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Showing posts with label Place: Holland Village. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Place: Holland Village. Show all posts


10 January 2011

Michaelangelo's is a fairly popular Italian restaurant tucked along the peaceful Chip Bee Gardens lane of eateries, away from the more crowded Lorong Mambong stretch at Holland Village. So if you're looking for a quiet lunch on your own, or for an intimate dinner for two, this is one place that you could probably consider. Otherwise, maybe the sweep of Wine and Dine Top Restaurant Awards (1996 to 2010) could stir your curiosity a little more ;)

Frutti di Mare

The Frutti di Mare arrived with some measure of promise, with a fleshy slipper lobster, calamari rings, snapper fillets and mussels adorning this typical seafood pasta dish. I must add that it smelled really good too, and did wonders to get that appetite going.

On taste, it was decent, better than average but admittedly nothing to shout about. Of this "assorted seafood" genre, I would have to say that I prefer the ones from Pete's Place or Garibaldi a little more than this.

Tiramisu Tradizionale

The Tiramisu Tradizionale meanwhile was worth screaming and yelling (happily) over. This is one of the best Tiramisu that I've had in Singapore, with a very good balance of flavours and the perfect level of moisture.

The berries on the side added a tinge of sweet and sour that I appreciated quite a bit as it complemented the holy trinity of coffee, chocolate and alcohol beautifully. Really good stuff, I'm returning for more that's for sure!

Very friendly and polite.

$30 for the Frutti di Mare pasta
$13 for the Tiramisu Tradizionale

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Chip Bee Gardens
Blk 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-60.

Pictures taken with the Apple iPhone 4.

Da Paolo Pizza Bar

10 December 2010

Naturally, I saved the best of the three for the last. Da Paolo Pizza Bar along Chip Bee Gardens can almost be classified as a hidden find in Holland Village, though it shouldn't be really because any self-proclaimed pizza lover ought to pay this place a visit. Make it a pilgrimage if you must if you're living on the other side of the island, this is certainly one of the best pizzas in Singapore that I've had the honour of tasting.

Pizza Bolognese

The meat-lover made an obvious choice - the Pizza Bolognese. I loved the way everything weaved together so beautifully that each bite was so simple yet so truly satisfying.

I'm sure it had something to do with the cheese, which was rich, thick and flowing, yet all without being overwhelming. The pizza dough was just right too, and wasn't too thin like those pathetic "skinny" or "thin crust" pizzas. It isn't truly Italiano, but it sure hit the notes right enough.

Pizza Salmone

I dubbed Jaslyn's Pizza Salmone "the healthier pizza" because compared to mine this was lacking in cheese and had fresh smoked salmon covering up for it. She seemed to like it, which is a good thing because I had made her come all the way for this.

It didn't win me over as much though because it had a slightly salty aftertaste. Or, as I tried to explain, it was just too healthy for me - I like my food sinful and comforting you know. Pizza bread dough was really good though, as you can probably tell from the picture here.

So this wraps up a mini three-part series of what I would call a good wood-fired pizza in Singapore. For another amazing find earlier in the year, I would suggest you hop on down to Al Forno at East Coast, guaranteed to delight as well!


WAIT! There's one more post coming up this weekend! For those who have been following me on Twitter you would probably know where this next pizzeria is; for the rest, just hang in there and you'll know soon enough :)

$21 for the Pizza Bolognese
$20 for the Pizza Salmone

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.

44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-46.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

Everything with Fries

01 April 2010

Many of my blogger peers have talked about the first Everything with Fries outlet at Joo Chiat Road but few have made a visit to the newer branch at Holland Village. Situated next to Breko Cafe and opposite Wala Wala Cafe Bar, this modest eatery has been my favourite lunch hangout in the past couple of weeks, largely because of the peaceful atmosphere, decent food and cheery service. And no, it doesn't come with any massage services like the pictures you see above the signboard, those belong to the spa on the floor above.

