Monday, November 29, 2010

Tang Dian Wang 汤点王



It was one of those quiet weekday evenings that we headed to town to grab a bite while running some errands. Chinese food was on the list and Tang Dian Wang (汤点王)seemed decent enough for us to pop by for dinner. This Shanghainese restaurant is owned by the folks who brought you New York New York, Xin Wang HK Cafe, Thai Express etc - restaurants that leave much to be desired in my humble opinion. But hey, life is full of second (or maybe third or fourth) chances.



Interior

Prominently situated amongst the ring of eateries that circle the Fountain of Wealth in the basement, Tang Dian Wang practises a open dining concept where passers by and customers alike are free to let their gaze roam. The decor is decidedly modern Chinese with a nod to tradition in the form of round laterns hanging from the ceiling. During our visit, the place was barely a quarter full, though I can't say the same for weekends.



Roasted Meat & Salted Egg Fragrant Rice in Lotus Wrappers (烧肉咸蛋荷叶饭)

I don't usually order rice in lotus leaf wraps (荷叶饭) when dining out because of the high oil content but apparently Tang Dian Wang is known for it so I made an exception. Oily as usual but moist with a nice lingering aroma. However I did find the roasted meat way too fatty for my liking and overall a little too bland for my liking. Decent but nothing fantastic.



Prawns with Golden Pumpkin Sauce (金瓜奶虾球)

Initial impressions of this dish were good as the prawns were crunchy with a crisp along the edges due to the light batter coating. But it soon became nausea inducing due to the starchy and bland pumpkin sauce that masked any sweetness the prawns might have to offer. Overall a rather insipid dish.



Deep-fried Bean Curd with Bak Kwa (炸肉干豆腐)

The bean curd with bak kwa (dried meat jerky) was a let down honestly. Deep fried till crisp on the outside but lacking the smoothness that I was expecting. Granted, I could make out tiny shards of bak kwa embedded within but they were too little, too small to have any impact on the dish. Although bean curd is one of my favourite dishes, I gave up after the second piece.



Sauteed Horfun with Seafood

The humble horfun(河粉) was the most unlikely star of the evening with its silky smoothness and hint of wok hei. Another plus point was the relatively fresh seafood that it came served with. On the flip side, I did think that the egg gravy was a little too starchy for my liking, which added to the nausea from the earlier dishes.



Bill

The 2 of us chalked up a bill of about $65 for dinner which I felt was a little pricey given the quality of food. Every seemed to be heavy on the starch/flour which made me squeamish after a while. Service was okay but that's not enough reason for me to ever step in again.



Final Verdict:
Ambience:7/10
Service:7/10
Food:6/10
Value for money:6/10

Overall:6.5/10

Address: #B1-033/036 Suntec City

Contact: 6334 3007

Opening Hours:

Mondays – Thursdays:
11am to 3pm
5pm to 10pm (Excluding PH)

Fridays – Sundays:
11am to 10.30pm

Website: http://tangdianwang.com.sg/

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Live @ Teppan - A Pictorial











Overall the food was average but service, though friendly, was haphazard. We waited for a very long time in between our dishes and had to remind the wait staff repeatedly. They really need to be more efficient and organised.



Address: #B1-49 West Coast Plaza

Contact: 6778 9690

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily

Website: http://www.liveteppan.com/

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Most Original Burgers



Specialty burger stalls are a dime a dozen these days so I procrastinated in trying out the one of the latest burger offering at Most Original Burgers (MOB for short) even though I am quite a sucker for new burger outlets. I was finally swayed when MOB ran a joint promotion with a website to offer a set meal at a discounted rate (cheapo me!)




Interior & Menu

The location isn't ideal, tucked away in a nondescript corner of Vivo City, along a small section of eateries that include the more illustrious Tung Lok Signatures. The decor reminds me of a typical fast food type casual eatery usually associated with the likes of the big M and slightly more "upclass" offerings like New York New York (yucks!).



Wild Mushroom Soup

A little runny but the generous chunks of mushroom more than made up for it. The reduced usage of cream as an ingredient was a welcome change and overall a decent rendition of this classic soup.



