FLO – Food Lovers Only at IMM

flo (food lovers only)
IMM #02-15A
2 Jurong East St 21
Singapore 609601
Tel: +65 6896 1396

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 7.5/10
Average spend per pax: n.a. because I was invited for a tasting šŸ™‚
Recommended dishes: Corn Soup (S$8), Korean Beef Bulgogi Sandwich (S$15), Tom Yam Prawn Pasta (S$15)

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing alright. I’m a little tired today because I was watching the chilling Martin McDonagh play calledĀ The Pillowman last night at the Victoria Theatre, but let me tell you it is worth the 5000 yawns today. The play centers on anĀ author Katourian being interrogated by the police due to some recent child murders that closely resemble his gruesome fairy-tales. It is SO dark and so chilling, and yet manages to have some moments of black humour. Brilliant staging and animation by Pangdemonium and Mojo studio!Ā Unfortunately last night was the final performance for this round, but I hope they’ll stage it again soon here in Singapore and you guys can catch it!

OK so back to food – the nice folks at FLO invited me for a food tasting recently at their cafe FLO (Food Lovers Only), which is the halal sister of Cafe Manuka (situated at Paragon).

FLO Cafe - Ambience

Bright and airy!

Flo is located at IMM, which I know is far away from some of you, but great for a Westie like myself. Although it has its origins in New Zealand-inspired food given that it is under the Manuka group, flo is helmed by the SUPER adorable 18-year-old Chef Kim Jin Myeong. As such, you will find that their menu runs the gamut from the very kiwi pancake dish “Pikelet Stack” to a korean fusion items such as the Korean Beef Bulgogi Sandwich. I personally find it a little confusing in terms of messaging/branding, but I suppose that offers more choice to the customers.

One plus point of this cafe is that it is super kid-friendly, so feel free to bring children to this establishment! Look they even have games and books to entertain your youngins while you eat:

FLO Cafe - Kids Stuff

CRAYONS – what a bold choice lol. But look at the books!

FLO Cafe - Kids toys

Boardgames yasss. And some Minion thing which is bound to amuse the kids

Anyway on to food! We tried a LOT of dishes so I’ll break it down to you real quickly so you guys can see which ones catch your fancy and try ordering it next time!

1. Corn Soup (soup of the day) – S$8

Yum, this was surprisingly good! Corn soup is not something I would normally order for myself as I prefer alternatives like mushroom soup or clam chowder, but this managed to be creamy, tasty and light at the same time! There were bits of corn that added texture with every spoonful, which I liked. 8/10 for this dark horse!

FLO Cafe - Corn Soup

Soup of the Day – Corn Soup (S$8) – 8/10

2. Tomato Mozzarella Salad (S$12)

Honestly I’m not a huge salad person so I may be biased, but I found this aĀ little disappointing – the mozzarella could stand to be a little creamier but it was pretty bland. This could have been mitigated by a great pesto, but the pesto was unfortunately pretty tasteless as well. I suggest you give this a miss unless you’re in the mood for a cool salad on a hot day. Ā 6/10

FLO Cafe - Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Tomato Mozzarella Salad (S$12) – 6/10

3. flo’s Rosti Special (S$15)Ā 

I quite liked this! The potato rosti was crispy on the outside but tender on the inside, and paired well with the runny egg. The shredded chicken on the side was a little tart, but I like the added protein to the dish, otherwise it would seem a little bare with just potatoes and eggs. 7.5/10

FLO Cafe - flo's Rosti Special

flo’s Rosti Special (S$15) – 7.5/10

4. Korean Beef Bulgogi Sandwich (S$15)

OK this sandwich was delicious and definitely my favourite of the night! The beef was juicy, tender and a little sweet thanks to the caramelised onion. The ciabatta bread was crispy and not too aerated (I hate insubstantial bread). I’m ambivalent about the chips and side salad, as the sandwich itself was good for me, but I suppose it makes up for the cost! 9/10

FLO Cafe - Korean Beef Bulgogi Sandwich

Korean Beef Bulgogi Sandwich (S$15) – 9/10

FLO Cafe - Beef Sandwich

UNFFFF YUMMMM JUICYYYYY

5. Korean-inspired Marinated Chicken with Korean-style Fried Anchovies & Kimchi Fried Brown Rice (S$16)

OK firstly theĀ name of this dish is a mouthful argh, I would highly recommend paring it down to just Korean Chicken Kimchi Fried Brown Rice, at most. Naming pedantry aside, I think this was not bad, but not mindblowing. The chicken was tender and tasty, which was what I liked most about it. I also liked the fried anchovies, which is usually one of my favourite banchan dishes at korean restaurants.

