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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson, a resident of Singapore and a diluted 'ang moh'! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy!

Monday, August 21, 2017

MAS: Da De Bak Kut Teh

Dry 'bak kut teh' that was bursting with flavours~

For dinner, my BFF and I'd wanted to go to Ming Ge Café as we heard that the noodle dishes served by the eatery are pretty good. We then discovered that it actually opens from 6.30am to 2.00pm, sharing the same space with Da De Bak Kut Teh that operates from 4.00pm onwards on most days. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

MAS: Tavern Kitchen & Bar

Fried rice with a local ingredient called 'tuhau'!

Given that my BFF and I only had one day at Kota Kinabalu after returning from the mountainous region, we decided to go to Imago Shopping Mall to have lunch at the highly rated Tavern Kitchen & Bar. It's a restaurant serving mainly Western and fusion dishes.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

MAS: Restoran Panataran

A hole-in-the-wall eatery serving relatively cheap and good lemon chicken~

For our last dinner at the mountainous region, my BFF and I went to the no-frills, yet popular Restoran Panataran just outside Mount Kinabalu National Park. There are mixed reviews online regarding the eatery, but I didn't have any unpleasant experience there.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MAS: Sutera Sanctuary Lodges @ Mount Kinabalu [Breakfast]

Enjoying a piping hot bowl of noodle soup in the cool morning~

After a restful night's sleep in one of the four Liwagu Suites, I couldn't wait for breakfast. With my BFF, I had a refreshing morning walk to Balsam Buffet Restaurant, which is situated not far away from the entrance of Mount Kinabalu National Park.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

MAS: Sutera Sanctuary Lodges @ Mount Kinabalu [Dinner]

Chinese set dinner with Western starter and dessert! :P

My BFF and I spent our first night at the mountainous region at one of the four Liwagu Suites by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges (3*) inside Mount Kinabalu National Park. We had an elaborate set menu for dinner at Liwagu Restaurant, the same place where we had our lunch as described in the previous post.

Friday, August 11, 2017

MAS: Liwagu Restaurant

Cheap seafood fried noodle that packed quite a punch!

Located inside Mount Kinabalu National Park, Liwagu Restaurant is a cosy place to be at while enjoying the cooling breeze at the mountainous region. Whether you're going to have a big meal or simply drink a cup of hot beverage, do give this restaurant a try and you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MAS: Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu [Breakfast]

So-so breakfast buffet, but the omelette was moist and tasty!

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu (3*) is situated next to Padang Merdeka, where many people catch minivans and buses to go to other parts of the region. My BFF and I had a quick breakfast before checking-out of the hotel to make our way to the majestic Mount Kinabalu.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

BRN: Burger King

Chicken patty with mushrooms and rice, anyone?

Prior to leaving Brunei for Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, my BFF and I had a simple dinner at Burger King at the airport. We'd initially wanted to have an a la carte meal at Anjung Saujana that serves local cuisine, but it only serves buffet dinner during the holy month of Ramadan every year.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BRN: The Empire Hotel and Country Club [In-Room Dining]

Enjoying baked lemon cheesecake at the comfort of the room~

On the last day of our stay in Brunei, my BFF and I made use of the in-room dining service at the lavish hotel as all the restaurants weren't opened during the daytime of Ramadan. As such, we were given a 3-hour extension for our stay, being allowed to hold the key till 2.00pm instead of the official check-out time at 11.00am.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BRN: Li Gong

Have you tried grape sauce chicken before?

My BFF and I decided to spend a night at The Empire Hotel and Country Club (5*), which is said to be Brunei's most prestigious and luxurious beach resort. For dinner, we went to Li Gong, a Chinese restaurant that's not Halal-certified, but uses 100% Halal ingredients to my understanding.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

BRN: Bristodeli Café [Takeaway]

How does its signature beef noodle fare?

On the day when my BFF and I had to check-out of Badi'ah Hotel, we requested for a slightly later check-out as we'd like to have lunch first in the room before leaving. We bought food from Bristodeli Café, which is located next to the lobby of the hotel. From what I managed to gather from the Internet, it used to be Délifrance.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

BRN: Thien Thien Restaurant [Takeaway]

Wait, there's 天天鸡饭 in Brunei?

Truth be told, even though I live at Chinatown here in Singapore, I've never actually patronised 天天海南鸡饭 (Tian Tian Chicken Rice) at Maxwell Food Centre. Apparently, there's an eatery that goes by almost the same name in Brunei: 天天餐室 (Thien Thien Restaurant), which is also well-known for its chicken rice. I don't think they're related though.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BRN: MyTown Eating House

Where is Tuaran? You can find a dish from that particular town here!

