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Monster Mash

Monster Mash
26 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Singapore 277685
Tel: (65) 6463 4610
Website: http://www.monstermashcafe.co.uk/

Extracted from Monster Mash’s website: “We’re not going to give you some poncey, ‘aren’t we funny’ narrative here, we leave that stuff to everyone else. What you need to know is Monster Mash is a British ‘retro’ Café, we give you what you’ve been wanting for years – great food, first class service and value – ‘top nosh at half the cost’ – ‘nuff’ said really!”

Having fallen head over heels with the British fish and chips on my first London trip some years back, I am really looking forward to tasting it again without having to go to London.  I’m just putting this up for the time being without any reviews till I get myself a bite of the famous fish and chips.  Just bear with me as I have a poor memory and I really don’t want to hitting myself on the head should I forget where this restaurant is.

But if you have already visited it, please feel free to drop me some comments.  Thank you!

Otah and Nasi Lemak from Lee Wee & Brothers

Squid Otah Assam Fish Ikan Bilis
Lee Wee & Brothers Foodstuff Pte Ltd
Outlet 1:
Basement 1 Tangs Plaza
Tel: 6235 9122
Outlet 2:
#B1-K16 Tampines Mall
Tel: 6789 9122
Outlet 3:
Blk 209 Hougang St 21 #01-02
Hougang St 21 Market and Food Centre
Tel: 6280 9122
Outlet 4:
Blk 51 Old Airport Road #01-79
Tel: 6348 9122
Outlet 5:
Blk 254 Jurong East St 24 #01-33
Tel: 6565 9122
Outlet 6:
Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road #01-38
Tel: 6464 9122
Outlet 7:
Blk 90 Whampoa Drive #01-639
Tel: 6254 9122
Website: http://www.leeweebrothers.com/

I personally tried the otah from the stall’s outlet at Kovan FC (can’t remember the date).  What I loved about its otah is that if you ordered the prawns otah, you actually get a few small pieces of prawns; and if you ordered the squid otah, you actually get a few small slices of squid inside your otah.  You get the idea. 

And you would think like you have to pay more than S$1 to get a stick of otah like this.  Well, you can get it at S$0.60!!  Excellent value for money!

They also have nasi lemak, assam fish, ikan bilis, chilli sauce, etc. for sale at their stall. If you want, you can ask them to cater for you or even cater the food for your BBQ.  Check their website for pricing details and order form.

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake
Cedele Depot
Website: http://www.cedeledepot.com/home/xmas07.asp

Great news for those who are intolerant to gluten and have to avoid the delicious log cakes every year! Cedele is proud to introduce the limited edition gluten-free Tiramisu Log Cake this year. Savour the smooth gluten free log cake with satiny mascarpone cheese and pistachios. Made with Belgian couverture chocolate and an indulgent thick layer of chocolate truffle in the middle, anyone can enjoy this log cake, including those who are not gluten intolerant. Always thinking for the customers, Cedele makes this cake with no trans fat and only using organic unrefined sugar so it is not so sweet.

This cake costs S$65 for 1.1kg.

Bluespoon

Blue Spoon Cauli Shepherd Pie
Bluespoon
Blk 21 Ghim Moh Road #01-213
Tel: 6455 6455
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm, Tue to Sun; closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
Website: http://www.bluespoongourmet.com

Still low-carbing? You might want to check out these low-carbohydrate pies from Bluespoon, a cafe in Ghim Moh that serves light meals and sells frozen gourmet food.

It has come up with a lamb curry pie ($6.90) and chicken or beef shepherd’s pie ($6) topped with mashed cauliflower instead of carb-heavy mashed potato. The result is a much lighter pie topping that complements the savoury fillings very well. I happen to like cauliflower, especially if it’s steamed and mashed with a bit of butter. Bluespoon adds low fat milk, and the result is delicious.

Just be sure to eat the pie when it’s hot. The sulphuric pong of cold mashed cauliflower is not appetising at all.

The complete list of frozen gourmet food and prices are available from their website.  Their menu can also be viewed from there.

Check their Christmas menu.