Lamb Burger

As always, I do my "homework" online before venturing to some place new, and many of the online reviews haven't been the most encouraging towards EWF's beef Cheese Burger. Since I happened to have a meat craving that afternoon (as I do ever so often), I put my money on the Lamb Burger instead. Good news, the burger was good! :)

A thick and juicy lamb patty that has been marinated with herbs and spices. It may not look large on some angles, but it will fill you up enough. I did away with the salad (what a surprise) and asked for a double serving of fries - this is after all Everything with Fries right? I didn't like the artificial-tasting "garlic and herbs" flavour but the Curry Fries hit the spot nicely.

Tandoori Chicken Sandwich

So as a testament to my approval of the Curry Fries, I went for a double serving of it on my next lunch visit. I think the manager recognised me well enough, especially since I'd always promised to try the desserts only to end up too full to order anything at all. My point is, the mount of fries developed quite a peak on my second visit here, and being the greedy potato-lovin' person that I am you can say I was quite pleased indeed.

I especially liked the juicy chunks of tandoori chicken in the sandwich, and they tasted quite good with the slices of onions inside as well as with the curry fries. I can't say the same for the tangy (mustard-based?) sauce though, it was a bit sour and I couldn't put a name to it. Thank goodness for the well-prepared chicken, it saved the sandwich.

Nutella Shake

The highlight of it all, however, is not actually the fries, but this lovely Nutella Shake. Now, I've had many milkshakes claiming to be the true "Nutella" milkshake, but I think this blend from EWF has set the standard of complete Nutella-inspired sin and indulgence.

Thick milkshake with the full Nutella flavour. This is heavenly.

Excellent. Cheery, bright and friendly service.

$9.90 for the lamb burger
$8.90 for the tandoori chicken sandwich
$4.90 for the nutella shake

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.

40 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village.
Next to Breko Cafe, opposite Wala Wala Cafe Bar.

Pictures taken with the Canon Ixus 80 IS.

Fosters: An English Rose Cafe

04 February 2010

The good thing about being a student is that sometimes you can have all the time in the world for lunch, which also means you could walk around and about Holland Village checking out all the lunch deals before you finally settle on one. This time round I was drawn in by the cosy interior of Fosters, and a grill combo of meats would always be something that would be hard to say no to.

The plain toasted bun served at the start was nothing to shout about, but I liked the clam chowder soup which was so creamy and so full of clams. My main of a grilled combo consisted of grilled steak, salmon and fried chicken in mushroom and onion sauce and all-in-all I found it passable. I thought the salmon was a bit overdone though, the steak was just a little too thin for my liking, but at least the fried chicken had a nice and simple batter to it.

The dessert of vanilla ice-cream and crêpe was not as appetising because the crêpe was quite soggy, but a nice cuppa of coffee to complete the meal was enough to satisfy me. All that for $16.90++, pretty worth it I would say! :)

Very good, constantly refills your glass with iced water. Polite and friendly too.

277 Holland Avenue, Holland Village.

Pictures taken with the Canon Ixus 80 IS.

Breko Cafe

02 December 2009

Simple dinner at Breko's at Holland Village with the army friend James. As always, I choose a seat on the second floor because of the cosy sofas and air-conditioning - great set-up surely for catch-up conversations. Guys may fancy the frequent soccer matches shown on the tele here.

Burnt Chick: 3.5/5

I thought I would get a tanned blonde but I got a burger instead. As some of you may know by now, I stayed by my usual practice of doing away with the salad and coleslaw and getting a bit more fries instead. The fried chicken patty was really good and I liked the way it paired with the soft buns.

Chicken and Mushroom Baked Rice: 2.25/5

James couldn't eat half of this, let alone finish it altogether, much because it was really too creamy. An over-proportionate amount of sliced onions lies beneath that layer of cheese as well, which he tried to remove one by one after they proved a bit too overwhelming. Perhaps those who really like the creamiest of baked rice would like this a lot.

Very good.

$12.50 for each, subject to GST and service charge.

38 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village.

Additional Comment
First picture source here.

