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I found my another favourite bistro!

I’m sure most of you, tourists or not tourists have heard about Marina Bay Sands. Up till today, it is claimed as the most spectacular hotel with its infinity pool and and breathtaking views. The Shoppes is homes for high-end brands and good food.

Just at one end of the Shoppes building, you can find this Singapore French-inspired concept bistro called Au Chocolat. It is divided into 2 sections, the retail store with its wide selection of sweets, chocolates and candy and the dining bistro. Since the concept is French-inspired, the whole store is decorated in a French-ambience interior.

The interior of the bistro

The interior of the dining bistro

Dessert sections where a lot of cakes are display.

Dessert sections where a lot of cakes are displayed.

I’ve been to this bistro more than once, but only recently had the idea to put it up here. What is unique here is that most of their dishes is infused with chocolate.

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One of the best Truffle Fries in Singapore ($15)

Their Truffle Fries is a must to order. It is actually one of the best truffle fries in Singapore. (PS Cafe finally found a strong competitor). Served with mayonnaise and BBQ dips, the fries seasoned with truffle sea salts and drizzled with white truffle oil. Love its generous serving too 🙂

Au Chocolate Benedict ($18)

Au Chocolate Benedict ($18)

Their Benedict is pretty different. It is still perfectly poached eggs atop bacon, spinach, tomatoes, but served on top of English muffin. Then hollandaise sauce infused with red wine and dark chocolate is poured on top of it. Yummy!

Homemade Garlic Herb Pesto Pasta with Prawns ($25)

Homemade Garlic Herb Pesto Pasta with Prawns ($25)

In their menu, the Homemade Garlic Herb Pesto Pasta with Prawns is one of the Chef’s recommendation. I should be disagree on this. Despite of the presentation looks appetising, the pasta was bland. But I appreciated their generous serving of fat and crunchy prawns.

Their Au Chocolate Mocha Pork Ribs are served with coleslaw and fries. The ribs are perfectly roasted and coated with the combination of dark chocolate and coffee sauce! It gives a distinctive taste compared to regular ribs which normally marinated in BBQ sauce. Au Chocolate’s one is sweeter with a hint of coffee.

Au Chocolate Mocha Pork Rib

Au Chocolate Mocha Pork Rib ($35)

Another menu that I think worth to try is the Duck Confit. The duck thigh is pan-roasted and served with potato mash, vegetables and top with a tangy chocolate orange sauce. What I love the most is the juicy and soft duck meat inside, but crispy outside. The potato mash is also not too creamy, moist, perfectly mashed.

Duck Confit ($28)

Duck Confit ($28)

Lemon Meringue

Lemon Meringue

Most diners and chocolate lovers go for the Au Chocolat Tower Cake ($18) (a huge six layers of moist chocolate cake served with a vanilla gelato). But I skipped that because I wanted something not too sweet and refreshing. So I gave their Lemon Meringue Pie a try. 
The Lemon Meringue was pretty good. It’s not too sweet but not too sour. Topped with a bouncy and soft cream, with a tangy lemon fragrance, it’s a good option for non-chocolate lovers.
Au Chocolat makes me wanting to return to try their other menus. Not only that, it is a great place for families with kids or groups of friends to hang out for decent dining experience or just simply for desserts. 
Where to find:
2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
#01-03 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688 7227
*It is located above the skating rink*
Opening Hours: 
Daily 10AM to 11PM (Last order at 10.30PM)

 

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At the corner of Amoy Street, there is this authentic Vietnamese restaurant “Pho99“. It serves authentic Vietnamese delight such as Pho, Vietnamese spring rolls to Vietnamese drip coffee.

The shop maybe small and low-profile looking, but it gets very crowded during lunch time. If one gets too late to come here, be prepared to join the queue of mostly working associates who work around the area.

My friend ordered the soupy Pho with beef. It comes with a generous serving of rice noodle and beef. Delicious but tastes very authentic.

Pho with beef ($8.50_

Pho with beef ($8.50_

Singapore weather is already hot. So no hot soupy meal for me. Besides, I have tried Pho before, so I wanted to try something different this time. I decided to try on their Bun Thit Nuong, a cold rice vermicelli mixed with fresh vegetables and you can choose to top it with grilled/bbq pork chop or fried spring rolls. Spring rolls sound good to me. And it comes with a sweet sauce for dipping too…

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Bun Thit Nuong with Spring Roll ($9)

Although it is a very simple, it is a popular noodle dish in Vietnam. It is light, low fat and a healthier option. The ingredients are fresh and the spring roll is very crunchy, stuffed with prawn, pork, black fungus, bean and yam. 

