The refurbished Raffles Hotel offers a repertoire of restaurants serving different cuisines. Gather is a café situated in Raffles Arcade and quite hard to miss due to the colonial vibe on its arched doors and windows which are visible from the road. Opened by the team behind Punch and the now-defunct Ronin, Gather has large windows that allow sunlight to pass in. Add to that a minimalist décor and marble tables and you get a well-lit, classic café look.
The menu mainly focuses on galettes, crepes, sandwiches and beverages. For vegetarians, there are limited options, but the ones that are present are done well. The staff are welcoming and polite and made sure that we were seated comfortably. The Ratatouille on the menu may not be available at all times, so it would be better to inquire if you are heading to the café specifically for this item.
To begin with, we ordered the Grilled Cheese Sandwich from their menu.
This sandwich is sinfully delicious. Your first bite will be filled with crunchy toast followed by cheese that slowly oozes out and give you that stringy cheese-pull effect that crispy sandwiches are made of. Highly recommended if you enjoy grilled sandwiches with strands of cheese.
The menu is primarily divided into savoury galettes and sweet crepes. We ordered the Plain Crepe with sugar, Bordier butter and lemon juice served with fresh fruits. It was soft and comforting and had the right balance of tartness and sweet in terms of the overall composition. The place combines traditional French recipes with Japanese way of execution to illustrate how to make ingredients stand out in a simple dish.
For the drinks, we ordered the Hot Chocolate and were impressed with the generous portion of chocolate spread on the sides of the glass. It was served at a temperature that was soothing and packed the required punch. In terms of visual presentation, the glass seemed to have a marble effect which was pretty cool.
If you are looking for a casual brunch outing in the city or some vegetarian crepes in Singapore along with good coffee, then Gather is definitely worth a visit.
In a Nutshell
Cuisine Type: Crepes and coffee
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Address: Raffles Hotel Arcade,#01-12, 328 North Bridge Rd, S188719
Timings: Mon-Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM ; Sat-Sun:8 AM – 8 PM
In the sheltered space of CHIJMES on Victoria Street, I heard soothing music waft through the air and my search for the music led me to Dimbulah Coffee. This Australian coffee chain has a bistro in CHIJMES located around a spacious corner. It has indoor and outdoor seating which is quite appealing. The warm-lit interiors with tall glass panels coupled with a laid back vibe make it an ideal place for catching up with friends. In terms of their main course offerings, there are very few options for vegetarians (especially if you don’t eat eggs). However, we were there for desserts, hence the focus in this post is mainly on satiating your sweet tooth.
Dimbulah Coffee at CHIJMES
The Orders After dinner, one generally craves desserts, so we were happy to see the sweet offerings that Dimbulah Coffee had on their menu.
Some desserts are worth the extra calories just for the experience. We ordered the ‘Sticky Date Pudding’ as were in the mood for a rich dessert. The warm pudding was rightly moist and rested on top of a smooth date sauce. The generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top definitely served the purpose of bringing the whole dessert together by adding to the dense sweetness. For now, I can safely say that it is the best sticky date pudding that I have had in Singapore. Highly recommended.
Sticky Date Pudding at $12
Dimbulah is popular for its signature coffees crafted with Arabica beans which offer caramel notes and a lingering taste on the palate. The ‘Affogato Plain’ ended up being a nice selection since it served the dual purpose of having ice cream from a coffee cup. The slight bitter note of the coffee did not overpower the scoop of vanilla ice cream and brought out the contrast in taste distinctly.
Affogato plain at $8
We also ordered the ‘Crème brûlée’ which had a rich custard base topped with a layer of perfectly burnt caramel. The crispy, burnt sugar layer along with the slight hint of vanilla in every mouthful made it a deliciously decadent sweet dish.
Creme brulee at $9
Overall, Dimbulah Coffee is a must-visit if you are fan of coffee or desserts.
In a Nutshell
Cuisine Type: Cafe, Australian coffee chain
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-17 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Built in the 19th century, CHIJMES on Victoria Street is one of the most majestic structures in Singapore. From a foodie’s perspective, it has authentic Asian restaurants, bars and coffee houses. Hence its a favourite destination for people who want to unwind after work as well as tourists who are looking to explore Singapore. The latest addition to the refurbished CHIJMES is Anglo Indian Cafe and Bar, a restaurant showcasing Indian food from the British Raj period. They have a precedence of serving good food from their successfully operating outlet at Shenton Way which has a loyal clientele. Their new outlet at CHIJMES positions them to attract tourists who want to taste Indian food due to their liking for the cuisine and ease of location. They have both indoor and alfresco seating which helps to soak in the ambiance.
