Category Archives: Orchard Area

La Strada

 Pollo Novello Arostito Risotto Dell Giorno
La Strada (part of Les Amis Group)
1 Scotts Road #02-10
Shaw Centre
Tel: 6737 2622 (for reservations) / 6737 2555 (for pizza take-away orders)
Opening Hrs:      Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.30pm (last order); Dinner: 6.30pm to 9.30pm (last order); Closed on certain public holidays; please call to check.
Website: http://www.lesamis.com.sg/webtop/index2.html

 Bf and I went to La Strada on 1 Apr 2008 (Tue) for dinner.  Kind of last minute decision – and I was dressed in shorts & t-shirt.  Too casual I must admit!  Bf kept assuring me that it’s alright – but I didn’t feel good.  Fortunately the staff let us dined there. As usual, after pondering for a long while, we finally settled on the drinks order – a glass of Michele Chiarlo (Italy) “Nivole” Moscato d’Asti 2007 (S$19++) for me and a shot of Hennessy VSOP (S$16++) for bf.  I love dessert wines – so this glass of wine was perfect for me, smooth-bodied and sweet. Then we ordered the Caprese (S$22++), Risotto Dell Giorno (S$30++) and Pollo Novello Arostito (S$35++). 

We were given a few cheese bread-sticks and a small plate of olive oil to start our meal with.   We were then given a piece of warm bread on the side.  No butter was given – Italians dip their bread in olive oil.  Nothing to shout about as these are pretty ordinary stuff. 

The Caprese is made up of buffalo mozzarella with confit Scillian cherry tomatoes, basil agar agar and char grilled ciabatta bread).  We love this starter dish a lot, so very often than not, bf would order this especially when we dine in an Italian restaurant.  Basically, there is not much difference in the Caprese served in any other Italian restaurant as the basic ingredients are the same and you don’t need to cook this dish – just cut and serve.    Again, nothing to shout about.  BUT instead of cherry tomatoes, we were served the normal tomatoes and instead of basil agar agar, we were given basil leaves.  Still, these are minor slights that did not affect the overall good taste of this starter.  The buffalo mozzarella was not overwhelmingly cheesy and was soft to the palette.   

Next, we were served the Pollo Novello Arostito (oven roasted French baby chicken with savoy cabbage, pancetta parcel, filled with shallot and roasting jus).  I love this dish very much – the chicken was roasted just nice with a little crisp on the outside and tenderness on the inside.  This was the highlight of my meal there.  Unfortunately, I did not see/taste the pancetta parcel and if there was shallot, you could hardly taste it in the chicken.  There was definitely no roasting jus on my plate.  It was more like diluted oyster sauce on my cabbage and plate.  Still, the chicken was the star and it tasted great! 

The Risotto Dell Giorno (risotto of the day was done with 3 types of mushrooms – can’t remember which ones they are but one of them is Portobello mushroom).  Risotto is a traditional Italian dish made with rice.   I didn’t quite like this dish – it was served with a brown sauce and it didn’t look appetising.  When I tasted it, it was a bit saltish.  Couldn’t figure out what the sauce was but it just didn’t do for me.  I prefer my risotto rich and creamy. 😛 

Overall, food is a hit or miss.  It’s either you like it or you don’t.  Service is excellent though.  We told the serving staff we were sharing the food and they very kindly separated the portions of each dish for us, so that we were served individually.  This was done without us having to ask for it! They remembered the guests who dined there before – it was bf’s 3rd visit and my 1st and the staff remembered him!  Yes, I would still return to this place again and the Pollo Novello Arostito will be one of my favourite dishes – a huge plus point.   Service is attentive without being intrusive – which is another plus point. And staff who takes initiative gets another plus point.

