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Lola’s Cafe Review – Kovan Singapore

Lolas Cafe Review Kovan Singapore

Lola’s Cafe in Kovan is a gem of a find not far from Kovan mrt. They serve delectable brunches and fine dining worthy dinners at very affordable prices as well as having a good selection of great tasting coffees, teas, craft beers and soft drinks. Reservations are recommended as queues can stretch down the block although they do have space to fit around fifty people.

Lolas Cafe Interior Kovan Singapore

On a recent visit for dinner, I had their Beef Cheeks with Truffle Mash ($18+) and a half pint of Rye & Pint’s Sunday’s Brew Pilsner ($9+) which they have on tap there. The Beef Cheeks with Truffle Mash was unbelievably good (that explains the long queues), it came with an extremely generous portion of slow-cooked and very tender beef cheeks on top of creamy truffle flavoured mashed potato together with fried garlic kale, cherry tomatoes and grated parmesan and tied together with a delicious, flavourful beef gravy. My mouth is watering at the thought of it!

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Beef Cheeks With Truffle Mash

The beer which is from one of Singapore’s craft beer breweries Rye & Pint, was ice cold, very refreshing and had a light taste with citrus and floral notes.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Rye and Pint Sundays Brew Pilsner Half Pint

Now how amazing does that Duck Leg Confit with Truffle Mash look! For only $18+ you get a beautifully confited duck leg with crispy skin where the meat practically falls off the bone. This paired with truffle mash, arugula, cherry tomatoes, caramelised onion sauce and balsamic glaze gives you a perfectly balanced dish that you would expect to find at a high-end restaurant.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Duck Leg Confit With Truffle Mash

The Smoked Pulled Pork Carbonara ($17+), although strictly not really a carbonara, was tasty with 6 hours smoked barbecued pulled pork and what tasted like more of a tomato based sauce rather than a creamy carbonara sauce. It was topped with cherry tomatoes, a sous vide egg, grated parmesan and generously seasoned with black pepper. Although the dish was pretty good, the linguine was a little bit overcooked.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Smoked Pulled Pork Carbonara

Anyway all-in-all the food was amazing and topped my expectations by far. Service was efficient and polite, my only criticism is that the food didn’t come out at the same time, however this unfortunately does seem to be quite the norm for places in Singapore. I will definitely be back very soon for that beef or duck as well as to try some of their very tempting looking cakes in their display!

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Cake Display.

Lolas Cafe Kovan Singapore Wall Slogan.

Lola’s Cafe
Address: 5 Simon Rd, Singapore 545893
Tel: 6284 0349
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 10am – 11.30pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 12am, Monday: Closed

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Lola’s Cafe, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!

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Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro Review – Punggol East Container Park

Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro Review Punggol East Container Park

The Pump Station 1965 Bar and Bistro is a lovely place to chill with friends or family on any day of the week. Located in Punggol East Container Park it is open every night and has an extensive drinks menu as well as a wide selection of Western and Asian dishes and bar bites. Go before 8pm and you can catch their daily happy hour food and drink deals as well as to nab the best table on a Saturday and Sunday night to catch their live entertainment.

On a recent visit on a Saturday night, we got there at around 6.30pm just in time for their current 30% off all food promotion. I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Don ($14.90++) and my friends ordered the Chicken Carbonara and the Unagi Don which are two of Pump Station 1965’s recommended dishes. They were having a promotion for their beer tower at the time which was $54++ for a 3 litre tower of Asahi Super Dry White draft beer so we decided to get this.

The beer tower which was generously filled to just over 3 litres has a compartment in the centre that is filled with ice so this helps to keep the beer cold so that you can take your time to drink it slowly. If you’d rather drink fresh beer straight from the tap though I’d recommend getting their happy hour offer of 3 pints for $28++ and you can choose between Asahi Super Dry White, Asahi Super Dry Black and Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc. Their bottles of North Coast Steller IPA are also very nice.

Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro Punggol East Container Park Three Litre Beer Tower

The food was not bad, my Chicken Teriyaki Don was Japanese comfort food at it’s best. The sweet and tender chicken, along with the half poached egg and Japanese rice with a bit of heat from the kimchi, made a satisfying meal.

Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro Punggol East Container Park Chicken Teriyaki Don

My friends also enjoyed their Chicken Carbonara and Unagi Don.

Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro Punggol East Container Park Chicken Carbonara

Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro Punggol East Container Park Unagi Don

The live singers that night were a couple called Anchorblanc, they sang well together and the guy’s voice was particularly good. They started at around 8.30pm and sang a mixture of Mandarin and English songs as well as taking requests from the audience.

Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro Punggol East Container Park Live Band

Overall we had a great evening at Pump Station 1965 and ended up staying there for nearly 5 hours! It’s a really relaxed place just next to the river and although all the seating is outside it’s very breezy in the area and not hot at all. They also have seating upstairs just above their stage so you can sip a glass of wine whilst gazing at the stars. Service was very friendly and informative and I’m sure we will be back there again soon! They’re currently taking reservations on Eatigo too so you can save up to 50% on all food!

Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro
Address: 50 Punggol East, #01-K32, Singapore 828826
Tel: 6592 1956
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1am, Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 2am, Sunday: 3pm – 1am

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Pump Station 1965 Bar & Bistro, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!

Tiger Street Lab Restaurant Review – Jewel Changi Airport

Tiger Street Lab Restaurant Review Jewel Changi Airport

Tiger Street Lab is the restaurant to visit if you are a fan of Singapore’s Tiger beer. Situated on the top floor of the newly opened Jewel Changi Airport amongst lush greenery and views of the world’s largest indoor waterfall, Tiger Street Lab is a place where you can relax and unwind during the day and night with a fresh Tiger draft beer whilst savouring local street food as well as international classics.

Tiger Street Lab Bar Jewel Changi Airport

Tiger Street Lab Restaurant Interior Jewel Changi Airport.

Their drinks menu includes all the different varieties of Tiger beer currently available including Tiger Lager and Tiger White on tap, Tiger Black, Tiger Crystal, Tiger Radler Lemon and Tiger Radler Grapefruit which are available in bottles only. They also have an exclusive Tiger Seasonal Brew on tap which is only available in Tiger Street Lab. The seasonal brew at present was inspired by Singapore’s national flower and is an orchid infused black lager. As you can see from the photo below it’s not a very dark lager and was refreshingly easy to drink with floral notes. They also have coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices available for those that are accompanying the drinkers or are there for the food.

Tiger Street Lab Restaurant Jewel Changi Airport Tiger Orchid Infused Seasonal Brew

Tiger Street Lab Restaurant Jewel Changi Airport Beer Menu And Prices

Foodwise, Tiger Street Lab have a menu that consists of flatbread pizzas, bar bites and a range of street food dishes created in collaboration with veteran Zi Char hawker stall Keng Eng Kee Seafood (KEK Seafood) that include a selection of their signature dishes comprising of Moonlight Horfun, Coffee Pork Ribs, Chilli Crab and Salted Egg Yolk Prawns.

The wholemeal flatbreads, although they look quite appealing on the menu are actually a lot smaller than you think. They are good snacks that go well with beer though. The Chorizo, Bacon, Rosemary and Brie Cheese Flatbread ($16) was ok, the flatbread was nice and crunchy but they could have been more generous with the toppings.

Tiger Street Lab Restaurant Jewel Changi Airport Chorizo, Bacon, Rosemary and Brie Cheese Wholemeal Flatbread

The chef’s recommended Salted Egg Yolk Soft-shell Crab by KEK Seafood ($15) was tasty. The soft-shell crab was light and crispy and was served with a creamy salted egg yolk sauce and fried mantou buns which were great for dipping in the sauce.

Tiger Street Lab Restaurant Jewel Changi Airport Salted Egg Yolk Softshell Crab

If you happen to drop by Jewel on a weekday, Tiger Street Lab have a KEK Seafood lunch menu available from 11am to 3pm that is pretty good value with all dishes at only $8!

