"Innovation is the key to success." - The Times

In order to differentiate themselves from the rest as well as to further tantalise the taste buds of Mookata lovers, the leading and pioneer restaurant chain for Traditional Thai BBQ introduces its all-new creation that sets to delight even the toughest of foodies – the Mookata Cheesy Grill sets (which I presume they got their inspiration from the famous James Cheese Back Ribs in Korea), available exclusively at the Bugis Junction outlet from 1st June 2016 onwards.

Served in either a set for 2 to 3 person at 57.90 ++ or for 3-4 persons at $64.90 ++, Mookata continues to retain its pocket-friendly prices for premium ingredients and seasonings, which also include brand new additions to the menu such as Baby Back Pork Ribs and Purple Scallops.

With a decent array of food choices such as Pork Collar, Chicken Thigh, Bacon Enoki Wraps, Bratwurst Sausages, Bak Kwa and Kernel Corn to choose from, Mookata is one great place to unwind after a hard day of work or even a simple catch up with your families and friends.

Loaded with creamy mozzarella and cheddar cheese (which I combine both and mix them together)oozing through the troughs of the traditional Mookata grill, foodies can exercise their creativity by choosing which food item pairs the best with the cheese.

My favourites were definitely the Cray Fish, Bak Kwa, Bacon Enoki Wraps and the Bratwurst Sausages and of course, the melted cheese enhance the flavour and taste of each food item!

Look at that oozing cheese mixed with Kernel corn! But I gotta admit, it was not easy to cook the cheese! I had a hard time at the beginning because the cheese was either too burnt or too fried. It was so difficult to achieve that melted consistency throughout our entire Mookata experience. 

I also had a hard time cooking the Baby Back Pork Ribs because it is taking forever to be cooked. I gave up in the end because it was really taking too long. If you are a Mookata expert, or have a friend who can cook Mookata very well, by all means order the ribs. But if you can't, I would advice you to skip the ribs and order other food. Cooking the Purple Scallops were also not easy at all, I had to dig the scallop out of the shell to cook it but it always turned out to be so burnt. I gave up along the way! But the other food item was still manageable and the melted cheese complemented them very well.

With any order of the Mookata Cheesy Grill set, customers can get a serving of Cray fish (4 pieces) at an unbearable price of $12 ++ for a limited time only. I would get them if I were you because the Cray fish was really fresh and it pairs very well with the melted cheese!

The Cheesy Grill is also available as an add-on for buffet customers at an additional $3.50++ with a free flow of mozzarella and cheddar cheese to complement menu items from the buffet line!

Thank you Mookata, Serynn and Affluence PR for the invitation. 

Nearest Mrt Station: Bugis
Location: Bugis Junction Mall, 200 Victoria Street #02-53, Singapore 188021
What To Order: Mookata
Restaurant Ratings: 3/5
Food Ratings: 7/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

Ollella Singapore...

Farrer Park has always been one of my favourite place to café hop. There are so many impressive cafés around the vicinity which keeps me wanting to visit Farrer Park again and again. With Ollella Singapore, a less than 3 months old café being added into the café list at Farrer Park, I can foresee even more people flocking to this area to get their café hopping fix.

Started by two passionate Indonesian sisters, Ollyvia Putri, the Pastry Chef who has worked under world renowned American and French chefs during her time in Chicago and Paris despite her tender age of 24) and Marcella Putri who heads Ollella’s business development, brings along her decade of sales and marketing experience from her corporate background into the business, Ollella is the amalgamation of western influences that the sisters are exposed to growing up outside of their home country and their Indonesian heritage instilled in them as they shadow their grandmother in creating delicious Indonesian delicacies. The idea of incorporating both the elements from the East and West into their cake shop is something to be really proud of, which I believe their grandmother would also be.

Located at Petain Road, Ollella Singapore is a cosy and dainty café that offers colourful Choux pastries which are delicious and addictive at a reasonable price. Also, all the other cafés in the vicinity should watch out, Ollella is a force to be reckoned with.

 Aren't these Choux pastries colourful and pretty? It is already very pleasing to the eyes!

Mini Choux Platter // $24

If you are undecisive and fickle-minded like me, I would suggest that you go for their Mini Choux Platter which consists of Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon, Raspberry, Rose (Month of May), Lemon Meringue, Matcha Azuki, Dark Chocolate and Tiramisu, all reasonably priced between $4 and $5 each (The individual ones are bigger). This Mini Choux Platter is also a good gift for any birthdays or festive occasion. The packaging is well designed and well thought of.

P/s: Ollella introduces newly flavoured Choux pastry into their menu monthly. So for the month of June, you can expect to have Boozy Brownie Sundae instead of the Rose which was only available in May.

Some of you might wonder now, what are Choux pastries?

Choux pastry or pâte à choux, is a light pastry dough made of butter, water, flour and eggs, it is most recognized in the form of cream puffs or eclairs. Chouquette by OLLELLA, elevates the traditional cream puff by adding layers of textures, rich flavours and personality. The sisters wanted to create beautiful, dainty and decadent dessert that are sweet and indulgent yet light enough to enjoy several pieces without feeling overly cloying.  

The Choux pastries are addictive and crunchy, and the flavours are well-balanced. Each flavours are uniquely different and you are bound to be surprised going down the line (Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon, Raspberry, Rose, Lemon Meringue, Matcha Azuki, Dark Chocolate and Tiramisu). 

My favourites were the Dark Chocolate and Matcha Azuki (I'm a huge fan of Matcha).
The Matcha Azuki was really good, particularly the subtle bitter aftertaste which I really liked. It reminded me of the Matcha I had when I was in Japan. On the other hand, the Dark Chocolate was not too bitter or sweet, and it was really rich. If you like strong flavours, then go for the Dark Chocolate or the Matcha Azuki Choquette.

Besides their delicious Choux pastries, Ollella also offers really delectable Kueh Lapis which is only available on the weekends. If you want to have some authentic Indonesian Kueh Lapis, then you have to make your weekends free. 

The Kueh Lapis is a 60 years old recipe passed down from their grandmother, which is different from the ones we usually have. The flavour is stronger! Thank you Ollella, Ollyvia and Marcella for having me! I will definitely be back again to try your savoury Choux pastries!

Nearest Mrt Station: Farrer Park
Location: 3 Petain Road, Residences@Somme #01-01
What To Order: Choux Pastries
Cafe Ratings: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)                               
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