&Made by Bruno Menard, Pacific Plaza

Filed Under (dessert, food, michelin starred, western) by rinnah on 12-06-2013

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Quotable quotes on the ceiling at &Made – I’m so gonna live by that last one “sleep ‘til you’re hungry, eat ‘til you’re sleepy”…

A 3-star Michelin chef (Bruno Menard) opens a burger joint. If that doesn’t pique your (foodie) interest, I don’t know what else will. I only knew about this place when my self-confessed burger lover friend chanced upon reviews of &Made online and suggested that we check it out for dinner after work.

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I opted to craft my own burger – this here is my creation of a ground chicken patty, topped off with yuzu-kosho mayonnaise, caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese in a brioche bun with tomatoes, lettuce, onions and dill pickle (which worked out to around SGD 18 in total?). The ingredients were fresh and the burger was a decent size for me. I liked the combination of flavours I chose for my burger (duh!) although I would’ve liked it even better if the kitchen was a tad more generous with the caramelized onions.

We also ordered fries (both garlic & vinegar fries (SGD 3.00) and truffle fries (SGD 6.00)) to share. The fries come with a small serving of &Made’s BBQ sauce, which I found nice but I preferred my fries as they were. My friend commented that the garlic & vinegar fries did not have enough vinegar ‘kick’ to it and I thought that Charlie + Co did a better, more truffle-y version of the truffle fries.

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What really blew me away, however, was not the burger or the fries, but the seasonal desserts. (Do bear in mind that the menu changes from month to month so you will get some variety in the choices on offer.) We shared profiteroles (SGD 14.00) and a half-baked chocolate cake (SGD 14.00), both of which were simply decadent and left me wanting more. If I had known just how yummy the desserts would turn out to be, I would’ve just skipped my burger and gotten desserts for my dinner. In particular, the half-baked chocolate cake was just oozing with chocolate-y goodness and perfectly moist. Paired with ice-cream, it was worth every calorie-laden mouthful.

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Service was relatively fast and friendly. Water is free and the waitstaff attentively top it up at regular intervals. Your table is promptly but unobtrusively cleared as you finish your meal and the waitstaff are smart enough to provide extra napkins, plates and cutlery for sharing without being prompted for it.

This is not a ‘cheap’ place to dine at – on average we paid about SGD 36.00 per person without drinks, but I reckon you get quality (food and service) that you pay for and I would be willing to return.

9 Scotts Road
Pacific Plaza
Singapore 228210
T : +65-6690 7566
W : http://andmade.sg/

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Vanilla Cafe

Filed Under (coffee, dessert, food, western) by rinnah on 06-08-2012

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I had no idea about the existence of Vanilla Cafe until my colleague told me about this “must-try” cafe that was pretty near our office. As it turns out, I’d been going to the coffeeshop just 2 doors away to pack my economy rice lunch every week without knowing it!

So on a humid and rainy Friday afternoon, we made our way to Boon Tat Street to check out Vanilla Cafe.

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Vanilla Cafe is tucked away in a small row of shophouses, facing the green lung area just behind the mosque at the intersection of Boon Tat Street and Telok Ayer Street (see the Google map below for exact location). No wonder then that I’d passed by it before without really noticing it.

The cafe is popular with the working people in the area, if the crowd I saw throughout my meal there is anything to go by. Both the indoor and outdoor dining areas (an open space in the middle of the shophouse) were packed from about 12.20pm onwards and if you arrived later than that you wouldn’t be able to get a seat without reservation in advance.

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I decided to go with the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Egg Mayo sandwich (SGD 9.90) which was recommended on the menu and on several online reviews of the cafe. The ciabatta bread was nice, not too thick and lightly grilled. The smoked salmon overpowered the egg mayo filling though and overall, the result was a good, but not fantastic sandwich. It was served with a side of salad leaves and a light dressing of oil and vinegar.

For SGD 1.80, you can top-up and get a choice of house-blend coffee or tea or soft drink. For SGD 2.80, you can top-up for the soup of the day.

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Since it was raining quite heavily by the time I finished my sandwich, I decided an order of dessert wouldn’t hurt and tried the mini brownies with french vanilla ice cream (SGD 9.50). The ice cream you get is originally rum and raisin, but since that’s not really my favourite flavour, I asked them to switch it to french vanilla. The brownie and ice cream combination was again nothing new, except that Vanilla Cafe’s brownie had a rather crisp edge – as if it had maybe been left in the oven a tad too long.

