Oct 8, 2022

Folk Yard @ Poiz Centre

The one-week-young Folk Yard is a delightful cafe addition to the Potong Pasir neighborhood, serving mainly sandwiches, sandwiches and sandwiches at Poiz Centre, located conveniently right at Potong Pasir MRT Station.

Indecisive diners will love this place for its two-paged-brochure-sized menu, despite that, the food quality isn't compromised by the limited choices, though they're slightly on the pricey side.

A special shoutout to Laura who introduced me to this new cafe and brought me along for a satisfying weekend brunch.

Breakfast Sandwich ($14.00)

Shokupan, cheesy scrambled eggs, maple hashbrown, candied bacon

Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($14.00)

Sourdough. 3 cheese, kimchi and pineapple dip

Matcha ($6.00) | Iced White ($6.50)

Folk Yard
51 Upper Serangoon Rd
#01-59 Poiz Centre
Singapore 347697

Opening hours:
9:00am – 5:00am (Tue - Sun)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Aug 8, 2022

Citrus By The Pool @ Woodlands Swimming Complex

Tucked at the corner of Woodlands Swimming Complex, Citrus By The Pool is truly a rare find for a Halal-certified café in the North, serving Western and Asian Inspired Fusion cuisine.

And how much more authentic can Thai food be when it's exclusively cooked by a bona fide Thai cook?
Not to mention their Instagram worthy Signature Ice Coffees with espresso shots! Every sip was gratifying.

Neon lights and tasteful interior decoration will surely deliver "good vibes only", like one of their neon quotes declares.
It's simply an extraordinary dining experience in a lively environment.

Check out their menu here!

Caramel Cookie Frappe ($10.00) | Blue Lagoon Iced Latte ($9.00)

Tom Yum Seafood Pasta ($15.50)

Fresh prawn, squid, mussels with linguine, served in Tom Yum broth

Thai Crispy Fish - Sweet & Sour ($29.90)

Seabass deep-fried to perfection, drizzled with sweet & sour sauce

Da Burger Bomb ($15.50)

Succulent grilled teriyaki chicken, cheese, sliced tomato, crisp lettuce, sunny side up egg on toasted sesame seed bun

Party Basket ($18.90)

Calamari (8pcs), spicy mid-wing (6pcs) and sweet potato fries. Served with tartar sauce

Milo Dinosaur ($4.90) | Speculoos Croffle ($10.00) with scoops of ice cream

Special Milo made with Australian formula

Citrus By The Pool
3 Woodlands Street 13
Woodlands Swimming Complex
Singapore 738600
(65) 6366 6581

Opening hours:
11:00am – 5:00am (Daily)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Apr 23, 2022

Watami Japanese Dining @ Downtown East

This is another restaurant in the vicinity where I live which I've always walked pass but never actually patronized.

My fiancé's fingernail artist friend attributed Watami as an affordable Japanese restaurant.

Located at Downtown East (E!Hub), getting there by public transport in the day can be burning hot because there's no shelter from the nearest bus stop at the time of writing.

5 Kind Skewer Platter 串焼き盛合せ(5本) ($12.90)

Pork Spring Onion, Beef Spring Onion, Chicken Thigh, Shiitake Mushroom, Okra

Tokachi Pork Don 十勝はみでる豚丼 ($9.90)

Crab Stick Maki カニカマロール寿司 ($3.90) | Aburi Salmon Maki サーモン炙りロール寿司 ($6.90)

Sukiyaki Beef Hot Pot すきやき鍋(牛) ($6.90)

Watami Japanese Dining @ Downtown East (E!Hub)
1 Pasir Ris Cl
#02-104/105 E!Hub Downtown East
Singapore 519599

Opening hours:
11:30am – 9:30pm (Daily)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Mar 26, 2022

Suki-Ya @ Heartland Mall Kovan

I'd say it's a waste to miss dining at Suki-Ya during my birthday month, because of their birthday treat - as long as the birthday celebrant dines with at least 1 other paying adult, the celebrant dines for free.

However, that has changed this year - instead of 1, the celebrant has to bring along at least 3 paying adults now to enjoy the free treat.

We visited Suki-ya in my birthday month anyway, as I do enjoy a hearty and soupy shabu-shabu meal. Besides, this year they introduced the new tomato soup base.

