GastroSmiths Bistro & Bakery @ Beach Road (Food Review)

GastroSmiths opened its doors very recently on Beach Road, just diagonally opposite my office. We have walked past GastroSmiths a few times while on our way to the usual lunch place at Chongqing Steamboat and we finally decided to try it out on Friday.

Maybelline and Serene walked over first and managed to get a long table for our group of 8 outside the cafe. Pretty breezy (after a morning storm), so outside was fine. The rest of us got there at about 1pm and the indoor seating was already pretty full – looks like people have started noticing this place!

Now I’m excited coz this place serves egg brunch items as well!

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I am especially interested in their 63 degree eggs. According to the friendly waiter, the eggs are cooked with that temperature, resulting in eggs with softer whites than poached eggs and yolks remain runny (something like that, it was such a long sentence and I was hungry..)

So I ordered Sea-ly Eggs and a cappucino to try, since the waiter gave very high praises for their Highlander coffee beans.

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Here’s their beverage menu. The best cappucino I’ve tasted was at November8 where there was zero sourish aftertaste. Let’s see how GastroSmiths coffee turns out to be!

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The cafe isn’t very big – I walked through the cafe to get to the toilet and it seemed quite small inside – but I don’t find that an issue at all – being compact and practical is the in thing nowadays isn’t it? As long as the food is good – i don’t really care about the space, as long as it’s clean and comfy.

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This is the first cappucino I see that’s served with a sachet of sugar, which I really appreciate. Other cafes serve their coffee assuming that everyone takes them without sugar! Maybe someone can educate me – should we drink coffee without sugar, so as to show that we are true coffee drinkers? Or is it jus a matter of personal preferences? Whenever i am being served coffee without any sugar on the cup or on the table, I get the vibe that I am not supposed to add sugar.

Anyway, this cappucino had a slightly sourish aftertaste – so it didn’t win the one at November8. But it was nutty and pleasant nevertheless!

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Jasvir’s cappucino with less milk – there’s another name for it – something-cino. Jasvir told me but I forgot! 😦

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Messy basket of utensils – but they look clean enough 🙂

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My Sea-ly Eggs came in a HUGE plate with this deep hole in the middle. There sat the 2 eggs and on top of it were slices of smoked salmon, seaweed, scallions and a piece of toasted bread.

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The first impression that Tricia and I had was “Wah looks little”. The shape and size of the plate had a lot to do with it. Seriously, if you serve this to a hungry woman (like me), I won’t be very pleased coz the impression is that – it won’t fill me up!

Actually it will look much better if they add a second piece of toasted bread, so the plate won’t look so bare. Hor?

Anyway, taste-wise – I was happy with it. The addition of chilli oil enhanced the taste of the eggs and of course the smoked salmon did its part by adding salt to the whole meal, in a good way ahaha. Overall it was a good combination of the ingredients.

63 degree eggs – it totally looked like Yakun soft-boiled eggs to me – except that it somehow tasted and looked slightly thicker than soft-boiled eggs.

I have to mention the toasted bread though – it was really good and crumbly for a simple piece of bread!

I finished my meal in 5 minutes. Didn’t feel really satisfied, but I did feel full the rest of that afternoon lar.

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Andrea’s Mushroom sandwich – looks yummy – but I would have preferred french fries to go along if I were the one eating.

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My first truffle fries – John graciously lent his hands for the picture 🙂 Yup I could taste the truffles and they were good – but it’s my first time trying truffle fries and I shall reserve my comments. Where else serve good truffle fries??

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Tempura wings – everyone liked this! I was okay with it but mine was a bit undercooked.

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Jasvir’s chopped eggs sandwich. Now i feel like going back there again for their sandwich because I loved the toasted bread that came with my Sea-ly Eggs 🙂

Service wise – the waiter who served us was friendly and very smiley – he even asked us if we used to frequent some place at Clarke Quay coz he finds us familiar lol. The boss of the place (I assume he’s the boss coz he’s in civilian clothes) also asked us how was the food.

