Showing posts with label cafe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cafe. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gaest

Eatbma was raving about this Nordic deli located at the Clift (McCellan Street) so I popped down during lunchtime to see what the fuss was about. I walked in at about 2pm to find that they had almost completely run out of food! The only thing left was a potato sandwich which came with smoked mayonnaise (delicious stuff), lemon marinated leeks, with bacon bits, hazelnuts and watercress. And boy this was really delicious - the sandwich was really fresh with their homemade bread, and all of the ingredients were fresh and went so well together as a harmonious medley far greater than the sum of its parts. Read: You will have to bite into the whole sandwich to eat all the elements together, rather than eat them deconstructed. Totally scrumptious: 8.5/10



Coffee beans are from Smitten. It was alright: I've tasted better. The ambience is that of a usual cafe: this one is pretty Nordic-like, with light wood on the cabinets.


I was so impressed by the food that I visited the next day to try the Pork Sandwich, and this was amazing and divine if sinful: crackling pork, red cabbage marinated with orange and vinegar, with a mayonnaise and mustard dressing. Every element really came together very well, and sandwiched in a delicious homemade bread that they make in-house. The apples gave it a required crunch to balance out the fattiness of the crackling pork while the mustard accompanied subtly. Overall, a very good dish. (8.75/10). It certainly left me a very happy man.


Monday, November 11, 2013

SPR.MKRT's Flourless Chocolate Cake


I don't usually wax lyrical over desserts, but I must say that the Flourless Chocolate Cake at SPRMKRT (Mcallen Street) is really good! The Flourless Chocolate Cake had a great texture - full of chocolate and little bits of ground nuts (almonds, I believe) which gave it some bite and variety in texture. The taste was spot on at all, not too sweet nor bitter, and with a wonderful taste of chocolate and almonds. Delicious and I would certainly go back for it (8.25/10). Only thing is that it's rather pricey but oh well.

PS: I hear the truffle fries are great as well. Wow.

(PS: SPRMKRT is really SUPERMARKET without the vowels - but unfortunately it sounds weird when you pronounce it without the vowels. Try it! ;))

Friday, December 14, 2012

Artistry @ Jln Pinang

It seems like so many independent coffee shops are now sprouting up all over the island like mushrooms, when just five years ago you'd be hard-pressed to find any. Then Papa Palheta / Oriole came, and soon the island was replete with cafes. How cool is that. But wow my dream has always been to set up a cafe, but now there are already so many! But I guess, the more the merrier...Okay enough of my musings - today's review is on a relatively new space called Artistry, located at Jalan Pinang, which is just next to Arab Street. (It's also near the jamming studio, for those in the know (BeatMerchants)). The space is airy and well lit (I apologise for the bad photography) and serves as an art space as well, to display works of local art. There's also space for live music performances - and as you can see, there we have a musician restringing his guitar.

Terence of Liberty once posted on his Facebook that the brandy cake here was so good, so I came down wanting to try it. 

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However, I was successfully distracted by the Lemon Poppy cake that looked ever so appetizing, and was in fact, according to the waiter, the best-seller in the cafe. Hence, I went with it - and, wow, no regrets. Pretty good - tangy, with good texture from the poppy seeds. Moist enough, as well, and not too light (I hate cakes that are too light actually). This was good. Plus it came with some delicious lemon curd which was not too sweet and with just the right texture. (8/10)

The coffee comes from the abovementioned Liberty Coffee - consumed as a Gilbratar, there were notes of chocolate, full-bodied and easy to drink. The usual Liberty-style blend (8/10). The usual. 





Friday, May 11, 2012

Club Street Social @ Gemmill Lane


Dinner was at one of the newest, hippest outlets to be seen in or around town, namely, Club Street Social, along Gemmill Lane. We had just finished oysters happy hour at Luke's oyster Bar and Chop house just across the street but the prices at Luke's were rather steep to continue the dinner, so we trooped over to Club Street Social instead.  The place was packed with mainly expats and we felt quite out of place but since expats are cool and everyone's cool and we're cool we decided to CHILL and GRAB A TABLE, which we did. I have posted photos of the layout and the decor which was really nicely done.













We had a crostini of duck rillette, green apple and fig compote, which was just amazing. The duck rillette went perfectly well with the green apple as the latter just paired beautifully with the rilette by giving it a nice 'crunch'; a real contrast in textures. The duck rillette had loads of flavour as well, being nicely robust and gamey without being too overwhelming. Outstanding dish. (8.5/10)

















The star of the night, however, was undoubtedly the Lobster Panini, which came with Pan-Seared Lobster, Avocado, and Yuzu Mayo. It was just outstanding, mind-blowingly delicious. The lobster was first pan-seared with butter which really brought out the smoky flavours of the lobster, similar to what you'd get when you eat grilled lobster with mentaiko roe (?) - which paired beautifully with the yuzu mayo with just a subtle hint of yuzu, and the avocado which gave it a real creamy mouth feel. The combination was just delicious and the chunks of lobster in my mouth were just amazing - the natural taste of lobster being brought out by the pan-searing. I had the thought of ordering another [we shared this], but in the end decided to exercise some self-control. This was just a sublime dish (9/10).






I had a cocktail #7, which came with bacon, cognac, date, and walnut. It wasn't bad, pretty tangy, and with the smokiness of the bacon; almost like whiskey albeit made with cognac. Not bad.



Overall I'd say Club Street Social's a great place to have a really chill evening with drinks and the works, and of course the lovely sandwiches prepared with top notch ingredients and lots of love. Highly recommended.