Lolla

Upon walking into Lolla, what struck me first was the bar seating, I hear they’ve a communal table too but it wasn’t opened when I went. The other thing that was interesting was that I got to see the chefs prepare my food (and they got to see me eat my food). Overall it was a good experience, though it was slightly pricey, especially since the portions are small. It’s probably best to go for drinks and snacks, and not when you’re extremely hungry or have friends who are big eaters.

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Gem Salad with Anchovies and Garlic ($14) – There wasn’t anything bad about this salad but it wasn’t anything fantastic either. For its price, I wish they’d given a bigger serving or a salad with more substantial components, I mean I probably could’ve bought ten times the amount of anchovies, greens and garlic at the supermart for $14.

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Sea Urchin on Squid Ink Pudding ($19) – THIS WAS AMAZING. A sure must try! I don’t know what words to use to describe it cause I don’t think my words can do it justice. It’s a really small portion but you won’t regret it. It’ll be your best $19 spent!

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Sweet Clams with Fig and Kimchi Broth (approx. $20) – Clams were well cooked and there weren’t any empty shells (i.e. you get your money’s worth), and the broth was yummy. My only question was: why separate the clams and the broth? Cause I ended up eating them together anyway.

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Duck Fat Potatoes ($13) – I ordered these because I missed the duck fat fries I ate in Berkeley. However, these were a far cry from the delicious truffle-like tasting fries I had in Berkeley and so I was quite disappointed. But I must say the potatoes were well cooked, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, a pleasurable texture to eat.

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Doughnuts with Lemon Curd ($12) – I think the curd was the winner component in this dessert. The doughnuts were nice and fluffy but the curd was what really made the dish. In fact, my dad and I slurpped up all remaining lemon curd after we’d finished all the doughnuts. It was that good. It feels like the dish should’ve been called “Lemon Curd with Doughnuts”, instead of vice versa.

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Steamed Dark Chocolate Pudding ($15) – It was served hot and molten and struck a nice balance between cake and pudding. Accompanied by vanilla bean ice cream from Creamier, it’s the perfect end to a meal at Lolla. In fact, I would actually go back just for this. 

As you can already tell, Lolla is quite pricey, especially relative to it’s small serving portion. It was a good meal experience, made special by the sea urchin pudding and the steamy dark chocolate pudding. I don’t know if I will go back again, maybe if I were around the area and wanted to have something light.

 

22 Ann Siang Road

Tel: 64231228

TWG #8

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Seared Salmon with Tea-Infused Rice ($26)

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Coconut Vanilla (Turquoise) and Salted Earl Grey Caramel (Black) ($2 each)

Ramen Keisuke Tori King

Ramen Keisuke Tori King is but one of the three ramen stalls opened by 2011 Tokyo Ramen Champion, Keisuke Takada. This shop in particular specializes in chicken based broth. When we arrived the place was pretty empty and so we were served rather promptly.

Some aspects which made this experience difference from eating at other ramen stores was: (1) They give girls pink cups and boys blue cups; (2) Everyone gets an ordering form and are to write their names and orders on them so that when your ramen is served, they can personally hand you your noodles; (3) They have free flow beans sprouts and hardboiled eggs!

I ordered the Black Spicy Ramen with Flavoured Egg ($14.90). The broth wasn’t too bad though I can’t say I prefer it over tonkotsu (pork) broth and as the name suggests, the soup was also very peppery, like enough pepperiness to choke you. I don’t know if that was what I envisioned when I ordered this. The piece of grilled chicken thigh that comes with the ramen is huge and tasty and cooked really well. It also does a lot more for your hunger as compared to two slices of chashu usually served in ramen shops, and so I would say the ramen here was well worth its price.

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100 Tras Street

#03-15 100 AM

Tel: 66046861

Pollen

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Eating here made me forget that I was in Singapore. Apart from the amazing food and service, they also provide a buggy service to and from the restaurant, plus free entry into the flower dome. It wasn’t exactly a cheap meal but it was worth every cent. Visit this place to celebrate a special occasion, you won’t regret!

18 Marina Gardens Drive

#01-09 Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

Tel: 66049988

Gattopardo Italian Grill & Pizzabar

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11 Canning Walk

The Legends Fort Canning Park

Tel: 63385498

CSHH #2

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CSHH – Chye Seng Huat Hardware

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150 Tyrwhitt Road

Tel: 63960609

 

Loysel’s Toy #6

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Jones The Grocer

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9 Dempsey Road

#01-12

Tel: 64761512

 

Saveur

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5 Purvis Street

#01-04

Tel: 63333121

PS. Cafe #5

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#02-09A Palais Renaissance

Tel: 68872207

TWG #5

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