Chic-a-boo

A fried chicken fast food chain by Aston. It offers some tender fried chickens, burgers, sides and set meals. In the set meal menu, it offers a combination of fried chicken and fish. Although, it may look odd walking into a fried chicken fast food chain and order the fried fish, the combo gives customers an option of instead just having fried chicken only, customers can choose to have 1 piece of fried fish.

I did not order this combo set, I ordered the 2-pieces fried chicken. On the menu, it is stated that we cannot choose which part of the chicken we preferred. It is all by your luck, maybe or what the kitchen can do is preparing the fried chickens with randomly picking up them from the tray or they can also go by its fried chickens’ weight? Hey, who is so free to weight them.

The set meal comes with a bottle of your preferred soft drink or mineral water, then 2-pieces of fried chicken which cannot choose the preferred parts and 2 preferred side dishes. I chose the potato wedges and I found that Aston’s potato wedges are nice than Chic-a-boo’s ones. But, I thought they should have used the same type of potato wedges or same suppliers. The coleslaw is just nice, not a really great one too. I was too full to finish up the coleslaw, anyway.

In my next visit in the future, I would love to try the chicken burgers which come with 2 favours to choose from, the black pepper or the chicken mayo. From the picture I took from my colleague who ordered the burger, it looked so promising with the thick fried chicken meat. At least, I get to eat all the meat without having to think about which part of the chicken I am eating.

Let us look at the size of the bun and the size of the fried chicken meat. It is a huge comparison, is it? I can try this burger anytime as Chic-a-boo has several outlets in Singapore.

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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.