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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Citrus Bistro at Sengkang Sports Centre

Citrus Bistro
57 Anchorvale Road
Sengkang Sports Centre #01-01
Singapore 544964
Reservations: +65 6904 4850 (recommended for weekends!)

Nearest MRT station: Sengkang
Nearest LRT station: Farmway

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 9am to 9pm
Closed Mondays except Public Holidays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating:
Average spend per pax: N.A. (invited tasting!)
Recommended dishes: Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90), Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90), Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80)

** BTW GUYSSSS you can enjoy 10% off your bill at Citrus Bistro from now till 30 Apr 2017 if you flash them this blog post or my instagram post right here! Just let them know when you’re making the order at the counter! **

 

Hey guys! Aren’t Mondays just the worst? Hope you guys had a good weekend anyway. I spent most of Saturday recovering in bed with a body aching from late night floorball last Friday, and so I blazed through season 1 of Atlanta, the amazing comedy drama by Donald Glover. Please go watch it if you guys are looking for something a little different!

So right before floorball, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a food tasting at Citrus Bistro, a fairly new dining joint at the Sengkang Sports Centre. The bistro, which just got its halal certification in late December 2016, is situated right past the gantry going to the swimming pool. Diners enter the gantry for free – but you have to be escorted by the Citrus staff so just inform the gantry booth operator that you’re here for the food, and they will call someone up to fetch you 🙂

Citrus Bistro - Decor 2

Love the lighting and nautical theme!

Citrus Bistro - Decor

The delightful counter area

 

The Citrus Group also has Citrus by the Pool at Woodlands – I’ve never been there but have been meaning to try it! I was told the main difference is that the Woodlands branch is air-conditioned, while the Sengkang branch is open air and faces the pool so it is a little noisier. It was still pretty cool at the Sengkang bistro because of the cool fans so I was super comfortable.

Here is a look at the menu at Citrus Bistro:

Citrus Bistro - Menu

Lots of  light bites for the swimming crowd, and mains for the more serious eaters! Also the snacks are mostly fried with an air fryer so they’re not going to be as oily as regular fried stuff yay!

The first dish I tried was the Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90) – you can choose between rice or bread, and I went with bread because I love dipping lightly toasted french baguette into curry ugh.

Citrus Bistro - Chicken Curry 2

Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90) – 8.5/10

Citrus Bistro - Chicken Curry Closeup

A close-up of the chicken and potatoes in the rich, tasty curry uughhhh so good

This curry is legit legit! My first couple of spoonfuls had a pretty strong star anise taste – some of you might not like that – but personally it made the curry taste a little more like home. After the first few mouthfuls the star anise taste receded into the background as I got a more rounded, robust flavour. I found out later that this curry was cooked with 15 different spices, so no wonder it’s so delicious. It wasn’t super jelak because it was spicy without going overboard, plus the santan taste was not overpowering, so that was good.

The bread that they served it with was lightly toasted and crispy on the outside, while still being chewy on the inside so that was good. My only gripe is that the chicken itself, while tender, was a little bland – it was almost as if it hadn’t absorbed enough of the flavours of the curry. Small matter though, because what I did was take apart chunks of the chicken myself and dunk it in the curry. I would however recommend that they simmer the chicken in the curry for a little longer next time. Overall still a strong dish! 8.5/10

Next up we had the Beef Sliders with Nachos (S$10.90):

Citrus Bistro - Beef Sliders Trio 2

Beef Sliders with Nachos (S$9.90) – 6/10

OK so is it just me or are the burgers just so cute and perfect that they look fake?! 10 points for presentation! I only wished, though, that the sliders tasted as great as they looked 😦 The patty was a little tough, the mini buns a little hard and the sliders rather dry overall. I was thankful for the cheesy sauce and the tomato which I almost removed lol (because some anti-veggie habits just stick with you for life). The nachos were nachos, and honestly I would have preferred fries, but I suppose these were better for my health. Not my favourite dish I’m afraid! 6/10

Citrus Bistro - Beef Sliders Trio

I feel like a genius kid made these sliders using playdough or supersized Yupi

Citrus Bistro - Beef Sliders Closeup

Thank you tomato for providing juiciness!

 

The final main that I tried was the Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90). When I saw it on the menu, I knew I had to try it because man, halal duck is SO hard to come by. They knew I was struggling to eat all the food by myself so they were kind enough to prepare just a tasting portion for me:

Citrus Bistro - Smoked Duck Breast

Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90) – 10/10!!!

