Tanuki Raw: Food, Price, Review

Tanuki Raw

Orchard Central isn’t a mall where I’d usually go for food, or shopping. But with retail businesses suffering, I guess F&B is the way to go for the mall to survive. The Pompompurin Cafe opened last month at Orchard Central (and people are still queuing to get in for lunch). And here’s another reason for me to visit the mall: Tanuki Raw. I think their lunch menu is worth the trip to Somerset.

On my first visit, I had the Truffle Yakiniku (S$14.90, usual price S$18) together with their Premium Set (+S$5) for miso soup, salad and black coffee or a “back to work beverage”.

Tanuki Raw Truffle Yakiniku

It looks picture perfect, and great for Instagram. But I didn’t enjoy the meal. The onsen egg was yummy, and the pickled radish was tasty without being an assault on my tastebuds, but the beef pretty weird. If blindfolded, I certainly wouldn’t know what meat it was that I was eating. And the sauce was overwhelmingly salty, like an I-need-a-blood-pressure-raise-NOW salty.

And I couldn’t bring myself to order the Foie Gras Truffle Yakiniku (S$19.90, usual price S$23) as I didn’t want to support any unnecessary animal cruelty. Foie gras would have definitely saved the day. Oh well…

I went back to Tanuki Raw another day with 3 pals and we all had raw fish. Which was amazing.

Tanuki Raw chirashi

The Tanuki Kaisen Chirashi (S$22.90, usual price S$24.90) which is closest to the camera, was what I had ordered. So delicious. It tasted as good as it looked.

This time, instead of the Premium Set (+$5), we went for the Lunch Set (just $2) with miso soup, salad and green tea (refillable). Much better value-for-money.

Tanuki Raw is the sister company of the Standing Sushi Bar, which I have yet to visit. Together with a few other F&B brands, they are owned by Howard Lo, who used to be on TV. So to answer my pal’s question, no, the owner of Tanuki Raw is not a Japanese man. Ha! Could have fooled us though.

Tanuki Raw is located at #04-01 Orchard Central. Tel: 6636 5949.

So Pho @ Waterway Point: Value-For-Money Lunch Sets

So Pho vietnamese food at Waterway Point

So Pho is one restaurant at Waterway Point that I have yet to visit since the mall opened early this year. I’m not a big fan of Vietnamese food to begin with, preferring Japanese cuisine over Korean, Western, French, etc. But I’ll always have to walk past So Pho when I’m heading to Zakka Modern Thai, for instance. So I decided that today’s the day!😀 I know Vietnamese coffee is pretty famous, but as I do not drink coffee, I was just hoping the food tastes good.

So Pho will first impress you with the pretty decor. There’s one entire wall full of potted plants and decorative items, and I like the casual vibe within the restaurant. There are plenty of instagram-worthy spots, especially since the restaurant has a nice view of the Punggol Waterway. Go check it out yourself if you love taking photos!😀

Waterway Point So Pho

I had their curry chicken set – select either bread or rice, and pick a drink (lemongrass or honey lemon). I was surprised that although the curry tastes rather different from what I am used to, I like it a lot. However, the bread is really hard and has a weird texture within. It’s kind of like bread that is taken out of the freezer and then microwaved – inside, the texture is like a cross between styrofoam and cardboard. I prefer warm, soft and fluffy bread. Not this kind.

So Pho Waterway Point lunch

The curry is tasty enough though. Can I have Gardenia or Sunshine bread to go along with it? Haha! Instead of having potato within the bowl, they added a piece of sweet potato instead. Sounds odd but it tastes ok. And there’s lots of fried shallots, making this one very fragrant curry indeed.

For S$9.90 (before tax and svc chg), I think this is one value-for-money meal, especially since we get to enjoy that brilliant view of the Waterway. I’ll try the pho next time.

So Pho is located at #01-28 of Waterway Point.

