📍Gyoza-San SG @ Sun Plaza

Ambience: 6/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Flavor: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Service: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Overall: 24/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

Yesterday, I visited Gyoza-San SG, a specialty gyoza shop that serves fresh gyozas with no pork and no lard, as well as Gyoza-Bento sets that includes unique local flavours that are specially curated for the locals.

I ordered (1) Chilli Crab Bento (S$11.80), and (2) Special Unagi Gyoza (S$6.90).

Boy, was I surprised at that quality of the Chilli Crab Bento! The extremely generous portion of real crab meat that was mixed into the flavourful chilli crab sauce just hits all the right spots. The sauce had all the sweet and savoury flavour that you would want from a chilli crab dish; and when you combine that with the tangy note that comes from the seasonings and spice, it just gives you mouthful after mouthful of explosive crab-packed flavours. The three pieces of Original Gyoza and onsen egg also complemented the dish well, as it helped to balance out the heaviness of the Chilli Crab Bento by providing a different texture and a lighter flavour to the dish.

As for the Special Unagi Gyoza, I really loved that I was able to truly taste and visually see the unagi fillings that was in the gyoza, as it showed that they were using real ingredients and were not skimpy about it. Each bite was packed with unagi flavour that had a nice thin and crispy skirt. Dipping it into their soy sesame vinegrette with ginger special dip also added flavour and aroma to the gyoza.

Overall, the flavour of Gyoza-San SG was truly spectacular, particularly the Chilli Crab Bento, and for that, I give Singapore’s Gyoza-San SG a solid 9/10 for Flavour.

For their Service, I really enjoyed the conversations I had with the 2 ladies that were serving me. Their positive attitude and cheerfulness were truly infectious, and I really appreciated it. In fact, for a take-away kiosk, I originally did not have much expectation for any form of interactions with the staff, but the good customer service that they provided was a very pleasant surprise!

For that, I give Singapore’s Gyoza-San SG a perfect 10/10 for Service.

As for Ambience, I do feel that they have some room for improvement, and this is just my 2-cent of constructive feedbacks so take it with a pinch of salt. I feel that it is truly such a waste that Gyoza-San sell such delicious bento and gyoza, but they opt to serve it in a takeaway kiosk-type store with no options for dining in. While they placed an effort to make the store stand-out by using neon lights decoration, the size and location of the kiosk was also not placed strategically as well, as it was cramped between multiple stores to its left, right, and front, which makes the whole kiosk feel so cramped and overshadowed. Not having a dine-in option also makes the store lose out on potential customers as well considering the fact that the store that is literally in front of it has dine-in options, alongside many other stores situated around the area. Thus, I truly feel that the potential that Gyoza-San SG had is not maximised.

For that, I give Singapore’s Gyoza-San SG a 6/10 for Ambience.

Overall, Gyoza-San SG at Sun Plaza scored a 26/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavour, and Service. To conclude, this take-away kiosk is a store that went over and beyond with its service, flavour, authenticity, and generosity of ingredients. It is a brand that have so much potential, and I can’t wait to see what future holds for them!

📍Mad for Garlic @ Suntec City

Ambience: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ 🤍
Flavor: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ 🤍
Service: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 🤍
Overall: 26/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

Last night, I visited Mad for Garlic, a unique restaurant that serves garlic-infused Italian dishes, but with a Korean twist. It is located at Suntec City West Wing, #02-300/301.

I ordered (1) Triple Garlic Seafood Pasta (S$25), (2) Garlic Snowing Pizza (S$27), (3) Grilled Chicken & Mushroom Risotto (S$25), (4) Red Berry Wine Cooler (S$8), and (5) White Berry Wine Cooler (S$8).

The Triple Garlic Seafood Pasta was absolutely the highlight of the night. It was topped with fresh mussel, squid, shrimp, and baby octopus, which provided a hint of the flavours of the sea. While the seafood was good on its own, when combined with the al dente spaghetti coated with red chili pepper sauce and an adequate ratio of garlic sprout, it created a perfect savoury pasta with a kick of spice. It was a satisfying blend of flavour that did not have either the garlic or the chili feels too overwhelming.

