Greek food is known for its rich culinary history and use of quality ingredients. Adding a sparkling blue and white banner to the Tiong Bahru neighborhood is Bakalaki Greek Taverna, a new restaurant serving authentic Greek food. This restaurant is an example on how spaces can be aesthetically designed to cast a lasting first impression. Full credit to the interior designer who has done the contemporary decor of the space. Some of the ideas worth mentioning are the barrels on the wall, zigzag wine bottles display, harbor paintings and the blue sofas that adorn the restaurant. There is a seating area in the verandah which would be ideal for brunch and the interior seating would be good for dinner to best enjoy the ambiance. The service was exemplary! We were given an explanation about the dishes, suggested the recommended items, always had the water or wine glasses refilled on time, and were told upfront about the wait time with respect to some items. Before I proceed to share my experience on the food we ordered, let me tell you right away that this place is a must-visit!
I was really happy to see that Bakalaki had a lot of vegetarian options on their menu. They also have an elaborate drinks menu in which you can check out the Greek wines. They also sell some products in the retail section in case you are looking for their branded Greek olive oil. While we were in the process of placing our order, we were served complimentary bread which was warm and very good, especially those sea-salt flakes that were sprinkled on the top.
There are some dishes that we order by default at a Greek restaurant and one of them is the ‘Pita with Tzatziki’. The refreshing Greek yogurt mixed with cucumber, garlic and extra virgin olive oil acted as a classic appetizer. The pita bread was top-notch and the saltiness enhanced the pairing with the Tzatziki.
Do not miss out on trying a cheese dish at a Greek restaurant – either the feta or the halloumi. We ordered the ‘Halloumi’ which was served with lemon and oregano. Grilled to perfection and with the right chewiness, this cheese was satisfying on many levels. But the ingredient that elevated this dish were the cherry tomatoes. Naturally sweet, take a bite of them paired with a small slab of cheese and you will feel an enhanced food experience. Highly recommended and do not miss this if you are a cheese lover.
Pita ($2.90) with Tzatziki ($14.90)
The next dish was recommended by the staff and we were glad that we tried the ‘Tomatokeftedes’ which will surely remind you of a Greek Holiday. These herbed patties were made with Santorini tomatoes which are full of nutrients and have an amazing texture. Even though the patties were charred black on one side, there was no burnt taste experienced while eating the dish. The dish is under the appetizer section but is as filling as an entrée and I would call them as little pillows of delight. Do not miss this dish!
Halloumi at $16.90
The dessert menu was interesting and we tried the authentic Greek dessert called ‘Rizogalo’. This dessert derives its name from the two main ingredients – rice and milk. It had a dense and creamy texture like a rice pudding and was sprinkled with a gentle dose of cinnamon. We wanted something mildly sweet and this served the purpose. It also helped that it was served in jar which made it extremely convenient to eat the dessert.
Tomatokeftedes at $15.90
The simplest of Greek desserts is the ‘Giaourti’ which can be had as a snack at any time of the day. It is basically Greek yogurt served with honey and walnuts and is a simple sweet treat. Since it is made with quality ingredients at Bakalaki with authentic Greek honey, this dish was delicious.
Rizogalo at $11.90
The ‘Greek Frappe’ is the hallmark of coffee culture in Greece and is a cool refresher on a hot day. The foam is quite thick and does not mix completely with pure black coffee. Even if you don’t take sugar normally, you will need to add the sugar syrup that they provide to sip the drink. This is for people who really appreciate the caffeine kick.
Giaourti at $12.90
To be honest, I found it difficult to pick out any flaws with respect to this meal. Some dishes may feel a bit overpriced but considering the quality of ingredients used in the dishes, we found the vegetarian dishes to be worth it. Overall, it has turned out to be my favourite Greek restaurant in Singapore. For their authentic Greek food, use of quality ingredients, lovely ambiance their exemplary service, Bakalaki Greek Taverna is highly recommended for an overall awesome dining experience.
Greek frappé at $4.90
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|Cuisine Type: Greek
|Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru / Outram Park
|Address: 3 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168891
|Timings: Mon-Thu: 6pm – midnight ; Fri-Sun: 12pm – 2.30pm , 6pm – 1am
Nestled in the calm neighborhood of Kembangan is a fun cafe called Fresh Fruits Lab, a laboratory themed joint serving Western cuisine with a fruity twist. And yes, it is as exotic as it sounds – science themed decor with burettes, pipettes, magnifying glasses to read the menu, test tubes and colorful diagrams! We went for a weekend brunch and the restaurant was full! It definitely looks like they have regular customers. They have high tea, a la carte, brunch and even supper menus. It is around a 10 min walk from the MRT but the different dining experience made the travel worthwhile. Also worth mentioning is their periodic table drawn with symbols of fruits which was very innovative and unique.
