I heard about this restaurant from a friend. He told me about a Japanese restaurant inside Thomson Plaza that has a good chirashi don with reasonable price, so I went to check it out. They had people lining up around 5.30pm, 15 minutes before they opened. I was not in line because I told them it’s for takeaway. For takeaway, you need to order from counter directly. At first, I wanted to just buy for takeaway but ended up eating there because they have seat for me, although need to share with other people.
The prices look reasonable indeed. I was looking at the menu when one of the staff (or owner.. manager? not sure) approached me and offered me to try their special of the day which has mentaiko and tobiko. Fortunately for him, I’m weak to mentaiko and tobiko! I just can’t ignore them, so I ordered the special menu…
When it came, I actually a bit disappointed because the mentaiko was not as I expected. It was mentaiko mayo 😦 The rice also a bit dry for Japanese rice. Salmon and tobiko was great. I still enjoyed it though, it was still a nice comfort food for me that day. I finished everything! My bowl was shiny at the end ha ha..
Total cost for meal and drink (hot tea) was SGD$22.45. That’s quite expensive. Someone asked me will I go there again in the future, I said I don’t know. Maybe, if I really want to eat Japanese food and lazy to go to another area. Or, maybe I’ll try their chirashi don next time.
When my friends found out that I moved to Thomson area, they told me about this roti prata house. It’s quite close to my place, around 10 mins walking at a normal pace (my standard of normal. Maybe you can reach it faster than me!). However, I have just visited this place 2 days ago during my 1.5 weeks since I moved here. Yup, I’m that lazy.
It was after the church morning mass when I felt very hungry and decided to walk to the shophouses nearby. I thought I wouldn’t get a place to sit but I did. They gave me the menu, HUGE variant of roti prata. I haven’t even finished reading the menu or decided yet when the guy came and asked me what my order is.
The menu is double-sided. One side has pictures, but not everything is there. The other side has the full menu. Their roti prata is special because it’s crispy. They claimed it as the best crispy roti prata. After pondering on the menu, I decided to order Prata Cheese and Teh Tarik.
They were delicious!! I should’ve ordered another one but I didn’t (which I regretted it after 1 hr because I was hungry again). The roti prata was crispy and tasty, especially when I dipped it in the curry. Yum!
After finished eating, I had to go to the cashier bringing the order paper to pay for my meal. I wanted to use NETS card but unfortunately, it is only allowed for payment minimum of S$10. Better prepare cash if you want to eat here.
Today, I went there again and ordered a plain roti prata. It simply the best roti prata ever. I highly recommend this place. Not just because it is a famous place, but because they have the crispiest roti prata with affordable price.
Have you tried this place as well? Which roti prata is your favorite? Let me know in the comment. Ciao!
Saturday night is the time to have some fun and try out new stuff. My friend found this place, Tono Cevicheria, so we figured just try it out. I knew it won’t be cheap though! But hey, when is the best time to try Peruvian dishes other than now 😉 The place is located in Duo Galleria in Bugis which is a convenient walking distance from Bugis MRT.
I thought I never ate ceviche but I was wrong! When the waiter explained to us about ceviche, I recalled one moment in Saigon when I ate it in a Mexican resto, a shrimp ceviche. Because this was our first visit, we had no idea what to order and how many dishes. According to the waiter, if we want to share the food then we could order 2 ceviches and 1 main dish with rice or grilled menu. They also have special menu for the day for ceviche and main course. After asking questions and discussing, we decided to follow the suggestion by ordering 2 ceviches and 1 rice dish for share.
We saw many different kinds of tiger’s milk in the ceviche menu, so we asked the waiter what is the thing about tiger’s milk, is it the real milk from tiger?! (don’t judge, we are just 2 curious girls who were lazy to google :D). The waiter kindly explained to us that the term tiger’s milk is referring to the ‘sauce’ on ceviche. It contains chili, onion, salt and lime, and Peruvian believes that after eating ceviche with the sauce they would become strong like a tiger.
One of the ceviches that we ordered was the special of the day, Tiradito Verde (S$30). I forgot what fish they used for this dish, but I remember it also has sliced octopus and pan-seared tuna. Ceviche main taste is salty and spicy, but it actually not that spicy, at least still manageable for me (even though I sweat a lot and my lips were a bit numb lol). They also have a milder version of the sauce, so you can just ask the waiter to give a recommendation. It’s good that they gave us slices of bread because it helps to neutralize the strong taste of ceviche. I found this dish was great, but they need to improve on presentation because I think it doesn’t look appetizing on a yellow plate.