It turned out that I could actually get a $20 birthday voucher to offset my bill when I register as a new member with Creative Eateries, the parent company of Suki-Ya. Thank God!

It's worth it when you get to order unlimited amount of their quality meat:
  • Beef Short Plate (my favorite! The ones on the right)
  • Beef Cube Roll
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Chicken Meat Ball

Suki-Ya @ Heartland Mall Kovan
205 Hougang Street 21
#02-08/09 Heartland Mall Kovan
Singapore 530205
(65) 6288 4918

Opening hours:
11:30am – 10:30pm (Daily)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Mar 19, 2022

13 Inch @ Aranda Country Club

[Update] The restaurant has permanently closed down.

We recently discovered a newly opened restaurant in Pasir Ris from our Burpple app. Located at the Aranda Country Club at the hub of Downtown East, 13 Inch is offering 1-for-1 deals with Burpple Beyond.

We were there at noon, it was therefore a comfortable hideout from the immense heat at Downtown East thanks to the lack of shelter. Supposedly quiet, our ears bled for quite a while with the baby and toddler next to our table constantly yelling and crying.

It looked like they're significantly understaffed, despite that, the food was worth the wait, although I wouldn't say it's affordable. Their crispy furikake fries are definitely worth mentioning.

Will I visit again? With the Burpple 1-for-1 deal, I probably would.

Cognac Burger ($22)

Beef Patty (glazed with Cognac), Sliced Onions, Cheddar Cheese, Pickles

Swiss Burger ($18)

Beef Patty, Caramelised Onions, Balsamic Mushrooms, Cream Sauce

French Burger ($18)

Pork Patty, Béarnaise Sauce, Pickles

Roasted Chicken ($22)

Quarter Chicken with Pesto Pumpkin Puree served with Chicken Jus

13 Inch
60 Pasir Ris Drive 3
Singapore 519497
(65) 9139 5375

Opening hours:
11:00am – 11:00pm (Mon - Sun)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Mar 16, 2022

Hoshino Coffee @ VivoCity

We're about to have fun at Skyline Luge Sentosa this school holiday. Before we headed to the island from VivoCity, we had a late lunch at Hoshino Coffee.

With The Entertainer app, we got 25% off total bill at Hoshino Coffee. Joanne would never give their Soufflé Pancake a miss each time we visited Hoshino Coffee.

Here are some of their menus:

Pancake & Omu Soufflé with Angus Steak [Brunch] ($19.80)

Hoshino Spaghetti with Eggplant, Bacon, Shimeji & Sausage 具だくさんの星乃スパゲッチー(醤油バター) ($15.00)

Omu Soufflé 'Hokkaido' Seafood Rlssoto With Lobster Bisque Soup スフレオムレツ 北海道シーフードリゾット [Hokkaido Fair] ($19.90)

French Toast フレンチトースト ($10.20)

Served with Sugar and Cream

Double Pancake Soufflé Style スフレパンケーキ ダブル ($12.50)

Vanilla Ice Cream Topping (+$1.20)

Hoshino Coffee @ VivoCity
1 HarbourFront Walk
#01-165/166 VivoCity
Singapore 098585
(65) 6255 0591

Opening hours:
11:00am – 9:30pm (Mon - Fri)
10:00am – 9:30pm (Sat - Sun)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Mar 8, 2022

Les Bouchons Rochester

My fiancé wanted to treat me to a good meal on my 33rd birthday. To surprise me, she brought me to Buona Vista without me knowing where exactly we're going.

So it turned out to be Les Bouchons Rochester, Les Bouchons's 3rd and relatively new outlet in Singapore, so new that Google Map inaccurately pinned the location, when the actual location is diagonally opposite across Rochester Park.

Here you can definitely indulge in exceptional quality and mouthwatering steak under $100.

Grilled Sirloin Wagyu ($78)

Japanese Hokkaido Black Wagyu MB+6/7

Grilled Black Angus Rib Eye with "Vigneron" Butter ($50)

Burgundy Escargots with Garlic Butter (9 pcs) ($20)

Double Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream ($15)

Les Bouchons Rochester
10 Rochester Park
Rochester Commons
Singapore 139221
(65) 6904 8972

Opening hours:
12:00pm – 2:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Tue - Thu)
12:00pm – 2:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Fri)
12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Sat)
12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Sun)
Closed on Mondays

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.