Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園) Part II, Hong Kong - Middling Pork Chop Bun But Consistently Great French Toast

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And we were back at Lan Fong Yuen (LFY) about a year later for breakfast and of course the delicious French Toast.

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The Place & Menu

It was an early Saturday morning and there was quite a fair bit of space available (we didn't have to share tables this time round) and service was a lot more agreeable.

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Stocking Milk Tea (絲襪奶茶)

LFY is touted to be the creators of the ubiquitous Stocking Milk Tea or 絲襪奶茶; it came across as lightly bitter with a mild sweetness. Not a tea connoisseur but found it pretty decent though I would have liked it a wee bit sweeter.

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Pork Chop Bun (金牌豬扒包) - HKD34

The award winning pork chop bun. But I found it rather average; a relatively tough piece of pork chop sandwiched between 2 rather dry and thin burger buns. I honestly don't see the fuss.

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Nissin Noodles With Chicken Chop (皇牌雞扒出前一丁) - HKD36

They didn't have their famous 蔥油雞扒撈丁 available so early in the morning so we went for the instant noodles with chicken chop which was decent if you like Nissin with all the packet seasoning aka monosodiumglutamate. The chicken chop was crispy along the edges yet sufficiently juicy and savoury.

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French Toast (傳統咖央西多士) - HKD24

My absolute favourite french toast with a blob of butter in the middle. Mildly crisp on the outside with a delightfully soft and fluffy center filled with kaya; all without the greasiness that I would usually associate with deep frying. Add honey for that extra sweetness. Excellent!

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The total damage? HKD 94. Relatively expensive for a 大排檔 but I'll be happy to return for their french toast.

Final Verdict:

Ambience: NA
Service: NA
Food: 7/10 (8/10 for the french toast)
Value for money: 7/10

Overall: 7./10

Address: 2 Gage St (中環結志街2號)

Contact: 2544 3895 / 2854 0731

Opening Hours:

Mon to Sat - 0730hrs to 1800hrs

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill - Decent Value Set Lunch

Half Pound Burger (or HPB for short) sounded promising so we dropped by one Saturday afternoon to partake in their reasonably priced set lunch.

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The Place

Located close to the start of Purvis Street, HPB occupies a simply furnished but comfortable unit just metres away from Saveur.

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Soup Of The Day

It was either the Roasted Tomato Soup or the Potato Leek Soup for the set lunch so we went with the former. The tomato soup came across as rich but a little too zesty for my liking whilst the croutons were overly soggy, probably from sitting in the soup for an extended period of time.

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Grilled Chicken Burger

The grilled chicken patty tasted rather similar to a huge piece of chicken satay but came across as a tad dry. Decent flavour though but maybe having a bit of sauce would make it better? Side of fries was okay though the dipping sauce was rather interesting; a mildly sweet and creamy butter base that actually went well with the fries.

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Petite Half Pound Burger

As far as burgers go, this isn't anywhere near the best I've had but definitely not near the worst either. The patty was juicy though it was rather compact and strangely tough with a mild brovine flavour. Layered with Monterey Jack cheese, a strip of decent candied bacon (not as good as the one from Peter Luger or Clinton Street Baking or Bird Bird) and capped with a crisp, buttery bun (a wee bit more time on the grill would have been better in my humble opinion).

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Sure the food at HPB isn't fantastic. But at $17++/pax for lunch (includes a drink), it's actually pretty decent value for money especially in the City Hall area.

Final Verdict:

Ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Food: 6/10
Value for money: 7/10 (based on the set lunch)

Overall: 6.5/10

Address: 8 Purvis Street

Contact: 6906 1900

Opening Hours: 12:00PM - 10:30PM (Closed on Mondays)


Sunday, July 02, 2017

Morton's Part XII - A Burger Month Special

In celebration of Burger Month, Morton's introduced a "Surf & Turf" burger for a limited period of time (May 15 - June 14 2017). Lobster and wagyu beef? I was hooked.

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The Place

The bar @ Mortons (a separate, slightly elevated space just across from the main restaurant) wasn't open till 5pm (even though the website stated 12pm) so we had to partake in our meal at a corner of the restaurant where the bar counter is situated (if you're only having burgers, you can't have it in the main dining area).

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Chicken Goujonettes

Chicken goujonettes are just a fancy name for chicken fingers/tenders/fillets and Morton's rendition came across as decent; crisp on the outside but tender on the inside without coming across as too greasy. However eating everything alone in one seating can prove nauseating so best to share. Didn't quite fancy the mustard mayonnaise sauce by the side.

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Surf & Turf

And the burger that drew us to Morton's, Surf & Turf. Thick, perfectly done (medium as per my request) 8oz slab of wagyu patty with bits of fat within for that chewiness. Topped with chunky truffle lobster salad and sandwiched between two deliciously buttery and crisp brioche buns; excellent. Came with a mountain of crisp, fresh tasting fries as well.

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A burger and a plate of chicken fingers cost ~ $88, which isn't cheap by any standard. However the burger is excellent and worth a try even though it costs ~$20 more than the regular USDA Prime Burger (which was a wee bit disappointing the last time I had it). I seriously hope Morton's considers having it on the regular menu. 
Service was very good as usual but the wait for food this time round was a little long (almost 30 minutes) which was quite a bummer.

Final Verdict:

Ambience: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 7/10 (8/10 for the Surf & Turf burger)
Value for money: 7/10
Overall: 7.25/10

Address: 4th Storey, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Contact: 6339-3740

Opening Hours:

Monday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm

Dining Room
Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm