Thursday, March 28, 2013

Le Cuisson

Conveniently located in a busy coffee shop near Buona Vista MRT and a short walking distance away from the nearest bus stop, La Cuisson might just be the place for you if you're looking for affordable and decent French food. Parking is readily available at the relatively huge carpark behind the coffeeshop. You'll have to drive towards NTUC and Hans to find the carpark!

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Foie Gras Salad - $12
Pan seared foie gras, mesclun with house dressing

The salad was pretty average but the sweet apple bits were quite yummy

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Sous Vide Pork Neck - $15
Cooked for 5 hours with low temperature, served with purple cabbage slaw and mash

The three pieces of meat sit atop a bed of mashed potatoes and also, a sauce that tasted very much like mustard. The sauce was strong and sharp and chokes you a little. The meat was nicely crisp on the outside but was too tough. Also, the portion was rather small and I was still hungry after I've finished it.

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Angus Hanging Tender - $18
A flavourful cut of beef, served with mash, confit shallots and garlic

We weren't asked how we'll like the beef to be done when we were placing our orders. Thankfully, this cut of beef was not overly done. It was a little too bloody for us though. I liked how the beef is thinly crisp on the top layer and tender when you bite into it. The sweet caramelized onions were a much welcomed garnish that added sweetness to the dish. The portion was reasonable and I can understand why it is one of the more popular dishes! If you were to dine at La Cuisson, I recommend this!

The stall operates on a self-service system which is not exactly very efficient because they just tell you to come back in 5 to 10 minutes.

40 Holland Drive

Tue - Sun: 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sun: 17:30 - 21:00


Love, K

K's rating of Le Cuisson : 6/10

Monday, March 25, 2013

Club Street Social

After brunch at O'Batignolles, we walked about 20 metres to our next destination, Club street Social, for desserts!

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We really like the tiles!

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Warm and rustic.
Think the place will look prettier at night!

Club Street Social serves salads, soups, main courses, desserts and breakfast items such as French toast, yogurt and panini

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Iced Latte

There are 5 choices for dessert and 4 of them were calling out to me.
It was a tough decision to make.

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Lemon Tart - $7

X chose the lemon tart which was pretty good. Almost the right balance of sweet and sour but I feel that the crust could be better!

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Because I love salted caramel and s'mores very much, I picked this instead of the nutella bread pudding. I didn't know what to expect but I was definitely disappointed when this arrived 15 minutes later. It was nothing like its name? There was no trace of s'mores and the salted caramel did not taste like salted caramel. This tasted like chocolate and condensed milk on toast. We didn't like it very much. I guess the only good thing was the huge portion, and we didn't finish it. Well, didn't think I was gonna have bread for dessert..

Service was quite good and the place is cozy and pretty chill. A little too dark for brunch though haha

5 Gemmill Lane
Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 22:30
Sat: 09:00 - 22:30
Sun: 09:00 - 21:00

Love, K
K's rating of CSS : 6/10

Monday, March 18, 2013


X and I were on the way to Club Street Social for brunch on a Saturday afternoon when we drove past O'Batignolles and I saw "Brunch from Paris". That got me excited haha. O'Batignolles is located just about 20 metres away from CSS. After looking at the menus from both places, we decided to have brunch here before heading to CSS for dessert. Parking is available right outside the restaurant.

Isn't the shop front adorable! Can't wait for our trip to Europe this May!




Hot chocolate - $6.50

The hot chocolate tasted more like a warm glass of milk with a very slight hint of chocolate. I was definitely disappointed

Eggs Benedict (with Swiss Coppa) - $13

I asked if I could change my salad to something else and the server kindly offered bacon! The hollandaise was more on the bland side but the savory parma ham made up for it. Pretty small portion though

Eggs Pacifico(with Smoked Salmon) - $13 

X thought the salad was quite good and the rest of the dish to be just average. Also, the pieces of smoked salmon were rather small.

Mini Pain Au Chocolat - $3

The pain au chocolat was crispy and fluffy but I felt it wasn't fragrant or sweet enough

Cute little bucket!

