Monthly Archives: November 2010

Octa Hotel @ Parco Marina Bay

We passed by this place whenever we come to Parco Marina Bay. Browsed through the interesting accessories & homewares in their boutique area a few times & always telling myself that I’ll be back for tea soon.

My wish finally came true on my birthday…

Chocolate Parfait ($12.50) – If I didn’t remember wrongly, in the cup is vanilla ice cream with choc fudge, coco pops, cornflakes, sponge cake, whipped cream & melty kiss chocolate. Heavenly! They have it in Rum & Raisin and Mixed Berries flavor too.

Noel High Tea Set ($11.50) – Accompanying the chocolate dip are 2 rose macaroons, marshmallows, sponge cake, strawberries & kiwi. We topped up $2.50 for a cup of tea, non refillable. The rose macaroon has a mild flower aftertaste, unique to me. Other than that, the rest tasted mediocre. They change their tea set menu seasonally.

It’s nice & relaxing to spend our afternoon like this once in a while.


Octa Hotel
9 Raffles Boulevard
Parco @ Marina Bay
Singapore 039596

Tel: 6336 4614

Opening Hours
Mon-Sun: 10.30am-9.30pm


Strictly Pancakes @ Prinsep Street

His friend mentioned to him about this place & how good the pancake is. So we decided to wake up early & came here for breakfast on a Friday, long weekend due to Deepavali.

We did not make reservation & were there early. They were still preparing & unstacking chairs when we arrived but allowed us to sit & wait upstairs. To our surprise, we were not the first couple. It’s more spacious upstairs & the sofa seats makes it more homely.

Short Stack ($5.50) – I customised my pancake set & added perfect companions Sauteed Mushroom ($2.50) & Chicken Chipolata ($2.50) to complete it. I chose Rum & Raisin flavored butter, can’t really taste the rum but there’s raisins. It’s been years since I had pancake. I won’t say the pancake here is fantastic but definitely better than I imagined.

Salmon Run ($14.00) – This was from their savoury menu. It comes in medium stack which consist of 3 pancakes. It’s a little too much even for him. Since the menu states premium smoked salmon, it’d better be good & it’s really not bad. I prefer the original taste of the smoked salmon & didn’t try the sour cream.

On the left is the salted butter with maple syrup & the right is rum & raisin butter with maple syrup. The maple syrup is thick, sweet & goes very well with the pancake.

It’s full house when we left the place. Guess it’s better to make reservation if you want to come here, especially weekends.


Strictly Pancakes
44A Prinsep Street
Singapore 188671

Tel: 6333 4202

Opening Hours
Mon: 6pm-10pm
Tue-Thur: 11.30am-10pm
Fri: 11.30am-12midnite
Sat: 10am-12midnite (closed from 4pm-6pm)
Sun: 10am-10pm (closed from 4pm-6pm)

Tarafuku Japanese Buffet @ 313 Somerset

My mini birthday celebration with a few close colleagues & ex-colleague. Came to know that Tarafuku, part of Tampopo group, had transformed it’s restaurant to buffet style & most of the food can be found in Tampopo’s menu. I’m excited!

Sashimi – They have salmon, tuna, swordfish & ika. Not sure if the top left hand corner is yellow tail. There’s no salmon in the picture because each time when they place it out, it’s very fast gone. Guess most people still prefer salmon sashimi as compared to the rest.

Prawns – Succulent & fresh prawns with decent size.

Shabu Shabu – With complimentary plate of black pig. Enoki mushrooms, cabbage, glass noodles & tofu can be found at the buffet counter. The staffs were attentive in topping up the soup.

Ramen – I personally like Tampopo’s black pig ramen & this is exactly the same. The only thing is I can’t remember if there’s black pig in the soup.

Flavored Egg – I usually order this when I eat ramen & here it’s free flow. The egg yolk is runny but the egg is cold.

Hand Rolls – A wide variety of hand roll you can order over the counter. We didn’t try this though.

Chawanmushi – Soft & smooth. Literally melts in the mouth.

Tempura – The good thing is they allow orders of only Ebi Tempura. It definitely tasted better with the dipping sauce.

Grilled Squid – This is another of my favorite dish. Maybe because it turned cold so it’s a little tough but I still enjoyed it.

Salmon Shio – Mediocre. We don’t really fancy it.

Teriyaki Chicken Wing, Chicken Chop, Quail Eggs & Balls – Same as the grilled squid, the meat is tough. The only thing we like from here is the quail eggs.

Beef – Guess it taste better in small slices. The big slices is a little tasteless. Perhaps because it didn’t soak enough of the gravy.

Loin, Ika Karaage, Chicken Karaage

Ebi Fry, Fillet

Milk & Custard Pudding
– I’m not a fan of milk & custard but my friend says it’s as good as the ones from Taiwan.

Desserts – The jelly has a weird taste. The cream puff & sponge cake are our favorite. We love their cream which tasted like milk that’s slightly sweet. 