So Pho has multiple outlets in Singapore: Jem, Nex, Novena Sq, Paragon, Parkway Parade and Tampines Mall. You can even order food online at sopho.com.sg. So Pho comes under the Katrina Group parent company, which manages other brands like Bali Thai (also at Waterway Point and other locations), streats hong kong cafe, Hutong, Bayang, RENNthai, Muchos, Indobox, and Honguo. Hmm… impressive. I’d love to interview the founder. [*Information I got from their business card]

Hello Kitty Cafe: Food, Price, Review

Hello Kitty Cafe Singapore

I know I wrote in an earlier blogpost about the Hello Kitty Cafe at Changi Airport that I would never want to be back there again. Well, never say never, I guess. When my blogger pal asked if I’d like to meet her for lunch at the cafe this week, I agreed. After all, I was curious about whether there’d still be a queue outside the cafe even when there are no limited edition plush toys for sale, and whether the food is as bad as one TODAY journalist wrote.

To begin with, the queue was rather short, so unlike on Opening Day when there were probably a few hundred kitty fans awaiting their chance to get one of those “500” plushies on sale. There were probably some 8 people or so ahead of us, and my pal and I happily joined the queue. Just as we were chatting about her recent trip overseas, one of the Kitty cafe staff came by to inform us that the wait would be about “45 minutes”. He also helpfully suggested that it was much more bearable than the 4 hours that patrons had to queue just last week. And he kept reminding us to “BE PATIENT”. I felt like a kid in a kindergarten class, being told by the teacher to be patient, stand in line, and not move. And I wasn’t even fretting or misbehaving. I was enjoying my chat with my pal. WTH.

Instead of constantly telling very patient customers to continue being patient, that guy (I’ll call him J) should have probably offered each patron a small cup of water or a sample of their beverages or snacks. That’s good customer service. NOT extolling the virtues of being patient, or reminding us that others had to wait a much longer time before they could enter the cafe last week. (@_@) Also, he kept ushering people into the cafe with this phrase – “Welcome to Hello Kitty”. HUH? You mean “Welcome to our Hello Kitty Cafe“?

I just kept a poker face throughout, and thankfully got a table before that promised 45 minute wait was up.

My pal said that her food editor friend mentioned that the beef rendang is pretty good, but as she doesn’t take beef, we didn’t order it. She decided on an appetizer of nachos and I went for their dessert. You can’t go wrong with dessert, right?

WRONG.

Hello Kitty Cafe food

In the description within the menu for this dessert ‘Rose, Rose I Love You’ is this line: “Just like the popular Chinese oldie, we are pretty sure this will be a hit with everyone.” Wow. I found the “homemade buttery orange sugee cake baked to moist perfection” dry, dull and boring. There’s no doubt the peanut buttercup gelato will delight fans of peanut butter, but the cake was an utter letdown. My goodness. It was served in such a small pot, but my pal and I could not bring ourselves to polish off the cake.😦

Her platter of nachos was slightly more palatable. Though I cannot imagine why the pricetag is S$15.90 for nachos. There was just one nacho with a hello kitty “face” on it, but take that away and nothing on the plate is related to Kitty. And S$15.90 is BEFORE tax and service charge.

Hello Kitty Cafe Changi Airport nachos

Here’s the best part: the Hello Kitty Cafe does not serve free water. Please purchase one of their beverages instead. Our total bill for just 1 appetizer and 1 dessert came up to S$39.31.

If you are wondering what you should eat at the Kitty Cafe, well, perhaps you should order the Cowabunga, which is wagyu beef and rendang. It costs S$24 before tax and would probably be the best-tasting item on the menu.

Pricing:

Rose Rose I Love You S$17.50

Nachos S$15.90

After tax and service charge: S$39.31.

In the ‘gift shop’ area, you can purchase a set of 4 Kitty postcards at S$16, coffee gift set at S$27.50, or a germination kit at S$34.50.

Customer service was not any better at the cashier counter. The lady, A, wanted us to stand in front of her instead of beside her though it was way more convenient for us to do the latter, and my pal (being more comfortable with Mandarin, did not immediately understand the cashier’s request). Would have been way more polite if A had said “please move to your right” instead of “can you move over here?” (@_@) And do offer a reason if you want people to do something for you. For instance, “please move to your right so you can sign off on the bill here” or “… so our staff won’t accidentally bump into you when they exit the kitchen” or something along those lines.

