Friday, July 13, 2007

Bungalow Tapas Bar & Grill

Was wandering around United Square with my gf deciding what to eat for dinner when we chanced upon this eatery/watering hole.


Tucked in a rather obscure corner of United Square, it is hidden from the crowds that descend upon the other more prominent food outlets in the area. This isn't a bad thing at all, considering that it provides a welcome respite from all the hustle and bustle. The interior of the place is simply charming. A high ceiling coupled with an overhanging chandelier against a red wall backdrop provides a feeling of space and relaxation. Add the comfy window seats and soft background music to the equation and viola, you have a nice chill out place.


Trio Mushroom Soup

Nicely presented with a slice of bread, the mushroom soup didn't quite meet expectations. It came across as a little runny and tasteless although it was made from grounded mushrooms. A little salt might have done wonders. And at $8 a bowl, it certainly didn't come cheap.

Long Fed Ribeye

According to the waiter who recommended this dish to me, long fed beef has its fats within the slab of meat, whereas normal beef has fats around the edges. Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I infer that its something similar to Wagyu then? The beef was served almost well done and strangely enough, the waiter didn't ask me how I wanted it to be done when he took my order. I wonder why. That aside, the ribeye was surprisingly tender for its doneness, but lacked the succulence that I would have enjoyed. Size wise was probably about 180g - 200g. The accompanying mushroom sauce was a little diluted and light on the flavours. I would have preferred a more robust sauce honestly.

Coppa Noce - Maple Walnut & Straciatella (Italian Chocolate Chip) Ice Cream topped with Nuts & A Wafer Fan

The Coppa Noce sounded absolutely tempting but like the mushroom soup, fell a little short. The Maple Walnut ice cream had no hint of maple syrup whatsoever whereas the Straciatella had a slight tinge of coffee aftertaste. Nothing spectacular really.


$60 for 1 pax (I did all the eating) is pretty steep for the quantity and quality of food served. To top it off, I wasn't exactly stuffed up after the meal, which says pretty much about the quantity I guess. Service is good but food quality really needs to move up a notch or else all the good service and ambience will still amount to zilch.

Likes: Nice ambience, good service
Dislikes: Pricey, food quality is only slightly above average

Final Verdict:

Value for money:6/10


Address: #01-14/15, United Square

Contact: 6258 9442


LiquidShaDow said...

Fat within the slabs of meat is an ambiguous term. It can mean many things. The feature of Wagyu is that the fat is marbled into the meat which means that the fatty tissue is distributed in a vein like pattern across the meat. I personally don't think any steak should be had well done.

I passed by this place a few weeks back and looked at the menu. Gut feeling said "no!" to me. Lol

fatpig said...

Lucky you man. The place is supposed to be known for its tapas and drinks though.