Singapore Series- Dumpling regrets

I didn’t see this restaurant until after eating my ramen and I was too full to eat anything else. I would have loved a cheese filled xiao long bao! Must come back to Harbour Front and try this!


Singapore Series- TWG

I had my heart set on going to TWG before I even left the country, but time went by so quickly I had to squeeze a visit whenever I could which ended up being for breakfast. It probably wasn’t the best time to go especially when what I wanted to try was their dessert range.

I love how all the crockery and cutlery are customised.

Everything for breakfast seemed to be overpriced but we bit the bullet and ordered breakfast anyway, who knows when we would be back again.

Paris breakfast – TWG Tea from our extensive tea list, freshly squeezed orange or apple juice and a choice of 1 croissant or chocolate croissant served with TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream (SGD $20.00) The croissant was so delicious, I didn’t think it even needed the jelly and cream but Tim really liked the jelly.

Juices, teas and jams- oh my!

New York breakfast – TWG Tea from our extensive tea list, freshly squeezed orange or apple juice, Eggs Benedict- homemade toasted English muffins topped with two poached farmhouse eggs served with creamy hollandaise sauce and a choice of smoked salmon or turkey ham (SGD $30.00). I was really impressed with their extensive tea selection but it made it almost impossible to choose one. I ordered some green tea from Laos which was really nice without an overwhelming flavour. For some bizarre reason I cannot find the pictures of my eggs benny, but it wasn’t anything too special. CRAZILY OVERPRICED!

And of course we had to sample their macarons, I don’t exactly remember the flavours but they were REALLY good!

It’s a shame that I went at the wrong meal time to visit TWG. I think coming after dinner for dessert would be perfect and not too expensive. Alas it was too early to eat cake for me, they looked really pretty in the cabinet though!

The next morning just before leaving the hotel…

One more for the road, we couldn’t help ourselves, it was so much cheaper just for the croissant plus taking away!

Venue: TWG Tea Salon & Boutique 

Address: Tea on the Bridge, Canal Level B2-89, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 10:30pm

Friday and Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday: 10am to 12am

Phone: +65 6636 8663 / +65 6535 1837

Singapore Series- Snacking @ Au Chocolat

We had just come from three consecutive restaurants, so I was surprised we could fit any more in but we just couldn’t help ourselves while walking past the very big shop front that was Au Chocolat.

What caught Timmy’s eye was the gelato!

The store offered many goodies from gelato, merchandise, over priced Western cuisine and chocolate (obviously).

It was their French pastry cabinet that caught my eye. They had macarons bigger than the size of my palm!

Rose and Lychee Macaron (SGD $7.00) A nice texture with a lovely strong rose flavour, I would have liked a bit more lychee-ness though.

Venue: Au Chocolat

Address: L1-03, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Opening hours: Daily 11am – 12am

Phone: +65 6688 7227

Smoque ‘n hot


Smoque must be a new restaurant in Canberra because it is packed and everyone wants in. There are three seating times for dinner: 5pm (who eats at 5?!), 7:30pm and 9pm. My friends and I squeezed into the 7:30pm session and the place was completely booked out.

It is a very much ‘help yourselves’ type of dining. You have to order at the counter, grab your own cutlery and napkins and order your drinks at the bar, but with such a busy restaurant and not so great staff, it is probably faster to order and get things yourself.

p.s. I love the carved pumpkin they have at the counter.

So many things to choose from, where to begin?

Ultimate Burgerbrisket, pork, cheddar, coleslaw, jalapeno & bacon ($19.90). My friend said that it was a really nice sandwich, this is what I want to try next! 

Smoque Ultimate – pulled pork, pork ribs, brisket, beef rib, ½ Chicken, 12 wings & 3 sides (options: three cheese mac n cheese, hand cut fries with house seasoning, red cabbage coleslaw, potato salad or Mexican street corn) serves 1-6 ($99.00). We ordered two of these because there were 8 of us and it fed us pretty well. They had sold out of mac and cheese so we chose a variety of the remaining sides, nothing special although I did enjoy the fries and potato salad. 

There was also corn bread and pickles on the platter, the bread was really dry and crumbly, I didn’t bother with either of them.

Pork ribs– they had a great salt rub on them and the meat was really tender.

Brisket– disappointing in comparison, a bit dry.

Pulled pork– it wasn’t overly great but it tasted better with the BBQ sauce that they had on the table but I wasn’t going to waste precious stomach space. It probably would be nice in a sandwich with some cheese.

Beef rib– these were huge! We were trying to cut the ribs into smaller portions, the meat was so tender that the bones didn’t even hold on.

½ Chicken– nice and moist.

12 Wings– I have a soft spot for wings so my delicious opinion might be slightly biased. I ordered all of the wings to be ‘regular’ because I didn’t want to risk accidentally eating a ‘suicidal’ one.

EEEP! I didn’t realise that I had forgotten to take a photo of the buffalo wings, my stomach must have acted before my photo fingers.   All I can tell you was that they were finger licking delicious. 

Not my idea but we also got two salads: 

The Woodstock – lentils, green beans, beetroot, rocket, feta cheese, green olives and coriander vinaigrette ($11.90).

Traditional Chop Salad – cos lettuce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, red capsicum, 

egg and ranch dressing ($11.90).


The Smoque ultimate platter allows you to try a lot of the menu items so you can order your favourites next time. I’m still a little disappointed that I didn’t get mac and cheese but I also want to go back to have a ‘sandwich’. Yum Yum!   Warning: not a great first date type of meal, I had sauce all over my face. 

Venue: Smoque

Address: 2, 131 London cct, Canberra, city, ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6162 3350

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Maccas in Singapore

I didn’t intend to eat McDonalds while I was in Singapore but someone kindly bought snacks during an afternoon of hobby fun.

I was so excited to see curry sauce but it wasn’t the same sauce as they had in Australia, it was more of a satay curry, but they did have a fabulous garlic chilli sauce that I couldn’t get enough of! 

They also have shaker fries!