The Orders Their menu mainly has North Indian food and some Indian Chinese dishes. Personally, I prefer their North Indian dishes in terms of authentic taste and consistency in preparation. Since they serve Indian cuisine, the place has a significant variety of vegetarian dishes.
In the starters section, you cannot miss their delicious ‘Paneer Tikka’. These are large size cottage cheese cubes marinated to perfection with yogurt and spices and served with mint chutney. They are grilled in tandoor style which gave them a discernible flavour. For the price, I wish there were more paneer pieces but otherwise this dish is highly recommended.
Paneer Tikka at $16
Among North Indian curries, our favourite curry to try at a restaurant is generally the ‘Chole’. Prepared in Lahori style, the chickpeas are gently simmered in a gravy base and have a soft texture. The spices used were well-balanced and had been well absorbed by the chickpeas. This will serve as an apt accompaniment to your naans and rotis.
Lahori Chole at $11
When okra is cooked to perfection with minimal ingredients, it will shine through in a curry. We decided to try the ‘Bhindi Masala’ as its a vegetable that pairs well with rotis. The okra was cooked with tomatoes, green chillies and spices and tasted decent. Basically, this curry lacked the perfection to taste like an authentic dish. The gravy coating on all the okra pieces was not uniform and hence the consistency in taste was not the same with every bite.
Bhindi Masala at $14
Dals are common as a side dish in an Indian restaurant. Anglo Indian has a nice assortment of dals to choose from and we ordered the ‘Dal Bukhara’. This dish is made using black lentils cooked on slow fire with tomatoes, ginger, garlic and spices. The soft and creamy lentils will melt in your mouth and the spices slowly unfold creating a memorable experience on your tastebuds. Highly recommended, do not miss this!
Dal Bukhara at $14
They do not have a bread basket on their menu. Individual orders have to be placed for rotis and naans. All their naan varieties are good as is the Laccha Paratha.
For quality Indian food in the central location of CHIJMES and a nice ambiance, Anglo Indian Cafe and Bar is worth a visit.
In a Nutshell
Cuisine Type: Indian
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-13 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Pizza fans can rejoice as Yellow Cab Pizza Co have opened their first outlet in Singapore. Situated in the busy Citylink Mall, this joint serves New York-style pizzas and is quite visible with a signature yellow and black colored board. The restaurant is styled in a quirky manner with metal furnishings and using black and white as the primary colors. The traffic signal wall seems to make a statement like ‘Your pizza will be worth your wait’. They have an interesting promo running on weekdays during lunch time. For 2 pax – any 10″ pizza + full pasta + 2 sodas at $25 which is steal deal.
Yellow Cab Pizza counter
Traffic signal decor
The Orders Their menu clearly states the standard vegetarian options as well as the dishes that can be customized to suit vegetarian dietary needs. I find this a good practice so that one does not need to separately inquire each time.
Yellow Cab Pizza menu
We were in the mood for pizza and promptly ordered the 10″ ‘Garden Special’ from the menu. The pizza is crisp and slightly charred in the bottom and with gooey cheese on the top. There are a generous amount of toppings of fresh ingredients and we really enjoyed the pizza. The Garden Special contains tomatoes, olives, bell peppers, mushrooms and onions as toppings. The pizza size is substantial, so if your ordering one 14″ pizza, it is more than sufficient for 2 pax else go for two 10″ pizzas to have some variety in the order. They have a pizza stand to place the pizza which makes it convenient for service.
Garden Special Pizza
In Italian food, the thrill is to get a perfect pasta. Even if it is a simple ‘Aglio Olio’. The pasta was well-done, drizzled with olive oil and topped off with basil and sundried tomatoes. To add to this, it was well-seasoned. This pasta bursts with flavor and I really enjoyed it.
Veg Aglio Olio
They need to work on their service staff being more responsive and aware of the restaurant promos. If the common issues in the starting phase are smoothed and with good Italian casual dining ambiance and food in place, Yellow Cab Co. is a nice place to unwind and also works for takeaways. Wishing all the readers a very Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!
When food meets design, you get Redpan, a relatively new restaurant which has opened at Marina Square. Located in the new wing of the mall, the decor of the place is like an upmarket bistro. The restaurant is well-lit and the furnishings are designed in a way that they stand out. The menu focuses on giving Western food a Singaporean twist, throwing a spotlight on local ingredients and familiar flavours.
The Orders If made well, a soup serves as a great way to begin any meal. Hence, we right away ordered the ‘Smokey Tomato Soup’ which turned out to be a satisfying dish. The tomato soup served with garlic croutons had an additional depth to it due to the chargrilled effect.
