Dinner @ Buckaroo BBQ & Grill

July 21, 2012 in American by thywhaleliciousfay

I would not have known of this place had it not been for my friend’s recommendation. Buckaroo is nestled inside the estate of private houses, which to me, is really inconvenient unless one drives.

Buckaroo is easily identifiable along the row of terrace houses as we drove up, with its excessive usage of timber for the exterior and usage of green, red, yellow neon lights.

And from the menu, we ordered :-

1) Ranch style crispy fried chicken wings, $15.80 (half dozen) (above) – Wanting our chicken wings crispy, we chose not to go for the buffalo wings. Not too bad. The wings were crispy (not the thick kind of batter) and juicy. Nice!!!

2) Onion rings, $9.80 (regular) (above) – I admit, I ordered this because it’s somewhat interesting that the onion rings were served stacked up in a long pole. Haha. And nothing beats food which is served hot. Nice.

3) Escargot bourguignonne, $16.80 (half dozen) – I felt this was normal. Nothing special.

4) Clam chowder, $9.80 (above) – A big bread is used to hold the soup. And the best way to eat it is really to scoop out the ‘flesh’ of the bread from within, and consume it with the soup. Yes, please do not neglect the bread. It’s such a pity when I saw others touching the soup, but not the bread. The soup is thick and creamy with lots of ingredients.

5) Fish ‘n’ chips , $19.50 (above) – This is absolutely a must order! Buckaroo sure is very generous with the serving. The one slab (Oh yes, I am using the word ‘slab’ instead of ‘piece’) of dory served is thick, juicy and fresh with the batter being thin and crispy. Definitely one of the better fish & chips I have tried.

The service staff are warm and approachable. Will definitely head back to Buckaroo for their clam chowder and fish ‘n’ chips if I am in the area.

12B Andrews Avenue, Singapore
6481 4986, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon, Wed – Sun : 16:00 – 22:30
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
* Closed on Tues
Service: 7

UPDATE: Restaurant has moved to 921 Upper Bukit Timah Road.

Brunch @ Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar

July 18, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Skyve is opened by the same team behind Table 66, and I must admit that even before I tried Skyve, I was a little skeptical of Skyve. There was a time when everyone was raving of how good Table 66 was, but after checking Table 66 out personally, I was greatly disappointed. Thus, I was not expecting much from Skyve.

My girlfriend and I came to Skyve on Labour Day (Tuesday) only to learn their air conditioning system was down. It was really stuffy inside, thus we left to come back on the same weekend because we loved the ambience and were interested to know how the food will fare.

However, although the air conditioning system was up and running that weekend, it was still stuffy inside. And because tiles and glass are used for the interior, together with the low ceiling, noises were bouncing off the walls making the places noisier than it should be. Thus, my girlfriend and I decided to go al fresco.

And from the menu, we ordered :-

1) Skyve sous vide egg benedict, $16 (above) – Be careful, there’s 2 egg benedicts on the menu. We ordered the one under ‘The Loafing Breakfast’ while the other is under ‘The Dilly Dally Appetizers’ at $18. And the egg benedict was disappointing. The whites were not covering / wrapping the yolk, which to me is a fail. The taste was forgettable while my friend felt the hollandaise sauce was a little sour too.

2) Croque madame, $14 (above) – Anything ham and melted cheese is almost dumb proof and hard to go wrong, but boy were we wrong to assume. Skyve failed to toast the bread long enough. Hence, the sliced cheddar cheese failed to be served, melted. I expected better (standard).

Seeing the other patrons ordering the pizza, which was interesting served in rectangular shape and placed on top of aluminium, my girlfriend and I were curious to try, despite the previous misses. However, we were disappointed to be told they have ran out of stock of the pizza slabs, which ranged from $14 to $20.

We tried ordering the 1 litre of ‘Ohh orange’ too which is a combination of orange, green apple, carrot and red apple juices. However, what shocked us was that while we were told it was unavailable, we were allowed to order it by the glass!!!

My conclusion? I certainly won’t be heading back, at all.

10 Winstedt Road, Blk E, #01-17, Singapore
6225 6690, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 5
Mon – Thur : 10:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 6
Fri – Sat : 10:00 – 01:00
Value: 6
Sun : 10:00 – 23:00
Service: 6

Dinner @ Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ

July 16, 2012 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

Wanting to stuff grilled pork belly wrapped in lettuce into our mouths, and determined not to head back to the usuals, I did a little search and decided to give Dae Bak a try. Getting here by car can be a little tricky cause the roads are mostly one-way. Thus, if you miss the turn, you will need to make a big circle. So for those who are street idiots like me, it’s recommended to use GPS. =)

I had called an hour earlier to make reservation, but the lady on the other end of the line, in her limited English, told me that reservation at 8.30pm will be unnecessary. Which was a relief on my end too cause I reduced “I will like to make a reservation at 830pm for 2” to “Reservation? 830pm?”, and had to repeat myself at least 4 times before we managed to understand each other.

The restaurant, located at the 1st storey of a shophouse, has a very long and narrow interior. We entered to see a long line of tables stretching to the back. The place was bustling with diners, noticeably (mainly) Koreans.

And from the dinner menu, we ordered:-

1) Pork belly, $18 – As with most Korean restaurants, we had to order a minimum of 2 sets. And for 2 sets, we were served with 4 thick slabs of pork belly.

2) Shellfish soup, $25 – It’s stated in the menu that it’s for 2, so we were not surprised to see a big, shallow pot brought to our table. The soup belongs more to the bland end instead of flavourful (like kimchi soup), and I actually like the soup this way. Generous amount of beansprouts put into the soup too. Nice!

3) Seafood pancake, $18 (above) – The pancake was served bursting with colours because they were very generous with the seafood. And of course, with more ingredients, the dough was a little on the thin side. When we tried to pick up a piece, the pancake will break into a few smaller pieces as though it’s unable to hold the weight of the many seafood. But we are not complaining! =)

An interesting fact is that the cushion of the stool is removable for us to place our belongings inside. I did not know that till I saw some Korean ladies taking their handbags out of the bin-like stools at the end of their dinner. Helps to prevent our precious handbags from smelling after a BBQ dinner! =)

Another interesting thing to note is that they will pour beaten egg around the BBQ grill plate. But don’t disturb the egg till they have fluffed up and is ready to be eaten. I disturbed a little stretch while the egg was still being fried and that particular stretch did not turn out nicely.

All in all, it was a good dinner. Metal bowls are used for everything which gave that authentic feel. One of the staffs forgot our request for more kimchi, but that was not a problem. Generally, the staffs were polite and approachable. Definitely one more place to go to when I am craving for my BBQ pork belly.

98 Amoy Street, Singapore
6226 0450, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 10:30 – 22:30
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
* Closed on Sun
Service: 6