Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Colombo Fort Cafe in the Dutch Hospital for lunch

We needed lunch and we were a bit late so we figured the more local places like Pagoda Tea Room would be sold out so we instead down to the more touristy part that is the Dutch Hospital. The Dutch Hospital (quite logically) used to be a hospital but was renovated and turned into restaurants and shops. It is a pleasant place to hang out now.

We chose to eat at the Colombo Fort Cafe, the far left corner when you come in from the main road.

This is what I ordered, Vegetales a la parilla. Very nice actually, the bread was great (the "crostini") but the veggies themselves were nice; aubergines, mushrooms, peppers, courgettes and asparagus with some roasted tomatoes, with a balsamic which I found a bit sweet but it was still very enjoyable. 950 rupees so 9.50$

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Another Saturday, Another Experiment inspired by Pinterest

After a long busy work week, we fancied spending Saturday relaxing at home and it was my turn to cook, so I yet again turned to my Pinterest boards for inspiration. I have added links to the two I used most (chicken and vegetables) down the bottom of this post.

I am really inspired by some of the dishes on Pinterest, it is great fun to scroll through pictures of meals and pick one to recreate. I had a few in mind when I headed over to our local supermarket (the wonderfully cheap Sheng Siong) to see what they had, as they don't have all ingredients, mostly more local Asian ones.

I managed to pick up some chicken, some grated coconut, potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, snow peas, leeks, tomatoes amongst other things and headed home.

Here is the full plate:

Monday, 14 April 2014

Hua Yu Wee - Old School Singapore Seafood joint on the East Coast

Another work dinner! I know I know, I seem to have a lot of them. But this time, we insisted it be a bit more low key as we were all bored of the 5 star hotels and Chinese meals. They force us to be on our best behaviour and I don't think our customers feel that comfortable there either. So when one of our counterparts suggested we go to their favourite "family style" seafood place on the East Coast, we looked it up and saw it was one of the last traditional easy going seafood places in Singapore, we thought "yay" and booked it. Or we thought we had, turned out we booked the next night but they still luckily sorted out a few tables for us which was very nice.

So what did we eat at Hua Yu Wee? Well, lots of seafood of course, but not only. First up was deep fried baby squid with a sweet sticky sauce. Some liked it, some didn't. G says you have to understand it isn't really squid, don't think of it as such, think of it as a nice bar snack.

This fried chicken was very nice - crispy skin and full of flavour and well cooked. Yum.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Homecooking: A Random Saturday Night Experiment

I have been busy with work, so G has been doing a lot of the cooking. So come Saturday, it was my turn. G was having a nap so I went to the supermarket alone, if you know us, you know what the means. He tries not to leave me on my own in shops as I tend to come back with more than I can carry! Well, I did myself proud on the shopping and used Pinterest to try and get some inspiration for dinner. I decided I fancied some noodles and when an auntie in the supermarket had grated peanuts, I asked her were she found them and decided to make a veggie noodle dish flavoured with peanuts and tamarind. I also decided to make a marinated chicken with coconut and lime as the main flavours, and then used the marinade to make a sauce by cooking it down whilst I grilled the chicken on the griddle pan. I then decided to pair it all with some fried baby kailan I found with some oyster sauce and garlic.

Here is my usual collage:

Friday, 11 April 2014

Group Therapy Cafe, Duxton Road

Another day, another Entertainer App place though we didn't use the app this time as we had already had lunch, and they only have the mains on special. So we just had a coffee and a dessert after burritos at Muchachos (where we did get to use the one for one).

I liked the place, G was less keen as he found it a bit noisy (he has a much lower noise tolerance compared to me) and it was true that one of the baristas was very very clattery. I like the decorations:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Senso on Club Street for Italian Prosecco Brunch

We decided to use the Entertainer app for the 1 for 1 deal at Senso - the prosecco brunch at 98$ would pay for the whole application!

So how does the Senso brunch work? You pick whether you want free flow prosecco (98++) or prosecco / beer / wine (128++), we went for the standard prosecco brunch as you have the choice of pink or normal prosecco, both of which were lovely. You have a buffet for the starters, a buffet for the dessert, and in between you order (as much as you want) from the menu on the table. The portions are  designed so you can taste a few different pastas and mains and not feel too full. You can also order some of the specials but they come at an 8$ surcharge and included things like asparagus risotto.

Salads, Meats, Cheeses, Breads, Seafood

Here are the salads, I had some of the pasta salad (pesto) and the couscous salad. 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tandoor Restaurant in Holiday Inn Singapore

We had a work dinner the other day and we were bored of the usual places (we always end up at a sit down Chinese type of place like Imperial Treasure) so we decided to look into Indian places. We asked a colleague of ours and she recommended we check out Tandoor as a high end Indian option.

I went in with low expectations, Tandoor in is the Holiday Inn after all, but I was pleasantly surprised after all! It was a nice setting, and nice food. I am the supposed Indian expert in our office (and for customer meetings too!) so I was tasked with ordering along with my colleague P as it was her meeting that had led to us going out. 

We started with some poppadums, two types. I really loved the one with the black flecks, it was loaded with pepper. Yummmm.... made it nice and spicy too.

With the usual mint sauce and mango chutney.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Muchachos for rather good Mexican (burritos and quesadillas) on Keong Saik Road

We needed to do some shopping in Chinatown (to be precise - Sia Huat for awesome kitchen stuff!) so I suggested G meet me after my yoga class and we head down to Keong Saik Road and finally try Muchachos! I have heard lots of good things about this American Style Mexican place and was craving some Mexican food, plus had earned the carbs after a class where the instructor actually admitted she was torturing us on purpose! G wasn't too enthused as he isn't such a fan of burritos due to them containing rice, but we now know that Muchachos allows you to customise it entirely so next time G will have a burrito but without rice so we can use our 1 for 1 deal on The Entertainer App.

I went for a pollo asado (Chicken) burrito - yummmmm :) What went in there? Well you can check the "making of the burrito" further down the post but I chose not to have cheese or sour cream and took the guacamole option, so my burrito contained: chicken which was spiced / marinated and grilled, rice, refried beans, black beans, guacamole, salsa, salsa verde and habanero sauce. YUMMM.

The inside shot is always required...

Friday, 28 March 2014

Colombo City Hotel rooftop bar, our new local in Colombo

We normally hang out at the hotel bar in the Hilton called Echelon after work, but it is a bit dark and very "sports bar". I googled and came across a place just around the corner from the Hilton on top of the Colombo City Hotel, they have a rooftop bar. The hotel is a little run down but don't mind that. Head into the lift and up to the 5th floor (the doors take an oddly long time to shut by themselves so press on the close button. There is an indoors and an outdoors and this is your view if you get one of the good outdoor seats.

Not bad at all! If you are wondering where it is, it is across from the Colombo World Trade Centre, next to the Dutch Hospital, the door is right next to the TGI Fridays.

We took one look at the view.... and the menu..... and decided we had found our new home :) Remember that it is usually around 100 rupees to the Sing dollar. A large Three Coins bottle is 300 rupees so 3 dollars. A pitcher like the one below was 735 rupees (just over 7$). Not a bad deal at all!

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