Overall, foodwise Vanilla Cafe is pretty average for me. Maybe I’d set my hopes up too high after reading some good reviews online. The other thing that was a bit of a downer for me as well was the space/layout of the cafe as well. In order to maximise space, the tables toward the front of the shophouse were quite packed together and it got rather distracting every time a server walked up and down the narrow aisle with drinks and food for other tables.

I might go back for a return visit, but not anytime soon and definitely not during the lunch hour rush.

Vanilla Cafe
3 Boon Tat Street #01-01
Singapore 069612
Tel : +65-6423 0366
Web : www.vanillacafe.com.sg
There is a 10% service charge.

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World Gourmet Summit 2012

Filed Under (chinese, dessert, events, food, ice cream, local, western) by rinnah on 18-06-2012

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It looks like I am making small forays into the world of gourmet dining this year, first with the Savour festival (which I have yet to blog about!) and now with the World Gourmet Summit 2012 edition.

World Gourmet Summit at Universal Studios Singapore

I was lucky enough to get to tag along with Beetrice for the Opening Reception back in April, held at Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa.

To put it in layman’s terms, the World Gourmet Summit is like your local food tasting fair, except maybe the people are more dressed up, you’re eating gourmet food and you’ll find copious amounts of champagne and wine available on tap.

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(I just stuck to San Pellegrino. Heheh.)

There are more pictures of food after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Marble Slab Creamery

Filed Under (dessert, food, ice cream) by rinnah on 24-05-2011

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I love how many specialty ice cream and yogurt and dessert shops there are in Singapore. Marble Slab Creamery is one on my list of favorites after tasting their lovely version of Irish Cream ice cream.

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Marble Slab describes the Irish Cream flavor as :

“Hints of coffee flavouring make this a sophisticated indulgence. A rich, creamy flavour that provides ultimate satisfaction.”

Did it meet the mark? Yes on all counts. The ice cream is smooth and creamy and the flavor is rich without being overpowering. Kind of like the perfect marriage of a what outwardly appears to be just a plain, ordinary, unassuming scoop of ice cream but with the blended flavor of a masterpiece. (Yes, I know I’m waxing lyrical. Heh.)

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I had a Kiddie Cup (the smallest size, a single scoop) which costs SGD 4.50. Just the right size for one to indulge in a little bit of perfection without having to share and just right to leave you wanting ‘just a bit more’.

I also love their kitschy tagline of ‘Find happiness within’. It’s the perfect phrase to go along with a scoop of loverly ice cream on a lazy weekend.

Marble Slab Creamery @ Marina Bay
8A Marina Boulevard #B2-40
Marina Bay Link Mall
Singapore 018984
Tel : +65-6834 3693
Website : www.marbleslab.com.sg

More Marmalade @ Bangsar Village II

Filed Under (dessert, food, western) by rinnah on 11-01-2011

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Since my previous post on Marmalade @ Bangsar Village II, I’ve gone back a few more times with friends on different occasions and thought it would be nice to put up the accumulated pictures of food we ate to compliment the earlier review post.

Hope it doesn’t make you drool too much, because I’m hungry just looking at all the photos! :P

Salad @ Marmalade

Some kinda salad – not sure which one it was since I wasn’t the one ordering. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bee @ Jaya One

Filed Under (dessert, food, western) by rinnah on 08-12-2010

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Yes, I realize this photo of the logo is not taken from the right angle…

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in November when the blogger girls gathered for a good old-fashioned natter about… what else, gossip!

Interior @ The Bee, Jaya One
Can you see our table in the picture above?

The Bee fits all of our criteria for a meeting spot. A cozy setting that is great for photography, an extensive and delicious brunch menu, bemused staff (very important!) who are tolerant of the noise and demands that our group of females can be capable of coming up with. The suggestion to meet at The Bee came from Kahani, and as one of us, her suggestion was definitely spot on. Read the rest of this entry »

The Huckleberry Cafe @ Times Bookstore, Bangsar Shopping Centre

Filed Under (dessert, events, food, western) by rinnah on 06-07-2010

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Last week, Paris B kindly invited me and Kahani to join her on a food tasting review of the delicacies that The Huckleberry Cafe (hereafter referred to as Huckleberry) has to offer. The foodie session was organized by Candy of Asian Age Holdings and boy, were we on a sugar high after!

The Huckleberry Cafe

For folk who are familiar with Food Foundry in Section 17 PJ, you’ll be happy to know that Huckleberry is opened and run by the same folk, so you can expect the same standards to apply at both eating outlets. I’d heard of Food Foundry before, but never managed to find the time nor an occasion to check it out but I think I’d want to after sampling the light finger foods and desserts at Huckleberry.