The tea & orange juice are also free flow. Overall I enjoyed the food. Guess not many people know about this place yet as I don’t see long queue or full house. If you are a frequent visitor to Tampopo, it’s worth paying this place a visit.

Their price range is as follow:
Lunch/ High Tea – Mon to Fri ($15.80++/ $5.80++),
                                       Sat, Sun & Public Holiday ($17.80++/ $7.80++)
Dinner – Mon to Thur ($25.80++),
                   Fri to Sun, Public Holiday & Eve of Public Holiday ($27.80++)
Supper – Daily ($20.80++)

**Disclaimer: This batch of photos were not taken by him. I borrowed his camera. So if you find the photos not up to standard, yes, it’s taken by me!


Tarafuku Japanese Buffet
313 Somerset
313 Orchard Road
#B3-31 – 34
Singapore 238895

Tel: 6634 0889

Opening Hours
Lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm
High Tea: 3.00pm-5.30pm
Dinner: 6pm-10pm
Supper: 9pm-10pm

Nantsuttei @ Parco Marina Bay

I rank this the best ramen I’ve tried so far. It’s always full house if not long queue. During our first visit, we queued for almost half an hour. Not sure if it’s just a craze or it continues.

Ramen ($12) – I ordered their basic ramen & added a flavored boiled egg ($1). My friends commented that it looks like ‘lor mee’. It’s actually black roast garlic oil floating on the top layer. Probably is what gave the broth the unique flavor. Not too salty or heavy & nice. The only down side is that the egg yolk is not runny.

Dragon Ramen ($15) – This ramen is the same as the basic ramen but with ground meat & red pepper. He likes his soup to be a little spicy & this suits him just well.

Gyoza ($6) – Juicy gyoza. It’s supposed to have rich flavor of garlic and meat but there’s not very strong garlic taste & I can accept it.

We went back a few times. The standard of their ramen had been consistent. Guess this will continue to be my favorite ramen until something better comes along.


Parco Marina Bay
9 Raffles Boulevard 
P3-06 Millenia Walk
Singapore 039596

Tel: 6337 7166

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am-10.30pm

Triple Three @ Meritus Mandarin Orchard

Was attracted here mainly by the 1-for-1 DBS card promotion. It was $62++ per person for their weekday lunch. The service charge & GST is based on the price of buffet for 2 pax which is $124 x 10% x 7%. Each person paid about $41.50 nett after the promotion.

On the left are cooked food stations & on the right are food cooked or sliced upon request.

The cold seafood station. We didn’t touch any of this. There’s no oyster served for lunch. We decided that the prawns & crabs, of negligible size, are not worth our effort to make our hands dirty. We rather save our stomach for other food.

– They have my favorite swordfish & the standard salmon & tuna. There’s some sushi too.

– The soba is already in the bowl. Just have to dispense the dipping sauce from the flask then add the ingredients yourself. Taste decent.

Chawanmushi – This has to be requested from the counter. They will add a saltish & slightly sweet broth & ebiko before serving. It’s not bad. We had 2 rounds of this.

Tempura – I think their seafood is all this small in size but then again, its buffet so take all you want. The batter is light, crisp & not too oily. We had many rounds of this.

Scallop Tart – Quite nice but cannot take too much as the tart can be quite filling.
Takopachi – Not bad & the dried fish flake is free flow.
Chicken & Pork Sausage – Decent normal.
Beef Kebab – Grilled just right with a variety of sauce to choose. Tender, chewy, nice.

Prawn Ball – The prawn is chopped & mixed with other ingredients. Can’t really figure out what’s in it.
Teppanyaki Prawn – This is the only food I took from their teppanyaki station. The beef & bean sprout is mixed with a lot of garlic so I didn’t take those. The prawn also has a garlic taste but still acceptable as it’s quite fresh & succulent.
Sauteed Mushrooms – The sauce compliments the mushroom & I like it.

Shepherd Pie – He took this & I ate some, it taste good with the gravy.

Various types of cheese with crackers. He took these too.
Behind are smoked salmon & smoked tuna. This is the first time I ate smoked tuna. I felt it’s more chewy than smoked salmon.

The Tiramisu is mediocre. Chocolate cake is quite rich. I can’t recall if the cup contains passion fruit or mango pudding.

Bread Pudding – I kinda like bread pudding. The one here is not bad but we were too full for dessert so we only took a little.

Overall we felt the variety is enough but not extensive. I personally like it that they offered an array of Japanese food & the variations of prawns prepared differently. However I think we have higher expectations for hotel buffet. If not for the 1-for-1 promotion, paying the full price will probably cause disappointment.


Triple Three
333 Orchard Road
Singapore 238867

Tel: 6831 6288/71

Opening Hours
Breakfast: 6am–10am
Lunch: 12pm–2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm–10pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-3pm