Hatched @ Evans Road

Hatched @ Evans Road
Hatched @ Evans Road

A friend, Gerald, opened a restaurant recently after completing his bond with the Singapore army. Gerald has always been an avid foodie and his new job certainly suits him well.

Located at Evans Road, Hatched is an egg-themed restaurant where all the dishes in the menu are centered around eggs.

Coincidentally, the interior decor for the restaurant is done by an old friend, Gabriel who now operates his own award-winning design firm – Outofstock Design.  Small world.

Rachel, Leon, Ding An and I swing by the place a few weeks back to try out the food and also to support Gerald.

I love the design of the menu and the wide selection of egg dishes on offering. The decor is great too. The food is pretty average though. The sandwich I ordered was tough to chew. Tried the other dishes that Rachel, Ding An and Leon ordered too, but none of us had that “explode in your mouth” feeling when you taste great food. It wasn’t bad, but we were probably expecting more, after being wowed by the snazzy menu and chic decor. There’s probably still much room for improvement, given that the restaurant is pretty new.

Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Bar counter
Bar counter
I like this menu cover
I like this menu cover
Rachel going through the menu
Rachel going through the menu
Menu interior
Menu interior
My sandwich which was a bit too tough to chew for me
My sandwich which was a bit too tough to chew for me
Rachel's egg dish
Rachel's egg dish
Ding An's egg dish
Ding An's egg dish
Leon's egg dish
Leon's egg dish
Pizza which came with the beer package
Pizza which came with the beer package

Here’s the restaurant’s details if you are interested to visit:

26 Evans Road
#01-06 Evans Lodge

Tel: +65 6735 0012

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Tung Lok Seafood @ Marine Cove (East Coast Park)

Marine Cove
Marine Cove

Tung Lok Seafood @ Marine Cove is a great place for a reasonably priced, seafood and dim sum buffet. Lunch a-la-carte buffet is around S$20 to 30, while dinner a-la-carte buffet is around S$40.

I had buffet there thrice already! The menu is extensive, covering a wide range of dim sums and seafood dishes. There’s also a complementary shark’s fin for each diner. This is the only item that is capped at one order per pax, the rest of the items are all free flow.

Here’s their address if your interested to visit:

1000 East Coast Parkway
2F Marine Cove
Tel: +65 6246 0555

It’s advisable to call and make reservation for weekends as the place can get quite packed.

The pictures below are just some of the stuff we ate. There’s more on the menu, but we were unable to try everything as we were already too full.

For the price, the food is pretty good and the service staff are prompt and friendly. Will definitely visit again.

Seafood + Dim Sum buffet menu
Seafood + Dim Sum buffet menu
Shark's fin soup for everyone
Shark's fin soup for everyone
We really eat a lot for five people
We really eat a lot for five people
Custard buns
Custard buns
Shrimp dumplings
Shrimp dumplings
Chili cuttlefish
Chili cuttlefish
Siew Mai
Siew Mai
Egg tarts
Egg tarts
Brinjal with pork floss
Brinjal with pork floss
Rost meat platter
Rost meat platter
Chee Chong Fun
Chee Chong Fun
Banana and prawn fritter
Banana and prawn fritter
Salmon sashimi
Salmon sashimi
Fried fish
Fried fish
Steamed tilapia fish with chili sauce
Steamed tilapia fish with chili sauce
Oatmeal prawn
Oatmeal prawn
Fried silver bait
Fried silver bait
Kangkong
Kangkong
Roast chicken
Roast chicken
Desert balls
Desert balls
Chrysanthemum apple jelly - I can eat ten bowls of this
Chrysanthemum apple jelly - I can eat ten bowls of this
Gui Lin Gao
Gui Lin Gao

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Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant (香港金加利茶餐) @ Tampines 1

Rachel and I have tried the Kim Gary at VivoCity and found it pretty average. When we passed by the Tampines 1 outlet, we couldn’t resist the colourful menu and decided to give it a try again. Given that they have such a wide variety of food, we may chance on something better this time round.

They were having a tea-time promo when we stepped in. Strangely, for some of the items we wanted to order, it actually cost more to order them a-la-carte than to go with their tea-time set meal that comes with a drink.

That’s how we ended with with four food items and four drinks.

Four cups of beverages for two person!
Four cups of beverages for two person!