Their portion of meal is quite big. Both my friend and I could not finish the whole bowls. But we are very satisfied with both taste and portion.

As there are still limited options for authentic Vietnamese food in Singapore, Pho 99 can be one of your options whenever you crave for authentic Vietnamese delight. Simple but yet a healthier option.

Where to find:
Pho 99 Vietnamese Delights
57/58 Amoy Street
Telok Ayer Conservation Area

Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10AM – 9PM
Sat-Sun: 10AM – 8PM

Let’s go local for a while!

Walking around at Orchard or Somerset and have a sudden crave for burger or chicken wings? Another western restaurant that can satisfy your crave just recently opened. Burger VS Wings + Bar, this restaurant is located at Orchard Central level 11.

Burger VS Wings + Bar serves a variety of decent burgers and chicken wings. And if you are a heavy eater and think that one serving is not enough for you, they have an add-on buffet deal with every main course order (for lunch: $4.90++ and for dinner: $7.90++). The buffet variety includes macaroni, salad, grilled vegetables to desserts such as cakes and ice cream. 

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Although we did not take the buffet deal, what we ordered was more than enough for two. We shared their most popular speciality burger Tyson Peanut Butter Burger ($21.90). We could not leave out their chicken wings of course. Curious how their spiciness level, we dared ourselves to order Hot Buffalo Wings ($15.80) with the spiciness level of “Suicide”. Too bad that their burgers does not come with fries. Could not leave out having burger without its best companion, we added on a serving of Garlic & Parsley Fries ($3.80).  

Tyson Peanut Butter Burger

See the generous peanut butter spread on the patty?

See the generous peanut butter spread on the patty?

Does peanut butter go well with meat patty? Yes, first time hearing it, I found it weird too. Surprisingly, after taking my first bite, it tastes alright. The combination of both peanut butter and chewy patty creates a unique after-taste. Really something new and unique.

Hot Buffalo Wings "Suicide"

Hot Buffalo Wings “Suicide”

Garlic & Parsley Fries

Garlic & Parsley Fries

As for buffalo chicken wing, the ‘suicide’ level is really spicy. I myself confident to say that I’m good at eating spicy. But the spiciness bites and we couldn’t finish the portion. The wings comes with 2 dips: sweet mustard and bbq sauce. I heard the ‘medium’ level is quite spicy too. So for those who are not good in eating spicy, forget about ordering the ‘medium’ and ‘suicide’.

I love the fries! The fries comes with a strong taste of garlic and parsley. Next time, I’ll try the cheese fries.

 For those who are indecisive in choosing which burger or wings to go to, you can have their B.W.B Mini Burger Sampler ($20.50)  and their Sampler Trio Wings ($18). The Burger Sampler includes Wagyu Beef Black Burger, B.W.B Classic Heavyweight Burger and Pumpkin Crispy Rice Cake Burger Benedict. Their Sample Trio Wings includes Cajun Barbecue Wings, Sexy Flambé Jambalaya Wingsin and Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll.

I can say that Burger VS Wings + Bar serves one of the best burger in town. I will come back here again to try their other variety of burgers and wings, of course!

 

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Level 11-03/04, Somerset, Singapore 238896

How to go there: 
Take MRT to Somerset (red line) and take exit 313. The 313 building is connected to Orchard Central building. Take lift to level 11.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30AM – 10PM

Another dining place to try : MU Parlour.

This restaurant was recommended by one of my friends. I have never heard the place before, I think because it is relatively new. It is located at Lorong Mambong, Holland Village. The restaurant is located at the 2nd level of the shophouse, opposite of Haagen Dazs ice cream, on top of Thai Express restaurant.

The interior was red mixed with white, very pretty, suitable for tea-time dining. They serve only burgers for main. I guess people come here mostly for cakes and drinks. The place is very cozy and suitable for relaxing.

Four of us had burgers for our dinner. Three of my friends ordered ‘Number 11 : Avocado, streaky bacon, MU secret sauce‘ burger and I had ‘No.1 Monterey Jack, Streaky bacon, gherkin‘ burger since I don’t like avocado. As for the drinks, coke is the best match with the burgers.

We don’t have to wait too long for our meals to be served. The burgers come with garlic fries with a thick patty and soft buns. The serving was enough for one. But I did not finish the buns to keep some space for the desserts.

