Category Archives: Telok Ayer

Luke’s

B and I were discussing steaks, and it somehow ended with a plan to go to Luke’s with him and S. It was a superb meal!

Prime ribeye “naked” style (400g) with confit garlic ($88++)

20140421-114508.jpg (1/3 of the 400g portion which they divided in the kitchen for us)

Ooooh, the steak… it was “melt-in-your-mouth” tender! It was perfectly done, seared on the outside and pink inside, with sweet iron juices oozing with every bite. I am salivating just thinking back about it. The side of confit garlic gave the dish a rustic and earthy flavour.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($47++)

20140421-114707.jpg This was S’ mains which she shared with us. (For those wondering, the steak was split 1/3-2/3 and non-meat-lover-S had the crab cakes to herself.) Another excellent dish, packed full of sweet crab meat.

Old Style Hash Browns ($20++)

20140421-114838.jpg We ordered this without knowing what exactly “old style” was – Macs’ style? Small round potato balls? It turned out to be rosti! Rosti is usually my “vehicle” for sour cream but in this case, it was good even without! Crisp on the outside, warm and creamy potato on the inside. Definitely a star dish.

Lobster Mac & Cheese ($26++)

20140421-115008.jpg The M&C paled next to the other dishes. It sounded like something I would love – pasta with cheese and cream, textured with ritz cracker crumbs. But somehow, the flavours were not intense enough and despite the crumbs, it was a tad mushy overall.

Double Fudge Chocolate Brownie ($16++)

20140421-115102.jpg Together with the peanut butter ice cream, this dish was power-packed with chocolate, nuts and overwhelming sweetness; a little too overwhelming for me.

Grandma’s Apple Pie ($16++)

20140421-115309.jpg I enjoyed this dessert better than the brownie – warm baked apple bits topped with maple pecan ice cream, and accompanied by freshly cut apple shreds.

Overall, an excellent place for steak but be prepared to spend.

20 Gemmil Lane
Open Mon-Sat 12nn-12midnight
http://www.lukes.com.sg

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My Awesome Cafe

After spending much of Dec and Jan travelling, I am slowly easing myself back to the local food scene.

L (who is my walking-guide-to-the-latest-eateries-in-town) suggested that we check out the 3-day-old My Awesome Café for lunch. I thought the name was really corny but it would be an AWESOME post to re-start the blog with (talk about corniness, hurhur)!

It is another one of those cafes going for the industrial look but I guess people are still into it. The décor is cool enough, with red pipes as legs for the tables/chairs and an Ultraman toy on the tables to match.

The menu is not extensive. It features mainly 2-4 choices each for their quiches, sandwiches and salads. I think they would have to expand their menu to capture the CBD lunch crowd.

Both L and I had the ¼ quiche set which comes with ¼ portion of your choice of quiche, salad and a coffee/soft drink ($12++). I wasn’t terribly impressed. The quiche was not served warm and the crust was hard. The herb chicken quiche was bland and the chicken bits were quite dry and tough; on the other hand, the ham quiche was salty.

The accompanying salad was just a few pieces of greens carelessly thrown together. Whilst I get that the salad is just a “by-the-way” thing, I do appreciate the thought and effort when cafes toss the salad with extras – it can be something simple like cherry tomatoes or onions, or something more spiffy like orange or peach slices, but it was not the case here.

I liked the flat white – not too acidic and was milky enough for me. The coffee art was not consistent though. Whilst the heart flower in my cup was really pretty; L’s cup came with an indiscernible blob and he had to borrow my cup for his instagram post. Not a biggie; could be teething issues.

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Overall, it seems a cool place to hang out for coffee but for now, I would not travel there specially for the food. It may get better when they expand the menu. If you do check it out, you may want to try their salads instead – they look pretty good from the photos.

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202 Telok Ayer St
Check their facebook page for opening hours
http://www.myawesomecafe.com/ (not fully up yet, as at 11 Feb 2014)