The Yoghurt Place @ Ngee Ann City

Yoghurt from The Yoghurt Place
The Yoghurt Place
Basement 2, Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Road
Singapore 238873
Website: http://www.theyogurtplace.com/

 Bf and I visited The Yoghurt Place at Ngee Ann City after our dinner.  Service was friendly; they actually let us taste the yoghurt before we even said that we wanted to buy.  Sort of a marketing strategy:- try before buying!  We tasted at least 2 flavours (raspberry and strawberry) before we finally decided to buy (coz they were having a 50% discount on the 2nd cup). We paid something like S$5.10 for 2 small cups of yoghurt.  

One thing I like about the yoghurt place is that you can choose 2 flavours for each cup of yoghurt, regardless of its size. 

The Yoghurt Place claims that its yoghurt “contains less fat, less sugar and no preservatives yet delightfully smooth and creamy and that it is freshly made.” I thought that yoghurt simply contains less fat and less sugar than ice cream and that’s why diet-conscious people eat yoghurt in place of ice cream?   Freshly made or not, it’s a matter of opinion.  To me, freshly made means they have to make the yoghurt in front of me.  I spotted at least 3 tubs of plain yoghurt in the freezer.  Perhaps what the company meant was that they do not keep the yoghurt for too long and that’s why it’s fresh compared to the yoghurt you get in the supermarkets. 

Although the yoghurt is indeed soft and smooth, I don’t like the yoghurt.  It’s simply plain yoghurt with toppings.  The strawberry yoghurt is not strawberry flavoured; rather, it is plain yoghurt with something like strawberry jam on it.  True, the topping is not sweet and if you mix everything up, you do get strawberry flavoured yoghurt. 

Skip the ordinary flavours like strawberry, blueberry etc.  These you can get similar quality in the supermarkets at a lower price.  Instead, go for the other flavours like blackforest, cappuccino, chocolate hazelnut, choco beans and cookie crumbs.

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.

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

Mixed Vegetables in Claypot Fried rice In Bamboo Fried Chicken Boiled Live Prawns from East Ocean Teochew RestaurantSeasame Ball Dessert
East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
1 Scotts Road #02-18
Shaw Centre
Tel: 6235 9088
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Mon to Fri; 10am to 2.45pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sat & Sun

My bf and I had dinner here on 5 December 2007.  We were attracted by the beautiful dessert shaped like a bear (see last picture above) that I simply wanted to try.  However, when we went up to the restaurant, I was a bit disappointed to see that the beautiful dessert wasn’t on the menu.  I guessed it was only for lunch. 😦

Nonetheless, we ordered our food after mulling over the menu for quite some time. So many food, so small stomach!  Finally, we ordered the mixed vegetables in claypot (see picture 1 above), fried rice served in bamboo (see picture 2 above), fried chicken with fried garlic topping (see picture 3 above), boiled live prawns (min. 300g) (see picture 4 above).

Mixed vegetables was served in a claypot as you can see.  And it came with tang hoon (glass noodles) and assorted vegetables like cabbage, carrots, corn, etc.  Quite soupy so you can order it like a soup dish.

The fried rice served in bamboo is not the usual fried rice with char siew and peas.  This one is first fried with dried shrimps (hae bee) and then put in the bamboo to keep it warm.  Quite yummy!

Next dish was the fried chicken topped with fried garlic.  I loved this dish very much as the chicken skin was crispy and the fried garlic gave it a very nice flavour.  Excellent!

My bf’s favourite dish would of course be the boiled live prawns.  Although the prawns were merely boiled, the freshness of the prawns was enough to make this dish taste great!

At the end of your meal, you would be given 1 complimentary seasame ball for each customer.  Luckily, we cancelled our order for our dessert.

We were both too stuffed at the end of our meal.  Considering the 4 dishes we ordered, we paid less than S$100 for everything.  Quality was good and service was attentive and excellent (they cleared our dishes whenever needed and topped up our water without us asking; we were also given 8 cups of Chinese tea (I think it was tie guan ying)- 4 before meal and 4 after meal). Thumbs up!

Note: This review can also be found on TheLocalKing.

