Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'Fat Monkeys' western food at 965 Upper Serangoon Road (Punggol Nasi Lemak)

I have pretty high standards of having cow (beef) on my plate so I was sceptical when I read the description of Fat Monkey's 'Dabomb'. The description on the menu said succulent beef with caramelised onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce. The picture of the dish made me think I was eating a giant beef puff. For someone that eats beef at rare or medium rare with salt, this didn't look good to me.

So I waited.

And then it came out. The exterior looked normal enough. As I cut into the puff, the oozing cheese was also pretty normal (I mean, oozing cheese things are so common these days) and this was no different. As I dug in, the simple and proven combination of onions, cheese, bbq sauce and beef worked. The beef patties were very juicy and not overcooked. They were not overly seasoned or done so that was good and I had the feeling that they were handmade.

The dish came with fries and salad too albeit the side dishes being too normal.

At $13.90, this wasn't a very cheap meal although I could appreciate why it wasn't. I didn't weigh but it looks like they used at least 300g of beef in their patties. If it was indeed handmade, that's tough labour for sure.

And yes, what western meals would be complete without sides? We tried the truffle fries and garlic mash potatoes. Truffle fries were at $5.90 and while the truffle was acceptable, we found the portion of truffle to be too little for our liking. Plus, the truffle wasn't spread out evenly. But that's our fault lah. We were expecting too much for a humble $5.90 because we were too spoilt. I mean truffle is very expensive so we understood.

Garlic Mash (no filter)

The garlic mash potatoes was another thing that was out of this world. The mashed potatoes just had the right amount of mashiness and bite while not trying too hard. You know some mash potaoes taste aweful when they try too hard to be atas and end up having too much starch in it! You can sense the love in this one.


What struck me the most was that the owners behind Fat Monkeys were young folks in their 20s and they're really humble folks that aim to give their customers a good feed. The creative dishes they try to make also deserve credit and praise. I mean, if it were me, I'd probably be churning out chicken chops just to get revenue going. Who would bother about 'Dabomb'?

The food here appeals to me because they're very good with their meat and that's very important as its the main course. Ingredients also seem to be very freshly selected and curated. Sauces are promised to be home made too. Prices aren't high too since it's at a coffee-shop. Go on and try some of their dishes and skip the Punggol Nasi Lemak. Try something new lah.

965 Upper Serangoon Road Stall 5, Singapore 534721
+65 8380 2555

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How to maximise your fishing package at Gills Fishing Pond?

Come at the right time, at the right price!
The best package to take based on their current promotion is definitely the 9pm to 6am (next day) promotion at $60. This is 9 hours at $60 which amounts to $6.70 hourly (cheaper than prawning!). Gills allows you to "keep the hours" and requires that you top up a minimum of 1 hour ($30) when you want to redeem your remaining hours.

The best time to fish would of course be the timings where they release fish. It's a pretty small, contained pond so not much retained fish from previous releases will linger for long. Here's a quick guide on how to utilise* the hours for the 9pm to 6am promotion.

Total hours: 11, Total spend: $120 (additional 2 hours x $30)
1st trip: 9pm to 1am (total 4 hours utilised); 10pm and 12am fish release
2nd trip: 9pm to 1am (total 3 hours utilise + 1 hour top up); 10pm and 12am fish release
3rd trip: 10pm to 1am (total 2 hours utilise + 1 hour top up); 10pm and 12am fish release

Of course, you can spend 9 hours at the pond straight but if not, one has to buy a minimum of 1 additional hour at $30 to utilise the remaining hours. If you break up your hours like the above example, that will mean you spend $120 in total and secure 6 net release opportunities.

This means that to break even, you will need to land a total of 8 fishes for all 3 sessions (About 2 fish per session which isn't difficult since each session has 2 net releases). Factor in that each piece is probably 1kg and each live fish cost price is at $15/kg estimated (this is the usual snapper, barramundi etc.) Gaos are are worth more and a live hybrid probably weighs in at $20-$30/kg estimated from the farm.
  • 8 fishes x $15 = $120 (you have broke even)
  • 10 fishes x $15 = $150 (you're definitely getting your money back) 
*Utilise within 2 weeks. Multiple visits are ok.

This post is created with information referenced from https://www.facebook.com/gills.fishing/ as of 12 Dec 2017. Gills Fishing terms and conditions might have changed at the time that you are reading this so do head on to their page to get the most updated rates.

Past CR at Gills Fishing 

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