Their signature Garlic Snowing Pizza was a solid dish as well. It is a thin crust pizza filled with sweet white sauce that really hits you with a burst of flavour as you move towards the crust. It is also topped with fried garlic, shrimp, pineapple dice, and tableside-grated cheese. It has no doubt lived up to its name of “Garlic Snowing Pizza”.

Unfortunately, the Grilled Chicken & Mushroom Risotto was a disappointment. The risotto itself wasn’t bad, but the grilled chicken felt like it did not belong to the dish at all. By itself, it tasted dry and bland. Even when it was eaten together with the risotto, not only did it not elevate the dish, but the toughness of the meat also almost made it a chore to eat a spoonful of the dish. Perhaps it would have been better if the dish was kept as a Mushroom Risotto without the Grilled Chicken.

As for the Red Berry Wine Cooler and White Berry Wine Cooler, at just S$8 per cup, they were perfect complements to every single dish that I’ve mentioned above.

For that, I give Singapore’s Mad for Garlic an 8/10 for Flavour and 9/10 for Service because the tableside grating of cheese was a very nice addition to the dish that elevated my expectations of the pizza.

On the aspect of Ambience, I truly fancied the colour theme of the restaurant, as the deep brown coloured (almost black) brick walls luminated by the white light brought about a very calm and relaxing vibe to the restaurant. No doubt a good environment to be at if you are looking to chill and catch up with your friends.

For that, I give Singapore’s Mad for Garlic a 9/10 for Ambience.

Overall, Mad for Garlic at Suntec City scored a 26/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavour, and Service. To summarize, despite being Garlic themed, you do not need to worry about neither the flavour nor smell of the Garlic being too overwhelming, as the garlic are infused into their dishes. Do give it a try if you are looking for a unique concept of eating garlic-infused Italian dish but with a Korean twist!

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📍Ninja Chirashi @ Block 824 Tampines Street 81

Ambience: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Flavor: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Service: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Overall: 25/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

For a second time, I have returned to Ninja Chirashi at Block 824 Tampines Street 81, which is located conveniently across Temasek Polytechnic – approximately 5-minute walk from their Main Gate and 12-minute walk from Tampines West MRT Station.

I have previously done a review of Ninja Chirashi’s Truffle Chirashi on 7 Jul 22, and because the eatery left such an impression on me, I have decided to return a second time to try out their other offerings. If you have yet to see my previous review on Ninja Chirashi, be sure to check it out by scrolling through my Instagram page or my Blogger!

This time, I ordered (1) 3-Way Salmon Don – which includes a mixture of Aburi Salmon, Sashimi Slices, and Ikura to top it off. I also went with a different choice of set meal for this visit, opting for a (2) Pitan Tofu Set with Refillable Hot Tea.

The set meal totalled up to a price of S$20.90, which was a tad pricier than the Truffle Chirashi variant I had previously. By itself, the 3-Way Salmon Don was S$15.90, and the inclusion of the set meal came in at an additional cost of S$5.00.

This visit at Ninja Chirashi had made me fell in love more with the eatery because the consistency of their flavours is no doubt top tier. The Sliced Salmon tasted as fresh as I remembered – if not better, and the inclusion of the Aburi Salmon and Ikura simply gave me so many more variations of flavours to mix-and-match the perfect spoonful of the Don. Speaking of which, the best scoop would be a quarter spoonful of their rice together with a cut of Aburi Salmon, Pitan Tofu, and Ikura. The combination of the subtle sweetness of the Ikura, creamy pungent flavour of the Pitan Tofu, and the savoury Mentaiko Aburi Salmon, will unquestionably give you an explosion of dynamic flavours in your mouth. Even on its own, each individual component paired with the rice will leave you wanting for more. Without the shadow of a doubt, the 3-Way Salmon Don is a clear winner when compared to the Truffle Chirashi.

For that, I give Singapore’s Ninja Chirashi a 9/10 for flavour.

The eatery continued to be manned by one staff, with no signs for further increment of staff. Nevertheless, because I visited during off-peak hours, the staff was visibly more attentive as compared to my prior visit. The eatery was also still playing old j-pop music that I was oh-so-familiar with, which really met the expectations that I had prior the visit.

For that, I give Singapore’s Ninja Chirashi an 8/10 for Service and 8/10 for Ambience.

