Category Archives: Singapore

Boufe Boutique Cafe @ Phoenix Park

The amalgamation of the words “boutique” and “cafe”, Boufe is the it-cafe of the moment on Instagram. White-washed walls, clean lines and vases of baby’s breath on each table, I was sold the moment I walked in. Actually, the love affair may have already begun when I first laid eyes on the swing set parked just at the entrance. It is not hard to foresee many OOTD shots being taken against this backdrop as this place starts gaining popularity.

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Boufe actually has a corner space dedicated to selling clothes from online women’s boutique- Ohvola so yes ladies, you can shop while you wait for your food to arrive. Possibly any girl’s dream come true- one stop shop and cafe.

Getting here may be a bit tricky though with an approximately 10 minute walk in from the nearest bus stop though word has it that you could hitch a ride from the buggies at the guard house if you asked nicely. Alternatively for those taking cabs or driving, take the left turn from the entrance and drive all the way in, you will soon spot block 308.

CNY ’15: The Splendours of Spring @ Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore

For the Lunar New Year this year at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, indulge in a myriad of epicurean delights and auspicious delicacies by Executive Chef Chung and his acclaimed culinary team. From festive dine-in set menus that cater to couples and large reunion families to fancy takeaways of Yu Sheng Platters of Fortune and Poon Choy, it is simply a celebratory feast with the finest flavours of this season available from 2 February to 4 March 2015.

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We started with a Salmon “Yu Sheng Lo Hei” Platter ($52/$96) with additional top-up of Lobster ($35/100gm) that made much fanfare with its majestic entrance, complete with the lobster head and all. An enjoyable mix of sweet, crisp and citrus notes as we tossed to a prosperous new year. Other combinations for the Lo Hei include Abalone ($88/$148), Ikan Parang ($52/$96) and the Vegetarian option ($45/$88).

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The signature dish of Li Bai is none other than their Stewed “Eight Treasures” Duck with Abalone which is packed with scrumptious ingredients and finished with that glowing sheen that makes it all too tempting to resist. The succulent duck meat too was stewed till tender and just right, as was the meaty al dente texture of the abalone. A great alternative to the usual Poon Choy and a must-have when dining at Li Bai.

CNY ’15: SUCRE’s 100% handmade Pineapple Truffles and Artisanal Cookies

Everyone knows that the Lunar New Year is a time to snack and snack even more. From cookies to bak kwa, to love letters and of course pineapple tarts, this is the season that usually has me willingly expanding my waistline an inch or two.

Pineapple Truffles Set of 5

This year, if you are up for something slightly unconventional and different, do check out the range of Pineapple Truffles from homegrown SUCRE which has created four new exciting flavours- Seaweed, Cheese Lite, Blueberry and Raspberry.

My personal favourite was the Cheese Lite Pineapple Truffle, which is made from the finest Australian Cheddar cheese. A little mix of sweet and savoury, wrapped in crumbly buttery pastry, the truffle melts ever so delicately in your mouth.

Revelry Cafe @ 21 Lorong Kilat

The Lorong Kilat neighbourhood has recently come alive with the opening of a whole slew of new cafes. And the eye-catching colourful circus-themed Revelry is one of them. Priding itself as a waffle specialty cafe, this family-run business is all about, as you may have guessed, waffles. Offering not just the usual sweet ones but also uniquely savoury combinations, you probably will find a waffle here to suit your mood for the day.

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From low-lying lanterns that flood the ceilings, to flamboyant murals of life-sized elephants painted on the walls, and a vibrant red and white colour scheme going on for the decor, the vibe here is definitely exuberant and a little theatrical- a nice change from the minimalist theme in cafes that is honestly getting a tad dated.  The menu too, which opens up like a fan, adds to the cafe’s overall distinct eclectic appeal.

I Want My Noodle @ Shaw Centre

Having been under the weather for the past week, I was having a serious craving for noodles. Random perhaps but I was looking for springy, QQ texture-like eggy noodles with some spicy chilli for a punch. Needless to say that when I saw Nat’s post on I Want My Noodle, I knew that there was no better place to satisfy that craving. Because with a shop name this straightforward, it was obvious what the place had to offer and I was curious to try.

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Located at the newly renovated wing of Shaw Centre, just next to Hainanese-Western restaurant The Ship, this 80-seater space with an outdoor terrace is certainly not small, and may seem quite a gamble for owner Derrick Kuah, for whom I Want My Noodle marks his first foray in the food industry. With an open-concept kitchen, long wooden communal tables and stools to sit on, there is a certain grungy charm to this eatery- an attempt to create that old-school nostalgia to compliment your bowl of craft noodles.