La Cuisson

I’d actually caught La Cuisson (previously known as “French Inspired”, previously at Holland Drive) on some channel U show that was airing late at night because there was nothing much else to watch on the tele. I caught a glance of angus beef which looked beautiful sitting on a bed of mash, and thought, I must eat that.

And these are usually the starts of culinary adventures – I catch sight of something delicious looking and I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it until I get a taste of it. Which, in this case, was rather troublesome, because the episode had been filmed a few months back, I was unaware that the place was 1. renamed and 2. relocated. So I actually took a cab from Holland Village and found myself at Prinsep Street, with parents in tow. Along with the move came the removal of that beef dish, and an increase in prices as well, but the chef mentioned that it’s justified since they’ve introduced some premium ingredients imported from France.

Thank goodness the food was worth it.

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Pork and Kiwi, $14

Sous vide kurobuta pork neck served on a bed of sliced kiwi and topped with jamon iberico and … lard. Such a good starter, the pork was perfectly done and the kiwi and jamon were pretty unusual pairings that went well with it.

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Escargots, $10

Disclaimer: I don’t really like escargots, I think, save for the cheap ones at Saizeriya  that don’t taste like escargots as well. My dad thought this was really good though.

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Duck Rilette, $8

Good, a little too gamey for my mum but I liked it!

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Angus Hanging Tender, $26 We had this medium rare and it was such a pity that the cut was kind of stringy and hard to chew. Good taste wise, mash was nice, buttery and smooth.

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Mushroom Pasta, $16

Roasted wild mushrooms (imported from France wor), sous vide egg, topped with parmesan shavings and truffle oil. How could you not drool at that description! If you had to choose one and one dish only to eat at this restaurant, this one should be it. It was so good, I would go so far as to say it’s something I’d definitely crave for. Plus the egg really adds another dimension to the texture.

VERY NICE. PLEASE ORDER.

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Bacon and Prawn Pasta, $19

Although the pasta was done well, prawns were succulent and bacon lardons super tasty, it really paled in comparison to the mushroom pasta. Not denying it wasn’t good though. I generally like that their pasta is well done and the sauce really complements it, instead of overpowering it or making it soggy.

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Dark Chocolate Ganache, $13

The chocolate tasted really good! Chef mentioned it was flown in from France as well. But I was really full and couldn’t finish it all. It’s quite rich, so if you’re planning to have this remember to save some space.

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There’s enough room at the first floor for about ten diners, more space upstairs for 30-50.

Verdict? La Cuisson definitely makes french dining more affordable to le normal people like us, without stinging on quality. Of what I had, I’d recommend the pork and kiwi, and the mushroom pasta. Especially the mushroom pasta; it’s something worth travelling for and something I’d come back for. The rest? Not bad la.

La Cuisson (not le cuisson, and no longer at Holland Drive!)
44 Prinsep Street, Prinsep place, Singapore 188673 (near Strictly Pancakes)
Tel: 8332 0302

Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 17:30 – 23:00
Sat: 10:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 23:00
Sun: 10:00 – 14:30

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Best beef I’ve had in a while.

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THIS.

Ordered it medium rare but it came out mediumish instead, but oh so tender, oh so well done!

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So yes. There were only 3 of us, we had a 580g steak to share which was just nice, I would say.

The US Certified Black Angus Ribeye Steak comes with potato wedges, caramelized onions and beef fried rice. Going for $10/100g, Well worth it. The sides don’t look much but they’re actually very good too! Potato wedges are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. You can’t really go wrong with caramelized onions. Beef fried rice was fried with beef fat and dark sauce, packs a punch in flavour.

Ubin Seafood

Block 27 Sin Ming Road (behind Block 26), #01-174
Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A, Singapore 575680

Phone: (+65) 6466 9558

Operating Hours
Mon – Fri: 11am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Last Order)
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Last Order)

Dinner @ OKB

Finally checked out OKB (Our Kind of Bakery / One Kampung Bahru)! Disclaimer: it was opened by my talented friend Jeremy Cheok, but this review is IMPARTIAL!!

Anyways, here it is! A cosy little nook off Kampung Bahru. We came in a group of 6 and had a bit of trouble getting a table. Looks like they cater to small groups of max 4 – the seating area isn’t very big; in fact the kitchen takes up most of the floor space!

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Cameron had this half wrap (omelette?) – $5

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Asian Roasted Veggies – $8

Another so-so dish, but I like daikon and it’s loaded with it so. I liked this.

