Mains (Western)

Mains (Western)

A list of western places that are seemingly hyped up/popular. Are they really that good, or are they just overhyped? Open up and find out for yourself ;)
Amos Koh
Amos Koh

๐”พ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•๐•๐•–๐•• ๐”ฝ๐•š๐•ค๐•™ โ„๐• ๐•ฅ๐•ก๐• ๐•ฅ [๐•„๐•’๐•๐•’/๐•Š๐•ก๐•š๐•”๐•ช ๐”ฝ๐•ฃ๐•’๐•˜๐•ฃ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ] ๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฅต
๐Ÿ“: Limbo/Basa Fish, mala mix, mungbean sprouts, potato slices, cabbage, beancurd skin
~$18.80~
by: @whatthefishsg

Decided to try @whatthefishsg after my partner said it was nubbad for the price ($18.80) since we didnโ€™t know what to eat at J8 for dinner ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… Thankfully the foodcourt wasnโ€™t that packed albeit it being dinner time so we found an empty table relatively fast but for the dish to arrive, not relatively so (~30min). We were okay with it because the staff already preempt us that the wait would take about 20min.

We got the Whole Fish combo which came with 2 pearl rice and 4 side dishes and I added luncheon meat cuz why not (which costed $0.70 extra). After an excruciatingly long 30min, what greeted my nose was the fragrance of Szechuan pepper!! The (oily) broth was decently spicy (mala ๅคง่พฃ) but it was the gradual kind of spice; not the straight up stab-your-soul kinda spice so ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. Also, it was mouthwateringly goodโ€” unlike those usual โ€œmalaโ€ flavour you get at your run-off-the-mill mala stalls as the broth had a full bodied aroma of different spices such as black cardamom, cumin, star anise etc ๐Ÿคค However, the side dishes were kinda pathetic ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค They were less than a handful each and only had 4 quarter slices of luncheon meat lol BUT the fish was tender yet had a substantial bite to it!! Itโ€™s okay though, cuz we were quite satiated after the meal.

All in all, if you are in the area, I think you can give @whatthefishsg a try! Itโ€™s very aromatic and itโ€™s a less expensive option to Chong Qing Grilled Fish / Tanyu but of course, you get what you pay for.

โ“‡โ’ถโ“‰โ’พโ“ƒโ’ผ: ๐Ÿพ.๐Ÿน/๐Ÿท๐Ÿถ

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๐•†๐•ฃ๐•™ โ„•๐•–๐•– โ„‚๐•’๐•œ๐•– ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฅฅ๐Ÿฐ
๐Ÿ“ Yam, ginkgo nut, coconut whipped cream
~$8~

I actually had this a few months back after seeing the hype about it but was left disappointed and didnโ€™t have the mood to review it. This time, I gave it a second chance and tried it again but sadly, my opinion of it is still the same ๐Ÿ˜ž
The portion was quite bigโ€” comparable to Cake Spade and really pretty too (heck, their entire cafe aesthetic is to die for). The cake was actually delightfully light and fluffy. The vanilla sponge was lightly scented, just enough to complement the yam paste that had chunks of yam and ginkgo(!) in it. First time Iโ€™ve had any yam related food that includes ginkgo ๐Ÿคฉ I love ginkgo btw!! I love itโ€™s subtle nutty flavour thatโ€™s accompanied by a touch of sweetness and creaminess. Anyway, I expected more from the yam paste flavour-wise but it was a very nuanced and muted flavour that I had to consciously be aware of it to taste it ๐Ÿ˜• The frosting I suspect is made of coconut cream as itโ€™s wonderfully scented with coconut that melds well with the vanilla+yam flavour profile (duh itโ€™s Orh nee lol). However, because of the nature of coconut cream, itโ€™s quite unstable in tropical weather so I understand their decision to add gelatine to stabilise the frosting BUT to me it was kinda too jelly-ish/slimy. Yikes, that texture is a no-go for me rip.
Lastly, their coffee imo was over roasted and left an unpleasant sour/bitter aftertaste in conjunction with the oat milk. Maybe it wouldโ€™ve been better to order it with regular milk but then again, good coffee should be able to work with both dairy and non-dairy milk ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
Would go back again cuz Iโ€™m a sucker for aesthetic chill spots + I wanna try out their yuzu meringue (which my friend really liked) and their vanilla cheddar as well hehe

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โ“‡โ’ถโ“‰โ’พโ“ƒโ’ผ: ๐Ÿผ.๐Ÿป/๐Ÿท๐Ÿถ

