Saizeriya

Little that I know, the Saizeriya is a Japanese chain of Italian family-style restaurant which has a few branches in Singapore. It is a wallet-friendly restaurant which serves a fusion food of both Asian and Western food.

It has been a while since the last visit. They have something new for this visit, the chili crab spaghetti. It tasted so-so only. It would be better you order a real chili crab and take the gravy with spaghetti for best satisfaction.

Another type of spaghetti I always order whenever I visited their branch at Aperia Mall is vongole spicy tomato soup, the spicy tomato clam spaghetti in other words. It is tasty, spicy sweet soupy type of spaghetti.

I think other than having spaghetti, the rest of the food is not quite worth as the portion is quite small. If you wish, you can order the set which comes with a bowl of salad and drink which you can self-service at their drink section. Otherwise, plain water is free flow.

Aston Specialities

It has been long time I did not visited Aston. I think the last vist was somewhere in late November last year to celebrate my aunt’s birthday at the Suntec City. This time I visited the branch at City Square, near Farrer Park MRT station.

The queue on Friday’s lunch on the day I visited the branch was quite long and it was quite crowded with working people, families and students as well.

It took us a while to come to our turn to place order at the counter before they lead us to our table. While waiting, I was unable to decide whether I want to eat the salmon with 2 side dishes or spaghetti with salmon. Then, I saw their new promotion, the chicken confit set which comes with 2 side dishes too. However, when it came to my turn to place order, the chicken confit was sold for the day. Wow!

So, I settled down with just the basic char-grilled chicken with garden veggie and potato wedges as my side dishes.

The char-grilled chicken completes with mushroom sauce on top of it makes my lunch so completed. The chicken chop is slightly over-grilled where I saw some burned bites. However, other part of the chicken meat is still tender and juicy.

The poached garden veggie is completely over-cooked until it is too soft for me. Probably, this is suitable for people who prefer to eat soft broccoli and carrot.

Lucky the potato wedges saved my day, it is definitely cannot go wrong with processed food.

Saizeriya

Sometimes, I feel Saizeriya is a great place to enjoy generous portion of pasta without having to pay much yet still can find something delicious to eat. One of the most often ordered spaghetti when I visited Saizeriya is the spicy tomato vongole spaghetti. I quite like the spicy tomato taste and it goes well with some chili flakes. If you like to take a few sip of the sauce, it is just nice to go with the clams.

In Saizeriya, you can order set meal which comes with a bowl of salad and a drink of your choice. For drinks, you can choose from coffee from the coffee machine, teas and soft drink from the soft drink dispenser machine.

As I mentioned earlier, the food here is not expensive, so there are many people like to have their meals here. The branch I visited at Aperia Mall near the Lavender MRT is always packed with office crowd during the lunch time.

They offer the similar vongole spaghetti with mushroom sauce which I tasted it very plain. It would be better you order aglio olio than the mushroom sauce. I have tried other spaghetti at this restaurant previously, some of them are nice and some are just normal. I will share more next time when I visit to this restaurant again.

Simple Wrapps

Simple Wrapps, 2 Tampines Central 5 #B1-11 Singapore 529509.

With the points from the 365 Health App, I converted the points into vouchers of Simple Wrapps which I can get a salad or a wrap of Chef selection. I ordered the Journey to Norway from the menu. Based on the website, the ingredients for the salad are romaine lettuce and Mesclun leaves, smoked salmon, beetroot, capsicum, cherry tomatoes and broccoli. The vegetable is fresh and I did not put any dressings. It is an healthy choice for a day.

Deliveroo

Address: 114 Lavender St #01-15 CT Hub 2 Singapore, 338729.

I would like to share my Deliveroo’s dine-in experience with food from Aloha Poke and Dapaolo. It is located at CT Hub 2, Lavender, Singapore. You can probably spot it during the lunch time where a lot of pick ups happened during that time and you can see some crowds. Other than that, it is located at level 1 of the empty rows of shoplots.