MyTown Eating House is a highly rated self-service eatery near Badi'ah Hotel that serves Malaysian cuisine. My BFF and I decided to have a meal there, even though our next destination would be somewhere in Malaysia. The eatery works in collaboration with Justberrys to provide dessert items for its guests.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

BRN: Pasar Malam Gadong

Have you heard of 'pais daging' before?

Before going back to the hotel to enjoy what we bought from Nasi Katok Mama, my BFF and I dropped by the night market at Gadong. As it caters to mostly locals who drive and do takeaway, there are only very few tables and chairs to sit.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BRN: Nasi Katok Mama [Takeaway]

A local fare of rice and chicken with your choice of sauce!

An affordable signature dish of Brunei, nasi katok (lit. knock rice) is a simple dish of rice, chicken and chili. As far as I know, it's priced at B$1.00 (=S$1.00) anywhere in the country. As I've been seeing quite a few good reviews of Nasi Katok Mama that has several branches in town, I decided to share two variants with my BFF.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BRN: Ayamku Restaurant [Takeaway]

Huge spring chicken with rice and refreshing pickles!

During the holy month of Ramadan, each and every eatery in Brunei is forbidden to serve dine-in customers as part of the Islamic penal code of the country. As such, my BFF and I had to do takeaway a few times during our stay last June. Ayamku (lit. My Chicken) is a local fast-food chain.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

BRN: Badi'ah Hotel [Breakfast]

Nothing to rave about, save for the velvety barley congee!

My BFF and I stayed at Badi'ah Hotel (4*) for 4D3N. The hotel has got two restaurants, one of which used to be Delifrance, but it has since been replaced by Bristodeli Café. Let's take a look at what was offered on the buffet line during breakfast.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BRN: Aminah Arif Restaurant

A taste of the entirely tasteless national dish of Brunei!

How many of you know about ambuyat? While I've heard about the dish since young, it was only last month that I finally got to try that blob of flavourless starch made from the interior trunk of sago palms. Aminah Arif Restaurant is said to be one of the best places to sample this particular local delicacy.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BRN: Royal Brunei Airlines [Economy, International, Short-Haul]

At least the sago pudding was pretty nice~

I'm pretty sure you can immediately guess where my BFF and I'd be going by looking at the title of the review. We decided to fly one way with the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia as it was much cheaper compared to starting our journey from Singapore.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

MAS: Plaza Premium Lounge @ KLIA Satellite Terminal

Disappointing breakfast items, but pretty good chicken rice for lunch!

As I'm holding a Priority Pass membership, thanks to one of the credit cards I'm holding, I decided to make use of it by going to the Plaza Premium Lounge at the satellite terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

MAS: Kentucky Fried Chicken

Take your pick for breakfast: rice or porridge?

From now on, I shall write about my food adventure during the June holidays that have just passed. Let's start with the very early breakfast that my BFF and I had at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. We went for something light as we'd be dropping by at Plaza Premium Lounge after passing though the immigration later on.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

SIN: Ippudo

Motto: "To continuously innovate to remain true"

Ippudo was founded in 1985 in Hakata, Japan. One fine afternoon on my mom's birthday, I brought her for a lunch. We happened to be in the west that day, so I brought her to Ippudo at Westgate as she likes ramen. During lunch time, you can have the Lunch Set Menu with a top-up of S$5.00 to your ramen order in order to enjoy one side dish and one drink.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

SIN: Tien Court

Fancy a bowl of rice in lobster broth?

Housed inside Copthorne King's Hotel, Tien Court is an elegant Chinese restaurant helmed by the Taiwan-born celebrity chef Ho Tien Tsai. It serves Cantonese cuisine, along with a selection of Sichuan specialties.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SIN: Charlie's

Flavourful sautéed Spanish pork sausage with olives and gherkins!

One of the many restaurants lining up Boat Quay, Charlie's offers a variety of tapas (Spanish small savoury dishes typically served with drinks), along with main courses for those looking for more than small bites. The restaurant-cum-bar is vegetarian friendly.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SIN: Twins Korean Restaurant

I couldn't stop popping the soy and lemon chicken chunks into my mouth!

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim friends! Today's post is on Korean cuisine. As you might've probably guessed from the name, Twins Korean Restaurant is run by twins, Park Sung Jae and Park Woo Jae. The former specialises in deep-fried items, while the latter focuses more on grilling and stir-frying.

