15072018 / Roasted Sip

It is a public holiday today and most of the food places in Brunei are only open at noon. Roasted Sip was one of them. I chose to go Roasted Sip today as I wanted to get some work done. You might wonder why did I choose to spend money for a cup of coffee just for Internet when I have Internet at home. Well, my brain functions better when I am outside? LOL!

Roasted Sip had recently opened another outlet in Serusop, located right next to Baiduri Bank. I would say it is a perfect location as bank’s customers can drop by for a coffee while they wait for their queue number to be called. Roasted Sip was extremely packed with diners as I walked in. Most of the tables were occupied and the only table vacant was at the back of the cafe.

But thankfully, two diners left shortly after. San Diann and I made a dash for the table before they were taken. LOL! I managed to get all my work done in less than an hour and used the extra time updating my blog.

Without further ado, let me show you what both San Diann and I had at Roasted Sip this afternoon!

Matcha Latte | B$6.00

As I already had coffee for breakfast and lunch, I ordered Matcha Latte and requested for soy milk instead of regular milk. Good news is that Roasted Sip doesn’t charge extra for soy milk. If you’re lactose intolerant and prefer soy milk over regular milk, Roasted Sip could be your go-to cafe. Their Matcha Latte tasted bittersweet and it was good enough for my liking. It was a shame that the coffee art on my Matcha Latte was deformed lest it would have been perfect.

Flat White | B$5.00

Mushroom Quiche | B$4.80

Roasted Sip offers three types of quiches and they have Mushroom, Spinach and Lorraine. While I was still doing my work, San Diann mentioned that he started to feel hungry. Hence, I told him maybe he could get a quiche to share.

I was secretly hoping that he would choose Spinach but he got Mushroom instead. No complaint here as the Mushroom Quiche was decent enough. The Mushroom Quiche was served warm, toasted before serving. The pastry crust was flaky and I liked that it didn’t taste extremely buttery. The fillings came with cheese, onions and sliced mushroom. The sliced mushroom came from can.

Verdict: I liked the ambiance of the cafe. It was cozy. I realized that quite a few cafes in Brunei do not offer complimentary WiFi. Roasted Sip offers free WiFi and the Internet strength was strong. The cafe came with plentiful of electric sockets on the walls. Grab the tables on the sides of the cafe if you need to charge your gadgets while working.

Roasted Sip
Unit 4, Ground Floor,
Block A,
Pelangi Complex,
Lot 7302, Kampung Delima Satu,
Mukim Berakas,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2342281

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07072018 / Menya Musashi, Singapore

I just realized I had missed out posting about my dinner alone on my first night in Singapore. After desserts at Sunday Folks, Sister and I took MRT to City Hall as she was meeting her ex-boss who was in town for a meeting.

I didn’t feel like walking much looking for dinner so I settled with Menya Musashi since I had been there before. The restaurant wasn’t extremely packed despite that it was dinner time. I was escorted into the restaurant shortly after I walked to the queue counter located by the entrance.

I felt like having ramen when I saw another diner having it but the portion was rather heavy for me. I got Fried Chicken Toji instead after contemplating between rice and noodle.

Fried Chicken Toji | S$14.90

I got Fried Chicken Toji in a set meal and it came with my main course, salad, rice, miso soup and tea. Fried Chicken Toji without the sides would be S$10.90. The Fried Chicken Toji was average in my opinion.  It was nothing to shout of. The egg base was salty and had to be eaten with rice to neutralize the saltiness.

Menya Musashi
#01-16 Raffles City Shopping Centre,
252 North Bridge Road,
179103,
Singapore

09072018 / Elyon Cafe, Singapore

I came to know about Elyon Cafe when I was searching for cafes to visit weeks before I am due for Singapore. The reason why this cafe caught my fancy was because it serves Durian Gelato.

However, I had completely forgotten about Elyon Cafe on my first few days in Singapore until the last day when Sister and I went out for lunch at the nearby hawker center. We passed by Elyon Cafe on the way and decided to drop by for desserts after lunch.

The cafe was packed at the time we walked past but half of the restaurant was cleared when we arrived after lunch. The choices of flavors were not as extensive as Creamier but they do have Durian Gelato at the time. We asked which durian they used to make the gelato and it was D24.

Elyon Cafe is located about 10 minutes walking distance from where Sister lives. However, I just found out that Elyon Cafe is open from Monday to Saturday and close on Sundays. Aside from serving gelato, Elyon Cafe serves pasta and sandwiches using their house made sourdough bread made with natural yeast.

Earl Grey Raspberry | S$5.00

It was no surprise that we went for Earl Grey Raspberry. I had never been much of a Earl Grey person but I somehow got influenced by Sister to try out Earl Grey flavored ice-creams. We both loved Earl Grey Raspberry. It tasted sweet but tad sour from the raspberry at the same time. However, it got a lot sweeter the more you ate it.

D24 Durian | S$5.00

Their D24 Durian tasted pretty distinctive of durian and you could even chew on some durian flesh. However, both Sister and I loved the Earl Grey Raspberry more than D24 Durian.

Elyon Cafe
126 Tanah Merah Lane 1,
#01-202,
150126,
Singapore
Tel: +65-62747422

08072018 / Whisk Cafe, Singapore

After brunch at Chong Wen Ge Cafe, the three of us walked to Raffles Place MRT Station in search of Phoenix Lava for Monthong Durian Lava Bun. Sad to say, the shop wasn’t open on weekends and we went off without any lava bun in hand.

Some fans on Instagram had shared that they have an outlet on the basement of Takashimaya and it is less crowded as compared to the one at Raffles Place. So, do try it out if you are interested.

