With Batman vs Superman not hitting the mark, a lot of expectations are pinned on Captain America: Civil War for the superhero crowd storming the theaters. Nevertheless, we always look forward to this genre for the larger-than-life characters to infuse entertainment into our daily routine. Hence, I finally decided to visit Hungry Heroes, a superhero themed cafe situated at Tessensohn Road in Little India. Located in an unassuming alley, the cafe lights shone bright through the dark night. They have a cool logo that looked quite interesting. There are fewer options for vegetarians on the menu but my fascination to explore a different dining ambiance led me to this place.
This two floor cafe has the decor nailed to the T. Large figurines adorn the walls – most of the superheroes are from the owner’s personal collection. There is a huge chandelier made with tiny superheroes stuck together. The place is a delight for fans of superhero memorabilia – there’s a lot to look at and admire. Needless to say, this cafe is quite a hit with children and a good option if you want to throw a birthday party for large groups. The placemats were newspaper style and quite hilarious to read. They helped in bringing the superhero world to the forefront on the table.
Hungry Heroes decor
As a refreshing summer salad, we ordered the ‘Super Corn-y’ salad which was fresh corn shucked from the cob and served along with a tangy twist. The charred effect on the cob was definitely a hit and the tomatoes and onions lent balance to the salad.
As a complete no-brainer, I had to try their (only) vegetarian burger offering called ‘Mario’s Lifeline’. Neatly stacked with layers of vegetables on the breaded and fried portobello mushroom, this burger was damn good! I was glad the the mushroom patty had a crisp bread covering which gave the necessary bite to the burger. Having said that, I really wish F&B outlets think of using ingredients like beetroot, chickpeas, zucchini etc. instead of the traditional mushroom offering everywhere. (Just a thought!) The fries and the side salad were well made.
Super Corny at $5
As a fun accompaniment to the burger, we ordered the ‘Colossal Coke Float’ which was a refreshingly bubbly ice cream float. Imagine a mammoth 1 liter mug on the table – that quantity is obviously to be shared 🙂 The vanilla ice cream was delicious and as it melted and blended with the coke, the drink became more tasty!
Mario’sl Lifeline at $21
Along with the food menu, they have an extensive drink selection in the form of beers, ciders and wines. Happy hours ends at 8pm, so if you are in the weekend mood, place an early beverage order.
Colossal Coke Float at $10
Advance reservations are recommended for this place. A special mention to service staff who clearly knew that I had vegetarian food requirements (as I had mentioned during reservation) and they were helpful, provided guidance and followed up when I actually visited the restaurant. For their superhero memorabilia, for their unique implementation of the themed cafe concept right from decor to the menu, for their service and good food, Hungry Heroes is worth a visit!
Red wine glass at $10
| In a Nutshell
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|Cuisine Type: American
|Nearest MRT: Little India/ Farrer Park
|Address: 33 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217656
|Timings: Tue-Fri: 4pm – 11pm ; Sat-Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Think of a conveniently located cafe with a nice bustling feel to it. Roosevelt’s Diner and Bar situated conveniently above Outram Park MRT fits that description perfectly. Whether it be a weekend brunch or a dinner, this cafe has it all in terms of food and drinks. It has an NYC style industrial chic decor filled with warm lights. If you are looking to chill with some laid back and casual vibes, then this cafe fits the bill.
If you are used to authentic Western food, then you will immediately assess that the menu had it all. Personally, I was happy to see a vegetarian burger that was not a Portobello Burger. There were a variety of options in drinks, starters, desserts and milkshakes, so in that sense you will be spoiled for choice.
I am always happy if a cafe tries to offer a non-mushroom burger in their menu and hence I ordered the ‘Deep Fried Vegetarian Burger’ which was a neatly stacked layer of vegetables, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It contained red bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and lettuce and was served along with a bunch of french fries. The burger was quite delicious but it was a bit crumbly, so you have to be a bit careful while biting to it – otherwise it can get messy.
The other main for the night was the Roasted Veggie Aglio Olio. I was happy to see that this was a more substantial plate of pasta as it incorporated vegetables. Normally, this pasta features only mushrooms. The vegetables were well roasted and seasoned. Overall, a good dish.
