Oh My Tian...

“Oh My Tian (Oh My God),” will be your first reaction when you stepped into the whimsical and carnival-themed café. You will be greeted with a pair of vintage Chinese door knobs, some rustic tables, fanciful paintings and a carousel. The quirky and interesting concept of the café has also earned them a spot as one of the filming location for the recent Channel 8’s drama series, Fire Up 美味下半.

Located under a residential estate in Boon Keng, Oh My Tian is a laid-back, cosy and fun café that serves a wide range of delectable brunch items as well as desserts at an affordable price. Their new menu which emphasizes on strong Asian flavours would definitely be a hit among the young (kids included) and the old. 

In frame, their newest food items - Dory Voyage, Cutlet 101, Greeny Protein, Bonjour Dejeuner and Oeuf Croissant. Also, their in-house milkshakes are refreshing and cooling! Definitely did perk me up in the late afternoon!

Chocolate Caramel & Sea Salt Gula // $8.50

They have quite a few selection of milkshakes for you to choose from (Chocolate Caramel, Sea Salt Gula, Mango Smoothie, Strawberry Sundae, Cookies & Cream Monster) and all of them are price at $8.50 each. 

Chocolate Caramel // $8.50

This is one of their newest creations! The milkshake was not as sweet as what I thought it was going to be. The caramel flavour was strong as well! 

Sea Salt Gula // $8.50

An interesting mixture of Sea Salt and Gula Melaka! This combination works! I love how it tasted both salty and sweet at the same time! 

The Effiel Tower // $6.80

What on earth is this beautiful drink? That came to mind instantly when the server brought the drink to our table. It turns out to be Earl Grey Tea with Caramel Konjac, Jelly and Vanilla Ice Cream. The distinct layer of the drink makes it extremely Instagrammable! It tasted very similar to Bubble Tea but a bit sweeter. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the drink created for you! 

Cutlet 101 // $16.90

Taiwanese style marinated chicken thigh and homemade sour plum sauce with curly fries. 

Just like what the name of this dish suggests, it does taste like the fried chicken cutlet in Taiwan. The fried chicken was not too oily (does not reek of oil also). It was also tender and juicy. What attracted me most was the flavour of the chicken. It was really well-marinated. Very delicious. A must-try! The portion is really huge by the way!

Oeuf Croissant // $8.90

Croissant infused with salted egg yolk sauce.

Sorry, I didn’t get to take a good shot of the salted egg yolk sauce inside the croissant! This was a bit different from the other salted egg yolk croissant I’ve tried. It was rich, creamy and spicy! You can really see chunks of the chilli and curry leaves in the sauce itself. The croissant was also very crispy.

Greeny Protein // $10.50

Sliced Chicken Breast with Herbs with hard-boiled egg, mixed greens and cherry tomatoes.

Health Freaks will love this. Even though salad isn’t really my cup of tea, this was not too bad because of the dressing. Don’t get me wrong! The salad is actually really tasty but I’m not a big fan of salads (I like cooked vegetables). The dressing was damn addictive! The only problem I had was the chicken. Some were really hard and dry!

Bonjour Dejeuner (All Day) // $13.50

Croissant, Turkey Bacon, Chicken Sausage, Greens & Scrambled Eggs.

Definitely a hearty breakfast! The chicken sausage wasn’t very hard and it was flavourful. The bacon was a tad sweet and could be crispier. The scrambled eggs were not too bad and it wasn’t very milky.

Dory Voyage // $18.90

Beer Battered Charcoal Dory Fish with Thai Chilli Sauce, Salted Egg Yolk Sauce and Curly Fries.
This was probably my favourite dish at Oh My Tian! Contrary to how it looks like, this beer battered charcoal dory fish was well-marinated and very crispy. The meat inside that crispy skin was soft and sweet. Again, the salted egg yolk sauce was rich, creamy and spicy. It definitely complements the fish very well. Trust me, you’ve to order this!

Agar Agar Ramen // $11.90

Jello Ramen, Caramel Konjac Jelly, Creamy Sweet Corn with Peach and Pineapple slices.

