Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar...

The team behind Sogurt has recently opened a brand new space – Kara Café & Dessert Bar for all avid café-goers. Situated along Bukit Timah Road, Kara Café & Dessert Bar has an extensive menu that features salads, rice bowls, toasts as well as mochi waffle with yoghurt ice cream at a very affordable price. It is hard to pick a favourite section in the menu because each category has dishes that are worth paying for.

It doesn’t matter if you are a health-enthusiast or not, you will definitely find something that suit your tastebud. So, if you are still looking for a place for brunch this weekend, you might want to visit Kara Café & Dessert Bar for a relaxing meal.

These are some of my favourites at Kara Café & Dessert Bar. I was really quite impressed with their mains since they are supposedly to be good at only desserts. 

Strawberry Dream & Tropical Peach Mango Smoothies // $7
The smoothies at Kara are extremely filling. I wouldn’t recommend you slurping too much of it before eating your food. Even before I could eat, I was already quite full from the smoothie. If I had to choose between the two, the Tropical Peach Mango stands out more for me! It was well-mixed and well-blended, with a light mango flavour at the end. Very refreshing especially with Singapore’s hot weather!

Korean Wings // $13
Even though the wings were glazed with honey, it wasn’t overly sweet and has a tangy flavour. It was definitely very crispy and addictive! Highly recommended to get this!

Taco Mexx Chicken // $14
The flavours just popped in this Mexican-inspired grain bowl. You have a little bit of spiciness, sweetness, sourness and saltiness in just one dish and they complemented one another very well. I also liked how they added the crisp corn chips to give an extra crunch to the grain bowl.

Pork Belly Miso // $16
Another popular grain bowl at Kara and one of my favourite dish! The pork belly was well-marinated, tender and juicy. The rice was also super tasty! I can finish this all by myself! They also added Mami (crispy noodle snack) into the grain bowl! Good choice!

Classic Grilled Cheese // $10.50
Simple but very delicious! The melted cheese wasn’t too overpowering and jelat. Sourdough was well-toasted with the slightly burnt area very crispy. 

Tempura Fish Kimchi // $16
Another refreshing combination! The fish was well-battered and well-fried, making it very crispy. The zesty kimchi mayo complemented the fish very well, making it so deadly addictive!

Sesame Soba Bowl // $13
If you are looking for a light and healthy dish, you can order this soba! Soba was not too soggy and it paired very well with the other ingredients. Chicken wasn’t too tough! Sesame sauce wasn’t too sweet and the texture was just fine (not too watery nor thick)!

S'mores Sensation // $11.50
You need to share this even if you have a very sweet tooth. It is quite jelat and I think it is impossible to finish this alone. The marshmallows were definitely well-torched to achieve that melty texture and it paired very well with the chocolate. Sinful but calories worth gaining!

Matcha Berry with Lychee Rose Softserve // $12.50
OMG! I get very excited when I see Matcha dessert! Was it really good? Yes, you bet. The matcha flavour was strong, with a subtle bitter aftertaste. Waffle was crispy but a tad dry, but it was okay if you paired it with the maple syrup or softserve. You need to try the Lychee Rose Softserve because it was so legit good that I am salivating when writing this. It was light, refreshing and has a strong floral taste (does not taste artificial at all). One bite and you can’t stop! If you want to try their Matcha Berry, you better go early because it always get sold out in the afternoon!

Nearest Mrt Station: Botanic Garden
Location: 617 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269718
What To Order: Toast, Wings, Soba and Waffle
Café Ratings: 4/5
Food Ratings: 7.5/10

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

Tin Hill Social Restaurant...

Eh Wei Kai, where can I bring my girlfriend/boyfriend for a date? I’m looking for a romantic and quiet place to eat and hopefully, it isn’t very expensive. This is one question my friends always asked me when they ran out of ideas on where to have a meal with their partners. So, here’s one you definitely must go if you want to impress them – Tin Hill Social Restaurant.

