Boru Boru X Candour Coffee | A Lunch-Only Pop-Up Concept Serving Japanese Bowls

As its name suggests, Boru Boru (a pop-up Japanese café sharing the space with Candour Coffee) offers an affordable selection of Japanese rice bowls using the freshest seafood and ingredients. The fishes are sliced in-house with a pair of well-practiced hands to guarantee thick, uniform cubes of oceanic bliss that become sweeter the longer one chews. Diners are also free to decorate their bowls with add-ons – such as salmon roe (ikura), flying fish roe (tobiko), and caviar – at the cost of $1-$3 more per ingredient.

The space of the café is relatively small, barely fitting two adult elephants, and one may wish to come earlier to avoid the lunch crowd. Bar seats are also available for those who are unable to secure a table or would like to catch the baristas performing their coffee rituals amidst the lively atmosphere.

Our first bowl, Boru Chirashi ($13.90), features a lively mix of assorted seafood – diced salmon, tuna, octopus, shrimp, and salmon roe – atop a warm bed of sushi rice. The toppings were undeniably fresh and felt alive at times, in a good way of course, but what sealed the deal for us was the chef’s generosity with his ingredients. Moreover, the cook on the octopus and shrimp was textbook – soft, succulent, and so delectable!

$12 NETT Porridge Buffet Every Last Friday Of The Month @ The ART (Assumption Restaurant for Training)

I have blogged about The Assumption Restaurant for Training (ART) a few times before (previous posts here, here and here) because I am an ardent supporter of the restaurant’s mission and what it stands for. This training restaurant for students of Assumption Pathway School (APS) located along Cashew Road, offers a safe environment where students can gain F&B working experience with real customers and put their culinary skills into practice in an actual kitchen.

Although The ART was previously only open in the day for lunch and high tea from 12-5pm, they have since introduced dinner service every Friday evening from 6pm-9.30pm and an extremely value-for-money porridge buffet every LAST friday of the month for just $12 nett per pax, $9 nett for children below 12 years old and senior citizens above 62 years old. Nope, not kidding at all!

Offering more than 10 choices with the usual suspects such as Fried Ikan Selar, Chye Poh Neng, Braised Chicken in Soy Sauce and Sambal Long Beans etc, every dish had a homely touch to it and made our buffet even more worthwhile as we went back for seconds and thirds.

Weekend Brunch @ Birds Of A Feather @ 115 Amoy Street

I heard many great things about Birds of a Feather before my first visit here a few weeks ago. This all-day dining cafe and bar that serves Sichuan-influenced Western food opened by folks who are natives from Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan province), has created many waves on social media for its creative dishes and gorgeous space.

We came by one Saturday morning to try their weekend brunch menu and was enthralled by our surroundings. It was like stepping into a whole new landscape filled with tall lush greenery, plants at every corner and wooden accents to compliment. Our dining table for starters was a pseudo cross section of a huge tree trunk while the chairs were mismatched too for that quirky touch. Loved every inch of this place.

The price range of the brunch items were between $20-$26, with a little chilli drawing marked next to the dishes that were spicy. No surprises that quite a number of dishes were marked especially since Sichuan cuisine is known for its fieriness and bold use of spices!

Osteria Mozza by Mario Batali @ Marina Bay Sands

Osteria Mozza offers diners an assortment of dishes inspired by their chefs’ adventures across the globe. For this month of March, the restaurant has taken the unconventional route of returning back to its roots, and showcasing a menu unique to Emilia-Romagna, the northeast region of Italy. This Emilia Romagna Regional Menu costs $128++ per person and $216++ with wine pairing.

The amuse-bouche of Ricotta Cheese with Olive Tapenade was the first to reach our table. This appetizer was indeed a treat for the eyes with the delicate placement of each component done with much finesse. We certainly enjoyed how the puréed olives (tapenade) complemented the homemade ricotta clouds perfectly.

Diners can choose either the Minestrone alla Emilia Romagna or Affettati Misti.

The Minestrone alla Emilia Romagna is essentially a bowl of minestrone soup made with seasonal vegetables. Although the variations of this classic soup are endless, the restaurant’s rendition boasts of clean, beautiful flavours as the Parmigiano broth lends an earthy finish to the vivid greens.

Same Day Delivery Flowers from A Better Florist

Ever needed to get flowers delivered to your girlfriend or loved one at the last minute only to realise that most online florists require at least 24 hours advance notice?

Well, A Better Florist is here to help with their same day delivery policy as long as you order before 4pm that day. Delivery is done from 9am-6pm so if like me you ordered your flowers at 3pm, you will still receive them before 6pm!

There are about 8 different types of bouquets offered with flowers ranging from the classic roses, cheerful sunflowers and dainty tulips. Prices start from $68 for a bouquet of sunflowers such as The Ayla to $108 for the more elaborate collection of pastel roses and calla lilies which I ordered- The Emma.