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Ice Lab, Orchard Shopping Centre

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I’ve eaten a lot of Bingsu before but could never  really tell the difference or justify why it’s so popular, until I tried Ice Lab.
Brought my mom there on a weekday afternoon and it was rather empty except for pockets of students here and there.

So cute right! Artificial snow constantly drifts down on their in-house friendly polar bear. You can choose to sit around the bear while having your Bingsu for that added winter country feel.

After payment at the counter, you’ll be given a buzzer which cues you to collect your Bingsu atop this flight of stairs when it’s ready.

My mango and banana Bingsu! I rarely see bananas being paired with mangoes (should not come as a surprise then, that Ice Lab doesn’t have chocolate banana on their menu) but this combination was not bad at all. 

Upon my first spoon of the Bingsu, I can see why this place is usually packed to the brim at night. The texture of the ice was super soft and smooth! Arguably the best Bingsu I’ve eaten thus far. The mango chunks were sweet and just sufficient to last till the very last bit of ice. Oh, bonus points here as they keep their place very clean and tidy. No sticky tables!

321 Orchard Road #01-01/02 Irchard Shopping Centre, S(238866)

Daily 11am to 11pm

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Burp Kitchen & Bar, Bedok Reservoir Road

Worth a try.

Make sure you have enough time for a stroll after your meal. Even better if you’re there during the evenings. Burp Kitchen & Bar is strategically situated right next to Bedok Reservoir, so you get greats views with affordable dining.

Indoor seating is limited, so do make reservations if you’re coming on a weekend for dinner.

Triple Cheese ($15). American cheese, mozzarella, cheddar cheese on a patty topped with bacon on a charcoal bun.

Beefy Shrooms ($16). Sauteed mushrooms on a patty topped with truffle mayo.

Both burgers come with a side of potato chips.

I blame media reviews for my over-expectation of this place. Yes the scenery views are good and the interesting variety of mains are a bonus, but my burgers weren’t that fantastic. The meat patty was not as juicy as I hoped it would be and the burger tasted rather bland even with the toppings. The potato chips are just snacks you can pick off the supermarket shelves.

Wide variety that looks super tempting but I was too full.

I am disappointed with their burgers, but maybe their quesadilla, tacos and pasta are a different story?

740 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3165, S(470740)

Closed Mondays.

Tuesdays to Fridays – 4pm to 12midnight

Saturdays and Sundays – 12 noon to 12 midnight

+65 84284722

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Gudetama Cafe, Suntec City

Worth a try.

For such cutesy cafes, it’s the experience and ambience that counts, never the food. Look at this! I’m no big fan of Gudetama, but see this already I also want to go in. Plus it’s pretty hard to miss, given its close proximity to the convention centre taxi stand.

The pictures on the walls can move! Hmm, what’s that on the top left hand corner of the picture?

A Gudetama waffle!!! Design effort maximum points!

Haha, the table next to mine had a “Bo chup” with Gudetama slacking under the egg shell.


The menu is playfully designed. 

Big “Nua” Breakfast. Food looks similar to pic! Kawaii ne. The bread was pleasantly sweet. Other than that, this was a pretty normal dish.

Messy Chicken Salad. Look at the yolk. Tsk. Sorry I forgot to take down the cute name that comes with it!

Lobster bisque with egg. They did somethingto the egg to make it look so round and perfect. The soup was too heavy for my liking, but I liked the crusty bread bowl. 

Chocobanana. Quite nice! I thought the bananas were only at the top but the drink had them blended in as well.

Okay la, I was very impressed when I stepped in for the first time but once the novelty wore off, I was back to my nua self. Oh, don’t be shy, take pics with the Gudetama figures! I paiseh and left the cafe without taking any. Sigh. Regret!

3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-361, Suntec City Mall, S(038983) 

Monday to Thursday – 9am to 10pm

Friday to Sunday – 8am to 10pm 

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Fart Tartz, Expo

Try it!

This beautiful place sits at a corner of Expo (it’s so far but I think there’s a Chinatown branch so fear not!) and I’m so glad I chanced upon it. The outdoor garden themed cafe makes your day cheerier if the full length windows by the seats haven’t already done so.

Why say no to something so pretty?

I didn’t come here for desserts unfortunately, but they have very interesting stuff on their menu.

Bulbous Oriental ($14.90). Spaghetti with smoked duck and fish roe.

At first impression, smoked duck doesn’t sound like it would go well with fish roe so I was skeptical of the combination but it was surprisingly good! I mean, look at that amount of fish roe!!! Crunchy fish roe in every bite.

Goldie Salted Egg Chix ($15.90). 