While we walked back, Andrea, Maybelline and I were talking about the food. Maybelline and Serene loved their Shio Koji Prawn Linguine coz there were many prawns inside! I again spoke about the small portion of my eggs wahaha and went :

“If a meal makes me happy and full, I don’t care how much I pay”. I recall my first cafe experience at Comman Man Coffee Roasters where their breakfast made me soooooo satisfied – and that meal cost me double the price of this Sea-ly Eggs, yet I was bursting with happiness that time wahaha.

I may be back again for their dinner items – and maybe have a try again at their coffee!

Ah Loy Thai @ Shaw Towers (Food Review)

I really think I should start skipping breakfast and dinner so I can save space for my increasingly frequent lunches.

Actually today, I was already eating my Greek yogurt in the office at about 12. Had only fruits in the morning so I was hungry.

Then Anne and Maybelline asked me to go lunch with them.. hard to say no.. so yes I went with them! Ha. So I gotta re adjust my calorie intake plan now..

We took a short walk to Shaw Towers and decided to have Thai food. as we were pretty early we managed to get a table immediately. it looks like a family business, the host who showed us to our table was a polite uncle who looked like part of the family business haha.

We were given this order chit – choices aren’t a lot but i guess it was alright. The only curry they have is green curry, and they have the usual tom yum soup, stir fry dishes etc. and today, their salad dishes were all out of stock =_= oh well, doesn’t really matter la.

The restaurant was quite empty at first, then the crowd started strolling in at about 1230-1245pm and there was even a queue outside at some point.

Our dishes came quite quickly!

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A nice portion of tom yum seafood soup. looks good with all the seafood swimming in it. I find it quite different from the usual tom yum soups I tasted elsewhere. This one was sweeter and less sour. And the spicy-ness was a bit too much for me. Anne and Maybelline found it okay though *salute*

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They give quite a bit of rice, which none of us finished.

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Basil Beef stir fry which I really liked – the beef was tender and flavourful! Very good complement to the rice heehee.

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This pandan chicken was a winner – chicken was succulent and well-marinated – every bite was juicy. And the best part was, this restaurant doesn’t use a lot of MSG  coz i wasn’t thirsty after the meal!

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This is one of my favourite vegetable – sweet potato leaf. This dish was good too – err to me every kind of stir fry vegetable is good – hahahhaa.

I did not eat as much actually, coz I was not very hungry to start with. But the company was good, Anne was very thrilled to be finally out for lunch after days of being cooped up in office piled up with work. And Maybelline, being the newbie to the company, had to be ‘interrogated’ by us haha.

And guess what, I am going out for lunch tomorrow too 🙂 to PARIS BAGUETTE at Bugis Junction basement!

Think I shall just skip breakfast…

Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro @ Beach Road (Food Review)

Had the chance to do a food review again today during lunch coz we got a new colleague and we brought her out for lunch 🙂

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it was my second time here. First time was with church friends and I had meatballs which wasn’t too impressive.

Their loft upstairs was closed during lunch so we sat below right in front of the bar.

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The rest of the seating area. It was a bit cramped in my opinion but nicely done up.

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I decided to try the roast beef crepe. The rest ordered grilled salmon, baked pasta and smoked salmon crepe! Yum.

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They actually have set lunch as well but we didn’t go for it coz it’s quite limited.

And after a short chat, the food arrived!

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Maria’s smoked salmon crepe – very healthy and neatly presented. Filled with smoked salmon!

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My roast beef crepe – it looked totally like a murtabak hahaha.

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I flipped open one end and wow it was filled with  big slab of roast beef steak and lots of creamy potatoes!

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The beef was juicy, flavourful and tender. The potatoes were so yummy and addictive leh! The wrap itself was also tasty. I’m really very happy with what I’ve ordered. Super worth the calories!

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Maybelline’s baked pasta. Their dishes got standard one – every dish looks good.

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And look at this grilled salmon – it costs $23.90 but I think the amount of fish there justifies the price. And i love the presentation too 🙂

Everyone was happy with their food! Haha the roast beef crepe has won me over on this second visit 🙂