Anti:dote @ Fairmont Singapore

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Once a year on this day, I get to choose a place for a special treat from him. To think of it, this might be our 1st high tea after all these years. We ordered both the Anti:dote tea set & the Oriental tea set at $38++ per set. The only difference between the 2 sets is with the appetizer.

tea
We had a pot of TWG tea each from their wide selection & it’s refillable.

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Black Truffle Scramble Egg – This comes with the Anti:dote tea set. The scramble egg is infused with truffle taste & is stored in the egg shell with the black truffle on top. Kinda waste to dip it with the bread stick. Preferred to eat the scramble egg on it’s own to savor the truffle taste.

dimsum
Dim Sum – This comes with the Oriental tea set. Consist of shrimp har gau, chive dumpling & scallop siew mai. However both of us does not take chive & they gladly replaced the chive dumpling to another schrimp har gau for us.

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Here’s the interesting chest of drawers. The top tier are the sweets, the 1st drawer are the savory, the 2nd drawer are scones & lemon pound cake, the last drawer not in the picture are the homemade strawberry jam, devonshire clotted cream & lemon curd for the scones & 2 take home cookies.

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Well, both of us are really not sweet person. Tried very hard to finish all of it. Consisted of:
Strawberry gateau, raspberry, lychee pearl
Apple delight, almond crumble
Karukera chocolate mirror tart
Earl grey éclair
Anti:dote rum baba
Macaroon (tasted like lemon flavor to me)

rum baba
Close up of the rum baba. An interesting dessert where you can adjust the liquor level according to your liking.

savory
This is our favorite tier. Enjoyed most of them especially the lobster roll. The cucumber & dill salad, cream cheese tasted a bit weird though.
Consisted of:
Smoked salmon, crème fraîche, caviar
Boston lobster roll, herb mayonnaise
Cucumber and dill salad, cream cheese
Prosciutto, onion jam, aged cheddar
Coronation curried chicken

scone
Both the scones & pound cakes are kinda dry. We just tasted a bit of each & left it there.

It’s a very visually appealing & interesting high tea set. Both of us enjoyed the appetizers & most of the savories. We decided that high tea is not really for us who does not really enjoy sweet stuffs. The sweet stuffs are just too overwhelming for us.

Anti:dote
Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road Level 1
Singapore 189560

http://www.fairmont.com/singapore/dining/antidote/

Tel: 6431 5315

Opening Hours:
Daily: 3-5pm

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar @ Tanglin Road

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Had a birthday celebration here with my family. It was almost full house on a weekday night. Most likely due to the 1 for 1 main DBS card promotion that had just ended today. With their sitting capacity & the amount of people that night, the noise level is uncontainable.

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Steak & Eggs ($22) – Ok the star is supposed to be the steak but guess his lens preferred the eggs instead. This is a 150gm US Agus prime sirloin steak. I asked for it to be medium. It came tender, chewy, juicy, nice. The homemade entrecote sauce at the side is a brown sauce which has a bit of wine taste. Goes very well with the steak.

chilli crab pastaChilli Crab Pasta ($24) – Generous amount of crab meat. The garlic is huge & overwhelming too. The taste is uniquely nice but it gets kind of spicy & feels too much towards the end.

salmonSalmon with Sweet Potato & Beet Chips ($24) – All I can remember is that the beet chips tasted bitter. The presentation of this dish look kind of pathetic though.

carbonara
Carbonara ($21) – We ordered this for the kids but end up we enjoyed it more. The savory buttery cream sauce makes you want more of it.

waffleCheddar Cheese Bacon Waffles ($19) – The waffles are tasty with bacon bits in there. I find it a tad oily though.

browniesBrownie Parfait ($10) – Ended with this dessert as my birthday cake.

Other than that night being too noisy, the food makes up for it. Contrary to this place being a bakery, they need to work more on it’s dessert menu. This place does not face the main road. Walking along the small road will lead you to its entrance.

