Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Halal Western Food @ Tampines Hub - I am...

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Halal Food @ Tampines Hub - I am.. (my no 2 insisted on getting in the frame - sigh)

Back in Singapore again for a short return and the kids were hungry. My husband and I weren't really craving for any "Singapore dishes" so we decided to grab easy western food for the kids to eat. Since we were near Tampines, Tampines Hub is easiest to access cos of plenty of parking spaces even on a weekend 😬 We tried Commonground before so I suggested "I am..." at level 3 next to HomeTeamNS (take lift at Lobby F).

I am @ level 3 Tampines Hub - I prefer the cozy set up here over the one at Bugis

I prefer I am @ Tampines over the Bugis outlet as it is air-conditioned here and much much safer for my kids to run about (yes my kids can't sit still), menu wise it is the same. So, I expected taste-wise to be more or less the same also. (Read nice enough for kids okay for the parents)

We ordered:

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Colorful drinks @ I am.. Tampines Hub

I am not sure what drink my husband ordered, I kind of remembered it tasting like a mix of grape and lychee. I think it's called Berry Nice . It's sweet and refreshing but I like mine better haha.. My kiddo had Lemon Tea tasted ok, lemon is not overpowering and I had my favorite Bushramint it tasted like punch with mint, both mine and husband's have soda in it so our kids didn't like it. 

Appetizers - Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Baked Garlic Butter Prawns @ I am.. Tampines Hub

My no 1 and hubby share the same love for soft shell crab so this appetizer was for them. No complaints here, they finished it up. Batter is not too crispy and not oily. As for the prawns, I wasn't expecting big prawns even though the description is "jumbo prawns" cos I ordered this dish before at Haji Lane and the prawns that came were definitely not jumbo. However, the ones we got at Tampines Hub is a bit fleshier (you can't control this much any way I think, cos maybe it's seasonal? not sure about that) and since I wasn't really expecting heavenly mouth watering garlic sauce with sweet fleshy prawns, what they served was acceptable if you don't set your expectations high (hey, just look at the price man it's $14.90 for 6 pieces of prawns, so adjust your expectations people).

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Ribs @ I am - Tampines Hub

Husband ordered ribs, the ribs was so-so by his standard, he didn't touch the salad and the wedges was a bit too dry for me. Regardless he finished up the ribs.

Mac and Cheese and Mini Margherita Pizza for the kids
The mac & cheese were super cheesy although the pasta was a bit hard, however, my 9 year old really liked this. The pizza was also scoffed down by my kids even though some parts of the pizza was overflowing with the base sauce. 

Lamb Satay Burger for myself @ I am - Tampines Hub

The description on the menu reads : "Slow grilled lamb satay served with mint cucumber cumin yoghurt, ain't your typical satay cravings" So, being the lamb satay lover that I am and since I can not resist mint yoghurt, I decided to give it a try. The lamb burger was nicely marinated and the yoghurt was refreshing however, the pairing was overall ordinary. Maybe, if the burger is served with satay sauce and then there is a salad side with yoghurt mint sauce or garlic sauce, it will be nicer? Also, my fries came cold. 

Verdict? I actually like this cafe because.. it's nice food for my kids. Frankly speaking for a date night with my husband, I wouldn't choose this cafe cos it is not worth the calories but for a nice dinner or lunch with the kids, this cafe will be on my list. Place is also clean and the staff friendly. It's a halal cafe by Muslim owners and we should support them. Rather than Swensen's or Commonground, which serves same typical fare, I would go here just to support my fellow Muslims. Keep improving I am and we will keep supporting.

I am cafe is open everyday from 11 am - 11pm 

Facebook page : here

Call for reservations at : 6295 5509

Friday, December 1, 2017

Halal Restaurant @ TTDI - Flavours Kitchen

We chanced upon Flavours Kitchen @ TTDI while heading to Santai Kitchen for dinner and decided to give it a shot (mostly because it has aircon = no smokers when indoors 😬 which is so important to us for a relaxing dinner with kids).

Flavours seems quite familiar, I am not sure if it is related to Flavours at Bangsar (we went there aeons ago and have never been back cos of the horrible parking and mediocre food -in my opinion- not sure if its still open)

Food served is a mix of Asian and western offerings. It works great for us cos my no 3 loves rice (nasi goreng to be exact) and my no 2 loves carbonara, so finding a place that serves both that tastes acceptable is a score for us.

We went there slightly before 8pm, there was not too many people. Decor was quite nice and relaxing, they have a small area for prayers and also an area for ablution.

Food arrived quite ok, not too late, acceptable waiting time I guess since my kids were not acting up. 

We ordered:
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Mushroom Soup @ Flavours Kitchen TTDI

Mushroom soup cos my no 3 likes it and I thought it will come first so it would be great to let him eat that while waiting for the mains (but the mains came quite soon after 😅 The soup is not too thick and not too creamy, no hint of black pepper, overall easy on the kids throat, though I would not say it is earth shatteringly the best mushroom soup ever. But I would say that it is perfect for kids to enjoy. It comes with battered mushroom and two pieces of garlic bread (hidden in the small bowl under the battered mushrooms).

Fried Mushrooms @ Flavours Kitchen TTDI

I have to say that we went here twice, so the first time we ordered mushroom soup, the fried mushrooms that came with it were not coated in the same batter, it was nice and not spicy. The second time we came and ordered mushroom soup, it came with fried mushrooms which is the same as the above appetizer dish that my husband ordered. This time around, I find the batter to be a bit too spicy for my liking, even without dipping it in mayo / chili sauce. I didn't eat a lot of this. Mostly my husband ate this and we didn't finish it up.

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Cheeseburger @ Flavours Kitchen - TTDI

My 2 boys enjoying their dinner :)

We ordered cheeseburger for my no 1 the first time we came. He really liked it and even my no 3 liked it very much. The patty was nice, the bun was soft, my no 1 surprisingly liked the mustard on the plate. Burger is huge for one boy but too small for two to share 😅

Carbonara for my no 2 @ Flavours Kitchen TTDI

Spaghetti Carbonara with bacon for my no 2, the sauce was thick, creamy and cheesy. Not your typical carbonara, maybe a tad too cheesy for me but still nice and sinful. (I was counting the calories while I ate the leftovers)

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Steak @ Flavours Kitchen - TTDI

My no 2 also requested for steak that night, so husband got to share with him. Flavours Kitchen is no MeatPoint of course but it was an ok steak, vege was ok though the potato croquet was quite cold, sauce was so-so. Nice enough. 

Yong Chow Fried Rice @ Flavours Kitchen TTDI

This was mostly for my no 3, cos he eats fried rice everywhere we go. Fried chicken is very simple, I like the charred taste of the prawns, the fried rice is simple and perfect for toddlers. Portion is huge though and we packed for next day's breakfast.

On our way out, I saw their breakfast banner. It's an all day breakfast and they served shakshuka 😋 so.. maybe next time we might catch breakfast there too.. the place opens early at 8am. 

All day breakfast at Flavours Kitchen TTDI

Flavours Kitchen is at:

Google maps states that it opens at 10 am - 10 pm  daily but the banner states 8 am and the facebook page states 8 am - 11 pm..

Best to call them up lah 012-213 3077 at least the phone number is consistent.