The brown rice was the weak point for me. It’s healthy-tasting, which I suppose is fine if you’re trying to make incremental changes to your diet, but the rest of this dish isn’t exactly the healthiest. I would’ve preferred white rice like a true-blue asian lol. 7/10

FLO Cafe - Korean Chicken and Kimchi Fried Rice

Korean Chicken Kimchi Fried Brown Rice (S$16) – 7/10

6. Tom Yam Prawn Pasta (S$15)

Mmm I love myself a good tom yam pasta, and flo’s version was really good! It was spicy and creamy without being too rich/jelak. The prawns were fresh and weren’t like those super turgid, flavourless types you sometimes encounter. 8.5/10

FLO Cafe - Tom Yam Prawn Pasta

Tom Yam Prawn Pasta (S$16) – 8.5/10

7. D’Orange Pasta (S$14)

Oof, guys this was a little unusual for me. Is orange pasta a thing now?! The sweet orange taste was a little overwhelming for me, it was like pasta bathed in orange juice :/ I would have preferred if the dish were overall still savoury, but with a hint of orange zest in it – something a little more subtle. 4/10 unfortunately, but if you guys think this could be your thing, by all means go for it!

FLO Cafe - D'Orange Pasta

D’Orange Pasta (S$14) – 4/10

8. Flank Steak (S$18)

This dish was a little forgettable for me – I found the meat a little dry and a little on the bland side. I like my steak juicy with a side of fries, but I mean just look at the photo – cucumber AND broccoli? Nuh-uh no way, not for me. 6/10

FLO Cafe - Flank Steak

Flank Steak (S$18) – 6/10

We moved on to dessert –

9. Bountiful Choco Brownie Waffles (S$14.50)

I am a sucker for ice cream and waffles, so I was pretty excited about this. The waffle texture was slightly crispy but remained chewy, so that was good. The ice cream itself is like any other decent vanilla ice-cream, although I would personally prefer like salted caramel or Thai milk tea flavour ice cream on my waffles šŸ™‚ Ā 7/10

FLO Cafe - Bountiful Chico Brownie Waffle

We were also able to choose a couple of cakes to try from the wide selection that they had that night! Here is a look at the display counter:

FLO Cafe - Cake Display

Mmmm cakesssss

FLO Cafe - Cakes

It was so tough picking a flavour!!

10. Speculoos Cookie Cheesecake with Cinnamon (S$6.50)

I can’t resist speculoos anything so we opted for this in the end. I was a little disappointed that the cinnamon taste was so strong it overpowered the cheese flavour. I like my cheesecakes cheesy! I think they could’ve maybe used less cinnamon and used a little more cream cheese. The cheese part of the cake was also a little too dense, whereas I would’ve wanted it a little more moist and creamy. 7/10

FLO Cafe - Speculoos Cheesecake

Speculoos Cookie Cheesecake with Cinnamon (S$6.50) – 7.5/10

All in all I would say I had a decent time at flo. The menu is so extensive so there are bound to be both hits and misses, but I might come back for the Korean Beef Bulgogi Sandwich (S$15) if I’m in the area because it was so satisfying. Also good to note that there is no GST or service charge at this cafe, yay.

flo (food lovers only)
IMM #02-15A
2 Jurong East St 21
Singapore 609601
Tel: +65 6896 1396

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 7.5/10
Average spend per pax: n.a. because I was invited for a tasting šŸ™‚
Recommended dishes: Corn Soup (S$8), Korean Beef Bulgogi Sandwich (S$15), Tom Yam Prawn Pasta (S$15)

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Hyde & Co on North Bridge Road II

Hyde & Co
785 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198753
Reservations: +65Ā 6635 5785
Online brunch/lunch menu: Click here
Online dinner menu: Click here
Remarks: No gst/service charge

Opening Hours
Sun-Mon: 11am to 6pm
Wed-Sat: 11am to 1030pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating (for this visit): 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$33 for a shared starter and dessert, and one main
Recommended dishes: New Zealand Little Neck Clams (S$12), Nasi Lemak Risotto (S$21)

Hey guys! Day 5 Ramadan, and I’m feeling good about this holy month so far! Sure, I’m severely sleep deprived since I’ve been waking up to sahur (have my pre-dawn meal), and then praying subuh prayers before getting ready for work. Previously I would go back to sleep for 1-2 hours but last year when I did that it was SO hard for me to wake up! I inevitably overslept and had to Uber to work a total of 9 times šŸ˜¦ #neveragain

So anyway, a couple of weeks ago I tried out Hyde & Co’s dinner menu for the first time, after having brunched there twice before. You can read my previous review of brunch at Hyde & Co here.

