Take Hyde Out (Formerly Hyde & Co) on North Bridge Road

Take Hyde Out
785 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198753
Tel: +65 6635 5785
Online menu: Click here

Opening Hours
Sun-Mon: 12pm to 6pm
Wed-Sat: 12pm to 1030pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~$31 
Recommended dishes: Xiao Jiji/Chicken Little ($16.90), Hyde’s Chilli Crab Pasta (S$22.90)

Hey guys! How’s everyone doing? Hope you guys enjoyed your weekend and the week has been going okay so far.

I went to check out the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the National Gallery again on Sunday and thankfully it was a lot more pleasant than my first experience during opening weekend. Don’t get me wrong; there were still loads of Instagram boyfriends taking photos of their girlfriends’ backs as these girlfriends pretended to admire the paintings (UGHHH I feel like a crotchety old woman saying this but I can’t even deal with those photos.) BUT at least one didn’t encounter them at every turn; maybe 2-3 of those per gallery, instead of literally everywhere.

Pumpkin – 1981

There’s just something so profoundly satisfying about her pumpkins in all their overripe poofiness, and I really liked some of her paintings too! You guys should check out the exhibition if you haven’t already – tickets for Singaporeans run at $15, and I highly recommend buying online and then collecting at the much-shorter priority/pre-booking line at the National Gallery. The exhibition runs till 3 Sep 2017!

So that was my Sunday, but on Saturday I was running some errands with my mum at Arab St and we decided to have lunch at Hyde & Co, except that now they’re calling themselves Take Hyde Out after some rebranding. The decor has also changed a little bit – now the walls are grey instead of creamy white, and the vibe is a little more modern than country.

Take Hyde Out - Decor 2

More industrial, less “pretty”

Take Hyde Out - Decor

You can check out their online menu here, but also I took pictures of it here:

Take Hyde Out - Menu 2

Main menu

Take Hyde Out - Menu 2

Brunch Menu

So they added more pastas and pizzas to the menu, compared with the old one which you can check out in my previous review here.

Thankfully old favourites are still around, such as the prawn paste chicken and waffles, renamed to Xiao Jiji / Chicken Little (S$16.90), which my friend told me informally meant small dick 😦 Anyway it came with 3 strips of prawn paste chicken, 3 waffles, a sunny side up and shoestring fries:

Take Hyde Out - Chicken and Waffles

Xiao Jiji / Chicken Little (S$16.90) – 9.5/10

OK you guys. I just loved this so, so much. I LOVE CHICKEN AND WAFFLES! I think I only know Take Hyde Out and Citrus By The Pool for having it, but perhaps there are more I do not know of. Anyway, Take Hyde Out’s version is the bomb dot com. The chicken is pungent (needs to be, or it’s not prawn paste), flavourful, savoury, juicy and delightfully crispy on the outside. I think they must use thigh meat because it’s just so juicy and tender. The waffles were also perfect – crisp with some chewiness within, and perfectly complemented by the maple syrup.

The fries were a little desiccated, and I wish the egg had been a proper runny sunny side up, but honestly I’m happy with just the chicken, waffles and maple syrup. The egg and fries are just a bonus. And all this for $16.90 with no added GST or service charge?! WHAT A STEAL. 9.5/10

My mum had the Hyde’s Chilli Crab Pasta (S$22.90) which featured linguine in spicy arrabiata sauce with blue swimmer crab, topped with herbed panko:

Take Hyde Out - Hyde's Chilli Crab Pasta

Hyde’s Chili Crab Pasta (S$22.90) – 9.5/10 (sorry for the over-exposure also lol)

Mmmm I had a couple of forkfuls of this pasta and it is still delectable. I found that the colour wasn’t as vibrant and red as the version that The Halia makes, but what it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in taste! I found the sauce perfectly balanced – spicy, savoury and sweet all at once. The serving of crab meat was also pretty generous, and the linguine was perfectly al dente, so that was great. 9.5/10

On top of the two mains, we also ordered the Pulled Beef Mantou (S$8.90 for 3 pieces) as my mum was curious to try after reading my earlier review of it:

Take Hyde Out - Pulled Beef Mantou

Pulled Beef Mantou sliders (S$8.90 for 3) – unreviewed because I didn’t have it

I’m afraid I do not have an updated review of these pulled beef mantou sliders because I was really working hard on my prawn paste chicken and waffles – you saw how big the serving was!! I couldn’t even finish the whole thing and had to ask to take the remainder to go. By the way, it costs you an additional 50cts to pack your food. A little unusual but I guess I understand the rationale behind it.

Anyway so no review of the pulled beef mantou; just the photo, although my mum liked it enough (“the bun’s a little oily though”).

Oh one thing to highlight – they changed the presentation of the Cold Brew Teas from this:

Hyde & Co - Into The Woods Drink

The old Into The Woods tea – so pretty, but so little

…to this!

Take Hyde Out - Cold Brew Teas

The new Into The Woods and Alice in Wonderland teas (S$6.50) each.

As you can see, the presentation is a little less “precious” and a little more practical – my one gripe was that we got so little actual tea in the previous incarnation, so this new version with a regular big glass was welcome.

