 307631
Tel: +65 92976960 / 82830885

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/thecluelessgoat

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 0800 to 1800; Friday 0800 to 2230; Saturday 0900 to 2230; Sunday 0900 to 1800

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Novena station

By Bus:
– alight at or opp United Square along Thomson Road 56, 57, 131, 166, 851, 960

– alight at Novena Square along Thomson Road 21

– alight at St Michael School or Revival Church along Moulmein Road 21, 124

– alight at or opp Hotel Royal along Newton Road 5, 54, 124, 143, 162, 162M, 167

Rating: 7.5/10

Domino’s Pizza Singapore – Domino’s Golden Chicken & Instagram Contest

Domino’s Pizza Singapore has introduced the new Domino’s Golden Chicken Menu for some time and to celebrate the success of this range of new product, there was a celebratory party and I was invited to this event to try these succulent Golden Chicken.

1. GOLDEN MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN

Oven-baked tenders covered in Napolitana sauce, cherry tomatoes, olives and feta cheese

Golden Mediterranean Chicken
Golden Mediterranean Chicken

2. GOLDEN OUTBACK CHICKEN

Oven-baked tenders covered with BBQ sauce,  green capsicum, red capsicum and olives

Golden Outback Chicken
Golden Outback Chicken

3. GOLDEN ITALIANO CHICKEN

Oven-baked tenders covered in Pesto sauce, juicy tomatoes and mozzarella cheese

Golden Italiano Chicken
Golden Italiano Chicken

4. GOLDEN MEXICAN CHICKEN

Oven-baked tenders covered in Salsa sauce, pineapple, green capsicum, olives and cherry tomatoes.

Golden Mexican Chicken
Golden Mexican Chicken

The key in differentiating the 4 flavours is in the sauce; your favourite would really depend on your preference. The only spicy among the 4 is the Golden Mexican Chicken. Each is at $10.80 and is available at all outlets, including delivery, dine-in and takeaway.

Beside the Golden Chicken, we savoured many pizzas, meatballs, onion rings and …

Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake

… a dessert, the Chocolate Lava Cake. I must highlight this as the Chocolate Lava Cake from Domino’s Pizza was really awesome, so chocolaty and the chocolate lava flow … A must try for Chocolate lovers.

Domino’s Pizza is also having a value for money Express Lunch Deal between 12pm to 5pm; valid for dine in or take away only at $5.50 and you get 1 Personal Pizza and 1 Soft Drink. If you would prefer the Golden Chicken, add $1. (Terms and conditions apply)

Express Lunch Deal
Express Lunch Deal

Beside great food, there was a prize presentation for winners of their recent drawing contest too and the first prize winner walked away with a cash prize shopping spree. If you are envy, here is your chance to win the first prize of $500 Golden Shopping Spree in the below three simple steps:

1. Follow @DominosSG on Instagram

2. Upload your best photo of your Golden Moments spent with your friends, family and loved one or golden moment worth capturing together with the above mentioned Golden Chicken item or with any Domino’s logo onto Instagram.

3. Tag @DominosSG, #MyGoldenMoment and #DominosSG

You need to garner a minimum of 500 likes to be eligible for the first prize. The winning photo will be chosen based on 60% creativity and 40% likes.

And you might be the winner!

Besides the cash prize or 500 likes is too much, there are other attractive prizes to be won too. You can target to be the second or consolation prize winners for 200 likes or 100 likes respectively. For the 2nd Prize, the 3 winners will win themselves Pizza party for 20 friends and the 50 Consolation Prize winners will win $100 worth of Free pizzas. The contest period is valid from 18 March to 15 April 2015.

So hurry down to or call or make online delivery for Domino’s Pizza and do try out Domino’s Pizza Golden Chicken and my favourite Domino’s Pizza Chocolate Lava Cake as well. Most importantly, don’t forget that winning photo of yours!! Good luck!!

 

Domino’s Pizza Singapore
Kovan Outlet – 943/945 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534710
For other outlets, click here.

Order Online: http://www.dominos.com.sg/frmdeals.aspx
Delivery Hotline: 6222 6333

Opening Hours

Daily 1030 to 2300

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast line – Kovan station

By Bus:
– alight at Kovan station along Upper Serangoon Road – 80, 81, 101, 107, 107M, 112, 113, 115, 119, 136, 153

Rating: 7/10

 

*This is a media invite event
#There was a correction in the first prize winning amount.

Chef Lu’s La Mian At Kopitiam Vivocity

Chef Lu’s La Mian at the Vivocity, Kopitiam, offers only fresh handmade noodles. I was first attracted to this stall by a bowl of Dry Spicy Handmade Noodle that my colleague was having a week ago at Kopitiam, Vivocity. It looked so amazing. When I was back the next round, without hesitation, I know I must order that for lunch.

Chef In Action
Chef In Action

Stall no. 17, Chef Lu’s La Mian, at Kopitiam, made each bowl of noodles fresh only upon ordering. You could admire the Chef performing the art while waiting for your lovely bowl of fresh noodles. Chef Lu’s La Mian offers 7 selections, with different ingredients with only noodles. It is a shame that both the Xiao Long Bao and Guo Tie were not available.

Spicy Shredded Pork La Mian
Spicy Shredded Pork La Mian

From the look of the Spicy Shredded Pork La Mian ($5.50), it looked very spicy, but not at all. The noodle used in this bowl of delight is the broad flat type. It is sat on a pile of beansprouts together with some green leafy vegetables and a few cubes of braised pork. And very generous amount of vinegar were added. Toss them well and you are ready to grub it down.

Chef Specialty Braised Minced Meat La Mian
Chef Specialty Braised Minced Meat La Mian

On the second occasion, I tried the Chef Specialty Braised Minced Meat La Mian ($4.50). For this bowl, the thin noodles were used instead. I like the tasty minced bean which was enough for the noodles. I don’t mind if I could have a little more of the minced meat. Likewise, toss it and slurp it.

Beef La Mian Soup
Beef La Mian Soup

I felt a need to try the Soup noodle too so I went for Beef La Mian Soup ($6.00). The slice beef was excellent. It melt in the mouth and noodle likewise. If you do not like soft noodle, you need to consume it as soon as you can. I didn’t quite like the soup, it tasted like the instance noodle soup. So may, it is an indication of a significant amount of MSG added. I am not sensitive to MSG, so no adverse reaction after drinking some of the soup.

The food whipped up at Chef Lu’s La Mian stall is fresh and delicious and value for money, especially the dry version. And surprisingly, it wasn’t the salty kind of food, unlike how most PRC Chef would prepared it.

 

Chef Lu’s La Mian
Kopitiam Stall 17
Harbourfront Walk #B2-39 VivoCity Singapore 098585
Tel : 6376 9865

Opening Hours

Daily 1130 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line & Northeast Line, HarbourFront Station

By Bus:
– alight at or opposite Vivocity 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 65, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 197, 855, RWS8

Rating: 7/10