KARA Cafe and Dessert Bar – Bukit Timah Road

Bukit Timah road has shophouses situated at frequent intervals along its length. One such pretty cafe is KARA Cafe and Dessert Bar, tucked away in the cluster near Coronation Plaza. The team behind Sogurt have opened this cafe and its all-day dining menu will appeal to visitors instantly. The warm hues of the interiors, wooden furniture, and long mirrors on the walls add to the aesthetic appeal of this quaint cafe. The cafe is perfect for a weekend brunch or a quick catch-up with a small group of friends. If you are alone and looking to grab some grub, you can settle in a cozy corner of the cafe with a novel and watch passers-by.

Kara Cafe

Kara Cafe


Kara Cafe

Kara Cafe

The Orders
The menu consists of grain bowls, toasties and snacks along with some desserts. The menu is focused on being health conscious with no compromise on taste. We ordered the Tomato Soup to begin our brunch. In a twist on the classic comforting soup, the tomatoes are smoked before being puréed. The soup has a thicker consistency and pairs well with cheese toasties. The Kara version was well-flavored and a befitting start to the meal.

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup at $5


As recommended by the staff, the signature Kara dish for vegetarians would be the ‘Classic Grilled Cheese Toasties’. The cheese blend and zesty sweet pickle relish are sandwiched in sourdough and grilled to perfection. The caramelized top with gooey cheese will pull the strings of your heart with ease. Dab the toast gently into your bowl of soup and you are bound to relish this combination. Highly recommended.
Grilled Cheese Toasties

Classic Grilled Cheese Toasties at $10


To have a substantial meal, we ordered the ‘Taco Mexx’ grain bowl. For the vegetarians, this offering can be made without chicken. For the choice of grain base, we opted for the garlic Japanese rice which is the default version. For a healthy recharge, you can go for the fluffy quinoa salad. The grain bowl comes with the creamy avocado, chipotle salsa, crema, jalapeno and crisp corn tortilla chips. The freshness of the ingredients came to the forefront in this Mexican-inspired grain bowl. Do not miss this if you like these flavours.
Taco Mexx

Taco Mexx Grain Bowl at $14


The service can be improved since the meal came in dribs and drabs even when the cafe was not crowded. We received our dishes with at least a lag of 25 mins between both the dishes and the sandwich was served much before the soup. On the whole, if you are looking for a relaxed outing along with healthy and simple food, head to KARA Cafe and Dessert bar if you are in the area.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: All-day dining ★★★
Nearest MRT: Tan Kah Kee
Address: 617 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269718
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: https://www.karacafeanddessertbar.com/
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Winestone – For a dose of good Mediterranean food at Stevens

The new cluster of restaurants owned and managed by Oxley Holdings on Stevens Road houses quite a few interesting places to grab a bite. One of them is Winestone, a restaurant with a strong focus on wines and Mediterranean platters. It serves as a late night bar/eatery with an attempt to retain quality at affordable prices. They also have a retail section that’s slightly separated from the dining area. The warm lighting in the evening sets the tone for business groups and special occasion dinners. There is also bar seating for a quick and casual drink. Strategically located near the Mercure and Novotel hotels on Stevens Road, this restaurant caters to locals, tourists and expats in the neighborhood.

Winestone decor

Winestone decor


Winestone decor

Winestone decor

The Orders
The menu is comprehensive with a fair number of vegetarian options. We ordered the ‘Hummus with Lebanese bread’ which is a classic Mediterranean starter. The long Lebanese flatbread was nicely puffed up and quite substantial. The softness of the bread paired well with the protein packed hummus and we enjoyed it. The fresh parsley sprinkled on the top enhanced the taste of the dish.

Hummus with Lebanese bread

Hummus with Lebanese bread at $8


Since we are fans of good cheese offerings, we decided to try the ‘Pepperonata’. The two adjectives I would use for this dish are – simple and authentic. The dish had straightforward ingredients in the form of goat cheese, truffle and pistachios and was delicious. I was surprised how good the combination tasted together as the sweet notes of honey cut through the salt of the cheese and pistachios effectively.
Pepperonata

Pepperonata at $12


If there’s a vegetarian pasta, giving it variety in vegetables is of the essence. We tried the ‘Fettucine from the Farm’ from the Winestone menu. After seeing the portion size, I can definitely say that it one of the most substantial pastas I’ve eaten in Singapore. It had artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, grilled zucchini and eggplants along with generous cheese shavings. It had the look of a timeless summer pasta dish – right from the taste to the crockery on which it was served. If you do not like any of the veggies, the restaurant is open to customizing the dish to your liking.
Fettucine