Overall, Ninja Chirashi at Block 824 Tampines Street 81 scored a solid 25/30 after combining the scores for Flavour, Service, and Ambience. To conclude, this eatery is truly one which I hold in high regards. I would highly recommend the place if you are looking for a chill environment that serves well-priced, yet quality Don with fantastic sides that have consistent flavours and qualities in all your visits.

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📍Joji’s Diner @ 534 Upper Serangoon Rd

Ambience: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Flavor: 6/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Service: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Overall: 25/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

Visited Joji’s Diner at 534 Upper Serangoon Rd on a Thursday night, which is located 6 minutes walk away from Serangoon MRT Exit A. Alternatively, you can also take bus 153/147/853/107 from the bus stop outside Serangoon MRT Exit A (no. 62139), and alight after 1 stop.

I ordered (1) All Star Plate, (2) Banana Creampie, and (3) Loaded Fries.

Priced at S$12.90, the All Star Plate was packed with a very generous portion of classic American breakfast ingredients - Scrambled Eggs, Baked Potato Chunks, Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, Wild Mushrooms, Bacon, Sausage, Baked Beans, and a choice of either a Garlic Toast or a French Toast.

Amongst the aforementioned ingredients, the ones that really caught my eye were no doubt the nearly melt-in-your-mouth fluffy Scrambled Eggs, as well as the Bacon that was so crispy that you could literally hear the crunch with every single bite. As for the rest of the ingredients, they were conventionally prepared - not in a bad approach, but in a fashion that did not stand out to me.

Priced at S$8.90, the Banana Creampie is a very well-executed huge, thick and creamy banana milkshake topped with a very generous amount of whipped cream, chocolate syrup drizzle, wafer fan, and a cherry on top. I would recommend sharing this with a friend because if your appetite isn’t too big, the All Star Plate paired with just a couple mouthfuls of the Banana Creampie would instantly fill your stomach. Alternatively, you can also go for their Tea options that are more refreshing, less heavy, and definitely less sinful - such as the S$5.50 8 Secrets Green Tea that comes in a teapot, sufficient to fill 3 full tea cups.

Last but not least, priced at S$8.90, the Loaded Fries is an intentionally-soggy crinkle cut fries that is topped with beef chilli, homemade aioli, and cheese. This is definitely not for diners who do not enjoy soggy fries because as a soggy fries hater myself, this dish did not convert me into a soggy fries lover. However, because of the inherent bias against soggy fries, I will not take into account Loaded Fries into my rating for Joji’s Diner.

For that, I give Joji’s Diner a 6/10 for Flavour.

As for the ambience, I was so impressed by how closely Joji’s Diner replicated the retro vibe of the diners in the 50s. From the choice of the red chairs, black and white checkered floors, as well as the decorations on the wall, Joji’s Diner really aced the replication of a retro diner vibe. It really looked like a scene straight out of Pop’s Chock’lit from Riverdale. The only other retro-diner that gives me such a similar vibe in Singapore is perhaps Mel’s Drive In located in Universal Studios Singapore. On a side note, what really sold this place for me was their choice of music, when I heard them playing my all-time favourite song - The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! At The Disco. Boy was their taste in music immaculate.

For that, I give Joji’s Diner a 9/10 for Ambience.

The staff were also generally very friendly. When my friends and I came at a time where the Diner was completely full, the staff who welcomed us at the door immediately walked around the floor to gauge how long we had to wait and proceeded to give us a time estimate together with a digital queue number that will inform us when a seat is available for us. An SMS was also sent to my mobile phone when the seat was ready. Although the downside was that because Joji’s Diner was located at a rather boring street of Upper Serangoon Rd with the nearest NEX Shopping Mall located 7 minutes walk away, there wasn’t anything we could do while waiting for an available seat.

Nevertheless, I give Joji’s Diner a 10/10 for Service.

Overall, Joji’s Diner at 534 Upper Serangoon Rd scored a 25/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavour, and Service. To quickly conclude, the real highlight of Joji’s Diner is their retro-vibe ambience and personally, the music that they play in the diner. As for their food, they are traditionally executed, but do not expect flavours that are too mindblowing.

📍Waa Cow! @ NUS UTown

Ambience: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Flavor: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Service: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Overall: 24/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

On a Sunday night, I visited Waa Cow! at NUS UTown, which is located roughly 10 minutes walk and 5 bus stops away (via bus 95 at 18331) from Kent Ridge MRT Exit A.