Vegetarian burger at $16
Since Singapore is pretty humid, its important to nail summertime desserts. And the ‘Roosevelt’s Salted Caramel Milkshake’ totally lives up to expectations. The evening light cannot do justice to the picture. It’s not loaded with ice and actually malted well to create real volume, this milkshake is totally recommended.
Roasted veggie Aglio Olio at $15
For the variety in the menu, for casual vibes and attentive staff, Roosevelt is worth a visit for basic Western comfort food done well.
Roosevelt’s Salted Caramel Milkshake at $8
| In a Nutshell
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|Cuisine Type: Western
|Nearest MRT: Outram Park (Exit H)
|Address: 331 New Bridge Road, #01-02 Dorsett Residences, Singapore 088764
|Timings: Mon-Thu: 8.30am – 10pm ; Fri-Sat: 8.30am – midnight ; Sun: 8am – 10pm
While roaming at Dhoby Ghaut, I was surprised to find a New Zealand themed eatery hidden in plain sight! Situated at Handy Road in the stretch between Plaza Singapura and the Cathay, Blackbird Bar and Bistro spells charm. The well-done interiors, good music, and friendly welcome by staff elevated the initial impression of the restaurant. There is ample seating space as the restaurant is deceptively large. If you are watching a movie at the nearby theaters or looking for good happy hour deals or brunches, this place shall not disappoint you. Their 1-on-1 cider deals are totally worth getting during happy hours.
I was in a bread and cheese kind of mood and ordered the ‘Summer Squash’ sandwich. What I love about a good grilled sandwich is that as you bite into it, the whole combination should be crispy, gooey, salty and comforting in all ways. This sandwich was all that and more. It had grilled aubergines, zucchinis, capsicum, basil pesto and brie on Turkish bread. The bread had a nice panini press feel to it and is worth trying. The fries on the side were well done and this item is quite filling.
We also ordered the ‘Rigatoni’ as the pasta main. It was cheesy and piled high with vegetables. The pasta was slightly overdone and the dish needed a little more seasoning. A decent dish, but not one of their best efforts.
Summer squash sandwich at $13.90
As we liked the food, we decided to try the desserts as well. Their ‘Fig and Honey Ice cream ‘ definitely looked like something that should not be missed. Seated on a soft bed of berries, this huge scoop of ice cream looked regal. The sprinkled icing on the sides made it look like a planet in the solar system. Extremely tasty, highly recommended.
Rigatoni at $17
Chocolate fans will not be disappointed with the next dessert offering. The ‘Lava Cake ‘ was an eruption of luscious chocolate. When we cut into it, the ganache flowed right out of the center. The scoop of vanilla ice cream lent a nice balance.
Fig and honey ice cream at $5
Since the dessert portions were huge and were pocket-friendly, we also tried the ‘Custard Cake’ which was the daily special.
Chocolate lava cake at $10
I had heard about their charcoal buns and would have liked to try them if Blackbird offered a vegetarian burger on their menu. For their affordable bistro food, top-notch desserts, friendly service and the ambiance, Blackbird Bar and Bistro should not be missed.
Daily Special at $5
| In a Nutshell
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|Cuisine Type: Bistro food
|Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah
|Address: 6 Handy Road, Singapore 229234
|Timings: Tue-Sun: 11.30am – 3pm ; 6pm – 10.30pm
I was surfing the web and saw that most of the food-related updates were connected to the Superbowl. Finger foods, bar bites, burgers and beers comprised most of my news feed. To add to that, I was missing vada pav from back home. This dish was a result of all such thoughts. I decided to use sweet potato as the primary ingredient. Most vegetarian burgers contain mushrooms – but I’m not a big fan of them. To add some body to the burger, I used chickpeas. This combination worked great together and the patty had layers of flavour and texture. When slathered with some tahini yogurt dip topped with thinly sliced onions, it was a perfect bite. It is not very oily and the patty has loads of texture on its own. We paired it with wholemeal buns – but they are good enough to eat on their own. For those who are vegans, you can just skip the yogurt spread. I would love to hear how it turned out in case you try it 🙂
Recipe Details :
Serves: 3 pax
Time: 45 mins
- 1 sweet potato
- 2/3 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight. Else use canned ones.
