Morsels

I’d heard about Morsels for quite a while but never got down to trying it cause they only open for dinner (6-10pm), and I’m usually busy or at home for dinner. So this year, for my 22nd birthday, I decided that I wanted to have dinner there. Having never visited before and therefore not knowing what their menu was like, I called in advance to make a reservation and also ask the lady boss, Petrina, to suggest a menu for a budget of about $50/pax. This is what we got:

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House Marinated Olives & Brie Balls with a Salsa-like Sauce

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Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche with Tortilla Chips – I really liked this and judging from the comments on their Facebook page about this dish, I think a lot of people concur. It’s a must-order when you visit!

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Egg Jello topped with Boquerones (Anchovies) served with Burnt Miso Vinaigrette & Croutons

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Tomato Tofu Salad

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Grilled Octopus Risotto with Salted Egg Sauce, topped with Tobiko (Roe of Flying Fish) & Wasabi Sprouts

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Steamed Clams in Kimchi Fig Broth with Pickled Wakame

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Pan-seared Snapper in Miso Buttermilk, topped with Ikura (Salmon Roe) & Daikon Sprouts

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Butcher’s Secret: Grilled Bavette served with Confit Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Shishito Peppers, Pickled Grapes, Onion Jam & Chimichuri Sauce

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Panna Cotta with a Red Wine Fruit Compote

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With my grandmama who’s just recovering from a double bypass. Was really glad to have had her at the dinner.

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My dad got me a Margarita Birthday Cake, and this was after I already had about 4 drinks. I guess some things do change when you’re 22.

Not pictured: Chicken Skewers, Pork Skewers and the Firecracker Pork Pasta with Habanero Pesto & Sour Cream

We paid about $880 in total for 12 people, including about 6 alcoholic drinks and one corkage. Sorry don’t have the exact price for each dish cause we ordered it set menu style.

For my birthday every year, we usually go to a chinese restaurant so having it at Morsels this year was a refreshing change, which many of my guests appreciated too. In terms of price, I felt that because we’d ordered so much, and my dad’s office also happens to be in the same building (i.e. they are work neighbours), there were some things they could’ve waved, for example, the $35 corkage, especially since we did also order their alcohol drinks, and also the $3 charge for extra bread, which by the way, came so late that we were already done with the dish we wanted to have the bread with. It’s not really about the extra $38 but the PR – you want your customers to come back and I thought that would’ve been a nice gesture and would’ve “sealed the deal” for me.

Eating here reminded me of all the nice little owners-are-the-chefs restaurants you try overseas. The quality of the food they serve is topnotch and the service was excellent too. Every dish we got was interesting and it felt like an adventure for my guests and I – we were constantly referring back to the menu and trying to find the ingredients in the dish. Honestly, I’ve never experienced this kind of cooking from a local startup, and I think it was encouraging for me to see this couple step out and start something so revolutionarily new, not sure if either of them have a chef background though.

The food is good and I will go back, but do note, it is on the pricey side so maybe save this place for a nice occasion. Once you’re there though, I’m sure you won’t regret the experience and the food. Morsels is definitely a MUST TRY for all Singaporean foodies.

SUPPORT LOCAL! Visit Morsels at:

35 Mayo Street

Tel: 63966302

http://www.facebook.com/morselsinsingapore

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Penny University

This is a pretty little cafe in the East Coast, not sure if there’re many others like this around there, and so it’s definitely a gem for all those who stay in the East. It serves coffee and desserts, as well as breakfast and sandwiches, and is an all round nice place to chill – I spent more than 3 hours there with Evie, and saw many others who were working there with their laptops.

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Honey-infused Greek Yogurt with Granola & Dried Fruit Topping ($6) – The yogurt with granola was nice. Yogurt wasn’t too sour, which is the way I like it, but I did wish I had slightly more granola topping. I thought it was a decent portion for its price, but then again it’s one of those items that’s hard to write about because literally anyone can remake this at home, even if you didn’t have much of a culinary flair.

Skinny Latte ($5.50) – It bubbled slightly, which based on my coffee-drinking experience, usually means that the milk was slightly overheated. But other than that it was good. I think they use beans from Liberty Coffee.

