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Pasta Licious, Temple Street

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The plethora of cuisines along Temple Street in Chinatown is not unfamiliar to locals and tourists. Further diversifying this melting pot is Pasta Licious, an eatery offering pasta, and much more. 

Pasta Licious did its market research well. They knew a pasta shop was lacking along Temple Street, so they opened one. They also knew that folks like you and I like to chat over affordable beer, so they kept their beers and snacks reachable. What surprised me was they were well aware that bingsus were the current hot favourite for desserts, so even though bingsus typically do not pair with pastas, they did the unthinkable – bingsu on their menu. Super no reason for you not to visit.

Aglio Olio with Bacon and Mushrooms, $13.90.

Pasta Licious has got interesting pastas such as Spcial Pumpkin and Truffle Mushroom Carbonara. But since it allows you to customise your pasta (of course right), I obligedly did so and chose my favourite two toppings done aglio olio style. I liked that they used whole strips of bacon as opposed to bacon bits. It’s just more shiok to munch on. 

Grilled Chicken Thigh, $15.90.

The chicken thigh was so juicy! It is quite tough to get the timing of the grilling right, and I’m glad Pasta Licious done it well.


Pasta Licious is a family business, so expect to be served by your typical local friendly aunty. If you chat with her enough, she will share that the cook behind your dishes is actually her daughter. You can hear a mother’s pride and joy as she shares her daughter’s achievement with you. Really heart warming, this place. 

3 Temple Street, S(058556)

Daily: 12noon to 930pm

+65 6920 1308

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The Assembly Ground, The Cathay

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If you’re thinking of a full day shopping trip in town, why not start your day with The Assembly Ground? Located at The Cathay which is a good landmark for the start of your shopping trip, The Assembly Ground serves coffee and food to start your day right.

The Assembly Ground has got a very relaxing interior. It is one of the better designed cafes in Singapore.

Truffle Scented Mushroom and Egg Pizza, $22.

You can’t really go wrong with this combination of truffle, mushroom and egg. While the crust was light and crispy, I would prefer if there were more mushrooms though. The pizza does get boring towards the edges, and unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to finish the ends. The pizza was also served on a metal tray, which can be a little hot to the touch if you’re not careful. 

Salted Yolk Chick ‘N Waffles, $19.

Southern fried chicken with waffles, my comfort food. With so many elements on the plate, you kinda don’t know which one to chiong first. I went for the potato gratin and wow! It went beyond my expectations. The potato gratin was soft, flavourful and nicely layered. 

The main star of the dish, the southern fried chicken, was crunchy and not at all oily. Dip it into the salted egg yolk sauce for that oomph!

The charcoal waffle was a little disappointing because it wasn’t warm enough to melt the butter so I had to cut the butter into bits and fit them into the waffle squares. 

I think the best way to eat this dish is to combine everything together – waffle, fried chicken with salted yolk sauce, and potato gratin on top. Yummy.

The Assembly Ground offers a rather extensive lunch menu with local touches such as Bak Kwa Carbonara and Rendang Mac and Cheese. Would love to be back to try these dishes out.

2 Handy Road, #01-21, S(229233)

+65 6733 3375

Weekdays: 11am to 10pm

Weekends: 10am to 10pm

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Nun Song Yee, Bukit Timah

Worth a try.

Located within the Korean neighbourhood of Bukit Timah, Nun Song Yee is a convenient dessert place to end off your meal after a visit to Oven & Fried Chicken next door. 

Nun Song Yee sits a comfortable crowd of people and I was told that this place is packed at nights. Not to worry about not getting a spot though, the cafe is open 24 hours so you’ll definitely get your bingsu fix at one hour or the other.

The seating below the platform doesn’t seem right. Allows cheekopek eyes to peek into the skirts and shorts of girls seated on the platform. Plus, it’s kinda awkward to be next to someone’s butt while you enjoy your bingsu.

Black Sesame Bingsu, $18.90.

For all black sesame lovers out there. The Black Sesame Bingsu is topped with a generous helping of red bean, four cubes of chewy mochi and almond flakes enough to last till the very last spoon. They also serve it with a tiny cup of condense milk which is optional but trust me, it makes the bingsu so much nicer. As you dig into the bingsu, you’ll realise that there are layers of black sesame and soybean powder within the snowflake ice. Don’t bother rationing your  powder on top for the last few mouthfuls.

Pat Bingsu, $14.90.

Having eaten the Black Sesame Bingsu, the Pat Bingsu pales in comparison. I guess if you’re not hungry but craving for that little bit of bingsu to satisfy your sweet tooth, this is the bingsu for you. As with the Black Sesame Bingsu, Pat Bingsu has layers of soybean powder within the snowflake ice. However, because it’s so light, condense milk is a must for this to sustain your interest all the way till the end.

Overall, Nun Song Yee is a convenient place to hang out with your pals until the wee hours of the night. The prices are on the steep side if you order their premium range such as the Black Sesame Bingsu, but hey, the portion is for 4 to share. 

I said worth a try at the beginning of my post because the taste of the bingsu here didn’t really impress me. Yes the portions are generous but tastewise it can be forgettable. Not something that I would think of eating out of the blue. 

9 Yuk Tong Avenue, S(596314)

Daily 24 hours

+65 9728 8563

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5 The Moments, Tanjong Pagar Road

No.

5 The Moments along Tanjong Pagar Road breaks the momentum of a street lined with salivating smells of Korean BBQ and fried chicken. The colourful outlook and gelato signage were screaming out to me on a hot and sunny afternoon.

The interior is decorated with vintage items which keeps you occupied while you wait for your food.

They have a variety of waffles with ice cream (approx $11) starting with the all familiar buttermilk as your safest bet, to red velvet if you’re feeling more adventurous. They also have lava cakes in either chocolate or matcha flavour. If you don’t feel like having sweet stuff, they do have light bites (approx $9) such as Korean Fried Chicken. Heh but seriously who will order fried chicken here when there are established fried chicken eateries just next door?
Matcha waffles with ferrero rocher ice cream.

Buttermilk waffles with salted caramel ice cream.

The waffles, while crispy, were too thin. I’m the kind that will cut according to the waffle lines into little squares before scooping a spoonful of ice cream into those little squares before gulping them down. Sadly for me, the waffle squares didn’t hold up after being cut.

The salted caramel ice cream was rather weak too. I’ve tried many salted caramel ice creams, and this is one of the weaker ones. The taste and texture really didn’t impress. The ferrero rocher was all right.

On a whole, the waffle with ice cream wasn’t worth it. They also don’t serve water and do not provide serviettes. Put it bluntly, it’s homemade food at restaurant prices. I’ll leave it to you to be the judge if you ever drop by.

P/S: Stop trying to figure it out. “5 The Moments” stands for “Find The Moments”.

73 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088494)

Sundays to Thursdays: 12pm to 11pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 12pm to 1130pm 

+65 6493 1839

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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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