Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dining with a Big Heart @ Heart of House

[Sponsored Review + Giveaway]

Update: Heart of House is closed down.

Christmas is a season of giving. Have you thought of having a great meal or taking a beautiful mug home can be a form of giving too?

Hidden in the neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, Heart of House, a restaurant serving homemade classics, has a big heart like its name. We were glad to be invited to its food tasting session and to learn about its charity initiatives.

The moment we stepped into Heart of House, we were brought back to the good old days.

With its collection of old cooking utensils, telephones, toys, figurines, typewriter, and so on, the restaurant looks exactly like a mini museum!

Look up to the ceiling, you will find the lamp covers that are actually recycled from Milo tin and other metal tins. How creative!

During the meal, you will find that no one else uses the same mug and serving plate as you. The collections of mugs, serving plates and shot glasses are also another eye opener for the diners.

Don't be alarmed, the children were not served Guinness Stout, it was fresh orange juice!

Look at the crust of Bacon, Pineapple, Olives and Pepper Pizza! It is so thin and crispy!

Fish slices soup served with rice is a good choice for the children. The fish slices are fresh, and we did not find any bones in our serving!

N.Z. chunk tender diced and marinated in red wine, braised with Guinness Stout, carrots and potatoes, this Beef Guinness Stew was my favourite dish of the day. If it was not meant for the guests to share, I would love to drink up the whole bowl of gravy! The kind owner informed me not to worry that my children will be drunk by this Beef Guinness Stew, as the alcohol has been evaporated during the cooking process.

BBQ St. Louis Pork Rib is tender and well-marinated. The home made barbecue sauce is not too spicy and is suitable for people with low spicy threshold like me.

Crispy and tender chicken thigh topped with pineapple salsa, Chicken Hugo A Go Go is one of the must-try at Heart of House. This is the star dish of the food tasting session as it is the ambassador of the charity initiative. 

What a pity that we didn't have a chance to taste Oath pizza, Braised Lamb Shank, Nachos and Chicken Parmigano (breaded chicken topped with back bacon, salsa and mixed cheese), as they were cleared by the other guests with the speed of light!

For the children, the highlight of the meal was Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice-cream! As the owner was preparing the ice-cream, he told the children to count one to ten. Yes, they did... in one second.

I wanted to cut the cake to take a photo of the lava flowing out of the cake. However, judging at the way they "attacked" the cake, I had to give this thought a miss.

Heart of House also serves a variety of bottled beers and ciders. But no, children don't get a share of this.

I feel that the food is nice, the price is reasonable (no GST and service charge!) and the owner is very friendly (He was not angry when Hao Hao kept asking him "Are you a girl?" as he tied his long hair), just find that there was a strange smell in the indoor part of the restaurant.

Hao Hao saw an important notice on the chalkboard...

Kindergarten and primary school students (age 4-8 years old) who score 'A' for their test, or if they have improved by two grades from the previous test, show the test paper and they will be rewarded by having a kid's item on the house! Of course, the child must be accompanied by an adult.

It was heartwarming when the representative of Heart of House shared with us their charity initiatives:
  1. All profits made from the sale of St Luke's Dish named Chicken Hugo A Go Go (S$20) will be donated to St Luke's Hospital, a community hospital that provides professional healthcare services to the needy elderly. 
  2. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the mugs designed during the HOH Entrepreneurship Award (See the designs here) will go to Singapore Children's Society, which looks after the welfare of disadvantaged children.
Indeed, Heart of House has a big heart! So are you keen to show your big heart too?

I was saying that Christmas is a season of giving, right? Good news for you! 

[Giveaway] (Closed)

We are pleased to give away one *S$50 dining voucher at Heart of House! Just 2 simple steps!
  1. Like PeiPei.HaoHao's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Peipeihaohao (Thanks if you have already "Liked" us)
  2. Leave a comment on this blog, telling us why you would like to win the dining voucher, and your email address. [If you experience difficulty in commenting here, alternatively, you may email to mami (at) peipeihaohao (dot) com]

The giveaway will be closed on 14 December 2013, 2359hrs. One winner will be randomly drawn. The winner will be announced on 15 December 2013. The discount code will be sent to the winner via email, so remember to leave your comment with your email address, ok?

*Terms & Conditions
  • Valid for residents in Singapore only.
  • Voucher is valid until 15 February 2014.
  • Reservations are strictly required.
  • Voucher is not valid on Fridays, Saturdays and Eve of Public Holidays.
  • Heart of House is not open on Mondays and Public Holidays.
  • Voucher is not exchangeable for cash. Unused values will not be returned. 

Congratulations to the winner - Debra!

Heart of House 
Address: 4 Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169245 
Phone: 62747448
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 3 pm - 12 am (Closed on Monday and Public Holiday)
Website: http://heartofhouse.com.sg/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeartofHouseSingapore

Disclaimer: We were invited to a complimentary food tasting session. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine.

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  1. I hope to win the voucher so that I can bring my family to try all the nice foods there.
    Email: amycpj@gmail.com

  2. Love to check out quaint cafes n eateries that hark back to the past to show my children the things that daddy n mummy grew up with.

    Carol, Cmeilim@gmail.com

  3. We'll love to try the dishes at Heart of the House. I like it that part of the proceeds go to Charity too! :D

  4. Love people who cook and serve food with lots of heart!

    Robert, Robert_sim@yahoo.com

  5. We love vintage and this looks like a great eatery to check out!


  6. I love eating good food and cafe hopping. Would love to win the voucher to check this place out! Lava cake looks divine!


  7. I see cake! I see pizza! *excited* I would like to win the dining voucher to try them!


  8. I like that the sales proceeds go to a very good cause. Would love to dine there and check the place out too!


  9. Need an excuse to visit that part of Singapore & the food looked too yummy to resist! :)


    Thanks for hosting! :)


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