Tuesday 15th February 2011


Today began with a delicious bowl of noodle soup.

Sliced Fish Bee Hoon Soup - SD$5

I asked for bee hoon with the soup but they gave me these thicker noodles. It didn't matter though because they tasted just as good. In fact, I was glad they gave me these noodles. It made for a nice change.

I caught up with Victoria again and this time she brought along her cousin, Ben. We met up outside Ngee Ann City and had time to go downstairs into the basement to get a snack before we went to have afternoon tea.

Takoyaki with Octopus! - SD$2.30 for 3 pieces

Level 1 Paragon, Orchard Road

This is a Milan inspired boutique pastry outlet and we were eager to sample their afternoon tea menu.

We started with a cocktail each!

From the afternoon tea menu, we decided to select a sweet set, a savoury set and a salad from the a la carte menu to share.

Our tea was served with a different little biscuit. Mine had pistachios on it.

The Imperial Set - a gorgeous little assortment of seven sweet pastries baked fresh daily on the premises - SD$20++

The 'imperial set' was acceptable, however there was no 'wow' factor. It turns out that none of the three of us are really sweets lovers but we shared each piece. The one that I liked the most was the little cream puff. It's probably the least expensive piece of dessert on the platter.

The Classic Set - a selection of five finger sandwiches and open sandwiches - SD$18++

We were deeply disappointed with this 'classic set'. They weren't finger sandwiches, nor were they open sandwiches. They were tiny little buns with a small slice of ham in them. There were a few tiny little tartlets - one with some sort of truffle flavoured pesto and the other I can't even remember. That's how memorable it was. We could have gone to one of the local bakery outlets like Bread Talk or Four Leaves and gotten some much tastier rolls for a much less.

Chicken Salad

The chicken salad was mediocre. Nothing special about it.

Overall, the food wasn't great. The service was slow and left alot to be desired. We were seated in a booth with the air conditioning blowing directly onto us. Even the cocktails didn't warm me up much. The display of cakes in the store looked inviting but I wouldn't venture here again.

A very disappointing experience.

We took a stroll outside on Orchard Road and then came across a bar set up alfresco style. Turns out it was the Crossroads Cafe at the Marriott Hotel. We sat outside and it cooled down considerably once the afternoon downpour started raining down.

We shared a bottle of white wine and a cheese platter.

Aah, this is much better than our disappointing afternoon tea.

In the evening we met up again at Timbre @ Old School at Mount Sophia for a few drinks.

Happy Hour - 2 pints and a Margherita Pizza for SD29++

Victoria had a Banana Crumble...

and I couldn't resist ordering some chips.

All in all a great day of just lazing around, eating and drinking. What better way to pass the day on your holiday?

++ denotes additional GST charge on top of price

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