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The views expressed in this blog are based entirely on personal tastes and preferences. Please do not take them as professional interpretations.

If you have any comments/suggestions/places you think serve great food, do share with us! Email me at qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com or leave a comment in the tag board. Thanks and cheers to future gastronomical adventures!

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La Strada
Le Bistrot
Nicolas
Pasta Brava (Eaten!)
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Tatsuya
Tetsu (Eaten!)

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Cugini
Kuriya
Le Figue
LivinGreens
Nanbantei
Ootoya
Original Sin
Pasta Brava
Sage
Tetsu
Valentino

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Singapore Recreation Club
B Connaught Drive
6338 9367

I joined my mom and her health club’s friends for dinner since I was in the area. The marine-themed poolside café’s menu has a variety of Asian- and Western-styled fare that is very affordable!

My starter of Garden Salad ($4+) comprises of fresh greens tossed with tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers. Many may think that salads are boring but they can be very good when paired with an excellent dressing like red wine vinaigrette. Here, I chose to omit the Thousand Island dressing and ate it raw instead. I like the addition of chickpeas and kidney beans which are cooked until tender.



The Black-Eyed Cod Fillet ($14.50+) is good! It’s served with a laksa pesto sauce, some French beans and two scoops of mashed potato. Cods must be of the freshest quality possible so that it won’t have a fishy taste. This nicely grilled cod is very smooth and tender. Cod and salmon easily top my list for naturally oily and fatty fish! However, the mash potato is horrible. Too buttery and bland for my liking.



The Pan-Seared Salmon Fillet ($8.50+) is also very nice. Baked baby potatoes and a wolfberry cream sauce are the accompaniment to the fish. The generous slab of salmon is not overcooked and the sauce is very interesting with an Asian infusion of sweet wolfberries. I also like the baked baby potatoes which are very soft.


For desserts, the Banana Oasis ($8.50+) is a good choice to end the meal. This is a ubiquitous cocktail of forest berries, bananas and two scoops of New Zealand Natural Ice Cream, and topped with chocolate sauce, wafer and cherry. Decent enough but nothing outstanding.


Durian Chendol ($4.50+) is a local favourite which caters to durian lovers like my mom. The café’s version is a mixture of crushed ice, green chendol, red beans, chin chow, attap seeds, sugar syrup, coconut milk and durian paste. I didn’t try since I don’t eat anything durian. My mom said it’s quite nice but complained that the portion of durian paste is too small.



Even though there is no service charge, there are still waiters taking orders and delivering food to your table. Expect a laidback atmosphere where families settle their meals here after exercising. Understandably, the food is nothing extraordinary but this is a good place for a cheap and decent meal.

After dinner, I was pleasantly surprised when my mom’s friends brought out a Chocolate Mousse Cake for all the May babies.


It turned out that I was the only one whose birthday is in May. The chocolate sponge is a tad too dry and even though the sweetness of the mousse is just nice, it is much too heavy.



I didn’t get a chance to ask where was the cake bought but it’s really no loss. Much better chocolate cakes can be found elsewhere.

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WELCOME!

In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!

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