Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cafe: Boufe @ Tanglin

//edited 09.12.15

A promise to myself, I came back again but for dinner this time round! Dinner was equally good and didn't disappoint me.

Crab pasta

Carbonara


Fish and Chips

Sorry bout this photo cause... I forgot to take a proper photo so had to use my Snapchat's. :(

So now, this place is good to go all day!

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Made a trip to this cafe some time back and realise that I totally forgot to post about it! :( (Only realised it when someone was asking me to recommend a good cafe for a date.)

Some might already know, this place is owned by a familiar blogshop name that is pretty popular - Ohvola. I used to be their loyal shopper until their prices went up and designs... aren't really what I like and I got enticed by other blogshops with discounts and etc.. anyway, beside the point - Boufe is pretty decent for the price and the quality of food. Just one thing, the location isn't too great. If you want to get there by bus/train, you're in for a short walk under hot scorching sun. But if you drive, then alright please do come and visit!

Reservations not taken for the weekends and public holidays. We're pretty lucky to get a table for 2 pretty immediately cause the entire place was packed even at 2pm (for a late brunch).

I reckon the entire place can only house max 35 people? Not too sure bout it.

Anyway it's been some time so... I might not remember exactly what I had, and yet I forgot about the prices.

This should be chamomile mint or something. I liked it a lot, was very very refresing.

Some apple tea I think. Which was also pretty decent.

Florentine? I think that's what it was called. Anyway the portion looks small but it was just right for me.


Salmon Croissant, really this was really good and the portion was so super generous. Especially on the Salmon.


Well, this looked really good but doesn't taste that fantastic. I mean it was decent but nah, I guess you can go ahead with the truffle fries. Skip the chili cheese fries (I think that's the name teehee)


I will re-visit this place again if I'm around the around because Tanglin is indeed a little far from where I live.

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Address: 
308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park
#01-01 Singapore 247974

Opening hours:
Closed on Mondays
Tues - Fri 0800 to 2200
Sat & Sun 1000 to 2200 (All day brunch, hooray!)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Taipei: Dazzling Cafe (Pink) @ Zhongxiao Dunhua

Since Singapore already have a Dazzling Cafe.. I'm sure this place is not foreign anymore. Well, still I haven't tried the one in Singapore - which I hope to one day when the queue gets shorter.

My second time in the same cafe as it was the nearest to where my colleagues and I were residing. Since it was a weekend, we decided to pop by this cafe for a date with toast and waffles.

For those who have visited this outlet in Taiwan. It is mandatory for every patronizing guest to purchase one drink and the dining time limit given is 90 minutes. We were lucky that day cause we didn't have to wait for long before we go our table! Though it was a long table smacked right in the middle of the cafe... but it's better than having to wait for 30 minutes just to eat some toast.

Browsed through the menu and I decided to stick to having the classic toast while my colleagues got a little adventurous with their choices.

Mocha

Peanut butter toast with banana, which was not bad. Slice it open and there's peanut butter spread.


Kiwi and apple, which was surprisingly refreshing even though a little sour but it complemented well with the overly sweet toast I had.

French toast which is about the same as my honey classic toast just in another 'form'.

And this is the classic honey toast that all first timers should try! I chose this because the other time I had waffles and it totally disappointed me and it has been almost a year since I last ate it, I thought why not to have the same again. Well, at least it's a guaranteed goodness.

And happy us left the cafe bloated and sugar overloaded.

They have tons of outlets for you to visit, but this one is really close to the MRT startion of Zhongxiao Dunhua.

You can check out the list of outlets here. Pick the one closest to you and they all have different themes. So either you can choose to go by convenience or pick one with the theme you wouldn't mind traveling for!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Taipei: Xindian Hotpot 辛殿麻辣火鍋

I was introduced to this awesome steamboat by my colleague who has been residing in Taipei for 7 years. True enough, it totally did not disappoint us. We ate so much and was so happy that night. 

This meal was probably the first meal we had it out and dined properly in a restaurant. 


Trust me, for this price the quality of food you're getting is definitely worth it. If I'm ever in Taipei again, I'm coming back here indefinitely!

It's buffet style so just tick whatever you want. Basically all the meat was awesome. Just don't forget to go to the sauce counter. I have a secret combination that made all the meat even more wonderful.

Just 1/3 of what 3 of us ordered... hahahahaha.



Spicy and non-spicy and of course I opted for the non-spicy one!

video

Sorry if it doesnt look very artistic but this is true to how it looks LOL.

And yes, this is the sauce heaven. A little like Hai Di Lao but trust me, this sauce is way more awesome.

Basically below are the 3 sauces I added and mixed together and.. I have no regrets. Totally can die right now. hahahahhahaha. Okay just kidding but trust me, it's not bad. A little spicy though, so don't add to much chili if you're not a spicy person.



Just mix it all up together!

Of course who can forget about dessert?! They have Haagen Dazs ice cream with decent flavours like Mango, Taro and the usual Vanilla and Chocolate. About 12 flavours I think.. I can't remember exactly.


If you're heading to Taipei, put this in the list!

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店 名: 信義店
電 話: 02-2722-7667
地 址: 台北市信義區松壽路12號 ATT4FUN 1樓
營業時間:
周一 ~ 周五 11:30 ~ 16:00 / 17:00 ~ 01:00
周六 ~ 周日 11:30 ~ 01:00
訂位人數限制: 18:00 ~ 20:00 最少4人

店 名: 松江南京店 (I went this one!)
電 話: 02-2503-7667
地 址: 台北市中山區松江路129-4號
營業時間:
周一 ~ 周五 11:30 ~ 16:00 / 17:00 ~ 01:30
周六 ~ 周日 11:30 ~ 01:30
訂位人數限制: 18:00 ~ 20:00 最少4人

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Taipei: Waffle Please 比利時列日鬆餅專賣店 [比利时列日松饼专卖店]

Nearby the apartment I was residing, there was this little waffle place that looked pretty decent and we decided to check it out on Saturday morning and noon. We returned to the place again for our meeting. The entire cafe is pretty small... about 20-30 seats max? But they have plugs by the wall seats so you can actually bring your work there to do.

This is the shop front.

I downloaded this picture from SnapChat, so that explains the little caption on top.

熏鸡起司松饼 TWD100 [Smoke Chicken & Cheese Waffle]

It was really good but the portion is a little small. Sufficient for me but might not be for a guy.

蓝莓起司松饼 + 草莓 TWD100 (TWD20 for Strawberries add on) [Blueberry Cheese with additional Strawberries waffle]

Had a mouthful and man, it's really good!

拿铁 Caffè Latte TWD90
蜂蜜苹果茶 Apple Tea TWD60

Totally love the Apple tea. Comes with apple bits too!

Later in the noon, we returned back to the place again..... paritally becuse we had a meeting and there's nothing much around our apartment on weekend. (Neihu is pretty quiet on the weekends cause it's mostly commercial buildings.)

综合水果鲜奶油松饼 TWD110 [Mixed Fruits waffle]


草莓鲜奶油松饼 TWD110 [Strawberry Waffles]


鲔鱼塔塔酱三明治 TWD80 [Tuna Sandwich]

宇治抹茶欧雷 Matcha Lattle TWD70

摩卡 Caffè Mocha TWD100

If you get to see this around the area you are, can drop by for a dessert. It's pretty small portion so not to worry. They don't serve you the knives cause it's nicely cut up for you. Just poke and enjoy.

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They have 2 outlets, so I'm not sure about the other outlet, but I'm sure it's equally good.

內湖店
Opening hours: 08:00-20:00
Address: 台北市內湖區港墘路127巷7號
No. 7, Lane 127, Gangqian Rd, Neihu District
Taipei City, Taiwan 114

大安店
Opening hours: 09:00-21:00
Address: 台北市大安區和平東路二段265巷3號
No. 3, Lane 265, Section 2, Heping E Rd, Da’an District
Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cafe: Hyde & Co

Bello! Yes, I am still alive but I really haven't been in Singapore much so... Well, yeah I haven't been going to cafes (sadly).

In a nutshell, I've just came back from Manila... about a week plus ago and tomorrow I'm jetting off to Taiwan. Probably the last work trip for the year before I lay myself back in my comfort zone and rest. Not sure if there will be anymore surprises but well, fingers crossed! I've got some plans to travel for leisure (finally!) and I'm really eager to starting planning on them after my Taiwan trip.

Okay, so here goes for this really throwback post to beginning of August... almost a month' ago. :/

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I've been wanting to go to this cafe and finally, for a very special occasion we made it here! Reservations taken for 8 pax and it was pretty crowded for us one a small table but we made do with it anyway. :3

It would be good for reservations cause it was darn crowded, well at least every other patron that came about had to wait for seats. So big groups, definitely better to make reservations!

Prices against portion is pretty decent. Though the menu wasn't really extensive we still had a hard time trying to choose what to eat. Everything looked delicious!

I forgot what is this.. but it's some.. coffee. Hahhahahahahaa. (don't hate me.)



Some lime thingy? Which was pretty sour from what I recall..

Some cocktail which is supposedly their signature but I feel like a waste of money because you see the portion! So ridiculously little! (Chris had to order another cup of drink thereafter.....)

Same for this, some cocktail, berries I think.

Latte, which was okay.

Chocolate which I enjoyed.

Thoughtful barista noticed the birthday girl's hello kitty balloons and made this for her.

Truffle fries which was good. 


This should be the full works, which was decent.

Poached eggs and salmon, something that would never go wrong and something I always, always eat. Lol!

Pulled pork which was pretty good.

Big portion and pretty good.

Bagel with Salmon, something along the line.

Basically, there's no complains about this cafe and infact for the food I might just go back for their brunch again. To try other dishes! If you haven't came before, you should drop by for their brunch. I can't say if their dinner would be worth it but brunch is definitely next on your list.

Sorry I really can't recall the prices (you just refer to the menu okay?) hehehe.

Hopefully, I can visit more cafes and continue this space when I get settled down with my work.

Till then folks, see you in another 2 weeks when I return to my home, sweet home.

Ciao!