Saturday, June 29, 2013

Slappy Cakes in Eastwood City

The first wave of pancake sensation and all-day breakfast revolution was first sparked by IHOP, stands for International House of Pancakes, at the Fort. And where foodies are raving(and equally ranting about), I must be, if only because of my work that impedes most of my gastronomic adventure, especially now that I am rendering three jobs in one fold. 

The closest to its vein is the Slappy Cakes, a breakfast joint located just a lift-away from our building, so missing this shouldn't be impossible. 

Slappy Cakes traces back its culinary roots from Portland, Oregon, where one of a kind and interactive breakfast setting is, as the adage goes, selling like hot pancakes.  

That early morning, we tried our very first pancake DIY experience. 

I had a high fever so I just ordered steamed Milk. 

She ordered Lemon Iced Tea.

The restaurant is defined by a unique selling proposition by installing griddles so diners can make their own pancakes of their choice of batter, fixin', topping, and syrup. She leisurely enjoyed it all. 

We ordered Blueberry for the fixin' and Lemon Curd for the topping.

Mixed veggies for me. 

Since she has an affinity to fish meats, she got herself a boneless milk fish.

We took out some. 

The experience is fun itself because you can choose to make pancakes out of your own shapes, so I made heart for her, a star signifying my astro slash gastronomic inclination and an airplane to symbolize my defunct dream of becoming an airline pilot. 

No Signboard Seafood Restaurant at Esplanade Mall Singapore

A gaze-away from the Marina Bay Sands, No Signboard Seafood Restaurant used to be one of western Singapore's maiden proponents  in the hawker-style dining scene. Now a full-fledged restaurant, they established their own culinary haven at an Esplanade prime spot, and so prime that it has been tagged as a "gustatory Venus trap" because it is the first you notice when you're at the place. 

Well-lit interior, large circular tables, replete with fine tapestries, and a platoon of diners are but reminiscent characteristics of a restaurant with Chinese descent. Or perhaps the owners are. 

No Signboard Seafood Restaurant has been known as a Singapore mainstream home of chili crab, a kind of dish Kate, one of our hosts, coined as delectably Singapore. 

Let's see what else we've got. 

Mixed seafood

Spice-induced fresh Sri Lankan Crab cooked in chili sauce flavored with prawn paste, garlic and many others. 

Mantao Bun for the chili crab. 

Cereal-encrusted deep-fried crayfish sprinkled with cereal with sweet and salty mix.

We were just a group of four and because of their enormous table, we just occupied 40% of that. 

Thank you to Kate and Princess for being such a warm and fun hosts that night. Till next time… there will be next time. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Crab Deli & Bar Restaurant at One Fullerton, Singapore

Haze or no haze… Singapore at its unlikely form is a limited edition. When we cruise around the area, we noticed that the locals wore mask and the tourists didn't. Something tells me that they(locals) weren't used to the level of air particles scathed all over the entire city, especially the one that was caused by combusted materials. 

Al fresco dining were closed, even Singapore Flyer, world's tallest ferris wheel, suspended their operations because of the almost zero visibility.  To preserve an impeccable brand of customer service, they just had to refund our ticket which we bought a day before. 

Local shop owners definitely felt the sudden crunch of economic challenge when less and less people go out to buy stuff. Even Starbucks had to close the smoking area outside because of the health risk(isn't this the same as the risk caused by smoking?) 

Although by noontime, haze level receded because by at a certain thermal level, air rises its shimmy upwards. So we took the chance to go out for a lunch. The stop is at the unpretentious, casual Bayside Crab Deli & Bar Restaurant fronting the giant Merlion at the Marina Bay area. 

Chicken in Barbecue Sauce. 

Sunday's Roast Chicken. 

Deep-fried chicken. 

Satay - seasoned skewered grilled pork. 

Fish fillet. Crunchy and tasty. It was a good experience but the restaurant don't serve house flat water which happened to be a de facto service on restaurants. 

See? Nothing can stop us. Not even a haze that is more than thrice the strata of our local pollutants(Na+ K+ CI NO3 and SO4(2)) polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Thank's to our magic facial blanket. :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Melting Pot Cafe at Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia, being truly Asia, brims of a cornucopia of food from regions of around the world. The country's multi-racial mix already ensured a variety of cuisine from native and homegrown Malay to the neighboring Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese and others. 

And to say this is indeed a melting pot is but an underestimation especially in the culinary department where some of the entrees you might not understand if you're not familiar with the other Asian continental niche. 

Lately we had an Asian tour and one of our stops is KL where we stayed at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur. 

We were both tired from long flights so we just had to doze off so we will be able to brace the next morning's buffet at Melting Pot Cafe

Located at the lobby level of the hotel, Melting Pot Cafe can host more than 200 pax offering a fine ensemble of Asian and Continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Assorted bread. 

Danish bread and croissants. 

Bread and cupcakes. 

Loaves of bread. 

Cheese overload. 

The "un-pork-ed" salami section. 

Hash brown.

This must be used as well for dipping their bread. 

Chicken hotdog. 

Their version of pasta. 

Pork and beans minus pork. :)

Malay something. I forgot the name. 

Spring roll, except that theirs is never oily.


Potato fritters. 

Beef strips. Their version of as bacon since they don't eat Pork. Delicious nonetheless. 

Salad bar.

You can top your salad with these. 

Chicken Laksa. Delicious. 

Chicken strip. This is their ham version, only chicken since they don't eat Pork. 

Malay bread. 

I think this is made of soya but I just forgot how it is called in Malay. 

Egg Omelet section. 

One of the basic staples of a Malaysian diet. I forgot the name. 

Pancake and waffles section. 

Pink Sio-Pops - we fondly call it, just as how little J.Co donuts are named, "J.Pops."

Sio-Pops white. 

Laksa Noodles section - if you want hot and spicy soup. 

Laksa Noodle section. 

Cereals section. I had a fresh milk but she didn't since she has lactose intolerance which will make her stomach grumbling all day.

Fruit medley. I brought some to my room.

Melon Fruit.  

Dragon Fruit. She said it's healthy for a diabetic like me.

Different juices but my favorite is the Guava Juice.

The mark of a happy face. 

If you're familiar with Asian cuisines of different takes and taste, this is a perfect cafe to melt your hunger.  

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