We left Raffles Place without any dessert in hand and I suggested that we go for coffee break instead. My locations in mind are Tiong Bahru and Holland Village. We settled with Whisk Cafe at Tiong Bahru as I remembered that they serve Carrot Cake.

We took the MRT from Raffles Place to Tiong Bahru and walked about 10 minutes from the station to the cafe. The weather was extremely hot that day and it felt good once we reached an air-conditioned space. Aside from serving coffees and coffees, Whisk Cafe is also serving breakfast and pasta. The pastas looked pretty decent in my opinion.

Latte | S$5.50

I had finally gotten my caffeine fix at Whisk Cafe. I should have requested for less foam in my Latte as the coffee wasn’t hot enough for me when drank. All hot beverages came served with a small piece of flower cookie. It tasted pretty alright to me but sweet.

Earl Grey & Candied Orange Scone | S$4.50

Sister who is a big fan of both scone and earl grey tried their Earl Grey & Candied Orange Scone. It was originally priced as above but a dollar extra if requesting for jam and butter as spreads. The jam was a homemade one though. We asked if they serve clotted cream and they don’t.

Sister’s verdicts on her Earl Grey & Candied Orange Scone weren’t favorable. She commented that the scone had a dry texture despite being warmed up before serving. The taste of Earl Grey in the scone was subtle too.

Bostock | S$4.50

When we first saw the name of this particular pastry on the label, we were wondering how nice was it to be branded as Bostock. We thought that this particular pastry was named after Hokkien dialect as no stock and little did we know that it is Bostock for real.

Bostock, a French pastry (I think) is almond brioche. Bostock is somewhere in between almond toast and French croissant. The brioche came with a slight crunchy texture on the sides but soft and tasted buttery on the inside. The spread on the top sprinkled with sliced almonds was overly sweet for my liking. However, I did like the texture of the brioche but not so much of the sugary spread.

Carrot Cake | S$7.00

Carrot Cake was the reason why I chose Whisk Cafe in the first place. I had been craving for Carrot Cake for quite some time. The Carrot Cupcake from Plain Vanilla Bakery the other day wasn’t a good cut for me despite being soft and fluffy.

This one however tasted extremely distinctive of ground cinnamon powder that I love and sandwiched in between a thin layer of cream cheese frosting. The texture of the cake was dense and moist enough. The only drawback of this Carrot Cake was the sweetness level.

Verdict: The staff were polite and friendly in general. They were quick with serving as well. Our food came shortly after we sat down, in less than five if my memory serves me well. To be honest, I was quite disappointed with their desserts as they were overly sweet for our liking. The Carrot Cake met my expectations. However, it would be perfect if the sugar level was lower.

Whisk Cafe
#01-15,
58 Seng Po Road,
160058,
Singapore
Tel: +65-62226543

08072018 / Chong Wen Ge Cafe, Singapore

Our itinerary for last Sunday was actually brunch at Double Durian for char grilled durian. Sister called few days earlier to confirm with them if they would be having Musang King durian for the specific day that we wanted. We were being assured that it wouldn’t be a problem but we would have to call back a day before to double confirm our reservation.

Sister then arranged King to make the final reservation the day before. Unfortunately, he received a text message from Double Durian to inform us that they wouldn’t be able to accommodate us at 11:30AM but 12:30PM because one of their chefs had called in sick and the next one would only be arriving an hour later.

I was already starving at that point of time so we decided to cancel the reservation and went ahead with our next itinerary in the list – Chong Wen Ge Cafe located at Telok Ayer. Sister and I had actually planned late lunch at the said cafe for Saturday but we couldn’t make it due to time constraint. Luckily, we managed to make time the next day.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe is a Peranakan cafe located next to Thian Hock Keng Temple. The said cafe is located in within walking from both Telok Ayer and Raffles Place MRT stations. As it was a Sunday when we visited Chong Wen Ge Cafe, the cafe was empty at the time we walked in.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe offers an assortment of Nyonya kuehs and the above were the few which were available on the day we visited. The plates are readily available on top of the display counter, pick what you want and proceed to the counter for payment.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had at Chong Wen Ge Cafe for brunch the other day!

Teh-C Special | S$4.20

Teh-C Special is one of Chong Wen Ge Cafe’s signature beverages. It is quite common for us here in Brunei whereby we could get it for half the price and of the same portion if not more. It was nothing extraordinary for me but it can be a thirst quencher on a hot day.

Nyonya Curry Chicken | S$10.80

bone-tender chicken and soft potato chunks braised in a medley of local spice and coconut milk, choice of accompanying bread or rice with achar

King ordered this for himself and had rice with achar. The achar looked very appetizing to me. He was served with chicken mid-joints and a few potato chunks. He commented that the curry gravy was good but the portion of meat was rather too little for him. LOL!

Nyonya Mee Siam | S$10.80

rice vermicelli with prawns, bean curds, fresh bean sprouts and eggs, seeped in tangy tamarind gravy

Sister and I shared a bowl of Nyonya Mee Siam since we had picked some of their Nyonya kuehs to try. The rice vermicelli wasn’t al dente enough in my opinion. Sister on the other hand loved the texture of their rice vermicelli.

However, we both agreed that the gravy was good. It wasn’t very spicy but with an appetizing kick that came from the sourness of the tamarinds. I would highly recommend their Nyonya Mee Siam as one of the to try food items.

Verdict: Customer service at Chong Wen Ge Cafe was good enough in my opinion. There was no extra tax and service surcharge on top of the price printed on the menu. However, the collection of eating utensils would be on self-service basis.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe
168 Telok Ayer Street,
068619,
Singapore
Tel: +65-90993535