Fettucine at $25


Next, we tried the ‘Winestone Pizza’. As with the pasta, the restaurant is open to customizing this dish to your liking. We removed the pumpkin and added on olives and roasted bell peppers. The pizza was superb – a good sauce, generous amounts of cheese and delicious veggies. Bear in mind that it’s quite filling. This is definitely a shareable main.
Winestone Pizza

Winestone Pizza at $25


On the whole, Winestone is so much more than a bar because of its high quality food. For its neat ambiance, convenient location and good food, Winestone is highly recommended for a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mediterrranean ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Stevens
Address: 28 Stevens Road, #01-01, Singapore 257878
Timings: Tue-Sun: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – midnight
Website: http://www.novotel-singapore-stevens.com/restaurants-bars/winestone/

Tapas Club – Orchard Central

In the Singapore culinary context, there is always some interest in Spanish cuisine. Tapas Club, situated in Orchard Central is a restaurant set up with a focus on serving authentic Spanish cuisine at an affordable price. The space lends itself to a casual tapas dining concept. The decor has glazed wall tiles, wrought iron grills and wine barrels. The celebratory music adds to the upbeat vibe of the restaurant.

Tapas Club decor

Tapas Club decor


Tapas Club decor

Tapas Club decor

The Orders
Since the restaurant aims at serving tapas, the plates are perfect for sharing. The menu hits the right spot in its simplicity and attempts to showcase Spanish dishes by keeping it minimal in terms of ingredients. Bar snacks in a Spanish restaurant are incomplete without ordering a plate of ‘Patatas Bravas’ . The crisp and deep-fried potatoes blanketed in spicy brava and alioli sauce were a good start to the meal.

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas at $9.90


Next, we ordered what turned out to be my favourite dish of the meal – the ‘Croquetas De Setas’ which are basically Mushroom Croquettes. These were deep-friend, made wonderfully creamy using Bechamel and turned out to be extremely tasty tidbits of Spanish goodness. I know quite a few people who are not a fan of mushrooms – but this dish is highly recommended.
Mushroom croquettes

Croquetas De Setas at $10.90


A unique dish to try here is the ‘Padron Peppers’ which originate from the region of Padron in the northwest of Spain. These tiny peppers are cooked with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. They are usually mild in taste. The Tapas Club version had a certain amount of juiciness to it and tasted better with a squeeze of lemon.
Padron Peppers

Padron Peppers at $13.90


We also tried the ‘Spanish Omelette’ which is a fritata made up of potatoes and eggs in an open-faced style. The omelette was well seasoned, dense and rich. It can be easily shared and can be considered a “main”.
Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette at $9.90


For a more filling option, we ordered the ‘Vegetable Paella’ which was loaded with greens. The rice was cooked with the right amount of smoky and charred flavour and the vegetables were cooked al dente that added to the texture and colour. On the whole, a good dish but it was lacking in salt.
Vegetables Paella

Vegetables Paella at $20


For an overall reasonable and authentic Spanish tapas casual dining experience, Tapas Club is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Spanish ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #02-13 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Timings: Mon-Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm ; Fri-Sun: 12pm – midnight
Website: http://www.tapasclub.com/

Pastaria Abate – Craig Road

The food scene in Craig Road is changing and the newest kid on the block here is Pastaria Abate, a casual Italian restaurant serving affordable food. It is a restaurant started by a couple who serve traditional pasta made in-house and want to serve authentic Italian food that is easy on the wallet. The space furnished in a modern chic manner has tables laid out in a linear manner. The decor is neat and minimalist. The arrangement of tomato sauce cans piqued my interest since it boasted of San Marzano tomatoes which are known for their natural sweetness.

San Marzano tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes

The Orders
Pastaria Abate has a self-service counter where you have to go and place your orders. The placement of orders is on the lines of creating a DIY pasta – select your type of pasta, sauce base and additional toppings, if required. In pastas, they have plain pasta, egg pasta and specialty pasta. In the sauce base they have options as red sauce, cream sauce and white sauce. They also have affordable Italian wines which act as a good accompaniment to your meals.

To start our meal, we ordered the ‘Fresh Garlic Bread’ which is one of those Italian appetizers that will never go out of fashion. The fresh and chewy baguette bread with garlic butter is guaranteed to whet everyone’s appetite with its good taste.

