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Skinny Pizza, Singapore

7 Mar

Singapore, Jan 2012

i was walking around the basement of Raffles City – that wonderful maze of restaurants and shops 🙂 – when i saw a poster with the words “Skinny Pizza” and an arrow pointing in some direction. i stopped for a moment, thanks to the unique name, but couldn’t go looking for the place as i was en route to meet a friend. some days later, when planning a dinner with a good friend and his wife, i remembered the sign, and googled the name. within a few minutes, i was texting my friend on this fabulous new place i had chanced upon, and he responded enthusiastically – lets go! 🙂

Skinny Pizza in Raffles City is a stylish dining space that blends sophisticated fittings with the atmosphere of a friendly bistro. the restaurant seems to fill up fast, so it would be better that you book a table in advance. walk in, look around, take in the settings, and then ask for the menu – and wait impatiently until you can sink your teeth into your pizza! 🙂 but wait, maybe you should try some sides first – the seared brie cheese, or the truffle fries. my friends who opted for the sausage said it was awesome, so you have their word for it. we

ordered the house cocktail (the name ends with ‘punch’, but it eludes my memory right now). the drink was served in a round tin cup (which looks more stylish than i am making it seem here) and was a refreshing accompaniment to the meal. given that it was made with Bombay Sapphire Gin and some other poison, i wondered if it might be a bit on the heady side, but i was pleasantly surprised – with fruity notes enhanced by the gin and with a couple of lychee popped in, this was one awesome cocktail! i just wish i had gone ahead and ordered one more! 🙂

but wait, i haven’t started talking about the pizza yet! with a soft thin crust and crackling, puffy edges, that features gourmet-style toppings, each pizza on the menu is drool-worthy! 🙂 you can choose between ‘skinny’ and ‘not-so-skinny’ crusts, and if in doubt, ask the waiter to recommend one that would suit your choice of toppings.  i opted for the ‘Wild Truffled Mushroom’ with a not-so-skinny base. i wish i could describe to you in detail, but i can’t. i could tell you the pizza was like a gourmet mushroom sandwich on a thin, soft base with crackling edges that added a little crunch. i could add that each bite was sheer pleasure. that even someone like me (who doesn’t usually crave

mushrooms) was made a convert after that pizza. and that i am ready to swear off the thick bread that is touted by pizza chains. would saying all that give you any idea of just how good it was?

no, i doubt you would really ever get what a wonderful meal i had. so here’s the deal: just go. order the cocktail, the brie, the fries, the pizza. and eat! 🙂

wait, i didn’t tell you about dessert, did i? just fyi, i ended the meal on a awesome note with a pastry made with ice nougat – sheer heaven! 🙂

*Photos courtesy of Skinny Pizza (http://www.facebook.com/skinnypizza)

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Veganburg, Singapore

29 Jan

Singapore, Jan 2012

i am back in Singapore – my hometown of 16 years – for a 2-week visit. its a wonderful feeling to be back, especially since Singapore is foodie haven. there are tons – and i mean tons – of choices, from hawker-centre fare to fine dining. if you love food, Singapore will spoil you 🙂 and vegetarians never need fear lack of choice – even within the pool of vegetarian restaurants, you have some that offer mock-meat based dishes, some that are totally plant-based and vegan, some that use onion and garlic, and others that don’t. and did i mention that each of them offers a unique selection of choices, from Southeast Asian to Western food? tempting eh? 🙂

Veganburg is one such vegan restaurant that serves – as its name so obviously suggests – vegan burgers. the place was started to offer earth-friendly, healthy food alternatives to the regular (meat) burgers. everything served here – down to the sauces – are dairy and egg-free. there are some burgers that are onion-free as well for strict vegetarians. i’d heard of this place maybe about a year or so back when someone posted about it on Facebook, but never got a chance to visit it. the other day, i was free for lunch and wondering where to go – when i chanced upon Veganburg again through an online search. my choice was made.

a 7-minute walk away from Eunos MRT, Veganburg is a cheery little restaurant that is chic yet comfortable. with white  accents dominating the decor – from the tiles to the rustic-looking furniture, and plants adding a spot of colour, the ambiance is perfect for a relaxed lunch or afternoon snack. their staff are friendly and attentive, and make it a point to tell you of the time it will take for your burger to be prepared. i ordered the ‘cracked pepper mayo’ burger, and made it a combo-meal with seaweed shaker fries and orange-passionfruit juice. while i waited, i flipped through one of the magazines (kept in compartments under the tables) and watched the world go by. after a while, i got my burger and fries served in a cute, square tin container with a handle – something i have never seen before, but which adds quirky charm to the place.

on to the food. the burger was sandwiched in a ciabatta bun baked with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts pieces. the patty had a chewy, meaty texture, but didn’t have the overpowering soy taste that some mock-meats tend to have. the mayo was light, fresh and slightly tangy, with the pepper adding flavour. topped with fresh lettuce, the burger was extremely tasty, but light on the stomach. the orange-passionfruit juice was full of flavour and made me perk up from first sip! i did wish that they had added more seaweed flavour/flakes to the fries, which didn’t seem very different from regular fries. i also tried the smoky vegan franks, asking for mayo on the side to go with it. the franks had the obvious texture and taste of soy-based mock-meat, but the added smoky flavour makes it tasty.

i relished my meal until the last bite, and when i got up to leave, i was feeling replete 🙂 i do hope to go back and try some of their other burgers – especially the ‘hawaiian pineapple’ or ‘char-grilled’ satay! 🙂 and every time i am back in Singapore, Veganburg will be one of must-visit places for lunch. and if you tried their burgers, you would probably agree 🙂

*Photos courtesy of Veganburg (http://www.veganburg.com and http://www.facebook.com/veganburg)

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