Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Halal Pancakes @ East Village (Bedok) - Sarah's Pancake Cafe

Note to readers: This place has since closed down.

Ok.. this is a very belated review cos we went to Sarah's Pancake Cafe like a month before I popped, waaaaay before Paddington House of Pancake got their halal cert n Singapore. We went here cos we were back in Singapore for a wedding and when checking out the traffic conditions on the causeway and Tuas when we were planning to cross the border, we found out that the jam was massive because of the public holiday. So we decided to wait it out and headed to Sarah's for pancakes. 

We were very lucky to get a table mind you, the place is so small, I think it fits only about 6-8 tables inside and there are maybe 2 tables outside the cafe. I don't think this place is suitable for a big party. 

I have to say that we are a bit biased cos we are regular customers of Paddington House of Pancakes in PJ haha.. so all pancakes get compared to theirs and their massive selections  

1st: the selection isn't that much, 2nd some items on the menu were "finished" on that day such as egg benedict and their shoestring fries, so I ordered Al-Istanbul (I think - pardon my then-prego brain) and I don't even know what hubby ordered, I think it's just pancakes and he added mushrooms, bacon and scrambled eggs except that the waiter forgot to give us the eggs  No 2 ordered carbonara (what else) and no 1 ordered pancakes with ice cream. We didn't order drinks except for lemon tea.

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Halal Pancakes Singapore @ Sarah's Pancake Cafe @ Bedok East Village

That's my dish, I have to say that the pancakes are pretty good and pairs -surprisingly well- with the hummus and I liked the sausage as well. Veges were bland though.

Sarah's Pancake Cafe at East Village (Bedok)

This was hubby's it was ok.. average. not bad..but nothing special.

Halal food at Bedok's East Village - Sarah's Pancake Cafe

My kiddo's carbonara - his verdict 

Halal Pancakes @ Sarah's Pancake Cafe @ East Village

My no 1 kiddo's order.. he said the pancakes are ok but he didn't like the ice cream.

Sarah's PAncake Cafe's interior 

This is like 80% of the dining space inside the cafe. You can imagine how small it is. 

Ok.. our verdict was.. small place, food is ok (or dare I even say so-so?) so hmm maybe a place to head to if my no 2 who is pancake crazy requests for pancakes at any time of the day after 11 am (cos McDonald's breakfast ends at 11 am mah ) or if we are nearby and don't really have something specific in mind to eat and we don't have to queue for it :) 

Sarah's Pancake Cafe is at : 

East Village #01-62, 430 Upper Changi Road 

Opening Hours : 

9.00 am - 10.00 pm Daily except for Fridays 9.00am - 11.00am, 2.30pm-11.30pm

Map of Sarah's Pancake Cafe:

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Halal Food Singapore : I am Cafe @ Arab Street

Okaayyyy.. back in Singapore during the kids holidays and lil Sis (who mind u is no longer lil) wanted to eat burgers so off we head to I am Cafe at Arab Street (exact location is 647 North Bridge Road #01-01, off Haji Lane) in easier terms, its the first shop at haji lane at golden landmark end. 

We went at 11.30 am on a Saturday cos we were hungry (lol) and I brought my lil baby who was 4 months old (at that time) along. The place is a bit cramped and since it was hot and sunny and there is no A/C, you kind of get thirsty and sweaty. Very lil maneuvering space too, thank goodness I did not bring a stroller. 

We went straight to business, if I was with my husband or without my baby I would have ordered a few appetizers but since my hubby wasn't there to finish off the leftovers and my baby was there fidgeting.. I settled for only the prawns as appetizers. 

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Halal Food Singapore : I am Cafe @ Arab Street

The prawns were described as Jumbo and juicy.. well they are certainly ain't shrimps but well maybe Jumbo is very subjective haha.. plus it's only $14.90 for 6 pieces so it can't possibly be that big right? this is a pretty simple dish, prawns kinda sticking to its shell, flesh isn't that thick and the butter sauce needs more kick. 

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Halal Food Singapore: I am Cafe @ Arab Street

I ordered Chicken Satay Burger just because I love satay haha.. this literally tasted like eating satay in a bun. Peanut sauce is good and satay marinade is also nice, slightly above average satay burger.Not too bad.

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Halal Food Singapore : I am Cafe @ Arab Street

Lil Sis ordered Big Bear Beef Burger, basically humongous beef patty with sunny side egg, lettuce and tomato. I am not sure what sauce they used but sis said it was pretty okaaay.. not outstanding or dreamy but not too bad either.

