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Western Generally

Just want to "jiak kentang" (combination of "eat" in Hokkien and "potato" in Bahasa Melayu).
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It was a shame that I only made an effort to come down to try this often-mentioned Trimmed Entrecôte Steak (S$34.90) a few days before they wind up their business at Glasshouse by DHM. And the good thing was that I did not regret the decision to visit.

Rather than calling it a dish, I would prefer to say that it was like a set, with a plate of walnut and greens salad served before the star of the night. The team really made an effort to inform the distinction of courses as two sets of cutleries were placed on the placemat.

And then came the steak, which was already cut into parts for a more effortless consumption. The interesting part was actually the legendary secret sauce that tasted quite intense but with a mildly sour finish, and that proved to give the steak a little more flavour. Too much sauce? Impossible, because they would all become the “dipping sauce” for the huge pile of fries that came along.

Best part of the meal, would probably be that this set of items were eligible for Burpple Beyond deals!

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They literally made the reopening of Marché a big thing, after a short hiatus of 2 months for renovation works. With the reopening also came lots of promotions, weekly deals and in this case, the big, XXXL schnitzel.

It was XXXL because the slab of meat (choice between chicken, pork and beef) was flattened, breaded and cooked to perfection, and I thought it went very well with the accompanying lingonberry jam. The Pork Schnitzel (S$19.90) which I had was neither dry nor greasy, so I enjoyed it a lot especially when it was comparable to the size of a hand with fingers spread open.

On the other hand, if the schnitzel were to be taken with something creamy or saucy, such as soup or gravy, i would think that the coarseness of the batter would go easier to the gums and throat.

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First off, The Grumpy Bear chose farm-raised chicken for it was healthier, and most parts of their main courses would comprise their secret marinate blend which gave the chicken some good flavouring. And with many chicken running amok, I chose the unique-looking Goma Chicken (S$17.90) which was chicken cutlet drizzled with Japanese sesame dressing, commonly used in salads.

No doubt that the chicken on its own was tender and juicy, but I felt that the tang in the dressing overpowered the fragrance of sesame sauce which I was looking out for. As a result, there was a slight miss on creating a creamy finish, if that was even an intended taste profile to begin with. But it made me more interested to try the cleaner versions of Cajun Chicken or Breaded Chicken, both S$14.90, to give the fowl a fairer verdict.

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S$8.80 for four full chicken wings was not a bad deal actually, especially when it was prepared with garlic butter and parmesan cheese sprinkles. But to me, the greatest turnoff of the grub was that oil dripped from the tip of the chicken wing as soon as I lifted it from the bowl, and that formation of excess oil at the bottom of the bowl was not the best thing to watch.

Taste wise, the wings were best eaten while it was still slightly more than warm, because in this case, cold oily wings would not be something that I would finish. Perhaps a little more marination that could penetrate through the fresh chicken could make this a little more flavoursome as well?

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The restaurant informed that they had spoken to their headquarters about this issue before, but for now, no more Cottage Pie from @dapaolosg Gastronomia for me.
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Previously known as The Communal, the restaurant took over its new name from its previous location in Tanjong Katong. Though reservations are highly recommended to secure a table, I would suggest to read through the recent reviews to decide if you would want to dine here.

The Juicy Fried Chicken (S$17.00) was the only under S$20.00 dish that would qualify for Burpple Beyond deals, and simple as it would seem it comprised two chicken drumsticks with potato-skin-milk mash and a small portion of salad for garnishing. The mash had a smooth texture with chunks of potato and traces of potato skins, and was quite worth the effort to scrape the plate till the last drop. Juicy as its name, the fried chicken would be perfect when it was better marinated, or when the batter could be spiced up, for the overall impression of this dish seemed to be on the bland side.

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Typically, pork ribs would be slow cooked and then swimming in BBQ sauce. While that might be tasty and worth getting occasionally, I often dreaded the overpowering sauce and the tedious chewing of the tough meats.

The Pork Ribs here, sold at S$28.00, was a little different from the rest. Apart from using Iberico pork ribs, the slab was braised with stout included, giving it a light smoky flavour with a little sweetness. Interestingly, while the meat was still juicy inside, the exterior was a bit dry, but the balance was just right for me. I probably would like the pork ribs to undergo a bit more braising so as to soften the meat a little more.

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As I was touring around habitat, it was difficult not to notice that many patrons were enjoying this food that was packed in a humble cardboard box. A closer look revealed that it was the Fish & Chips. And while the Dory version (S$13.50) featured a fillet that took up amost one-third of the whole box, I personally would vouch for the goodness of Snapper (S$16.50) that also came with fries, batter crumbs, homemade tartar sauce, malt vinegar and a wedge of lemon.

Because of the fact that the fish was super fresh, the snapper stayed firm and neither flaky nor marshy. Whether you liked your Fish & Chips with lemon, vinegar or tartar sauce, I personally would say that it was worth the fats and calories. Good for one person for this one; not too sure about the Dory version though (read: it’s huge!).

And don’t forget to pick up some craft beer or curated alcohol to pair with the grub for a perfect meal.

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A decent portion for most customers, this S$18.00 main course was slightly different from the rest, as mother chilli was actually added in the BBQ sauce that was spread over the slow-cooked pork ribs. The meat was easy to eat with just a fork, implying that it was thoroughly cooked, as the symphony of flavours left me pretty pleased.

And of course, I realised that I enjoyed having kale salad to go with my food, so this choice was somewhat better than some other pasta dishes that were served here. But I liked them all anyway.

Despite a new indoor seating area that was added to this neighbourhood restaurant, you might probably see their regular customers insisting on the corridor seats. If you were lucky, Chef Edwin might even strike a conversation with you to share more about his passion in this.

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I considered myself as seldom raving about appetisers, but this Creme Brûlée was one of a kind that punctuated a dramatic start to the seven-course set dinner that was named “The Alternative Experience”.

Smooth as a pudding, this was served at the start of the dinner because it was not the usual Creme Brûlée that we would see in the desserts section, but one that incorporated Foie Gras and Truffle Paste in it. With every spoonful came a harmonious mix of flavours in the mouth, as the dish overwhelmed me with a sense of delight.

The Creme Brûlée was served exclusively as part of “The Alternative Experience” menu (S$78.00), and Fat Belly is also one of those mandatory destinations for those who appreciate lots of beef.

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The star of the seven-course set dinner was this plate of Wagyu beef tri-tip with a marble score of 7~8. As tender as it could get with a medium-rare doneness, the cut also came with some bits of char to accentuate the nice smoky taste from a skilful grilling process. On top of that, the Bordelaise sauce was also thoughtfully prepared in-house by the chef with beef stew reduction, so the meat flavours were more prominent than the brown sauce commonly found in many other restaurants. No steak is complete without some red wine, so hold your glass high.

The Beef was served exclusively as part of “The Alternative Experience” menu (S$78.00), and Fat Belly is also one of those mandatory destinations for those who appreciate lots of beef. I learnt from them that it was important to make a reservation by phonecall and request for a bar seat, for that complete experience of watching the chefs in action preparing the dinner for me.

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My usual assumption on hotel food was that they would come with a big price tag, so I was quite prepared when I knew I was getting some Steak and Fries (S$32.00).

Seeing a large, thick slab of beef striploin (I estimate at least 180g) that was laid on a nest of crispy fries and then with Madeira sauce drizzled over, I definitely got quite excited. Indeed, the sauce went really well with both the steak and the fries. I did hope that the beef would be a little more tender and less difficult to cut considering it was a medium-rare doneness, but the flavours were on-point for me so I was not unhappy about it.

And if the dish would appear too costly, Burpple Beyond could do wonders with their 1-for-1 offers.

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