Coffee & Cake @ Assembly Coffee on 17Mar2016

coffee + apply crumble with ice cream

coffee + apple crumble with ice cream

3 OPS (Outram Primary School) classmates came over to my place & we had a nice, enjoyable homecooked lunch on 17.3.2016. ^^

after a great lunch, dessert, chit chat, we decided to go out for a cuppa.

one friend had to leave so 3 of us went to assembly coffee at evans road in 1 car. 🙂

we ordered cappuccino, flat white, hot chocolate + one apple crumble to share.

last time i came here was with family on 28.12.2014. that time the latte art was good & lemon meringue was very good!

apple crumble with ice cream

apple crumble with ice cream

lemon meringue ran out this time.

my friend ordered an apple crumble to share.

it was pretty good actually. apple was not too sweet, nicely done, texture & taste. crumle top was great & the pie base was good too.

maybe i can make this cake.  i make an ok jam crumb cake. & before that i made a pretty good apple pie too. so maybe can combine the 2 together.

flat white

flat white

i had my usual flat white. no much latte art today. barista not around?

coffee is good here though not really standout vs say chye seng huat at tyrewhitt road & dutch colony at pasarbella @ grandstand or carpenters & cook.

it was great spending time with old friends from primary school. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Mediocre Food @ Tunglok Xihe Grandstand on 30Aug2015

tan jia sharksfin fishmaw soup

tan jia sharksfin fishmaw soup

we go to tunglok often but have never tried tunglok xihe. this evening we decided to try the food at tunglok xihe @ grandstand on 30.8.2015. 🙂

tunglok xihe set menu

tunglok xihe set menu

there was a 6-course S$68 menu which seemed ok at 50% palate discounts, so we ordered that.

tunglok xihe @ grandstand

tunglok xihe @ grandstand

there are ample parking at grandstand & the ambience of the restaurant was pretty good.

tunglok xihe @ grandstand

tunglok xihe @ grandstand

there were quite a few expat family tables. guess grandstand is quite a go to place for expat.

tan jia sharksfin fishmaw soup

tan jia sharksfin fishmaw soup

the tan jia braised sharksfin fishmaw soup turned out to be the best dish for the evening.

it was chokeful of ingredients & wife liked it a lot.

tan jia sharksfin fishmaw soup

tan jia sharksfin fishmaw soup

very good standard, like tunglok signature. i think majestic’s is better though.

steamed fish fillet with ginger & orange peel

steamed fish fillet with ginger & orange peel

the steamed fish was very poor. not sure what fish? menu said 野生鱼wild snakehead? the bill said sea fish.

it had soil taste so maybe it was snakehead. it could be garoupa. not sure

steamed fish fillet with ginger & orange peell

steamed fish fillet with ginger & orange peel

anyway it was very poor. our steamed fish (red garoupa from chinatown market) at home would beat this every time & by a long margin.

prawn in 2 ways

prawn in 2 ways

prawns were pretty good. both preparation were crispy outside & tender, bouncy inside. 🙂

asparagus, fungus, bamboo shoots

asparagus, fungus, bamboo shoots

the vegetable was good. as good as the mixed vege we like at tunglok signature orchard parade.

asparagus, fungus, bamboo shoots

asparagus, fungus, bamboo shoots

it had wok hae, colour & good taste.

lion's head meatball with rice

lion’s head meatball with rice

can’t say the lion’s head meatball with rice dish was bad. but it was no comparison to (say) the cheap 凤爪排骨饭 steamed chicken feet & pork ribs rice at timhowan in hong kong.

lion's head meatball with rice

lion’s head meatball with rice

there was no kick in this preparation – rice not fragrant, meatball just meatball & sauce non descript. at least it was not a bad dish, just non descript.

hashima with pear & ginseng

hashima with pear & ginseng

hashima dessert was pretty good though.

hashima with pear & ginseng

hashima with pear & ginseng

quite refreshing & i guess good ingredients.

the bill was higher than i expected. i think S$87 for 2pax. the reason was that the 10% service was charged on the full amount & not after the 50% discount. i queried the staff as this was not the practice of other tunglok outlets. the staff explained that since June2015 they had changed to the current system. i guess it was not as good as having the previous deal. it’s just a matter of what one considered the “real” price but anyway i am ok for the staff to have the 10% service at the “normal” un-discounted price.

i may still come back during weekdays to try the ala carte items & dimsum. for this set i think it was really mediocre & don’t think i will take it again.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good 6pax Suckling Pig Set @ Ah Yat Grandstand on 4Jan2015

#1 lobster salad

#1 lobster salad

today my very close friend’s birthday.

last evening i arranged a birthday dinner for him at ah yat seafood @ grandstand turf club road on 4.1.2015. 🙂

happens that my god-sis & her husband’s birthday were also just past, so we had a 6pax dinner together with my other 2 close friends.