3 Monkeys Cafe

22 August 2009

I thought the concept of this place is pretty interesting, plush monkeys lying around the restaurant, waiters and waitresses in safari-like uniforms, even a manager in the safari ranger shirt. 3 Monkeys Cafe at Holland Village is the second branch to open in Singapore, with the first and main restaurant located at Orchard Towers.

3 Monkeys Cafe is a great spot for gatherings with their long tables and benches, so if you're looking for a place to monkey around (alcoholic drinks available as well) here's one to bring your buddies to. You would notice that there wouldn't be much reviews on the food in this post, in part because everyone agreed that the food was "alright", "okay", "not bad" but not necessarily awesome. The good thing was the 1-for-1 UOB Card offer for main courses (note: one card for one pair of main courses, promotion from 1 August till 31 October 2009) which made dinner cheaper.

Italian Meatball Spaghetti: 3/5

I stifled the urge to try the "Mighty Joe Burger" (Double beef patty, double cheese, double turkey bacon and double turkey ham) and settled for the meatball spaghetti instead. Wrong choice as the spaghetti was quite ordinary and the meatballs were close to the ones from Pastamania, the latter of which goes for half the price.

Black Pepper Burger

Yiwang had this and it did look heartily good. He found the portion a tad too big for him though, and the patty was quite thick indeed.

Sambal Bali Fish

This dish has been receiving quite a lot of favourable reviews online because of the spicy sambal chilli. Portion could be improved though, the two slices of dory fish looked quite small.

Catch of the Day

The "catch of the day" was dory fish cooked with some type of mushroom sauce, topped with greens. You could always opt for fries if you prefer them over broccoli and cauliflower, well, I know I would :)

Creamy Tarragon Chix

For simplicity sake, it's like a chicken chop with cream sauce, served with a small side of pasta. Not an easy photograph to take because the plates were quite long.

Diavolo Chiz

This is the tomato sauce variation of the creamy tarragon chix above.

Supreme Brownie

Looks nice right, I would have ordered it if not for the pants ha.

Pretty Water Jug

Yes, they serve free iced water.

Very good, they try to be attentive despite operating at full house for a Friday night. It was quite a wait for the food though, but they seemed apologetic enough.

$16.90 for the Italian meatball spaghetti
$15.90 for the black pepper burger
$16.90 for the sambal bali fish
$15.90 for the catch of the day
$15.90 for the creamy tarragon chicken
$15.90 for the diavolo chicken
$7.50 for the supreme brownie

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.
** Have at least a couple of UOB cards ready for the 1-for-1 deal ;)


267 Holland Avenue, Holland Village.
Along the Swensen's, Essential Brew and Foster's row of restaurants.

Additional Comment
No pork, no lard.


04 August 2009

Placed on the quieter end of the Holland Village stretch, Mykii (pronounced as "mee-kai") promises not only a getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life but also a getaway for the tastebuds with its fusion cuisine. I've always wondered if you could really call fusion food part of a cuisine by itself, then I looked it up on Wiki and got a simple answer - "fusion cuisine combines elements of various culinary traditions while not fitting specifically into any". Probably that's why the best friend says fusion food doesn't do much justice to cuisines, I suppose she likes her food in their... purer form.

Me, I've always looked to fusion food with a certain type of interest, and with a certain type of expectation. You never really know what you're going to get (like Forrest Gump would say of a box of chocolates) but you hope that the mix would be good, that it would yin-yang sort of good and not some weird mismatch of tastes. At least in Mykii, while you're going through the menu and pondering over what to order, you're treated really well by the friendly and polite staff, so that eases you a bit. And then you order. And then you wait patiently and see what the chefs whips up for you...

Seafood Linguini with Laksa Pesto: 4/5

I could tell the best friend wasn't impressed, but to be honest, I liked this linguini-version of laksa (for those wondering what this is, it's a type of spicy, coconut-based noodle soup). It's less watery than our typical laksa, certainly more like a spaghetti gravy, but spicy and flavourful nevertheless. There was an over-dosage of laksa leaves (otherwise known as Vietnamese coriander) that I thought the dish could do less with. Perhaps a couple more prawns would be nice too. I'm already thinking of using spaghetti, linguine or even fusilli the next time my mother cooks laksa!

