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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!

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.

Tai Cheong Bakery @ Holland Village, 31 Lorong Liput

If you have not heard of “Tai Cheong Bakery”, then you, my friend, might just be missing out on what was deemed as ‘the best egg tarts in the world’ by Chris Patten. That said, some probably might not even have a slightest inkling as to who Chris Patten is, except for the fact that he was the last governor of Hong Kong. Notwithstanding, let’s just say that these custard-filled tarts are popular and charming enough to form hour-long queues at both the Takashimaya and Holland Village outlets.

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The Holland Village outlet is the brand’s first dine-in-concept in Singapore which opened its doors in mid-November 2016 to allow customers to enjoy an authentic cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style teahouse) experience. This 42-seat restaurant comprises two sections – an air-conditioned indoor space for guests to relax amidst an open-concept kitchen and an outdoor area for those who prefer a warmer, windier environment. Dine-in customers would also be pleased to know that the restaurant does not impose service charge and prices stated on the menu are already inclusive of GST.

Christmas ’16: Clinton Street Baking Co. Christmas Menu Specials

Christmas is just around the corner and if you have not yet found the right place to celebrate the special occasion, Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant might just be the one-stop solution for you! Available from now till late January, Clinton St has introduced 4 new creations alongside their original menu to bring forth the spirit of Christmas on every plate. Diners, or simply pancake fanatics, would be intrigued to find a delightful twist on their signature pancakes which will be revealed shortly.

Do read on as we slowly unravel the individual creations for the Christmas season that surprisingly does not feature any turkey drama at all.

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Starting the meal on a lighter note, we were introduced to the restaurant’s signature Neil’s Biscuits (served on the house for dinner) which are deemed as the ‘king of biscuits’ by Martha Steward. These delightful buttermilk treats boast of the fluffiest interior hidden beneath the golden-crisp skin. Although it can be rather plain tasting on its own, a generous spread of butter and raspberry jam easily solves the problem and even had us wanting seconds!

Common Chefs Cafe @ 8 Jln Legundi

Sneaking into the local café scene is 6-month old Common Chefs – an unassuming café located right below Victory 8 Condominium along 8 Jalan Lengundi. This hidden gem offers a delectable selection of Western classics ranging from grilled beef burgers to chicken and waffles to make up for that 15-minute walk from Sembawang MRT.

Although the layout and decor of the space is modest, Instagrammers and fellow foodies would be enthralled by the seats near the glass windows for that Instagram-worthy shot amidst the natural lighting. Those simply seeking a cuppa to relax and let loose on the other hand, would prefer to sit beneath the warm downlights to enjoy the cozy atmosphere. We came here twice in a span of two months and got to sample a number of items on their rather concise menu.

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The café’s signature Truffle Tater Tots $12 was certainly a dish to rave about. Crispy potato nuggets deep fried till golden brown before being tossed in fragrant truffle oil and served with generous shavings of aged Parmesan. Despite its slightly greasy appearance, we were centrally charmed by the warm potato puffs encased within its crispy outer shell.

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For something thicker, meatier and juicer, the café has got you covered with an explosive range of flame-grilled burgers! The Boss ($19 for Beef/$18 for Chicken) was literally the big daddy of all their other burgers which showcased a jam-packed layer of flavoursome ingredients – sautéed mushrooms, grilled beef patty, sharp cheddar, fried egg, pickles, bacon and caramelized onions – to create an umami explosion in every bite. The best part was of course the succulent double-layer beef patty packed so snugly between two well-toasted brioche buns.