- 1/3 cup of all-purpose / wheat flour
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp tahini
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
To make the patty:
Sweet potato and chickpea burger with tahini spread
- If you are not using canned chickpeas, pressure cook or boil soaked chickpeas till they are soft.
- Wash and peel the sweet potato. Coarsely grate it to yield around 2 cups. Once grated, squeeze out the water from the sweet potato.
- In a bowl, take the grated sweet potato, chickpeas, flour, salt and the spices. Mix well to combine. While mixing, try to keep different textures of the chickpeas. I left some whole, some were partly broken and some were smoothened into a paste.
- Make rounds of the patty mixture and flatten them.
Sweet potato and chickpea burger patty
- Heat a non-stick pan on medium flame and add the oil. Place a flattened patty and let it cook on one side. After about 2 mins, flip it to the other side. Remove it when golden brown and crisp.
To make Tahini spread:
- For the spread, take all the spread ingredients in a bowl and stir. It will seem thick at the start, but as you keep stirring it, you will get the desired consistency.
- To assemble the burger, I placed the patty on the lower half of the bun, added a layer of onions on top of it and then topped it off with the delicious tahini spread. We had a great meal!
- Do not overcook the chickpeas. You need them to give texture to the patty.
- Squeeze as much water as you can from the sweet potato. If the patty mixture is too “wet”, it will not get crisp.
An organic, healthy, vegetarian restaurant coupled with relaxed ambience sounds almost surreal. This place, however, is true to its name. Situated in Orchard Road, is a spacious restaurant called Real Food that will make you feel at ease with its decor and ambiance. The restaurant has two types of seating : sofas and large wooden tables. These sections are bifurcated by a huge wooden book shelf and can accommodate small and large gatherings. I prefer the sofa section as it has a lounge feel and is ideal for long friendly chats. When you are seated on the sofas, you can see a lovely photo collage on the walls facing you and when you turn back, you can grab a book and begin to read. You never know how time passes by at this warmly-lit place.
Real food decor
For starters, we decided to go for the ‘Herb Salad on Tomato Bruschetta’. The bread had a nice crunch which contrasted well with the cherry tomatoes, herb and vinegar topping and we gobbled it up in no time. To beat the heat, we also ordered the ‘Organic Lemonade’ at the same time and it was absolutely refreshing.
Herb salad on tomato bruschetta at $7.80
Next, we ordered the ‘Beet (Millet) Burger’ since we had heard so much about it. This is a delicious handmade patty made with beetroot, carrot and a combination of other veggies. It is slightly crumbly in nature but quite tasty and I enjoyed the burger. It is served with sweet potato wedges which makes the whole dish an interesting combination.
Organic lemonade at $5.80
Beet burger at $12.80
For the next dish, we went for the ‘Balsamic Cherry Tomato Prune Pasta’ which was just OK. The pasta was dry and needed more sauce. It is better to eat it when served hot. Since their menu is quite extensive, it is better to try out other dishes if you are headed there for the first time.
Balsamic cherry tomato prune pasta at $8.80
My friend ordered the ‘Stuffed Veggie Salad’ which was a beetroot patty with combination of veggies (like the burger), but excluding the bun. It is quite filling on it own and totally healthy.
Stuffed veggie salad at $9.80
They have some interesting desserts on display at their counter and all of them are gluten-free. We ordered the ‘Vegan Brownie’ which was a large slab of deliciousness and can easily be shared by two people. We also ordered ‘Chocolate and Date Cake’ which was a small square filled with the rich taste of natural dates and I would totally recommend it.
If you are a fan of rice, then the ‘Baked Brown rice’ is recommended. After the meal, you can also shop around the grocery section for organic items. The restaurant sells a variety of chips, coffee beans, teas, honey, juices, sugar, nuts and cooking items. Their menu is crystal clear and states which items are vegan and/or gluten-free. From a healthy vegetarian perspective, for their comfort, ambiance, variety in menu, affordable cost and delicious food, Real Food is totally worth a visit.
