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Jalan Selaseh hasn’t been seeing much new additions in terms of F&B establishments for the past couple of years; with the moving out of Bing Qi Lin 冰淇淋 from 24 Jalan Selaseh a number of years ago, it is only pretty much recently that a new F&B establishment has moved into the neighbourhood. Named Trovato, the establishment is one that has a focus on Italian fare; occupying a unit that is situated just right beside the now-defunct Bing Qi Ling, Trovato is located at 26 Jalan Selaseh. Bearing a striking exterior that is painted red as well as decorated with red bricks, Trovato is rather easy to spot considering how they just seemingly stand out from their neighbours. The interior of the restaurant follows close to the theme of the exterior; the choice of furnishing and fittings being close to that of a modern-day trattoria — the pizza counter being placed at one of the corners towards the end of the dining hall so patrons are able to have a view on how their signature brick-fired pizzas are being made from scratch all the way to being baked on the brick oven. Serving up a menu that largely features Italian fare, Trovato also does serve up brunch menu that is only available on weekends — their ala-carte menu comprising of sections dedicated to For The Table (i.e. bread baskets), Antipasti (i.e. first course), Zuppa (i.e. soup), Cicchetti (i.e. small plates), Insalate (i.e. salads), Pasta, Brick-Fired Pizza and Pesci E Carne (i.e. fish, seafood and meat dishes). The beverage menu also here features a good variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options — think still and sparkling water, shaken iced teas, soft drinks and juices for the former, while the latter comprises of draft beers and house pour wines; just to name a few.

The Impepata di Cozze is described on the menu as “slow stew mussel in vino bianco (i.e. white wine), coriander, diced onion and focaccia” — a pretty classic dish where the mussels are served in a pot featuring a stew that includes white wine; comes with a strip of focaccia bread on the side. Digging into the stew itself, the inclusion of white wine was pretty evident in this one — the fusion of alcohol did not create a particularly dry mouthfeel for this one; instead, that booziness of the stew runs on the back of the tongue, complimenting the briny notes of the mussels. Whilst there was quite a good portion of mussels that came with the Impepata di Cozze, the mussels could be a little fresher admittedly; not too much of a concern considering how the dish costs $20.90++, though we would have thought that there were mussels of higher quality which we have had at just a slightly higher price point as well too. That being said, the mix of diced onion and coriander provided a textural and flavour contrast to the dish — the former providing a slight crunch factor, while the latter kept things refreshing from the bring flavours of the dish overall. The inclusion of the Focaccia also provides an “instrument” that allows one to mop up all that stew with; whilst we though the Focaccia could have been made a little more fragrant and was a little dry as compared to what we have expected it to be, it still does soak up the stew relatively well for a decent flavour.

Having tried quite a number of dishes that Trovato has to offer, which includes items like the Angel on Horseback (i.e. breaded bacon wrapped oyster served with remoulade sauce) and the Truffle Spinach Cannelloni, we did feel that Trovato could perhaps look into how they could refine their dishes for better quality and execution. One main concern would be the level of freshness of the seafood; whilst the seafood items were all generally fresh for the price point, we did feel that it would have worked out better if they could perhaps source their produce from suppliers whom would be able to provide them with something that is a notch above what they have so as to create a better dining experience for their patrons. Execution-wise, we did feel that the Truffle Spinach Cannelloni could be further refined — perhaps in an effort to not over-bake the elements on the top, the Truffle Spinach Cannelloni does seem to be slightly underdone as result at the bottom; the pasta seemingly still a little doughy and brittle. Perhaps it has also got something to do with us opting for items that are not quite their specialty either — they definitely do seem to be more specialised in their brick-fired pizzas based on their social media accounts. That being said, Trovato does definitely seem like that neighbourhood Italian trattoria that adds on to the limited variety of F&B options in the Seletar Hills estate — a spot that works if one is looking for somewhere to gather outside of the hustle and bustle of town.

