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Bunny's Good Eats (Bunny's 好介绍) - Bukit Merah and Tiong Bahru Edition

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  Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:30 PM

Bunny sure know where the good eats are and I thought she was good only at burrowing rabbit holes or slaughtering oysters. :D/> So on a fine, albeit cloudy Saturday morning two weeks ago, I made a one and half hour journey via MRT and bus to reach Bukit Merah Lane 1 where Salute Coffeeshop was located at. If you think that it's just another kopitiam, then you are in for a surprize. The first thing you'll noticed is that all the tables are covered with plastic blue and white chequered tablecloths. And the stalls are not your typical kopitiam finds; world cuisine and gourmet food come to mind with their beautifully printed menus.

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Salute Coffeeshop
Block 119, #01-40
Bukit Merah Lane 1
Singapore 151119

Business Hours
11am-10pm
Closed on Mondays

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Lets start with Seasalt since they were the first to be really for business. When I was touring Belgium years before, the cafes and restaurants were serving those big buckets of mussels. Then I wasn't able to try them as I was in a hurry and so here were I was to make up for lost time.

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Seasalt
Block 119, #01-40
Bukit Merah Lane 1
Singapore 151119

Business Hours
Lunch: 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm - 9pm
Closed on Mondays

We opted not to pick any dishes from the Seasalt's Starters Menu and instead jumped straight to the main courses.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:02 PM

Seasalt's Main Menu - We picked a mussel and clam dishes from the Shells in a Pot menu.

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Vino Mussels and Aglio Olio Clams with slices of baguette on the side.

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Vino Mussels in a pot or mussels in white wine in simple English. These black mussels are not those you find in buffets served on ice as the black mussel's flesh was smaller and sweeter tasting.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:35 PM

We adored the peppery Aglio Olio Clams though it was a tad too spicy for bunny. The morsels of clam were fresh and we mopped up the sauce with the slices of of baguette.

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Seasalt's Bill - The amounts added up to S$29 for the two dishes.

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Immanuel French Kitchen is opened by a young chap of the same name, Immanuel Tee. And how he came about opening a stall in the coffeeshop was well published on the internet so I shall not dwell on it here.

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Immanuel French Kitchen
Block 119, #01-40
Bukit Merah Lane 1
Singapore 151119

Business Hours
Tue - Sun: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:00 PM

Immanuel French Kitchen's Menu - The single page menu featured just four each of the entree and main courses plus a few other sides.

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A Buzzer was handed over to us while we patiently waited for it to notify us to collect the foods.

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We didn't have to wait long for Our Dishes to arrive. We have two duck dishes and a snail item which smelled good.

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Burgundy Escargots baked with tomato fondue and garlic herbs butter served with bread. The half a dozen pieces of snail was practically buried under the blanket of cheese, cream and herbs. Best eaten when the cheese was still gooey hot and sticky. Presentation wise, it would have been nicer if they had left the snails in their own shells.


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 12:25 PM

French Duck Leg Confit served with Mash Potato, Braised Cabbage and Au Jus. The meat was fork tender and moist when we dug in, coupled with the wonderfully browned crispy skin it was a delicious treat. Even the mash potato side dish did not disappoints as it was buttery smooth to our taste buds and we promptly scrapped every morsels of it off the plate.

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Pork Belly braised Kakuni style or in simpler term, slow cooked over low temperature to render the collagen into gelatin while keeping the meat moist and tender. The fatty meat came surrounded in potato foam, topped with croutons and served with duxelle mushroom plus an onsen egg. The pork though tender and flavourful was a little dried like it had been separated from the sauce for quite awhile and it wasn't juicy anymore. The potato foam served it purpose to degrease that feeling if you ate a little too much of the good stuffs.


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 07:05 PM

Pan fried Foie Gras coated with black miso came served with dashi and daikon noodle. The portion of duck liver was pretty generous for its pricing considering it was just S$16.50. We were quite used to pan seared foie gras with its caramelized surface and fruit compotes but the chef gave this dish a refreshing change by seasoning it with miso and serving it in dashi! Though we missed the caramelized texture, the miso flavoured dashi toned down the greasy aftertaste and added an Asian twist to the otherwise western dish. I will definitely come back for more of this dish again.