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
56 Tanglin Road
Tanglin Post Office #01-03
Singapore 247964

http://www.nassimhill.com.sg/

Tel: 6835 1125

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 8am-11pm
Closed on Mon

49 Seats @ Kreta Ayer Road

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49seats2A monthly eating affair with my group of friends from office. It’s my birthday month & my turn to get a treat from them :)

drinksIce Lemon Tea & Ginger Ale ($3 each)

mushroom soupCream of Mushroom ($5.90) – It’s good but not to the extend of licking the bowl as what my friend read from somewhere.

fish bites
Fish Bites 10 Pcs ($9.90) – I like this. Tasted like fish & chips in bite size.

chicken wingsFried Wings & Drumlets ($9.90) – Mediocre

fried fish
Pan Fried Fish with Alskempi Sauce ($16.90) – This is my main. Though the fish looks thin & plain, it’s very nicely done. The sauce in the side bowl is savory, creamy with seafood inside. A very appetizing dip.

tom yam pastaTom Yam Seafood Pasta ($14.90) – Actually I’m very keen in this dish as I like the sour & spicy combination of tom yam. However, my tolerance for spiciness is quite low so I dare not risk this as my main. Stole a few mouths & I really like it but can’t take anything more than that.

steakSirloin Alskempi ($24.90) – The sauce is the same as the fish but not in a separate bowl. Can’t really comment on the steak as I didn’t really try it.

chickenCheesy Chicken Chop ($16.90) – Tried some, the meat is tender & the sauce is nice.

We only made reservation the day before. The indoor seats were all reserved. There isn’t any ambiance outdoors along the road. So if you want indoor seats, it’s better to make reservation in advance. Overall we enjoyed the food & the price is net with no service charge & GST.

49 Seats
49 Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore 089007

https://www.facebook.com/49Seats

Tel: 6225 4332

Opening Hours
Mon-Thurs: 6pm-1am
Fri-Sat: 6pm-4.30am

Grub @ Bishan Park

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grub2Had been wanting that churros fix recently & this place kept popping up in my mind. A rare Sat morn which we managed to get out of bed & out of the house early for brunch.

yuzu soda
Yuzu Mint Soda ($4.50) – A very refreshing sparkling citrus drink.

mushroom soupCream of Mushroom ($8) – Soup of the day. Not too bad but find the price a little steep.

breakfast
GRUB Breakfast Set ($15) – Topped up $2.50 for a pot of Dammann French Breakfast Tea. Otherwise, this set comes with a coffee/tea/homemade or canned drink. On the plate there’s grilled focaccia, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, side salad & garlic thyme pork sausage. There’s also choice of chicken cheese sausage. He particularly enjoyed his bread with the salsa dip.

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Pork Steak Burger ($13) – Was contemplating between this or the Portobello Burger but decided on this.  Didn’t regret it. The pork steak has some fats, the meat is tender & can pull out easily.

churrosChurros ($9) – Served with small pot of dark chocolate & tangy creme anglaise (tasted like milk). The portion seems too much for 2 person but we still managed to force it down. Actually you get tired of it after the 2nd stick. I still miss those from Churrosity at Holland Village.

There’s quite a crowd during weekend lunch. So it’s good to be there earlier to secure a seat without queue since they do not take reservation. If the weather is not so hot, the outdoor seats would be nice & relaxing. Perhaps, next time.

Grub
510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Bishan Park 1
Singapore 569983

http://grub.com.sg/

Tel: 6459 5743

Opening Hours
Tues-Fri: 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday: 9am-4pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
Closed on Mon & Last Tues of Every Month

Rokeby @ Jalan Riang

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rokeby2Celebration for him getting another year wiser. He is not so enthusiastic to celebrate it this year as he think he had just crossed the national youth age. Haha.

lemonade
Lemmy Lemonade ($5) – I didn’t expect it in a bottle. The taste is just right. Neither too sour nor too sweet.

