Sunday, June 28, 2015

Elemen 元素 Vegetarian Restaurant @ Millenia Walk

Here's a new post for Elemen元素 after a long hiatus. Elemen元素 is a newly open vegetarian restaurant and Ms Veg is really lucky to have gone there twice in a week. Both were to celebrate my upcoming birthday.
This Restaurant is operated as a subsidiary of the Koufu Management and its heartening to see brisk business despite minimal or no media attention. I was alerted to this place by a friend who works nearby and he decided to buy me a meal here.

The Restaurant front
Nicely decorated!
Interior Deco of the Restaurant
Ms veg thinks should be able to sit around 50-60 pax full capacity. The good news is, they are opening a new outlet in Thomson too! Its heartening to see more people are receptive to vegetarian dining.
The Menu~
 Nicely designed.
This is one strong competitor for Sufood! Elemen serves either a 5 or 8 course meal - the same as how it works for Sufood. Theres quite a wide selection of choices for each category and unlike sufood that specializes more in Italian Vegetarian food, Elemen ventures more into fusion cusine where they offer Japanese, Chinese and Western choices. The 5 course meal costs $23.80++ per pax while the 8 course meal costs $32.80++ per pax. The 8 course meal is slightly more expensive compared to Sufood. Note to all: Some dishes may contain Dairy, Garlic, Onions. It is not written in the menu. Hence you may want to inform them of your dietary requirements before ordering.

As I went twice in a week, I tried almost all the dishes available.

Elemen Appetizer
Starting from Right to Left. The Cucumber is filled with Mash Potato and served with a special sauce. The middle was so good, i couldnt make out that it was actually Black Sesame Tofu! The last item on the left was cherry tomato in Plum Sauce. Ms veg loves it as its sour! 

Rosemary Bread Sticks
The bread sticks were served hot, and tastes yummy with the raspberry sauce.

Fruit Salad
We decide to order every single salad on the menu as we ordered 6 sets on my 2nd visit! My nephew loves the fruits, so theres nothing to complain about. Freshly cut and served.

Avocado Salad
Avocado Salad - Ms Veg's Favorite! The veg were very fresh and the sauce is a perfect blend with the avocado. The sesame sauce may not be suitable for vegans.
Quinoa Salad
 Quinoa Salad - Healthy!
Mushroom Salad
Mushroom Salad - I loved it too. Ms veg has no idea whats the third mushroom on the right, but it was really juicy. Sauce tasted like soya sauce but i believe theres more than soya sauce.

There were 4 choices as well - 2 chinese soups and 2 western choices.

Burdock Soup
Very strong taste and Yummy. However, if you order together with the Maca Soup, this strong taste would overcome the later.
 Maca Soup
We were recommended by the Manager to try this, especially its good for the gentlemen as it comprises of some tonics in the soup. Tasty as well.

Pumpkin Soup
Really good. A must try. I liked the "apple"deco.
Mushroom Soup with white Truffle Oil
Yums. Again, this is Ms Veg's favorite. The truffle oil gave the soup an extra boost. My little nephew love it and finished a bowl all my himself!

Apple Cider (apologies for the lack of pic) was not bad, sour and refreshing.

The Mains
There were 12 mains to choose from but so far I have only tried 7. Will definitely be back to try some more!
Avocado Roll
If we can recall, bespoke has this dish as well! The taste is comparable and the sauce (ms veg thinks its veg teriyaki with mayo) blended perfectly.
Chinese Tea Tofu with Wheat Noodles
I was told that the broth was made from tomatoes and no additional seasoning was added. It can be a little bland but suitable for people who prefer light meals. The Radish was well cooked and Tofu had a little Chinese Tea Taste.

 Tomato Basil Spaghetti
One of the best I've had. The noodles was cooked to perfection!

 Wild Mushroom and White truffle Pizza
Served with Spinach. It has a unique lemony taste and was one of the best pizza i've had. 

 Tomato with Mozzarella Pizza
I've always loved sun-dried tomatos so this pizza is worth every bite too!

Braised Golden Brown Pumpkin with Glutinous Rice served in Hot stone 
I like the way this is presented as its unique. The glutinous rice is in a heart shape! Taste is alright, as the pumpkin is well cooked with the sauce. Note that the glutinous rice is sticky and may get stucked in your tooth :) My fav in this dish was the Mushrooms.

 Mushroom Risotto with Black Truffle
One of the best I've had! theres crispy rice crackers in this dish making it chewy and crispy at the same time. Personally I find it unique.
The Desserts
There were 4 choices and I tried all 4.
Ice Cream with Chocolate Lava Cake
The best dessert of all. But note of the sinfulness!
 Chilled Coconut Puree
If you are a coconut fan, you may like this as there's real coconut meat in it too.

 Osmanthus Flower with Grass Jelly
Natural taste, so it is suitable for people who are not into sweet stuff.

 Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce
Sour if you like it, as the raspberry sauce is freshly made.
The Drinks

Theres quite a wide selections of drinks, but i've only tried Lemongrass Tea and Lychee Green Tea.

 Strong Lemongrass taste. My Fav!

