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Lake Toya, Japan

Spot of Tranquility.

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Little India, Singapore

Spices, gold and splashes of colour!

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Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay

Garden City, City in a Garden.

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Bryce Canyon, USA

Thor's Hammer

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Chocolate Test, Singapore

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Charles M Schulz

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Kyushu Pancake Cafe

I have to confess. I have a slight obsession with Kyushu Pancake Cafe, to the extent that I have been there once every weekend for the last three weekends, partly also because I was using the Burpple Beyond deal.  

A Mujiesque interior with a cosy feel. Wooden furniture and minimalist, with lots of sunlight.

There is a documentary showing on the television, which is played on loop. It was part of a year long project where the videographer's team visited each farm where the grains were grown as they traced the activities from the sowing of seeds to harvesting. It is a bit of a brain washing because after visiting it a few times, we now can hum the jingle at home, and who can ignore lyrics about pancakes!

Made from seven grains grown in the Kyushu province, and 100% raw sugar from Okinawa and Kagoshima, these deceptively simple looking pancakes are on different level. We tried a couple of pancakes so far, and my favourite is the Berry-Licious Waffle ($16.90). It is on the pricey side and we would have settled for the cheaper Kyushu Good Ol' Classic ($7.90) if not for the Burpple deal (I think Burrple Beyond is less transparent than many food apps but that is a story for another day). Once you eat them, you don't feel like eating McDonald's hotcakes anymore. They are dense in texture, yet light enough not to taste like cake. The generous berries compote and ice cream give the pancakes the necessary moisture. When we ate the Kyushu Good Ol' Classic on one occasion, we felt that the pancakes were a little dry.

This cafe is kids friendly where they have a collection of books for children available near the entrance. If you wish to make pancakes at home, you can also buy the premix. Other random goods like wooden plates for children are also available for sale. Good pancakes, just on the pricey side.

Kyushu Pancake Cafe 
Novena Regency
275 Thomson Road
Tel: 6352 6265 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Courtyard

As the birthday girl wanted to celebrate her birthday by going for high tea, we decided to go to The Courtyard at Fullerton. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, there are two seatings, one from 2 pm to 4 pm, and the other from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. It costs $55++ per adult. 

The Courtyard has lots of natural light flooding in, although it can get a tad hot when the sun is in its full glory. 

The afternoon tea consists of unlimited replenishment of the food on the tiers and free flow coffee and tea.

Although the quantity of food did not look like much initially, we walked away from the table feeling very full. There was a mixture of savouries and sweets, and I preferred the latter.

Amongst the sweets, the ones that stood out were the Pecan Maple Orange Tart, Chocolate Moulluex and Ondeh Ondeh Macaroon. For the Ondeh Ondeh Macaroon, it was refreshing to take a bite and go, "Oh my, was that a gula melaka flavoured macaroon"? I seldom eat macaroons because I find them too sweet but this was an interesting spin to the dainty French pastry. The Pecan Maple Orange Tart was not too sweet and the pecans lifted the profile of the tart.

For the savouries, I kept replenishing the Five Spiced Smoked Chicken with Guacamole on Sesame Tartlet - check out the gorgeous beet juice coloured tart! The other savouries were decent, but nothing to shout about.

We rounded off the meal with some coffee- look at the cute Fullerton bear. The tea selection was also interesting. When I could not make up my mind on what tea to drink, the waiter said "Aiya, you just trust me, I give you a good pot of tea." He selected the Silver Moon for me, which was a herbal and fruit tea, and it was indeed a good choice because of the subtle fruit hints.

What really stood out was the service here. They helped to take a picture of us and put it in a unique Fullerton-themed folder. They were also constantly at hand to ensure that everything was ok. One of them even demonstrated his magic tricks to entertain my niece!

Overall, the food here is decent but limited in variety. Service stands out nonetheless, and great ambience for afternoon tea.

The Courtyard
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Tel No: 6733 8388