I ordered (1) Spicy Mentaiko Wagyu Beef, (2) Goma Tofu Set, and (3) Lemmy Lemonade.

At a cost of S$24.90, the Spicy Mentaiko Wagyu Beef was undeniably expensive, but the first-class wagyu gastronomy experience that came with the price tag was incontestable. By itself, the signature wagyu was indubitably a melt-in-your-mouth beefy, fatty, and juicy goodness. I could have literally finished the entire bowl of Wagyu just on its own even if there wasn’t any additional sauce that accompanied it. Nevertheless, the inclusion of the special beef sauce on the wagyu and the rice brought forth additional depth of flavours and textures, which undoubtedly refined the dish. But what really set this dish apart from its competitors was inarguably their house-made Spicy Mentaiko Sauce, which brought forth a very delightful spicy citrus flavour profile to the dish. With the addition of the Spicy Mentaiko, it created an auxiliary fun component to the already unbeatable dish, as I could mix-and-match the components that I want to include in my spoon, creating different variations of top-class flavours.

For that, I give Singapore’s Waa Cow! a 10/10 for Flavour.

In terms of customer service and ambience, perhaps due to the nature of the outlet’s location - which was located within a university, there wasn’t any aspect that stood out. Howbeit, if I were to really point out a characteristic that I appreciated, I wholeheartedly enjoyed the peacefulness at the NUS UTown outlet. There were barely any customers around towards closing, and the people strolling in the vicinity was close to none.

For that, I give Singapore’s Waa Cow! a 7/10 for Service and 7/10 for Ambience.

Overall, Waa Cow! at NUS UTown scored a 24/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavour, and Service. To quickly conclude, the flavour was truly faultless, but for the best dining experience, I would recommend visiting their alternate outlets at Marina One and Change Alley Mall.

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📍Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo @ YewTee Point

Ambience: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Flavor: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Service: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Overall: 24/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

On a Monday night, I visited Singapore’s Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo at YewTee Point, which is located 1 minute walk away from Yew Tee MRT Station Exit A.

Upon my arrival at Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo, I noticed that akin to YewTee Point’s Penang Savour which I had visited just a week ago, Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo also had an exiguous capacity for dine-in customers - which is beginning to emerge as a trend for the eateries I visit in YewTee Point. The small eatery also felt overshadowed by the comparatively gargantuan 云吞仔 to its left and Long John Silver’s across it, which could perhaps cause non-regular visitors of YewTee Point to overlook Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo.

After entering the eatery, I was pleasantly surprised by their means of displaying the ingredients, which was through the use of multiple refrigerated sliding display cabinets and upright sliding door display chillers. I thought that this was a huge boon for such eatery, particularly for Lok Lok and Mala stores, as it is an additional benefit on the area of hygiene in comparison to open-air display.

On top of that, I also thought that the crockery the eatery used was quite exquisite - particularly the large Chinese bowl, as it made me feel that there was a hint of China culture being brought into the dish alongside the inscriptions on the bowl and the pictures of the face-changing mask commonly used in Sichuan opera.

For that, I give Singapore’s Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo a 8/10 for ambience.

I ordered, of varying quantities, (1) Little Spicy, (2) Glass Noodle, (3) Maggie Noodle, (4) Vegetable Noodle, (5) Enoki Mushroom, (6) Lotus Root, (7) Yuba, (8) Pork Belly, (9) Chicken, (10) Lobster Ball, (11) Cheese Tofu, (12) Taiwanese Sausage, and (13) Chinese Sausage.

At a total cost of S$37.80 (2 pax), Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo fell onto the pricier spectrum of the Mala Price Scale. However, for each extra dollar that you are paying here, the improvement in quality and flavour that you are receiving is exponential. The meat that you pick out from the fridge are all individually vacuum packed to preserve the hygiene and freshness - which really comes through as you bite into the meat. The infusion of the Mala spice also gives that extra fragrant, spicy kick that makes you want to go back for more. For foodies who can’t take spice very well, Little Spicy is the way to go.

The eatery service was on point as well, with tissue papers standing by at the counter for dine-in customers who were sneezing through the Mala spice.
For that, I give Singapore’s Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo a 8/10 for flavour and 8/10 for service.