Fresh Garlic Bread

Fresh Garlic Bread at $4.80


As I mentioned earlier, I got impressed with the tomato sauce cans and decided to try the ‘Penne with Marinara Sauce’ combination. As additional toppings, I asked for broccoli which they were kind enough to accommodate and that was priced at $2. The pasta could have cooked a little longer but my main gripe was the tomato sauce. It needed to cook longer for the raw taste to be removed and the fact that it was under-seasoned did not help its case. Overall, this pasta dish left a lot to be desired.
Penne with marinara sauce

Penne with marinara sauce at $10.80


Next, we tried the ‘Linguine with White Sauce’ which was the Mixed Mushroom dish. This pasta dish consisted of four varieties of mushrooms in a cream sauce. This was one of the better seasoned dishes and the combination of mushrooms worked perfectly. The pasta was al dente and the dish came together very well.
Pasta with white sauce

Pasta with white sauce at $12.80


Overall, they have to iron out their teething issues in the kitchen, especially the ones related with seasoning of food. There are a few vegetarian options in terms of the menu and since they mainly serve only pastas, I expected better in terms of taste. For their friendly prices, warm ambiance and a central location, visit them if you are in the area.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
Address: 43 Craig Road, Singapore 089681
Timings: Mon-Sun: 10am – 10pm
Website: http://pastariaabate.com/

The Reason to buy Flowers Online

For some people, going to a florist to buy flowers can be intimidating — especially for the ones who know nothing about flowers. You might have no idea about what is the most suitable type of flower to buy, or you might have no idea about how to order a flower bouquet. In this case, buying flowers from an online florist like That Flower Shop might be a great solution for you.

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet


Nowadays, there are so many online florists you can find, especially here in our beloved country Singapore. It is a solution for those of you who don’t like to go to a florist alone, yet you need the flowers for a gift to send to your special someone. Other than that, there are more reasons why you should buy flowers online:
1. Worry free
If you have concerns about what other people might think about you going to a florist to buy flowers, then you don’t need to worry about this aspect. There is also no need to worry about the lack of knowledge about flowers and not knowing what flowers to buy.
Just simply use the ‘Contact Florist’ option and ask for some suggestions in choosing which flowers would be suited for a certain occasion and they would be happy to help you choose the perfect bouquet that suits your needs.
2. Spend less energy
Since you don’t have to go out or visit the flower shop by yourself to pick the flowers, you are spending less energy. What is the most convenient way to buy flowers other than with just a few clicks in the comfort of your own home right?
Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet


3. Delivery service
With the delivery service that an online florist provides, you will be able to send the flowers to your special someone even if you live far away. This is a great alternative to send a gift and surprise your special someone if you are out of town.
4. Reasonable price
Actually, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. A lot of online florists provide a reasonable price that fit your budget. Even so, always keep in mind that the best flowers with a good deal only come from a trusted online florist. You need to consider and get to know them before you buy flowers from them; make sure that they are reliable and have a good reputation among the customers.
Having read all the reasons mentioned above, you should be convinced try to and buy flowers online with no hassles. As long as you know the right place to get the flowers, you won’t be disappointed with the idea of buying flowers online. Now you can make the people who are special to you happy by bringing them happiness in the form of a beautiful flower bouquet; anywhere and anytime.

Hans Im Glück German Burgergrill – Delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan burgers on Orchard Road

In Singapore’s burgeoning food scene, it is heartening to see the newly opened Hans Im Glück German Burgergrill on the busy Orchard Road. This international German chain has chosen Singapore to be its first outlet in Asia and its 50th outpost in the world. The cushy and green ambiance – in the form of a rainforest promptly catches your attention if you are walking past the Royal Thai Embassy in Orchard. Named after the famous German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Im Glück has a sprawling space that seats 180 covers and extends in a narrow and linear passage perpendicular to Orchard road.

Hans Im Glück

Hans Im Glück

The Orders
Their menu is modeled after a storybook and is well-made with great visual appeal. By practice, I opened the second last page of the menu hoping to find some vegetarian options mentioned there. To my pleasant surprise, vegetarian and vegan burgers lead the menu. Apart from that, there are a total of 11 vegetarian and vegan burgers on the menu that boasts of a variety that will make you squeal in delight. Kudos to that as the menu shows that it not only Portobello that can go into making a vegetarian burger.

Hans Im Gluck vegetarian and vegan menu

Hans Im Gluck vegetarian and vegan menu


To begin with, we ordered the ‘Beer-battered Onion Rings’ to start our meal. Cooked in a light and airy batter, these golden onion rings are perfect as a simple snack. An appetizer that’s ideal for rustling up and sharing with friends. It disappeared in no time and I wished for more rings for that price point. They have four sauces on every table: Sweet Chilli, Orange Mustard, BBQ Sauce and Vegan Mayo. The Orange Mustard and BBQ are a must-try and go very well with the onion rings. Highly recommended.
Beer-battered Onion Rings at $10

