Omnom O’Clock: The Lab / Sinseh The Grocery

Today in Omnom O’Clock, we will be visiting the café housing the cheapest Monster Milkshake in all of Singapore… THE LAB!! …as well as its slightly less exciting neighbour, Sinseh: The Grocery.

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Omnom O’Clock is a weekly  monthly  no-scheduley review/visual recollection of whichever omnom place I happen to have visited recently. All views and opinions are 100% my own, and are not representative of …the larger population. 😀

We popped by The Lab after our lunch date at I Am café. The two cafés are about two streets away so it was pretty convenient! We were hopping with excitement over the fact that we were finally going to try the much fabled, much Instagrammed MONSTER MILKSHAKE!!

While we were there, we decided to stalk The Lab’s Instagram account and came upon this beauty:

OF COURSE WE HAD TO HAVE IT!!

Galaxy donut? Gourmet ice cream? Syrup syringe? Hell yes. 

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The galaxy donut dessert is sold over at Sinseh: The Grocery, which was two doors down from The Lab and is apparently opened by the same owner of The Lab. Sinseh is less of a café, and more of a little “provision shop” which sold little knick knacks like homemade cookies and infused oil and quirky little condiments, with the occasional dessert. Contrary to what it sounds like, it does not sell traditional Chinese medicine.

We decided to order both a Nutella Monster Milkshake ($13) from The Lab, as well as a Galaxy Donut with Ice Cream and Syrup Syringe ($7.50) from Sinseh.

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As you can tell… the Galaxy Donut fell very, very short of expectations. And this was after I fiddled with it and stuck the syringe into the donut, because it originally came with the syringe rolling around the pan, and the ice cream all over the place 😦

Now I know this is all just appearances, but as Hollywood would put it, appearance is everything, but oh come on we paid $7.50 for all the fancy things ($3 for donut, $3 for ice cream, $1.50 for syringe) *sighs of sadnesss*

Taste-wise, the donut was a little hard and stale, but the ice cream was ok. Probably won’t be going back for that one. I do think we perhaps had a bit of bad luck with the server who prepared our food – she didn’t seem too experienced with the preparation, but she was quite nice.

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Now the milkshake on the other hand… it was beautifulllll. Chocolatey, but not overpoweringly so. Sweet but with the salty tinge of pretzels. Thick, but smooth and easy to drink. We initially thought $13 was pretty steep for a milkshake, but after a bit of googling we realised this was perhaps the cheapest monster milkshake in Singapore and so we slurped in up happily.

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Sharky: YOU NEED CANDID HANDS? I GOT CANDID HANDS. 

In omnommary…

THE LAB

Price $$ out of $$$$$. ~$13 for a Monster Milkshake
Address 1 Jln Pisang, 199069
Phone 6299 5681
Mon – Sat: 12PM-9.15PM
Sunday: 1PM – 8.45PM

Omnom Opinion
The optimistic: CHEAPEST MONSTER MILKSHAKE IN SG!
The opposition: NONE. TRY IT.
The opportunity: Halal, experimental café food, eternal “watch-this-space” vibe

 

SINSEH: THE GROCERY

Price ?
Address 9 Jln Pisang, 199076
Phone 6291 5743
Mon – Sat: 12PM – 8.30PM
Sunday Closed

Omnom Opinion
The optimistic: Pretty and quirky
The opposition: Did not deliver 😦
The opportunity: Halal, lots of other things sold there!

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Omnom O’Clock: I Am… at a café again

Looks like FoodBook is back for a revamp~
I woke up one day and decided that FoodBook sounds retarded, and hence I have come up with an even more retarded name to take its place.

Omnom O’Clock is a weekly  monthly  no-scheduley review/visual recollection of whichever omnom place I happen to have visited recently. All views and opinions are 100% my own, and are not representative of …the larger population. 😀

AND SO WE BEGIN.

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I Am café is located along North Bridge Road, right at the entrance of Haji Lane (yup this place still exists) and promises to bring the feel-good vibes (and bikes) of Amsterdam to the shores of sunny Singapore.