The Goodfellas

The Goodfellas actually refer to a trio of mini burgers, selected by the customer from a preset list of flavours/combinations. Yours truly chose the safest option - Classic Beef, Philly Cheese Steak and Grilled Chicken, all on MOB's signature brioche. Aesthetics wise, this dish as a whole was rather pleasing to the eye and the brioche came linked together, which I personally found a tad amusing. It didn't taste like the brioche I knew and instead, carried a hint of beer in every bite. And it was rather dry. I thought that the classic beef, which came in the form of a ball, was quite decent but a tad dry. The philly was just way tough and I couldn't quite make out the taste of cheese even though it was visually very evident. Nothing like the real deal from Philadelphia. Best of the lot was the grilled chicken, which had a nice smokiness to it that I personally like. It also helped that the meat was tender.



Grilled Oregano Chicken

This dish seemed like a super sized up version of the grilled chicken burger and no, I'm definitely not complaining. Nicely grilled and tender with a sizeable portion to boot, the chicken was well complimented by the oregano and pommery mustard sauce, which imbued a rich saltiness to it.



Waffle with Ice Cream

Crisp but a little too hard. And the ice cream tasted like hardened milk, lacking the usual richness I would expect even from lower end brands like Kings, which is easily available at most supermarkets. I ate a quarter and gave up.



Bill

Apparently my set (mushroom soup + good fellas + waffle & ice cream + drink) would have cost in excess of $40 without the voucher but I only paid $17, which I personally thought was still within the reasonable range. But have me pay the original price for the set and its definitely a big no no. Also, I'm not sure the grilled chicken was worth the $18.90++. Overall it is my personal judgment that this place falls into the same category as Swensens and the likes - not worth a revisit.



Final Verdict:
Ambience:6.5/10
Service:6.5/10
Food:6.5/10
Value for money:5.5/10 (Based on non discounted pricing)

Overall:6.25/10

Address: VivoCity #01-52

Contact: 6376 9681

Opening Hours: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Website: http://www.moburgers.com/

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Liang Kee II

It was a revisit to Liang Kee for comfort Teochew food, seeing that we had a positive experience there not too long ago. Location was key as well, as we were in the area shopping for stuff.



Stir Fried Kai Lan

A simple yet well executed dish. The stir fried kai lan (Chinese Broccoli/Kale) wasn't overcooked and carried a strong hint of wok hei. The addition of ti po (dried sole fish) provided the necessary saltiness as well as a nice twist to the seemingly mundane texture.



Combination of Deep Fried Prawn Rolls & Beancurd

Greedy for more variety but faced with the trauma of ever ballooning waistlines, we opted to combine 2 dishes that we would have ordered into 1 - deep fried prawn rolls (heh zhor) and beancurd. The prawn rolls had a crisp exterior but I didn't appreciate the marginally excessive fat meat wrapped within. I liked the plum sauce though, which was neither too sweet nor gelatin.
The deep fried beancurd was rather forgettable, coming across as coarse and oily. I'll remember to skip this the next time round.



Braised Duck

Fresh geese is still a relatively rare commodity in Singapore so we had to make do with duck, which honestly wasn't any lacklustre compared to its larger cousin. Well braised with the not overly salty gravy permeating through the large slices of tender, mildly fibrous meat. The accompanying braised beancurd was smooth and almost silky - still one of the best that I've tried.



Yam Paste

Smooth, fragrant and rich yet not overwhelming. What more can I ask for? A sweet ending to a comforting dinner.



Bill

My previous positive experience at Liang Kee has been reinforced by this visit, which cost the 3 of us to the tune of $51 for dinner. Reasonable if I may say, with its above average quality of food and decent service. Just remember to make reservations if you intend to patronise on a weekend.



Final Verdict:
Ambience:6/10
Service:6.5/10
Food:7.5/10
Value for money:7/10

Overall:6.75/10

Address: 34 Whampoa West, #01-27

Contact: 6297 7789

Opening Hours: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Website: http://www.liangkee.insing.sg

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Berg's Gourmet Burgers Part II - A Pictorial





Standards seem to have dropped quite a bit. My beef patty was dry and charred. No more next time.



Final Verdict:
Ambience:6/10
Service:7/10
Food:5.5/10
Value for money:5.5/10
Overall:6/10

Address: #01-01 Far East Square

Contact: 6438 6506

Opening Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm, Mon - Sat

Website: http://bergsburgers.com/index.html