Smokey tomato soup at $7
For the mains, we ordered the ‘Vegetable Lasagna’ for a wholesome dish. The dish was a colorful medley of vegetables like baked pumpkin, grilled eggplant and mushrooms along with tomato sauce and curry bechamel. Going meatless does not mean giving up on flavour and this dish proved its point with its great taste. Highly recommended.
Vegetable lasagna at $14
One of my go-to pasta dishes to order is the ‘Roasted Vegetable Aglio Olio’ because its a toss and serve kind of dish that spells comfort. This pasta at Redpan could have been better, both in terms of taste and seasoning.
Roasted vegetable aglio olio at $12
It is never surprising to see a ‘Portobello Mushroom Burger’ being offered as the sole vegetarian burger option in many restaurants across Singapore. I have always maintained that there should be more varieties tried in this segment for sure. Having said that, the size of a grilled portobello perfectly fits the size of a burger bun and is liked by mushroom lovers. Here, it was served with cheddar and lettuce in toasted ciabatta buns and was a solid rendition of the dish. The fries on the side were addictive!
Portobello mushroom burger at $12
The desserts at this place really impressed me and the variety is mindboggling – they have the dessert options listed on the menu and the daily specials displayed on their cake counter. To begin, we ordered the most unique ‘Teh Halia Creme Brulee’ which was a classic dessert infused with ginger and tea. As weird as it sounds to imagine tea in a dessert, this offering incorporating the local milk tea is top-notch as the ginger subtly cuts through the dish and keeps the sweetness of the dessert intact. Highly recommended.
Teh Halia creme brulee at $7
The restaurant nailed it again with yet another impressive creation in the form of ‘Red Date Butter Cake’ which was fragrant and rich. A delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream mounted on a butter cake that rested on a bed of sticky local red dates and caramel sauce was a tempting sight. Worth trying for enjoying a different creation using local flavours.
Red date butter cake at $8
If you are looking for cake options, then try the Red Velvet Cake and the Dark Chocolate cake which disappeared from the table in no time. But if you are looking for a refreshing concoction then ‘Roselle Sour Plum Soda’ acts as a perfect match to a delicious meal.
Sour plum soda at $5
Considering the overall experience of the meal, the prices at Redpan are very reasonable. For its ambiance, for its experimentation in food offerings and for its exquisite desserts, Redpan is definitely worth a visit!
Purvis Street is a favourite haunt of foodies – it is stacked with restaurants offering various cuisines. You will be spoiled for choice once you get here! Hidden under the radar, in the premises of Adonis Hotel is Argo Restaurant. It mainly serves as the breakfast joint for guests who stay in the hotel. A lesser known fact is that it is open to the general public to dine and has an extensive menu offering a variety of options for vegetarians. Tastefully done decor, white walls, paintings and potted plants give the restaurant a home-y feel. If you are looking for a quiet place, Adonis is a very good option in this central location.
The Orders I was pleasantly surprised by the number of green symbols indicating vegetarian pastas on the menu! To start the meal, I ordered the ‘Soup of the Day’ which was Tomato Soup. This soup offered a zesty and familiar flavour that was ideal to start a great meal. The bread slice was soft and complemented the soup perfectly. Priced at $3, it is a no-brainer to order this excellent soup!
Tomato Soup at $3
From the vegetarian pastas, the first one we ordered was the ‘Aglio Olio e Pereroncino’. The pasta is tossed in a spiced olive oil. It was heartening to see generous portions of veggies in the dish – capers, black olives, and red, green and yellow bell peppers. The garlic, capers and dried chili pepper gave the dish a nice spicy twist. Highly recommended.
Aglio Olio e Peperoncino at $9.90
The second pasta we ordered was the ‘All Arrabbiata’ which was spicy and light with the right punch of garlic in the tomato sauce. Seasoned to perfection, this dish was simple and delicious.
All ‘Arrabbiata at $7.90
Never say no to desserts at a Italian place that offers ‘Homemade Tiramisu’, especially when its priced at $4. The layers of mascarpone cheese goodness lavishly sprinkled with cocoa were moist and spongy. Worth trying for sure.
