Nude Seafood...

“We do not only want to cook for the rich, but also bring fine dining quality food to the masses at affordable value,” said Junchen, co-owner of Nude Seafood. Nestled within Marina Bay Financial Centre, Nude Seafood is a romantic and unpretentious restaurant that serves Western-Asian fusion seafood cuisines at a very affordable price. Recently, they have rolled out a brand new dinner menu that revolves around a communal dining concept with 4 dishes at only $49. This family-style dinner menu is definitely great for family dinner – spending quality time with your loved ones over a sumptuous meal. 

Preparing and cooking every dish with passion and care, Nude Seafood is a learning ground for all F&B outlets. Not only are they very particular about the flavour, texture, presentation and value of their dishes, they also put a lot of emphasis on the customer’s experience as well as the welfare of their staffs. Nude Seafood’s philosophy - happy team, happy food, happy guests is one reason why the chefs are able to churn out food that makes the guests so satisfied.

Fine dining experience without burning a hole in your pocket.

Swordfish Ceviche // $15
To be honest, my first impression of the dish wasn’t really good. I couldn’t make up what it was when it was served to us. Probably because this is something new to me, and I need some time to process it. But you know what, I was awed after eating it. The swordfish was well-marinated with herbs and spices, giving it a very refreshing taste which was very memorable. Also, the icy cold lime sorbet complemented the fish very well, giving that extra citrusy flavour to the fish that will make you wanting for more. A good appetizer, indeed!

Angkar Prawns // $16
This was one of my favourite dish at Nude Seafood! Needless to say, the prawns were very fresh. The prawns had a strong yet not overpowering lemongrass flavour which I really liked. Topped with the pickled papaya, this dish is so Thai-delicious! Definitely a must order!

Baby Squid // $14

The baby squid was really flavourful. I love the texture – not too chewy or tough. It was very addictive and I couldn’t stop myself from popping the squid into my mouth. Kudos to the chef for putting the Japanese sweet potato into the dish which adds an extra sweetness and texture to the savoury squid.

Hokkaido Scallops // $19
The chicken ‘lollipop’ was tender and it was well-marinated with the Gochujang sauce. Scallops were equally tasty as well. It was sweet and flavourful. 

Ocean Trout // $26
The fish was super melty (literally melts in the mouth) and it was filled with yuzu flavour which retains in the mouth. I also liked the cereal-crusted pumpkin which were not oily and dry.

Barramundi // $25
I always have a love-hate relationship with Barramundi. If not prepared or cooked properly, Barramundi has a fishy smell and taste. The Barramundi here was well-cooked, especially the adding of the tomato-capsicum salsa which I believe covered the fishy smell and taste. With the skin so crispy and the meat so soft, I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to order this!

Flower Grouper in Broth // $24
If you like a soup-base fish dish, then you should go for the grouper! The broth was rich and flavourful and it feels very shiok to eat it with the super fresh and tender group. The only thing I thought could be improved was the King Oyster Mushroom. It was a little tough for me!

Live Blue Mussels // $24
Major love for the well-marinated and tender pork belly! The Manilla clams were sweet, soaked with the flavour from Shaoxing hua tiao wine.

Matcha Ramen // $8
After a hearty meal, this comforting Matcha Ramen will be served to the table. I was exhilarating with joy because I’m a huge Matcha fan. The noodles were springy and has a subtle Matcha flavour.

Chocolate, Blueberry & Thyme // $14
Chocolate-lovers will fall in love with this dessert. It was chocolatey but not too sweet. The berries added neutralise the jelatness from the chocolate. Served with a scoop of ice cream, this dessert is what you need after work!

Mango, Coconut & Thai Basil // $12
Very refreshing dessert which has a well-balance sweet & sour flavour. Coconut was really strong and aromatic!

Nearest Mrt Station: Downtown
Location: 12 Marina Boulevard, #01-02, MBFC Tower 3, Singapore 018982
What To Order: Communal Dining Concept
Restaurant Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10

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


Back in 2014, Toasties opened its first outlet at Tampines. In a quick span of 2 years, Toasties celebrates the opening of its fourth outlet at Singapore's first-ever integrated community and lifestyle hub – Our Tampines Hub. Dedicated in serving the best sandwiches with character at good value, Toasties has since improved tremendously and is back with a more mature and refined concept.

The young and inspiring owner, Atwell, believes that there are no shortcut when it comes to preparing good food and that cooking food should be started from scratch, with only the highest quality ingredients. This explains why the sandwiches at Toasties are always so fresh and tasty.

Look at how big the sandwiches are! They are nicely filled with the meat and toppings you choose. Are you hungry?