Finally… I will hesitate to say I’ll NEVER be back again since I might have overseas friends who are also Kitty fans and may want to visit the cafe when they come by, but it is as my pal said that day – this is good for a “one-time visit”.

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden at Changi Airport Terminal 3, #01-22. Tel: 6241 6127.

Disappointed :( Hello Kitty Cafe @ Changi Airport

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Plush

The Hello Kitty Cafe at Changi Airport opens today, and as I’m a huge Kitty fan, I went to queue, hoping to get one of the “500” limited edition Kitty plushies on sale for S$49.90 each. The Hello Kitty Orchid Garden opened at 11.30am this morning. I was there by 11am, and as you can imagine, there was a really long queue outside the cafe already. However, each person could only purchase two plushies, and so I felt I definitely had a chance of getting one, at least. After all, this admittedly-sizeable crowd did not look like 250 people:

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Changi Airport

At about 1pm, we were told that the plush toys were all sold out. At that time, there were still about 30-odd people ahead of me in the queue. Disappointed, many of us left the queue after standing in line for HOURS, and went elsewhere for food. Because no one really has high hopes for food at Kitty cafes anywhere in the world. Having said that, the food is pretty decent at the recently-opened Pompompurin Cafe at Orchard Central.

And this article by a TODAY journalist states that the food at this Hello Kitty cafe at Changi Airport is… (and I quote) “decidedly less impressive” (than the decor), “like something I could grab off the shelf at a neighbourhood bakery”, [on the drinks] “too sweet and artificial” and about the dessert – “But at S$16.90, the panna cotta would have to contain edible gold flakes before I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Like the journalist, I was definitely impressed by the decor. It’s gorgeous.

Even if the food sucks, I’ll still fork out good money for it. As long as I get that plushie I queued for.😛

I know the media have had their food tastings done way before the cafe’s opening day. Were they allowed to buy the plushies?

Were there REALLY a total of 500 plushies in the store when it was officially open for business today?!

Why was each person allowed to buy TWO plushies, instead of just one?

To add insult to injury, here’s a Channel NewsAsia report on how the plushies are being sold on Carousell for up to $200. Absolutely disgusting: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/limited-edition-hello/2778498.html

Will I return to this cafe just for food? No way.

Will I return to this cafe if they have more plushies for sale? Definitely not. I’d rather sew on an extra ribbon onto my current plush toys.

One bad experience is one too many.

If you’d still like to visit anyway… it’s at the Arrival Hall of Terminal 3.😛

SOPHiSCA @ Marina Square: Get Creative With Candy!

Sophisca Candy Store at Marina Square

All of us in Singapore are just too fortunate – so many of the best brands from other countries have set up shop here. SOPHiSCA is one of them. I’m familiar with the brand as I love to visit Taiwan, and I’ve bought candy from their store near Ximending over the years. There are quirky ones like over-sized lollipops and tongue-in-cheek ones like chocolates designed to look like condoms! You might have spotted their stores at Ion and Changi Airport previously. There’s now a store in Marina Square, next to the Pororo Park!:)

I know many people had fun pranking their friends and family with the brand’s specialty candy during April Fools’ Day. As for me, I’m intrigued by the creativity of the candy makers (I would SO LOVE to interview them!) and excited at the opportunity of experimenting with these products, not just eating them.😀

In this blogpost, I’ll share with you my take on 3 of the newest products from SOPHiSCA.

This first one is the Brown Rice “Sushi Bento” (S$11.90). I’ve placed the box next to some REAL sushi.😀 The box actually contains chocolate brown rice crispy treats with sushi print on the individual plastic packaging. Parents with inquisitive (and possibly, demanding) children should get a box of these treats. So when you eat real sushi, your kiddo can also eat “sushi” that is actually a brown rice snack.:)

Sophisca Sushi Bento

Sushi made from raw fish could be unsuitable for young children whose digestive systems might not be ready for them, especially raw shellfish which can easily get contaminated. So, while you indulge, let your children enjoy some healthy ‘sushi’ treats from SOPHiSCA.😀

Here’s my neighbor and her adorable son enjoying ‘sushi’. You’ll see more of them in this blogpost:)

Sophisca Brown Rice Sushi Bento

Sophisca Brown Rice Sushi Bento and real sushi

Rating for this product: 3.5 / 5. I think the packaging is gorgeous (there’s an alluring picture of sushi on the cover), it’s relatively healthy as it’s made with brown rice, and each crispy treat is encased in plastic wrapping – very hygienic indeed. I’d give it extra points if there are different flavors, e.g. seaweed, unagi, etc.

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This next product is my favorite because the possibilities are endless with this one: Choco Coloring Pens (S$17.90). It comes in a set of 6 flavored chocolate pens which you can use to decorate “chocolates, cakes, breads, toasts, biscuits”, etc. I used them for macarons…

Sophisca Choco Color Pens

Sophisca Choco Color Pens Macarons

You can transform plain and boring macarons into ones that look like your favorite cartoon characters, while enjoying a mother-and-child bonding session:

Sophisca Choco Colouring Pens Macaron Art

The choco pens contain chocolate in various flavors: white, lemon, honeydew, strawberry, blueberry and milk chocolate. They are all pretty tasty, so there’ll be a lot of finger licking as you work. Hehe!

After I decorated those macarons, I also did some ‘plating’ for a slice of Mother’s Day cake. I used the SOPHiSCA choco pens to fill up some chocolate moulds to make chocolate ‘macarons’, hearts and buttons. I did the lettering by hand… I need more practice, but I guess it’s legible. Ha!😀

Sophisca Mother's Day Chocolate Art

Rating for this product: 4.5/ 5. It’s really easy to use – just stick the pens into a mug of warm / hot water till the chocolate flows, and you can start decorating your pastries. Tip: The chocolate runs out pretty fast so buy 2 boxes or more if you want to decorate a whole birthday cake, for instance.

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The final product I’ll share about in this blogpost is the Crayon Candy Sticks (S$9.90). They come in 12 flavors (honey peach, tropical fruit, mandarin orange, pomelo, lemon, green apple, mint, blueberry, grape, strawberry, chocolate and yoghurt). And no, these are not for actual drawing or coloring!😀

Sophisca Crayon Candy Sticks

If you’ve noticed in the picture above, SOPHiSCA has included a color chart which states the flavor associated with each of the Crayon Candy Sticks. I love that the flavors are stated in Chinese, so mothers can teach their children how to say ‘blueberry’, ‘mint’, ‘pomelo’ etc in Mandarin! You can then lay the ‘crayons’ out on a table and ask the little one to pick out ‘薄荷’ (mint) or any other flavor. Make it a game and make it fun! If the kiddo gets it right, he can get a lick or bite of the candy stick in that flavor.:)

Tasting Crayon Candy Sticks

Another game mothers can play with their children is to teach them numbers or colors. For instance, “pick up THREE sticks” or “give me the BLUE one and the PINK one”. If the kid gets them right, then he deserves a reward. I’m eating one of these crayon sticks as I’m typing out this post, and I can assure parents that it’s not too sweet. In fact, it’s made with “minimal artificial coloring and essence”. Try it yourself first and then get some as teaching tools for your children. I think it’s perfectly fine as an occasional sweet treat with opportunities to learn words in Mandarin, numbers and colors, etc.:)

Sophisca Crayon Candy Sticks

Rating for this product: 4 / 5. These crayon candy sticks are really tasty. Far from being just ordinary candy, they can actually be educational tools. After all, there’s nothing quite like positive reinforcement. It’ll help your child enjoy learning more. Of course, don’t forget to brush their teeth afterward.:)

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Sophisca Marina Square

These three products are just the tip of the iceberg. Head to SOPHiSCA at Marina Square (#02-32) to check out more of the creative goodies in store. Even as an adult, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store, because the products are so interesting. You’ll see the world of candy with new eyes. (*Tip: Use my discount code ‘GRACE’ and get 10% off your total purchase. No minimum spending required!)

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Photo Credit: Lots of thanks to Max Clyne At Work for the awesome mother-and-child pictures and product shots in this blogpost!😀 Photos that I took myself are clearly indicated. They were taken using ASUS’ new phone – the ASUS Zenfone Zoom (which is, coincidentally) from Taiwan too!) ALL pictures in this blogpost are copyrighted and are not be used without prior permission from Max / myself.

Disclaimer: Only the Brown Rice Sushi Bento featured above was sponsored (a door gift at their launch event). I purchased the rest of the items myself.:) #NotAnAdvertorial

Kid-Friendly: Ju Shin Jung (Guillemard Rd) and Tvoila Cafe (Somerset)

Ju Shin Jung Korean side dishes

I had a pretty fun day out yesterday with my neighbors and their little toddler. We had lunch and dinner at kid-friendly F&B establishments, namely, Ju Shin Jung at Guillemard Road and Tvoila Cafe in Somerset. It’s quite an experience heading out with friends who bring a little one along with them, especially one that’s approaching the ‘terrible twos’ phase in his development. Uh-oh! You’ll eventually be able to find that indescribable ‘calm zone’ while the kiddo is screaming at the top of his lungs in an MRT train cabin. Sometimes I see parents totally oblivious to their wailing offspring, and wonder if they are slightly deaf, and now I realize I can access that special ‘zone’ too (!) in which I can calmly ponder the odds of locating and downloading an application that can measure the volume of the kid’s screams. Haha!

Anyhow… as you can see in the picture above, we had quite a spread, in terms of side dishes at Ju Shin Jung. The Korean restaurant is a short 8-minute walk from Mountbatten MRT station (exit A). And it has an incredible ball pit:

Ju Shin Jung play area

There are about 3 tables closest to the ball pit and parents can eat their food while watching their children play. I used to LOVE ball pits as a kid and though interest has diminished somewhat, I DID head in with the kiddo yesterday. Hahaha!

As for the food, well, I’m still a bigger fan of Japanese cuisine. I’d ordered the set lunch at Ju Shin Jung and asked for the one with saba fish. It came fried almost to a crisp. Not very much meat left. Thankfully, there were those side dishes. I loved the pumpkin mash, bean sprouts, seaweed and kimchi.

Ju Shin Jung saba fish set lunch

However, the start and end of our meal at this restaurant was rather hilarious. The very first thing that the server brought to our table was this small platter with 4 round objects in it. Also, we were given two tumblers – one containing cold tea, and the other, iced water.

Ju Shin Jung Guillemard Road

These round white things look like tablets of some sort, no? But my neighbors told me to add some water and see what happens. So I did. And like in science experiments, they shot up to about the length of my thumb… and revealed themselves to be… wet towels. LOL! Don’t eat these, folks! (Though I’m sure some people will) Muahahah!

And at the end of the meal, the waitress brought over bowls of this pinkish liquid, along with some orange slices. I had no issues with the orange, but I viewed these bowls suspiciously. Handwash? Guava juice? What is this?!

Ju Shin Jung dessert vinegar

Turns out it’s actually vinegar of some sort. Which you can consume as “dessert”, or so the waitress said. Nah. I gave it a miss anyway.

Ju Shin Jung is great for families with kids, lunch with colleagues, and anyone who doesn’t mind affordable set lunches (e.g. S$10.90 / S$12.90) in a place with a decent-sized ball pit for the children to expend their (seemingly unlimited amounts of) energy.

Ju Shin Jung is located at 102 Guillemard Road.

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Our plans to spend a leisurely afternoon at the swimming pool were dashed when the kiddo accidentally tipped his float forwards and got a taste of pool water. There was no convincing him to get back into the pool again. He was one determined toddler. And it was the end of our fun afternoon at the pool. LOL. So we headed to yet another kid-friendly venue: Tvoila Cafe at Orchard Central’s basement.

Tvoila Cafe play area

Orchard Central is really quite deserted on weekdays. We had this entire play area to ourselves. And the cafe only had one other customer – a schoolgirl (wearing her school uniform) enjoying some tea.

My neighbors ordered a waffle – which came with fruit, and not ice cream, and a chocolate topping. We were a little taken aback at the presentation. As you can see, some areas of the waffle appeared less cooked than others…

Tvoila Cafe waffle when served

I drizzled the chocolate sauce on top of the waffle and it looks less sad. LOL.

Tvoila Cafe waffle my decoration

If you’re ordering the waffle, go ahead and pay for ice cream along with it (I think it’ll cost an additional S$3.50 or so). If not, you might not really enjoy the waffle + fruit combination. The kiwi was super sour, but I have no complaints regarding the avocado.:)

I ordered the pizza – chose toppings of tuna and capsicum – which came with lots of cheese. THIS is worth ordering.😀

Tvoila Cafe pizza

My pizza set cost S$12.80 and comes with a hot / iced tea (served in a free mug).

The drinks at the cafe come in mugs which you can take home. Cold drinks will be served in the transparent PLASTIC mug (which looks like a mason jar made from glass, actually) and hot drinks in the tumbler.

Tvoila Cafe complimentary mugs

As I’d ordered a hot drink, I later wondered if it was actually safe to have hot water in this (free) plastic tumbler. Also, I asked my pals if they thought the cafe would have washed these mugs before serving our drinks in them, since they are likely brand new from the manufacturer they ordered them from. My pal’s wise reply: Don’t think so much; just drink.

If it’s any consolation, the organic teas served here are brewed using mineral water.:)

Tvoila Cafe is located at B1-15 to 19 of Orchard Central. Tel: 69666606. 

The French Table at Waterway Point: Awesome Roast Chicken!

The French Table Waterway Point

We didn’t quite know where to have lunch at today, because we’ve been to Waterway Point too many times already. He didn’t want to try the Vietnamese food, while I felt that the Japanese food in this mall ‘CMI’ so we decided to head back to The French Table, which we’ve dined at previously. The lunch set menus are updated regularly and this time round, it was a pleasant surprise which awaited us: the half-roasted chicken at just S$9.80 before tax and service charge!

Because they actually have a standee for this promotion, I’m guessing that it’s going to be ongoing for a while. These standees don’t exactly come cheap, so yes, that’s my guess. And I sure hope it goes on for a long time, because the chicken is DELICIOUS!

The French Table Half Roasted Chicken

When the roast chicken was served, the couple seated at the next table on my right looked over, and the guy in the green shirt asked the wait staff if they could change the order he’d placed, as he wanted to order this same dish that had just been served to me. Hehehe! #copycat And the chicken really tasted as good as it looked! I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t any of the yummy potato mash that The French Table used to serve with their braised pork belly. But the sauce beneath this half-roasted chicken is SEDAP, OISHII, and YUMMY all rolled up into one. And the chicken was so tender and juicy! Even the chicken breast (which I do not eat, and do not like for being dry and tough) was so tender! Amazing! Totally worth the rather long wait for the food. *Bring a book or surf the Net using your phone, because The French Table doesn’t serve fast food. They serve good food.

What was actually served to us first, before the chicken came, was the pork bolognese baked rice with cheddar and mozzarella. It’s part of their set meal, which includes soup and a drink, for just S$9.90 before tax and service charge.

Waterway Point The French Table

It’s tasty, no doubt. But we would have LOVED if there were more ingredients within. It’s just a thin layer of cheesy goodness and minced pork on top (and perhaps a few other ingredients) and LOTS of rice beneath. If you’re ordering this on its own, you might not be able to finish eating all the rice.

But once the roast chicken was served, we mixed the yummy sauce with the rice, and it was delicious. You’ll end up scraping every grain from the claypot.😀

Here’s the lunch set menu that was available today. Do note that it might be different when you visit as the chef likes to surprise customers with something new each time:

The French Table Set Meal

This meal for two ended up costing just S$23.20 all-inclusive. *I like that the server (with the big eyes and spectacles) brought over a cup of iced water without my having to ask for it, since we’d only ordered one drink. Hehe! We’ll be back again, for sure.:)

The French Table is located at #01-31 of Waterway Point. Tel: 6385 8052.

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Read more of my reviews about Waterway Point:

  1. 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Waterway Point
  2. The FREE Indoor Playground At Waterway Point: Exact Location And Opening Hours
  3. Food Review: BurgerUP
  4. Food Review: Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh
  5. Waterway Point’s Shaw Cinema: 500 Free Tickets Per Day During Open House Period
  6. A Guide to Waterway Point’s East and West Wings
  7. Food Review: The French Table
  8. 5 Best Value-For-Money Restaurants and Eateries in Waterway Point
  9. Food Review: Miam Miam
  10. Food Review: Buddy Hoagies
  11. Food Review: The Coffee House
  12. Food Review: Zakka Modern Thai plus a second review here.
  13. FREE Pizza: Pizza Hut
  14. Food Review: London Fat Duck
  15. Food Review: Cedele
  16. Food Review: Social Square
  17. Food Review: Squeezed!

Squeezed! Cold Pressed Juices at Waterway Point

Waterway Point Squeezed

The Squeezed! outlet at Waterway Point has been open for quite a while now, but I didn’t want to do a review till I’ve tried all their drinks. There are a total of 15 combinations for their cold-pressed juices, and having tried all of them, I can now tell you which are my favorites, and which caused me to cringe.

I’m not sure if the juice cleanse fad is over; there was a period of time when many companies were advertising their various juice cleanses at truly exorbitant prices. I guess this is why I’m attracted to Squeezed!’s offerings – not exactly dirt cheap, but you won’t have to break the bank for a good cup of juice either. Plus, there’s now a Groupon promotion going on.

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Usual Pricing: S$6.20 (500ml), S$5.20 (350ml). Current Groupon promotion: 350ml juice and 1 squeezed bun = S$4.90, 4 cups of 500ml juice for S$14.80, etc.

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Here are the 15 combinations for their cold-pressed juices, with my mini reviews regarding the taste (with my favorites in bold font)…

Natural Beauty: Tastes rather sour. I didn’t quite like it.

Beet It!: ABC-juice lovers will like this one even though it’s orange in place of carrot **

Aloha: Pineapple lovers will like this very much. Very refreshing and tasty ***

Pitch Perfect: Tastes very much like starfruit juice. Very mild. Nothing exciting here.

Citrus Circus: Taste the watermelon. Like healthy, tasty fruit punch ***

Guavitate: It actually tastes bitter. I’m not a fan of this one.

Granny’s Grammy: Tastes very much of celery. Great for people with high blood pressure.

Miss Spruce: Very sour.

Veggie Tales: Metallic taste of veggies. Not the most tasty combination.

Red Riding Hood: Your typical A-B-C juice, sweet, and with a little bit of pulp ***

Break of Dawn: I love the orange + pineapple combination! ***

Velvet Blend: If you don’t like papaya juice, you won’t like this. I didn’t.

Pink Lady: Really hard to guess what fruits went into this if you didn’t already know. Love the taste of strawberries.**

Peary Good: Though it’s made up of pear and apples, it tasted like grape juice to me. How queer.

Kiwini: Kiwi lovers will like this one. An interesting mix of sweet & sour. ***

So there you have it. My 5 favorites: Aloha, Citrus Circus, Red Riding Hood, Break of Dawn and Kiwini.😀

Bought 4 of them today, sans Red Riding Hood:

Squeezed cold press juices

If the Groupon promotion is over by the time you read this blogpost, there might still be the in-store promo with all 2nd items at 50% off.:)

Waterway Point Squeezed Menu

As you can see in the image above, there are 6 flavors for the buns. Tori Tori and Royal Rumble are apparently their bestsellers. The rest come with froyo, which I don’t really like. I really don’t think buns + froyo make a good combination, though other people may enjoy it.

Tori Tori comes with teriyaki chicken, bonito flakes and mayonnaise. It’s rather tasty, and best eaten when warm:

Waterway Point Squeezed Bun

Royal Rumble comes with melted nacho cheese and truffled macaroni (cannot taste any truffle, but mac and cheese is always a winner). It also has bacon bits.

When you’re at Waterway Point and want a quick bite, you might want to check out Squeezed! It has a small seating area, but is not usually crowded. Many people prefer takeaways. *They really should consider providing plastic carriers that can hold 2 drinks each instead of just 1. Getting 4 plastic carriers for 4 drinks seems a little wasteful.😀

Squeezed! is located at #B1-K8 of Waterway Point. 

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Read more of my reviews about Waterway Point:

  1. 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Waterway Point
  2. The FREE Indoor Playground At Waterway Point: Exact Location And Opening Hours
  3. Food Review: BurgerUP
  4. Food Review: Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh
  5. Waterway Point’s Shaw Cinema: 500 Free Tickets Per Day During Open House Period
  6. A Guide to Waterway Point’s East and West Wings
  7. Food Review: The French Table
  8. 5 Best Value-For-Money Restaurants and Eateries in Waterway Point
  9. Food Review: Miam Miam
  10. Food Review: Buddy Hoagies
  11. Food Review: The Coffee House
  12. Food Review: Zakka Modern Thai plus a second review here.
  13. FREE Pizza: Pizza Hut
  14. Food Review: London Fat Duck
  15. Food Review: Cedele
  16. Food Review: Social Square

Social Square at Waterway Point

Social Square Waterway Point

I was at Waterway Point today for their Grand Opening celebrations, and decided to have lunch at Social Square for two reasons. One: I had such an awesome experience at their sister company ‘MOF Danro‘ at Bugis Junction earlier this month, and two, I like that Social Square has the same lunch promotions which include a free drink, free salad, and free dessert. Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities end.

The Jewel Sashimi Juu that you see in the picture above was served with the sashimi components placed haphazardly. It did not look very appetizing to me, even though the taste was good. Even the soft serve ice cream looked prettier than the main. (>_<)

Compare this with the same item – Jewel Sashimi Juu – that I had at MOF Danro:

MOF Danro Bugis Junction

The one served at MOF Danro was GORGEOUS. To MOF: please look into your QC standards across outlets.:) The Jewel Sashimi Juu served at Waterway Point today was rather disappointing. And no, the outlet wasn’t busy when I visited today. It was rather deserted. Most of the people were queuing for free movie tickets given out by the mall. LOL. The beautiful sashimi juu I had at Bugis was during peak lunch hour when the restaurant was pretty full. So I really cannot tell what’s happening here.

I guess it all boils down to whether or not your employees take pride in their work. Quite simply, I did not see that commitment to excellence today. Pity. Social Square is so near to my home. Haiz.

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Read more of my reviews about Waterway Point:

  1. 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit Waterway Point
  2. The FREE Indoor Playground At Waterway Point: Exact Location And Opening Hours
  3. Food Review: BurgerUP
  4. Food Review: Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh
  5. Waterway Point’s Shaw Cinema: 500 Free Tickets Per Day During Open House Period
  6. A Guide to Waterway Point’s East and West Wings
  7. Food Review: The French Table
  8. 5 Best Value-For-Money Restaurants and Eateries in Waterway Point
  9. Food Review: Miam Miam
  10. Food Review: Buddy Hoagies
  11. Food Review: The Coffee House
  12. Food Review: Zakka Modern Thai plus a second review here.
  13. FREE Pizza: Pizza Hut
  14. Food Review: London Fat Duck
  15. Food Review: Cedele

Waterway Point’s Grand Opening… Again?

Was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed this morning when I saw something which got me rather surprised. Waterway Point is giving out 500 pairs of movie tickets today, as part of their Official Opening celebrations. Thing is… didn’t the mall have its Opening Day in January, some 3+ months ago? How erm… strange. Anyway, since there are free movie tickets up for grabs, I decided to walk over and get some. LOL.

Tah-dah… after queuing for perhaps, 30 minutes?😀😄

Waterway Point Grand Opening free movie tickets

The queue was really long. But since the mall had generously arranged for 500 pairs of tickets to be given away, I think just about everyone who wanted a ticket managed to get it.:)

Waterway Point free movie tickets queue

Elsewhere within the mall, there were also food samples being distributed. I joined the (very short) queue for free coffee just to get a taste of what this “Traditional Hainan Coffee” is all about.

Waterway Point Koufu free coffee

It tastes pretty good actually. Wished my coffee-loving BF was there with me. He’d be over-the-moon at receiving a free cup of good coffee. Haha!

Waterway Point coffee

By the way, it’s not the first time that Waterway Point is giving out free movie tickets. It has been done before. But I didn’t manage to get any in January, as they had all been given out by the time I got to the venue. For today’s giveaway, I think it might not have been widely publicized. You’ll have to be a fan of their facebook page to be in the know. *hint hint*