Friday, August 29, 2014

Great Value at Hanare

Efforts to try and secure dinner reservations at Teppei had been futile so far and I have since given up.  I figured from a few friends' reviews that Teppei's omakase is simply super value for money and great fun with Teppei-san's personality. But food wise, nothing too spectacular. 

But I wanted to try the chirashi-don though and was glad when Hanare came about because the most instagrammed (in my view :) chirashi-don now could be had without a queue!

The chirashi was brimming to the top with fresh mixed sashimi. I loved that there were loads of my favourite hamachi and salmon belly. But what I didn't like was the chopped spring onions that were too sharp in flavour and killed the taste buds for tasting the fish properly.  Additionally, the rice that night was a little gummy and not seasoned sufficiently (i.e. tasted like gummy, white rice). The only advantage to that is that I didn't need to stop myself from devouring all the rice :).  But the bottle of tasty furikake did help somewhat :)


The anago box meal was steaming hot and generous. I love that the rice below had been seasoned and bits of chopped anago and egg mixed in for more flavour in each bite. 

A simple conclusion that Hanare offers extremely good value home-style Japanese cooking and no frills.  I would come back for the chirashi (just hold the spring onions) or buffet if the daily meal calls out to me.

99B Tanjong Pagar Road
no reservations
Monday - Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wishing it was different - Sunday Market

I loved that the cafés are sprouting out in suburban neighborhoods and Sunday Market is right near my parents place and near church. Gives us another option to hang. 

But unfortunately, the food and drinks failed to impress so far. 

I don't want to be so quick to judge but I guess that really awful coffee that reminded me of soap just killed it for me.  The Man enjoyed the red velvet cake thoroughly. It was huge but more importantly, moist and quite unique with layer of chocolate in between the cake, lending another dimension of texture and taste.

huge wedge of red velvet cake

We also got a salad which was average.  The Man also tried the chicken waffle in an earlier visit and commented the combination was good in theory but poorly executed as the dish was dry and the waffle quickly went soft and tough.

the bad latte that just destroyed my Sunday

I won't likely return on my own accord but will give it another go if someone suggests to meet up here.

Sunday Market
22 Lim Tua Tow Road
Singapore 547772
Open everyday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tolido's Espresso Nook

It has been too long since I last caught up with ex-colleague J. She loves checking out new cafés as well so we both went to Tolido's espresso nook for the first time. 

Great to listen to her recent stories from travels to Iceland and other parts of Europe. And she is doing so well as well work-wise. So happy for her!

On the cafe...Coffee was great; my latte was quite creamy despite having the skinny version and the coffee was quite flavorful with a hint of chocolate. An easy drink for non classic coffee drinkers but could be a little too milky for those who generally like the piccolo latte. A double shot might do the trick though. 

J had their specialty 'salted caramel latte' that she proclaimed delicious as well. 

On food, the menu is small but ample. Prices are pretty decent / some low in comparison to other cafés but don't expect frills. 

For some odd reason, I wanted and so ordered a waffle. It looked plain and rather heavy at first sight. After taking a bite, I realized the waffle belonged to the slightly cakey type of batter, thus really a little heavier than most, but it was also unique in that it had a slight buttery and savory note, which suited me just fine. Just a small bit of syrup for me to level up the indulgence but I could have done without. Delicious! 

Tolido's Espresso Nook
Blk 462 Crawford Ln, 190462
Closed Mondays.