Tiger Street Lab Jewel KEK Seafood Lunch Menu

Service at Tiger Street Lab is practically non-existent, food and drinks came out quickly but the waitresses aren’t in sight most of the time so it’s hard to even put in your order unless you go up to the bar. Overall the food was pretty decent but I would probably go for the KEK Seafood dishes as opposed to the other offerings on the menu. The beer is of course great and there’s nowhere else that you’d find Tiger beer so fresh apart from if you make the journey over to the west side in Tuas and go to the Tiger Brewery Tour. Profits from beer sold at Tiger Street Lab go towards Tiger Street Food Support Fund, which supports Singapore’s heritage-rich street food culture and the next generation of hawkers. Besides food and drinks, Tiger Street Lab also sell exclusive merchandise and you can also make your own personalised Tiger beer bottle there!

Tiger Street Lab
Address: Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd, #05-205, Singapore 819666
Tel: 6243 2047
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 1oam – 12am, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 1am

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Tiger Street Lab, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

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You’ve probably already heard of Singtel Dash as it’s practically everywhere. Just like some of the other mobile wallets used in Singapore such as DBS PayLah! and GrabPay, Dash can be used to make payments in thousands of stores islandwide as well as online and it also comes with a virtual Visa card which can be used anywhere that accepts Visa both locally and globally. It can also be used to pay for public transport, send and receive money locally and overseas and much more!

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Ginza Lion Restaurant Review – Suntec City

Ginza Lion Restaurant Review Suntec City

A renowned beer hall in Japan, Ginza Lion was Japan’s first ever beer hall, having opened in 1899 in the Ginza district in Tokyo. Singapore’s only branch of Ginza Lion is located in Suntec City and serves not only beers, including their own signature beer, but they have a huge menu of western and Japanese food that are great for sharing over a pint or three 🙂

To celebrate their 120th anniversary this year, they have special anniversary menu items until the end of August, namely their Roast Beef Don ($17.80++ regular size, $19.80++ large size) for lunch (11.30am – 2.30pm) which is rice topped with slices of Ginza Lion’s signature roast beef with wasabi cream sauce and egg and their Roast Beef Set ($58++) for dinner (5.30pm – 11pm) which is suitable for two people and includes their signature roast beef, seafood salad and Neapolitan spaghetti.

Ginza Lion Restaurant Suntec City Special Anniversary Menu Roast Beef Don.jpg

I was invited there for lunch earlier this week courtesy of JPassport, to try their Roast Beef Don. I was really looking forward to trying this as I had heard that Ginza Lion’s signature roast beef was really good and uses only high quality Angus beef from the US. The Roast Beef Don definitely didn’t disappoint, the beef which is grilled over an infrared grill was sliced thinly and was perfectly tender sitting on Japanese rice seasoned with teriyaki sauce. The beef was topped with spring onions, a creamy sauce which had just a hint of wasabi and a soft-poached egg in which when the yolk was pierced, it oozed over everything adding a sublime, unctuous texture to complete the balance of the dish. Now I’m not a huge beef lover but I have to say that I really enjoyed Ginza Lion’s Roast Beef Don and it was a decent sized portion which was just right for lunch and came with miso soup too.

Ginza Lion Restaurant Suntec City Bar

Ginza Lion Restaurant Suntec City Open Kitchen

Ginza Lion Restaurant Suntec City Seating

The restaurant itself has a casual and relaxed vibe, it’s very spacious, with tables both inside and out, perfect for gatherings with friends or family and there is also a private room which can cater for parties and events. Friendly and polite service at Ginza Lion makes meals there a pleasure too.

For more information on Ginza Lion Singapore as well as the latest promotions, see the JPassport Ginza Lion page. If you’re planning to dine at Ginza Lion to try one of their special anniversary menu items, you can get a complimentary ice cream with your meal by redeeming the e-coupon on the JPassport Ginza Lion coupon page!

Ginza Lion
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-649/650 Suntec City Mall Tower 4, Singapore 038983
Tel: 6836 6053
Opening hours: Monday  – Thursday: 11:30am – 10pm, Friday: 11.30am – 11pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Ginza Lion, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

TGM Lounge Review – Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2

TGM Lounge Review - Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2

Located on the third floor of Changi Airport’s Terminal 2, just next to DFS’s Whiskey House, TGM is definitely the best airport lounge in Changi that you can access with a Priority Pass. More than a restaurant than a lounge, you can enjoy table-served, freshly cooked Japanese and Korean food there. TGM is also accessible to the public and bookable via Chope.

