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Restaurant Meals

Restaurant Meals

Featuring Oriole Coffee + Bar (Somerset), The Coffee Academics (Scotts Square), Mad For Garlic, The Coffee Academics (Raffles City), Meatsmith (Little India), Three Meals A Day (Beauty World), The Stamford Brasserie, Full of Luck Restaurant, Fat Bird (Bugis), Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Melissa Chee
Melissa Chee

Finally made my way to the food alley for Xi’an famous foods. I’ve been craving Biang Biang Mian ever since coming back from USA and Canada, so imagine my delight when my friend told me that Biang Biang Mian was available in Singapore too!

Xi’an famous food is located in an alley with tons of other food stalls. You’ll be spoilt for choice, however, you won’t be able to buy food from other stalls as each eatery is standalone.

Seen the spicy cumin seasoned meat buns being reviewed pretty often so of course I had to try it and boy was this good. I love how fragrant the cumin chicken is, and it does have a touch of spiciness to it (depending on how your spice tolerance is). But the spiciness is balanced quite well with the bun too.

I’d definitely be back for this! And to try the other food!

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Tried both the white pepper crab and chilli crab in one sitting at No Signboard Seafood as part of a celebration meal. It’s been a really long time since I visited No Signboard and I am pleasantly surprised by how good the chilli crab is. It retains a decent level of spiciness (also not too spicy so more people can enjoy the dish), without letting the sweetness of the tomato sauce dominate the whole dish. I felt there was a semi sweet dried longan aftertaste but none of my dining companions commented about it. The chilli crab gravy here looks a bit like curry-laksa, with runny egg mixed into it. Super delicious dip for the golden mantou goodness!

The white pepper crab is arguably more famous than the chilli crabs here, and I can see why. The pepper fragrance is super inviting, and the thick white pepper sauce was just screaming to be used as a dip. I even poured it over my Ee fu noodles as a gravy. The peppery spice is definitely distinct from chilli spiciness, so even if you’re not into spicy foods, the white pepper gravy is a good alternative.

The crabs at No Signboard are also served pretty well cracked so you don’t actually need to use the crab cracker to get at the meat! If you have a friend who is prone to getting gravy all over themselves or on the people near them, you can get a bib from the waitstaff if you’re wearing light colours.

We had a male crab for the white pepper crab and a female one for the chilli crab. Apart from the roe, I’m not sure if that makes a difference with the sweetness of the meat, but the chilli crab meat tasted many times sweeter than the crab meat from the white pepper crab. That said, both myself and my colleague woke up the following day thinking of the white pepper crab, so there’s definitely something magical in that sauce!

Almost all meat dishes at Curry Times seems to come accompanied by rice, so I specifically requested for the dry curry chicken with no rice and got chap chye for a slightly lighter meal.

The chap chye vegetables are tender and sweet, including the carrots. The black fungus could be crunchier though, but it wasn’t too bad. The dry curry chicken comes with a chef recommendation and it really is quite good. Love the thick curry sauce coating the chicken, with a good amount of spice. The chicken and potato chunks are soft and infused with curry. Very yummy, though quite a lot of oil is used in this dish.

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I think less than 10% of the menu comes without rice unless you specifically request for it, but the soups are one that aren’t automatically served with rice.

Curry Times sells two soups - the ABC soup and fish maw soup. The ABC soup is a hearty clear chicken stew with three chunks of tender chicken, potatoes and carrots. The vegetables are all stewed to impeccable softness, and give easily in your mouth. Overall very satisfying, although also oily as evident from the separation of oil floating on top.

I think this is one of the more expensive mains in the Plentyfull menu. It would be pricey at $27++ on its own, but with Entertainer’s 1 for 1 Main Dish offer, this was actually very affordable.

I’m always in awe of Beyond Meat patties, and Plentyfull managed to cook this to a lovely medium rare doneness with a lovely red center. The buns were great as well, and the combination of melted cheese with caramelised onions was perfect.