Friday, June 23, 2017

SIN: Tin Hill Social Kitchen & Bar

That was a pretty awesome smoked pork belly sandwich!

Situated at Turf Club Road near the horse stables, Tin Hill Social Kitchen and Bar offers a relaxing ambience for its patrons to have a meal or simply chill out with a glass of drink or two. As I looked at the website just now, it appears that the eatery has made some changes to the menu. Nevertheless, all the items that I tried that day are still available.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SIN: Sushi Goshin

What a delicious unagi bento with mouth-watering fried swordfish!

Hello, folks! I'm finally home! I'll definitely be writing about my food adventure during my overseas trip, but before that, let's take a look at this particular Japanese restaurant that's under the Akashi group. I happened to have some Robinson vouchers that were going to expire soon, hence the decision to try Sushi Goshin out. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

SIN: Fika Swedish Café & Bistro

A Halal bistro serving authentic Swedish cuisine!

Before I sign out for an overseas trip till 18 June 2017, I shall write an entry on this particular Swedish bistro at Beach Road. Fika, which basically means 'to have coffee', is a concept of having a break in Swedish culture. The city of Kalmar was the first to set a record where 2,620 individuals gathered for a fika on 6 June 2007.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

SIN: Istanblue

Authentic 'kunefe' that reminded me of the good times in Istanbul!

I wonder if the name of the restaurant is a hybrid between Istanbul in Turkey and the renowned Blue Mosque in that city? Anyway, true to its name, the restaurant features a bluish interior. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

SIN: Latulle Café

2-in-1 fashion shop and café~

Hailing from Paris, France, Latulle is a marriage between a fashion store and a full-service café conceptualised by a Korean-born designer Katia Cho. After accompanying a friend of mine to shop for clothes, we decided to have the Executive Set each. At the point of writing, it's priced at S$22.00.

Friday, May 19, 2017

SIN: Padi @ Bussorah

A restaurant that serves up to 600 'nasi ambeng' platters every month!

The traditional Javanese dish called nasi ambeng, a celebratory dish featuring a heap of rice with various side dishes served on a huge platter, was popular from the 1960s to the 1980s. Padi @ Bussorah is one of the restaurants around that plays its part in preserving the dish.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SIN: Keria Japanese Restaurant

Have you tried 'battera' before?

Keria Japanese Restaurant is the best izakaya (a type of Japanese establishment serving alcohols and food to go along with) I've ever been in Singapore. For those who enjoy going for Japanese karaoke at Cuppage Plaza like me, you may want to drop by for a drink or a meal to complete the experience.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

SIN: Omnivore

Filling salad set with quality meat!

As many are getting more conscious about healthy eating these days, there are lots of salad places cropping up out there. One of my most favourite stalls is Omnivore at Chevron House, which offers value-for-money Small Set with a base price of S$9.90 that includes one protein, one carbohydrate or vegetable, three toppings and one dressing.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

SIN: Soup Restaurant

Savouring the once-a-luxurious-dish of Samsui ginger chicken~

The history of Soup Restaurant goes back to 1991 when the founders observed the increasing popularity of herbal soup varieties in HK, thereby establishing the first outlet at Smith Street in the Chinatown area. The well-loved Samsui Ginger Chicken was only introduced three years later, and it has since become one of the restaurant's signature dishes.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SIN: Smokey's BBQ

Amazing beef brisket marinated for more than 20 hours!

The moment I stumbled upon Smokey's BBQ on the Internet, my mind immediately thought of the smoked meat I had at Smokey Bear during my trip to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. Given some of the positive reviews I read online, I decided to bring my BFF to Joo Chiat to put the restaurant into the acid test.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

SIN: Portico Host

A taste of Pulau Ubin sea bass at Alexandra Road!

Formerly known as Hosted on the Patio, Portico Host is a casual dining restaurant with its own edible garden. It works in partnership with Plant Visionz and Tiberias Harvest fishery for fresh ingredients to be used in its predominantly modern European-inspired dishes.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

SIN: Grand Hyatt Singapore [Breakfast]

A huge, yummy spread of local and international delights!

Grand Hyatt Singapore (5*) showcases a number of dining destinations and bars in the heart of Orchard Road. I recently took the chance to have a staycation there, so let's look into the spread of the breakfast buffet at Straits Kitchen that's Halal-certified.

