CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans At Changi Village

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans At Changi Village

Every cafe that I have been to with my family have their own unique characteristics that attracts their usual customers such as aromatic cup of coffee, fantastic ambience to relax away or even friendly staffs that pay great attention to their customers. Not prominently seen, there is this little cafe located at Changi Village which I have visited recently called Chock Full Of Beans, or CFOB in short. This cafe is near to the bus terminal and sure has it’s own unique food style.

Inside this cafe, the seating available was limited, but alfresco dining was largely available as there is the flexibility to open up more tables and chairs to cater for more customers. In the weekend brunch menu, CFOB serves up to fourteen choices of mains such as Eggs Benedict ($12), Ultimate Swiss Rosti ($18) and Buttermilk Waffles ($9), salads, soup of the day ($7), sandwiches and wraps. Besides the usual coffee menu, CFOB serves some unique beverages such as Rose Latte ($5.90), Macadamia Brulee ($6.50), Iced Chocolate with Wild Berry ($7) and Honey Matcha ($7). Beer and cider are available in this cafe too.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

Serving my beverages on the table were my specially requested Matcha Latte ($5.50) and Flat White ($4.50). With the beautiful and colourful cartoon art on the milky foam, I find them rather amusing. Despite my beverages took a while longer to be served, it does made me happy seeing lovely latte art.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

On my side of the table was the Portobello Benedict ($13), which comes with poached eggs topped onto portobello mushrooms and toasted homemade toast.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

The Chock Full Of Scramble ($11) comes with a flavorful bowl of homemade baked beans, scrambled eggs and homemade toast.

 

CFOB: Chock Full Of Beans

 

The Portobello Benedict and Chock Full Of Scramble were both simple mains which tasted average, but what makes these both mains even better was the thick slices of homemade toasts. The addition of sesame seeds on the toasts makes them simply delicious. I can just have them plain. The homemade toasts are available for side order with butter and jam at a price of $4.

 

Address of my visit
Chock Full Of Beans
Blk 4 Changi village road #01-2090
Singapore 500004

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am to 10:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6214 8839
Website: https://www.facebook.com/cfob.changi

 

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Pasir Ris Park And Changi Broadwalk

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Broadwalk

Looking for a fun-filled and sweaty adventure for a family outing? Together with my family, we headed down to the Pasir Ris Park and Changi Coastal Walk during the weekends and it was really fun for our little boy. Both parks are located at the eastern side of Singapore with nice sea view. Simply love it!

Taking bus number 403 from Pasir Ris interchange, we landed onto a venue of colourful outdoor playgrounds where many children get to play and hang out together. With those swings for children and wobbly bridge to build their confidence, Kayden loved steering the “shakable” red Fire Engine, but his personal favorite was the galactic Space Ship. It was full of laughters for my wife and myself that Kayden was getting so imaginative on flying a spaceship and he even taught another toddler the controls on the panels.

“Space ship. Beep, Beep, Beep. Vvvoooooooo!”

 

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Coastal Walk

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Coastal Walk

 

Located near to the Changi Ferry Terminal and Changi Food Market, the Changi Broadwalk is an amazing place. This park is also known as the Changi Point Coastal. We got to see many passing by fastcraft, stationary boats, aeroplanes flying up in the skies and a get close to nature experience.

Kayden stretches out his arms and shouted, “Wah! Aeroplane! Woooo!” He hugged the lamp post when I tried to snap a photograph of his sweaty face.

 

Pasir Ris Park And Changi Coastal Walk

 

For a list of parks and gardens in Singapore, click here.

 

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Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

Little did I know that in the heart of Orchard Road, there is a Japanese restaurant known as The Sushi Bar located in Far East Plaza. With long waiting queues and reservations that require to be requested one week in advance, there must be a damn good reason on what makes this Japanese restaurant to be so successful in captivating the tastebuds and hearts of their customers.

During my lunch visit to The Sushi Bar, this decent sized restaurant, which probably could accommodate up to 60 people, is almost full house. From my impression, The Sushi Bar is a casual dining restaurant which serves a great varieties of Japanese food in their menu. From freshly handmade sushi to grilled meat selections to Donburis, definitely their customers will be spoilt for choices.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Now, let’s talk about the food I have ordered. First up was the Chawanmushi ($2.90), which is a small bowl of steamed egg custard topped with salmon roe. Delicate is my best word to describe the overall texture of this appetizer as a scoop of it literally melted away in my mouth.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

I loved those thick slices of salmon sashimi ($4.90) served on my plate as they look beautiful. The taste of every slice was fresh and tender. A little bit of wasabi coated on each slice was perfect.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Fine and delicate noodles, this is a plate of Wafu Spaghetti ($10.90). The pasta sauce is creamy and most likely to be prepared with the Mentaiko to give that pinkish colour. This is a Chef Recommendation noodle main in The Sushi Bar’s food menu and it is worth to be a recommended dish.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Talking about The Sushi Bar, I have tried out their sushi rolls to check if this restaurant lives up to it’s name. Out of thirteen sushi rolls, I have put my chopsticks and mouth to the test on the California Maki ($8.90) and Ebi Fry Salmon Aburi ($16.90).

Putting each California Maki roll into my mouth, each slice of the sushi was flavorful and I truly enjoyed that chewy mouthfeel of it.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

I am going to give two thumbs up for The Sushi Bar’s Ebi Fry Salmon Aburi! Each slice of salmon on top of each sushi was slightly charred, giving that unique grilled flavor while maintaining the taste and texture of fresh raw salmon. With the fried shrimp wrapped inside, it gives that additional crispy mouthfeel. This sushi roll is all about fresh seafood goodness.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

There are only two desserts available for selection in their food menu, the Taiyaki ice cream ($4.90) and Tofu Cheesecake ($5.50). Therefore, I have decided to order both of them to give it a try.

The Sushi Bar really nailed it with their Taiyaki ice cream, which is a “fish shaped” Japanese toasted waffle stuffed with vanilla ice cream, azuki beans and chocolate shavings. This sweet delight is definitely a must try after food dessert.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

To all cheese crazy lovers, this is The Sushi Bar’s Tofu Cheesecake. From the looks of it, this pastry really looked like a cube of tofu and the texture of it is soft. The crust at the bottom is thick and taste like digestive biscuits. Beside the taste of creamy cheese, there is also a hint of yoghurt that gives that tangy taste.

 

Japanese Cuisine From The Sushi Bar

 

Despite the average dining ambience, my lunch experience in The Sushi Bar was wonderful because the food was very delicious and reasonably tagged. This is a type of restaurant where you can eat, chat and laugh with your friends with your hearts out. So, is The Sushi Bar worth the queue? Personally, my answer is a yes.

 

Address of my visit
The Sushi Bar
14 Scotts Road ,Far East Plaza #04-28
Singapore

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 12:30pm to 3:00pm & 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 12:30pm to 9:00pm

Telephone: (65) 9653 6464
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thesushibar.sg

 

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Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

Coffee? I can’t wait to try The Lokal’s freshly brewed coffee when I first stepped into this cafe, as the coffee aroma was an awakening call for myself. As stated in The Lokal’s beverage menu, their coffee are actually from Sarnies, which is another local cafe located at Telok Ayer. With more than ten coffee selections for their customers such as Long Black ($5), Latte ($5.50) and Espresso ($4.50), this cafe also have the availability for special request like decaf ($1), iced ($1) and soy milk ($1.50). The Lokal also serves alcoholic drinks ($12 to $16), smoothies ($9), tea in pot ($6), sparkling sodas ($4 to $5), iced tea ($7) and even freshly squeezed fruit juices ($6) in their beverage menu. Pretty good spread of drinks.

Putting beverages aside, The Lokal gave me an impression of a lively cafe that will make people happy. I considered myself lucky that I managed to get a good seat in front of the baristas, watching them preparing cups and cups of freshly brewed hot coffee. With a large Sunday lunch crowd in this cafe, the service staffs were quite fast in clearing the tables. Here comes my family weekend brunch in The Lokal at Neil Road.

 

Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

 

About The Lokal’s weekend brunch which is served until 3.30pm, the food menu is very descriptive on the ingredients that are used in the mains. For example, they serves Breakfast burger with pork belly, broken omelette, spinach and chilli jam ($23) and Toasted banana bread, home-made vanilla yogurt, toasted macadamias, caramelised banana ($12). Additionally, they included up to sixteen extra sides to go along with such as poached eggs ($6), grilled sausage ($6), avocados ($4) and smoked salmon ($6).

I actually wanted to try The Lokal’s Chai Latte ($6) but it was a pity that it had ran out. Hence, I decided to try their Vanilla Latte ($6) and got my wife a cup of Flat White ($5.50). The Vanilla Latte has a stronger taste of the vanilla syrup than the taste of espresso and the sweetness level is acceptable. Great for people who enjoys flavored coffee.

 

Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

 

The Lokal’s Flat White has a full bodied taste of coffee with nice smoothness when taking a sip off the hot cup. Loved that latte art on the milk froth.

 

Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

 

Well, my first main served on my table was the Roast beef on rye, caramelised onions, watercress and grain mustard crème fraîche ($19). The first taste was the sweetness of the tender and juicy slices of beef, which were sandwiched between the toasted slices of rye. The sweetness of the beef came from the caramelised rings of onions. With the crème fraîche spread onto the rye, it gives a creamier taste.

 

Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

 

Next was the Roast chicken panini with crispy panchetta, tomato, cucumber, avocado, cos and aioli ($15). Spreading the avocado onto the panini bread gave a buttery taste, the roasted chucks of chicken doesn’t taste dry at all and the panchetta added some saltish taste; making this sandwich not bland at all. This is a simple and delightful main which I enjoyed a lot.

 

Family Weekend Brunch In The Lokal At Neil Road

 

Great taste of coffee and food by The Lokal. The food menu reads yummy and I really wished that I could try out all their food. If you plan to visit this cafe in Neil Road on the weekends, you might need to go there early to get a good seat and the best part is there isn’t any service charge to this cafe.

 

Address of my visit
The Lokal
136 Neil Road
Singapore 088865

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday to Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm (All Day Brunch)

Telephone: (65) 6423 9918
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thelokalsingapore

 

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Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

Today is the 9th of August 2014, which is Singapore’s 49th birthday. While typing out this post of mine, I was watching the National Day’s Parade on television. What a spectacular evening performances from all walks of life and nice memorable National Day songs. Happy Birthday Singapore!

Waking up and feeling good this morning, I have decided to bring my family to Brew Maison, which is a Japanese and Korean styled cafe located in Alocassia Apartments at Bukit Timah Road. Greeted by a fluffy toy lamb at the glass door entrance, the first impression which Brew Maison gave me was a clean and refreshing feeling. The turquoise-coloured wall with the images of birds and a tree is the main attraction in this cafe. There are comfortable large sofa seats available which comes in handy for family with children and every table is decorated with a small pot of plastic flowers. What a lively decorated cafe!

 

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

 

Talking about beverages, Brew Maison Cafe at Bukit Timah Road serves a decent number of coffee choices for their customers, which includes the Cafe Latte ($4.00), Cappuccino ($4.00), Ice Blended Caramel Blush ($5.00) and Ice Blended Mocha Blush ($5.30). What interest me was their non-caffeinated beverages such as Sweet Potato “Goguma” Latte ($4.00), Pumpkin “Kabocha” Latte ($4.00), Donghae Sunrise ($5.30) and Kyoto Springs ($5.30).

Serving breakfast from 7am to 11am, Brew Maison serves breakfast mains such as French Toast ($6.50), Choco Banana Toast ($5.00), Hamago Croissanwich ($5.20) and Tuna Sandwich ($4.30). For lunch and dinner menu, customers can first start off by choosing the meat they like such as chicken ($7.50), fish ($7.50), beef ($9.50) or pork ($8.20) and follow by staples such as rice, bread, pasta or wrap. Finally, five different selections of sauces to choose from like Teriyaki, BBQ or Curry to flavor up the main. This cafe also serves sides to fill up our stomachs a little better such as French Fries ($3.50), Waffles ($5.00) and various salads.

Got ourselves a comfortable sofa seat, the waitress came to us with our Hamago Salad ($4.70), Taro Latte ($4.20) and Heart & Seoul ($5.50) juice. The Hamago Salad is a bowl of fresh greens topped with slices of ham, seaweed and quartered hard boiled egg. To enjoy the Hamago Salad, pour the Japanese sesame sauce into the salad, mixed them well and enjoy the crunchy mouthfeel with nutty flavor.

 

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

 

I was recommended by the staff to try their hot cup of foamy Taro Latte. The Taro Latte was smooth, creamy and mildly sweet. This latte tasted as if I am having a hot cup of Taro ice-cream.

 

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

 

The Heart & Seoul is a cup of ice blended strawberries and banana juice. Sweet and refreshing smoothie that even my boy likes it very much.

 

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

 

This is my Ciabatta bread with chicken topped with BBQ sauce ($7.50).

 

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

 

This is the Chicken pasta with brown sauce ($7.50).

 

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

 

The Ciabatta bread was nicely done with softness on the inside and crispy on the outside. The pasta was properly cooked and mixing with the brown sauce makes my plate of pasta tasty. The serving size of my two lunch mains were just nice, but the only downside was both the chicken patties were quite saltish.

Brew Maison Cafe at Bukit Timah Road is a nice, cosy and spacious dining place that is great for family with children. Personally, from the interior furnishing design to the simplicity of food plating, I feel that Brew Maison creates a more Japanese touch rather than Korean. The food are reasonably priced and they served unique and delicious beverages that even the kids will love them.

 

Brew Maison Cafe At Bukit Timah Road

 

Address of my visit
Brew Maison
383 Bukit Timah Rd, #01-9B, Alocassia Apartments
Singapore 259727

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

Telephone: (65) 6836 2948 / (65) 6735 5068
Website: https://www.facebook.com/BrewMaison

 

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The Curry Hut At Holland Village

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

Taking the train down to the Circle Line’s Holland Village station, The Curry Hut is an Indian restaurant which serves authentic Indian cuisines with a touch of modernization. In the food menu, they serves a wide selections of Tandoori delights, hand-made breads, vegetarians dishes, kids meal, Indian cocktails and delightful sweet desserts.