Fresh fruits lab
FFL periodic table
To begin with, they serve complimentary juices filled in test tubes. This helps you try out different flavours and then order according to your preference. Water is served in beakers and juices in conical flasks and thus they stay consistent to their theme.
For me, tomato soup is a familiar and beloved comfort food. FFL offers the ‘Roasted Roma Soup’ which is a herbed stew made with Roma tomatoes, zucchini and croutons. The colour was dark and looked like a thicker version of homemade pasta sauce but the taste was good. There was slight sweetness in the soup which was nice.
Brunch and pancakes go hand-in-hand. The ‘Fruity Berries’ pancake was fluffy and moist made from a seasonal berry batter. It also had apple compote and strawberries drizzled with maple syrup. The fruity twist along with sizable portions made it a good order.
Roasted Roma soup at $8
For brunch, a ‘Frittata’ works as a ready-to-go egg dish that is somewhere between a quiche and omelette. The folding and flipping technique in the dish made with eggs, potatoes and mushrooms was done in a compact manner. It was served with fruity salad and toasted multigrain buns. Highly recommended. (if you eat eggs)
Fruity berries pancakes at $11
For a refreshing feel, try any of the fruit juices or sodas from their beverage section. The notable ones are ‘Strawberry Soda’ and Three to Tango which were rightly marked as the Lab Bestsellers. They were bursting with flavour and topped off with real fruits.
Frittata at $15
We ordered the ‘Lychee Cake’ to try a unique dessert. The layers were drenched with lychee syrup and it became a sugar overload after a few bits. The texture was almost like a marshmallow and it was a bit too sweet for my liking. They have many cakes on their display counter, so maybe I’ll try something else the next time.
Strawberry soda at $6
For the vegetarians, there are some more soup and salad options. The staff are friendly and attend to your needs immediately. They also have ongoing lunch promotions with a menu change every fortnight. For a different dining experience, for chilling out on the weekends, for striking a chemistry with your special someone and for its good food, FFL is worth a visit.
Lychee cake at $6.5
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|Cuisine Type: Western
|Nearest MRT: Kembangan
|Address: 351 Changi Road, Lor Mazuki, Singapore 419818
|Timings: Tue-Thu: 11am – 10pm ; Fri: 11am – 11pm ; Sat: 10am – 11pm ; Sun: 10am – 10pm
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
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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
Seah Street in Singapore has a variety of restaurants just waiting to be explored by foodies. I am always on the lookout for fun weekend brunches and one such walk along this street led me to Bridge Restaurant and Bar. This place had a relaxing and friendly vibe. The interiors are done well and make a great first impression. They serve modern European fare at wallet-friendly prices which makes the brunch experience worth a visit.
As we settled in, we ordered ‘Fries’ for the table. Fresh and crunchy, they were a good option to pass the time as we placed the order for the brunch mains.
The traditional breakfast order was the ‘Veggie Breakfast’ which comes with roasted potatoes, asparagus, sauteed mushrooms and choice of eggs. If you do not eat eggs, you can choose to have the dish served without them. Since my husband eats eggs at brunch menus, he ate the scrambled eggs which according to him was done quite well. I liked the freshness of their ingredients like the cherry tomatoes and asparagus and the dish was enjoyable.
A friend had the same dish, and chose the Sunny side up egg. Bridge uses edible flowers in their plating which adds to the appeal of the dish.
Veggie breakfast at $22
For the toast lovers, do not miss the ‘Honey French Toast’ at this place. The plate was presented beautifully with the edible flowers gently adding a purple touch. Drizzled with the right amount of honey, cinnamon and sugar, every bite of this dish was enjoyable.
Veggie breakfast at $22
For a sweet treat, go for the ‘Waffles’. This is another well plated dish with hot and crisp waffles served with ice cream and fruits. We chose the chocolate ice cream and bananas.
Honey french toast
If you are spending time there with a large group of friends the ‘Coffee’ at this place is quite good. They have a barista counter with a decent selection.
If you are looking for a weekend brunch with wallet-friendly prices coupled with smiling staff who are prompt in their service, then Bridge is worth heading to (and centrally located!).
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|Cuisine Type: Modern European
|Nearest MRT: Bugis
|Address: 31 Seah Street, Singapore 188387
|Timings: Tue-Thu: 3pm – 11pm; Sat: 3pm – 1am; Sat: 11am – 1am; Sun: 11am – 5pm
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.
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.
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.
Goat cheese salad at $17
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.
Crispy roasted potatoes at $7
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.
Lecsó at $19
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.
Spinach spaetzle at $22
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.
Zaunerstollen at $5
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.
Chocolate raspberry cake slice at $8
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|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