Fat Cow

Got back from vacation a few days ago. Landed at 3am, and with bare minimum shut-eye, I made it out to Fat Cow for lunch. Purely out of impulse. At 1pm I called them up “Can I come in for lunch now?”. Well it actually doesn’t get that crowded (especially not on a Monday) but I would rather be safe.

So you’ve heard of the famed wagyu bowls. Seen them on instagram for sure. At $50 for the lunch set you’re still contemplating. Well I know whatever I say here (good or bad) you’re still going to want to try it for yourself. But let me share my thoughts anyway.There’s surprisingly quite a selection for set lunch. But we still did the predictable and ordered the wagyu-foie gras rice bowls.

Prior to this I always thought of Fat Cow as a magical place where every bite is an orgasmic mouthful of unicorn shit. Every grain of rice is instagram-worthy and you kind of die a little thinking of the juices from the meat.

What I was about to find out sorely disappointed. Maybe they packaged things a little differently – sophisticated interiors, luxurious ingredients – and that’s what people dig. But food-wise, what we tried failed to live up to the hype. Stop overhyping for the wrong reasons people.

The lunch set comes with salad, miso soup and chawanmushi as starters. There is also ice-cream for dessert.


The salad was so good. I drank up the tangy dressing. I detected some plum in there! I don’t understand why the group of indonesian girls beside me didn’t touch their salad at all. Like not one bit. They returned it to the waitress untouched.

I was shocked that the chawanmushi was so bland. I thought, maybe they made the egg bland to let other things stand out. I tried to reason for them. I was still on their side.

When the rice bowl came I wanted to love it, but the beef was so tough. I asked for medium rare… We’ve had better beef at New Ubin Seafood. That’s zichar. This is fine dining. Something’s wrong here. I found myself saving the foie gras for last because that was the saving grace of the dish. You can’t really make bad foie gras. Also my lunch companion noted that they did not even use sushi rice? (I can’t recall now.)


When the ice cream came I didn’t want it at first. But I took a spoonful and all changed. Was it chocolate-caramel? Best part of the meal. Best ice cream of my life even. I kept joking that I would go back to Fat Cow just for their ice cream.


Overall we spent $54 per person for the set lunch. Ironic because I probably spent that amount on food for all 3 days of my vacation in Bali.

#01-01, Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard

Folks Collective @ China Square Central

Two Thai food posts in a row, it isn’t hard to figure what my favorite cuisine is..

What? Thai food? You could have sworn ‘folks collective’ sounded like the new brunch/ coffee place your friend was raving about. Guess not. It’s thai!


It’s not just the name that’s deceiving. Step into the restaurant and you wouldn’t have a clue until you open the menu. It’s decorated with vintage collectibles like vespas and pin-ups. Pinball machine? A trishaw. Some might say identity crisis but it’s true that there are no ‘hip’ Thai places in Singapore so I guess that’s what they’re trying to do.


I like how even though it’s in the CBD and despite the elaborate decor, they still maintained reasonable and appropriate prices for Thai food. Because face it, there’s a limit to what you’d pay for pad Thai.

Check it out –

The latte had two espresso shots in there and cost only $3! Which tempted us to order, though we came to regret it. Hot Thai food is best accompanied by an iced drink.


We are crazy fans of fried chicken. When we saw this “crispy fried chicken skin” on the menu we knew we were ordering it. Only $2.90! We ate it in silence and didn’t speak again until it was finished. It was crazy addictive. Finished it in 2 minutes flat. Yum!


My favorite Thai dish of all time! Seafood vermicelli salad in tangy dressing. It was refreshing and oh so appetizing. Not too spicy too. ($7.90)


Then came the green curry. At first we were baffled as to the texture of the curry – it was thin and soupy. Very un characteristic of a curry. But the taste was there. So it felt light and tasty. ($8.90)


Basil beef. Nice and crunchy because it was mixed well with veggies. ($8.90)


Love the place! If I worked in the area I’d definitely be a regular!

#01-25, China Square Central, 20 Cross Street