Haato

Kids @ Haato Waffle @ Haato Chocolate Flavor @ Haato  
Haato
Website: http://www.haato.com.sg/contact01.html

They have 4 outlets, one in River Valley Road, one in Ridgewood Close, one in Wheelock Place and another one in Serangoon Garden Village.

They have both gelato, sorbet and strawberry yoghurt here. Two interesting gelato flavours that I spotted in their website is the sweet potato with honey & chestnut and wildberry!

For the hungry pack, Haato @ Ridgewood serves food ranging from Japanese pasta and Japanese don. For sweet delights, enjoy an affogato or waffles with gelato. So drop by this quaint cafe at Ridgewood Close (off Pandan Valley Condominium and Ridgewood Condominium) for a quiet afternoon and some savoury food. (And not to forget the gelato of course!)

Gelatissimo

Tiramisu from Gelatissimo
Gelatissimo
1 Scotts Road #01-01
Shaw Centre
Tel: 6736 1618
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm, daily

I’ve walked past this ice cream outlet lots of times and have always been tempted by the sight of their numerous ice cream.

Finally I took the plunge and had a single scoop of tiramisu for S$4.30 with my bf. The single scoop was quite big and indeed value for money in that sense.  BUT! The ice cream was definitely too sweet for my tastebuds.

Service here is excellent! They let us stay way past their closing time; I think the company’s policy here is not to chase the customers away.

  • If you pay using your UOB credit card, you get 10% off all gelato products.  Valid until 31 December 2008.

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.

The Soup Spoon

Soup Spoon Soup Spoon’s Sandwiches
The Soup Spoon
Website: http://www.thesoupspoon.com/aboutus_where.asp

They have 4 outlets located in Raffles City Shopping Centre, Paragon Shopping Centre, Raffles Xchange & Market Street Carpark.  Different outlets have different opening hours, so check their website for details.

What I love about this place is that they have all sorts of soup! With a name like Soup Spoon, what else do you expect! The soup menu has the regular soups and the weekly soups.  Regular soup costs S$4.90 to S$6.10 and grande soup (large portion) costs S$6.00 to S$7.20.  Price difference is due to the different kind of soups.

You can also opt for the combo set which includes your favourite soup (regular or grande size), choice of either a half of salad or a half of sandwich/wrap AND choice of either a pack of chips or apple OR a glass of ice-lemon tea.

There are also sandwiches and wraps and salads if you are not into soup or you’re just looking for something to fill your stomach on top of your soup dish.  Check the website for menu details.

Post-Makan Note:

I visited their outlet at Raffles City on 4 Nov 2007 and another outlet at Raffles Xchange on 6 Nov 2007.

I tried their tangy tomato soup and Velvety Mushroom Stroganoff.  I find the tomato soup a bit spicy and I was unable to taste the basil in the soup.  The mushroom soup is not that bad, not too creamy, but a little bit peppery.

Each bowl of soup comes with a small bun.  Both times, I tried the Spinach, Avocado & Pint Nut wrapI loved this wrap very much.  If you dine in, they’ll give you 3 tiny bowls of spreads like basil, mint with mayo and 1 other which I’m unable to identify and also 2 small tablespoons of coleslaw.

Overall, it’s really very ordinary soup; nothing out of the ordinary.  But it’s one of those items that it’s great to have when you’re in a hurry (they simply scoop the soup into the bowl when you order) or when the weather is cold.

They also have the soup pre-packed so you can simply heat up the soup whenever you feel like having it.  Costs range from S$6.40 to S$7.10 and can last up to 2 weeks if you keep them in the fridge.

Ayam Penyet RIA

Ayam Penyet RIA Fried Pomfret Set Ayam Penyet Set 
Ayam Penyet RIA
#04-25/26 Lucky Plaza
Tel: 6235 7385
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm
350 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6247 9445
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 9pm
Website: http://www.ayampenyet.com/index.php

They hammered the chicken before deep-frying it, resulting in meat that’s tender and pulls apart quite easily from the bone. At Ayam Penyet RIA, which is a franchise originating from Indonesia, the smashed fried chicken is served as a set.

