Western

Western

Featuring One Man Coffee (Upper Thomson), Pasta e Formaggio (Marina Square), Crossings Café, Rookery (Capital Tower), Winestone, The Fat Chook Company, Iron Nori
Louisa Goh
Louisa Goh

Ordered the ragout tagliatelle ($25++), which turned out to be a fancy beef bolognese that still isn’t the best out there :’( The pasta was perfectly al dente, and the sauce rich. However, dish felt cheap with the use of ground beef that didn’t have much bite to it. It also turned out to be jelak / fairly overwhelming about halfway through the dish. Perplexing as they are generous with the ingredients for the seafood risotto (also heavy tasting, but very much worth its price point). But worth a mention that service was good :)

TL;DR you really have to love beef bolognese to enjoy this dish (which I did), but likely leave feeling cheated.

Second time I’m here in a month and went for the tiger prawn aglio e olio ($14.90). Five! Prawns! and a generous serving of pasta with garlic. May be too spicy if you’re a xiao la kind of person, but otherwise manageable.

Much better than the raved about truffle tortellini, which had delicious mushrooms but tragically hard tortellini.

Looks like you can’t go wrong with the Winestone Signature Burger ($27++). The portion was large, the wagyu patty tender, and there was a generous serving of portobello mushroom. That might be a minus if you do not enjoy mushrooms, as the taste often overshadowed the other components of the burger.

Maybe it was an off-day for the kitchen, but the crabmeat pasta was a plate of soft, watery, bland mush ): It felt like I was eating baby food, with the exception of the generous chunks of crabmeat. I think the crabmeat was the only saving grace, but this definitely wasn’t the best out there. It was a deeply dissatisfying experience after an entire day of anticipation.

My friend’s kurobuta pork on the other hand - delicious, savoury, melt-in-your-mouth fats that I would happily shell out full price for.

Went back again at noon, and it was crazy packed with office workers this time round. Staff had some difficulty coping with the crowd, but still had good service ☺️ The burger is filling, and the chicken was moist and tender :’) The sriracha aioli is strong, so if you don’t like sriracha like me..... skip it. I also couldn’t taste the spicy salsa and avo. Much prefer the steak burger or the dry vermicelli to this. But! Still very much worth it with Burpple.

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Friend and I ordered the breakfast spread option with scrambled eggs, and no regrets! Plate was balanced in flavour and filling, and I particularly liked the mushrooms. Also enjoyed the refreshing passionfruit drink. The cafe itself was crowded on a Saturday morning, and small groups/pairs likely need to share a table with other people like we did. 10/10 happy to come back again if I’m craving a western breakfast, and a worthy-try for those with Burpple 1-for-1!

Used Burpple 1-for-1 for the steak burger and pork belly vermicelli ($13 each). I clearly went for it before remembering to take a picture haha. Burger had several slices of beef, which wasn’t tough to chew! It came with a generous serving of fries, which weren’t oily but may be too salty over time. Friend’s pork belly vermicelli (dry) was tasty (meat to fat ratio was good), and filling.

The place itself is clean, and provides water. Staff were also friendly. Plus no service charge or GST! Super value-for-money, especially with 1-for-1.

Not pictured is a bowl of fries!! This is like fish and chips served in a burger with a side of salad and onion rings. It was HUGE, and the fried fish wasn’t oily. Couldn’t taste the citrus though, and the onion used had a sharp aftertaste.

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Ordered this using Burpple Beyond, and it’s worth it at half price. Sauce was slightly spicy, and the soft shell crab was crispy. It’s a huge portion that I enjoyed finishing. Service is also good!

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Ordered this under their special lunch set ($18.90+), which comes with soup and dessert (apple crumble). It’s similar to the popular barramundi under its main menu, just with salsa sauce and without the asparagus. The barramundi was fresh, firm, flaky, and a delight to eat. Mashed potato is also as smooth as the reviews described ;)

We were informed that the head chef has changed, and the menu is slightly different from the link shared under Burpple. The main items generally look the same, but there were some differences in the description. Can’t remember exactly at the moment, but it was something like BBQ ribs are boiled then baked, instead of braised then baked previously.

Overall good food at a chill location. Worth coming back again and supporting a social enterprise (:

It’s quite popular at lunch with large groups making reservations, and those who come later have to sit outside. Also a social enterprise (:

This was listed as “chicken katsu and mac and cheese” ($11.90+) under the lunch set, but we were told that it’d be fries instead. Not sure if it was just for yesterday, but the fries are crisp. Was a large portion that was value-for-money, and came with soup (cream of corn?) and dessert (chocolate ice cream)!

Eating is a social activity ☺️

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