The lunch and dinner menu for Priority Pass holders which is called the “Corporate Set” is more concise than the menu available to the public. You can choose from a selection of different Japanese bento sets as well as a couple of Korean options. The restaurant menu for the public includes these sets as well as salads, sashimi, sushi, grilled dishes, tempura, noodles, rice dishes and desserts.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Lunch And Dinner

The breakfast menu for both Priority Pass holders and the public is the same and is served from 6am when TGM opens until 10.30am. You can choose from either a Japanese breakfast set, Korean or Japanese noodles, Korean rice rolls or go for the Daily Breakfast Special and you can have either a coffee, tea or orange juice with your meal.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Breakfast Menu

On all the occasions that I’ve visited TGM, I’ve had lunch there. If you are accessing TGM using Priority Pass, you first have to register at the counter and select your meal and drink before you are seated. TGM is pretty spacious and has never been too busy when I’ve visited but for more privacy you can choose to sit at one of their booth tables.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Interior

I would have to say that the Japanese food there is not bad but not the greatest (I haven’t tried their Korean food yet so I can’t comment on that). The first bento set that I ever had there which was the Tempura Bento Set, didn’t leave me with a particularly good impression of the place though. The tempura was not very good, the batter was thick and the prawn and vegetables were undercooked. The set also came with some pickles, fruit, salad and fried gyoza which were a bit hard due to the dumpling skins being a little too thick. The chicken karaage in the set however was pretty much the star of the set with their light crunchy coating that was seasoned well. The set also came with miso soup and rice on the side and was more than enough to fill me up before my flight.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Tempura Bento Set

For a lighter meal, you could opt for the Sashimi Bento Set in which you get an assortment of fresh sashimi, pickles, fruit, salad, seaweed salad, gyoza as well as miso soup and rice.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Sashimi Bento Set

The Salmon Butteryaki Bento Set is probably my favourite out of the bento sets that I’ve tried so far though. The salmon was surprisingly really tasty, pan fried nicely in a butter sauce. I was given a very generous portion of salmon along with pickles, fruit, seaweed salad, kakiage (vegetables deep fried in tempura batter), gyoza, rice and miso soup. The gyoza on this occasion was a lot better and not hard and the kakiage was light and crisp. Perhaps it was a different chef that day. Also I think that the items that you get in each bento set to accompany the main dish is selected by the chef and can vary.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Salmon Butteryaki Bento Set

You can choose one drink with your meal if you’re visiting TGM with Priority Pass. The latte and cappuccino is not fantastic there but it’s a lot better than what you would get in other Priority Pass lounges in Changi.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Cappuccino And Latte

TGM also have a takeaway counter if you want to grab some sushi rolls or sandwiches for your flight but this is not included in the lounge access and has to be paid for separately.

TGM Lounge Review Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 Takeaway Sushi Sandwiches

If you wish to get some work done or just chill out at TGM before your flight, high-speed Wi-Fi is available and there are universal power outlets and USB charging ports.

Service at TGM is efficient and can be friendly depending on who you encounter on the day. It’s definitely my favourite Priority Pass lounge in Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 as besides going to a restaurant or airline lounge, you won’t get such a decent meal in any of the other lounges. However if you don’t have a Priority Pass that gives you free access, it might work out to be cheaper to book your table on Chope and order from the public menu.

Address: Level 3, Departure Lounge, Changi Airport Terminal 2, Airport boulevard, Singapore 918146
Tel: 65461928
Opening Hours: Daily 6am – 1am

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of TGM, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!

Tempura Tenten Japanese Restaurant Review – Raffles City

Tempura Tenten Restaurant Review Raffles City

Tempura restaurants have been popping up everywhere over the past few years ever since the popularity of Ginza Tendon Itsuki and Tempura Kohaku, but few have come close to being as good as those two. Out of all the tempura restaurants I’ve tried so far in Singapore, Tempura Tenten probably falls somewhere in the middle for me.