So that was my review of the new Take Hyde Out – still madly in love with the prawn paste chicken and waffles and still loving the Chilli Crab pasta. I kind of latch on to one thing on the menu after I find myself liking it a lot, so I’m not sure if I’ll have the pizza when I’m back next, but we shall see!

Also good to note that this place does not have GST or service charge! You place your order at the counter and make a payment before eating (NETS or cash-only please!), and water/cutlery is self-service, but it’s a small-enough cafe for that not to be a problem. The staff are also great and will patiently take you through the menu and make some recommendations if you need.

Take Hyde Out
785 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198753
Tel: +65 6635 5785
Online menu: Click here

Opening Hours
Sun-Mon: 12pm to 6pm
Wed-Sat: 12pm to 1030pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~$31 
Recommended dishes: Xiao Jiji/Chicken Little ($16.90), Hyde’s Chilli Crab Pasta (S$22.90)

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Krave on Bali Lane II

Krave
28 Bali Lane
Singapore
Reservations: +65 9856 4249
Remarks: Cash-only, no gst, no service charge

Opening Hours
Tue-Thu & Sun: 1130am to 10pm
Fri-Sat: 1130am-11pm
Closed Mondays
Kitchen is closed between 5-6pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious Rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax:~S$23
Recommended dishes: Steak ‘n’ Chips (S$25), Kraving Ayam Bakar ($18), Kurry Kremoso (S$18)

Hey guys! I know, I have been SO absent. Life has been a little crazy, with year-end holidays, tying up loose ends at work prior to said holidays, and of course, the horror of the impending inauguration of Trump as POTUS on 20 Jan 2017.

I’m not sure about you guys but I’ve been reading probably way too many commentaries and articles about Trump and his family, with their attendant conflicts of interests (business vs government). I came across this ABSOLUTELY ABSORBING feature on his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump.  I can’t even begin to summarize its extensive breadth of coverage, so please go read it!! It’s really insightful and fascinating. (A little bit of trivia – Jared is the older brother of Josh Kushner, a venture capitalist who also happens to be dating supermodel Karlie Kloss, lol.)

Aaaanyway, I digress. Back to the matter at hand – I recently went back to Krave cafe on Bali Lane for a catch-up dinner with one of my friends who lives in New York came back to Singapore for a quick visit.

The menu has changed a little since the last time I was there, so here is a look:

 

As usual, I got the Steak ‘n’ Chips (S$25) in medium:

Krave - Steak and Chips

Steak ‘n’ Chips (S$25) – 10/10

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Comes with steak-cut fries, grated cheese, a side salad, a cup of jus and a cup of chilli sauce.

Krave - Steak cut

PERRRRFECTLY DONE – LOOK AT THAT PINK! SO JUICY UGH

I don’t know how they do it but the steak is always so juicy, and so tender. I never ever encounter any tendons or tough bits, they must use super-quality meat. The jus is as usual super tasty and great for dipping chunks of meat/fries into. 10/10

As an aside, I know some of you like your steak well-done, but you’re missing out on the juiciness of a perfect medium steak!! Trust me, it is life-changing. A well-done steak is an overcooked steak, so the juices are all dried up and the meat will invariably be tough. Give medium it a try one day. Maybe you start with baby steps; from well-done you go to medium-well, and then you transition to medium. See how you feel about it, who knows you might be won over by the change!

Anyway so one of us got the Kurry Kremoso (S$16) which is curry chicken pasta, essentially:

Krave - Kurry Kremoso

Kurry Kremoso ($16) – 9.5/10

Yum, we all had a taste of this and I really liked it – the curry was rich but not overly heavy. It was adequately spicy (as forewarned by the one chilli icon next to the listing on the menu) and they were generous with the chunks of chicken breast meat. A solid pasta dish at 9.5/10.

Another one of us was craving laksa, so she ordered the Laksa Sayang Eh! (S$18), a terrible but hilarious play on the Malay folk song Rasa Sayang Eh:

Krave - Laksa Sayang Eh!

Laksa Sayang Eh! (S$18) – 7.5/10

While they were generous in topping this dish with plump prawns, this was not well-rated by my friend – primarily because she found that the tough, al dente penne did not go well with the laksa sauce. I’m not sure if this is due to her overwhelming craving for real laksa, but she did not like the texture so much. (To which I say, hey friend, maybe just stick to actual laksa next time? LOL). So yes if you think you wouldn’t mind this fusion of pasta with laksa sauce, feel free to give it a go. For my friend though, this was a firm 7.5/10.

Finally we also got the Kraving Ayam Bakar (S$18):

Krave - Steak n Chips

Kraving Ayam Bakar (S$18) – 9.5/10

So it was our friend from New York who got this, and I’m happy to say she loved it. As with my previous experience chronicled in my former review of Krave, she found the chicken really tender and well-flavoured thanks to the sweet and spicy kicap marinade, along with the tasty peanut sauce. The lontong cubes were also still on point – soft and perfectly-paired with the sauce. 9.5/10 

All in all, we had a terrific time, although I would really counsel you guys make a reservation in advance. They allocate some seats for walk-ins, but these fill up way quicker than you think.