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French Toast with Fresh Fruit, Maple Syrup & Cream Cheese ($8) – Evie ordered this. She said it looked pretty and that the berries were sour. We initially couldn’t tell if it was cream cheese served with it cause it was rather tasteless. Overall, I think Evie enjoyed it. I can’t comment on whether it was fluffy or eggy cause I didn’t try it, plus I don’t particularly fancy french toast.

If you do decide to pay them a visit, try the Toasties! I didn’t order them this around, but we sat near the kitchen and I saw many orders of toasties being served, so they must be good! Also, the owner (well, at least I assume he is) recommended us to try the Turkish Eggs, and also the sandwiches. They also sell a variety of desserts. I have yet to try them but they do look really yummy. Hopefully this helps you make your ordering decision when you visit!

402 East Coast Road

Tel: 90213959

http://www.pennyuni.com

Cups N Canvas

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Back: Mango Orange Juice ($5.80) & Cucumber Mint Iced Tea ($5.80)

Front: Carrot Cake ($6)

The cucumber mint iced tea was probably the winner of this lot. It was really refreshing and didn’t have too much of a raw cucumber taste. It was a tad bit too sweet for my liking but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There was nothing exceptionally good or bad about the carrot cake but it was worth the $6 just cause it was huge.

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Sweet Potato Latte ($4.80) – This drink was one of the recommendations. It looks, tastes and sounds really unique. Pam said it tastes like bubur cha cha, and didn’t really appeal to her tastebuds (she rates it 1/5). I guess unless you’re feeling adventurous, or want something rich and sweet, or feel like having bubur cha cha then maybe this isn’t for you.

I didn’t get to try the coffee this time, but I might return to try it again if I’m around the area. Another thing that sounds interesting to try is the ice blended sticky date pudding drink. Overall our experience there was enjoyable, especially because the service was good and it wasn’t too crowded.

139 Selegie Road

Tel: 68846855

Tom Dixon Popup Pizzeria

I’d been anticipating this event since the day I heard about it. There aren’t enough popup restaurants in Singapore – I think it’s such a cool concept! This popup event was put together by Xtra and Kith Bistro, Xtra provided the furniture and accessories while Kith catered for the food and drinks. The furniture and accessories were designed by Tom Dixon and hence the event was called “Tom Dixon Popup Pizzeria”.

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I thought this was probably the highlight of the event – the chef makes all the pizzas to order in the display window

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The menu for the night – affordable

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Tom Dixon light fixtures

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Salmon Pizza (top) & Pepperoni Pizza (bottom) – my friends and I really enjoyed both pizzas. The crust was, in my opinion, perfect. It was thin and crispy but not too crispy that it falls apart when you bite into it. The toppings were very well paired and given in just the right amount. I don’t usually eat smoked salmon or sashimi but this salmon pizza was really yummy. By the end of the night, three of us girls finished 12 out of 16 slices of pizza, telling of how good the pizza was.

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Each diner had a wooden slab, kind of like a cheeseboard, and disposable wooden utensils as a place setting. It was simple but fitting to the theme.

We really had a good time at the popup pizzeria, though we didn’t buy anything designed by Tom Dixon. I was just slightly disappointed and perplexed at why we couldn’t takeaway the leftover slices of pizza. The waitress told us that the there was strictly no takeaway because they didn’t have pizza boxes. I understand that they didn’t want to let people come in and order whole pizzas to takeaway but I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t let existing customers who have obviously eaten their fill takeaway leftovers, despite the fact that I said that I didn’t even mind taking them away in a brown paper bag. But other than that, the evening went pretty well.

Since the pizzeria no longer exists after tonight, I can’t give any address for it. However, if you’d like to visit Kith Bistro, you can go to:

9 Penang Road

#01-01E Park Mall

Tel: 63388611

You can check out my other visits to Kith by typing “Kith” in the search function. It’s definitely high up on my list of my “go-to” places.

Riders Cafe #8

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Omakase Burger

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200 Turf Club Road

#01-05 The Grandstand

Tel: 67632698

Canopy Garden

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1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1

Bishan Park II

Tel: 65561533

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

Wild Honey #2

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Suprette

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383 Jalan Besar

Kam Leng Hotel

Tel: 62988962

40 Hands #3

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Club Street Social

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5 Gemmil Lane

Tel: 62255043

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