You can check out their Click & Collect’s menu from the mobile application. Here is my reviews for the following 2 restaurants I tried recently.
Aloha Poke

It is specialized in Poke bowl, serving healthy raw fish, salad and superfood. I ordered the Lil’ Swell from their menu. The size of the bowl seems to be medium with 1 single scoop of Mentai Salmon with the based of the salads, mixed white rice and brown rice. You can choose 2 sides such as fish roe, cherry tomatoes and many more. Then, a single selection of superfood such as avocado and quail egg. There is an option to choose with or without salad dressing too.

It is quite big bowl of salad when it served, so mix it well before eating it, sometimes it can be a little messy. Overall, it is healthy, delicious and no complaint.

Dapaolo

It serves Italian food such as freshly made pizza and pasta. We ordered the Meat Lover Pizza, which consists of salami and baked ham with bolognese sauce and mozzarella on a thin crust. When it was served hot, it was cheesy and yummy.

During one of our visits, they treated us with free ice-creams from Ben & Jerry’s.

This branch has some of the kitchens located within the same shop, therefore, there is no delivery charges, you can have it immediately after it is served and you can collect points from every purchases using your Ez-link card. Although the price is quite expensive, once a while treat yourself with good food is important too.

Seven & Ate

Address: 78 Horne Rd, Singapore 209078.

Seven & Ate is a new cafe which replaced the Bao Makers, which is located near by the Lavender MRT station. Along this road, there are several cafes to hop if you around there for the whole day.

I visited the cafe along with three other colleagues on the Friday’s evening after work. It was the Chinese Valentine’s Day which is also known as Chap Goh Mei in Cantonese. On this eventful day, normally the Chinese single ladies will head to the river with the mandarin oranges to throw them into the river. It is said the right man who pick up the mandarin orange will find the lady and their relationship will blossom.

Unfortunately, in Singapore, I think if we were to throw the mandarin oranges into the Singapore River, the next thing we would get was a summon from the police officers, not a Mr. Right.

The waitress told us this was their new menu and plenty of the food from the menu are sold out. I was wondering how nice was it until some of them sold out. One of the food on the menu which remained same was the Pork and Oyster Burger.

I googled for this burger reviews as I tried it with having done my research. They say the burger comes with Honey Mustard Pork Patties, Fried Oysters, Onion Sour Cream and BBQ Sauce in between two buns. Well, the pork patties were really juicy and the fried oysters were crispy and fresh. The burger bun was soft but crispy from the outside. It came with the nacho chips served on the side.

Next, my colleague ordered the Spiced Blackened Chicken. It was nicely presented with garlic and sliced orange. Perhaps, it called blackened chicken, the chicken meat was grilled slightly darker but it was not too dry.

Next, I tried a small bite of the Duck Confit served with red wine sauce and red wine poached pear. It was soft and delicious, just that it looked quite small portion.

Lastly, it was the Hot Wings. I has about six wings with the chili paste spreaded across the wings. I did not try them, however, my colleagues said it was spicy.

Overall, the food is quite nice presentation, plenty of rooms for improvement if they want to change their menu again next time. The ambiance of the cafe is a little a bit noisy since it is a drinking place too. It is not spacious, probably cannot hold a big group of people. The cafe is decorated with old musical pictures and several instruments, so I am hoping to see a live band in the future with small groups of people enjoying the night.

Air-Fryer Salmon

I wanted to cook salmon for dinner, so I went to buy a fresh and good piece of salmon from the supermarket in the morning. With just salt and pepper and some mixed herbs, I put it into the air fryer and set the temperature at 200°c for 12 minutes. It worked the wonder for you.

My verdict for this piece of salmon is…
It was crispy on the top, juicy on the bottom, it was not overly marinated, can taste the lovely fresh salmon.

Queen Victoria Market Winter Festival

Queen Victoria Night Market Winter Festival,
Melbourne, Australia.

September 2017.
Upon reached Melbourne City, we went directly to the Queen Victoria Market to attend the Winter Festival Night Market. The event held on every Wednesdays and it was the only Wednesday we were in the city, so we could not miss it.

It was cold and drizzling night. A lot of people sat around the fireplace, eating, drinking and chatting with the friends. I stood there for a while as well while waiting for my friends finished their food. It was quite lovely and memorable moments.