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious Rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax:~S$23
Recommended dishes: Steak ‘n’ Chips (S$25), Kraving Ayam Bakar ($18), Kurry Kremoso (S$18)

Working Title at Arab St

Working Title
48 Arab St
Singapore 199749
Tel: +65 6298 8721
Online Reservations: Click Here

Opening Hours
Mon-Thu: 11am to 10pm
Fri: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 10am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified!! (As of 13 Dec 2016)
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average Spend per pax: S$22
Recommended dishes: Truffle tater tot (S$10), Chicken ‘n’ Waffles ($16), Fowl Play Burger (S$17)

In the past couple of years there has been a burgeoning of halal cafés in the Arab St and Kampong Glam area, much to my and my friends’ delight. It’s a great staple in my life, and I hope all the establishments remain open in the years to come.

So this past weekend my friend and I had a staycation at Parkroyal on Pickering, next to Hong Lim food centre. Have you guys had a chance to check it out? It’s AMAZING. I LOVE the hotel; the architecture is stunning and the eco vibes are sophisticated without being Birkenstocky. It’s very tranquil and relaxing, but I would not recommend bringing kids or having a huge family staycay there. The vibes I get are more couples and small groups of friends who want to get some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

ANYWAY I digress. So we went to Working Title, which also doubles up as a backpackers/boutique hostel on the second floor, so dining patrons get to enjoy extra perks such as quirky decor, and free WiFi!

Working Title - Floppy Disk

Cafe and Wifi details on a floppy disk!! How charming and recyclish.

You can check out the menu online here, or you can also flip through the photos of the menu I took below:


For starters, my friend and I decided to share the Truffle Tater Tots (S$10), because who doesn’t love these cute buds of mini hash browns seasoned with parmesan and truffle oil?! Here’s a look:

Working Title - Truffle Tater Tots

Served in a dimsum steamer basket!

Working Title - Truffle Tater Tots 3

Yummm cheeeeeese

Ugh guys, these were SO crispy and fluffy!!! I loved the parmesan shavings, which add extra flavour, and I wished they had had more of it. I know, so greedy. I did think the truffle taste was a little weak, so maybe that’s something they can work on for future batches of their tater tots. Thankfully, the texture was super on point, and the parmesan helped round up the taste of the tater tots. Can I also just say, you get A WHOLE LOT of tater tots for just S$10, which I think makes it great value for money. I think the serving size is good for 2 very hungry diners, or 3 normal eaters. 8.5/10

For my mains I ordered the Chicken ‘n’ Waffles ($16), which are only available on their weekend brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays till 5pm. This dish features pan-fried chicken thigh seasoned lightly with cayenne pepper, garlic and paprika, served on belgian waffles with honey. You also get a small shot of hot sauce on the side, together with some mesclun greens:

Working Title - Chicken 'n' Waffles

MMMMMM chikinnnnnnn

Working Title - Chicken Waffles

OMG chicken yummmm

Ok so I’ve never had chicken and waffles before even though I dream about it all the time (maybe in another like I was a southern belle). I’ve seen many, many un-halal versions of it, but they all used battered fried chicken, so this unbattered version was new for me. I have to say, I LOVED it.

I’m not naturally a person who likes sweet and savoury at the same time, but the combination of salty chicken, sweet waffle, and tangy hot sauce, worked perfectly. I wasn’t sure it would, especially since I’m not the biggest fan of Tabasco sauce, but it was delicious. The mesclun greens (with shiitake mushrooms eww) can step aside. 9/10

My friend ordered the Fowl Play Burger (S$17), which consisted of a chicken patty with smoked duck and topped with crispy turkey bacon, cheddar, and greens with sriracha sauce.

Working Title - Fowl Play Burger

My friend was really happy with the triple-fowl threat. Firstly of all the turkey bacon was so perfectly crispy and delicious, but I must caution against eating it on its own. I was given a whole strip to eat and without the brioche and other meats to accompany it, it felt terribly sinful and way too rich. Second of all, the chicken was crispy on the outside and flavourful. Thirdly, the smoked duck was also a treat, adding a slightly different texture and taste to the mix. I would say 9/10 for the fowl play.

All in all, I would definitely recommend Working Title. It’s rather no frills – you order and pay up at the counter, you get your own water and cutlery, and you help yourself to a counter of sauces if you want anything beyond what is served. But in return, you don’t get levied any GST or service charge! The staff are pretty cheery and accommodating. It was a little dark inside the cafe, but I suppose that’s “mood-lighting” for you. The food is GREAT, and I definitely see myself coming back here to try more burgers and apps! (appetizers)

Working Title
48 Arab St
Singapore 199749
Tel: +65 6298 8721
Online Reservations: Click Here

Opening Hours
Mon-Thu: 11am to 10pm
Fri: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 10am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified!! (As of 13 Dec 2016)
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average Spend per pax: S$22
Recommended dishes: Truffle tater tot (S$10), Chicken ‘n’ Waffles ($16), Fowl Play Burger (S$17)