Good Food in The Year 2020

The year 2020 has been a hard year to many of us because of the COVID-19 virus that hits the whole world. Singapore experienced a 3-month long circuit breaker, and during that time, we limited our outdoor activities such as dining at restaurants or food courts, attending events or functions. Most of us started to work from home and learned to make home-cooked food. We glad that Singapore moved into Phase two after three months, and we are allowed to dine-in with a maximum of five people in a table. Fast forward, we are in the last month of the year now, I would like to share a list of good food that I get to try this year. It is not something expensive, but it is something that I feel it cooked with heart and taste.

Breakthrough cafe, Chinatown

My office is nearby the centre of the Chinatown, Singapore. This restaurant is located near the Chinatown MRT station, not far from the OG. I would recommend you to try the sesame oil chicken. The chicken is served in a small claypot with a generous amount of chicken and shredded fried gingers. According to my colleague, it is not easy to make the shredded fried gingers, it requires a lot of efforts and time. The sauce goes well with white rice, and you will not mind having extra rice too. The sesame oil and ginger did not overpower each other tastes. The price is reasonable and pocket friendly. Make sure that you are there early if you want to order the sesame oil chicken, it is always fast selling.

mouth restaurant, maxwell road

Just right before the circuit breaker began in Singapore, I met up with few friends for a farewell dinner at this Chinese restaurant located not far away from the Maxwell Road food court. It is just a walking distance from the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. I would recommend you to try their spring chicken and the duck. Both are delicious and worth to order. The spring chicken was well marinated, tender and juicy. I loved the minced garlic on top of the chicken. The duck served in two styles, the skin was wrapped with some vegetables in a popiah skin, while the meat cooked with other ingredient and served in the form of porridge. Other dishes that I would recommend is the barbecue pork. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of the duck, so I cannot show the crispiness of the duck skin.

Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant, Tanjong Pagar

It was my first visit to this Indonesian restaurant. My colleague asked for lunch together, and I accepted the offer. I suggested trying Indonesian food as I hardly get to eat it alone. This restaurant is located nearby my colleague’s workplace at Tanjong Pagar MRT. I would recommend trying their beef rendang, the squid and you must order their sambal as well. They do offer set meals, so if you like to try another combination of dishes, you can consider it. For our first visit, we ordered ala-carte, so the bill came out to be quite expensive, including drinks. However, the food is really delicious, and my colleague ordered take-away for some dishes to bring home as dinner.

OmoteNashi Dining Gosso, BOAT QUAY

If you are looking for a good yakitori restaurant, I would like to suggest you this Japanese yakitori restaurant situated at Boat Quay. It was my random visit to this restaurant on one of the weekend outings after the circuit breaker. Together with a friend, we ordered the grilled eel (unagi), chicken and shiitake mushrooms. Additionally, we ordered a Chicken Nanban bento set and calamari to share. I loved their yakitori, tasted good, but the long waiting time for them to serve the yakitori did not dampen our appetite on that evening. The longest wait was the eel, but it worth for the wait. Next, I loved their calamari too, from the taste, the texture and the crispiness of the batter. The overall price is reasonable.

Izakaya 95, Punggol

I went to Punggol Settlement for a walk but did not manage to go into Coney Island for a walk because it was quite late. So, I dropped by the nearby eating place to check out any nice deals. Without much Googling for the best restaurant, I picked up Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant situated at level 2. The reason why I chose this restaurant was that it has some sea view and faced the greenery.

Food wise, I tried a few dishes from their menu, and personally I would recommend Kagoshima black pork belly with teriyaki. If you like calamari, their deep fried squid legs with chilli powder looked okay, but it was a bit chewy for me. Overall dining experience is good, and the food is well tasted, delicious, generous portion, and quite satisfying.

I hope these restaurants are something that you will look forward trying in Year 2021. I will continue to write more food reviews. Thank you for your support, and Happy New Year!

