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

More Ice Cream Parlour in Town, Plus39 Gelato Bar and Everton Creamery

Plus39 Gelato Bar and Everton Creamery opened around the same period though at different location. I tried both, not on the same day but with the same week and I must say, both are awesome though not cheap.

Plus39 Gelato Bar

29 Circular Road #01-01 Singapore 049385
Tel: +65 65320380
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 1100 to 2300; Closed on Sundays

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Chocolate and Manago with Chestnut sauce
Chocolate and Manago with Chestnut sauc

The gelato is extremely smooth and creamy and it doesn’t feel airy too. In totality, well balance. The texture alone “Wow” me. The gelato is also packed with flavour and tasted so natural, though a little too sweet for my palette.

Interior
Interior

Plus39 Gelato Bar has both dine-in and takeaway at different prices. You can opt for 1 to 3 scoops cup. For dine-in, you get a choice of sauce or topping too which is not available for takeaway. There are a total of 8 flavours each day for your selection. There are unique flavours such as Chocolate Chilli and Chocolate Ginger if you are adventurous.

Rating8.5/10

 

Everton Creamery

Blk 7 Everton Park #01-11 Singapore 080007
Tel: +65 94363479
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 1100 to 2100; Friday – Saturday 1100 to 2200

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Matcha and Cheesecake Gelato
Matcha and Cheesecake Gelato

The gelato offered by Everton Creamery though may not be as smooth as Plus39 but it is certainly part of the excellent class. I tried both the Gelato and Sorbet, both are equally good.

Ice Cream Counter
Ice Cream Counter

Everton Creamery is a pure gelato parlour with no other offers, at least for now. There were a good selection of about a dozen of flavours though none unique flavours on the deck but taste very outstanding. They don’t offer much seats within their premise, very much for takeaway.

Rating: 8/10

Chick N Ken At Lorong Telok Raffles Place

Chick N Ken is located at 21 Lorong Telok, around Raffles Place. It is very close to the Dojo Burger Restaurant for those who know. And it is pretty easy to locate especially for those who know Le Comptior. It is to the right when you are facing Le Comptior.

The word “Chick N Ken” seems to me is a word that has been broken up from “Chicken”. That’s my impression.

Interior
Interior

Chick N Ken has a very simple design with wooden table and chair and warm lighting. It wasn’t very good for photo taking.

Lunch Set Me
Lunch Set Menu

Beside the limited Ala Carte Menu they have a Set Lunch Menu. In it mainly, the Korean Fried Chicken Wings with three flavours, 2 Korean Flavours and 1 Local Flavour (Salted Egg). I drool upon seeing the word Salted Egg. I simply can’t wait to eat it. And they have Pat Bingsu and some sides and also beverages.

8 Pieces: 2 Flavours of Salted Egg Chicken (left) and Ganjang Chicken (right)
8 Pieces: 2 Flavours of Salted Egg Chicken (left) and Ganjang Chicken (right)

I ordered a 8 pieces Fried Chicken Wings with 2 flavours – Salted Egg and Ganjang and a Fried Ddeokbok for take away.

Despite it was after about 10 minutes of walking from the outlet to my home, the Chicken Wings were still crispy and warm. Both my bro and I, we like the Ganjang Chicken more than the Salted Egg as the Salted Egg Sauce was not strong enough to be coated on the wings and drumlet.

Fried Ddeokbok
Fried Ddeokbok

Everyone of us, enjoyed the Fried Ddeokbok. There were 4 sticks; each with five pieces of about rice cake with chopped peanut sprinkled on it. It was appetising, sweet and spicy, soft and chewy. The only feedback came from my bro, that it was not spicy enough and the stick that he had did not have enough peanuts.

As I have been craving for Pat Bingsu for some time, when seeing it on the menu encouraged me to order one. This round, I ordered the Classic Injeolmi Pat Bingsu among the 5 flavours. The others were Matcha which I usually go for; Cha-Yen, Thai Milk Tea flavour, which I want to try next; Chocolate and Watermelon & Berries.

Classic Injeolmi Pat Bingsu
Classic Injeolmi Pat Bingsu

In the Classic Injeolmi, there were roasted Soy Bean Powder, Honeyed Corn Flakes, Ricecakes and Red Bean. Condensed Milk were separated in the Syringe, in case you need it to be sweeter. The shaved ice was reasonably fine, though may not be as fine as the one offered in Nunsongyee. I thought it was good enough. Personally, I find it pretty sweet even without the condensed milk. But at least, there were soy bean packed among the shaved ice and that was good. Importantly, the ingredients were enough to accompany the shaved ice so each mouth beside the ice, you get some munch as well.

