Friday, 31 July 2015

Moosehead Burgers






We made reservations for good measure, especially because it is such a small place. And they have packed as many tables as they can. It felt a tad too squeezy. 

Nonetheless we ordered and were ready to jump out of claustrophobia. When I saw that a burger costs $22 without Bacon (+$3), I was hoping to be blown away with the food. They have a selection of "Pulled Pork", "Beef" and "Double Cheese" for the same price. 

What turned up on my table was a shocker... A small burger with an inch of patty and a tomato, and a handful of fries on the side. What made it taste even cheaper was a dose of Ketchup. The beef was juicy and tasty no doubt, but not for $22! I would rather take that money and walk down the street to Market Grill for a burger anytime.

Dinner sounds better on their menu. I will give that a try sometime soon...



Moosehead Kitchen & Bar
110 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068579
Phone: 6636 8055

Taste: 3/5 
Service: 2.5/5
Ambience: 2/5
Price: 3/5 (ave $30 per pax) 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Eighteen Chefs - Bugis Junction

Eighteen Chefs is located on the top floor of Bugis Junction right next to the Cinema. Opened by Social Entrepreneur Benny Se Teo to help Ex-Convicts.  The place is very well run, with a self service ordering counter, affordable prices, discounts for Students and Pioneer elderly, and friendly staff. 


I had the signature Salted Egg Prawn Pasta, and it was surprisingly good. I had a very good impression of this place. Its intentional efficiency to make it easy for staff to manage their assimilation.


I came back to try the famed Heart Attack Fried Rice too. The rice was not too bad, fragrant and flavourful, but just not what you would get from a Tze Char stall. The beef looked dry, but was surprisingly juicy. For an affordable price, this is hard to beat.


Eighteen Chefs (Bugis)

Bugis Junction, #04-06, 
200 Victoria Street, S188021
Daily: 11:00 - 22:30
PHONE: +65 67349741

Lunch Menu @ Long Chim MBS

Hidden upstairs of the Casino floor beside the greats of Waku Ghin, Long Chim is only accessible by a separate lift. You would think this is a fine dining restaurant, but the setting is very casual like that of a tuckshop in retro Singapore.

I had the impression too that this is going to be an expensive lunch. But was surprised to find 2/3 courses set lunches for only $25++ and $30++! You get to choose from a range of Thai starters, followed by mains from Fried Rice, Noodle Soups, Phad Thai.

Starters

Here you see the Fish Cakes, it's quite spicy and tastes very much like "Otah" - a local spiced Mackeral paste. Extremely rich and fragrant, best eaten with the fried Basil leaves too. 




And what came recommended were the Crispy Shrimps. So much flavour bursts out with each chew! The curry powder spiced batter with salt as it enters your mouth. The after taste however, jumps at you with strong flavours of lemongrass and ginger and the other thai spices! Must try.






On the left, the Cured Pork Fritters. Deep fried chunks of minced Pork infused with thai spices. You'd except a savoury piece of meat, but a shock to your taste buds with a burst of light sourness to compete with a heat from chillis. Great experience from a tiny bite of pork. 

On the right, Miang Prawns. Your first impression would have to be "rojak". Tastes of a fermenty prawn flavour with sweetness and textures of roasted nuts. "Eat them with the Betel Leaf" they said. Indeed it did lend to the texture of its "chew" character.  





Mains


They had also recommended the Duck Fried Rice. It was expertly fried, with "wok hei" and each grain dry and fragrant. Duck didn't feel like it goes well with fried rice though. And it was a tad salty, and very very peppery with raw peppercorns littered all over. You'd be better off with the Phad Thai. 



Minced Beef with Stir fried Chilli Padi with Basil and Garlic on Rice. An amazing twist to the popular Thai staple of Basil Chicken/Pork Rice. The flavours are released into the minced beef from frying the Chillis, Garlic and Basil Leaves in Oil. Do not separate the leaves and chillis, each bite of it lends to the overall taste. 





Long Chim Thai Restaurant
Atrium 2 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #02-02, 
10 Bayfront Ave, 018955

Phone:6688 7299

Taste: 3.5/5 
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5 (ave $35 per pax) 

Beo Crescent Hokkien Mee [CLOSED]

Tucked away in a Coffeeshop beside the food centre. You would miss it if you didn't know where to look. The place just has the nostalgic vibe to it.

Definitely not as fragrant as the charcoal fired Swee Guan, nor the sweetness like Yi Sheng. But certainly credit is due to its old school Wok Hei.

This is the "sticky" type of Hokkien Mee. I prefer this to the ones with more broth as I fell as though the stock has been soaked by the noodles.