I can’t actually judge how Amsterdam-ish the place was, seeing as I have never actually been to the capital of the Netherlands, but I must say the lovely big red I Am… sign is a beautiful touch, and for that I give this café bonus points.

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Comes topped with a GINORMOUS onion ring and a delicious sunny side up, with a side of fries. Didn’t try the patty for myself, but the most hilarious part was when Sharky dipped her fries into the chili sauce and went, “that is spicy!” Vi then cautiously tried the chili with the tip of her fork, and with a bemused look on her face offered,

“It’s… pretty sweet.” 

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For the pastas, you could choose if you wanted it cooked with Red Tomato Sauce, White Sauce, or Aglio Olio style. I really, really liked this. The cream sauce wasn’t too gao, a sin which other eateries have a habit of committing. Generous serving of turkey ham yum. I could have another now.

Crayfish Fettuccine
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Unfortunately I don’t remember the price, but it was between $16 – 18. Sauce was pretty spicy, but deliiiiiicious omg. Lots of crayfish, and it also came with (in Vi’s words) “a lot of random things” like olives and cherry tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts.

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I had the Virgin Mojito Mocktail Lychee, and it was really refreshing! I was slightly miffed that I couldn’t evenly mix the syrup as there was a lot of ice on top (OCD) but it evened itself out pretty nicely. $6.90 might be a bit pricey, but for a mocktail it was pretty delicious.

In omnommary…

I AM

Price ~$20 and up (main, drink)
Address 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 199486
Phone 6295 5509
Mon – Thurs: 11.30AM-11PM
Fri- Sat: 11.30AM – 1AM
Sunday: 11.30AM – 10PM

Omnom Opinion
The optimistic: Hearty portions, HUGEASS RAINBOW CAKE
The opposition: No aircon!!
The opportunity: Halal, and lots of photo ops with the I Am sign

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Evidently the owners have humour too hahaha!

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Bonus pic of a old-school shop front hehe

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FoodBook: Buck Tile St. Café

IMG_7024 IMG_7022 IMG_7036 IMG_7031 Quite a lot of people have been going mad over the new kid on the (west) block, Buck Tile St. Café. Yet strangely on the day we visited, the buzz wasn’t reflected in the shop; the place was empty save for two small groups of students studying.

The café itself is pretty spacious, plenty of seats and tables. The lack of patrons might indeed make it the perfect place for studying too, but because I don’t study in cafés, and I generally like the white noise of happy customers, I found the quietness in the café just a little bit unsettling.

We shared a croissant sandwich, which was both extremely delightful and extremely difficult to share because the bread kept flaking when we so much as poked it with the knife. Definitely delicious though, the buttery puff melting in your mouth, followed by a wonderful slightly sweet-salty kick from the ham and tomatoes. The fries were definitely the sidekick to the heroic sandwich.

Their nuggets weren’t particularly memorable – like something you could pick up from the supermarket and deep fried at home yourself. But then again, nuggets can never go wrong!!! 😛

IMG_7037Ah the blue velvet cake. So often dubbed as the cake to have. Maybe it was just us, but the cake was a tad too dry, and the cream was… creamy. Hahaha It was pretty bland, which was really disappointing given the hype surrounding their blue velvet cake.

Their tiramisu pots looked decadent as ever though, and if we were to return, I’m definitely calling dibs on it.

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Hi, just two girls who walked pretty damn far to get here.

The owner (I think) saw us awkwardly lounging outside and kindly offered to take some pictures for us 🙂 I wonder how many times she’s done it already (I’m sure there are many other shy customers who were just as taken to the decor as we were hehe).

BUCK TILE ST. CAFÉ

Price Range ~$20 (main, dessert)
Address Faber Hills, 104 Faber Drive
Phone 65667058
Hours Daily 12PM-11PM
Taro Points Instaworthy!

Would I come back again? Probably, those tiramisu pots are just too cute!!!
A car would be good though (the walk in was a little long), and I’m definitely skipping the blue velvet the next time round. (Don’t trust all the reviews you read!!!)

(Then again this is also a review, so…)

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(Discretion is advised.)

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