Friday, 27 November 2015

Groupon Review - Mellben Legend Seafood

Been wanting to try Mellben Legend Seafood after reading many good reviews online and from friends, so when we spotted Mellben on groupon, we purchased the deal immediatey! Decided to have our seafood feast when we were having our staycation at Corpthorne King's Hotel. Happy! :) I think the groupon was S$70 for S$100 or something similar to this value, I bought it months ago. We also topped up some cash because our bill exceeded S$100 in the end. Ordered too much, oppsies! Their serving was generous, so we ate for more than 2 hours, till we almost exploded haha.. wpid-20150523_204634.jpg The groupon was only applicable to the outlet at Opal Crescent, which is about 1 or 2 bus stops from Potong Pasir MRT station. We made a booking for 8pm and were seated immediately upon arrival, I guess their peak period was over already at that time. wpid-20150523_221808.jpg This branch is kind of like a coffee shop and it is not air conditioned unlike the Toa Payoh outlet. We were seated at the seats along the corridor, just beside a drain and a parking lot, and there were quite a bit of flying ants initially, but they went to another table after a while. Suggest that you opt for the seats inside if you come to this outlet. The menu was a little different from Toa Payoh's, some crab dishes that are available at Toa Payoh is not available here, and vice versa. wpid-20150523_204051.jpg We thought that we should have a vegetable dish, but we were unable to decide on what we want, and their staff suggested this cabbage dish which was not on the menu. We were feeling spontaneous and decided to go along with her recommendation. The cabbage was cooked with some braised pork and served on a hotplate. This dish is kind of oily, and the meat were mostly fatty parts that I don't eat, but the sauce and vegetable tasted pretty good! Rate: 6.5/10 wpid-20150523_203438.jpg I love both cereal and salted egg dishes, so I was torn between which prawn dish to order initially. In the end, we decided on cereal tofu so that we can have both cereal and salted egg dishes haha! To my disappointment, the cereal was just poured over the fried tofu and mayonaise. I prefer cereal dishes that is more salty and fried with the main ingredient (tofu, in this case) if possible.. The taste was definitely alright so no worries if you'd like to order their fried tofu. Rate: 5/10 wpid-20150523_203557.jpg This is the salted egg prawn. I asked to have deshelled prawns so that it will be less trouble to consume. This dish tasted pretty alright, and their portion is super generous! There are like more than 10 prawns inside.. If I didn't remember wrongly, it costed us less than $20? Rate: 7/10 wpid-20150523_204201.jpg And here's the highlight of our meal, since Mellben is famous for their crab dishes, especially their crab bee hoon. The staff recommended their laksa crab bee hoon (not available at toa payoh's outlet), so we decided to try it. I love laksa and the bf just want something that he can dip his fried buns into (haha so cute right). I guess this dish is pretty value for money, considering the portion. It costed us $60ish, and comes in a big claypot. It came with lots of thick bee hoon which two of us were unable to finish despite stuffing ourselves mad. The crab is pretty good, although not the best that I've tried so far. There was no "crabby taste" (if you know what I mean). The soup was very watery, with some milk and laksa spice. Don't expect thick laksa gravy like our Singapore laksa. It was a little spicy, but it was tolerable especially when the soup is not so hot (both of us can't take spicy food). Rate: 7.5/10 wpid-20150523_204641.jpg The boy's fried buns.. These were kind of oily, but kind of expected I guess.. Not as fragnant as I expected it to be.. Rate: 5/10 wpid-20150523_204511.jpg We enjoyed our meal, and paying less than $100 after the groupon deal for this spread is definitely value for money. The only downside would be the environment. Suggest that you request for the seats inside if you were to visit this outlet. If you see this groupon deal again, I'll highly recommend that you buy it! :) I actually visited Mellben's outlet at Toa Payoh another time, and I find the taste and environment better on the whole. However, because I tried different dishes, I am unable to provide an accurate comparison for both outlets.