Tempura Tenten Restaurant Review Raffles City Menu

They have a huge menu for what is supposed to be primarily a tempura restaurant, not like the usual two choices available in the more specialised restaurants. They have a few different varieties of tendon as well as several types of ramen, curry and side dishes. If it’s tempura you’re after though, you won’t be disappointed with the Special Tendon ($13.80++) or the Una Tendon ($19.80++). The Premium King Prawn Tendon ($24++) also looks very good if you just want tempura prawns.

Tempura Tenten Restaurant Review Raffles City Special Tendon.

The Special Tendon comes with two prawns, shiitake, green beans, nori, pumpkin, bacon and a chicken ball with mozzarella cheese inside. You can choose to have original or spicy sauce and white rice or upgrade to truffle rice for $1 more. The spicy sauce which is a nice balance of spicy and sweet actually goes pretty well with the light and crispy assortment of tempura on top of the fluffy white Japanese rice. What I liked in particular was the very unusual tempura bacon which was delightfully crunchy – who would have thought that bacon deep fried in tempura batter would be so good! But then again anything with bacon in it is good. The tempura chicken ball with melted mozzarella oozing out was also a pleasant surprise.

Tempura Tenten Restaurant Review Raffles City Unatendon

The Una Tendon is pretty worth what you pay for it as you get a prawn, some vegetables and a huge piece of sweet and smoky unagi. All tendon come with some pickles and miso soup on the side.

Service at the restaurant is friendly and efficient. The restaurant is never that busy whenever I pass by but if you would like a quieter table then they have some tables on the side just next to the kitchen. Although the tendon in Tempura Tenten may not quite meet the standards of Tendon Itsuki and Tempura Kohaku or have the enticing aroma of sesame oil that attracts people to those places, it’s the unusual bacon tempura that will probably bring me back for more at Tempura Tenten. The restaurant takes reservations on Chope in case you want to guarantee a table during peak times. They also sometimes have offers on Fave and discounts on JPassport so it’s worth checking out those websites before you go.

Tempura Tenten Restaurant Review Raffles City Interior

Tempura Tenten
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-13 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: 6336 7457
Opening hours: Daily 11am – 10pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Tempura Tenten, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

Maison De PB Cafe Review – Jewel Changi Airport

Maison De PB Review Jewel Changi Airport

From the company that brought Korean bakery chain Paris Baguette to Singapore, Maison De PB is a more upmarket version of Paris Baguette that just opened last month in the new Jewel shopping mall in Changi Airport.

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Cakes.jpg

With beautiful individual and whole cakes on display to tempt the tastebuds, you won’t be able to resist stopping by for an afternoon treat or maybe one of the salads, sandwiches or focaccia pizzas for a more substantial meal.

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza

Beautiful loaves of artisan bread and pastries are available for purchase and you can even pick up a bottle or two of wine, some tea or gourmet sauces whilst you’re there.

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Bread

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Wine, Tea, Sauces

They have a range of coffees, teas, soft drinks and juices which you can have there or if you’re in a hurry you can just grab one to go.

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Drinks Menu

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Takeaway Drinks And Food

On a visit there last week, I had their Classic Cheesecake ($11+) and a Latte ($6.30+). The cafe is self service so you just order at the till in which you’re given a buzzer to collect your order and then you can make yourself comfy at one of the tables. There’s only a small seating area in the cafe section of Maison PB (there’s also a restaurant on the level above) so you’ll find that you’ll probably learn more than intended about the person sitting only centimetres away from you – not the most relaxing of places when you’re paying a little more than what you would pay for the same thing elsewhere. Also don’t expect service with a smile.

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Classic Cheesecake

With that being said, the cheesecake was actually very good, although quite small but it was rich and creamy with a nice crunchy shortbread base and plump fresh raspberries sitting on top. The latte too was nice.

Maison De PB Jewel Changi Airport Cafe Latte

Maison De PB
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #02-200 Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Tel: 6743 7900
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Maison de PB, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the cafe or if you have any questions!