Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tai Hing Roast

Tai Hing Roast, one of the largest chain of Hong Kong style eateries in Hong Kong and China, has officially opened an outlet at Changi Airport's Terminal 2. There is a catch however. Tai Hing Roast is located within the transit section of the terminal, which means you will have to be flying in/out of Singapore before you get to dine there. Weird positioning if you ask me, but I guess the management would know better.




The Place & Menu

It isn't a restaurant per se, but more of a seemingly borderless area where you can dine at and watch planes (and people) go by.The menu is pretty much similar to what you get in a standard HK cafe in Singapore but prices do seem a little higher (think $10-$12 for roast duck noodles), taking into consideration the location as well as the middle to high positioning that is adopted by the eatery.




Speech by the MD of Tai Hing Roast, Mr Chan Wing On & Ribbon cutting



Champagne to toast



Washed down with Tai Hing's famous milk tea



Char Siew



Roast Chicken




Platter of Roast Pork and Skin



Beef



Roast Duck

Based on the sampling of food I had, I honestly wouldn't say that the food was anything to shout about. But it does provide a good and "exclusive" alternative to the likes of Burger King, Subway and all the other run off the mill outlets in the T2 transit area. Best of all, it's round the clock.

Address: Transit lounge, Changi Airport Terminal 2

Contact: 6214 3606

Opening Hours: 24 hrs daily

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Brasserie Les Saveurs IV - A Pictorial

It was a complimentary high tea session at Les Saveurs, courtesy of my Astor card. You get a 3 tier stand with sandwiches and scones, a choice of a savoury dish, two desserts each and of course a choice of TWG tea.







I don't remember how much each pax is suppose to cost but I don't think the quality and quantity of food warrants a return (not for the high tea at least!).



Address: Lobby Level, St Regis Singapore

Contact: 6506 6866

Opening Hours: Daily 6:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Website: http://www.stregissingapore.com/bls

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mortons Part VII

Following a dim sum lunch at Yan Ting, it was dinner at Mortons - a testament to my ever expanding waistline and ever slimming wallet.




Interior & Complimentary Onion Bread

We got our favourite table again and something about the interior struck me as different. Instead of the stoic and sombre dining room that I was used to, a couple of windows had been installed, allowing natural light in for a more cheery atmosphere (considering that Mortons only opens for dinner, there's not much natural light to speak off actually unless you get there before 7pm, which was exactly what I did).

As usual we didn't even bother to try finishing the onion loaf and instead opted to doggy bag it.



Broiled Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

What would have usually been an excellent dish was marred by the under searing of the scallops which led to a little over tenderness in the center. Not that it was a very big issue though and I definitely still enjoyed the scallops. The bacon was still good as well - a little crisp with no rancid oil taste. You can choose to eat the scallops on their own or together with the minty, lightly sweet apricot chutney.



Side of Asparagus

The token vegetable dish of the day amongst all the meat and seafood dishes. Funny how we didn't manage to finish the asparagus even though we were both fans of it.



Colossal Shrimp Alexander

This dish never fails to amaze with the size of its colossal shrimp as well as the size of the dish in general. But (un)fortunately, the portion size seems to have shrunk a little this time round. Not that we were in a better position to finish everything though! The prawns were sweet and crunchy and trust me, share your prawns or you will be hit with a prawn overload by the end of the meal. Would have appreciated the paella staying on the stove a wee bit longer though.



USDA Prime Burger

I was once again not impressed by Mortons's USDA Prime Burger, which featured a tender medium well beef patty with bits of fat that didn't impress with its lack of inherent beefy sweetness. The cheddar cheese, mushrooms and bacon did give it an additional oomph though. Overall still very decent and better than quite a fair bit of burgers out there.




Dessert Tray & Upside Down Apple Pie

I had the option of picking the dessert off the dessert trolley, which looked fantastic by any measure but we decided to stick to the tried and tested upside down apple pie which would help balance out out palates with its acidity. Solid crust beneath apple slices and raisins dusted with Cinnamon powder. A scoop of vanilla ice cream helped to sweeten things a little. Nice!



Bill

The dessert was complimentary but we still chalked up a bill of about $218. Not too expensive honestly and I'm looking forward to my return lunch during the F1 weekend!


Ambience:7/10
Service:8/10
Food:8/10 (7/10 for the burger)
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/

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh II

About a year ago, one of Singapore's most renowned Bak Kut Teh stall, Ng Ah Sio (NAS for short), announced that Jumbo would take over the day to day operations of its only outlet at Rangoon Road. This was to ensure consistency in the food as well as excellent service, with the latter sorely lacking in NAS.




