Food Hunter

MEDZ @ Millenia Walk

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If you have been to Marche, MEDZ offers a similar concept with a wider range of cuisines. Not only do you get Western food, there is French, Italian, Greek, Mediterranean, Moroccan and Spanish. A dessert bar and a selection of beer and cider is also included in the menu. Among the things my friends and I had, we had the rosti, moroccan chicken with couscous, carbonara and the octopus squid ink paella.

Having travelled to Spain and Italy, I had certain expectations of squid ink and paella as separate entities. But I was being too adventurous that day and chose from their menu the squid ink paella with octopus and pork. My paella came with lots off round blops in my plate and I soon realised that it was small octopus the size of fishballs. Honestly, I freaked out a bit at the sight of the “little creatures” because you could make out the whole body with its mantle and tenticles  still intact.

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So with my game face on, I ate the octopus as a whole. The texture was rather chewy and my thoughts went into a bit of an overdrive of whether something will burst out of its mantle. They were quite generous in their servings that I had to give away some the octopus (or rather I did not want to see anymore blops). I felt that the combination of the pork belly, octopus and paella was too much for one seating especially when the squid ink also added on to the rich flavours (I had to have some salsa to neutralise the taste).

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Moving along from that octopus encounter, I had rave reviews for the other food. The carbonara tasted like any regular ones you can find elsewhere. The rosti (according to my friend) was pretty good and thicker than Marche’s. While the Moroccan chicken was quite a refreshing change from the other food that I see commonly. Served in an earthen pot, the chicken was done well and the couscous was a refreshing change from eating plain white rice. My cider loving friends also found their bottles to be rusty and ended up returning the drinks even after a new bottle was given. 

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I do think that this is a place to bring friends if you cannot decide on a single cuisine or type of food to have as a group. At least your friends have the choice of choosing what they want and saving you the hassle. The atmosphere is also pretty decent to have friends sit around, linger and just talk while eating. But if I ever return, I think I should stay clear of the octopus and squid ink paella.  

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Library Cafe @ Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, Thailand

IMG02147-20130919-1433Recently, a certain idea popped into my head: visiting a foreign country would not be complete without visiting one of its cafes. I could not pass on the chance to visit one of the several cafes there when I hit the streets of the City of Angels. In my opinion, there is a chance that cafes may display certain aspects of the city in which it is located through its architecture and the clientèle it attracts. Good food and coffee is a plus, of course, but given how countless cafes now have the typical brunch/western fare, I decide to give it a miss here at the Library Cafe. Afterall, Bangkok’s street food has so much more to offer at much lower prices.IMG02128-20130919-1333Library Cafe is located along one of the small, quiet sois, or streets in Thai, in the Phrom Phong locale. It wasn’t quite that easy to find, but that didn’t come as a surprise, given how even the cafes back home can be a pain to locate sometimes.IMG02125-20130919-1330Full length vertical window panels front the cafe, letting sunlight stream in, illuminating the cafe with natural light. Both its interior and exterior is kept simple with a combination of white walls and light wood furniture, shelves and decorative pieces. The layout isn’t cluttered and the place doesn’t try too hard, which makes it a great place to take a break from the dusty and crowded city streets.IMG02126-20130919-1331

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The coffee wasn’t too bad. Although not perfect, it was good enough to rejuvenate the weary traveller in me. The little savoury biscuits didn’t quite match the coffee but it was still a nice thought!IMG02135-20130919-1340

IMG02136-20130919-1346The guests at the table beside mine were a group of Japanese ladies doing some sort of embroidery or cross-stitch. It seemed like they had spent a good part of their day there, just chatting and doing what ladies were made to do back in the past – afternoon tea, scones and a spot of thread-work come to mind, anybody? The leisurely way they spent their time perfectly reflects the vibes the Library Cafe exudes: calm and peaceful, drawing you away from the city and almost seeming too reluctant to release you back into the clutches of the whirlwind of shopping and eating. IMG02145-20130919-1430

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IMG02142-20130919-1419The best part? Free wi-fi. Spoken like a true member of this overly-wired generation. But, hey, what’s wrong with using it to plan the fastest route to the next shopping destination while kicking back with a coffee? Nothing, I say.

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Group Therapy Cafe @ Duxton Road

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Located along the same stretch of road that brought you Pigeonhole, Group Therapy Coffee is a stone’s throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT.

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Among all the cafes that I have hopped, this cafe’s interior design simply cannot be matched. Everything ranging from its entrance all the way to the washroom is thoroughly thought out. Every nook and cranny of the cafe progressively impressed me as I reconnoitered the place.

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If you are as anal as the other co-authors and I (one of us is an architect in training!) are about interior design here at TYFTFWE, this place is definitely worth the visit!

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Not many cafes I know in Singapore carry the award-winning Coedo Beniaka & Delirium Tremens brews so double points for this amazing cafe! The brews carry a much more acidic taste, suitable for more mature coffee drinkers.

I went with the Latte ($5.5) and Passion fruit Tart ($5.5). The passion fruit flan and  meringue were remarkable as they complement each other’s flavours well. It is not too sweet either which gave the tropical tartness of the passion fruit room to shine.

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With it’s multiple plugs,  leisurely ambience, great coffee and dessert, this is definitely one cafe I will re-visit!

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U Mariánského Obrazu @ Praha, Czech Republic

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Pečená Kachna 

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Staropražská česnečka s opečeným chlebem 

Velkopopovický Kozel 10% (Tmavé) 

I confess it was quite a mouthful to say all of this when I first entered U Mariánského Obrazu. This restaurant serves delicious traditional Czech food at such affordable prices and the local beers are a must try! Though the Svíčková na smetaě is my favourite, these bread dumplings fill you up fast.

If you want a slice of Prague and are willing to travel out of the tourist areas, I would recommend this place. Kudos to local Czech friends for introducing this place to us!

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George of Georgetown @ West Coast

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Mackerel Soup | Assam (Tamarind) | Fish flakes | Lemongrass | Mint | Pineapple slices | Torch ginger flower | Prawn Paste | Sliced onion and chillies

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Shaved ice| Coconut milk | Rice flour with green food colouring | Palm sugar | Red Beans

Sour x Sweet x Salty. Rich flavours and textures are what Penang cuisine does best.

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Lido Beach @ Venice

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Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia (Spaghetti with squid ink)

Not to be mistaken as squid ink pasta, this tasted so good with just rocket and some squid. It does, however, leaves you with black-stained lips! Sadly, not many places in Singapore serve this, and I really wish I could have some again.

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