Service was good and the servers were really nice and warm. However, we had to wait for quite a long while before our food was served. The cafe is simple but cozy and it's a really nice place to relax and spend a lazy weekend afternoon just reading the papers or watching the world go by. 

2 Gemmil Lane

Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 00:00
Sat: 11:00 - 00:00


Love, K

K's rating of O'Batignolles : 6.5/10

Friday, March 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Present

My belated Valentine's Day gift that I took a whole day to open haha



X is extremely thoughtful so he wrapped the present up.
First layer




And this was what was inside the toilet roll?!?!

The REAL thing

Photobucket Hehe so pretty! Love the colourful geometric prints!

Thanks X! [:

Love, K

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Violet Oon's Kitchen

Violet Oon's Kitchen has been on X's to-go-list for the longest time and finally, we made it here! X brought his parents along because he knew Peranakan cuisine holds a special place in their hearts.

The restaurant boasts signature Nyonya fare and interpretations of local favourites but also serves dishes such as seafood pie and black pepper prawn pasta which cater to taste buds that are not so accustomed to local spices and flavours.



Adore the tiles!





Latte - $5

Dry Mee Siam - $17
Fresh rice noodle fried in meesiam chilli sambal, topped with prawns, julienned beancurd and Chinese chives

A dry version of the popular meesiam! X's parents said it was yummy! 

Babi Pong Tay - $19
Belly of pork slow-braised with dried mushrooms and bamboo shoots flavoured with yellow-bean paste, cinnamon and cloves. Served with white rice, sambal timun and sambal belachan

Incredibly tender and flavourful pork belly that will seize your heart as it melts in your mouth!

Fish Tempra - $24
Fried fillet of baby sea bass topped with a sweet, sour and mildly hot sauce of chillies, onions, sweet soya sauce and lime. Served with white rice and atchara

The sea bass was perfectly crisp on the outside and it was soft and moist on the inside. The portion is also, very reasonable. Love the sweet and slightly spicy black sauce! My favourite dish!

Vio's Chicken Curry with Roti Jala - $21
Chicken pieces stewed in Violet's homemade curry powder and coconut cream. Served with traditional laced pancake

This was what I picked. HAHA the one who is unable to take chilli always chooses the spiciest dish. The thick curry carries a strong coconut taste and it was, as expected, too spicy for me. Haha but please remember my standard of spiciness. This is probably not spicy at all for many of you! The curry comes with potatoes which are pan fried before they are added to the curry and a huge piece of chicken leg!

The roti jala carried a subtle hint of sweetness and it's pretty soft.
Quite a unique combination with the curry.

Bubor Cha Cha Panna Cotta - $9

This was way too sweet but it's an interesting fusion!

Sticky Toffee Date Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream - $13

The warm, moist and soft cake was a winner! Paired with sweet toffee sauce and a scoop of vanilla icecream, this dessert might be a tad too sweet for some but I loved it!

Pulut Hitam with Vanilla Ice Cream - $9

The pulut hitam is rich and heavy and it was perfect for X's mum because she's not a fan of sweet stuff. Vanilla icecream proves to be an impressive substitute for coconut milk as it sweetens up the dish and the clash of temperatures was pleasantly delightful.

The servers were very attentive and even though they made a mistake in our orders, they wasted no time in rectifying it. Also, free parking is readily available near the stretch of restaurants!

Cleverly fusing flavours from the present and past, Violet Oon's Kitchen's renditions of traditional goodness will leave a lasting impression on you.

881 Bukit Timah Road
Tue - Thu: 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sun: 11:30 - 00:00


Love, K

K's rating of Violet Oon's : 8/10

Friday, March 8, 2013

(CLOSED) One Kampong Bahru

Bakery by day, bar and bistro by night.

One Kampong Bahru has been making waves with its delicious and highly affordable baked goods, and now, its tapas are in the limelight.
Relatively new to the food scene, the 3-month old bar and bistro has been fully packed and reserved for private events since its opening.

The two-level bistro is not that easy to locate, especially since 3 of the boys(including X haha) were lost when driving there. They specifically requested that I include this in this post so that nobody gets lost like them hahaha. Do check the directions on your computers before you make your way to One Kampong Bahru because the maps on your phones will lead you to a dead end on Spooner Road!