Mouth Restaurant

The days just before the Singapore Government made the announcement to implement the circuit breaker on April 7, 2020, I went out for dinner with a few friends at the Chinese restaurant located at nearby the Maxwell food court.

It was a farewell dinner for an ex-colleague and last gathering before we could not have any more. I know this sounds a bad idea. We practised our distancing and made sure we used the common spoons to get our dishes.

During this COVID-19 period, there were no crowds at all in the restaurant. The waiter took the temperature of each of us and gave us hand sanitizer before we seated. That night, there were 3 tables only, so the services were top best, yet there was still some waiting time for the cook to prepare our food.

My friend ordered the roasted spring chicken and duck. Both of them are nice and delicious. I liked the roasted spring chicken the most. The crispy chicken skin fried to its golden colour, the chicken meat was tender and juicy. It was well-marinated, and it did not need to dip with any sauces.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the roasted duck that was served last among all the dishes. The roasted duck was served in two different styles. The crispy duck skin wrapped with popiah skin (spring roll wrapper), while the duck meat cooked separately with some sauce. The duck meat was tender as well.

The barbecue pork was succulent and quickly melt in my mouth. It is delicious, but I felt it was a bit sweet to my liking. To balance the tastes, we ordered vegetables and tofu to eat with the fried rice.

For desserts, I ordered the mango sago pomelo. This dessert supposed to be sweet and nice. However, this round, the dessert was a disappointment because they used a bitter pomelo.

The bill for this dinner was 25% discounted. It is worth to return to this restaurant someday later when the situation gets better to have the roasted spring chicken again.

Address: 38 Maxwell Rd, #01-01/02 Airview Building, Air View Building, Singapore 069116.

2D1N Soju Bang

2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant, Singapore.
Address: 46 Tanjong Pagar Rd #01-01, Singapore 088467.

When I search for the address of this restaurant to write up the blog, I came to know 2D1N Soju Bang and Ssikekk are under the same owner. I am not sure whether the second floor still have the Ssikekk restaurant which serves buffet style Korean BBQ since I do not explore up to 2nd floor. The 2D1N Soju Bang serves ala-carte Korean BBQ. Both of them are equally nice.

Today, I am here to try the ala-carte menu in which four of us ordered a few things to try along side with their side dishes. We order the fried chicken with spring onions, steamed egg and a pot of the army stew.

They serve us with six side dishes and it is refillable. The army stew has few selections to choose and we go for pork meat. They assist us to cook the army stew and refill the soup once as it is drying while we are eating. The ingredients in the army stew pot are quite generous and we add more kimchi into the soup to bring up the taste.

Personally, I like their soup based from the army stew, add with kimchi is even better and the fried chicken which is still crispy after it has been served a while ago.

During the weekday, they offer set lunch as well. You can drop by to make a simple set meal too.

Drury Lane Cafe

Drury Lane Cafe

It was a quick catch up with my old college-mate who came down to Singapore for a week of training. It has been years since after our graduation. So, it was great to catch up with him. He wanted to go to a small cafe and have a great brunch.

I randomly googled and came to know this cafe, Drury Lane Cafe. It was a bit hard to find as I am not familiar with the place. Eventually, we found it and we ordered our brunch at the counter and moved to upper storey to sit down.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Mushroom
While I googled for this cafe, I came to know a lot of people recommended this Smoked Salmon Sandwich and I wanted to give a try and give my review. Indeed, it was great as per described by other bloggers or patrons.

Everything was perfect for me except that the toasted breads were a bit too hard for me. It was nicely done, tasted good and looked pretty healthy. And, do not look down at its portion, as it was very filling after that.
Drury Lane Cafe
Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate may not be my best choice because I usually go for Latte. For a change, I ordered the Hot Chocolate to warm my heart. It was nicely crafted.
Drury Lane Cafe
It was a great day with my friend, we shared a lot of thoughts together. Great place, good food and companion.

Location: 94 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
Ambiance: Quiet, spacious, nicely decorated.
Rating: 3/5. The food was great, services were good and ambiance was nice for chatting.

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