Monday, May 1, 2017

SIN: Dazzling Café

"Eat differently - add a little dazzle to your meals"

Having established its presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Dazzling Café continues to bedazzle its patrons by its honey toast creations, along with other interesting items. My BFF and I didn't order the honey toast though, going for a waffle instead for dessert.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SIN: Jack's Place

Bearnaise sauce with a strange hint of durian?

Having previously thought that Jack's Place has only been around in the past decade or so, I was surprised to learn that its history goes back to 1967. Today, it operates a total of sixteen outlets, excluding the one at Great World City that is due for closure from 3 May 2017 onwards.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SIN: Singapore Airlines [Premium Economy, International, Short-Haul]

Yummy prawns with polenta, better than the Book the Cook main course~

My December holiday came to an end as I flew in the new Premium Economy Class cabin of Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-300ER for the very first time. For the purpose of this review, I ordered one of the three main courses available onboard, while my BFF had pre-ordered something from the Book the Cook section.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

HKG: Mimi Desserts (甜蜜蜜)

Would you like some chocolate sauce on your tofu pudding? :P

To end off this current series of reviews of HK eateries, let's go back to Victoria Peak. An attractive-looking shop at the entrance of The Peak Tower, Mimi Desserts offers an array of traditional and modern beverages, as well as dessert items for the sweet tooth. Anyway, does the Chinese name of the shop remind you of that old song by Teresa Teng?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

HKG: Bo Innovation

"X-treme Chinese Cuisine" by the Demon Chef!

How many of you have heard of Alvin Leung, a renowned HK chef who dabbles in molecular gastronomy? I've always been amazed by his creations whenever he appears on TV shows. His first restaurant, Bo Innovation, has been rated Three Michelin Stars since 2014 as he continues to "challenge people's expectations, to surprise and excite them."

Sunday, April 16, 2017

HKG: Wildfire

"Spread the fun like WILDFIRE!" with semi-buffet!

Blessed Easter, everyone! In case you haven't been following us lately, we're still dealing with HK eateries. Whenever my BFF and I go to Victoria Peak, we try to dine at eateries we've never been to before. One fine afternoon, we decided to give Wildfire a try, which offers semi-buffet lunch with a choice of main course.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

HKG: Sen-ryo (千両)

Sweet and plump scallop sashimi!

Hailing from the Tochigi prefecture of Japan, Sen-ryo combines the traditional elements of sushi making with a touch of art and modernity. Managed by the Genki Sushi group, the motto of the restaurant is "the noble class of sushi".

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HKG: Urban Bakery Works

The birthplace of salted egg croissant!

The salted egg craze in Singapore hasn't shown any signs of dying. I finally had the chance last year to visit the birthplace of salted egg croissant, which is the hip bakery-cum-café called Urban Bakery Works in one of the high-end shopping malls in HK that's The Landmark. Do you see the croissant in the cover picture below?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

HKG: Kam Wah Café (金華冰廳)

The most delicious pineapple bun I've tried till date!

It's said by many that the best pineapple bun in HK can be found at Kam Wah Café, a hole-in-the-wall eatery located between Mong Kok and Prince Edward MTR stations. For the uninitiated, a pineapple bun doesn't actually contain any traces of pineapple, but visually it resembles one.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

HKG: Moomin Café

Enjoy Finnish and other European cuisine with your favourite plushie!

It was love at first sight when I encountered the Moomins, a family of white hippopotamus-like creatures, many years ago. I felt elated when I finally had the chance to visit the Moomin Café in HK that first opened its doors to customers on 5 December 2014.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

HKG: Sister Wah (華姐清湯腩)

Serving delectable beef brisket noodle since 2003!

To start another series of HK food reviews, I'm shall write about Sister Wah that's well-known for its beef brisket noodle soup. I got to know about the small family-run eatery with only six round tables a few years ago while watching a particular food show on TV. It's listed under the Bib Gourmand category of the Michelin Guide at the point of writing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

THA: Louis' Tavern CIP Lounge (Near Gate G2) @ Suvarnabhumi Airport

There's always a queue at the automatic pancake machine!

After an overnight stay at a hotel that we didn't book at, my BFF and I found ourselves back at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. More details as to what exactly happened will be in my travel blog some time in the near future. Prior to flying with Hong Kong Airlines again, we visited one of the six Louis' Tavern CIP Lounges.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CAM: Cambodia Angkor Air [Economy, International, Short-Haul]

Simple snacks, but better than nothing for a 70-minute flight~

Flying with a carrier that I'd never experienced before has always made me excited. Even though it was only a short flight from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand, I did value the experience with the national carrier of Cambodia. It was nice to be offered a snack box. 

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