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Jamie’s Italian Singapore @Vivo City

Reputably known as the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver is a household name for his cookbooks and his campaign towards serving school children healthy and nutritious food. When Jamie Oliver opened his first restaurant on our sunny island in 2013, it was the first of its kind in Asia. (We seem to really like being first for everything!) For 2 years, there have been mixed reviews of Jamie’s Italian and sightings of long queues outside the restaurant. Even before dusk, the place is already half filled with eager diners. I love their family-friendly concept. Children are presented with a colouring paper and a tin of crayons to doodle on while waiting for food to arrive. Red booth seats, wooden tables and metal shelvings, the interior gives a warm and finished feeling.The kitchen expeditor, I assume, was hard at work. Ensuring that dishes were served punctually and of quality, I’ve witnessed how he tasted and returned dishes back to the kitchen that were not of standard. Crispy Squid: Lightly battered squid, deep fried, tossed in fresh chilli and garlic with homemade mayonnaise dusted with paprika. I really enjoyed this dish. Perfect starter of a meal.Prawn Linguine: Fried garlicky prawns, shaved fennel, tomatoes, chilli & rocket. Fresh ingredients do make a difference. Fresh homemade pasta and prawn, tossed well in a tangy tomato sauce, the dish does not disappoint. There are two sizes that you can order from, the small portion can be finished within a few mouthfuls. 30-day Matured Prime Sirloin: 280g chargrilled steak cooked to your liking & served with wild mushrooms, peppery endives & funky chips. The steak could do a bit more seasoning. I guess I was expecting too much, so I got pretty disappointed when it could not be compared to the likes of Morton’s and Bedrock. The service at Jamie’s Italian was commendable. Friendly, alert and efficient, they created a memorable dining experience. Want more of Jamie’s Italian? A little birdie told me a new branch is opening in Orchard.

Jamie’s Italian Singapore, Vivo City
Vivo City, 1 HarbourFront Walk
#01 165-167
Singapore (098585)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 12pm-10pm
Fri: 12pm-11pm
Sat: 9.30am-11pm
Sun: 9.30am-10pm
Tel: +65 67335500

Arbite.

Arbite [ahr-bahyt] 
noun~
A pun on the German/Danish word for work (arbeit). Inspired by Europe but rooted in Singapore. An intrinsic honesty to the word. This permeates everything that we do and serve.

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Serangoon Gardens has been an enclave of local bites from Chomp Chomp to RK eating house. But in recent years, more and more restaurants that offer unique casual dining have been popping up across the residential estate. Arbite, freshly opened just across Chomp Chomp a couple of years ago by 3 secondary school buddies, promises patrons quality European cuisine at a reasonable and affordable price. So that is “yay” for both the tummy and the wallet. The restaurant bears a white, minimalist and simple chic.

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken: Chicken thigh marinated in Moroccan Spices served with Pilaf rice, side salad and tomato olive salsa. The splash of red tomatoes and greens provides a visual feast even before you dig in. The chicken thigh is tender and well-seasoned, bringing out the distinct middle-eastern spice flavour. The taste was so different and unique that it was a special treat for my taste buds. I tend to not finish my rice as I control my carbo intake, but the pilaf rice was my kryptonite. So delectable, I finished all of the rice. It was that good. As a bonus, the tomato salsa and greens are sweet, fresh and crunchy. A contrast to the more savoury-tasting chicken and pilaf rice.
IMG_8725Pappardelle with Mushroom and Parma Ham: Button mushrooms, spinach, parma ham and cream sauce drizzled with truffle oil. If you’re popping by Arbite, you have to at least take a bite of their home-made pasta. The cream sauce drizzled with truffle oil is smooth, creamy and delicious. Interestingly, the essence of spinach could be picked out from the sauce. This showed the effort and commitment put into the entire dish. The pasta is smooth and fresh. The only downside was how the strong concentrated taste of the parma ham would dominate the entire dish, instead of complementing it.

IMG_6140Eggs Benedict: Ingredient wise, the Eggs Benny here is almost similar to the one at Wild Honey. Toasted Brioche, runny Hollandaise Sauce and cured ham. Poached eggs were well-done but carried the familiar tinge of vinegar. Tasty hollandaise sauce and perfect cured ham, overall, this eggs benny is good enough for a weekend brunch

IMG_6146Arbite Breakfast:: Scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, veal bratwurst, satueed mushrooms and fried potato balls. A hearty breakfast-brunch for the hungry souls on a bright and sunny weekend. I love the combination of creamy scrambled eggs, salty bacon and soft satueed mushroom slices all in one bite. This dish definitely serve well to satisfy my taste bud and tummy. 
IMG_8705Arbite offers an elaborate and extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I definitely would want to come back and try more.

Arbite
66A Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555962

Benten Cafe, and it has nothing to do with the cartoon.

Yes, its Benten, not Ben 10. The latter is a popular cartoon of the kids these days, so people often get mistaken with this particular restaurant situated at the top levels of Jurong Point. Serving a variety of Japanese and Western fusion cuisine that is affordable in the price range, you will be spoiled for choices to choose from. Having being a patron at the restaurant for a handful of times, I think I can help you narrow down your options.

Benten RestaurantSalmon Cream Soup Pasta: One of the three cream soup pasta that the restaurant has to offer, of course I would go for salmon. Besides boasting al dente spaghetti noodles, this dish packs a punch in the flavour aspect. Strong, creamy, slightly buttery and most importantly, the earthy/woodsy taste of shitake mushroom. You know what’s the best part of this dish, you can drink the soup.

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Chicken Katsu Curry Omu Rice: Do not be intimidated by the large concave oval plate that they serve up. Focus what’s inside. The rice is wrapped with a layer of omelette that is relatively thinner than most omu rice served else where. But most importantly, the Japanese curry is slightly spicy and yet flavourful, tying the entire dish together as a whole.

Benten RestaurantSeaweed and Bacon Cream Pasta: Uncanny resemblance with the first dish, but do not be mistaken. I was expecting a somewhat similar taste but to my surprise, the dish was totally different. Courtesy of the bacon, the cream sauce carries a strong meaty and savoury taste. It can be a little overwhelming as you reach the bottom of the plate, but nonetheless, this is recommended for cream pasta lovers.

Seafood Garlic Pasta: So what’s in store for people who do not really have a liking for cream sauce? Garlic pasta. The spaghetti tastes fresh, light and of course, garlicky. However, compared to the heavy flavours of the cream sauce, this dish may seemed to be a little bland.

The restaurant may not be busy during the weekdays, but be prepared for a queue during the weekends. Besides its Japanese and Western fusion cuisine, the restaurant also attracts regular patrons with its parfaits of varying sizes. So if you’re down by the west side of Singapore, do drop by Benten and try the dishes.

Benten Cafe
1 Jurong West Central 2
#03-20
Jurong Point
Singapore 648886

Pasta with a twist.

My friend brought me here boasting of its great and unique pasta. So I held pretty high expectations of my dinner that night. Fortunately, I was not disappointed when I tried this dish. First impression does matters so at the first bite, you can tell that this is nothing like your typical Italian pasta dish. The special java curry sauce is so flavourful and yet, not too overwhelming for your taste buds. The cream sauce, that carries a mixture of spice and herbs, smothers the linguine, making you crave for that extra spoonful every single time. It is important to take note that the portion was perfect for a girl or a dude with a small appetite. I would recommend you to try out this dish or other pasta variety on a weekday as the corner shop has really limited seats.

Seafood Java Curry Linguine (S$11.90)
Creation Cafe
100 Beach Road
#01-43 Shaw Leisure Gallery
Singapore