Homemade tiramisu at $4
For quality Italian food at such wallet-friendly prices at a central location, for their homely feel and for their affable service, Argo is highly recommended – maybe even for a staycation 🙂
In a Nutshell
Cuisine Type: Italian
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Address: Adonis Hotel Singapore, 13 Purvis Street, Singapore 188592
Imagine a restaurant menu resembling the beginning of a ‘Game of Thrones’ episode where each region is introduced in all its glory. That is exactly how Kaiserhaus describes the Habsburg Empire and its cuisine. Opened in the renovated Capitol Piazza, this restaurant dishes out authentic Austrian and Hungarian cuisine. Yes, now that is something unique in the Singapore food scene! The elevator is slightly out of the way and it opens into a spiral staircase that will instantly make you feel royal while climbing down. You are welcomed to the restaurant with some pleasant live music.
The Orders Let me start by saying that the menu has immense clarity in the explanation of every dish. For starters, we ordered the ‘Goat Cheese Salad’ to get a taste of the fresh ingredients. The goat cheese was of high quality and the seasonal lettuce, cucumber, shallots and lettuce balanced the dish well. But the stars of this dish were the marinated beetroot slices that greatly enhanced this salad.
Goat cheese salad at $17
As a side dish, we ordered the ‘Crispy Roasted Potatoes’ which resembled a disintegrated Rosti. They were crispy, roasted in butter and were gobbled in no time.
Crispy roasted potatoes at $7
There are fewer options for vegetarians in the main course. But, trying out the vegetarian options in a new cuisine is part of what makes me a passionate foodie. We ordered the ‘Lecsó’ which is a Hungarian Paprika Stew. These are basically bread dumplings served on a mushy and tangy stew made primarily of chunky red bell pepper slices. The stew was lacking in balance and I had to add quite a bit of salt and black pepper to get any form of taste going in the stew. If they fix this, this stew can turn out to be pretty comforting.
Lecsó at $19
Next we tried the ‘Spinach Spaetzle’ which was the pasta offering. Once again, the dish was lacking in balance. The caramelized onions used for garnish were overpoweringly sweet and permeated the entire dish. It took salt, pepper, and some tabasco before I arrived at a taste I liked.
Spinach spaetzle at $22
The dessert course was the star of the entire meal. Along with the options mentioned on the menu, they have a very good display of sweet treats on the counter. They have partnered with renowned Austrian patisserie, Zauner. We tried the ‘Zaunerstollen’ which is a nougat praline mixture with wafers, hazelnuts and chocolate. It has a nice crunch to balance the smoothness. This is recommended.
Zaunerstollen at $5
Since the dessert counter was irresistible in its options, we ordered the ‘Chocolate Raspberry Cake’ which was divine. The cake was nicely moist and this was a winning combination all the way.
Chocolate raspberry cake slice at $8
Overall, they can improve on their vegetarian main course offerings. They have a $28 for two high tea deal which should be worth exploring as their desserts are pretty good. For an attempt in the direction of new cuisine offerings, for the ample seating space with good decor, for its central location and for their desserts, Kaiserhaus is worth a visit.
Opened at Suntec Tower 4 is this chic and cool place called Alt. Pizza which is bound to catch attention thanks to its “different” quotient. When I visited the place on a Friday evening, it looked like a party was set to begin. Inside the restaurant, the decor was eclectic – I even spotted some quirky Bruce Lee hoardings. If I looked outside, I could see the cab stand and watch the cabs whiz by. A perfect dine-in restaurant where you can relax in spite of the world rushing by in front of you. That’s how my evening began…
Alt pizza glass
On the menu, they have appetizers, signature pizzas and DIY pizzas. The ‘build-your-own’ pizza is an interesting addition as it allows you to choose toppings and sauce of your liking. A menu with smart captions always works for me and they had rightly called it ‘Frills with Thrills’. As a vegetarian, it was like a breath of fresh air to see varied offerings on their menu for pizza toppings. There is a form placed on the table where you can tick in your order and it will be collected from you.
Alt pizza cutlery
The Orders We decided to stick to the signature pizzas as it was our first outing to this place. We ordered the ‘Garth Fader’ pizza as we were intrigued by its description. It is topped with red pepper cream sauce, mozzarella, smoked cheddar, toasted pine nuts, roasted onion, artichoke hearts and cherry tomato. The thin crust pizza was delicious – and right from our first bite we knew that our meal was going to be a happy meal.
Garth Fader at $14
Our next order was the ‘Lean and Green Pizza’ which had a fascinating set of toppings. When it was served on the table, I was happy seeing the colours of spinach, roasted squash and broccoli. It was such a welcome break from the usual vegetarian pizzas that I had seen earlier and I quite liked the look of it. Every bite of this pizza was crunchy and tasty. From the look and taste of the pizzas, I felt that they were wood-fired. I would highly recommend this.
