Dinner @ Butcher Boy

November 26, 2017 in Asian, Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

Was instagram-surfing when I chanced upon Butcher Boys; An Asian-inspired grill and bar. Interested to find out if it would be similar to Burnt Ends, I decided to check it out with my friend. And reservation was made for 2 via Chope. With only 2 seatings, I chose 8.15pm over 6.30pm since it’s impossible to reach at 6.30pm.

(Though it seemed they’ve since removed the 2 seatings from Chope. Instead, reservation before 8.15pm are subjected to a dining period of 1 hour 45 minutes to accommodate the next seating.)

And from the menu, my friend and I ordered:-

1) Crispy fish skin, $6 (above) – Nori salt, sesame tahini.

2) Kanpachi sashimi, $24 (above) – Soy, tokyu turnip.

3) Fried squid, $20 (above) – Curry, burnt onion.


4) Fried chicken bao, $18 (above) – Yuzu kosho, kewpie.

5) Duck banh mi, $18 (above) – Liver pate, sriracha.


6) Butcher boy bacon & cheese burger, $28 (above) – With fries.


7) Peanut butter and berry ice cream sandwich, $10 (above)

Unfortunately, Butcher Boy was nowhere close to Burnt Ends in terms of food. Butcher Boys’ core wasn’t grilled meats (which I arrived at the restaurant hoping so) since they offered buns, etc on their limited menu. Would I recommend Butcher Boys? Hmm… Not really. The place was too noisy for my liking considering that my friend and I met to catch up over food. The space was separated into two where the second (and slightly elevated) half was the bar. And one can also say I was surprised at how the drinking crowd was strong and rowdy on a Tuesday night.

So no, I wouldn’t recommend Butcher Boy. But I reckon it would be a fun place for drinks.

BUTCHER BOY
31 Keong Saik Road, Singapore
6221 6833, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Fri – Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (L.O.)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Thur, Sun : 18:00 – 22:30 (L.O.)
Value: 6
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 23:00 (L.O.)
Service: 7

Dinner @ San Laksa Steamboat

November 15, 2017 in Asian, Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

It was one of those nights when my friend and I met up but I had no suggestion as to where to eat. And that’s when my friend suddenly remembered San Laksa Steamboat. Located on the 1st floor of a standalone building which we would always drive past enroute to Vivocity.

Despite arriving at 8pm, we were able to get a table easily without making any reservation. Instead, it was finding parking lot that was the real challenge. One has to pray (real) hard to be the sole lucky diner to park within the building compound. Yes, there’s space for 1 car only. Or pray harder to be able to park in front of the gate of the church that’s just beside. At one’s risk, of course.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), my friend and I ordered:-

  

1) Soup (above) – We went with laksa broth and chicken broth. And for the former, we were also given a small saucer of laksa leaves to put into our broth.

2) Kang kong, $2.80 (above)

3) Mixed mushroom platter, $8 (above)

4) Lettuce, $3.80 (above)

5) Cheese tofu, $4.20 (above, left)

6) Tau pok, $2 (above, right)

7) Luncheon meat, $4.50 (above)

8) Seaweed chicken, $3.50 (above)

9) Sotong balls, $3.50 (above, left)

10) Pork balls, $3 (above, right)

11) Hand made minced meatballs, $6 (above) – And for this, the staff would assist to shape the minced meat into balls.

12) Mixed ball, $6 (above)

13) Prawn, $10 (above)

14) Chicken breast, $6 (above)

15) Pork collar, $6 (above)

16) Fresh toman fillet, $10 (above)

17) Udon noodles, $1 (above)

My friend and I enjoyed the laksa broth. I would definitely recommend the place if one has seriously craving for laksa. However, we were unfortunately seated beside a big group which had a lady laughing in a really high-pitch voice. That was really annoying. The staff were understanding and helped to shift us to another table when we requested so.

SAN LAKSA STEAMBOAT
404 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore
6275 7069, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 16:30 – 23:00
Value: 6
Service: 6

Dinner @ Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup

October 30, 2017 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

One can say my colleagues and I are really into zi char. After trying Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice, Long Ji and Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant, we were off next to Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup which was surprisingly located near our office.

And because it’s so convenient to reach the restaurant due to its close proximity (to our office), my colleagues and I have gone at least twice since. Both as walk-ins. However, it’s parking that posed as the biggest challenge. If one is lucky, one would snag a lot just in front of the restaurant. Else, Ye restaurant recommends parking at the temple located across the street.

To dine at Seng Kee, we were required to place our order at the cashier before the staff brought us to our table in the non air-conditioned space. However, as we arrived at the restaurant after 9pm on both occasions, the dishes with their signature black herbal chicken were all sold out.

Instead, from the menu (pages 1, 2), my colleagues and I ordered:-

1) 银鱼苋菜, $11 (medium) (above)

2) 咸蛋鸡, $13 (small) (above)

3) 排骨王, $12 (small) (above) – Give this a miss.

4) 腐乳炸花肉, $12 (small) (above) – I was impressed with this. Pork was fried to perfection; Crisp on the outside and juicy within. A must try.

5) 豆汁拉拉, $13 (small) (above)

6) 咸鱼炒饭, $6 (above) – This wasn’t on the menu. But 1 of my colleagues must have his fried rice. Thus, this was ordered. And this didn’t disappoint.


7) 腰子面线 (猪肉, 猪肝, 腰子), $5 (above) – Besides being famous for their black herbal chicken, apparently Seng Kee is also more famous for their mee sua. However, one really shouldn’t think about sharing the bowl as the mee sua was strictly one portion. One could easily finish the noodles with a few big slurps. And we really enjoyed the dish. Soup was very flavorful with noodles cooked just right. Not too hard nor too soggy. And it certainly warmed the soul as we ate on a rainy night. Keke.


8) Johor 烤焦米粉, $15 (medium) (above) – Available in 2 sizes ($10 and $15). Almost similar J.B Ah Meng‘s san lao beehoon, but not quite. Seng Kee’s didn’t come in 3 layers? Hmm.. Haha. But I honestly felt Seng Kee’s was pretty good!

Seng Kee is definitely a zi char restaurant worth checking out. Maybe it’s because my colleagues came at non-peak hours (after 9pm) that we didn’t have to wait to be seated. Which was great of course. Keke.

SENG KEE BLACK HERBAL CHICKEN SOUP
467/477 Changi Road, Singapore
6746 4089, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 04:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 6