First time I’m trying a salted egg sauce that’s mixed with mayo. The mayo makes the overall dish texture fuller and creamier. I don’t really know what’s the dough like pastry complementing the chicken, but it’s light and fluffy so you wouldn’t feel jelat at the end of the dish. 

Overall I would give it a thumbs up. Not only for the food, but for the cosy setup that obviously took a lot of effort and thoughts into making this place the way it is. 

1 Expo Drive, Singapore Expo, Max-Atria (Foyer 1), #02-04, S486150

+65 64932901

Monday to Thursday 9AM to 6PM

Friday to Sunday 9AM to 8PM

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Atlas Coffeehouse, Duke’s Road

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High ceiling, spacious, informal, delicious food. This is Atlas Coffeehouse for you. I visited on a Tuesday morning and this place was packed! Testimony of the good food and ambience? Quite a few cyclists stopped by for coffee so I guess the area is rather picturesque for that leisure ride. Parking was hard to find though. The landed housings at the back don’t allow for parking on either side of the lanes so we ended up parking quite a distance away.

Because it was packed, we had to sit at the high tables by the front, facing the main road. The view isn’t that great, but you’ll be getting a lot of natural light which is still nice.

Atlas Hash ($19). Homemade hash right at the bottom topped with sausages, bacon, a crispy sunny side up egg, handful of rocket leaves and special Atlas sauce. 

First, the homemade hash. It’s super delicious! They seasoned it perfectly so you won’t get jelat right till the very end. Another special mention goes to the crispy sunny side up. It was really unique that they made the bottom of the egg crispy, setting it apart from the plain jane eggs we always eat. Good call.

Butterscotch Banana Pancake ($18.50). Butterscotch pancake with bananas, cornflakes, vanilla ice cream and maple syrup to drizzle. 

I used to think that having ice cream on pancakes for breakfast was really weird but I just couldn’t resist having bananas on my pancake hence I ordered this. I did not regret a single bit. The pancake was so fluffy! 

I thoroughly enjoyed my food at Atlas Coffeehouse. Will be back to try out the other dishes!

6 Duke’s Road, S(268886)

+65 63142674

Tue to Sun 8am – 7pm 

Closed on Mon

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Bao Makers, Horne Road

Worth a try.

Yet another jem within the precincts of Jalan Besar Stadium. This clean cut, no frills eatery puts a twist to the famous Kong Ba Bao that we are all so familiar with. Remember that time you ate Kong Ba Bao to celebrate your grandfather’s birthday? *sniff* 

With flavours like Salted Egg Shrimp, Chilli Crab and Bulgogi on their plate, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, if you don’t fancy having a bao for your dinner, they also serve dons, which are actually rather small portioned to be honest. Perhaps it’s meant to be eaten with their baos

This is actually my forth time here, but somehow I never got down to taking pictures of their baos. 

Fried Salmon with Torched Mentaiko Sauce and Onsen Egg ($17)



Beef Slices with Onsen Egg ($15)

The dons make for very good comfort food. A wide top and narrow bottom means that you have to mix and mash your food (rice, onsen egg, beef / salmon) before gobbling them up. Quite nice la.

If I’m not wrong they had revised their mains more than once. I don’t remember seeing some of the items during my fourth visit there. If this is really the case, then it’s good that they are always looking for ways to innovate! 

78 Horne Road Singapore 209078

Monday to Friday 12pm to 10pm

Saturday/Public Holidays 11am to 10pm

  +65 6291 2330

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The Lab, Jalan Pisang

Try it!

I love this humble place! Located within the vicinity of Arab Street, parking is really no light feat so I really hope you get lucky when you visit this place.


Visited on a Friday night and the place is packed! Servers to table ratio was still good though, so no qualms about slow speed or non existant waitresses.


I really liked the huge ass pot of greens right smack in the middle of the place. 

Crispy Skin Salmon ($17).

Pardon the bad quality picture. There wasn’t good lighting where I was seated at. Don’t let this picture get you down though. The salmon skin was excellent!! Super crispy I would want to have a whole pack of it please thanks. 

Burger Stack ($17).

The meat patty of the burger was too thick (high?) which is not my cup of tea, but nevertheless it was well seasoned and not overcooked. The fries are a combination of both potato and sweet potato fries and they had seasoning on them which I appreciated very much. 

As I was leaving the place I saw that someone had ordered a chocolate drink that looks so sinful (read: chocolate sauce, pretzels, wafers, whipped cream etc etc etc) that I think I’ll come back and have that on an empty stomach one day. 

1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069
Monday to Saturday 12:30pm to 10pm
Sunday 1pm to 9:30pm 
+65 62995681
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