As per the experience we had with their VivoCity branch, the price is great, but the food is pretty average.

Couldn’t complain much about the pineapple hotdog and the two soup noodle dishes as they are really simple to cook and you can’t really go horribly wrong with them.

The beef burger was really bad though.  The beef was as tough as leather and we had problem chewing through it.

Super tough Hong Kong styled beef burger
Super tough Hong Kong styled beef burger
Beef soup noodle
Beef soup noodle
Mini hotdogs with pineapple and corns
Mini hotdogs with pineapple and corns
Instant noodle with luncheon meat
Instant noodle with luncheon meat

We enjoyed the drinks, but four cups of tea between two person is really too much. We both suffered from caffeine overdose after the meal and were feeling giddy for a while.

Rachel sipping her hot yuan yuang tea
Rachel sipping her hot yuan yuang tea

The conclusion we came to is that Kim Gary is a restaurant that’s good for social gatherings where the extensive menu should be able to cater  to everyone’s taste bud, without hurting the pocket too much. It’s not the place to go to for a quality meal.

Here’s the address of their Tampines 1 outlet:

10 Tampines Central 1
#B1-07 Tampines 1
Tel: +65 6786 1418

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The Hand Burger @ Raffles City

A few weeks back, Rachel was working on a story on the gourmet burger trend in Singapore with chic burger joints, sprouting out one after another. You can read her article HERE.

One of the burger joints which she particularly enjoyed the food was The Hand Burger, located at Raffles City, basement level. Hence we went there for a snack, ordering a burger set and two drinks to share.

The patty at this joint are hand-crafted (hence the name) and the ingredients are fresh and unique. The fries are hand-sliced such that you can taste bits of the potato skin.

They serve rather unique beverages too. We ordered a peanut butter banana milkshake and a lychee mint to share.

Rachel's order
Rachel's order
Close-up of the burger
Close-up of the burger
Our drinks
Our drinks

However, note that the burgers are on the pricey side, costing upwards of S$10 a piece, excluding GST and service charge.  Then again, that’s a reasonable price to pay, considering that they handmade all their ingredients.

The service was a bit wanting though. Maybe it’s because we went during the off-peak period at around 3pm – the staff can be seen sleeping on the chairs and lazing around.

We like the modern decor at The Hand Burger whereby you can see that the furniture were custom-designed, right down to the menu, plates and utensils to fit the overall theme.

Unique menu design
Unique menu design
Chic decor
Chic decor

Here’s The Hand Burger‘s address if you are interested to visit:

#B1-77/78 Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road

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Auntie Kim’s Korean Restaurant @ Upper Thomson Road

Shop front
Shop front

I am not a big fan of Korea food, but for some inexplicable reason, Rachel and I both had a sudden craving for Korean food one day and we decided to check out Auntie Kim’s Korean Restaurant, located at Upper Thomson Road.

Rachel said that this one of our friend, Melvin Ryan Tan’s favourite restaurant. Hence our expectations were high when we stepped in.

We ordered rice, beef bulgogi and ginseng chicken soup. The portions were quite large and we figured that what we ordered was actually enough to serve up to four people.

As per traditional Korean restaurants, pickled veggies, including the ubiquitous kimchi was served as complementary starters while we waited for our food to arrive.

The pickled stuff was pretty good and the two of us actually gobbled up all that was served.

We enjoyed the ginseng chicken soup. The chicken was stewed so soft that the bones melt in your mouth (really) when you pop in it. You can literally eat up the entire chicken, bones and all. The ginseng was also soft and soggy – Rachel and I divided it and gobbled it up too.

The only disappointment was the beef bulgogi which was served cold. The meat was tough and lacks texture.

Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Complementary pickled veggies
Complementary pickled veggies
Rachel portioning the ginseng chicken soup
Rachel portioning the ginseng chicken soup
The chicken has been brewed so soft that you can chew up the bones
The chicken has been brewed so soft that you can chew up the bones
Beef bogalog
Beef bulgogi

The service was very good. The staff work fast and are very attentive, refilling our drinks, wiping the table at every instances.

The total bill came to around S$50. It’s actually reasonably priced, but more appropriate to dine in with upwards of four people instead of two as the portions  are quite large.