calamariGolden Calamari Rings ($10.90) – Just right chewy calamari rings in lightly crisped beer batter, the perfect combination. Goes very well with the chilli mayo dip too.

chicken wingsVegemite Glazed Chicken ($11.90) – We wanted to order the Mushroom Fritters but they ran out of it. So we substituted it with this. Unfortunately, the sauce is not to our liking as we find it too salty & there’s too much crispy bits on the skin.

musselsRokeby Chilli Mussels ($19.90) – You get to choose the spicy level from Zero, Mild, Hero to Legendary. We opted for Mild & it’s just right for us. The sauce is pleasantly savory, a tad sour from the tomatoes & lightly spicy. Totally satisfied with the generous serving of mussels.

stewBraised Ox Cheek Stew ($20.90) – The sauce is addictive. We took the bread served together with the mussels & wiped out this sauce. The mash potato is also velvety smooth. The star got to be the ox cheek. Tender & melts in the mouth, we crave for more of it.

tiramisuHome Made Tiramisu with Bailey’s Irish Cream ($6.50) – In an occasion like this, a cake is a must. It’s more on the bitter side but we like it.

There’s no service charge or GST. The good food made up for the lack of ambiance. Glad that he enjoyed it.

Initially I felt kinda guilty as we were supposed to go somewhere else for high tea but due to my lack of diligence, we didn’t manage to make a reservation. So this place was kinda last min & reservation was only placed the night before. We were given the least romantic table near the entrance which made me even more guilty. The staff was nice & tried to change a table for us but due to some misunderstanding, we stayed put at our table. Guess what, the staff actually gave us a ‘special’ discount because of this. Not that we are hard up for it but we really appreciate their sincerity & kind gesture. Good customer service like this goes a long way. Kudos to Rokeby & their team!

Rokeby
15-9 Jalan Riang
Singapore 358987

http://www.rokeby.com.sg/

Tel: 9106 0437

Opening Hours
Tues-Sun: 9am-10pm

Knuckles Bistro @ Kovan

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knuckles2Finally settled in our new nest & that explains the lack of post. It’s time to explore eateries near home.

mushroomsGrilled Mushrooms ($3) – Very mediocre

pastaTruffle Mushroom Spaghetti ($8) – Simple, tasty & not too overwhelming. Of course with this price, don’t except much truffle taste.

pork knucklesPork Knuckles ($8) – Star for tonight. It’s good, the meat tender & the skin crispy crackling but the portion is too little to satisfy my craving. It will be good if they have option for bigger knuckles.

This place only open at 7pm & there’s no GST & service charge. Would probably return again if I need that knuckles fixed. Thou we will likely hop over to their neighbour Nakhon & try the long queue Thai food next time.

Knuckles
Blk 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-33
Singapore 530212

Opening Hours
Daily: 7pm

The Cajun Kings @ Jalan Riang

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Had been missing the boiling crabs from the US. A place where you dirty your fingers with food served in a bag & shells thrown on the table. To satisfy my craving, I suggested this place for a simple birthday dinner with him.

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The signature salt, pepper & lemon dip.

calamari
Fried Calamari ($8)

tck combo
fries
TCK Combo ($65) – This combo comes with a bag of red sea prawns 500g, green lip mussels 250g, 6 sausages, 1 corn & a basket of cajun fries. We chose the Garlic Butter seasoning which is quite tasty. The only thing I don’t like is the sausage as I find it too salty. The 18 prawns are fresh & succulent.

Both of us are seafood lovers & we left the place satisfied. We walked in at 6.30pm without reservation on a Tuesday, we were given a table but were required to leave by 8pm. Which means the place is fully booked on a weekday so reservation is strongly recommended if you don’t want to leave this place disappointed.

The Cajun Kings
15-1 Jalan Riang
Singapore 358987

http://www.thecajunkings.sg/

Tel: 6284 4426

Opening Hours
Tues-Thurs: 4.30pm-10pm
Fri: 4.30pm-11pm
Sat: 3pm-11pm
Sun: 3pm-10pm