i ordered the 6pax lobster sharkskin abalone 9-course dinner. it was very good, quite expected. the place was crowded & noisy like a fish market, with 2 tables next to us having endless drinking challenge & making a din. we used to say that the place did not matter since we would be the table making the most noise. this time though we were not. ^^

anyway, the birthday boys & girl were all happy with the trade-off – good food for fish market noises. 🙂

#1 lobster salad

#1 lobster salad

#1 lobster salad. canned fruit salad was refreshing, and a friend cleared off everything. 🙂 as a lobster dish, lobster salad always suspect to me, few lobster pieces & lots of fruit salad, could never really compared with a proper lobster dish.

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup was sweet & tastier than i expected, but not quite the standard of ah yat abalones forum restaurant.

#3 suckling pig - this was so good

#3 suckling pig – this was so good

#3 suckling pig - this was so good

#3 suckling pig – this was so good

the #3 suckling pig was really par excellence. it was so good, crispy & tasty, equal or better than the suckling pig  at hung kang or at summer garden SAFRA mt faber.

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks was good too. not the expensive 花胶. still a tasty dish.

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage another great dish. abalones were smaller & no comparison with the abalones in brown sauce at ah yat abalones forum restaurant. of course. still it was great dish. i liked the mushrooms & chinese cabbage too.

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed 港蒸tiger garoupa was tops. better than tau heung restaurant in HK.

#7 fried suckling pig meat

#7 fried suckling pig meat

i enjoyed the #7 fried suckling pig meat too, but really i thought just chopping up the meat & head would be just as good.

#8 yee meen

#8 yee meen

#8 yee meen – passable i guess.

#9 birds' nest

#9 bird’s nest

#9 bird’s nest was kind of forgettable dish for me, zero impact.

we had excellent company, good food & great memories..a most enjoyable evening. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Love This Place – Assembly Coffee (on 28Dec2014)

cafe mocca

cafe mocca

son is back for 2 weeks winter break, & i am having more coffee breaks than i had for the whole year. 🙂

this time we had sunday brunch – roti prata at S.M.Aisha & teochew cold crab at di wei teochew restaurant at food canopy at botanical gardens. :-).

afterwards, we walked over to assembly coffee for a cuppa on 28.12.2014.

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assembly coffee

flat white

flat white

lemon meringue

lemon meringue

assembly coffee is a nice cool place to chill. we had 2 flat whites, a cappuccino & a cafe mocha, plus a lemon meringue.

the young lady barista created a beautiful, delightful swan latte art on the cafe mocca. it looked so easy…

the coffee & milk micro-foam were smooth & nice flavour.

daughter ordered a lemon meringue. it was very nice. lemon was tangy not too sweet & combined well with the biscuit crust & cream. i think i can make this one. so definitely try it at home. ^^

bill

bill

cafe mocca

cafe mocca

i will put this on par with chye seng huat at tyrewhitt road & dutch colony at pasarbella @ grandstand turf club road, with the advantage that it served a really good lemon meringue. i will also try the waffle & the salted caramel nut cake? next time. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Great Cuppa @ Dutch Colony Pasarbella on 26Dec2014

flat white small - S$4.50

flat white small – S$4.50

family decided to go out for a cuppa on 26.12.2014.

ducth colony @ pasarbella

ducth colony @ pasarbella

grandstand at turf club road is nearby. we decided to go to the dutch colony @ pasarbella. it’s quite a hip joint, nice cosy place, great ambience. 🙂

banana cake with cream cheese

banana cake with cream cheese

banana cake with cream cheese

banana cake with cream cheese

flat white large - S$5.50

flat white large – S$5.50

i don’t go out for coffee often. the last time i had a nice cuppa with wife was at chye seng huat at tyrewhitt road on 17.9.2014.

i have a good coffee machine at home & recently i ordered 8x1kg caffe aurora from qbfood (it’s like 40% the price of lavazza coffee from culina! mostly when i had coffee outside it would be the “kopi-c go song tilok” aka kopitiam kind. ^^

we had flat whites & the children had some banana cake. like chye seng huat the coffee here was quite good. flavour was great, frothed milk was velvety smooth & combined well with the coffee. this reminded me also of the nice cuppa i had in london with my son-

at monmouth cafe in covent gardens on 22.8.2014, and

at melrose & morgan during our walk along regent’s canal to primrose hill on 24.8.2014.

the 2 in london were much better but that could also be the colder weather & we were doing a bit of walking & the mood was right & perfect for a cuppa.

by comparison i feel chye seng huat is better but really not by much. CSH place is cool but dutch colony is nearer if i really want to place with good coffee to chill.

c.h.e.f andy