Lychee Green Tea, love the lychee fruit! (note that this is canned syrup lychee)

It has been a wonderful experience at Elemen元素. Like Ms Veg always say, as a vegetarian, I am always delighted to find new openings as that means more options for us, even though Elemen is a strong competitor to Sufood, note that they serve very different food! I wish them all the best in business and will definitely go again.
Service was good and the restaurant manager, Peter Lee, is humble and willing to listen to feedback. I enjoyed chatting with him. 

Location: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-42A/76
Tel: 62380511 (recommended to call and make reservations)
Business Hours: 11.30AM - 4.30PM; 5.30PM - 10PM (Note of the last order timing in the namecard stated.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Green Dot @ Paya Lebar Square

Green dot has been in the market for the last couple of years and they first started business in Schools. I actually remembered them on Kiss 92 last time.
They have finally opened at Paya Lebar Square, giving Miss Veg another option to veg food since there are only 2 veg stalls in the Paya Lebar area. Ms Veg is really greatful and happy! Been eating almost once a week there!
The Shop Front
This restaurant is much bigger than the outlet at Bedok Mall, which only has limited seats.

Interior of the restaurant~ Nice!

Fridge & Food Supplies
This outlet also sells some of the mock vegetarian items and dry food supplies that one can buy home to cook.
The menu offers a lot more varieties than Bedok, serving Bento Meals, Noodles and Burgers as well.

Mi Xiang Red Tea $5
Tea leaves are from Taiwan - has a fragrance of Honey!

Tom Yum Kway Tiao Soup $6.50
I tried the Tom Yum Kway Tiao during my first time and Really love the fresh vegetables! Theres lots of ingredients and the soup is not spicy, even my nephew loves it!

Herbal Noodles Soup $7.90
Ms Veg's friend had the herbal noodles soup and she comment the soup was not oily and yummy. Again, the ingredients given are more than the noodles!

Laksa $5.90
Another friend of mine tried the Laksa and it was good too! The soup tastes just like the one from the Lotus Restaurant! 
Spicy Taiwanese Bean Paste Noodles $5.90
This is Ms Veg's favorite to date as i've never tasted noodles that good! The Konnyaku slices were chewy, and my extra chili gave it and extra kick!

Ms Veg didnt know that they currently still have stalls operating in Schools, and one of them being Ms Veg's sec sch CCHSM! Really happy to see this. We hope Green Dot Open more outlets esp. in the west to continue their love for this planet! What made an impression was the aunties working here - yes they hire many aunties/ mummies/ old uncles who spoke nicely and explain to us whats nice, and service was amazing. Note that this restaurant adopt the return your tray campaign after you are done eating which i think is ok as we do not pay service charge. 

You can even like them on Facebook, at times they like to write about their staff which I think is heart warming, the aunties are like mommies to the young guys who are the owners of this business! I look forward to more meals here! 

Location: 60 Paya Lebar Road
#02-15/16/17 Paya Lebar Square
Singapore 409051 
Tel: +65 67022221

Do check out their outlets on their website!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Nature Cafe @ Kallang Ave (The Aperia)

Nature Cafe has been around for quite some time and my sister clarice has been raving about it for the longest time. However, I didnt head down to the west previously so I was really delighted when they decided to open a second outlet in the EAST.
And Ms Veg finally found time to go during lunch time this week. This cafe is located in a new building thats located along Kallang Ave, the nearest MRT is Lavender.
I really like the interior design! From their logo itself, Owl seems to be their lucky charm and you can spot some owls in the shop as well.
The interior deco provides a tranquil and cool setting and we were really surprised and delighted that its was full house on a normal week day.

Cafe from the Front View
Full house on a weekday. It is recommended to visit them on weekends as they took some time to serve.

Interior Design - Really Chic!
I Love the design of this cafe. There's also a poem on the wall: "Look Deep into Nature and you will understand everything better"- by Albert Einstein

Nature serves wide range of cuisine from local delights to western dishes. They even serve daily specials as well as daily soups!

Decided to try 2 mains and 1 side:
Dried Char Siew Wanton Noodles $5.50
The noodles taste really good! It was chewy and spicy to my liking. Vegetables are steamed and served with oyster sauce. There are many pieces of Char Siew (also known as roasted pork). The Wanton is ok, but i felt that more ingredients can be added. Nonetheless, its a good noodle and soup is tasty. Nothing much to hiam.

Mexican Cheesy Chop Set $13.50
Mr Tea ordered this Mexican Chop set which comes with a soup. There are 2 other places in Singapore that serve Mexican Steak - One is North South East West, the other is Simple Food. We find that focus for this set is the pasta instead of the meat, as the meat is rather small. The pasta, on the other hand, is cooked to perfection. The meat was ok, as its made from Mock Meat with cheese on top. Soup is a well blend of mushroom and cream. Portion is rather big in our opinion.

Chili Cuttlefish Ball $5.50
This sotong ball is the normal mock meat that you can find in the market, the sauce is so-so, but ms veg thinks they can improved further by using sambal chili sauce instead of the sweet chili sauce.

Location: The Aperia . No 12 Kallang Ave #01-28
Tel : 67023962.
Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM daily - Enjoy free Lunch time parking during weekdays (12-2pm till Dec 2014!)