Lean and green pizza at $12
If you are looking for a pizza place to hang out after work or catch up with friends, then this fits the bill to the tee. For its relaxed vibe, for its varied vegetarian offerings and toppings, for its wallet-friendly prices and for its friendly serving staff, Alt. Pizza is totally worth a visit.
In a Nutshell
Cuisine Type: Italian
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Address:Suntec City Tower 4, #01-602, Singapore 038983
I have completed 50 posts on this blog and its been very interesting to write about recipes and restaurant reviews. A big Thank You to all of you who take time to read my posts – I really appreciate it. That being said – there’s another review! I came across the opening of a Taiwanese vegetarian restaurant starting their first Singapore outlet. That got my immediate attention. So we headed over to Sufood situated in Raffles City which has Italian inspired meat-free offerings that were quite unique. Their set menu is priced at $25++ for a eight-course meal which is quite a steal considering their location, portion sizes, decor and the overall experience. This post will be a bit lengthy as I will be writing on the eight courses but completion of fifty posts calls for a celebration and sharing information about good food is always a pleasure.
The Orders For the first course, we were served the ‘SUFOOD appetizer’ which was unique in its taste and appearance. It was a trio of poached Japanese yuca root drizzled with a blueberry coulis, a stack of oriental, white water snowflake greens and a savoury cherry tomato jelly. We were asked to go from right to left. There was a stark difference in taste and texture between the starters. My favourite was the tomato jelly.
Sufood appetizer trio
For the bread course, we were served some ‘Rosemary breadsticks’ paired with a dip. There is a choice between mustard and blueberry flavours and both the dips were nice but I preferred the former. We were also served a welcome drink along with it which had a plum-like taste.
We moved next to salads. We decided to go for one vegetable and one fruit option so that there would be some variation. Our orders were ‘Tropical fruit salad’ and ‘Mushroom Salad’. The fruit salad was a nice medley of seasonal fruits while the mushroom salad was served with broccoli and cherry tomatoes in a vinegar dressing. This salad was served in a differently shaped serving plate which was interesting.
Tropical fruit salad
The food is definitely inclined more on the healthy side on the whole. Next up was the soup course. We went for the ‘Cream of Pumpkin Soup’ and ‘Mushroom and Pea pottage’ soups. The soups severely lacked seasoning and were quite bland.
And after eating all this, we realized that we had yet not reached the main course. It is totally advisable to work up your appetite if you intend to try the eight-course meal. Of course, any of these items can be ordered a la carte too. I ordered the ‘Vegetable Pita Pockets’ which was extremely delicious. It basically consisted of mushroom, pepper and broccoli baked in a zesty Arrabbiata jalapeño sauce. Each pita pocket can be filled with this sauce and every bite was enjoyable. And what’s more – they serve plastic gloves to be used while filling so that you don’t find it messy!!
Vegetable pita pockets
The other mains that we tried were the ‘Conchiglie Mushroom Bake’ and ‘Macaroni Alfredo Casserole’. The portion size of these dishes was quite large and it is up to us as to how we pace through our meal. The mushroom bake is pasta cooked in a curry sauce along with cheddar cheese. The sauce reminded me of the flavour that you get in Maggi curry noodles. The macaroni dish consisted of mushrooms and broccoli cooked in creamy sauce with parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes as the topping. Both these dishes are quite filling.
Conchiglie Mushroom Bake
Macaroni Alfredo Casserole
The desserts and drinks are the last two courses and are served together. There are interesting combinations that we tried in this course. To begin with we ordered ‘Banana cheesecake’ along with ‘Tropical Drink’. The cheesecake could have been better but the drink was good.
Banana cheesecake and tropical drink
We also tried the ‘Sesame Panna Cotta’ with ‘Very Berry’. The black sesame seed puree was a twist and was unique in terms of the usual panna cotta flavours. The drink was refreshing and I could taste the blackcurrants.
Sesame panna cotta
Our final dessert selection was ‘Osmanthus flower jelly’ with ‘Ashitaba’ because of their unique names. The former is a maple syrup jelly infused with Osmanthus flowers which was refreshing while the latter is a drink which is a blend of Ashitaba leaves, aloe vera and honey. This course was definitely unique as we were trying some of these items for the first time.
Osmanthus jelly and Ashitaba
Most of their dishes have mushrooms and cheese which is why the dessert course came as a welcome change. The service staff is extremely helpful and always check in between meals to ensure that you are having a good time. They also enquire on any dietary restrictions and suggest dishes accordingly. For their large size portions, for their variety, for quality customer service, for the price point, for unique food offerings and for the ambiance, Sufood is definitely recommended.
In a Nutshell
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Address:252 Bridge Road, #02-19 Raffles City, Singapore 179103