Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tung Lok Seafood

Had dinner at Tung Lok Seafood @ Arena Country Club, a rather obscure club (if you even call it a club) just opposite SAFTI MI. Strangely enough, the same stretch of low rise buildings also host a go karting track and a huge burger king outlet.


Interior

The place is quite a size and can easily fit up to 200+ people. However, the interior is a little dated but still presentable nonetheless. Definitely more suited to family dining than business meals.


Homemade Beancurd with Spinach

Sitting on a bed of spinach and topped with mushrooms, this dish lacked consistency. Some pieces of beancurd had a nice savoury taste but some were just outright bland. Pity really.


Sweet and Sour Pork

While I will admit that the sweet and sour pork had a nice smoky taste to it, the meat to flour proportion was greatly skewed in favour of the flour, which was a real bummer. Not to mention that portions were tiny for $18++.


Stir Fried Kailan

Drenched in light, mildly salty gravy without being overcooked. Very decent.


Roast Chicken

Served with the de facto crackers, the roast chicken boasted razor thin crisp skin coupled with tender flesh and a generous splashing of salt. Only gripe I had was that the meat could have been juicier. Still good though but nothing compared to what I had at Lung King Heen of course.


Deep Fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayo Sauce

Apparently Tung Lok came up with this dish many years ago. I am not sure how accurate this piece of information is but the prawns were really quite good. Huge, crunchy and coated in a thin layer of flour with a mild tolerable level of wasabi. But it's $52++ for a large serving for 9 pax.



Horfun with Prawns

Although each of us managed to snag a huge prawn each, the hor fun itself lacked wok hei but I did like the not too starchy gravy with generous amounts of egg. But at $40++ for such a small portion, I'm inclined to think that it's quite overpriced.

Total bill for the 9 of us stood at $238 with a 20% discount. Sure, we were all stuffed at the end of it (courtesy of the ever reliable bowls of rice) and food quality was generally above average, but I wouldn't term it value for money. Portions were less than generous and honestly, none of the ingredients in our dishes were anywhere near expensive. But still, if a family dinner is at hand and you would like an "established" brand name with decent food and prices that won't break your bank, Tung Lok Seafood may just appeal to you.


Final Verdict:

Ambience:6.5/10
Service:6.5/10
Food:6.5/10
Value for money:5.5/10 (without discount)
Overall:6.25/10

Address: The Arena Country Club, 511 Upper Jurong Road

Contact: 6262 6996

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat
Lunch : 11:30 - 3:00PM
Dinner : 6:30 - 11:00PM

Sun & PH
Lunch : 10:00 - 3:00PM
Dinner : 6:00 - 11:00PM

Website: http://www.tunglokseafood.com

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mortons IX

After a 6 month hiatus, we decided to revisit an old friend, Mortons, to see if anything had changed ever since its acquisition by Landry's in Dec 2011. Honestly I'm not very familiar with the Landry's brand name but apparently they are huge and own brands like Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump and the likes - not exactly brands that are synonymous with great food in my humble opinion.


Interior


Complimentary Bread

The complimentary onion loaf had shrunk considerably and when queried, our waiter explained that customers had feedback that the loaf was way too big and they had issues finishing their mains/desserts. (Those customers obviously didn't know about the doggy bag service for the bread. Haha) Size aside, the bread was noticeably dryer with reduced onion aftertaste. First signs of a drop in quality?
 


Macaroni & Cheese

Mac & Cheese is back on the menu! Well, not "formally" yet but you can ask your server about it. I didn't think it was that great actually as the cheese came across as bland and without much depth, rendering the bigger than usual macaroni tasteless and disappointing. And as with all cheese dishes, this was induced nausea big time. So please share. 



Chicken Christopher

3 generous pieces of nicely breaded, tender meat with a creamy aftertaste - Very nice! However as with most other dishes at Mortons, it's good to share or else the nausea will get to you.


USDA Prime Burger

I had the prime burger with the works (bacon, cheese, mushrooms) and honestly, the meat was a little overdone from my order of medium well. Fortunately, it managed to stay tender and juicy with a nice beefy taste. The fries were plump and moist and a most sinful indulgence to help fill me up. The buns could do with a little butter though.

Morton's Hot Chocolate Cake

The 20 minute wait was still worth it for the legendary hot chocolate cake. Decadently sinful with sweet, oozing molten chocolate relished with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. Perfect way to end off the meal!



Bill

Total bill for the evening stood at a mere $42 (with a $100++ discount). Service was great and I got my favourite table to boot! Has being acquired led to a drop in overall quality at Mortons? It's still early days but if the mac & cheese and onion loaf is anything to go by, that prospect is looming in the not so distant future.


Ambience:7.5/10
Service:8/10
Food:7/10 (6/10 for the Mac & Cheese)
Value for money:7/10
Overall:7.3/10

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, April 08, 2012

Space @ My Humble House

Was staying in nearby Conrad for the weekend but didn't fancy anything too elaborate for dinner so settled for a quick meal at Space @ My Humble House at the Esplanade.