Parking is available right beside the bistro, and around it. It is also easily accessible by public transport, with a bus stop just about 50 metres away. 





Level 2 which was closed for a private event.
Isn't this space perfect for a nice and cozy gathering?

While waiting for the lost kids to arrive, I had a cuppycake
Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake - $3
Delicious? Yes.

Mini Cranberry Cream Scones - $2.50
I was a little surprised that the scones do not come with any cream but well, after eating it, I realised that there isn't a need for cream. The scones were nicely moist, fluffy and soft!

OKB's wine selection will leave you slightly irritated because you just can't decide which wine to have! Their selection is pretty huge and what's most irritating is the price of each glass of wine. At $7 or $8 per glass, you just want to have a glass of every single wine available! Well, we say... don't drive there, and just drink to your heart's content!

Baronnie De Coussergues - $7

Mohua Estate - $8

Domaine Coussergues Chardonnay - $8

The co-owner of OKB, Kenneth, taught us the correct steps to really taste and appreciate the wine and we were all looking at him in amazement and admiration only to not follow any of the steps that he taught us hahaha

Asian-fusion tapas that are created by OKB's Peranakan chef!
Seared Scallops - $10
U.S Sea Scallops, Buak Keluak Oil

Fresh, juicy scallops which were slightly sour

Hot Wings - $8
Midjoints, Belachan Butter Marinade

Crispy and fragrant wings!

Pork - $16
Baby Back Ribs, Mustard sauce, Ginger Mustard Greens

The ribs are to be eaten together with the strongly flavoured greens. The ribs are a little dry but the moist greens will make up for that.

Fish - $14
Turmeric and Dill Catfish, Vietnamese Pesto, Rice Vermicelli

The catfish was fresh and soft and I liked it! The rest of the dish was pretty simple and average.

Chicken - $14
Seared Breast, Laksa Leaf Beurre Blanc, Starfruit Pickle

We all know that chicken breast meat is hard and dry, but certainly not the one at OKB. The two big pieces of chicken are really tender and juicy! This dish is also refreshingly sour and its the first chicken-based dish that I've liked in a long time!

Beef - $18
U.S Angus Roast, Gula Melaka Glaze, Herb Garnish

This was definitely the highlight for everyone. The tough chuck cuts are soaked in a water-bath for 25 hours before they are cooked. And the end result? Unbelievably tender and succulent beef.

The gula melaka glaze was sweet and tasty and it won my heart instantly. And for one of our friends who doesn't like beef to actually like it, can you imagine how good it was? Divine.

Passionfruit Macarons - $2/piece

Fat and full macarons with tangy passionfruit curd!

Salted Caramel Macarons - $2/piece

Want a taste of heaven? Try these.
Every bite screams immense gratification! Too good.

Lemon Cream Tart - $3.50

A thick and hard crust filled with lemon cream that has gotten the delicate balance of sweet and sour right. Possibly the best lemon tart I've ever had! So good that X and I each bought another haha

74% Dark Chocolate Brownie - $2.50

A rich and heavy brownie with a thin crispy top layer. Its texture is quite different from the average floury brownies. Yum.

Red Velvet, Chocolate Chocolate, Strawberry Chocolate - $3 each

The red velvet was our favourite of the lot!

Salted Caramel Macarons, again 
Because they were so good, we bought ALL of them HAHA

Cinnamon Sticky Roll - $2

Forget the sticky bun at B Bakery or Simply Bread. Here's the best cinnamon sticky roll ever! It is amazingly soft and its cinnamon sugar coat does not harden! And it is only $2?!

Photobucket Mini Cranberry Scones
Raspberry Jam Scone - $2

The prices of the baked goodies are really crazy affordable, don't you think! And they're so delicious!

Do make a reservation at OKB before you head down because they're almost always fully booked!

OKB is currently understaffed so service isn't exactly up to mark but I'm sure they're working on it.

Do let us know what you think of OKB!

1 Kampong Bahru Road
Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 23:30

Love, K
K's rating of OKB : 8/10