Lunch @ Ju Shin Jung

September 11, 2015 in Korean

I remember lunch-ing at Ju Shin Jung (East Coast Parkway branch) many years back with my family. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Especially my brothers and I with the BBQ buffet. We were young and we sure did stuff ourselves well. Not that we are very old now lah. Haha.

So when we picked our Mom from the airport over the weekend (recently) and were brainstorming for a place to eat dinner at 9.30pm, I suggested Ju Shin Jung. Since it was en route to home, and they closed late at 11pm. The hungry us won’t be too happy to head up North only to find most restaurants closed.

And since I like to try substantial number of dishes before posting a review, a second trip was made back to the Guillemard branch for lunch (with my friend).

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), we ordered:-

1) Side dishes (above) – I like the wide variety of their side dishes. Especially the seaweed! However, I noticed I was given the same number of side dishes, irregardless of me dining with a friend or in a group of 5. One would think they would give us 2 sets of side dishes if there were more people. Hmm… And I’m not sure if we could ask for (complimentary) top-up cause when my family and I came for dinner, we did not know ‘last order’ included the side dishes. And thus, we did not get our top-up when we requested for some. I wanted more kimchi. Sob, sob.

3) Dolsot, $14 (above) – Mixed vegetable rice in stone bowl. With hot pepper paste served separately in a saucer.

4) Binaeng, $12 (above) – Spicy cold noodle. Unfortunately, we were not informed what to do with the cup of ‘icy liquid’. I am calling it ‘icy liquid’ cause I am not sure if it was a drink or additional soup. We ended up enjoying the noodle as it was served. Although I do suspect one could pour the ‘icy liquid’ to make the dish into the Korean cold noodle. Enlightenment, anyone?


5) Bossam, $30 (above) – Steamed pork & special kimchi. This was really good. If one doesn’t want to end up reeking (too much) of smoke, one should opt for this.

6) Buldak, $35 (above) – Spicy chicken with rice cake. And this was really good. The chicken was tender and juicy. However, we concluded it’s the sauce which gave the dish the ‘level up’. The sauce was finger-licking good. A must order.


7A) Hangjeong, $35 (200g) (above, topmost) – Pork jowl. My brothers and I wanted BBQ, but because it was 9.45pm by the time we reached the restaurant, we were told BBQ buffet was not available. And thus, we went a-la carte.

7B) Beoljip, $28 (200g) (above) – Honeycomb pork belly. And we chose ‘herb’ of the 3 flavours available; Herb, chilli and honey sweet.


8) Daenjang, $50 (above) – Soyabean paste & seafood.

10) Dessert, Complimentary (above)

So yes, Ju Shin Jung is still going strong as a formidable player in the (Korean) food industry with their delectable dishes at affordable prices. Guess that’s no surprise since they have since opened 3 more outlets (Yess Center, East Coast Parkway & Robertson Walk). Aad having dined at 3 of the 4 outlets, I really like how big and spacious the seating areas are. No need to speak hush hush. Keke. There’s also in-house playground for children to have fun in while the adults indulge in their food. Haha.

However, I just have a slight issue with their service, although I acknowledge it’s not entirely the restaurant’s fault since we came in pretty late for our dinner at Guillemard branch. When I was having lunch with my friend, service was pretty good. It wasn’t difficult to get the staff’s attention. However, when I was having (late) dinner with my family… I noticed they were concentrating (more) on clearing the tables. They could have at least appointed 1 or 2 staff to solely attend to customers.

I do know the staff helps with the BBQ-ing, but ours were left to burn on the grill (since they got busy with clearing up thereafter). Website stated last order was at 10pm, but at the restaurant, we were told last order was at 9.50pm. And when we tried to request for additional side dish of kimchi at 9.55pm (since we did not know last order included sides), the staff just went “Kitchen closed.” Well… The staff could at least have pretended to walk to the kitchen to check for us.

  

And for the wet towels, pour water onto the small white coins for them to expand. Of which, I was shocked to learn that we were charged at $1 per person for the towel, bottles of water and Korean tea. I don’t remember being charged for water at other Korean restaurants. Hmm…

And the extra selling point about dining at the Gullimard branch is that there’s a Korean dessert shop (Bing Go Jung Dessert House) just beside it. So yes, if one still has space, one could head over for some Korean ice kachang (bingsu). Do retain the Ju Shin Jung’s recipt as it entitles one to 10% discount!

JU SHIN JUNG
102 Guillemard Road, #01-01, Singapore
6440 7707, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Fri : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Sat – Sun : 11:30 – 22:00
Service: 7

Brunch @ Brawn & Brains

September 23, 2014 in European (cafe)


And it was yet another adventure to the East for us ladies. Keke. And this time, we were off to Brawn & Brains which is located at the former Singapore Badminton Hall. I wouldn’t say the cafe is located very near to the nearest MRT station as it could easily be a 10-12 minutes walk. (I came by direct bus. Yeah to Google map. Keke!)

