To Infinity and Burpple Beyond

March 13, 2019


Heya lovelies!

This has been in the works for a while now and I'm glad to present our Burpple Beyond food article! 
Burpple used to be just a food review app and community (which I find super useful), but last year they revealed Burpple Beyond, where you pay a monthly or annual fee to enjoy 1-for-1 meals. 

Since it's March now, Burpple is offering their plan at a discounted rate! I think you can get it at about $40/year, instead of the full $70ish per year. You can check it out here. For Grab Platinum users, you can also purchase a one month plan at just 1 point ! These are temporary promotions so be quick if you want to join.

So far, we are enjoying Burpple Beyond because of the type of restaurants available. They tend to be more casual but more accessible to us, and seem to suit our taste more. 

So without further ado, let's introduce you to some of the many restaurants they partner with!

Once again, I would like to say we are #notsponsored, ok? :D

Lobsters and Ice Cream

191a New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059423 (Chinatown MRT)

Ambience: There was limited seating so we sat outdoors. The restaurant is at Chinatown and sometimes there were random Chinese waitresses walking around and talking loudly. A good casual joint to hang out and grab a roll though!

Comments on Food:
Their Signature Lobster rolls are excluded from the Burpple 1-for-1, so we ordered the Seafood Roll instead, which is basically half lobster and half crab, Maine style.

Seafood Roll, Maine Style

We waited a while for the food, but it was worth the wait! We are big fans of lobster rolls, and often go in search for lobster roll joints. We have tried Burger and Lobster (our favourite), Pince and Pints (rather expensive and overrated), and Chunky Lobsters at The Cathay (the cheapest at about $16, but so-so).

The Lobsters and Ice Cream Seafood Roll ($23) is definitely money for value, with the generous amount of meat given. So if you do not mind a more casual setting, do check out this lobster joint.

Also, we didn't order the ice cream as we were too full, but the kind owner gave us some milk tea and vanilla ice cream! It was their self-made ice cream too, and tasted pretty good. We'll be back!

Reservation by Chope: No
Rating: 10/10


Dumpling Darlings

44 Amoy St, Singapore 069870 (Telok Ayer MRT)

Ambience: 
Almost full house on a Monday night at about 9 p.m. A rather small space. Closes on 10.30 Mon-Thu, Sat nights. Closes at 12 midnight for Fridays.

Comments on Food:

The smoked duck dumplings offered an interesting take, but can be rather jelat after a while.


Smoked Duck Dumplings

Momo Curry consists of minced pork collar, curry spices, charred cauliflower and labneh, a soft cream cheese yogurt. This was pretty good!

Momo Curry

We also shared a bowl of Braised Pork Noodles, which many other food bloggers raved about. It did not disappoint!

We spent $20 in all with our one-for-one dumplings, with an add on of noodles.

Tip:
Free refillable beansprouts/taugay, and alcohol is also available! Good for hanging out after work.

Reservation by Chope: No
Rating: 8/10


The Communal Place

465 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427677 (Near Katong I12)

Ambience:
Quiet on a Friday night. The place was full of We Bare Bears plushies!

Comments on Food:
Upon arrival we were welcomed with a refreshing Pomelo Sparkling drink. What a nice gesture!

Staff was also great and friendly, explaining the dishes and telling us what was popular. We went with their recommendations.

Pulled Pork Burger
Miso Salmon

The mash for the Miso deserves a huge shout out!

Overall the food was not bad, but slightly salty.

Tip: Happy Hour promotion!


And for those of you without Burpple Beyond, a set lunch promotion!



Reservation by Chope: No, but you can book via Quandoo.
Rating: 8/10

Etto

6 Handy Rd, #01-01 The Luxe, Singapore 229234 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT, stretch between The Cathay and behind Plaza Singapura)

Ambience: Pop music over the speakers in a modern interior, filled with expats on the weekend. You can even host a party here.

Comments on Food:
We ordered the Seafood Risotto ($26) and an additional Lychee Dose ($8), a lychee fizzy soda, because it was a really hot day out!