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Immanuel French Kitchen's Bill came up to S$62.20 for the four dishes.

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Now that we had our shares of Belgian and French foods, the next one up was German cuisine. We don't have to look much further as within the same coffeeshop was Stew Küche. Germany is not just famous for its pork knuckle and bratwurst but also beer, so likewise this stall sells a range of the alcohols too.

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Stew Küche
119 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-40
Singapore 151119

Business Hours
Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 09:05 AM

We ordered the Swiss Farmer Dinner Special Combo which came with one whole knuckle, two German sausages, sauteed vegetables, mashed potato, five pieces of hash browns, achar (spicy sweet pickled salad), lettuce and brown sauce.

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The Pork Knuckle had these "blisters" on it's skin which the chef did not puncture them during roasting so the knuckle doesn't look uniformly even, both surface and colour wise. But we actually preferred these air bubbles as it wasn't as hard as the other parts of the skin. Inside, the meat was reasonably moist with certain parts a little on the dry side.

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Now for the Side Dishes. Hash browns had a crispy shell and warm moist chunks of potato inside while the sausages were a little too salty for my liking. Unlike the smooth paste-like mashed potato from Immanuel French Kitchen, here it was more chunky and good in its own way. The sauteed vegetables cleanse our palate after we devoured our way through the pork kunckle, sausages and hash browns.

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Stew Küche's Bill - I think the behemoth S$35 portion of the Swiss Farmer platter did us in as we were just too "well fed" to try any other foods afterward, saved for some desserts and drinks.


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 11:46 AM

The enclave of Tiong Bahru has nothing short of cafes each carving out their own unique niche and offering delectable foods, desserts or drinks to soothe those curious minds who came looking for them. One of these places is The Orange Thimble Cafe, just a stone's throw away from Tiong Bahru Market. This art cafe in collaborations with White Canvas Gallery let patrons sip their beverages while also admiring works of art by local artists.

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The Orange Thimble Cafe
Blk 56, 01-68
Eng Hoon Street
Tiong Bahru
Singapore 160056
Tel: 9750 3989

Business Hours
Mon: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

There are basically three sections to the rather spacious cafe and this is the Main Dining Area. The other two sections are the cosy area (below) and the outdoor section at the back of the shop.

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Further inside is what I called the Cosy Corner where you can have more privacy even though they still share a same passageway to get to other sections. We chose to chill off and have our drinks here.


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 03:35 PM

If you have a sweet tooth for all thing chocolaty, you'll appreciate the range of Chocolates they have.

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Ordering cum Payment Counter - The cafe serve all day breakfast on weekends but since we just had a heavy lunch, three of us ordered drinks while I helped myself to the free flow ice water.

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Latte with a couple of ais gem. The sight of the old school biscuit brought back memories of my childhood; I would specifically eat just the colourful part of the biscuit, leaving the base behind in the bag. :D/>


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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:52 AM

Sleeping beauty's cup of Iced Caramel Macchiato. After we had cooled down sufficiently, it was time to proceed to the next destination.

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Our cafe hopping adventure brought us next to the Drips Bakery Cafe which offers cakes, tarts, savouries like quiches, salads and sandwiches. Of particular interest are their fruit tarts in which different tarts are available on different days.

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Drips Bakery Cafe
82 Tiong Poh Road
#01-05
Singapore 160082
Tel: 6222 0400

Business Hours
Sun - Thur: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Fri & Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:00 AM

Freshly baked Special Focaccia Bread was waving at me but my hunger instinct was switched to low priority so I skipped to the next item.

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Savoury Pies, Quiches and Cakes aren't what I had in mind at that moment, so next please.

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Assorted Tarts - Now, these were what I called gorgeous looking desserts!!! Each of them desserts just make my mouth salivate, particularly those topped with fresh berries and cubed mango.


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 11:20 AM

Drink Counter where all your drinks hot and cold are made.

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There were basically two sections to the Dining Area, the first area had just stools and tables while the back area lit by a skylight offered a more cosy seating with armchairs, sofas and low tables. We chose to enjoy our desserts basking under the natural light.