Recently opened in 27 June 2014 and located near to the Holland Village Food Market, The Curry Hut is a spacious dining restaurant that can accommodate 60 people. The orange-coloured indoor lighting creates a coziness and relax ambiance for their customers.

Serving on my table first was the Papadum with mint sauce, which is prepared using mint, yogurt, coriander and green chili. Cracking a disc of Papadum with my fingers and dipped it into the mint sauce was a fantastic snacking experience while waiting for my food.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Mango Lassi and Masala Chai tea are my favorites when visiting an Indian restaurant. Prepared using mangoes and yogurt, this iced cold Mango Lassi tasted sweet, tangy and refreshing. Simply delicious. The Masala Chai tea is properly done with the boiling of black tea and spices such as cinnamon and ginger. Served warm in my cup, this spice tea has many health benefits such as improving digestion and calming effects. Therefore, it is good to have a cup of Malasa Chai tea after a meal and a hard day’s work.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Commonly eaten as a snack in India during the afternoon break times, this is the Papadi Chaat which is a bite-sized potato puffed patty topped onto deep fried crackers. Tamarind sauce, sweet yogurt and mint sauce are then spread onto them, enhancing the flavor of this dish. The proper way to eat each Papadi Chaat is to put the whole piece into the mouth, chew it and enjoy the flavor.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

For seafood lovers, you have to try these grilled Tandoori Prawns ($23), which are sliced on the top and stuffed with crab crawl meat. Well-marinated and chilled overnight, the meat of these jumbo prawns are rich in flavor and every bite of it is seafood freshness.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

With a beautiful plating is the Dum Lamb Sheekh Kebab ($19). This speciality dish is made up of minced lamb meat, mixed with small chops of onions and spiced with a lot of aromatic herbs. Grilled over charcoal, these rolls of minced lamb kebab were very soft and tasty, without any odor. I also tried The Curry Hut’s in-house special mocktail called Blue Moon, a sparkling drink with the taste of lemon and Sprite.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Just like the Tandoori Prawns and Dum Lamb Sheekh Kebab, my two pieces of Tandoori Lamb Chop ($24) was marinated overnight with Indian spices and grilled over the charcoal flames for perfection. Slicing the tender lamb chop and putting it into my mouth, that slightly crispy mouthfeel and flavorful taste was distinct and wonderful.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

There were three types of curries served on my table, Dhehati Murgh ($19), Lamb Korma ($21) and Palak Paneer ($14). Unlike most curries which are served runny, the curries prepared in The Curry Hut’s kitchen are creamy and has it’s own unique taste. The Dhehati Murgh is an Indian village style curry, which tasted sweet with some spiciness aftertaste. The chucks of chicken meat served in this curry was really tender and almost melted away in my mouth. The Lamb Korma is actually cashew nut curry served with delicate chunks of lamb meat. This curry is sweet and great for non-spicy curry lovers. Under the Vegetable Curries menu, this is the Palak Paneer. This curry is made up of spinach puree simmered with tomatoes, ginger, chili and garlic, followed by topping this green curry with cubes of chewy homemade cottage cheese. If you are looking for a meat free curry, then Palak Paneek is recommended to you. To enjoy the curries, all you need is just some handmade Naan to go along with.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Wrapped up in a thin layer of bread is the Purdah Biryani ($19/$22/$15) which customers can opt for chicken, lamb or vegetarian. This process of wrapping up the biryani locks up the aroma and when the bread is cut open, the steam and aroma of the rice was beautiful. The grains of the Purdah Biryani was very fluffy and light. This is probably the best biryani I ever eaten. Thumbs up!

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Craving for some sweet delights after meal in The Curry Hut? I was recommended to try the Kulfi Pista ($8), which is actually ice-cream made up of fresh milk, pistachio and sugar. This sweet delight is prepared right in The Curry Hut’s kitchen every two days to ensure freshness.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

The Curry Hut’s ambience is great for gathering of friends, family and private events. The food served in The Curry Hut was fantastic and rich in flavor. Despite this restaurant is newly opened, the team have years of experiences in this F&B industry. Hence, if you are planning to have a meal in Holland Village or craving for Indian cuisines, then The Curry Hut is worth to be in your dining checklist.

 

Address of my visit
The Curry Hut
30 Lorong Mambong
Singapore 277688

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 12:00pm to 3:00 pm & 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Telephone: (65) 6763 6493
Website: http://www.thecurryhut.com.sg

 

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