Beer-battered Onion Rings at $10


Next on the side, we tried the ‘Sweet Potato Fries’ which were well-seasoned. These fries are loaded with salt, crispy on the exterior and quite addictive. A tasty nibble that goes well as a side along with the burgers.
Sweet Potato fries

Sweet Potato fries at $6


After staring at their menu for 10 minutes and being spoiled for choice, we ordered the ‘Wolpertinger’ Burger. This contains a spicy corn patty with aged cheddar cheese and avocado cream. They offer 3 options for the burgers – Sourdough, Multigrain in buns and the Naked version – without a bun. We tried the Sourdough bun which is specially flown in from Germany and went well with this patty. Add in the BBQ sauce to elevate this combination on the whole. They also offer an option to double up your patty at an additional price of $4 as mentioned on their menu. But when I inquired, the option to double up on a vegetarian patty comes at an additional price of $8 which is not mentioned on the menu. I wish they sort this out soon and keep the price at $4 which is the same as the other burgers.
Wolpertinger

Wolpertinger at $15


The other burger we tried was the ‘KÄSEBOR’ which has a spinach and cheese patty, parmesan and pesto. The pesto is on the salty side and you’ll need to take one or two bites to get used to the overall taste. This burger was top-notch in its overall rendition – packed with flavor and texture. It paired very well with the multi-grain bun. Their burgers give the wholesome meal experience because of the quality ingredients used in their preparation. For those who work or are roaming in the Orchard area, their daily lunch set is available from 11am to 5pm.
KÄSEBOR

KÄSEBOR at $16


Apart from this, in their drinks, we tried the ‘Still Lemonade’ in the mango-ginger flavour. An apt thirst-quencher to to get your taste buds to a fruity fresh feel. I’m sure I’ll head back to this place soon to try the other vegetarian burgers and the desserts.
For their lush and green environment and a convenient location, for their ample options for vegetarians and vegans and for offering quality ingredients at a good price point, Hans Im Glück German Burgergrill is a must-visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Burgers ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Address: 362 Orchard Road, Singapore 238887
Timings: Mon-Thu: 11am – midnight ; Fri-Sun: 11am – 1am
Website: https://hansimglueck-burgergrill.sg/

Byblos Grill – Bussorah Street

If you’re looking for Middle Eastern food in Singapore, look no further than the Kampong Glam neighborhood. The Turkish lamps and Persian carpets add to the colorful atmosphere of this locality in the evening. Bringing the touch of Lebanese cuisine to Bussorah Street is Byblos Grill which is done up in an ambiance that feels like home. Authentic ingredients are imported from the Mediterranean and food is cooked in traditional cooking utensils.

The Orders
On their menu, they have quite a few options for vegetarians which include a variety of salads, hot and cold mezza platters and wraps.

To begin with, the ‘Mezza Platter’ is a good appetizer to share. It consists of 5 items – Hummus, Babaganoush, Labneh, Moussaka and Arabic salad. The hummus and labneh were the star items on this platter. Freshly baked pita bread and delicious dips make this platter worth ordering if you are a group of 3-4 people.

Mezza Platter

Mezza Platter at $27.50


Halloumi is a cheese commonly used in Mediterranean cooking. We tried the ‘Grilled Halloumi Cheese’ which was a bit salty and had great depth of flavour. Its grilling method helped it to retain its shape well and is an apt choice for cheese lovers.
Grilled Halloumi cheese

Grilled Halloumi cheese at $16.50


There is no debate on the fact that ‘Falafels’ form a protein-rich meal for vegetarians and vegans in a place serving Mediterranean cuisine. These chickpea fritters are a favourite for most because of their crispy exteriors and fluffy internal texture that plays well in sandwiches and wraps. The Byblos Grill version was good with an authentic taste.
Falafel

Falafel at $12.50


Falafel Wrap

Falafel Wrap at $13.50


Next, we ordered the vegetarian casserole ‘Moussaka’. It had cubed eggplants, chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, and green pepper topped with fresh cream and cheese. The whole dish had simmered well but it could have done with more seasoning.
Lebanese Mousakka

Lebanese Mousakka at $17.90


For dessert, we ordered the ‘Baklava’ which came as an assortment. It was not heavily drenched in syrup like the Turkish Baklava. This was more dry and crunchy and mainly filled with walnuts and pistachios. This was not one of my favourite dishes from their offerings since this could have had a much better texture.
Baklava

Baklava at $12.90


Overall the food of this place was good in taste and has a reasonable variety for those looking to try Lebanese cuisine. The lacking factor for me was the quality of service and the wait time involved with absolutely no intimation on the progress of the order. And this can definitely be improved.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Lebanese ★★★
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Address: 14 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199435
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 1am
Website: https://www.facebook.com/BYBLOSGRILLSG/