It is quite interesting to stumble upon so many new changes of F&B brand in Wisma Atria. All just right under one roof. Yole is actually another new Froyo brand that had replace their favourite frozen yogurt brand llaollao, which had ceased operations in the country. Most of the llaollao outlet will be replace to Yole along the way.

Did not know the changes till I am writing this. 

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To me it look pretty much the same with just colour and logo changes.

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also read that this brand is actually one of a European brand. and found out through this article (click here) . Most of us knows that llaollao comes from Spain and Yole is from France. Currently it had not affected the rights in Malaysia yet.

Well, to me it is quite similiar to their counter part as comes in variety of sizes and toppings.

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serve in 3 different sizes for you to choose from and also the toppings are kind same to me. The term in sizes is different from their counterpart.

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Since quite full from my lunch, and ordering quite number of items around the area, I just hit on their Baby that comes with 1 topping size to try out and see what is the different.

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I think try one of their siganture sauces, biscuti caramel if I remember correctly.

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Not too bad. Felt that the texture is not as smooth as Llao Llao and this has slightly more sourness of yogurt base but my friend felt it is the same. Maybe there are no different. I like the dressing more as it is less sweet and more fragrant to my liking.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 7.5/10 , not too bad for a new brand! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Wisma Atria, Orchard road
Not too far from Famous Amos shop

Operating hours:
10.30am – 10pm

Final day in this island and had quick catch up with friends and was introduce to meet up at Toby’s Estate located in Robertson Quay, Singapore which is just a stone throw away from our hotel.

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Read some blogs upon writing this, that this place is famous for their coffee or some even commented that one of the best in the area or town.

Toby’s Estate a Austrailian-style cafe and roaster. Understand that their house blend is a special combination of mixing variety of beans hence you get that strong unique flavour profile also believe this cafe had been operating more than 7 years which I read some blogs way back to 2012.

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I guess Saturday is off day for mom’s as dad’s is taking care kids.

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Early in the morning for breakie, it is chill to sit outside and enjoy your breakfast. A little bit look alike of Yarra River in Melbourne.

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forgot to take picture of menu and the food here is pretty normal. Nothing much to shout about for such presentation. If you are here for a simple breakie then yes.

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Eggs benedict with prosciutto

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Toby’s French Toast @ SGD 14. Thick toast bread with abit caramelise espresso flavoured bacon and with berries serve as sides. Very simple and direct. Fluffy bread and quite alright. A combination of savoury and sweet.

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Egg benedict with salmon

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A new term for me which is Gibraltar Latte @ SGD 4.50. I was told it is a very strong coffee and decided to order. My idea is like  Picollo Latte but in double shot. It is indeed very strong. profile coffee is very unique as it smells abit floral but taste is hit the strong on first sip and end in sour end which is quite acidic. Not really my type of coffee.

While Latte @ SGD 5 quite milky that overpowering the coffee taste.

Masala Chai Latte SGD 6 here is amazing. Fragrant of spices and milk is well balance- Recommended~

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Food here is not that impressive as they are very simple and direct. Taste is not too bad as I believe with the pricing you are able to find better ones around the area. However, Toby’s Estate is regard as one of a authentic Melbourne cafe in the island.

Over here is simple food and coffee (depending on your taste profile) did not really suit my palate. They do have strong crowd and establish since more than 7 years, maybe you could give it a try.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 6/10 , quite alright -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street
#01-03/04 Singapore

Tel: +65 6636 7629

Operating Hours:
Daily: 7.30am – 6pm

While we have sometime to kill after our brunch before heading to airport, then stumble upon this Sanpoutei Ramen at Orchard Road that mention its origins from Niigata.

Read some reviews before heading in and it seems that Niigata Shoyu Ramen is the outlet specialty. This soup base is also my favourite as it is hard to find nice shoyu base soup rame in KL.

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Sanpoutei originates from Niigata which is north of Tokyo since 1967. Their signature broth broth is boiled for six hours using vegetables, chicken, pork bone and 2 types of imported ingredients from Japan which is dried sardine.

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Japanese chef at work and he seems to be very particular in every bowl that serve out which is good thing.

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seating space here is not huge.

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Apparently their ramen noodle is made fresh daily . .

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and on my dining, it seems that quite number of Japanese diners are here.

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As we are quite full, we just order a bowl to test it out. Always love shoyu base because of the simplicity flavour of it. Love the taste of shoyu base although not so prominent in yet, yet soup base is slightly thicker compare to what I had before and it taste pretty good too,  with hint of sweetness from its cooking broth.

I believe my ramen is slightly over cook as it is quit soft or I expected it to be medium texture and slightly chewy. Or maybe the cooking method in here is meant to be in this texture. Slightly thicker compare to what I had in KL. Love the pork slices chasu as cook to perfection. They torch on the meat and love the light burnt taste, mild oily and texture is just perfect.

