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I have hardly been motivated with the food posts. It’s not due to the lack of culinary outlets here but many of them I have been to recently just lacked the oomph. Therefore, I simply didn’t have the impetus to share about these places.

Till Ramen Bar Suzuki, an unassuming eatery near Boat Quay, came along.

Let me first tempt you with photo of the Cardinal Red ramen, which is rather spicy but delicious!

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When Reizz blogged about Vanilla Cafe, I knew I had to pay it a visit. Lunch at the Central Business District is a nightmare because it is always rushed, crowded and hectic. It’s hard to find a place that is quiet and serene so that you can just space out and not think about work for that precious 1 hour.

Tucked at Boon Tat Street, Vanilla Cafe is just a short walk away from most major buildings at Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar. Once you step into the cafe, you will be warmly greeted by a waft of vanilla scent. The owner intended the cafe to “provide solace for tired professionals” and just judging from the look and feel of the place, it has already fulfilled its primary objective.


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The cafe serves all day breakfast, sandwiches, Japanese don and tantalising desserts priced between S$6 to S$11. In the evening, Vanilla Cafe is transformed into a bar serving cocktail and finger food.

My sandwich (S$8.90) was surprisingly delicious. Frankly I didn’t really expect the food to be superb but the egg mayonnaise serving was generous but light. Smoked salmon strips was not salty and blended well with egg mayo. You can add another S$1.50 for coffee or tea.

I paid the cafe a second visit one week later and the waiter recommended the sandwich to my friend by describing it as “leaves a very refreshed taste in your mouth”. Interesting but rather apt description.

I ordered the Traditional Breakfast ($9.50) on my second visit. It was delicious but to be honest, no one ever goes wrong with hash browns, sausages or sunny side up. I like that the bacon strips were not too salty.

While I would gladly refer Vanilla as the hidden gem of CBD, I think it’s service needs to be improved. The two staff were overwhelmed at late noon, when there were slightly more patrons. Nonetheless, this is the place I will go when I need some peace and quiet.

Vanilla Bar & Cafe
3 Boon Tat Street
#01-01
+65 6423 0366

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According to Wikipedia, “Dimbulah” is from the local indigenous Australian word for “long waterhole”, referring to the Walsh River that runs nearby the town in North Queensland. To Miss Glitzy, Dimbulah is the new Hello… in the Australian way. It is hello to Australian coffee, with beans from a plantation at Queensland and of which the product is surprisingly fragrant and addictive. Who knows that Australia actually makes good coffee – besides having loads of great mining companies and is the proud inventor of the boomerang?

According to its official website, the raw Arabica bean are shipped straight from Australia to Singapore and “roasted to perfection”. Miss Glitzy had the skinny cappucino with sugar and the coffee was not too bitter and tasted delightful! The coffee costed $4.50 and tasted better than Coffee Bean or Starbucks.

The cafe sells sandwiches, soup and desserts too. The store provides free sampling of their home-made soup and Miss Glitzy absolutely loved the Wild Mushrooms soup that she sampled. Apparently, the soup are prepared in a healthy way using fresh ingredients, not premix. Ingredients are boiled and cooked with less salt and fats but still yummy! No fork and spoon needed to consume the soup because it is served in the Dimbulah cup!

Dimbulah has 5 stores in Singapore at Robertson Quay (The Quayside), Jurong Bird Park, Caltex House First Floor, Temasek Tower Basement and 79 Anson Road Lobby.

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There’s a new kid at Change Alley and his name is Joe & Dough!

At first glance, the shop’s minimalist get-up is reminiscent of those atas sandwich shops that sell overpriced sandwiches, salads and coffee for the CBD crowd. Well, the first observation is kinda true – Joe & Dough sells pricey sandwiches! However, the sandwiches are displayed in such a cute and orderly manner at the display case that it reminded Miss Glitzy almost of a dainty dessert shop – not quite the regular sandwich places like Subway or Cedele definitely!

Here are some pictures of the tantalising sandwiches on display:

How it works is first, customer choses the sandwich on display. Next, staff will toast the sandwich and wrap them up nicely. In the meantime, customer pays at the cashier and wait for the stuff. And gosh, it’s good stuff!

Miss Glitzy had the salami and bierwurst sandwich and the wholemeal panini was heavenly! Apparently, the bread were all homemade daily. Even the tomatoes blended well with the bread and salami slices although Miss Glitzy has never been a tomato fan. The Gruyere cheese was melted nicely that it added taste to the ingredients but was not too gooey. Really worth the $8.50 paid! The cajun chicken sandwich is apparently an “All Time Favourite” and it received raves from Miss Glitzy’s colleagues too.

The All-Time favourite Cajun Chicken sandwich.

The tiny chocolate cupcake was heavenly! Miss Glitzy seriously considers it better than Magnolia’s cupcakes. The chocolate cream was thick, but not overwhelmingly sweet and blended very well with the moist chocolate cake. Priced at $2.80, the price tag and size of the cupcake doesn’t look too welcoming on first sight. But Miss Glitzy thinks it’s the “MUST BUY” of Joe & Dough and puts you 2 steps closer to Chocolate Heaven! Seriously, you wouldn’t want the cupcake to be bigger or it would become dangerously sinful.

All in all, Miss Glitzy strongly recommends Joe & Dough to everyone who’s in for a satisfying gourmet sandwich experience. The official website is still under construction and seriously, it ought to be up as soon as possible!

Meanwhile, Miss Glitzy is dreaming of the chocolate cupcakes already…

Joe & Dough
16 Collyer Quay #02-05 Hitachi Tower S049318
Tel: 64382115


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