As a reminder, here’s a look at both the Brunch and Dinner menus:

Hyde & Co - Brunch Menu

The Brunch Menu

Hyde & Co - Drinks Menu

The Drinks Menu

Hyde & Co - Dinner Menu

The Dinner Menu

I was dyingggg to try the New Zealand Little Neck Clams (S$12) in red sauce, which is made with tomato cream, roasted mushroom, garlic, lemon juice, and topped with cilantro. (Obviously the cilantro did it for me. Who cares about the white sauce!!)

Hyde & Co - New Zealand Little Neck Clams

New Zealand Little Neck Clams (S$12) – My beautiful plump little babies!! 10/10

YUMMMM you guys. You know how much I love clams right? (Do you? Read my Penang Culture reviews if you ain’t convinced. I was worried I was going to be disappointed, but my word, the clams here blew me away!!! Guyssss. They were so plump and juicy and fresh!! The sauce was also perfect – a little tangy, a little savoury, a little earthy. Super delish. I do not even understand why other places cannot make clams THIS good. 10/10 but let it be said I almost docked a half-point because I wished the portion was bigger.

For my main dish I had, haaaad, to try the Nasi Lemak Risotto (S$21), a daring modern take on good old nasi lemak. The background of this story, as told by Chef Nazz himself, was that he was issued a challenge to come up with a new dish for the menu. Coincidentally his mum, who runs a catering business, was preparing nasi lemak one evening as he was waiting for inspiration and lo, there it was.

Hyde & Co - Nasi Lemak Risotto

Nasi Lemak Risotto (S$21) – 9/10

I must say, I really loved it, both in taste and concept. The fresh prawns were coated in delicious sambal that was a mix of sweet and spicy, just how nasi lemak sambal should be. The risotto had really good bite, and had a coconutty taste with a hint of lemongrass. I know some people would be anathema to paying $21 for what amounts to an ‘atas nasi lemak’ which they could’ve otherwise gotten for $5, but I delight in the creativity of this dish. There is a mix of both irreverence and respect for the revered Nasi Lemak. Go try it soon guys! 9/10

For dessert, since I’d had the Ondeh-ondeh French Toast during my last couple of brunch visits, we went for the Butterscotch Popcorn Waffle (S$14):

Hyde & Co - Butterscotch Popcorn Waffle

Butterscotch Popcorn Waffle (S$14) – 6.5/10

As much as I think Chef Nazz is super talented, I have to admit this dessert fell flat for me. The popcorn was a net negative, generally quite dry and flavourless. I thought the banana was not terribly special either, perhaps they could have flambĆ©ed it or something to bring the flavour out and make the texture more mushy? I’m def not a culinary expert by any measure, but I know I did not enjoy this dish as it came. Ā Also: more butterscotch please! 6.5/10, with deepest regrets.

Disappointing though the dessert was, I thoroughly enjoyed the clams and the nasi lemak risotto. I will definitely keep going back to Hyde & Co to try more of the menu (The Steak Frites!!). I think every menu is bound to have one or two duds, but the rest of the stuff are just really so, so good. OK I have to stop talking about food now because it’s torturous (currently 1.40pm on a Friday afternoon boohoo!) Have a good weekend you guys!

Hyde & Co
785 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198753
Reservations: +65Ā 6635 5785
Online brunch/lunch menu: Click here
Online dinner menu: Click here
Remarks: No gst/service charge

Opening Hours
Sun-Mon: 11am to 6pm
Wed-Sat: 11am to 1030pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating (for this visit): 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$33 for a shared starter and dessert, and one main
Recommended dishes: New Zealand Little Neck Clams (S$12), Nasi Lemak Risotto (S$21)

Savoury at Jalan Kayu

Savoury
246 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799470
Reservations: +65 6752 9288

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 530pm to 11pm
Sat-Sun: 1130am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10

Last weekend I had brunch atĀ a fairly-new halal restaurant at Jalan Kayu called Savoury together with my girlfriends, one of whom had previously tried it and breathlessly raved about it. It was kind of a pain getting there for a Westie like me (makes gangster West-side hand signs), but I did it anyway because I am a Conqueror, as Estelle defiantly sings, and also I will travel for food, it ain’t no thang.

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Love the high ceilings, and cosy interiors. It felt pretty spacious inside (you can’t really see in this photo, sorry!).

Located right next to Le Steak by Chef Amri (in what I feel is a great arrow to the knee for said establishment, because as you will find out later, Savoury makes GREAT steak. Sorry #spoilers), Savoury specialises in Western fare such as steak, pasta, and gelato! The establishment got its halal certification from MUIS in August 2015, so now you can eat entirely guilt-free and bring the most was-was of your Muslim clan there to eat!