Overall, Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo at YewTee Point scored a 24/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavour and Service. To quickly conclude, if you are looking for a quality Mala store selling authentic flavours and are not mindful of paying extra for it, Wan Xing Mala Xiang Guo is the place to visit.

📍Penang Savour @ YewTee Point

Ambience: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Flavor: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Service: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Overall: 24/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

On Thursday night, I visited Singapore’s Penang Savour at YewTee Point, which is located 1 minute walk away from Yew Tee MRT Station Exit A.

Upon my arrival at Penang Savour, I noticed that the size of the eatery was really small, with not many seats available for dining-in customers, especially during peak hours. As a result, we had to wait close to 15 minutes before a seat was available for us. Nevertheless, despite the small size of the eatery, I do see efforts placed into utilising the spaces they have to design their interiors to fit the theme of the eatery - such as the blue door at the storefront, the faux greeneries hanging near the ceiling, and the choice of wallpaper. However, what really impressed me was Penang Savour’s service, where the staff who was in-charge of queue management handed out menus to all the dining-in customers who were queuing up for a seat before the customers even headed into the eatery. The staff also allowed the customers to place an order with her while queuing up for a seat. I thought this was a pleasant surprise as it kept us - the customers in line, occupied while waiting for a seat. It also allowed the kitchen to prepare our food first in anticipation that we will be heading into the eatery for a meal soon - which saves us waiting time in the eatery after queuing up for so long. As a matter of fact, approximately 4 minute after we entered the eatery, most of our food had arrived - piping hot.

For that, I give Singapore’s Penang Savour a 7/10 for ambience and 10/10 for service.

I ordered (1) Crispy Noodle with Egg Gravy, (2) Hot Chinese Tea, and (3) Penang Chendol.

If you are simply craving for a well-executed traditional crispy noodle - with no additional gimmicks to the dish whatsoever, at just S$5.50, Penang Savour is the place to go to. The combination of the crunchy crispy noodle together with the traditional egg gravy is simply a match made in heaven. What's even better is that Penang Savour was extremely generous with their portion size, which makes the dish such a value for money. The S$1.20 Hot Chinese Tea also acts as a good palate cleanser.

On the negative side, I really didn’t like their S$2.80 Penang Chendol. It tasted extremely flat and bland as I couldn’t get the fragrant, sweetness, and taste from both the coconut milk and the gula melaka at all. I was also disappointed to not find any attap chee within the desert.

For that, I give Singapore’s Penang Savour a 7/10 for flavour.

Overall, Penang Savour at YewTee Point scored a 24/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavor, and Service. To quickly conclude, if you are looking for a well-executed basic traditional noodle dish such as crispy noodle or ee mian that has a generous portion size, this is for sure a place to consider visiting. But I most definitely would not go out of the way for it as you can likely find a similar tasting dish in most better zi char stores in Singapore.

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📍Picotin - Fairways @ 60 Fairways Drive

Ambience: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Flavor: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Service: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Overall: 27/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

This post goes out to the green pea lovers out there! We have the (1) Green Pea Pesto with Penne Rigate from Singapore’s Picotin - Fairways, located in Champions Public Golf Course at 60 Fairways Drive, a fair way from Sixth Avenue MRT Exit B. If you are visiting here, I highly recommend that you drive or take a Grab into the compound.

After practising my golf swings at the Driving Range on Thursday night, I visited Picotin - Fairways for dinner (with reservations) with my friends. First step into the bistro, I was delighted by the spacious al fresco dining environment, with a clear view to the lush greenery outdoors, and the chill environment as the cherry on top. The friendly staff also made the experience that much better, always putting their customers' requests at the forefront, readily making themselves available to assist the customers. Unlike most bistros, they aren’t too picky with how you go about placing your order as well, and can also bring the beers to you at the Driving Range, so I thought the bistro was really cool!