Vegan brownie at $6
| In a Nutshell
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|Cuisine Type: Vegetarian
|Nearest MRT: Orchard
|Address:181 Orchard Road, #02-16 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
|Timings: Mon-Sun: 10 am-9 pm
Situated in Seah Street , this restaurant is a hidden gem. Named after its unit number – 36, Third and Sixth Bistro is the perfect place to unwind with friends after a busy day. One of the first things I noticed was that they were playing the hits of the 90’s and I was almost instantly humming along to the tunes. The tables are large (and broad) with long bench styler seats. Since we had reserved in advance, we were immediately attended to. The staff remembered that I had specifically mentioned egg less mains for me during my phone enquiry for a reservation. That attention to detail has stayed with me. For those who have not figured out yet, I eat eggs when it is used as an ingredient in desserts or bakery items and do not consume it in other forms. The menu instantly appealed to me because of the interesting names and clear descriptions about the ingredients of every dish on the menu.
Burgers are famous at this joint and we went for ‘Fungus Among Us’. The patty is replaced with two grilled Portobello mushrooms. Mushroom lovers can have a go at it along with the option of fries or wedges as the sides.
Fungus among us at $17
Labelled under ‘Sinless Grub’, ‘Stan Winston’s Head’ struck a chord with me. It had an interesting combination of butternut pumpkin and soy beancurd wrapped in a tortilla. The wrap was delicious and I was intrigued by how completely filling and non-messy it turned out to be. Chips come as crunchy sides to the wrap.
The other dish that we tried was the ‘TM’n’T’ which is their vegetarian pasta offering. There was nothing unique about the aglio olio pasta and it could have done with some more seasoning.
Stan Winston’s head at $9
They also have a Soup of the Day. The day we went, it was ‘Potato Soup’. I tried it on a whim – and was very happy that I did. They also offer quite a few ‘Happy Hour’ promotions. The environment exudes camaraderie as it was clearly visible that it was started by three friends who are passionate about their joint. The place has a chill-out ambiance and a kind of instant appeal that makes you want to linger at your table long after the meal is done. Well worth a visit for an evening’s relaxation with some music and friends.
TM’n’T @ $12
| In a Nutshell
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|Cuisine Type: Burgers, Pasta and Wraps
|Nearest MRT: City Hall
|Address: 36 Seah Street, Singapore 188392
|Timings: Refer their Facebook page mentioned below
North Canal Road is a place where the whole street is stacked with restaurants offering varied cuisines. I made my way to Communal for dinner – a casual American diner situated in Raffles Place. It has striking black marble steps at the entrance which lead into a brick long bar counter and some cozy booths. The place has limited seating and reservations are highly recommended. There are long bar-style seats on the pavement outside, but it can get humid as the meal progresses. The smoke around can disturb you a bit if you are sensitive.
The menu encompasses everything – right from soups and salads to mains and desserts. They have an interesting set of salads and I went for the ‘Salad of Butter Lettuce’ which had a combination of beets and hazelnuts. The salad was well balanced as well had great texture and bite. It was a healthy start to the meal. We then ordered the ‘Vegetarian Sandwich’ stuffed with veggies and had fries as the side. The sandwich was well made and each bite was packed with flavor. The ‘Communal Burger Deluxe (C.B.D)’ is also highly recommended.
Vegetarian sandwich at $12
I got lucky and was able to try the ‘Vegetarian Pasta’ which was their ‘Special of the Day’. It was home-made pasta, which added to the taste and the sauce was clean and bright. It was also very visually appealing.
Unfortunately I could not try their desserts, but their milkshakes seemed interesting. On the whole, there is definitely more potential to the place in terms of food offerings. Placing of fans on the outside for ventilation would help. The serving staff were very friendly. They have wallet-friendly Happy Hours in the evening from 7 -8 pm and offer lunch sets. The freedom to try different cuisines and yet stick to one’s roots of being vegetarian or drawing parallels between similar dishes from different cuisines adds another dimension from a foodie’s perspective.
Vegetarian pasta around $18
| In a Nutshell
|| Deelightful Rating
|Cuisine Type: American Diner / Casual Dining
|Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
|Address: 12 North Canal Road #01-01, Singapore 048825
|Timings: Mon-Fri (Lunch):11.30 am-2.30 pm; Mon-Sat (Dinner):6 pm-10 pm