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Not too bad for a shoyu base ramen.

Sanpoutei Ramen
253 #B1-04/05 350 Orchard Rd,
Singapore 278982, Singapore

Tel: +65 6463 7277

Operating hours: 11.30am – 11.30pm

Chili Crab. Who is into Chili crab? Another signature in Singapore is their famous Chili Crab. I have always been very curious what is the difference between theirs and ours.  My friend brought us to Jumbo Seafood at Dempsey Hill which is quite famous for their Chili crab and Pepper crab.

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Quite full house for weekdays as most of the tables are fully book.

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They do sell bak kut teh spices too. Tasted once before long time ago as their Bak Kut Teh is = to our pepper pig stomach soup.

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seems that this outlet won numerous awards too.

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They have 2 seating area, indoor and outdoor.

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Starting off with bamboo clams and it is huge. Steam is always the best option to taste the freshness of it, and this is indeed a classic dish. Add on with glass noodle, garlic and special soy sauce is the perfect way to eat this. Freshness of clams is there and simple taste and spot on.

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This dish caught my attention the most as this is not suckling piglet or peking duck. This is one of the restaurant signature. This is actually Chicken. Thin cut to make it similiar to suckling pig. It is so soft, and unique in texture. Great stuff.

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Braised Homemade Beancurd @ SGD 16 for small

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This is their signature. Chili Crab and of course must eat with Man Tao. Actually the taste of it is very similiar to Penang style. This dish is quite near to my mom’s cooking. Thick in sauce, with egg white. Some will have more sourness over spicy and the classic taste is sourness of it must be there.

Love the gravy here as they are slightly thicker, and crab is very fresh. Dipping man tao along is just a perfect combination. The impress part is the flavour is inside out of the crab.

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Next signature is their black pepper crab. Mild in black peppery spicy, just nice to keep you going and well coated onto the crab. Flavours of it is inside out too.

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Crab size here are big. It is more like XL size if in KL. look at the claws.

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We order fried rice to pair with the chili crab. So we do not waste on the gravy.

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Another introduction by my friend which is their favourite is this Scallop yam ring. MEdium size @ SGD 27. 6 big juicy fresh scallop wrap in yam and fried at the size. Fluffy, fragrant of yam and yam is moist. Did not overcook both the yam and scallop.

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last classic dessert is their yam paste dessert. According to them, it had change where it only used to be yam paste and ginko. That will be classic teochew dessert. This version i think might be too much for me after all the yummy dishes. Filed with corn base which I also believe the sweetness is from a bit of condence milk too. Too think for my liking but it is not too bad if were to share.

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Food here is good. what is my damage of my bill, I am not too sure as this meal as bought by my friend. I am guessing an estimation of SGD 180?

Great dinner place and Demsey Hill seems like a cool place to hang out, with so many F&B players in there. The only way to get there is by taxi or GRAB.

Jumbo Seafood
Block 11 Dempsey Road #01-16,
Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249673

operating Hours:
Daily : 12.00pm – 3pm. 5.30pm – 11.30pm

Tel: +65 6479 3435

As I was looking for toilet and Gong Cha that become LiHo, stumble upon this store, Fruce in Wisma Atria along Orchard road with a long queue and decided to queue along after checking out their menu.

Fruce is actually a new crafted drinks that made with base coconut as their signature and a twist with infusion of Japanese. The word also derived from “fruits” and “fusion”.

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Love the outlet look of it as they are playing with pastel colours that gives you a fresh perspective of outlet. Queue is kind crazy as my number I got is 78 but it was quite fast as waited for less than 15 minutes for my drinks.

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The drinks menu they have is pretty interesting especially on the coconut base. What attracted me was the coconut base drinks especially Durian Avocado, durian pandan and avocado coconut.

Toppings are unique too, such as Aiyu Jelly, Grass Jelly, Coconut Capelini, Coconut Flesh and many more from ~$0.70 to $0.90 are available for your drinks.

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I ended up order Avocado Coconut with add on Coconut Capelini. Total SGD 4.70. Very interesting flavour, as it is quite thick which I believe it is from avocado, and I ordered less sweet still turns out to be quite sweet for me. should have chosen 50% sugar level.

Coconut Capelini (made using coconut juice and jelly) texture is texture is silky smooth, slight chewy and not too bad, sort of like dessert noodle.

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as I am quite full over my ramen, Overall it is not to bad as I believe other flavours will be very interesting too. Judge from the queue of it.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 7.5/10 , not too bad. worth to give it a try -Stamped-


-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, #B1-45
Singapore 238877

Directions: Alight from Orchard MRT Station (red line NS22) and exit at Exit D towards Wisma Atria B1. Walk pass the shops at basement 1 until you reach the end where Famous Amos is, turn right and right next to Garett popcorn is Fruce.