Baked Ideas

Chocolate Ganache Plain Jane Chocolate Loaf Cake
Baked Ideas
Website: http://halfbaked-ideas.com/

I know what you’re thinking. You’re just cupcaked out. Cannot look at another one, much less eat it.  Maybe this one will revive your appetite.

This dark beauty from Baked Ideas, an Internet baking business, has everything going for it – soft fluffy cake and a yummy chocolate ganache topping crowned with a velvety raspberry. The cake isn’t too sweet, which is a good thing since the ganache is unabashedly so. But there is just enough, so it isn’t terribly cloying.

Two women are the brains behind the business – Karen Huang, 33, who runs a graphic design business, and Joanna Ong, 35, who works in the finance industry.

Aside from cupcakes, they also offer a chocolate cake called, quite endearingly, the Plain Jane Chocolate Loaf Cake. I found it too sweet, but the soft, crumbly texture was good. There is also a decorate-it-yourself Gingerbread Man kit, which comes with unadorned cookies and little pots of icing. Perfect for kids’ parties.

The cupcakes go for S$25-S$35.  The Plain Jane Chocolate Loaf Cake (see above picture) goes for S$40 per pack of 5.   They have other bakes like Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova/Pavlova with Mixed Berries and Creme Anglais (S$40 each), Cranberry and Pistacho Biscotti (S$25 for 320g) and Biscotti di Prato (S$20 for 320g).

Delivery service has been suspended until further notice.  You can pick up your order from either Chip Bee Gardens or Sixth Avenue when it’s ready.  Details will be given to you upon confirmation of your order.

To place your order, call either please call Karen (9747 2908) or Joanna (9749 3454).

Heaven’s Indian Curry

Heaven’s Indian Curry
#01-15 Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre
Opening Hours: 6am to 3pm

Despite the name of the stall, what they sell are mostly thosai, putu mayam, appoms and assorted snacks.

I personally tried their paper thosai yesterday.  S$1.80 got me 2 paper thosai.  The thing about this stall is that all their food comes in sets, which means I can’t order just 1 paper thosai or 1 putu mayam.  Price is around S$1.80 for most sets. Their snacks go for S$0.50 each.

Provence

Provence Milk Buns Chocolate & Cream Wassant 
Provence
17A Lorong Liput, Holland Village
Tel: 6467 6966
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 8.30pm, Mon to Fri; 8.30am to 8.30pm, Sat & Sun
Website: http://www.provence.com.sg/
Petit Provence
#B1-29 Central Shopping Centre
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
Tel: 6534 9029
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily
Website: http://www.provence.com.sg/petit/index.html

It may be called Provence, but its European breads are given a Japanese twist. Owned by qualified Japanese baker Yoshiaki Matsumoto, 36, the bakery employs seven Japanese and local bakers in its kitchen behind. It uses high-quality wheat imported from France, and every loaf is measured, mixed, kneaded and finished by hand.

The Petite Provence at Central Shopping Centre has less variety – just cream & choco wasant and petit chocolat chocolat. Just 50 cents each and you can finish a single one in 2 bites.

The Provence at Holland Village has walnut raisins, chocolate twist, koshi an pan, milk bun, light pound cake, cheese bun, cream cheese seasame, walnut cream cheese and chocol & cream wassant.

Our advice is to call ahead and reserve the buns/wassant and collect it later. Else be prepared to have them tell you “Sorry, we ran out!”.

Ragazzi The Italian Kitchen

Ragazzi The Italian Kitchen
Blk 10 Ghim Moh Road
Gim Eating House
Opening Hours: 12 noon to 10pm, Mon to Fri; 5pm to 10pm, Sat & Sun

The 8 days said it’s an inexpensive, decent Italian grub in a kopitiam whipped up by young chef, Gabriel Cher, ex chef-de partie from The Oriental’s Dolce Vita. The arrabbiata is al dente linguine tossed with smoky slivers of bacon and tangy tomatoes ($5.50). You can also have funghi alio olio ($5.50) with bruschetta ($3 or $3.50 for 2 thick slices).