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Started by an ex-Din Tai Fung chef, @hong_style_fried_rice serves up affordable plates of fried rice from just SGD4 each! As of now, they already have 5 outlets around 🇸🇬 to satisfy your cravings!🤤

Pretty much tried everything on their stall menu sia…😉
👉Golden Egg Fried Rice w Pork Chop - SGD6.50
👉Garlic Egg Fried Rice w Luncheon Meat - SGD6
👉Dark Sauce Egg Fried Rice w Spicy Chicken Chop - SGD7.80
👉Sambal Egg Fried Rice w Shrimp - SGD7.50
👉Kimchi Egg Fried Rice w Clams - SGD8.50
👉Scallion Noodles w Pork Chop - SGD6.50
👉Chicken Wings (6pcs) - SGD3.50
👉Popcorn Chicken - SGD3.50

Having tried all their different egg fried rice and proteins, I’d recommend getting the Sambal Egg Fried Rice w Spicy Chicken Chop. SHIOK & actually not too spicy!👍

To my surprise, their scallion noodles fared well in both taste and texture. Can try if you haven’t!😄

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📍Hong Style Fried Rice
Ang Mo Kio, Kallang Bahru, MacPherson, Serangoon, Yishun

found out that they just opened in september but they are honestly doing quite well! got the calzone and the pepperoni pizza which came up to $26.90 in total and was super yummy and authentic!! 10/10 would come back again although the location is rather inaccessible and you probably have to drive to get here. parking around the estates are free which is a plus! wish that the burpple deals could mix the pizza and the pastas as I would have liked to try the pasta too

Cravings for fries: Satisfied! ✅ Super sinful, crispy fries with with salty toppings of your choice. It’s perfect if you’re really craving for some savoury comfort food. Its saltiness was very addictive, I think I couldn’t stop after my first one, and I ate until my tongue and the roof of my mouth hurt. 😂

Great for sharing as well, the bowl is huge. It is definitely wallet friendly with the Burpple Beyond 1-for-1 deal, and they allow you to pick different flavours for each bowl. Do note the shop is only for takeaways only.

There was a long queue so decided to try. The fish slices were very big. Very generous with the portion. However, i find the meat not smooth and soft. However, still a good bowl for this price point.

First time trying this dish. I am not sure if I understood the label of the fish in the menu, but the dish which was served eventually was not what I had in mind. The noodles were a little wet, and had a slight tomatoey ketchup taste to it, quite unlike what I would expect from stir fried noodles.
What you see is what you get, noodles with egg bits and vegetables. The beancurd skin were great though. There are probably better dishes on the menu.

Rating 4/10

First time eating at DaXi, which appears to be a place that serves taiwanese food. The batter coating the oyster mushrooms were fried to crisps, and coated with salt and other spices. Very satisfying for a mushroom lover like myself 😋

Rating 7.3/10
Priced at approx $6

Located in a hawker center smack in the middle of a light industrial estate in Ang Mo Kio, parking is a problem, especially during lunch. So I feel this hawker center is mainly catering to staff working in the industrial estate.

I arrived at 10.30 and ordered a standard bowl of dry mee kia for $5.50. Asked for lard bits because there were none in the teaspoon of lard oil added.

The mee Kia was a failure. Not al dente or springy, it was borderline soggy. The chilli sauce was also not spectacular, lacking in heat and flavours. The three pieces of sliced pork and liver were okay, not over cooked. The few slices of braised mushroom were sweetish. Wouldn’t mind them if the chilli sauce was either more tangy or savoury. Be aware that the portion of noodles is very small. So please consider to pay extra for extra noodles. The extra lard bits did help to add more flavours to noodles that was otherwise unremarkable.

I would have written off this bowl of minced pork noodles if it wasn’t for the soup. The very first spoonful brought a burst of flavours. Umami and smokiness coming from the Tee Por fish, plus the robust flavours of pork. I think the owner knows how much his soup is valued because there is a sign at the stall asking for extra charge if you ask for extra soup.

Great soup but not enough to entice me to come again.

We love this place. Hearty teochew dishes that were delicious and tastes so sincere, especially the snapper and tofu in superior soy, their yam ring goes extra large and crisp, my all time favourite kung ba Pao (the meat is jelly soft), and even their beancurd with crab wowed with the homely beancurd taste.

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eclair chocolate ($2)

so good tbh and really enjoy the bitterness for dark chocolate layer but cream for eclair got milk chocolate so slightly milky and not that sweet.

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65% Cacao Ice Cream ($2.50)

really enjoy the bitterness for dark chocolate layer but inside layer got milk chocolate so slightly milky and not that sweet so ice cream got double layer for chocolate.

Matcha Taro (M Size - $4.90)

But I felt like taro topping that it was quite sweet and fresh made. I felt that matcha taste like jasmine green tea taste tbh. Like finally complete to eat matcha series for their yogurt.