To me, this is the combination of Ice Kachang, Jelly and Fruit Salad. The agar agar wasn’t very sweet but the flavour could be stronger. The ice cream was really good though. They put some mango puree on the ice cream itself. Very aromatic and delicious! Interesting concept!

Hot Summer // $5.50

Ice cream wrapped in a Chinese fried bun with assorted sauces to choose from.

The fried bun tasted like Hum Jin Peng! It was crispy but there were parts that were a bit too hard to bite! Ice cream was soft and refreshing and the Mango one is so so tasty!

Thank you Oh My Tian for the wonderful and hearty lunch!

Nearest Mrt Station: Boon Keng
Location: 34 Whampoa West #01-79 Singapore
What To Order: Salted Egg Yolk Croissant, Dory Voyage
Café Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8/10
Contact: 6612 1166

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

Gills N Shells...

Located at Hotel Boss, Gills & Shells is a 10 month old restaurant bistro that serves a wide variety of modern European seafood with a touch of local flavours. Besides their food, Gills & Shells also offers an extensive range of alcoholic drinks at a really affordable price. Their happy hours are all in Nett pricing and they do not have service charge. Also, you get to enjoy 5 bottles of beers for free if you spent $150 during their Halloween this weekend. With so many ongoing promotions available at Gills N Shells, work can be thrown aside first while you party with your families, friends and colleagues! 

In frame, Spicy Buffalo Frog Legs, Baked Oysters, Clams & Mussels, Maine Lobster, Grilled Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg Pasta, "Hae-Bee-Hiam" Pasta with Soft Shell Crab and Beergarita. 

Spicy Buffalo Frog Legs // $16.90

Correct me if I am wrong! Gills N Shells is probably one of the few or perhaps the first bistro bar that serves Spicy Buffalo Frog Legs as a bar snack. I mean other than places that sell frog leg porridge, Spicy Buffalo Frog Legs is really quite uncommon. I was both sceptical and excited when I heard I was going to try it. It turned out to be quite impressive, definitely exceeded my expectation. The fried frog legs were well-marinated. I could taste the different herbs and spices used in marinating them. It was a tad spicy but it goes extremely well with an iced cold beer. The only thing I thought could be further improved would be the crispiness. The skin was a bit too soggy for my liking! If you are feeling a bit daring, this would definitely be the snack for you. 

Baked Oysters // $25.90

Oysters and melted cheese complements one another so perfectly! The oysters were really fresh, juicy and sweet. I gulped down the oysters in no time! The melted cheese was so delicious and addictive! Definitely a great bar snack! Damn shiok! Also, every Wednesday is their Oyster Night where you get to enjoy each oyster for $2!

Clams & Mussels // $15.90

What I liked most about this was the broth! I could clearly taste the different herbs used to cook the broth. It was refreshing and sweet. The clams and mussels were not too bad! They were fresh and not too sandy.

Truffled Infused Cod // $24.90

This pan-seared cod fish was so tasty. I don’t like my fish to be too shredded (usually if the meat is too shredded, it’s not fresh) and the cod fish at Gills N Shells was not. The cod was well-marinated, tender and sweet. I also like how the flavour still lingers in my mouth even after I swallow it down my throat. The pickled radish and mash were also on point. The mash was not too dry and it melts in my mouth. The pickled radish was crunchy and refreshing! 

"Hae-Bee-Hiam" Pasta with Soft Shell Crab // $18.90

Hae Bee Hiam has always not be my thing! Probably because I dislike how strong and exotic Hae Bee Hiam smells and tastes like. The pasta was reeking strong of the Hae Bee Hiam smell. So I guess if you like Hae Bee Hiam related stuff, you will love this! 

Grilled Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg Pasta // $18.90

This was my favourite out of all the dishes I’ve tried! The salted egg pasta was very aromatic! I couldn’t emphasize that more because the whole restaurant was filled up with the smell of salted egg. The salted egg was strong and flavourful, definitely well-infused into the pasta. Every strand of the pasta had a strong, consistent flavour of salted egg. It wasn’t as jelat as what I thought it was going to be. The pasta was legit addictive because I ordered another portion. Fat but worth it! 