Friday, 13 November 2015

ETUDE HOUSE Bloggers' Event @ VivoCity

Went to ETUDE HOUSE at VivoCity for their bloggers' event with T a couple of weekends back. Was very happy to attend my favourite brand's event!~ There was a Mascara Mission "race" earlier on that day actually, but we went straight to their last station at VivoCity as we are not that fit opps. Don't worry, I will be doing up a separate review on their latest Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara, so you girls won't be missing out! :) wpid-img-20150831-wa0004_mr1441119853917.jpg VivoCity outlet is one of their newest outlet, and also one of the prettiest outlets, not forgetting their flagship store at Wisma Atria. Can I bring one of these cushions home?? So cute!!! *screams* wpid-img-20150831-wa0004_mr1441119853917.jpg T was my camera woman that day because my camera died on me, boo.. Only took some photos with my phone, other photos are from T and MFP's photographer! wpid-img-20150831-wa0006.jpg Look at these limited edition DIY cushions!! Saw them on ETUDE HOUSE facebook page some time ago, and we got to decorate our own cushions that day.. I actually love doing art & craft... My favourite Precious Mineral Any Cushion + cute decoden = super happy me!! :D wpid-img-20150901-wa0027.jpg There were 2 types of decoden sets to choose from - Flower Belle on the left and Eat, Play, Love on the right. We took one set each! wpid-img-20150901-wa0026.jpg T's Flower Belle set comes with lots of flowers and pearls, a super girly set! wpid-img-20150901-wa0025.jpg My Eat, Play, Love set which is super duper cute hehe, i comes with lots of candy and random cute stuffs.. I also stole some pearls from T since she has a lot! wpid-20150815_163303_mr1441119748658.jpg Here's my completed decoden cushion, I tried to put on as many pieces of cabochons as possible.. wpid-20150815_163817_mr1441119656755.jpg Love my DIY Any Cushion! I feel so happy every time I use this~ wpid-makeup_20150901225552_save_mr1441119485844-1.jpg   dots We also received a very generous goodie bag from ETUDE HOUSE, filled with their latest products for 2015 Fall - the Bling Me Prism collection - which is a collaboration with Korean accessories brand, High Cheeks! The Bling Me Prism Eyes is a water-base eye shadow that comes in 5 shimmery and girly shades. I love all these colors which are pretty subtle when applied, they totally give off the korean clean make up look when applied! wpid-makeup_20150901225552_save_mr1441119485844-1.jpg The Bling Me Prism Colour in Liquid Lips actually have the pigmentation of a lipstick but the texture of lip gloss! Don't be deceived by its appearance, I also got fooled into thinking that they are lip sticks initially, opps. ETUDE HOUSE Lashperm Curlfix Mascara is their latest mascara, it comes with new forumla and new technology, both of which are pretty amazing. I have tried it for a few times and it really exceeded my expectations, look out for my review for this, shall not reveal too much for now! wpid-makeup_20150901225552_save_mr1441119485844-1.jpg Look out for my upcoming ETUDE HOUSE product reviews, I can't wait to share them hehe! Thank you ETUDE HOUSE for having me!! :D   Connect with ETUDE HOUSE Website: www.etude.sg Facebook: www.facebook.com/etude.sing Instagram: @ETUDEHOUSESINGAPORE

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Old Boys Gallery + Vouchers Giveaway

Yay I found a new spot to dine and to hang out at - Old Boys Gallery! Here's a review of this place, and you gotta read till the end, because there are $100 worth of OBG vouchers up for grabs! You won't wanna miss this, really. Summary of my post: good food, affordable prices (with no GST and service charge), nice environment and good location! (Disclaimer: I'm sorry but the photos are not very clear. My camera was down, so I took the photos with my handphone and my phone's camera doesn't work too well under dim lighting of the bar. Still looks yummy to me though :P ) wpid-20151005_194755.jpg Old Boys Gallery is the latest addition to the neighbourhood of Kampong Bahru (a walkable distance from Outram Park MRT Station), serving western-fusion with more than 50 different variety of craft beers and ciders. In its location was formerly an art gallery but has now been transformed into a bistro where food meets art. Having yummy food in a gallery-like bistro is truly theraputic, especially after a long day at work! wpid-20151005_192221.jpg
The interior is made up of different types of art - graffiti, murals and canvas paintings. A quirky little bistro that is surprisingly comforting in its own way. wpid-20151005_192333.jpg Also, there is a wall with lots and lots of beer bottles! How cool is that? If you like to drink, you'd be spoilt for choices! wpid-20151005_192342.jpg

