Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fatboy's The Burger Bar II

Had another go at Fatboy's, this time at their newly opened outlet at Joo Chiat, in the hope that food quality had improved over my previous visit.




Interior & Menu

The place is reminiscent of its pioneer outlet at Upper Thomson but boasts a bigger seating capacity for a less cluttered feel. I personally like the relaxed, homely vibe that the place emanates, especially with only 3-4 tables occupied on a weekday afternoon.



Rootbeer Float

Nothing like a cold mug of rootbeer float to keep the afternoon heat at bay.



Wimpy



Fat Bastard

To my disappointment, no, the burger hadn't improved. Machine chopped frozen beef patty sandwiched between listless buns that didn't make things anymore appetising. A little salt would have probably gone a long way in making things more palatable. But to be fair, the burger isn't bad. It's just average by many yardsticks in my humble opinion.



Bill

Lunch for 3 cost to the tune of $60. People often say, three strikes and you are out. Does that mean I have to give Fatboy's another chance somewhere down the line? Considering it ain't exactly cheap for a burger, maybe not.



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

Overall:6.5/10

Address: 465 Joo Chiat Road

Contact: 63466081

Opening Hours: Daily: Noon to late

Website: http://www.fatboys.sg/

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mortons Part V

I think I'm getting addicted to Mortons (which isn't exactly a good thing!), with my last visit less than 3 months back. Whatever happened to dining during special occasions only? Well, to cut the long story short, we got our favourite booth seats and a charming waiter for the evening.



Onion Loaf

We resisted the temptation to stuff ourselves silly with the devilishly delicious onion loaf and only took a nibble or two in anticipation of the courses to follow.



Caesar Salad

Well tossed in dressing but pretty much your average salad with fresh iceburg lettuce and non rancid croutons.



Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

Contrary to the wonderful crab cakes we had the previous round, this was disappointing. The surface was way too charred and the crab meat came across as a tad too dry. Not that it was bad but I just didn't have the stomach to finish it all.



Broiled Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

It was the sort of dish that made me go wow and grin with glee, not by how complicated it was, but more of how something so simple could taste so good. The scallops were huge, succulent and bursting with natural sweetness to boot. The bacon tasted fresh and added a salty dimension to this dish. Served alongside was a dollop of apricot chutney, which came across as mind numbingly sweet when eaten alone. But paired with the scallops and bacon, it helped to mask the oiliness. Sinfully wonderful!



Mashed Potatoes

A staple in all our visits to Mortons, we pampered ourselves with numerous servings of fresh, crisp bacon bits and sour cream to accompany the smooth mashed potato. Would still like more butter in it though.



Colossal Shrimp Alexander

What you get for $84++ is six unbelievably huge shrimps lightly dusted with crumbs, deep fried and served with a generous portion of paella. The shrimps were absolutely crunchy and tasty and like the scallops, made me exclaim in appreciation. The paella was firm and tasty almost to a fault. Read. It's salty so drink more water.



Single Cut Fillet Mignon

Done to a perfect medium rare with little charred bits along the edges, the fillet mignon was still good - no unhappy surprises here.



Upside Down Apple Pie

Still good with tart apple slices coupled with raisins and a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. I never seem to get sick of this dessert.



Morton's Hot Chocolate Cake

The legend never fails me and I'm more than happy to indulge (at the expense of my health) in the viscous molten chocolate and crisp shell with a side of vanilla ice cream.



Bill

Total bill for 2 with a $100 discount voucher stood just shy of $200, which isn't cheap (no one walks into Mortons expecting a cheap meal anyway) but definitely satisfying. Service towards the end (especially the billing part) did seem a little slow but commendable nonetheless.



Final Verdict:


Ambience:7/10
Service:8/10
Food:8/10
Value for money:7/10
Overall:7.5/10

Address: 4th Storey, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Contact: 6339-3740

Opening Hours:

Bar
Monday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday 5pm - 10pm

Dining Room
Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 5pm - 10pm

Website: http://www.mortons.com/singapore/

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Line

It's funny how I constantly reiterate that I dislike buffets but always end up going for one when a huge discount carrot is dangled in front of me. I guess its the typical kiasu Singaporean mentality that has been instilled in me. So yes, how could I possibly say no to a 39% discount offered by The Line @ Shangri-la hotel?













Ambience

The Line is located at the basement of Shangri la and spells simplistic chic from the moment you step in. The colour scheme is mainly zesty orange and white, emanating a sense of vigour and excitement.

Variety

The buffet is divided into 5 different sections - Italian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Dim Sum and Desserts, all of which offer about 4 to 5 dishes each save for the dessert section which probably had about 20 items or so (about a third of more were made of some form of kueh). There was also a couple of "live" stations where you can get your popiah, laksa, crepes, pasta etc. Overall, I wouldn't call the spread extensive, but it was a decent spread by many standards.

Quality

Here comes my biggest gripe. Quality of food ranged from below average to average, with probably only a couple of items toeing the above average mark. ie. the sashimi, 1 or 2 of the cakes (most notably The Line Cake). Even the homemade ice cream (vanilla flavour) was bad - bland, melted in a jiffy and where's the sugar?!

Service

Casual and friendly enough, just that the wait staff need to clear the plates and top up the water a little more frequently. Some of the counter staff at the "live" stations could be a little friendlier though.

Value for money

At $56/pax after the 39% discount ($91.81 without), it's still a rip off in my humble opinion, especially with the mediocre quality of food and the notable absence of more expensive items like lobsters, scallops and the likes. I am pretty sure I can get alot better food that can fill me up at that price point. Just a thought, does a 39% discount mean a 39% reduction in quality as well?



Final Verdict:

Ambience:7/10
Service:6.5/10
Food:6/10
Value for money:5.5/10 (with discount)

Overall:6.25/10

Address: Lower Lobby, Tower Wing, Shangri-la Hotel

Contact: 6213 4275

Opening Hours:

Breakfast: 6am - 10.30am (weekends until 11am)

Lunch: Noon - 2.30pm (weekends and holidays until 3pm)

Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm (weekends and holidays from 6pm)

Supper: 10.30pm - 6am

À la carte: 24 hours

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/singapore/shangrila/dining/restaurant/theline