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

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/

Pita Pan – The Shoppes, Bayfront [Permanently Closed]

Once in a while you come across a place that has a combination of interesting cuisine and umpteen choices on the menu. And Pita Pan is exactly that, a 98% vegetarian joint that provides you with numerous options for a filling lunch or dinner. I say 98% because eggs are used in the Mediterranean breeze section of their menu. I went to their Bayfront outlet which has limited seating (approx 30 seats), hence advance reservation is recommended. For a clearer idea of their location, look for the ‘Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’ or the ‘Lady M’ outlets. The eatery is managed by an Indian couple and they are passionate about the joint and ensure that your needs are met. The concept is of self-service – you have to go and place your order at the counter and decide on what you want to eat. The colourful salad bar on display while ordering is quite fresh.

The Orders
To begin with, we went for the healthy serving of ‘Couscous and Soup’. It was filled with vegetables like carrots, cabbage, onions and chickpeas and was quite tasty. Couscous is typically found in Mediterranean offerings and it is mainly a combination of wheat flour and semolina flakes and served as a befitting complement to the soup.

Couscous and soup

Couscous and soup at $11.90

The pocket meal options mentioned on the menu were quite tempting and we ordered the ‘Full Pocket Meal with Falafel’ since a Mediterranean outing without falafel would have seemed incomplete. This had five crispy falafel pieces inside packed into a huge pita bread filled with fresh vegetables and toppings of your choice and served in a neat tub-shaped box. The falafel was crunchy on the outside and quite soft on the inside and it was delicious. Totally not to be missed if you visit here.

Full pocket meal with falafel

Full pocket meal with falafel at $15.90

The orders continued with the selection of ‘Full Pocket Meal with Veg Shawarma’ which also turned out to be a hit. The serving concept is exactly the same as the falafel option mentioned above. The falafels and shawarma are present inside the pita bread and hence not visible from the top in the pictures. The quantity of both is more than sufficient for lunch or dinner.

Full pocket meal with veg shawarma

Full pocket meal with veg shawarma at $17.90

My fried ordered the ‘Red Shakshuka’ which is their only section with egg offerings. It comes in hot skillet which consists of tomato and pepper stew with eggs poached in it. Pita bread comes as an accompaniment to the shakshuka.

Red shakshuka

Red shakshuka at $11.90


Along with the main orders, you can also try the salads and dips which can be ordered a la carte. We ordered the ‘Hummus’ which was delicious to go along with pita bread.
Hummus

Hummus


If you are looking to grab a quick bite for lunch, they also serve half pocket meals and sandwiches which can act as good take away options. Its also a nice place to catch up with friends or to conduct group meetups. On the whole, Pita Pan is total ‘Mediterranean Magic with Pocket Full of Health’ which acts as a welcome refreshing change and is well worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mediterranean ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Bayfront
Address: 2 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes, Singapore 018972
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 11pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pitapansg/