Ganjang & Yangnyeom Chicken
Ganjang & Yangnyeom Chicken

I did another took away for the Ganjang & Yangnyeom Chicken. The Ganjang has the sauce similar to the rice cake (Fried Ddeokbok).

Fried Mushroom
Fried Mushroom

The Fried Mushroom is very left to its natural taste with some salt and seaweed sprinkle over the dish.

In conclusion, the preference of the chicken is very much indivdual liking. Each of us in the family has a different favourite.

Cha-Yen Bingsu will be my next target. Lol!

 

Chick N Ken
21 Lorong Telok Level 1 Singapore 049033
Tel: +65 9150 7257

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Chick-And-Ken/339298946271500

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1200 to 2200; Closed on Sundays

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: 7.5/10

What For Dessert, Awesome Baked Orh-Nee, At China Square (Closed)

When I saw the Baked Orh-Nee on What For Dessert’s Menu (located at China Square), I was skeptical as many of the Orh Nee dessert I tried were not good enough.

Baked Orh Nee
Baked Orh Nee

Mainly due to I am a Teochew and am a dessert lover so for the love of Or-Nee, I have set the bar high. In case, you do not know what’s Or-Nee, it is Yam Puree, a traditional Teochew dessert.

Surprisingly, the Baked Orh-Nee, an improvised modern version was fabulous, as good as the traditional ones. The Yam puree was smooth and silky and flavourful too. Most importantly, no syrup was added instead the sugar was already infused with the Yam Puree. The crumble on the top gave an extra crunchy texture to the dish, while the ice cream provides the extra creaminess. The only (personal) feedback I have is, it is slightly too sweet, otherwise perfect. This is definitely a must try for all Orh-Nee Lovers! I highly recommend this dessert to all.

Cendol Parfait
Cendol Parfait

Besides the signature Baked Orh-Nee, What For Desserts serves other fusion desserts too. The other on the menu that I tried was the Cendol Parfait. It comes with Coconut Ice Cream and a good Gula Melaka and Green jelly at the bottom together with red beans as the topping and Atap seeds in the middle layer. It was a refreshing dessert. My favourite still remains as the Baked Orh Nee.

Lunch Set Menu
Lunch Set Menu

If you would like to have Mains before dessert, you can find 3 rice sets; Imperial Honey Pork Chop Rice, Creamy Salted Egg Chicken or Spicy Sambal Deshlled Prawn. Each set comes with Fragrant Rice, Pickled Cucumbers, Shrimp Omelette and Salad with Cherry Tomatoes.

Set B: Creamy Salted Egg Chicken Rice Set
Set B: Creamy Salted Egg Chicken Rice Set

I tried Set B, Creamy Salted Egg Chicken Rice. The portion of rice served was small. I am pretty sure many will not find it filling. The chicken was rich in salted egg which I like the taste very much but was a little soggy (just a little, not much). The Omelette was delish too but it was cold.

Herbal Tea
Herbal Tea

I added on a Herbal Tea. Initially, I was worried that it would be bitter but it turned out awesome; sweetish and was refreshing.

The cafe may not be as stylish or as cool as the hipster cafe but their food, especially the dessert is definitely awesome. Don’t let the look deceived you.

Orh Nee for Lunar New Year
Orh Nee for Lunar New Year

As the Baked Orh-Nee was too good to be missed and since they are offering the traditional Orh Nee frozen pack, I ordered one to share the good tidings with my family. Yum Yum. I am looking forward to having this on our Lunar New Year Eve’s dinner.

What For Dessert
3 Pickering Street #01-38 Nankin Row, China Square, Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 9839 5329

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Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1200 to 2000; Saturday TBC ; Closed on Sundays

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: 7/10

Noodle Evolution At Lau Pa Sat

When I saw the name Noodle Evolution, I was wondering what kind of noodles would it be selling. The name set me curious and I was eager to find out what it is like.

The stall has noodles to offer, noodles with different ingredient. Currently, there are only Chicken Cutlet and Premium Noodles (Soup or Dry). The remaining 2 others; Garlic Mushroom Noodle and Herbal Duck Bee Hoon (Soup) will be available early next year. And it has a side dish, Mojo Crunch.

Stall
Stall

I ordered the Chicken Cutlet Noodles. I see that they used mainly Chicken Thigh, which is good. The noodles were with a little chewy and soft to the bite. There isn’t much sauces so you get the natural, original noodle taste. The soup is decent and pretty salty though.

Chicken Cutlet Noodle
Chicken Cutlet Noodle

I ordered a Mojo Crunch. It is mainly Tau Po with vegetables stuffing. The stufffing, likewise, has its natural vegetable sweetness, not much of seasoning added. The best part of this Tau Po is that it is crunchy but not oily. It taste better with the chilli sauce

Mojo Crunch
Mojo Crunch

I find that the food whipped up by Noodle Evolution has minimal seasoning. So if you like it that way, it will be for you. Meanwhile, I am waiting for next year to try their the two creation.

