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Harvest In Cafe, Penang – Review

I often saw my classmates going to this cafe back when I was in college, but never had the chance to go try it out. Even on this day, I ended up here because the cafe I originally planned to go to was closed, and this was the only other place nearby. Certainly not the best reason to go somewhere but I can’t say that I regretted it.

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Harvest In is situated at Jalan Irrawaddy and it was quite easy to find parking there. It’s a simple looking building and nothing about the interior or exterior stands out, so I was wondering how it has managed to become such a popular spot. I got my answer as I gazed through the menu: there is a variety of choices but not so many that it’s overwhelming. Most importantly, the prices are very affordable. The reason people shy away from frequenting cafes is because even though they may have fancy food and insta-worthy settings, it’s often too expensive. But Harvest In is unique in that way, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was actually very reasonably priced.

 

Harvest In Cafe Menu – Click images to enlarge

This is going to sound like a dumb complaint, but one thing that did bother me is that the tables were too high for the low chairs. As a short person, that was a little annoying. Also, even though we chose to sit at a slightly more secluded area, the restaurant was rather noisy. The background music playing was gloomy and didn’t set the mood. So imagine a lot of cutlery sounds, a baby crying in the back, and lots of chatter… and then the gloomy music to top it all off. But to be honest, I can’t criticize the noise as it was only due to the busy crowd and the ongoing flow of customers.

The food we ordered was very satisfying, nothing much to it. Both the chickens were perfectly cooked and tasty in their own way. The side salad and mashed potato complimented the dishes very well and we both left the cafe feeling full. Here is what we ordered:

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Honey Oat Chicken – RM 14
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Asian Basil Pesto Chicken – RM 14

I can see why this is a popular spot among students, very filling food at good prices- it’s definitely worth a try!

  • Rating: 3.5/ 5
  • Halal

 

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Kucina Italian Restaurant, Singapore – Review

davTo commemorate the end of my Singapore family trip, we had a farewell lunch at Kucina. It’s never easy saying goodbye you rarely get to reunite with so we wanted to end our time together with a nice celebration. We heard that Kucina was a halal authentic Italian food (definitely not easy to find) so there was no hesitation about trying it out!

Glancing around the restaurant, you can immediately notice the rustic vibes – from the brick walls to the wooden furniture. The setting has an inviting feel to it.  In fact, it’s not only the decor, but the staff was welcoming as well.

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We ordered two appetizers to share while waiting for the main courses to be served: Bruschetta (SGD 6) and Truffle Fries (SGD 15). Both these dishes had a touch of elegance to them and were thoroughly satisfying.

As there was a group of us, we got to try quite a variety of items on the menu! I got everyone to give a comment on their dishes, even though I did use the blog as an excuse to taste most of them myself.

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Risotto Di Mare – SGD 23.80 : “Looks heavy but actually tastes very fresh and nice. It’s good for people who like the flavour of tomato cream, or just anything that is tomato-based.”
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Tortellini Di Manzo – SGD 23 : “Nice balance of flavours in this one. The meat goes well with the smooth mushroom cream sauce. Looks like a simple dish but it was indeed very satisfying, and filling!
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Pizza Al Crudo – SGD 20 : “Very tasty, a lot of arugula on it, good for those who want to get in their leafy greens for the day! It also had a generous amount of ham on top of the cheese and delicious tomato sauce underneath . The only slight complaint would be that the ham is a bit salty for my taste.”
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Bisteca – SGD 24.80 : “The steak had perfect seasoning and overall a satisfying meal, I’m very happy with my choice. The only thing I would point out is that they should have rendered the fat more and temperature was not exactly as requested.”

 

Kucina is in the range of high priced restaurants (but if I’m honest – as someone living in Malaysia, everything seems expensive in Singapore) , but I would recommend it for people who are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion. There were quite a few couples around the restaurant, so it’s definitely the perfect place to bring your date!

  • Rating 9/10
  • Halal
  • Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Rd, #B1-09/10, OneKM Mall, Singapore, Singapore 437157

 

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Wheeler’s Coffee at Love Lane, Penang – Review

IMG-20171203-WA0023The day started as any other, Joey picked me up and then we sat in the car being indecisive about what to eat for lunch. In this sweltering heat, we wanted to avoid sitting outdoors and eventually chose the easiest option – going to a café in the town area, because there is definitely no shortage of those in Penang.

Having come across this café on a Penang must-try cafés life, we decided to check it out for ourselves. Wheeler’s Coffee is nestled between many other little eateries at Love Lane, but the big bicycle hanging off its sign board certainly catches your eye. Not only that, but as walked in there were hints of wheels everywhere, whether they were painted boldly on the walls or a subtle part of the décor.

It has a cozy setting inside, with double story seating. It was one of those cafes with a ‘lazy day’ vibe where you just want to chill and hang out with some good company.

One can tell that they have really put effort into the design and I really appreciate all these little aspects. My favorite is the one below, coffee cups with hand drawings by customers:

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After looking thoroughly through the menu (there were so many good choices), we settled on ordering the following:

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Penne Roasted Vegetable in Basil Pesto Sauce – RM 13.90

One thing I appreciated about this pasta was that it was evenly coated with pesto and cheese. Often with these dishes, we either get too much or not enough, however this pasta was satisfyingly covered in a lush vinaigrette of greens so everything added up to a delightful bite.

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Chicken Marinara – RM 15.90 

As someone who loves anything tomato-based, this was right up my alley. The side of wedges seemed insufficient, a few more would have made me happier. The chicken itself was satisfying, although I would have preferred the marinara sauce to be a little thicker and less runny. Nevertheless, the veggies on the side were cooked well and tasted great dipped into the sauce.

IMG-20171203-WA0010As for the drinks, we ordered a Chocolate Chips Frappe (RM 13.90) and a Berry Berry Smoothie (RM 15.90). First of all, the presentation of these drinks was simply perfect. It was torturous to wait for Joey to finish taking these photos because I dying to take a sip!

The frappe was wonderful, not too sweet and definitely filled with enough chocolate goodness to satisfy this chocoholic. Whereas the smoothie appeared to be lacking that desired stronger berry taste, the flavor of the yoghurt was overpowering. The consistency was just nice, not too thick and not too runny.

All things considered, Wheeler’s Coffee is definitely worth a visit and we would definitely return there during a weekend in town.

  • Rating: 8 / 10
  • Wifi available
  • Pork-free