I bought the seafood chowder from one of the stalls as the night was really cold and nice to have something popping hot for dinner. My friend bought a chicken and sweetcorn soup from the same stall and we took the picture together with our soups in front of the stall with the mountain of breads.

Below are all the food which we bought on that night. One of it was the charcoal grilled lamb which we watched how the workers of the stall preparing the grilled lamb on the spot at their stall.

It smelt great when we were standing at the stall queuing to buy the grilled lamb.

Tasmania Day 3: Dinner

I think I started to lose count which day we baked our own pizza for dinner. The first night we had our dinner outside where we ate plenty of big scallops, fishes and calamari rings. Well, I just named it as Tasmania Day 3: Dinner to begin my story.

The pizza dough was brought from the Farm Gate Market on Sunday, but we did not immediately bake them on the same day. As usual, we bought all of the ingredients for two large pizzas from the nearby supermarket. The closest to us in our Airbnb’s neighbourhood is Woolworth’s.

The first pizza was filled with a lot of pepperoni slices, sliced mushrooms and lots of cheese. The second pizza was filled sliced mushroom and vegetable, which I think is spinach. I cannot really remember it.

Both dough are thin crust and it is quite easy for us to handle and put it into the oven for baking. It is recommended to eat them straight away after being taken out from the oven. Since we were busy preparing food for the kids and ourselves, the pizza turned a bit soggy when we ate them and it was difficult to cut then into eight pieces perfectly with our knife. Maybe, we should have baked it last.

While we preparing the food for the kids which include some canned soups, the kids started eating our finger foods which we bought from the floating seafood stall, Flippers Cooked Seafood at Sullivans Cove. We went back to the same place to get more scallops and calamari rings for our dinner that night. Seriously, these scallops are very worth to go back to the stall and eat again.

It was a long and tired day after the dinner and that night, I spent the rest of my night talking over the phone with my friend in Malaysia through WhatsApp’s call. We talked about relationship because I brought up this topic went I texted her after my shower. It was my first time I dreamed of this person and it happened on the night before, I remembered it. I dream everyday, some I can remember and many of these dreams I do not remember after I wake up from my sleep.

The first words she told me upon hearing my story, she said in Cantonese, “You think about it during the day, you dream about it during the night”.

I felt weird because I was enjoying my holiday in Tasmania. I did not do a lot of works or reply emails which related to this person. Occasionally, I received messages from my colleagues who talked about this person, and this person just popped up in my dream. My conversation with my friend lasted for 2 hours or more and she concluded that I might like this person due to the surrounding situation, maybe I am not truly in love. I think so.

Richmond Bakery

Richmond Bakery, Tasmania, Australia.
Address: 50 Bridge St, 7025 Richmond, Tasmania, Australia.

We did not complete the whole Bruny Island trip because partial of the road in the island was closed for construction work. Half way through the road down to south, we decided to make a U-turn and head back to the port and board the next ferry back to the mainland. There was a long queue for the ferry because it was approaching off work time.

While waiting for the ferry to begin its journey, we googled for our tea break location. We have plenty of choice and we chose to head down to Richmond, which is a city rich of the historical buildings.

Upon reaching the mainland, we drove to the Richmond Bakery to have our tea break with all my friends. It was raining drizzling when we reached the bakery shop and a few couple of people sitting inside the shop having their teas and pies.

The bakery shop did not have many choices left for us to choose. We placed our ordered and tried each of almost everything that they are still serving. It included pies, scone, muffins and cakes. As for drinks, we tried their hot chocolate, hot teas and one of their cold drink.

It is a lovely top view picture of our tea time at Richmond Bakery. Again, these are shared among us. The taste of all the above is just normal. If want to compare the pies with Jackman and McRoss, I will say, let drive all the way back to their bakery and eat there instead.

Thinking that we shall have a decent meal for dinner that night, we did not spend too much time eating here and drive back to our home to prepare dinner. We have bought some pizza dough and we can make our own pizza from the oven.

Perhaps, in my next visit to Tasmania, I shall travel to this place to see the historical building and the beautiful scenery in this quiet town.