Rachel and I chanced upon this candy kiosk at VivoCity, located just outside the entrance of the Golden Village cinema on level 2. We were attracted by the colourful candies and decided to order one to try.
Softie in My Lollypeddles licorice candy with fondant filling inside. They have a wide assortment of flavours. Rachel and I opted for the Sour Cola flavour:
The candy comes in a long form and the sales assistant will offer to cut it up for you if you find it too messy to eat.
It’s pretty delicious, but the price is not cheap though – at around S$3.50 a piece. After visiting their website, I found out that you can order their candies online too, but collection is at the same VivoCity kiosk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were really famished then, and anything should have tasted twice as good, but I found my fish and chips really ordinary – just like those you can get at the ubiquitous western food stall found in most hawker centres.
We chose to dine there because there were long queues outside most of the other restaurants at VivoCity. We should really have followed the crowd.
Then again, given the name of the restaurant, their specialty should be mussels I guess? I do not eat mussels, cockles or most kinds of shellfish due to a bad childhood experience with them, leaving a horrid aftertaste that lasted for more than two decades. Henceforth, it’s not really fair to the restaurant. Someone who tried their mussels can give a fairer review. Feel free to pop a reply in my comment box. 🙂
My colleague, Han Joo told me this Hong Kong-styled cafe-restaurant has rather good food. Hence Rachel and I went to try it last weekend. The restaurant appointed Hong Kong TV star, Wong Chung Chak/ Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) as their brand ambassador. They sure made full use of their contract with him – you see the dude’s face plastered over everything from their menu to the store front posters.
We quite like the restaurant’s decor and the extensive menu. The price is also quite reasonable. Food and service are average. We both ordered baked rice – a decision which we regretted as it gets really sickening when you eats too much of something that taste quite the same. Next time, we will order a rice and a noodle so we can switch around.
We enjoyed the soup and the drink. However, their specialty fries was disappointing. The different seasonings were funky, but maybe they can consider serving fries with ridges or wedges that can better capture the flavouring instead of the plain old McDonald’s fries.
It’s likely that we will visit the restaurant again as we only tried a small fraction of their menu. 🙂
I attended the final last Friday at VivoCity. I was quite surprised to see supporters turning up with home-made placards and posters to rally for some of the contestants. It felt as if there was a mini-concert going on.
Overall, I think the event was pretty successful with a healthy turnout of the right office crowd. There was no swimsuit round as per most conventional beauty pageants and contestants need not answer fake “world peace” kind of questions.
Instead, the whole event was like a mega job interview for a bunch of highly confident, well-educated and articulate individuals, vying for the top positions.
The eventual three top winners were all females… what happens to the guys!
Anyway, the winners are overall winner Evelyn Pang, 27, a scientific-affairs associate; first runner-up Meryl Koh, 25, a lawyer; and second runner-up Cai Suqi, 25, a senior marketing executive.
I first tried out Thunder Tea Rice (擂茶饭) when I was still working in the Shenton area a few years back. There were a couple of stalls there selling this odd-looking dish and was popular among some of the more health-conscious office workers.
I remembered the auntie at the stall asked if I wanted to pour the gross-looking green soup into the rice. As the “soup” looks really sickening, I politely declined and was very glad with this decision later when I drank a mouthful – it tasted really awful! There was a strong minty smell, and it was like drinking melted menthol sweets. The rice was okay, but it did not grew on me.
Flash forward some three years later… Rachel simply adores Thunder Tea Rice and she managed to coaxed me to try my second serving. This time, strangely, I appreciated the acquired taste! Maybe it’s because of age and changing taste bud, but I found it delicious. I still did not pour the soup into the rice, but the offending liquid grew on me with each sip I took while munching on the rich textured rice.
Next thing I know, I am addicted. 🙂 Now, everytime I step down to VivoCity, I would think of ordering a bowl of Thunder Tea Rice to enjoy. Strange.
Here’s the address if you are interested to try it out:
The dress you see above is no ordinary dress. It was created by Chef Lee Lay, 59, an international award winning chef, had worked for numerous prestigious hotel chains.
Chef Lee Lay used pastillage, a sugar-based dough made of powdered sugar, gelatin an water to create the 5kg cocktail dress which took him one month to conceptualise and one week to make. The dress is also embedded with a constellation of scintillating diamonds from Goldheart, worth S$500,000.
The Bejeweled Sugar Art Cocktail was on display at VivoCity Main Atrium from 19 to 28 December last year, in celebration of Christmas. I was there during the press launch on 19 December. Apology for posting this up so late. 🙂