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Roast Pork Belly, $20

What we came for, but sadly, was just an okay dish – skin was nice and crispy, fats melted in your mouth, but that’s kind of everything you expect from sio bak right?

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Roast Beef, $21

Well worth it, the cut was great, the sauce was a good balance between tangy and sweet, onions were a little spicy which cut through all the rich flavour. Meat was perfectly done. Everyone agreed that this was the star of the meal. (Until we had dessert.)

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Belacan Midjoints – $10

Small in size, but packs quite a punch. Appreciated that the belacan wasn’t too overpowering. Skin was crispy, meat was tender.

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Shepherd’s Pie – $10

Kind of expected a traditional shepherd’s pie, this one surprised me because it had 3 meatballs inside. Not a bad thing, not a bad thing. The sweet potato mash was a nice touch.

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Sticky Date Pudding, $9

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Peanut Butter Cupcake, $3

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I don’t remember what this was called, but it was like a soft cookie filled with chocolate bits, $3.50

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Lemon Cream Tart, $3.50

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If you’re a cupcake person I’d really recommend their cupcakes!!! It made all of us make very strange sounds (of pleasure). In general, the deserts really won me over and outshone the tapas dishes. Oh but that beef dish was goood. Gogogo. I’d like to return for their brunch one day.

OKB
1 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 169339
Tel: 6220 4711

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri: 11am to 6pm
Closed on Sats and Sundays

Drury Lane

New cafe alert!

If the name sounds familiar, you probably know the muffin man.

Do you know the muffin man?
Who lives on Drury Lane?

Sorry. Had to.

Moving on!!
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This is what I had – the Potato Leek Baked Eggs ($8)

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They have bacon, sausage and smoked salmon alternatives going for $10. I’d really recommend this dish cos it’s pretty unique to Drury Lane and though it doesn’t look like much, it really is the sort of dish you’d eat on a rainy day. Or as comfort food. It’s sort of like potato and leek slices, topped with 2 eggs, baked in tomato sauce… my mouth waters just thinking about it.

Other stuff on the menu that sounded great:

Sandwiches ($7) – Steak & Cheese, Chicken Avocado, Smoked Salmon

Marmite with Cheese infused Soldiers (toast & 2 half boiled eggs) ($7)

All day breakkie sets going for $10-12

I’d definitely visit again. Coffee ($3.50 – $5.50) is not too bad too; custom blend from Toby’s.

In a nutshell, Drury Lane’s setup might look a tad bare and makeshift but they make up for it through their food and coffee that’s reasonably priced. I like that it’s hassle and fuss free.

P.S. Eat upstairs, it’s more spacious.

P.P.S There’s free wifi.

P.P.P.S Disclaimer; this is my friend’s place, but I paid for my food.

Nicer pics available at Hey Kumo!

Drury Lane
94 Tanjong Pagar Rd
Singapore 088515
6222 6698

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 08:30 – 21:00
Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 18:00

Necessary Provisions

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A lazy Saturday night called for us to check out another cafe – 2 week old Necessary Provisions tucked in a corner of Toh Tuck (upper bukit timah)

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They were pretty packed for a cafe at 10pm! I was a fan of their pop up (Henry Congressional). Necessary Provisions is much bigger, they even have space for their own roaster and a kitchen. There’s a huge communal space (pictured above) with a large vase of lilies in the middle, people sitting around working on laptops, indulging in conversations or delving into any of the magazines strewn on the table.

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Moor beer, $10

& of course we gave the coffee a go.

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Espresso, $4

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Cappuccino, $5

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Bob checking out their special grinder.

Moor beers are quite reasonably priced, come in a range of flavours and the bottles are relatively big so that’s good for 2 glasses.

Coffee: Their blend of beans is oookay, not too bad, but honestly nothing beats Societe.

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An open table of pastry! Biscuits, cakes and muffins. What I like? They have the classic Pandan Chiffon Cake.

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…and a healthy option of granola. Perfect for breakkie.

Bob and I were famished, we hadn’t had dinner and it was 9ish… so we ordered 3 mains. DO NOT JUDGE!!!

necessary provisions buta donButa Don, $8

Seemed a little overpriced for what tasted like something you could get from any cai fan (mixed veg + rice) stall. A little bit of peppered pork, beansprouts and less peas than I could count on my hand… and the amount of rice seemed disproportionate. Less than average for me, but Bob the fan4 tong3 seemed to really enjoy this dish.

