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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

9 Halal Food Places

I have created an AskFm account years ago as a platform to interact with my readers, sharing their ideas on what kind of topic I should touch on when it comes to blogging. Of all the entries I received, believe or not, till today it got me thinking that I should do it. The famous question I got from my readers was, "Do you have any recommendations on any good Halal food places?". I didn't reply to those questions because my knowledge was very limited I have to admit. I could only think of less than five halal food places and that was it. 

I could easily just google "Halal food places in Singapore", grab a few photos here and there, consolidate them and create a blog post with reviews that I can easily steal from anybody. I could do that but I feel that it wouldn't be a true blog post. I mean, ANYONE can go on Google and search for themselves. The reason why people are asking me is because they want my OWN opinion on things instead of what others say or think. Thank you for those who came up with the idea!

It was a great experience, being able to try different varieties of food from different halal food places. I am always into steaks and sushi(s). I love them so much! What more if you can have them in places that Muslims like myself can enjoy!

To be clear, I have tried ALL the food listed below and reviews are solely written by me. Photos are taken by me as well. Nothing is extracted from the internet. Please appreciate okay. Hahaha!


Badoque Cafe

298 Bedok Road
Singapore 469454

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Phone
6446 6928


I was craving for a good steak and a close friend of mine recommended me this place called, "Badoque Cafe". I gave her the clueless look because I never heard of such cafes before. When she said it was located somewhere at Simpang Bedok, I was confused. I'm always around Simpang Bedok for supper and it was weird that I have yet to know of its existence.

Now I know why I've never seen it before. It was located behind a building where no one would ever pass by unless they have a specific food place in mind that they would want to go. 

I ordered two different steaks for both Sahil and I and we were quite surprised! Just one steak, it was already super huge! You can actually share with another person for just one! Unless you haven't eaten for one whole day, then maybe you can finish up the whole thing. 

As for me, I am a meat lover. I always want my steak to be medium rare. The taste was so good... I am thinking of it while typing it.

I was able to finish the whole portion and so did my boyfriend. With the price that cost nothing like the outcome, it was totally worth it. I am sure your tummy will be full especially when they have sides to go along with it. 

You would want to ask for extra sauce if it's not enough for you :)





Eazy Eazy Kitchen

29 Bussorah Street

Opening Hours

Mon - Thu12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun10:00 am - 10:00 pm


Phone
9230 2374
9126 0347


Next, is my favourite hot spot. Whenever I go Eazy Eazy Kitchen for dinner, I never failed to order my salmon. The carrot was awful though since it's raw hahaha but the salmon itself was delicious. I will always pair it up with ice chocolate! Yummy!

You should also try their sambal chicken wings if you are a fan of spicy food (like me). Something different I must say. Worth trying!

Last but not least, love the ambience; very chill and relaxing. 





East Coast Lagoon Food Village


1220 East Coast Parkway
Singapore 468960

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm



This one is a little bit catchy. For those who have been to East Coast Lagoon Food Village, you would know that they have wide range of food from different stalls. Gentle reminder, not all food stalls are halal. Pick your food choice wisely!

If you would like to have seafood dinner with a large group of people like your family or friends, this would be a great place. Sambal Stingray, cereal prawn, satay, cockles, rojak, tom yam soup, you name it. They have almost everything! I can salivate just by looking at the photos. This is seafood paradise!

Another alternative for a casual dinner would be Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe at Bedok. They serve good dim sum and buns. Their wanton soup is perfect when still hot. Depends on what spread you are looking for!


I had to go rounds of ordering the exact same food from different stalls just to get the good ones. Not joking.










Sakura Charcoal Grilled & Shabu Shabu

600 Punggol Seventeenth  Avenue
Singapore 829734

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Phone
6385 8197



It's a buffet spread of different kinds of food. Seafood, japanese food, local delicacies, desserts, everything. I went here with my family and I'm sure the older people would love it. Unfortunately, I didn't quite enjoy the food there. Maybe it's the setting and the quality of the food. It wasn't working for me. My family loves going here though. I am still figuring out why. Hahaha!






AquaMarine

6 Raffles Boulevard
Level 4, Marina Mandarin Hotel

Opening Hours
Breakfast: 6.30am - 10.30am (Daily)
Lunch: 12.00pm - 2.30pm (Daily)
Tunch: 12.00pm - 4.00pm (available only on Sat, Sun and PH)
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.00pm (Daily) 

Phone
6845 1111



Something much more fancy perhaps? You would want to try a buffet spread at AquaMarine. It's said that hotel food is always expensive. As for me, AquaMarine is probably one of the most affordable ones compared to Mandarin Orchard Hotel (so much regret hahaha!) 

Of course, I am always looking out for sushi(s) whenever there's a buffet spread. Secondly, would be Mee Soto (if they have it). I am very fussy and picky when it comes to dessert and the desserts there weren't appealing enough for me. Hahaha! 