Drinks were lemon tea for sis, chai latte for me (tea spices was weak and too milky for my liking) then we were still thirsty cos of the weather, so we ordered lychee mojito and bushramint. Waited nearly 15 minutes without the drinks appearing and we were getting more thirsty by the minute, decided to cancel and just buy water from nearby 7-11 just as we were paying, they came and apologized (technical problems- dunno what) and said they won't be charging us for the 2 drinks and will pack it for us. Waited another 5 minutes for the drinks to be packed and off we went. Lychee Mojito was so-so also but I really liked the Bushramint such a delight in the hot weather! 

There was a lady seated besides us with her small daughter and she ordered pizza and sandwich, I doubt that kids will like the bread that I am cafe use for their sandwich and the pizza dough is the crispy kind not the soft hand tossed kind, so if you are going with kids, I think pastas are the best choice and also go only if your kids are well-behaved and not the sort who needs to run around cos there is no space to run around 

Good place to hang out with friends and buddies but not advisable for families with kids.

I am Cafe's opening hours:

Mon- Thu: 11.30 am - 11.00pm
Fri & Sat : 11.30 am - 1.00am
Sun : 11.30 am - 10.00pm

Closed: on every 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month 

Tel: +65 6295 5509

FB Page: I am Cafe

I am Cafe's address:  674 North Bridge Road #01-01


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

(Another) Halal Cafe at Arab Street - Krave

Well.. actually not exactly Arab Street but Bali Lane.. but you get it. :p I was at Arab Street last month as I wanted to get some fabrics and lunch time came and baby was very fussy so I needed a place where I can sit and if possible feed baby discretely. I had wanted to try The Lab but found out that there was a queue so I decided to head to Krave instead. Krave is at 28 Bali Lane and is also a few steps away from "And Why" cafe, the sister cafe of "I am" (what is it with the names?)

Set up is cool and hip I guess but I am too old to even bother about "hip and cool" I just want good food and a comfortable place! Lol We managged to get a seat at the second floor (which fits about maybe 20 pax max), the first floor was full and we were glad we didn't decide on Al-Fresco cos it rained heavily just as we were finishing up our food!

We ordered:

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Kraving Ayam Bakar

I ordered this dish as it came recommended. Basically it's ayam bakar in peanut sauce with 4 small cubes of rice cakes (mine was cold) I think the chicken portion is quite big, but it is juicy and tender. I do not like the sauce even though I am a huge fan of anything with nuts but this sauce to me is a bit runny with the tamarind taste being a tad too overpowering for my liking. It's just a so-so dish for me. 

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Salmon Au Fromage @ Krave - Bali Lane

Hubby ordered Salmon Au Fromage, since he is trying to eat healthy. Another so-so dish for us, no WOW factor, sauce is ok, mashed potato was ok.. salmon was ok.. edible but forgettable. Sorry... did we come with too high an expectation? 

Ok I forgot whether this is Chicken Alfredo or Chicken Carbonara

My friend ordered the pasta.. and truth to be told, I think this is the only dish that I felt was slightly above average and quite nice. It's creamy with thin shavings of cheese on top that isn't too strong. Nice.

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Chempedak Creme Brulee @ Krave

 I love creme brulee, but truth to be told I find the combination weird and didn't want to order this, was disappointed they didn't even offer a classic one, but hubby went down to "look see" and ordered this for fun -hmmph-  Apparently it is super famous but we do not like the pairing.

Drinks @ Krave

Okaay.. by this time I'm like as long as we don't go hungry.. drinks were ordinary.. nothing special.. When I ordered I thought Ill be getting fresh juice (cold pressed preferred huhu) I wasn't expecting a bottled juice (imported). 

Okay.. the place is really bustling with young folks and a good number of them are non-muslims.. so I guess people do find the food nice? Or is it just a cool place to hang out? For myself.. I wouldn't come back again pretty soon since the food didn't really make me hyperventilate. Really sad though, wish the chef would turn the food up a few notches cos the service staff were really nice and cleanliness is also good. 

Krave is at 

Opening hours:

Monday - Closed
Tues- Thu & Sun : 11.30am -10pm
Fri & Sat :11.30am - 11pm
Kitchen Closed 4.45pm - 6pm daily

Reservations via FB page only, 3 days in advance. 
FB Page: Krave