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Tagliatelle Al Ragu, $14

Best of the lot. I liked the texture of the pasta (freshly made!) but the sauce was a little under-seasoned.

necessary provisions prawn pasta

Grilled Prawns, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil pasta, $14

Another miss for me – pasta was nice and al dente, prawns were pretty good, but overall it was pretty bland.

necessary provisions salty sconesThe best thing I ate? Savoury scones ($5). My only must try, you could say.

You get a free appetizer if you order 2 or more mains, apparently.

Overall? The pasta from Necessary Provisions is pretty average but I like that it’s a quiet location, opens till midnight on Friday and Saturday, parking is free and the coffee is not bad.

Would come back to try the pastry and sandwiches.

Oh yes for the scones too.

Necessary Provisions
21 Eng Kong Terrace
Singapore 598993
Tel: 9231 7920
Email: hello@necessaryprovisions.com.sg

Opening hours:
Tue – Thu: 10:00 – 22:00
Fri: 10:00 – 00:00
Sat: 09:00 – 00:00
Sun: 09:00 – 18:00

Once Upon a Rosti

Once Upon a Time, Steph had a really bad rosti craving. After much deliberation and research on where to go to eat rosti (there’s a Swiss-something place at Suntec which seems really popular in local forums), she went for the most convenient option: Once Upon a Rosti, at AXA Building – Tanjong Pagar MRT (Exit E).

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Welcome to Once Upon a Rosti – set up by the same folks behind Once Upon a Milkshake which seems to be doing really badly right now…

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Basic interior, kinda cosy.

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Specials

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In line with the fairy tale theme, I was served by a fairy god mother!!!

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Here’s what I had – an Original Italian set meal which consisted of rosti, chicken sausages, meatball marinara, 2 sauces of your choice, and a drink of your choice.

It was o-kayyyy not too bad, sausages were overboiled though. Rosti was meh.

$7

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Bob had something more exciting – Grilled chicken, an omelette and japanese curry. Plus a Bundaberg which added up to about $10. Still, it was a tad too salty.

Overall? OUAR was meh. Really subpar. For a place that specializes in rosti, I expected much more. I think I’d rather pay a premium price for better rosti. A lot of their additional ingredients also seem like… third-party processed food. They throw it all in a paper bowl and cover the rosti with ingredients – which on one hand, might make a great comfort snack, but on the other, makes for really soggy rosti.

Food seems lazy, in general, but understandable – I guess they have to push it out fast for the crowds during lunch time.

Oh well. I guess you could say it curbs a craving for less.

Once Upon a Rosti [Facebook page]
8 Shenton Way #B1-15 AXA Tower S(068811)
Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit ‘ E ‘
Tel: +65 9641 8612

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri: 11am to 9pm
Sat: 12pm to 9pm
Closed on Sundays & P.H.
Unless otherwise stated

Department of Caffeine

So, my short lived favorite coffee place closed down. That means Bob and I are back on the quest to find good coffee. This quest brought us to DOC / The Department of Caffeine at Duxton area, after reading so many gleaming reviews online.

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So. Kinda kinda, same old same old. Wood. Cream. Black. All these hole in the wall cafes are starting to look the same! But the exterior and interior looked promising.

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Some pastry and other interesting things on the menu.

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Pear and Amaretto Cake, $5.50

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Mocha, $5.50

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Soy Flat White, $5.60 (+60c for soy)

I usually refrain from giving bad reviews because I feel bad – starting a business takes a hell load of effort and money, but for a cafe that hails itself as the “Department of Caffeine” and had a big shiny Synesso, their coffee left much to be desired.

The soy that they used did not sit well with their blend – the taste was too distinct and overpowering. Mocha was too sweet and cloying (I don’t know why Bob decided to order Mocha), so much so that Bob decided to give their coffee another chance by ordering an espresso shot.

For a blend that was supposedly sweet, rich and heavy it was none of that. Too sour. TOO SOUR. So bad that between the both of us, we couldn’t finish that tiny cup (nice cups though).

The best thing was really the cake. We left really disappointed! I would never go back again.

Bob however is a rather forgiving person. He actually visited today. But once again he was let down. Apparently the pulled pork sandwich is too salty and the cappuccino was really thin.

Sorry DOC… much to be improved. Did I just visit on a bad day? Order the wrong items? Meh. If you’re still interested in giving it a shot:

Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road

Opening hours:
Weekdays, 1030am – 730pm
Weekends, 930am – 730pm

Tel: 6223 3426