The fries at Plentyfull were also artfully done. They were crispy, yet not dripping in oil. A little on the pale yellow side, but don’t let their colour fool you. They’re seasoned with just enough salt. We actually polished off ALL the fries because they were so good. Definitely one of the mains I will be ordering time and again with Entertainer because it’s worth the money.

*Plentyfull is on Entertainer. The 1 for 1 Mains include the Brunch, Sandwiches and Mains sections!

*Try reserving a table in advance if you want a nicer seat! Plentyfull is on Chope!

One of the best sellers at Mad For Garlic and I totally see why. This is the second time I’m back here and I already KNEW I was going to reorder this while walking to the restaurant. This is garlic fried rice on steroids as it comes packed with aromatic crispy garlic, juicy bacon, capsicum, leek and onions (which I didn’t mind in this case as they were nicely cooked on the hot plate!). There’s a little bit of creamy sauce drizzled on top of the dish for even more oomph and to keep the dish from being too dry. With such explosive flavours in the rice, I barely noticed the taste of the sauce. I’d recommend the Garlic Sizzling Rice to anyone who likes garlic and fried rice. This is a dish I’d keep reordering and it’ll be a challenge to review the other rice dishes on their menu when I’ve already had a taste of this winner.

Two chunky pieces of crispy beer battered red snapper in a crispy beer batter, served with French fries, malt vinegar and tartar sauce. Fish was well-battered and fried, so they were actually crispy even after being left out for a while, and not oily. The red snapper is soft and flaky, and the natural sweetness of the fish still stands out. Always love the combination of battered fish and malt vinegar, and the offerings here at The Chop House are good too despite them being a steakhouse. I didn’t enjoy the fries served with this or any of the other dishes. They weren’t crispy enough, nor were they seasoned with enough salt or spices. They were bland and lacklustre - save your stomach space for the coconut brioche dessert instead!

Thick and foamy with a sprinkling of cocoa powder, but overall the roast isn’t particularly strong or aromatic. I’d pass on the coffee if I made a return visit to The Chop House.

One of the recommended desserts at The Chop House - apple strudel stuffed with seasoned apples and pastry cream, served with vanilla ice cream, custard crepe anglaise, and topped with chopped pistachios. Unlike the recommended coconut brioche dessert, this was completely underwhelming. The pastry was thick and cold, plus no knifes were provided so cutting it was a challenge using the limited spoons given to our table. The filling spewed out of the pastry. Overall I felt the pastry tasted too doughy and not flaky enough, while the filling was too sweet (although it makes sense since you’re supposed to eat it together to balance the sweetness with the pastry). I didn’t enjoy this dessert at all and wouldn’t order it again - the coconut brioche is so much better.

The Coconut Brioche Toast is one of the recommended items on The Chop House menu and it definitely deserves some love. For $8, you’re served a warm oven-baked brioche with coconut cream and vanilla accompanied by a scoop of coconut sorbet and pistachios.

This was my favourite part of our meal here. The brioche was warm and crisp on the outside, yet moist and soft on the inside. The coconut cream and vanilla made the already-yummy brioche even more delicious, and I loved the coconut sorbet pairing with pistachios that added a refreshing coolness to the warm bread and some crunchy nuttiness for some reprieve from the creamy sweetness. I think this dessert was well worth the $8 and would order this again!

We were taken aback by how large this dessert was as we certainly weren’t expecting two slices of brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Despite our initial excitement, we were disappointed by how absurdly sweet the brownie was. Coupled with the chocolate sauce, I couldn’t stomach more than two mouthfuls of this decadent dessert. It’s a pity, because the texture of this brownie was quite delightful and dense. The vanilla ice cream also did little to mute the sweetness of the brownies. While the portion is value-for-money at such a restaurant, I wouldn’t recommend wasting calories on this unless you have an extreme sweet tooth.

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Always biding my time to my next meal. Everything in between just serves to kill time.

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