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I was going to be kind to Amirans' Cafe, but after going to, I was seriously considering firebombing the server farm that's infected with that silly nonsense. Wow, you know how to embed music, woo fucking hoo for you, you silly wanking bastards. Oh, and it's ugly. Ugly-like-Coldplay ugly.

It's the deserted parallel to Liang Seah Street, on my way to Bugis and McDonalds.

The food's not horrible.

Edit: Well okay, I was exaggerating (not about the site, it's wrong). the "Prime Steak", which I just had, was really rather good. It's basically a teriyaki steak with some of the most lovely rice I've tasted. I'll probably go back and try the Lamb, which they were out of. So yes, just the Maryland Chicken is quite that ho-hum.

Muthu's Curry wasn't bad or anything, but it's now entirely unrecognisable. I mean fine, more power to them for going upmarket, but it's just not the same. There's not the dual pots serving complimentary veges with the rice, the banana leaves are on a tacky plastic plate, and the place is swanked up to its eyeballs (as far as it goes). Fish-head wasn't bad, but I suspect you'd get as good elsewhere. They still seem to do a booming business though, I suspect the reputation brings plenty of tourists. So yes, try Banana Leaf.

(Muthu's?) Curry Night

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So when is the next appropriate time for this? Perhaps some time this week? I can't seem to find a proper site for the place, but whatever, any cab driver should be able to figure it out. I keep hearing that other places around there are better, and I'm willing to be convinced. The point, however, is definitely the fish head itself, so you might have to get your own.

So tell me when and perhaps where. I suppose I'd prefer a weekday so it won't be so crowded, but a weeknight would mean more bridge/mahjong after.

It's annoying in that if I try and pin this post it would be double posted on the main page - which might not be the worst thing I suppose. If only Movable Type would wake up to using some other unit of front page management other than number of days.

It's good. I've been going there rather a lot he past weeks, and it's good. The eponymous dish is particularly worthy, their chicken chop is really rather nice - but it's chicken chop bits rather than one big hunk. And there's something about the over-poached egg on top of the fried rice that's quite pleasing. What I also really like though, is the noodles they have, sort of fettucini like, but mixed in a kind of soy-sauce based gravy which is really quite nice. They pair the noodles with chicken cutlet and pork chop (deep fried), which are good, especially at the starting price of $3. Honestly, it makes paying almost double that at the Ramen place seem a bit silly. I just had the deep fried pork chops, and the outside is just nicely done, not crispy, but sort of glisten-ny and nice. There are other permutations available, but mostly with similar bent to what I've described above - I must endeavour to try the fish the next time.


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That headline sounded so much better when I was thinking about it on the way back here.

I eat quite a lot at this place called Creation - just opposite me in Shaw Tower. It's close to the Burger King, before the corridor leading to the food court. It's good.

Basically it serves pasta. I think it has a couple of other dishes, but mainly pasta. I personally prefer creamy pastas, which they do pretty well - they have a workmanlike salmon alfredo, the seafood version is better, but the one I keep going back for is the spicy thai cream sauce with seafood (I can't remember the actual name). The tomato sauces aren't too bad either, the meatballs are particularly good, and I just tried the italian sausage, which wasn't bad. The spicy crabmeat would be great if it wasn't so messay, and the carbonara is a bit uninspiringly plain.

The best thing about the place though is that it serves small portions - just right as far as I'm concerned, especially if you want to have dessert after. But even if you don't, by the time you walk across the street and start writing your review entry, you'll feel sufficiently full - and this is me talking, after having arrived there practically tackling the guy to order. The ordering system is DIY, which is fine. They serve cold water, which is always a plus. I'd personally stay away from the set meals, since the soup is like creamy water and the brownies are ho-hum at best. An ala carte pasta is at most about $10.

Part of my problem with them though is that they, with great economic sense, close when it's not peak meal times, so I have to go there when things aren't chocked up with lunchy bastards, but not so removed that I miss it. In those instances I tend to go next door to the Ramen place, which I actually am rather fond of - open without gaps. I'll write about it when the occasion call for it, but it'll be a favourable review.

There's a stall that sells it on the way from Bugis to my place. I've only tried it once, but suffice to say, never again. It tastes like dry chalk, by which I mean it tastes like chalk - only more dry.

Is it possible that by not looking at my bog and staring at the ads all the time, that I end up boggling even more?

This is probably why I call this a food diary rather than a recommendation of places to eat. I tend to go to Macs when I'm awake all night and want to have a nicer breakfast than I normally do. And when I'm craving pancakes. Don't get me wrong, I'd be left-testicle-less if I could live opposite a Pancake House, but since it's nearby, macs will have to do. I've never really had a Pancake Day, though I'm rather intrigued by the connotation of Pancake Breakfasts. Eggs Michael is to die for by the way, and so is the Andouile Hash.

Basically I go to Macs when I'm really sick of Burger King - because let's face it, Burger King breakfast is a pale cousin riding a pale horse, out of which the sausage is made. First of all the food at BK is really unabashedly microwaved, second it's just not as good as the Mac stuff - though to be sure, BK breakfast is forever going to be Presidential Primary and Presidential Debate food. The hash brown at macs is really *so* much better. The sandwiches are better. The french toast sticks aren't as good as the pancakes. And Burger King burgers: to quote Jelly (Third Watch), "... to have microwaved bacon".

Oh, and Subway actually does breakfast as well - microwaved eggs. But sometimes it's that or noodles in the morning again - I haven't had toast in a while now.

Nasi Lemak: East West

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Where: Along Liang Seah Street, closer to Bugis than Shaw Tower.

I really eat here quite a lot. Whenever I want to have rice it's either here or the zha fan stall - but mostly here. I don't normally have the plain rice, prefering to have the nasi lemak. One thing I don't bother with is getting the set meals - it's not quite as worth it and not quite as nice as just picking the stuff you want. If you want stuff from the sets, just add it to your plate.

The best thing by far there is the fried chicken. During major meal times it's available as a side, but if you want the whole hog, ask for the full fried chicken cutlet-ty dish from the menu, and they'll do one for you fresh on the spot. Even then I like to have it with the nasi lemak, and add stuff. Their eggs are not always nice and runny, but they do rather well, the curry chicken is quite nice, if I don't order it more often it's only because it's potentially messy and troublesome. The curry vegetable is similarly a staple. They have these crunchy fried dough things with a sweet topping, that's novel. Of the vegetables the bean sprouts tend to be okay, though I rather like their (not so often available) tofu. There's also a chicken dish in sauce which is rather nice.

It's really rather good, and when you come over I tend to ask you if you like nasi lemak, and this is what I'm referring to. Just don't mistake it for the run of the mill ikan bilis/chili/luncheon meat kind. I don't tend to buy drinks there because I can just walk back. I don't normally bring the economist there since things are ready to be eaten, unless I order the fried chicken. Very very pleasing as lunch, and not at all crowded for dinner.

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