Seafood Risotto
The risotto comes with plump, fresh prawns that were huge! There were also juicy grilled scallops. I enjoyed the seafood as they had that BBQ flavour and smell I adore.

Would recommend and come back to try the other mains. A nice place to hang out and grab a meal before a movie at PS or The Cathay, especially if you're looking to get away from the crazy crowds.

Reservation by Chope: Yes
Rating: 9/10

Kajiken (Bugis)

6 Tan Quee Lan St, Singapore 188095 (Bugis MRT) and various outlets around the island, including Paya Lebar Square and Square2.

Ambience: 
Casual. Tables were small and customers sat in rows, elbow to elbow. Not a suitable place to hold your private conversations. Restaurant was crazy understaffed, with only one kitchen staff and one wait staff to handle the Friday dinner crowd. Be prepared to wait as well. Not for the Hangry.

Comments on Food:
We ordered two bowls of 'All Toppings'. That includes an egg, a piece of fried chicken, chashu, as well as braised pork. We were also served two cups of water and small bowls of soup.


I have never eaten Mazesoba (dry ramen) before, so I did not know what to expect! I was wondering if it would turn out to be an expensive meepok like meal.

To our surprise, the noodles were really a cut above the rest. They were really springy and chewy, and after when coated with the egg, they become smooth and went down easily. Yum! Definitely digging it.

The same can't be said for the rest of the bowl. The meat was rather average and disappointing, with the braised pork being rather tough too. We have definitely eaten better chashu from ramen chains elsewhere. The bowl of noodles is kind of oily and leans towards a saltier palette.

Overall Mazesoba was an interesting experience but the crowded shop, with a long wait and growing queues outside, was not the best environment to enjoy a leisurely meal. Also, the primary ingredients such as Chashu was rather disappointing, and I feel that we shouldn't have to give up good chashu just because we chose a different style of noodles. In that case, we would prefer to go to a proper soup ramen shop next time with better chashu. (Chashu is really important to us when having Japanese ramen noodles! What do you think?)

That said, do give Mazesoba a try as the noodle texture is really excellent.

Tip: Come earlier to beat the Friday night crowd! Top up some $$ for 1.5 upsize of noodles! No sharing of noodles allowed (one main per pax).

Reservation by Chope: No
Rating: 6.5/10


Tom's Palette

#01-25, 100 Beach Rd, Singapore 189702 (Shaw Tower, Esplanade MRT)

Ambience:
Usually crowded! Maybe get a seat before you order, or just get your ice cream to go :)

Comments on Food:
We ordered two 4oz cups, which meant we could pick 4 flavours. And we only paid $5!

Previously we had the Dark Chocolate Sorbet (no dairy), and the Yuzu. There are also seasonal flavours such as Kueh Bangkit and Pineapple Tarts during CNY. Do look out for their new flavours every now and then! There are also flavours like Chocolate Stout and Parmesan Cheese and Crackers.



The Mocha Madnut is mocha ice cream with macadamia nuts. The coffee taste really appealed to our ageing taste buds. Suitable for those who can't take super sweet things anymore. 10/10

The Nasty Mix was a Snickers like flavoured ice cream, with pretzels (soft though). Decidedly delicious when paired with the Mocha Madnut, or perhaps with the Dark Chocolate, to offset some of the sticky sweetness. 8/10

Blueberry Cheesecake 7/10 
Mango was fruit and refreshing. 7/10

Tip: After downing two 4oz cups with just the two of us because we wanted to use the 1-for-1 promo, we concluded that we were just too greedy and should have shared the two cups with more people instead. I will never understand how people can eat entire tubs of ice cream like in movies?! Highly recommend you to share with more people, as the ice cream melts pretty fast.

Also, do check out the AWESOME cookies from The Wooden Spoon, just beside the Tom's, if you're lucky enough to catch them before they close for the day.

Nevertheless, visiting Tom's Palette is always a treat, as you never know what new flavours you can enjoy! They also hold ice cream workshops if you're interested in making ice cream.

Reservation by Chope: No
Rating: 9.5/10

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

Bon Appétit,
Skye, Rae, and Chanel

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