What you get is about a quarter of a small chicken, a piece each of fried beancurd and tempe, some boiled kangkong, a slice of cucumber, sambal belachan, and a separate plate of rice. It sounds like a lot, but the portions are really small.

Massaged with a light but aromatic mix of spices, the chicken was fried till crisp but hardly oily. What made it even more special was bits of tempura-like fried batter on the chicken, which was pleasantly crunchy.

At S$5.50, the set is a little pricey, considering the miserly amount given. Nevertheless, the fried chicken is a real gem, worth at least once a try. Besides the signature dish, they have other stuff like smashed beef and oxtail soup, but most are here for the hammered bird.

Jerry’s Grill

Deep Fried Mushrooms Escargots Buffalo Wings 
Jerry’s BBQ & Grill
277 Jalan Kayu
Tel: 6484 0151
92 Club Street
Tel: 6323 4550
#01-01 Tanglin Shopping Centre
Tel: 6235 1720
Website: http://www.jerrybbq.com.sg/index.htm

Being an American style eatery the portions are of course huge and will require a good digesting session with their full bar, which serves happy hour Tiger drafts at just 5 bucks and Margarita for $8.95. They also serve beer from Belgium, Germany, the US and England among others, and have a large hand picked wine selection. That said, its the food you are really here for isn’t it.

As an American I am reasonably suspicious of attempts to recreate the authentic food experiences of my country, so my surprise was palpable when the meat on my humongous slab of pork ribs just fell right off the bone as advertised. I thought that was it, I’m in heaven and I really don’t need to go on, but the hits kept coming.

The 22-ingredient authentic barbecue sauce was intriguing, the USDA choice filet mignon was cooked just right and cut like butter, and the various sides dishes were all fresh and filling. From the chunky Mashed potatoes (more gravy please), to the clam chowder served in a hollowed out French bread which you can dunk and devour.The California Health salad was also a delicious treat containing beans, chickpeas, jalapeños, oranges, corn, carrots, cherry tomatoes, peppers, lettuce all in a vinaigrette, healthy indeed. Jerry’s also features a mix and match surf and turf menu starting from $20.95 where you can choose crayfish, salmon, or Jumbo prawns, and match them with either a sirloin steak, t-bone, lamb or the aforementioned baby back ribs. All the main courses give you a crack at their all you can eat salad bar. This sounds like a great place to do a thanksgiving dinner but you should probably reserve it ASAP. Although their barbecue sauce is tangy and delicious they also have some other varieties to burn your face off.

I had no trouble with the intensifier, moderately fiery, but the Chef’s Challenge was just that. It just creeps up until the staff laughs at your watering eyes. In fact the challenge actually exists, and calls for eating 8 of these infernal wings without drinking any water. If you can do it, then the wings are FREE! Although confident I could do it, I didn’t want to try that day. The first 3 went down ok.

If you can still handle anymore nibbling their homemade tiramisu is most excellent, fresh is so much better than those terrible prefabricated tiramisu you find in most restaurants, its more like a cocktail. The Chocolate Fondant was a rich and smooth bit of heaven too. They also sell a variety of pastas and burgers but the ribs are really to die for and shouldn’t be missed.

Prices are reasonable considering the portions and you can eat quite well for under $25, or just come and check out their $13 dollar lunch specials to get your taste buds acclimated.

The latest branch of Jerry’s is located on Tanglin road right off Orchard near the former Manchester United store. There are a lot of steak chains around there so make the effort and try an authentic Steak and barbecue before they put you on the assembly line too!

  • If you pay using your UOB credit card, you get 20% off ala-carte food bill with a minimum spending of S$60.00.
Note:  The food review was taken from Think Magazine. What intrigued me about this place was that it served escargots and tiramisu and yet it is an American food outlet. Hmm… we’ll see. 🙂 By the way, they also do delivery.  Check their website for more information.