Roll Up – Kebabs at Circular Road

If you’re looking to unwind on a Friday and you spot the words ‘Kebabs and bottled drinks’ on a signboard, you just have to give it a try! So when we landed at Boat Quay , we were extremely pleased to spot Roll Up, an exclusive kebab joint. For those familiar with ‘dhabas’ (small roadside outlets) in India, this place instantly reminded me of home with their decor, music and overall vibe. Indian pop songs were playing in the background and I heard Apache Indian after ages – now that is some good nostalgia! They have around 20 seats inside the joint and along the road.

Roll up decor

Roll up decor

The Orders
Unsurprisingly, this place has good happy hour deals from 2pm to 8pm. Their refrigerator is packed with colorful bottles of beers and ciders. I tried the ‘Mokai Lime Cider’ which was refreshingly good. It helps you savour the taste of the food, and paints the night with colorful moments. (I mean just look at the cool bottle)

Mokai lime cider

Mokai lime cider


The best part about ordering at this place is you can customize your combos according to your preference. A bottled drink gets elevated with Indian spiced accompaniments. First we ordered the ‘Masala Fries’ which were crunchy and yummy. The in-house mint sauce gave the much-needed tangy flavour.
Masala fries

Masala fries at $3


Another good side was the ‘Masala Peanuts’ made in Indian style. Combined with tomatoes, onions and coriander garnish, this dish is an ideal pairing with drinks.
Masala peanuts

Masala peanuts at $3


For vegetarians, the only option on the menu are the ‘Veg Seekh Kebabs’. The good news is that they don’t disappoint. Freshly made on a charcoal tandoor oven, the vegetables were well marinated in a spice blend. The kebabs taste authentic and it makes sense to order the platter since this was the only main dish. The strewn onions as garnish, tandoor breads and sauce made this a delicious dish. Highly recommended.
Veg Seekh kebabs

Veg Seekh kebabs at $11


On the whole, I wish they launch at least 1-2 more variant kebabs on their menu so that the vegetarian platter gets variety. But otherwise Roll Up have stuck to their concept brilliantly and laid their emphasis on an authentic taste. If you are a fan of Indian kebabs, good service, refreshing drinks and a chilled atmosphere – do not miss this!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Indian Kebabs ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place / Chinatown
Address: 76 Circular Road, Singapore 049430
Timings: Mon-Thu: 12pm – 11pm ; Fri: 12pm – 1am ; Sat: 6pm – 1am
Website: http://www.roll-up.sg/
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Madame Patisserie – Boat Quay outlet

We were a bunch of friends strolling by the river searching for dessert, and that’s how we found this place is how I would like to describe this France inspired bistro. Situated in Boat Quay, is a small and cozy café called Madame Patisserie which stood out thanks to its styling and theme. This joint has both indoor and outdoor seating. We sat on the white sofa placed on the porch and had a nice view of the river. We were attended to by the smiling staff immediately, and were handed the well designed menus. The logo also had the regal silhouette of a lady on it which caught my attention.

Madame Patisserie logo

Madame Patisserie logo

We were also promptly informed that additional items not present on the menu were displayed on the counter and we could place our order from there as well. Since we went there post dinner, our appetite was limited. The items mentioned on their traditional menu are a bit pricey but the quantity can easily be shared by two people, hence it evens out. When I went to the display counter, I found their high tea set to be a visual treat.

Madame Patisserie high tea set

Madame Patisserie high tea set

The Orders
More often than not, ‘Brownie with Ice cream’ forms a part of my dessert order and we ended up ordering it. The brownie was nicely moist and the ice cream provided along with it was a large scoop. Needless to say, we were not disappointed.

Brownie with ice cream

Brownie with ice cream at $7

We are always fans of ‘Tiramisu’ and that formed our next order. The coffee and chocolate flavors blended beautifully and it was extremely tasty. It was a sizable portion and it had alphabets on it which made for an interesting visual.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu at $7

As the desserts started appearing, we went for ‘Churros with Hot Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Cream’ which was great to munch on. It tastes best when eaten hot, so ensure that you gobble it soon. The cutlery was perfect for the dish.

Churros

Churros at $16

For a deviation from chocolate, we ordered the ‘Pistachio Creme brulée with citrus tuile’ which was …quite different. You have to be prepared for a strong pistachio flavour as that is the main ingredient of the dish. The nuts added a crunchy texture to the caramelized top and the layers were soft inside.

Pistachio creme brulee

Pistachio creme brulee at $16


Finally we went for the ‘Loaf Cake’ which was a big slab indeed. It tasted nice and had a center that had mashed berries – almost like a jam in texture. The crust of the loaf had a nice texture and had a freshly baked feel to it.
Loaf cake

Loaf cake at $6.5


We also got to know that they have some set lunches and high tea sets which might be useful for those in the CBD area. They pretty much make all their breads, scones, jams etc. in-house from scratch which gives the place an authentic feel of a patisserie. For the ambiance, dessert varieties, delicious taste, hanging out with friends and family, Madame Patisserie is totally worth a bow – I mean a visit! On that note, Happy Women’s Day to all you wonderful ladies out there.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Cafe, Desserts ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Address:76 Boat Quay #01-76, Singapore 049864
Timings: Mon-Sat: 8 am-11 pm ; Sun: 8 am-8 pm
Website: http://www.madamepatisserie.com/

Hombre Cantina [Permanently Closed]

Hola Amigos!!! Yes, that’s how I send each of you best wishes for the new year. This year began with a visit to a Mexican joint. The Mexican wave has swept across Singapore in a big way – and its giving us more places to visit! One of the new entrants in the scene is Hombre Cantina situated along Boat Quay. It fits the bill for a casual outing. We headed there for dinner and it felt like a Mexican joint, thanks to the decor. Wood-panelled walls, Spanish hats hung across nails, interesting pictures adorn the restaurant space which added to the appeal.

Hombre Cantina decor

Hombre Cantina decor

The rooster literally rules the roost at this joint. Right from the restaurant name, to the table tops to the “rules” – the rooster is present everywhere. This is a DIY burrito place which also seems to be a growing trend. The rules were clearly described as can be seen from the image.

Rooster rules

Rooster rules

The Orders
To begin with, we went for the healthy serving of ‘Rice Bowl’. This is basically a burrito without the tortilla served in a bowl. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy and blended well with the rice. The guacamole could have been much better as the real taste of avocado and lime was missing.

Rice bowl

Rice bowl with guacamole at $17

When I was going through their drinks menu, I saw that they had featured the traditional Mexican drink called ‘Horchata’. This is basically a rice-based drink with almonds and has a creamy texture on the whole. If you do not have an appetite for tasting something totally different, then stick to standard choices. I wanted to taste something unique and found it quite OK apart from the fact that it could have been a bit cooler.

Horchata

Horchata at $6


We also went for the usual ‘Vegetarian Burrito’ which was quite filling. I took black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and medium spice salsa as the components while making my burrito. The tortilla had dried and was a bit difficult to munch but otherwise the taste was quite good. This is priced at $15 excluding the guacamole which comes as an additional topping at $2. Lime infused water is provided (self-service). They also have margaritas and lunch offerings as per the time of the day. In the evenings, there is a gentle breeze which kept us cool and helped us enjoy the meal. The serving staff were friendly and attended to us promptly. On the whole, Hombre Cantina has the potential to garner attention with respect to its location, menu offerings and combo deals, provided it gets the taste on the key ingredients on its menu offerings right. For now, wishing each of you a very Happy New Year and adios.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Address: 53 Boat Quay, Singapore 049842
Timings: Mon-Sat:12 pm -12 am
Website: http://www.hombrecantina.com/