Interior

Playing neighbour to it's more illustrious sibling, My Humble House (which by the way didn't quite impress me on my previous visit), Space has a nice modern, minimalistic vibe to it - definitely not some place you would expect to find local favourites like chicken rice, hokkien mee and the likes. But at a premium of course.



Mama Leong's Chicken Rice

Apparently this humble dish was named after Sam Leong's mum. And I thought it was good - tender, moist and seeping with flavour. You have the option of ordering an entire chicken ($32), half a chicken ($18) and single portion @ $12. Rice is an additional $1/head and though fragrant and seemingly prudent with the oil, lacked the fluffiness that I would have liked.



Fried Radish Cake with Freshly-peeled Crabmeat, Whole Prawns, Juicy Scallops and Egg

I loved the extravagance of this dish - huge prawns and scallops coupled with copious amount of egg. However it lacked the slightly charred taste and came across as bland. Somehow everything just didn't seem to meld together. The radish cake wasn't exactly smooth and silky either.



Bill

A quick meal of local dishes cost us to the tune of $48 (inclusive of a small cup of watermleon juice @ $6). The chicken rice was good but the radish cake only made it to average based on the merit of the prawns and scallops; without which, it would have languished at the bottom half of the scale. Service was decent but hardly a selling point.


Final Verdict:

Ambience:7/10
Service:6.5/10
Food:6.5/10 (7/10 for the chicken rice, 5.5/10 for the radish cake)
Value for money:6/10
Overall:6.5/10

Address: #02-25 Esplanade Mall

Contact: 6423 1881

Opening Hours:

Daily
Lunch : 11:45AM - 3:00PM
Dinner : 6:00PM – 10.30PM

Last Order
Lunch : 2:30PM
Dinner : 10:00PM

Website: http://www.myhumblehouse.com.sg/space/concept.php

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Brasserie Wolf



We were at Robertson Quay on a Saturday afternoon and we were hungry. Brasserie Wolf beckoned with its crowd free premises so we settled for it.



Interior

It was a warm day and the sufficiently cooled interior provided a nice respite from the heat and away from the al fresco crowds that littered the establishment next door. The setting is decidedly modern with splashes of retro, depending on which area you sit at.



Traditional French Onion Soup

I liked the richness of the soup but did find it a tad too sweet. The gruyere cheese and toast was great though, with its gooey-ness and mildly charred undertones. Great way to warm up the belly! And if you noticed, the serving bowl is in the shape of a heart. Perfect for those romantic dinners eh?



Traditional Nicoise Salad

The aesthetics were pleasing and the greens were fresh and crunchy. But I didn't quite take to this dish due to my personal opinion that the grilled tuna was overly fishy. I did like the texture though.



Pork Belly

"Extremely fatty" was the first thought that popped into my mind when I had a glimpse of the pork belly. Never mind that it was tender or that the sauce gave it a unique oriental feel (tasted like it had hoisin sauce in it). I just couldn't bring myself to stomach (and savour) that proportionally imbalanced piece of pork, not with the skin mildly crispy and sticking to my teeth with every bite.



USDA Prime Sirloin

The sirloin was more well done than medium well and thus the meat came out a little too dry and tough for my liking. But I did like the natural bovine flavours and the pinch of salt seasoning. What I particularly liked about this dish was the shoestring (irony!) fries and the dip. Free of any rancid oil taste and dipped in creamy goodness with nuances of spring onion - tasty!



Steamed Toffee and Date Pudding

I fell in love with this dessert at Marmalade Pantry @ Palais some years back. And seeing that Brasserie Wolf served this dessert as well, I decided to take my chances. It wasn't half as good as the one as I had at Marmalade but it was decent. The pudding was much less compact and had a spongy, cake like texture. Topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, the whole combination wasn't overly sweet but sans the toffee sauce, it was reminiscent of steamed cupcakes (发糕). Well, the taste at least.



Bill

With the palate discount of 50%, 2 of us forked out close to $70 for a filling but not entirely gratifying lunch. Food quality hovered a notch above average but service was decent. Coupled with the lack of crowds, I might just be enticed to pop by again for a quiet meal if I happen to be in the vicinity.


Final Verdict:

Ambience:7/10
Service:7/10
Food:6.5/10
Value for money:5.5/10 (without the 50% discount)
Overall:6.5/10

Address: The Pier at Robertson #01-13

Contact: 6835 7818

Opening Hours:

Lunch from 12 noon – 2.30 p.m
(Mon – Fri, All day on Public Holidays)

Dinner from 6 – 10.30 pm (Sun –Thurs),
Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holidays 6 – 11 p.m.

Website: http://esmirada.com/restaurants/brasserie-wolf/location-brasserie-wolf/