At S$20.00, the Green Pea Pesto with Penne Rigate tasted fabulous. The Penne Rigate was al dente, and with each spoonful of it, the Green Pea Pesto nicely retained on the surface of the Penne Rigate, which makes the flavours contained in each spoonful to be extremely consistent. Albeit the consistency in the flavours, it does not get to a point where you start to get sick of it - which was a pleasant surprise. The portion size was just sufficient as well. Aside from the Green Pea Pesto, I also highly recommend their Brewhaus Cherry Bury (S$25.00 for a jug during happy hour or S$28.00 standard cost) and Moroccan Mint Tea (S$5.00), which pairs really well with the food.

For that, I give Singapore’s Picotin - Fairways a 10/10 for ambience, 9/10 for service, and 8/10 for flavour, which gives it a very solid 27/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Service, and Flavour.

To conclude, Picotin - Fairways at 60 Fairways Drive is a very solid bistro hidden away in Champions Public Golf Course that you should definitely visit if you drive or are willing to take a Grab, regardless of whether it is for a chill drink or a meal. Alternatively, you can also check out their other 2 outlets at Katong (382 Joo Chiat Road) and Waterboat House (3 Fullerton Road).

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📍Eggslut @ Scotts Square

Ambience: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Flavor: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Service: 10/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Overall: 30/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

On a Saturday afternoon, I visited Singapore’s Eggslut, which is located at Scotts Square - approximately 1 minute walk from Orchard MRT Station Exit A.

Upon my arrival at Eggslut, I was extremely delighted to see that the queue had substantially subsided compared to the first couple of months after the opening of Eggslut back in early September 2021. I still vividly recall that the queue was so intense back then that they had to dispatch Eggslut staff to pass out cups after cups of cold mineral water to the 5 rows of customers that were queuing in the blazing heat.

I ordered (1) Fairfax Sandwich, (2) Truffle Hashbrowns, and (3) Grapefruit & Ginger Craft Soda (which is an exclusive Brewlander x Eggslut collaboration).

At S$12.00 per sandwich, the Fairfax Sandwich delivered exactly what I would expect a sandwich priced at a hefty S$12.00 to be delivering - melt-in-your-mouth soft creamy scrambled eggs, light and fluffy brioche bun, and other ingredients such as chives, cheddar cheese, sriracha mayo, and caramelised onions that perfectly complemented the sandwich but not overpowering the flavours of the scrambled eggs. There was no doubt that the star and highlight of this brilliantly executed sandwich was the soft and creamy scrambled eggs.

Priced at S$5.50, at the very moment that the tray of Truffle Hashbrowns reached my hands, I could already smell the irresistibly strong Truffle fragrant coming through from the Truffle Hashbrowns. The bites that I took subsequently did not disappoint as well. The hashbrowns were so crispy you could almost hear the sound of the crisp, and despite the strong fragrant, the actual truffle flavour did not feel overpowering either. A really well executed hashbrown.

The S$5.00 Grapefruit & Ginger Craft Soda also paired well with the meal, providing a good change of flavour profile, bringing in more acidity and punchier flavour to the meal.

With that, I give Singapore’s Eggslut at Scotts Square a 10/10 for flavour, and 10/10 for service.

Continuing on to the ambience, my favourite part of the entire dining experience was literally the seat that I have chosen for myself - the window seat that faced the buzzing street of Orchard Road. I found it to be a really calming and refreshing view as I was able to take a seat and have a meal while being treated to a HD view of the gorgeous streets and buildings of Singapore’s retail heart. Having my back facing the rest of the diners in Eggslut also really cancelled out the noise coming from the crowd, and really allowed me to focus on my conversations with my friend. Nevertheless, the seats at Eggslut were really generously spreaded out, with more than sufficient space between one seat to another seat, allowing every diner to have lots of personal space and privacy while they are dining. There was also a gorgeous neon light Eggslut sign mounted to the wall, which gave the entire place a very nice modern vibe.

With that, I give Singapore’s Eggslut at Scotts Square a 10/10 for ambience as well, which makes this the first place I’ve visited since the start of this account to have scored a perfect 30/30 after combining the scores for Flavour, Service, and Ambience.

To conclude, Eggslut at Scotts Square is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for quality sandwiches with delicious sides to pair the sandwiches with.

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📍BIZEN Okayama Wagyu Steakhouse @ Bugis Village

Ambience: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Flavor: 6/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Service: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Overall: 20/30 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍

On a Saturday afternoon, I visited BIZEN Okayama Wagyu Steakhouse, which is located at Bugis Village - just a short 2 minutes walk from Bugis MRT Exit C. Do keep your eyes open though, as you can easily walk past this establishment unintentionally as it is a tad hidden among the shophouses if you aren’t keeping an eye out for it.