Maine Lobster // $28.90

Woah! This lobster is huge! I had a high expectation for the lobster but I wasn’t really impressed by it. The meat was sweet and tender but there were some part of it that were very hard to remove from the shell. Also, the fries could be more flavourful. Perhaps some pepper or paprika would do the trick?

Beergarita // $22.90

This is what I call the Real thing! I mean if you are looking to chill after a stressful day at work, you need a strong alcoholic drink to perk you up! This drink was strong and it wasn’t very bitter! Very refreshing and smooth!

Thank you Coreen and Gills N Shells for the invitation as well as the great hospitality!

Nearest Mrt Station: Lavender
Location: 500 Jalan Sultan #01-19 Singapore 199020
What To Order: Salted Egg Pasta, Spicy Buffalo Frog Legs, Baked Oysters & Beergarita
Restaurant Rating: 3.5/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10
Contact Number: 6493 2238

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

In & Out Cafe at Big Box...

People residing in the West would be very familiar with Jem, Westgate and J Cube. But not many people know of a new mall that is recently opened in the same vicinity. Big Box is the latest addition to the West “Orchard” side of Singapore and houses to eight storey high with a factory and store run concept.

Located within Big Box, In & Out Café is a combination of a café and kopitiam concept that has a laid-back ambiance with spacious and comfortable seating. There are two different counters within the café itself with one serving authentic Japanese cuisine and another serving Western-Asian fusion cuisine. What's so attractive about this place is the quality of food they serve as well as the price of the food. Be it students or working adults, their value-for-money set meals are definitely one of the reasons why you should pay them a visit real soon. 
In frame, Sobameshi, Agedashi Tofu, Pork Katsu Curry, Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce and Rainbow Cake. This could have been a good place for me to hang out with my friends when I was still studying in NTU. The place is big, food is good and it is so affordable!

Katsu Curry // $11.80

A set like this only costs you like $11.80! So damn cheap! And it’s cooked by a very experienced Japanese Chef! The rice was soft and moist, very similar to the one I have tasted when I was in Japan. The curry was not too sweet (Some Japanese curry are so sweet that it feels so artificial) and not too spicy. It was also very aromatic! The potatoes and carrots were soft but not soaky. The chicken katsu was well-fried and very crispy. All in all, I think this Katsu Curry set is really very worth the price you are paying off because it comes with so many sides. Oh, you get a free hot green tea as well! 

Sobameshi // $6

This dish is really special. Not the usual soba that you can find in a Japanese restaurant because they mixed fried rice and shredded soba together. It was really flavourful but yet not too jelat. The soba and rice really complements each other very well, especially the different texture that both offers. It was so addictive! A must-try! The $6 also includes a drink of your choice! Very worth it!

Agedashi Tofu // $2

One of the sides you must order and it’s only $2! The outer layer of the tofu was really crispy and flavourful while the inner layer was soft and moist! I also liked the mild salty flavour of the sauce! A good appetiser to start off your meal!

Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce// $9.90

Unbelievable! This whole set only costs $9.90! To be honest, I thought the chicken was going to taste bad because it was so cheap! It turns out surprisingly taste. The chicken wasn’t dry but tender and juicy. The portion wasn’t small and the mushroom sauce is to die for. So flavourful and addictive! 

Rainbow Cake // $5.90

If you have been following me closely, you should know that I have a love and hate relationship with rainbow cakes. Yes, it is very Instagram-worthy but taste wise, there has yet to have one that has impressed me. Surprisingly, this wasn’t as bad as what I thought it would be. The cake wasn’t dry, only some parts in the middle and it was rich but not jelat. There are also tea break specials where you can top up to get a drink. Not bad ah! 

Thank you Big Box and In & Out Café for the invitation, hospitality and great service. I really enjoyed myself! 

Nearest Mrt Station: Jurong East
Location: 1 Venture Avenue Jurong East 608521
What To Order: Set Meals
Café Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 7.5/10
Contact Number: 6801 6515

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