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 little 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

The Workbench Bistro At Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1

The Workbench Bistro is another eatery opened along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, after Mojito Cafe.

Interior of the bistro is really simple with cemented wall and same simple brown wooden tables and black plastic chairs.

The Workbench Menu
The Workbench Menu

Currently, they are having a one page menu. I must say, at a glance, it wasn’t interesting. They served a few sides like fries, nachos, buffalo wings, four pastas, one burger and one sandwich. Of course you will find the standard espresso based drinks and they have ice cream and waffle too.

Orders are to be made over the cashier and paid, and food will be served.

Crab Meat Linguine
Crab Meat Linguine

I decided to go ahead with the Crab Meat Linguine though I am not a fan of tomato based pasta but I like both crab meat and linguine. The sauce was pretty acceptable with very light tomato taste and there was enough of crab meat for the entire pasta portion. They could have added a little more white wine to the sauce. It was a pity that the pasta wasn’t Al Dente. It was on the soft side, just a little under Al Dente. I provided the feedback to owner and she was very apologetic about it. She even offered to re-make a new one for me but I declined her offer, instead she offered me a scoop of ice cream. It was very nice of her. I like they way she did on the service recovery aspect. I really think it was excellent.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

The Cappuccino was medium body, low acidity with a nutty, chocolaty flavour note. I like such coffee.

Gula Melaka Ice Cream
Gula Melaka Ice Cream

Here comes the ice cream, I chose the Gula Melak Ice Cream out of the ten over flavours. The Ice Cream was pretty good. It was smooth and creamy with a good gula melaka flavour in it. The sweetness was at an acceptable level.

Despite, the pasta was a little disappointing, but I like their service level and I am willing to give them another chance. Moreover, the ice cream is of pretty high standard. I will return to try it with the waffle and the Beef Burger, saw a few tables ordered this item and it looks inviting.

The Workbench
Block 332 Ang Mo Kio Avenue #01-1881 Singapore 560332
Tel: +65 8484 2488

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/workbenchbistro

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 1200 to 2200; Sunday 1000 to 2200; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at Blk 331 or opp Blk 333 along Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 – 133, 136, 262

– alight at Blk 332 or opp Church of Christ the King along Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 – 22, 24, 128, 135, 159, 162, 162M, 262, 853, 853C

Rating: 7/10

Cafe Mojito In Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1

When you thought there is enough of cafe popping across Singapore, there you have one more cafe, Cafe Mojito, added to Ang Mo Kio vicinity.

Food Menu
Food Menu

The Mains offered in Cafe Mojito isn’t the most interesting. In fact, after scrutinized it closely, I thought something which I might be keen was the Black Agus Beefballs but I didn’t feel like having beef that day so I looked hard at the menu for something and found Cranberry Walnut or Herb Focaccia  Toast. So that was my Main for a Sunday lunch.

Beverages Menu
Beverages Menu

As usual, I can’t miss out on my Cappuccino.

Cakes Display
Cakes Display

The first centre piece of attraction for me in the cafe was the neatly displayed, delish looking cakes over the counter. There were Muffins to its right too. I wanted to have them all. But finally I relented to only the Carrot Cake.

But, after ordering, my eyes glanced through the dessert section of the menu and I saw Coconut Pannacotta and it has Gula Melaka. Very quickly, I added on and requested for my Carrot Cake to be packed for take away.

Cranberry Walnut Toast
Cranberry Walnut Toast

ln fact, I couldn’t decide between the Cranberry Walnut Toast and the Herb Focaccia as I like both. I should have asked for a mixture so that I could have the best of both world. Hehe. The Cranberry Walnut Toast was certainly soft with a crispy crust. There was a good amount of Cranberry and Walnut though I don’t mind more of them. It was served with Blueberry Mamalade which I rather call it simply jam and Olive Tapenade. The amount was just enough for all the Toasts. The Blueberry Jam was neither sweetish nor sourish. In fact, it was rather bland with slight Blueberry fragrant and good amount of the Blueberry fruit. I like the Olive Tapenade best. I think it will go better with the Herb Focaccia.

Coconut Pannacotta
Coconut Pannacotta

It was a little disappointing that my dessert was served while I was at the start of my Main when I have asked for the dessert to be served only later. Anyway … Both the Pulut Hitam and the Panna Cotta was hardly sweetish. It would have been better if the Panna Cotta could be more flavourful with peharps Coconut. The best part of the dessert was the Gula Melaka. Once again, I finished till the last drop. Can I have more of the Gula Melaka the next time I order? 😛

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

My cappuccino was dispensed fully from an automated Coffee Machine. The look tells it all. It was full body, low acidity with a little bitter after taste.

Carrot Cake, Take Away
Carrot Cake, Take Away

Lastly, the Carrot Cake. I found it very much of a home-made taste. It was soft and fluffy and slightly sweetish and the spice was pretty adequate. There was a thick swirl of Cream Cheese Frosting which I like.

The food whipped by Cafe Mojito though was delish, certainly I find rooms for improvement. Service was friendly, warm and polite. When I return, I want to try the Sticky Date Pudding and Black Angus Beefball and of course its Muffins and more cakes.

Cafe Mojito
Block 338 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 #01-1647 Singapore 338
Tel: +65 9647 8318

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/mojitocafesg

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday 1000 to 2100; Saturday – Sunday 0830 to 2100; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Ang Mo Kio Swimming Complex or at Teck Ghee Centre along Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 – 133, 136, 262

Rating: 7/10