The place & Menu

It has been a long while since I last visited and the place has undergone quite a drastic renovation. Gone is the old nostalgic eating house charm. In its place is a modern restaurant like interior with with white washed walls, granite top tables and overhanging light fixtures. Seriously, compare this with this. And the place was packed with tourists, mainly from Hong Kong, all toting cameras and looking to have a taste of this "legendary" food stall that turned down Donald Tseng back in 2006.



Intestines

Also known as chitterlings, the intestines were a little too salty for my liking. But no offal smell. Best eaten with a large mouthful of rice.




Pork Ribs Soup & Spare Ribs Soup

$5.50 gets you a small bowl of pork ribs soup with 3 tiny pieces of well cooked meat that sports a reddish hue inside. However, the soup is so tasty that its almost surreal (probably from the addition of MSG) and not to mention overly salty, even by my standards. I liked the copious amount of pepper that went into it though. $7.50 on the other hand, gets you 2 slightly bigger pieces of spare rib, which totally differs in size from what you see on the menu. Oh and soup is refillable, but I didn't ask for any. No prizes for guessing why though.



Bill

To be honest, standards for this place have nosedived and NAS seems more like a commercial entity than anything else. I'm not sure Jumbo, as a stakeholder, has done NAS any good, save for perhaps the service. And I'm sure this is not just an off day for NAS as I did patronise twice in a space of a month and both times, quality was lacking. To compound that was the fact that prices weren't exactly cheap or even reasonable, veering well into the expensive category. I definitely won't be back.


Final Verdict:
Ambience:NA
Service:6.5/10
Food:6/10
Value for money:5.5/10
Overall:6/10

Address: 208 Rangoon Road

Contact: 62914537

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 7am to 10pm.

Website: http://www.ngahsiobkt.com

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Old School Delights



Old School Delights, as it name might suggest, bases its idea on the school tuck shops of yesteryear. And it was this concept that had me hooked when the kind folks at the eatery invited me down for a simple lunch. In line with the theme, "fancy" dishes like foie gras and steak are missing from the menu and instead, simple local fare like macaroni, mee siam, laksa, nasi lemak etc are featured prominently.






Interior

The place is reminiscent of a classroom with its huge chalkboard, cement screed floors and quirky drawings which seemingly hark back to the days of "Mr Kiasu". There is even a paper table mat with an almost realistic imprint of an old school jotter book which I used when I was a kid. Lets not forget the pack of "Snap" cards and the erasers with country flags on them. Ahh the nostalgia.



Kueh Pie Tee

I've always had a penchant for Kueh Pie Tee, with its crisp shell and delectable filling of chopped egg and stewed vegetables (they are first fried with garlic then simmered in water). OSD's rendition was a little bland due to the lack of sweet sauce (I opted for no chilli). The shell (which isn't made in house) had a crunchy overtone to it but did seem a little too oily for my liking. I would have also appreciated the filling to be served piping hot instead of at room temperature.



Macaroni

What you get it pretty standard. A couple of slices of fishcake and some strands of shredded chicken as well as a couple of quail eggs, vegetables and of course macaroni in a tasty yet light broth. Although this dish wasn't spectacular, it did cover me in comfort and warm fuzziness. This was a dish that I loved to eat when I was kid and this one was simple and unpretentious - giving rise to a homely feeling (有家的感觉).



Chocolate Banana Cake

I ended off my lunch with a Chocolate Banana Cake, which wasn't quite the same as what I've had before. Think Choc a bloc. OSD's offering was the old fashioned banana cake with a layer of mashed bananas wedged in between and covered with a layer of molten (and shiny) chocolate. The cake came across as a little too dry for my liking but overall still a nice and sinful dessert (if you like bananas and chocolate)!

Overall, the food wasn't great but still very comforting in it's own way. Maybe it's just nostalgia and the chance to relive those happy and carefree moments, albeit for only a brief moment? Thanks to the folks at OSD for the invite!


Final Verdict:
Ambience:7/10 (Nostalgic!)
Service:NA
Food:6.5/10
Value for money:NA
Overall:6.75/10

Address: 215M Upper Thomson Road

Contact: 6458 4518

Opening Hours: 12 noon to 11pm (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Website: http://www.oldschooldelights.com