The Huckleberry Cafe

Huckleberry is tucked away into a nook at the back of Times Bookstore in Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC). (As such, I had a moment of confusion when I arrived and checked BSC’s tenant list only to find no Huckleberry there. Luckily, a quick call to Paris B sorted things out. Phew!) The area itself is not very large, but the tables, chairs and comfy sofas have been neatly arranged to maximize space constraints without feeling cramped. I can imagine chilling at Huckleberry with some coffee and cake whilst browsing books from Times on lazy afternoons.

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And since we had some time to spare before the food tasting began, we had an impromptu photoshoot session for Kahani so that she could showcase the lovely cerulean blue dress she wore on Frocking Around. :P

Frocking Around by rinnah

Then it was on to the food, glorious food!

Cafe Latte @ The Huckleberry Cafe

Here’s my iced cafe latte (MYR 6.00) before I mixed it all up. A decent enough, normal cup of latte that went well with the pastries and cakes that we had.

Quiches and cornish pastry @ The Huckleberry Cafe

We started off with the savories. Here you can see 2 types of quiches and a cornish pastry. The spinach and beef bacon quiche (MYR 9.00) was less savory than the mushroom and onion quiche (MYR 9.00) (which I really liked!) but both were melt-in-your-mouth delicious, with just the right amount of flaky pastry the way I like it, which is that it doesn’t remind me of pie, where I have to go through layers of pastry that flakes to bits before you can get to the savory filling. But the standout would be the beef rendang cornish pastry (MYR 9.00), which had a solid meaty filling of rendang that reminded Paris B and me of serunding and would be excellent with nasi lemak.

We then moved on to the sweet stuff (but not exactly desserts yet), starting with the Banana Raisin Bread Pudding (MYR 9.00). Silly me forgot to take a picture of the pudding! I love a good bread pudding and the addition of bananas and raisins to traditional bread pudding was pretty inspired, if you ask me. Not overly sweet, but just nice. Made me wish for vanilla ice-cream to accompany it though.

Cake, pie & macaroons @ The Huckleberry Cafe

From left to right, clockwise, you have the Guinness Chocolate Cake (MYR 9.00), Whooppie Pie (MYR 5.00), and Macarons in the flavors of Pineapple, Green Tea and Red Bean (MYR 2.50 each). I would have preferred a slightly stronger tasting Guinness Chocolate Cake and it also needed to be a little bit more moist but on the whole it was good. Same with the Whooppie Pie (could’ve been more moist) which reminded me a bit of Oreos and made me wish for vanilla ice-cream again. The macaroons were uber sweet but oh-so-tempting! The pineapple one reminded us all of traditional pineapple tarts but my absolute fave was the Green Tea one, because the taste balanced out the sweet macaroon shell.

Cakes @ The Huckleberry Cafe

We were by no means finished, because like a magician, Candy whipped out four varieties of cake for us to try! Clockwise from bottom center you have the Chocolate Cake, Hummingbird Cake and Carrot Almond Cake (MYR 9.00). The Chocolate Cake was just right, chocolate-y and moist and reminded me of brownies that would go absolutely perfectly with ice-cream (yes, I think I was craving for ice-cream that day. *wink*). The Hummingbird Cake was nutty and grainy, just the type for people who like “healthy tasting” cakes and got classified as “now-I-know-where-to-get-a-cake-for-my-godmother”. (The Huckleberry Cafe does take orders for whole cakes, but you’ll have to call them up 2 days in advance.) I had rather high expectations for the Carrot Almond Cake because I love carrot cakes in general and this was one of the good ones – not too sweet and light, but filled with lots of good, nutty ingredients. The only thing that threw me off a bit was that faint taste of cinnamon, which I’m not used to having in my carrot cake, and which I suspect may have to be an acquired taste for me at least.

If you have been counting, you would have noticed that I talked about tasting four varieties of cake but only pictured and described three above. Well, I had to save the best for last, right? Here is the highlight of the desserts…

Mille Crepe Cake @ The Huckleberry Cafe

Mille Crepe Cake (MYR 10.00)! Pictured above in Vanilla, it also comes in Strawberry and Chocolate flavors too. Even now, I can picture and taste the delicate crepe layers melting in my mouth with every bite. No wonder this is the best-selling cake at Food Foundry.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and settle some dessert cravings from writing this post. :P Contact details of The Huckleberry Cafe are as pictured below.

The Huckleberry Cafe

The Huckleberry Cafe
@ Times Bookstore
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Tel : +60 3-2095 1606

Read other blogger reviews here :
Kahani (featuring the photoshoot session only)
Paris B

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