Brawn & Brains is a pretty small cafe with two communal tables that could sit 8 peopl each and one low table for 4.

And from the menu, we ordered:-


1) Panini pressed curried chicken wrap, $7.90 (above) – This was good. I actually liked how (raw) onions were added to add that stingy taste amidst the mild spiciness from the curry marinated chicken.

2) Mushroom & cheese sandwich, $7 (above) – Unfortunately, I did not like this filling of mushrooms. It’s almost tasteless although I noted sesame seeds and some dried tomato were added when I peeled my sandwich open.

3) Assorted croissants, $3.90 (above) – We went with dark chocolate.

4) Lemon curd tart, $5.60 (above) – Only the salted caramel and dark chocolate tarts were on the display shelf with a tag that said “lemon curd” but no lemon curd tart in sight. Refusing to give up, I tried asking and was rewarded to learn the curd tarts were just being kept in the fridge. Yeah! And I liked that the lemon curd held itself well (did not flow out when sliced through) and was not too sour. Nice!

5) Dark chocolate tart, $5.90 (above) – The filling was dense and smooth. I liked that not the same dough was used in the making of the various flavored tarts.

6) Cafe latte, $3.50 (above) – With 2 choices of blend where beans were roasted in-house, I went with the one that had ‘caramel’ under its description. Ha. And I like the super friendly price too!

I like how Brawn & Brains exudes a cosy vibe. I noticed most (myself included) like hanging around a bit despite having finished their food and drinks.

Besides wraps and sandwiches which require at least 20 to 25 preparation / waiting time, Brawn & Brains offered assorted pastries like croissants, tarts and cakes. Not the fanciful type of cakes but bread / loaf cake type.

With its friendly purse prices, I will definitely think of dropping by when I am in the area. Am definitely envying fellow yogis who are practicing yoga in the same building as Brawn & Brains! The only fault I can find is that they only accept cash payment.

BRAWN & BRAINS
100 Guillemard Road, #01-07, Singapore
6348 8892, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Fri : 09:00 – 19:30
Ambience: 7
Sat – Sun : 09:30 – 19:30
Value: 7
* Closed on Mon
Service: 6

UPDATE: Restaurant has moved to 100 Guillemard Road, #01-02.

Dinner @ Kilo

May 10, 2012 in European

I first got to know about Kilo when my friend decided she need her dosage of coffee, and came to Loysel’s Toy. Thus, I had been meaning to check Kilo out. And no, Kilo does not stand for Kilometers or Kilograms for the matter of fact. It’s supposed to mean “I want to communicate with you”. =)

It’s a short distance to travel by taxi from Lavender MRT. And reservation is a must! I only managed to secure bar seats when I called the week ahead, but we were late, and managed to get a table seat after a group happened to leave when we arrived.


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

1) Fig + sweet onion pizza with mozzarella & balsamico, $25 (above) – This was definitely interesting for us since I dont remember ever having such a combination before. The base is very thin and crispy, while the drizzled sauce went well with the fig and sweet onion. Though I dont think this may suit everyone’s taste since not everyone likes fig.

2) Seared scallops in mushroom sauce + tomatoes & sauteed white wine mushrooms, $21 (above) – Not too bad. The dish did not look very appetizing upon served because the scallops were covered in the brown mushroom sauce. But the scallops were fresh! Not forgetting the mushrooms which were nicely done and juicy too.

3) Angel hair with cream of ebiko, $21 (above) – A must try! It’s amazing how they manage to toss the pasta such that every strand is covered with the cream sauce. Caviar (Correct me if I am wrong) is sprinkled on the top such that with every bite, there’s different texture. A must try! Prawns were very fresh.

4) Day-night 12-hour pork belly with purple mash, sour cream & crackling, $28 (above) – A must try! The meat is so, so tender! And with the fats (Oh yes), there’s that melt-in-the-mouth feel. Very nice! The accompanied sauce was on the sweet side which made the dish felt Chinese/Japanese influenced.

5) Squid ink rice with prawns & squid + egg yolk, $22 (above) – Again, another interesting and nice dish. The rice, not the soft but slightly hard type, is fragant on its own. Again, the prawns were super fresh!

I have to say it was an enjoyable dinner. It’s a pity their range of desserts is very limited. Being lava cake, lemon tart and ice cream. Din try any of those as nothing jumped out at us. Haha.

The place is not air-conditioned. Thus, depending on where you are sitting, you may not be able to enjoy the wind from the fans. We were seated at the table directly in front of the lift and it gets pretty warm there as we were kinda positioned in the corner. Other than that, love the service too! Very warm and friendly staff.

KILO
66 Kampong Bugis, TURE, #02-01, Singapore
6467 3987, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:00 – 00:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
* Closed on Sun
Service: 7