Seafood Curry with Tomato Cheesy Pie

In short, seafood curry with plain pizza. It looked quite plain when it arrived and for a while I felt bad for suggesting to my friend to try this. He said it was not too bad though, but noted that there was not much "fusion" going on between the pizza and the curry. He would prefer the cheese blended into the curry, somewhat like the Cheese Curry Udon at Wakashachiya.

Pot Roasted Chicken

The chicken is described as being slow-cooked with Mediterranean vegetables and served with olive and almond pilaf rice, and to me it looks like a Mediterranean version of the Indian briyani rice. Tyler didn't say much, so I'm guessing it was alright but not exactly impressive.

The service was a winner here. A couple of us came earlier and they sat us down with glasses of iced water and politely offered to go through the menu should we need any help. Our glasses were consistently filled throughout the meal too.

$15.80 for the seafood linguine with laksa pesto
$15.80 for the seafood curry with tomato cheesy pie
$14.80 for the pot roasted chicken

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.

17D Lorong Liput Holland Village.
Opposite Subway, next to Petit Provence.


03 August 2009

Be merry and frolic under the sun, or grab a cool cup of yogurt from Frolick, or just go ahead and do both. Be prepared though, amidst the cheeky slogans, lively surroundings and cheery girls, you're going to pay more than you should for those spoonfuls of delight.

The cups come in the typical small, medium and large sizes (but worded as Cup A, B and C for the obvious connotation) and cost as much as $3.50 for a small cupful of plain yogurt. A medium sized cup costs $4.80 and would give you the choice of a free topping, but as the best friend asserted, she should get it as well for the price she is paying for her plain yogurt. Frolick claims that its yogurt stays "hard longer than ice-cream", but I'm wondering if that's only to suit its sexual innuendo theme since it didn't stay frozen all that long actually. The (ordinary) kit-kats gave a sweet, chocolatey taste to the smooth and milky yogurt.

More of the cheeky stuff. The yogurt is pleasant but as you can tell I personally feel it's a bit too overpriced. For that price I rather be a little "unhealthier" and get flavoured ice-creams! =)

Swensen's Ice-Cream II

24 July 2009

I was looking through my labels on the right column and I realised that I eat a lot of fried rice, a lot of burgers, and yes, a lot of ice-cream. I guess if there's any time at all when I'm wondering where did those extra kilos come from all I have to do is make a quick check on this blog haha. Well, not much introduction needed for Swensen's, it's a popular name as it is here in Singapore, though NUS students will be glad to know that they're entitled to the "student's promotion" at the Holland Village branch throughout the day thanks to NUSSU Bizcom. It's great being a student =)

Nutty Mighty: 4.25/5

"Chocolate Peanut Buttercup, Macadamia and Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream crowned with a generous measure of whole macadamia nuts, peanuts, almonds, hot fudge and caramel". Go nuts with this sundae, it's really sweet, crunchy and yummy.

Coit Tower

"A tower of Vanilla and Chocolate ice cream, strawberry and chocolate fudge toppings, fresh banana slices and almonds". Good for those who love their classics. And simplicity.

Cookie Summit & Frosted Chocolate Malt

"Mountain of Cookies 'N' Cream and Butterscotch ice cream, covered by cold fudge and chocolate balls" and "Frosted Chocolate Malt ice cream with marshmallow topping, hot fudge and chocolate balls". Rebecca had the Cookie Summit but somehow or another she didn't quite like the aftertaste of the ice-cream. I found it alright though. WeiJie got the Frosted Chocolate Malt, another one of the classics, and seemed to enjoy it.

Good. By the way, if you're here at the Holland Village branch after 11pm or so, do ask for the daytime menu for the ice-cream sundaes because the midnight-morning menu (yes, they actually change the menus) seems to have a smaller range of sundaes.

As according to the promotion, two sundaes for just $9.80++.

251/253 Holland Avenue.

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