Posted in burgers, Food, Food Stalls, Peranaken, Restaurants, Singapore, take out, Tanjong Pagar, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged Asian, CBD, Food, no msg, Peranakan, restaurants, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Thai, the Loving Hut, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole Earth on January 24, 2013 |
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Dear Whole Earth Singapore,
I love you.
I was taking a graphic design short course in Tanjong Pagar when I found this vegetarian place that specializes in Peranakan and Thai cuisine.
A main with brown rice after tax and service charge was $24, so it’s not particularly cheap. It is, however, healthy and delicious with nice interiors. I even experienced good service.
If you are a vegetarian but have always wondered what some of the classic Asian dishes taste like (hello shark fin soup), you must go here. My penang rendang was made of pan-fried mushrooms and had an amazingly meaty texture with the perfect blend of spices.
I took a look at the dessert menu and passed in favor of a green tea ($1.50) at the nearby divey but vegan Loving Hut. Excellent tactic as tea to go at the nearby western coffee stands was $4-$6. People, it’s just hot water and a tea bag I’m after.
I figured I was on a roll so the next day I gave Loving Hut a chance. This was a much less exciting experience. The vegan ocean burger was, shall I say.. disgusting. The lemon ice tea was full of sugar. Why do people pre-load sugar? I really wish they would stop. Singapore does indeed have a sweet tooth that I am missing.
In summary, in two days I had good vegan food and not so good vegan food near Tanjong Pagar.
OMG I just found out that you can get Whole Earth delivered.
Whole Earth is located at 76 Peck Seah St (Tg Pagar MRT Exit A)
For Reservations: Tel: 65 6323 3308
Open Daily. Operating Hours: Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm (last order at 2:30pm) Dinner: 5:30 to 10pm (last order at 9:15pm
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Posted in Cheap Eats, Food, Lebanese, patio, Restaurants, Soho, take out, Vegetarian/Vegan, tagged Beirut, cheap eats, Food, london, patio, restaurants, Soho, Street Food, take out, Vegetarian, Yalla Yalla on August 5, 2011 |
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First I saw a blurb about Yalla Yalla on Time Out. Then Gourmet Chick lists it as a top ten cheap eat in London. The very next week, the Hungry Engineer and her husband are visiting London from Austin. They give me a run down of the top places that they’ve eaten so far in London. They do not shut up about the batata harra at Yalla Yalla.
“We know” says April. “It’s weird to say the best thing we’ve eaten is potatoes but they were so good!”
I resolved to scope this Beirut street food venue out.
Yalla Yalla has two locations near Oxford Street. The one I visited is tucked away in Soho in a street that is more of an alley. To find it I cruised down Brewer, poking my head down every street I passed until I finally saw the yellow Yalla Yalla sign. For the record, Green’s Court is between Lexington and Wardour. It’s not a place that you just bump into while not paying attention.
The small cafe was full with people waiting for takeout and eating in. There were a few full outdoor seats as well. The secret is out.
I slipped into the only small empty table and started contemplating my order.
Busy staff behind the counter
Olives and pickles while I contemplate.
I settled on the lunch special – a wrap (I chose halloumi) with a side of hummus. I added an apple mint ginger lemonade. How can you resist a drink like that?
Apple mint ginger lemonade? yes, please.
Hummus and pita bread
I left completely stuffed. I could have done without the hummus and pita bread.
I returned a few weeks later for another halloumi wrap, this time to go. I waited outside as the order was prepared and took my wrap to devour in the park. I’ve really got to make it back again to try out those potatoes.
Yalla Yalla on Green’s Court is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 10am – 10pm.
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