February 14, 2011

Nazt Bistro Lounge

Contrary to the noisy and crowded pubs that line Club Street, Nazt Bistro Lounge offers a cozy ambience suitable for a quiet night out. The dim lighting, however, did make food photography a rather arduous task.
Warm and fluffy slices of herb bread and white bread were served after we placed our orders, I preferred the former.
Seafood Delight ($22++): Oven baked fillet of sole, grilled prawn & clams served with clam chowder, caviar & crab oil

Cooked to flaky doneness, the mild-flavored sole proved to be a good match with the rich clam chowder perfumed with crab oil.  The caviar-topped freshwater prawn that was the centerpiece of this dish didn't disappoint either, with its fresh and sweet flesh.
Rachel ordered the pan fried red snapper ($18++), which was accompanied by savoy cabbage, parsnip mash & thyme cream sauce.
 
Pan Seared Watermelon ($8++): Caramelized watermelon with berries & ice cream

Warm watermelon's not my thing but I certainly enjoyed the delicious scoop of honey ice cream. This was made all the more delicious when paired with crunchy bits of buttery crumble.


While the friendly and unobstrusive service would be ideal for couples, I've got to admit that it was difficult to attract the waiter's attention when it was time to pay the bill! For those watching their wallets, there is also a $18++ three-course set lunch available at Nazt.

54/56 Club Street
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm (Tues-Fri), 6pm-12am (Tues-Sun)

February 10, 2011

LivinGreens

If you think vegan food is boring, pay a visit to LivinGreens and you might just change your mind. Aside from conventional dishes like avocado salad and brown rice sets, innovative dishes like pumpkin pie are also available at this casual eatery.
The Shepherd's Pie was my favorite dish of the lot. Beneath a layer of mashed potatoes were cubes of carrots, green and red peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes, livened up with a variety of herbs and spices. Though refreshing, some dressing could have been provided with the colorful salad on the side.
Layers of tofu paste replaced pasta sheets in the café's take on lasagna ($8.50), which was filled with a mix of vegetables similar to that in the Shepherd's Pie. Honestly, there's nothing like a plate of good ol' cheesy (but diet-unfriendly!) lasagna, but for the calories saved, I wouldn't mind having LivinGreen's wheat-, gluten- and dairy-free version again.
The Avocado Pudding ($4) was made from fresh avocado blended with soy milk, sweetened with a syrup of gula melaka and molasses. Though pleasant, the mousse-like dessert could have done with a little less gelatin. I also felt that the small portion of avocado pudding did not justify its price.


325 Beach Road
Opening hours: 11.30am-8.30pm (Mon-Sat), closed on Sundays

February 4, 2011

CNY @ Tom's Palette

There's no need to worry about limited seating at Tom's Palette anymore, for it has now reopened with enough space to fit 22 40 people! 18 27 flavors are also on display at once now, up from 12 18 flavors previously. In addition, Tom's Palette is now open seven days a week, save for the last Sunday of the month.
To celebrate CNY, Tom's Palette has launched five seasonal flavors- Eight Treasure sorbet, luo han guo, pineapple tart, pumpkin & winter melon and tau sar piah. My favorite would be the pineapple tart flavor (right), an amalgamation of tangy pineapple ice cream and bits of chewy pineapple jam, with tart chunks crumbled in for a buttery edge. And my favorite pistachio ice cream (left) never fails to put a smile on my face- how I wish it'll be available more often!
A friend recently tipped me off about the limited-edition kuromitsu ice cream, and I'm absolutely glad I dropped by Shaw Towers that evening just for it-  the deep and earthy flavor of Okinawan brown sugar combined brilliantly with the signature silkiness of Tom's ice cream! It's a real pity that this flavor will no longer be available due to certain reasons, but nonetheless, do give kuromitsu ice cream a try if you ever come across it.
During my latest visit, I had some decently intense green tea ice cream (left), as well as pineapple tart ice cream (right) that tasted even better than before! Do give the latter a try soon if you wish- the CNY flavors will only be available till the end of the month.

Happy CNY to all!

Tom's Palette
100 Beach Road
#01-25 Shaw Leisure Gallery
Opening hours: 12pm-9.30pm (Mon-Thu), 12pm-10pm (Fri-Sat), Sunday 1pm-7pm (closed on the last Sunday of the month)
*Note: Tom's Palette is currently closed for CNY and will reopen on 7 February 2011*

February 2, 2011

Wheat Baumkuchen

Wheat Baumkuchen is a bakery cafe producing the famed layered German confection, easily recognized by its characteristic concentric rings which resemble the cross-section of a tree trunk. No surprise, then, that baumkuchen actually translates to "tree cake". Like its lookalike kueh lapis, baumkuchen is painstakingly baked layer by layer, except that this is all performed on a rotating spit.
Although the layers of my Classic original オリジナル baumkuchen were visually well-defined, this was not the case taste-wise. On its own, it tasted similar to a butter cake, and could have been more buttery and moist. Thankfully, the cake was coated with a layer of refreshing lemon frosting that helped to liven up its flavor.

While I felt that Wheat Baumkuchen's cakes please the eyes more than the tastebuds, I wouldn't mind trying some of the other innovative baumkuchen flavors it offers, such as durian, green tea and Nutella almond.


Wheat Baumkuchen
Block 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-530
Opening hours: 10am-9pm daily, closed on public holidays