SINGAPORE, January 2010 – In the past week I’ve been here in Singapore – before flying back to Indonesia for the start of the second semester – two new food places caught my attention. I’m not a foodie like my friends Lou (she’s very much at home in the kitchen) and Patricia (she’s getting bronzed in her favorite beach, Boracay) but I enjoy a meal or two here and there.

I do profess a fondness for pancakes and waffles. The Pancake House in the Philippines is the place I go for my fill of pancakes especially the choco-marble, which I spread with whipped butter and peanut butter, and lace with maple syrup. In Singapore, I had to settle for pancakes at McDonald’s and the tiny ones at The Coffee Club. I found a piece of excellent compote waffle at Marvelous Cream Japanese Sweets Parfait at the lower level of 313 @ Somerset, En route to the Somerset MRT, curiosity struck me when I saw the sign and the mini parfait displays. Then my eyes strayed to the sign that said Heavenly Compote Waffle | S$3. Sinking my teeth into the Dark Cherry Compote & Custard Pudding – yum-may!

The other one is the nine-month old Filipino restaurant Bonifacio on 35 Kreta Ayer Road. It’s reasonably priced (think S$20++ per person for a complete meal) and the menu carries a whole gamut of the old-time Pinoy favorites such as kare-kare, leche flan and kilawin to name a few. I dug into fresh lumpia after carefully separating the chopped up chorizo sausage, kilawin and calamares. My friends happily tucked into their kare-kare bagnet and rice. A meal is not a meal if there’s no dessert. The sweet finale had us digging into Spanish doughnut (it must be dipped in chocolate sauce) and turon drizzled with caramel sauce.

Delicious finds indeed!


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