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Johore Bahru: Faculty of Caffeine

Johore Bahru - Faculty of Caffeine

Johore Bahru - Faculty of Caffeine

The previous week, we paid a visit to another cafe in Johore Bahru, Faculty of Caffeine. Little did we know that Faculty of Caffeine was opened by the same good people behind the recently blogged, The Replacement.

Located along Jalan Trus in the vicinity of IT Roo Cafe (which serves up good ole’ Hainanese Chicken chop), the cafe itself is small and dark – a stark contrast from the somewhat large sitting capacity for a cafe and white wash walls of The Replacement.  Continue Reading →

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Johore Bahru: The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen

JB - The Replacement Cafe - Jalan Dhoby

JB - The Replacement Cafe - Jalan Dhoby

Last weekend, we visited a relatively new cafe in Johore Bahru as part of our cafe hopping adventure. By no means was this visit to The Replacement a planned one – our initial plans to visit IT Roo Cafe (which is supposed to be famous for their Hainanese style chicken chops) but had to walk away disappointed because they were closed for renovations.

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Kaiho Sushi at Cuppage Plaza

Kaiho Sushi - Chirashi

Back in July 2011, a reader left the following comment on my post on Aoki that I’ve kept in mind ever since.

I go to another Nogawa trained Chef Bernard Tang at Kaiho Sushi for his Chirashi lunch set.

Fast forward 4 years later and Kaiho Sushi continues to exist amidst the ever-changing restaurant landscape in Singapore. Let’s be honest – 4 years in the restaurant world is much more than just 4 years with the number of openings and unfortunately closures, in a month. That sort of longevity, I hoped, would speak volume about the quality of the meal that I was about to have.

We had the Chirashi set (S$30++) that came with  a bowl filled with fresh slices of fish (including salmon, scallop, swordfish and ikura), a small serving of chawanmushi (pictured below) ending with a scoop of ice cream.

For S$30++, we were definitely more than satisfied with the quantity and quality of the sashimi and walked out of the restaurant feeling delighted at our value-for-money meal.  Continue Reading →

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Esquina Tapas Bar – Revisiting my favourite tapas joint

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Roasted pork loin, salt-baked parsnips, pear, lardo, buttermilk and sorrel - S$33++

Roasted pork loin, salt-baked parsnips, pear, lardo, buttermilk and sorrel – S$33++

If you ask me what my favourite tapas restaurant is, that accolade goes to none other than Esquina. That statement is backed up by my many visits to the restaurant. Here’s three simple, but very true, reasons why I continue to patronize Esquina in spite of the many new tapas bars that have sprouted up (and shuttered) in recent years:

  • The dishes have never once disappointed;
  • The portions are perfect;
  • The prices are affordable considering the first 2 reasons.

I am not a dessert person but if there was a weak link in the line-up at Esquina, it would have to be the desserts. They were not bad in any way, in fact, smiles appeared while we were eating them. Before you place judgement on this humble author, I am by no means saying that the desserts should be changed, but after being brought up to the zenith with the appetizers and main courses, the desserts came across  being safe (read: boring)

I leave you with photographs of our meal a few months ago where we celebrated Christmas Eve.

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JIN Fine Dining – Amoy Hotel (Far East Square)

Jin Fine Dining - Chirashi
Jin Fine Dining - Chirashi

Bara Chirashi – S$18++

In the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing photos of JIN Fine Dining appear on my Instagram and that got me interested in trying out this establishment. That’s the power of social media activation! Moreover, it’s a short 10 minute stroll from my office in Raffles Place.

Granted, most of the posts on Instagram were of what should be invited tasting sessions for their omakase dinners but the occasional mention of affordable chirashi sets being available for lunch was music to my ears stomach. Continue Reading →

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The Missing Pan – Bukit Timah

The Missing Pan Bukit Timah

A few months ago, I visited The Missing Pan along Bukit Timah Road. This was when photos of food coming out of this cafe’s kitchen were seen at least once during every weekend on Instagram.

A highly recommended dish by many, French Toast Salpicon (S$19++) came with chicken, spinach and mushroom stuffed inside the French toast, banana nuggets (think of it as goreng pisang or fried banana fritters served in nugget size), mixed berries and served with a serving of smoked maple syrup. P.S. this description was lifted from the menu.

The dish was interesting to say the least; a juxtaposition of savoury and sweet. Continue Reading →

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Sarnies Cafe – Coffee in CBD (Telok Ayer Street)

Flat White - Sarnies Cafe

Flat White (S$5.00+) 7% GST, but no service charge

If you’re looking for a cafe that’s not too packed yet serves up the perfect cuppa, look no further than Sarnies cafe.

First, it’s along Telok Ayer Street, right smack in the Central Business District. People who spend 5 days a week in the CBD would likely choose alternative venues (The Lokal Cafe along Neil Road is a sister cafe of Sarnies); second, it’s fairly ‘old’ in cafe-speak and third, there’s decent seating capacity (if the weather holds up and you don’t mind outdoor seating – they do have quite a number of seats outside).

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