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Bistro Petit Salut

As one of the restaurants in the less boisterous part of Holland Village in Chip Bee Gardens, Bistro Petit Salut is more commonly known as the no frills version of sister restaurant Au Petit Salut. While the bistro greets you with its minimalistic decor and plain dark oak-brown wooden walls and furniture when you walk in, it is anything but when it comes to the food. Bistro Petit Salut is certainly no nonsense and spares no compromise when it comes to serving good quality authentic French cuisine.

Al-fresco style seating arrangements are also available if enjoying the lush greenery and the humid weather is what you would prefer. Drivers need not fret for there is ample parking around the compound and estate without having to walk too far.

We came here for the Set Lunch at $28++ one Monday afternoon and there was a healthy stream of customers once more reaffirming the draw factor this French bistro holds especially since it was only the first day of the week.

Warm complimentary bread were served in a basket once we placed our orders. It was hard not to compare the bread with the one I had at Bistro Du Vin 4 days ago and unfortunately, this one did not quite match up but I dont usually turn down warm bread with good quality salted butter so the three of us polished off this basket quite easily.

For our Entrées, we decided on the “Salade Lyonnais” which was a fresh and delightful serve of greens mixed with croutons, tomatoes and a single poached egg.

A Coffee Club Dinner

It was back to O’ Coffee Club at Holland Village to use up our remaining 3 groupons that we had bought last year. And as I had mentioned in my previous post, it was technically 50% off the bill- you pay $10 for every $20 spent!

There is really nothing not to love about this Coffee Club branch at Holland Village and I dont think I had mentioned earlier but the service here is really excellent. The waitresses/waiters are polite and efficient, very sincere in their service and A+ at making you feel comfortable and served. 3 times I have been here and though I have been served by different people each time, they have all left a very lasting impression and I have to commend the people who have trained them so well and of course the workers themselves for making such an effort at service.

Between the three of us, the first main we shared, was the Honey Glazed Chicken which had a crunchy French Onion crust and was served with mashed potatoes. You can never fault Coffee Club for their presentation and first impressions of their dish. It’s safe to say that the chefs do a good job at replicating what you actually see in the pictures of the menu. However, taste wise was a little disappointing. The seasoning and marinating of the chicken had not been properly done, leaving some parts of the chicken really salty and difficult to eat. The greens were very fresh though and mash smooth.

The Mega Club Sandwich was a definitely a good choice. Layers of classic Caesar salad with roasted chicken, smoked salmon and cheddar, this is one sandwich that is scrumptious in a healthy way if you excuse that cup of golden crisp french fries at the side…

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Holland Village)

Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao was my first ever experience with xiao long bao- that small pouch of soup and mincemeat which fits exactly in a soup spoon. The thin and supple skin that breaks with a tiny bite so that one can first slurp up the soup inside before dipping what’s left of it into ginger and vinegar before popping it into the mouth.

Yes XLB became one of my favourite Chinese delicacies which I really enjoyed and I was soon on my way to try the different XLBs that Chinese restaurants had to offer, notably Din Tai Fung and Paradise Dynasty.

This time I was back at Crystal Jade in Holland Village after my last buffet experience a year ago where I solely enjoyed 5 lous of XLB which gave me really bad indigestion after that for the next few days. Had a slight phobia of XLB after that but that was due to my greediness.

Decided to not repeat my mistake and torturing my tummy again so I was good and ordered only one basket this time!

Tried 2 new La-mien flavours and they were so good! Definitely not disappointed at all. The first was the Hot and Sour La-Mien which the waitress who had taken our order warned us that ‘it was hen lar (very spicy)!’ We gave her a grin and said ‘hen hao!‘ with a thumbs up! When this bowl of piping hot La-mien arrived, it was delicious and an excellent choice. Was soon slurping up the spicy soup and enjoying the heat of both the chilli and chewiness of the La-mien.

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar

So my sister was rushing out her paper and dad was tired after a long day at work. It was already 7.30pm and we were all starving so calling for a delivery was the next logical step to feed our starving rumbling tummies. We did initially want to order Oishi Pizza because that was the only pizza place that Jie was willing to compromise on especially since she just came back from the land of pizza and was hence adverse to the idea of eating pizza. But Oishi had stopped taking orders for the night since they were pretty popular that night so I suggested Crust!

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar first started out as a small family owned store in 2001, to recently being named one of Australia’s fastest growing franchise networks and had just recently opened their first international store here in Singapore. Ironically though I have driven past the Norwood outlet back in Adelaide several times, I had never tried it before because they did not do deliveries. We checked out the website online and found a few pizzas that caught Jie’s eye so this is what we ordered!

O’ Coffee Club @ Holland Village

Yet another Groupon deal- $10 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Food and Drinks in 15 Locations Islandwide! Not many terms and conditions except that only a maximum of 5 groupons could be used per table and the offer was also available everyday including public holidays! So we came here for dinner on Boxing day and I only had my iPhone that day because I was dragged out of bed literally by daddy who insisted that I had slept enough and some fresh air was good for a sick person so I did not take the dslr out.