Noodle Evolution
18 Raffles Quay #01-29 Telok Ayer Festival Market, Lau Pa Sat Singapore 048582

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Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT – East West line or North South line – Raffles Place station; Downtown line – Telok Ayer station

By Bus:
– alight opposite Hotel Sofitel So Singapore along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 97, 97e, 196, 196e
– alight opposite AIA Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e
– alight at One Raffles Quay along Raffles Quay – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 186, 196, 196e, 700, 970

Rating: 7/10

Rookery Cafe & Bar At Hong Leong Building

Rookery Cafe & Bar is located at the ground floor of Hong Leong Building, facing Lau Pa Sat. The ambience of the cafe is lively and somewhat a little industrial theme and with a bar or pub-like feel.

Interior View
Interior View

I went during lunch. Rookery has two menu, one for Brunch and Lunch which they called it the Day Menu, the other menu for dinner that is the Night Menu. Click here to view the night menu.

Lunch cum Brunch Menu
Day Menu for Lunch cum Brunch Menu

For the Day Menu, there are Brunch items and others lunch items you can find on the menu are Salad, Pasta, Sandwiches and Desserts.

Spanish Chorizo Hash
Spanish Chorizo Hash

I tried two of their signature items; the Spanish Chorizo Hash and the Pulled Pork Ragout Linguine. Both were outstanding.

Pulled Pork Ragout Linguine
Pulled Pork Ragout Linguine

The Linguine used were made fresh in-house daily. They looked a little fatter than the ones you usually find. It tasted a little softer too. But are certainly fresh and awesome.

Besides the usual tea and coffee, you can get a beer or other alcoholic drinks at Rookery too. I went for the usual tea and coffee as I do not drink. I tried the Peach Tea which has a good tea taste and lightly peachy flavour. And it wasn’t too sweet for me. The coffee was of dark roast, robust in taste, high body, low acidity with hint of dark cocoa and nutty flavour. My brother would love such coffee.

I like the friendly and warm service, the food but not so much of the ambience as it gets very noisy when it reaches 70% occupied. I suppose that’s the way a Bar works. I am keen to try the food served during dinner. I will certainly be back to try.

 

Rookery Cafe & Bar
16 Raffles Quay, #01-02A Hong Leong Building Singapore 048581
Tel: +65 6221 0532

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/rookerysg

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 0800 to 2200; Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Getting There

By MRT – East West line or North South line – Raffles Place station

By Bus:
– alight opposite Hotel Sofitel So Singapore along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 97, 97e, 196, 196e
– alight opposite AIA Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e
– alight at One Raffles Quay along Raffles Quay – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 186, 196, 196e, 700, 970

Rating: 7.5/10

Nam’s Brew Thai Tea And Coffee At Far East Square

Nam’s Brew Thai Tea and Coffee as the name suggested offers Thai Milk Tea and Thai Coffee. It is a very popular store with the office workers around the area.

Interior
Interior

It has a simple and cosy decoration. The small is pretty small. There are a few seats inside the shop but mainly are just outside the shop.

Menu
Menu

So is the menu, simple. There are Thai Milk Tea, either hot or cold, Thai Coffee, Shibuya Toast and Sandwiches. They offer Sandwiches Set Meal too.

I have tried both the Thai Ice Milk Tea, both the normal and the Extra Gold. From the photo above, you can see, one that is dark orangish colour, that’s the extra gold. The other is so much lighter which is the normal one . I prefer the Extra gold one as it has a stronger tea taste while the lighter one has a stronger milk taste which I don’t prefer.

Shibuya Toast with Thai Milk Tea and Vanilla Ice Cream
Shibuya Toast with Thai Milk Tea and Vanilla Ice Cream

Shibuya Toast was the other item I tried, as I was craving for it. I like the Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream as the Milk Tea flavour was strong but I don’t like the Vanilla Ice Cream as it tasted like they have used Vanilla Essence instead of extracting Vanilla fresh from the pod.

I have been going back for the Ice Tea ever since I first tried them. Do keep the plastic cup and bring it back on your next visit, especially when you are going to get your next cup of Ice Milk Tea, you get 50 cents discount.

 

Nam’s Brew Thai Milk Tea & Coffee
137 Amoy Street #01-05, Far East Square, Singapore 049965
Tel: +65 9383 0419

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Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 0900 to 1800; Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line – Telok Ayer station; East-West or North-South line – Raffles Place station

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

– alight at Prudential Tower along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 700, 971E

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

Rating: 7/10