Going into the steakhouse, what really caught my attention was that I really loved how the two four-seaters seating areas within my immediate line of sight each had their own area of privacy which was created by separating the two areas with a beautiful faux plant wall. I thought this was very brilliant and extremely floor space-efficient. I also really appreciated it as giving diners an option to dine with some form of privacy is always a huge plus point that establishments can provide.

I ordered (1) 150g Petite Sirloin (Medium Rare) with Koshihikari Rice and Sautéed Trio Mushrooms.

For S$32.90, I was honestly quite saddened by the presentation of the dish and the portion size of the sides. Perhaps the depressing portion size was amplified by the cut of meat I have chosen, the Petite Sirloin, which is on the smaller end of the steak size scale. Nevertheless, I walked out of the steakhouse still feeling slightly hungry, so perhaps they can consider being a bit more generous with the Koshihikari Rice and Sautéed Trio Mushrooms.

On a more positive note, I was really satisfied with the quality of the meal. The Medium Rare Petite Sirloin came out more moist, tender, and beefy than I had anticipated, compared to the extra chew and dryness that I was expecting. Really well prepared. On its own, the Sautéed Trio Mushrooms tasted flavourful as well. The only letdown was that I felt that the 3 ingredients did not come together as a dish. They each tasted good individually, but as a whole, they just didn’t complement each other well, just like how the dish was presented - each ingredient on its own 3 separate corners.

For that, I give Singapore’s BIZEN Okayama Wagyu Steakhouse a 7/10 for ambience, 6/10 for flavour, and 7/10 service because I really appreciated the Free Mingo Ice Cream they gave us at the end of our meal.

Overall, BIZEN Okayama Wagyu Steakhouse at Bugis Village scored a 20/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavour, and Service. To conclude, if you are craving for steak and is within close proximity of the steakhouse, BIZEN can be one of the options to consider, but it definitely will not be my top choice nor will I go out of my way to visit the steakhouse.

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📍Ninja Chirashi @ Tampines Street 81

Ambience: 7/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Flavor: 8/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Service: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Overall: 24/30 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍

On a Friday afternoon, I visited Singapore’s Ninja Chirashi, which is located at Tampines Street 81 - approximately 5 minute walk from Temasek Polytechnic’s West Gate and 12 minute walk from Tampines West MRT Station. If you are travelling via MRT, I would suggest taking Bus 46 opposite East View Primary School (bus stop ID 76289) after coming out from Tampines West MRT Station. You will arrive at Ninja Chirashi after 2 stops and a walk for another 3 minutes.

Upon my arrival at the eatery, I was quite frankly shocked at the relatively small size of the eatery, as well as how it was hidden within the neighbourhood by coffee shops to its left and right. What was even more surprising was that the entire eatery was manned by only 1 waiter, which is honestly quite rare even in the small eatery scenes. I can’t deny that this initially lowered my expectations of their dishes, but the food that entered my taste buds subsequently completely proved my expectations wrong as it blew my mind.

I ordered (1) Truffle Chirashi - which is a combination of Ninja Chirashi and Truffle Oil, and (2) Set A (4 Slices of Sashimi + Refillable Hot Tea).

The entire set meal cost me S$18.50, which honestly wasn’t very pricey because S$12.50 of it was from the Truffle Chirashi, which contained a very generous amount of raw Salmon and Tuna chunks.

The thickly cut cubes of raw Tuna and Salmon tasted very fresh, and when taken together with the rice drizzled with their secret sauce, it gave a very mellow savoury taste that makes me want to go back for another mouthful. The truffle oil and garlic bits elevated the flavour profile of the dish, giving it a nice crunch while having a hint of truffle flavour that wasn’t too overpowering. However, as I dug deeper into the dish, I started to run out of sashimi and tamago to pair with the rice, so it eventually came to a point where I had to eat four spoonfuls of rice on its own - which felt quite jelak. Nevertheless, as a whole, I thought the dish was really well executed.