It's a good place for those people who know how to eat raw seafood like oysters, lobsters and crabs. I don't know how to eat those. So, it's not something I would go for. Once in a while probably yes? All the time, not really.

Another alternative would be Carousel! I guess it's much better! 






So Pho 

Serangoon NEX, 23 Serangoon Central
#B1-15

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone
6636 8195


I was hesistant to try So Pho in the first place because I couldn't imagine what Vietnamese cuisine would taste like. Probably because I've never tried it before. I was scared that it would destroy my taste buds but I was totally wrong!

I fell in love with it. It's a whole new different flavour and taste. I don't mind going there again!

IndoChili would be a great choice as well if you are into Indonesian cuisine. Been there once because both boyfriend and I, we were very willing to travel all the way to the west for it. Once in a while hahaha... Heard so many good reviews about it. That's why we were both curious to try it for ourselves. 






Garuda Padang


Changi Village 
Blk 4 Changi Village Road, #01-2086
Singapore 500004

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone
6585 0220



I've been to Garuda a few years ago at Vivo City (now no longer exist) and it was way better last time in terms of the restaurant setting. It was much more "atas" in a way because it looks like a dine in restaurant with marble table and comfy chairs. Now, it looks so horrible. I am sorry but I was shocked at how Garuda has now turn out to be. It feels like eating in a normal nasi padang place. 

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN PUT ASIDE.

What I love most about the food is that, there is the 'home cook food' kind of taste/feel. Nothing fancy but there's just something about the food that makes you just want to add in more rice and eat again. You need to learn how to eat food such as jackfruit and brinjal in order to love the food. It's very traditional.

The green chili chicken is my favourite :)




Le Steak By Chef Amri

248 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799472

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri & Eve of PH: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Phone
6556 3588



The steak was fairly okay. There's actually nothing much to say? Hahahaha! 





ButterScotch Cafe

Blk 164 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3625
Singapore 150164

Opening Hours
Tue - Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone
6271 1164


Boyfriend brought me to this place for our 'date'. He told me that the photos he saw online was appealing and so, he wanted to try it for himself. I was excited to see what this cafe has to offer. He said the churros looks nice, and coincidentally I was craving for it, so why not?

After tasting what I have ordered, I felt so cheated. The chicken chop was good, the salmon egg benedict was alright, but the truffle fries and churros was disappointing? The fries came first, so it IS important for the first food to taste good so that I know that the rest of the food that I ordered would be equally as good or even better. I don't know how to describe the taste. One bite, and that was it. Left untouched.

On a positive note, the main dish was fine. As for my chicken chop, it would have been better if it was served with black pepper sauce instead? My mushroom sauce kept drying up. 









Don't take my reviews to heart. It's just based on my experience at that moment. Maybe wrong timing, maybe right timing? Hahaha! No harm trying it for yourself and tell me what you think of the food by dropping a comment below! The address mentioned in this post is the address that I went to. For some, there are more than just one outlet. So you would want to google.

That's all for now! Happy eating!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Singapore Selection VS Juventus FC

Singapore Selection versus Juventus FC was held at the new Singapore National Stadium yesterday. It was my first time visiting the new stadium and I was impressed with the whole set-up. The National Stadium can occupy up to 55,000 people. However, yesterday's turn up was approximately about 27,000. That's the reason why they had a few empty seats. I was expecting more.

I was overwhelmed by the size of the stadium because it was HUGE. It looks very exclusive and of course, with better facilities and such. It looks like one of those European stadiums I've seen online but I believe that the European stadiums are much bigger. Sahil was selected to play against Juventus FC and was told that each player was only given 2 free tickets. Family members were unhappy about it because it was too little. The price of one ticket was so expensive.



So, I figured, it's okay just to watch on television since it's live telecast. 

Miracle happen. That Thursday afternoon, I woke up to great news. They were having promotion! Only for less than $20 for two tickets. WHY NOT? But the victims who had to buy for their wives and girlfriends were none other than the players themselves :P Basically, they had to purchase 3 cartons of 100 plus to get two tickets? Of course, they had to buy more than that for everyone to come!!!

Downside to it, some people who bought their tickets before hand was angry because they bought it at a much expensive price :/





THANK YOU BABY!


Met Widya at Bugis to grab a quick bite before heading to the National Stadium. Explored the whole Stadium from one end to another end, and my legs got tired. Visited the Kallang Wave Mall and it was really big. I got lost :(




See that plastic bag? It's our prawn Popiah from Qiji!!! HAHAHAHA!

Unfortunately we couldn't bring any outside food to the stadium so we had to finish up before entering.




Mandatory tourist shot





They had different kind of food "stalls" around the stadium. This is one of them because it's nearest to my seat.






Ready for action!






Fetched Sahil at the hotel where the players stayed for the match and off for supper because I was hungry. That's all! Hehehe...