How to build your sandwich?
1) Choose Your Sandwich (8 different sandwich bases to choose from)
2) Choose Your Artisan Bread (From Italian Loaf, Garlic Oregano Loaf, Ciabatta)
3) Pick Your Toppings & Sauce (A variety of favourite toppings and savoury house-made sauces)

All ingredients are prepared freshly at Toasties’ outlets and they are all natural. Order your sandwich and they’ll fixed the sandwiches in front of you. Everything is transparent!

Chipotle Chicken
Chicken thighs hand marinated in smokey chipotle peppers, oven-grilled to perfection

Mexican Pulled Beef
Slow roasted chuck tender, cooked 13-hours, steeped in savoury juices

Some of the best sellers at Toasties. The Chipotle Chicken was well-marinated and tender, with the chipotle sauce complementing the chicken very well which adds an additional fragrance and flavour to the chicken. The Mexican Pulled Beef was not too bad either. It was flavourful and juicy. What captured my attention was the in-house coleslaw at Toasties which were crunchy and not overly sweet. It is one toppings I would highly recommend to add in your sandwich because it was refreshing and matches the meat very well. The rosemary fries were fragrant, crispy and addictive.

Nearest Mrt Station: Tampines
Location: Our Tampines Hub 51 Tampines Ave 4 #01-85, 520940
Contact No: 6386 7243
What To Order: Chipotle Chicken & Mexican Pulled Beef
Café Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 7.5/10

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

Tian Tian Fisherman's Pier Seafood Restaurant...

If you search up the net, the most common review about Tian Tian Fisherman’s Pier Seafood Restaurant is that it is overrated. Overrated because it is overpriced and the service is poor. Yes, I do agree that the prices aren’t really that friendly but I thought it was value-for-money. Not only are you paying for the quality of the seafood, you are also paying for the ambience. Tian Tian Fisherman’s Pier Seafood is located in Boat Quay (overseeing the river at its alfresco area) which explains why it is not cheap. The other prominent comment that surfaced on the net complained about Tian Tian’s poor and slow service. Honestly, I beg to differ because the server that day was attentive, knowledgeable and very approachable. Perhaps the poor and slow service was due to a lack of manpower? Give them a second chance and if they screw it up again, the judgement is clear.

Personally, I was impressed with most of the dishes at Tian Tian. They were very innovative, creating new dishes that were inspired by Southeast Asian culture and flavours. Of course, they tuned it more towards the Singaporeans’ taste buds. Besides offering cooked food, they also have Steam Hotpot for the health-conscious crowd. So, if you are looking at a family-gathering, Tian Tian Fisherman’s Pier Seafood Restaurant is the place to go. 

In frame, some of the signatures of Tian Tian Fisherman’s Pier Seafood Restaurant. The portion, as you can see from the picture, was huge!

The Cold Plate was one of the hot favourite that day, especially the fried octopus and croquettes. The fried octopus was very crispy and flavourful. It was so addictive everyone snatched to finish it. Also, it goes very well with an iced cold beer. The croquettes were equally tasty. Within the crispy outer layer lies a well-balanced tuna and mango salad fillings which were pleasurable to the taste buds. The combination was surprisingly good and refreshing. Remember to dip it with mayo sauce. The smoked duck was not too bad, tender and juicy but the sauce was a little too salty for me. I didn’t quite like the papaya salad because it has an acquired taste which I wasn’t very familiar with. 

The long beans were flavourful and crunchy. Thankfully, it wasn’t soggy! The minced meat and chopped garlic added aroma and flavour to the dish. Simple dish but I like it a lot. Probably need a bowl of rice to go with it.

The fish did not smell and taste fishy at all. It was covered with Thai spices which made the fish very appetising because it was sweet and sour at the same time. The meat was soft and the natural sweetness of the fish lingers in the mouth.

They were very generous with the portion they served. The roasted chicken was firm. There’s no need to dip it into the given sauce since it is already flavourful enough.

The beef was well-marinated and tender. It wasn’t dry and the roasted potatoes stole the show. It was very soft and flavourful. Love the fragrance from the fried garlic as well.

This Green Curry Sri Lanka Crab was an example of a new dish that was Southeast Asia-inspired. The green curry was rich, flavourful and it wasn’t very spicy. The Sri Lanka Crab was huge and meaty. The huge chunk of meat falls easily off the crab and it is so sweet! A must-try!

Other than all of these, they also have the Steam Hotpot! Locked in the natural freshness and sweetness of the seafood!
The prawns were big-ass huge and very sweet! Couldn’t stop myself from finishing it! Portion was insanely big as well!

The porridge was comforting, and the best way to end off the meal. It was light, and flavourful!