Away from the hustle and bustle, Tin Hill Social Restaurant is located at the seemingly ulu Turf Club (but actually accessible by MRT) and has recently rolled out a brand new menu that features an extensive range of well-executed and affordable fusion dishes with an unpretentious presentation. Besides, the garden-themed alfresco as well as the cosy and modern interior at Tin Hill Social Restaurant further complete your dining experience. If you guys prefer to have your drinks at the bar, they have it too!

So, wait no more! Bring your date here for a romantic meal and trust me, they will not be disappointed! Also, you can buy $100 credits at Tin Hill Social Restaurant for only $50! It is as good as enjoying a 1-1! Click on my referral link to enjoy it! https://www.advocado.me/#/refer-invite/a4dc2cba-d8d6-4dc1-af08-095d3abe6536

P/s: Tin Hill Social is a strong advocate of the advocado app!

Only managed to do a flatlay of Tin Social’s appetisers because it was getting dark. In frame, Fried Kelong Prawns, Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak Tartare and Fried Chicken Wings.  

I can’t remember the name of the mocktail but it was very refreshing. It was our welcome drink and I really liked it because it doesn’t taste artificial and it wasn’t overly sweet. 

Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak Tartare // $14
I could already smell the fragrance of the truffle when the server was holding it at a distance away. My mouth was salivating when I saw the steak tartare. For only $14, the portion was huge. The steak was well-infused with truffle, and it didn’t overpower the flavour of the beer. By the way, Tin Hill Social is using grass-fed beef from Argentina which are known for being low-fat and that means you don’t have to worry about your calories! The bread was well-toasted, and even though we left it on the table for quite a while, it was still crispy. Perfect combination. Can I get a glass of red wine to go with this?

Fried Kelong Prawns // $14
The prawns were so good that I ate the shell as well. It was crispy and flavourful. I really liked how the prawns has a subtle minty flavour at the end. It was refreshing. The yoghurt sauce complimented the prawns very well. Sorry, this was legit so delicious I have to complain about the insufficient portion! Give me more leh!

Fried Chicken Wings // $14
The wings were definitely very crispy, and again, they were very generous with the portion. However, I was a little disappointed with the consistency of the Fried Chicken Wings. Some were salty, some were okay and some were bland. Probably need to keep a close watch when marinating. 

Roast Sweet Potato // $24.50
Not a huge fan of veggies but I am more than willing to pay for this vegetarian dish. There is so many different flavours to it – sweet, sour and salty and they were all very well-balanced. Personally, I love the roasted sweet potatoes, goat’s cheese and quinoa. Combination was on point!

Tin Hill Rangers Valley Black Angus Brisket Burger // $28.50
This massive beef burger will definitely appeal to all meat-lovers. Just look at how gigantic the beef is! They were well-marinated and tender. Also, the sweet potato fries were deadly addictive. They were well-seasoned and crispy.

Tin Hill Seafood Stew // $32
No doubt why this is the signature of Tin Hill Social. We all unanimously agreed that this was the best dish of the night. It was so good that we were all fighting to finish it. Again, they were very generous with the seafood servings. The broth was rich and flavourful, and you just want to go sip after sip. 

Slow Braised Beef Short Rib Pie // $28.50
Slowly braised in red wine for 6 hours, the short ribs was super tender, and has a subtle red wine flavour. The pie was well-baked, not too floury. Recommended to share because it was really heavy.

Campania Pizza
Made in-house, the pizza crust was damn good, not thick or thin. I didn’t know tomatoes can taste this good! A must-try!

Whisky Dry Aged Australian Grain Fed Wagyu Rump // $110
This is Tin Hill Social’s new pride and joy. If you are a huge meat (beef) eater, you should go for this! Definitely worth every single penny. The meats were well-smoked, tender, flavourful and juicy. Good sharing platter for a large group of friends. By the way, the cherry tomatoes were soft and sweet.

Lemon and Passionfruit Delicious // $15
I thought the dessert was really well-executed in many levels. The passion curd wasn’t too sour or overly sweet, making it very enjoyable to eat. There were also weaver ants on the ice cream. Yes, dead ants on the ice cream but fear not, it doesn’t tastes bad but adds an extra flavour to it.