No.1 Monterey Jack, Streaky bacon, gherkin

Their cakes look good and appetizing. We tried 3 of their cakes: Lemon Meringue tart, Double Chocolate Mousse Brownie, and Mango Creameux with Berries. If you are a chocolate fan, try their Double Chocolate Mousse brownie. The soft chocolate mousse is not so sweet, with a hint of dark chocolate. Their Lemon Meringue tart suits those who favor not too sweet but with a little bit sour lemon.

(Left to right) Mango creameux with berries, Lemon meringue and double chocolate mousse brownie

Paris Baguette opens its outlet to Singapore!

It is a top brand Korean bread and confectionery chain originated in South-Korea. Their outlets are not only in Seoul, but the brand has expand to China and USA. When I went for my Korea trip, Paris Baguette are everywhere in Seoul. Not only that the brand is commercialized by top Korean actors/singers.

I did try their birthday chocolate cake once. They have variety of cute cakes. Since it was for my friend’s birthday, I bought a chocolate cake in the shape of teddy bear. Their cake is so soft and moist. Not much cream too…

In the first week after the shop opened their outlet at Wisma Atria at Orchard, level 2, my friends and I tried their cakes. Expected, people were q-ing too since Singaporeans like to try new things. But the management are smart enough to separate their cashiers. They have the Q for those who want to dine in and those who only want to take-away bread. Since we were there to sit down and try their cakes, we save time Q-ing.

Paris Baguette at Wisma Atria, Orchard

Sadly, there were only Strawberry Short Cake and Oh-My Baby Crepe cake left. So after we found seats, we just grabbed those cakes to try, anyway I wanted to try their cream cake. The softness and cake texture is similar with those in Seoul, and it’s not too creamy and too sweet 🙂
There were many Koreans customers too. Even the staffs are Koreans. This evoked the nostalgic feel of being in Seoul. Miss those time so much…

Sandwich, anyone?

I recommend their Royal Pudding. It tastes like Creme Brulee. If you have sweet-tooth, go and try for this one. The packaging is so cute, it was packaged in a small bottle with a long spoon. There are 3 flavors, but I tried their original one.

**** Royal Pudding

When it was the time for us to make a move, different batches of cakes came out! But we were too full, so could not try their other cakes. Maybe next time. The design of their cakes are very pretty that will tempt you to try.

Strawberry Short Cake and Oh-My Baby Crepe

Okay, this maybe sounds stupid because only I would get excited seeing this piece of paper… My friend who checked through the bill receipt, showed me the name of the owner. It’s CHOI S.W! What comes in my mind is Choi Si Won of Super Junior! Pardon me with my craze of the Suju. But I could not help of my imagination went wild lol!! Maybe he is the owner of the branch?!

Owner name : Choi S.W. (Choi Si Won of Suju?)

It is a good place to sit down during your tea time. They serve heavy meals too, not only cakes and pastries. Even they have Korean-traditional shaved ice (Patbingsu) too. Maybe I will try their shaved ice next time. I will surely return to Paris Baguette again.

Where to eat pancake in Singapore?

I would say Strictly Pancake.

I have been craving for their pancake, so when my dear friend who visited us from Vietnam suggested to eat here, I immediately said “Yes!”

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As the cafe is situated near The Cathay and Dhoby Ghaut; surrounded by arts school like NAFA, Lasalle and SOTA, the place is popular among the youngster and students, so there will always be Q.
Waited quite a while, lesser than 20 minutes, we finally went in. They have both indoor and outdoor seats. Since it is a shophouse cafe, they have limited space and the seats are quite close to each other. I would say to sit on the 2nd storey is better.

We ordered their popular savoury pancake: Garlic Buttered Prawn Pancake. It came with 3 layers of pancake, served with prawns in garlic buttered sauce. So yummy!!

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For their sweet pancake,if you are a chocolate person, like me, you will love The Druggie; chocolate pancake served with chocolate ice cream, strawberries and chocolate flakes topped with chocolate sauce.

And their chicken wings and potato wedges:

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How to go there:
Take MRT to Dhoby Ghaut station and walk towards The Cathay building, walk pass SOTA (School of The Arts) and cross the traffic light in front of Hotel Rendevous. Strictly Pancakes is at the shophouses next to the hotel, opposite POMO building. It is the 2nd shops.

or their address
Strictly Pancakes
44A Prinsep Street Singapore
http://strictlypancakes.com.sg/

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