OK so I was not expecting to be blown away, but the duck is SO LEGIT?! The smoked duck meat was tender but with good bite, and that extra strip of fat right underneath the skin made it so juicy!!  It also paired PERFECTLY with the hoisin sauce which had a great umami taste while being fairly sweet. The duck came on a bed of mashed potatoes which were SO GOOD even on their own!! The mash was smooth and perfectly seasoned – I don’t know if they used crack or Mamee seasoning or what but seriously, I could’ve had a whole vat of it ugh. All in all the duck, the mashed potatoes and the wild mushrooms were just a bombass combo. 10/10 for sure!

Citrus Bistro - Smoked Duck Breast 2

A close-up of this beauty for good measure

Finally we moved on to dessert, when I got to try Citrus Bistro’s signature Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80):

Citrus Bistro - Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80) – 10/10

Citrus Bistro - Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Not the best of photos because I’m not at all a great photographer but UNFFFFFF

OMG guys the molten chocolate lava cake is so good, I just ugh can imagine the taste right now. TOTALLY regretting typing this so close to bedtime when I really should be sleeping instead of drooling. So anyway the cake was delicious – warm, gooey on the inside, with the “lava” being semi-sweet with a very very slight bitterness so it doesn’t cross over to jelak territory. Coupled with the bananas and the raspberry ice cream, each mouthful was just absolutely delightful. 10/10!

Overall I had a terrific time at Citrus Bistro. Apart from the sliders, I was very impressed with everything else I had! Although I was invited for the tasting, I remained conscious of the price points for each dish and I think that they were very reasonably priced for the quality you’re getting. Sengkang is not a place I envision visiting often, but if I were in the area, I would be SO grateful to have Citrus Bistro to go to! Will definitely come back here when I’m next in the area!

** Just a reminder guys, you can enjoy 10% off your bill at Citrus Bistro from now till 30 Apr 2017 if you flash them this blog post or my instagram post right here! Just let them know when you’re making the order at the counter! **

Citrus Bistro
57 Anchorvale Road
Sengkang Sports Centre #01-01
Singapore 544964
Reservations: +65 6904 4850 (recommended for weekends!)

Nearest MRT station: Sengkang
Nearest LRT station: Farmway

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 9am to 9pm
Closed Mondays except Public Holidays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating:
Average spend per pax: N.A. (invited tasting!)
Recommended dishes: Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90), Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90), Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80)

Additional remarks:

Access: Entry to Citrus Bistro is free for dine-in customers. Simply give them a call at +65 6904 4850 and their service crew will pick you up at the entrance to the swimming pool!

Watsub at East Village

WATSUB SG
#01-12 East Village
430 Upper Changi Road
Singapore (487048)
Tel: +65 8130 2323

Opening Hours
Mon : Closed
Tue – Thu : 10:00am – 9:00pm
Fri : 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat – Sun : 10:00am – 9:00pm

Halalicious Rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$10
Recommended dish: Pulled Beef Sandwich!

Hello everyone! Are you guys on Netflix yet? IT IS AMAZING. I’ve wasted probably half my life on Making A Murderer. It’s a gripping reality/documentary show about this guy Steven Avery who was exonerated after serving 18 years in prison for a wrongful rape conviction, only to be accused of murder while he was trying to sue the county for said wrongful conviction. Isn’t that crazy? It’s major. Please get on the monthly $11-17 plans STAT.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you guys about Watsub, this amazing halal sandwich shop I went to last weekend! I happened to be at the Simpang Bedok area with my friends (ok full disclosure, we were doing afternoon karaoke!! Oh the shame! 😦 ) so we we were trying to pick out a dinner spot from the myriad options at East Village, and we ended up at Watsub!

Watsub Logo

Watsub Sandwich Pictures

YASSSS CIABATTA FOR DAYSSSS

It’s a pretty cosy joint that can fit maybe 15 people, but they also have outdoor seating so never fear!

Watsub Interior

Watsub Opening Hours

Closed on Mondays, open 3pm on Fridays to accommodate Friday prayers yay, and 10am opening on all other days 🙂

Based on their Facebook page, it seems they’ve been open since about April 2015. Gosh that’s a full 9 months ago, and I’m only finding out about them now! This is the life of a Westsider folks. Anyway here’s a look at the menu:

Watsub Menu

Watsub Menu 2

Not only regular sandwiches, but sliders and quesadillas! YUM.