Valrhona Moelleux
Chocolate-lovers will love this! Lava cake was rich and moist, it’s subtle bitterness goes very well with the berries!

Nearest Mrt Station: Sixth Avenue
Location: 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992
What To Order: Prawns, Tartare, Lemon & Passionfruit Deliciousness, Steak and Seafood Stew
Restaurant Ratings: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

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

Wan He Lou...

Two more weeks to National Day! That means it’s a Public Holiday for us! Have you had any plans on what to do on that day? If you haven’t, you might want to include Wan He Lou into your itinerary on National Day! To celebrate Singapore’s 52nd birthday, Wan He Lou has specially created two National Day Specials – Chilli Crab Pate paired with Poached Langoustine and Scallop with Cheesy Black Truffle Sauce which I believe all Singaporeans will fall in love with them. Besides, Wan He Lou’s signature dishes are equally impressive, especially their rich and flavourful Lobster Porridge which I can’t wait to share in my blog post. So, feast this National Day with your family at Wan He Lou! Remember to give them a call to make reservation!

Overall, I was very satisfied with the dishes at Wan He Lou! They were definitely above average and I believe if you come from a more traditional family, this is a good place to have a reunion dinner.

Wan He Lou Golden Seafood "Pot Sticker" // 6 for $12 & 9 for $18
Similar to its name, the dumplings were very sticky, especially the base. It was a combination of Guo Tie (exterior) and Xia Long Bao (inner). The combination surprisingly works with its exterior very crispy and fillings being very flavourful. Highly recommended and also, remember to eat them while it’s hot! I don’t think you need any sauce for this as well!

Pan Fried Kurobuta Pork // $14.90 (S) & $24.90 (M)
If you have a sweet tooth, this dish will appeal to you! There was a mixed reviews about the dish. Some liked it but personally, I thought it was a little too sweet for me. The pork was tender though. 

Crispy Lotus Root with Salted Egg Yolk // $11.90 (S) & $19.90 (M)
I don’t think anyone will ever dislike this! The lotus root was extremely crispy (it produces a crisp sound even when you gently bite it)! It was soaked with salted egg, making it very aromatic. Also, it was so addictive that I couldn’t stop myself from finishing the entire bowl. 

Signature Lobster Porridge // $31.90 onwards (seasonal)
Here comes the highlight and my favourite dish at Wan He Lou. First of all, the size and price of the lobster depends on its availability and seasonality. But even if it’s expensive, this dish is definitely worth the try! The soup was rich, flavourful and super sweet. I kept going after the broth because it was so comforting. The porridge was well-cooked, not too hard nor soft. Lobsters were really fresh, and the meat was divine! A must-order! 

Chilli Crab Pate paired with Poached Langoustine
Very refreshing rendition of our signature Chilli Crab but instead Wan He Lou uses prawns as a substitute for the crabs and I thought it was a very smart move. It is easily to eat and prawns are meatier and firmer. The sauce wasn’t spicy and it was more tuned towards the sweeter spectrum. Not bad I guess!

Scallop with Cheesy Black Truffle Sauce
Another well-received dish! The scallops were very fresh and cleverly torched with Cheesy Black Truffle Sauce which works perfectly. My eyes lit when I popped the scallop into my mouth. Damn delicious please!

Coconut Pudding with Ice Cream // $9.90
Totally worth my $9.90! Initially, I thought this wasn’t made in-house but apparently this dessert was put together by Wan He Lou. The pudding was super soft, had a very similar texture and flavour (probably for me) to that of almond. I went scoop after scoop. Seriously, most of us couldn’t stop eating it! The coconut ice cream was not too bad, had a very distinct coconut fragrance but I still prefer the pudding!

Nearest Mrt Station: Farrer Park/Lavender
Location: 65 Maude Rd, Singapore 208347
What To Order: Lobster Porridge
Restaurant Rating: 3/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

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