So is the Michelin-awarded Tian Tian Fisherman’s Pier Seafood Restaurant overrated? Personally, I do not agree with this statement! Even though it is a little pricey, you are actually paying for the quality and ambience. At least give it a try!

Nearest Mrt Station: Raffles Place
Location: 73-75 Boat Quay, Singapore 049861
What To Order: Cold Plate, Prawns, and Steam Hotpot
Restaurant Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

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

Cin Cin...

Am I in a James Bond movie? This question popped up in my head as I stepped into the classy and glamorous bar, hidden in Oasia Hotel Downtown. Offering over 100 labels of gins, Cin Cin is the impeccable spot for all gin enthusiasts and curious tipplers. With such an extensive collection of well-loved and boutique gins, guests can build their own Martinis and Gin & Tonic according to their preferences. If you are not a big fan of gin, fret not, because Cin Cin also offers wines and other spirits. So, TGIF at Cin Cin with your friends this week!

The luxurious vibe at Cin Cin brings you into a movie scene, like “The Great Gatsby” where you socialise while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Definitely a hidden gem at Tanjong Pagar. Head there for a drink or two after your work. You will need it after an insane day at work!

Let all the pictures do the talking! Don’t you want to drink with your friends at such a posh bar? The drinks are not as expensive as what you might think. Don't be fooled by the glamorous appearance!! They are actually quite affordable.

Sambucus Toxin // $25

Create Your Own Martini // $18-$26

With so many different types of gin cocktails available in their menu, you will definitely find one that suits your palette. Since I’m more of a lazy and indecisive person, I’ll always tell the bartender to surprise me. I’ll skip the hassle of selecting because I know I’ll be taking a huge load of my time trying to decide which one to get because all you want to do is to enjoy a drink after work. Plus, I get to drink more. If you are more of a fruity person, go for the Sambucus Toxin. It is refreshing, sweet and the alcoholic taste is pretty underwhelming. Personally, I’ll go for something that is stronger like a Dirty Martini where you can to choose your preferred gin. The last drink (as seen in the above picture) was specially requested to the bartender because I wanted something unique. Can't remember the name but everyone that night liked the drink. It won my heart hands down. Even though you might think that there's no alcoholic content when you took the first sip, the kick actually comes right at the end. We were all surprised! It was smooth and refreshing! Thank you Cin Cin for having me! I had a splendid night with my friends!

Nearest Mrt Station: Tanjong Pagar
Location: Oasia Hotel Downtown
What To Order: GINS
Bar Rating: 4.5/5
Drinks Rating: 8.5/10

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

Hook On Steamboat...

Admit it, we are all cheese-lovers! Even though it is high in calories, we always add cheese into our food because it is very addictive. Here’s a piece of good news for all cheese-lovers. Nestled at Changi Road, Hook On Steamboat is offering free flow Cheese Fondue Buffet and it comes with an extensive range of premier ingredients. Some of you might be worried about feeling jelat after a while but trust me, you will be obsessed with it. The Cheese Fondue is a mixture of Parmesan and Nachos Cheese - tried, tested and approved by all of us. Besides, they also have a good selection of different flavoured ice cream for you to end off your meal. It is definitely the place to chill, eat and drink after a stressful day of work!

Just look at that huge load of cheese! We were all exhilarating with joy when the cheese fondue was served onto our table. The aroma filled up the entire restaurant. It definitely complemented the barbecue food very well.

The buffet is very value-for-money!

As mentioned earlier, the cheese fondue is a combination of Parmesan and Nachos cheese with the latter stronger in flavour than the other but I’m not complaining. They were well-mixed – I’m in love with the texture and consistency of the fondue!

Some of the premier ingredients they offer. Didn’t manage to take all of them because I was keeping myself busy with the mouth-watering food and cheese. My favourites were the marinated pork collar, pork belly, clams and scallops. Also, all the seafood are picked freshly daily by the owners at 2am! 

With so many selections to choose from, you will be spoilt for choices! 

Also, this is one of the rare steamboat places that offers so many different flavoured ice cream (six of them) and they are not the cheap kind. The hot favourites were the Paddle Pop and Mango flavour. 

Nothing really fanciful but Hook On Steamboat was really very cosy. A good place for family to spend some quality time together.

Plan your TGIF ahead now by calling them at 68440389/93893806 to make reservation. Thank you Hook On Steamboat for the great hospitality! By the way, Jason & Sarah believes in maintaining good customer relations, therefore utilises Advocado to compliment their existing business model. Remember to ask them for your rewards whenever you dine with them! Head to to find out more!

Nearest Mrt Station: Kembangan
Location: 389 Changi Road, Singapore 419838
What To Order: Cheese Fondue Buffet
Restaurant Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10

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