Seems like most Malaysian that reaches the shore of Singapore will certainly hit onto Hai Di Lao 海底捞 Chinese Hotpot. I went to the one at 313 Somerset as my friend mention the one in Clark Quey is with crazy queue. I am not exceptional for this as I am keen to try what is special about this as I did visit their outlet in Korea last year.

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A bit about them: Founded in 1994, Hai Di Lao is a Sichuan style hot pot restaurant, integrating features of hot pots from various regions by focusing services as their main priority in their competitive market. Since then, they have made it big. If I read correctly, the group now is a Billion dollar industry in revenue which is very impressive.

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Queuing in any of their outlet will be crazy as average waiting time is 3-6 hours, unless you go to their early opening hours such as 10am – 3pm or after 2am which is less than an hour. My friend came early to take number and waited for 3 hours. No reservation is allowed. It is all by walk in. (win liau loh). While waiting, you are given pop corn, drinks and also watermelon slices.

By focusing on services, they really meant it. For parents with kids, they have a kids play room. For those ladies out there, they have pedicure service for free. If you are unable to claim while waiting, you are able to utilize back again next visit.

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According to my friend, all of their outlet is pack.

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Upon seated, you will be given a wet tissue for your hanphone wipe, then given with a hot tower to clean up your hands, follow by a mini bag to store your phone by preventing soup pour over your phone if you leave it on the table. Then they have mini blanket to cover your bags.

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Staff here is pretty impressive as their service is indeed top notch. They prepare most of the basic items for you and it is like 1 floor staff to 3 -5 tables. Attentiveness is amazing.

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Lets start off with their signature soup as you can order 4 max. So we order max of it. My usual will be, Sichuan Pickles hot pot and sichuan spicy hot pot is a must then the other 2 we chose , tomato soup (trying it out) and chicken soup.

With the tablet, you are able to customize the flavour of each soup base.

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Sauces is additional SGD 4 per pax with unlimited refill which is a must to take. If you are unsure, do ask the staff to assist you by asking them to mix their Haidilao special mix sauce (which i just realise upon writting this post)

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here you go on the soup base:

SiChuan pickled soup is always one of my favourite whenever I get to order. Love the sourness of it that opens up your appetite and usually I make it as my drinking soup base.

SiChuan Spicy hot pot I would prefer medium spicy and above with less numb as spiciness and numbness to me is pretty well balance up. the soup base here is not too bad as not too overpowering that I have but I think it has tone down their flavour to local taste (if were to compare to Korea).

Tomato soup base is rather interesting, not the Hong Kong style but it is decent enough to act as a main soup base too. mild creamy, fragrant and it seems every one is attacking on it.

Chicken soup is also a must have where it make a balance for the rest of the strong flavour soup. So you have a clear soup to balance it up and also cater to some friends who cant take spicy soup. At least 4 soup base is happy for everyone.

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I know a few items which is must order such as their mini dumpling. which is da bomb. Made fresh and the skin is so smooth and ingredient in is taste quite premium. Order another plate after that.

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Besides that, their meat is also one of their signature. Just look at those cut and colour of it. Order trio mix with lamb, beef and pork.

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and of course order another additional pork belly to hit on. Their bean curd roll is also must order. meat ball is awesome too,

Another item to order is their signature dance noodle. Slight chewy, and dip into sichuan spicy soup is just . . . . 

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Upon finishing, you will have ice cream to eat along which is the same as the one in Korea that I had. nothing to shout about.

Overall, their service here is top notch if were to compare to Korea outlet. I felt that I have eaten better hotpot as per compare to this for soup base especially. Hai Di Lao win by 2 things. Their service and quality of ingredient. My total bill came to SGD 165 for 4 pax which I think is quite reasonable. Not too sure about other places as this is my first time dining hotpot in Singapore.

Well, if I will come back if queue less than 1 hour or early morning or as supper. 3 – 6 hours is just pretty crazy. Well, Happy eating.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 7.5/10 , ingredients and service is pretty awesome. Worth to give it a try! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

313 Somerset
313 Orchard Road #04-23/24 Singapore 238895
Tel: +65 6835 7227
+65 6835 7337
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6am

Other outlets:

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Plaza Singapura #04-01, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6250 0330
+65 6250 0990
Opening Hours 10:30am – 6:00am Daily

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot branches
Vivocity #03-09 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6250 7557
+65 6250 7667
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6am

Clarke Quay
3D River Valley Road #02-04, Singapore 179023
Tel: +65 6337 8626
+65 6337 8627
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6am

IMM #03-01, 2 Jurong East Street 21 Singapore 609601
Tel: +65 6896 4111
+65 6896 4222
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 4am

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