Sunday, September 21, 2014

2014 August: Singapore: Satisfying your Taste Buds

Satisfying your taste buds in Singapore

Hawker is the best option in satisfying your tummies when travelling in Singapore.  But since I’m doing a solo trip, I’d rather stay in less crowded areas to enjoy my meal. Below are the visited restaurants in my Singapore - August 2014 trip.

Toast box
Food: 8 out of 10
Value: Affordable
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Location: Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition  Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard; Also available in many locations across S’pore and Philippines
Order: Kaya Toast

From the woody theme in 2012, they have revamped into clarifying white theme this time.  

Paris Baguette
Food: 9 out of 10
Value: Affordable
Atmosphere: 9 out of 10
Location: Arrival Hall Terminal 2, Changi Airport
Website: http://eng.paris.co.kr/global.html
Order: Nuts & Nuts $5.26 (185 php, 2014)

As a fan of Korean cafes, it is so cool to be welcomed by a Korean brand in another country.  Stepping out of the arrival gates and about to head to the subway station, I bumped into Paris Bagauette in Changi Airport Terminal 2.  It is already passed 5pm, so they have limited menu.  Thus, I chose only from the available pastries and have tasted nuts and nuts caramelized bread.

Moving along the other malls of Singapore, there are also other locations of P&B.


Rocky Master
Food: 7 out of 10
Value: Average
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Location: #B1-03B, Jun Xin Building, 402 North Bridge Road, Bugis
Order: American Breakfast ($10.50 = 357 php, 2014)

Nothing fancy about the food, the place is clean, less crowded in the morning.



Charlie Brown Café Singapore
Food: 8 out of 10
Value: Average
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Location: HMV 313@Somerset, Orchard Rd, Singapore 239518 (near Somerset station)
Website: http://www.charliebrowncafe.com.sg
Order: Turkey Ham Salad (A mix of tomatoes, fresh greens and juicy turkey ham, $5.90), Ice Lemon Tea ($2.50); Total (with GST): $9.00 (313 php, 2014)

In my first visit in 2012, I ordered pancakes as to what they are famous for.  This time I chose something light to end my evening stroll in the city. 


Thai Express
Food: 8 out of 10
Value: Average
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Location: #03-33, Departure Hall, Changi Airport Terminal 3, 65 Airport Boulevard
Order: Kaho Kai Jiew Kung (Rice with Fresh Prawn Omelet) $10.30 (350php, 2014)

Being too early in Terminal 2 and having a delayed flight back to Manila, I decided to roam around Terminal 3 instead.  Since there is no Thai Express in the Philippines, thus, I’d go Thai for my last night.  

Low lighted restaurant which gives serenity and dedicated in giving Thai feel as they have life size Buddha statues in every corner and pillar of the restaurant.  Food is very tasty but it is just my bad to order omelet, when it is the 6th egg I would be eating just for the day. (Sorry, but seem there are much left over only for this time). 



Union Square Café & Casa Verde
Food: 9 out of 10
Value: Expensive
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Location: Super Tree Dining Grove , 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953 (near Bayfront station)
Wensite: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/dining/supertree-dining.html
Order: Chicken Salad (12.85$ = 448 php, 2014)

I’m not sure if it is allowed to eat outside the dining grove, but took the risk.  After watching the 7:45 light show, I ordered my dinner and jump-out to have dinner under the super trees. I had fun while eating and watching the lights slowly dancing as it prepares to the next Garden Rhapsody (light and sound) show at 8:45pm.



Eggs and Berries
Food: 9 out of 10
Value: Expensive
Atmosphere: 9 out of 10
Location: Changi City Point #01-37/38, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, 486038 (near Expo Station)
Order: Eggs Benedict ($13.80); Total (with service charge & GST): $16.25 (566 php, 2014)

Balance meal of meat, egg and veggie that is very satisfying for an early dinner, but a bit expensive.  White is the prominent color of the restaurant and you could feel the peace in the place as it is not heavily lighted.



Stranger’s Reunion
Food: 8 out of 10
Value: Expensive
Atmosphere: 9 out of 10
Location: 37 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169356 (near Outram station)
Order: Buttermilk Waffle (with maple syrup and fresh fruits) $11.9 sgd (384 php) ; Magic Coffee $5.50 sgd (176 php)

A small cozy cafe in Singapore striving to make you the best cup of coffee humanly possible. Home of the three-time and current Singapore National Barista Champion & Second runner up at the World latte art Championships. [Reference]

This time, I’m looking for a themed café and I found this online before going on this trip.  It’s on my way to Sentosa, so I dropped by Outram Park MRT station Exit G (and walk along Eu Tong Sen St.).  It has a simple and cozy feeling, but you can feel the elegance on the items on the table – cool water bottle, simple floral arrangement, nice menu, and you’ll notice the crew were very hands-on assisting the guests.

To my curiosity, I also tried what they are famous for – Magic Coffee, said to be the magical ratio between coffee and milk and first to be offered in Singapore.



Are you looking for a place to eat on your upcoming visit and feel what it means by “Uniquely Singapore”?  Visit the following links: