J65 at Hotel Jen (Tanglin)

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Visited J65 at Hotel Jen Tanglin for my wife’s birthday…

It was dinner on a Wednesday!

Wrap-up… If you’re paying, NOT recommended!

First, the location. It’s at the back of Tanglin mall, nearest MRT is Orchard, but it will take 11 minutes walk (as per Google Maps) if you start from Wheelock Place!

Food, they were going local┬áduring our visit…

Make your own Kueh Pie Tee? Just imagine the patience you’ll need for this one!

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Oyster Omelette… It was all egg! Chili Sauce was store bought!

No idea how long you have to queue to get Satay… I was not able to try it.

Cereal prawns were good. Salads were ok…

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Sushi was so limited… I can’t remember taking one that had a fish in it! It was all egg and cucumber!

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Desserts, they were ok. Potong Ice Cream, cakes and pastries plus some pudding/mouse/cotta… Again, if you’re not fast enough, you won’t get any!

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Service was good and bad.

They were quick in clearing our table, but very very slow in refilling the buffet tables! Some items were never replaced! (like the Oreo cheesecake and cream puffs!)

I will understand the trouble in refilling the buffet tables on a weekend, but it’s totally unacceptable on the weekday! The place was only 70% full and kitchen just cannot cope up!

If someone else is paying… Then you can consider visiting J65, however, if you’re paying yourself, better try some other hotel buffets!

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Michelle’s Banana Chips

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If you’ve been to Manila (or have friends who are Filipinos)…

You can always expect a pack of 7D Dried Mangoes from the Philippines. (Cebu Dried Mangoes if you’re not that lucky).

We call it Pasalubong!

To shake things up… I’ve decided to try something new…

Michelle’s Banana Chips!!!

Michelle's Banana Chips

Photo was taken from www.michellesputongube.com

Why not Tower A Yema? It’s nice and our Indian friends are familiar with sweet processed milk… However, it’s milk and may upset some stomachs… It’s also on the sweeter side.

Why not Ilocos’ Chichacorn? Eating it will give you dirty fingers and the Garlic flavor/smell makes it difficult to pass around in the office.

Lapid’s Chicharon… It’s not Halal!

Michelle’s Banana Chips are not too sweet, comes in a nice resealable packaging (350gms) and Thailand also has their own version of Banana Chips so it’s not like giving our friends something thats really new to them.

I’ve also tried Virgie’s Caramel Tarts, problem is that there are times when the pastry tastes old…

Virgie's Caramel Tarts

On my last flight out of Manila, I’ve noticed that souvenir shops no longer carry Michelle’s products

Michelle’s list of stalls can be found here

I personally bought from their **Trinoma stall.

**Near Anson’s, if your using the mall directory, search for “Putong Ube”

Happycall Waffle Maker (+ Magnolia Pancake & Waffle Mix) Review

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Yes, I’m a waffle over pancake person…

But unlike pancakes, waffles are a bit more complicated…

Some like them soft, some like them crispy, while some like it as a dessert, for breakfast and as a coffee match.

This post is basically just about Happycall’s Waffle Maker!

Happycall Waffle Maker

Been using different (electric) waffle makers and I’ve always had the same issue… You can’t seem to put the right amount of batter! Either there’s too much and the batter oozes out through the sides or there’s too little.

Happycall’s Waffle Maker has this small space where the excess batter will go… No need to worry about messing up your kitchen counters!

Although its coated with a non-stick layer, I would suggest that you still use some butter (or spray on oil) so that it will be easier to remove your waffles from the iron.

As you’d notice from my photo, that the pan is actually rectangular, the heat will always be uneven. Be sure to move the pan around your stove so that your waffles cook evenly.

If you love waffles and don’t want to spend more than S$300.00 on those big industrial waffle makers. Happycall’s waffle iron is way better than those small electric waffle makers.

Another plus is that you can easily clean it after use.

Magnolia Pancake & Waffle Mix

Magnolia Pancake & Waffle Mix

Bought this Pancake (& Waffle Mix) on my last trip to Manila.

(For waffles) It’s very easy to use. Just add 4 eggs and half a cup of water!

Yes, 4 eggs!

Using Happycall’s Waffle Iron, I was able to make 12 waffles! (That’s 6 batches)

Magnolia’s waffles were on the heavier side… Felt like eating bread!

Maybe it will work better as a snack/dessert, with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream…

For breakfast, we just found it to be too heavy.

Cafe 2000, M Hotel

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Located at the first floor of M Hotel.

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It’s actually my first time to visit Cafe 2000.

We had our post Mother’s Day dinner (2015).

My wife told me this place is packed on a weekend. Since it was a Monday, the place was not crowded and quiet.

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They had this “Crab-a-licious and BBQ Seafood Dinner Buffet” which we were able to get at a discounted price thanks to an online promotion

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Believe me, they weren’t kidding about the crabs…

If I remember correctly, they had 5 crab dishes (Chili Crab and Salted Egg Crab were available)…

BBQ were the usual chicken satay, grilled beef and lamb.

They also had pasta, dumplings, sushi, scallops and oysters.

Desserts were also great…

Free flowing drinks included (brewed) iced tea and coffee.

Service was very good… Maybe since it was a Monday.

The place was dimly lit, which was good for dinner (you’ll need a good camera phone if you want to take photos).

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I believe this place will cost you more than SGD 70.00 per person on a regular day…

At that price, it will be tough to compare it against Carousel.

At SGD 50.00, I highly recommend this place.

If you have guests who just want’s to try Chili Crab…

You can always bring them to this place since they have a good blend of Western and Asian cuisine.

Manbok Korean BBQ Buffet (Chinatown)

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Located at 279 New Bridge Road, 088752

This was a surprise find for us which suddenly became a family favorite.

The place is adequate, not big but space is enough.

Buffet spread can also be considered as adequate.

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8 plates of meat, if I remember correctly, 3 plates were for pork, another 3 plates for chicken and 2 plates for beef.

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One side for vegetables and seafood.

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Cooked food includes Korean fried chicken.

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And Kimchi!

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Drinks section needs improvement as it can get crowded.

Do I recommend it to family and friends? Absolutely.

If you consider the price+location+food… Definitely one of the better Korean buffets in Singapore!

How can I be so positive? During our visits, 3-4 tables were occupied by Koreans!

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Buffet 101 (Eastwood City)

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Located at Ground Floor, Olympic Heights, #10 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, (Brgy Bagumbayan), Quezon City.

We went to Buffet 101 last December 26 for our “Family Christmas Lunch”

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It was actually between Buffet 101 and Vikings SM North Edsa, but the guys from Quezon City preferred Eatwood as parking should be easier.

I always believed that Philippine cuisine changes from region to region… In Luzon, northern part loves the taste of garlic, middle part loves sweet and guys from the south have higher tolerance to heat (spicy food).

We actually find Buffet 101’s dishes to be on the sweeter side.

Some would say its “Philippine Flavor” but I’m sure some Philippine regions will not agree with them.

Unlike most buffets I’ve visited, Buffet 101 doesn’t flood the buffet tables with food… For example, Chinese section only had 6pcs Siopao and 10pcs Siomai… But don’t get me wrong, they’re very quick in replenishing and you will never see empty plates. Maybe it’s their way to keep the food hot and looking good. I immediatly appreciated this when I tried their tempura/ebi… It was always crispy.

Grilled seafood section was also available and they had scallops, prawns and tuna.

Don’t expect to find chilled oysters as they will also grill that for you ­čÖé

Drinks section was in a very tight place and it would really be great if they had an ice machine… Their small ice bucket is screaming for an upgrade. Soda, juices, ice tea (lemon and red), water and draft beer are all available!

Maybe they can have a waiter (or two) who’ll walk around with a pitcher of sodas and iced tea… The drinks queue will lessen by more than half since only the juice and beer people will need to queue.

(TIP) If you need water, you can ask their waiters to provide them for you.

Desserts looked good… Do note that they were OK to good… NOT great to awesome.

In the end, it was worth it, my parents and siblings were happy and my wife and daughter just laughed at the experience after.

Maybe next time we’ll go and try Vikings!

Carousel Buffet at Royal Plaza on Scotts

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I have a colleague who insists that the best buffet here in Singapore is either Todai or Carousel.

Personally, I love Todai’s selection (they also provide unlimited drinks) but the crowd is a bit noisy and you’ll need to queue for some sections (during my last visit Brazilian, Roasted and Dessert sections).

This is however not about Todai, it’s about Carousel which is located at Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220

Carousel is a less noisy (compared to Todai) and the space is excellent.

We had various nationalities in our group (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian and Filipino) and everyone found a section they kept coming back to.

Carousel (as per their website) offers Mediterranean, Asian, Japanese, Seafood, French Rotisserie, desserts.

You’ll definitely go back for their Rotisserie, Seafood and Desserts!

Only issue I have is that you’ll have to purchase your beverage separately, but maybe, having just a can of soda made me eat (and enjoy) more…

(check their promotions and make reservations before going there)

http://www.carouselbuffet.com.sg/

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I went back with my family for Monday lunch and compared to my first visit which was a Friday dinner, lunch did not have oysters, lobsters, paella and roasted meat (there may be other stuff missing).

Also found out that they have free flowing coffee and tea.

Service was way better than our first visit (maybe it was just the person assigned to our area).

Lunch is (strictly) available until 2pm only.

Kuishin-bo (Great World City)

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The Authentic Japanese Buffet Restaurant

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Located at #02-41A/42 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade
Singapore 237994 (Tel: 6836 5877)

Visited Kuishin-bo at Great World City last October…

Since it was a Wednesday, they had this Ladies Affair promotion which means that ladies only need to pay SGD 47.90++ for 2 hours of dining…

My wife made reservations before our visit, we heard this place is always full on weekends and even if our visit was on a weekday, we did not want to take any chances.

Those who reserved gets free lobsters…

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There were a couple of empty tables during our visit and I guess it was for walk-in customers. The restaurant was never full and believe me… Thats a good thing!

I find the restaurant to be a bit crowded. The aisles where people walk is small… Believe me, its too small. Just enough for 2 adults to pass at the same time. I know it may not be a big issue but just imagine if 1 adult came with a kid, if a group takes photos, if someone is clearing the table, and if someone can’t decide which food to take.

Second issue I have is service. Its a buffet restaurant, so I’m expecting their staff to clear our table everytime we go to the buffet to get our next servings. There were a few times when I had to clear our own table since they did not have enough staff.

Now for the food…

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It was great! I’ve never eaten that much seafood from a Japanese buffet restaurant. They also had an outdoor grill which at that time served lamb and salmon.

Another highlight is their selection of deserts! I honestly think I went to the dessert table 3 times.

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Final thoughts.

Everytime I think of Kuishin-bo, I remember Kiseki along Orchard Rd. Kiseki is cheaper and the location is more convenient.

Kuishin-bo is excellent if you love crabs and scallops since the last time I saw that much crabs in a buffet was at Todai.

But if you’re not in the mood to have your hands dirty to feast on their seafood selection, then I guess you would be better off checking our other less expensive buffets.

Service can be better and I’m sure space will be an issue if the restaurant is full.

Call for reservations before you visit and always check their promotions.

http://www.kuishinbo.com.sg/
(Instagram) #kuishinbo

Filipino (Philippine) Food in HarbourFront and Vivo City

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I wrote about the the Philippine food stalls at HarbourFront Centre and Vivo City earlier and since both stalls look different now… Just wanted to update my posts…

First one is at Food Junction at HarbourFront Centre

Stall is called Philippine Cuisine.

Second is at Kopitiam Vivo City

Called Cuisine Filipino.