I was also really heartened by the waiter, as despite being the only staff around, he really tried his best to juggle between serving the customer to the best of his ability while taking orders and packaging takeaways. Yes, it may be hard at times to catch his attention to ask for hot tea refills, but I can truly see that the waiter was putting his utmost effort into ensuring that his customers get a wonderful dining experience while smoothly running the eatery.

For that, I give Singapore’s Ninja Chirashi a 8/10 for flavour, 9/10 for service, and 7/10 for ambience because despite the small eatery space, they managed to enhanced the atmosphere with a neon logo on their wall for photo-taking, and memorable j-pop cum anime music playing in the background to pair with the homely view of the neighbourhood through the translucent window glass panel.

Overall, Ninja Chirashi at Tampines Street 81 scored a solid 24/30 after combining the scores for Flavour, Service, and Ambience. To quickly conclude, the eatery is a great spot to fix your sashimi don cravings if you are staying near Tampines.

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📍Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar @ GR.iD

Ambience: 9/10 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍
Flavor: 6/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Service: 6/10 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍
Overall: 21/30 ❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍

On a Tuesday night, I visited Singapore’s Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar, which is situated conveniently at GR.iD - a short 7 minutes walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Exit A. Located at Level 3 of the building, even before I arrive at the bar, what really caught my attention was that between the walk from the automatic door entrance of GR.iD to the open doorway of Kamikaze, I was bedazzled with multiple neon-themed installations, cafes, and shops at the corner of my eye. It was really quite a unique sight as I rode my way up the escalators.

Upon my arrival at Kamikaze, I was welcomed into the bar by a waitress - who led me to my seats, of which I did not make any prior reservations. As I made my way towards my dining area indoors, I noticed that there was an atmospheric night lamp on every table, as well as a mid-size indoor water wall installation. These combined with the dim indoor lights at the bar was a refreshing change of atmosphere compared to the neon-themed experience outside the bar. There was also an outdoor dining area that offered street view of the famed Life of Liquor and Club FML, alongside other bars, restaurants, and stores.

With that, I give Singapore’s Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar at GR.iD a very solid 9/10 for Ambience.

I ordered (1) Fried Bacon with Enoki Mushroom, (2) Salmon Teriyaki Don with Onsen Egg, (3) Bucket of 5 Hoegaarden, and (4) 4 Skewers (Pork Collar, Pork Belly, Chicken Heart, and Shiitake Mushroom).

Frankly speaking, with the impressive ambience, my expectations of the food was really elevated - which perhaps may have induced what I felt was - a tinge of disappointment.

The S$10.90 Salmon Teriyaki Don with Onsen Egg was rather average as the Salmon Skin wasn’t crispy and the meat was on the drier side of the scale. I also felt that the rice to ingredients ratio was slightly unbalanced as there was a lack of variety of greens and other ingredients compared to the amount of rice.

On a more positive note, the S$9.90 Fried Bacon with Enoki Mushroom was really good. The Bacon was unbelievably juicy and the pairing with the crispy Enoki Mushroom was brilliant as it elevated the entire dish to a whole new plane. This is a must-try and will definitely be the reason why I re-visit Kamikaze in the future.

Last but not least we have the 4 S$0.90 Skewers - Pork Collar, Pork Belly, Chicken Heart, and Shiitake Mushroom. I’m really torn on this dish as I really loved the Chicken Heart Skewer but I really disliked the other 3 - especially the Shiitake Mushroom. Both the Pork Collar Skewer and Pork Belly Skewer were really dry and overcooked, while the Shiitake Mushroom Skewer just completely lacked seasonings and flavor. On the other hand, the Chicken Heart Skewer was just so on-point, as it had that sweet, chewy, and slightly metallic oomph flavor that I really like. However, for just $0.90 per piece, it doesn’t really give me much room to complain about its quality as it is really value-for-money.

With that, I give Singapore’s Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar at GR.iD a 6/10 for flavor and a 6/10 for service as well as their customer service was up to standard - with the waiter and waitress being friendly, readily available, and prompt in attending to our orders, queries, and requests.

Overall, Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar at GR.iD scored a 21/30 after combining the scores for Ambience, Flavor, and Service. To quickly conclude, the bar is honestly a decent spot for a casual night out with your friends, colleagues, and especially your significant other due to the impressive ambience that you can get here without breaking your bank.

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