So first Step 1 they make you choose your bread type (unless you’re getting the non-sandwich options like the sliders, chilli dog, or quesadilla):

Watsub Bread

The selection that Saturday comprised sesame, multigrain, ciabatta, or focaccia

Then Step 2 you tell them what you want from the menu, and they’ll pick the meat/fillings from there:

Watsub Meat

Watsub Counter

You can see them preparing some ciabatta with turkey ham and slices of cheese. CHEEEEESSSSSE YUMMMMM

And Step 3 you choose your sauce:

Watsub Sauces

Why would you even choose anything other than smoked chipotle, GOSH (ok fine I think the trio mustard would taste pretty damn awesome with the roast beef sammich)

Watsub Prep

A closer look

And finally Step 4 you choose the vegetables to ruin accompany your meat fillings:

Watsub Veggie

EEEEE onions please step to the left.

You can also choose to top up S$2.50 for a Combo Meal which includes a soft drinks, and a choice of (a) Mushroom Soup, (b) Roasted Potatoes and (c) Tortilla Chips with Salsa.

Watsub Combo Meal

Watsub self service drinks

Gotta work for that self-service drank

After an eternity of deliberating I went for the Pulled Beef Sandwich (S$8.50) on ciabatta bread, with smoked Chipotle sauce and some colourful bell peppers as my veggie. I also ponied up the additional S$2.50 for a combo meal, opting for the mushroom soup and a can of Heaven & Earth mango tea.

Watsub Mushroom Soup

YUMMMMMM this soup is like the anti-Campbell soup. 10/10

Watsub Meal

That’s my pulled beef sandwich right there on the left.

Watsub Pulled Beef

Tadah! Looks like a leathery hide, but trust me it was delish.

So this masterpiece was an absolute delight. According to the Watsub website, the Pulled Beef is their signature sandwich, using meat that has been cooked for over 8 hours and left to steep in its own juices for. Just, tremendous.

I bit into it ravenously and found the shredded beef meat exceptionally tender, juicy, and flavourful, particularly when complimented with the heaty, smokey Chipotle sauce. (I had to Google this – Chipotle sauce is made from chipotle chillies, mayo, cumin, cilantro, salt, Greek yoghurt) YUM. I cannot get the juiciness of the tender meat out of my mind – even describing it here alone makes me SO HUNGRY for it. 10/10

One of my friends went for the Meatball Sliders (S$8.50), which consisted of 3 mini beefball burgers:

Watsub Sliders

She chose onion and tomatoes (UGH)

Watsub Beef Slider

A cross-section. Look how juicy the meatball is!!

So I had to artfully bite around the onion so as to avoid it, and YES I loved what I tasted. The meatball was really very tender, and flavourful on its own. I loved that. The buns were soft and basically it was a very juicy bite for me. My issue with regular meatball subs is that the meatballs tend to run around in the sandwich so you get pockets of empty bread, but with these carefully apportioned sliders, you really get the perfect bread/meat ratio. 10/10

Our other friend opted for the Chilli Dog (S$5.90) which consists of a chicken sausage hotdog with chilli con carne (which just means chilli with meat in Spanish) and cheese!

Watsub Chilli Dog

My friend added the jalapeños, yum!

I liked this too you guys! The chilli con carne taste was quite strong, which meant it was very delicious and savoury. The sauce is also slightly heaty for a mini kick. I thought the bun was a little too soft – perhaps another bun with slightly less give and a little more chewiness? But hey for S$5.90 I sure like what I’m getting 🙂 9/10

My friend got the roasted potatoes as her Combo Meal side:

Watsub Roasted Potatoes

Mm I thought these were ok – pretty standard roasted rosemary potatoes (I love all potatoes) but I reckon the mushroom soup is tastier if you don’t need the extra potato carbs to fill you up. 8/10

So that’s it for the food. I love this place and will DEF try to come back more often! I will leave you guys with photos of the decor:

Watsub Decor 1

Watsub Coke 2

Novelty Coca-Cola cans with “Encik” and “Abang”! SO CUTE.

Watsub Coke 1

Novelty cans with “Atuk” and “Nenek” (grandpa and grandmawww)

WATSUB SG
#01-12 East Village
430 Upper Changi Road
Singapore (487048)
Tel: +65 8130 2323

Opening Hours
Mon : Closed
Tue – Thu : 10:00am – 9:00pm
Fri : 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat – Sun : 10:00am – 9:00pm