The second ceviche that we ordered was Tono (S$28). It is their signature dish. But I actually interested because it has crispy calamari in it (who can resist crispy calamari?!). This one also has a strong taste but less salty than the Tiradito Verde. Between the two ceviches, I prefer this Tono because the calamari gives an extra texture in my mouth. Salty, spicy, fresh fish and extra crunchiness from calamari. Yum! I love this one.
For the rice dish, we picked Arroz Con Pato (S$35) because we have enough fishes from ceviche so we figured we should try the duck leg confit as well. The rice was mixed with coriander and dark beer. It has a similar texture to risotto. I tried the rice itself and it was okay, but when I ate it with the duck it was awesome! The duck was sooo delicious. Crispy outside, but juicy inside. A really nice duck and rice duet!
My tummy and tongue were very happy with the food. I thought I had enough for the night and ready to go, but my friend wanted to see the dessert menu. Uh oh…
People say women have a different room for dessert. I guess that is correct… We ordered the dessert as well! Only one though, for share. We picked Alfajores (S$12), butter cookies with “Dulce De Leche” filling and Mango Mousse, out of the 4 desserts. I loved it. Sweet caramel taste with a buttery cookie that melted in the mouth combined with a refreshing Mango Mousse to balance the sweetness.
Overall it was a great experience for us in a Peruvian restaurant. Great food and dessert as well. When the bill came, we asked them to split it and charged to 2 cards. Easy peasy.
Lately, there are many new restaurants coming to Thao Dien area, mainly in Xuan Thuy street. But none of them bring the concept of American diner despite of many American living here. Last weekend, it appeared! Eddie’s – New York Diner was having their soft opening. Discount 20% during this period (while they have their staff trained more).
I was invited to go there last Sunday. It was late afternoon and an awkward time to have a meal, so we ordered Cinnamon Roll for share and a homemade soda for me.
I love the smell of cinnamon even though I’m not a big fan of bread. This cinnamon roll was delicious! It was not as sweet as normal cinnamon roll, but I think that is the plus point with many people avoiding sweet stuff nowadays. Overall it was great. I just thought maybe if they could heat it up a bit before serving that would be even better. A warm cinnamon roll, yum!
The homemade soda was also great. I had to move it to empty glass though because the taste was too light with a lot of ice cubes on the glass. It was better after that. I can taste the ginger and orange in it, and was still cold even without ice.
We were looking at the menu and my friend was explaining the names on the menu. Some of them I never heard of since I’ve never been to US nor American diner. Most of the food are meat. There are some salads menu as well. When we reached side dish section, I saw onion rings and I ask her if it’s possible to order it without main dish. We can!
I was so happy when it arrived. Onion rings is one of my favorite snack (although sometime I got sick after eating too many). This onion rings were awesome. The texture of the onion was perfect. The crispy batter was great. The only thing I would recommend is to sprinkle some salt on top of it before eating it. Pour some ketchup, dip the onion rings, and enjoy the crunchy batter and soft onion inside.
Next time I will try their main dish! Have you visited them? What is your favorite american diner dish? Tell me in comment below.
On a bright and beautiful day yesterday, I decided to go shopping for a bag. I always wanted to check this shop out. It is very famous among the Japanese ladies. Hana is the name. Located in District 2, inside Hem 47 at Quoc Huong street. It is near the clinic where I go to every day actually.
When I arrived at the address, I wasn’t sure if they were opened. The gate was closed, also the door inside. It is just like a normal house with some rattans outside. I saw the opening hour and they should be open until 5 pm (they only close on Sundays), so I rang the bell and someone came out of the house. A very nice Vietnamese lady.
I stepped in into the house an amazed by their products! They are very beautiful and nicely made. There are many kinds of rattan plait bag in the shop. I looked around and found the one I like. Then I asked for her permission to take photos of the product to put them on my blog. I feel like more people should know more about this shop.
They made all of the products by themselves. She also mentioned that her mom still helps to make the bags! Some of the bags also produced by their relatives in Mekong area.
The price is fixed. I tried to bargain but no luck 😦 There was someone buying for wholesale as well. She gave different prices for wholesale. Hmm, maybe I should try selling it as well!
I bought one bag for myself and another one for a birthday present. Luckily I had enough cash because they only accept cash payment. Prepare your cash before you visit this place! You might end up with more bags than you’ve had planned because they are so beautiful. It is good to buy as a souvenir from Saigon as well!
Address : 47/3 quoc huong, thao dien, district 2, hcmc