Monday, 10 August 2015

[Food Review] Ippin Cafe Bar - Cozy environment with affordable Japanese Food and Premium Sake

Along Mohamed Sultan where you can find this hidden gem:
 Ippin Cafe Bar - Singapore's first home concept Japanese cafe bar.

Yup you read it right!

This cafe bar is like a hidden spot if you're just passing by the area. 
They fit perfectly along the white stretch of shops but this is a place you should not miss.

Unlike many Japanese restaurants or bars in Singapore, this place is definitely one to go if you like to have a chat session or even just a casual dining and enjoy the cozy atmosphere.

People are friendly, price are friendly, with all prices include GST and Service Charge and best of all, FREE WIFI!

They have a corner for you to check out their merchandises while waiting for your food to arrive.
Or better yet, have fun posing outside for some fun shots and get your creative juice going.
I love how it blends in with the old and new modernized buildings!
It's another great photo-shoot venue and selfie lovers' paradise!

Not only do they serve home-style Japanese food,
they have tea, sake, premium Japanese snacks and even paper fiber clothing too!

If you're into sake, then this place is the right place for you.
There are 30 & more sake, depending on the season to satisfy your sake fix!
They have price-friendly premium sake in-store ranges from
$35 to $95 for 720ml for you to choose from.

Beautiful Ayumi is such a dear!
The lady boss herself and her crew are so friendly and nice, ever-ready to serve you,
so do head in to check out!

Was invited for a food tasting session with them and I was impressed.
The set meal are so affordable and food served with quality ingredients!

The starter that is crunchil-y appetizing.

This is not in the menu and have yet been introduced to the public but this is so good!
Salad bars are not new to many Japanese restaurants but the dipping sauce is different
and it taste creamy and flavorful.
Hope they can actually serve this in their menu.

Nikujaga pork and potato stew 
*Part of Deep fried Oyster Set S$24 nett.
Comes with rice, Hatcho miso soup, Nikujaga pork and potato stew, salad 
and hojicha pudding

Oysters are from Hiroshima Prefecture the most famous area of oyster in Japan.
It's lightly battered with the outer layer so crispy, leaving the inside fresh and juicy.

The stew was slightly salty but made well-done to compliment the deep fried oyster and rice.

Pretty well-balance meal!

Yakisoba Set
S$12 nett
Comes with Kobachi (small dish) and hojicha pudding (roasted green tea dessert).

Yakisoba comes from Chiba Prefecture.
A dish that's very Japanese because they have it almost all the time.
You don't have to head over to Japan to have it because you can taste the original from Ippin cafe bar.

Generous amount of marinated pork slices, cabbage and carrots.
My second pick for a simple satisfying meal!

Oyakodon Set
S$15.00 nett
Comes with miso soup and hojicha pudding.

This is one of my favorite among the tasting menu we had.
Chicken was boiled with dashi (stock) to enhance the taste of this dish and was flavorful when mixed with rice. 
It's quite appetizing actually for the right amount of salty taste.

You must be wondering what's that colorful round stuff in that mini cup?
It's actually Rattsu, flavored nuts!

It's pretty addictive when you start it.
Comes in 3 flavors: serious coffee, creamy strawberry and grassy matcha.

All you need to do is select your favorite flavored nuts and fill your cup with it.
Rattsu Nuts are priced at $8/cup.
A good snack to have when you while away.

*Ingredients in their set meals are carefully selected and they come from dedicated Japanese companies with combined history of 329 years!
Talk about traditions and quality!

Ippin Cafe Bar - Japanese Makan & Drinks Place
18 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238967

Opening hours: 11am - 11pm
Tel: 67334794
FB/IG Reservations: @IPPIN Cafe Bar

For more informations, check out Ippin cafe bar's FB page!

*All prices include GST and Service Charge. 
Free Wifi available.

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

[4D3N Hong Kong Trip April 2015] My Birthday trip to Hong Kong with my love: Day 1 Part 2 (Madame Tussauds Hong Kong)

Hi all!

This post is a continuation of my first post regarding my birthday trip to Hong Kong [here!]

I kinda miss my hair extension! And I'm going to do so once again in mid-June so that I can be pweetty for my buddy's wedding!

Right.. Sorry for side-tracking.. As I was saying, below are what we did on our first day in Hong Kong after checking in to our hotel.

Selfie first before anything!


I've forgotten the route to The Peak Terminus and went the longer way instead but in case you're like me, alight at Admiralty Station, take this bus at the bus terminal just behind the shopping mall!

It was around 5pm when we reached the Lower Peak Tram and not as crowded as I thought it would be. *Don't ask me why I closed my eyes lol!*

*Updated during my trip in April 2015!
So this is the new price list if you're thinking of getting it on the day itself.
We purchased our ticket on the spot though you can also purchase them at their online site.

Peak Tram Operating Hours :
7 am to 12 midnight (Mon - Sun & Public Holidays)

Frequency :
Departs every 10 to 15 minutes.

While waiting for the peak tram to arrive!

There was a bunch of Korean and China Tourists and they just pushed their way in, even when there wasn't much space left in front and the tram door wasn't open. They were very rude too without apologizing when they bumped onto you. I just couldn't be bothered with such people and just be good and stick to queuing.

*Selfies are before the waiting area was crowded.

We were slightly famished and decided to have something to fill us up before we head to Madame Tussauds.

And just beside it, there's this Chinese eatery which we thought will be authentic Hong Kong Chinese food but apparently...... I learnt my lesson. 
The next time if I visit The Peak, I shall have some snacks beforehand. 

Wanton E-fu noodle soup
This taste like noodle and wanton in hot water! 
Super bland till I have to ask for chili oil.
The wanton was not so bad but I thought the soup can warm me up because the weather was cold.

Curry Pork Chop Rice
Melvin ordered this. The curry was not too bad, flavorful and pork chop was tender enough. However, I feel the curry portion wasn't generous enough though. 
oh well. Never heading back.
Decided to check out beautiful scenery before we head in.

The temperature was at 19 degrees but it got colder during the night falls.
I was already feeling 12-16 degrees when I was at the peak.

Madame Tussauds time!

 Here are just some of the photos we took!
Be warned! 
It's Photo Spam!

Can you guess who are they?

Molest Andy Lau hehehe^^

Like as if he's my bro huh.. lol!

*lol! I actually made him do this pose! 

Can I be your angelababy? 

He seriously so tall meh?

Looking sweet together.. 

So pretty the deco! Like a king...

wow.. I look demure here. lol!

The 'Buay Song' look! (*unhappy)

One of my favorite actress!

You got chair to rest on, I got your head and shoulder. *kidding*

*I love my wife!*
David Beckham is so love can!

Selfie with Ronaldo but why he so stunned?

I can only reach his armpit! :(

He give up. hahaha!

Sexaye time~

Tiger Wood

Aww.. Jay.
I kinda like Jay's current fashion and look though. 
He's getting more mature looking and seems such a nice hubby to Hannah. 
Sweet couple! Stay loving and happy always!

Joey~ Love her voice!

Gem Teng
She was wearing quite a high platform!
Almost same height as me.

Lol! I don't know why he made this face expression!

He blends in very well!

Right... I look extra here..

Lady Gaga!

I still like this pose more! haha! *Victory*

Spidey! Save me!


Iron Man!

Hello Kitty Craze~

Super cute!

These are just that few photos I've shared here. 
Will be sharing more in my page soon! ^^
The night view was splendid but at the same time cold....grrrr~

He tried to blow out some cold fog. 
There was though but I couldn't capture it in picture. 

I miss this beautiful place already~

Gotta go back to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus.
Check out the crowd queuing to get in!
*see? So many people wearing thick jackets and all. 

Bye~ The Peak!
It was a Fun-tastic evening spent!


We headed opposite our hotel to have some light supper and 
found this small stall that serves awesome porridge!

Chicken Thigh Porridge!
Super tender chicken thigh, silky smooth porridge so soft that it melts in your mouth!
It's light but yet able to fill us up! Thumbs up!

Mix Pork with Century Egg Porridge
Very tasty and flavorful! The pork liver and lean meat was very well-cooked and it doesn't like you're eating rubber! I miss their porridge! :(

Steamed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce
Two words: Super FRESH!

It was a great night spent with Melvin.
He helped me by carrying half of my stuff (cameras, selfie sticks, bottles of water, blah blah blah) and never once complain about carrying loads and feeling achy.
Thank you my love. <3 I love you!

I'll be drafting Day 2 of my Hong Kong Trip, so stay tune!

Till then,

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