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 09:25 PM

Pot of English Breakfast Tea shared by bunny and kahlan.

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And now for desserts starting with a trio of delectable Tarts. Starting from the right to the left, we have Mixed Berry Tart, Cinnamon Pear Tart and lastly the Chocolate de Tart.

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Mixed Berry Tart was piled with fresh luscious blackberries and raspberries on a custard base surrounded by a thin crust. The combination of the tangy taste of the berries and sweetness of the custard balanced out to give this sweet a refreshing indulgence.

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Cinnamon Pear Tart was served warm. The slices of pear still retained some bites for the texture without being overly soft and mushy. The cinnamon power gave a nice added fragrant to it. Appearance wise, this lost out to the berry tart above but win on the taste department.

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 10:10 PM

Chocolate de Tart had this moist bitter chocolate with cocoa powder sprinkled on it. Although I found it chocolaty enough, the two ladies aunties hasn't really taken to it as they said the chocolate taste wasn't strong/thick enough. Guess they are the type who like to nibble on 99% cocoa bar for snack.

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Mirabelle Plum Tart - The Lorraine region of French supplied 80% of global commercial production of Mirabelle plum. The mirabelle reaches maturity and is harvested from July to mid-September (Northern Hemisphere) so we were just at the right place and time to savour this dark yellow plum which is known for being sweet and full of flavour.

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The National Heritage Board (NHB) launched the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail on 14 April 2013 as part of the ongoing efforts to bring heritage closer to the community by raising awareness of the places where we live, work, study and play in. Featuring 10 heritage markers, this trail will bring you through Tiong Bahru's old architectural buildings, as well as other significant sites that residents of Tiong Bahru hold close to their hearts.

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 07:15 AM

The Air Raid Shelter at Blk 78 Guan Chuan Street is significant because it is the only public housing building by the Singapore Improvement Trust to have been built with an air raid shelter as part of its design. The shelter occupies an area of 1,500 sqm and could accommodate up to an estimated 1,600 persons. It is also significant because it is the last remaining pre-war civilian air raid shelter still in existence today.

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The three of us explored the Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter a little deeper inside which was almost pitch black saved for the little available light through the open slots on top of the walls in some of the rooms and the light from Kahlan's hand phone. Meanwhile, Sleeping beauty chose to guard the entrance in broad daylight for us. :D/> Maybe after watching all those zombies movies, it felt kind of eerie and creepy surrounded by total darkness so we retraced our steps back to the entrance.


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Posted 29 September 2014 - 10:40 PM

We actually intended to patronize Forty Hands but it was packed with diners with only a single table available at their non-aircon sitting area right at the back. Being typical Singaporeans, we do not want to sweat ourselves in this hot and humid weather so we decided to check out another cafe down the road.

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Forty Hands
78 Yong Siak Street
#01-12
Singapore 163078

Business Hours
Tuesdays to Sundays 8am to 7pm
Kitchen closes at 6pm

Due to the layout of the Dining Area, the passageway was so narrow that at one section next to the centre pillar, there was only space for one person to pass through. The back section had high ceiling but no air conditioning so it was pretty warm.

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So we ended up at the further end of Moh Guan Terrace where Flock Cafe was sited. Despite the substantial walking and time for dinner, we were not craving for food so we settle down for some beverages. This family operated business run by four siblings offers basically the same tried and tested breakfast items like most of the other cafes around here.

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Flock Cafe
78 Moh Guan Terrace
#01-25
Singapore 162078

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Mon - Sun: 8:00am - 6:00pm

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 01:00 PM

Ordering cum Payment Counter - What's with all these old shophouses, it was so narrow but length wise it was long and deep. Still couldn't eat so two of us just had coffee.

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Macchiato and Cortado which is an espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk.

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Here was the Map that bunny prepared for our food exploration.

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I have been to Tiong Bahru quite many a time but I never would have known there were that many cafes scattered around the vicinity. Thanks bunny for leading us from Bukit Merah to Tiong Bahru and the cafe hopping (pun intended).

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