Drinks

We had our drinks while waiting for dinner to be served. I picked apple juice ($4.50) while the BF decided to try out their Aspall Berry Cider ($12)! Quite a unique drink which I've never seen before outside.. Those who prefer fruitty drinks should try this! I don't usually take alcohol, but I find this pretty good.
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Potato head ($7.90) & Spam chips ($9); Yuan Yang Chips ($9)

They have quite a huge selection of fries and chips, which are like my favourite finger food ever. Good to go with beer too, if you're there for a drink. House fries, truffle fries, sweet potato fries, spam chips and onion rings... Decided to try their sweet potato fries (comes with curry mustard dip) and spam chips (comes with wasabi mayo dip), and luckily they were able to let us have a basket with both instead of ordering 2 baskets, yay! They call it the Yuan Yang Chips ($9 for a basket), it is not on the menu but you may ask for this if the place is not too packed. I usually prefer potato fries, but I can't deny that the sweet potato fries tasted good, especially when paired with that curry mustard dip. Also, the spam chips are quite unforgettable as it is my first time having them, luncheon meat slices fried to the crispiness of potato chips. wpid-20151005_193710.jpg

Triplets ($21)

They actually have 18 different types of Bits & Bites (ranges from $9-18) in their menu, and we were given an option to pick three to make a Triplets platter! This is pretty interesting and good for sharing with your friends! We picked their signature OBG wings, OBG crab cake as well as Cordon Bleu for our Triplets. Our favourite would be their OBG marmite wings, the combination of marmite sauce and chicken wings is ingenious! wpid-20151005_194047.jpg

Manster Burger ($14.90)

Le BF had their signature burger, which is a beef burger with all the things you'd wish for on a burger! Cheese, egg, bacon and caramelised onions.The BF loved it and he said that the beef patty was juicy and nice! If you know me, you'd be wondering why I didn't order a basket of truffle fries earlier. This is because this dish comes with fries for the sides, and we had it upgraded to truffle fries (+$3)! We were given a choice of thick fries or shoe string fries, we had thick fries but I'd pick shoe string fries if I were to go back, nothing wrong with thick fries but I guess I personally prefer thinner fries.. They were super generous with their truffle oil, major love!! wpid-20151005_194304.jpg

Mushroom Carbonara ($12.90)

This is my favourite among all the things I had that night. I am some weirdo who loves carbonara but doesn't like ham or bacon, and this is super duper perfect for me!!!! I usually end up eating plain spaghetti with cream sauce, but now, I get a poached egg with lots and lots of mushrooms. The mushrooms are not bitter at all and the carbonara sauce was creamy and good. Can't wait to have this again~~~ This is totally made for me! If you're one who prefer having meat, fret not, they also have Roast Pork Carbonara ($14.90) and many more pasta choices. I find their Roast Pork Carbonara pretty interesting, since it is a fusion of chinese and western food. Who has ever thought of having your favourite "shio ba" with creamy spaghetti? wpid-20151005_194443.jpg Oh noooo, I'm so hungry after typing this post!!! I can't wait to head back there again, and I will definitely order the Mushroom Carbonara and truffle fries! Yum yum :D dots

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Old Boys Gallery has kindly agreed to sponsor 5 x $20 cash vouchers!! :) *throws confetti* Vouchers will be valid for 1 month, no minimum spending is required, and vouchers are not valid with existing promotions or purchase of beer. image Giveaway will be hosted on instagram and here is how to join:
  1. Follow @fishaberry and @oldboysgallery on instagram.
  2. Read my review on my blog at myfatpocket.com/eijgniy
  3. On my instagram post, comment which dish you'd like to try at OBG, as well as tag 3 friends who you will bring along with you when you use the voucher.
Giveaway will close in a week on 10 November 2359hrs, and the 5 winners will be announced by the weekends. Good luck people!! If only I can join this giveaway too... *sighs* Old Boys Gallery Tel: 91870756 Add: 67 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169371 (Outram Park MRT station, Exit G) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldboysgallery Operating hours: Every Monday to Saturday 11.30am to 11.00pm