Yellow Cab Pizza Co – Citylink Mall

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

Yellow Cab Pizza counter


Traffic signal decor

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

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

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

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!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Esplanade
Address: B1-01/02 CityLink Mall, 1 Raffles Link, Singapore 039393
Timings: Mon-Thu: 11am – 10pm ; Fri-Sun: 11am – 10.30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/yellowcabpizzasg/
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Redpan – Marina Square

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.

Redpan

Redpan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western / Modern Singaporean ★★★★
Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-03/04, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://redpan.sg/

Argo Restaurant – Purvis Street

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

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.
Vegetariano

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

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

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 Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Address: Adonis Hotel Singapore, 13 Purvis Street, Singapore 188592
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11.30am – 3pm , 6pm – 10.30pm
Website: http://hoteladonis.worldsignaturehotels.com/wp-content/uploads/Argo-Menu-2015.jpg

Kaiserhaus – Capitol Piazza

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.

Kaiserhaus decor

Kaiserhaus decor

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

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

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.

Lecso

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

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

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

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.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: European ★★★
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Address: Capitol Singapore, 17 Stamford Road, #02-06 and #03-06, Singapore 178907
Timings: Sun-Thu: 10.30am – 12am ; Fri-Sat: 10.30am – 1am
Website: http://kaiserhaus.sg/

Alt. Pizza – Suntec City Tower 4

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

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

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

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

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 Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Address:Suntec City Tower 4, #01-602, Singapore 038983
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://altpizza.com.sg/

Sufood

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

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.

Bread course

Bread course


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

Tropical fruit salad


Mushroom salad

Mushroom 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.

Soup course

Soup course


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

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

Conchiglie Mushroom Bake


Macaroni Alfredo Casserole

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

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

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

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 Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Address:252 Bridge Road, #02-19 Raffles City, Singapore 179103
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11.30 am-3.30 pm ; 5.30 pm-10 pm
Website: http://www.sufood.com.sg/

Supply and Demand

As the weekend approaches, everyone wants to unwind, chill a bit and catch up with friends. Nestled along a nice view in Esplanade where the excitement of the evening was palpable, Supply and Demand proved to be a perfect evening place in terms of ambience. It is always better to reserve in case of weekend outings as the place was packed when we arrived. As we waited to be seated, I noticed that some tables had swings as seats which was quite unique. This place has both indoor and alfresco dining along with a rooftop bar. We sat indoors on the ground floor which had long tables and spacious seating. There was some interesting decor in the restaurant space like cycles hung on the walls and phonographs.

Snd cycle decor

Snd cycle decor

Snd phonograph decor

Snd phonograph decor

The Orders
Being an avid reader, good quotes interest me and their menu had interesting statements scribbled across at the top. They had a stencil pad along with their menu which was a nice read in the candle light.

snd quote decor
The restaurant states itself to be an Italian-Peruvian joint but there were more influences of the former cuisine in the menu. To begin with, we ordered the ‘Vegetariano Pizza’. This was a thin-crust pizza with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, artichokes and olives as the toppings. The crust had a decent spread of tomato sauce and was quite chewy and tasty. They have a wide variety in their pizza offerings and also give you the choice to combine two flavours onto your pizza. A large 13″ pizza can be shared by two people.

Vegetariano pizza

13″ Vegetariano pizza at $21

A typical Italian dinner, more often than not, consists of pizza and pasta in the form of orders. We promptly ordered the ‘Vegetariano Pasta’ which had a nice balance of seasoning and crunchiness of vegetables with a thick sauce base.

Vegetariano pasta

Vegetariano pasta at $16

Their menu mentioned that “Not having dessert is like not getting a complete meal”. But I have to say that this was the course that left me a tad disappointed. I was happy to see the ‘Molten Chilli infused Chocolate cake’ on their menu as I like the combination. It had visual appeal but the taste of chilli was nowhere to be found and the cake was dry in texture.

Molten chilli infused chocolate cake

Molten chilli infused chocolate cake at $10


To give their desserts another try, we went for ‘Salted caramel and chocolate crumble parfait’ which was quite decent in taste but nothing great. Also, their desserts were a bit pricey for the offered quantity.
Salted caramel and chocolate crumble parfait

Salted caramel and chocolate crumble parfait at $11


On the whole, Supply and Demand is worth a visit for its pizza and pasta varieties, ambiance, friendly service and as a cool hangout for spending a relaxed evening.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type:Italian ★★★
Nearest MRT: Esplanade / City Hall
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue,#01-13 Esplanade Mall Singapore 039802
Timings: https://www.facebook.com/supplydemandsin/info
Website: http://www.cre8group.com.sg/