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๐•Š๐•™-๐•œ๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐”ป๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•“๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿšโ €โ €โ €
๐Ÿ“ honey miso chicken thigh, crispy fish skin, short-grain rice, onsen eggโ €โ €โ €
~$16.90~โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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Bought this 1-for-1 voucher during Chopeโ€™s birthday so is actually $8.45 per pax!! The store itself is really small, with only 6 seats so when I arrived (at lunch hour, no less ๐Ÿคญ) there was already a queue and I could not get any seats but I was able to seat at the establishment located beside it selling Korean stews (which actl looks ๐Ÿคค)โ €โ €โ €
Anyway, I had to wait ~15-20min for the food and when it first came, the plating made the donburi look so appetising but I was doubtful of the portion. However my concerns were for naught. I couldnโ€™t even finish the entire thing OMG it was sneakily so filling!! โ €โ €
The donburi was intriguingโ€” juicy and succulent chicken thighs smothered in honey miso sauce accompanied with a side of lightly spiced crispy fish skin (!) and topped with a perfect onsen egg on a generous serving of fluffy short-grain rice with some seaweed furikake. The chicken was amazingโ€” every bite of the succulent thigh exploded with sweet and umami (thanks to the miso) notes which paired really well with the grassy, earthy seaweed rice. However, the crispy fish skinโ€” even though amazing on its ownโ€” completely overwhelmed the entire dish and I could only taste the Cajun seasoning. If only it was less dominant, it wouldโ€™ve been perfect. Itโ€™s crunchy and umami, providing a spectacular textural contrast to the creamy rice (cuz I mixed the onsen egg in hehe). โ €โ €โ €
Honestly, even though it was not bad, I canโ€™t justify paying $16.90 for this especially when my tastebuds got overwhelmed by the Cajun fish skin (the dealbreaker). However, if there was another BOGO (buy one get one) promotion, I would definitely visit again.โ €โ €โ €
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*EDIT: okay I found out the dish is actually $9.90 instead which I feel is not bad esp arnd the CBD area!!โ €
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โ“‡โ’ถโ“‰โ’พโ“ƒโ’ผ: ๐Ÿผ.๐Ÿฟ/๐Ÿท๐Ÿถ

โ„๐•’๐•จ๐•ฅ โ„‚๐•™๐•–๐•–๐•œ๐•ค ๐•จ/ โ„‚๐•™๐•–๐••๐••๐•’๐•ฃ ๐”น๐•’๐•˜๐•–๐• ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฅฏ
๐Ÿ“ Sriracha Chicken Thigh, Bacon, Chilli Aioli, Greens

~$13~
*went at ~1045 weekday; no crowd but started to get busy at about 1130*

TL;DRโ€” Thick-ass bagel, amazingly seared chicken thigh (though quite salty), awesome spicy aioli that works in harmony with thigh. Very filling so 2 people can share 1 if yโ€™all not big eaters!! (Continued in comments section cuz this post sb long HAHAHAH)

I expected a normal sized bagel ~3.5in but this chonky wonky boy thatโ€™s filled with a generous serving of juicy, herby thigh, bacon, veggies and chilli aioli was T H I C C. Itโ€™s about 4in and almost 3in tall wth!! Half of the bagel was already quite filling ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
The shredded cheddar on top was so crispy and fragrant that every bite of this dense and chewy goodness is akin to a supporting dancer. Itโ€™s always at the background funking around (haha get it cuz cheeses have this funky smell and funk is a genre of dance), supporting the main filling with its umami-ness. The cheddar crisps on top worked well the succulent chicken thigh that had an amazing sear, juicy skin and bursts of aromatic herbs and worked synergistically well with the chilli aioli, supplementing it with some sharpness, rounding out the โ€œfattyโ€ qualities. However, it was quite salty. I found it to be too salty for my liking (even though I usually have a saltier palate). Donโ€™t eat the thigh by itself, you have been warned!!

HERE COMES THE STAR OF THE SHOW IMO. The sauce is a m a z i n g. Itโ€™s like a kinky loverโ€” a little spicy while loving you with a passion. The spice sometimes hits you on the tongue, teasing you which leaves you searching and wanting for more while still treats you lovinglyโ€” letting you sleep on it belly (fatty creamy emulsion ๐Ÿ™ˆ) haha. As thereโ€™s so much amazingness going on, the usual amazing stuff (bacon) faded into the background, demoted into being a backstage crew. The bacon was honestly just a salty piece of meat in the bagel. Nothing more, nothing less. If only it was waaaay crispier though which wouldโ€™ve provided more textural contrast haiz.

All in all, amazing bagel. The flavours donโ€™t overpower each other and is not โ€œjelatโ€. Might order again. If only the bacon was crispier :โ€™)

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