The menu has quite an impressive array of dishes, but my attention was immediately drawn to the very meat-heavy mains section:

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As you guys know (or will come to know soon enough), I love chicken wings and have eaten probably my body weight in them in the past year alone, so naturally I had to try the Buffalo Wings (S$10.80) from Savoury:

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Stop glistening so much and just get in my belly already!!

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Glisten glisten tsk

Savoury’s version of buffalo wings were really delicious! Very tasty and lip-smacking good, BUT, they wereĀ not as spicy as I would’ve liked. Plus kind of wish they had been just the slightest bit more saucy, but that is really a personal preference. I like when the sauce spreads through your whole mouth when you chew down on the chicken, and when there is a lot of excess sauce to lick off of your fingers at the end :/ So gross right? Whatevs.

Also, and this is nitpicking a little, the wings did not come with any blue cheese or sour cream sauce, which I think is a significant detail especially since the sauce-meat ratio is only just sufficient (which, to a sauce-hound like me, is not enough). In the battle between Savoury’s and Royz et Vous’ buffalo wings, I’m afraid Royz et Vous wins out. The REV version is spicier, saucier, and comes with a sour cream dip for variety! But of course these are all subjective preferences so you kids can decide which version you’d prefer. Also, Savoury’s is $2 cheaper than REV’s, so that could factor into your decision too. For me, the Savoury buffalo wings get a solidĀ 8.5/10.

For my main dish I decided to go for the Beef Tenderloin (S$29.80) in medium done-ness. The pan-fried New Zealand beef comes with black pepper sauce and a side of potato gratin:

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Like a Kandinsky masterpiece

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That orange puree though, no thanks

YUM this was REALLY good!!! The black pepper sauce had just enough punch without being too heaty in your throat, and the meat was really tender and tendon-free! (looking at you, Royals Steak House) My only gripe about the meat was that I thought it was overdone, and therefore slightly dry. This was of course mitigated by the pepper sauce, so it wasn’t too bad. Plus, the meat tasted so good I was convinced it would taste phenomenal if cooked slightly less. For those who prefer their meats pinker and juicier, I would definitely recommend taking the plunge and opting for medium rare in the future. If not, then ok medium should work for you. Shoutout here to the potato gratin which was so creamy and delicious. This dish getsĀ 8/10, with a point docked for theĀ tenderloinĀ being overcooked.

One of my friends ordered the Agnolotti (S$18.80), which is fresh pasta stuffed with fresh prawns and crab meat in a tomato and cream sauce:

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Yum the sauce was really delicious!! Rich, savoury, slightly tangy, and creamy all at once. Perf. The pasta had a good texture and was tender, but my personal opinion is that the stuffing itself could have been slightly tastier so the pasta wouldn’t have to rely on the strength of the sauce to carry the dish. Still a very tasty pasta dish on the whole though! 8/10

We ended off with the Salted Caramel Waffle with 2 Scoops (S$17), and we went with the Peach sorbet and Snickers flavours:

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The gelato spread – they have the standard chocolaty sweet ones, assorted sorbets, and also – OMG – salted egg ice cream!! It tasted like the custard in salted egg buns.

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OMG gnomes/snowmen with strawberry hats SO CUTE!!! Dying.

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Muumuuumuuuhhh SO CUTE HOW TO EAT!

Guys, the peach sorbet was SO YUMMYYYY. It wasn’t as thin or tart as regular sorbet, but tasted a little like frozen peach Vitagen. Which I love. The snickers flavour was aiiight; I’m not a huge fan of nuts (particularly peanuts) in my ice cream unless they’re candied pecans, but my friends wanted it so we compromised šŸ™‚ THE WAFFLES THOUGH!! Were so good! So fluffy and crisp and light, but still substantial! I loved the salted caramel sauce drizzled on the plate,YUM. Also if you couldn’t already tell, LOVE the presentation!! The little creatures were so adorable, and their strawberry hats tasted very sweet! It felt weird lopping off their heads and scooping it into my mouth, but well food is food. The ice cream men were also standing on a layer of wafer that separated the ice cream from the waffle, so it wouldn’t become a mushy creamy mess so quickly! I LOVED that attention to detail. 10/10

On the whole, Savoury is a GREAT addition to the canon of restaurants at Jalan Kayu, and I would definitely come back here to have the steak again and again. Finally a worthy competitor to Krave’s Steak! I am also curious to try the other things on the menu, so rest assured I will report back when that time comes šŸ™‚

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Savoury
246 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799470
Reservations: +65 6752 9288

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 530pm to 11pm
Sat-Sun: 1130am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10