Here’s the restaurant’s address:

265 Upper Thomson Road
Tel: +65 6452 2112

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The Ten Most Influential Internet Moments of the Decade

As elected by The Webby Awards guys:

Craigslist expands outside San Francisco (2000)
In 2000, the free classifieds site broadened its reach outside of San Francisco into nine additional U.S. cities, sending chills down the spines of newspaper publishers everywhere. Today Craigslist serves free listings in more than 500 cities in 50 countries, serving as a model for no-frills business and community success and the catalyst for countless jobs, apartments, and just about anything else you can think of.

Google AdWords launches (2000)
With the launch of AdWords in October 2000, Google turned advertising on its head. The self-service ad program opened up the marketplace to any business, no matter how big or small, and allowed advertisers to target their customers with laser-sharp precision.

Wikipedia launches (2001)
Containing 20,000 articles in 18 languages by the end of its first year online, Wikipedia today boasts more than 14 million articles in 271 different languages. The free open-source encyclopedia epitomizes the Internet’s power to bring strangers from around the world together to collaborate on projects both big and small.

Napster Shut Down (2001)
Although Napster was shut down in 2001, it opened the file-sharing floodgates. Its demise sparked a wave of innovations that forever changed how we obtain and experience music and video – from Hulu to iTunes to Radiohead famously dropping its label and self-distributing their “In Rainbows” CD online for free.

Google IPO (2004)
Google’s IPO, one of the largest in history, put the six year old search engine on the path to becoming the most dominant and influential company of the decade. From gmail and YouTube to Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Android, the Internet giant and constant innovator is the engine that powers countless aspects of our everyday lives.

Online video revolution (2006)
In 2006, a perfect storm of faster bandwidth, cheaper camcorders, and the groundbreaking use of Adobe’s Flash 9 video player by YouTube combined to launch the online video revolution. The trifecta led to a boom in homemade and professional content – the Diet Coke and Mentos guys, lonelygirl15, SNL’s Lazy Sunday, and Senator George Allen’s “macacagate” – that has reshaped everything from pop culture to politics.

Facebook opens to non-college students and Twitter takes off (2006)
In September 2006, a social networking site for college students changed its user qualifications to include anyone 13 and older with a valid e-mail address. Facebook struck an immediate chord — and almost overnight, social media went mainstream. Less than a month later, the creators of Twitter acquired the company and its assets from its investors, paving the way for the service to take off in 2007. Both companies took social media mainstream, radically changing the way we connect, collaborate, and communicate with everyone from friends to colleagues to customers.

The iPhone debuts (2007)
The iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. By the end of the weekend, half a million had been sold, and smartphones had gone from a luxury item to a necessity. The iPhone inspired the development of operating systems like Google Android, as well as an app for just about every aspect of modern life. Over the next decade, it’s estimated that a billion new users will come to the Internet for the first time through mobile devices.

U.S. Presidential Campaign (2008)
The Internet altered presidential politicking in 2008 much as television had forty years earlier during the Kennedy/Nixon race. From videos like “Obama Girl” and the Reverend Wright clip shaping the debate, to social media mobilizing voters, to record-breaking online fundraising from small donors, every facet of the way campaigns are run was permanently transformed.

Iranian election protests (2009)
When Iran’s 2009 presidential election produced fishy results, the opposition took to the tweets — and the “Twitter Revolution” was born. In fact, it was so vital to organizing demonstrations that the U.S. State Department asked the company to delay planned maintenance.. The protests also highlighted Twitter’s key asset as a protest tool: Since most users don’t access it through a central website, it’s nearly impossible to censor.

Quite a fair and comprehensive list I would say. It’s interesting to note how fast the online environment changes in a span of just ten years.

On another note, I am curious to see which of the following ten do YOU, the reader, think is ONE DEFINITIVE Most Influential Internet Moment of the Decade:

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Dine, Shop, Art @ Esplanade

Esplanade welcomes you for picnics
Esplanade welcomes you for picnics
Choosing the right spot
Choosing the right spot

These two photos were taken on a random weekend at Esplanade. Can really see foreign workers, youths and families alike, answering to Esplanade’s call for them to dine there.

Great river view, ample lighting, near to MRT station, isn’t the Esplanade bay area the perfect place for people to have picnics? I will bring my family there for a durian picnic during the next durian season. :p

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