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hoon

HV Fish Head Bee Hoon Fish Head Bee Hoon
Holland Village XO Fish Head Been Hoon
Blk 46 Holland Drive #01-359
Tel: 6778 3691
Opening Hours: 12pm to 2.30pm, 5pm to 11pm, daily

The most famous place you can enjoy the liquor laced dish is here although you will likely chance upon similar versions of the dish at restaurants or food stalls across the island.

A hot spot for both lunch and dinner, this Holland Drive coffeeshop is almost always packed. Animated chatter from the diners and the noisy whir of the wall-mounted fans add to the atmosphere, as bowl after bowl of steaming fish head bee hoon is served. You can smell the tantalising scent of cognac in the bowl of delicious X.O. fish head bee hoon even before it reaches your table. The dish, although a little too milky, comes with a generous serving of fresh steamed fish and thick vermicelli. For the price you’re paying, you’re definitely getting a whole lot of fish with almost 15 pieces of fish head! The price ranges from $7 – $25 (up to 5 pax).

Also not to be missed are crowd favourites like har cheong kai (Shrimp Paste Fried Chicken) (S$7 per plate) and Buttered Prawns (S$15 for 5 pcs).

Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Pho Hoa Holland Village Bun Ga Nuong
Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle Soup
18 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village
Tel: 6467 3662

The largest Vietnamese restaurant chain in North America with a customer base that captures the insatiable appetites of customers well beyond the Vietnamese has its Singapore outlet housed in the bohemian enclave of Holland Village . Pho Hoa is the place to go for a bowl of hot and tasty Vietnamese national soup commonly known as “Pho” (pronounced fuh). And since “Hoa” means “harmony” in Vietnamese, its name also exemplifies the way the restaurant chain markets itself: a friendly family style restaurant where one can enjoy an affordable and nutritious meal.

Pho Hoa offers a substantially uniform menu consisting of Vietnamese beef noodle soups. Principal entrée items include various grilled meats with rice or vermicelli and starters, in the form of spring and fried rolls, supplement the menu. There are also helpful images of the food for the uninitiated and they serve to both illustrate the items on the menu as well as educate guests on the various beef parts available as choices.

Knowing your meat is useful when you order their Adventurer’s Choice ($11.00). A potent mixture of various beef parts such as brisket, flank, and tendon amongst others, boiled in tasty hot soup, how could you even miss it? With four different combinations available, order your favourite parts and savour them with vermicelli in hot steaming soup. However, the noodles could be thinner and smoother and the flavour of the soup thicker, which is truly regrettable as pho is what we often identify Vietnamese cuisine with.

Ignore the jerky start and try out their Cha Gio ($2.95), which is a fried minced chicken and vegetable roll. Do remember to dip the roll into the sauce before you take that satisfying bite into its crispy skin. On the other hand, the Goi Cuon ($3.95) is quite a disappointment. Rolled with shrimp, chicken, salad and rice vermicelli, the vegetables seem a tad not fresh and even with the sauce, the taste remains limp.

The Com Ga Nuong ($8.00) and the Bun Ga Nuong ($9.95) refers to the Grilled Chicken and Grilled Beef respectively. They turned out to be the pillars of Pho Hoa as both were just scrumptious enough to lift spirits. Tender and succulent, and served with the usual combo of rice or vermicelli and a generous portion of vegetables, pho can well take a backseat in our minds for now!

Also deserving of compliments is their Banh Mi/ Pho Bo Kho ($8.00), Carrot Beef Stew served with Bread or Noodles. Chunks of juicy beef and carrots bathed in rich gravy will impress the discerning diner. Enticing to the palate and delightfully different from the soupy pho, it is a totally inviting item.

A highlight in their desserts selection is the Vietnamese version of our “Chendol”, the Che Ba Mau ($4.00), also known as the three colours drink. Besides being pleasing to the eye for its attractive colours, it also rejuvenates your senses with its sweet and refreshing taste. Made with coconut milk, sweet corn, and red bean amongst other ingredients, it simply is just irresistible!

Recommended:

  • Pho Noodle Soup with Beefsteak
  • Summer Roll & Fried Roll
  • Vermicelli Bowl
Note: This review was extracted from Street Directory.